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10 Things to Ask Your Contractor Before You Start Your Project

Remodeling or building a new home is a big financial and emotional investment. It can also be a big investment of your time if you want to be closely involved in the decision-making. Knowing what to expect before the project gets started will help you better prepare for the process. Here are 10 questions you should always ask your contractor before starting a home remodeling project.

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  1. What is our schedule? A schedule is more than just a start and end date. Having a schedule that outlines tasks and timing will give you a big-picture view of sequencing and deadlines for things such as tile and countertops. It will also give you a benchmark so that you know if things are slipping by a day or two.With small projects such as kitchens and baths, schedule is everything. The cabinet lead time determines the start date and sub-trades need to be scheduled in quick succession, for instance. Don’t start without a schedule that tells you what days and times workers will be on site.
  1. Who will be here every day? Depending on the size and structure of the company you hire, the answer could vary widely. Many remodelers use a lead carpenter system, where a staff member (sometimes called a superintendent) is responsible for day-to-day work on site, and often swings a hammer as well. Ask your contractor direct questions about who will be responsible for opening and locking up, who will supervise subcontractors on site and who to call on a daily basis with any questions.
  1. How will you protect my property? This is a conversation best had before demolition, not after you come home and find dust all over the house. There are a number of dust-containment measures that can be taken, and talking about it ahead of time will provide you will a clear idea of how the construction area will be cordoned off from the rest of your home and how you’ll be able to move through your house.There’s also the issue of stuff — all the books, furniture, drapes, delicate vases and paintings on the wall. It’s helpful to remove them all from the construction zone. This includes anything hung on walls or sitting on shelves in adjacent rooms, since they can shake loose from persistent hammering. If you leave them as-is, it will cost to have them moved and moved again to keep them out of the way, and you risk damage in the process. It’s better to move it all at once and know it’s safe and sound.
Communication
  1. How will you communicate with me? With every mode of electronic communication at your fingertips, you may have some ideas about how you would like to receive information about your project. Your contractor likely has specific ways he or she likes to communicate, too — daily emails, cloud-based schedules or maybe just phone calls. Make sure you understand how you will be contacted and receive information. If the contractor’s format doesn’t give you what you think you’ll need, agree on a method and format so that you’re not in remodeling limbo on a daily basis. Weekly meetings at a specific time are an effective way to make sure you see your contractor in person to get your questions answered.
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  1. What part of my project concerns you? There’s always something unknown about a project, or an area that is most likely to trigger an immediate change order. Odds are, your contractor already knows what that is. Talking about it upfront and running some worst-case-scenario numbers or doing some early, selective demolition to get more information could be the best way to get a handle on what may be ahead.
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  1. What will happen if there is a change order? Change orders can be easily handled in your construction contract. A common way to document change orders is in writing, where the change in scope of work and the price are noted and signed by the client and contractor. Some contracts also note the change in schedule, if applicable. Make sure you have a plan in place to document the unexpected and expected changes that happen along the way.
  1. How will you let me know I need to make a decision? There are many ways to organize a list of decisions — from spreadsheets, to lists, to notes on a calendar. But all of these methods focus on the same outcome: giving you clear direction about what and when you need to make a decision on something. Asking for a list and deadlines will help you keep organized and ensure you are able to shop for materials and make decisions in time to meet your contractor’s schedule.
  1. How do I reach you after hours? Knowing how to reach your contractor on an emergency basis is just as important as your contractor being able to reach you. Exchange all your numbers — work, cell and landline — so that contacting each other won’t be a crisis in itself.
  1. When do I need to be available to meet? Even if you set up a regular weekly meeting, there may still be necessary additional meetings. We usually schedule an electrical walk-through on the day the electrician sets boxes and can lights so that everyone can review their placement and function before wires are run. Another key day is when the tile-setter works on layout. There are a number of ways to set tile, and having an on-site meeting is the best way to make these decisions. It’s also possible to have your architect or designer attend those meetings in your place.
  1. What kind of documentation will I receive when the project is done?Contracts frequently call out end-of-project paperwork — lien releases, marked-up plans with as-builts on plumbing and other utilities, copies of inspection reports, etc. But there may be additional items you will find valuable: a full set of mechanical photos before insulation is installed, the operating manuals for installed equipment (and a personal lesson in their operation if you don’t know the basics), a list of subcontractors and contact info, care for things such as countertops and tile and a well-marked electrical panel. Confirming that you will receive these things before you get started will help ensure that you finish the project with all the information you need.
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Need Remodeling Ideas? Consider Reclaimed Wood

Learn how to reclaim your home design by utilizing aged wood and repurposed furniture.

