How Paint Colors Can Affect Your Sleep

In our previous blog, Paint and Paint Finishes, we talked about how paint finishes can make a noticeable difference in your home and your mood, but did you know that the paint color in your bedroom can also affect your sleep? It’s true! According to the CDC, more than 35% of Americans struggle with getting enough sleep for their bodies. Certain colors can make the body respond to sleep better, while others inhibit sleep. If you feel you’ve been sleep deprived and have tried to find a solution, now may be the time that you consider your surroundings.

Examples of Muted Colors and Lighter Shades

When thinking of a color scheme for the bedrooms in your home, you will want to choose muted colors and lighter shades. Avoiding glossy, satin, or eggshell paint and vibrant colors can help improve your sleep pattern. Anything but a flat paint application can reflect light and stimulate your brain, keeping you awake or preventing you from entering a deep sleep or REM cycle. Faded pastel colors can also help reduce stress and anxiety, allowing you to fall asleep faster. Here are some examples of muted colors and lighter shades that can help you get some sleep.

1. Blue

Blue is one of the best colors to promote sleep. It evokes a state of tranquility and calmness and tends to be more muted than other loud colors like yellow or red.

2. Green

Green can be reminiscent of nature and can create a state of relaxation. You can also bring in plants and photos of nature to enhance a more natural environment.

3. White

White and shades of off-white emulate peacefulness and promote happy thoughts of a clean and fresh room.

4. Lavender

Darker shades of purple can stimulate your brain and inspire your creative side, while lighter lavender or lilac shades can help de-stimulate and calm your brain. Below are some examples of the slight differences in purple hues that can significantly impact your brain and its activity.

Spangle from Sherwin Williams is a shade purple with more red, while Potentially Purple and Wishful Blue have more blue undertones.

Other Design Aspects to Help You Sleep

  • Blackout Curtains (They Make More Stylish Ones Now)
  • Light Switch Dimmers to Lower the Lights as You Unwind
  • Keeping The Thermostat Low
  • Multiple Layers of Bedding (Sheet, Comforter, Blanket/Quilt)
  • Muted Color-Coordinating Designs
  • Décor to Complement the Paint Finishes
  • White Noise (Fans, Sound Machine, Apps)

Be Aware of Your Surroundings

If you struggle with sleep and think you’ve tried everything, maybe assess your sleep environment. Think about what is in your room right now. Does it align or go against what we’ve mentioned above? Sometimes it is the little things that can make a huge difference. If you need guidance on other ways to enhance the bedrooms in your home, we would love to help you so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Paint and Paint Finishes – Here are Some of Our Go-To Paint Colors & Finishes

We all know how much your style is affected by your personality. Paint colors and finishes make a big difference in a home. Everyone is different, but what we may not think of is how paint colors can affect your mood. Our lives seemed more stressful for so long as 2020 dragged on, and now is the time to unwind at home with a design choice that makes you happy.

A bright yellow that you may have questioned before 100% completely acceptable and welcomed as a happy color to have in your home. Bright green can make you feel calm and relaxed, but a faded blue might make you feel energized. Room colors can help relieve stress, boost creativity, lower your blood pressure, and so much more!

Paint is More Functional than You Think

Wondering how to think of paint colors as a functional addition? One thing to keep in mind, other than your favorite colors, is what shades compliment you. As you would pick your outfits based on your hair and skin tone, the same can be said for paint colors in your home. You spend time in most of your rooms, you take photos with family and friends. You make memories at home. Ten years down the road, you don’t want to look at your photos and ask what you were thinking.

Choosing the Right Neutrals

More and more people are dropping the cool neutrals. Stark white is out, and different shades of white are used to create a calm and comforting feel. Keep in mind what neutral colors will complement the color you have chosen as the base for the room. The right color not only enhances the visual appeal of a room, but it can also highlight the design to create a living space that is personalized for your family.

Color Blocking with Natural Earthy Tones

If you love a nurturing environment, you may love the thought of well-paired earthy tones. SDG is here to help you achieve a holistic design. What is more holistic than shades like sage, lavender, dusty rose, burnt sienna, and terracotta. This is where you may want to bring in a warm neutral to pair with your bold color and create color blocks.

