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Cabinetry Terms You Need to Know For Your Kitchen Remodel in Denver


August 16, 2017

A kitchen remodel in Denver may involve redesigning the layout, updating the appliances, replacing the flooring, and of course, choosing new cabinets. The cabinets that you pick will set the tone for the rest of the kitchen, so it’s important that you choose wisely. But, it can be hard to have a conversation about cabinets with a professional if he uses industry jargon. Overcome this obstacle by learning these important cabinetry terms:

Framed and Frameless Cabinets
One choice you will have to make when designing your kitchen is whether you want framed or frameless cabinets. If you choose framed cabinets, you will be able to see a wood frame surrounding the perimeter of the cabinet doors, but this will not be visible on frameless cabinets. Framed cabinets are often used in traditional kitchens, whereas frameless cabinets are seen as a bit more modern. Learn how to pick kitchen cabinet frames.

Soft-Close Hardware

No one likes the sound of a cabinet door slamming shut, which is why it’s important to ask for soft-close hardware when choosing cabinets for your new kitchen. Soft-close hardware is designed to catch the cabinet door right before it closes. The hardware slows down the momentum of the cabinet so it doesn’t hit as hard and make a loud noise. Having soft-close hardware on your cabinets makes it much easier to sneak into the kitchen for a midnight snack without anyone noticing!

Glaze

Many people often confuse glaze with finish, but they are two different things. A finish is a product that acts as a stain, sealer, and clear coat, so it adds color and preserves the beauty of your cabinets for years to come. Glaze is typically applied on top of the finish, and is used to add dimension to the cabinets. By applying a glaze, homeowners can highlight the natural features of the wood such as the grooves and grain.

Pulls, Knobs, and Handles

All three of these terms refer to the small accessories that are added to the front of cabinet doors to make it easier for you to open and close each door. Pulls and handles basically mean the same thing, but knobs are slightly different because they are round in shape. It’s recommended that you use knobs on anything that slides and handles on anything with a hinge. Keep this in mind when choosing the hardware for your new kitchen.

Door Details

What do you want the cabinet doors to look like? Doors that have an elevated center panel are referred to as raised panel doors, whereas those with lower center panels are known as recessed or flat panel doors. The type of door panel that you choose can significantly impact the look of your kitchen, so use Pinterest or other resources to research each option and determine which is best for your home.

Ready to remodel your kitchen? It’s time to contact the remodeling professionals. At S.F. Inc., we value each and every one of our relationships with our clients. To get started on your remodel or to learn more about our services, contact us by calling 303-210-5991 or emailing info@sf-inc.net.
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Home Remodeling in Denver: Why DIY Demolition Is Not A Good Idea


August 9, 2017

The first step to home remodeling in Denver is demolishing the existing structure so it can be redesigned and rebuilt. The team of professionals that you hire to remodel your home will handle the demolition. However, many homeowners attempt to do this on their own so they don’t have to pay professionals to do it. But, it’s never a good idea to attempt a DIY demolition. Here’s why:

Lack of Equipment

A number of tools are required to complete a demolition, including a cordless drill, reciprocating saw, circular saw, angle grinder, pry bar, and hammer. Demolishing a room without the proper tools can make the entire process much more difficult and dangerous. Unless you are a handyman, it’s very unlikely that you will have all of these tools in your home, which means it’s not wise to attempt a demolition by yourself. Read 5 tools you need for demolition.

Safety Hazards

Tackling a demolition without professional help can be incredibly dangerous. A professional will carefully examine the roof to identify unstable structures before they begin the demolition. However, you probably do not know that this must be done. As a result, it’s possible that you could accidentally hit one of these unstable structures and cause it to collapse on top of you.

But, that’s not the only danger that you could face during a DIY demolition. Drywall releases fine particles of dust and debris into the air as it is destroyed. These fine particles can irritate your eyes and respiratory system if you are not wearing the appropriate safety gear. Unfortunately, many DIYers don’t realize they should be wearing protection until it’s too late.

As you recklessly tear through the walls in your home, it’s possible that you will accidentally cut into live wires. It’s never a good idea to expose live wires if you’re not a professional. You could be electrocuted when cutting into these wires, so it’s best to leave this job to the pros.  

