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What to Expect During Factor’s Design Phase

Often accompanying the excitement of a new construction project are reservations or uncertainties about how it is all going to come together. These uncertainties are normal, but relief comes from having an understanding of how the various phases of the design-build process will take place. For the moment, we’ll focus on what to expect during the design phase. The design phase includes a series of four steps.

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The Benefits of Adding a Mudroom to Your Home

A mudroom isn’t the most glamorous space in your home, but if you’re looking to remodel to add functionality for you and your family, the designers at Factor can customize a mudroom that suits your unique needs. Just because it’s not glamorous doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful; plus, knowing you have a dedicated space to store items, care for your pets, and prepare to leave the house without forgetting anything offers peace of mind.

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Design Guide: Mixing Style & Function with Modern Farmhouse Design

When you consider modern farmhouse style, extend your vision beyond the borders of an old Mason jar. The characteristics of this modern design utilize elements that incorporate clean Scandinavian lines with the earthy and organic. To achieve this unique quality, the team at Factor Design Build integrates the sophisticated requirements of today’s homeowner with a combination of rustic comfort and industrial purpose to create a space that’s as relaxing for your family as it is welcoming for your guests.

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Create Style and Beauty in Any Space With the Addition of a Fireplace

Adding a fireplace to your home adds warmth and coziness to your home and outdoor spaces. Especially in cold Colorado winters, a fireplace adds style and interest to any space, while the energy efficient warmth of a gas or wood-burning fireplace gives the whole family something to gather around and enjoy a nice night in.

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Finding Design Inspiration to Start Your Remodel Off Right

The time has come where you’ve realized parts of your home are no longer functioning well for your growing family, you don’t enjoy the look of certain rooms anymore, or you have bought a new house. Styles and preferences change after all and there are things you want to do right away to have your home more accurately reflect you and your personal style. You spend a lot of time in your home, and you should really love each and every room.

If you’ve come to the decision to remodel your home, follow these tips that include the best places to find inspiration and get your home remodel project started. Read more

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Adding A Second Story Pop Top

When Considering an Addition to Your Home, Look Up!

Building upward with a custom design for a second story pop top could be your best option if you need more space. Consider a pop top if you love your home and your existing neighborhood, and really have no desire to move, but need more room. Whether your family is growing or you need a home office, sometimes adding on horizontally, isn’t possible.

Whether your home is fairly new, or you have an older historical home, if the foundation is solid and the structure has great bones, the designers at Factor Design Build can find the perfect solution for you. We specialize in custom home additions in the Denver area.

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Remodeling A Historic Home:  Combining Elegance and Functionality

Historic homes possess a certain grace and sturdiness that is sometimes hard to find in a modern home. From solid building materials to intricately carved details, the elegance of a historic home is hard to match. Historic homes are not a clean slate, and turning an older home into something that you love takes a keen eye for design and an experienced construction team.

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Eliminate Your Remodeling Fears with Factor Design Build

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a one-stop shop for your home remodeling project? That’s just what you get when you choose to work with Factor Design Build. Let us take the fear out of remodeling for you!

Everyone has a preconceived idea of what will happen when you decide to do a remodel. Others who have lived through the experience are much more likely to share their horror stories rather than their successes.

Possible Remodeling Concerns Include:

  • Over budget
  • Strangers in the house
  • Unmet Design Expectations
  • Mess in the Home
  • Construction Delays

All of these can be eliminated by working with a great team of experts, which is what you’ll get with Factor Design Build. From experienced interior designers and architects to lead and finish carpenters, our in-house staff will handle everything for you – from concept to completion. Our goal is to partner with you to improve your quality of life in a beautiful, finished design that integrates flawlessly with your family’s lifestyle.

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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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Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Features Factor’s Impactful Work on a Forever Family Home in Golden

Factor Design Build Featured in Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

The Factor Design Build team was proudly featured in Colorado’s leading home design and interior decorating resource, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles in an article entitled, “A Fateful Family Home in Golden.” The piece highlights Factor’s expansive renovation work on a mid-century style house in Golden’s Applewood neighborhood. The homeowners decided to make the move from their well-loved spot in Denver’s Highlands neighborhood upon discovering their family would grow from four to five in the coming year.

