This year has people canceling plans and putting things on hold.  Maybe you can’t go to that festival or ball game. But what about remodeling your home? Is now the time to go ahead with a big project? Before you say no, consider these points:

The Strong Resale Market & Low Interest Rates –  With interest rates low and property values on the rise, now might be an ideal time to take out a HELOC or refinance and tackle that big home improvement project. You will experience an immediate increase in your home value and enjoy the benefits of your new space in the meantime.

Safety First –  We take the personal health and safety of our customers and employees seriously. Many steps have been implemented and reinforced to ensure we minimize exposure and maintain personal distance. It has been our practice for the last several years to use HEPA air filters to ensure there is sufficient ventilation and air flow in the work area. Surface protection and plastic sheeting is also used to separate workers from homeowners. Lastly, we have adjusted our project work schedule so that fewer workers are onsite at any one time. 

Expected ROI –  A word of caution: be aware of undertaking renovations that may price you out of your local market. Research the value of your home and the average market values in the surrounding area.  However, if you plan to stay in your home for a longer period of time, it may not be a major issue and you could recoup the value of the remodel.  Current cost verse value reports for our area estimate that for a major mid-range kitchen remodel a homeowner could recoup up to 64% of the cost. For bath remodels up to 72%. 

Updated Kitchens and Baths Help Sell Houses – Realtors have known this for years. That’s why a remodeled kitchen or bathroom, or a finished basement is often a highlighted feature in real estate photos. If you love the new space, likely the right buyers will too, seeing it as a key selling point. Remodeling these rooms positions the house for a faster resell at the best price.

Comfort, Enjoyment and Personal Satisfaction –  Regardless of the economic advantage for remodeling now, the most important reason is knowing the entire family will enjoy an improved quality of life right away and you will be able to stay in the location you’ve come to call HOME. We want you to love where live.

 

A homeowner hires a contractor to remodel their kitchen. After they hand over a check for supplies and materials, work begins. The contractor asks for more money but one day leaves the job. The homeowner tries to contact the contractor but again and again fails, the contractor has disappeared leaving the job incomplete, incorrect and unsafe. The homeowner has lost thousands of dollars and then finds out the so called contractor isn’t licensed with the state. It’s a story that you have no doubt heard many times on the news. So why is a license so important?

When a general contractor is licensed it means they have earned a trade license as required by their state and local laws. They have put in the time required to pass competency tests about business practices, safety measures, and trade skills. They are also required to provide proof of insurance, which protects you, your family, and home from bodily injury and property damage that could potentially happen during a project.

 

 A general contractor will serve as a single point of contact and manages all the aspects of your project. This includes securing builders permits, scheduling inspections, and ordering building materials. They schedule and supervise all trades required to be on your project – electricians, plumbers, tile installers, HVAC technicians, drywallers – to name a few.

Not every contractor uses the same steps to complete a project. But when licensed, a contractor carefully plans out the whole process before starting the work keeping in mind federal, state, and local ordinances. Keeping open communication with you, the homeowner, is a top priority.  A contractor will also make sure there is a legal signed contract between the two of you to ensure all commitments are met and adhered to as a protection for both the homeowner and remodeler.

 

Hiring a licensed general contractor, may cost a bit more, but it is a long term investment that will save you time, worry, and trouble.  GMH will be with you every step of the way until your project is complete and you are more than satisfied.

Recently large chain stores are offering remodeling services for kitchens, bathrooms, and basements. What are the differences between remodeling with GMH and these type of stores?

Simply put: service. In most cases, installation quality, attention to the little details, custom or out of the ordinary work is not their trademark. Also, a lot of things can pop up during a remodeling project- unforeseen conditions can occur. GMH has the people and resources to deal with these in a timely manner and will make sure the project keeps moving.

Do you need just a new toilet installed or maybe new blinds in the living room? Or what if you need a new garage door put in? These are times when a big box store is the right way to go. However, it is best to have GMH handle the complete job. When we take on your remodel, we have greater flexibility to get the job done. Every job, every situation, is different- so be sure to compare estimates but remember that it likely is not an apples to apples comparison.

At GMH, we value the trust you put in us to handle your complete remodeling job.  And when you invest in us, we invest in you to make sure your home is getting the best service and top-quality products. We would love to hear from you and learn more about your next project.

