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!

 

3 Ways AI Can Change the Role of Your Kitchen

According to a recent article in Venture Beat online magazine, the role of the kitchen can see some dramatic and positive changes. Consider that…

1. Innovation follows the money
A kitchen remodel can return anywhere from 70 to 120 percent at resale of the home. Thus, when homeowners invest in a kitchen, they often aren’t afraid to spend. This allows builders and homeowners to see a return on their investment. Expect to see exciting new advancements in the coming years.

2. Growth of smart kitchen appliances
Smart appliances and devices are the most tangible applications of AI in the kitchen, as major tech companies like Samsung and KitchenAid continue to develop smart refrigerators, ovens, dishwashers, etc. We can also expect a wider variety of connected kitchen devices, like Amazon Echo and Google Home.

3. Personalized dining experiences
AI will play an active role in commercial kitchens and restaurants. As industries focus on personalizing product offerings for customers, restaurants may begin using applications that provide relevant recommendations and customized menus. For example, menus could be customized according to prior knowledge of customers’ food allergies, which would alleviate much of the stress some patrons encounter when dining out.

How to Enjoy Premium Cabinetry without a Premium Price Tag

OMG Kitchen & Bath is proud to offer exquisite cabinetry by Bridgewood Cabinetry. Bridgewood’s American Value line of cabinetry for your kitchen offers premium features without the premium price tag. Features include:

Stylish Design
Stylishly detailed door and drawer front choices for a look of quality and elegance.

Full Overlay Doors and Drawer Fronts
The smaller reveal creates a sleek, upscale look.

Long Lasting Finish
Durable conversion varnish for a beautiful finish that lasts.

Solid Wood Drawers
Drawers made from premium solid woods with durable, old world style dovetail joinery.

Soft Close Drawers
Full extension, under mount drawer hardware with soft close feature, provides smooth and quiet performance. Lifetime warranty.

Soft Close Hinges
Doors close slowly and softly, eliminating noise and damage. Lifetime warranty.

All Wood Construction
Made from premium solid woods, wood veneers, and real Birch interiors.

Made in America
American Value cabinets are built in Chanute, Kansas—smack in the middle of the Heartland.

Let our design experts show you the complete line of Bridgewood Cabinetry. Call or stop by our new showroom!

How to Light A Bathroom

Too often lighting a bathroom is low on the list of priorities relative to other rooms in the house. But with bathrooms becoming larger and more elaborate, proper lighting is essential to making the most of the space.

Your bath should be bright and clean.
Ample overhead and task lighting are key. But bathrooms are now a room in the house where people are spending a lot more time, so you’ll also want the ability to create an atmosphere that’s relaxing and spa–like. Having flexibility to adjust the lighting is really important, which is why you should add dimmers here just like you do throughout the house.

Start With the Ceiling and Vanity Light, Then Work Your Way Down
First, ceiling–mounted or recessed lighting overhead for general illumination. You’ll also want to light the vanity area with some excellent task lighting, which can be a fixture above the mirror or sconces on either side. And you need to light the shower and tub area. You might also consider strip lighting under wall–mounted cabinets, which makes them appear to float in space, as well as illumination for wall art.

Don’t Overdo It, But Don’t Under-Do It Either
People often have a tendency to pop a dozen can lights into the ceiling to make sure the bathroom is bright enough, but then you end up with a ceiling that looks like Swiss cheese. Everything in moderation. Though, don’t make the mistake of under-lighting your bathroom, because ample lighting is important. Another reason dimmers are key.

Source: ylighting.com

How to Choose Your Remodeling Contractor

Contractor with ladder

When choosing a contractor to head up your remodel, these simple steps courtesy HGTV.com can mean the difference between complete confidence and sleepless nights. You’ll find that OMG Kitchen & Bath is just as serious as you are about the company you choose!

Ask for Referrals
Word of mouth-hands down, is the best way to find a qualified professional to tackle the job. Ask relatives, friends and neighbors whom they’ve had good experiences with. And ask what made it a positive experience, how the contractor handled problems and whether he or she would use the same contractor again.

Look at Credentials
With recommendations in hand, do some preliminary research, whether it’s with a phone call or a visit to the contractor’s website. Find out whether he or she holds all the required licenses from state and local municipalities, along with designations from any professional associations such as the National Kitchen & Bath Association, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Homebuilders. Look for contractors who have invested in course work and passed rigorous tests to earn particular certifications. Be aware, however, that not all certifications are created equal. Do some homework and find out the requirements.

