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Looking for new ideas for your kitchen or bath? The Interior Innovations blog serves as a interior design resource for homeowners who are looking for interior design news, tips and remodeling ideas for their kitchen or bath. Every month, we post new ideas to help you with your remodeling and restoration efforts. Looking for help or ideas for your kitchen or bath and don’t see it in our blog? Contact us!

A Room by Room Guide to Choose the Right Window Treatment

It’s no secret that fabulous window coverings can really make a room look polished and pulled together but with so many options to choose from, how do you decide which window treatment is right for you?  We’ve created a room by room guide to choose the right window treatment, so you can pick your treatments with confidence. A quick overview of window treatment options Before we dive in to which window coverings work best in which room, here’s a quick overview of what your window treatment options are: Blinds Shades Shutters Curtains Drapes Of course, within each of these categories are varying types of window coverings, but these are the basics. Ready? Let’s look at each room to see what kind of window treatment makes sense. Living Rooms and Family Rooms Depending on the style and orientation of the house (north, south, east or west) you might need to treat your windows differently. In general, curtains, drapes, and shutters are your best bet here. When considering curtains, consider any problems that you require your curtains to solve. Too much light? You will need a heavier or lined curtain rather than something light or sheer. Are you looking to dress up a formal living or dining room? Velvet or heavy silk might be a good option though consider your lifestyle too:  homes with kids or pets may require easy washing cotton or rayon curtains. Shutters are a wonderful option that really let you control how much light you want in a room. More allergy-friendly than curtains or drapes, you can choose shutters in different slat widths, real wood or manufactured...

What You Need to Know About Home Remodeling and Permits

Nothing is more exciting than when you’re doing a major remodeling project on your home. Whether it’s a kitchen, bath, bedroom or all the above, it’s thrilling to anticipate how your home will have fresh, new, updated look when the remodeling is done. Except for a few very brave homeowners, most people who are having their home remodeled will likely work with a licensed contractor, who should know what is required regarding pulling permits and city approvals. However, it might be a good idea to brush up on the basics yourself, just to be safe. Here’s what you need to know about home remodeling and permits. What is a building permit? Building permits are written authorizations issued by a city or county to construct a project. They are required for most construction or remodeling projects, to ensure the safety of the work and its compliance with building, construction, and zoning codes. When do you need a permit for a remodeling project? Seems like a simple question, but there are no easy answers!  There are some projects that almost always need a permit, while others may, and still others do not. An article by The Spruce does a great job listing what may or may not need a permit, but here’s a partial list from that article: You need a permit if you’re: Building an addition Moving or removing a load-bearing wall Any kind of major demolition Garage conversion You may need a permit if you’re: Moving a sink Removing or moving a non-load bearing wall Replacing doors or window You probably don’t need a permit if you’re: Putting in...

Remodeling and Renovation Mistakes to Avoid When You Buy a House

It’s so exciting when you buy a new house!  Whether it’s your very first home or not, the anticipation of new, even it’s an older home that’s new to you, brings visions of remodeling nirvana. Knock out this wall…move that stove…. maybe a bay window perhaps?  As they say nowadays: “Slow your roll!”.  While you want to make your new house the home you want to live in, there are a few remodeling and renovation mistakes to avoid when you buy a house. Read on to learn more. You didn’t create a budget Remodeling is the adult version of a kid in a candy store. Sure, you may start by thinking you’ll just change up a few things in the kitchen, but it’s a slippery slope of “I want” that can only be controlled by having a budget. Creating a budget will help create a solid plan so you have a very good idea what is involved in the remodel, and what it will cost; a good way to avoid “scope creep” where services change and shift, and costs usually rise as a result. If you create a budget then run across a MUST have or a “oh no, I didn’t plan for that” moment, you have the opportunity to look at your budget and perhaps reallocate expenditures versus simply increasing costs. You didn’t work with a design professional Unless you’re a design professional yourself, it’s a very good idea to hire one to help with renovating a new house. Why work with a design professional? They can save you time and money. They can help project manage a...

