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Great Tips In Creating The Absolute Kitchen!

The common question you have in mind when starting off with a home remodeling project is…where do I begin? This process can be over whelming and confusing at the same time. On the other hand, it can also be a fun process into creating a space that you love. Gathering ideas and inspirations on the space to enlighten you to creating a beautiful outcome. It is important that your kitchen reflects your sense of style and personality using the colors you choose to put into your kitchen. For a no-regret approach, a neutral scheme for the expensive pieces in your kitchen would be the best way to go. These are the foundation items like the cabinets, counter tops, flooring and appliances. While introducing color to the non-expensive aspects like the walls, back splash, window treatments, and lighting fixtures. With this trick, you can easily change the look of your kitchen as your style and trends change over the years.

Here are a few ideas on creating the perfect kitchen.

 

Kitchen Cabinets 

One of the most popular colors for kitchen cabinets in Los Angeles today is white. A combination of white and creams put together give you the look of it being simple, classy and creates an openness to the kitchen. When it comes to the cabinet selectiwhite cabinetson, options are never limited. There are some people who have variations in the cabinet colors and styles which creates a different definition to the kitchen. Variations in style would be mixing together a slab faced drawer with a 5 piece cabinet style instead of choosing the same cabinet style throughout the kitchen. In terms of color, it is also an option to have the island cabinets in a different color. A relative shade or even a contrasting color depending on how different you want to be. Always think of how you will like your kitchen five years from today.

 

Countertop

When choosing the countertops for your kitchen, keep in mind the traffic and stress that you let the counters undergo. Make sure that you choose the right materials that suit your lifestyle. When in a kitchen remodeling process, keep in mind the colors that you choose for your kitchen will shape how the overall turn out and feel is created when you walk into that room. With white kitchens being one of the most popular colors in the kitchen today, most people like to extend that simplicity by choosing a lightly colored countertop. A contrasting colored counter top however is another look that is popular. It gives the depth to the cabinets and creates a different look. In Los Angeles, granite is one of the top choices of home buyers today, however many people are opting for the quartz countertop for its durability, stain resistance and modern high-end look.

 

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One of the most important aspects of your kitchen maybe the appliances. Deciding on how high-end you are wanting to go. If you are in love with the look of the professional grades, they do have them now available in low and mid-range levels that you can avail of in the market without being hurt with the professional price ranges. Before purchasing any appliances for your kitchen, its best to first check the layout and design of the kitchen. Making sure that there is enough room to fit the necessary appliances that you require as you prepare your daily meals. The basic appliances include the refrigerator, range, range hood, oven, and microwave oven. Variations and size will depend on which level you intend to use your kitchen and most importantly the space you have to be able to fit in the appropriate dimensions of each appliance. Stainless steel appliances are the most commonly used finishes today. Some may want to go bold and use brightly colored appliances which will create a character to the kitchen design.

 

Backsplash

The backsplash is a piece of your personality. This is where you get a chance to be creative and something that reflects who you are. This covers the space between your counter top and the base of your wall cabinets. And on the area of the cooktop it goes on the wall up to the ceiling. Whether you’re going subtle or bold, modern or traditional, always put in mind that you will be living with it for a while. Be creative and play with patterns and colors. This is the main focal point of the kitchen. With this in mind, always question yourself if that is something you will still want in the next five years. There are tons of materials in the market today to cater to every taste and style. Endless options from stainless steel, mosaic, tiles, glass and many more.

 

Lighting

How do we select the best lighting for our kitchen? How we light the room affects the functionality of the space and how we feel when we’re spending time in the room. Often times in a kitchen remodeling project, people tend to just accept the lighting that was currently there and don’t give any thought to moving or improving the lighting aspect of the space. The effect on how the kitchen is illuminated makes a big difference on the look of the kitchen. In most kitchen remobacksplash undercabinet lightingdeling projects today, we do recommend to add under cabinet lighting. This gives you added light when prepping for meals and cooking. On an aesthetic level, adding lights inside the cabinets that have a glass face creates that glam effect. The light shining through to showcase your beautiful pieces of dishware. Aside from adding these extra light features, it is very important to make sure that you have adequate general lighting in the kitchen as well. Make sure that you check with your general contractor on what is the appropriate number of recessed lights that you need for the size of your kitchen.

 

Hope these few tips would help you going in creating the absolute kitchen you would adore. Good luck!

 

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Free In-Home Design Consultation !

 

Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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Hot New Kitchen Trends For 2015!

It’s the New Year!  We all want that fresh start, new look and amazing ambiance in our home. What better way to start the year than with a brand new kitchen showing exquisite design trends for 2015!

One of the most common remodels in Los Angeles today are mainly…The Kitchen. We all love a beautiful kitchen in our home. The feeling when guests walking in and adoring the unique look that we have in our home is overwhelming. Well, let’s get started and see what we have in store for this year…

Houses that have been built about 20-30 years ago are more likely to be remodeled today. A variety of upgrades and new inventions have occurred and we always want to incorporate that in our home. Here are a few new trends and ideas you want to consider when doing your kitchen remodel.

Keeping it Transitional open concept

If you want to keep the traditional look but would like to mix it up with a modern touch, then you can go with a transitional look. You don’t have to completely leave the traditional style out of the way but you can incorporate it with a few touches with moldings to keep the old and blend with the new.

Metal Accents

Copper range hoods, stainless steel sheets, aluminum backsplashes are one of the few metal accents we can incorporate in today’s kitchen remodeling project. It not only adds to the beauty of the kitchen but it also creates an edge in the kitchen design. Go out of the box and try something different, go a little on the bold side and maybe try a stainless steel designed backsplash to add spark to a contemporary kitchen.

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The most popular kitchen design styles in Los Angeles today is the Shaker style. It has clean lines and shows a contemporary look and style to your kitchen. On the other hand, having clean lines also makes it easier to keep clean which is one of the necessities today.

Open Spaces

Many of the kitchen remodeling projects today include a removal of a wall that divides the kitchen to the living room. This creates the open concept that is popular in todays’ kitchen design layout. This creates a feeling of openness and widens up the space. Another added option would be to create an open shelving system where in you can display your favorite dish wares. Adding an accented wall behind that open shelving will create a unique look to the kitchen and will make your favorite plates pop.

Accent wall

Many people are ripping off wallpapers from their 1980’s kitchen. However, these are still around and if used on one wall to accent the kitchen, it will create a statement. Your guests can compliment your kitchen with one word that says…”wow”

 

Turn the lights on

One thing to always keep in mind is good lighting. This is one aspect in the kitchen design that brings a tremendous effect to the kitchen. A combination of ambient and task lighting is always a must. Recessed lights can be placed throughout the kitchen. Under cabinet LED lights can be placed to give you the ease when chopping up vegetables or preparing meals. A set of gorgeous glass pendant lights can accentuate the island and give it the glam or an elegant chandelier above the dining room table.

