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The Truth Behind Remodeling Project Bids

Homeowners will often call a remodeling company and request a bid for a specific project over the phone. It should be that simple to throw out a general ballpark bid, right? Wrong. At least, this is not the process any reputable remodeling contractor will follow. Before a contractor will provide an accurate bid, he needs to know the following: The design for the new space: Without a design, a contractor doesn’t know how much demolition work is involved (are we tearing down walls), what type of electrical and plumbing work is involved, or which appliances or other features to take into consideration. An understanding of your timeline and budget: A contractor will know how to bid out your project once he knows how much time and money you have to offer. If you only have $10,000 for a bathroom remodel, for instance, there is no sense bringing in an $18,000 bid. A good connection with... Read More

A Recent Kitchen Remodel: Functional Design at its Finest!

Here at Excel Builders, we believe in not only making beautifully designed kitchens, but making beautiful kitchens that truly work. We tailor each space to the exact needs and desires of each client. The result: A well-designed kitchen that a homeowner will love for a lifetime. Here are pictures from a recent Minneapolis kitchen remodel that we completed for one of our clients. We believe this kitchen absolutely embraces our emphasis on great design and superb function. Our Favorite Functional Design Aspects of This Kitchen We love everything about this space, from the unique features in the floor to the great use of cabinet space. That said, here are our top five design favorites: The lighting. The two main light fixtures we incorporated into this space are great talking pieces, and they also shed a great deal of light throughout. The open island. This island is ideal for prep work and in-kitchen dining. The open... Read More

How to Get Started With Your Kitchen Remodel

There is a defined process that you should follow to ensure a successful kitchen remodel. So before you dive right in, first consider these items to get you started: Your style preferences: What is it you want to gain from your new space? What are your must haves? Do you want a new layout? Do you want custom cabinets? What types of flooring are you considering? Once you have an idea of what you want, you can move to the next step. Your design: You need to have a kitchen design in place before you can get a final estimate on your remodel. So work with a designer to accurately measure you space and help you find the right elements to pull everything together. You’ll want to determine whether you will work with one company that will handle both the design and build aspects for you, or if you will work with separate companies. Your... Read More

Good, Better, Best Bidding

Good – Better – Best – Bidding Interested in completing a kitchen or bathroom remodel?  If you are reading this blog, you are at least thinking about completing a home remodeling project.  When completing a home remodeling project, you have two choices; complete the remodel yourself or hire a remodeling company to complete the remodel project for you. Many people don’t have the time or the experience to complete a remodeling project on their own.  Your other option is to hire a remodeling company to complete your remodeling project.  Where to begin?  For starters, consider the following: Consider why you want to complete the remodel. Are you looking to sell your home in a few years and you looking to increase your home value?  Or, are you looking to upgrade and enjoy your remodeling project for years to come? What is your end goal for the remodeling project? A finished basement that functions as a... Read More

Thinking About Bathroom Remodeling in Minnesota? Don’t Forget About Winter!

August is upon us, which means Labor Day is nearing and winter is just around the corner. Yes, it’s true, we have a few more months left before the first snow flies. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider winter NOW while you are planning for your next bathroom remodeling project. 5 Bathroom “Must-Haves” to Keep Minnesota Winters at Bay Here are several “must-have” items to add to your bathroom remodeling checklist to help you stay warm and comfortable during our long Minnesota winters: Spa tub: Nothing beats the winter cold than soaking in a nice hot bath—especially when that bath includes jets to help work away tension. Pro tip: Don’t just consider the type of tub, but also the size. Jacuzzi tubs and other spa-like bathtubs often allow for two people. Walk-in shower with multiple shower heads: One shower head, no matter how powerful, can only reach so much of you at one time.... Read More

7 Smart Kitchen Remodeling Ideas for Small Kitchens

Many Minnesota homes, especially older homes in Minneapolis, have small kitchens. When it comes time to update those kitchens, most homeowners consider tearing down walls or choosing a new layout to increase space. Such drastic measures aren’t necessary, however, as even the smallest of kitchens can offer the luxury and convenience of the open floor layout. So before you pull out the sledgehammer, consider these incredibly smart kitchen remodeling ideas for your small kitchen: Go vertical: Custom cabinetry that extend all the way to the ceiling help to make the most of your small space. Get creative with your cabinets through the use of open shelving and glass doors to increase the spaciousness of your kitchen. Think light: Lighter paint colors and cabinet stains or paint make a room appear larger. Think white or light for your walls and cabinets. This doesn’t mean you can’t be bold with complementary colors! Bold, bright colors add great dimension... Read More

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Remodeling a Home

If you’re like most homeowners, you easily get lost in the grand ideas you may have and the many options available to you when remodeling a home. And, hey, you should! This is an exciting time! However, you should also remember to slow down and think about the big picture. If you don’t, you may find yourself making some of the biggest mistakes that homeowners make when remodeling their homes: Failing to set a budget up front: This is by far the most important step you need to get right in your when remodeling a home. Do not come in with a general range that you’d like to spend. Do not say things like, “We’ll work it out as we go along.” Instead, sit down and seriously consider your project costs. Think about what your project goals are. Think about how long the project will last. It is from your budget that you then define... Read More

Remodel a Kitchen at a Cost You Can Afford: High-End Options With Low-End Alternatives

Are you looking to gut your kitchen and start from scratch? Or do you just want a few DIY or low-cost kitchen remodel options to help you breathe new life into your home? Either way, we have here some of the trendier, higher-end options many Minnesota families are turning to, as well as some great low-budget remodeling options for cost-conscious customers: Kitchen layout: If you want to make the most of your kitchen remodel, then definitely clean the slate with regard to layout. Hire a designer to create a brand new layout that optimizes space and brings in all your wants. If you’re looking to keep costs low, then keep your layout as-is. Don’t move plumbing or appliances. Don’t add in lighting fixtures. The more it stays the same, the less you will pay. Lighting: Recessed lighting. New, unique lighting fixtures. The sky’s the limit when it comes to opportunities to bring in style and... Read More
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