Don’t Fear the Fixer-Upper: Buying a Home in 2018

Article Provided By: Delta Faucets

Ever watch any of the popular home renovation shows and think to yourself, “Those people are insane! I would never take on a fixer-upper!”? We never say never. Fixer-uppers offer you the opportunity to map the footprint of your home, adding in the spaces you need and the details you desire to create the home of your dreams. Maybe you’re thinking, “Only handy people and DIYers should take on a fixer-upper.” Well, that’s not true. Plenty of non-handy people who don’t aspire to DIY status take on fixer-uppers for a variety of important reasons and successfully renovate them. Here are some reasons to consider a home that may be a large (but rewarding) project.

Location, location, location.
Getting into the neighborhood of your dreams may require buying the most run-down house on the block. If the neighborhood location is prime and the amenities meet your standards, then purchasing a fixer-upper may be a no-brainer, especially if the price reflects the state of the home.

Good bones.
If the home has a solid foundation, fixable infestations, potentially solid plumbing and land that can be manicured into something special, a fixer-upper could work for you. If the basics are met, the extras can be added later. But how do you know if these elements of the home are up to par? A good inspection will give you details, but some things you can’t know until you begin renovating.

Know when to pass.
Some old homes are just not salvageable. The cost to tear it down and start from scratch may be cheaper than repairing it. If you really love the property where the home sits and razing it is an option, consider this the opportunity to use the reclaimed bits from the former house in the new one. We’re already picturing the shiplap wall.

Get yourself a good contractor. 
Do your research. Talk to friends. Check out Home Advisor or Angie’s List for an accredited contractor. Get recommendations from your hardware store or local showroom (who could also be very helpful in the design of your dream home in the making). Pick the person who feels right to you. You will be trusting this person with arguably the largest monetary investment in your life, so don’t be scared to interview the contractor and ask the deep, hard questions.

Don’t be in a rush.
There are certain aspects of a remodel which you won’t know until you dig in, so budget for some extra time. Repairing a fixer-upper is not a linear operation, so prepare for some glitches to occur. We’ve all heard the horror stories of home renovations that took six months longer than promised. It may help to identify which parts of the home are the most vital and tackle those first. For example, you probably want your kitchen completed early on, but your guest room can wait. With the right contractor, your home renovation will likely stay on schedule and come in on budget.

Money talks.
A fixer-upper can be significantly cheaper to purchase than a new home. Depending on the extent of the renovations, you could come in under budget. Make sure your contractor understands that you have a fixed budget, and negotiate costs where you can. Evaluate where you need a professional’s help versus areas you may be comfortable doing the work or supplying the materials yourself.

Where to start?
Let’s assume you’ve purchased a fixer-upper and are ready to renovate. Where do you begin? We suggest going for the bathroom and kitchen. You can handle a subpar living room for a bit, but living without a functioning bathroom or kitchen would be a struggle. Both rooms are highly trafficked areas in a home and contribute greatly to its resale value. Investing in these two rooms will never be frivolous. Let’s say you have only a tiny budget for either. Once the plumbing and electrical have been modernized, those with smaller budgets may consider making simple swaps to bring down the cost of the renovations. Corian counters are often cheaper than marble or soapstone. A remote-controlled Japanese toilet may be on your list of dreams, but an equally cool water-efficient toilet may be more budget-friendly. Do you add the heated floors or the chandelier? We say go for the floors. The chandelier can come later—adding heated floors after the fact is a larger project.

In the kitchen, budget-conscious owners of fixer-uppers should comb the sales to get the appliances they desire. Countertops matter—if granite is not in your budget, poured concrete, butcher block and stainless steel all make cheaper, visually interesting and durable options. Traditional hardwood floors may be out of reach, but there are a variety of eco-friendly alternatives such as bamboo.

Whatever you spend on your kitchen and bathroom, remember that details matter. Invest in beautiful, hardworking fixtures (we’re loving Matte Black in the kitchen and Champagne Bronze in the bathroom). Incorporate attractive drawer and cabinet pulls. Pick the perfect Behr paint color. No one will know how much you spent. They’ll only know how jealous they are.

A Use And Care Guide For Countertops.

The material you choose for your kitchen countertops should be something you feel comfortable maintaining.

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Nothing quite compares to stepping into your steam shower at the end of the day and feeling warmth surround your body and toxins roll from your skin. It’s the perfect treatment for allergies, muscular aches, and long, stressful days.

