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Choosing Cabinetry

In 1961 at a small cabinet shop in Ashland, Alabama, a small group of skilled experts began to construct cabinets for supply to the local markets.  It was the Wellborn Cabinet Company. More than 50 years later a lot has changed but the commitment to quality at Wellborn Cabinet has remained the same. The family owned and operated company has grown to fill a 1.8 million square foot facility, enabling it to produce a wide range of quality cabinetry options for homeowners.

A combination of advanced technology and exceptional cabinetry craftsmanship, honed in by decades of experience has resulted in cabinets of unparalleled quality for kitchen remodeling projects. There are dozens of finishes, styles, materials and sizes to choose from based on your needs and preferences. In this guide, we will have a comprehensive Wellborn Cabinets review, helping you pick the right choice for your needs.

But before you even start picking your kitchen, basement or bathroom cabinets it is important to understand the things you should be looking for. So we have included a brief guide to take you through all the important decisions you need to make in choosing the right Wellborn cabinets for your home.

Choosing the Right Cabinetry

Cabinetry is a big factor in defining a space. Kitchen cabinets for example, make up a big part of the feel and look of the kitchen. Even more importantly, the cabinets you choose will determine the functional effectiveness of your kitchen, basement, or bathroom. You also need to think about your budget range.

All of these and many more issues need to be considered before you start shopping for your cabinets. Below we expound on this crucial decision-making process, detailing each important issue and the best approach to take on each one.

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Wood Type

The wood used in making the cabinetry goes a long way in determining its style and quality. Wood is generally classified into two groups; soft and hard. Common hard wood types come from broad-leaf trees such as birch, maple, oak and hickory. Soft woods include popular, cedar and pine.

Because of their physical structure, hardwoods are often used in high-end furniture that is built to last for years. Soft wood furniture usually tends to be cheaper and not as hardy as hard wood cabinets. Wellborn Cabinet uses a range of materials to achieve specific styles and looks. Their main materials include:

  • Cherry: Cherry is often used in luxurious furniture. It has a distinctive red hue with small pin knots, pitch pockets and tiny dark streaks of gum. These features add to its uniqueness. Character Cherry, a variation of cherry, is a wood that emphasizes these distinctive features to enhance style. Cabinets made from cherry tend to darken finely in hue with age especially if exposed to sun light.
  • Maple: Maple is best known for its durability and shock resistance, making the wood especially good for kitchen cabinetry. The wood has a straight grain with various distinct marks including mineral streaks, curly grain patterns and bird’s eye marks. For a more dramatic flair, Character Maple is used because it has more noticeable knots, holes, and streaks.  Like cherry, maple can change colors over time.  But it usually turns more yellow.  Maple is commonly used for painted finishes because it is easy to shape and the grain is very fine so you don’t see it through the painted finish.
  • Oak: Although Oak is not as popular as it once was, it is a hard highly durable wood that tends to be more affordable then maple or cherry wood. Wellborn uses original American red oak with a straight grain.
  • Hickory: This hard wood varies in hue from light to dark red and sometimes almost black. Being one of the hardest and heaviest woods around, hickory produces strong and extremely durable cabinetry.
  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF): MDF consists of panels made from wood fibers and a wax resin binder. It is denser, stronger and more durable than traditional particle board.  It has become more popular in the past few years because of the affordability and the stability of the material to accept paint.
  • Laminate:  Laminate wood consists of an MDF or particle board core with a resin-saturated printed paper on top. The printed paper can produce the effect of real wood grain or a painted finish.  In the past few years, there has been a resurgence in laminated finished cabinets, but mostly in flat contemporary door styles.
  • Thermofoil: Although not as popular as compared to the 1990’s, thermofoil is not a type of wood; rather it is a plastic finish often applied to doors and drawer fronts. It is strong and scratch resistant.

Related: The Work Triangle vs Work Zones in the Kitchen

The kind of cabinetry you want will determine what type of material is best for you. If you want strong and durable, go for hard woods like oak and hickory. If you want a dramatic effect, then distinctive woods such as hickory and cherry are the best options. For cheaper but durable cabinetry, medium density fiberboard and laminate woods are great choices.

 

Finish

The finish defines a cabinet’s style in a big way. With a particular finish, you can create the exact feel you want for your kitchen, basement, or bathroom. Wellborn cabinets come in a wide range of finishes consisting  of both painted and stained colors. There are hundreds of finishes & applied techniques to choose from, ranging from Thermofoil to glazes, to antiquing.

In choosing the right finish, you need to consider the overall style you want and how well it blends into your existing decor. Do you want luxurious or simple? Antique or vintage? Light or dark? Some of the Wellborn finishes include heirloom, vintage, antique, cottage and brush stroke.

