Remodeling Trends

PENDANT LIGHTING TRENDS FOR EVERY ROOM by Keith Moehle

Ladies, you know that feeling when you’ve planned the perfect outfit and now you need to find accessories to top it all off? Well, picking light fixtures can feel the same way.

You’ve spent weeks carefully planning and anticipating what your new remodel will look like, and now it's time to pick the finishing touches with light fixtures. Just like planning your perfect outfit, you don’t want your light fixtures to overpower your remodel, but you also don’t want them to be too simple. You want your light fixtures to have a “cherry on top effect” on your newly remodeled space.

Pendant lighting is the perfect solution to get that “cherry on top” effect. You can easily mix and match styles and textures to coordinate with your design. Pendant lighting can also give your space a sense of depth and provide light in hard to reach areas of a room. Finding unique pieces with some of these features help bring some of your personality and aesthetic to your room. 

Here is a list of the most recent trendy pendant fixtures. 

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  • Geometric Designs - An easy way to make your home feel modern is by incorporating sharp angles and geometric patterns. One or two geometric pieces will be sure to make a standout statement!

  • No-Glass Lanterns - No-glass lanterns have become a hot commodity in kitchen lighting. These pendants give a modern twist on traditional lighting by reducing glare and giving your kitchen a modern, open look. 

  • Orb Lights - Orb pendants have become very popular for modern design. Their simple lines and bold yet natural shapes make them the perfect accessory for any modern or transitional space.   

  • Blown Glass - Glass pendants are sure to bring class and a little sass to any style of room. They make for a perfect statement piece that will brighten up any room.

  • Edison Pendants - We all know the Edison bulb. It’s a staple for modern industrial design that gives the perfect amount of a soft glow. Edison pendants can also be used in farmhouse styles to create a cozy ambiance.

  • Vintage Metal - Vintage has grown to become a very popular style. Vintage metal pendants are the perfect match to complete an industrial style or farmhouse style. They also pair great with recessed can lights to make your room feel brighter.

  • Modern Crystal Chandeliers - When we say crystal chandelier, we’re not talking about your grandma’s crystal. We’re talking about today’s modern shaped chandelier paired with modern crystals. Combine this with your vintage dining room set, and you’ll have a room that’s Pinterest worthy. 

  • Golden Hues - In this day and age, gold is the new black. Pendants that have soft gold and burnished hues are great for creating a modern retro look. Gold pendant lighting can also be used as a bold statement piece for a home office or reading room.  

  • Squares and Rectangles - Square and rectangle shapes scream modern. Their simple lines and absence of glass style paired with a wood trim makes for a very popular modern style.

Most of the styles we mentioned are well suited for modern design but there are still ways to incorporate them in traditional or transitional spaces. Pendants with weathered or galvanized finished will blend easily with several different styles. Finding pendants with mixed materials will give your space more of a custom look. Another way to ensure your pendant light matches your personal style is by looking for pieces with unique textures such as antique glass, frosted glass, hammered brass, rubbed bronze, or wrought iron. 

No matter what kind of remodeled look you may be going for, KM BUILDERS can help you get there. With 35 years of expert experience and full staff design team, we’re the perfect solution to all your remodeling needs. Call us at 210-680-5626 to set up your free consultation today!

----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!

BUYING A NEW HOME VS. REMODELING by Keith Moehle

To remodel or not to remodel, that is the golden question. Many homeowners often wonder if it’s worth their time and money to remodel their current home or if they should buy a new home that already has the features they’re wanting. 


Nothing can replace the feeling of buying your first family home. This is the home that you start your family in and begin to raise them. This is where you continue traditions and maybe even start new ones. The first family home will be the home that will have a significant emotional attachment on your heart. So when your family starts to grow or your lifestyle changes, how do you decide to move on to find your forever home or remodel your family home to become a forever home? 

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Well if you’re thinking about buying a new home to get all the upgrades you want, here are a few things to consider. In terms of overall cost, it will cost less per room to buy a new home than to remodel it. However, the low cost per room is the only cost saving advantage when it comes to buying a new home. Buying a new home comes with a bigger payment and over a longer period of time. In order to have more in your new home that is bigger and better than what you had in your old home, you’re going to have to spend about 100,000 to 150,000 more in your new home. 

