Preparing for Your Kitchen Remodel

When you envision the end result of your beautiful kitchen remodel you probably gloss over the part where you’ll be living in your home throughout the construction process. All remodels take patience and perseverance, but preparing for your project in advance can reduce the amount of inconvenience you will experience in the weeks or months you will be living without a fully functioning kitchen. Here are a few tips from Green Basements & Remodeling to make your kitchen remodel a bit less stressful.   Establish Storage Areas Before your project even begins you must move everything out of the kitchen. This is a great time to purge any old, broken, or unused items. Establish a dedicated storage for all remaining items while your project is in process. Basements, garages, and spare bedrooms can be utilized but if those aren’t options and you just don’t have room onsite, you will need to consider offsite options such as friends’ and family members’ homes or storage units.   Create a Temporary Kitchen Dining out, delivery, and carryout are great meal solutions while you don’t have a working kitchen, but these options can get tiresome and put a strain on your budget. By setting up a temporary kitchen you will have a spot where you can brew your morning coffee and put together a few basic meals. Choose a dust-free space somewhere that’s out of the way of construction to serve as your temporary kitchen. Add a table, chairs, and shelves or storage crates for your pantry items and necessary equipment, such as a microwave, coffeemaker, electric kettle, toaster oven, electric griddle and slow cooker. The refrigerator and freezer in your temporary kitchen can be stocked with individually portioned microwaveable meals before moving everything out of your kitchen. Paper plates, cups, napkins, and plastic utensils will cut down on dishes to be washed. You may also want to keep a knife, cutting board, and few of your favorite spices on hand. Don’t forget that your grill can do more than just roast meat and vegetables. Get adventurous and bake pizzas, biscuits, rolls, and skillet pies. Keep a stash of nonperishable and “grab and go” snacks available like peanut butter, crackers, sliced bread, dried fruit, canned goods, trail mix, cereal, soup, and fruit.   Plan a Few Getaways Giving yourself a few breaks throughout your project can give you the renewed energy you need to complete a renovation. Taking a mini vacation can be difficult in the time of COVID-19, but renting a hotel room for a night, spending a few days at one of your family or friends’ homes, or renting a recreational vehicle can provide a much needed respite from your project.   Stay Calm and Focus on the Big Picture When you find yourself in the middle of your project, beginning to panic and feeling overwhelmed, focus on the beautiful end result. Your kitchen remodel is only temporary. Remember, you will be enjoying your new kitchen shortly and for many years to come.   Partner with Green Basements & Remodeling Ready to remodel your kitchen? Our curated team of professionals is ready to walk you through our all-inclusive process. Your kitchen renovation will have a dedicated team solely focused on your job and ready to create the kitchen of your dreams!

Age-in-Place Remodeling

Over 40 million Americans are 65 and older, our nation’s average life expectancy is steadily increasing (currently almost 80 years old!), and Baby Boomers are generally in better physical condition than their predecessors. The trend of previous generations to move to retirement communities and independent living facilities is changing with many empty nesters, retirees, and seniors now choosing to age-in-place at their homes. Rethinking home design and remodeling areas of a home to the unique requirements of its residents often allows for extended years of comfortable independence.   Age-in-Place Remodeling Projects
  • Kitchens: Bringing countertops and cabinets down from 34 inches off the floor to a more accessible 30 inches off the floor creates a mores accessible space for wheelchair or scooter users.
  • Bathrooms: Heavy bath bars and grab bars are easy additions that can help prevent falls throughout a bathroom. Step-through tubs, curdles showers, and comfort-height toilets provide additional layers of safety and convenience.
  • Flooring: Slick, hard stone floors can be replaced with more slip-resistant flooring materials, such as vinyl and linoleum.
  • Lighting: Lighted switches and motion-activated lighting are two convenient safety features preferred by residents as their ability to see at night and in darkened areas deteriorates.
  • Doorways: Widening doorways beyond 32 inches allows users full access, even if they are using a wheelchair or scooter
  • Functional details: Small details like switching out round doorknobs for easy-grip levers that don’t require a twisting motion is especially helpful for people with arthritis and other mobility issues.
  Partner with the Top Remodeling Team in Atlanta Why Green? As an all-inclusive remodeling company, Green Basements & Remodeling offers years of experience with basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and theater/media rooms to the most discerning Atlanta homeowners. Our detailed design process, amazing 25,000 square foot showroom, and talented team takes all the homework out of remodeling. Dedicated Project Managers and Designers assist each each client through their project, ensuring it is running smoothly and efficiently with customer service being the top priority every step of the way. Call us at 678-REMODEL or contact us through our online form to get started on your home remodeling project today.   Concerned about COVID-19? Green Basements & Remodeling takes the health and well being of our customers and employees very seriously. Read our COVID-19 Announcement for more information about our updated policies and procedures.

