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Furniture Grade Kitchen Cabinets

This Dallas homeowner wanted more cabinet space and storage as well as a completely updated kitchen. We installed Renowned Cabinetry Series 21 Frameless Full Overlay in a bright white finish. Cabinet accessories included a Safety-Susan, Soft Close Doors & Drawers. All lower doors with pull outs. Cabinet accessories included tray dividers and LED lights.  The Flooring, Backsplash, and Countertops were selected from MSI Stone.com

One really unique aspect about this project is that we documented these kitchen cabinets from design to the factory where they were built, the installation, and after the final walk-thru. Check out the video below

Project Year: 2018  - Project Cost: $25,001 - $50,000


Watch how these cabinets became Renowned Cabinets as they go through the design process, the factory, and installation. 


Fireplace Surround Idea: MSI Stacked Stone

Thinking about updating your fireplace? Here is a fireplace surround idea using MSI’s Stacked Stone Charcoal Pencil Stacked Stone that we installed in a Northeast Dallas. It features thin strips of slate for a contemporary twist. Suitable for a variety of projects including backsplashes and accent walls.

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Interior Remodeling: Fastest Way for Measurements, 3D Floor Plans

Capture point-to-point measurements in just two taps. Get perfectly level artwork every time. And rapidly generate 3D floor plans of rooms complete with windows, doors and more.

TapMeasure is a new kind of “AR utility app” for everyday spatial tasks. You can easily capture quick measurements, 3D floor plans, and align artwork. These guys will be adding more features over time, always with the goal of being your go-to “swiss army knife” as a homeowner, Download it today. If you are interested in a free in-home estimate contact us today.

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Remodeling Ideas – AARP


Ideas For Age
Friendly Remodeling



Read this article that was posted ion the AARP's website. The author, Vince Butler is a professional remodeler and writes about 21 things he wishes he'd followed based on his own advice to clients wanting to make their homes aging-friendly. Click here for the complete article or see the highlights below.

1. Raise the Outlets. Lower the Switches
There is no height requirement for electrical outlets or switches in most homes in the U.S. In fact, outlets are typically placed at a height equal to the length of a hammer simply because it saves measuring time during construction. Ask to have your outlets raised to 18" above the floor so they're easier to reach while standing or from a seated position. Light switch boxes are generally set above 48". If you move the box below 48" it makes the switch easier to reach from a wheelchair, scooter or by a child.

2. Use Aging-Friendly Light Switches
Paddle-style switches are better than a traditional toggle switch since they can be easily operated with a finger, knuckle or even an elbow.

3. Over Light and Dim it Down
It's always better to install more lighting than you think you’ll need and include dimmers for control. Coming back later to correct a dark corner or work area is expensive and messy. LED lights provide excellent illumination without overtaxing the wiring circuits and are easily dimmable.

4. Use Wide Doorframes
Use doors that are ideally 36" wide. (The minimum width used should be at least 32".) You don't have to install the wider doors now, but if you frame for that possibility you'll preserve the space and locate switches, pipes and other obstructions clear of any future widening.

5. Select Aging-Friendly Hardware
When choosing door knobs, cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures, select designs that can be comfortably used without excessive pinching, twisting or force. Consider whether a child or a person without full use of his hands or arms could successfully use the item.

6. Double-Up On Handrails
Staircases should have a handrail on each side to provide additional support or to assist someone who has a strength imbalance due to age, injury or illness. Double handrails make staircases safer and easier to use.

7. Wider is Better Than Narrow
Most residential staircases are 36" wide, but if a project includes a new staircase, 42" would be better. That width makes it easier for two people to use the stairs side-by-side and better accommodates a lift chair, if required. Also, a wider staircase is especially useful when moving furniture!

8. Deep is Better Than Shallow
If space allows, make the treads (the flat part of the step) a bit deeper and the risers a bit shorter. Even a small change can make the stairs safer and easier to use.

