Finding Room for a Home Office in a Small Home

November 21st, 2014

 

Are you looking to add a home office, but aren’t sure if you can find room for it in your small home? Here are a few places that you might be able to fit your home office, even if you’re a little short on space.

Finding Room for a Home Office in a Small Home

The Porch

If you have an open air porch on the front or side of your home, you might get use out of it for part of the year, but there’s a good portion of the year when it’s too cold to spend time outside. But why let that space go to waste? You can convert some of your porch space to office space and take advantage of this space all year long.

Empty Space

Empty space? You’d be surprised at the amount of empty space in your home that’s hiding in plain sight. The space under stairs, for example, is one place where space is seldom used. You might also have some about the garage, in a bedroom book, or in lofts, the basement, or unused alcoves. See if you can find some unused space in your home where a home office might fit.

Dining Room Conversion

Many homes have formal dining rooms, and while they look nice, the fact is that many people don’t use them very much, if at all. There’s a lot of good space right there that isn’t being used. It’s very easy to convert your dining room into a home office.

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Interested in learning more about how to find room for a home office in your small home? Contact C.C. Dietz! If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, we’re  here to help. If you’d like  to schedule a free consultation, please contact us by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

 

Planning Your Bathroom Remodel in Lancaster

November 14th, 2014

 

If you’ve just about had it with the look of your old bathroom, it’s time to plan your bathroom remodel in Lancaster. But planning a remodel is easier said than done. That’s why we’ve put together a list of a few things to think about when planning your bathroom remodel in Lancaster. Read through the list below to get a few ideas, and then call C.C. Dietz to learn more about bathroom remodeling!

Planning Your Bathroom Remodel in Lancaster

Make a Bathroom Wish List

For the first stage of planning, don’t worry about budget considerations. Just brainstorm a list of everything you would like to have in your new bathroom. For inspiration, look through remodeling magazines, websites, or tour local showrooms. You can also call up friends, family, and neighbors to see if they’ve had an bathroom remodeling work done recently. Once you’ve got the list together, try to group things by importance, with the features that are more important to you being higher on the list.

Think About Your ROI

What kind of return on investment are you looking to get for your bathroom remodel in Lancaster. Naturally, any homeowner wants to get a good ROI. But there are several things you should consider in this area. For example, how long are you planning to stay in your home? If it’s 5 years or less, design your bathroom with resale value in mind, in order to make it the most attractive to buyers. If it’s more than 5 years, the look you choose may become dated by the time you sell, which means you don’t have to focus as much on ROI, since the buyer may remodel it anyway.

Make Your Budget

Now it’s time to figure out your budget for your remodel. How much are you willing to spend? You might have to pare down your wish list to fit your budget. But it’s very important to make your budget before you get started. Budgets that aren’t well defined tend to grow as the project goes on. Setting a fixed budget means you won’t be surprised by the cost at the end. Make sure to allow room in your budget to fix problems in your bathroom that have to be addressed before remodeling can begin.

Find a Bathroom Remodeling Contractor in Lancaster

Now it’s time to find a bathroom remodeling contractor in Lancaster! Do your homework on this one. Talk to friends, family, and neighbors for recommendations, and get estimates from a number of contractors. And make sure to ask for references! A good bathroom remodeling contractor in Lancaster will have a number of references for you to talk to.

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About C.C. Dietz

We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, additions, as well as building custom homes from the ground up. We offer free consultations in order to discuss the scope, time frame, and estimate for your project. If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, C.C. Dietz is here to help. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

 

Remodel Your Kitchen in Harrisburg with a Focus on Your ROI

November 7th, 2014

 

Everyone likes to get a good return on an investment they make. And when you’re remodeling your kitchen in Harrisburg, your ROI is already promising. Of all the home improvement projects out there, kitchen remodeling is near the top in terms of ROI. According to the 2014 Cost vs. Value report in Remodeling Magazine, major kitchen remodels can expect an ROI of 74.2% (job cost of ~$50,000), and minor kitchen remodels (job cost of ~$20,000) can expect an ROI 82.7% (national averages). So what can you do to remodel your kitchen in Harrisburg with a focus on your ROI? Read on to learn more.

Remodeling Your Kitchen in Harrisburg with a Focus on ROI

Maintain the footprint.

You can save a lot of money just by keeping the same footprint you already have. Making major changes in the footprint usually also requires moving water and sometimes gas lines, which can get expensive fast. Keep major appliances where they are and focus on cosmetic changes to maximize your ROI.

Add storage.

You can never have enough storage in your kitchen. Look for ways to add storage in your kitchen, whether it’s by converting a kitchen closet into a pantry, or installing cabinets that extend all the way to the ceiling.

