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Now is the Time to Plan your Home Renovation Project

Design Changes to Meet your Evolving Lifestyle

Months of staying home due to the COVID-19 pandemic has given most of us the opportunity to reevaluate our living spaces in the context of our evolving lifestyles. Watching your family members use the existing living spaces may have given you better insight into making your home more functional. The remodeling experts at Flegel’s believe now is the time to plan your home renovation projects and create distinctive spaces to match your future living and working styles.

Key Renovation Projects to Transform Your Home

Whether it is repurposing rooms for new virtual learning and working arrangements or enhancing indoor and outdoor entertainment options for your family, identify the key projects that can truly transform your home.

  • Refresh your kitchen or give it a complete facelift
    • Is your kitchen layout flawed and inconvenient? Installing a center island or a movable cart or changing the location of your appliances may allow you to make your cook space more efficient. 
    • Does your kitchen look dull or tired? A simple refresh, such as upgrading the hardware, light fixtures, and appliances, along with a change in the wall or cabinetry colors could transform your room into an attractive and welcoming space.
    • Is your kitchen too cramped or impacting sight lines to the rest of the home? Getting rid of a wall or two and creating an open layout will increase your prep space and help you engage better with the rest of the family while you cook.

No matter what the shortcomings of your kitchen, an experienced renovation specialist can offer lifestyle-friendly solutions that meet your requirements and make your home more functional.

  • Upgrade your backyard into a bright and welcoming space
    • Limited access to public spaces and social venues has meant putting your own home and outdoor spaces to better use to gather safely with family and friends. It is also a great way to fight the pandemic claustrophobia during the colder months. Is your backyard equipped to handle the increased focus on in-home entertainment? Consider useful improvements and additions, such as:
      • Hardscaping features for better seating and ambience
      • Covered patio space and radiant heating options
      • Outdoor kitchen, hot tub, heated pool
  • Add or enhance the bedrooms and bathrooms
    • Do you feel a lack of privacy due to a main floor primary bedroom? How about adding an entirely new level to your home with an exclusive ensuite bedroom that becomes your personal haven?
    • Are the existing number and size of bedrooms and bathrooms suited to your family’s changing needs and lifestyles? Why not consider converting that guest bedroom into a dedicated space for work or virtual schooling?

Hire the Bay Area’s Top Remodeling Contractors for Your Next Home Renovation Project

At Flegel’s, we are passionate about remodeling living spaces to make them more luxurious, yet functional. Our creative designers provide innovative designs that meet your lifestyle requirements and budget. Our master craftsmen deliver these plans on time and to your complete satisfaction. With over three decades of design-build and project management experience, we can undertake projects of any scale, including simple makeovers and complex home additions.

Check out some of our past projects to learn more about clever design solutions and skilled workmanship. We build and renovate homes across the Bay Area including in Palo Alto, Redwood City, Mountain View, Redwood Shores, San Jose, Sunnyvale and Los Altos, CA.

When you are ready to plan your custom home renovations, get in touch with the experts at Flegel’s Construction Co. Call us at 408-269-1101 or contact us online to discuss your project scope and requirements.

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Technical Innovations for the High-Tech Home

Explore the Future of Smart Homes

Remodeling your home or building your dream home from the ground up? Why not make your life easier, more convenient, and ultra-efficient by bringing your home into the digital age? From tunable mood lighting and smartphone-controlled appliances, to robot chefs and self-cleaning toilets, there are numerous ways to smarten up your living spaces, improve your lifestyle, and become more energy efficient. The experts at Flegel’s explore some of the most interesting technical innovations for the high-tech home.

Top Ideas to Convert Your Home into a Smart Home

Smart home technology has been around for several years. However, the advances in touchless technology, voice automation, sensor-based controls, and seamless AI-integration capabilities are giving a completely new dimension to the future of smart homes.

