HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS TO GET YOU STARTED :
Decide on a budget.
Research any contractor before you hire them, licensing, BBB, etc.
Meet with your contractor, designer and/or architect together to go over all project details prior to start.
Be sure your ideas and expectations match that of your contractors.
Keep to the schedule and raise concerns immediately.
Make sure all materials are ready to be delivered as you need them.
Remember, there may be dozens of decisions to make when remodeling your home. Your style and the style of your contractors should match closely. Home remodeling projects can vary from a couple weeks to several months depending on their size and scope. Be sure your relationship with the contractor can stand the test of time, and if you are skeptical or uncertain, keep looking until you find a company can that understands your needs and preferences through out the entire project
ARCHITECTS & DESIGNERS
That means showing up on time, well organized, dressed appropriately, and have photos and testimonials from previous San Diego home remodeling projects. Before starting a new remodeling project, remember this: you may be dealing with your contractor for months, be sure you are completely comfortable with the company you choose.
Assuming the house and yard are already well maintained, job one is to get rid of unsightly blemishes left by a penny-pinching builder or the misguided remodeling efforts of previous owners. For example, replacing the garage doors; the most prominent facial feature of many homes is the garage door. Upgrade your old ones to more visually appealing doors with moldings, windows or an old-fashioned carriage-house look. You may also add character with the addition of an interesting architectural element that can give your house some distinctiveness.
Just adding the right accents can transform your home’s outer look and save you a lot of money. For example, simply replacing light fixtures and hardware can make huge difference to the overall look and feel of your home. Replace those loose generic house numbers, mailbox and porch lights with something unique and substantial – perhaps made of antiqued copper, bronze or brushed nickel. New concrete walkways and driveways can also dramatically improve you homes outdoor look. See our Specialty Concrete Coatings page for more details on this. Curb appeal sets the tone for your entire home.
Make your property’s curb appeal special . . . make it distinctive.
Pacific Restoration can answer your questions and take you step by step through the entire process. Remember all projects no matter how large or small require the same steps and considerations. The larger ones just require more of them. As a courtesy, we’ll also take a look at any real dangers that can be hidden in your home such as harmful mold bacteria and show you how to eliminate these hazards to keep your family safe.
KITCHENS & BATHROOMS
Function, aesthetics and resale value are the main reasons people choose to remodel their kitchens or bathrooms. There is, however, one distinction people tend to overlook when remodeling their homes. The pride of ownership — the number one reason people buy homes in the first place. It means you can paint the walls any color you desire, make bold design choices and decorate your home according to your unique taste. Newly remodeled kitchens and bathrooms reflect your pride of home ownership and give your family a sense of stability and security.
GREEN HOME REMODELING
Today’s top home remodeling contractors are finding ways to save their clients money on utility bills by creating more energy efficient homes using new and exciting products and technology.
A green home remodel may include:
Incorporating many sustainable building materials
Energy efficient appliances and fixtures
Fluorescent compact lighting
Drought tolerant landscaping
Low VOC materials and finishes
Solar panels and radiant floor heating
The Green Home Remodeling Guide is a great resource when your goal is designing and remodeling a more sustainable home. The guide is filled with expert tips and information about saving energy, recycling building materials and reducing indoor pollutants.SMART HOMES
Smart home technology allows home electronics and appliances to communicate with each other and perform a variety of tasks to make your life easier. From wireless audio and video systems to home lighting and alarms, the number of automated high tech devices for you home has grown tremendously over the last decade.
Anything in your home that uses electricity can be put on your smart home network to be controlled in the palm of your hand. Whether you give that command by voice, remote control or computer, the home reacts to your every whim. Most smart home applications relate to lighting, home security, home theater and entertainment and thermostat regulation.
The four basic interior lighting types are:General or ambient lighting: illuminates the whole room Natural lighting: windows, doors and skylights Task lighting: provides light for specific task such as cooking Accent lighting: designed to illuminate a space or item in the room
Lighting dimmers are also a popular option for creating ambiance and conserving energy. The average home has 24 light switches, yet less than half of all homes have light dimmers. Dimmer switches set the illumination of any room with ease. Take your interior lighting above and beyond the ordinary with creative ideas that perfectly reflect the ambiance in any room.OUTDOOR LIVING SPACES
A sparkling pool and spa, amazing gardens, outdoor lighting or a fire pit and seating area can tremendously increase the enjoyment of your home. Even a simple bench under a backyard tree can provide a relaxing space to read your favorite book.
A gorgeous outdoor living space also provides additional value and living space to your property. Great design for outdoor living spaces can create seamless transitions from the interior of your home to the backyard – making entertaining and hosting guests a true joy. FINISHING TOUCHES
Last minute ideas to complete your home remodel project :
Sconces and other lighting fixtures
Stair railings and banisters
New garage doors
Drawer pulls and other hardware
Exterior lighting and heating
Jacuzzi or spa tub
Remember, when you are completing a home remodeling project that has taken your valuable time in planning and executing, you really want to be completely happy with the many decisions you have made along the way.
We’ve all heard the horror stories about living through a bad San Diego home remodeling project.At Pacific Restoration, we take pride in providing the most enjoyable customer experience throughout the remodeling process. Our reputation of honesty, integrity, clear communication and attention to detail ensures a happy client and a beautifully remodeled home at the end of every project.