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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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7 Things to Look for in a Home Remodeling Contractor

Quality Makeovers require Competent and Reliable Partners

Undertaking any type of home renovation is a big decision for every homeowner. Whether you’re planning a minor refresh for a couple of rooms, or a complete overhaul for your home, you need a partner who understands and executes your vision. You also want your project to be completed on time and within your budget. Consider these 7 things to look for in a home remodeling contractor, to achieve a seamless and stunning transformation.

Top Traits of an Exceptional Renovation Specialist

Home remodeling projects involve a number of complexities. Drawing up innovative plans, carrying out the demolition and reconstruction, sourcing the right materials, and managing the crew are just some of the tasks. Every activity needs to work in an organized manner to stay within the agreed timelines and budget. Your contractor will also need to account for other logistical aspects, depending on whether you stay or leave home during the renovation.

This handy checklist of traits reiterates what to expect from a home remodeling contractor, and may help you narrow down your choices.

  • Professionalism: In addition to checking the necessary qualifications and licenses, evaluate how the contractors conduct themselves. How effectively do they communicate? How meticulous is their initial assessment or quote? Do they have the skills and efficiency to manage the entire operation?  
  • Experience: Expertise alone is not sufficient, experience counts. Does the contractor have time-tested methods and proven results in this field? Can they provide testimonials, references or site walk-throughs? Do they have sufficient knowledge of the local building codes? Can they obtain the permits that may be necessary for large remodeling projects?
  • Coordination and management: From designers, carpenters and masons, to plumbers, electricians, and painters, you may need a number of specialists depending on the nature of your project. An integrated network will not only enable a seamless flow of different activities, but also help you save time and money. It’s important to check whether the contractor has the ability to gather, schedule, manage, and oversee the various professionals needed for the renovation project.
  • Visualization and delivery: Besides a strong work ethic in your hired contractor, the success of your project largely depends on their ability to understand your vision and bring it to fruition. It’s possible you may not have a clear vision to start with, but it is the contractor’s responsibility to learn about your lifestyle and needs and steer you towards ideas that meet your overall renovation goals. You can gauge this trait by the way the contractor handles the initial assessment. What questions did they ask? Could they break down the overall requirements into smaller projects that address your priorities? How well did they involve you in the discussion? Did they exhibit a client-first attitude or try to push their own design concepts?
  • Resourcefulness: Another important trait for a good contractor is the ability to identify and address potential issues, as well as prepare for the unexpected ones. From weather, labor shortages, and budgetary concerns, to structural complications, material delivery delays, or on-site mishaps, your remodeling project could face numerous obstacles. Assess the contractor’s ability to provide alternative solutions and find out how they plan to keep your project on track if they encounter unforeseen challenges.
  • Transparency in dealings: No matter how small or large your project, your contractor should be able to keep you abreast of every development. Find out how often they will provide progress updates. Are they transparent and proactive in informing you about any hurdles that may be interfering with your agreed timelines or budget? Will they assign a single point of contact? It will be beneficial for you to have an assigned project manager or a site supervisor who will liaise with you on all aspects of the makeover with complete honesty and integrity.
  • Service quality: Ultimately, the goal is to make your home remodeling project as smooth and hassle-free as possible. While you may do your due diligence, credibility checks, and initial assessments, they may not give you sufficient insights into a contractor’s service levels. However, some aspects could give you a fair indication of what to expect. For example, how diligently did they prepare and present the initial designs or quotes? Were their submitted plans reflective of your priorities and lifestyle requirements? Did they promptly respond to any queries or concerns that you raised on the proposals?

Hire an Experienced and Dependable Home Remodeling Contractor

Renovating your home can be a challenging process, especially if you are initiating a complex or full-scale makeover. Choosing the right home remodeling contractor will minimize stress and maximize your return on investment. At Flegel’s Construction Co., we have over two decades of experience in custom home remodeling projects. You can count on us for functional yet luxurious designs, top-notch workmanship, and flawless execution.

Happy homeowners across the Bay Area vouch for our attractive makeovers, effective customer service, and consistent delivery.

Looking for a capable home remodeling contractor to transform your Bay Area home? Get in touch with the renovation experts at Flegel’s Construction. Call 408-269-1101 or contact us online.

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Home Renovation Projects Often Start in the Kitchen

A Kitchen Remodel Can Uplift Your Home’s Overall Appeal

It’s not surprising that home renovation projects often start in the kitchen. Every member of the family spends time here and has an opinion on how it can be more functional and attractive! From the layout, storage, and seating solutions, to the materials, fixtures and amenities, every aspect influences the aesthetic appeal and comfort of this space. The remodeling experts at Flegel’s Construction offer some ideas for luxurious and practical kitchens that cater to your cooking habits and complement your family’s lifestyle.