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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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Four Reasons Why Remodeling Now Makes More 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

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.

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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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4 Key Questions to Ask Yourself When Considering Building 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.

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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

 

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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How Do You Know When It’s Time to Remodel Your Bathroom?

Your bathroom is one of the most highly trafficked, and likely overlooked, rooms in your home. The whole family uses it throughout the day and it’s not off limits to friends or guests. It’s seen and used by everyone but rarely given the attention it deserves. More than just a space for daily hygiene, it should be an environment that promotes relaxing, rejuvenating, and pampering. Take a good, hard look at your bathroom and consider these unmistakable signs that mean it’s time for a remodel.   

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Why Full Service Design Build?

What Makes the Full-Service Design Build Process Better?

 

Since a home remodel is one of the most expensive and invasive projects any homeowner willingly undertakes, it makes sense that design, project management, and execution are key influencers in choosing the right contractor fit. Traditionally, you begin your remodel working directly with an architect or general contractor. Architects translate vision into blueprints and spot check the construction but don’t typically project manage the remodel from start to finish. General contractors steer the construction process but outsource labor to subcontractors for every step of the execution, making it difficult to track the project lead from day to day. Separately, these remodel options leave a lot to be desired.

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4 Things to Consider Before Remodeling a Historic Home

Historic homes are known for their rich history and charming character. They may have unique design elements and interesting details that are irreplaceable, like long, winding staircases with hand-crafted handrails and big, dreamy porches with high ceilings and wide floorboards. However, this character often comes with hidden challenges, especially when you’re remodeling a home that may be more than 100 years old. If you’re thinking about a historic home remodel, here are four things to consider before you start.

1. Check your city’s historic home requirements.

Depending on where you live, your city or county may have extensive rules and regulations about remodeling historic homes. Start your research here first.

Find out how your property is classified, and what changes you will be able to make to the home. Depending on your home’s age, location, and history, it may be designated as a “landmark,” or it may just be in a historic district. Either way, this is critical in planning your home renovation. The property designation and city requirements will help shape the boundaries for your renovation.

Once you have hired  a team of professionals with historic home renovation experience, find out if they’ve had experience working with the city or county where you’re located. They’ll need to navigate the city’s design review process, and if they’ve worked there before, it will make it easier to navigate your project within the city’s rules.

Check your city’s historic building rules here:

2. Check Your Home for Any Structural Issues

Structural issues are common in historic homes  and can be very costly to fix.The foundation may have corrosion, moisture damage, or an uneven slab. To find out if your home has structural issues, look for cracks in the foundation. If you see stair-step cracks or vertical cracks, you may have a structural problem. Consult a Structural Engineer if needed.

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3. Check Your Home’s Plumbing and Electrical Systems

In historic homes, the electrical wiring and plumbing may need major upgrades. Find out the age of the plumbing system, and find out what materials were used for the pipes. Different kinds of pipes last longer than others. Brass and copper pipes usually last 50 years or more, whereas steel pipes may only last for 20 years. Depending on the kind of pipes your home has, you may need to upgrade so that a pipe doesn’t break and cause major damage. Also, make sure you check for roots in your plumbing system. Root damage can wreak major havoc if undetected.

Similarly to the plumbing, the electrical system also has a limited lifespan. Most historic homes have wiring that’s unsafe due to the wire’s insulation. The insulation is only estimated to last 70 years, whereas modern wiring should last at least 100 years.

4. Estimate Asbestos Removal for a Historic Home Remodel

Another problem area in remodeling a historic home is managing the asbestos removal. Almost all homes built or renovated in the 1940s through the late 1970s have some amount of asbestos in the insulation, or in other building materials, according to This Old House.

The costs associated with asbestos abatement vary greatly, depending on the home’s size, and difficulty to remove the asbestos. Either way, this is an important issue and cost to understand early in the process.  

Now that you know a few of the potential issues with a historic homeremodel, let us know if you’d like to learn more about how Factor Design Build can bring your historic home back to life.

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What does “Design-Build” really mean?

One of the big challenges that many homeowners face with a home remodel is managing all of the different service providers, such as architects, general contractors, interior designers, engineers, surveyors and getting them to all work together.

