Tile Trends 2019

home remodel houston, kitchen remodel houston, bathroom remodel houstonAn affordable alternative to hardwood and natural stone, tile is a great option to update the overall look of your home. Easy of cleaning, durability, and lower investment costs continue to keep it at the forefront of the design world. With so many different options, Century Construction has some tips on what is trending in 2019:

Tile In Unexpected Places

One of the hottest kitchen trends in 2019 is having minimal or no upper cabinets. Embrace the extra wall space that used to be covered by cabinets and extend the backsplash up the entire wall, from countertop to ceiling. This highlights a single area of the kitchen, creates a focal point, and helps a large patterned tile be the star of your space.

Beyond kitchens and bathrooms, tiles can be used in any room: feature walls, chimney breasts, hallway floors, as headboards in bedrooms.  

Textured Surfaces

Raised or embossed patterns elevate a sophisticated neutral look with just a bit of texture and interest without overwhelming the senses. 3D tiles have become popular with their futuristic and architectural shape when creating an eye-catching feature. Geometric and angular tiles add a sense of movement and dimension via tactile variations.

Wood Effects

For the look of hardwood but the durability of tile, faux wood tiles are ideal for high traffic areas like kitchens and living spaces. The scratch and water resistant look and feel of real wood is fantastic with underfloor heating in bedrooms and baths.

Technological advances mean some exciting new developments. Digital printing has improved immensely for hyper-realistic finishes. Faux tiles are no longer one-dimensional replicas, instead, the image is deeply embedded in the surface which even gives it a realistic and convincing texture. Ceramic and porcelain tiles that have mimicked wood for a few years can now replicate stone, granite or concrete. These are often cheaper, lighter, easier to install and often easier to maintain than the real thing!  

Large Format Tile

This year, much larger format tiles are getting even thinner– making them easier to work with and install. Large-scale tiles are perfect when you want to create real impact, especially in an open floor plan. There are fewer grout lines which mean space will feel calmer and more open and will give any room a more luxurious look.

Loads Of Stars And Shapes

Large-scale star patterns are really popular at the moment – it’s a classic pattern that marries both contemporary and traditional designs. I’ve seen a rise of star prints in tiles, especially on Instagram. Bold stars, tiles that makeup star prints when laid or tiny dotted stars.

Handmade, ‘artisan’  tiles are perfect for 1) restoring period properties or 2) adding character and interest to more contemporary homes. Look for organic shape inspired by the natural world. Hexagon, or honeycomb, tiles have inspired even more unusual shapes. Scalloped fish-scale tiles, leaf shapes, and teardrops, triangular and circular tiles, even star shapes will add another layer of interest to tiled surfaces.

A Softer Take On Subway Tiles

Though color will certainly be trending this year, so will a more neutral palette. If you prefer a more traditional, farmhouse interior trend, you can’t go wrong with muted cream and ivory subway tiles.  You can also expect matte finishes to compete with glossy this year. Mix textures in subtle colors like classic Travertine tiles on the floor.

Home Remodeling Contractors In Houston

As you daydream about new designs, engage a partner to make the dreams come true. The professionals at Century Construction Services are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property. Century Construction Services is based in Magnolia and serves the greater Houston area. 

3 Signs That You Need A Home Remodel

home remodel houston, house remodel houstonWhether you are a long-time homeowner or just recently purchased an older home in the neighborhood, your home is going to be your safe haven. Your home is where you unwind from a long day, plan your future, spend time with your loved ones and make beautiful memories. But how do you know if it is time to update your home? There are a few key indicators that it might be a good time to plan a remodel that will either provide extra needed space or upgrade some elements that are outdated and need to be replaced. If you are thinking of remodeling your Houston home, you might consider calling a professional remodeling company that can guide you in the right direction.

Here are a few key elements that might mean it’s time for a remodel:

  • Outdated, Old Or Damaged Floors: You will know that it is time to replace your floors when the wood or tile seems to be detaching. Tiles and wood can crack after a long time of ware and take away from the value and comfort of your home. It’s not the end of the world, but it’s a great indicator that an upgrade is a good idea.
  • A Leaky Roof:  If you are constantly having to patch or repair your roof, it is time to replace it. In the long run, you will save a lot of money on maintenance by simply replacing the old existing one. Not only is the leaky roof taking time and money from you, but it can also cause serious water and mold damage that can become incredibly expensive to repair.
  • Too Little Or Too Much Space: Whether you are planning to grow your family, or downsize your home because your kids have grown and moved out, a home remodel is a great way to make your space fit your needs. Maybe you want to pull down the walls of a bedroom to make your kitchen bigger for entertaining purposes, or the unfinished basement is ready to be turned into a luxury bar room. For whatever the reason, professional contractors can help you design and create the perfect space for you.

