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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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3 Easy Ways to Add Value to your Kitchen

Add Lasting Value to Your Kitchen with Simple Upgrades

Kitchen remodels are one of the most exciting projects homeowners undertake. It’s your opportunity to tailor your space precisely to your needs and desires. From kitchen countertops to state-of-the-art appliances, there are changes both big and small that you can make to boost your home’s value. It’s true that a great kitchen sells a home, so consider these elements when planning your remodel or renovation.

Make Countertops Count

Walking into your kitchen, countertops are likely one of the first features that catch your eye. Your countertops offer you a lot in terms of functionality, but they are also a chance to highlight your artistic side. When upgrading your kitchen countertops, consider the value a wise investment offers you. Here are some of the most value-boosting countertops to consider:

Quartzite:

Derived from naturally-occurring metamorphic rock, quartzite countertops make a beautiful statement when properly sealed, polished, and maintained. Offering vibrant white and grey hues, quartzite stone swims with movement and is among the most durable, heat-resistant countertop choices.

Granite:

Bringing the outdoors in, granite is a striking stone available in hundreds of color combinations, hailing from all corners of the globe. A family-friendly countertop choice with several finishing options, granite countertops are an enduring and elegant way to increase your kitchen’s wow-factor.

Concrete:

Countertops crafted from concrete revolutionize the look and feel of your kitchen. A highly customizable option, concrete can be pigmented, dyed, textured, or left as is for a more industrial feel. If you want your modern concrete countertop to really shine, topical sealers like epoxy and urethane will produce a high-impact glossy finish.

Other countertop options include marble, tile, wood, soapstone, and stainless steel.

Think of Your Sink

Whether you’re embarking on a full kitchen remodel or looking to make minor upgrades, the kitchen sink is a smart place to start. Among the most used items in your kitchen, the sink is an opportunity to offer your space both beauty and practicality. Depending on your lifestyle and aesthetic taste, there are a variety of sink styles to choose from.

Undermount Sinks:

Seamless and sleek, undermount sinks are installed below your kitchen countertop. With no raised edge or lip, these sunken structures make cleaning debris a breeze.

Apron-Front Farmhouse Sinks:

Offering a charming, custom feel, apron-front farmhouse sinks are a favorite focal point among fans of the rustic, old-fashioned look.

Double Basin Sinks: Designed for multi-tasking, double basin sinks are popular among cooking connoisseurs as they offer separate spaces for rinsing and preparing without the need for sterilization.

In terms of material for your kitchen sink, consider stainless steel, granite composite, enameled cast iron or fireclay. An experienced interior designer will inform you of options that best fit your budget.

Upgrade Your Appliances

Great kitchens emphasize the beauty of details. If you’re looking for an easy way to increase the value of your home’s kitchen without spending your remodeling budget all at once, start by addressing your appliances. Upgrading to high-end appliances will make your kitchen feel more finished and expensive.

Involving next to no construction, kitchen appliance upgrades are relatively stress-free and can increase the functionality of your space exponentially. Start with the most used appliances like your refrigerator, stove, microwave, and (especially) dishwasher. With so many brands to choose from, keep these highly sought-after names at the top of your list:

Viking:

An iconic name in cooking, Viking offers appliances in stainless steel and colored options including dishwashers, microwaves, ranges, refrigerators, and ventilation hoods.

Thermador:

More affordable than its competitors, Thermador offers generous rebate packages and is a brand name that will pique the interest of anyone who sets foot in your kitchen.

Gaggenau: 

One of the most stylish names in kitchen appliances, German-engineered Gaggenau offers appliances for cooking, ventilation, refrigeration, baking, and even coffee.

Additional names you may want to consider when upgrading your kitchen appliances include Miele, Sub-Zero, La Cornue, and Jenn-Air.

Creating Value in Your Kitchen

A great deal of time, effort and sometimes money will go into any kitchen upgrade or remodel. Opportunities to add value to your kitchen are vast. Kitchen upgrades that will increase the resale value of your home are usually bigger investments, but if you want to start small, try a fresh coat of paint or a modern window fixture and see where your imagination takes you!

 

 

Why Choose a Full-Service Design Build Firm ?

 

The Benefits of Choosing a Full-Service Design Build Firm

If you’re embarking on a home remodeling journey, choosing a full-service design build firm will save you time and money while eliminating the headache of coordinating multiple contracts and project logistics.

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Design Tips For Your Dream Kitchen

 

How to Design Your Dream Kitchen
 

Choose the Right Kitchen Layout for Your Lifestyle

How do you envision life in your kitchen? Is it a multifunctional space for work, family time, and entertainment? Is it a chef’s paradise? With Factor Design Build, your dream kitchen can truly become your reality!

No matter the layout, a functional flow to fit your personal needs is a necessity. Your vision should start with the placement of your kitchen’s “work triangle.” The work triangle consists of your kitchen’s three main appliances: the sink, the refrigerator, and stove or cooktop. This is the area where the majority of the movement in your kitchen takes place and it’s most often placed away from the main traffic flow.

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