We use a software called Revit to create photo realistic renderings to help our clients visualize what their project will look like when it's finished. It's not easy for some to see what it may end up looking like and at times it may be difficult to get the concept down when looking at plans on paper. This has been a great tool for our designer Gary Pope and our clients love it! Here are a few examples of photo realistic renderings followed with the final images. (Images by jenerikimages.com)
It's that easy and you'll be entered into our FREE iPad giveway! A lucky past client will be contacted July 15th, 2012.
Have you heard for Pinterest? I hadn't until a couple of weeks ago and I can't believe it took me so long to find out about it. If you're a facebook user you've probably seen pinterest posts on your friends feed. If you're like me, I skip over anything that looks remotely like an app or game and ignore it. Pinterest is a site that you won't want to ignore!
What it is...
Pinterest is like a filing cabinet only it's on-line and it's visually stunning. Remember the days when you were flipping through a magazine and found a design that you thought would be perfect for the bathroom remodel. You'd go find the scissors, cut the picture out and file it away in a drawer where you wouldn't lose it. Fast forward a year when you're bathroom remodel has been finished for ages and you try to find something in your junk drawer only to stumble on the picture that you cut out from the magazine and think....OH! I wished I could have remembered this! Or...in this generation we depend on google and search images of cool designs for an upcoming kitchen remodel. We see a counter top surface that we love and would like to incorporate into our remodel so we right-click, Save image and send it to ourselves in a e-mail.
Introducing...Pinterest.com. BINGO! Our lives are a whole lot easier now. I'm not sure why they require you to be "invited" by a current member to become a member but that's the first step. Find someone who is already on Pinterest and have them send you the invite. Once you receive it you can bookmark the "Pin It" tab and when you go to your bookmarks it will be there ready to use.
When you set up Pinterest you will be able to create Boards. These could be anything but for the sake of our company being a remodeling company we're going to say that you are remodeling your interior. The boards you set up could be Fireplace Design, Counter tops, Flooring etc. etc. How it works is you're searching the internet for ideas and inspiration and you see a particular fireplace brick you like. You go to your bookmarks, scroll down to the Pin It button and click on the picture that you'd like to go on your board. This way, as you're going through hundreds of designs and websites you'll have all of those ideas right at your finger tips on your Pinterest board without having to remember where you put it or filed it!
This is such a handy tool for not only remodeling ideas but for recipes, quotes you'd like to remember, fashion...photography etc. etc. The list could go on and on. If you're thinking of remodeling in the future it's a great starting point to gather your ideas and inspiration!
Have you heard of houzz.com? I hadn't until I had one of their reps send me a link and asked if we wanted to be a part of it. After spending about 1 minute on their site I knew immediately that I'd been introduced to an incredibly powerful tool for our company.
Houzz is a site for home design enthusiasts-- professionals and home owners. The Houzz site features over 150,000 interior and exterior photos, thousands of articles written by design experts to help with the design process. Design professionals can showcase their portfolios and share their work with a community who are interested in home and landscape design.
Homeowners can collect their favorite photos and make "ideabooks" to assist them in finding out what colors, styles and architecture they like. You can upload photos of your homes and gardens, and swap tips and questions with other members. 600,000+ ideabooks have been created by Houzz members, and new ones are added every minute. This site is a treasure trove of high quality photos and inspirational ideas. Even if you're not a computer whiz they made the site very user-friendly and fun to use.
You can check out our houzz.com page by clicking the link below.
If you're interested in doing any type of project big or small and need a few ideas...check out houzz.com
What a change for this beautiful college hill neighborhood home. This neighborhood is one of our favorites to work in due to the style of the homes which is craftsman and victorian styles built in the 20's and 30's and 40's. For this project we remodeled a master bathroom and they also had an unfinished basement that we finished and turned into a family room and "man cave". Check out our before and after pictures!
BEFORE BATHROOM & BASEMENT PICTURES
I have said many times that the hardest part of my job as a professional remodeling contractor is estimating accurately. Remodeling contractors are not magicians and we don't have magic pricing wands. The profession of remodeling entails so many facets of construction from surgical demolition, preservation of wall finishes, general construction know how, knowledge of all of the trades including: HVAC, plumbing and electrical. We must be able to evaluate the existing structure for soundness, decide how to tie in the renovation to the existing building. and determine what level of quality will please the client all the while trying to meet the client's needs, wants and budget. We are also expected to do all of this before there is a working set of drawings, structural engineering or a thorough analysis of the project by the various trade people. There in lies the catch 22. If we agree to give "ball park numbers" and truly include all of the sticks, bricks, "construction gotchas", options and upgrades that people are considering along with a professional markup so we can stay in business we invariably are priced very high and don't get the job. If on the flip side we shave the numbers to get to the prospect's price we are prone to loose money on every project and go out of business or have a stack of change orders ready to write on for every additional nail or 2x4 just to catch up on our margin.
Reality is that no one, not me or you like nasty surprises. Please don't ask me for a price that you "won't hold me to" before the time is right to discuss price. Please interview me, look at the depth and breadth of my expertise, the history of my company, the talent of my staff and trade people, my ability to properly produce and execute my tasks in order to give you the best possible project for a reasonable price in an appropriate time frame. Determine for yourself that I am a goof fit for you, your family, and your project. Call our past clients and ask them how their experience was with us. Then we can begin discussing your project in depth, taking the time to do the proper analysis and decide the final outcome and price.
(Written by Remodeling Magazine)
You're invited to our next monthly educational seminar hosted at our NEW Design Studio next to our office in beautiful downtown Corvallis. Interior Designer Mary Turney will be our speaker and her topics will include:
Click on the link below to register or RSVP by August 22nd, 2011. LIMITED SPACE TO 20 so register today! Admission is FREE and drinks and snacks are provided.
I'm often asked why projects cost so much. While I do the best to explain the costs associated with each individual project, the link below is to an article that a friend sent to me a while ago and I finally got around to reading. Overall a good article.