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Designing a Small Bathroom: Bathroom Remodeling Solutions in Tempe

When designing or building a bathroom with a small amount of space, you may be forced to change your vision or even sacrifice certain features to fit the square footage. If you're stuck with a little room, there are some things to make you and your guests feel less cramped.

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5 Key Design & Build Elements for Your First Kitchen Remodel

Design/Build Kitchen Remodel:  Diving into your first kitchen remodel can be an overwhelming process. From choosing a general theme, to picking out materials and colors, every build and design element of your first kitchen remodel is a choice you'll be living with and will want to enjoy - especially in your kitchen; the heart of your home.

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Phoenix Bathroom Remodeling: 6 Modernization Tips
Phoenix Bathroom Remodeling: 6 Modernization Tips

Phoenix Bathroom Remodeling: 6 Modernization Tips

Ideally, your bathroom space should function as an oasis in your home. Unfortunately, many homeowners are stuck with outdated and non-functional bathroom spaces. If this applies to you, then you may want to consider taking on a Phoenix Bathroom Remodeling project in your home. In fact, you might be surprised at what a difference just a little bit of remodeling work can make in your existing bathroom space, allowing you to finally enjoy that spa-like retreat in your own home.

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The Key to a Successful Bathroom Remodel? Having a Plan
The Key to a Successful Bathroom Remodel? Having a Plan

The Key to a Successful Bathroom Remodel? Having a Plan

One of the most commonly remodeled rooms in a home is the bathroom. We spend a lot of time in this room and we want it to be comfortable, so it’s no surprise that this is high on the list of desired remodeling projects for around the home..

Unfortunately, a bathroom remodel is also something that can be rather expensive. But, there are plenty of ways you can save time and money when taking on this type of bathroom design remodel. Here are some tips to get you started.

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Things to Consider During a Kitchen Remodel

For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. For this reason, the number one complaint homeowners have often pertains to their kitchen. Whether it be because their kitchen is outdated, disorganized, or it has a layout that reduces its functionality; homeowners often consider kitchen remodeling to be their number one home renovation priority. Yet, once they have decided to have a kitchen remodel done, the amount of decisions that must be made, and the sheer number of options available, can seem overwhelming. To help you get started in the decision-making process, here are a few things to consider when having your kitchen remodeled.

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Design/Build Remodeling Materials Selections

What is your Preference for selecting materials for your Design/Build Remodeling project? What's your Design Selections niche?

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Space Planning & Design: How to Make Your Kitchen Work For You

Those who are planning to gut their kitchens and design a new space to call their own are in it for the big game. Kitchen space planning & design is no small feat; fortunately, home owners and kitchen lovers have a fairly easy task ahead of them. All that's required of you is to decide what you want to be able to do in your kitchen! 

Remember Why You Started

Before demolition ever begins, make a list of why you want this to happen in the first place. Is your kitchen outdated?  Are you lacking in counter space? Do you have anywhere near enough storage space? Would it be wonderful to have a pantry? Do you like to entertain, and want a showpiece kitchen? List out all the reasons that your kitchen just isn't working for you. When you get to the point where your kitchen is bare bones and construction has begun again, you'll want a reminder of why you got yourself into this, and a reminder from the past is exactly the way to do that. Renovations, especially a kitchen remodel, can be an overwhelming process - a list of reasons that you wrote yourself can be exactly the touchstone to pull you back on track with why you're doing this for yourself.

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Ahead of thinking about tile, paint color, or granite versus quartz countertops, you want to think about functionality. What are the needs you have in your kitchen? More storage? More work space? Is there not enough room for when you have friends over for dinner? Are you finding that you are reaching into cabinets that are too deep, or too tall? Discuss these issues and your wants with your kitchen design team, and find what can be done about them. Perhaps sliding storage can be put into your cabinets, or you can go from ceiling-height cabinets to cabinets that you can actually reach into.

Whatever your needs are, think of your function before your form. You aren't deciding that the way your kitchen looks doesn't matter - you're just deciding that how you work in your kitchen, day after day, is the reason you're going into this remodel in the first place!