Want That Remodel Done by the Holidays? Start Now to Be Ready by Christmas

It’s hard to even begin thinking about the holidays when our weather is in triple digits, but if you’re hoping to have a brand-new kitchen or bath before holiday visitors arrive, now is the time to get started. Here’s what you need to do to get that remodel done by the holidays. A realistic timeline for a kitchen remodel Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish with your kitchen remodel, you may be looking at a longer timeline than you think. For a major kitchen remodel involving plumbing, electrical, and structural changes, a realistic remodel timeline is about 6 to 12 months. The key to this lengthy timeline is “structural”. Are you knocking down walls?  Removing weight-bearing beams?  That’s major renovation that requires permits and approvals, and that takes time. And that’s not all. There are a lot of components that go into a complete kitchen remodel including: Measuring the space Defining your ideal kitchen (a project plan) Creating the floorplan design by a design professional Choosing kitchen components (cabinets, lighting, sinks, hardware, etc.) Kitchen demo Installation Besides waiting for permits (which can vary greatly depending on where you live) waiting for your products to come in can also add a significant amount of time. It all adds up! Don’t despair! It IS realistic to have a renovated kitchen by the holidays depending on what you’re trying to do. If you take out the major structural changes, you’ve just saved yourself a big bucket of time, but that still means you need to start the process pronto to give yourself the holiday gift of a new kitchen. You may have to...

Remodeling Your Kitchen? Make Sure Your New Kitchen is Beautiful and Functional

Remodeling a kitchen can be a huge undertaking. Lighting, cabinets, pulls, countertops, backsplashes, islands…. the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, people sometimes get so caught up in making their kitchen beautiful that they forget about making it functional. Here are a few tips to make sure you’ll love your newly remodeled kitchen. Think about the flow of your kitchen If you’re doing a full kitchen renovation, you may want to consider the overall flow of the kitchen and how that works with your family’s lifestyle. What exactly does that mean?  Well, a few things. First, what kind of kitchen do you want?  An eat-in kitchen?  One built for entertaining? The ability to accommodate your mad baking skills?  Consider how you currently use your kitchen and what would make your life easier and more functional. Maybe it’s adding or expanding an island. Perhaps it’s additional storage or the absolute must-have double oven. Where should these items be and what’s the overall flow of the kitchen area to best suit that? If you can possibly change the footprint of your kitchen or rearrange where appliances, sinks, etc. go, this is one area that definitely requires a kitchen remodel specialist to help you with. Space planning when you’re doing this kind of remodel is critical to get just right. Storage:  a place for everything, and everything in its place It used to be that your kitchen had two storage options:  cabinets or drawers. But now?  Wow!  The sky is the limit! You can now renovate your kitchen to accommodate any storage need, and don’t necessarily need to change the footprint of...

Why You Should Hire a Professional Designer for Your Home Remodel

It’s exciting when you finally can remodel your home. Updating the look, style and functionality of a bathroom, kitchen or other room can not only enhance your home but possibly add value when it’s time to sell. The question many people ask is: “Do I need to hire an interior designer to redo my home?” The answer is a resounding “yes”!  Here’s why you should hire a professional designer for your home remodel. Understanding what design services are It’s easy to be confused about what a designer offers, so let’s start by clarifying what exactly design services are. Design services can guide you through the complexities of a kitchen and bath design or redesign, overseeing your project from its initial concept to completion of the project. Working with experienced designers help unlock the full potential of your space with the perfect balance of design and comfort. A designer will use their expertise to come up with appealing ideas for carrying out your vision, will provide budget estimates, and draw up plans for your review. A basic design would include the floor plan and built-in features such as cupboards, while a full-service designer might include color and material ideas, and even shopping for fixtures. A designer can save you money Working with a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes that will not only help you save money during the project but can increase the value of your home. They understand which rooms are best to invest in, such as the kitchen, and will suggest the best ways to get what you want while staying within your budget. They’ll...