Different finishes are achieved through various methods including painting, staining and glazes. You can take a look at our kitchen remodeling ideas section for more inspiration.  Certain woods such as cherry and hickory have a distinctive enough character that they can be left unfinished and will still look good.

Door Style

The cabinet doors are the most prominent aspect of your new cabinets, making them an important part of the entire design. Different styles will vary in price, with elaborate door styles attracting high price tags.

Wellborn has plenty of cabinet door styles to choose from. Whatever your taste; traditional, contemporary, or country; there is a style for you. Some of the door styles available from Wellborn include:

  • Recessed: This is on the opposite end of the raised panel door and is typically a more simple style. The simplicity of recessed doors ensures that they can match seamlessly with a variety of decor.  The Prairie Door is an example of this style.
  • Raised: If you want to give your cabinets some depth, then go for raised door types. Raised cabinet doors come in a variety of designs consisting of both simple and intricate detailing, depending on the room character you are going for. Raised cabinet doors are especially ideal for vintage, antique, and country decors.
  • Slab: Slab doors are flat, simple and a minimalist look. Slab doors are solid with no framing or panels. This style is ideal for contemporary or modern decor kitchens and bathrooms.

This is just a small sample of the many styles available. Others include inset, louvered, imperial, beadboard and thermofoil. Note that within these styles, there are multiple other sub styles with differing designs.

 

Features

Do not just look at the type of wood or style of a cabinet; also consider the functional features. For example, what sliding mechanism do the drawers use. Basic cabinets have 3/4 extension self closing side mount sliders.

But most cabinet drawers will have some sort of mechanism that makes it easy to open and close. Usually, drawers have slides mounted on the bottom and/or edges of the drawer.

Other features that come in handy include Lazy Susan turntables for deep cabinets, self-closing doors, drawers, silverware organizers, wine racks, and pull out shelves. The more extra accessory items a cabinet has, the more it will cost you.

 

Wellborn Cabinet Lines

In our reviews of Wellborn Cabinets, we are going to look at four popular product lines that we use; Home Concepts, Select Series & Premier Series.  They also provide a high-end Estate Collection.

 

Home Concepts

This is the entry level line of Wellborn Cabinets, ideal for home remodeling and new home construction. With Home Concepts cabinetry, you get high quality at an affordable price point. If you are remodeling on a tight budget, consider Home Concepts. There are plenty of design variations to choose from, ensuring that there is something for different tastes and needs.

Here is what you need to know about this line.

  • There are 10 different door styles to choose from. These styles feature different wood species including oak, maple, thermofoil, laminate and MDF. The most popular door styles are Maple York and Layton.  Both of these have a craftsman look and a recessed center panel.
  • Doors come with a veneered (rather than solid wood) center panel. While this may put off some homeowners, veneer has its benefits. It tend to be more consistent in color and graining.  Its also less likely to warp or crack as some types of wood do. Additionally, it can last just as long and age just as well as solid wood.
  • The Home Concepts line also provides options for all-furniture board and all-plywood cabinets, usually the furniture board tends to be priced better.
  • There are 9 different paint or stain options available.
  • The line offers a variety of cabinet sizes to choose from depending on your needs and preferences. Whether you are looking for a small kitchen or a full vanity cabinet for your bathroom, they are available. Remember to have the exact measurements for your space before deciding on the cabinet size. This ensures there will be no issues during installation.
  • Plenty of accessories to choose from depending on which type of cabinet you want. You can have pullouts, pantry racks, sliding shelves, wastebaskets rack, charging bases, and so on.
  • Cabinets in the Home Concepts series come with a one year limited warranty.

When choosing Wellborn Cabinet Dealers, make sure you get those that provide as much variety as possible. This will give you more freedom of choice over what cabinet to buy.

Select Series

The Select Series offers a variety of mid-range cabinets for homeowners carrying out a remodeling or new home construction project. In this series, you will find the perfect combination of style and affordability. You get to enjoy luxury at a price you can afford. These cabinets are pricier than those in the Home Concepts Series, but they come with added customization options and a wider variety of design, style, and wood.

Here are the main features of the Select Series.