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for a Successful Home Makeover

A cleverly planned and well-executed kitchen makeover will significantly improve the value and appeal of your home. When you discuss your project scope and examine top kitchen trends with a home renovation specialist, consider some of these factors:

  • Designated activity spots:Mealtimes, entertaining guests, the kids’ homework, your home office, and many more activities take place in your kitchen. Depending on the overall space available, you can look at creating designated spots that can be useful for each family member and their requirements. For example:
  • Get an island with an extended countertop to seat your kids in comfortable high-chairs and oversee their schoolwork or craft projects, while you cook.
  • Build a cozy breakfast nook that serves as a less formal eating area for the entire family.
  • Extend the cabinetry to add a built-in desk for creating a workspace, in the absence of a dedicated home office.
  • Open layout: As the heart of your home where all things converge, your kitchen layout must promote easy movement and clear sight lines. Depending on the size of your home and the possibilities to build out or take over adjoining spaces, you may be able to achieve a beautiful, open-concept kitchen. This would allow you to keep an eye on young kids, even if they are in other areas of the home when you cook. Knocking down some walls will also help in blending and enlarging your cooking and entertaining areas for hosting friends and family.
  • Comfortable cook space: Besides its many additional roles, your kitchen must do its core job of catering to your cooking habits and preferences.
    • Thinking through the placement of your refrigerator, stove, and sink will allow you to achieve an ideal work triangle. This will promote better flow and movement to enable speedy, efficient prepping and cooking.
    • Selecting durable and easy-clean materials for your countertops and cabinets will keep your kitchen clean and tidy. Eliminate the extra time and effort of cleaning stains and scuffs.
    • Adding thoughtful storage solutions and amenities will increase your prep space and keep the kitchen clutter-free. An attractive cook space will seamlessly blend with the dining room, family room, and other areas of your open concept home.

Stunning Kitchen Makeovers by Trusted Home Remodeling Contractors

Renovating your kitchen is not just about changing out the countertops and cabinetry, upgrading the appliances and hardware, or applying a fresh coat of paint. It is also about enhancing the functionality of your cook space, to create a warm, welcoming environment for the entire family. At Flegel’s Construction Co., we are passionate about designing and delivering custom kitchens that reflect your personality and complement your lifestyle. Our team of innovative designers and master craftsmen focus on your requirements and deliver your dream cook space within the agreed timelines and budget.

Our renovation experts have successfully completed several fabulous kitchen transformations for homes across the Bay Area.

Ready to give the heart of your home a striking makeover? Hire the home remodeling experts at Flegel’s Construction. Call 408-269-1101 to schedule a consultation or contact us online.

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New Home Design in the Age of COVID-19

New Home Design in the Age of COVID-19

Expert Opinions from Bay Area’s Top Remodeling and Construction Specialists

Amid the current coronavirus global pandemic, global shutdowns, shelter-in-place orders, and virtual work or study lifestyles are the new norms in most homes. It is unclear if this short-term recalibration will have long-lasting effects. However, it shines a spotlight on the way we may modify our future living and working styles. The construction and remodeling experts at Flegel’s discuss the emergence of a new home design in the age of COVID-19.

Likely Trends in New Builds Beyond 2020

Our current situation is one that most of us have never experienced or expected. Almost overnight, our homes are multi-tasking as offices, classrooms, gyms, and more. You may have started using your guest bedroom, mudroom, dining table, or even a stairway landing as your new work-from-home spot. Your video calls may be giving others an intimate view into your home, with background activities that include bouncing kids, barking dogs, or even a pajama-clad spouse or parent.

The current health crisis may lead to a greater acceptance of and adaptation to work-from-home and learn-at-home scenarios. This means, you may have to look at your home in a new light with different expectations of what your living spaces could and should do.

Here are the top 4 new home design trends that are likely to emerge in the age of COVID-19:

  • Greater emphasis on indoor-outdoor living: With limited access to outdoor activities and social gatherings, you will be spending many more waking hours in your home than ever before. This would generate a pronounced need for natural light and better access to outdoor landscapes for enhanced livable spaces. It could also translate into addition of more windows or sunroofs, building sunrooms, and reimagining livable spaces as indoor gardens.
  • Critical balance between open and enclosed spaces: If people are more homebound, they will share space with the entire family for longer periods of time. However, this can only function effectively when the interior spaces are fluid and functional to accommodate multiple needs and tasks. While the kitchen, living, and dining spaces may continue to feature an open plan layout, there will be a substantial increase in allocation of private, enclosed spots. The key will be in carving out comfortable, open spaces, while delicately balancing the need for seclusion.
  • High demand for designated workspaces: It seems quite likely that many people will continue to use work from home or telecommuting options, even after the global pandemic ebbs. This will boost the demand for designated home office spaces that provide modern conveniences, along with adequate privacy and seclusion. The importance of smart storage will also increase. People will seek clever ways to conceal household or personal items, especially in compact homes where a separate, enclosed workspace is not possible.
  • Energy conserving designs and materials: While there is already a growing number of people seeking eco-friendly and sustainable home designs, the demand for energy-conserving features may further skyrocket in the age of COVID-19. Air filtration systems, solar panels and battery charging stations may become a must-have in many homes.

