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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.

Your Most Profitable Remodeling Projects and Room Additions in Denver

January 17, 2018

When considering how to plan for your room additions in Denver, what do you consider? How it will look? What you need in a space? Profitability? All are important factors. As you make arrangements to add rooms and tackle a remodeling project, it is important to get a return on your investment. Learn about the most profitable renovations, considerations for expanding rooms, and tips to properly budget your projects.

Most Profitable Renovations

Wondering what renovations will give you the most bang for your buck in the long run? Try one of these:
  • Basements: If you have an unfinished basement, you will greatly increase the value of your home by finishing the space. By making it useable, it creates valuable square footage. In some cases, it can increase your resale value by over $20,000. You can simply finish the space so it is safe to store items in, or you can take it a step further. Basements are great family, laundry, or entertaining spaces.
  • Kitchens: While costly, kitchen renovations greatly impact your resale value. Once you upgrade outdated counters, cabinets, appliances, flooring, and more, it completely transforms the space. It can help you make $25,000 or more on the price of your home—depending how you upgrade the space.
  • Efficient Upgrades: Not looking to completely renovate a space, but would like to save money? Consider making energy efficient upgrades. Why energy efficiency upgrades? These can include new windows that better insulate your home, appliances, lighting and fixtures that use less energy, and better insulation. These are all changes you will notice make a difference in your monthly budget.

Considerations to Expand Rooms

If you have a  small space that does not fit your needs, expanding rooms or overall space in your home is an option. You have a variety of ways to best fit your layout and budget.

First, consider all of the rooms in the house. Could you condense one space to build out on another? For instance, if you have a large master bedroom and small bathroom with a closet in between them, would it make sense to join the bathroom to the bedroom—making it larger by turning the closet into additional bathroom space?

If you are outgrowing your space, you can also consider adding a second story to your home. It is a great way to meet your needs if you wish not to move into a new house. By adding more square footage, you will increase the value. It is great to add bedrooms, office space, or storage that is needed.

Tips for Budgeting

When planning your budget for your remodel, talk to your local contractor to understand what each cost might be. Next, look for smart ways to finance it. If you take out a loan, opt for one with a lower interest rate if possible. You can even ask your mortgage lender how you can finance your remodel in your existing mortgage. Make sure as you create your budget to stick to it, and leave room for issues to fix.

As you plan for your home remodeling projects, Ridgeline Design and Build will help you make the most of your investment. From basement finishes and remodeling services, to decks and room additions, our team is experienced in a variety of renovations. We know how to match room additions in Denver to the rest of the home. Contact us today at 303-346-6100 today to see how we can help you.

Denver Basement Finishing: Should You Add A Bathroom?

January 10, 2018

There are countless ways that homeowners can transform their dark and crowded basements into light and airy living spaces. Homeowners often choose to turn their basement into a spacious guest bedroom, which means they typically add a bathroom to the basement as well. But, is it a good idea to build a bathroom in your basement? Here’s what the Denver basement finishing experts have to say about the pros and cons of this project:

Con: Moisture

Basements usually do not have much ventilation, which is why so many of them have moisture issues that need to be addressed prior to the remodel. Adding a bathroom to a non-ventilated area can make the moisture issues in your basement even worse. Work with your contractor to determine how you can add more ventilation to ensure mold and mildew do not start to grow in your new bathroom.

Pro: Increased Home Value

Adding a bathroom to the basement makes the space more livable by creating a suite where guests can have complete privacy. This is attractive to potential buyers, which means it increases the value of your home. If you are planning on selling in the next few years, this is something to keep in mind.

Con: The Cost

Even though adding a bathroom may make your home more valuable, it’s unlikely that it will increase the value of your home enough to recoup the costs of the remodel. Why? Running pipes into and out of your basement is very difficult, and the harder a task is, the more expensive it will be to complete. Finishing a basement doesn’t have to be expensive, but the cost will increase substantially if you plan on adding a bathroom. Learn more about estimating the cost to add a bathroom in a basement.

