Labor of Love Day

Did you know? 

Labor Day: What it Means
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
— https://www.dol.gov/general/laborday/history

Our country is founded on immigrants and hard workers. To clear and pave the way for new homes buildings and society. 

Home designing and projects are truly a labor of love and when I take on a project I take it under my wing as my own labor of love. All the best craftsman and contractors are a part of my team to achieve the project for my clients. In this blog you will get a few tips and valuable information regarding the BIG PROJECTS in your home you are thinking of starting or dreaming of one day. 

 I work you through each selection of what works best and the important part - why

I work you through each selection of what works best and the important part - why

1. Paint 

From the color of your walls to the functionality of your kitchen, your home's interior plays a big role in your quality of life. After all, you spend a lot of time here. It is your sanctuary and respot from the chaos of work, life, and more. So, it pays to get it right! Hiring myself or a professional, you do not have to stress through the thousands of colors, and worry about what it will look like. I have many homes that paint has been selected for and I have my favorite go to's, and an excellent eye for color to narrow it down to just 2 for you to pick from. And what sets my color selection apart is I purchase a sample of the paint we are liking and paint it on a large 11x14 size foam core board for you to help visualize. And if that still isn't enough, I will bring that sample and paint it right on your wall. Budget runs around $1,200 - $2,700 or more depending on the scope of the job. 

 This project we repainted the whole home, aprox 4,000 square feet. This accent color in living room is Dunn Edwards The Green Hour

This project we repainted the whole home, aprox 4,000 square feet. This accent color in living room is Dunn Edwards The Green Hour

2. Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel is one of the biggest and most expensive home projects short of an addition or whole-house remodel. Careful planning can help you realize the kitchen of your dreams, just as failure to plan can quickly devolve into a nightmare. 

This is a job in which you'll have to be ready to grit your teeth and pay out serious money for things like cabinets and appliances. It's likely this will be a once - in - a -lifetime remodel for you, so it's worth it to spend more to get it right. Using high-quality materials and going for the fixtures and appliances you really want will help ensure you'll value and enjoy your kitchen for many years to come. The typical spending budget is $33,526 $99,456. Again, hiring myself with my superb team of cabinet builders, installers, and my talented design eye, I can create a beautiful plan for you kitchen that fits your style and personality. 

 My favorite kitchen remodel of 2017. Modern Ocean feel. 

My favorite kitchen remodel of 2017. Modern Ocean feel. 

3. Bathroom Remodel

Be prepared for unexpected and costly infrastructure shifts on a bathroom remodel, because plumbing is expensive to move. If you can get away with remodeling without changing the layout of the plumbing, you may want to do so. And if you move ahead anyway, be aware that moving a toilet across the room will cost far more than the price of the toilet itself. 

Since bathroom remodels often involve the customization of some features, be ready for the time frame to shift. You're entirely at the mercy of the supplier's schedule. If possible, select your components early on and wait until they're delivered to start demolition. And if you do start without fixtures in hand, be ready with a backup plan for when (not if) something gets delayed. In addition to the obvious plumbing concerns, many bathrooms have no windows. So think through lighting and air circulation. Exhaust fans are highly recommended to prevent mold and keep air circulating. 

Homeowners spend on average $23,450 according to the CA Real Estate Board. Check out one of my husband's projects, he is our bathroom expert and has an unprecedented team of installers to make your bathroom look sparkling new! 

 Team member Kim, bathroom remodel expert, installers Reborn Cabinets

Team member Kim, bathroom remodel expert, installers Reborn Cabinets

4. Flooring 

Flooring work presents dangerous temptations to be penny-wise and pound-foolish.  Take care with decisions where saving a few bucks may subtract years off the floor's usable life. Flooring installation is best left to the professionals. If you blow it on a DIY job, you'll often end up buying materials all over again. And take care to purchase high-quality materials; the dollars spend can translate into decades of floor life. 'You especially don't want your contractor to skimp on preparation. Which mine do not. 

Hardwood flooring costs range from $4 - $30 per square foot, depending on the specific wood. Engineered wood is an excellent compromise because of its affordability and durability, at around $8 per square foot. Laminate flooring costs less than wood, at between $1 - $2 per square foot. But laminate is not as durable as hardwood. The new very cool trend is wood embossed ceramic tile, or Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. I just finished a beautiful project using the "LVP" Luxury Vinyl Plank flooring. And it looks gorgeous! Plus softer underfoot than tile. 

 Hardwood flooring installation and new stair case remodel Tiffany Lee Ann Design

Hardwood flooring installation and new stair case remodel Tiffany Lee Ann Design

Stay tuned for our next blog... on all the pointers for your exterior jobs. 

The one-two punch of improving curb appeal. 

 

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Photo by USGirl/iStock / Getty Images

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