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Avoid these Remodeling Mistakes

Avoid these Remodeling Mistakes

Remodeling your home is an exciting venture, but it can also be stressful. Since we’ve remodeled lots of home throughout the Wasatch Front, we thought we’d share some “what not to dos” with you:

Don’t Set Unrealistic Budgets

It’s easy to get caught up in the best of the best, but when it comes to your project, it’s important to keep a budget that won’t cause stress in the long run. If you spend way more than you want, even if the project turns out fantastic, you will likely feel resentful toward the new space. You don’t want to be stuck paying more for a project because of unrealistic expectations. Come up with a budget from the beginning planning stages and stay close to you, but allow an certain amount of wiggle room that won’t break the bank.

Stick with the Current Architectural Style

We can do a lot here at Topp Remodeling and Construction, but you’ll want to still try and match the current architectural style to keep everything cohesive. If you want a modern look but you’re in an older home, take some time to think out the design so that the remodeling doesn’t clash with your current structure or style.

Don’t Sacrifice Function for Appearance

Naturally you’ll want your remodel project to look good, but don’t make changes solely for looks if it makes the function of the space worse. Even if a space looks great, if it doesn’t function well for you, you will come to not enjoy it. Instead think of function first—how do you need to use the space and what your lifestyle is like, then make it look gorgeous after fitting those needs. With Topp Remodeling and Construction, we can help you meet your functional and aesthetic needs.

Don’t be Too Trendy

It’s a great idea to keep up with trends, but don’t fall prey to trendy looks that don’t serve your needs well. If you remodel just to fit a trend and it doesn’t work for your lifestyle, you’ll end up wanting to remodel again sooner than would otherwise be needed. Keep up on trends, but it’s a good idea to keep some traditional aspects to major projects to prevent the desire of doing it again.

Don’t buy Décor or Furniture Without a Design Plan

If you’re embarking on a major remodeling project, hold off on buying the décor or furniture for your new space until you know how the finished project will be. Make sure you have a good design plan before investing money on the goods you want to add to it when it’s completed. Map it out and take some time making sure the items will look good and will fit in the space.

Be Sure to Get a Permit for Your Project

Many projects will require a permit to complete. If you need one, don’t proceed without getting it. You don’t want to waste money on fines or create stress without getting your project approved first.

Topp Remodeling and Construction is aware of the many needs during a remodeling project. We’re here to guide you through the process, so don’t hesitate to bring your questions or concerns to us.

Kitchen Design Ideas for 2022

Kitchen Design Ideas for 2022

Updating your kitchen is one of the best ways to add value to your home. With so many options, it can be hard to settle on a final design and plan. Trends come and go, but it’s still possible to be current with popular styles and remain timeless at the same time. Here are some ideas to get you started.

Multi-purpose Kitchens

Today, we’re managing a lot more from home. Many of us have started remotely at least part of the time. This has required us to adapt our home environment to also be conducive to a work atmosphere, which can be tricky. Kitchen design approaches are helpful when focus is on a multi-use function. Features such as adding tech capabilities with wiring, charging stations, and screens or a nook for a small area to take zoom meetings in a quiet and clean spot. Larger countertop space is a good idea if you need an occasional makeshift desk.

Another hot item right now for people working from home is to add a built-in coffee station. By creating a functional area for your coffee fix in the morning, it saves you time and money to brew that liquid gold at home. Add an appliance garage to the space and tuck away all your plug-in, bulky appliances here, too for a clean and organized setup. When you’re working at home or helping kids with remote school, a well-designed kitchen is a must to keep frustration levels low.

Pantries and Storage

Butler pantries used to be reserved for storing fine china and extra serving ware. Today, they are a lot more functional. It’s common to add a sink and workspace in these areas to keep messes out of the gathering areas of your kitchen. Many move their microwave into the butler pantry, or even better, put a second one in there out of sight. If you have the space, build this area in between the kitchen and dining room makes entertaining a breeze.

Maximize storage with cabinetry up to the ceiling. Creative cabinetry is a big hit, so don’t be afraid to be brave. Mix large drawers with big cabinets and don’t forget to go bold with the hardware. Hide away a pantry with cabinetry so everything looks seamless.

Color, color, color

The all-white kitchen, although still lovely, is not the top trend right now. Create visual appeal by mixing colors and materials, such as bold dark cabinets—even black—with wood grains and soft muted tones, then top it off with mixed metals such as brass and nickel. If you currently have a beautiful white kitchen, throw in some splashes of intense colors here and there to keep the timeless look while bringing in the current vibe.