  • Buyers of the select series are offered a semi-custom option, where they are afforded some flexibility in design. Although you cannot get an entire cabinet custom made, you can get customized options for certain aspects of the design.
  • A wide variety of stains and paints with a glaze option. Whatever your style preference is or whichever decor you would love for your home, you will find the perfect cabinet in the Select Series.
  • Furniture board and plywood construction options are available.
  • A wide variety of cabinet sizes and accessories to suit your every need.
  • The warranty coverage for Select Series cabinets is much more comprehensive than that of the Home Concepts cabinets. With Select Series cabinets you get a lifetime limited warranty. This provides the assurance that the cabinets are durable and should anything ever happen, there is coverage in place to protect you.
  • Most of the cabinets come with a wood grain printed MDF back with 1/8 of an inch in thickness. All-plywood Select cabinets have a laminated plywood back measuring 3/16 of an inch in thickness.

The select series is for that customer looking for an upgrade in cabinet style without spending too much money. The cabinets are closer to luxury than Home Concepts with only a modest increase in price. Depending on your needs, you can get cabinets for any room including the kitchen, bathroom, basement, bar, or bedroom.

Premier Series

This is the ultimate-luxury series for customers who want great style, quality, and can spend more to get it. The selection in design and style is extremely extensive ensuring that even the most unique of preferences are catered to.

  • Customers are offered a plethora of custom options to increase design flexibility.
  • There are more than 30,000 styles to choose from with a dizzying array of finish, wood, and color combinations. This provides customers with the freedom to buy exactly what they want instead of settling for their second or third choices.
  • Exceptional quality with master workmanship being employed at every stage of production. To back this quality, Wellborn Cabinet Inc provides a lifetime limited warranty for Premier Series cabinets.
  • Cabinets have a 5/8-inch dovetail drawer design to ensure durability. Furthermore, drawers are designed with a soft close mechanism.

Wellborn Premier cabinets are a mixture of style, fashion, quality, and art. They may be some of the priciest among the three lines but they are more than worth it. For these cabinets; quality, reliability, and durability are without question top notch.

Estate Series

The Wellborn Estate Collection is without a doubt, the cabinet line that give you the most flexibility with customizing the cabinetry to fit your needs.  They have the “You Draw It” program that allows clients to bring any concept that can be drawn and turn it into reality.  A truly unique offering that will allow you to transform your space into whatever your heart desires.

The Estate Collection provides “Color Inspire”, which allows for a greater offering of colors from Sherwin Williams, Valspar, and even Benjamin Moore.  It gives clients the full opportunity to get exactly the look and finish that they desire.

 

Lastly, this line of cabinets also has the best warranty that Wellborn offers, which is a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Quality Assurance and Environmental Protection

The experts at American-made Wellborn Cabinet are obsessed with quality. Over the years, an immense amount of work and skills have been poured into crafting the Wellborn name into a brand known for its strict insistence on nothing but the best.

According to the company, there are more than a hundred employees in the Quality Control Team, with over 30 quality control checkpoints. This ensures that every piece of furniture produced meets the highest standards.

In regards to the environment, Wellborn does not take a back seat. They are proactive in implementing environmentally friendly practices within their production and sales process. This includes working with similarly environment-minded suppliers, using the best technology to reduce pollution and striving to be as green as possible in the materials they use.

So whether you buy a Home Concepts, Select, Premier or Estate cabinet, you can be sure that behind it is a team that cares deeply about quality and the environment.

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Great Winter Remodel Projects

January is a great time for winter remodel projects. In fact, once the holidays are over and the decorations stowed away, you might be ready to work on something fresh and fun for the new year. Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean your home improvement projects should come to a halt.

Winter remodel projects also usually come with a smaller price tag. Contractors generally have a lot of down time during the winter. This means they have greater availability and lower rates, which saves any homeowner valuable time and money.

Of course not every home improvement project is well-suited for cold weather. Here are four ways you can tackle common home improvements this winter.

Basements Make Great Winter Remodel Projects

One of the reasons remodeling isn’t too popular during the winter is because many projects expose the interior to the elements. Instead of getting a new roof, then, it makes sense to turn your attention toward your basement.

Maybe you want to create a space for grandchildren, or an in-law suite. Or this might be the time you create the home office you’ve always wanted. Even just adding built-ins can give a fresh look to a space you already love.

There are several benefits to remodeling a basement in the winter. Since it is underground, almost all of the work can be done inside. Additionally, rates are lower and contractor availability is greater, meaning installations are more efficient and affordable than any other time of year.

Enhance your home’s insulation

Insulating before the weather turns harsh could save you big on your electric bill. The benefits of increased insulation continue past the winter and into the summer, too. The most common areas in need of insulation are typically attics, basements or crawl spaces.

Before you make adjustments, though, you’re best off having your home evaluated by a professional. Experts can accurately pinpoint the areas of your house that are surrendering the most amount of energy. That way, you’ll get the most out of your improvements.

