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The right insulation values for your home remodel project.

Insulation is one of the most important efficient values in your home.  Make sure you are using the proper insulation when remodeling your home especially in your ceiling.  It keeps the heat in your home during the winter and the cool air from your expensive air conditioner during the summer.  Call Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc. for more information.  760 668-3991.

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Your home may not have enough insulation, even when you follow your building jurisdiction’s requirements for insulation. Attics, more than any other area of the home, usually lack the right amount of insulation. The best way to insulate a home is during construction, but you can retrofit a home with the right amount of insulation with some work. The U.S. Department of Energy divided the country into eight climate zones to identify insulation requirements for the best energy efficiency by zone.

Where to Insulate

To make the best use of your home’s heating and cooling system, insulate your home from the roof to the building’s foundation. Add loose fill insulation to your attic or foil-faced batt insulation to your cathedral ceiling. Include insulation in the outer walls of the home. For added energy control and sound-deadening factors, though it’s not required, insulate interior walls, as well. Insulate under floors and inside the interior of your foundation. If your house is built upon a concrete slab, during construction ask the contractor to add a vapor barrier before pouring the concrete.

Climate Zones

The U.S. Department of Energy lists recommended minimum building insulation levels for each climate zone to promote energy-efficient homes. California, for example has five zones: zones 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. New York includes zones 4, 5 and 6, and Kansas includes zones 4 and 5. Your climate zone indicates the recommended insulation levels for attics, walls, floors, basements and crawl spaces.

Minimum Requirements

R-values identify insulation levels. The insulation’s ability to resist heat flow determines its R-value. The greater the number, the greater the resistance to heat movement and the better insulating factors it has. Zone 1, for example, should have attic insulation of R30 to R49; zones 2 and 3, R30 to R60; zone 4, R-38 to R-60; and zones 5 through 8 need R49 to R60. By adding attic insulation to an older home, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Expert Advice

While federal and, in some cases, state, guidelines for insulation levels are merely recommendations, the local building code is the true authority over insulation requirements. New homes and remodels must meet the minimum local standards, but often it’s advisable to exceed mandated insulation levels. In addition to the local building authority, local builders trained in energy efficiency, as well as home energy auditors and building science experts, are good sources for advice on upgrading insulation levels or planning complete thermal envelope systems. Keep in mind that insulation is only one of many elements contributing to home energy performance. An experienced home energy expert can assess your entire home (or home plan) and recommend options for meeting your goals within your budget.

Considerations

When you insulate your home, verify that you have purchased the right-sized insulation for the cavity it goes into. For example, R-19 fiberglass blanket insulation cannot be put into two-by-four stud walls. R-19 insulation is sized for at least two-by-six stud walls or greater. When you compress fiberglass insulation to make it fit, the compression removes the insulating factors. The air trapped between the woven glass fibers gives fiberglass insulation its ability to insulate, not the fiberglass itself.

Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

Contemporary Meets Rustic in Southern California

This creates a great look for a small kitchen.  White cabinets with wood  and brick finishes.  If you need an updated look call Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc. for more information.  760 668 3991

New cabinetry and finishes bring this kitchen up-to-date, but vintage elements give it a hint of the past

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The brick-like tile, vintage light fixtures and reclaimed wood in this kitchen may imply an earlier era, but the clean cabinetry and modern fixtures point to its more recent design. The owners, newlyweds in Southern California, wanted a kitchen that would replace the outdated old space without looking blatantly brand new. After reworking the layout and closing up unnecessary doors, designer Lisa Gutow expertly blended both contemporary and rustic elements to create a warm, welcoming and eclectic kitchen.

Kitchen at a Glance

Who lives here: A newly married couple
Location: San Clemente, California
Size: 130 square feet
eclectic kitchen by lisa gutow design

The white planked cabinetry gives the kitchen a low-key feel that’s in line with its coastal location. Gutow installed a reclaimed rough-sawn wood beam above the hood as a rustic accent.

The kitchen’s size and layout didn’t allow for as much storage as the couple would’ve liked, so Gutow put glass shelves in front of one window to maximize space and still allow for natural light. Since the small window just has a view of a guesthouse next door, the client prioritized storage over the view.