A new trend gaining traction in the home, from kitchen remodels to master bedrooms, is reclaiming wood or repurposing furniture. Not only is this trend “green,” it literally is recycling a resource that has already been made instead of buying new or throwing away the old, but it also provides a distinct look to your home design.

Aged wood fits in well to both contemporary and traditional spaces by bringing history to the design whether it’s a piece that is tied to your family or not.

This trend is unique because no two pieces will be alike and wood will be linked to their natural homes. For example, wood that is reclaimed from the North Pacific part of California will differ from wood that is found in the San Diego Valley.

When using reclaimed resources, you benefit from a durability that harkens back to a time when materials where crafted with great care and were more resistant to mold and insects.

The way that you can incorporate reclaimed materials varies from sliding barn doors to repurposed furniture to accent pieces.

Recycled doors

These doors add so much character, especially within a kitchen remodel. In a kitchen, many people want to create the atmosphere of the warm, inviting hearth that encourages guests to sit down, talk and eat.

Through the incorporation in your kitchen, the history of these doors will create the stability of an established home built on history. Check out this sliding barn door in a kitchen remodel in Great Falls, Virginia.

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Photo courtesy of Moss Building & Design

Repurposed furniture

This is where a piece of antique furniture, either from your family or a neat find at a garage sale, can still give you utility and design in your home. This kind of an addition is special because you can maintain the history of a piece and celebrate its history by using it in your everyday life.

In this in-law suite addition in Burke, Virginia, the owners repurposed a cherished family dresser into their bathroom. This new bathroom vanity allows the homeowners to cherish a part of their family history rather than it sitting unused in their attic or basement.

Photo courtesy of Moss Building & Design

Reclaimed wood

Another way to incorporate the trend is through aged wood. Through salvaged pieces of wood, you can add beautiful ceiling beams or use them as an accent throughout your home. This can add great visual interest. In the McLean, Virginia, project pictured above, the homeowners went to a salvage yard and found wood beams that they wanted to use in their remodel.

Some of the wood was used over their stove and another piece was used to put the finishing touch on their living room fireplace. Additionally they recycled their old kitchen cabinets and use them for the wet bar in the basement.

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If you’re starting a remodel and are confused about where you can start with your design, consider if reclaiming wood and using furniture speaks to your aesthetics. If it does, you may be on your way to creating a space that speaks not only to your own history, but that of the world around you. Contact Loomis Cabinets today. We’re experienced in Reclaimed Wood and use all local products.

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Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2015

Does your kitchen need an upgrade? Are you looking to remodel part of your home to increase its resale value? Kitchen Remodeling 2015

Good news, homeowners, you will probably recoup 74-83% of the cost when you upgrade your kitchen. It’s one the best remodeling projects you as a homeowner, can take on. And remodeling your kitchen isn’t as costly as you think. Speak to a friendly representative as Loomis Cabinets, and we’ll walk you through every step.

According to the annual cost versus value report for home remodeling found that a kitchen upgrade costs an average of $18,856 to $54,909; however, you can recover up to $40,000. Plus, in the past year, the value of a kitchen remodel increased by 7 percent, translates to an additional $2,000 return on investment for homeowners.

All of this data points to one conclusion: whether you’re making minor upgrades or breaking out the sledgehammer for a complete overhaul, 2015 is a great year to remodel your kitchen.

We profiled 25 top kitchen designers in America and found the most common trends they noticed in kitchen remodeling for 2015 and compiled this guide.

Sink Trends in 2015

The kitchen sink gets a bad rap; people associate it with germs and dirty dishes, but it has quickly become one of the most popular upgrades when homeowners start remodeling. In 2015, stainless steel is out, non-traditional materials are in.

A beautiful, trendy kitchen sink not only complements a well-designed kitchen, but is also the foundation of function for cooks — everything from preparation to clean-up happens at the sink. A good sink has counter space on both sides, so the drying assembly line has ample room to work.

The following trending sinks fit different people with different tastes and lifestyles. One (or even a few) of these sink trends could inspire your next remodel!

Single-basin Sinks

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Many home cooks are ditching the standard two-basin sink for something more functional — the single basin sink. These sinks are typically the same size as a sink with two basins, which means there’s more cleaning room. You’ll now have the space shuck corn, clean the catch of the day, and wash berries to create the perfect summer meal.

Copper & Brass Sinks

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If stainless steel isn’t in style, what is? More homeowners are opting for copper or brass kitchen sinks. Often, this trend pairs well with the rustic farmhouse look that many homebuilders and trend-setters are opting for.