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These are a few elements that can help you get started your kitchen remodeling in 2015.

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Free In-Home Design Consultation !

 

Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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SMALL Bathroom? BIG Ideas!

Dealing with an old home with a small bathroom? Are you wanting to get some changes to renew the little sanctuary in your home? Although bathroom sizes have doubled in the past 20 to 30 years, some homeowners still are dealing with these little tiny bathrooms. Here are a few ideas on how to transform a small looking bathroom into a roomier spa like space.

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Can’t set your mind on a specific color? If you’re dealing with a fairly small bathroom, it’s best to go with a neutral shade of color. Darker colors creates a definition and thus creates shaves off some space of the walls. Try a few shades of color using small patches on your walls and leave it on for a few days. The changes in light will give a different effect. See how you feel about the shade during daylight and during the evening and select the color that you feel comfortable with. In Los Angeles, neutral colors like cream, off white or cotton white are a few colors that are commonly used in creating a roomier bath.

 

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If your bathroom has walls enclosing or dividing the shower, it’s time to knock it down and open up that barrier. By creating an open space and enclosing the shower with glass will give the illusion of transparency which will reflect light and would increase the depth of the shower. Consider the frameless showers that are most commonly used in today’s bathroom remodeling project. Additionally, creating recessed storage in shower walls are good to keep the shower necessities conveniently and neatly placed.

 

Save space

There are space savers that you can incorporate when doing a bathroom remodeling project. One of them would be installing a pedestal sink in a small bathroom. If you require a little more added storage, another option would be choosing a floating vanity. This takes away the bulkiness of a vanity and still giving you the function that you need.

 

 

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The vanity area is something we all use on a daily basis. We all have toiletries that we use on a daily bases but we don’t want them exposed and creating clutter. We all need that extra storage space to hide the little bottles away. Install a medicine cabinet in your bathroom to conceal the little clutter. Keeping clean lines and tidiness in the bathroom always looks pleasing to the eye.

Reflection 

Placing a large frameless mirror in the bathroom would give the illusion of a larger space. Combine the mirror with a well-placed task lighting will make your bathroom seem bigger.

Task & Ambient lighting

Defining the space with the right light effects can really enlarge the space. Proper placement of task and ambient lighting would be very important when doing a bathroom remodel. Lights may be placed above the vanity mirror or even behind the mirror if the design permits it. Task lighting is important on areas like over the vanity and in the shower. Consult a general contractor to get the best advice as to where the placement of lighting would be best to get the results that you are looking for in your bathroom.

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When it comes to doing a small scaled bathroom remodeling you have to consider certain things in its design and most importantly tying everything together to create a sanctuary of your own. Minor changes in the space would be necessary to release you of that feeling of claustrophobia in your little space. Hiring a general contractor to help you with these updates would be a great idea to be able to achieve the best results.

 

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Free In-Home Design Consultation !

 

Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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10 Great Ideas In Making Your Kitchen BIGGER and BRIGHTER!

Does your kitchen seem too tight and overcrowded? Do you feel crumped up in your kitchen? Looking for better ways to update and remodel your kitchen to make it look bigger and brighter? Here are some ideas on how to make your kitchen feel roomier without adding that extra square footage. See which ideas suit you best and enjoy cooking up those feasts in your lovely kitchen.

Natural light

Allowing more light into the kitchen will brighten up the space. If you have a window in your kitchen, consider consulting a general contractor in making the opening of the window wider or higher. Bringing it to the level of the sink or countertop will make a big difference as well as it will provide a sense of spaciousness in your kitchen. Take some extra care to see if the wall is a load bearing wall and this can be determined by the general contractor. Additionally, artificial lighting will make your kitchen look bigger in any kitchen remodeling project. Under cabinet lighting, will add ambiance to your kitchen and at the same time it will make it easier for your to work on the counter top.

 

Paint the cabinets white

Dark cabinets tend to eat up on space. If your cabinets are in the dark shades, it’s time to paint them white. You may hire a general contractor or if you want to save on costs, you can even try doing a project yourself. A simple coat of white paint on the cabinets will make your space look open and brighter than having dark cabinets in your kitchen.

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Replace with glass

Switching out cabinet doors to glass will create an illusion of a bigger kitchen space. It tricks the eye into looking making it look like a larger space as you see the depth trough the cabinets into the wall. Contact a kitchen designer and one can help you with different variations on the glass front designs on the kitchen cabinets. The secret to this is to making sure the contents of the cabinets are kept in an orderly manner as clutter can make it look crowded. Adding accent lights on the inside is an optional thing to do which would create a sophisticated look to your kitchen cabinets.

 

Sleek appliances

Adding appliances in a small kitchen can be a little tricky. In Los Angeles, there are many high- efficiency appliances that allow people with small kitchens to have the same luxuries as bigger kitchens. When shopping around for appliances, choose ones that don’t look so bulky. Selecting sleek stainless steel appliances will make your kitchen appear bigger as clean lines don’t distract the eye.

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Save on space

Try to consolidate the cooktop and the oven so minimize the look of the kitchen. Keeping the countertop free of small appliances is one way to make the kitchen look cleaner and clutter free. Store small appliances in the pantry or cabinets to make variable counter space available. Consider a built in microwave unit to keep it off the counter. There are a number of storage space solutions available when selecting a kitchen cabinet design.

 

Open space

Depending on the layout of your home, you may consider opening up a portion of wall that divides the kitchen to the adjoining room. Opening up this space would enlarge the sense of space and would give you a feeling of openness. A general contractor would be able to take care of telling you if the wall is a load bearing wall or not.

 

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Extending the wall cabinets up until the ceiling with a molding will draw the eye up and down and will increase the apparent height of the ceiling. Having decorative plates, a soffit above the cabinets or large ceramic tiles would also create a similar effect.

 

Mount the hood

Selecting a sleek, wall mount range hood mounted above the cooktop would shave some space of the walls but would give you the feeling of openness. Compared to installing one with cabinets over the hood, this look makes it too crowded and congested. In Los Angeles, there are a wide variety of wall mounted range hoods with a sleek finish to accommodate any kitchen size. This would be one of the important things in making your kitchen look bigger.

 

Smooth Surface

When it’s time to choose the countertop, consider clean lines and sleek surfaces. Too much lines and drama on the surface makes it look busy. Selecting smooth finishes and clean lines will brighten up your kitchen space and will give you the sense of cleanliness as well.

