There is a plethora of home improvement shows on these days, just scan through any number of channels like HGTV, TLC, Bravo, etc. and you'll find a number of "contractor reality star personalities" walking through renovations, flips, and new construction processes. Don't get us wrong we love some of the inspirations and the whole world seems to be in love with those Property Brothers these days, but an interesting conversation with a client we are currently in mid-renovation with right now got us thinking...is reality TV setting up unrealistic expectations for real renovation projects?

This particular thought started off with a casual conversation that started with "Wow if people really knew what they were getting into and what all was really involved!" So much of what reality TV and a lot of kitchen and bath company advertising seem to reflect is a "quick-fix" solution. Yes, those charismatic twins might talk about being able to remodel an entire home in 6 weeks, but what you don't see on the show is the crew of 30 people that came in to do that work while they were off promoting a new home furnishing line on QVC. We hate to burst your bubble but that's not a reality especially for your project budget!

The reality is there are a lot of moving components that are involved from the time you go through the fun part of picking finishes, cabinets, and appliances to the time we hand over a beautiful new space to you, and the behind the scenes action is not so glamorous. A major component starts with the demo process and what we uncover; some contractors might look over the structure, plumbing, electrical, ventilation, etc. issues that have aged or may not be up to current code. At Grand Kitchen+Bath we won't ever proceed with a project by just putting a bandaid on something or patching it up, knowing it's only going to create a problem down the road. In an area like Tampa Bay with a number of aging and historic homes, this is very crucial. There are a lot of things that we look at as we get into a project that might uncover harsh realities, but we do it to make sure we are starting your renovation on a solid foundation that will be a solid investment for years to come.

It's important that you understand the realities before you begin your remodeling project and that you don't have a contractor that gives you lip service with deadlines or a budget that seem too good to be true. The reality is an intensive kitchen or bath remodel can take 12 weeks or more. It's a far cry from the 6-week whole house renovation we see on TV, but again that's not reality. When you are ready to take on your next renovation and are looking for an upfront contractor and design firm, call Grand Kitchen + Bath, we promise to always design your dream space while setting realistic expectations!

There are probably a lot of things that you want to accomplish in the new year. Among them may be a bath or kitchen renovation. Before you undergo a renovation of any type, you need to plan ahead. Here are 7 planning tips for your kitchen or bath renovation in the new year.

Make A List Of Renovations You Want To Be Done
Before starting a kitchen or bath renovation, make a checklist. Write down things that you want to accomplish and what your priorities are. You may not be able to complete everything during a renovation right away and you will need to figure out what you want to get done first and what you are comfortable with putting off. For instance, you may be wanting to replace your cabinets first, but willing to wait a while for new countertops. When you are determining exactly what you want to do, don’t just focus on changing the colors in the room. Think about the areas in either your kitchen or bathroom that get the most use. This will allow you to figure out what you want to do to make this area more functional. The key to a successful renovation is to make a space work in the most efficient way for both you and your family members.

Put Together A File With Your Ideas
It’s always a good idea to know exactly what you want before visiting a showroom or meeting with a designer. Look through magazines and cut out pictures of items that you like. You can also look online and print pictures out. Keep all of these items in a folder so that you have all your ideas in one place and can show them to the designer who’s going to create your custom kitchen or replace your countertops. When you are creating your file, make sure you take measurements of things like your doorways so that you will know if you will be able to get large pieces through them. Also take measurements of sinks, countertops, and appliances. Put your measurements in your file so that they are easily accessible later on.

Take Pictures
It’s very beneficial to take pictures of your current space. You might just gain a new perspective as to what needs to be changed and what should stay the same. Print these pictures out and put them in your folder. You can keep them on your phone, but having printouts of these pictures will give a more in-depth look as to how the area actually looks. It’s also a good idea to take pictures at different times of day with different lighting. This will allow you to see different aspects of the room.

