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A Step-By-Step List of What to Do Before Your Kitchen Remodel

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Getting your kitchen remodeled can be an exciting but stressful process. Once the design is complete and you have the contractors booked, there are a numbers of things that you can do in order to make the whole process much smoother.

Gather Supplies

Firstly, you should gather together supplies to use to pack away the contents of your kitchen while the remodel is in process. You will need items such as cardboard boxes, packing tape, and storage bags. You will also need markers or something similar so you can clearly label everything and have an easier time when it comes to putting all of your kitchen items back into your remodeled kitchen.

Set Aside the Items You Will Need

Make sure that any items that you use on a day-to-day basis (such as the can opener or coffee maker) do not end up stuck in the bottom of a box. You should also consider setting out containers for leftover food, as well as foil and plastic wrap. Also, make sure that you have access to any cleaning products you might need.

Invest in Some Disposable Plates, Cups, and Utensils

To make things simpler, you should put all of your plates, cups, and utensils into storage and only use disposable products for the duration of the remodeling. This means that you will not have to worry about your expensive plates being damaged or lost during the chaos of the remodeling process.

Pack Food into Categories

Any food which doesn’t need to be refrigerated should be packed into different categories for the sake of convenience. You can use low-sided open boxes to keep these items stored during the remodeling process. Not only will doing this help you to find what you need, it will also simplify things when it comes to packing food into your new cupboards.

Collect Items You Don’t Use Much

Any items which are not used frequently and probably won’t be required for the duration of the remodel should be packed into boxes. These boxes should then be stored somewhere out of the way, such as the basement or attic. You should accurately mark these boxes in order to simplify things when you come to unpack them. Try your best to come up with some sort of coherent classification system for these boxes.

Reduce Clutter

Now is the ideal time to reduce some of the clutter in your kitchen. You may find items which are broken or are never used. You can use this as an opportunity to either throw these kinds of things out or to donate them to a local thrift store. You can also use this as a chance to organize any cookbooks and recipes you have. You might want to take the time to save some of these recipes digitally so you can reduce clutter in your new kitchen even further.

Pack Items Properly

Even though you are storing your items for a short time, there is still a risk that some of your things will be damaged in storage. You should take steps to prevent this. You should pack your utensils into plastic storage bags. You should also use a different bag for each type of utensil so you will have an easier time when it comes to putting them back. Glassware and dinnerware should be stored carefully: you should wrap these items in newspaper and bubblewrap – the more you use the better. Seal this box with tape and then mark the contents on the outside.

Take Things Down from the Walls

You will need to take anything down from the walls which might get in the way during remodeling. This means curtains, curtain rods, blinds, and any kind of wall decorations. These items can be placed in labeled storage bags. If you are using these items in your new kitchen, then now is an ideal time to give them a good clean. You should also take down anything that is on the walls in adjacent rooms, as these could be knocked down during remodeling.

Cover Furniture and Electronics

Any electronics (such as computers or televisions) should be covered during the whole remodel. You might also want to cover the furniture in adjacent rooms. Any electronics like computers or televisions should be covered during the whole remodel. You might also want to cover the furniture in adjacent rooms.

Relocate Pets

Pets can cause a lot of trouble during a kitchen remodel. Ideally, they should be kept out of the house for the duration. If this is not possible, you should at least try to keep them as far away from the kitchen as possible.

By following these steps, you’ll be well prepared before you start on your kitchen remodeling project!

 

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Outdated bathroom? These new trends need to be incorporated into your remodel!

Modern bathroom with brown textured walls, glass enclosed shower and white fixtures

When it comes to remodeling your home, there is no room that allows you to free your creativity like the bathroom does. For example, due to the small size of your bathroom, you can use wallpaper designs that would be too outrageous for any other room in the house. The bathroom offers more freedom to experiment with a creative theme; for example, you could try a nautical theme. Trying something similar in your kitchen doesn’t sound anywhere near as appealing. If you feel like your bathroom is outdated and you want to try something new, remodeling is a good way to go about it. When remodeling, you need to take into account the latest trends. A remodeled bathroom done right can do wonders for the value of your home, whereas a badly done remodel can really harm the value of your property. Here are a few trends you should incorporate into your remodel.

Deluxe Showers

In recent years, having a shower has become significantly more popular than having a bathtub. Many people are sacrificing having a bathtub altogether in favor of having a much larger walk-in shower. Showers with special features such as multiple shower heads and steam functionality are becoming increasingly popular. If you are remodeling your bathroom, you should perhaps consider removing the tub altogether in favor of a bigger and more high tech shower setup. It is becoming common to see showers so big that they have space for benches inside.

