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Tips for Planning a Home Addition or Remodel

Tips for Planning a Successful Home Addition or Remodel

Making the decision to remodel or add on to your home can be both exciting and nerve wracking. But never fear, Factor Design Build is here to help you every step of the way. Here are 9 tips from our experts to get you started.

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Why A Design Build Kitchen Is Better

Go with the Pros: Why You Should Choose a Design Build Firm to Remodel Your Kitchen

 

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, having the right people on your side makes all the difference. By taking advantage of the simplicity and straightforward process that a design build firm offers, you take the stress out of remodeling your home and instead get excited about all the possibilities that await. But what exactly makes a design build kitchen the better option?

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Quiz: How You Should Organize Your Kitchen to Match Your Lifestyle

Chefs, Families or Entertainers: Organize Your Kitchen to Match Your Lifestyle

The kitchen is one of the first rooms that gets used each day. It’s where we shuffle to our coffee or dash through, grabbing food as we head out the door. How you use your kitchen is distinct to you, depending on your personality and habits. But however you use it, organizing your kitchen to match your lifestyle can transform the way you live.

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Design Tips for Bathrooms of Every Size  

From Small Powder Room to Luxurious Master Bath: Design Tips for Every Bathroom in Your Home

Depending on when your home was built, if you’ve remodeled, or the layout of your house, bathroom sizes can vary wildly. But whether you’re looking to maximize space, create openness, or capture the feeling of a luxurious spa, these expert design tips  make your bathroom beautiful and functional, whatever its size.

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Why Remodeling Now Makes Sense in the Long Run

Four Reasons Why Remodeling Now Makes More Sense in the Long Run

Investing in a remodel is a venture that benefits your quality of life for many years to come. From simple, money saving upgrades and layout refinements to full-fledged additions, there are a variety of avenues to pursue when embarking on a remodel. While it may seem like a lot of work on the front end, keep in mind these reasons why remodeling your house now makes more sense in the long run.

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7 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

7 Reasons to Hire an Interior Designer

Setting foot in a professionally designed room, you see and truly feel the difference. Your space tells a story, flows with style, and inspires emotional reactions from all everyone who enters. An investment in an interior designer is an investment in your own happiness, quality of life, and peace of mind. Want to make your house feel more like a home? Consider these benefits of hiring an interior designer.  Meet our in-house designer, Jenny Murphy.  

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What Your Kitchen’s Missing

Creative upgrades to make your Kitchen the Centerpiece of your Home

Creating a kitchen that ‘has it all’ is no easy undertaking— but it can be done. When planning your kitchen remodel, you want to ensure it fulfills all of your needs and desires. Despite extensive investigation, you may still be wondering: are there features I’m forgetting? Before finalizing your plans, take a look at a few kitchen elements to consider incorporating.

Induction Cooktop

Popular in houses with small children, the technological gift of induction cooktops are becoming more commonplace. This cooktop transfers heat via a magnetic field and never gets hot to the touch. In addition to being a safer option in kitchens with a lot of activity, induction cooktops are lauded for their excellent energy efficiency in comparison to traditional electric cooktops. Need to boil water in 90 seconds? Your kitchen is missing an induction cooktop.

Prep Sink

Opting for a secondary prep sink can be a kitchen game changer that opens up the flow of traffic. Prep sinks allow your kitchen to accommodate more cooks and make mealtime a sociable, fun experience. Outfitting your prep sink with a garbage disposal will make food preparation and clean up even easier. When it comes time to entertain, your prep sink doubles as an ice vessel for chilling everything from wine to cider to half-shell oysters. Available in a variety of shapes and materials, the perfect prep sink for your kitchen is a simple search away. Once you experience life with a kitchen prep sink, you’ll forget how you ever lived without one.

Dedicated Coffee Station

When it’s time for your cup of morning joe, do you find yourself walking back and forth trying to get all the necessary supplies together? The simple solution to this unnecessary exertion of energy: an area devoted to coffee preparation. For this quick fix, eliminate wasted steps by positioning your coffee maker or espresso machine in an area with easy access to cups and stirrers. Leave enough space to prepare your brew and keep accompaniments like sugar, simple syrup, and honey within an arm’s reach. A few adjustments are all you need for a stress-free coffee preparation process.

Surround Sound

Whether you’re listening to jazz while washing pans or creating ambiance with classical tunes during your next neighborhood get-together, music livens up any experience in your kitchen. Equipping your kitchen with in-wall or ceiling speakers during your next remodel is a subtle yet effective upgrade that makes spending time in your kitchen more enjoyable. Now available with Bluetooth capabilities, it’s easier than ever to take your favorite music from phone to your kitchen speakers. For a no-clutter, high-tech solution in your kitchen, integrate a surround sound system.

