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Q&A: What’s the Difference Between Design-Build and Remodeling?

We recently sat down with the leader of the Mosby Building Arts Planning and Design team, Jack Culian. He detailed the difference of design-build vs. remodeling projects, and revealed a new design innovation coming to Mosby in 2017.

Here are Jack’s answers to 4 questions:

Jack Culian, the Design-Build Business Manager of Mosby Building Arts.

In general, what is the difference between design build vs. remodeling?

A main differentiator between remodeling and design build is how much of the space is being re-constructed from its original design, and is an architect involved?  Are we simply pulling and replacing elements of the space – which is remodeling – or are we moving things around and changing everything that existed before? Design-build projects generally involve major renovations to the client’s home that include designing concepts from certified designers and architects, drafting construction plans, moving or installing plumbing, electric, and HVAC, and the selection of numerous materials.  These are the factors that help us decipher between remodeling and design-build.

Specifically, how does the Mosby design-build process differ from other remodeling companies?

The 3-Step design-build process at Mosby stands apart from other firms for a few reasons.  First; because it is a process that is managed over 3 distinct steps: concept design, selections and final design, and construction.  Second; our level of detail and pace at each of the different phases provides the client with confidence that the job stays on schedule, and that what we build will be exactly what they will love for years to come.

What aspects of your design team are you most proud of?

The team excels at creativity.  They are a well-rounded group of designers, drafters and field experts who willingly lend their knowledge and ideas to ensure that the outcome of each job exceeds their client’s expectations.  They understand how to create inspirational and functional designs within a given budget.

A 3D rendering of a theater room in South St. Louis County basement remodel by Mosby Building Arts architect Brian Yount.

For you and your team, what are you most excited about for 2017?

2017 brings a lot of promise and potential!  In addition to our 3D project renderings, we’re experimenting with 3D optic headsets that let a client take a 360-degree view of the space. We’re also testing a new app that lets you move about the 3D drawings like you are actually walking around in the home. It’s phenomenal technology.

There are also many new products and innovations coming into the market that will not only improve the look and feel of your home, but will improve people’s quality of living.  Each year more people are finding reasons and ways to stay in their homes longer, so it provides the Mosby Planning and Design Team the opportunity to push our creativity and knowledge to greater heights. We look forward to creating more perfect spaces for St. Louis homeowners.

Learn more about Jack Culian and his design team. For all of your St. Louis remodeling, design and architecture needs call the Mosby Building Arts office at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.


Planning Romantic Spaces in Your Home

Dimmed lights, candles, and neutral colors create a more romantic pallet in the home. Women tend to be more affected by the colors and mood in the bathroom and the master bedroom. Women tend to look at their home as more of our personality and style. The colors, decorations, pictures, and style is what we choose for others to know about us.

Decorations
Use decorations in the bedroom that remind you of special moments or places you and your spouse have been together. Wedding photos or photos of trips will remind you of the love you have shared throughout the years. Making your bed every morning can be a simple task to make your room more romantic.

Clutter
Everyone has stacks of mail, school papers, bills, and other things that seem to pile up around the kitchen and bedroom. If you want to create a romantic space the clutter needs to disappear. Find a system that works for you, your spouse, and family then create this new space for the clutter to go so you can keep a romantic setting in the kitchen and bedroom.

Candles
Many people tend to allow candles to sit around and collect dust. Pick a candle that has a nice aroma and a good color to go with your decorations. Nothing creates nice romantic ambiance like candlelight, so find a scent you and your spouse love and burn it often.

 

A freestanding copper tub is a romantic space within a master bathroom remodel by Mosby Building Arts.

Colors
Pick colors that soothe you and your spouse, if your bedroom or bathroom colors are too loud you won’t be able to relax and enjoy the space. If you choose a color that is relaxing to you, you will find you and your spouse can be more romantic.

Romantic stone fireplace in a cozy den of a Mosby Building Arts basement remodel.

