Watch Out for these Bathroom Remodeling Mistakes!

After whole-home renovations, bathroom remodels are perhaps the most demanding home improvement projects you can undertake. Whether you have a small bathroom or a master bathroom, some requirements are always the same, and you have to account for them when planning a bathroom remodel.

To make sure the bathroom remodel in your Encinitas home goes smoothly, check out the most common mistakes homeowners make when renovating their bathroom – and steer clear of them.

Treating your bathroom like any other room

Of course you know how to make a difference between a bathroom and a bedroom or any other room. But the problem is, homeowners often neglect certain bathroom properties when remodeling, with plumbing being the first.

For example, some homeowners wish to change the complete layout of the bathroom; move the toilet to the opposite side of the bathroom, or add a double sink. Although these are far from impossible, the final layout has to be determined with the existing plumbing system in mind. A bathroom designer may not be able to give you reliable guidance on this matter, but a full-service contractor will, so you should think about that, as well.

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Demolishing and purchasing before having a clear plan

Imagine you want a steam shower in your bathroom. And why wouldn’t you? It adds more comfort, among a number of other benefits. While you are at it, you realize that you also want to change the flooring in your bathroom, so you go out and buy a nice set of mosaic tiles. None of this would be problematic if only you had consulted a contractor prior to the purchase. What if the tiles you chose are not water-resistant? What if the steam shower cannot fit your bathroom?

The same happens with demolitions. Some homeowners are simply tired of their shabby old bathroom and want a complete makeover. So they demolish the whole bathroom before even deciding what they will do next. They naively believe that they can figure everything out as they go along, but unfortunately – that’s never the case.

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Not setting the right budget

Remodeling Magazine recently stated that the average cost of a bathroom remodel is $16,634. However, depending on the scope of the remodel, the cost can be much higher. In case of bathroom remodels, the rule of thumb is always to set a higher budget rather than lower. If you skimp on quality materials or service, the final result is bound to be disappointing, one way or another. Bathroom remodels are very cost-efficient and guarantee an outstanding return on investment since they automatically boost your home’s value.

Neglecting the real needs in favor of trendy solutions

Other than technical details, there are a number of other equally important considerations. For example, who will use the bathroom? Do you have a senior member of the family who would benefit from senior-friendly bathroom solutions much more than a trendy addition? Not to mention that some things can be extremely dangerous for them, such as slippery flooring.

Cutting-edge solutions are excellent, provided you know how to use them. If your children are going to use the remodeled bathroom, think about whether they will be able to use all the gadgets properly. Besides, if a pricy countertop or flooring material will make you compromise on the quality service, then it’s simply not worth it. Keep things in perspective.

Forgetting the ventilation

Proper ventilation is an essential element of a properly functioning contemporary bathroom. It doesn’t only ensure fresh and odorless air in your bathroom but also prevents the development of mold. Excessive moisture and mold can wreak havoc to your bathroom flooring and walls, and seriously jeopardize the health of your family. Don’t make this mistake – install a fan, and maintain it regularly.

Not hiring a licensed full-service contractor

When it comes to remodeling as complex as this, your best bet is to hire the services of a full-service remodeling contractor. Full-service contractor companies not only have in-house designers and architects but also manage a team of plumbing and construction technicians. If your bathroom needs additional plumbing work done, they bring in reliable professionals that they already have a working relationship with.

What’s more, a full-service contractor accounts for additional expenses like these up front so as to make sure everything is covered. And most importantly – don’t hire an unlicensed contractor.

Looking for a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Encinitas?

Classic Home Improvements is a full-service remodeling company serving Encinitas and all of San Diego County with dedication and integrity. As a reputable design-build company, we handle all phases of a remodeling project from design to construction. For an outstanding bathroom makeover, contact us today for a free quote!

