• Kitchen Remodels

    Kitchen Remodels

    Do you see yourself in a new kitchen? Kitchen Remodeling can be an excellent way to add value to your home. Kitchen remodeling projects generally pay back at least 90% of the investment, and in the future can help you to sell your home. The kitchen is the heartbeat of the home. It is an investment that you can enjoy every single day. We are committed to the highest standards in kitchen remodeling and to achieving a new breathtaking kitchen, completed on-time and in-budget. Kitchen remodels can help with a more energy efficiency and add more value to your home.

    Consider some of the following common kitchen renovation projects:

  • A New Design Or Layout or size increase
  • Custom Cabinets
  • New Counter-tops, sinks or faucets
  • Flooring
  • Better Lighting
  • Energy Efficient & Upgraded Appliances
  • New Windows
  • New Hardware and/or Trim Work
  • Improving Ventilation
  • And More…
  • Some people will decide to pursue all of the above projects while others may only be in need of one or two improvements. The possibilities are ENDLESS!

    There are many decisions to make when creating a beautiful designer kitchen, including hiring the right kitchen remodeling company. Whatever your design style is, traditional, modern, or contemporary; it is our job as your remodeling contractor to assure you are aware of all your options and to create the beautiful kitchen you envision. At Home Contracting will be with you through the entire remodeling process using only quality cabinets, materials and craftsman with the end result being a stunning kitchen makeover.

    The first step in any good kitchen remodeling project is formulating a good plan. Our designers will work with your guidance and provide you with a full color rendering of your new kitchen so you can see what your project will look like before construction begins. At Home Contracting can help guide you throughout the process and we welcome the opportunity to put our superior remodeling skills together with a beautiful custom designed kitchen that solves all your kitchen remodeling dreams.

    When it comes to your home, we know that it is very important that you choose the right remodeling contractor for the job. At Home Contracting has over 25 years of remodeling and construction experience, and carry all insurance and licensure. We have been involved in the creation and renovation of some of Destin and Navarre’s premier homes and promise to approach every project with the highest level of professionalism and care.

    Many styles and options are available to fit you and your home! Call us today for a FREE design consultation with a trained design specialist. You will feel confident knowing that we have answered all of your questions and left you with a competitive estimate. 850-650-4663


    Bathroom Remodel

    A master bathroom is supposed to be your own private escape—the place to pamper yourself, to preen. Are you in a hurry to leave yours? Maybe it’s the 1970’s style tiles, or the way you have to bump elbows with the spouse just to brush your teeth?

    If your would-be sanctuary is a major sore spot, you’re not alone. Bathrooms are second only to the kitchen on people’s wish lists of rooms to remodel. “Bathrooms have at least a 20 year lifespan, and can start to have leaky toilets, grimy grout, loose tiles—you name it, and it’s probably an issue, as they start to age,” says At Home Contracting’s owner, Joseph Morales.

    Given the complexity of bathrooms—multiple components in a compact space, not to mention all that water—doing the project right is a challenge. On a cost-per-square-foot basis, bathrooms are one of the most expensive spaces to remodel. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend a fortune on it. You can start with something as simple as changing out the shower stall, adding new tile, and faucets or go for an entire rehab.

    What it will cost and how to budget

    How much should you spend on your master bathroom? A rule of thumb is that the total project—including materials and installation—should cost no more than 5 to 10 percent of your home’s value. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) puts the national average at about $16,000. Another guide is Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, it compares the average cost of various renovation projects with the value they retain at resale. In 2011-2012, mid-range bathroom remodels cost an average of $16,552 and recouped a whopping 62 percent, while upscale bathroom remodels cost an average of $52,249 and recouped 56 percent. The NKBA breaks down the budget for a typical bathroom remodel as follows:

    Labor: 20 percent
    Cabinetry and hardware: 16 percent
    Fixtures: 15 percent
    Faucets and plumbing: 14 percent
    Countertop: 7 percent
    Floor: 9 percent
    Doors and windows: 4 percent
    Walls and ceiling: 5 percent
    Lighting and ventilation: 5 percent
    Design fees: 4 percent
    Other: 1 percent

