We want wish you all health and safety during this challenging time with coronavirus (COVID-19). Per Governor Baker’s March 23, 2020 Executive order COVID-19 No. 13, residential construction is deemed an essential business that is allowed to operate during this non-essential business shut down and stay at home advisory period.
It is our goal to keep our employees and anyone they interact with safe, while still meeting the needs of our clients. At this time, we are working and will continue to work so long as it is safe and we are allowed to do so. In addition, we are working at limited capacity and are staggering the scheduling of our trades to limit one trade per day. In the meantime, we have made it possible to do a virtual consultation in your home. Please call us at 781-380-4086 to schedule a virtual “in-home” consultation.”
Rest assured that we are continually monitoring and adhering to CDC guidelines with regard to safety and prevention to include social distancing, frequent hand washing and sanitizing of our trucks and equipment daily. If any of our employees are feeling ill, it is expected that they will stay home.
Again, we wish you well and look forward to getting back to business as usual as soon as possible.
If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you’ve probably got a million ideas in your head. As you consider all your options, you might be wondering what the popular trends are. Here are six trends based on the most common requests we’ve seen over the past year.
Trend 1: An Open Kitchen Dining Area
Today’s homeowners want their kitchen to be an inviting central hub for family and friends—a space for doing homework, cooking meals together, entertaining friends, and just hanging out. More and more homeowners, especially those with older homes with cramped kitchens, are choosing to combine the kitchen and dining room into one integrated, multi-purpose space. This creates an airier feel, better traffic flow, and individualized options that suit your lifestyle. With the popularity of open layouts, this type of space can also increase the value of your home.
Trend 2: More Storage
Recently there’s been an explosion of creative ways to maximize your square footage. Start by thinking about what you want close at-hand and easily accessible in each part of your kitchen. Some trending ideas include customized pantries, corner drawers, and pull-out trash and recycling bins. Other popular space-saving ideas include vertical storage for cooking sheets and pans, roll-away carts and islands for both storage and cooking prep, a pet food area, microwave drawers, and a hidden “appliance garage” to store your toaster, coffeemaker, and more.
Trend 3: A Large, Multi-Purpose Island
One of the most popular trends is the kitchen island, with a growing preference for grand islands extending six feet or more. Starting with informal, easy-to-see seating, grand islands can provide amazing utility. Use yours for valuable storage space, another prep surface, a cooktop or sink, convenient charging stations, and much, much more. Islands also create a focal point that help to ground the space and are perfect for when you want to entertain large gatherings.
Trend 4: Two-Tone or Textured Cabinets
Color shows your personality, helps set the mood, and can enhance kitchen design. Recently, we’ve seen a move toward two-toned cabinets, using either bold, contrasting colors or shades that are closer in tone. The most classic look is darker on the bottom cabinets and lighter on the top cabinets, which increases a sense of balance. Another option is using your second tone to create a focal point on one wall or island. Or, you can vary color using different materials, such as having primarily solid wood cabinets, along with one that has glass panes for displaying special items. The design options have come a long way since the 70s and we are even seeing beautiful manufactured materials with unique textures and sheens creating modern and sleek styles. Regardless of your choice, cabinets play a key role in determining the overall design feel of the space – from modern to contemporary to traditional.
Trend 5: Lighter, Brighter Space
Lighting affects functionality and sets the mood, so make sure it’s included in your plan and budget. You’ll want to make sure your lighting is easily controlled, energy efficient, comfortable, and flexible. Start with a definitive layout—including cabinets, workspaces, eating areas, appliances and island placement—to guide your lighting plan. Then apply the concept of “layers of light,” using different types of lighting, including ambient light for a base level of illumination, task light for functional spaces, and accent lighting to highlight display items, artwork or architectural details. While technology can create beautiful light, natural light is often overlooked. By enlarging or incorporating a new windows and see through doors, you can dramatically transform a space by bringing the outdoors in and take advantage of pretty outdoor landscaping.