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Look Out For These 7 Hot Kitchen Remodeling Trends in 2017

As a heart of every home the kitchen needs to be up to date with the latest trends, aesthetic and functional. If you are looking to have your kitchen remodel in Temecula as meticulous as possible and improve both its look and functionality, we have a few trends you should consider.

Say Goodbye to Handles

Plain cabinet doors with no visible handles are a great way to make your streamlined kitchen cabinetry stand out. Through this design the materials and the craftsmanship take the spotlight, not the finishes. This trend is bound to hold its ground well beyond 2017 as homeowners are drawn to its sleek appeal.

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Quartz Countertops

The number of homeowners looking to upgrade to quartz countertops has been on the rise throughout 2016 and the trend has been on the rise since the start of 2017. The main reason for this is that quartz is considered a quality, lasting material.

Before 2016 quartz was seen by many as an inaccessible and unaffordable, but it has proven to be an enduring material well worth its price. Upgrading to quartz from laminate will make your kitchen luxurious, make it more durable and significantly increase its value.

Industrial Kitchen

Another huge trend that we are seeing more and more of is the industrial kitchen look. Details like exposed pipes and bricks, scruffy metallic finishes and minimalistic kitchen elements are what makes these kitchens so boldly unique.

The industrial design combines the appeal of natural elements such as stone, concrete and wood with contemporary ideas which makes it ideal for any home, which is likely the key to its increased popularity.

Clear Worktops

Messy worktops are outdated. Instead, clutter free cooking spaces are being integrated into most modern kitchens. This design trend will make cooking all the more easier and can even make your kitchen look bigger. The form and functionality of this design are achieved through the use innovative cabinets that are made to house everything from towels to spices and oils.

Smart Storage

Apart from saving you a lot of valuable space, smart storage designs have the benefit of looking absolutely breathtaking. Designers are coming up with smart storage solutions meant to hide small appliances out of sight, allowing the cabinetry to stand out.

Monochrome

Colors like black, white or grey never lost their appeal, but our experts are suggesting they will become predominant in most contemporary kitchens. Anything from worktops, cabinets and appliances can benefit the innate appeal of these elegant colors.

Copper Finishes

The most popular color trends in 2016 and well into 2017 involve grey combined with natural tones. If you want to accent your gray cabinetry there’s no better way to bring out its appeal than by adding a copper finish. Copper handles, appliances and accessories are therefore expected to be huge this year as homeowners are eager to find an equally appealing alternative to stainless steel.

Kitchen Remodel in Temecula

Classic Home Improvements is a licensed contractor located in Escondido, serving Temecula, Rancho Bernardo, Del Mar and the rest of San Diego County. If you are looking to hire a reliable, trustworthy partner to handle your kitchen remodel in one of these locations feel free to reach out to our friendly agents at (858) 224-7373 or through our online contact form.

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How to Plan Your Modern Bathroom Remodel on a Budget?

Any remodeling project can quickly get out of hand and go over the budget you’ve planned out. This is especially true for bathroom remodeling. Homeowners looking for affordable but quality bathroom remodeling in Rancho Bernardo can still hope for an end result they imagined if they develop a plan and hire the right company to execute it. In this article we are going to list the top 10 ideas on how to plan a modern bathroom remodeling project that can fit anyone’s budget.

Look for Inspiration

Experienced designers can come up with a breathtaking bathroom design without breaking a sweat. However, most homeowners don’t have the necessary skills to develop a complete bathroom design from scratch. This is why it’s vital for any homeowner to find an inspiration for their remodeling project.

Thanks to the internet, looking for inspiration has never been easier. Look through Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook groups and design blogs and you are bound to find the design that you like and one that can be easily adapted for your bathroom. Save the links or images of the designs you like so you can show them to a designer.

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Set a Budget and Goals

No matter if the remodeling project you had planned out is big or small, always be sure to set a budget in order to keep the costs from getting out of hand and prioritize the most vital additions. If your shower or your toilet need to be replaced or if your plumbing hasn’t been changed in a while plan out your goals accordingly.