9. Put Power Nearby
Include an electrical outlet at the top and/or bottom of the stairs. That way, if you ever install a lift chair it can be plugged in and charged without having to use an unsightly and possibly hazardous extension cord. In the meantime, having an electrical outlet near the stairs is very handy when vacuuming.

10. Shine a Light on It
Building codes require that staircases have switches at the top and bottom. However, we don’t always use those lights when our hands are full or we don’t want to disturb sleepers in the bedrooms nearby. Motion-activated switches that turn lights on and off automatically are a helpful option.

11. Block the Bars in the Bathroom
When a grab bar isn't securely mounted, it's more likely to become loose and fall off the wall. The best way to prevent this is before the walls are finished by installing horizontal wood "blocking" at the proper height for grab bars in the tub, shower and toilet areas. Installing such blocking is inexpensive and easy to do during construction but can be very costly and disruptive later. Tip: Before the drywall is installed, run a measuring tape from the floor up to the framing and take a picture to document exactly where the blocking has been placed. There are ways to install grab bars without blocking but nothing is more solid and secure than fastening directly to the wood framing.

12. Open and Close the Door
Doors are the number one obstacle to having a usable bathroom when someone requires assistance or is using a mobility aid. Sometimes an out-swing door works better for a bathroom than an in-swinging one. In other scenarios, a pocket door may be the better solution.

13. Cut-out the Curb
A shower is generally more usable and safer than a bathtub. Eliminate the typical step-over shower curb for a zero-step solution. If desired, the space can accommodate a frameless glass shower enclosure or, if needed, be converted into a fully-accessible shower for either a seated transfer or roll-in use.

14. Grab the Grab Bars Now
If the walls are blocked already, install the grab bars. People of all ages can benefit from having something to grab onto near the shower or tub. (I found the grab bars in my bathroom to be quite helpful while I was recovering from shoulder surgery.)

15. Kitchen Counters - Low, Medium and High
Various height kitchen countertops provide options for use by a child, a tall person and someone who prefers to sit rather than stand while preparing a meal.

16. Put it Away
Provide storage options in locations that don’t require lifting, and include pull-out drawers and trays and other accessories to increase usability. 1

7. Pick Aging-Friendly Appliances
Consider the design of stoves, dishwashers and refrigerators to minimize or eliminate hazards such as reaching over a hot burner to adjust the controls. Evaluate the design for usability by people with varying abilities and locate the appliances to minimize lifting or bending. For instance, placing a microwave oven above the range is an example of not planning for the future.

18. Two Sinks are Better Than One
Consider installing a second sink with a pullout spray faucet near the cooking area. Doing so is handy for filling a pot with water for boiling — and then emptying that pot without having to carry it across the kitchen.

19. Easy In, Easy Out
There should be at least one way to get into the home without having to use steps. Installing a zero-step entry into the house (and into a shower, as noted above and shown at right) solves two of the most challenging obstacles to creating an age-friendly home. If plans include adding a garage or new living space, consider options that will create an entry that can be used by someone using a wheelchair, pushing a baby stroller or dragging wheeled luggage.

20. Stack the Closets
If a home has multiple levels, locating the closets in the same location on each floor creates space for a future elevator shaft. It might sound extravagant, but more and more houses are including this feature and the cost is minimized when the space is already available. Also, installing an elevator is often an affordable option compared to the cost of selling a home and relocating. If an elevator isn't needed, the house has two very useful closets.

21. One-Level Living
In an ideal world, all multistory homes would contain a full bath on the first or entry floor as well as a bedroom or room that could be converted into a bedroom. When building a new residence or renovating one, the existence of these two rooms are key to a home being aging friendly. Look at your home and the spaces in it. A den may become a first floor bedroom, permanently or during a convalescence. A playroom might evolve into an exercise room. You probably won’t anticipate all the future uses of your home, but the benefits of these improvements will be useful today and for many years.

Remodeling Ideas: Age Friendly Bathtubs

Renowned Renovation recently remodeled a single family home on Beverly Drive in the Highland Park area in Dallas, TX that was built in 1932. The owner want to update the master bathroom with a standard tub shower into one with a modern senior-friendly bath with a walk-in-tub. 

