Home Remodeling In Michigan

Remodeling Bathroom, Kitchens and More

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Are You Really Ready for a Bathroom Remodel?

Everyone wants a place to come home to and have complete relaxation from our stressful and hectic day to day lives. When thinking of the perfect place for this, often people think about their bathrooms where they can take a peaceful bath or a place to maintains ones beauty and overall well being. No matter the size of your bathroom project, it can take a lot of time and research to achieve a successful renovation.  Before you jump head first into your bathroom upgrade, there is many of questions to ask yourself.  The main point to start with is always your budget. Bathroom remodels can vary greatly on pricing and a average price tag of $20,420 but it all depends on which bells and whistles you include in your overall design. Another important aspect to consider is hiring a professional/ licensed contractor that specializes in bathroom designs. This will not only make the process go quicker but save you lots of frustration and even more money since a contractor will know which elements you can save money on and which ones are worth the extra costs. To read more about “questions to ask yourself before starting a bathroom renovation this article has many helpful tips.

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Kitchens Designed With Your Family In Mind

There are many pieces that have to work together when remodeling a kitchen space.  When we meet with homeowners who are looking to overhaul the look of their kitchens, we often find they overlook some very important concepts.  It is easy to get caught up in the materials and the idea of newness that they overlook the importance of key elements like the flow of the space.  Before meeting with a kitchen contractor check out this article that we found in Woodworking Network, “10 overlooked kitchen remodeling details”.  At JFC Remodeling we focus on all aspects of kitchen remodeling from initial design to finished details.  We guide clients through the process to ensure common design elements aren’t overlooked to make sure your space is perfect!

Kitchen Organization When Remodeling Is Not An Option Provides Optimum Flow

As we are cleaning our homes this spring many of us will be looking for ways to increase functionality in our spaces, especially in our kitchens.  If a kitchen remodel isn’t in your future, organizing the existing space to optimize the flow is your next best bet for enhancing the purpose of the space.  Optimal flow comes from creating usable space.  It can be a little overwhelming at first, but the results will create a kitchen that is flows at peak capacity.

 

Don’t think you need to empty out your entire kitchen and start from scratch.  All that will do is make the process seem impossible.  Small changes overtime will create a kitchen space that is optimal for day to day life and family gatherings.

 

Tips to Improve the Flow of Your Kitchen 

 

  • Incorporate Baskets and Wire Holders

 

Any type of basket or holder that keeps things in one space make a space more organized.  Labeled baskets for fruits and vegetables that don’t have to live in the refrigerator are practical and stylish.  Kitchens are often the central gathering location for kids and homework.  Having a basket labeled for each of your children stored under a kitchen island are not only aesthetically pleasing they are practical for keeping homework centrally located.  Baskets are fun and functional.

 

  • Charging Stations

 

Creating a single spot where electronics can be charged prevents counter clutter.  Charging stations can be installed inside a drawer with the installation of a smart drawer.  Ports are now sold specifically for this purpose however a simple power strip with USB ports can be used as well.  Using a drill, you will want to put a hole in the back of the drawer.  Thread the electrical end of the power strip out the back and plug it into your electrical outlet.  Using Velcro attach the back of the power strip to the back of the drawer.  It’s really that simple to remove the clutter of charging electronics from your counter. 

 

  • Spice Rack

 

It is no longer optimal to use valuable counter space to house a bulky spice rack.  Organizing spices can be done in a number of ways.  If you have unlimited kitchen drawers, creating a spice drawer using tightly sealed spice containers creates easy access to spices.  Another popular option is to install a hanging wire racks attached to an upper cabinet door to neatly store spices.  Adding magnets to the back of spice containers allows for simple storage of spices on the side of a refrigerator.  There are a number of ways that homeowners can replace those bulky spice racks for smaller space savers. 

 

  • Baking Cabinet

 

For bakers having a space dedicated to baking supplies is super helpful to increasing the function of your space.  These items are used frequently and thus should be organized and accessible. Turning a cabinet into a space that houses everything you needs is made easy with the installation of key hooks.  These hooks store measuring cups and spoons without taking up valuable “floor” space in the cabinet.  Mixing accessories can also be hung on hooks to keep them up off the base of the counter.  Stack mixing bowls so that smaller bowls nestle into larger ones.  Standing mixers can be accommodated by moving the shelf upward.  This space will be a favorite for the bakers in your house.

