What’s Your Style?

There are a lot of reasons why we recommend working with a professional designer; their expertise is invaluable when it comes to designing what is arguably the most important room in your home. One of the best reasons to work with a designer, however, is their ability to help you determine and refine your style.

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A Designer’s Eye

Let your designer’s eye be the lens of the camera through which you view your remodel. They can focus on the details when needed, or zoom out to show you the big picture when perspective is required. During the early stages of a remodeling project, it’s easy to get distracted by the sheer number of choices and decisions: colors, textures, countertops, appliances, flooring, lighting, windows! And that’s just for starters. Your designer will keep you on track, focusing on options that fall within your budget and suit your aesthetic.

Make it Personal

Your designer needs to understand your style, but they also need to know how you live—after all, this is a room you are going to live and work in. Talk about your family’s routines and lifestyle, which will dictate many choices, including flooring and fabrics.

Take a look around your own house, and take note of any repeated patterns or colors; if you have a few favorite “signature” pieces, share those with your designer. They are clues that will help your designer not only achieve the look you want, but to make it feel organic to you—new, but still home.

Get Visual

Perhaps it goes without saying, but it is always a good idea to show your designer photos of rooms whose aesthetic you find appealing. You can talk to the designer about what appeals to you, which will help give them an idea in what direction to take your current décor.

Are you ready for a remodel, but you don’t know where to start? Visit us at Cabinets & Designs today! Our design team is ready to help you achieve the remodel of your dreams.

What You Need To Know About Remodeling in a High Rise

Living in a high rise has many benefits: on-site maintenance, higher security, free use of a pool or gym. However, if you’re remodeling your high rise unit, you may see a few drawbacks to the lifestyle. There are challenges specific to owners and contractors when renovating in a high rise. Keep in mind, the rules are in place for the safety and comfort of all the residents and the workers.

All property management companies have different rules and regulations about remodeling, so always check before you start a renovation. However, here are a few standard practices across the board:

  • You, the property manager and contractor will all need to coordinate and approve the work. Weekly meetings may be required. Changes to the plans will have to be approved by the management. All schedules will need to be approved by the management.
  • You must let anyone working in your space know what they need to do in case of emergency, specifically a fire emergency.
  • Your contractor and workers will have to be fully insured. You may need additional insurance depending on the building.
  • Your contractors will have designated times which they are allowed to enter and leave the building and unit. They are likely to be restricted to the floor on which they are working. Usually, contractors are only allowed to do loud work during normal business hours, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some buildings may require equipment to be brought in at off hours, usually before 8:00 a.m.
  • Most buildings will not allow hazardous chemicals or waste on the property. All require contractors to comply with OSHA regulations and guidelines.
  • Workmen may or may not have designated parking areas. Generally, they will have a designated entrance and elevator.
  • Some buildings require each workman to wear a badge which is to be turned into the manager’s office at the end of the shift. Fines may apply for non-compliance.
  • All common areas will need to be protected during demolition or stocking. The contractor is responsible for any damage to public areas.
  • Your management company will likely take no responsibility for your or your contractor’s lost, stolen or damaged property during the agreed upon renovation time.
  • Most of the time, any violations of the rules will result in heavy fines for you or your contractor.

As you can see, renovating in a high rise is not as simple as finding the contractor and getting the permits. However, the right team should make it easier for you and well worth it in the end!