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Elite Home Remodeling

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 PHRASE

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.

Elite Remodeling | Smart Supplier Choices

Smart Supplier Choices

Professional remodelers buy their materials and services from suppliers that offer benefits to them and the homeowner.

Some customers express curiosity about the places different suppliers occupy in the home building and remodeling supply chain. With that in mind, we thought it worth explaining why we buy our materials and products where we do.

The basic choice is between the “big box” home centers like Home Depot and Lowes and regional or local distributors or supply houses. The latter include lumberyards as well as specialty suppliers of plumbing, electrical, lighting, cabinets, and other products.

The big boxes need no introduction, as everyone shops there. These highly profitable global corporations stock an impressive selection of products for customers to look at and choose from —but they’re mostly geared towards consumers, to whom they offer a wide selection of products at attractive prices.  

So every now and then, a homeowner asks why we don’t take advantage of those prices. That’s a fair question.  The net answer is service.  When we select local suppliers to work with, they fully understand our service requirements and warranty support.    Essentially, a sense of urgency in getting materials and or replacing them as needed.  Here is a shortlist of our key local suppliers….

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In fact, professional remodelers treat suppliers as integral team members. A remodeler who finds a good supplier will usually stick with that supplier and give them a lot of business.  For example, we have done business with all of the above for over 10 years.  Roy the Plumber – 15 years.

Our suppliers understand that we, as their customer, have schedules and budgets that they need to keep in order to serve our customer – you!.  And the very best ones work very hard to serve them.

Mid-Tex Appliance Rebate Program

Atmos Energy Offers Appliance Rebate Program

For Texas residents with Atmos Energy, you could save energy every day with Energy Star rated appliances, but did you also know that could be receiving one-time rebates for your energy-conscious investment?  Receive a rebate for up to $500 for your eligible high-efficiency natural gas equipment.

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Natural Gas Furnace | $350
                Requirement: 90% – 94% AFUE.  ENERGY STAR rated

Natural Gas Furnace | $500
                Requirement: 95% AFUE or higher. ENERGY STAR rated

Natural Gas Tank Water Heater – up to 50 Gallon | $100
                Requirement: .67 EF or greater.  ENERGY STAR rated

Natural Gas Tankless Water Heater | $200
                Requirement: .81 to .89 EF.

Natural Gas Tankless Water Heater | $300
                Requirement: .90 EF or greater. ENERGY STAR rated

Natural Gas Clothes Dryer | $300
                Requirement: with Moisture Sensor

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For all guidelines and instructions for submitting for your rebate, please visit Atmos Energy’s Mid-Tex Appliance Rebate Program.

 

Cost vs. Value Report 2019 | Elite Remodeling

Cost vs. Value Report 2019 | Elite Remodeling

Home Improvement / Remodeling Projects with The Highest Return on Investment for Your Home in 2019

Remodeling Magazine’s 32nd annual Cost vs. Value Report compares the cost of popular residential renovation and addition projects to how much the homeowner will realize in the value of their home from the investment of the remodel. 

The Return on Investment (ROI) for upgrades and additions to your home, help dull every homeowner’s #1 pain point, cost.  For all the projects listed, the overall cost-to-value ratio is 71.4% for North Texas homeowners.  Nationwide the average dips down to 68.6%.

Despite the increase in the cost of building materials last summer across the country, hitting the entire remodeling and building industry, the overall ROI for the homeowners only slightly dipped from 2017; only 3.2% on average for North Texas residents.

Curb appeal projects continue to provide the highest return to homeowners.  7 of the top 10 high-return projects are exterior placement, high curb appeal projects with manufactured stone-veneer being the highest at 112.4%. 

The reason for higher returns on the exterior, curb appeal projects, is generated from the calculations set by the real estate community.  “Curb appeal” and “first impressions” are fundamental to a real estate professional’s evaluation of resale value.

