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Best Remodeling Contractors in San Diego California

Classic Home Improvements meets with hundreds of homeowners a year offering free kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, whole house remodeling, and room addition consultations. Consumers are often reminded by the California State Licensing Board to get competitive estimates when preparing for a home remodel project and for that reason, we are commonly asked who our competitors are.

We believe that an informed customer is the best type of customer.  We are not one to shy away from friendly competition and we believe in being transparent with our clients.  For that reason, we share who we believe to be the best remodeling contractors in San Diego.

  • Lars Remodeling and Design:  In 2016, when we last visited the website for Lars, we found their services were categorized as Whole house Remodeling, Outdoor Living Remodeling, Room Additions, Kitchen Remodels, Bathroom Remodels, Design-Build Remodeling, Custom Home Builders, and General Contractor.  Classic Home Improvements considers them friendly competition in all categories excluding custom home building, which we do not offer as of yet.
  • Jackson Design and Remodeling:  When we last viewed their website, Jackson expressed their specialties as a design build contractor offering kitchen remodeling, bathroom, remodeling, and whole-home design services.
  • Murray Lampert:  According to their website, this company specializes in architectural design, residential second story additions, single story expansions, room additions, kitchen remodels, bath remodels, and total home remodeling.  When last researched by Classic Home Improvements, their license was active and their reviews were quite solid.

So there you have it.  A few remodel companies we consider to have healthy competition with.   Each of these competitors have (as of 2016) a great reputation as far as we can tell, beautiful images of completed projects, and are appear to be client-focused.  As always, we recommend verifying all licenses and insurance are current on the California State Licensing Board and verifying reviews on your own.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a home renovation contractor and is located in Escondido, Ca and offers kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, outdoor living remodeling, and room additions to homeowners in San Diego, CA as well as Temecula, CA.

10 Ways Homeowners Can Avoid Remodeling Delays

We have all heard horror stories about a contractor who took too long to complete a project. You know the story, the one where the contractor swore the project could be completed in 5 days but it really took over 3 months to be completed.  Remodeling projects slipping over their projected completion date is a common remodeling problem, and one that can be avoided.

How do you avoid these types of miss-communications?  Where is the breakdown?  Why is it so hard to nail down a completion date on a remodel?  Would you be surprised to know you, as the homeowner, have a lot to do with how quickly a job progresses?!  Here are some ways you can be sure to help move the project along so the project is completed on time.

  1. Establish communication with the right person

    We all know good communication is key to any relationship, but why does it affect completion dates?   Construction is complex and involves many parties including the homeowner, designers, regulators (city for approvals), subcontractors or employees, and consultants.  If one party is not communicating with another, a break-down ensues.  For the purpose of this post, we encourage an open line of communication with your sole point-of-contact.  When you sign your contract, ask your contractor to be very clear who that point of contact is.

    Here is an example for you from a construction point of view:  If you talk to the framer and ask him to change a size of the niche for your new shower, he may say “sure, fine”.  If the framer does not tell your sole point of contact (usually a project superintendent), then the tile installer may not know about the change which means  you will be short on bull-nose.  If you have an insert tile or a special order tile, this will delay your project while you wait for the extra material to come in.  Construction is similar to a production line in manufacturing. Make one change in the front of the line without telling the next person in the line and all of a sudden your project (and its timeline) starts falling apart.

  2. Record questions

    Being informed about processes, procedures, and different products is all great.   What is not great is stopping workers several times a day to answer questions or discuss scope of work changes.  If you are a person who likes to do a ton of research, we suggest having a pad of paper and writing down your questions, concerns, etc to review with your point of contact.  As a remodeling contractor, we are often told by workers that homeowners come in frequently to ask questions about a process.  As a worker, and a human, we look for distractions, especially when doing repetitive work (field workers in construction face incredibly repetitive tasks).  So a simple question can turn into a 30 minute conversation, plus the time it takes to get his or her brain re-focused on the original task at hand.

    For each moment a worker is explaining a process to you, he or she is not completing the task at hand.  This goes back to making sure you are discussing questions with your point of contact.  Your point of contact should be answering any questions or concerns you may have.  Additionally, many times the worker does not have all the answers because he or she does not see the overall project, just the piece that is currently being worked on.

