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Ideas for Using Shiplap in Your Home Remodel

It seems that shiplap is on everyone’s remodeling lists these days. It probably has a lot to do with Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV’s Fixer Upper. This duo uses shiplap on practically everything! It goes great with the rustic, farmhouse style that everyone is falling in love with. And it’s no surprise why. The farmhouse trend is laidback, relaxed and approachable. Who wouldn’t love a home like this? 

If you’re considering adding shiplap to your home remodel in Los Angeles, here are a few ideas to inspire you! 

In the Foyer 

Putting shiplap in the entryway is a wonderful way to welcome guests into your home. It looks exceptionally beautiful with a wooden staircase, especially if you use shiplap on the walls going up the stairs. This provides a continuation that makes your entryway look larger and more expanded. 

Painted Statement Wall 

Looking to freshen up your bedroom? Why not add a painted statement wall to this personal space. When using shiplap, you can paint the wood planks any color you desire. It will add beautiful texture and color to your wall and bring out the features in your headboard and bedside tables. 

Half Walls in Half Baths 

If you want to do something different with your bathrooms, shiplap is the way to go! Half bathrooms tend to be on the smaller side, so you have to be more creative with your decor. One idea that we’re seeing a lot of is using shiplap to create a half wall. You can then paint the upper half of the wall or add wallpaper to match your home’s style and personality. 

Focal Fireplace 

Love your fireplace but need to do more with it? A shiplap fireplace creates a beautiful focal point on your wall. It draws your eyes to this area and also pulls them upwards, giving your space more height. While you can choose any color that goes with your home, we find that the natural, rustic wood panels are ideal for this purpose. 

Longer Hallways 

Hallways are often long and narrow, but there are ways to add texture and dimension to this space. A shiplap formation in the hall immediately draws your eyes straight to the focal point, which can be a window, door or piece of artwork. If you’re still looking for an idea for the focal point, consider building an alcove or bookcase at the end of the hallway. 

Look Up at the Ceiling 

Paneling your ceiling is a wonderful way to tie your living space together. In fact, depending on how you position the planks, you can make your space look longer or wider. To give the illusion that your room is bigger than it is, hang a mirror above your mantle or wall. Or, consider built-in bookshelves that give you storage and decorative space. 

Laundry Room

You probably spend a lot of time in your laundry room, so why not make it beautiful and stylish? Pick wide planks to give this space a rustic, down-to-earth feel. A bright white finish is beautiful for a laundry room, as it signifies freshness and cleanliness. Dark floor tiles will offset these bright walls for a complete look that will make doing laundry not so bad!

Shiplap is versatile, cozy and welcoming. If you’re looking to add a pop to your home remodeling project, consider adding this rustic touch. Kavin Construction is a home renovation company in Los Angeles that can help turn your vision into a reality. Contact us today to get a free estimate for your project. 

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Working from Home? Make Sure You Have a Dedicated Home Office

About a third of Americans are working from home due to the coronavirus. The technology has been around for many years, but it has taken a pandemic to make this change happen. While some businesses are slowly bringing back their employees, others are keeping them home, at least for a while. In fact, many working Americans are hoping to continue this trend. 

One of the biggest challenges with working from home, however, is not having a dedicated work space. It’s important to keep your work and home life separated so that they don’t spill over and negatively affect one another. This is why a home office is essential when you’re working remotely. 

What are the Benefits of Having a Home Office? 

Having a dedicated work space is important for your mental health. Even though you may love what you do, carrying around your computer from room to room can break your train of thought and cause you to work longer hours than necessary. Instead, it’s best to set up a space where you’ll work. You may even be able to write this space off as a tax deduction

Here are some benefits to expect from having a dedicated home office: 

  • Improved productivity 
  • Reduced distractions 
  • Comfortable environment 
  • Disciplined work schedule 
  • Separate work/home life 

Ideas for Creating a Home Office 

So what happens if you don’t have any space to make a home office? Rather than turning your kitchen table into a desk or your living room into a place for Zoom calls, why not build a home office of your own? It’s a great investment that will pay off in the long run – and you can use this space for other things down the line (i.e., hobby room, yoga studio, workshop).

Here are some ideas on how to build a professional, spacious home office. 

Convert your attic 

If your home has an attic, it’s possible that this space can be converted into a cozy home office. You’ll likely need to work with a home remodeling company to put in flooring, walls, energy efficient windows and electric. 