Interview Candidates
Narrow down the list of contenders and set up meetings. Try to keep it to three contractors, because things can get confusing beyond that. How a contractor answers questions is extremely important, but communication goes both ways. Candidates should ask plenty of questions, too.

Check References
Ask to see some of the contractors’ projects. If you approve of them, request references and call contractors’ former customers to check up on them. Ask how the contractors did at executing the projects. Were they on time and on budget? Were the customers pleased with the outcome? Was there anything that could have been done differently?

Remember that when you’re hiring a remodeler, you are buying a service and not a product. Quality of service will determine the quality of the finished project. Here are some things you’ll want to explore and questions you’ll want to ask when interviewing a remodeler.

Source: hgtv.com

Finding the Right Color for Your Kitchen Remodel

Green kitchen scene

Choosing paint colors can be a time-consuming and frustrating process when there are so many shades to choose from. The good news is that are certain colors that work best in specific rooms.

When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green really shine. Each of these shades can do something different for the room, but they all help create a warm and welcoming space.

Warmer colors such as red are believed to stimulate the appetite and are an excellent option for kitchens. Red is incredibly versatile and there are multiple shades that would really pop in a kitchen, either on the cabinets or the walls.

Most people start their days in their kitchens, and white can really energize a room. It feels fresh and clean, and an all-white kitchen will really wake you up the minute you step in it. You can also have more fun with your countertops and backsplash in an all-white kitchen and choose brighter colors or designs for those.

OMG Kitchen & Bath offers expert consulation if finding the right color for your kitchen or bath remodel!

Source: HGTV

Farm House Charm Kitchen Shelving

Kitchen shelving

Combine function with decorative flair. The open shelving in this cottage-style kitchen provides a roomy expanse of storage, but it’s also an opportunity to enhance the decor. Vintage pewter, china and other dishware mingle with practical supplies such as plates and glasses. The openness of the shelves also helps to preserve the serene, airy feel of the space and lends an old-fashioned note, evoking an era when most kitchens featured utilitarian shelves rather than banks of cabinetry.

Source: diynetwork

Visit Our New Location and Showroom!

We are proud to announce our new address and unveil our new showroom at 428 W. Nakoma, San Antonio, TX 78216. We invite you to stop by!

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Native San Antonian and home improvement industry executive, David Palomo has taken a giant step into the future with a major expansion of both, OMG Kitchen and Bath and Alamo City Handymen, opening newly expanded offices and showroom located at 428 W. Nakoma, San Antonio, Texas, 78216.

David Palomo launched Alamo City Handymen in 2007 and as a way of continuing to improve on his Home Improvement business model and started parent company OMG Kitchen & Bath Remodeling in 2013. Both Companies have been A rated with Angie’s List & BBB from day one and while the industry can have its challenges in keeping qualified staff, Palomo has focused on both, skill level and personality, when adding to his growing staff.

“It’s important for our customers to have a positive experience, not only when everything goes right, but even when something goes wrong. So personality is important and one of the things I often hear from our customers is that everyone from start to finish was so nice. That is music to my ears because I know they will not only call us back, but brag about us to their friends and family.” (Recent customers are available for interviews if requested)

David Palomo is capitalizing on this growth with new offices and a showroom. It’s a long way from his start in 2007 when it was just him and a helper working out of his house.

“My vision from the very beginning was to grow into a business that was not only there to serve its customers, but also to provide for our staff, as well. We do our best to take care of our staff and I know that’s simple to say, but unfortunately it’s very rare in our industry.”

The new move and growth have provided, not only benefits for their staff, but the added opportunity to strengthen their partnerships with vendors and showcase more products & services to their customers. They now, are a distributor of “Interceramic” Tile, carry the “Mid Continent” Cabinet line for kitchens & bathrooms, are a re-seller of the “Metroquartz” line of counter tops, sell & showcase Kohler & Moen plumbing Products and are working on a new bathroom showroom complete with tub, vanity and shower displays.

“This is my hometown, I love it here and I am proud to be a part of this city’s growth. San Antonio defines who I am and I don’t ever expect to outgrow this city,” says a passionate, David Palomo.

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