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Are you planning to remodel a room in your home but have no idea how much to budget? Maybe you’re wanting to get the WDR Roofing Company – Round Rock to replace the roof? Or are you looking to completely gut the inside of your house? 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. You can buy a mild steel square tube and many other examples of high-quality materials from aluminiumwarehouse.co.uk. This could provide some perspective on what are defined as high-quality materials so you get the ideal configuration for your budget. 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

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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

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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 remodeling 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 what 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 when it comes to senior living design. 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, especially if they require walk in mobility baths in later life.

How Can I Age in Place?

There are lots of great ways to alter your home to successfully age in place. cutout tubAlterations 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. Big remodels would need Hero Plumbing Company in Knoxville to come and take a look as it’s not an easy job but smaller changes could be done by anyone. 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 are still stuck on what to do, then why don’t you look at something like furniture in fashion’s bathroom ideas to give you some more inspiration – you could then see what would work using these sneaky tricks. 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. If you’re not sure what furniture to buy, do some research on bathroom ideas and resources to get you started. You’ll soon have plenty of ideas!

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 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! When cleaning the grout, it can sometimes be easier to consider looking into companies offering grout cleaning melbourne, or somewhere more local to you. By using a professional company, there is more chance of the dirt being removed properly, keeping your bathroom looking clean and new.

Glass

Just like mirrors (which you should stock up on in your tiny bathroom!), glass showers have 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!

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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! It goes without saying that you should be looking for the best deals about. For example, if you are replacing or repairing your AC as part of your kitchen renovation then there are many offers out there that will save you lots of money should you take the time to find them. New green horizon one hour heating and air conditioning offerings are particularly good. However, investing in the right materials can help you to stretch your dollar as well 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 that they make a kitchen, ask for them to be used when they go for a bathroom remodeling kansas city company to sort their wetrooms, or to change the look of any room for that matter is that they are 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. Additionally, finding the correct paint colour for your kitchen can really change your outlook and give a whole new feeling. A range of paints can be found at primetimepaint.ca. The right colour paint will provide a homely vibe and make it the heart of your home.

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 from companies like The Lite House 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.

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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. The services of Kitchens InStyle remain a very popular choice across the South of England. These are a great choice for kitchens near Southampton. 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. My friend was telling me about she saved up for her new kitchen recently to keep up with kitchen trends and she said that Simply Switch were so helpful. They found her the best energy quote she could find! 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 Covington Granite 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. Of course, if they are still struggling you could always offer essay writing help to just give them that guidance that they might need. Or you could just keep the guidance in the family, as 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. If all of you are struggling to help though, then you could pay for reflective essay writing services, if they are doing an essay for a particular subject. It’s up to you though for what you decide to do.

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. Unless their school has implemented a way that allows them to use their documents electronically, like something similar to the software that is provided by filecenterdms.com. This will be able to free up more space that can be used for other essential tools. 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. Although the one thing having space can’t solve is creative block. That is why finding inspiration for informative essays online, such as the website here, would be a good idea.

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. As with all remodelling jobs, we heavily advise that you have an Emergency Plumber on call just incase anything goes wrong.

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. However, this decision is completely up to you. If you wanted a darker theme in your kitchen, you could easily brighten it up with one of these Internal Glazed doors which allow sunlight to flow into the room, brightening it up. Whilst Wansink’s own kitchen is pumpkin-colored, it’s up to you which color you decorate your kitchen.

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. My friend told me that she built her kitchen around the best value kitchen faucet to keep practicality at the forefront of her design.

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. It’s also crucial to buy a good quality kitchen sink that matches your design and layout. I absolutely love Belfast Sinks, and they seem to be coming back in fashion.

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!

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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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3 Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where family gathers, where friends are entertained, and where memories are made. Your kitchen is also a space to exercise your creativity and experiment with new flavors. Having an outdated kitchen can hinder your kitchen’s potential. However, forgetting a few essential elements in your remodeled kitchen can spell disaster. Before remodeling your kitchen, make sure to consider these important features!

Lighting

For safety’s sake, it is essential that key food prep and cooking areas are well-lit. Bright lights are a wonderful aid in the food prep and cooking areas, while more subtle, moody lighting is better for eating areas. If the kitchen all has uniform lighting, then the food prep and cooking areas could be dangerously under-lit, or the eating area could be starkly over-lit and uncomfortable. Pendant lights are a great way to light eating areas, as they can be adjusted for brightness through Home Automation and also add aesthetic appeal to your kitchen. I hear that crestron installation primrose hill do some great home automation. Uplighting is a great way to light food prep and cooking areas, since up-lighting provides bright lighting with little to no glare.

