6 Common Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

Contemporary kitchen living roomKitchen remodels are exciting, but can be overwhelming when you’re trying to decide how you want to design it. There are so many factors, like cabinet space, pantry location, island or not? And most importantly, will all your new appliances fit? There are a handful of common mistakes people make when they start to design their new kitchen. Continue reading

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Stainless-Steel Backsplash in Minutes

Looking for a quick remedy for a boring backsplash? Now, there are stainless-steel backsplashes that install on an existing wall with a simply epoxy, giving a kitchen an updated look in a matter of minutes. Contact Signature Design Center at 714-442-9625 for this and many other kitchen backsplash ideas!

Remodel Your Kitchen to Increase Your Home’s Value!

Kitchen remodeling might cost a lot, depending on the size of the kitchen and the complexity of the chosen design. But it is worth doing it to increase the value of your house. Besides, your kitchen is the room where all the food is handled and prepared: an important part for you and your family. Discuss among family member whether to do a full kitchen remodel or just installing new cabinet and new appliances to give a newer look with the same bones. You can get design ideas for your kitchen remodeling project by looking at photos or pictures in magazines and sites, visiting home design or decoration stores, and looking for inspiration for designs in other areas. Make sure that you get helps from professional. Here below, we try to provide some pictures of inspirited kitchendesign.

Here are some recent remodels we did that came out great!

Considering how much time is spent in the kitchen, shouldn’t it be the most gorgeous room in the house, with the most sumptuous materials, finishes, and fixtures? Well, that’s becoming the case with modern kitchens. Many of today’s showcase kitchens boast fine cabinetry that rivals the furniture in an English castle and flooring as intricate and durable as that in an Italian church. Even the everyday kitchen is evolving into a high-tech and highly aesthetic space.

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We want our kitchens to work well and we also want them to look good, but the beauty of a kitchen depends on more than just the finishing touches. Consider the bare bones of the kitchen, and make a space that’s bright, well proportioned, and, above all, comfortable and easy to use. So, set your kitchen style: a traditional kitchen, modern-style kitchen, or eclectic kitchen? Here, we will provide a brief explanation about kitchen style.

13 Easy Bathroom Upgrades to Improve Your Home’s Value

Here at Signature Design, we’re always amazed at what a difference a simple upgrade can make, especially when it comes to bathrooms. A freshly tiled floor or a shiny chrome faucet can suddenly make a blase bathroom feel brand new. Here are 13 weekend-worthy ideas sure to make a big impact. Here are some great tips from This Old House and instructions for each on how to improve your existing bathrooms and get the most for your money!

#1. Build a Vintage Dresser Vanity

Before indoor plumbing, there was the wash-basin, and the look is just as stylish now as it was then. Learn how to create your own vintage-inspired bathroom vanity (complete with modern-day plumbing of course) in How to Build a Vintage-look Dresser Vanity.

#2. Install a Pedestal Sink

Nothing says “elegance” like a porcelain pedestal sink, not to mention it’s space-saving attributes. Got the chops to take on the job yourself? Don’t forget to consult How to Install a Pedestal Sink for all the dos and don’ts.

#3. Anchor a Towel Bar

A towel may not seem that heavy, but you’d be surprised what a sopping wet one can do to a cavalierly installed towel bar. Goodbye towel bar—hello wall damage. How to Anchor a Towel Bar will help you ensure that your bar stays secure and your towels stay off the floor.

#4. Install a Shower Door

Just because you need a shower doesn’t mean your bathroom does too. Unfortunately, keeping water where it belongs can be tricky, especially when you’re dealing with a flimsy shower curtain. How to Install a Shower Door will show you how to seal up your shower for good. Your bathroom floor will thank you.

#5. Tile Around a Tub

Whether you want water resistance, stain-resistance or just a fresh pop of color, tiling around your tub is a great way to spruce up your bathroom. And it’s easier than you might think. See How to Tile Around a Tub for all the details.

#6. Install a Medicine Cabinet

Tired of knocking your toothbrush, deodorant and Advil into the sink every time you wash your hands? It may be time to consider a storage upgrade, also known as a medicine cabinet. Check out How to Install a Medicine Cabinet for a step-by-step guide.

