Empty Nest Remodeling Ideas

What To Do With These Bedrooms

Empty Nest Bedroom

Empty nest season – it can bring about both feelings of sadness and excitement for parents. While most people are typically sad to see all of their children out of the home, being empty nesters does have its perks. One in particular is having the freedom to renovate and redecorate a home, especially the bedrooms.

While many people set their sites on downsizing later on in life, many homeowners tend to stay in their home for some time after the children leave. If this sounds like your current scenario, and you are considering remodeling or starting a home improvement project, here are some things to keep in mind before moving forward.

Bedrooms are typically the first space in a home to undergo remodeling once the children have ‘left the nest’. Depending on your needs, personality, and behavior, there are many unique ways to create a new space out of a bedroom. For instance, at LeMier Phillips, we have helped renovate a child’s bedroom into a his/hers office, a home gym, relaxation room, library, extra bathroom, arts and crafts space, and even a wine room! Whatever you choose, the key is to keep the design accessible so the room can grow with you into later stages in life.

You will also want to take sleeping space into consideration before you jump right in and remodel all of your extra bedrooms. Although it is tempting to turn all of your now freed-up space into the rooms you have been dreaming about, it is a good idea to keep at least one of the extra bedrooms as a guest room. You will most likely have visitors in the future, and potentially grandchildren, etc. Accommodating family can be tricky if your newly designed sewing, game room, or man cave doesn’t exactly have space for a bed.

If you are only working with one extra bedroom, partnering with a skilled construction team can help you create the room of your dreams while designing a functional sleeping space within the room, such as the addition of a Murphy bed, etc.

If a full renovation isn’t in the budget, there are still many ways to update a child’s bedroom once they head off the college. Apply a fresh coat of paint in a color of your choice, switch out old carpeting or flooring for a finish that would work well for the room’s new purpose, and replace old, worn out furniture and accessories. These three swaps alone can completely transform a room and give you the distinctive space you have been waiting for!

The team at LeMier Phillips understands the pieces involved when an empty nest home improvement project is underway. With more than three decades in the construction business, we want to help you create the home of your dreams, even if you are just starting with one bedroom. Reach out to the LeMier Phillips team today for bedroom renovation ideas, an estimate, or to see some of our recent project completions.

How To Find The Right Remodeling Contractor

Finding the Right Contractor

Most of us have been there at one time or another – there is a project in your home that needs the skill and expertise of a remodeling contractor, but you aren’t sure who is the right person to help. Remodeling any area of your home is not a feat that should be taken lightly. You are seeking to hire someone who is trustworthy, experienced, will complete the project, and can give you an accurate estimate on the amount of work needed (aside from any surprises that may be lurking under the surface).

To find the right remodeling contractor for the job, it is best to implement a few of the following steps when interviewing potential contractors. And remember, interviewing more than one person is an ideal way to get various points of views about the project, and see if one contractor’s expertise and approach works best for your situation.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when searching for the right remodeling contractor:

•Research experience and credentials – Credentials and experience are key when it comes to credible contractors. Spend time on the contractor’s website – does the company hold any designations from homebuilder, remodeling, or kitchen and bath associations? Are they licensed and/or insured?
Also, take a closer look at the company’s specific experience, including:
1.How long have they been in the remodeling contractor business?
2.What type of remodeling do they specialize in?
3.Do they have a credible and established presence in the community?
4.And does the company have a permanent mailing address, phone number, etc.?
Getting a better idea of a contractor company’s experience and credentials can give you peace of mind regarding moving forward (or not moving forward) with a particular business.

•Remember you are buying a service – Hiring a remodeling contractor means you are purchasing a service, rather than a product. When you get top quality service, you are likely to wind up with a top quality product at the completion of the job. In order to determine if a contractor’s service is top notch, ask to see some completed projects and see if there are any references you can reach out to.
When speaking with references, you can ask if the project was completed on budget and on time, how the implementation of the project was handled, and if the reference was happy with the completed project.

•Don’t take anyone’s word for it – Contracts are crucial when taking on a remodel project with a contractor. Any contractor you choose should provide you with a professional contract that discusses items such as:
1.Bid price and payment calendar
2.Scope of work for your specific project
3.Site plan
4.A change-order clause
5.Any warranties
6.Dispute resolution clause
7.A construction task schedule
8.A waiver of lien
Each contractor will have a different contract agreement, which may or may not include the above-mentioned items. If you are unsure about any language in your contract, be sure to review it with your chosen contractor before signing on the dotted line.

The team at LeMeir Phillips understands how important it is for a homeowner to hire the right remodeling contractor for his or her project. With over three decades in the construction business, and a variety of affiliations, certifications, and happy clients, we hope you will let us provide our expertise and passion for your next remodel. Reach out to the LeMeir Phillips team today for an estimate, or to see some of our testimonials and recent projects.

DREAM REMODEL Home Improvement

Why Move If You Can Remodel?

