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Your Confined Space Can Be More Spacious

Your Confined Space Can Be More Spacious; Here Is How!

One of the biggest trends in modern home design is an open floorplan. And therefore, one of the most requested remodeling features in 2020 will be to make such a space from an existing blocked off, segmented areas.
Your Confined Space Can Be More Spacious RichardsonYou literally cannot watch a single home renovation show on TV that doesn’t highlight this popular feature in some way. And most all of them required a wall or two to be knocked down to open it up and do so. While this may seem simple on paper or through “TV magic,” converting several segmented rooms into a spacious, interconnected living space can be both expensive and complicated, requiring serious planning, and often, a sizable budget. If your walls to be removed, have essential plumbing, electrical, HVAC ducts, or are load-bearing, knocking down that wall might not even be a possibility.

Your Confined Space Can Be More Spacious FriscoSo if you are interested in bringing more natural light, airflow, and space into your confined areas, you don’t have to go it alone. Our certified remodeling experts at Elite Remodeling are available to assist you in coming up with comfortable custom designs for your unique space, in line with your individual preferences and budget.

 

Using Large Tiles

Larger tiles, when used for a backsplash or flooring, is a great way to make your smaller space feel more spacious. Utilizing these large tiles to cover a large amount of your space can make your results even more dramatic. There is a wide range of alignment options, and it’s possible to intersperse patterns or utilize smaller mosaic accents further to bring nuance and elegance to your smaller space.

Your Confined Space Can Be More Spacious PlanoConfined space is a common problem when it comes to bathroom remodels. The problem is more pronounced in homes where the original homebuilders elected to install half bathrooms in every available space to increase the initial market value of the house. Fortunately, with proper planning and expert execution, it is possible to maximize this limited space too. Our design team can help show you numerous past projects that we have done so in past client’s homes.

 

Choose a Uniform (Light) Color 

You will be surprised at how much the right color can do for confined space in terms of brightness and the added feeling of space. When it comes to smaller rooms, you must resist the temptation of darker colors. Yes, they work wonders for large rooms as accent walls but will give a confined feeling in smaller spaces. Instead, go for a bright color scheme, or a single light color like white or cream. You can go further to base your theme around a single color, which will result in a much better aesthetic appeal and an alluring semblance of free space.

Your Confined Space Can Be More Spacious McKinneyStart by choosing your unique, thematic color, then carefully select complementary hardware and cabinetry that suit your theme. Silver cabinet hardware is trendy, and it does go with almost all color themes, but your chosen color scheme may lend to other viable options like rose gold, gold, or even wooden hardware.

Perhaps, the best part of a floor plan shuffle targeted at giving your small, confined space an illusion of freeness and airiness is that you can work with any budget. All you have to do is select the right materials and colors and watch your confined room transform into a beautiful spacious oasis.

Your Confined Space Can Be More Spacious AllenDo you have any questions about the remodeling process? Our multifaceted, certified remodeling design team at Elite Remodeling will be delighted to consult you on updating/remodeling your existing home.

Cost vs Value 2020 | Kitchen, Bath, and Additions

Cost vs. Value Report 2020 | Elite Remodeling

Cost vs Value 2020 | Elite RemodelingHome Improvement / Remodeling Projects with The Highest Return on Investment for Your Home in 2020

Upgrading your home can be fun, rewarding, and very appealing to most homeowners, but identifying which enhancements really get you the best return for your money when it’s time to sell your home is the objective of this guide.

We will compare the value retained at the resale of popular remodeling projects against the average cost of said remodeling projects today according to the Remodeling 2020 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com). We will do so at the local DFW area, compared against averages both regionally and also nationally.

In this expanded, in-depth, detailed guide by Elite Remodeling relates explicitly to data for remodeling projects and homeowners located in the local Greater-DFW metroplex, including, but not limited to Frisco, Addison, Allen, Aubrey, Carrollton, Celina, Coppell, Cowley, Garland, Lewisville, Little Elm, McKinney, Plano, Prosper, Richardson, The Colony, and Wylie.


While remodeling activity is growing at a slower rate than in years past, it does, in fact, continues to grow nonetheless. While the US market has not been smooth as of late, not including the recent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, job growth has been strong, unemployment has been remarkably low and the GDP has grown steadily since the last dip 11 years ago.

Bear in mind that in the Dallas market, an average of all remodeling projects still returns better than 57% of their cost. That is, there is no “bad” investment when it comes to remodeling, particularly when you acknowledge that Cost vs. Value defines only one type of value – the amount of money recouped at the time of house sale. There are other types of value like the benefits afforded to owners living in a newly renovated space that the Cost vs. Value Report does not quantify.

Other outside values not included in this report are pride in design and craftsmanship, long-term durability of materials, occupant health and safety, and reductions in liability costs.