Bay Area’s Top Contractors Deliver Efficient New Age Homes

At Flegel’s Construction Co., we have decades of experience in building new homes, as well as construction consulting. Our innovative architects skillfully design spaces around your living, eating, play and work requirements, while our talented craftsmen deliver these spaces to your exact specifications, on time and on budget. We stay abreast of the changing trends in designs, and building materials and codes, while also keeping an eye on future needs of customers.

Check out some of the custom homes that we have constructed across the Bay Area.

Want to discuss and plan your new home design in the age of COVID-19? Call 408-269-1101 to schedule a consultation or contact us online.

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Living in Place Home Renovation Ideas

Stylish, Functional, Living in Place Home Renovation Ideas

Add Safety and Comfort to Your Forever Home

Remodeling your home to address your own or an elderly family member’s needs? A few thoughtful modifications will help make your home safe and comfortable for seniors. The makeover specialists at Flegel’s offer some living in place home renovation ideas to enhance the style and functionality of your home. 

Home Design for Older Generations

An AARP study shows that around 76% of Americans (aged 50+) prefer to remain in their current residences for as long as possible. Although aging at home is a popular choice, it comes with several challenges. Designing homes for older generations requires careful thinking and meticulous planning.

Today, an increasing number of newer homes feature the principles of universal design. Essentially, these homes offer function and accessibility for occupants of all ages, sizes and abilities. While relocating or building a new home may not be your preferred option, you can apply these principles while remodeling your current home.

Here are some modifications that will allow you to continue living in place comfortably.

  • Improve visibility: Well-lit spaces will not only help in preventing trips, slips and falls, but also offer enhanced visibility for those who have age-induced diminishing eyesight. Ensure that your hallways, stairways and task areas have adequate light fixtures and high-wattage bulbs. If your structure allows it, consider installing a skylight to bring additional natural light into your home.
  • Facilitate ease of movement: Slippery surfaces or other obstacles on the floor present multiple risks, especially in a home with aging adults.
  • Upgrade to slip-resistant flooring in high traffic zones and bathrooms.
  • Widen your entryways and internal doors to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers, now, or in the future.
  • Eliminate any thresholds between rooms and install a curb-less, wide-entrance shower stall or a walk-in tub.
  • Consider knocking down a few walls to create an open floor plan and choose innovative customizations that reflect your needs and lifestyle.
  • Make it easy on the hands: Most of us may not think much about a routine activity such as turning a doorknob. However, it could be quite tedious or inconvenient for those with limited mobility or chronic conditions such as arthritis.
  • Replace knobs with simple lever-style hardware.
  • Swap out old faucets for easy-turning ones and update your cabinetry hardware with handles and drawer pulls that offer a good grip.
  • Install grab bars near the toilet, and in the tub and shower stall. Add handrails to both sides of your staircase, if possible.
  • Raise electrical outlets that are too close to the ground to make them more easily accessible. This is critical in preventing any potential injuries caused by excessive bending or stretching.
  • Create resting spots: Whether it is a bench near the doorway or a built-in seat in the shower stall, add landing spots that may come in handy if an older adult loses balance or feels exhausted during routine tasks.
  • Bank on technology: There is no shortage of new technologies that you can incorporate in your home. From sensor-based lights, faucets and doors, to intelligent appliances and self-cleaning toilets, choose the features that best meet your requirements.

Redesign Your Living Spaces with Bay Area’s Premier Remodeling Contractors

At Flegel’s Construction Co., we are passionate about delivering quality home makeovers to your exact specifications and complete satisfaction. Our creative team has the experience to design for older generations, while our master craftsmen skillfully execute these designs to perfection. Count on us to create accessible spaces that serve your current and future aging needs while also reflecting your personal style.

Happy customers across the Bay Area vouch for our consistent customer service and seamless project delivery. We are committed to deadlines and work within your budget.

For more living in place home renovation ideas and designs to suit older generations, get in touch with the remodeling experts at Flegel’s Construction. Call 408-269-1101 to set up a consultation or contact us online.

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