Outside and Inside Living

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Outside and Inside Living

With this remodel we have a chance to create a home that opens up to living well indoors, and out. With these gorgeous wooded views, you are beckoned to make the most of natural loving spaces. 

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Already inviting, we are creating an interior living space that will match up with this exterior space.  The homeowners love sharing their home, but were deterred by the outdated spaces. We are working hard to bring their dreams to fruition. 

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Older custom built homes have so much character! Like, the unique brick floor that spans this area. We take great care in preserving existing features that homeowners desire to keep. 

Opening up the space to maximize ease of use, meanwhile, preserving the architectural details. 

Opening up the space to maximize ease of use, meanwhile, preserving the architectural details. 

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Underutilized basement space is about to get a facelift.   

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It is a delight to see progress. Out with the original staircase, in with the new. The new look is rustic, but not "old world" style. Updated for today's look. 

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Come back soon to see the newest updates!  

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FAQ: Kitchen Backsplash Options For Remodeling

FAQ: What are the Backsplash Options for My Kitchen?

Let's face it - between breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all of those midnight snacks you don't admit to - you spend a lot of time in your kitchen. Whether preparing, reheating or sneaking food, your kitchen space is vital to the overall flow and aesthetic of your home. However, between courses of mac and cheese, many people overlook the importance of one culinary staple - your kitchen backsplash.

Primarily featured on the wall area between the top ofyour counters and the bottom of your upper cabinets, backsplash helps add texture and personality to your cooking space. But with seemingly endless options to choose from, how do you know which type is right for your home?

Some of the most popular and proven backsplashes include:

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Classic
Most homes in the Kansas City area proudly feature classic backsplashes. These works of art are made up of square or rectangle tiles, often in neutral shades to help blend in with surrounding storage and hardware. The chic feel of this style is perfect for both traditional homes, as well contemporary abodes.

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Wooden

An up-and-coming trend, wooden backsplashes give your space a defined texture, as well as unique coloring that can only come from nature. Customizable and easy to install, this rustic touch is ideal for homes with warm, cabin tones.

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Geometric
Emerging in modern homes all over the Midwest, geometric backsplashes give contemporary kitchens a brilliant pop of accented detail, without overpowering the entire space. Choose from a pre-made pattern to give your kitchen a cutting-edge atmosphere, or even make your own to show off your personal style.

Your kitchen backsplash pulls together your entire culinary space. Whether you opt for a traditional set of tiles or go bold with wood, the materials, patterns, and colors you pick will help to create a space you will love, even while secretly eating icecream by the spoonful at 3am.

To learn more about your kitchen backsplash options, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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Natural Appeal Remodel Take 1

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Natural Appeal Remodel Take 1

We took this master bath from Plain Jane, to gorgeous. Keeping with a similar color palette of neutral tones, we gave this dated bath a fresh new natural appeal.  

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Before too much repetitive tile and dated shower doors. Mauve pink wall color was not the color to stick with. It was time for a complete remodel. 

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We installed the best cement board to assure that this home will have a great foundation of water resistant barrier. 

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Beautifully stagger laid porcelain tile now gives the homeowner less grout to clean. The colors are simple enough to stand the test of time style wise. We choose lighter colored grout to give the tile some pop! 

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Thoughtful details like this recessed spot were added to make showering simple. The hexagon tile banner added interest to the shower, without adding too much more grout to clean. 

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The hexagon tile was also used on the shower pan to assure that the shower space  had design consistency. 

The hardware was updated to oiled bronze to keep with some rustic feel. It also serves to create a bold contrast to the lighter colored tile. 

The hardware was updated to oiled bronze to keep with some rustic feel. It also serves to create a bold contrast to the lighter colored tile. 

The vanity area also took on a dramatic change for the better.  

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Before the space was dark and dated.  

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After remodel, we now have clean and highly functional. Plenty of storage to keep counters clutter free.

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We kept the hardware and faucet in the oiled bronze finish. The dark tones show off like jewelry against the white marble countertops. Now since remodel, the homeowners have a bathroom that will make getting ready a delight. 

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Stay tuned for the other bathroom that received a face lift in this home. More natural appeal to show off in the next space. 

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Kitchen Remodel Before Photos

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Kitchen Remodel Before Photos

What triggers the desire to remodel? For this homeowner there was a long list of needs and wants. We were called in, when the style and the space were no longer functional. They had items that they had purchased some items, that were headed in the right direction. The stainless steel fridge speaks to the modern direction they desired to go.  We sat down and cast a vision for the future that will surely make their dream kitchen a reality. 