  3. Do not delay on selecting products

    Once you have selected your contractor everything starts moving relatively quickly.  Or at least, it should.  After your contractor has taken measurements of the space to remodeled it will be your responsibility as the homeowner to select the products to be installed.  This sounds easier than it is, we know.  Remember that in construction one decision affects several other decisions.  This means cabinets can not be ordered for a kitchen remodel until appliances have been selected because the measurements of the appliances affect the remaining space available for cabinets.  Countertops can not be fabricated until you have selected your sink.  Electrical wires can not be installed until you have selected your lighting.

    Make a day of it, make a weekend of it, but make it a priority to order your products as soon as  you have the green light from your contractor.  Need help?  Ask your contractor for assistance.  If you have hired a design build company to remodel your house, chances are you will have assistance in navigating the scary place which is product selection.

  1. Select products without a long back-order

    For the sake of everyone’s sanity, please pay attention to whether or not the item you are ordering is in stock!  How could a contractor possibly have a completion date which you both agreed on if the finish product will take 4 weeks longer than the anticipated completion date?  Are you ordering tile with a long back-order?  If for some unfortunate reason the tile measurements are “off” (or tile gets broken during installation, which can happen), if you have ordered custom tile or tile that is back-ordered, this will delay the completion of your project.  If there is a kitchen faucet or a lighting fixture you simply can not live without which has a long back-order make sure you discuss this with your point of contact so you can understand how that decision will affect your anticipated completion date.

  1. Be decisive

    Be confident in your decisions.  What do we mean by that?  Your design.  Once you have signed your contract and signed off on your final design, stop looking on the internet for additional ideas….we know, its temping.  Don’t do it.  Revising your design will not only affect your completion date, but it may very well affect your project price (which is another concern for homeowners who remodel).  Prices should not fluctuate once you have signed your contract.  The only three things that could possibly affect your pricing if you are working with a reputable contractor are (1) design and scope of work changes requested by the homeowner after the initial contract is signed and (2) unforeseen construction problems (such as finding mold when your contractor does his demo work, (3) unforeseen scope of work changes required by a city official (ie:  during permits or inspections).

  2. Do not add changes to your scope of work

    Again, be confident in your decisions and do not search the internet for additional ideas once you have signed off on your project drawings.  If you make changes to the scope of work once the final drawings have been approved the engine on your remodel has to stop or at minimum slow down.  What do we mean by that?  Here is an example:  You decide after you have ordered your kitchen cabinets that you would like to have a wine cabinet installed.  The wine cabinet affects cabinetry, countertops, and electrical trades.  New drawings have to be made, cabinet orders change, and once all those changes are made you will need to sign new drawings and a new material order takes place.  That one change could cost you a day or a week.  Either way, it is a delay.  Some homeowners are willing to cause a delay because of a “must have” item.  Just understand the delay is not due to your contractor, it is due to a change of scope of work.

  3. Have your home prepared for the project to start

    Having your home prepared for the project to start means just that.  Are you remodeling a kitchen?  Make sure your cabinets are 100% empty and packed away somewhere safe. Remodeling your bathroom?  Take everything off the walls, clean out the cabinets, clean out the toilet, and make sure the hallways are cleared for workers to have a safe traffic area. Once the project has started, stay clear out of the area.  Do not pack boxes in the space.  Any time the workers have to spend removing your items from the work space means they are not working on the remodel.   If you are not sure how to prepare for your remodel, reach out to your point of contact for guidance.

  4. Allow access to the home

    This seems to be a key item we need to discuss.  When you are having your home remodeled, it is important your contractor has access to the home during regular business work hours.  Some homeowners want to be home when the work is being completed.  If you want to manage the schedule by dictating when the workers can start, stop, and what days they can work, I promise you your schedule will be compromised.  Contractors will generally ask to have a lock-box with a special code allowing them to enter and exit your home while keeping the contents of your home safe.  If you trusted your contractor to remodel your home, it is imperative you trust them to have access to it when you are not home.  Not allowing access to the home during regular business hours is a key to keeping your project timeline on course.

  5. Avoid micro-managing your project

    Let me ask you this:  When you take your car to the mechanic, what happens?  You explain what is wrong, the mechanic takes a look, explains what the price will be and you leave until the work is complete.  Right?  The same is with your remodel.  You have hired your contractor because he or she is the professional, trained specifically in construction and remodeling.

    The construction process is complex.  To the untrained eye, you may believe something is missing if you see an electrical wire hanging loosely or a baseboard that is unpainted when all the others are already painted.  What you don’t see is the reason for why that part was left “unfinished”.  If we can offer one of the biggest piece of advise it is – understand that the remodel is not complete until your contractor says it is complete.  This means that if you see something you are concerned about – make note of it.  If it is still a problem when your contractor says the work is complete, bring it up during your final walk through.

