Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700

Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700

Author: Pat Rippon

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Request a Remote Home Renovations Review

REQUEST A REMOTE HOME RENOVATIONS REVIEW

We Can Visit Your Home Virtually!

cherry cabintes, silver hardware, granite counter, island, recessed lighting, stainless steel applicancesThe ongoing coronavirus pandemic has prompted many of us to take on critical remodeling projects for accommodating your families’ new remote working and virtual learning needs. However, many homeowners worry about the risk of people outside of their safe bubble entering their home for such projects. At California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers, we have simplified this process in order to minimize in-person contact wherever possible. You can now request a remote home renovations review and walk us through your kitchen or bathroom makeover goals virtually.

Touchless Walkthroughs are Efficient and Stress-Free  

Although initiating a bathroom or kitchen renovation project may be imperative due to the lifestyle changes brought on by COVID-19, you may have some apprehensions, such as:

  • How will you communicate the vision of your dream kitchen or bathroom in a remote meeting?
  • How will you minimize the risks associated with crew members going in and out of your home?

CBKR’s kitchen and bathroom remodeling specialists are mindful of the concerns you may have while undertaking a renovation project during the current pandemic. We have put in place new processes and stringent COVID-19 protocols to enhance the safety of our clients, designers, and contractors. In lieu of our initial site consultation, we now use ZOOM or Facetime to conduct touchless walkthroughs of our prospective clients’ homes.

Here’s what we do when you request a remote home renovations review:

  • During the virtual meeting, we use “screen share” to explore the areas that you wish to refresh, renovate, or remodel.
  • Besides reviewing the project scope and renovation goals, our designers take the time to understand your lifestyle and preferences. This is a good time for you to share photos, idea books, or any thoughts you have regarding the project.
  • Based on the virtual site review, measurements, and project scope, we put together an initial estimate for your review.
  • Once you sign off on the quote, our talented designers prepare practical, space maximizing, and lifestyle-friendly plans, which we can present virtually in order to minimize site interactions.
  • Our on-site crew and contractors strictly adhere to public health guidelines related to distancing, wearing masks, and frequent sanitization.

remodelOur goal is to make these virtual meetings as interactive and productive as possible. We encourage you to ask questions about our approach, delivery, and design capabilities. Do not hesitate to request references or ask to see photos of past projects.

Safe and Efficient Renovations by Santa Clara Valley’s Makeover Specialists

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc., we specialize in custom makeovers for  kitchens and bathrooms that enhance the value, functionality, and appeal of your home. Our experienced designers and qualified tradespeople work hard to transform your vision into reality and complete the project within the agreed time and cost parameters.

Since 1994, we have successfully renovated kitchens and bathrooms across the Santa Clara Valley, including homes in Los Gatos, San Jose, Almaden, Willow Glen, Los Altos Hills, and Monte Sereno, CA. Our clients vouch for our innovative designs, impeccable craftsmanship, and unparalleled customer service.

For reliable and affordable kitchen or bathroom makeovers, speak to the remodeling experts at CBKR. Call us at 408-360-9700 or request a remote home renovations review. We are happy to guide you through a wide range of design and renovation possibilities to help you achieve your dream kitchen or bathroom.

Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends

TOP 5 KITCHEN DESIGN TRENDS

Renovate the Heart of Your Home

kitchen design trendsAn efficient and attractive cook space requires careful planning, creative design, and a quality finish. At California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers, we believe that achieving the right balance between form and function is the most critical aspect of a fabulous kitchen makeover. Our experts share the top 5 kitchen design trends you should consider while renovating the heart of your home.

Innovative Looks to Elevate Your Cook Space

During kitchen renovations, many homeowners consider knocking down walls for a more open layout. This means improved sight lines to oversee young children and enlarged spaces for cooking and entertaining. While open-concept kitchens offer enhanced functionality, they also need thoughtful design and material choices for seamless integration with the style and décor of the rest of your home.

Whether you prefer an open-concept kitchen or not, here are the top 5 kitchen design trends to achieve a stunning makeover.