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Incorporating aging in place design in your bathroom creates a functional and safe space to start and end each day. Installing grab bars, slip resistant tile, and taller height toilets isn’t just for the elderly.

Nature’s Influence on Interior Design

Recently more than ever, nature’s influence on interior design is taking the forefront. From obscure bloggers to Huffington Post, HGTV and FreshHome, everyone is talking about ways to incorporate nature in the home. But now it’s more than just using nature in decor. This renewed trend is focused more on environmentally friendly products than ever before.

“Every movement spawns a countermovement,” claims Wanda Jankowski in Professional Builder Magazine. She goes on to say that technological advances in the home have birthed a counter culture. This counter culture calls for simplified materials made from natural products. In this article we’ll take you through some of the latest environmentally oriented interior design trends.

Nature on Surfaces and Walls

Wall coverings and surface areas are great places to incorporate colors or textures depending on what room decor you are trying to compliment. Neutral, earthy paint colors help compliment natural materials by surrounding them with colors found in their environment.

Sherwin Williams named Poised Taupe as their 2017 color of the year. This earthy color provides exactly the right backdrop for a variety of natural textures. Wood, stone and glass all compliment this universal color. Poised Taupe even helps to make bright splashes of color pop.

Pantone’s color of the year is nearly opposite of Sherwin Williams, yet complimentary. Greenery provides the perfect bright and natural element to counterbalance the neutrality of the Taupe.

Aside from paint, putting natural materials onto focus walls has become hugely popular as well. Stone, cement tiles, wooden panels and more have all been making a comeback on walls throughout the country. The possibilities are endless.

Nature on Countertops

The possibilities for countertops are somewhat more limited. Countertops need certain features, like the ability to be cleaned. That leaves us with natural stone, man-made stone, laminate, glass and recycled materials.

What? Recycled materials? Glass?

We already covered the difference between man-made and natural stone. Yet, there is more to this story even. You can really make man-made stone countertops look like any natural stone material out there. If you choose man-made stone, you can even add color into your design while making it look “natural.”

As for other countertop materials, glass is pretty innovative. From floating clear glass countertops to pure pearl-white, glass is also fully customizable. You can even get a glass countertop made from recycled glass.

Recycled material countertops are probably the newest available material available. Recently I stumbled on recycled paper countertops. Talk about an environmentally friendly choice! The countertop supposedly feels just like wood.

Bringing Home Your Adventures

There are about a million ways you can bring nature into your home through decor.. just ask Pinterest. But my personally favorite way is to grab something memorable from an outdoor expedition or a road trip and make something of it. Put something personal into your home through the incorporation of nature!

Do you have any other ideas? This topic could go on forever. Please let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Built for Millennials

As a Millennial, it’s hard for me to ignore the abundance of research, news, trends, blog posts and gossip about my own age group. Millennials are at the center of attention as we become of age to run for political office, buy homes, have children and significantly screw up our lives. (Hopefully no one is trying to accomplish that last one…)

So of course in the kitchen and bath industry, the millennial generation has all but taken over the spotlight. Baby Boomers and Millennials are at the forefront of kitchen and bath innovation. New trends and designs are revolving around these two very diverse demographics. Today we will take a look at how we can build for millennials.

What makes it “Built for Millennials?”

According to Professional Builder Magazine, millennials enjoy informal entertaining as much as their baby boomer parents and grandparents. That makes the kitchen a core piece of the home along with having plenty of outdoor or bar space.

But millennials are also really into their personal time and health. That makes places like the bathroom a personal haven for relaxation and alone time. Whatever room it is, there are a few home living trends among millennials that kitchen and bath designers should pay attention to. (source 1 and 2)

  • Neutral colors are great for millennials because it gives flexibility to first-time buyers. With neutral colors it’s easy to change the decor and style in a room on a budget.
  • A mix of contemporary and re-purposed vintage items is totally in. Salvaged wood and “shabby-chic” are majorly popular design trends among millennials.
  • The Kitchen is STILL the core of the home.
  • Outdoor spaces are key, especially for smaller homes. Having a large porch or deck gives that perfect informal entertaining space for any occasion.
  • Technology is key in the entire house. Millennials are the first generation to grow up with a lot of the internet and smart phone technology we have today. Making a house sync with a phone or an app just seems natural.
  • Open spaces! Entertaining is key!

Are you a millennial? What do you want to see in your kitchen or bath space? Have you worked with millennials? What else can you add to this list? Let us know in the comments below.

