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Kitchen Trends of 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, we can reflect on some of the most innovative kitchen trends of the year. From dark countertops and cabinets to linear lighting, any kitchen can be easily updated with the latest designs. In this blog, we discuss a few new (and classic) trends to remodel and refresh your kitchen!

Dark Countertops & Cabinets

Cool down the color of your kitchen with dark countertops and cabinets. Installing countertops with a black stone layout (preferably matte) can complement darker toned cabinets. The coolness from the stone enhances the natural beauty of your kitchen, while keeping it modern and sophisticated. This design layout is definitely contemporary and up-to-date!

Linear Lighting

Linear lighting has been trending within the past year, due to its simple and sleek design; this type of lighting doesn’t take up much room and gives the rest of your kitchen more space to add other lights or fixtures. Try finding one with copper poles and white bulbs for a vintage, yet classic look!

Statement Appliances

We can continue trends from last year if we like them, right? Well with a statement appliance, such as a classic brass oven, you can bring the focal of your kitchen to the center. From gold and black, to silver and yellow, these ovens act as a beautiful piece of art, while still keeping functionality in the kitchen!

Conclusion

We hope you’ve been inspired by our list of new and innovative kitchen designs that have been trending throughout the year. If you’re ready to renovate the interior of your kitchen, then we want you to choose the team at Drake Construction. To learn more about the remodeling services we provide, visit our website today!

The Most Profitable Updates You Can Make on Your Home

Are you thinking about selling your home sometime in the near future? If so, you’re probably hoping to make as much as you possibly can when you find a buyer. While any additions to your home are good investments, not all updates are created equal. The following are a few of the most profitable updates you can make to your home.

Bathroom Remodel

If your bathrooms are outdated, this is where updates could make a big impact. Studies have shown a minor bathroom remodel can provide a 102 percent return on investment, and you don’t have to spend a fortune to make substantial upgrades. Consider re-grouting tile; and removing and replacing caulk around the shower, tub, and toilet areas. Perhaps you should even replace the toilet for a more efficient and modern look. Replacing mirrors and fixtures will also improve the look and feel of your bathroom without breaking the bank.

New Paint

One of the cheapest updates you can make also has one of the best returns on your investment is painting your home’s interior. New paint lightens rooms, hides visual defects, and instantly makes any area feel fresh and clean. On average, painting an interior can produce a 109 percent return on investment. Not bad!

The Kitchen is King

The median cost of a kitchen remodel is $5,000. A major overhaul generally returns around 80 percent of its investment costs at resale. This, however, varies significantly based on the extent of the improvements, and your home’s location. Backsplashes, granite and marble materials, stainless steel, and energy-efficient appliances are typically attractive to buyers as long as the design matches the rest of your house. Unless you’re highly competent with tools, it’s best to contact a skilled contractor like those at Drake Construction for your kitchen remodel.  

Add a Wood Deck

A deck can benefit you both now and when you sell. When potential buyers see a new deck out back, it often conjures thoughts of the activities they can do at their new house, from cookouts to family gatherings. A deck also increases the amount of living space you have for a comparatively low price. You can expect to get back around 87 percent of your investment cost for the addition of a wood deck.

Conclusion

Updating your home will not only make your house more livable, but will pay you back in the long run. Your house can be worth substantially more when quality renovations and additions are made. For a reputable contractor to help you with your project, contact Drake Construction today!

Enter Through the Front Door

Even though your front door may seem like a simple part of your home, it is one that will make a big statement! Many people forget that one of the first things their guests see when approaching their home is the front door. First impressions are important; whether you’re trying to add more curb appeal to attract prospective buyers or you simply want to wow your friends and family, your front door design should be carefully thought through. Follow along with our blog to read about all the different aspects of your front door to take into consideration!

Budget

For being just one simple door, the prices people pay can be outrageous! We believe your front door should make a statement, but not for a price that breaks the bank. When doing the construction or simple replacements within your home, it is imperative that you figure out your budget. If you’re redoing multiple parts of your home, you really need to break it down and include everything that will be replaced. While it may not seem like replacing your front door will be a costly renovation, the prices can stack up. Regardless of how many other expenses are being taken out for your renovations, always keep in mind your budget and stick to it! You can find many great, unique front doors for prices that won’t make your wallet hurt.

Material

There are many different types of material to choose from when selecting a front door. While wood is typical for many front doors, there are a variety of other, less expensive ways to make a great first impression. Aside from wood, there are doors made of steel and fiberglass that also look amazing. Many of these materials can be made to resemble wood as well. Depending on your home and the type of look you’re going for, adding a splash of color to your door is a great way to make a statement. With a color that pulls everything in the front of your house together, you are sure to wow your guests and potential buyers.

Style

Many people like to stick with a theme throughout their home. Whether you prefer a broad style or a more focused style, you want to ensure your front door matches. People tend to forget about how important their front door is. Going through all the trouble of sticking to your preferred style is worthless when you select a front door at random. Really study the style you love and look for inspiration which includes what you’d like your front door to look like. A broad style such as modern would look amazing with a light-colored, simple front door. If you are focused on a style such as Colonial, you will want to pay attention to fine details. Using large, decorative crown frames above the door with textured panels is the perfect way to stick to your theme.