  1. Metallic accents: Metallic features in the kitchen are in. You can choose how or where to incorporate them to accentuate a specific area. For example, bronze hardware for drawers and cabinets, or a matte gold finish for the sink faucet, brass or copper sheets applied to the countertop or backsplash, or a metallic finish for your bar stools. Other options could be a striking metallic light fixture, a copper sink, a custom range hood, or a stainless steel backsplash. There are innumerable possibilities for adding metallic accents to your kitchen.
  1. Designer sinks and large islands: Although not an option for compact kitchens, dual islands are in, if space permits. Segregated spaces are ideal for prepping, cooking, dining, entertaining, or other purposes, such as a breakfast bar or a spot for the kids to complete their homework. Another such trend for maximizing the work area is to install designer sinks. Modern sinks come with strainers, cutting boards and drying racks, and serve as multipurpose stations in your cook space.
  1. Bold backsplashes: Add drama while achieving a clean, minimalist modern look by extending the countertop slab to your backsplash. If you are seeking a fun and playful look, add the perfect pop of color by choosing vibrant tiles for the backsplash. A carefully chosen, statement backsplash could even serve as a piece of art in the heart of your home.
  1. Multi-tone kitchens: White or monotone kitchens are out. The current trends are more about two-tone or three-tone kitchens. Incorporate complementary tones in all aspects of the kitchen, including cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, appliances, light fixtures, and wall colors.
  1. Smart kitchens: There are several options for integrating smart technology in your kitchen. Here are some examples of technology for making your cooking habits and lifestyle efficient and convenient.
    • Sensor based faucets
    • Lighting systems or appliances that you can control from your smartphone
    • Touchscreen countertops to read recipes or watch shows while cooking
    • Smart refrigerators that offer alerts for groceries or supplies running low
    • Programmable gadgets, such as coffee makers that have your coffee ready when you wake up

Trendy Kitchen Makeovers by Santa Clara Valley’s Remodeling Specialists

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc., we specialize in custom kitchen renovations that help you achieve enhanced function, appeal, and value for money. Our talented designers take the time to understand your cooking habits, lifestyle and preferences, and offer creative, space-maximizing solutions for an efficient kitchen makeover. Our qualified and experienced crew delivers these designs to perfection within the agreed timelines and budget.

Since 1994, we have successfully renovated kitchens across the Santa Clara Valley, including homes in Santa Clara, San Jose, Willow Glen, Almaden, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, and Los Altos Hills, CA. Our clients vouch for our innovative designs, customer-focused approach, and quality workmanship.

Call CBKR, your expert kitchen remodeling contractors at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to book an in-home consultation. We can discuss several other ideas and top kitchen design trends that will help you achieve your dream cook space.

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Kitchen Renovations on a Budget

KITCHEN RENOVATIONS ON A BUDGET

Stylish Kitchen Renovations on a Budget

Expert Tips for Cost-Efficient Upgrades

kitchen renovationIs it possible to create a dream kitchen if you must do your kitchen renovations on a budget? Absolutely! There are plenty of ways to make smart, cost-effective upgrades that elevate the look and function of your cook space. The home remodeling specialists at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers offer useful tips and suggestions to complete your kitchen renovations, even with a smaller budget.

Top Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover 

  • Prioritize function over form: Whether it is a compact kitchen or a sprawling one, the most important element of any kitchen makeover is to ensure a suitable layout that mirrors your lifestyle and cooking habits. Do you need an island for more prep space or overseeing the kids’ homework? Do you like to cook and entertain at the same time? Do you need better access and movement between the refrigerator, stove, and sink? Think function first and invest in features that make for an efficient kitchen. A beautiful kitchen with an impractical layout is a waste of your renovation budget.
  • Upgrade the hardware, fixtures, and appliances: A simple and inexpensive way of refreshing a cook space is to swap out old pulls and knobs for more trendy options. Similarly, upgrading to smart, energy-saving appliances or changing out the light fixtures or faucets can give your tired kitchen an immediate facelift. 
  • Hack the big box store cabinetry: Nobody will fault you for using IKEA cabinets as a base for your cabinetry. You can enhance them with chic door fronts and hardware, a cost-saving trick that many top designers use for kitchen renovations on a budget. Add a touch of luxury by replacing some cabinet doors with glass doors or creating open shelving to display your best china and glassware pieces.
  • Create sufficient storage: A clean and uncluttered space can make all the difference during a kitchen makeover. Plan for sufficient cabinetry to keep your small appliances and other pantry items hidden from plain sight. Keep only the stylish stuff out on the counters and shelves.
  • Choose your work surface and flooring smartly: If a countertop or flooring replacement is part of your renovation goals, choose your materials wisely. The inexpensive laminate or the durable quartz offer plenty of options to replicate the look of real marble or natural stone, which usually feature in high-end kitchens. For flooring materials, engineered wood or vinyl offers an assortment of affordable designs and patterns to recreate the expensive look of original hardwood planks or natural stone tiles. 
  • Have fun with paint: Whether you opt for major changes, such as a new layout, or minor upgrades related to cabinetry and appliances, one aspect that will further enhance any kitchen remodeling plans is a change of paint. Do your research and select colors that reflect your personality and preferences.

kitchen renovationRemember that while these cost-efficient tips and tricks are ideal for a budget-friendly kitchen remodeling project, inexpensive materials may not always be durable. They may or may not contribute to the value of your home. If you are looking to get top dollar on a future home sale or have a growing family with a high-traffic kitchen area, think about the wear and tear that may happen within the next few years. Instead of taking on a low-cost, D-I-Y kitchen renovation project, consider hiring a professional kitchen remodeling expert who can help you maximize your renovation budget.

