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Remodeling or Re-Detailing the Bathroom

If looking at your bathroom makes you cringe then maybe it is time to update a few things. Sometimes cleaning just is not enough to bring your old bathroom back to life, but is it time to completely remodel or simply re-detail? Only you really know the answer to that.

When remodeling some things to consider are the age of the house, and main bathroom elements, such as the shower, bathtub, toilet, and sink. Old does not necessarily mean that they need to be replaced, but if the look is dated in such a way as to be unappealing to you then it may be time. Many of the older and antique bathroom fixtures are made of porcelain, and while porcelain holds up well over time the design may not fit in with a more contemporary look.

However, before any major replacements it is worth considering a massive re-detailing of the bathroom. It can still be a labor intensive undertaking, but it also may prove a lot less costly while revitalizing the aesthetic appeal.

Regrouting

Old ceramic and stone tiles can seem less appealing if the grout in between begins to discolor due to age, mold, or mildew. Regrouting may be a way to bring back the newness that has been lost without completely changing everything. Grouting comes in an array of colors beyond the standard off-white and white most typically seen. Since regrouting is recommended for old, cracked grouting it could provide the ideal time to consider adding a subtle color tint to either soften the look or add more contrast with the tiles.

Porcelain Repair

Porcelain, though a durable material is not indestructible. A heavy hit can cause chipping or cracking in tubs and sinks, but before throwing them out it might be worth repairing. Claw footed tubs are particularly worth the repair. Many repair techniques can restore porcelain back to its former glory, and will even continue to stand up to the extended life of the porcelain.

Changing Hardware

Another subtle improvement to updating the look of your bathroom is with the doorknobs, cabinet handles, and drawer handles. With so many designs to choose from there are many possibilities for adding color or bringing a contemporary or even a progressive look to the room. It is even possible to go retro or add country home appeal. It all depends on you.

Lighting It Up

Sometimes adding better lighting means making structural alterations to the room; however, it may be possible to simply change out the light fixtures with the wiring that already exists. Adding a dimming option rather than a straight one or off switch can provide ambiance for a relaxing spa experience at home as desired, while still allowing you to have the brightly lit bathroom when needed.

Contact Home Improvements of the Carolinas or call (336) 271-3323. Our fully licensed and skilled staff provides remodeling services and more for residential and commercial buildings, in Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Burlington, Cary, Raleigh, Haw River, Mebane, Kernersville, Chapel Hill and in-between.

Ideal Kitchen Counter and Sink Combinations

When it comes to giving new life to the kitchen one of the best alterations to make is with the counter and sink. While it is possible to replace one without changing the other choosing both together can have a dramatic impact on the final look. Whether you are going for a seamless look, or one of complementary appeal, the combination of materials you choose matter.

Granite countertops are one of the most beautiful and functional. Not only does the stone come in a variety of natural and exotic patterns, but it is also durable enough to stand up to being used without a cutting board. Granite can also be used to make a sink. Using the stone for both the countertop and sink can provide an ageless, durable look.

Ceramic is another material that can be utilized in either countertops or sinks. Paring a ceramic sink with a ceramic tile countertop can be attractive. Depending on the other décor this can give you a more dated look for your kitchen. Perhaps a slightly more county type feel.

Stainless Steel can be paired together for a monochromatic look that may be more industrial in nature, as many stainless steel countertop and sink combinations are typically found in restaurant kitchen. However, this combination could give your kitchen at home a contemporary or slightly futuristic look.

There are many more materials that can be utilized for either countertop or sink construction, and they can be paired up to form the unique look you desire for your kitchen. When choosing the materials the things to keep in mind are colors and textures.  It is also a good idea to look into the care and maintenance of the materials to be sure that your combination does not require contradictory care. For example some cleaners are harsh and abrasive which might be fine for stainless steel, but are not ideal for ceramic.

Contact Home Improvements of the Carolinas at (336)271-3323 for more information on kitchen countertop and sink remodeling. Our professional staff is here to provide quality service to those in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, and surrounding Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.