Bold Moody Colors

The trend of the year is making bold statements, and people are starting with their home design. From bringing black back to olive greens and muddled-jewel tones, we are seeing darker colors that have been considered distasteful in the past. We are seeing entire monochromatic themes with color drenching rooms entirely in darker shades to create a seamless look that is easier on the eye. Give your home a refreshing look and set the tone for your wildest color dreams.

Warming Up the Colors

With 2020 being the start of so many people working from home, we are looking now more than ever to create a warm and inviting space. One way to do so is be more mindful of warmer, velvety shades. Each color has warm shades and cool shades. Traditionally, there were cool colors and warm colors, but we have since evolved. Warmer shades can help make you feel safe and grounded in your sanctuary. SDG’s goal is to improve your quality of life every step of the way. Painting a space dedicated to helping you relax and feel rejuvenated is the first step.

Limewash and Other Textures

Your walls are a blank canvas waiting for a splash of color, but what about texture in 2022? Fully textured walls are harder to paint and may go in and out of style. That doesn’t mean you can’t create the look of texture with limewash and textural paints. This centuries old method is mineral-based, all natural, and environmentally-friendly. It is one of the original house paints from Belgium. Once applied it provides a chalky, nuanced texture that feels like suede. It can add depth and luminosity to any flat wall.

This year is all about balancing between warm, complementing neutrals, and bold, risky colors, with a sprinkling of earthy tones to escalate your home’s color palette.

Cabinet Construction and Why Constructing Custom Cabinetry is Beneficial for a Holistic Lifestyle

Custom cabinetry makes a big difference in a home, but the process of choosing and designing custom cabinets can be harder than it may seem. From selecting the right type of natural wood to choosing your stain or paint color, each decision in custom cabinetry is important. Custom cabinetry can be functional and fabulous. Alleviating your home of clutter will encourage productivity and increase energy to enhance the lives of all who dwell in the space. These types of design elements demand attention. Custom made products mean more, not just to the people who live in the home but also for those who visit – not to mention they also increase the overall value of your home. Having something made especially for you and your family’s needs is the kind of personalization everyone can appreciate and enjoy.

Refreshing your interiors and installing custom cabinetry will improve the way you interact with your surroundings. Stepping into a kitchen that is stylish and beautiful, and functionally sound will not only enhance its visual appeal but will highlight its overall custom design to create a living experience unique to you and your family.

Custom cabinets allow the greatest flexibility and typically offer the highest quality of construction. With custom cabinets, you can have anything you ever dreamed of with a perfect fit for your home. Custom cabinets get down to 1/32″ for a custom fit. Pre-manufactured cabinets are limited in width typically 36″ and increase in 3″ increments. That means when you opt for pre-manufactured cabinets in, installers have to add big fillers.

When it comes to custom cabinetry it is important to showcase what is essential in your life. For the kitchen cabinets, it could be your fine china or priceless glassware. With customized cabinetry, you can turn what you treasure into a statement piece to be admired.

Make your storage work for you. Bringing custom cabinetry into your home will provide the necessary storage to your kitchen, closets, and many more spaces. With these design elements’ versatility, you can convert any space into a functional and soothing retreat. Carve out the space you need and make it work to maximize your home’s square footage for relaxation and entertaining.

At SDG, we aspire to create spaces that improve your overall quality of life. We focus our efforts on protecting and nurturing an environment that fits your lifestyle with a balance of spiritual elements and tangible concepts like architecture, layout, and the mechanics of a space. Our holistic designs create a positive impact that relaxes and provides a serene escape for living. Holistic design is achieved with the blending of multiple disciplines. When you apply the principals from each domain into a design, you will be left with an environment that feels stimulating and rejuvenating.

Take a look at one of our home renovations that showcases different custom cabinetry options!

Textiles – How to Know What You Are Buying

There’s nothing as daunting as drowning in the world of fabric selections. From smooth silk to vibrant print, the combinations and possibilities are endless. Common interior fabrics include drapery, bedding and linens, soft furnishings, and upholstery. Allow us to help guide you in bringing the right style of fabric elements to your home with 4 helpful tips on how to know what you are buying.