The different color of copper makes it a popular choice. You can choose a sink that looks like a new penny, or opt for a dark, antique color. For a minor remodel, leave your current sink, but change the faucets to a complementary brass color.

Integrated Sinks

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An integrated sink is made of the same materials found on your countertop, giving a sense of continuity with the rest of your counter. This design is a great option for homeowners who want to replace their countertops as well as their sink, and want a smooth, unified look. This also gives the homeowner flexibility with materials, allowing them to select from quartz, marble, and everything in between.

For those who love a modern, sleek look in their kitchen, choose an integrated sink. It makes your kitchen look high-end, but the cost won’t reflect that. Because this seamless design doesn’t create dips or crevices between the sink and the counter, there’s less room for gunk, dirt, rust, or mold to build up around the sink.

Prep Sinks

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If one sink is good, two must be great! Prep sinks are becoming an increasingly popular choice. A prep sink offers more flexibility and space to budding chefs who can leave washed fruits and vegetables in it – conveniently near the stove – while dirty dishes rest in the main one.

Prep sinks also allow designers to get creative with sizes and shapes. Many people opt for a non-traditional shape, like a crescent or oval, for their prep sink; it’s a small, creative touch that all of your neighbors will be jealous of.

Apron Front Sinks

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For a quaint finish to a charming kitchen, choose an apron-front sink. These sinks harken back to a quieter time. They’re sometimes described as farmhouse sinks as well. The basins sit lower than the counter and the front ends protrude off the cabinetry. The lower level makes it easier to clean and prep in the kitchen, because you can get closer to the sink. This country-style sink combines aesthetics and functionality. Look for it in classic materials like porcelain, stainless steel, and copper.

For a quaint finish to a charming kitchen, choose an apron-front sink. These sinks harken back to a quieter time. They’re sometimes described as farmhouse sinks as well. The basins sit lower than the counter and the front ends protrude off the cabinetry. The lower level makes it easier to clean and prep in the kitchen, because you can get closer to the sink. This country-style sink combines aesthetics and functionality. Look for it in classic materials like porcelain, stainless steel, and copper.

Countertop Trends in 2015

If one of the increasingly popular sink trends is integration with the countertops, then choosing the right material is twice as important. Skip the tile and go right for the meat: heavy stones like granite, marble, and soapstone are en vogue this year.

Engineered Stone Countertops

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Decorators have started branching out into different stone types to work with the budgets and style preferences of home remodelers. While quartz and soapstone provide clean finishes, engineered stone is stain resistant, durable, and environmentally friendly. If you’re not afraid of heavy lifting, choose a heavy stone to set your countertops.

Stainless Steel Countertops

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Stainless steel sinks by themselves are out, but integrated stainless steel sinks and countertops give your home a restaurant feel. These are one of the most durable countertop options, even though they can scratch and dent under pressure, and the reflection makes your kitchen appear larger. Choose this option if you’re looking to remodel your kitchen to sell your home; it’ll look large and modern, which is exactly what homebuyers look for.

Butcher’s Block Countertops

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If you don’t want to go with granite and other heavy stones, another popular trend is Butcher’s wood. Butcher block is made of straight cuts of wood that are glued together for increased sturdiness. While these countertops require more maintenance than granite, they can be made to match or compliment your hardwood floors. They also come in a variety of wood including cherry, maple, and bamboo.

Flooring Trends in 2015

Wood is always in, and it’s the second most popular kitchen flooring choice after ceramic tile. In 2015, many designers are watching this material gun for first.

Obscure Wood Choices

In 2015 we will see homeowners try something new, and one way is with exotic, or out of the ordinary wood or flooring choices. From concrete, penny floors, and even lego floors, homeowners are making their kitchen floors a work of art.

Bamboo Kitchen Floor

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Two of the fastest growing wood choices for kitchen flooring in 2015 are bamboo and reclaimed wood. Bamboo is actually sturdier than most woods, especially engineered bamboo, and it grows twice as fast as most other wood options. Reclaimed wood comes from antique beams and old logs salvaged from rivers. With more designers opting for a rustic feel, it makes sense that this flooring choice is popular.

Wide Plank Kitchen Floor

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Ideal plank length is seven inches with an ideal width of six feet. Wider and longer planks of wood make a space look larger and smoother. Smooth wooden floors paired with flat (tile-free) countertops are one way to give your kitchen a finished look by just changing two elements.

Gray Wood Kitchen Floor

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You can use your hardwood flooring to anchor down your kitchen or lighten the room to contrast dark countertops. Different wood choices – from bright blonde woods to soft greys – turn your flooring into a statement piece. Hardwood floors aren’t something to be ignored; they’re a feature element.

