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Kitchen Counter Tops: What’s Trending for 2018?

Patterson Remodeling can ensure all your needs are met when you’re building your dream kitchen, a HUGE aspect of which being your counter tops. Choosing the right kitchen counter top can be tricky (and expensive!). Before splurging on such a big update, check out the pros and cons of the top kitchen countertop materials to help you select the right one for your space.

Quartz Countertops

Practically maintenance free, engineered quartz countertops are stain, acid, scratch, heat and impact resistant and, thanks to their non-porous surface, don’t need to be sealed like natural stone countertops. Available in a wide range of colors and patterns, quartz typically ranks close in popularity to the perennial top choice: granite.

Polished Granite Countertops

Still the top choice of most homeowners, traditional granite countertops offer a high-end look that adds to your kitchen’s value while providing a durable prep surface. Because granite is a natural material, variation in the stone’s pattern is common and, for most people, adds to its appeal but can make matching up slabs tricky. In most regions, the cost of granite and quartz are comparable but natural granite requires a bit more care than manufactured quartz to keep its good looks — wipe up all stains quickly, especially oils, wine, acids and soda, and follow a regular sealing routine — typically once a year.

Laminate Countertops

By far the most budget-friendly option, laminate countertops are enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to new patterns that resemble natural stone, wood or even quartz at a fraction of the cost. Retro, mid-century looks like the ubiquitous boomerang and bright, saturated colors are other trendy choices to consider.

Wood Countertops

For a warm, cottage kitchen look, opt for butcher-block-style wood countertops. Both decorative and functional, this hard working surface is ideal for food prep — properly sealed, wood countertops are sanitary even for chopping meat. Unlike other budget-friendly options, like laminate, wood is highly heat-resistant so you don’t have to worry about putting hot pots and pans on the surface. Most homeowners choose to mix wood countertops with other surfaces like natural or engineered stone to provide a variety of prep surfaces.

Marble Countertops

The current darling of the design world, the gray-toned veining in Carrara or Calacatta marble isn’t just aesthetically pleasing, it also helps to disguise wear and hide light stains. With timeless appeal, this stone gives any kitchen a decidedly high-end look and, although the cost is comparable to some granites, marble is porous so staining can be a problem. Regular sealing and special care with anything acidic to prevent etching will keep the creamy surface looking its best.

Tile Countertops

Tile countertops are a great choice if you want an inexpensive material that’s easy to maintain.With endless colors, styles, and patterns available, it’s easy to pick something that fits your home’s style- and for the price, add a nice backspash to go with! It’s simple to coordinate with or mix and match with different design styles.

Planning for Summer: Building the Best Patio in the Neighborhood

Whether you’re dreaming up a brand new outdoor living space or you’re dying to revamp an unsightly slab of concrete, planning ahead is key to creating a patio that’s both beautiful and functional. Here’s the approach suggested by our pros:

Consider the purpose of your patio.

First things first you have some questions to ask yourself: “Am I going to throw a lot of parties outside, use it as a family space, or do I want a small, quiet, private patio just big enough for a couple of chairs and a bistro table?” These initial questions are crucial; you must decide whether your patio will be a gathering place or a getaway space.

Consider that old real estate mantra: location, location, location.

Most patios should be accessible to the kitchen, since that’s where people generally come outside, and down as few steps as possible. However, a getaway patio — perhaps a new space in addition to an entertaining patio — can be more remote, toward the back of the property.Walk around the property with your Patterson superintendant and check out vantage points to determine location and orientation. Depending on what kind of landscaping the house already has, how close it is to neighboring homes, and whether there’s a view, we can usually come up with a couple of areas that will work. Finding the best spot is key early on. Once you know the feel you’re looking for and where you want to put it we’ll be able to start sketching!

Like location, size matters.

It’s common to underestimate how big the patio should be. How many people will normally congregate in the space? Most pros thing building a patio with a central fire pit and 4 or 5 chairs, it might be a circle of 14 feet in diameter or larger.There’s no specific rule of thumb as to size, but if the site allows, design proportionately to the house, making the patio as wide as the house and as long as the house’s height, or matching it to the size of an indoor room.

Think about shape, which may be partially determined by the site.

There are three basic design styles commonly used in patio remodels: symmetrical to the house, assymetrical (slightly askew to the house, but still geometric and modern-looking) and voluptuous curves, which flow with nature. Curved lines are trendy. Non-geometric patios are said to provide visual interest even when you’re not on the patio. This idea is important because people don’t just sit on the patio; they see it from inside the house and out in the yard as well

Choose building materials to complement the color and style of your house.

Black-stained concrete may not look good against a stately Cape Cod. Gray pavers may look out of place next to a stucco home.Natural materials like local stone are popular but expensive. Concrete pavers provide a lower-cost option, and they come in a wide range of colors, textures and shapes. If you use pavers, break up the space with plenty of plants and furniture, as pavers tend to absorb light rather than reflect it, and they can look industrial in a wide-open expanse.pattersonremodeling.compattersonremodeling.com

Plan the landscaping.

