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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Remodeling is a great way to increase the value of your home and modernize outdated rooms.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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Home Remodeling in Denver Trends For 2017


July 12, 2017

If you know that you want to remodel your home but aren’t sure what you should do with it, it’s best to look at some of the newest trends to see how you can freshen up your space. Get inspired by some of these home remodeling in Denver trends for 2017:

Quartz Countertops

Granite has been a popular countertop choice for years, but now it needs to move over and make room for quartz. Whereas granite countertops should be resealed to preserve the integrity of the stone, quartz countertops do not require this type of maintenance. Additionally, quartz countertops are harder and more durable than granite countertops. These are just two of the reasons why homeowners are leaving granite behind and installing quartz in their bathrooms and kitchens. Read granite vs. quartz: is one better than the other?

Smart Homes

Homeowners are also asking about how they can make their space more smart by installing devices such as programmable thermostats, smart lighting, and smart security systems. All of these devices can be controlled remotely—typically through an app on your smartphone—which makes life more convenient for homeowners. Some devices, such as a programmable thermostat, can also improve the energy efficiency of your home, which means you will save money on your utility bills. If you are remodeling, you may want to consider how you can add smart features into your home.

Outdoor Space

Many homeowners are also choosing to transform their empty backyards into gathering spaces where they can host friends and family members. If you have space in your backyard, consider adding an outdoor kitchen with a grill or beautiful deck with a cozy seating arrangement around a fire pit. This is a great way to extend your living space beyond the walls of your home.

Large Walk-In Showers

Another trend that has increased in popularity is the large walk-in shower. Homeowners are now remodeling their bathrooms so they can have a spa-like, spacious shower with a waterfall showerhead. In fact, many homeowners are giving up their bathtubs in order to build a walk-in shower. If you want to create a spa-like atmosphere inside your bathroom, creating a walk-in shower is the perfect way to do so.

Unused Spaces

Instead of buying a new, bigger home, some homeowners are remodeling their current homes and finding ways to create more space. For example, what do you use your attic for? If there are just a few boxes up there, why not put these items in storage and turn the attic into a playroom for your kids? Or, how about remodeling the attic so it can be used as a home office? Homeowners who choose to remodel will take advantage of every inch of space within their home in 2017.

Ready to incorporate some of these trends into 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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Tips For A Kid-Friendly Denver Bathroom Remodel


July 5, 2017

Are you remodeling your child’s bathroom? Kids have different needs than adults do, so you will need to take their unique needs into consideration when determining what needs to be done in your Denver bathroom remodel. Here are some tips to create a kid-friendly bathroom in your home:

Buy the right materials.

Adults may want high-end, luxurious countertops and flooring in their bathrooms, but this isn’t the best option for kids. It’s recommended that you choose materials that are durable and easy to clean so your kids don’t destroy your newly installed countertops or flooring. Porcelain tile is one of the most durable materials that can be used in the bathroom, and it’s very easy to clean as well. If you decide to go with porcelain tile, it’s best to use large tiles because this means there will be less grout to keep clean. Learn about the pros and cons of porcelain tile.
 
Quartz is a great option for the countertops because it is very resistant to water, scratches, and stains. This countertop material has the look of granite, so parents will love it, too.

Stay away from slippery surfaces.

Kids may splash around in the tub or forget to pull the shower curtain closed, so it’s very likely that there will be a lot of water on the floor in their bathroom. This is why it’s important that you look for flooring that does not become slippery when it’s wet. Textured floors are less slippery than smooth floors, so look for a textured tile to lay down on your child’s bathroom floor.

Lower the height of the counter.

If you truly want to make this a kid-friendly bathroom, consider lowering the height of the countertop so kids can easily access the sink without having to use a stepping stool.

Include a lot of storage space.

Encourage your kids to keep their bathroom neat and tidy by giving them plenty of storage space so clutter doesn’t begin to pile up on the countertops. Cabinets and drawers are better options than shelves because they hide clutter and do not have to be perfectly organized at all times.
 
Most of the storage space should be accessible to kids, so keep the height of the drawers and cabinets in mind when designing your kids’ new bathroom. If you have storage space that is out of your kids’ reach, this should be where you keep dangerous chemicals and cleaners that you don’t want your kids to find.

Use anti-scald devices.

Protect your children from burning themselves with hot water by installing anti-scald devices on the faucet and showerhead in their newly remodeled bathroom. These devices will control the temperature of the water so your kids don’t accidentally step into a shower or run their hands through water that is scorching hot.
 
Ready to take the first step towards creating a kid-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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Home Remodeling in Denver: What To Expect During an Initial Consultation


June 28, 2017

If you have decided to invest your hard earned money into remodeling your home, it’s important to work with a team that you can trust. It’s strongly recommended that you attend a consultation with a company that handles home remodeling in Denver before agreeing to officially hire them. What should you expect during this initial consultation? How should you prepare? Here’s what you need to know:

Calculate a budget.

You should not begin to meet with different companies to discuss your plans unless you have finalized your budget. If you don’t have a budget, the companies you meet with could spend a lot of time planning for things that you cannot afford, and you may be crushed to hear that the initial design you fell in love with is out of your budget. Be smart and go into the consultation with a number in mind.

Talk about the timeframe.

It’s important to get an estimate of how long the remodel will take—especially if you are remodeling large portions of your home. You should also ask whether it is safe for you to stay inside your home during the remodel, and if so, how you will be able to protect yourself and your family from any potential hazards.

Know your priorities.

Before the consultation, sit down and think about what you really expect to get out of the remodel. Begin to write down a list of changes that you want to see in the room that you are remodeling. Once you have finished your list, start to prioritize each of the features. Bring this list with you to the meeting.
 
During the consultation, try to communicate your priorities clearly to the team. For example, let’s say you are remodeling your bathroom. Although you would love to install a freestanding tub, what you really need is more storage space. If there isn’t room in your bathroom—or your budget—for both, you should go with what you need (storage space) over what you want (the tub). Learn 4 ways to prioritize remodeling projects.

Ask to see the company’s work.

You should always ask to see a portfolio of the company’s work before leaving a consultation meeting. Make sure that the company has experience with projects similar to yours so you know that your home is in good hands.

Schedule a walk-through consultation.

Many companies will conduct a short phone consultation with you to discuss your needs prior to moving forward. If the phone consultation goes well, they may then ask if you are interested in scheduling a walk-through consultation. This means someone will come to your house and walk through the area that is being remodeled to get a better idea of the work that is needed. Be sure to schedule this before parting ways after the consultation so you can continue to move forward with your remodeling plans.
 
Ready to take the first step towards completing your remodel? 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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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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