Why NOT to Low Ball Your Budget by Keith Moehle

There are times when we cut corners to save a few bucks. Like the time we buy the generic Cheerios at the grocery store, and it leaves us disappointed the next morning. It’s a bummer, but you only lost $2.

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However, when you are remodeling your house, it is essential to not low ball your budget. Otherwise, it will force homeowners to cut corners, and the cost will be much more significant than a $2 loss for a sub-par box of Cheerios.

When you set a impractical budget, it wont give you the results for an outstanding project. We advise our clients that if you can’t do it right then they should delay the project until they can afford it. We will still be in business when you are financially ready and you will be more satisfied that you did it the right way instead of just settling for a project that is not going to meet your wants and needs.

A common worry is that you will be spending  too much on a project, but in the past 34 years that KM BUILDERS has been in business, we have never heard anyone say “I got all the things I wanted, but we spent too much.” But we do hear our clients say, “I wish we would’ve done some of the things that you suggested” or “we should've done a bigger remodel since we were having it worked on already.”

We can assure you that you will not regret investing a few extra dollars a month to get a remodel that you need and deserve. When you commit to an outstanding remodel, the value simply transfers to your home. Plus, if its done correctly, you should be able to see the results of your investment when you sell your home!

Call us up at 210-680-5626 to start your dream remodel today! We are always excited to transform our client's homes into something they truly enjoy.

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

 

2018 Popular Trend: Two-Toned Cabinets by Keith Moehle

The kitchen is at the center of the home. There is so much that can be done depending on how you and your design consultant approach it. One way to approach IT, is to select two-toned cabinets which are growing in popularity in 2018.

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Two-toned cabinets are one of those trends that can be done classic, modern, unique, or any other type of style! Choosing two cabinet colors gives the homeowner another way of obtaining a specific look while adding some contrast to the kitchen.

Follow these tips, and you will be on your way to a stunning two-toned kitchen in no time!

  • Lighter color stays on top:  Keeping the lighter color on your upper cabinets give the appearance of higher ceilings which is excellent in any home! The darker lower cabinets can keep the kitchen grounded. The darker contrast of the lowers cabinets is also where you decide how trendy you want the two-toned cabinets to be whether it be dark greys, blues, or a pop of bright color!
  • Pick a focal point: Most of the time the focal point is going to be your contrasting paint color. An island is a great place for a focal point and you can go as bold or subtle as you feel comfortable with in regards to color. You can even keep all of your cabinets the same color and just have the island a different color. It’s all about what look you are trying to attain.
  • Keep counters in mind: When you choose two-toned cabinets it important to have your design consultant aid you in choosing the correct counters. You want the two colors to contrast and flow at the same time and countertops make the difference.

If the contrast is executed correctly by following these tips, it will result in a cohesive and inviting kitchen that you will enjoy again and again. We love transforming kitchens for our clients so give us a call anytime at 210-680-5626 to schedule a one-on-one home visit from Keith to see what potential is in your current kitchen.

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

HOMEOWNERS: AVOID REMODELING PITFALLS WITH THESE 3 TIPS by Keith Moehle

Most homeowners are not aware that they can take steps to avoid remodeling pitfalls with their contractor. KM BUILDERS wants to give you some insight so you can prevent headaches during your remodel.

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Homeowners have a lot of power in their own remodel, and few know how to use this power. So we compiled a short list of things you can do as a homeowner while working with your contractor.

1. Make decisions promptly!

Some contractors will let you take your sweet time in choosing what you want when they have a hunch that products will be going up in price. For example, lumber has gone up 19% in the last year. So a delay in production can be a pricey luxury. This doesn't mean you have to rush the selection process! Just make decisions promptly, so products don’t rise in price. You can even ask your contractor if he feels that prices for your project have recently been increasing in price, so you have an idea of how quickly you need to decide.

2. Make sure your contractor orders enough materials!

This is not the time that you want to run out of materials. Things happen while on the job, so it's always a good idea to have your contractor order extra product in case something goes wrong. If there are any leftover materials,  you can store it for any future repairs because there is a slim chance you will ever find the exact materials again.

3. Make sure you have professional designs

You and your contractor have talked about what you want, but it may not be executed the way you envision without proper designs. A designer will be a liaison between you and your contractor to ensure that everything is clear between the two of you. They also have a higher level of expertise in this area compared to a homeowner and contractor so you both should turn to an expert if you want to be happy with the results.

