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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 Cut Costs of Denver Kitchen Remodeling Projects

May 24, 2017

From choosing new countertops and cabinets to installing new flooring and fixtures, Denver kitchen remodeling projects can be expensive—but they don’t have to be. There are many ways you can cut back on the costs of your remodeling project so it falls within your budget. How? Follow these helpful tips:

Do the demo yourself.

You will need to tear apart your old kitchen before the remodel can begin. If you ask a remodeling company to do this for you, they will of course charge you a fee to do so. If you think you can handle it, do the demo on your own to reduce the overall cost of your remodel. However, you should not attempt to do this if you don’t have the proper equipment or safety gear.

Reface vs. replace.

Many kitchen remodels involve changing the cabinets. But, replacing cabinets is one of the larger expenses associated with a remodeling project. If you want to save money, consider refacing your cabinets instead of completely replacing them. You can change the doors and hardware on your cabinets and then apply a fresh layer of paint to the boxes to save a significant amount of money. In fact, it is estimated that refacing cabinets is about half of the cost of replacing them.

Don’t use recessed lighting.

Homeowners love having recessed lighting in the kitchen, but if it’s something that you can do without, then cross this off of your list. Adding recessed lighting is pricey because your contractor will have to cut through the ceiling and insulate the area around the light. Instead, choose wall or ceiling mounted lights that don’t require as much labor. These lights tend to give you a brighter light anyway, so you may end up preferring these over recessed lights. Read recessed lighting: what are can lights?

Keep plumbing in place.

Where is the plumbing in your current kitchen? If there’s really no reason to move it during the remodel, then don’t. Plumbing work increases the cost of your kitchen remodel, so if you can keep the sinks and other plumbing in the same place, you can save yourself a bit of money.

Talk to the contractor.

Each contractor will give you an estimate before you begin working together that shows you how much he thinks the remodel will cost you. If the number is way out of your budget, ask for his help. Contractors help homeowners stick within their budgets everyday, so they will help you determine where you should cut back so the overall cost falls within your budget.

Now that you know how to cut costs so you can stay within your budget, are you ready to begin planning your remodel? Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of remodeling your home. 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.

Room Additions in Denver: Things to Consider Before You Begin

May 17, 2017

Is your home starting to feel a bit more cramped than usual? If so, you may be considering whether adding a new room to your home is worth it. Room additions in Denver are serious projects, so this is not a decision to take lightly. Here are a few things you should consider before making this decision:

Are there any zoning restrictions you should know about?

Even if you own the property, there are still certain restrictions that limit where you are allowed to build on it. For example, there are restrictions on how tall buildings can be, so you may not be able to add a second or third floor to your home. There are usually restrictions that do not permit you to add on to your home if it means the building will be within a certain number of feet away from the edge of the property. It’s important to consult with a contractor to learn what restrictions will apply to your remodeling project before you begin.

What is your budget?

Before meeting with a contractor, figure out how much you are willing to spend on your room addition. Then, run this number by the contractor that you are working with to see if he thinks it’s enough to achieve your goals. If you will need to spend more than you intended on spending, you may want to wait until you have saved more money before beginning the project.

Will the HOA approve of this project?

If you live in a HOA community, you may want to run your plans by them before agreeing to anything. Some homeowners will need room additions pre-approved by the HOA before they can begin construction. If you are in this type of community and don’t seek approval, you may end up paying a fine for this mistake. Check your agreement to see whether you need to seek approval from them prior to beginning the project.

Will the room addition disrupt your daily life?

Talk to the contractor to find out if you will need to move out of the house while the new room is constructed. Most of the time, the contractor will allow you to stay in the house as long as you block off the work zone to prevent children or animals from accidentally walking inside and hurting themselves. Read these safety tips for before, during, and after the renovation process.

If you do plan on staying in your home, be prepared for the inconveniences that come along with a remodel. For example, if you work from home, you may have trouble finding a quiet space to make client phone calls while work is being done on your home.

Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of adding a new room to your home. Besides helping clients build new rooms, we also help with kitchen, deck, basement, and bathroom remodels. 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.

When to Splurge and When to Save on Denver Basement Finishing

May 10, 2017

The cost of basement finishing projects in Denver will vary depending on exactly what you plan on doing in your basement. If you are on a tight budget, you may be curious as to how you can save money without sacrificing the quality of the finished project.

Follow these tips if you want to learn when you should splurge and when you should save when finishing your basement:

Splurge: Ceiling Insulation

Ceiling insulation can prevent the noise from your basement from disturbing people upstairs, and vice versa. This means you will be able to work in peace in your new home office or turn up the volume in your new theater room without worrying about whether other people in your home can hear you. Learn about the types of insulation.

Save: Shelving

If you want to add more storage space in your basement, buy freestanding furniture instead of trying to build custom shelves. You will barely be able to tell the difference between furniture and built-in shelves once the project is complete, so it’s definitely not worth paying more for a custom job.

Splurge: Lighting

Basements can be dark and dreary, so if there’s one area that you should definitely feel comfortable splurging in, it’s lighting. You can install recessed lighting throughout the basement, and then use focal point lighting to highlight certain areas. For example, if you have built a bar in your basement, you may want to install pendant lighting or track lighting to shine a spotlight on this area of your basement. You may also want to install dimmers so you can change the mood of the basement by adjusting the amount of light in the room.

