Kitchen or Bath Renovation? Know Your Grout Color!

Kitchen or Bath Renovation? Know Your Grout Color!

 

hexigon tiles and dark grout

A feature that many homeowners do not consider when redesigning a space is the grout color. In the home renovation world, grout color alters the finished look of the tiles by contrasting tile and grout to create interesting patterns and color palettes. It can be the difference between a tile standing out or blending into the background.  Do-It-Yourself homeowners often overlook the grout color whereas professional designers utilize color to their benefit. 

You can avoid mistakes and help your project stand out from others by learning a few things about grout. Let’s start by examining the three types of grout. 

Three Types of Grout

Epoxy Grout

The most durable and stain-resistant type of grout is epoxy grout. It consists of a combination of epoxy resin and hardener. Great for countertops with kitchen tiles where stains are more frequent. 

Sanded Grout 

Sanded grout combines finely graded silica sand and cement for an incredible range of colors and reduced shrinkage. This type of grout is the best product for flooring as it can fill larger joints and form a sturdy joint that can withstand most home use. 

Unsanded Grout

Excellent product for use in any joints less than ⅛”-wide, unsanded grout is made with a mixture of cement, powdered pigments, and water. This grout is exceptionally sticky and perfect for working on vertical surfaces. Surfaces that scratch easily such as glass are ideal projects for unsanded grout as it will not scratch. 

Grout Color Options-

Now that you know a little about the different types of grout let’s discuss color options. Grout comes in an array of colors, everything from ice white to black onyx. Depending on what you are doing, the color will help the tiles blend in or stand out. Home designers often use coloring in the grout to make a statement.  

Contractors create interesting, fun effects by using smaller tiles like hexagons subway tiles paired with a fun grout color. Notice in the pictures below. One style has tiles where the grout is colored dark, making the tiles stand out into a statement piece, whereas the other photo shows the tiles blending in with white tiles and white grout. 

 

light tile with dark colored grout

             light tile with dark-colored grout

 

white tiles with white grout

                white tiles with white grout

 

There are many options to choose from when choosing the grout you want for your project. Here are a few final tips to remember when meeting with your designer: 

  1.  White grout with white tile results in a uniform aesthetic that is thoroughly blended. The lines will virtually disappear when you look at them. This option appears very modern; however, it will take some upkeep and care due to staining issues. 
  2.  Light tiles and dark grout are perfect if you want the tile to stand out. This contrast allows for the shape and design of the tile to pop. 
  3.  Dark tile and light grout, this combination focuses on the tile making it stand out. 
  4.  Dark tile and dark grout will give you a softer effect. The harshness of the tile, when blended with the darker grout, pulls away from the shapes of the tile.  

Grout Size

Finally, we arrive at grout sizing. When designing your renovation, you want to determine whether you want thin grout lines, thicker grout lines, or something in the middle. Factors that help determine the size of the grout lines are function, type of tile, and the final aesthetic goal. Your High Quality Contracting, Inc. design specialist can help you determine the width that will work best for your space. 

If you are interested in looking at some excellent tile products, we welcome you to contact us today for a free home estimate. Products and styles often change. Meeting with one of our professionals will assure you get the newest options. 

 

Warm & Welcoming Colors: How to choose the right paint for your project.

Warm & Welcoming Colors: How to choose the right paint for your project.

paint colors Whether you are accenting it, covering an entire wall, or just adding that splash of color, choosing the right paint for your room is paramount in achieving the overall results you want. So when it comes to advising High Quality Contracting, Inc. remodeling clients on which paint to choose, we always follow these guidelines.

1) Be mindful of the purpose of the room.

Each room has a different meaning for its existence. For example, a bedroom is for resting, a kitchen for eating, a home office is for working. You want the colors and products you choose to reflect that room’s purpose. In rooms such as a bath or an addition that is a greenhouse, those rooms may retain more moisture than others, so a homeowner will want to choose a paint that is mold resistant. Whereas in a bedroom, this is not necessary but perhaps easily washable wall paint is. When looking at colors, a calming color for a bedroom is logical, but in a home office, getting too comfortable may lead to some pretty unproductive days.

2) Consider the furniture when choosing your color pallets.

