Tired of Your Bath? Remodel in 2014

If a bath remodel is on your wish list for the coming months, chances are you’ve got a lot on your mind.

How, when and to what degree you want your bathroom remodeled are important factors to discuss with the members of your household before you commit to any one plan.

Please let us offer you these tips for planning a smooth remodel of one of the most important rooms in your house:

  1. Name a budget. Take a careful look at how much money you would like to spend on a project. Many customers find renovation projects stressful–usually because they’re worried about the money. If you take the time to plan your budget ahead, and contact us for advice on the details, you’re more likely to be happy with the end result.
  2. Figure out what you don’t like about your bath as it is now. It’s easy to say that you want to change something. But it’s not always easy to say why you don’t like it. Think about the appliances, wall placement, textures and lighting. Which of these features would you like to change most? Looking at design magazines can help.
  3. Can your remodel help you save money in household utilities? If there is a way to cut your monthly bills down by reducing the amount of water or electricity you use, this is the perfect time to implement it.  The biggest water consumers in your house are likely to be your bathroom sink, toilet, shower and tub.  Can any of those be upgraded to a more eco-friendly version? Is there a way to bring natural light into the room so you don’t need to turn the light on so often? We’d be happy to help you discuss some of these options.

As the website greenerideal.com suggests:

Most showers consume 15% to 20% of water in a home with most of it being heated. A normal shower head has a flow rate of about two and a half gallons per minute. Changing it with a low flow head, say 1.6 to 2 gallons every minute, will result in a substantial amount of saving in water usage while still offering adequate cleansing power.

4. How can you get more ventilation in your bathroom? Mildew and mold spring from trapped moisture in your house–even in a dry climate like ours. Improving the ventilation in your bathroom will make your house a healthier place to be.

For more information about bath remodeling or our other services, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Designing a Small Bathroom: Design Ideas to make it Look Larger

When designing a small bathroom, most people who plan to spend extra time there probably won’t want it to stay true to size. While it might be necessary due to your own budget, you can create a very stylish small bathroom that looks larger with numerous clever design techniques. Many of these ideas provide tricks of the eye or affect you psychologically to give the illusion of more spaciousness. That’s always important for you and your guests to eliminate any feelings of claustrophobia in one of the most important rooms of your house.

Walk-In Showers

Even if the overall space of your bathroom might be small, including a walk-in shower with a see-through glass door can open up extra space. While an open walk-in shower won’t afford privacy if you share the bathroom with others, it eliminates giving the feeling of barriers within limited room dimensions. The shower becomes a part of the room rather than becoming a closed off separate room on its own.

Incorporating Mirrors into Cabinets and Walls

Including as many mirrors as possible into a small bathroom always gives the illusion of depth. While simply hanging the mirrors on the walls works, consider placing mirrors on your cabinet doors as an alternative to eliminate the feeling of barriers. Also, having mirrors reflect other mirrors on the other side of the bathroom adds an extra depth layer that helps eliminate the feeling of the walls closing in.

Using Light, Neutral Colors

Adding white marble walls and tiles to your small bathroom also helps give the feeling of more spaciousness. Overly bright colors are the culprits in making a room feel smaller than it actually is. But when applying your light, neutral colors to the small bathroom, be sure to keep the color unified. Painting your ceiling the same color of the walls also gives a focus to the height of the room that also matters in the perception of roominess.

Adding a Skylight

Unless you live in a completely private area, you likely won’t want windows installed in your small bathroom. The alternative to that is to install a skylight. This can bring in natural light to help a room look bigger. Having the sky up above you also adds an open feeling that affects you in a positive psychological way during your quality bathroom time.

You’re going to need a quality construction company to implement all these small bathroom ideas. Consider Bradco Kitchens and Baths to bring you a highly experienced and respected design team, plus a longstanding reputation for getting work done on time with no exorbitant upcharges.

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Add a beautiful sunroom addition to your home

As you live and grow in your home, you start finding things that you wish it had, or really wishing that your home were bigger, or had more windows, etc.  If you’ve been thinking about making some changes to your home, and perhaps needing a little more space or wanting an elegant add-on to your home then adding a sunroom can be a great solution.  If you’re unsure about making such a commitment, consider these 3 amazing benefits to a sunroom addition to your home!

1.  Get the outdoor experience without the outdoor annoyances.  How often do you want to enjoy being outside but bugs, rain, or cold prevent you from doing so?  With a sunroom, you can enjoy the outside views and atmosphere without getting bitten by mosquitoes, or shivering in the cold on a winter day.  In fact, your sunroom can be designed such that it is useable year round without the added expense of electricity.  Depending on the windows you select, your sunroom can be kept warm in the winter by the sun’s rays, and cool in the summer.