 

Maximize every space

Make the most of every space in your kitchen by creating custom storage spaces. If you have small spaces that has been left alone, consider turning it into a water station or placing additional cabinetry or creating your own custom smart solution.

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These simple tips can definitely help you transform your kitchen into a bigger and brighter kitchen you will surely love.

 

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Free In-Home Design Consultation !

 

Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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5 Steps to a Successful Kitchen

Do you ever wonder where to start when designing your kitchen? Are you overwhelmed by the number of things you need to consider when starting your kitchen remodeling project? When you finally decide and are ready to remodel your kitchen, you need to put a list down and think how you want the kitchen to function and how it should meet your needs. There are a few things you should consider and a few things you should avoid when deciding on a kitchen remodeling project.  Here are a few things you should consider to getting that successful kitchen design in your home.

Functional Stations – depending on the functionality of your space, it is best to plan your kitchen design to what fits your needs. Don’t insist that you need the triangular layout just because everybody does it. See what fits your needs and how you move around it the kitchen. It is not necessary to have the refrigerator, sink and stove in an exact triangular form, but rather have workstations. When thinking of the kitchen design layout, see that you have a station for prep work, a station for cooking and a station for clean up.

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Have space for more than ONE – When creating a kitchen design, take into consideration the number of people in the household. Even if the wife is the only chef and not the husband, make sure there’s enough room for the other partner to walk around when he decides to grab something from the fridge. Have some space for the other family members to be in like the kids to have an area where they can eat a quick breakfast before heading to school.

 

Storage solupantry cabinettions – We all need storage! And the worst part of it all is that it’s never enough. One thing to be certain when planning your kitchen remodeling is that you have enough storage spaces in your kitchen. In Los Angeles, glass doors and open shelving are popular if you want to add that glam in your kitchen design. Though it can pretty but you also need some concealed storage for those half emptied cereal boxes and some small appliances you want hidden away.

Out with the old, In with the new! – You finally have a brand new kitchen, new and maybe some built in appliances. Are you still caught hanging on to those old pots and pans that you may never use but still want them around? Focus on your new space and updated appliances and get rid of the excess things that you don’t need. Utilize what you have and make the most of all its features and you will get the most benefit from it.

 

Where do I sit? – When planning you kitchen design layout, think of a bigger picture. How much room do you need when you have family over? How much kitchen island seating areaseating space is required? Do you need a breakfast area attached to the island or would you rather have a separate eating area within the kitchen? In Los Angeles, we may have that extra space to spare in the kitchen to be able to think of this aspect. Consider how it would work best for you and your family. Think of how your kitchen can be most functional and incorporate that into your design process.

 

You are planning your brand new kitchen, you want to make sure you incorporate every detail and aspect into your kitchen design layout and maximize the space you have to get the best results. Enjoy the process as you deserve the best!

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Free In-Home Design Consultation !

 

Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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8 TOP SECRETS to Add Character To Your Bathroom!

Do you always look around the bathroom in a luxurious hotel? Dreaming that someday your bathroom will look as a relaxing haven? Every wonder what you can add to your bathroom to get that warm feeling? Have you always wanted to accessorize your bathroom with the little things that makes it feel so relaxing and warm? Here are a few secrets you can do yourself, or maybe by hiring a general contractor to assist you in creating your own spa like feel in your very own bathroom.

Secret # 1

rain shower headFrom boring to bold! Turn your boring lifeless shower into a something more exciting. Switch up the standard shower head with a luxurious rain shower head. In a Los Angeles bathroom remodel, with the new inventions and products out in the market, it is easy to convert it from plain and normal, to something you wouldn’t mind spending a few extra minutes getting washed under that gorgeous rain like shower. There are even fixtures that come with a LED light to create that mood light while you bathe. This is a simple bathroom remodeling project you can accommodate.

 

 

 

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As you come out from your shower, what’s better than being wrapped up with a warm toasty towel? Install a towel warmer that servers as a towel rack as well. This is a great addition to a modern day bathroom and creates a luxurious feel. You may hire a general contractor to help you conceal the wires behind the wall for that sleek and clean look.

 

 

 

 

Secret # 3

During those heated toilet seat resized 600cold winter nights, do you tip toe into a freezing cold bathroom? Do you dread sitting on your toilet? Those days are over; you can now pamper yourself and get yourself your very own hot seat. Purchase a heated toilet seat for added comfort. Added features also include an electronic bidet, deodorizer, dryer and wash functions.

 

 

 

 

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Time to catch up on the news or just like to update yourself with the new fashions of time? Consider keeping a magazine rack in your bathroom to store your favorite issues. A stylish magazine rack can be installed on the wall to save some space or a nice rack in one of the corners of the bathroom.

 

 

 

 

Secret # 5

“Touch me not” – with the new inventions on the touch less toilets, this added feature is a luxury in your bathroom. It is easy to assemble and can be added to the standard toilets that you currently have installed. A simple but great added feature in your bathroom remodeling process that you can add to your daily lifestyle.

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Secret # 6

Magnify it! Whether you’re magnifying mirror resized 600getting ready for a gala dinner or just getting dolled up for a casual night out, it’s always best to make sure you see every bit of detail on your glorious face. For the ladies out there, having a magnifying mirror on your vanity will come in very handy when putting that liner on your eye lids…and for the men, this will be a great tool in helping them get a clean shave.

 

 

 

 

 

Secret # 7

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Name that tune! Listen to your favorite music streaming while you’re getting all dressed up to get to the work world or when you come home and it’s time to wind down and relax. Music has its way of turning up your beat or calming you down when you need to.

 

 

 

 

Secret # 8

When decorating your bathroom, it is important to remember that a little accessory can go a long way. Light up those candles…create that mood and pamper yourself a little by adding a few scented candles to get that warm spa feeling. In Los Angeles, the bathroom can be more than just a utility space but you can turn it into your very own sanctuary and haven for relaxation. We all deserve that extra pampering in our busy lives and what better way to get it in than in your very own bathroom space.

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As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Free In-Home Design Consultation !

 

Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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HOW TO: Create The Perfect Mood In Your Bathroom

Do you imagine yourself in a luxurious spa in a beautiful five star hotel? One that you always plan to visit but never get the chance? Or maybe a gift from a friend?

Now, you don’t need to wait for that moment when you want to escape the craziness of your daily routine. The bathroom is one of the most important spots in our home. A space where we spend a lot of time getting ourselves all pretty and handsome. Don’t you want a space that you would love? A sanctuary where you can be calm and relaxed? You can now create that in your own home with these simple tips!

