4 Ways to Save on Your Next Remodel

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Embarking on a project for your home remodel can an ambitious task to take on especially if it you are a new homeowner. Proper planning before you begin your remodel will not only better prepare you, but can potentially save you money.

  1. Choose the right contractor
    • Choosing the right contractor is one of the most important things to consider when beginning your project. It is important to pick a contractor that has experience with the particular project you plan on doing. For example, choosing a company like A1-Reglazing who specializes in bathtub relgazing would be an ideal candidate of you were to decide on staring a bathroom remodel.
  2. Buying the Materials
    • Once you have chosen the right contractor, you should begin research on the cost of the materials for your project. Based on the estimates you have received from your contractor, you should be able to see if you are able to purchase the supplies needed yourself in an effort to save on cost.
  3. Offer Assistance
    • One way you can help manage the cost of your remodel project is to try to help where you can. There are many tasks you available to you that will help cut the labor costs of your remodel like cleaning, moving furniture, or prepping a room that needs to be painted are all simple tasks that anyone can do.
  4. Stick to your budget
    • Once you have chosen your contractor and agreed on an estimate, be sure to stay within those guidelines. It is very easy to expand or add to a current project but may not benefit you in the future. It is important to remember that the better you manage your budget on this project can save you money for future projects.

As you work through your remodel, you may notice along the way that there a more projects you would like to complete around your home. Hopefully if you are to follow these steps it will benefit you for all future projects.

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The Most Popular Kitchen Countertop Materials

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The countertops are often the first thing people notice when they walk into your kitchen, which is why choosing the right kitchen countertop material is extremely important for creating the look you want. There are quite a few common materials for crafting kitchen countertops, each with its own set of benefits and drawbacks. Here are some you might want to consider for use in your home.

Acrylic

Acrylic countertops require very little maintenance so they are great for kitchens that see a lot of use. It’s highly stain resistant, and any burns or scratches that do end up on the countertops are easy to sand out. The major downside of acrylic is that it’s similar in price to natural materials but doesn’t have the same expensive look.

Marble

Marble is one of the most beautiful and elegant materials you can use in your kitchen. It stays cool even when the room is warm, which makes it great for working with dough and other ingredients that can benefit from the chill. However, marble stains quite easily, and needs to be scrubbed and treated with sealant regularly.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel lends a modern look to any kitchen in which it is installed. It is quite tough, and resistant to staining and bacteria, which is the main reason it is frequently used in industrial kitchens. However, the need for custom fabrication makes stainless steel more expensive than other materials.

Butcher Block

Butcher block is a heavy wood material that gives kitchens a rustic country look. Though it is prone to scratches, they are easy to sand out and some scruffs are often considered part of the material’s charm. Beware of using butchers block unless you are prepared to disinfect it frequently, as wood has a way of soaking up bacteria from food.

Good countertops are designed to last many years, so choose a material that you do not mind living with for a long time when installing them in your kitchen.

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Update Your Home With Tile Refinishing

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Almost everyone’s home contains either a kitchen or a bathroom with stained, aged ceramic tile. Maybe you have tried scrubbing the tiles, hoping that someday you will find a cleaner that actually lifts the grime from the surface. When all else fails, tile refinishing can be a lifesaver, allowing you to update your home quickly and easily.

Homeowners may run into many situations where tile reglazing is an appropriate option. For example, you may have moved into a home that still contains the original flooring or siding. You may dislike the colors the last homeowner chose, or perhaps you just want to update your home since the tiles look decades old. Perhaps you painted the walls, and you want the tiles to match the color, or maybe you want to mix up your theme by turning plain white flooring into a checkerboard pattern.

Tile refinishing allows you to keep the original tiles while giving them a bright sheen or a new color. The flexibility of this option makes it ideal for those who want their rooms to look fresh and current without undergoing a drastic remodeling project. Surface restoration can give you the appearance of replacement with reduced time and investment. Tearing up the old tiles and replacing them will not only cost you a bundle, but the process can take a long time, rendering your bathroom or kitchen unusable for long periods. With refinishing, a new look can be yours in a matter of days, giving you a clean façade just in time for parties or get-togethers.

Reglazing usually involves stripping the old coating, etching the surface to create a better bond with the new finish and then following it up with several coats of primer and fresh glaze. Professional restoration artists create a final result that looks great and will last through regular use.

If you are want to update your home, but need to do so on a budget, consider tile refinishing and tub refinishing. This will give your floors or walls a rejuvenated look without necessitating a time-consuming, messy replacement process.

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No-Stress Ideas for Kitchen and Bathroom Remodeling

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When it comes to kitchen and bathroom remodeling, replacing sinks or tubs can be pricey. Luckily, you can erase the signs of wear and tear without breaking the bank by utilizing affordable, fast fixes such as sink refinishing, wallpaper replacement or the introduction of decorative pieces.

