Pet-Approved Home Design Ideas

Calling all Montgomery County pet owners! Looking to remodel soon? Don’t forget about your furry friends when designing your dream home. 

Here are a few pet-friendly ideas to consider including in your next remodel:

Pet Washing Stations

Shampooing your schnauzer inside can be a difficult and stressful chore for both of you. This process becomes much easier with a built-in pet washing station — especially if it’s by an entrance, so you can remove all traces of Fido’s outdoor adventures before he has a chance to snuggle up on the couch. We recommend a low-mounted detachable showerhead that allows you to easily maneuver around your pet, spraying water only where you want it (and not all over the floor or yourself).

Pet washing stations are also easy to clean and can be a great way to keep all grooming essentials in one area for easy access. Furthermore, when you’re not using it to wash the dog, these stations can be used to rinse off muddy shoes or as a place to toss wet outdoor gear and kids’ sports equipment after coming in from the outside.

Pet-Friendly Flooring

Pet owners have lots to consider when choosing flooring. Between claw scratches, accidents, and muddy paws, you’ll want flooring that’s durable and easy to clean. Here are some of the most popular flooring choices for pet owners:

·       Luxury Vinyl: Hardwood floors are beautiful, but can scratch easily and warp when wet. Luxury vinyl flooring has the look of hardwood but is completely waterproof and much more durable.

·       Tile: While costlier, tile flooring is one of the most durable flooring choices available. Installing it in the kitchen will not only enhance the look of your space, but also make for easy cleanup of water bowl spills and other messes.

·       Bamboo: Bamboo is naturally tough and will stand up to scratches more than hardwood floors. It is also water-resistant, though more sensitive to moisture than tile or vinyl.  

Built-in Pet Spaces

Our furry friends have lots of essentials that can quickly clutter our living areas. Instead of adding these items on top of the pieces you already have, try incorporating them as part of your permanent furniture.

Litter boxes can be cleverly concealed inside an end table.

The nook under your stairs could be transformed into the ultimate cozy pet bed or crate space.

Even food dishes can be mounted to the wall to declutter the floor. Built-in pet spaces can be part of your décor — making your home cohesive while still meeting the needs of your companion. 

Pet-Friendly Fabrics & Furniture

With animals in the home, not just any fabric will do. Much like flooring, the furniture you purchase should be easy to clean and stand up to claws, fur, and messes. Here are some of the better choices for pet-friendly furniture:

·       Leather: Leather is by far the easiest material to wipe off spills or muddy paw prints. It also repels odors and is generally very resistant to staining. However, keep in mind that not all leather is created equal. Opt for leather treated to improve scratch resistance, or embrace the rugged, lived-in leather look.

 

·       Microfiber: If you’d like to stick to upholstered furniture, microfiber is a great option. Designed for durability, this fabric will stand the test of time, even when shared with your pets. It is stain-resistant and easy to clean (some covers are even machine washable!).

 

·       Velvet: Since velvet is not woven, fur brushes off easily and pets won’t snag their claws on a loose thread. Velvet is also stain and water-resistant — just try to catch any spills before they sink in. 

Storage Solutions

Don’t forget about pet supplies as you design your storage! Ensuring everything has a home makes it much easier to stay organized and clutter-free.

Pull-out drawers are great for storing large containers of pet food.

Dog walking stations in entryways or mudrooms can conveniently hold leashes and harnesses on hooks, and provide storage for plastic bags, treats, and other gear.

Finally, have a designated basket or bin for toys that is accessible but out of the flow of traffic to keep your pet occupied and your home tidy.  

 

Your pets are part of your family, so it only makes sense to consider them in your new space! Contact us for more pet-friendly remodeling ideas, or to get started on your next project. 

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Beating Summer Boredom for Teens & Tweens in Lansdale, Fort Washington & Beyond

School’s almost out, and that means it’s time for some summer fun! If you’ve got teens or tweens at home, you’re probably already hearing the familiar “I’m bored” refrain. Never fear — we’ve assembled an awesome lineup of activities, whether you’re in Lansdale, Ambler, North Wales, Souderton, Oaks, or even Doylestown PA. After all, we’re not just remodeling basements and kitchens in this area — we live here, too!