Choose good quality components.

The way to get a good ROI is to add value to your kitchen, which won’t happen unless you’re adding quality components that will last. Invest in good quality countertops, flooring cabinets, and appliances to add value and get a better ROI.

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Want to learn more about remodeling your kitchen in Harrisburg with a focus on ROI? Contact C.C. Dietz!

About C.C. Dietz

We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, additions, as well as building custom homes from the ground up. We offer free consultations in order to discuss the scope, time frame, and estimate for your project. If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, C.C. Dietz is here to help. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

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http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2014/

 

Should You Choose an Open or Closed Kitchen Design?

October 31st, 2014

 

One of the first decisions you’ll have to make when it comes to remodeling your kitchen is whether you want an open or closed kitchen design. Do you want your kitchen to open up into other rooms of the house, such as the family room, creating a seamless transition from one room to the other? Or do you want a more traditional kitchen that is not a part of another room in the house? There are pros and cons to both, but in the end, your decision will come down to what you’re working with, and personal preference. Read on to learn whether you should choose an open or closed kitchen design.

Open Kitchen Design

Open kitchens became popular in the 1990s, and have only been gaining in popularity since then. This design connects the kitchen with another room like the living or family room. There’s no wall between the two, which creates a more open space in the home.

Naturally, one of the main things people like about open kitchens is the feeling of space and volume it creates. This is especially useful in a smaller home. Open kitchens also facilitate conversation between family and guests by keeping everyone in the same general space. In addition, the lack of walls means more natural light can travel through the home.

Closed Kitchen Design

The classic kitchen design, closed kitchens are their own room, separated from other rooms by a wall. The advantages to this include, for one, greater storage space. The additional wall creates much more storage space, countertop space, and space for appliances. It also creates a more defined space for cooking, which you may prefer depending on your cooking style. If you prefer to cook without interruption, a closed kitchen design may be better for your needs.

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About C.C. Dietz

We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, additions, as well as building custom homes from the ground up. We offer free consultations in order to discuss the scope, time frame, and estimate for your project. If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, C.C. Dietz is here to help. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

 

 

Five Things to Think About When Remodeling Your Bathroom in York

October 24th, 2014

 

Need some help brainstorming ideas for your new bathroom in York? Bathroom remodeling can be hard to get started on, so we’ve put together a list of a few things to think about when planning your bathroom remodel in York.

Five Tips for Planning Your Bathroom Remodel in York

Lighting

Have you thought about how you want the lighting to be in your new bathroom? Bathrooms require bright light, but you might also consider installing a dimmer to set the mood for a relaxing soak in the tub. Lighting around the mirror is another good idea.

Mirror Placement

Speaking of the mirror, it’s actually one of the most important parts of your bathroom. While most people think of the mirror in terms of using it for shaving or applying makeup, the mirror also can serve an aesthetic purpose. Use it correctly to make the room look larger. Adding a second mirror is a great way to do this.

Fixture Colors

White or cream colored fixtures are usually your best choice, because colored ones usually go out of style. White and cream colors also make a small bathroom look bigger.

Flooring

What kind of flooring do you want for your bathroom remodel in York? Read our recent blog to find out!

Hooks

You can never have too many hooks in your bathroom. From hanging towels to robes to clothing, hooks always come in handy.

 

Need more help planning your bathroom remodel in York? Contact C.C. Dietz today!

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About C.C. Dietz

We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, additions, as well as building custom homes from the ground up. We offer free consultations in order to discuss the scope, time frame, and estimate for your project. If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, C.C. Dietz is here to help. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

 

What are My Options for Bathroom Flooring?

October 17th, 2014

 

When it comes to bathroom flooring, your options are a little more limited than in other rooms of the house, but you still have plenty of great flooring to choose from. This week we’ll discuss your options for bathroom flooring to help you with planning your new bathroom remodel.

Bathroom Flooring Options

No-Gos

Carpet and solid hardwood are out from the start. Some homeowners choose laminate flooring, but once moisture gets under the surface, it’s all over. If you’re set on hardwood, you can try engineered hardwood wood. Its plywood base does well in keeping out moisture, plus you get the look of hardwood.

Stone

Stone is a beautiful option for bathroom flooring. You can’t go wrong with the beauty of granite or marble. Plus, you won’t have to worry about moisture at all. However, there are a few disadvantages to stone that you’ll want to consider. First, it’s easily the most expensive bathroom flooring option. Second, it doesn’t retain heat very well, meaning it will be cold underfoot. Stone can also get slippery, but you can prevent this by purchasing textured stone. Some varieties of stone, such as slate, are naturally textured, and others can be sandblasted to get texture.