Affordable Kitchen Renovations by Experienced Santa Clara Valley Home Remodeling Contractors

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc., we are passionate about delivering functional and stylish kitchen makeovers that increase the value and appeal of your home. Our talented designers work with you closely to create your dream kitchen. Our skilled and experienced crew executes all plans to your exact specifications, on time and on budget.

Since 1994, we have served homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including San Jose, Los Gatos, Almaden, Willow Glen, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, and Santa Clara, CA. Past clients vouch for our innovative designs, quality workmanship, and unparalleled customer service.

Looking for ideas and inspiration for kitchen renovations on a budget? To speak to the kitchen remodeling specialists at CBKR, call 408-360-9700. You can also write to us online to book an in-home consultation.

6 Things to Get Ready for a Kitchen or Bath Remodeling Project

6 THINGS TO GET READY FOR A KITCHEN OR BATH REMODELING PROJECT

Top Tips for a Successful and Cost-Efficient Home Renovation

Renovating your home can be both exciting and unnerving. From prioritizing your expenses and making design choices to getting everything completed on time and on budget, you will have several things on your mind. Prepping for the makeover will help you focus on the important aspects that are likely to drive the successful completion of your project and ensure cost-efficiency. The experts at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers suggest 6 essential things to get ready for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.

Take these Key Steps before a Kitchen or Bathroom Makeover 

Some of the most important aspects that any homeowner seeks from a remodeling project are:

  • An improved space that enhances the visual appeal and value of the home
  • A lifestyle friendly layout and amenities that allow greater movement and functionality to meet your family’s needs and preferences
  • Minimal mess and disturbance to your routine during the remodeling
  • Completion of the project within agreed costs and timelines
  • No surprises or hidden fees

With the right amount of foresight, patience, and attention-to-detail, you can navigate the renovation process smoothly from start to finish.

Here are 6 Things to Get Ready for a Kitchen or Remodeling Project

  1. Define your project scope: Determine the scope of work based on the money you can spend and your ability to stay home or move out during the renovations. It may be tempting to pile on multiple small projects into one major remodeling project. Check to see if your budget allows it. You will also need to decide whether you can live through longer periods of noisy and dusty demolition and construction.
  1. Think strategically: One of the ways to maximize your remodeling budget is to renovate those areas that will give you the most return on your investment. For example:
  1. Do your homework: Look for inspiration on the internet. Scour through online platforms, such as Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Track what you like and create an idea book. Visit home centers or ask for site walk-throughs to see the work done by your shortlisted remodelers.
  1. Find the right remodeling contractor: Whether you need a minor refresh or a complete transformation, choose your remodeling contractor wisely. Do they take the time to understand your lifestyle? Can they reimagine spaces and offer thoughtful, space-maximizing solutions? Are their past clients happy with their work and project delivery? Does their portfolio showcase quality craftsmanship and professional finishes?
  1. Get organized before the work begins: Once you have finalized a home remodeling contractor and signed off on the scope of work, get yourself and your family organized for the duration of the project:
    • Take an audit of your belongings, clear out the areas where the work will take place, and keep only the essential items handy.
    • There will be days when your home will feel like a revolving door of contractors, designers, and delivery people. Maintain peace of mind by updating your security systems, and install smart locks allowing controlled access to essential crew members.
    • Take stock of other inconveniences and make necessary arrangement to minimize the disruption to your routine.
    • Find options to keep children and pets away from the work areas.
  1. Maintain an open line of communication: No matter how well you plan your remodeling project, there is always the possibility of unforeseen obstacles. Hence, it is essential that you and your renovation team maintain an open line of communication and know what to expect from each other. 
    • Establish some ground rules on the traffic areas, daily cleanups, and protection of other spaces that are not part of the project 
    • Invest time in regular and timely progress updates 
    • Find mutually agreeable solutions for unexpected problems related to structural surprises, materials availability and delivery, or unsatisfactory execution 

Call Santa Clara Valley’s Trusted Home Remodeling Specialists for Successful Makeovers

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc., we offer comprehensive design and installation services for kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Our team of creative designers and master craftsmen are passionate about creating attractive and functional spaces that complement your lifestyle, reflect your personality, and increase the value of your home.

Happy homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley count on us for our personalized solutions, impeccable finishes, and efficient project management skills. See our gallery of projects completed for homes in San Jose, Santa Clara, Almaden, Willow Glen, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, and Monte Sereno, CA.

