Mar
14

Tips for Easing the Stress of Kitchen Renovations

Tips for Easing the Stress of Kitchen RenovationsA kitchen renovation is an exciting time – but it can also be a very stressful one.  The time and costs involved can be daunting to people undergoing their first renovation, and the fear of logistical headaches lead some to put off vital renovations for years.

Have no fear!  At Parada Kitchens, we have experience dealing with the toughest remodels.  We’ve learned some tricks to make the whole process go as smoothly as possible – here are our top tips to easing the stress of kitchen renovations.

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

There is no such thing as too much preparation when it comes to planning home renovations.  Planning a budget and a time frame are key to making sure the entire process runs smoothly.  It helps keep you organized, which should help keep you calm.  It’s also beneficial to prepare your home for the renovation before hand – removing things you won’t want in your finished kitchen, making sure people have easy access to the space for construction and things of that nature.  Preparing your space before the renovation starts will avoid the headaches of scrambling to get everything ready during the actual renovation process.

Think of it as an investment

Often times, a renovation can come with a bit of sticker shock – especially as smaller things begin to pile up, such as appliances.  There can be an urge to skimp on some of the appliances in order to save some extra money, but this is usually an urge that leads to more headaches further down the line.  Cheaper options generally will require replacement sooner rather than later.  Treat your appliances as an investment – spend the extra cash up front and avoid the headaches on the back end.

Get agreements in writing

When you work with the experts at Parada Kitchens, you know you’re getting trustworthy, experienced professionals to help with your kitchen renovations.  That’s very easy for us to say, however, and the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to make sure you get all agreements in writing before the job begins.  That way you’ve got written, physical proof of what you were expecting, should there be any issues that you need resolving along the way.

Mar
14

Home Remodeling Don’ts

Home Remodeling DontsRemodeling your home is an exciting time.  It’s a chance to give your home a fresh start and new look, and to improve kitchens and bathrooms that don’t fully meet your expectations.

Of course, excitement can sometimes lead to mistakes.  Sometimes, decisions or plans we make can actively hurt your project, and with the benefit of hindsight, you’ll realize that things that seemed great at the time may not have been best, after all.

You don’t have to wait for the benefit of hindsight, however – that’s where the experts at Parada Kitchens come in!  We’ve handled hundreds of renovation projects, so we can help you avoid the pitfalls.  Here are some major home remodeling don’ts to avoid.

Don’t Purchase Your Own Materials

One bright idea many homeowners have is to try to find their own materials to use for the rebuild.  That way, they won’t have to worry about contractors marking up prices after the fact and they get to personally choose their own materials.  There are several problems with this, however.  First and foremost, your contractor will know what materials will work best for your ideas.  Secondly, they have working relationships and buy in larger quantities than you can, meaning they’re likely to get better deals on materials – which will end up saving you money in the long run.

Don’t Keep Changing Your Mind

It’s inevitable that you’ll make some decisions after work begins – situations change, circumstances change, and sometimes, things look differently in real life than they did in your mind.  Still, every time you change your mind, it creates a ripple effect through the project – it effects both the scheduling and the overall cost of the project.  If you make any changes, make sure they’re important, because going back and forth on decisions will make your project far more involved, time-consuming and expensive.

Don’t Work Without Contingency Funds

Even the best laid plans sometimes go awry.  Even when the best contractors are working perfectly, occasionally something doesn’t go according to plan.  Materials don’t work, you have a sudden change in plans – sometimes, extra unexpected work is required.  A contingency fund will help cover any unforeseen expenses.  It’s something you hope you won’t have to use, but it’s an important safety net to have in case things go wrong.

Feb
21

Bathroom Storage Options

Bathroom Storage OptionsYour bathroom vanity doesn’t have to be merely a functional piece of furniture.  A beautiful bathroom can add extra spice and luxury to your home, and your vanity can be the centerpiece of that remodel.

Most people think of their vanities as a place to hide unsightly plumbing and to stash extra towels and toiletries, but it’s a key piece of furniture.  And, like all pieces of furniture, there are a variety of options and decisions you can make – you might be surprised at the potential variety you can get out of your bathroom vanity!  The experts at Parada Kitchens have some suggestions for you – why not try one of these great ideas?

Sliding Doors

If your bathroom is particularly narrow – to the point where pulling out a drawer or opening a cabinet seriously hampers your space to move – why not try a sliding door?  Not only does that prevent an open door from cramping your space, but they generally also leave more room underneath your basin exposed, allowing to use that space for other things – it’s a great idea for a smaller space.

Offset Drawers

Your vanity probably has under-sink storage, but often, there’s a fake panel directly under the sink.  This fake drawer is there just to hide the basin and plumbing, and doesn’t serve any useful purpose, often leaving you with just one large, empty space to use for storage.

