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We know that not everybody has the time or budget to take on a full kitchen remodel. If that’s the case for you, but you’re sick of looking at your outdated kitchen, then these 10 tips for easy and affordable upgrades might be the change you need!
1. Install a new eye-catching backsplash
A unique backsplash can be the showpiece of your kitchen. Find some tiles that you love and that fit within your kitchen’s style. Removing and replacing a backsplash can be done easily and quickly, and can really add interest in the space. A pretty backsplash can take the attention away from other things in your kitchen that you may not love such as outdated cabinets or countertop. Just make sure that it all matches and flows together!
2. Paint or refinish existing cabinets
It’s no secret that replacing kitchen cabinetry can be expensive. If you’re dying to replace your outdated cabinets but have a limited budget, consider painting or refinishing your current ones instead. This can make a HUGE difference in the overall look of your kitchen, and costs about half the price of getting all new cabinets.
3. Upgrade your cabinet hardware
Replacing the cabinet and drawer pulls/knobs in your kitchen is one of the cheapest and easiest changes you can make. You’d be surprised how big of a difference this simple change makes in the overall look of your kitchen. Find something unique and even trendy. You can always change them out again later! Just make sure that the size of the new hardware is the same as the old, so that the nail holes don’t show.
4. Use a unique table as an island
Every kitchen, small and large, should have an island. Kitchen islands balance the space, and allow for more prep and storage space, and even an area to display yummy treats and baked goods. If you don’t have one, find a unique table that fits in your space and flows with your kitchen’s style. If limited space is an issue, find a table that has wheels and put it away somewhere else when you need the kitchen to be open.
5. Add more task lighting
Anyone who spends time in the kitchen knows that having sufficient lighting is important. This may not be the cheapest change to make, as you will have to hire an electrician or contractor, but it will definitely be worth it. Add some unique pendant lighting over an island or peninsula, some LED task lighting under the cabinets, or even just some added recessed lighting if you need it.
6. Add some open shelving with unique decorations displayed
Open shelving provides added visual interest in a kitchen, and can really open up the space when compared to typical upper cabinets. It allows you to display your favorite dishes and other kitchen décor such as cookbooks or herbs.
7. Hide your less-used appliances
If possible, find a space such as a pantry, cabinet, or kitchen island to hide away your small appliances such as a microwave, toaster oven, air-fryer ect.
8. Hang a large mirror above the sink
If you don’t have a window above your sink, hang a large mirror to emulate the feel of a window. This will make your kitchen feel bigger, and will allow you to see something other than the wall when you are washing dishes. Try to find one that even has paneling like a window!
9. Display your pots and pans on a hanging rack
Hanging your pots on a rack will clear up space in your cabinets and drawers, and allow for easy access when cooking. It can also be a really cool design feature, especially if the material of the pots matches other finishes in your kitchen.
10. Replace outdated furniture and décor with unique & interesting ones.
Furniture and decorations make as much of an impact as cabinets and backsplashes. Find some unique antique barstools, a cool rug, plants/vases, pretty dishware, or even just some artwork that you like. Make sure it all flows together and fits well within the space.
Have you ever noticed in the winter that your house just seems cold no matter what? Have you ever felt a cold breeze coming in through a closed window or a sealed attic door? You may be losing heat due to old and outdated windows and doors. Instead of throwing your money away by cranking up the thermostat and hoping for the best, you should contact a local professional to carry out a heat loss analysis in your home.
What is a heat loss analysis you ask? It’s a pretty simple procedure. A professional will come to your home and use a thermal imaging camera to look around your home. They will look around your windows, doors and baseboards to see if heat is escaping through tiny holes or cracks. They’ll then use a mathematical calculation to tell you exactly how much heat you’re losing in your home. Once the analysis is complete and the contractor gives you the results they will present you with their recommendations on how to keep more heat inside of your home. Heating the outdoors sounds nice in the winter but in reality it’s just a money pit.
Your contractor will lay out all of the options they have come up with the aide in getting more heat to stay inside of your home. They will most likely recommend new windows to replace old ones. They may even need to remove the sheet rock around the window and re-insulate the wall. Insulation can break down over the years and become ineffective so there are times when replacing the insulation, re-installing the sheet rock and replacing a window are your best bet. In the event that you’re losing heat around your doors, your contractor will most likely recommend that you add rubber insulation around the jam of the door to make a tight seal. If you’re losing heat through an attic access door, adding foam insulation or rubber insulation around the perimeter of the door can make the seal tighter and keep cold air out of the home. Somewhere that people don’t realize can lost heat is around your baseboards. Sometimes a home has settled over the years and a crack can form between the foundation and the baseboard. This can be a structural issue so having a licensed contractor look it over is best. They may be able to fix it with foam insulation and new baseboard molding.
