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How to Best Utilize Space in YOUR Small Bedroom

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Are you having an issue with a space that seems just way too small for you? Don’t worry you’re not the only one that ended up with a small bedroom. There are many ways to make your bedroom appear bigger and more spacious. Various eye tricks and furniture placement can ease your mind and vanish that claustrophobic feeling. If you’re in the process of a home remodel and there is a bedroom that you just can’t touch, contacting a design-build contractor can help you in creating a more functional bedroom.

Light and Bright

Haven’t you ever walked into a dark room and felt trapped? In darker rooms your depth perception isn’t as precise which causes you to perceive spaces much smaller than they are. Be sure to introduce as much light as you can, especially natural light, as everything appears more spacious. Especially here in sunny LOS ANGELES, this will create a more relaxed atmosphere to be in. Most of the time placing furniture in front of windows is inevitable but if this is the case make sure it has open backing to still allow sunlight in and not block it completely. If you’re planning on a remodeling project, contact a Design-Build General Contractor to incorporate more windows where possible

Utilizing Inconvenient Space

A small bedroom may be less than what your expecting when you want a spacious area. Utilizing every nook and cranny and minimizing blank space will help create a larger feeling room. Let’s start with the closet. A lot of times you may think that your closet is full enough, however utilizing empty space under hung clothing can be perfect area for a shoe rack or another set of shelves. One more popular idea is underbed storage. How often do you see a bed with empty space underneath it or just a bunch of junk pushed under? This is your chance to install drawers that slide out making it easy to access and keep organized. Staying free of clutter is of the most importance to prevent a small room from seeming even smaller. Contact a Design-Build General Contractor to help remodel or update your space to make it more functional for you!

Furniture Placement

When you don’t have the convenience of a large room, think twice about where you place certain pieces of furniture in your room. Most importantly keep the bed OUT of the center of the room. This may look nice but when it comes down to it, it cramps up all sides of your room and makes it even harder to maneuver around. Instead, place it in a corner. The room will flow nicer. This rule will apply to dressers and night stands as well. Night stands and dressers often are the foundation that your lamp stands on, but if the storage space of your night stand or dresser is unnecessary go ahead and get rid of them. This is now your chance install sconces or pendant lighting. They not only provide more space but will often give your room a little bit more style as well. For installation and ideas on which selections work best with your room contact a Design-Build General Contractor.

Play With the Eye

The ability to trick the eye is very important when trying to make a small room appear larger. There are a few ways to achieve this idea. In the case of shelving, building your storage vertically gives your much less to look at than building storage horizontally. This will give you much more floor space. The same concept applies with furniture legs as well. Purchase furniture, like bed frames and dressers with taller legs as they will take focus away from a crowded floor and bring your eyes & attention higher up. Use color to trick the eye as well. When thinking about buying that new area rug for your small room, opt for cooler colors as they make space appear more open. Also, adding mirrors to a small space makes space appear much larger. If you have the ability, try to install mirrors on closet doors as it gives you 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:

 

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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4 Bathroom TRENDS for 2016!

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Are you overwhelmed with your bathroom remodel? You want it to be beautiful and extraordinary! With so many different elements in such a small space, everything needs to be perfect. It’s important to be with the time and up to date in 2016. In the LOS ANGELES area, home design is an important aspect of one’s home in even the smallest areas of the house. A Design-Build General Contractor can help you find what is best suitable for your bathroom remodel for 2016. Here are some ideas!

A Smooth Transition

As much as kitchen and bathroom projects are related their style and functionality differ. For this year, we are starting to see more transitional style bathrooms versus a strictly contemporary or modern design. This is perfect because it allows more flexibility in the design aspect. Transitional design combines traditional and contemporary styles together for a look that will last. In your bathroom remodel, stay with clean lines for the cabinetry and your vanity. With transitional style bathroom remodels, it’s best to combine stone material with warm woods in whichever way you can. Don’t forget the color as well. Stick with neutral colors to keep it transitional, as neutral colors will be the best choice for bathroom regardless of the style. It is timeless and soothing, thus will last you for many years and you won’t get tired of looking at it.