Sheet or Tile Vinyl

Vinyl is great if you’re doing a bathroom remodel on a budget, as it’s the most affordable bathroom flooring option out there. You can get either sheet or tile vinyl. Tile vinyl is easy to install, but the tiles may come up after awhile. Sheet vinyl doesn’t have this problem, but the trade-off is that it’s more difficult to install. If budget is your priority, vinyl is your ideal bathroom floor.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is the most popular bathroom flooring option for several reasons. First, it’s fairly inexpensive. Second, there are tons of different colors, designs, patterns, and textures to choose from, so you’re sure to find something you like. Tile is low-maintenance and resistant to moisture. The only downsides are, like stone, tile is cold and can be slippery. Use textured tiles or smaller tiles to give the floor a better grip.

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About C.C. Dietz

We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, additions, as well as building custom homes from the ground up. We offer free consultations in order to discuss the scope, time frame, and estimate for your project. If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, C.C. Dietz is here to help. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

 

Kitchen Remodeling in York: 4 Tips for Your New Kitchen

October 10th, 2014

Kitchen remodels can be an exciting new project to undertake, but it can also become overwhelming quickly with the plethora of options. To help make your kitchen remodel project affordable and efficient, here are some tips:

Keep Your Floor Plan

One of the easiest ways to keep your budget down is to stick to the same floor plan you had before. By keeping the wiring, flooring, and plumbing the same, you’ll be able to cut down on costs significantly. 

Keep It Simple

Kitchens are one of the most frequently used spaces in the home, and are prone to clutter if there isn’t enough storage space. Design your new kitchen to be simple, ergonomic, and open so that it will always be accessible and easy to use.

Bump Up the Storage

If space is a concern, but you want to keep costs low by keeping the floor plan the same, consider bumping up your storage abilities. Cabinets that extend to the ceiling are a great way to increase storage space in a small kitchen. Work with your contractor on how to add hidden storage spots that make your kitchen remodel more efficient and effective for you.

Consider the Classics

Kitchens can often make or break a home sale, so why not improve your kitchen by sticking to the classics? Wood cabinets, subway tile, granite countertops, and stainless steel are the cornerstone of every desirable home on HGTV. Add personality in through kitchen supplies rather than the kitchen itself to boost resale value so that when the time comes, your home will stand out and you get to keep some of your favorite parts of the kitchen.

Kitchen remodeling in York can be a daunting project – so give us a call today at 717.755.1921 so we can walk you from beginning to end.kitchen

About C.C. Dietz

C.C. Dietz has been building and remodeling homes in York, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas for almost 100 years. As a family owned business, we give your project the time and attention it deserves. Whether it’s a small remodeling project or building a custom home, we give all of our clients the customer service and build quality that can only come from a family owned business with many years of experience in the remodeling and home building industry.

We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, additions, as well as building custom homes from the ground up. We offer free consultations in order to discuss the scope, time frame, and estimate for your project. If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, C.C. Dietz is here to help. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

Kitchen Remodeling in Lancaster: Tips for Getting More Storage

October 3rd, 2014

 

One of the main goals of a kitchen remodel is often to increase the amount of storage space in a room that is frequently one of the most crowded in the house. To achieve this goal for your kitchen remodeling in Lancaster, read our tips below!

Storage Tips for Kitchen Remodeling in Lancaster

Take it all the way up.

Extend your kitchen cabinets all the way up to the ceiling. This is a great way to utilize space that would otherwise go unused. It’s also a good place to store those items that you need in your kitchen, but perhaps not on a regular basis. Even if your ceiling extends down to meet your cabinets, you may be able to take advantage of this space if the ceiling is hollow here.

Look for hollow space.

Speaking of hollow space, it’s not uncommon for the space behind interior walls, ceilings, and even floors to be hollow. If you can, open up these spaces and create nice little niches or additional cabinet space for more storage. If you knock on the surface and here an open, echoing sound, there’s a good chance the space is hollow. There might be wiring or other work located here, so this isn’t a guarantee, but if there’s nothing there, knock it out and get storing!

Convert a closet.

Do you find a nearby closet goes unused, or gets cluttered with miscellaneous items? Convert it into dedicated kitchen storage space! A great way to do this is with pull out shelves, for multiple levels of easy access storage. Or try the pantry approach for wall-storage if you have the room.

Keep it rolling.

Inside your kitchen, you can keep it rolling with wheeled shelving. This movable storage space is great to bring those frequently used kitchen items with you wherever you need them. Make sure you have a place to store this when you don’t need it as well, otherwise it will get in the way. Next to the refrigerator might be a good spot.