Here are a couple of highlights from the report:

McKinney Upscale Bathroom Remodel | Elite Remodeling - elitehomeremodeling.comBathroom Additions

An upscale bathroom addition will provide North Texas homeowners a healthy 57% ROI. An upscale bathroom addition will add 100-square-foot and include a 42×42-inch neo-angle shower with ceramic tile walls, accent strip, recessed shower caddy, body-spray fixtures, and frameless glass enclosure. Install freestanding soaker tub with high-end faucets; stone countertop with two sinks; two mirrored medicine cabinets with lighting; a compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet; and a humidistat-controlled exhaust fan. Utilizing more substantial matching ceramic tiles on the floor, laid on diagonal with ceramic tile base molding. Addition of general and spotlighting and waterproof shower fixture. Cabinetry has a custom drawer base, wall cabinets. Extend HVAC. Electric in-floor heating.

  • Bathroom Additions | Midrange (54.3% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $46,181
    • Average Resale Value: $25,068

 

  • Bathroom Additions | Upscale (57.0% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $85,568
    • Average Resale Value: $48,784

 


Frisco Upscale Bathroom Remodel | Elite Remodeling - elitehomeremodeling.comBathroom Remodel

An upscale bathroom remodel provides homeowners in Plano and McKinney with over 54.3% ROI.  Upgrades consistent with this type of project include the expansion of square footage, relocation of fixtures, new ceramic tile shower with luxury spray fixtures, installing a new soaker tub with high-end faucets.  Installation of a stone countertop with his and her sinks, compartmentalized commode area with one-piece toilet.  Addition of humidistat-controlled exhaust fan and larger upscale ceramic tiles on the floor diagonal with new base molding.  Custom cabinetry, in-floor heating, general & spot lighting. 

  • Bathroom Remodel | Midrange (55.9% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $20,155
    • Average Resale Value: $11,271

 

  • Bathroom Remodel | Upscale (54.3% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $63,861
    • Average Resale Value: $34,697 

 

  • Bathroom Remodel | Universal Design (55.4% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $33,186
    • Average Resale Value: $18,394

 

Frisco Designer Chef's Kitchen Remodel | Elite Remodeling - elitehomeremodeling.comKitchen Remodel

Major upscale kitchen remodels in Frisco and Allen areas will appreciate a 46.5% return on their investment.  Some of the features of this type of renovation project would include 30 linear feet of top-of-the-line custom white cabinets with built-in sliding shelves and other interior accessories.  Include stone countertops with imported ceramic or glass tile backsplash; built-in refrigerator, commercial-grade cooktop and vent hood, wall oven, and built-in microwave unit. Installation of a high-end under-mount sink with designer faucets and water filtration system. Add new general and task lighting, including undercabinet mood lighting. Installation of new upscale flooring. 

  • Minor Kitchen Remodel | Midrange (69.1% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $22,153
    • Average Resale Value: $15,317

 

  • Major Kitchen Remodel | Midrange (51.1% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $65,544
    • Average Resale Value: $33,500

 

  • Major Kitchen Remodel | Upscale (46.5% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $130,293
    • Average Resale Value: $60,538

 

Frisco Upscale Master Bedroom Remodel | Elite Remodeling - elitehomeremodeling.comMaster Suite Additions

An upscale master suite addition will generate the homeowners in the Dallas area a refreshing 46.6% return on investment.  Add a spacious 32×20 foot master bedroom with a lounging/sitting area adjacent to a large master bath.    Enjoy custom bookcases and built-in storage with custom millwork, a high-end gas fireplace with stone hearth and custom mantle.  Installation of your custom hospitality center with custom cabinetry, bar sink, under-counter refrigerator, stone countertop, and microwave.  Prepare for your day in style with a new walk-in closet/dressing area with natural light, mirrors, and linen storage.  New walk-in shower with the dual-shower system, stone walls, and floor, custom frameless glass enclosure.  Addition of a freestanding soaker tub, his and hers sinks with custom vanities and stone countertops.  Soundproofing, in-floor heating, custom wall finishes, and hardware included.

  • Master Suite Addition | Midrange (59.8% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $126,432
    • Average Resale Value: $75,581

 

  • Master Suite Addition | Upscale (46.6% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $262,618
    • Average Resale Value: $122,355

 

 


Cost vs Value 2020 | Elite RemodelingThis year’s report surveyed more than 3,200 real estate professionals about the returns for 22 residential remodeling projects in more than 100 different U.S. housing markets. 

 

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Beautiful Flooring Options for Kitchens

wood flooring options remodel allen texasWhen updating/renovating your kitchen, few decisions are as critical as the design and look of your flooring selection. While some of our customers know exactly what flooring they want, to some, choosing the right flooring for their space can be a difficult decision. From the material to the finish and design will make a tremendous impact on the overall look of your new kitchen. By making a cohesive decision on materials and colors will help you set the stage for a truly unique and breathtaking kitchen. If you would like inspiration or speak with one of our certified kitchen design experts, contact our team here at Elite Remodeling today.

Determining Your Needs

wood flooring options remodel mckinney texasTo make the most of your existing kitchen space and build a new kitchen design that will stand the test of time for years to come, we need to establish your unique needs for your space. For instance, if you have young children or pets, you will need a flooring option that will stand up to the abuse of claws, paws, and spills. You may find a specific material will fit your aesthetic wants, but may not hold up to the stresses that young children and pets can impose onto your floors. If you would like your floors to stand up to any abuse you family may throw at them, here are a few excellent options.

