You’ve been living in your home for an extended amount of time. Your house has gone through some wear and tear, especially in this Oklahoma weather, and at some point you will need to make renovations. Renovating can be a tedious task that almost feels like starting over. Regardless, you’ve decided to give it a try.
Where to Start?
The rooms that take on the most use are typically the bathroom and kitchen. Through out the day, both rooms are constantly visited. The constant action of turning on the sink or opening a cabinet door, at some point can cause small problems. Life style changes like having children can also effect how people need a room set up for safety and functionality.
We will start with the kitchen. That is the room that sets the tone for the rest of the house and is most commonly visited by residents and guests. Let’s say; the tile is outdated and starting to crack, a water leak has left the ceiling with a gray spot, the cabinets are a color that you don’t find appealing anymore, and the windows that were installed when the house was built are cheap. In Oklahoma, with every individual renovation or repair, typically, you have to find a separate company resolve each issue. You then have to deal with multiple people and phone numbers and invoices. This can all become overwhelming, not to mention delay the project.
Where Validated Construction Steps In
Validated Construction is making it easier for Oklahomans to renovate their homes by consolidating your remodels and repairs under one team. We can handle and all construction renovations and repairs. You can have an entire project completed with one phone call. Validated prides itself on providing efficient and timely customer service so people don’t feel out of loop and can remain confident their getting the remodel they desire. It’s your home, it deserves the look you want it. Validated Construction can help make that happen.
People love the “do it yourself” mentality. You can definitely save money doing home renovations on your own. Many DIY home owners don’t realize they could be costing themselves a lot of money in the long run. There’s also the chance that someone could end up hurt. Sure it’s good for Youtube views and laughs. But many times people aren’t as lucky as the ones in the videos below. They should’ve just let the pros handle it.
Aw, the classic father and son bonding time story over a do-it-yourself home renovation. You can tell immediately the son has no business being on a latter, let alone hanging a chandelier. What made these two think putting a latter on a set of stairs was a good idea? The guy in blue is lucky he didn’t smash his father on top of the head. They are both extremely fortunate no one was hurt. They would’ve saved a lot of time and money had they just called a company like Validated Construction.
Pride Comes Before the Fall
One of the great downfalls of a handyman is pride. Many times, they feel any task is possible. You can spend all day working on a project but if it’s not done correctly it does not matter. Like the guy in the video, avoid putting in all that work and the embarrassment when it doesn’t go as expected. Call the pros.
Real Friends . . . Eh
Poor guy, it almost feels like his friends recording knew what was about to happen. The man is trying to take down a large portion of a wall with an electrical saw. He clearly hasn’t thought about what will happen when the piece falls. This causes him to plunge to the ground. Not only could he have been seriously hurt by the wall, fall, or saw, he wasn’t wearing any protective gear. We always see amateur construction work done without proper safety protection. Simply wearing protective glasses can save someone from serious injury. You are better off just letting a professional team handle it.
Countless unexpected roof problems occur while being a homeowner in Oklahoma. Wear and tear is inevitable. Many people aren’t sure when they should repair or replace their roof. Depending the area you live in, most asphalt roofs last 20 to 25 years. Here are some things to look for when deciding if it’s time to replace your roof.
The first place you should look isn’t outside your home or on the roof.
Check your attic first and look for beams of light shining through or streak stains that may signal a leak. Also check your ceilings for gray spots or soft spots that indicate can indicate a leak from the inside. Water leaks can cause larger problems to your house if not properly resolved.
Shingles can also be a sign of needing your roof replaced. If you come across areas that are damaged. curling or cracked, you may need a repair. You can also check the gutter for shingle granules. If you find an excess amount, that may also be a sign that it’s time to replace your roof. Check the flatness of the roof and if there are areas that droop or sag, that is an immediate sign to replace your roof before your homes takes on other damages.
