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!

Kitchen And Home Improvement Ideas Include Creative Use Of LEDs

When looking at kitchen remodeling contractors in LA, consider one that can work with you to achieve both stylish and energy efficient results. Popular kitchen design trends in 2013 range from retro to modernistic, and from art deco to classic. Innovations in LED lighting can help one to carry out a creative vision while simultaneously cutting electricity costs.

Kitchens can get warm, and LEDs virtually eliminate the heat typically generated by halogens, incandescents, and fluorescents. Dimmable LED lights can be brightened for food preparation and then later dimmed for mood. LED rope and/or tape lights offer beautiful accent lighting under cabinets, behind crown moldings, and in coves. Such lighting is offered in cool whites, warm whites, and in many colors. It can therefore be readily integrated into almost any design concept from vintage to ultra-modern.

LED light patterns can be extremely varied. Light can be broadly and evenly dispersed when desired. Such light will typically be less ‘spotty’ than that which it replaces. This feature is particularly welcome in kitchens, where detailed activities benefit from even lighting. At the same time, spot and accent lighting can be focused exactly where it is wanted. One can essentially ‘paint with light.’

Energy costs have steadily risen in southern California since the start of the 21st century, and LEDs perfectly address this issue. A conversion to LED lighting can reduce energy costs by 50-90 percent. In fact, Southern California Edison (SCE) cites energy savings as high as 98 percent compared to some incandescents. SCE also sees other LED advantages.  Tungsten and glass are not required because there is no filament. Toxic elements like mercury and lead are not present.

At Bradco Kitchens and Baths, we are very active in all types of home improvement. As a result, we can offer our clients the latest in creative and energy-saving ideas. Please contact us today.

Choose One Of The Kitchen Remodeling Contractors Up To Date On Energy Efficiency

So, you’re excited about remodeling and updating your kitchen. Congratulations! Using one of the top kitchen remodeling contractors to complete a kitchen remodel can be one of the most gratifying investments in your home. At the same time, it offers potential energy savings that can really add up over time. Finally, a kitchen remodel is one of the top-rated home improvement projects for ‘return on investment’ (ROI). That is, a large portion of the cost can often be recovered at a later time when the house is sold.

New appliances are often a part of the effort to update a kitchen. The good news is that major gains in energy efficiency are now possible with contemporary kitchen appliances.

Refrigeration

The first and most obvious place to look for savings is the refrigerator. This is one appliance that operates 24/7. Both energy waste and efficiency quickly multiply.

At the federal government’s Energy Star website, one can quickly estimate annual energy savings generated by the replacement or removal of a refrigerator and/or freezer. Estimates are even more accurate if you take a moment to check the cost per kilowatt hour that your local utility charges for electricity. This figure is easily found on your monthly utility bill.

The potential savings can be persuasive. For example, the replacement of a twenty year-old, 22 cu ft refrigerator/freezer with an new Energy Star-rated replacement can save over $500 over five years. That’s based on a national average cost of $0.11 per kilowatt hour for electricity.

The Edison Energy Institute (EEI) advises improving your savings over time by vacuuming the compressor coils every three months or so. Avoid storing open liquids in the refrigerator. Let heated foods cool off before refrigerating them.

Maintain a temperature of 37-40 degrees F in the refrigerator and 5 degrees F in the freezer. Don’t overfill the refrigerator to the point that air cannot properly circulate.

Cooking

Although cooking with a stove or oven is an infrequent activity, energy use adds up because cooking is much more energy-intensive than cooling. Annually, such an appliance can require a third to a half of the energy required by the refrigerator. Today, cooking by convection, induction, or light energy can inject new levels of energy efficiency into the kitchen.

In a convection oven, a fan circulates hot air to speed cooking time by about a third. Induction cooking utilizes magnetic friction to transmit heat through a stove’s coils to the pots and pans. The stove’s ceramic surface stays cool while the food gets hot. Cooking via induction is very energy efficient. Finally, light energy ovens combine microwave technology with tungsten/halogen lamps to offer energy savings as high as 66-75 percent, according to the EEI. The introduction of the right cooking technology into your new kitchen can save hundreds of dollars over a five-year period.

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At Bradco Kitchens and Baths, we specialize in doing kitchen remodels with integrity, creativity, and an eye toward long-term value. For personalized and expert assistance, please contact us.

Remodeling Estimate — What Is it?

Just what is a remodeling estimate? Many people have the perception, that it is the cost of having a room, or several rooms, upgraded or reworked from its present condition. That is only partly true.