Install hardwood flooring

Have you been thinking about installing hardwood floors for a while? Winter introduces the perfect weather conditions for new hardwood floors.

You are less likely to experience any gapping between newly laid boards. The decreased humidity also decreases your chances of experiencing any water damage. Finally, any adhesive used during the installation faces a quicker dry time due to the air quality.

Hardwood floors add value to your home. Whether you are replacing carpet or old floors, you are guaranteed to have a fresh new look. New wood floors also increase insulation so your home feels just a little more cozy.

 

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Bathroom remodel – St. Louis Roeser Home Remodeling

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Make Your Bathroom a Winter Remodel Project

This is an excellent project once the winter months have arrived. If you’ve grown used to cracked or moldy fixtures, now may be the time to replace them. This can also have the benefit of adding to your bathroom’s efficiency if the new models are a drastic improvement.

Also, for reasons similar to the addition of hardwood floors, laying new tiles is easier when the weather is cooler. It may be a bit of a commitment, but a simple tile project can reinvigorate your bathroom.

Whatever your remodeling needs, we’d love the opportunity to lend a hand. Since 1985, we’ve made it our goal to provide excellent and honest customer service. If you are in need of professional input, please don’t hesitate to contact us or schedule a consultation.

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Kitchen Remodel Timeline

What is the remodel timeline for a kitchen renovation? It’s one of the most common questions we hear from clients. Whether you want to know so you can plan an event, or you simply just want to know when your home will be back to normal, here are a few guidelines that can help.

Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis understands the frustration that comes with any kitchen remodel timeline. Let’s face it. This is our business and we are excellent at what we do, but this is your life, your home, your peaceful abode, even your sanctuary.

So, what’s the bottom line? How long is your home remodel going to take?

Every Project Has a Different Remodel Timeline

At Roeser Home Remodel, we know that you work hard for your money. It will not be wasted and no matter how large or how small your home remodel project, value will never be compromised. With that being said, it only makes sense that a home remodel project with an estimated cost of $100,000 vs a project estimated at $400,000 will have different timeframes.

General Steps

Planning

The most fun you’ll probably have is planning your new kitchen and how you want it to look. The design phase allows you to pick and choose your new appliances, flooring, countertops, paint colors, and one of the best parts, new kitchen cabinets.

Think about it. You know what you want and you want it yesterday. The reality of it is that once your home remodel vision is conceptualized and the design begins, you got it.

But remodeling inventory that is in stock vs. custom order materials obviously will have a different timeframe. For instance, if your home remodeling dream is custom kitchen cabinets, made to order, then it will take longer to achieve the dream.

Permitting

No matter where you live, and St. Louis is no exception, if you begin a kitchen remodel project, there will be permits involved. Roeser Home Remodeling will work with you and make sure all permits are acquired in a timely fashion. We want your kitchen remodel timeline to stay on track.

The variable here is you are working with city or county government employees to obtain the necessary permits. Many times there are homeowners’ associations that will also need to give the go ahead for a home remodeling project.

Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis believes that the best way to deal with variables and complete your kitchen remodeling project in a timely fashion is to be simple and straightforward with our clients. We are polite, professional, and accommodating to your needs as a homeowner. After all, this is your home, where you live and spend quality family time. We do not want the home remodeling project to take one minute longer than necessary.

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Kitchen Remodel Roeser Home Remodeling St. Louis

In general, the steps are usually the same for most remodel projects. Here’s a general outline of your kitchen remodel timeline.

Removing Your Kitchen

The first step after you have made all of your design decisions is for the existing kitchen to be taken out. This demolition phase includes removing your existing cabinets, flooring, countertops, and appliances. This process prepares your kitchen for your new look.

Mechanicals Installation

This part involves the installation of the HVAC, plumbing, and electrical.

Flooring and More

Next is the installation of the insulation and drywall. The drywall is prepped, installed, and primed so that your kitchen is ready for the next phase of the remodel. Your new floor is also installed during this phase.

Countertops and Cabinets

Now it’s time for one of the most exciting parts of your kitchen remodel and this part means you’re nearing the end and almost ready to be finished. The cabinets are fitted to make sure they’re perfect, without gaps or unevenness.  Head to Wellborn Cabinetry’s Inspiration Gallery for more ideas.

If you selected granite countertops, they are fabricated, which takes around 10 days. Once they are fabricated, the slab is created, delivered, and installed.

Almost Done

Now comes the part where your hardwood floors are finished, the plumbing fixtures are completed, the final trim and your backsplashes are done, and painting is started and completed. Your kitchen remodel is now in the homestretch and it’s almost ready for you to use.

