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The Best Neighborhoods in Phoenix to Invest in a Remodel
Summer’s already here (and it's hot!), but the Phoenix real estate market is the hottest of all. If you’re thinking about remodeling your home to compete in this unique time, this is a great year to begin. The trick is to gauge the mood of your neighborhood. Here are several regions in the Phoenix metro area where remodeling could be an excellent investment, as well as a few tips to determine if yours is about to join the list.
Project Spotlight: Award Winning Wine Cellar Renovation
A Custom Design/Build Wine Cellar
The Phoenix, AZ homeowners highlighted here love wine so much so that they often travel to Napa Valley to tour some of their favorite vineyards. Over the years, they’d acquired quite a wine collection, but they didn’t have an adequate space to store it. They’d always wanted a wine cellar and even had a spot in mind – under the staircase – but they were told by other remodeling firms that it couldn’t be done.
What Bathroom Lighting is Best for Applying Makeup?
Bathroom lighting is one feature that doesn’t seem to get enough consideration.While many homeowners give plenty of thought to lighting options for the kitchen or family room, bathroom lighting is frequently overlooked. Often, one central lighting fixture is installed in the ceiling and is expected to be sufficient.
Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team Has Gone Worldwide
A bathroom remodel project by Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team has gained attention from countries around the World!
Nicknamed the "Boardwalk Bathroom"
This powder bathroom remodel was part of a complete home remodeling project completed last year. What makes this bathroom extra special is the fact Lorrie Hochuli was given complete freedom with the design for the space. That's right, the homeowners said, "do what you want in there", and didn't take a single peek along the way.
Now this bathroom is getting attention from outside of the States:
- Featured on Houzz in Russian Federation by Анна Демчикова
- Featured on Houzz in London by David White & Mark Russell
- Save this to your Houzz Ideabook
While Lorrie kept with the cabinet theme from the kitchen, and maintained consistent wood-look tile flooring throughout, there are many features and finishes that set this bathroom apart from an ordinary powder bathroom:
- Wall mount sink fixture: Getting away from the traditional counter mounted sink faucet, the fixture was mounted on the wall
- Above counter vessel sink: Again, away with the traditional under-mount or drop-in vanity sink; this Kohler vessel adds a touch of elegance to the bathroom
- Quartz countertop
- Fisherman's Light: This unique light definitely isn't seen in your every day bathroom
- Round "port-hole" Mirror: Hung with rope
- Reclaimed Wood backsplash: Installed from the countertop to the ceiling, as well as floor
to ceiling behind the toilet, this reclaimed (real) wood adds an extra layer of texture.
- Rope handles on the vanity cabinets
- Topping the design off with a large Sand Dollar mounted above the toilet
- Soft-close hardware for the pocket door make the bathroom complete
Specializing in Design/Build Home Remodeling, the Hochuli Teams' main goal is to create an Enjoyable remodeling experience for you. Visit galleries of completed kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, room additions, and many more project types; to get inspiration for your project. Then Contact Us to Discuss Your Project
Would You Allow your Daughter to Date a Home Remodeling Contractor?
I was presented with a thought provoking question from a colleague of mine just outside of Chicago. Bryan Sebring of Sebring Services in Naperville, IL, (a friend, and fellow remodeling business owner) was writing an article and posed this question to me;
Ideas for a Well-Designed Laundry Room
Laundry rooms are no longer the forgotten space of a home –
nor should they be. In today’s homes, laundry areas are multi-functional and organized to keep households running smoothly and efficiently.
When thinking about the design of your laundry room, it is important to consider the tasks involved: sorting, cleaning, drying, folding and ironing. A well-designed laundry room can accomplish these chores and more.
Here we offer some ideas for your well-designed laundry room.
One of the biggest causes of clutter in the home are shoes, jackets and bags. If your laundry room is near an entrance, one of best design ideas is to dedicate a small portion of the laundry room for these items – with storage lockers. These provide a dedicated space for jackets, hats and backpacks that are off the floor yet near the door. Lockers can include bench seating and cubbies to store shoes, too.
Another must-have in any well-designed laundry room is counter space for folding laundry.
If you have a front-load washer and dryer, a countertop can go above the units so clothes can be taken directly from the dryer to fold. Additionally, you’ll want cabinets with organizing systems that can store laundry products and other items for easy access.
Also worth consideration are these laundry room features designed with functionality in mind:
• Pull-out hamper cabinets make for easy laundry sorting.
• Utility sinks provide a dedicated spot to hand-wash delicate items.
• Flat-drying and hanging racks offer a convenient place to air-dry clothes.
• In-wall ironing boards keep the “ironing center” organized and tucked away.
Some laundry rooms are also being designed with pet-washing stations. These showers are equipped with hand-held showerheads so you can get your dog’s entire body clean, or simply hose off their dirty paws. If you have larger dogs, a no- or low-threshold shower is recommended, but if you have smaller dogs, consider elevating the dog bath to make it easier on your back.
The space you can dedicate for your laundry area will dictate what is possible, but working closely with a good design build contractor and their design team, even the smallest laundry rooms can achieve new measures of efficiency.
To find more remodeling project pictures and ideas, check out our Galleries of completed projects. Find contractor testimonials, reviews, and surveys to hear what our past clients in the greater Phoenix, AZ area are saying about the process of working with our Team.
Project Spotlight: A Spa-Like Master Bathroom Remodel in Phoenix, AZ
This Phoenix, AZ couple wanted to transform their master bathroom into a spa-like retreat where they could unwind and relax from their busy lives, and they are not alone in this growing trend of creating spa-like retreats at home.