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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"bathroom remodeling contractor design and remodel

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:

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
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  • 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

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Dare to Dream about Interior Design

If you could redesign the kitchen and change/add anything you'd like, what would you do?

Imagine a new master bath, complete with the latest luxuries. If you could change what you have, would you?

Dreaming of a new patio, complete with an outdoor living space and kitchen? What's stopping you from saying 'Let's do it'?

You might be surprised to find that conversations with statements similar to the above remarks take place all across the Phoenix area about various home remodeling projects. One of the biggest challenges facing the person beginning a room or home makeover is the unknown. What questions should be asked? What product is the best value for my investment. Will my home remodel last for many years? 

When you find yourself looking at your home and dreaming of a fresh, new look you have a choice to make. You can either put if off for another day or investigate the options that are readily available to you.

Many home owners long for interior design that fits their personal style but are overwhelmed at the idea of going it alone. Check out the following interior design trends that you will want to consider before you speak with a professional design-build home remodel contractor.

While the classic chevron print landed on the scene a few years ago, it remains strong. Interior Design, Kitchen Designer, Design/Build Remodeling in Scottsdale, AZThe new trend to partner with chevrons is large, daring prints and patterns. Imagine accent pieces of large prints of florals or shapes and colors, then accent with a luxurious throw to add a level of texture to your home design.  Your Interior Designer might also suggest old school polka dots or stripes, which seem to stay in fashion.

Green is in. Many fashionable remodels include a semblance of recycling and repurposing. Wall art that is a one of a kind design, created solely for a specific person and room will surely illicit the "wow" factor from visiting guests. Shades of browns and greens teamed with textures and patterns that mimic nature might be exactly what you are searching for. Mixing older accessories such as a vase or footstool alongside contemporary candlesticks or throw pillows will add a new dimension to your design.  

What about lighting? The world of lighting has evolved Reclaimed wood backsplash wall from Interior Design and Remodel from the single watt bulb to an array of shapes, purposes, colors and fixtures. You can choose lights that have timers and remote controls as well as lighting that is wireless or battery operated. Puck lights, chandeliers, drop down, tape or rope are all lighting trends for fall and winter. You can even choose to place lights inside your cabinet drawers!

Your living space might do well with an added modern piece of furniture or two with clean sharp lines and blended colors. Combining sheik modern with comfortable traditional pieces will make your living space your personal showroom of fashion.

Don't forget about the add-on pieces. Mirrors, mix and match prints and solids, faux fur and antlers, or bold colored knick knacks and pieces of art are the types of things you need as the finishing touch to your new design.

The best news is you can have all of this as well as designs you never knew to dream. The Hochuli Design and Remodeling Team stand ready to help you take your conversation from imagination to reality.

Lorrie Hochuli has over 10 years experience in design. She continues to stay on the cutting edge of what is new. Lorrie will not only listen to what you want, she will read between the lines and fill in the gaps. You're makeover won't look like a model home that has been staged to sell, it will be a showplace of personal touch and comfortable living.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Project and let us remove the stress in your remodeling project by impressing you with all we have to offer.

You may not know all the questions that need asking. That's okay. We have all the answers.

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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;

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Some Extras to Consider for Your Ahwatukee Kitchen Remodel

For a while now, you’ve known your kitchen hasn't been up to the standard you want to entertain or even for cooking daily meals. You’ve already ruled out moving because you love your home and neighborhood. These are just a few reasons that you’ve decided on an Ahwatukee kitchen remodel. When you dream about your new kitchen and choose an interior designer and remodeling contractor team, there are so many cool things to add. Here are just a few of those extras to consider.

An Under-the-Counter Wine Refrigerator

As much as you entertain, you love treating your guests to a glass of good wine. However, when you have a large party, you have to make room in your regular refrigerator for numerous bottles of wine, and it takes up a lot of precious room. An under-counter wine fridge gives you an out of the way space to keep your wines at the perfect temperature all the time. As much as you'd enjoy a full-blown wine cellar, that just might not make sense, so the unercounter wine fridge is a lot more convenient than keeping a second refrigerator in the garage. It’s one extra that you’ll use often.