Backsplash Trends in 2015

Backsplashes go in and out of style faster than other kitchen trends, but with a little elbow grease, it’s possible to stay up-to date on trends without breaking your bank. Check out these trends for 2015.

Rustic Brick Backsplashes

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If you haven’t picked up on this trend already, the rustic farmhouse look is back with reclaimed wood and copper sinks. To add this element to your backsplashes, choose the rustic brick look. Brick is a challenge to install but will stay in style for several years. When done right, guests will ask if it’s the original brick from the building, even if you have a stucco home.

Tile Kitchen Backsplashes

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If you still want to incorporate tile into your kitchen without using it on the countertops or floor, then consider tiling your backsplash. This small space increases your options for size and color as you can create a water look with tiny blue squares or add an element of sand with large tan planks. Whatever element you’re missing in your major renovations, you can find in your backsplash.

Match the Countertops

Be careful with this. If you have an incorporated sink that matches your countertops and you continue using marble or engineered stone for your backsplash, everything could start to blend together. Matching the backsplash to the countertops works well if there are enough differentiating elements – like the cabinets, stove, and flooring – to give each element its own flavor.

Kitchen Technology Trends in 2015

There’s an app for that! Chefs and tech geeks are coming together to incorporate smart technology into the kitchen. While many of the innovations are far from ready for public distribution, there are a few upgrades that can easily increase the value of your home.

Wi-Fi Enabled Refrigerators

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There’s so much your refrigerator can do before you even open it. Smart refrigerators cost between $1,700 and $3,600; they come with an 8-inch LCD display that’s Wi-Fi enabled and comes with its own set of apps. These refrigerators can display photos, leave memos, create grocery lists, check the weather, and browse recipes based on the contents inside. Not only is it a fun tool to play with, but it also reduces the clutter of attaching memos and lists to your refrigerator.

USB Wall Sockets

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Homeowners looking to make small changes to upgrade the value of their home before placing it on the market should consider upgrading to USB wall sockets. Each socket costs about $30 and comes with two USB ports along with traditional wall plugs. Anything that charges when plugged in through a USB can go right into the wall; no adapter necessary.

Prep Pad

This is a smaller device that costs about $150, although it’s more of a gadget than an “upgrade” in the strictest sense of the word. The Prep Pad measures the appropriate serving size for the food and displays nutritional value and percent of your daily diet on your iPad. In layman’s terms, it’s a smart cutting board.

Kitchen Eco-Friendly Trends in 2015

Going green is always in style. Here are a few modern ways to decrease your impact on the environment through your kitchen remodel decisions.

Eco-Friendly Paint

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Paint is made up of VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds; these compounds keep the ingredients blended but have the nasty habit of releasing into the air when paint is applied. When combined with other pollutants, VOCs create smog.

Look for low-VOC paint (with 50 g/L) or certified green paint with zero VOCs. Not only are you helping the environment, you’re also keeping the air inside of your home clean.

Recycled Materials

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We’ve touched on recycled materials a bit throughout this guide, with reclaimed wood and bamboo as obvious eco-friendly materials. However, there are other options like 85 percent recycled glass and stone made up of recycled paper, recycled glass, and low-carbon cement.

Remember, knowledge is power. Ask where the materials came from and what they’re made of before you buy them.

Energy-Saving Appliances

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You probably know to look for Energy Star appliances, but do you know how the EPA awards that label? The product must contribute to significant energy savings nationwide and provide the same performance as its less-efficient counterpart.

Also, if the product costs more, the consumer must be able to make up the cost through decreased utility bills within a small period of time. This means that it’s worth paying more for an Energy Star appliance, because you’re guaranteed to get your extra cost back.

Cabinetry Trends in 2015

Designers are thinking outside the box to make cooking easier with unique kitchen cabinets, from built-in space racks to roll-out trays. The name of the game in 2015 is efficiency.

Pull-Out Spice Rack Cabinet

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Instead of building a kitchen with cookie-cutter cabinets that can’t fit anything, consider trendier specialty cabinets. Look into hidden storage options like spice racks, inserts for hanging pots and pans, and multi-layered pull-outs for dry goods. This option is better for homeowners who aren’t planning to sell for a long time, as you can create the perfect layout and grab any gadget or tool you need on a moment’s notice.

You can also add built-in dividers to drawers to organize silverware and cooking utensils. These drawers keep more clutter off your counters and hide it away in an organized fashion.

Distressed Finishes

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Popular finish choices for 2014 include – you guessed it – aged and distressed. Choose a cabinet finish that complements, but doesn’t match your floors and countertops. A distressed look is created when parts of the finish are rubbed away to expose the wood underneath, and they’re then refinished with a glaze to darken all of the grooves.

