Full Home Renovations

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We are client-focused and committed to providing you with personalized service, upfront communication, and expert design and craftsmanship. Expanding your home’s footprint to accommodate the growing need for children’s rooms, lofts, larger kitchens, and other needs you may have can be a great investment that adds to the value of your home.

Kitchen Remodel Survival Tips

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1. Undergo triage

When you pack up, sort your kitchen gear into three categories: storage; temporary kitchen; and toss/donate/recycle. This task can be done over time, with the final items leaving the kitchen the night before demolition begins.

Give the boxes going to storage detailed labels so you can locate things you discover you need later — because in a remodeling process, you never know when “later” might be. Put them somewhere safe, but not the garage (see Tip 8).

2. Set up a temporary kitchen

Maybe move the fridge into the dining room with the toaster oven, electric kettle and countertop microwave. Your small appliances may include an electric grill, skillet or slow cooker. Prepare essential foods and a small set of dishes and utensils, packed in plastic tubs with lids to keep the dust off. Allocate yourself only the amount of dishes that you are willing to wash by hand in one session.

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3. Control the dust and chaos

To keep dust down, your contractor should cover carpets and floors and hang plastic sheeting around the demo site, weighted with scrap lumber or taped to the floor. It won’t work very well, but it’s better than nothing. Microfiber cloths or a feather duster do a good job of picking up drywall dust.

Remove anything you don’t want bumped or broken from the route that workers will take between the kitchen and outside and the bathroom.

4. Have a plan for pets

Set up somewhere safe for them, out from underfoot, with food and water and a soft place to sleep. If your dog isn’t crate-trained and/or you don’t own a crate, invest the little bit of time and money necessary in both; there may be times the crate is needed, or that your dog may want to retreat into it.

If your dog or cat normally has free access to the outdoors, and that access involves the kitchen, this will take more planning.

 

 

Bathroom Remodeling

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Bathrooms are telling about the age of a house and they can make a significant difference when selling a house. We have a track record of updating bathrooms and we can also make them senior friendly. This includes custom walk in showers, safety grab bars and wheel chair accessibility. Oregon Trail Remodeling can make the master bath a work of art. We have extensive experience in the design and construction of modern bathrooms which have state-of-the-art steam shower systems. We have also done total make-overs of bathrooms in older homes to enhance the value and sale of the property.

Fire, Water and Mold Damage

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We have specialized training and experience with insurance claims. Some companies use us exclusively for fire and water damage restorations when insurance claims are involved because of our consistent quality and fair pricing. We bill directly to the insurance companies using the most up-to-date Xactimate software which is the industry standard.

Our team recognizes that a water or fire loss is a disruption to your family and lifestyle, and we empathize by moving quickly and efficiently making sure we do it right the first time and within budget. We want you to return to your life as quickly and as painlessly as possible. With each insurance damage claim, we continue to maintaine our outstanding reputation with homeowners and insurance companies.

How to Prepare for a Kitchen Remodel

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So you’ve decided to have the kitchen remodeled, and you think your work is done. Not so fast. Even if you have talked with a kitchen contractor and a designer, there is still some work you need to do to ensure that your remodeling process runs smoothly. This isn’t much work, but this preparation will help all parties involved.

Packing Dishes

A spare bedroom is the best place for your dishes. Basements and cellars are fine also, except that you have to walk them downstairs then back up again. If you have enough room in whichever spot you select, don’t think that you have to pack them in boxes. Lay the dishes out on the floor or on beds.

If you do pack them in boxes, pack first the items you will use the least. Try to place any breakable items on the floor so that they can’t fall anywhere.

Start packing the items that you won’t need in your kitchen one week before the project will begin. By the night before the project starts, you should have moved the last of the dishes out of the kitchen cabinets. Once the project is completed, be sure to wash all of the dishes before putting them away.

Protecting Your Kitchen Floors

In some cases, the kitchen floors have already been redone before the kitchen remodel begins. Whether you have tile or hardwood floors, buy some carpet scraps from a carpet store and lay them over the kitchen floor. A smart idea is to tape them down with duct tape so that they won’t slide, but be careful doing this on hard wood. The adhesive might damage the finish.

If you have tile, or even for hardwood, consider getting a carpet pad to go underneath. Your kitchen contractors will be moving and using heavy objects that might mar, crack, or otherwise damage a finished floor. It doesn’t matter what these scraps look like. They are purely functional.

Contractor Parking

Your contractors and sub-contractors will have to park somewhere near or on your property. If you have things that might be in their path to the house, your cars for example, move them elsewhere. You can always move them back when they leave. This will let your contractors know as soon as they arrive that you are doing the extra little things to make their job easier.

Moving Items of Value

On your refrigerator there are school pictures, good grades, postcards from friends, wedding announcements, and other things of value that you have placed where anyone can see. Don’t forget to move these things, even if the contractors are just going to move your refrigerator into another room. Also, if there are any trinkets, plants, or other items on the kitchen window or on the window ledge, move them as well.

Kitchen Prep Goal

The overall goal is two part. First, you want to move everything of value or anything that can be damaged someplace safe. Second, you want your contractors to have an easy place to work in, where they don’t have to worry about tiptoeing around certain things or damaging others. Kitchen contractors work best when they don’t have to think about anything but their own work. By taking these steps, and any others you may have come up with, you will ensure a smooth start to the remodeling process.

3 Kitchen-Saving Renovations that Cost Less Than Your First Car

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Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to be a money-sucking headache. In fact, you can give your kitchen a new lease on life in no time for around $2,000. Here’s how:

Update your paint. A new coat of paint will spruce up any kitchen. Apply a lighter shade to open up a cramped space or choose a deeper hue to add a splash of class to dated décor. How much does a kitchen-saving coat of paint cost?

Install a new backsplash. Old paint and peeling laminate can drag a kitchen down. Update the room with an awe-inspiring backsplash. Classic subway tile, modern glass tile and useful (but beautiful) stainless steel are great ways to change up the look of your kitchen.

Add stylish hardware. Install a new faucet or cabinet pulls in your kitchen for a quick-but- gorgeous update to your kitchen. Swapping out your cabinet pulls is a simple DIY job — all you’ll need is a screwdriver and a little time. Installing a faucet requires some know-how.