Remodeling Resources, Options & Ideas

When remodeling your home, you may want to give some thought to the details that might cause a good remodel to become a great remodel that you will be proud to live with for years. To this end, we have listed below many of the key components that work together to create an extraordinary renovation.

Siding, Masonry, Windows and Flatwork

Siding serves two purposes for your home, and depending on the specific house and homeowner, the significance of each can vary. The first purpose is the creation of a waterproof weather barrier, which is a definite necessity in Western Washington. As a second purpose, siding can provide an aesthetically pleasing exterior for your home.

We use a variety of materials and methods of implementation to achieve both of the above purposes for your home.

Certain home designs warrant the use of brick or stone as part of the building or landscape. Masonry can accent certain portions of the home that merit being highlighted, as well as give an element of design to retaining walls around the property.

In the Pacific Northwest, these materials are used as a facade and typically do not serve any structural purpose.

Windows are important in both giving a home character and providing energy efficiencies. When selecting windows, you will face a wide range of price points because windows come in a variety of designs and materials.

Materials used include wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and Fibrex.

Patios, sidewalks, paths and driveways are all part of flatwork. Some homes are increasingly using concrete flatwork as interior flooring.

Concrete flatwork can be stamped, colored or left natural or aggregated. Other flatwork materials include asphalt or landscaping pavers.

Roofing, Gutters, Landscape and Garage Doors

In the Pacific Northwest, it is extremely important to have a good roof over your head. Flat roofs must take into account additional waterproofing to ensure the safety of your home.

A majority of homes in the Puget Sound use asphalt shingles, which come in an array of colors and warranties of various lengths. Other roofing materials used include metal, cedar shake and tile.

As is the case with roofing, gutters are important in keeping your home safe from water. Keeping your gutters clear of leaves and debris is a task that many homeowners know all too well.

Gutters can be designed to help minimize this occurrence. It is also important to know where your downspouts are directed and ensure they are pointed away from the home’s foundation.

The architecture of your property and surroundings is as important as the design of your home. Everything from patios to plants, retaining walls to water features, all have a very special place and play a part in creating a beautiful landscape to further accent a beautiful home.

Even though a garage door’s purpose is more functional, it can also serve as a decorative piece to add style to your home. A garage door should correlate with the design scheme of your exterior trim and siding.

Some of the more popular designs for garage doors include: estate, carriage house, traditional and ornamental iron.

Plumbing, Lighting, Countertops and Cabinets

Kitchens and bathrooms are the main plumbing focal point in a home. Sinks, lavatories, faucets and other features are available in countless designs. Visiting a showroom or browsing publications are often helpful when selecting plumbing fixtures, allowing you to see a completed room and learn how each specific fixture fits into the design, style and function.

Electric options are another major piece of the home, and the selection is often quite large. Lights, switches and outlets can impact everything from the feel of a room to the convenience of a living space.

There are many options for lighting, but some of the more common include cans, flush mounts, sconces, lamps and specialty fixtures such as chandeliers and pendants.

Countertops are chosen based on the functionality of the surface. Usually a solid surface, countertop materials range from solid granite to IceStone recycled glass. Some common solid surfaces include butcher block, PaperStone, granite, tile, IceStone, laminates, stainless steel and concrete.

Cabinets include so many detailed choices, including door styles, drawers, structure and finishes. Designing cabinetry for your home will take some careful planning. It is recommended to take time early in the building process to design your cabinet options.

Fireplaces, Flooring, Built-Ins, Trim and Molding

Most homes make use of gas fireplaces to warm the atmosphere of a living or family room. Real wood-burning fireplaces create incredible ambiance, but can be more expensive to construct.

A fireplace can be nestled into an elegant mantle or be part of a family entertainment center. In addition, a fireplace can add an extra spark in a master bathroom or work well in a covered exterior living space.

Flooring in a home usually consists in a combination of hardwood, carpet or tile. In some designs, concrete, cork or linoleum are also used.

Hardwood is usually found throughout the main living area of the home, and often in bathrooms and kitchens. Tile may also be used in bathrooms and kitchens. Bedrooms are customarily covered with wall-to-wall carpet. Whatever flooring is used, it absolutely speaks to both the design and function of your home.

The fixed furniture of the home are known as built-ins, and these are usually constructed in a living or dining room. A home’s built-ins are often the focal points of the room they occupy. Types of built-ins include bookcases, entertainment centers, fireplace mantels, desks and custom closets.

Interior trim and molding tie a home together and make a statement to the formality of a room. They help shape the style of a room and the entire home. Various types of trim and molding include window trim, door trim, baseboards, crown molding, wainscoting and coffered ceilings.

Decks, Railings, Doors and Paint

Decks and patios are an incredible place to relax, entertain and enjoy, especially through the warmer months. The material you use for decking should tailor to how you and your family plan to use your deck. Longevity of a product is also important when choosing the materials for your deck or patio.

Some common deck and patio materials include cedar, pine or exotic hardwood, as well as composite, concrete and stone.

Building code dictates the necessity of railings along medium/high drop-offs and staircases. Railings can serve as individual decorative focal points in a home, or follow the same design scheme of the trim and molding throughout the house.

There are two door classifications in building a house: interior and exterior. Like windows, there are a lot of design choices in picking the doors for your home. Function becomes a factor when choosing door design and material as well.

The first aspect of your home that others notice is your color scheme. It is customary to have a three-color scheme on the exterior with a body color, trim and accent color, usually the front door. More colors can be used on the interior to help define rooms.

Tile, Hardware and Glass

Used in flooring, countertops and backsplashes, tile is a great addition to any room. Tile is typically used in bathrooms and kitchens however not limited to these portions of the home. There is a vast range in tile material and design, so take time to look over the many choices long before it is time to install it.

The small accents that put the perfect finishing touches on your home is the hardware. Hardware includes things like door knobs, cabinet knobs, towel rods, door stops, door bells and house numbers.

Decorative and functional glass can be found throughout the home. Glass is one of the last components of a finished home and can be used as shower enclosures, mirrors and cabinet doors.

Putting It All Together

As you use the above guide to walk through the key components you want to include in your remodel, be sure to take notes and communicate your preferences to a contractor as early in the process as possible.

There may be a number of features not listed above that are high on your priority list. These may include a shed, Hide-A-Hose, security system, home audio, children’s space, appliances or Internet and cable hookups. These are equally important to share with the contractor so they can be incorporated into your home renovation.

If you are ready to discuss some of these things with a contractor, RW Anderson Construction stands ready to listen and begin putting together a plan with you to create a custom renovation that reflects your preferences and priorities in a cohesive fashion. Drop us a note on our contact page to get started today.

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