Enjoy Your Bath Remodel Now And Get A Great Return In The Future

Money Magazine has identified a bath remodel as one of the remodeling projects offering the very best return on investment (ROI). The psychology of a modernized bathroom plays well for homeowners and future buyers alike.

Also, Remodeling Online publishes a report each year that compiles the responses of hundreds of real estate professionals to establish which remodeling projects offer the best ‘bang for the buck.’ About 300 professionals are surveyed in 60 significant markets across the country.

The winning remodeling projects? Bath and kitchen remodels lead the way. The survey specifically asks respondents to estimate what value a project would add to the sale price one year after completion.

So, how does a homeowner optimize resale value? In brief, make work to make several factors work together to maximize results. These factors include:

Quality Work

Because of the strong ROI offered by bathroom and kitchen remodeling, investing in quality work pays off. You’ll enjoy your fresh, crisp new rooms now, and buyers will one day appreciate high quality construction as well.

Determining who offers true quality can be as simple as asking a company to see a couple of their completed projects. Homeowners are usually available that are proud to show off their new kitchens and baths.

Timeless Appeal

Ask yourself, how long do I plan to remain in my home? If the answer is something akin to ‘forever,’ then you can get as eclectic or trendy as you want. Southern California is a true cornucopia of wildly creative interior design. If that’s what you want, great.

However, many with an eye to a future sale may pull in the reigns a bit.

It is not only the return on investment that may be at stake, the very salabiliity of your home may hinge on its overall appeal to others.

There is no need for a ‘cookie cutter’ approach, but an awareness of existing standards in your neighborhood will improve ROI. A full design/build service can help you to maintain design consistency both within your home and with other residences in the area.

Curb Appeal

Your home’s exterior can be a key element. If a home has terrific curb appeal, it will bring that prospective buyer into your home to actually see and appreciate that completed remodeling project. Without curb appeal, your beautiful kitchen may remain a secret to those that pass your property by.

At B&R Construction, we specialize in Los Angeles area bath and kitchen remodels — the remodeling projects that typically offer some of the best ‘return on investment.’ For expertise and integrity in the designing and building of your project, including full room additions, please contact us today.

Adding a Decorative Backsplash as a Home Improvement Project

A decorative backsplash behind your countertop, sink, or stovetop is an excellent way to add a sense of style and class to your kitchen. It can be used to accentuate the rest of the design or color scheme of the room, or it could be used as an impressive centerpiece. It can be sleek and simplistic or be ornate and exotic. In any case, here is a guide to ideas and considerations if you decide to add a decorative backsplash to your kitchen as a home improvement project.


Here is a sampling of tile patterns for a backsplash. You many prefer a highly ordered straightforward grid pattern, a brick pattern for a more rustic feel, perhaps a diagonal pattern to convey a sense of energy, or the grid pattern with diamond insert (which is perfect for stylized designs in the center.) Most likely you will put a color pattern – such as a straight-up checker design – or you will use a variety of different colors to create a mottled design. Whatever pattern you decide, take a moment to consider how well it meshes with the theme of your kitchen.


A variety of metals (stainless steel, copper, tin, etc.) can be used. They also are available in different finishes (short grain and long grain – consider in which direction the metal is brushed, or perhaps mix the two types of finishes for creative effect). Metal of course creates a more modern look, but ceramic, cement, and  marble are traditional and popular as well. Many of them take their cues from traditional tile designs from around the world. One designer has a warning a bout tumbled marble used especially in Tuscan style kitchens, saying that it is really too spongy for use in a backsplash and soaks up anything.


Depending on your tastes, you may want painted or ornate tiles at the center of the piece. There are many artists offering decorative tiles, such as this one that delivers direct from Mexico. Celtic designs done in relief are also well suited for a backsplash.

Take these points into consideration if you decide to add some style to your kitchen, and remember how much latitude you have to be creative. You can also trust our professionals to do the job right and make the statement in your kitchen that you want to make.

Tired of Your Bath? Remodel in 2013

If a bath remodel is on your wish list for the coming months, chances are you’ve got a lot on your mind.

