Your bathroom’s a wonderland!

instead of wishing you had a much larger and nicer bathroom everyday, put your thinking cap on and come up with some awesome solutions utilizing creative ideas. Some Creative ideas we have found included and really focused on storage, calm color schemes and lighting. Its incredible how storage can solve the much dreaded topic of space when you are dealing with a smaller sized bathroom. when having your bathroom renovated towel storage can really open up the space Small bathrooms all have one thing in common…they all need more storage. Chances are, any cabinet space you do have could be better utilized storing personal items. There are creative ways to store your bathroom towels that are stylish, affordable and convenient in a small bath. Here are seven easy DIY bathroom towel storage ideas from modern to rustic!   We love this ladder towel rack, image credit from Funky Junk Interiors, in our featured photo above!  Read post here: DIY bathroom towel storage this video we found on the Do It On A Dime Youtube channel showcases some unique secrets to organize a small bathroom       Now that you’ve got your space handled.  lighting and other visual components can be tweaked to provide the most comfortable and relaxing as the space will allow.  there are some do and dont’s of bathroom lighting.  According to the Lighting Science Group, LED’s are what you want instead of the harsher incandescent bulbs previously used by so many households in America. For most of us, mirror time is limited. If not for our cramped schedules, we could continue the self-admiration indefinitely. Not to mention the grooming and cleansing. Therefore, we must maximize our mirror time before work or school pulls us away. Proper bathroom lighting is the answer. But before we start flicking switches, it’s important to consider several important do’s and dont’s impacting bathroom illumination. See more on this topic here These are just some of the topics that we at Fisher Building Co. can discuss with you when you decide to take the plunge on the bathroom you have always wanted.  Treat yourself to a little holiday rest and relaxation in your new bathroom.  Ho Ho Ho!

Making sense Of Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

  You spend much of your time in the kitchen.  It is the congregation place for most households.  This is why that much thought should go into your kitchen remodeling project.  The right colors, placement, and features can really make your cooking and eating experience something special. There are some things you need to consider and plan before starting a huge kitchen remodel.  From the cost to the layout, many choices have to be made ahead of time. according to John Riha, executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine….   1. Plan, Plan, Plan Planning your kitchen remodel should take more time than the actual construction. If you plan well, the amount of time you’re inconvenienced by construction mayhem will be minimized. Plus, you’re more likely to stay on budget. How much time should you spend planning? The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends at least six months. That way, you won’t be tempted to change your mind during construction and create change orders, which will inflate construction costs and hurt your return on investment. Some tips on planning: Study your existing kitchen: How wide is the doorway into your kitchen? It’s a common mistake many homeowners make: Buying the extra-large fridge only to find they can’t get it in the doorway. To avoid mistakes like this, create a drawing of your kitchen with measurements for doorways, walkways, counters, etc. And don’t forget height, too. Think about traffic patterns: Work aisles should be a minimum of 42 inches wide and at least 48 inches wide for households with multiple cooks. Design with ergonomics in mind: Drawers or pull-out shelves in base cabinets; counter heights that can adjust up or down; a wall oven instead of a range: These are all features that make a kitchen accessible to everyone — and a pleasure to work in. Plan for the unforeseeable: Even if you’ve planned down to the number of nails you’ll need in your remodel, expect the unexpected. Build in a little leeway for completing the remodel. Want it done by Thanksgiving? Then plan to be done before Halloween. Choose all your fixtures and materials before starting: Contractors will be able to make more accurate bids, and you’ll lessen the risk of delays because of back orders. Don’t be afraid to seek help: A professional designer can simplify your kitchen remodel. Pros help make style decisions, foresee potential problems, and schedule contractors. Expect fees around $50 to $150 per hour, or 5% to 15% of the total cost of the project. To see the rest of the article click here   Another main concern when planning a kitchen remodeling project is cost.  Cost can make or break the whole project and needs to be treated seriously.  Usually, kitchen remodeling jobs have a percentage that can be broken down and tracked.  According to HGTV, it goes like this:   2. Know how the costs will break down. Labor will consume anywhere from 20 to 35 percent of your project costs. Cabinets can … Read more

Why your remodel will cost more than you think… And it’s not your contractors fault!!