Conclusion

You may often overlook the fine details of your home’s front door, but that doesn’t mean other people will! Picking a front door that is stylish and eye-catching is a great way to make a statement. Whether you need to add curb appeal to draw in more buyers or you want to stun your friends and family, a creative and fine-tuned front door will do the trick! For all your other construction questions and needs, head on over to Drake Construction’s website.

The Many Advantages of Installing a Concrete Floor

Concrete has been used as a flooring material since the age of the Roman Empire. Nowadays, concrete floors often replace natural stone or ceramic tiles because of their durability and affordability compared to ceramic tiles, stone, and even quality hardwood flooring. The following are a few of the many advantages of installing concrete flooring in your home.

Durable

There’s a reason why concrete is used in places with high foot traffic. The material can withstand almost anything; from furniture, to temperature changes, to pet’s claws. Using polished concrete floors inside a house can almost guarantee you won’t have to think about replacing it for years to come. Other materials like vinyl, ceramic, or wooden floors that are more prone to damage will likely require replacement every few years.

Cheap

Plain concrete flooring costs a fraction of what natural stone or decorative ceramic tiles typically cost, making them an economical option to fit your budget. Additionally, concrete acts as the base for many other flooring materials such as vinyl, ceramic tiles and wood, so the only cost incurred in renovating the floor, in such cases, will be to remove the tiles or coating from the existing base, applying a concrete stain or sealant and polishing to decorate and protect the floor.

Easy

One of the best advantages of concrete flooring is that it’s easy to clean and relatively maintenance-free. For daily cleaning, they can be swept and mopped just as you would do to a ceramic, stone or vinyl floor. However, polished concrete floors do require periodic application of a sealant or wax to protect the surface. This can be done every six to nine months to preserve the life of the concrete for years into the future. Over time, concrete can develop cracks on the surface. This is usually due to temperature changes, moisture, and settling. These cracks can be repaired easily by patching up the damaged areas with cement paste then smoothing, polishing, and sealing the surface.

Variety

The raw look of concrete is perfect for a home with an industrial or minimalist style. If you prefer something with a bit more flair, color and texture can be added to make it resemble ceramic or stone tiles. While the variety of designs may seem limited compared to other options, with a bit of ingenuity and imagination, concrete floors can be customized to fit your style with little investment.

Conclusion

Concrete has been a go-to flooring for thousands of years. While there are advantages and disadvantages to any design choice in your home; the combination of affordability, variety, easy maintenance, and durability makes concrete a good option for anyone thinking about trying something different. For any questions about flooring or other construction concerns, contact the professionals at Drake Construction. We’re happy to help make your new house feel like home!

Granite, Marble, or Quartz – Which Countertop is Right for You?

When you’re renovating your kitchen, replacing your countertops goes a long way! Not only does it revamp the look of your kitchen, but it can actually increase the value of your home! However, one dilemma that homeowners come across is figuring out which material to use for their countertops. You have three main options: granite, marble, or quartz – this blog post will go over each material in depth.

Granite

Granite is one of the most popular materials used for bathroom and kitchen countertops. Why? Granite is a gorgeous natural stone that features lovely flecks, crystals, and veining. No two slabs of granite are exactly the same, so you can be sure that your countertop will be one-of-a-kind! This material is usually used in kitchens because it is incredibly durable and can withstand most wear and tear.

Since granite is porous, it can be stained or damaged if it is not taken care of properly. You should get your granite sealed once a year in order to make it last longer and to protect it from stains, cloudiness, and scratches. In addition, be sure you only use mild, non-abrasive cleaners so that you don’t damage your countertop. If you want something classic, unique, and durable, granite is your best choice!

Marble

Marble is known for being exquisite. This material can transform any ordinary bathroom or kitchen into a luxurious palace. Warm and earthy, yet lush and elegant, marble is a popular material to use when you want to add class to your home. Marble is a natural stone that comes in a variety of shades, such as white, cream, black, pink, and green. With the classic marbling pattern, your countertops are sure to stand out.

Marble is softer than granite and quartz, meaning that you need to take extra precautions to protect it. Do not place hot pans directly on top, and be sure to use cutting boards when preparing food, place coasters under drinks, and wipe up spills immediately. Marble is able to be damaged and stained, but it can look incredibly beautiful if you take the right steps to maintain it. Like granite, marble should also be sealed yearly, and should be cleaned with mild cleaners. If you want something beautifully sophisticated, marble is the right choice for you!

Quartz

Unlike granite and marble, quartz is a man-made material. Composed of mostly ground quartz, this material is bound together by polyester resins to bind it and give it color. It’s designed to have those flecks and veining patterns that are found in natural stone, but it can come in a variety of different colors. With granite or marble, you are limited in the design and color of the slab you get; but with quartz, you have more flexibility due to the wide range of colors and patterns available.

In addition, quartz is designed to be practically indestructible. Quartz is stain, heat, and scratch-resistant, making it a perfect material for regular kitchen use. Quartz is also non-porous, so it can be cleaned easily with any type of cleaner. It never needs to be sealed, so it’s easy to maintain. If you want something indestructible with simple upkeep, quartz is the way to go!

Conclusion

If you understand your options, picking out the right material for your countertops turns into an easier decision. Do you need more help in choosing the best option for your kitchen or bathroom? Call us at Drake Construction! We have many years of experience in home remodeling, so you can trust our professional opinion when it comes to your home improvement projects. Once we guide you through the process of selecting a material, our skilled contractors will install your countertop for you!

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