Second Sink

Ahwatukee Kitchen Remodel, prep sink

When you have a spacious kitchen, you can spend a lot of time walking back and forth to the sink to clean fruits and vegetables when cooking. Consider working a second sink into the space plan; a second, smaller prep sink will save you a lot of time when cooking or provide plenty of room when more than one person is cooking in your kitchen.  Working with a certified space planning designer will help ensure the proper layout for your kitchen remodeling project.

French Door Refrigerator with Freezer Drawers

The days of a side-by-side fridge being the newest thing are long gone. Today, the most convenient fridge on the market features French doors for the refrigeration area and drawers underneath for freezer items. These refrigerators offer tons of space and ensure that the things you use most are most easily accessible. Some of the newer styles allow you to access your most used items with smaller access doors on the front without the need to open the entire fridge, keeping the temperature perfect inside.

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It never fails that the one thing that cooks the longest for your dinner party is an unusual temperature, causing you to make adjustments in cooking time for everything else or allowing things to get cold while other things cook. A double oven is a luxury that you’ll never regret. With two separate ovens to bake in at once, your dinner parties will be easier to manage and all the food will come out hot and ready to serve.  The latest and greatest is a 1.5 oven, which features one full oven combo'd with a second 1/2 oven.  What a great concept for the Holiday dinners, that will allow you to roast the Turkey in the full oven and the rolls in the 1/2. 

Beverage Refrigerator

If you have a large family or do a lot of entertaining, you are always restocking your fridge with cans of soda or beer. There never seems to be enough room, and you cringe each time the doors open, knowing it warms up your fridge. A separate beverage refrigerator, or refrigerator drawers,  goes under one of your countertops and offers a space made specifically for your can drinks, juice boxes, or milk. Some models hold up to as many 100 cans at one time.  Energy efficiency is key, as these under-counter refrigerator drawers don't take as long to cool back down, once someone opens the drawer, as a refrigerator.

Custom, or Semi-Custom, Cabinets and DrawersAhwatukee kitchen remodel contractor custom drawers

When you bought your house, it came with cabinets and drawers that were probably a standard size, of a builder grade, and lacked features like soft-close hardware. However, these are not always the best size to meet your needs. When you work with a professional design/build kitchen remodeling contractor team, they will help maximize the storage space in your kitchen remodel.  You, not only have the option to have custom cabinets and drawers built, you can determine the right size to fit the items that you keep in the kitchen. You might even want some deep drawers added for easy access to pots and pans that you use all of the time.

At Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team, we are dedicated to helping you get the kitchen of your dreams. We love designing a kitchen that includes all of the extras that you want to make your daily life easier and entertaining more enjoyable. 

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Why Hire a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor?
Why Hire a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor?

Why Hire a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor?

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? A lot of work goes into home remodeling, and a contractor may be of benefit to you. Kitchen remodeling contractors are pros at what they do - creating a kitchen space that's comfortable and fits your lifestyle.

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Benefits of Working with a Professional Design/Build Team

You’ll need to make dozens of decisionsDesign/Build Remodeling Team Glass Pendant Lights, Quartz Countertops, White Shaker Cabinets, and Wood Flooring in Gilbert, AZ Kitchen Remodel when planning a home remodeling project, and one of the most difficult decisions you’ll be faced with is choosing a contractor you can trust. If you hire someone that you simply can’t see eye-to-eye with, it can make the project difficult from start to finish.

One approach is to work with a design-build contractor – which simply means that you’ll be working with the same firm throughout the planning and construction of your project. Here are some benefits of working with a professional team.

Creativity included: Not every remodeling project requires the same level of skills as others. If all you are looking for is to pull out old bathroom fixtures and replace them with new ones, you don’t really need a lot of creativity. However, if what you desire is a total transformation, an interior designer can offer you creative ideas and space planning options. Not only will you maximize space, but you most likely will get some ideas you’ve never thought of before.