Paint Color Selection: Dark and bold or light and calm? What suits your personality? Choosing a paint color for your bathroom is often a tough choice. Visit a local paint store and get a couple samples to see which one would suit you best. Which color would calm you down after coming home from a long day? To achieve a calm and relaxed mood, it is most common in Los Angeles to have taupe or neutral colors in the bathroom. Having a subdued color on your walls generally creates a calm and collective atmosphere.

Lighspa like bathroomting : How and what you use to bring light into your bathroom remodeling is an important aspect. In creating that serene atmosphere, adding LED recessed lights with a dimmer would be a great aspect in creating that perfect mood. Using them to maximum brightness during the morning to get you dressed before you greet the world, and a dimmed effect in the evening when you take a nice long steamy shower to soothe those tired achy muscles. Add drama and character to your bathroom by installing a chandelier. This would give you that glam and classy feeling in your serene space.

Showers: Thank you to the new innovations on shower heads, we now have the new modern lighted rain shower head. Lights gleaming down with the rain showers brings a total different feeling. This added accessory in your bathroom remodeling can really enhance the mood you would want to have. Enclosed with shower doors made of frameless glass with various varieties available to create that sleek elegant bathroom feel.

Spa Tub: If you have the space, consider placing a spa tub as part of  your bathroom remodeling. Fill the tub with warm water, drop some bubble bath in it and turn the jets on. Relax in your tub with the lights dimmed would be a great way to set that perfect spa like mood.luxurious bathroom,spa

Surround Sound: Create that mood with your favorite song streaming in the bathroom. Enjoy a relaxing spa bath with your soothing tunes playing in the background. Having a speaker system in your bathroom can be very enjoyable if you love music. In Los Angeles, it is commonly used and is installed in the ceiling. It is more convenient than having a speaker on the countertop to give more space to other necessities needed in the bathroom.

Accentuate: Light up some scented candles, burn essential oils or spray air freshener in your bathroom. Fill the air with the aroma that you love. Scents can really help you relax while you unwind in your spa tub or in your shower. Flickering candles around the tub or oil burners can be placed on top of the countertop to add some warmth and create a soothing ambiance.

Pamper Yourself: The secret to achieving all of the above is to take time out and enjoy your luxurious space. Go beyond your normal bathing routine and treat yourself to something special. Devoting some time out of your busy schedule and experiencing a nice peaceful spa bath or a soothing shower would definitely relax and rejuvenate you. Creating your own spa like feel in your own home is always rewarding. It is fun and easy. Enjoy your space to its extent, you deserve it!

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As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Free In-Home Design Consultation !

 

Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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Best Kitchen Design Layout, Which One Best Suits YOU?

The kitchen, being one of the most important spaces in your home should be carefully planned to be successful. Deciding on what fits you best is a difficult task. To help you with that, I would suggest writing down some points to see what you would want in your kitchen. How much space do I have to create what I want? How much storage do I need? How much traffic will I have? Will the kids be using a part of the kitchen? Do I want a section to interact with family and friends while I’m cooking? Answer these few questions to get you started and you will create a function full kitchen and enjoy your space to the full extent.

The functionality of its space plays an important role in the kitchen design layout. Therefore, before selecting your desired cabinet choices, or countertop material, think of what kitchen design layout is best for you? What layout will suit my kitchen space and would give me the maximum benefit? Here are some ideas to help you and give you some of the most common kitchen design layouts in Los Angeles.

The Galley or the Corridor  galley kitchen

Taking from its name, it literally means a kitchen that looks like a corridor. Having two straight walls with the cooktop on one side and the sink on the other. However, you can also create a simple galley kitchen design layout having the sink, cooktop and refrigerator on one wall and an island for an open kitchen design concept. Islands usually help for added storage in a layout like this as you lose the extra wall cabinet space.

The L-Shaped Kitchen

One of the most seen layouts inL-shapped kitchen small spaces, is the L-shaped kitchen design. It is more concentrated and private. Having all the needed appliances right within a few steps. This would have one complete wall of cabinets on one side and a shorter number of cabinets on the other. Want to add more of an inviting feel to this kitchen layout? You may add an island with some bar chairs for more interaction with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The U-Shaped Kitchen

Do you have the need for extra storage? Do you host a lot of parties? Au-shaped kitchen U-shaped kitchen design layout can be very beneficial to you if you need a lot of space in the kitchen. This layout is common for larger homes in Los Angeles. You can have a massive counter space and storage solutions. Another benefit of the U-shaped kitchen is you are able to spread out the work area.

 

 

 

 

The G-Shaped Kitchen

Similar to the U-shaped kitchen, the G-shaped kitchen layout just adds another leg to it. Do you have the need for extra storage? It is really never enough to say… yes I do have enough space. Somehow our things just never stop increasing. This layout would be very beneficial if you are one of thg-shaped kitchene many people that are starving for space.

The G-shaped kitchen layout design can have extra lower cabinet space on the extra leg, aside from upper cabinets. However, you may also create a breakfast area for that extra side to it or make it a perfect spot for family and friends to gather around.

Give it some thought and extra planning and you would certainly achieve a beautiful kitchen you would enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Five FREE Fixes To Make Your White Kitchen Pop!

Interested in creating a white classy kitchen? A kitchen design that will never look old and outdated. White is classy, elegant and most of all timeless. Having an all white kitchen can be a little tricky in terms of maintenance, but it can also stand out and be one of the focal points in your home. Here are a few tips on how make your white kitchen the conversational piece.

                                                        # 1 – Countertop

Choosing a countertop for a kitchen with white counter tops white cabinets can be less stressful than cabinets with color. White cabinets generally go with almost anything. However, if you want a kitchen that will look stunning and elegant, chose a strong contrast of color for the countertop for that wow effect. Although in some, a white kitchen may also have a white shaded countertop material made from granite or ceasarstone to match the white colored cabinets. For instance, white Carrara marble countertop would look extremely elegant when paired with the white cabinets. Another option would be a countertop with shades of grey to match with the white cabinets. This too would bring out the clear sheers of the white cabinets.

# 2 – Flooring

Withstanding heavy traffic, dropped dishes and spills, what would be the best flooring material for this space? Dark – light – dark is what kitchen design professionals in Los Angeles would say. To enhance the white cabinets in your kitchen, it would be best to go with a dark colored flooring. Whether it is hardwood floors, laminate floors or tile, choosing a darker shade would bring out the look of the kitchen. However, some may choose to go on a lighter shade using travertine or porcelain tiles, this would create a gorgeous effect as well. Keep in mind that it would be difficult to maintain it to keep it sparkling clean.

