Designing Your Dream Kitchen

Residential Remodeling Magnolia, Remodeling MagnoliaIf you’re thinking about remodeling your home, you’re not alone! Residential remodeling jobs are hands-down some of the most popular projects homeowners choose to tackle, and professional remodeling & reconstruction companies like Century Construction in Magnolia certainly have the experience and expertise you need to get it done! Professional construction and reconstruction contractors can make your dream home a reality.

The first thing we suggest is to go with what you like. If you aren’t quite sure, here are some of today’s popular trends … maybe of which we suspect will stick around for a bit longer, making them a good investment today:

  1. Quartz countertops. These are still a small part of the countertop market share, but the demand is certainly growing! Don’t worry, though, the more traditional granite option is still going strong, too, and remains widely used thanks to its beautiful look and durability.
  2. Single basin/farmhouse-type sinks. Believe it or not, this year there has been an uptick in customers wanting a single-basic kitchen sink.
  3. Exotic, dark wood flooring. Essentially people are going for light countertops and cabinets; and a contrasting dark flood. This trend has been around for nearly a decade now, and is a beautiful and classic look, especially against well-accented countertops and cabinets throughout the space.
  4. Gray is the new white. Seriously. For cabinets, floors, walls, you name it. Gray is in.
  5. Outdoor kitchens. This is obviously a pretty pricey addition during a kitchen remodel. However, the weather in Magnolia is perfect for an outdoor kitchen and living space – especially if it’s designed and built correctly to ensure nice airflow and shade from the sun. If you enjoy spending time outside, it might be a good investment for you and your home and would offer a whole lot of resale value.
  6. Open shelving. It can be tempting to have open shelves due to the convenience of being able to see everything and have everything in arms-reach without opening or closing cabinet doors. It’s a move toward embracing functionality in our increasingly busy lives. However, keep in mind that open shelves require some dedicated organization skills and routing dusting.
  7. Open floor plans. While not a new trend, we certainly don’t see this trend disappearing or fading anytime soon. If you’re dreaming of opening up your space, you can probably rest easy that it will be on-trend for some years to come.
  8. Freezer-on-the-Bottom Refrigerators. Those old side-by-sides have faded quickly in popularity. More and more homeowners are opting to get away from the side-by-side fridge/freezer and go for the newer freezer-on-the-bottom style for functionality and space reasons.
  9. Wine coolers. Need we say more! Wine coolers are becoming a more popular accessory in upscale homes. Feel this is a little too pricey? A simple wine rack is a great addition instead!
  10. Technology. This is for some people and not for others, but with innovations in technology, adding something like auto-on/off sink faucets can be a great addition!

DIY projects are popular today, but doing a residential remodeling or reconstruction job without licensed professionals with training and experience is not the best course of action. There are many safety hazards that come with these jobs and a professional remodeling team like Century Construction Services can offer expert advice and opinion in situations you may not think about. The pros are going to understand the best way to work with your budget to get the job done as soon as they can without cutting corners.

4 Ways to Keep Customers Safe & Happy During Construction

Commercial Construction Pinehurst, Commercial Construcion Services PinehurstAs fall approaches and temperatures cool off a bit in Pinehurst, we are coming into a busy season for new construction, reconstruction, and remodeling. With busy summer business seasons winding down, and a new school year just around the corner, this is a popular time for companies to invest in some changes in their business. If you’ve decided to remodel, expand, or even build a brand new facility, Century Construction Services can handle your project start to finish!

But, we understand there is a lot more to projects like this than just choosing a reputable construction company. More important than that decision is keeping your customers happy and safe during the entire process. Here are four ways to minimize the impact of the construction work on your business.