Trend 6: 3D Design Rendering
Today, 3D design rendering software is one of the most valuable tools in a design and remodeling company’s arsenal. 3D renderings empower clients, providing them with a way to more accurately visualize their space. This software removes a great deal of guesswork in the design phase, enabling you to accurately preview how different colors, designs, materials, and shapes will look. It also helps the remodeler catch potential problems and fine-tune measurements before the work begins. Ultimately, 3D rendering vastly improves communication between you and the design-build contractor, providing a way for both parties to stay on the same page throughout the process—with results that will provide the highest satisfaction.
Make sure the job is done right.
To maximize your space and enjoy your kitchen to its fullest, it’s important to find the right remodeling team. Choose experienced professionals who will take the time to understand your lifestyle to get just the right feel and functionality. Your home is most likely your biggest asset, so take care to find a trusted remodeling company that can provide the best in quality and personal service. In the greater Boston area, an excellent resource is Woodland Contracting, providing top-level design-build services for the kitchen of your dreams—on time and on budget. Call today.
Like many homeowners, you would love to have more space. Fortunately, the answer could be right in front of you—or beneath your feet. Many homeowners treat their basement simply as storage for holiday decorations, suitcases, and project bins, but it can be so much more. Remodeling your basement is a perfect way to add the space you’ve always wanted and take full advantage of that valuable square footage. Here are nine great ideas to reimagine your basement.
- Bathroom: A bathroom can be integral to your basement remodeling projects. Commonly, the bathroom is installed close to existing wiring and plumbing, often directly beneath one on the upper floor. Plus, the layout must incorporate proper drainage. Beyond these basics, think about what you want. Is just a toilet and sink okay, or do you want a full bath to use for guests or kids? Once a layout is established, it’s time for design elements.
- Second Living Room: A living room can be for entertaining, playing, and general family time. But a second living room can provide much needed “me time.” If the basement is the footprint of the entire upstairs, the space also works for entertaining larger groups. Alternately, you can use it as a more casual family room or even as a place for your kids to have their own space.
- Extra Bedroom: An additional bedroom is handy for out-of-town guests, an expanding family, or a teenager who wants a more private space. For real estate purposes, the legal definition of a bedroom may include size, ceiling-height, means of egress, windows, ventilation, closets, electrical, and sanitary/septic codes. Depending on the size and layout, adding a bath and small living area can provide greater convenience and comfort.
- Rental Unit: Your basement can bring in rental income but be sure to follow your city or towns building regulations and zoning laws. Know the requirements for minimum size, heating, electric, plumbing, bathroom facilities, outdoor access, maximum number of tenants, fire escapes, and parking. Finally, be aware of tax considerations of in-home rental properties.
- Home Gym: Without the hassle of getting to the gym, you might be more motivated to work out. To get started, think about your workout routine. How much space do you need for equipment? What kind of flooring is best? Do you want a private shower? What design elements will energize you? This is your personal space, so explore ways to maximize enjoyment and fitness.
- Home Office: A home office apart from the general living space can make you more productive. First, know the municipal regulations for conducting business out of your home. Next, determine layout requirements, including electrical, phones, internet, computers, business equipment, lighting, storage, furniture, and soundproofing. For privacy and convenience, consider a separate bathroom, kitchenette, and separate entrance.
- Home Theater/Media Room: This versatile, multipurpose space usually features a large flat screen TV, surround-sound, cozy furniture, and a good view for all. You can plan for recessed speakers to avoid unsightly wiring, storage for all your media components, and acoustic-friendly surfaces. Include a bathroom to avoid running upstairs in the middle of the movie. Add a bar or kitchenette to keep you supplied with snacks and drinks.
- Wet Bar: For family comfort, a small refrigerator for soft drinks might suffice. But for adult gatherings, a wet bar might hit the spot. Your bar can simply be a space to prepare drinks, or it could be a central gathering spot with a sink, a larger refrigerator, kitchen-type storage, wall-mounted TV, plenty of counter space, and spacious seating. Your lifestyle is what matters.
