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Kitchen Remodel Ideas

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.

Integrated Appliances

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

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.

Embarrassing Home Remodels

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.

One Remodel – One Company

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.

Scheduling

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.

Negotiating

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.

Customer Service

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.

Kitchen Remodel: Countertop Options

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

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.

Stainless Steel

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

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.

Marble

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.

Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

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.

Big Islands

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

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.

Lighting

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.

Things to Do Before Hiring a Remodel Company

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.

Set Goals

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.

Material List

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.

Why You Should Remodel Your Bathroom

A bathroom remodel can be complicated. It’s hard to decide when to go through with a remodel over a simple repair. Here are a number of things to consider when deciding if it’s time for a remodel.

Space

Homeowners typically remodel because they want more space. Most bathrooms are be built with the idea being simple functionality. That doesn’t always include the builder thinking of the homeowner’s personal space. Say your a married couple and your bathroom originally came with one sink. Your wife wants two sinks for her getting ready time. That would be a great reason to start a remodel.

Physical Damages or Safety Issues

When a homeowner has an issue many times they just call a repairman. Sometimes, they will find the fix. Other times a repair can be like putting a bandaid on a wound that needs surgery. Other issues like molding can become such and issue that a complete remodel is necessary for the homeowner health.

Stay with the Times

Sometimes a homeowner wants to remodel simply because their current bathroom is outdated. Older homes that owners purchase with the idea to one day flip and sale are going to want the bathroom’s to be pristine. Many times old bathroom will have quirky appliances and fixtures that can become worn down or are placed in odd areas. Older style bathrooms were also not designed for someone who lives with physical issues.

Increase the Value

You can greatly increase the value of your home with a bathroom remodel. An incredibly well put together master bathroom can be the selling point for a buyer. Not only that, you’ll make profit more because of the remodel.

We will talk about some things to consider before you start your bathroom in our next blog.

Pre-Bathroom Remodel Checklist

There you are, looking at your bathroom. You know it’s time for a change. You’ve stubbed your toe on that piece of old tile protruding from the ground one too many times. Here are some things to think about before you decide to remodel and begin planning.

Identify

Identify which bathroom you are remodeling. A master bathroom will take much different planning then a smaller guest bathroom.

Motive

Figure out exactly what it is about that room that makes you want to remodel. Is it the style? Are things breaking? Find out the exact motive.

Day to Day

Break down the daily activities that go on in this room outside of normal bathroom behavior. Is this the space you get ready in? Relax? Or is more so just used for normal functionality?

People in Home

You need to consider how many people live in the home, their ages, and how many people will be using the space throughout the day. If it is a commonly visited room in a house full of kids, you’ll want a remodel that is more durable and safe. As opposed to a let’s say a retired homeowner who wants to turn their bathroom into their own personal luxurious spa.

Usage

If multiple people do use the space, you should consider how those interactions will go when one or more person wants to use the bathroom. For some married couples, a two-sink remodel is almost a necessity.

Outlet Placement

You need to think about the appliances and fixtures you use in the bathroom. Consider if there are enough electrical outlets and where they are placed.

Physical

Builders often overlook those with physical handicaps when designing a home. If you have a physical issue, consider ways to make the room accommodate you.

Convenience

Even though this one is minuscule, many times the areas where you hang your linens and towels can be awkwardly placed. Think about that before the remodel and where YOU would want your linens to hang.

What to Expect When Using Validated Construction

Over the last month we talked remodels on a broad scale. We wanted to get you familiar with the process of a remodel, and also what to expect. Now, lets move more towards what Validated Construction can do for you. Validated can have your roof inspected, meet with an adjuster, and handle filing the claim with your insurance agency. Once that’s done we will get an agreement drawn/completed and get you your funding.

Custom Remodel and Renovation

Validated specialize in custom remodels and can handle the entire project from start to finish. Our main goal is to help you build a new design that best fits your style. We also take pride in our customer service and will be there with you every step of the way. Here are some of the services you will get with a Validated home remodel.

  • We provide all materials, laborers, and equipment needed to complete the project.
  • Pre-construction planning and design.
  • Handle subcontracts with specialty contractors.
  • Assist with building permits and all necessary statute consents.
  • Supervise and schedule cash flow.
  • Ensure safety requirements are met.

Residential and Commercial Roofing

Trust is the biggest thing to look for when finding a roofing company to work with. You should look for a combination of quality work, customer service, that is also at an affordable price. Validated handles a number of roofing procedures

  • Roofing Inspection (Free estimates and inspections!)
  • Cleaning
  • Repair
  • Storm Restoration
  • Siding
  • Windows

Diving Deeper Into the Roofing Claims Process

Many homeowners don’t realize just how much planning, procedure, and legality goes into a roofing renovation or repair. The claims process is one area that can get pretty confusing. You can end up going way over budget if you aren’t careful and diligent with your planning. The easiest solution is to find a company you trust to handle the entire process. Validated Insurance can do that. We handle every aspect of the process, striving to get you the quality you deserve, at the best price you can afford. Let’s look into deeper detail of the claims process.

Inspection

Roofs take on an enormous amount of wear and tear in Oklahoma. Spring brings Tornado season and many times effects thousands of residents. We recommend that you get your roof inspected after Summer, Winter, and any major storm. The great part about Validated is that you can apply for a FREE inspection. Yes, free. That means there really is zero reason to not have your roof looked at. An inspector will come to your house, look at your roof, and offer you a solution.

Adjuster

Now that you’ve had an inspection, your insurance agent will come out to look at your property. They will inspect and come up with an adjustment to send back to the agency. We work with highly trained professionals that focus on finding the small issues before that become big ones.

File the Claim

Next, Validated will help send you a quote with everything we feel your roof needs. We don’t take shortcuts and we only use the best of the best materials. So, when you get your estimate, know that Validated isn’t cutting your short on quality, ever. Your roof is important. You’ll then be given a scope of our work that details exactly how we plan to fix your roof.

Subject to Agreement

One thing we pride ourselves on is working with your Insurance Company to get approval on a claim that benefits the homeowner. You aren’t control of the weather, so if your roof is damaged by natural forces, we believe that everything should be covered. We work hard for you to ensure we get exactly what we need from your Insurance Agency.

Funds

Once we have come to agreeable terms with you and your Insurance. This is when the funds they give the homeowner will be allocated accordingly to the project. You will already have a detailed breakdown of exactly what we will be doing, what we will be using, and how we will be doing it. So, there won’t be any surprises financially. Once the funds are in, we go to work for you and complete the project!