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Getting prepped for this fall

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Fall is approaching fast and you are wondering where to start! Do you need a fresh palette of paint or maybe just some simple interior décor updates? In either case hiring a Design-Build General Contractor will help you achieve the most important updates for fall. Last year in Los Angeles County, fall seemed almost absent but this year is looking different already! We will give you some ideas to cozy up your living space for this fall.

Spruce Up the Fabric

Coming straight from summer, the interior coziness of your home might seem to be a little minimal. After all, “cozy” isn’t exactly a summer time word especially here in Los Angeles County. With temperatures dropping with the approach to fall you might start to find yourself indoors quite a bit more. With more time spent indoors it will be good to invest in items that add pleasure visually within every room of your home. I would start with throws for couches in the most used living spaces. You may have some ones from last year that just need to brushed off and washed or you may get a little excited and want to go for brand new ones! Be sure to go with colors that will contrast nicely with your couch. Next up its time to compliment that lovely new throw with updated pillows. Don’t be afraid to mix up shapes and colors with pillow designs either, they can really turn an area into an attractive living space.

Don’t Forget About the Rugs

With the summer weather slowly drifting away, the one thing you don’t look forward too is cold feet. We all know how cold that first step on tile or hardwood floor can be after waking up. This is your chance to set up beautiful rugs that will not only add style to your home but add depth as well. Finding the right pattern or even layering your rugs will help you accomplish adding style and appear more spacious.

Nights On the Patio

Evenings in the fall are your chance to really make the most of your patio. So why not give it an update?! Contacting a Design-Build General Contractor will help you build the ultimate space you’re looking forward to spending time in this coming fall. They can help you with designs and color matching ideas with materials and textures. Installing a new outdoor cooktop in the patio area could be the perfect attraction to bring together friends and family for a perfect evening. Your Los Angeles County home could be the new talk of the town with the proper update!

Prep Up the Fireplace

It’s time to start removing those old cobwebs around the fireplace. Here in Los Angeles County the fireplace is essentially non-existent during the summer. This is your chance to give that outdated brick façade an update. Turn it into to something that is visually appealing even when not in use. So many homes in Los Angeles County are updating their fireplaces to natural stone looks in a natural tone which really brightens up the area into a beautiful living space. Before starting the project to prep your fireplace for the fall and winter, be sure to contact a Design-Build General Contractor who can schedule the proper professionals to check for any gas leaks and get it cleaned too. After this your fireplace is all set!

The Final Coat

Paint might be the final touch to prep your living space for the fall. Update the indoors with nice outside shades with warmer hues. With holiday stress right around the corner, this is the perfect opportunity to keep you relaxed during this time. Be sure to add some depth to home with accent walls as well!

 

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 4 MOST Important Updates to Sell Your Home

Modern australian home front at duskNow, whether it’s time to sell your home now or possibly sometime in the future, it’s important to keep your home up to date whatever the case. In Los Angeles County, it’s so often that we see houses being bought and sold. Moving could be a totally sudden thing, it could be your job that requires it or maybe just a sudden itch to get up and explore another city! If that is the case, then we will let you know which updates are most important to have done before putting up that “For Sale” sign. And always remember hiring a Design-Build General contractor will give a one stop shopping experience that gets everything done in one place. From minor interior updates to exterior improvements we will let you know which ones recoup the most.

Simple Bathroom Remodel

Now you may be thinking about going all out and doing that glamorous major bathroom remodel but relax take it easy and think about it. Typically, with bathroom remodels simple fixes get the job done. No need to reconfigure everything. Things to do in a minor bathroom remodel include: replacing the tub, flooring, replacing the toilet & sink, and updating the vanity & fixtures. Don’t forget about removing outdated wall coverings and painting the right color is so important to add drama to different elements in the bathroom. These minor fixes often see a 100% return. Hiring a Design-Build General Contractor will guide you through this process with a team of experienced people that will help you see the return you’re hoping for.

Think About the Landscaping

Many times landscaping goes overlooked. However, that should not be the case. Think about when people come to your home, what’s the first thing they will notice aside from the house itself? That’s right the landscaping! Landscaping often will see a 100% return but it’s no wonder why. Having a colorful yard is extremely eye-catching not only to home buyers but also so other residents in the area. I understand keeping a lush happy landscape in Los Angeles County may be a little difficult at times so there are other options apart from a live green lawn. Many homeowners are opting for astroturf which still gives you that beautiful green lawn without the utility cost. Be sure to remove shrubbery from entry ways as they often can be uninviting. Adding important elements like a beautiful walkway or a unique fountain can add value to your home as well!

Simple Bathroom Remodel

This update will be very similar to that of the minor bathroom update.  Minor kitchen remodels can cost anywhere from $15,000-$20,000, of which, you will most likely see the same in returns. If you don’t intend on changing the floor plan at all than this is the perfect option for you! Most of the time for kitchen updates small things matter most. Think about re-facing cabinets and drawers instead of installing brand new ones. Just this process can save you thousands. A new oven, cooktop & lighting fixtures can help out as well. Especially now the most popular lighting we see for kitchens is recessed lighting which gives the house a sleek thorough design. Replacing a countertop can fit under any budget depending on the material. Most houses over half a million dollars we would suggest stone countertops. They are a major selling point and very durable. You’ll find that in Los Angeles County you’ll hardly find a new updated kitchen without a stone countertop. Even ask your Design-Build General Contractor!

Exterior Updates

Exterior improvements to your house will tie in nicely with the landscaping. After all it’s the outside of the house that lures people in to even check out the inside. Get that fresh paint job done in a neutral tone that appeals to a broader group of home buyers. It’s best to go into a paint supply store to get a color card and sit with some colors a few days at a time to see which one works best. Back in the day before the 80’s some painters would use led based paints so be sure to get it tested before the painter starts to sand it down for a fresh coat. Another durable option that contractors are installing on houses now is fiber-cement board which is extremely resistant to the elements and has an extremely gratifying recoup cost. Contact a Design-Build General Contractor within the Los Angeles County area to check which exterior updates are most important.

 

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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5 STEPS to Your Kitchen Remodel

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You’ve been thinking about that kitchen remodel but haven’t really dipped your feet in all the way because you don’t know where to start. Some people start out at an appliance store and others start on google looking at things that inspire them. And by no means are you even close to the start of your project! Some people will be stuck in this stage for quite some time before they even think about setting up consultations with designers and contractors. A sure way to expedite this process is to hire a Design-Build General Contractor. It’s much more convenient when you have everyone working under the same roof. We will explain all the steps that should be taken in order to remodel.

Plan for what you need

It’s often so, that in the beginning process of your kitchen remodel you think you need everything. That isn’t always the case. In your current kitchen, think about your most common tasks and what items you use the most. Kitchens are so particular to everyone’s specific lifestyle. Some people might need a double sink and others might need a single sink. In these types of situations its best to hire a Design-Build General Contractor that will help with ideas on certain necessities that are specific to your lifestyle. It’s always important to gather pictures of kitchens that really appeal to you, so that when you do speak with the Design-Build General Contractor they have some ideas to work off of.

Research and Plan

Now with any remodel performed it’s important as a customer to let your Design-Build General Contractor know exactly what you want done. You can’t just say, “I want to remodel my kitchen,” to a Design-Build General Contractor and expect them to know exactly what you want done. There are so many details that go into it. This process is called creating a scope of work. Your scope of work and your budget will come hand in hand. Depending on what your budget is, it will impact the type of work to be performed. Typically keeping the same layout for your kitchen will be a lot more budget friendly. It’s when you want to switch the layout around that it becomes more costly, which requires re-plumbing of pipes and re-wiring for electrical. Ultimately in Los Angeles County a majority of homeowners want to go with the full makeover and totally open up a wall to allow for a beautiful open floor plan.

Creating the Design

Now that you’ve found out exactly what your scope of work is, its time for the design phase! This is often a very fun part of remodels because you can see exactly what you can do with the space in your kitchen. Be sure to hire a professional for the design process to get the best ideas for your kitchen. A Design-Build General Contractor would be the best option because it’s a one stop shop for all of your remodel needs. They will help with spacial planning, floor plans, and even engineering if your scope of work requires it. In this part of the remodel professionals will tell you not to worry to much about materials yet just because you don’t know how much and what materials can go where with out plans and/or designs submitted for your kitchen.

Making it Come to Life

Now it’s time to think about materials! In this phase is where the pictures you’ve saved and looks that you’ve envisioned for your kitchen are discussed. This is where a Certified Interior Designer (CID) really comes into the picture to help with color coordination and material selections. This is what they specialize in, so it’s important to have a Design-Build General Contractor that has an in-house Certified Interior Designer. Los Angeles County really is known for these types of firms. Given that the client has given the CID some pictures as to what style they are looking for, CID’s can really turn a boring kitchen into dream kitchen. They will help decide on the best fixtures, appliances, cabinet hardware, etc. for your kitchen so it’s important to trust them.

Getting the Show on the Road

Well, the plans have been finalized, materials have been selected, and the permits have been pulled, what to do now? Oh yea time to start the beautiful transformation and let your Design-Build General Contractor do what they do best! Build dream homes for clients. Once the construction has started don’t ever hesitate to stay in communication with the contractor. It’s important to be updated during the whole project, because after all you want to be back in your home as soon as possible!

 

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 Important Outdoor Kitchen Tips!

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It’s that time of the year and summer is right around the corner. It’s time for the back yard bbq’s! There’s only one thing, your outdoor kitchen isn’t perfectly set up yet. We have seen a pretty big increase in outdoor kitchens in newer homes, especially here in sunny Los Angeles. Start taking advantage of all the sun Los Angeles has to offer, it’s time to get out the design magazines and start thinking of ways to setup and design the outdoor kitchen you truly desire. Whether it’s a brand new construction of an outdoor kitchen or just a remodel of an existing one contacting a Design-Build General Contractor will help you get started with the process.

Sticking With Functional Zones

There is one thing that is certain about kitchens, it doesn’t matter if it’s an indoor kitchen or an outdoor kitchen the space needs to have its functional areas. The 4 main areas that need to work together to create efficient kitchen work flow are the prep area, the cooking area, the serving area and the cleaning area. The proper amount of distance between each of those areas is crucial to provide the most efficient outdoor kitchen. A common mistake for outdoor kitchens is not having enough counter space. Don’t forget to install a bar top as well for guests to hang out around the cook. It would be rude to exclude the cook from all the fun. Also, when thinking about where to put the refrigerator for those ice cold refreshments on hot sunny day in LOS ANGELES, remember to keep it out of the cooks functional zones.

It Doesn’t Just Stop at the Cooktop

In the event that you do decide to throw a get together it isn’t just the cooking that guests will be impressed with. You’ll need to think about lighting for when the sun sets. And when the sunsets the temperature drops also, maybe not drastically here in LOS ANGELES county, but an outdoor heater is never a bad idea. A Design-Build Contractor will help with placement of lighting and positioning of other great amenities like sound systems to keep your guests entertained throughout the day/night.

Weatherproof Your Kitchen

What good is your outdoor kitchen if it starts to fall apart after a year? In LOS ANGELES county we tend to see a lot more sun then we do clouds and rain. Hiring a Design-Build General Contractor will help you in deciding which materials are most durable and reasonable for outdoor kitchens. Stainless steel is one material that is extremely popular in outdoor kitchens due to its ability to withstand the elements. Another benefit to stainless steel is that it’s extremely sanitary and rust resistant. When installing decking make sure to seal it with a good sealant that is resistant to extreme heat a grease. Redwood is a popular wood to use in not only outdoor kitchens but in most outdoor projects. If you’re thinking about natural stone for a countertop be sure to sealant and be aware that some stone does need to be maintained better than others. But in any event it’s always best to avoid highly porous materials in any outdoor project.

Style it Like the Rest of the House

This one might be a no-brainer but in any new addition to your home it should always blend in with the existing structure. Make sure to use similar materials in both inside your home and outside. You wouldn’t want a contemporary design house with a Mediterranean style outdoor kitchen. It wouldn’t look well and may even prevent people from enjoying the gathering you just planned. If you are having trouble in this situation be sure to hire a Design-Build General Contractor to give you the best insight and what would be most suitable for your taste.

 

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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Things to Keep in Mind for Your Bathroom Remodel

iStock_000011430312_FullOh the bathroom, sometimes underappreciated and other times over exuberant, but most of us never seem to realize just how much this space is really used. With the constant bathroom trips whether it’s a simple trip to see that your hair is on point or an elongated trip to get that much needed shower in after a long day of hard work, you’ll realize how much more important this small space is. Or big space if we’re talking about master bath. If it’s about that time that you’re considering a bathroom remodel, big or small, the information discussed here will need to be kept in mind. Hire a design build contractor to make your bathroom dreams become a reality.

The Right Materials

Perhaps with all the moisture and water that a bathroom is around, durable and proper materials should be one of the first things to consider for your new LOS ANGELES bathroom remodel. If you don’t use the right materials for your new remodel, injury may occur or premature cosmetic damage may occur. In terms of keeping your bathroom slip-proof, talk to a Design-Build General Contractor on your best options in particular areas of the bathroom. For instance, if you are installing tile for the shower floor the most common size is 1’ft x 1’ft. With that size tile it means that there are a lot of grout lines that create more frictional surface.

Safety for Everyone

Back in the day grab bars were considered to be used in bathrooms for a majority of seniors everywhere. However, that isn’t the case anymore, safety is a main concern for everyone not just seniors. A Design-Build Contractor should discuss the options for safety to install in your bathroom. Grab bars come in many different finishes now so they don’t have to look like they came straight out of a hospital.

Color

Nothing would be more bothersome then a bathroom that simply doesn’t sit well with your color taste. Before diving straight in to the first color you see, try to get some color samples. Let them sit there for a week before you make up your mind right on the spot. Hiring the right Design-Build Contractor will help you decide on which color will go well with that beautiful granite countertop you purchased or which cabinet color will compliment your flooring properly.

Don’t be Afraid of Quality Fixtures

Since you do spend quite a bit of time in this room, don’t be afraid to spend a little bit of extra money for higher quality fixtures. You often get what you pay for, so in the long run it turns out to be a better investment. For instance, in terms of buying a toilet you’ll often find that a cheaper toilet has a lot dinkier components than that of more expensive cost. What good does it do if you have to keep replacing parts that break. In LOS ANGELES county, where households are often comprised of bigger families it becomes a headache when fixtures in the bathroom don’t work. Hire a Design-Build Contractor to make sure you don’t have a problem with those issues.

Careful Planning

In bathroom remodels it’s so important to plan things carefully! Perhaps the most important thing before you start demolition of your bathroom is, know where the shut-off valve is. The last thing you want is a broken pipe leaking into the walls with you not know how to shut it off. Also, hire a Design-Build Contractor that will carefully take measurements to make sure fixtures will fit properly into certain areas of the bathroom. A lot of dust will come from the demo as well so making sure you are properly covering items of importance is necessary to prevent damage or unnecessary cleaning.

 

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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KITCHEN REMODEL: 5 Things to ALWAYS consider

iStock_000037495622_FullNo matter how nice the rest of your house is, guests always seem to find themselves gathered around the one area our appetite loves the most, the kitchen! This makes it pretty much the most important part of your house, the heart and soul of your LOS ANGELES dwelling. It’s important to hire a Design-Build General Contractor to take everything into consideration when building your remodel. We will go over 5 aspects of the kitchen to ALWAYS consider for your new LOS ANGELES kitchen remodel.

Nobody Likes it Crowded

When first thinking about your kitchen remodel you may be thinking about all the cool appliances fixtures and cool gadgets you’d like to include in it. However, you may want to stop and think about your needs versus your wants because nobody wants a crowded kitchen that’s hard to maneuver around. In many LOS ANGELES home remodels, the kitchen island has been an extremely popular addition to the kitchen. The kitchen island does have certain spatial requirements though; it will be important to hire a Design-Build General Contractor to give you the best advice on how big the island should be in relation to the space provided. Generally, islands need 3ft on each side for comfortable maneuvering.

Open Shelving

Open shelving? Can’t say enough good things about it until it comes to dust settling on your dishes or other kitchenware. Open shelving is an idea that is nice when you would like to display certain things in your kitchen, or make certain items that are used often easily accessible without having to swing open a cabinet door every time. In homes all over LOS ANGELES county you will see open shelving, but that’s only to a certain extent. Open shelving for bottom cabinets is always a “no no.”  That’s where most dust settles. So unless you have a daily maid come by every day to clean up dust, contact a Design-Build General Contractor will help you decide on the best possible design for open shelving in your kitchen.

Ventilation

Your new LOS ANGELES kitchen remodel may look absolutely stunning on the outside but what good is it if its rotting away on the inside. When installing hoods be sure they align properly with the stove. Once humidity starts to seep into your walls and cabinets, mold and mildew starts to grow causing them to deteriorate prematurely. Proper ventilation is extremely important if you want to maintain the integrity of not only your new beautiful shaker cabinets but also the structure of your home.

Don’t Be a Lone Soldier

Even if you consider yourself the ultimate DIYer it’s still important to ask for professional help. With a kitchen remodeling project, even the lowest budget projects can give you a true run for your money, especially here in the LOS ANGELES area. Consult with a Design-Build General Contractor who has specific knowledge in kitchen remodeling. They will bring up ideas that normal DIYer’s might not have thought about yet. Professional assistance will help you avoid situations like drawers running into an appliance. Or they can simply suggest storage add-ons that could be pricey to install later. Overall reaching out for assistance will improve the overall efficiency of your newly remodeled kitchen.

The 3 Types of Lighting

You walk into a dark kitchen and there isn’t much going on. What’s missing? Proper lighting! Lighting is so important for your kitchen. Having enough of the RIGHT lighting for your new kitchen remodel can either make or break it. You can have enough lighting, but if you don’t mix up all 3 types (ambient, task, & accent), your kitchen will just look dull and bland. In LOS ANGELES county, the kitchen is where the magic happens. Make your new kitchen bright and lively for guests. Also, with bigger kitchens now of days there’s work space along every inch of the counter top. Install task lighting or even under cabinet LED’s in order to brighten up the specific space your working in. Hiring a Design-Build General Contractor to help you with proper placement and installation of all three types of lighting to create the beautiful kitchen you’ve always wanted.

 

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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6 REASONS to Remodel Your Kitchen

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Is your home in need of a remodel but don’t know what area to start in? In LOS ANGELES, the most important remodel is the kitchen. It’s the heart of your home and it’s the one area that brings everyone in your home together. Here, we will give some reasons on why your kitchen should be remodeled. Maybe you need advice or just some ideas to get your project going. If that’s the case, contact a Design-Build General Contractor to turn your dream kitchen into a reality!

Energy Savings and Water Usage

The third reason to remodel may be overlooked. Many of your older appliances may not be energy star rated which tells you, you could be wasting money on electricity and/or water. All the new appliances sold now have an energy star rating which tells you just how much the appliance should cost you a year to run. In LOS ANGELES county, these water and energy saving appliances are extremely important in your new remodel because the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power offers cash back rebates for them. When you hire a Design-Build General Contractor make sure he is finding the proper appliances and hardware so you can see a return on your investment through the LADWP.

Value

In a seller’s market it is so important to stand out! Remodeling your kitchen with a Design-Build General Contractor can give you the advantage you need when buyers are in the market to purchase a new house. Unless it’s a buyer who’s in the market to purchase a fixer-upper,  your newly remodeled kitchen will lead the pack.

Time to Rejuvenate

A big reason many LOS ANGELES homeowners choose to remodel their kitchens is because their kitchen is just out of date and old. If your kitchen is anywhere near the 20 to 30year mark, chances are your cabinetry is worn, hardware is falling off and wallpaper is peeling. Not to mention those horrible dinky appliances that just can’t keep up anymore. Nothing’s worse than a stove you have to light manually! That’s only a few of the things that could go wrong after that long period of time. Your outdated kitchen did what it was meant to do and now it’s ready for a new facelift. Contact a Design-Build General Contractor for an initial consultation on the possibilities of remodeling that dinky kitchen.

Stay Up to Date

It could be that you’ve purchased an older house and the kitchen present is just a little bit outdated but still in very good condition. Living in LOS ANGELES we all know outdated things need to go! So this is your chance to spruce things up into a contemporary style that is much more appealing to you and the guests you invite over. White shaker cabinets with a stone counter top could be the perfect opportunity to keep your kitchen up to date! Contact a Design-Build General Contractor to present ideas on which materials and colors would work best for you.

Personal Needs

If you’ve just purchased your house and the kitchen hasn’t been recently remodeled chances are the setup doesn’t quite meet your personal needs or that of your family. Or in most family cases appliances from the past don’t meet certain safety requirements as new appliances do, which could be dangerous for younger kids. Spatial awareness is very important if you’re thinking about extending your family as well. More space will be needed for bigger family meals. Knocking down a wall may be the best option to open up space. Contact a Design-Build General Contractor for ideas on how to best remodel and personalize your kitchen.

Aging With Your Kitchen

In LOS ANGELES, once a homeowner has settled in, it’s hard for them to ever think about leaving. Which is why it’s important when remodeling your kitchen to think about how you can use it safely throughout your life time. Make it accessible for everybody now rather than later down the road when you have to remodel again. If this idea is of importance to you, hiring a Design-Build General Contractor will help create a kitchen that is accessible to anyone who uses it regardless of height or disabilities.

 

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 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

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Have you been thinking about that new bathroom remodel but just can’t make the final decision to go through with it? Chances are if you’re even thinking about a bathroom remodel, your bathroom probably has an old and outdated design, look, and overall feel to it. Along with the kitchen, the bathroom is one of the busiest places in your home because it’s where you prep for your day. So, why not turn it into a spacious area of relaxation and beauty. Contact a Design-Build General Contractor in LOS ANGELES county to discuss options on how to get your bathroom remodeled to tip top shape.

Resale Value Never Disappoints

Many homeowners in the LOS ANGELES area view bathroom remodels as investments that can have a nice return for their wallet. In a seller’s market, it’s extremely important to stand out in whichever way you can and a new modern bathroom remodel will do just that. Bathroom remodels can be done at a relatively low cost in comparison to what you get out of the resale which is why they are an important remodel. Also a bathroom remodel may not even require a full gut job. Simple fixes like new lighting fixtures, wall paint, re-tiling and even refinishing cabinets are an awesome way to update the bathroom. Find a local Design-Build General Contractor that can help you with these updates.

A Bathroom With Purpose

There is a big chance that when your bathroom was first remodeled it wasn’t designed with the future in mind. There are somethings in the bathroom back in the 80’s that were considered to be extremely innovative but now they’re just outdated and not functional. With today’s society, especially here in LOS ANGELES, the bathroom needs to be functional. Why not get rid of something that’s hardly used, like that bathtub! Bathtubs are almost getting to be considered antiques! They take up far too much space for something that is hardly used. Take out that bathtub and construct an elegant walk-in shower. Not only is it more functional but it creates more space to make the area feel less cluttered. The single sink bathroom is also starting to feel outdated. With households now having less bathrooms than people residing in them can be an issue when everyone is trying to get ready at the same time. A Design-Build General Contractor might suggest a double vanity in order to allow more than one person in the bathroom at a time.

Safety for the Modern Society

In so many situations people often associate safety with unstylish material that is dull and lifeless. However, in your bathroom you don’t have to make that sacrifice. There are many different measures you can take in order have your bathroom remodel look like a spa retreat instead of a hospital room. Almost everyone can agree that the biggest hazard in the bathroom is slipping, especially for older residents in the house remodeling a bathroom to slip resistant materials could prevent serious injury. It doesn’t just end at slip resistant material either. Contacting a Design-Build General Contractor will be able to assist you on how to best incorporate a shower bench with your newly designed walk-in shower. Companies like Delta and Kohler even make grab bars in all types of finishes to blend in with the rest of the materials in your bathroom.

Maximize the Efficiency

Your old outdated bathroom may be coming to its demise with how much extra it’s costing you. These outdated bathrooms just aren’t efficient enough. Here in LOS ANGELES county with our drought problem, water efficient fixtures, like toilets and faucets are of the most sought after items for bathroom remodels. New energy efficient lighting fixtures along with insulated windows can will help maximize your energy efficiency as well. These remodels may cost you a little at first but any Design-Build General Contractor will tell you they are necessary in order to save money in the long run.

 

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 !

 

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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.

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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 !

 

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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.

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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 !

 

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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.

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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 !

 

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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.

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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 !

 

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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.

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The Open Floor Plan: Things to consider

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When looking through many of the current magazines and design articles or even visiting a friend’s place now of days, you may notice one very common trend. The open floor plan! In Los Angeles, this trend seems to be lasting. If your planning on remodeling your house to sell, it seems to be a key component that new home buyers request. Although there are still some people that prefer to stay away from the open floor plan, the open floor concept seemingly makes the house appear more spacious.

Socialize the Area

The number one reason homeowners seem to opt for an open floor plan when doing a home remodeling project or building their house is for entertainment purposes. Nothing is more enjoyable and self-pleasing than having a lovely gathering with friends and family in an area where everyone can interact with each other without having to navigate around walls. It’s so convenient to be able to call a friend from across the room to bring them into a new conversation. With all closed walls it makes it very hard to communicate with people or have an accomplished gathering.

Bringing in the Light

When you have all those walls up, it is very hard to obtain any sort of natural light. Everything is dark unless you turn your old outdated fluorescent bulbs on. This can be very displeasing to many homeowners. With the introduction of an open floor plan and properly placed windows beautiful natural light is allowed in. There is no need for artificial lighting during the day. Natural light is significantly more enjoyable to be in and very relaxing. Opening up the space widens and brightens the entire area.

Electrical Awareness

With less walls it means there is less room for sockets and more distance between your electrical appliances and the socket. A proper design-build contractor will help design up a plan that will put your outlets in the most convenient and efficient spots. Also, wiring for lighting can be tricky as well because you really have to rewire many lighting fixtures. When rewiring, be sure to install new recessed LED lights, which are very popular in Los Angeles. They provide the best look and lighting at night with a new open floor plan.

Designing Your Knew Space

With all your old walls knocked down you might find yourself with limited space for décor. This is why it’s important to hire the right design-build crew that can help with all these aspects at the same time. A room with no décor on walls can just seem dull. Also, another thing they can help you with is furniture needs. With all the open space many homeowners say that noise echoes throughout the living space. Kitchen tasks like doing the dishes can turn into a headache for someone watching TV. A designer can help reduce the echo with proper furniture that will blend nicely with other aspects in the living room and/or kitchen. After all the open floor plan is just one big room, so you’ll want to make sure kitchen cabinets flow nicely with furniture and décor. The more furniture you have, the more noise will be absorbed.

Adjusting to Your Needs

At the end of the day, the most convenient living space is going be one that is most suitable for your needs. Typically depending on the people residing in the house will lead you to decide on which floor plan is best for you. If you’re a social butterfly open floor plans are great. They let you collide with all personalities in the room. Remember, the kitchen is the most important area in your home of which you normally spend the most time in. Contact a design-build general build contractor to help you create the most functional space for your needs.

 

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 !

 

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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.

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Lighting Up Your Home

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When starting up your new home remodeling project one overlooked aspect of one’s home is lighting. Lighting plays a big part in your homes appearance. It can make a room appear either very small or very spacious. Beautiful white cabinets can be given an ugly yellow or orange tint with the wrong lighting. The same problem can arise in flooring and walls with the wrong type of lighting so it’s important to consult a complete design build team to discuss all issues regarding the lighting and other elements of your home.

Basic Types of Lighting

Now when choosing lighting it’s important to know that there are 3 different types of lighting. To obtain the perfect blend of lighting in your home the combination of all 3 is required. Ambient lighting, which is normally referred to as general lighting, provides all around light. The second type of lighting is task lighting. Task lighting is generally used when specific tasks need to be performed and is not a form of light to keep a general area illuminated. The last type of lighting is accent lighting. Accent lighting must be brighter than the surrounding light because it is used to create drama in the room.

Ambient Lighting

The most energy efficient type of ambient lighting is natural light. Having a general contractor install windows in the correct locations in your house will allow for you to use as much natural light as possible without having to even flip a switch. The beautiful thing about natural light is that it’s always unique. Unfortunately, once the sun goes down, you lose your ambient lighting. This is where installation of the proper fixtures comes into play. In general areas of your home, like the living room or family room, you will want to install either a chandelier or recessed lighting throughout. Recessed lighting has become the go to type of ambient lighting in Los Angeles county because it pertains to a more modern and contemporary style look. In contrast to a chandelier, it offers more space as well.

Task Lighting

Task lighting is used when one needs to perform a specific task but once the task is done the light can be turned off. Task lights can be used when reading recipe books or just when working in a specific area of the kitchen. The nice thing about task lighting is that it is more energy efficient than common ambient lighting. This is due to the fact that there is less energy output when using a single light versus trying to keep a whole area illuminated. In Los Angeles, there are a couple different forms of task lighting that can be added to any room in the house. In newer kitchen remodels, under cabinet LED strip lighting is a very popular form of task lighting. In a majority of the other rooms in the house normal desk lamps are the go to option for task lighting.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting could possibly be of the most importance when trying to display certain decor or artwork in your home. When introducing accent lighting into your home, positioning is dire. Accent lighting brings in a dramatic effect but when misplaced or misdirected it can become an eye sore for guests. Getting in touch with a design-build contractor can help advise you on proper locations as to where recessed lights should be installed to give you the look you desire. Make sure that your accent lighting is brighter than the ambient lighting in whichever room your working in, whether it’s the kitchen, the living room, or a master bedroom. Accent lighting on certain elements in your home can truly bring out the elegance of them. If you want to highlight artwork on the wall you can use track lighting for a larger piece or for a smaller piece put a recessed light right above it.

 

All of these types of lighting are very important in creating a beautiful home. So, whether you want to do a full remodel or just insert some lighting to give your house more drama and personality contact a trusted design-build contractor.

 

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 !

 

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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.

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Which Backsplash is Right for YOU!

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You’ve got your cabinets picked out, the wall color is set, and your choice of hardwood flooring couldn’t have been better. But wait, you’re missing one thing, the kitchen backsplash! Sometimes choosing a backsplash can be difficult and it can be extremely easy to get lost in the variety of options. It is the one part of your house that shows your personality the most. Whether you’re spunky, content, or relaxed there’s an option out there for you. Have the general contractor or designer for your Los Angeles remodeling or new-build project take you to their supplier to show you all the available options.

 

Budget

First things are first, your budget. When it comes down to it your budget is going to be a deciding factor when entering the backsplash market. It doesn’t make any sense looking at backsplashes that simply don’t agree with your wallet. A ceramic tile or glass backsplash can be suitable for almost any budget. With the wide variety of styles in either of those two surfaces, you’re almost certain to find an option to fit your kitchen and stay within your budget. With tile being a popular option in many Los Angeles homes it could even be your best bet. On the opposite end of the spectrum are stone backsplashes. Stone backsplashes, like marble or granite, are beautiful options given your budget allows them. But just like in any other part of your home, you’ll most likely want to stay away from styles that are only trendy for the time being. Once the trend is out so will your kitchen.

 

Durability and Maintenance

Durability and maintenance will be a key factor when selecting your kitchen backsplash. There are several types of kitchen backsplashes, options range from stainless steel to reclaimed wood. Some are easy to clean and upkeep, others not so much. How much you want to clean really depends on the material, style, or even color you’re looking for. Tile options like porcelain or ceramic will often be the most convenient when it comes down to low-maintenance kitchen backsplashes. Tile backsplashes are considered the easiest to clean. Another kitchen backsplash that isn’t as popular as tile, but requires just as low of maintenance, is stainless steel. There are many other benefits of stainless steel as well, it’s hygienic and won’t rust over time. Choosing a stone backsplash, which might be the most beautiful option for your kitchen, could be a different story. Stone backsplashes tend to have an uneven surface and can be very porous at times which makes it hard to clean the surface effectively.

 

Blending in With the Rest of the House

It’s typically easy to go into a backsplash supplier and say “oh that’s the one I want!” However, there are other elements of your home to take into consideration. You have white shaker cabinets, beautiful oak flooring, and lovely light grey toned wall that all needs to be blended together through the backsplash. Your backsplash and cabinets are the torso to your kitchen. Depending on what you’re trying to achieve keeping all the colors the same tone is important so you don’t offset the rest of the house. However, there are situations where a vibrant backsplash can act as an accent color to really make a kitchen pop!

 

Choosing What’s Right for You

If you have spunky attitude maybe uniformity within your house isn’t what you’re looking. However, a majority of modern and contemporary kitchens being designed today are really displaying more of timeless look that will last through decades. Ultimately you’re going to have a choose a backsplash style that’s right for you, whether it’s tile, wood, stone, or stainless steel. No matter how many designers tell you one backsplash will be more suitable for your house than another, you won’t be happy if you’re not comfortable being in the kitchen every day.

 

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 !

 

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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.

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Design Trends 2016: What’s with the Time and What’s Behind

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It’s almost a new year which means it’s time to see what’s going to keep up with the times and what’s going to fall behind. Technology, design ideas, and consumer needs are constantly progressing, it’s no wonder we see new design trends breaking into the scene so frequently. And in the city of Los Angeles, California your house always needs to be on it’s A game to satisfy not only yourself, but also your guests. This year’s design trends will guide you to do just that. Hiring the right design-build general contractor will help you accomplish building a dream home you thought you would only see on a HGTV show.

 

The Evolving Bathroom
In today’s society, especially here in sunny southern California, we have evolved into such a rapid moving community that it effects the decisions we make in our home. With this happening we are starting to see the steady decline of multiple bathtubs being installed in new homes these days. It is always nice to keep at least one bathtub in your home for resale value, however if you do have multiple bathtubs it would be a good idea to remodel some of your existing bathrooms. Removal of the bathtub creates more space in your bathroom creating a much more relaxed feeling. A popular concept we’re seeing in bathrooms are larger stone showers with the inclusion of a bench. However, if a stone shower is a little bit out of your budget, companies do offer porcelain alternatives that are just as efficient and achieve the same functionality. Another great addition for your bathroom remodel is to bring in a wood counter top which adds character along with the other elements present.

 

Technological Influence
Technology doesn’t just belong in your favorite hobby gadgets anymore. The same technologies in those gadgets are now implemented into the most used living spaces of your home. The installation of automated or wireless enabled lights is quite popular. Being able to control living room, kitchen, or bedroom lights from a mobile phone makes life very convenient for homeowners. No more worrying about whether or not you forgot to turn your lights off when you can check right on your mobile device. It’s not just lights that can be controlled at the palm of your hand either. There are stoves that let you preheat your oven from the palm of your hand, dishwashers that send you an alert your mobile phone when the cycle is done, and even refrigerators that notify you when it’s time for a new water filter. All of these advances give Los Angeles homeowners the convenience they need with how our “on the go” society is today. New technology lets your home be with you wherever you are.

 

Deck the Yard
If you are ever in your backyard and you keep thinking there’s something that is missing, it’s probably an outdoor deck. Whether you have acres of land or just a small backyard, adding an outdoor deck is a beautiful addition to your living space. With the addition of an outdoor deck it’s the perfect opportunity to add a BBQ area just in time for summer. Not only will it look amazing but it will also add to value of your home, if you ever choose to put it on the market for sale. With extreme weather of any sort, especially here in southern California where summers can get up to triple digit temperatures, it’s important to properly seal and finish your deck.

 

Out with the Kitchen Desk
For quite some time we were seeing kitchen desks installed in kitchens right and left. They were actually quite necessary for about a decade. It was a place you could open up mail, answer the house phone, or read a recipe from your favorite cookbook. But with bills going paperless, mobile devices being used as people’s primary numbers, and having a cookbook on your tablet we are seeing these kitchen desks installed a lot less. The kitchen becomes more practical for daily needs. Without the kitchen desk you are really able to expand the kitchen which can lead to more room for a more functional island. You can also use the space to add more cabinetry or even a wine fridge!

 

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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Hardwood Floors: What You Should Know !

It’s about that time you’ve been dreading, selecting hardwood floor for your house. This process can be a bit stressful due to variety of options. Whether you want solid or engineered wood, maple or oak, and then the direction of the grain will all come into consideration when selecting flooring for your house. So you can see with all the options it’s very easy to get lost when deciding. You might have a style wood with grain going one way and then another style with the grain going the other. When deciding on a type of flooring, be sure to have your contractor or designer take you to their supplier in order to show you different stains, styles, species, and finishes. In the end your budget will either limit or broaden your choices.

 

Solid or Engineered

First before making any decisions it’s important to know the difference between solid and engineered wood. With solid wood, it states it right in its name “solid,” it’s milled from a single plank of wood. In contrast, engineered wood is made up of several different layers; however the top and final layer is solid. Those aren’t the only differences of the wood though. There are different specifications between solid and engineered wood as to where they can be installed in your house as well. Solid wood should not be installed anywhere below ground due to increased moisture and humidity levels. Changes in humidity levels can cause solid wood to swell and contract leading it to warp. Engineered wood is the preferred wood flooring for areas like basements, due to the minimal expansion and contraction of the wood.