- Walk-Out Access: A walk-out basement can create a great living space that provides access to your yard, pool, or patio. This type of basement incorporates a wall with doors and windows on the ground level, on a site that typically has a slope to the rear of the property. The walkout can be spacious and bright, and having its own entrance makes it great for any purpose. It’s possible to build a walk-out basement, even if your home doesn’t currently have one, especially if you have an exposed side of the basement that is not underground.
Whether your main goal is enhancing personal enjoyment or boosting real estate value, remodeling your basement can be a smart move. No matter the budget, there are several factors that can’t be overlooked. First, find a permanent solution to getting rid of any moisture problems. Second, make safety an important part of the plan. Third, comply with all the legalities that apply to the function of the remodeled space. Last, but not least, use trusted professionals who will expertly guide you throughout the process to bring you the greatest enjoyment and value from your reimagined basement.
Written By Woodland Contracting.
It seems that all your friends who are remodeling their bathrooms are getting curbless showers or threshold-free showers. Is it just a trend, or are showers without barriers really better? Like other renovation projects, there’s no “one size fits all.” But there are good reasons why curbless showers have become so popular for residential bathrooms, especially master bedroom suites. Here are some of the key reasons:
A bathroom with a curbless shower feels more spacious.
When people enter a bathroom with curbless shower, they often describe a sense of walking into a spa. Without the visual obstacle of the curb, the wall-to-wall floor creates a more streamlined and airy look. This can be especially noticeable if you have a small-to-medium sized bathroom.
Your curbless shower highlights design elements.
You’ve carefully designed your shower’s interior to include your favorite stone, tiles, fixtures, and other building materials. Why hide these design features with a door or curtain? Instead, you can make them an integral part of your new bathroom’s overall design.
This no-obstacle shower is accessible to everyone in your home.
By eliminating a four to six inch barrier, you create a bathroom that is safe and accessible for everyone. If you plan to remain in your home long-term and “age in place,” a threshold-free is ideal. For families who are building additions or remodeling an existing area for grandparents, the curbless shower is also a smart choice. It gives greater independence to those in wheelchairs or with mobility issues. And remember that it’s possible for anyone, able-bodied or not, to trip over a shower threshold.
An threshold free shower makes cleaning less of a chore.
It’s hard work cleaning a small corner or alcove shower. It’s especially frustrating trying to scrub hard-to-reach areas, especially those prone to mold and mildew. Cleaning the shower floor while bending over a barrier can be also be awkward and even painful. Cleaning an open shower is physically easier, and can be made even easier with handheld showerhead. Plus, there are simply fewer areas where grime and mildew can build up, making it easier to keep your shower sparkling clean.
The design keeps water where it should be.
Although you might think otherwise, a barrier-free shower actually helps keep water in place. The architect will provide for a proper “splash zone” and design the floor to slope down toward the drain, making for efficient water removal. One warning—make sure the shower head is properly positioned to keep water in the splash zone!
Some common concerns are easily addressed.
Despite all the advantageous, there are a few reasons why some people prefer a standard shower. They might like the added privacy of an enclosed shower. Privacy can be increased, however, with obscured glass or curtains—although you’ll lose some of the open feel. Second, you might be afraid that water will get everywhere. This could be a problem if the contractor doesn’t allow for a sufficient splash zone. However, a high quality contractor will know the right design and products to minimize this issue. A third concern is that the open design will leave you exposed to cooler air outside the showering area. While this is true, heated flooring and other smart design elements can help keep you toasty.
Should your remodeling include a curbless shower?
Only you can decide if a curbless shower or threshold free shower suits your tastes, family needs, and lifestyle. Review all the options with your remodeling team. Most important, find a contracting company that is highly qualified and experienced. Otherwise, you risk having disastrous cost overages, delays, and repairs. For example, improperly sealed seams or poor grouting can lead to expensive leaks and serious damage.
Remodeling your bathroom is a major investment in your family’s home. For your project to run smoothly, with the best results, there’s nothing more important than hiring a contractor with impeccable workmanship and professionalism. To find out more about making your bathroom remodel as success, contact us today for your consultation.