#7. Make a Vintage Towel Rack

Traditional towel racks and standard wall shelving can be, well, boring. Ditch the shrink-wrapped plastic bar for a vintage-inspired bathroom wall fixture perfect for hanging and storing towels. TOH’s How to Make a Towel Rack with Vintage Taps is all you need to get started.

#8. Install a Bathroom Vent Fan

Steamy showers make for stuffy bathrooms and eventually moldy walls. How to Install a Bathroom Vent Fan will show you how to prevent moisture mayhem and enjoy a fog-free mirror to boot.

#9. Replace a Bathroom Faucet

You deserve to wash your hands and brush your teeth without cringing at a crusty old leaker of a faucet from the ’80s. For a full spigot upgrade, all you need is a couple of hours, a shiny new fixture and How to Replace a Bathroom Faucet

#10. Install a Soap Dish

The shower can be refreshing retreat, but a missing or misplaced soap dish can seriously dampen the experience. Avoid soggy bar soap by strategically and securely positioning your suds station in your shower. This Old House shows you the right steps in How to Install a Soap Dish

#11. Caulk Around a Tub

Brown, cracked, and mildewy. If this is an accurate description of your bathtub caulking, it may be time for a re-sealing. Be sure to consult How to Caulk Around a Tub for a step-by-step lesson.

#12. Tile a Floor

A freshly-tiled floor can brighten your bathroom and your mood, and if you tackle the job yourself, it can brighten your bank account as well. Read How to Tile a Floor for more.

#13. Install a New Toilet

Has your bathroom throne become a royal eyesore? Spring for a new fast-flushing toilet for a functional upgrade that’s also easy on the eyes. Do it yourself with a little help from TOH: How to Install a Toilet

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Happy News: Major OC Job Growth Projected!

While we’ve been busy working on bathroom remodeling, kitchen renovations and installing gorgeous new hardwood flooring through ought Orange County other industries have slowed during the recession of the past few years. But the Orange County Register posted today that Orange County is poised for major job growth with local employers expected to add more than 100,000 workers to payrolls over the next three years, according to a 2011 economic forecast released today by Cal State Long Beach.

The forecast predicts Orange County will lead the region in hiring, adding a modest 19,000 new workers this year after losing that many in 2010. Next year, however, hiring is expected to more than double to 39,000 new positions and then grow by another 43,000 in 2013.

While a healthy turnabout from the job losses of the last four years, Long Beach’s forecast for 2013 still would leave Orange County employment 64,000 below the peak of 1.5 million in 2006.

Grobar said Orange County and the region are finally getting back in sync with the national economy after taking greater hit from the mortgage meltdown and real estate slump.

The forecast predicts the U.S. gross domestic product to increase 2.7 percent this year and that employers will hire an average 200,000 new workers a month nationwide.

Manufacturing in Orange County is one of the sectors getting a particular boost from the lower dollar and an increased appetite overseas for electronics and transportation equipment and metal and machinery manufacturing. The forecast predicts local manufacturers will add 9,500 workers in the next three years.

Another strong sector will be business and professional services. The forecast estimates nearly 27,000 new jobs will be created in that sector.Grobar said a lot of the growth has been in professional, scientific and technical services. Orange County’s tourist industry, which has shown strength, will continue to grow, adding nearly 16,000 jobs over the next three years.

The forecast expects even the hard-hit construction sector to make a comeback with 1,800 jobs this year, 1,300 in 2012 then 8,700 in 2013.

Lagging sectors will include retail, information, which is hurt by the declining telecom employment, and government.

CSULB’s Orange County forecast had the advantage of more recent data than the four other major outlooks, which were prepared well before the run-up in gasoline prices, the Japanese earthquake and tsunami and the unrest in the Middle East.

The Long Beach forecast placed it in the middle of the pack for this year’s employment outlook.

The Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. had the least optimistic Orange County job outlook this year, predicting 15,600 new jobs. UCLA was the highest with 24,000. Chapman University was close behind with a forecast of 23,000.

Cal State Long Beach forecast Orange County employers will add 19,000 jobs this year, placing it in the middle of the pack for this year’s employment outlook.

