Trying to come up with ideas for your home remodel? Then join the thousands of others throughout California who are in the same boat. Making the decision to renovate your property is the easy part. Figuring out what exactly you want to have done isn't always so simple. The good news is there's plenty of inspiration out there, as well as reputable general contractors who can help you through the design phase of your remodel.
Putting together your budget before you make plans is key, so you don't end up overspending. Thankfully, you don't need a large budget to have interior, exterior and outdoor remodeling competed by a contractor. The following are some ideas we expect homeowners to implement in 2017.
Painting the Home with Neutral Colors
Neutral colors are definitely in, especially since they mesh well with just about any type of décor. We're talking counters, appliances and cabinets that are white or almond colored. These are cheaper options compared to customized colors that require expert mixing and matching. Plus, if you decide to sell your home later, these colors are less likely to turn people off.
Installing Eco-Friendly Counters
Green remodeling is also in. There are various types of countertop materials you can use that are environmentally friendly, versatile and durable. Some of these options include recycled glass and wood, concrete, stainless steel, laminate, paper composite, recycled plastic and natural stones, such as granite, marble and quartz. Some general contractors have deals with countertop manufacturers, so make sure to ask.
Installing Chrome Water Fixtures
Designer faucets are pretty popular today, but if you're looking for something easy on the wallet, but have great quality, then chrome is the way to go. You can also choose to use chrome with another finish, like brass or nickel. Just make sure that whichever type of faucet you buy comes with a lifetime warranty.
Using Fiberglass to Enclose Your Bathtub
This is an excellent alternative to ceramic tile. You will need a one-piece or three-piece wall panel made of fiberglass to enclose your bathtub area. The cost of fiberglass is more affordable, plus it's faster to install, which drives down the labor costs.
Building an Outdoor Deck or Gazebo
It's great having a place outdoors you can use to enjoy days and nights outside. Decks and gazebos are ideal for family time or hanging out with friends. You can even go as far as to have an above-ground pool installed with its own deck connected to your back porch. Outdoor constructions like these are very popular in modern remodeling as well as new home construction.
Building a Gas Fireplace with a Direct Vent
A beautiful fireplace with a wooden or natural stone surround can add a great touch to your living room, kitchen, dining area or other room in the home. If you do decide to build a fireplace, consider making it a gas one with a direct vent. This consists of two pipes that direct the smoke of the fire outside. One of the pipes vents the exhaust gas and the other uses combustion air from outside.
Update the Doors and Windows in Your Home
This can be done for decorative or energy efficiency purposes. If you have an older home, new exterior doors and windows can make a big difference for your curb appeal. By selecting windows and doors that lock in indoor air will help to reduce your power bills. There's no reason why you can't have the best of both worlds – choose stylish eco-friendly windows and doors.
Whatever ideas you have for your upcoming home remodeling project, make sure to find reputable general contractors that can help you from concept to completion.