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Basement Finishing in Denver: Should You Build a Bar?


June 21, 2017

There are many different ways to finish your basement. Some homeowners choose to create a home office or gym in their basements, while others turn their basements into master suites. But, one of the most popular basement finishing in Denver projects is transforming the basement into a bar. If you plan on tackling this project, keep these tips in mind:

Choose durable flooring.

Many people use carpet in their basements, but this is not a good choice if you want to transform your basement into a bar. If you plan on putting a bar in your basement, you will need to lay down flooring that is resistant to stains and liquids, and carpet is not. The best choice in this case would be tile, since it is durable, easy to clean, and affordable. The only downside to this flooring option is that it may be cold underneath your feet, so you can either lay down area rugs or remember to wear footwear when heading to your new basement bar. See waterproof flooring for basements.

Remember to think about plumbing.

Plumbing work will make your basement finishing project more expensive, but it’s somewhat of a necessity if you want to transform your basement into a bar. You should consider having a small sink behind your bar so you can wash glasses and clean up spills. If your budget is large enough, you may want to include a small bathroom in the basement as well. This will make it easier for you to enjoy your new basement bar without having to take frequent trips upstairs to use the restroom.

Include a TV.

There’s nothing better than gathering around the TV to watch the big game after preparing a few drinks for your friends. If you want to make this dream a reality, be sure to incorporate the TV into your plans. Decide where it will go in your basement, how big it needs to be so you can see it from the bar, and what kind of seating you should place around it to ensure everyone is comfortable.

Make room for a refrigerator.

When designing the bar, be sure to make room for a small refrigerator. If you don’t have a refrigerator behind your basement bar, you will constantly have to run upstairs to get more supplies. This won’t be an enjoyable experience for you or your guests, so don’t forget to include this vital part of your bar. If you’re a wine aficionado, you may want to include a small refrigerator and a small wine refrigerator behind the bar. Having both isn’t necessary unless you have a lot of wine that you want to store.
 
Ready to build a bar in your basement? If so, 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 basement finishing 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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Splurge vs. Save On Your Kitchen Remodel in Denver


June 14, 2017

A kitchen remodel in Denver can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. If you have a budget you need to stick to, it’s important to make your remodeling team aware of it in the very beginning. With your budget in mind, your team can recommend which items they think you should splurge on, and which you should cut back on. Here are a few recommendations to help you get started:

Splurge: Cabinets

Cabinets serve a clear purpose, and they are perhaps the single most noticeable feature in your kitchen. Sturdy, hardwood cabinets can also improve the resale value of the home. For these reasons, it’s best that you splurge on your cabinets so you can choose high-quality, beautifully designed cabinets.
 
What about what’s inside the cabinets? Every cabinet and drawer does not need to have fancy pullouts or inserts, but it is wise to splurge on these items for the pantry cabinets.

Save: Hardware

A knob, pull, or handle can cost you as little as a few dollars or as much as a hundred dollars, depending on which type you choose. Luckily, there are plenty of inexpensive options for you to choose from, so there’s really no need to break the bank on this part of your remodel.

Splurge: Countertops

The countertop is one thing in your kitchen that you will probably use on a daily basis—even if you don’t cook. Plus, countertops can be just as noticeable as kitchen cabinets, so the countertops that you choose will impact how your kitchen looks as a whole. If you cook a lot, you will want to splurge on a durable countertop material, otherwise you will end up with unsightly stains, nicks, and chips. If you plan on reselling your home in the future, using granite or another high-end material for your countertops will increase your home’s value. Which countertop is right for you? Take a look at this best countertop buying guide from Consumer Reports to find out.

Save: Appliances

Most appliances will range from affordable to insanely priced, so this is one area where you shouldn’t get carried away. Unless you are a gourmet chef, you probably don’t need a top-of-the-line refrigerator, stove, and oven. You should also avoid buying appliances that you don’t need. For example, if you rarely ever drink wine, don’t buy an under the counter wine cooler just because you think you should.
 
If you have it in your budget, you should always choose stainless steel appliances, but that doesn’t mean you have to choose the most high-end designs. Go for moderately priced appliances that are energy efficient so you can save money on your utility bills.
 
Now that you know which parts of the kitchen remodel you should save on and which you should splurge on, 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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Bathroom Remodeling in Denver: How to Make Your Bathroom Feel Like A Spa


June 7, 2017

Don’t have time to head to the spa? Don’t worry—you don’t have to ever leave your home to feel relaxed if you make your bathroom feel more like a spa. When working on your bathroom remodeling in Denver, make sure you follow these tips to give your space a spa-like atmosphere:

Install dimmers.

A relaxing body scrub or massage at a spa wouldn’t be nearly as peaceful if the lights were blinding you during the treatment. Keep this in mind as you remodel your bathroom and install lights that can be controlled with a dimmer switch. In the morning, you can turn the lights all the way on while you shower and get ready for work. Then, dim the lights in the evening when you take a calming bubble bath in your newly remodeled bathroom.

Create more storage space.

Nothing will kill the serenity of your new bathroom quite like clutter, so be sure to create plenty of storage space during your remodel. Make sure you have enough storage space to keep all of your toiletries and other items off of the countertops. The cleaner your bathroom looks, the more it will resemble a spa. See 12 clever bathroom storage ideas.

Choose a high-end showerhead.

