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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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Kitchen Sink

A kitchen sink may not be your first thought when considering a kitchen remodel. Let’s face it, when someone walks into your kitchen, the sink is probably not the first thing they notice. If you have your kitchen remodeled, you may lavish over cabinetry, flooring or appliances. Rarely, do you give first thought to your kitchen sink.

Yet, in today’s modern kitchen remodel, with so many options, the kitchen sink deserves more than just an afterthought. It truly is the focal point of a modern Kitchen remodel and design. It is the necessary prep and clean up item that deserves not just great design and functionality, but also quality of material substance.

Choosing a Kitchen Sink

In every kitchen, the sink is, no doubt the most used item. It is used every day by multiple members of the household. Today’s kitchen remodels often include built-in items such as cutting boards, utensil trays, tea drawers, drying racks and colanders.

Therefore, kitchen design, including kitchen sinks have become just as popular as the other items associated with a kitchen remodel. With all the different designs, how do you decide which design is right for your kitchen remodel?

Roeser Home Remodeling Can Help

Roeser Home Remodeling can help you make the right decision regarding style and design. You want your kitchen sink to fit the style of your kitchen remodeling project, while still providing the best function and form. So, what are your options?

In the St. Louis area, while there may be overall popular kitchen remodel designs, including kitchen sinks, there are many designs that deserve your attention. What’s “popular” may not be entirely what you have in mind, or work for your lifestyle. Many homeowners are opting for larger single-basin sinks that make room for the clean up of bulky pots and pans. Often, these larger single-basin sinks are accompanied by smaller prep sinks that allow for easy clean-up of fruits and vegetables.

Kitchen Sink Design

There are several types of designs from which to choose. Let’s consider just a few.

Self-Rimming –  are durable, affordable and easy to clean. The most popular material for this sink is usually stainless steel.

Undermount – are installed below the countertop for a sleek seamless look. This type of kitchen sink design makes countertop clean up a breeze. This sink is usually made of enameled cast iron.

Apron – are designed with the country farmhouse look in mind. Historic, timeless, and designed to take you back to your roots but with a modern flair. These apron sinks come in porcelain, stainless steel, and copper. An added modern twist is also the incorporation of bamboo into the ageless apron sink giving it a new look and design aesthetic altogether.

Prep – were already mentioned regarding a supplement for a larger capacity bowl type sink. What wasn’t mentioned was that prep sinks come in a variety of shapes, styles and materials. Prep sinks are a great addition to your kitchen remodel regardless of the type of larger sink you decide upon. Think functional.

Integrated – are mainly designed to flow with the look of your countertops. Today’s modern integrated sinks are usually seen in conjunction with sleek modern styles of Quartz or Marble countertop materials. Many times, integrated sinks are considered high-end regarding kitchen beauty and functionality.

Island – have gained in popularity because you can add more functionality and space with this type of sink. Use of heat-resistant countertop materials and copper sink add to the overall beauty of the design.

Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis hopes this gives you some food for thought when it comes to choosing the best kitchen sink for your family and lifestyle. Function, beauty and style does not need to be compromised just because your kitchen sink is the most used item in your kitchen. Call us today and let Roeser Home Remodeling help you with options for the best kitchen sink to fit your needs and style in your kitchen home remodeling project.

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Built-Ins

Built-ins could be the permanent solution for the space you need.

It’s true, all over the globe, when it comes to home design and home remodeling, there is a love affair with built-ins. Many question why. After all, you can’t

take anything built-in with you, if you decide to sell your home. Considering that fact alone makes many homeowners wonder what the fuss is all about.

Yet, once you fall in love with built-ins, it will be hard to ever live without them. The beautiful design to accommodate a built-in and the fact that built-ins add space to your home, make it a permanent solution for hard to find added storage areas.

Planning Your Built-ins

A built-in is defined as something built into the home that becomes a permanent attachment. If you are doing a home remodel to include built-in features, you want to make sure that the built-in meshes well and blends with your existing architectural aesthetic.

Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis can help you develop a well thought out plan of action. We will take you from idea, to plan, to final solution and design every step of the way. You may be unsure as to how to incorporate built-ins into your home remodel, rest assured that Roeser Home Remodeling will go over every minor detail with you. Since built-ins are a permanent solution for space and will stay with the home through every owner, what are some of the more desirable built-in options?

Bookshelves

The first thing that may come to mind when considering a built-in is bookshelves. Built-in open bookshelves, or bookshelves with drawers, either way, it is a winner. Adding drawers to the built-in bookshelves will give added space to hide away items you don’t want in clear view. It is also a great place to add a cabinet area to store games, craft or school supplies. Built-in bookshelves give a special place to display not just books, but those special mementos and collectible items.

Fireplace

With weather changing the way it does in St. Louis, Roeser Home Remodeling thinks it’s a great idea to add a built-in gas fireplace for those cool and chilly evenings we have. Not only will a built-in fireplace add ambience, but it is functional as well to add warmth and coziness to your family areas.

Window Seat

While thinking of warmth and coziness, how about a built-in window seat? This would be the perfect spot for reading or relaxing on a rainy St. Louis day. An added benefit to a built-in window seat would be to add underneath storage below the cushions. This would be a great spot to store rarely used items such as extra pillows or throws.

Clean Up Your Electronics

When designing your built-in space there is no limit as to what you can do. A perfect solution for extra space is to add a television entertainment area with built-in space to store electronics and charging stations along with routers and computer gear. It is also the perfect built-in space to store DVD’s and computer games.

Divide a Room

Built-in shelves can also be used as a room divider to provide some privacy in open design areas. You can incorporate built-ins for laundry rooms or mud rooms adding built-in coat and shoe racks. In home office areas, adding lofted shelving and cabinets would serve for easy organization and additional storage for office supplies.

Whatever your desire or need for built-in space, Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis can help with your home design project. Built-in designs can be a permanent solution for adding more space. Call us today and our design team can show you how built-ins can be beautiful and functional at the same time while providing you with additional space and storage for your home.

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Screened-In Porches

March is the month many St. Louisans begin cleaning off their patios and porches. While we still experience some colder days in March here in the St. Louis area, we don’t get bent out of shape. We know warmer weather is just around the corner.

Warmer temperatures means more opportunity to get outside and do the things we love. Roeser Home Remodeling knows one thing our St. Louis friends and family love is screened-in porches.

Porch Ideas

The ideas for screened-in porches are endless but one thing they all have in common is that they are designed to bring our love for the outdoors in, into our homes. If you are considering a home remodel that encompasses your love for the outdoors and are wondering where to begin, Roeser Home Remodeling can help you design a style that fits your home and your families need.

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Beautiful Closets and Storage

Is there anyone who can say they have enough closet space? I don’t know of anyone who has empty closets. It seems that if there is a closet, we find a way of getting them filled. Having them organized is sometimes another story.

Roeser Home Remodeling can sympathize with the frustration of not knowing or being able to find what you need when you need it. We can help you with that! Just because you have a closet doesn’t mean it is functional for what you need as a family. When it comes to home remodeling, closet space cannot be overlooked. Especially if you have a growing family, the need for functional closet space and storage isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity.

Whether you are planning a complete home remodel, or the remodel of specific rooms, closet and storage space are an important aspect to consider. Roeser Home Remodeling can help you go from idea to plan and then reality in creating the closet and storage spaces of your dreams.

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