 

Durability and Purpose of the Wood

Whether you’re a Malibu bachelor or a Los Angeles native who’s planning on having a family of four, knowing how abusive the resident or residents in the house will be to the floor will determine their choice of hardwood. Some types of wood flooring are more durable than others. If the area of hardwood you plan on installing will be an area with high traffic, just like that family of four might be, you will want to choose a very durable solid wood. Two species of wood known for their durability in the hardwood flooring market are oak and maple. However, if you’re that Malibu bachelor that doesn’t anticipate a whole lot of foot traffic going through the house, you don’t have to worry about your wood selection as much. There are beautiful soft wood options in the species of, cedar and pine. In either case, soft wood or solid wood are beautiful flooring options to increase the value of your home.

 

Considering Other Elements of Your Home

If the project you are planning on starting isn’t a complete remodel then it is very important to consider the other elements in your house. Sure it’s easy to look at a piece of cherry hardwood and say, “That’s the flooring I want!”, but you need to take existing features of the house into consideration to make sure all aspects of your house agree with each other. This process can be lengthy because you really want to know which flooring will captivate the true beauty of your cabinetry or beautiful color tones used on your wall. When your contractor takes you to the flooring supplier, bring color samples you have in mind for your wall and base board. This will help you determine which color will compliment your flooring the best.

 

Budget and Appearance

It’s easy to look at hardwood flooring options and say “I want that!” Creating a specific budget and look that appeals to you, will be the first step. This will help you find your range of options to choose from. Typically in most cases solid wood will be the more expensive type of wood and that’s because of the quality and reliability of the wood. Due to it being milled by a solid piece of lumber it can also be refinished many times. There are always other beautiful alternatives that come in the form of engineered woods. Engineered woods in the same style can look identical, but you do sometimes sacrifice the quality for the price. However, with proper upkeep and maintenance of your less expensive engineered floor, the lack of quality can turn out not to be an issue.

 

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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Quick and Easy Ideas to get Holiday Ready!

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Uh oh! We’re in November and you know exactly what that means. It’s time to get ready for the holidays. From pendant and recessed lights all the way down to hardwood and tile floors, this task is the perfect mixture of stress and joy. Stressful because you want your home to look perfect for that enormous gathering you are planning on having for the holiday season and then joyous due to the fun of it all. There are so many different tasks to do and we will tell you some of the key updates and choirs to keep your house a priority in all of your guests’ hearts. Now, depending on where you live you may take different steps in prepping your house for the holidays some of us have to deal with snow and others only have to deal with rain. Depending on what mother nature brings to your homes doorstep will determine how you prepare in certain aspects.

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Starting with what could be arguably the most important room in the house for guests; the living room is the bread and butter for the holidays. It’s where presents are opened, where families can just sit down and relax in an open space, and most importantly where memories are shared. Since you always want something comfortable to sit on it’s a good idea to replace some of the couch accessories. Make sure to add comfy and fuzzy throws to your modern or contemporary furniture. Be conscious of the colors you choose as well, stay away from darker hues as they can take away from the holiday cheer. Another suggestion if you don’t already have one is to add a large shag rug to the floor just to keep guests feet warm while their shoes are off. Also, if you don’t already have dimmer switches installed, be sure to get them installed by a licensed contractor or electrician. They are crucial in setting the right mood for the holidays.

Keeping Kitchen Surfaces Like New

It’s very important for your kitchen to be ready for whatever you throw at it. Different kitchen surfaces have different cleaning instructions but it is always important to keep your countertops clean of bacteria and food remnants. For everyday cleaning of stone countertops like quartz, marble, and granite, make sure to use a moderate amount of soap mixed with water. For those industrial, stainless steel, countertops make sure to use a minute amount of dishwashing detergent with water but make sure to dry it properly so you don’t leave streaks on the surface. For laminate countertops be sure to use baking soda with a little bit of water. Cleaning wood surfaces like walnut, cherry, or bamboo might be the most tedious since they have porous surfaces. You will want to make sure to scrub those countertops thoroughly. Once the wooden surface is clean you can use vinegar to sanitize the top. With these hygienic tips for holiday kitchen prep you should be able to avoid any sort of cold this holiday season and more importantly keep your beautiful countertop investment in tip top shape.

Fireplace Facelift

What maybe an overlooked project for the holiday season, is updating your fireplace. Given a remodel of your fireplace is within your budget for the holiday season it could be the perfect update! With “El Niño” on its way, Los Angeles residents may not be completely ready for it and there’s no better way to be prepared for it with a lovely new fireplace. Always be sure to find the right general contractor and installer to do the job. Stone contemporary designs are in right now for fireplaces and would look beautiful with a soft earth tone back drop. To top it all off don’t forget to add some stockings and pictures to the mantel shelf to add some aesthetics to the room.

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With the extra precipitation were expecting to receive in Los Angeles this winter, it is important to take precautionary measures to keep your floors free of dirt and debris. Be sure to clean up grout if you have any sort of tile surfaces. You can accomplish this task by using some grout cleaner with any sort of brush and deep clean all grout making it look like new. After cleaning the grout it’s important to keep it clean. An essential addition could be to add some sort of bench or place to sit for guests who want to take their muddy shoes off before enjoying the rest of your humble abode. These little tips and ideas will help you maintain your house, not only for the holidays, but for all seasons in the years to come.

 

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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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.

 

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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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.

 

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 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.

 

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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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.

 

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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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.

 

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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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.

 

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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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U Shaped Kitchen Design- When and How it Works Best for You

u shape layoutWhy do some kitchens seem so easy to work in while others seem hell? A kitchen layout can completely decide how much you will love or hate to work in your kitchen. Yes, layout can either work wonders or just double the workload of your kitchen chores.

Choice of layouts and where U shaped layout scores

There are a few layouts that can be implemented depending on the space your kitchen has. G shape, L shape, U shape and island layout are commonly used layouts. A U shaped kitchen layout is useful in kitchens with good space and when more than person needs to cook. With a U shaped kitchen design, you can freely use ample of space in form of countertop area, basin or sink area and the worktop area. It also accommodates appliances like refrigerator, microwave etc. comfortably.

The arrangement in a U shaped kitchen design: Tips and ideas

A U shaped kitchen design actually works like a triangle, virtually. Basin or sink and worktop areas are usually parallel to each other while the countertop area is the middle portion. This allows ease of function as all the three sections are almost equidistant.

The cabinet placement high up on the walls can also follow the same arrangement, although it is best to keep cabinets only over the cooking area, where most of your handy stuff can be accommodated.

The worktop area should be kept relatively free of any kitchen ware so that it can be conveniently used while preparing food and also serve as temporary serving area in case you like self-service. The cabinets below the sink should be guarded against water spills that occur during dish washing and used for keeping more of cleaning tools than food items. Preferably arrange your sink parallel to the worktop area so that post washing of cut veggies or fruits, you can directly use them at cooking area.

Regularly-used cutlery and utensil arrangement can pose some difficulties with so many cabinets in U shape, as you may have to run from one cabinet to another to place or find the desired cutlery or utensil. To avoid that you can have a vertical cabinet near the sink so that once they are washed and dried, they can be easily placed in that cabinet. The other sparingly used cutlery or utensils can then be safely stacked in other cabinets under the cooking area or worktop area.

Ingredients that are usually used in cooking should be kept either at the worktop area or right in the cabinet below your cooking range to avoid too much running around and bending around the cabinets.

Refrigerator and microwave positions are crucial as they are most frequently used while one cooks. Hence it is ideal to place the refrigerator and microwave on parallel legs of U shape. This is a convenient placement as most of the times one requires reheating of refrigerated food. Ensure that you arrange these two appliances at the end of these two parallel legs so that space in middle is not cluttered.

With island: While U shape is a classic layout for most medium and large sized kitchens, one can also introduce a small leg in the middle or at the end of one of the legs if there is enough space in the kitchen. This serves as a small island and allows you to create a dining space and make serving snacks or food easier. So, what you get is a U shaped kitchen design with island.

Ventilation is another important aspect while designing a U shaped kitchen. While the cooking range should ideally occupy the middle leg of U shape, do keep the ventilation factor in mind before doing so. Otherwise this shape can cause claustrophobic condition in the kitchen. Keeping a chimney ventilator over the cooking range is useful. Also, if you have a window on the base leg of U shape, it will be very helpful and make cooking easy. In case there is no window do ensure to keep a chimney ventilator.

Online modeling of kitchen can be done with help of some sites, which helps in planning out where and what of your U shaped kitchen design. Before you fix it permanently, try designing your layout online to check for your kitchen’s feasibility. With a U shaped kitchen design, things are definitely easier to plan around. And since more than one person can easily function together without causing disruption to any of the areas you can definitely persuade your mate to work along! What better than that?

 

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

l shape kitchen designL 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.

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 island 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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How To Design A Kitchen- Tips On Designing Your Own Kitchen Layout

describe the imageA kitchen design is of utmost importance and should be planned well in accordance with the space constraints, storage needs and even a trivial (and generally ignored) detail like number of guests you have on a regular basis. A well planned kitchen layout, design and décor go a long way in not just making your kitchen a favorite hangout area of your home but also uplift your mood while cooking.

First decide the kitchen layout

When designing a kitchen, you need to first decide on the kitchen layout. The arrangement of appliances, sink or basin, cooking area and worktop should be hassle free and easy to move about. Here are some of the basic layouts you may consider depending on your space:

U shaped kitchen layout cr resized 6001. U shaped kitchen layout: It is very common and allows free movement between the two parallel legs. It is well suited to small and large kitchens alike. For a large space, you can also introduce an island for dining. It is apt for homes where two or three people need to cook at the same time.

2. L shaped kitchen layout: This is good for small kitchens. It also provides ample space to move around. Island works well with this layout if you have medium sized space. With this layout you have to consider storage requirement properly as there are two walls only to stretch your cabinets, with the sink area posing a limit.L shaped kitchen layout cr resized 600

single line kitchen layout cr resized 6003. Single line kitchen layout: This is the most basic design with a single platform for your cooking range, sink or basin and refrigerator – all in one line. It is good for kitchens that are narrow and long. Good for more than two people to work together. However, it does pose problems with storage.

4. Corridor kitchen layout: “Crowded look” is the main problem with this design. However storage is good and also the free flow between the cooking area, the basin and refrigerator. One parallel leg can be used exclusively for worktop and cooking area while the other can house the sink and refrigerator. Good for small-spaced kitchens.

5. Double L kitchen layout: This is a high-end version of L shaped kitchen layout. Instead of introducing an island, you can keep a smaller L shape at the open end of larger L. The smaller L can be utilized for cooking range and worktop area while the larger L can house the sink, microwave and refrigerator. Movement is free flowing and this design provides flexible storage too. However, it suits only large-spaced kitchens.

Plan for storagestorage

Post layout designing, you should focus on storage. Cabinet layout on floor and wall will follow the basic layout of your kitchen. For floor cabinets you may opt for drawers or shelf style to suit your requirements. Glass, plastic or wood can be used for designing doors of cabinets. Glass doors work well for wall cabinets as they let you see storage instantly without having to climb and dig out. Inner shelving inside the cabinets will depend on what you want to stack. For example, if it is large utensils… you may divide the cabinet into half horizontally, but if it is cup and saucer or just some small dishes, you can have two to three shelves. Drawers work well for miscellaneous items like spoons, knives, kitchen napkins and other kitchen tools.

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Post layout and cabinet designing, you should focus on dining space. In case you have opted for an island, it will serve the purpose. Else you can go for foldable dining set or provide a foldable extension on one of the ends of your kitchen. For small spaces, go for movable islands. For larger kitchens you have the luxury to either include a multi-functional island or full-fledged dining table set.

Floor designing

Once the above three basic layouts are in place, you can decide on the flooring design. This includes tile work and floor lamination (if required). You may select tiles depending on the overall home décor or just innovate a whole new look. Tiles can also be added to the backsplash and sink areas.

Design assistance

Once you are clear on all the aspects, you can design your kitchen with the help of online templates like ones available in Microsoft Visio. There are other applications available too that help you design a kitchen layout. You can also consult an interior designer to design a kitchen or take some help from local hardware shop to get a final draft.

 

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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7 Tips For Making Home Remodeling General Contractors Your Allies

home remodelingFor a contractor as vested as you are in your home remodeling project’s success, follow these time-tested techniques from a professional designer

It often seems we hear more bad stories than good when it comes to client-contractor relations. Miscommunication on both sides is a common culprit.

In my experience it has been easier to discuss issues and salvage existing relationships than start over completely with a new company. Thanks to mutual respect and an awareness of each other’s expectations, my contractors and I have build lasting relationships. They feel vested in the project and take a personal interest in helping me look good in the eyes of my clients.

Here are a some tips that have helped me get the best from my contractors — and from other service professionals as well.

Remember that payment is paramount. Pay your contractors in a timely fashion, in accordance with the work completed. This point cannot be stressed enough. Your payment allows the contractor to pay his or her subcontractors, vendors and suppliers.

It’s important to both parties that the project remains on schedule. Delayed payment or no payment at all makes it difficult to keep workers onsite and for the contractor to maintain a business. As added protection, it’s recommended that you withhold 10 percent of each gross progress payment as a retainer. Once the job is complete, pay the retainer in full.

Know that small gestures count. There are times during a project when a little thoughtfulness goes a long way. When crews are working overtime at your request to complete a task, have their meals delivered to the site. Your contractor will appreciate your considering their nutritional needs. You’ll also have the advantages of keeping the break shorter, relieving them of the inconvenience of leaving the jobsite and keeping their bodies fueled for their work.describe the image

Be accessible. When decisions need to be made and time is of the essence, an owner that is inaccessible makes the job more difficult, especially in stressful situations. If your schedule prohibits you from being available, consider hiring a project manager to oversee the daily work and make decisions on your behalf.

Give your contractor referrals and honest feedback. People tend to be more vocal when they encounter problems and less vocal when they’ve received exceptional service.

There’s nothing wrong with expressing either type of opinion, but do it constructively. If there were problems on the job that would cause you to think twice about working with your contractor again, take a moment to make your concerns known. Your contractor then has the opportunity to improve the level of service and provide you with an incentive for giving him or her another try.

Conversely, if your contractor has provided you with a job well done, do not hesitate to refer him or her to others.

Effectively communicate the timeline and deliverables. Before each of the contractor’s respective phases begins, each party needs to have a realistic expectation of the time it will take to start and finish the task. Timelines can be compromised due to delays from preceding contractors. Proper time should be allotted to meet expectations and maintain the contractor’s level of workmanship.

describe the imageBe considerate of your contractor’s time. Without the mutual agreement of both parties, do not contact your contractor outside of normal business hours. Contractors, like you, have commitments to fulfill outside of work, even if they are just spending time with their own family.

Have a defined set of plans and specifications. Unless the contractor runs into unforseen circumstances, a good set of plans and specifications speaks for itself in your absence.

If your contractor is installing finishes, with a set of plans there is no miscommunication regarding what material goes where. Do not confuse your contractor with your designer. Contractors are hired to install your products, not to create your vision.

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 Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Designs: Color Style Combinations

kitchen cabinetsWhat’s a kitchen cabinet but a place to house some dishware, right?While that might’ve been the case before, the expression “The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home” has never been more true than in today’s homes. Kitchen cabinet designs are a primary kitchen design element.The kitchen used to be a separate room, hidden from guests. Now, kitchens are a part of an open floor-plan and customers care more than ever about what their kitchens say about them. That’s right, your kitchen cabinet designs are going to be a part of telling the world, “We are ultra-modern and chic chic chic!” or “I wanted to create my grandma’s country kitchen because all my best memories are there.”Need some inspiration selecting kitchen cabinet colors or kitchen cabinet styles? Check out, Our 5 Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors and Our Top 5 Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles.

While a color or style can make a statement alone, one always has an affect on the other.  Here are our 5 most popular kitchen cabinet colors and our 5 most popular kitchen cabinet door styles:

  1. Frosty White on Prestige Square – This look can lend a contemporary feel due to the square edges and bright white finish. But paired with soft colors and traditional decor, it will complete a modern country kitchen look as well. White is always a good choice to brighten up small spaces.
  2. Classic Cherry w/Black Glaze on Vintage Raised Panels – This combination creates a luxurious high-end statement no matter what it goes with. We sense granite or Zodiaq as potential countertop surfaces…
  3. Antique White w/Walnut Glaze on Breckenridge Square – This goes back to the Grandma’s homey kitchen memories, but adds an upscale twist. Mmmm….smells like coffee and a hint of cinnamon to us!
  4. Classic Cherry on Prestige Square – If you hadn’t noticed the versatility of Prestige Square, you will soon. A Classic Cherry finish is always an upscale choice and looks best with dark or stainless steel appliances.
  5. Secret on Prestige Square. This combo is versatility. It’s a great option if you like a clean and simple aesthetic or plan to remodel in the future and want cabinets that are easy to work around.

These suggestions have been tried-and-true selections throughout the many years we’ve been in business. This tells us our customers are thoroughly satisfied, and these selections help to maintain the resale value of their homes.

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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A Foolproof Guide to Kitchen Flooring

kitchen flooringWe demand a lot from our floors. They’re battered from below with electric radiant heat and from above with shoes and pet’s claws, they constantly have sharp utensils and sticky liquids dropped on them, and they’re scoured with harsh cleaners. Yet even given all of this abuse, we still expect them to look shiny and new. Though there are numerous choices of flooring, when assessing performance, looks, and application, there are definitely some options that come out ahead of the others. Following is a line-up of some of the most popular flooring types out there, ranked from good to better to best.

Good: Laminate laminate floor

Laminate is inexpensive and comes in a vast array of exotic colors, but it is ultimately a photo-realistic image laminated to a piece of thin wood composite. This means that it’s pre-sealed, and that if water penetrates between the joints it will swell, bow, and likely peel apart. It is a low-wearing surface and has about a five-year lifespan for most high-traffic applications.

Good: Vinylvinyl floor

Vinyl, not to be confused or categorized with linoleum, is a synthetic plastic material. It comes in so many colors, finishes, and simulated materials that no one would know that vinyl disguised as wood plank is anything but real wood. It needs to be laid down on an even substrate with an adhesive, and it is relatively impervious.

Good: Linoleum linoleum floor

Linoleum is a natural material and comes from linseed oil, a renewable resource. It is available in tile format or 54” wide sheets. The patterns can be limited, but the colors are amazing. It’s warmer and softer to the touch . Should you choose linoleum as your flooring, make sure to carefully plan good places for your connecting seams, and not in the middle of doorways.

Better: Concrete concrete flooring

Concrete looks beautiful, can have a colorant added, and can be polished or sealed from a matte to a high-gloss finish. The material can crack under flex, however, so proper installation should include a backing substrate that moves with the finish material, not the structure or foundation. Since local suppliers always install concrete by hand, it’s important to check references before purchasing. Concrete works great with radiant heat, but it’s difficult to repair if it cracks.

Better: Cork cork flooring

Cork is a natural product that is hypoallergenic, sustainable, and soft underfoot. It can be easily installed with a proper underlay and radiant heat. It has a limited color palette, however, and a random structural pattern.

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Engineered hardwoods are made of a core of hardwood with a top layer measuring ¼” – ¾”  thick of hardwood veneer. It is a great pre-finished material and it’s more economical than solid wood, but it does have limited re-finishing capabilities due to the veneered top layer. Some of the manufacturers of this flooring do not have an ideal manufacturing process (the top coat is toxic and applied by hand in the factory) and the substrate can be of poor quality.

Best: Stonestone flooring

Marble (including travertine) and granite are ideal stone flooring options. They wear beautifully, have an excellent structural pattern, and are available in a wide variety of sizes and formats. Mortar and grout selection are very important to consider when installing stone floors. Also, it’s important to always select a superior underlay to prevent cracking and unnecessary maintenance. Stone is excellent with radiant heat, and with regular re-sealing, these floors will last a lifetime. When designing with stone, however, keep in mind that thresholds higher than ½” should be avoided because they’ll be a tripping hazard. Slate, although it is stone, is likely the least practical flooring for any interior application because it is naturally uneven.

Best: Hardwoodhardwood

Site-finished hardwood is a dream flooring option. It’s full-thickness wood, stained and finished on-site. It can be matched to existing hardwood flooring quite easily for an authentic look throughout a whole house. It lends itself well to under-lay and radiant heat, and water problems are a thing of the past with correct modern appliance and fixture installations. Its downsides? Wood isn’t the most sustainable option, it can be tricky to install on concrete slabs, and it’s by far one of the most expensive flooring choices. But overall, this is a lifetime choice and well worth the investment.

Best: Bamboobamboo flooring

Bamboo is a rapidly renewed resource. It’s usually available as a solid plank material, pre-finished in a limited color pallet. It comes in three or so patterns (edge, end, and strand) and is naturally anti-bacterial, hypoallergenic, and slightly harder than hardwood.

Best: Tiletile

Tile options have exploded in the past ten years. Tile can be ceramic, porcelain, or quarry tiles (each have their own traffic wear and performance preferences) and this material comes in almost infinite color possibilities, pattern selection, and sizes. Floor tiles need to be large format to minimize grout lines, and the same installation issues as those with stone tiles need to be considered. Like stone, it can be slippery when wet and requires some maintenance, but for the most part, tile is relatively worry-free.

Final Tips

Carpet should never be installed in a kitchen because it is porous and can cause unwanted wood rotting. Bumpy stone surfaces should also be avoided because they are uneven, which can cause installation delays and additional charges.In terms of when to lay the flooring in the construction process, flooring should be installed before cabinetry goes in, because flooring provides a stable and sealed surface for leveling cabinetry (which is the most important part of installations). Timing the floors before cabinets also avoids unnecessary service trips, reschedules, and/or additional charges for having to cut in around toe-kicks and cabinet details. It is also much less labor—and thus will save you money—to install flooring to finished walls.

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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Beautiful and Functional Kitchen Design Inspirations

Let’s face it – whether you’re the chef of the family or the official primary taste-tester in your house, chances are you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. It’s the heart of the home, and a place where many important tasks take place each and every day. Often a well designed kitchen can instantly increase the value of a home and increase itskitchen design appeal on the market as well as its ease of use to you and the rest of your family. In order to design the perfect kitchen for your needs and marry form with function, you should carefully consider its purposes.

Kitchens receive a lot of traffic, so it’s best to keep it open and easy to move about. From rowdy children running through the home or a restless and hungry family to friends gathered around during a dinner party, it’s important to remember that often the cook isn’t the only one occupying this space. When designing your ideal kitchen space, leave plenty of room for walk-through traffic.

Adescribe the imagedditionally, plan for plenty of work space and ample storage. There is nothing quite as frustrating as dealing with limited counter space while preparing a large meal. If your kitchen space is awkwardly shaped and this cuts into your counter space, you may want to invest in a center island or breakfast bar with comfortable seating. Install cabinetry and drawers for easy storage and to keep clutter off your counters.

Finally, carefully select your appliances based on your own personal needs. For example, if you have a large family and cook often, you may want to invest in a double oven. If you do a great deal of frying and grilling on your stove top, invest in a high quality fume hood. However, remember that your appliances also need to fit into your design. Appliances, like the other elements in your kitchen, should serve a purpose while also complementing the décor.

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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U Shaped Kitchen Designs for Small Kitchens

small kitchenA small kitchen gives us frustrations at times. Not only does it give you limited working space in your kitchen, but also it gives you headache to decide which design fits your kitchen fine. A U shaped kitchen can be another option for your small sized kitchen but it is not easy to make use the space for the perfect U shaped kitchen designs. Here are some U shaped kitchen designs for small kitchens ideas for your information.

Triangle working position. U shaped kitchen designs for small kitchens mean that you have to maximize the use of the space effectively. It will verify the places for your appliances.  Arrange important appliances such as stove, fridge and sink in triangular method. Adjust the lengths and the function of each leg on each sides of the peninsula according to your need. If you have one leg longer than the others, you can apply a fridge on shorter leg and stove on the other with the sink on the peninsula. Remember to locate your dishwasher in close proximity to the sink for practicality. This will make you easier in doing your job in the kitchen by giving you better access for stove, fridge and sink.

Smaller and efficient appliances. U shaped kitchen designs for small kitchens need smaller refrigerator, sink, and stove. Use one sink only since double sinks will need more space for your kitchen. Reduce the unnecessary appliances and arrange them neatly on the glass door cabinets for spaciousness effect or hide them on your brighter colored cabinets. Make as much free space as possible to make your kitchen seems bigger. Bring the sitemap of your kitchen to measure the needed free countersmall kitchentop space for working area so it will not be overcrowd with appliances. There are various efficient appliances which are specially designed for small shape kitchen in the stores nowadays.

An additional island. Since U shaped kitchen designs for small kitchens do not allocate you to locate a kitchen island in the center of your kitchen, use one longer leg for your kitchen island. Reduce unnecessary cabinets in one side and add an island on it. It might seem like an L shaped kitchen modification, but it works well for your small kitchen. Adding a freestanding island to an L shaped kitchen is possible too. Because the island is open, you have knee space for stools and seating without needing an overhang.

Remember to keep using brighter color theme for U shaped kitchen designs for small kitchens ideas. Adjust your wall, flooring and ornaments with your kitchen U shaped kitchen designs for small kitchens.

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 Trends In Kitchen Remodeling Projects

Kitchen remodeling projects are one way to make the home more comfortable and increase itskitchen remodeling project value at the same time. There are many ways to improve a kitchen’s design, functionality and atmosphere. Convenience and energy efficiency are also considerations when planning a kitchen remodeling project. Consulting with the contractor on the latest trends before making any decisions can help homeowners find the right design while creating a state-of-the-art kitchen. Here’s a look at five of the latest trends in kitchen remodeling.

kitchen remodeling projectCabinets

Using wood cabinets to maximize storage space is one of the most popular changes homeowners make in kitchen remodeling projects. Not only do they create a visually pleasing look, they increase efficiency and cleanliness. It’s much easier to find cooking equipment, spices, canned goods and dishware when there is enough room to put things away in an orderly fashion. Using lighter wood finishes will help to open up the space and make it brighter, rather than using darker wood, which makes the room look smaller. It is also easier to find wall, flooring and furniture colors to complement light and medium wood tones.

kitchen remodeling projectSinks

Sinks are one of the most important pieces in the kitchen. They are used in food preparation, cooking and hand washing. As a central fixture in most homes on the countertop, deep single bowl sinks have become the latest in home remodeling fashion trends. They go well in every type of kitchen style there is. Coupled with European spray pullout faucets, they offer the cook or the “noncook” more room for filling and cleaning bigger pots and pans, as well as the attractiveness of simplicity.

kitchen remodeling projectEnergy Efficiency

Cooking appliances have made great strides in technology, with speed and energy efficiency at the top of every homeowner’s wish list. Induction and gas stovetops are one option for those who want quick and exact control over their heating elements. Dual fuel ranges are a new concept in kitchens. They allow the user to choose between electric and gas on the same range, combining the performance of electric cooktops with the power of natural gas.

kitchen remodeling projectStainless and Color

Eye-catching colors in kitchen designs makes the most well-used room in the home a pleasant and cheerful place to be. While stainless steel is still popular and will always remain a popular trend throughout time, the use of brightly colored enamel has emerged in appliances large and small, from cooktops to coffee pots and can openers. With some forethought, they can be coordinated with wall color, flooring and other furnishings to make a fashionable statement.

kitchen remodeling projectCountertops

Custom countertops are the latest trend that allows personalization and creativity to shine. While some homeowners still opt for matching countertops throughout the kitchen, some are now focusing on function and ease to clean. For example, mixing wooden butcher block cutting surfaces with marble countertop inserts for handling cookie and pastry dough makes cooking and baking chores easier without damaging the stone countertops, which are less ideal for chopping and kneading than for other types of food preparation. When planned carefully, these material combinations can come together in a visually pleasing yet functional 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.

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 Start An Eco-Friendly Kitchen

describe the imageWe see the term “eco-friendly” tagged alongside pretty much everything nowadays, but what does it really mean?  To me it describes things related to helping the environment in some way – whether it’s a grand gesture or a simple change in habits, anything that can help the environment in some way can make you eco-friendly.

When we talk about eco-friendly things to do in the kitchen the possibilities are endless, and as the kitchen is supposedly the most used room in the modern home I decided to spend some time researching what people think are the best ideas to make them more eco-friendly –  these are the results of what I found:

Reduce, Re-Use, and Recycle!

The first, and most obvious, way to help the environment is to recycle as much as you can in while cooking in the kitchen. Most things that are recyclable pass through the kitchen at some point, so the easiest place to start is set up a couple of recycling bins in the kitchen.  Use some nice looking baskets or simple plastic bins, to separate your glass, plastic newspapers and aluminium.

There are typically colour-coded bins for recycling and composting so that various products todescribe the image be split, making it even easier to empty the bins from the kitchen into the appropriate coloured wheelie bin.  In my research I read about a lot of families with young children who make it a task for each family member gets allocated a bin colour and they look after taking it out and recycling which is a great idea!

Compost bins!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner is all made in the kitchen, and general creation of food involves some sort of throw away food product – things like vegetable peel, leftover food, bits of food that we would maybe wouldn’t eat but they are still classed as food product.  All of these items can be used as compost for your garden. Basically if you store these food products in a pile, or compost bin in the corner of your garden in about 10-12months it will turn to great fertilizer to mix into soil for your plants and flowers – and best of all its free!

Food Preparation

describe the imageFood storage and preparation gives many opportunities to help better the environment.  When buying your fruit and veg from shops buy them loose instead of shrink wrapped to save on having to dispose of the plastic at home. Buy food fresh instead of ready meals – less packaging and nothing uses as much energy in a kitchen than a microwave!  As mentioned earlier, use old baskets to add character to your kitchen for recycling bins, but you can also reuse boxes for storage in your cupboards – things like herbs, rice, or other packets of food.

Make the most use of natural light

When possible try and position worktops and sinks in front of windows so when you are chopping and creating you can see what you are doing without the need for extra light.  Sky lights or glass roofing areas are great ways to add natural light to a kitchen – try and position them over areas that you use the most.

Obviously it’s not always possible to remodel a kitchen easily with windows and sky lights, so if you are in a position where you have to use a light mgreen kitchenake sure it’s an energy saving bulb as it more convenient (less changes) and as it last longer, saves more money over running a traditional bulb.

Other light related tips include always turning the light off when you leave the room, or having multiple lighting switches for a variety of lighting areas meaning you only light up the area you need and not always the whole room.

Replace white goods with A ratings

Washing machines, dishwashers, fridges and freezers are all energy hungry devices we all have in our kitchens, but did you know that when you buy them they all have economy ratings attached to them? If it’s a little bit more to buy the A rated white goods then it should save you money over the years to come on the amount of energy it uses to be powered.

Obviously it’s not always easy to just go and replace them all in one go to try and be eco-friendly, but chances are you will be replacing one of them over the next few years so always try and have a look for the most energy efficient one in your budget as appose to how it looks!

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 Properly Tie Your Kitchen Finishes Together

KITCHENIf you’re planning a kitchen remodel and you’re feeling overwhelmed by the multitude of colors, finishes and materials available, you’re not alone. Many homeowners struggle with developing a cohesive design that reflects their personality, style and budget. Interior design is an art as well as a science, and while there are no proven formulas for planning a pulled-together kitchen, there are a few starting points that can help you design a room that is both charming and consistent.

Countertops
The countertops in your kitchen will anchor the room and choosing them deserves careful contemplation. Especially for large islands that will serve as a focal point in the kitchen, the counters can become the centerpiece of your palette. Counters serve a practical as well as an aesthetic purpose, so use a good-looking material that is also durable and easy to clean. Granite and engineered stone are classics that work well in almost any setting. Stainless steel delivers sleekly modern looks, wood has unique warmth and marble captures the essence of elegance. Use reflective rather than matte surfaces to add light. Stick with a single finish on foundation counters and use a complementary material on an island or bar top for extra punch.kitchen remodel

Cabinets
The cabinets may well be the most important design element in your kitchen. Clever kitchen cabinetry can either fade discreetly into the background or dramatically dominate the room, but either way, since wall cabinets hang at exactly eye level, they’ll never be overlooked. Simple, pared-down door styles suit contemporary kitchens, while more elaborately embellished doors work best in classic settings. White painted cabinets increase the illusion of space and fill the room with light. Dark hardwood cabinets, especially when paired with granite or other deluxe materials, effortlessly create an atmosphere of luxury. Combine dark and light for cutting-edge looks, and use glass-fronted cabinets, crown moldings and other extras to add to the effect.

Finishing Touches
Cabinets and countertops may be the stars of kitchen design, but small touches can complete the look and pull the room together. Bold or busy counters work best with simple, monochrome backsplashes in contrasting colors. Brighten quiet counters with vivid mosaic or decorative tile effects. If you choose flooring to complement adjoining rooms, remember to pick a material or finish that also works with the elements in the kitchen. Light fixtures, cabinet hardware and other decorative essentials can add unexpected hints of color or texture. Use bright colors, reflective metals and intense textures sparingly to finish the room without overwhelming it.

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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All About Stainless Steel for Your Home Remodel

Stainless steel is one of the hot decorating materials that offers cool and also classic beauty.stainless steel home remodel For high-quality under mount sinks, stainless steel is the industry standard, but this durable and attractive material can be deployed inside a home kitchen in other ways, and most notably: they can be introduced without making your kitchen look like a commercial kitchen. Stainless steel is both sturdy and hygienic because it is easy to clean, flattering to food due to its shiny appearance. Stainless steel kitchens had gained ample prominence during the recent years due to the flexibility and comfort offered by such kitchens for a modern kind of living.

Since then, the stainless steel has been used in the kitchens for over a century due to its universal appeal, its ability to provide a sterile surface, its shiny appearance, as well as its association with luxury. For unmatched beauty, unrivaled durability and uncommon adaptability, stainless steel kitchen is the premier choice of kitchen dealers. Stainless steel will stainless steel home remodelcontinue to be a favored choice for your kitchen appliance finish.

Today, people are more inclined towards stainless steel kitchens because of the special features offered by such designs. Outdoor and indoor kitchens of flawless stainless steel are grace notes to homes of distinction. Stainless steel provides a clean look, one that makes the kitchen area look neat and organized so well. The appearance is designed for easy maintenance, corrosion resistance and do not covers drip edge. When you prefer to choose stainless steel as the core idea behind your kitchen, you made a smarter choice. Contemporary kitchen designs can range the spectrum from clean and sleek to sterile and uninviting. As a homeowner and DIY kitchen renovator, it’s your job to strike a balance between the two.

All components of the stainless steel kitchen designs are designed to be functional, there arestainless steel home remodel many combinations possible, manage the internal lockers. A variety of stainless steel kitchen designs models can be controlled through flexible counters and islands. Below we will give you the example of stainless steel kitchen designs; you can choose which one you think will be fit into your kitchen.

If you want to bring a green environment into your kitchen, try the earth loving elements designed by Italian kitchen manufacturers.  These stainless steel kitchen designs are more about clean lines and simple use of natural elements which reduce the waste. These kitchen designs are said to be fit for a large family kitchen where the family need more space to manage the cooking and washing things. When you design your kitchen through an Italian style, you can be sure that you are bringing sustainable products into your home’s kitchen.

stainless steel home remodelAnother stainless steel kitchen design is one which blends the art of cooking with space and style to make a clean kitchen space that offers specialized dining area with only two chairs. Meanwhile, there is also the design with its basic idea of using stainless steel scraps could sends messages of eco-friendliness and sustainability through their traditional kitchen range. Usually, recycled materials and products do not retain their form, but some designers wish to use the scraps as they are and still give the facade universal beauty in their kitchen designs.

Stainless steel kitchen designs has developed a reputation for high quality custom and standard stainless steel products for residential and commercial use. Stainless steel kitchen designs is elegant and minimalist in which particularly engaging and useful for those looking for new layout ideas. Stainless steel kitchen designs give you unlimited flexibility, ease of organization, simple assembly to enlarge the capacity and experiment with living surfaces.

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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Why Home Remodeling Projects are a Good Idea

home remodelingThough the real estate market has seen some difficult times, home remodeling projects are still an excellent investment if you know what you’re doing. The most practical uses for your remodeling dollar are highly dependent on many factors, and the most important element of a wise renovation is your specific motivation for performing the project.

1.Good Remodeling Investments for Your Primary Residence

If you currently reside in the house you plan on remodeling and have no desire to move any time in the near future, the number of sound investments available is much higher than it is for those looking to sell. In fact, just about any upgrade that you are highly motivated to begin will likely be a good investment if you plan on sticking around for a decade or more to enjoy it. Whether it is a prized landscaping feature, a much-needed upgrade to an old kitchen or bathroom, or something as simple as adding a few electrical outlets, renovations that will make your daily life more comfortable or more enjoyable are always sound investments as long as you’re around to reap the benefits they bring.

home remodeling2.Investment Remodeling for Sellers

Identifying good investment remodels is much more difficult when you plan on selling your home in the foreseeable future. This is because you now have to take into account not only your own needs, tastes, and wants, but those of the public at large, too. For an avid photographer who plans on remaining in his or her home for the next 20 years, building a small darkroom in the basement or garage can certainly be considered a wise investment. If that same person performs the same renovation in the same house but decides to sell in the next year or two, however, that investment becomes a loss since most prospective homeowners will not view having a darkroom as a very valuable feature.