  • Status Updates. Have you ever been a customer of a business going through a remodel and received emails from them about the progress and any changes or closures that might impact you? We highly recommend keeping your customers in the loop on the construction process so they aren’t surprised or hesitant to enter when they see work being done at your business.
  • Manage Traffic. Make sure the main entrance in and out of your business stays open to foot traffic during normal business hours. Customers should be able to come in, access crucial customer areas (or shopping areas, depending on the type of business you have), and easily exit the property. The easiest way to get this done goes along with our point above: communicate. In this case, communicate through clear signage. Post signs for construction zones, creating a good traffic flow, where people should park, building entrances and exits, areas that are off limits or require extra caution when entering, detours, totally restricted areas, employee areas, and even access routes for emergency vehicles. The more clearly labeled everything is, the more comfortable your customers will feel being on site. Hey, if they are bringing their small children, there are a lot of little boys in the world who might be thrilled to witness some of the hustle and bustle of the construction process, too!
  • Keep it Clean. There are several levels to this. First, make sure the construction company you hire is committed to keeping workspaces as clean as possible and are able to contain the construction mess and debris to affected areas. Chambers can be constructed to divide affected areas from unaffected areas, and machines can be set up to scrub and keep the air clean. Daily cleanup is also a must.
  • Stay On The Same Page. Make sure you and your team are on the same page with your messaging to your customers during the construction process. Don’t hesitate to apologize for a little bit of disarray or noise. Feel free to explain to them what you’re doing to make your business better than ever! And, consider having a grand reopening to celebrate the changes, updates, expansion, or whatever else you may be calling it when the project is all said and done!

Tips for Commercial Remodeling

Taking on a commercial remodel is a big job. The improvements that can be made to a building are well worth it, but it can be aCommercial Remodeling Houston, Business Remodel Houston huge source of stress and hassle to the business owner. That stress is only compounded if you don’t totally understand how the process works or what to expect. This article has a few simple tips about commercial remodeling that may be helpful for you.

Tip 1: Remember to take care of any necessary permits

Depending on where your building is located and the type of work being done. Make the effort ahead of time to check and double-check that everything regarding permits is ironed out. Not doing so could cause progress to stop, or result in annoying delays.

Tip 2: Make careful plans ahead of time

A commercial remodel is a lot different from a residential remodel because it affects more than just you. Making plans for a successful remodel includes everything from creating a detailed budget to providing for enough time to complete everything on a schedule. This is extra important in commercial remodeling because you will likely have clients or potential clients coming in and out of your property. While people do understand the need for remodeling from time-to-time, it would not be a good impression for your clients to see things in disarray and disorder at your place of business. All that chaos can be easily prevented or at least limited by taking the time to make careful plans ahead of time.

Tip 3: Make sure your remodeling fits your brand

With so many remodeling variations and property styles that are available to us, it can be easy to fall into the trap of going after the newest, most popular fad. No matter how popular or inventive the choices you make, a remodel won’t be successful if it doesn’t reflect your brand. For example, the design considerations for a family-style restaurant would be far different from that of a downtown coffee shop. So make sure that the renovations you are making strengthen your brand, not muddle it or take away from it.

Tip 4: Think about how the remodeling will affect the people living and/or working in your commercial building

This falls closely under the planning category. Before things start to get crazy with all the remodeling work, make sure that everyone that utilizes your building will have space to work and that all the necessary functions performed at work are still possible and efficient. This may require moving some things around and making adjustments beforehand to ensure that work is not disrupted during the remodel.

As mentioned above, all of these tips are very important and helpful, but the most important decision you will make is which contractor you choose. Do some research. Read reviews. Interview a few restoration companies in your area and make sure you find one that will work diligently, honestly, and with good communication. In Houston Texas, Century Construction Services is a great choice with a healthy reputation. Their solid background is something you can trust.

The 4 “Don’ts” of Business Remodeling

Just like remodeling a home, remodeling a business can be a very exciting adventure for everyone involved. It is likely the remodeling is happening because the business is doing well, and it is time to expand or upgrade. Century Construction has helped more Pinehurst businesses wow their customers (and staff) with amazing remodels than we can count, and we want YOU to be next!

In past blogs, we’ve talked about ways to make sure the remodeling process is a positive one for you and anyone else at your company involved in the process – be it the decision making, the check writing, or choosing the tiles for the new breakroom space.

This time around, we want to dive into five things we encourage you to stay away from during a remodeling project. At the end of the day, avoiding these things will make the experience much less stressful, and much more enjoyable.

  1. Don’t buy your own materials.

We understand the desire to try to save money, but there is a good chance we can get better quality materials at a lower price point through our suppliers. We can guarantee the quality of the materials we use during your business remodel; others may not be able to say the same. Plus, we buy in such large quantities that we are able to gobble up goods at reasonable prices.

  1. Don’t go without a budget … AND a contingency fund.

Even the most realistic budget for a remodel simply may not be enough when all is said and done. Have you ever watched a remodeling show on HGTV where a floor or wall is ripped out, only to discover a support beam is in the wrong place, the wiring is dated, or there is a serious mold problem? Unfortunately, things like that happen – and they require some additional cash to be solved correctly.