Problem solvers: You may want an updated kitchen with the latest appliances, but often at the heart of why you want to remodel is something more – a deeper problem you’d like solved. Perhaps there is not enough storage space or the issue is a poorly functioning work area. A design/build team will ask the questions that get to the heart of the real issues – even the problems that you’ve learned to live with for years – and create a space that is much more enjoyable and functional.

Trend watchers: Design/build remodelers also know about the newest products on the market. They attend trade shows and seminars and read publications so they can assist their customers in making selections that are good investments.

Budget stretchers: A design/build remodeling firm can suggest alternatives that allow you to stretch your budget a bit further. This way, you can get more of the features you want without blowing the budget.

Trusted advisors: A Professional home remodeler will know what will be trending in the coming year, and what will stay timeless. They will be able to advise you on picking out a material that will last for years to come. For example, faux wood tile is popular right now, but with so many of these types of materials on the market, it is really easy to pick the wrong one. Your remodel contractor will know which brands hold up and won’t look worn out in a few years.

Refer to these 18 key questions to ask every contractor to help you find the right contractor for you.

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Check out our website for more information about how we make remodeling an enjoyable experience, and start daydreaming for remodel ideas in our Galleries with pictures of Kitchens, Bathrooms, Room Additions, and Other Projects.

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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.

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Customizable Products to Make Your Home Your Own

KBIS 2015: Customizable Products to Make Your Home Your Own KBIS Kitchen Bath Remodel Show 2015 Interior Design Products

Recently, we attended the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Las Vegas. It is “the Show” to see the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS co-located with the NAHB International Builders’ Show (IBS) to form Design & Construction Week – and with over 125,000 residential design and construction professionals in attendance, it was the place to be.

We saw countless new products and innovative ideas, but over and over again, the big “theme” we noticed was offering “customizable” products. It seems that manufacturers have caught on to the idea that people want to be able to customize anything within their home. Everyone has their own tastes and styles, and you want to be able to make your home your own.

Here are a few products and designs that caught our attention:

The trend of transforming an ordinary bathroom into a relaxing spa-like space is still strong, and products are getting more sophisticated to elevate that spa experience. Kohler® introduced a new product called the DTV+ shower that brings your showering experience to a whole new level of luxury. With a touch of a screen, you can make your shower emulate nature with the multi-sensory fusion of water, music, steam and light. Whether you want a loud, awakening car-wash experience to start your day, or to feel soft blue rain to end it, you are in complete control.

Another product that is growing in popularity is porcelain tile flooring that looks like wood, and we think that it is going to be around for a while. What we find people enjoy about this product is its low maintenance, and because you don’t have to worry about it getting wet (like you do hardwood), you can use it in any part of the home. The oblog photother cool thing is that many of these porcelain tile products are made from recycled material, making them environmentally friendly as well.

Brass is back, but not the cheap-looking brassy fixtures that we remember from the 1980s. These champagne-colored fixtures and hardware are emerging in bathrooms and kitchens. Sometimes called brushed bronze, the rich-looking fixtures will add glamor to your home yet are affordable.

Black and white is going to be big in home décor this year. We saw so many vendors featuring black and white – from floor coverings to tile to full-kitchen displays. Neutral, of-the-earth- colors were also big: Walker Zanger displayed a beautiful faux wood herringbone tile that won a “Best of KBIS” award.

Matted finishes also seem to be popular for counter, wall and floor coverings. One of the advantages of installing a matte finish, especially in a kitchen or bathroom where there is water, is that it will be less slippery. Additionally, it shows a lot less dirt and watermarks.

Many kitchens are getting away from stainless steel and are being designed with customized color appliances. It seems as though kitchen appliance manufacturers are picking up on the trend that people want to be able to have their house completely customizable.

Further, cabinetry is becoming decorative with a lot more detail. We spoke to one vendor who makes customizable cabinetry inserts that can be designed specifically to your tastes.