With these thoughts in mind, think about the condition of your home and your current needs. Is your home costing you money because of costly repairs? Is the space big enough for your family or too big for you? If you notice uneven floors, a leak or leaks in your roof, and get the feeling of overcrowdedness or loneliness, these are clear signs that it is time to renovate your home. When you decide that it is time for a home remodel, call the professional team at Century Construction Services in Houston. Century Construction is experienced and skilled in all kinds of remodeling projects and can guide you in the right direction, giving you options and making sure to work within your budget. Your home is your investment. Keep the value up by taking care of the necessary repair work, but also make sure you find comfort in your space. If remodeling will help you find that comfort, give Century Construction a call! 

Choosing A Contractor For Winter Remodeling

home remodel houston, home remodeling houstonNationally, spring and summer are popular seasons for remodeling, but they might not be the best times to work on your project. In Houston, the winter reprieve from non-stop air conditioning might prompt you to get the doors and windows open for a remodeling project.

Ideally, you’ll work with a contractor on your remodel before the busy season is in full effect which will allow ample time and resources to complete your project. The weather has an effect, as well. For example, installing new windows in 100-degree heat is probably a bad idea. So is pouring concrete in hurricane season. However, with some early planning and a little flexibility, you might be able to get your project in motion well before the main rush, allowing you to finish a little earlier and allowing your contractor to work more efficiently.

When to Remodel: Season By Season

The best time to remodel is, of course, going to change depending on the project you are planning. In most cases, it is a good idea to have your project take place at least two months before or after your contractor gets busy. Have your heating unit replaced in mid to late summer; have your A/C replaced in the winter. As window replacements are often summer projects, try to book in early spring. You’ll want the new deck ready for spring so why not contact a deck designer in the winter?

Another advantage of planning work in the last quarter is cutting through the red tape a little faster. In winter, your local government offices are a little less busy so it may take you less time to get all the permits you need. Scheduling an inspector can be a little easier, which means you can move from phase to phase in shorter periods of time.

Get Recommendations First

According to ConsumerAffairs.com, the first step in finding the right home improvement contractor is to create a list of 10-15 local contractors who have the right expertise. You’ll gradually narrow down this list to the top contenders and ultimately use it to select your contractor, so it’s best to include more names than you’ll need at this point.

Successful contractors will make it easy for you to get in touch with them and see examples of their work. Be cautious of home improvement contractors who lack: basic information, a website, social media presence, and independent reviews.

Choose a contractor who specializes in the type of remodel you need then check the portfolio of their projects from at least the last year. At least ten projects will represent the work. It should include: before photos, during the remodel and after project completion, blueprints, sketches or other plans.  

Check References

Any reputable contractor will expect you to ask for a list of references.  A typical reference list will include multiple jobs with the name, address and telephone number of each customer. As you talk with each contractor’s references, eliminate any contractors that get bad or ambivalent reviews. Then decide which of the remaining references to visit in person to see the work; choose people who seem open and forthcoming, whose projects are similar to yours and, ideally, who live close to you.

Go With Your Gut

Local area contractors who have been in business for a long time are usually reliable and safe bets for projects. If they didn’t do good work in your community, they wouldn’t still be around. But meet the team in person. A contractor could be in your home and around your family for days, weeks, or even months so if you don’t like a contractor for any reason, don’t hire him or her.  

Home Remodeling Contractors In Houston

The best time to start your project is when you are ready and have found the best contractor for your project. The professionals at Century Construction Services are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the property.

Recreate Your Dream Home: Advice for a Smooth Remodel

home remodel houston, house remodel houstonYou love your neighborhood. You appreciate the schools; you know every aisle of the grocery store. Even your dog loves the park. But if your house no longer works for you, you don’t have to move! You can recreate and remodel it to match your current needs.

Important aspects of a successful remodel are:

  • A clear vision.
  • Reasonable expectations.
  • An experienced and reliable contractor.

Here are some tips to help you get your dream home:

Build Solutions, Not Walls

Moving plumbing connections and electrical outlets are expensive projects so focus on reworking your space without moving the major appliances. If you can reorganize for maximum utility, you won’t have to move walls to gain square footage.

