What Will Your Philadelphia Bathroom Remodel Cost in 2016?

vanityI hate telling people what their Philadelphia bathroom remodel will cost…it is expensive.  Remodeling your bathroom costs more per square foot than remodeling your kitchen and we all know that kitchen remodeling is not cheap.  Giving the estimate used to be harder before I found Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value annual analysis http://www.remodeling.hw.net/cost-vs-value/2016/middle-atlantic/philadelphia-pa/.  This resource lets clients know how Teknika Design Group prices compare to the rest of Philadelphia bathroom remodelers.  These prices are for remodeling projects that use designers and contractors.  DIY (do it yourself) projects are excluded from this survey.   So let’s get into the details of the costs. (more…)

Philadelphia Kitchen Cabinet Prices are so Different…Why?

When shopping in Philadelphia for kitchen cabinets you will notice that the price range is huge and yet the cabinets look the same except for style, wood and color differences.  Designers might also throw out words like framed versus frameless, veneer, real wood, MDF, engineered wood, thermofoil, acrylic and more.  How confusing!  Let me see if I can explain some of the cost differences while defining some of this cabinet related terminology.faceframe

First let’s start with what Philadelphia kitchen cabinets are made of, and it is not wood.  The cabinet box is made up of some type of engineered wood. Engineered wood is used because it lacks the expansion and contraction of natural wood and can also be stronger and more stable.  Many types of engineered wood, such as plywood and medium density fiberwood (MDF), are used in cabinets.  Within each type are varying grades that depict strength and overall quality.  The quality of the engineered wood is one of the biggest differences in the price of the cabinet.  You can use plywood in a cabinet and yet the strength and longevity of the cabinet can be less than other engineered wood.  It is all about the quality, and unfortunately the consumer and even the designer is unable to see the quality.  Price is a hint, but just a slight hint.  The only given is that if the cabinet is really cheap, the material used to make the cabinet is really cheap and it may have a short life. (more…)

What Will Your Philadelphia Kitchen Remodel Cost?

money and houseEvery year I like to let Philadelphians know what their kitchen remodel will cost.  This cost is according to the latest report by Remodeling Magazine which surveys 100 markets in the US, including the Philadelphia metro area.  These costs are based on homeowners who work with remodeling specialists such as contractors and kitchen designers (like Teknika Design Group). (more…)

What is New in Kitchen Design in Philadelphia?

Kimbel W4Influences on kitchen design in Philadelphia come from a variety of forces including European countries, colorists, furniture design and technology.  I am going to try to pull it all together for you and talk about three items in detail: color, technology and style.

 

Color Trends

Color trends appear to be all over the place.  In the United States the colors of 2016 are pastels: pinks and blues.  These pastels are a little more sophisticated than the candy color pastels of old, but they are still shyer, less robust colors than the tangerines and emeralds of years past.  Coming out of Europe we see still more striking colors:  black and white, sometimes together and sometimes alone.  So how do you balance these very different trends?  I would use the pastels for accents only since pink cabinets are tough for most home buyers to get excited about.   Black and white would be easier to use as cabinet colors, the black being a little more risky than the always popular white. (more…)

Remodel Your Philadelphia Bathroom for Resale…or Getting the Biggest Bang for Your Buck

When remodeling their Philadelphia bathroom most people consider resale even if they have no plans to move in the near future.  This is a good thing!  Plans change, life happens and you want your bathroom in tip top shape so buyers will come flocking.  So how can you be sure that will happen?  Here are my top 5 ways to get more for your money with your Philadelphia bathroom remodel.bath 3

  1.   For those of you who are unfamiliar with this term, it means Keep It Simple St….  While ornate bathrooms work with many Philadelphia home styles, many homebuyers have simpler tastes.  This means keeping the cabinet doors unfussy (shaker or flat panel door), choosing tile that is not too ornate or overpowering, and finally, keeping the gewgaws to a minimum.

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Top 5 Biggest Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes in Philadelphia

_SB29257Philadelphians want a great kitchen that fits their family, so more and more are remodeling.   To avoid the top five kitchen remodeling mistakes in Philadelphia, make sure you read and avoid the following.

Buying on the Cheap

There is a huge temptation to believe that cheap is a metaphor for a great bargain.  A bargain can be great, but you could also find that a bargain is really just a shoddy product with a short lifespan.  Do your research and purchase your materials for your Philadelphia kitchen remodel keeping in mind that most people only do a remodel once; remodels are time consuming, emotionally tiring and expensive even with the “cheap materials.”  You want to avoid a remodel where appliances start needing repairs and cabinet hinges start falling apart within a year. (more…)

STORAGE is the Most Important Element in any Small Kitchen Design in Philadelphia

pots and pan storage 2I will repeat it again: Storage is the most important element in any small kitchen design in Philadelphia.  Sure, how you lay out the kitchen is important, but often in small Philadelphia kitchens, the design options are limited.  That is why what goes into the cabinets is as important as what cabinets go where.  Let me give you some ideas of what all kitchens should have in terms of storage. (more…)

Considering Remodeling Your Philadelphia Bathroom: Could you Have Bigger Problems than Pink Tile?

You are finally sick of the pink/blue or green tile and you have decided it is time to remodel your Philadelphia bathroom.  But wait, you might need to deal with more than just a bathroom makeover.  How do you know?

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Major Plumbing

Hint:   When you turn on the shower or flush your toilet you can hear knocking pipes in the walls.  Or when you turn on the faucets, they provide inconsistent water pressure.

Could Be:   The knocking pipes could mean that the pipes were improperly installed and secured when the house was built.  Inconsistent water pressure could be a result of other major plumbing issues or leaks.

Solution:  Tell your contractor/plumber about the issue before you start your remodel.  They might need to open a few holes in the wall to get a better idea of what is going on.  Some of the plumbing might need to be replaced, and this is easiest to do during your Philadelphia bathroom remodel.  This corrective action is certainly better than waking up to an indoor flood some morning. (more…)

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