What are my tile options for my Charlotte master bathroom remodel?

When it comes to remodeling your bathroom, tile seems to be the place most people start. Whether it be for new bathroom flooring or shower walls or shower flooring, there are choices!

Value Remodelers and Handyman Services (an Archadeck of Charlotte company) specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling and spends literally hours researching new tiles and their appropriate applications each and every year. We go to the various trade shows and work with local retailers such as The Tile Collection here in Pineville, NC to identify the latest trends and styles. Customers today want larger tiles like 16×16 or 18×18 to be the feature on their bathroom floors while their shower floors are going to smaller mosaic type tiles that are less slippery. Travertine tile is another very popular option for flooring as well as backsplashes over the vanities. Travertine when sealed is not as porous and makes a beautiful real stone looking tile.

Master showere by Value Remodelers of Charlotte

Master showere by Value Remodelers of Charlotte

When it comes to the shower wall tiles, we see medium sized tiles and rectangular tiles for those who want a more contemporary look. When you see the wall tiles, often the designers are impregnating them with glass or mosaic small decorative insert tiles to provide some flare.

We often get asked about the price of the various tiles and it truly differs by substrate. Your travertine tiles are very reasonably priced as are the ceramic tiles. When you get into the glass and mosaic tiles, the price jumps considerably but these are typically used as accents and so therefore a relatively small amount is required to do the job.

Grout is an important variable when it comes to aesthetics of the overall tile job as well as the performance. If you are mixing the grout yourself, make SURE you are following the manufacturer’s instructions as the key to getting the right color and consistency varies by producer! Please visit our web site to get great tile ideas and over kitchen and bath ideas at http://www.valueremodelers.com or come to our show room at 2311 Village Lake Drive in Charlotte, NC.

Value Remodelers and Handyman Serices is an Archadeck of Charlotte company that totally remodeled this master bathroom shower with frameless glass

Value Remodelers and Handyman Serices is an Archadeck of Charlotte company that totally remodeled this master bathroom shower with frameless glass

Top 10 home repairs/remodeling projects that are done to improve the home value in Charlotte market area

Kitchen remodeler Charlotte

Totally remodeled kitchen by Value Remodelers and Handyman Services in Charlotte, NC

Value Remodelers and Handyman Services is a fully licensed and insured remodeling organization that is an Archadeck of Charlotte company. In reviewing the Top 10 home repair/ remodeling projects that their customers find add the most value to the home, we have decided to publish these:

1. Update Master Bathroom

2. Update front entry door

3. Replace rotten wood around windows and doors

4. Update Kitchen counter tops and cabinets

5. Add stone features to interior fireplace, back splashes, and islands

6. Replace outdated lighting fixtures and upgrade to LED bulbs

7. Tear out carpeting and replace with hardwoods

8. Add heated living space for in-laws suite

9. Make bathrooms upgraded for “aging in place” and handicap accessible

10. Replace windows with energy efficient vinyl replacement windows

Remodeling Magazine publishes similar lists and it is interesting to see the overlap between Charlotte, NC and the national scene!

To see a great photo gallery of home remodeling projects, go to valueremodelers.com

Need a Handyman Service for Ft. Mill or Rock Hill, SC?

Value Remodelers and Handyman Services installed this tile in a bathroom

Value Remodelers and Handyman Services installed this tile in a bathroom

Are you looking for a reasonably priced and well insured handyman service for the Ft. Mill or Rock Hill, SC area? Value Remodelers and Handyman Services is an Archadeck company that will provide professional handyman services for a mere $50/ hour! This is a company that has a physical location in Charlotte, NC with a show room and a reputation that is second to none. All of the workers are trained and work under the owner’s general contracting license. For more information, either call 704-944-1350 or go to www.valueremodelers.com

 

How do get the best design advice for your bathroom remodel project?

What is the best way to work with someone to get good advice on designing your bathroom. Try to find a professional with experience in not only design but the understands the actual construction and what costs are.

This big challenge consumers find is they are working with architects who do not necessarily consider cost when laying out designs. Value Remodelers and Handyman Services in Charlotte is a division of Archadeck and is uniquely suited with both design and build expertise.

What you will really enjoy is the consultative approach the company takes in working with you to define the scope of work, the budget restrictions, and provide great design ideas for both function and beauty. To see these…go to http://www.valueremodelers.com

What is the consumer’s responsibility to a contractor?

What is the consumer’s responsibility to a contractor? The question is normally the other way around! That being said, like any relationship you enter into, there are mutual obligations.

One, do your homework prior to hiring any contractor. Make sure they have the appropriate experience, references, time in business, insurances, licenses, and inspect their work in more than one scenario. Number two, make sure that EVERYTHING is in writing on the details of the work to be performed. If it is not, “implied” or what you were thinking may not happen! Thirdly, be available for questions. There are often gray areas when it comes to aesthetics on what you may want and how it will be finished. Make sure the contractor has easy ways to communicate with you.

One of the primary obligations a consumer has to a contractor is paying your bill on time. There is consistent pressure exerted on the contractor to be timely and on schedule. The homeowner has the same obligation to uphold their end of the contract.

When both parties act responsibly, the outcome is generally positive! For more information on a professional contractor in Charlotte, NC …go to www.valueremodelers.com or www.charlotte.archadeck.com

Turning 50 and celebrating in our outdoor living space!

Eric Kent turned 50 and celebrated with friends in outdoor living space

Ron, Eric, Steve, and Neal celebrating 50th birthdays

July 14th, 2012 was my 50th birthday (yesterday)! I have been writing this blog for over 3 years and shared insights on everything from outdoor fireplaces, to composite decks, to patio’s, etc…

For my 50th birthday, my wife and I decided to celebrate in our backyard and utilize our beautiful outdoor living space that Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built for us. We invited some very close friends and I got a surprise the night before as 3 of my childhood friends from Akron, Ohio flew in to celebrate with us. During the party, my sister arrived and surprised me as she drove down from Canton, Ohio. The get together made me realize how fortunate I am to have such great friends and family. To see more outdoor living photo’s from Archadeck, go to www.charlotte.archadeck.com

How to find a good handyman service in Charlotte?

People are staying in their homes longer and longer. Just like keeping an automobile longer, homes require more maintenance as time goes by. When people do not address these items, the problems grow larger.

That being said, many of the home repair needs require special skills and often we as consumers do not possess them. So, how do you find a good handyman in Charlotte, NC? Here are some tips to help you feel safe and confident:

1. Get a minimum of 5 references from previous clients

2. Call your local Better Business Bureau

3. Do a thorough on-line search of any activities and check out their web site

4. Go to their place of business (even if it’s their home!)

Value Remodelers and Handyman Services is an Archadeck of Charlotte company and located right in Charlotte and serves a 40 mile radius. They have a showroom and an unblemished reputation. For more information, go to www.valueremodelers.com or www.charlotte.archadeck.com