But make the best of the situation. If your new layout requires that you move the toilet or other water lines, use the opportunity to upgrade the pipes as a long-term investment.

Plan For More Storage

As you plan for your future house, walk through the current house- what items do not have a home yet? Do the shoes trip you at the front door? Where is the vacuum stored? Is dog food easily accessible? Adequate storage makes every room feel more peaceful and beautiful by removing clutter and freeing up visual space. Plan in a mix of both 1)built-in cabinets and 2) stand-alone furniture to capture all of your clutter.

More Light With The Same Windows

Before cutting a big hole in the side of your house to install a window, consider a less invasive way of capturing light. To brighten up a windowless bath or hallway, install a “light tube” to channel sunlight from your roof through a highly reflective tube. Tubular skylights maximize the light by using special transparent domes. During dawn and dusk, when the sun’s angle is low, these devices capture sunlight more efficiently than traditional skylights and reduce the need for artificial lighting.

And another benefit? Some municipalities offer tax credits.

Donate Your Leftovers

Of course, plan to recycle the valuable scrap metal. But also try to salvage other items. Before you begin a remodeling job, invite the local Habitat for Humanity chapter to remove fixtures to resell; up to 85 percent of a house is reusable. Not only will this save space in the landfill, but you could also earn a charitable tax credit for the donation and help a good cause. Your dated fixtures might be a treasure for a mid-century modern fan on a budget!

Keep To Standard Sizes

Shop for stock windows and doors. By incorporating manufacturers’ off-the-shelf dimensions from the outset, you could save ⅓ to ½ of the cost of custom fabrication. Put the savings into upgrading the finishes.

Pack Up

Invest some time before the chaos begins. Declutter, pack up or move any items in the renovation zone. Enjoy giving or donating the things you no longer need or no longer fit your new space. Then store the rest in big plastic tubs and label everything. For a whole-home remodel, consider renting either an offsite unit or a storage pod in your driveway to keep all your belongings secure and clean during the process.

Don’t Forget The Pets

Renovation chaos stresses the four-legged family members. When doing a house remodel, consider the safety and care of your pets. How will they react to a constant flow of strangers, an open front door, or inaccessible rooms?

Consider all options. Can they go to grandma’s house? Attend doggie daycare? Stay at a neighbor’s home in the day and in your home at night? How will they react to a constant flow of strangers and open doors?

Plan For Outages

Plan ahead for times when you don’t have electricity. You might not be able to open the garage door or front gate. Keep your phones charged. When the power is off, a fully stocked fridge will keep for safe for 24 hours but only if you don’t open the door.

At times, the contractor will also have to shut the water. Communicate the schedule in order to prepare containers of water in the fridge for drinking, on the counter for cooking and have buckets of water available to flush the toilet. Even fill the bathtub for another source of clean water.

Home Improvement Project Planners

Instead of hiring separate contractors, enjoy a complete solution from Century Construction Services. Our Houston team is experienced and skilled in high-quality home remodeling and ensure an easy and swift remodeling experience.

Why Remodel in 2018?

Home Remodel Houston, Home Remodeling Houston, House Remodel HoustonPost-Hurricane Harvey, the Houston area real estate market is in flux. If your home survived the storm intact, or if you need to repair some damage, remodeling with a reputable construction team can make great money-sense. Sometimes “nesting” is more sensible than buying a new home, and research agrees; it can be a great investment. Consumers see home improvement as something that can improve their lifestyle today and also pay dividends down the road when they resell their home.  For example, investments in energy efficiency can yield more dollars at resale.

If you love your neighborhood,  stay put and invest where you are. If you are dreaming of updated features or more space, maybe this is the year for an improvement or renovation project. Century Construction Services has noticed some great trends for 2018.

Kitchen Trends

Gorgeous kitchen with sparkling quartz counters and classic cabinets are guaranteed to stand the test of time. Bright colors are making a major splash in contemporary kitchen design; colored appliances are instant conversation starters.

When renovating, consider induction cooking. These super-fast burners use less heat so even cramped Houston kitchens stay cool when cooking while surfaces remain safe to touch. Plus, these cooktops eliminate the need for a large range hood, leaving options for creative design possibilities. Tear down those walls, and banish kitchen isolation; open layouts are here to stay. Informal dining and comfortable cooking encourage interaction and a connected lifestyle.