Pair distressed cabinets with a subtle marble or wood countertop and an integrated or apron-front sink. This style is both rustic and classic, and will handle wear and tear better than perfectly finished cabinets. Your cabinets are distressed, but you won’t be!

Color Schemes

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Instead of a wood finish, some people are grabbing a brush and adding a splash of color on their kitchen cabinets. Pastel blues complement the browns from your flooring, while a spicy red warms up the room.

One trend that we’ve seen more of is painting kitchen cabinets two different colors. For example, designers are painting the doors a different color than the trim or painting the top cabinets a lighter color than the bottom ones.

Because cabinets occupy most of your kitchen wall space, think of your cabinet designs like your wall color. They will affect the mood of the room and the way natural and artificial light fills the space. What feels do you want to evoke in your design?

Kitchen Appliance Trends in 2015

Aesthetic is important, but if your appliances are broken or outdated, you won’t spend much time in your beautiful kitchen. In 2014, homeowners are choosing restaurant-quality appliances. After all, everyone wants to be Gordon Ramsey in the confines of their home.

Chef’s Stove

If you’re embracing the stainless steel design, then a chef’s stove is a must. In fact, 50 percent of homeowners said it was their dream kitchen appliance. These stoves can handle woks, griddles, and everything in between. Installing a professional grade stove means you’ll never blame the appliance for ruining your food.

Double Ovens

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This one goes hand in hand with the prep sinks we discussed earlier. If you’re making a full Thanksgiving dinner, you can’t fit the turkey and the pumpkin pie in the same oven. Double ovens give you more space, options, and flexibility to create perfect meals.

Refrigerators

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We’ve already touched on Wi-Fi refrigerators, but what about their design patterns? Some prefer to stick with the stainless steel, but designers tend to be split between hiding their refrigerators behind cabinet wood paneling or making them a focal point by choosing one in a non-conventional color like red.

In short, Instead of a bulky white or silver box, people are opting for furniture-like appliances that match their designs.

Dishwashers

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While stainless steel dishwashers are always going to be highly sought-after, many other dishwasher trends are beginning to make waves. For people looking to create a seamless look throughout their house with an integrated sink and a hidden refrigerator, they’re choosing a dishwasher that will also blend in with their cabinetry.

The standard one-size-fits-all dishwasher is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Many homeowners are choosing to fit double dishwashers into their kitchens. These dishwashers have full separate compartments that can run at different times. They let you wash delicate crystal and heavily soiled baking dishes separately.

There’s also in-sink dishwashers that let you run a small load in half the time it takes to clean them normally. Many internal dimensions are changing as well. Some dishwashers now allow for taller pots and pans on the inside while the outside remains the same size as a standard washer. Many people are also looking for more noise regulated dishwashers since more homes are embracing the open concept. No one wants to hear the noisy dishwasher while they unwind in the living room after a big meal.

What Do You Think?

Rustic and hyper-modern are two common trends in 2015. Homeowners are either investing in smart appliances and stainless steel restaurant-grade everything, or they’re going back to their roots with copper sinks and reclaimed wood. This combination has actually created a third option: the transitional kitchen, which walks the line between the two.

Which of these trends do you like? Do you love the look of copper? Does aged wood make you feel distressed? Your remodeling choices will keep a trend going or make it die, so tell us what works and what doesn’t!

Whichever path you choose to take, make sure it’s something you love. After all, you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

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Thinking of Remodeling your Kitchen?

As the hub of the home, the kitchen is the room with all the action. It’s not just the place to prepare and cook food — it’s also used for entertaining guests, storing gadgets/appliances and eating family meals. Your design needs to accommodate all these activities, which is why kitchen remodels are more popular than ever. Today, islands, farmhouse sinks and stainless steel appliances are common additions, while custom cabinets and countertops are key components of any inspirational dream kitchen.
When discovering kitchen remodeling ideas for your kitchen, there are several different aspects to consider. Overall, a functional space is key — after all, you want your kitchen layout to work well for you. You should carefully consider where to place your stove, refrigerator, island and cabinets to ensure plenty of space to cook, eat and entertain. Next, you should keep storage in mind. Kitchens contain a lot of utensils, pots, pans and small appliances, so be sure to have enough space to store all your favorites nearby. Finally, your space should look nice and welcoming to guests who visit. Using high-quality, colorful materials will help bring personality and vibrancy to your space, which is important when trying to avoid a cookie-cutter look.

How do I determine my kitchen layout?