Find Your Style and Stay Focused

Once you have decided what the home remodel contractor interior design stylestechnical details of your kitchen remodeling project are, it's time to think about the looks. But even this should be taken slowly. Walk into any tile store or flooring department and prepare to be overwhelmed! From back splashes to faucet designs, sinks to cabinet pulls, there are an endless number of design choices that can be made in your kitchen. Where are you supposed to begin?

The best thing you can do is think of the overall style you want to emulate, and stick with that. Think of what your home's style and your personal style are like. Are you more of a comfy, cozy kind of person, or do you like things that are sleek and contemporary? Use home design websites like Houzz or Pinterest to look up styling options and different design options for homes. Your design team will also be able to help walk you into the world of design options with the confidence of knowing you're making the best choice for your home remodel. 

Maintain an Inspiration Area

Whether you like the digital options of Pinterest or Evernote or want something more physical like a cork board or paper notebook, keep track of what you find and like. Take pictures of tile samples and hardware pieces that you like and save them in your phone. Find color palettes that you love, and hang on to them.

When your kitchen is a demolition zone,kitchen remodel contractor demolition phase and then a construction zone, use your inspiration area as a place of focus and revitalization that keeps you centered and reminded of what your kitchen will be, and not what it currently is. 

Be Consistent With Your Choice

Once you've picked out what you like and want to go with, stick with it! There will always be more tile and more hardware that's pretty and interesting, but the more you look at things and the more you fall in love with marble options and appliances, the more overwhelmed you'll get (and the more strained the relationship will go between you and your remodel contractor and interior design team). 

Small changes are typically something that most home remodeling contractors can work with, but if they've ordered 15 gallons of one paint color and you decide you want another, or they've already laid 200 square feet of one tile and you really want another one, things are going to get hairy, not to mention more expensive.  

Have Fun

Look at your inspiration board. Look at your list of why you're doing this. Remember the moments of frustration in your kitchen that led you up to this point, and then think of all the amazing times you'll have once the work is done. A kitchen renovation is a big step to something incredible - you're on your way to the kitchen of your dreams, a place where you can create beautiful family memories as well as bring friends to the table for endless dinner parties and cocktail hours.

At the end of the day, remember to stop and take a breather. Have fun with your renovation, and enjoy the process. It'll all be worth it in the end!  Looking for more information on making your house the perfect home? Meet our Team, read contractor reviews and testimonials, and take a look at our completed kitchen remodel gallery, 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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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

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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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Maximize Space with your Scottsdale Kitchen Remodel
Maximize Space with your Scottsdale Kitchen Remodel

Maximize Space with your Scottsdale Kitchen Remodel

Are you tired of your outdated, tiny kitchen? Wish you had something more modern and functional, regardless of the amount of space? The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can maximize your small kitchen space. Consider these small kitchen storage ideas, as well as a few ways you can tell it is time for an upgrade.

How to Organize Small Kitchens

If you have a small kitchen with a lot of potential, it may be worth seeing how you can make the existing space work for you. Anyone who has lived in a smaller home knows that it is not the dimensions of the room that matter. The layout and the efficiency make the biggest difference in storage. Every piece of equipment and kitchen storage must do its job well, or else you will never be able to make more than popcorn. Start with these basic principles of small kitchen organization:

  • First In, First Out: Small kitchen spaces often do not have much room to store food. If you bring in something new, be sure to cycle out something that you can consume right now.
  • Minimize Extras: Clutter may be the biggest problem homeowners encounter with a small kitchen. To keep it from taking over your countertops, minimize small appliances to the ones that you will really use.
  • Build Up, Not Out: Your kitchen’s walls and even the ceiling can be an excellent source of storage. Take advantage of hooks and wall-mounted racks, so you can leave small cabinets free for heavy or densely-packed items.
  • Organize by Task: Try to keep tools and supplies for each task next to the equipment you need. This approach keeps your kitchen cleaner and easier to use.
  • Guarantee Workspace: The countertop is usually one of the first things to disappear in a packed kitchen. Declutter or move items so that you have at least one free counter that measures about six square feet.
  • Choose Modular Organization: When you only have room for a few cabinets, it’s important that they fit as much as possible. Find a specific brand of organizers for kitchen staples and tools, and stick with it. Remember that square or rectangular containers are more efficient than round ones.