 

  • Pantry

 

Pantry shelves are often cluttered and there is not a lot of organization going on, but it doesn’t have to be.  With the addition of a few lazy susans, labeled wicker baskets, wire baskets, and clear containers, your pantry can be transformed.  Salad toppings, snacks, and more can all be grouped together and placed in a labeled wicker basket.  If you are preparing a salad you can simply remove the basket with salad toppings.  If the kids are looking for a snack instead of rummaging through granola boxes the snacks are all in one spot.  Wire baskets allow for easy can storage and allow you to see what is in each basket.  Lazy susans allow you to make use of the corner space in a pantry where you can organize oils, syrup, peanut butter, and items that need to stand. 

 

Small appliances can also easily be stored in the pantry now because you have space now that the clutter is eliminated.  Don’t forget the floor also has purpose.  Using plastic show mats is a great way to protect your floor.  By putting small felt pads on the bottom mats can easily be moved about as well. 

 

  • Under the Sink Organization

 

Small plastic baskets, hooks, and a tension rod can transform the space under your sink.  If you are like so many of us, finding the spray you need is like wading through a trench.  The spray you need is always in the back and is only able to be accessed by removing everything else.  Installing a tension rod allows you to hang sprays for easy access.  Kitchen brushes can be hung by installing small hooks and baskets can be used to separate and organize extra sponges, plastic gloves, and additional cleaning supplies.  Baskets are easy to remove so there is never a need to remove everything to get the one chemical you need.

 

Even without remodeling your kitchen you can create a flow that is practical and improves the functionality of the space.  Simple changes to the way we use the space can completely transform any kitchen.

 

JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan.  Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services.  More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/.

Popular Spring Renovations For Your Home

It is FINALLY that time of the year, homeowners come out of hibernation and start the renovations they have been planning for all winter long.  Here we will examine the spring home improvement projects that will bring you the biggest bang for your buck while increasing function and aesthetics.

 

Kitchen Renovations

 

Let’s start with the kitchen!  Most homeowners hear the phrase kitchen remodeling and immediately rule it out because they think it is going to cost and arm and a leg.  This doesn’t have to be the case.  With the help of a local contractor your kitchen can be transformed from ordinary to extraordinary.  You don’t have to completely gut your kitchen to change the way it looks or functions.  Simple changes such as adding a touch of color to the cabinets, new hardware, and updated appliances can make a huge difference.

 

Updated Flooring

 

Spring is the perfect time to think about updating the flooring in your home.  Hardwood flooring is a popular choice for homeowners because it withstands the test of time.  The most common rooms in a home to replace carpet for hardwood include kitchens and dining rooms.  Carpeted bathrooms are often undesirable however wood flooring isn’t necessarily a good choice.  For bathrooms homeowners often choose ceramic or stone tile because it is durable and can withstand the moisture that is present in bathrooms.

 

Fresh Paint

 

The warmer weather presents a perfect environment for painting the interior and exterior of your home.  Spring is neither hot nor cold which makes it the perfect season to add some color to your home with a fresh coat of paint.  Paint totally changes the entire look of a room.  Changing the color of your homes exterior not only changes the look of your home, it adds to the aesthetics of the entire landscape.

 

Existing Decking

 

Deck and porch areas are best treated in the spring as well.  It is important to do a full inspection of the decking materials.  All loose and rotting boards should be replaced.  After this has been done it is time to clean the deck thoroughly which then allows stain and water preventative from adhering properly.  The same process should be followed when updating painted areas on the deck and porch. 

 

Deck Installation

 

Installing a new deck is also best done during in the spring.  Once the ground has thawed and footings can be placed a deck can be constructed.  Adding a deck to your home increases your living space.   Deck installation is not always simple.  This is especially true for raised decks or decks with multiple levels.  Hiring a contractor can turn a project that will take you a full month of weekends into a two- or three-day process which is most often the case with home improvement projects.

 

JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan.  Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services.  More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/.

Spring Benefits in Home Improvement

After months of cold weather that has left us stranded inside our homes, we all have a list of improvements we would like to see done on our homes.  It is easy to find all of the imperfections, big and small, throughout your home when there is nothing else to focus on.  With spring finally around the corner, it is the perfect time to reach out to professional contractors to start crossing off items on your renovation list.  Here’s why:

 

You Can Use Your Tax Return

 

Many Americans have recently filed their taxes and are expecting a return from the IRS.  Without an action plan most tax return checks dwindle away on unplanned expenses.  Instead of letting that money get eaten up by nonsense put the money to good use and invest in your home.  By directing the money towards a renovation that you can enjoy for years to come you won’t spend the next year wondering where the money from your tax return was wasted. 

