The Secret of a Successful Kitchen or Bath Remodel – Part 2
With so many moving parts there are likely to be a least a few hiccups.

The Secret of a Successful Kitchen or Bath Remodel – Part 2

You finally trudged through the weeds and its time to get started.  If not, you don’t want to miss our first post in this series on the kitchen or bath remodel process.

What’s next?  The first stage in the process was probably familiar and predictable.  The next stage can be very grey to someone on the outside.  With your savings and dreams on the line, being on the outside can be unsettling and stressful.  That is the last thing we want.  A quality kitchen and bathroom dealer should walk with their clients from start to finish because we believe that any renovation or remodel should be exciting and fun.

Acquiring the materials

After you order your materials it can take 4-6 weeks or longer for delivery.

Once you hire a firm or designer the next step is to sign the required documents and in most cases you will pay at least a portion of the estimate.  Once that is done things move rather slowly.  The order will be placed for your cabinetry and your hardware.  Once this order goes through it will take anywhere from 4-6 weeks for those materials to arrive.  During busy times of the year this timeline could be extended further.

Demolition

You can contract out your demolition or do it yourself to save a little money on your renovation project

You may have chosen to take on the dirty work of demolition, or you might have decided to pay your contractor or installation team to take on the project.  In either case, you will still need to prep for this step.  Ask your designer or contractor if you will need to move the appliances out of the kitchen.  You will need to make sure that you empty all of your belongings out of the space to make way for the existing items to come out.  Make sure that you place items you will still need in a place that is easy to access because once the show starts it might be hard to have to dig through everything looking for what you need.

Before demolition starts you will need to consider what to do with your existing cabinets.  You may want to check out our blog post about reusing your old cabinets and fixtures here.  If you are not going to be giving your items a new life then you may need to decide if you will need to get a roll off dumpster while you undergo this process.  The contractor or designer should be able to let you know what they would recommend doing.  You might also check with your trash company to see if they have an upcoming big trash day or if you can pay a little extra to have them haul it for you.  There are also dumpster bag options available but first make sure you will be able to meet the weight and size restrictions.

Be Prepared

With so many moving parts there are likely to be a least a few hiccups.

It’s the old boy scout rule to always be prepared.  Like most anything else, that motto will serve you well.  Remodeling is a very exciting time and it is amazing to watch as a dream goes from your mind’s eye, to paper, to actual tangible results.  Try and manage your expectations.  Like so many other things in life this process takes time.  It also requires that you make a mess before you see the fulfillment of your design.  Having flexibility throughout this process is going to help you better enjoy the crazy adventure.

When you take on even a “simple” remodel you are going down a path that consists of several moving parts.  In many cases these parts will move smoothly and work together as planned.  However, that is not always the case.  There will likely be some form of hiccup at some or maybe even all stages of this process.  Most trades that are involved in your project will do whatever they can to minimize delays and inconvenience when it is possible.  What is important here is to remember that this is a messy process and focus on the end result.  Everyone working on the project has the same end in their mind.  We all want to see the reality of your vision.

  • Order your supplies and materials

  • Begin or prepare for the demolition

  • Have a realistic expectation of progress and delays

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It’s All About Design Personality…. Or Is It?
With so many choices where do you start to find your design personality?

It’s All About Design Personality…. Or Is It?

With so many choices where do you start to find your design personality?

There is no escaping those “quick” quizzes that are will knock your socks off and tell you everything you never knew about yourself.  Maybe your friend took it and was so impressed that they “shared their results”.  Maybe, you took one once 5 years ago and now suddenly, it’s a suggested post.  Either way I decided to see how accurate these tests were.

A quick google search for Interior design personality quiz rendered more than 800,000 results in less than half a second (the speed here in itself is mind-blowing especially to someone who grew up using the library’s card catalog).  The first thing I wanted to test was if I could get the same result on multiple quizzes.  I completed 4 totally different quizzes.  Not only did I not get the same result, but they were all over the place.  So, that would probably lead you to believe that they are all bunk and ignore them (or maybe we already knew that but sometimes the quizzes help get you through the mid-day slump).