By offsetting drawers to either side, you get more storage space, and often extra counter space.  That extra counter space can be used to store everyday items, or even for decorative purposes

Corner Vanities

While vanities have traditionally been central pieces of furniture, there’s nothing that says you can’t place them in a corner!  By hugging the corner, you’re again maximizing the space you have available, and providing room for extra drawers and shelves at the side of your sink basin without surrendering too much space.

A little creativity goes a long way.  Parada Kitchens can help make your bathroom a room you can be proud of!

Feb
21

Top 3 Kitchen Design Tips to Revamp a Small Kitchen

Top 3 Kitchen Design Tips to Revamp a Small KitchenA small kitchen can sometimes be the most awkward to renovate.  Your dreams of beautiful fixtures and wide open spaces can sometimes be difficult to achieve because of the limited footprint of your kitchen.

There’s no need to worry, however!  Even a small kitchen can have great touches added to make it a more welcoming, comfortable space.  If you’re not able or willing to open your kitchen up, that doesn’t mean renovations aren’t possible!  The experts at Parada Kitchens can help you get the most out of your small space.  When renovating your kitchen, why not try these tips?

Use Light Colors

Small kitchens can often feel cramped and unwelcoming.  Your color choice, however, can add the illusion of extra space.  Whites, creams and pastels can make the room feel much less cramped than darker greens and blues – lighter colors reflect light and make everything feel more airy and spacious.  Similarly, mirrors trick the eye into thinking there’s more space than there actually is, and a well-placed mirrored or shiny surface can add the illusion of extra space, as well.

Pick the Right Appliances

Small kitchens generally have limited counter space, so the appliances you chose have to meet those requirements.  That includes smaller dishwashers and refrigerators, as well as less countertop-cluttering accessories.  Smaller toasters, coffee makers and other common household appliances will keep your kitchen feeling more open.  Also, consider adding dedicated storage for occasional-use accessories like crock pots or grills.

Use Spaces for Multiple Needs

Many spaces can serve multiple needs, if you utilize them properly.  A breakfast bar or island can also include needed storage for pots and pans.  Stove tops can be built to pull down over hobs, rather than taking up counter space all the time.  Appliances can be integrated, taking up less space than their standalone counterparts and offering convenient worksurfaces as well.  In a small kitchen, one-use objects are difficult to justify.  The more multiple uses you can get, the more your kitchen will be able to do for you.

Jan
18

Three Tips for Designing Your Dream Bathroom

Three Tips for Designing Your Dream BathroomThe bathroom of your dreams is only a renovation away.

Don’t put up with faulty plumbing, or piles of clothes.  Don’t feel that you’re saddled with stained, lime-encrusted faucets or moldy ceilings and floors.  A bathroom renovation can turn a disaster area into a cozy and comfy room – everything you’ve always dreamed of!

OK, so maybe you haven’t spent every waking hour dreaming of a new bathroom; it does tend to inspire a little less passion than a kitchen or living space.  That being said, there are some great additions that can turn your bathroom from a blah space to an amazing addition.  Here are three things to consider when designing your perfect bathroom.

Divide and Conquer!

One of the biggest issues people have with their bathrooms is that they’re often a one-person-at-a-time sort of room.  When it’s in use, it’s usually off-limits to the rest of the household.  This is why a divider is a great idea – they’re an extremely practical solution, keeping the bathroom available in even the busiest households.  No longer is everything off limits just because someone’s taking a shower – whether it’s a simple, freestanding divider or a more complicated built-in project, a divider makes your bathroom more functional while also providing the illusion of extra space.

Pick a Style

Some of us prefer a dramatic, natural look to our spaces, and that can be reflected in the bathroom, as well.  Deep mahogany or beech wood cabinets and worktops can make your bathroom feel like the great outdoors – a romantic look, even if you’re in the middle of a bustling city.  Others prefer a more workmanlike, practical alternative – clean, white cabinets and functional work surfaces first and foremost.  It’s your bathroom; feel free to experiment a little in the design phase to find out what works best for you.

Flooring Concepts

A cold bathroom floor is one of the worst things about getting up in the morning.  However, carpet in the bathroom is a no-go; not only does it simply feel off, but it’s also a magnet for mold and rot, as it will hold in water from the shower and sinks.   No, you’ll want to go with a hard floor, and we find porcelain or ceramic tile to be your best bet; it’s waterproof and inexpensive, so you get great functionality, but it also can create a rick, textured, solid feeling, unlike laminate.  As for those cold mornings, you can either install radiant or heated tile – or just invest in some high-quality bath mats where you’ll be resting  your feet.