Here are a couple of highlights from the report:


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

An upscale bathroom remodel will provide North Texas homeowners nearly 64% ROI. An upscale bathroom addition will add 100-square-foot and include 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 (61.7% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $44,585
    • Average Resale Value: $27,500

 

  • Bathroom Additions | Upscale (63.7% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $83,287
    • Average Resale Value: $53,095

 


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

An upscale bathroom remodel provides homeowners in Plano and McKinney with over 67% 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 (68.5% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $19,408
    • Average Resale Value: $13,295

 

  • Bathroom Remodel | Upscale (67.2% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $62,074
    • Average Resale Value: $41,690

 

 

 

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

Major upscale kitchen remodels in Frisco and Allen areas will appreciate a 57.4% return on their investment.  Some of the features to 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 (78.7% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $21,714
    • Average Resale Value: $17,092

 

  • Major Kitchen Remodel | Midrange (57.0% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $64,069
    • Average Resale Value: $36,506

 

  • Major Kitchen Remodel | Upscale (57.4% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $127,684
    • Average Resale Value: $73,340

 

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 52.4% return on investment.  Add a spacious 32×20 foot master bedroom with 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 (55.8% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $122,867
    • Average Resale Value: $68,541

 

  • Master Suite Addition | Upscale (52.4% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $255,595
    • Average Resale Value: $133,944

 

Frisco Upscale Patio Additions | Elite Remodeling - elitehomeremodeling.comBackyard Entertainment Patio

With nearly a 60% return on investment for your new backyard patio, you will enjoy your custom outdoor entertainment and kitchen space even more.  Installation of 20×20 flagstone patio connected to your home with new upscale lift-and-slide glass doors.  Enjoy a gas-powered fire pit in the center of the patio and surround it with four premium, all-weather deck chairs. Install stone-veneer modular kitchen unit with gas grill, mini-refrigerator, sink, and storage. Boast a 20×20-foot cedar pergola capable of holding an awning that can shade the flagstone area.  Install premium low voltage lights on pergola enough to illuminate patio at night. Install underground gas and electrical connections

  • Backyard Patio (59.7% ROI)
    • Average Cost:  $55,132
    • Average Resale Value: $32,905

 

 


Elite Remodeling Cost vs Value 2019 Values RisingThis year’s report surveyed more than 3,200 real estate professionals about the returns for 22 residential remodeling projects in 136 different U.S. housing markets—up from 100 markets last year. 

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Elite Remodeling | Smart Lighting Is a Game Changer | June 2019

Smart Lighting Is a Game Changer

Wireless lighting controls are likely in your future. Here’s why.

Mention lighting trends, and what comes to mind is the growth of LEDs. But the incandescent bulb isn’t the only thing about to disappear—the wall switch may be going the same way.

That’s because more homeowners are opting for “smart” lighting controls that replace conventional switches and dimmers with wall-mounted touchpads that can control settings for multiple lights. With these controls, a homeowner can set specific light levels for everything from vacuuming the carpet to entertaining guests to watching a movie.

Smart controls can make lighting a dynamic design feature at home, and they’re easier than ever to retrofit.  Such under/above/in cabinet LED lighting.  When doing kitchen remodel, this is a perfect time to consider adding this feature.

Today lighting design is in the midst of its most significant change ever thanks to LEDs and two wireless technologies.

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One technology is voice control. The major lighting manufacturers now integrate with voice controllers like Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Assistant. “Since Alexa came out, all my customers suddenly want smart lighting,” says Webb.

The other is wireless touchpads. In the past, the only way to get whole-house control was to wire each individual switch or dimmer back to a central cabinet. In an existing home, the cost of fishing those wires through the walls tended to be prohibitive. 

Although these devices communicate wirelessly, they don’t use the home’s WiFi. Instead, they use point-to-point radio frequency or Bluetooth signals, so if the internet goes down, they still work. The system does need WiFi for voice and smartphone control, however.

If the home has a voice controller, the homeowners can tell it to activate a scene while at home. This could be as simple as saying, “Alexa, it’s bedtime.”  Or for a safety feature, “Alexa, all lights on.”  

Most of today’s smart lighting control systems have geofencing capability, which means your phone can signal the router to switch on certain lights when you turn onto your street or into the driveway. You’ll never have to worry about coming home to a dark house.

As more people install these systems, homes that have them will become more desirable to homebuyers. That, along with the many benefits available today, means that anyone planning a remodel should seriously consider smart lighting control.