The finishing touches on your kitchen will pull everything together. Sconce lighting is popular around ranges, bringing in metallic elements adds a touch of modernism to the space, and even built-in pet beds for your furry loved one can looks amazing in kitchens.

With Topp Remodeling and Construction, the world is your oyster, but don’t get overwhelmed. We can help you with design ideas to ensure you get the kitchen of your dreams.

Your Specifics for Your Office Space

Your Specifics for Your Office Space

Your workspace impacts productivity and workflow, therefore affecting your bottom line. It also impacts the impression your customers will have of your business. Your space needs to function for your unique business and be welcoming to customers and employees. One-size-fits-all is not true for workplace spatial design. With a customized approach, all your specifications and needs are considered, creating a space that truly works for you. With residential builds, there can be a flexibility factored in, but with commercial build-outs, there are some aspects that cannot, and should not, be flexible. At Topp Construction, we understand those needs and ensure we stay on track so your business will stay running optimally.

Consider This

  1. Timelines: Whether you are expanding or remodeling, the timeline of the project is of upmost importance. Every day that your space needs to be closed is lost revenue. When bidding a project, your builder needs to be upfront about their timelines and make sure your deadlines will be accurately met.
  2. Return on Investment: With the right layout and build design, your workspace can be a haven for productive employees. Happier employees result in greater success, bringing in more money to the business. Additionally, an energy efficient setup will also save you money on your monthly power bills.
  3. Customization: Because each business is different, the ability to customize your space is a top priority. The right builder will address your unique needs and strive to deliver the best outcome for your business. Bring all your ideas to our professional team, and with our experience and knowledge, your office space dream can become a reality.
  4. Don’t Forget the Small Spaces: Often, there are spaces that are easily forgotten during a planning stage just to bring frustration when the job is completed. Consider the smaller spaces that you can get creative with to help your employees out. Think about if you want a larger break room so people can decompress throughout the day from time to time, or maybe you’d rather have a huge space that’s hidden for storing supplies or products. If you have awards or certain items to display, a focal point area can be a cool touch.
  5. Your Workplace Culture: The focus for your space shouldn’t just be structure and function. It also needs to fit your culture and business identity. Your workplace culture is commonly connected to your employees’ happiness while at work. A survey conducted by Deloitte Development showed that 88 percent of employees consider workplace culture an important component of the business’ success.
  6. Wiring Needs: In our tech-heavy age, wiring for all your electronics is important. A knowledgeable company can help you design the space for maximum efficiency when it comes to ethernet/wi-fi, lighting, power strips, printer setup, server rooms, workstations, and more.

It may seem stressful to think about a build-out, but don’t let that keep you from expanding your booming business. If you need a better design for your space or more of it, give Topp Remodeling & Construction a call. We’ll see your job from the beginning planning stages all the way to the end.

Why Curb Appeal Matters

Why Curb Appeal Matters

Don’t judge a book by its cover, right? As true as this is in the literary world, it’s a little different in the world of home ownership. The curb appeal of your home is what sets your initial expectations for the feel of the inside. Of course, you can have a beautiful interior and an exterior that needs some work, but to feel the best about your investment, it’s wise to put some time and money into the outside areas of your home too. It feels great to enter your neighborhood and see a lovely property in front of you instead of immediately coming up with to-do lists as you pull into the driveway. Often, curb appeal becomes a priority to homeowners once they’re trying to sell their home. But curb appeal is important for your needs, too, not just for prospective buyers. Whether you’re selling or staying put, the outside of your home makes a difference.

Deter Burglars with a Well-maintained Home

This may sound strange, but a home that shows off a well-maintained exterior and landscape actually can help prevent criminals from making your home their target. Maintaining a nice exterior shows burglars that you care enough about your property to take measures to protect it. You don’t necessarily need an expensive security system to ward off would-be burglars (although they do help!), just a little TLC can go a long way. Keep up to date on maintenance items with stucco, siding, windows, roofs, and more, and keep the outdoor space tidy. Consider clearing clutter or tall bushes and trees from access points to your home to limit hiding spots or unwanted entries while not being seen.

Additions and Remodeling

Rarely is it a good idea to take on large projects such as remodeling or additions yourself. For maximum curb appeal with added value, be sure to hire a high-quality, professional service to take care of these needs. Whether you want to add on a large amount of space or to remodel exterior features for a new porch area, no job is too small or too big for Topp Construction. When you’re adding onto a home, it’s important to ensure every connection is flawless and matches the rest of the home. It’s easy to see when corners don’t meet up correctly or stucco isn’t finished perfectly. Think of an addition as an upgrade to your whole home rather than simply adding space.