Here are our top picks for summer adventures — just remember to check availability with each organization.

Get Outdoors & Get Active

Take advantage of the beautiful weather and hit the trails. We love Evansburg State Park and Fort Washington State Park but check out alltrails.com for advice on which trails to hit (or avoid!)

 We’re also fans of Elmwood Park Zoo in Norristown, where you can go ziplining or gem mining for an all-ages outdoorsy adventure.

Don’t forget gyms! The Ambler Area YMCA and Lifetime Fort Washington offer swimming, sports, fitness classes, and camps to keep teens active.

For a bigger adrenaline rush, check out the HUGE aerial adventure park at Hellerick’s Family Farm

 

Embrace Arts & Culture

Get your teens’ creative juices flowing with music lessons at Ambler Arts & Music Academy or the Color Me Mine painting studio in Montgomeryville. You can also catch live music, shows and performances at local venues like the Ambler Theater or Act II Playhouse.

Experience Community Events

Our area hosts tons of fun community festivals and events all summer. In Lansdale, don’t miss the Founders Day celebration, First Fridays, and summer concert series. Over in Souderton, check out the kid-friendly events listed on Eventbrite like arts & crafts, magic shows, and more.

Enjoy College Prep

The summers before high school are the perfect time for college prep. Penn State Abington offers a Kids and Teen College with camps covering everything from forensics to public speaking to graphic novels — a great way for tweens and teens to get a taste of college life.

 

 

With so many awesome options for outdoor recreation, arts and culture, community events, college prep, and family attractions, your teens and tweens won’t have a moment of boredom this summer!

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Before and After: Exploring Pre- & Post-Pandemic Bathroom Trends

Remember 2020? It’s hard to believe that was only three years ago! We were in the early days of the pandemic and spending much more time than ever before in our homes. The more time people spent at home — living, working, and even going to school — the more they dreamed of transforming the space they had into the place they loved. Bathrooms were particularly popular remodels; after all, who doesn’t want a home spa, especially in stressful times?

We revisited the top bathroom trends of 2020 and discovered that while they’re still going strong, 2023 bathroom styles have evolved in some surprising ways. Here’s what we’re seeing today:

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2023 Bathroom Trend: Just the Shower, Ma’am.

Three years ago, the debate surrounding showers and tubs revolved around whether they should be combined or separated. Combined can be a great space-saver, but a separate soaking tub is a lovely luxury.

Today’s homeowners, on the other hand, aren’t just open to a separate tub and shower — many are wondering whether tubs are necessary at all.

A clear advantage of forgoing the tub is that it leaves more room for an oversized, spacious shower. While showers may be more practical than baths, they can still be every bit as luxurious. Sleek glass enclosures, accent tile, and multiple shower heads are just a few shower trends to enhance your daily routine.

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2023 Bathroom Trend: Back to Bold

Neutral color palettes dominated 2020 bathroom designs, creating a calm and soothing atmosphere. Whites, greys, and browns were the top choices, looking elegant, sophisticated, and clean. Neutral colors also worked well with the emerging trend of incorporating house plants, natural materials, and earthy textures into bathroom décor.

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As we fast forward to today, a bold new trend has emerged: the use of vibrant and striking paint colors and textures. Homeowners and designers are now embracing deep blues, rich greens, and even lively jewel tones to infuse personality and create a focal point within the bathroom space. Fluted wall panels add exciting texture and depth and provide an interesting new way to decorate. This shift towards more dramatic looks reflects a desire for uniqueness and individuality, breaking away from the safe and predictable designs of the past.

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2023 Bathroom Trend: Statement Lighting

Three years ago, heated floors were hailed as the epitome of luxury in bathrooms. Homeowners loved the comfort of a warm bathroom floor — especially on cold winter mornings.

