Replace Your Bathroom’s Tub with a Walk-In Shower

July 17th, 2014

Converting a bathroom’s tub into a walk-in shower is a popular new trend in bathroom remodeling. According to the American Institute of Architects, more than 60% of homeowners preferred a walk-in shower to a tub in 2013. And for most bathrooms, it’s a project that is pretty simple to execute. Here are a few things to consider if you’re looking at replacing your tub with a walk-in shower.

Bathroom Remodeling: Tubs for Showers

Where is your tub now?

If your tub is already located in an alcove in the bathroom, you can easily take it out and install a shower without much trouble. If you have a free standing tub, especially one located near a window, then you may have to move the location of the shower, which could mean extra plumbing costs.

Do you have the space?

If you have a tub in an alcove, you have the length needed for a shower, but you’ll have to check about the width. You’ll need at least 36 inches to be comfortable. This means you may have to move things such as the toilet, and keep in mind that you’ll need an additional 18 inches between the toilet and the shower wall, as well as room for the shower door to swing open.

Shower Floor Curbs

You’ll also have to consider whether or not you want a curbed shower floor. Curbs help contain water and are generally easier to install, as a curbless shower means you’ll have to raise the floor around the shower or lower the shower floor. However, a curbless shower makes walk-in showers easier to access for those with disabilities. If this is your goal, remember that you’ll need significant space in the bathroom to make this work.

walk in shower

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.

Source

http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/bathrooms/tub-to-shower-conversion/

Upgrading Your Kitchen Cabinets

July 11th, 2014

If you’ve got the urge to give your kitchen a fresh new look, one of the first things to examine are your cabinets. There are lots of great additions you can make to your kitchen cabinets that are easy to do yourself and will result in a brand new look that can really change the dynamic of your kitchen. Let’s talk about a few projects you can take on to breathe new life into those old cabinets.

Kitchen Cabinet Projects

Paint

A new paint job is sure to brighten up tired cabinets. If you’re going to paint your cabinets, make sure you go about it the right way. Clean cabinets to get rid of contaminants that could cause paint to peel later, and then sand them with a 150-grit sandpaper and apply a bonding primer before painting. Take off cabinet doors and lay them down to paint them, and paint one side at a time, letting each side dry first. Light colors make your kitchen look bigger. You might also want to consider adding wood moulding when painting your cabinets, another cabinet upgrade that is easiest to do when painting so the two can be matched.

Lighting

Under cabinet lighting helps you shed light on cutting boards and other food prep tasks on the counter. And there’s no need to do expensive and complicated wiring. New stick-on LED lights can be stuck under cabinets and run on batteries to do away with wires.

New Hardware

New knobs and pulls can give a subtle and understated new aesthetic to your kitchen. Keeping hardware consistent (i.e., one-hole pulls with one-hole replacements), will save you the trouble of new drilling.

Glass Inserts

If your cabinet doors have removable panels, you can replace them with glass inserts in a variety of styles. From traditional transparent panels to bubbled, translucent, and antique styles, you can choose a style that suits your overall aesthetic.

kitchen cabinet upgrades

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.

Source

http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/kitchens/how-to-update-kitchen-cabinets/

Affordable Summer Home Improvement Projects

July 7th, 2014

Now is the perfect time for summer home improvement, and we have just the projects for you. Home improvement doesn’t have to be expensive. It’s possible to make simple, affordable changes that actually make a huge difference in the appearance of your home.

 Affordable Summer Home Improvement Projects

  1. Plant trees. Trees not only provide shade for your yard and home, but also privacy. They won’t make a difference right away, but in the future these trees will be large, provide shade for your home, and possibly even help to reduce energy costs. Trees in your yard also increase the privacy of your home from neighbors and cars on the street. Plus, planting can be a great family activity!
  2. Add molding to your walls. Molding is a simple and cost-efficient way to increase the elegance of your home. It comes in a variety of styles, allowing you to choose what best fits the scheme of your room. It’s a subtle addition that will make a significant transformation within your home.
  3. Add a patio. While this may be on the more expensive side, installing a patio now will be worth it in the long run. Patios guarantee a generous ROI when looking to sell, and increase curb appeal. But they’re also great for the warm summer months, or cooler months with a fire pit. They offer more seating and entertaining space without actually putting an addition on the house.
  4. Get organized. Install more storage space in creative places. Install shelving in your closet, or take advantage of wall space in the bathroom. By installing storage spaces, you’ll be able to free up much more space in your home.
  5. Install ceiling fans. With energy costs rising all the time, many people have taken advantage of ceiling fans. They’re a great way to stay cool, without cranking up your air conditioning. Fans are much more energy efficient than air-conditioning, and they come in a variety of styles. They’re not only functional, but they also act as an added accessory or decoration to the room.

 

ceiling fan

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.

How to Remodel Your Bathroom on a Budget

June 27th, 2014

All remodeling projects should have a budget, but some may be more flexible than others. If you want to keep your budget on your next bathroom project, use these tips to keep costs manageable.

Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget

Make a Plan and Stick to It

One of the main reasons projects go over budget is because the original plan was too vague or because the plan was modified too many times during the project. Make a detailed plan so you have a good idea of what your budget will be, and then stick to it throughout the project.

