Things to Consider for a Bathroom Remodel

With home value on its way back up in Los Angeles, now’s a great time to invest in a bathroom remodel. Not only are you updating an underappreciated room in your house, you’re also raising your house’s resale value in the long run. Here are some quick things to keep in mind when planning a bathroom remodel:

Budget: Always plan out a budget beforehand – not only does it take a lot of the stress out of the project, but you’ll also have a clear idea of what you really want, and what wasn’t really that important anyway.

Space Available: Budgetting the space you have available is just as important as making sure you have a good price range. Just because a new bathtub would look great in your bathroom doesn’t mean you have the space to fit it in. Make sure that your desired fixtures not only fit into the space, but also help the overall flow of the room.

Little Details: Small changes can have big effects. A new paintjob and tiling, adding or expanding a window, fitting in a larger mirror and changing the lighting can all make a dingy old bathroom look brand new. If you’re planning a full bathroom remodel, make sure that the new details all fit together well – it’s the key to a good room, not just a room full of good looking fixtures.

Most importantly, make sure the contractor you hire for the job is dependable, responsible, and professional. B&R Construction has been fixing up houses since 1989 and has a proven track record of finishing the job on time and within budget. We are licensed, bonded, and carry both liability insurance and workman’s comp.

Contact us today and get started on remodeling your bathroom.

Kitchen Designer: From Conceptualizing to Building Your Dream Kitchen

If you’re thinking of remodeling your home, and you’re wondering where to start, the kitchen would be an excellent choice. Often the kitchen is the beginning design point for the home because next to our bedrooms it is where we spend the most time. Now, there are lots of starting points available in the kitchen; the appliances, storage spaces, fixtures, lighting and a general layout. Employing top notch kitchen designers will mean you’ll have the designer kitchen you’ve always dreamed of!

Cabinets and pantries take up the majority of space in a kitchen, so it’s safe to say the cabinets are a viable focal point. Custom designed cabinets for a chef’s style kitchen means ample storage space for things such as handy spice and wine racks that hideaway.  Update your appliances to chef’s tools:  6 burner gas stove with a custom built hood, double baker’s ovens, and energy efficient fridge with a drawer freezer. Even change your kitchen flooring with elegant hardwood or neutral but classic tile that could offset the craftsmanship of the cabinets. Add an island if the space allows, ensuring the chef in your home has plenty of counter space to work with. *This is also a great way to add more storage. Blending colors, accents and finishes to your cabinet design will help bring your vision to life.

B & R Construction, Inc. is licensed, bonded, and insured, ensuring that your renovation with be completed in the professional, safe, and timely manner that been sworn by since 1989. Contact us for your consultation and a free estimate.

Costs and Returns for Remodeling Services in Los Angeles

If you’re interested in remodeling services, you want the best value for your money. You get to enjoy the improvements as you live in your home and will reap returns from them when it comes time to sell. In its “2013 Cost vs Value Report,” Remodeling Magazine explains the cost of some common home improvements and their expected returns in Los Angeles. These numbers show the middle range. Actual prices depend on the materials and complexity of the job, and where your house is located.

The improvement with the biggest return on investment (98 percent) is replacing your wooden front door with one made of 20-gauge steel. It is also the least expensive one, costing $1,314 and giving back $1,300 on resale.

For dollar value, adding a second star tops the list with a resale value of $144,119, which is 78 percent of its initial $183,198 cost. This improvement includes a first-floor family room and a 24-by-16 second floor with bedroom and full bath.

Adding a bathroom returns 76 percent, or $35,954, of its $46,794 cost. This covers a 6-by-9-foot space featuring a 30-by-60-inch fiberglass tub/shower with tile surround, ceramic tile floor, chrome fixtures and a cultured-marble vanity top.

For a major kitchen remodel, the price is $63,677, which returns $51,619, or 81 percent. This consists of 200-square feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, a 15-square-foot island, laminate countertops and all-new appliances.

A 16-by-20-foot wooden deck represents a high-value add-on, returning almost 97 percent, or $11,399 of its $11,769 construction costs. This includes a built-in bench and planter, railing, lighting, balusters and a three-step staircase.