Results

Apartment Therapy

The first quiz that I took was on apartment therapy’s website.  It asked 7 questions and some of the questions you could admit you did not like anything that was presented.  My result here was the “Eclectic Collector”.  What does that mean exactly? Well, basically that means an unfocused lover of all things awesome.  There is a danger with this style that you will not look awesome so much as like a hoarder.  Watch out!

Bright colors and interesting design with no real focus except the wow factor.

Play Buzz

The next quiz I took was on Play buzz.  This one was 8 questions long and for the most part were more personality based than design related.  On this one my results were “traditional”.  So in a matter of minutes I went from an easy going eclectic collector to a carefully curated precise design personality.  Am I suddenly suffering from a serious case of multiple personalities?  Moving On.

Neutral colors, and the soft lines scream careful planing and traditional sense.

Esurance

No joke, the next quiz I took was on the esurance website.  You know the auto and home insurance provider.  I seriously doubt that they are a leading voice of interior design but I thought, “what the heck”.  This quiz was 7 questions long and like the previous one was more about personality than design. My result here was “Classic”.  Meaning neutrals and floral print all around.  But also comfort.

Warm colors and inviting textures send out an inviting classic feel.

HGTV

Finally, I took the quiz provided by HGTV.  If these guys aren’t the experts I am not sure who is exactly.  This quiz was 9 questions long and all design related.  My result here was “Cottage”.  Cottage design is cozy and comfortable but full or vibrant color.

Earth tones and a pop of color scream cozy cottage in the country.

Conclusion

After 4 quizzes I gave up trying to get the same style twice.  However, I did realize something.  It seems like the popular thought is not that these quizzes really peg a person and they are more just something to pass time or encourage the ever resilient and resourceful procrastinator.  I am not at all arguing that point but these 4 seemingly unrelated “design personalities” might not be so far apart and maybe they really do all have me pegged.

I am a lover of all things awesome and in my house you will find things from the think geek library to great artists.  Color abounds and I do like things to feel cozy. But I really stray away from some of the modern looking industrial furniture designs and would choose a wing back chair over a modern Marquee Arm Chair.  So, my conclusion which trust be is totally biased, is that maybe it takes multiple answers to uncover your true self.  Who knows maybe you will find out something brand new about yourself.

Take the quizzes for your self and share them with us on Facebook.

Take the Quizzes

www.apartmenttherapy.com/quiz-whats-your-home-decor-personality-235683

www.playbuzz.com/kelseys16/what-interior-design-style-should-your-home-be

blog.esurance.com/personality-quiz-whats-your-interior-design-style/

http://www.hgtv.com/quizzes/find-your-design-style-toast-your-good-taste

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The Secret of a Successful Kitchen or Bath Remodel Part One – Getting started
Creating a mood board will help keep your design focused.

The Secret of a Successful Kitchen or Bath Remodel Part One – Getting started

So, you have saved and dreamed for years and the time has finally come to make your dreams come true, and you are ready to take the plunge and start your kitchen or bathroom remodel.  Or, maybe you just purchased a home and got a great deal on it because it needed some love.  Either way the process is the same.  We all know the gist of how a remodel goes, but when the time actually comes to do it, the outlook and process might just be a bit overwhelming.  If you find yourself on the edge of the great unknown, I am here to give you the road map to help navigate the fun and exciting world of remodeling.

Set your goals

Get comfy and take your time planning your kitchen or bath remodel.

In today’s world, it is a lot easier to shop around and find the best deal.  Just like when you bought your home it will serve you well to make a list of wishes and must haves.  This will keep you focused on the task at hand and help you stay on track.  While your wishes are important it is also important to make sure you know what elements are must have items, and what elements you would love but could give up and still be happy.