Kitchen Remodeling in Stages

It would be nice to close down your home, tear out everything you hate in the kitchen, and have it remodeled completely in a day; however, that may not be the best idea or even possible. Any remodeling project takes time, even before the work begins. It is important to go in stages, starting with planning.

Planning

In the planning phase you should consider what you want done, and research replacement products, materials, time, and prices. There may be some aspects of remodeling the kitchen that can be DIY, but others that may require a skilled and licensed professional. If it is just a matter of painting, chances are you may be able to handle that on your own, but if you are planning to change out the sink it would probably be in your best interest to hire someone with plumbing skills.

Lighting

Once you have the layout for how you want everything to look, start from the top with lighting. With good planning and the involvement of a professional your lighting can be done in a day, assuming you have not opted to install a sky light or do anything major like widen windows. Whether you are switching out an overhead light fixture for a ceiling fan, track lighting, or chandelier, a professional can generally get the job done quickly and efficiently.

Cabinets

Once the lighting has been done the next step should be cabinets. Replacing the cabinets can take as little as two days as long as you have the replacement cabinets on hand and ready to go. Removing the old cabinets requires a good amount of muscle, but unless you are planning to repurpose or reuse any part of them this process does not have to be lengthy.

Countertops

Countertops should come after cabinets. Again, having the replacement on hand and ready for installation is what helps make this a more efficient task completed in about a day or so. Hopefully everything has been properly measured and cut. This is particularly important if you are installing granite or marble countertops, because any adjustments cannot generally be made on site.

Sink

Once the countertops and cabinets have been installed, this is the time for the sink. This may be able to happen at the same time as the counter installation, or it can be done after the counter top installation is complete.

Appliances

Since replacing appliances such as the oven and refrigerator are mostly a matter of having the new ones delivered and the old ones hauled away a good time to arrange for this is after the cabinets and counters have been completed so everything can be fitted properly.

Flooring

Flooring should be the last stage of the kitchen remodel. This is to insure that once it has been done there is less risk of it being ruined by any of the other work that remodeling can cause, especially if you are having hard wood flooring laid down.

Talk with your contractor to get a good idea how long they estimate the whole project to take from beginning to end. If you cannot give up access to your kitchen it may be possible for each phase to be broken up and not necessarily require a tight schedule with one phase beginning directly after or overlapping another phase.

Contact Home Improvements of the Carolinas at (336)271-3323 for more information on kitchen remodeling. Our professional staff is here to provide quality service to those in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, and surrounding Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.

Remodeling or Refacing Kitchen Cabinets

When updating the look of your kitchen cabinets there are two ways to do this, either by remodeling or refacing. The one you chose will depend on what you want to accomplish and the budget you are working within.

Remodeling can include complete replacement and even redesigning your space to include more or less devoted to cabinets. If your current cabinets are very old, falling apart, suffering from mold or mildew damage, it may be wise to completely replace them. If this is the case you can also use this as the perfect opportunity to upgrade.

There are a few choices when doing a complete remodel of kitchen cabinets. There is the traditional wood composite cabinets which come in variety of standard sizes to be mixed and matched. Stainless steel is an option, which provides a durable option that never needs refacing or painting. And then there is always the custom cabinet approach which will be designed to your specifications using the material of your choice, but this tends to be the most costly of the remodeling options. However, it is worth noting that custom cabinets stand the best chance of adding more value to your home.

If remodeling seems too costly an undertaking and your cabinets are in relatively good repair, the refacing might be the way to go. Refacing addresses the doors, and possibly painting or staining. Switching out the doors is an easy way to change the look of your kitchen, especially with the various designs and even glass insets available. You also have the option of removing the doors entirely to expose your cabinets more like shelves to display your beautiful dishes.

Repainting or refinishing your cabinets is another way to freshen the look and feel of your kitchen. With paint you can add more color, mix colors, and even add creative designs. With finishing or staining it is often easier to go from a light stain to a darker stain, but it is possible to lighten a darker stain with sanding and stripping.

