Category Archives: Remodels

Don’t Re-muddle Your Home,Remodel It!

The internet is full of ideas on how to DIY everything, from small ideas to whole home renovations. People are looking for ways to save money any way they can, and going the DIY route can seem like the best choice. DIY jobs may seem like you’re saving money at first, but they can end up costing you much more down the road. While we believe it is good to see people starting to try things on their own (example – fixing a leaky faucet or landscaping), some projects should be left to the professionals.

Most of the “cool”, new, “easy” projects you see on the internet aren’t what they seem. Understand that most of the tutorials you see out there are filtered representations from professionals. Chances are your project won’t look as good as it does in the photos. 90% of the stuff you see won’t add value to your home, and will be a trend that comes and goes with the wind.

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Many homeowners who have decided to try to take matters into their own hands to remodel a room in their home have regretted that decision a few hours into the project. A botched DIY project can end up costing you twice as much as it would’ve if you went with a professional at the beginning.

Materials and tools can cost a fortune. Your time researching the proper methods could be spent doing better things. Most DIYers greatly underestimate the amount of time they will actually be spending on researching, preparation and cleanup, not to mention the time spent actually doing the job. The project will likely take at least twice as long to complete if you choose to go it alone.

Mental anguish and embarrassment are bad enough. Remodeling can be dangerous, not only to your home, but to your health. If you’re not used to operating tools or working on a ladder, don’t start now. It’s not worth the risk of losing a finger or hurting your back.

Consider your time. Is it worth it to spend 10-15 full hard-working hours to do something you could pay a professional to do? Is this how you want to spend your free time?

Professional remodelers and contractors can assess the area and help you see what is actually structurally doable. Don’t go knocking out that wall without consulting a professional!

One of our Family’s mottos has always been “Anything worth doing, is worth doing right!” Don’t settle for the cheap looking alternative. Hire a contractor for your remodeling needs.

Kitchen Remodel in Sammamish

Sammamish Kitchen Remodel

Our featured remodel today is the Sammamish Kitchen Remodel we did in 2013-2014. We pushed the window wall out about 5 feet and took out the hallway closet to enlarge the entry by 3 more feet.

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Remodel in Sammamish, WA

Sammamish Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel in Sammamish

Maple Valley Remodel

We’re working on a complete home remodel in Maple Valley and have included some of our photos of the progress.

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As you can see, the entire home is being gutted and redone. We can’t wait to post more photos of the progress and finished product! Stay tuned!

Is the Kitchen the Most Important Room?

It can be argued that the kitchen is indeed the most important room in the home. There’s typically one person in the home (Mom or Dad) who does most of the cooking, whether they love to or not. The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the home, and is the center of the activities of the day.

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Typically the person who does all the cooking is the one concerned with the size and layout of the kitchen. When a family goes looking for a home to purchase or remodel, the cook (aka mom, “household manager”, Fommy, househusband, mr. mom, or stay at home dad) almost always seem to spend a lot of time picking apart the kitchen.  The other person may be more concerned about the garage, deck, or game room (man cave). Overlooking the value of a good kitchen can be a huge mistake.

As we discussed in our Kitchen Triangle post, the layout of a kitchen can be very important. If you’re looking to purchase a new home, or are looking to remodel, pay attention to the layout, space and storage capabilities. If you are considering a kitchen remodel, keep the triangle in mind when laying out the main features.

The kitchen is not the room where you should be overly consumed with trying to save money. When looking at cabinetry, look for quality. (Use our Cabinetry Options in the Kitchen for more ideas/help). Purchase or look for quality, well made appliances as well. Appliances that do the job right and will last a long time are essential to a successful kitchen.

When designing, purchasing, or remodeling your home, make sure you spend extra time on the kitchen. Years of your life will be spent in this space and small changes and preferences can make the world of a difference.

Remodel for the Future

living02When planning for a remodel for a family, thinking about your future is obviously important. No matter what room you are redoing, think about what your needs will be  2-5 years from now.  It all begins with a dream, but the dream may need to more practically thought out for your families future needs.

Sometimes it takes about a year to plan an execute a successful remodel. Planning out where things will really go can change multiple times, and somethings may be useful now but not so much in the future.  Taking the time to correctly place all of your appliances, outlets, electronics and current furniture into the plans can help you down the road.

If your dream remodel includes a spacious new addition, the project may not make sense if you plan to sell your house in a few years, or if a child is moving out in the near future.  Will your plans you draw up today fit your families future? Keep that question in mind when finalizing any major additions.

