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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.

How to Begin A Denver Kitchen Remodeling Project


November 22, 2017

Remodeling your kitchen can be a huge project. In the beginning, many homeowners feel overwhelmed and unsure of where to start. Should you start with the cabinets? Flooring? Countertops? Slow down! Here’s how you should begin a Denver kitchen remodeling project:

Set goals.

The first thing you should do is set goals for the kitchen remodeling project so you know what you want to accomplish. For some homeowners, the goal of the remodel is to add more storage or countertop space in their kitchen. Others may be focused solely on replacing outdated countertops, flooring, appliances, or cabinetry. Figure out what you want out of your remodel and share this information with your team so they can begin to suggest ideas on how you can reach your goal. Filling out this kitchen goals worksheet together is a great way to make sure everyone is on the same page.

Calculate the budget.

Before getting into the details, figure out how much you are willing to spend in order to reach your goals. Then, share this number with your contractor and ask if it’s possible to get what you want with the budget that you have set. Even though you won’t have any details planned yet, a contractor should still be able to tell you whether it’s possible to update everything in your kitchen or create more space with the budget that you have set.

Look for inspiration.

Now that the goals and budget have been established, start looking for inspiration. It can be hard to choose materials, paint colors, and fabrics just by looking at swatches. Instead, use Pinterest to search for remodeled kitchens so you can see how everything comes together. For example, let’s say you’re drawn to Agatha Black granite, but aren’t sure how this color will look in a kitchen. Simply search for “Agatha Black granite kitchens” on Pinterest so you can see exactly what it will look like once it’s installed. Pin all of the images that you love onto a Pinterest board that is dedicated to this remodeling project so you can show everything to your contractor.

Be willing to adjust.

You won’t always be able to get exactly what you want if you have a tight budget, so it’s important to be flexible with your plans. For instance, if you can’t afford the Agatha Black granite, let your contractor know that you are willing to consider inexpensive alternatives that can help you achieve the same look for much less. This will make it much easier for your contractor to build your dream kitchen.  

It may seem overwhelming at first, but remodeling your kitchen can be a fun experience. If you’re ready to begin, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of professionals. In addition to remodeling kitchens, we can also help clients add new rooms onto their homes and finish their basements. 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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How Denver Basement Finishing Can Add Value to Your Home


November 15, 2017

Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home right now, you should still think about what you can do to increase its value. Then when the time comes to sell, your home will be much more valuable than it once was. There are many different ways to increase the value of your home--but, why not start at the bottom in the basement? Here’s how to add value to your home with a Denver basement finishing project:

Keep the space open.

Instead of sectioning off different parts of the basement to create private rooms or seating areas, keep everything open. Potential buyers are more interested in seeing open spaces, so this type of basement will add more value to your home. Plus, if the buyer doesn’t like what you did with the basement, it’s much easier to renovate an open space than it is to break down walls and start from scratch.

Add lighting.

Basements don’t typically get much natural light, so it’s up to you to add a lot of artificial lighting when you are renovating the space. No one wants to spend a lot of time in a dark, dreary basement, so you will need to add as much light as possible to completely transform the space. Be mindful of what type of fixtures you use. You should never add pendant lights if you already have a low ceiling--choose recessed lights that fit within the ceiling instead. See the best bets for basement lighting.

Think about the mass appeal.

If you’re still trying to figure out exactly what you want to do with your basement, think about what types of rooms will appeal to the largest number of people. For example, having a living room, home office, or spare bedroom in your basement will appeal to a lot of buyers and make your home more valuable. On the other hand, transforming your basement into a game room or bar may only appeal to certain buyers, so the renovation may not pay off.

Take care of moisture.

Before you begin any renovations, make sure that you check your basement for moisture. Getting rid of moisture should be your first priority in the basement. Remember, it doesn’t matter how much work you put into your renovations if everything is ruined by water damage in the future. Some moisture can be traced back to leaky pipes, but other problems can be caused by cracks in the foundation.

Redo the staircase.

What does the staircase going into your basement look like? If it’s narrow and cramped, you may want to consider updating it so it looks like a more traditional staircase that you would find on the upper floors of your home.

Are you ready to finish your basement? If so, get in touch with our team of professionals. In addition to finishing basements, we can also help clients remodel their kitchens and transform their outdoor space with a beautiful deck. 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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Feng Shui Tips For Denver Kitchen Remodeling Projects


November 8, 2017

Feng shui is an ancient Chinese art that involves arranging a space in a manner that creates harmony and happiness. This practice is based on the belief that every item in your home has energy that needs to be able to flow freely to promote good health and happiness. The kitchen plays a big role in the feng shui practice—in fact, it is believed to be one of the three most important rooms in your home. If you’re interested in incorporating the rules of this ancient Chinese practice into your Denver kitchen remodeling project, follow these tips:

Create A Triangle

Feng shui experts suggest paying close attention to where the oven, refrigerator, and sink are placed in your kitchen. To create the perfect flow of energy, the placement of these three features should form a triangle. Learn how to create good feng shui in your kitchen.

Choose Earth Tones

Earth tones such as browns, greens, yellows, and blues are perfect for creating good feng shui in the kitchen. Yellow is one of the most popular choices for the kitchen because it is believed to aid digestion. Light yellows can be calming, especially if they are paired with soothing greens and blues. But if you want something brighter, don’t be afraid to try a bold yellow.

If there’s one color that you should stay away from in the kitchen, it’s red. The color red represents fire, so having too much of this color in your kitchen is believed to burn energy and make guests feel depleted.