We want all of our clients to enjoy the remodeling process as much as possible, and we make our quotes as accurate as we can, but like you – we can’t plan for the unexpected.

Trust us, you will enjoy the whole project a lot more if there is some flexibility in what you are going to spend. Set some money aside for those unexpected expenses. If you don’t need it by the end of the project, great! Use that cash to throw an open house for the community to show off the new space!

  1. Don’t delay decisions.commercial slider

As you plan for the remodel and look at architect drawings and sketches, think about all the decisions you will need to make – and try to make them ahead of time. Those kitchen tiles being two weeks late means other parts of the project have also been pushed back two weeks, and you’re waiting even longer for the remodel to get done and your business to return to normal.

  1. Don’t change your mind all the time.

Changing your mind sometimes is totally okay! Seriously, don’t sweat it! Just try to do your due diligence before the project starts so, again, your decisions are made and you are confident with them. Lots of changes to a plan not only slows down the process, it can increase the bill if different materials have to be purchased, and certain parts of the job have to be redone.

One bonus tip – don’t be a distraction. We understand a remodel is exciting, and you want to witness the transformation as it happens. However, we encourage our clients to stay as out of the way as possible to allow our crews to work as efficiently as they can. The better they are able to work, the sooner you will have your business back!

 call now

8 Things to Consider When Choosing a Remodeling Contractor

professional house remodelingChoosing to remodel your Pinehurst home is a big decision, and one of the biggest investments you will make. Once you’ve made the decision to remodel, it’s very important to do your due diligence and choose a good, reputable contractor to do the job. Of course, we hope you will choose Century Construction, but don’t take our word for it!

There are some obvious basic things you should look for in a good contractor – like their reputation around town, the professionalism of their crew, and the quality of their other handiwork. We have all heard horror stories of kitchens being demoed, and the contractor never coming back to finish the job – or doing a very poor job that ends up needing to be completely redone. There are even TV shows about this stuff because it happens so often.

Please, before you sign on the dotted line, do a little research! Here are some things you can do to protect yourself and your home from a possible manmade disaster.

  • Interview several contractors. Don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to get a firm grasp on what a company stands for, and the quality of their work!
  • Get written bids from every contractor you interview. Compare apples to apples – but remember to also consider the quality and reputation of the contractors you are interviewing. Sometimes, paying a little more for a service will guarantee higher workmanship, and it is wise to find elsewhere to cut costs.
  • Don’t be offended if they can’t start right this second. A busy contractor is a successful contractor! They will work with you as best they can to get the project started and finished on a tight timeline. After all, they want to make money too!
  • Ask around! Word of mouth is a big way many contractors are able to grow into big businesses in local communities. It is a tried and true marketing technique. So ask around at work, church, yoga class, etc. to see if anyone you know has experience with a local contractor – and what they have to say about them, good or bad.
  • Check licenses and BBB complaints. You can go to the Better Business Bureau’s website and easily find if any contractors have had unresolved customer complaints. Likewise, take a gander at their social media pages – what are current and former customers saying? However, keep in mind someone just having a bad day might decide to go off on a contractor without good reason – and there are two sides to every story. If there is a contractor you like, but see a concerning comment or review somewhere, just ask them about it!
  • Get the proper permits. There are some contractors out there who love to cut corners and ignore the need for permits. Doing a home renovation project without the right permits can violate local ordinances and open you up to fines and a heap of trouble! Legitimate contractors are easily able to get the right permits from the right entities because they work with the organizations every single day.
  • Make sure there is wiggle room in your budget! It is so easy to spend, spend, spend when you see all the wonderful options on the market for your remodel, but remember it’s pretty common for projects to cost a little more than you might expect. Having a little wiggle room, and working with a contractor who doesn’t push you to spend your max (or more) is important to enjoying the remodeling process, and finished project.

Century Construction in Texas can help you with your home remodeling project in Pinehurst from start to finish. We don’t cut corners or skimp on quality!

contact us

 

6 Tips for a Successful Business Remodel

business remodelMaking the decision to remodel your business can be both exciting and horrifying all at once! It is a major investment that could cause a few hiccups in the short term, but really pay off down the road. However, it is important to make good decisions along the way.