Trends in Cabinetry

Cabinetry is always changing. Whether it’s style and finish, overall design and functionality or even material, cabinet trends change constantly. That’s why it’s important to choose trends you know fit your personal decorating style and lifestyle.

Right now a few trends are floating around for cabinetry. Here are a few

1) Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves seem to have become extremely popular. A floating shelf is just what it sounds like. It’s a shelf with no visible support or surrounding cabinetry.

Here are more creative ways to use floating shelves.

2) A Design for Wine

Wine has never really been in or out of fashion, but if wine were ever trending, it’s now. Wine is one of the top things bought online at the moment. It’s also hitting the kitchen design industry pretty hard. Whether you want to add a bar space to your home or a space for wine in your kitchen cabinetry, designing around the love of wine is trendy right now.

Some spaces include slots for wine glasses and bottles. Some include a space for a particular wine fridge. In a lot of cases, when designing cabinetry for a new kitchen or a remodel, keep your wine in mind!

3) Hard Working Cabinets

Condensing cabinets into one wall, making them hold as much as functionally as possible is a huge trend right now. It probably spilled over from the tiny house fad. Those small spaces need cabinetry that works hard to keep spaces uncluttered.

Even if it’s not a singular wall of cabinets, having efficient cabinet spaces is hot. Built-in spice racks and lazy susans are just the beginning. Pull-out trays, customized drawers, bread boxes, cookie sheet slots, etc. are all on the rise. The limit to what you can do with your cabinet space seems to be as big as your mind can make it. (BHG)

The Future of Cabinetry

As always, the future trends of any industry depends entirely on the consumers’ tastes. What are your favorite trends right now? What do you want to see more of in the cabinet industry? Let us know in the comments below.

New Faucet Technology

It seems nothing goes without a technological innovation these days, and faucets are no exception. The best thing about getting a new faucet is that you don’t even have to remodel or change anything else… unless you want to. A new sink might be nice too, right?

When it comes to faucet technology there are a few options out there: touchless and touch. Inspire Kitchen and Bath carries Moen and Delta products, two brands which have come out with new faucet technology recently.

Moen Motionsense

Moen’s latest faucet technology is Motionsense. Basically you don’t have to touch the faucet at all. It has sensors on the top and side for varying needs. To turn the water on, wave your hand in front of the sensor. To turn it off, wave your hand back over it one more time.

moen motionsense

Delta Touch20®

Delta’s Touch20® is relatively self explanatory. All you need to do to turn it on is touch it, and barely. The faucet actually picks up the static electricity of your skin, so you almost don’t need to touch it at all. And to turn it off, simply touch the faucet one more time.

So What do you Choose?

Choosing a type of faucet, as always, is up to your preferences. Touchless or touch technology might not be as important as the finishes and styles these faucets are available in. Prioritize your choice. Do you care more about look or function? What functionality do you want? Motionsense or Touch20?

There are many things to consider. Your best option is to discuss your desires with a local expert.

Have anything to add? Leave us a comment below!

Simple Tips To Get Your Home Ready For Winter

Winter is coming, and along with it come cold temperatures and potential plumbing problems.

Below are some simple tips to get your home ready for winter.

Inside your home:

  1. Simple Tips To Get Your Home Ready For WinterMake sure pipes are well-insulated; close vents to your crawl space and insulate the openings
  2. If your laundry room or a bathroom is right next to the garage, keep the garage door closed to retain heat
  3. If your bathroom vanity or kitchen sink is along an outside wall, keep the cabinet doors open to allow more heat inside around the pipes.
  4. Always leave your heat set at least 55 degrees F while you’re gone

Outside your home:

  1. Disconnect your garden hoses
  2. Turn off the water supply to, and drain irrigation and sprinkler systems
  3. As a preventative measure, make sure you know where your main water shut-off is. After a pipe burst and your house is flooding is a bad time to realize you don’t know where to turn the water.

What to do if you do have a frozen pipe:

  1. Call a professional plumber
  2. Do NOT use a blowtorch to thaw a pipe. Many people have inadvertently set their house on fire!

Following these simple tips to get your home ready for winter can minimize the risk of a burst pipe and the consequences of a water leak.

2016 Holiday Hours

Inspire Kitchen and Bath will be closed the following days in observance of Christmas and New Years:

  • Saturday, December 24
  • Monday, December 26
  • Saturday, December 31
  • Monday, January 2

Thank you for your business, and please enjoy a safe holiday season!