What You Need To Know Before Taking On a Kitchen or Bath Remodel

Kitchens and bathrooms are the two most important rooms in the house. Whether savoring your home for a while longer or selling your home in the near future, remodeling these two rooms drive costs up. Cost of your home that is. 

Remodeling is always an exciting feat when your design comes to life, but what about all the time, work, and waiting that lie in between the start of the project and the finished result? Well, that’s what we’re here to shed light upon. 

Finding Alternatives 

For both kitchen and bathroom remodels, the client has to make sacrifices during the duration of the remodel that apply seldom to other areas of the home. When renovating the kitchen, be prepared to set up camp for prep and meals elsewhere in the house or be open to dining out. 

As for the bathroom, depending on how many baths the home has, you may be safe. If you’re renovating your only full bath, however, finding an alternative place to shower is one mission in store. 

Putting Costs Into Perspective

In terms of cost, the national average of remodeling the kitchen and bathroom are $40,000 and $20,000 respectively. These costs do not reflect changing the layout of either space, and for some homeowners, changing the layout is necessary to increase the room’s efficiency and functionality.  

A good rule of thumb is to spend between 5%-10% of your home’s current value on a bathroom remodel. Guest baths fall on the lower end of the range while investing in a master should be around if not at the top end of the cap.

When determining the cost of either space, rerouting plumbing or electrical can quickly increase the budget but can be worth the extra investment for greater practicality.  

Where to Splurge in the Bathroom

Making final selections for the bathroom can be difficult, but with some guidance, you can be and stay on the right track. Choices worth an additional expense include dual vanities and heated flooring in the master or any additional storage opportunities in either bath. 

In terms of finishes, avoid natural stones for countertops or shower tile, for they can easily fall out of budget. Natural stones require more maintenance than less expensive porcelain, however, can be used within a niche if absolutely desired.    

Where to Splurge in the Kitchen

Getting the most out of your kitchen is a must when investing in a redesign. The best way to determine where to splurge in the kitchen is to evaluate how the kitchen should function for the family. Tailoring choices to your lifestyle will greatly benefit the ease and efficiency of the space. 

Overall, investing in cabinetry can be universally recommended. Bringing cabinets up to the ceiling grants additional storage and the illusion of a taller space. Choosing a quartz or granite countertop can also be beneficial in withstanding time and toughness.    

The most important piece of advice for any homeowner looking to invest in a kitchen or bath remodel is to personalize your space. If the investment is for resale purposes within a 1-2 year time span, personal preferences may find their way onto the back burner, but are crucial for homeowners seeking to stay.

With a little research of local contractors and some time perfecting your design, you’re sure to have a home you’ll love for rest or resale. Want to learn more about the design/build space? Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Luxurious Bathroom/Closet Remodel

We can’t stop raving about our latest luxurious remodel on social media. We love it so much we decided it deserves a blog of it’s own. This project was two-fold, renovating both the master closet and bath.    

Our clients dreamed of a space with plenty of storage, including that of a make-up station. Their closet and vanity were both customized to suit their style and needs.

Where only a storage rack existed before, we added additional drawers and shelves to store handbags, shoes, and clothes.

The ample storage even continues in the master bath. With an inset double vanity and marble countertop, our clients space screams luxury. The alternating sconce and mirror combination creates a well-deserved symmetry and serenity.   

In keeping with the essence of serenity, we can’t forget about the master shower. Equipped with three shower heads including a rain shower, a bench seat, and a skylight, this space is every client’s dream.

We are so glad to have given our clients a space that they now love to live in. 

Looking to remodel your space? Check out our social media pages, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram, for some inspiration. Be sure to contact us when you are ready!

RemodelWerks Residential Addition Awarded Master Design Award by Qualified Remodeler

RemodelWerks, LLC, a premier Design/Build, remodeling firm in Shrewsbury, MA, has been awarded yet another industry award. The company received a 2019 Qualified Remodeler Master Design Award. The Master Design Awards highlight innovative design solutions that help produce exceptional remodeling projects.

Each year, Qualified Remodeler receives hundreds of entries from companies across the country for its Master Design Awards. In partnership with the NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) Awards and the Chrysalis Awards the publication accepted some of the best projects in the history of the program.

RemodelWerks received the Master Design Award for it’s work on a Residential Addition which was completed in Medfield, MA. This addition was recognized for its seamless design. It was created to look as if it had always belonged while simultaneously improving the flow and function of the home.

Along with the exterior addition, the kitchen was completely gutted and remodeled. The new kitchen design is a complex, full overlay, wood grain cabinet that greatly improves storage for the bustling family and now provides them with a new dining room for entertaining family and friends. The custom island in the kitchen was specifically designed for the kids of the family. This is a place the children can gather, have breakfast, do homework and hang out with their friends. This area also doubles as an ideal entertainment area for when the adults are hosting gatherings.

“It has been a great year for the RemodelWerks team,” says Joseph Kupstas, President and Founder of RemodelWerks. “It is an honor to receive this award and to be recognized for our hard work.”

RemodelWerks, LLC is a premier 3D design, custom building and remodeling firm in Shrewsbury, MA. Since 2012, RemodelWerks has been specializing in all aspects of interior and exterior design and remodeling on residential and commercial projects. RemodelWerks provides exceptional customer service and a superior five-year guarantee on all its work. Visit the RemodelWerks website for a full list of services. https://www.remodelwerksllc.com/

House Tour – Residential Addition

You have seen bits and pieces of this residential addition on our social media pages, today, we have decided to give you the full project and its story. This award-winning project came together through a collaboration with a local architect. We created a sleek, modern addition that stayed true to the original style and construction of the house.