Kavin Construction can handle all of this under one roof. We’ve done simple attic construction projects with floors, walls and windows, as well as complex ones with built-shelving, wall benches and bookcases. We also recommend a video doorbell and excellent WiFi coverage for attic offices. 

Revamp your garage 

A popular idea in California is to convert garages into flex spaces. These spaces can be used for anything, including a home office. Plus, the climate is warm enough to keep garages comfortable year-round. A home renovation company will work with you to ensure you have everything you need to do your job comfortably – lighting, walls, insulation, windows, flooring, etc. 

As a matter of fact, new California laws allow garages to be converted into Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which are ultimately guest houses. If you convert your garage into an ADU, you can use it as a home office, rent it out in the future and sell your home for more.

Build an addition 

If your home is small and doesn’t have much to work with, you may have no choice but to build an addition. Additions make sense when you like where you live and have no desire to move. They can be more affordable than relocating, too. The best part is that you can pick all the features you want to do your job effectively – separate doors, recessed lighting, a sitting area for customers, etc. 

Construct a shed 

Some people like the idea of building a shed because they don’t have to work inside the home. This creates separation between their home and work lives. Sheds are highly customizable and can be built according to your exact needs – down to the roof, siding and windows. 

To learn more about adding a home office to your property, contact Kavin Construction today. We can handle the entire project from start to finish and ensure you get the office you deserve. This is one investment that will offer rewards today and in the future. 

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5 Beautiful Countertops to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

During a kitchen remodel, one of the first things that gets touched is the countertops. Kitchen counters are an investment that you want to last for years to come. Aside from the aesthetics, you’ll also want a countertop that can withstand your lifestyle. Do you host social gatherings? Is weekly meal prep part of your schedule? Do you use your counters for homework and science projects? 

By assessing your wants and needs and being honest about the durability your family requires, you can choose a countertop that is both beautiful and functional. Below are the different types of countertops to explore before starting your kitchen renovation in Los Angeles

1. Corian

Corian countertops are durable and smooth – they’re a popular alternative to granite and slightly cheaper, too. Corian is available in plenty of colors and patterns, allowing you to imitate other materials like marble and concrete. Popular colors include gray, white, beige and brown, and you can integrate this with a Corian backsplash for a seamless look. The only thing to be aware of is that Corian can be damaged by heat, so always use heat pads and mats. 

2. Quartz

Quartz is a great countertop material if you have a busy household. Surprisingly, these countertops are not made entirely from quartz. About 10 percent is a polymeric or cement-based binder, while the other 90 percent is crushed up quartz, marble and other natural stone. Everything is mixed and held together with binders, making these counters stunning but durable. 

3. Granite

Granite has been the gold standard for many years because it’s durable, heat resistant, stain resistant,  and available in a wide range of colors and cuts. Overall, granite countertops require very little maintenance, though it’s best to avoid harsh cleaning products. Soap and water is best. Also, pay attention to the type of granite you’re getting, as some is more porous than others and may need to be sealed. 

4. Stainless Steel

Love the industrial look? Rather than going with butcher block (this is porous and can harbor bacteria), we recommend stainless steel countertops. This material is virtually indestructible and perfect for busy kitchens. When done right, stainless steel provides an elegant appearance, especially when coupled with a stone or mosaic tile backsplash. Stainless steel can scratch and will show fingerprints – but our customers agree this is better than stains!

5. Tile

Think tile countertops are out of style? Think again! Depending on your needs and lifestyle, tile counters may be the perfect option for you. Made from materials like ceramic or porcelain, these counters are heat resistant and available in endless colors and styles. Like other types of counter materials, you can integrate the tile with a matching backsplash for a smooth, pleasing look. Tile does require sealing because of the grout lines. 

If you’re ready to renovate your kitchen space, contact Kavin Construction for a free estimate. We have experience working with all types of countertops and can help you choose a material that fits your lifestyle needs and aesthetic goals. 

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3 Steps to Finding a Reliable Home Contractor in Los Angeles

One of the hardest parts of a home renovation is choosing a reliable contractor in Los Angeles. You’ve probably heard some horror stories about contractors who tore about kitchens or bathrooms and never returned or went triple times over the original estimate!

Doing your research will help you avoid these situations, but there are other steps you can take as well. Things can get stressful even with a good contractor, but at least you’ll know that you’re in good hands. Below are some tips for finding a dependable home contractor you can trust. 

