One of the biggest trends in kitchen design right now is the rise of the island. Providing extra prep or social space, islands are also a great place to add some extra design flair and functionality.
Often, an island is the first thing you see when you walk in the kitchen, so it’s a great statement piece that deserves a little extra thought and consideration when you’re remodeling your kitchen. It’s also a high use area that will get a lot of attention whether you’re cooking or just hanging out. So let’s go over some of what goes into the ideal island, and how you can get the most out of yours.
In a perfect world where nothing goes wrong, all the materials show up on time, and there are no delays with city permits or your condo board, a kitchen remodel can be done in about 3 weeks. But this is the real world, and the average timeline ends up being a few months. Sometimes tiles are broken in transit or your building’s elevator is reserved for people moving for the next few weeks. The granite countertop of your dreams might not be in stock for months, and the cabinet makers might be especially busy this time of year.
They say that when it comes to the triangle of price, speed, and quality, you can only choose two. At 123 Remodeling, we prioritize quality over everything else, so this week we’re having a conversation about how to manage your timeline expectations. Here are a few things you should plan to encounter that’ll slow your work down, and some suggestions to counteract them.
Designed by our newest Project Manager, Kira Obermeier, this guest suite in Chicago’s River North neighborhood…
In the last decade, as the country recovers from the 2008 crash of the real estate market, resale value has been at the front of homeowning minds looking to make renovations. If you’re planning to sell your house in the next 2-5 years, you might start looking at your options for increasing that resale value. But where should you start? Maybe a fresh coat of paint on the exterior? Some new trim and landscaping? Those will make a good first impression, but once potential buyers come in, the kitchen is very likely to be the room that gets the most attention.
People are spending more time in kitchens than ever, between having smaller homes with fewer social spaces, and the rise of Foodie culture, kitchens are the stars of the housing market. Not to mention that kitchen updates yield a 60-85% return on investment. But, more importantly, a great kitchen helps a house sell that much faster. So what are some simple changes for making your kitchen more appealing to buyers?
I schedule more bathroom remodels than any other project. I also spend more time on houzz helping people fix problems in their bathroom remodels than on anything else. When it comes to bathrooms, they’re deceptively tricky. What seems like just a sink, toilet, and shower has so much going on beneath the surface. Not to mention everything that goes into properly laying tile or choosing the right lighting for a powder room versus a master bath. So to help you plan and prepare for your imminent projects, I’ve put together a list of helpful tips to make your bathroom remodel go as smoothly as possible.
If you’re looking to refresh your place this year, I have just the thing. Every year, all the big paint manufacturers choose a few colors which they expect to be the major trends for the year, or which they hope will set the tone for current designs. Ranging from your safe neutrals to bold color, you have a lot to choose from in this year’s group.
I know you saw that title and cringed a bit. But listen, wallpaper is making a huge comeback. Even our friends at HGTV are talking about it. What was once an outdated, labor-intensive design element has become something you can do in a weekend. And while paint is never going out of style, there are some things it just can’t do – especially not at wallpaper prices. So let’s take a journey through some of the options you have in 2017. If you’re particularly inspired by anything here, just click the pictures to see where you can get the look.
Whether you work in an office or from your desk at home, manage a few dozen employees or an Etsy shop, it’s vital to create a productive work space. You want to minimize distractions, but without it feeling like a prison cell. You want to encourage collaboration, but without sacrificing individual performance. There are loads of variables to consider, and it can seem really overwhelming. Don’t worry though, because I have a helpful list to get you started. I even brought science to back it up.