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Resources For Aging Friendly Remodeling

This article was posted in the AARP LIVABLE COMMUNITIES section on the AARP’s website. They are a nonpartisan organization that helps people 50 and older improve the quality of their lives. The author, Vince Butler is a professional remodeler and writes about 21 things he wishes he’d followed based on his own advice to clients wanting to make their homes aging-friendly. Click here for the complete article or see the highlights below.

1. Raise the Outlets. Lower the Switches
There is no height requirement for electrical outlets or switches in most homes in the U.S. In fact, outlets are typically placed at a height equal to the length of a hammer simply because it saves measuring time during construction. Ask to have your outlets raised to 18″ above the floor so they’re easier to reach while standing or from a seated position. Light switch boxes are generally set above 48″. If you move the box below 48″ it makes the switch easier to reach from a wheelchair, scooter or by a child.

2. Use Aging-Friendly Light Switches
Paddle-style switches are better than a traditional toggle switch since they can be easily operated with a finger, knuckle or even an elbow.

3. Over Light and Dim it Down
It’s always better to install more lighting than you think you’ll need and include dimmers for control. Coming back later to correct a dark corner or work area is expensive and messy. LED lights provide excellent illumination without overtaxing the wiring circuits and are easily dimmable.

4. Use Wide Doorframes
Use doors that are ideally 36″ wide. (The minimum width used should be at least 32″.) You don’t have to install the wider doors now, but if you frame for that possibility you’ll preserve the space and locate switches, pipes and other obstructions clear of any future widening.

5. Select Aging-Friendly Hardware
When choosing door knobs, cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures, select designs that can be comfortably used without excessive pinching, twisting or force. Consider whether a child or a person without full use of his hands or arms could successfully use the item.

6. Double-Up On Handrails
Staircases should have a handrail on each side to provide additional support or to assist someone who has a strength imbalance due to age, injury or illness. Double handrails make staircases safer and easier to use.

7. Wider is Better Than Narrow
Most residential staircases are 36″ wide, but if a project includes a new staircase, 42″ would be better. That width makes it easier for two people to use the stairs side-by-side and better accommodates a lift chair, if required. Also, a wider staircase is especially useful when moving furniture!

8. Deep is Better Than Shallow
If space allows, make the treads (the flat part of the step) a bit deeper and the risers a bit shorter. Even a small change can make the stairs safer and easier to use.

9. Put Power Nearby
Include an electrical outlet at the top and/or bottom of the stairs. That way, if you ever install a lift chair it can be plugged in and charged without having to use an unsightly and possibly hazardous extension cord. In the meantime, having an electrical outlet near the stairs is very handy when vacuuming.

10. Shine a Light on It
Building codes require that staircases have switches at the top and bottom. However, we don’t always use those lights when our hands are full or we don’t want to disturb sleepers in the bedrooms nearby. Motion-activated switches that turn lights on and off automatically are a helpful option.

11. Block the Bars in the Bathroom
When a grab bar isn’t securely mounted, it’s more likely to become loose and fall off the wall. The best way to prevent this is before the walls are finished by installing horizontal wood “blocking” at the proper height for grab bars in the tub, shower and toilet areas. Installing such blocking is inexpensive and easy to do during construction but can be very costly and disruptive later. Tip: Before the drywall is installed, run a measuring tape from the floor up to the framing and take a picture to document exactly where the blocking has been placed. There are ways to install grab bars without blocking but nothing is more solid and secure than fastening directly to the wood framing.

12. Open and Close the Door
Doors are the number one obstacle to having a usable bathroom when someone requires assistance or is using a mobility aid. Sometimes an out-swing door works better for a bathroom than an in-swinging one. In other scenarios, a pocket door may be the better solution.

13. Cut-out the Curb
A shower is generally more usable and safer than a bathtub. Eliminate the typical step-over shower curb for a zero-step solution. If desired, the space can accommodate a frameless glass shower enclosure or, if needed, be converted into a fully-accessible shower for either a seated transfer or roll-in use.