Learn from other homeowner’s mistakes! Talk with your friends about their recent or past remodels and learn from their mistakes. If your friend added a new bonus room to their home last year ask them today if they’re enjoying and using the space. Every family has different needs, but listening to your friends advice about their experiences may help you make decisions for your project.

Don’t Wait to Move to Remodel

If you ever plan to put your home on the market it’s very likely that there will be some fix-up work that will need to be done before you can do so. Why wait to fix-up your home for the next owners? Fix it up now and enjoy the fruits of your labor yourself!

Now is a good time to take a look around your home and see if there are things you would need to change. More and more homeowners are remodeling instead of relocating now, protecting their investment and saving themselves the hassle of making the move.

Take a step back and look at your home. What “fixes” would you need to do to it in order to make it attractive to a buyer? Would you need to add another bathroom? Update your kitchen? Replace the siding? It could be as simple as a new paint color. Make these changes now so you can benefit from the added value as well as the luxury of enjoying the new upgrades.

When considering what needs to be done around your home, keep your priorities in check. Some things should be fixed before others. Features that are broken or worn down (such as a leaky roof or possible dry rot) should be fixed first. Then you can focus on other “cosmetic” areas of improvement (that old carpet or fireplace).

Too many homeowners wait until it’s time to leave their home to make it a more pleasant and inviting space. Do what you can now, and enjoy your new and improved home!

Kitchen Design – The Work Triangle

triangleWhen you think about the shapes you see in kitchens, squares or rectangles usually come to mind (cabinetry, appliances, etc). The triangle actually has been a designers best friend in the kitchen, even though you may not know it’s there.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association defines the work triangle as and imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink. The measurements of these lines can help create an efficient workspace for kitchen tasks and balance out the space.

Here are a few general rules:

  • The area should be no less than 15 feet and no greater than 25 feet.
  • The triangle should not cut into any island by more than 12 inches.
  • The sink (if only one) should be installed across from the cooking surface, prep area or refrigerator
  • High traffic zones shouldn’t go cross through the triangle if possible

The triangle is designed to help increase efficiency. It keeps everything in reach for the cook while also providing more space to move about in. Understandably, some rules may need to be modified depending on the size of your kitchen or the existing location of some of the major components. These guidelines can be adjusted slightly to just about any space.

Dry Rot – Where to Start?

All homes in the Northwest are dangerously susceptible to dry rot. There’s just not too many ways around it. Living in our damp climate only accelerates it’s path of destruction. I’d say just about 1/2 of our jobs this summer involved fixing a dry rot problem. Prevention, early detection and treatment/removal is key to costly repairs down the road.

Last week, we spoke about quality exterior home products. Installing quality materials is the first step in dry rot prevention. Inspecting and your gutters can also help your home displace water properly and prevent water from seeping into your walls and ceiling.

The term “dry rot” actually refers to a type of fungus that can grow in wet wood. Dry rot is wood decay caused by certain fungi that digest and break the wood down, causing it to break apart.

Many homeowner’s don’t know they have an issue until it’s too late. A lot of times the problem is found when they’re doing other work to the house, such as painting it. If you notice any bubbles, cracks, or abnormalities on any surface of your home you should have it checked out by a contractor ASAP. We’ll be able to figure out what the problem is, how large of an area has been effected, and get it fixed and patched up in no time.

Call Englund Construction today to get rid of your rot!

Quality Exterior Home Products

Quality exterior home products are extremely important especially for homes in the Northwest. Exterior home products (siding, roofing, windows and trim boards) are your home’s last line of defense against water damage.

Water can be a home’s worst enemy. When it finds its way into a wall or roof cavity it can wreak havoc structurally and cosmetically.  Water, when trapped, can start breaking down the material from the inside out. The products your builder uses on your home’s exterior need to be made right, and made out of quality materials. Exterior home surfaces take a beating from mother nature all year round, and cutting corners on cheap materials can end up costing you down the road.

When exterior home products fail, it typically shows up as a minor problem. Usually a homeowner will notice a window not functioning properly or a siding bulge or bubble on the side of their home. After inspection, it turns out a larger area around the visible problem has been effected, and it is necessary to tear it out and replace it

Quality house siding, roofing and windows can help seal out water if installed correctly.  They should last a long time and selected to suit the house’s aesthetics and the climate’s demands.

If you have any concerns about your home’s exterior products give us a call today!