Should I use a Custom Carpenter or buy from a Box Store

With any home improvement job, remodeling project or area update part of the decision-making process is the cost associated with the different products utilized as part of the build. Over the last few years at Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More,  this become a rather contentious subject. A large portion of a home remodeling project budget is often used in the quantity and quality of cabinets, trim work and mantle pieces; just to name a few.

Box stores have been providing prefabricated materials for years, so as the quality of these prefabricated box store items have become better. Enter the question:

“Should I utilize the services of a carpenter versus those prefabricated products from a box store?”

In this article we will cover the advantages and disadvantages for each. This will help your decision-making process for your bathroom remodel, kitchen remodel or other update for your home. This can be an important factor that we take into consideration when quoting your project at Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More. Cost vs. expectation will dictate the long term success and satisfaction of your remodeling project.

Box Store

Box Stores are Here to Stay

Box stores such as: Lowe’s, Home Depot, Cosco and Sam’s Club have steadily increased the quantity of home-improvement products they are able to provide. Prefabricated cabinets, countertops, storage bins, doors, trim, closet kits, fireplace surrounds, mantles and shelving have flooded the market in a variety of textures, materials and sizes to fit nearly any space and budget. Because so many have turned to this affordable option, box stores are here to stay.

The Advantage of using Prefabricated Products from a Box Store

The advantages are quite simple: cost and availability. Prefabricated products traditionally work well; having been manufactured utilizing laser precision techniques and are available in a variety of different colors, sizes and textures. Because they are mass-produced the price can be significantly lower than products that have been custom manufactured. For those home-improvement customers working on a small budget this may be an option that is recommended by Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More.

The Disadvantages of using Prefabricated Products from a Box Store

Careful consideration should be made when utilizing prefabricated products from a box store. While the advantages are clear, the disadvantages can easily show up over just a short period of time. Prefabricated products traditionally use substandard materials such as: plastic, pressboard, poplar wood and pine. These products are cheaper and can effect structural integrity over a short period of time. (Depending on use, within 3 years noticeable signs of fatigue can be observed.) 

Because most of your prefabricated products are going to be pre-sized for a standard fit; your final fit may not be exactly what you want. The prefabricated product may end up being just a little too long or a little too short for the purpose that you needed. Textures and colors are generally chemically manipulated, meaning that they can lose their appearance quickly based upon use.

Craftsmanship is Still Alive

If you open up a phone book you’ll find carpenters and craftsmen that specialize in woodworking and custom projects are few and far between. Because of the flood of prefabricated products into the home improvement market, many craftsmen have faded into the background; but some are still here. While there are customers, because of cost, that would choose prefabricated materials; the final product simply cannot compare to the craftsmanship of a true master carpenter.

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Carpentry is an art

A master carpenter can go beyond constructing a cabinet or mantle to the creation of a work of art. A master carpenter will use fitment techniques and hand selected woods that will bring true color, texture and durability that will last for many years to come. A master carpenter has the skill to work within various types of wood finishes and projects such as: handcrafted built-in units, custom closet designs, porch designs, trim work, cabinetry, fireplace mantle and surround, custom table, wainscot and the manipulation of repurposed woods to create one-of-a-kind products.

The Advantages of using a Skilled Carpenter

The advantages of using the skills of the carpenter can be noted in the final product. When placed side-by-side with a prefabricated cabinet; the use of materials, textures and quality that come from the skill set of a carpenter are easily seen. When working with areas that have unique shapes and sizes such as attics, basements, kitchen cabinets, mantles, built-ins and closets; the skills of a carpenter really do come through. One huge advantage that is considered during the estimation process by Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More is the style of the home. Because this area has homes that are built or crafted into a certain style such as: contemporary, modern or traditional; the need of a skilled carpenter to create a product that matches the style becomes clear.

The Disadvantages of using a Skilled Carpenter

The only disadvantage that one might consider is the costs that are often associated with the utilization of a master carpenter. Because a master carpenter traditionally will use much higher quality materials, as well as, the need for the labor to custom assemble and craft the project; the prices are going to be higher than purchasing a prefabricated product.

Things to Consider

Now that we have looked at the advantages and disadvantages of both prefabricated products versus those products crafted by a master carpenter… It really does come down to just a few things to consider:

  • Cost – reality is if you’re working within a budget you must weigh the costs.

  • Quality – does the use of the project warrant the utilization of a quality manufactured product?

