Keep Calm and Carry On During A Kitchen Remodel

The excitement is building. Your kitchen remodel ideas are about to come to fruition. You checked the list twice, made negotiations on payment and signed off on everything. The demolition begins and suddenly you want to back out of the process. Brace yourself to push forward with tips that will keep you calm and focus on the horizon.

Avoid unnecessary stress and move your belongings out of the kitchen prior to demolition. Pack it all in boxes and move it to another place in the house. Good examples are the garage, basement, den and laundry room. That includes food as well as dishes, kitchen items and kitchen appliances. Label everything.

Choose another space in the house to serve as the kitchen (hence the examples). You’re going to need it during demolition and renovation. Look through all the boxes to see which items isn’t going back to the soon-to-be-finished kitchen. Forget the “rainy day” excuses and throw out anything you never used or don’t like. Make sure there’s an extra sink for clean up; the bathroom sink is the very, very last resort. Use this opportunity to cook meals in advance to heat in the microwave. Don’t be afraid to dine out during this time too.

Understand the step-by-step process. There is a schedule that contractors use and it’s important that you know what that schedule is. It will definitely give you an idea of what each step consists of and how long it will take for it to be completed. Knowledge is power. The more you know the better you will feel. Specific requests like time of day, what days to work and special events (graduation, family reunions, parties, etc) should be clear upfront before demolition.

Remain positive. Contractors will not be on your property forever. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Treat them with respect and remain positive. This will help the contractor do his or her job correctly and in the shortest amount of time. This will help you feel better because your investment will pay off. Your heart will thank you.

You read over and over about how to handle a remodeling project; there’s never been one to tell you how to handle yourself during the process. Homeowners are so concerned with their kitchen that nothing else matters. Their stress level says it all. Take time to take care of yourself and your belongings during this exciting and overwhelming period. You’ll have a brand new kitchen when it’s all said and done. Make sure you enjoy life so you can see it and use it for a very long time. Contact us for more information on kitchen remodeling.

Kitchen Remodel Ideas: Achieving the Transitional Kitchen Design

Aiming for a kitchen that can work with any style? The transitional kitchen is the solution for you. This is a style that works with any home decor and fits with any current kitchen trends. The good news is that you can start with your existing kitchen and work from there. This is great for anyone that doesn’t know exactly what they want and need a foundation to start from. If you prefer to start from scratch that works too.

Transitional kitchens are a mix of traditional and modern styles. The design borrows decor from each one resulting in a warm, inviting, classic and stylish kitchen upgrade. There are rules to get into the transitional kitchen vibe. This trend is hard to perfect and easy to mess up so pay close attention to the rules of this kitchen remodel ideas.

Transitional kitchens have a fusion of natural and manufactured materials. Traditional kitchens have wood, laminate, tile and glass materials while modern kitchens have steel, stone, granite and marble. Pick materials from both worlds to have a transitional result. It should feel harmonious, symmetric and complete.

Make the palette neutral. Wild colors in the kitchen isn’t welcome. A splash of color is welcome but don’t overdo it. Stick to black, white, beige and the hottest neutral color this year, gray. These colors may seem bland but with the right combination it does work. It’s the only acceptable colors that works for both modern and traditional styles.

Make up for the palette with texture. Transitional designs love texture so use that to bring personality into the kitchen. Decorative tile surfaces, unusual shapes on countertops and kitchen islands, and polished/rough feel on stone, granite, and marble are examples of using texture to your advantage. The goal is to add visual pop instead of adding wild and bold color.

Kitchen cabinets are as neutral as the rest of the kitchen. Cabinets are streamlined and standard in order to maintain the low profile transitional designs provide. Cabinets have the basic look down to the hardware but can stand out based on the material. Glass and wood definitely works in this design. Get all glass, all wood or a mix of the two. Lines are clean and straight to balance out the warm, inviting and uncluttered feel of the overall kitchen.

Make your kitchen remodel count. Bring the past and the future to the present when you choose the transitional style for your kitchen. We can assist with making the right choices for the perfect transitional kitchen. Contact us for more information on transitional kitchens and the latest kitchen trends.

Cathy Zingale

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I want to let you know that Manny has been really great.  I’ve been really happy with B & R and as Manny as the “face” of B & R for me, I wanted to let you know how much I appreciate what he has done. He will see what needs to be done and makes sure it gets taken care of without me having to bring it up or nag about it.  He just knows what needs to be done to do the job correctly.

The garage is looking great.  I imagine you’ll be out to check out the final.  Thanks!


Amanda Fry

As seen on Angie’s list…

I was referred to B&R Construction by Bradco Kitchens where I purchased my cabinets.  I had a general contractors and just wanted B&R to install my cabinets because of their close relationship to Bradco Kitchens.  Since I hadn’t signed with my Contractor yet B&R asked if they could also give me a price on the entire remodel- I was basically tearing out the entire kitchen – moving walls and adding on to make the kitchen and breakfast area bigger.  I’m really glad I asked
them to quote the entire project.  Theydidn’t miss a beat in regards to including everything I really wanted – and when I questioned the contractor I was working with at the time about it he played dumb saying none of those things were included in his bid and would be additional charge if I wanted them.  Thanks Eli for being so diligent in your proposal.   I had a dedicated foreman, Manny, who I could call at any time and him and his  crew were generally  on time, on schedule and very communicative about their progress and how they were moving forward.  It’s never pleasant to have people in your house day in and day out but B&R certainly made this process as easy as possible.  I would highly recommend to anyone doing a kitchen remodel.

