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

 

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.

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

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 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