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Project Spotlight: Small Kitchen Remodeling – How to create space, style & improve function – Cleveland Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Kitchen Remodeling

small kitchen remodeling project in Cleveland Ohio
After – small kitchen remodeling project

When Cheryl Chipner (and her mom Nancy) couldn’t even make toast and coffee at the same time in their kitchen (located in the Fairview Park suburb of Cleveland) they knew something had to be done. They needed to be done to transform their cramped poor functioning kitchen into a place they could enjoy.

 

Learn below how Cheryl in conjunction with Cleveland Design & Remodeling (a division of Innovate Building Solutions) identified the problems with the old kitchen and developed design, product and construction solutions to turn this area into a stylish space that works.

 

7 Kitchen Remodeling Design Trends & Ideas for 2012 for the Cleveland & Cincinnati Ohio markets

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling with stainless steel oven maple cabinetry

Kitchen remodeling with stainless steel oven maple cabinetry

If you’re current kitchen doesn’t have the cool look and style you’re seeing in magazines, on the Internet or at model homes check out the hot new trends (as identified by the National Kitchen and Bath Association) and kitchen remodeling ideas for 2012 to spruce up this space:

Ranch home sales on the rise in 2012 – Ease of use & universal design are the drivers

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Kitchen Remodeling

Single level ranch home
Single level ranch homes offer simple floor plans and universal designs

In the movie “Field of Dreams” the famous line was if you build it they will come. In the home building industry applying this mantra without an understanding of what the market needs and wants will provide a quick path towards not having a business. Given the challenging home construction market the question a smart home builder will ask is what do people today need and want. According to an article from Builder Magazine 7 of the top 10 selling home plans were in 2012 will be ranches (i.e. single level home designs). This article will explore why single level homes are increasing in popularity, the advantages and disadvantage of this type of design, and what features might be included in this type of home to make it more useable by people of all ages and capabilities. If you aren’t in the market for a new home you can also learn a few remodeling tips to take advantage of features of a single level home in your existing 2 level design.

Getting the most for your home improvement & remodeling spending – The 2011-2012 Cost to Value Report

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

Vinyl replacement windows provide a good return on investment
Vinyl replacement windows provide a good return on investment

Everyone is looking for value these days for their hard earned dollars. There may be no place where this is as true as it is with money spent on residential real estate. With home value still declining (although at a slower rate) when homeowners do decide to spend money they are careful where they are allocating their remodeling budget.

 

If you’re looking for some guidance on the right type of remodeling projects to give you the biggest bang for your buck an excellent reference source is the 2011-2012 Cost to Value report. This report is done through a group of collaborative surveys done by Realtor Magazine (who gets estimated resale value data through sales agents, brokers & appraisers), Specspan (an on line marketing and research company which host the on line survey) and HomeTech Publishing (a developer and publisher of construction estimating books and software).  Here’s a recap of the conclusions, trends and some of the top home improvement & remodeling projects bases on their respective return on investments.

 

 

5 Benefits of a Custom Solid Surface Countertop, Shower Wall, Base or Vanity Top

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling

Custom solid surface shower base with glass block walls
Custom solid surface shower base with glass block walls

Are you looking for a luxurious, durable and green-friendly product to use for a shower wall, base, vanity top of countertop for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling but are confused by all the options? If so – you’re not alone. For a high end look the most popular options today included granite, marble, tile and solid surface. This article will present the biggest benefits when using solid surface materials for a bath or kitchen remodeling project.

4 Cost Effective Home Improvement Tips to Improve Resale Value

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Exterior Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling

Solar sun tube used in a kitchen

Solar sun tube used in a kitchen

Bathroom improvement using bathtub liner & new acrylic wall surrounds

Bathroom improvement using bathtub liner & new acrylic wall surrounds

Is your attempt to sell your home giving you a major case of the blues? If so – you’re certainly not alone! Maybe it’s time to step back and evaluate your property to see what can be done (without breaking the bank) to improve it’s appearance, function and marketability. Consider the 4 tips below to breathe some new excitement into your home in the crowded and challenging real estate marketplace.

How to create a light transmitting glass block subway tile design for a kitchen, bathroom or commercial wall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block, Kitchen Remodeling

Glass block wall using 4 x 4 x 4 blocks in a running bond pattern

Glass block wall using 4 x 4 x 4 blocks in a running bond

Looking for a cool way to add a subway tile design and have a light transmitting wall, backsplash or window? With the introduction of the newest size of glass blocks – the 4” x 4” x 4” – it is now possible to create a design that not only has the subway tile/running bond look but also one that can serve the dual purpose of being a window, shower or commercial wall. Learn more about the new block manufactured by Pittsburgh Corning, where it can be used and how it can create a unique residential or architecturally inspired space below.

4 x 4 x 4 glass block patterns for shower, wall or window projects
4 x 4 x 4 glass block patterns for shower, wall or window projects

7 1/2 Tips to Choose a Remodeling Contractor Who Won’t be a Pain in the Butt or Wallet to Work With

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling

 

Choose a remodeling contractor with construction & business experience

Choose a remodeling contractor with construction & business experience

Let’s face it most bathroom, kitchen or basement remodeling contractors are a pain in the butt to deal with. Construction delays, change orders, poor communications can all be par for the course (if you’re a consumer with a nightmarish contractor story you’re not alone!).

The reality is many remodeling projects are complex (there are a lot of steps and different construction trades in the process) and a good percentage of the skilled trades don’t have the business and organizational background to manage and lead the people and processes to ensure an excellent customer experience. So… the question is what can you do to choose the right general contractor the first time? Check out the 7 ½ tips below:

Using a Sliding Replacement Window for Simplicity, Cost Savings & an Improved View

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

3 lite sliding window in a family room
3 lite sliding window in a family room
Horizontal slider replacement window with decorative grids
Horizontal slider replacement window with decorative grids

Are you looking for a cost effective option to replace windows in your home that is easy to use, simple in design and will improve your view? If so a sliding window may be the choice for you.  In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, options and places to use sliding windows.

New Kitchen Backsplash Ideas & Designs – Light transmitting & illuminated kitchen backsplashes

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block, Kitchen Remodeling

LED Illuminated glass backsplash
LED Illuminated glass backsplash
natural lighting with a glass block backsplash
natural lighting with a glass block backsplash

Good lighting is essential to effective kitchen design – but increasing the amount of light might be tough if you’ve got a lot of cabinetry filling the walls. If you’re looking for an innovative way to provide additional lighting underneath kitchen countertops consider two alternatives – (1) an illuminated backsplash or (2) a glass block kitchen backsplash. Both options will not only create a cool look – but will also improve safety when preparing meals and generate a focal point in your design as well. Learn more about these choices below:

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