If you’re starting a kitchen renovation, now is a great time to create exactly what you want. With the help of a kitchen designer, even a small space can have spacious storage and a nice flow. For small spaces, a galley layout is a great option. Since horizontal space is limited, think vertical; stack counters and shelves high up on the walls, and try to find innovative storage containers and double-duty pieces. For larger layouts, try an L-shaped or U-shaped kitchen with a large center island or peninsula. It provides plenty of cabinet and countertop space, and you can add a bar-height counter to the island for an instant eat-in space. In the end, it’s important to think about what your family uses the room for and then cater to those needs when you start implementing your kitchen remodeling ideas.

How can I add more kitchen storage?

In order to store all your cookware, bakeware and small appliances, you need cabinets, drawers and shelves to spare. To make your space work, use every square inch of space: include cabinets in your island, buy spice racks and hanging pot racks, and invest in a cart. Place frequently used bulky items on the countertop, and free up some space by storing less commonly used items in your storage room or basement. And most of all, get organized! Well-organized accessories take up less space, so taking the time to properly store them will be a lifesaver.

What countertops and cabinets should I use in my kitchen design?

Because the layout and storage options are pretty standard, picking interesting materials is key for helping your kitchen stand out. When it comes to counters, granite countertops and marble countertops are elegant options, while concrete, limestone and stainless steel counters are a little more trendy. For a bit of color, add a bright mosaic tile backsplash or pick out a vibrant wood floor finish. You can even mix up your cabinetry! Frosted cabinets are great for a modern feel, while painted cabinets make for a nice but cheap kitchen remodel. Also, don’t forget if your old cabinets are in great shape, you can also save tons of money by just resurfacing them!

Loomis cabinets has found that more traditional kitchens with a modern twist are the more popular designs in the Sacramento area.  We’ve done many kitchens and homeowners keep going to the same thing: plenty of storage, and a functional design. Here are some great inspiration pieces for you (all from local clients).


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Kitchen Remodels – They Cost How Much?  

If you watch shows on HGTV or DIY, you will be privy to a lot of talk about kitchens; and how kitchen & bath remodels are a big selling point to home owners and potential home buyers. The truth is- kitchen remodels can cost big bucks!

The major things people want in their kitchen are;

  • Granite Countertops
  • Nice Kitchen Cabinets
  • Tiled Kitchen Backsplash
  • Stainless Steel Appliances

The appliances alone can cost a couple thousand dollars, and when you add in the granite, a tiled backsplash and new cabinets, most people break the bank. Can kitchen remodels be done with a lessor budget?

 

The answer is yes!  There a few different things you can do to save some money on your costly kitchen remodel.  Upgrade the look of your kitchen or bathroom with cabinetry from Loomis. Whether you’re completely redesigning your kitchen or bathroom, or simply need to replace dated and rundown cabinets, we offer a variety of custom cabinetry solutions to fit your unique needs.

Here at Loomis, it is our goal to provide you with nothing less than the highest quality cabinetry while staying within your specified budget. When you come to Loomis for your cabinetry needs, you get the following set of features that is unmatched by anyone else in the region:

  • Superior quality materials made only in North America
  • A guaranteed 3-4 week lead time from the factory to the distributor
  • A 24-step factory applied, baked on finish (not available anywhere else in California!)
  • An immaculate finish guaranteed to last for many years to come
  • The widest variety of cabinetry styles, finishes, and accessories

From improved functionality and increased storage space to innovative design and a touch of elegance, you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits when you take advantage of our cabinetry solutions.

Such benefits include:

  • Cabinetry that can stand the test of time, and still look brand new years after being installed
  • More efficient kitchen space
  • Increased storage space
  • Personalized service to ensure that your cabinetry needs are met, and your dreams are brought to life
  • Savings by ensuring that you stay within your budget

 

 

We also have great ideas on that kitchen backsplash, and other work-arounds to get you’re the kitchen of your dreams. So call us today!

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All your Questions Answered!

It’s common knowledge among real estate agents that “the kitchen sells the home.” And it makes sense – without realizing it, the kitchen may just be the most popular room in the house. It is where family members can be found eating together, socializing, and entertaining guests. It seems that whenever there is a party, everyone crowds together in the kitchen.

But for anyone who has ever had the displeasure of occupying one, there is nothing worse than a poorly designed kitchen – outdated or just plain ugly cabinets and appliances, wasted space, and overcrowded drawers and cupboards. It can make cooking a chore, and putting things away when you’re finished a nightmare.

And while it is true that kitchen and bathroom remodels are among the most profitable in terms of the return on investment when reselling the home, most people don’t update their kitchens for profit. Remodels, in general, are done for our personal enjoyment – to fit our tastes and lifestyles. After all, our homes are just as much an expression of ourselves as the clothes that we wear.