Home Improvements of the Carolinas can help you with your kitchen cabinet project whether it’s remodeling or refacing. Call us at (336)271-3323 for more information on kitchen remodeling. We’ll be happy to answer any questions. Our professional staff is here to provide quality service to those in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, and surrounding Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.

Bathroom Redesigning with Tile

Changing the look of your bathroom can impact the overall feel of the room, taking it from just a functional room to a fabulous mini-getaway spot in your home. One way to do this is with tile. Not only does it provide the ideal water resistant wall covering around showers and baths, but it can also be an integral part of making your bathroom beautiful.

There are two basic types of tile typically used for bathroom design, ceramic and porcelain. That is not to say that those are your only options, but they are the most common, making them the most affordable–the more exotic the material, the higher the price of the project. This is something to keep in mind, even if you are saving money by doing it yourself, because there will be a cost involved.

Both ceramic and porcelain have a reputation for durability, but there are some differences to be aware of.

Ceramic Tile:

  • Rated based on hardness, which helps in determining its suitability for wall versus floor use.
  • Chipped or cracked ceramic tile cannot be repaired, and must be replaced.

Porcelain Tile:

  • Difficult to cut due to its density, but this also serves to ensure its durability.
  • Requires a special compound for setting, which can differ based on manufacturer.

Both ceramic and porcelain are low maintenance, being easy to clean in the bathroom. Neither really requires specialized cleansers. Both are non-porous which means they resist mold and mildew. Any issues with mold and mildew will be with the grout, which you will see as the typically white lines between tiles turns black if neglected.

Once you decide which type of tile you will be using the next step is to decide on color and design. Tile can be arranged into patters to enhance the beauty of your bathroom. Patterns can be geometric in arrangement or more organic. It all depends on your creativity or that of your designer. It is also possible to choose a few highly stylized tiles with designs of their own to use as accent points among a group of tiles of the same color.

Contact Home Improvements of the Carolinas or call (336) 271-3323. Our fully licensed and skilled staff provides remodeling services and more for residential and commercial buildings, in Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, Burlington, Cary, Raleigh, Haw River, Mebane, Kernersville, Chapel Hill and in-between.

Luxurious Bathroom Improvements

Every house has a bathroom, but not every home has a luxurious spa. It can seem like a dream, but with a few bathroom remodeling techniques and improvements a home spa can become a reality. The areas to focus on are the bathtub, shower, and lighting. Everything else is bonus from there.

Bathtub

When it comes to the bathtub the shape and depth are important for a luxurious bath. It is difficult to feel completely pampered if your knees are bent and sticking out of the water. Switching out your small tub with one of larger proportions may be just the thing. Choosing one with water jets is the best way to get that spa at home experience.

Shower

Water pressure is the key aspect to getting that shower spa. One of the best ways to achieve this is by installing wall jets. Many can be adjusted for pressure and directionality, and even come equipped with an enhanced overhead fixture so there is no sacrifice of a traditional shower for those times when a quick shower is in order. However, with the wall jet panel there is the possibility for those longer, shower massages that can really work out the kinks of the day.

Another option is to replace your traditional showerhead fixture with a removable showerhead with hose attachment. Some wall jet panels have a removable showerhead with hose attachment as an option.

Lighting

Lighting adjustments can have a huge impact on the overall ambiance of the bathroom, and there are several ways to achieve the type and intensity that would best suite you.

  • Adjustable lighting: This allows you to dim or brighten illumination as you desire.
  • Windows: It may be a case where it is not more or bigger windows that you need, but rather a different window design. Consider switching out a standard divided window with one that is an unbroken single pane. If you choose glass that is clouded or textured to prevent a clear view, but not to obstruct light then you may find that curtains are unnecessary (which means less to worry about cleaning, too).
  • Mirrors: This is another way to take something functional and use it to enhance the appearance of your bathroom with various styles and shapes. Also placement and size can help brighten as the mirror reflect light as well as your appearance.

Contact Home Improvements of the Carolinas at (336)271-3323 for more information on bathroom remodeling. Our professional staff is here to provide quality service to those in the Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem, and surrounding Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina.