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Top 5 Exclusive Remodeling 2018 Home Renovations

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Article By: Selma P.           Photos: Exclusive Remodeling 

2018 Top 5 Exclusive Remodeling Projects

This year, our team worked on some amazing kitchen & bath home renovations.

We narrowed down the top 5 based on completely different before and after outcomes, because of major changes to either the design or altering of aesthetics.

Enjoy our 2018 journey with the following photos of our Exclusive Remodeling Team craftsmanship!

KITCHEN

1 – CONROE, TX – LAKE HOUSE VACATION HOME

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On the wall going out to the patio, we removed the desk area, mirror/buffet table, end shelf and replaced it with a nice functional layout for dinnerware display, plate holders, wine/glasses rack and a nice buffet setting for entertaining guests with coffee, food, buffet, etc.

The cabinets were also placed up to the ceiling and the A/C vents were moved to the ceiling rather than alongside the wall as pictured in the before photo.

 

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The kitchen island was a major renovation in itself as we removed the stove top, added drawer cabinets for storage, and made space for cooking preparations.

The stove top was moved to the wall next to the kitchen sink to make the island more functional for entertaining, eating, or breakfast seating area.

The refrigerator and oven were “swapped” to place the oven next to the new stove/cooking area.

 

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Here you can see what the new cooking area looked before with a trash compactor and drawer cabinets.

The oven was where now the refrigerator is for easier access.

All that space that the A/C vents were taking allowed for the cabinets to be installed all the way up to ceiling which makes it look higher, and the vents were transferred to the top ceiling.

Installing the new cabinets up to the ceiling also made more space for a beautiful back splash.

 

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The color scheme was also changed for a more updated look on the walls, counter top, back splash, and new cabinets with hardware.

 

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Here we focus on the difference of the appliance placements to make it more functional and provide ease for the homeowners so that their vacation home is ready to entertain family and guests!

 

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Being that homeowners opted for all new cabinets, we re-designed their new kitchen with cabinet placement to their liking to allow for a more functional and updated look.

2- THE WOODLANDS, TX

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This was another project where we moved the stove top cooking area away from the island and onto a wall.

A new stove/oven was installed in place of the previous wall oven cabinet.

The dinette area was closed off to allow more cabinet storage and counter top space.

We updated the flooring and paint, and love how the homeowner built their own island with an “open” concept to make the kitchen space appear even larger and allow room for seating.

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Even though this was a smaller than normal sized kitchen, most would think that a dark floor would make it look even smaller.

They chose a darker floor, but brightened up the whole kitchen with neutral tones and white cabinetry.

Instead of wall cabinets, industrial shelving was chosen to “open up” the kitchen and give it an updated style.

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The whole kitchen was demolished to start from scratch and ended up with a total makeover!

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We love how the lighting goes with the wall shelving and new island…you can see how much lower the ceiling appeared before, and how much higher it looks after.

This was truly one of our favorite 2018 kitchen renovations!

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We were also very excited to work with the homeowner’s OWN rendition of their dream kitchen.

At Exclusive Remodeling, we work with your own designs as well as floor plans that were obtained with the purchase of your home.

KITCHEN & BATH

3 – THE WOODLANDS, TX

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This was another kitchen that we completely demolished to allow for new cabinetry and construction materials.

We love how the homeowners opted for grey base cabinets and white wall cabinets!

It was such a fun experience to watch this kitchen come together.

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This home previously had BROWN written all over it, so this grey motif REALLY re-freshened up the whole space from the kitchen, to the coffee corner, to the new buffet display, all the way to the bathroom!

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What an amazing, jaw-dropping transformation!

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The kitchen idea followed its way to the bathroom…what a refreshing sight.

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You would’ve NEVER thought this kitchen was what it looked like before!

This is why we wake up every morning, for exclusive remodeling.

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Normally, when a kitchen needs to be demolished for new cabinetry, a design is created to fit in every piece for the space allowed.

 

BATH

4 – THE WOODLANDS, TX

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This bathroom was also a total transformation.

Before, there was a large Jacuzzi tub taking over much of the bathroom space that only allowed less than 3 ft of shower space.

So, the natural thing to do was to swap the two to allow for an updated and stylish narrow tub, and that huge space for a walk-in shower with bench.

It also worked out that the new shower space was perfect for the window to allow natural sunlight or watch the stars while bathing.

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We were left speechless with the before and after outcome of this project!

A true inspiration for those homeowners that have a big tub/Jacuzzi that is rarely used, and transform into that dream walk-in shower.

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The final renovation turned out to be a beautiful timeless work of craftsmanship that will make this bathroom a serene place to spend quality restful time with a truly spa-like feel.

5 – THE WOODLANDS, TX

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Rounding off the Top 5 2018 renovations for Exclusive Remodeling, was this bathroom remodel that by the time we were done with, looked like something out of a luxury hotel brochure.

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Before, the shower space was enclosed in the corner by a canopy of some sort.

