Posts Tagged ‘Bainbridge Island’

Bathroom Accessories

Thursday, March 14th, 2013

Bathroom’s get old fast, but do they really? Instead of fully remodeling their bathrooms, many Bainbridge Island homeowners are cutting corners (and costs) by replacing accessories such as light fixtures, towels, and towel bars. Adding a splash of paint to the walls with a new, fresh color will make a tremendous difference. Choosing matching towels, shower curtains or a new sliding shower door, a floor rug will further your bathroom makeover. Sometimes you can even purchase the accessories first, and then choose a paint color to match what you purchased. Out of all the self-help remodels out there, a bathroom remodel is the most do able and makes a tremendous impact on the overall look and feel of the home.

Entering Home Entries

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Nothing is more disheartening than a beautiful home with a shabby, worn entry leading up to the front door. Many homeowners are unaware that with only minimal effort, a battered entryway can be transformed into a grand one. If you have a concrete walk or driveway leading to your home, choosing to add a brick border can sometimes be an amazing choice. To accentuate the driveway or walkway, stain or paint your porch a light color and paint your front door the same color as the walk–ask me to send you some pictures of work we’ve done on homes on Bainbridge Island.

right flooring for your room

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

I recently finished up a remodeling project in my own house on Bainbridge Island–a new rec room/home theater complete with a projector and wood stove. The toughest decision we made was regarding the flooring. Ultimately we chose to go with bamboo flooring based on price, suitability and the kind of look we wanted to achieve. Reflecting on this decision, I realize how difficult it is for many to decide because the number of options and the range of choices can truly be overwhelming. My best advice is for you to write down your likes and dislikes about floors you’ve seen. You need to think about things like children and pets and know what can happen when you combine them with the wrong texture of carpet or a wood that’s too soft. Then there is the issue of padding and how that contributes to the overall look and especially the feel of the final outcome. On top of this, the color of the walls and furniture can affect the color of the carpet. Did you know this? I do now. Let me tell you more about it–call or email me and I’ll share what I know.

Furniture Fixes

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Recently I’ve noticed many people have been dissatisfied with their furniture. I find this saddening, as most of the time the furniture isn’t bad, it just needs a little work.

We just repainted the bathroom cabinets for a job in Lynwood Center as well as their dresser. The results were astonishing. The cabinets in the bathroom used to look very plain. It was a basic oak with no character whatsoever. We painted it a rich, dark brown that gave the bathroom a luxurious, as well as newer, look.

The results of the dresser wowed everyone. The original color was a dinged up brown, but we repainted it a color similar to the cabinets, and it gave the room a finished touch. We suggested to the customer that we base the dark color of the cabinets on the cheery yellow the bedroom was to be painted.

If you are displeased with your furniture, don’t waste money on replacing it. Simply give us a call, and we’ll see what can be done.

Functional Trellises

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Although it may not seem like it, spring is right around the corner. Flowers will soon be in bloom, so if you want your garden to be at its full potential, you are going to need a functional way to organize your garden. So why not have functional AND beautiful? This is easier than it sounds if you build or buy a trellis.

Not only can twisty vines damage your home’s siding, they make the garden look unkempt when growing up the side of your house. A trellis is an easy fix. It gives your yard an enchanted charm as well as functionality.

Now that you’ve discovered you have a serious need for a trellis, you are going to have to put some serious consideration into what color it should be. Gardens on Bainbridge Island can look very bleak due to the constant rain. Don’t be discouraged by the climate if you want to choose a color that could potentially look depressing. If your garden is lively and full of vibrant color on its own, a darker colored trellis, such as gray, won’t detract from it in the slightest. However, if your yard isn’t quite fit for Better Homes and Gardens, you might want to opt for a beige, cream, or white.

Bainbridge Island Kitchens

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

Want to break away from the cookie cutter kitchen mold? Here are some easy, creative ways to make your kitchen your own.
Although it may sound strange, wallpapering your ceiling gives a touch of originality to your kitchen. Choose a cheerful, light pattern and you’ll be amazed at the difference.

Feel like half the utensils in your kitchen are lost? Instead of scrambling to find them before the food burns, how does having a utensil rack right in front of your stove or sink sound?

Add some vintage magic to your kitchen by using some old-fashioned decor. Try whitewashing the wine rack to give it a rustic look, installing butcher block counters, or adding wainscoting to the walls.

If you prefer a more modern look with shiny stainless steel appliances and the works, then consider granite or steel countertops. The gray color will give a futuristic feel to your home.

In a Pinch and on a Budget

Monday, July 13th, 2009

I was reading a home improvement magazine (This Old House I think) about a family with an extremely tight deadline for remodeling their tired-looking kitchen. Their daughter was getting married, and she wanted the reception in her house. They knew immediately that the 228 square foot kitchen wouldn’t cut it. The kitchen was linked to the family room, which made it even more difficult to fix. The designer opened up the kitchen by removing the peninsula and adding a large bay window above the sink. Charming built-ins and tons of creamy white paint made the kitchen feel even roomier. The bay window had caused an incredible amount of sunlight to pour through, brightening up the the beautified kitchen. A hutch was built into the dining-area, with smooth, cherry counters. The finishing touch was the raised snack bar on the cherry wood island masking the relentlessly used cook-top. Golden Beach granite counters replaced the outdated terracotta. All it took was some vision and a reliable designer and a good remodeling partner.
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Curb Appeal

Friday, July 10th, 2009

I am approached by a lot of people selling their homes on Bainbridge Island. They want information on the things they can do for a low price that will bring realtors and potential buyers to their home. I remind them that they have to step back and look at their home as if they were buying it all over again. Nothing will keep realtors and buyers at the curbside more than a poorly maintained home. Before contemplating major remodeling, they should start upgrades on the exterior first–roof, gutters, fascia boards, front door, garage doors and driveway. If they correct any existing or potential problems in these areas, they will at least have a shot of getting a prospect in the door while keeping spending down.

Upgrade and Update

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Painting is an inexpensive way to give a room a complete facelift. However, in my work around Bainbridge Island I have noticed that lack of surface preparation is the most common mistake I encounter. The taping, caulking and sanding is just as important as selecting a great color. I can tell when a room was painted without the proper prep work. The lines and trim are wavy, not crisp and precise. The finish just looks wrong and a lot of times I have seen the previous color shining through. A bad paint job is indeed noticeable. As many people around Bainbridge Island prepare their homes for sale they need to heed my advice: A bad paint job is noticeable; if the walls require extensive prep work, hire a professional.

Self Education

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Last week we were working at a condo on Madrona Way NE Ave. The next door neighbor
asked me to look at her condo and see if I could help her with some chipped
tiles in her bathroom. She thought the tile had not been installed properly,
causing chipping right at the edge where two tiles come together at a 90
degree to create an edge. She’d had the work done only a few years ago. I
told her that the installer should have used bull-nose tiles instead of
regular edge tiles for that section of the bathroom. A very simple mistake
which will cost her to fix.
As home owners we need to educate ourselves. Make a trip to the local
library. I love the Bainbridge Library especially when it comes to
researching landscape designs or deck designs. I get ideas looking at books
on bathroom tiles and frame-less (seam-less) shower doors. We all should do our homework.