Looking for more tips on how to get ready for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project? Call CBKR, your trusted home remodeling experts at 408-360-9700 to book a consultation or contact us online.

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Bathroom Refinishing Vs. Bathroom Remodeling

BATHROOM REFINISHING VS. BATHROOM REMODELING

Make the Right Choice and Enjoy Stunning Bathroom Makeovers

bathroom remodelChoosing between bathroom refinishing vs. bathroom remodeling is never an easy decision. Both options have their pros and cons and serve a number of different purposes. The experts at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers discuss the factors that can help you make an efficient and cost-effective decision.

Differences between Bathroom Refinishing and Bathroom Remodeling 

Repairing and refreshing a tired, old, or leaky bathroom is a great way to improve the value and functionality of your home. Sometimes, a few cosmetic changes may suffice, while at other times, you may have to go for a complete demolition and redesign. Before you decide, here is what you should know:

  • Bathroom refinishing: If you are happy with the existing layout, refinishing can breathe new life into your bathroom. You can potentially save thousands of dollars that go into tearing down and rebuilding a bathroom. However, refinishing does not address issues such as, old or damaged pipes and drains, dry rot, mold, or mildew in the walls or floors. Essentially, bathroom refinishing is a quick, hassle-free option for a rejuvenated look. It may include re-glazing or refinishing the tub and shower stall, re-staining the bathroom vanities and cabinets, replacing the hardware and light fixtures, repainting the walls, and other such minor upgrades.
  • Bathroom remodeling: A complete bathroom remodeling and redesign is ideal when:
    • The existing layout does not serve your needs or suit your lifestyle
    • The fixtures are not to your taste and preferences
    • The plumbing is outdated and not to code, or too old for repairs
    • Leaks and other moisture issues have caused structural damage

Bathroom remodeling is an excellent opportunity to build custom spaces that cater to your unique needs and budget. For example:

  • Solve space issues: Expand or enlarge your bathroom, add a shower stall or second sink, or reposition the tub or toilet.
  • Repair the faults: Upgrade your plumbing or electrical, fix any venting issues.
  • Modernize your bath space: Add hi-tech, water-saving features, such as a smart toilet, sensor-based faucets, or LED mood lighting

Factors that Influence Bathroom Refinishing Vs. Bathroom Remodeling

Consider these aspects while initiating a bathroom makeover project.

  1. Planning to stay in this home for only a few more years? Spruce it up and save money with bathroom refinishing.
  1. Think this may be your forever home? Address all underlying issues and use the opportunity to customize this space to suit your family’s lifestyle and preferences.
  1. Thinking of selling or renting out the property soon? Go for a full bathroom renovation to enhance the value and appeal of your home. It’ll help you attract potential buyers and renters.
  1. The cost of bathroom makeovers depends on several factors, including the size of your bathroom, scale of work, age of the property and fixtures, and the complexity of plumbing and wiring. In addition to the above three aspects, the choice between bathroom refinishing vs. bathroom remodeling also depends on your budget. Decide how much you are willing to spend.

A well-designed and executed bathroom remodeling project can truly add value to your home and lifestyle. Remember to partner with a competent contractor who:

  • Minimizes disruption to your routine: Practices good hygiene, keeps your living areas clean and offers a thorough post-job cleanup.
  • Provides value-enhancing upgrades: Carries out comprehensive, high-quality, sustainable upgrades to the plumbing, framing, waterproofing, and the rest of your bathroom’s infrastructure.
  • Focuses on project efficiency: Allocates sufficient resources to your project, provides regular progress updates, and ensures timely and efficient completion.

Santa Clara Valley’s Leading Bathroom Renovation Specialists

As a full-service bathroom remodeling design and construction contractor, we can take on projects of any scale and complexity. Whether it is a simple refresh or a complete overhaul, we offer attractive and functional bathroom transformations. We start with a thorough evaluation of your existing bath space and speak with you to understand your renovation goals and budget. Next, our team will give you an honest opinion on bathroom remodeling vs. bathroom refinishing. When you hire us for the job, expect nothing less than the best designs, quality craftsmanship, and smooth finishes. You’ll have your new bathroom on time and within your budget, as promised!

Since 1994, delighted customers across the Santa Clara Valley count on our licensed, experienced and qualified professionals for stress-free and cost-effective bathroom makeovers. Our clients include homeowners in Willow Glen, Almaden, San Jose, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, and Santa Clara, CA.

For creative ideas, affordable solutions and efficient services, hire the experts at California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc. Call 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can help you decide what’s best for your home—bathroom refinishing or bathroom remodeling.