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Compare the forecasts
2011 forecast Cal State Long Beach (May 2011) LAEDC (Feb. 2011) Chapman University (Dec. 2010) Cal State Fullerton (Oct. 2010) UCLA (Oct. 2010)
O.C. job growth 19,167 15,600 23,000 18,300 24,000
O.C. unemployment rate n/a 9.2% n/a 8.6% 8.6%
O.C. personal income growth n/a 4.1% 3.6% 3.6% 4.8%
O.C. building permits 2,465 3,600 3,933 5,000 3,500
U.S. GDP 2.7% 3.1% 3.3% 2.6% 2%
10-year Treasury note n/a 3.5% 3.3% n/a 3.0%

How To Remodel Your Kitchen For $100

That’s right, today I’m going to teach you about the $100 remodeling job.  You too can have brand new kitchen cabinets, brand new stainless steel appliances, granite, hardwood, travertine, backsplashes and a lovely kitchen for $100, how?….  Here is the secret:  Purchase a Barbie dream home and you will even get change.  Now how can you use $100 on your own kitchen?

It all starts with paint.  Paint can dramatically change the initial appearance of your home and bring about a quick update for those that are apartment owners or simply do not have a budget for real renovation projects.

A simple and inexpensive series of home improvement projects includes making your home appear new.  By repainting your home in a neutral color, you can give the interior a fresh appearance without spending much money. You may also consider getting a plumber to check for leaks and fix any that may appear or ask a contractor to quote you (preferably a free quote) on what they would fix so you have an idea on what needs work.  With the convenience of carpet steamers in local grocery stores, you can also steam the carpets to give the illusion of being brand-new.

These home improvement projects can help increase your home’s value for when you prepare to sell your home later down the road. Remember that just a simple change can give the illusion of a fresh and new home.

We offer one of Orange County’s best interior and exterior painting teams with competitive prices.  For a free quote call Fred the “OC Home Remodeler” at 714.289.2600.

2010 Winter Kitchen Remodeling Trends

Winter 2010 trends already?  But it’s still the middle of summer you might say and you’d be correct.  However, in this business as in fashion, automobiles and construction, we have to stay ahead of the curve.  So below I hope to present a few trends that are taking root in America and Southern California in particular.

Trends Across the Country:

1.  Basic to the QUALITY basics: As the economy continues to weigh heavy on the thoughts of many homeowners, we come across many clients that are wondering if now is the best time to update their homes, specifically in the kitchen and bathroom.  Outside of Master planned communities, but traditional neighborhoods, differentitation has always been the key to creating value.  That means, having a quality kitchen with up to date flooring, countertops and appliances will make the difference when attempting to sell, unlock equity or simply wow your loved ones during a holiday season meal.   While it may seem out of line luxury appliance makers are still doing well, simply because they have gone back to basics, so you can expect to find some solid deals, extended warranties and free delivery on many luxury appliance makers.

2.  Traditional Cabinetry: In southern California, the push into modern, chic and artsy has largely cooled off.  Of course there are homeowners that have the means and the personality for candy red industrial kitchen cabinets, but the majority of request we are seeing at the Signature Design Center still are requesting traditional cabinets for their kitchens.  The difference is not so big in look for the $300,000 condo and the 1.2 million home, but rather in the quality of the cabinet construction.  Many have similar looks, but over time quality has supported the extra cost for those looking for a unique style of cabinetry.

3.  Green is no longer Green, its in demand: Today’s buyers want green features, sure, but with measurable benefits. That means Energy Star appliances and Water Sense-rated plumbing fittings, as well as non-off-gassing finishes combined with good ventilation and air filtration.  In a recent NAHB/Metlife survey, in which 75% of respondents said they would pay more for sustainable features provided there was a tangible return on investment in the form of energy or water savings.  Reclaimed, recycled, and raw materials also remain popular, for reasons aesthetic as much as altruistic. I believe that, Countertops [made of recycled aggregate materials] are number one recycled product in the kitchen. Other eco-favorites include salvaged beams, concrete floors, and concrete block walls, all of which become part of the design statement. Materials used in their raw state tend to cost less and do not produce off-gassing.

As always, if you are looking for help with your kitchen remodeling project in Orange County and you need some insight, call me Fred, “The OC Kitchen Remodeler” at 714.289.2600.