Hardware: Restoration Hardware; range: Electrolux with concealed hood

eclectic kitchen by lisa gutow design

The rustic brick-style backsplash is actually made of cement field tile. Gutow and the clients chose the tile with brick in mind, so it would look like this kitchen has always been here. “We wanted it to look like the drywall had been chiseled away and brick was found,” says Gutow.

Hand-painted Italian tile above the stove adds a more modern element and stays in line with the rest of the home’s Mediterranean undertones.

Backsplash tile: Hacienda San Felipe, Ann Sacks; tile above stove: Haveli, Ann Sacks

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The previous kitchen had been neglected for years. Here’s a view of the original space, looking away from the smaller window at the back of the kitchen. The large window above the sink was maintained in the new design.

The kitchen’s outdated cabinetry had entire drawers and cabinets missing. The black and white pattern on the floor had worn through in many spots, so Gutow sanded it down and used Annie Sloan chalk paint to create a low-contrast stripe.

AFTER: Although Gutow kept the original appliance layout to avoid moving gas and plumbing lines, she reworked the traffic patterns.

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When looking into the kitchen, where the small window exists now, there were two additional doors; one led to the courtyard, the other to a laundry room. The empty wall is where the stove sits in the new kitchen. Gutow closed up both doors, created another entrance to the laundry room and turned the courtyard door into a smaller kitchen window. Now foot traffic goes through the living room, rather than the kitchen.
eclectic kitchen by lisa gutow design

AFTER: Replacing the courtyard door with the smaller window on the left created room for cabinets, including the ones below the window and the unit that sits on the counter, holding the coffeemaker and microwave.

The playful blue pendants add some necessary color; the client found these vintage pieces on her own, and Gutow had them rewired for the kitchen. The butcher block is another antique piece the client found. The extra surface area near the refrigerator is the perfect place for putting together a cheese plate or an appetizer before taking it into the adjacent dining room.

We commonly work with out of state clients, and take pride in the fact that while our clients are abroad they can feel confident that their project is on schedule and within budget.

Peak Construction & Design, Inc. is a green construction company owned and operated by Chris & Theresa Nelson of  California. Chris himself acts as both project manager and personally supervises the project and quality of work thus saving the client money without any undue overhead.

Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

 

Modern Entertainment Center in your remodel project

Are you ready for a different look in an entertainment center?  Create shelves, drawers, doors a  TV or even a fireplace in your new entertainment center.  Call Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc. for more information.  760 668 3991.

Information provided by:  http://www.houzz.com/modern-entertainment-center

 

Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

Wood Patio Covers in Palm Desert CA helps keep the heat out of your home.

  • Do you need a patio cover attached to your home.  This helps keep the heat out of your home in the summer.  Build a gazebo for an outdoor living space include a fireplace for those cold desert nights.

Call Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc. for more information on creating an outdoor patio cover for your home. (760) 668-3991.

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We commonly work with out of state clients, and take pride in the fact that while our clients are abroad they can feel confident that their project is on schedule and within budget.

Peak Construction & Design, Inc. is a green construction company owned and operated by Chris & Theresa Nelson of  California. Chris himself acts as both project manager and personally supervises the project and quality of work thus saving the client money without any undue overhead.

Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

Ikea Kitchen Designs

Below please find some Ikea kitchen designs from the Ikea catalog 2012.  I just finished a white modern kitchen in Palm Springs, CA.  The cabinet installations went smoothly and turned out beautiful.  Ikea cabinets are affordable.  Call me today for more information on purchasing Ikea cabinets and installations.

Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc. (760) 668-3991.

Pictures provided by: http://freshome.com/2011/08/04/best-ikea-kitchen-designs-for-2012/

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Not too long ago, we posted a preview of the 2012 IKEA Catalog. Now it’s time for the real thing. For today we gathered up a few lovely kitchen ideas that we believe will give you a clue regarding the trends for next year. The IKEA style can be noticed all through these photos. Small spaces were the main target of the giant furniture manufacturer. You will notice ingenious storage solutions, modern cabinets, lovely dining tables- all combined in a very appealing manner. “Kitchens are the beating hearts of our homes. Which is why yours should look and work just how you always imagined, from big things like cabinets and appliances to details like drawer organizers and flexible furniture“. The company’s message is accompanied by an online kitchen planner with the help of which users everywhere can turn their visions into reality. You can also browse the IKEA 2012 Catalog online here for more details. Enjoy!