While heated floors remain popular, a new trend has taken center stage: statement lighting. Today’s bathrooms are adorned with eye-catching pendant lights, chandeliers, and wall sconces that serve as both functional fixtures and decorative elements. These dramatic lighting choices add a touch of sophistication and personality, transforming the bathroom into a space of elegance and visual appeal.

The trends of 2020 are far from outdated. In fact, most of what was popular then is timeless and will be enjoyed for years to come. Will 2023’s dramatic style stick around? We think so. Personal statements are always popular, and a remodel is the perfect way to make your home feel more like you.

Are you ready for a change in your home? Contact us to get started!

Warm Wishes this Holiday Season

This year — our 40th in business — was a year of celebration. From our humble start as a small operation, we’re now Montgomery County’s premier home remodeling choice, and we have so many things to be grateful for.

Our team recently gathered for our annual holiday party, and we couldn’t help but look around with full hearts. In a time when many businesses have a revolving door of employees coming and going, many of our team members have been with us for several years. In fact, Lead Carpenter Kory has been with us for 11 years, Lead Carpenter Mike Jones for 15, and Production Team Leader Matt Hill has an impressive 18 years! This group of hard-working professionals truly feels like family.

Besides our in-house team, we’re also blessed with an amazing extended team of partners — the electricians, plumbers, and other tradespeople whose expertise we can always count on to bring our projects to life. Thank you for your continued partnership and dependable service.

And of course, we’re incredibly thankful for our wonderful clients. They’re the reason we can continue doing what we love year after year, and we’re so appreciative of their business, trust, and loyalty. We can’t wait to see what our family of homeowners has in store for us in 2023.

We hope your holiday season is filled with everything that brings you joy — whether that may be faith traditions, visits with loved ones, delicious meals, or just quiet evenings by the fire. Have a wonderful holiday, and we’ll see you next year!

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This Year’s Hottest Fireplace Types & Trends

With cooler weather and the holiday season upon us, Montgomery County homeowners want to know the ins, outs, and what’s smoking hot for fireplaces this year. To get all the insider info, we turned to Mr. Jim Maginnis — fireplace expert and associate sales manager at Salter’s Fireplace & Outdoor Living, our go-to partner whenever a fireplace is involved in a remodel. Here’s what he had to say about types, trends, and tips for all things fireplace.

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Fireplace Types

Which type of fireplace is right for you? That’s a burning question. To answer it, let’s explore the advantages and challenges of each:

Woodburning

There’s nothing like the sounds, smells, and look of a wood-burning fireplace on a chilly winter evening. Sitting by the fireplace with a mug of hot chocolate, listening to the pops and crackles, and feeling the warmth of real flames is such a treat. Additionally, soaring fuel prices mean wood-burning fireplaces are more cost-efficient than ever, which may be a big reason they’re trending this year.

Of course, all this ambiance comes with a bit of hard work — wood-burning fireplaces are known to be high maintenance. Jim recommends having your chimney professionally cleaned after every two-to-three cords of firewood, and the ashes should be swept out regularly. 

Gas

Gas fireplaces might not have the sensory experience of wood-burning fireplaces, but they make up for it in ease of use. Homeowners can enjoy a fire almost instantly, with no regular cleaning. Once the fire is going, it needs no tending and will continue for as long as you’d like. Best of all, gas fireplaces can be installed almost anywhere — from the bedroom to the basement or even outside.

Even though they’re low maintenance, Jim stresses the importance of yearly servicing for your gas fireplace. There are a number of parts that need to work together, and keeping up with maintenance ensures any issues will be addressed before they become bigger problems.

 Wood Stove

Can’t decide between ambiance or efficient heating? With a wood stove, you can have both. Wood stoves are energy efficient, with longer burn times and forced air warming up your room. As a bonus, they require about 1/3 as much wood as a traditional wood-burning fireplace, meaning fewer wood-gathering trips for homeowners.

