Los Angeles Bath Designer Creates Your Oasis

The recent challenges in the real estate market have forced many homeowners to reevaluate their relationships with their current homes; rather than selling houses that their families and lifestyles have outgrown, many are instead choosing to remodel, transforming their current homes into their dream homes.

One of the most popular rooms that homeowners choose to remodel is the bathroom. Today’s homeowner prefers a spa-like oasis in which to decompress from the day’s stresses. In order to achieve the relaxing atmosphere you desire from your remodel, you should rely on the expertise of a Los Angeles bath designer.

As the homeowner, you have a definite vision for your new bathroom. You may even know precisely what you want for most aspects, but you may not realize the feasibility of what you desire in relation to the space with which you have to work. Is it possible to bump you master bath out over the garage? Will a jetted tub and a large shower stall fit on the north wall? Are alder cabinets conducive to the humid environment? Are there benefits of Silestone over granite? Making informed decisions for each of these considerations will make your new bathroom the retreat you desire, but it will also guarantee that you are not spending your money unnecessarily.

While your home is your family’s sanctuary, it is also your biggest investment. Wise homeowners realize that changes should not be made unless they will yield a healthy return on the investment. A well-crafted bathroom remodel can reap a 62% return. That is a sizable increase in the value of your home, if the new bathroom boasts the amenities that most home buyers desire.

To make the right decisions for your budget, your lifestyle, and your unique space, you should rely on the expertise that comes with those who professionally design and remodel bathrooms. After all, when a bathroom remodel is done well, you will gain the bathroom you desire without breaking the bank or jeopardizing your investment. Please contact us today to design your bathroom oasis on your budget.

Your Los Angeles kitchen remodeling professionals are tuned-in to the latest design trends.

Remodelers are celebrating their New Year’s resolutions with a nod to the latest design trends; this, in an economic climate still struggling to find its way, according to Certified Kitchen Designer, Susan Serra in her article on FreshHome.com, “What’s Hot in the Kitchen? Design Trends for 2013.”

Homeowners are being quite savvy about their spending, for sure, and seem to be going for design ideas that will last awhile—both in years and acceptability. It may be no surprise, then, that a “philosophy” of neutrality will prevail:

“…homeowners want to buy smart for longevity which translates to neutral finishes for big ticket items such as cabinetry, countertops and flooring.”

Nowhere, no way, does the word ‘boring’ show up in her overview of the trends. In fact, a new way of saying ‘Country Life’ in the kitchen will show a distinct “appreciation of nature” and a whole lot of “natural finishes and textures” to contrast simply designed cabinetry.

When it comes to that all-important selection of appliances, the movement is away from traditional ‘cooking’ methods to induction, which uses the pot or pan as the ‘original generator of cooking heat.’

As Serra points out, the growing interest in induction cook tops is part of the sweeping trend to focus on kitchen appliances embedded with gourmet features.

Making the kitchen space itself more suitable to socializing is key to an effective floor plan, notes Serra; and that means a lot of appliances that have been built into the space, or even “concealed.”

Overall, the remodeling trend will definitely focused on “convenience” with a floor plan that is easy to “move around in.”

Contact us to put our Los Angeles kitchen remodeling team to work for you. We offer expert advice and premium product lines to make your kitchen project the dream kitchen you’ve always wanted.

Los Angeles Bathroom Remodeling Design Trends

If there’s a consensus among bathroom designers, it’s that 2013 is the year of the spa. New and remodeled bathrooms are geared toward the spa’s clean look and functionality, with the accent on individual taste. A quick poll among professionals shows these trends dominating:

Spa appointments. Besides the major fixtures such as whirlpool tubs or steam showers, other spa-like appointments are increasingly popular, such as double vanities, vessel sinks, and bidets.

Marble, slate or granite countertops. The quality look and feel of natural stone are part of what gives the bath a sense of luxury.

Heated floor or towel racks. In cold climates, a heated floor installed under ceramic tile is wonderful. If that’s impractical, heated towel racks with plush, oversized towels are a great relaxer.

Generous cabinet space. The clean look of a spa is partially achieved by being able to put away clutter such as hair accessories and make-up, while leaving on display decorative soaps, hand towels and bath oils.

Variable lighting. Bright lights are necessary for grooming, while soft pendant lights encourage relaxation. Where possible, skylights are a great enhancement.

Cool colors. Wall and ceiling colors in subdued earth tones, creams, pale greens and blues are demonstrably relaxing, especially combined with live plants and natural wood, such as bamboo blinds or shutters.

Handmade tiles. This is where the homeowners assert their individuality—beautiful tiles that coordinate or accent the main color scheme are a staple in designer baths that shows no sign of going away.

If you feel it’s time to reinvent your bathroom, come see the Los Angeles showroom of B&R Construction. We have a comprehensive offering of spa amenities from the most reputable suppliers, as well as cabinets, vanities, countertops, sinks, handmade tiles, and much more. Our professional designers are ready to consult with you to create the bath of your dreams, so contact us today.

Who Can Afford Custom Kitchen Cabinets? You Can!

Realtors and home-valuation experts agree that kitchen renovations can add the most value to your home. Up to 80 percent of what you spend on a kitchen remodel can be recouped if you sell your house. And the most effective kitchen renovation usually begins with the cabinets: “If you’re not sure where to start your kitchen remodel, the cabinets might be your best bet. Why? While cabinets may look like just a series of wooden boxes, they’re actually a major focal point for potential buyers.”

The problem that many homeowners discover when they try to replace old cabinets with new ones is that the available designs don’t fit either the overall look of the home or the new look of the kitchen. An unusual kitchen layout may also present a problem in getting cabinets that fit the space. Then again, you may have questions about the environmental impact of prefabricated cabinets.

This is where custom cabinetry comes in. At B&R Construction, our professional designers can show you a wide array of cabinet styles that can be custom-made to match your requirements. Because our factory is very close to our Los Angeles showroom, we can have cabinets made for you at prices far less than other companies that have to ship their products thousands of miles. And your price includes installation by our on-site construction company.

Furthermore, all of our cabinets are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, an international, non-governmental organization that promotes sound and beneficial use of forest resources worldwide.

If all this sounds good to you, bring your kitchen measurements to our Los Angeles store and let us show you just how reasonable it can be for you to have beautiful, durable, environmentally friendly kitchen cabinets in your home. Contact us with your questions today.