Archives for February 2017

Bathtub Conversion Made Affordable

Are you looking for contractor in Baltimore that specializes in bathtub conversion? Native Sons, Inc. offers several different styles of bathtub conversions that are less expensive than a complete shower remodel. And just because it’s affordable doesn’t mean that you are stripped of options. We offer three different styles of tub conversions to suite your needs and taste. Plus, we are offering special deals on tub conversions until April 14th. Order your tub conversion today to save up to $600!

Wheelchair Access Shower Remodel

This remodel converts a bathtub to a wheelchair-accessible shower. After cutting out the front of the tub, an acrylic shower pan along with 3 surrounding walls are put in place. This package includes the demolition and disposal of all materials, a 30″ x 60″ shower pan, 30″ x 60″ x 72″ shower surround, a new shower drain, new plumbing fixtures, 2 grab bars, and a wheelchair-accessible ramp. The final result is a safe and easy-to-use shower that is accessible by wheelchair.

Starting Price: $6,288.00

Notch Cut with Tempered Glass Doors

The Notch Cut Step conversion involves removing the front of your tub and sealing the edges, creating an open entrance to your shower. After creating a new entrance to your shower, we install a sophisticated shower door made of obscure tempered glass with a brushed nickel frame. Brushed nickel grab bars and a non-slip safety mat complete the set for a safe, modest, and stylish tub and shower.

Starting Price: $3,488.00

Notch Cut Step

Finally, our most affordable option is our Notch Cut Step. This basic conversion transforms your tub into a notch cut step tub and shower. We simply remove the front of the tub and seal the entrance, making and easily-accessible shower. We also provide a shower curtain and rod along with an 18″ chrome grab bar and a non-slip bath mat. After just a few hours, you’ll be left with a brand new shower that allows you to bathe with dignity and ease.

Starting Price: $1,775.00

Bathtub Conversion – Native Sons Home Services

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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Sneaky Tricks to Make Your Tiny Bathroom Feel Bigger

Does your tiny bathroom feel dark and cramped? Do you wish you could expand it but don’t have the space? Luckily, there are a few sneaky tricks to making small spaces feel expansive. If you’re thinking about having your bathroom remodeled, these are the methods we can use to transform your tiny restroom into a spacious oasis.

Use the Right Colors

If you don’t have a very large window, or any windows at all, your bathroom probably feels dark and dreary. White is the classic color of choice for many bathrooms because it easily reflects light, making the room seem brighter and bigger. Tiles, cabinets, and fixtures can all be white or shades of white. If you don’t like the idea of a white bathroom, you can also opt for light-colored, monochromatic tones, like light beige or a light bluish white.

Airy Vanities

A vanity is essential in the bathroom, but it doesn’t have to take up a lot of your limited bathroom real estate. Pedestal vanities don’t offer any storage, but they do take up a minimal amount of space while still serving as a place to rest your toothbrush. If you do need storage space, you can opt for a vanities that have open shelving, which makes the room look bigger. Or, you can choose a floating vanity, which is attached to the wall and doesn’t touch the floor, giving you extra floor space.

Big Tiles

Gone are the days of tiny, intricate bathroom tiles! It may seem counterintuitive to put big tiles in a small bathroom, but bigger tiles actually have the psychological effect of making a space look bigger. This is because smaller tiles visually cut up the space into smaller sections, making the room look cluttered and busy. Large tiles don’t break up the space the same way small tiles do. The expansiveness of the tiles will translate to the visual effect of your bathroom. Plus, you’ll have less grout to clean!

Glass

Just like mirrors (which you should stock up on in your tiny bathroom!), glass has the effect of reflecting light and making a tiny bathroom feel bigger. If you currently have a bathtub in your bathroom, consider converting it to a walk-in shower. Not only will you feel like you’ve expanded your floor space, but the transparent quality of the glass will allow your eye to travel the entire expanse of the room.

Are you ready to leave the tiny bathroom lifestyle and embrace your bathroom’s big potential? Give us a call to set up a consultation!

Native Sons, Inc.

