Adding a Decorative Backsplash as a Home Improvement Project

A decorative backsplash behind your countertop, sink, or stovetop is an excellent way to add a sense of style and class to your kitchen. It can be used to accentuate the rest of the design or color scheme of the room, or it could be used as an impressive centerpiece. It can be sleek and simplistic or be ornate and exotic. In any case, here is a guide to ideas and considerations if you decide to add a decorative backsplash to your kitchen as a home improvement project.

Patterns

Here is a sampling of tile patterns for a backsplash. You many prefer a highly ordered straightforward grid pattern, a brick pattern for a more rustic feel, perhaps a diagonal pattern to convey a sense of energy, or the grid pattern with diamond insert (which is perfect for stylized designs in the center.) Most likely you will put a color pattern – such as a straight-up checker design – or you will use a variety of different colors to create a mottled design. Whatever pattern you decide, take a moment to consider how well it meshes with the theme of your kitchen.

Materials

A variety of metals (stainless steel, copper, tin, etc.) can be used. They also are available in different finishes (short grain and long grain – consider in which direction the metal is brushed, or perhaps mix the two types of finishes for creative effect). Metal of course creates a more modern look, but ceramic, cement, and  marble are traditional and popular as well. Many of them take their cues from traditional tile designs from around the world. One designer has a warning a bout tumbled marble used especially in Tuscan style kitchens, saying that it is really too spongy for use in a backsplash and soaks up anything.

Art

Depending on your tastes, you may want painted or ornate tiles at the center of the piece. There are many artists offering decorative tiles, such as this one that delivers direct from Mexico. Celtic designs done in relief are also well suited for a backsplash.

Take these points into consideration if you decide to add some style to your kitchen, and remember how much latitude you have to be creative. You can also trust our professionals to do the job right and make the statement in your kitchen that you want to make.

Enjoy Your Bath Remodel Now And Get A Great Return In The Future

Money Magazine has identified a bath remodel as one of the remodeling projects offering the very best return on investment (ROI). The psychology of a modernized bathroom plays well for homeowners and future buyers alike.

Also, Remodeling Online publishes a report each year that compiles the responses of hundreds of real estate professionals to establish which remodeling projects offer the best ‘bang for the buck.’ About 300 professionals are surveyed in 60 significant markets across the country.

The winning remodeling projects? Bath and kitchen remodels lead the way. The survey specifically asks respondents to estimate what value a project would add to the sale price one year after completion.

So, how does a homeowner optimize resale value? In brief, make work to make several factors work together to maximize results. These factors include:

Quality Work

Because of the strong ROI offered by bathroom and kitchen remodeling, investing in quality work pays off. You’ll enjoy your fresh, crisp new rooms now, and buyers will one day appreciate high quality construction as well.

Determining who offers true quality can be as simple as asking a company to see a couple of their completed projects. Homeowners are usually available that are proud to show off their new kitchens and baths.

Timeless Appeal

Ask yourself, how long do I plan to remain in my home? If the answer is something akin to ‘forever,’ then you can get as eclectic or trendy as you want. Southern California is a true cornucopia of wildly creative interior design. If that’s what you want, great.

However, many with an eye to a future sale may pull in the reigns a bit.

It is not only the return on investment that may be at stake, the very salabiliity of your home may hinge on its overall appeal to others.

There is no need for a ‘cookie cutter’ approach, but an awareness of existing standards in your neighborhood will improve ROI. A full design/build service can help you to maintain design consistency both within your home and with other residences in the area.


Curb Appeal

Your home’s exterior can be a key element. If a home has terrific curb appeal, it will bring that prospective buyer into your home to actually see and appreciate that completed remodeling project. Without curb appeal, your beautiful kitchen may remain a secret to those that pass your property by.

At Bradco Kitchens and Baths, we specialize in Los Angeles area bath and kitchen remodels — the remodeling projects that typically offer some of the best ‘return on investment.’ For expertise and integrity in the designing and building of your project, including full room additions, please contact us today.

Reputable Home Remodeling in the Los Angeles Area

Fly-by-night scam artists posing as legitimate builders or remodelers have been plaguing the Los Angeles area for years. They will approach a homeowner with unsolicited offers of work at bargain prices, but as soon as they have the victim’s cash, they will literally take the money and run, leaving behind shoddy, incomplete work.

The National Association of Home Builders has publicized these warning signs that someone offering you quick, cheap work may be a scam artist:

  • He insists that a contract is unnecessary because he trusts you.
  • He asks to be paid for the entire job up front, or in cash, since you’re getting such a bargain with his services.
  • He makes insinuations or threats–“You never can tell what may happen to your roof if you don’t let me fix it today.”
  • He tells you that your home has been chosen as a demo project, which explains the very low price you’re paying for the work.
  • He insists the special low price is good only for today.
  • Whatever references he gives you can’t be checked.
  • His business address is a mailbox or a blind.

Since opening shop in 1989, Bradco Kitchens and Baths, Inc., has built a reputation for honesty and craftsmanship in our home remodeling construction services throughout the greater Los Angeles area. One recent customer said:

“Roberto was always on top of things and when any questions arose he took care of them immediately if not sooner. He is truly a jewel and if I were to go back into business he would be my first employee. . . .  If we ever need some work done in the future, and you know my wife, you will certainly be the ones we call. Without exception. Thank you Thank you Thank you!”

If you have a home remodeling project in mind, please contact us for a free estimate today.

Home Remodeling That Will Enable You To “Age In Place”

As our population continues to age and reach retirement, more families are considering the best way to find a beneficial lifestyle that works for everyone involved.  For many this can mean a skilled nursing facility if there are health concerns and for others a retirement community may be the best choice.

There is another alternative arrangement that is fast gaining in popularity as it can be a great option for the independent senior who is happiest in their current home.  By making some home remodeling improvements with safety and mobility in mind, it is possible for anyone to “age in place”.

The Best Floor Plan

Ideally, the family can sit down together and discuss the necessary projects and those that can be consider a “wish list” item.  You can draw a floor plan or just make notes about where you need to make changes. Don’t forget to consider which materials you want to use in your remodel plan.

Kitchen Focus

This is commonly an important area in which to focus on safety and upgrades.  Keep in mind the possibility of mobility problems in the future and make sure the kitchen area is open enough to accommodate wheelchair access and counters are low enough to be functional.  Think about cabinet height and even something as simple as specialized drawer pulls for arthritic fingers.

Bathroom Focus

Safety is the No. 1 priority for the “age in place” bathroom.  Today the options for shower and bath accessibility are many and often very stylish.  A bathroom on the main floor of the living space can be one of the best investments you can make for the senior.  In the shower area grab bars are a prerequisite and a bench can be an important convenience.

These are just a few of the areas to think about, the National Association of Home Builders has a comprehensive remodeling checklist to reference in order to help you with your design.  The upgrades you make, when done with an eye toward style, can mean a great boost to home values as the accessibility can be appreciated no matter what the age.

We would love the opportunity to discuss your plan and the ways we can work to make your vision a reality.  Contact us today and let’s get started!