For many older homes, an update to the front of your home can be fairly simple. From extending porches to replacing siding with a more modern look, cosmetic options for the exterior of the home can make a big difference. Like additions, cosmetic updates should not be taken lightly. Small projects can quickly turn into big problems when not executed well.

To improve your curb appeal, start with minor fixes like repairing paint chips, trimming branches and maintaining a healthy landscape, cleaning exterior items such as windows and siding, and making sure the lighting outside your home matches and is functioning. For all your home remodeling needs, Topp Construction has you covered.

Open vs Closed Floor Plans

Open vs Closed Floor Plans

Building or remodeling a home is exciting. Be prepared for this new venture with a solid idea of the goals for your home. Be practical about how you live your life and create a space that works for your needs. Your home needs to function efficiently, but it also needs to feel comfortable and cozy to you, and that may look different to other people. Allow a good amount of time to think about the layout and floor plan of your space and how it will fit your unique lifestyle.

Open Floor Plans

Open floor plans have been popular for a while here in Utah. We love our family gatherings, and the kitchen always seems to be the landing spot whenever the kids are home or friends come over for a drink. Open floor plans have a lot of positives: they have great traffic flow with no walls or doors impeding movement, they share light from other rooms and can bring in elements of other areas of the home, they allow for easy visibility of the kids playing in the great room, and they offer a great deal of flexibility with the many multifunctional options the area can create. For many social people, open floor plans are a real winner. Before you jump on that open floor plan, there are some considerations to pay attention to. Open floor plans can be noisy with a large space for voices to carry. They also require a bit more daily maintenance because there’s no way to close that door on the messy adjoining space. Your design choices may need to be a bit more streamlined where several spaces will be visible at one time. With any design, there are pros and cons. Your lifestyle will determine if an open floor plan is for you.

Closed Floor Plans

Closed floor plans were very common in the 70s and they’re making a bit of a comeback. Benefits of a more closed floor plan include enhanced privacy and quiet spaces. Many families enjoy having separate spaces for separate activities, especially if children have vastly different hobbies or if your family has different work or school schedules. As we’ve been home a bit more during covid, we’re coming to value our privacy a bit more, creating a need to close up some of those otherwise open spaces. Closed floor plans are also easier to contain messes—when someone drops by unannounced, it’s a lot easier to stash the laundry out of site for a few minutes. Closed floor plans are also great for creating specialized spaces such a music rooms, libraries, or home offices. These floor plans can feel intimate and cozy. However, these homes can also feel tight or crowded for some people and they may not offer as much natural light as an open plan.

Before you jump on the trendy open great room/kitchen combo floor plan, make sure the openness is what you and your family really enjoy. Likewise, before you decide on full privacy, make sure you consider your entertaining needs and designing style. At Topp Construction, we build custom homes for any lifestyle and can bring whatever elements you desire into your dream home.

Considerations for a Smart Business Space

Considerations for a Smart Business Space

Working from home became the norm with the covid pandemic, but many of us are heading back to the office with excitement. For some, the home office was a welcome change, but that hasn’t been the case for others. It’s a great time to build or redesign your office space, or maybe even move locations for a fresh start. The workspace of today and the future will likely look different that it has in the past. Some people will opt to work from home more often than before, sanitations stations will be more prevalent, and tech will need to be superior to make sure video calls and zoom meetings are always possibilities. Design your space smartly with these considerations:

Purposeful Navigation

The framework of your space needs to match the needs of your office. Your employees need to feel motivated while they’re at work, which will ensure your business is productive and running smoothly. The layout of your floorplan will make a big difference in this flow. Do you need lots of storage space or more of an open area that’s designed with style? Do you have a lot of traffic that will need to move around safely and effectively or are private workstations a better fit? Do you need to create a professional, quiet space that’s large enough for meetings or gatherings? Maybe it’s all of the above. Discuss your needs with an experienced builder that will help you master your layout ideas. And don’t forget disability accommodations and requirements as well.

Lighting

Many people put lighting needs on the backburner, but it’s surprising to see just how much lighting affects mood and the aesthetics of a space. Different types of businesses require different types of lighting. If you’re opening a yoga studio or a spa, your lighting will be vastly different from an engineering office. Have your space wired correctly from the get go to avoid headaches later.

Allow for Storage Space

A decluttered, beautiful office means there is storage somewhere for all the stuff that’s behind the scenes. You want to maximize the working space you have but a storage area is important for any business. You can include built-in units into the storage area to really maximize space, too.

Plan for Changes

Your business may change over time, so you’ll want to create an office space that is flexible. Your perfect layout today could be unusable in a year. Design your space with some level of universalization so that you can make changes to it as your business progresses. It’s typically a good idea to go with minimal definition on the actual framing in of the floor space and designating work areas with temporary walls and furniture if you want to keep things fluid.