Include tangible items such as the hardware finish and colors, but, also keep in mind some of the functionality pieces as well.  Is it important that your new cabinets have full extension drawers?  How about the ease of cleaning the surfaces?  Do you mind having a solid surface top that needs frequent maintenance or would you prefer to avoid that like the plague?

This all might sound daunting.  Maybe you have a vision in your mind but you don’t necessarily know how to articulate it.  Fear not!  Take some time out on Houzz to create an idea book.  Houzz is a website or app that is a lot like Pinterest but is focused on home design.  What is even greater here is that these idea boards can be shared with a designer so that they can get a better idea of what you are looking for and what gets you excited.

Know your Budget

No one wants to think about dollars and cents but it is essential for a successful remodel

It is so common to want to keep this little piece of information quiet when you are meeting with designers.  You know that they are trying to make a sale and you don’t want to be backed into a corner.  While that does tend to make good sense, this is not the time to be shy about your budget.  Many designers have products and services available to meet a large range of budgets it is hard for them to help you make choices and design suggestions that meet your must have items and your wish list without having an accurate budget.

When a designer knows exactly what you would love to see in your new space as well as what they must include to make the sale they are better able to meet those needs in a realistic way when they know what you need the bottom line to be.  If you don’t feel comfortable giving the exact number share a realistic range.

Your budget is not just the nuts and bolts of the project it is the main must have on most people’s lists.  A good designer should want to meet you where you are and still strive to create the space of your dreams.

Meet designers

Creating a mood board will help keep your design focused.

Now that you have a clear idea of your end game it is time to find a partner who can help you accomplish your goals.  There is certainly no shortage of options out there.  So how do you navigate the sea of kitchen and bathroom firms?  This is a big investment, and you are trusting someone with your dream.  Ask around and get referrals from folks who have already been on this adventure.  Houzz is also another great place to learn about the professionals in your area.

Once you narrow down the field a bit call and schedule a time to come to the show room and meet the designers.  It is helpful to meet for the first time in the show room so you can get hands on experience with the products available.  This will allow you to get to know the designer, firm and choose the materials you would like in your new space.  Make sure that you bring in a rough lay out of your space and measurements.  After this meeting your designer will be able to give you an initial estimate.

Bring in color samples or photo inspiration (or share your idea board on Houzz).  This will help you and the designer choose the materials that will bring your vision to life and help you.  The designer will be able to narrow down the seemingly endless options to a more manageable selection, and make suggestions that maintain the integrity of your idea.

Pick your partner

Your designer should feel like your partner. This is after all your remodel and you have to live with the outcome.

Some things to consider aside from cost when making the final decision on who you want to design and implement your project include the value of what they are quoting, quality of the product, how well it matches that list you made in the beginning.

One way that a firm might be able to come in with a lower estimate is by contracting out the installation.  Sometimes they provide the contractors and sometimes they will leave finding an installer to you. This is very important to consider.  If you do have to hire an outside contractor that will also cost you money, so that firm might not actually be the cheapest.

Internal process of the firm is also important.  Continuity for communication sake is often a huge selling point but this might add a little more to the bottom line.  Is the seamless communication worth a little more money? You better believe it.  Any renovation or remodel project has several moving parts and each part will dictate how other parts move.  Having to keep track of all the different contacts and information can be a full-time job all on its own.  If you have one person who makes sure all the parts are working well together you can spend your focus and energy on other more exciting aspects of your project.

You Have Successfully Started this adventure!

Pat yourself on the back.  This is a huge part or the process and sets the tone for the rest of your remodel.  Relax before the real fun starts.

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Spring is in the air and Earth day is coming up.  It doesn’t seem like remodeling and green go hand in hand but that doesn’t have to be the case. I’m serious you can love our planet and still be eco-friendly.  Whether it is making sure you use materials that are “green” or finding new ways to use the old things.  Here are some of our favorite ways to reuse and repurpose items from a kitchen or bath renovation.