Resources of all kinds are available to help homeowners identify the best renovations for home remodelingadding value to a home that’s on the market, but none of these can tell you with absolute certainty which project will be worth more than its cost in added resale value for your specific situation. Due to the large number of variables in the cost of a particular remodel (which can change dramatically if from state to state, contractor to contractor, and even neighborhood to neighborhood) and the trends in your specific region, local real estate agents and contractors are probably your best resources when it comes to finding the features buyers in your area are looking for. It is important to note, however, that remodeling just to follow trends can have serious drawbacks if those trends change quickly! To find the projects that are most likely to add more value than they cost to perform, ask your local pros which features have consistently caught the eyes of home buyers in your area for decades.

3.The Bottom Line

Practicality is always a sound investment. If you know your kitchen’s counter space is too limited to cookhome remodeling more than a microwave dinner without a significant amount of hassle, then adding counter space is likely wise. Look for the areas of your home that actually need better functionality and begin focusing your efforts there.

The wide range of remodeling shows, articles, and videos available to today’s homeowners have certainly influenced many people to get upgrades that they didn’t necessarily need instead of focusing on the basic elements of their homes that actually required attention. It can be difficult to identify the spaces that really need work when you deal with them on a daily basis however, so many professionals recommend inviting a trustworthy friend who has never been in your house before to take a tour and give an outsider’s opinion. In many cases, that pair of fresh eyes can spot areas in need of attention much more effectively than you’d ever imagine!

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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Home Remodeling: Space Planning “Cheat Sheet”

Most design professionals for home remodeling have certain guidelines or rules of thumb they use when planning spaces for clients. The NKBA (National Kitchen and Bathroom Association) and Design Works, Inc. decided to formalize it into writing, answering many frequently asked client questions in the process. Here is a cheat sheet.

Kitchen

The odds are high that you’ve at least heard reference made to the Kitchen work triangle — the placement of the sink, fridge, and stove / cooktop.  The “rules” state that the triangle should not exceed 26′-0″ feet in length, and no single side of the triangle should be less than 4′-0″.  (Larger kitchens may have multiple work triangles.)

Countertops should be at least 24″ deep and allow for at least 15″ of clearance.  Ideally, there should also be a minimum of 15″ wide countertop spaces between appliances, e.g. the fridge and the cooktop, so that you have a place to set down food and/or dishes.  If you are adding in an island, you want a minimum of 3′-0″ between the main cabinets and the island.

Bathrooms

If you are renovating or planning a space from scratch, you’ll find that some of the clearanceshome remodeling are more pronounced now than they may have been when the room was last updated.  You want to allow for at least 30″ of unobstructed floor space in front of all fixtures — toilet, bidet, tub, shower, lavatory.  If you have the luxury of multiple sinks, the centreline between the sinks should be a minimum of 3′-0″.

Living Room
If your preference is for cozy, your conversation area should be approximately 8′-0″ across; this will enable comfortable conversation and easy access to coffee and/or side tables to everyone in the group.  If you like a little more space, increase the area to about 10′-0″ across.  Of course, if you’re blessed with a large, open concept area, remember that you can always create multiple conversation areas that can be combined for larger gatherings.  Conversely, if your space is small and you feel you are unable to use an ottoman and/or coffee table, be assured that an 18″ path between seating and low objects is sufficient for walking.

home remodelingDining Room
You need about 2′-0″ of space per person for comfortable eating.  (This applies to kitchen breakfast bars, too.  A 4′-0″ counter is not designed for three (3) people, so do not even try.)  Ideally, if people will be walking behind diners, you want to allow for a corridor of at least 44″.   If access is not an issue and it is simple a matter of people pushing chairs in and out, there should be 3′-0″ of clearance behind dining chairs.

If you like to entertain and need to determine the size of table to purchase, think of the number of people you will need to accommodate and multiply that by the requisite 2′-0″ of space per person.  If you commonly host ten (10) people, your table should have a perimeter of at least 240″ or 20′-0″.

When it comes to selecting the optimal chandelier, consider the size of your table.  The general rule is to hang the chandelier so that it is about 6″ from the edge of the table.  Whether your table is round, rectangular, ovular, or square, that means measuring the width of the table and subtracting 12″.  For example, if your table is 54″ wide, look for a chandelier that is 42″ wide.

Bedroom

Smaller bedrooms are often dwarfed by their beds and that cannot always be prevented.  However, be sure to leave adequate room to walk and access storage pieces.  There should be a minimum 30″ in front of dressers, night tables, or armoires so that they can be comfortably opened.  If you can leave more space, do.  Unless you have a walk-in closet, aim for 4′-0″ of open floor space in front of your closet for dressing room.

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 Ways to Turn Your Master Bathroom Into A Tranquil Paradise

master bathroomLife can get hectic and stressful. That’s because most people have a lot on their plates. The average adult is juggling the demands of things like work, family, friends and school. It’s no surprise that people spend hundreds, even thousands of dollars on vacations and spas. According to the U.S. Travel Association, Americans spent a total of $564 billion on leisure travel in 2011.

Of course, it’s always great to see new places – but travel isn’t always feasible on every budget. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to make do with what you already have. You don’t have to travel a million miles away to get peace of mind. You can create your own little oasis right inside your home.

Consider making your bathroom your own little spa. Think about it: it’s private, it’s quiet, and you already spend a lot of time there. Read along to find ways to turn your master bathroom into a tranquil paradise.

1.Add a Whirlpool Bathtub

master bathroomA good long soak in the tub can change your whole outlook on life. In today’s go-go-go society, most people use showers as the quickest way to get clean. The art of taking a long, relaxing bath has fallen by the wayside. By adding a tub to your master bath, you can do just that whenever the mood strikes. Add scented candles, some essential oils, or good bath salts, and you have paradise a few steps from your bed. Of course, you’ll want to enlist a good plumber to get the install done just right.

2.Install a Sound System

Music can also be a great way of adding a measure of relaxation and calm to your life. A bathroom sound system allows you to listen to your favorite tunes as you get ready for work – an instant mood improver on those days when it’s hard to get going. Also, when you are looking to relax and unwind, you can listen to something soothing and tranquil to set the mood. Of course, electronics and water can be a deadly mix. Enlist the help of a trusted electrician to help you get the sound system you want in the safest manner possible.

3.Try a New Coat of Paint

Scientific studies have proven that color has a big effect on the human brain. Blues can make you feel calm, reds can make you feel hungry and yellows can make you feel energetic. If you are looking to create a peaceful space in your master bathroom, consider using muted, neutral shades like blue, tan or creamy whites. It doesn’t have to be a major painting job, either. Sometimes just a few touches of your favorite neutral shade – maybe even just a wall – are all you need to set the mood.

4.Change your Décor

Decorate your bathroom using things you love, things that bring you peace. Hang up framedmaster bathroom pictures that you’ve taken on your travels. Photos of nature – things like trees, clouds, mountains or streams – are also good choices for bathroom decorations. You don’t have to go overboard – just select a few simple, beautiful knickknacks to enhance the look of your bathroom. If you’re looking for an entirely new look for your bathroom, enlist the aid of an interior designer. That person can help you develop a theme for your bathroom, and then make it happen – step by step.

5.Add a Water Fountain

There are few things more soothing and relaxing than the soothing sound of water. There is a wide variety of beautiful tabletop water fountains on the market. You can buy one and simply place it on the sink. If you have the space, you can get even larger fountain features – you can even turn one wall of your bathroom into a water fountain. The good thing about using fountains as decoration in the bathroom is that they are already equipped to stand up to a moist environment like the bathroom.

6.Get Organized

Because you use your bathroom every day, it’s so easy for it to get cluttered. Towels, toothpaste, makeup and hair products can crowd every available surface area and even the floor. Figure out ways to help your bathroom look good and stay organized. There are so many tools on the market for just this task – all you have to do is figure out what makes sense for your bathroom. If you don’t have a closet or built-in storage shelving there, you might want to use attractive baskets to store clean towels. Consider hanging cabinets up on the walls, or purchasing a vanity with built-in storage.

7.Switch Up your Lighting

Set the mood in your bathroom by changing the lighting. Ditch overly bright, florescent lights for something softer. This can be accomplished as easily as switching out existing bulbs for new ones. You could also install a dimmer in your bathroom. Or – you could ditch the lights entirely and light some pretty candles when you want to relax.

master bathroom8.Create a Plant Paradise

Bring peace and beauty to your space by bringing a little bit of nature indoors. Try putting a beautiful orchid or another kind of potted plant in your bathroom. Be sure to pick a plan that does well in moist, damp environments. If you don’t have a green thumb, or are concerned about pets eating your plants, you can try to put a realistic-looking fake plant or two in your bathroom instead.

9.A new Scent-sation

Who among us doesn’t appreciate a good-smelling bathroom? There are so many ways that you can make your bathroom smell great. You can light incense, use scented candles, use sprays or even oil diffusers. Many of these options can look as good as they smell – pick one that matches the mood and décor of your bathroom. If you want the look and smell of scented candles without the risk of fire damage, try using scented, flameless candles for similar effect.

10.Unique Touches

Think of special things that you know you like and that bring you peace. If you are an avid reader, create a special nook for books and magazines that you can read while you are soaking in the bath. If you like to travel, frame photos you have taken from places you have been. Whatever your hobby – be it history, trains, art, whatever – think of ways to use it as you create a bathroom that is uniquely suited to soothe you.

You don’t need a lot of money or even a lot of space to create a bathroom that is calm, beautiful and inviting. All you need is a little creativity and the desire to see your project through to the end to create a calming oasis in the midst of this chaotic world!

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 Take Before Beginning a Home Remodel

describe the imageAs time passes, family size and needs change, making it important to remodel your home. When children grow older, you no longer need a playroom, but might require a music room with sound proof walls and good acoustics. Also, as you grow older, you require certain conveniences that you did not consider essential earlier. Sometimes, as you go up the career ladder, you are required to entertain more often and so need to add a formal drawing room to your home.

The state of Michigan’s consumer alert asks all home owners to always enquire if the contractor they retain to remodel their home is licensed and insured. Also, the state government advises people to check the contractor’s papers and obtain proof of the license and insurance.

When you start considering a major project such as home remodeling, you need to plan ahead to ensure that the entire process is easy and smooth. Remodeling a home requires plenty of time, effort, money, and coordination among various people involved. Take these five steps before you commence your remodeling project to have a great experience and a home that suits your needs.

1. Consider Current & Future Needs

When planning the new design for your home, consider not just your current needs, but your future ones as well. If you expect that your children will move out within a couple of years, consider the future use of their rooms as well, before you come up with design options. Similarly, if you are planning to start a family, keep this in mind when considering the layout and décor of the rooms. Choose a design that is child friendly and easy to clean, as it will save you many hours of watching your children to ensure they do not hurt themselves against the fancy mantel that you had installed.

2. Budget

While everyone would like to have a great looking home with all the latest equipment and furnishings, keep in mind that extensive changes to the layout of your home can cost a lot as well. By listing your top priorities and working them into the design first, you will be able to have a comfortable home without having to incur heavy debt or worry about your finances.

3. Draw Up the Design

Before you approach a contractor with your designs for the remodeled home, draw them on paper or view computerized 3-D images of what you want. This will help you decide if that is what you really need. Also, by having a pictorial representation of your ideal design, you will be able to better communicate your ideas to the contractor.

4. Learn from the Experience of Others

Before you contact a contractor, talk to others who have remodeled their homes recently. This will give you an idea about costs and the time taken for the remodeling to be completed. By asking them what they would do differently next time they remodel their home, you can avoid making the mistakes yourself.describe the image

5. Get Required Permissions and Clearances

Remodeling your home involves a lot of paper work. You need to obtain permission from the local authorities as well as clearances. You also need to check building codes and zoning laws for your locality to ensure that the design you have in mind will not violate any of them. By contacting a contractor who knows this business in and out, you will be able to obtain the help of an experienced remodeling team who will be happy to help you execute the project from start to finish. The contractor will guide you about the clearances you need to obtain and help you choose a design that meets your requirements and conforms to local regulations as well.

As with any large project that takes a lot of time and money, a remodeling project can be most efficiently accomplished by preparing ahead and approaching a contractor with a clear idea of your requirements. This will ensure that the entire project starts and is completed on time and at the lowest possible cost.

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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Why Home Remodeling Projects are a Good Investment

Though the real estate market has seen some difficult times, home remodeling projects are still an excellent investment if you know what you’re doing. The most practical uses for your remodeling dollar are highly dependent on many factors, and the most important element of a wise renovation is your specific motivation for performing the project.

1.Good Remodeling Investments for Your Primary Residence

If you currently reside in the house you plan on remodeling and have no desire to move any time in the near future, the number of sound investments available is much higher than it is for those looking to sell. In fact, just about any upgrade that you are highly motivated to begin will likely be a good investment if you plan on sticking around for a decade or more to enjoy it. Whether it is a prized landscaping feature, a much-needed upgrade to an old kitchen or bathroom, or something as simple as adding a few electrical outlets, renovations that will make your daily life more comfortable or more enjoyable are always sound investments as long as you’re around to reap the benefits they bring.

home remodel2.Investment Remodeling for Sellers

Identifying good investment remodels is much more difficult when you plan on selling your home in the foreseeable future. This is because you now have to take into account not only your own needs, tastes, and wants, but those of the public at large, too. For an avid photographer who plans on remaining in his or her home for the next 20 years, building a small darkroom in the basement or garage can certainly be considered a wise investment. If that same person performs the same renovation in the same house but decides to sell in the next year or two, however, that investment becomes a loss since most prospective homeowners will not view having a darkroom as a very valuable feature.

Resources of all kinds are available to help homeowners identify the best renovations for adding value to a home that’s on the market, but none of these can tell you with absolute certainty which project will be worth more than its cost in added resale value for your specific situation. Due to the large number of variables in the cost of a particular remodel (which can change dramatically if from state to state, contractor to contractor, and even neighborhood to neighborhood) and the trends in your specific region, local real estate agents and contractors are probably your best resources when it comes to finding the features buyers in your area are looking for. It is important to note, however, that remodeling just to follow trends can have serious drawbacks if those trends change quickly! To find the projects that are most likely to add more value than they cost to perform, ask your local pros which features have consistently caught the eyes of home buyers in your area for decades.

3.The Bottom Line

Practicality is always a sound investment. If you know your kitchen’s counter space is too limited to cook more than a microwave dinner without a significant amount of hassle, then adding counter space is likely wise. Look for the areas of your home that actually need better functionality and begin focusing your efforts there.

The wide range of remodeling shows, articles, and videos available to today’s homeowners have certainly influenced many people to get upgrades that they didn’t necessarily need instead of focusing on the basic elements of their homes that actually required attention. It can be difficult to identify the spaces that really need work when you deal with them on a daily basis however, so many professionals recommend inviting a trustworthy friend who has never been in your house before to take a tour and give an outsider’s opinion. In many cases, that pair of fresh eyes can spot areas in need of attention much more effectively than you’d ever imagine!

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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What’s in and Whats out in Bath Design

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In With the Old, Out with the New. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, Traditional is the new Contemporary and is the number one design style, Contemporary comes in second and Shaker is a distant third. Vintage look fixtures are a trend that is expected to stay around.

Bath Design – Color

More colorful baths are in store for us in 2013. Crisp white spa type baths are still in, and neutrals too, but with colorful accents. Wouldn’t it be fun to wake up to the colors of beautiful Caribbean sunset – vibrant lavender, vivacious turquoise and lively peach?

bath designThese are some of the colors we will soon be looking at in the bath. One thing that is important to remember, while color is good, the right color in the wrong place can be unattractive. But not for the room – for you. For wall color, you do not want to use a color that will make you resemble the walking dead. Some colors reflect badly onto your face. Cool tones, like green and blue will make you look older, and yellow makes you look jaundiced and your makeup will look completely different when you go out into the sunlight or office. That doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t use these colors but be careful about using them in the sink area. For most of us, the most flattering colors for the sink area are warm peachy and rose tones. Soothing spa blues, greens and lavender make beautiful bathrooms, and can be used.  One solution is placing a huge mirror above the sinks that only reflects you.

Bath Design – Texture

We’re going to be seeing a lot of stone and wood–natural eco-friendly materials. Cool granite, marble, quartz, onyx and glass; warm wood-look laminate flooring and ceramic tile cleverly disguised as wood and wood vanities.

Glass tile can be used the same as you would ceramic tile. It’s very easy to care for with just bath designsome glass cleaner. It resists moisture damage and temperature changes. They do not break easily, but they can be very slippery and they can be scratched. It’s a good idea to buy glass tiles for the floor that have a sand-blasted surface.

Bath Design – Size

Remember when bathrooms were just large enough to squeeze in a toilet, bathtub and a sink? Today’s homes are becoming smaller, but interestingly, baths are not following suit, they are becoming larger. Builders are allowing more and more space for master baths and manufactures like Kohler are finding ingenious ways of filling that space.

Bath Design – Windows

The days of the tiny bathroom window or none at all, are over. Large windows are becoming the norm. If privacy is a problem blinds between the glass, shutters or frosted glass provides the solution.

bath designBath Design – Showers

Showers are present whether there’s a tub or not and they are the walk-in type. Showers are continuing to go high-tech.

Bath Design – Faucets

Satin nickel takes number one in the bath, strangely, brushed nickel isn’t faring well. Chrome, the standard for decades, comes in last.

Bath Design – Plumbing Fixtures

The most common color is still white.  Bisque, off-white, and taupe will be a close second.  Undermount sinks are number one, followed by integrated sink tops, drop-in sinks, vessel sinks, and pedestal sinks.

Bath Design – What is Out

Very modern style, chrome, carpeting, small cramped baths and small windows. Tub showers are over and out, unless it’s the vintage type.

I hope this gave you some ideas for your next bath 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.

 

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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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Tile Flooring Design Ideas For Every Room Of the House

Bathroom floorDesigning your home and transforming it into this vivacious and beautiful abode that charms everyone with its unique and timeless look, could be a daunting task. Everyone around you has ideas, but what matters most is the vision and dream that you have for your own place. Achieving this perfect appearance depends on a wide variety of factors and while the themes, colors and décor that you choose are equally important, what most people seem to forget is flooring.

There was a time when choosing a tile meant picking one of the few ceramic designs available in the market. Times and technology have ensured that today there is a wide assortment and varied choices to choose from.

One of the biggest advantages of tiles is that you get to pick a design and the shade of your choice, no matter how extravagant it is. The current trend also ensures that they are not just limited to your kitchen and bathrooms anymore.

Living Room Tile Flooringliving room flooring

The living room is where you welcome your guests, meet family members and friends. Our advice is to stick to ceramic flooring that is neutral, yet elegant. On the other hand there are carpet tiles offer plenty of room to improvise, but sticking to the classic designs and classy format serves you well. There are also porcelain tiles that look strikingly like real wood and are far more durable and moisture-resistant. Pick one of these if you really want a refined appearance.

kitchen flooringTile Flooring For Classy Kitchens

For decades, tiles have been part of many kitchens, but the latest trend has saw us moving from the monotonous ceramic tiles and opt for fancy Linoleum and bamboo floor tiles. They are both highly cost-effective, easy to maintain and clean and on top of these all, they offer a certain sense of eco-friendly feel. Of course, you can still go with the painted ceramic tiles that come in hundreds of designs, but remember that they’re not cozy in winter especially if you live in a colder area.

Tile flooring for bedroomsbedroom flooring

Your bedroom is your very own, personal heaven — so you may want to experiment a bit. Don’t go for anything that looks too bright and dashing. It might work well with your current mood but could fall out of favor very soon. Opt for colors and shades that are soothing and relaxing. Natural stone tiles are generally preferred as they tend to bring this elegant and luxurious feel. Prefer a shade that goes along with your theme and use various layout patterns to mix and match.

Children’s bedrooms can obviously sport the flashy and colorful tiles and that is all the more better if they are really young as you need not worry about changing them anytime soon.

bathroom flooringTile flooring for bathrooms to rejuvenate your senses

In case of bathroom floor tiles, their resistance to water and stains is the most important factor you should consider. There are loads of ceramic tile options for bathroom floors — use floral designs, different colored tiles for borders, crisscross patterns and any other inventive form you come up with. Remember that you can use the soft and gentle tones to give your bathroom a lovely romantic and laid back appeal, while solid or bold tiles will make sure that everything is soaked in contemporary style.

Things to know about tile flooring

 

 

  • Unlike both paint and wallpaper, relaying tiles is neither a simple or cost-effective process. Hence when choosing your floor tiles do take care and think long term. Do not get caught up in the excitement of the moment!

 

  • As pedantic as this sounds, use only quality tiles. As said above, it is not that simple to go and change once you have already had tiles laid. So pick only the best ones you can.

 

  • Top designers suggest that a floor to ceiling tiles look is far better than having small patches of walls covered with tiles. So, in case you are thinking of tiles for walls as well, it is better to go all the way to avoid fragmentation of visual space.

 

  • It is okay to think beyond ceramics. There are plenty of options in the form of leather, cork and wood for various surfaces.

 

  • If installed in the wrong way or aligned in the improper fashion, even the best tiles look dull and unattractive. It is always best to hire professional help for this.

 

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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Fun Tips for Remodeling Your Kitchen or Bathroom

kitchen remodelingThe two best investments homeowners can make to improve the value of their home are to renovate both the kitchen and bathroom. These rooms are the most important selling features of any house.bathroom

Glass Tiles
Many glass tiles are available on the market today. Many are handmade from recycled glass, making unique tiles that are almost impossible to reproduce with machines. Installing these tiles is only slightly different than ceramic tiles, with much of the same types of mastic and grout. The look is luxury without the price tag.

Some glass tiles are available with glitter or other pieces allowed to stay in the glass. The look is one of sheer brilliance. Any color combination is possible with recycled glass, even soda bottles. These make beautiful sea-green tiles unlike any machine made tiles today.

Use glass tiles as accent pieces, medallions, borders, backsplashes, tub surrounds and more. The possibilities are only limited by imagination.

bathroomTin Ceilings

These have never gone out of style. Choose antique or vintage tiles for a look of opulence. Tin tiles cover drab or stained ceilings with ease. Installing them takes no more than a screws or special cement. The tiles can be painted or stained, or even treated with faux metals and glitter paints for effect. If one cannot afford vintage tiles, PVC tiles molded to resemble tin tiles provide the same looks for a fraction of the cost.

New Hardware

One of the simplest ways to rejuvenate a bathroom or kitchen is to change the hardware. New hinges, drawer and cabinet pulls, new slides are all part of the hardware. Vintage glass pulls bring new life to any cabinet, or perhaps a more modern look with metals. Handmade pulls, such as horn or specialty woods bring an exotic outdoor look into the home space. In many cases, kitchens look entirely different with just hardware changes and a can of paint.bathroom hardware

Improved Flooring
From floor tiles to hardwood, improved flooring often makes a selling point or focal point for visitors. Floating floors are inexpensive and easy to install, while solid hardwood floors last forever but require the installation of an expert. Maintaining a hardwood floor is not difficult if stains and spills are cleaned up quickly, and pads placed on furniture feet are used to prevent scuffs and scratches.

Use hardwood floors even in the bathroom and throughout the house to maintain the flow of the décor. Rugs and carpets protect the floor while allowing the room to change looks with the seasons without removing the hardwood.

flooringSustainable woods, such as ipe, bamboo and teak are making their way to the top of the flooring world. Although costing more than traditional hardwoods, they are often more durable, and allow more design and color choices. Cork is another sustainable flooring option popular among homeowners today. These woods provide flooring for homeowners, and create jobs and industries in their countries of origins. Sustainable practices also protect the environment.

Spend the time to research the options for remodeling the kitchen and bathroom today. Many projects cost far less than the finished project looks suggest. No one has to tell their guests they did not spend a fortune.

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 Bathroom Design Trends of 2013

describe the imageThe National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), a non-profit trade association that has educated and led the kitchen and bath industry for more than 45 years, conducts an annual member survey to identify the latest trends in bathroom and kitchen design.  Based on 350 responses throughout Canada and the United States, here are five (5) bathroom trends for 2013.  Note that four (4) of the trends also cross over to Kitchen Design.

1. Medicine Cabinetsmedicine cabinets

In recent years past, many decorators and designers have opted for decorative mirrors instead of the more traditional medicine cabinet.  However, with many young people beginning the home buying experience in 500 sq ft condos and many others downsizing as their family needs change, efficient use of space is returning to the forefront on a larger scale.  Since medicine cabinets are multi-functional – providing both hidden storage and a mirror – and have minimal to no impact on the overall footprint, they are a perfect addition to any bathroom, big or small!

2. The Return of Polished Chromebathroom designs

Though brushed metal finishes have been dominant the past several years, polished chrome is being increasingly specified in both Bathroom and Kitchen applications.  Consequently, the use of both satin and brushed chrome surfaces is on the wane.  Stainless steel, which has a naturally polished surface, has also exhibited increased use.  Bronze finishes are dipping in popularity.

3. Gray Lovebathroom

Gray transitioned to a neutral colour quite some time ago.  It creates a striking and elegant backdrop that does not overpower the rest of the design concept, which explains why it is rising in popularity.  The most popular colour schemes remain whites and off-whites and bones and beiges.  Gray currently sits as third most popular (in bathrooms), followed by browns and blues.

4. Transitional

Transitional styles have overtaken traditional for the first time ever since the NKBA began tracking design trends; the lines and details are less elaborate, resulting in a modern classic look and feel.  Traditional is the second most popular, followed by contemporary, shaker, arts & crafts, and cottage styles, respectively.

5. Solid Surfacesbathroom remodeling

The use of solid surfaces has been rising in both the bathroom and kitchen, though granite and quartz remain the first and second most popular selections.  In bathrooms, it is not necessarily used for countertops, but for thresholds, transitions, and/or shower bench seats.

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 Island Design Ideas

describe the imageBy inventing the kitchen island, designers have clearly stated out that the kitchen is no longer a simple service area. Its traditional geometry consisted of counters with narrow working surfaces lined along the room walls. Well, no more. Today, the kitchen island is a centralized working area that deserves the respect and appreciation given to the artists’ or crafters’ table. Cooking is serious business, and furthermore, it’s an art.

A kitchen island is, above all, functional and spacey. However, just like the case of any piece of furniture, phantasies and personal tastes can come in to play, to illustrate the personality or preferences of the owners. Our rapid  modern world combines food with other consumables such as art, literature, fashion, conversation. The kitchen island is the place where you proudly cook – and gather. There is a large array of kitchen island layouts to be admired. Let’s see if we can assign them – and maybe ourselves – to a few consumer types.

The kitchen bookwormkitchens

Take a look at the eclecticism mixed into this furniture piece. A sleek marble countertop with utilities on a classical dark wood writing desk body including shelves to keep books. Ideal for a reader – or could it even be a writer? Comfortable bar stools with lean and some industrial heavyweight illumination to make sure you have the optimal light for enjoying a book with your Eclectic breakfast.

The fashionistakitchen designs

The decadently extravagant kitchen suite by Brommel features an unbelievable kitchen island body. It combines the purist sleekness of contemporary materials with fluid and feminine Baroque lines for a sophisticated while stunningly simple model. Even the utilities can be hidden under the sliding countertop, leaving an insanely white and frigidly glossy furniture piece throned under crystal chandeliers. Artful or over the top?

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Maybe it’s just me losing my head over rough finishes again but the combination of primal textures on this highly modern kitchen suite by Rational is a masterpiece of design. Dark wood with rough finishes combined with a maintenance-free rust-texture look countertop? Total culinary win. A place so cool and masculine that you might actually get your male partner to be proud of such a kitchen acquisition and even perform some cooking. I would suggest  leather rawhide and fur cushions, mead and game. Fine brazed venison with some cranberry gravy Scandinavian style. This kitchen deserves no less!

The pretty dreamerkitchen remodel

For lovers of shapes and colors wanting to uproot themselves from the vapid imagery of functionality: create the unexpected! Here’s a custom built kitchen island that is anything but rectangular. It is its own object, in vivid colors and relaxing shapes. If you have structural elements such as pillars or beams in the kitchen, do not leave them blank and solely functional. You can easily, with a hint of imagination, take them into the design and make them into something special. And while you build your custom kitchen  island, why not add some in built flower pots and plant them with some lush green for more well-being?

The elegant minimalistkitchen design

Stripped of deco’s and straight to the point can be good: the chef needs his/her space. In addition, he/she may be a neat freak. Here is a minimalistic kitchen suite for very tidy kitchen types, putting everything back to its place when they’re done. When not in use, this kitchen may look like a study: in pensive expectation. But these elegant and comfortable chairs await conversation, as well as the minimalist but sparkling, very styled pendant glass chandelier as sole kitchen fantasy for a tinge of glamor while enjoying the tidily cooked meal.

The comfortable modernistkitchen

Contemporary furniture trends have used us to a mixture of functional and stylish: this is exactly what this kitchen is about. Sleek white combined with middle-hued warm wood is probably the most popular modern combination when it comes to finishes. There’s a hint of nature and the artifice of functionality – the best of both worlds in a comfortable kitchen layout, while the wire chairs bring some design culture into play. Notice how pretty much all kitchen islands use pendant lamps for lighting their exact surface in so called light isles. In this particular case, it is small and shiny designer lamps hung in irregular clusters, a very artful touch.

The gamerkitchen designs

Here’s a whimsical kitchen theme for eating and clicking. Information and apps have invaded our pockets through smartphones and tabs in stillness or motion, so why not the kitchen island as well? You don’t have to be a computer freak to consume the quick online media or serve a simple and “retro” computer game. After all, a flat screen comes in handy everywhere.

The 8 bit kitchen island is vivid, fun and illustrates exactly this attitude, complemented by the imaginative coat rack with colorful balls. And if you could call anything a geek lamp, it would be Clusterlamp by Moooi.

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Everything about this kitchen space shows an appreciation for history. Classic candlestick chandeliers, a suspended light installation from the good times of the incandescent bulb, with no shade or decoration, a cow’s head statue probably rescued off a disbanded slaughterhouse building. Even the classic metal gas stoves suggest not only functionality, but also tradition.

Attention to detail and love of craftsmanship goes into such a design. The wooden vintage kitchen island is definitely a rescue or a heritage, kept minimally reconditioned as a tribute to history. Another homey accessory would be a rack of copper pans and vegetables hung to dry. If you have an eye for antiques and some sense of eccentricity, you can accomplish something just as good.

Which of our kitchen islands in this article, suits your taste?

 

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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6 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Fab With a Budget

bathroom designFew people have the cash for a full bathroom remodel, which can reduce your bank balance by up to $10,000. Instead of living off Ramen noodles for years, use these quick fixes for fabulous updates under $500.

1. Add Some Color

The easiest way to add glamour to your bathroom is to introduce some color. Paint, wallpaper, and accessories are inexpensive options for adding visual pop. Try some of these color combinations:

  • For a serene bathroom, choose sage green or light blue with accents of lavender.
  • For an earthy feel, stick with rich shades of brown, green, or blue.
  • For a morning wake-up call, select sunshine yellow accented with white.
  • To look beautiful every day, highlight the bathroom with peach tones, which complement skin tones.
  • To make a guest bathroom stand out, try dark colors, metallic paints, or bold patterns.
  • ·Even the tiniest change, such as installing a new shower curtain or adding cloth storage bins, can make a big difference.

describe the image2. Replace Your Hardware

Changing out cabinet hardware is a common trick for kitchen remodels, but this simple action brings benefits to the bathroom as well. Switch out your dated drawer pulls, cabinet knobs, towel racks, and toilet paper holders for their modern equivalents. Shop at clearance events, second-hand shops, and charity warehouse stores to keep your costs down.

If your budget can handle it, also invest in a new faucet and different shower fixtures. Home improvement stores and online retailers offer several matching options that are perfect for showers, soaking tubs, and walk-in bathtubs. Be sure to coordinate metal colors, such as brushed nickel, stainless steel, chrome, or brass.

3. Upgrade Your Lightingbathroom lighting

The right bathroom lights can mean the difference between enjoying your morning routine and dreading even a quick look in the mirror. Every master bath or guest bath should have a combination of natural or ambient lighting, task lighting, and possibly accent lighting. Sconces to the right and left of the mirror cast the most flattering glow, but overhead mirror lights are the second best option. Avoid having a single overhead fixture, which typically casts hideous shadows.

bathroom design4. Add Textures

A fabulous bathroom engages a person’s sense of touch as well as sight. Try adding some plush towels, rattan baskets, bead board, or a woven bath rug. Combine glass, stone, metal, wood, and cloth to match your unique tastes. Keep in mind that outdoor fabrics provide a unique look without the worry of mold and mildew. For an extra splash, use a resurfacing kit to add the look of granite to your single or double bathroom vanities.

5. Change the Mirrorbathroom sink

Over time bathroom mirrors become damaged, scratched, or just ugly. Replace the traditional mirror with a modern framed version or a vintage find from a thrift shop. If removal is not an option, buy a mirror framing kit online.

6. Personalize Your Space

The least expensive way to update a bathroom is to use items that you already own. Arrange vacation photos or children’s drawings for the look for custom wall art. Hang a favorite houseplant from a ceiling hook or add scented candles to utility shelves. Personalizing a space always makes it feel more homey and comfortable.

By combining these tips, you can make any bathroom look great. Impress your guests, accommodate your kids, or rejuvenate your morning routine with creative remodeling on a budget.

 

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 Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Designs: Color & Style Combinations

kitchen cabinetsWhat’s a kitchen cabinet but a place to house some dishware, right?  While that might’ve been the case before, the expression “The Kitchen is the Heart of the Home” has never been more true than in today’s homes. Kitchen cabinet designs are a primary kitchen design element.

The kitchen used to be a separate room, hidden from guests. Now, kitchens are a part of an open floor-plan and customers care more than ever about what their kitchens say about them. That’s right, your kitchen cabinet designs are going to be a part of telling the world, “We are ultra-modern and chic chic chic!” or “I wanted to create my grandma’s country kitchen because all my best memories are there.”

Need some inspiration selecting kitchen cabinet colors or kitchen cabinet styles? Check out, Our 5 Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Colors and Our Top 5 Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles.

5 Most Popular Kitchen Cabinet Designs: Color Style Combinations

While a color or style can make a statement alone, one always has an affect on the other.

  1. Frosty White on Prestige Square – This look can lend a contemporary feel due to the square edges and bright white finish. But paired with soft colors and traditional decor, it will complete a modern country kitchen look as well. White is always a good choice to brighten up small spaces.frosty white cabinets

  2. Classic Cherry w/Black Glaze on Vintage Raised Panels – This combination creates a luxurious high-end statement no matter what it goes with. We sense granite or Zodiaq as potential countertop surfaces…kitchen cabinets

  3. Antique White w/Walnut Glaze on Breckenridge Square – This goes back to the Grandma’s homey kitchen memories, but adds an upscale twist. Mmmm….smells like coffee and a hint of cinnamon to us!white kitchen cabinets

  4. Classic Cherry on Prestige Square – If you hadn’t noticed the versatility of Prestige Square, you will soon. A Classic Cherry finish is always an upscale choice and looks best with dark or stainless steel appliances.kitchen cabinets

  5. Secret on Prestige Square. This combo is versatility. It’s a great option if you like a clean and simple aesthetic or plan to remodel in the future and want cabinets that are easy to work around.

 

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 Things to Keep In Mind for a Kitchen Remodel

remodeling ideasIf you would like to give your home a fresh look, why not start in your kitchen? In many households, the kitchen is the main hub for family interaction and activity. From breakfast with the family, homework with the kids to a late-night snack before bedtime, you want your kitchen to be pleasing and functional for all of your family’s needs.

If your home is ready for a fresh kitchen remodel but you don’t have any kitchen remodel ideas, take heart. A kitchen remodel doesn’t have to be incredibly elaborate or expensive. Just keep your family’s needs in mind and be creative, and you will be able to plan and execute your kitchen remodel with more ease than you think! Therefore we have compiled a list of things to keep in mind when planning out your kitchen remodeling.

Budget:

Every family has a different budget, but there are things you can do to remodel your kitchen without breaking the bank. A fresh coat of paint in an exciting, bright color along with fancy new cabinet hardware can make your kitchen look new again, at a reasonable price. If you love the look of tile but can’t quite afford to completely retile your entire countertops, consider having a nice tile backsplash added instead. Kitchen remodelers will be able to give you an idea of what you’re about to pay for the whole revamping job.

Needs:

If your stove or refrigerator is teetering on the edge of breaking down completely, these items should obviously be at the top of your list. Peeling paint or a kitchen table that is too small for your growing family are other items that should be top priority when remodeling your kitchen.

Wants:

If you have a functioning dishwasher but would like a newer, upgraded model, this should be added to your list of wants. It shouldn’t be last priority, but it should be lower priority than the items on your needs list. Sometimes, if necessary, you should tweak your wants list; perhaps you can afford a new dishwasher, but not the one that you originally picked out.

Storage and organization:

Storage and organization is key to a functional and eye-appealing kitchen. If installing new cabinets isn’t an option, consider installing shelves instead. There are many other attractive storage and organization materials available on the market for a well-organized kitchen that are surprisingly affordable.

