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Roeser Home Remodeling on the Forefront

Roeser Home Remodeling always has been on the forefront of developments and trends in the construction industry. The company didn’t always operate as a Design Build business. But when the concept came into being in the early 1990s, Joe and Cindy Roeser immediately saw its value.

When the Roesers opened their doors to Roeser Construction Company in 1985, new construction and remodeling projects were done in the more traditional way – Design-Bid-Build. When a homeowner was ready to build a new home or remodel their current one, they hired a contractor and an architect / designer separately.

Once the homeowner had the project’s design in hand, it went out for bid and a contractor was hired. This was fine when everything went smoothly. But when problems arose, the two parties often placed the blame on each other. This put the homeowner in the middle and cost everyone extra time and money. It also makes for an unpleasant experience and relationship.

Enter the Design Build concept.

What are the Advantages of Design Build?

Integrated team

In Design Build construction, the homeowner works with a team. Our team consists of designers, project managers, and craftsmen.  A partnership with a lender is on our team, which simplifies getting financing for the project.

Here are some advantages of working with a team on a design build project.

Better Communication

Design Build streamlines communication on the project. The homeowner deals with one team from beginning to end.  Once construction begins, one project manager is assigned and will be in charge of your own particular project. The project manager coordinates with the designer, trade-contractors, and  craftsmen to move the job forward. The owner will also receive regular updates on the projects progress, allowing for feedback and questions.

Saves Time

In the collaborative environment of a design build team, time is not wasted. That’s because when communication is streamlined and frequent, various project schedules can be arranged for better time management. Instead of waiting for material to come in, the project manager might assign a worker to begin on another part of the project.

Saves Money

Talking about money to relative strangers isn’t easy. We get it. But we also know how important it is to have a budget. Once construction begins, it is important to know exactly what you are getting without being surprised by unexpected cost increases.

With this open communication, get the most out of your budget by guiding you where there can be a price reduction in an effort to still fulfill your dream.

Better Quality

When you work with Roeser Home Remodeling, you’ll see we don’t cut corners. We use quality products. Quality doesn’t mean the most expensive; it just means it has that durability attribute that we believe in. One of our missions is to give you a “quality” project that will stand the test of time.

Roeser’s Approach to Design Build

Design Build is a project delivery method that offers both design and construction services under one contract. To see how this works, we’ll use Roeser Remodeling Company as an example.

The homeowner realizes their family has outgrown the home and an addition is needed.  So they interview a few companies, as one family did, and decide they like Roeser Home Remodeling’s business values and ethics.

The first appointment

When you meet with the team at Roeser,  you’ll share what your needs, what is not working with your home  and your thoughts on how everything might work better. You’ll share your dreams, your vision. If it’s hard for you to imagine your dream, we are here to walk you through the process of creating a place that suits your life and your style.

Getting specific on the project

If we don’t discuss your budget when setting your appointment, we will on the first appointment. We’ll invite our lender in to talk to you about financing options, if you choose to take that route.

Once preliminary numbers are presented and discussed, we move to our Design Agreement. We bring our designers (architectural, CAD and 3D Designs), our trade-contractors and YOU, shopping for the selections needed to complete your project.

Brandi Ward is our Director of Design.  She has a keen eye for what’s the latest in home decor and design. Roeser Home Remodeling is on the forefront of design trends and it’s in large part because of Brandi’s work.

Scheduling the project

Once the design is completed and financing is in place, the project can move forward. We’ll settle on a start date, give you a realistic time frame to complete the project, you will meet the Project Manager who will be leading the crew and who will communicate to you  the progress of your project. And of course, you can contact us any time you have a question or concern.

What Can We Build for You?

Our love for people and their homes has made us a highly sought-after St. Louis home remodeling company. We are your perfect match for creating a space or a home that only you can imagine.

We have won many awards over the years. That’s because we have a team of experts under our roof – designers, architectural services, and craftsmen – as well as lasting relationships with top quality, local trade contractors. Working side by side provides St. Louis homeowners with the convenience and confidence of a single home remodeling team with a shared mission – bringing to life what you envision for your home.

Contact us today to find out how we can bring your dream to life!

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Mark Talley Roeser Home Remodeling

A Solutions-Oriented Production Coordinator

When you have a project that involves a lot of moving parts, you need someone who can keep them running as one smooth unit. Someone who is a solutions-oriented production coordinator and who has a team approach to problem-solving. Someone whom others in the trade look to for guidance.

