Timeless Remodeling Trends for Kitchens and Bathrooms in York

August 29th, 2014

 

When you decide to remodel your kitchen or bathroom, you’re doing so for your own enjoyment of your home. Your home is yours, so why not make it a reflection of who you are? As important as this is, it’s also important to consider your remodeling in the context of your home’s future. When you go to sell your home, you want to ensure that the remodeling work you’ve done has added value to the home, and that the styles you used are still relevant and attractive to buyers.

As far as adding value, kitchen and bathroom remodeling are both great choices. Bathrooms and kitchens are consistently the top two remodeled rooms in the house, and a buyer will appreciate the effort you made to modernize these spaces. Style can be a little more subjective, but the following trends have been in style for a long time, and show no signs of losing their appeal to buyers anytime soon. Keep the following trends in mind when remodeling your kitchen or bathroom in York.

Timeless Remodeling Trends for Kitchens and Bathrooms in York

Simple Kitchen Design

As one of the most frequently used spaces in the home, the kitchen must be highly organized. A simple, ergonomic and open design ensures that your kitchen will always be an accessible and easy-to-use space. Open shelves, thick countertops, and flat cabinets help your kitchen achieve the simplicity it needs. Also, you can never have enough storage space.

Classic Colors

Black and white are always in style, and though they might not be the easiest to maintain, especially in the kitchen, these two are classics that are in demand. As far as wood color is concerned, the darker the better.

Complementing Appliances

Appliances that blend in to your kitchen or bathroom give a cleaner more streamlined look. There’s no need to go over the top with your appliances unless your a master chef. Small appliances can still be high-performance, and take up less real estate.

timeless remodeling trends

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/blog/kitchens/kitchen-bath-remodeling-trends-last/

 

Make Room: Adding Storage Space Under The Stairs

August 22nd, 2014

 

You can never have too much storage space, especially in a small home. The quest for additional storage space has lead homeowners to the attic, the basement, and even under the stairs. Under-stair storage is a popular new storage method that takes advantage of otherwise empty space under the stairs to the second floor of your home. Unless your basement stairs are located directly under these stairs, the space here is open to use as storage space. Consider the following solutions to take advantage of the storage space under the stairs.

Adding Storage Space Under the Stairs

Closet

If you want to obscure your storage space, a closet is the ideal storage solution. Take advantage of shelves and wire organizers to store a wide variety of objects out of sight under the stairs.

Shelves

If you’d prefer to keep your things out in the open, stair storage space is as simple as installing shelves on the sides along the risers.

Drawers

For pull out ease, drawers are a great storage solution. Drawers can easily be installed to retract cleanly into the space under the stairs along the risers. For many, drawers offer the best of both worlds: easy access to belongings, with out-of-sight and out-of-mind storage potential.

Cabinets

Who said cabinets are just for the kitchen? Cabinets are another under stair storage option that offers easy access and interesting design potential. Use glass panes for a window, or stick with solid wood to keep the contents out of view.

under stair storage

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/home-improvement/under-stairs-storage-stomps-out-clutter/

 

What Features Should Your Home Office Have?

August 15th, 2014

 

Working from home offers a lot of benefits to the modern professional. Many jobs can be done fully from home or with limited time at the office. Working from home allows you to spend more time with family and avoid a long commute and lost time in traffic. If you’re thinking of setting up a home office, keep the following features in mind!

What Features Should Your Home Office Have?

A Door

The right entryway into your home office helps you get into work mode when you enter. Though open plans may work for some, the presence of a door helps many differentiate this space between home and work and allows them to get ready to take on the tasks of the day.

Power for Technology

Especially in older homes, you might not have the outlets or other technological necessities such as a high-speed internet port or phone jack that are necessary for working from home. If you have a room that already has these components and can easily be converted into a home office, all the better. Otherwise you’ll need to think about the power you’ll need to get your home office moving.

Sound Control

Sound control helps you block out extraneous sounds coming from the house so you can focus on your work. The ideal flooring for sound control is carpet, which absorbs and muffles sounds. If you prefer hardwood, try using area rugs to absorb some of the sound. Solid-core doors and curtains help muffle sound, and for a more targeted approach, you can use sound-proofing panels or mats.