# 3 – Upper Cabinets light colored flooring

Enhancing the upper cabinets in the kitchen with glass front would look extremely elegant specially when accented with lighting. Creating that “china cabinet” look and a space for your special house wares made from crystals or glass. Your most valuable pieces would be gleaming through those glass cabinets.

# 4 – Lighting

Aside from light shining through from the upper cabinets, installing under cabinet lighting will create a ton of effects in a white kitchen. The reflections of the light to the colors from the countertop and the cabinets would bring your kitchen look to the next level. If you have an island, placing pendant lighting to shine down would create another gorgeous effect.

# 5 – Stunning accents

White cabinets go well with brushed nickel or polished chrome accents. Drawer pulls or cabinet knobs in these finishes would create a modernized effect and make it look outstanding. It would very well go with stainless steel appliances and would make your kitchen shine.

In Los Angeles, white kitchens are presentlpendant ligthing y very popular. Aside from it being a simple yet elegant color to have in your kitchen, adding the right combinations of materials can bring a dull kitchen to an outstanding beautiful kitchen you would adore.

 

 

 

 

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

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Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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Get the Best Backsplash For Your Kitchen

How do you decide on which backsplash to pick that suits your style and personality? There are numerous options and endless possibilities out there to fill in that space between the countertop and the wall cabinet and above the cook top. Depending on what you put up there can either be flat and boring or it can pick up your mood once you enter the kitchen. Remember, it’s the details that makes the difference. The backsplash is your focal point, so be creative and select the right material for this important feature. The backsplash is usually the last thing that is planned in a kitchen remodeling process, thus giving it a lot of thought to make it decorative and attracting. It is important to select the right material that enhances the look of the kitchen cabinetry, countertop material and wall colors and to make everything go together. To make it easier for you, here are a few options to give you ideas on how to choose the right backsplash for your kitchen, read through and select which one will make on your backsplash!

granite backsplashThe Sleek Slab – Granite or CaesarStone slabs offer a sleek finish. These are used in a kitchen with continuity from the countertop material and up to the backsplash. The uniformity in the material offers a clean, elegant look. A maintenance free backsplash as you won’t need to worry about the grout getting all dirty as time goes by.

 

 

 

 

Mosaic design – Generally a composition of pieces that come on a mesh, made of clay, glass, or natural stone – to name a few. It adds depth, elegance, reflective elements and fine textures. You may also create a personalized design pattern above the cook top area to add more personality to your backsplash.

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Tile – How’s the traffic in your kitchen? Do you cook a lot? Tile is often the most simple material to clean. Especially if you have an active kitchen where a lot of cooking takes place. Most tile backsplashes can be wiped clean from splashes of all sorts of food stuff. In addition to that, it can be customized in numerous ways. There are endless options as to the style, colors, shapes and sizes and is available at any hardware store or tile warehouses. Some of the known patterns in a Los Angeles kitchen include vertical, horizontal, which is one of the most common patterns, herringbone or even a diamond pattern. Kitchen tile can come in various styles like glass, subway, ceramic or porcelain to name a few. Make sure sealer is applied to prevent the grout from any stain. So, whatever you may be looking for, it’s doubtful that you would have any trouble searching for one that catches your eye. tile design backsplash

 

 

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Stainless Steel – This often gives a kitchen the industrial look and feel but can have a contemporary style to it as well. It comes in sheets or in tiles and creates a sparkling effect when paired with white crisp countertops. It is attractive, efficient, long lasting and low maintenance. The variety and design flexibility of stainless steel backsplashes make it a great choice for any kitchen design. With options like shiny or matte finishes, you can create anything from contemporary to ultra modern designs. Combining these with sleek stainless steel appliances, you can create a high end stylish kitchen. Additionally, stainless steel is more resistant to effects of spatter of food than most tile thus making it more effective and long lasting. Here you get the high end look without the high maintenance!

 

Decorative Mural – Consisting of mostly paintings of flowers to plants or landscapes, murals can create a conversational piece. This can be created using tile or stone materials. Murals can be a high –end kitchen backsplash and typically not for those on a budget. But, before deciding on a mural, just take into consideration when adding a decorative design, think of how you will view it seven to ten years after. Will it still be a nice focal point? Or you may want to ask yourself…what was I thinking?

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In whatever material you choose for your backsplash, one way to enhance the kitchen design style and bring out a striking effect is to make sure you add under cabinet lighting. You may also want to add dimmers for variations of mood. Lighting plays a very important role in every room in your home. Especially in your kitchen, where it is a place you whip up the nutritional meals for your body. For more ideas on lighting trends in your kitchen, click here to view more information on different lighting ideas for your kitchen.

Enjoy, explore and experiment your options to create your very own kitchen backsplash masterpiece!

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

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Offer Steuer

President

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For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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What’s On Your Color Palette?

Do you want to change the look of your bathroom with a small budget? Need a new look to your serene space? Do you want to get unique and challenging?

Exploring bathroom color ideas for a vibrant and lively bathroom design can be your answer. Every color, every shade brings a unique character the space it’s applied on. There are a dozen ways to add color without ripping out old tile or installing new sinks or tubs. Here are a few great ideas when choosing the perfect color for your divine space.neutrals

Hues of Blues

Shades of blue and green offers a calming and cooling effect. Soothing baby blue colors gives you that calmness when entering a room filled with cloud like colors. However, you may also go on the darker tones of blues and explore more possibilities.

Orange Energy

Feeling energized? Shades of terra cotta, from light shades to bright orange can start up your day with a boost of energy. If it’s too bold of a color, you may combine neutral accents to subdue the intensity of the orange in the room.

Calm Creams

Cream shades have been one of the favored color pallets of all time. It can be matched with almost every color. It mellows off when combined with a striking bright shade.

Fired up Red

How bold are you? Going for a red wall as an accent may be a bold choice. However when used in the right manner can bring out a very striking design. Using a pop of color like red and create a dull and boring bathroom into a wow factor.

cream bathroomClassic Neutral

Taupe, neutrals, beige and tans create a casual and classic look. Combining these low toned shades creates a glamorous neutral look that can last through time. These shades never go out of style or get dated nd is one of the most commonly used themes in bathrooms.

It can get very overwhelming when choosing the right color from a wide variety of options. One suggestion is to start with an accessory. Pick an item you want to display and use it as an inspiration and a guideline in selecting the color of the paint from the paint selector.