Before putting down roots, be honest about whether you’re a plant lover or a low-maintenance person. In our opinion, you can always do the hardscape first and add plant material later, when it’s easier to visualize the space as a whole. Remember, the surrounding space and all of its colors and textures tie your patio together!We love to plant right in the patio by leaving a space of ground surrounded by stone or pavers, or jackhammering out a chunk of concrete. Break the patio up with greenery. Can’t do that? We recommend adding potted plants; pick pots that fit your color scheme as well as pops of bright colors like blue, yellow, or orange to make the space more inviting.pattersonremodeling.com

Finally, think about the extras.

A fireplace or fire pit provides evening appeal; a water feature adds ambiance and helps block noise from a busy street. Landscape lighting around the patio is lovely after the sun goes down, and a well-placed trellis can shade the hot afternoon sun and give privacy from a neighbor’s second story.As you plan, make it fun! Play around a little, and don’t get hung up on details too early. The patio is a part of your home, so have fun with the design and make

What to Consider When Building Your Dream Bathroom

Designing your dream bathroom calls for careful space planning, considering your needs, and a sophisticated mix of materials, textures and proper lighting. Here are our expert tips for making your dream a reality!

Think Function First

A bathroom, like the kitchen, is one of the hard  est-working spaces in the home. If it’s not functional, everybody suffers. Keep all of its functions in mind when choosing the sink, tub, shower, toilet and other pieces. For instance, the bathroom is a workstation for preparing for the day so plenty of storage and access to outlets is key. We can achieve this by adding counter top space, under sink storage, and additional outlets.

Make It Relaxing

But the best bathrooms aren’t all about functionality, they’re also a sanctuary — a spa-like space where you can relax and wash off the cares of the day. By this standard, be sure you’re choosing colors and fixtures that fit this mindset. If you love bubble baths, maybe a large claw foot tub is right up your alley- be creative! We want you to create a space that is perfect for you and your needs.

 Map the Space

Plumbing considerations will impact where you place the shower, toilet and tub. Yet, you also need to think like an industrial engine er when making a bathroom floor plan. Walk the space with your Patterson superintendent and imagine the tasks required to get ready for the day. Consider the length of your arm’s reach. Do you want to store objects in a vanity and, if so, would you mind bending over to retrieve them? The objects used most often, as a rule of thumb, should be closest at hand.

Plan for Little Luxuries 

Like we said, this is your sanctuary! Consider what other fun ideas you can incorporate into the bath with a little clever planning; perhaps you’d like a seat in the shower, a steam room or built-in storage for linens. All of these are totally probable and really set your bathroom above the rest!

Choose a Motif

How do you want to feel when you’re in the
bathroom? Is it a formal space (consider a black-and-white scheme) or a casual area (try neutrals)? The motifs often a
ssociated with baths are water oriented; we also see fish-themed, seashells, boats, piers, blue hues and sandy beach colors.

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Reflect Your Favorite Style

But water themes aren’t the only option, it’s okay to think outside of the box. Choose a motif that relates to the area in which you live (city or country?), a style o
f architecture you love (classic English country or New England cottage?) or a style that you’re personally attached to (bohemian or Asian?). Remember: A bathroom
motif doesn’t have to (and probably shouldn’t) knock you over the head- subtle with pops of color or expression is best!

Know Your Surfaces

When selecting products for the bath, such as til
e or marble, be sure that you know the inherent qualities and the drawbacks of each material. Will the marble or tile stand up to heavy wear? (Watch out for veins in marble, which often indicate weak points.) Do you want a polished floor or more of a honed look? Shiny floors may become slippery while natural materials may have a pitted surface that is more slip-resistant, but may also collect dirt.

Add Drama With Fixtures

Plumbing fixtures are the jewels of the bathroom because they’re metallic and can add a dramatic effect to any space,
just as jewelry can to an outfit. There are a plethora of finishes and styles offered by today’s manufacturers, from brass to bronze and all metals in between. Keep in mind your motif and maintenance as you choose your bathroom fixtures. Elaborate gold fixtures probably won’t jive with a beach-inspired bathroom and may also require more cleaning than you’re up for.

Be Careful With Lighting

Choosing the correct lighting is critical in the bathroom, where mirrors are
present and mood is important. Consider the appropriate task lighting for sink and shower areas. Keep in mind that fluorescent lighting casts a bluish tint, as opposed to the yellowish radiance of incandescent bulbs. The wrong paint and lighting color combos could lead to disaster when you’re doing your makeup.

Mix Soft and Hard

Bathrooms are considered “hard” because of their straight lines: mirrors, cabinets, counter tops, etc. Use small amounts of fabric to reduce the inherent harshness of many bathroom materials. Anything from towels and shower curtains to window treatments or even small upholstered pieces, like a vanity stool, will bring a soft touch to a hard space.

Add a Touch of Mother Nature

And last but not least, the final touches. Don’t forget to incorporate plants and greenery in the bathroom. The asymmetrical nature of growing things (in design lingo this is called fractal) will help offset the bathroom’s many right angles and straight lines.

Choosing a New Hardwood Floor

Changing the flooring in your home can make it look brand new without breaking the bank. However, the wide array of options, from color to shape to hardness, can get a bit overwhelming at first glance. That’s where we come in! Here’s some helpful tips for picking a flooring that fits your home size, style, and lifestyle.