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How to Choose from the Top 5 Materials for New Kitchen Countertops

HOW TO CHOOSE FROM THE TOP 5 MATERIALS FOR NEW KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Maximize your Budget with Attractive, Durable Surfaces

kitchen countertopsKnowing the top 5 materials for new kitchen countertops is a starting point for choosing the surfaces where you will prep, cook, work, and enjoy your meals. With an overwhelming range of options on the market, selecting the right materials is key to achieving an attractive, functional kitchen, with durable, easy to maintain surfaces. The experts at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers help you make suitable choices by listing the pros and cons of the top 5 materials for new kitchen countertops.

Spruce up Your Kitchen with Trendy Countertops 

Completely overhauling your kitchen, or going for a minor refresh? No matter what the scope of your renovation project, new countertops can hugely improve the appeal and functionality of your kitchen and enhance the value of your home. Explore these top 5 materials for new kitchen countertops and decide what works best for your needs and budget: 

  1. Granite: A definition of beauty and elegance, granite makes even the most modest kitchen look chic and luxurious. As a natural stone that is strong, durable, and almost impervious to heat, granite comes in thousands of colors and patterns. However, it is an expensive material that can potentially crack upon stress or due to improper installation. Since it is porous, it also requires regular professional resealing to prevent stains.
  1. Marble: There is nothing quite as magnificent as a marble countertop. Because of its high price tag, marble may not fit within an economical kitchen renovation project. However, this material is heatproof, waterproof, and exceptionally beautiful due to the unique veining in every slab. Besides being expensive, marble is a porous stone that can stain easily unless regularly resealed. Although rare, marble can also scratch or crack, and repairing a natural stone can be quite difficult. 
  1. Quartz: One of the most up-and-coming materials in recent years, quartz is an engineered stone that has given new meaning to durability and convenience. Homes with young kids and busy parents find this heat-resistant, water-resistant, stain-proof material to be an extremely good fit for their kitchens. Quartz offers hardiness, ease of maintenance, and perfection (since every slab is uniform), which means you do not need to spend on regular resealing or professional upkeep. However, this material continues to be more expensive than other options, such as laminate or solid surface materials.
  1. Wood/ Butcher Block: Wood countertops can help create a warm, country kitchen-like vibe or an industrial-chic look. Usually, kitchen countertop slabs are made from hardwoods, such as maple or oak, in a wide range of colors and finishes. With frequent cleaning, sanding, oiling, and resealing, your wooden countertop can last for several decades. However, it is a fairly expensive material, and without proper care, your butcher block can eventually face water damage, stains, bacteria growth, or cracks.
  1. Soapstone: A natural stone that usually comes in darker shades of black or grey, this smooth, silky surface may be an interesting alternative to granite. The stone is hard, and quite resistant to stains and heat. Although soapstone could scratch or dent, you can easily sand out any damage, or leave them as-is to create a unique patina that gives your kitchen an attractive look.

There are several other options, such as concrete, stainless steel, solid surface (Corian), laminates, and custom ceramic tiles that also make for interesting kitchen surfaces. However, before you finalize the material for your new kitchen countertops, study the pros and cons of each, and learn whether they meet your family’s lifestyle, preferences, and budget. 

Fantastic Makeovers by Santa Clara Valley’s Trusted Kitchen Specialists 

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc. we are passionate about redesigning kitchens to enhance your lifestyle and increase the value of your home. Invest in our innovative ideas, impeccable craftsmanship, and efficient project management skills to give shape to the kitchen of your dreams.

Since 1994, we have served happy homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including Almaden, Willow Glen, Los Gatos, San Jose, Monte Sereno, and Los Altos Hills, CA.

Call CBKR, your trusted kitchen remodeling specialists at 408-360-9700 to schedule an in-home consultation or contact us online. We can discuss the latest trends in kitchen designs and materials and help you make informed choices.

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7 Things to Look for in a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor

7 THINGS TO LOOK FOR IN A BATHROOM REMODELING CONTRACTOR

Choose Wisely to Ensure a Successful Bathroom Makeover

Bathroom MakeoverA cleverly planned and well executed makeover with modern comforts and conveniences can transform your bathroom into a luxurious, spa-like personal haven. However, when there are thousands of contractors to choose from in the Santa Clara Valley area, how will you separate the best from the rest? The experts at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers list 7 things to look for in a bathroom remodeling contractor.

Aspects to Consider When Hiring a Bathroom Renovation Specialist 

It is natural to feel anxious about any home renovation project. Will the contractor understand your vision? Will they execute the design to perfection, without damaging other areas of your home? Will your choice of materials complement each other?

