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BEHIND THE DESIGN: BATHROOM RENOVATION

With its lovely layers of white and light, open feel, it’s hard to take your eyes off this beautiful bathroom sanctuary. Linda Mazur, the talent behind the design, takes us through the renovation process in an exclusive Q&A with Beautiful Design Made Simple.

WHAT WERE YOUR CLIENTS’ NEEDS FOR THIS SPACE?

My client had a bathroom space that hadn’t been renovated in approximately 20 years. The space was not functional with it’s large step-up corner tub and tiny enclosed shower. They really desired an open airy look that was elegant and provided good storage.

WERE THERE ANY CHALLENGES TO DESIGNING THIS SPACE?

Storage space was our biggest challenge. Though the bathroom is a comfortable size it was quite broken up, and with my client’s need for an abundant amount of storage space we were challenged to create something that was elegant in appearance but utilitarian for storage. The space had an alcove area where we wanted to situate the vanity. We used the extra depth this alcove provided to create an extra deep custom vanity for our client, with accessible roll-out shelves and drawers.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS OR REQUIREMENTS WHEN CREATING A BATHROOM?

The day-to-day lifestyle of my clients is most important when designing a bathroom space. Is the space for family living or more of a “spa-like” retreat. We also need to consider budgets, “wish-lists” and even things like the age and health restrictions of our clients. Many people are choosing to “age-in-place” and when designing for such, there are several different criteria that needs to be addressed.

HOW DOES THE FLOORING PLAY INTO YOUR DESIGN?

Flooring is an important part of any bathroom design. With the abundant selection of flooring options available to us the possibilities are only limited by creativity. I like to incorporate several different types of tiles, in varying scales and patterns to create an interesting upscale look to the bathroom space. Depending on the bathroom space I’m designing, I have also combined wood and tile for an interesting look.

WHAT MAKES THIS ROOM FUNCTIONAL? (HIDDEN STORAGE, CONVERTIBLE PIECES, FLOW, ETC.)

The over-sized vanity is equipped with roll-out shelves for easy accessibility to the back of the vanity, and longer length drawers for added storage space. We also designed a curb-less walk-in shower which creates a great seamless look to the space and allows for easy access to the shower.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THESE COLORS?

My client desired a very light and airy space. We selected a simple palette that varied the colors from off-white to shades of grey, creams and taupe to create a timeless approach to this bathroom that can easily be accented with many trending colors.

What did your client like the most?

My clients were thrilled with the outcome of this renovation. The calmness achieved with a simple tone-on-tone approach is exactly what they were looking for. That combined with meeting there storage needs and finally having an easily accessible bathtub accompanied with a large shower was just perfect.

Linda Mazur is the Principal Designer of Linda Mazur Design Group

Linda Mazur Design Group a sought out multi-disciplinary interior design firm known for providing innovative interior renovations and full scale build projects that reflect both timeless style and optimal functionality. The firm services clients throughout Canada based in Toronto. @LindaMazurGroup

This article originally appeared on CarpetOne.com

on Thursday, 20 April 2017. Posted in Bathroom Remodel

DIY OR PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN CABINETRY INSTALLATION: WHICH IS BETTER?

Find the Best Cabinet Installation Option for Your California Home

New cabinetry is an excellent way to transform the look and feel of your kitchen (and make it more functional too). And while it’s fun to head over to your Lincoln, California home improvement showroom and explore all the different designs, at some point you have to ask yourself the big question: are you going to attempt to install the kitchen cabinetry yourself or bring in a professional?

To help you answer that question, read below to learn about the main pros and cons of each option.

DIY INSTALLATION

If this is not your first venture into the world of DIY home improvement projects, then cabinetry installation is worth considering. Check out the benefits below, but definitely keep the chief drawbacks in mind as well.

BENEFITS

The obvious benefit of DIY installation is cost savings. You’re not paying for the time and expertise of a professional cabinet installer, so you have more wiggle room in your kitchen renovation budget. The other main benefit for many homeowners is the ability to participate in a fun, creative, and hands-on project. You get the satisfaction of saying that you created that gorgeous kitchen.

DRAWBACKS

As fun as the project may be, we’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about all the things that can go wrong with a DIY kitchen cabinetry installation.

First, keep in mind that kitchen cabinets are heavy to begin with, and when you start loading those cabinets up with your wedding china or favorite dishware, you’re adding even more weight. If the cabinets aren’t installed correctly (AKA bolted to studs in the walls with appropriate hardware and level measurements), they are very likely to fall. Everything inside the cabinets will likely break, and if someone happens to be standing in the kitchen when the cabinets start falling off the walls, you’re also risking serious injury.