14. Grab the Grab Bars Now
If the walls are blocked already, install the grab bars. People of all ages can benefit from having something to grab onto near the shower or tub. (I found the grab bars in my bathroom to be quite helpful while I was recovering from shoulder surgery.)

15. Kitchen Counters – Low, Medium and High
Various height kitchen countertops provide options for use by a child, a tall person and someone who prefers to sit rather than stand while preparing a meal.

16. Put it Away
Provide storage options in locations that don’t require lifting, and include pull-out drawers and trays and other accessories to increase usability. 1

7. Pick Aging-Friendly Appliances
Consider the design of stoves, dishwashers and refrigerators to minimize or eliminate hazards such as reaching over a hot burner to adjust the controls. Evaluate the design for usability by people with varying abilities and locate the appliances to minimize lifting or bending. For instance, placing a microwave oven above the range is an example of not planning for the future.

18. Two Sinks are Better Than One
Consider installing a second sink with a pullout spray faucet near the cooking area. Doing so is handy for filling a pot with water for boiling — and then emptying that pot without having to carry it across the kitchen.

19. Easy In, Easy Out
There should be at least one way to get into the home without having to use steps. Installing a zero-step entry into the house (and into a shower, as noted above and shown at right) solves two of the most challenging obstacles to creating an age-friendly home. If plans include adding a garage or new living space, consider options that will create an entry that can be used by someone using a wheelchair, pushing a baby stroller or dragging wheeled luggage.

20. Stack the Closets
If a home has multiple levels, locating the closets in the same location on each floor creates space for a future elevator shaft. It might sound extravagant, but more and more houses are including this feature and the cost is minimized when the space is already available. Also, installing an elevator is often an affordable option compared to the cost of selling a home and relocating. If an elevator isn’t needed, the house has two very useful closets.

21. One-Level Living
In an ideal world, all multistory homes would contain a full bath on the first or entry floor as well as a bedroom or room that could be converted into a bedroom. When building a new residence or renovating one, the existence of these two rooms are key to a home being aging friendly. Look at your home and the spaces in it. A den may become a first floor bedroom, permanently or during a convalescence. A playroom might evolve into an exercise room. You probably won’t anticipate all the future uses of your home, but the benefits of these improvements will be useful today and for many years.

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15 Clever Ways to Clear Off Your Counter Tops

Here is a great article recently published on HGTV.com with tips and tricks to clear off your counter tops. Click here for the whole article see our summary below.

  • Install the simple shelving from IKEA
  • Add a Vertical Layer over your sink
  • Stack linens neatly out of the way with this corner shelf from Joss & Main.
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For more ideas and pictures on saving space on your counter tops read the whole article on HGTV.com


Declare Your Independence and the Freedom to Dream

This 4th Declare Your Independence by Design and Freedom to Dream!

The most well-designed rooms always have an element of the “unexpected”. So, this 4th, declare your Independence with exciting breakthrough design!

Meet Melissa Blassingille; she recently joined the Renowned Renovation team to head up our Dallas Design Services. She specializes in working with condo, townhome, and residential homeowners in Dallas.

If you are ready to transform your old bathroom or kitchen or just getting started thinking about your remodeling project Melissa can help you turn your ideas into reality.

Melissa Blassingille is Renowned Renovation's in-house Design Consultant

Melissa Blassingille
Design Consultant

It all starts with a phone consultation, followed by a free in-home estimate.

Once we start making your dream room come to life Melissa will continue to support your project with planning, schematics, selecting finishes and how to access to our secure website with all of the details of you project.

Meanwhile here are great resources to help you Go Fourth and get your creative juice flowing:

Call Melissa today to Declare Your Independent and Freedom to Dream! (972) 232-7122

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How to Blend Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Creating Indoor Outdoor flow

One of the hottest trends in homebuilding and remodeng is the seamless blending of indoor and outdoor spaces. A natural extension of the open floor plan, this design greatly increases your room for daily living and entertaining. So how do you make it work in your home? See the tips for creating indoor-outdoor flow below.