In order to minimize your stress, here are 7 things to look for in a bathroom remodeling contractor:

  1. Experience and credibility: An experienced contractor with proven results in their field can truly transform your vision into reality. Whether they come highly recommended through friends or family, or you check their customer reviews and do a few site walkthroughs, it’s important to ensure you hire someone who has a track record for:
    • Timely and on-budget project completion
    • Quality finishes
    • Excellent customer service (provides prompt and regular updates, offers thorough post-job cleanups)
    • Professional conduct (has the experience and etiquette to work efficiently without constant supervision)
  1. Resourcefulness: A competent contractor can set up a schedule, monitor expenses, and move things around to stay within the agreed budget and timelines. For example, selecting the right people for the job, scheduling an appropriate number of shifts, reorganizing schedules, and other such adjustments.
  1. Client focus: One of the most important traits in a home improvement specialist is the ability to hear you out carefully, understand your lifestyle and requirements, and grasp your vision of a dream bathroom. A good contractor:
    • Breaks down the project and includes you in the design process
    • Minimizes the disruption to your routine when work begins
    • Helps you deal with the anxieties or frustrations typically associated with remodeling projects
  1. Communication: From presenting a detailed quote and proposal, to providing regular project updates, the contractor should always be able to communicate effectively . They should also be proficient in delegating tasks and instructions to their own crew to ensure that the construction and delivery is in line with the agreed upon design and schedule.
  1. Problem solving: Every renovation project has its own challenges, such as design feasibility, space availability, budget, scheduling constraints, and more. There may also be unpredictable events, such as delays in material supply, inclement weather, or team member conflicts. A capable contractor:
    • Predicts and provisions for potential issues based on the initial assessment and project scoping.
    • Smoothly resolves any unexpected issues and offers practical and agreeable alternatives, instead of burdening you with additional problems.
  1. Crew management: While some remodeling companies hire third-party contractors and crews, others employ them in-house and work as a close-knit team. No matter what the arrangement, a capable contractor leads the crew through:
    • Proper delegation and target setting
    • Clear communication and precise directions
    • Productive on-site work environment
    • Careful balancing of shifts and workloads to prevent excessive fatigue, which could result in mishaps or mistakes.
  1. Design-build capabilities: Minimize your stress by hiring a remodeling company that offers a comprehensive range of services. By choosing someone with combined design-build capabilities, you can avoid the hassle of dealing with multiple contractors. From design and demolition, to plumbing, electrical and fixtures, you will get all the bathroom makeover related services you need under one roof. Typically, such companies assign a site supervisor who becomes your single-point contact for all queries, concerns and updates.

Hire Santa Clara Valley’s Leading Bathroom Remodeling Contractors 

Renovating a bathroom is a great way to enhance your lifestyle, while increasing the value and appeal of your home. Whether your bath space needs a minor refresh or a complete overhaul, partner with the bathroom remodeling specialists at California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers. We promise creative designs, quality craftsmanship and professional finishes, and work hard to complete your project on-time and on-budget.

Since 1994, happy customers across the Santa Clara Valley count on us for attractive and functional bathroom makeovers. We serve homeowners in San Jose, Santa Clara, Willow Glen, Los Gatos, Almaden, Monte Sereno, and Los Altos Hills, CA.                                                                                 

For seamless and stress-free renovations, hire the experienced bathroom remodelers at CBKR. Call 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation.

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Home and Bathroom Renovation Ideas for Seniors

HOME AND BATHROOM RENOVATION IDEAS FOR SENIORS

Building Accessible Spaces to Facilitate Aging in Place

bathroom remodelWhile enhanced lifestyle choices may drive a majority of remodeling projects, creating accessible spaces is a greater priority for homes where seniors live; often alone. Practical home and bathroom renovation ideas for seniors can transform the scope of your renovations and enable aging in place for yourself or your loved ones. The experts at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers have years of experience helping to redesign homes and make them safe and accessible, following ADA compliance guidelines.

Top 5 Home Improvement Suggestions for Older Adults 

In a study by the AARP Public Policy Institute, 87% of people aged 65 and above prefer to age in place, continuing to stay in their current homes and communities. Remodeling experts are continuously innovating ways to improve the functionality and accessibility of homes. Many of these ideas find wide appreciation and utility not just among seniors, but also homeowners planning for retirement. Some may be raising young families and want their homes to be safe for kids but also for grandparents to visit and stay in comfort.

Here are some useful ideas to renovate your bathrooms and the rest of your home for better accessibility and safety.