The clients, a busy family of five, wanted the addition to appear as if it had always been there. Along with the exterior addition, the kitchen was completely remodeled. The new kitchen design is a complex, full overlay, wood grain cabinet design that greatly improves storage and provides a new dining room for entertaining guests.

The separate island design, adjacent to the kitchen was designed specifically so the children of the family can enjoy breakfast, do homework and hang out with their friends. The area also doubles as an ideal entertainment area for when the adults host family and friends’ gatherings.

We love all aspects of this residential addition but our favorite parts include all of the storage space. For example, this coffee bar and these shelves for cookbook storage.

Another great part of this residential addition is the entry way. Everything has its place, shoes, coats, keys, you name it.

Lastly, we must call out the dining area and the living room. There is so much room for guests to gather and enjoy each other’s company.  

We are so proud of this award-winning residential addition and are so happy we were able to meet our client’s needs!

Be sure to follow us on social media for more photos of this project and many more: Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

How to Successfully Remodel YOUR Kitchen

The kitchen is typically where you’ll see the highest financial return on your investment, putting time and money into this room makes sense. When remodeling a kitchen, it is important focus on functionality as well as making the space beautiful. Here are our suggestions for remodeling your kitchen to fit your needs.

What Are You Going to Do in The Room?

Of course, you will be cooking, but that’s not all. Before remodeling, create a list of how else you will use the room. Do you want to entertain and have your guests gather in the kitchen? Consider a large island with plenty of seating. Do you love your morning coffee? Maybe a coffee bar is a worthy addition.

Sneaky Storage

In our opinion, you can never have enough storage places. When designing your cabinets, consider how you will want to store your items and appliances. Find a cabinet designer who can suggest ideas for hiding your appliances but also make them easily accessible for when you need them!

Add Personal Touches

Your kitchen is most likely a room you and your family will spend a lot of time in, make sure you make it a place you want to be! You can do this by adding personal touches to the room, displaying a piece of art or your favorite cookbook is a great place to start.

Don’t Forget Lighting!

The kitchen is a room where lighting is crucial. Lighting helps show off your design elements and helps you see when using sharp tools. For your kitchen, evaluate the work areas and focus on providing each spot with the light it needs. Consider adding lighting directly above all the main work areas.

Whether you’re considering simple updates to your kitchen or a complete remodel be sure to take the time to focus on functionality and making it a beautiful place for you and your family to gather!

How an Interior Designer and Interior Decorator Working Together Can Make Your Home Great Again!

Previously on our blog, we discussed how a great interior designer complements a remodeling project. Today, we will discuss the difference between an interior designer and interior decorator. The reason for this is that these two job titles are often used interchangeably, but they are not actually the same thing. However, when an interior designer and interior decorator work together on your project, you can do things that you never could have imagined with your home!

So what is the difference? Interior designers have formal schooling in order to work on the structural details of your home. Interior decorators can also go to school, but formal schooling is not required. This isn’t to say that one can’t do some of the work that the other can do; for example, many interior designers do decorating, as well. But designers typically work directly with contractors and architects. Decorators usually work directly with the homeowners and design centers.

It is true that many interior designers can also provide decorating help. But also having someone who focuses completely on decorating working on your project can give you an additional perspective in addition to your interior designer. You might also be wondering about the difference between home staging and interior decorating, as many decorators do both. Staging is all about setting up a space to be more attractive to potential home buyers. Decorators are working to personalize the space just for you.

Our design partner, Emily’s Interiors, works with a wide range of interior designers. If you’re having difficulty figuring out the perfect decorating plan, they can help you find someone well versed in interior decorating to help complement your project. You will definitely want to lean on your interior designer’s knowledge of cabinetry and ability to interface and work directly with a remodeler. In the end, you may decide to stick with just one interior designer for the whole project. But if you want to bring in another set of eyes, that’s OK. It’s important to find the right people to bring your remodeling vision to life.

How a Great Interior Designer Complements a Remodeling Project

You’re excited for your remodeling project and all the big pieces are falling into place. But then, you wonder to yourself, how will I actually live in this new space? Will I end up loving the new room or still feel like something is missing? The good news is that you can answer these questions quickly and easily with the help of a great interior designer.

Interior design goes way beyond decorating the room when the construction is finishing up. It’s all about considering the feel and function of the space starting with the initial design. This is what people mean when they talk about pulling a room together. Everything should feel like it fits right from the get-go.

Considering how every square foot of a room will be used is extremely important. Other important design elements such as color schemes and finish millwork all work together with making a space look and feel complete. Done correctly, fashion can actually enhance the function of a room.

One of the most important aspects of a remodeling project is making sure everything has a place. This is why when you work with a designer, he or she may break down the new space into zones. These zones provide you with an idea how each part of the room can be used. While it’s OK for some functions of a room to overlap, especially in a smaller space, it’s important to maximize the functionality of every wall, corner, nook and cranny.

Great interior design makes the best use of what may have previously been wasted space. Many homes are designed with spaces in mind that are no longer being used for that purpose. At times, there will be walls that don’t really need to be there. Other times, there are corners or nooks that don’t seem to serve a purpose. It’s amazing what a great designer can do with just a few extra square feet or just a bit more open space.

A great interior designer complements a remodeling project by giving you a complete picture of how your room will look, feel, and function. While they also help you accessorize and pull together a room, their job goes far further than that. An interior designer considers every minute detail so that you are ready to move right into your remodeled space as if it were always there.