Towel Warmers and In-Floor Heating

There is nothing better than a warm towel from a heated rail on a cold winter’s day. Heated towel rails are quickly becoming standard in bathrooms across the country. In-floor heating is also starting to become more popular. Floor heating is particularly energy efficient, as the heat is touching your body and warming you from the feet upwards. If you live in a warmer state, then this might not be something you should prioritize. However, if you have to suffer through freezing winters, these are bathroom upgrades you will be really thankful for.

Music and Video

It is becoming increasingly common to see speakers and screens fitted into people’s bathrooms. Since portable speakers were invented, people have been bringing them into the bathroom. However, now people are beginning to fit wireless speakers and docking stations into the bathroom itself. Some designs have gone even further, fitting full televisions right there in the bathroom so you can watch your favorite shows while you soak in the tub. If you choose to go down this route, you will need to plan carefully, as water and electronics are not a good mix.

3D Tiles

A recent trend in bathroom design is tiles which incorporate a 3D design. There a variety of different patterns available. You can go for an organic and natural look with a wave pattern or something more symmetrical. Some people utilize 3D tiles as a subtle effect, whereas other people make them as stand out and eye catching as possible.

Smart Storage

A new trend in bathroom involves fully utilizing the available space for storage purposes. Not only does this provide you with the space to store your items, but when done right, it can also look very good. Practical storage space is also a fairly future proof design choice, as it will probably never go out of style. A common storage space technique is to take full advantage of all the available vertical space. Cabinets should take up the entirety of the wall if possible so that no space goes to waste whatsoever. When built-in cabinets are not an option, you could try bringing in a vintage cabinet.

White Tiles

White tiling in bathrooms is a timeless choice that will never go out of style. If you want to play it safe with a bathroom design which is sure to stand the test of time, you can’t go wrong with the typical design of white tiles.

Bold Lighting

The bathroom is a space where you have more freedom to take creative risks. You could, for example, try using an ornate chandelier as a light source. Some people have started to use table lamps for lighting rather than more traditional options. Why not use a table lamp from elsewhere in the house to try it out?

Let Your Creative Side Show

A bathroom design which takes into account the latest trends is sure to impress guests when they come over to visit and can do wonders for the value of your home. Don’t be afraid to do something unconventional and creative when it comes to bathroom design. If you want to have a truly impressive design, you should consider bringing in a professional designer who will be able to evaluate your bathroom and come up with a design which suits it best.

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Your Go-To Checklist To Make Sure You’ve Got the Right Contractor To Remodel Your Kitchen

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Okay, so at this point, you’ve already decided you’re going to remodel your kitchen. You’ve also got some ideas, and you’ve even decided to go with a professional general contractor instead of getting a friend of a friend who’s a handyman to remodel your kitchen for you. But that’s not where it stops! With so many options out there when it comes to choosing the right contractor, it’s not hard to want to give up after a lot of research. It also doesn’t help that there’s so much terminology getting thrown around, making it even more confusing when you’re trying to make what should be a simple decision. But that’s why we’ve written this blog post—to provide you with a handy checklist of some of the most important things you should be on the lookout for to make sure you’ve got the right contractor to remodel your kitchen for you.

Ask For Referrals

Okay, this one may seem obvious, but hear us out—it’s always important to make sure that you can verify that other people have had pleasant experiences working with your potential contractor. Ask family, friends, or neighbors who you know have had some remodeling work done how their experience was and if they’d recommend the contractor they did business with. Other options include lawyers or real estate agents in the area. Another alternative would be asking people who you see are in the middle of a (recently finished) construction project about who their contractor was. Word-of-mouth goes a long way, so this is always a sure-fire way to get started in your research.

Check out Credentials

Once you’ve got a few potential contractors, it’s time to do a little bit of research into all of your options. You want to make sure that they hold any necessary licenses mandated by state and local municipalities. Many contractors will also have tests and certifications completed to help boost their credentials and allow them to stand out. Others will have done course work for the same reason. Pay close attention to these, as they will be your best bet.

It’s important to make sure a contractor is properly licensed because it demonstrates the integrity and commitment of the company, which will then transfer into their dedication to getting your project completed. But it also protects you: worker’s compensation insurance is the responsibility of the contractor—provided he’s licensed and holds proper insurance. If he’s not, the burden would most likely fall on you.

By doing a little bit of homework, you’ll be able to make an educated decision and quickly rule out the contractors that you shouldn’t even continue to consider.