1. Fiber Content

The type of textile is like the fingerprint for a piece. It can tell you all you need to know on its content and construction, processing, and future durability. When it comes to choosing your selection, it really depends on your primary goal. Common natural textiles include cotton, linen, hemp, wool, silk, and leather. Alternatively, some man-made options are polyester, polyurethane (vegan leather), rayon and viscose. If you are seeking comfort, softer textures will be ideal. For temperature sensitive selections for bedding, natural fibers like cotton, silk and linen are best. Natural fibers can keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter depending on the weave. For other uses like drapery, which offer both functionality and style, choose a look textile that will be the statement piece in the room for years to come.

2. Quality

Branching off material types, the quality of a fabric or textile is also a significant detail to consider and evaluate. Certain materials are better quality depending on the use that it is intended for and its functionality. For example, cotton is very popular for drapes because of its look and function. Another popular selection are polyesters. They have a good drape, are more affordable than silk or linen, and tend to retain color over time. Other items like a throw blanket or pillow have comfort in mind and therefore wool or acrylic is a popular selection here. Silks are best used for accents, especially pillows and drapery. Even though silk upholstery is strong, its costly maintenance is something to consider before purchasing.

3. Choosing the Right Quantity

As much as it would be nice to have a fixed price for fabric expenses, that is not always the case. Because fabric costs depend on the amount needed, it’s imperative to include this in your overall budget. Selecting the right fabric is the first step but determining how much you will need, by the yard, for your project is another significant layer to account for. You may be investing most of your budget in the fabric itself depending on the range of your project. For example, custom drapes need exact measurements and the right amount of material to be completed for perfection. Most other textile projects are based off square footage as well. The most wear or tear a fabric may receive is primarily within any upholstered item. Some examples include high traffic area furnishings, like living room sofas. Because pieces like these receive more consistent or strained impact, the durability of a fabric is just as important as the quantity needed.

4. Prints Vs. Solids

We certainly don’t shy away from vibrant detail, and neither should you! Fabrics are the easiest and best way to rejuvenate a space. With a pop of color or subtle pattern, a unique detail can be layered in to create an eye-grabbing design. When it comes to appearance, one option is to choose between prints and solids. Whether it’s a pattern on your armchair or the bright hues in your throw pillows, don’t underestimate what the right piece can do.

We’re confident you are walking away with a quick checklist on what to consider when making fabric and textile selections. While the possibilities may be endless, when you think about what use you are wanting to accomplish and understand the inherent benefits of the choices, the best option will stand out to you and fit perfectly in your home. Wanting more guidance on how to elevate your space? Make sure to spring over to our contact page to schedule a call today.

Appropriate Flooring Selections for Your Home

For any size home, it can be challenging to elevate an interior with the appropriate furnishings, accents, and overall design elements that feel like they fulfill and support the space without overdoing it. A great place to start are your floors, as they can serve as a base for building and working your way up when selecting other pieces. What you do with your floors can create a significant impact, and that is why we’re breaking things down so you can consider the best flooring selections for your home. We’re outlining three appropriate flooring guides to help you complete a cohesive design for your interiors.

1. Wood Entryway Vs. Tile Entryway

It’s ideal to have your home be impressionable from the moment someone walks in the door. The entryway is the first thing a fresh set of eyes land on, and though it might be a smaller space, it is certainly mighty. The entryway is what sets the tone for the rest of your interior. Flooring takes up much of the entryway, so you may feel pressured on selecting the best option for your home. Do you go with wood or tile? While both have their benefits, it’s important to consider what will fit your unique style, budget, and durability.

Wood is a favorite by many and adds a classic yet warm touch. It’s the choice you go for when you want versatility that can make a home either grand or cozy. With wood flooring you can opt for many types of materials including a classic oak hardwood, maple, or cherry. The finish you would like is something to consider as well. However, wood can be costly and will weather from the effects of foot traffic. Tile floor coverings are much more versatile and allow you to get creative. They can also take a little more of the brunt of an entryway, especially in busy households. You can create a unique, functional, and captivating aesthetic right at the door with different shapes, sizes, and colors of tile!

There are many more options to consider outside of wood or tile, not only for your entryway but also for the rest of your home. Carpet, vinyl, laminate, and stone are some other alternative materials to think about, as well as their varying price points. Vinyl and laminate are more cost-effective and are becoming vastly more popular choices. Stone and quality hardwood are on the other side of the spectrum and bring a taste of luxury that can tie in with the rest of the aesthetic in an interior.

