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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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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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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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5 Key Elements to Your Dream Bathroom

As you prepare for your bathroom remodel, you’ve most likely started to think of how you want your new bathroom to look and what features you want it to have. From color scheme to the type of tub or shower you want, you’ve got the basic components worked out – but what else do you need to think about to make sure you get the relaxing retreat you’ve always wanted?

We’ve compiled a list of five elements that many design experts cite as being key to transforming your bathroom into the serene sanctuary of your dreams.

1. Efficient Cabinetry

The success of your bathroom remodel is often dictated by the cabinetry installed. While more storage space is usually a good thing – too much storage can quickly overwhelm your bathroom. By carefully choosing the right style and layout of cabinetry, you’ll be able to get more than enough room for storage without having your bathroom cabinets dominate the room.

2. Minimizing Clutter

Your bathroom is supposed to be an area where you can go to relax – not to trigger a claustrophobic episode. Less clutter means more open space, which is ideal for a true bathroom retreat. To help cut down on clutter, make sure you’re using your cabinetry as efficiently as possible while rethinking all the non-essentials that you thought you might get some use out of while in the bathroom.

3. Relaxing Entertainment

You want your bathroom to be a relaxing and peaceful retreat – so why not add some relaxing entertainment to set the vibe? Whether it’s music, television, or simply reading your favorite novel, there are many ways to incorporate such forms of entertainment in your remodeled bathroom.

4. A Lighting Plan

There is no feature more important than lighting when it comes to setting the mood of a room. Your bathroom lighting should be able to satisfy three essential needs:

• Task lighting (for makeup application)
• Ambient lighting (to better set the mood for relaxation)
• Night lighting (to ensure that you’re not trying to find the toilet or sink in the dark)

5. Effective Use of Space

From the cabinetry to the walking areas, your dream bathroom should maximize the amount of space available. After all, there’s nothing relaxing about having to step over clutter or feeling cramped while using the toilet or putting on makeup. By effectively using the space in your bathroom, you’ll be able to make sure that you’ll have all the features you want without overwhelming the room.

Are you ready to remodel your bathroom and transform it into the escape of your dreams? The remodeling experts at Loomis can help. Contact us today to get a free quote.

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4 New Bathroom Remodel Trends

From a peaceful retreat to an escape for relaxing entertainment, the bathroom has gone far beyond its original practical purpose. As you look to remodel and transform the look of your bathroom, you may want to consider the following four new trends that will enhance its look and functionality.

1. Vertical Storage

Open space is an essential component to the relaxing bathroom environment that you want. However, having adequate storage space is also necessary to avoid clutter. In order to get the best of both worlds, more people are opting for vertical storage options in their bathroom.

This style of cabinetry is the ultimate in efficiency, as it allows you to get the storage space you need while maximizing your overall floor space. Not only will you have more space, but you’ll have easier access to your items.

Whether your bathroom is large or small in size, vertical storage allows you to enjoy more open space, thus making your bathroom look larger than it actually is.

2. Multiple Vanities

This trend certainly isn’t new, but it’s definitely on its way back. More homeowners are asking for his or her sinks than ever before. With multiple vanities, each individual can personalize their own bathroom space.

Multiple vanities are perfect for those with large bathrooms where more than one person may need access to the bathroom at the same time. They allow for each individual to have their own private space and storage.

One new trend with dual or multiple vanities is that homeowners are opting for different styled sinks for each vanity. This trend helps to provide a unique touch, and to further personalize each space in the bathroom.

3. High Quality Tiles

While the cabinetry is often considered the most important element to the look of the bathroom, the tiling is not far behind. As more homeowners look to establish a relaxing ambience and a stylish look to their bathrooms, tiling is becoming an even larger focus during the remodel process.

No longer are homeowners opting for linoleum or glazed tiles. Instead, they are choosing porcelain or stone tiles to give the bathroom an appearance of added warmth. This style of tiling is more visually appealing than linoleum or glazed tiles, and does not cost nearly as much as imported marble.

4. Entertainment Items

One particularly interesting trend that seems to be catching on is the idea of turning the bathroom into an entertainment area of sorts. Magazines are being replaced with small flat screen TVs, as the bathroom almost becomes an extension of the den.

With the installation of small TVs on the walls or in the mirror, it gives your family something to do while they take a bath in the tub. In some bathrooms, the TVs are located in such a way that they aren’t seen unless they are turned on. That gives them an inconspicuous look and still maintains the idea of the bathroom as a relaxing getaway for those that have no interest in watching TV.

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