Is your old kitchen ready for an update? Or are you looking to treat yourself with a bathroom renovation? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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How to Stretch Your Dollars During a Kitchen Renovation

You may be eyeing that smooth marble countertop or that fancy built-in refrigerator. But when your eye falls on the price tag, you know that an upscale, luxury kitchen is only a dream. Right? Actually, there are ways you can achieve a gorgeous kitchen without it costing you an arm and a leg! Investing in the right materials can help you to stretch your dollar during a kitchen renovation. Here are a few things to consider adding to your new kitchen that are low cost and high return.

Mouldings

Every year, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducts a survey called “What Home Buyers Really Want.” The survey covers a wide range of home upgrades and ranks them according to what home buyers find most desirable. Mouldings and chair railings came in at #3 and #7, respectively. Mouldings are the wood borders on the tops and bottoms of cabinets and walls. The reason home buyers look for them is because they make a kitchen, or any room for that matter, look finished and elegant. They can even work to make a small room look bigger or a short ceiling look taller! And at only a few dollars per foot of moulding, they’re an inexpensive finishing touch to make your kitchen look classy and upscale.

Quartz Countertops

We’ve talked about quartz countertops before in our Handy Guide to Countertop Options. If you want the unique and classic look of granite without the hefty price tag, then quartz is the way to go. Granite is mined from the earth with diamond saws. It takes a long time and a lot of effort to mine a single slab of granite from a quarry. Quartz, on the other hand, is man-made, which means that it’s easier and faster to make, and thus, a lot less expensive. To make a quartz countertop quartz stone is compressed with a polymer resin adhesive. This creates a countertop that is not only less expensive but also stronger, non-porous, and comes in a wider selection of colors and styles. There’s really no way you can go wrong with a beautiful quartz countertop.

Lighting

Smart lighting can do wonders for any kitchen. Kitchens can be dangerous places; it’s where we handle knives and boiling hot water. So, it’s important that kitchens are equipped with great task lighting for those dangerous jobs. Similarly, it’s just as important that your kitchen is also equipped with great mood lighting for when you’re spending time with friends and family. The best kitchens strike a healthy balance between mood lighting and task lighting. Not only is the right lighting useful, but it can also act as a brilliant accent for your kitchen! Undercabinet lighting hidden by a graceful wooden valance moulding on the bottoms of your cabinets gives your kitchen a restaurant atmosphere. A flashy pendant light can act as a focal point and unique accent piece for your kitchen. Plus, having new lights installed during your kitchen renovation is relatively inexpensive and goes a long way to create a relaxing and sophisticated kitchen atmosphere.

Native Sons, Inc.

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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The Biggest Kitchen Trends in 2017

If you’re anything like us, then you’re excitedly awaiting the new kitchen design trends of 2017! When it comes to kitchens, some trends stick around while others fade away into the past. Stainless steel is a trend that’s still going strong and not likely to go away anytime soon. On the other hand, we all remember the distinct look of oak cabinets from the 1990s. So, what kitchen design trends will define 2017?

The Tuxedo Kitchen

Looking for something classic and timeless? Tuxedo kitchens are going to be a big thing in 2017. These kitchens follow a monochromatic color scheme, with one dark color paired against a neutral background. What makes this trend timeless is the subtle and sophisticated look of a dark color paired with a neutral color.

The tuxedo kitchen gets its name from its most popular color scheme: black and white. Sleek black cabinets paired with gleaming white countertops looks classic and contemporary at the same time. If you’re looking for something different than the traditional black and white, consider pairing a velvety purple with a soft grey, navy blue with eggshell white, or sultry maroon with delicate beige.

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Every winter, Pantone selects a color for the upcoming year that hugely influences fashion and home design. For 2017, Pantone has chosen the color Greenery. This lively green is bursting with energy and optimism. In fact, the color was chosen to represent new beginnings. What a great way to start out the new year!

Although Pantone describes Greenery as “nature’s neutral”, we recommend using it as an accent color in your kitchen. Because of its bright, attention-grabbing hue, you only need a splash of Greenery to add a dose of vivaciousness to the kitchen! Consider adorning your windows with green window treatments, or choose a single wall or cabinet door to paint with the cheerful color. Greenery also complements houseplants, highlighting their natural colors. So, put a few plants in your windowsill next to your green curtains to rejuvenate your kitchen!

