Farmhouse style kitchens have really gained popularity in the past several years. Surely if you've watched an episode of Fixer Upper or one of the other hit HGTV shows you’ve seen one and they always seem so light, inviting and super stylish. It’s for those reasons that homeowners have been requesting to incorporate farmhouse design elements into their kitchen remodels. Whether you decide to go “full farmhouse” or select just a few items that give a nod to the style, there are certain key ingredients that are foundations of this design aesthetic.
If a kitchen remodel is in your future, you will likely be selecting new appliances and that may include a range hood. Unlike the rest of your appliances, this one may be a little more complicated to choose. It performs the important function of ventilating smoke, steam and odors out of your kitchen, but it also can play a big role in the overall look of the space.
When you are remodeling your bathroom there are several options when it comes to providing closure for your shower. There’s the tried and true shower curtain, the economical sliding doors, and then you have the framed glass door, or a frameless glass shower door. Budget can play a big factor in which option makes the most sense for your particular project and any of will work to keep water inside the shower, where it belongs. But in recent years, most of our clients have been opting to invest in a frameless glass shower door for their bathroom remodel and there are definite benefits to doing so.
Pendant lighting has become a very popular choice for our clients who are remodeling kitchens and bathrooms. This type of light hangs from the ceiling from a pole, cord, or chain and comes in a wide variety sizes, styles, and materials. Often, they become a focal point, which makes them an important part of the overall design aesthetic for a room. From oversized lanterns to more refined decorative glass or intricate metal designs, there is pendant light available to suit nearly any space.
Have you ever heard a remodeler or realtor use the term “good bones”? If you are an avid viewer of any of the popular HGTV shows, you’ve likely heard it there as well. When this term is used it typically means that a house is structurally sound and has some nice qualities to it, but it needs some renovations in order to make it great. Thompson Remodeling works with a lot of clients who find these diamonds in the rough and have the vision to transform them into a place called home.
There are times when remodeling a room doesn’t require expansion by taking down walls or reconfiguring space. Perhaps the area is already adequate in size but the existing materials and features are simply out-of-date, worn-out, or don’t fit your style preference. When this is the case, we call this type of project an upscale pull and replace remodel.
When you spend years in your home you start to accept some of its quirks, like poorly arranged rooms or cramped bathrooms. Such was the case with these clients who longed for a nice master bathroom but figured it wasn’t in the cards for them. We are so glad that they reached out to the Thompson Remodeling team to help! We specialize in transforming spaces from weird to wow and have seen our share of strange configurations.
Which design element in your home plays an essential part in setting the stylistic tone for the main levels? Have you guessed what it is? It’s your staircase. Whether it’s a classic wooden staircase with traditional wood spindles and balusters or an open, modern stair with metal handrails, the stage is being set for the design aesthetic in a particular room or space. Sometimes, your staircase doesn't quite match with the rest of your home and when you are getting ready to remodel, it's important to give it the attention it deserves.
Who doesn’t love the beauty and richness of hardwood flooring? We work with clients every day who envision their renovated spaces with a gorgeous new wood floor, but for households with children and pets, it sometimes isn’t the most practical option. They need something that can withstand high foot traffic, spills, and pet accidents, but don’t want to sacrifice style and beauty for something durable. Well, here’s the good news!
The Thompson Remodeling team is pleased to announce that we have won a 2018 Regional Contractor of the Year (COTY) Award for a front porch remodel we recently completed on a historic home. The COTY Awards are like the Oscars of the remodeling industry and this is our first win in an Exterior Remodel category. What’s even more exciting is that our project will compete against the other Regional winners in the category for the coveted National COTY Award.
Wow we have to say we were surprised when we checked out Remodeling Magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report for 2018. Every year when the report is released, we study it to see which projects have the top recoup value in the Grand Rapids area and this year there are two curb appeal renovations that have a return above the initial investment amount! For as many years as we’ve been blogging about this report, we’ve never seen values at 100% or more.
Every year, Houzz surveys homeowners who are completing renovations on their home to learn about trends and preferences in a variety of project types. This year, their kitchen survey revealed shifts in design styles and confirmed selections that continue to gain and maintain their popularity.