Here are some key technical innovations for the high-tech home that are already available on the market:

  • Washing machines that send prompts to your smartphone to reorder detergent when they are running low
  • Dishwashers that use a specialized mineral compound to dry plastic items more efficiently
  • Refrigerators with cameras that allow you a peek at the contents while you are in the middle of grocery shopping, or suggest recipes based on your in-stock contents
  • Touchless or voice activated faucets and antimicrobial surfaces that keep your cooking areas sanitized
  • Kitchen islands outfitted with induction stoves that sense pan sizes and modify the temperature
  • An app-enhanced bed system that collects sleep data and adjusts your mattress or pillows to improve your future ‘sleeping experience’
  • Touchscreen toasters that flash-toast and evenly brown, without making that slice of bread chewy or dry.
  • Sensor-based coffee machines that measure cup sizes to create the perfect cup of your favorite brew.
  • Powerful, self-emptying robotic vacuum cleaners that make home cleaning a breeze, even in homes with furry friends. Some smart cleaners also switch between mop and vacuum mode based on different floor surfaces.
  • Voice monitored smart tech that connects with digital assistants for warming up toilet seats.
  • TV walls that let you assemble your own display to any size on any surface.
  • Furniture pieces integrated with wireless charging technology that helps you do away with portable chargers and trailing cables.
  • Smart mirrors that convert to touchscreen devices, letting you browse, check emails, watch videos, or use apps directly on the surfaces.
  • Smartphone apps that allow you to control indoor temperatures, appliances, lights, locks, and even outdoor irrigation systems.

With appliance manufacturers heavily focusing on robotics research, here are some of the technical innovations that are in the works:

  • Kitchen robots that can take care of menial tasks, such as loading or unloading dishwashers.
  • Smart apps that help cooks perfect their slicing, dicing, basting, or braising skills by tracking your existing techniques and offering voice-enabled pointers for improvement.
  • Virtual touchscreens that can project on any surface including kitchen storage shelves or wardrobes.

Updating your home in keeping with the latest digital technology trends translates to higher energy efficiency, heightened home security, greater flexibility in routine, improved appliance functionality, and better home management insights. Are you ready to convert your home to a smart home?

Go Digital with Bay Area’s Leading Home Building and Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s, we have decades of experience in new home building and remodeling throughout the Bay Area. Innovative designs, meticulous planning, and quality craftsmanship are the hallmarks of all our projects. Whether it is home automation systems, motion sensors, smart security options, automated climate control or other innovative technologies, we can incorporate a wide range of smart features into your home.

Call us at 408-269-1101 or contact us online to discuss your smart home projects. Our team will help you choose the best options to meet your safety needs, enhance your lifestyle and update your home with technical innovations for the digital era.

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Top 10 Favorite Features of an Eichler Home

Decoding the Epitome of Mid-Century Modern

Eichler homes have remained a coveted construction style for several decades. With smart design principles that redefine living spaces, Eichlers have many interesting characteristics. The experts at Flegel’s offer some insights into the top 10 favorite features of an Eichler home.

Understanding the Timeless Appeal of Eichler Homes

Built as affordable residences in the 1950s and 60s across Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Eichler homes are full of panache and amenities. No other construction style comes close to the minimalist design, open floor plans, and bright, airy ambience of the Eichler homes. In fact, many cities throughout the Bay Area have introduced guidelines for preserving and upgrading Eichler homes without detracting from their characteristic mid-century modern charm.

Here are the top 10 favorite features of an Eichler home:

  • Exclusive detailing: Whether it is the simple façades, and clean, geometric lines on the exterior, or the innovative open concept living areas and exposed beams on the interiors, Eichlers offer charming details that make them truly unique.
  • Roof references: Featuring distinctive post-and-beam construction, Eichler homes usually have flat roof lines or low-sloping A-frames. The Eichlers that feature a shingled hipped roof, clipped gables, and copious use of glass offer a beautiful modern take on the traditional, thatched English cottage.
  • Indoor-outdoor living: Besides attractive indoor living spaces, Eichler homes bring the outdoors in. Generous-sized private backyards, floor-to-ceiling windows, and abundant skylights add a special touch to the typical Eichler home.
  • Underground utilities: Preserving their clean lines and minimalist look, Eichler homes feature underground utilities. Which means, the vast network of cables and pipes transporting water, gas, or electricity is usually completely hidden.
  • Potential for expansion: Most Eichler homes offer sufficient space and scope for expansions, as well as easy upgradability for 21st century lifestyles and preferences.
  • Indoor-outdoor gardens: Whether it is impressive edible gardens on the inside, or decorative foliage on the outside, the bright and airy structure of Eichler homes have an organic way of encouraging gardening enthusiasts.
  • Visual appeal: The exclusive construction style of Eichlers makes them easily recognizable on a street lined with different types of homes. Their distinctive visual appeal is a special quality in itself.
  • Atrium models: The 1959-built East Bay area atrium-model Eichlers feature a low-slung mid-century post-and-beam profile. Sleek, operable covers on the central atrium allow you to switch between a sun-drenched look and a cool, cozy one by simply closing off the area to the elements.
  • Double ‘A’ frames: Rarely available and highly coveted, the double ‘A’ frame Eichler homes offer a unique design and extra square footage. Soaring tongue-and-groove ceilings and expansive glazing makes these homes truly one-of-a-kind.
  • “Super Eichlers”: These Eichlers are usually oriented around a large tree and offer even more rooms and spaciousness than the regular Eichlers. Also known as Gallery Eichlers, only a handful of these specific models exist throughout the state of California.