Plan Your Project

When you have a clear picture of how much you can set aside for the bathroom remodeling project, it’s time to start planning everything out. Look at your current bathroom layout and see if you can fit the planned changes in. Relocating a feature like the bathtub will require additional plumbing costs, which can quickly break your budget.

Analyze

After the planning phase you will need to analyze each of the features and see if they absolutely need to be a part of your remodeling project. These features include sinks, vanities, showers and similar items. In order to stay within your budget limits you’ll need to prioritize and make some sacrifices. If any of the features are still working properly, perhaps you should shift your focus to those that need to be replaced right now.

Prioritize

After the analysis, if a complete bathroom remodeling is out of question you will have a clear picture of what features you need to change in order to achieve a modern look for your bathroom. Features like lighting, faucets and accessories can really change the look and feel of your bathroom. Even something as simple as a new paint job can make your bathroom look brand new.

Likewise, if your budget can afford it don’t be afraid to add a luxury update to your remodeling project. Some of the more costly additions include replacing the bathtub, shower and the vanity.

Remodel Over Time

If the adjustments you are making don’t include major changes like adjustments to your floor plan, you could spread the project over a couple of months or years. Start with the features that need changing the most and add others that will compliment them later when your finances allow it. For many homeowners this is the only way to get their ideal bathroom and still stay within their budget limits.

Choose a Reliable Partner for Your Bathroom Remodeling in Rancho Bernardo

If you are planning a big bathroom remodeling project in San Diego, it’s important to have a reliable contractor help design and build your dream bathroom. If you need a free estimate or if you want to schedule a consultation, don’t hesitate to contact Classic Home Improvements at (858) 224-7373.

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Rustic Modern Bathroom Ideas

Rustic modern bathroom designs (and transitional bathroom designs) are quite popular bathroom remodel styles selected by homeowners in San Diego.  So today we are going to feature a bathroom we built for a client in San Diego a little earlier this year (October 2016).  This homeowner, in our opinion, had a beautiful original bathroom.  However, she wanted to make use of some wasted space.  She had a soaker tub, but really wanted a jetted tub.  Additionally, she simply wanted to make the space a different design style to match the rest of her home.

In the “before” image above you can see a “make-up” counter which the homeowner felt was wasted space.  Additionallly, next to the soaker tub (which was awkwardly placed) there was an additional vanity.  To create more useable space, our client had us remove the “make-up counter”.  Removing that area combined with eliminating the soaker tub allowed us to install a jetted tub against the wall which opened up the bathroom space tremendously.

Fortunately we still had enough space to keep the second vanity in her bathroom.  To brighten up her space we removed the dark window covering and installed simple blinds.  The lighting above the mirrors was replaced with “lighted mirrors” and we added a beautiful chandelier.  The rustic stacked stone backsplash behind the vanities added to the rustic modern theme of the bathroom.  The pebblestone tile under the sleek jetted tub completed the look!

Our client took advantage of the remodel to add a modern niche with a glass insert into her newly tiled shower.  She also had us install a pebbled tile floor to compliment the pebbled tile flooring which was installed under her new jetted tub.  The shower was a perfect compliment to the rest of the bathroom remodel.

The difference in the before and after of this alcove are subtle but make a huge impact in the newly designed bathroom space.  Our client added a drawer in her new cabinet as well as a countertop which matched the rest of the vanities.  For a final touch, we installed floating vanities so she could add some simple accents to the space.

Rustic Modern Bathroom Ideas

Clients sometimes want to know what is appropriate for a specific design.  The truth is, you can create any space that you want.  Do not feel obligated to stay to a certain “design” because an eclectic design for your bathroom is also acceptable.  You are designing your bathroom for your personal comfort first and foremost.

If you are wondering how to pull together a rustic modern bathroom, we suggest using natural materials and colors that are found in nature for the rustic part of the design.  That is why this bathroom incorporates stone in behind the vanities.  The pebble tile reflects pebbles you would find in nature.  For this particular bathroom the smooth modern jetted tub, chandelier,  and the faucets reflect a modern design.

