Best Time to Start Home Remodeling Projects – OMG!

When is the best time to start home remodeling projects? During the holidays, of course! Say what? Yes, you read that right. The holidays are the perfect time to start planning a renovation project, and here are three reasons why. 

  1. It takes time
  2. Delays are bound to happen
  3. Income Tax refunds can help

Kitchen and Bath Overhauls Take Time

Kitchen and Bath overhauls don’t happen overnight. There is much time needed planning, designing, and ordering before we can even think about demolishing your space. Of course, actual times vary between the size of the project and the complexity of the remodel. However, we can safely say that none of our projects will ever start with us demolishing first. The demo of your space can take seven to ten days. Not to mention, it’s easier for us to erase a line on paper and redraw it than it is for us to construct and drywall an area of the wall we’ve knocked down. When planning your kitchen or bath remodel, take your time. Please don’t rush into decisions because, ultimately, you need to be satisfied once we complete the job. So, take as much time as you need planning and designing that new space.

Delays Are Bound to Happen

Delays don’t necessarily mean that someone messed up. Setbacks happen because of long-lead times that our clients and we experience when ordering custom cabinetry, stone products, and other specialty items. Once an order is approved, some of these items take up to two months to build before they are ready for delivery. Other setbacks can include not being able to obtain permits. There have been cases where city permits take longer than expected. Remember, we are only talking about a few of the setbacks right now.

Income Tax Refund Relief

Homeowners often don’t realize how much a renovation and construction projects cost until it has been thoroughly planned out. That is when starting to plan in November and December for a remodel scheduled for February or March becomes necessary. Not only will it allow for some time to save money, but it would be perfect timing for that income tax refund to provide some additional financial assistance. So what are you waiting for; get your family involved while they are around for the holidays and start planning. Don’t wait to start. Give us a call we will gladly walk you through our process and help you get the space of your dreams!

 

CABINET, FLOORING, AND COUNTERTOP ADVICE BY OMG!

Are you looking for advice on cabinet, flooring, and countertop choices for your next home remodeling project? Know exactly what you want but now are overwhelmed by the material and vendor selections?

OMG! Kitchen & Bath is here to help San Antonio homeowners navigate the crazy world of remodeling. OMG! is certified to sell floors, countertops, and cabinets from MSI and ProCraft Cabinetry. We are a one-stop-shop eliminating stress by taking away the hassle of picking the right vendor.

Top Choice for Flooring and Countertops

Floors make up the majority of a home. However, choosing your dream flooring requires a little more than just finding the one that “looks” the best. Consider these three factors when choosing flooring materials.

  1. maintenance
  2. durability
  3. costs 

How often do you mop? Do you want to mop often? Do you plan on polishing and sealing tiles? What about refinishing wood flooring? These are things to consider when you make a flooring choice commitment. 

How much traffic will your floors not to mention your countertops have? Granite countertops are extremely durable and tough. Therefore, if the possibility exists that there is someone in your home who likes to skip the cutting board and starts cutting right on your countertop, well, you might want to consider marble. Marble and quartz, both are equally beautiful, durable, and are high-quality! 

Our vendor, MSI, is North America’s leading supplier of natural stone, porcelain, ceramic, and luxury vinyl tile. Additionally, MSI is affordable and provides reasonably priced products. Now you can afford beautiful, trend-forward surfaces!

Top Choice for Cabinets 

Finding the perfect cabinets is challenging enough without adding the number of vendor choices to that list. Two things to consider when selecting cabinets. 

  1. color
  2. style

Cabinets come in many different colors. Therefore, it’s important that you have a vendor with some color choices. The wrong color can make a space look cramped. The right color can brighten a room. Your cabinet color choices can set the tone for the rest of your home. Lucky for you we have a vendor with many color choices!

Besides needing color choices, a good vendor should also have various cabinet styles. Style is what ultimately will turn your space into a rustic, elegant, modern, casual, or formal area.

