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Bathroom Remodeling in Annapolis – A Native Sons Testimonial

Michelle’s home was built in 1968. Despite a few semi-renovations, the bathrooms were beginning to show excess wear and tear. She reached out to Native Sons for a renovation and was kind enough to share her experience of working with the team.

Why did you want to remodel your bathroom?

The bathroom [consisted] of a lot of older tile. Things were starting to give away, and it never felt clean even if I scrubbed it. The vanities were old, the toilets were old, so it really needed a facelift.

What were your first impressions of the team?

I felt they kept the lines of communication open. If there was ever a hiccup, it was addressed quickly and rectified quickly. I’m in real estate, and there was a house in the neighborhood I was helping to sell. When I walked in one day, there was water pouring through the ceiling, and it was the same day that Adam was supposed to [start the project]. He graciously helped me clean up the water issue we had. I felt that was very honorable for him to do that.

What are your favorite aspects of the finished project?

My favorite things about the new bathrooms are the color scheme; I love the new tile. The floors are probably my favorite, especially the Kohler the fixtures that [the team] helped us pick out.

How would you describe Native Sons?

As a company, they wanted us to be happy, and that spoke volumes to me. They did everything professionally, and the required permits were pulled. I think it spoke volumes to how they work and the integrity of the company.

Are You Looking for a Remodeling Contractor?

For over 30 years, Native Sons has helped thousands of clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Being a fully-licensed contracting company, we are able to complete a project from start to finish, without having to sub-contract any workout. Having all of the necessary licenses in-house makes the remodeling experience for our clients less stressful and straightforward. Do you have any questions? Feel free to give our administrative team a call at (410) 788-5179, or send us an email on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you turn your dream bathroom into a reality!

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Remodeling Your Bathroom in Baltimore – 5 Tips During Renovation

In large cities like Baltimore, it’s not unusual for households to have only one or two bathrooms. A bathroom renovation can provide a variety of benefits for single or multi-member families, but the construction process can present some challenges. Learn how you can live comfortably for the duration of your bathroom renovation and consider the following tips.

Take a Vacation

If you’ve considered going on a trip, consider taking your vacation during the renovation. You can avoid all of the general disruptions of remodeling, such as loud construction noises and limited bathroom time. If a vacation isn’t in your budget, consider staying with a friend or family member.

Create a Schedule

Create a bathing schedule for your family. Sit down and discuss the options fairly, and consider everyone’s calendar. A schedule is especially important if family members go to work or school at the same time.

Take Advantage of Your Gym Membership

Alleviate the stress of a bathroom renovation by taking advantage of your gym shower. You can maintain a normal schedule since you won’t have to wait for a family member to bathe or brush their teeth. If you exercise irregularly, the added incentive of a bathroom renovation could help you get back in shape!

Talk to Your Contractor

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Bathroom renovations are especially difficult for families with one bathroom. If you aren’t able to relocate, talk to your contractor about remodeling options. The team may be able to renovate the bathroom in sections, but it may also lengthen the duration of the process.

Be Patient

Renovating any room in your home, from the kitchen to the bathroom, requires patience. The disruptions may create headaches for a time, but keep in mind that your design team is working hard to create your dream bathroom. Soon enough, you’ll be bathing in the comfort of your new jacuzzi bath. Or perhaps, you’ll be washing your hands in your new double sink vanity. Take the process one day at a time, and look forward to the finished product!

Remodeling Your Bathroom In Baltimore – Choose The Experts! 

For over 30 years, Native Sons has helped thousands of clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Being a fully-licensed contracting company, we are able to complete a project from start to finish, without having to sub-contract any workout. Having all of the necessary licenses in-house makes the remodeling experience for our clients less stressful and straightforward. Do you have any questions? Feel free to give our administrative team a call at (410) 788-5179, or send us an email on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you turn your dream bathroom into a reality!

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How Do I Plan a Bathroom Remodel?

Sometimes larger home projects can be intimidating because you may not know where to start. When it comes to planning your bathroom remodel there are many things to consider. Take a look at the following that should be taken into consideration before beginning your project.

Budget

Planning your budget for your remodel is vital. Make sure that you are realistic with the budget you are creating. You should have an idea of how much the materials and the labor for your project may cost. Do you want niche tiling in your shower? How much is that custom vanity going to cost you?

Consider all of these things and don’t forget to leave room in your budget for unexpected costs that may arise. You will be thankful that you thought ahead.

Design

The design of your bathroom is a very important factor to consider while planning your remodel. Find photos that you can draw inspiration from. Make a Pinterest board to compile your ideas all in one place. Make sure to consider the layout of the bathroom. The functionality of the space is also very important. If this is a guest bathroom, maybe you don’t need to spring for the heated flooring. It also may not need substantial storage in comparison to the master bathroom.

Focusing on the larger design factors in the room, like the style of shower or bathtub, first will help streamline this process. The smaller details involved with the design may change as you see the project piece together.