It’s also worth noting that because cabinets are so heavy, you’re going to need several people (preferably frequent gym-goers) to hold them in place during installation.

In short: if you don’t feel comfortable with the time, effort, and expertise involved with DIY, you’re much better off hiring someone who knows what they’re doing.

PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION

Northern California has plenty of experienced, skilled, and reliable cabinetry installers, so if you’re considering professional installation, you’re in luck. Here are the main benefits and drawbacks:

BENEFITS

There are a lot of good things that come with a professional installation. To name a few…

  • Low Effort: Not everyone has the time or patience to spend their weekends working on remodeling their kitchens. It’s simply easier to tell the professional what you want and then go on with your life while they handle everything for you.
  • Peace of Mind: With a professional installation comes the assurance that it is done right. You don’t have to worry about the quality of the work, especially if you choose a reputable company that offers warranties and guaranties of all their projects.
  • Polished Finish: It’s easy for things to go wrong with a DIY project, resulting in scuffs or cabinets that aren’t quite the way you pictured. If you’re a perfectionist who wants a high-quality result, that’s what the pros can give you.

DRAWBACKS

If you are on a tight budget, then choosing a professional installation might mean that you have to compromise on some of the extra details and designs you were hoping to incorporate into your kitchen remodel.

You’ll also need to devote some time to researching the home improvement companies in your area. You may be tempted to hire the lowest bidder off Craigslist, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Before committing to any installer, be sure to check their references and verify that they can warrantee their work.

If you’ve read all of this and thought to yourself, “installing kitchen cabinetry is a bigger project than I thought,” then we’ve got one more piece of advice for you. Visit a home improvement showroom in your area. The kitchen remodel experts can walk you through everything you need to know and provide recommendations on everything from cabinetry styles to quality installers. They’ll make the process super simple for you.

If you’d like more information about our home improvement products and services, give us a call at 916.833.9289 or fill out this quick form!

on Monday, 01 May 2017. Posted in Kitchen Cabinetry Lincoln, CA, Kitchen Cabinetry

THE NEWEST FLOORING TREND: CORETEC FLOORING

Keep Up to Date with California’s Best Flooring Company

When it comes to flooring options, there are a lot of things to consider. Do you go for something really durable? Cost-effective? Easy to install? Eco-friendly? Beautiful? Usually, you have to pick and choose your top flooring priorities, but a new product makes it possible to have it all. We like to think of ourselves as the best flooring company from Roseville to Elk Grove, so of course we stay up to date on the latest flooring trends. Let us tell you about a flooring option that everybody is raving about: COREtec Plus.

SEE ALSO: Trends in Window Treatments

WHAT IS CORETEC PLUS?

You wouldn’t know it from the picture above, but COREtec is actually vinyl plank. Now before you dismiss it out of hand, you should know that this is not your ordinary type of vinyl. The engineered planks have a cork underlay and four-sided enhanced micro-beveled edges and ends, which is a fancy way of saying they’re engineered to look just like hardwood flooring. The core is made out of recycled wood, bamboo dust, limestone and virgin PVC.

WHAT MAKES IT SO GREAT?

Let’s look back at those flooring options we mentioned at the beginning and see how COREtec holds up.

  • Durability: Vinyl is known for being quite resilient, and COREtec is no exception (that’s why it comes with a limited lifetime warranty). It’s great for wet areas because it won’t swell when exposed to water the way that hardwood would. The cork underlay is also naturally resistant to mold and mildew and helps with sound insulation.
  • Cost: COREtec is going to be far less expensive than hardwood, so it’s a great budget-friendly flooring choice. It is typically pricier than laminate.
  • Installation: COREtec used to have a drop & lock installation process, but in recent years, they’ve transitioned to an angle/tap process, which is entirely glueless. Once you’ve prepped the subfloor and decided on a nice arrangement of planks, you just add one plank to another at an angle, then tap into place. Install it yourself or have our team handle it for you!
  • Eco-friendly: COREtec products are GREENGUARD Gold certified, which means they met rigorous standards for EPA emissions tests. They also use recycled materials.
  • Beauty: They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I don’t think you’d find many people who don’t like the appearance of COREtec. It really does look just like hardwood.

This flooring option is rapidly growing in popularity for homes throughout California. If you’d like to see COREtec in person, visit one of our showrooms near you. You’ll get to see firsthand why RCO Home Improvement is the best flooring company around.