  • Use – is your project going to be used a lot, like a bathroom or kitchen?

  • Appearance and style – will the use of prefabricated materials fit the style and quality level of your home? At the end of the day you don’t want to put cheap products into a $500,000 home that in comparison to the products already in the home would stick out like a sore thumb. (Not to mention bringing down the value of the home if it’s a bathroom or kitchen remodeling project)

  • Space – is the area in which you need the product an odd shape or size that will require a custom build.

When it comes to the choice of using prefabricated cabinets, built-ins, closets, porches, doors, fireplace mantles and surrounds and other similar projects… You really do get what you pay for.

Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More… Much More

Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More is a full service home remodeling company specializing in bathroom and kitchen remodeling. When we add the “More” to our name, we really mean MORE! In-home design, custom woodworking, flooring and painting are just some of the diverse services offered. Be sure to call our locally owned and operated home remodeling service to get your next update on your Vero Beach area home quoted! We back all of our services by an industry leading warranty and only use top branded materials to ensure quality.

 

A Bathroom Remodel: The easiest decision to make for your home – Part 2

As discussed in the previous article, the bathroom can easily set the style and feel for your Vero Beach home. Think about the impression that a bathroom appearance has left upon you visiting a friend’s home; that one time that you saw all the avocado green tiles with yellow accents and it screamed the 60’s!

That’s the type of importance that choosing the correct materials can have when choosing the style and functionality of a bathroom remodeling project. Remember most realtors say that traditionally you can see a 75% to 85% return on your investment for the sale of your home with a professionally remodeled bathroom; so making sure that it is right is an important consideration.

In the last article we looked at: no regret flooring, electrical, and the need to add functionality for a great bathroom remodeling project.

In this article will look at some commonly overlooked features of a successful bathroom remodeling project in the Vero Beach area.

Don’t Skimp on the Fixtures

Believe it or not, most of the expense for a quality bathroom remodeling project is in the fixtures. The Toilet, sink, lighting, shower doors, faucets and such not only offer the main function of the bathroom, but are also much of the price as well. Homeowners who are looking to save money on their bathroom remodeling project often will turn to cheaper fixtures to save money; but it may not save you as much as you think.

At Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More we consistently see the largest complaints from our bathroom remodeling customers comes when they elected to use cheaper fixtures in their bathroom remodeling project. It’s a hard feeling to explain but it’s just that bad taste in your mouth that you have when you spent several thousands of dollars on a gorgeous bathroom remodel, only for the faucet fixtures to come apart in your hand three months later.

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Countertops Tell the Tale

Apart from the floors the countertops can easily identify to a visitor the quality of your bathroom remodeling project at a glance. It’s hard to justify using top-quality materials in the floors, walls and fixtures and then skimp on the countertops and ruin the entire look of the bathroom remodel.

Utilizing cheaper materials such as Formica, laminate or resin-based materials can easily give a cheap, box store feel to your bathroom remodeling project. While these materials are more affordable, they also scream cheap. Consider harder, molded materials will that give the upscale look such as natural stone and marble.

Also creating a comparable mix of materials between the sink and the countertop can also make an attractive combination and be functional as well. Consider with your countertop choices the type of flooring that you’re going to use as you don’t want to create a clash of materials that may look good independently, but together create an unsightly mix.

Put Some Light On It

Nothing dulls a bathroom remodeling project faster than poor lighting. Be sure to choose lighting sources for your bathroom remodeling project that really put some light on the subject. Around the sink and vanity is traditionally where lighting is placed; however, take the extra steps to put in overhead lighting, and other areas of the bathroom; such as above the toilet and shower.

By adding some good lighting to your bathroom remodeling project it can really brighten up the colors, as well as, give it a larger open feel; especially for those smaller bathrooms. For those bathrooms sporting a Jacuzzi, avoid the targeted spotlight that traditionally gets stuck in the ceiling above. Consider rather some softer ambient lighting around the edges for more of the relaxing environment.

Local Craftsmanship Matters

Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More provides bathroom remodeling and home improvement services to Vero Beach and surrounding areas. While we have the expertise in all areas of home improvement we specialize in bathroom remodeling, interior & exterior painting and custom woodworking. Satisfied customers rave about the extreme quality of our workmanship while not losing the customer service approach. We don’t use pushy salesman that drive for a quota, each bathroom remodeling project we do is quoted by the owner personally to ensure a consistent, stress free experience.