    There are some small details that make a big difference

  • Add Radiant flooring. This type of under floor heating system will not only keep your floors warm underfoot on cold mornings, it helps accelerate drying, to help reduce the risk of slips and falls.
  • Use Stain-resistant grout. Though it costs a little more than traditional grout, a stain-resistant formula cuts down on constant cleaning. The use of thinner, darker grout lines can also help.
  • Skylights. Natural light is desirable in any room, but for bathrooms that aren’t near an outside wall, windows may not be an option. A skylight is an excellent way to flood a room with sunlight if access to the roof is easily available.
  • Heated shower mirrors. “fog-free” mirrors make it easy to shave or remove make-up in the shower. That can be particularly helpful in master bathrooms with a single vanity.
  • Framed mirrors. Besides the fact that wall-to-wall mirrors have become passé, framed mirrors present a design opportunity. Match the profile of the mirror frame with the moldings for a coordinated look, or choose something very different to create a focal point. These details aren’t necessarily cheap, but if there’s room in your budget, they can help turn a good master bathroom remodel into a great one.
  • Some cost effective bathroom remodeling points to consider:

  • Replace the vanity with a new wood model that has a stone counter & artistic sink.
  • Add a new mirrors and faucets. Alternatively, keep your current vanity but replace your toilet and faucet and add a new vinyl floor or wall tile.
  • Improve lighting and ventilation with a new combination light and exhaust fan. One with a heat setting will keep you from getting chilled when you get out of the shower.
  • Add a set of sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet.
  • Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves for your towels and toiletries.
  • Switch your standard showerhead to one with multiple settings, including a pulsating or massage setting.
  • Keep your towels toasty with a heated towel bar, some of which cost $100 or less.
  • First-rate secondary bathrooms

    Master bathrooms should get the most remodeling dollars, but homes typically have one or more other bathrooms—or else their owner’s wish they did. Here are some considerations if you’re renovating or adding a powder room, a kids or guest bathroom to your home.

    Powder rooms
    These compact spaces are often tucked into nooks in the home, such as converted pantry closets or the cavity beneath a staircase. They’re all about economy of space, though the best examples also emphasize design. Check with your contractor to see where one could be added to your home.

    Use a streamlined design. A sink and toilet are the only must-haves in a powder room. A round toilet bowl takes up less room than an elongated one, which may be worth the compromise in comfort that some users will experience. Consider a pedestal sink instead of a bulkier sink/vanity combination. There are many options to fit in a compact area.

    Make it over the top. Design treatments that would look adventurous in other parts of the home are fine in the powder room. Deep dark hues, such as burgundy and eggplant, play well in these small spaces. Not that bold? Limit dark hues or unusual colors to wall paint. Inside these spaces you can use the pricier materials such as vessel sinks, custom floor patterns, and stone counters, as it’s not as hard on your budget because you won’t need as much as you would in a larger bath.

    Splurge on the accessories. With so few accessories to consider, you can spend more on those you do need. It can be an opportunity to bring something fun and sculptural into the space. Do consider matching the faucet finish to other accessories in the space, such as the towel ring, mirror frame, and light fixture.

    Kids and guest bathrooms
    A second bathroom, be it for the kids or overnight guests, is expected in all but the smallest homes. To get the job done right, follow these recommendations.

    Focus on durability. The surfaces and fixtures will likely get lots of wear and tear, especially if children use the room. There are many designs of laminate flooring and countertops that are durable and inexpensive, plus kids l don’t mind if they have high-end materials. As for fixtures, you still want high-quality construction, including all-brass parts and a PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish that resists scratches, but go with basic chrome, rather than pricier nickel or bronze. On the walls, choose a paint that will resist mildew.

    Don’t forget the bathtub. You might not take baths, but every home should have a bathtub. Even when master bathrooms have whirlpool or jetted tubs, it is still customary for the secondary bath to have a tub, usually a shower/tub combo. One-piece molded acrylic units can cut down on cost and maintenance compared to one that’s tiled.

    Remember ventilation. Don’t overlook a bathroom fan. It should be a critical feature in high-traffic bathrooms where the shower is going all morning. And since kids can’t always be trusted to turn the fan on and off, spend more on a model that uses humidity sensors to operate the fan on its own.


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