Following these three steps can help keep your remodeling stresses to a minimum, which is what we all want when getting work done on our house!

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

DON'T BE AFRAID OF CHANGING YOUR BATHROOM LAYOUT​​​​​​​ by Keith Moehle

 

Being forced to live in an awkward space is the worst...especially in your bathroom.

You may be desperately wanting to change the layout in your bathroom, but not willing to fork over a fortune to get what you want. But who said you had to pay a crazy price for what you want?

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We always advise our clients not to set their limits of a project based on what they think it will cost.  Moving a toilet, sink, or shower, may not be as expensive or complicated as you may think.

The way to find out is to have a conversation with your contractor. Homeowners can then find out the actual cost of moving plumbing around in your bathroom. All of our clients who choose to rearrange their bathroom have never complained about the result, because they will never be faced with an odd bathroom setup again.

No matter what the project is, it is always worth talking to your contractor to see what everything costs to see if you can get all you want out of a remodeling project.

So call Keith out for a free consultation at 210-680-5626 so we can give you a better idea of what your bathroom remodel will cost you and then we can go from there!

 

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

5 Reasons Why You Need a Design Consultant by Keith Moehle

You have torn out magazine pages, pinned to your Pinterest boards and searched on Houzz and are finally ready to start your remodeling project! Sometimes our clients know exactly what they want, but we still have a design consultant guide them through their project. Why you may ask?

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Keep reading so we can break it down.

KM BUILDERS finds value in design consultants for every project. You may know what you want, but it’s not as easy as it seems to bring a picture from a magazine come to life. We want to ensure your project is tailored to your personal needs.

 

This is a short list of 5 reasons why you need a design consultant:

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  1. Save Money: Designers do have a price, but they can guide you from making costly mistakes! If you want to keep the resale value in mind, designers can guide you to the halfway point between your vision and excellent resale value.
  2. Extensive Resources: Design consultants have lots of resources that won’t be open to the general public or even your builder. All of your designer's contacts can bring your space to another level.
  3.  Thinks Outside the Box: A design consultant can expand your vision of a dream remodel 10 times over! When you bring your ideas to your designer, it becomes a collaborative effort. This results in the designer presenting you with something you may not have even known you wanted. Designers think outside of the box for a living, so they are ready to add to your ideas!
  4. Qualified Liaison: This is probably the most important part of having a designer. They can communicate with your contractor to ensure everything you want is implemented in the remodel. If you don’t have the designer to talk with the builder, you might not be getting what you want.
  5. Designer collaborations: You will have a design consultant who will guide you through your whole project, however you will also have licensed architectural and interior designers that will be working on your remodeling project. The architectural side will ensure everything is built correctly, while the interior side makes sure its built beautifully with your design consultant there from start to finish to make sure the process runs smoothly.

Some clients are hesitant to invest in any type of designer, but they never regret it once the project is complete because of the “5 Top Reasons” listed and many more! Start your remodeling project today with KM Builders and let us pair you up with a great design consultant!

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

Should I Do A Trendy Remodel? by Keith Moehle

It is always fun to keep up to date with trends! Anything can catch your eye from a pink stove, black walls, or a funky backsplash color, but trendy updates can cost you more than the initial price in the long run.

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It is standard to say that the more trendy you go, the faster it will go out of style. Trends age very quickly which can leave homeowners with an untrendy upgrade. San Antonio trends do tend to stay the same for a long time, but they aren’t drastic trends either.

However, if you have your heart set on a particular trend, you should go for it! It may not stay “trendy” to others, but you may like it just the way it is.

A good rule of thumb is to invest in something that you love and be able to get a good resale value off of it, so it’s a win-win situation. However, sometimes a poor resale value is what you have to trade for the trendy space of your dreams, which may be worth it for you.

If you plan to sell in the next five years, we recommend avoiding super trendy updates, because you may have to change them out to be more attractive to potential home buyers.

But at the end of the day, the decision is all yours. If you have your heart set on trendy updates in you're home we will happily do your remodel. We just want to give you a heads up when it comes to your home's future resell value.

Call us up at 210-680-5626 to kickstart your next remodeling project. We’re up for a traditional or trendy remodel it's all up to you!

----KM Builders is San Antonio’s premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!