Check around the roof vents, chimneys and other areas that may be sealed. Sometimes these flashing can have cracks that lead to leaks. In older model homes the flashing is either cement or tar. It’s a good idea to replace that material with a metal flashing that is much stronger and more durable.
Roofs grow plants and moss in shaded areas that take on lots of moisturetake on a lot of moisture and weather causing plants and moss to grow. This indicates that moisture is getting trapped inside, something that can absolutely ruin a roof. This can lead to rotting boards or droopy spots that again lead to much more damage to the home.
Replace or Repair
Knowing when and who installed your roof is important. It helps to decide between replacing your roof or strictly having a repair done. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should inspect your roof, twice a year. With Oklahoma storms, you may not be able to avoid a repair. Either way, it’s important to keep an eye on your roof and stay ahead of any problems.
The interior design of a bathroom is often overlooked because most utilities used are available for a bargain price, regardless of design. Having an outdated bathroom design can make the room awkward and embarrassing. When deciding to remodel your bathroom, you’ll need to decide between a classic or more modern style.
Keep It Classy
Classic design remodels have became a 2000’s trend. When done right look spectacular. However, in older homes, a modern remodel won’t match the rest of the home. You want to keep that timeless look while adding new colors and more reliable materials. Classic remodels use smooth curves with elaborate details. floral prints for example. A distinguishing variable in a classic design is the claw-footed tub. Usually the colors and details will accent the bathroom tiles, furniture and wallpaper.
Modern designs are always changing. Usually colors used are neutral are black, white, beige, with small undertones of other complimentary colors. Typically, fixtures in modern design remodels are stainless steel. This really gives bathrooms that new age look. Unlike classic design, the showers tend to be open as opposed to a bathtub. This makes the room much spacier and can change the entire appearance of your bathroom. You’ll also find a wide assortment of light fixtures to choose from that can really give a room a sleek modern look.
No matter how you decide to remodel your home, the best flooring options will be ceramic tiles and natural stone. Both are very durable and are key in bringing the entire room together. Bathroom remodels should accent the rest of the house and be a reflection of your style and preference.
A homeowner can increase the value of their home by remodeling. Although, sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start or what style to choose. With trends always changing, the most important thing, is to find a contractor you trust. They can be a huge help throughout the process and help find exactly what you like. With that said, lets look at some kitchen remodel ideas that you may like.
Appliance sometimes having a way of sticking out in a kitchen design because they weren’t apart of the building process. Not only that but, trying to match your oven to your kitchen to your microwave can be quite tedious. By integrating built-in appliances you can match the style of your remodel. This makes appliance cohesive with the rest cabinetry.
Faux – Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors have always been a common choice for kitchen remodels. They give the kitchen a homeliness and can go with a wide variety of colors. However, the issue is sometimes wood floors can be a task to maintain. Using other materials, porcelain, that look like wood, you get the same style but a much more durable floor.
Open layout kitchens have trending more with young families and new homeowners. The open layout entices interaction. Knocking down a wall can open up the room giving a much more modern, connect feel. This also gives you more space to add other things to your kitchen.
One Level Islands
To go along with the open layout trend, one level islands encourage interaction by removing any barrier from the island top. It gives the kitchen an intimate feel and a modern look. Making it a fantastic hangout space for your home. It’s also a great way to improve prep space.
We’ve all seen a hilarious result of a poor DIY home remodel. Maybe the homeowner didn’t have time or patience to hire a professional team. Maybe they realized midway through the task was larger than expected. Whatever the case, these picture below show some of the Validated Staff’s favorite remodel failures.
Quantity Over Quality
Apparently, this homeowner cared more about quantity over quality so they installed a public toilet dispenser in their bathroom. Yes, you will never run out of toilet paper, and also, yes, it looks incredibly tacky.
Where Did They Get Those Rocks?
I guess, I somewhat understand what they were trying to accomplish, but you can definitely tell this is an amateur job. It looks like they walked outside and grabbed as many rocks as they could find and stuck them to the original bathtub. Remodel teams are able to find you the right supplies for this type of remodel that will blend it with the rest of the room.
