Questions To Ask Your Contractor Before a Kitchen Remodel

You’re finally ready to start that kitchen remodel that you’ve been dreaming of for years. It’s just as important to make sure you pick quality supplies and fixtures as it is the right contractor. Before you begin the demolition, make sure to ask these questions when choosing the right contractor:

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How do you break down your bid? Asking this will give you a better understanding of where our money is going. You’ll be able to get an itemized breakdown of every cost to see what the bulk of your budget is going.

Are there extra costs outside of your quote? Be sure that you won’t get suckered into additional fees or add-ons without being aware of them. Asking will allow you to know upfront what you’ll be responsible for.

Who are your suppliers? Make sure that your contractor works with high quality products that offer guarantees and warranties.

Who will be in my home during the project? Depending on the size of the contracting company, you may have between one and five workers in your home every day. You’ll want to get to know your contracting team ahead of time so that you feel comfortable having them in your home, especially if you have children or pets.  

How long will the project take? Time is of the essence, and making sure that you’re on the same page as your contractor as far as timelines go is very importance.  Allow for some wiggle room with the timeline for the remodel, as unexpected issues usually arise.

Can you provide references? If the potential contractor wasn’t recommended to you by someone you trust, it’s perfectly acceptable to do a little reference work yourself. Also be sure that they are licensed and insured, as that’s the sign of any good and reputable contractor.

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, you can trust that Landmark Design will give you the kitchen of your dreams. We are proud to be a locally owned and operated business, assisting lower Fairfield County for over 30 years! Specializing in renovations, additions, and new home construction, Landmark Design has established itself as the finest choice for current, sophisticated, and high quality craftsmanship.

To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 203-496-3658 today!

Pros & Cons to Remodeling Your Home in The Fall

Any major home renovation needs to be properly planned out, and deciding on the time of year to complete your renovation project is one major decision that should be factored into your plans. Fall seems to be one of the best seasons to remodel your home due the relatively mild weather and a calmer time before the craziness of the holidays hit. If you’re planning on remodeling your home, here are the pros and cons to choosing the fall to complete your project:

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Pros:

  • Cool weather allows remodelers to work harder and longer without overheating or getting sick.
  • Since there is a lower demand for remodeling projects in the fall, costs are usually lower and schedules are typically more flexible.
  • Paint reacts better to cool weather, allowing for optimal drying and finishing of your remodel.
  • The weather is still mild enough to leave your doors and windows open to help projects dry and settle, without freezing your whole house out!

Cons:

  • You begin to lose daylight in the fall, which can shorten the work day (depending on your remodel)  and extends your project’s timeline as a result.
  • If you are adding on anything outdoors, you won’t get to enjoy them since winter is right around the corner.

Thinking about planning a remodel but don’t know when to start? This guide will help you choose the best time of year for your project.

Whatever the time of year you decide for your renovation, Landmark Design is here for you! We have been providing luxury bathroom, kitchen and home remodels to clients in the Greenwich area for over 30 years. No matter what design you’re looking for, we’re committed to delivering superior quality and client satisfaction. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 203-496-3658, and don’t forget to follow us out on Facebook and Twitter, too!

 

Signs Your Bathroom Is Ready For a Remodel

Do you cringe every time you go into your bathroom? Is the lighting unflattering? Or do you find the tiles outdated? Whatever your reasoning may be, updating your bathroom can give you one of the largest returns on your home and is always a great investment.  Why not transform your space into a spa-like oasis to make getting ready enjoyable and relaxing? Here are the top three signs your bathroom is ready for a remodel:

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Leaky Fixtures:

Old bathrooms tend to suffer from defective plumbing, leaky fixtures and inside-wall water damage. You can keep your plumber on speed dial, but you’re just delaying the inevitable–having to undergo a major plumbing overhaul. One of the best reasons to remodel your bathroom is the condition of your bathroom fixtures. If you’re experiencing a leaky showerhead or faucet or have a toilet that keeps on running, you might want to make some improvements.

Outdated Decor:

Bathroom cabinet trends change throughout the years and seasons. If your current bathroom cabinets have an old or outdated look, it may be time to consider a renovation project. With that typically comes outdated tile and worn out tub enamel. Not only is it beneficial to redo your space to make it more visually appealing, but from a safety standpoint as well. Floor tile  that is chipped, or worn out tub enamel makes for a very dangerous bathroom experience.

Mold and Mildew:

Noticing signs of mold or mildew is a good indication that you’re in need of a little bathroom TLC. Mold in your bathroom can be caused by water damage, excessive humidity, or improper maintenance. A renovation team can help you make sure that your bathroom is completely mold free after your renovations are completed, keeping you and your family safe from the dangers of mold.

Is your bathroom showing signs of wear and tear? It may be time for a remodel! Landmark Design has been providing luxury bathroom remodels to clients in the Greenwich area for over 30 years. No matter what design you’re looking for, we’re committed to delivering superior quality and client satisfaction. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 203-496-3658, and don’t forget to follow us out on Facebook and Twitter, too!

The Great Bathroom Debate: Shower vs. Tub

 

Deciding between a bathtub or a shower is a decision that shouldn’t be made lightly. Making this choice, can impact everything from your energy bills to the safety of your family members. For some people, the lifestyle of your family makes the decision is a no-brainer, but if you’re on the fence, we’re here to help break things down for you:

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Space: For most bathrooms, space is at a premium these days. A standard tub can take up a lot more space than a stand-alone shower. The smaller footprint of the shower allows room for other features or additional storage.  Eliminating the tub in favor of the shower also allows homeowners to incorporate a larger, spa-like shower rather than the standard enclosure, while still utilizing less space than the average bathtub.

Energy Efficiency: When it comes to energy efficiency and water conservation, a quick shower always beats a bath. A bathtub holds anywhere from 25-45 gallons of water, where as a modern low-flow showerhead uses about 12.5 gallons of water for an average five minute shower. If water conservation, energy efficiency and saving on your monthly bills is an issue for you, you’ll fare better with a shower.

Resale: Having a home with a shower-only option might hurt you in the long run when it comes time to sell. Many families with small children see the benefit of bathtubs, as they’re often easier to bathe their kids in. If you do plan on selling your home in the near future, keep at least one tub to avoid turning off buyers with families.

Accessibility: Climbing in and out of the bathtub can be difficult for the elderly, the disabled or those with limited mobility. In this case, showers provide a safety and accessibility advantage over bathtubs, particularly showers with a curbless or roll-in design. If someone in your family has difficulty using the tub, a shower may allow them to enjoy independent bathing with less difficulty than using a bathtub

No matter if you choose between a bathtub or a shower, Landmark Design is here to give you the bathroom remodel that fits all of your family’s needs. We have been providing luxury bathroom remodels to clients in the Greenwich area for over 30 years. No matter what design you’re looking for, Landmark Design is committed to delivering superior quality and client satisfaction. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 203-496-3658, and don’t forget to follow us out on Facebook and Twitter, too!

How To Create A Bathroom To Minimize Stress

 

Your bathroom should be the one place you can go in your home and use as a relaxing oasis and retreat to unwind from the stresses of the day. Stress has been linked to a number of long-term health issues from weight gain to heart disease. While it’s hard to avoid stress completely, it’s important to be able to know how to handle it. One of the best things that you can do for your health and your home, is to set your bathroom up to help relax you and reduce your anxiety. If you’ve been considering a bathroom remodel, these design tips will help you find your inner zen in no time.

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1.Minimize Clutter
Clutter is one of the fastest ways to cause anxiety, and your bathroom can easily become one of the most cluttered rooms in your home. Renovating your space to include an ample amount of storage can significantly help reduce the number of items sprawled throughout the room. Consider adding extra closets or built ins, or add a vanity with drawers and cabinet space to hold all of your toiletries. You’ll be surprised what a little de-cluttering can do for your mood.

2.Choose A Relaxing Tub
A long, relaxing bubble bath after a hard day at the office is one of the best ways to reduce stress. Craft a space that enhances that relaxing experience, and choose a large tub with a wide surrounding lip to help you add to your relaxation with candles or music. Keep in mind the color of the tile surrounding your space, which can affect your mood as well. Muted blues and grays help create that tranquil spa-like ambiance.

3.Lighting is Key
Harsh lighting can actually increase stress levels. Installing a dimmer switch for your lighting gives you the best of both worlds–brighter lights when you need them, with the option to tone it down for some R & R. Install appropriate lights above the vanity and tub to create a more calming atmosphere, but be sure to avoid overall bright lights and opt for softer bulbs instead.

Your bathroom should be a retreat that whisks you away from your daily stresses and not a space that causes them. If you are looking for a way to create a relaxing oasis in your very own home, Landmark Design will give you the bathroom remodel of your dreams. We have been providing luxury bathroom remodels to clients in the Greenwich area for over 30 years. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 203-496-3658, and don’t forget to follow us out on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Splurge vs Save: Bathroom Remodel

Remodeling your bathroom is a great way to add some luxury to your home and ensure a greater return on your investment. Since there are so many facets of planning a remodel, have you ever wondered where to invest your money and where to cut back? We’re here to help! Here are some areas of where you should splurge, and where you should save:

 

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Tile: Background tile is just that–it’s in the background. Save your money there and use your budget to spend on some decorative eye candy like a vanity back splash or a focal wall of tile. This will give your bathroom that added “wow” feature without going over your budget.

Floor: The one thing you can’t skimp on is making sure your floor is slip resistant. Adding tile with texture and larger grout lines ensures for more traction and a safer floor–and they don’t have to be expensive. You don’t have to opt for the fancy heated floors unless you have money in your budget.

Cabinetry: Here is one area where you don’t want to skimp. Cabinets get a lot of wear and tear since they’re being open and closed all day long. You’ll want to make sure that you spend your money on cabinets and drawers that will withstand the test of time and can hold up well in a humid and damp environment.

Counter tops: If you want your counter tops to be the focal point of your bathroom, then choose surfaces like granite or quartz. Counter tops are one area that can really make a statement, so if you’re going to splurge, here would be your best area.

Plumbing Fixtures: There are so many options of plumbing fixtures these days, it can be hard to choose! While you might not need two vanity sinks, a fancy rainfall shower head and the top of the line faucet, this is one area you shouldn’t skimp on. You should never compromise quality. It’s worth getting a better model because it affects the flow and the finish and you’ll want it to last.

Landmark Design has been providing luxury bathroom remodels to clients in the Greenwich area for over 30 years. No matter what design you’re looking for, Landmark Design is committed to delivering superior quality and client satisfaction. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 203-496-3658, and don’t forget to follow us out on Facebook and Twitter, too!

 

 

Benefits of a Kitchen Island

If you’re undergoing a kitchen remodel and you want to add some luxury to your space, consider a kitchen island. No matter the size of your kitchen, there are many types of islands to choose from—from mobile kitchen island carts to stationary islands with extra seating. If you have the space for an island, it’s a great addition to any kitchen and comes with an array of benefits for your home:

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Additional Storage: One of the biggest appeals to adding a kitchen island is the addition of extra storage space. If you’re planning a remodel, you can design an island with cabinets or shelving underneath or above it. There are endless customizable options to consider, from built in wine rack to coffee mug holder, the island will make your kitchen much more organized.

Extra Seating: If you’re frustrated by the lack of seating in your kitchen, adding an island will provide extra places for your friends and family to sit. It’s also a great place for kids to do their homework and for the family to gather round and enjoy some conversation.

A Separate Workstation: If you tend to spend lots of time in the kitchen cooking, you may need additional counter space. You can customize your island with a sink, built in cutting board or even a chopping block. This separate workstation will allow you to prepare your food with ease without disturbing the rest of your kitchen space.

Added Outlets: Outlets are a commodity in the kitchen. An island allows for added electrical outlets, that will allow you to operate small appliances from your kitchen island, and large appliances, like a dishwasher, can be installed in the space beneath the countertop.

Since a kitchen island provides additional storage and counter space, they can increase the value of your home, and as a design element, adds something special to an otherwise typical kitchen.

Is it time for you to upgrade that run down kitchen? Let Landmark Design give you the luxury kitchen remodel you’ve always been wanting. We’re the ideal and affordable choice for getting the efficient, modern, and usable kitchen you thought only existed in magazines. No matter what you envision as your perfect kitchen remodeling project, Landmark Design will make it a reality. To schedule a free consultation, give us a call at 203-496-3658 today! And don’t forget to connect with us on Facebook and Twitter!

Tips on Building a Custom Home

Building a dream home from scratch is a luxury that every homeowner would love to have. You can totally customize every decision and design aspect of your home down to the details of the knobs on your cabinets. But taking on a project of that size can certainly be overwhelming. Here are some tips to help you get through your custom home building process:

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Start with the land– Determine what neighborhood you want it live in, the size of the lot and how you want to build and if there are trees, stream or hills nearby depending on what you’re looking for.

Get your financial plan together: Establishing your budget for not only the building of your home, but the decorating phase of it as well, is imperative before you begin the process.

Choose the right team:  Since building a custom home is a huge project and investment, you want to make sure that you have assembled the right team that you can trust. The expert professionals at Landmark Design will ensure you receive the highest level of customer service, combined with true custom design and unparalleled construction quality.

Do your research: If you’re a hands-on owner, be prepared to spend a lot of time building a custom home and personally participating in a lot of decisions. The process typically takes a minimum of one year and often lasts 16 to 18 months.

Enjoy your home: Now that all of the blood, sweat and tears are over, you can fully enjoy your beautiful dream home to share with your family. It certainly is worth the investment of providing a place to make memories with your loved ones for years to come.

Designing and building a brand new home is a large project, and we want to ensure you feel comfortable every step of the way. At Landmark Design, we keep you in the loop from start to finish and provide expert advice and involve you when selecting finishes.  You can expect craftsmanship in everything we do, from exceptional design to using the best materials available. Never sacrificing quality for profit, we pride ourselves in building a home that will stay in your family for generations to come. Call us today to set up a free new home construction consultation at (203) 496-3658 to connect with us online.

5 Mini Makeover Ideas For Your Home

 

Let’s face it, we all need a little sprucing up from time to time–and the same goes for our homes. While undergoing an entire home renovation is the ideal way to get the home of your dreams, it’s understandable that they may not be realistic for everyone. If you want to make some changes to your space, small things can add up in a big way. Here are some mini-makeover ideas that will leave your home looking top notch:

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De-clutter: We all accumulate stuff over the years, but most of us are living with things that we don’t even want or need. Removing clutter doesn’t cost a cent, and is the single fastest way to make a difference in the look of your space. Toss whatever you don’t absolutely need to make space for some new accessories you’re dying to have.

Get Organized: Now that you’ve freed up some space, it’s time to create some order in your home. Coming up with an organization strategy for things like toys, books, shoes and seasonal items will help give you some motivation to re-do your rooms. Disorganization can make any homeowner feel overwhelmed, so tackling this project will give you a major sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.

Add Some Color: A cheap and  easy way to switch up the look of your space is to change the color. Adding a pop of color in rooms like the kitchen, hallway or even on a statement piece of furniture, can have a big impact on the design of your home without majorly impacting your wallet.

Get Personal: Adding sentimental framed pictures of your friends and family throughout the house is a great way to personalize your space and add some visual interest. Opt for uniquely colored or textured frames and even consider creating one gallery wall for  your photos.

Light It Up: Lighting can not only change the entire look of your home just by the way it creates a glow, but adding statement light fixtures can double as a work of art throughout the house. Swap out boring bulbs for beautiful sconces and chandeliers to instantly change the look of your room.

While these upgrades are simple things to do yourself, if you’re looking to really renovate your home and transform your space, let Landmark Design help! Our tradesmen have worked in some of the finest homes in our area, and look forward to working in yours! No matter the size or type of project, Landmark Design is committed to delivering superior quality and client satisfaction. To see more of our exceptional work, visit us here. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation at 203-496-3658.

Benefits of a Home Addition

Have you been thinking about adding on to your home for some time now? As they always say, there’s no time like the present. Investing in a home addition comes with so many advantages for you, your family and potentially your wallet. Here are some great reasons to add on to your home:

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Add Space: Perhaps the most obvious reason to add on to your home is to give yourself more space. Families are constantly growing, so adding extra space will allow yours to live comfortably under one roof.  Sometimes, even a very small addition can yield big results. Adding just three or four feet to a small kitchen or bathroom can open up a world of possibilities.

House Your Family: Adding space in your home can open up the opportunity to bring extended family members to come stay with you. It’s no secret that kids are moving back home these days, so a home addition will allow room for them or for an elderly parent who might need assistance.

Extra Income: Choosing to add on additional space in your house could serve as a great investment, should you choose to rent out the unit to tenants. Additionally, if you’re looking to sell, a home addition could add value to your home during the resale process, where you’ll get a greater return on your investment.

Save Money Moving: Making any sort of renovation on your home is typically cheaper than moving. If you’re looking for a larger space to accommodate your growing family, consider a home addition! You’ll avoid the time of hassle of having to find a new house, and can customize your home addition to fit the needs and wants of your family.

Are you looking to increase the size of your home to create additional living space or as a potential investment? Let Landmark Design be your go-to team for creating your custom home addition. If you’re in the New Canaan, Greenwich, Stamford or Darien areas, give us a call and let us transform your dream into a reality. For more information on the services we offer, visit us here or give us a call at 203-496-3658 to start planning your next project. Don’t forget to connect with us on Twitter and Facebook too for the latest tips and industry news!