How to Choose the Right Flooring for Any Room in Your Home

Changing the flooring in any room can make a big change to that room’s appearance. Not only that, flooring can impact the functionality and maintenance of that room, so you want to pick wisely when replacing your flooring. Here are a few tips on how to choose the right flooring for any room in your home. Different types of flooring Before you start shopping, you want to make sure you completely understand what the different types of flooring options are. Here is a brief rundown of the four most popular types of flooring: Ceramic Tile – tile is one of the more durable materials for flooring. Ceramic tile can be used as floor tiles, indoors, or even as countertops. Some types of ceramic tiles with high gloss finish tend to scratch over the time. In general, tile is easy to clean. Laminate – laminate flooring is very easy to maintain. Laminate flooring provides a strong, durable surface that can resist burns, scratches, chips and gouges. It is an excellent option for high traffic areas, can be made to look like natural materials and comes in a wide range of colors and designs. Carpet – carpetis a textile floor covering typically consisting of an upper layer of pile attached to a backing. The pile was traditionally made from wool, but, since the 20th century, synthetic fibers such as polypropylene, nylon or polyester are often used, as these fibers are less expensive than wool. Options usually entail styles such as cut pile, plush pile, Saxony, twist, frieze and many more. Wood – hardwood flooring presents a combination of beauty and durability....

What to Consider Before Remodeling Your Bathroom

Bathrooms are not utilitarian anymore. Homeowners not only want practicality and functionality, but also want style, luxury, and convenience. The challenge is, how do you plan a bathroom remodel that can be both useful and luxurious?  Here’s what to consider before remodeling your bathroom. Gather costs and create a budget Like any remodeling job, a budget can quickly get blown if you get caught up in the bells and whistles, or never researched the cost in the first place. Before you get started, step back and take a look at what you want to do, and then do your research on what it’s going to cost. Regardless of whether you’re trying to do the remodel yourself or are working with a remodeling professional, it’s important to have an idea of what the costs are going to be. This will include materials, design and labor.  Decide what kind of materials you want and get an idea of what those costs are. Granite or marble countertops? Stock lighting or custom order? Will that new bathtub require a complete replumbing job to accommodate? Gathering costs and creating a budget will help you enjoy the process and the end results without facing a stunning and unanticipated bill at the end. Consider the functionality of your bathroom When people remodel their kitchen, they’re very in tune with the functionality aspect. What needs to be in reach?  What’s the flow from the stove to the sink to the table? Oddly enough, the same consideration isn’t always given to the bathroom but it should be! How many people will be using it at the same time? ...

5 Trends in Kitchen Countertops

When it’s time to renovate your kitchen, countertops can often make the biggest impact as they’re the most visible part of any kitchen. Trends have come and gone over the years; some are still going strong while others are considered outdated. Want some fresh ideas for your kitchen remodel?  Check out these 5 trends in kitchen countertops. Prominent Patterns Natural stones such as granite and marble can come with many different patterns or styles. You may see a fairly consistent pattern throughout the stone or you can see what’s called “movement” which means a unique pattern of crystals, veins and patterns that flow through the piece of stone. In the past, movement wasn’t desirable by homeowners for countertops but the new trend is to bring it on! Very distinct, prominent patterns in granite and marble are now in style; the more unique the better. For many, it makes decorating more interesting as designers match the colors and patterns in the stone with other décor in the kitchen such as artwork, wallpaper or backsplashes. Backsplash Tiles In the past, a backsplash was an extension of the stone or other material used for the countertops. Nowadays, backsplashes are predominantly tiles which allows for much more versatility. Whether it’s multi-colored tiles or subway tiles, backsplash tiles are the new norm. Materials for the tiles can include marble, metal, glass, copper, slate or glass, just to name a few. The options allow homeowners to really customize the look of their kitchens. Neutral Countertops Another emerging trend with the popularity of backsplash tiles are neutral countertops. While many homeowners want their countertops to take...


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