Difficulty:

It is easy for inexperienced remodelers to get themselves in way too deep when remodeling their own kitchen. Professional kitchen remodelers can not only give you advice on what appliances and other items to include in your custom kitchen remodel, but they can also install everything for you, giving you time to worry about your family and job.

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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Stunning Ideas For Your Kitchen Design

kitchen remodelingWhen it comes to designing and decorating a home, every little section of it is equally important — each room must have its own unique flavor which will separate it from the rest, but will still fit with your theme. While both the living room and the bedrooms get plenty of attention, it is actually the kitchen that gives you loads of creative freedom. So if you are not happy with the look and feel of your current kitchen you should seriously think about remodeling.

Why Remodel Your Kitkitchen designschen?

The first and foremost question that you need to address is why you are currently opting for a kitchen remodeling. There can be a variety of reasons, but most of them will include either cramped space, lack of smart storage options, reduced functionality and a look that is not trendy anymore. A culmination of these or even any one of the above should be enough for you to go for a remodeling that suits your needs. But remember that you need to convey what you are looking for to your designer, clearly, so that you get the results you want.

Kitchen Remodel: What Options You Have?kitchen design

What most people do not know is that there are various ways in which you can remodel your kitchen. There are fundamentally 3 different routes that you can take –

Pull and replace – This type of remodel is pretty much what its name promises. Your designer will replace everything that currently lies in your kitchen with newer stuff and that includes cabinets, countertops, appliances and a lot more. Remember that in this form, you will still use the same floor plan, but it will be just a new look to the old kitchen template already in place.

Cosmetic makeover – If you are planning to make just a few changes and are working on a small budget, then this is the perfect way forward. A cosmetic remodel will alter some simple things like kitchen countertop, a few cabinets, maybe new lighting or anything that needs to be tweaked slightly to still bring about a dramatic change in the look.

Custom renovation – This is the ‘full throttle’ version of things and you will get the entire thing here as you can change pretty much every aspect of your kitchen and even bring down a wall or two (if your home permits that) to add more space as well.

Current trends to look out for – There are some simple and easy current trends that you can incorporate into your own kitchen remodeling scheme to get a more trendy look while also opting for perfect ergonomics.kitchen designs

Here are a few pointers for your kitchen remodel –

  • Stainless steel kitchen countertops are currently all the rage. Going for one will serve you well in the long run.

  • Open floor plans that extend into dining spaces and even at times have visual contact with the living room are the latest trend.

  • Cabinets in multiple finishes and an array of shades add color to your kitchen along with a dash of tasteful and elegant artwork on the walls.

  • Energy-efficiency and green appliances are in. Not only do they appear fashionable, but they actually also do save plenty on the power bills. So opt for smart and savvy appliances.

Pick smartly when it comes to a contractor and choose someone you are comfortable communicating with. Also, before you kick start the entire project look around and do ample research on kitchen models across design sites on the internet, which will give you fresh new ideas you can incorporate in your kitchen remodeling plans.

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 Color Schemes

white kitchenDo you think white is right?  We think that a white kitchen looks happy and homely. And putting together a white kitchen does not mean you have to paint everything white. There is more to a white kitchen that you like without realizing. It probably is the color pops that add to the beauty of the white.There are so many colors that go amazingly well with white. The wall, floor, cabinets backsplash, countertop and appliances can carry the color that works magic with your white base. Let’s have a look at some of the attractive colors in a kitchen, shall we?

When there is white, yellow’s definitely got to be there. It gives out that fresh, cheerful vibes which can uplift the moods. Our suggestion would be to yellow light fixtures over your kitchen island, and maybe the top of your walls. Couple it with cool brown bar stools and you are all set.kitchen colors

If you love nature, please feel free to reflect it in your kitchen. Yes, green can look classic with your white if you give proper lighting. Opt for steel for your cabinetry and couple it with wood ceiling and floor. It’s cool, comfortable and calm.Go for wood on cabinet and centerpiece for that beautifully sophisticated look for your white kitchen. Bits of stainless steel here and there can also add to its glory.You want something more chic? Well, fuchsia is more your color. Here again, do not fill the kitchen with color. The color can pop in your barstools, and light fixtures. Muted black on your island looks stylish as kitchen colorswell.

Not really a huge fan of white? Try ivory then. Go for scattered blue and ivory tiles for your backsplash and steel light fixtures. It is not so loud, but attractive enough. This is one cool and contemporary match …

So which one would you choose folks? What does your kitchen look like?

 

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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Natural Stone Countertops vs. Engineered Stone Countertops

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How to choose between natural stone vs. engineered stone countertops

Choosing the countertops for your kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel is a major decision, especially since this surface will receive more wear and tear than everything but the floor. For more than two decades the standard choice for mid to high end kitchens and bathrooms has been granite countertops, but a flush of new surface options has made the market much more versatile in recent years. Adequate research is highly recommended before taking on any sort of home remodeling or improvement, and learning about the various materials available before starting will be a valuable tool in choosing products that work best for your home and your lifestyle. Knowing the differences in use, appearance and cost between natural stone vs engineered stone countertops is a popular topic as more engineered stone brands come onto the market.

What is natural stone or engineered stone?

First, let’s discuss the physical differences between natural stone vs engineered stone. Whencountertops someone talks about natural stone they typically mean granite or marble, but they can also be referring to slate, soapstone, and limestone. Natural stone countertops are cut directly from the earth and have little processing besides smoothing and shape formation, and will often need to be sealed because natural materials are porous (soapstone is a notable exception to this generalization). On the other hand, engineered stone is usually quartz (a man made substance derived from mineral dust) or quartz based and is entirely a man-made surface designed to mimic the beautiful appearance of natural stone. Engineered stone brands include Silestone, Cambria, Caesarstone, Legacy, Zodiaq, and Avanza, each of which are designed to look like a different natural stone. While natural stone occurs naturally in the ground and is prone to minor defects and other characteristics, engineered stone is designed to be used for countertops and as a result can be more user friendly. Natural stone also tends to be thicker and heavier than engineered stone, and comes in a completely unique design, whereas engineered stone can be a more uniform design.

Is there a difference in maintenance?

It’s relatively common knowledge that natural stone countertops require a bit of work in order to maintain the original luster and attractiveness that is so appealing to homeowners, but this isn’t always a problem for people, depending on their lifestyle and activities. It’s also important to remember, however, that no countertop is going to be 100% maintenance free and even countertop choiceengineered stone countertops will require a little bit of care. This really comes down to what’s most important to you: if being able to say you have natural stone countertops is very important, you’ll have to accept that there might be a little more effort required of you in order to maintain those elegant looks. But if you’re juggling a full household and busy lifestyle and keeping house often falls to the bottom of your priority list, a lower maintenance countertop might be a better choice. For the most part, engineered stone countertops don’t require sealing, and those that do don’t need it as frequently as natural stone. This is because natural stone is naturally porous whereas engineered stone is designed to be non-porous.

Is there a cost difference?

Depending on where you source your countertops from, there isn’t always much of a differencecountertop choices in cost between natural stone vs engineered stone countertops. All natural stone countertops carry a certain price tag that designates them in the mid to high end price category, but just because engineered stone is man-made doesn’t mean it’s a much cheaper alternative. In fact, engineered stone can cost as much as natural stone or more, depending on the quality and customization you choose. However, it’s the long term cost difference that helps homeowners make their choice when deciding between natural stone vs engineered stone. Natural stone will inevitably require more maintenance over time in the form of resealing, and natural stone cracks and damage is very costly to repair. Additionally, engineered stone comes with an extensive warranty while natural stone has no warranty for the product (labor carries a warranty with both materials), making engineered stone a more attractive option. Even though engineered stone doesn’t carry a savings over natural stone, the long term low maintenance benefits make up for the man made qualities and not being able to show off a natural product in your home.

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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Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best of Houzz’ Award

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Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Houzz’ Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 11 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated U.S. Professionals

 

SHERMAN OAKS, CA  —  January 23, 2013 – OTM Designs & Remodeling Inc. of Sherman Oaks, Ca has been awarded  “Best Of Houzz” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design.  The 26-year old home remodeling, general contractor company was chosen by more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Houzz “Best Of Houzz” award for 2013 is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction award winners are based on homeowner members who rated their experience working with remodeling professionals in 12 categories ranging from architects, and interior designers to contractors and other residential remodeling professionalsDesign award winners’ work was the most popular among the community of 11 million monthly users, also known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 124 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app.

Building quality you can trust, and experience you can rely on.

“Houzz provides homeowners with an in-depth, 360-degree view of building, remodeling and design professionals through images of their work, reviews and an opportunity to interact with them directly in the Houzz community,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community. “We’re delighted to recognize  OTM Designs & Remodeling Inc. among our “Best Of” professionals for exceptional customer service as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like OTM Designs & Remodeling Inc., but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and evaluating their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

About OTM Designs & Remodeling Inc.

OTM Designs & Remodeling Inc. is a state licensed general contractor specializing in kitchen & bathroom design and remodel, and they are who makes every clients’ dream a reality!  OTM  Designs specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodeling for residential and custom homes in the greater Los Angeles area for over 26 years. A promise doesn’t mean much unless you’re willing to back it up. As a small family owned and operated business, OTM Designs & Remodeling guarantees all of their work. OTM Designs remodeling process is based on their core promise of value, design, and respect. OTM Designs believes that value goes far beyond numbers.  Designs should be tailored to your life, and in respect to you and your home. These ideas guide their remodel process and build a relationship that creates clients for life.

About Houzz

Houzz (www.houzz.com) is a leading online platform for home remodeling, providing inspiration, information, ‘advice and support for homeowners and home improvement professionals through its website and mobile applications. Houzz features the largest residential design database in the world, articles written by design experts, product recommendations, a vibrant community powered by social tools, and information on more than 1.5 million remodeling and design professionals worldwide who can help turn ideas into reality. @houzz_inc

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Top 7 Kitchen Sinks for Your Kitchen Remodel

Not too long ago, homeowners had two choices for their kitchen remodel when it came tokitchen sink selecting a new kitchen sink — cast iron or stainless. There were few choices of colors or shapes, and certainly no options for any customized sink accessories. So today’s myriad of sink choices for a kitchen remodel come as a refreshing change to those who want to personalize their kitchen.  The only problem now is that there are so many choices when it comes to picking out a kitchen sink — that it may be overwhelming.

Surveys for sink shoppers show that most don’t understand the different materials from which each sink is made, the durability of all these materials, and what the various price points mean.  Educating yourself and knowing all the options will help you determine which sink style, color and material is best — after all, it’s often the centerpiece of the kitchen.  So how can you become a smart “sink” shopper and make sense out of all those sink styles that await you at your local DIY retail outlet or plumbing showroom? The following will help you get over that ‘sinking’ feeling.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is still the most popular kitchen sink style, claiming 57 percent of the market. For those on a tight budget, stainless steel provides the lowest price point, with some models starting at $100. There are two main things to look for in choosing a stainless steel sink: 1) the thickness or gauge of the steel; and 2) the sound deadening ability (which determines how loud the noise is when something is dropped into the sink, such as a piece of silverware).

In gauges, it is important to remember that the lower the number, the thicker the steel and hence the higher quality sink. For example, an 18-gauge sink is more durable than a 23-gauge model. And, for increased sound deadening, look for spray coatings and special sound pads underneath the bowl. These items also provide condensation control on the sink.

kitchen remodelOf course, dent resistance and general durability of a particular sink will be directly related to the gauge of steel used, but in general, stainless sinks can be prone to scratching and water spotting.  To combat potential negative aspects of stainless, choose a model with a satin texture finish.  Stainless sinks are very popular in today’s modern kitchens because they provide a perfect match to commercial-styled appliances. And, many of the latest models are available in innovative shapes that allow homeowners to customize a sink configuration. Overall, stainless sinks offer many benefits including resistance to chipping, cracking or peeling. They are available in both undermount and drop-in models.

Cast Iron Sinks

If you have an older kitchen that hasn’t been through a remodel, there is a good chance that you have a cast iron sink. These sinks feature an iron base coated with an enamel finish. Although the latest cast iron sinks come in an array of colors, the main disadvantage is that they can chip or scratch, exposing the black surface underneath. When this surface is exposed, it can often lead to rusting. In addition, due to cast iron’s high degree of thermal conductivity, hot water does not hold its temperatures for very long.

When it comes to installation, cast iron is one of the most difficult because these sinks are heavy and bulky in nature. Also, cast iron offers a very limited amount of undermount installation options. Some homeowners still prefer cast iron because of the authenticity it lends to older homes, its glossy finish, and its stain resistance.

Composite

The use of composite kitchen sinks is growing rapidly. But, because there are many types of composite sinks, there is much confusion in differentiating one from another. In general, there are three main types: polyester/acrylic, quartz composite and granite-based.

Polyester/Acrylic

Of all the types of composite sinks available, polyester/acrylic are the lowest performing inkitchen sink terms of scratch and stain resistance, as they are made from soft materials that can cut and nick easily.

On the positive side, polyester/acrylic based composites tend to have a “shiny” look, which appeals to many homeowners because they brighten up a kitchen. They are also popular because they come in a variety of colors. These composite sinks also have an affordable price for those who need to adhere to a strict budget.

Quartz Composite

With a combination of 70 percent quartz and 30 percent resin filler, quartz composite sinks provide a much more durable surface than do polyester/acrylic. These sinks can resist everyday cuts, scuffs and dents and can easily stand up to harsh cleaning materials or liquids that can stain other sinks.

Quartz composite sinks are available in a variety of colors. Since the color is uniform throughout, the material never loses its original color.  At affordable prices, these composite sinks are available in many popular configurations such as big/medium bowls and many offer matching bar and preparatory sinks. Composite sinks can easily be mounted from either above or below the counter. The only drawback to this type of sink is that with some styles, consumers may give up some of the glossy finish that they would get from a cast iron sink.

Granite-Based

The most scratch resistant sink material on the market today is a “granite” composite. Although you might pay a premium price for these sinks, they offer extreme chemical and scratch resistance. These sinks offer the highest level of durability thanks to an extremely high density of rock particles at the sink’s surface. Since granite-based sinks are only available kitchen sinkin matte finishes, consumers who prefer a glossy look should explore other composite options.

Solid Surface

Solid surface sinks have become increasingly popular because of their ability to be one, integral unit with the countertop. This is an attractive option for those who want a clean surface with no exposed edges from countertop to sink.

There is a misconception though with solid surface sinks — many think that solid surface materials are some of the hardest sink materials on the market, but in actuality they are softer than the quartz composite sink. The acrylic polymer composing the sink can nick, scratch and dent, but can be repaired. However, the repair process may be too difficult for a do-it-yourselfer and require a professional’s visit. Although they can be cost prohibitive for some, solid surface sinks do offer excellent resistance to heat and light exposure and are easy to maintain.

Once you have decided on your perfect sink, don’t forget the many optional accessories available including form-fitting cutting boards, drying racks and colander baskets. Some of the high-end models may even have a recycling chute. Most sinks also have optional knockouts for such convenient attachments as lotion or soap dispensers and a pullout spray.

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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12 Ways to Save Money on Kitchen Countertops

COUNTERTOPIf the kitchen is the social heart of the home, then countertops are the lifeblood of the kitchen. It’s one of the most used materials in your home, so it makes sense that may homeowners spend hours struggling to select the perfect countertop material—and that countertops can be one of a kitchen remodel’s biggest expenses, depending on the material you choose. But there are ways to ease both the selection process and the cost burden. Follow these 12 tips to find the perfect countertop—and save some cash while you’re at it.

Waste Not

When most people think of countertops, they imagine large slabs of stone. Because most stone showrooms insist that you buy the entire slab as one piece, you’re usually getting more material than you’ll need. With a little foresight, though, you can use this excess in a smart way. Leftover stone can be used to cover a backsplash, as a durable finish for the sides of an island, or even as a flooring transition between the kitchen and dining room.countertop

Dig in the Yard

You can also benefit from homeowners who aren’t as creative at using the leftovers of a stone slab; these remnants are often left behind at stoneyards, where they’re put into an area called the “boneyard” and sold at deep discounts. If you’re not picky about color, you can often find gorgeous remnants for a fraction of the price. This is a great solution for small kitchens, where you may only need 40 to 60 square feet of countertop.

Plan for Seams

Countertops tend to be long, thin strips of material, so at some point, you’re usually going to need a joint between them. Certain materials, such as Corian, allow you to fill in the joints and make them disappear, but natural products like concrete, stone or tile will require a visible joint. By planning for these joints and ordering smaller lengths of countertop to accommodate them, you can reduce the cost of fabrication and delivery. (Tip: Try to imagine the size and weight of each piece being carried easily by two people to help determine the ideal slab size.)countertop

Go Thin

A thick edge along the countertop can be beautiful, but it comes at a cost: The thicker material can double your price. Plus, the added weight may require extra bracing in your cabinets. You can get a similar look while eliminating the extra cost and hassle by using a thinner material with a mitered edge to give the illusion of a thick slab.

Mind the Edges

Countertop edges can be finished in a dizzying array of options, but adding a French cove, ogee or waterfall edge could cost you, depending on the type of material. Simple straight or rounded edges might not be as eye-catching, but they are generally less expensive. Compare prices of various cuts ahead of time before you fall in love with that special chiseled edge.

Mix and Match

There’s no rule that all of the countertops in your kitchen must match—in fact, many designers will tell you that they shouldn’t. A better approach is to select complementary countertop materials based on the function. For example, install nice granite around the sink, but concrete in the work areas. By mixing and matching materials based on function, you open up more opportunities to use salvaged, remnant or leftover materials. Or you can use a small piece of an expensive material in one special spot (like white marble for a small baking area), and cover the rest of the countertops with a less expensive option.countertop

Cutting Shortcut

Most stoneyards will provide cutting and fabrication services, but you aren’t required to use them simply because you purchased the material there. Shop around for a bargain: Sites like Yelp, Angie’s List and The Blue Book will help you find local fabricators. Be sure to get all estimates in writing before you have the material cut—you only get one shot to get it right.

Fake It

In recent years, the granite countertop has become such a status symbol that real-estate agents often mention it as one of the selling features of the house. So it’s not surprising that it’s spawned some convincing imitators: Engineered products can provide the appearance of stone with extra durability and some recycled content. But keep in mind that not all stone is created equal; some may emit radon. Be sure to ask where the stone was sourced, and don’t just buy the cheapest stone available.

Salvage Surprises

Your local salvage yard can be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon looking for a countertop reclaimed from an old house, which will cost you a fraction of what you’d spend buying the same material new. Be sure to check back regularly, as they frequently get new shipments of old items. Restaurant supply stores are another great alternative—a stainless steel commercial work table offers a different look and will be cheaper than a traditional island.countertop

Think Long Term

The lifespan of the average kitchen is about 10 to 15 years until it gets remodeled. By selecting durable finishes for your countertops and maintaining them properly, you’ll ensure that they won’t have to be replaced during the life of your kitchen. For example, while marble is beautiful, it scratches easily and is stained by wine, fruit and vinegar. Wood will show hard dents, while laminate will yellow from hot pans. Take the time now to learn how to maintain your countertops.

Try New Materials

Nothing makes a kitchen pop like an unusual countertop choice. By opening your mind to some creative possibilities, you (and your budget) will be delighted by the results. Concrete provides a unique, durable and flexible counter surface. Painted glass, such as Think Glass, can add a singular flair and serve as a conversation piece. Letting go of the standard stone countertop formula can open up a whole world of possibilities.

Go Green

Another attractive (and usually cheaper) alternative to granite or marble is sustainable recycled material. Recycled glass countertops are stunning and come in a wide range of options. You choose the color of the glass and the color of the cement, so there’s virtually infinite number of possibilities. Recycled paper countertops, on the other hand, are surprisingly durable and provide a warm, neutral look.

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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Top Kitchen Sink Options Of 2015

stainless steel sinkPopular styles of kitchen sinks change over time, but it has been noticed that one type that continues to be a long-standing choice is stainless steel sinks. Stainless steel is preferred today because of its tendency to match well with the commercial style and grade of appliances that are seen in many modern kitchens. Stainless steel sinks are available in drop in models and under mount and are easily installed. The best choice for those that wish to have stainless steel sinks is to choose one that is made from eighteen to twenty gauge steel. It is also recommended that you choose a stainless steel sink alloyed with chrome and nickel for added strength and corrosion prevention.

A popular sink style that adds beauty too many of today’s kitchens is the copper sifarmhouse sinknk. Copper offers such a unique blending of functionality and beauty and it goes very nicely with the popular granite counter-tops found in many kitchens. These sinks feature little required maintenance and have a high degree of anti-microbial properties. This is an important quality for those desiring extra safety in food preparation.

One trending choice for new sinks in kitchens today is the farmhouse kitchen sink, also sometimes called an apron sink. These are very popular in homes that feature a more rustic or country-style decor. A big attraction to these sinks is the deeper bowl found in them along with the stylish look of an exposed area in front of the sink which gives farmhouse sinks a uniquely distinctive and rustic look.

Fire-clay sinks are another popular trending option and feature non porous and extremely durable surfaces that don’t discolor, fade or rust. They are also resistant to any scratching or chipping that can occur in a busy kitchen. An extra desirable feature is that they are also resstainless steel sinkistant to bacteria.

A very popular option found in kitchens almost as often as stainless steel sinks is the outstanding variety of colorful sinks available in durable composite materials. The look can range from a shiny surface to a brushed type of surface. These sinks are very popular due to the wide choices of colors and materials available. They also go well with nearly any kitchen decor.

Today’s sinks are available in more sizes, shapes, colors, depths and material choices than ever before. In addition, they are available in single bowl styles, double bowl or even triple bowl styles that enhance their useablitiy for food preparation. Functionality is nearly as important today as attractive looks are.stainless steel

One of everyone’s favorite trends in today’s kitchens is a faucet and bowl installed in the free-standing island used for food preparation. Another unique trend that everyone loves in modern kitchens is a pot-filler faucet installed directly next to the stove. The purpose of a pot-filler faucet is to be able to fill pots for cooking, without the need for walking across the kitchen to the sink faucet. Many homeowners that are very serious about cooking enjoy having pot-filler faucets installed in their kitchens for extra convenience. In addition, the faucet folds up against the wall when not in use, still allowing for functional use of the counter 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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Top 10 iPhone Apps For Home Design & Remodeling

kitchen and bath remodelingWith the advent of the iPhone, it’s even easier to plan and design home remodeling projects. From calculating the amount of paint required to deciding on the type of sofa needed for your living room, or selecting the best wallpaper on the wall to precisely align a painting; there are so many things you can do with a little help from a handy iPhone app.  Some of the best apps we’ve found for home design:

1. myPANTONE

PANTONE is a well established company with over 13,000 colors to choose from. Now you can browse through these colors by simply downloading the myPANTONE app for the iPhone. You can easily choose a color and share it with your designer or contractor and order the color directly, eliminating the need to visit a store and look through color samples.

2. Home Design 3D

This is a really fun app to use. It allows you to create virtual homes and place windows, doors, furniture and accessories around the house. This is a great app to get a virtual tour of the house once you have completed the interiors. Designers as well as homeowners can use it to generate various projects and create models of the upcoming house structures.

3. Benjamin Moore Color Capture

This app has a huge color palette from which to select a color for any room in your home. The major appeal of this app is that it allows you to take a picture of any shade of paint in your home or elsewhere and find a match in the more than 3,000 paint colors available from Benjamin Moore. The app will search the shade uploaded and will give the best option available. It can also suggest a menu of colors which will complement the color you’ve found.

4. Houzz Interior Design Ideas

Want some inspiration to re-do your house? Download the Houzz app and get access to a huge database of over 200,000 interior design images.

5. iHandy Level

Don’t have a level handy when hanging a picture or any other home improvement project that needs one?. This app takes advantage of the iPhone’s built-in gyroscope and allows easy checking of an angle or slope on your phone.

6. Carpet and Floor Calculators

Want to redo the flooring in any room? With this app, simply punch in the size of the room and the material you want to use and get a calculation of the flooring needed as well as ballpark pricing based on square footage.kitchen and bath designs

7. I.D. Wood

Thinking about wooden flooring for your home? This app will help you choose the kind of wood you want to use. It offers a breakdown of each wood type and provides information about functionality and durability.

8. Moodboard

This app acts as a “virtual bulletin board” to collect all sorts of pictures which provide inspiration for your own designs. You can collect pictures from the Internet or upload them from your phone. The app also offers the ability to highlight various features of the pictures you post.

9. Fabric U

This app provides a huge library of fabric options for various uses around your home. It can suggest the best fabrics to use for every purpose ranging from curtains to upholstery, plus links to videos about the fabric in question.

10. inchCALC

Need a little help with converting inches to square feet when choosing materials such as fabric or flooring? This app provides a simple way to get an exact figure and eliminate the guesswork or calculating fractions.

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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7 Kitchen Seating Secrets

kitchen seatingKitchen seating… it’s one of those things you take for granted until it’s time to choose your own. And there’s a good chance that you know what I’m talking about if you’re reading this article! Well, have no fear! We put together a great article outlining your choices and guiding you toward what would meet your needs. Read on…

  • Seating Style – As kitchens evolve into powerful, professional cooking centers and festive spots for entertaining, the notion of the traditional kitchen table is evolving as well. Innovative seating options are slowly becoming more the norm, making it entirely acceptable to lose the kitchen table all together. But what to put in its place?

  • The Island – Everybody wants an island.  Everyone wants to congregate in the kitchen.kitchen island  As the island becomes the centerpiece of the kitchen, it also becomes the social center as well. In addition to housing the cooktop, second sinks and additional storage, most islands incorporate some sort of seating area, from a bar-like row on a single-level island to an upper level dedicated to dining.  The eating area will often feature a hardwood top to give it a more dining-like air. The choice of height can affect its purpose as well.  A high top with stool-like seating often creates a more casual, grab-a-seat-and-munch feel, while a lower level closer to table height mimics the kitchen-table experience. Note, parents with young children should keep seating closer to the ground.

  • Tweaking The Typical Table  – If you do opt for the tried-and-true route, don’t feel restricted to the same-old, same-old. Swap chairs for long benches, making seating closer and more casual.  Fans of vintage wares should scour antique fairs for weathered tables or purchase a hodge-podge of chairs.  Stain them all the same color to infuse a little unity.  Or, should the kitchen open into an adjakitchen seatingcent living room, consider making the table more furniture-like, or something more befitting a dining room, with furniture feet and upholstered chairs.

  • Additional Sitting Areas – Some homeowners aren’t concerned with eating at all, considering the social, not dining, aspect of seating.  Homeowners are still very interested in the open concept.  So long as the island has adequate seating for your family, and a separate area (like a dining room table) can handle Thanksgiving dinners with the in-laws, booting a table from the kitchen entirely isn’t as crazy as it sounds.

  • Think Clever –Now let’s get clever. Want a comfortable-size table but hate the thought of sacrificing storage space? Try a nook with bench seating that opens to reveal deep storage for linens and less-used items. To make access a snap, included a drop-leaf table, making it easy to fold down the sides for extra clearance.  Are you eager to include extra seating but just don’t have the space?  We have another solution for homeowners dealing with cramped quarters.  Try fold-down panels that sit in a wall and lift and click into place to become a small seating niche.  A perfect seat to install near a telephone.kitchen seating

  • Breakfast Nook – If you’re going to have a breakfast nook, don’t ignore it. Make it an inviting space your family will want to dine at, especially if you have island seating, which often steals all the thunder when the kids select a spot to have breakfast.  Light or stained wood wainscoting can separate the nook as its own special area, making it a warm and inviting space. Make sure there’s a strong light source overhead for adequate lighting, and, if possible, place near windows with cheery drapery for extra sunlight.  Padding, cushions or pillows (placed along bench seating) make for more comfortable seating—a good thing when you haven’t had that morning coffee yet! And, while rich cherry and hunter greens certainly create an elegant kitchen, sunny yellows and bright blues or a farm-fresh red-and-white check bring extra cheer.

  • Standard Heights – Regardless of where and how your seating takes shape, there arekitchen seating several rules of thumb in terms of seat and table heights to keep things comfortable and ergonomic.  Your typical chair should have a seat height of about 17 inches, and is suitable for tables or lowered countertops at 28 inches in height.  Breakfast barstools are great for islands, but make sure it’s an island of the right size—a countertop at 35 inches is a good rule of thumb to follow.  High barstools with a 30-inch, versus 24-inch, seat base, fit the bill for raised, approximately 42-inch, worktops. These stools, however, aren’t ideal for very young children who could take a tumble.

And, when deciding how large your table can be, be sure to allot space for the table fully extended with its leaves.  It’s no good having a table that seats eight if you can’t open it.

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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Selecting the Right Energy Efficient Windows for Your Home

energy efficient windowsOpportunities for design improvements

Energy-efficient windows offer benefits under diverse design conditions. Window performance can be improved by taking orientation, window area and shading into account. Fine-tuning your window selection to the houses conditions and optimizing these conditions where possible helps further cut heating and cooling demand. Besides long-term energy savings, these upfront opportunities may be available:

  • Smaller HVAC equipment: Lower heating and cooling demand means optimum equipment is smaller and costs less.

  • ENERGY STAR Homes recognition: High-performance design can allow homes to be recognized by the ENERGY STAR program. Many States and localities offer design help and/or incentives for ENERGY STAR homes.

  • Green building certification: Local and national green building programs recognize energy efficiency, including high-performance window design, as an important element of sustainable construction.

Efficient windows basics

Designing new homes can be a complex issue, but some straightforward principles and guidelines may help you set a solid foundation for window energy efficiency upon which you can further improve with careful design. Two of the most straightforward principles of selecting efficient windows are these:energy efficient windows

  • The windows must meet the locally applicable energy code requirements;

  • Windows that are ENERGY STAR® qualified for the home’s climate ensure state-of-the-art energy performance even in locations with outdated or nonexistent energy codes.

Code-compliant windows, especially if ENERGY STAR qualified, offer benefits including energy cost savings, improved comfort, less condensation and fading, and the potential for HVAC downsizing.

 Design considerations for window performance

The figure below shows several design conditions affecting window performance. You may not be able to control some conditions (e.g. the locations climate) while you may have the opportunity to optimize others (e.g. window placement and shading). Even if all conditions except the window type are fixed, it is still worth taking them into account. Window orientation and shading conditions, for instance, will help you determine the relevance of the windows solar heat gain coefficient based on their solar exposure during the summer and the winter.

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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10 Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger!

small kitchen designDoes your kitchen draw a crowd or crowd you in? Here’s how to make sure your compact kitchen leaves room to breathe.

I’d be willing to bet that when you think about your dream kitchen, it doesn’t include the word “tiny.” Yet that’s the reality that many of us live with: skimpy counter space, a cramped work triangle and precious little space for appliances. If you’re not ready — or willing — to knock out a kitchen wall, you can at least do the next best thing: Create the impression of a bigger space with a few strategic decorating tricks.

1. Replace solid cabinet doors with glass ones. Glass fronts lighten the look of cabinetry and allow the eye to travel through to the back, which helps the kitchen seem more expansive. Just don’t clutter the interiors with bric-a-brac — you’ll defeat the purpose.

2. Paint cabinets the same color as the walls. Limiting thsmall kitchen designe cabinetry and the wall color to a single hue erases visual boundaries that might stop the eye. The conventional school of thought is that pale colors will reflect light and make the space feel bigger, and that’s certainly a safe approach. But don’t be afraid to go dark, either. Deep tones such as black, navy, charcoal and chocolate recede visually and create the impression that the walls are farther back than they really are.

3. Choose furnishings with a small footprint. Select petite islands, slim chairs, streamlined stools and narrow tables that don’t eat up valuable floor space. Avoid chunky furniture legs or thick bases, which add visual bulk.

4. Recess storage. Tuck a pantry, shelving or cabinets flush with the wall to keep from obstructing the kitchen’s flow. It’s fairly easy to retrofit a recessed niche, especially if you orient it between wall studs.small kitchen design

5. Design with clean lines. Big corbels, ornate cabinetry and fussy details can make a kitchen feel chopped up. Instead, keep the elements tailored and sleek to smooth out the look and create a roomier feel.

6. Merge into a larger space. This breakfast room, separated from the kitchen by a low half wall, feels like a natural extension of the cooking area.

7. Incorporate open shelving. Open shelves reduce visual weight and lend the illusion of a more expansive space. For an even sleeker look, choose floating shelves over models with brackets.

8. Winnow down. Don’t crowd counters, shelves and cabinets with clutter, which makes the space look as though it’s bursting at the seams. Instead, focus on a few standout items and necessities and hide the rest away. small kitchen design

9. Direct the eye upward. Choose patterns and visual elements that help to guide the gaze toward the ceiling. The vertical lines of the wall and ceiling boards in this kitchen lend the impression of greater height.

10. Flood the space with light. Whether your kitchen is done in pale colors or dark ones, light beaming in will help it feel as large as possible. Keep window treatments very simple, or eliminate them entirely, so as not to block the sun.

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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Lighting Ideas for Your Home

lighting ideas for your homeThese are some of our favorite lighting ideas for your home remodel…well any home remodeling project that has great function and look when it comes to the lighting.

New lighting is an excellent way to compliment any interior of your home. Recessed lighting, placed in different distinct patterns, can update your kitchen & bathroom or highlight any room in your home. Placed around the perimeter of your dinning room, recessed lighting can add depth and glamour.

Very unique and versatile track lighting can highlight your bookcase, mantle or paintings. Cove lighting, behind a soffet or crown molding offers a soft glow that will enhance your dining, theater or family room. Built-in custom lighting centered in your kitchen, with wood trim and a modern style diffuser, can really accent your cabinets or island. In addition under mount cabinet lighting can add a beautiful warm glow to your countertops. Wall sconces can add life to any hallway or staircase. lighting ideas

If your thinking of adding a dimmer switch to your existing  lighting, make sure your lighting circuit is either a single or a 3-way switch and the dimmer you purchase is also rated for the volts, amps and  the total wattage of the lighting you are connecting it to.

Enhance the curb appeal to your home with elegant outdoor lighting. Accentuate your landscape and the front of your home with strategically placed flood lights. Give your home a touch of sophistication with antique style coach lanterns on either side of your front and garage doors.

Gas or electric post lanterns are also very popular with many homeowners, placed at the end of the walk or around your backyard will create a traditional illuminating glow. Target dark areas of your backyard with flood lights, tight up against your wall will create beautiful shadows and depth. Stone or copper fire pots is also a very classy way to show off your patio and pool.

kitchen lighting ideasIf your thinking of purchasing low voltage flood, tropical or landscape lighting, be sure of all your distances and number of lights you will need. There are many different manufacturers and all there systems have different limits on there lighting circuits and transformer placements. In addition, try to select a system with a quick and easy wire connections at each light, this will help if relocation of any lights will be necessary.

Creating more natural light in your home is very important as well. Installing windows is an excellent way to brighten any room: kitchen, bathroom or family room.

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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Modern & Trendy Bathroom Remodels

  • Essentials to Modern Bathroom Remodeling

Gone are the days when luxury can only be enjoyed at some five-star hotel. With modern bathroom remodeling, homeowners can lavish at the same indulgences plus other benefits without having to leave home. When undertaking such project though, there are key essentials to keep in mind: modern & trendy bathroom remodeling

  • An Awesome Twosome – Function & Design

One prominent trend that makes modern & trendy bathroom remodeling all the more tempting is the integration of functionality and style—entwined. Sacrificing aesthetics to come up with a functional home improvement result has become a thing of the past. With the innovations in design, and developments in technology and manufacturing methods, you can now fully enjoy maximized beauty, efficiency, comfort and privacy. Do your research and shop right, start with getting an estimate from our bathroom remodeling project calculator and find the best products, and contractors for the project.

  • Luxurious Warmth

Wanting to get away from the hectic big-city lifestyle, even for a while, is a common feeling shared by many. And modern bathroom remodeling is the perfect answer to this. Allowing yourself that quality ‘me time’ that you deserve has never been more convenient. To enjoy utter rejuvenation and bring comfort up an ante, warmth is essential and here are top modern bathroom remodeling ideas to help you achieve this. Towel warmers to keep towels pleasantly warm and fluffy as they touch your body. With electric floor heating, stepping out from a refreshing shower or long relaxing deep from the tub will never be again a thought to cringe at.

  • Entertainment – Bring it On

Now that more and more people are finding great joy at spending more time in bathrooms, favorite past times have invaded the area. Some of the most common hi-tech and waterproof additions that you might want to consider in your modern bathroom remodeling include LCD television sets, media players, and sound systems that often come wireless and remote-controlled.