The quality of the current cabniets was not holding up to the way that the kitchen is utilized. Function is usually one of the first triggers that homeowners experience. When trying to cook for the family, you become frustrated and making a meal becomes a major task. When we increase functionality in the space, the homeowners dreams of meals made around a joyful group of fellow family members, becomes a reality. 

The dated formica counters really needed to go! When you need to plate a hot meal, who wants to run from the stove to the sink across the kitchen?

The flooring was not holding up to the major kitchen traffic. It was also time to upgrade the style to meet the current kitchen trends. The new tile will tie the whole space together. The layout also left the homeowners wanting for a better gathering space. 

Lighting upgrades will be made to bring about that clean crisp modern feel they desire. The black appliances make a strong contrast to the white cabinets, but pop out too much. Our goal is to make a space that functions at the maximum capacity, looks beautiful, and feels warm and inviting. 

Check back as we headed to a completed kitchen that provides function with fashionable updates. 

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Three Kitchen Storage Trends In Remodeling

Three Kitchen Storage Trends

Between dishes, cooking appliances, and of course food, kitchen storage space can be a tricky task to master. While having enough space to properly store your gadgets and grub is vital to the flow of your kitchen, it is also important to consider the style of storage you want, and how that storage will tie into the aesthetic of your culinary home remodel project.

Kitchen storage comes in many versions, each with their own unique quirks. Three current trends that are increasing in popularity across the Kansas City area include:

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Closed Cabinets

The most popular storage option, closed cabinets give you plenty of space to store your kitchen essentials, in a classic design style. These cabinets are great for keeping your space organized and feeling clean, and are easy to customize with paint and hardware. However, closed cabinets take up a lot of wall space, and can leave smaller kitchens feeling cramped.

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Window Displayed Storage
Similar to closed cabinets, window displayed storage gives your kitchen items a designated space within a boxed off area. However, instead of hiding the inhabitants of the shelving, window displayed shelving has a glass exterior in the doors which allows for all of the contents to be showcased. While uncommon, this storage type is perfect for showing off meaningful dishes and knick-knacks.

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Open Shelving

Inspired by industrial kitchens, open shelving allows for fast access to all materials, without the hassle of slamming doors. This storage option is also great for making the most out of smaller spaces, since the openness helps to free up your culinary area. Ideal for modern homes, open shelving is quickly gaining traction as one of the most versatile storage options.

Gone are the days of boring kitchen storage. Swap out your predictable pantry for open shelving, or consider updating the hardware on your closed cabinets to help bring new life to your remodel. Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home, so give it the attention it deserves by installing new storage solutions today.

Learn more about kitchen storage options by visiting Total Home Remodeling.

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FAQ: What Kind of Faucet Should I Install?

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FAQ: What Kind of Faucet Should I Install?

FAQ: What Kind of Faucet Should I Install?

When it comes to renovating your kitchen or bath, the faucet you choose helps set the tone for the space, as well as your home's overall aesthetic. However, while you may know that you want blue tile, open shelving, and motion detected lights, how do you know which faucet is right for your design?

Thanks to modern technology and state-of-the-art style improvements, you now have more choices than ever when it comes to faucets for your home. Ranging from contemporary chic to classically rustic, these faucet options are perfect for Kansas City homeowners.

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Contemporary

Contemporary faucets are a staple in houses all across the metro. Coated in stainless steel and complete with upscale knobs, these pieces of hardware fit flawlessly into most modern design plans, and are easy to keep clean through every day use. Perfect for homeowners looking to show off their personal style, contemporary faucets will enhance your bathroom or kitchen as soon as they are installed.

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Rustic
Coated in bronze and complete with standard knobs, rustic sinks are a great addition to classic homes. The dark color of this piece not only helps to accent the overall theme of your house’s interior decoration, but it also subtly adds value to the space. Great for giving your space warm undertones, rustic faucets are a top trend in home design.

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High-Tech

Smart faucets are the perfect investment for high-tech homes. These faucets, which typically come in shiny metal finishes, turn on and off with just the touch of a finger. Ideal for avid cooks who don’t want to mess with tricky knobs, this faucet is quickly becoming one of the most popular options in new home projects.

Pull together your remodel project by choosing a faucet that fits your family’s practical needs and style wants. Do you live in a renovated farmhouse? A rustic faucet will enhance that charm. Do you plan on using the faucet primarily for cooking? Invest in a high-tech version. Explore your faucet options today, and find the perfect piece for your home.

To learn more about your faucet options and to get started on your remodeling project, visit Total Home Remodeling today.