ProCraft Cabinetry gives our clients the highest quality and excellence in products. Their goal is to offer quality cabinets at a considerably lower price, without compromising quality and integrity. Manufacturing their cabinets gives them an advantage over other competitors because they pass their savings onto our clients. 

For questions or more information on San Antonio Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, please call OMG! Kitchen & Bath at 210-535-1000, or fill out our online request form

 

Gray and White used to be en vogue interior colors

Consider the grays and whites that were once en vogue as interior colors. Customers loved the freshness and depth these colors gave to a room — at first. But that infatuation gave way to criticism that this so-called personalized room looked like any other room — devoid of character and emotion.

We at OMG! Kitchen and Bath understand the temptation to “play it safe” when it comes to designing a space. We also know that every trend has an expiration date.

Interior Color Design

Interior design is a journey to create a timeless yet modern space that is unique to every client. How does OMG! Kitchen and Bath do that? By embarking on that journey with you and focusing on your tastes, the functionality of the room, and the
materials that will best represent your vision.

Maybe you have a treasured heirloom or a piece of art. Either can be a source of emotion. They can also be a source of inspiration as we begin our journey with you to create a space in which the design elements and colors bring this treasured piece to life.

Every room tells a personal story. Our job is to create a space — be it a kitchen, a master bathroom, or a living room —that tells our client’s
story. Heirlooms and art have an impact on our lives; our commitment to you is to create a space that affects all who enter it.

Trends may come and go, but the customized space born of a personal connection, OMG! Kitchen and Bath believes that it is a trend that is timeless. We understand that trust and intuition are vital to the success of any project. Finding a trustworthy team that understands and can guide your intuition is crucial to the creation of something that is both unique and timeless.

Call OMG! Kitchen and Bath, and let us begin that journey to create a well-planned, well-designed modern space that is unique to you.

Pride and passion make all the difference. Reach out to OMG! Kitchen and Bath and see the difference for yourself. Let the journey begin!

Low Cost Kitchen Updates

Cozy Up the Work Space

A colorful or patterned rug instantly gives you a low cost kitchen update with personality and comfort. Plus, a comfy rug adds warmth underfoot and a touch of homeyness to your hardworking kitchen space. Consider placing a rug in areas of the kitchen such as in front of the range, refrigerator, or sink, where you tend to do a lot of standing. Be sure to place a slip-prevention mat beneath the rug for safety.

Refreshing Change

The quickest way to rev up your kitchen’s style quotient is to roll on a fresh coat of paint. With so many color choices available in wipe-clean paints, drab cabinets or walls can be banished in a weekend. A burst of cheery yellow cabinetry, tempered by a rich wooden island and floors and a white beaded-board ceiling, cozies up this room.

Stylish Faucets

Spruce up your kitchen sink with a new faucet. Often overlooked kitchen elements, faucets are truly valuable style-setters. Faucets come in a limited number of metals, so to start you’ll need to settle on a finish. After you’ve decided on a finish, search your favorite brands for models that suit your needs and your kitchen’s style.

Source: BHG.com

Outdoor Kitchens: Maximize Your Backyard Living

Outdoor kitchen scene

Outdoor kitchens can maximize your backyard living. Imagine a sunny Texas morning. A cup of coffee by your side, you’re making omelets in your outdoor kitchen. You reach over and snip a few fresh herbs from the garden to delicately sprinkle over the dish. Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? Well, moving the most-used room in your home to the great outdoors doesn’t have to remain a daydream. More and more homeowners are maximizing backyard living. In addition they are bringing their culinary skills—along with the high-performance indoor kitchen experience—with them.

According to the 2016 National Kitchen and Bath Design Trends Report, 69 percent of the designers surveyed recently created an outdoor kitchen and 43 percent saw an increase in requests for alfresco living spaces from their customers. “This year I already have three outdoor kitchens scheduled,” says L.A.-based Karl Champley, AKBD, and NKBA K+B Insider. “I think the trend will continue to grow as an extension of the indoor cooking and dining experience. More projects are including a fire pit as a feature and pizza ovens are becoming more popular as well.”