2. Area Rugs and Floor Coverings

Area rugs are the perfect addition to bring style and comfort, no matter what floor covering you choose. You’ll find floor coverings in larger spaces like the living room or a bedroom. You can utilize area rugs as a style piece that can bring a pop of flavor or a functional piece to help ground the space in a particular room.

Before purchasing an area rug, some things to consider are material, pattern versus solid colors, and sizing. Wool brings durability and comfort and is a popular selection for rugs. Synthetic materials, like Nylon, are budget friendly alternatives. While, Jute allows for little maintenance, meaning this is a great option if you have any pets or children. If you’re deciding between color or pattern, an intricately woven material like sisal creates a weave like visual and is a great medium between the two. With numerous colors, sizes, and pattern styles, you can also use area rugs as a luxurious layer to your overall design.

3. Ideas for Runners

Like area rugs, floor runners bring that comfortable carpet feel without overtaking an entire area. Found near narrow spaces, runners are ideal for tying in design elements in unlikely places. Whether it’s in the kitchen, hallway, or on the stairs, a good eye will be able to seamlessly place a runner in its proper home without disrupting the overall aesthetic. If you’re looking for an easy yet impactful way to change up a space, a runner might just be your solution.

With this outline in mind, you’ll be able to start planning and move on to additional interior selections for your home. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and try something new to elevate your space. You can opt for an intricate tile design, or if you’d rather have a luxurious and quality finish, hardwood flooring with an extravagant stair runner will support your exclusive lifestyle. No matter your selection, we hope you’re your SDG-inspired creation is a timeless masterpiece that supports and enhances the environment of your life.

Quality Furniture vs. Price

A house without the right furnishings can feel underwhelming. Bringing in the right furniture that molds to your distinct taste will instantly elevate your interiors’ overall feel and aesthetic. It can be difficult when making selections, especially if you’re unsure how to look for quality furniture that fits your budget. We’re here to give you three pointers on how to select furnishings that will last and work within your investment.

1. Quality Comes With a Cost.

The cost of furnishings can add up to a pretty penny. When it comes to an interior, furnishing selections are a huge element to the overall design of a space. The fabric, upholstery, and materials used all help determine the quality of the piece. Most furniture pieces also come in sets which is something to keep in mind. When making selections, quality and durability is key. If you want a piece that will last while adding to a timeless design in your space, consider that this will cost you a bit more upfront but will be made to last you for years to come.

2. Prioritize Your Spatial Needs.

During your search, you may come across the most beautiful dining table only to realize that it doesn’t fit in your unique floor plan, or you may find a custom piece that you’re dying to place in your home – only for it to feel out of place among the rest of your interior. Thinking about space planning will help you become realistic about your selections. For example, formal areas may be used less, so you can choose a large, mirrored cocktail table that differs from a family room where you prioritize space and comfort. You would then need to select the appropriate furnishings to accommodate the function of that space separately. Consider the big picture and day-to-day interactions within your environment while planning for the functionality of your furnishings.

3. Get Creative.

One of the most incredible things about a custom home is making unique selections to personalize your environment to your needs. You can also achieve a complete and tailored finish by sourcing materials that are out of the ordinary. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your selections. Opt for a bold color or a rare shape – you can even balance elements with the rest of your interiors that complement each other. The most beautiful interiors are created when people can step out of the box and beyond their perceived comfort zone.

We hope these recommendations help guide you as you embark into the furnishing world with some new considerations and inspiration. With years of experience in holistic design, we know what it means to meet the needs of our clients through our design work and especially with sourcing quality pieces for their homes. Visit our previous projects to gain some insight on what we do here at SDG and don’t hesitate to schedule a call if you or someone you know are looking to optimize your home with quality furnishings that fit your lifestyle and budget.

5 Must Haves for a Bathroom Remodel

Along with kitchens, bathrooms are one of the most requested remodels, and for good reason – it may be tucked away from immediate view, but it is a highly utilized part of the home that shouldn’t be neglected. Is your bathroom in need of a makeover but you’re not sure where to start? We have you covered with these 5 must haves for a successful bathroom remodel.