For Eichler Home Upgrades, Count on the Bay Area’s Premier Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s, we specialize in Eichler home repairs or remodels throughout the Bay Area. Our creative designers and skilled craftsmen are well-versed with the local guidelines and building codes that focus on preserving and maintaining Eichler homes. We offer innovative, lifestyle-friendly solutions to update your Eichler home and make it more luxurious and energy efficient, while retaining its distinctive style. When you hire us, expect nothing less than creative design, superior finishes, and consistent customer service.

Check out the Eichler makeovers we have done to understand the scale and complexity of the upgrades that we can deliver.

Upgrading an Eichler home in the Bay Area? Hire the trusted Eichler home renovation specialists at Flegel’s Construction Co. Call us at 408-269-1101 or contact us online to discuss your custom home renovation project.

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Initiating a Home Renovation Project During COVID-19

Stay Safe and Remain Patient

While the coronavirus pandemic continues, initiating your home renovation project necessitates several key considerations. How will you finalize a suitable home remodeling contractor, without meeting them in person or doing site walkthroughs of their completed projects? How will you minimize the risks associated with people outside your bubble entering your home? The experts at Flegel’s Construction offer some tips for managing potential obstacles and staying safe throughout your home makeover process.

Tips for a Safe, Cost-Efficient Home Makeover in the Era of COVID-19

The ongoing coronavirus crisis has led to several innovative business practices that one would never have imagined until a year ago. From home delivery of items that you could only ever buy at bricks-and-mortar stores, to purchasing vehicles and homes via virtual walkthroughs, COVID-19 has led to a complete transformation of how we shop and conduct business. The pandemic has also compelled many homeowners to modify their homes and make them more suitable for the stay-at-home and work-from-home lifestyle.

If you are thinking of initiating a home renovation project during COVID-19, here are some aspects to consider:

  • Assess and finalize a contractor virtually: Many professional home remodeling contractors now offer introductory meetings through Facetime or Zoom. This is a great opportunity for you to assess their portfolios and capabilities and ‘walk’ them through your home to explain your renovation goals or discuss your ideas. Use the virtual call as an opportunity to understand a few important things, such as:
  • How do they operate in light of COVID-19 related restrictions and challenges?
  • What kind of questions do they ask? Do their queries reflect their ability to design and deliver to your specifications?
  • What type of work have they done in the past? Can they connect you with past customers virtually?
  • How will they ensure that every crew member working in your home follows the basic protocols of hand hygiene, mask-wearing, and physical distancing?
  • Expect certain COVID-19 related limitations:In light of the pandemic related logistical challenges, production issues, and added safety measures, some aspects of your project may need continuous monitoring and creative solutions. Home remodeling companies that have a dedicated project consultation team are better equipped to handle such situations efficiently. Whether it is labor shortages, price hikes, or delays in material deliveries or city permits, project management specialists can help in addressing all aspects of your home renovation project through:
    • Proactive planning of backup solutions
    • Quick problem-solving for unexpected issues
    • Efficient coordination between contractors, tradespeople, and suppliers
    • Prompt reallocation of on-site resources  

Remember, when you are initiating a home renovation project during COVID-19, it is all about resourceful planning and constant communication between you and your chosen home remodeling specialist.

Fabulous Home Makeovers by the Bay Area’s Trusted Home Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s, we specialize in designing and delivering luxurious and functional spaces in line with your lifestyle, preferences and budget. Innovative designs, outstanding craftsmanship, and unparalleled customer service are the hallmarks of our custom home remodeling projects throughout the Bay Area.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have modified our processes and approach to prioritize safety for our employees, contractors and clients.

  • Our rigorous hygiene protocols align with public health and safety guidelines, as well as other industry-specific regulations in the context of COVID-19.
  • We take the utmost care and precautions to minimize any risks. Our goal is to ensure the safe and efficient completion of every home remodeling project that we undertake during these challenging times.
  • Our teams maintain an open and transparent line of communication throughout the project lifecycle. We will keep you updated on the progress of your project every step of the way.

