Remodeling Budget Discussions Are Difficult For Everyone

A Remodeling Budget Can Be Hard To Determine

Set your remodeling budget before you begin construction

Your remodeling budget will allow you to do everything you want, or it will limit you and require you to make serious tradeoffs. Every remodeling project is different, although there may be similarities. If you’ve never remodeled a home before, you may feel overwhelmed and fearful of making expensive mistakes. Here are some tips to help you get from where you are now to understanding and setting a realistic remodeling budget. (more…)

Multiple Microwave Ovens Can Improve The Function Of Your Kitchen

Do You Want Multiple Microwave Ovens In Your Kitchen?

Tualatin kitchen remodel with two microwave ovens

New Tualatin kitchen with 2 microwave ovens

Most of us have a microwave oven that we use regularly. So why would multiple microwave ovens help the function of our kitchen? If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, this article may help you think about and plan for an additional microwave.

The History of Microwave Ovens

Microwave ovens have been a popular convenience in residential kitchens since Amana started selling them in 1967. Homeowners liked the ability to quickly thaw frozen food and bring liquids to a boil faster than a tea kettle (more…)

Bathroom Investment Is As Individual As Your Fingerprint

Bathroom Investment in Remodeling: How to Save MoneyYour bathroom investment is as unique as your fingerprint

Bathroom investment in remodeling is more expensive, per square foot, than kitchen remodeling! According to the 2016 Cost vs. Value Report for Portland, Oregon, the range of bathroom investments for remodeling is $18,560 – $58,944, averaging $560/square foot (low = $530/square foot; high = $590/square foot).

The range of investments for kitchen remodeling is $20,808 (minor remodel), $104 /sq.ft. – $122,359 (major upscale remodel), $612/sq ft. What “ups the ante” for your

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Remodeled Angular Kitchen Is Visually Interesting

Remodeled Angular Kitchen Was A Big Challenge! A remodeled angular kitchen can cause functional and design challenges.

The remodeled angular kitchen functions and looks great, but the original kitchen looked and felt like an after-thought. The function was impaired by multiple 45- and 90-degree angles. Homeowners wanted their remodeled angular kitchen to work for them daily, and provide a functional area for multiple chefs and servers when they entertained. Their kitchen wish list included the following features: (more…)

Guest Bathroom For Multiple Users: Available And Maintainable

A Multiple-User Guest Bathroom For Everyone Is Challenging!A multiple use bathroom, always ready and easy to clean

A multiple-user guest bathroom should be easy to maintain, available to anyone at any time. Practice may be a different reality, especially if your guest bathroom is also a bathroom that family members use every day.

If you’re creating a new guest bathroom, or remodeling an existing family bathroom, here are some tips to make it a multiple-user guest bathroom:

  • Design the bathroom for function, comfort, and safety
  • Choose easy-to-clean wall and floor surfaces (porcelain tile is wonderful, especially large rectangular tiles for walls and wainscot)
  • Use minimum-size non-contrasting epoxy grout joints (the grout will never need sealing, and will stay clean)
  • Opt for neutral colors (the guest bathroom doesn’t have to be boring!)

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Bathroom Plumbing Can Have Hidden “Gotcha’s!”

Bathroom Plumbing Fixtures Are Designed To Save Water, BUT . . .Bathroom plumbing fixtures can save water, but some are water hogs.

. . . some bathroom plumbing fixtures may require a larger water heater, or an auxiliary on-demand water heater. This can seriously affect your investment in a bathroom remodeling project, adding as much as $4,000 to your investment. And it can affect your utility bills. The bathroom plumbing fixture that’s a major influencer of hot water needs is a large tub, whether it’s a hydrotherapy whirlpool, an air bath, or simply a soaking tub. A generous two-person tub that’s 48″ x 72″ x 24″ requires 100 gallons or more, depending on how full you want it to be. (more…)

Custom Kitchen Features Will Change Your Life

Custom Kitchen Features Can (Will) Make a Big Difference!Custom kitchen features satisfy your needs and wants.

Bespoke and artisanal are fancy buzz-words for “custom,” probably because the latter word has been overused to the point where custom-made anything is no longer special, in the same way that “full service” doesn’t have the same impact it once had. In past years, the only way to get custom kitchen features was to pay for custom cabinets. But things have changed, and many modular and custom-modular cabinet manufacturers offer customizable features for a reasonable investment. Some of the cabinet enhancements include: (more…)

Kitchen Islands May Not Be Appropriate For Every Home

Kitchen Islands Are Great, But There Are Other Alternatives, TooKitchen islands are not appropriate for every kitchen, but there are great alternatives.

Kitchen islands are the most frequently-requested features, according to statistics. The available space determines whether or not an island is appropriate. But there’s more than just space. Islands do affect the function of a kitchen, and should be carefully planned according to the individual family’s work-flow habits.

Space Considerations

To accommodate a kitchen island, there must be at minimum of 42″ between countertop edges (not cabinets), according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association guidelines. 48″ is preferred, especially if more than one person will be using the space simultaneously. How does this translate? To have an island, a kitchen must be at least 13′-6″ wall to wall in one direction:

4′-3″ (opposing cabinets with countertops) + 7′-0″ (42″ aisleways on both sides of the island) + 2′-3″ (narrow island with 1-1/2″ countertop overhangs) = 13′-6″

A standard kitchen sink or a cooking surface should not be placed in such a narrow island, for safety reasons. The narrow island is a good place for a smaller sink, a built-in microwave below the countertop, additional storage and food preparation countertop. (more…)

Choose Kitchen Appliances First!

Choose Kitchen Appliances First For Best Functionkitchen appliances must be chosen first, because your kitchen is planned around them

Why choose kitchen appliances first? It’s human nature to focus on cabinets and countertops, when you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, because you’re concerned about how the new kitchen will look, unless a high-priority item is a commercial cooktop or range and large hood as a focal point. This will ultimately lead to frustration, and possible expensive mistakes. You can avoid problems, if you select your appliances first (unless you’re including new doors and windows), then move on to other kitchen features. (more…)

Bathroom Remodeling: Plumbing Is Selected First

Bathroom Remodeling: Why Select Plumbing First?Bathroom remodeling requires you to choose plumbing first.

Bathroom remodeling involves hundreds of decisions, and at least 100 steps in the process. Everything in your bathroom is placed around the plumbing. Locations of a shower, tub, toilet, and sinks are important to achieving ultimate safety and function — and a beautiful new bathroom. Here are some guidelines to help you: (more…)