Homeowners are not only bringing the entire kitchen experience outside with weatherproof cabinets, refrigerators and music systems, but also the comfort of the dining and family rooms. Indoor-style furniture and lighting are migrating to the wilds of the backyard, creating a haven from the rest of the world while substantially increasing living space.

Source: National Kitchen & Bath Association

Finding the Best Paint Colors for Your Kitchen

Paint Color Basics

Tip #1: Colors can change
Keep in mind that natural sunlight in the kitchen will change in intensity throughout the day. Morning light appears differently than evening light, and shadows can affect the color perception. Color is essentially light – how we perceive a color depends greatly on how light is reflecting off of that color. There is a term used to describe this color-changing experience: illuminant metameric failure. It simply means that two colors may look similar in one light condition but might not match in another. So understanding the light patterns in your kitchen, and knowing what other colors will be going into the kitchen, is incredibly important.

Tip #2: Select your paint color at home
Don’t choose a paint color while standing in the paint store aisle. Bring home actual paint samples (many brands offer small sample jars) that you can apply to your walls. Paint these swatches next to cabinetry, flooring, countertops and any fabrics you plan on using in the space. Observe how the paint changes during the day and notice if any of your other kitchen materials are affected by light hitting the paint and reflecting onto the surface. For example, a strong red wall color may, at certain times of the day, reflect a pink hue onto white cabinetry or flooring.

Tip #3: Warm colors work
There’s a reason we see a lot of warm, earthy tones in the kitchen. Kitchens harken back the days of open fires and slow roasted foods. Studies have shown that our appetites increase when we see red or orange colors. Although warm hues may be a popular choice for kitchens, it doesn’t mean you have to ignore blues and greens. Pair cool tones with warm neutrals like a warm gray or warm orange. You’ll be surprised how mixing the palette can create the kitchen of your dreams.

Tip #4: Paint isn’t just for walls
Don’t forget that paint can be used on a variety of kitchen elements: cabinets, tables, chairs and other decorative objects. If your favorite paint color won’t work on the walls, try using it on a piece of furniture instead. Vintage pieces or new pieces can be painted (or spray painted). Test the underside or backside first to make sure you’ve selected the right type of paint for your project.

Source: Huffington Post – Full Article

Interior Design Welcomes the Age of Cyber Designers

The internet has changed the way in which we do so many things, the way we shop, the way we communicate, it allows us to work from anywhere and has even changed the way our children do their homework. People no longer need to leave their homes to make a purchase which has created a new generation of consumers that want information at the touch of a button, (or at the touch of a screen!) next day delivery and a first class service.

Thanks to social media our thoughts, hopes, fears and photographs are out there for all to see. We can share as little or as much as we want to. Platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and many more allow businesses to become more accessible without spending a fortune on old fashioned marketing techniques, which will only succeed in reaching a fraction of the target audience.

How has the internet affected interior design so far, and how will it continue to do so?

Well, our work is out there for the world to see, share and comment on. Do well, gain positive comments, get people sharing your work and your name, gain credibility and your business will grow. With apps such as Pinterest, millions of ideas are shared daily, sparking new ideas and inspiring other people.

So, if we can work from anywhere, we can communicate with anyone anywhere in the world and images of our work are out there for everyone to see, then surely its possible for anyone to access an interior design service that offers advice and guidance within their budget?

Luxure Interior Designoffers a monthly subscription service which allows anyone and everyone access to their very own interior designer at a fraction of the usual cost. Whether someone is renovating an entire property or simply needing some advice and guidance with their own ideas and looking for some help and reassurance they can subscribe for as long as they need. I’ll be available daily, if necessary, via phone or email in order to steer clients in the right direction and provide digital moodboards and shopping lists in order for clients to carry out the transformation.

Cyber Home Decor

With the availability of  video conferencing, virtual tours and Facetime, its even possible to guide clients through dressing the room and helping with those finishing touches.

Is this the future of interior design and will it spark a new generation of cyber designers?

Lets wait and see!

Source: TastefullyInspired.com