Ready to customize your Palo Alto/ Bay Area home and initiate your home renovation project? For reliable and quality makeovers, hire the home renovation experts at Flegel’s Construction Co. Call us at 408-269-1101 to discuss your requirements or request a virtual home renovation walkthrough today.

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2020’s Impact on Home Makeovers

A Glimpse into Interior Design Trends in the COVID-19 Era

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2020’s impact on home makeovers is nearly as significant as its impact on our lives, livelihoods, and economies. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the world, staying home as much as possible remains a key priority in most households. While many families have adapted to the remote learning and working environments, the definitions of dream homes or functional spaces has changed significantly during this year. The evolving wish lists are also driving a rapid change in interior design and home remodeling goals. The experts at Flegel’s Construction offer useful insights into 2020’s impact on home makeovers and design trends.

Top Stay-at-Home Renovation Projects for 2020

Being able to spend more time at home has inspired many homeowners to reassess various aspects of their home interiors. Whether it is furniture, fixtures, wall colors, or repurposing of rooms, homeowners are analyzing the function and appeal of every space in light of their pandemic-driven lifestyle. In fact, it is not just about space maximization alone. Homeowners are also evaluating small details that can add quality touches and high end finishes to the home.

Here are some of the evolving trends that indicate 2020’s impact on home interiors:

  • Swapping open floor plans for demarcated spaces: With the entire family spending time indoors, there is an increasing need for dedicated spaces for various activities. This means saying goodbye to open floor plans that lack good acoustics and privacy. Instead, homeowners are keen on adding walls and doors that create defined areas for working, studying, entertaining, and sleeping. Other trends include:
    • Adding utilitarian spaces, such as laundry rooms, mudrooms, or a walk-in pantry
    • Using solid wood doors for better soundproofing
    • Custom built-in storage for accommodating increasing storage needs and reducing clutter
  • Creating a dedicated home office space: There is a high demand for carving out some space or repurposing less-utilized areas of the home to create a home office. Whether it is an extension of the living area, a spare bedroom, an attic, or a nook on the staircase landing, home offices are now a popular remodeling trend. While the room itself could double up for other activities, the idea is to ensure a well-lit, private, soundproofed space that allows the peace and quiet you need while you work from home.
  • Improving outdoor spaces: Homeowners are prioritizing makeovers for patios or exterior spaces with screened-in porches, better outdoor seating, improvements in landscaping and hardscaping elements, and more. These changes primarily focus on:
    • Creating a seamless connection between the outdoor and indoor spaces to bring the outside in and add a touch of greenery to your home  
    • Building functional features for safely entertaining friends and family, without compromising on the pandemic-related physical distancing protocols
  • Adding designer elements: Homeowners are also aiming to create better-looking spaces that add a warm, welcoming vibe to the home. This includes adding a few designer elements as well, such as:
    • Brass adorned cabinetry
    • Natural wood accents throughout the living areas
    • Funky floor tiles and bold wallpapers
    • Thoughtfully chosen wall colors, art pieces and statement lighting

2020’s impact on home makeovers has also led to increased spending on non-visible areas, such as installing top-of-the-line HVAC systems for greater comfort and safety indoors.

Quality Makeovers by the Bay Area’s Leading Home Building and Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s, we are passionate about designing and delivering attractive and functional spaces that meet your evolving needs and lifestyle choices. You can count on our skilled and experienced home remodeling specialists for clever, space maximizing solutions, outstanding craftsmanship, and consistent customer service.

Our renovation experts have delivered several fabulous home makeovers across the Bay Area.

Looking to customize the spaces in your home to make them more functional and future ready in the COVID-19 era? Count on the experienced home remodeling specialists at Flegel’s Construction Co. Call 408-269-1101 to schedule a consultation or contact us online.

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A New Home Entranceway Makes a Statement

Design Your New Home Entranceway to Make a Statement

Ideas and Inspiration for Your Bay Area Home

A thoughtfully designed home entranceway makes a statement and becomes the showstopper for your property. Not only does it reflect your personality, but it also sets the tone for the rest of your home’s design and décor. At Flegel’s, we have created many such bold and distinctive entryways as part of home exterior makeover projects. Explore some of our transformative work to find great ideas and inspiration for your Bay Area home.