Hardwood is more costly than other manufactured choices, but the initial added expense will pay for itself over the lifespan of your floor. 

wood flooring options remodel plano texasManufactured options like linoleum and vinyl may have a similar look and feel of hardwood; they, however, cannot be refinished. When hardwood flooring gets worn down or scratched, in most cases, you can inexpensively repair the issue by refinishing the top surface of the wood. By occasionally refinishing your hardwood, your floor can last for decades, looking beautiful through it all.

wood flooring options remodel frisco texasA happy medium between the added durability of manufactured options and the timeless look and feel of hardwood, bamboo will be a perfect fit for you and your new kitchen. Bamboo is as hard or harder than most other hardwood options. Bamboo is also very environmentally sustainable and grows naturally at a much faster rate than other hardwoods. This making bamboo flooring not only a very beautiful, durable, and versatile option but also environmentally friendly.

Wood vs. Tile

tile flooring options remodel frisco texasWe understand that each of our clients has a different sense of taste to various aesthetic designs, but wisely choosing between wood and tile for your new kitchen space is a critical one. Both of these materials provide different advantages and have their own unique color and finishing selections to choose from. 

Both of these materials offer a wide variety of advantages, colors, and finishing options. Whereas wood is considerably easier on your knees and joints, tile is virtually indestructible and requires practically no maintenance. Furthermore, there are tile options that mimic the look of wood for a mix of both worlds.

Both tile and hardwood options will look beautiful and last for many years to come; your ultimate choice may come from the aesthetic differences of the two. The wide variety of colors and styles offered by each of these materials will lend themselves better to specific color schemes and styles of your kitchen renovation. tile flooring options remodel plano texas

The most beautiful and striking kitchen designs will cohesively unify the color scheme across all components in the kitchen. Darker cabinets will nicely complement dark flooring. Add intricate designs like herringbone or custom patterns for more contrast. On the other hand, lighter cabinets work well with grey or dark flooring. This will allow the lighter cabinets to pop and stand out in your design as an eye-catching, key feature.

Regardless of what design you have in mind, our expert designers at Elite Remodeling can help you design and build the kitchen of your dreams. Over the past nearly 20 years, we have built and designed hundreds of classic, modern, and overall beautiful kitchens in North Texas. Contact our award-winning design team to start planning the kitchen you have always wanted today.

COVID-19 | Elite Remodeling’s Actions and Precautions

Due to the severity of the spread of COVID-19, Elite Remodeling is taking the following preventative steps to do our part in slowing down and preventing the spread of this dangerous virus.

We have within our Elite Remodeling family several small children, another with the need for a kidney transplant, and we even heard from one of the customers in the past 24 hours about a spouse who has cancer. We all have a lot to be proud of, which also needs protection.

 

As of today, Elite Remodeling has implemented the following:


1) Every employee, contractor, and service provider has been reminded of the practice of proper hygiene, as suggested by the CDC. Which includes washing hands and using sanitizer regularly.


2) All employees, contractors, and service providers are encouraged to stay home if not feeling well or have a fever.


3) Elite’s recent digital upgrades to a web-based structure for the majority of our work efforts and all of our team members have mobile access to work from home as needed.


4) We will check the temperature of each Elite team member every morning using a handheld, non-contact infrared scanner.  


5) If we see a temperature higher than normal, the team member will be sent home immediately.  


6) We will also be testing the temperature all that walk in our building; including customers, delivery personnel, subcontractors, etc. 


7) We have N95 masks and will utilize them as needed and suggested by health authorities. We have asked all of our contractors and service providers to do the same when needed or requested.


8) We have rescheduled our Home Tour events per the following:

–  March 28th Tour  | Postponed until September. The exact day will be announced at a later time.  
–  May 16th Tour | Remains as scheduled.


Additional steps will be implemented as needed when needed.  

Thank you for all of your support, and please be safe.

John Todd | Owner | Elite Remodeling
John M. Todd, CGR CAPS CGP
Owner, Elite Remodeling
972-334-9800
www.elitehomeremodeling.com

Elite Remodeling | 2020 Kitchen, Bathroom, and Room Additions

Choosing The Perfect Cabinets in 2020

Interior design styles often come and go. While some trends only remain popular for a season or two, others can last decades. When considering your home decorations, there are things you may find easy to swap out. For instance, a decorative throw or pillow sham are both very easily updated, and even reupholstering or swapping out chairs can still be relatively unencumbered.

On the other hand, more permanent decorations such as cabinets and countertops are much more involved. They also typically require you to dedicate more time to selecting both the color and style that better suits your new look and blend well with your entire home décor. At Elite Remodeling, we know the importance of these decisions and are always ready to help you make the best choices within your budget. Working with our team of expert designers, you’ll get the best bathroom or kitchen cabinets for your home and within your desired budget. Below is a selection of three cabinet styles among the most requested from our clients for 2020.