The homeowner wished for it to be more “open” with the new wall tile lining up most of the wall as high as possible to cover so much empty space.

The shower then looked to appear so much larger and brighter.

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The beautiful ornate doorway really popped out afterward, as opposed as seemed hidden in all the wallpaper pattern.

It turned out to be a breathtaking focal point that brought the whole space together.

The original window tiles where left as is, but easily looks as if it were renovated with the rest of the bathroom.

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The cabinetry was was left the same, but the updated flooring and paint really gave a whole new look!

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On behalf of the entire Exclusive Remodeling Team,

we wish to thank all of our homeowners that made 2018 special!

We would like to also thank you for your trust.

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“You gave us your wish-list, and we created your dream”

Please visit Exclusive Remodeling, or come by our Showroom to make plans for 2019!
To schedule a FREE In-Home Visit please call 832-663-9926

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Sweater Weather: Fireplace Renovations

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The 5 Stages of Fireplace Renovation

Every fireplace installation is unique, but all home owners experience these 5 stages of fireplace renovation:

The Reason

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What’s your reason for wanting a new or renovating your fireplace?

*To add an efficient heater to your home
*To update the style of a room
*To create ambiance
*To reduce your heating bill
*To stop chimney draft

ER client as pictured above, opted to close-off  the extra window to hang the family TV over the fireplace, as opposed to having it hanging on the room corner.

Your Vision

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What do you want your finished fireplace to look like?

Do you know your personal fireplace design style (contemporary, traditional, classic, modern)?

The Internet is a great place to gather design inspiration, but the online world is so big knowing where to start can be difficult.

Consider browsing Pinterest and Houzz, each website hosts over a million searchable interior design photos.

Fireplace manufacturer websites can also be helpful since they often feature idea galleries full of customer fireplace renovation photos.

Some manufacturer websites even have online design tools that invite you to design your own fireplace.

Or, you can reach out to Exclusive Remodeling for a FREE design upon finalizing.

Your Details

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Every fireplace has a specific purpose.

Some fireplaces are perfect for heating large spaces while others are better suited for creating ambiance.

Before you buy a new fireplace you’ll need to take a few accurate measurements and make a few key decisions.

You’ll know when you’re done with stage three when you can answer these questions:

Will your fireplace be fueled by gas, wood or pellets?
Are you installing a new fireplace or replacing an existing fireplace?
If you have an existing fireplace, what are the dimensions?
What will the primary function of your new fireplace be: heat or ambiance?
What size room will your fireplace live in?
What materials will surround your fireplace? (wall, floor, ceiling etc.)
Pro tip: If you have questions during stage 3, visit your local fireplace store to get some expert help.

Purchase & Installation

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When you’re ready to purchase a new fireplace, visit your local fireplace renovation specialist.

Design consultants are experienced trade experts who work with qualified installation professionals.

Share your renovation reason, vision and space details so he or she can help you pick the perfect fireplace materials.

While in showroom, ask your consultant about customization options to create a style as unique as you.

Relax & Enjoy!

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The best part about installing a new fireplace is relaxing in front of it.

Make sure you choose a fireplace that provides peace of mind in addition to warmth, ambiance and efficiency.

In the end, quality craftsmanship counts.

Read More at: Regency Fireplace Products 

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Need more ideas for your fireplace renovation project?
Please visit Exclusive Remodeling, or come by our Showroom!
To schedule a FREE In-Home Visit please call 832-663-9926

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5 Remodeling Trends to Watch in 2019

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Article by: Selma P.

It’s Halloween! Suddenly tomorrow we’ll be buying turkey, putting up the tree, making New Year’s plans…and then it hits you…it’s 2019!

This Thanksgiving is a great time to evaluate your kitchen and begin the planning phase for next year’s renovations.

Let’s dive into some remodeling trends for 2019 according to Forbes.

Millennial DIYers

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Nearly a quarter of the U.S. population made home improvements in the last year and only 7% of them worked with a professional. “DIYers spend more than 60 hours per week on TV and digital devices, including computers and smartphones,” Peter Katsingris, senior vice president of insights at Nielsen, told conference attendees. “The technology and the choices it provides make DIY a realistic option for people.” (A quick search of YouTube shows 252,000 results for home improvement DIY videos). ~Source: Jamie Gold

At Exclusive Remodeling, we are getting more homeowners coming in with their own DIY kitchen plans and countertop measurements that they’ve researched online.

Over-Inspiration Regret

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More than a third of homeowners who completed a home improvement project in the past year regret not spending more on the project, according to The Regret Factor Study. “Regretters are more likely to have used a wide range of inspirational sources, especially television, magazines and social media,” observed declared Brenda Bryan of RICKI, the Research Institute for Cooking and Kitchen Intelligence. That’s worth considering when planning a remodeling project at the right investment level for your property. ~Source: Jamie Gold

FOMO, the fear of missing out. Yes, social media envy is out there even when it comes to your remodeling projects, so the “fear of missing out” will likely be apparent.

Not regretting the outcome means remodeling to what’s right for YOU and your investment level, not what’s right for society.