Have a Phone Interview

Now that you’ve narrowed the list down once again, it’s time to get into contact with the ones that still have your attention. Some important questions to ask include making sure they take a project of your size if they’re able to provide financial references, if they can give you a list of previous clients, and if they’ve had a long relationship with their subcontractors. These should give you a good sense of whether or not you would feel comfortable working with the contractor for an extended period.

Meet Up Face-to-Face

Try not to have more than three or four contractors for a physical meeting—more than that will quickly become overwhelming. See if there’s a connection, and continue to ask questions. Be prepared to answer some questions, too! Suitable candidates will have a two-way dialogue with you.

Double-Check Their References

Make sure you don’t just take someone’s word at face value! Always put a little effort into verifying what they’ve said. After all, you’re paying for a service. Call up former clients and ask them how the contractor handled the situation and if they had any complaints. Check to see if the contractor stayed on-time and within the budget, and how any unforeseen issues were handled.

Make Sure You Understand the Contract and Other Terms

Once you’ve chosen the contractor you want to have remodel your kitchen, look over the contract closely during the review of the permit process.  Make sure you’ll get updates, and don’t sign the contract till everything has been approved. Also, do plan for a (relatively) small potential increase in the budget. This shouldn’t be more than 10%, however. Set up a payment plan, have a start and end date, and all the other paperwork.

Trust Your Gut

By far, the most important thing on this list is to make sure you’re comfortable with who you hire. You need to be able to communicate openly, not feel pressured, and trust the person who’s going to remodel your kitchen. Our team at Re-Bath & Kitchens here in Arizona strongly believes that we can meet all of these items and beyond—so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us so that we can answer any and all of your questions. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Why You Have to Leave Kitchen Remodeling To the Professionals

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All right. So you’ve finally decided that it’s time to remodel your kitchen. Out with the old, in with the new. You’ve done a surprising amount of research already: after some discussing, you’ve (more or less) settled on a theme. You have a pretty detailed budget. You’ve even chosen a decent amount of essentials and accessories that you want in your brand new, remodeled kitchen. So far, so good.

But now it’s time to get dirty. You know, actually remodeling. For a few people, that’s a no-brainer, too. If their parents were all around handymen or kitchen installers, then it makes sense to do it themselves. Most of us, however . . . well, let’s just say we aren’t experts. So maybe you’ll ask around and find a friend of a friend, or just wait until almost anyone is willing to do it. Problem solved, right?

Wrong! This is going your brand new kitchen, after all. It’s worth letting the pros do it, and having them do it right. But maybe you’re not convinced yet. That’s why we’ve made a list of the top reasons you should hire a contractor for your kitchen remodel!

It Provides One-Point Responsibility for All Issues

Instead of having to keep track of every individual item (such as budget controlling, scheduling, purchasing materials, and employees/subcontractors), a contractor will take care of all of that for you. This allows you to be more focused on the design and creative aspects of your new kitchen without being unnecessarily bothered by minor issues. A professional contractor will be able to handle it all and report back to you, so you know what’s been going on without actually having to get tangled up in it. And, of course, any reliable contractor will be licensed, insured, and authorized for your peace of mind.

Years of Focused Experience

This probably goes without saying, but it does mean more than just “general experience.” Sure, your cousin’s neighbor’s friends may be a general handyman, but having him remodel your kitchen will likely be a learning experience for him. This will lead to him having to spend a long time on the process, which could also lead to some irreversible mistakes in your remodeled kitchen. But our team at Re-Bath & Kitchens has years of experience under our belt, so we’re able to streamline the process and make sure it’s hiccup-free.

Vast Knowledge and Access to High-Quality Materials

If you try to make your kitchen remodel a DIY project, you’re only going to have access to equipment and accessories available on the Internet or at a retail outlet, which often isn’t of as good quality as it could be. When you hire a professional, you’ll be linked to the best materials and parts on the market to make sure that the final product will last for years to come. Not only that, but you won’t have to pay a premium for quality materials: since contractors acquire the materials from their own source, it’s often cheaper than actually purchasing from a retail outlet!

Creative Freedom and Control

At first thought, it would seem that the best way to have the most creative control would be to get a friend via word-of-mouth. But that’s not true: sure, he may have remodeled one or two kitchens, but that’s where his expertise stops. This will severely limit your creative flow and force you to stick to what he’s already familiar with so that you won’t wind up with an unsatisfactory kitchen. Meanwhile, our professional contractors have enough experience to deal with virtually any style of a kitchen remodel that you’ve thought of. No idea or style is too complex for our team!