White Cabinets

Everyone who watches any HGTV shows or has entered a recently designed home has likely seen clean, elegant white cabinets. In addition to lighting up your space, white cabinets pull your gaze upwards and can make your room appear much larger than it is. These cabinets easily integrate into your existing color scheme or make it easy to spice up your kitchen or bathroom with pops of the latest season’s color.

Are you a big fan of multicolored granite countertops? Then white cabinets blend perfectly with quartz, granite, marble, and different stains and varieties of wood countertops. They provide a marvelous foundation and inspire creativity in the design of your entire kitchen. Add a beautiful backsplash to become the central tie for your design. White cabinets add clean beauty to your space without competing with any other design choice.

Alternative Colors

Gray cabinets are the next most popular option aside from white due to how easily they can match other color schemes as well. They can serve as a muted backdrop to other prominent design choices or can serve as the central accent of the space. Two-toned kitchens are a trending style that often uses darker grey cabinets for the base (lower) cabinets and lighter color or white cabinets for wall (upper) cabinets. Navy is also used in the same way to spice up lower cabinets or an island.

Today’s trends allow you to choose any color you like for your cabinets. From a muted yellow to seafoam green to robin’s egg blue, your cabinets can be an excellent source of color. They can serve as the focal point or muted to be a gorgeous backdrop to balance out other design elements.

Beautiful Stains

Stained cabinets have made a recent resurgence. You may be reminded of your parents’ ugly, dated wooden cabinets from decades ago when you first think of wood cabinets; however, new techniques in staining and unique color selections have given stained cabinets a contemporary revival. Without taking away from your other design elements, natural wood tones can be an appealing option to accent your space.

Elite Remodeling

If you are thinking about updating your kitchen or bathrooms with new cabinets, no one does it better than Elite Remodeling. Our team of certified, expert designers and remodeling specialists works directly with you to bring your vision to life. Our experienced installation team works quickly, efficiently, and cleanly to deliver that vision as designed. Start living in beauty and comfort every day with the assistance of our team at Elite Remodeling.

8 Tips for Choosing the Right Qualified Contractor for Your Next Remodel

Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom can quickly become very overwhelming for any homeowner. Outside of purchasing your home itself, remodeling is typically one of the most significant investments you will make as a homeowner.

While some may be tempted to tackle some home projects themselves, most kitchen and bath renovations will require hiring a qualified professional.

A specialized Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Professional, such as Elite Remodeling of Frisco, can be brought in to make accurate measurements, advise on proper materials and design a functional, safe, and cost-efficient space that explicitly reflects a homeowner’s taste and lifestyle. After planning, the very structured and detailed process of installation occurs, which can be a few weeks or a few months.

The selection of a professional remodeling contractor should never be taken lightly nor without careful consideration and due diligence. Everyone has heard of others that have signed a contract with the wrong contractor, and let’s just say, it doesn’t turn out as expected. In fact, you might hear that story more often than not.

To ease the process, and your nerves, we have listed the following tips below to ensure you find an appropriate professional that will guide you through the stages of remodeling your kitchen or bathroom:

#1 | Reviews

One of the easiest, yet best ways to find a qualified, professional remodeling organization is through good ol’ word-of-mouth referrals. You can start by asking your friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers.

Additionally, reviewing testimonials both on standard local business sites like Google and the Better Business Bureau, as well as social media and project sites like Facebook, Houzz, and Yelp can provide valuable social verification of the trustworthiness and professionalism of your potential contractor.

#2 | Showroom

A professional remodeling company should do everything they can to make you, the homeowner, feel at ease while providing every possible resource to aid in the many decisions of a home remodel. Having a clean, neat showroom serves many purposes to the homeowner, including proving their cleanliness on the job site. You wouldn’t want to go to a messy dentist’s office, would you?

The showroom can also vastly aid in viewing first hand the materials and finish of the potential outcome before the first hammer is even swung. This is also an excellent opportunity to grade how friendly and helpful their staff is. Most residential renovations will take months to complete, so you will certainly want to only be in close contact with professionals that are fully invested and capable of making your experience enjoyable.

One of the main differentiators between Elite Remodeling and our competitors is our showroom. No matter what we are doing in a kitchen or a bathroom or a room addition, we can bring the homeowners in and show them countertops, cabinets, stains, paint, glazed tile, LED lighting, plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, you name it.

#3 | Staying Local

It’s almost always best to only consider working with established local remodeling companies. An established local company is much more invested in providing the very highest quality work that will allow their business to thrive in their shared community. Also, local professionals will know all of the permit requirements and building codes in your city or county, that often change from year to year.

It’s customary and wise to interview at least three contractors for your job before you decide on your contractor. Getting to know the contractor and getting a feel for their work ethics, organization, and overall professionalism can prove to vitally crucial in the end. Ask any and all questions you may have, being thorough now rather than regretful later.