Sometimes it gets difficult to imagine the paint you have selected and visualizing it into your room. A good idea would be, selecting a color of your preference and painting a portion of your wall in that shade. Notice how the variations of the colors are in daylight and in the evening. Make sure that you have a new lighting as this affects the shades of the color on the wall. Keep it on for a few days to get a feel of that color and if it would work for you or not. This way you would feel better about your selection without having to go through the trouble of repainting the entire room to cover the wrong shade.

Colors have an impact on our mood and it is very important to have your walls in a color that suits you, your lifestyle, and your personality.

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

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Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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Lighting Trends for Your Kitchen

How is your kitchen lit up? Do you have a hard time looking at what you’re cooking up in your kitchen? Do you have the right amount of light?

describe the imageHaving the right lighting in a kitchen is essential as it may either create a great space and energizing atmosphere while you’re cooking up your meals, or it may also be a dull and boring unit of your home that needs a little fix to get it up and beyond.

Here are a few lighting trends that you may consider in updating your kitchen and getting the style and mood you want when creating some meals for the day.

 

Under- Cabinet lighting

Nothing looks more illuminating in a kitchen with under cabinet lighting. It creates an ambiance for a well-lit kitchen making it easy for preparation, cooking and reading recipes. A well placed and installed under cabinet lighting creates a fresh and bright space.

There are a number of varieties of under cabinet lighting options in the market today. It all depends on how you want the light to work for you. They are easy and simple to inComplete Kitchen Remodel 14710 resized 600stall. From puck lights and rope to tape and lighting bars. You have other options to even get them with motion sensors or not. It comes in either battery operated or connected to power source.

Puck lights are more for a targeted area and show a definite lighting effect. These are normally placed strategically around the room. They are great for reading and for those late night visits to the refrigerator.

Tape and rope lights normally run throughout the entire under cabinet. They offer a soft lighting effect or may be accent lighting for the backsplash. It is a nominal lighting and thus adds on to the overall lighting plan on the entire kitchen. A variety of colors are available as well for those wanting to create a unique and unusual effect, although white is popular and commonly used.

Lighting bars are a brighter source of light that covers a broader area than puck or tape lights. All the varieties and styles for under cabinet lighting come in LED options as well. LED lights are energy efficient and have a longer life than traditional bulbs. Another option is getting these under cabinets light with motion sensors. That way you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn them off. The only downside with motion sensors is if you are standing still for a period of time while figuring out a new recipe, it might just turn off and would be a hassle if you’re in the middle of something. But this is just a small hind side of it. There are a few different options as well when it comes to the under cabinet bulbs. It comes in halogen, xenon, and fluorescent. When selecting which best fits your kitchen it all depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. Halogen and incandescent bulbs are the most common and best ones used today.

 

Task Lighting

It is important to have a lot of light in the kitchen specifically in the areas that you work on such as the countertops, around the sink and stove areas. A great way to focus light around the kitchen is by having recessed lights. This type of lighting can be aimed at the specific areas where they are needed most.

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In- Cabinet Lighting

In cabinet lighting may also be called mood lighting. It is a great way to show accent to those beautiful pieces of kitchenware. This option works best when you have glass paneled cabinets. It gives a nice illumination to the kitchen and creates a glam look.

Track Lighting

Track lighting installed in a kitchen gives you multipurpose options. This can be positioned to the specific areas needed and focuses on that area.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is most commonly placed over an island and gives off a nice light effect. It is decorative and with the numerous styles we have in the market today, you can chose one that can give drama and uniqueness to your kitchen.

Kitchen Chandeliers

Chandeliers in a kitchen create a unique glam and sophistication to your meal workspace. It gives a character to the room. This form of lighting is not used to give focus on a specific task in the kitchen but usually used as an adescribe the imageccent to the space.

A combination of different light sources usually works best in the kitchen. A great way to creating a mix of diffused and directed lighting in a kitchen is when you combine the effects of general, task and mood lighting.

Calling a Pro will always give you the best advice in supplying the most efficient lighting option for your kitchen and most importantly installing the units the right way.

 

 

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

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Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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Kitchen Design Styles- How to Choose Whats Right For You

Modern – Contemporary – Traditional

There is a vast variety of different kitchen styles out there. Whatever your kitchen may look like often gives up what kind of personality you have. When you live in LOS ANGELES, you definitely want a kitchen design that suits tmodern kitcheno your style and functionality and a space you feel comfortable being in. A lot of people are often unclear when they describe their kitchen design and kitchen style. Here is a simple description of the most used styles of today.

What is really the difference when you say modern? Contemporary? Or traditional? Sometimes, the wrong terms are used when trying to describe your vision to someone else. Using the right words when speaking to a kitchen remodeling professional is important in order to achieve the dream look you’ve always been looking for. Here are the main differences between each one to help you better understand and describe the look you actually desire when hiring a general contractor or kitchen designer.

Modern and contemporary often get mixed up to being similar by most people. However in the kitchen design world, modern is known to be an era of design coming from the mid 20th Century. Modern designs showcase clean lines, earth tones, open spaces, and more often goes by the terms “form follows function”.

modern kitchen,sleek designClean and clutter free kitchen countertops, functional spaces, neutral colors are some of what you can incorporate in a modern looking kitchen. In other words, “less is more”

Contemporary design may also be referred to as transitional design and can be described as a mixture of modern and traditional designs. In LOS ANGELES, contemporary design features of what is “in” today. Thus the word contemporary brings a meaning of “with the time”. This design concept features elements from shiny surfaces, glass and stainless steel. It has a softer look compared to modern designs. Another key feature of contemporary design would have bold and striking artistic features that may come in forms of art or lighting to create an accent in a space.contemporary, new kitchen Bold colors, decorative accent kitchen backsplash, geometric shapes, pops of color are a few other key elements that make up the look of having a contemporary looking kitchen. In addition to that, the way to go would be adding top notch commercial appliances, creating a luxurious glossy look.

Traditional kitchen design elements usually bring in a classic feeling of space. Evolving from the baroque period of time, featuring colors in brown and gold, details, mouldings and rich furnishings. You may find embellished designs like a claw foot detail that shows the traditional look. The traditional kitchen design has its classy feel or richness and glam. Though in these current times, traditional kitchen look is often mixed with a little modern touch to soften up the space and not make it look very heavy.

traditional kitchen designFor example, you may have a granite slab for the countertop and have detailed pedestals for the kitchen island with traditional looking cabinets.

Understanding the differences between these design styles will be very helpful when speaking to a kitchen design professional. What design is your style?  You can always have a mix of design styles to create endless possibilities. Try to explore and you might create something that you will actually love. Experiment and have fun with your kitchen remodeling project !