Pro: Convenience

Having one more bathroom could make life much more convenient if you constantly find yourself waiting for someone to finish before you can get into a bathroom to get ready for work or prepare for bed. In this case, adding a new bathroom is the perfect way to accommodate your growing family.

Con: Not A DIY Project

There are some remodeling projects that can be completed without the help of a professional, but adding a bathroom to the basement is not one of them. Working with a team of professionals is essential so you are not stuck with the task of installing the plumbing on your own. If you enjoy DIY projects, stick to painting the
bathroom walls or installing the tile once the professionals have done the more challenging work.

Now that you know the pros and cons of adding a bathroom to your basement, are you ready to finish this project once and for all? If so, get in touch with our team of remodeling experts as soon as possible. In addition to finishing basements, our team can also help clients remodel their kitchens and build new rooms onto their homes. Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.

The Top Denver Kitchen Remodeling Layouts

January 3, 2018

Many decisions will need to be made during a kitchen remodel, but one of the first things that needs to be decided is the layout of the kitchen. A layout is a basic floor plan that illustrates where everything will go in the kitchen, including the cabinets, appliances, sinks, and other features. Before making this decision, get inspired by some of the top Denver kitchen remodeling layouts:

The U-Shape Layout

U-shaped kitchens, also known as horseshoe kitchens, have three walls of cabinets that form the shape of the letter “U”. This design works well for a lot of homeowners because it includes plenty of counter space and cabinet storage. Because there is so much counter space, it’s also easier for multiple people to prepare food at the same time in this type of kitchen. Read these tips for U-shaped kitchen layouts.

The L-Shaped Layout

L-shaped kitchens have two rows of countertops that are perpendicular to one another, so they form the shape of the letter “L”. U-shaped kitchens offer more counter space and cabinet storage, but L-shaped kitchens are more open and inviting. This is the perfect layout for medium sized kitchens.

Galley Layouts

Galley kitchens are ideal when there is not much space for a kitchen. This type of layout is characterized by two parallel walls of cabinets with a walkway through the center. The galley layout is a great choice for people who want to maximize the limited amount of space they have for their kitchen. If space is not an issue, the galley layout is not recommended because there are other layouts that make better use of bigger spaces.

Before choosing this layout, figure out how big the walkway in the middle of the two walls will be. If it’s going to be very narrow, it may be better to choose a one-wall layout instead of using a two-wall galley layout. Even though you won’t have as much storage or counter space with a one-wall layout, the kitchen won’t look as cramped.

Peninsula Kitchen

Peninsula layouts feature islands that are connected to the rest of the counters and cabinets in the kitchen instead of placed in the center of the kitchen. Imagine an L-shaped kitchen with two rows of cabinets forming the shape of the letter “L.” Most peninsula layouts basically transform an L-shaped kitchen into a U-shaped kitchen by connecting an island to add a third set of cabinets. The island portion of the kitchen should have stools or chairs so it is clear that it is an island and not just another row of cabinets.

Do you need help picking out the right layout for your kitchen? If so, get in touch with our team of remodeling experts as soon as possible. Our team can assist clients with the transformation of their kitchen, basement, and other areas of the home. We will guide you through this process from the start to the finish to ensure you are completely satisfied with the results. Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.

Remodeling the Staircase During Denver Basement Finishing Projects

December 20, 2017

Many homeowners forget about one minor detail when finishing their basements: the staircase. Basements typically have worn down staircases that can give off a bad first impression for anyone traveling down to the basement for the first time. To prevent this problem, it’s important to think about how to remodel the staircase when completing your Denver basement finishing project. Here are some tips:

Close Open Wood Staircases

Many basements are designed with an open staircase, which is one that does not have closed risers, meaning each stair almost appears to be floating in mid-air. An open staircase can be a safety hazard—especially for small children. Therefore, it may be best to convert an open staircase into a closed staircase by adding wooden risers. If carpet is being installed in the finished basement, cover the staircase with the same type of carpeting so the room looks more cohesive. See more basement staircase ideas.