At Roeser Home Remodeling, that person is Mark Talley, Director of Production.

As director, Mark thinks and acts on behalf of the company. He analyzes company systems, offers logical improvements and suggests how to streamline the process for each project. He encourages team members to look at a problem from all angles and arrive at solutions that work for everyone. Mark aims to develop project managers who can solve problems and answer client questions with confidence.

Early Career

Mark started with the company right out of high school while still an apprentice with the Carpenter’s Union. As a young man, Mark’s focus was getting his work done. When he rejoined the company in 2005 after a hiatus, Mark’s attention shifted. He began to think of his position as a career, not just a job. He became increasingly interested in developing his management and leadership skills.

The owners of Roeser Home Remodeling recognized Mark’s budding leadership skills and sent him to a Production Management class in California through Remodelers Advantage.

Mark became a production coordinator for the company. Eventually, his work within the company and his management skills started a domino effect. Project managers interacted with Roeser’s trade partners, and soon Mark was asked to train their field staff as well.

In 2013, the Carpenter’s District Council chose him to participate in a leadership program. Mark was invited to help shift the culture to a more career-based mindset.

Award-winning Leadership

Like many tradesmen, Mark started as an apprentice. He entered the Carpenter’s Union apprenticeship training program in February 1995 when he started working for the company. In 1998, he graduated from the apprenticeship program, earning his title of Journeyman Carpenter.

He later earned two certifications that are becoming more important in the construction industry – CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and CGP (Certified Green Professional).

As a reflection of his growth as a leader as a production coordinator, Mark was recognized in 2015 as one of “40 under 40” by Pro Remodeler. The national publication cited Talley’s ability to look at a project from all angles, particularly that of the business.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Professional Remodeler. I feel fortunate to work with an office and field staff that cares about everyone they come in contact with. It also shows the importance that Roeser Home Remodeling puts on education, leadership, and customer service.  All this has helped me grow as a person and a leader in all areas of my life.”

Giving to others

Mark was born and raised in Kirkwood. He and his wife, Jennifer, were married in February 1996 and live in Afton. They have three grown children, with whom they enjoy spending time.

While his kids were young and still at home, Mark brought his leadership to the courts when he coached their volleyball teams. In 2017, he participated in “Operation Clean Stream,” when volunteers brave mud, muck, and possible encounters with poisonous snakes as they clean up parts of the Meramec River Basin.

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Read about our other “40 Under 40” award winners: Katie Hoffman in 2019 and Brandi Ward in 2016.

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A Passion for Interior Design

Brandi Ward has a passion for color, style and texture that has made her one of the most successful interior designers in St. Louis. Her love of design has made Brandi an outstanding member in the St. Louis business community.

Brandi is the Director of Design for Roeser Home Remodeling. Although she has an extensive background in fashion, design elements in the fashion world are reflected in interior design elements.

Interior design is ruled by basic principles and Brandi is a master at using these to bring beauty and functionality to any space. But she is not afraid to bend – or even break – a design rule if it will mean creating the perfect look.

Brandi first considers each client’s personality, lifestyle and needs, then uses interior design principles to create a space the client will love. Weaving together color and texture, space and light, forms and patterns, Brandi achieves the perfect balance to bring harmony to a room.

No one element is more important than the other. From the paint on the walls down to the vase on the table that echoes the curve of a nearby chair, Brandi brings all of them together into one cohesive look.

Brandi feels like she has the best of all worlds.

“I get to design and work with nice people. I get to shop, and I get to create spaces that currently are not working with the family’s home life and make it work.”

Looking To the Future

The middle child of Cindy and Joe Roeser, Brandi grew up with the company, but she has earned her many accolades on her own merit.

Brandi studied design at Columbia College Chicago. There, she received recognition several times for her designs, including representing the college with the honorable Driehaus Award for Fashion Excellence. She graduated in 2006 with honors and started her career with Roeser Home Remodeling a year later.

In 2016, Brandi was named Pro Remodeler Forty under 40 Design Specialist. The award highlights her talent and commitment to the home remodeling community.

Three years later, Brandi was cited as one of St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles magazine’s “Designers in Demand.” The magazine introduces the public to “local designers and tastemakers” who have their “fingers on the pulse of what’s hot and what’s not.”

America’s population is aging and climate change continues to impact our lives and industries. In response to the affect these will have on the remodeling trade, Brandi has earned two certifications – CAPS (Certified Aging in Place Specialist) and CGP (Certified Green Professional).

Brandi is a member of the Professional Women in Building Council, of the St. Louis Home Builders Association.

Family Connections

Brandi was born and raised in Kirkwood, where she still lives with her husband, Gordon, and their two children.

Brandi’s home once belonged to her grandmother. She and her husband remodeled it, adding several rooms, opening the floor plan and making other changes. Brandi said her neighbors were concerned they were going to tear down the home and build a “McMansion” or flip the house. But a house with a solid structure can be renovated and updated to accommodate modern living.

When you embrace what you love, as Brandi so obviously loves design, the outcome is beautiful.

The fact that her home shares a yard with her parents’ home is a reflection of the Roesers’ business philosophy. Not only are they a family-owned business, but they believe family homes can be – should be – preserved.

Is your home ready for an update? Make a consultation appointment with Brandi and the rest of the Roeser Home Remodeling team!

Read about our other “40 Under 40” award winners: Katie Hoffman in 2019 and Mark Talley in 2015.

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Bathroom Trends for 2021

Each year, architects, designers, colorists and other experts in the construction industry take note of upcoming trends. This month, we’ll focus on bathroom trends in 2021 for design and décor. Next month, we’ll show you what’s new in kitchens.

To make a bathroom serviceable, you need a toilet, sink and a tub or shower (or both!). But who said practical had to be boring or unappealing? Let’s look past functional to beautiful.

Bathrooms – Large & Luxurious

Bathtubs

“There is a lot of interest in tubs right now,” says Cindy Roeser.

Freestanding tubs are coming back in style and Roeser Remodeling installed them in recent projects. Today’s tubs come in a variety of styles, shapes, sizes and even colors. But before you consider any of those, make sure you consult with their professionals first.

The floor beneath your new tub might need to be reinforced. Over-sized or heavy tubs require additional installation considerations versus a standard, builder-grade, 30″x60″ fiberglass tub insert. Also, some tubs require decking or framing, and all tubs must be installed near plumbing connections.

According to Kitchen & Bath Design News, tubs are being made from proprietary materials. These materials can be shaped and molded for a custom look or built-in ergonomic properties. Unusual materials, such as metal, wood or marble deliver a unique sense of style. Metals that retain heat for longer periods of time mean a warm, soothing soak.

Showers

Walk-in showers are still popular and the trend isn’t likely to go away any time soon. Many are designed with tempered clear glass surrounds but if that makes you uncomfortable, consider using it on just the lower half of the shower wall. How do you make your shower extra special? It’s in the details.

Showerheads

There are many kinds of showerheads you can choose from, depending on what you like. A large showerhead with many holes that delivers a soft, rain-like shower may be just the thing for you. Others might prefer being able to turn on several pulsating jets to wake them up in the morning.

Seating

Some consider a seat or bench a luxury, but for some, it might be a necessity. Whether it’s built-in or freestanding, a bench, seat or even a stool can offer something to rest on when needed.

Sinks

Depending on the overall look of your bathroom – rustic? minimalist? modern? – the bathroom sink can be made of natural, rough-looking materials such as stone. Or go for sleek, smooth marble. One basin or two? A double vanity can speed up morning rituals when there are multiple people using the bathroom.

Toilets

Last year saw the introduction of the Japanese toilet with a heated seat and self-closing lid. But a severe run on toilet paper in early 2020 might have got you thinking of installing a bidet. Very European.

The Extras

Heated towel racks, underfloor heating and skylights that bring the outdoors in are all great ideas and popular.

“We’re seeing a lot of mixed metals, cleaner lines, with a few wood tones to warm the designs.”

Bathrooms – Small & Splendid

The ideas for large and luxurious bathrooms can be scaled down to fit any size bathroom. If your budget doesn’t allow for a full four-piece bathroom, opt for using higher-end materials to make your small space splendid.

The following trends for 2021 are great ways to make a smaller bathroom appear just as lavish as a larger one.

Nature

Bathroom trends for 2021 include biophilic. This design trend puts us in touch with the natural world. Large windows or a skylight that lets in natural light is one idea. Or surround yourself with lots of moisture-loving plants. No room for plants? Choose a shade of green wallcovering.

Color

Sherwin-William’s color pick for 2021 is Urbane Bronze. This new neutral color can be used as an accent. Or mix it with other warm neutrals such as bone whites.