#4 | Design Match

Ideally, you’d want your hired contractor to showcase both timeless design examples and cutting edge, innovative design projects executed to the highest standards of quality. It’s also essential to select a remodeler who is knowledgeable in the design and construction of the desired design style of your home.

Any professional remodeler will have a portfolio of recent projects showing their quality of work and possible design directions.

#5 | Licenses & Insurance 

Because Texas does not license general contractors at the state level, it is vitally important that you verify that all permits are correctly pulled for the project. All supplemental workmen such as plumbers, electricians, HVAC suppliers, are appropriately licensed and insured. Your homeowner’s policy may not adequately cover you in the event damages are caused by unlicensed, uninsured contractors. Your potential contractor should have liability insurance to cover the cost of any possible damages during the renovation of your project.

Before you hire a contractor, check with your insurance agent to understand what may or may not be handled by your homeowner’s policy for repairs and remodeling. This could alleviate massive headaches later in the process.

#6 | Customer References

After you have narrowed your list of potential contractors, ask for a list of references you can contact from their portfolio of work. If a contractor is unable to provide you with a sizable list of satisfied clients, it may be an indication that you will not be satisfied either.

It can be very helpful to better understand the organization’s structure and level of communication during the entire renovation process. How professional are their team members? Are they helpful and eager to answer any and all of your questions? Are their past clients ecstatic about the completed work or just satisfied?

#7 | Apples to Apples 

While several different factors can make every remodeling project unique, be sure any potential contractors you consider are using the same scope and quality of work requirements.

There are numerous types of questions that need to be addressed to prevent confusion and enable clarity on each proposal. For example, the type and level of granite selected can offer a considerable swing up or down? How about your tile allowance to provide the greatest range of flexibility. Are the selections used in the proposal consistent with your expectations of durability, feel, and wear? Are all applicable permits included?

We suggest discussing any significant variations in price or timelines in detail and certainly be wary of any substantially lower estimates.

#8 | Apples to Apples 

t’s safe to say that the type of remodeling project you’re considering can play a significant role in which contractor you may choose. While it can be convenient to find a contractor who has experience and expertise in a wide range of remodeling projects, if you are doing solely a kitchen remodel, a specialist in that type of renovation may prove best for your project. Ideally, you want someone who can do all of the aspects of your project you are considering. It’s also important to consider how long they’ve been in business and how many similar projects they’ve completed similar to yours.


A Local Partner You Can Trust | ELITE REMODELING

 

Elite Remodeling is the ONLY REMODELER IN DALLAS to have nationally certified kitchen and bath designers, remodelers, and accessibility specialists on staff by NAHB, NKBA, and NARI.

Certified Remodeler (CR)  by NARI

Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) & Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) by NAHB

Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers (CKBD) by NKBA

 

The Growing American Emphasis on Accessibility

The Growing American Emphasis on Accessibility

1 in 10 US households aged 65 to 79 complete a self-funded home improvement/accessibility project each year, according to the Harvard University Joint Center for Housing Studies. The study finds that this statistic grows to 14% of those households 80 or older.

While the total household population headed by individuals over the age of 50 increased by roughly 5 million from 2012 to 2017, 80% of that increase was households headed by individuals over the age of 65.

Households Aging at a Higher Rate

Over the next 19 years, the oldest age groups will grow the most and lift the share of households aged 65 and over from 26% of the total population to 34% in 2038.

The study states that only 3.5% of all US homes have basic accessibility features, such as handrails and grab-bars, extra-wide doors and hallways, and ground floor bedrooms.

Accessibility Bathroom Remodel Frisco Texas Elite RemodelingWhile retirement communities inevitably have more advanced accessibility features than private homes, their occupancy is slipping down. According to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care market fundamentals report, occupancy rates are at the lowest since 2011.

Thus indicating a significant difference from the previous generation of empty nesters who looked forward to retirement communities and lives of leisure. The trend is moving much more towards aging in place for the current crop of retires and seniors.

Accessibility Bathroom Remodel Allen Texas | Elite RemodelingAccessibility Remedies

Mobility and vision problems are typically the most prominent remedy to solve. Starting with basic requirements from commercial standards by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) in 1990, there are some relatively simple ways to address the vast majority of accessibility needs. Adapting them to your home in a seamless way with style and grace is a more complicated problem that deserves the assistance of a professional.

Bathrooms may be reconfigured to allow for more space for mobility. Comfort level toilets, bath bars (grab bars), and step-through tubs and showers can all improve accessibility and freedom.

Of course, chair lifts and ramps are solutions that need to be designed to the specific home and space and not just added without careful consideration. Lighted switches, cover plates, outlets, and motion-activated lighting can be both convenient and add safety.

Accessibility Bathroom Remodel Plano Texas | Elite RemodelingCaring for an Alzheimer’s patient can present further unique challenges. Many times, an Alzheimer’s patient may be adequately mobile, but the disease will make them more likely to forget where they are and where they are going. Door chimes can enhance the caregiver’s ability to stay alert when caring for an Alzheimer’s patient in the home.