Fireplace
Adding a fireplace to the home will add warmth and light. The fireplace is often associated with romance and a cozy environment. Place a fireplace in your master bedroom or in your living room and enjoy.

Flowers
Fresh flowers can help enhance a romantic space. Almost anyone who walks into a home with fresh beautiful flowers looks at the home as a warm, welcoming space.

If you need help creating a romantic space in your home, our designers are here to help you. Contact Mosby Building Arts at 314-909-1800, or here on our website.


DESIGNER TALK: Red Flags When Interviewing a Designer

Mosby Building Arts designer Jake Spurgeon, AKBD

Every day, designer Jake Spurgeon is in the homes of potential clients who are interested in working with Mosby Building Arts for their remodel. This is essentially a job interview to help you determine if this is a company you want to partner with. It is also the time to be looking for red flags that indicate you and the company may not be a good match.

To have complete peace of mind and trust in whom you hire, Jake reveals the best questions to ask to reveal red flags and help you make the right decision of who to work with:

What is your process and how long will it take?

You want an idea of how the company works together, from the beginning to the end of the project. A clearly defined process indicates an organized company. After defining exactly what you want done to your home, your designer should have a good starting estimate of how much time is needed to design and build your project. Do not accept vague time frames if you have a specific deadline.

What is your work permit process?

The only good answer to this question is the company will pull permits, and they will do it – not you. Every reputable remodeler prefers to be responsible for the detailed permit process, and this saves you a lot of time and headaches. If a company says permits are not necessary or that you should get them, that is your red flag to look elsewhere.

What are your credentials?

You need to know how qualified you designer and their company are to work on your project.
Are the designers certified in kitchen and bath design (for instance, I’m an Associate Kitchen & Bathroom Designer with the National Kitchen & Bath Association)?
Is there a registered architect that will oversee and stamp the construction drawings?
You also want to be assured that the company is accredited with the Better Business Bureau, and has appropriate insurance.
All of these items protect you, your investment and your remodeling goals. If they lack credentials, you may need to look elsewhere.

What kind of warranty do you have?

Many items used in a project have a manufacturer’s warranty. What you need to know is how the company that installed these items will take care of any problems that may arise after the fact. You’re looking for a workmanship warranty, and what exactly does it cover and for how long (this is our 10-year warranty). You need to be assured that your company stands behind their work for the long haul.

St. Louis kitchen remodel by Mosby Building Arts, designed by Jake Spurgeon.

Can I see examples of your work and references?

Examples: We love this question, and by all means yes! You will learn a lot of valuable information about your designer and the production team while viewing the portfolio.

References: Reputable companies are happy to share them. Though I have seen a shift in the last 5 years or so, with that question being asked less often because homeowners do a lot of internet research (think Houzz, BBB, Guild Quality, etc.) before inviting a designer into their home. Often I offer to share references and they decline because they already know more about us than I do! But anyway, if you ask for references and they hem and haw, consider it a red flag.

Asking these basic questions will usually give you a good idea of what kind of remodeling company you’re dealing with, and help you decide if you want to pursue a working relationship with them.

Oh, I also recommend paying close attention to the kind of questions the designer asks you! It will give you valuable insight into the company’s priorities and focus. And you can learn if the project will be about you and your style, or just something the designer wants in their portfolio. It happens.

If you have a St. Louis home remodeling and design project in mind, and would like to put me through my paces, give me a call at 314.909.1800 or contact me here.


Winter Planning for Summer Outdoor Living

Don’t wait until you have ditched your winter coat for shorts and flip flops to begin planning your new outdoor space. If you want to enjoy it for the spring and summer, it needs to be planned now, in the winter.

