A Trend Our Clients Love: White Cabinetry

White cabinetry is white hot right now! Back in February we blogged about the top trends in kitchen and bath designs announced in the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) member survey and white cabinets were tops in both categories.  The Thompson Remodeling design team would definitely agree that this is a trend we are going to continue to see for some time. Read more

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Plan Your Bathroom Remodel by Answering These 5 Questions.

It’s easy to overlook the importance of planning a bathroom remodel. All you need is a sink, toilet and bathtub right? While it’s true that you need a sink and toilet for the bathroom to offer the necessary functions, there are other things to consider making the best use of the small space.

We’ve put together a list of five questions to help you plan your bathroom remodel.

Your answers to these questions will guide you in communicating your wants and needs to your remodeler.

  1. Does the bathroom need a shower or tub or both? Consider the bathing preferences of the main users of the bathroom. When space is an issue in the master bath, many homeowners are deciding to forgo any type of tub and instead build a luxurious shower. If young children will use the bathroom, you will need a tub for bath time. A lot of times it’s possible to incorporate both!
  2. Do you need a double vanity? When two people share a bathroom, a double vanity allows each person their own space. Vanities do not need to be placed side by side. If your bathroom is an odd shape or size, ask your designer to consider two separate vanities.
  3. Would it be helpful to have a separate water closet? In many master baths, homeowners are choosing to create a separate, small closed room for their toilet.   If you find that your bathroom needs to be accessed by two individuals with similar schedules, this is a great solution. This leaves the sink and shower or tub area accessible to another user. It’s like a bathroom within a bathroom!
  4. What do you need to store in the bathroom? Make a list of everything that you want to have handy – toiletries, medication, toilet paper, hair dryers, linens, etc. Even in a small bathroom, there are many creative ways to accommodate storage solutions. Tower cabinets and vanities with drawers can store quite a lot of toiletries and even linens. Built-in or recessed shelves or even a separate linen closet can be incorporated as well.
  5. How long will you be staying in your home? This question will help you consider what things you might want to consider for future needs such as grab bars, shower seat or bench, or a walk-in shower.

How to set a realistic budget for your remodeling project

These 5 tips will help you set a realistic budget for your remodeling project.

So you’ve decided you want to remodel your home. That’s fantastic! Now, one of the first things you should do is develop a realistic budget. A remodeling project is a significant financial investment, one that will pay off in happiness and comfort as well as adding value to your home.  To help you, we’ve put together a list of five tips to help you establish a realistic budget for your remodeling project.

Tip 1:  Make a list of your reasons for remodeling.

Why do you want to remodel? Prepare a list and put down anything that comes to mind.  Here are a few common motivations behind remodeling: improving function or flow, expanding family size, downsizing, preparing for aging in place, accommodating a family member with special needs, or repairing damage. Putting together a list will help you work through tips 2-5.

Tip 2: Determine how long you plan to stay in your current home.

Why does this matter? Well, if you plan to stay in your home for 10 years or more you should allow yourself enough budget to create a space that has everything you want and need. If you are remodeling to get your home ready for sale you can be tighter with your dollars, but don’t skimp on quality materials.

Tip 3: Learn what the average cost of a quality remodeling project costs in your local area.

One of the best resources to educate yourself on average costs and recoup value for projects in the Grand Rapids area is Remodeling Magazine’s Cost Vs. Value Report. This report will provide averages for a variety of  project types.

Tip 4: Prepare a list of your “must haves”.

Your “must haves” are items or elements that must be including in your remodeling project.  They are your non-negotiables. This could include hardwood floors, a walk-in closet, or steam shower.  Do keep an open mind though, as a professional designer may have a suggestion that you would like even better!

Tip 5: Select a professional remodeler to evaluate your project and provide an estimate.

They will be impressed with your preparation! A professional design/build firm will be able evaluate your project’s feasibility, make recommendations, and point out potential challenges that might affect your budget.

If you have a project in mind that you’d like to discuss, please contact Thompson Remodeling.  We’d love to chat with you about creating a space that you will love!

Thompson Remodeling Mudroom

Mudrooms that tame the mess.

Thompson Remodeling Mudroom Keep your comings and goings more organized with a mudroom.

Every home can use a mudroom – a place to drop your bags, coats, umbrella, book bags, leashes, golf bags, or baseball mitt. Households of all types and sizes can use this room as a staging area to help manage clutter and keep mud and dirt out of the rest of the home.

The key to creating a mudroom that works for your family is to consider the needs of each individual in the family, including the pets. Our guide to creating a mudroom that tames the mess will help get you started.


Your mudroom should be where your family enters and exits the house.  If you can’t accommodate it there, consider using an alternate spot that can serve both purposes.  The most common areas to incorporate or remodel a mudroom include the garage, kitchen, utility, or laundry room.  When space is at a minimum, an alcove or niche can be created by the front door.


Since the mudroom is a catch-all space where muddy and wet feet are commonplace, study flooring is a must.  Your best options include nonslip tile, vinyl, laminate flooring, or even concrete.  Choose colors and patterns that hide dirt.   If you are remodeling, consider installing a drain in the room for easy water drainage and clean up.


Consider all the types of items that will need to be stored. Think about what will be dropped off and picked up on the way out.  That could include: coats, scarfs, hats, gloves, sporting equipment, backpacks, briefcases, umbrellas, leashes, strollers, car seats, etc. Once you know what you need to store you can design a space with a variety of storage spaces to keep things organized including  cabinets, lockers, cubbies, closets, and benches.


Just because this is a mudroom doesn’t mean it can’t be inviting.  Consider using bright colors or extending the look and feel of adjacent rooms.  Incorporate artwork and pendant or recessed lighting.

Basement Remodeling Trends

Trends are changing, basements are now an extension of a home’s look and style. A basement remodel has the potential to add function to your home. Since we are spending so much time indoors during the winter months, remodeling your basement may become a necessity. Read more