Access to the Outdoors

Kitchens lacking outdoor access feel stuffy and poorly lit. Thankfully, there are many options to choose from when seeking to open up your space with doors and windows. If you’re going for a modern country home feel, sliding glass-paned barn doors function as a beautiful focal point year-round. French doors are an elegant addition to a traditional kitchen and add timeless charm and character. For a more contemporary look, consider folding windows or airplane hangar style doors for a seamless indoor-outdoor transition.

Skylights and light tubes are another effective option to utilize if you’re looking to bring the outdoors in. Easy-to-install skylights and light tubes flood your kitchen with natural light and brighten the mood of your space. Find more inspiration for your kitchen door and windows in this Houzz article.

Professionals to Guide You

The responsibilities of homeownership are a lot to manage. Thankfully, when it comes to remodeling, renovating, and furnishing your kitchen, you don’t have to handle everything on your own. Our team of design build professionals will guide you through every step of your kitchen upgrade process. When you’re ready for a kitchen remodel, consult the professionals at Factor Design Build to ensure you finally have a kitchen that’s not missing a thing.  

 

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Design Tips for Your Ideal Bathroom

How to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa experience

Your bathroom is sanctuary, a place to get away, a spa-like retreat in the comfort of your own home. When it comes to creating the bathroom of your dreams, it’s important to consider the aspects of balance, functionality, and aesthetically-pleasing design. Keep the following tips top of mind for your bathroom renovation plans.

Indulge in Luxury Features

Want to make your bathroom feel like a luxury resort? Opt for radiant heated flooring. Nothing feels better first thing in the morning or after a shower than stepping onto a warm floor. If you have enough space in your bathroom and are really looking to enhance the coziness, a fireplace is a unique, inviting, and relaxing feature to include.

Enhance your shower experience by installing a rainfall style showerhead. According to a recent Houzz survey, rain showerheads are among the most popular features a bathroom can offer. Not only will this upgrade make showering more enjoyable, as a highly sought-after amenity, it enhances the value of your space. When updating your tub, make room for two and include spa jets. After a hard day’s work, a nice soak might be just the therapy your body needs.

Set the Mood with Lighting

Proper lighting adds life to any bathroom, regardless of size. Looking to give your space a soft, dreamy glow? Incorporate recessed or LED strip lighting to create subtle ambiance. For an extra boost of beauty, incorporate a chandelier into your design. A simple and effective way to enhance the versatility of your bathroom lighting is to install a dimmer setting to your fixtures.

Maximize Efficiency

Part of designing your dream bathroom means increasing the efficiency of the products you use most frequently. Not only will upgrading to efficient products minimize your impact on the environment, it will also cut down on your energy bills. Toilet flushing accounts for over a quarter of total indoor water use. To decrease the amount of water your toilet uses, install a dual flush, low-flow toilet. When it comes to the shower and sink, state-of-the-art technology gives you the option of installing high efficiency fixtures without sacrificing water pressure.   

Focus on Flooring Material

If you’re looking for a way to visually expand the space of your bathroom, go with a neutral stone floor. For a lavish look, consider installing marble floors. Going for a more personalized feel? Tile is highly customizable and can bring your bathroom to life with different design variations and color options. If you crave a more natural looking variance on your floor, consider river rock for a lively, flowing, yet rustic look.

Choose an Ageless Layout

If you plan to be in your house for a long time or if you’re raising children, make sure your bathroom layout is one that emphasizes ease of use. Incorporating slip-resistant, textured flooring is a wise place to start. Another feature of a safe bathroom is a flat entry shower. This minimizes the risk of tripping over a step and adds a clean, linear look to your space. Installing a bench in your shower is another great way to enhance its safety and provides both seating and storage options.

Get Input from the Professionals

Consult with a design build firm when scoping your bathroom redesign endeavor. The experts at Factor Design Build help you budget, plan, and execute every detail of your new bathroom. Our experienced in-house team includes contractors and interior designers who will guide you in the process of designing the bathroom of your dreams.

Contact Factor Design Build to turn your bathroom into a luxurious spa!

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Making the Most of Your Home’s Space

How to Optimize your Home’s Floor Plan for Maximum Living Space

Homeowners have a variety of choices when it comes to altering the interior of their homes or investing in a full-on addition. Before making the decision to increase your home’s footprint, consider how you’re already using your space. Adding on to your house is a big undertaking that could offer you major benefits in the long run but there are incremental changes you might be able to make in the meantime.

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Key Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Building a Home Addition

4 Questions to Ask Yourself If You’re Considering a Home Addition

After much research, you’ve come to the conclusion that it’s time to start planning your home addition. When everything is said and done, adding onto your house will give you more space, improve your quality of life, and enhance the resale value of your property. Before moving forward with your home addition project, consider these key questions.

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