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From Traditional to Rustic Modern

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From Traditional to Rustic Modern

Remodeling takes a regular space, and transforms it to a spectacular space . Total Home Remodeling has the pleasure of doing this everyday! We take a space that functions OK, and change it in to a space that fits your needs and desires. That is where we started with this traditional kitchen space. 

Before the remodel, this home had some modern stylish updates, such as subway tile. It was still missing that modern feel that spoke to the homeowner's style. They envisioned a whole new feel of modern melded with warm classic details. Tired of the old world look of yesteryear, we worked together to cast a vision for a clean lined space, with rustic appeal.  They wanted to keep the original wood flooring, but wanted to do without the heaviness of large amounts of wood cabinets. The original floor plan suited them just fine. To conserve on budget, we keep the cabinets in place, removing unwanted pieces, but not relocating major appliances. 

As demo began the dark black and brown granite was removed from the island.  The double range was just what the homeowner desired for a cook top, so it is a keeper. We removed the upper cabniets in exchange for wooden slat open shelving. With the upper cabinetry removed, we left space for backsplash tile to go to the ceiling.

We went darker on the previous painted white cabinets, that lined the sink area. For those we choose a light shade of gray. 

Here you can see the side wet bar cabinet area transformation. Wooden counters replaced the darker black granite counter from before. This once under utilized  counter, became a unique wood counter with a wet bar. 

We look forward to showing you the final finished space soon! Keep in touch for the final reveal!

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Taking Old AND MAKING Warm Modern Style

Beautiful old bones, but this kitchen needed functional updates. All of the built ins added charm, and some functional storage, but this kitchen lacked the modern amenities that the homeowners yearned for. You can see hints of the style that the owners desire in some stainless steel appliances that they have added over the years. We took those in to account when budgeting and planning for the remodel. 

The traffic flow and layout of the kitchen left a lot to be desired. With many a friend and family member wanting to hang out while the homeowners cook, we decided to open it all up when we presented the new floor plan. 

Kitchen BEFORE REMODEL

Kitchen BEFORE REMODEL

The adjoining Dining Room before

The adjoining Dining Room before

The adjoining dining room was so shut off from the kitchen, that it was barely utilized. We could let so much good space go to waste! The plan is to combine the 2 spaces to make for a grand kitchen and entertaining space. 

 

Old counters needing upgrad

Old counters needing upgrad

The breakfast eat in kitchen space always ended up as the home office, eating area, and conversation location. The issue was that the space was just not big enough to accommodate more than a few people at one time.  Not wanting to turn a good group of people away from the kitchen hangout, we are planning on the new open concept to accomodate as many guests as they want. There were also many doorways and openings to the space. The new design will help the traffic flow more comfortably through the hall spaces.

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Last, and certainly not least, we are taking in to account the need for asthetic upgrades. The tile counter had a vintage feel that was nostaligically pleasing, but the color, and the thick grouted spaces made it hard to clean. We will be upgrading that with a streamline modern counter top, and new backsplash. The cabinets were another feature in need of upgrading. Weathered and not very interesting, it is time for a new layout, style, and finish. 

Stay tuned as we demolition the space, reconfigure the layout, and create a new space. Prepare for a kitchen that homeowners dream of. 

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FAQ: How Do I Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom?

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FAQ: How Do I Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom?

FAQ: How Do I Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom?

One of the most popular, yet most likely one of the smallest, spaces in your home is the bathroom. Your bathroom serves multiple purposes, and because of this and its natural tendency to have less square footage, the area can quickly become cramped for storage. Toiletries often end up stacked along messy countertops, and towels have the habit of falling into heaps on the floor without a proper home in your tiny space.

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Luckily, making the most of your small bathroom can be easy, if you follow these three tips:

Design Wisely
When choosing the type of sink, vanity, tub, etc., during your remodel process, keep in mind your need for storage. Opt for pieces that have built in space for toiletries, towels, and other bathroom essentials. By utilizing practical design elements, your space will instantly allow for a more open atmosphere.

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Mount Shelving
An easy way to free up floor space in your bathroom and give the area a larger aesthetic is to mount open shelving on your wall. Open shelving eliminates the closed off tone and extra special requirements of cabinets, while also giving your room a modern, useful twist.

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Hang Strategically
In your bathroom, it is vital that you make sure every object has a home, otherwise it will just end up on the floor or shoved behind a closet door. Don’t give into that laziness and insteadtake an afternoon to hang simple hardware like towel racks to help give items a proper place to live, and also save you the hassle of always trying to find new hiding spots.

While your bathroom may not be as big as you wish, you can easily make adjustments to help the space open up. By simply installing a few shelves and opting for practical pieces of furniture, your small bathroom will quickly become the open oasis you have always dreamed of.

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