Celebrate the New Year with Affordable New Cabinetry in Los Angeles, California

Why not start off the new year by looking into some brand new affordable kitchen cabinetry in Los Angeles, California? Maybe you have been mulling over the options of your current design for years now, but you are concerned that the cost may be too prohibitive. Well, it doesn’t have to be. Plenty of affordable options exist that can add a new touch of decorative delight to your home’s culinary quarters without breaking the bank.

The right cabinet installation contractor should be able to offer you several affordable options that will look great in your home. Just because you are operating within a budget, doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice quality, style, or choice. Your contractor should also be able to provide friendly and courteous assistance in making an affordable yet stylish selection. They should be accessible when you need them and they should be able to offer you helpful advice too.

Affordable cabinetry in the Los Angeles area is just a phone call away. “B&R Construction” has a wide range of product lines that can help you. Choose from Aristokraft, Bertch, Deocra, Omega, Rock Glen, and more. For an idea of what an Omega kitchen looks like, click here. This is a tremendously attractive, both in terms of price and appearance.

At B&R, we pride ourselves on not only providing great products, but also great service. We will be there to walk you through every step of the way to help you make the right choice. Please contact us today for more information.

Wendy Schoef

As seen on Angie’s List…

My husband and I were looking at various places to get kitchen and bathroom cabinets when we came across Bradco Kitchens. We met with our designer, Rachel, and she recommended B & R since they have a good working relationship with them.
This was not our first remodeling project (although definitely our largest) and had started interviewing different contractors. We were a bit skeptical to go with B & R but after doing a quick online search we saw that they had been in business for awhile. Rachel let us know that B & R and Bradco work together as one team and introduced us to Charlie. We set up a meeting to get an estimate.
Before he even began, Charlie already had an idea of what we had wanted. Apparently he had talked to Rachel ahead of time. This made the process so much easier. The estimate was very thorough and gave a couple options that we hadn’t even considered and there was an itemized list with actual costs! Much different then some other estimates we’ve gotten from other contractors. We could tell that using B & R was going to be the right decision.
Before any real work was done, Manny (our foreman) and Eli (Manny’s supervisor) came over to inspect the structure and to make sure that the project could be completed within budget. They did have to make a couple of holes in the ceiling but let us know that they were necessary to make sure we didn’t run into any problems later. Once they did that, we got the go ahead.
Remodeling didn’t begin for almost a month, apparently you need to wait for just about everything to arrive before they’ll even start work. We were a little disappointed because we wanted to get started right away, but I guess its better than being in the middle of a project for even longer.
I have to give props to the team when they began work, they really did a good job creating a massive plastic barrier to protect the rest of the house. They even made doors with the plastic! Although, dust still seemed to find its way almost everywhere else. Guess that’s just the nature of a project like this. Next time, I’ll definitely take the time to cover anything I don’t want to get dusty!
All in all everything went pretty smoothly. Although I say that now, we did have several surprises along the way that at the time seemed like such a big deal, like some very old leaky pipes that did some damage inside the wall. Manny let me know as soon as they discovered it and went over our options.  Wasn’t too happy about having to spend more money, but the charges were reasonable and the repairs needed to be done. I guess it was better to discover it sooner rather than later. They even were very
reasonable when we changed our mind about the color of paint in the bathroom AFTER they had already painted (another charge I wasn’t happy about, but I know I wouldn’t want to paint the bathroom again for free either).
The bottom line is we’re very happy with B & R. Manny is super nice and all the guys were nice to my family, even when my son kept asking them a million questions while they were trying to work. Will gladly hire them again if we ever decide to remodel although why would we when we love our new kitchen and bath!
Whew… that was a long review. Hope it helps someone else.

Bathroom Trends to Consider for Your 2014 Los Angeles Design Build

To you, a bath is more than just a place to clean up and do your daily business. It’s where you can relax from the stresses of the world and get some quiet time away from the kids. The more time you spend in this sanctuary, then the more you want it to be a beautiful showplace. With the following trends, you can add that wow factor to your 2014 Los Angeles design build.

Bathrooms that Don’t Look like Bathrooms

If you perform other activities in the bath, then it makes sense to turn it into a decorated space in which you hang out. The easiest way to do this is to incorporate furniture you don’t normally expect in the space such as a comfortable armchair for lounging, an antique bookshelf filled with books and magazines, if you like to read, or masses of container plants to bring the outdoor in. Make sure that whatever you bring in there can stand up to the rigors of moisture, such as by putting a water-resistant slipcover on upholstered pieces.

Adding Wood and White

Wood adds texture, warmth and elegance, especially when richly finished in dark tones. But if it covers large surfaces, it can pull the light out of a room. You can balance the dark tones by using lots of white, which reflects light and brightens spaces. For example, consider stark white porcelain sinks resting on top of antique wooden sideboards or a framed mirrored resting on a white tile wall. Again, make sure any wood is properly sealed against moisture.

Frameless Showers

The problem with shower curtains and traditional shower doors is that they take up visual space and block light. This can make your bath look smaller than it is. Frameless shower doors are nearly invisible. This makes the shower a visual extension of the bath making the room look far bigger. These doors are specially effective for double-width showers.

If you want to incorporate any of these design trends in your bathroom remodel, please contact us.