A Bathroom for All Ages

This aspect in new home remodels has become very important. It refers to creating a bathroom that is suitable for all ages from youth to seniors and even to people with disabilities. Designers and contractors alike refer to this idea as, “Aging in Place.” There are many things your Design-Build General Contractor can do to achieve a beautiful bathroom that ages in place. In the bathroom, think first about the entry way. Go with a wider doorway to make it more accessible if you ever have a family member with a walker or a wheel chair. With flooring in the bathroom always make sure to go with non-slip flooring as water is sure to be on the floor at some point, so this is the safest option. For the shower, if you are thinking about tile versus a fiberglass shower, be sure to go with small tiles to create more friction from the grout. Another important aspect that should be in mind with the shower; make sure its curbless to allow easier entry and access. It is always best to consult a Design-Build General Contractor and they will give you the best options regarding this issue.

Freestanding Style

Freestanding tubs are becoming very popular in bathrooms for newer home remodels, especially here in LOS ANGELES, where relaxation is key. Not only are they visually pleasing but they give you your own sanctuary, much like that of a spa retreat. Freestanding tubs come with the option of integrated jets and even shower heads. The price for freestanding tubs range depending on the material and style, making them a lovely option for almost any type of budget. A Design-Build General Contractor can help you find a tub best suitable for your space.

Vanities That Float!

Vanities are a big part of the bathroom since you are probably using your vanity more often than any other part of your bathroom. It needs to be functional, with enough storage solutions as we use this as part of our routine to get ready each and every day. In LOS ANGELES, floating vanities are very popular now of days. Most homeowners are getting a bigger sense of spatial awareness which is why we see more and more floating vanities being installed. They don’t take up floor space which allows for more use of your floor. It creates depth in the bathroom which is important when making areas appear bigger. Because floating vanities don’t have any sort of “hard to reach” places, they give you an easier time when trying to clean as well. When adding a floating vanity, consult with your Design-Build General Contractor to make sure all the plumbing is properly designed to fit with your new floating vanity. Your vanity doesn’t just end there. If you already have a floating vanity maybe all that needs to be done is a simple faucet change. You may go with a polished chrome finish to give you that awesome look of transitional design!

 

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:

 

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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The SECRETS to a Low Maintenance Kitchen

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The time has come and you’re now ready to change that loving kitchen into something spectacular. We all want that beautiful magazine looking kitchen; but not all of us want to spend all that time in keeping it sparkling clean. One of the major aspects that make up the kitchen are the cabinets. Got questions? Before calling a design-build General Contractor, make a list of things you have in mind that will get your dream kitchen into a reality. There are so many different options out there and especially with the fast pace society here in LOS ANGELES some owners just want a kitchen with cabinets that require the least maintenance. There is no appliance or surface in your kitchen that won’t come across an army of dust or crumbs.

The Slightest Detail

In general, in order to achieve a low maintenance and easy to clean kitchen, you have to think about the design of the cabinets. Cabinet doors with a raised panel will typically attract more dust. In contrast a flat panel door will not attract as much dust just because there aren’t any little crevices for dust to hide. If you do decide to choose a style other than contemporary or modern cabinets though, be sure to opt for glazed cabinets as they can be cleaned easier.

Flush

When selecting your cabinets, sleekness is what you’ll be looking for in terms of low maintenance. In this case you will want to select flush end cabinets to create a flat surface that is easy to clean which most homeowners here in LOS ANGELES prefer. The other option is an exposed end cabinet which can be just as much of a task to clean as selecting traditional style door fronts. It’s more effort, more cleaning supplies and last of all less peace of mind.

Let the ornate element go

Sure kitchen styles like traditional and craftsman give you really unique elements like beautiful crown molding or an ornate corbel but really it just adds to the stress of cleaning. There are many other ways to achieve an incredible kitchen with sleeker styles. Especially in LOS ANGELES choosing a more modern or contemporary style kitchen will create less work and more enjoyment in your kitchen.

Stain to Obtain the LOOK

With kitchen cabinets there are two ways of giving the wood its color. You can either stain it or paint it. No matter which one you choose dust and smudges are inevitable. However, the differences between the two comes when you need to touch up dings. Paint is a lot harder to touch up than stains. With stains it’s often unnoticeable because the touch up stain blends in whereas paint looks like a patch. However, if you are trying to incorporate certain color cabinets into your kitchen, paint might be the only option. Getting in contact with a design-build contractor will help you in deciding which will be the most beneficial option for you.