Ease of Mind

This one probably goes without saying: there’s simply less stress involved when you hire a contractor. You don’t have to get dusty and you don’t have to stress out when you don’t know something. Everything is taken care of for you, and you can be sure to get what you expected.

Ready to Choose a Trustworthy Professional Kitchen Remodeler?

If it’s time to turn your sketches and dreams into reality, then you’re in the right place. With 30 years of experience and over 500 bathrooms and kitchens remodeled, we at Re-Bath & Kitchens are proud to provide our services throughout the Arizona area. And when you throw in our incredible, long-lasting warranties (and our certification and authorization, too!), it seems like the best choice would be to pick to make sure your kitchen remodeling project is in the hands of professional kitchen experts. And if you’re looking to speak to a professional for more advice, please don’t hesitate to call us (480) 498-2318. We’re more than willing to help you out!

The Modern Bathroom Accessories That You’ll Just NEED For Your Bathroom

Example of a modern bathroom design with white accessories and silver fixtures

Let’s face it: we spend a lot of time in the bathroom, next to the kitchen, so there’s a good chance you want to keep your bathroom looking as modern as possible. While it can cost a decent amount to do an entire remodel, sometimes that’s not what you need. Sometimes, all that you need in your bathroom are some modern bathroom accessories to spruce up the experience. Our team at Re-Bath & Kitchens gets that, so we’re always willing to help out if there’s a bathroom accessory that you’ll need to install. Keep on reading to see some of the newest bathroom accessories that you’ll want in your bathroom!

 

LED Lighting

This is probably the easiest accessory to make completely revolutionize your bathroom experience. Plus, they’re powered by a low voltage source, making them economical and safe for bathroom use. In its most basic form, you can just get some strip lighting to lend a funky atmosphere to your bathroom. Looking for something a step up? Consider getting single lights, or alternating lights. You can even get them in different colors.

 

Body Drying System

Okay, this one may seem way out, but it’s starting to gain traction after a crowdfunding campaign a while back. Eliminating the use of towels makes your shower all the more convenient and luxurious, after all!

 

Storage Jars and Boxes

What do you do with all of those tiny knicks and knacks that you never know where to put? Get a stylish, chic storage jar! Finally, you’ll have somewhere to drop off your hair clips, makeup remover pads, cotton balls, and other accessories. And the best part? The storage jar can go anywhere! Maybe you want something less chic? Try an urban, natural wood box! It’s for making a statement and adding some life to your bathroom.

 

Heated Baths and Toilets

Hey, it’s 2017. Why should you have a cold bath? Now, it’s a piece of cake getting a bath with a built-in system to keep your bath running at the same temperature constantly, so you don’t have to freeze when topping up your bath. You can also get a heated toilet seat to help maximize your comfort when you’re going through your regular bathroom routine. Running on low-voltage sources, they’re safe and perfect for bathroom and toilet usage.

 

Eco-Friendly Shower Heads

If you’re going to be modern, you might as well be eco-friendly while you’re at it, right? Showers account for an enormous amount of most people’s regular water usage, which is why it would make sense to have an economically-friendly shower head as one of your essential bathroom accessories. Besides cutting down on unnecessary waste, it’ll also help you save money when it comes to paying your water and energy bills. While there are many different options available that all regulate and attempt to limit water and energy usage in a variety of ways, the Re-Bath team is more than happy to provide some advice to help you make the best decision for your bathroom and household.

Bath Caddies

Nothing is better than having a long, luxurious bath after a rough day–especially if you have a bath caddy to complement the bathing experience! A good bath caddy has various sections and parts to place your different items on and relax: soaps, shampoos, sponges, and so forth. Now, you can get a bath caddies with tablet or phone holders, a dedicated compartment for a bottle and glass of wine, or even a book holder so you don’t get your mystery novel wet.

 

Towel Warmers

After taking a relaxing, warm shower or bath, the worst thing can be stepping out and grabbing a cold towel to dry off. Fortunately, towel warmers are the bathroom accessory to help make the transition easier! There are, however, other options available: heated cabinets, for example, or a towel drier that could work as a radiator as well.

 

Rugs, Shower Curtains, and Other Accessories

Of course, not every accessory has to be electronic: sometimes a new throw rug or classy shower curtain can do the job. Consider getting soap bars or empty, vintage powder jars for aesthetic purpose. Framed art is easy to change on a rotating basis, and can provide whatever sort of vibe you want with almost no effort. Another popular option is a ladder floor storage, where you can put baskets to store items in.

Ultimately, you have to choose what’s on the market that you most want in your bathroom. However, we realize at ReBath & Kitchens that it can be a little overwhelming to pick the perfect bathroom accessories for your bathroom, so if you’re ever in need of some assistance or advice, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with us! We’d love to hear from you.