These tips can make organizing a small kitchen much more effective, but they cannot solve every problem. If you find that you are stuck with a room that seriously fails to meet your needs, you have a lot of options to add storage or remodel it.

How to Decorate a Small Kitchen for Storage

Close your eyes and imagine a small kitchen. What do you see? If the sight is drab, cluttered or filled with mismatched storage, you should know that it is possible to do much better. Improving your kitchen storage does not need to make the space look cramped or resemble that horrid dormitory apartment you had in college. Instead, try one or more of these kitchen storage ideas:

  • Incorporate your pots and pans into your color scheme.
  • Choose trendy baskets and bins to keep small items out of sight.
  • Select lighter shades of paint colors that make the room seem larger.
  • If you are adding new cabinetry in a different style, replace the doors on the old ones and stain them to match.
  • Don’t forget accent colors on cabinetry or large appliances, to unify the design.

With an eye for color and the latest kitchen storage options, you can have a space that works well and looks breathtakingly attractive, no matter the size.

Never worked with a design-build remodeling company? Learn more about the remodeling process here.

Make Use of Wall Space

Finally, be sure to make the most of unused wall space in your kitchen. Consider adding a wine rack to free up space elsewhere in your kitchen. Wall mounts for hanging your pots and pans help you save cabinet space. You can even purchase magnetic spice racks that mount on your wall and minimize clutter in your cabinets.

Kitchen Storage Remodeling Ideas

Sometimes, even the best effort is not going to be sufficient for the way you use your kitchen. If you have a problem that your current layout cannot solve, you may need the assistance of a professional design and remodeling team. You can easily turn a cramped kitchen into a space that feels open, efficient and a joy to use.

Create a Kitchen Storage Cabinet Solution

In any kitchen, storage usually starts with an analysis of your cabinetry. Do your current kitchen cabinets stop short of your ceiling, or have a soffit of wasted space above them? If so, then it might be time to replace those cabinets with new ones that will extend all the way to the ceiling (assuming your ceilings aren't vaulted). Making use of vertical space can help to expand your kitchen storage without taking up more floor space in the process. The good news is that with new cabinets, you can get all the latest storage and convenience features:

  • Pull Out Drawers for Kitchen Cabinets: Maximize cabinet depth with pull-out drawers of various sizes.
  • Drawer Organization: Build the perfect storage for each drawer, from spices to pots and pans.
  • Pull Out Shelves: Add pull out shelving for small appliances and larger pots, so they are easy to reach.
  • Extra Shelving: Maximize the height with the right number of shelves, so you have no large gaps.

Not sure what is available or where to begin? Take a look at our gallery to get ideas for your kitchen storage cabinets.

Add an Appliance Nook

If you cannot spare cabinet space for your small appliances, you do not have to leave them out on the counter to take up space. An appliance nook designates the right amount of space for your espresso maker, toaster oven, stand mixer and more. You can even hide the nook behind a partial wall, to keep these tools out of sight.

Convert to an Open Floor Plan

You'd be amazed at how much of a difference it makes to convert an existing kitchen into an open floor plan by knocking down a wall here or there. With an open floor plan, your kitchen will open directly to your living room and/or dining room space. This creates the illusion of a larger kitchen and may also provide room to add an island, affording you more storage and prep space.

How to Determine if You Need Extra Space

If you feel like you are trying to live in someone else’s kitchen, you are not alone. Many homeowners who schedule kitchen remodeling in Scottsdale start from the premise that they need a space that is uniquely their own. If you have tried to make the existing room dimensions work for you and they simply do not, here are a few ways you can tell it is time to change:

  • You have little or no functional countertop.
  • You need multiple stations for food preparation, and you only have one.
  • You have to choose between storing food and storing tools.
  • Your kitchen does not have enough space for a dishwasher or microwave.

These problems are common, especially in older homes. If you call Hochuli Design and Remodeling Team, you can see how a fresh design makes all the difference.

Looking for more advice on making the most of your kitchen remodel? Take a look at our Kitchen Remodeling Gallery for inspiring ideas for your project, then contact us to discuss your project.

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