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Beautiful and Accessible | Accessibility Guide for 2019

People Living Longer and Want to be Independent Longer.

It’s in the news daily, people are living longer and striving to stay independent longer. This is only natural, we all want to be in the comfortable familiarity of our own spaces, close to friends, family, and neighbors. And, considering how our mobility changes as we age, many of us will begin tossing around the idea of a remodeling a room or two so that we can live comfortably in our house for as long as possible.

The Home Remodeling Project Challenge.

Few things are more anxiety-producing than contemplating and then undertaking a remodeling project for your home of many years. Whether the scope of your project is the entire house or simply a small bathroom, worries spring up to remind of city and county code requirements, demolition noise and dust and then the ultimate redesign and re-creation of the space. And this is exactly why professional remodelers are there to help; knowledge of how to manage such projects while maximizing safety, efficiency, and quality and minimizing cost. Your local professional remodeler has the expertise to complete your project with minimal intrusion on your daily schedule and adhering to the age-old saying of “measure three times, and cut once.”

The Special Challenges of Creating Accessible Spaces.

For the aging and independent population, any remodeling project under consideration generally includes accessibility or, as it is sometimes called, Universal Design. Whether a space is considered accessible or not can be answered with three quick questions:

  1. Can anyone with mobility concerns easily enter and exit the space?
  2. Once inside the space can anyone with mobility concerns easily navigate the unique features of space?
  3. And finally, is the space structured so one can maneuver easily within it?

Remodeling for accessibility is generally more expensive than other types of remodels as it requires a higher level of customization than a standard remodel. Some of the main challenges involved in creating accessible spaces come from the spaces themselves. For instance, a necessary bathroom may have a short flight of stairs leading to it creating a real challenge for making it usable.

Likewise, a kitchen may contain a central island or eating bar that presents a barrier to mobility, and these structures may either have to be removed altogether or undergo a significant alteration to make them suitable. Undercounter cabinets may need to be relocated or eliminated to accommodate a wheelchair. That means redeploying the consumed storage space somewhere nearby.

Other major considerations will be where to place electrical outlets, light switches, and thermostats so that they are convenient to use. Lighting is another important consideration as the space must be bright but not glaring and localized task lighting options are always good to have, as are backlit switches so that someone can navigate in the dark.

Make Your Wish List First!

In most cases, creating an accessible home environment is not an inexpensive purchase nor should include cutting corners to save a little up front on the initial cost. After all, remodeling of any kind is considered major construction. And for this reason, it is vitally important to consider all your options even prior to hiring a remodeler contractor.

First, understand what you are really planning for. Are you planning ahead for the realities of growing older and sometimes having limited mobility for yourself and loved one? Is a friend or family member with mobility issues coming to stay with you on a long term basis? This sort of up-front planning pays huge dividends later when completed.

Use the power of the internet to get ideas, talking to friends who may have made similar modifications to their house are all great ideas and highly recommended. You may prefer to make sketches and jot down ideas to help organize your desires and entirety of needs. All of this will help your future hired contractor better understand where the focus should be and how best they can support and expand upon it.

Remember you are building your wish list, do not rule out the benefits of high-quality workmanship and materials, you may be surprised at how viable they can be for your remodel. And not only that, a quality remodel can significantly increase the value of your home.

When you feel you are ready to speak to a remodeling company, be sure to shop around and check reviews. Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of any potential contractor is important, after all, they will be modifying your full-time living space. Ask them about their project planning process and how that looks in action. Any qualified contractor, being proud of the quality of their work and skills, will be more than happy to walk you through their process step-by-step and show you a portfolio of completed projects. Some elite-level remodelers may even have opportunities to tour previously remodeled homes and speak directly with the homeowners that hired them.

Accessibility for the Bathroom, Scope, and Price.

Independent living with mobility issues means the bathroom is likely to be one of the first targets of remodeling for accessibility. There are some very basic requirements for any bathroom remodel. First, there should be enough room to maneuver a wheelchair, and this is a minimum of a 60-inch diameter circle. To ease congestion in the bathroom, an inward swinging door may be reversed to open outward or can be replaced by a sliding or pocket door. Removal of base cabinets may be necessary, and that requires their functionality to be replaced conveniently to another part of the bathroom.