Our Favorite Bathroom Trends for 2017!

modern bathroom with bathtub in neutral colors with stone accent wall

Spring cleaning has come and gone, and now it’s getting to longer, lazier summer days full of fun with family and friends. Of course, those lazy summer days might lead to you considering making some renovation changes around your house to keep your mind occupied during the summer months–and that’s where Re-Bath & Kitchens can step in, providing high-quality, fantastic bathroom and kitchen remodels that will make you go “Wow!” Even better, our team has come up with some of our favorite bathroom trends for the year, so read on to see what’s currently in!

The Dramatic Bathroom Redo

Are you the kind of person who thinks bold, dramatic bursts of color add a shot of life to your bathroom? If you’re tired of associating your bathroom with white and silver, this might be the trend of the year that’s just for you! To best accomplish this look, it’s wise to start off with a mood board to focus and streamline your thoughts. (Our bathroom designer will walk you through all this and more during your first appointment!) Colors and shades that are in this year are decadent and rich: deep-sea blues, silky grays. We recommend one, maybe two bold hues, so your bathroom doesn’t get overwhelmed. After all, less is more! For example, you could paint one wall with that color, or choose a cabinet or vanity to paint in a shade of your choice. Now it’s possible to get tiles in a plethora of different options: all shapes, sizes, and finishes are available, so get creative!

Consider adding some metal to your bathroom, as these are finally back in the bathroom. Think mirror frames or towel rails, available in all kinds of metal: brass, rose gold, or even copper. If you’re feeling less permanent or unsure just how far you want to go, accessories are the way to go. Get a loud floral print for your towels, a busy shower curtain, or a wide variety of lotions, perfumes, or whatever else you think would go best in your bathroom! These can shake up the bathroom’s aesthetic dramatically without any lasting consequence, so give it a go.

 

The Neutral Bathroom Redo

Neutral decors are definitely in right now: subtle creamy colors, complemented with classic whites and oaky browns lend a modern look to any bathroom. Maybe it’s because of the perfect blend of natural and organic, but you can’t go wrong using a neutral-inspired design for your bathroom remodel.

Aged flooring and weathered tiles lend to that natural, relaxed aura you’re trying to create, complemented with a few browns and blue since those are colors that show up the most the most in nature. Speaking of nature, there’s a good chance a summer trend will include trying to bring the outdoors inside! We could be seeing flowers or plants or even grass inside soon! In the meantime, try using more natural items to keep the neutral vibe going: think granite, wood, slate or brick.

You want to keep the bathroom space light and bright: stick to one hue for the bathroom tiles, ideally something beige or gray. Choose a complementary hue for the wall tiles. Once you have this done, you need to make sure the bathroom is well lit: otherwise, the color palettes will go to waste. Large windows can reflect as much natural light as possible, and consider full spectrum or daylight bulbs.

 

The Heritage Bathroom Redo

Thanks to Downton Abbey, this has had a huge revival! Victorian- and Edwardian-reproduction fixtures are trending, giving you plenty room for choice. You need to blend the period pieces with modern conveniences (toilets with eco-flushes, for example). After all, you don’t want to go all the way back to the 1800s! Consider getting original pieces from auctions or restoration specialists, since fully restored pieces will cost a pretty penny.

Then, get replica tiles and paint colors (greens and blues are currently in). Metro tiles can do the job here, or maybe black-and-white square tiles for a nice, artsy vibe. Again, make sure it’s not too overwhelming for maximum effect. Make sure to set the tub (preferably a roll-top or freestanding bath) in the center to make everyone look twice and complete the rustic look. With the right vintage bathroom decor and guidance, you’ll strike the perfect balance between modern and timeless.

 

It’s Up To You!

Whatever you end up choosing, our team of experts at Re-Bath & Kitchens is here to help out. Whether it’s a trend from this year or something entirely different, rest assured that our team will make sure that you wind up satisfied with the results that you want. So keep on browsing, and when you’re ready, get in touch–we’ll be waiting to hear from you!

Transform Your Home

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A Tempe, Arizona Kitchen Remodel!

A Kitchen Remodeled…

Kitchen Before and After Pictures

Whether you’re just trying to spruce up and modernize your living space, or you’re trying to find a great way to bump up the sale price of your home, a professional remodel is certainly the way to go. Though there are undoubtably many spaces in your home could certainly benefit from an update, the two most popular in the eyes of potential home buyers, according to Trulia.com, are the kitchen and bathroom.

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