Whether it is an outdoor kitchen, patio, or deck, it will take time to organize, design, and construct. Starting now gives you the time to have it done for a Memorial Day BBQ, for example. When planning your outdoor space keep in mind these 3 things:

1. The Location of Your Outdoor Living Space

Accessibility to the space, privacy, property boundaries, water drainage, and landscaping and scenery all come into effect when planning these outdoor spaces. With spaces like outdoor kitchens you have to consider the layout of plumbing, electrical, and gas lines. You’ll also have to take into consideration the time it takes to grow new grass. Most of these outdoor projects entail tearing up parts of your yard. Having a new outdoor space but a barren land to sit around and look at is not ideal. This is why starting your project earlier in the year benefits you the most.

2. The Features of Your Outdoor Living Space

Outdoor living spaces can be as simple or elaborate as you want. Some homeowners just want a space to be able to sit and relax; others want to bring the same amenities from inside their home to the outside such as, televisions, sound systems, fireplaces, lighting, and even heating and cooling elements.  It’s important to remember the level of features you choose will not only impact price but the project timeline as well.

3. The Materials Used on Your Outdoor Living Space

You’ll also have to choose the material your outdoor space is made of.  For decks, do you want a wood or composite deck? Patios can be laid with poured concrete which can be stamped, molded or tinted for a variety of styles. Patios can also be made of pavers, either from brick, concrete, or natural stone. All materials have a different degree of maintenance to think about.

In order to successfully execute an outdoor project that hits on all these points, it’s a good idea to hire an experienced company that has a history of being able to design and build these spaces. This will ensure everything is taken into account.

The team at Mosby Building Arts can design and build your St. Louis outdoor living space, taking care of your project from start to finish. See a gallery of our outdoor living projects. And to schedule a home consultation, give us a call at 314-909-1800, or contact us here.


Our Favorite New Kitchen & Bath Products

Every year, Mosby Building Arts designers attend the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to see brand new kitchen and bath products. Jake Spurgeon and Julie Giljum each share their 5 favorite items from the recent KBIS 2017.

Jake Spurgeon, Mosby Building Arts Designer

Mosby designer Jake Spurgeon shown “lifting” Mosby architect Brian Yount at the Kohler booth at KBIS 2017.

Robern InLine Series Lighting

Lighting that can be connected and paired with medicine cabinets have long been around, but lighting with temperature control? Brand new! Ranging from 3000k – 4000K, this is lighting that lets you adjust between warm white and natural light to ensure your look will match the correct time of day or night, indoor or outdoor. If you do the bulk of your grooming in front of the bathroom mirror, this is the system for you!

Ann Sacks ITAI BAR-ON Tiles

Ann Sacks introduced hand-crafted concrete tiles that have curved edges and openings so you can place accent lighting behind it. They show them as being used for accent walls or fireplace surrounds, but I see them as a kitchen backsplash! Imagine it providing a unique look plus extra task lighting in your kitchen and know why I’m hoping to get a chance to try this idea.

Best by Broan Hood

Are these cool looking pendant lights for your kitchen? Nope! They are recirculating range hoods to be mounted over a cooking surface. Lighted venting has never been this beautiful. The product is so new that it’s not yet on the Broan website (I snapped the photo above). And this is why we go to KBIS each year – to get a jump start on the innovative new products for your home.

American Standard Spray Selector

Here’s another product so new it’s not yet available, so I had to take a photo of it to prove that it exists. Do you have difficulty reaching your shower head to adjust the spray pattern? Do you see that shower wall button on the right, above? Well, just press it to control your shower head! This new American Standard product is a universal design game changer.

Moen U Shower System

We can now install a control pad in your shower that hooks to your smart phone so you can control when your shower starts and what the temperature will be. It’s the ultimate shower gadget with the potential to save you time when getting ready.

Julie Giljum, Right Bath Coordinator & Designer

Right Bath by Mosby designer Julie Giljum (bottom) with Mosby Building Arts designer Jill Worobec at KBIS 2017.