Air Flow

Stale air in a home office gets old quickly. Ideally, the room for your home office will already have an HVAC vent. If it doesn’t, you may want to use a fan or room air conditioner.

Good Lighting

If you can, try to incorporate natural lighting into your home office. You’ll also need ambient lighting for the room as a whole, in addition to task lighting to light up whatever you’re focused on at the moment.

For more information on home offices, contact C.C Dietz today!

home office features

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/home-offices-studios/home-office-top-features/

 

How To: Timeless Kitchen Remodeling

August 8th, 2014

 

One of the many concerns homeowners have when remodeling their kitchen is how long the style they choose will be in vogue. It’s not hard to see in kitchen that are a few decades old that styles and designs that were once popular and in are now considered tacky and out. Fortunately, timeless kitchen design is possible, and by using tried and true designs and components, you can ensure that your kitchen will age well even as styles come and go into vogue.

Timeless Kitchen Remodeling

Color – White

White is the ideal color for your kitchen. Think of that orange kitchen at your grandparents house that was last remodeled in the 70s. Strong colors might have been in then, but white has always been and will always be in. You really can’t go wrong with a white kitchen. White is also easier in terms of finding matching appliances, etc.

Flooring – Hardwood

Hardwood flooring is another kitchen component that just never goes out of style. Linoleum had its time, but people just love hardwood floors. Hardwood can stand up to the high volume of traffic in the kitchen and can be refinished between 10-12 times over the course of a 100-year lifespan to ensure it always looks its best.

Countertops – Marble

Marble countertops are another element of the timeless kitchen. Specifically, carrara marble which has been used for thousands of years in homes, according to House Logic. Marble isn’t the cheapest kind of countertop, but it’s classic looks and durability are well worth it to complete your timeless kitchen.

Cabinets – Shaker

Simple Shaker cabinets have a clean look that keeps your kitchen from looking too busy.

Backsplash – Subway Tiles

The 3×6 ceramic tiles have a classic look that has been cemented over a century of use in American kitchens. Go with white for a neutral look that complements the white marble countertops.

timeless 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.

Source

http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/kitchens/classic-kitchen-remodeling/

 

 

Top 5 Trends in Bathroom Remodeling

August 1st, 2014

Whether it’s to sell your house or it’s for personal pleasure, your bathroom needs updating at some point. So where to begin? It seems so easy for designers to choose tile, colors, and decor for a new bathroom, but you’re no designer. However, you’ve come to the right place. We have this year’s top 5 trends in bathroom remodeling. See if you can picture any of these in your old bathroom, you’ll love the change!

 

1. Glass Tile. The colorful, recycled material is great for a bathroom remodel. Resembling sea glass, the tile will give your bathroom a beach and underwater feel, while still looking lavish. It comes in all colors and sizes, so you can choose what works best for your own bathroom.

 
2. Multi-head showers. Picture it: a large walk-in shower with multiple showerheads on the ceiling as well at the walls. Having a shower with multiple showerheads adds a very luxurious atmosphere to your bathroom, not to mention functionality.

 
3. Radiant Heat. Having a heated floor in your bathroom is the ultimate upgrade. Don’t worry about finding your slippers to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night with a heated tile floor. It’s cost effective as well as comfortable.

 
4. Framed mirrors. This is a cheap, easy addition that you can make yourself. Buy a framed mirror and paint it your favorite color, or add seashells around the border. By adding furniture-like pieces to your bathroom, it increases the elegance of the room.

 
5. A fireplace. What is more relaxing than sitting next to the fire with a hot cup of tea? Now, picture sitting next to the fire with a hot cup of tea in the bathtub. Installing a fireplace will only add even more serenity to your room of relaxation. If you don’t have space for a fireplace, consider installing a smaller alcove for open-flame candles. It will give you the fireplace feel without taking up a lot of space.

bathroom remodeling trends

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.

 

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.

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