Final Phase

The final phase of a kitchen remodel includes the installation of your electrical fixtures and new appliances. Once that is done, the cleanup is completed and you can finally use your new kitchen.

 

Keeping it Stress Free

We suggest making some other arrangements during the construction phase of your remodel. Expect more microwave and takeout meals.

Keep an open line of communication. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis believes that the best way to deal with variables and complete your home remodeling project in a timely fashion is to be simple and straightforward with our clients.

We are polite, professional, and accommodating to your needs as a homeowner. After all, this is your home, where you live and spend quality family time. We do not want the home remodeling project to take one minute longer than necessary.

Even in the best of circumstances, your home remodel will take time. So let’s talk about your expectations. Roeser Home Remodeling does not want to leave you in the dark. The dark can be scary. We believe in open, honest communication.

Variables

When it comes to a kitchen remodel timeline, no matter if you live in St. Louis or the surrounding areas, there is one word to keep in mind. Variables. In the home remodeling world, this word means change. There are certain things that can change and affect the timeframe of a home remodel.

The three most common variables are project design, budget and permitting. Our team will be in communication about any changes in the timeline, as the project moves forward.

How Can a Homeowner Help?

As a homeowner, there are certain steps that you can take to expedite the kitchen remodeling timeline.

This includes:

  • Having a clear vision of what you want.
  • Being as detailed as possible.
  • Minimize any changes once the home remodeling project has begun.

Anything that is changed once the work has started will cause a delay to the final timeframe. Insist on deadlines and weekly project updates.

Are we there yet? You won’t even need to ask. As a customer of Roeser Home Remodeling, you will already know. Your home remodeling project might not be done yesterday, but it will be completed in a timely fashion, with professional, courteous and skilled craftsmen, giving you the home remodel of your dreams…even with all of the variables!

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Kitchen Island Benefits

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If you love to cook for your family or entertain, or both, you know kitchen storage is always a problem. The addition of a kitchen island could be the solution. Kitchen islands can be customized with drawers, cabinets, shelves and amenities.

Not only is an island a beautiful addition, it will also help you organize your kitchen. Islands are the perfect place to hide away the usual messiness of cooking, as well as things like trash cans, cleaning or kitchen tools that don’t fit easily into cabinets and drawers.

Here are some other benefits of adding a kitchen island.

Room to Prep and Cook

The most common reasons people choose to add an island to their kitchen is because it creates additional cooking space. This is especially important in homes with little counter space.

Furthermore, no matter the amount of counter space you have, additional cooking space can be invaluable for the family that loves to cook together. It can provide the room needed for everyone to work together in the kitchen at the same time.

A Gathering Point

If your home is the “hub” on your block or in your family, an island can be a great point for people to linger. Adding bar stools at the island can create a space for family and friends to gather, talk, eat, and relax while you are cooking. It also makes your meal prep a communal experience.

Island seating can also serve as a study station where kids can work on homework or craft projects. It’s also a great landing spot for having a cup of coffee with a friend. Islands bring people together.

Kitchen Island Amenities

Islands can also add additional amenities to your kitchen. An island is the perfect place to add a wine fridge. Even if you are not a wine connoisseur, a kitchen island is a great, out-of-sight place to add a beverage fridge or pull out fridge/freezer drawers for additional storage space.

You could also consider adding a prep sink in your island to increase its functionality. An additional oven or a warming drawer for large get-togethers are also great choices.

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St. Louis Kitchen Remodel – Roeser Home Remodeling

 

Kitchen islands are easily customized to your lifestyle and preference. There are a wide variety of amenities available that will increase functionality and usability of your kitchen.

When remodeling your kitchen, it is important to consider additions that will increase your kitchen’s functionality. For many homeowners, adding an island to their kitchen allows them to better utilize the space they have. An island can improve the way they use their kitchen.

While we have highlighted a few of the benefits of adding an island to your kitchen, there are many more reasons to consider doing so.

Contact us to find out more about the many benefits of installing an island in your kitchen.

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Laundry Room Makeovers

Improving your laundry room is a great way to add freshness and functionality to your home. Whether your laundry room is in the garage, basement or closet,  an upgraded laundry room can make you feel differently about your entire home–maybe even about your laundry.

Where

If you don’t already have a separate laundry room, choose your location carefully. Set up your laundry close to where dirty laundry collects, or near the bedrooms where clean laundry goes. Here are a few options to consider when thinking about location:

  • Near the back door
  • Kitchen
  • Closet
  • Bathroom
  • Mudroom

Waterproof floors under the washing machine are essential, as unexpected flooding can occur. This is especially important if your laundry room is located on the second floor.

The vibration of the washing machine can create unnecessary noise. If your placement options are limited, we may use some materials to limit machine noise.