Duration and Timing of the Project

Remember, when the work is being completed in your bathroom you most likely not have full use or access to it for a while. Is this the only bathroom in the home?  Are you remodeling your half bath or guest bath? Which bathroom is being re-done definitely affects how your household will function during this time period. You should also think about when the work is being completed. Is it better for you to have the work completed during the school year when the kids will be in school for most of the day? Sometimes the work may take longer than expected if any issues arise. Prepare to have your bathroom to be “out of order,” for longer than the estimated duration of the project.

Have a Game Plan

Being without a functioning bathroom can be stressful! Choosing a great contractor who will communicate with you throughout the duration of the project is key. Not only will they keep you updated on the progress of the project, but they will help you address and assess any issues that arise. Having that extra room in your remodeling budget will put you at ease if something unexpected arises.

Find Your Contractor

One of the most important decisions you make in your remodeling project is choosing a contractor to work with. You want to make sure they have great reviews online and a good rating with the Better Business Bureau. Finding client testimonials and reviews online is a great way to get a better idea of what kind of company you would be working with. The contractor should be trustworthy-they will be in your home for an extended period of time and most likely unsupervised. You also want to be able to trust their expert opinions. An experienced contractor will have seen their fair share of issues on the job and will know how to assist you in making informed and budget-friendly decisions if an issue arises.

Are You Ready to Remodel?

For over 30 years, Native Sons has helped thousands of clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Being a fully-licensed contracting company, we are able to complete a project from start to finish, without having to sub-contract any work out. Having all of the necessary licenses in-house makes the remodeling experience for our clients less stressful and straightforward. Do you have any questions? Feel free to give our administrative team a call at (410) 788-5179, or send us an email on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you turn your dream bathroom into a reality!

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Bathroom Remodeling Costs in Maryland

Have you been looking to discover the true cost of remodeling a bathroom in Maryland? If so, you’re probably wondering what are realistic numbers and how much a kitchen remodeling should actually cost you.

Remodeling Costs in Maryland

In our other article, Renovation Costs in Maryland, we discuss what are realistic numbers to expect for your remodeling process. In this article, however, we will be focusing on taking a look at strictly bathroom the cost of remodeling a bathroom.

The Real Numbers

According to a cost analyzer from Remodeling Magazine calculated that an average kitchen remodel in Baltimore costs $18,070.

Why Not Go Cheaper?

You may be asking yourself “can you go cheaper?” The short answer is “yes”, however it is important to remember that you get what you pay for. A lot of the time when you go with a contractor that provides you with an estimate significantly below the average cost, you may be receiving work that is not up to a high enough standard.

The Cheaper You Go, The More Risks You Take

One thing to keep in mind is the more money you save during the initial remodel, the more headaches and repair work your kitchen will probably need later down the road.

Go With An Experienced Contractor That Specializes in Bathroom Remodeling

With over 30 years of experience in the field, we have been providing interior remodeling and kitchen remodeling services to clients all throughout Maryland. If you have any additional questions about your remodeling project before getting started, feel free to send us a message directly on our website or by giving us a call at (410) 788-5179. Our main office is located in Baltimore, MD, where we have a fully-staffed administrative team ready to answer any questions you may have!

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The Cost of Remodeling in Maryland

Are you planning to remodel a room in your home but have no idea how much to budget? The first thing any homeowner should do when planning for a remodel is to establish a realistic budget for the project. How much money you have to spend will affect the scope of work that can be done and vice versa. To begin building your budget, let’s take a look at the general costs of different remodeling projects.

How to Create Your Budget

Everyone has heard the phrase “you get what you pay for”. In this case, if you are spending more money, then you’ll be able to afford higher quality products and a more intensive scope of work. Similarly, if you have a small budget, you’re more likely to get a simple renovation than an intensive remodel. Reasonable, right? So, how exactly do we define large and small budgets? Let’s take a look at some numbers.

 

According to a report published by costvsvalue.com, a cost analyzer from Remodeling Magazine, an average bathroom remodel in Baltimore costs $18,070. An average kitchen remodel in Baltimore costs $59,387, while a simple kitchen renovation costs $20,057.

 

Now, let’s break these numbers down to see how we’re arriving to the grand total.

 

Here are a few averages from a Consumer Reports article about an average kitchen renovation.

 

Cabinets and hardware $4,165
Banquette seating, table, curio cabinet $690
Granite counters and installation (stainless sink included) $2,850
Faucet $316
Tin Backsplash $312
Stainless double-oven gas range $1,973
Stainless French-door refrigerator, cabinet depth $3,000
Dishwasher with cabinet panel $660
Undercabinet LED task lighting $188
Two ceiling light fixtures $98
Paint and labor $230
Labor $15,000
TOTAL $29,482

 

As you can see, the cost of a kitchen renovation can vary depending on exactly what appliances you purchase and how intensive the remodel is. In fact, Consumer Reports lists the national average for remodeling a 200 sq. ft. kitchen between $19,226-$56,786. That may seem like a wide range, but makes sense when you consider the cost difference between a refrigerator that’s on sale and a high-quality, brand new built-in refrigerator. When coming up with your own budget, you’ll have to consider the cost of new appliances, the cost of materials, and the cost of labor. All the small things add up, so it’s a good idea to have a rough estimate of how much your project will cost before getting started. When establishing your budget, be sure to also work in a cushion of 10-15% for possible unforeseen costs. It’s better to have more money than you need than not enough!