Tech and Communication

Today’s world is all about tech. Your space will only work well if it’s set up properly for the right connections from Wi-Fi routers to video call capabilities to computer stations. With a professional building company, you can ensure you map out your wiring needs appropriately.

Basement Trends – Fall 2021

Basement Trends – Fall 2021

Don’t put off finishing your basement any longer. It’s common for basements to be an afterthought, but it shouldn’t be. There are tons of great designs for a basement—it doesn’t have to be the typical man cave (although that’s still cool) or simply set aside for storage. We have some creative options that you may not have considered before.

A creativity space: Take the thought of the old-fashioned craft room out of your head. Transform the simplified version into something spectacular. You can make a space for all your creative endeavors. Dress up the space with trendy wallpaper on an accent wall and add open shelving or hide-away large drawers for perfect storage. Customize multiple workstations that cater to whatever type of inspiring space you want. Fly tying? Song writing? Meditation? Felt creations? You name it, we can make it. The only limit is your imagination.

A conversation space: Forget the basic sectional with big screen TV layout. Instead, made the space into an amazing conversational space. If you host book clubs, staff meetings with your at-home business, or host regular Zoom meetings, an elegant basement set aside for purposeful conversational entertaining will enhance your home’s ambiance. Complete the look with a wet bar and it’ll feel like you’ve been teleported to an adorable café. Make this space unique for the type of entertaining you do, and forget the electronics. This space is for chatting it up.

A gaming area: We’re home a bit more post-covid, and a gaming area in the basement can entertain your family comfortably. Including video gaming systems is probably a given, but also include great spaces to work on a puzzle, play a mean game of Twister or Jenga, and maybe even a reading nook when you need your kids at a 4 instead of an 11. From billiards to a mini bowling alley, the sky is the limit. Think about how your family likes to let loose and make the room fit your entertainment styles.

A music center: Even if your family isn’t full of professional musicians, a music area can be a ton of fun. Combo it with an area to dance with mirrors, and consider putting in a karaoke machine, too. You’ll be hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like music, so even if you make this a listening room, it can still be the raddest room in the house. If you have teen kids, you can count on your basement being the designated hang out spot, which means you’re able to see if they get into too much trouble.

A stay-and-play area: Got grandkids? How about kids who crave sleepovers? Then this one is for you! Design a unique play area for the kids with built in bunk beds along the wall. Your kids will feel like they’re at a swanky hotel room designed especially for them. If you’re daring, you can even add a small diner-style bar area and they can make some of their own snacks.

With basements, anything is possible. Add value and fun to your home by finishing a unique-to-you basement today.

Remodel or Buy New?

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Utah’s housing market is intense right now. Building a home is more expensive than ever before, and current home inventory is scarce with bidding wars and paying thousands over appraisal estimates a common occurrence. If you don’t need to sell your home, but want an upgrade, remodeling is a great option, especially in today’s housing market.

Remodeling may seem like a DIY task, and maybe some projects can be, but for something as important as your home, you will want to leave most projects to the professionals. Ask any experienced realtor or home inspector and they’ll tell you that they know within minutes of walking into a home if it has been remodeled by a true professional or a well-intentioned, but inexperienced, homeowner. Our homes are assets and should be treated as one, and remodeling should be approached with the understanding that you want a return on that investment rather than minimizing it with substandard “upgrades.” Budgets vary greatly, but every project should be addressed with quality over a quick decision. Take your time with your budget and your expectations, consulting with professionals who are patient to ensure the job is done well. Oftentimes, what seems more inexpensive in the beginning ends up costing you more in the end.

From adding a second story to your home to expanding your garage to updating cabinets in your bathroom, home remodel can be more fun than stressful with the right team. If creating more space is what you need, you’ll want a company that understands it’s not just space you need but also creating more a functional square footage for your needs and your lifestyle. Think of it as an upgrade to your entire home rather than just adding a space—it should make sense to your needs now, be practical for future uses, add value to your home’s price as well as your life, and it should look beautiful, too. Functional does not mean sacrificing beauty.

Many realtors and appraisers say that kitchens and bathrooms are the best areas of a home to remodel in terms of return on investment. A functional kitchen is the heart of a home whether your kitchen is small or large. We have seen massive kitchens that were poorly designed that homeowners hate. Don’t make this mistake; get some solid guidance from a competent contractor who can design a perfect culinary masterpiece regardless of size. When it comes to bathrooms, it can be your oasis inside your home. A relaxing, spa-like ambiance can be created even in the smallest spaces. Whether you like to entertain or relax, or a little bit of both, functionality is the key to getting the vibe you want.