Know What You Want – Start with an Architect 

Know what you want before talking to a contractor. You’ll get a more accurate estimate if you can be specific about what work you want done. Start by researching ideas online and scheduling a consultation with an architect. An architect will evaluate your project, research city requirements and guide you through the design process.

As you work with an architect, you can start pre-qualifying contractors in Los Angeles. This way, you’ll have a professional lined up once you’re ready to start the process. Choose an architect with the same caution as you would any other professional. Ask for referrals and references and look at their portfolios. 

Get Detailed Bids from Three Contractors 

Ask a lot of questions and get a written proposal from three contractors. Make sure you compare apples to apples when looking at bids. Some people are quick to go with the lowest bid, but this can be a mistake. Instead, each quote should include the same materials and tasks. Anything that’s unusually high or low is a red flag. 

Another thing to discuss with each Los Angeles contractor is an anticipated start/completion date. A contractor’s availability depends on factors like time of year, location and work being done. Good contractors usually have steady work, so expect to wait a few months for the project to start. 

Check Licenses, References and Online Reviews 

Once you’ve narrowed down your Los Angeles contractors, qualify each one by checking for a valid license and workers’ comp insurance. Licenses should always be in good standing. If the contractor has pending issues or professional code violations, they’ll turn up in this search.

You can find reviews and testimonials on sites like Yelp, Google and HomeAdvisor. One negative review isn’t much of a concern, but a lot of negative feedback is, especially if the claims are consistent (i.e., not finishing on time). Check references as well – every good contractor should have some solid referrals to give you. 

Contact Us for a Custom Quote

Once you settle on a home renovation company in Los Angeles, you can sign the contract, and your project will be added to the calendar. Kavin Construction is a home renovation company in Los Angeles that will be happy to provide you with a detailed bid for your project. Contact us today to learn more about our premium home and kitchen remodeling services. 

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Why Choose a General Contractor to Design and Build Your Swimming Pool

Pool builders aren’t the only ones to offer pool construction in Los Angeles – general contractors do as well! While there are benefits to hiring both professionals, the most important thing is that you choose a reputable, professional pool builder who will get the project done in a reasonable amount of time. They should also have a strong portfolio and be able to work with your budget. 

With all that said, let’s cover the benefits to hiring a general contractor like Kavin Construction for your custom swimming pool needs. You might find that this is the best option for you, just as many other Los Angeles pool owners have. 

Experience and Expertise 

Even though general contractors do more than build pools, their experience is well-rounded and versatile. The contractors from Kavin Construction know how to work with all different budgets and circumstances, including small or oddly shaped yards. They can draw inspiration from the other projects they have worked on and have a unique perspective that traditional pool companies don’t always have. 

Creative Designs 

General contractors do all types of work every day – they transform living spaces, build kitchens, convert garages into living spaces and so much more. Part of their job is to help homeowners bring their visions to life, which means thinking outside the box. This mindset can be easily translated to other projects as well, including pool installation and construction. 

Here are some creative features we’ve done for our customers: 

  • Water features like fountains and waterfalls
  • LED lighting 
  • Tanning ledges 
  • Princess decks 
  • Plunge pools
  • Spillover spas 
  • Automated cleaning features 

One-Stop Shopping 

Most pool projects include construction components such as decking, patios, gazebos, planting, lighting, irrigation and more. These are the finishing touches that will make your pool beautiful! However, pool contractors are not allowed to provide these services because they have a single pool contractor’s license. General contractors, on the other hand, are licensed by the State License Board, allowing them to oversee multiple trades. This allows you to get everything from a single package and one cohesive team.

Qualified Contractors 

When working with a trusted team of contractors in Los Angeles, you can expect professional results, respect for your home and improved communication. Unfortunately, some pool companies use subcontractors to complete their projects, leaving homeowners in the dark about who’s working on their pool and when it will be completed.

Kavin Construction has our own crew – you can read about them here! These are the faces you’ll be seeing each day, and these are the people who will be communicating with you about your pool and the progress being made. Most importantly, you can expect a consistent level of workmanship from a team that stands by everything we do. 

Conclusion 

When choosing a company to design and install your swimming pool, be sure to do your research, read customer reviews, look at the company’s portfolio and ask the right questions. The most important thing is that you hire a trusted team to do the work. 

Kavin Construction provides pool construction and installation services in Los Angeles. We work with all budgets and can help transform your backyard into a relaxing, beautiful oasis you can use year-round. Contact us today for an estimate.