Flooring

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Tile flooring keeps the bathroom easy to clean and beautiful. Neutral colors don’t have to be boring. The design can be the stand-out feature, such as a herringbone pattern. Or consider terrazzo, a mix of natural stone, cement and marble. It has unlimited color and material combinations, but should be used in small fragments, rather than large.

Conclusion

Today’s bathrooms are likely to be more than a place to wash your face. With careful designing, décor and the little extras that make life enjoyable, your bathroom can give you an invigorating start to your day or offer respite after a stressful one.

For ideas on how to make your bathroom a beautiful functional space, contact us for a consultation. Or view our portfolio of projects to see what Roeser Home Remodeling has done for other St. Louis families.

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Home Office Ideas for Everyone

With so many of us having to pivot to working and learning remotely this year, a dedicated home office or study area became prime real estate in the home. Everyone – employees, students and stay-at-home folks – had to shift gears. Space and privacy became a premium as everyone scrambled to carve out their space.

A home office doesn’t have to be big or completely private. Here are some home office ideas for everyone in your home.

Claim Your Space

Everyone will have different workspace needs, depending on what they do. If you have a craft business, you’ll need space to hold all your materials, threads and sewing machine. If you’re a blogger or virtual assistant, your laptop will be your main piece of equipment and you may not need more a desk and file cabinet. A student, on the other hand, will need quiet and privacy for studying.

Some remodeling customers might decide on a home office addition, and Roeser Home Construction can definitely help you design, plan and build that. The more common and cost-effective solution is to repurpose an existing space. This could be a guest bedroom, breakfast nook, or corner of the basement.

Kitchen or Living Room Nook

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Does your living room have a bump out that can be enclosed? Does your kitchen have a breakfast nook that can be redesigned with your home office in mind? Take a look around your home and imagine a space transformed into an office.

Many modern kitchens have a built-in desk area for paying bills and planning meals. It could work for a small home-based business.

The downside is that the kitchen is often the center of the home and will have a lot of distractions. It could also be the downfall of your waistline if you’re prone to snacking, with food always so close.

Basement Office

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Does your lower level or basement have a separate entrance? This can be a big plus if you’re a professional who needs to see clients while conducting business. The separate entrance gives your clients privacy to come and go. It also means you won’t be constantly interrupted with unexpected deliveries at the front door.

There are a few downsides to consider if you’re thinking of a basement home office. How damp does your basement get? Too much moisture may ruin documents or affect electronics. How is the lighting? If you’re basement is too far below ground or in an older home, you may not have enough natural light coming in. Will you be able to easily add extra overhead lighting? At the very least, you’ll need task lighting.

Guest Bedroom

If you have a bedroom that doesn’t get much use except for the occasional visitor, consider giving it a makeover. This is a popular choice for a home office because it will already have the outlets and wi-fi capability you’ll need to conduct business.

One downside to making over a guest bedroom as an office is there is no separate entrance. So if your business involves meeting clients, they’ll have to walk through the rest of the house to get to your office.

If you still plan to use it as a spare bedroom, think of furniture that can do double duty. An armoire with drawers can hold some clothing while also storing your files. A love seat can pull out to a small bed. You may be inconvenienced for a bit while your guest is visiting, but you’ll have a dedicated workspace otherwise.

Corner Space

Sometimes the only option is to set up a desk in a corner of a bedroom or the living room. If that’s all you can do, give yourself some privacy. One option could be to use 3-panel folding screens. When they’re enclosing your space, you’re telling others you’re busy working or studying.

Conclusion

Who would have thought we’d be prescient back in October 2019 when we wrote that home office designs would be an area for growth for interior designers in 2020.

If you see working from home in your future, contact our Roeser Home Remodeling Design Team. Our award-winning designers will meet with you to discuss your options on redesigning ot remodeling your home to add an office or workspace.

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When You Work With Roeser Home Remodeling

At Roeser Home Remodeling, we are passionate about our work and pride ourselves in bringing craftsmanship to our projects. Of course you want your home to be beautiful. But when you work with Roeser Home Remodeling, you’ll get more than beauty. You’ll get durability, quality, integrity and much more.

Durability

If you want a slap-dash job completed in as little time as possible – we are not the company for you. We don’t believe in doing a project in a hurry, using poorly designed and manufactured products.

We believe our work should be something of value and endure the passage of time. Just like our company. Roeser Home Remodeling has stood the test of time with more than 35 years specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Now, a second-generation family member is deeply involved with the business.