1. Vanity

The vanity of your bathroom should be a sight to see. Elevating your bathroom vanity is an excellent way to ignite a major transformation within the space and can help set the tone for the rest of bathroom aesthetic. Whether it’s a powder bath or a primary bath, knowing what style you want to achieve is essential. Floating vanities are a popular modern selection that can create a luxurious, and spacious appeal. Other types include vessel sink vanities where the sink is free-standing on top of the vanity surface and even corner vanities that can be found in half-baths and washroom stations. Custom cabinetry is another way to elevate your bathroom experience by carefully configuring each unit to effortlessly store your essentials. The other parts of the vanity space include the mirror and sink area – all pieces to the puzzle that can be enhanced and tailored to your unique style.

2. Shower

When undergoing a bathroom remodel some have asked the question “Do we want or need the tub?” Choosing a design that does not include a tub allows the space to be utilized in more creative ways. This modern direction brings a sleek, spa-like feel to the bathroom setting. The removal of the bathtub perimeter offers a larger footprint to create some spacious attractions. In the photo above the client opted to include a rain showerhead in addition to the to the standard showerhead and handheld. A rain showerhead gives you a gentle rain over your head and body to help relax you while all three provide for a customizable shower experience. The floor to ceiling shower door adds depth and height to the shower area that opens the area to the rest of the space. Invite more luxury in, by adding shower benches to bring the pampering home to you.

3. Tile Work Design

Reach your bathroom’s full potential by incorporating a variety of design elements. You will only find tile in a handful of places in a residential interior and the bathroom is the perfect place to get creative with the tile placement and design. Intricate accent walls are a great example of how tiles are beautifully put together in form and function. Don’t hesitate to apply a pattern or color with tiles to make your bathroom stand out with a custom design. An accent wall, and even floor tiles are a great way to utilize different materials and layer in color, pattern, and texture to your interior.

4. Space Planning

The easiest way to create luxury is by maximizing your space use in your floor plan. A cluttered and crowded bathroom is certainly not ideal so if there is any way to expand or rearrange, this is the route to follow.

Having a window in the bathroom is another plus as the natural light can really brighten and enlarge the room. This effect can also be created and manipulated with the use of the right lighting and design materials that can reflect a relaxing ambiance back into the rest of the room.

5. Décor

After the placements, selections, and renovations have been made, it’s time to start moving in all the little details that make a world of difference. Add personality and a touch of luxurious flare with the décor you choose to display. A good note to remember is if your towelettes and other toiletries are in view, make sure they are folded and arranged neatly. This can really aid in bringing that flawless touch. Don’t go too overboard with the décor, as minimalist details are best for bathroom spaces. Variations of biophilic design are a useful design trend for bathroom spaces, that encourage the use of greenery and natural elements as holistic additions for living well!

We hope these ideas help guide you on where to start your bathroom remodel. Don’t think of your bathroom as just a bathroom but a getaway for relaxation — it’s where you start and end your day. Make the most of this interior and get creative with making it a one-of-a-kind living experience that will serve you and your family to the fullest!

3 Window Treatment Options to Enhance Your Interiors

Windows not only bring in plenty of natural light that can be used to brighten and elevate your interiors but window treatments can also stand on their own as a design piece for enhancement as well. There are numerous treatment options that can bring a touch of flair to the rest of your space. We’re outlining 3 of our favorite window treatments to help you select which ones are best for your home.

1. Drapes

Drapes are the most commonly used window treatment and styling of this significant fabric piece has evolved over centuries. There are numerous ways to style drapes that can add just the right touch to create a beautiful aesthetic to frame your environment. The way the fabric is pleated creates a distinct shape and style that you might want to consider when making your selection. Ripple fold standard is a sleek and popular option that has a consistent S-curve patterned shape. Pinch pleat is more classical and just as the name sounds, the pleat “pinches” a few inches below the top and this effect flows down to the rest of the drape. This pinch pleat style is one of our favorites and can be seen in the image above. Other styles that you might come across are:

  • Inverted pleat
  • Goblet
  • Cubicle
  • Tie top
  • Grommet

Fabric material and thread count is also something you should consider when making selections. Quality drapes will last and maintain their style and functionality. Certain styles of fabric may offer you different options like blocking out light or keeping in heat. Layering with sheer drapes or combining different colors give you flexibility with styling. Other things you can do to enhance your drapes include choosing complementary pieces like matching rods and drapery rings. With multiple things to consider and an abundance of possibilities, you can tailor your drapes the way you’d like to make a custom piece impeccable for your home.

