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In order to best serve our remodeling clients in Denver and the Front Range, Ridgeline Remodeling always keeps up with the latest trends and techniques. If you are thinking of remodeling your bathroom, basement or kitchen, look no further. Please check back often for current news, remodeling trends and tips on our Ridgeline Remodeling blog.

Denver Kitchen Remodeling: How to Make Your Kitchen Look Larger


July 19, 2017

No one wants a cramped and crowded kitchen, but unfortunately, not everyone has the luxury of having a massive kitchen. If you’re planning a Denver kitchen remodeling project, make sure that you work with your contractor to figure out how you can make your kitchen appear larger than its actual size. Here are some tips to help you get started:

Choose light colors.

Dark colors will make a room appear smaller, while light colors make a room feel more open and airy. If you are remodeling your kitchen, stick to whites, soft yellows, creams, and grays. Try to only work with colors that are within the same family so you don’t create a stark contrast between colors, which can make your kitchen appear smaller than it truly is. Read painting ideas: how to make your small kitchen look larger.

Use reflective backsplash tiles.

You may have heard that adding a mirror to a room can make it appear larger, but this isn’t a practical tip for the kitchen. Instead of adding a mirror, use backsplash tiles that reflect light to create the same effect. Choose light-colored ceramic tiles, metallic materials, or shiny glass tiles on your backsplash to visually increase the size of your kitchen.

Choose appliances wisely.

Look for sleek and slim appliances that won’t take up much space in your kitchen. Also, avoid buying appliances that you really don’t need. If you don’t drink wine on a regular basis, there’s no need to have a wine cooler installed in your kitchen. If you’re not a coffee drinker, don’t take up valuable counter space with a bulky coffee machine. Choose your appliances wisely to keep your kitchen looking decluttered and spacious.

Let the light in.

Nothing will make your kitchen feel more spacious than natural light, so don’t be afraid to embrace the light coming from your windows. You may not be able to add additional windows to your kitchen during your remodel, but there are still ways you can work with what you have. For example, don’t go overboard on the window treatments. Heavy drapes will make the room appear darker and smaller, so use light fabrics or choose lightweight shades or blinds instead.

Use glass doors.

Replace the doors on your wood cabinets with glass to instantly make your kitchen appear slightly larger. You don’t have to make this change to every cabinet door in your kitchen. Instead, choose a few cabinets that you rarely go into. This way, the contents of the cabinets will stay organized and won’t look cluttered to people who can now see inside through the glass doors.

Ready to remodel your kitchen? If so, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of your remodel. In addition to transforming kitchens, we also help clients remodel their decks, basements, and bathrooms. Let us help you bring your vision to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.
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Deck Builders in Denver: How to Choose the Perfect Deck Furniture


July 12, 2017

After you work with deck builders in Denver to create the perfect outdoor space for your home, you will need to put the finishing touches on it by choosing the right furniture. Here are some tips to ensure you find the right pieces to complete your beautiful, new deck:

Find inspiration inside your home.

The furniture that you use on your deck should complement your home’s interior design. Take a look around the inside of your home and figure out what kind of interior design style you have. If you have a modern home, look for cast aluminum deck furniture. If your home is more traditional, then stick to wood or wicker deck furniture. The goal should be to make the outdoor space cohesive with the indoor space. You should feel as if the outdoor furniture blends seamlessly with the décor in the rest of your home.

Consider durability.

Some materials hold up better than others in the outdoors. If you choose wicker furniture, make sure that it has been treated with a protective sealant so it is resistant to moisture and heat. Cast aluminum is a safe choice because it is durable and resistant to environmental elements. However, wrought iron tends to rust, so if you choose this type of outdoor deck furniture, be prepared to spend a great deal of time maintaining it. See this patio furniture buying guide.

Create a shady spot.

If your deck is not covered, you should find furniture that provides relief from the heat. For example, look for tables that have built-in umbrellas that can be deployed on particularly sunny days.

Add a splash of color.

Once you start shopping for outdoor furniture, you will notice that most of it is either tan, white, or metal. But, don’t be afraid to add a splash of color to your outdoor space with decorative pillows or umbrellas. Pillows are a great addition to outdoor spaces because they make hard, metal patio chairs much more comfortable. If you decide to add color with pillows, be sure that you put these pillows in a safe storage space when your patio furniture is not in use.

Loosen the purse strings.

When it comes to buying deck furniture, remember the old saying, “you get what you pay for.” If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on your outdoor furniture, you won’t be able to afford pieces that will hold up well outdoors. For example, plastic chairs and tables may work well for a year or two, but after that, you will probably have to replace them with something more durable.

Ready to upgrade your deck? If so, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of building your deck. In addition to decks, we also help clients remodel their basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. Let us help you bring your vision to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.
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Denver Basement Finishing Ideas For Low Ceilings


June 28, 2017

Many homeowners want to transform their basements and finally get some use out of this space. But, one of the problems that homeowners run into when trying to remodel their basements is low ceilings. If you have low ceilings in your basement, don’t give up your dream of turning this area into usable space. Here are some Denver basement finishing ideas that will work well with low ceilings:

Remove the subfloor.

Add a few inches of space in your basement by choosing a flooring material that does not need a subfloor. Flooring such as ceramic tile can be installed directly over the concrete subfloor. If you want to save time and money, you can always apply a few layers of paint directly to the concrete floor and then use area rugs to add color and warmth to the room. You may only be saving a few inches, but every inch counts when you have a basement with low ceilings.

Let the light in.