Have more questions about flooring product or installation services? Give us a call at 916.782.1188 or fill out this questionnaire!

on Wednesday, 03 May 2017. Posted in Best Flooring Company Roseville, CA, Best Flooring Company

START YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL WITH THIS KITCHEN COUNTERTOP GUIDE

Explore the Options for Your Kitchen Countertops

Countertops play a huge role in the design and feel of your kitchen, which is why it’s so important to put thought into which countertop material is the best choice during a kitchen remodel. There are a lot of factors that go into finding the right countertop for your lifestyle. So before you head over to your local Lincoln, California home improvement store, read over this guide to learn about the pros and cons of each countertop style.

GRANITE COUNTERTOPS

Granite is our favorite countertop material for kitchens. It’s durable, easy to maintain, and comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. The natural stone can create a stunning look without the drawbacks of a material like marble. Because granite is a natural material, keep in mind that a sample piece you bring home to evaluate in your kitchen might not match the actual pattern and color on the full slab. Granite should be sealed during the fabrication and installation process, and then at least once more annually.

SEE ALSO: Frequently Asked Questions about Granite Fabrication and Installation

MARBLE COUNTERTOPS

Few materials say “luxurious” the way that marble does. This stone often comes in a creamy, smooth pattern that complements many different interior design schemes. However, the beautiful look of marble comes at a price. The stone is soft and naturally porous. This means that the countertop will scratch and stain easily. If you’re remodeling a show kitchen that won’t actually be used for cooking, you can probably get away with marble, but otherwise, we wouldn’t recommend it.

WOOD COUNTERTOPS

Wood has become popular recently because it lends itself quite well to the “French country” kitchen design and promotes a natural look to the space. However, there are a few flaws with wood countertops that make them unsuitable for kitchens. If you’ve ever used a wood cutting board to chop vegetables, you know how easy it is to score and scratch the surface. Each scratch creates the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which is not something you want in a cooking environment.

Wood also has to be oiled and treated on a very frequent basis, and if you forget, the area around your sink or other wet spots will quickly become warped, stained, and even damaged by mold and mildew. In short, you should probably leave the wood to other areas of the home.

QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS

Quartz is an engineered material made from a combination of natural and synthetic materials. Because it’s not mined directly from the ground, you have a lot of flexibility in choosing the color and pattern you want. It’s also 100% non-porous and will not stain (we’ve tested with lemon, hot sauce, and other common stain culprits). It doesn’t have to be sealed or cleaned with any special solution beyond hot, soapy water. The only drawback of quartz is that it is heat sensitive, so think twice before you set a hot baking sheet directly on the counter.

QUARTZITE COUNTERTOPS

Contrary to popular belief, quartzite and quartz are two different materials. Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that withstands heat and is harder than granite. When installed, quartzite should be sealed, and then it’s best to re-seal it once or twice a year to keep it scratch and stain-resistant. Because quartzite is so durable, it can be a bit pricier during the installation process if your kitchen has a lot of angles or decorative cabinets. The countertops must be cut with diamond blades.

CORIAN COUNTERTOPS

Corian is a solid surface material that is man-made. It tends to be cheaper than granite, and it has a good variety of styles and colors to choose from. Corian does not require sealing, but unfortunately, it stains and damages easily, and it simply can’t match the depth of design that you find in a natural stone material.

CONCRETE COUNTERTOPS

Concrete is another material that is seen in trendy kitchens lately, but we would not recommend it. It’s porous, which can lead to staining and bacteria growth, and it’s easy to crack. Many people see concrete countertops as the DIY alternative to having a professional installation, and while it is easier to DIY concrete than granite or marble, that’s not to say that it’s easy. If you’re not careful, you’ll end up with a surface that is grainy or uneven.

LAMINATE COUNTERTOPS

Unless you’re on an extremely tight budget, you’re not going to want laminate countertops. This man-made material can come in a wide variety of colors and patterns, but it’s affordable for a reason. It stains and damages very easily, and it simply doesn’t have the same feel and beauty as natural stone. If you’re deciding where to splurge and where to pinch pennies in your kitchen remodel, you’ll be much happier with a higher quality countertop.

So if you’re looking for a new countertop for your kitchen remodel, our top two recommendations for durability and beauty are granite and quartzite. That said, RCO Home Improvement has many different countertop materials, styles, and patterns to choose from. Whether you live in Sun City, Elk Grove, or another northern California area, give us a call or schedule a visit to explore the countertops in person!

on Wednesday, 14 June 2017. Posted in Kitchen Remodel Lincoln, CA, Kitchen Remodel

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