2. Window Cornices

Window cornices are a unique addition to drapery design. They can bring a pop of color to create an overall cohesive window treatment appearance. Window cornices serve in both style and function. They can hide any hardware or anything that is out of place from your drapes or simply frame windows, so they look more finished. Like custom drapes, window cornices are usually custom made to match the needs of your windows.

When making your selections, you want to focus your attention on the material of the window cornice. Cornices can be painted wood, fabric wrapped wood or other materials such as metal. Stand-alone cornices can be used without drapes and be found over blinds near kitchen spaces. Without drapery underneath, the cornice can bring personality to a space using shape and color. With window cornices, there is plenty of flexibility in styling, with or without drapes, that can bring a luxurious touch to your windows.

3. Shades

Shades are a great alternative to drapes and offer a different contemporary style that can change the feel of the interior, if styled correctly. The great thing about shades is you have a little more control over how much light is let in without altering much of the window treatment appearance.

For more customization, focus on the color, texture, and functionality of the shades which can be seen in residential homes near kitchen and bath spaces and are fitting for most commercial interiors as well. Roman shades are an easy go-to, that we have personally used in some of our clients’ projects. To avoid an outdated appearance, look for styles that have been modernized. For example, in recent years, shades have been redesigned to exclude cords or can be motorized. Solar shades are a uniquely modern option that can block out UV rays. These are a few of the advanced features you might like to incorporate in your home. Other types of shades that you can find in the market are roller shades, pleated shades, and layered shades. Each are unique in style and may bring a different touch.

We hope this guide gave you insight and inspiration to enhance your windows with beautiful styling options. Though we’ve only highlighted 3 major categories, there are so many styling options and techniques within each to make your window treatment completely tailored to you and your interiors.

Other customary window treatment options not listed that you might want to consider for your project include, blinds, panels, and shutters. Between drapery selections for one area of your home to perhaps shades in another, you have unlimited options to stylishly cater to your window needs. Until we meet again in the New Year, we hope you stay warm and rested this holiday.

Design Selections Fit For Entertaining and Sustainable for Everyday Life

The holiday season means there will be plenty of opportunities to gather with friends and family. Furniture selections can make a significant impact on your interiors and that’s why we’re here to give you some pointers on selecting furniture fit for entertaining during this busy season while also being sustainable for everyday life.

1. Bar and Counter Stools

Kitchen islands not only give an ample amount of space for food preparation but offer seating space as well. Bar and counter stools optimize your kitchen space by offering extra seating and elevating the flow of your kitchen footprint. They also stand as great accent furniture that can complement the design within the rest of the kitchen. You can opt for sleek, modern, traditional, or extravagant barstool design when styling the island space. The choice of color can also add a subtle touch or make a bold statement. Regardless, this piece of furniture is one to surely catch the eye of anyone who enters the kitchen, so you want to make a strong impression!

Another key entertaining area you can find this type of seating is in front of a wet bar. These convenient nooks are smaller than a kitchen island, and are a luxury to have in your home, especially when it comes to entertaining guests. Though this space won’t usually be of everyday use like the kitchen island, try selecting elevated styles to match the scenery and make the most out of your special occasions.

2. Wall Units

When having guests over in a relaxed living room setting, the TV will probably be on to show the live football game or the latest episode of the most trending drama. Custom and unique wall units are entertainment centers made to be the primary focus. A wall unit is a luxurious furniture piece that is made to have a TV at the center surrounded by personalized décor. This area is significant for living room or sitting room designs so you want to make the right selections that will blend seamlessly while being functional for the space and your guests.

3. Dining Room Buffet and Hutch

To make your dining area even more divine, adding a buffet and hatch furniture piece is a must. This piece has lasted the test of time and continues to be a valuable and essential piece of a formal dining room setting. This furniture has been modified and updated to create a variety of different styles, so make sure to select a complementary piece that will be cohesive with the rest of the dining room style. This furniture selection will surely be of use during dinner parties to serve food and drinks or for storing and displaying the most elegant china sets or chinoiserie.

