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New Year's Renovations: Easy Ways to Refresh Your Kitchen and Bath

Posted by Gary Moore on Monday, November 4, 2019 12:04 PM

As much as I love the holidays, it seems I’m always ready for the clean slate that comes along with the New Year…particularly when it comes to my home. Once all the ornaments, lights and reindeer are packed away, I usually feel the urge to tackle a refresh project somewhere in my house!

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Topics: kitchen remodel, remodeling resolutions, bathroom renovations, design, kitchen remodeling advice

Do you really need a professional to remodel your kitchen?

Posted by Sample HubSpot User on Saturday, December 22, 2018 3:56 PM

Do You Really Need A Professional To Remodel Your Kitchen?

The kitchen is one of the most popular rooms in the home to remodel, with 26% of homeowners opting to upgrade theirs in 2018. Two-thirds of individuals state that they plan to carry out some of their kitchen renovation project themselves, while 35% say they’ll complete the entire upgrade single-handed. However, when it comes to overhauling your Southern Maryland kitchen, is it really worth going down the DIY route or is it wiser to call in the professionals?

The cost

CNBC reports that in 2017, the average kitchen remodel cost 10% more than it did in 2016, with a large kitchen remodel costing $33,000. When you're investing such a significant amount of money into your home, you will want to ensure that you get value for money and that the work will stand the test of time. The National Association of Home Builders advises that when designed, fitted and maintained correctly, kitchen cabinets will last for 50 years and marble countertops for 20 years. Therefore, it’s wise to ensure that the experts play a role in your project.

Having the right tools

When carrying out a project in your kitchen, you’ll require an ample supply of tools, some of which you won’t typically find in your standard tool bag or shed, such as a router and a special jig which cut worktops to shape. Therefore, you’ll need to purchase or hire these tools from a local Southern Maryland trades company. Before you start working on your new kitchen design, you should practice using these tools and make sure that you are confident in handling them to avoid making any costly mistakes. Last year, 19% of homeowners went over their budget during renovation works in their home. So, if you feel unsure about what you’re doing, it’s best to call on the experts.

Taking precautions

Statistics from the Home Safety Council reveal that one in five individuals who tackle DIY projects in the home end up in hospital due to an accident that occurs when working on the project. Depending on the extent of your injuries, this can result in your project taking longer than anticipated. Therefore, it’s essential that you prevent kitchen remodeling injuries by taking extreme care and precautions. It’s recommended that someone else is at home with you to assist with constructing and hanging larger items, such as kitchen cabinets, as well as for safety reasons. And, if you're ever in any doubt about the work you're carrying out, you should down tools and contact your local Southern Maryland kitchen designer for assistance.

When it comes to upgrading your kitchen, many homeowners consider taking on the job themselves in a bid to save cash. However, incorrect installation and tools can end up pushing your budget to the max. Meanwhile, failing to follow safety precautions can delay your project and lead to unwanted stress.

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Topics: kitchen remodel, southern maryland kitchens, kitchen renovation, remodeling blog, organizing remodel, design solutions, design, kitchen remodeling advice, remodeling advice, cabinetry, remodel preparedness, expectations during remodel

It's Bath Time! 🛀Things you should know about bathroom renovations...

Posted by Anthony Obedoza on Monday, January 22, 2018 5:34 PM

Bathrooms go by many names and serve many purposes. My kids call their bathroom their "splash playground". My wife calls it her "private retreat." I call it "where I get ready for work in the morning." Whatever your name or purpose for your bathroom, there are questions to ask as you contemplate your bathroom renovations.

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Topics: remodeling blog, bathroom renovations, design solutions, bathroom contractor, bathroom remodel, cost vs value report, tri-county area, design