Here are some simple laundry ideas to organize, add value and refresh your space.

Add Some Color

Paint is a simple way to update your laundry area. Our decorating team can help your choose themes of bright colors that will raise your mood. Don’t forget the interior of the laundry closet. This is a great place to add some color or a fun wallpaper.

New Counters

Counter space is key in the laundry to make sorting and folding laundry easy work. Create a custom laundry room design by adding a counter over your side-by-side washer and dryer.

If you have the square footage, add an island to your laundry room to increase counter space.

Built-In Cabinets

Want to take your laundry room to the next level? You might consider installing kitchen cabinets around your washer and dryer. A simple cabinet contrasted with a bright wall color or paper is a fun combination. Changing out hardware and adding a shelf or towel rack is a great way to add a little style.

Creative Washer and Dryer Mounting

If you don’t have enough space to keep your washer and dryer side by side, stack them vertically. This is a great way to work with smaller spaces while still having a functional laundry area.

Enhance your washer and dryer area by eliminating bending to load and unload the washer and dryer. Create a storage area in the space under the washing machine and dryer. Some manufacturers of washing machines and dryers offer elevated storage units on matching electrical surfaces.

Extra Storage

Wall cubicles, floating shelves, baskets and clothes bars are all good storage options in a laundry room. Be sure to add a dirty laundry sorting system to save time when doing laundry.

Upgrade Lighting

Laundries are often found in dark spaces or rooms without windows, so good lighting is important. Add lighting under the cabinet or large top lamps to illuminate and expand the space. Good lighting will also make it easier for you to see what you are doing.

Beautiful lighting fixtures are not only practical, but they enhance the design of a laundry room.

Accessories That Hide Laundry

A wall or cabinet mounted drop-down ironing board is a great way to hide clutter. Most designs not only hide the ironing board away, but have enough room for storing your iron and laundry supplies. A wall-mounted drying rack is another smart option for air drying delicates like lingerie or sweaters.

Multi-purpose Laundry Room

Of course you don’t have to use the laundry room for just laundry. Creating a Multi-function laundry room is a great solution if you have limited space. Here are some other ways you might share your new laundry space:

  • Mud Room
  • Craft Room
  • Household Storage
  • Sports Equipment Storage

Ready to Make a Change?

Are you ready to do something new and fun with your laundry space? Contact our design team and start sharing your ideas. Then let us take it from there.

 

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Designers In Demand – Brandi Ward

We’re celebrating another accolade for the Roeser Home Remodeling design team. Here’s what St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine had to say about Brandi Ward, our Director of Design, in their “Designers in Demand” section.

“Our special Designers in Demand section introduces you to local designers and tastemakers who can help guide you through the exciting world of interior design. With their fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not, they bring you the newest and greatest products, looks and designs for your home.”

Design Career

Brandi’s career has been marked by success. She began her career by representing Columbia College Chicago with the honorable Driehaus Award. She was also named Pro Remodeler Forty Under 40 for 2016. She is an amazing talent. Her love of design, from selection of furniture to the smallest of details has made Brandi an outstanding member in the St. Louis Business community.

She has also earned two certifications– CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and CGP (Certified Green Professional). And she is a member of the PWBC (Professional Women in Building Council) at our local Home Builders Association.

Learn more about this skilled, talented, award-winning designer.

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Home Office Design in 2020

Home office design promises to be a big area of growth for interior designers in 2020. More and more freelancers, contractors, entrepreneurs and professionals are working from home. Once a temporary solution to an overcrowded office or a matter of convenience for a regional executive, today’s electronics allow us to stay “plugged in” from our dining room tables.

More and more home commuters are becoming more and more permanent. Therefore, the corner of the dining room table just doesn’t work very well anymore as a home office.

Carving Out a Home Office Space

Different jobs require a different kinds of work spaces. Think about what you need to do your job, and also how you might want it to look. Good design is not only functional, but also beautiful.

Think about your work tasks and figure out what works best for you. Is your job creative? If so, perhaps you need a space next to a window. Do you work with numbers, legal or medical issues? These types of jobs might require areas that are more private and quiet.

If you don’t already have the right kind of physical space needed for your home office, the team at Roeser Home Remodeling can help create one. Our Roeser team can build rooms or dividers to provide the level of privacy and quiet you need to be productive. We can also create a private entrance for home commuters who occasionally meet with clients at home.

Aesthetics Matter

Mindfulness in Home Office Design

Our lives are moving faster and growing more complicated by the day. Trend reports from Pinterest say there was a 200% increase in the term ‘mindfulness’ in searches related to decor during the last year. So it’s no surprise our clients are looking for ways to create spaces that celebrate and protect their quiet time.