Either way, contacting a licensed professional, such as William Snyder Construction, is always a good idea. Heating your home can be extremely costly in the winter, especially if you’re losing heat. No one wants to throw their hard earned money out the window and that’s exactly what you’re doing when your home is losing heat. Contact William Snyder Construction today for a heat loss analysis and start keeping more of your money! Stay warm out there!
Making the decision to remodel your kitchen is a big choice. The average kitchen remodel in our area ranges from $18,000 all the way up to $65,000. The wide range in the price has a lot to do with the choices you make in materials and contractor. There are a lot of big decisions that will need to be made. We’d like to make sure you don’t fall into one of the most common mistakes of kitchen remodeling.
The first mistake is rushing the process. When you decide to remodel, don’t just jump right into it. Make sure you do some research in your area of typical costs for materials such as cabinets and counter tops. Make sure you set a budget and keep it realistic. Expecting a full kitchen remodel for under $10,000 is almost impossible. Make sure you do a full walk through with your contractor and have all of your ideas on the table from the get go. Don’t wait until the last minute to change your mind on something. Setbacks late in the game will only delay the project and cost everyone money. So don’t rush anything and take your time making decisions.
The second mistake homeowners make is getting only one bid from a contractor. You should get at least three estimates so you have a wide range of options to choose from. Also, when you choose, budget is important but the lowest bid may not be the best option. If you liked one contractor over another but their price was higher, paying a little more money for someone you trust is well worth it. Too many times homeowners get stuck with a contractor who quoted the lowest price but gives them sub-par work. Do your research on your contractor and make sure you pick someone you trust.
The third mistake homeowners make is choosing items for their kitchen just because it’s the cool, trendy thing to do. Watching a lot of HGTV is a good idea to get ideas but if you never cook pasta, there’s no need to install a pot filler over your stove. Invest in things that make sense for your family. If you have a large family and need a lot of storage, go for the 42” cabinets and large island that you like, not the smaller cabinets and small island because the host on TV said it’s the trend. If you hate white cabinets, don’t install them. Pick things that you’ll like. Not what the TV says you should put in.
The last mistake that is made by many homeowners is not taking into account how much of a mess there will be. Here at William Snyder Construction we use a HEPA filter to keep dust down to almost nothing on our job sites. That doesn’t mean there won’t still be a mess. Living in a construction zone is stressful and hard for everyone. If at all possible, try to get pets to stay with family or friends and keep small children out of the contractor’s way. No one wants an accident in the remodel zone.
However your kitchen remodel works out, remember that it’s about what you want in the kitchen, not anyone else. Take your time, do your research, pick what you like, stay out of the way and enjoy the finished project once it’s all done. Happy cooking!
When it comes time to renovate your home, the possibilities are endless. Some renovations will give you e better return for your money than others but most renovation projects work out for all parties involved in the end. There are however some renovations that are more profitable than others and they may not be the ones you think. Kitchen and bathroom renovations are the best places to use your money in the event that you need to remodel. You get the best bang for your buck in those areas of the home.
A minor renovation can actually give you more of a return on your investment than a major project. A minor bathroom remodel can have a return on investment of more than 100% if done right. A minor renovation is simply swapping out your old toilet, vanity, tub, surround and fixtures without changing the footprint of the bathroom. You don’t need to blow out walls necessarily to get a better return. By changing out your old pieces with newer, fresher pieces, you’re more likely to get your money back and then some. With a major renovation that would include expanding the bathroom by knocking out walls and changing the existing footprint of the bathroom you’d only recoup about 75% of what you put into it. Don’t think you have to go that route if you’re simply looking to get top dollar for your home.
A minor kitchen remodel that would include things like refacing cabinets, updating the counter tops, changing out hardware, some new appliances and new lighting can recoup around 98% of your money. Keep in mind during a kitchen remodel that you want it to reflect your own personal style but you need to stay mindful of resale value. The kitchen is usually the heart of the home and it needs to be somewhere everyone is comfortable. If you go for a design that’s a bit over the top or even too eclectic, that can make it hard to get the most for your money when it comes time to sell. A major renovation in the kitchen which would include replacing all of the cabinets, all of the appliances, the flooring. Cabinets, lighting and cabinet hardware will only usually recoup about 70% of your money.
