Eco-Friendly Floors for Your Home Remodel

If sustainability is a priority in your home remodel, you’ll want to choose a flooring option that respects your environmental impact.  That’s why highly renewable materials like bamboo are such a hot commodity of late.  But there’s a whole host of eco-friendly flooring materials available for your remodel–here’s just a small selection.

  • Bamboo.  Because it grows very quickly, bamboo is an ultra-popular building material for eco-friendly remodels.  Even better, it’s now being woven into rugs that lend your room a warm, natural feel.
  • Ceramic Wood.  This floor may look like hardwood, but it’s actually made from porcelain tile.  The tile itself is composed of 85% recycled material, and unlike genuine hardwood flooring, it doesn’t require refinishing or shining.  This makes it a great, eco-friendly choice for your kitchen.
  • Cork.  Cork is another highly renewable material, and it also has excellent thermal qualities.  The fact that it’s hypoallergenic is just one more reason to consider it for your remodel.  New technology is making cork flooring more and more popular with homeowners, so you can expect to see a continued resurgence of this material.
  • Marmoleum.  If you’ve never heard of this product, it’s a compound of linseed oil, cork flour, rosins, limestone and wood flour that is then affixed to a jute backing for a non-toxic, all natural product.  It’s very easy to clean and actually becomes harder over time, so if you have kids in the house, it’s a great choice for lasting durability.

For more great remodeling ideas, contact us today!

The Best Company to Design or Build Your Dream Home

Congratulations, you saved up enough money to design/build a new home; now the degree of your involvement with the construction phase is up to you. The time that you have, your interests, and abilities can help you decide how to transform your vision into reality. Building a house requires more than putting pieces together; whoever is in charge of the process must manage people as well as tools, materials and construction. The person in charge will have to:

  • Make a project schedule to plan and organize progress of work.
  • Establish a budget for each category of work.
  • Arrange for a source of construction financing.
  • Get a building permit and post it noticeably at the construction site.
  • Line up supply sources and order materials.
  • Find subcontractors and negotiate their contracts.
  • Coordinate the work so it runs smoothly, with few conflicts.
  • Notify inspectors at the appropriate milestones.
  • Make payments to suppliers and subcontractors.

You may decide to act as your own custom home designer, or to hire someone to handle the design and construction for you; clear, concise communication with your chosen contractor is a must to achieve your desired results. You will need to work closely with the contractor that you chose to ensure that the correct materials, dimensions, and deadlines will be met. A good builder or general contractor can manage every aspect of your construction process, allowing to sit back and relax while your dream home is being erected.

Contact us for more information.

Amanda Fry

As seen on Angie’s List…

I recently remodeled my  kitchen and purchased my cabinets through Bradco Kitchens.  I did a ton of research beforehand looking for the best value, price and service.  I had gone to some other places in the city.  Some where outrageously expensive, others  were within my budget but didn’t really come up with any designs that aligned with what I wanted.  Buyers beware – this one place I went to, they were basically crooks, rushing  through the sale process only to find out the box  and drawerbox construction were crap (particle board aka sawdust and stapled drawers – No thanks!)  At my first appointment at Bradco kitchens I really felt I was in good hands with my designer. After having shopped around so much I did have a very specific idea of what I wanted and really felt like my designer listened to my needs.  Their showroom is huge so they had samples of pretty everything I wanted to see in person including about 10 or 15 kitchen vignettes.  Much easier to imagine what your new kitchens will look like when you can see it in person on display.    Even though I knew what I wanted she made some great suggestions that saved money and worked better.  For example, I had it in my head that I needed roll out shelves on every single cabinet, my designer
told me that was unnecessary and all those accessories were the reason I was going over budget.  She showed me some really cool accessories that I didn’t even know existed like a pull out corner shelf that were even cooler and cost less money than a million roll out shelves.  Love my new kitchen!  Thanks Bradco!