There’s So Much Going On
Oh my. I’m not sure where to start here. Clutter doesn’t always equal style. As minimalism continues to trend upwards, less can definitely be better. But underneath all the colors and kittens, this room has so much potential.
Rocks, On Rocks, On Rocks
I’m don’t fully understand some people’s obsession with randomly placed rock designs. This look random and sporadic. It looks very unplanned. Professional draft their ideas before hand to show customers exactly what their remodel will look like. This looks like they started and just went with it.
All That Space
I’m not sure what they were thinking here. All that space and they put a tiny standing shower. The vent on the ceiling where the tile ends makes it so they won’t be able to install a wall there. At this point you will have to have your toilet in your bedroom. A professional team would have seen the vent and immediately changed plans accordingly.
Most homeowners are clueless where to start when beginning a home remodel. They might call a flooring company to come in and replace the tile. A woodworking shop to refurbish the old cabinets. A plumber to change the toilet. What most people don’t realize, you could be wasting time, energy and money by not consolidating your remodel under one company. Below are some areas of a remodel you may not realize you would need to handle, that an all in one service company would take care of, for you.
When doing a home remodel, scheduling can be an absolute nightmare. Getting 5 different companies to show up on the same day is quite the challenge. Some crews would rather there not be another company in the room working simultaneously so then you have to maneuver around each crew’s schedule. If you are on a time crunch, many times the more crews involved, the longer it takes. If you were to use Validated Construction, they would handle scheduling for you. You would get to sit back and watch it unfold.
Most homeowners don’t realize the extensive negotiating that takes place with home remodels. Each company is fighting for a bid and trying to offer the best deal, while also generating profit. You would have to deal with 5 different negotiations. While also being cautious of those who may not have the best intentions. Many times contractors will use cheap materials to make more money. With Validated Construction, you make one contract, with one company. We handle the rest. The people we work with have been vetted by our staff so you know you will be getting a top of the line craftsmen and crew.
Having your home remodel under one company can be a huge relief when it comes time for your questions. Do you really want to spend time calling company to company trying to figure out a solution if a problem arises? If you use one single company to handle the entire remodel, you only have to deal with one company when you need something. This makes projects run much smoother because the crew is connected to the entire project, not just one thing.
If you’re ready to a home remodel, make sure you find one singular company that you trust to take on the project.
Most kitchen remodels begin with a homeowner wanting an upgrade or style change. Many times it could be a color or design that is outdated. Almost all kitchen remodels have some sort of countertop renovation. Not only do you want a style that blends with the rest of the home, but you also need something that is durable and stand the test of time. Fortunately, there are many types of countertop options.
Wood countertops can really bring together a more southern kitchen look. Placed correctly, they can also give a very modern, industrial feel. Not only attractive, wood countertops are incredibly useful for food prep and are sanitary enough for chopping food items. It also can be much cheaper than a marble or granite top. Wood is more susceptible to nicks and bumps, but in the long run can be very durable. The wood’s heat-resistance is a welcomed asset.
The major advantage of stainless steel countertops, and a big reason you see them in most restaurants, is because the materials ability to inhibit bacterial buildup. This makes steel countertops the most hygienic top there is. These countertops definitely give a modern feel and mixes well with almost any color or pattern. The surface is also one of the easiest countertops to keep clean.
Granite countertops can add value to your home while also giving it high end look. Not only that, granite tops are a very durable prep surface. What has became the top choice for most home remodels, granite countertops are a natural stone which creates gorgeous rock patterns. Fair warning, granite countertops are not the cheaper route and maintenance on them is a necessity. Be sure to always wipe stains quickly and be sure to follow your regular sealing procedures.