With the holiday season and the end of the year approaching, it is a great time to consider what things to modify, enhance, or refresh in your home. With these statement furniture sets in mind, we hope you’ve gathered the concept around how to select the right items that will aid you in making the most out of entertaining at home.

Have any unique design ideas that you use in your home when entertaining guests? Make sure to tag us on Facebook or Instagram so we can share your creative solutions!

How to Navigate Construction Details for a Kitchen and Bath Remodel

For many homeowners or real estate investors, a remodel is inevitable. A remodel not only brings an updated aesthetic but can also raise the value and functionality of the home. The primary areas that we remodel are our kitchens and bathrooms. They have the most significant bottom-line effect on our largest personal investment, our home. Everyone should have a great kitchen that they can enjoy, prepared and ready for entertaining and cooking, while a bathroom should make us feel like our home is our resort. If you’re thinking of a remodel for either of these spaces, we understand that the construction process can be complicated, so we’re here to guide you through some of those major details!

1. Identify Remodel Project and Budget

A remodel is a significant project that can sometimes be overwhelming. Identifying the areas you want to remodel is the very first step. Each room has requirements you’ll want to consider when planning. The key components to address for your kitchen and bathroom are plumbing and electrical systems. For kitchens specifically, there are additional factors to consider. You’ll want to think about range hoods for ventilation, spacing if you want to incorporate an island, layout design if you’re going to expand the kitchen footprint, and much more. With all this planning, it pays to work with an interior designer who has experience orchestrating these types of projects. They’ll be able to help you create a proper budget framework that encompasses everything to achieve your vision.

2. Hiring the Right Team

When undergoing a rebuild, it’s important to put your trust in the right team to minimize any complications throughout the process. Hiring a licensed interior designer will bring your project to life and provide that added layer of sophistication when it comes to the research, planning, and prompt execution of your rebuild. By partnering with your interior designer, you’ll open yourself up to a whole network of professionals to help you pull off your redesign. Your interior designer will most likely have their preferred general contractors they’ve worked with previously, but if you need to research some on your own, qualifications to look for are their previous work and customer reviews. Examples of large-scale rebuilds will indicate what your final product will look like, while customer reviews will give you insight into the working relationship.

3. Planning for Procurement

It would certainly be nice if renovations could happen overnight, but unfortunately, that’s not the case. When assembling a project, it’s imperative to be aware of the timing of deliveries, which is the driving factor for the entire timeline. Certain materials and supplies may take time to be processed through logistics, especially with many shipping delays from the onset of the pandemic. Having an interior designer in your camp will help the entire project run smoother and keep the stakeholders time cautious and efficient with your time and budget. For kitchen and bath reworks, specific items and materials can include tiling, cabinetry, countertop stones, and vanities, so plan for delays of various items. Setting your expectations in a realistic time frame will help keep you and your deadline in check.

4. Waste Removal

Out with the old, in with the new! While there’s much anticipation for the reveal of the final design, it’s crucial to coordinate waste and debris removal. This should be discussed with the contractor to understand who will be responsible for hauling off the debris. Somehow, waste removal during a renovation can sometimes be overlooked, so it’s also important to consider this when planning and budgeting.

5. Packing It All Up

Once construction planning has been finalized, it’s time to remove any belongings or obstacles that may be in the way during the process and create a plan for a temporary transition. Kitchen and bathroom spaces are the two most essential and utilized spaces in the home, so it’s critical to be able to use another bathroom in the home or switch to a makeshift kitchen or takeout. The construction process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several months, so it’s best to organize and plan ahead.

We hope this comprehensive list helps you navigate the major details and provides guidance for planning your next project. Hiring an registered interior designer will ensure each design element and design solution is made with you in mind. What you allow in your home should be selective and work cohesively to create a holistic design aesthetic that is personalized for you and your family’s lives. Consider us your technical and aesthetic expert to provide useful design information and best practices to create stellar kitchens and bathrooms that help achieve your dream home! If you’re looking for a holistic interior designer to bring your ideas to life, contact us for a consultation!