Donate your old stuff to your local ReStore

ReStore is the home improvement store that benefits Habitat for Humanity. You can donate everything from appliances and cabinets to furniture and building supplies. This doesn’t just keep your old items out of the landfill it helps support an organization that helps get people all over the country into homes.

Garage Organization

Use old cabinets to organize and bring new life to your garage.

While dated cabinets can drain equity in your home adding them to the garage will increase your home’s value.  The garage doesn’t necessarily need to be on trend but any buyer who sees the storage and organization potential will do flips. They won’t care if the cabinets are from 1970 they will just be excited to have the storage space.

All about the doors

So maybe you just replaced the doors and so adding storage to the garage is off the table.  That doesn’t mean that you can’t repurpose those doors.  A quick search on Pinterest will render a ton of great ideas for those old doors.

Frame your memories like this one from Duke and Duchesses

 

Or add some elegance to your new spa retreat like this one from crafty nest

Plant something

 You can get a twofer here.  Use old cabinets, sinks, or even a toilet as a planter.  Take a look at these gems.

Join the conversation on Facebook tell us how you will be celebrating our planet on Earth Day.

Sweat equity season is here!

Sweat equity season is here!

Hurry, take a sigh of relief.  Tax season is almost over and now you can breathe. If you are one of the lucky Americans anxiously awaiting a refund you can start planning on how to spend that money.  Consider Sweat Equity.

Our parents always told us its best to invest, right?  That is hard to do when you come off of the holiday season and head straight into tax season.  You want to do something for yourself, am I right?  Well, there is a way to “have your cake and eat it too”.

As a homeowner you are sitting on a huge investment opportunity.  A basic kitchen or bathroom remodel can bring more than 100% return on investment when it comes time to sell.

So, whether you are thinking of upgrading, downsizing or just creating a space you can relax and enjoy here are some things to consider before you start making improvements to everyones 2 favorite rooms.

What is your end game?

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If you are looking at sprucing up your space for resale you might want to consider what your ideal buyer would want. Try and anticipate their wish list.  Will they be looking storage, functionality, or the latest trends?

On the other hand, if you are trying to build that sweat equity, but plan on staying put for a while, then you need to decide what matters to you. Make your design your own dream come true.

Make sure that your sweat equity will matter to the one living with it. The take away here is that the value is certainly in the eye of the beholder.  So make sure you ask who are the beholders going to be and what will speak to them.

DIY or hire the pros?

So last night you sat down and binge watched your favorite DIY Network show and you are ready to become the house flipping champion.  Well, while there are plenty of ways to DIY your sweat equity, kitchens and bathrooms might not be the place to start.   You want to make sure that they look perfect.  That is why it is best to spend a little extra on them and hire the professionals to take on this challenge.

Just because you hire the pros doesn’t mean that there is nothing you can do. Consider doing the demo yourself.  This will save you some cost in labor fees.  Maybe you really don’t want to get that dirty, try your hand at being the interior designer dreams are made of and find or create pieces to stage the space and add your own personality.

Remember this is an investment so you need to make sure that you do not lose out on the potential by cutting corners.

Big Box vs. Custom

Beautiful Bertch Cabinets in Black Hawk, Colorado master bedroom. Custom designed to encase the gas fireplace.I know how hard it is to wait on something perfect in a big box world, but in remodeling you have to choose between exactly what you dreamed of, and almost what you were looking for.  Sure you can walk into any number of “big box stores” and find almost the perfect look. In many cases you can do it on your own time and even get the pros to install it for a fee. This might work in a pinch but almost always comes with buyer’s remorse and if you have problems or need help after the job is done who do you even call?

Then there is always that mortifying moment when you realize every home on the block has the same kitchen.  Suddenly you feel like your beautiful new space is some cookie cutter design.  Is it even sweat equity if everyone else has the same stuff?