One of the best ways to quickly update a kitchen or bathroom is to have the tub or sink reglazed. A professional will sand off the old coating and apply a bonding agent, followed by several coats of a new glaze. If your sink is framed by a vanity, you can opt to refinish that as well. Reglazing will have the surface looking good as new, and better yet, you will still have some money left over for other updates.

While sink refinishing is a great start to your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project, a few more tweaks will give you the bathroom or kitchen you have always dreamed of. In the same way that a dirty, stained sink can make a room look dingy, discolored caulking or moldy wallpaper can have a similar effect. A day spent updating these two features can make all the difference.

With your sinks reglazed and your caulking and wallpaper replaced, you can start on the finer details of your kitchen or bathroom remodeling. You can really have some fun with picking out a new faucet, for example, or interchanging light fixtures or cabinet knobs. One way to make your bathroom look more upscale is to frame the mirror, which helps hide unsightly screws or edges. Similarly, you might want to replace your curtains or try indoor shutters for a modern look.

A color scheme can make your kitchen or bathroom look more coordinated. The easiest way to do this is to purchase your accessories based on the color of the walls, sinks and countertops. You may want to reglaze your tiled floors or shower in a new color to fit more closely with your scheme.

From sink refinishing to changing the knobs on your cabinets, a few no-stress updates can be just as effective as hiring a contractor to completely remodel your bathroom or kitchen—and with less strain on your pocketbook.

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Should You Consider Shower Reglazing?

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Nothing can bring down the look of your bathroom quite like an old, yellowed shower with outdated tiles. For many people, replacement is not an option, but there is another way to make your bathroom look good as new: shower reglazing. This fast, affordable solution will completely restore the surface and erase years of stains, giving you a shower you can be proud of.

You will benefit most from reglazing if your shower is yellowed, imbued with grime or simply out of style. While the costs of replacement are too expensive for many people, shower reglazing offers a fast way to fix that eyesore at a fraction of the price. The quick turnaround time makes this option perfect for those who need their shower restored before a family gathering or house showing.

Americans update their bedrooms and living rooms to stay current, but oftentimes, bathrooms are forgotten. Certain tile patterns or colors may mark your shower as a product of a former decade, but restoration can bring your bathroom up-to-date. Not only will reglazing allow the surface to regain its shine, but many refinishers offer the chance to change the color of the tiles above the tub, so you can ditch the styles of yesteryear and opt for a more modern look. This also presents an easy method for updating several bathrooms at once to fit a common theme.

Finally, surface restoration is perfect for homeowners who love their tub or shower but do not want to replace it. An antique claw-foot tub, for example, is not always replaceable. Restoration gives you the option to update the surface without changing the overall shape or style.

When you are looking for an easy, cost-effective way to update your bathroom, shower reglazing should come to mind. With its fast turnaround time, this type of restoration takes little effort and investment on your part, but it makes a world of difference to the overall look of your washroom.

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Restoring Your Bathtub with Fiberglass

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The bathroom is just as much a part of the home as the living room, kitchen and bedrooms. As such, you want to give it a charming appeal. The bath tub makes up a large portion of the bathroom, and if the tub is worn and showing signs of rust, scratches and wear, then it can hamper the appearance of the entire room. This is why fiberglass refinishing provides an easy and affordable solution for restoring an old tub back into pristine condition.

Bath tubs can take on a number of damages. Most of these are only superficial, but they do create an unsightly appearance. Common tub damages include discoloration, rust, and what is often referred to as stress cracks. These often appear shortly after installation and can give the tub a brittle appearance. Tubs can also become unsightly due to the surface buildup of soap residue. Once the residue dries, it cannot be removed with a simple spray and cloth.

While there are some DIY methods available for fixing minor scuffs and scratches, these quick fixes are only temporary at best. To fully restore a tub’s glossy look, you have to have it refinished by a professional. Fiberglass refinishing is a popular technique and can be applied to the tub itself as well as on shower enclosures. This method also provides an affordable alternative as it is far cheaper than having the tub replaced altogether.

The process is quick and normally consists of two steps. The first step is to completely scrub the tub surface to remove debris and foreign material. Afterwards, the surface is sanded down and fitted with a new glossy coat. If done properly and with care, the new appearance should last an upward of 20 years.

Bathroom renovations can be costly because extensive remodeling work often requires tampering with the plumbing system under the walls. However, going to such extremes is not necessary. The bathtub itself can at least be restored to look like new using the time tested technique of fiberglass refinishing.

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Get Quality Results With Tile Refinishing

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If you are looking to remodel your bathroom or kitchen fixtures for quality results, take a minute to consider tile refinishing. Refinishing is a cost-effective alternative to replacing old tile surfaces, including fixtures such as bathtubs, counter tops, sinks, showers, and even fiberglass surfaces.