The scope of the project is the sum total of the amount of work to be done, the materials purchased, the professionals hired, etc. And the price increases as the scope increases. You will need someone with the detailed industry knowledge to walk you through these initial stages of the project and, ultimately, through the entire project flow.

Budget constraints affect the scope of most any project and the scope of the project can certainly highlight those budget constraints. A qualified remodeler will always have a wide range of resources and alternatives for their client to choose between. Knowledge of project management and a comprehensive showroom with a large selection of high-quality materials are but two signs of a top-tier, quality remodeling contractor.

 

Accessibility for the Kitchen, Scope, and Price.

To live Independently with mobility issues means the kitchen needs to be designed such that all normal kitchen activities are readily achievable. Kitchens, because they generally have more maneuverable space than bathrooms, are often next on the list. And this, of course, is where budget meets scope. A qualified contractor will have encountered innumerable challenges on this front in the past and will be able to explain where potential problems may crop up and provide a wide range of solutions and countermeasures for their client to consider.

If you ask to see their kitchen project portfolio you will give yourself a better opportunity to question them further on their processes. A quality remodeling contractor will use these portfolio projects to show comparable examples of your unique remodel to help guide you. As a kitchen remodeled for accessibility will look and feel different from a “standard” kitchen, you can ask why they chose to place switches, lighting, and cabinetry where they did. Each project in this respect is a custom project and they will be able to provide a solid reason for the structure and flow of the finished product.

 

The Cost of Accessibility Does Not Have to be Inaccessible.

Most people do not have unlimited budgets, and that should not be despaired upon by your future remodeling company. It does not mean you have to cut corners on the important things. Just as we want a safe car in good condition, we want a house that is pleasant and accommodating for everyone living or visiting there. Many wonderful advances in material sciences have taken place over the years and that means, simply, that what was once thought out of reach for quality materials and features, is now much more within reach of the average homeowner.

So, it is important to dream big, first. Remember your wish list. Your wish list is the template that drives your final design. Once you share your dream with your chosen contractor then chances are you will be pleasantly surprised at how beautiful a design you can realize at a reasonable cost.

If you have any questions or are just in the early phases of considering a remodel project, feel free to contact us at Elite Remodeling. We are Frisco area experts that serve homeowners from Lewisville to Plano and everywhere in-between, including Allen, McKinney, Addison, and far north Dallas. When it comes to helping homeowners realize their needs and vision for the remodeling of their existing home, we have over 20+ years of experience and expertise in the area. Your independence and right to enjoy your home is important to you and it should be important to your contractor as well.

2018-2019 Kitchen Backsplash Trends

If you’re considering getting a complete kitchen renovation next year, here are some trends that will likely stay in fashion when designing your new room:

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01. Make the Most of the Ceiling Space

 

Many designers are incorporating new tile walls up toward the ceiling, which gives the illusion of cabinets floating in an ocean of color.

02. Go for Brighter and Bolder

 

While many homeowners used to avoid brighter hues, they’re becoming increasingly popular these days. Consider everything from a hot red tile to a lime green, but make sure you ground that color with something darker or neutralize it with black or white.

03.Use Vertical Tiles

 

Rather than elongated horizontal tiles, go for vertical tiles to make the backsplash appear “edgier,” which looks great whether you use larger or smaller tiles.

04.Lose the Accents

 

If you used to enjoy a contrasting line of tile, design featuring inserts or dots, or a tile mural, you’re better off using a single type of tile to create a more sophisticated look.

05.Get Creative with Floor Tiles

 

Any material that’s durable enough for the floor will work with your backsplash, including clay or ceramic tile, laminate, marble, vinyl, or wood planks. Matte tiles are particularly new, with earthy clay and dusky hues being the more popular. Keep in mind that the price can vary greatly.

06.Consider Mosaics

 

Mosaic tiles are great for many kitchens, as they can be made of many different materials including reflective glass or polished metal. Shiny small ones are especially popular, with small squares, mini subway tiles, old-school penny tiles, and other custom combos serving as great options.