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Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

 

Jeldwen Stackable Sliding Doors

If you are replacing your old sliding doors or removing windows and replacing with sliders you might consider the new Jeldwen stackable doors.  For more information call Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc. 760 668 3991.  The desert is cooling down and this is a perfect time to start leaving the doors open.

 

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Smooth Stucco Finishes on your exterior renovations

Modern is in, getting the actual modern look use a smooth stucco finish.  These pictures below give you an idea of smooth modern finishes.  Call Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc. for more information.  (760) 668-3991

 

Information provided by:  http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1618910/list/Stucco-Smooths-Modern-Home-Exteriors

 

Stucco Smooths Modern Home Exteriors

Put your home exterior on an even keel with this versatile, sculptural material that comes in a range of modern hues

The Museum of Modern Art’s 1932 exhibition “The International Style: Architecture Since 1922,” curated by Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson, set aside social ideals and promoted modern architecture as a style. Now-familiar elements like horizontal ribbon windows, flat roofs and planar, unadorned walls prevailed in the primarily European examples collected for the exhibition and companion book.

Planar walls were often accomplished with a bit deception: Walls of brick or some other material were often whitewashed or covered with stucco and painted white. This gave the buildings the appearance of machinelike precision, but they were closer to traditional methods of production than the industrial, assembly-line products (cars, ships) that many of the architects appreciated and emulated.

Architects have many more materials at their disposal today to achieve the clean lines of modern architecture, but stucco still finds a place, especially in climates conducive to it, such as California or the desert Southwest. Yet the homogeneity of last century’s International style is eschewed in favor of modern forms balanced with vernacular considerations, such as climate, views and color. Stucco is often also used alongside other materials on the exterior surface.

modern landscape by Kanner Architects - CLOSED

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First, a house that follows the International style. This one-story residence in Malibu, California, by Kanner Architects is almost exclusively covered in stucco painted white. An entrance canopy juts into the right side of the photo, but the sun otherwise hits the exterior walls directly to illuminate a series of exterior spaces. Further, the wood window frames in a trim-free opening stand out in the white composition.
modern entry by HMH Architecture + Interiors

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This house in Colorado uses stucco for most of the exterior walls, as well as a solid wall that defines the front of the property. But note the stone wall that bisects the house; this wall continues inside to become an “art wall.” It takes on further significance by being of a different material and color than the white stucco walls.
contemporary exterior by TRG Architects

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A similar sort of idea can be found in this award-winning, ecofriendly house: Two stucco volumes are separated by a space that is further contrasted from the former by a wood cladding. The same wood is apparent in the distance on both sides of the stucco.
modern exterior by Feldman Architecture, Inc.

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Given that stucco is basically plaster for exterior uses, it is therefore the perfect canvas for color. White may be common, based on historical precedents in modern architecture, but houses that respond to local concerns — especially climate and the effects of the sun — may benefit from some sort of color. This house in San Francisco has gray walls with variation that exhibits the way the plasterer troweled the surface.
modern exterior by Architects Magnus

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Here is another house where the variation on the surface gives the design a certain character. It seems to work well with wood, a material that his its own natural variations.
modern exterior by Griffin Enright Architects

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The dark gray of this stucco exterior creates an imposing presence on the street.
modern exterior by Nick Mehl Architecture

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Depending on a number of variables — climate, back-up construction, form — stucco can be applied without control joints. This house is covered in various materials, including Ipe wood (bottom left) and HardiePanel siding (center), but note how the stucco at the top left and at the right uses vertical and horizontal control joints to break up the expansive walls, bringing the scale closer to the other surfaces. The lines relate to the windows, a way of anchoring them to the stucco, rather than having them appear to float.
contemporary exterior by David Neiman Architects

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More control joints can be found in this Pacific Northwest house. Even though each opening is unique, the horizontal and vertical lines reveal that an underlying grid is at work.
modern exterior by Janof Architecture

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The control joints on the front elevation of this house reinforce the difference between the small windows and the larger ones to the right. The joints create a sort of abstract composition on the wall.
modern exterior by West Architecture Studio

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Look closely at the stucco expanse to the left of the bluestone box: Vertical and horizontal control joints are centered on the square window, a different tactic than the previous examples.
transitional exterior by Arcanum Architecture