    Every contractor should offer a final walk through before asking for a final payment.  This is the time to bring up any unfinished work or any workmanship details that may concern you.  This does not mean if you see an electrical outlet on the wrong wall that you do not bring it up.  That is an obvious miss-step during the remodel and one that the contractor should by all means catch before you do.

  6. Be available

    If there was one thing we could say to help a homeowner help their contractor complete their job on time it is – be available!  When your contractor calls you and needs you to make a decision, consider it a high priority.  When it is time to do a job walk with your contractor, make sure you are available.  It may be that the longer you delay the job walk, the longer the job sits because a decision needs to be made.  When it is time to select your product, don’t wait for the weekend you are free – make the time to make it happen.  Be available and be present (ie:  avoid distractions) when meeting with your contractor.

Remodeling your home is a team effort.  Once you have selected a contractor – you have essentially invited a new partner into your personal space for 3 weeks to a year, depending on the size of your project.  Nurture the relationship.  Communicate, be accessible, and be confident you have made the right choices from the moment you selected your team-mate.

 

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a licensed general contracting company specializing in home remodels in San Diego, Ca and Temecula, Ca.  This company offers design services as well as remodeling services.  Their office is located in Escondido, Ca and has a kitchen and bath showroom which is available by appointment only to homeowners looking complete a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, or whole house remodel as well as home addition projects.

What Type of Kitchen Layout Do I Have?

You spend every day in your kitchen, but do you know what shape it is?  Do you know what it’s labeled?  Do you know what shape you want it after your kitchen remodel?  Here is a quick guide to understand your kitchen better before you meet with a professional about your upcoming kitchen remodel.

L-Shaped Kitchens

White Kitchen Cabinets

L-shaped kitchens are probably the most popular layout seen in kitchens. L-Shaped kitchens usually have a sink on one side and stove on the others. Most homeowners will expand their kitchen to add an island and keep the L-Shape design but give it an updated look, and like the picture above the sink can be relocated to the island to allow more countertop space in the L Shape.

I-Shaped Kitchen

Bright Modern Galley Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

 

This simple kitchen layout is one you see in smaller spaces like lofts or open apartments. This kitchen is a single galley kitchen or single wall kitchen. This is a simple design that works well in the smallest of spaces and it looks very modern.  This is a budget friendly kitchen because there is less cabinetry to be used and less countertop area.

U-Shaped (C-Shaped) Kitchens 

U Shaped Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

This kitchen layout creates the perfect work triangle between the stove, sink and refrigerator. This is the kitchen best for those busy chefs of the home. The U-Shaped kitchen at times even offers a peninsula area for guest to sit and watch the magic happen. In other U-Shaped kitchens the peninsula may not be present but can be a wall of cabinets or other appliances may be on that wall. If an entertainment space is desired, an island can be created within the U-shape.

Galley Kitchen

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Galley kitchens seem to have been the norm in older homes. The simple pattern of having a set of cabinets run down a narrow area of the home can be boring if you let it. Galley’s can be modernized to look more inviting by adding modern cabinets and hardware. Another way homeowners are adding some variety to their design is by knocking out one of the walls to the galley and opening the space and making that wall an eating bar keeping the galley shape but making the kitchen more accessible.

Island or Peninsula

Dark wood cabinets with white countertops

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding an island or peninsula to your kitchen remodel can be a fun project because you are creating a space for entertaining.  Some homeowners like to have their family members sit at the peninsula to visit while they cook or so their children can finish homework while the parents prepare meals.

After viewing the layouts above, you may decide you want to completely gut your kitchen and create a new layout.  Most homes have the space to allow for a complete layout reconfiguration, which layout would you pick?

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements, a San Diego based remodeling contractor, offers design build services to homeowners in San Diego and Temecula.

 

U Shaped Kitchen

Open Versus Closed Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, there is no specific book you can read that tells you exactly what you are supposed to do with the space in your home. Every home is unique and so are the occupants inside them.   Only you can truly decide on what is comfortable and how a space can be most functional for your family.

If you are planning on remodeling your kitchen and trying to decide if you should create an open concept space or keep your current closed kitchen, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to lead you down the path that best suits you and your family.

  1. Why are you considering an open concept?

    Is it because you saw a beautiful kitchen in a magazine or on an HGTV sitcom?  Don’t forget that your entertaining and cooking style may differ from anyone else you know.  Unless you are planning your kitchen remodel to sell to your sister or neighbor – plan your space so that it suits your specific cooking and entertaining needs.

