Costs and Returns for Remodeling Services in Los Angeles

If you’re interested in remodeling services, you want the best value for your money. You get to enjoy the improvements as you live in your home and will reap returns from them when it comes time to sell. In its “2013 Cost vs Value Report,” Remodeling Magazine explains the cost of some common home improvements and their expected returns in Los Angeles. These numbers show the middle range. Actual prices depend on the materials and complexity of the job, and where your house is located.

The improvement with the biggest return on investment (98 percent) is replacing your wooden front door with one made of 20-gauge steel. It is also the least expensive one, costing $1,314 and giving back $1,300 on resale.

For dollar value, adding a second star tops the list with a resale value of $144,119, which is 78 percent of its initial $183,198 cost. This improvement includes a first-floor family room and a 24-by-16 second floor with bedroom and full bath.

Adding a bathroom returns 76 percent, or $35,954, of its $46,794 cost. This covers a 6-by-9-foot space featuring a 30-by-60-inch fiberglass tub/shower with tile surround, ceramic tile floor, chrome fixtures and a cultured-marble vanity top.

For a major kitchen remodel, the price is $63,677, which returns $51,619, or 81 percent. This consists of 200-square feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, a 15-square-foot island, laminate countertops and all-new appliances.

A 16-by-20-foot wooden deck represents a high-value add-on, returning almost 97 percent, or $11,399 of its $11,769 construction costs. This includes a built-in bench and planter, railing, lighting, balusters and a three-step staircase.

If you want more specific estimates for your remodeling project, please contact us.

Kitchen Designer: From Conceptualizing to Building Your Dream Kitchen

If you’re thinking of remodeling your home, and you’re wondering where to start, the kitchen would be an excellent choice. Often the kitchen is the beginning design point for the home because next to our bedrooms it is where we spend the most time. Now, there are lots of starting points available in the kitchen; the appliances, storage spaces, fixtures, lighting and a general layout. Employing top notch kitchen designers will mean you’ll have the designer kitchen you’ve always dreamed of!

Cabinets and pantries take up the majority of space in a kitchen, so it’s safe to say the cabinets are a viable focal point. Custom designed cabinets for a chef’s style kitchen means ample storage space for things such as handy spice and wine racks that hideaway.  Update your appliances to chef’s tools:  6 burner gas stove with a custom built hood, double baker’s ovens, and energy efficient fridge with a drawer freezer. Even change your kitchen flooring with elegant hardwood or neutral but classic tile that could offset the craftsmanship of the cabinets. Add an island if the space allows, ensuring the chef in your home has plenty of counter space to work with. *This is also a great way to add more storage. Blending colors, accents and finishes to your cabinet design will help bring your vision to life.

Bradco Kitchens and Baths, Inc. is insured, ensuring that your renovation with be completed in the professional, safe, and timely manner that been sworn by since 1989. Contact us for your consultation and a free estimate.

Things to Consider for a Bathroom Remodel

With home value on its way back up in Los Angeles, now’s a great time to invest in a bathroom remodel. Not only are you updating an underappreciated room in your house, you’re also raising your house’s resale value in the long run. Here are some quick things to keep in mind when planning a bathroom remodel:

Budget: Always plan out a budget beforehand – not only does it take a lot of the stress out of the project, but you’ll also have a clear idea of what you really want, and what wasn’t really that important anyway.

Space Available: Budgeting the space you have available is just as important as making sure you have a good price range. Just because a new bathtub would look great in your bathroom doesn’t mean you have the space to fit it in. Make sure that your desired fixtures not only fit into the space, but also help the overall flow of the room.

Little Details: Small changes can have big effects. A new paintjob and tiling, adding or expanding a window, fitting in a larger mirror and changing the lighting can all make a dingy old bathroom look brand new. If you’re planning a full bathroom remodel, make sure that the new details all fit together well – it’s the key to a good room, not just a room full of good looking fixtures.

Most importantly, make sure the contractor you hire for the job is dependable, responsible, and professional. Bradco Kitchens and Baths has been fixing up houses since 1989 and has a proven track record of finishing the job on time and within budget.

Contact us today and get started on remodeling your bathroom.

Ready to start renovating? Make sure you hire a licensed contractor.

Your plans are drafted, your budget’s been set, you’re ready to begin your renovation project. All that’s left now is to find a licensed contractor to install everything. But that’s the problem: you need to make sure the contractor you’ve hired is licensed. An unlicensed contractor can cost you much more in repairs on shoddy workmanship, can disappear with your money at any time without completing the job, and can hold you accountable for building code violations or injuries.

Here are some tips you should keep in mind to make sure you’re working with a licensed contractor:

Check the contractor’s license number: Some con artists will use fake license numbers to pass as a legitimate licensed contractor. All contractors licensed in California can be looked up by their license number at the California Contractors State License Board website.

Check the contractor’s workman’s comp insurance: A licensed contractor is required to have workman’s compensation insurance for their workers. If a worker is injured on the job and your contractor doesn’t have insurance, you can be held accountable for that worker’s injuries.

Be alert when making a downpayment: By law, downpayments cannot be more than $1000 or 10% of the project cost – whichever is less. If the contractor asks for more than this amount for a downpayment, they are likely a con artist who will disappear with your money.

Contact us today for a free estimate on your renovation job.

Spa Shower Inspirations for Your Bath Remodel

bath remodel is a great investment for your home, as it brings a high return on investment no matter where you live.  Even better, it’s a room you use all the time, so you can constantly benefit from the improvements you make.

Of any item in your bathroom, the shower is the one you use the most that has the greatest number of customizable options.  In fact, with a bath remodel, you can turn your shower into an ultimate spa retreat.  Here are a few helpful tips from Home and Garden Television.

  • Think outside the box.  You use your shower every day, but it can make a design statement as well.  Consider installing a frameless glass shower door, which gives the illusion of the glass floating with no support.  This is a great option for maximizing space in a small bath.  If you have a larger room, consider losing the door completely and opting for a curved tile entrance wall, which will keep your space open but still contain the shower water.
  • Customize your jets.  No spa shower is complete without a high-end shower head or extra jets.  Wall-mounted and hand-held sprayers are wonderful extras that enhance your shower and allow you to easily tailor your shower to the pressure and range that’s most comfortable for you.
  • Let there be light.  One of the newest trends in spa showers is chromatherapy, which uses colorful LED and halogen lights to relax or energize you, based on the colors you program.  You can start your day with bold colors to wake you up, and end it with gentle blues and greens to wind down after work.

You can trust the experts at Bradco Kitchens and Baths to build the spa bathroom of your dreams.  Contact us to view samples of our elegant bathroom transformations.