Thursday, June 29, 2017

Design Tips for a Small Galley Kitchen

Many of today's homes feature large, spacious kitchens that serve as a place for not only  cooking, but cleaning and family gathering. If your home is on the smaller side, you may want to consider options for small galley kitchen design.  In this article from HGTV, we will show you that by following a few simple guidelines, you should be able to make a smaller galley kitchen space seem larger and function more efficiently.

If you're looking to remodel an existing galley kitchen, it's likely that job one for you will be to maximize the space you have to work with. Kitchen lore states that the ideal width of a galley kitchen aisle is approximately 4 to 6 feet—but whether your small galley kitchen is dead on with that measurement or even smaller, you can create a more efficient space and also add design features that can expand the area visually.
There are plenty of tricks that can help you expand the appearance of depth, height and width in your kitchen, and the best way to start is at the bottom. Firstly, make sure that floor boards run lengthwise, to create the illusion of a longer kitchen space. If you plan to feature a backsplash or other wall design, consider arranging the tiles in opposition to the floorboards' orientation—this will help to create the illusion of depth in the space. Finally, consider raising cabinets or appliances off the floor—if they're flush, the entire space will seem shorter, but raising them slightly will give the appearance of a space with more height.
You can also consider hiding appliances entirely, behind cabinets or with paneling that mimics the look of your cabinet design. Clean lines give the impression of a larger space, whereas multiple appliances arrayed throughout the space can make it seem cluttered. The note about clean lines can apply to cabinets as well—you'll want to keep these as simple and unadorned as possible, since any intricate designs may serve to crowd the space.
When it comes to color schemes for your small galley kitchen, light and bright is a great idea—lighter colors tend to open up spaces, whereas darker ones create a cozy feel but can make a small space feel claustrophobic.
Finally, consider adding efficient storage options like lazy Susans, cabinet door organizers and tall pantry storage to your small galley kitchen. This will help ensure that everything you have to store is close at hand but organized efficiently behind closed doors.

The Pros of Cork Flooring

Cork flooring is not right for every location and installation. This fantastic article from The Spruce outlines some of the many pros and cons to this type of flooring.  In this post, we will cover what we consider to be the Top 3 Pros and Cons to installing cork flooring in your home.  

Projects General Construction recently worked on this bathroom, which incorporated natural cork flooring.  Travertine tiles were used on the floor in the wet areas with cork flooring in the rest of the room. 

The Pros of Cork Flooring

1.     Cork’s Insulating Properties:  Flooring made from cork can also help you save money on your heating and cooling bills.  That same property that insulates the floor against noise will also serve to keep out unwanted heat energy in the summer, or to keep it in the room in the winter. This means that you will have to expend less energy trying to control the temperature of an interior space.

2.     Hypoallergenic & Antimicrobial Properties: Unlike carpet, cork tends to repel dust, hair, and other small particles from its surface. The material is also easier to get completely clean. Because of this, cork floors tend to promote higher indoor air quality.  Cork contains a waxy substance called suberin. This material has the property of naturally repelling small vermin and insects.

3.     Eco Friendly: Cork is a completely natural, recurring, and easily replenishable material. It is made from the bark of the Cork Oak, which can be harvested without harming the tree, and which grows back periodically every few years. It is also biodegradable, and will break down into the environment at the end of its life cycle.

The Cons of Cork Flooring

1.     Pet Scratches: Cat and dog nail scratches are a particular problem with cork flooring. These can start showing up almost instantly, especially with larger, heavier canines. Keeping their nails trimmed can help this, but it is an ongoing process, that will slowly weather the surface of the material.

2.     Water Issues: You seal cork in order to create an invisible barrier over its surface, which will protect it from water stains and damage. However, this seal is not perfect, and if there is a flood, the flooring material will probably warp, discolor, and be ruined.  High humidity can also cause cork to curl or plump, which may lead to tiles popping out.

3.     Sunlight Fading: If direct sunlight is allowed to beam down on cork materials every day, then discoloration may occur, and a patch of the floor can end up taking on a different hue than the rest. This can be offset by blocking sunlight with curtains or blinds, but will require constant vigilance and care.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

What is the Average Cost of a Bathroom Remodel?

What is the Average Cost of a Bathroom Remodel?  That's the 1 million dollar question!

According to Home Advisor, "Homeowners have many options when they remodel a bathroom and the total cost depends on style and budget. The average bathroom remodel costs $9,376, but you can spend less - between $3,500 and $7,000 - to fix up the essentials in a small- to medium-sized bathroom. On the other end of the spectrum, you could spend $13,000 to more than $20,000 on a master bathroom remodel to make it an oasis. Most homeowners spend between $5,561 and $13,197."

This separated bathroom was integrated beautifully by using the same waterfall rain stone tile back splash as the design strip in the walk-in shower.  

Travertine tiles were used on the floor in the wet areas and natural cork, which tied in beautifully with the matched grain vanity. The look and feel is style combined with Zen.

Projects General Construction would love to help you with your next remodeling project!  Give us a call today to make your home renovation ideas come to life.  

How to Make a Small Condo feel Spacious

How do you make a small Condo feel spacious?  Easy, take out a wall or two, add an island with seating and enjoy!

This 900 sf Condo felt too small so with the judicious removal of some walls, the relocation of laundry and furnace, it now feels wide open with plenty of room. 

The Caesarstone Wild Rice countertops contrast nicely with the ceramic subway tile
backsplash, painted Shaker style cabinetry, and the rustic wood flooring.  Adding lovely style touches like the stainless Farmhouse sink and conveniently located built-in Microwave, and you are ready for either a party or some quiet time!

Dark wood vaulted ceilings in the Living Room made the space feel overwhelming and oppressive, while an old 1960’s block wall at the entry and the fireplace surround closed in and dated the space. 

By painting the wood and beams a fresh white and removing a partial wall by the entry, the spaciousness remained without the heavy feel.  The natural stone on the fireplace is surrounded with a reclaimed wood mantle which makes it cozy and the custom painted wood shelving adds character while showcasing some favorite collected art and ceramics.

If you have any questions about this gorgeous remodel, please give us a call!  We'd love to help you fulfill your design dreams.  

Monday, May 1, 2017

New After Photos of Kitchen, Bathroom, Living Room, and Dining Room

Projects General Construction, Inc. recently had the privilege of remodeling a client's entire home and we're excited to finally be able to share the "after" photos with you!

This Master Bathroom says relax in a very fabulous way.  Starting with a freestanding contemporary tub and a walk in shower that adds tremendous visual interest, thanks to the Metallica tile with several niches for all things needed and beautiful!  The Titan Lagos countertop ties it all together while adding its own personality.  The frosted glass door and panel to the water closet allows privacy and light at the same time!

In the guest bathroom, we mixed a cool, contemporary look with exciting tile colors in varying sizes and style.  The fixed glass panel at the walk-in shower keeps water where it belongs, yet invites you in.  Warm, neutral colors were selected for the tile, while titan lagos countertop along with the rich wood vanity create an understated elegance.

In the kitchen, the client was looking for a sleek, ultra-contemporary look, so we selected cabinetry with the added flair of the chevron natural stone backsplash and Caesarstone counter top. The contrast of the classic Mexican Saltillo tile flooring adds warmth while the windows let in the gorgeous city views. 

We also updated the living room and dining area to go with the cool, comtemporary look and feel so they flow with the updated bathrooms and kitchen. 

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Flooring: A Primer on Solid Wood Floors