Quality

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Home and family mean everything to us. It’s a reflection of who we are and what’s important in our lives. Because of that, we are drawn to people in the St. Louis area who value their homes, take care of them and want a home remodeling project that will not need to be replaced or redone again in a few years.

That’s why we don’t cut corners. When you work with Roeser Home Remodeling, you’ll see we use quality products. Quality doesn’t mean the most expensive; it means it has that durability attribute that we believe in.

Quality products

You’ll love showing off your remodeled kitchen or bathroom and when you do, you’re showing off custom-built shelf units, Moen and Kohler plumbing fixtures  or Amalfi Coast flooring.  We are an authorized Wellborn Cabinetry Dealer and carry NatureKast cabinetry, specifically designed for outdoor kitchens.

Quality and beautiful end-products are fundamental to a remodeling company. That makes sense.

But if you could look behind the Charleston maple door style cabinets, you would see what has kept us in business for more than three decades.

Quality work

Trends in quality products come and go, but quality work endures. When you work with Roeser Home Remodeling, you can trust that the structural integrity of your new home addition will never be compromised. Your new kitchen, bathroom or basement will be up-to-code. Your floors won’t squeak when you walk on them. The walls will be straight. Those are the details we focus on because they are the backbone of your home remodeling project.

That’s because we value integrity.

Integrity

Our reputation is important to us and we protect it. If you look up the definition for “integrity,” you’ll find it means “possession of firm principles,” with synonyms of honor, reliable, honesty.

It starts when we first meet with you to discuss your project. We can’t have a good working relationship if we aren’t honest with each other. Our team believes in simple, straightforward, and open communication. We want you to ask us questions about our methods and our workmen.

You need to be honest with us, too. We believe in giving homeowners realistic home remodeling cost and completion estimates early in the process. This will minimize any later surprises. We can’t do that without understanding your budget and time constraints.

For more than 30 years, Roeser Home Remodeling has worked hard in the St. Louis area to become a name you can count on and trust. We did that with help from our awesome team members.

Team of Experts

Roeser Home Remodeling prides itself in being the top professional home remodelers in the St. Louis area. For the third straight year, we’ve been awarded the 2020 Houzz Best of Design award. Last year, we also were awarded Best of Service for customer satisfaction.

Our Team

We win these awards because we have a team of experts under our roof – designer, architect and remodeler – as well as lasting relationships with top quality, local trade contractors. Working side by side provides St. Louis homeowners with the convenience and confidence of a single home remodeling team with a shared mission – bringing to life what you envision for your home.

Continuing Education

It’s our job, as home remodeling professionals to keep up-to-date. We do this through continuing education. New products, new technology, new laws, regulations and codes –these are just a few of the issues facing home remodeling companies today.

Preserving the Past, Looking to the Future

You found the perfect home in a neighborhood you love. Built 50 or more years ago, it definitely needs some updating.

The TEAR IT UP-STL team will guide you through the daunting task of processing the perfect financial option to fit your needs and creating a home unique to you and your community. Whether you want to tear up one room, three rooms, or the whole house, we’ve got you covered.

When you work with Roeser Home Remodeling, you not only get three decades of experience and expertise. You’re getting a glimpse into the future. We can remodel your home’s exterior, while giving it’s inner workings a 21st century boost.

Conclusion

Three of our team members have won various awards and furthered their certifications in the past five years. With nationally recognized young leaders like these at the helm, we’re confident Roeser Home Remodeling will be in good shape for the next 35 years and more.

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Outdoor Spaces Can be Functional and Beautiful

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Do you picture yourself sitting on your front porch, watching the sunrise with a cup of coffee in hand? Or enjoying a cool evening breeze as you watch the sunset from your patio? Perhaps you love watching a storm from the safety of your home. Outdoor spaces can add value and beauty to your home.

A deck, patio or porch are all great ways to enjoy your surroundings, relax after work or bring the family together. In addition, an outdoor space can also be an investment. One of the top returns on a remodeling or new construction project for homeowners is a deck or patio. Roeser Home Remodeling can work with you to create a functional and beautiful outdoor living space that fits your budget.

What is an Outdoor Space?

Outdoor spaces can be broken down into types – detached from or attached to the home; elevated or at ground level; enclosed or open. Any one of these can expand your living space and your enjoyment of your home.

When you’re thinking about expanding your home into the outdoors, there are some things you need to consider.

Examples of Outdoor Spaces

Before drawing up any design, first decide how you plan to use your new outdoor space. Here are some ideas.

Decks

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Create an outdoor living space with a wood deck.

