Do you dream of large living spaces, open floor plans and spa-quality bathrooms, but you live in an older, cramped home? The secret to living in your ideal space is to look at properties – including your current home – with an eye toward its future potential. Read More
Countertops are meant for cooking, cleaning, leaning and sitting; these four kitchen counters are made to be low maintenance, leaving you and your family free to gather in your dream kitchen without fear of damage. Read More
Remodeling contracts can save relationships, and your house. Even the most honest person would be hard-pressed to keep track of all the conversations that go into planning for the average remodeling project. That’s where a good contract comes in. Many a conflict can be avoided if both parties can simply consult the contract when there’s a misunderstanding on either side.
These 10 tips, while just a starting point, will get you thinking about the most critical thing to have in hand before work starts. Read More
Over the years, kitchens have evolved from a place where food is simply prepared and served in another room into a multi-function open area that is the heart and soul of the home. No matter its size, the kitchen is a big part of every modern household. Stop into our Naples Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Showroom today to schedule your own WOW kitchen remodel. Read More
A decorative backsplash can add fresh appeal to an outdated kitchen or bathroom. But beware! Even a small error in floor, wall, or bath tile can be an eyesore. Misplace one tile and you’ll throw off the pattern, a mistake that can prove to be expensive, disruptive and messy. We recommend hiring a professional licensed contractor to install the backsplash and advise you on current trends in materials and design. After all, you don’t want to find yourself spending time and money on an outdated upgrade. Read More
Whether your style is traditional, craftsman, contemporary or country your cabinets will be the first thing in your home to make a statement about who you are and what you value.
Sound like an over statement? When you visit a home and notice beautifully crafted cabinetry that enhances the look and feel of a kitchen and bathroom you – consciously or subconsciously – you develop an impression of the home owners, their individual style and taste.
Home ownership is our chance to design our environment so that it reflects our values. Woodwork is more than functional, it makes a statement. As a remodeling company with an emphasis on quality and craftsmanship we are concisous of the fact that we are making a statement with the cabinetry we provide our clients. Knowing that woodwork makes a big impression we’ve chosen to work with top craftsmen to create our own premiere custom cabinetry as well as other top-of-the-line cabinet brands:such as DeWils. We pass our demand for well crafted cabinetry on to our clients as you can see in this video.
For 2016, cabinets are “shifting away from oaks and cherry to more modern paints and stains,” says Travis Neff of Neff Enterprises, as reported by HomeAdvisor.com. Despite the style change, the look should always be streamlined and stylish with an emphasis on function and overall aesthetics. Cabinets take on an unbroken seamless look that draws the eye up and gives the impression of open spaces, despite the square footage.
Deconstructing the kitchen cabinet
In any remodeling project the sheer number of available design options can be overwhelming, especially when you’re not sure what exactly you should be looking for in terms of long-term quality and cost.
Understanding the factors that impact the functionality and cost of your prospective kitchen cabinets should help you feel more comfortable reviewing your choices and making an educated decision.
There are three basic structural components to a cabinet: the box, the shelves and the drawers. Each can be constructed in a number of ways. Cabinets generally come four ways: boxed and ready to install in standard dimensions, boxed and ready to assemble, semicustom and custom.
3 basic types of cabinet doors
Inset cabinet doors. Most antique and vintage-style cabinets are inset. They can be identified by the small hinges that are visibly mounted right on the cabinet frame. These hinges are visible when the cabinet door is shut.
This style tends to be more expensive than other methods and requires more space, which leads to a smaller storage area inside the cabinet.
Partial overlay cabinet doors. This style is more modern and a better choice if you’re going to be adding cabinet accessories such as pull-outs, lazy susans, and others. This style can also be built with visible hinges, similar to the inset door style.
Cabinet materials play a big role in establishing the style of a modern kitchen. We use cherry, oak, maple and pressed woods MDF and Thermafoil products with high-tech finishes to create modern clean-lined cabinets. Budget is determined by wood and finish. Smaller budgets should consider paint-grade woods, while larger budgets can include stain-grade and exotic woods. Palm Brothers creates hand-crafted, artisan-style cabinetry as well as sourcing products from national manufacturers.
These are typically built in one of three ways: with plywood, particleboard or MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and a base that is later covered with a finish piece called a toe kick. There are pros and cons to each of these materials.
Drawers and Shelves
Drawers and shelves are also made from particleboard, MDF or plywood, and can be assembled in a number of ways. The most common and least expensive method of drawer construction is gluing and pinning (stapling) the ends together.