 

Please take a moment and view our recent work on our portfolio page.

 

Dane Perkins

What do you like most about managing projects?

Every project is different and has its own unique design, I like the variety that every project presents.   I enjoy seeing progress on a job everyday and making sure the customer is getting what they have envisioned. I enjoy working along with our team – carpenters, electricians, plumbers, tilers. We have fun and take pride in our work. 

How does GMH differ from others in the industry? 

Since we are a family owned business and a close knit group, we work well together and that means better service for our customers. Our time and energy isn’t spread thin so we can develop better relationships and beautiful homes. 

What are some challenges to remodeling?

Staying up to date with the industries best practices – codes and regulations can be a big challenge. Also trends in design are always changing. We want to deliver what the customer wants and needs so we need to constantly educate ourselves on new methods of construction and products.

Tell us a little bit about you… 

I live in Waukesha with my wife of 7 years and our 8 month old son. We have two cats, Leo and Obi. In our free time we love working on our home and spending time with family and friends.   I love spending time outside playing golf with my buddies. 

If you have never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous. Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel or home addition, it’s hard not to feel apprehensive.  When you know what to expect it can help allay your fears and make you better prepared for what’s to come. In this month’s and next month posts, we will discuss 11 things to keep in mind and expect during remodels.

Hepa-filter and barrier wall

1. Dust and Debris.  Even with preventative measures, a fine layer of dust can gather in parts of your home far from construction. However, there are a few ways to control it. Steps that may be taken include closing off the construction area from the rest of your home with a compression fit temporary wall or plastic barrier wall and running a hepa-filter machine. Additional recommendations include heating the house without your furnace if possible or completely blocking the warm-air and cold-air returns in the construction area.  Floor protection may also be placed in work areas and at the end of the day, the workers will do their best to clean up the area by sweeping, vacuuming and throwing out debris.

2. Noise and Traffic. It will be constant. Whining saws, sanders and thumping nail guns followed by bellowing compressors: in short, little peace or quiet. This may present a challenge if you have small children or pets. And if you work from home, you may need to find another location unless your home office is far away from the construction zone. Also, please keep in mind that workers may sometimes need to utilize additional space in the house, such as the garage for storage or the basement for electrical and plumbing access.

Enjoying your finished bathroom remodel.

3. Triumphant highs. For you it may be the demolition of the ugly vinyl floors in your kitchen. For others it may be the installation of the carefully selected backsplash tile. Others still may feel elated only when they see walls go up, drywall go in or when they can relax in their completely done kitchen remodel or bathroom remodel.

4. Multiple sighs. It may be that you just want to be done or that you are tried of answering so many questions and writing so many checks. Or you may just be tired of having so many people in your house. While we work hard for you and making things as unobtrusive as possible – hang in there – remodeling fatigue will be short lived when you get to move back into your newly remodeled space.

5. The unexpected. If you expect anything, expect this. Asbestos, rot, irregular framing, jerry-rigged wiring, funny plumbing and more unexpected surprises are bound to arise. No, you won’t be laughing, and neither will your general contractor. Count on finding something no one could have anticipated in your budget and time frame, this way you will be well prepared when it happens.

Adapted from an Article By : A. Higuera CGR, CAPS – HOUZZ Contributor

Next Month’s Blog: 6 more things to expect with your remodel.

Kitchen Remodeling Brookfield

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GHM has been the innovate and creative kitchen design and installation experts since 1995, serving Brookfield and the surrounding communities with top quality materials, master craftsmanship, and unsurpassed customer service. From classic to cutting edge, the kitchen design experts at GMH can make your kitchen into your DREAM kitchen!

Brookfield Bathroom Remodeling Experts

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If you are considering a makeover for your bathroom or adding a new bathroom to your home, GMH can work with your design ideas as well as suggest a variety of options to create a wonderful spa-like space in your home. We can add superior styling and quality name-brand fixtures, lighting, tiles, and new plumbing to create the perfect bathroom that fits your style and meets your needs. From spa-tubs, to adding a walk-in shower, or perhaps adding multiple sinks with a marble countertop—GMH can do it all, big or small!