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

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Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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Quick and Easy Bathroom Upgrades

Ladies and gentlemen, here are a few ideas on how to get a quick and easy bathroom upgrade. You don’t need a healthy bank account ready, these simple ideas can transform your current dated bathroom into a space that you will appreciate. The bathroom may be one of the most visited areas of your home, thus making it a comfortable and pleasing area is very important. It is a space where we would like to come into with ease and have a nourishing atmosphere.

 

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1. Shower enclosure – is your bathroom still in the old curtain era? If they have become old and moldy, it’s time to replace it. Try going for a print or patterned shower curtain for a different look and feel of the space. Another option is changing it to a shower enclosure, if it fits in your budget. Frameless shower doors are popular these days. It creates a feeling of openness as it takes away the heavy frame work of the regular old shower enclosures. If you have a small space bathroom, this would do well in it.

 

2. Bathroom fixtures – replacing the old, dull fixtures into a beautiful shiny chrome or brushed nickel fixture brings an immediate pop to your bathroom. It automatically creates an updated feel. There are tons of different designs and styles out in the market today. Choose one that fits to your style and theme of your bathroom.

3. A fresh coat of paint – a dull and faded wall can make your bathroom look boring and uninviting. Layer up a fresh new coat of paint to spruce up and create a different mood for when you walk through that bathroom door. Depending on your style and mood, you can range from light colors for a fresh natural look or depending on your persona you may go with a darker wall.

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4. Medicine cabinet – Tired of having stuff falling into the sink? Adding a medicine cabinet as a vanity mirror can increase your storage in your bathroom. Aside from additional storage, this is a good way to hide away small bottles of cream and other toiletries you don’t want lingering around your countertop. Stacking those little bottles and medicines can leave your countertop looking neat, clean and clutter free.

 5. Bathroom vents – Steamy showers can create a stuffy bathroom. Having a bathroom vent installed can prevent the foggy bathroom and can help prevent the walls from eventually molding up.

 6. Cauling around the tub or shower – Is the seals around the bathroom tub cracked, brownish, or mildewed? It’s time to put a fresh new silicon. This would make it look updated and looking new.

 7. New Tile – updating the tile on your floor and brighten up the feel of your entire bathroom. It would definitely make your space looking new and different. I would recommend calling a pro.

 8. Coordinating your accents – when picking a theme for your bathroom, try to coordinate the pieces so it will have an even flow and not look like an eye strain. If you have a chrome finished mirror, go with chrome fixtures or lighting to combine the look altogether.

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9. Vanity – One of the first things you see when you come into a bathroom is the vanity. Has your vanity become old and dated? Switching it out to a new one will definitely bring a new pop to your space. Many home improvement stores offers a wide variety of standalone vanities that are easy to install. If you don’t want to entirely change out the vanity, you may also consider painting the cabinets or changing the counter top to refresh the look.

10. Lighting – lighting fixtures can create an immediate dramatic effect in a bathroom. Create a glamorous look by adding a chandelier and hanging wall sconces to create a relaxing feel in your space. With whatever lighting fixture you go with, be sure to add a dimmer to the switches so you can create the ambiance you desire with a touch of your fingertips.

 

 

Redoing your bathroom can either be expensive, over whelming and time consuming. But by keeping your projects small you can give your bathroom a quick makeover with a little time and money spent. Use these little tips to get you started and get your dream look on its way.

 

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

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Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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Simple Steps to Getting A Dream Bathroom

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1. Functionality of the Space

A bathroom is one of the most important rooms of your home. It helps us to prepare   ourselves for the day ahead and helps us recover from a long tiring day at work. Having   a bathroom that caters to your taste can make a big difference in how your mood is created. Take into consideration of all the functions that you can incorporate into this area. Consider maybe a steam room where you can sit and relax and remove all the stress of the day, extra storage for linens, a seat in the shower, and even a nice rainforest shower head pouring over to remove all your aches and pains, or even a small television by a Jacuzzi where you can relax.

2. Planning your Space

When making the bathroom floor plan, think like an engineer. Write down any pointers that you may have to make your space very convenient. Decide on how you would like the placements of the tub, shower, toilet, and vanity. Walk around the space and see what you would require to store your objects. How far or near do you need the objects that you frequently use? How much storage space and drawers would you require? Think ease of space.

3. Choose a motif and a color scheme

Color preferences may vary for each individual. Decide on a motif for your bathroom and consider what you will be comfortable with. Choose a color scheme and blend objects and accessories to create continuity in the space. When purchasing accessories for your bath, consider the overall color scheme to blend everything together. A neutral color scheme would more likely be suitable for a bathroom rather than loud strong colors. You want a space where you feel calm and utmost comfortable.

4. Understand your flooring

Flooring can have a major impact on the style and sense of the room. When selecting the right flooring for your bath, research on the qualities and drawbacks of the material. What will be safe and slip resistant? What is more likely to have less maintenance? What will match the style of your bath?

5. Season it with fixtures

In today’s market, we have a vast variety of different styles and finishes of bathroom fixtures. Select one that compliments the style and motif of your bathroom. For example, if you have a contemporary style bathroom, a stainless steel fixture would go well with your style.

6. Pay close attention to the lighting

Improper lighting can make your space dull, boring and not functional. Consider appropriate lighting for the vanity and shower areas and where mirrors are present. Adding a dimmer to the bathroom is a great idea as it can create the mood you crave for. You may have it brightly lit for when you need to get ready and go about your day, or dimly lit for when you want to wind down and relax after coming home from a tiring day.

7. Hard + Soft

Bathroom with fine lines can sometimes seem a little harsh and still. Softening the look with draperies and towels can even out the impact of the bathroom. A few accessories on the vanity can add up to charm and complete the look.

8. A little bit of earth

Incorporate a little accent of greenery in the bathroom. A small plant on the vanity counter can cut out the stiff lines of the tiles or marble in the bathroom. Bring a touch of the earth into your serene space.

 

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Free In-Home Design Consultation !

 

Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is  www.otm1designs.com

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Kitchen Cabinet Drawers- Get the Best and Make Them Work for You

Kitchen cabinet drawers are really an easy way to arrange your kitchenware as they slide in and out effortlessly. However, if you are making them yourself, or installing a new front on an existing drawer, you need to be meticulous with the measurements or it may affect the movement. Let us first begin with what all you may need to create kitchen cabinet drawer fronts on your own.

Kitchen cabinet drawer hardware

Kitchen cabinet drawer hardware would include the following: Cabinet drawer slides, cabinet knobs, cabinet handles or pulls and cabinet bolts. Depending on the slides you want, you could select from undermount slides, ball bearing slides, roller bearing slides, file drawer slides, pencil drawer slides etc. For example, if you have a large drawer for stacking dishes etc., then you should go for file drawer slides. It is easy to select the right slides for your drawer with little guidance from your local hardware shop.