Nowhere is this more important than in a home office design. Minimizing distractions is key whether you work from a corner in a brightly painted bedroom, or from a hideout in a revamped basement bedroom.

The Disappearing Home Office

A disappearing kitchen is a trend in modern home design. The idea is that after dinner, everything is cleaned up and stored away in very simple cabinets. The kitchen “disappears.” The same concept can be applied to a home office. Files can be tucked away in cabinets. Office tools can stored in drawers. Even the desk can be folded into the wall at the end of the day. This particular style can be very popular for those who prefer minimalist living.

Home Office Lighting

Whether you want to open up a room to more natural light, or add more focused overhead lighting, the right lighting can have a huge influence on your productivity.

Color

New Colors

IN 2019 PPG paints announced Nightwatch as their color of the year around the same time as Pantone announced Living Coral as theirs.

According to experts, the next year will make popular a fresh shade of green that brings together technology with the outdoors. ‘Neo Mint’ is predicted to popular choice in 2020.

The most important thing about color is that it feels good to you. While largely a matter of personal preference, there is some science behind the ability of color to affect our mood and level of concentration. Our professional decorating staff can answer your questions about color and guide you to some choices you will love.

Storage Re-Imagined

Thoughtful storage in a home office is about more than just hiding things from view. It’s about organizing your work in a way that makes sense for you. It’s about supporting your workflow so you aren’t always tackling or avoiding stacks of papers. Your home office shouldn’t be a place from which you need to escape. It should include function that supports your livelihood  and design that reflects your personal taste.

New Tools

The way we used to store our media has changed our homes and our lives. We don’t need storage containers for DVDs, CDs or even TVs. All these things are smaller or perhaps obsolete. Music, movies and TV are all accessible through mobile devices. The tools we use in our home office are different and usually smaller than than the ones we used ten years ago. Our home office designs need to reflect that change.

Some storage will always be needed. You need a place for some paper files and supplies. But most home commuters want a clean, well-lit workspace, clear of distractions.

If you’re ready to start 2020 with a fresh new home office, contact our Roeser Home Remodeling Design Team to discuss the possibilities. We are happy to take your questions.

 

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Plan Your Winter Remodel Now

It may seem too early to think about a winter remodel. It’s difficult to think about snow and ice when we’re still spending weekends at the pool. But in terms of planning, scheduling, and sourcing materials, winter is just around the corner.

If you’re considering some home improvements this year, there are some projects that are ideal for cold winter months. Whether you are planning a complete overhaul or some smaller improvements, Roeser Home Remodeling can guide you through the process from design to completion.

Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchens are the most important room to most homes. We spend so much time in the kitchen. Whether you are staying in your home or planning to sell, a kitchen remodel is always a good investment.

Usually a kitchen remodel includes new cabinetry, flooring, countertops or other features. It can also include changing walls and opening up a room, or adding a window for more natural light. If you prefer materials like granite or marble, it might take some time to source these.

Do you want to completely redesign your space? Even if  you’re just looking for a cosmetic upgrade, beginning the planning process now is a great idea. There are so many choices when it comes to building materials. You’ll want some time to really think about your style choices before they become permanent.

Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom remodels are another way to give a home a fresh new feel. If you want to transform your bathroom into a spa, or you want a more modern space for your family, you will need time to select the vanities, flooring, and fixtures.

As you begin your winter remodel planning, you can use our award-winning design staff at Roeser Home Remodeling, or you can research your own ideas. The Roeser team can then provide expert recommendations and work your ideas into a plan that will thrill you. If you like, we can show you what we’ve done in other homes. Take a look at our portfolio to see some of the remodeling projects we’ve completed around the St. Louis area.

Home Additions

Creating additional storage space is a common request. Have a look at our gallery and some of the projects we’ve done. We’ve created beautiful storage solutions and closets you’ll never want to leave. We’ve also added on porches and family rooms. We’ve moved walls to create new living spaces.  When considering additions, here are some of your remodel choices.

  • Sunroom Addition: Sunrooms allow you to enjoy the outdoor while being protected from outside elements.
  • Second-Story Addition: This will give you the ability to double the size of your home without exceeding the existing footprint.
  • Bump-Out Additions: Expand your kitchen, bathroom, or any other room.
  • Two-Story Extensions: If your home is already two-story and you want to extend the living space on the first and second floors.

Planning Your Winter Remodel

Spring is one of the most popular times of the year for home renovations, but we are busy in every season. Schedule a consultation now to get a jump on the winter remodel schedule. Our calendar usually books through the winter for spring construction. Whatever time is most convenient for you, it doesn’t hurt to start planning early. Six months is not too much time.