If you would like to speak with a designer to see what can be accomplished within your bathroom space, we are happy to provide you with a free in-home consultation to create your modern rustic bathroom (or any other design you may desire!).  We are available to come to your home Monday through Friday from 9am – 6pm and Saturdays from 9am – 2pm.  Just give us a call at 858-224-7373!

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Now Complete – Transitional Bathroom Remodel – San Diego

If you are looking for inspiration for a Transitional bathroom remodel in San Diego, here is a great sample of some work we completed in the Fall of 2016.  Transitional bathrooms combine the best of two worlds design-wise.  As shown in this transitional bathroom, there are features of contemporary (otherwise known as “modern”) design as well as some more traditional design aspects.

This home, built in 1989, originally featured a soaker tub with a separated shower.  The homeowners wanted to keep both these features but lose the tile, which was very popular in the 80’s.  To keep in line with the modern feel of the bathroom, we installed a frameless shower door for the shower.  Our clients kept safety and comfort in mind when they selected a thermostatic hand held shower by Hansgrohe and installed a grab bar next to the shower seat.

Our clients were also looking to make some cabinetry changes in their home.  They no longer felt it was necessary to have a “make-up” space and wanted to add more storage space in the bathroom.  This is a common request in San Diego bathroom remodels, actually.  To create more space for them, we customized the bathroom by adding stacked cabinets on the countertop.  This change allowed us to add dual mirrors, which is also a popular modern bathroom feature.  This bathroom features Starmark Cabinetry’s Cosmopolitan doors in a white (“Dove”) finish.

You are not going to find tile countertops in a modern or transitional bathroom so we took those out as well.  The countertops were replaced with a sleek-looking quartz.  We complimented the countertops with the installation of a Mirabelle undermount lavatory.  The installation of the shutters completed this classic look.

As you can see in the above “before and after” of the recently completed master bathroom, we had a narrow space to work with. The clean lines and comfortable style used in this space makes this bathroom much more inviting and open-feeling.

Transitional Bathroom Remodel Trends

Many bathroom remodels are created in a transitional design.  Preparing a bath space that is both traditional and contemporary is easier than you may think.  Mid-century modern cabinetry is a great way to start your design.  Avoid overly bold colors.  Do not use over-stimulating ornamentation.   When designing your space think calm, classic, and simple.

Transitional spaces, such as the bathroom space above, commonly use tan, beige, white, or light grey colors.  These colors create a calming atmosphere but we encourage clients to add a pop of color when accessorizing the space.

Call Classic Home Improvements today to discuss your upcoming bathroom remodel and current trends.  Consultations are free and in the comfort of your own home!

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Luxury Flooring Options for Your Kitchen Remodel in Carmel Valley

When thinking about cooking up a kitchen remodel, homeowners often forget the thing that can literally transform their kitchen – flooring. While it’s true that replacing the cabinets has an enormous impact on the kitchen’s makeover, homeowners wishing to do a kitchen remodel in Carmel Valley should also think about different flooring options.

But First…

Before we begin discussing the pros and cons of different flooring materials, let’s consider the essentials. Stripping your kitchen floor or replacing the flooring completely is a serious undertaking, so let’s consider how you can make the best of it.

First of all, if your kitchen is a room most used by all the family members (as mostly is), you would need a durable flooring material. What’s more, the ideal material would also be easy to clean and preferably comfortable for long standing while you cook.

Additionally, think about the overall style of your kitchen. Do you want the flooring to complement the style or do you want to revamp the whole kitchen? Either way, you have to think about how the flooring would go with the cabinets and countertops. Mind you, not all materials have to be the same type or color for your kitchen to have a well-balanced style.

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That in mind, let’s check some of the popular luxury kitchen flooring options, from hardwood and natural stone to tiles.