Level the Floors and Expand the Entryway
Too often, doors to the outside are small or inconveniently placed. And when the interior floor doesn’t line up with the deck or ground, walking from one side to the other can be awkward and potentially unsafe. The solution? Level the flooring to smooth the transition, and swap your traditional door for large accordion or pocket doors to widen the entry.

Match and Coordinate Furnishings
Achieving symmetry between the two areas can help them look and feel more connected. Match furniture while still giving each space its own distinct look, and incorporate flooring that’s appropriate for both indoor and outdoor use. Lastly, bring some of the same colors and materials from your indoor living area to the outside with pillows, cushions or rugs.

Add Elements for Year-Round Comfort
Make the most of your transitional layout by adding fixtures that will make it comfortable in every season. Consider overhead fans, patio heaters, a fire pit and your numerous options for lighting. Remember: The more versatile the outdoor space, the more often it can be used.

By incorporating this design into your home, your space for day-to-day living and entertaining opens up considerably.

Master Kitchen Décor Ideas

2 Unique and Impressive Master Kitchen Décor Ideas

If you are wondering how to decorate your spacious kitchen area, then worry not. This blog will help you out with two inspiring ideas that would suit any large kitchen area. We all know how a kitchen plays the role of “the most important room of the house”. And thus, it requires adequate attention. And not all of us can afford to hire an interior decorator, as their charges are sky-high. The solution, in this case, is to go through multiple lifestyle blogs related to interior decoration and get ideas from there.

Master Kitchen Décor Ideas

Compared to small kitchens, a master kitchen is much easier to decorate. But yes, you do have to get in touch with the best stores for purchasing accessories like lights, tiles and kitchen cabinets, and make sure there is no compromise on the quality of the products. Here are two fabulous ideas which you can incorporate in your house.

A mystic white kitchen – As we all know, nothing can beat the beauty and serenity of the color “white”. A white kitchen is every house owner’s dream, and although it requires some amount of attention and time, it is extremely popular. For the perfect implementation of it, you need meticulous planning. The first thing which you should do is to get the walls painted in white or off-white, and change the existing flooring with white tiles. The next thing is to invest on a beautiful and spacious white kitchen cabinet. If you search online, you will see that there are many companies who offer these and that too, with great discounts. Since your kitchen is a master one, I would suggest you go for the maximum number of doors. But then, if the storage space required is less, then you don’t need to. Most of the homeowners, who are lucky to have a master kitchen area, opt for double vanities. The required space between two vanities is 40 to 50 inches, and thus, is great for large areas.

Master Kitchen Décor Ideas - White Cabinets

Master Kitchen Décor Ideas – White Cabinets

If you want to break the “all-white” look of the kitchen, then you can choose a countertop of charcoal gray or black color. But be very conscious while you are choosing the material of the countertop. It should be able to withstand the regular wear and tear and should be easy to clean as well. Granite, marble and quartz are three most popular materials used for manufacturing countertops.
Invest on a few white or off-white chairs and stools for completing the look. And since there are “no worries” regarding space and if you want to try something different, then you can think of a white sofa as well, for the guests to chitchat when they come while you serve food for them. When it comes to lighting a white kitchen area, I would suggest going for the magical and beautiful hanging pendant lights if you ask me personally. They would not only increase the aesthetical value but also provides ample illumination, which will make the kitchen works easier.
A Rustic Brown Kitchen – A rustic brown kitchen is an easy and safe option for a large area. You can experiment as you like and there are hardly any restrictions. If installing wooden walls and ceilings seem expensive and risky, then you can paint them with light brown or cream color. Wooden floors are not that expensive and if you search online, you will get various retailers providing flooring options with a lot of variation in terms of shades and textures. Next comes the cabinet, which is an integral part of any kitchen decoration. You can either buy a toffee or walnut cabinet from a reputed kitchen cabinet wholesaler. The number of doors and drawers will obviously depend on the space and your requirements. Make sure there is no compromise on the quality of the material. You can choose a white or cream colored vanity top. Buy a few wooden chairs, tools and other kinds of furniture, as you are lucky to have a master kitchen area. Since the walls will be big as well, why not buy a beautiful artwork that would complement the overall rustic look?