An estimate, as defined in the dictionary states: To roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity, or extent of.

An estimate is just what it says it is. A rough or general idea of what you can expect to pay for a project. Not the actual project cost, but a close idea of what it will cost.

Don’t ever have work completed, based only, on a remodeling estimate. Here is where unscrupulous, or fly by night contractors will take you to the cleaners. It is only an estimate, and used as a tool to determine approximately, what your actual costs may be. Also to determine the average costs among different contractors.

Before any work begins, the estimate should be followed by a Contract for Work Completed. Or, something similar of that nature. Within that contract should be a copy of the written remodeling estimate, along with statements describing exactly what work is to be done, and materials used.

Also included is usually terms of payment. Upon completion, weekly draw, or other. The start and estimated, (the re’s that word again) completion date. It should be signed and dated. You now have a written and binding contract between the parties.

This way, if problems or unforeseen events happen, (which will sometimes happen) you will be told by your contractor, what your options are, and how much the additional cost will be. There will be no surprises.

Most unlicensed and “fly by night” contractors try to start work with only an estimate. They are not bound to anything, and they want to keep it that way. Always ask for a written and signed, proper work contract. This protects you and the contractor. It guarantees a smooth and less stressful, successful completion of your remodeling project.

Remember, a remodeling estimate is only a rough idea of project costs. A contract will spell out those costs, along with materials used, what to expect if problems arise, and exact costs for the project.

The Top Three Bath Remodel Projects For Improving Your Home’s Value

Selling your home for a fair price is tricky in the current housing market. Completing a few key bath remodel projects could help you attract a committed buyer. Not all projects provide a big boost to your home’s total value. Darci Swisher’s article on Interest.com says that homeowners that make midrange improvements to the bathroom tend to recoup about 62% of the money they invest when the home is sold.

New Fixtures

Nearly all tubs eventually become scuffed and stained after decades of regular use. Replacing the shower stall or bathtub is relatively easy because the plumbing rarely needs modifications if you want to keep it in the same place. An attractive and easy to clean glass shower stall can encourage buyers who weren’t enamoured with your dingy acrylic bathtub.

Flooring Upgrades

Even the toughest flooring takes a lot of extra wear in the bathroom. Humidity warps wood and encourages staining mold to grout in the grout between tiles. Removing the existing floor and replacing it with a fresh new look is relatively easy. If your current bathroom floor is unattractive due to stains or damage, new fixtures and better lighting won’t be enough to make the space feel clean and welcoming.

Lighting

Most home bathrooms are relatively small, and many are located far from exterior walls that could contain windows. Adding extra lighting helps the space seem larger without requiring you to invest in demolition to physical expand the room. Look for focused fixtures to highlight the best features and help the new residents apply makeup or shave each morning. If you aren’t sure what kind of lighting would work best for your bathroom, contact us for our professional suggestions.

Test Our Mettle With Metals In Your Next Home Improvement Project

Think of metal surfaces in the home and thoughts of stainless steel in the kitchen quickly come to mind.

However, interior designers are using metal in a variety of other creative ways in home improvement projects. As fabrication methods continue to evolve, various metals are becoming more and more popular in ‘industrial’ and other new looks.

Steel

Steel, both the stainless and other varieties, is being used in everything from ribbed metal ceilings to stainless steel mosaic wall tiles. The latter is commonly used in bathrooms and in kitchen back-splashes. However, the shimmering stainless tiles can also comprise entire living room walls.

Nowadays, one might find entire kitchen islands fabricated from stainless steel. One concept, the ‘mono-block,’ features an island deliberately crafted to look like a giant block of solid steel.

The structural strength of steel allows for imaginative stair designs. Steel allows for asymmetrical staircases as well as gravity-defying designs. Metal stairs offer a low-maintenance, super-durable option to the homeowner.

Exposed structural components made of steel can include triangular and other geometric shapes. Visible welds can add visual impact. Rivets that are left exposed can increase visual interest as well.

Copper

Copper water walls combine ever-changing visual aesthetics with the relaxing sounds of flowing water. Such walls may come pre-built, ready to hang. Or, large water walls can be built right in during a remodel.

The texture of hammered copper can be effectively employed in fireplace design. The texture and feel of copper surfaces can be endlessly varied. Copper works well in warm, earth-tone interiors. Brushed copper can be appropriately incorporated into ultra-modern concepts.