If you want more specific estimates for your remodeling project, please contact us.

Why You Should Include A Sunroom In Your Home Remodeling

Enjoying the sunlight, warmth and view are often the major attractions of having a conservatory, also known as a sunroom.  Sunrooms are usually built on one side of a house so that the residence can enjoy the sunshine while having their own private relaxing oasis year around.  Since sunrooms are so multifunctional they often get used in home remodeling as playrooms, home gyms, studies, dining rooms or even as a greenhouse if the climate is warm enough.

In colder climates, the use of a screened in sunroom may become limited. If you live in a cool area and plan to use your conservatory every day, you can be sure that B & R Construction Inc. will promise your glassed in sunroom contains enough insulation to protect from winter chills or the heat of summer. If you choose, you may even decide on a insulated sunroom roof. Switching to an insulated conservatory roof means that you lose having a glassed in ceiling for your sunroom, but in trade, you get a room that is easier to heat to use year round for your family.

The reward of having a personally designed insulated conservatory far outweighs the cost of the remodeling. The insulation ensures that you have a cooler room in the summer that is additionally warmer during the winter.  This leads to lower heating and cooling bills and makes your home more energy efficient.  If asked B & R Construction will use special prepared insulated glass in your sunroom that reduces sun glare on your furnishings leading to less fading of furniture and flooring. The reduced glare reduces eyestrain, and the roof helps protect your skin from damaging UV rays. Furthermore, insulation reduces rain noise allowing you to relax in your conservatory even in a downpour.

Contacting a licensed and insured design/building firm that has an outstanding record of accomplishment and many happy customer reviews can help you feel satisfied that your remodel will be done within deadline while sticking to your budget. B & R Construction will be with you every step of the way from designing your dream sunroom to admiring the finished gleaming project. Furthermore, a sunroom additionally increases the overall value of your home by giving you more square footage that is used as living space to your existing home and adding that “this is my dream room” factor for buyers if you ever decide to sell. Contact us at B & R Construction with any questions about remodeling your home.

The Challenges in Using Remodeling Services to Spruce up Older Kitchens and Bathrooms

Newer homes are easier to remodel.  It won’t take long to change bathrooms and kitchens from dull to beautiful because the home is up to date.  However the materials used to build older homes are outdated.  Renovating kitchens and bathrooms in older homes need special care.  There are challenges older homes have that newer homes don’t have to worry about.  All you need is good remodeling services and you’re all set.

Protrusions and Out of Square Walls:  Some older homes have walls that are bumpy, lumpy, pointy and rounded.  When interior walls have bumps, it is hard to build on top of it without crookedness.  In order to install cabinets, the walls have to be flat from the inside out.

Out of square walls meet at a right angle, but the angle is crooked.  Building on top of the wall is not going to look right because the right angles on the walls must be cut with accuracy.

Sagging Floors:  Floors are built to last, but it doesn’t last forever.  Older homes have floors that sag.  It usually sags where heavy items are idle for a long time or where floors leak.  Either support columns are needed to hold up the floor or replace the floor completely.

Foundation cracks:  Foundation cracks are visible in older homes.  That comes from the foundation of the home not aligning with the rest of the home.  Depending on when the home was built cinder block may have been used as foundation material.  If so the block wasn’t sealed properly causing the cracks to show up.

Electrical problems:  Electrical breakers and wiring in older homes is outdated and out of date.  It cannot handle enough electricity to power up today’s household items.  In addition the wiring could be located near moisture or made of aluminum; both are no-nos in today’s homes.

Windows:  Windows in older homes erode and rot.  Because of this those windows are less insulated, less protective from natural elements, and less energy efficient.  Windows are also made of odd shapes, different sizes and materials not used today.  Windows in kitchens and bathrooms must be replaced.

Mold and Mildew:  Behind kitchens and bathroom sinks and walls mold and mildew can lurk.  Mold and mildew comes from water damage, and this can delay the remodeling process.

You’re often told that older homes aren’t worth renovating, but you don’t have to listen.  The good news is that your kitchen and bathroom can be renovated.  Contact us to see what we can do for your kitchen and bathrooms.  Our professionals like a challenge.