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Rose Construction Inc. receives three awards for remodeling excellence!

The National Association of Home Builders and Remodelers and the Builders Industry Association of Whatcom County awarded Rose Construction Inc. three REX  awards. The awards recognize excellence in home remodeling. The company won Residential Remodel – Best Addition in the under $75,000 category; Residential Best Kitchen Remodel – $30,000 – $60,000 range and Best Residential Bath Remodel in the $25,000 – $75,000 range.

Residential addition

Residential addition

 
Kitchen remodel

Kitchen remodel

 

Rose Construction Inc. is one of the founding members of Masters Remodelers Council of the Building Industry Association and has been providing remodeling and additions to homes in Whatcom, Island and Skagit counties since 1986. For details call 398-7000.

Bath remodel

Bath remodel

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Is it worth it to remodel?

Of course! Here is a list of the top home renovations that pay off, from an article by that name.

  • Wood window replacement
  • Vinyl window replacement
  • Minor kitchen remodel
  • Foam backed vinyl siding
  • Wood deck
  • Fiber cement siding

The siding renovations would not add as much to the resale value of the house as a well layed out kitchen with up-to-date countertops, sink and fixtures.

Remodeled Kitchen

Remodeled Kitchen

Or how about updating that bathroom? A nice tiled shower, new flooring and lav, cabinets and lighting would draw anyone.

Fully remodeled bath

Fully remodeled bath

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Can you handle a kitchen remodel?

I like the advice in this article called “How to renovate a kitchen“.

“Unlike any other home remodeling project, kitchen renovation encompasses so many things–from the raw to the sublime, from the picayune to the important–that it can easily overwhelm even the most determined homeowner.”

“On the other hand, a fine kitchen remodel instantly raises the value of your home, provides you with a more effective cooking space, and makes you the envy of all of your friends. So, before beginning this tough-but-rewarding project, ask yourself:”

  • What are my needs and desires?
  • Is it worth putting myself through this? I.E. – work crews in you kitchen for extended periods.
  • Deep-down renovation or surface level?
  • Can I reduce the cost of remodeling?

Then the article discusses the design layout of the kitchen – the basic shape:

  • One wall design
  • Corridor design
  • L shape design
  • Double L shape design (what is that ?!)
  • The U shape design.

Check out the article and then get started! Here’s some inspiration for you:

Beautiful Kitchen Remodel

Beautiful Kitchen Remodel

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What could possibly make you want to spend more time in your kitchen?

Light colored cabinets and glass fronted doors Light cabinets and glass doors open and brighten kitchen

 

 

Kitchen ideas
Could your kitchen look like this?

Well, how about if this was your kitchen?  Evaluating your kitchen, its square footage and layout is a start on the path to an awesome kitchen!

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I could spend extra time cooking in this kitchen

This photo is from a website full of kitchen design ideas, A Dream Kitchen, of course!

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Custom cabinets make the kitchen

Kitchen cabinets nook

Kitchen cabinets nook

What makes a great kitchen? The cabinets make the biggest visual impact when walking into a kitchen; add to that, the convenience and efficiency of the kitchen is highly dependant on the cabinets.

There is a great blog and website from a kitchen designer’s website located in Texas. www.kitchendesignconcepts.com  They provide excellent insight and advice on kitchen design and kitchen cabinets.

Probably most people start cabinet selection with the color – what fits their personality, style and the home itself. Once the style of cabinets and the color is settled, the layout of cabinets and details of special cabinets such as lazy susan cabinets for corners, pull-out drawers for recycling containers, and many, many more options.

More kitchen cabinets

Beautiful custom kitchen cabinets

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What’s up with that kitchen?

natural wood cabinets & flooring

Natural wood cabinets and flooring in this kitchen

Simulated stone countertops

Kitchen countertops and wall tile

Beautiful, warm kitchen!  Natural look of wood cabinetry and flooring, combined with manufactured stone countertops polished to a high gloss. The wall tile pattern is unique and sets off the rest of the kitchen.

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REX Award for Rose Construction, Inc.!

In December, Pat Rose and her crew were awarded the Remodeling in Excellence award for kitchen remodeling projects under $30,000 for 2010.  The award was presented by the Whatcom County Builders Association at their annual installation and awards banquet. 

Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel

The clients purchased this small single story home as their retirement home. The kitchen was poorly designed with the free standing stove blocking counter and cabinet access and the microwave taking up valuable counter space. The refrigerator extended past the side wall, there was no dishwasher and essentially no range venting; in addition the lighting was inadequate!

We re-designed the kitchen to have a new range located on the back wall, allowing usable counter space on each side and an efficient work triangle with the sink and refrigerator. We were able to provide custom cabinets at a price only slightly higher than lower quality pre-fabricated cabinets. The client wanted a classic look to match the homes overall 1930’s cottage style and the white painted cabinets with inset beaded panels and mullioned glass doors with glass pulls fit the bill nicely.

A space efficient microwave-vent hood combination was installed above the range and vented to the outside through the attic.  The wall was extended to enclose the refrigerator and a dishwasher was plumbed and installed next to the sink. New recessed can lights and Zenon under cabinet lights were installed and a central ceiling mount light fixture was added to keep the classic look. To complete the new lighting the client found a beautiful pendant light at a discounted price which we installed over the sink. The new lighting achieved excellent tak and overall lighting fo the workspace, with classic styling details that enhanced the entire project within a reasonable budget.