Space

If you have a small, cramped kitchen, you’re probably thinking about how you can remodel your kitchen to best utilize its limited space. A great way to make a small kitchen feel bigger is to move to an open kitchen plan. This involves removing any unnecessary walls to open up the space. An open kitchen plan can make your kitchen feel larger and airier. Vertical storage is also a great way to utilize the space in a small kitchen. Kitchen cabinets that reach the top of the ceiling provide extra, essential storage space. Having a well-planned kitchen space saves you from feeling crowded, overwhelmed, and frustrated.

Color

Psychologists have proven that the color of a room can affect a person’s mood. If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, you want to make sure that your kitchen’s color scheme isn’t one that will make you feel stressed. Many designers are predicting that interior design trends in 2016 will focus on relaxation and meditation, for example geometric patterns are very popular at the moment (take a look at this peel and stick geometric wallpaper for example if you’d like to incorporate this theme in your kitchen). There is also a call for muted pastels in the kitchen. Muted pastels provide a soft, uplifting ambiance to a kitchen. Cabinets painted in muted pastels mesh well with the natural look of stone countertops and metallic kitchen fixtures. Whatever color you choose, just remember: you’re going to see a lot of it. Make sure to choose a color you will enjoy seeing every day.

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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, and LinkedIn for more blog and project updates!

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A Notch Cut Tub is an Affordable Option for Seniors

You may have seen advertisements for specialty bathtubs built for seniors. These small tubs come with a built-in door and a notch cut tub seat. The senior steps into the bathtub, closes the door, and sits down while the tub fills with water. These types of tubs would be great for those who have to rely on in-home care services similar to Care For Family for support with their day to day living. While this is a great option for many seniors, it does have its drawbacks. Namely, this type of tub requires the complete removal of the old tub and installation of the new tub. For some individuals, the costs of this installation are just too much to be feasible.

Luckily, there is an easier, more affordable option. A notch cut tub involves cutting a hole in the wall of an existing bathtub, making it easy for seniors to step into the tub and shower. The hole is then modified to blend into the rest of the tub to make it look as if the tub was manufactured with the cutout portion. Finally, a safety handle is installed into the wall to provide a place to grip while walking into the tub. The entire installation is quick and inexpensive, and can usually be handled by someone like paul the plumber to ensure it is leak proof. Plus, seniors can continue to shower in the same shower that they are used to without having to adjust to a completely brand new tub. Read on to learn more about the benefits of notch cut tubs.

Safe

A notch cut bathtub is essentially just your regular bathtub that is modified to be safer for seniors. Remodeling the bathtub to have a hole in the side makes it easy for seniors to step in and out of the tub without having to step over the side of the bathtub. A handle installed in the shower wall provides a grip for seniors to hold while stepping into the tub, making it even safer. For many seniors, having easier access to the bathtub means that they no longer need assistance to step in and out of the tub. This creates and much more dignified experience for seniors who want to continue to enjoy independent living. Seniors need to feel secure in their homes and have the right safety practices put in place so that senior safety is always at the forefront of their families’ and communities’ minds. They want to feel as independent as they can do around their own home.

Fast Installation

Because the modification process is so simple, the entire process only takes a few hours. There are no large crews of people notch cut tubneeded to switch out an entire tub, nor is there any need to deal with connecting a new tub to the plumbing, a process which is complicated and time-consuming. With a notch cut tub, you take your shower in the morning, an installer visits your home to modify your tub, and by the next morning you are able to shower in your newly-modified cut out tub! Plus, you have the option to have a door installed in the tub to close the cutout portion if you ever want to enjoy a bath. Before your installer leaves, they give you the part of the tub that they cut out to keep. Should you ever change your mind and decide that you want your tub restored to its original condition, your installer can return and restore your tub so that it looks and functions just the same as it did before!

Affordable

Finally, the quality that most people love about cut out tubs: the price. All seniors need for an enjoyable bathing experience is a tub that is easy to access. While a specialty tub is nice, both a specialty tub and a notch cut bathtub function in the same way. So, why not have the same great bathing experience without the huge pricetag? Because installation is fast and easy, you don’t have to purchase a new bathtub, and you don’t have to pay to have the plumbing hooked up to a new tub, you save quite a lot of money on installation, product, and plumbing costs, whether you have Apollo Plumbing (for plumbing in Everett) install the bathtub or another firm. The end result is an affordable option for seniors that provides a bathing experience that is easy, safe, and dignified.

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, Twitter, and Linkedin for more blog and project updates!

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