Just like building a house, it is important to acknowledge your expectations and understand what it will take to make those expectations a reality. Spend some time thinking about areas where you might be willing to sacrifice a top-of-the-line finish in return for an upgrade elsewhere. Also, think about how to use the remodel to make your business more efficient, and your customers and employees happier and more comfortable in the environment around them. Also, consider the time of year you’re hoping to make the remodel. After all, some months in Pinehurst are hotter than others – some are wet, some dry. While we can’t tell Mother Nature what to do, we can try to beat her at her own game!

Okay, so we already laid out a few tips for remodeling success above. Now, let’s dive a little deeper.

  • Contain the construction areas

If you are going to be open for business during the remodel, it is a good idea to have the area being worked on contained if it is within sight of the general public. While not always necessary, Century Construction can rather easily create barriers to keep dust and debris out of customer service areas, or even offices where computers and electronics may still be in use. Containment may also be a good idea to keep customers and others out of areas that are under construction.

  • Remodel after hours

Right off the bat, it’s pretty likely you are going to pay more to have a crew working after hours. However, choosing this route can help keep your customers happier during normal business hours, especially if you run a business where it is important to have less chaos and noise. Having work done after-hours also allows the crew to work a bit more efficiently and freely than they can during business hours, meaning the project could potentially get done sooner.

  • Do your research

Any time you’re doing any kind of construction project, it is likely permits are going to be involved. While Century Construction can handle a lot of this for you, it might help for you to do a little research on necessary permits so you understand what all the paperwork coming your way means, and why there might be a slight delay from time to time waiting for a certain permit, inspection, etc.

  • Stay organized

Before a single tool is lifted, be sure you have a plan to keep your business organized during the process. That means putting important documents in a secure area, having a workflow in place for whatever new work may come in during the project, and even having traffic flow planned out for your employees and customers.

  • Be a good neighbor

We cannot emphasize the importance of being a good neighbor! If you’re in an office building, strip mall, or other location where you have adjoining neighbors, please be courteous and let them know before the project gets started. Century Construction crews work very hard to keep works areas as clean as possible, and vehicles, tools, and other items out of the way – but there is still going to be a pretty obvious buzz of activity at your business that may inadvertently affect those around you.

The last tip we have for you: don’t stress, and communicate! We will be communicating with you constantly throughout the project so hopefully, you never feel in the dark. However, if you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to speak up. Communication between you and your contractor, you and your staff, and the contractor and their crew are all vitally important to pulling off a successful remodel.

call now

Choosing a Home Remodeling Contractor in Spring

room additinoYou have decided that you finally want to update that dated bathroom or kitchen, or maybe you want to finish your basement or add another room onto your home. Now that you know what you want to do, it’s time to find the right home remodeling contractor in Spring to complete your project to your satisfaction, on time and within budget. So what should you expect from your home remodeling contractor, and what are some questions you should ask?

Establish Honest, Open Communication

When working with a home remodeling contractor in Spring, communication is incredibly important, and is definitely a two-way street. You should be honest and upfront about your vision, your expectations and your budget, and your remodeling contractor should be honest about what is realistically possible to accomplish within the space and budget set forth. Open communication during the planning and design phase are especially important, and will help set the tone for the rest of the remodeling project.

As a home remodeling contractor in Spring, at Century Construction Services our goal is to bring your vision to light, and will do the best we can to accomplish this while working with your budget.

Set Realistic Expectations

Home remodeling is messy, and you will experience some disruption while the project is being completed. We will do our best to minimize the mess and the noise, and we will work with you to establish a schedule for us to be in your home to provide the least disruption.

Also keep in mind that home remodeling projects do not always go as planned. We may run into an unexpected problem, a certain type of flooring may be backordered, or the lighting fixture you wanted is no longer available. As your home remodeling contractor, we will communicate anything that affects your project to you, and will do our best to complete the project as scheduled. Likewise, you should avoid changing your mind throughout the project, as this will cause delays and can increase costs. Take the time before the project begins to decide what you really want.

Choosing the Right Fit

While we know there are plenty of home remodeling contractors in Spring, finding the right contractor with whom you will work well with, who will share your vision, and who has the skills and experience to complete the project on time and within budget can be a challenge. Take the time to interview a few home remodeling contractors and find the one that best fits your needs.

Century Construction Services provides full home remodeling services in Spring and the Houston metro area. Whether you are looking to remodel your bathroom, remodel the kitchen, finish your basement, or just update a space, we would be happy to discuss your project with you.