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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Designing an Island in a Small Kitchen

SMART IDEAS FOR DESIGNING AN ISLAND IN A SMALL KITCHEN

Ideas for Designing an Island in a Small Kitchen

Add Beauty, Functionality, and Additional Seating to Your Kitchen

farm sink, island, pendant lighting, SunnyvaleMake the best use of available space and improve your small kitchen’s functionality with a custom island designed, built, and installed by California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers. Freestanding or built-in islands enhance your kitchen’s appearance, and you can add amenities such as storage, electrical outlets, appliances, and seating.

Need fresh ideas to update your entire kitchen? See our photo gallery for inspiration. If you are keen on incorporating an island with your existing layout, we can get it done with great results.

Think about Why You May Want an Island in Your Small Kitchen

Before you start the process of designing an island in a small kitchen, there are a few important things to consider. You can scale the island’s size to your kitchen, making it bigger or smaller depending on the available space. Keep the following benefits in mind to make your final decision on whether to install a custom kitchen island:

  • Access on all four sides maximizes counter space
  • Complement your open-plan design with a beautiful island
  • Expand your seating capacity with a few barstools
  • Increase food preparation space
  • Facilitate work or study activities while you multitask in the kitchen

California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers can help you design every element of your small kitchen, including an island. Find out what customers are saying about our kitchen remodeling prowess.

Design Tips for Your Small Kitchen’s Custom Island

Consider the following tips when you meet with our team and discuss designing an island for your small kitchen:

  • Mix or match. You can build the sides of the island to contrast with or match your existing cabinetry. Our remodelers will work with your vision and lifestyle needs in mind.
  • Choose a fabulous countertop material. Select a countertop material that makes sense for how you plan to use the island. Choose from natural stone, wood, concrete, granite, marble, quartz, or Corian. Our experienced installers can make the base of the island flush with the counter or leave an overhang to accommodate barstools and legroom.
  • Add a range, grill, or other appliances. Determine the most important features to include in your island. Our designers can create a layout that increases your food prep area, includes a grill or range, creates a convenient spot for a microwave and warming drawers, and multiplies the storage space for cookware and other items. We can also provide safe electrical outlets to power small appliances and serve as charging ports for mobile devices and laptops.
  • Create an entertainment space. Islands can expand your seating and create an intimate space for guests and family to gather as you cook or attend to hosting duties. Invest in a durable countertop with an eye-catching pattern or color combination for an inviting dining space.
  • Light it up! Recessed lighting, natural light, and ceiling-mount chandeliers and fixtures can add ambience, drama, and tons of light over your new kitchen island. Our lighting technicians follow local and national electrical codes and work with you to achieve the desired ambiance.
  • Leave enough clearance. Ideally, two people must be able to pass each other while another is standing at the island. Allow for clearances of about 40 inches on all sides of the island.

California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers has designers and skilled craftsmen that can help you renovate your small kitchen for maximum efficiency.

Contact us online about designing an island in a small kitchen in the Santa Clara Valley. Call us at 408-360-9700 to schedule a free consultation.

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Relaxing Paint Colors for Your Home

RELAXING PAINT COLORS FOR YOUR HOME

Relaxing Paint Colors for Your Kitchen and Bath Remodel

Choose Soothing Hues for Your Busy Home

QUARTZ, COUNTERTOP, SHAKER, WHITE, CABINETS, KITCHEN, SARATOGA, FARM SINK, TILE SPLASHWhile sunshine, blue skies, greenery, ocean views and scenic landscapes are proven ways to find relaxation in the outdoors, simply choosing relaxing paint colors can offer a similar feeling inside your home. At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we do everything we can to make your remodel as stress-free as possible. Our goal is to leave you with warm, inviting spaces where your family can unwind and relax.

The Wall Street Journal recently published an article summarizing the expert advice of hundreds of interior design professionals. Here, we evaluate the top four hues recommended to bring your home up to date with the most beautiful and restful tones of 2021.