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This traditionally styled single-family residence near San Francisco uses stucco to provide clean lines and surfaces, instilling some modernism into the traditional form.
modern  by Randall Mars Architects

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This huge residence overlooking the Potomac River is articulated in five interlocking pavilions. Stucco is a means to tame the composition, which could be unwieldy with the various roofs, chimneys and openings.
modern exterior by Randall Mars Architects

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Up close it’s apparent that the stucco walls are not alone; poured-in-place concrete walls are interspersed among the pavilions.
midcentury patio by Ehrlich Architects

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This last example shows the potential of color, harking back to Mexican architect Luis Barragån, rather than the European architects that Hitchcock and Johnson promoted. A stucco wall defines a boundary of this property, also acting as a backdrop for some sculptures. It is carefully composed to be viewed from this terrace.
modern landscape by Ehrlich Architects

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Up close, it’s clear how well the earthy orange-brown wall works in it context. It hovers between blues and greens: between the green grass and blue sky, and alternatively the leaves above and reflecting pool below.

We commonly work with out of state clients, and take pride in the fact that while our clients are abroad they can feel confident that their project is on schedule and within budget.

Peak Construction & Design, Inc. is a green construction company owned and operated by Chris & Theresa Nelson of  California. Chris himself acts as both project manager and personally supervises the project and quality of work thus saving the client money without any undue overhead.

Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

Installing a Double Fireplace in your remodel

Are you ready to install a gas fireplace in your home?  Could you install a double fireplace so that you can enjoy the atmosphere of a fireplace in two rooms?  Well consider installing a double sided fireplace.  Call Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design for more information (760) 668-3991.

 

Information provided by:  http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/5619495/list/Double–and-Triple-Sided-Fireplaces-Offer-Countless-Benefits

 

Double- and Triple-Sided Fireplaces Offer Countless Benefits

They can divide an open layout, blur indoor-outdoor boundaries, warm a modern look or just your toes. Is a mutisided fireplace for you?

Double- and triple-sided fireplaces have really got it going on. First, they bring glow and warmth to more than one room at a time. Second, they serve as cozy dividers in large, open spaces. And third, well, you can see through them. How cool is that?

They can be used in interior or exterior spaces, and in every room in the house. They can be wall size or pint size, depending on the space. Modern or traditional. I think you get the point. I am a big fan.

Here are 12 examples of the loveliness that is the fireplace with double (and triple) sides.

contemporary dining room by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

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Like most double fireplaces, this traditional brick fireplace divides an open living room and dining room, adding coziness to both spaces. The shelf for stacked wood above the firebox adds more earthy warmth to this modern room.
traditional living room by Beaugureau Studios

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In smaller spaces a much smaller divider will do. This fireplace is open on three sides, allowing for more light and space between the rooms.
modern living room by Globus Builder

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Another triple-sided fireplace in a built-in dividing wall. This one adds intimacy and coziness; it also ties the three separate spaces together.
midcentury living room by Jeff Chmielewski

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A very large firebox functions almost like a window.
transitional dining room by John Lum Architecture, Inc. AIA

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Another dose of cozy in a big, modern space.
modern dining room by Camber Construction

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This is the shape and size of a standard fireplace, without the wall around it. It works here to allow light from the large windows to illuminate the entire space.
modern living room by Globus Builder

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A double dose of double-sided fireplaces.
contemporary dining room by D&D Interiors / Mikhail Dantes

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Fully enclosed but still open on three sides.
contemporary bathroom by Megan Buchanan

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A small built-in in the master suite warms the bathroom and the bedroom.
modern bedroom by COASTROAD Hearth & Patio

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Another double-duty fireplace in a master suite. This is so cozy and doesn’t demand any special architecture.
contemporary patio by Bernard Andre Photography

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An outdoor two-sided fireplace serves as a window with a view and as the toasty center of the outdoor living room.
An outdoor-indoor double fireplace in a house that is obviously concerned with blurring the line between the two.
Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

11 Things to Expect with Your Remodel

Great article on what to expect when remodeling.  All these things could happen during your remodel however if you have a good contractor all these things can be worked out and your end result with be a beautiful home.

Call Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc.  760 668 3991.