Keep the Footprint

Big changes to the bathroom such as increases in square footage and moving plumbing fixtures can add to costs significantly. Base your plan around working with what you have and you can allocate your budget to other features you want.

Storage

You might have to get creative with storage, especially in situations where square footage is limited. Use upper wall space for shelves to maximize every inch of your bathroom’s space.

Go Soft on Permanent Fixtures

It might be tempting to go with very unique fixtures, but these could also be off-putting to potential buyers in the future. Stick with more traditional and neutral choices for the permanent features of your bathroom, and then jazz it up with your favorite rugs, shower curtains and window treatments.

Lighting

The lighting in a bathroom can have a profound effect on its aesthetic. Softer lighting can bring a nice, calming feel to the bathroom, but make sure to have bright lights around the mirror to avoid shadows.

budget bathroom

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.

Source

http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/bathrooms/strategy-for-bathroom-remodeling/

Turning Your Bedroom Into A Master Suite

June 20th, 2014

Of all the rooms in your house, you probably spend a sizable amount of time in your bedroom. Whether you’re sleeping, getting ready for work, or just relaxing in the evening, the bedroom is an important room with lots of uses. But if your bedroom is feeling old or cramped, this can manifest itself in a lack of comfort in your own space. Seeing as you spend a lot of time in this room, comfort is important both for the waking hours you spend here and the hours you spend recharging for the next day. With this in mind, if your bedroom is feeling like it needs more space and something new, here are a few ideas to consider.

Turning Your Bedroom into a Master Suite

Master Bathroom

A master suite is not complete without a master bathroom. A master bathroom should be large and roomy, with a peaceful, spa-like design and color scheme that allow you to really relax. A vanity and a large mirror go well in master bathrooms, as do walk-in showers and luxurious tubs. If you want to go all-out, consider heated floors and towel racks to keep yourself warm and comfortable even on those cold winter mornings.

Walk-in Closet

Adding a walk-in closet is another great way to create your master suite. How often have you been frustrated by your lack of closet space, and ended up having to use a space closet in the hallway or adding a dresser which takes up floor space? There’s plenty of room in a walk-in closet, and plus, they’re simply a lot of fun. Surround yourself with clothes in a walk-in closet and open up the floor space in your bedroom to make it feel roomier.

Sitting Room/Study

Many of us like to get away from the main rooms in the house to relax in our bedroom in the evening, but sometimes you want somewhere else where you can have some private time. A sitting room or study which is connected to the bedroom is the perfect solution for this. Unwind away from the high energy of the center of the home in your own space with books, art, or whatever else you find relaxing. Then when its time for sleep, retire to the bedroom for a great night’s rest.

master suite

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.

Source

http://www.houzz.com/photos/bedroom

Scope of Work and Your Kitchen Remodel

June 13th, 2014

Scope of work is defined as the parameters of a home improvement project such as a kitchen remodel. The scope of work is determined by what exactly you are looking to do in any given project. A small scope of work would be defined as a small project, maybe installing new cabinets or a new floor. A larger scope of work would involve more significant adjustments, such as moving the location of a major appliance, or drastically altering the configuration of the room. The larger the scope of work, the more expensive and time-consuming the project, but also, the greater the change in the look and feel of the room. Here are a few things to consider that will help you determine the scope of work of your kitchen remodel.

Scope of Work and Your Kitchen Remodel

Using the Existing Footprint

Using the existing footprint or layout of your kitchen will allow you to keep the scope of work smaller, and will help to keep costs down. However, for drastic remodeling projects, you may not be able to work within the confines of the current layout, which would necessitate a larger scope of work.

New Layouts

A new layout for the kitchen could enlarge the scope of work in a number of ways. If you’re moving the sink or stove, you’ll have to run new gas and water lines to the new locations, which is a big task in and of itself. If you want to knock down a wall either partially or entirely to open up the space, this too is a big project. You’ll have to take into consideration whether or not the wall is load-bearing, because if it is this would significantly increase the scope.

Intangibles

One size does not fit all when it comes to remodeling and individual homes. Remodeling must be approached differently in every home due to a number of factors including its age and type of construction. Older homes may require more creative or innovative solutions to achieve the goals you have set for your project.

kitchen renovations Lancaster

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.

Source

http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1745902/list/Kitchen-Workbook–Planning-Your-Remodel-s-Scope-of-Work

Questions to Ask a Home Remodeling Contractor

June 6th, 2014

When searching for a home remodeling contractor, you’re sure to have plenty of questions. Here are a few questions to ask potential home remodeling contractors when planning a home improvement project.

Questions to Ask a Home Remodeling Contractor

How long have you been in business?

A contractor with a lot of years under its belt is a good sign. A long history shows that the contractor has established a good reputation in the community it serves that has allowed it to weather economic downturns. In addition, a long history means that the contractor has been able to establish a network of subcontractors and suppliers that bring it buying power and a wealth of material resources.

Who are your suppliers?

