Spring Home Remodeling Projects to Consider

Spring Home Remodeling Projects to Consider

Spring is one of the most popular times of the year that people start remodeling projects in their homes. It’s the perfect time of year to prepare your home for the sunny weather and give it a fresh look heading into the summer. The projects can be costly or inexpensive, depending on the size of the project that you want to undertake. Now is the time that many homeowners are beginning to plan these projects, so we wrote this blog to help homeowners find inspiration for their projects.

Kitchen Remodeling Project

Remodeling your home’s kitchen is one of the best projects to start during the spring. You can add windows to let more natural light into your kitchen and make it a more pleasant place to both cook and entertain. Plus, you’re likely to have guests over more often during the warm weather months, so it’s nice to have a beautiful space to enjoy. The kitchen is the heart of your home.

Bathroom Remodeling Project

Next to kitchens, remodeling your home’s bathroom is one the highest return on investment projects that you can do. You spend time every day in your bathroom, so it’s essential that it’s a space that you enjoy. Whether it be updating your entire bathroom or installing new bathroom cabinetry, you can hugely improve your bathroom with a few small changes, and that makes your home more pleasant overall.

Basement Remodeling Projects

A great way to increase the usable space in your home, remodeling basements is a hugely popular remodeling project. You can add an additional bedroom in your basement, storage, a man cave, or more. If you ever plan to sell your home, a finished basement is hugely attractive for prospective buyers. Finishing your basement can take it from unused space in your home to one of your family’s favorites.

Deck Installation Projects

One of the best remodeling projects for spring starts outdoors. A new deck makes your home’s outdoor space an extension of your home. You can use this space to entertain, create an outdoor kitchen, and just relax when you want to. Especially after a long winter, it’s nice to get out and enjoy the outdoors comfortably. Plus, with modern decking options, you can even get a low-maintenance deck that won’t require staining and extra care.

Replace Your Windows

As we mentioned with kitchens, spring is a great time of the year to add or replace windows in your home. The increased natural light from the outdoors will warm up your home and make waking up each morning nice and comfy.

Contact our team at Gehman Design Remodeling today if you’re interested in any of our home remodeling services.

How to Check For Mold Behind Stucco

How to Check for Mold Behind Your Stucco

Stucco is an excellent siding material that you commonly see, but many homeowners who don’t have it themselves don’t know a lot about it. It’s actually made of a mix of sand, lime, and cement. It’s one of the oldest siding materials and is still being used today because it’s been proven generation after generation. Stucco will give you a unique look, rather than going with a generic looking vinyl siding option like all of the other homes in your neighborhood. If you live in an area that’s prone to rain, snow, and humidity, stucco can cause issues for you. Mold and rot issues can end up costing you a lot of money for repairs, so we’ve put together a blog to help you identify mold behind your stucco siding.

Inspecting Stucco

Usually, when you realize that there’s mold behind your stucco, it’s already too late. If you have a home with stucco siding that you’re trying to sell, some potential buyers may shy away from stucco because of the common issues that can arise with it. Mold can become an issue with stucco when it has a chance to grow from water getting behind your siding. Moisture usually gets behind your stucco around the windows, doors, and other structural joints, like where your roof joins with your house. Stucco is made of a mixture of materials that aren’t very breathable, so the product itself doesn’t breathe well. When water is trapped, it stays there and can cause stains, which are clear signs of damage and referred to as stucco tears. 

Over Time

 When you do begin to notice stucco tears on your home, you can be sure that some damage has occurred. It’s time to call a professional for a moisture inspection to learn the extent of the damage. This can make sure that you have your damaged stucco repaired before more damage can occur, costing you more money. Water that can’t escape from behind your siding will weaken your home’s wood framing, windows, and more if left unchecked.

This isn’t to say that stucco isn’t a great siding option. Stucco has a timeless look and has been proven to be durable in all climates throughout the United States. It’s an energy-efficient option as well because it forms a shell around your home that helps keep your heating and cooling costs low. 

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If you’re in need of stucco repair services, contact our team at Gehman Remodeling today! Our team is experienced in tackling mold and water damage in stucco and returning it to looking like new.

 

Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertop for Your Home

Choosing the Right Kitchen Countertop for Your Home

Kitchen Countertops

When selecting a new countertop for your home, it can be a challenge. You want something that looks amazing, but you also want high-quality performance and function from your countertops. 

There are a few main factors to keep in mind while shopping for new countertops:

  • How you’re going to use them
  • How much maintenance you’re willing to do
  • How much space you need
  • Your current kitchen’s style
  • Your budget

How You Use Your Countertops

You’ll want to think about how you’re going to be using your countertops. If you have kids or entertain often, you will probably want a more durable option that can handle wear and tear. Your cooking habits also impact your decision; some materials are more resistant to heat than others. 

How Much Maintenance You’re Willing to Do

When you’re making major changes to your home, it’s important to be honest with yourself. If you know you aren’t up to the task of maintaining your limestone or granite countertops, they may not be the best option for your home. 