 

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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Refinishing Kitchen Cabinets Creates A New Style

If your cabinet frames and your cabinet doors and drawer fronts are in good structural condition and you want to remodel your kitchen without spending too much money, you can add a dimension of beauty to your kitchen by refinishing kitchen cabinets to make then look like new. Replacing cabinets are a very costly part of any remodeling project but sometimes that same look can be achieved through refinishing kitchen cabinets. If you are unclear on the remodeling terms being used here, refinishing is not the same as refacing. Refacing a kitchen cabinet means replacing all the doors, drawers, molding, and spacers with new ones whereas refinishing means sanding down your cabinets, stripping the finish, and reapplying a new veneer or finish. Refinishing versus refacing will generally save the homeowner $5000 (or more) depending on type of fronts are placed, condition of the cabinets, etc.kitchen cabinets

When you hire a refinishing contractor, you are hiring a contractor to strip the finish from your existing kitchen cabinets and cabinet frames and re-apply a new veneer and new finish. This new finish will either act to restore the cabinets to their original beauty or restyle the cabinets to match any new design scheme the contractor has designed for your kitchen. Once your cabinets are stripped, they basically become a blank slate for your contractor to work with.

Refinishing kitchen cabinets means following a series of steps and procedures. When you hire a contractor to do work on your cabinets, they will typically first present you with a sample of whatever finish you choose. This can be done two ways. First, the contractor can bring you a sample of stained or treated wood that will look similar to yours. Second, the contractor can actually remove a cabinet or a drawer, take it back to the workshop, work on it, and present it to you as a finished product. This aspect of the project is done initially to get your approval on the color, stain or finish. Any changes that need to be made are typically done in this phase.refinishing kitchen cabinets

After the refinishing contractor has your approval, they will schedule a date to begin work. This is important because it gives you time to prep your kitchen. Because the refinishing process involves your cabinet frames as well as the fronts and drawers, you will need to clean everything from inside of your cabinets and from your countertops. The sanding and refinishing process generates an abundance of dust so make sure when your refinishers begin, they tarp up the kitchen area well so the dust and debris doesn’t permeate throughout your home.refinishing kitchen cabinets

Typically, the crew will come in your home, remove everything they need, and take it to their workshop. In the mean time, there will be a crew working at your home working on the cabinet frames so everything is ready on site when the offsite work is done. Just a bit about the actual process itself so you understand refinishing, contractors will use a chemical stripping agent to remove the wood stain and any veneer. After that, the wood is sanded by machine for broad sand, and then sanded by hand to get the areas the machine cannot reach. After the stripping and sanding, a new stain is applied followed by a few coats of sealer and a few coats of lacquer. There are also finishes that can be achieved if the homeowner’s design plan necessitates such as antique finishes or glazed finished which is also possible with a skilled refinished and the extra steps are done at this stage. If you opted for a painted finish, there are not as many later steps involved, however, the sanding is still the same and many times a primer coat need to be applied along with a sheen coat for protection.refinishing kitchen cabinets

The typical time to complete the refinishing project can be anywhere from 3 days to a week depending on how many cabinets you have, the wear, the finish you choose, and other deciding factors. After this process is done, the contractors will mount your hardware and everything else. We recommend purchasing new hardware versus using your old hardware.

Refinishing is a great way to restore your cabinets to their original beauty or to integrate your existing cabinets into your design scheme without purchasing new custom cabinets. When you are looking for a refinishing contractor, keep in mind that there are more options than just stain and paint such as techniques to get different looks like antique looks and aged looks. A good refinisher can restore your cabinets to make them more glorious than ever, while saving you money.

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 Plan Your Home Office Design and Remodel

Are you planning your home office design? If you’re  like many of today’s workforce, you have the option to work at least  part of your time from a remote location. home office remodel

If everyone is out of the house, the basement is ready for finishing, the  attic is ripe for conversion, or you have an empty spare room…. you have  the space. Now all you need is the design and the remodel. Think about  your current or future work-at-home opportunity and plan your home  office design to include practical workspace.

If  you’ve already planned your home office, call OTM Designs & Remodeling to make that design a reality. If you’re still  working on your home office design, here are some steps to keep in mind.

Decide What You Want In a Home Office

What you do will be the primary basis of what you want out of you home office design.

• If you are an attorney at a law firm and regularly meet clients in your home office, you may want a  traditional law-office feel. Partner’s desks, client seating, books, and  secretary’s desks – your home office can include everything a firm  office would hold.
• If you are a silk-screen artist making and printing  bags, shirts, and note cards, you may want a sparse, open studio for  your work. Stainless steel work tables, built-in sinks, and light tables  will fill the space and still leave you room for drying wet ink.
• If you are a web designer with a multi-monitor setup,  you may need ergonomic tables and chairs and specialized electrical  outlets. You also have special HVAC requirements and the need for client  seating. modern home office interior design 11 resized 600

The good news is you can get the home  office you need. OTM Designs & Remodeling will ensure the space functions as you need it to and that it does so with a sense of style.

Decide Where You Want Your Home Office

Not sure where you would put a home office? Don’t let it derail your design. You may have more options than you think.

First explore the obvious choices:

• Your child that just moved away to college and her room is not occupied.
• The kids have outgrown the basement playroom.
• You’ve planned to clean out the attic and donate the old clothes.

Then think outside of the box:

• The sunroom is never used anymore.
• The foyer is oversized and off centered.
• The garage only holds sports gear and Christmas ornaments.

A good home office design can easily turn an attic, basement, or spare bedroom into a custom-designed workspace. From built-in cabinetry, to natural  lighting, to specialized ventilation or electrical needs, a good  home-office design will incorporate all of your needs and make the most  of your unused space. home office remodel

A garage can easily be turned into a studio for an artist, a craft room for a  scrapbooker, or a design space for an architect. If your home has a large foyer that seems off-centered, you can fit a small office nook into one side, perfect for an editor or writer. That sunroom that  you rarely use, can be converted into a  comfortable place to meet clients, a spot to spread out designs, or a  bright spot for color matching.

Perhaps  more important than where to situate the home office, is the question of  where to locate it in proximity to the rest of your home. If you have  small children in the home and/or in-home care, you may not want the office  near the kitchen or nursery. Similarly, if you have a lovable, but loud  pooch, you may want to ensure the dog stays on a different floor while  you’re on the phone.

Finally, if you  tend to let laundry pile up or dust bunnies live a little too long under  tables, you should ensure your office has a separate entrance from the  rest of your home, especially if you expect frequent visitors. It’s  easier to quickly tidy one room for a client visit than to also have to  mop up Rover’s muddy paw prints or clean out Tiger’s litter box.

modern home office interior design 11 resized 600Decide What Furniture You Need in Your Home Office

If you know what you want and where you want it, you now get to do the  fun part of your home office design – pick your colors, furnishings, and  fixtures!

If you manage independent bands, your color schemes should ensure the bands feel welcome and comfortable, so florals may  not be the way to go. On the other hand, if you’re an interior designer  specializing in traditional kitchens, all black walls and red carpet  might not make the best first impression.

Do  you generally work with one client at a time, or does a group generally  come to meetings? Is a computer desk enough room for you to spread out,  or do you need deep, wide countertops to hold your different tools,  paints, or papers? Do you require tall tables for drafting or short  tables for sitting? Look at design catalogs or use online design tools to help you get your furniture ideas on paper so you are prepared when you meet with the designer.

As you consider furniture, think about any out-of-the-ordinary requirements you may have. If you keep a server and run several computers and  monitors, you may need extra electricity, a tied-in backup power source,  and adequate air conditioning. If you’re an artist who works with  hazardous materials or noxious fumes, built-in ventilation is necessary  for your health. Kilns require special outlets, and certain types of  arts and crafts need access to a sink or dedicated oven.

Often overlooked, ensure you work adequate storage into your home office design. Paper, paints, blueprints, books, pens,  pencils, files, disks… think about everything you use on a daily basis  and ensure you have enough room to store these items.

Are you ready to talk with an expert designer? At OTM Designs & Remodeling, our remodeling and design specialists are ready to help you on your 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.

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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Energy Efficient Windows

window replacementIf you have an older home, you may find that your windows leak and let in cold air in the wintertime. Older windows can also be hard to open, dirty, warped, or inconvenient in other ways. The question is: are replacement windows worth it? Although windows can be costly, new windows will almost certainly reduce your energy bills and increase the comfort in your home.

How Windows Lose Energy: Unfortunately, no window is as energy efficient as a wall (which can be insulated). Older windows often do not have tight-fitting frames, which have sometimes become warped or damaged over time – letting outside air in. In addition, warmth and coldness can be transmitted directly through the glass itself – and when the sun shines through windows it can heat the interior of the house. Fortunately, newer windows have many features that help mitigate these disadvantages.replacement windows

Gas Filled Windows: Inbetween layers of glass in a window, the air itself can conduct heat or cold, so many manufacturers fill that space with viscous, slow-moving gas – usually argon or krypton – that reduces the amount of heat/cold which is conducted. This diminishes the transfer of heat/cold between the inside and outside of your house. The gases that manufacturers use are clear, nontoxic, nonreactive, and odorless, but they provide a significant improvement in the amount of insulation the windows provide.

low energy efficient windowsLow-E Coatings: Low-emittance (Low-E) coatings are almost invisible layers of metal or metallic oxide that coat a window so as to decrease the heat that escapes through the glass. A lot of these Low-E coatings will permit visible light to be transmitted, but they will reflect long-wave infrared radiation. In colder climates, homeowners might prefer triple-glazed Low-E windows that have three layers of glass and two Low-E coatings. For climates that require both heavy heating and cooling, some Low-E glass is designed to reduce heat loss in winter and diminish heat gain in summer.

How to Choose a Window: First, look for a window that has the Energy Star label, meaning that it meets the government’s standards for energy efficiency. The National Fenestration Rating Council also provides a rating system that allows you to compare different kinds of windows and their label should be on every Energy Star rated window. There are many ways to rate windows including using the U factor (the measure of transfer of energy) and the R factor (the ability to contain energy). Many homeowners will look for the lowest U factor and highest R factor possible; however, your window needs will differ depending on your climate zone (you can research the recommendations for your climate at EnergyStar.gov). Windows are also rated on solar gain, visible transmittance, condensation resistance, and air leakage.

Materials: Wood is a classic choice and can look very nice, but wood windows are fairly expensive and require more maintenance than other options. Vinyl is often the most inexpensive option – while also being durable and a good insulator, although it may not do well in extreme cold or heat. Fiberglass is an expensive option, but out-performs almost any other material; it also works well with large panes of glass.

 

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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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Look at it From a Contractors Perspective

general contractorWe work hard to make the remodeling process as painless as possible, but a lot depends on you. A good contractor (ie. us) actually prefers that you are well informed about the process and play an involved role. We’re going to give it to you straight, so here’s what we hope for in the perfect client:

Know what you want. During that first consultation, we hope to see that you have a clear idea of what you want done. When a client is indecisive and changes their mind constantly, it causes lots of extra legwork and expense. This is not to say that you have to come to the process with the finished product detailed out in your mind, we are the experts and are happy to advise and design for you. But know what your goals are. We can take you the rest of the way.

Know your budget. Getting in over your head is bad for you, and it’s bad for the contractor (again, us). Be very clear with yourself as to what you are willing to spend and what is reasonable to expect for your money. Don’t be that homeowner that goes with the lowest bid, and is left standing in an abandoned, half-finished kitchen with broken cabinets and a fridge too wide for the space it’s supposed to fill (true story). Be realistic and know your boundaries.

Know your options. Before you even call us, do your research on styles and products for your project. The internet is an incredible resource for inspiration, reviews and product specs. Of course, we’re pretty confident in our ability to match the right design and product to your project, but you’ll feel more likely to trust us when you see the logic behind our recommendations. And it helps you refine your goals for your project.

Know what you’re getting into. Remodeling is rewarding, but it isn’t always a walk in the park. Things take time, and surprises are inevitable. We try to schedule and plan with this in mind, but we are merely mortal (working on a serum to change that, but it’s slow work), so plan your timing accordingly. Just try to remember that some delays are unavoidable, and we are in just as much as a hurry as you are to get the job done.

Know where you fit. You hire a contractor (there’s us again) because you trust their expertise and experience (aw, we like you too!). While it’s important to be involved, sometimes clients forget that we do know what we’re doing. Constant surveillance and multiple phone calls a day can actually hinder the progress of your project, not to mention increase stress on both sides. We’re not trying to kick you out of your own project, we’re quite aware that this is your house and you are the one paying for our work. But constant interruption and misplaced suspicion cause delays and frustration. Pick a contractor you can trust (we suggest OTM Designs & Remodeling) and then keep open and reasonable communication.

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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The Almighty Number for Home Improvement

Home RemodelingIf you’ve ever hired a company to do any sort of remodeling work, you know about the elephant in the room. They come out, they inspect the area, take notes, ask a few questions about this and that. If it’s a big project it may be more of a sit down, go through catalogues type of meeting. They may take the time to tell you a bit about their company and why they’re better than the competition. But all the while, it sits there, in both of your minds. It might as well be a visible, tangible elephant for how very present it is.

Budget

How much? How much do you have to spend? How much will it cost? Do you have reasonable expectations? Are you going to rip me off? Money is always the real discussion, and we both know it. Homeowners guard their “number” like it’s a precious treasure, afraid the work could be done for less and the contractor will keep their mouth shut and just scoop off the top. The worst part is, half the contractors out there would do exactly that. The other type of contractor, the good one would love nothing more than to dispense with the games and have an honest talk about your project. They want to know your budget so they can one, figure out if you have a reasonable expectation for your project costs and two, put together a proposal that fits both your needs and your resources.

Will we ever be able to avoid this complicated dance? Maybe not. But there are some ways you can prepare for the dreaded meeting so that you feel more in control and willing to share your number.

Do Your Homework home remodeling

Both on the project and the prospective contractor. There are a lot of resources to get ballpark project costs. A quick online search can get you to a good starting point at the very least. It’s important to remember that while simple repair and renovation work like drywall or plumbing is pretty cut and dry on price, complex projects like a kitchen or bathroom have a lot of options that could range the project cost anywhere from $20,000 to $80,000 and up in a jiffy. Know what you want and find out what other people have paid for similar projects. Be careful researching material cost as well since the contractor will likely have access to different pricing than you do.

Which brings us to the company you hire. Do your research! Before even calling, check their licensing, their association memberships, Angie’s List and other online review sites. Ask friends, family and neighbors who they’ve worked with and if they recommend anyone. Don’t just do the yellowpages point and call game. Check Facebook to see how they interact with their customers. Comb their website for history, mission, pictures of past projects. Yes it’s a lot of work, but you’ll wish you’d done it when the cheap contractor off Craigslist blows your timeline and your budget, leaves the work half done and runs off with the money he said he needed for more materials to fix something that he messed up due to his own shoddy work.home remodel in Los Angeles

Don’t be afraid to share your budget. Just make sure that you are always in the position of control: this is your project, your money, your call. Don’t let anyone pressure you to sign quickly or to confuse you with sales jargon. Get multiple bids and look at the cost vs. value of each of them. The elephant can become more of a puppy with the right amount of prep and research!

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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Remodel Your Small Bathroom- Make it Roomier and Add Storage

Bathroom remodeling doesn’t have to mean expanding the room to add extra space. If structural considerations require you to keep your bathroom the same size, then your remodeling choices can make a tiny, cramped, or dark bathroom feel more spacious.small bathroom

If you already know what changes you want to make to your bathroom, or if you’re ready to talk to a professional, OTM Designs & Remodeling is waiting to help you.  If you’re still researching and making your plans, here are a few options:

  • Add More Light Make your bathroom feel bigger by adding natural light. Brighter rooms feel more spacious. Install skylights, add a new window, or enlarge current windows. You can add high-quality lighting fixtures to strategic locations to fill in where natural light can’t reach. Remember, too, the classic trick of using mirrors to reflect light. Painting a bathroom a lighter color can also bounce more light into the room.

  • Shrink Your Sink Don’t allow a sink to take up more space than necessary. Some manufacturers make fixtures that are sized for smaller bathrooms. When you’re planning your bathroom remodel, look for the right sinks for your space or ones designed to fit into corners. Hanging the sink or vanity on the wall can also make the room feel less crowded.

  • Choose a Smaller Toilet You may not need a chair-height, elongated toilet. You can find toilets that are specially made for tight spaces. You can also move the toilet closer to the wall, which occupies less floorspace. Shorter toilets or those with a lower tank will also feel like they take up less space.

  • Pick the Right Bath or Shower Small size doesn’t mean uncomfortable fixtures. Remodel your bathroom with a tub specifically created for small spaces. If you like a nice soak, you can still achieve that effect by buying a tub with a higher rim, which allows you to have a deeper bath. If you opt for a shower, which often fits more readily into small spaces, choose a glass enclosure. When you can see from one bathroom wall to another, it expands your sense of space. This also removes the “room shortening” effect of an opaque shower curtain.small bathroom remodel

  • Install Invisible Heat Your older home may have a radiator or floor vent that takes up precious space. You can remove these and install under-floor radiant heat, which heats effectively without using valuable floor space. Radiant heat is also more energy efficient and generally saves you money.

  • Add Adequate Storage Storage doesn’t have to mean a vanity or closet. Think about going vertical. Tall skinny shelves won’t take up a lot of floor space and can even hang from the wall, occupying upper wall space which would otherwise be underutilized.  During your bathroom remodel is the prefect time to install built-in shelves between wall studs. The shelves can add useful space above a toilet, on an empty wall, or even within the shower.  If you choose to add open shelves to the wall, use glass, which allows light to come through unobstructed.

  • Keep it CleanAs you remodel your bath, keep in mind cleaning. Ensure you have enough floor space between the toilet and tub or vanity to maneuver a mop. Make sure you can fit a cleaning cloth between the faucet and the wall.  Ensure you have unobtrusive storage near your sink so it or the vanity doesn’t become cluttered with toiletries. Take 30 seconds each morning after your hair is brushed and your face is washed to wipe down the counter, the faucet and handles, and the mirror. Nothing helps your newly remodeled bathroom feel bigger, brighter, and fresher than a nice smell and clean fixtures.

    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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Benefits of Using a Professional Kitchen Designer

If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, you have a lot of decisions to make. There is a bewildering range of choices in appliances, countertops, cabinets, etc. If you’re handy with tools, you may be tempted to design your own kitchen, or you might think about working with a general contractor and/or designer. But be sure to think twice. The kitchen is the most complicated room in the house.  If you need a professional designer and/or general contractor anywhere, it’s in the kitchen.

kitchen designExperience: Designing a kitchen requires knowledge of plumbing, electrical systems, cabinets, many different appliances, and countertops to do a good job. Kitchen designers and/or general contractors have the skills, experience, product knowledge, access to products, industry connections, and budgetary knowledge to perform a successful kitchen design. Do-it-yourselfers don’t have the time to acquire all of this knowledge and experience on their own.

Avoiding Mistakes: The changes you make in a kitchen are pretty much permanent. If you change your mind, it’s a lot harder to move a cabinet than reposition the sofa or the artwork on the wall. It’s easy for a homeowner to get seduced by an attractive design or a cool-sounding piece of technology in a showroom, but a designer can tell you if the expense is worth it and can keep you from going over budget. Designers follow professional standards for spacing on countertops, cabinetry sizing, and appliance locations, so they can be sure you have enough counter space around the cooktop and sufficient lighting over the sink. kitchen remodeling

Personalized Advice: The professional kitchen designer and/or general contractor ‘s job is to translate your needs into a functional kitchen. You need a kitchen to fit your lifestyle, whether you have two cooks, a busy family, a gourmet chef, or a need for entertaining. Designers and/or general contractors are also experienced in solving particular problems: lack of storage, an awkwardly shaped space, insufficient light, or a bad floorplan. They have “tricks of the trade” to maximize space and they can remember important details like having sufficient electrical outlets or the right size exhaust hood for your space.

Benefits of a Professional Kitchen Designer: Someone who specializes in kitchen design will immerse themselves in kitchens every day, rather than handling just a single today and nothing the next. They stay up-to-date on developments in the field and are familiar with the latest technology and trends. They have received training in recognizing and meeting individual homeowners’ wants and needs. They also help you avoid those all-too-common kitchen remodeling mistakes.

kitchen remodelLicensed: Licensed kitchen and bath designers and/or general contractors have shown their comprehensive understanding of all aspects of kitchen and bath design, including construction, mechanical systems, plumbing, and electrical systems. They are required to adhere to a strict code of professional conduct and to stay current in local building codes, environmental and safety regulations, and developments in the field. The Contractors’ State License Board licenses general contractors. Their Licenses General Contractors have years of experience with kitchen design, have met specific educational requirements, and have passed comprehensive academic and practical tests.

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Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

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5 Simple Kitchen Remodels

kitchen remodelingAlong with getting a great return on a kitchen remodel investment, making the space work for your needs is important when considering a kitchen remodel. The most beautiful kitchen will only create stress for a homeowner if it isn’t designed properly. Consider these tips for a kitchen remodel that will simplify your daily routines.

Kitchens
Probably the busiest room in the house, a kitchen can serve a multitude of functions these days: cooking, eating, entertaining, and a family gathering place.

1. Remodel by the work triangle. kitchen designs
Designers have been using the kitchen work triangle to create efficient kitchens for many decades. The work triangle refers to the arrangement of the three basic work areas: the refrigerator, sink, and stove. You don’t want these to be too far apart or you will spend a good deal of time running back and forth.

2. Consolidate kitchen contents with a pantry.
Walk-in pantries have become very popular as they allow a homeowner to quickly take in the kitchen’s contents without having to search through the cupboards. If you’re tight on space a pull-out pantry can be installed into areas as small as a few inches wide. A kitchen pantry is a great way to keep the kitchen traffic localized to one area, so that you can cook without interruption.

3. Don’t waste space. kitchen design for space
Install cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling add baskets and shelving inside to maximize storage space. Add a hanging rack for pots and pans to free up some cabinet space.

4. Let appliances do some of the dirty work.
A dishwasher with a third rack can cut down on the number of times you have to load that dishwasher. Self-cleaning ovens are everywhere today. If you are in the market for energy efficient appliances, consider a dishwasher or even a refrigerator with the Energy Star rating.

5. Create areas for your kids. kids area in kitchen
A couple of stools at the kitchen counter create an easy, informal place for kids to eat. Also, consider keeping your kids’ snacks and beverages on lower shelves where they can easily access them.

Most everyone knows that kitchens have the best return on investment for remodeling projects. However, many homeowners get caught up thinking about granite counters, solid wood cabinets, and hardwood flooring trends and forget to consider how a kitchen lives, its flow, and whether or not it is energy efficient. Don’t overlook these simple solutions to when choosing 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:

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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6 Reasons to Remodel Your Bathroom

Bathroom RemodelingBathroom remodels are one of the most popular remodeling projects undertaken by homeowners. Bathrooms are important rooms in any home. Whether you are considering the addition of a bathroom or renovation or enlarging an existing bathroom there are many good reasons to undertake a bathroom renovation. Here are six of the most common reasons for bathroom remodeling.

1. It is a good investment in the value of a home. The size and adequacy of the bathrooms is often a major consideration in the decision to purchase a home. Outdated or inadequate bathrooms can have a significant effect on the perceived value of a home. In terms of return on your investment in the bathroom renovation when you sell your home, you can expect, in most regions, to recover the majority of your investment.bathroom remodel design

2.  The bathroom needs repair. All bathrooms show signs of damage, wear and tear, and aging of materials and fixtures over time. The need to make repairs is often a good reason to completely renovation a bathroom. While the repairs are the main focus of the renovation, other features can also be updated.

3.  The color of bathroom fixtures is not to your liking. Fads in decorating colors come and go. Decorating trends change every three to five years. Some of the colors used for bathroom fixtures and design in the past strike us as “ugly” or “date” the bathroom to some period in the past. Whether you dislike the co lour scheme of your bathroom or you just want a change, a bathroom renovation might provide the fresh appearance you want.bathroom remodeling

4.  The fixtures need to be updated or upgraded. Styles in fixtures and surrounds change over time. Builders often use less costly fixtures at the time of construction. Someone who owned the home before you might have redecorated the bathroom in a style that doesn’t appeal to you. These are popular reasons to renovate and modernize a bathroom.bathroom design

5.  More space is needed in the bathroom. Big bathrooms are a definite trend in new home construction today. You might want to enlarge your bathroom to make it more appealing to potential buyers. You might just feel a need for more space. Whether the master bath is too small for two people or the second bathroom is too small for the three teenagers who share it, enlarging a bathroom is a very common reason for renovating.bathroom

6.  The bathroom needs to be safer. Thousands of accidents and injuries happen in bathrooms every year. Whether you are thinking of your children, yourself, your parents, or your future needs, a safety upgrade is often the reason for bathroom renovation.bathroom remodel

If you are evaluating any of these needs or situations, OTM Designs & Remodeling is the right choice in your home.  We take every remodel from ordinary to extraordinary!

 

 

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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Basic Window Styles

A new window will consist of the sash (one or more) mounted in a frame which is made of the side jambs, top jamb, sill and operating mechanisms.

Double-Hung Windows consist of two sashes that slide vertically along side jambs with the bottom sash closing down on the sill and the top sash closing up against the top jamb. These provide moderate ventilation and can be difficult to clean unless the sash tilts in.

Slider Windows function like double-hung windows turned sideways.

Casement WindowsCasement Windows usually consist of one sash hinged to a side jamb, and they usually open outward from the sill by crank handle or slider bar. Casement windows provide good ventilation and are fairly easy to clean, but they are a bit pricier because of the operating hardware.

Awning Windows consist of a sash hinged to the top jamb or the sill, which tilts out when it’s opened using hardware similar to casement windows.

Transom WindowsTransom Windows generally consist of short awning windows or fixed sashes mounted over normal sized casement or double-hung windows. They can be ordered as separate windows then set in the proper configuration during installation, or they can be custom ordered as a single unit, combining short and tall windows into a single frame at the factory.

Bay Windows consist of one or more sashes framed to bump out or protrude beyond a wall with angled or perpendicular side sashes running back to the wall.

Bow Windows are similar to bays, but the windows are framed to form a gradual arc instead of the sharp angles of a bay.

Multi-Wide Units result when you order two or more windows in a single unit or frame. They’re joined at the factory with mullions separating the windows.

OTM Windows Designs is your go-to contractor for all of your custom window installation and window replacement needs. OTM Designs, a general contractor serving the greater Los Angeles area, works with only the highest quality window manufacturers to provide you with the superior craftsmanship and excellent energy efficiency you want for your home. All of our windows comes with a lifetime warranty!

Window Finishes & Materials

Wood Windows are made of solid wood or wood products. They can usually be ordered with standard brick mold trim, custom trim if you need to match existing trim, or no exterior trim at all. They can also be ordered with a coat of primer, finish, or no finish at all. Painting is the main drawback for solid wood windows. Re-painting is usually required every 5-7 years.

Aluminum Cladding is a layer of aluminum applied to the exterior surfaces of a window (often wood core) to provide a durable, low-maintenance surface. However, there are less color options than with wood finishes. The more durable cladding consists of extruded aluminum as opposed to rolled aluminum. Also, thicker aluminum is more durable.

Aluminum Windows are made entirely of aluminum (except for the glazing), and they’re available for specialized applications. They lack the insulating values of windows made of other materials so they’re not widely used.

Vinyl Cladding is another popular low-maintenance cladding, and it can also be applied over other materials, like wood or wood products. As with aluminum cladding, the thicker the vinyl the more durable it will be.

Vinyl Windows are have no wood cores. They are energy efficient and low-maintenance alternatives which don’t warp or rot.

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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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12 Tips to Find the Perfect Countertop & Save Money While at It

countertopsIf the kitchen is the social heart of the home, then countertops are the lifeblood of the kitchen. It’s one of the most used materials in your home, so it makes sense that may homeowners spend hours struggling to select the perfect countertop material—and that countertops can be one of a kitchen remodel’s biggest expenses, depending on the material you choose. But there are ways to ease both the selection process and the cost burden. Follow these 12 tips to find the perfect countertop—and save some cash while you’re at it.

  1. When most people think of countertops, they imagine large slabs of stone. Because most stone showrooms insist that you buy the entire slab as one piece, you’re usually getting more material than you’ll need. With a little foresight, though, you can use this excess in a smart way. Leftover stone can be used to cover a backsplash, as a durable finish for the sides of an island, or even as a flooring transition between the kitchen and dining room.kitchen countertops

  2. You can also benefit from homeowners who aren’t as creative at using the leftovers of a stone slab; these remnants are often left behind at stoneyards, where they’re put into an area called the “boneyard” and sold at deep discounts. If you’re not picky about color, you can often find gorgeous remnants for a fraction of the price. This is a great solution for small kitchens, where you may only need 40 to 60 square feet of countertop.

  3. Countertops tend to be long, thin strips of material, so at some point, you’re usually going to need a joint between them. Certain materials, such as Corian, allow you to fill in the joints and make them disappear, but natural products like concrete, stone or tile will require a visible joint. By planning for these joints and ordering smaller lengths of countertop to accommodate them, you can reduce the cost of fabrication and delivery. (Tip: Try to imagine the size and weight of each piece being carried easily by two people to help determine the ideal slab size.)countertops

  4. A thick edge along the countertop can be beautiful, but it comes at a cost: The thicker material can double your price. Plus, the added weight may require extra bracing in your cabinets. You can get a similar look while eliminating the extra cost and hassle by using a thinner material with a mitered edge to give the illusion of a thick slab.

  5. Countertop edges can be finished in a dizzying array of options, but adding a French cove, ogee or waterfall edge could cost you, depending on the type of material. Simple straight or rounded edges might not be as eye-catching, but they are generally less expensive. Compare prices of various cuts ahead of time before you fall in love with that special chiseled edge.countertop

  6. There’s no rule that all of the countertops in your kitchen must match—in fact, many designers will tell you that they shouldn’t. A better approach is to select complementary countertop materials based on the function. For example, install a nice granite around the sink, but concrete in the work areas. By mixing and matching materials based on function, you open up more opportunities to use salvaged, remnant or leftover materials. Or you can use a small piece of an expensive material in one special spot (like white marble for a small baking area), and cover the rest of the countertops with a less expensive option.

  7. Most stoneyards will provide cutting and fabrication services, but you aren’t required to use them simply because you purchased the material there. Shop around for a bargain: Sites like Yelp, Angie’s List and The Blue Book will help you find local fabricators. Be sure to get all estimates in writing before you have the material cut—you only get one shot to get it right.countertop

  8. In recent years, the granite countertop has become such a status symbol that real-estate agents often mention it as one of the selling features of the house. So it’s not surprising that it’s spawned some convincing imitators: Engineered stone like Avonite or LG Hi-Macs can provide the appearance of stone with extra durability and some recycled content. But keep in mind that not all engineered stone is created equal; some may emit radon. Be sure to ask where the stone was sourced, and don’t just buy the cheapest stone available.

  9. Your local salvage yard can be a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon looking for a countertop reclaimed from an old house, which will cost you a fraction of what you’d spend buying the same material new. Be sure to check back regularly, as they frequently get new shipments of old items. Restaurant supply stores are another great alternative—a stainless steel commercial work table offers a different look and will be cheaper than a traditional island.granite countertop

  10. The lifespan of the average kitchen is about 10 to 15 years until it gets remodeled. By selecting durable finishes for your countertops and maintaining them properly, you’ll ensure that they won’t have to be replaced during the life of your kitchen. For example, while marble is beautiful, it scratches easily and is stained by wine, fruit and vinegar. Wood will show hard dents, while laminate will yellow from hot pans. Take the time now to learn how to maintain your countertops.

  11. Nothing makes a kitchen pop like an unusual countertop choice. By opening your mind to some creative possibilities, you (and your budget) will be delighted by the results. Concrete provides a unique, durable and flexible counter surface. Painted glass, such as Think Glass, can add a singular flair and serve as a conversation piece. Letting go of the standard stone countertop formula can open up a whole world of possibilities.

  12. Another attractive (and usually cheaper) alternative to granite or marble is sustainable recycled material. Recycled glass countertops are stunning and come in a wide range of options. You choose the color of the glass and the color of the cement, so there’s virtually infinite number of possibilities. Recycled paper countertops, on the other hand, are surprisingly durable and provide a warm, neutral look.

 

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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Tile & Marble Need a Cleaning?

travertine floorIf your bathroom is looking a little boring these days, you might want to consider ways to freshen up the tiles, whether they’re on the walls, floors, or in the shower or tub. Below are a number of different ways that your bathroom remodeling project can include enhancing your tiling.

  • Clean: Sometimes you don’t realize how nice your tiles can look because their color has been dulled under layers of sticky dust, soap scum, or even mold. Before you make any other decisions about your tiles, give them a good cleaning and see how beautifully they shine.

  • Replace the Grout: The grout between the tiles can make your bathroom look old and worn. Replacing it can give your bathroom a new look. If you want to match the existing grout color, seek it out at a home improvement store. Although white is the most common grout color, it’s also possible to give your bathroom a new look with tinted grout.travertine designs

  • Paint Accent Tiles: If you have a bathroom full of tiles in a boring white or other solid color, you might want to think about having selected tiles hand painted as part of your bathroom remodeling project. Create a pattern of select tiles interspersed along a wall. Or paint a row of tiles, creating a chair rail effect. Another option is to paint the tiles that border the sink, tub, or door. If painting is beyond you or your budget, consider finding appliqués or stickers that are designed to stick to tile.

  • Add Accent Tiles: Having all of your bathroom tiles replaced is an expensive prospect, but if you want to freshen up your bathroom’s look, you may only need to add accent tiles. They can enliven a solid color wall or break up a repetitive pattern. If accent tiles are part of your bathroom remodeling plans, you first need to choose the accent tiles and then design the pattern for how the tiles will look on the wall. The process of removing a single tile and replacing it with another one isn’t as hard as it sounds. Just make sure the new tile is the same size as the old one.travertine

  • Re-Paint: You cannot re-glaze tile, but it can be re-painted. It’s a complex, multi-step process, but it is less expensive than replacing your tiles altogether. As part of your bathroom remodeling project, you can paint tile on walls or floors, but not in tub or shower areas since they get wet too frequently. The process does require painting over the grout, so there will not be as big a contrast between the tile and grout colors. But painting the grout will also make it more waterproof. If your grout needs replacing, you should do so before painting.

Don’t stress and put these projects upon yourself to do, call OTM Designs & Remodeling, a general contractor serving the greater Los Angeles area, to handle to job!

 

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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Designing A Space that Better Suits Your Style

Unlike other home renovation projects, kitchen remodeling can be overwhelming. Because of the many different materials, styles and choices of appliances it is always a good idea to contact a general contractor. kitchen remodeling

Whether living in a condo, a single family home or a mansion, people make a serious effort to make their space a home they can enjoy both emotionally and functionally. When decorating the home, most people overlook an important part – the kitchen. From cozy to spacious ones, kitchens come in all shapes and sizes which makes the furnishing quite a challenge sometimes. Kitchen remodeling isn’t all about stacking in the new appliances. It needs to be aesthetically pleasing as it is not just a specialty room but a place you spend a lot of time in.

The incredibly beautiful cabinets, appliances and fixtures from a friend’s kitchen, may not look as compelling in your kitchen. Each kitchen’s size and space, surface material lighting and cabinet types are key to the curb appeal of the area. So, choosing the right kind of cabinets and countertop materials is essential to transform your kitchen into a remarkable space. Another important factor in decorating a kitchen is the layout – L-shaped, U-shaped, Island, Galley. kitchen remodeling los angeles

As we all know, a lot depends on your budget. If your budget allows for custom cabinets, you have a wider variety of choices. Materials for countertops are available in plethora of choices and can even be customized with inset bands or special routing. Even if you are on a limited budget, you can still get your dream kitchen. Remember that stylish kitchens don’t always come with a large bills. There are many different colors and materials for you to choose from, allowing you to be a bit more creative to make your kitchen the one of your dreams.

When it comes to kitchen remodeling, some people are left with limited choices due to space constraints. With that in mind, manufacturers and designers have come up with products and designing solutions for smaller kitchens. From warm country type traditional styles to glossy and high-tech modern style, your kitchen can be customized with a style that suits you. With the many choices at hand, you can make even your small kitchen appear beautiful and spacious. spaciouse kitchen remodel

If you are lucky enough to have a large kitchen space, you can equip it with additions like a wine chiller, ice-maker, a second sink and other options. A spacious kitchen gives plenty of opportunities to embellish it with trendy furniture. You can buy a variety of kitchen furniture such as a large dining table, counter stools, bar stands, side chairs, to name a few. A professional from OTM Designs & Remodeling who are serving the greater Los Angeles area can bring your dreams to life by creating what you want out of a kitchen.

Our expert designers in the field will help you blend different styles and right equipment to get a beautiful kitchen. From assisting you in the design, to product selection, to final installation, our professionals will help you remodel your kitchen according to your needs and budget. The OTM Designs & Remodeling crew is comprised of individuals that specialize in kitchen remodeling and are ready to design a kitchen that suits you today!

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 “Stay Hip Trends” in Kitchen Remodeling

kitchen trendsKitchen remodeling projects are one way to make the home more comfortable and increase its value at the same time. There are many ways to improve a kitchen’s design, functionality and atmosphere. Convenience and energy efficiency are also considerations when planning a kitchen remodeling project. Consulting with a general contractor at OTM Designs & Remodeling, on the latest trends before making any decisions, can help homeowners find the right design while creating a state-of-the-art kitchen. Here’s a look at five of the latest trends in kitchen remodeling.