Garage Overhauls

In Houston, garages do double duty. Not only do they protect cars, but they also collect and store anything “out of season.”  Decluttering, organizing and maximizing the space is always a plus. Garage remodels improve your home’s storage capabilities while improving the look. Custom shelving, tool walls, peg boards, and storage drawers are simple additions that will eliminate chaos. Flooring updates will prevent unsightly stains and deterioration. New counters, lighting updates, and seating areas will transform your garage into a functional-yet-fun part of your home.

Ceiling Treatments

Realize the untapped potential of ceilings. For the often overlooked area overhead, shallow coffers shake up small spaces, while moldings complement the shape of the room. Focusing on an island or workspace below can help define larger spaces and create drama with natural light.

Design Focused Entrances- For the Public

Functional décor is revolutionizing the home entryway. Smart-but-stylish storage solutions like trunk benches and built-in shelving will give your entryway a welcoming first impression while keeping clutter to a minimum. Avoid over decorating. Excess knick-knacks will create a cramped entrance and detract from your home’s overall charm.

Mudrooms- For the Private

Although we don’t battle snow and mud, an organized area where the family enters the home, either from the back door or garage, is a lifesaver and a great investment. Designing your mudroom to include storage benches, coat racks, shelving, and cubbies will streamline your space, contain messes and minimize household clutter. Mudrooms are also the perfect location for pet washing stations.

Century Construction Services

If your mind is turning about the wonderful options for your home, consult with a team to maximize your investment.  The professionals at Century Construction Services will help you increase your home’s resale value with a new look for your home. They are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Every client relationship centers on design and construction that improves the look and the value of the home. When you are ready to start on a home remodeling project, or need help fixing one that didn’t go as planned, contact Century Construction Services.

Century Construction Services specializes in residential and commercial remodeling, including kitchen remodels, bathroom remodels, basement finishing, room additions, interior painting, custom flooring, and patio construction.

Tips For Home Remodeling In Houston

Home Remodel Houston, House Remodeling Houston, Home Remodeling HoustonYou love the location of your home; it’s perfect, nestled in the ideal neighborhood within a range of the best schools and parks. There is just one tiny little detail that is missing from this picture perfect home – the house itself is in desperate need of a facelift. Remodeling your house can make it that home you know it can be. Before you jump head first into a remodeling project consider the following advice.

Things to consider when remodeling your home.

1). Set a budget –  Sticking to your budget can be tricky but with a little diligence and research, it can be done. Picking up the little extras that show your personality before the remodel starts is a good way to cut down on the initial expense of a remodel. Leave a little cushion, some projects are a little costlier than you might think. There is a fine line in being flexible but not going overboard

2). Research contractorsFind a company you can trust, someone who will be there to help you realize your vision. Ask around, word of mouth is a good way to find a great contractor. Ask as many questions as you need to in order to be sure the contractor is the right one for your needs. You want a contractor that has experience and knows what needs to be done. You don’t want to get stuck halfway through a remodeling project because your contractor failed to get the right permits. When looking for the contractor that fits your needs be sure and check out the quality of their work and the professionalism of their employees on the job. Remember a good contractor is worth the wait, they will work with your schedule the best they can. If they cannot start immediately do not be discouraged, a good contractor, such as Century Construction of Texas, is well worth the wait. Remodeling your home can be disruptive of your schedule, but the right contractor will be mindful of your time and work to accommodate you as best as they can.

3). Consider family – When creating the blueprints for your remodel consider the family members, do the changes make sense? Will the remodel accommodate the whole family? Do you have ample counter space? it’s amazing how fast counter space diminishes when you add appliances. Is there adequate storage space, let your creativity shine there are a number of ways to add extra storage spaces. Stick to your plan, make sure there is enough space for the stove and refrigerator of your dreams, it’s depressing to have to return them because they simply do not fit in the space allotted for them. Keep appliance dimensions in mind when finding the appliances that fit your space and style.

Enjoy the remodeling process, after all, it’s your dream home, make it your own you deserve to have the best. Century Construction will be there with you from start to finish. With quality work that will stand the test of time, so sit back and relax knowing you have hired the best in the business.