Wood stoves still come with maintenance. Like other fireplaces, they must be inspected yearly to stay in good working order and be cleaned out weekly or bi-weekly, depending on how much they’re used.

Electric

Working with a small space or looking for something different? Our very own Mike Foering recommends an electric fireplace. With no chimney needed, electric fireplaces can go anywhere in the room. Electricity is the only requirement, making these heaters a maintenance-free, safe option for homeowners looking for a simple way to add a little extra warmth and ambiance to their space.

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Fireplace Surrounds

Fireplaces tend to take center stage in the look of your room, so updating the surround will make a dramatic difference.

Brick

Once the standard in fireplaces, brick surrounds provide a classic, traditional look. While they’re still found in many homes, few homeowners will request them for their new fireplaces. Those looking for a more modern feel are opting to cover or even remove their brick surrounds and reface them with stone.

Stone

Stone surrounds are without question the most popular choice today. Homeowners have several options to customize the look of their stone fireplaces, including:

  • Panel — small sections of stone assembled in unique patterns
  • Quarry — larger stones for a more rustic look
  • Marble — the modern, luxurious option

Mantels

A traditional mantel includes both the shelf and legs and is meant to be a grand centerpiece in your home. Following overarching trends toward clean, modern, and minimalistic designs, current homeowners are forgoing large mantels for stand-alone shelves.

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As a backdrop to their mantel shelf, some homeowners are expanding their stone surrounds floor-to-ceiling. Depending on the location, this could also allow for a return on both sides of the wall, so more people can enjoy the fire no matter where they’re sitting.  

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The Well-Accessorized Fireplace

Fireplace fashion is more than the mantel. Here are some other accessories to go in, above, or around the hearth:

TVs & Artwork

Homeowners often ask to have a tv or artwork mounted above the fireplace. While this is a convenient use of space, it’s important to have something protecting these valuable items from damaging heat. There are a few ways to protect them, but Jim particularly likes the CoolSmart TV system, which redirects 60% of the heat away from the space just above the fireplace. It can even displace the heat into another room.

Doors

The doors on your fireplace are another way to personalize the look of your space. Doors can be glass, metal, or textured black mesh — the popular choice in 2022. Doors also vary in how they open; homeowners can choose a swinging cabinet style or a versatile bifold door, either on a track or trackless.

Inserts

Like a stove without the legs, inserts are metal boxes placed inside a fireplace to make them more efficient and generate more heat. An electric blower on the insert directs heat throughout the room instead of up the chimney. Inserts can be used to convert any open-hearth fireplace to gas, wood, or pellet burning, so you can choose the option that works best without getting a whole new fireplace.

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Insider Tips

Now that you’ve learned all you need to know to craft or update your ideal fireplace, here are some insider tips from Jim:

Define your purpose

No matter what’s trending, the best decisions for you depend on your wants and your environment. What do you want to achieve most with your fireplace? A cozy winter gathering space or an alternate way to heat your home? Thinking about your purpose will help you decide which type is the best fit.

Size matters

Putting in a brand-new fireplace? Consider the size of your room before deciding on a style. A large, open concept first floor could benefit from the heating efficiency of a gas or stove model, while a cozy sitting room might be the perfect spot for a wood-burning fireplace.  

Routine maintenance is key

Don’t wait till it’s too late to find out something isn’t working on your fireplace. Keeping up with routine maintenance will ensure you never get left in the cold. Just remember, fireplace professionals are harder to come by in the winter months, so scheduling your cleaning and tune-ups in the summer is ideal.

Have more questions about updating or crafting a new fireplace in your home? Jim and the Salter team are great resources on all things fireplace. Or contact us! We’re experts at making Montgomery County homes more beautiful, functional, and efficient.

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3 Steps to Selecting Your Home Remodeler | Step 1: Research

Finding the right remodeler can be a challenge. How can you know which contractor or design-build team will do the best work, be the most trustworthy, and understand your needs?

Our last blog introduced our series exploring the three steps to finding the perfect home remodeler for your next project.