Besides trying to keep the project on budget and on time, working and communicating with several different service providers that have different timetables can be incredibly frustrating.

Often, a homeowner will first hire an architect to design their dream home. Once the architect completes the plans, the homeowner will start shopping for a general contractor to build out the plans. However, this is where problems may start to arise if the architect and contractor haven’t worked together with the homeowner from the start.

If the homeowner is getting multiple bids to build out the architectural plans, how will they know that the contractor truly understands and can correctly price what the architect has developed?

Also, interior design and finishes are not usually fully developed at this point, and this can represent a significant portion of the final project cost, which makes comparing bids from different contractors and service providers more of an apples and oranges comparison.

Advantages of Design-Build Construction

With a Design-Build Firm, your project is managed from start to finish by one team, rather than piece-by-piece by many individuals. This allows them to design with the homeowner’s goals in mind and consider any potential restraints upfront. The Design-Build process creates a more cohesive project because the architects, interior designers, and the construction team collaborate and work together throughout the process to bring your dream home to life.

Another advantage of Design-Build teams is that these firms are experts in both architecture and construction. According to Houzz:

“Design-build firms focus on a streamlined design-build process — from the initial design to the estimating phase to physical construction — in the hope of creating an efficient experience for both the client and the company. Because the entire project is happening within one company, design-build firms are able to overlap the design and construction phases of the project, which often speeds up the project significantly.”

Most importantly with Design-Build, everyone is on your team, rather than their own.

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Bold and Brassy

Off-white may have dominated the walls in 2016, but 2017 is continuing its unpredictable streak with its slightly bolder color palette. Expect to see a lot of jewel toned living areas, deep navy cabinets, and hardware, as well as bright accent finishes.  If stepping outside your comfort zone is in your design plan, some of these richer hues might be for you. Fear not if you are more of a “neutralist”, there are plenty of muted shades to fit your aesthetic.

Benjamin’s Moore: Color of the Year Shadow 2117-3

Described by BM designers as “emotional, complex and sure to spark some debate”, Shadow is a moody purple with murky gray undertones that look different depending on the time of day and lighting fixtures. Think drama, and romance in your home.

Behr: Confident, Composed, Composed

Behr’s approach for 2017 was “fashion-forward”, and segmented their color schemes into three unique categories, Comfortable, Confident and Composed, designed to harmonize with each other. There’s the pastel Life is a Peach, a red berry Artful Magenta, and an exotic blue-green Jade Dragon.

Check out the link to see Behr’s breakdown http://www.behr.com/consumer/inspiration/2017-color-trends

Versa-TILE

Playful shapes and vintage pattern floors are taking center stage. Classic and innovative designs can come together to make a statement, even a budget friendly one!

Hexagon Tile

Hexagon tiles are a great accent to improve the atmosphere of nearly any room. Add them to your bathroom to create texture, use them in rooms you utilize but don’t spend time in such as your mudroom, create a gorgeous backsplash in your kitchen, or add some geometric fun to your kids’ bedroom. Hexagon tiles are great to mix and match with or use on their own.

Subway Tile

Subway tile is a great way to throw your kitchen and bathroom designs together. The pattern can be classic horizontal, vertical, or even herringbone, not to mention come in a variety of color choices. Contrast the tile texture with a different color grout to make your tiles pop. (P.S. We did this with our Poplar remodel!). The classic white tile also works well with the color trends of 2017, so incorporate two trends while you’re at it.

 

Shed Some Light on the Subject

The two lighting trends illuminating 2017 are cozy Edison bulbs, and brass pendant lighting, in modern shapes in dining rooms and bedrooms. Edison bulbs take that fire-like glow and create a warm and inviting atmosphere, while brass pendant lights highlight one’s living space with a subtle yet elegant flair.

Edison Bulbs

Exposed bulbs can achieve an urban flair, or ignite your nostalgia for a bygone era. Light up your industrial style home with a mid-century modern Edison bulb chandelier, or string the bulbs along your patio. What is old is new again.

 

Brass Lighting

You’ll see a different range of brass finishes out there, from the darker antique finish to golden shiny finishes. The warm metal hue is a great trend to utilize because it works well with minimalists and statement junkies. Treat the brass like an accessory and you can have fun with cabinet hardware, and end tables too.