Create Lasting Impressions with a Well-Designed Front Entryway

Choosing the right door color, materials, style, exterior paints, walkways, and landscaping, is all part of planning your home exteriors. Our team at Flegel’s offers useful ideas to help you plan impressive entryways that stand out.

  • Repeat a material from your home’s interiors into the entrance layout for a beautifully integrated look
  • Install well-proportioned feature columns in natural stone, for a grand, defined entryway
  • Consider recessed fences or gates to add a layer of sophistication and detail to the front of your home
  • Incorporate a sculptural element, such as a large planter, a specially commissioned piece of art, or custom millwork to give your entryway a unique personality
  • Complement the home’s exteriors with creative paths and plantings highlighted with attractive lighting

As the Bay Area’s leading home remodeling company, we have successfully renovated numerous homes of varying sizes and architectural styles. Our portfolio includes sprawling bungalows, compact apartments, and the mid-century modern style, Eichler homes.

Here are some examples of the entryways from our past projects, which may serve as inspiration for your home.

Bringing the outside in or the inside out

We remodeled this attractive Palo Alto home into a stunning masterpiece, while retaining its many unique features and architectural details. The pop of red on the front door matches with the custom red cabinets in the kitchen, lending this home a chic, modern look.

Tying in the exterior architectural elements

In this project, we incorporated a custom steel-clad front door that complements the wonderful architectural features of this gorgeous Los Altos home. The Dwell Magazine Silicon Valley Home Tour covered this project to showcase how we incorporated a clever blend of traditional and modern elements into the entire home makeover.

Adding a touch of class with a striking fence and door    

In this magnificent Palo Alto Eichler home, we installed a warm wooden sliding fence that offers much-needed privacy, along with an electric blue front door that opens into bright, contemporary interiors.

Weaving a story with unusual framing

Another one of our projects to feature on the Dwell Magazine Silicon Valley Home Tour, the entryway of this Greenmeadow Palo Alto home tells a story of its own. While beautiful cedar wood slats frame one side of the elegant glass door, on the other is custom stucco with a striking Reglet trim featuring the house number. These details lend a distinctive personality to this home.

Stunning Home Makeovers by Bay Area’s Trusted Home Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s Construction, we specialize in custom home makeovers through our innovative designs, lifestyle friendly solutions, and impeccable craftsmanship. Happy homeowners across the Bay Area vouch for our superior workmanship, unmatched customer service, and seamless project completion.

For more ideas and inspiration on entryways that make a statement, speak to the experts at Flegel’s Construction Co. Call us at 408-269-1101 or contact us online.

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A Home Redesign Demands Custom Bathroom Features

Planning A Home Redesign? It Demands Custom Bathroom Features!

Make Bathroom Remodeling an Integral Part of Your Home Renovation
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You may have heard many home improvement contractors say that a home redesign demands custom bathroom features. One of the main reasons for investing in a bathroom remodel is that it yields an average return of 62%. Which means, if you spend $10,000 on a bathroom renovation, the value of your home will likely increase by $6,200. This figure will be even higher for a bathroom with custom features.

At Flegel’s Construction, we believe that including a master bathroom upgrade is a smart way of maximizing your home remodeling budget. It is especially effective if you can achieve a good mix of timeless features and current trends. Our design experts share their top bathroom renovation ideas for creating stylish, relaxing, and distinctive bath spaces.

Custom Features for an Exceptional Bathroom Remodel

Upgrading or refreshing an old bathroom is as much about creating a rejuvenating, spa-like space as increasing the value of your home. Whether it is a powder room, guest bathroom, or ensuite bath, a few custom upgrades can make a big style statement. In fact, you can add a personal touch to one or more elements within your bathroom. It could be the sink, tub, shower, walls, floors, or even the light fixtures. For example:

  • Creative paneling: Using interesting and unusual materials for the flooring or wall paneling will give your bathroom a luxurious look. In one of our Palo Alto Eichler home renovations, we used the premium mirrored Duchateau wood on the flooring, back wall, and tub skirt for a plush, enhanced appearance.
  • Stylish sinks: Despite being one of the smallest elements in your bathroom, a bold, unique sink can make a big visual impact. Explore some of these options:
  • A self-rimming copper vessel sink with iron bracket mounts for a timeless, old-world charm
  • A clear glass pedestal sink to create visual interest in a compact bathroom or powder room
  • A handcrafted hardwood sink in a one-of-a-kind shape with natural resistance to mold or rot
  • An elegant floating washplane sink with no visible drains for a contemporary look 

In our Greenmeadow Palo Alto home redesign, which also featured on the Dwell Magazine Silicon Valley Home Tour, we incorporated a pair of gorgeous stainless-steel vessel sinks in the ensuite bath. These sinks tied in beautifully with the rest of the home’s custom stainless-steel cladding on the fireplace and in the kitchen.