Replacing old fixtures such as a bathtub can be expensive, and sometimes can disrupt plumbing and electrical work in the process. Refinishing, on the other hand, does not require the messy business of ripping out walls and fixtures. There tends to be less unforeseen issues to deal with when performing a simple refinishing project.

Refinishing is done by first applying several cleaners to the surface. Next, any chips in the surface must be repaired. The surface is then sanded to create a roughness that can better bond with the coating. Several coats are applied to the surface, including a primer and a high-gloss finish. Tile refinishing will leave your fixtures looking shiny and new.

In addition to making tile surfaces look like new, refinishing also allows for color or texture changes. You can get your tile to match the rest of your home décor, making it easy to style your home as you see fit.

Also, if you are worried about your refinished fixture not matching the rest of the tile in the room, clear coating is always in option. Replacing a fixture, however, can require that you choose you new fixture based on the colors of the others in the room. Any mismatched colors can make a room look unprofessional.

Refinishing projects can be performed in as little as a few hours. It is a quick and convenient way to give your bathroom or kitchen the new look you desire. If your original fixture was made of a fine material, refinishing can even result in a higher-quality product than your chosen replacement may be.

If you wish to avoid the costs and hassle of replacing your old and worn out fixtures, tile refinishing may be your best option. The convenience and quality of many refinishing projects is unparalleled.

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Bathtub Reglazing: Rejuvenate Your Bathroom

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Many people are not aware that they can breath new life into their bathroom without the mess and expense of removing their worn bathtub. Bathtub reglazing is a quick and inexpensive technique to rejuvenate your bathroom that makes a wide variety of tubs look as good as new.

Reglazing a bathtub is a simple procedure. Professional technicians will come into your home and apply chemicals to your tub. These chemicals can brighten dingy colors and erase stains caused by rust, dirt, and scum. They will also make your tub shiny and smooth, filling in cracks and chips.

The techniques and chemicals used may vary depending on the kind of bathtub you have. The procedure to resuscitate an antique claw foot tub, for example, might vary from that used on a more recent model. Acrylic, fiberglass, and porcelain tubs are all candidates for this procedure.

In most cases, the reglazing is easily completed in less than one day. The chemicals do need time to set, but homeowners are generally free to use their tubs only 24 hours after the reglazing has been finished. Once a tub has been reglazed, it can last twenty years if cared for properly. Reglazed tubs are also easier to clean than tubs that have been worn down. When cleaning a reglazed tub, it is important to avoid harsh cleansers or abrasive sponges, as these can wear down the glaze.

While some homeowners like the idea of reglazing their tub because the process can be completed quickly, others are excited that there is no construction debris to be concerned about. Still others are attracted by the cost. Choosing to reglaze an existing bathtub during a remodel can save considerable cost that can then be spent on upgrading other aspects of the space or even simply saved for future expenses.

Regardless of a homeowners reason for choosing bathtub reglazing, they are getting a wonderful value and can rest easy knowing they have chosen to preserve a useful element of their home instead of throwing it away.

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Tub Refinishing: Quick and Easy Tips

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Many people hope to keep their home looking modern and fresh by periodically remodeling the bathroom. Bathrooms see a lot of wear over the years, and the constant moisture, soap, and dirt can cause fixtures to discolor over time. Scratches often appear in bathtubs and sinks, making them look old and also making them harder to keep clean. Tub refinishing is a quick and easy way to update the look of a bathroom in only one day.

Refinishing a bathtub is a process whereby a professional technician comes to your house and applies chemicals to an existing tub. These chemicals not only erase imperfections in the tub, they seal it against future damage. A properly refinished bathtub will not only last up to 20 additional years, it becomes easier to keep clean with mild detergents and minimal scrubbing.

Although the techniques may differ somewhat, many different kinds of bathtubs can be refinished. From antique porcelain claw foot tubs to newer fiberglass soaker baths, professionals have the tools to get the job done. Not only is the process generally completed in less than a day, it only takes 24 hours to properly cure once completed. Homeowners will be able to use their tub again in no time, and without dealing with the mess associated with demolishing and replacing a large fixture.

Tub refinishing is popular with landlords who are looking for ways to freshen up a space after a tenant leaves. It is also popular with homeowners looking to save money for home improvements they consider more important. Why spend money replacing a perfectly serviceable bathtub when you could spend it on a new roof, an updated refrigerator, or hardwood floors instead?

Today’s homeowners do not have time to spend on repairs that are not completely necessary. If someone has a bathtub that works perfectly but looks worn, they are wise to consider tub refinishing as a quick and inexpensive way to breath new life into the centerpiece of their bathroom.

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