 

You Will Be Prepared for The Summer Selling Season

 

A popular time of the year to purchase a home is between the spring and summer.  If you are thinking about selling your home soon then it is crucial to plan for it and start to prepare.  Little updates around your home can substantially increase the value of your home and the speed at which it sells.  Now is the time to make a game plan and renovate where it counts.

 

Good Weather Keeps Projects on Task

 

Without the snow and ice getting in the way remodeling projects tend to stick to their schedule.  There are fewer disruptions in transit with better weather, so materials arrive on time and are ready to go as needed.  Projects tend to take longer during extreme temperatures both hot and cold.  Spring is the perfect time for completing a renovation project within the scheduled allotment of time.

 

Contractor Availability

 

The fact is that contractors have more availability in the spring.  Contractors are notoriously busy during the summer, in fact booking months in advance for prime summer spots.  The sooner you meet with a contractor and get your project on the books the more likely it is that you will have more than one contractor to choose from during the available time frame you are hoping to work within.

 

The contractors at Jason Foldenauer Construction are ready this spring to offer you a free in-home consultation to get started on your list of home remodeling projects.  Let us help you get your project up off the ground today!

 

JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan.  Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services.  More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/.

Key Elements To Consider When Deciding On A Home Renovation

Have you started to become flustered by the lack of space or look of your home?  Have you been working with a realtor to find a new home and haven’t been able to find your dream house?  Maybe you are just about ready to sell but your house needs a few updates? No matter the reason, there area options for homeowners looking to hire a professional home contractor when looking into options for updating and modifying their homes to fit their current needs.

Lots of renovations start because your family changes and the layout of the home is not working for you any longer.  Lots of renovations start in one room and then leak into other parts of the house.   Before you know it, you are looking at remodeling your whole house. Obviously, this turns a project that should be easily handled into a great undertaking.

There are a number of decisions that need to be made in any renovation.  Choices need to be made considering the budget, the purpose of the renovation, materials to be used, and so much more. Remodeling your home is an investment that should always be done in a manner that increases the value of your home. That is why having a plan in place prior to starting any renovation is important. 

Any renovation, big or small, should never start because of an idea that jumps into your head one afternoon or a solid Pinterest idea.  There is too much to consider and often ends up leading to mid-project changes.  In remodeling it is crucial to have a plan that allows you to think out every step leading you to improvements in your space.  A well thought-out, well researched renovation requires a plan. 

In order to know what you want it is important to have a vision.  You can determine a lot by looking through magazines, websites, and home improvement stores for ideas. Homeowners have their own desires for what they want from their renovations.  Consider the layout of the home as well as how the space functions.  Make a list of your must haves when creating a definitive plan for your renovation.

The size of the space is also important when considering your renovation.  Are you remodeling a room, a few rooms, or the whole house?  Are you going to add the square footage of the home by adding on or are you renovating within the space you currently have?  These decisions will need to take into consideration of the budget.

Along with the above, consider the style and design of the other room within the house when merging the décor of your renovation.  When hiring a contractor consider their ideas and suggestions.  Local contractors also have industry connections which can help ensure the project stays on a proper time line.  Hiring sub-contractors, plumbers, electricians, and carpenters is simpler when working in conjunction with a contractor that you trust.

JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan.  Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services.  More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/.

Common Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Renovation

Kitchen and bathroom renovations are the most popular for homeowners looking to update rooms in their homes.  The one issue that arises with many home improvements is that homeowners jump right into them without planning which just ends up dragging out the renovation process as issues arise. It is a good idea to start with a plan of action and enlist the assistance of a professional contractor to ensure your project becomes a reality.  Below is a list of common mistakes that are found to delay or even ruin your renovation.

Excess Bargaining

There are some areas in life where bargaining can ensure a great deal however updates in your home is not one of them.  It is true, you get what you pay for especially in the materials that you choose to use in your renovations.  If you are doing a full-on bathroom or kitchen renovation it is necessary to spend the money and invest in good quality products and contractors.  It is money that you won’t regret spending.

Forgetting About Your Budget

Create a budget and stick to it when planning out any renovation.  Bathroom and kitchen renovations can quickly run over budget.  It is important not to lose site of your budget.  It is easier to do this when you have determined a realistic budget to begin with.  Don’t start your renovation with just a sketch of what you hope to achieve instead get a solid visualization of what you desire, and the costs involved when deciding on a realistic budget. If you don’t have the funds set aside for the renovation and materials, you desire you will know this before your kitchen or bathroom is in shambles.