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11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel

Prepare yourself. Knowing what lies ahead during renovations can save your nerves and smooth the process

If you’ve never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous.How much will it cost? How long will it take? Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel, it’s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Knowing what to expect can help allay your fears and make you better prepared for what’s to come.
by Ventana Construction LLC

1. Dust. Even with elaborate ZipWalls, a fine layer of dust can gather in parts of your home far from construction. There are a few ways to control it. If you can, close off the construction area from the rest of your house with a compression-fit temporary wall. Running air filtering systems called air handlers can also pull the dust from the air on the nonconstruction side of the house. Heat the house without your furnace if possible, or completely block the warm-air and cold-air returns in the construction area. If you don’t, you’ll just be pulling dust from that section of the house into the part where you’re living. Consult an HVAC company before blocking ducts to make sure your furnace will still work effectively.

2. Noise. It will be incessant. Whining saws, scratching Sheetrock sanders and thumping nail guns followed by bellowing compressors: in short, little peace or quiet. Find another place to nap and don’t count on working from home unless your home office is far away from the construction zone. If you’re sure it couldn’t possibly be that bad, visit someone else’s home under construction and you’ll see.

traditional kitchen by Mueller Nicholls Cabinets and Construction

3. Triumphant highs. For you it may be the demolition of the ugly vinyl floors in your kitchen. For others it may be the installation of the carefully selected backsplash tile. Others still may feel elated only when they see Sheetrock go in or get to relax when their project is completely done.

4. Multiple sighs. It may be that you just want to be done, or that you’re tired of answering so many questions and writing so many checks. Or you may just be tired of having so many people in your house. Hang in there — remodeling fatigue will be short lived when you get to move back into your newly remodeled space.

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5. The unexpected. If you expect anything, expect this. Asbestos, irregular framing, jerry-rigged wiring, funny plumbing and more unexpected surprises are bound to arise. No, you won’t be laughing, and neither will your contractor. Count on finding something no one could have anticipated in your budget and your time frame, and you will be well prepared when it happens.
contemporary bathroom by John K. Anderson Design

6. Change orders. The unexpected’s cousin is the change order, by which any new and changed work is documented, along with added or reduced cost. Change orders can also be used to resolve allowances, which are placeholders in the budget for particular items. But most often change orders occur because of things that clients decide to add or change. When you absolutely positively have to have that Italian tile, you can bet a change order is on the way.

7. Cash concerns. Even if your project is right on budget, the sheer amount of money you are spending may cause a bit of a freakout. If you’re used to writing four-digit checks, you can easily be writing checks with one or two more zeros during a large remodel. If costs are increasing, along with change orders, it could increase your anxiety. Having cash on hand that’s a bare minimum of 10 percent above contract for contingencies will help alleviate that stress. Have 20 percent if you want to worry less.

traditional exterior by Kelly & Stone Architects

8. Delays. Snow falls, people get sick, cars break down and sometimes faucets ordered from the factory take 10 weeks instead of six. You and your contractor will likely be working from a schedule that assumes the world is a perfect place. It’s not, and knowing that will allow you to be resilient when your schedule shifts a bit.

9. Decisions. Where should that outlet be? How high do you want the showerhead? Where do you want the cabinet hardware mounted? Oil-rubbed bronze or chrome or brushed nickel or satin nickel? Is your head spinning yet? Count on hundreds of questions that you’ll need to answer as your project proceeds, or select your architect as your proxy. Just know that your selection of a contractor is the first of many you will make.

modern hall by JR McDowell Homes

10. Outliers. At the end of your project, expect one or two punch-list items that will take longer to resolve than anything else. It may be a light fixture that arrives broken or the very last two pieces of tile. The important thing is to get the final details right, even if they take a little longer.

11. A party! Expect that you will want to show off your newly remodeled kitchen, living room or addition. We have had clients throw parties and invite friends, along with us and our trade partners. It’s gratifying for everyone to see a beautifully finished home filled with people enjoying themselves.

Peak Construction & Design is a residential/light commercial, general building contractor licensed/insured in California. We specialize in remodeling of custom/single family homes, condominiums, light commercial offices, as well askitchen and bathroom remodeling, along with new built homes, barns and out buildings . We also do general home maintenance.  We service Southern California and the communities  including Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Cathedral City, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, La Quinta, CaliforniaPlease call Chris Nelson today at 760.668.3991!