This was my first time at KBIS, and here are my photos of the 5 products I’m most excited to try out in future Right Bath by Mosby projects:

Kohler had a lot of great new stuff at KBIS, including a new vanity light series! They had a limited selection before, but with these expanded lighting choices I can eliminate a separate shopping trip to a lighting store because these Kohler options are excellent. This is a great service that will free up time with selections so we can get even more done on our never ending to do list!

Kohler Real Rain Shower Head

Another amazing new Kohler item lets you experience real rain in your shower. This shower head has 775 nozzles, replicating the feel of actual rain washing away a long day! The sound is also as soothing as a gentle spring rain.

Sterling Frameless Sliding Shower Door

For all of the parents that bathe their children in a tub with a shower door atop it, you will love this!  Sterling has introduced a shower door or a tub/shower door with comfortable track. This is a cushioned threshold you can step on without pain, or lean over the frame without it cutting your abs. All I have to say is it’s about time!

Brizo Litze Slide Bar Handshower

Brizo has brought the Industrial Steampunk look into the shower – or at least that is what I am calling it!  This handshower unit has a unique style, and you move the handheld by rolling the wheel up and down. Just so much fun!  Also, the rest of the Litze collection has some amazing bathroom accessories.

Armstrong Alterna Engineered Stone Tile

Armstrong Alterna tile has been around for years, but this new engineered stone is warmer to the touch than ceramic or porcelain tile. Alterna just introduced this wood texture pattern, which brings a warm look to the bathroom; add radiant heat below this tile and it will feel as warm as it looks!

Mosby designers are here to help with your St. Louis kitchen and bath remodeling projects. Contact Mosby Building Arts’ Jake Spurgeon at 314.909.1800. Julie with Right Bath by Mosby is available at 314.909.1820.


Q&A: What Differentiates the Mosby Production Team?

We recently sat down with the guiding lights of the Mosby Building Arts production team to learn what motivates their commitment to excellence.

Tyler Cluff, the Vice President of Production, has been with Mosby since 2003. Tina Reese, Production Department Manager, has been with us since 2008. Between the two, they have keen insights on the Mosby construction process, as well as mentoring and creating  a new generation of carpenters with the Tradeswork apprenticeship.

Here are Tina & Tyler’s answers to 5 questions:

Tina Reese is the Production Department Manager for Mosby Building Arts, a St. Louis design-build firm.

Tina Reese is the Production Department Manager for Mosby Building Arts, a St. Louis residential remodeling design-build firm.

What differentiates the Mosby production process from other remodeling companies?

Tina: The level of commitment to excellence we get from each employee is very different than any other company. We make the process smooth for the clients as well as the employee.

Tyler: I believe there is a greater emphasis on the journey of the process rather than just the end results.  Many companies can deliver a great project – that should be a given. The Mosby difference is the experience that the client enjoys as the project is being built.

What aspects of your production team are you most proud of?

Tina: I love the fact that they take so much pride in their work. They know customer satisfaction is important to Mosby, but it is also important to them, so doing a great job is their personal priority.

Tyler: I agree with that; our production staff wants to please the client and exceed their expectations.  They tend to create friends out of our clients. Something else I’m real proud of is how willing and eager they are to learn how to do things better, smarter and faster.

Tyler Cluff is the Vice President of PRocution for Mosby Building ARts, a St. Louis design-build firm.

Tyler Cluff is the Vice President of Production for Mosby Building Arts, a St. Louis residential remodeling design-build firm.

What production changes or improvements are you most excited about for 2017?

Tina: We just promoted 4 Lead Remodelers to Project Managers so I am excited to see their growth, and what improvements and efficiencies they will bring to the team. Another improvement is our Project Leads now have iPads, along with the Project Managers who’ve had them for a few years. This makes it easier for them to see work scopes and stay in touch with updates to each job.

Tyler: Our entire production team is getting better with the technology they are given. Technology is now a necessary skill for carpenters. Everyone can now get answers faster and sign important documents on the spot, which elevates the client experience.

Mosby was voted the 2016 Technology Market Leader by Pro Remodeler.