 

 

 


A Local Partner You Can Trust

Elite Remodeling is the only Remodeler in Dallas to have nationally certified kitchen and bath designers, remodelers, and accessibility specialists on staff by NAHB, NKBA, and NARI.

NARI Certified Remodeler (CR)

NAHB Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) & Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR)

NKBA Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers (CKBD)


Certified NARI Professional  Certified NKBA ProfessionalCertified NAHB Professional

Our Process From Idea To Remodel

Our Process: From Idea to Completed Remodel

Elite Remodeling offers no-obligation in-store design consultation.  We work with a wide range of budgets, and our team of certified designs and remodelers can help you navigate the complex nature of any home remodel.  From interior design services such as space planning, custom furniture, window treatments, color design, and lighting design, Elite Remodeling can assist you.

Identifying a clear vision for each design is paramount.  Incorporating the latest design and material trends offer our client’s the best insight into the possibilities that their desired space can have.  We work with you to explore all of the options to recreate your space that perfectly blends function, style, and beauty to your home’s unique personality. 

We are committed to uncompromising design, extraordinary quality and finish, and, most importantly, our client’s utmost satisfaction.


DISCOVERY PHASE

Approximately 1 to 2 weeks

Step #1:  Consultation

Initially, we always encourage our prospective clients to visit us at our Showroom & Design Center (SRDC).  However, everyone’s busy schedule cannot always afford this initially, so a short conversation via phone or email can suffice.  Our goal is to identify the scope of the client’s project, any unique drivers or constraints, and a basic working budget.

This is an excellent opportunity to show past work we’ve completed that is similar to the client’s desired project.  Exploring similar recent projects also allows us to discover and discuss various materials, functionalities, sizes, and complexities to fully build an accurate project scope. 

It is always encouraged also to provide pictures of the existing space.  It will make explaining the area and desired modifications much clearer and helps our designers more accurately understand the unique scope of the project.  Once we feel we have discovered a good understanding of the project and scope, we provide an estimated timeline and budget range of what we believe the project’s investment will be. 

Based on an agreement that our estimate fits within the customer’s desired budget, we schedule a site visit.

Discovery Phase: Consultation & MeasureStep #2:  Measure

During the site visit at the client’s home, we measure all affected areas, take additional photos as needed, and further confirm and refine the customer’s detailed requirements as captured through the initial consultation process.  If necessary, we can revise the ballpark estimate to ensure once again the project scope is sufficiently accurate to our client’s unique space and needs.

At this point, based on structural changes, physical layout changes, and or complexity of any new designs required remodel, we may request the customer enter into a Design Services Agreement (DSA).  This fee is 10% of the current estimate and is deducted off the final project cost, should the client proceed forward with the project.

If a DSA is entered, Elite starts the actual design process.  If the project is an Addition, then we involve an architect and engineer for structural and foundation drawings to begin the design process.

Once the customer has approved all designs, we create a formal proposal and preliminary drawings based on all of the client’s requirements.

We “may” schedule a 2nd visit to your home to involve one of our experienced Project Managers to personally review all of “the technical” complexities for the construction of the project.

At this point, we invite our clients back to our Showroom & Design Center to review any revisions to the proposal and a dive deeper into the timeline, processes, and procedures to complete their project as fully defined.  Once agreed that the scope is entirely accurate and there are no other additional modifications requested, we will finalize an agreement/contract and collect the deposit to start the project with our clients officially.

This marks the transition of the Discovery phase into the Design & Materials Selections phase.


STRATEGY PHASE

Approximately 4 weeks

Strategy Phase: Design & SelectionsStep #3:  Design & Selections

Our designer, or if preferred, a 3rd party interior designer, will arrange a visit to the client’s home for a design consultation to capture the look and feel desired by the client. 

The designer assists the customer in navigating the maze of material selections, colors, textures, fixtures, etc. to ensure the final product meets or exceeds their expectations.

The designer will document all the preferred selections, layout to scale any tile patterns and floor plan diagrams, update any allowance differences.  The customer will then sign for all of the details and modifications outlined during the meeting or schedule additional visits for follow up.

Once the client and designer have finalized the selections, we create what we call our “Red Book,” which is a thoroughly documented binder inclusive of all selections and details of the remodeling project that is kept at on-site for our clients and our on-site construction team. 

This marks the transition of the Design & Materials Selections phase into the Construction phase.


BUILDING PHASE

Approximately 8 to 12 weeks depending on project scope

Step #4:  Schedule & ConstructionBuilding Phase: Schedule & Construction

A kickoff meeting is scheduled at the client’s home with our sales and design to introduce to our clients our construction team and fully walk through the entire project scope to be completed.  A project start date will be confirmed with our client, and construction will begin. 

Daily updates will be documented in the Red Book, and weekly updates will be directly communicated with our client as to the status and progress of the project. 

We very much focus on cleanliness and constant, effective communication during this phase of the project. 

When the construction of the project has been “substantially” completed, we will meet again with our client at their home to create a punch list of what outstanding items need to be addressed, before ultimately finishing the project.  The project is not complete until our client has agreed that all items on the punch list are completed.  After cleanup and departure our construction team, and final walk-through with our project manager, we collect our final payment for the project.   This marks the transition of the Construction phase into the Warranty phase.