Innovative Ideas For Your Garage Remodel

A total garage remodel may cost some money, especially if you choose high-end cabinets and flooring, but the results will look great!!! Most homeowners have used their garages for car and junk (unused item) storage. Some have even taken the valuable floor space in their garage and turned it into another room. What if you changed it up and decided to make it a “high-end” recreational space; a home gym; or even make it a car restoration studio, if you enjoy working on cars. Whatever you decide to change your garage into, you can create an accessible storage for all the essentials, and still leave room for the cars, (or the at least for the time being). Once you clear the clutter, you can figure out exactly how much space you have available, then you can make the most out of your garage.

Storage Systems

Perforated hardboard– One of the oldest walls systems that still works well today in the garage. The material contains holes in which you can insert metal hooks into to hang items (such as tools, bikes, sporting and exercise equipment).

Modular cabinet systems, includes both cabinets and wall-hung options, (which makes for a flexible storage system), and can accommodate just about everything that most people need to store.

Flooring Options

Concrete is perfect for garage floor, because its hard and durable, and it can carry a tremendous amount of weight without damage. However you can upgrade and improve your concrete floor by painting it with a specialty floor paint, that creates an attractive, custom look.

Brightly colored floor tiles laid in a unique pattern make a strong design statement.

*Once completed your flooring will look exquisite; but it will also depend on how you maintain its cleanliness.

Garage Mechanics

Lighting is simple. Putting up an overhead fluorescent light for general room illumination.

Ventilation on the other hand is not so simple. Your garage ventilation needs are directly proportional to the activities conducted in the space.

*Both will make your garage space livable and inviting.

Now that you have some ideas for your garage remodel project Bradco Kitchens and Baths can bring those ideas to life. The contractors are licensed, bonded, and insured, and standing by to assist you with your remodeling or renovation goals. Contact us for more information.

3 Tips to Consider for a Green Renovation before Hiring a Home Contractor

If you’re an eco-conscious home owner planning a remodel, trying to figure out just what you can do to reduce the carbon footprint of your job is important. Renovation is in and of itself a process that generates a lot of waste, so making sure that the home contractors you hire can help you make your project as green as possible is important.

Here are three easy tips for an eco-friendly remodeling project:

Dispose Responsibly: Especially if you’re taking down and putting up walls or structures, a renovation project can produce a lot of waste. In fact, construction and demolition make up about a third of all residential and commercial waste – meaning that recycling what you can is extremely important. Bradco Kitchens and Baths makes sure that waste and debris generated during any renovation or demolition project is sent to certified recycling centers for reuse and recycling.

Make Use of Solar Power: There’s no counting just how much energy the sun produces, and how many ways you can harness it. We’re not talking about photo-voltaic panels here, we’re talking about designing your new or remodeled rooms to make the best use of natural light and heat. Los Angeles gets nearly 300 sunny days a year – in the winter, wide windows can mean lower heating costs, and the extensive natural light your rooms will receive means you can wait much longer to turn on your lights.

Be Aware of Your Fixtures: Fixtures like cabinets are often made using chemicals like formaldehyde and VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. These chemicals often are vented as gasses, which greatly lower air quality in your home – especially in often occupied or high-traffic areas like your kitchen and bathroom. Bradco Kitchens and Baths partners with B&R to produce and install chemical-free and FSC certified cabinets for your remodeling needs.

Whatever you plan to do with your renovation project, ensuring that both your home and the Earth end up better for it is important. Bradco Kitchens and Baths has helped Los Angeles homeowners bring out the best in their homes for over 20 years, and we’re proud to say we’ve been doing so responsibly and sustainably. For more information on how to ensure your next renovation project is as sustainable as possible, contact us today.

Cathy Zingale

Sent by email…

I want to let you know that Manny has been really great.  I’ve been really happy with B & R and as Manny as the “face” of B & R for me, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what he has done. He will see what needs to be done and makes sure it gets taken care of without me having to bring it up or nag about it.  He just knows what needs to be done to do the job correctly.

The garage is looking great.  I imagine you’ll be out to check out the final.  Thanks!