  1. Is your kitchen dark or does it feel closed off and gloomy?

Are you considering an open kitchen floorplan because you feel like your kitchen is dark?  You can lighten up your kitchen by adding canned lights, a skylight, or by raising your ceiling.  Perceived darkness should not be a leading decision-maker for opening up your kitchen.  There are plenty of ways to be creative in remodeling your closed kitchen.

  1. Are you organized?

    Galley Kitchen White Cabinets

 

 

 

 

 

Some homeowners like to entertain but they are not organized and they would prefer to keep their disorganization behind closed areas which means a closed kitchen is probably preferable to an open one.

  1. Do you like (or need) help when preparing food?

If you are an entertainer who likes to throw potlucks or who has a big family who comes over often for meals, you may prefer to have an open kitchen which allows multiple people in the kitchen without stepping all over each other.  We like to ask the question:  How many butts are in your kitchen?

  1. How do you want to allocate your budget?

Some homeowners would rather invest their kitchen remodel budget into higher end cabinets or deluxe appliances rather than invest in reworking the layout which can be expensive when dealing with tearing out walls.

Everyone’s needs are different.  When we ask homeowners what they are looking for in a design, we have some who need an open concept so they can keep an eye on their young children.  Other homeowners say they like to keep their food preparation separate from their entertaining and would prefer everyone stay out of their kitchen.  Your lifestyle will dictate what the best design is for you.  If you need help determining what that style is, invest in some free design consultations with local San Diego contractors.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor offering kitchen remodeling services to homeowners in San Diego and Temecula.  Their showroom is located in Escondido, CA and is by appointment only.

Updating Outdated Master Bathrooms to a Modern Style

In the 80s’ tile countertops and tile surrounds for drop in master bathtubs were incredibly popular for high end homes.  Classic Home Improvements gets phone calls daily with requests to update their outdated master bathrooms to a more modern bathroom style.

Unfortunately many homeowners need assistance with trying to accomplish the bathroom remodel idea that they have in their head.  They know they want a modern space, but they are not quire sure how to pull the look together.  Or they feel like they do not have the design ability to pull off the look they desire.

If this was your master bathroom -how would you update the space?  If you aren’t sure where to start – one of the best things you can do is request a free consultations from San Diego remodeling contractors.

"Before"

“Before”

After contemplating what her goals were for this space, the homeowner of this San Diego bathroom contacted Classic Home Improvements for a free in-home consultation to remodel the space.  The solution was to create a modern space with the addition of a steam shower. Her newly renovated bathroom included a beautiful light fixture and a modern dark wood Starmark cabinetry vanity  with two beautiful rectangular vessel sinks.

Master Bathroom Remodel Poway Contractor

“After”

 

When you are ready to reach out to San Diego remodeling contractors to re-design your bathroom, Classic Home Improvements should be at the top of your list.  As an “A” rated remodeling contractor, this team has worked together for over 10 years in construction and remodeling and the President has over 25 years experience.

There is an exclusive feel when you work with this San Diego home improvement team when you visit their design center in Escondido to review your written estimate and 3D renderings after your initial consultation.  The 3D renderings allow you to see what you have designed together during your initial consultation with the kitchen and bathroom designer.

Homeowners like to ask the team what the bath remodel cost per square foot is.  The answer to that is, “we need to meet with you.”  Unfortunately there is not a quick answer for the cost per square foot question.  The reason is, there are too many variables!  Take the above remodel as an example.  If we had provided a cost per square foot, we would have been off base by hundreds, if not thousands of dollars because a cost per square foot would not have included a steam shower or a free-standing roman tub.  If you are looking to budget for a bathroom remodel, the only way you can do that accurately is to meet with a licensed general contractor to review your goals.  Bathroom remodels, especially custom ones, can not be priced on a rough per square foot over the telephone.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a San Diego home remodeling contractor located in Escondido, CA.  This bathroom remodel company offers bathroom remodeling services to San Diego and Temecula homeowners.  Consultations are free with no-obligation.  Bathroom remodels with this home improvement contractor start at $10,000 for a small hall bathroom.

 

 

10 Tips for Managing Stress Levels During a Remodel

Home remodeling is fun.  You get to reinvent your home and create a space that is customized to your style.  You get the opportunity to design a room that is functional for your family.  Best of all, you will have a renewed love of your home.

With all that in mind, you must understand that remodeling is stressful!