Bathroom Sink Mounting Options

Choosing a bathroom sink may seem like an easy task at first but can quickly become overwhelming. Last month we discussed factors to consider when selecting your sinks, such as style and lifestyle, storage options, available space and configuration, size and shape, and faucet compatibility. This month we will be showcasing the variety of mounting options available:

  • Undermount: A great choice for busy family bathrooms, the lack of rim on an undermount sink makes it easy to clean while offering a seamless look.
  • Top-mount: Generally less expensive than undermount sinks and the easiest type of sink to install, a top-mount (also called self-rimming or drop-in) sink is designed to allow most of the sink to sit below the counter, with just the rim sitting on top.
  • Wall-mount: Wall-mounted sinks attach directly to the wall with visible plumbing beneath. The lack of cabinets beneath a wall-mounted sink offers a clean, open look but does not offer an area for storage.
  • Pedestal: Like wall-mounted sinks, a pedestal sink basin is also attached to the wall but it rests on a pedestal that supports it from underneath. These sinks work well in small bathrooms and powder rooms where storage and counter space are not priorities.
  • Vessel: A vessel sink is a large, free-standing bowl that sits on top of the vanity. These dramatic sinks are best suited for master baths and powder rooms where you want to add striking focal point.
  • Integrated: Integrated sinks provide a clean, sleek, all-in-one answer by combining a countertop and bathroom sink together. This type of sink is easy to clean due to its lack of ridges and seams, making it a great choice for busy family bathrooms.
  • Semirecessed: Semirecessed sinks have a basin that extends beyond a narrow ledge or vanity allowing users to get closer to the sink to reach the faucet without the obstruction of a countertop and cabinets. This type of sink is a good choice for children’s bathrooms and tight spaces.
  • Washplane: Slim, streamlined washplane sinks feature a trough under the sink to catch water before it runs into the waste pipe. These shallow sinks do not have plug options so they are best suited for powder rooms where they will be used only for hand washing.
  • Console: Similar to a wall mounted sink, a traditional console sink is supported by two “legs” mounted at the front of the sink. Console sinks typically have generous counter space and open shelving below.
  • Corner: If bathroom space is tight, consider using a triangular corner sink. These small sinks easily fit in an empty corner and are available in both pedestal and wall-mount options.

Let Green Help You Choose the Right Sink for Your Bathroom

We would love to help you choose the sink that works best for your space. Call us (678) 736-6335, contact us through our online form, or visit our new 10,000 square foot showroom and design center to collaborate with a member of our design staff today. In addition to bathroom sinks, the showroom is a one-stop shopping experience for all your home needs, including a wide selection of cabinets, countertops, tile, LVT, hardwoods, carpet, plumbing fixtures, and lighting.

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Choosing the Right Bathroom Sink

The available options among bathroom sinks can make the selection process a bit overwhelming. Here are a few factors you need to consider when choosing the correct one for you and your space.

Style and Lifestyle

Consider which bathroom you are shopping for and ask yourself who will use the room. By determining who will be using the sink and how, you can narrow down your choices. For example, you may want a sleek sink in a bathroom used only by adults (such as your master bathroom), a durable sink in a kids’ or family bathroom, or a stylish sink in a guest bathroom or powder room.

Storage Options

Consider how much storage space you need under, around, or adjacent to your bathroom sink. Wall-mounted or pedestal bathroom sinks do not have a surrounding countertop to provide storage, but options like cabinet mounted sinks will give your bathroom a finished look while providing underneath storage.

Available Space and Configuration

Determine how much area is truly available for your new sink by taking exact measurements of your potential sink space. Are you needing to configure a sink into an existing space? It is crucial to measure the existing cut-out in order to choose a new sink that will perfectly fit the countertop opening and mount in the same way.

Size and Shape

Unless you’re replacing an existing sink, size and shape are generally matters of personal preference. There are no standard sink sizes but basins are typically 5 to 8 inches deep, round sinks are usually 16-20 inches in diameter, and rectangular sinks are usually 19-24 inches wide and 16-23 inches front to back.