Higher quality drawers are made using dovetail construction, which means that small pieces on the ends are routed out to key into one another, making a connection that is very difficult to dislodge. This is the type of construction that we use in our custom woodworking facility, a 3,200 square feet, state-of-the-art facility that allows us to hand build custom cabinetry, closets, storage solutions, media centers, moldings and other finishing elements so you get the quality of high-end pieces at a lower cost than most major manufacturers.
We offer several cabinet options in our Kitchen and Bath remodeling showroom in Naples. We’d love to help you determine the right style and construction for your home and budget. Visit us today or call to schedule your in-home consultation to get the 2016 cabinet trends that are right for you.
Bathtubs are so last year. One of the hottest home remodeling trends for 2016 focuses on creating a luxury shower experience, including seating, more than one showerhead and shelves to load up on fun shower gels and lotions.
It may seem like a foreign concept at first. Showers not baths? But be honest, are you really using the traditional shower/tub fixture in your bathroom? In most cases the tub is too shallow to relax in a bath and what you’re left with is just a larger, underutilized shower area. Given that fact, homeowners are switching gears and focusing on designing the perfect shower.
Showerheads and Controls
Like most appliances, the shower has come a long way and the showerheads are just the beginning – think body sprays, handhelds, rain heads and many others. To create a perfect shower, the nozzles – more than two, ideally – should be positioned at the optimal angles. Make sure the shower heads can accommodate the height of the tallest member of the family. Remember to place the handheld nozzles where they will be used most comfortably.
The shower controls should not be positioned on the far wall so a person will need to climb into the shower to operate them, in effect risking being sprayed by a downpour of cold water.
You don’t need a tub to sit down and relax, a well-designed shower should include a seating element and most designs can accommodate showers of all sizes. We like to use treated Ipe or other exotic woods to make a luxury perch. This is especially important if you’ll be incorporating a steam element into your ideal shower design. Even if you don’t plan on sitting, a bench provides space to rest legs for shaving!
The lovely thing about the shower/tub combination is that you are able to use the edge of the tub to store hair care products, soap, razors and anything else you use in the shower. Luckily, by adding a niche in the shower wall you can avoid having to stack your grooming products on the shower floor or hang them from a nozzle. A niche can also add a unique design element to the shower area. We use backsplash in unusual textures or patterns along with lighting to accent this area.
Providing storage for your grooming products isn’t the only thing to keep in mind as you design your new shower area, you’ll also need to hang towels nearby. We recommend standing in the space and reaching for the towel or bathrobe just as if you’re exiting your new shower. That way you’ll be able to place those elements exactly where they will be most comfortably used.
Designing with the option to age in place is a popular trend. If you’re transitioning to a well-built shower and away from the tub, you may want to consider adding grab rails to your design whether or not you need them now. No longer relegated to the sterile, hospital-like aesthetic, the design of grab rails can be visually striking and offer much-needed stability, no matter what stage of life you find yourself in.
If you do decide to install grab bars, be sure you or your contractor provides adequate blocking in the walls since they’ll need to be securely anchored in order to function as they should.
Add some steam
Historically, steam showers have been very popular and recently this element is rising as a hot bathroom trend again. If you are interested in this feature you will need to first determine the size of steam generator you will need for your space. Calculate accurately by using the cubic volume and square footage of your shower. Although these generators can be pricey, don’t attempt to purchase a smaller unit because the result will be disappointing.
Millwork and reclaimed are much used terms in the remodeling industry, but does the average home owner understand what they are and, more importantly, what they will be in the future?
In brief, millwork is the term applied to the wood materials used when building or remodeling your home. This term applies to everything from the lumber used to frame the rooms to the wood trim that finishes your baseboard and windows. Architectural millwork refers to the custom wood pieces that add style to your interior design. These can include custom cabinetry, entertainment centers, built in storage units and much more.
According to Wikipedia, “reclaimed wood is processed wood retrieved from its original application for purposes of subsequent use. Most reclaimed lumber comes from timbers and decking rescued from old barns, factories and warehouses, although some companies use wood from less traditional structures such as boxcars, coal mines and wine barrels. Reclaimed or antique lumber is used primarily for decoration and home building, for example for siding, architectural details, cabinetry, furniture and flooring.”
Our in-house finishing facility is the secret behind the custom woodworking we offer our clients. Boasting 3,200 square feet and state-of-the-art precision finishing equipment, we handcraft custom cabinetry, closets, storage solutions, media centers, molding and other finishing elements.
