Finishing your basement will not only add an extra space for entertaining or for your children to extend their imagination, it also adds value to your home. We’ve often seen basements after they’ve been finished albeit incorrectly and have been called in to fix the mistakes the previous person or company made. When you’re ready to convert this space, avoid these costly mistakes!
- Ignoring Moisture Problems
Don’t underestimate the multiple issues you will have if you don’t have a perfectly dry and secure basement. The impact of moisture can cause issues with your walls, floors, and eventually cause cracks in the foundation. Apply waterproof paint to the concrete walls after any repairs to add an additional layer of moisture protection. It may also be worth it to have an inspection of your basement to ensure an issue hasn’t presented itself quietly under your nose. Have the inspector check window frames, corners of the walls, and the area around your sump pump (if you have one in the basement). Take a walk around the outside of your house to be sure soil slopes away from your foundation, clean out gutters and window wells too.
- Blocking Utilities
Yes, we understand how unsightly a hot water heater, sump pump and furnace can be. Of course, you want to make them a part of your design, but not leaving enough space for maintenance and repair work will cause unnecessary blocks between you and a solution to an issue. Add a battery backup and alert system to your sump pump if it’s really too ugly to keep from hiding. If the unit needs attention, you’ll be alerted before it’s too late.
- Improper Flooring Install
Here of course is where we get called in. Many times a homeowner will hire a contractor to finish their basement and that same contractor will be expected to put in the flooring. A contractor (no disrespect) is not a flooring specialist, and shouldn’t be trusted to do the job of a flooring professional. Take the time to do it right the first time. You may think you’re getting a deal, but if you have to pay them, and then pay us to fix their mistakes, how much of a deal are you really getting?
- Overlooking Comfort
The whole point of a finished basement is to have another place to either retire to, to entertain, or a space for your children to enjoy. Don’t overlook comfort in your overall design! Keep the area warm and comfortable during cold months by installing a separate thermostat. Keep it cool by adding registers that are connected to the central air system. Central air will also keep the room air dry making the quality of it fresh and odor-free.
Call us to discuss the steps you need to take before embarking on finishing your basement. We will work with you and your contractor to get the right flooring installed, and give you the perfect area that adds value to your home!
Everyone has a hobby, right? Your hobby happens to revolve around food, and boy, do others reap the benefits of it! You enjoy cooking, and probably enjoy cooking for others, delighting in the ooh’s and aah’s of the crowd. Trying to cook in a less than stellar kitchen can be stressful and disenchanting though, so we’ve put together some tips on how to design the ultimate Chef’s Kitchen.
To start, think about the appliances and work surfaces you would like to have. Do you prefer stainless steel over butcher’s block? Maybe granite over silestone? Think about the size of the appliances and what special accommodations they may need; a special brick oven, or a sub-zero refrigerator? What is your top priority, and what fits into your budget? Once you’ve determined these items, you can build your space around it.
Now consider the space you have. Space is everything for a chef, and counter space is at the top of that list. If you don’t have a ton of space, consider how you can use the space you do have by controlling clutter, creative organizing, and accessible tools of the kitchen.
Consider the chef’s triangle when planning your space. You should be able to seamlessly move from fridge, to stove, to sink, to trashcan. Once you’ve determined what you would like, how you would like it laid out, select the lighting you will need to help you plan the perfect kitchen.
Once lighting, countertops, useable cabinets, and a great workflow are established, it’s time to move to floors. The flooring you choose have an impact on the comfort and ease of cleaning and maintenance. Wood floors seem like a natural choice and are fairly comfortable underfoot than tile or stone. If your kitchen sees a lot of water though, it may not be a good fit.
Durable flooring like luxury vinyl tile and ceramic tiles look nice, but are cold to the touch. If this isn’t a problem for you, these are viable options for flooring and design as they are both quite simple to maintain and do better than wood with moisture.
If you choose to go with planks, choose planks that are at least 8” wide. The size of the seams are minimal and make it more difficult to collect dust, dirt, or other bi-products of cooking in between the boards.
Ask one of our designers to help you through each step and process to create the ultimate kitchen! Put as much love and care into your kitchen as you do in one of your signature dishes-your guests will not be disappointed!
Bathrooms used to be a second thought room-not much time is spent in there as is in the kitchen or living room, right? Well, think of the bathroom as the final frontier; the one room that has been overlooked for many, many years that is experiencing a surge in design, space, and flooring options.
We are spending more time in the bathroom with all of the new, luxurious options that are out there. People are opting for clawed foot tubs, saunas, and even coffee bars (yes, it’s a real thing). With this much time being spent in the bathroom, designers are giving consumers more and more options to make the bathroom just as much of a show stopper as the living room or kitchen. Added bonus: updated bathrooms and kitchens have great resale value.
Hardwood floors are making a comeback to bathrooms in a big way. One would think with as many technological improvements we’ve made in the years, our bathrooms would reflect our modern world. Actually, many are moving towards vintage and classic looks, opting for warmth and natural textures, thinking beyond the floor and installing hardwood on walls; even ceilings! Warm wood is a great contrast to white sinks and tubs. Adding wood against subway tiles and using vintage knobs will give your bathroom a great urban/industrial look.
One of the biggest trends in bathrooms right now is using patterned cement tiles on floors. If you like the Moroccan look or just enjoy a punch of color and pattern against an otherwise colorless bathroom, these graphic patterns will make your bathroom feel old world and handmade! Mix in hints of brass or gold to bring warmth and don’t be afraid of pattern! Mixing up elements with a punch of color will tie the looks together-a great option for a guest bathroom or first floor powder room.
Although there is a movement towards adding natural elements and interest in bathrooms, there are also many who are pulling color out of the bathroom, opting for slick marble and minimal style. This ‘day spa’ approach is bringing luxury into an otherwise dull bathroom. If marble is beyond your budget, but you wish to have this look in your bathroom, there are other options; ceramic tile and even luxury vinyl tiles are available in a myriad of options, including the marble look, giving you the bathroom of your dreams!
If you’re considering updating your bathroom and aren’t sure what direction you want to go in (maybe you like and appreciate all styles! We do too!) Our designers will help you decide according to your budget and your lifestyle. Give us a call and enjoy your morning routine or wind down after a long day in style!