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Early remodeling trends for 2020

Happy New Year! 

We are nearly a month into 2020 and I still can’t get used to writing the correct year on things. Speaking of which, I’ve read you should fill out the entire year when you date your papers because an enterprising criminal could forge the date into a different year if you just leave it as “20.” 

I know you came here for remodeling news, so let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. 

More people are looking to add a kitchen island this year, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Some of the most sought out features include built-in appliances, built-in storage, and charging stations, the article says. And while most people will be looking to use them for dining purposes, homeowners are also weighing entertaining and socializing in their plans, the article says. 

Another big trend with islands is mismatching with the kitchen countertops, in either color, material, or both, according to the article. 

The island fever is reflective of a larger trend in remodeling, according to another article, because more homeowners are looking to fix up their living space instead of move. 

Nationwide residential remodeling is expected to pick up over the next two years, according to an article in the Dallas Morning News

That is largely due to a lack of affordable housing, the article says. 

If you need to draw some remodeling inspiration, take a look at the guide from our friends at The Tile Shop Blog. So many beautiful pictures! 

So if you are ready to get started on that kitchen island, give us a call. 

Have a great week!

How to take the pain out of remodeling

If you are like me, you are nursing a serious Halloween hangover. 

Maybe you took too many sips from the witch’s cauldron or, in my case, ate all of your kids’ candy after they went to sleep? 

While we can’t help with that, we can help take some of the pain out of remodeling your home. 

CNBC has a great article outlining four steps that will make your home renovation a little less painful.

The article reminds everyone to perform due diligence on the contractors, review your contract, ensure permits are obtained, and pay bills on time. 

It may sound straightforward, but you would be surprised how many people don’t honor each step. 

As far as what projects you should undertake, Reader’s Digest has you covered with its article on the best projects to get done before winter

Granted the Valley doesn’t get a true winter, but all of the projects in the article are great places to start. 

Some of the best projects mentioned in the article include master suite upgrades, HVAC replacement, new flooring, or a closet renovation. 

If kitchens are more your thing, then check out these seven kitchen remodeling ideas from AZ Big Media.

Have a good week!

Looking for remodeling inspiration? Start with your floors

We’ve talked before about remodeling inspiration, and how to search far and wide for new ideas. But not many people think of starting from the floor up.

Flooring is the subject of this article from a Corpus Christi television station website.

The article lists five major reasons for upgrading your flooring, including adding luxurious heated floors, repairing damaged or worn carpet, modernizing the look, cutting down on allergens and molds by switching from carpet to flooring, and remodeling for resale.

Speaking of remodeling, there is a discussion about the difference between remodeling and renovating. (For our purposes, we use them interchangeably.)

None other than Bob Vila, the man himself, offers that “remodeling” should be reserved for extensive work that includes changing structures and designs, while “renovating” means making updates that do not change the intended purpose of the room. But you do you, boo.

An extensive and expensive mistake was made by a remodeling company in Kansas City when they tore the roof off the wrong house

According to the Fox TV affiliate there, a remodeling company was sent to the wrong house by the contractor. Once they realized their mistake, the remodeler left, promising it would be fixed.

But now the remodeler and the contractor are fighting over who should be at fault for the mixup, and the poor couple still doesn’t have a roof over their vacant house after two months. 

Just another reason you should be grateful to have a roof over your head. 

Have a great week!