 

A Bathroom Remodel: The easiest decision to make for your home – Part 1

Think about it… no room garners attention in your Vero Beach home like the bathroom does. When looking to buy a home the bathroom, if you think about it, is one of the first rooms that you look at. The bathroom’s appearance is one of those factors that can make or break the sale of a home. A bathroom can easily date the home and set the mood for the style for the rest of the home, so having a bathroom properly remodeled is an important decision.

It is also one of the few home improvement projects that you can do that traditionally will see a 75% to 85% return on your investment for the sale of your home.

When looking for remodeling projects to do within your Vero Beach area, a bathroom remodel is dollar for dollar the best investment that you can make for your home. However, making sure that you make appropriate considerations for your bathroom remodeling project is just as important as the project itself.

Throwing together a hodgepodge of fixtures and materials can end up creating a dated and unsightly appearance for your home. Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More would like to offer a few tips to making sure that your bathroom remodel comes out perfect every time.

No Regret Flooring

Flooring options are something that many homeowners simply don’t take the proper time to consider. Proper use of materials, colors and durability factors greatly play into the overall quality feel of the bathroom. Making sure that you choose materials based upon their functionality rather than just color will mean the difference of whether or not you say “I regret having this floor”.

At Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More we understand the importance that having the perfect bathroom floor can be. When the owner comes out to make the initial inspection and assessment, we utilize the latest in technology to show you not only how your bathroom can look; but provide examples of flooring options. He will show you how different textures work best to blend with the countertop and walls, as well as, how different textures will work for the protection of the floor and functionality.

For example: Large ceramic tiles can make the bathroom feel very open and roomy, but they can also create a slippery environment. Natural stone and limestone tiles can give a very earthy feel to the bathroom, but can absorb drips and spills becoming stained overtime.

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Don’t Neglect the Electrical

It is common during a bathroom remodeling project to replace the electrical fixtures to more updated, economical switches, outlets and fixtures. Based upon the age of the home however, it might be a smarter idea to take this opportunity to update the wiring all the way to the breaker box. The breaker and wiring, if over 15 years old, may have dry and brittle coverings that are ideal to update during a bathroom remodeling project.

Usually just a few additional hours of labor, this little update can help extend the life of your home’s wiring and keep from expensive electrical wiring shorts down the road. It will also allow your modernized bathroom to handle the increased electrical loads that the bathroom was not originally designed to handle 15+ years ago.

Build in functionality

Think outside the box when it comes to your bathroom remodel in your Vero Beach home. Consider building in some functionality such as: recessed compartments in the shower for shampoos, a fold-down seat in the shower, under sink compartments that holds some of the smaller items that seem to collect on the bathroom sink. Little improvements like this can help bring functionality to your updated bathroom remodeling project and really help get the most out of your investment.

Local Craftsmanship Matters

Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More provides bathroom remodeling and home improvement services to Vero Beach and surrounding areas. While we have the expertise in all areas of home improvement we specialize in bathroom remodeling, interior & exterior painting and custom woodworking. Satisfied customers rave about the extreme quality of our workmanship while not losing the customer service approach. We don’t use pushy salesman that drive for a quota, each bathroom remodeling project we do is quoted by the owner personally to ensure a consistent, stress free experience.

Tips for choosing the right tile for your area home

Tile is one of those home-improvement projects that can last the life of your home in Vero Beach, so making the right choice is very important. With so many different colors, sizes and shapes available from Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More, serving Vero Beach and surrounding areas; we would like to give you some things to consider to make your choices a little easier.

Fashions Come and Go

Have you ever visited a home and walked into the bathroom with pea green tiles? Or a kitchen area that has yellow checkered tiles? Back in the 1970s in Vero Beach these were common and popular color schemes to use in homes, but today, not so much. Because tiles are, more or less, a permanent option; choosing the correct color, pattern or design is a very important decision.

Choosing a themed pattern or color scheme means that if you change your mind in a few years, you will also need to change the tiles as well; which can be costly. We recommend choosing tile colors that are neutral, allowing for accents of the bathroom or kitchen to complete the total appearance that you are looking for. Neutral settings also help with the resell value of the home.

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Choosing the Right Tile in the Vero Beach area

Choosing the right tile not only sets the mood for the room of your home in the Vero Beach area; but also can help for practical use and budget. With a variety of different materials to choose from you can help pick the right material for not only the conditions but also for the style of the home.

Travertine – Best for specialty products because each tile has a little bit of its own character

Ceramic – Most widely used ceramic tile is available in a large variety of colors and textures. Because of its expansive use it is also the most budget minded of the choices.