Hardwood

Hardwood is the absolute winner in the group! This regal material is durable and offers an unrivaled visual appeal. It gives off the sense of warmth and ever-lasting sophistication. It’s excellent if you have an open-floor plan, since it works well in kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms.

Perhaps most importantly, hardwood is unlikely to go out of style, so you can be sure your kitchen will have a long-lasting appeal. What’s more, you will ensure an excellent resale value for your home should you decide to move since your kitchen floor will remain in tip-top state for decades to come.

Choose from a variety of options such as exotic hardwood, reclaimed hardwood or hand-scraped hardwood flooring, and you are sure to make your kitchen stand out!

Natural Stone

A coveted flooring material, natural stone comes in a variety of styles. Therefore, it can blend with almost any kitchen design and style, adding to its timeless charm. It’s surprisingly easy to clean, although it’s admittedly colder than most other materials. Nevertheless, it looks impressive, especially if you go for larger pieces and fewer grout lines.

An important thing to remember about natural stone flooring is that it requires a strong subfloor, so make sure you account for that if you go for this imposing material.

Bamboo

Bamboo is an extremely attractive flooring option. It’s warm and reminiscent of hardwood, although it offers a slightly more modern look. It’s also highly durable, but perhaps most importantly – it’s insect and moisture-resistant, so it’s great for people with allergies. Additionally, bamboo is made of renewable materials, so it’s an exceptionally eco-friendly option.

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Ceramic Tiles

You can choose from a variety of hand-made designer ceramic tiles to give your kitchen a feel of class and style. For a truly unique feel, you can have custom-made ceramic tiles installed. Play with mosaic patterns to make your kitchen stand out with its bold sophistication.

Vinyl Tiles

Many homeowners feel that vinyl is simply a lower-end alternative to porcelain tiles, but that’s not the case with Luxury Vinyl Tiles. They can look as impressive as the porcelain ones, but they are more slip-resistant and a great deal quieter.

High-End Kitchen Remodel Carmel Valley

If you wish to give your kitchen a makeover, Classic Home Improvements can help you see the bigger picture and not leave anything out. We are an award-winning home remodel company in Carmel Valley, with as many as 100 years of combined professional experience. Our staff has the experience, know-how and passion required to make a remarkable difference in your home. Call us today at (858) 224-7373 and treat your kitchen to a royal makeover!

 

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2017 Home Improvement Trends

As we enter in 2017, the remodeling and home improvement projects of 2016 have led to us to predict what we are going to see more of in the next year. These home improvement trends are on point and will dominate in 2017.

Bathroom home improvements are on the rise.

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  • Pebble Flooring: Pebbled tile can be found on the floors of shower remodels. It comes in a rough rock version or a sawed smooth version to give the illusion of rocks without the roughness.  Pebbled rock under tubs can give a unique spa look to your bathroom remodel.
  • Porcelain Tile: Porcelain wood tile is very popular lately. A soft grey color is usually chosen to give a shower a modern look. This tile can go in as is or liners can go in to give it a unique look. A popular flooring option is using pebble tile. You can choose a pebbled rough texture or a cut pebble texture for the flooring. This look is very much on the rise because of its neutral soft tones.
  • Textured tile:  You will find textured tile on shower walls is very popular in showers. These tiles can come in various colors, sizes and textures.  White tiles with wave textures are also very popular and gave your shower a very beautiful, almost serene look.  Adding a nice glass tile liner can also help add some color to your shower.
  • Lighted Mirrors: Mirrors can be a unique decorative aspect that go into bathroom design. Now mirrors are taking it up a notch by being lit. Light up mirrors are coming into the fold now coming in various shapes and sizes. Forget clunky sconces near your bathroom mirror, light up mirror give off enough light and once they are turned off they look like a regular mirror. Prefect for a nice clean design and the light is perfect for personal prepping and makeup application!
  • Pendant Lights: Pendant lights are not just for kitchens anymore; they are headed to the bathroom. Pendant lights look great above a vanity and come in numerous colors, shapes, colors, styles and textures. Bring your theme to life and add a unique flair to the design by adding these lights.