Save: Open vs. Closed Space

Try to keep the floor plan as open as possible when designing how you want your new basement to look. If you decide to close off certain parts of the basement to create separate rooms, you will have to spend more on doors, studs, and drywall. This is not a good use of your budget, and it’s also a poor use of the space, so stick to open floor plans only when finishing your basement.

Splurge: One Show-Stopping Feature

Choose one show-stopping feature that you want to include in your new basement and then feel free to splurge on it. For example, if you are creating a home theater, the splurge may be a large, flat-screen TV or a group of incredibly comfortable reclining chairs. If you are creating a gym in your basement, you want to splurge on buying a new treadmill or elliptical and save on other aspects of the gym such as the free weights. What you choose is completely up to you—but feel free to discuss your decision with your remodelers to make sure you made the right choice.

Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of finishing your basement. Besides helping clients transform their basements, we also help with kitchen, deck, and bathroom remodels. 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.

How to Live in Your Home During A Denver Kitchen Remodeling Project

May 3, 2017

Are you thinking about tackling a Denver kitchen remodeling project? One thing that may be holding you back is the thought of living in your home while the remodeling takes place. But, don’t let this stop you from getting the beautiful kitchen of your dreams. Here are some tips to help you live in your home while your kitchen is being remodeled:

Remodel during the warmer months.

It’s best to begin a kitchen remodel during the warm months of spring and summer. Why? If you don’t have access to your kitchen during the winter, you don’t have many other places you can go to prepare food. However, during the spring and summer, you can head outside and fire up the grill to prepare food for your family. This makes it much easier to get by without a kitchen.

Use the old cabinets.

Are you replacing the cabinets in your kitchen? Ask the contractor if he can leave the old cabinets in your garage or laundry room instead of throwing them away. Once you have the cabinets, you can use this area as a temporary kitchen to hold you over until the real kitchen is done. Lay a piece of a wood on top of the cabinets so you can use the counter space, and store items inside the cabinets that don’t need to be refrigerated. Creating this temporary kitchen will help you remain stress-free while your kitchen is in the process of being transformed.

Protect the rest of your home.

Workers will be walking in and out of your home multiple times during a kitchen remodel—and they don’t always remember to wipe their feet. Ask the contractor to provide old carpet scraps that you can lay down to create a path from your front door to your kitchen. If carpet scraps aren’t available, lay old sheets or blankets down instead to protect your floors from damage.

Clip coupons.

Before the remodel begins, start to collect coupons for local restaurants so you don’t always have to make food at home while your kitchen is under construction. Look online, in your mailbox, and in the newspaper to find coupons that may come in handy once your kitchen turns into a construction zone.

Seal off the area.

Make sure your contractor uses thick plastic to seal off the area that is being worked on. You should also consider sealing off ducts and vents in your kitchen until the project is complete. Then, make sure your kids understand that the sealed off area is off-limits until you tell them otherwise. Learn how to safely live in your house during a major renovation.

Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of remodeling your kitchen. Besides helping clients transform their kitchens, we also help with basement, deck, and bathroom remodels. Together, we can turn your kitchen into a functional, beautiful space that complements the rest of your home. Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.

Denver Kitchen Remodeling Details That Add An Extra Special Touch

April 26, 2017

If you’re still in the planning stages of your Denver kitchen remodeling project, you may be so focused on choosing countertops, appliances, and cabinets that you forget about many other details. Minor details may not seem important now, but they make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your kitchen. Here are a few details you should consider including in your kitchen remodel:

Decorative Hardware

Don’t settle on plain hardware for your kitchen cabinets and drawers. Although the hardware is small in comparison to the cabinets and countertops, it can still impact the way your kitchen looks, so choose wisely. If the rest of your kitchen is fairly simple, be bold with your hardware choice. Hardware isn’t expensive, so this is a low risk investment since you can easily switch it out if you get tired of it after a few years.

Crown Molding

Nothing says luxury quite like crown molding, so don’t forget to plan for this detail if you are trying to create a glamorous looking kitchen. Molding should be placed around the perimeter of the entire kitchen, even in the space between the top of your cabinets and your ceiling. Learn more about how molding and trim make an impact in your home.

Bar Stools

If your newly renovated kitchen includes a large island, you may want to consider buying a few bar stools to line up on one side of the island. Be sure to measure the island carefully so you know how tall the bar stools should be and how many will fit in the space. If you’ve been looking for a way to add a subtle pop of color to your kitchen, bar stools with a colorful cushion are a great choice. Or, you could stick with a simple wood bar stool if you want your kitchen to give off a rustic, country vibe.

Light Fixtures

Many kitchens are designed with recessed lighting, but if you are remodeling, you may want to think about adding a few hanging light fixtures instead of relying solely on the recessed lights. Hanging light fixtures look incredible when placed above a large island. Depending on the size of the island, you may want to either do one large fixture, or hang several smaller fixtures in a row.

Electrical Outlets

If your kitchen doesn’t have many electrical outlets, talk to a contractor about adding a few more during the remodel. Figure out where you plan on using smaller appliances such as the toaster, coffee maker, or blender so you can determine where you should add electrical outlets. This will make it much easier to plug in multiple appliances without struggling to find an open outlet.

Our team of experts at Ridgeline Design and Build can help you through every step of remodeling your kitchen. Besides helping clients transform their kitchens, we also help with basement, deck, and bathroom remodels. 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.