Cabinets – Using wood cabinets to maximize storage space is one of the most popular changes homeownerskitchen trends make in kitchen remodeling projects. Not only do they create a visually pleasing look, they increase efficiency and cleanliness. It’s much easier to find cooking equipment, spices, canned goods and dishware when there is enough room to put things away in an orderly fashion. Using lighter wood finishes will help to open up the space and make it brighter, rather than using darker wood, which makes the room look smaller. It is also easier to find wall, flooring and furniture colors to complement light and medium wood tones.

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Sinks – Sinks are one of the most important pieces in the kitchen. They are used in food preparation, cooking and hand washing. As a central fixture on the countertop, deep single bowl sinks have become the latest in home remodeling fashion trends. Coupled with European spray pullout faucets, they offer the cook more room for filling and cleaning bigger pots and pans, as well as the attractiveness of simplicity.

Energy Efficiency – Cooking appliances have made great strides in technology, with speed and energy efficiency at the top of every homeowner’s wish list. Induction and gas stovetops are one option for thosekitchen trends who want quick and exact control over their heating elements. Dual fuel ranges are a new concept in kitchens. They allow the user to choose between electric and gas on the same range, combining the performance of electric cooktops with the power of natural gas.

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Stainless or Color – Eye-catching colors in kitchen designs makes the most well-used room in the home a pleasant and cheerful place to be. While stainless steel is still popular, the use of brightly colored enamel has emerged in appliances large and small, from cooktops to coffee pots and can openers. With some forethought, they can be coordinated with wall color, flooring and other furnishings to make a fashionable statement.

Countertops Custom countertops are the latest trend that allowskitchen trends personalization and creativity to shine. While some homeowners still opt for matching countertops throughout the kitchen, some are now focusing on function and ease to clean. For example, mixing wooden butcher block cutting surfaces with marble countertop inserts for handling cookie and pastry dough makes cooking and baking chores easier without damaging the stone countertops, which are less ideal for chopping and kneading than for other types of food preparation. When planned carefully, these material combinations can come together in a visually pleasing yet functional 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.

 

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 Myths About White Kitchens

The Truth About White

White, in all its hues from snow to cream to the barest hints of blue or gray, makes a timeless base for kitchen design. Homeowners who hesitate to take the plunge on an all-white kitchen have no reason to fear. We debunk five commonly held beliefs about a white kitchen.

Myth #1: White is hard to keep clean

Fact: The right materials can make all the difference. New and improved stain-resistant countertops, sinks, and flooring give you all the beauty and elegance of white without the traditionally dingy surfaces. Some manufacturers offer pre-sealed granite countertops that keep spills—even wine!—from leaving marks. Other smart choices for white countertops include recycled glass, engineered stone, and quartz. Discuss your options for white countertops, sinks, flooring, and cabinets with a professional designer, general contractor at OTM Designs & Remodeling Inc, which has been serving the greater Los Angeles area for over 26 years, who can guide you toward materials that are easier to keep clean so dirt, food spills and other stains aren’t an issue.

white kitchen designMyth #2: White makes a kitchen feel cold

Fact: There’s more than one way to wear white, and the same holds true of kitchen hues. Choose warmer shades for walls, floors, and surfaces (think cream, vanilla or parchment, with undertones in the yellow-red part of the color spectrum rather than the crisp white that comes from the blue-green end of the spectrum) to keep the room from feeling chilly. Wood accents, such as bar stools, can add warmth. And don’t forget to let in plenty of light, paying special attention to work areas such as the kitchen sink, island, or peninsula. Well-positioned lighting can add character and definition to a white space.

Myth #3: White is too traditionalgeneral contractor

Fact: White is timeless and makes the perfect backdrop for contemporary kitchens. All-white kitchens, with their ability to create interesting contrasts and shadows, can emphasize the sharp angles of modern lines. For a sleek urban vibe, go all white and add stainless steel appliances and stone floors. Mix contemporary pieces with vintage to add interest. Or introduce a bit of color, painting the interior of open or glass-front cabinets or adding a colorful backsplash. It’s also easy to add drama with punches of color in lampshades, art, or accessories.

kitchenMyth #4: White is cookie-cutter

Fact: White is a blank slate that allows you to infuse your own personality into a space. Introduce color and texture through flooring, countertops, backsplashes, window treatments—the possibilities are virtually endless. Show off your style through appliances, adding some shine with stainless or character by going retro. White also lends itself well to creating a contemporary space that doesn’t feel overly trendy.

Myth #5: White only works for small kitchens

Fact: White does work well for compact spaces, because it makes these areas appear larger.kitchen However, it also makes a great choice for homes in warmer climates, give the space a cooler feel. White can lighten and brighten a home that doesn’t get a lot of natural light. No matter a kitchen’s size, white creates an open feeling and helps the eye flow, creating visual continuity. Whether you want sleek and stylish or warm and welcoming, white makes a great choice for the home’s most popular gathering 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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Step-by-Step Guide to Hiring A Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

general contractorA kitchen remodeling project can add a great deal of value to your home and improve your quality of life, but only if it’s done right. The most important decision: hire a kitchen remodeling contractor who’s reliable and competent. Below are some of the steps to ensure that you hire a good contractor and end up with a successful project. 

Determine Your Remodeling Budget: The first step, figure out what you want to change about your kitchen and what you want to keep. What is your vision for a newly remodeled kitchen? How do you want to use it? What parts of the kitchen do you want to spend more money on and which parts are less important to you? Do your research and discover what materials cost. Determine what is feasible and how much you can afford to spend.

Get Remodeling Contractor Recommendations: Get recommendations from your friends and check with professional societies such as the Better Business Bureau and the Contractors’ State License Board.  Other professionals can also supply referrals. Only consider reputable, licensed contractors with a proven track record.

Interview Prospective Contractors: Interview potential contractors on the phone. Ask them about similar projects and get a sense of their availability. Hire a company that can complete your project on time. Ask for their ideas, too. Get a sense of how busy the contractor is and when he or she can schedule your job. It’s also important that you feel comfortable with the contractor. After all, you will see a lot of them during the project.

Collect Written Estimates: Once you settle on a few contractors, get a written estimate. You don’t necessarily want to go with the lowest bid. Make sure that you include other factors such as reliability and quality of work when making your decision. The estimate should include the following:

• A detailed description of the work.

• Specifications for materials.

• Timeline for completion of the work.

• A price (as of prior to the start of the job).

• The contractor’s guarantee.

Check Those References: Check references. Ask references if the contractor completed the job on time and on budget. Find out if the workers were reliable and whether the contractor was easy to work with. Would they use this contractor again? See if the contractor has a current work site that you can visit. Check with the Better Business Bureau to investigate previous complaints and resolutions.

Read Every Line in the Contract: The contract should describe:

• Every step of the project and the contractor’s exact responsibilities.

• The payment schedule.

• Proof of liability insurance and worker’s compensation.

• Estimated start and completion dates.

• Permitting requirements.

• How change orders are handled.

• Specifications for materials.

And lastly, but most importantly, start your project with excitement and finish the project with enjoyment!  Happy Remodeling!

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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Top 5 Reasons Why to Install Replacement Windows

vinyl windowsInstalling replacement windows is one of the best investments you can make on your home. The benefits of new windows are plenty, from hassle-free maintenance to improving the resale value of your home. Here are the top five reasons why a homeowner should consider installing replacement windows:

1. Energy efficient design. Nowadays, everyone is concerned with conserving energy, saving money and living green. New windows have a significantly higher insulation value than older windows with out-of-date designs. New energy efficient windows make sure heat stays in and cold stays out. These new efficient windows can save an average of 15% on energy costs each month. Over time, the cost of purchase and installation will be far outweighed by the money saved in energy bills. window replacements

2. Privacy. New replacement windows considerably reduce the ability to hear outside noise within the home. Conversely, new windows obstruct inside noises from traveling outside, keeping your conversations private. Modern replacement windows are able to give the people inside the home a respite from noise pollution, which can be especially beneficial for those who live in bustling cities or near a busy roadway.

3. Security. New windows offer a higher degree of safety and security. The window frames, either in wood or vinyl designs, are made with a harder sealing around the panes. Because the window frames are adjoined, breaking into the home is more difficult. Also, new glass is manufactured to be shatter resistant and having double or triple paned glass makes it even more difficult to be broken, either by burglars or an errant baseball.

vinyl windows4. UV Protection. UV rays are harmful to humans and can cause irreversible fading and cracking damage to carpet, upholstery and furniture. Replacement windows reflect these harmful ultraviolet rays so your belongings – and your family – stays safe. This, again, is another way to save money. You won’t have to replace your damaged furniture or install a new carpet just because the sun’s rays faded the color. Also, the heat of the sun has a more difficult time getting through, meaning you harmless natural light without heat damage and excess warmth during the hot summer months.

5. Tax incentives. Every state in the United States is able to enjoy the federal tax credit for consumer energy efficiency. These federal treplacement windowsax rebates are an initiative to encourage people to install energy efficient products and appliances in their home. Installing new energy efficient replacement windows makes a homeowner eligible to receive this tax credit of 30% (or up to $1,500) of total cost, excluding installation costs. Consumers can take advantage of the tax deduction.

These are just five reasons why installing new replacement windows is a smart investment for homeowners. Saving money and conserving energy are important for many people, and installing energy efficient replacement windows will allow you to accomplish those goals. Plus, your house will look great, be more secure and feel comfortable all year long.

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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Secrets of The Anxiety-Free Kitchen Remodel

kitchen remodelWe know how you feel. You’re sitting there, staring at your painfully outdated kitchen and thinking to yourself, “Is it really worth all the stress and frustration, or can I just live with it like this a little longer?” Yes, we understand that very few people love renovation as much as we, as General Contractors in Los Angeles, do. But there are things you can do to lower the stress and save money in your kitchen remodel. We’ll let you in on our secrets, since we like you so much.

LOOK AROUND – Take some time on your own, with no timeline or pressure, to do a little window shopping. Research product types and the options that will work best for you, and compile a wish list for your dream kitchen remodel before ever getting a bid.   Make very specific notes as to things you like and dislike. When it comes time to do the actual design, the process will be quick and tailored to your needs.kitchen remodel

THINK AHEAD – Where will this kitchen be in 5 years? 10 years? Are you planning on staying there forever or is it a step on your way to your dream home? If you ever plan on selling your house, make sure that your kitchen remodel has future buyers in mind.  Even if you never plan to move, trendy kitchen remodels are typically not the best investment, since they will quickly become outdated. But if you are really set on the latest style, let it show up in elements like the backsplash and paint rather than the more permanent pieces such as cabinets and countertops. That way, your cost will be less when it’s time for the inevitable update.

BE PRACTICLE – Remember in all your excitement that a kitchen is first and foremost practical. Make sure that the layout you choose reflects that fact and utilizes every inch of space to its fullest capacity. The average American can spend between 18 and 21 years of their life in the kitchen. Don’t choose a design that makes those years depressing and disliked.

general contractorGET HELP – Unless you have renovation experience, or a very simple project, don’t tackle it DIY style. While it may seem like a great financial choice, the truth is that most do-it-yourself projects take 3 to 4 times longer than with a good general contractor at OTM Designs & Remodeling serving the greater Los Angeles area, and eventually 20% of frustrated homeowners end up calling for some professional back up, whether to finish the project they started or to fix the mistakes they made. Don’t be that person.

HIRE RIGHT – Of course, we have a recommendation for the best design and remodeling company in town, which is OTM Designs & Remodeling. There are a lot of specific things to look for.  Check out our guide “Choosing and Working with a General Contractor for Your Home Remodel”.  We know you’ll feel better about tackling a kitchen renovation after following these tips. It doesn’t have to be all pain and anguish.  And always remember, deep breaths…

 

 

 

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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Must Know Electrical Safety Tips

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  • Check electric cords often for damage. Have damaged cords repaired right away. Worn cords can cause shock, short circuit or fire.

  • Pull the plastic housing of the electric plug to take it out of the wall socket; never pull on the cord.

  • Do not overload electric outlets with too many items plugged in at once.

  • Water and electricity do not mix. Do not operate electric appliances such as radios or hair dryers near a bathtub or sink full of water.

  • Never stick your fingers, toys or anything except electric plugs into electric outlets.

  • Unplug any appliance that emits sparks or that does not work properly.

  • Always unplug an appliance before cleaning or repairing it.

  • Always unplug the toaster or other appliance when removing a piece of stuck food.

  • Remember that a turned-off appliance is still connected to electricity until it is unplugged.

  • Limit use of extension cords. Make sure the cord is the appropriate size for use. Some appliances or equipment require heavy-duty cords.

Electricity Safety Outdoors electrical safety

  • Never fly kites near overhead power lines. If your kite becomes caught in the lines, let it go. You could get a bad shock or be electrocuted.

  • Go inside during thunderstorms. It is very dangerous to stay outside when there is lightning. If you get caught outside, squat low to the ground allowing only your shoes, which act like insulators, to touch the ground.

  • Always wear closed-toe shoes when operating an electric lawnmower or hedge clippers.

  • Never use electric appliances outside in the rain or on wet surfaces.

  • Stay away from electrical equipment, such as substations, transformer boxes and electric poles.

  • Be aware of the location of power lines when using an extension ladder and long-handled tools such as swimming pool nets and tree-trimmers.

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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Top 5 Kitchen Layouts

Find out which kitchen layout works best for you.  Before you can start a kitchen remodel, you need to have a firm grasp of what you’re shooting for in your new kitchen’s design and layout.  You may want to retain the layout of your old kitchen or you want to reorganize the three main kitchen stations – oven, sink, refrigerator – also known as the kitchen triangle.  Knowing what you want in your general layout, specific fixtures and installations, and a decorating theme are all critical in enabling the kitchen remodel to go off without a hitch.

The arrangement of the countertop, major appliances and storage areas, is what makes up the kitchen layout.  This floor plan creates the kitchen’s work triangle, which is the path that you make from walking to the refrigerator, to the sink and then to the stove.  As you’re designing your new kitchen and choosing cabinetry for your home, one of the first considerations is the overall layout of the kitchen.

Kitchen planning is important, whether you’re talking about layout or decorating ideas.  Most kitchen layouts are one of the following:  G-shaped, L-shaped, U-shaped, single and galley. Some floor plans create a more spacious and efficient kitchen, but each kitchen layout can be enhanced with the right fixtures, cabinetry, appliances and decorative accents.  To expand on storage area and additional counter space, an island can be added to many of these layouts.  Your kitchen designer will help determine if you have enough space to accommodate an island by measuring the width of the walkways between cabinetry and the island.  Your island shape choices are endless.

Review the kitchen layouts to identify which is the most similar to your current kitchen.  Each shape has advantages and disadvantages.  You have the choice of either to work within the space of your current kitchen, or you may decide to do a major overhaul and reconfigure walls to expand the space which would give you additional options for your kitchen layout.

While trying to decide which layout is right for you make sure to focus on the work triangle created in the room.  Don’t forget, even if you’re not doing a major overhaul to the kitchen, you can still enhance the layout with the right cabinetry and decor.

Whatever you decide, I recommend working with a kitchen designer to create a kitchen that works best for you, your needs and your lifestyle .

The L-shaped Kitchen:

 

 

In an L-shaped kitchen layout, a natural work triangle is created from continuous counter space and work stations on two adjacent walls.  The benefit of this kitchen floor plan is that it not only provides the cook with an efficient work area, but it typically opens to a nearby room, making it easy for the cook to interact with guests.

The U-shaped Kitchen:

 

 

The U-shaped kitchen is the most versatile layout for kitchens large and small because the layout offers continuous countertops and ample storage, which surround the cook on three sides.  In larger kitchens, this floor plan is spacious enough to be divided into multiple work stations for cooks to easily prepare a meal together without getting in each other’s way.

How to enhance the U-shaped kitchen layout:

To maximize storage and keep countertops clutter free, conceal the microwave in a base or wall cabinet and store large cooking essentials in a corner lazy susan.

The G-shaped Kitchen:

 

 

The G-shaped kitchen is a version of the U-shaped kitchen layout, with the same amount of counter space and storage options that surround the cook on three sides.  However, the difference with the G-shaped kitchen floor plan is the peninsula or partial fourth wall of additional cabinets.

How to enhance the G-shaped kitchen layout:

Depending on the size of the kitchen, G-shaped kitchens can seem cramped.  To make the room feel more spacious, open up the wall in a nearby room and create a pass-through or breakfast bar for the family.

The Single-Wall or Straight Kitchen:

 

The single-wall kitchen floor plan is ideal for smaller homes.  The work triangle in this kitchen layout is less like a triangle and more of a work line with all three kitchen zones along one wall.

How to enhance the Single-wall kitchen:

Add additional storage and maximize the space by stacking cabinetry such all the wall pantry pull-out above the base pantry pull-out.

The Corridor or Galley Kitchen:

 

The corridor layout has a workspace large enough for one cook.  In this kitchen floor plan, the work stations face each other on parallel walls, creating a small work triangle.

How to enhance the Corridor kitchen:

Similar to the single-wall kitchen floor plan, stack storage solutions to maximize space.  If possible, add a pass-through or remove a wall to open the kitchen, but still allow for base cabinetry and countertop 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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Secret Tips and Material for Bathroom Remodeling

bathroom remodelingThe bathroom is usually a smaller room in a home. But someone can’t deny the importance of this room. It is the room which is used on a daily basis. So, it is important when anyone does bathroom remodeling because the goal should be to make the space more pleasurable as well as easier to use. Simple things can produce rich and great results in bathroom remodeling.There are some important tips and ideas regarding bathroom remodeling which can add value in the overall look and feel of your bathroom. bathroom remodelingPlan before the bathroom remodeling work is started. It is not an average work so it would take little time and thinking. Prioritization is very crucial in this area. So, consider the most important parts of the bathroom first and then others if your budget allows it to do.

Hiring a remodeling contractor is a good idea. If the work is not very difficult and tricky when remodeling, then it can be inexpensive and totally worth hiring a general contractor, in terms of the budget. It is important to have a general contractor for the difficult and the professional work, such as plumbing, electric wiring, Tile and granite work, cabinets installation because this work is better handled by  a professional with experience such as OTM Designs & Remodeling.

Another important tip in terms of the budget especially is the comparison of different materials required in bathroom remodeling. It will take little time but in return it can be very helpful in terms of the budget. Someone can select the best required material and save a lot on the budget by comparing the different quality materials and their brands.

Bathroom RemodelingSaving space is the most important issue for smaller bathrooms, but considering saving space can be useful in bathrooms of larger sizes as well. One important idea is to install a wall mounted toilet instead of traditional floor mounted toilet. Wall mounted toilets have their tanks attached within the bathroom walls, which gives approximately nine inches of extra bathroom space. In addition, wall mounted toilets look more attractive and elegant than the traditional toilets. Similarly, by physically creating extra space in a bathroom.

A well installed and organized lighting system can make the bathroom spacious and elegant looking. If there is natural sunlight shining in your bathroom, then make a window there for lighting; make sure this light remains here as long as possible. A well lighted bathroom gives an impression of a neat and clean look as well as a bigger look than it is.Replacing a Tub or Shower is usually the major consideration during bathroom remodeling. Usually homeowners do not properly plan before this task, which becomes costly for them later. Before buying and delivering it to your home, compare its dimensions to the other dimensions of the bathroom. If you have a small bathroom you can install a tub/shower combination that will save you alots of room.One of the most important tips for bathroom remodeling is painting. A fresh coat of paint gives the bathroom an appearance of a remodeling, when in reality the change is very minor. This can be a great idea for enhancing the look and feel of the bathroom if anyone has a small renovation budget. For wall painting, use the most well-known and special brand of paint which is moisture resistant. It is a very good idea to check the quality and brand of wall paint.

 

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Offer Steuer

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OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

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Bright White Kitchen Design

Whether what you want to engage in a partial kitchen remodel or you are seeking to completely remodel the whole kitchen, there are plenty of bright white kitchen design ideas available. Search for inspiration both offline and online to create the perfect kitchen for your home. Bear in mind that white cabinets in your kitchen simply reflect cleanliness. The popular bright white kitchen environment is found mostly in country and all-American kitchen styles.bright white kitchen

Transforming your Kitchen

If you are among the homeowners who desire clean and bright kitchen environments, then it is time to start planning your very own bright white kitchen. Even the most subtle of white accents can transform your kitchen from drab to fab instantly! This stems mainly from the fact that white is one of the best timeless colors you can use in your kitchen. When you make use of wood stains or even color tones in your kitchen, there is every possibility of them getting outdated with time. However, white colored kitchens can stay contemporary when properly designed.

Achieving a timeless look in your Kitchen

Do you own a traditional style kitchen? Embracing a bright white kitchen design is one sure way of keeping your kitchen trendy and timeless. When you make use of bright white kitchen cabinets, you succeed in creating a kitchen appearance that is slightly contemporary or more transitional dependent upon the type of design you choose. The white cabinets found in your kitchen are usually likened to a white dress which requires extra care and attention in order to maintain its beauty. You have to devote time to frequent cleaning of the cabinets in order to avert the appearance of smudges and dark stains on the cabinet which are easily visible on bright surfaces.

bright white kitchenTaking care of bright white kitchens

Kitchens with white accents generally require more time, energy and attention than the typical stained wood accents. When you know this before hand, you can ensure that your kitchen will remain spotless and sparkling so that you enjoy it for a lifetime without undue stress. Although there is the possibility that your white cabinets may need to be repainted (as will the entire kitchen) as time goes on, when a white kitchen is well crafted, it has the possibility of lasting as long as the rest of your home, even as it serves its purpose on daily basis.

Creativity and combination is key

Sometimes when you choose a bright white kitchen, you can create a unique air around the kitchen by adding a little shade of warm oak. This complimentary design involves soft shades of white within marble counter tops, cabinet features and tile flooring. You can go even further by opting for a dazzling white cast-plaster ceiling. For those who love accessorizing with other bright colors, tints of white can serve as a backdrop to punches of orange and blue. It would also interest you to know that the use of dark lampshades also work magic in transforming your kitchen.

Start planning your crisp white dream kitchen today!

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Offer Steuer

President

OTM Designs & Remodeling, Inc.

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Window Installation: When and Why its Time to Replace Your Windows

replacement windowsWindows serve an extremely important functionality when it comes to your home. Most notably, they open up the outside environment while, at the same, preventing the harsher environmental elements from penetrating our homes. As the years pass, however, the quality and functionality of windows degrades and causes unnecessary costs such as increased heating and cooling bills as well as regular maintenance. New premium vinyl windows cannot only revamp your home’s aesthetic look, but can additionally significantly cut costs in your home’s upkeep and maintenance.  Most importantly premium vinyl windows come with a lifetime warranty.

When should windows be replaced

When considering a new window installation, it’s imperative to first look over the performance of your current windows. Windows that stick or are unable to open, not only present a significant performance problem, but they can also pose a potential safety risk; in the event of a fire or other misfortune, windows can be valuable escape routes. Older, non-performing windows run the risk of being completely inefficient in times of emergencies. replacement windows

Additionally, older windows, particularly those from the original house construction, become extremely inefficient at regulating the outside environment. If you notice a cold draft coming in from a window in winter, chances are it’s time for a new window installation, which will ultimately save you money on heating.

Another noticeable sign that you need to instal new windows is the appearance of condensation that fogs the window pane. This condensation is typically the result of a seal failure, which allows moisturizer into the window glass. A new window is the best way for correction.

Energy efficiency

One of the main reasons for any home projects should be to increase energy efficiency and the same is highly applicable to window installation. Poorly performing windows allow heat to escape your home in the winter and cool-air to escape in the summer. You can easily check for a draft with a candle: move a light candle around the edges of your window and if the flame flickers, you more than likely need a new window installation.

While window maintenance, such as new sealing, should help with your home’s energy efficiency, the best results are obtained by installing a new window with recent energy-efficient technology. Many government programs are currently in place to offer tax credits for such window installation, thus contributing to the overall savings you should see when combined with lower utility costs.

New windows are, in fact, a vital component to maintaining your home and add significant value to your house’s worth. While the costs of a new window installation deter many homeowners, one has to keep in mind the significant reductions in utility bills-and those reductions easily add up.

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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Kitchen Remodeling Top 10 Tips

Tip No. 1 –  Determine a kitchen layout that suits your needs

Ever find yourself in the kitchen at a house party or during the holidays? It’s safe to say the kitchen is the heart of the home and over the last 50 years the kitchen has moved from the back of the house, to the center of attention. Once a dead end in the house, the kitchen’s contemporary application is often found in a “great room” setting promoting a home’s open floor plan. Although the kitchen’s modern appeal has doubled it into a social gathering space, one thing has remained the same:kitchen remodeling tips

Most of us are probably familiar with the work-triangle. This refers to the optimal relationship between the Sink, Stove, and Refrigerator, being spaced no more than 6 feet apart. A proper “work-triangle” is designed to reduce needless steps while cooking in the kitchen.

Tip No. 2 – Use quality materials

Cabinets provide the heart and soul of the kitchen as well as help set the tone and style of your entire home. Whether you prefer a traditional look or a contemporary kitchen, the drawer fronts and cabinet doors you pick accentuate the beauty of the kitchen, while also determining much of its durability. It is essential to consider both the aesthetics, including color and style, along with the function and strength of the material. As a major portion of the kitchen budget, balancing beauty, durability and cost are vital to a successful cabinet choice.

Although there is a multitude of different cabinet materials available, solid hardwoods, wood veneers and synthetics are currently the most popular.kitchen remodeling tips

Common solid hardwoods:

Alder: This solid hardwood has remained popular due to lower cost, broad range of available stain colors, and subtle grain appearance. Alder’s natural nut brown undertones allow it to take stain similar to a light colored maple, a dark walnut, or even a red cherry. It is a softer wood within the hard wood category, so not that tough. Great economical choice for raised panel stained wood with a high end look in the rustic and traditional kitchen styles.

This solid hardwood maintains its popularity due to its great versatility of use coupled with a reasonable cost. The subtle grain and natural nut brown undertones opens the alder to a variety of stain options. Well stained alder can have the appearance of many other wood types including light colored maple, dark walnut, or even a red cherry. Alder is a bit softer than other hardwoods so it may not be quite as resistant to wear and tear. Overall, it makes a great economical choice for decorative raised panel, stained wood giving a high end finished look best suited to rustic and traditional kitchen styles.

Poplar: Good economical choice for painted kitchen. Difficult to stain due to natural green undertones. Softer end of the hardwood spectrum, less durable than a maple, oak, and a little softer than alder. For the white French country style kitchen, painted poplar will give you the same look as maple at a lower cost, but it will not resist nicks. Typical used for high end decorative painted trim such as white wainscoting and crown moldings in tradition and French country kitchens.

General ContractorCherry: Higher end material choice that carries good durability and a rich red undertone. Often found in formal and refined traditional kitchens. Cherry will get darker with time or when it is exposed to sun light.

Maple: A very hard wood with a mild grain pattern. This material can take a natural stain, dark stain, or hold paint with a high level of durability. Cost is higher than poplar as a paint grade alternative and alder as a stain grade alternative but the maple will hold up better over the long run.

Wood veneers – Most any wood commonly used for hardwood doors is available is in thin sheets called veneer which are applied over resin particle board or MDF (medium density fiberboard). This type of door construction accomplishes a clean look with a natural wood finish or diffrent colors (Red, White, Black) often found in contemporary kitchens. A kitchen cabinet door cannot resist warping when fabricated in a flat wide style, so a wood veneer is used to create the appearance of a solid wood door without losing stability. When selecting specific veneer wood, the hardness plays a large factor in long term durability. Maple and cherry are the toughest, while alder and poplar are the softest or least durable. Cost is often pretty comparable to a solid raised panel door of similar wood species.

Synthetics – Process is similar to the above mentioned wood veneer, with the exception that the veneer material is a PVC substance that typically possesses more durability and lower cost. Often used in commercial applications and utilitarian residential. applications such as garages and laundry rooms.

Tip No. 3 – Decide whether to paint or stain

The debate continues, to paint or to stain! I’ll leave my biases out of this one (even though stain is easier to maintain, paint is often still preferred) and list the major pro’s and con’s:

  • STAIN

  • Colors come in variety of shades

  • Repair and touch-ups are easier. Easier to keep your cabinets looking good for a long time.

  • Less expensive and fewer steps.

  • Distressing or glazing make the maintenance easier.

  • Great choice for the Do It Yourselfer’s

  • PAINT

  • Probably the most popular look amongst home owners.

  • More process steps than stain and more expensive to finish.

  • Touch-ups can be difficult.

  • Refinished often requires professionals to match your existing colors.

  • On average 10-12% more expensive than stain ($2,000 more on a $20,000 kitchen packet).

Tip No. 4 – Choose appropriate colors

This might seem like the simplest of things to do in a kitchen remodel, but choosing the right colors can either bring harmony to a room, or a create a wrong impression. In basic color theory, colors have different meanings and are generally either stimulating or relaxing. Here is a list of the colors of the rainbow and their meanings:

  • Red: Stimulating/Increases Appetite

  • Orange: Stimulating/ Increases Appetite

  • Yellow: Stimulating/ Increases Appetite

  • Green: Relaxing/Balance

  • Blue: Relaxing/Decreases Appetite

  • Indigo: Relaxing/Decreases Appetite

  • Violet: Balance/Relaxing/Decreases Appetite

The kitchen should be a combination of both relaxing and stimulating colors. It is difficult to work in a kitchen that is too relaxing but at the same time shouldn’t be too stimulating that it makes you hungry.

Tip No. 5 –  Break the horizontal lineGeneral Contractor

Stagger the height, length, and depth of wall cabinets. Horizontal lines at the top and bottom row of cabinets can make a kitchen look rigid and static. A break from the horizontal line can give your kitchen remodel an updated rich look.

Tip No. 6 –  Build bridges, not walls. Islands and peninsulas are the new kitchen walls

Over the last 30 or so years, the open floor plan has become increasingly popular and the function of a great room (containing kitchen, dining, and living space) is becoming the norm. Many remodels we’ve done in the past have been transforming compartmentalized floor plans into a contemporary, open floor plan by knocking down any barrier walls between kitchen and living room. Instead of walls defining the kitchen’s borders, peninsulas and islands provide a better alternative. They prevent the kitchen from spilling over visually into other spaces, and also allow the cook to maintain visual and conversation contact with family members and guests.

Tip No. 7 – Find a creative contractor with expertise and realistic ideas

There’s no one size fits all approach to kitchen remodeling (or home remodeling in general). That’s why it’s important to find a contractor that is capable of creating unique solutions specific to your kitchen’s needs. OTM Designs & Remodeling is a general contractor that uses the design/build model.Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

Traditional remodels typically involve an architect or designer, an engineer, and a general contractor. The design/build model combines all three into one convenient package. Allowing one company to oversee your kitchen remodeling project saves you money and headaches. In addition, a creative contractor will offer practical design solutions that may otherwise have been overlooked.

An example is creatively using the existing kitchen footprint which saves money on flooring, plumbing, and other minor expenses allowing money to be dispersed on larger features of the kitchen remodel.

Tip No. 8 –  Selecting the right kitchen countertop

Countertops are important to your kitchen because they can help give your kitchen a particular tone that represents your lifestyle. If you have been looking around, then you are probably aware by now that there are numerous alternatives to granite or laminate.

Tip No. 9 – Selecting the right kitchen Sink

Kitchen remodels are everything and the kitchen sink. When it comes to the kitchen sink, the function will usually outweigh the looks. Sinks come in an array of styles, but it is important to consider how you plan to use your kitchen sink. It is also important to choose a sink appropriate to the size of your kitchen or ad an extra sink on your island.

It is recommended for small kitchens to use a standard double bowl, and for larger kitchens there are multiple bowl options, and it is often recommended to consider a secondary bar sink if multiple cooks will be in the kitchen.

Tip No. 10 – Light your kitchen appropriately

What good is the your perfect kitchen remodel if you can’t see its features? If you are fortunate enough to be situated near windows, use them! Nothing beats natural lighting. But what about at night or in cases where you don’t have any windows? That’s when using a combination of ambient, task, and natural lighting comes in hand.Kitchen Remodeling

Pendant lightings are typically used as task lighting above a kitchen island or peninsula. They serve as a perfect design element that accentuates the tone of your kitchen.

Under mount lighting is a nice way to add luminosity to areas otherwise void in your kitchen. They’re a great way to accent your kitchen’s features such as a special tile backsplash or glassware.

Recessed lighting is by far the most popular way to light a kitchen. It has become a standard choice of lighting in contemporary homes.

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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Top 10 Must Haves for Your Kitchen Remodel

full extension drawers1.) Appropriate Storage: Ample storage space provides the opportunity for a neat and tidy kitchen remodel design. The options available in today’s cabinetry give homeowners a variety of ways to stay organized. These options include recycle bins, spike racks, pull-out trays, full extension drawers and cutlery dividers. These options help you follow the ever-important saying “a place for everything and everything in its place.”

2.) Hiding Places: A common trend in today’s kitchen remodel design is being able to hide appliances and unsightly items such as trash cans. Today, homeowners are hiding trashcans behind decorative cabinet doors with roll out capabilities. Special counter top storage cabinets are also available to store appliances, such as mixers, toaster and blenders, behind closed doors. Being able to tuck these items away reduces the cluttered look of the countertop and appears clean and tidy. pull out drawers

3.) Space Makers: Homeowners today are keen on using every square inch of their cabinet space for slide-ins and pull-outs. Also popular with homeowners are large pull-out drawers for pots and pan. With these unique additions, maximizing the organization of your cabinets is easier than ever before.

natural countertops4.) Natural Countertops: Natural materials such as granite and quartz are strong choices for countertops because of their lifetime durability and low maintenance appeal. In spite of their cost, they have become increasingly popular choices for perimeter counter tops, islands, and peninsulas and bar tops.

5.) Decorative Counters: Right in line with the choice of natural countertops is decorative counters. While in the same category, these choices are distinctly different. The selection of decorative countertops applies to the type and style of stone you choose. With the countertop being the focal point of the kitchen, you can amplify the look and feel of your kitchen with the right countertop selection. A manifest of its natural formation in the earth, no two slabs of granite are the same. With hundreds of colors and an endless range of possibilities, selecting the countertop with the right decorative edge is a must for your kitchen remodel. dual fual range

6.) Dual-Fuel Range: Dual fuel ranges provide the perfect combination for cooking aficionados. With a cooking range fueled by natural gas and an electric oven, you have the best of both worlds at your hands. With the capacity to surface cook with gas and bake and broil with electric, you have the optimum temperature controlling abilities suitable for each type of cooking.

7.) French Door Refrigerator: Among the trendy and sleek trends of today’s kitchen remodel design is the French door refrigerator. These refrigerators feature two side-by-side doors as the fridge area and a large bottom drawer for the freezer. Appealing features include extra-large deli storage areas, beverage chillers and various other organizational amenities depending on the model chosen. While the latest trend in color is the stainless steel models, these refrigerators are also available in classic colors of white, black and bisque. french door refrigerator

8.) Induction Cooktop: Although expensive, induction cooktops are the latest trend in the cooking industry. With induction technology, it is possible to boil a pot of water in 60 seconds. Induction cooktops use electromagnetic energy to heat the food inside the pan rather than heating the pan itself. If you have a busy on the go lifestyle with little time to cook, an induction cooktop is a must have for your kitchen!

9.) Classy Décor: Small decorative touches can make a big difference in your kitchen. Years ago, kitchens were very sanitary and free from decorative appeal. Today, homeowners are using kitchen décor to highlight the quality and appeal of their home. Options for adding décor include ornate tile backsplashes, textured finishes and overlays. Lighted cabinetry or spotlights to showcase specialty dishes or décor have become increasingly popular as well. kitchen remodel

10.) Your Own Island: Nothing beats having your own island in the center of your kitchen. Islands are a common theme in many kitchen remodels and the trend continues to be strong, primarily due to their functionality and usefulness. Kitchen islands can serve as additional working space or cooking space by adding a cook top. They also provide a decorative edge by providing space to display decorative pieces that give your kitchen that extra touch. A recent trend in kitchen islands is to accent the cabinetry in a different finish from the other cabinets, providing a touch of versatility and class.

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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7 Successful Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Bathroom Remodeling Tip No. 1

  • To make your bathroom remodeling experience as successful as possible, we recommend that you start your remodeling process with the piece that has the most impact: the bathroom vanity. Keep this in mind and then work your way through the others areas. Make sure your flooring pairs up well with your bathroom cabinet as they will be the focal point for anybody that walks into the room. The right stain of wood is also crucial as it will determine the color of your walls and how well they will make your bathroom vanity stand out.

Bathroom Remodeling Tip No. 2

  • bathroom remodelChoose the right size of bathroom cabinet that complies with the plumbing code of your area. Please remember not to get too close to the toilet (if that is your case) as it will make the bathroom look crowded and uncomfortable. Align your vanity as best fits your bathroom design. You can either center it along the wall or push it against the corner.

Bathroom Remodeling Tip No. 3

  • Make sure you get a bathroom vanity that has the sufficient amount of storage for the particular bathroom you are remodeling. Check that the drawers and cabinets have enough space to store medium and large items (such as combs and hair dryer). For small items, consider getting a cabinet mirror instead of a flat mirror on top of your vanity.