This is the second year for Mosby’s apprentice program, Tradeswork. What are your observations about our first two apprentices? And will they stay on with us?

Tina: Manuel and Daniel were great picks! It’s amazing to see two people with no construction knowledge learn so much in one year. It really shows how well our Production team can teach others the craft. We will be hiring them both after their year is up, for sure.

See what Tradeswork Manuel and Daniel accomplished in 2016.

Tyler: Yes, we definitely plan on offering them a permanent position. It is interesting how much people who want to learn a trade, and are willing to listen, can grasp in such a short time.  Both of the candidates have had many opportunities to learn new skills, and each of them have excelled in different areas.

Enrollment for 2017 is now open on Tradeswork. How does the application and selection process work?

Tyler: We review all the applications that come from the Tradeswork website and interview each of the candidates to find ones that exhibit our core values of integrity, commitment to excellence, accountability, respect, and teamwork.  We can teach the skills, but the values usually come with the candidates.

Tina: Agreed. Skills are teachable, but attitude is everything! Excitement to be in the construction industry and a willingness to embrace our core values are what we’re looking for with the next apprentices. If someone fits this bill, they should apply now!

And here’s where people aged 18-25 in the Metro St. Louis area with reliable transportation can apply for a Tradeswork apprenticeship.


7 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes to Avoid

St. Louis kitchen remodel by Mosby Building Arts feayuring maple brown cabinets and plenty of special touches for a hardcore baker.

See more photos of this kitchen for serious bakers on Houzz.

Kitchen remodeling is a big investment of time and money, which is why you don’t want any lingering regrets after the project is done. For a successful kitchen remodel, these are 7 mistakes to avoid:

1. Impatience

Have a plan before knocking down walls or ripping off surfaces, regardless of inspiration from home improvement shows or personal frustration with your kitchen. In a moment of spontaneity you could make a move you regret when you learn how much time and money it takes to correct a mistake. Employ patience to plan the work and work the plan.

2. Bare Minimum

Your time and budget concerns may suggest doing the bare minimum to update your kitchen. But if you’ve always had issues with how the room is laid out, new countertops will bring only temporary relief. Now is the time to really think about what changes will be the most productive and satisfying and invest in those. Plus, it’s easier to endure construction chaos once than to do it repeatedly, so make all your changes at one time.

3. Biting Off More Than You Can Chew

Doing the bulk of a kitchen remodel yourself is good idea… if you’re a remodeling professional or a quick learner without a full-time job! If neither of those apply and you still decide to be your own general contractor, you could soon be buried under mountains of details and ills. Be realistic about your abilities and time, and team up with experienced professionals to avoid unnecessary obstacles.

St. Louis kitchen remodel by Mosby Building Arts. White tile and cabinets with burgundy and red accents, stainless steel appliances.

See more photos of this new “old” kitchen on Houzz.

4. Top Chef Fantasies

A professional-grade range seldom transforms a take-out junkie into a gourmet cook. If you’re a hardcore cook who is overdue for a kitchen that meets your needs then you deserve to follow that dream. But if a $12,000 cooktop will gather more dust than frying pans, consider putting that money into features that will truly benefit you every day.

5. Distracted By Shiny Objects

Glass cabinets in Day-Glo colors are perfect for your Pinterest kitchen board, but how long until you’re tired of them in your actual kitchen? Cabinets are one of the biggest expenditures in a kitchen remodel, so it is wise to choose a style you can live with for 10-15 years. Go for the bling with cabinet pulls, accessories and countertop appliances which are relatively inexpensive and easy to change out as your tastes change.

Wildwood, MO kitchen remodel by Mosby Building Arts featuring brown maple cabinets and maximum storage.

See more photos of this maximum storage kitchen on Houzz.

