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Choosing the Right Appliances for Your Baltimore Kitchen Remodel

Of all the things we take for granted around our homes, kitchen appliances are rarely one of them. The proper functionality of our appliances can be the difference between our food staying fresh, our drinks staying cold, and our dishes staying clean. When you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, the appliances should be one of you primary concerns. With so many options out there, it can be tough to know how to pick the right ones. Let’s break down how you can choose the right appliances for your Baltimore kitchen remodel.

Layout and Lifestyle

Appliances serve specific functions within our homes, and as such, different appliances will be more important in some homes than others. However, if you’re planning to work within the exact space already within your kitchen, you may face difficulties. Working new appliances into the spaces of old appliances may limit your options when shopping. However, if you’re replacing appliances in the context of a full Baltimore kitchen remodel, your contracor should be able to help create space for the appliances to fit. Your lifestyle will also determine which appliances you want to invest more in. Do you tend to cook a lot? If so, a double-oven option may make more sense than a single, and an advanced, heavy-duty dishwasher might be needed to keep up with all the dishes. Larger families might want to invest in a fridge with siginficant storage space and an open layout so your leftovers aren’t getting buried in the back and you’re left to wonder what that smell is. Other appliances are specialized to homeowners needs, such as wine coolers. Ranking what aspects of your appliances matter most to your lifestyle will better help you choose the right appliances for your Baltimore kitchen remodel.

Budget and Style

Of course, buying appliances strictly by your lifestyle is great, but not real for most of us outside of an ideal world. Budget is a neccesary factor in deciding what kind of appliances we can fit into our kitchens. After coming up with your budget for the whole kitchen remodeling process, you can work with your contractor to determine how much of that can be put towards appliances, and then shop within those constraints. Of course, choosing the right appliances for your Baltimore kitchen remodel will also involve selecting options that fit with style of the whole remodel. Cohesion is important to making any room in your home beautiful, and a color-clashing dishwasher or fridge can stick out like a sore thumb. More and more for a variety of appliances, there are stylistic options to fit the look and feel of any kithchen, from modern stainless steel to models that can blend in with the cabinetry. A trusted contractor can help you pick a style that fits your vision for a beautiful kitchen.

Doing the Research

We started this blog by looking at how synchronous our appliances are with our day-to-day lives. For this reason, researching on every prospective option is very important. Not all brands are created equal, and not even every product from the same brand will offer the same level of quality. It’s incredibly frustrating to purchase a new dishwasher only to have the technician back at your house every few weeks because your dishes aren’t getting cleaned. Read product reviews, look at an appliance’s longevity, its energy efficiency, and what features it offers that appeal to you. Especially important for homeowners is to understand the product warranties for each appliance purchased. Your product warranty could be the difference between continued support when something goes wrong, and simply being out a few thousand dollars because your warranty lapsed far sooner than expected. Warranties are one of the areas in which you don’t want to try and cut upfront costs, because that mindset can cost you thousands of dollars down the road.

Native Sons Helps You Every Step of the Way

When it comes to choosing the right appliances for your Baltimore kitchen remodel, you don’t have to go it alone. Native Sons believes that our home remodeling services should make the process easier everywhere we can, not more stressful. Our team of experts will help you select the right appliance options thanks to our backlog of kitchen remodeling knowledge and our drive to always stay up to date on the best and brightest products. Contact us today to schedule your in-home quote, and start down the path to the kitchen of your dreams.

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Major Kitchen Remodel: How Much Does It Cost?

The price point of major kitchen remodels varies widely for each project. Today, we want to take a look at an actual project Native Sons completed, and give you how it was priced.

One of the most frustrating parts of shopping for kitchen remodeling contractors is the difficulty that exists when trying to obtain hard numbers on how much the project will cost. While this is frustrating for the consumer, the reality is that it’s tough to deliver price estimates off the bat as each project varies largely based off size, scope, materials, and other factors. To help demistify this process, we’ll take a look at a recently completed major kitchen remodel and break down how we reached our quote price.

What Goes Into a Remodeling Quote?

A major kitchen remodel is an involved process. It requires contractors to understand your needs, and be able to help turn those needs into a visual blue print for the project, and then eventually, a finished process. The project we’ll be using as a case study today was completed in 2019 for a home in Annapolis, MD.

The clients were working with an outdated kitchen. Initially, the design, tiling, and size had appealed to them when purchasing the home but had outgrown its limited space and dark-colored aesthetic that didn’t feel very inviting to the homeowners. They chose Native Sons for their major kitchen remodeling project, at which point our estimators were sent out to photograph the space, build an action plan with the clients, and formulate an estimate.

Following this initial visit, we quoted the clients a price of $40,000 to $65,000 for the entire project. The price breakdown for this project looks like this:

  • $30,000 for design, project management, and labor
  • $10,000 to $35,000 for materials and appliances

The large variance in the initial quote is built-in to the customization of the materials, features, and appliances a client desires when contracting Native Sons for a kitchen remodeling project. This custom-tailored approach gives you the better ability to control the price tag of the finished project.

What Went Into This Project

a modern kitchen remodeling project

The major kitchen remodel in Annapolis, MD was focused on modernizing the clients’ kitchen space. The original kitchen was equipped with dark tile colors and wooden trim. Our goal was to brighten it through the materials that were selected.

an inset stove top for the major kitchen remodel

To open the space more, we removed a far wall where the stove was originally located, and replaced it with a kitchen island that featured an inset stove top. This ensures the space was still being maximized for use while not closing the kitchen off from the adjoining staircase. Included in this kitchen island were two retractable electrical outlets.