Kitchen remodels are very much in demand and still rising.

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You will continue to see open kitchens and additions in 2017. Open kitchens with islands are a big hit because they are so versatile in entertaining. Here are some of the trends in the kitchen you will see in 2017.

  • Functioning islands- The kitchen is the entertainment room now a days and having a kitchen island is where your company will flock to. So the decision you need to make is what are you using your island for? Is it for prep works, cooking, cleaning, eating or entertaining? If you want appliances or sinks then your kitchen will get bigger.  It is possible to have your island be a functioning one and allow seating.
  • Wine refrigerators: Love wine but not a wine connoisseur? No problem wine refrigerators are starting to pop up more and more in kitchen remodels. Wine refrigerators come with single or dual refrigeration. Consider the types of wine you want to store to determine the type of wine refrigerator you need to purchase.
  • Built in Microwaves: Microwaves are starting to look trendy in new kitchens. Some are built-in and some are countertop versions. Typically in remodels we tend to see more built in microwaves. Built-ins are microwaves that are installed in a cabinet and have custom fitting and kits. These can be located and placed in various parts of the kitchen. Some are over the stove or on top of a built-in oven. Others are built into the island with a microwave drawer installed instead of a typical microwave
  • Wet Bar: Wet bars are now being seen in living rooms just outside the kitchen and are being built with such sophistication! Single-wall wet bars are a great way to put walls with views to work. You won’t have upper cabinets to deal with. All your bottles and glasses can be stored and can be kept below. This allows you to have more counter space and maybe even add a sink

Stacked Stone

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This is one material you will see all over the place, outside on your home, fireplace surround, bathroom backsplash, kitchen island accent or kitchen backsplash! The natural stone look is making its way to your home. You will see this a lot more in 2017!

Whatever your home improvement project may be for 2017, keep your eyes peeled for these trends. You may like what you see in your planning process!!!

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Dangers of Hiring Unlicensed Home Remodeling Contractors

Yesterday a potential client informed us they are going to take a risk and hire some “cheap desperate” workers for their upcoming home remodeling project.  Those were their words and our jaws dropped!  This home remodeling project is not small.  They intend on moving walls, adding plumbing, and relocating electrical wires in their home. We want to let you know that you can not afford “cheap” when you prepare to do a major home remodel.

Why would you trust your home, where you place all your valuables and your most prized possessions (your family) – to cheap and/or desperate workers?  You probably spent a small fortune on your home…. housing in California is not inexpensive.  So why, why would you want to risk having unskilled labor working on your home?  This conversation with this potential client prompted us to share with you the real dangers of hiring “cheap desperate” (unlicensed/unskilled) labor for your home remodeling project.

Personal Safety Dangers

Let’s face it.  The world is a dangerous place.  Everywhere you look there is a horror story about theft and fraud.  Finding someone that is standing on a corner looking to do some remodeling work in your home could be safe, but why take the risk?  Go ahead and hire that random guy who came knocking on your door to do your home remodeling project.  I am sure there are no real red flags there (insert sarcasm here!).  Is every handyman “out to get you”?  Of course not, We are saying that hiring an unlicensed and uninsured worker is probably not the best course of action.

Home Safety Dangers

You may not really think about the safety that is required when doing a home remodeling project.  Trust the professionals when we say there are hundreds of dangers with each home renovation.  If your home remodeling contractor does not know what he is doing, your bathroom remodel today could be the cause of your black mold in a year.  When your handyman that you hired because he is cheap is not trained on electrical work, you may encounter a house fire months or years later.

A handyman who does not alert you there is a live wire dangling on your countertop before he leaves for the day could cause you some undue heartache. If you or your loved ones get out of the shower and accidentally touch that live wire – you have a real problem on your hands!