Bathroom Remodeling Tip No. 4

  • A modern free-standing vanity can have a spectacular and dramatic look when combined with the right wall style. Most high-quality modern bathroom vanities are finished with the same high quality stain in all sides. In addition, most good quality bathroom cabinets are made out of solid hard wood and the hardware used is guaranteed for life.

Bathroom Remodeling Tip No. 5

  • Some of the solid wood types used to make bathroom vanities include: cherry, birch, ash, pine, and maple. Maple hard wood is a popular choice for bathroom vanities, some manufacturers use it primarily as a base for enamel or stains. It has little graining and tends to appear yellow.

Bathroom Remodeling Tip No. 6

  • bathroom remodeling tipsBe aware that some stores will market their bathroom cabinets as made completely out of “solid wood;” however, a bathroom vanity base can be made up of a wide variety of products and veneers. Even in some of the best high-quality bathroom cabinets, solid wood may be used only for frames and doors. Vanities made out of composite and synthetic materials just can’t match the warmth, look, feel, and smell of “quality” that you get with solid wood bathroom vanities.

Bathroom Remodeling Tip No. 7

  • Lastly, remember that the most successful bathroom remodeling is the one that is designed around your personal needs. Shop around for bathroom vanities on the internet so that when you start your remodel you know what you want and you’ve seen the many different choices you have. Online retailers usually give you the opportunity to see all the selection they carry because they are not limited by floor space, which is usually the case when you drive to your local plumbing store.

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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.

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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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Countertop Material Choices For Your Kitchen Remodel

Getting countertop ideas these days with the many countertop choices in materials is easy but confusing. There are many different options when it comes to kitchen countertops.  Provided below, is a list of countertop material options and we’ve also included a brief summary about each for when you’re ready for your kitchen remodel.  Each one is different and has advantages and disadvantages.

Granite is the most popular countertop material choice these days for good reason. Granite is strong, scratch resistant, heat resistant, stain resistant, and a washable type of countertop.  When you see granite you know right away it is a natural substance.  Granite is a good countertop material choice for areas that get a lot of use. It comes in many colors and variations and provides a natural stone look, Granite fabrication in Los Angeles is very popular..Granite Countertop in Los Angeles

  • Pros:  Survives spills, hot pots, knives, and more.

  • Cons:  Needs periodic sealing for stain protection. Color and grain may differ from store samples.

Quartz  is a single unified solid block.  Because the solid color runs the entire way through the counter, any sctaches or knicks can be sanded out without damage to the countertop.  These kitchen countertops are custom made for your specific remodeling project.  Solid surfacing comes in various thicknesses and can be joined almost invisibly and seamless.  It can also be sculpted to integrate the sink and backsplash.

CaesarStone An excellent choice for a contemporary look and an ideal choice for beautiful, easy-to-maintain countertops, CaesarStone is made of approximately 95% natural quartz. Both durable and practical, CaesarStone is resistant to heat, staining or scratching. With a variety of finishes and colors, CaesarStone is a great fit, and a great countertop material choice for any countertop in your home.

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  • Pros:  No seams, in the counters, color can be custom made to match your kitchen, resistance to heat and impact, scratches and small nicks can be buffed out and repaired

  • Cons:  Solid surfacing scratches easily, and prolonged heat can cause discoloration. Cost can rival that of quartz and granite, which are much tougher and more authentic looking.

Laminates countertops actually is very cost effective, tough, and cleanable. Laminate really is a fine countertop material choice for those on a budget. This is basically a plastic-like material with a very smooth surface usually layed on top of layers of compressed plywood.  Laminates typically show seams on the front edge and between the backsplash and counter.  Laminates come in sections, a variety of colors, is long lasting and easy to clean and maintain.

  • Pros:  Resisting stains, impact, and heat. They’re easy to clean and maintain.

  • Cons:  Most versions have a colored top layer, which shows at the edges. Water can seep through seams or between the countertop and backsplash, weakening the material beneath or causing lifting. Laminate is easily scratched and nicked and can’t be repaired.

Ceramic Tile countertops are out of style because nobody likes cleaning grout joints. Tile is pretty tough but can chip, and is stain resistant aside from the grout joints.  Ceramic tile comes in an almost limitless selection of colors and patterns. It mixes nicely with other materials, and it works well on a backsplash or island tops.

  • Pros:  It offers good heat resistance, so it’s a good choice around stoves.

  • Cons:  Chip easily,  grout is likely to stain even when it’s sealed.

Marble The stone most often associated with opulent luxury, marble has been used as a finish in the most affluent homes for centuries. With an array of beautiful colors and dramatic veining, marble countertops accent almost any décor with spectacular results.

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  • Pros:  Small nicks and scratches can be polished out.

  • Cons:  Marble chips and scratches easily,  need to seal marble periodically to protect it from staining.

Travertine A beautiful naturally pitted stone formed underground near hot springs, travertine countertops evoke the feeling of antiquity. (The Roman Coliseum is constructed mostly of travertine.) Available in porous or polished finishes and in colors from gray to coral, Travertine countertops provide an elegant addition to any kitchen or bathroom.

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 Soapstone countertop material is bluish gray in color and very smooth.  Overtime the countertop will darken and gain richness.  This material does require some mainteneance such as, you’ll have to rub the soapstone with mineral oil to reveal and maintain its beauty.

  • Pros:  Best for adding the beauty of stone to a low-traffic kitchen. It withstands heat very well, and small scratches can be repaired.

  • Cons: Iit’s easily sliced, scratched, and nicked. Stain resistance is so-so, and it needs to be periodically rubbed with mineral oil.

Stainless Steel countertops are the countertop of choice as a material in commercial applications because they last, and are very cleanable. In residential situations stainless steel countertops would only work in certain modern designs. Stainless steel is stain resistant. It lets you integrate countertops with stainless appliances for a sleek, professional kitchen look.

Modern Kitchen Countertop

  • Pros:  Stain resistant, heat resistant, waterproof.

  • Cons:  Scratches and dents easily and shows fingerprints.

Concrete countertops are fabricated right in your kitchen and can be styled into any shape, color or pattern.  Because they are poured right in your kitchen, they will always be seamless.  Concrete of course is a strong material, but can stain. Concrete countertops can provide a unique look.

  • Pros:  Concrete can be tinted and textured and can include stone chips.

  • Cons:  It chips and scratches easily and can develop hairline cracks. Topical sealers can protect against stains but not heat; penetrating sealers can handle heat, but not stains.

There are many countertop material choices for your home remodel design.  The fun is finding the one that fits your look and lifestyle 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 !

 

 

 

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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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Create A Stunning Master Bathroom Remodel

If you are planning to remodel your master bathroom, make a thorough inventory of your bathroom’s layout and décor. From there you can determine your budget, whether you need to add more space, relocate a wall or small addition, and what items to replace, tub, shower, vanity, countertops, ect. Your master bathroom could be starved for natural light as well. master bathroom remodeling

If you have decided to renovate your entire master bathroom, then your shower is a good beginning. Enhance your master shower by adding some custom features like dual temperature controls, body sprays, a rain dome or a steamer can turn your master shower into your own private spa. Once you have experienced these features in your shower you will find it to be a wonderful way to begin and end every day.

When you are researching for new master shower fixtures, try to find good American brands like Kohler, American Standard and Moen that  are very affordable.  They will offer you the same benefits as the more expensive brands and allow you to budget for additional items you may want.

Consider incorporating some convenient features in your shower, like installing a bench, built-in shampoo niches and tiling the ceiling to giving your shower a finished, custom look. The use of glass block as a partition wall is a great way to add natural light and privacy to your shower, as well as giving your master bathroom a touch of sophistication

When selecting a new décor for your master bathroom remodel, tile selections for your bathroom floor can be your biggest challenge. There are many different types, styles and sizes, so choose your colmaster bathroom remodeling designors, patterns, as well as your grout color  that will create a smooth transition throughout your entire bathroom. If your master bathroom remodel design is tight on space or narrow, consider rectangular or elongated diamond shapes, running the length of the room, will give you a stunning design, and keep your bathroom from looking too busy.

Travertine, polished limestone and marble are still a very popular tile because of their soft and neutral tones. Arranged in a rectangular, square, or brick pattern is a very attractive style you may want to consider. Give your master bathroom remodel design a little pizzazz by adding small polished stones, mosaic or glass tile as an accent. Creating medallions, using different shades or finishes is an excellent way to bring your cabinet, countertop and paint colors together. A trend that is becoming very popular with many homeowners is to incorporating your floor designs onto to your walls and carrying that pattern throughout your shower walls, tub surround & deck.

Be sure to finalize your tile design by arranging your patterns, including your grout color and width, on the bathroom floor and shower area. This will give you a good visualization of your project, determine where the short “cuts” in your tile will be, and allow you time to consider any changes you may want to make. Remember to seal your new grout and upgrade your shower floor pan and walls with the latest “water proof” underlayment and sub-strait systems.  Most shower pan systems are perfect for steam and sauna applications. This will insure against leaking, mold, mildew and provide a lasting job for years to come.   master bathroom remodel

If you are considering updating your tub, many manufactures are offering new and exciting products. You can replace your outdated built-in garden tub with a more efficient and modern design. A new tub style may also allow you to redesign your tub deck, creating a more spacious feel in your master bathroom remodel design. A claw foot soaker is another great option, eliminating the need for a tub deck altogether, and giving your bathroom a roomy, elegant décor.

Your vanity and countertop is also a very important feature of your master bathroom remodel design. With many different combinations, it allows you to showcase your vanity as a beautiful enhancement to your bathroom’s décor. You can maximize your wall space with a traditional built-in and dressing table combination, or vanities separated by a linen cabinet, (doors below & open shelves above) will give you a, his and hers look, as well as offering you additional storage and countless decorating ideas.

Compliment the look of your vanity with a marble, engineered quartz or unmistakable granite countertop. Add a little flair with a custom chiseled or wide bull nose edge. Finalize your design with a unique vessel or porcelain sink and reduced version of your tile design as your backsplash. Make sure to select your sinks and faucets at the same time, this will ensure each will work beautifully together on your new countertop.

Complete your master bathroom remodeling project with new lighting. Recessed lights placed around the perimeter in a soffit, and a few wall sconces separating your portrait mirrors, you will have created a stunning master bathroom 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:

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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Our Top Basement Remodeling Ideas

general contractorMany people think of their basement as a dark, dank area that provides extra storage and a place to put the furnace. However, a basement can be so much more than that. Today, homeowners are putting their basements to many different uses and turning them into enjoyable and highly functional spaces.

It may be tempting to make-over your basement yourself, but you will be better off if you hire a home remodeling company. Remodelers have amazing basement remodeling ideas, and they have solutions for handling issues like low ceilings, dampness or water leaks, exposed ducts and plumbing, appropriate flooring, and bare concrete walls.  Here are our pick of the top basement remodeling ideas we’ve come across in projects.

The First Basement Remodeling Idea on the list is “In-Home Theaters”: In-home theaters are a natural choice for basements since they benefit from a lack of natural light. Remember that planning for an in-home theater requires more than just choosing stereo equipment and blu-ray players. The furniture and layout of your room are also essential elements. Seating should be comfortable, well-positioned for good viewing, and easy to clean, since eating in the in-home theater is a must. You will need ways to conceal excess wiring and to ensure air circulation, since all of those electronics can make the room warm. Install dimmable lights for the best control over light levels.

The Second Basement Remodeling Idea on the list is “Game Room/Bar“: Poor lighting is a problem in many basements, but in a game room or bar it can create ambiance. Basement game rooms also mean that you don’t need to worry about whether the pool table or arcade games are too heavy for the floor. When planning for a pool table, make sure you have enough room for players to move around the table easily; you don’t want to have to worry about pool cues marking your walls. You can combine your in-home theater with a bar or game room to create an overall entertainment center that provides screen space for video games. Many parents with older children like this set-up because it allows the kids to play at home while being out of the way.

The Third Basement Remodeling Idea on the list is “Guest Room or Au-Pair/In-Law Suite”: These days many families have grandparents or childcare providers living with them. You can convert unused basement space into a suite, with a small living room, bedroom, bath, and kitchenette. This gives the live-in guest some privacy and a place to call their own. Even if you don’t have someone living with you, the basement is a great place to put a guest room.

The Fourth Basement Remodeling Idea on the list is “Family Room or Play Room“: These rooms are popular for the basement since they require a lot of space to run around, something many basements have in abundance. You can combine two or more uses by setting up a family room area with seating and television (which can become a small in-home theater) and a separate play area for the children.

The Fifth Basement Remodeling Idea on the list is “Home Gym“: Basements tend to be on the cool side, but that’s not a problem in a home gym. Home gyms allow you to store a lot of exercise equipment in an out-of-the-way location and can save you money on gym memberships. Plus, you’ll have no excuses not to exercise!

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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Smart Kitchen Remodeling Pays Off

kitchen remodelingThese days everyone is concerned about resale value when they think about home renovations. Kitchens are the hub of everyday life and they go out of style faster than other parts of the house, so they are one of the most common places to put your remodeling dollars. Even in today’s uncertain economy, a good kitchen remodel can add significant value to your home. However, everyone should realize that it’s more important to have a smart kitchen remodeling project than one that is luxurious or has the latest cutting edge features.  So what exactly constitutes “smart” kitchen design? Below are some of the factors found that make for a “smart” and high-value kitchen remodeling project.

Don’t Over-Improve: It’s important to take your neighborhood into account when planning a renovation. If the homes in your area are modestly priced, you probably aren’t going to recoup the costs of a high-end kitchen remodel when you sell your home. In other words, don’t spend $50,000 on a house that is worth $200,000. Instead, think small. Researchers found that the average minor kitchen remodeling project returned 72 percent of its value while major remodels recoup slightly less. Remember that you can accomplish a lot on a modest budget. For example, kitchen cabinet re-facing is inexpensive, but can change the whole appearance of your kitchen.kitchen remodeling

Pricier Isn’t Necessarily Better: Sometimes when you pay more for cabinets and appliances, you get more features and higher quality. And sometimes you don’t. Are you paying for bells and whistles you’re not going to use or for appearance rather than enhanced function? Think about the features you really want and then do some research. Consumer Reports, run by the non-profit Consumers Union, rates kitchen appliances, counters, floors, and cabinets, based on its own tests and the reports of 18,000 members. Their magazine and website discuss a range of ideas and products for homeowners. One of their best-known features is when they put appliances through rigorous tests to see which perform the best, and will tell you which units are most energy efficient. You can conduct your own research by reading reviews through Angie’s List, Amazon.com, or other websites that sell appliances and request consumer feedback.

kitchen remodelingSmart Planning: The more planning you do ahead of time, the less likely you are to change your mind (incurring extra costs) during construction or to make costly mistakes. Make sure all of your plans are in place before you start remodeling. Smart planning also counts in the design stage. Remodeling isn’t just about enhancing the appearance of your kitchen but also about improving its functionality. You want to consider traffic flow through the room and think through how you use the room. Do you do a lot of entertaining? Do the kids do their homework in the kitchen? Are you planning on having a baby soon? All of these things can have an effect on the kitchen’s design. Also consider the ergonomics of how you use the kitchen. You can have a high-end dishwasher, but if it’s not near the sink, it will be a pain in the neck. Good ergonomics also mean a compact work triangle between the fridge, stove, and sink. A bigger kitchen isn’t necessarily better if it puts these elements too far away from each other. You should only have to move two or three steps from each part of the triangle to another.kitchen remodeling

Don’t Skimp on Essentials: Although smart planning means saving money, you don’t want to cheat yourself by skimping on the things that really count. Do your research so that you get high-quality, durable, functional cabinets and long-lasting, easy-care countertops. Be sure that your lighting is adequate for your needs and that your appliances are a good value and save energy costs. However, the most important place to ensure good value for your money is in the labor. Whatever remodeler you hire, check them out with the BBB and call references. Poor workmanship will cost you more in the long run than it saves. And, you will be living with the contractors in your house for a while; you want to ensure they are people you feel comfortable with and trust.

 

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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Contemporary Home Decor and Design

modern kitchen resized 600Mixed up by modern? Confused by what’s considered contemporary? With more emphasis on home design today, it can be difficult for homeowners to distinguish between the array of design styles.

Contemporary, or “Modern”  is characterized by clean lines and smooth surfaces without intricate details. But that doesn’t mean your home will look stark, cold and sterile. Long gone are the days of boxy furniture and eccentric decorating. Today’s updated contemporary look is a blend of comfortable, livable elements that create a sophisticated, fresh feel.

To create this look in your home, start by incorporating these five key elements: color, metal accents, texture, wood tone and lighting.

Color
Contemporary design is offset by neutral color palettes. When painting the walls, choose shades of brown, taupe, cream or pure white. However, neutral does not mean boring, so be sure to infuse the room with small splashes of a more vibrant, bold color. This may include painting one wall with an accent color, adding a bold red sofa, or adding vivid accessories, such as decorative pillows, towels, rugs or art. Just be sure not to over-accessorize – the key to contemporary design is simplicity.

Metal accents
Stainless steel, nickel and chrome metals are prevalent in contemporary design, providing a decorative framework of sleek finishes. Furniture, end tables, lamps and even bathroom fixtures featuring beautiful metal accents provide this look in all rooms of the home. In the bath, the Fina  faucet from ShowHouse features soft modern style cues with a high-arc, marquise-shaped spout, lever handles and a contemporary-shaped base. The beautifully designed faucet also features a flow-optimized aerator for water savings.

Texture
To offset the clean, smooth lines of the metal accents, use fabrics such as silk, crushed velvet, linen or wool in your room to add texture and create a more natural, inviting feeling. In the bathroom, this may include fluffy rugs, towels or fabric shower curtains. In family rooms, this could include over-stuffed pillows, window treatments or the furniture upholstery. Texture can also be added to walls. New wallpapers made of linen can be an interesting way to add depth to the vertical surfaces of the room. But one word of caution – stay away from elaborate patterns or intricate details when choosing fabrics, as this will confuse the clean, contemporary look you are trying to achieve.stainless steel kitchen 1 resized 600

Wood
When it comes to wood surfaces, contemporary designs bring out the extremes, featuring very light or very dark tones. When incorporating woods into your design, look beyond the coffee table and utilize wood surfaces in accessories such as picture frames, large dramatic flower pots or shelves. Feel free to mix the design styles of the wood accessories, but be consistent with the wood tone and carry it throughout the room for a professional appearance.

Lighting
Lighting is extremely important in contemporary design, often seen as the key in illuminating the room’s design. When choosing lighting for your home, there are many new choices available that provide interesting, clean lines. Track lighting or floor lamps are popular in contemporary design and often utilize metals or bold colors to reinforce the other metal accessories or splashes of color incorporated into the room.

By looking at these five different elements and incorporating them into your home decor, you’ll be on the path to creating a sophisticated, yet contemporary home. Just make sure that you choose items that you love and elements that inspire you and you’ll be on the right path to a beautiful and inviting room.

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 Refinishing- Updating Your Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinetsIf your cabinet frames and your cabinet doors and drawer fronts are in good structural condition and you want to remodel your kitchen without spending too much money, you can add a dimension of beauty to your kitchen by refinishing your kitchen cabinets. Replacing cabinets are a very costly part of any remodeling project but sometimes that same look can be achieved through refinishing. If you are unclear on the remodeling terms being used here, refinishing is not the same as refacing. Refacing a kitchen cabinet means replacing all the doors, drawers, molding, and spacers with new ones whereas refinishing means sanding down your cabinets, stripping the finish, and reapplying a new veneer or finish. Refinishing versus refacing will generally save the homeowner $5000 (or more) depending on type of fronts are placed, condition of the cabinets, etc.

When you hire a refinishing contractor, you are hiring a contractor to strip the finish from your existing kitchen cabinets and cabinet frames and re-apply a new veneer and new finish. This new finish will either act to restore the cabinets to their original beauty or restyle the cabinets to match any new design scheme the contractor has designed for your kitchen. Once your cabinets are stripped, they basically become a blank slate for your contractor to work with.

Refinishing a cabinet means following a series of steps and procedures. When you hire a contractor to do work on your cabinets, they will typically first present you with a sample of whatever finish you choose. This can be done two ways. First, the contractor can bring you a sample of stained or treated wood that will look similar to yours. Second, the contractor can actually remove a cabinet or a drawer, take it back to the workshop, work on it, and present it to you as a finished product. This aspect of the project is done initially to get your approval on the color, stain or finish. Any changes that need to be made are typically done in this phase.

After the refinishing contractor has your approval, they will schedule a date to begin work. This is important because it gives you time to prep your kitchen. Because the refinishing process involves your cabinet frames as well as the fronts and drawers, you will need to clean everything from inside of your cabinets and from your countertops. The sanding and refinishing process generates an abundance of dust so make sure when your refinishers begin, they tarp up the kitchen area well so the dust and debris doesn’t permeate throughout your home.

Typically, the crew will come in your home, remove everything they need, and take it to their workshop. In the mean time, there will be a crew working at your home working on the cabinet frames so everything is ready on site when the offsite work is done. Just a bit about the actual process itself so you understand refinishing, contractors will use a chemical stripping agent to remove the wood stain and any veneer. After that, the wood is sanded by machine for broad sand, and then sanded by hand to get the areas the machine cannot reach. After the stripping and sanding, a new stain is applied followed by a few coats of sealer and a few coats of lacquer. There are also finishes that can be achieved if the homeowner’s design plan necessitates such as antique finishes or glazed finished which is also possible with a skilled refinished and the extra steps are done at this stage. If you opted for a painted finish, there are not as many later steps involved, however, the sanding is still the same and many times a primer coat need to be applied along with a sheen coat for protection.

The typical time to complete the refinishing project can be anywhere from 3 days to a week depending on how many cabinets you have, the wear, the finish you choose, and other deciding factors. After this process is done, the contractors will mount your hardware and everything else. We recommend purchasing new hardware versus using your old hardware.

Refinishing is a great way to restore your cabinets to their original beauty or to integrate your existing cabinets into your design scheme without purchasing new custom cabinets. When you are looking for a refinishing contractor, keep in mind that there are more options than just stain and paint such as techniques to get different looks like antique looks and aged looks. A good refinisher can restore your cabinets to make them more glorious than ever, while saving you money.

 

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 Choose Exterior Paint Color For Your House

exterior paintDo you have trouble picking the right colors when it’s time to repaint the outside of your home?  Does the thought of choosing the wrong colors scare you silly?  The dizzying array of color choices is enough to give a homeowner a case of chromo phobia, the fear of colors.  How do you decide what colors to use when there are so many options?

At $50 a gallon or more for quality exterior latex, you can’t afford to make a mistake.  And if you don’t like the colors, your neighbors probably won’t either; colors have public impact — you’re not the only one who has to live with them.  But a little research and planning can help you get started with the confidence that the final paint job is one that you – and your neighbors — will be pleased with.

But don’t just take your painter’s suggestions, and don’t chicken out by choosing the same colors as the house down the street. Get past the fear with these simple steps for figuring out how to give the outside of your home the perfect new look.

Field, Trim, and Accent

An existing house isn’t a blank canvas – after all, you’re not changing the color of the roof, the brick or stone, and maybe not even the windows (if they’re vinyl or aluminum clad).  Roofs and masonry walls are large areas of unbroken color and natural starting points for creating a palette.

An exterior paint scheme should be made up of at least three colors: The field, or large areas such as walls or roofs. The trim, which is corner boards, window trim, fascias, rakes, etc. The accent or specific elements including:  doors, shutters, and other architectural features.

Field colors make up the majority of what you’ll see on the house and will lead you to the choice of trim and accent.

Are you trying to make your house look a little more prominent on the street? A lighter field color will make it look larger; a darker color will visually shrink it.  Lighter colors can also make a house look visually flimsy, while darker colors can give it a strong, solid appearance.

But it’s the trim color that can make or break the scheme. Painting the trim the same color as the field can work in some cases, but it can also give the house an “unfinished” or “wedding cake” look. Darker trim – especially around the windows – can cause a “frame” effect, where the windows look like pictures hung on a wall.  Keeping the trim lighter than the field is almost always a safe bet.  Gutters, downspouts, and similar elements should usually be painted the trim color to help them “disappear” into the background.

The accent color is where the excitement is.  Once you’ve chosen an attractive combination of field and trim, make it “pop” with an eye-catching accent color. It’s a tool to give life to an otherwise muted color scheme and draws attention to the important features of the house.  The front door, shutters, and the windows frames (not the trim) are good places for accent colors.  Windows painted with accent and trim colors together can be the most interesting part of the composition.

Match The Paint Scheme To The Style

The two most important considerations in choosing a color scheme are the architecture of the house and the neighborhood context.  Historic architectural styles, for example, look best in their original color schemes, although these can vary quite a bit. Original Colonial and Colonial Revival homes were often quite colorful on the inside, but less so on the exterior.

Often they were painted in a single color for the field and trim, with a second color for an accent. Combined with prominent red brick chimneys and a brick or stone base, the effect is a three-color scheme.

Victorian homes – often referred to as “painted ladies” – sometimes showed off six or more colors of trim and accent. Making that look good today takes the services of a color specialist and a lot of time. But a similar effect can be had with as little as three colors if they’re well placed on the house.

The Craftsman style of the early 20th Century sported a darker, earthier color scheme using deep browns, greens, and reds. The current popularity of the style is making more homeowners consider richer color schemes for their homes.

There are TONS of resources available for seeing examples of historically-accurate house colors – take advantage of those. Also take cues from the other houses in your area – a house should have its own personality and style, but houses don’t look good in “party dress” all the time.

Final Coat

Every color choice must be tried out on the house – don’t ever buy a gallon of paint from the color chip alone!  Most paint stores offer quarts of paint at reasonable prices so you can try out several colors or color combinations before you commit to a scheme.

Get a couple of paint decks (those color wheels that fan out)  from a couple of paint manufacturers to get started. Narrow your choices down to two or three paint schemes, then buy a quart of each color – and a quart of several other colors that are nearby on the color strips.

Here’s why: Colors that look great on the color strips don’t always look so great on the walls — and you’ll never know until you try them out!  Often, darker colors look much lighter on the house, so always get a quart of colors at least one tint lighter than your first choice (“tinting” makes a color lighter; “shading” makes a color darker.)

Leave the colors samples up on the wall for several days before you choose. Look at the color in sunlight and in shade, morning and evening. The larger the area you paint, the easier your choice will be!

Whether you’re comfortable with choosing colors or not, you have several resources that can make the decision much easier.  Many paint manufacturers have produced pre-selected color palettes arranged byarchitectual style or color range that specify compatible field, trim, and accent colors. They’re available at paint and building supply stores and many are very well done.  Many paint companies have online paint selection programs that suggest proper color combinations – some even allow you to preview colors on photographs of real houses, or on a digital photo of your own home.

Plan ahead, be bold in your color choices, and try colors on the house first.  You’ll be thrilled when your house has a fresh, exciting new look!  Who said watching paint dry is no fun?

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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Planning for a Room Addition? Room Addition Summary Guide

room additionDeciding to build a new room addition, such as a family room, is both an exciting and frightening undertaking.  Without room addition plans and a room addition checklist in place, the probability of getting the room addition you envision is highly unlikely. For many homeowners going down a room addition construction path, it is fraught with questions and uncertainty, however by creating a list of questions and then a room addition checklist, a plan of attack can begin to take shape.

To help you get started in planning your new room addition project, I have summarized below a high level room addition checklist. However keep in mind, there are many phases in a room addition project.  The summary room addition checklist I outline below should get you started, but at some point you will need to go much deeper in developing your own room addition plans and schedule.

1)  Visit Banks to Understand your Room Addition Finance Options

  • Room addition projects can cost upwards of tens of thousands of dollars, so unless you are paying cash for your project you will need to obtain financing.  Visit banks in your area to understand loan options available to you, as well as to get some idea of the amount of money you can borrow.  With this information you can then begin to establish a room addition budget.

2)  Room Addition Plans

  • You will need a complete set of room addition plans that include the structural detail to obtain building permits. You can create your own set of room addition plans utilizing a home design software package, or enlist the services of anarchitect. If your room addition is complex, I would highly recommend the services of an architect as they can ensure that the room addition works both functionally and aesthetically into your existing home.

3)  Hiring a Room Addition Contractor

  • With a complete set of room addition plans in hand meet with potential home building contractors to go over your plans and to solicit contractor bids. Carefully review each contractor bid to determine which home building contractor is right for your room addition project.

4)  Obtain Room Addition Construction Financing

  • Once you have selected a building contractor and know your new room addition cost, obtain financing on the project.

5)  Pull  Room Addition Building Permits

  • With a room addition contractor lined up and financing secured, visit your local building inspector to pull the building permits for your room addition. Most likely you will need framing and electrical permits. If plumbing is involved in the project you will also need to pull a separate permit for it.

6)  Begin the Construction of your Room Addition

  • With building permits in place you’re ready to break ground and begin construction of your room addition. With a room addition, construction should start with excavation, and pouring footings and foundation walls. The start and completion dates for the construction of your room addition should have been included in the timeline provided by your home building contractor.room addition

7)  Visit Home Construction Site Regularly

  • With a room addition project it is easy to regularly inspect the progress of it. Plan to meet up once a day with your contractor to see how things are going and to make sure there are no issues, such as delays in building materials. Also, if you see issues in the construction, bring them up promptly with your contractor. Fixing problems right away is always cheaper than fixing them later.

8)  Schedule Room Addition Inspections

  • Upon the completion of each phase of your room addition project, either you or your contractor should contact the local building inspector to come out to the site and inspect and sign off on the work.

9)  Obtain Final Inspection

  • When the room addition is complete, obtain a final inspection to permit you to formally and legally occupy your new room addition.  With your final inspection sign off complete, you are now ready to move into your new room addition.

It is important to remember that this is a summary room addition guide. There are many detailed steps along the way, as well as possible other major steps that may need to be taken depending upon your unique situation. For example, the movement of an electrical panel or the application of a setback variance; are just a couple of possibilities that may need to be addressed.  Have fun with your 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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New Windows Can Update the Look of Your Home

Replacing windows is a home improvement project that makes sense in many ways. In older homes, window replacement is likely to make your home far more energy efficient. In just about any structure, replacing windows can both increase curb appeal and enhance the view from indoors, too! When it comes to installing new windows, homeowners will have a huge variety of options in size and style. If you are looking to improve your home in both form and function, knowing what’s out there and what can be done is a must.

  • Good Candidates for Window Replacementnew window installation

If your energy bills are higher than you think they should be or higher than you wish they were, window replacement can considerably lower your bills, not to mention beautify your home. If your current windows don’t operate easily, are painted shut, or are otherwise broken or problematic, there’s a good chance that you could benefit from installing new windows.

  • Replacing Windows to Increase Efficiency

Older windows are notorious energy wasters. When you compare drafty, single-pane windows with today’s energy efficient models, there’s really no comparison. If you live in an area where heating or cooling costs are a significant concern, replacing windows is a sure way to keep the air you want inside and the air you don’t want outdoors where it belongs.new window installation

When shopping for energy efficient windows, pick a frame material and construction for superior thermal performance. Consider glazing layers, low e-coatings, fill gases, and the NFRC rating system when choosing new windows. Though the initial expense will be higher, opting for higher quality windows is the way to go if you want to really see the savings. Remember, even the best window will only be as good as its installation; take the time to talk to multiple contractors to find one that you feel comfortable with. To be extra certain you’re getting a quality installation, ask for references; you may even be able to go and see some of the contractor’s previous work in person.

  • Replacing Windows: From Simple to Complexwindows

You’ll have a lot to look at when you?re out window shopping. Obviously, the easiest window replacements involve swapping an old, drafty window for a new one of the same dimensions, however, many homes can benefit from moving a little outside the box. Enhancements such as bay or picture windows can go a long way in increasing curb appeal and livening up a living area. Some might even consider replacing bland windows with etched or stained glass. Installing specialty windows is a big job, and an expensive one, too; here, it is even more important to hire a contractor you are comfortable with.

  • Investing in Window Replacement

In some areas of the country, replacing windows is one of the most lucrative home improvement projects you can enter into. Depending on where you live, installing windows can sometimes recover more than 100% of their construction costs windows installationin added resale value for your property. It is important to remember, however, that not every window replacement will have the same return. If you are considering new windows simply as a way to increase your property value, it is a good idea to talk to someone in your area who really knows the housing market. Though researching statistics online is never a bad idea when beginning a home improvement project, discussing your options with a professional in your area will give you a good sense of what tends to work best in your neighborhood.

 

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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Custom Kitchen Designs

custom kitchen design

Custom kitchen design is not a task for the inexperienced or for the faint of heart.It requires expertise in all disciplines of design and kitchen construction as well as knowledge of function to create the perfect environment that will be both useful and aesthetically pleasing. Designing the perfect custom kitchen is a challenging task. Your custom kitchen design must look great and fit your style. It must also be able to accommodate cooking, dining, and be a comfortable place for gatherings of friends and family.  If you are not experienced, this can be a daunting task. A skilled contractor will speak with you and absorb what you want out of your kitchen then design and implement the perfect kitchen design that will not only accent your style, but will be the perfect functional workroom.

Any kitchen renovation project starts with a design. As stated before, this design should not only be aesthetically pleasing but should be designed to reduce un-necessary movements in your kitchen by making the most used elements of your kitchen in convenient places. A skilled remodeler is able to develop a great kitchen idea as a happy medium between form and function. They will begin with function and include the best materials to meet that function without compromising style. Custom kitchen design can be summed up with two words – function and design.

custom kitchen designIf you are looking at articles about custom kitchen design, you are most likely ready to begin the journey of remodeling your kitchen. The first step to any new remodel is a fact finding mission. This is a journey into design to see what others have done and what you like and dislike about other designs and designers. Your custom kitchen is wholly your own kitchen and should be designed for you, and in a sense, by you. You will tell your remodeler what you want to do in your kitchen and how you want it to look. Many times, ideas can be found in magazines and through internet searches. Look at designs, go to book stores, pick up magazines, look at your friend’s kitchens, and see what style you want. When you do make an appointment with your remodeling contractor, you will be much happier with their custom design if you bring what you want to the table and actual pictures of it for the contractor to mimic.

There are many different elements that make up a kitchen. From countertops to cabinets to flooring to storage, there is much planning that needs to occur before any custom design is drafted for a customer. Among the biggest deciding factors with this is budget and price. If your budget is infinite, the possibilities are infinite. If your budget is restricted, there are still ways to customize your kitchen without breaking the bank.

custom kitchenAny custom design will accentuate your kitchen countertops. A kitchen countertop can be one of the most important elements in any custom design. The material you choose should depend on your budget. However, if you want the look of stone but can’t afford it, there are ways around it such as using granite tile vs. a large granite slab. There are expensive materials and cheaper materials, but all can be utilized in your design based on your budget. Once again, as a custom design, you need to find the material that is customized to your function.

Another important part of custom design is your lighting. Kitchen lighting will accentuate all of your kitchen elements but it also serves a great function. In your custom design, you need to discuss with your remodeler the uses for your kitchen. If it is a relaxing area, you need dimmer availability. If it is more of a food prep area, you need bright lights on the most used areas. As a custom part to your kitchen, your lighting scheme should fit your use.

 

 

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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Endless Countertop Choices

countertopWhen looking for kitchen countertops, there are many different options.  Provided below, is a list of countertop options including brief information about each for when you are ready to remodel your kitchen. Each one is different and has its own specific advantages and disadvantages.

  •  Granite Countertops:  Granite is a beautiful countertop material and with the amount of granite suppliers, the price is not as expensive as it once was. Granite is a natural stone and embodies the image of beauty in a kitchen. Because we use a lot of granite in our kitchen designs, we are able to get high quality at a great price. From small to large kitchens, choosing granite will make a big impact. Granite is heat resistant and will virtually last a lifetime. Because it is natural, it comes in a range of many different styles and colors. An investment in granite means added value to your home for any potential home buyers. We seal all of the granite we install with special sealants that make it virtually maintenance free.

 

  • Engineered Stone:  Engineered stone is a man-made stone countertop that is composed of a natural substance (quartz) and materials to ensure its longevity. Because it is engineered, it is available in a vast color palette to match the style of any kitchen. And, unlike stone, the surface is non-porous so it resists stains and scratches. Once installed in your kitchen, no sealing is required. The brands we carry include Silestone and Zodiaq among other popular suppliers.

 

  • Solid Surface:  A solid surface countertop is a single unified solid block. Because the solid color runs the entire way through the counter, any scratches or nicks can be sanded out without damage to the countertop adding to their versatility. These kitchen countertops are custom made for your specific remodeling project. The vendors we use include Swanstone and Corian. The advantage to the custom build is there are no seams in the counters and the color can be custom made to match your kitchen. Though versatile, this type of countertop is vulnerable to heat.

 

  • Ceramic Tile:  Ceramic is a great inexpensive choice for counters. They are inexpensive, come in a variety of styles, are durable, and very easy to clean. Whatever the style of your kitchen, we can find the right texture and design to compliment it. And, ceramic is not susceptible to heat like many other counter materials. Our remodelers are careful to prepare the surface of your counter so each tile will be even and we seal the grout after we are finished to ensure your grout will not become stained through use.