Designing a kitchen, whether for a new home or a remodel, basically comes down to two things – functionality and appearance. As one of the most dominant features in a kitchen, cabinets play an important role in both of these requirements. Simply replacing kitchen cabinets and countertops can make a tremendous difference in the overall appearance (and functionality) of the kitchen. And, with the many different cabinet styles, materials and finishes available today, the possibilities are practically endless. But, when it comes to choosing where to purchase cabinets, there is really only one choice.

Q. Do you have a showroom?
A. Yes, we are located in Rancho Cordova, California

Q. What is the warranty on your cabinets?
A. 10 year limited warranty on cabinets and a lifetime warranty on the hinges, drawer guides and boxes. This could give you piece of mind because small cabinet shops come and go.

Q. How long does it take to get cabinets?
A. Our lead time is 3 weeks, which is the best in the business.

Q. Do you charge for an estimate?
A. There is a design and measurement fee of $250.00. This is credited to your bill when the purchase has been made.

Q. How much do cabinets cost?
A. Cabinets are similar to cars in that the costs depend on the number of options, accessories, wood type, door style and finish.

Q. Which finishes are better?
A. Our finishes are catalyzed and heat treated, which offers better long term protection then lacquer finishes.

Q. Do I have to measure myself?
A. No, but we do ask you to come to our showroom to take a look at our products. If you like what you see and hear, we can set an appointment to measure.

Q. Do you sell granite or corian?
A. We sell a full range of Granite, Quartz, Solid Surface, and Formica.

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Why Cabinetry Should Be the Cornerstone of Your Kitchen Remodel

Your cabinets can make all the difference when it comes to transforming the look of your kitchen. That is why most remodeling experts will tell you that cabinetry is the most important element to focus on when redesigning your kitchen.

What makes kitchen cabinetry so important? Consider the following four reasons.

It’s One of the First Things People Notice

When you welcome family, friends or guests into your kitchen, your cabinetry is going to be the first thing they notice. For most adults, your kitchen cabinets will be at or around eye level, so naturally, they’ll be seen at first glance upon entering the kitchen.

First impressions are everything. With that being said, it doesn’t matter how extravagant the rest of your kitchen looks. If your cabinets are cheaply made, or simply look outdated, anybody who enters your kitchen is going to take notice.

Cabinetry Is the Foundation to Your Kitchen’s Appearance

From the color scheme of the kitchen to its overall theme and appearance, your cabinetry will dictate the look and feel of your kitchen. That’s why it’s so important to first look at the cabinetry options that you have before deciding on anything else. After all, it doesn’t matter how nice your countertops look if your cabinetry doesn’t blend well with them or the rest of the kitchen.

It Is Easier to Design and Build Based Around Your Cabinetry

Whether you are remodeling your kitchen all in one shot, or over the period of a few years, you’ll definitely want to start with the room’s cabinetry. The cabinetry is often called the cornerstone of backbone of the kitchen for good reason.

From planning the use of space in the kitchen to determining what kind of stone you want to use for your countertops, you’ll first need to have an idea as to the cabinetry you’re going to use before making any decisions. There’s no sense in installing a granite countertop on cabinetry that you intend to replace, or planning the kitchen floor design if you don’t know where the most essential component is going to be placed yet.

By choosing and installing your cabinetry first, everything else becomes a whole lot easier.

Functionality Is the Key to a Successful Kitchen Remodel

While appearance is important to consider when remodeling your kitchen, it is important not to lose sight of the kitchen’s main purpose. You’re going to need as much storage as possible without sacrificing floor or counter space. By choosing your cabinetry first, you’ll be able to do just that. You’ll have more options to choose from, which means you’ll be able to find cabinetry that not only looks great, but provides for the ultimate in storage efficiency.

If you’re thinking about installing new cabinetry in your home, contact Loomis today for a free quote.

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How to Choose the Right Style Cabinetry for Your Bathroom or Kitchen

You’ve decided that you’re ready to remodel your kitchen or bathroom. Whether you plan to remodel either room in one shot or over the course of a few years, you recognize that it is important to first start with the cabinetry. Once the cabinetry is installed, replacing and remodeling everything else becomes a whole lot easier.

With all that in mind, you feel fairly confident that you’re ready to go through with the remodeling, but you’re still stuck on one important point: how do you choose the ideal style of cabinetry for your bathroom or kitchen?