Ready to take step 1?

Here we’ll cover where to look, who to talk to, and what to look for in your research for the right remodeler. 

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1. Ask for Referrals

Custom Craft’s Vice President, Mike Foering advises, “word-of-mouth referrals are really the way to go to find the best home remodeler. It’s how most of our new clients find us, and the easiest way for homeowners to know exactly who they can trust .”

If you have family or friends who’ve recently completed a remodel or renovation, ask questions about their experience, such as:

  • Did they communicate well with you?
  • What was their team like — were they professional, responsive, and clean?
  • Were they able to stay within your budget and time frame?
  • How did they handle problems?

 

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  1. Visit Houzz 

Houzz is an online community created to connect homeowners with professionals, so it’s always a good place to look. Simply type in the service you need and your zip code, and you’ll have a list of local professionals, access to reviews, and be able to see photos of past projects. 

You’ll likely be headed to Houzz no matter which remodeler you choose. Our Custom Craft designers ask homeowners to browse Houzz and save rooms or features they love very early in the design process. A client’s Houzz ideabook tells them a lot about what the client is really looking for. It helps them get a feel for their style and ensures we’re speaking the same language.  

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  1. Log into NARI

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals who’ve demonstrated a commitment to excellence and have completed an accreditation process to prove their knowledge and expertise.

The NARI website has excellent resources for homeowners as well as a search form to quickly find local NARI Remodelers.

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  1. Check out Company Websites

Once you have some names on your list, it’s time to check out their individual websites. There might be a lot of information to go through, but here’s what to zero in on:

Awards

If a remodeler describes themselves as “award-wining,” look for proof. If NARI, GuildQuality, or Houzz have recognized them, they’re the real deal. Look for awards such as:

  • Best of Houzz
  • GuildMaster
  • Contractor of the Year (CotY)

Credentials

Are they licensed, bonded, and insured? Do they mention a warranty on their work? Look for specific memberships and certifications from accredited organizations such as:

Portfolios

Browse through your potential remodeling partner’s portfolio and ask:

  • Do the pictures look professional and accurate?
  • Have they worked on projects similar to yours?
  • Do they use a variety of styles and features, or does all their work look the same?

Keep in mind if you can’t find this information on a prospective builder’s website, you can always call and ask. This will be a natural lead into step 2 of your pursuit: interviewing your narrowed list of candidates. Stay tuned for more on that in our next blog!

Could Custom Craft Remodeling be a good fit for you? Find out at customcraftdbr.com.

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Barn Doors: Functional Beauty for Your Home

Blossom Cafe

We recently installed a sliding barn door inside Blossom Café, Skippack’s fabulous new spot for coffee, community, and carbs. The sleek door hides all the behind-the-scenes clutter that wouldn’t be conducive to the calm coffeehouse, while adding a bit of farmhouse style.

Barn doors aren’t just for businesses, however. Homeowners in Lansdale and beyond are discovering the benefits of these practical, versatile, and gorgeous entryways. Wondering if a barn door is right for you? Here are four reasons we think they’re great:

Savvy Space Saving

While traditional doors need clearance to swing out, sliding barn doors only need wall space. Especially in a smaller room, that extra square footage could make a big difference for better flow or fitting in that extra piece of furniture.

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Sleek & Silent Slide

Well-built barn doors slide smoothly and effortlessly along a track mounted above a doorway. In fact, today’s modern tracks offer virtually silent movement, so you don’t have to worry about squeaky hinges or slammed doors. Even children can slide them easily and without the risk of a pinched finger.

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Completely Customizable

Many people think of barn doors as rustic or shabby chic. While the farmhouse look certainly is an option, they also come in endless other styles that complement any design aesthetic. Wood or metal, distressed or sleek, extra-wide or slim, there is a barn door to fit any space.

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Form and Function

Barn doors are unique in that they are both functional and stunning. While they are more popular than ever, they are still distinctive conversation starters that feel more like works of art. Many barn doors actually are original works of art, featuring things like inlaid mosaics, murals, and glass patterns.