Do you envision entertaining a large crowd, cooking on your outdoor kitchen and dancing under the stars? Or do you prefer more intimate affairs with cozy seating around a fire pit as you and your guests talk deep into the night? Even large gatherings need quiet spaces, so a step-down from the main deck is a great option for both.

If you’ll be spending lots of time on your deck, consider the ages of your family members. Older members would benefit from wider steps with handrails. Having a deck with enclosed rails will keep babies and toddlers safe.

Decks are attached to the home and usually elevated several feet or more. They are made from a number of materials so you’ll be sure to find something that fits your budget. These include treated lumber, composite lumber, composite material, and aluminum. Aesthetically, any of these would work, depending on what you envision for your outdoor living space.

Patios

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A patio can extend your pool deck.

Patios differ from decks in several ways. They are built at ground level and can be attached or detached from the house. Patios can be made with pavers, poured or stamped concrete, salvaged bricks or tile.

Like a deck, a patio can be set up in distinct zones to get more out of your outdoor living space. If you have an in-ground pool, a patio can be an extension of its deck, making a better (and drier) transition from water to home. Adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace will allow you to use your outdoor space long into the cooler seasons.

You could even add a patio away from your home, using it as a foundation for a fire pit with seating.

Porches

Enjoy the sunrise on your porch

Watching the sunrise from your porch is one of life’s small pleasures. But more importantly, a front porch can give your home great curb appeal. A new or remodeled front porch from Roeser Home Remodeling can change the look of your home and add to your investment.

Porches can have any number of designs. It can wrap around two sides of the home with multiple doors leading to interior rooms. Or it can run the length of the front of the house.

Whatever the design or length, your porch signifies a transition from the outer world of public spaces to the home within the house. Make that transitional space uniquely yours with charming touches such as wicker furniture or porch swing, potted plants and a welcome mat or flag.

Enclosed porches/Sun rooms

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A screened-in porch lets you enjoy outdoor spaces in comfort

A large deck, patio or remodeled porch might be the perfect fit for your family. However, if you want something that can be used in all sorts of weather, at all times of the year, then an enclosed porch or sun room is a good option.

Screened porches and sun rooms allow you to enjoy the outdoors while avoiding glaring heat, rain or pesky insects. Knowing how you will use the room, and during which seasons you would like to utilize the space, will help you decide which style best suits your family’s needs. If you want to keep bugs out, have a flow-through of air and don’t plan to extend your outdoor living space through winter, then a screened porch is for you.

A sun room is glass enclosed and is usually built on the side or back of a house. This is so the room can catch the southern or western sun, making it more likely to be used all year. Screens and sliding glass doors may also be installed for those who prefer to be able to open up the room and allow the fresh air to filter inside.

Conclusion

Whether you’re starting a project from the ground up or remodeling an existing feature, Roeser Home Remodling will make sure it keeps with the spirit and style of your home’s architectural roots so that everything flows and works together.

Call us today @ 314-822-0839. We can help you bring your vision to life.

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Smart Lighting is a Dynamic Design Feature

One of the greatest inventions of the 19th century was the light bulb. Illuminating our homes without having to light a kerosene lamp was a big step forward in lighting and security.

Conventional lights work by flipping a switch on and off. Sometimes they are hardwired into a dimmer switch, allowing you to adjust the mood and lighting of a room. It wasn’t until incandescent bulbs gave way to LED that changes in lighting technology picked up speed.

Today we have smart lighting, which gives you far more control. With this technology, you decide your lighting needs – from bright lights needed to vacuum to mood lighting for entertaining or movie-watching. And instead of flipping a switch or turning a dimmer, you’ll be able to use your voice or smart device to do it for you. 

What is smart lighting?

Lights are still connected to your home’s power; that isn’t likely to change in our lifetime. But now, smart LED bulbs that contain software can be used for smart lighting. With this smart technology, you can automate your lights or control them remotely.

This dynamic lighting feature is made possible with smart controls. There are two types of controls: voice control and wireless touch pads.

How does this work?

Wireless touch pads

Until now, the only way to get whole house control was to wire each individual switch or dimmer to a central controller. Threading wires through the walls was costly, time-consuming and labor intensive. Today, the switches “talk” to each other wirelessly and this makes the process easier and less expensive. You could do just a couple rooms at first, then finish the rest of your house as your budget allows.

Bluetooth

Your laptop and other devices use wi-fi, but these lighting devices use Bluetooth technology instead. If your internet goes down, your lights won’t.