How, when and to what degree you want your bathroom remodeled are important factors to discuss with the members of your household before you commit to any one plan.

Please let us offer you these tips for planning a smooth remodel of one of the most important rooms in your house:

  1. Name a budget. Take a careful look at how much money you would like to spend on a project. Many customers find renovation projects stressful–usually because they’re worried about the money. If you take the time to plan your budget ahead, and contact us for advice on the details, you’re more likely to be happy with the end result.
  2. Figure out what you don’t like about your bath as it is now. It’s easy to say that you want to change something. But it’s not always easy to say why you don’t like it. Think about the appliances, wall placement, textures and lighting. Which of these features would you like to change most? Looking at design magazines can help.
  3. Can your remodel help you save money in household utilities? If there is a way to cut your monthly bills down by reducing the amount of water or electricity you use, this is the perfect time to implement it.  The biggest water consumers in your house are likely to be your bathroom sink, toilet, shower and tub.  Can any of those be upgraded to a more eco-friendly version? Is there a way to bring natural light into the room so you don’t need to turn the light on so often? We’d be happy to help you discuss some of these options.

As the website greenerideal.com suggests:

Most showers consume 15% to 20% of water in a home with most of it being heated. A normal shower head has a flow rate of about two and a half gallons per minute. Changing it with a low flow head, say 1.6 to 2 gallons every minute, will result in a substantial amount of saving in water usage while still offering adequate cleansing power.

4. How can you get more ventilation in your bathroom? Mildew and mold spring from trapped moisture in your house–even in a dry climate like ours. Improving the ventilation in your bathroom will make your house a healthier place to be.

5. What contractor do you trust to do the work? B & R Construction, Inc. has been in business since 1989. We have a reputation for quality and for staying within our customers’ budgets. In addition, you can be sure that we are running our business above board–we are licensed, bonded, and carry liability insurance and workman’s comp. We also offer a free estimate service at your home to help you decide if our services are right for you.

For more information about bath remodelling or our other services, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Tips For Finding Reputable Design/Build Contractors

The tricks that unscrupulous contractors use are well-known within the remodeling industry, but not so well-known among consumers. The average homeowner undertakes a kitchen, bathroom, or other remodeling project only once in a great while. The natural inexperience in dealing with contractors can leave one vulnerable to unethical practices.

Tips On Identifying Legitimate Contractors:

Track Record
Established, reputable contractors that have served the local area for many years, and can prove it, offer peace of mind. By contrast, unscrupulous remodelers quickly come and go.

A reputable contractor will also be able to show a prospective client verifiable testimonials from satisfied homeowners. An inability to produce legitimate testimonials from past customers is a red flag.

Avoiding Upcharges
Many an illegitimate contractor will under-bid to get the job. However, they don’t plan to take a loss. Anything but. Their plan is often to make excuses for a bevy of upcharges once work is underway. Since deposits already paid are typically more than work already performed, a homeowner can quickly feel trapped by ensuing upcharges.

The bottom line — if a bid appears too good to be true, it typically is.

Contractors License
A simple request to see a contractor’s license, or to investigate its existence with the state, can quickly separate the legitimate from the fly-by-night.

Workmen’s Comp Policies
A legitimate contractor will be able to demonstrate that they are carrying the workers compensation insurance required by law. Workers Comp pays workers injured on the job while they recover. A contractor without the required Workmen’s comp insurance is not only operating illegally, they are more unstable because they are often one serious injury away from being forced out of business.

Liability Insurance
As a responsible property owner, you understand how vital liability insurance is. Without it, an accident on your premises can wipe out some or all of your assets. The same principle applies to contractors. It is imperative that they have adequate liability insurance to cover accidents, or even misdeeds, by their workers and sub-contractors. Uncovered, a contracting business is just one accident away from being wiped out. Should that happen in the middle of your remodeling project, you could be left, unfortunately, with deposits lost and work sitting unfinished.

B&R Construction is a design/build firm that has been serving the local area for over 20 years. We pride ourselves in designing creative projects and then completing them on-time and on-budget. For a professional, competent approach to your remodeling needs, please contact us today!