Master Kitchen Décor Ideas bench and Chandeliers

Master Kitchen Décor Ideas bench and Chandeliers

If you want to add an edgy appeal, get a bench or two for the guests to sit on. Chandeliers work great for rustic kitchens. But don’t buy an extravagant one. You can also use pendant lights if you want to keep it simple.
These are two inspiring master kitchen decor ideas for you. Incorporate them and create magic in the “heart of your house”. But contact a good lighting company, furniture and kitchen cabinet wholesaler for that.

The Six Types of Kitchen Layouts

Here are the Top 6 kitchen layouts for your Kitchen Remodel or Addition

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Kitchen Layout and Work Ttriangle

Here is a primer about kitchen layouts. The way you utilize your work-spaces in the kitchen is the most important factor when planning your kitchen layout. In a typical home kitchen, the primary tasks require the sink (cleaning and preparation), the refrigerator (storage) and the cook top (oven or stove for cooking). These three work surfaces, when joined by imaginary lines, form the kitchen work triangle. This work triangle is very helpful in determining an efficient kitchen layout.

So depending on your cooking style, the amount of time you spend on each work station, and the available space, you can choose your kitchen layout from the following basic types:

Galley Kitchen

Also called the parallel kitchen, this is one of the most efficient kitchen layouts. It is ideally suited for small spaces and serves as a perfect one-cook kitchen. It comprises of two parallel walls opposite each other with a walkway in between, which is why it is also called as a walk through kitchen. This makes it easier to design cabinets, as you no longer have to concern yourself with corner cabinets. If you have a large space, you can also include an island, as shown in the picture.

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gallery-kitchen-layout

One-wall Kitchen

The one-wall kitchen is very popular in studio flats and loft apartments because it utilizes minimum space. It is based on a straight layout, and places all three work centers in a straight line. The cabinets and appliances are mounted on a single wall. However, it is never a good idea to place the work stations side by side, as you wouldn’t have any free countertop space between them. Modern straight kitchens sometimes also include an island, making it a bit like the galley layout.

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one-wall-kitchen-layout

U-Shaped Kitchen

Also known as the horseshoe kitchen layout, this style is characterized with three walls of cabinets and appliances. You can choose this layout if you have large kitchen space or are likely to spend a lot of your time in the kitchen. It provides additional floor, counter and cabinet space, leading to an efficient work triangle that helps you save time and energy when cooking your meals.

 

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u-shaped-kitchen-layout

L-Shaped Kitchen

Ideal for small family homes, it serves you best if you have small floor space. The layout utilizes two walls in an L-shape for cabinets, countertops and appliances, which provide an efficient design for the integration of the three work stations. If you have space left over, then you can also accommodate a small dining table or an island as suited to your needs.

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L-shaped-kitchen-layout


Island Kitchen

Island kitchens add more work and storage space to a kitchen. You can utilize the island for cabinet space, appliances, the sink, countertops, or a place a place to eat. An island has the power to evolve L-shaped kitchens into a horseshoe layout, and one walled kitchens into galley styled ones.

But make sure that you have enough kitchen space and clearance before deciding on an island layout.

 

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island-kitchen-layout

Peninsula or G-Shaped Kitchen

Peninsula kitchens basically contain a connected island. It provides free standing work space that can serve as a countertop, storage or eating area. Unlike an island, the freestanding space is accessible from three sides. Other than that, the peninsula kitchen offers all the benefits of an island kitchen while utilizing less floor space in comparison.

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peninsula-or-g-shaped-kitchen-layout

We hope that this post has helped you in deciding upon a kitchen layout best suited to your home and needs. If you still aren’t able to reach a decision, contact us right now and we will help you select the best layout for your kitchen!