 

  • Laminates:  A laminate countertop is very easy to clean and is made by a variety of manufacturers including Formica and Wilsonart. The laminate is basically a plastic like material with a very smooth surface usually laid on top of layers of compressed plywood or particle board. Laminate comes in sections, a variety of colors, is long lasting, and is very easy to clean and maintain.

 

  • Wood:  Wood countertops (also known as butcher block countertops) give a very warm country look to any kitchen. The grains and patterns in wood are very unique and range from soft lines to very powerful grains and all come in many colors and finishes. The most common wood for countertop woods is maple because of its strength but other woods such as oak, bamboo, and many other woods are also being used. These counters are easy to clean and if they scratch, can be sanded and resealed back to their original beauty.

 

  • Stainless Steel Countertops:  There is nothing more suited for a modern kitchen then a stainless steel countertop. It gives a powerful look while still being functional. Stainless steel is used in restaurant kitchens because they are resistant to heat and extremely durable. For a residential kitchen, these can be constructed to be seamless. The steel material is also very easy to clean and will not stain. If you are looking for a modern look, this is your countertop choice.

 

  • Soapstone Countertops:  Soapstone has not been seen too much as a countertop material but is gradually making a comeback. The actual material is bluish gray in color and very smooth. Many historic homes have soapstone countertop kitchens and it is making a comeback to modern homes because of its richness and deep color tones. Over time, the countertop will actually darken and gain richness. If you are interested in this countertop material, it does require some maintenance in the form of applications of oil at regular intervals throughout the year. Beauty does not come without some labor.

 

  • Marble:  As granite countertops drop in price because of their wide availability, marble countertops continue to be one of the most expensive kitchen counters available today. If you like the look of marble, we recommend using it as an accent piece rather than your entire kitchen such as used on a kitchen island. Our contractors will professionally seal your marble to make is stain resistant but may still need periodic resealing. Marble is a beautiful accent look to any kitchen.

 

  • Concrete Countertops: Concrete is the new kitchen countertop of choice. The countertops are fabricated right in your kitchen and can be styled to any shape, color, or pattern – and we do mean any. And, because they are poured right in your kitchen, they will always be seamless. While you may not think of concrete as an expensive countertop, it does come with a high price tag because of the skill and artisan craft that goes into each cast of stone. While it is quite expensive, no one will ever have the same countertop as you as each one is unique.

 

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 Kitchen Designs That You are Sure to Love

Small kitchen design is challenging and takes the right remodelers who understand how tosmall kitchen design work and make the most out of a small kitchen space. When a kitchen is small, it is easy to initially think there are no options for design, functionality, and amenities for such a small area. We have experience in small kitchen design and know that even if your kitchen is small and space is restricted, there are many designs and changes you can make to transform the small kitchen space into a functional kitchen. Following are the major design hurdles that must be overcome when working with a small kitchen.

1. Kitchen Storage In A Small Space

In a large or small kitchen, storage and available counter space is always an issue. While this holds true for large and small kitchens, it is especially true for small kitchens as all space is extremely limited. Making the most of your space is helped by having as many cabinets for kitchen storage as possible. By storing kitchen products in your cabinets, it cal help clean your counter space of clutter making your small kitchen appear large. Storing things away like small appliances, cups, and dishes in your cabinets will give you more space to work with. In addition, our contractors can install deeper cabinets and counters to help increase work space in your small kitchen. When space is an issue, you want to keep the clutter down in your small area to prevent a small kitchen from looking smaller.

By creating deep counter space and deep counter space, you will be able to store more and clear the clutter. In addition, storage makes your kitchen more practical through organization. Your kitchen will be organized by frequency of use and ease of retrieval. For instance, items like plates and cups will be lower and more accessible then blenders or food processors, items that may not be used every day. To make the most of the small space, your pots and pans should be stored next to your stove while your plates, cups, and silverware should be organized next to your dishwasher. In small kitchen design, it is not just about working in a confined area, it is about making the most out of storage space to reduce movements around the kitchen.

2. The Right Appliances

Every kitchen needs appliances, even a small kitchen. When considering small kitchen design, our remodelers always look for appliances that can be built in to the existing area. A cause of clutter in any kitchen is appliances. While some small appliances can be stored in cabinets, some appliances, such as a toaster oven or microwave, will most likely be left out because they are used more often. Having these appliances taking up the little counter space you have in a small kitchen can make it feel crowded.

Many appliances can be built in to your design such as mounting a microwave / toaster oven /oven in your kitchen and eliminating a stand alone oven by replacing it with a range top. Even a trash can can be stored as a pull out cabinet to maximize space. All traditional elements that are normally left out in a kitchen, if organized correctly, can be built in to your small kitchen design to maximize your space.

3. A Small Kitchen Needs A Pantry

For large kitchens, the most convenient aspect is a pantry or a closet to store your food, can goods, and even a trash can and appliances. In a small kitchen, having a pantry is an unachievable dream – not really. If you don’t have the room it does not mean you cannot have a pantry in your small kitchen. Small kitchens can utilize a pull out or roll out pantry or use a lazy susan as a corner storage element in a kitchen. And, if your kitchen is even too small to accommodate a roll our pantry or lazy susan, often times a closet can be built into an adjoining room to use as a pantry. Small kitchen design is all about getting creative and using the small space the best you can. Sometimes this means moving kitchen elements to other adjoining rooms.

4. Miscellaneous Kitchen Considerations

A few other points to consider in a small kitchen include lighting. Kitchen lighting is a big part when you are working with small spaces. With the right lighting, you can make even the smallest spaces appear larger. This is the same concept when putting a mirror in a room to make the space look larger. Lighting has that same effect in a kitchen. To make your kitchen look larger, we often use large recessed lighting, stay away from hanging pendant lights, and install under counter lighting to illuminate the dark areas to make make your available space look larger.

Another important part of design is your kitchen sink. We always put the largest kitchen sink so it will not look awkward in the design and will not take away from cabinet space. Kitchen sinks don’t need to be wide as a deep kitchen sink is just as useful – if not more – as a wide kitchen sink. If you have a small kitchen, imagine how cramped and uncomfortable your kitchen will feel with a large mound of pots and pans in your sink. Sink “storage” is just as important as cabinet storage.

Throughout all of these points for your small kitchen, one common thread ran through all, storage. With a small kitchen, storage is the most important element. When you design a small kitchen properly, you need to make the most out of your space by offering the most storage as possible. Our kitchen remodelers carefully consider all points discussed above to create the most functional and clutter free small kitchen 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:

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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Remodeling Your Kitchen- Getting Started

Planning new kitchen

A well-thought-out, detailed plan is a must for any kitchen project. Whether you design the kitchen yourself, work with a cabinet distributor or home center, or go to a kitchen designer, formulating a plan is the first step.

There are three basic kitchen functions to consider and arrange to create an ideal kitchen: storage, preparation and clean-up. And the following points will help you sort through those issues.

Typical Kitchen Layouts

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U-shaped
Planning new kitchen
L-shaped
Planning new kitchen
galley

For the last few decades, most kitchen designs have been based on three standard layouts: the U-shaped kitchen, the L-shaped kitchen and the galley kitchen

Those all make use of the classic work triangle concept that basically positions the three major kitchen components (refrigerator, stove and sink) in a triangular pattern.

That was determined to be the most efficient layout in the 1950’s, after a research study on kitchen usage showed that most women:

Stayed home during the day
Worked alone in the kitchen
Cooked most foods from scratch
Needed storage space for about 400 items

Tracking Modern Trends

More recently, the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) co-sponsored recent research that recognized the changing use patterns in the kitchen. It found that most women now:

Work outside the home
Share the cooking
Prepare very few foods from scratch
Require storage space for 800 items

After this study, the NKBA wrote 31 guidelines to provide industry pros with minimum standards for kitchen efficiency, convenience, traffic spaces, distances between items, and countertop and cabinet space.

Multiple Work Centers

Designers now think in terms of multiple work centers or work stations within the kitchen in order to allow more than one person to work efficiently without getting in anyone else’s way.

Work centers are a little less formal concept than a classic work triangle since you can basically create a station anytime decent counter space is provided next to a major appliance or sink.

Kitchen IslandAdding an island is one of the most common ways to program multiple work centers into a kitchen. It might block the clear paths of the classic work triangle, but an island creates 2-4 small work stations along its perimeter.

These stations can become major work centers if a second sink is added or the cooktop is pulled away from the wall and set into the island. Even without an island, you can create distinct work centers simply by separating the microwave oven and the cooktop/range.

For example, placing them on opposite sides of the sink—setting the microwave near the refrigerator/freezer—provides counter space for food preparation at each appliance.

Finish Materials

Choosing the right finish materials is another critical part of the kitchen remodeling process. Here are some things to consider in five primary categories.

Kitchen CabinetCabinets:

There are two basic cabinet styles: European-style (frameless) and face-framed cabinets. Either can be ordered from custom or semi-custom cabinet-makers or from stock supplies. Each style has a variety of door, wood and finish options. Cabinets vary in degree of construction quality so look for small details like roll-out and tilt-out drawer features.

Counter TopCountertops:

Countertop choices range from very durable, yet very expensive materials like solid surface or granite to the less expensive, but attractive choices of ceramic tile and laminates. Solid surface, marble and granite tops are not typical do-it-yourself materials—unlike tile and laminate tops that are definitely within reach of do-it-yourselfers.

Installing Wood FloorFlooring:

Recently, sheet vinyl has been the predominant flooring choice for moderately-priced kitchens. It has a variety of textures, designs, price ranges and has virtually replaced linoleum that was popular in our grandparents’ era. Ceramic tile has always been popular in pricier kitchens, and wood floors are gaining popularity in both moderate and high end kitchens.

Kitchen SinkKitchen Sinks:

Kitchen sinks are made of materials such as solid surface, cast iron, stainless steel and plastic. Mounting styles are either top-mount or undermount with a combination of sizes and features: single-bowl, double-bowl, deep or shallow. Faucets offer different finishes: polished brass or nickel, brushed nickel, chrome, stainless steel. Other options and price ranges include pull-out sprayers, single-levers, double-handled.

Appliances:

Kitchen AppliancesThe main appliance choice involves built-in or free-standing styles. This decision definitely factors into the overall design. In addition, you’ll choose between side-by-side refrigerators or units with top or bottom mounted freezers. Besides the traditional gas or electric issue, range options include: halogen or smooth-top cooktops, double and/or convection ovens, trash compactors, microwaves, range hoods and down-draft vents.

Remodeling Kitchens: Demolition

removing kitchen sofetsThere’s always some demolition involved in a kitchen remodel. The process usually means removing the old kitchen elements in the reverse order they were installed: 1) Appliances, 2) Plumbing, 3) Fixtures, 4) Countertops, 5) Cabinets.

For many kitchen projects, the demolition also involves re-framing in order to add or remove a door, window or wall. That requires clearing off the wall surface to expose the old framing and perform any necessary structural changes.

Opening Walls

Re-framing will usually impact the home’s structural integrity, so before opening up the walls and attempting any structural changes, be sure to:

Discuss plans with your local building inspection department.

Get all necessary permits.

Follow the relevant building codes.

Schedule inspections as required.

Many communities require permits anytime you open up a wall regardless of structural changes. But the permits and inspections are your assurance that the project will be done safely, and most building officials can help you do the best job possible.

TIP: It’s a good idea to rent a construction dumpster to hold all the debris generated by a kitchen demolition.

Kitchen Demolition

Moving AppliancesAppliances:

Remove these first to clear space for removing the other elements. Rent an appliance dolly to help wheel out the heavy ones, especially if you’re working alone. If your refrigerator has an ice-maker attachment, be sure to turn the water off before disconnecting the water supply tube in back. And if you have gas appliances, consult a licensed plumber about disconnecting them.

Plumbing Fixtures:

moving plumbing fixturesThese are basically the sink and dishwasher. First, disconnect any drain and water supply pipes (again, make sure the water’s turned off and have a bucket ready for the water left in P-traps). Dishwashers are usually secured to the countertop or the neighboring cabinets, so remove those screws before trying to slide it out. If the sink is caulked to the countertop, you can free it with a pry bar, but if it’s clipped to the top from below, you’ll have to remove the clips first.

Countertops:

Countertops are usually attached to the cabinets by screws drilled from below through the cabinet framing or special blocking in the upper corners of the cabinets. So before pulling off the top, go into each base cabinet and remove all the screws going up into the countertop. If it doesn’t budge after that, it’s probably glued down so use a pry bar to pull it up. removing countertops

Cabinets:

When you’re removing cabinets, get the base units out first. That way you’re not reaching up over them when you’re removing the upper cabinets. If you’re dealing with stock box cabinets, they’re usually just screwed into the wall framing and into each other. So removing those screws is about all you have to do to remove the cabinets. But if the cabinets were framed on site and literally built in, you’ll probably have to rip or cut them apart with a reciprocating saw.

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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A Kitchen Makeover Journey

Kitchen Design

Kitchen makeovers, they seem to be the popular trend in today’s society. Television is full of series whose premise is based on dramatically changing the look of a person, a room or an entire home. Some of these shows revolve around major changes, while others involve simple cosmetic changes.

There is no room in the house that people want to make over as much as the kitchen. The kitchen makeover or kitchen remodeling is the dream of any forward thinking homeowner. While the kitchen is the costliest room to makeover, it also is the room that adds the most resale value to the house.

Many of the top people in the home makeover feel the kitchen is the pulse of any home. A kitchen makeover not only gives the home a whole new boost and a whole new center of focus, it also allows the homeowner to put their own stamp on the home. Keeping practicality in mind, the homeowner can design the kitchen to reflect who they are. The kitchen makeover is the homeowner’s signature that the house is now their home. There are so many advantages to remodeling a kitchen, and there are just as many questions that arise when the homeowner decides to tackle such a project as a kitchen makeover.

  • The first step in your kitchen makeover journey is to determine a budget. The budget will allow you to see, just what you can (and cannot) afford to implement in building or remodeling your kitchen. Yet determining your budget is just the first step of your kitchen makeover journey. In addition, the homeowner must prioritize the importance of each aspect of the project. Should the money be spent on appliances or cabinets? Should the importance be placed on countertops of kitchen flooring? These are questions that one must ponder before actually proceeding with the kitchen makeover project.
  • After you have determined your budget and your priorities, you need to decide how you would like to lay out your kitchen. In a simple kitchen makeover, perhaps some or every item is replaced, but the general layout or design of the room will remain the same. In more complex kitchen makeovers, the design of the kitchen can change dramatically. Often times on projects such as these, outside professionals are needed. It may be in the form of a kitchen designer or an architect. These may be costly options.  However, it is difficult to tackle a project without the expertise that these individuals bring to the table.
  • There are so many options on each and every aspect of kitchen remodeling that the most important thing that one must do is to shop around. From online options to discount stores, to designer shops, the options and pricing can range from affordable to outrageous. Shopping around not only helps maximize your budget, it also is a great starting point for other ideas. The more one sees the more that they learn and nothing is better for a kitchen makeover than an educated homeowner.
  • The most important thing that needs to be remembered when turning your existing kitchen into your dream kitchen is to know what your kitchen is for. Homeowners often forget that the purpose of the kitchen is cooking, storing food and gathering together. While the kitchen should reflect your personality and add charm to your home, functionality is still foremost. Make sure that the kitchen not only makes sense to who you are, but perhaps who others might be.

 

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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Differences in Faucets for your Kitchen Remodeling Project

Kitchen faucetA few years ago homeowners only had a couple of options in selecting a kitchen sink faucet, but today there are a bewildering array of different faucet types in various styles and finishes. If you’re planning a kitchen remodeling project, get ready because you’ll have some decisions to make.

Single Handle Faucet: This is the most traditional kind of kitchen faucet, with a single lever that allows you to control water temperature and volume with one gesture. This variety is convenient and doesn’t clutter up the top of the sink. Many homeowners find it hard to control water temperature with this faucet.

Double Handle Faucet: Looking more like a traditional bathroom sink, the double handle faucets offer better water temperature control. They do require more holes in your sink top and the additional handles can make the area more cluttered looking and harder to clean.

Pull-out Spray Faucet: Many traditional sinks offer a separate spray head that you can use to direct water where you want, making them handy for washing dishes or cleaning out the sink. Today, however, you can get a primary faucet which can pull out into a sprayer when necessary. This saves the sink-top clutter of an additional sprayer and pull-out faucets usually have better water pressure than the side-mounted sprayers. Wall-Mounted Faucet: Most faucets are attached to the sink; however, faucets coming right out the wall are growing more popular. They offer a professional kitchen look that many homeowners think complements their professional-grade appliances. Wall mounts also prevent clutter on the sink top and give a lot of clearance between faucet and sink, making them handy for watering plants or filling large pots.

Style and Finish: Today you can get faucets in just about any style made from any material. Oiled bronze and rubbed brass can give your kitchen an old-fashioned feeling if you’re going for a retro, Victorian, or country kitchen design. Nickel and bright brass finishes convey a more sleek and modern aesthetic. Stainless steel is a durable and inexpensive option. You also want the faucet style to match the sink.

Whatever style you select, however, make sure the faucet you choose is well-made and durable. A kitchen sink will be turned on and off many times a day. You want something that can stand up to the pounding and will last a long time.

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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A Few Tips for Creating The Bathroom Design of Your Dreams

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Many homeowners shy away from bathroom remodeling due to a number of factors. They may be hesitant because of budget limitations, time limitations, or both. In addition to this, some people just don’t want to deal with all of the little hassles that remodeling a bathroom can bring about. However, with a bit of smart planning and budget stretching, anyone can have their bathroom remodeled without using too much time, money and effort. Here are a few simple tips that you can use to help you turn the bathroom design of your dreams into reality.

  • In order to make things easier for you later on, proper planning is in order. This will also help you stretch your budget later since you will know beforehand what you can afford to put inside your bathroom. The planning phase can be divided into three sub-phases; namely, functional planning, layout planning, and design planning.

  • When it comes to functional planning for bathroom remodeling design, you will need to decide on how you intend to use your bathroom. Will you use it to take showers? Do you want a tub in your bathroom? Do you need a vanity that two people can use at the same time? These are a few questions that will affect the functionality of your bathroom. You may opt to put in a shower enclosure or a tub. In fact, you may also opt to install both. For your vanity, you may opt for one sink or two depending on your needs. Once you know how you will be using your bathroom, you can start planning the layout.

  • When you have listed down all of the elements that you want in your bathroom designm, you will have to lay out everything so that they will fit inside your bathroom. Make sure that you don’t cram to many things into your bathroom since space is often at a premium in small rooms like this.

  • After the layout has been decided upon, you can now move on to the aesthetics of your bathroom design. Pick a theme that you are comfortable with. Once you’ve decided on a theme, you can now pick the main colors that you will use in your bathroom remodeling project. After this, you can start choosing fixtures that will complement both the theme and the color scheme of your new bathroom.

  • Doing things in an organized and well-planned manner can make even the most complicated project a whole lot easier to accomplish. With enough planning, you are now a lot closer to achieving the bathroom design of your dreams.

 

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 Flooring Options

Currently, anything goes concerning kitchen floors. In the old days, there were basically two choices, tile and linoleum. Today, we see hardwood, linoleum, cork, laminate, and many different types and style of linoleum.

Let’s start by looking at what does NOT work well for most people’s kitchen floors.

Cork flooring is all the rage today, but it’s not a very good choice for kitchen floors in most cases. Although its surface is treated, it is just too porous, and if you have kids or a dog rummaging through the kitchen on a regular basis, forget about it. It is not durable. In other parts of the home cork flooring is very popular and it’s very easy to install. In most cases, snapping squares together is all that is involved.

Marble tiles are beautiful but still a better choice for bathrooms. Smooth / or polished marble is very brittle and not durable. Marble is a rock, but most people don’t realize how brittle it is, and at up to $15 per square foot it’s too expensive to replace if something happens. “Tumbled marble” looks great, but it’s far too porous for the kitchen. As you could actually spill coffee and wine on polished marble, it’s not a good idea for tumbled marble that does not clean up as well and can absorb stains. Breadcrumbs would find their way into every nook and cranny too.

Some types of hardwood; Be mindful of the seams between the hardwood planks. Wide seems and gaps will collect crumbs which may be cleaned via shop vac, but heaven forbid something sticky gets down in the cracks. If you are looking at hardwood for the kitchen, choose hardwood that goes together with the smallest seams possible.

What selections work best in the kitchen:

Laminate flooring used to get a bad rap, but it is highly improved today. Laminate, actually a “picture” of real wood, will fool quite a few people today, and the layman cannot distinguish between laminate and real hardwood. Laminate is absolutely our # 1 choice for large families and those with pets. Your kids can slop jelly bread on the floor, the dog can overturn it’s dish, and your husband can drip paint all over the floor and most laminates will laugh it off. Before you turn you nose up at laminate, go out there and see what’s available. You will be pleasantly surprised.

The old stand-by, tile. Most tiles are either ceramic or porcelain. “Porcelain” does not mean the tile looks like your smooth white toilet. It comes in all the shapes and sizes of any other tile. All you need to know is porcelain is much more durable that terra cotta or ceramic tile and will pass the bowling ball test. If you drop a bowling ball on ceramic tile, several will crack and need to be replaced, where porcelain will probably be just fine. You will find porcelain to be about 25% more expensive than most ceramic tiles though.

Tile cleans up very well with the exception of the grout lines. Grout lines are a stain and dirt magnet. Make sure you double seal your grout lines, and clean and reseal them every 2 or 3 years. Unlike your tile, your grout will eventually absorb stains. Clean grout lines will give the kitchen a very clean and polished feel while grungy grout can be a dark cloud over your kitchen.

We are putting hardwood in both categories because some will work in the kitchen. 3/4 inch hardwood, or engineered hardwood can work just fine in the kitchen if the seams are very tight and you don’t mind a few inevitable scratches and nicks. The final word on hardwood is its “hardness.” Most hardwoods are compared and ranked against “oak” or “red oak” as a measure of hardness. Make sure you buy a hardwood that is no softer than oak if you have an active family. For example, dog scratches will plague all but the hardest of hardwoods.

Finally, let’s look at linoleum flooring. OK, a top New York City interior designer still will not be caught dead using laminate, and it gets a bad rap. However, like laminate “hardwood” flooring, it is very much improved. Unlike laminate, linoleum won’t fool too many people, often designed to look like ceramic tile, but noting beat’s it in terms of cleanup and durability. If you are putting your money into a granite countertop and new appliances, a linoleum floor is just fine, and will last for many years with minimal effort. As the cheapest option, it will be there for you if your budget is squeezed.

 

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 Remodeling- Moving your Kitchen Cupboards

A kitchen remodeling project is a great way to start fresh and start thinking about new cabinet faces, new appliances, and new cupboards. It is also a great time to analyze your current kitchen cupboard layout and decide if your current cupboard configuration works for your needs or could use some re-tooling.

Built-in kitchen cupboards are an integral part to any kitchen design as kitchen storage is always an issue. It is almost inevitable that kitchen drawers will be come cluttered and kitchen appliances will migrate to the basement of your home because of the lack of adequate storage. When you remodel and design your new kitchen, you must think about the look as well as the functionality. Built in cabinets, when designed to model your kitchen habits, offer great usability as well as storage. Your new cupboard should give you joy and add to the value of your home while making your time in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable through organization and ease of use.

In today’s kitchen, there is a trend to more open areas. With any remodel, people are looking for more room to work and more space to enjoy the fruits of their culinary labor. Built in cupboards and kitchen cabinets can help you realize more space by making the best use of your current storage capacity. When the cabinets are laid out correctly, your kitchen will be open, giving you room to work and room for any guests or family to be in the kitchen with you.

In today’s kitchen, there is also a trend toward more elegant woods and darker finishes. Though darker woods and stains do look richer and more elegant, they often make a small area feel crowded and dense if there is no openness to the area. With the proper configuration of built in cupboards, a good remodeler can make your kitchen appear much larger than it actually is by making the most use of the space your kitchen has.

When deciding on your new kitchen cupboards, make sure you think about usability as well as looks. Your kitchen is a place where you will spend much time and you want that area to be useful for your functions. If you are getting a remodel, try and pick a remodeling contractor who can give you a 3-D walk through of the kitchen before any construction work begins so you can assess the layout and the cupboards before they are even installed.

Kitchen remodeling is a great time to see what you have, analyze the way you use your current kitchen, and make improvement with your next kitchen. Reconfiguring the layout of your cupboards can allow you to open up your kitchen and explore design styles such as darker woods that would otherwise be frowned upon in a small space. A 3-d walk through of your kitchen will allow you to see the finished product before you have even begun production.

 

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 Remodeling Strategies

Home owners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute. And with good reason. Kitchens are the hub of home life, and a source of pride.  A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home. Kitchen remodels in the $50,000 to $60,000 range recoup about 66% of the initial project cost at the home’s resale, according to recent data from Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report.  A minor kitchen remodel of about $20,000 does even better, returning more than 72% of your investment.  To make sure you maximize your return, follow these seven smart kitchen remodeling strategies that will help you come up with great kitchen design ideas.

1. Establish priorities for a kitchen remodel

The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) recommends spending at least six months planning your kitchen remodeling project. That way, you won’t be tempted to change your mind during construction, create change orders, and inflate construction costs. Here are planning points to cover:

  • Cooking traffic patterns: A walkway through the kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide. Work aisles should be a minimum of 42 inches wide and at least 48 inches wide for households with multiple cooks.

  • Child safety: Avoid sharp, square corners on countertops, and make sure microwave ovens are installed at the proper height—3 inches below the shoulder of the primary user but not more than 54 inches from the floor.

  • Outside access: If you want easy access to entertaining areas, such as a deck or patio, factor a new exterior door into your plans.

A professional designer can simplify your kitchen remodel. Pros help make style decisions, foresee potential problems, and schedule contractors. Expect fees around $50 to $150 per hour, or 5% to 15% of the total cost of the project.

2. Keep the same footprint

Keep plumbing fixtures near the pipes to cut down on your remodeling costs. No matter the size and scope of your kitchen remodel, you can protect your budget by maintaining the same footprint: Keep the walls, locate new plumbing fixtures near existing plumbing pipes, and forget bump-outs.  Not only will you save on demolition and reconstruction costs, you’ll cut the amount of dust and debris your project generates.

3. Get real about appliances

You don’t have to go top-of-the-line to find a quality appliance that fits your lifestyle.  It’s easy to get carried away during your kitchen remodeling project. A six-burner commercial-grade range and luxury-brand refrigerator may make eye-catching centerpieces, but they may not fit your cooking needs or lifestyle.  High-priced appliances are worth the investment if you’re an exceptional cook. Otherwise, save thousands with trusted brands that receive high marks at consumer review websites.

4. Light your way

Task lighting installed over food prep areas eliminates shadows and helps you see what you’re slicing. Good kitchen lighting helps you work safely and efficiently.

  • Install task lighting, such as recessed or track lights, over sinks and food prep areas; assign at least two fixtures per task to eliminate shadows. Under-cabinet lights illuminate cleanup and are great for reading cookbooks. Pendant lights over counters bring the light source close to work surfaces.

  • Ambient lighting includes flush-mounted ceiling fixtures, wall sconces, and track lights. Pair dimmer switches with ambient lighting to control intensity and mood.

5. Be quality conscious

Solid-surface countertops may cost more than other options, but they also last a lot longer. Functionality and durability should be top priorities during kitchen remodeling. Resist low-quality bargains, and choose products that combine low maintenance with long warranty periods. Solid-surface countertops, for instance, may cost a little more, but with the proper care, they’ll look great for a long time.  If you’re planning on moving soon, products with substantial warranties are a selling advantage.

“Individual upgrades don’t necessarily give you a 100% return,” says Frank Gregoire, a real estate appraiser in St. Petersburg, Fla. “But they can give you an edge when it comes time to market your home.”

6. Add storage, not space

Install small shelves on little-used areas such as the backs of doors.  Here’s how you can add storage without bumping out walls:

  • Install cabinets that reach the ceiling: They may cost more—and you might need a stepladder—but you’ll gain valuable storage space for Christmas platters and other once-a-year items. In addition, you won’t have to dust cabinet tops.

  • Hang it up: Mount small shelving units on unused wall areas and inside cabinet doors; hang stock pots and large skillets on a ceiling-mounted rack; and add hooks to the backs of closet doors for aprons, brooms, and mops.

7. Communicate early and often

Keep the lines of communication open with your contractor so you’re always on the same page. Establishing a good rapport with your project manager or construction team is essential for staying on budget. To keep the sweetness in your project:

  • Drop by the project during work hours: Your presence broadcasts your commitment to quality.

  • Establish a communication routine: Hang a message board on site where you and the project manager can leave daily communiqués. Give your email address and cell phone number to subs and team leaders.

  • Set house rules: Be clear about smoking, boom box noise levels, available bathrooms, and appropriate parking.

 

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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Unique and Functional Kitchen Island Ideas

If you are looking to do a complete kitchen remodeling for yourself, or for maximum resale value, don’t neglect the kitchen island. Once just a place to pull up some stools so the kids could eat before running to the bus, the island and it’s function in the kitchen has changed quite a bit in the last 10 years.

In addition to seating 4 (or more), islands today are used to house “luxury” appliances that do not fit in the cabinet structure like a second microwave, second oven, wine refrigerator or even another cooktop. Islands many times are fully wired for electricity and have plumbing for a second sink. The base of an island can be used as a wine rack. The possibilities are almost endless.

We are often asked if the countertop of the island needs to match the existing kitchen countertop in style, or what will be installed as the main kitchen countertop. In most homes I would say it does match, but it really does not have to at all, nor does the material need to be the same. In fact, if you are not going to match them up exactly it’s better if it looks like you are not even trying to match them, so using a completely different color and surface is perfectly acceptable. For example, we have seen islands of concrete when the rest of the kitchen countertop is made of granite or another material. We have seen a black island used as a nice “dividing wall” to keep the kids away from a white kitchen.

What can we expect to pay for an island during a remodel? This one is too hard to answer because there are simply too many choices. A “ready to install” stock island you can purchase in a home store with connections for drainage and power can run about $800. A custom concrete countertop island with sink, cooktop, and wine refrigerator can easily eclipse $10,000.

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If you are not looking just for resale value, and we assume many of you will actually want to use your island, just think if the main uses for the island before construction. Will it be a place for the kids to eat breakfast or a baking center for your wife who like to make pies and cakes? The design should really follow the function when it comes to an island. For example, if you are tired of not being able to put hot pots directly on your countertop, install granite on your island, where placing a red hot pan should be no problem.

Plan the height of your cabinet appropriately. Since most islands will have at least two stools or chairs pulled up to the surface, you may want to think about the seating or stools first. There are two kinds of bar stools with one being much higher than the other. Unless the island will be used primarily for family eating, there really are no hard and fast rules on height. It does not have to match the height of the kitchen cabinet, but often does. If it is not going to match it should be taller in most cases.

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Islands can “float” as well. Smaller islands used primarily as an aid in cooking or baking can be fitted with wheels and moved around the kitchen as needed to aid in cooking. Whether you consider a floating island will probably depend on what you have installed on the floor now, or plan to install (a soft wood will be nicked and scratched).

For those remodeling and looking for an “open” feel where perhaps the wall or half wall separating the kitchen and the dining room is taken down, a strategically placed island acts as a subtle room divider mentally separating the kitchen from the dining room but with a much more open feel.

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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Modern Bathroom Remodeling

Essentials to Modern Bathroom Remodeling

Gone are the days when luxury can only be enjoyed at some five-star hotel.  With modern bathroom remodeling, homeowners can lavish at the same indulgences plus other benefits without having to leave home.  When undertaking such project though, there are key essentials to keep in mind:

  • An Awesome Twosome – Function and Design

    One prominent trend that makes modern bathroom remodeling all the more tempting is the integration of functionality and style—entwined.  Sacrificing aesthetics to come up with a functional home improvement result has become a thing of the past. With the innovations in design, and developments in technology and manufacturing methods, you can now fully enjoy maximized beauty, efficiency, comfort and privacy.  Do your research and shop right, start with getting an estimate from our bathroom remodeling project calculator and find the best products, and contractors for the project.

  • Luxurious Warmth

    Wanting to get away from the hectic big-city lifestyle, even for a while, is a common feeling shared by many.  And modern bathroom remodeling is the perfect answer to this. Allowing yourself that quality ‘me time’ that you deserve has never been more convenient.  To enjoy utter rejuvenation and bring comfort up an ante, warmth is essential and here are top modern bathroom remodeling ideas to help you achieve this.

    • Towel warmers to keep towels pleasantly warm and fluffy as they touch your body.

    • With electric floor heating, stepping out from a refreshing shower or long relaxing deep from the tub will never be again a thought to cringe at.

  • Entertainment – Bring it On

    Now that more and more people are finding great joy at spending more time in bathrooms, favorite past times have invaded the area.  Some of the most common hi-tech and waterproof additions that you might want to consider in your modern bathroom remodeling include LCD television sets, media players, and sound systems that often come wireless and remote-controlled.

  • Spa Indulgences

    With modern bathroom remodeling, pampering indulgences is a norm.  Afford a relaxing spa experience everyday without having to hit the fitness club and pay for exclusive memberships.  Depending on your budget, the size of your bathroom, and personal preferences; you can choose from a wide variety of spa products that are especially designed for home use from steam showers, Jacuzzis, whirlpools, deep-soaking tubs, and even compact home saunas.

 

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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Remodeling is a Mess…Self Storage can Help

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One of the major obstacles dissuading people from actually undertaking that remodeling project they’ve always yearned for is the mess it makes. Sure, we might be able to bear the temporary discomfort of giving up an entire room in our home for a few weeks, knowing that things will be so much better in the end. But the greatest discomfort comes when we disperse the items of that room throughout our house. Moving the living room couch into the kitchen or the bathroom cabinets into the dining room can seriously hinder the functionality of those rooms as well and ruin any comfort we might seek elsewhere in our house. But don’t worry: your remodeling project doesn’t have to disrupt the rest of your house — at least, not if you properly utilize a self-storage unit.

Here’s how to use a storage unit to store the contents of the room under construction and make your remodeling project infinitely more comfortable.

1. Locate prospective facilities: finding a cheap self-storage unit in your neighborhood has never been easier thanks to the internet and the various storage search engines out there, so you should have no problem with that. But while you’re looking, remember that the monthly price isn’t your only consideration. Many storage facilities offer time-based deals in order to meet their scheduling goals. Some want to attract a high volume of short-term customers and so will offer short-term specials (like the second month’s rent for just $1) while others want to secure those who will stay for a longer period of time and will adjust their specials accordingly (like three months half-off). It just so happens that your remodel project is on a schedule too, so make sure you know your plans before you go out and search. It might be a good idea to give yourself an extra two weeks at the storage facility as a cushion: projects do run over schedule sometimes and you might not have time to visit the facility and move everything out just after the project finishes.

After you’ve determined your schedule, find the deal that best matches it. If your remodel will only take a few weeks, a short-term special is obviously best for you. If it’s going to last three-or-more months then look at longer-term deals. Another option is, once you’ve established a schedule you feel comfortable with, to negotiate with the facility manager for a lower price if you promise to lock-in for that amount of time. After all, your remodel isn’t likely to match up evenly with their monthly prices, so you might be able to save a little this way. Also, facilities almost always prefer the safe bet of knowing how long a customer will stay to begin with—it makes their lives easier.

2. Figure out what size unit you’ll need: while only you will be able to assess how much you’ll need to move out of your house, we can offer you some basic estimates of what size storage unit you’ll need based upon which room you’re remodeling. Storage units typically come in 5×5, 5×10, 10×10, 10×15, and 10×20 (that’s in feet) and generally range in height from between 8’-12’ (you might want to confirm height with your facility if you plan on packing the unit to the brim). Generally, 5×5 units are good for containing the contents of a small closet—think boxes, chairs, cabinets and electronics. 5×10 units will generally work for a walk-in closet or small bedroom remodel, and can hold things like mattress sets, dining room tables, and chairs. 10×10 units are good for large bedrooms, dining rooms, small kitchens and small living rooms, and will hold items like bedroom sets, refrigerators, and large drawers. 10×15 units are large enough to handle the contents of multiple rooms, large kitchens, or large living rooms, particularly if you have bulky furniture like big couches. They’re good for multiple bedroom sets, large appliances, patio sets and even vehicles. Finally, 10×20 units are large enough that they might even contain the contents of half your house—they’re good for anything and everything.

3. Packing your unit: Anything that can fit into a box should be put into one. Heavy items should go at the bottom of the box, and heavy boxes at the bottom of the stack. Don’t forget to use packing tape, and always pack boxes to the top or else they might collapse—if that makes the box too heavy, try pacing peanuts. Disassemble any furniture you can; taking the legs off tables and chairs can make you use of space much more efficient. Sofas should be turned on their sides so that they stand vertically. All furniture should be wrapped, and anything delicate must be padded as well.

So there it is: find the best deal for you, figure out which unit size you’ll need, and then properly pack your things. Follow those steps and your remodel can be infinitely more comfortable.

 

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.

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