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For more information on storage space and kitchen remodeling in Lancaster, contact C.C. Dietz! We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, additions, as well as building custom homes from the ground up. We offer free consultations in order to discuss the scope, time frame, and estimate for your project. If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, C.C. Dietz is here to help. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

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http://www.houselogic.com/photos/kitchens/kitchen-cabinets-shelves-storage/slide/corner-storage-unleashed/#corner-storage-unleashed

 

How to Plan Your Bathroom Remodel in Harrisburg

September 26th, 2014

 

Planning for a bathroom remodel in Harrisburg is easier said than done. Knowing you want to remodel your old and outdated bathroom is one thing, but actually figuring out how to do it is another. Use this guide to planning your bathroom remodel in Harrisburg to break down the process into easy to accomplish steps. Before you know it, you’ll be well on your way to your new bathroom in Harrisburg!

How to Plan Your Bathroom remodel in Harrisburg

Search for inspiration.

Look for bathroom inspiration in remodeling magazines or online. Pinterest is a great place to search for bathroom remodeling inspiration, or inspiration for any home improvement project. Ask friends and family if they’ve had any work done on their bathroom recently. Visit showrooms and browse the aisles of home improvement stores.

Make a list and check it twice.

Once you’ve found a few sources of inspiration, make a list of all the things you want in your new bathroom. This means everything from plumbing fixtures to lighting to storage to tiling to paint colors to…anything you can think of, put it down. Don’t worry about budget yet. The function of this list is to serve as a starting point for your ideal project.

Budget.

Now, figure out what budget works for you based on your financial situation. Using your list, determine which items you can keep and which you can do without. Narrow down the list until it meets your budget requirements.

Look for a contractor.

The next step in the bathroom remodeling process is to look for a bathroom remodeling contractor in Harrisburg. C.C. Dietz has been building and remodeling homes in York, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas for almost 100 years. As a family owned business, we give your project the time and attention it deserves. Whether it’s a small remodeling project or building a custom home, we give all of our clients the customer service and build quality that can only come from a family owned business with many years of experience in the remodeling and home building industry.

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We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, additions, as well as building custom homes from the ground up. We offer free consultations in order to discuss the scope, time frame, and estimate for your project. If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, C.C. Dietz is here to help. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.

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http://ext.homedepot.com/community/blog/tips-and-tricks-for-planning-a-bathroom-remodel/

 

Three Tips for Kitchen Remodeling in Lancaster: How to Budget

September 18th, 2014

 

Budgeting for any remodeling project can be difficult, but budgeting for a kitchen remodeling in Lancaster can be especially harder. The scope of kitchen remodeling can vary widely, as can the costs associated with it. It’s important to know how to set a smart budget that you can work with while still getting what you want out of the project. These tips for budgeting will help you get started with planning your kitchen remodeling in Lancaster!

Three Tips for Kitchen Remodeling in Lancaster: How to Budget

Don’t Change the Floor Plan

One of the easiest ways to keep your kitchen remodeling budget down is to keep the same floor plan you had before. Making big changes to the floor plan incurs a lot of additional work, from new flooring to new pipes for plumbing, which can get expensive. Work with what you have in terms of floor plan to cut costs.

Focus on Storage

How can you balance not changing the floor plan with getting the amount of space you want in your kitchen? Instead of focusing on space, shift your focus to storage. Adding storage to your kitchen creates more space by moving things that were once stuck on the counter into dedicated storage space. Cabinets that extend up to the ceiling are a great way to take advantage of space in the kitchen that would otherwise be wasted.

Don’t Sacrifice Quality for Cost

While you want to make your budget as reasonable as possible, there are some sacrifices you shouldn’t make. Making sure you choose quality components will extend the lifespan of your kitchen and increase the value it adds to your home. Talk to C.C. Dietz for more information on kitchen remodeling in Lancaster!

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About C.C. Dietz

C.C. Dietz has been building and remodeling homes in York, Pennsylvania and the surrounding areas for almost 100 years. As a family owned business, we give your project the time and attention it deserves. Whether it’s a small remodeling project or building a custom home, we give all of our clients the customer service and build quality that can only come from a family owned business with many years of experience in the remodeling and home building industry.

We specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, basement finishing, additions, as well as building custom homes from the ground up. We offer free consultations in order to discuss the scope, time frame, and estimate for your project. If you’re ready to remodel in York, Lancaster, and Harrisburg Pennsylvania, C.C. Dietz is here to help. If you wish to schedule a free consultation, please contact C.C. Dietz by calling 717.755.1921 or visit our website! Also, be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and LinkedIn.