Renovating a home can be both frustrating and rewarding. However, it’s all worth it in the end as long as you renovate smart. Getting your money’s worth is important in all aspects of life. Why not make sure you’re getting the most out of your home? Happy renovating!
Many times people decide they want to renovate their bathroom or kitchen and don’t completely think the process through. Deciding to do a renovation is the perfect first step. After you’ve made the decision you start getting estimates. This is the part that usually causes people to take a step back and re-evaluate because they are going through sticker shock. Don’t get caught unaware. Read on to learn about how much these things can truly cost and how to keep yourself on budget.
Did you know that in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the average bathroom remodel costs a homeowner $19,500? In the same area, a kitchen remodel averages between $21,000 and $62,000. Even a new deck addition can range from $10,000 to $17,000 depending on materials used. These numbers look a lot scarier than they actually are when you take into account everything you’re getting for your money. An estimate from a contractor should include what they are providing and what you are required to provide. For example, a bathroom renovation that costs $20,000 should include all of your new fixtures, tile, toilet, etc. A renovation that costs in the $10,000 range wouldn’t include those types of things.
When you decide to do a renovation, start doing all of your own research. Find out how much a bathroom costs in your area. Reach out to friends on Facebook or through another social media platform. Go into a big box retailer like Home Depot and Lowes and check prices of cabinets, vanities, sinks, etc. This can help alleviate the sticker shock that comes with a renovation project. If you decide that you want to move forward make sure your contractor sticks with the price they quoted. If you’re responsible for providing items for your renovation, make sure they’re at the home and ready to install when the time comes.
Sticker shock is normal in home renovations. It’s easy to watch a TV show on something like HGTV or the DIY network and assume that you can redo your whole bathroom for $500. In the real world however, unless all you’re doing is painting and putting in a new sink $500 isn’t going to get you a new custom, tile shower and take walls down to make the bathroom larger. Be realistic in your goals and everyone will be happy at the end of the day.
William Snyder Construction of Stroudsburg Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018
Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World
[Stroudsburg, USA], January 18, 2018 – William Snyder Construction of Stroudsburg has won “Best Of Customer Service on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 15 year old company was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“If you can dream it, we can do it.”
“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”
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About William Snyder Construction
William Snyder Construction has been in business for over 15 years. William himself has been working on home improvement projects for as long as he’s been old enough to swing a hammer. Beautiful home design is the product of a team of professionals and William couldn’t get it all done without his dedicated team. William Snyder Construction can build your dream home, one room at a time.
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.
With winter officially upon us there are a few things you can do around your house to make sure your house is ready to handle to cold weather. Just follow our cold weather checklist to make sure you and your family stay nice and warm this winter.
Make sure your gutters are clear: In the winter time excess water can build up in your gutters from snow melt that refreezes. In the event that your gutter wasn’t properly maintained in the fall you could wind up with a solid chunk of ice and debris sitting in your gutter. This can cause your gutter to fail and even make it break and fall off the house. So before it gets too cold out there, make sure you get up on a ladder and make sure your gutters are clear to avoid a nasty surprise come winter.
Trim your trees: During the winter months snow and ice accumulate in our area fairly regularly. It can also accumulate on your trees. A half an inch of ice coating a tree branch is more than enough to snap the branch in half. To avoid having an ice or snow covered tree limb from falling through your roof, make sure you trim back any trees that are too close to your home. In the event that you can’t bring yourself to harm a tree, make sure you’re doing everything you can to remove to snow or ice from the tree after a storm to prevent any accidents.
Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Carbon monoxide is a silent killer. It’s an odorless, tasteless, colorless gas that kills around 500 people in the US annually and will sicken 20,000 to 30,000 people. Many people who die from carbon monoxide poisoning are killed in their home. If you’re using any type of gas heat, your home should have a carbon monoxide detector on each floor of your home. Make sure it is in good working order twice a year. Smoke detectors also need to be in good working order. Each year about 2,500 people die in house fires. Smoke alarms should be placed in each room of the house and batteries need to be checked twice a year to make sure they’re in good working order.
Turn off your hoses: No one wants to try to turn their hose on in the spring for the first car wash of the season and not get anything out. Freezing pipes are always a concern in the winter months but many people forget about their outdoor hose hook ups. Make sure you turn off the water to your outside hook ups to avoid an unwelcome surprise come spring.
Clear snow in a timely manner: Clearing snow isn’t fun for anyone but leaving a foot of snow on your deck can cause the structure to weaken. It can also damage stone pathways with the added snow and ice. So make sure you get out there and start clearing. Don’t wait until the snow is too high to walk through. Start when there are only a few inches on the ground to avoid overexerting yourself and if you’re shoveling, take frequent breaks. Heart attacks spike in the winter months due to overexertion. See if there are any good deals on snow blowers or contact someone locally to help you remove the snow if you’re not medically able.
