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What Remodeling Adds The Most Value To Your House?

What Remodeling Adds The Most Value To Your House?

It is always a great idea to renovate some areas of your home if you think you may sell your home in the future. It is also important when doing a home renovation that you have it done right. You never want to cover up major issues with the house; instead, you want to have them fixed. One area of the home that renovations will give you a great return on investments is the bathroom.

Your Bathroom

Bathroom and kitchen remodels are some of the most popular home improvements. You can expect about a 75% return on investment, depending on what you do. Depending on your budget for the remodeling project, you can explore a variety of options for your bathroom. 

Renovation Options

When it comes to your bathroom, there are so many options to upgrade your space. You first have to decide your budget and how big of a project you want to take on.

Bigger Projects

Some more significant projects that can be done in your bathroom can be renovating that old tub into a walk-in shower. A walk-in shower can give the illusion of more room in a small space and shower off your shower tile design with a glass shower door. Freestanding tubs are also a way to make a great impression on your bathroom. You can opt for one that fits your style as there are so many options available. Once you are doing a significant renovation, you may also opt to have the tile in the bathroom changed out. Replacing old bathroom tile or adding tile to drywall can make a dramatic update to your space. Lastly, updating the old vanity and sink to your room can finish off a more extensive remodel. 

Smaller Projects

Not all homeowners want to gut their bathrooms and start over. Some want to do a minor upgrade on a  smaller budget, which is possible in the bathroom. A few things you can do in your space to still give it a completely different look can include:

  • Painting the walls
  • Changing out the hardware on cabinets
  • Swap out the sink and shower faucets
  • Add a new mirror
  • Create an accent wall
  • Replace linoleum floor with tile
  • Paint cabinets
  • Change out lighting

Do Not Do It Alone

When renovating your home, we always advise you to get help from others you know. Whether you are doing a small renovation that you can do yourself, ask for other opinions, or a larger scale project, you may need to hire out a local contractor, people you know may help. Make sure you are getting quality information and honest recommendations on products and prices. Contact us, now.

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When Remodeling a Kitchen What Should I Pick First?

When Remodeling a Kitchen What Should I Pick First?

Remodeling a kitchen requires you to make several choices and decisions before you can begin. From determining your color scheme to choosing a counter height to selecting appliances, you have many options to consider. You may be asking yourself when remodeling a kitchen, what should I pick first?

When remodeling a kitchen, the first thing you should pick is your cabinetry. Cabinetry fills a great deal of space in your kitchen and is one of the first things people notice upon entering. There are numerous features, styles, colors, and materials to choose from for your cabinets. 

Cabinet Features

You want your kitchen cabinets to be functional and suit the needs of your cooking habits. Storage efficiency should be a top priority when making your selections. If you use various types of utensils, then you may want to consider including drawers. If you use several small appliances, like a mixer and blender, then you may want a countertop hutch. Some additional features and styles to consider are:

  • Chef’s pantry
  • Pullout pantry
  • Roll-out pantry
  • Wall cabinet pantry
  • Pullout base cabinet storage
  • Spice storage drawer cabinet
  • Corner carousel shelf
  • Trash pull out cabinet
  • Open shelving
  • Built-in wine rack

Cabinet Style and Material

You have options for cabinet door styles to include shaker, inset, or flat. Traditionally, cabinets are made from wood such as:

  • Cherry
  • Mahogany
  • Maple
  • Oak
  • Birch
  • Pine

Depending on your budget and style, you may want to use a material other than wood, such as stainless steel, laminate, or thermofoil. You can also include some glass cabinet doors to showcase your fine China or other dishes.  

Cabinet Color and Finish

Selecting a color for your cabinets is a big decision. Maybe you like the natural wood look and decide to do a stain rather than a paint color. Or maybe you prefer some color and variety and will choose to do your bottom cabinets a different color than your top. You should keep durability and ease of cleaning in mind when selecting a paint finish.

Cabinet Hardware

There are many things to consider when choosing the hardware for your cabinets. Do you want knobs or pulls on your cabinet doors and drawers? It is important to pick a color and finish that is cohesive with your appliances and light fixtures. You will also need to select hinges for your cabinets. Hinges can be on the inside of the cabinet, or you can choose more ornate ones that are visible on the outside. Contact us, today.

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What Rooms Add The Most Value to Your Home?

What Rooms Add The Most Value to Your Home?

If you are thinking of investing in your home with some home renovations, chances are you are asking what room you should start on. Upgrading the kitchen is one of the easiest and best ways to increase the value of your home. You may be leaning towards a small change such as paint and hardware changes, or maybe something more extensive such as new floors and countertops. Either way, the kitchen is a great place to start.