Another scenario includes immediate damage to your home.  For example, what if your unskilled and unlicensed contractor uses a torch to do some plumbing and accidentally starts a fire?  An unlicensed contractor will not have liability insurance and most home insurance claims specifically exclude any damages to the home made by an unlicensed contractor.

Worker’s Dangers

As we mentioned, home remodeling is dangerous.  Accidents happen all the time and they are just that, accidents.  The problem is not the accident.  The problem is not having the proper insurance to cover yourselves when those accidents happen.

All it takes is one bad decision to create a situation that can cause great bodily hard when working with tools of the trades.  A defective tool can cause bodily injury.  A person could accidentally fall off a roof or a ladder.  If you hire an unlicensed and uninsured contractor to work on your home and they have an accident then guess whose insurance they are going after?  Yours.  However, when you work with a licensed contractor then they have worker’s compensation insurance which will cover them in the event of an accident.

Project Timelines and Completion

If you make the mistake of hiring an unlicensed contractor  there is very little legal recourse for you if the worker decides to skip out of town without completing your project.  Additionally, if the unlicensed contractor has “employees” working for him and he does not pay them for their hours, you may end up having people knocking on your door asking for money when you have already paid your unlicensed contractor.

Hire a Licensed and Insured Contractor!

We think we have given significant reasons for why you should spend the extra money to hire a licensed and insured contractor.  The potential costs associated with hiring an unlicensed contractor can include hiring an additional contractor to fix the unlicensed contractor’s work and the potential for significant damage to your home and/or bodily injury.

Why is home remodeling so expensive?

Home remodeling can be considered expensive when you are comparing the reality of remodeling prices to what you see on HGTV.  However, when you compare licensed contractors against other licensed contactors then chances are they are fairly close in price.  If there is one bid that is significantly lower or higher, that should be a red flag that something is included (or excluded) when it should not be.  Yes, remodeling is going to cost you several thousands of dollars but remodeling is a luxury expense.

Skilled labor is expensive.  They demand a higher wage because they have earned their education in the trade they are working on.  Insurance costs are on the rise for all the reasons listed above.  Quality materials are not cheap.  If you want a responsive company with responsive and skilled employees working on  your home, you will be paying a premium.

Working with a full service remodeling contractor ensures you do not have to do the heavy lifting of project management.  Construction materials are notorious for having defects, coming in wrong quantities, and having breaks during construction.  You will not need to manage and track materials which is a full time job all on its own.  A full service remodeling company takes care of all the hundreds of little problems that happen during the period of building the remodel.  If you are trying to save money you can hire a specialty licensed contractor and manage the construction process yourself instead of a general contractor – just research to see what type of contractors you need for your project.

One of the worse home remodeling mistakes you can make is hiring an unlicensed contractor to work on your home.  You can not afford free or cheap when working in construction!  When you are ready to start a major home renovation, reach out to licensed and insured contractors. There are plenty of places to find reputable remodeling companies for your upcoming home renovation.

 

 

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Roof Replacement – Signs of a Deteriorating Roof

Your roof protects the interior of your home, it’s vital to keep you safe from the elements so give it more attention before something drastic happens.  Are you wondering if your roof needs to be replaced?   Here are some warning signs you can look for to determine if it is time to call a contractor to come give you a roof replacement estimate.

Age of roof

First things first, how old is your roof?  Experts have put their heads together and have agreed that a typical roof can last between 20 and 25 years.  It also depends if the roof has been removed in the past, how many layers of shingles it has and if it ventilated properly.

Check out your shingles

Another good indication is if your shingles are curling or buckling. Take a good look at your roof when you have direct sunlight. If you can see shingles curling it means your shingles are past their life span and it’s time to replace them.

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How are the valleys in your roof? If you have shingles that are falling apart or missing, it’s a major sign you need a new roof. The valley of your roof is the most important. When weather occurs whether it be rain or snow, that flows through the valley and into the gutters, if you are missing or have broken shingles, your roof is exposed and the elements can to the roof.