We hope this tips help you survive the cold winter months. Now go curl up next to the fireplace with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate and stay warm!
When it comes time to start a renovation, one of the #1 questions we’re asked is how long will it take. Obviously there can be unforeseen circumstances that can delay a project like faulty electric behind the drywall, permit delays or a pest problem that has to be taken care of before proceeding. However, barring these issues, most projects stay on a timeline that is outlined with our customers beforehand. But, you as the homeowner can do your part to make sure the project stays on time with these tips.
Make sure your materials are ready to go: If your contractor is asking you to supply anything for your renovation, such as light fixtures or a vanity for a bathroom renovation or cabinets for a kitchen, make sure you have all of these supplies ready when the contractor is ready to get started. There is nothing more frustrating for all parties involved than having to sit around and look at a half done kitchen because the cabinets you wanted didn’t get ordered in time. If you’re planning a renovation, start looking into what cabinets or tile you may want before you say yes to the contractor. This way you have enough time to get what you want and can keep the project moving.
Stay out of the area: If your bathroom has been ripped apart and the contractor has it blocked off with plastic to keep dust out of the rest of your home, keep out of the room! By going into a room that has been purposefully blocked off, you may disturb work in progress or even ruin something. With tile flooring for example, you can’t walk it for a minimum of 12 hours but usually the contractor wants you to wait 24 hours. If you walk on it too soon you can ruin the new tile and that will set the timeline back as the contractor now has to go back and fix it. So if you’re told to stay out, stay out to keep on track.
Factor in the weather: When deciding on a home improvement project, the weather can play a huge role. Colder months are better for indoor renovations but cold weather brings its own set of issues. Understand that sometimes based on your location, snow and ice can play a part in a renovation just as much as paint colors. In the spring and summer, excessive heat and rainy days can also hamper progress. Keep this in mind when planning your renovation projects and know that your contractor will do everything they can to combat the elements and get your project done on time but sometimes, Mother Nature wins.
Be realistic with your expectations: Renovating a space isn’t nearly as fast as TV likes to have you believe. The average bathroom renovation can take anywhere from 3 days to 3 weeks depending on what you’re doing. Understand that when you watch a 1 hour home improvement show on TV, they leave out a lot of steps and don’ usually show you how much time elapsed. Have a realistic expectation about the time line and keep in contact with your contractor so any snags in the time line can be discussed right away so there are fewer surprises for everyone.
The renovation process can be long and sometimes seem never ending. However, if you do everything on your part to keep the project rolling, your contractor should hit fewer snags. Enjoy the planning and purchasing the new items for your home. It’ll all be over before you know it.
When it comes to heating a home there are a ton of questions that you have to ask to make sure you’re choosing the right heat source for your home. One of the biggest things you need to consider is how much heat your chosen source will be able to give your home. One way to learn about how much heat your source can make is to consider the BTU rating. BTU, which stands for British Thermal Units, is a measure of the heat content of fuels or energy sources. One BTU is equal to the heat produced by one, single match. As an example, one cord of wood is equal to 2,000,000 BTU which means that a single cord of wood can produce the same amount of heat as 2,000,000 lit matches. That’s a lot of heat!
You may also see a BTU rating on an air conditioner. When you see the BTU rating it is telling you the rate of heat transfer needed to freeze one short ton of water into ice in 24 hours. The higher the BTU rating of an air conditioner, the bigger the room is that it can cool. For example, if you have a bedroom that is 10’ x 10’ you have 100 sq. Ft. of space to cool. You won’t need any more than 5,000 BTU. But if you’re trying to cool a room that is 20’ x 20’ you’d need at least 9,000 BTU to cool the space. When it comes to air conditioning, bigger isn’t always better. You want to make sure you have the right size unit for the room you’re looking to cool. A unit that is too small will over-work itself in an attempt to cool a room and possibly burn itself out too quickly. While a unit that is too large for the space will freeze the room too quickly and can actually freeze up the parts inside the unit causing it to malfunction.
When looking for any heating or cooling system, BTU is important. For heating you’re looking for something that can produce a lot of heat in an efficient manner. The higher the BTU rating, the more heat it will produce. For cooling, the higher the BTU rating, the larger the space will need to be to cool it efficiently. So next time you’re looking for heating or cooling and see a BTU rating at least you know what it means.