Faucet Compatibility

Make sure the size or shape of the sink works with your (new or existing) faucet choice. Most sinks have predrilled faucet holes to hold either a single-handle faucet or a faucet plus separate hot and cold water. Also pay attention the spacing of these holes. Most centerset faucets have holes spaced 4 inches apart but widespread faucets feature holes 8-16 inches apart. Some sinks (vessel and some undercount models) do not have faucet holes due to the fact the faucets are mounted on the wall above the sink or on the countertop behind the sink.

Let Green Help You Choose the Right Sink for Your Bathroom

We would love to help you choose the sink that works best for your space. Call us (678) 736-6335, contact us through our online form, or visit our new 10,000 square foot showroom and design center to collaborate with a member of our design staff today. In addition to bathroom sinks, the showroom is a one-stop shopping experience for all your home needs, including a wide selection of cabinets, countertops, tile, LVT, hardwoods, carpet, plumbing fixtures, and lighting.

Concerned About COVID-19?

Green Basements & Remodeling takes the health and well being of our customers and employees very seriously as we move forward in these unprecedented conditions. Read our COVID-19 Announcement here.

Splashy Kitchen Backsplashes

Kitchen backsplashes perform the functional duties of protecting your work spaces but they are also an important design element. They can seamlessly blend into an overall aesthetic or stand out as unique works of art. Beginning as small ceramic tile borders featuring fruits and vegetables and progressing through the prevalence of subway tile, the evolution of backsplashes is far from over.

Material: Classics & New Alternatives

Ceramic and porcelain tiles remain top material choices but metal, natural stone, glass, mirror, brick, and wood backslashes are being added to kitchens by homeowners looking to create a unique look. Homeowners interested in a more organic look are choosing handmade backsplash tiles to create depth and add variation.

Colors, Patterns, and Layouts

Neutrals (white, gray or beige) are top color choices but backsplash tiles are available in every possible color. Some upcoming trends include graphic prints and large patterned tiles. Tile layouts such as chevron, herringbone, Moroccan fish scale can also deliver big results. It is important to remember that the tiles will repeat (similar to wallpaper) meaning layout prior to installation is crucial to maintain a balanced look.

Finishes

Shiny finishes on porcelain and ceramic offer a classic look but when it comes to finishes, options are endless. The reflective quality of mirrored tile finishes can brighten your kitchen in the day (reflecting natural sunlight) and night (reflecting electric lighting). Metallic tiles can bring a glossy industrial feel to your space. Weathered and acid wash tile offer an aged, authentic look and tumbled tiles can be designed to resemble natural stone.

Heights: Take It to the Limit

A majority of homeowners are currently taking the backsplash up to the bottom of their kitchen cabinets or range hood, but full feature walls where the backsplash material is applied all the way up to the ceiling are rising in popularity. As more homeowners opt for open shelves or windows rather than upper wall cabinetry, these ceiling-height backsplashes become dynamic focal points.

Super Hot New Trend: Slabs

If you’re ready to break the mold and step out of the tile backsplash box, one of the hottest new trends is a slab backsplash. Slabs offer the appeal of a stunning, continuous surface, rather than smaller individual tiles divided by grout lines.

Partner with the Design Team at Green

Whether you are looking to incorporate traditional or contemporary backsplash designs into your kitchen, the team at Green Basements & Remodeling is ready to help you create the kitchen of your dreams. Call our office today to schedule your in home consultation and showroom meeting!

Your Green Home: Integrate Eco-Friendly Trends into Your Remodeling Project

Integrating green trends into your home remodeling project isn’t just better for the planet, it’s also better for your health and long-term finances. By incorporating sustainable and eco-friendly building and design trends, you can increase your home’s energy efficiency, improve its comfort, breathe healthier indoor air, and lower your overall maintenance costs.

VOC-Free Flooring and Paint

Carpets and synthetic (especially vinyl which is built from plastic) floor coverings may contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which discharge into the air of your home. Wood and stone flooring do not release VOCs and are easier to clean and maintain, making them well suited for homes with pets or allergy sufferers. Reclaimed wood floors are a very popular option. Recycled tile is also a great choice for areas of your home in need of a stronger surface, like bathrooms and kitchens. VOCs are also transported through wall paint. Look for “low-odor,” “low-VOC,” or water-based paints.

Correct Lighting

Choose energy-efficient windows and doors to maximize your home’s natural light during the day and add a low voltage lighting system with fluorescent bulbs for nighttime use. Fluorescent bulbs convert a majority of their energy into light compared to incandescent bulbs, which drain energy quickly.