  • Statement tubs: As one of the largest fixtures in your bathroom, a stylish tub can be the highlight of your space. Explore options that are new and unique. For example, a classic, claw-foot tub, a Japanese-style wooden soaking tub, a modern freestanding one, or a whirlpool tub with water or air jets. In one of our recent home remodeling projects in Sunnyvale, we installed a chic white, free standing tub with sleek lines and a slippered rim. Paired with other custom bathroom features, such as a floating sink, a curbless shower, elegant lighting, and soothing white floor tiles, this bathroom epitomizes the modern minimalist style.

From sensor-based ventilation and heating and hidden drains, to smart toilets, or bold accent walls, we have incorporated various other features for making bathrooms as understated or elaborate as the homeowners prefer.

Custom Bathroom Makeovers by Bay Area’s Trusted Home Building and Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s, we have decades of experience in building luxurious new custom homes and remodeling and reviving older homes, including Eichler homes. Our innovative designers and master craftsmen are passionate about delivering attractive, functional spaces, personalized to your needs, lifestyle, and preferences.

Our past projects across the Bay Area will give insight into the quality of our work and the diverse design aesthetics that we can deliver.

For custom bathroom features and superior finishes on new home builds or home remodels, count on the experts at Flegel’s Construction Co. Call us at 408-269-1101 or contact us online.

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Tips for Planning a New Kitchen’s Storage Needs

Top Tips for Planning Your New Kitchen’s Storage Needs

Ensure an Efficient, Cost-Effective Kitchen Remodel

Drawing up a wish list for your dream kitchen may be easy when it comes to your preferred layout, lighting, appliances, or paint color. However, visualizing practical and space-efficient cabinetry can be challenging. The makeover specialists at Flegel’s offer useful tips to help you plan the storage space in your new kitchen. 

Boost Your Kitchen’s Function and Appeal with the Right Cabinetry

Kitchen remodeling is one of the most exciting projects in home improvement. A successful remodel involves:

Kitchen cabinetry is one of the most visible elements in your cook space. At the very least, you will have one wall dedicated to shelving and storage. Which means, cabinetry-related modifications play a significant role in the end-result of your kitchen renovation project.

Here are our top tips for planning a new kitchen’s storage needs:

  • Choose cabinetry according to function: Once you finalize the kitchen layout with your remodeling contractor, you will have a general idea of the available storage space and the location of your major appliances. This is the time to decide on the cabinetry according to your lifestyle and kitchen usage. What do you want within an arm’s reach? For example, wouldn’t it be practical to plan storage for the cooking utensils and supplies closer to the stove, and wine glass shelves closer to the refrigerator? Basing your decisions on better functionality will make your work in the kitchen quick, easy, and efficient.
  • Plan cabinetry types: Whether it is open shelves, closed door cabinetry, tall pullouts, drawers, or corner cabinets, each accommodates different types of storage. While some may need static shelves or racks, others could house revolving racks or some other useful features. Deciding the split between different types of cabinetry and internal arrangements will help you enhance the functionality of your kitchen. For example, consider adding trash pullouts, silverware organizers, sponge racks, and other such handy features while planning your new kitchen’s storage needs.
  • Maximize space: Determine your basic storage requirements based on:
    • Your cooking style
    • Typical ingredients and the number and size of the utensils you use
    • Appliances, tools, and equipment that you work with

Detailing your storage needs will help you take advantage of every available inch. For example, an extra 6 to 8 inches available on the side or corner of your cabinetry wall could make for a great wine bottle rack. You could compartmentalize the same space a little differently to store baking sheets, cookbooks, or recipe cards.

Make Your Kitchen Cabinetry Work for You

In addition to storage decisions, your kitchen remodeling specialists will help you make design decisions on cabinetry paneling, door styles, colors, materials, hardware, and other related components. As experts in their field, they will also propose options for usage, flow, physical infrastructure, and other aesthetic aspects. However, as homeowners, you know your requirements best. Detailing your wish list and providing timely feedback will help your contractor deliver a truly functional space that meets your vision and lifestyle.