2.  Expand the square footage of your home!  With a sunroom addition, you’re expanding the square footage of the livable space of your house.  This allows you to turn that extra space into a breakfast nook, or a workout room.  Perhaps you’d like a sitting area to enjoy the view, or a place where the family can gather without crowding the kitchen; a sunroom can do all of that.  Not only does this benefit you for current uses, being able to spread out and have more space, but it will also pay off later when you go to sell your home.  Your home will have more value based on the sunroom itself and the added square footage of the home.

3.  Building a sunroom is cost effective.  If you need more space, but the idea of building a room onto your home has you kissing too much money goodbye, you can attain the same benefits of an added room by instead adding a sunroom for much lower costs.

So whether you’re adding a sunroom just for extra space, or for a specific purpose, you can see that doing so will be easy on the pocketbook and pay off in the end.  We’ve been in the construction business for 20 years, and walk you through the project until the end.

For more great design ideas, please contact us today!

Use a Small Kitchen to Its Biggest Potential

There are plenty of apartments, condos and homes with a small kitchen.  It’s a pain to maneuver around and stressful to look at.  For rental places it’s a waste of time renovating a kitchen because there’s a third-party–the landlord–that will disapprove.  That doesn’t mean there are solutions on how to make the most out of it.

The Basics

Obvious tips like cleaning the kitchen and  making sure it’s free of clutter is a must.  Use only the necessities and take unused appliances and junk to storage, place it in another room or get rid of it altogether.  What are left are the essentials.  This opens the space more and allows you to make the most out of the kitchen.  Make sure everything in the kitchen is organized.  Keep cans in one section, pots/pans in another section, silverware in another section, and so on.

Multi-functional storage

Storage that serves more than one purpose is a great idea for small kitchens.  Kitchen islands that offer storage and doubles as a countertop or dining table is a great idea.  Roiling carts that serves as storage and a chopping station for chopping and working is another great solution.  These items are a great way to stretch the space of the kitchen.  With rolling carts it can easily roll out of the way when it isn’t in use.

Use the Wall

For home owners that have small kitchens use wall space to add extra storage.  This is great for space-saving kitchen utensils that take up space in the drawer.  Most rental homes don’t allow nails in their wall, so for those people use wall storage that doesn’t mess up the wall.  There’s plenty of magnetic and sticky adhesive wall storage that will hang without the use of nails.  You can also hang baskets on the wall or under cabinets and shelves for more space.

Dividers

Drawers are filled with junk scattered across the space.  Using drawer dividers will divide the space into boundaries.  This allows for more storage in the same drawer without making too many adjustments.  For example silverware will be in one section of the divider while wooden or metal spoons for stirring and serving will be in another section.

You can’t change the way it looks, but you can change the way you see it and the way you interact in it.  Contact us for more information on small kitchen makeovers.

Tips For Finding Reputable Design/Build Contractors

The tricks that unscrupulous contractors use are well-known within the remodeling industry, but not so well-known among consumers. The average homeowner undertakes a kitchen, bathroom, or other remodeling project only once in a great while. The natural inexperience in dealing with contractors can leave one vulnerable to unethical practices.

Tips On Identifying Legitimate Contractors:

Track Record
Established, reputable contractors that have served the local area for many years, and can prove it, offer peace of mind. By contrast, unscrupulous remodelers quickly come and go.

A reputable contractor will also be able to show a prospective client verifiable testimonials from satisfied homeowners. An inability to produce legitimate testimonials from past customers is a red flag.

Avoiding Upcharges
Many an illegitimate contractor will under-bid to get the job. However, they don’t plan to take a loss. Anything but. Their plan is often to make excuses for a bevy of upcharges once work is underway. Since deposits already paid are typically more than work already performed, a homeowner can quickly feel trapped by ensuing upcharges.

The bottom line — if a bid appears too good to be true, it typically is.

Contractors License
A simple request to see a contractor’s license, or to investigate its existence with the state, can quickly separate the legitimate from the fly-by-night.

Workmen’s Comp Policies
A legitimate contractor will be able to demonstrate that they are carrying the workers compensation insurance required by law. Workers Comp pays workers injured on the job while they recover. A contractor without the required Workmen’s comp insurance is not only operat ing illegally, they are more unstable because they are often one serious injury away from being forced out of business.

Liability Insurance
As a responsible property owner, you understand how vital liability insurance is. Without it, an accident on your premises can wipe out some or all of your assets. The same principle applies to contractors. It is imperative that they have adequate liability insurance to cover accidents, or even misdeeds, by their workers and sub-contractors. Uncovered, a contracting business is just one accident away from being wiped out. Should that happen in the middle of your remodeling project, you could be left, unfortunately, with deposits lost and work sitting unfinished.

Bradco Kitchens is a design/build firm that has been serving the local area for over 20 years. We pride ourselves in designing creative projects and then completing them on-time and on-budget. For a professional, competent approach to your remodeling needs, please contact us today!