To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of tips to ensure that you choose cabinetry that is perfect for your dream kitchen or bathroom. If you’re still feeling uncertain after reading these how-to tips, give the remodeling experts at Loomis a call, and we’ll be happy to help you choose the right cabinetry for your remodel.

Research the Overall Look

The best thing that you can do to make choosing the right cabinetry easy is to do your research. Get to know all the different door styles and wood species commonly used for kitchen and bathroom cabinetry. By knowing that information, you’ll be able to get a better idea as to how your kitchen or bathroom will look when the remodel is complete.

In addition, read up on what kinds of cabinets are used in each room. Are you better off with deep cabinets in your kitchen or bathroom? What kinds of cabinets are ideal for your needs? The more you know about the cabinetry options available, the easier your decision will be to make.

Color Scheme

What type of cabinetry goes best with the color schemes you had in mind for your kitchen or bathroom? Will you need to stain your wood cabinets, or paint them? By having an idea as to which color schemes you prefer most for your kitchen or bathroom, you’ll be able to choose cabinetry that’s just right for your remodel.

Wood Species

Each wood species has its own nuances that lead it to be better suited for a particular look and style. From the hardness to the texture and tone, you’ll want to consider the various differences in each wood species, as well as which one is best for the look you’re going for in your dream kitchen or bathroom.

Door Styles

From arch to shaker to square, there are a variety of different door styles to consider when shopping for cabinetry. The door style you choose will likely influence the look of the rest of the kitchen. Get to know which door styles are available to you, and then choose the ones you like best. Once you do that, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices regarding which cabinet style is right for your needs.

Budget

Lastly, your budget is definitely an important factor to consider. If you are working with a limited budget, you may want to consider first upgrading your cabinetry, and then remodeling everything else down the road. The reason is simple: it’s best not to cut corners on your cabinets. Cabinetry is often considered the cornerstone of your kitchen and bathroom, and skimping on them when remodeling could prevent your kitchen or bathroom remodel from being a total success.

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5 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

Are you thinking about remodeling your bathroom, but you’re not entirely sure if and when you should do it? Whether you just bought a new home, you’re ready to sell your current home, or you want to give your home a fresh new look, you’ve most certainly considered a bathroom remodel.

In most circumstances, you can’t go wrong with transforming your bathroom into the functional yet peaceful paradise you’ve always wanted. However, if you’re on the fence about remodeling, the following five reasons should be enough to convince you to give your bathroom the transformation it needs:

1. Family Needs

As your family grows, the way your bathroom is used will likely change. That’s why it is often recommended that you remodel your bathroom as the dynamic of your family changes to accommodate any particular needs. If you need to add extra storage space, a bathtub, or a grab bar around the toilet and in the shower, remodeling your bathroom will make it easy to accommodate such changes.

2. Lifestyle Changes

Whether you’re a new empty nester, or you’ve recently started a high-stress job, a lifestyle change is the perfect reason to give your bathroom a new look. By remodeling your bathroom, you’ll be able to do the following to accommodate the unique needs that may have surfaced as a result of your lifestyle change:

• Increase or decrease the overall size of the bathroom
• Add, or make better use of cabinetry
• Add essential features required by your new lifestyle
• Change the overall ambience of the bathroom

3. Limited Space

Remodeling your bathroom allows you to deal with limited space in two specific ways:

• Increase the overall floor size of the bathroom
• Make better use of the available space

If your bathroom is disproportionately smaller than the rest of your home, then increasing its floor size makes the most sense. However, if you don’t have the extra room in your home to expand your bathroom, then making more efficient use of the space you have may be the best option. You may choose to replace your current cabinetry, or change the room’s floor plan. In either case, you’ll be able to increase the amount of space you have in your bathroom, regardless of your budget.

4. Mold and Mildew Issues

The presence of mold and mildew typically means that your bathroom is not controlling moisture how it should. Mold is particularly problematic, as it could cause health issues, and even damage the structure of your home. By remodeling, you’ll be able to remove the mold while improving the bathroom’s ability to control moisture and upgrading its construction.

5. Updating an Outdated Look

The fifth and final reason to remodel is purely for aesthetic reasons. If the look of your bathroom is outdated and doesn’t match the rest of your home, then it’s time for you to remodel it. Transforming the look of your bathroom will give more balance to your home, while giving you more reason to use it as the retreat you’ve always wished it would be.

It should be noted that we left out one other key reason. Remodeling your bathroom is also a great way to boost the resale value of your home. If you are planning on selling your home, or you’re flipping a home you recently acquired, you may be able to increase the amount you make from the sale by transforming the look of the bathrooms.

If any of these reasons matches your current situation, contact Loomis today to discuss how we can transform the look of your bathroom.

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