Think about it….remodeling has all the components that couples inevitably argue over.  Money, decision-making, time, priorities, and family communication.  Any weaknesses in communication and conflict management will be exposed during remodeling.

Let’s explore some of the stresses you and your family will endure during your remodel and tips for how to avoid anxiety, stress, and even anger during your remodel.

Decision-making

You will not only need to determine who your contractor will be, you will also need to decide on a final budget for your project,  Then there are many conversations that will take place regarding design.  After you come to a decision about design aspects you will need to select your finish products. Finish products alone could be upwards of 10 separate decisions (all of which need to coordinate with one another). Conflicts arise when you are not willing to compromise with one another.

Tip:   Pick your battles and remember that you are blending your styles to create the perfect space for both of you. Another way to manage the battle of decisions is to divvy up decisions, one person selects appliances and the other is responsible for the color of the cabinets, as an example.

Transparency regarding budgets

Remodeling is an expensive luxury.  Not being transparent with your significant other and with your contractor is asking for problems.

Tip:  Discuss and decide what your budget is and allow an extra 5-10%  percentage in the budget for contingencies.  Once you have your firm budget in place, do not deviate from it.  Be transparent with your contractor about your budget, as well as your contingencies so your contractor can assist in guiding you in the event there is an unforeseen problem when construction begins.

Clear expectations about project timelines

hourglassIf you have a hard deadline for your project to be completed by that is an important factor which needs to be discussed before signing contracts.  If something comes up during your remodel and your project completion date needs to be pushed up (or back) – that is also important to communicate.

Tip:  Ask your contractor for a rough timeline of the project.   It is important for you to understand that any delays you have in making decisions (such as selecting product) will directly affect completion dates.  Allowing access (or not allowing access) to the home is also a factor that could delay completion dates.

Another topic of discussion with your contractor is any potential holiday time off or weekend schedules so expectations about completion dates can be set early.

Making too many design changes

                          Changes in design happen as you progress in planning your new space, but the best time to make those changes are during the planning and budgeting stage.  Most contractors will have a final drawing for you to sign off on before construction begins.

Tip:   Once that final drawing document is signed and construction has started, do not make any more changes to your design.  If you do make changes, do not be surprised if there is a cost  associated that your contractor will not be wiling to absorb (sometimes quite significant).

Time consumption

time-consuming-remodelingMake no mistake about it, remodeling is time consuming.  This goes back to the decision-making conversation.  You will be making decisions and second-guessing them.  You will be nervous about colors, style, and schedules.   You will be doing all this in “all your spare time” between managing family engagements, work, and day-to-day life.  There is a good chance you will scream and/or cry at least once out of pure emotion from being overwhelmed with the time that is being consumed.

Tip:  Take a breathe.  Post a photo of your “before” space next to your rendering or layout of your “new” space.  Go to a movie.  Just stop and breathe.  Do something that has absolutely nothing to do with remodeling for one day with your significant other.

Miscommunication

talk-listenMiscommunication is bound to happen at least once during your remodel.  Either between you and your spouse or you and your contractor.  In remodeling it is important for everyone to be extremely deliberate and avoid assumptions.

Tip:   If a miscommunication occurs, focus on the solution and not the blame.  To avoid miscommunication be very clear and do not make assumptions.  If you are not sure if your contractor understands what you are asking for, ask your contractor to repeat your request to verify you are on the same page.

Project delays

delay-in-constructionFrom waiting for permits to be obtained, materials to be delivered, and finding unexpected problems during demolition, project delays can be incredibly frustrating.

Tip:  There are many components to a remodel so talk with your contractor to find out what work can be done while you are waiting for the delayed item to be completed.  Many times, especially during a major remodel, time can be “made up” in a different section of the home.

Not understanding sequence of construction

tile_settersWith the advancement of Technology many consumers spend a considerable amount of time doing research online as well as watching HGTV.  Unfortunately this means that many consumers believe they understand construction more than they actually do and it causes them to try to manage their own project.

Tip:  Trust your contractor. You hired your contractor because you believed that individual was a professional in the industry.  Specifically towards the end of a remodel the finish items seem to feel like they are taking forever to complete. The best way to handle the stress of feeling like your project is dragging on would be to ask your contractor what the next steps are so that you understand what is happening.

Space constraints during the remodel

construction-image-demo-kitchenMajor remodels take a considerable amount of time so if you have a kitchen that is not operable or a bathroom that is not usable stress can mount after a few weeks.