  Today, you, the homeowner, are going to find out why your contractor estimated your home remodeling project so very high. Don’t blame him, it’s not his fault. Your contractor’s put to the test day in and day out, a juggling act, if you will; balancing between the homeowners (that’s you) want for a “good deal” and the increasing overhead he has to cover, just to stay in business! It’s reported, most homeowners will expect a job to cost 40-60% less than it actually will. Especially after watching an hour of their favorite fixer upper show! That means a project you expected to cost $20,000; may, in fact, cost $28,000-$32,000. (This is where you start to pull your hair and yell). The fact is, we don’t like charging you more than you expect, but a licensed contractor has to pay an enormous overhead, most of which is required by law, like the one below: General Liability Insurance Disability Insurance Workers Compensation Licensing Fees Bonding (which guarantees the homeowner a quality product from the contractor) Automotive Insurance Now, you may have slyly thought to yourself, well can’t I just hire a contractor who doesn’t have as much overhead? Or even my brother’s friend who helped him out on the weekends? The answer is, yeah! But we can think of a few reasons why we wouldn’t, ever… An obscure contractor can be a bad sign for multiple reasons Valuable tradesmen have a tendency to not work for cash employers All licensed contractors start off with fairly the same overhead, which is required by law A contracting company who pays well will almost always turn out better products that last longer Contractors that don’t take overhead into account won’t be around long enough to claim a warranty If you enjoy the services and trust you’ve established with a certain contractor, you’ll find value in the price Skill and craftsmanship also comes with insurance and warranties for a legitimate agency, none of which are guaranteed with your “brother’s friend” who does side jobs Experience in estimating will allow a good team to predict, with reasonable fluctuation, how much a job will truly cost, while that cheaper contractor’s hitting you with change order after change order A non-licensed contractor can be fined, heavily, and unfortunately, you’re stuck with the bill. ..We can go on forever with this list…   There’s an old saying “We can’t afford to buy cheap”, which should always be repeated often while looking for a contractor. Now, this doesn’t mean we’re telling you to pick the most expensive contractor, just cause! Pick someone who feels right for the job, whose team is capable of creating the final vision you’re expecting while doing so in a calm, peaceful and all around enjoyable way; without worrying about him going belly up with your down payment. We hope this helps homeowners understand why a good contractor is worth their weight in gold; There’s no price for peace of mind. Make sure you hire right, … Read more

looking to take your bathroom remodel to the next level on a budget?

        When your bathroom just ain’t cutting the mustard…it’s time for a bathroom remodel. there are some tips and tricks that will save you oodles of bank, and still allow for you to have the bathroom of your dreams. remodeling your bathroom is an expensive project. You should be trying to eliminate cost in every single way. Start by eliminating waste and unnecessary costs resulting from mistakes. we explore design, materials, and fixtures as a starting point. A poor design choice can leave you scratching your head when your mid-way through and become a costly sinkhole that if left unchecked can you have you hanging your gloves before you’ve even started. Paul hope offers his valuable advice on this:   Design As with kitchen renovations, the biggest costs come when you relocate important fixtures. Moving toilets, sinks, and showers requires that workers tear out subfloors and walls to access pipes. “Moving the toilet just 1 foot can cost $1,000,” says Robert Degni, a contractor in New York City. If you only need a slight shift—because, say, you’re hoping to squeeze in a double vanity—Degni suggests using an offset flange, a $10 fix that allows you to move the toilet a few precious inches in any direction without extensive plumbing work.  read more here The Materials used in a bathroom remodeling project are paramount to success. You’ll want to familiarize yourself with the lingo before you get started. You have to take into consideration grades that are available and bulk pricing. You will also need to see which tile is perfect for your particular application. according to Kristen Hampshire, you’d better have a well thought out plan of attack when you plan things out for your project: Design: As you choose among fixtures and materials, visit specialty design showrooms for plumbing, lighting, flooring, cabinets, etc. You’ll get a real feel for what’s available in the market, and you can talk to the professionals who work there about your ideas and what products will achieve your goals. “Make sure you have chosen everything down to the lighting fixture to the medicine cabinet before you begin that project, because if you don’t, that is where a $30,000 project becomes a $50,000 project,” says Cameron Snyder, president, Roomscapes Luxury Design Center, Boston, Mass., and past-president of the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA). “Allowances that contractors give you may or may not be realistic.” More on this here Image Credit   The third and last segment of this article should be about fixtures and only fixtures.  Nothing but fixtures.  Have your guests ohh and ahh as they enter.  Controlling the lighting and atmosphere of the room…fixtures are the cherry on top to any bathroom remodeling project.  Please see the video below, as it addresses the key points to be cognizant of when shopping:   So remember.  You cannot have your dream bathroom without breaking the bank if you dont take notice of the three things weve just talked about.  Take notice … Read more