Voice and smart phone control

Individual devices talk wirelessly to a central controller, basically a router. This controller is linked to a cloud server through the internet. Access your cloud server with a smart phone or voice control device such as Alexa or Siri.

How can I use this?

An app

A phone app gives homeowners ability to control lights from anywhere. This can be useful if you are out of town. You can set the app to turn on the lights in the house at a specific time, then change the lighting sequence a few days later to make it less predictable.

Voice controller

If you have something like Google Alexa, you can program it with specific lighting directions, such as turning off or dimming certain lights. Giving it a simple command such as, “Alexa, bedtime,” will set the program in motion.

Major light manufacturers such as Philips Hue and Ikea’s Trådfri line now integrate with voice controllers such as Apple’s Siri or Amazon’s Alexa.

Geofencing capability

Most people don’t like coming home to a dark house. Today’s smart lighting control systems are geofencing capable. This means that your phone can signal the router to switch on the lights when you turn onto your street or into your driveway.

What benefits to smart lighting are there?

Besides setting a mood, using smart lighting will save energy and money on your utility bill. 

Energy efficiency

Once you’ve programmed your lights to turn on and off in various rooms at specific times, you can forget about them until you make a change to the program. And if you’re ever unsure, you can always check it and turn it off remotely.

Smart LED bulbs also last much longer and generate less heat than the original light bulbs, using less energy.       

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Don’t like waking up to a dark house in winter? You can program certain lights to come on or program your bedroom light to gradually brighten, gently waking you up .

Conclusion

Smart lighting is here to stay. And why not? With the touch of a button or your voice, you can control your lights and save money and energy. If you’re considering a remodeling project, consider integrating smart lighting into your plan. Questions about smart lighting? Contact us here.

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Outdoor Kitchen – Stay in and Grill Out

Outdoor kitchen amenities are growing in popularity. More people are staying in and cooking out.

If cooking in the open air sounds like something you would enjoy, then you should consider Roeser Home Remodeling. We create indoor and outdoor living spaces. Whether it’s a large scale outdoor patio, or just a beautiful urban sanctuary, our team can build exactly what you want.

Are you thinking about an outdoor project? Here are some things to consider.

Outdoor Kitchen – Creating the Plan

When planning any backyard space, hire experts like Roeser Construction who understand the process of designing and installing features and buildings.

Our crew will work with the natural grade and features of your yard to create a seamless design you will love. Before you contact us, make a list with this helpful information:

  • Your Budget
  • Yard Dimensions
  • Must-have Needs
  • Wish-List Items

What dimensions will your project be?

Once you’ve measured your yard, get the dimensions of the area you want to change. Don’t forget to include the proper set-back dimensions from any roads or surrounding properties.

Our design team will need these measurements to draw up plans to scale. The measurements are also necessary to apply for any necessary permits. Having this info will prevent any property disputes later.

What is your budget?

You may not understand all of the factors that go into planning and installing long-lasting outdoor amenities, but having a solid budget will assist our design team in giving you the most for your money. Don’t be afraid to be honest.

At Roeser we’ve worked with all kinds of budgets and all kinds of projects. Communication is so important for a successful project.

How will you use the outdoor kitchen?

There are lots of things you can do with an outdoor entertaining space. Aside from a new outdoor kitchen, you may also want to add a pool, or extend a patio. A fire pit is another popular feature. Adding a fire pit or outdoor fireplace will allow you to use your outdoor space all year long.

Take some time to think about how you want to use your outdoor space. Make a list of the features you want the most. Then compare that list with your budget.

What wish list items would you desire?

Our years of experience will help us to make suggestions and create ideas for your outdoor kitchen, or an expanded outdoor space. Thinking about a pool? We can incorporate that too.

Outdoor Design Elements

Design is so important when it comes to outdoor elements. Design will combine aesthetics with usefulness. A superb design will also add value to your home.

Outdoor seating

Comfortable seating for friends and family is a must for your outdoor space. Choosing cozy chairs and tables that can withstand St. Louis weather is essential to keeping your outdoor kitchen area looking fabulous.

When you are planning, make sure you have enough space for the seating you want. Low walls can double as seating, especially around an outdoor kitchen or fire pit.

Create privacy

Lattice panels, pergolas, and decorative fencing can create privacy from neighbors. Plants are another way to add more privacy, as well as color and texture to your outdoor space.