How Much Space You Need

Measuring and estimating the amount of counter space you need to cover will allow you to work with contractors to compare the cost of materials for the space you need. You can then make the decision of how much you’re going to spend. Note: kitchen islands are a highly-popular option for folks with limited or an uncoventional space.

Your Budget

There’s a huge range when it comes to the cost of countertops, but if you select a great material and maintain it well, it can last a lifetime. Luckily, with so many options out there, you can focus on the style and look of the countertop and then find a cheaper alternative if a material like marble doesn’t fit your budget. There are many alternative countertop materials that are extremely similar to the cost of granite or marble, so find a style you love for your kitchen, then worry about the actual material and cost later.

Which Materials & Colors Fit Your Home

The most important thing to consider when purchasing new countertops for your home is what will look great in YOUR kitchen. Complimenting the rest of your kitchen and home with beautiful cabinets can help give your home a cohesive design. Many other aspects of your home will likely change; new appliances, new paint, etc. but your countertops will remain, so choosing something with a versatile and timeless look is one of the best suggestions we can make. 

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Why put your kitchen remodeling plans on hold? Contact us today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with our team; we can break down different countertop options for you and help make your home beautiful.

Why You Should Think Twice Before Doing a DIY Remodel Project

Why You Should Think Twice Before Doing a DIY Remodel Project

With the popularity of websites like Pinterest and HGTV shows on the rise, many homeowners are taking a DIY (do it yourself) approach to home remodeling projects. While internet tutorials can make DIY projects seem like a breeze to complete, the reality is often much different. 

Even a well-planned DIY project can result in headaches and frustrations, which is why we recommend that you think twice before you take on a remodeling project yourself. Here’s a closer look at how DIY can quickly turn into DI-Why.

DIY projects are time-consuming

Let’s say you have a thoughtful plan in place for your remodel. You’ve laid out a budget, meticulously planned a timeline, and you’re ready to get started. But, what happens when life gets in the way of your plans? An unexpected sickness, a busier than normal week at work, or any other curveball that’s thrown at you likely means your remodeling project will get pushed to the side. 

A project that was supposed to take a few weeks to finish can turn into months or even years if it ever even gets completed. By hiring a contractor instead of trying to do it yourself, you won’t have to worry or stress about unfinished tasks hanging over your head. You’ll also have a professional team working on your project that’s got years of experience completing projects on time and on budget. If you choose the right contractor, that is. 

DIY projects can end up costing you more money

Many homeowners decide to take on DIY remodeling projects in the hopes that they’ll save money, but more often than not, a DIY attempt can end up costing you more money in the long run. 

By taking on a large project that’s outside of your skill level, you face the risk of doing accidental damage to your home, which may leave you looking for a contractor to finish what you started. Additionally, some jobs are dangerous to attempt alone or may require permits. It’s better to leave projects like this to a professional to save you time – and headaches – in the future.

DIY projects often aren’t up to code

Like we briefly mentioned above, whether intentional or not, many DIY projects aren’t done in compliance with city permits and building codes. This could lead to serious issues if you try to sell your home in the future. 

These codes are in place to keep homeowners safe, so if you move forward with a DIY remodel without following building codes, you could run into possible structural, electrical, or plumbing problems down the road, leaving your family in potential danger. By hiring a professional contractor, you can have peace of mind that every aspect of your project is in compliance. 

A poorly done DIY project can hurt your home’s value, not improve it

We know that everyone starts a home improvement project with the intention of improving their home and making it look beautiful, but that’s often not the outcome. When it’s all said and done, a DIY project can actually hurt your home’s value. As a result, your project might end up costing you more than what you paid to complete it. 

However, when you hire a contractor to properly complete your remodeling project, you can increase your home’s value should you decide to sell. For example, a minor kitchen remodel, completed by a professional, can recoup an average of 81% of its cost

DIY remodels may lack a luxurious feel

Homeowners often decide to tackle remodeling projects themselves as a way to save on costs, which is totally understandable. However, they may use cheap materials, and even when the work is done well, the end result can lack the look and feel of a more luxurious remodel, which leaves them feeling disappointed that they spent time and effort on a result they ultimately don’t love. 

If you’re looking for a luxurious, custom remodeling project, your best bet is to hire a contractor who specializes in home improvement projects. While the initial cost upfront may be higher, you’ll be left with a result you can enjoy for years to come. 

Why choose Gehman Design Remodeling for your project?

Once you decide to hire a contractor for your project, look no further than the Gehman Design Remodeling team! We operate efficiently, in a way that makes the entire remodeling process easy on you. 

We’ll work with you to determine your style, needs, and home specifications to develop a plan for the perfect remodel for your home. Once we complete your project, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that we offer a 5-year warranty on our craftsmanship and a 10-year structural warranty so your investment is protected. 

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Why put your home remodeling plans on hold any longer? Contact us today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation with our team. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen, bathroom, deck, or basement, our team will get the job done right the first time, communicating openly with you throughout the project until you get the remodel of your dreams. 

We can’t wait to get started on your project!