Tip:  If possible, go on a mini vacation during your home renovation.  Your contractor will thank you, the work will probably be done quicker, and you will avoid having to live in a home without operable space.  If this is not possible, try spending more time outdoors.  Having barbecues is a great way to enjoy meals that are home cooked when you do not have an operable kitchen.  Sending the kids to stay with family and friends can be helpful when you are down a bathroom.

Construction is dirty

remodel-dust-containmentRemodels are stunning when completed but do not forget that before it is pretty, it is messy! Dust will be everywhere.  Even if your contractor cleans up daily and wipes things down, dust will be in the air and will settle at the end of everyday.  If you like things neat and tidy, this will drive you crazy.

Tip:  Put a sheet over anything you want to protect and expect the dust.  There is no way around it.  Ask your contractor how they will contain the dust particles to just the remodeled space.  When your remodel is complete, treat yourself with a full service clean by a professional and throw a party to show all your friends and family your stunning new remodeled home!

 

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

 

 

 

14 Different Countertop Materials

Most homeowners are familiar with quartz, tile, and caesarstone kitchen countertops, but there are so many more options out there that consumers may or may not be aware of!  Here are a handful that we thought you may enjoy reading more about:

Granite-CountertopsGranite

This natural stone has been a popular choice for kitchen remodels over the years because it comes in various colors grains and finishes.  Granite is a very hard surface and is not susceptible to scratches and takes normal wear and tear very well.  It also handles heat well so placing a hot pot on the surface will not likely damage it.  Granite countertops, however, are very porous and need to be sealed properly and regularly to prevent staining

Engineered-QuartzEngineered Quartz

Engineered Quartz has taken over the kitchens in the past 3 years. Engineered quartz is a combination of ground quartz, resin and pigments to create a tough, nonporous material.   Quartz is non-porous so staining is not an issue with this surface.  With the wide range of colors, quartz has become a popular choice, but the prices can be a little steep and the surface is not as resistant to heat as granite.

Tile-CountertopsTile

Tile is probably the most effect material to use on your countertops. This is an older trend and isn’t seen much anymore due to the difficulty of maintaining the tile due to grout. If you want to bring back this vintage look, make sure you choose a durable grout to make maintaining easier.   While tile can be affordable and durable, the colors vary from batch to batch so if you get a cracked tile down the line that needs to be replaced, chances are the new tile will not match the original.

Glass CountertopEcofriendly

Things you can use for this can be anything from salvaged wood, Bio-Glass to Bamboo. Choices like this are chosen for clients who want a complete green remodel.  There are tradeoffs and just because salvaged and recycled countertops are eco-friendly does not mean they are all as earth-friendly as they could be…they do have to go from material creation to manufacturing so keep that in mind.

Recycled-Paper-Based-CountertopsRecycled Paper-Based

Yes you read that…recycled paper. Now this doesn’t sound durable by any means but the process to make it durable is similar to quartz. When blended with resins and pigments it does look and feel like soapstone.

Plasic-LaminatePlastic Laminate

Laminate is still in the game when it comes to kitchen remodeling. There is a large variety of customizable edges and finishes and it is very affordable. If you have a rental property and want to keep budget in line while having low maintenance, laminate is probably the best choice for your kitchen remodel.

Recycled-Glass-and-cementRecycled Glass and Cement

Recycled glass and cement is one of those unique trends in countertops that is starting to make its way to the main stream. The combination of these two materials fused into one makes for one beautiful, colorful, slab of one of a kind art. If you are going for a unique theme this countertop might be the perfect choice for your eclectic kitchen

Marble-CountertopsMarble

Marble has been one of those classic materials that is very popular and it shows no signs of disappearing. If you have a white kitchen, more than likely you will migrate to marble to create that dreamy white kitchen that graces those glossy magazines. Marble is a softer stone that can scratch and stain easily.

Concrete-CountertopsConcrete

Concrete is fairly new to kitchen remodels however it is starting to gain popularity. Concrete counters are created with pigments and dyes and can be custom made with various colors even down to the texture of the concrete. Once it is sealed it looks fantastic and is very durable.

Stainless-Steel-CountertopsStainless Steel

Want to feel like the Master Chef in your own kitchen? Try adding some stainless steel countertops. Steel is a great choice because it’s non staining, heat resistant and easy to clean. This countertop can drive your kitchen design to a high end look with a mix of high end industrial restaurant with tradition kitchen design.

Wood-CountertopsWood Countertops

Wood countertops may not be the most common option homeowners discuss, however butcher block countertops look great in any country kitchen or cottage kitchen remodel.  The quality of wood you choose and the right sealer to make all the difference when selecting your wood countertop to make it look warm and inviting.