In 2019, do not regret not having done this or that because you were over-inspired.

Rental Housing Market on the Rise

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A wave of growth since 2004 has increased the number and share of rental households in the U.S., especially higher-end rentals in urban areas. ~Source: Jamie Gold

Have you seen the traffic in Houston lately? Have you seen all the license plates from California and Florida in Houston lately? Have you seen the number of job applicants in Houston lately? 

People are moving and they are moving from swanky places and looking for a place to call “home” for the time being. They will be observing their (home improvement) surroundings. 

Remodeling Not Slowing Down

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The steady increase in remodeling activity will continue through 2021, HIRI experts predict. (With home prices increasing, new construction harder to find in some areas of the country, and homeowners aging in place, people are staying put and remodeling.) “With the existing house stock averaging 38 years old, much of the inventory is in need of updating,” noted Mark Boud, senior vice president and chief economist at Hanley Wood/Metrostudy~Source: Jamie Gold

This should help in easing your decision between remodeling or building new when it comes to plans for the new year. 

To most, remodeling seems a “headache”, but think of the bond you’ll have with your family, partner, significant others by conjuring up and creating a new living space together! 

Lighting Industry Leading the Way

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“Circadian rhythm lighting is a hot topic,” declared Jie Zhao, Ph.D., senior vice president of research and development at wellness real estate and technology firm Delos. (This new technology, also called human centric or tunable lighting, produces indoor illumination that more closely matches natural light in its warmth and, paired with home automation, shifts through the day with the sun to ease the impact of artificial light on the human body.) “It’s  changing the landscape of the smart home and lighting in general,” added Zhao. ~Source: Jamie Gold

I find myself designing not just kitchen and bathrooms, but now more than ever “lighting placement” plans. Clients are getting serious about their lighting options.

It’s no longer just under-the-cabinet lighting and dimmers. The possibilities are endless!

We only have 24 hours in a day and after asking yourself how many of those hours are in your living space…you want the mood to be just right for relaxation, reading, studying/working, etc. and tomorrow’s lighting industry has got you covered.

Read more at Forbes

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Need more ideas for your 2019 remodeling project?

Please visit Exclusive Remodeling, or come by our Showroom!

To schedule a FREE In-Home Visit please call 832-663-9926

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Material Selection: What’s Your Style?

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Article by: Selma P.                                                                 Photos: Exclusive Remodeling

A Design Consultant has visited your home to take a close look at your project, you’ve been given an estimate, everything sounds great…now what?

Material Selection

It is important to figure out your style before diving into your project investment.

After seeing your existing space for so many years with the same color scheme, decor, furniture, it can be difficult to pinpoint what style to choose next…do you go with trend?

What you want? What your family wants? What your friends suggest? Decisions, decisions!

They say a good time to remodel any space is about every 10 years or so, a lot can change in 10 years! Not just trends, but also your taste in decor/style.

It also seems like every year, new styles in flooring, cabinetry, paint, and hardware come out, making it even more overwhelming to choose.

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Inspirational Photos

Thank goodness for Pinterest, Houzz, and Google Images right! For those photos that “speak” to you and make you say, “Yes! That’s exactly what I had pictured in my mind!”

At Exclusive Remodeling, we love working with inspirational photos and knowing that in the end, you and your family got just what you had hoped for, such as an inspired ship-lap wall…

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Showroom Choices

Once you’ve made it into our showroom or our referred vendors’ Houston area locations, we like to suggest your very own “vision board” photo to take home and recapture any choices you may have made to envision it in your space before making any final decisions.

In one image you can pull together the floor tile, cabinet color, shower floor/wall tiles, mosaic accents, counter-top choices all the way to the details including hardware.

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Have you figured out your style? We can help!

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Please visit Exclusive Remodeling, or come by our Showroom!

To schedule a FREE In-Home Visit please call 832-663-9926
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Remodeling Time: What Goes? What Stays?

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Article by: Selma P.                                                                 Photos: Exclusive Remodeling

 

Your remodeling start date is upon you and it’s “crunch time”.

Have you asked yourself: “What goes? What stays?”

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Now is a great time to take inventory of what needs to go (for sure) and what is it that you just can’t live without.

A great idea is to make a list of each, and for the items that you know are leaving, you can decide what is worth selling, good items that can be donated for reuse, and those items that just need trashing.

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The whole point of remodeling is to make space, declutter, renovate, and buy new stuff such as sleek cabinets and appliances!

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Depending on whether you are remodeling for reselling, or finally realizing your dream space, there may be some items that you love, have sentimental value to, or just look great as is that you may decide to keep, such as this unique door frame pictured above.

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Or, maybe your space was built 30+ years ago such as your bathroom shower area/vanities, and EVERYTHING needs to go for a full demolition project!

What HAS to go? What HAS to stay?

Your Answer:

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Please visit Exclusive Remodeling, or come by our Showroom!

To schedule a FREE In-Home Visit please call 832-663-9926

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