Along with granite counter tops, marble takes some maintenance and lands on the more expensive side of things. But you are guaranteed to get something that stands out in your home. Marble tops give a luxurious, high-class, timeless aesthetic and can last for a long time with proper care. They can instantly increase the value of your home and really be the icing on the cake of a complete remodel.
Before starting a kitchen remodel there are a ton of things to consider. There’s a lot of things the average person will overlook. Whether you’re a DIY handyman or just think you can handle a full kitchen remodel, there’s a reason people professionals. Below is a list of mistakes homeowners make when doing a remodel.
A very trendy addition to a kitchen remodel is the center island. Typically these match the rest of your counter tops but sometimes an offsetting wood island blends great with the rest of the kitchen style. Center islands are trending more than ever and for good reason, but typical designs are built too large for the intended kitchen space. Homeowners many times use up an unnecessary amount of space with the island. The counter top should be big enough to be usable but not overcrowd the rest of the kitchen. Dimensions typically run around anywhere for 3 to 5 feet wide and no more than 10 feet long.
Storage space is one of the most important things to consider with a home remodel. This area of the kitchen will get the most usage and you don’t want to be stingy with space. The more the better. You want to carefully plan how much space you will use and where to put them. Be sure to put opening and closing into consideration. Typically, you need 4 to 6 feet of space above or near the dishwasher for glasses and dishes. Pots and pans need the same amount of space but should be near the stove top. Most kitchens also have a spot that can hide at the least a 30 quart trash been close to the sink or dishwasher.
Most people don’t think about prep lighting when remodel their home. Often times your over head main lights are bright, but can cast shadows in areas of the kitchen making it hard to see. Wiht under cabinet lighting, something many overlook, you can take away the shadows making prepping and cooking much easier. They also provide for great night lights during the late hours so that you’re not walking in complete dark but aren’t blinded by your bright main lights.
Use the Pros
On of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make when doing a remodel, is not using the best of the best contractor. Many times homeowners want to do it themselves and overlook the very important details. This only causes more problems and cost you more money down the line. You must do your research and find the most trusted and reliable remodel company. Plan and communicate your goal with them. You are putting your home in the hands of someone else with full trust, so make sure you are using the best possible company you can find.
Changing Your Mind
Another huge mistake homeowners doing a remodel make is changing their minds. This can end up costing them way more money, and it makes things difficult on the crew. Many times something will be in process and isn’t done and a homeowner will come in and say “I don’t like that, I want to change that.” All before the final product is completed. When a change is made it typically adds about $1500 to the total of the remodel per change. Find an idea you and a contractor like, trust them, and stick to the plan.
You’ve decided it’s time to remodel your home. Now you are going to need to choose a contractor. You’ll want to decide whether to hire a general contractor, numerous subcontractors, or handle the process yourself. The last one can be quite the task. Quality contractors can save you a lot of time and money. Before you make a decision, be sure you’ve done these things.
Pick a Date
Figure out a realistic date. Consider weather and other natural things that could delay the project. Also, consider the lifestyles changes that may occur during a home remodel and plan accordingly. You may have people in and out of your home, which also can effect your day to day schedule.
Set a Budget
Next, next you need to decide how much money you are going to spend. You need to determine if this is something that will need financing to make happen. Decide on a number and stick to it. Also realize that most times making changes during a remodel has shown to be expensive. Stick to your plan.
Come up with a goal list for you remodel. This is where you describe what you are trying to accomplish. You should list what types of paint, color, materials, countertops, floors, appliances, and any other changes here. Describe the look you are going for and be sure to be detailed. The more information for the remodel team to work with the better.
Set the Plans
Now it’s time to generate a detailed set of plans; the blueprints. You can submit your ideas to an architect or use an online software or app. This is the first look at your goals for the remodel. It can make the process much easier for the building team and contractor.
A material list is crucial for budgeting. Write down everything you are going to need down to the last cabinet and doorknob. You’ll get a good idea of the amount of money you will spend and where you will be able to save money. This also makes things way easier on the remodel company.