The Unexpected

There are a number of elements within a renovation.  There will be times in which the most experienced contractor runs into an issue that they didn’t previously see becoming a problem.  In a bathroom this could consist of rotting floor boards under the tub, in a kitchen it could be something such as the electrical needing updates to accommodate new appliances.  Whatever the issue it is important that you have the wiggle room in your budget to accommodate it.  It is extremely rare in any renovation let alone one with so many pieces working in conjunction with one another as is the case in bathroom and kitchens, that everything goes as predicted.

Getting Derailed

We all want our renovations to turn out perfect however even though we have a design stuck in our heads it is important to realize that things will not always go as planned.  Sometimes renovations run into issues when materials are on order.  If the perfect tile becomes backordered and when they will become available is a mystery, it may be time to consider other avenues, so you don’t go an undermined time without use of the space. 

Over Renovating

Yes, we want what we want but it is important that we don’t out price our home by over renovating.  This concept is simple, starter homes don’t often have kitchens designed for a professional chef.  These kitchens alone would cost the same as most starter homes.  Consider the average cost of homes within your area and make sure your renovations keep your home within the range.  Buyers won’t spend extra on a home that the area dictates should be at most $200,000 no matter how upgraded the spaces are within it.

JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan.  Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services.  More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/

High-Tech, Low-Maintenance Bathroom and Kitchen Trends For 2019

Today’s kitchen and bathroom designs look much different than they once did.  Long gone are the days of bright colored kitchen accessories and appliances and utensils that serve only one purpose.  We have trades yellows, oranges, and greens in for white, gray, and stainless steel.  Now-a-days everything is about simplicity and function.  Homeowners are looking to create spaces that are organized, uncluttered, and tranquil. 

There is nothing new to the white and gray color trend that is upon us.  In remodeling and new construction both, the peace and calm that comes with this color combination makes it attractive.  This isn’t the only trend that seems to be highly identifiable throughout the construction industry. 

Another trend that seems to be picking up speed is the ability to customize their homes and the spaces within them without dating them.  Flexibility in decorating has become important.  Homeowners want the ability to switch a few elements and create a completely different space without the expense of a complete room renovation.  This allows homeowners to keep up with the latest trends without the costs of remodeling year in and year out.

In 2019, trends, updates, and modifications in bathroom and kitchen designs come from innovations in technology and the desire for easy, low-maintenance living.  When working with your contractor on the design of your kitchen and/or bathroom renovation consider the following.

The Latest Luxuries to Consider in Bathroom Renovation Design

Smart Toilets:

Technology has improved lots of features in the home including the most basic feature, your toilet.  New toilet models have advanced features that make bathroom maintenance minimal.  Smart toilet models have built-in features including bidets, self-cleaning functions, and night lights.  How great is it to have a toilet that does not need to be deep cleaned on a regular basis?  Don’t be surprised when your contractor asks you if you want a toilet seat that is adjustable or one that will warm your bottom!

Barn Doors:

Rustic and industrial-chic features have been a part of remodeling for years now.  Using barn doors is an efficient way homeowner can gain access to a room or closet without having to make room for the door to swing open and closed.  Barn doors are used a lot in universal design because of the safety mechanisms that they can be fitted with to prevent locking from the outside. 

Free- Standing Tubs:

Bathroom spaces are bigger than ever before.  With more floor space comes the ability to add luxury.  One of these luxuries is large, free-standing bathtubs.  Most stand-alone tubs are large enough that users can actually soak their entire bodies in them, including their knees.  This luxury is something that homeowners are embracing.  Not only are large bathtubs popular in remodeling but so are larger showers with an abundance of faucets and not just the one overhead. 

Mixing Materials:

There is a lot of room for originality even when homeowners choose to stick with a neutral gray and white color scheme in the kitchen and bath.  The mixing of different tiles including porcelain, stone, ceramic, and glass tiles are being mixed to create appeal.  Different textures add charm even if they are in the same color palate. 

Voice Controlled Technology:

Homes are being renovated to include all types of smart technology.  Your toilet isn’t the only thing that can light up and clean it-self. Without ever touching a button, homeowners have the ability to adjust the lighting in their smart mirrors, increase the temperature of the water coming out of the faucet, increase the volume of the television and stereo as well as changing the lighting.  Imagine being able to control the radio station without leaving the shower.

JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan.  Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services.  More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/.

What Homeowners Need to Do Before Renovations Begin

Remodeling a home can be quite an adventure if homeowners don’t properly prepare.  There are a number of wrong turns that can be made so it is essential to have a full understanding before you jump into renovations of any kind. 