Ask where the contractor gets their supplies. If they use quality sources, you can verify that you’ll be getting a good build quality. If they hesitate, they may go with cheaper sources that are of lesser quality.

Is your bid an estimate or fixed?

Estimated bids can end up costing a lot more than the original quote. Resolving variables before the project begins can help solidify the price. Bids should also be itemized in order to determine the components of the total quote, as well as to make it easier to compare contractors’ prices.

remodel now

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.

 

Source

http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/contracting/five-essential-questions-ask-before-hiring-contractor/#.

The Pros and Cons of Aluminum Siding

May 30th, 2014

Are you looking to make updates to your home? Some of us have been living in the same house for 20 plus years, and still have the original siding. It may be time to update – but how do you know which type of siding to choose? Take a look at these pros and cons to see if aluminum siding is the right choice for you.

 

PROS:

 

Easy keep-up: Aluminum siding requires little to no maintenance because of its corrosion, water, fire, rot, and termite-resistant nature. It can last up to 25 years, and can be easily cleaned by you and your family with just a damp sponge.

 

Versatility: Aluminum can be customized to your personal preference. Aluminum siding can imitate wood, among other textures. It is offered in a variety of colors and styles, allowing you to choose what fits right for your home.

 

Environmentally friendly: Aluminum is recyclable, so this would be a good choice for homeowners who are looking for a “green” home update alternatives.

 

Insulation: Homeowners can save a lot of money on their electricity bills in the summer and winter because aluminum acts as a great insulator. This is especially true in the winter because the extremely cold weather doesn’t affect aluminum, as it might affect other siding options such a vinyl.

 

Cost: Aluminum siding is a little more expensive than vinyl siding, for example, but comes at a reasonable price for what it is.

 

CONS:

 

Durability: Because of its light nature, aluminum is prone to denting, bending, and scratching. Also, siding that is pre-painted is known to easily fade and acquire a “chalky” surface over time.

 

Noise: The noise of aluminum may also be a downside of the material. It may expand or deflate with heat or cold, causing sounds with the metal movements.

aluminum siding

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.

 

Sources

 

http://homerepair.about.com/od/exteriorhomerepair/ss/siding_types_3.htm

 

http://www.nytimes.com/1997/03/23/realestate/restoring-aluminum-siding.html

 

http://www.unitedhomeexperts.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-aluminum-siding/

 

The Pros and Cons of Brick Siding

May 23rd, 2014

Brick siding is a great siding option for homeowners who want a beautiful, durable, and low-maintenance home siding. Houses can be completely sided in brick, but many use a combination of brick and other siding. While brick masonry is generally more expensive to install than siding such as vinyl, for example, its durability, ease of maintenance, and even energy efficiency make up for it in the long run.

The Pros of Brick Siding

Durability – Brick siding lasts a very long time, and will easily see you through your years in your home. It is also very resistant to weather.

Low-Maintenance – Maintenance requirements for brick are generally low. At some point the mortar in joints may become loose and require re-pointing, and individual bricks may need to be replaced at some point during their lifespan.

Energy Efficiency – Brick is a great insulator and will keep your home a little warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Brick is also great at reducing exterior noise, which is especially useful if you live on a busy street.

The Cons of Brick Siding

Cost – Installation of brick siding is more expensive than other kinds of siding.

Color – Though there are different color options for brick there are not as many as vinyl, for example. Brick can be painted but this paint will have to maintained on a regular basis in order to keep a uniform appearance.

pros and cons of brick siding

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.

Sources

http://rochester.propertysourceonline.com/blog/?p=2252

http://www.bobvila.com/articles/house-siding/#brick

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Siding

May 16th, 2014

Vinyl siding is easily the most common material for siding in the US. While it may not have the prestige of stone or the natural aesthetic of wood, vinyl has a lot going for it, including a great selection of colors and styles. Thinking about new siding for your home? Read on for the pros and cons of vinyl siding.

 

The Pros of Vinyl Siding

Cost

Vinyl is among the most affordable siding options. It’s lightweight and easy to manufacture and transport, and also easy to install. All of these cost savings are passed on to you when you choose to side your home with vinyl.

Color Options

There are more than 300 different colors of vinyl siding available, so for those who want just the right color for their home, vinyl is a great choice. Vinyl also offers some more unique color choices for those who want something non-traditional. Advancements in technology have made these colors more resistant to fading as well.

Resistant

Unlike wood, which is vulnerable to moisture damage and insects, vinyl is resistant to the effects of both.

 

The Cons of Vinyl Siding

Weather Damage

Vinyl is not as strong as brick or stone, and is liable to damage from falling debris during intense weather. This can be fixed, fortunately. And while vinyl itself is resistant to water damage, it’s not watertight, which means during storms water could get behind the siding and cause water damage or mold problems. Extreme heat or cold can also warp vinyl.

Grime

Mildew and other grime can grow on vinyl siding and give it an unpleasant appearance. This can be pressurewashed away, but it’s often not a small task.

 

vinyl siding pros cons

 

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.

 

Sources

http://www.bobvila.com/articles/house-siding/#.U3Z6kfldXNw

http://www.redbeacon.com/hg/pros-and-cons-vinyl-siding/