Roeser Home Remodeling has a team of experienced and certified professionals who have completed award-winning remodel projects.

For more information on our services or about a winter remodel, contact us today. We’re happy to answer your questions.

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Spa Bathroom

What do the words “spa bathroom” bring to mind? Soft music, low lighting and a massage or facial? Spas are places to rejuvenate our bodies, minds and spirits. We don’t always have time to go to a spa but we can get many of the same benefits at home when we create a serene space for ourselves.

Whether your bathroom is a standard 8’x5′ or something significantly larger, you can have a bathroom that radiates luxury. That’s because a spa bathroom is more than the amount of square footage you have. It’s about the types and quality of the materials you use and the design of your space.

Below are some ideas to consider when planning your next bathroom remodeling project. What and how much you choose to use will depend on your budget and space but many can be incorporated in any home.

Use Natural Materials

The overarching aesthetic of many spas is in their natural textures. Two of the best natural floor and wall options are ceramic or stone tiles. Grout seals the seams from moisture. Some tiles and grout are available that are designed to repel water.

Bamboo is popular for it’s hardwood floor look but there are concerns using it in a bathroom. Purchase a high quality bamboo and be sure to seal it well, otherwise, the grass fibers of the bamboo will absorb water. The fibers also are susceptible to water damage from excessive humidity over long periods of time.

Separate the Tub

Separating the tub or shower from the rest of the room will give you a more private place to soak away your cares. Consider using an alcove if there’s one in place already. Enclosing it with a half wall is another way to give the tub a separate space with making it feel confined. Even a 3-panel room divider can give you a place to retreat behind. 

Add Shower Amenities

If your bathroom has a shower only – or a shower/tub arrangement – and a divider just isn’t an option, choose an opaque sliding door or curtain. This will give you the privacy you crave. Adding a rain shower head will bring the feeling of showering in the rain indoors. If you have a walk-in shower, a teak stool gives you seating for accessible showering or just a place to hold shower supplies.

Opt for a Calming Color Palette

There’s a reason bathrooms walls are often painted blue or green. The natural elements of water, light, sky and air support wellbeing. Their colors fall in the cool spectrum and are relaxing and subtle. Choose paint, furnishings and textures in these colors. Add a pop of red or orange for a little excitement.

Choose the Unique

Spas often have interesting and unique furnishings such as sinks that are leaf-shaped or geometric mirrors. A natural stone sink makes use of a natural material if it isn’t an option for your flooring or walls. Plants bring the outdoors inside. Bamboo has an exotic look to it. Or choose a humidity-loving plant.

Set the Mood with Light and Scent

Good lighting is important for applying make-up and other personal care tasks. But lights installed on dimmers let you to set the mood for a long soak in your tub. Another way to soften the lighting so you can relax is with candles. Wall niches keep candles tucked out of the way of shower curtains. Or place a reed diffuser there with essential oils for aromatherapy. 

No wall niche? Create a tablescape with some of these same elements. Fill a tray with fine sand, tuck in a few scented candles with decorative pebbles or pieces of glass and you’ve added one more element to create your spa bathroom. 

Let Roeser Home Remodeling Help

Thinking of remodeling your bathroom? Look through home decorating magazines and online for inspiration. Take or save pictures of the design ideas you like.

Then, when you’re ready to turn your ordinary bathroom into your home spa, call Roeser Home Remodeling. We can help you determine which design elements will work for your home and budget and assist you in creating a beautiful space for privacy and relaxation.

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Roeser Remodeling Team Receives Accolades

We have news!

Katie Hoffman (Our Director of Operations) was recently featured in Professional Remodeler’s Forty under 40 April 2019 issue.  She was nominated and honored under the leadership team category.

She follows in the footsteps of Mark Talley (Director of Production) who won 40 under 40 in July 2015  under the Production category, and  Brandi R. Ward (Director of Design) won 40 under 40 in May 2017 under the Design category.

Roeser Home Remodeling is in good shape for the future with these nationally recognized young leaders like these at the helm.

Always Learning

Continued education is always a focus at Roeser Home Remodeling and is proven that we are never too old to improve on what we think we already know.

Joe Roeser (President) just finished his last class and is officially a Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR). CGR requires a 10 class total- two classes in each category; Marketing and Sales/ Business Administration/ Design, Estimating, and Job Costing/ Contracts, Liability, and Risk Management/ Project Management.

This requires travel to find when and where these classes are offered. Completing these requirements demands commitment and is a Nationally recognized designation.

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