Quality Kitchen Makeovers with Bay Area’s Top Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s Construction Co., we have decades of experience in delivering custom kitchen makeovers. We build cook spaces that are luxurious, lifestyle-friendly, and practical. Our team of skilled architects and master craftsmen deliver impeccable designs and superior finishes to make your dream kitchen a reality.

Happy homeowners across the Bay Area count on us for our systematic project planning, outstanding craftsmanship, and consistent customer service. If you’re looking for inspiring ideas, talk to our team about the latest trends in kitchen remodeling.

For an efficient, stress-free kitchen renovation, count on Flegel’s Construction, Silicon Valley’s premier home remodeling contractors. Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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Designing a Home Office into your Home Renovation Plans

Integrate Home Office Design into Your Overall Home Renovation Plans

Create a Comfortable, Luxurious Workspace at Home

Designing a home office as you finalize your home renovation plans is an excellent way to upgrade your Santa Clara Valley home. A bright, comfortable space dedicated to temporary or permanent work-from-home scenarios will help you function in style and comfort, without any distractions. The custom home renovation specialists at Flegel’s offer useful tips for creating an inspiring and efficient home office.  

Top Considerations for Designing Your Home Office

Fitting a tiny desk into a spare bedroom or a staircase landing may work as a makeshift office for a few hours of work. However, if you spend long hours working from home, think about designing a home office into your home renovation plans.

Here are some considerations for creating an ergonomic and efficient workspace.

  • Select the right spot: Location is one of the primary aspects in a well-designed home office.
    • Don’t restrict yourself on space. Look for an area that gets adequate natural light and can accommodate a full-sized desk.
    • Try to limit distractions. If you work best in a quiet space, creating a home office right next to a children’s playroom or a busy hallway may not be a great plan.
    • If the only suitable location that you find for your home office is a noisy one, consider adding soundproofing and echo reduction materials while remodeling this space.
    • If your clients are going to stop by, a space with a separate entrance would be ideal. However, if that is not an option, consider locating your office in an area that is closest to the entry and exit points of your home.
  • Don’t compromise on furniture or décor: For a dedicated home office, comfort is paramount.
    • Invest in ergonomic settings, including a suitable office chair and desk, along with additional seating as required. Choose your furniture based on your preferences and work habits.
    • Ensure sufficient storage within the desk or through built-in shelves and cabinets.
    • Consider your workflow and the items that you need at your fingertips while planning your room layout and furniture placement.
    • Dress the walls in a paint or pattern of your choice, and sprinkle in artistic pieces that reflect your personality.
    • Add interesting accessories and stationery to create a productive and inspiring space. Decorative vases, fun mugs and sticky notes, and trendy notepads and bulletin boards provide a cozy touch to your home office.
    • Add interesting accessories and stationery to create a productive and inspiring space. Decorative vases, fun mugs and sticky notes, and trendy notepads and bulletin boards provide a cozy touch to your home office.
    • Look for clever solutions to tame the cord jungle. Some office desks feature options with concealed tubing or wire organizers that keep the cords off the floors.
    • Choose appropriate light fixtures and task lighting to ensure that your late-night work is not a strain on the eyes.
    • For smaller homes, the home office may still double as a space for house guests. In such cases, it is even more critical to choose the right furniture. For example, adding a Murphy bed or a smart pullout couch will help your office look spacious, uncluttered, and less like a bedroom.
  • Equip your office with the essentials: Ensure that your home renovation plans provide for:  
    • A steady internet connection
    • Enough electrical outlets
    • Any other special requirements related to your office equipment or communication requirements

Hire Santa Clara Valley’s Trusted Home Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s Construction, we are passionate about transforming old, tired spaces into beautiful, functional ones. Whether you need to refresh a few rooms, repurpose rarely used spaces to accommodate a home office, or give your entire home a makeover, we take on custom home remodeling projects of any scale and complexity. You can count on us for thoughtful, space-saving designs and flawless finishes, delivered on time and on budget.

Delighted homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including Palo Alto, San Jose, Mountain View, and Los Altos, CA vouch for our innovative design solutions, top-notch workmanship, and excellent customer service.

For creative ideas on home office design and budget-friendly customizations, count on the home remodeling experts at Flegel’s Construction Co. Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online to discuss your home renovation goals.