Proper Handling

One element of people’s cabinets that tends to be over looked is the cabinet hardware. It’s never a bad idea to spend a little bit more money in this area. Often better quality hardware means less stress on cabinet doors and drawers. Also, if it’s within your style preference opt for a bronze or nickel finish which will show less smudges in comparison to stainless steel.

Open Shelving

It may convenient to grab some dinner ware without having to open a door or pull out a drawer, but boy does open shelving collect dust. Having to dust everyday can become quite the headache. Also, here in Los Angeles county, you run the risk of a hefty clean up in even the most minor of earthquakes. And the toll it will take on your wallet to purchase new dinner ware as well.

In addition to having sleek and simple lines on your cabinets to give you less time cleaning and more time enjoying your kitchen-it also gives you a more modernized and timeless look. Don’t get me wrong, design ideas for your kitchen are endless; if you don’t mind the clean-up process.

 

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:

 

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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LOS ANGELES Kitchen Styles: Which one is right for YOU!

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Kitchens, we can never talk enough about them. Whether it’s an ugly kitchen, an efficient kitchen or just a flat out beautiful kitchen. There are so many different colors and styles to choose from. This may just leave you to wonder, “How will I ever find out which style I want?!” Especially with all the different elements in your kitchen it can be a little hard to figure out which style works best for you. With all the different options we will help you decide on some of the most popular options in the LOS ANGELES area. Personalities vary extensively, however many of the kitchens have a similar feel to them. The most popular style that many homeowners seem to be opting for are contemporary, modern, traditional, and transitional designs.

The Contemporary Design

A contemporary style kitchen can often get mixed up with a modern kitchen. Similar to the modern kitchen, contemporary style will often consist of clean and straight lines. Contemporary kitchens start to break away from a modern design with its sense of style. Contemporary kitchens especially in LOS ANGELES, often incorporate a “what’s trending now” style. In many contemporary kitchens color comes into play as well. As for kitchen appliances, contemporary kitchens often utilize the latest and greatest of what kitchen technology has to offer. One other element that can go in many directions for a contemporary style kitchen is the backsplash. Styles and designs are endless in a contemporary kitchen. You can go from vertical or horizontal placement all of which will fit the mold of contemporary design.

Modernized Style

The modern kitchens most noticeable element could perhaps be the open plan kitchen which offers a spacious area. Modern kitchens consist of simple detail. Modern cabinets usually don’t consist of a lot of detail. They are mostly smooth and flat. Some popular cabinet styles especially in the LOS ANGELES area are frameless, euro frameless, and overlay. To keep the modern look, it’s important to have simple yet sleek cabinet hardware that matches. Long horizontal lines are a modern kitchens niche. In LOS ANGELES modern kitchens have adopted a very industrialized look with stainless steel appliances. Whether it’s a stainless steel sink or a stainless steel hood, either look will fit the modern design kitchen. With all of the kitchen remodels going on these days there is no sign of the modern kitchen fading away anytime soon.

Sticking with Tradition

Traditional kitchens are often referred to as some of the most elegant kitchens. Traditional kitchens resemble designs and details closest to that of the 18th and 19th century. In all of these types of kitchens you will see very detailed architecture. From the crown molding, down to the island legs you will notice incredible detail. In contrast to modern and contemporary kitchens in LOS ANGELES, you will notice that cabinet glass is a lot more decorated as well in these kitchens. Cabinet company Kemper offers many different styles and options, ranging from mullion doors to textured glass to art glass, all of which would bring out the most of your traditional design kitchen. Ask your general contractor or designer to see a catalogue which will show you the many possibilities.

A Proper Transition

Transitional kitchens can be considered as the happy medium to people interested in a new kitchen remodel. They contain the best of both worlds from contemporary and traditional kitchens. They combine functionality with comfortability. For homeowners that don’t want to be stuck in such a specific style a transitional kitchen is the best option to keep life in the kitchen new and refreshed. With most transitional kitchens neutral colors are what to look for, specifically here in LOS ANGELES. Stainless steel appliances and flat countertop finishes are all considered in transitional design kitchens. In general, transitional design is about implementing elements from both contemporary and traditional style to create a refreshed vibe for the years to come.

These aren’t the only types of kitchen styles out there; however, they are among some of the more popular styles you’ll see in LOS ANGELES. If there’s a specific style you are looking for don’t be afraid to bring it to your design-build contractors attention. They will help you make decisions based on whatever visions you have for your kitchen remodel.

 

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:

 

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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