Water-Saving Toilets

Most older toilets waste as much as 6 gallons of water per flush, but there’s a much better alternative. Water-saving options such as low-flow or dual-flush toilets can significantly contribute to reducing a household’s water consumption. Incorporating these toilets into a remodel is an easy and immediate way to save water and money.

Organic Textiles and Upholstery

The fire-retardants in many upholstery cloths, rugs, curtains, and carpeting contain formaldehyde, memory foam, dioxin, and brominated fire retardants. These additives can off-gas into the air causing lung and eye irritation. Consider organic cotton, wools, or silks when possible.

Green Knows About Green!

Green living can be incorporated into any remodeling project, but it’s important to partner with the best team. When you choose Green Basements and Remodeling, you are partnering with a general contractor and all-inclusive remodeling company. We are continually focused on successful outcomes for every client and project and we are always knowledgeable about industry trends and product technology advancements. Make your home a healthier place to live. Request an estimate or call us at 678-445-5533 to get started on your project today.  

How to Avoid Remodeling Regrets

From smaller updates to full home renovations, remodeling projects can quickly turn from fun and exciting to stressful and disappointing. At Green Basements and Remodeling we’ve seen it all and heard it all when it comes to remodeling. Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you avoid having any regrets about your project.

Have a Detailed Budget—with a Buffer

Lack of a detailed budget often turns into overspending or running out of money. Your budget dictates the renovation, making proper budgeting from the outset essential. Your budget should also include a 10% – 20% buffer for unexpected costs because they do arise, even with the most detailed budgets and design plans.

Have a Detailed Design Plan

Be diligent about your research and planning before any work gets underway. Spend time working on dream boards, using digital visualizers, and cutting pictures out of magazines to create a solid list of priorities and a detailed design plan. Collect fabrics, colors, styles, and specific materials you want emulate or duplicate and take time to learn the proper terminology for products, materials, and styles so that you can accurately communicate your wishes to your contractors. Lack of a detailed design plan at the outset of your remodel often leads to doubts or changes mid-renovation, which cost time and money.

Choose the Best Contractor—Not the Cheapest

After researching and receiving bids from your selected contractors, don’t instantly chose the “cheapest” option. You may think their lower bid price will save you money and keep your overall renovation cost down, but you will be faced with added costs if you have to fix mistakes or redo poor workmanship. Instead of focusing on the bid price alone, analyze exactly what their quote covers. Also, do your background research to be sure the contractor you choose has professional recommendations and evidence of prior quality work.

Understand DIY Doesn’t Always Save Money

Do-it-yourself projects are tempting for many remodelers. You see someone do it on TV and think you can save yourself some money. Unfortunately, the results often turn out less than stellar and the project always takes much longer than if done by a pro. Worst of all, if your DIY project is done out of order, you may have to rip everything out and start over again.

Why Green

As a general contractor and all-inclusive remodeling company, Green Basements and Remodeling is experienced with every aspect of a design/build and every type of remodeling. When you work with us you will have a dedicated Project Manager and Designer to assist you through every phase of your project, ensuring it runs smoothly and efficiently. Let’s get started on your remodeling project. Call us at (678) 736-6335, contact us through our online form, or visit our showroom today.

Make Your Basement Remodeling Dreams Come True

Are you dreaming of remodeling your basement and increasing your entertaining, storage, and living space? Don’t pick up a hammer to start the project yourself or start calling dozens of individual subcontractors! Save yourself from costly mistakes by partnering with the full service team at Green Basements and Remodeling. We are knowledgable and experienced with every step of a basement remodel from assessing any existing water damage or structural issues; to the installation of proper insulation materials (flame-retardant, mold- and acoustic-resistant); to creating a cohesive, functional, and visually appealing overall aesthetic. 

Advantages of Working with an All-Inclusive Remodeler

Separately hiring designers, contractors, sub-contractors, architects, and engineers in a classic design-bid-build method can lead to lots of problems including conflicting recommendations, delays, miscommunications, and mistakes. Working with a design/build, all-inclusive remodeler, like Green Basements and Remodeling, eliminates that chaos because all of your design, planning, and construction needs are handled by a single firm. In addition to a single source of accountability, our design/build process also offers these benefits: 

  • Close communication: Potential problems are more quickly solved and there is no miscommunication between trades regarding developing design and construction details.
  • Faster project completion: A design/build project can be completed in a shorter amount of time than a design-bid-build project due to reduced bid time, a streamlined schedule, and the ability to uncover and fix potential design and construction problems early.
  • Quality control: There is no ambiguity in material and construction specifications with the design build method since the designer, engineer, and builder are from the same firm and focused on protecting the clients interest.
  • Budget management: Project costs are clearly defined and controlled by the design/build firm. After arriving at the final project price, the client can rest assured their project budget will be managed.