  Basement Remodels in Brookfield

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Add extra living space for you and your family with a basement remodel by GMH! Our basement makeovers will also add style, function, and value to your home. We can turn your basement into a nice cozy family room, a basement bar, a home theater, or even a nice bedroom. Our top-quality basement finishing products are water- and mold-resistant and will help turn your basement into a beautiful living space that you will enjoy for years to come.

Talk to the basement remodeling experts at GMH Construction today!

Brookfield Home Additions

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If you are considering a new sun room, bedroom, or den addition to your home, look no further than GMH Construction. We will work with your ideas to design and build a home addition that will give you the most out of your home!  A new home addition not only adds room and beauty to your home, it adds monetary value and curb appeal! If your family is growing and you need additional space, consider adding a beautifully designed room built from top-quality materials by our experts at GMH!

Kitchens may be the heart of the home but bathrooms are the muscle. Where else can you do your makeup and cleanup the kids after playing in the mud? When designing your new bathroom, a vanity is essential.  A vanity can add style to your design and create a functional place for storage. From simple to modern, white to wood, there are thousands of options to chose from.

Double Sink

In most bathrooms, a double vanity is a great choice.  It’s a sure way to impress and as a added benefit, it will add value to your home if you decide to sell in the future.  A double sink is a very attractive choice to couples and large families since there is no need to fight over one sink during the busy rush of getting ready in the morning.

Grey

The color grey is a very popular choice for any project and bathroom vanities are no expectation. Grey looks great in traditional, modern or rustic bathrooms. Grey is also timeless. It goes great with a multitude of colors, whether you prefer a bright room or one with darker tones. 

Granite Top

A granite top is a beautiful addition to a bathroom. Even though they cost more then laminate, they stand the test of time. They are heat, stain and scratch resistant and come in many color options. Undermount sinks are common in granite tops. This is a great benefit as this allows dirt to be wiped directly into the sink without it being caught around the lip of a mounted sink.

Open Shelf

An open shelf vanity can open up space in your bathroom helping it feel bigger, which is great for small bathrooms. With an open shelf you can place a basket or two for storage and a set of towels, just like you might see in a spa. 

If you’re like me and enjoy spending time in the kitchen cooking or hanging out with friends and a glass of wine, then you have likely imagined the ideal kitchen in your head. Mine includes a large island settled in an open space plan between a sitting area, dinning, and kitchen. From that point the final details are ever evolving. Below are some ideas to help you settle on what you want most when you complete your kitchen remodel.

Blue Island/Grey Perimeter Contrast

Finishes

The finishes on an island vary by taste and personality of the room. One of recent trends is to incorporate colors and finishes in the Island that contrast with the kitchen’s perimeter cabinets. For example, if your perimeter cabinets are a light warm stained finish, then the island can have a deeper stain color with a glazed finish. Or an island painted blue or a deep emerald really stands out against perimeter cabinets painted white or light grey. Painted cabinets can even be combined with stained cabinets.

Butcherblock Snack Bar

Granite and quartz countertops between the perimeter and island can also be different slabs – or be from the same slab to help visually pull the areas together. A butcherblock wood countertop is an excellent look to add warmth and character to an island.

The combination for your remodeled kitchen is as endless as your creativity!

 

L-Shaped Island

 

Shapes

Kitchen islands come in a variety of shapes depending on the perimeter outline of your kitchen, overall size of the space, and the function of the island.

An island can be rectangular in various lengths, narrow, have a raised snack bar, bowed front for added seating, five- or six-sided, L shaped, or kitchens can have double islands. The advantage of each depends on how you navigate and work in the space.

 

Features

The best part about a Kitchen island is how it incorporates functionality with design. If you are low on dining space in your home, consider extending the island to include an eat-at table or snack bar. An Island can also include features such as a kitchen sink, secondary prep sink, range, under-counter microwave, open shelving, garbage/recycle bins, or beverage cooler. When designing a kitchen and island layout, always consider keeping the main features in near proximity while still allowing plenty of countertop area and space to move between them.

Double Island Kitchen

Sunken Gas Range in Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The variety of islands can be overwhelming, so make a short list of the features and finishes that are most important to you and the shape that will best suit your home and use. Don’t be afraid to enlist the expertise of a kitchen design expert. The time spent on a professional design will be well worth it when you’re tipping back a glass of your favorite beverage with your closest friends in your newly remodeled kitchen!