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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.

Innovative Customizations for New Homes and Renovations

Creative Ideas Fulfilled by Master Craftsmen

There is a certain inexplicable joy in building or renovating personal spaces that mirror your lifestyle and preferences. It is all about making your home an extension of your personality, without compromising on the aesthetics and functionality. At Flegels’ Construction Co., we specialize in innovative customizations for new homes and renovations, to create spaces that are both useful and unique. Our creative architects and master craftsmen are passionate about building outstanding homes that truly enhance the living experience.

Exclusive Designs and Unmatched Functionality for Custom Homes

What makes a home unique? It is not just about choosing an uncommon paint color, or a quirky tile design. When aiming for innovative customizations in your new home or renovating your current home, you want creative ideas that deliver a truly one-of-a-kind result. Here are some aspects to consider as you start planning:

  • Reassigning function based on lifestyle: One popular trend in custom constructions and renovations is to repurpose infrequently used rooms into more functional and useful spaces. For example,
  • If your open-concept Californian kitchen serves as the catch-all, do-all area of your home, do you really need a formal dining room?
  • If you spend most weekends in the family room, and do not entertain a lot, what else could you do with your formal living room?

An experienced home renovation contractor or new home builder can help you reassign existing rooms or newly built spaces with solutions that optimize your square footage and make more efficient use of your budget.

  • Reconfigure your layout: Every homeowner will agree that the layout is one of the most important aspects of a home. From the size and location of the rooms and furniture, to the kind of movement they demand, the layout can truly elevate or diminish your living experience. Custom layouts will help you achieve smooth flow and movement, without impacting the appeal or functionality of your home. For example, it may be tough to install a huge island in a compact kitchen. However, an on-wheels solution with built-in storage could help you achieve the same functionality, despite the lack of space. Choosing an experienced contractor who has fresh ideas and clever solutions will go a long way in optimizing your budget and ensuring a successful custom new build or remodeling project. 
  • Rethink ‘custom’: Big-box solutions may seem to be the cheaper, easier alternative to furnish your home. However, they usually offer a ripped-from-the-catalogue aesthetic that eventually starts to look similar to several other homes. Custom furniture or furnishings do not have to be expensive. For example, why throw away mismatched furniture that you passionately collected from vintage stores, or inherited over the years? Unify all your treasured pieces with the right selection of paint, stain, or patterns. Properly upcycled furniture will add a ‘custom’ or ‘exclusive’ touch to your home. For innovative, budget-friendly customizations, hire a capable contractor, who can think outside the box, and deliver solutions that are unique to your home and lifestyle.

Hire a Trusted Contractor for Attractive New Homes and Renovations

At Flegel’s Construction Co., we have decades of experience in constructing as well as remodeling homes to your exact specifications. Our talented architects offer clever design solutions, including space-saving and energy-efficient options for new builds and renovations. Our team of skilled craftsmen execute these designs to perfection. We aim to combine conveniences and luxuries that match your needs and preferences, delivering each project on time, and on budget.

Check out some of the custom homes that we have constructed in and around the Bay Area.

Looking for an experienced contractor who can deliver innovative customizations for new homes or renovations? Call 408-269-1101 to schedule a consultation or contact us online.

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