Do you have a kitchen or bathroom that needs remodeled? Contact us at (602) 451-0323 or Contact us today to discuss your project

Check out our website for more information about how we make remodeling an enjoyable experience, and start daydreaming in our Galleries with pictures of Kitchens, Bathrooms, Room Additions, and Other Projects.

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Top 5: Most Popular Hochuli Photos on Houzz in 2014

One of the most reliable tests in gauging people's interest, when it comes to measuring what is popular in home design, is their quick gut response to what they see.  In todays' quickly changing world of online postings and ideas, when someone saves a remodeling photo on Houzz to an ideabook, after browsing through many photos and clicking Save, they are telling us what they like.

With that in mind, we put together Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team's; Top 5 most popular photos that were added to ideabooks in 2014. The spaces span all syles and rooms: kitchens - bathrooms - wine cellar - foyer entry, from Tuscan to Modern to Classic and Timeless. Which one grabs your attention most?  Are any of these saved to your ideabook?

#5:  The 5th most saved remodeling photo uploaded is a wine cellar completed in Phoenix, AZ. An under-utilized storage closet was transformed in to a climate controlled wine cellar complete with wine bottle & glass storage racking, split-face stone on the walls, travertine tile flooring, and LED rope lighting for accent.

Climate controlled wine cellar constructed in closet located under the stairs. Design & Remodeling by Hochuli
Phoenix, AZ Wine Cellar


#4:  The 4th most saved remodeling picture uploaded and saved to ideabooks is a nice, custom walk-in shower that includes multiple shower head locations, his & her oversized shower niches, and a wonderful Travertine tile design installed. This shower, and master bathroom remodel, was completed in Phoenix, AZ.

Master Bathroom Design & Remodeling in Phoenix, AZ
Master Bathroom Remodel in Phoenix, AZ


#3:  The 3rd most saved Hochuli remodel picture uploaded and saved is a classic kitchen design and remodel completed in Scottsdale, AZ.  Previously a small, boxed-in, kitchen from the 70's, walls were removed to create this large open concept kitchen which includes white cabinets, an elegant granite countertop, stainless steel appliances, travertine stone backsplash, and engineered hardwood flooring.

Scottsdale, AZ Kitchen Design & Remodeling with White Cabinets, Granite Countertops and Wood Flooring
Kitchen Remodel - Scottsdale, AZ


#2:  The runner-up for 2014 is a one of a kind powder bathroom.  This bathroom design was left to be a surprise for the homeowners; their request was, "wow us with your talent."  Mission accomplished, as they were completely thrilled with the completed bathroom.  (which they did not peak at during construction).  The bathroom is finished with white inset cabinets that include unique rope handles, quartz countertops with Kohler vessel sink and Kohler wall mount fixture, reclaimed (real) hardwood planks installed as the backsplash, a fisherman's wharf type light fixture, and of course the round port-hole type mirror with rope hanger.  This bathroom has been nicknamed "The Boardwalk Bathroom", which is fitting for it's location on the beach front in San Diego.

Bathroom Design & Remodeling with White Inset Cabinet, Quartz Countertops, and Barnwood Backsplash
Powder Bathroom Design & Remodeling


And #1: Drum roll please....... The most saved Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team photo uploaded in 2014 is a Best of Houzz Award winner for Design with over 4000 saves to ideabooks.  The completed Phoenix, AZ project features custom iron stair railings, solid slab travertine stair treads with split-face travertine on the stair risers, custom iron door and window to the new wine cellar room, and new LED walk-way lighting.  This project was selected, and included in a an article featuring "Key Measurements for a Heavenly Stairway"

Award Winning Wine Cellar and Stairway Design & Remodeling in Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ Wine Cellar


Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Houzz for more home and decorating tips, and to add photos to your ideabooks.

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Check out our website for more information about how we make remodeling an enjoyable experience, and start daydreaming in our Galleries with pictures of Kitchens, Bathrooms, Room Additions, and Other Projects.

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