Below are a list of things to consider in order to avoid heartache and regret.

It is Important to Fully Understand What You Like

Seems simple, right?  I mean what is so hard to understand about wanting a new kitchen or bathroom?  It, however, isn’t that simple.  Homeowners need to narrow down what a kitchen renovation means to them.  Some homeowners want to completely change the layout while others are interested in keeping the layout but installing new cupboards, fixtures, flooring, and more. 

It is important for homeowners to work with the designer showing them in detail what they like, important features to them, items on their wish list, and so on.  This allows the kitchen contractor/designer to get on the same page with the homeowners.  Often times it allows the clients to see how vastly different their visions are as well.  This process gets them thinking along the same lines as well.

Run the Numbers, Is the Renovation You Want Within Your Budget?

It’s true that our dream kitchens and bathrooms aren’t always within our means.  When this is the case there are a few options: we can wait on your renovation until your budget increases or we can choose to use different materials in the remodel to keep the costs within your budget.  A granite counter top might be the dream but engineered stone (quartz) may be a close second in looks and affordability.

Ask Yourself If the Renovation Is Feasible

Some homeowners need a reality check when planning renovations.  Some projects seem simple however because of complicated electrical or plumbing are not.  Adding a bathroom to a second-floor bedroom sounds pretty easy but not only do you need the space to install a bathroom you need access to plumbing as well as making sure the structure can withstand the renovation.  Sometimes the renovation make seem easy but in reality, be harder and more expensive then they are actually worth.  These projects often get abandoned before they even begin.

Is This A DIY Renovation or One Left to The Professionals?

For all renovations except for those that are so obviously simple should be overseen by a professional contractor. Most homeowners just do not have the skills or patience to complete a room renovation on their own.  Also, lets face it, not everyone has the kind of time it takes to gut and redo renovations to their home.

JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan.  Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services.  More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/.

Hiring A Professional Home Remodeler Saves Time, Money, and More

The most limiting factor in renovating your home is the cost.  Many homeowners believe they can save thousands of dollars by renovating their own kitchens or bathrooms.  Then face the overwhelming fact, months down the road that they are in over their heads.  Everyone wants to save money when renovating without compromising quality.  The team at JFC Remodeling understands that which is why we specialize in high quality kitchen and bathroom design and remodeling that work within our client’s budget.

Hiring a professional will not only save you time, money, and aggravation, it will also bring you the results you desire.  Below are just a few of the many reasons you should hire professional kitchen and bathroom designers and contractors like JFC Remodeling for all of your home improvement needs.

Benefits of Hiring Professional Kitchen and Bath Designers/Contractors

Choosing a design, construction materials, and technology for remodeling projects takes a lot of time.  This is time that doesn’t include execution. DIY homeowners often forget to take this into consideration when contemplating a large scaled renovation such as updating their kitchens.  This can lead to major delays in completing renovations. Hiring a professional contractor will prevent delays. 

Licensed and insured contractors renovate homes in a manner that is efficient.  Professional contractors are knowledgeable about all of the latest and greatest technologies, construction methods, and best materials to use.  They are also versed in current building codes and standards that are required to pass building inspections on the first attempt. 

The goal of remodeling is to have a room that looks more appealing and functional then it previously had been.  With the professional expertise of a designer/contractor you get this.  The experts at JFC Remodeling work with homeowners to examine their current space, talk about their wants and needs, and create a design that perfectly reflects the overall vision.  Once a kitchen design and the desired materials have been chosen the project can begin.

Accuracy is a key element in remodeling.  Inexperience can often lead to costly mistakes.  One of the most expensive mistakes DIY homeowners make is when it comes to measuring.  Materials used in kitchen and bathroom remodeling can be quite expensive.  From granite counter tops and exotic wood cabinets, materials add up quite fast. Professional contractors are used to being accurate and therefore measuring mistakes are not something that happens often. 

Another major benefit that comes with hiring a professional contractor comes at the end when homeowners are presented with a finished project.  Nothing is better than seeing your dream come to life from start to finish.  You are making a huge investment in your home and it is important you get exactly what you want and pay for.  The professionals at JFC Remodeling can make sure your kitchen and bathroom remodeling dreams come true.

JFC Remodeling is a full-service licensed contractor out of Howell, Michigan.  Specializing in kitchen and bathroom renovations, flooring upgrades, and home remodeling services.  More information can be found online at https://jfcremodeling.com/.