Basements with low ceilings tend to feel cramped and dark. You don’t want your basement to feel like a dungeon, so be sure to plan for windows when you design your new basement. Talk to your contractor about where you should put the windows to maximize the natural light that flows into the basement. Even though this won’t increase the space inside your basement, it will make the space look much larger and more open.

Choose the right light fixtures.

If you already have low ceilings in your basement, you shouldn’t choose light fixtures that hang down from the ceiling and take up even more space. It’s recommended that you stick with recessed lighting since these lights are placed within the ceiling. If recessed lighting is out of your budget, track lighting is another option that won’t take up much space. Take a look at this recessed lighting buying guide to learn more.

Stick to neutral colors.

When dealing with low ceilings, you have to focus on creating the illusion that the basement actually has high ceilings. One way to do this is by painting the ceilings either white or another light neutral color. You should never paint low ceilings a dark color because this will make the ceiling feel even lower and instantly affect the atmosphere of the whole room.

Leave the ceiling exposed.

If you have exposed ductwork and floor joists, you may be tempted to close the ceiling off with drywall or wood paneling. But, doing this will make the ceiling feel a tad lower than it already does. Maximize your space by leaving the exposed ductwork and floor joists as is. After all, the industrial look is trendy right now, so this will look very modern.
 
Ready to finish your basement? If so, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of finishing your basement. In addition to basements, we also help clients remodel their decks, kitchens, and bathrooms. Let us help you bring your vision to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.
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Denver Kitchen Remodeling Ideas For Your Kitchen Island


June 21, 2017

If you don’t already have an island in your kitchen, you should definitely add this on your list of must-haves for your Denver kitchen remodeling project. Adding an island increases the amount of counter and storage space that you have in your kitchen, plus it makes the entire room look more luxurious. If you’re planning a remodel, here are some ideas for your new island:

Wine Fridge

There’s no better place to store a small wine fridge than underneath an island’s countertop. If you’ve always wanted a wine fridge but felt as if you didn’t have room for another appliance, now is your chance to make your dream a reality. Even if you are only adding a small island, you should be able to find a wine fridge that will fit perfectly in this space. Read this wine chiller buying guide for more information.

Small Sink

If you prepare your own food more than you order takeout from restaurants, you may want to add a small sink to your new kitchen island. This small sink is known as a prep sink, and once you have it in your kitchen, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Having a second sink makes it easier to wash your hands, clean fruits and vegetables, or drain bowling noodles while you prepare meals. A prep sink doesn’t have to be anywhere near as large as the main sink in your kitchen, so this idea will work even with smaller islands.

Bar Stools

Kitchens are one of the main gathering areas of the home, and there’s no better way to make your guests feel comfortable than by adding bar stools around your new island. The side of the island with the bar stools may need to be a different height than the other side that you use to prepare food. Because of this, it’s important that you talk to your contractor about this idea so you can ensure that the island is designed correctly.

Different Materials

You may assume that your kitchen island will be made out of the same cabinet and countertop materials found throughout the rest of your kitchen, but this doesn’t have to be the case. Many homeowners choose different materials for their islands, or they choose the same materials in complementary colors. For example, if you have granite countertops in your kitchen, you could use a different color of granite or you could choose an entirely different natural stone for your island’s countertops. Doing this creates a beautiful contrast that will make your kitchen look elegant and modern.
 
Ready to completely revamp your kitchen? If so, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of remodeling your kitchen. In addition to kitchens, we also help clients remodel their decks, basements, and bathrooms. Let us help you bring your vision to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.
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Deck Builders in Denver: How to Choose A Deck Stain Color


June 14, 2017

If you’ve decided to build a deck, one of the first things you should look about is the color of the deck stain that you want to use. But, with so many options to choose from, how can you narrow down your choices and land on the best one for your home? Deck builders in Denver suggest following these helpful tips:

Try it out.

If you can’t decide between a few colors, ask your deck builders to apply both colors to a small patch of your deck. This will help you see what the stain looks like once it has been applied so you can make an informed decision. Don’t worry—you can always remove these color tests using deck stripper.

Think of the color wheel.

The color wheel is a visual tool that artists use to understand the relationships between different colors. This is a great tool to reference if you are having trouble deciding on a deck stain color. How should you use the color wheel? First, identify the most dominant color in your backyard, which is typically the color found on the exterior of your home. Then, take a look at the color wheel and find where the dominant color is located. Which color is located on the opposite side of the dominant color? This is the color that will complement the exterior of your home the best. Learn more about the color wheel.

Decide on coverage.

Do you want to be able to see the natural grain of wood in your deck? Or would you rather the natural grain be completely hidden? If you want the wood to look natural, you should stick to a clear or tinted stain. A clear stain will barely affect the color of the natural wood, while a tinted stain will add a bit of color while still allowing the natural grain to shine through. If you want to completely cover the natural grain of the wood, choose a semi transparent or solid stain instead. Solid stains offer a great deal of UV protection and can camouflage wear and tear better than others.

Consider your deck furniture.

If you’ve already purchased furniture for your new deck, take the color of the furniture into consideration when deciding on a deck stain color. If your furniture features bold colors, it can be toned down with a neutral taupe or gray deck. If your furniture is fairly neutral, you can be more creative with your color choices. Red looks great when paired with brick homes, while light greens complement homes surrounded by a lot of dense foliage.
 
Now that you know how to choose the right deck stain for your new deck, it’s time to get in touch with the professionals. Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of building your new deck. We help clients remodel their kitchens, decks, basements, and bathrooms. Now, we can help you bring your vision to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.
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