 

Granite Counter Tops for your white or stain kitchen cabinets

Are  you ready to update your kitchen counter tops?  Call Chris Nelson, Peak Construction & Design, Inc. to pricing for your new Granite Kitchen Counter Tops.  760 668 3991

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5 Favorite Granites for Gorgeous Kitchen Countertops

See granite types from white to black in action, and learn which cabinet finishes and fixture materials pair best with each

Selecting a countertop material for your kitchen remodel or new build is a big decision. I often encounter clients with a mental block when it comes to making a decision on the numerous considerations, like color and edge detail. Additionally, once the countertop hurdle is over, then there is cabinet selection.I like granite and use it often for its durability and its earthy colors that add great texture to a kitchen. I have a few favorites that I have worked with over the years. These granite selections get my stamp of approval because of color, movement and their flexibility in complementing different cabinet styles. Take a look at these countertop selections and how they seamlessly blend with either painted or stain-grade cabinets to make winning combinations.

modern kitchen by NVS Remodeling & Design

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1. Bianco RomanoBianco Romano with painted cabinets. I suggest this granite when I have a homeowner who wants that classic white kitchen. This granite works great with pure white, warm white or beige cabinets. Additionally, nickel or oil-rubbed-bronze hardware works great with all the colors of the stone, which include white, cream, gray and a deep bordeaux.

modern kitchen by Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Bianco Romano with stain-grade cabinets. Due to the warm white, beige and gray palette, this granite works equally as well with stain-grade cabinets. I have seen it work beautifully with walnut and medium oak.
traditional kitchen by Solaris Inc.

2. Seafoam GreenSeafoam green with painted cabinets. This granite is just beautiful. The shade of green is earthy, with gray and brown undertones. There are great markings in the stone that look almost geometric to me. This granite works with painted cabinets and satin nickel hardware. I prefer this stone when it is polished.

modern kitchen by Bill Fry Construction - Wm. H. Fry Const. Co.

Seafoam green with stain-grade cabinets. If you are looking for a rustic or earthy feel for your home, this is a great combination. Add oil-rubbed-bronze or copper fixtures for the perfect lodge experience.
traditional kitchen by Charmean Neithart Interiors, LLC.

3. Costa Esmeralda Costa Esmeralda with painted cabinets. I first came across this granite when I had a homeowner ask me to create an ocean palette throughout the house. This granite is between green and blue, and of course will vary from batch to batch. The green-blue of the stone blends perfectly with sandy white cabinets and nickel hardware and fixtures.

traditional kitchen by Camber Construction

Costa Esmeralda with stain-grade cabinets. It’s equally stunning with stain-grade cabinets, for a masculine and warm look. This granite works particularly well in light-filled kitchens; the sunlight highlights the stone’s complex coloring.
traditional kitchen by Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home

4. Absolute Black Absolute Black with painted cabinets. This is my idea of a classic kitchen. I love this traditional look of white cabinets and Absolute Black granite, which looks great polished or honed. Painted cabinets in many colors pair perfectly with this granite, and nickel, chrome or oil-rubbed-bronze fixtures and hardware look terrific.

mediterranean kitchen by DSA Architects

Absolute Black with stain-grade cabinets. Another classic look that can feel rustic or modern. I love Absolute Black with medium oak or walnut. Rift-cut oak also has a great transitional look.
traditional kitchen by Beck/Allen Cabinetry

5. Typhoon Bordeaux Typhoon Bordeaux with painted cabinets. One of my favorite granite selections, Typhoon Bordeaux comes in cream, gray, brown or brick red. It’s a perfect choice for a light kitchen that has red undertones in the flooring. This granite really can vary by batch, from subtle brick-red veining to strong waves of brick red. Try it with beige or cream cabinets for a warm, light-filled kitchen.

traditional kitchen by Granite Connection, LLC

Typhoon Bordeaux with stain-grade cabinets. I’m a sucker for warmth, so this combination really appeals to me. The brick red and browns in this granite pair beautifully with walnut, oak, mahogany and cherry cabinets. It works well in Spanish homes that feature Saltillo floors. The deep red and brown in the granite and the rustic charm of Spanish architecture are a match made in heaven.

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