Our founders, brothers Brandon and Marcus Palm, started in the construction industry by installing fine cabinetry and finish carpentry. They earned a reputation for quality craftsmanship, and soon began supplying custom woodworking to fine home builders throughout Florida. In 2002, the brothers decided to expand into full home remodeling and damage restoration.
Woodworking has been in the family for over a decade, and we take great pride in keeping up with the industry trends so that we consistently deliver great results to our clients.
To maintain our aesthetic goals and stay green, we use E&S Reclaimed wood tiles and Norstone Natural Stone as well as in-house finished millwork to complete remodels in environmentally and budget friendly styles.
Palm Brothers Remodeling Kitchen & Bath showroom is one of only three Naples-based showrooms that offer the E&S and Norstone products in the area. E&S is the only company that boasts to be a producer of truly reclaimed barnwood tiles.
Watch this video to learn how E&S Reclaimed Wood Tiles are made:
As the first thing that your guests see when they enter your home, quality craftsmanship is the best way to achieve your individual style. Worse, if woodwork is not properly designed and constructed it can serve as a glaring mistake.
We’ve completed many remodels with a strong emphasis on the interior woodwork of each project, and in each job we’ve seen that those final details have the most impact – the wow factor – in our client’s homes. But, the price of high end quality materials was serving as a deterrent to our clients. Our decision to open an in-house woodworking facility allows us to provide high-end materials and service directly to our clients, saving you time and money on luxury projects.
Today we employ a full staff of home improvement experts including designers, draftsmen, craftsmen, finishers and installers to ensure that all our client homes get that wow-factor.
Visit our Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Showroom in Naples, Florida, to see the latest woodwork trends
Don’t assume that a big-box home supplies retailer offers the cheapest prices on woodwork. Since we build products in-house we can offer higher quality products at a lower price than most home stores. “When someone who thinks that they can’t afford design services walks into our showroom and discovers their budget can include custom cabinetry or a built-in media center, we’ll know we’re on the right track,” says owner Brandon Palm.
In addition to saving homeowners money, using a licensed contractor helps clients make informed decisions on remodels that appeal to home buyers that are preparing to sell as well as those who are
Nobody needs to tell you it’s a wise idea to start saving as much money as possible no matter what point in life you find yourself. If you are one of the smart ones that has suddenly found yourself with a financial surplus, one of the best investments you can make is putting money back into your home.
There are 3 main reasons for undertaking a remodeling project:
- No Choice – A bathroom has been flooded or a kitchen that experienced a fire have to be fixed up regardless.
- Increase Quality of Living – The addition of a swimming pool or adding an outdoor kitchen don’t necessarily offer huge upside in market value but they do increase the fun you can have at home.
- For a Return of Investment – Some remodeling projects like the installation of hardwood floors are done mainly to earn more return when the time comes to sell the home.
Depending on which type of remodeling project you’re looking to get in to, these jobs might just be more work then they’re worth:
Home Office Conversion
According to the 2015 Cost vs Value Report the remodeling of a home office seems to want to make it able to host customers and conferences with commercial grade flooring, rerouting of wires, adding walls, etc. The truth is a home office just isn’t needed anymore. It’s nice to have a dedicated work space especially if employed from home but with the conveniences of tablets and laptops most people switch up where they do their computing during the day. A person working from home is just as likely to operate from a breakfast bar with the TV on in the background than they are in a home office.
Adding a Sun Room
Even though the Florida ROI is better than the national average, a sun room still isn’t a major benefit. When the weather is nice we’ll sit outside and when it’s too hot we like to be in the air-conditioner. The truth is a sun room is more fitting for a Midwestern Fall day rather than a Florida Winter.
A pool is strictly a quality of life upgrade because there’s nothing more relaxing than a cool dip on a scorching day. Any pool owner will tell you though that swimming pools are a lot of work from keeping the chemicals checked to updates to property like fence height to comply with insurance regulations. To a potential buyer down the road a pool may be a reason more not to purchase rather than an incentive to.
Second Bathroom Conversion
Converting a usable room into a second bathroom is a slippery slope. On one hand if you have a large family where bathroom scheduling is a conflict the second restroom can bring much needed relief. That being said, the room might better be used as an extra bedroom or storage. Plus, what happens down the line when a potential buyer is empty nest retirees that have no need for a second bathroom and instead would like that space for their grandkid’s playroom? To many, the value of a second bathroom doesn’t necessitate the cost and the money is best put for other projects.
For more help in choosing the right remodeling projects that will benefit you three-fold stop into our Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Showroom in Naples, Florida, to see the latest in kitchen, bath, tile, flooring and lighting trends.