Signs it’s Time to Remodel

house remodeling Deciding to remodel your home can be a tricky decision. You may wonder if it’s worth the investment of your time and money. Although remodeling seems like a daunting task, it can provide a completely new atmosphere in your home. Here are a few signs it’s time to go forward with a home remodel in Houston:

  1. Zero Kitchen Space

If your kitchen was built prior to the 80’s, it was likely only designed for one chef and may not be family friendly at all! Since modern kitchens have evolved into hubs of activity for friends and family, small kitchens prevent socializing and team cooking. If you want more activity in the kitchen, it’s time to remodel. Not only will your kitchen be intuitive and stylish, but maybe you’ll have help (or at least company) while you cook.

  1. Screaming Appliances

If you can’t focus on everyday tasks while your dishwasher or washing machine is on, exploring more advanced options for appliances may save you annoyance. Modern technology allows us to create “smart appliances” which run almost silently. Today’s kitchen appliances are much more energy efficient and have multiple functions to choose from. So whether it’s your kitchen appliances, shower head, or microwave, Century Construction in Houston can assist you in renovating your kitchen to be convenient and quiet.

  1. Changing Stage of Life

Every family has to start out with a small, economic house or apartment. But as soon as expansion is on the horizon, remodeling may be necessary to staying in your location. Whether your kids don’t want to share a room anymore, you have a baby on the way, or your parents are coming to live with you, remodeling your home provides an accessible space for more bodies and a little bit of elbow room.

  1. Quality of Life is Affected

If you love to entertain, but you’re too embarrassed to invite people over, it may be time to pull the trigger on a remodel. Older layouts, especially in kitchens, can prevent interaction and force you to stare at a wall while cooking dinner. A remodel can allow you to flip the layout of your house to allow you to live life in your home to the fullest.

  1. Your Neighborhood is Improving

This isn’t an “everyone is jumping off the cliff so you should too” argument. When your neighbors are remodeling their homes, it could be a sign that the economy is strong and it’s prime remodeling time. Stay competitive in the real estate market and don’t fall too far behind. An updated master bedroom or dining room can be all you need to stay appealing and modern.

  1. It’s Just Old!

Although vintage homes are popular today, older homes that haven’t been updated in tens of years pose a safety threat. If your home was built over 30 years ago, it’s highly recommended that you remodel. You never know when an accident will happen due to outdated appliances, flooring, and exposed pipes. It’s worth the safety of your family to invest in a remodel. Not only with remodeling your Houston home reduce safety risks, but it will be more user-friendly and open. Call Century Construction in Houston for more information!

Remodeling your home is a big step. However, it can usher in a new way of life for you and your family members. If you have any questions or concerns about the remodeling process, contact Century Construction in Houston for additional information.

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Home Remodeling in Houston

home remodelThere are a number of reasons why a homeowner may want to remodel their home in Houston. Maybe you just want to update the look of your home, or maybe you have outgrown your space, maybe you are trying to sell your home, or maybe there was damage done due to unruly weather. Whatever the reason, when you remodel your home you want to make sure you do your research and find a qualified professional for the job. You don’t want to take on big projects yourself and then have unexpected problems. You want to find a company that is qualified for the job and comes with good recommendations.

What exactly does it take to complete a successful home remodeling project?

Planning

Once you have decided on remodeling, you need a plan. Figure out what your budget is and go through each area of your home that you want to remodel. If you know what you want done in each room, start writing up the plan. If you need help deciding what to do, the builder’s project managers may be able to give you some insight.

You can work with the builder on deciding the things to purchase for each part of your remodel. It may be better to have your contractor make the purchase rather than doing it yourself. Professional contractors know the correct measurements and what is needed to get your job done efficiently. This can actually save you money in the long run. Century Constructions project managers work with you daily and help you stay within your budget.

Failing to have a plan in place can lead to numerous unfinished projects. All too often a homeowner will purchase materials with a vague project in mind and those materials end up sitting in the garage, or in storage until it is eventually forgotten. Or, you end up buying too much or too little, resulting in multiple trips to the hardware store.  Worst case scenario is that you try the do-it-yourself method and find out the hard way that the project is more than you could handle.

Getting started

Once you have your plan, you need to start working with your builder. Call them and schedule a consultation. Make sure you go over your plans with your builder and let them know what your budget is. Try not to change your mind too much once the process is started otherwise things may not be done on time and could end up costing you more.

When you find yourself thinking about home remodeling in Houston, don’t forget to make your first call to Century Construction. Our professionals are certified, insured, professionally trained, and highly experienced. Century Construction was also the Winner of Distinction of the Better Business Bureau Awards for Excellence in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015. Our qualified builders are here to help with all your remodeling needs.

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