Rose Construction Inc has been providing high quality remodeling services in the Whatcom County area since 1986.  Rose Construction Inc is one of the founding members of the Master Remodelers Council of the BIA.

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Kitchen Remodels – do you know all you need to know?

A seriously stripped down kitchen

A seriously stripped down kitchen

I caught a very nice blog from LA all about kitchen remodeling.  The Kitchen Designer.  The article has some scary photos of a kitchen completely stripped to the wall studs, with construction lights hanging from the joists and plastic taped over the doors. 

Here, check out one of the photos on the left.  Is that not your worst nightmare when you think how great it would be to remodel your kitchen, but then you visualize what has to happen first . . . the Demolition.

Well, not all kitchen reno’s require this drastic an approach.  Most of the kitchens we remodel are not to this degree.  However, back to the blog I borrowed the photo from.

The author is interviewing the kitchen designer, Kathy Price-Robinson:  “As you mentioned in your intro, I’m into the process of the remodel and helping people get through it. While an expert like you can help with layout and product selection, I like to help people understand that remodeling a kitchen is the most difficult, complex project there is. Perhaps because I am so into food, I want people to take more care when they figure out how they will survive without a kitchen for weeks or months at a time. How will they cook? How will they clean? Where will the refrigerator be? You cannot live on granola bars for two months. You need to eat fresh, nutritious foods, especially during the stress of a kitchen remodel. I think if people took better care of their needs during a remodel, they would have fewer emotional, mental and physical meltdowns during the process.” 

The author/ interviewer asks how can conflicts be avoided during construction.  “Communication is the key. Every meeting and phone call between homeowners and their team should be documented. Take notes. I also like the idea of a jobsite notebook where all notes are kept and the team members can leave notes for each other. Also, I suggest that homeowners get out and see all the materials they can in advance. Go to tile stores, and carpet stores, and kitchen shops. Plus, get a stack of magazines and ponder which kitchens you love and which you don’t. You’ll start to notice common denominators. From my experience, the homeowners who are happiest with their finished kitchen remodels are the ones who did the most upfront research.”

Well, that almost sounds like building a commercial restaurant!  Kitchen remodels vary a great deal in their depth and complexity.  Another option is hiring a general contractor and that reduces your need to deal with so many contractors.  As long as you do the research and get a general contractor who you feel understands what you want and is easy to communicate with and is responsible, reputable and responsive, it will ease the work on your end. 

There ya go!

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Alright! Back to the Basics – Getting the most from that small kitchen

So, as I have been wont to say, we do not all have the option to just snap our fingers and get the kitchen of our dreams.  Some of us have to make our dreams fit into the space and budget we have available.  No shame in that!

I found this excellent article from HomeRemodelingBlog.com that discusses the best ways to get as much as possible out of that not-quite-big-enough kitchen.  Don’t live in quiet, barely controlled frustration – make that kitchen work for you.  Some of the suggestions made by the Home Remodeling blog are listed here.  The numbers and titles are from Home Remodeling.  The comments are mine!

1. Have someone assess the space that you have.  I love this idea.  When you have lived in a house for several years you may be focused too much on what you do not have.  A fresh set of eyes can look at that space and come up with some great ideas on how to fit most of what you want into it and make it look great.

Kitchen Design Ideas

Kitchen Design Ideas

2. Only settle essential things. This is a good one too – they emphasize simplicity over complexity.  Read it, it has some great ideas.

3. Mount you appliances on the walls.  This speaks for itself.  If that microwave is on the wall, its not on the counter, right?

4. Add hooks or railing on the walls.

5. Purchase a cart on wheels. Move it around, enough said.

6. Get rid of bulky things. Get rid of the clutter – stuff you don’t use but have a hard time getting rid of.  Take a deep breath and do it!

7. Make your oven multipurpose.  Recommends storing pots and pans in the oven; when you aren’t baking that is.

One of Rose Constructions Kitchen Remodels

A Rose Constructions Kitchen Remodel

Don’t forget; get an experts opinion and then get ready for your kitchen make-over.

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Design Ideas

Coming up with remodeling concepts for your bath or kitchen can be very difficult.  Well, unless you are one of the lucky ones who has seen many kitchens and baths and have an abundance of ideas that you know will work in your home.

But many times one becomes dissatisfied with a room and just cannot figure out what would work in that space.  Due to the cost and inconvenience of remodeling you want to get it right the first time and end up with a room you will be happy with for many years to come.  The remodeled kitchen shown here is from a blog called:  www.kathysremodelingblog.com.

Small Kitchen Remodel with great flooring

Small Kitchen Remodel with Wonderful Wood Floor

Kathy has some wonderful ideas for all rooms of your home and even the outside, such as the entry porch.  An unusual aspect of this kitchen is that there are no upper cabinets!

A highlight of this kitchen is the wonderful wood flooring with a rich warm color that is so attractive.  The white backsplash, countertops and trim make a refreshing contrast with the floorboards.

So, get out there and check out kitchens and baths, even take some pictures and when you’re ready, you can go forward with lots of ideas and confidence, knowing how it will turn out in the end.

Be sure to get expert advice along the way and do your research to ensure getting a reliable contractor who is both honest and skilled to do the work.

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