Warmer and Cozier

One of the biggest kitchen design trends we’ll see this year is the shift towards warmer and cozier spaces. Homeowners want their kitchens to be places that are comfortable for the family to gather and spend time together. Here are a few things that will be trending this year that you can add to your kitchen design:

 

  • Satin brass hardware. Warm metals like copper and bronze have been making a comeback. These metals combine shiny golden tones with a down-to-earth ambiance. This year, designers are enhancing the cozy look of these metals by giving them brushed or satin finishes, as opposed to a reflective, polished finish. It’s easy to incorporate drawer pulls, faucets, and other fixtures made of satin brass in your remodel or to simply update your kitchen’s features with satin brass hardware.
  • Terracotta tiles. A floor or backsplash made of terracotta brings a sunny, laid back feeling to the kitchen.
  • Breakfast nooks. The breakfast nook sets aside a special place to enjoy your morning coffee or have dinner with your family. Breakfast nooks are small, private areas where you can relax while you enjoy a delicious meal and great company. Establish your breakfast nook next to a big window and adorn it with a few soft cushions and it’ll be the coziest and most peaceful spot in the house!

 

Keep Ahead of Kitchen Design Trends with Native Sons, Inc.

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full-service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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Transform Your Kitchen Into a Homework Hub

The modern kitchen has increasingly become a meeting space for the entire family. Family members move in and out of the kitchen throughout the day, grabbing a snack, talking on the phone, and sitting down to talk. If you find that your family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, you can use this to your advantage by making the kitchen a friendly place for kids to do homework!

Create a Designated Homework Area

Of course, the first step to creating a homework-friendly kitchen is to create a designated space for kids to come home and do their homework everyday. If kids know exactly where and when to do their homework, it will help them to do their homework more efficiently. Plus, with family members moving in and out of the kitchen, kids can always reach out to a parent or older sibling when they need help solving an especially hard math problem.

The kitchens of the 1990s incorporated desks for doing work. That trend has sailed, but there are still ways to create an easily accessible workspace in the kitchen. Kids will need a spacious surface to spread out papers and books. Simply sitting at a small table or corner of the counter won’t cut it. If you have room for a dining room, you can create this space as a multifunctional room. When you’re not having a family dinner at the dining room table, make sure that the table is cleared of all table decorations, salt and pepper shakers, and any other objects. Having an expansive, empty table allows kids the room to spread out and zone into their work.

If you don’t have a dining room, consider the usefulness of the kitchen island. Not only is a kitchen island a great place to prepare food, when equipped with stools, it becomes the perfect place for kids to sit and concentrate on their homework.

Make Healthy Snacks Available

Everybody knows that kids can’t do homework without brainfood! While there’s lots of food available in the kitchen, there are a few tricks that make kids more likely to grab a healthy snack than a bag of cookies.

First, try storing away unhealthy snacks in places that are harder to reach, like the top shelf of a cabinet or pantry. Kids are more likely to grab a healthy snack if it’s in a place that’s immediately visible and easy to reach. You can store healthy fruits–like apples, bananas, and oranges–in a bowl on the countertop where they are easily reachable. Store other healthy snacks–like raisins, nuts, and trail mix–in glass jars lined up on display. Inside the fridge, you can label one drawer as “afterschool food” and fill it with cheese sticks, baby carrots, grapes, and other healthy snacks.

Choose the Right Color Scheme

Creativity is so important when it comes to inspiring innovative, outside-the-box thinking. Light shades of blue and green have been proven to stimulate creativity and productivity, so choosing one of these colors as the color scheme for your kitchen can help your kids get their creative juices flowing when it’s time to sit down and do homework. If you’re looking for a simple makeover for your kitchen that will make it look refreshed and also kid-friendly, then this is it.

Consider how elegant a mint and grey color scheme would look in the kitchen. Or how a fresh coat of paint in robin’s egg blue combined with bright cobalt blue accents in a new backsplash would create a soothing atmosphere for kids…and adults! Renovating your kitchen to be more homework-friendly is a great idea for the whole family.