Porcelain – Valued for its durability porcelain tiles can be used for indoor or outdoor applications.

Faux Wood – Becoming more popular, this Faux Wood is made of either ceramic or porcelain tiles and is crafted to give the appearance of wood. This makes for a great alternative for those traditional homes that one a traditional look but the durability of ceramic or porcelain.

Slate – The warm earth tones of a slate floor can really make the culture of the home standout. Both durable and versatile slate is a great option when looking for a really unique floor tile setting.

Marble – Nothing says elegance like a marble floor. Available in a wide variety of styles and textures marble is a great choice for those looking for an upscale, yet durable, floor setting.

Granite – As a floor tile granite is a great option when needing to add a little extra insulation to your floor setting. Because of granite’s unique color tones you can provide a warm, cultured floor setting without traditionally breaking the budget.

Pebbles and Stones – Traditionally arranged in a mosaic form a pebble and stone setting allows natural tones and unique shapes to dominate, while adding the durable elegance. Mostly seen in bathrooms this technique can be mixed with other types of tile settings to bring in extremely unique presence to any home.

Onyx – Unique and elegant, Onyx is a softer stone with a transparent quality that is unique to this type of tile setting. Best suited for light traffic areas this type of tile offers a quiet undertone of color all getting a smooth elegant feel.

Quartzite – Probably the most durable of all your tile selections is a quartzite floor. While known best for its commercial applications a quartzite floor can provide a little bit of that rough texture and rigidity to any home. Available in a wide variety of colors quartzite tiles can be a great accent when utilizing wood or stone interior designs.

Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More… Much More

Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More is a full service home remodeling company specializing in bathroom and kitchen remodeling. When we add the “More” to our name, we really mean MORE! In-home design, custom woodworking, flooring and painting are just some of the diverse services offered. Be sure to call our locally owned and operated home remodeling service to get your next update on your Vero Beach area home quoted! We back all of our services by an industry leading warranty and only use top branded materials to ensure quality.

Exterior Painting is more than just paint on the walls

When most people in the Vero Beach area think about exterior painting, they naturally think about painting walls, but there is so much more. Offering professional exterior painting services, Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More can show you many things that can be painted to look like new again. The time honored techniques and experience we have gleaned make us the perfect solution for your exterior painting needs.

To help understand they many great uses for exterior painting, we have prepared some info to consider when looking to give the exterior of your Vero Beach area home and update.

Exterior Paint Surfaces

When one thinks of exterior painting in the Vero Beach area the first thing that often comes to mind is painting a house. While this is a common service that is provided by Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More, there is much more to painting than just slapping some paint on the wall. When painting the exterior of a home or business one would need to consider the material that you are painting on, as well as the quality of paint that is being applied. Some of the types of exterior finishes that we can paint are:

  • Stucco
  • Wood, Composite & Vinyl Siding
  • Doors & Windows
  • Fascia and Eaves
  • Wood & Vinyl Shutters
  • Architectural Wood & Wrought Iron
  • Fences, Railings
  • Decks, and Patio Covers
  • Driveways and walkways (concrete)
  • and more

Each of these require different techniques to make sure that the color and texture are correct and will last for years to come.

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Preparation of Surfaces

Each of the exterior surfaces that we paint all require special preparation to make sure that the paint properly adheres to its surface, especially in the unpredictable Vero Beach climate. Some surfaces require an additional chemical to serve as a bonding agent between the paint and the surface.

Other areas that are more porous will require a sealer so that the paint does not soak into the material causing discoloration and spotty areas.

The experience that Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More speaks to our final product knowing that each brush stroke ads to our reputation of perfection. We work hard to make sure that every paint project that we take on has been professionally completed utilizing time honored workmanship, experience and technique; so that the final application will be durable and last.

Repairing as Needed

In some cases, the surface we are to paint may require repair prior to painting. These repairs are part of our of our preparation process. Because we are a full-service home-improvement and construction company, we do not need to hire other contractor services to repairs. When dealing with stucco, wood or other services that are common to chip or become damaged, we can repair or replace these items prior to the application of paint. This full service ability saves you money, not needing to hire multiple contractors to complete a painting project.

Additional Exterior Painting Services

When considering exterior painting in the Vero Beach area, some don’t realize that there are other things that can be painted to look new again. Surfaces such as wrought iron, metal security doors, security bars, metal window frames, metal doors, metal fences and gates can all be given new life with a fresh coat of professionally applied paint. We also can handle additional surfaces such as staining and finishing natural woods found in thresholds, decks, rails, doors and windows.

Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More… Much More

Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More is a full service home remodeling company specializing in bathroom and kitchen remodeling. When we add the “More” to our name, we really mean MORE! In-home design, custom woodworking, flooring and painting are just some of the diverse services offered. Be sure to call our locally owned and operated home remodeling service to get your next update on your Vero Beach area home quoted! We back all of our services by an industry leading warranty and only use top branded materials to ensure quality.

 

Reasons to Choose a Professional Bathroom Remodel

So you have decided to do some home improvement projects, great! When it comes to home improvement projects in the Vero Beach area one of the first rooms homeowners will consider upgrading is the bathroom.

Whether you are planning on staying in your home for many years to come or looking for ways to better the value of the home for resale, a bathroom remodeling project is the perfect place to start. Updating or remodeling your bathroom can help with storage, energy efficiency, modernizing the appearance and more. Whether the common bathroom or the master bathroom, a remodeling project provides many benefits for your family and your guests.

A leap of faith

With so many bathroom remodeling companies serving the Vero Beach area, many consider a remodeling project a leap of faith: Who can I trust? What kind of reputation do they have? Will they finish what they started? These questions and more flood through a homeowner’s mind when choosing a trusted bathroom remodeling company to come into their home.

To make it easier to choose the right bathroom remodeling company for your Vero Beach area home, here are a few questions to ask:

  • Does the owner personally write all estimates rather than a salesman working on commission?
  • Are they Locally Owned and Operated in the Vero Beach area?
  • Do they provide a warranty on labor and materials?
  • Do they have in in-house design capabilities?
  • Are they fully licensed and insured?
  • Do they only use only top products from name brand manufactures with identifiable warranties?

The answers to these questions will help you decide if the bathroom remodeling service you allow into your home will provide you with the products and services you need for your Vero Beach area home.

Some Big Reasons to Choose to Remodel your Bathroom

As mentioned above there are many reasons to remodel your bathroom in the Vero Beach area but over the years we have found four main reasons why our customers have chosen to have their bathroom remodeled.

Increasing the Value of the Home

Let’s face it, there is much debate in the bathroom remodeling industry as to whether a bathroom update really does increase the value of the home. While some estimators will say that if the bathroom is intact and functioning it equates the same value as a fully remodeled bathroom, the actual sales numbers do not support that opinion. Sources such as the 2013 edition of remodeling magazine discovered that homeowners that have an updated, modernize bathroom found that they were able to recoup 54% through 65% of their investment. While they were not able to tack on 100% of the value of their upgrade, it did bring the total value of the home of proportionately as well.

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Home Buyers Look for Remodeled Bathrooms

Just like when buying a used car, it comes down to mileage and options. If there are two or three homes for sale in the same area in Vero Beach, the one that has the newest and most modern features will generally get the sale every time. A proper bathroom remodeling project can really put the wow factor in any home as it is also one of the first places that a potential home buyer will look.

Energy Efficiency

With the bathroom being one of the most used rooms in the home energy efficiency becomes a big deal. Part of any professional bathroom remodeling project should include the updating of the lighting and plumbing fixtures. The Environmental Protection Agency has calculated that if 1 in 10 homes have a bathroom remodeling project completed to include energy efficient fixtures that it would save 70 billion gallons of water and $1.5 billion worth of energy costs!

Better Organization

Not only does the bathroom “date” the home but it can also contribute to clutter and storage issues. Bathrooms built 15 to 30 years ago commonly leaned more attention to colors than it did convenience. Part of any bathroom remodeling upgrade should be a well thought out plan for proper storage to help decrease clutter and increase efficiency of the bathroom. Be sure to talk to your home improvement specialist at Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More in Vero Beach about clever ways to design a bathroom that will provide ample storage to decrease clutter.

Local Craftsmanship Matters

Treasure Coast Cabinetry & More provides bathroom remodeling and home improvement services to Vero Beach and surrounding areas. While we have the expertise in all areas of home improvement we specialize in bathroom remodeling, interior & exterior painting and custom woodworking. Satisfied customers rave about the extreme quality of our workmanship while not losing the customer service approach. We don’t use pushy salesman that drive for a quota, each bathroom remodeling project we do is quoted by the owner personally to ensure a consistent, stress free experience.

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