Seek The Advice Of Others
It’s very beneficial to get the opinion of others when you are trying to design your own dream kitchen/bath. Friends and family members can offer advice about their experience with their own renovations. They can tell you about what they went through and can even offer advice as to what you should include in your kitchen or bath remodel and what you might want to leave alone. Walk through your house with them and discuss areas that you would like to remodel. Their insight as to your home remodel can prove to be very valuable overall. Ask them what they think your focal point should be. You only want to pick one in each room so that space doesn’t look too busy. The rest of the space should complement the focal point and be aesthetically appealing.

Decide On A Budget
When you design your own dream kitchen/bath, you will find that there are all sorts of options available. Unfortunately, you probably won’t be to afford every single thing that you want. It’s important to decide on a budget so that you can determine exactly how much you can spend. It is also very helpful to inform your designer as to how much you can spend on things like cabinets for your custom kitchen or new fixtures for your bathroom. One of the things that adds a lot of expense to a bathroom or kitchen renovation is moving outlets or pipes. If keeping costs down is a big concern, don’t move water fixtures or appliances. This will allow you to stay within a reasonable budget. Keep in mind that some unexpected things will probably happen during your remodel. Allow for at least a couple extra thousand dollars of allocated money so that you can pay for these unforeseen expenses if they arise.

Tour Showrooms
You can get a lot of ideas and advice by visiting showrooms. Make sure you bring your file of ideas with you so that you can show the designers what you are thinking about doing to your home and what the current space looks like. You will find that there are quite a few options and brands. It’s nice to see things like counters and fixtures on display so that you can choose the right options for your home. Don’t forget to discuss your budget as well so that you can determine which items are within your price range.

Interview Remodelers
In order for your renovation to go smoothly, you need a remodeler that you can trust. Interview several of them to make sure that they have adequate experience and that you have a good rapport with them. You should be able to effectively communicate with one another and they should really listen to your ideas about what you want to be done in your home. Remember to show them your file with ideas, but also take into account their opinions on what they think you should do. They should be able to give you a rough idea about how long your renovations will take and how much it will cost if they don’t run into any issues along the way.

