Monday, August 23, 2010

It's a Beautiful Day for a Shower

It's not hard to imagine why the bathroom is the first room to go in a house. It is a room used frequently by the entire family (unless each has their own), and it is continually subjected to moisture. Rot and mold often develop both out in the open and behind walls and flooring. This is particularly true if the original bathroom was not built up to modern-day codes with water-resistant materials and techniques.

So......if your bathroom looks a bit ragged around the edges, there is a whole universe of beautiful bathroom designs and surfaces awaiting you. I've posted a shot of one of our client's choices for shower fixtures; ain't it a beaut? We installed it carefully in the granite tile shower surround. Standing in this kind of shower stall is truly a glorious way to start the day!

Monday, August 2, 2010

The Value For My Money Question

Time and again Steve and I run up against the same consumer attitude: What value can I get for my money? We would like to address that question in a roundabout way with another question: What is your budgetary upper limit for any given expense? For example, how much are you willing to spend for a relaxing, beautiful vacation in Hawaii? What's your top price for a car? These are very personal evaluations and we are well aware that there is great variation from individual to individual or from family to family.

Now we come to the question that is so very pertinent and close to our hearts: What is your upper limit for that remodel you've been dying to get started but keep delaying because of the economy? Rarely do people want to confide that upper limit to us, and we can only guess that this is due to lack of trust and fear of being exploited.

The fact is, we want to give you the best value for your budget. However, nine times out of ten we don't know that budget, and it remains a mystery as we struggle to arrive at a reasonable estimate to build the new kitchen of your dreams or that fabulous new bathroom.

We are not a "pricey" company, something we've heard others mumble about as they pick their way through numerous contractors and bids. We are reasonably priced and stand by our estimates. They are extremely accurate through years and years (25 to be exact) of estimate experience and up-to-date knowledge of the materials and subcontractors.

Will you get the same job for a lower price? Doubtless, no. A remodeling project is complex and detailed. We make sure the details are perfect and the complexity is our headache, not yours.