SUPPORT PHASE

You are a Customer for Life at Elite Remodeling

Support Phase: You are a Customer for Life at Elite RemodelingStep #5:  Warranty

Following the completion of the construction process and final walk-through, our client’s will enjoy a comprehensive 3-year labor and material warranty on all of our work and if applicable, a 10-year warranty on structural begins.

When our customer has a warranty item, they can contact us at our Design Center and Showroom so we can capture the information needed to schedule the repair.  We strive to have all warranty items resolved within 1-2 weeks.

Now you can enjoy your newly remodeled space with your family and friends for many years to come!

We are very proud of our work at Elite Remodeling, and we may request to schedule a photographer to come out and professionally capture the remodel in all its splendor.   


For more information, there are several ways to contact us today.

Phone:  (972) 334-9800
Visit our Showroom: 2930 Preston Road, Suite 980, Frisco, Texas 75034
Email:  JTodd@EliteHomeRemodeling.com
Website:  www.EliteHomeRemodeling.com
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Choosing the Perfect Plumbing Fixtures

Choosing the Perfect Plumbing Fixtures

There are countless decisions to make throughout the process of remodeling your existing home; some will inherently be more enjoyable than others. For instance, selecting a roof shingle may not get your excitement peaked. However, the selection of plumbing fixtures, primarily sink faucets and showerheads, which are not only something you will see and use every day but can complement the style personality of your home.

Elite Remodeling Kholer FaucetYou could compare selecting plumbing fixtures to picking out that perfect necklace or earrings to go with your outfit. Better yet, choosing that designer watch, which can be both functional and attractive. Faucets and showerheads can have the same effect on a room that jewelry and/or accessories can have on your wardrobe ensemble, adding the finishing touches that can pull everything together and bring out just the right amount of sparkle.

Still, there is much more to faucets and showerheads than the exterior glam. They are hardworking, permanent fixtures in your home that can cause a real headache if not working correctly or worse yet begin to leak. Most include several moving parts, and all have code restrictions among a long list of other factors to consider when selecting for your home renovation.

The latest styles, features, technology, and even local codes often change, which can make the task of choosing the best fixtures for your home even more daunting. Our professional designers and sales professionals can help navigate you through the forest of options to select the right fixtures for your next home renovation.

Step 1 – Determine your needs & budget

Whether this is your first time considering a home renovation or you have customized several homes in your past, you likely already have an excellent idea from past experiences what you like (or don’t like) about how you currently use fixtures. For instance, I’m a single handle kitchen faucet kind of homeowner. Although I can’t argue that an antique cross handle faucet like the one pictured below is gorgeous. However, for me, “function” most always wins over “looks.”

Picking the Perfect Plumbing Fixtures Plano, TXWhen my hands are gooped up with a sticky mess, the very last thing I want is to have to use both hands to turn on my faucet. It will most likely be my elbow or wrist anyway, so a simple one handle lever faucet will work best for me. Better yet, manufacturers are coming up with innovative solutions every year to meet these day-to-day life challenges. Take for instance, the Sensate Faucet from Kohler that operates with the wave of your hand, thus keeping germs at bay and most importantly, your faucet clean!

Understanding how you actually utilize your fixtures will aid in narrowing down the best matches for your home. For instance, in a shower, there are several different ways to set up and install your fixtures based on how you use them. Some choose to have multiple fixtures and showerheads; others prefer a simple overhead rain showerhead. You can set up multiple heads to operate simultaneously or hone in on only one at a time. Of course, this is purely personal preference and depending on if you are a self-admitted water hog or prefer to conserve water, energy & money.

Picking the Perfect Plumbing Fixtures Frisco, TXIn the case of handheld showerheads, there are a few approaches to mounting them depending on how they will be used. Some opt to use a hand shower as their main showerhead or a main secondary showerhead when more than one person is showering at once. Choosing between stationary mounts or other options that allow for the head to be adjusted up or down based on the height of the person showering; a real plus if you and your spouse are not the same height.

While the old adage that you get what you pay for, staying on budget is a task, every homeowner does when renovating their home. But don’t let it lead you down the road of dominating your decisions making. If you have a fixture allowance for your remodel, we can guide you towards fixtures that will stay close to or at your budget while achieving your desired function and features.

A variety of factors can add to costs, including the product’s finish. A chrome finish is generally the most affordable while other more custom finishes like oil rubbed bronze, polished nickel, matte brass or certain “live” (like raw, unsealed brass or copper) finishes coming in significantly higher. So weighing your personal scale of importance for form and function over eye-catching beauty can help keep you on budget as well.

Step 2: Consult with your Pros

While making your choices, with your project designer, they will provide insight and research each of the options desired and pull one of our qualified and reputable plumbing fixture manufacturer representatives when needed. This will help point you toward choices that factor in not just your own personal style but also any conflicts or limitations based on your project’s specific circumstances, including any code compliance concerns. It’s important to remember that these fixtures, although they are a design element, they must be able to function correctly and safely.

