More and more homeowners are steering away from industrial-grade, stainless steel range hoods and are opting for custom millwork to complete their kitchens. If your stove is the focal point of your kitchen, then the range hood should complement it accordingly. But installing a custom range hood is not just a matter of building a wood box and painting it. As in all things construction, you can’t forget about the logistics behind the finish piece, and that often involves multiple trades. Here are a few tips to help you when considering a custom range hood for your kitchen.
Show-stopping kitchens are the top amenity asked for by homeowners.
Designing a stunning kitchen is more than just updating an old counter-top and appliances and putting on a fresh coat of paint. To truly create a show-stopping kitchen you need to consider all the details that will help bring everything together to make an aesthetic space both you and your loved ones can enjoy together.
And what are “all the details” that you should consider when wanting to create a show-stopping kitchen? To answer this question, here is a list of some of the top details you can consider adding to your kitchen design.Read More »
From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the cathedrals of Europe, construction over the ages has been a source of wonder and amazement. Whether dealing with plumb-bobs and rugged stone or lasers and steel, builders and tradespeople are viewed with a sort of awe, as they carry a wisdom and courage about the material universe that seems several notches above the average person.
Although we are not building cathedrals or pyramids, today’s builder or remodeler is still accomplishing feats that often go un-acknowledged, because all people see is the finished product. Until one experiences or hears the tale of the barriers one had to overcome (and there are many), it seems that building or remodeling is routine and mundane, as if one need only stack up some lumber and slop on some mortar to build a house. The truth is, no one construction project is the same, especially when it comes to custom home building and remodeling, and we’re here to share some stories (and Before and After photos) of construction projects we’ve done that were, each one, an adventure in itself.
We love cabinets. Aside from their practical use (they store things, organize our spaces, hide items that might otherwise be clutter), they can be the most beautiful part of a kitchen, bathroom or bedroom. But not all cabinets are created equal, and stock cabinets can sometimes have a negative effect on a room, making it look cheap and cluttered. That’s why we prefer semi-custom or custom cabinets. Not only can the layout be designed to best fit your life, you can choose every detail from the style to the finish.
But so many choices can make you dizzy trying to decide which ones are right for you. Where do you even start? Let’s break it down. Read on to learn the basic types of cabinets and how to choose the style that’s right for you.
How Much Will it Cost to Build My Home from the Ground Up?
Your dream home is in sight! You have worked out the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want. You have ideas for the kitchen, living room, fireplace, floors, fixtures and furnishings. Oh yes, you also want a pool with a custom deck, landscaping and a 3-car garage.
So how much will it cost to build your dream home?
Reported Price Per Square Foot
Surprisingly, it can seem there is no exact cost figure that can be given in response to this question. And at this point a lot of confusion can enter the budget equation.
A Google search about the cost of building a home in Hillsborough or Pinellas County, Florida, gives results suggesting custom homes cost between $100 and $400 per square foot. That’s a staggering difference. On a 4000 square-foot home, that means your project could cost anywhere from $400,000 to $1.6 million. How can you properly budget on that?
Award-Winning Custom Kitchen
We receive calls from prospective clients wanting to build a custom home for $100 to $150 per square foot. The high-end custom homes we build start at $200 per square foot on the lower-end and go up from there. This can result in more confusion as it’s not what was seen on Google. So why the discrepancy? What affects the square-foot cost? Read on to find out.
For most homeowners, the kitchen is the heart of the home. When it comes to your remodel, home addition or custom new home, it is likely the first interior element you will be designing. So where do you start? Here are some current kitchen trends that we LOVE, to help you get started with some inspiration.
You’ve looked everywhere: department and home furnishing stores, DIY-style hardware depots, office outfitters, specialty outlets, and even several antique shops, but you still can’t find just the right combination storage, display and shelving unit that you want for your home. Do you simply give up and settle for a second-rate alternative?
There is a solution, and it doesn’t mean compromising on good design or accepting sub-par quality for an item that doesn’t fit your exact needs or blend well into your existing décor. An experienced builder with a team of craftsmen skilled in the art of high-end carpentry can create the perfect custom cabinetry and built-in furniture —in any style, design or wood finish you want—to suit your precise needs and personal taste.
Examples of Custom Cabinetry Finishes:
- European cottage and Country-style
- Faux finishes
- Tea staining and Oiled
- Distressed wood and Vintage
- Wood veneer – an astounding array of veneer isRead More »
Create a custom cabinetry wish list. If you’re remodeling your existing home, take a minute to consider what you like and don’t like about the cabinetry you currently have. What elements would you like to keep and what would you change or add? The same exercise works for a brand new home project, too, as you always have a sense of what cabinetry concepts you have been pleased or dissatisfied with in the past. Providing your custom cabinetry specialists with lots of information up front will go a long way towards the creation of exactly what you want this time around.
If you are fortunate enough to have home construction specialists who also have in-house expertise in custom cabinetry, you’re already saving in so many ways. All designs and plans can incorporate the specifics of your custom cabinetry right from the initial concept. No secondary company will be needed to subcontract and come in, measure up, design and create cabinetry on a piecemeal basis offsite. You also won’t have to deal with separate or additional delivery and installation schedules and charges, as your custom cabinetry will be accommodated right from the start as part of the overall project.
Stock vs. Custom Cabinets
Stock cabinets are ready-made products purchased from large home improvement centers. Usually, they are machine-fabricated, and follow standard measurements, which may notRead More »
High end carpentry means a touch of class, sophistication and style. It lets you give specific instructions and consult openly about the best possible recommendations on how to have your finishing woodwork done. This goes a long way towards achieving the special look and feel you’d like for your home.
There are plenty of contractors claiming to offer high end carpentry services who deliver results only satisfactory at best. You want the attention to detail in both consultative design and craftsmanship that makes all the difference. See what can be done with high end carpentryRead More »
When you are designing and building your dream home, the luxury home you have been dreaming of for years, you want to make sure to get it right. You want a home that will look amazing and will feel luxurious.
One of the best ways to elevate the look and feel of your home to that uber-classy level is top-quality wood detailing.Read More »