Why Choose Green Remodeling

Partner with Green Basements and Remodeling to make your remodeled basement dreams a reality. Visit our online basement photo gallery then come visit us at our new 3500 square foot showroom where you can view samples of flooring, cabinets, countertops, light fixtures, tile, hardware and other materials that we can combine to complete your project. We are a fully licensed and insured contracting company with decades of experience and we will make sure your project is completed smoothly, efficiently, and 100% to your satisfaction. If you are considering transforming your basement into an extension of your home, call Green Basements and Remodeling at (678) 445-5533, visit us, or request a free estimate today.

Green Remodeling: Our Customer Reviews Say it All

If you’re a homeowner and you’ve ever considered the prospect of working with a contractor to renovate your house, it’s not too inconceivable that you’ve heard a horror story or two regarding someone else’s project that either went too long, way past budget, or every other direction except the way it was supposed to go. While some unforeseen issues may pop up that can’t always be avoided, there is still one great and valuable resource that you can always use to try and avoid as much headache as possible…

Customer reviews.

Simply put, customer reviews are not only one of the easiest ways to look up a particular company, but one of the most effective, because you’re getting direct feedback from the customer, in their own words. Customer reviews give you a great starting point when it comes to trying to decide who to hire for your home renovation project. Not only do they offer a snapshot on how credible and reputable a contractor is, but they can also tell you something about the quality of their craftsmanship, punctuality, and overall performance.

At Green Remodeling, not only do we pride ourselves on being Atlanta’s one-stop, locally-owned and operated remodeling and renovation expert for over a decade running, but we have a long list of satisfied client reviews to show for it. Even though we specialize in basementskitchens, and bathroomsGreen Remodeling can help you with nearly any aspect of redoing your residential or commercial location. 

For more information on our process and what sets us apart from the rest, click to contact one of our helpful design experts or visit our new design center/showroom in person and see just what all our great customer reviews are about!

We look forward to helping you create a luxurious space that’s as unique as you!

Successful Practices for Sustainable/“Green” Remodeling

Sustainable, or “green”, remodeling strives to minimize a home’s impact on the environment and conserve natural resources through intentional material and design choices. In addition to reducing your environmental impact, sustainable remodeling choices can make your home more efficient, improve the quality of its indoor air, and lower your energy bills.

Prioritizing Organic, Domestic, and Sustainable Materials

Careful consideration should be applied to material choices in sustainable remodeling, with a focus on organic (natural, non-toxic), domestic (local, hyperlocal) and sustainable (repurposed, easily recycled) materials, like wood, cork, steel, and bamboo. Internationally sourced building materials are often more affordable, but their air, sea, and ground transport creates harmful carbon emissions which contribute to global warming. Locally sourced building materials carry a smaller carbon footprint and also supporting local economies.

Reclaim, Repurpose, Reuse

From refinishing kitchen cabinets to incorporating recycled stone into your project, reclaiming, repurposing, and reusing materials will improve the efficiency of your renovation by reducing your project’s waste and helping your budget. Finding new life for any existing product eliminates the manufacturing and transportation emissions from producing something new, creates less landfill destined waste, and reduces your renovation’s carbon footprint.

Intentional Deconstruction

There is a bit of a thrill in “demo day” but it is important to intentionally deconstruct your project space rather than totally demolish it. By taking time to decide what can be repurposed or refurbished, you can give many materials a second chance rather than throwing them out as waste. You can then either use these salvaged items into your renovation or sell/donate them to a local material resource center.

Green Remodeling 

By choosing eco-friendly designs and making sustainable remodeling decisions, Green Basements and Remodeling proves that green living can be incorporated into any remodeling project. As a general contractor and all-inclusive remodeling company, Green Basements and Remodeling can provide you with an in-home consultation and your own personal designer assigned specifically to your job. We have expanded to offer our clients even more at our new 15,000 square ft showroom at 575 Commerce Park Dr SE, Marietta, GA 30060. When you choose Green Basements and Remodeling, you are partnering with a company that is knowledgeable about industry trends and product technology advancements and continually focused on successful outcomes for every client and project. Request an estimate or call us at 678-445-5533 to get started on your project today.