Don’t settle for a traditional showerhead if you really want your bathroom to feel like a spa. Instead, choose a large massaging showerhead that will help you relax every time you step foot in the shower. This is a simple switch that should fit within your budget, so it’s a must-have for every remodel.

Use natural materials.

Many homeowners choose granite countertops for their bathrooms, but this material doesn’t really give off a spa vibe. If you want to transform your bathroom into a spa-like oasis, choose natural materials such as wood and stone for the vanity and countertop.
 
Wood isn’t the best choice for flooring because it will be exposed to so much moisture in the bathroom. However, you should be able to find porcelain or ceramic tile that is designed to look exactly like wood. This is a much more practical option that will allow you to achieve the look you desire.

Choose calming colors.

The color that you paint your walls will set the mood for the entire room, so choose it carefully. You can go in two different directions to create a spa atmosphere in your bathroom. Many spas stick to white walls, so this is one option if you truly want to imitate the look of a spa. Another option would be to use calming shades of blues and greens. This will give the room a more natural, serene atmosphere that will help you kick back and relax in your new bathroom.
 
Ready to transform your bathroom into an at-home spa? 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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Bathroom Remodeling in Denver: Tips to Create the Perfect Bathroom For Seniors


May 24, 2017

The bathroom can be a dangerous place for seniors with limited mobility or balance issues. If you are trying to create a restroom that seniors can easily access, follow these bathroom remodeling in Denver tips:

Grab bars.

Seniors are at a much higher risk of falling than other adults, so if you are remodeling a bathroom, be sure to include grab bars in areas where they may slip. Of course, a grab bar is an absolute must in the shower or near the tub. Additionally, it may also be helpful to include a grab bar by the toilet that they can use to help themselves sit down and stand up.

Walk-in showers and tubs.

Be sure to remodel the shower and tub in the bathroom to make it more senior-friendly. If the bathroom has a traditional tub, consider replacing it with a walk-in tub that is much safer for seniors. If the bathroom only has a shower, be sure that there is no curb leading into the shower so seniors don’t trip and hurt themselves. You should also add a seat inside the shower so seniors don’t have to stay on their feet as they wash themselves.

Choose flooring wisely.

Look for a flooring material that doesn’t become slick when it’s wet. Don’t choose a glossy finish if you have tile because this can make the floor more slippery when it becomes wet. Also, avoid placing rugs in the bathroom. Most rugs will slip and slide on a wet floor, but if you really want to include a rug or two, look for one that is made out of non-slip rubber. See the best and worst bathroom flooring for aging in place safely.

Widen the doors.

Many seniors use walkers or wheelchairs to get around their homes, but these walking aids are often wider than standard doorframes. If you are designing a bathroom for a senior, consider widening the doorframe so seniors can easily get in and out with their walker or wheelchair. Even if the senior who is living in the home does not have one of these walking aids now, he may need one in the future, so it’s best to plan ahead.

Replace the toilet.

It can be difficult for seniors to sit down and stand up when using a traditional toilet, so you may want to consider replacing your existing toilet with one that is a bit higher. Seniors usually don’t have trouble using toilets that are about five to seven inches higher than usual, so this is a great way to make the bathroom more accessible to people of all ages. If you don’t want to replace the entire toilet, look for a replacement toilet seat that is designed to add height to your existing toilet instead.

Ready to make a senior-friendly bathroom in 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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Which Flooring Should You Choose For Your Denver Bathroom Remodel?


April 26, 2017

One of the many decisions you will have to make during a Denver bathroom remodel has to do with flooring. The flooring that you use in your bathroom must be durable, resistant to water, and of course, beautiful. If you’re thinking about remodeling your bathroom, consider these different flooring options:

Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl tile is one of the most popular choices for bathroom floors because of its durability and affordability. If you have small children, vinyl tile is a great choice because it is very resistant to water. You can let your kids splash in the tub to their heart's desire without having to worry about the damage it’s causing to your floors. Additionally, there are countless different colors and styles of vinyl tiles, so you won’t have any trouble finding one that suits your bathroom.

Natural Stone

Many homeowners love the look of natural stone, but they may not love the price tag. Natural stone tends to be more expensive than most tiles, but if it’s in your budget, feel free to use it. It’s important to note that many natural stones become slippery when they are wet, which could be dangerous in the bathroom. However, this problem can be easily avoided if you look for a stone with texture or ask the installer to sandblast the stone to create texture.

Ceramic Tile

Although ceramic tile is not as comfortable to walk across as vinyl tile, many homeowners prefer its appearance. If you want to make it more comfortable, look for heated ceramic tile that will keep your feet warm as you walk across the floor. Ceramic tile can be made to look like other flooring materials, such as wood or travertine, which is why so many homeowners love it. If you choose ceramic tile for your bathroom, be sure to talk to your installer about protecting it with a sealant so you don’t have to worry about scratching it.

Smaller tiles use more grout between each piece and are therefore less slippery than larger tiles, so you should also keep this in mind when making your decision. Learn more about choosing bathroom flooring.

Bamboo

Bamboo has started to increase in popularity over the last several years, and many homeowners have chosen to use this in their bathrooms for a unique, natural look. Bamboo is less expensive than hardwood and more eco-friendly, so if you want to protect the environment and stay within budget, this is a great option that will still allow you to achieve the warm wood look. If you’re interested in bamboo floors, choose engineered over natural bamboo. Engineered bamboo is very durable and resistant to water, so they will hold up well in a bathroom.

Now that you know which flooring you would like in your new 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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