Time-Consuming

You may think that demolishing a room only takes a few minutes after watching the pros do it, but don’t make this assumption. Professionals know exactly how to demolish a room, but you probably do not, so it will take much longer for you to do it on your own. Therefore, doing the demolition on your own may not be worth your time.

Insurance

Your homeowners’ insurance company will not pay to fix problems that you have created by attempting to do a demolition on your own. However, professional remodelers should have liability insurance that covers the costs of these repairs. Even though a professional shouldn’t cause any damage when demolishing your home, it’s nice to know that if something is accidentally damaged, you won’t have to worry about paying to have it fixed.

Ready to remodel certain parts of your home? It’s time to contact the remodeling professionals. At S.F. Inc., we value each and every one of our relationships with our clients. To get started on your remodel or to learn more about our services, contact us by calling 303-210-5991 or emailing info@sf-inc.net.
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Eco-Friendly Ideas For Your Denver Bathroom Remodel


August 2, 2017

Having an eco-friendly home is becoming important to more homeowners. As a result, many homeowners are incorporating eco-friendly features into their remodeling plans. There are plenty of ways to make every room in your home more green, especially the bathroom. Here are some eco-friendly ideas for your Denver bathroom remodel:

Low Flow Fixtures

Low flow faucets and showerheads are designed to use less water than standard models. In fact, the Department of Energy estimates that a low flow faucet could lead to a water savings of 25-60%. If you’re remodeling your bathroom, make sure you look for these energy efficient fixtures so you can conserve water and save money on utility bills. Learn how you can reduce hot water use for energy savings.

Low Flow Toilets

You should also plan on replacing your toilet with a low flow model if you truly want your bathroom to be eco-friendly. It’s estimated that the average family of four uses over 880 gallons of water per week just to flush the toilets in their home. If you buy a low flow model, you can drastically reduce your family’s water usage.

LED Bulbs

LED light bulbs use 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than standard bulbs, so be sure to incorporate these into your bathroom remodel. Many homeowners used to avoid using LED lights in the bathroom because they produced a bright, white light. However, there are now many different types of LED lights, including bulbs that produce a warm glow that is perfect for your bathroom.

Skylight

This won’t be possible for every homeowner because it depends on where the bathroom is located within the home. But if it’s possible, a skylight is definitely something you should consider to help you create an eco-friendly bathroom. A sunlight will flood your bathroom with natural light during the daytime. Therefore, you won’t have to rely on artificial lighting, so you can reduce your energy use and utility bills. In addition to being an eco-friendly lighting option, a skylight also provides the ideal lighting for people who are shaving or applying cosmetics in the bathroom.

Green Materials

When choosing the shower tiles, backsplash, and flooring for your bathroom, think green. This doesn’t mean you have to stick to a green color scheme—it simply means you should learn more about the eco-friendliness of different materials. For example, bamboo is one of the most popular eco-friendly flooring options that works well in bathrooms. With bamboo, homeowners are able to get the look of natural wood without having to worry about water damage. On top of being durable and attractive, bamboo is made out of a renewable resource and is recognized as a green building material by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

Ready to take the first step towards creating an eco-friendly bathroom? It’s time to contact the remodeling professionals. At S.F. Inc., we value each and every one of our relationships with our clients. To get started on your remodel or to learn more about our services, contact us by calling 303-210-5991 or emailing info@sf-inc.net.
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How to Enhance a Bedroom During Your Home Remodeling in Denver


July 26, 2017

During a home remodeling in Denver project, there is much that can be done to a bedroom. Even some of the smallest of changes can make such an impact. As you work to find ways to enhance the bedrooms in your home, use these design, organization and lighting tips to make significant changes to your home.

Shades and Lighting

One of the first ways you can make drastic changes to a bedroom is through the color palette that you choose for the space and the lighting in the room. Being that the bedroom is one of the key places in the home to relax and unwind at the end of the day, or start the day on a positive note, color can play a huge role. Shades of blue are great for calming environments. It pairs great with white or textured walls. For instant, you can brighten a room with white, light grey or beige walls and have a deeper blue accent. You can work with your remodeling company to find the prefect shade. This can apply to any color. If you have a smaller space, try to stick with brighter colors and include an accent wall if you like a darker color. For lighting, adding warm colors with shades is great for relaxing. You can pair ceiling lighting or chandeliers with lamps or mounted lighting next to your bed. Get more ideas from HGTV’s “Light it Up: 12 Illuminating Ideas for the Bedroom.