07.Use Mirror or Glass

 

You can install clear or colored glass, or create illusions, with standard or tinted mirrors for an unusual kitchen backsplash. You can use vinegar for cleanup, and create art glass scenes, whether you use primary colors or older tones.

08.Make Writeable Surfaces

 

Using chalkboard paint, you can create surfaces ideal for leaving notes, with magnetic paints allowing homeowners to hang shopping lists and recipes at any time.

09.Use Old-Fashioned Tiles

 

You can create a traditional European look in the kitchen using a combination of tile patterns in similar colors, or form a traditional Mexican look with hand-painted tiles.

10.Using Ceiling Panels for the Walls

 

You can use embossed metal ceiling tiles on backsplashes, with many different patterns and sizes available to suit your kitchen.

11.Implement Organic Materials

 

Create an organic look with bamboo, pebbles, or other natural and recycled materials. Polished stone is another great look.

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Regardless of what you prefer, the professionals at Elite Home Remodeling can help you create a unique and personalized backsplash for your kitchen design that can hold up for decades.

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Common Issues with Kitchen Layouts and How to Get Around Them

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The layout and size of your current kitchen floor plan won’t necessarily determine the kitchen’s capabilities. With the help of a creative kitchen designer, there are many options available when designing a kitchen, from superficial renovations to complete remodels from the ground up.

Whether you want to build an addition or remove walls will depend on your individual goals. Even minor changes can greatly affect the functionality of the kitchen.

Innovative kitchen designers will place an emphasis on maximizing the potential of your space, depending on you and your family’s personal preferences and budget.

How Kitchen Design Has Changed

In the early days of America, homes had a kitchen that simply included a sink on one wall with a stove on another. These kitchen layouts were inefficient, with minimal storage and an oftentimes shoddy workspace consisting of a worn wooden table. Refrigeration was also virtually nonexistent. However, kitchens began to utilize more appliances and efficiency of space as the home evolved.

These days the best kitchen layouts incorporate efficient use of space along with visual appeal, with more space for storage, cleanup, and the preparation of food. Common additions have included pantries, cabinets, and refrigerators and freezers that make the kitchen a much more pleasant space.

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Common Problems with Kitchen Floor Plans

While there are plenty of options to choose from in kitchen designs, not all kitchens will work. For instance, in older homes the kitchen may frustrate homeowners due to issues such as:

  • Too much space between appliances
  • Insufficient counter space
  • Awkward traffic patterns
  • Inadequate task lighting
  • Lack of space for trash cans
  • Difficulties with crowding

Using the Kitchen Work Triangle to Your Advantage

The “kitchen work triangle”—a guiding principle of kitchen design that concerns the paths and distance between the sink, stove, and refrigerator—is a great way to make sure the kitchen layout works the way you want it to. The key is to keep the spacing consistently efficient, ensuring that work and food storage areas are organized appropriately to allow occupants to easily move from one area to another.

Some of the more popular layouts include the U-shaped or L-shaped kitchen, along with a corridor or galley kitchen design for single cooks, plus a window.

More spacious layouts often feature peninsula counters, which are designed to prevent unwanted workspace traffic while providing additional space for socializing and snacking. Kitchen islands can accommodate certain appliances as well as chairs or barstools, while eliminating a wall and opening the kitchen up to nearby rooms.

A modern kitchen as part of an open floor plan often places all appliances along the same wall, placing a dining table as a transition piece between the living area and the work space.

More Contemporary Options

The popularity of open living areas has made appealing kitchen designs more important than ever. Rather than resembling traditional work spaces, they’re beginning to take the shape of dens and offices, with comfortable seating, snack and homework stations, eating counters, and even TVs and other forms of entertainment. When planning your kitchen renovation, consider how your family will use it, including the types of activities they’ll engage in regularly, and use these to influence the overall layout.

Layout Design Elements

Kitchen designers place an emphasis on workstations when customizing layouts, and will regard personal preference when renovating. For instance, the kitchen of a serious cook would be far more complex than a kitchen for those who rarely take the time to cook at home.

Professional designers can also help you realize your dream kitchen and personal preferences, meeting the needs for your home kitchen. Contact us to schedule a consultation with us at any time.

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