A key feature of the remodel was converting a kitchen closet into a bar space. This new utilization of space makes for a wonderful place to entertain. It includes two wine/beer fridges and custom cabinetry.

All of these features combine to make for a kitchen that uses its space more wisely, and delivers a unified visual style that goes well with the adjoining rooms. Major kitchen remodels are unique investments, as they recoup their price greater than purchases such as vehicles, which depreciate faster. In 2019, the Cost and Value report for Baltimore found that major kitchen remodeling projects at the quoted price tag for this remodel recoup up to 61% of the money spent upon resale of your home.

Native Sons Offers Honest Quotes

The goal of Native Sons is to only provide quotes that are honest and reflect the quality of work we’ll be delivering to you. We highly value the relationships formed with each client, and believe that constant communication is key to ensuring your major kitchen remodeling process goes smoothly. Contact Native Sons today to schedule your quote, and check out the video testimonial for this project.

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Why Marylanders Choose Native Sons for Their Baltimore Bathroom Remodeling Projects

When considering a Baltimore bathroom remodeling project for your home, it can be tough to know where to start. There’s plenty of contractors offering their services, to the point where it can be overwhelming. Native Sons is a local staple of the Baltimore remodeling scene, with a track record that extends back more than two decades. What defines us as a company is the feedback we’ve received from clients. It’s what fuels us to continue to refine and elevate our work every single day. We want to take this time to reflect on some of testimonials our valued clients have left us to explore why locals trust Native Sons with their Baltimore bathroom remodeling projects.

Professionalism

It’s incredibly important to us a company to establish a strong baseline of professionalism with every client we work for. What this means to us is building a process from start to finish that’s clearly communicated, inclusive, and comfortable for the homeowners. We’re honored when our clients discuss how comfortable they feel with Native Sons employees, not considering them an intrusive force but as people they can trust to work within their home even when not around. We always work to quickly address any concerns our clients have, ensuring that they’re nothing lost in translation and the end product is representative of the goals set from the outset.

Dedication

Professionalism for Native Sons extends to our dedication to go above and beyond with every project we do. Baltimore bathroom remodeling projects require hard work throughout the process, but the employees of Native Sons are determined to ensure deliver a finished product in a timely manner. Sometimes, that means staying late, and other times that means taking time out to assist our clients when they really need a hand. Dedication for us means applying our work integrity to how we treat our clients, their time, and their homes.

Vision

Every Baltimore bathroom remodeling project requires its own unique solution. Some bathrooms have suffered water damage, while others are simply out of date and in-need of serious modernization. Whatever the situation may be, our team understands that a one size fits all design approach is not the right way to go. Vision to means being able to listen to the needs of an individual client and translate those ideas into a tangible product that reflects what they desire.

Baltimore locals have made Native Sons’ reputation what it is. Thanks to thoughtful feedback, we’re constantly able to better ourselves as a company and consistently deliver Baltimore bathroom remodeling projects that achieve the vision set out from the outset. If you’re ready to remodel your bathroom, contact Native Sons today for a consultation and let us show how we can make your needs a reality.

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Baltimore Bathroom Remodeling: Finding a Contractor

Home remodeling can be an intimidating process. Not only does it require a reasonable budget, and an investment of your time, it also means welcoming strangers into your home for days on end to complete the project. As such, choosing the right contractor is key, not only to ensure you get fantastic work for a good price, but to ensure that the people working in your home won’t make you feel uncomfortable. In this blog, we’ll take at how you can choose the right contractor for your Baltimore bathroom remodeling project.

Get a Referral

One of the surefire methods of finding the right contractor is talking with family and friends that have gotten similar remodeling projects done in their homes. Discuss with them about how efficiently the contractors worked, how well they respected a homeowner’s boundaries, and how effectively they stuck to the allocated budget.

Research Reviews and Qualifications

A hugely important part of picking the right Baltimore bathroom remodeling contractor is seeing what their former clients have to say about them, in addition to what qualifications in the field they have. Reviews on Google and Facebook can give you a sense of how the company is perceived by those who have worked with them. Video testimonials are an even more effective way of seeing first-hand how a contractors work is completed from start to finish.

Qualifications are equally important when researching contractors. Some companies aren’t qualified to provide all necessary services such as Master Plumbing or Master Electrician needs. In this case, contractors may bring in external parties to complete this work, driving up your cost while creating a higher chance that something will get mixed up during the project. Only trust contractors that are qualified to meet ever remodeling need.

Collaboration

A key quality you should look for in your Baltimore bathroom remodeling contractor is how collaborative their process is. There are few things more frustrating than working with a team that doesn’t properly fill you in on design plans, work-in-progress, and changes to materials/costs. Remodeling should be a collaborative process from start to finish. To begin with, be sure you and your contractor agree on the scope of the project, its costs, and the timetable for completion. Get these details in writing. During this consultation and planning period, a worthwhile contractor will cue you in on design plans to ensure every aspect of the project fits your vision. The duty of your contractor is ensure that any questions or concerns you raise are answered. This will help you ensure the contractor is a right fit, and that their day-to-day operations in your home won’t impede unnecessarily on your privacy or make you feel uncomfortable. Collaboration is key to a successful end product, making sure you understand what you’re getting and that your contractor has a clear direction throughout the remodeling process.

Native Sons Has a Proven Track Record

For over two decades, Native Sons has helped clients across central Maryland accomplish their home remodeling goals. Our team works hand-in-hand with you through every step of the process, from our initial consultation to design planning with a project manager and useful updates throughout day-to-day operations. When it comes to Baltimore bathroom remodeling projects, our proven track record shows we have the expertise necessary to help make your home the one you’ve always wanted. Contact us today.
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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. 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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