Barn doors are a hot trend that’s showing no signs of cooling down. Interested in adding their artistic charm to your home? Custom Craft’s design team can offer an array of options for every style. Contact us today to get started!

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Top Seven Kitchen Cabinet Accessories to Make Your Kitchen Yours

Are you looking to make your kitchen more unique? Enter kitchen cabinet accessories! Not only can you add some flair to the space, you can also add functionality and organization for your needs.  Accessories can be added to cabinets and drawers, enhancing both the inside space and outside look. In this blog post we review some of our favorites.

Here are the top seven kitchen cabinet accessories to consider:

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  1. Charging station:

Are you tired of looking at wires and devices charging on the kitchen counter? We have the perfect solution for you – a charging drawer! Add a plug into a kitchen drawer or cabinet and use that space specifically for charging. You can store chargers there and when needed, plug your phone in for a charge

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2. Bread box:

To keep bread fresh, people have been using bread boxes for many (many) years. But adding a cumbersome accessory to your counter isn’t ideal which is why bread drawers are great. It combines the function of a bread box with the space-saving qualities of a drawer.

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3. LeMans:

Installing a LeMans set eliminates frustrating blind corners and will maximize storage. The swivel shelves allow you to reach things stowed in the cabinet that you otherwise would not be able to access. 

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4. Pull-outs:

Pull out organizers make harder to reach areas more accessible. These help to eliminate digging through cluttered and inaccessible shelves in pantries.

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5. Peg system:

If you want to keep things in place with the ability to change the layout around as needed, this one’s for you! Installing pegs in a drawer helps to make storing delicate dishes and plates easy.

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6. Glass Doors:

Do you have items you would like to display in your kitchen? You can do that in a classy way by adding glass upper cabinets with lighting.

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7. Under Cabinet Lighting:

Not only does under cabinet lighting look nice, it comes in handy when prepping and using the counter space directly under the lights.  In addition to lighting, another under cabinet feature is plug molding, which allows for your outlets to be concealed.

It’s important to make your kitchen work for you and function the way you need it to. There are a lot of ways to incorporate kitchen cabinet accessories that will make your space truly yours. Contact us to get started; we would love to help you!

 

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Weddings and Home Remodeling Have More in Common Than You Think

When it comes to executing a big event, like a wedding, it pays to use a professional to organize the affair. Wedding planners help happy couples create their dream celebration by ensuring all the moving parts come together flawlessly. Similarly, couples hire design-build professionals to properly execute home remodels. By utilizing the services of a professional, couples can achieve a better outcome for their project – no matter if it’s a wedding or a home remodel.

In this blog post, let’s explore the parallels between professional wedding planners and design-build remodelers. What do they do to help make your life easier?

Remove the Stress

Whether planning a wedding or a home remodel, couples share a common goal: for the project to be as enjoyable and stress-free as possible! Having a planner allows a couple to enjoy the planning process without becoming bogged down in the details, or distracted when things go awry. Whether it’s an event or a remodel, when couples try to tackle everything on their own, they are often unable to avoid the strain that surrounds managing large projects. By employing professionals, they are able to remove the work burden by delegating the project management to a trusted resource–and greatly reduce a huge source of stress.

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Manage the (Many!) Details

Like a wedding, a home remodel is a complicated project. Can couples plan their own wedding or renovation? Possibly. With thousands of details to consider in both scenarios, unless they are employed in related fields, chances are high that they won’t be totally familiar with every aspect of planning. Because of that, there is an increased risk for error. Considering the significant investment that is being made, using professionals who are well-versed in the process will reduce the likelihood of costly mishaps and mistakes.