Reasons To Consider  A Home Improvement Project

Have you become frustrated or bored with certain rooms in your home? This is a common occurrence if you have lived in your home for some time. In fact, people who feel their home is outdated, cramped, or comprised of poor design often consider moving over beginning a home improvement project. While in the moment this may seem like an easy fix, it comes with its own set of disadvantages and can cost more in the long run depending on the scope of the home improvement project.

Moving brings multiple hassles. First, you and/or your family will deal with the stress involved in packing, moving and unpacking. Second, you will be spending money in order to sell your home – with a certain percentage going to the realtors who sell the property. In addition, depending on how far your new home is located, paying a moving company to transport your belongings can prove to be quite costly. And last, there is no guarantee another home will be designed exactly to your preference.

Home improvement projects, on the other hand, offer many benefits. To start, you can get exactly what you want – whether that is an updated, renovated kitchen, an addition to your home to increase space, or a custom project that suits your exact needs. Depending on your budget, you can renovate one room at a time or multiple projects at once. Whatever you choose, you can soon achieve the house you have dreamed about.

Still torn on whether beginning a home improvement project or moving is the right option for you? Consider these reasons of why remodeling or renovating would be the best option for you:

  • The Area Suits Your Needs – There is a popular saying that is often heard when the remodeling vs. moving debate occurs. It states, “You can fix a home, but you can’t fix a neighborhood.” If you love the area you are in, have planted roots in terms of your children and their schooling, your place of employment, your favorite stores, and medical care, etc., keep in mind that your new neighborhood will be different than your current location. It may be hard to replicate the things you love in your new neighborhood.
    When you work with the experienced and skilled contractors at LeMier Phillips, you can stay in the place you love by fixing the issues with your current home. Afterwards, you can enjoy both the neighborhood and your newly revitalized home.
  • The Structure of the Home is Still Solid – While it is true that some homes may not be structurally sound, most homes are still solid at their core. If this is the case with your home, working with a knowledgeable home improvement company can help you get a better idea of how your home can be transformed. Let the professionals offer advice on how different rooms can be renovated, if spaces can be expanded through additions in the home, if walls can be removed to reinvigorate a space, or if smaller changes such as new lighting and flooring can bring about the change you desire.  
  • The Home has Sentimental Value – There are certain homes that involve a special connection with its homeowner. Perhaps it was passed down from a previous generation, or maybe it features unique architectural elements not often seen today. These are distinctive qualities that cannot be replicated through the purchase of a new home. By updating through a home improvement project, you can bring your structure into the future while keeping hold of cherished memories or elements.

Speak to a skilled contractor today at LeMier Phillips Construction about how a home improvement project can improve the comfort, value, and functionality of your space.

LeMier Phillips is a top-rated contractor in the Olympia, Washington area comprised of third generation builders. From whole house remodeling and kitchen renovations to bathroom remodeling and custom home builds, LeMier Phillips can help you bring the house of your dreams to fruition. Tell us about your project here or call 360-292-7890 today!

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Your first thoughts usually begin with a dream to transform your space into a new reality.  But before you get all starry eyed with thoughts of new tile or appliances there are several down to earth decisions that should be made.
One of the most important is which contractor to go with. How do you decide?
How many bids should you get?

We have come up with some advice to help you through this phase. When interviewing each company ask these questions:
What sets you apart from other remodelers?
Will your company do quality work?
Are you insured?
Will you provide proof of workers compensation and liability insurance?
What kind of warranty do you offer?
How long have your trade people been working for you?
How many years experience do they have?
Do you belong to local trade associations?   If so which ones?
Can you provide a list of references?
Can I tour a past project or one in progress?
How are communications handled during the process?
Do you use environmentally responsible construction techniques?
Will you bring in a dumpster and where will you put it?
Do you furnish a portable toilet for your workers and subcontractors?
How do you handle pets on the premises?
How much will the project disrupt our lives?
How can we help in the process?

Any addition, home remodel, kitchen remodel or bath remodel is much more than a number.  It is something you are looking forward to bringing new excitement and value to your home.  It is something you will need to live through, so you will want it done right, without a lot of headaches, set backs or cost overruns.  

Instead of focusing only on bids, we suggest you look at the quality of the work the company can provide you with and its past practices.  The purpose of a bid is to give you a way to compare one company to the next.  But bids do not really compare companies, they compare prices and most are not “apples to apples and oranges to oranges”.  

In creating bids, companies often sacrifice something to get a lower bid than the next company.  Once we get to the point of being able to give you a contract price, you can be assured that it is a true price, based on giving you the final product for your home that you want within the scope of your budget.

Are we more expensive than other companies?  Not really.  You get what you pay for in the end.  
LeMier Phillips Construction provides you with excellent workmanship, service and peace of mind that your job is being done right with our continued “Commitment to Quality” that we stake our reputation upon.
We are a great value no matter how you do the math!