Knobs can be fancy or simple bar pulls depending on your kitchen styling. Drilling machine, table saw, chop saw, radial arm saw, orbital sander, router, clamps, nuts and bolts etc. are the necessary hardware items you need for such work, so keep them handy.

Working on your kitchen cabinet drawers

Now you can begin working on your kitchen cabinet drawers. In order to get a new kitchen cabinet drawer front, you can follow the steps below:

1. The size of drawer front needs to be measured. Once you have the exact measurements, cut the wood length using radial arm saw and width using table saw.

2. Once you have routed each edge with a router, use a sander to smoothen imperfect finish.

3. Varnish it.

4. Paint it according to your style.

5. Now fix the drawer front to your four-sided box drawer. You will have to drill pilot holes from the inside of the drawers keeping the backside of the new front stuck. Be careful not to drill right up to outside. Attach the drawer fronts now using wood screws.

6. To attach the drawer pull, drill holes in the center of the drawer front through to the inside of the drawer. Firmly attach the drawer pull to the center of the drawer front.

Replacement of kitchen cabinet drawers

In case you just want replacement of kitchen cabinet drawers, you can consider two options. If you drawer is still in good condition, you may consider replacing only the drawer front instead of the entire thing. Not only will it save your extra effort and time, but also money spent on hardware etc. All you need to do is:

1. Pull open the drawers. Check the screws that hold up the front to the drawer.

2. Firmly loosen and remove the screws taking care not to damage the inside of the drawer.

3. Gently and slowly pull the front off the drawer when the screws are loose enough.

4. Measure the new drawer front against the old one to match the dimensions. Now place the new drawer front and firmly screw it onto the drawer.

If your drawer needs complete replacement, you need to:

1. Pull out the existing drawers from their position. The new drawers should be measured against the old ones to get the dimensions right.

2. Once sure, fix the slides on the outside and check if they easily move against the existing tracks.

3. If the drawer does not fit in properly, remove the tracks and reposition them to get the right slip of the slides on the drawers.

In case you do not have time or skill to make new drawers or front, replacement kitchen cabinet drawers are available to easily replace your old drawers and avoid the hassle of dismantling any existing kitchen units. Check with your local hardware shop or just browse online.

Kitchen cabinet drawer organizers

Once your drawers are in place, you may want to quickly dump in the stuff that has been lying around the kitchen for long. But think before you do so, for it will only add to clutter. So, get your drawers organized first with kitchen cabinet drawer organizers.

There are drawer dividers, cubes, knife sleeves, drop-in drawer pegs and flatware organizers available to keep your kitchen stuff placed neatly. Flatware organizers are great for your silverware and other cutlery. You can choose to have few or many compartments. Knife sleeves are great for safety and may be modular to accommodate more than one knife. Utensil dividers and plate holders are excellent way of keeping the utensils neatly stacked in one drawer.

 

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance. General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

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Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is www.otm1designs.com

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L Shaped Kitchen Design- When and How to Best Use It

describe the imageL shaped kitchen design is good for small and medium sized kitchens where the L shape can be conveniently placed and utilized. In case you want to use the L shaped kitchen designs for a larger space, remember to keep optimum lengths of the two legs. Keeping one leg very long would only increase the distance between cooking section and worktop areas.

 

L shaped kitchen design idea.

The basics of L shaped kitchen design

In L shaped design, the shorter leg can be utilized for keeping the cooking range while the longer leg can be utilized for sink or basin arrangement with refrigerator at its end. Appliances like microwave should also be placed on the shorter leg to synchronize food-related work on the same leg. So, the triangle would still exist but in this case you shuttle from refrigerator or sink to cooking area, while in U shape it would have been from the sink to refrigerator to cooking area. Remember to provide curved ends to the leg that begins from entrance of kitchen… as a pointy edge could hurt you.

L shaped kitchen design with island

The space opposite to the corner of L shape can be conveniently utilized for keeping an describe the imageisland to be used as dining space. You can also opt for a small set of table and chairs depending on your requirement. L shaped kitchen design with island would be a good idea in case you have good space and would also like to add some extra storage in terms of stacking cutlery, table napkins etc. This may not be possible with a table and chair set, but would be good for small spaces. Do not over-clutter in either case as that can obstruct your movement around the L shape. Keep an island with two or three cabinets and three to four people seating arrangement.

Cabinets for L shaped kitchen design

Cabinets in L shaped kitchen design should be extended along the lengths of the L shape. Use cabinets above cooking area up to the sink but not above it. Or if you do wish to stretch the wall cabinets along both the legs of L shape, place smaller height cabinets above the sink area to keep a comfortable work space around the sink.

Cabinets above refrigerator space should be designed in accordance with the height of your refrigerator. Keep a good amount of distance while fitting it in that space else it may fit tightly and can also get scratches in the process.

Another great way to utilize space in L shaped kitchen design is to use a long cabinet at the end of long leg. This would allow for more storage. However, it would work well for a large space where the long leg can be utilized for sink, refrigerator and a tall cabinet.

Ventilation

Ventilation in terms of a window is helpful and should be used for placing sink so as to ensure faster drying of that area. In case there is no window, go for chimney ventilation above the cooking range to avoid suffocation and discomfort.

Getting the design right

You can design and plan your requirements for an L shaped kitchen design through online layouts. This would help you place your appliances, wall cabinets, base cabinets and sink according to the space available, ease of use and comfortable working. You can also plan for a fixed or movable island according to space available. A movable island provides flexibility of space and allows easy movement in case of a small to medium size kitchen. However, in a larger kitchen, keeping a fixed island would help and serve as a temporary work area and for extra storage.

Estimating what your kitchen space can accommodate or what it cannot, along with ease of everyday work, can help you design L shaped kitchen optimally. Do not over-clutter a small or medium size space and do not over-extend a large space. You can plan it with online layouts or even check with your local hardware shop.

 

As a Design+Build General Contractor, I offer my clients a one-stop shopping approach to all of their home remodeling projects. I work with my clients from initial conception of a project through its completion. Every aspect of the job is managed by me and my professional crew.  You will be included in every step of the design process until the final drawings are completed. No detail is left to chance.  General Contractor Specializing in Kitchen & Bathroom Design and Remodeling Throughout the Los Angeles area.

 

Free In-Home Design Consultation !

 

Written By:

Offer Steuer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

For more information you may contact us via email at service@otm1designs.com or you may call us at 888-981-1415. Our website is  www.otm1designs.com

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