Help with Decisions

Whether it’s selecting a caterer, or cabinetry, weddings and home remodels require couples to make many decisions. But couples are frequently vexed by what to choose, and from what vendor. Both wedding planners and design-build remodelers have established relationships with all the vendors that will be required to execute the project. They know what to order, when to order, and how to schedule and arrange for delivery. Perhaps most importantly, they know who can provide the necessary products or services reliably. These relationships are developed and nurtured over time and over the course of numerous projects. Couples organizing a one-off wedding or renovation cannot hope to establish the type of working relationships with vendors that professionals have taken years to cultivate.

Create Efficiency

Another advantage of working with an experienced wedding planner is that they have organized numerous functions and developed a work process to manage events efficiently. The same is true of design-build remodeling firms. Whether renovating a kitchen, basement, or building an addition, design-build remodelers have honed the processes over time to deliver renovations on-schedule and on-budget.

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On the topic of budget, there would appear to be a cost-saving benefit to adopting a do-it-yourself (DIY) approach to wedding planning or home remodeling. After all, wedding planners and design-build firms both charge fees that add to the overall cost of the project. While that is true, it is also true that many DIY projects go over budget due to mistakes. In this study by Porch, it was revealed that mistakes incurred during a DIY remodeling project caused hundreds of dollars per mistake and also resulted in project delays and arguments among partners. On the other hand, professional service providers are far less likely to make expensive errors, and typically have protocols in place to manage errors when they occur to mitigate against fluctuations in expense.

Another budget factor that is often overlooked is the labor cost associated with managing these projects. Weddings and renovations are both time-consuming to produce. As the adage goes, time is money. Before embarking on a DIY project, couples would be well-served to factor the value of their time into their calculations to determine whether or not cost-savings really exist.

Build Your Happily Ever After

At the conclusion of a wedding, all couples hope to live happily ever after together. When home remodeling, the hope is to live happily in their renovated space. By taking advantage of the services of trained professionals, couples greatly enhance their opportunity for achieving bliss in either endeavor.

We would love to help you achieve a happily remodeled home, contact us to get started!

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Good Kitchen Design Requires Form and Function

kitchen corner cabinet solutionWhen designing kitchens for clients, I tend to give equal consideration to aesthetics and functionality. While having an attractive space is important, for most homeowners, incorporating better organization and storage features are top priorities. My feeling is that you can never be too organized. Having a well-organized kitchen makes meal preparation more enjoyable by alleviating the frustration of not being able to find a certain utensil, pan, or baking item.

As an avid cook and baker myself, I am well aware of the importance of having a place for everything in my own kitchen. I draw upon these insights when I design. Regardless of the size of the space I am working with, I find it an exciting challenge to creatively configure a space for both form and function. Here are a couple of great ideas for maximizing the space in your kitchen.

1. Magic Corners
There are great interior accessories on the market such as magic corners and unique pull-outs for that corner in your kitchen where you don’t want to give up precious space. I can’t remember the last time I wrote off a corner with all of the options available.
2. Deep Drawers
Not only can deep drawers be used for storing large pots and pans, they can also be utilized for storing a variety of dishes with two-tiered dividers or removable pegs like the photo above.
3. Hidden Spice Racks
Placing your spices nearby your cook top makes great sense, but those jars add unattractive clutter to your counters. Fortunately, there are many clever ways to add under-counter storage space for those miscellaneous containers. Vertical pull out drawers can be added adjacent to your stove to keep those seasonings close at hand when you need them, but out of sight when you don’t.

Houzz is a great online tool to search for innovative ideas on how to maximize your storage space. Follow this link to view our Houzz Ideabook called Kitchen Organization filled with kitchen storage ideas and inspiration.

Veterans Day 2014

We honor our veterans, past and present

Veterans Day 2014Today, the Custom Craft Contractors team is pausing to recognize the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women in our armed forces, past and present. We are incredibly fortunate to live and work in the United States of America where our freedoms are protected by these courageous individuals. To all those who have served, or are currently serving, we express our heartfelt thanks. May God bless you all.

A Day in the Life at Custom Craft Contractors

If you have ever wondered what it was like to work at an award-winning remodeling company, keep reading. To gain this insight, we posed a series of questions to Matt Hill, one of our lead carpenters. Here is what Matt had to share about working at Custom Craft Contractors.