  1. Create an open floor plan: Knocking down a few walls to create a spacious layout and easy flow between rooms is a popular renovation choice. Creating an open floor plan can potentially boost the value of your home as homebuyers increasingly look for that feeling of openness. Seniors can move freely and safely in the home. The additional square footage is welcome!
  1. Minimize the hurdles:
    • Consider doing away with interior doors wherever possible or install sliding or pocket doors to improve movement within the home.
    • Promote smooth transition in and out of your home or garage by widening the entrance to 42 inches and internal doors to 36 inches. This will easily accommodate wheelchairs (if you need one now or in the future) or kids’ strollers (when your kids and grandkids visit).
    • Remove thresholds between rooms and at the entrance to your home. Replace carpets with smooth, hard flooring. This will not only make the movement of wheels simple and hazard-free, but also be easier to clean and maintain.
  1. Accessorize wisely: Choose your hardware carefully. Look for easy-to-use door levers, good-grip drawer pulls and quick-turning faucets. Grabbing or twisting a doorknob may become difficult in later years, especially when the joints become weaker, or due to chronic conditions such as arthritis.
  1. Improve convenience: Enhancing convenience is all about minimizing the time, effort, and risk involved with completing ordinary tasks. For example, bending down to access electrical outlets that are usually 12 inches off the floor is tedious. It could also put a strain on the back for older adults. Raising the outlets by 6 inches would make them more accessible and contribute to added functionality. Similarly, choosing pullout under-counter drawers in place of cabinets with swinging doors can help in better organization and movement during cooking, especially for someone in a wheelchair.
  1. Fortify your bathroom: According to the CDC, bathroom slip and fall incidents make up 81% of all injuries among seniors, resulting in fractures, head trauma, hospitalization and potential loss of independence. A few simple changes will enhance the safety, ease of cleaning, and movement within your bathrooms. Consider ideas such as:
    • Installing a wide entrance, curb-less, walk-in shower stall
    • Adding safety grab bars in the tub, shower stall, and near the toilet
    • Lowering the sink counters to make them accessible at seated height
    • Upgrading the vanity to add convenient storage
    • Creating a built-in bench in the shower stall to serve as a temporary resting spot 

Stylish Makeovers by Santa Clara Valley’s Renovation Experts 

Aging in place modifications do not have to be dull and boring. At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we are passionate about delivering makeovers that enhance the look, functionality and accessibility of your home. Our Certified Aging in Place Specialists (CAPS) understand the unique requirements of aging adults and offer practical, creative and trendy home and bathroom renovation ideas for seniors.

Since 1994, we have served customers in San Jose, Santa Clara, Willow Glen, Almaden, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos Hills, and Los Altos Hills, CA. 

Call CBKR at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss ideas for home and bathroom renovations for seniors that address your current and future requirements.

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DOUBLE SINKS IN RENOVATED BATHROOMS

DOUBLE SINKS IN RENOVATED BATHROOMS

DOUBLE SINKS IN RENOVATED BATHROOMS – GOOD IDEA OR NOT?

Experienced Remodeling Contractors Discuss the Pros and Cons

Often, one of the key decisions to make while remodeling a bathroom is whether to go for two sinks instead of one. But are double sinks in renovated bathrooms always a good idea? The experienced contractors at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers discuss whether double sinks are a ‘relationship-saver’, a luxury, or a fad that many couples consider a necessity.

RESOLVING THE DILEMMA OF DOUBLE VERSUS SINGLE SINKS

Whether you are renovating a master bathroom, or a bathroom shared between kids, double sinks may be a practical solution to address conflicting morning routines. It’s a topic that comes up often on home improvement shows and home interior magazines. To decide whether you really need two sinks, ask yourself how much your schedules among family members actually overlap.

  • Is there a constant struggle to elbow past each other to brush teeth at the single sink?
  • Are you always trying to juggle space between your hair dryer, flat iron, make-up items, and other tools that need to rest on a flat surface?
  • Are you constantly at odds with your bathroom mate about issues such as hair in the sink or dried up toothpaste in the bowl?

For busy couples with conflicting schedules, double sinks can be a real blessing. Not only will you stay out of each other’s way during rush hour, but you will also minimize unnecessary arguments that eventually take a toll on the relationship. In fact, doubling the sinks would mean doubling the personal space available in the bathroom. Which means, you can:

  • Arrange your own personal items the way you prefer and keep your bathroom necessities separate if you like.
  • Maximize the available space to avoid disruption to your routine.
  • Enjoy your personal space, without having to notice your bathroom mate’s toothpaste residue while brushing your own teeth.

However, keep in mind that double sinks may not always be feasible or necessary.