6. Overlooked Details

You select gorgeous cabinets, but is there enough storage? You upgrade all of your appliances, but is there enough electricity to power them? There are literally hundreds of details that go into a successful kitchen remodel, and it’s easy to miss some of the finer points while concentrating on big ticket items. Working with a certified kitchen designer is your best bet for getting a kitchen that you will be gloriously happy with.

7. Changing Your Mind at the Wrong Time

If you decide that the pantry needs to be bigger after construction has started, that decision will cost you more and create delays.  The best way to avoid change orders and keep your project on schedule is to fully plan the project before the first hammer wings. Confident choices come from seeing your kitchen design in 3-D, and working with professionals who understand your goals. Explore every option in the design phase where it’s easier (and cheaper!) to make multiple changes until you find exactly what you want.

The St. Louis remodeling professionals at Mosby Building Arts help you plan every detail, from consultation to design to building your ideal kitchen. See a portfolio of Mosby kitchen remodels. For a mistake-free new kitchen, call the Mosby office at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.

 


Mosby Book Report: A Pattern Language

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Do you look or do you see? This is a simple question with layers of meaning. We could say it’s the difference between identifying an object and absorbing its details.

Looking: Our society has come to accept at face value quite a lot of bad architecture and design. Houses – or new neighborhoods – that never quite feel like home, and buildings that fail at even the basics of sound construction have become common.

Seeing: Because we’ve strayed so far, a book first published in 1977 (because even then they felt we had veered off from deeply rooted patterns of human nature) is a must-read for anyone working in the architecture, design and building fields, or fascinated by those topics.

A Pattern Language in an exhaustively researched manual written by a group of architects, professors and urban planners who categorize and explain the psychological and physical effects of centuries of building and planning techniques that suit humans best. Revealed within its pages are ideas such as:

• People use space if it’s sunny, so important rooms of a home should face south. For instance, a north-facing backyard won’t be used as much as a south-facing one.

• Balconies and porches less than six-feet deep are rarely used because we instinctively feel hemmed in.

• People are instinctively drawn to light and windows. Window sills 13”-14” from the floor and wide enough to sit or place things on are used the most.

• Uniform overhead light makes people feel disoriented and uncomfortable, so in addition, use pools of light at varying heights to create a sense of ease and comfort.

• People like to see and watch other people. An outdoor bench with its back towards others – or secluded – won’t be used all that much.

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Hmmm… does this describe today’s open-plan kitchen area?

There are over 1,100 pages of this kind of addictive knowledge in A Pattern Language. It’s the kind of book that once completed, you pass copies to other people so they can learn the open secrets.

Some of the ideas are so simple and intrinsic to us that that we never thought about them until they are printed in black and white. Once revealed, however, it easily explains how we feel and relate to the world around us. This is an indispensable book that jump starts your brain, and leads to creating a better home for you to live in. Discover it’s open secrets here.

If this book inspires you to make changes to your home, call Mosby Building Arts to start your next remodeling project.


The 5 Most Valuable Bathroom Trends

There is a move away from spending money on elaborate, showplace bathrooms and, instead, designing bathrooms that better reflect how you actually live. Daily comfort and ease-of-use is a valuable investment.

Here are 5 bathroom trends that reflect this new way of living:

mosby building arts bathroom with no tub - shower only

1. Who Has Time to Soak?

Homeowners are realizing they seldom use the large whirlpool tubs in their master bathrooms. The space these large tubs take up can be put to better use by enlarging the shower or installing an additional vanity.