Communication is Key

One of the things that will help you greatly during your remodeling project is communication! Let us know early on what your budget is for the project and what you expect throughout the process. This can help us to make sure that we are both on the same page. It’s also important that you know all about other costs that may be relevant to your project and that you may not have worked in your budget. For example, some regions require that you obtain a permit before building an addition. The fee for this permit would be included in the cost of your addition. There are many “soft costs” like this, and the best way to know about them when you’re constructing your budget is to communicate with your remodeling company!

After accounting for all the appliances, materials, labor, fees, and other costs, you are left with an “all-in” price. While we can’t give you a definite final price until the project is completed, with open communication we can give you our closest estimate to what the final project will cost. Working together, we can help you to get the best value for your hard-earned money!

What a Deal Really Costs

If it looks like your new kitchen or bathroom is going to cost much more than you were expecting, you may be considering another company that advertised special deals and savings. Many remodeling companies offer deals like “50% off on your first project!” or “we’ll throw in [blank] for free!!” If you’re thinking that these deals sound too good to be true, then you’re right.

 

You may have noticed that the Consumer Reports breakdown listed the cost of labor at $15,000, which is much more than any other singular item on the list. That is because a remodel takes time, and the cost of labor goes towards paying the installers fairly for the time and work they put into your project.

 

Many of the remodel companies that offer deals and savings will make up for the smaller fee by paying their workers less. Oftentimes, this means using novice workers who are still learning and using your kitchen or bathroom as a classroom. Other times, it means that the company outsources its labor to several inexpensive contractors who do not have a special relationship with the company and, therefore, are not held to accountable standards. As they say, “you get way you pay for”; if you are paying less for your remodel, what you are actually paying for is poor quality and substandard craftsmanship that will only have to be fixed later.

 

Here at Native Sons, we don’t offer any huge discounts, but we do offer quality service, vetted contractors, decades of industry experience, and honesty. These are the things you are paying for when you invest in a remodel from a reputable company.

How Can I Save Money on My Remodel?

 

While it’s not a good idea to go with companies that offer deals that are too good to be true, there are a few things you can do to bring the scope of your project within your reach.

 

    • Cut back on excess: Consider what you really need. Is there anything you’re planning for that is more of a “want” than a “need”? Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a certain costly appliance when there’s a similar one available that is much less expensive.
    • Finish later: Maybe there is an aspect of the project that could stand to be finished at a later date. Curtailing your project a bit can bring the price down from “just out of reach” to “within grasp”.

 

  • Low-cost alternatives: There may be less expensive options. For example, choosing laminate countertops instead of granite can lower your costs.

 

 

Another way to lower your remodeling costs is to try to DIY a few simple projects. However, this piece of advice comes with a caveat: only DIY a project if you know for sure that you can do it correctly. Otherwise, you’ll end up spending money on materials, using up your own valuable time, and having to pay the professionals to fix the mistake anyway. If you’re thinking of a DIY project to save money on labor costs, first consider how much your own time is worth. It may make sense to save a little money by taking on a few small projects that you are confident you can install correctly (and not have to pay to get fixed later). Think about the amount of time it would take you to do these projects. Is it worth using up your own time so that you won’t have to pay for installers to do the work? If so, by all means, go for it! But if you don’t want to spend the time DIY-ing your kitchen, then it’s worth it to pay the professionals to do what they do best.

Reliable Remodeling with Native Sons

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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Aging in Place – Optimizing Your Kitchen and Bathroom

What is “Aging in Place”?

You may have started hearing the term “aging in place” thrown around by designers and builders. But just what does this term mean? And how can you incorporate the idea into your own home design?

Preparing for the Future

Aging in place is very much how it sounds: it’s preparing a home with features that help the homeowners to age comfortably in their own home rather than relocating to a nursing home. The idea has been catching on quickly; the walk-in shower is the trendiest new bathroom feature among younger homeowners while also being a smart investment for those who plan to live in their homes for decades to come.

How Can I Age in Place?

There are lots of great ways to alter your home to successfully age in place. Alterations range from small details–like changing out cabinet knobs for arthritis-friendly pulls–to big remodels–like switching out a bathtub with a more accessible walk-in shower. The amount of alterations that you decide to make are ultimately up to you, your tastes, and your budget. Here are a few ideas for changes you can make in your home that will help to facilitate aging in place:

  • Install grab bars and a shower seat in the shower to help prevent falls.
  • Install an adjustable shower head in the shower, which makes showering easier and more comfortable.
  • Replace a bathtub with a notch-cut tub or a walk-in shower, both of which are easier to access.
  • Renovate your kitchen cabinets so that there is space underneath the sink for a wheelchair-bound individual to comfortably use the sink.
  • You can do the same with your kitchen island by installing a lower table at chair level with room for wheelchair-bound individuals (and chairs for family and friends!)
  • Switch out hard-to-grasp knobs with “D-shaped” pulls on your kitchen cabinets.
  • Update appliances with energy-saving models that utilize large displays.

 

Features for Aging in Place from 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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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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