Before and Better images of Re-Builders’ work, Kitchen design trends, an interview with Laura Bowden Designs here in Myrtle Beach, and local events: They’re all here in Re-Builders 2nd Quarter Newsletter!
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Voice-activated assistants? Outdoor-feeling indoor showers? Hi-tech toilets? These are just a few of the things that have become popular home design trends in 2017.
Take a look at this slideshow by houzz.com, then call Re-Builders in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina today at 843-448-0041 to start your remodel! Or, “Request an Estimate” on our website at www.rebuildersmyrtlebeach.com.
Contemporary aesthetics are more popular than traditional styling in both the kitchen and the bathroom, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Report from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). The report identified the top 10 trends in the industry this year.
Although traditional features are preferred in other areas of the house, new smart technology and appliances are preferred in kitchens and bathrooms; future tech integration within kitchens, such as hidden power strips, docking stations, and internet-connected electronics are being included more by pros. Also popular are induction cook tops, microwave drawers, and steam ovens with respondents preferring a contemporary look of clean lines, built-ins, and simple door styles.
Whites and grays remain top color choices, with blue hues gaining in popularity on painted cabinets; softer, cooler colors are most popular.
Two-tone kitchens are also popular, as well as mixing wood and metal surfaces as well as metal cabinetry. Furniture-look pieces, rollouts, pullouts, and under-cabinet LED lighting are also on-trend cabinet features. Barn doors and pocket doors are becoming increasingly more popular.
Quartz is the hottest kitchen counter top material over granite, as it is maintenance-free.
Linen storage cabinets and wood vanities are popular storage solutions. Floating vanities and open shelving are emerging; under-mount bathroom sinks and trough sinks are up while vessel and pedestal sinks are down.
High-quality vinyl flooring , warm as it is practical, is a much better material than it once was and is receiving a new appreciation.
White fixtures are up as well as brushed brass, gold finishes and designer faucet colors; bone and bisque-colored fixtures are trending down.
Universal Design features are more in demand, such as comfort height toilets, no-threshold showers with seats. Water-saving toilets and faucets, radiant floor heating, and video, audio, and wiring pathways for future integration were also popular among respondents.
More than half of the NKBA members surveyed said that they had removed a tub or whirlpool in a bathroom remodel during the past year, in order to save space for a bigger shower, often with flush flooring throughout the room and to make the bathroom look more spacious.
Time to upgrade your kitchen and/or bath? Ready to change your bathroom to a safer, more comfortable room to fit your needs? Contact Ray Floyd at Re-Builders, a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist, specializing in Universal Design. Fill out our Request for an estimate on our website at www.rebuildersmyrtlebeach.com, or call 843-448-0041 in Myrtle Beach.
Summarized from Professional Builder magazine article in March 2017 (Michael Chamernik)
The staff of Re-Builders, Inc. hopes your Memorial Day weekend is a relaxing, safe, enjoyable and reflective one. As we remember those who lost their lives for our freedoms, we hope you enjoy this post by one of our staff members in honor of Memorial Day 2016.
We thank all of our veterans for their sacrifices.
I could see the delight in our childrens’ eyes and the excitement in their voices yesterday as we discussed our plans for a fun Memorial Day weekend getaway. My mind began to drift away, back to the time I was so very moved by an elderly veteran in a restaurant waiting area years ago:
I was waiting with the family I grew up with as well as my own, laughing and loving being with all of them, when the elderly gentleman opened the entrance door and slowly walked in, revealing the extremely decorated uniform he wore with perfectly polished shoes.
Though he was frail, it didn’t stop him from using his back to hold the door open for his daughter while moving his cane from one hand to another. In return, she steadied him by holding his arm while he found a place to sit in the waiting area.
As I watched her help him get settled for the wait then walk over to see the attendant, I watched him place the cane gently beside him on the seat, then sit straight up with his head held high.
There was something very humble about him, yet so proud and honorable. I couldn’t help but wonder as I examined his uniform how much he had seen and how much he must have gone through. How much did he sacrifice? Did he see a friend die in the war? How many others had he seen die? Had he been seriously injured at some point? How much did his family sacrifice? How many nights had he slept on hard ground, longing to hear the voice of his wife or daughter?
Lost in my thoughts, she came back to sit beside him, and as she looked at him with pride I saw her utter the words, “I love you, Daddy” and kissed him on the cheek. As he slowly turned to look at her, I saw him muster a loving smile as he patted her hand then turned back to sit tall once again.
I felt tears well up in my eyes. Yes, this man had sacrificed. And his daughter hadn’t forgotten. She saw me at that very moment, acknowledging me with a smile as I returned the same, feeling overwhelmingly humbled.
Almost immediately our family was called to be seated, and I realized the sound of my family laughing and having fellowship together had been drowned out by my thoughts of this man and his daughter. It’s because of the sacrifices like those he had made for his country, for all of us, that my family and I were free. Free to meet together for a meal, free to pursue our dreams, free to do almost anything we set our hearts to do.
As I was the last to stand and walk toward the table, I stopped in the back of the line, turned back toward him and walked up to him with my hand extended. As he slowly lifted his head, I asked him, “May I shake your hand?” He slowly lifted his hand and we shared a firm handshake. Feeling more gratitude than I’m sure I’d had in a long time, I said sincerely “Thank you for your service, Sir”. The creases of his mouth turned up and the tears in my eyes began to well up again. He gave me a slow, deliberate nod as if to answer, “You’re welcome”.