Clean Clutter

Make sure there is plenty of storage space in your newly remodeled kitchen so you can keep clutter off of the countertops. Cluttered countertops are believed to interrupt the flow of good energy in your kitchen, which is why it’s so important to keep clutter tucked away in cabinets and drawers. The only items that should be on your countertops are small appliances that you use on a regular basis, such as a toaster or coffeemaker.

Use Layers of Lighting

The key to creating good feng shui in the kitchen is using layers of lighting. What does this mean? Instead of relying solely on overhead lighting, use two to three different types of lighting at varying heights in the kitchen. For example, use recessed lighting in the ceiling, pendant lighting over the kitchen island, and light sconces on the wall. Each of these lights will sit at a different height and make the kitchen seem larger and more open, which will promote a strong flow of energy.

Now that you know how to create harmony in your kitchen with feng shui, are you ready to start remodeling? If so, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team of professionals. In addition to remodeling kitchens, we can also help clients finish their basements and build stunning outdoor decks. Let us help you bring your vision of a newly remodeled kitchen to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.
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Why Denver Basement Finishing Is Becoming Increasingly Popular


Kitchen and bathroom remodels have always been popular, but recently, homeowners have shown more interest in remodeling their basements as well. Denver basement finishing projects are a great way to update a dark and crowded basement. But, why are so many homeowners suddenly starting to take interest in this type of remodeling project?

Many of the homeowners who have chosen to remodel their basements in the last several years are Millennials. In fact, Millennials are 89% more likely to remodel a basement than any other generation. Why? Many people within the Millennial generation are struggling with student debt and low wages, which means buying a home can be challenging. As a result, Millennials often have to settle for smaller, older homes that need a decent amount of work. When choosing which areas to remodel first, they often go with the basement or the garage. This is because remodeling one of these areas means increasing the amount of living space or storage space within the home. Learn why so many Millennial homeowners are remodeling their basements.

Some Millennials look at a remodeled basement as an opportunity to earn cash on the side. Once the remodel is complete, Millennial homeowners can rent this additional space out using websites such as Airbnb to earn extra money. This cash can go towards mortgage payments, student loans, or even the cost of the remodel. Even if Millennials don’t recoup the cost of the remodel right away, remodeling a basement typically adds value to the home. Therefore, Millennials will eventually see a return on their investment when they decide to sell their home.

Millennials may be more likely to remodel than other generations, but this does not mean they are the only homeowners who decide to remodel their basements. Homeowners from all generations have embraced this trend, partly due to the fact that remodeling a basement is easier than moving to a new home. Families that need more space may decide to remodel the basement to create a second living room, extra bedroom, or play area instead of going through the hassle of finding a new home.

Homeowners who are hoping to sell in the near future may see remodeling their basements as a way to attract buyers on the real estate market. The market can be very competitive, so sellers will need to think of a way to get buyers’ attention. One way to draw buyers in is with a finished basement that will be sure to set your home apart from other listings on the market.

Now that you know why these finishing projects are becoming increasingly popular, are you ready to finally remodel your basement? If so, get in touch with our team of experts today. In addition to finishing basements, our team can also help clients remodel their kitchens and build stunning outdoor decks and gathering spaces. Let us help you bring your vision of a finished basement to life! Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.
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Lighting Ideas For Your Denver Kitchen Remodeling Project


October 25, 2017

Kitchens are known as the heart of the home, so this space should feel warm and inviting. But unfortunately, many kitchens end up feeling cold and unwelcoming. How can you create the ideal atmosphere for your kitchen? The easiest way is with lighting. Here are some lighting ideas for your Denver kitchen remodeling project:

Edison Bulbs

Are you going for a rustic look in the kitchen? If so, then you may want to consider using Edison bulbs. These bulbs have a vintage feel and a soft warm glow that will make guests gravitate towards the kitchen. Hang a single Edison bulb over the sink or hang multiple bulbs over the kitchen island to achieve the look that you desire. Learn the quick history of Edison bulbs here.

Wall Sconces

Sconces are often used in bedrooms, living rooms, and hallways, but more homeowners are starting to incorporate them in the kitchen as well. These lights also give off a soft light and are used to accent certain areas of the kitchen. But, they won’t work in every type of kitchen. Sconces work well in kitchens that rely on open shelving instead of floor to ceiling cabinets. If your remodeled kitchen will have a lot of cabinets, it’s best to keep the lighting fixtures on the ceiling instead of the walls.

Chandeliers

Chandeliers are traditionally found in elegant foyers or dining rooms, but they can also be used to make a bold statement in the kitchen. A chandelier can be hung above the island to draw attention to this area of the kitchen. This is a great alternative for people who want more glamour than traditional pendant lights can offer. If your kitchen island is large, you should consider adding more than one chandelier to make the space look even more chic and sophisticated.

Industrial Lighting

Another trend that has become increasingly popular is industrial style kitchens. This type of design is characterized by exposed pipes or beams, the use of wood and metal, and vintage-inspired accessories. If you are trying to achieve this look in your kitchen, look for brushed nickel, bronze, or rustic bronze lighting fixtures that have exposed bulbs. You can either hang a single, large industrial-style lighting fixture or choose several industrial pendant lights to hang in a row over the kitchen island.

Track Lighting

Do you spend a lot of time cooking in your kitchen? If so, talk to your team of remodelers about adding track lighting. This is a great way to add more light to areas that you spend a lot of time in within the kitchen. For example, if you tend to prepare food on the kitchen island, install track lights to shine on the island so you can see what you’re doing.

Are you ready to light up your kitchen? If so, get in touch with our team of professionals. In addition to remodeling kitchens, we can also help clients remodel their bathrooms and finish their basements. 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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