It can be tempting in today’s internet age to try and source your fixtures online for a fraction of the cost of traditional brick & mortar stores. And while the added research never hurts, the best price is NOT always the best value or fit for your use. Online retailers and even some big-box retailers cannot always verify the authenticity of their products, nor do they have the same level of support or warranties a traditional dealer can offer.

Custom Shower Guide Elite RemodelingYou sometimes even have to be wary of the quality of the products sourced from some of the big-box retailers. At times these retailers will have a fantastic price on what seems to be the same exact product you saw at that certified plumbing fixture store with your project designer. However, the unfortunate reality is that some product manufacturers will create a “big box store” version of their products that is of lesser quality (like plastic interior fittings vs. solid brass) just to bring their products inline within the big-box retailer’s discount pricing structure. Sometimes even leaving the model numbers and names of the products the same so you, the consumer, may never discover the difference at first glance.

We were personally made aware of this unfortunate reality on one of our projects a few years back. We sourced the original bathroom faucet from our reputable, certified plumbing fixture dealer, and later our client opted to add another sink & faucet. They decided just to go grab what seemed to be the same fixture from the local “big box store.” When both arrived on-site side-by-side, we were amazed at the first significant difference between the two.

Before even opening the two boxes, from the same manufacturer, product name, and model number, the two felt significantly different in hand. There was a full 1-2 lb weight discrepancy between the two. Although they looked identical from the outside; the one from the big box store had plastic interior parts while the other had solid brass. This difference won’t present itself right away but instead will affect the longevity of the product and could cause premature failure of the product just months or years down the road.

In conclusion, the price though cheaper at first will, in the end, cost the homeowner more in repairs and inevitability need replacing sooner than if a quality product was purchased from the beginning. So, trust your local professional remodelers when they recommend a specialized supplier. Not only will the products be of better quality, but the support you’ll receive from the very beginning and throughout any future need for warranty repairs or replacement will also be unmatched.

If you need help selecting plumbing fixtures for your next project, don’t hesitate to contact us at (972) 334-9800.

How long will my project take? | Elite Remodeling

How long will my project take?

Many homeowners approach us with a simple yet complex question….”How long should it take to finish my project?” Some underestimate the time it will require, while others expect it to take a lot longer.

Every remodeler loves being able to finish on budget and ahead of schedule.  The real bonus for our homeowners is to have an accurate understanding of our process and ultimately its implication on the overall duration.

What are our Processes?

The biggest variables in project duration are size, design and selections, and of course – construction.   It’s no surprise that a big, complex remodel will take longer than a simple kitchen upgrade.

At the initial meeting with our homeowner, the best way of providing the most accurate estimate of time to completion is to explain the process we follow every project.  Here are the 4 steps of that process and a time proven ballpark for their durations. 

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For example, for a major kitchen renovation:

  1. Preliminary Design and Contract – 2+/- weeks
  2. Final Design, Selections & Reconciliation – 4-6+/- weeks
  3. Elite prep for construction – 2 weeks
  4. Construction – 10-12+/- weeks

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So in this example, if we started at Step 1 today and followed it without interruption, my answer would be that we could confidently finish in 4+/- months.  Again, if we started today!!!

At the same meeting we discuss any and all events that may influence on the duration: vacations, holidays, guests arriving or an event for which we need to be done by a certain date.  With our solid process and our clear understanding of our homeowner’s requirements, we are able to set expectations from our first meeting.

Remember the old saying “Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance”?  Well, in my world this applies to us every day.  Said differently, if we take the appropriate time and effort in steps 1-3, then our construction team will have all the necessary information and documents to successfully build your project.  These items are physical layout drawings, cabinet designs and drawings, 3D renderings, CAD layouts of all tile materials, all material selections being made and agreed to etc. etc.

What Homeowners Can Do

Changes made after project kickoff can delay the finish date, so homeowners who want their project to keep humming along on schedule make minimal changes after start of construction.

Homeowners who value this “cause and effect” rule will invest the time and effort in the planning phase needed to make firm decisions.

Homeowners who enjoy the smoothest projects exercise a true partnership attitude. They understand how seemingly small decisions have cascading impacts on the schedule, so they work with us from the initial design concept all the way to the final punch list.

It should come as no surprise that this partnership works best when our relationship is built on trust.

Our awards and recognitions speak to our commitment

Dallas Builders AssociationDallas Builders Association kitchen remodel dallas – National Kitchen Builders AssociationDallas Builders Association kitchen remodel dallas - National Kitchen Builders AssociationARC Awards Home Remodeler Dallas of the YearARC Awards Home Remodeler Dallas of the YearStar Awards Kitchen Remodel DallasStar Awards Kitchen Remodel DallasBest of Houzz 2019 bathroom remodel dallas serviceBest of Houzz 2019 bathroom remodel dallas serviceGuildMaster Award for Service Excellence Kitchen Remodel DallasGuildMaster Award for Service Excellence Kitchen Remodel Dallas