Transform Your Kitchen with Native Sons, Inc.

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full-service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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How to Design Your Kitchen for a Healthy Lifestyle

Did you know that the design of your kitchen can actually help you to stick to your diet? In his book Slim by Design, eating behavior expert Brian Wansink explains how thoughtful kitchen design actually prompts you to snack less and spend more time making healthy meals. And the best part? When your kitchen is designed to facilitate a healthy lifestyle, you can fall into healthier habits without even realizing it. And it only takes one remodel of your kitchen to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle every day. Here are a few tips from Wansink’s book that you may want to incorporate into your kitchen remodel.

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Choose the Right Color

According to a Houzz survey, nearly 75% of Americans prefer a white kitchen. It’s easy to see why this trend is so popular; a stark white kitchen naturally looks brighter and cleaner. However, it also stimulates your appetite and prompts you to subconsciously snack.

On the other end of the spectrum are dark and moody colors. A black, forest green, or magenta kitchen with low lighting may look moody and enchanting, but it will also encourage you to spend more time lingering in the kitchen. Diners tend to spend about 9 extra minutes lingering when in a dark setting. This is why restaurants often use dark colors, low lighting, and subtle music to encourage patrons to stay longer. And the longer you linger, the more likely you are to help yourself to another serving.

So, what color is the right color? Wansink recommends anything in between white and dark colors, such as gold, green, blue, tan, and earth tones. His own kitchen is pumpkin colored.

Design a Kitchen Fit for a Chef

You don’t need a giant oven or high-end cooking appliances, but having a kitchen with a layout that is convenient for cooking will encourage you to eat out less and make home-cooked meals more.

First, consider the amount of space in your kitchen. Is there enough room for you and a helper to make a meal together? If the answer is no, then you may want to consider adopting an open floor plan and getting rid of any clutter that doesn’t need to be in the kitchen.

Secondly, consider your kitchen layout. There should be a few designated workstations around the kitchen. You should have a space next to the sink where you can chop freshly-rinsed vegetables. Space on either side of the stove is necessary for placing food after it comes out of the oven or transferring hot food from the stove to serving containers. Finally, look at the location of the three main features of your kitchen: the refrigerator, the sink/dishwasher, and the stove/oven. These are what’s known in the remodeling industry as the “Golden Triangle”. If there’s a kitchen island that you constantly have to walk around to get to these three points in the kitchen, then you’ll find yourself exhausted and ready to order out pretty quickly. But if you have a streamlined work area, you’ll be in the zone and ready to cook!

Finally, you can install a few easy fixtures that will make cooking so easy you’ll look forward to it! Consider installing a commercial kitchen faucet or a faucet that has a pull-out handle. These types of faucets have much greater reach and flexibility, making it easier to rinse vegetables and making washing dishes less of a chore. Installing recessed lighting under your cabinets makes it a lot easier and safer to chop vegetables and do other food preparation. Knowing you won’t have to squint to see what you’re doing makes you much more likely to want to prepare your own healthy meals, making it easier for you to live a healthy lifestyle.

Bring Back the Dining Room

Dining rooms are beginning to die out as the kitchen increasingly becomes the hub of the family home. However, because everyone tends to hang out in the kitchen, this means that many homeowners have taken pains to make sure that the kitchen is a comfortable place to hang out, adding plush, comfy chairs and even a television. However, that’s a big no-no in Wansink’s book. As we said before, the more time you spend in the kitchen, the more likely you are to snack. A snack every once in awhile isn’t terrible, but snacking continuously every day can be bad for your diet.

Instead of spending lots of time in the kitchen, which facilitates constant grazing, try to have designated mealtimes in the dining room. Knowing exactly what time you are going to eat dinner will help you to hold off on your pre-dinner snacks. Plus, if you get used to eating all your meals in the dining room, you’ll start to view your kitchen as a place to cook food, not to eat food. Plus, a presentable dining room is always a nice thing to have when your in-laws come to visit!

Redesign Your Kitchen with Native Sons, Inc.

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full-service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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