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!

 

Home Remodeling Project Pre-planning Tips – OMG! Kitchen & Bath

Starting a home remodeling project can be daunting. The thought of being without your kitchen or bathroom for 4-6 weeks can create an enormous amount of anxiety and stress. Remodeling projects can be hectic, crazy, and frustrating. However, with a bit of pre-planning, you can have fun while creating your dream space.

Here is a list by OMG! Kitchen & Bath to help you prepare.

  1. Empty the Rooms.

Protect or relocate anything of value. The remodeling process can often unintendedly cause damage to valuables. If you are unable to empty a room providing clear paths and covering furniture will help. Cleaning and decluttering countertops and cabinets will also keep items from getting dirty, damaged, or otherwise misplaced.

  1. Think About Kids and Pets.

Consider fall a perfect time to start remodel projects. Children are often in school during the day, and this allows for a reduction of foot traffic within the home.

Renovation projects come with unfamiliar people and noises. Noises can cause an enormous amount of anxiety and agitation for your animal family members. Consider daycare options, pet sitters, or simply crates to keep them safe and out of harm’s way.

  1. Expect the Unexpected.

Sometimes, no matter how much planning you do, there are surprises. Having reserve funds set aside and being in contestant communication with your contractor will help.

Setback will happen, and if you and your contractor are on the same page, these things can be handled promptly.

  1. Have Fun with It.

Keep your eye on the prize. Embrace the process, even during the moment. Regardless if dust is flying all over your house, and your furniture is all over the place. Remember the result, will be the remodel of your dreams. Don’t forget to take pictures before, during, and after – so you can later show your friends and family.

General Tips for Kitchen & Bath Remodels

If you are doing a kitchen remodel, we recommend temporary kitchens. Set up a space in another part of your home that can have the basic functionality of a kitchen. Microwaves, Instant Pot, crockpots, electric grills, and even Refrigerators can temporarily be set up just about anywhere.

For example, when OMG! works in a kitchen, we make sure our team moves the refrigerator, microwave, and any other appliances. So you can continue to live “normally” while we build your kitchen beautiful.

Bathroom Remodel

The bathroom is the room that people renovate most often. Bathroom remodeling can turn the most personal and private room in your house into a roaring mess filled with dust, noise, and traffic. Again, if you only have one bathroom in your home, ask your contractor if they will set up a makeshift bathroom. If you have more than one bathroom to use, be sure to transfer all necessary items over into the other bathroom before the construction begins. Think about bathing schedules and usage times. If possible, ask a neighbor, stay with a family member, or even consider getting an outdoor shower used for camping.

Finally, remember – before demolition begins, meet with your designer consultant and contractor. This way, you will ensure that you understand the scope-of-work and how it will affect your life during the process.

At OMG! Kitchen & Bath, we pride ourselves on communication and make sure to let our clients know when obstacles arise. We offer the best solution to the problem and make sure the project continues and achieves the expected results.

At OMG! Kitchen & Bath we give start and completion dates in writing before any work begins, giving the customer time to plan accordingly.

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

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

5 Quick and Easy Holiday Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Here are 5 quick and easy ideas to spruce up your kitchen for the holidays!

Evergreen branches and garlands

You can put evergreen branches in vases just like flowers. You can also wrap garlands over your windows, doors, or the tops of your cabinets.

Red ribbons galore

Tie red ribbons around the backs of your barstools and other chairs. You can also add ribbons to your refrigerator doors. Small, delicate ribbons look great on cabinet pulls, too.

Cheerful seasonal mugs

Just like the textiles above, you can put your usual mugs into storage for a month and use seasonal mugs instead. This is one of the easiest ways to spread the festive spirit — guests always love holiday mugs!

Christmas card crafts

Mount your holiday cards on your fridge doors or sides. You can also hang them tent-like from a piece of yarn draped across the wall.

Candy cane lane

Add sugar and spice and everything nice to your kitchen with jars of your favorite candy. Candy canes, a gingerbread house and a Christmas lollipop tree are sure get your guests attention over the holidays!

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

5 Questions to Ask Your Contractor Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

Kitchens can be the most expensive and complicated room to renovate in your home—so treat your search for the right contractor like a job interview. Architectural Digest asked Stephen Fanuka, host of Million Dollar Contractor on the DIY Network and HGTV, to share questions you should ask before you decide who will be in charge.

1. Are you licensed and insured?
Contact your state’s consumer affairs department or local government to check if the contractor you’re considering is properly licensed—and if there have been any recent complaints about his or her work, says Fanuka. Ask for a copy of the certificate of insurance, which should list you as “additionally insured,” in case the policy expires in the midst of the renovation.

2. Can you draw up a detailed proposal and an American Institute of Architects contract?
First comes first: Make sure you have a dated blueprint of your desired kitchen design, drawn up by an architect, to bring along to preliminary meetings. Then, “get everything in writing,” says Fanuka. That includes an itemized list of labor and materials, with prices, from carpentry to electrical work; who is responsible for obtaining permits and scheduling inspections; what the penalty will be if the job is not completed on time; and agreements to put change orders (proposals for extras later on) in writing and to withhold 10 percent of the contract price until any final corrections take place.

3. Who are the subcontractors you’ll be working with?
Get a list of everyone who will be involved in your kitchen renovation, such as the carpenters, cabinet installers, painters, and flooring technicians. Like your contractor, all of them should be covered under worker’s compensation laws and disability insurance.

4. What’s your input on the kitchen design?
Ask your contractor for his opinion and “stay away from the ones who say nothing and are in a rush to leave,” says Fanuka. Typically, your contractor and interior designer will take shopping trips to look at slabs of stone, appliances, lights, and fixtures—request that you come along.

5. Do you have any shopping discounts?
Most contractors and interior designers get 10 percent trade discounts on appliances. “Good contractors will offer you this discount as a courtesy,” says Fanuka. If you do buy your own kitchen devices, see if the contractor will pick them up and deliver them curbside at no extra fee.

Source: architecturaldigest.com