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Things to Do to Get Ready for a Home Renovation

Get Ready for Your Upcoming Home Renovation

Begin with Your “Things to Do” List

You’ve done the dreaming and visualizing, even the arguing and agreeing; now it’s time to get ready for your home renovation. With so many things to do, where do you start? Be smart; come up with a proactive plan that allows for a stress-free, efficient, and cost-effective remodel. The makeover specialists at Flegel’s offer useful suggestions to help you enjoy a positive remodeling experience. 

Tips to Prepare for a Home Improvement Project

When you are contemplating a home improvement project, you already know ‘why’ you want to modify, expand, add, rebuild, or refresh certain areas of your home. However, chances are that you may not be sure of ‘what’ to change, or ‘how’ to make your home serve your needs and complement your lifestyle. It’s important to think about these details so you can look forward to a smooth renovation with minimal inconvenience.

With years of experience in a variety of remodeling projects, the Flegel’s team offers a handy list of the top things to do to get ready for a home renovation.

  1. Get ideas and inspiration: Look for inspiration in home improvement magazines, websites of remodeling firms, or other online resources, such as Pinterest and Houzz. If yours is an Eichler home, learn more about the history of this mid-century modern style architecture that is unique to its’ time. It may be worth visiting some of the Eichler neighborhoods in the Bay Area to check out how other homeowners have upgraded their homes while still retaining their characteristic charm.
  • Find your style: Start tracking, collecting, or bookmarking ideas and images. The more you look, the more clarity you may have on your preferred style, which is especially useful when you meet with your chosen home renovation specialist.
  • Collaborate with the right contractor: Find an experienced custom home renovation contractor who has the skills, vision, and resources to deliver clever design solutions and comprehensive services and make your dream home a reality.
  • Map out a plan: After your chosen home remodeling contractor gives you a preliminary quote, take a pause. Consider the proposed timelines and budget and re-evaluate your priorities. For example, in times of the current coronavirus pandemic, when physical distancing guidelines are still in place, you may want to start with the outdoor projects on your list.
  • Building or renovating a patio
    • Adding a pool house
    • Setting up an outdoor kitchen and grill
    • Creating a separate entrance to the basement, or adding a room above the garage

These are the type of projects where the contractor and crew can complete most of the job externally, without stepping inside your home.

  • Finalize the details: Once you are clear about the scope of work and choice of materials and finishes, sign a formal contract defining costs and timelines. This is also the time to arrange your finances and check about home improvement loans, if required.
  • Decide whether to stay or leave: Depending on the magnitude of the project and the number of spaces that you are renovating, decide whether to ‘camp out’ in your home or move into temporary living arrangements. There are pros and cons to staying put during a renovation, so think carefully!
  • Prepare your home and your family: While an efficient home remodeling specialist will ensure minimal disruption to your routine, it is important to prepare your home, yourself, and your family for the upcoming project. 
  • Inform your neighbors about the planned work schedule; they will appreciate the courtesy. If you live in a condominium, seek the necessary permits and approvals, or check whether your remodeling contractor will be managing those aspects.
  • Identify a storage solution and clear out the areas that you are renovating.
  • Remove any fragile or precious items from the rest of the home to keep them safe and prevent any unexpected loss or damages.
  • Talk your family members through the various phases of the renovation and the adjustments they will need to make to their routines during that time.

Sometimes, despite everything you do to get ready for a home renovation, unforeseen circumstances affect the project costs and timelines and put a strain on your personal and professional relationships. Pay attention to the details and maintain open lines of communication with your family as well as your renovation contractor, to ensure a smooth and seamless home makeover.

Stress-free Home Renovations with Bay Area’s Top Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s, we are passionate about creating luxurious and functional spaces to your exact specifications and complete satisfaction. With over 30 years of experience in interior and exterior home renovations, you can count on us for our innovative designs, master craftsmanship, outstanding project planning, and consistent customer service.

Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online to discuss your home renovation project with the experts at Flegel’s Construction Co., Silicon Valley’s trusted home remodeling contractors.

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    I would hire Scott again in a heartbeat. He did our Eichler total remodel from roof to radiant. The workmanship is 5-star. Scott understands the uniqueness of Eichlers and modern design.

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    “Our home in Palo Alto was in need of help. Built in the early 1950s and barely updated since, there was a lot to do. Over 12 months and two phases, our home was transformed into the perfect mid-century modern oasis for our

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    “We interviewed at least 7 contractors for our Eichler remodel and decided on Flegel’s construction and I am so glad we did! Working with Scott and his crew was such an pleasant experience. We had heard so many horror stories

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