Designers often recommend focusing your color scheme on a piece of furniture or a painting that you like. They further suggest taking photos or, even better, part of the object with you to the paint store. You can’t take a whole sofa, but you can take a pillow! When at the paint store, choose three colors that go well with your object. You will now have a wide range of hues from those three colors to choose your wall color. For example, you decide that blue, green, and off-white go with your sofa pillow, so now you get to choose between all of the different shades of those colors to find what fits your needs best.

3) Create visual effects with the paint finish.

Professional painters and home designers will confirm that the finish of paint plays a vital role in the outcome of the room. There are several types of finishes, including flat, semi-gloss, high-gloss, and satin. Each creates a different feel and has another purpose. The rule of thumb used to be to use a flat or satin on the walls and semi-gloss and gloss paints for the accents. However, today’s designers are using finishes to create visual effects using lighting in a room. For instance, if you paint the walls with flat paint and use semi-gloss on the ceiling, it creates a contrast in the light, making the ceilings appear higher.

4) The psychology of color is a fantastic thing.

Web developers, artists, and designers use it to create the feelings generated by the colors. For instance, focus on the color blue. There are so many different hues of blue and varients that have varying effects on people. Sky blue and pale blue colors welcome a calming feeling, while a bright blue stimulates the mind. According to VeryWellMind.com  colors can ignite a range of emotions and feelings such as Red, Orange, and Yellow are attention-grabbing and suitable for use in a homework room or study area. In contrast, pale blues, greens, and neutrals work well for calming the mind in a bedroom.

When choosing your color pallets for your home remodeling project, always seek the help of experts and take your time to select the color that fits your needs.

 

 

 

5 Common Mistakes When Renovating Your Bathroom

5 Common Mistakes When Renovating Your Bathroom

Luxurious marble bathroom with window

Renovating your bathroom into the perfect space requires more thought than many people think. Planning, and finding the ideal products are just part of what makes a bathroom renovation successful. Here are the top mistakes people make when renovating their bathroom and what we do to avoid them.  

Not Enough Storage

Often homeowners do not use all of the space that they have a bathroom and lose out on opportunities for storage. When designing the bathroom space with the contractor, be sure that every area available is used for something. Sometimes a contractor can open up a wall or build in a shelving unit or closet.

Fixtures and Materials that Date

Following a trend can be dangerous because trends come and go. The average life span of a remodeling trend is two years. Stay away from crazy patterns such as pink tiles, chocolate sanitary ware, and crazy border tiles. Stick with classic and clean lines, colors, and fixtures. Elegant bathrooms have a broad appeal that lasts for years to come.  

Poor Lighting & Power Sources

Lighting is an item that many homeowners ignore, yet, can make a massive difference in value and profitability. When remodeling your bath, check to make sure you have enough GFCI outlets for things like hairdryers, shavers, and curling irons. Next, review your lighting options. Would special, heated lighting make your bath experience more pleasant? Are there options to dim lights or brighten them? Are the lighting fixtures up to date with the latest technology making your life easier? Now is the time to visit these options. Even the addition of a single outlet can make a big difference in the bathroom.  

Poor Ventilation

Proper ventilation is essential when remodeling a bathroom. It can reduce moisture and mold issues, reduce the growth of harmful bacteria, and make the area more comfortable. Showering, flushing the toilet and washing your hands’ increases moisture to the air. High humidity in a bathroom can cause mold and mildew issues as well as grow harmful bacteria such as staphylococcus and streptococcus. Ways you can improve the ventilation in your bathroom are by adding a window or a new, more powerful fan system.  

Cutting Costs on Waterproofing

Although some projects are simple enough for the average DIY person, who is looking to save money, cutting corners and costs on waterproofing is a bad idea. In the long run, when your quick fix fails, you will be looking at costly repairs and a possible hazmat situation if black mold grows where the waterproofing failed. To ensure you do not have future issues in the bathroom, hire a professional to waterproof the area.

Remodel Your Home in Time for the Holidays

Remodel Your Home in Time for the Holidays

The holiday season is fast approaching. Halloween is right around the corner and then boom– Time to Celebrate! Family, friends, and festive meals are everywhere. Is your home ready?

Before you string up the lights and start baking that cranberry orange bread, maybe it is time to remodel. This seasons remodeling can take your home to new levels in entertainment, functionality, and peace of mind.

Consider our holiday remodeling tips to prepare your home for the busy season ahead!