If you choose the other option and visit a custom kitchen and bathroom provider, they have time to really get to know you and your vision.  They will be able to help you find the picture perfect design for you and your budget.

In most cases they will perform a field visit and physically see and measure your space.  They will handle the ordering and installation scheduling.  If you have questions or if there is a problem you will know exactly who to call.  Most importantly they will know you and the project.  There is value here; even if the value is simply your sanity, and let’s face it, sanity is a precious commodity.

Manage your expectations  

While we are talking about sanity, remember to manage your expectations and plan accordingly when taking on any home renovation project.

Remodeling comes with mess and a splash of chaos.  If you have a designer, they should be a key part in ensuring the chaos is organized and they should also be doing everything they can to help things stay on track.  Realistic expectations are imperative to your peace.

Remodeling will not happen overnight. I know, I know you think I am crazy, you have seen it happen on TV a million times, it takes an hour to completely remodel a kitchen, right?  Unfortunately, it is hard to remember that reality TV in many ways lacks the reality component.

You need to have a plan for eating while you are without your kitchen. If you are remodeling your bathroom make sure that you have another to use during the process.  It might sound like common sense but it is so easy to forget the details when you are keeping your eye on the prize.

If you go into a renovation with the logistics in the back of your mind you will feel much less inconvenienced and the stress component will be diminished.

Its not called “sweat equity” because it is easy.

Speak Up

Also, Construction of any kind is loud, messy, and invasive.  If you have small children, pets, allergies or any other concern about the messy truth of a remodel, talking to your designer in the beginning will go a long way.  It is a lot easier to know that a homeowner is concerned about something beforehand so that plans to mitigate the concern can be made.

Whatever you do, don’t wait until you are miserable and angry, that is a lot harder to fix.  Designers and installers do their best to keep the invasive nature of a remodel in control but knowing that you need the house quiet during nap time or that they need to be extra careful about dust or odors will help them to help you.

Trust me, installers do not enjoy their job as much if they feel like an inconvenience.  Everyone is on your team and they want this to be a happy and exciting time for you.

When scheduling a remodel, consider your schedule when making the plans.  If you always host grandma’s birthday and it is in 2 weeks maybe having the kitchen remodeled the week of the big day is a bad idea.  Not only does that add unnecessary stress on you it doesn’t allow for any hiccups.  In a perfect world the remodel will happen in a timely manner with no major issues but in any project with lots of moving parts there will likely be delays.

If you have any upcoming events that you need to accommodate make sure you discuss them in your design meeting.  The designer will know what their team can accomplish and what a healthy timeline will look like.

Enjoy the spoils of Your Sweat Equity

Kitchen update with Medallion Silverline cabinets and quartz counters.

This is the best part for any designer or installation team: the end result.  Good designers understand that you are entrusting them with your vision and dream, but also, in many cases a huge piece of your savings.

While the process might be hairy and stressful, the rewards are endless.  Think of your designer as your voice.  If you have questions or concerns speak up.  They truly get rewarded when their client’s dreams finally come to fruition.

So when it’s all said and done you have followed your parent’s advice and invested, but you have also given yourself a gift, so relax and soak in your new spa or cook up a great meal for family and friends.

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Houzz Award Recipient 2017

Houzz Award Recipient 2017

 

Columbine Kitchen and Bath of Castle Rock, CO

Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

 

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,

Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

January 19, 2017Columbine Kitchen and Bath of Castle Rock, CO has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The kitchen and bath design company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

 

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Columbine Kitchen and Bath,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

 

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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Residential Kitchen and Bath Designer Needed

Residential Kitchen and Bath Designer Needed

Great Opportunity With a Great Company!

Columbine Kitchen and Bath, located in downtown Castle Rock, CO is looking to hire a part-time to full-time Residential Kitchen and Bath designer. Click here for a full description of the position and to contact us for more information.