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Check your gutters

Another great way to check to see if your roof is failing is by checking your gutters. If your gutters are loaded with shingle granules, that is a sign your shingles are worn and breaking down. Your shingles are losing their integrity to hold up against the elements.

Take a walk

Have you walked on your roof to survey the area (do this carefully, or call a San Diego roofer)? Ever notice a trampoline like bounce when you walk on the roof or a sponge like feel when you walk. That means that your roof has been weakened by moisture. The best way to confirm this is by going to your attic and looking through the roof boards. If you can see sunlight coming through the roof boards, you will need a new roof.

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Look at your ceilings

A great way of spotting roof damage is from the inside of your home. Are you seeing stains on the ceiling or wall? This is an urgent warning sign that your roof is damaged. Act quickly if not you may also notice a sagging ceiling.

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Check out the surface of your roof

Is your entire roof all one color? Or are you seeing spots? Dark and dirty areas of your roof are signs of environmental pollutants, vegetation, fungus or algae growth.

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Loose or exposed nails are also a big indicator of roof failure. If nails are present it’s because water flow has pushed them up from the shingles and exposing the roof.

Monitor your electric bill

Have you noticed a change in your electric bill? Are heating and cooling costs more than usual? It could be an indication that a leak in the roof is forcing your heating costs to rise. A leaky roof can puncture the ventilation making the hot and cold air escape from the home.

Time to call a San Diego roofer?

Next time you are outside look at your roof, see if you notice any of these things happening to your home.  If you see a reason to be concerned, call Classic Home Improvements to come out and assess the damage.   Getting an estimate for roof replacement and roof repairs are free!

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Fireplace Remodeling Options

The focal point of many home living room and family rooms is the fireplace.  Most homes in San Marcos CA were built in late 70’s and early 80’s.  Home style trends have changed significantly since then so it is no wonder the hot new trend in San Marcos CA is a fireplace remodel.  Here are some options for you if you are considering a fireplace renovation. to your outdated fireplace:

Faux Stacked Stone Fireplace

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If you like the look of stacked stone but want to save some cost, pre-fabbed stacked stone is a good option.  It takes less labor to install and is less expensive then stone found in nature, which is why it saves on cost.  The biggest differences in appearance when using real stacked stone versus pre-fabbed stacked stone are subtle.

Faux stacked stone mimics the look and feel of natural stone.  A few things you may notice if you install manufactured stone is the corner edges are a little too perfect for what you would find in nature.  Additionally, the grout lines tend to be pretty large in faux stone.

Real Stacked Stone

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A fireplace remodel that includes real stacked stone is stunning if you are someone who prefers pieces of nature in your home.  With real stacked stone you can control the grout lines, how tight the stone is installed, and how the stone pops out from the wall.  If you enjoy vintage looks, another popular look is adding reclaimed lumber to create a vintage fireplace.

Real stacked stone will have various colors so if you prefer to have perfect fluidity in your space, this may not be the best fit for you.  Also, real stacked stone is extremely heavy and must be installed piece by piece which means the cost of installation is much higher than a faux fireplace remodel.

Pop Out your Fireplace

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San Marcos homeowners have found that they can add some dimension to their living room if they “pop out” the fireplace.  This means framing out the wall prior to remodeling the fireplace.

Tile Surround Fireplace

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One stylish way to remodel your fireplace is to add a tile surround.  A tile surround can add a pop of color to your fireplace.  There are thousands of different tile mosaic options for you to choose from when updating your fireplace.

Tile Surround Fireplace with Mantel

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Your fireplace can include a tile surround with a wood mantel or a cast mantel with a surround.  Mantels with surrounds can finish your fireplace with a modern or classic look, depending on your home’s style.

A fireplace renovation will create a whole new feel in your home.  If you are ready to discuss a fireplace remodel with a reputable contractor, call Classic Home Improvements for a free in-home consultation!

 

 

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