Replace Flimsy Stairs

Basement staircases tend to be much flimsier than the staircases used in other parts of the home. It’s not a good idea to try to add to a flimsy staircase, since the structure may not support the addition. Before starting this project, have a professional inspect the staircase to determine if it is strong enough to remain in the basement. If it’s flimsy, it will need to be removed and replaced with a sturdier structure to prevent tragic accidents. Remember, now that the basement is finished, there will be more foot traffic on these stairs than ever before, so they need to be sturdy.

Use the Space Underneath the Stairs

Don’t waste the empty space underneath the basement stairs. Talk to a contractor about the best way to use this space. Since the majority of homeowners decide to convert this area into storage, this is most likely what a contractor will suggest for your basement. Depending on the size and shape of the space, it’s possible that you can also design a custom built-in bookcase that fits right underneath the stairs. It doesn’t matter what you decide to do with this space—just don’t let it go to waste!

Add A Railing

Some basement staircases are designed with either flimsy railing or no railing at all.  Since more people will be visiting the basement now that it’s finished, it’s important to keep them safe by adding railing to the staircase. Wood is the most traditional type of stair railing, but many people prefer iron because it can be customized to create a unique design. As long as it keeps people safe, choose any type of railing that complements the rest of the room.

Are you interested in finally finishing your basement? If so, get in touch with our team of remodeling experts as soon as possible. Our team can assist clients with the transformation of their kitchen, basement, and other areas of the home. We will guide you through this process from the start to the finish to ensure you are completely satisfied with the results. Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.

Cabinet Options For Denver Kitchen Remodeling Projects

December 13, 2017

Your kitchen cabinets can completely transform the look of your whole kitchen, which is why it’s important to choose them wisely. There are a number of different ways to update or remodel your cabinets during a Denver kitchen remodeling project. Here’s a look at some of your options:

Replace the Cabinets

Many homeowners decide to rip out their existing cabinets and start from scratch. This is ideal for homeowners who don’t like the layout of their current kitchen. Tearing down the old cabinets and building new cabinets will allow you to make adjustments to the layout so you can create a more open and spacious kitchen.

This is also a good option for homeowners who have cabinets that are not in good condition. Instead of wasting money on costly repairs, it may be better to replace them if you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen anyways.

Change the Doors

Replacing the cabinets can be expensive, so many people decide to simply replace the cabinet doors instead. This is the perfect option for people who love the placement of the cabinets within the kitchen, but hate the design of the doors and drawer fronts. To make this work, it’s important to find doors and drawer fronts that are the exact same color as the cabinet boxes so they blend in well once they are replaced.

Don’t be afraid to choose both solid wood doors and wood-framed doors with glass. Use the wood-framed doors with glass to show off your fine china or elegant stemware. Mixing both types of doors will make your kitchen look more customized and unique.

Paint the Cabinets

Sometimes, the only part of the cabinets that needs to be updated is the color. In this case, the best option is to paint the cabinets instead of completely replacing them. Not only is it easier, but it’s also far less expensive. Keep in mind that painting wood cabinets will hide the grain of the wood. If you would like the wood grain on your cabinets to remain visible, use a stain instead of paint.

Be creative when painting your cabinets. There’s no reason why all of the cabinets in your kitchen have to be the same color. If you want your kitchen to stand out, consider using two colors on the cabinets. The first color can be used on the cabinets on the kitchen island, and the second color can be used on the remaining cabinets. This will make the island the focal point of the kitchen—just be sure to pick two colors that complement each other. See 12 easy ways to upgrade basic kitchen cabinets.

Are you ready to update your cabinets and remodel your entire kitchen? If so, get in touch with our team of remodeling experts as soon as possible. In addition to transforming kitchens, our team can also help clients finish their basements, add new rooms to their homes, and build spacious outdoor decks. Contact Ridgeline Design and Build in Colorado today for your free consultation at 303-346-6100.