Getting Your Eggs in the Right Basket with our Kitchen Remodeling Contractors

You’ve been thinking a lot about eggs lately, as you’ve been buying, filling and hiding plastic Easter eggs, assessing your retirement nest egg as you complete your 2012 taxes, and realizing that the egg holes in your fridge door are, like the fridge itself, incredibly outdated…. If you’ve played your tax cards right, perhaps you even have an Easter surprise headed your way, in the form of a tax refund—which might just as well become a nest egg for something special, like replacing more than just your outdated, and power guzzling, fridge.

We suggest that you call your friendly local kitchen remodeling contractors and let’s discuss how you can transform that nest egg into a lovely new kitchen. Together we can hatch a remodeling plan that will renovate your kitchen into a space you will enjoy working in, with appliances that are modern and energy efficient. Here are some things to consider as you think about how to improve upon your current kitchen:

  • What did you find while you were hiding Easter eggs in your kitchen? Perhaps you saw some chipped counter tops, broken moldings, cracked floor tiles, or the poor condition of your breakfast nook bench cushions. Your kitchen is one of the most lived-in spaces in your home, and that wear and tear really shows after a while.
  • What besides your fridge is old enough to be causing undue strain on your utility bills? Yes, new appliances cost, but the cost of running your old appliances may be higher than you realize.
  • Do the work space and work flow in your kitchen really work for you? Many kitchen setups just aren’t functional. If you and your family bump into each other in the kitchen, perhaps it’s time for a professional assessment of your kitchen space, with an eye to making it really work for you.
  • A kitchen remodel, done right, adds value to the nest egg that is your home.

So why not contact us today for a free, no obligation assessment of your kitchen? From design to execution, our professional, experienced team will transform your kitchen into a beautiful, functional and energy efficient space that will be a joy to work in and a pleasure to show off!

Assistance with Contractor Jargon

Most of our customers are new to remodeling projects.  They are interested in making their home bigger, brighter, more useful or just different.   One thing we run into on most jobs is unfamiliarity with the jargon we use in the remodeling industry.  To help you with this, we have provided here a dictionary of some of the more common terms we use, and what they mean.  Please always ask us if you don’t understand something, we are here to help.

Allowance – A specific dollar amount allocated for a specific item.  For example, you might have an allowance for plumbing fixtures for your project.  After selecting the exact fixtures, the final amount will be calculated, but the allowance is a good estimate of what a reasonable quality set of fixtures should cost.  

Bearing wall – An exterior or interior wall that supports the roof or overhead floor joists.

Building Permit – A document issued by the city or other governing authority.  This document gives permission to go ahead with a construction project.

Change Order – A change order is written documentation to the contractor to change what is in the original contract.  The change order should include changes to materials, methods and costs.

Draw – A total project budget is not usually paid all at once.  A payment made for services to date is considered a “draw” from the total budget.

Expansion joint – A flexible material between two surfaces, allowing joints to expand and contract in different temperatures.

Lien – If a subcontractor is unpaid, he may obtain a lien from the courts.  When enforced, the property can be sold in order to pay off the lien.  If the subcontractor is paid in another way, he will sign a lien release to remove the lien responsibility from the property.

Mud – Any type of plaster or spackle that is used to coat walls, ceilings, foundations and other surfaces.

Punch List – Near the end of the project, the contractor will walk through the project and make a list of things that are still left to be done.  This is known as a punch list.

Bradco Kitchens and Baths can help you with your home remodeling project. We work in the Los Angeles area, and are a full service home remodeling company.  We specialize in kitchens, bathrooms, additions and new construction.   Contact us today for a free, no obligation estimate.

Guide to reading blueprints

If you are working on a home remodeling or home building project and you have little or no experience in the construction field, reading a blueprint may be a bit intimidating.  Here is a guide to help ease your frustration, and be able to understand the blueprint.

A blueprint is a birds-eye drawing of the architects or contractor’s plan for the project.  The blueprint will contain information such as the location of all items to be used, definition of the materials that are used, and the dimensions of each item.  Often, there are several different blueprints for one location.  For example, for the first floor of a new building, there may be a separate blueprint to show the electrical, another one for the plumbing, and another one to show the dimensioning of the walls and rooms.  Together, these sheets will comprise a set of plans.

When reading blueprints, look at each page carefully, and pick out similar items on each page to help you understand what you are looking at.   For example, if you want to look at the details in the kitchen, find a wall or unique element of the kitchen on one blueprint sheet, and identify it on all the sheets that pertain to the kitchen.  This will help you understand the relationship between the various elements shown in the kitchen.

On each page of a set of blueprints, there will be a legend that explains what all of the symbols are on that page.  Symbols are used when there are a lot of small items, such as electrical outlets.   If each individual outlet were called out, the plan would get crowded with words and would be more difficult to read.  All symbols used on a page should be shown on the legend.

If you have questions about reading your blueprints, please contact us and we will help you understand.

Some Great New Ideas for Shower Renovations

So maybe you’ve got an older home, and you’ve slowly been renovating it, bit by bit. Perhaps you started with those areas of the house that everyone sees, like the living room and the kitchen, and now it’s time for you to focus on yourself. Or maybe you recently bought this lovely old house and you wouldn’t change a thing in the public areas, but you can’t stand the old bathtub where you hit your temple on the short shower head each morning. You’re ready for a shower renovation, but you aren’t sure where to start. Here are some trends that we think are worth exploring as you turn your dream into reality.

  • Larger showers are here to stay. Increasingly we are seeing that renovations are removing the big soaking tubs and small showers and replacing them with large, comfortable showers that include bench seats and handheld or rain shower heads.
  • Turning tub and shower into one unit also gives you more space in the bathroom, which is wise if you expect to spend the rest of your life in this home. Bathrooms are designed these days with accessibility in mind, and being able to easily step into and out of the shower is key to long-term happiness with your new shower.
  • Take this opportunity to think about safety as well, and install slip-resistant tiles on your shower floor.
  • There are a great variety of water-safe lighting fixtures that have been developed for showers, meaning that your shower can also be bright enough to see at any hour of the day.
  • All this concern about accessibility and safety does not need to prevent your shower from being sleek, elegant and tasteful. The hot colors for 2013 are charcoal and emerald, which are elegant enough to last for years, regardless of where trends may go in the future. There are hundreds of stone and ceramic tile finishes to choose from, whether you want sparkle or understated.

So contact us today and let’s discuss how we can turn your ideal shower dream into reality.