Options

Board Widths. Select from narrow strips (less than three inches), wider planks (more than three inches), parquet squares, and—a new option—squares and rectangles. The traditional choice, strips give the illusion of more space, while planks impart a rustic look. Parquet floors, with the distinctive geometric design, suit formal spaces.

Wood Species. Hardwood species vary in durability, grain patterns, and color. Oak, maple, and cherry are among the most common species due to their hardness. Exotic woods like mahogany, and Brazilian cherry aren’t as durable, but are prized for their striking appearance.

Colors. Hardwoods run the gamut from blond to black, depending on species and finish. Keep cabinets, walls, and furniture colors in mind when considering new flooring. it should help tie the room together, not make your home look washed out or contrast too much.

Textures. You can get hardwood floors that look shiny and new, or you can buy brand new wood that looks like an antique and adds timeworn character to your room. Many manufacturers offer distressed and hand-scraped hardwoods that will disguise heavy use over the years and give the floor an appealing timeworn appearance from the moment it’s installed.

Hardness. For busy households with pets and kids, it’s a good idea to choose the hardest wood species possible. Hard species, such as red oak, will withstand wear and tear, while softer species, such as pine, tend to show scratches. The choice between engineered and solid hardwood will most likely be determined by location, subfloor, and preferred installation method. But if you’re on the fence, keep in mind choosing solid hardwood means scratches from a puppy’s claws or dings from a toddler’s toy can be sanded out and refinished over and over. Whichever you choose, preventive care and proper maintenance can keep your floors looking good for years.

Finish. Along with protecting the surface, hardwood finishes imbue floors with color and luster. Much commercially available hardwood comes prefinished, which simplifies installation and eliminates dust, chemical fumes, and waiting time. These factory-applied finishes generally have a longer warranty as they are longer lasting and more durable than site-applied finishes.Some homeowners prefer site-finished floors due to the wider selection of stain colors and the opportunity to hone the surface and even out imperfections after the boards are in place. Boards are also easier to repair if damaged. Urethanes are the most common type of finish.While solid hardwood can be repeatedly refinished, engineered hardwood flooring can only be refinished a limited number of times. That’s because the thickness of the top veneer varies. However, prefinished engineered floors are quite durable, generally eliminating the need for frequent refinishing. 

Choosing a Floor You Will Love!

Which Floor Will You Choose?

Comfort, durability, style and cost are key considerations when choosing floors for your home. Learn how to pick a surface that fits your budget and meets your family’s needs!

Whether you’re doing yoga in the living room, hosting a dinner party in the dining room, or entertaining the neighborhood kids in your kitchen, you need a surface underfoot that’s comfortable and durable. Since the floor is usually the largest surface in a room, it lays the foundation for the entire look of the space—color, style, texture, and pattern. And a new floor can be a big investment, so you want a surface that will last for years.

The Options are Endless

Think you have considered all of your options? Think again! In today’s home remodels, the options seem endless for flooring materials! Make sure you do your research to find the best material to suit your style, lifestyle and budget! Below are just a few options to consider when remodeling your home:

Hardwood

This tough flooring surface adds timeless beauty to any home.


Laminate

Achieve the look of hardwood, tile or stone at a lower cost.

Vinyl

Thanks to new printing techniques, vinyl floors look better than ever.

Tile

From rustic to modern, tile can complement the style of any home.

Concrete

This durable floor can be finished in many colors and textures.

Carpet

Add color and comfort to your home with warm, stylish carpet.

Linoleum

This colorful and earth-friendly flooring option is making a comeback.

Cork

Choose cork floors for a sleek surface that’s soft and warm underfoot.

Bamboo

Made from a sustainable grass, bamboo floors rival wood in sturdiness.

Flooring Choices and Design Tips

Your floor choice is about balancing your needs with your style. Here are some considerations to help you pick.Know Your Style. What colors and patterns do you like? Think about which floor textures appeal to you: the rich grain of hardwood, luxuriously thick carpet or the sleek lines of tile. And take into account your current décor, too. Unless you plan on redecorating on the entire room, you’ll want to choose floors that complement the furniture and accessories you have now.

Consider Your Lifestyle. Think about how you use the room. Are you an avid cook who spends hours standing at the stove? Then you may want to skip the tile, which can be uncomfortable to stand on for long periods. Do your kids leave puddles of water on the bathroom floor? You may want to go for that tile, which stands up to water. Do you have pets who track mud into the front hall? Think concrete, Your floor will need to be able to stand up to the wear and tear your family dishes out and accommodate your activities.

Crunch Numbers. Calculate your budget. Keep in mind that along with the cost of the floor material, you may need to incorporate the cost of delivery and installation, as well as removal and disposal of your previous flooring. Don’t forget to factor in any additional materials such as baseboards, stains, or adhesives.

Call Patterson Remodeling today and let us guide you on your journey to designing your dream floor! Whether it’s for a newly remodeled kitchen, living room, hallway or bathroom, we can help you design and build the space you have always wanted!