Home Renovations to Consider

Before inviting everyone over for the holidays, you first need to decide where to start with your remodeling. We have put together the key areas of every home.

The Kitchen

The center of every holiday is food, and so we begin with kitchen remodeling. There are areas that you should consider when remodeling your kitchen, such as:

  • Flooring -For effortless cleanup and durability consider hardwood flooring or tiles.
  • Install new counters – Granite, tile, quartz, and butcher block countertops update the focal point in your kitchen.
  • Upgrade appliances- New Smart Appliances can help assist you in your holiday meal planning.
  • Install new cabinets- Replace cabinets with organizational cabinets that allow for a space for everything.
  • Install new lighting- Nothing worse than working in a dimly lit kitchen. Adding new upgraded energy-efficient lighting can help.

Bathroom Remodels

The next space that is often used is the bathroom. Impress your guests with an updated area.

  • Update old sinks and tubs
  • Consider a stand-in shower with high-quality tiles.
  • Replace outdated flooring and add new tile flooring.
  • Install new cabinets or more cabinets if you do not have enough storage space.

Entertainment Upgrades

After a good meal, the guests can enjoy the quality time together in a great new entertainment area.

  • Add a built-in movie theater room.
  • Create a gaming room with a billiards table.
  • Build in a custom bar with seating for everyone.
  • Install surround sound for music and sporting events like Thanksgiving football.
  • Perhaps if you have a hunting sportsman in the family, a trophy room would be nice.
  • Don’t forget a play area for the kids. Include a gaming system, surround sound, and comfortable seating.

Entryway Upgrades

When guests first enter your home, the first thing they see is the entryway. Make that space, both useful and welcoming with some of these great ideas:

  • Add a mudroom with space for coats, umbrellas, hats, and boots.
  • Upgrade your front door to a stylish energy-efficient door.
  • Upgrade entry windows with energy-efficient windows.
  • Add new floorings such as tile or hardwood.
  • Create built-in shelving or custom closet space
  • Decorate with holiday decor.

The holidays do not have to be hectic. With a few great remodeling projects, your home can be both inviting and functional. For your holiday updates, contact High Quality Contracting today at 414-405-7542.

6 Home Renovations with High ROI

6 Home Renovations with High ROI

We all want home renovations with high ROI. If you are trying to decide which home projects you should do first, or if you are considering listing your home soon, you may be interested to know which home renovations give you the best bang for your buck. You may be considering updating appliances, carpeting, and paint to be the place to spend the money, but, don’t be so quick. According to a recent article in US News and annual reports in Remodeling Magazine, you may be better off spending your money in other areas instead.

Here are six great projects to consider that offer the best return on your investment.

Kitchen Remodel

It is true that the hub of any home is the kitchen. A kitchen remodel can recoup anywhere from 65- 80% and add value to your home quickly. It is a crucial selling point for most buyers as well. When remodeling your kitchen, consider upgraded modern countertops, cabinets, flooring, and lighting. You do not necessarily need to make a complete overhaul of the kitchen, however, consider at least a few of these options to get that updated look. If the kitchen is closed off from the rest of the house, look at opening up a wall to allow for an open concept. This may mean the difference between a quick sale or one that sits on the market for months.

Bathroom Remodel

Another prime area for investment is the bathroom. Remodeling a current bathroom will recoup a higher return than adding a bathroom. However, according to Remodeling Magazine and the National Association of Realtors, if you only have one bathroom and multiple people are sharing it, an additional bathroom may mean the difference between a sale or not.
When considering upgrading your current bathroom, updated tiles, tubs, sinks and cabinetry is vital. Increase lighting and space where possible. If adding a bathroom, the placement of where this bathroom is can be significant. Many people enjoy having an en-suite to the master bedroom. Your High Quality Contracting, Inc. remodeling expert can help design the perfect bathroom for you.

More Square Footage

According to the National Association of Realtors,  a home renovations with high ROI include increasing your square footage. A homeowner can expect to recoup upwards of 69% for refinishing a basement, attic, or other space in a home. By increasing the livable space in a home, you can assure that you will dramatically improve your home’s value.

Research the going rate per square foot for living space in your area to get an estimate for the value of the increase.