If you decide building really is the option for you, a custom, high-quality home is the only way to go. Your home is your biggest and possibly most important investment—you want to do it right. We’ve been in business since 1995 and have completed everything from small updates to large custom estates. For all things custom and quality, call Topp Remodeling & Construction to get the best dream-fulfilling service you can find.

Remodeling a Utah Fixer-Upper: Lists, Contractor, Permits

In part one of this multi-part blog series, we went over some basics on how to begin the process of remodeling a fixer-upper home. A fixer home, which requires significant work and upgrades to return it to its optimal state, is often attractive to those who have the time, budget and inclination to make these kinds of changes – but entering this situation with some general knowledge and preparation is important.

At Topp Remodeling & Construction, we provide numerous home remodeling and home addition services in Utah, including helping our clients prepare for a remodel of any level of fixer home. We’ve assisted with hundreds of fixer-upper remodels spanning numerous different needs or products, and we’ll make your process simpler and easier as well. Here are several other general tips we recommend when it comes to a fixer-upper remodel.

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Making Lists

Usually beginning toward the start of your remodeling process, keeping lists of various tasks or needs handy is a great method to keep yourself and anyone else working with you on-task. The first step here will be jotting down all your primary needs, desires and purposes for the remodel in detail – determining which are your most important priorities, plus the general order and timeline in which you’d like to complete the project.

From here, you can tweak these lists as the project moves forward. Once you begin working with our quality contractors, we’ll take over several of the items for you, as well.

Finding a Trustworthy Contractor

Speaking of finding a contractor, this is a vital part of the remodeling process for a fixer-upper. While there might be certain parts of this remodel that are simple and can be performed on a DIY basis, you’ll almost certainly run into structural, building and other areas that require professional training and expertise, and will be risking both safety and quality otherwise.

In these situations, you need a trusty contractor on your team. We recommend utilizing tools like word-of-mouth, online reviews and others to evaluate the reputation of a contractor you’re considering – practices that tend to lead Utah clients landing on our contractors more often than not, given our excellent local reputation.

Permits

One particular area that a good contractor will assist you with during this sort of remodel: Acquiring any requisite permits, completing basic paperwork, and generally getting approval for various improvements you’ll be making. These permits might be required by your state or perhaps by your local government; in other case, they could even be created by a homeowners’ association you may need to deal with. In any situation, we’ll help you navigate these waters.

For more on any of our remodeling services in Utah, including for fixer-uppers, speak to the staff at Topp Remodeling & Construction today.

Remodeling a Fixer-Upper: Budget, Needs and Inspiration

At Topp Remodeling & Construction, we’re proud to assist with home remodels and upgrades for every variety of home our clients might have a need for. One particular type that’s always a treat for contractors, and that we’re happy to work with: Fixer-uppers!

These types of homes, which require significant work to return them to an ideal state, are often targeted by those who have the time, inclination and budget to improve them and, in many cases, obtain significant positive value as a result. And while some elements of your upgrades here might be similar to those you’d take for other home types, there may also be additional challenges or structural concerns as well. This multi-part blog series will look at some general tips we offer clients on remodeling fixers, plus how you can prepare for this process.

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Repair Vs. Replace

One of the first big questions as you begin evaluating your new fixer: Which areas can be repaired or upgraded, while which might require full-on replacement? There will be several themes that fit into the former here, such as smaller appliances, minor repair issues and several others – our contractors will advise you on which of these are simpler and which might come with an elevated cost.

You should also evaluate replacement needs, which are sometimes more significant. Any structural concerns or significant safety hazards usually fall under this category, as do items that have simply worn down past their reasonable lifespan range. Making a list of these items in advance will help you lay out your budget for the entire project.

Budget Considerations

Speaking of budget, the early parts of this process are when you should be thinking about several budgetary areas. First and foremost, you should enter the entire fixer purchase process with an understanding that additional funds beyond the purchase price will be needed – and you should have a general idea of what your budget ceiling is here. Be upfront and honest with our contractors about your price points and thresholds, which will help us direct it ideally toward the completion of your project.

Gathering Inspiration

This one is more of a theme than a specific task, but it’s one we recommend to all our clients when remodeling: Find ways to gather inspiration, whether through social media, friends and family, magazines and newspapers, or even directly working with an interior designer. If you’re struggling to find ideas for a certain area or theme, you might even consider an online quiz that will help you understand your own preferences and utilize them to your benefit.

For more on how to go about remodeling a fixer-upper, or to learn about any of our remodeling, home additions or other general contractor services, speak to the staff at Topp Remodeling & Construction today.