When considering various ways to increase the overall value of your home or condo, kitchens and bathrooms tend to have the highest return on investment. While there are many do it yourself videos, having a professional remodel your kitchen or bathroom is the best route to take. One of the best things to do if you plan to sell your home, or just want to increase the value of your investment focus on bathroom upgrades/additions and kitchen enhancements.
When remodeling or upgrading kitchen/bathroom there are many upgrades you can add to make a huge difference. You can add a nicer toilet and bidet, double sink, garbage disposal, extra counter space, upgrade fixtures, add a backsplash, heated floors, additional storage space, upgrade or install shower heads, or a steam shower. The materials used for the actual floor is very important also regarding the value increase of the home. Porcelain tiling or ceramic is a good option for bathroom floors. Ceramic and porcelain are great options because they are water resistant and look good. They offer a nice textured look and are not too expensive. A vinyl sheet or traditional tile is another option to consider like ceramic it is waterproof and not terribly expensive. Stone flooring is another good option, while it can be a bit expensive they are very durable and can greatly enhance the look of the bathroom.
Bathrooms without mentioning are crucial to any modern home, despite this fact they are often overlooked. However, by updating your bathroom or even adding another bathroom will greatly increase the value of your home. When considering increasing your home's value, you have to decide if a remodel is best or a complete overhaul of everything in the existing space.
Before any upgrade to the kitchen/bathroom, you have to make sure the foundational related essential functionality is working correctly. Ensure all pipes leading to sinks, bathtubs, showers, and toilets are working properly, have the correct water pressure and don't have any leaks. You also have to make sure any electrical issue has been addressed and any structural related issues like any floor repairs, wall or ceiling issues are addressed.
Having a professional remodel your kitchen/bathroom is the best route because they have the necessary experience based on what you want to add or remove if there is enough room. There may be a need to tear down walls, add new walls, a professional electrician and or plumber may be necessary also.
Another essential step when upgrading your bathroom or kitchen is ensuring the color schemes match the rest of the house. If you are upgrading with the intention of selling your home or condo, it's a good idea to select neutral colors. Selecting neutral colors to allow potential buyers to add color schemes that suit their unique taste.
When dealing with bathroom upgrades or remodeling a great way to increase home value is to increase the size of the bathroom. Increasing the size of the bathroom can be accomplished by actually moving walls to increase the space, or even given an illusion as if space is bigger. To give the illusion of more bathroom space can be accomplished by replacing a bathroom with a standing shower. You can also make bathrooms appear larger by installing brighter light fixtures or adding lights around bathroom mirrors.
Kitchen upgrades can also be accomplished with a few upgrades here and there by a professional. Again if upgrading with the intent of selling your home or condo, it’s best to have neutral color schemes. You want to allow potential buyers to apply their own personal style to the kitchen. Countertops are essential to increase the value of the home by way of the kitchen. The countertops are what gives the kitchen that upscale look and is where most food preparation is done. Adding a good durable stone countertop can greatly enhance the look and feel of the kitchen. Granite, onyx, soapstone, granite, marble, slate, or travertine are all great options. Countertop materials vary in cost depending on the size needed, so consider both the costs and color when making a selection.
The kitchen sink is the centerpiece of the kitchen and a good sink can make a big difference when upgrading. Adding a stainless steel double sink that blends perfectly with the countertop can go a long way. Most potential home buyers immediately imagine themselves in the kitchen preparing meals and counter space is going to really brighten or damper their daydream. Another kitchen enhancement is to install a kitchen stove venting system. Stove vents not only enhance the functionality of the kitchen, by controlling smells from cooking overtime but can also increase home value and the appeal of your home to potential buyers. Another quick way to greatly increase the appeal of your kitchen is to upgrade kitchen appliances. Adding a new stove, refrigerator and other appliances give the kitchen an immediate “pop” and make the overall feel of the kitchen better.
Kitchen and bathroom upgrades or enhancements add the most value to your home. While these rooms tend to be the smallest rooms in the house, they have the biggest impact on the overall value of the home or condo.

Pantone, the leading authority in color management and consistency, chooses a color to represent each new year. For 2018, the choice is Ultra Violet, “The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute.

Source: https://www.pantone.com/color-of-the-year-2018

Are you a fan of Ultra Violet? Here are some ideas to get that creativity flowing to utilize the color of the year in your kitchen and bath with the help of the experts at Grand Kitchen+Bath.

Source: Bed Bath & Beyond

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You don’t need me to tell you that there is a lot that needs to get done if you are planning on having guests for the holidays. Everything from the menu to the décor falls on you, and you are eager to make a positive showing for your guests.

One of the best ways you can ensure that you have everything ready for the holidays is to prepare early. You wouldn’t want to wait until Christmas Eve to waltz into a toy store and expect to grab the hottest holiday toy.

The same concept applies to kitchen remodels. Everyone wants their kitchens to look amazing when guests come over! They want their guests to gush over how amazing their cabinets are and how the design of the kitchen brings it to life. If your kitchen doesn’t currently do that, maybe it’s time to look at a remodel?

Much like the toy store though, it is a lot easier to get your kitchen remodeled sooner rather than later. With everyone looking at upgrading to premium quality cabinets, granite countertops, and getting their entire kitchens redesigned, contractors and supplies are in high demand.

The earlier you start, the better your chances are of the job being completed on time, and spots are filling fast of jobs to be completed for the holiday season.

Luckily for you, there is an interior design company located conveniently in St. Petersburg, Florida, Grand Kitchen and Bath, that is ready to help you every step of the way with your re-model. Now is the time to book your remodel though for the holidays though, because you wouldn’t want your guests to be disappointed!

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