Walking back to the table to join my family, somehow I knew that this would be one of the more memorable times with them. Not that it would be any different than any other meal we’d had, but because I was filled with gratitude. I wasn’t concerned with the cares of my seemingly petty daily struggles. I was more aware of the blessings in my life: a comfortable bed, peaceful sleep, peaceful days, hot meals, healthy children, freedom to be with family, freedom…..to live as we would like. All because of the sacrifices of strangers and God’s grace.
As we come closer to Memorial Day, I hope everyone remembers what this holiday is all about. Our veterans are why we are here today. Without their bravery, courageousness, and love of our country; we wouldn’t have the life we do.
So when you’re spending time with your family this weekend, make sure you also think about the ones that made that possible. Thank a veteran for their service and everything they have done. And in having done so, may you be filled with gratitude and may your worries be small, if even for a weekend.
We have all thought about what our dream home would look like. It’s natural! After all, we spend most of our time at home, so we might as well make it as perfect as possible. Some of us would like to have two staircases in the house for easy access, to be perched on top of a hill with a great backyard view, or to have a his and her walk-in closet.
Regardless of what your dream home will look like, I guarantee you that the creative and unique home remodeling ideas below will make you reconsider:
A dog bedroom?
Save space under the stairs and create a bedroom for your canine!
Maximize the staircase with storage space?
Add a pull-out storage unit underneath the stairs!
Relaxing, comfortable shower:
Create a lounge chair in the shower for a peaceful experience!
Alternate between two dishwashers so that you always have clean dishes readily available!
For more creative home improvement ideas, read the article in the link below. Call 843-448-0041 and ask for Ray Floyd to apply some of these fantastic tips in your Grand Strand home:
Mom will cherish handcrafted Mother’s Day gifts for years to come. With gifts such as stylish jewelry, homemade chocolate truffles, and family-theme artwork, these Mother’s Day gift ideas will please any Mom, including some gifts the kids can help create!
Click below for the slideshow of these great ideas from Better Homes & Gardens:
From the Staff of Re-Builders, Inc.
In a recent analysis of listings descriptions conducted by Zillow Digs, an online hub for home improvement ideas, it was found that trending home features such as “subway tiles” help properties sell for as much as 13 percent more than expected. These homes also are sold an average of 60 days faster than those without the trendy features.
Here are five upgrades that benefit home sellers:
1) Shaker Cabinets: Timeless and with mass appeal, a shaker style cabinet is characterized by a five-piece door with a recessed center panel. Homes with these types of cabinets in the listing description sell as much as 45 days faster than expected and earn 9.6 percent more than the expected sale price!
2) Subway Tile: This tile is popular in contemporary condos, vintage farmhouses, and new construction. Listings with this feature sell for 7 percent above the expected price and up to 63 days faster than expected. Subway tile moves homes off the market the quickest of any of the upgrades listed here.
3) Barn Doors: Homes with this feature sell 13 percent above the expected price and move a home off the market 57 days faster than the other features.
4) Quartz: Listings with quartz have a 6 percent sales premium, while granite only funneled a 4 percent price boost.
5) Farmhouse Sink: These homes see an 8 percent sales premium compared to those without them. Suiting most décor styles, farmhouse sinks cut time on the market by 58 days.
It’s time to upgrade your home and increase your home value! Whether you are buying a home to sell or rent and want to maximize your return on your investment, or need improvements to your current home, there’s no better time than now to call Ray Floyd at Re-Builders in Myrtle Beach, SC for an appointment. The premier remodeler on the Grand Strand since 1994, Re-Builders will be happy to help you achieve the home that is perfect for you!
Look for the “Request an Estimate” page on our website today or call 843-448-0041.
Summarized From Professional Remodeler Magazine, April 2017, by Jennifer Riner, with photos added.
To achieve the remodeled kitchen that you’ll love like this one by Re-Builders, consider these things before you begin:
Get the Pros Involved: A kitchen remodel is a big deal—not something to be approached rashly. So before you even visit a showroom or meet with a pro, read our expert advice on creating the cook space you’ve always coveted.
First off, regardless of your budget, here’s how your kitchen remodel tends to be allocated:
Things that are not worth the splurge are Glazed, distressed, and crackled finishes, which can increase cabinet costs by as much as 30 percent and can start to look dated as trends change, Pot fillers, which does make filling the pasta pot easier, but it doesn’t help with the far worse task of carting boiling water to the sink when your fettuccine is done, and let’s not forget the Wine fridge: Do you really need 18 bottles of Pinot within arms reach and kept at precisely 55 degrees?
Now for more tips: Using our recent remodel as an example, rather than choosing customization from a local craftsman, we used Aristrokraft all-wood maple cabinets with a white finish. Factory-made-to-order cabinets have warranties of up to 25 years, are made in a controlled environment that yields more stable wood which reduces warping and splitting, they use computerized cutting tools that offer more precise joinery that anything done by hand, and offer baked-on finishes that are more durable than the locals’ air dried ones.
We replaced the countertops with Quartz, and installed an Onyx tile backsplash. Stronger than granite, Quartz is a stain-resistant man-made alternative that never needs to be sealed and takes more heat than granite. An engineered stone, it offers a zero-maintenance, zero-worry surface.
We installed new flooring, all new GE appliances, recessed can lights, and an accent light fixture as well as new LED energy-efficient, long-lasting ribbon lighting under the cabinets.
Need help selecting finishes and materials for your kitchen? These owners selected Laura Bowden Designs with 30 years of experience and a favorite here on the Grand Strand in South Carolina.
For many more helpful tips like these, click here: https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/read-you-remodel-kitchen/page/1
For more tips from a local professional, call Ray Floyd with Re-Builders, Inc. today at 843-448-0041 to set up an appointment.
The staff at Re-Builders hopes that you find the renewal of hope, health, love and the spirit of God this Easter. May you have a refreshing, blessed time with your families and friends.