Plan space for traffic flow

Traffic patterns are another consideration. How you and your guests move into and out of the house, and to each section of your outdoor space, should be considered.

We can also mark out the area in your yard so you can get a feel for the natural flow of traffic patterns. This is a great way to get a true feel for the design, and a great time to make any final changes.

Use cabinets to hide utilities and tools

Cabinets can provide storage and save you steps back and forth to your indoor kitchen. We carry NatureKast cabinetry which is specifically designed for outdoor kitchens.

Outdoor cabinetry can also be used to store pool items, lanterns, candles, drinkware, or anything you might want to keep out of sight.

Design for year-round use

Being able to use your outdoor space year-round increases the value of your investment. When designing spaces for an outdoor living pool and patio in St. Louis, you should consider ways to make the space useable even during the colder months.

Outdoor kitchens with a full roof is an excellent way to extend the grilling season. A pergola with a solid cover can protect furniture and guests from the rain. A gas fire pit can heat a seating area on chilly nights.

Our Roeser design team can create ways to maximize use of your backyard space. We will have ideas and tips to expand your outdoor kitchen into a place of enjoyment every month of the year.

Roeser Home Remodeling is an expert outdoor kitchen builder. We would love the opportunity to create your outdoor kitchen. Give us a call to discuss what we can build for you. We will sit down with you and create a design that you will be proud to own.

For homeowners and others in the St. Louis area, contact us at 314.822.0839.

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Our Working Relationship is Built on Trust

In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever to trust the people you work with. Trust isn’t always easy to come by. It requires hard work and sometimes years to build and maintain.

Roeser Home Remodeling has been in business for 35 years. Our mission hasn’t changed since we started our company – help you create the perfect home for you. As an award-winning company, we’ve gained your trust. You don’t receive those awards without having earned the trust of your clients along the way.

How do we gain your trust?

Trust Builds Confidence

Trust is a key element needed to accomplish your home remodeling project. But before we can build trust with you, we need to have confidence in our business partnerships with the tradesmen and –women who work with us to create your home.

Roeser Home Remodeling of St. Louis prides itself on being a top-notch professional in the home remodeling industry. One way we’ve done this is by forming trusted business relationships with other top-notch professionals. These business relationships make us “kindred spirits” because we expect and demand only excellent customer service, product materials, and workmanship from ourselves and our business associates.

That confidence filters down to our clients. We know we can trust our partners and associates to give you their best work.

“Roeser Home Remodeling has done a lot of work for us. A two story

addition, new custom closet and bathroom, and a new front porch

with beautiful wooden doors. I would recommend them to anyone.”

~ Christine Martin

Communication Builds Trust

The success of your remodeling project depends on good communication.

Remember the old telephone game? Someone whispers a sentence in your ear and you pass it to the next person. As the sentence is relayed from person to person, it becomes muddled and the original meaning is lost in translation.

We don’t like that game. We know that for any relationship to be a success, there must be clear communication. One reason that communication breaks down between a remodeler and the client is because they don’t speak the same language.

Like any profession, the remodeling industry has its own language. Permits, load-bearing walls, punch list, general contractor – these are all terms we’re familiar with but the client may not be.

“Roeser kept me informed throughout the project, everything was

completed as promised, and they left the house clean. I have a

beautiful new room. I’m planning to contact them for my next remodel.”

~ Patty R

At Roeser Home Remodeling, we encourage you to ask questions and share your concerns, needs and ideas. We make sure you understand exactly what we’re doing and why. When you’re living among a remodeling project, tensions can rise as you see your home in upheaval. Good communication reduces stress and any concerns before they become problems.

Costs

At Roeser Home Remodel, we know that you work hard for your money. We understand you may be uncomfortable about discussing some financial matters with us. But it’s important that we have a clear idea of what you’re able to spend on a remodeling job.

Budgets Create a Frame

Budgets are designed to be a frame within which a project is done. Without that frame, the work spills over and ends of up costing more than anyone planned. That doesn’t make you, the homeowner, happy. And if you aren’t happy, we won’t be happy.

We promise to watch your pennies as carefully as you do. They will not be wasted and no matter how large or how small your home remodel project, value will never be compromised.

Another 35 years….at least

We take pride in the fact that we now have a second generation working with us in our family business. This generation is just as dedicated to making lasting relationships and shared memories with you. We want you to feel great about your home remodeling project, talk about it and “show it off” to your family and friends. This is the greatest testament to a successful home remodeling project.

And it all begins with trust.

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