5 Kitchen Upgrades to Help Increase Your Home’s Value

5 Kitchen Upgrades to Help Increase Your Home’s Value

If you’re considering investing in home renovations, there are probably a few questions going through your mind…

“How long will it take?”

“How much will it cost?”

“Will it help increase my home’s value?”

The answer to all of these questions ultimately depends on what type of renovation you choose to do. As experts in design remodeling services, we believe that upgrading your kitchen is one of the best ways to increase your home’s value. 

Why are kitchen upgrades valuable?

It’s been said that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and for good reason. Kitchens are high-traffic rooms, used for everything from the obvious, like making dinner, to other special family moments, like working on homework, laughing during late-night talks, and hosting guests. 

According to an article from Forbes, “Kitchens will give you one of the biggest returns on your investment.” The article goes on to say that even simple updates can make a significant impact on your home’s value.

Experts at HGTV agree, saying, “Ask any real estate expert what the No. 1 upgrade with the greatest return is, and the answer will be the kitchen.” 

So, how can you decide which kitchen upgrades will be worth your time and money? Start by thinking about what will provide the most value to you and your family. Then, narrow down your projects by reviewing the following list of upgrades that can help increase your home’s value. 

Areas of your kitchen you should consider updating

Here’s a closer look at some of the most valuable kitchen renovations you can to in your home. 

Floor plan

Open floor plans are becoming increasingly popular because they give your home a warm, open, and inviting vibe. Millennials, in particular, look for open concepts when house hunting. Additionally, opening up your kitchen allows you to choose from more customization options, like adding a kitchen island to your space. 

Countertops

Updating your countertops can give your whole kitchen a refreshed look, but it can be hard to know which type of counters are best for your needs. At Gehman Design Remodeling, we offer the following countertop options: 

  • Quartz
  • Granite
  • Laminate
  • Concrete
  • Solid-surfacing

Our remodeling experts on staff can walk you through the differences of each type and help you determine what you should choose. 

Floors

The most valuable upgrade you can do to your floors is to install or refinish hardwood floors. Why are hardwood floors a smart upgrade? Homelight, a real estate referral company, explains, “The NAR’s (National Association of Realtors) 2017 Remodeling Impact Report projects that homes with existing hardwood floors will likely see a 100% return as the average $3,000 cost to refurbish them adds $3,000 in value.”

The Homelight article continues, “Installing wood flooring pays off almost as well, with a 91% return. Wood flooring installations that cost $5,500 are projected to add around $5,000 to the home value. However, these estimates vary depending upon the type of wood flooring you install.”

Appliances

If you’ve ever seen a house with pink appliances from the 1970s, you know that old appliances can make your whole house look outdated. When upgrading your appliances, be sure to look for energy-efficient models, which can help lower your energy use, and in turn, your monthly utility bill. You may also consider “commercial look” appliances which will give your home the look of a beautiful, high-end commercial kitchen, in a size that fits your space. 

Cabinets

Cabinets are one of the first things someone sees when they walk into your kitchen. What kind of impression are your cabinets making? Whether you only want to upgrade the look of your cabinets, or you want to reconfigure them to maximize your storage space, we recommend installing all-wood cabinets in your home. 

At Gehman Design Remodeling, we offer a variety of styles, colors, finishes, and hardware so your cabinets will perfectly fit your aesthetic. 

What is the average ROI of a kitchen remodel?

So, how much value can you expect to get back after investing in kitchen renovations? It depends on the project, but a minor kitchen remodel can recoup an average of 81% of its cost. However, it’s important to remember that all renovations are not weighted equally. 

Minor kitchen renovations have a higher ROI than luxury upgrades since they are more appealing to the masses. So, unless you want stone countertops or commercial-grade appliances for your own use, you can skip them during your renovation since they won’t add much to your home’s overall value. 

What NOT to do when renovating your kitchen

Now that you have a better idea of which kitchen upgrades are worth your time and money, here are a few things you should avoid. 

Non-neutral paint colors

Skip the bright colors in favor of shades of beige or gray, which will appeal to more people when you go to sell your home. If you really can’t live without a bright green wall, just be sure to paint it a more neutral color before putting your house on the market. 

Wallpaper

Similarly, wallpaper can be a polarizing design choice. It can also be difficult to remove, so it’s best to avoid it altogether during the design phase of your remodel. 

Luxury kitchen renovations

Like we mentioned above, luxury upgrades don’t always have a high ROI. For example, a brick pizza oven could be cool to have in your house if you’re a chef or a pizza connoisseur, but the average person doesn’t gain many benefits from having one in their home. 

You’ll need to find the balance of upgrading your home with features you genuinely want and will use with features that will also appeal to a large number of people once you decide to sell. 

Get a free estimate today

Ready to get started on your kitchen upgrades? Contact Gehman Design Remodeling today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation. Or, check out our kitchen design portfolio to get a better idea of the work we’ve done in the past and how we can help you with your project. 

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As a company that’s been around for nearly 30 years, you can trust that if you come to us with an idea for your home, we’ll get it done with the highest level of customer service every step of the way. We can’t wait to help you bring your kitchen dreams to reality. 

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