1. Describe a day in the life at Custom Craft Contractors

At Custom Craft, when we are not planning we are busy creating. Each day, I arrive on a job site with a checklist of tasks to be completed that day. As the day goes by, I am checking off the tasks that have been completed to make sure we stay on schedule. At the end of each day, I am planning for the following day. I also take time to speak with homeowners, to keep them updated on our progress and respond to any questions or concerns.

2. What is your favorite aspect of working at Custom Craft Contractors?

Presenting the homeowners with a finished project that goes beyond their expectations is my favorite part of my job. It feels great to see how much they appreciate the end result, especially when it is something I have dedicated so much time to over the course of several weeks or months.

3. If Custom Craft Contractors was a car, what make/model would it be and why?

I think we’re most like a Toyota Camry. The Camry is a well built, functional car that meets just about everyone’s needs. They last a long time and they’re reliable. They also come in a wide variety of styles, colors and options to meet everyone’s tastes. Similarly, Custom Craft Contractors is versatile. We can build anything from a bathroom, to a custom home. We also have high customer satisfaction ratings.

4. Complete this sentence, “When it comes to _______________, Custom Craft Contractors does it better than any other remodeling company around.”

Customer satisfaction. It’s one of our main focuses as a company. Our people all go above and beyond to make sure that goal is met. Everyone takes personal ownership to make sure that the customer has a high level of satisfaction with our work.

5. Tell us a little about the Custom Craft team

We have a good team. Everyone has a different construction background which makes for a good blend of skills and talents. We can meet a wide variety of needs. Our team members are all ethical and professional, which is important when you are working in other people’s homes. It makes for a happier work environment when your team members all understand how to interact appropriately on the job site.

6. Share one fun fact about yourself

I enjoy backpacking. In fact, just this past weekend I went to the “Grand Canyon” of Pennsylvania, the Pine Creek Gorge. Over the course of three days and two nights, I hiked 31 miles with a group of friends.

 

basements

Basement Finishing Basics

basementsIf you are interested in adding an exercise room, entertainment area, or playroom to your home, the perfect space may be beneath your feet. If your home has an unfinished basement, remodeling the basement might be the most cost-effective way to incorporate these features.

When considering a basement remodel, start by using a piece of grid paper to make a rough floor plan, marking the locations of major appliances, like your furnace, washer and dryer, and water heater. Next, you will want to note any of the following:

  • Interior and exterior access points
  • Existing plumbing locations, which are important to know about in case you want to include an additional bathroom, or wet bar
  • Location of vertical support columns
  • Locations of windows and doors
  • Floor, ceiling, and wall materials

Given their location underground, basements are vulnerable to dampness, which makes basement remodeling a bit more challenging than first meets the eye. But, with the right materials in place, your basement will be protected from moisture, as well as the mold and mildew that can come with an improperly finished underground space.

Most basements have low ceilings and few windows, which can create a dark and cramped feeling if not addressed properly. Fortunately, there are many creative ways to make your basement light and airy.

Here are some tricks-of-the-trade for transforming your basement:

  • Stay away from dark wood paneling and instead consider drywall painted in light tones to make the room brighter. Semi-gloss paint will gently reflect even more light into the room.
  • Open up the visual space. Consider glass double doors, a rounded archway, or a pass-through area between rooms to create smooth transitions from one area to another.
  • Check to see if existing windows can be enlarged. Or, consider installing a small boxed window for a mini-garden to grow herbs or start plant seedlings.
  • Add depth with built-in bookcases and entertainment units. Light them strategically with interior lights, or from the top, to cast light downwards.
  • Disguise vertical support beams and horizontal ceiling pipes or floor joists by covering them. Alternatively, you can use pipes and beams as interesting accents by painting them with bold colors for added flair.

Unfinished basements are much like a diamond in the rough—unexplored splendor awaiting your discovery.