New Windows

Remodeling Magazine states that you should not invest in the top of the line for a window upgrade if you are planning to sell. Instead, invest in a midgrade product that is energy efficient. It increases the possibility for a faster sale, as well as brightens the room. You can expect to recoup upwards of 74% on vinyl replacement windows.

Added Insulation

2017 Cost Vs. Value Report in Remodeling Magazine reports that the number one ROI investment into your home was professionally installed attic insulation. Because of the substantial improvements in insulation products becoming more energy efficient and lasting longer, this upgrade makes sense if you are planning to stay or leave. Not only do you lower heating and cooling costs, but, you ROI is roughly around 108%.

Updated Home Siding

This one is just common sense, one home renovations with high ROI is home siding.  Updating your home siding can improve many aspects of your home as well as enhance the chances of a sale. Realtors insist on creating curb appeal when selling your home, first impressions count. So what is the ROI for the siding change? That depends on the product you choose as well as making sure it is professionally installed. The foam-back provides at least three times the R-Value as the hollow-backed siding. This reduces the overall heating and cooling budget for the home. The price is higher than the hollow-backed siding, but, it pays off in resale value and energy costs. Choose from a wide array of colors and textures to meet the structure of your home. If you are a little unsure as to what products would best fit your home and budget, one of our siding experts can help you decide by explaining the options.

There are many other projects that you can do around your home that have a good ROI; however, these are our top 6 for this year. If you are considering selling your property, give us a call and set up a free consultation. High Quality Contracting Inc. can assist you in deciding which projects might best help you increase your resale value.

 

2018 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

2018 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

 

Welcome to the latest and greatest bathroom remodeling trends for 2018 with a home bathroom remodel. Bathroom remodels historically are an excellent home investment with a high ROI. HGTV boasts in a 2017 article that the ROI on a bathroom can bring as much as 100% at resale. So, what do you have to lose?

Enjoy the great comforts of a beautiful and functional bathroom with some of the hottest bathroom trends for 2018!

Spa Showers-

Let it rain! Hand showers, body sprayers, and rain showerheads bring the latest in shower fixtures to your home. In an overall bathroom floor plan, increasing the square footage and adding a tiled shower which features a bench and nooks for comfort. The raining showerhead and other spa features can make each morning a bathroom dream to start your day off on the right foot. Image the elegance and simplicity of the space with the function of the rainforest. Now that’s living!

Individual Vanities-

Sharing is caring, except when it comes to bathroom space. Then it is each man/woman on their own. We all want our private areas to get ready, and individual vanities with sinks are the perfect way to share a master bath yet still keep your personal space. Avoid cluttering the countertops with plenty of storage for both of you. Outlets can be installed inside of drawers to keep the top clean and bright as well. There is a wide range of excellent vanities available that allow for individualized spaces.

heated flooringHeated Flooring-

Bare feet on a cold bathroom floor is never fun, so why not heat things up with heated flooring. There are a variety of products out now that range in price and features including anti-fungal properties. Electric in-floor heating mats installed under the tile are relatively inexpensive to run compared to forced air over the long run. There are two types of radiant floor heating systems including hydronic systems and electric radiant floors. Both work well under most conditions.

Tucked-Away Toilets-

Hot in 2018 is the tucked-away toilet. This is mainly placing the toilet behind a fogged glass, decorative screen, or half wall to allow for extra privacy. You do not need a lot of room to make your commode more private as even the smallest space can provide the required room. Also, do not worry that this will make your room seem claustrophobic as there are ways to create the feel without significant barriers.

Furniture Looking Cabinets-

Basic cabinetry has taken a new twist with pieces that contain sculpted legs, paneling and other unique features that create a furniture look rather than the traditional bathroom vanity. These pieces come in a variety of styles from very sophisticated to match an elegant theme to cute country themes.

Subtle Colors-

Invoke a feel of relaxation with neutral colors this season. Gone are the days of glaring or dark colors. Subtle colors do not mean boring by any means. Creating a fresh feel with tile arrangements, recycled glass, or metallic mosaics to spice it up.

vessel sinkVessel Sinks-

Vessel sinks are made from an array of materials such as glass, marble, tile and cast iron. They also are styled in a variety of shapes such as round, leaf, square, and more. The collection seems endless making the space a focal point of the room. Vessel sinks work exceptionally well with furniture looking cabinetry.

 

To get an estimate on your bathroom project for 2018, contact us here.