Design Tips

When choosing to remodel your bedroom, choose a design style that matches your style and personality. Also, think about what type of environment you want to end and begin your day in. If you enjoy a laid back, country lifestyle, choose a rustic feel with wood elements and antique lighting. For others, they might like a bedroom they can get lost in. Choose a bed that has dramatic posts or drapes that hang from the ceiling around the bed. Choose blues or pinks for the wall and window paneling that has character. More of a minimalistic or modern style person? Try a contemporary look. In some cases, there is little furniture that is very horizontal. You can add drama and character with large or unique lighting and furniture. For traditional, add a light-colored carpet flooring or deep hardwood paired with light wood furniture. Add character with a textured accent wall surrounded by beige walls.  

Organization and Storage

The bedroom usually houses clothes, accessories, jewelry and more. It is easy to throw clothes in a drawer or have a very unorganized closet. A renovation is a perfect time to simplify and create new ways of organization. Every situation is different and this is a great opportunity to work with a remodeling company to accommodate your needs. Even in the smallest of places, you can make it work. Create a walk-in closet that houses your clothes in a way that is easy to store and access. Many homeowners love to add built-in drawers too that can store clothing, jewelry and more. If you don’t have much room to work with, use the elements to make the space look larger and find furniture that can double as storage.

As you consider a remodeling project, learn the pros to using a pro for your home remodeling Denver project. When ready to get started, SF Construction can help. We can review all your options to make the bedroom of your dreams. Call us at 303-210-5991 or email us at info@sf-inc.net.
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How to Make it Through Your Home Remodeling in Denver


July 19, 2017

Remodeling is a great way to increase the value of your home and modernize outdated rooms. But, remodeling means part of your home may be under construction for weeks or even months, depending on the extent of work being done. In order to reap the benefits of home remodeling in Denver, you will have to make it through this somewhat frustrating process by following these tips:

Schedule frequent meetings.

If you’re worried about how long your project will take, ask your contractor to provide you with a progress update either every week or every other week. This will ensure that you are notified of any issues that are causing delays in the completion of your project.

Make sure you have one quiet room.

Are you doing major remodeling around your home? Make sure that you have at least one room that won’t be affected by the construction. Everyone needs to have a place that they can escape to, and this room can be yours.

Set rules with the contractor.

There will be workers coming in and out of your house during a remodel, so it’s important to schedule ground rules with the contractor before the project begins. Which entrance do you want the workers coming in and out of? Where are they allowed to sit when taking short breaks? Which bathrooms will they be allowed to use? Go over all of this information with the contractor as soon as possible so you can control what goes on in your home during the remodel.

Put your valuables away.

Before a remodel, it’s recommended that you go through your home and move all of your valuables into a safe place. This will ease any concerns you have about your valuables being stolen, misplaced, or damaged during the remodel.

Be prepared for the unexpected.

Leave a little wiggle room in your budget so you are able to cover unexpected expenses that pop up during the remodel. How much should you set aside? Experts recommend that you have about 10% of the total budget put aside to cover the unexpected. So, if your original budget was $10,000, it’s recommended that you put $1,000 aside.

Rely on small appliances.

If your kitchen is being remodeled, you may find it difficult to cook meals for your family. Instead of wasting money on going out to dinner every night, learn how to make meals with the small appliances in your kitchen that can be moved out of the construction zone. Look up recipes for meals that you can make using only a crockpot, microwave, or toaster oven. This will help you survive your kitchen remodel without breaking the bank with expensive restaurant food. See 20 kitchen remodeling tips here.

Now that you know how to make it through your remodeling project, it’s time to contact the professionals. At S.F. Inc., we value each and every one of our relationships with our clients. To get started on your remodeling project or to learn more about our many services, contact us by calling 303-210-5991 or emailing info@sf-inc.net.
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