Trying to think of ideas for your home remodel? Then join the thousands of people in California who are in the same boat. Making the decision to renovate your property is the easy part. Finding out what exactly you want to do is not always so simple. The good news is that there is a lot of inspiration out there, as well as big-name general contractors who can help you through the design phase of your remodel.
Budgeting before making plans is key so you don’t end up overspending. Fortunately, you don’t need a big budget for a contractor to compete for interior, exterior, and exterior remodeling. The following are some ideas that we hope owners will implement in 2017.
Painting the home with neutral colors
Neutral colors are definitely in, especially since they go well with just about any décor. We are talking about counters, appliances, and cabinets that are white or almond in color. These are cheaper options compared to custom colors that require expert mix and match. Also, if you decide to sell your home later, these colors are less likely to put people off.
Installation of ecological meters
Green remodel is also in vogue. There are several types of countertop materials that you can use that are environmentally friendly, versatile, and durable. Some of these options include recycled glass and wood, concrete, stainless steel, laminate, paper composite, recycled plastic, and natural stones such as granite, marble, and quartz. Some general contractors have agreements with countertop manufacturers, so be sure to ask.
Chrome Water Fixture Installation
Designer faucets are quite popular these days, but if you are looking for something that is inexpensive, but has great quality, then chrome is the way to go. You can also choose to use chrome with another finish, such as brass or nickel. Just make sure that whatever type of faucet you buy has a lifetime warranty.
Using fiberglass to enclose your bathtub
This is an excellent alternative to ceramic tiles. You will need a one or three piece wall panel made of fiberglass to enclose the tub area. Fiberglass is more affordable and faster to install, reducing labor costs.
Building an outdoor deck or gazebo
It’s great to have an outdoor spot that you can use to enjoy days and nights outdoors. The terraces and gazebos are ideal for spending time with the family or hanging out with friends. You can even go as far as to install an above ground pool with your own deck connected to your back porch. Outdoor constructions like these are very popular in modern remodeling as well as new home construction.
Building a Direct Vent Gas Fireplace
A beautiful fireplace with a wood or natural stone frame can add a great touch to your living room, kitchen, dining room, or other room in the house. If you decide to build a fireplace, consider converting it to a direct-vented gas fireplace. This consists of two ducts that direct the smoke from the fire to the outside. One of the pipes vents the exhaust gases and the other uses combustion air from outside.
Update the doors and windows of your home
This can be done for decorative or energy efficiency purposes. If you have an older home, new exterior doors and windows can make a big difference to your curb appeal. Selecting windows and doors that block indoor air will help lower your energy bills. There’s no reason you can’t have the best of both worlds – go for stylish eco-friendly windows and doors.
Whatever ideas you have for your next home remodeling project, be sure to find reputable general contractors who can help you from concept to completion.