 The Kitchen

Many times, it has been said that the kitchen is in the heart of the home, and for a good reason. Your kitchen is a high-traffic area used for many things, from cooking meals to family gatherings, hosting guests, gathering around the table for homework, and maybe even a friendly card game. Kitchens are used for so many things, and a few simple updates can significantly impact the value of your home. 

Areas to Upgrade

 Now you may be wondering what areas you should look into upgrading in the kitchen. We have compiled a list of things we think you should start with. 

Floor Plan

If your home and budget allow it, opening up your kitchen floor plan is always a great idea. Tearing a wall down going into the living room and adding an island can give you a more open concept that buyers are looking for. It can also make your home warm, open, and inviting.


Something as simple as updating your countertops can give your kitchen a fresh look. Some of the popular options are quartz, granite, laminate, and concrete.


A valuable upgrade you can do anywhere in your home is replacing your floors. Installing or refinishing hardwood floors will bring you a high return on investment and always pays off.


If you have been in a home with older appliances from the 1970’s you know that older appliances can make your entire home look dated. When upgrading your appliances look for models that are energy efficient and can help lower the monthly energy bill. You may also want to opt for stainless steel appliances as they can give your kitchen a beautiful, more high-end look.


Cabinets are the first thing people notice when they come into a kitchen. What kind of impression are your current cabinets giving off? You can upgrade their look by giving your cabinets a new coat of paint, or for a more expensive remodel, you can get custom cabinets in the space.

Smaller projects

 A few smaller projects you can do in the kitchen that will give you some bang for your buck include painting the walls a color that will compliment your home, changing out the dated hardware on your cabinets and drawers, and updating your lighting. These are all easy projects that most homeowners can do themselves without having to hire a contractor. 

Added Value

If you want to renovate your kitchen and update it, it is important to think about what you like. Try to make your kitchen fit with the theme in the rest of your home but make it inviting and easy to use for your family. Minor kitchen renovation has a higher ROI, while major renovations are not as high. Whatever you decide, the team at Cavalier Builders is here to help. Call us today.

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What is Involved in Building a Room Addition on Your Home?

What is Involved in Building a Room Addition on Your Home?

Are you wondering what is involved in a room addition? Building a room addition on your home can be an expensive and complex project. Complexity aside, a room addition is a great way to improve your home’s living space as well as increase it’s value. You should prepare yourself to set aside a significant amount of time for an additional project. There are various phases of an addition project and we will briefly discuss them below to help you understand what is entailed in adding an addition to your home.

What Is Involved in Building a Room Addition on Your Home?

Determine Your Budget

Most importantly you should determine your budget. Additions to your home can become costly very quickly, so you need to make sure that you are taking into account paying for designing, permit applications, contractors, and subcontractors. Some homeowners pay around $50,000-$75,000  while others pay upwards of $200,000. It all depends on what you’re getting.  

Establish Your Funding

Once you’ve determined your budget, you’ll need to get your funding secured. Very few of us can come out of pocket with cash, so you will need to secure a lender to help you pay for your addition. Typically, home equity loans, second mortgages, or lines of credit are common methods of funding.  

Hire Your Contractor

Now that you’ve got your funding taken care of, you will need to hire a general contractor (GC). Your hired GC will utilize his qualified carpenters and specialty contractors (I.E. HVAC, electrical, plumbing) to accomplish the job.  Having a good contractor is crucial. Managing an addition is an incredibly intricate process so you will want to take the time to speak with them and make sure you understand how big of a project you’re doing, and what your timeframe will look like. As well as ways to potentially save money along the way.

Get Your Permits 

Getting your permits and preparing your site will begin once you’ve selected your contractor. This is something your contractor will do for you. Once you’ve obtained the permits, you will then be able to break ground and begin preparing the area for construction. Laying the foundation is the first step in this construction. Depending on your project, the crew will start pouring concrete slabs, or digging up space for your crawlspace or basement, and then pour concrete footers and foundation walls. 

Start Your Addition

After the footing and foundation is complete, the framing of your addition will begin. Framing can happen quickly so once that’s complete, sheathing and roofing will then be added as a measure of weather proofing. The roof especially will be quickly completed with shingles which will keep interior work from being halted due to weather. Once sheathing is complete, windows and doors are then installed, siding is put up as well as your utilities (electrical, plumbing, and HVAC) are added inside the addition. When all of your utilities are completed the insulation and drywall portion of the project can begin. Lastly the interior can be finished with flooring, cabinets, paint etc.  

Call Us Today for Help With Your Addition

Additions take a great deal of consideration and time to complete. Let us at Cavalier Builder help you get started on your renovation today. We service all of Los Angeles and surrounding cities and are happy to schedule an in home estimate with you today. Call us today!

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