The Great Debate: Do You Need a Bathtub?

mosby building arts master bathroom shower experience

2. The Ultimate Showering Experience

Showers are doubling in size to include bench seating, multiple shower heads and plenty of grab bars. These showers are just as beautiful as they are large, featuring captivating shower surrounds (like the wood-look porcelain tile shown above), and low- or zero-clearance entry for easy accessibility.

mosby building arts comfort-height vanity in a university city master bathroom remodel

3. Go Easy on Your Back

Vanities have typically been 30” in height, but why continually bend over if you don’t have to? 36” tall back-saver height vanities are gaining popularity because they make good sense. As do comfort-height toilets, because they benefit everyone.

water closet in a mosby building arts master bathroom remodel

4. Let’s Hide the Toilet

Water closets are a way to separate the toilet from the rest of the bathroom. Quite often, two people use a master bathroom at the same time, so this creates privacy while also keeping the least attractive feature of the bathroom out of sight. In the master bathroom above, the water closet with a pocket door is tucked behind the shower.

mosby building arts master bathroom with a solar tube for natural light

5. Daylight Feels Right

Natural light is proven to increase your well-being while reducing electricity bills. Homeowners are installing skylights to let the light in while assuring privacy. Solar tubes, which can be installed in places where skylights can’t, are the perfect way to illuminate your shower with sunlight, like the master bathroom shown above.

These are bathroom remodeling trends that immediately improve your daily life and have enduring value. St. Louis design-build remodeling firm Mosby Building Arts has a team of designers and planners to help you create a bathroom that reflects how you live. View Mosby’s bathroom portfolio. To get started, call Mosby at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.

 


7 Tips for Your Kitchen Facelift

If you’re content with the size and layout of your kitchen but are unhappy with how outdated and worn it looks, you’re ready for a kitchen facelift.

Updating kitchen surfaces and details without altering the basic layout is also known as a pull and replace by the remodeling industry. It’s a relatively quick and more affordable way to have a new kitchen.

Here are 7 improvements that will substantially update and rejuvenate your kitchen:

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1. Revitalize Cabinets

New doors on existing cabinets gives you a massive change without the higher expense and time of all new cabinetry. Re-staining, painting, or adding trim to flat panel doors are other options to revive the appearance of timeworn cabinets. New hardware – aka knobs and pulls – will immediately enhance and distinctively update the look.

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2. Replace Countertops

After cabinets, countertops are the most prominent focal point of the kitchen. You can splurge on natural stone like granite or marble (shown above). But you can make a big impact with less costly counter materials like onyx, laminate, wood or Corian.

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3. Install a New Faucet

A functional item like a faucet need not be utilitarian. Faucet choices are endless – here’s a nice Kohler starting point. Consider choosing a finish that matches your new cabinet hardware for a nicely tailored effect. Shown above is the KWC Domo pull-down faucet.

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4. Add Trim & Molding

One of the most overlooked ways to change the look of kitchen is with the addition of trim and molding. Adorning the ceiling with crown molding, wainscoting crested with a chair rail, or the augmentation of existing trim around doors and windows are some of the artful options that add style and polish.

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5. Refresh the Paint

The quickest and most cost-effective facelift you can give your kitchen is a new wall color. A formerly white-walled kitchen looks brand new with a lively citrus background (like the color in the kitchen above). Or a nice trick is a neutral color all over with a bold pop of color on one or two key walls.

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6. Install New Flooring

The floor is the largest area in your kitchen, so changing this surface will make a big impact.  Options include refinishing an existing wood floor and applying a new stain color, or look into the fascinating world of vinyl and laminate floors that successfully mimic other materials. For instance, the “stone” floor above is actually vinyl tile.

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7. Update the Lighting

Adding more light under cabinets and over task areas immediately changes the feel of your kitchen. But also consider changing a ceiling-mounted light fixture to a dangling pendant (or 3 pendants over the island, like the kitchen above), or an unexpectedly whimsical chandelier. Think of light fixtures like jewelry and have some fun while making it easier to see the results of your kitchen facelift!

We enjoy working with homeowners on transforming the look of their kitchen, because it’s a fun adventure with relatively quick results. Mosby designers shop with you and help coordinate your new palette of colors, textures and surfaces. Installation tends to be smooth because Mosby carpenters are replacing pieces rather than building new from scratch.

For ideas and help with your kitchen facelift, call Mosby Building Arts at 314.909.1800 or contact us here.