Premium Paint Shades Recommended by Top Designers

Try these colors to update your décor and create a chill ambiance:

  • Borrowed Light No. 235: Cool blues and mints were well-represented on the favorite colors recommended by today’s best interior decorators. The top pick from Farrow & Ball is part of the company’s Borrowed Light collection. It evokes the cool blue light that streams in through your windows and has a soothing tone that can brighten your kitchen or bathroom while changing slightly in different lighting throughout the day.
  • Alabaster OC-129: Benjamin Moore’s Off-White collection includes this bold shade that designers felt would pair well with jute, rattan, and other naturally inspired tones. The chalky white doesn’t tend toward other hues but maintains a beautifully neutral shade throughout the day. This sophisticated color exudes tranquility and helps you create a serene space for your bathroom spa. It also works well as an accent for your kitchen walls.
  • Portola’s Graceland: This shade wins for the most fun name! Portola’s Graceland is a muted green hue with natural appeal and earthy undertones. Overall, it creates an optimistic backdrop for your remodeled bath or kitchen. This sage-inspired color adds personality without any disorienting intensity.
  • Shark PPG1006-2: This light gray calls to your senses without overwhelming them. Since it contains both cool and warm undertones, you can match this relaxing paint color with an eclectic color palette. Pairing Shark with white trim creates an elegant look. You can find it at PPG Paints.

Do you need more ideas for your kitchen color palette? Browse our online kitchen gallery for examples of our completed projects. We use top brand finishes and fixtures. Our online bathroom gallery can give you great ideas for fixtures, finishes, cabinetry, and flooring for your bathroom renovation.

Relaxing Paint Colors, Kitchen and Bath Designs, and More

For help planning and designing your kitchen and bath, contact California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, Inc. We serve homeowners in the Santa Clara Valley and are happy to consult with you on everything from relaxing paint colors to fixtures and flooring decisions.  

Turn your outdated kitchen or bathroom into a serene and highly functional space with relaxing paint colors and a tasteful remodel. Call us at 408-360-9700 or contact us online for a no-obligation consultation.

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Technological Innovations that will Change Your Kitchen

TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATIONS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR KITCHEN

Hands-Free is the Mantra of Future Kitchen Designs

technological innovations in kitchensIn a world of high innovation and demand for modern conveniences, have you given a thought to the numerous technological innovations that will change your kitchen? With multitasking being paramount, today’s kitchens often serve as more than prep or cook spaces. They offer the perfect backdrop for dining, entertaining, socializing, or even working from home during the COVID-19 era, and beyond. At California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers, we believe the future of the kitchen is smartphone enabled and hands-free. Our kitchen renovation experts offer useful insights into the technological innovations that will change your kitchen forever.

Top Technology Trends Transforming Your Kitchen

As the central hub of your home, wouldn’t it be nice if your kitchen embraced the conveniences and style of the digital age? Have you considered how app-controlled appliances, touchless technology, or voice-activated operations could completely transform the way you spend time in your kitchen? Here are some of the top trends that are already taking the kitchen renovation world by storm:

  • High-tech induction cooktops that sense where you have placed a pan and turn on the heat automatically
  • Speed ovens that combine microwave and convection technologies to improve cook times and make your food taste better
  • Sensor-based coffee makers that can connect with voice assistance, save your preferred coffee-to-milk ratios, or even predetermine the cup sizes while dispensing your favorite lattes.
  • Smart dishwashers that send notifications to your phone when they are running low on detergent or boast advanced features that dry plastic items more efficiently.
  • Cameras in refrigerators that allow you to peek into your fridge if you missed carrying a list to the grocery store. Some advanced refrigerators come with auto sensors that recognize depleting supplies and send notifications to your phone guiding your grocery shopping.
  • Home automation systems allow you to control all your appliances from wherever you are. Preheat your oven, get alerts if your refrigerator door is open, adjust the temperature of your wine fridge for a special varietal, and so much more! Innovative technology is changing the ways you operate in your kitchen.

While most of this technology is already in place, future innovations that appliance manufacturers are working towards include:

  • Kitchen robots who can load and unload your dishwasher
  • Smartphone apps that use the phone camera to track your chopping, dicing, slicing, braising, or basting techniques and provide corrective pointers using voice-equipped technology
  • Intuitive induction surfaces that could replace stovetops entirely and let you turn select surfaces into potential burners.

Smart Kitchen Renovations by Santa Clara Valley’s Makeover Specialists

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc., we can make your dream kitchen just what you want it to be. Our luxurious custom kitchen makeovers efficiently balance functionality and aesthetic appeal to create intuitive cook spaces that add value to your home and lifestyle. No matter how small or large your kitchen, our experienced team can design and deliver practical layouts and technology-friendly solutions for a smart kitchen renovation that’s in keeping with the latest design trends. You can count on us for creative ideas, impeccable craftsmanship, and consistent customer service.   

Since 1994, we have served homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including in San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Altos Hills, Willow Glen, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno and Almaden, CA. See these testimonials and you’ll learn about our commitment to customer service.

Excited to learn more about technological innovations that will change your kitchen? Speak to the remodeling experts at CBKR by calling 408-360-9700 or contact us online. We are happy to discuss a range of ideas for transforming your cook space and bringing it into the digital age.

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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.

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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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