Zinc-CountertopsZinc

Zinc countertops aren’t seen much in modern kitchens but this unique metal gave your kitchen an industrial feel. A great way to combine traditional design and industrial to your kitchen remodel.

soapstone-countertopsSoapstone

Soapstone, it’s all in the name. This hard surface is 50% talc combined with other minerals mostly magnesite gives this surface a soapy feel.  Soapstone is heat resistant, non-porous and is chemically neutral so acids like lemon or tomato juice will not affect it. It is a soft hard surface so scratches are common and would need to be resealed every year.

Copper-CountertopsCopper

Copper is not common but it’s easy to clean and maintain. It is a “living” surface and it will react differently to substances. It looks gorgeous in any kitchen but be prepared for it to change colors when it reacts to various chemicals.

 

While this list is long, we hope you found the material that will make your kitchen shine and complete your remodel.   Remember that these countertops come in numerous colors so pinpoint your color scheme before shopping for your countertop.  Come prepared with cabinet and backsplash samples to help you along the process.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

Exterior House Painting Color Inspiration

Summer is a great time to pick up those paint brushes and paint your home.  Most people gravitate towards remodeling the inside of their home, but don’t forget exterior painting will make a huge difference towards how you feel about your home before you even walk in the door.   A fresh coat of exterior paint gives your visitors a great first impression and your house some serious curb appeal.  Let’s start talking about some colors for your home.

Ivory and White

Ivory-WhiteIvory paint is more of a soft almond color and it looks absolutely beautiful. It gives your home a very inviting look and you can also use whit to outline the trim. These two color combinations are stunning and work well with any home.

Prairie Brown, Gray and Yellow/Gold

Prairie-Brown-Gray-Yellow-GoldNow this combination sounds odd but it’s a warm and neutral color scheme. Use the lighter brown for the majority of your home and use the darker colors to highlight the homes details.

White Putty, Taupe and Olive Green

White-Putty-Taupe-Olive-GreenWhite paint is a classic look for any home. It’s sophisticated and gives the home a grand, clean look. While just using white might be boring for some, add some character to the home by adding a soft taupe with some olive on trim and details. This can break up the solid white look and make the home pop.

Cool Green, Butter Yellow and White

Cool-Green-Butter-Yellow-WhiteWhen you think of painting your home, green sounds like a color you would run away from. Green can work if you pick the right shade. A cool green can be used to create a natural calm and serene feel to your home. Use Butter Yellow and White for trimming and accents.

White & Dark Chocolate

White and Dark ChocolateThis color combination is a winner. If you love the classic white home look, then adding a dark chocolate paint to accent the white paint. This color works great and is perfect for decorations and outdoor furniture, the fear of clashing is impossible with this color scheme.

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

 

Odd and Beautiful Kitchen Backsplashes

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, the backsplash paints the theme of the kitchen. Cabinets are also important … but the backsplash tells the story.  Need help deciding how to tell the story?   Here are some suggestions:

Glass Tile Backsplashes

glass-tile-backsplashGlass tiles can look incredible against any colored wood. Most choices of glass tiles are bright hued colors, if bright colors are too bold there are others in neutral tones.

 

Subway Tile Backsplashes

subway-tile-backsplashSubway tile is a common choice in back-splashes. Classic white subway tile can be found in most kitchens however brighter colors are popping up and making waves with this classic trend.

Stained Glass Backsplashes

stained-glass-backsplashStained Glass backsplashes aren’t very common but the look is very unique. If you want to give your kitchen a unique feel stained glass is the way to go.

Stainless Steel and Stone Backsplashes

stainless-steel-and-stone-backsplashStainless steel and stone back-splashes are popping up more and more in modern kitchen remodels but incorporating this futuristic material with an older trend is making a new trend.

Intricate Mosaic Tile Backsplashes

mosaic-backsplashDo you have a special design in mind for your kitchen? More like a focal piece of art or image you want to tell your whole story? Well you can try an Intricate Mosaic Tile. This idea is a great way to get creative and tell your own story and it not be fabricated by someone else.

Natural Stone Backsplashes

natural-stone-backsplashNatural stone backsplash is still very popular and can be seen in many upscale remodels. This style is easily replicated and can work great in any kitchen. Natural stone comes in various colors so it’s versatile no matter what color your cabinets are.

Modern Glass Tile Backsplashes

modern-glass-tile-backsplashModern glass tile can help create a contemporary feel to your kitchen. This small tiles are unique but they give the kitchen an overall different feel to kitchen. Mix various colors to give your back-splash a look of its own.