When one thinks of the use of copper in interior design, pennies are probably not among your first thoughts! However, one can quickly calculate that a floor made with embedded pennies is possible without undue expense. The unique patina that these copper/zinc rounds develop can add both texture and conversation in both family rooms and bars.
Aluminum

LED lighting and the natural reflectivity of aluminum are now utilized together to create dramatic new effects. In some applications, brushed aluminum spans entire living room walls, for example. LED lighting in the walls and adjacent ceilings then benefits from the metal’s reflectivity.

With metal, a designer can contrast both reflectivity and texture. For example, brushed metal can contrast with marble flooring. Highly reflective metals serve as a contrast to matte surfaces. Glass can also be blended with metal in endlessly varied ways.

Our design/build services can include the use of an endless array of creative building materials. So that we might learn of your creative home improvement and remodeling goals, please contact us today.

Blueprints

Remodeling or adding on to your existing home? You are going to need some type of blueprint. If you are simply upgrading your kitchen or bath to new fixtures, you probably don’t need one.

But if you are making major structural changes to your existing home, or adding an addition, you definitely need a blueprint. For most projects, a city permit must be acquired before any construction begins.

A blueprint shows in accurate drawings, what changes are going to be done to your home or property. When your contractor pulls a permit, blueprints are submitted along with estimated project costs, which are passed on to the city engineering department for approval.

The engineering department checks to make sure your project conforms to standard building practices and codes. If approved, work can begin and certain inspections will be made by the city, during the course of construction, to insure compliance with your submitted project.

If you are doing a simple remodel to the interior of your home, like a bathroom or kitchen, you may not need a blueprint or permit. Usually when making structural changes to your home, tearing out walls, altering your electrical or plumbing system, blueprints and permits will be needed.

Any time you add a new room or structure, such as a garage, you will have to get permits and blueprints. They give your contractor exact details of the work to be done. The city through inspections, insures the work is done properly, according to the latest codes and standards.

Blueprints are used by the contractor to figure accurate costs of a project too. Most of the time homeowners hire someone to design a print to be used. They don’t have to be an architect, but usually a mechanical draftsman at least.

You may be able to draw your own, if for a simple project, if you have accurate drawing and measuring skills. Some contractors have their own in-house draftsmen for this purpose.

Bradco Kitchens and Baths can help you will all your building needs. Whether remodeling, adding on or new construction. They have their own in-house design team. You can rest assured that your project will be completed on time, within costs, and to acceptable building standards. Contact them today!

How to Check a California Licensed Contractor

How to Check a California Licensed Contractor

According to the California State License Board (CSLB), any person who bids on a construction contract worth $500 or more of labor and materials must have a current contractor’s license from the State of California. The CSLB is the first place to check a CA licensed contractor. You’ll learn critical information about a contractor such as when the person acquired their license, how much insurance they carry and if the individual has any current or past legal actions against their company. Further research such as contacting former clients and inspecting work quality can also help determine the quality of a California contractor.

Check Online

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1.  Visit the California Contractors State License Board. Look for the menu option on the left that says “Instant License Check.”

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2.  Search by the contractor’s license number. Locate your vendor’s six-digit license on any printed materials such as advertisements, an estimate worksheet or business card. By law a California contractor must include their license number on all printed materials.

Another way you can search for the contractor in this website option is by typing the

person’s first and last name or company name.

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3.  Click the contractor’s name to examine the license history. Several people with the same name may appear. If so, search for the city where you believe your contractor resides.

Verify when the contractor obtained a license and what type of construction work they are licensed to perform. Notice if the license is currently active and how much insurance and bonds they carry.

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4.  Ensure the contractor has workers compensation insurance for employees. If they don’t, you can be liable for any on-the-job injuries incurred by workers. If it is noted that the Contractor is exempt from workers compensation insurance be alert as this means that the contractor has stated to the California Contractors State License Board that he is working alone and that he has no workers or not using subcontractors.

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5.  Look for judgments against the contractor. Verify there are no public complaints or civil actions against substandard work.

 

Check by Phone

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1.  Telephone the CLSB at 800-321-2752. This allows you to check contractor’s licenses using an automated voice system.

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2.  Press the number 1. This enables you to check the validity and history of a contractor’s license.

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3.  Press the number 1 again. Next, enter the license number. A license only has numerals, not letters.

4.  Review the license information provided. The automated system shares the same contractor license histories available on the CLSB website.

Speak with an agent if you don’t know the license number. Press the numeral 2, then 9 to transfer your call to a live agent who can answer questions Monday through Friday during business hours.

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Is proud to maintain an impeccable record with the CLSB at all times. We carry $1million liability insurance and all our workers are insured with proper workers compensation insurance