  • Space availability: Does your existing bathroom have a solid 6 feet or more of space to install double sinks? While a typical basin will be 17 to 19 inches wide, you will need a 12-inch buffer to set the sinks at a convenient distance. After all, you do not want to end up with double sinks that are so close that you are banging elbows or crowding each other.
  • Layout redesign: If your bathroom lacks the space needed for two sinks, you may have to consider a complete layout redesign. Is this additional remodeling cost worth the convenience of a double sink? Remember, two sinks will also take up extra space for the double set of drainpipes, which could eat into your under-cabinet storage capacity. Is it better to utilize the available space or layout for enlarging a tiny shower stall, or installing a bathtub, instead of investing in a sink?
  • Additional costs: Even if you have sufficient space to install two sinks, there will be other costs involved. You will need to spend on a larger vanity and finishes, additional plumbing, and double the number of fixtures and hardware.
  • Lack of privacy:Another important consideration while adding double sinks in renovated bathrooms is, are you gaining or losing privacy? A separate sink may give you defined space and convenience for managing your bathroom habits and accessories. However, the availability of a second sink would mean your bathroom mate could be sharing the space with you, even when you need some privacy or alone time.

The question of one sink versus double sinks does not have any definitive answers. It could be an excellent and efficient feature for one home, but a waste of space and money for another. Make an informed decision based on your lifestyle, schedules, space, and budget.   

QUALITY MAKEOVERS BY SANTA CLARA VALLEY’S BATHROOM REMODELING SPECIALISTS

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we love to remodel bathrooms and transform them into functional and luxurious spa-like retreats. When customers ask us about common questions like whether a double sink is a good idea, we respond based on our experience and recommend what will work best for their home. Our creative designers take time to understand your requirements and provide innovative solutions that maximize your space and budget. We promise skilled workmanship, smooth finishes, and timely completion of projects.

Since 1994, we have served a growing base of delighted customers across Santa Clara Valley, including in San Jose, Santa Clara, Almaden, Los Gatos, Willow Glen, Los Altos Hills and Monte Sereno, CA.

Still unsure if double sinks in renovated bathrooms is a good idea? Call CBKR, your bathroom remodeling experts at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We offer practical and cost-effective solutions for attractive bathroom makeovers.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR A QUALITY KITCHEN REMODEL

TOP CONSIDERATIONS FOR A QUALITY KITCHEN REMODEL

Advice from Bay Area Renovation Experts

kitchen remodelYou’ve flipped through designer home reno magazines, browsed hundreds of Pinterest and Instagram photos, and you’re all set to create your dream kitchen. But, are you aware of the top considerations for a quality kitchen remodel? From layout and design to material selection and finishing, every step will impact the success of your remodeling project. The experts at California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers explain the key aspects that you should consider when you renovate your kitchen.

Critical Factors for a Successful Kitchen Renovation

A quality kitchen remodel addresses functionality and aesthetics to strike a perfect balance. Here are the top considerations that will help you maximize your renovation budget and build the kitchen of your dreams.

  • Get your plan in order: Before you plunge into a kitchen renovation project, ask yourself some pertinent questions:
    • What do you dislike about your current kitchen?
    • How much are you willing to spend on fixing those issues?
    • Will you need major structural changes or addition of space, or will a few basic, budget-friendly kitchen remodeling features sufficiently address the problems?
  • Consult an experienced designer: Even if visualizing is your forte, or you have specific finishes in mind, you may want to rely on the services of a renovation expert. An experienced designer can make your kitchen look better and function more efficiently, without exceeding your budget.
  • Define the remodeling scope: Have you identified your problem areas, compared multiple quotes, and finalized your kitchen remodeling designer and contractor? Now take the time to scope out the project based on your list of must-haves and good-to-have, so that you don’t end up spending more than planned. Don’t forget to consider all aspects of the kitchen, such as the wall color, flooring, appliances, countertops, backsplash, light fixtures, sink and faucet, cabinets, and cabinet hardware.
  • Choose ‘function’ over ‘form’: Do not let design elements compromise the utility of the three most-used features in your kitchen; the sink, the fridge and the stove. Invest in a high quality stove, pick a sink with sufficient depth to accommodate your pots and pans, and select a fridge that meets the needs and lifestyle of your entire family.

Quality Kitchen Transformations by Santa Clara Valley’s Remodeling Experts

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we specialize in luxurious custom kitchen makeovers, efficiently balancing your wish list and budget. Our skilled designers take time to understand your requirements and prioritize the project scope, while our master craftsmen deliver professional finishes along with unparalleled customer service. No matter how small or large your kitchen, we can create practical layouts and lifestyle-friendly solutions that deliver value for money.

Since 1994, we have passionately redesigned cook spaces across the Santa Clara Valley, including in San Jose, Santa Clara, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, Willow Glen, and Almaden, CA. Read these testimonials from our delighted customers.

Call CBKR, your trusted kitchen remodeling contractors at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss a number of creative solutions for a quality kitchen makeover.

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