Sleek Stainless Steel Backsplashes

stainless-steel-backsplashStainless steel backsplashes are on the rise. The industrial look of a modern kitchen mixed with traditional design is something homeowners are going towards.

With so many options and designs this task of finding the right back-splash to complete the look of your kitchen. We know which ever type of material you pick your kitchen will look gorgeous and very unique.

 

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.

Ultimate Guide to Bathroom Vanities and Sinks

There are a variety of different vanities and sinks to choose from when remodeling your bathroom.  Below is a list of your options when it comes time to select the vanity and sinks for your bathroom remodel:

Pedestal Sinks

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Pedestal sinks are great for small spaces that do not allow for cabinets as well as for powder baths which are designed to meet the needs of daily visitors.  Pedestal sinks are also sometimes used to create a turn of the century look for homeowners who like a symmetrical look.

 

Free Standing Vanities

free-standing-vanityIt is easy to maintain an elegant look in your bathroom while incorporating plenty of storage space with a free-standing vanity.  The majority of these units are integrated  which means they will come with your counter-top and faucet.  While this makes product selection a little easier, when it comes time to make a change to the top, sink, or faucet later down the line, the change may not be so easy to make without tearing out the entire unit.

Wall Mounted Vanities

Zen Bathroom Remodel General ContractorHomeowners who have a small space but would like to have cabinet space may opt for a wall mounted sink.  Many homeowners also like that the wall-mounted sink allows for extra floor space.  Similar to free-standing vanities, many wall-mounted sinks generally do not require additional purchases of the sink and faucet because they are integrated units.  Wall mounted sinks are ideal for a stylish small bathroom and can be mounted at just about any height.

 

Vanity Cabinets without Tops

vanity-without-top-cabinetryVanity cabinets are much like kitchen cabinets and reach the floor on all four sides.  Vanity cabinets will require toe-kicks are a recess so you can get close to the counter-top without losing your balance.  In addition to purchasing the cabinet, you will need to select the counter-top, sink, and faucet all separately.  This allows for a much more customizeable bathroom.  If you put a lot of wear and tear on your counter-tops, sinks, or faucet it is much easier to switch out in the future than with integral units.

Vessel Sinks

Glass vessel sinkVessel sinks are imaginative and stylish and becoming more and more common in San Diego.   Vesel sinks are more often than not bowl-shaped but they are also available in rectangular shapes as well as many other sculpture-like shapes.  Some vessel sinks can be found connected to a free-standing vanity if you search long enough.  There are literally 1000’s of styles of bathroom vessel sink options.  This is a great way to make your bathroom unique when combining with a vanity cabinet without a top.  Vessel sinks are more often than not installed above the counter-top, but they can be partially recessed, as well.  Vessel sinks may be the easiest to install because they do not require any cutouts in your counter-tops (with the exception of a small hole to accommodate the drain).

Under-mounted Sinks

Relaxing master bathroomUnder-mount sinks are lovely in my opinion because there is no lip, which makes clean up of the counter-top much easier and really allows for more counter-top space.  Laminate or tile counter-tops are not well-paired with the under-mount sink.  Marble, quartz, granite, and concrete options are the best when electing to install an under-mount sink.  You can install under-mount sinks under laminate and time but we do not recommend this because both these tops have too many weak points along the seams and grout lines to support the weight of the sink.

 

Self rimming sinks (Drop-in sinks)

Large-Master-Bath-RemodelDrop-in sinks can be simple or decorative, depending on what your goal is for your bathroom remodel.  Most drop in sinks allow for the faucet to be installed directly into the sink, rather than the counter-top. Drop-in sinks take up more counter-top space but the installation is much easier than with an under-mount sink. Self-rimming sinks can be installed into any counter-top material including laminates, tile, and solid surface.

Integral Counter-top with Sink

Zen Bathroom Remodel San DiegoIntegral countertops are a seamless countertop with sink that can be installed on your cabinet.   Many times the integral countetop has an integral backsplash as well.  Having an integral unit allows your faucet to be the focal point of your cabinet.  Cleaning the countertop and sink is a breeze in this configuration.  Unfortunately if you damage the top you will need to replace the piece in its entirety.

 

 

 

Classic Home Improvements

Classic Home Improvements is a general remodeling contractor servicing San Diego, CA and Temecula, CA with a showroom located in Escondido, CA.  This remodeling company offers full service kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, room additions, and exterior home remodeling options.