Not only will you have a bigger payment, but you’ll also have to pay higher taxes and your home insurance will increase on a new home. With buying a new home, you also have the added cost of hiring movers or renting trucks to help you move. 

With remodeling, your home insurance will not increase and your taxes won’t increase on any interior remodeling. Now if you do a room addition and add square footage to your home, your taxes may slightly increase. With remodeling, you get a better value because you have more custom options to choose from. With buying a new custom home, the builder may have pre-selected custom options to pick from and you still have to pay extra for a true custom kitchen or other custom options. 

But with remodeling, you have a much larger variety of custom options to choose from. If your current home has a certain charm that you already love, you can choose custom options that will accentuate more of that charm! And every homeowner knows that nothing can beat the neighborhood, the schools, or the emotional attachment that your first family home has. 

Here at KM BUILDERS, we’re family owned and operated so we understand the importance of family. We want to help turn your first family home into your forever home. We want to give you the opportunity to make more memories and create new traditions. So call our team at 210-680-5626 to see how can transform the home you love into the home you’ll want to retire in. 

----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!

6 REASONS WHY YOU NEEDS TO REMODEL YOUR GARAGE! by Keith Moehle

High ceilings are a feature on most people's wish list when they’re looking for a new home. They feel it will make a cramped room feel more open or make a big room feel very grand. 


While high ceilings are at the top of everyone’s wish list, what do you do with the high ceilings in your garage? We’ve noticed that in many of the newer construction homes, the ceiling in the garage is the same height as the tall ceilings in the rest of the home. Most homeowners or buyers may not think anything of it but some see it as a waste of space. 

If you’re wondering how you can convert the unused space while still being able to park your car in your garage, a garage loft may be the perfect solution!  A garage loft is a room that’s suspended above the ground level and right under the roof of your garage. By creating a loft over the empty space, you get to keep your cars parked inside and you now have extra square footage added to your home without having to do a full addition. 

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Having that extra square footage now gives you more ways to enjoy your home!

  • Larger mudroom and Laundry Room: having a large laundry room with a mudroom is a HUGE bonus to your home. When the kids come home from their sports practice or your husband comes home from his hunting and fishing trip, you now have a designated space to leave the muddy boots and stinky uniforms behind. The extra laundry space will now make folding a breeze! 

  • Man Cave: Now ladies, I know we like to think that we deserve all the special attention since we’re the ones who take care of the home but sometimes our husbands deserve some attention too. So wives, let's dote on our husbands for once and treat them with a space of their own. A garage loft will allow your husband to have the man cave of his dreams and fill it with all his hunting and fishing trophies, sports memorabilia, and the best billiards games. And best of all ladies, you won’t have to see it in your space!

  • Home Gym: Health and fitness have become a very important aspect of today’s culture. But the cost of having a gym membership can really add up which makes for the perfect excuse to install a home gym in your garage loft! You can add equipment that is tailored to your fitness needs. 

  • Home Office: Working from home can be both rewarding yet challenging at the same time. Not having a designated space to work and concentrate can become very frustrating. You can easily turn the unused space in your garage into a large home office with plenty of room for you to operate in. Having a designated home office will allow you to have the peace of mind you need to concentrate on your work. 

  • Extra Bedroom: The idea of putting an extra bedroom over your garage may sound strange but it has actually become very common for families with multiple children. Instead of forcing your kids to share a bedroom, one can move their belongings into the garage and have their own space. Normally this is used for one of the older kids because they’re ready for more responsibilities and would like more privacy. 

  • Extra Living Area: Some of the new construction homes don’t have a family room, meaning families don’t have as many places to hang out with each other. That’s why some homeowners are transforming their garage into a makeshift family room. 

  • Media room: A garage loft makes for an ideal space to set up a media room. You can easily set up a home theatre with a few lounge chairs, a popcorn machine, a candy bar, and an easy to install projector and screen. You could also put a few games like a hockey table or pool table to turn your garage into the ultimate hang out spot.

Call our team at 210-680-5626 to schedule your free consultation with Keith on how we can convert your garage!

----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!

WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT DOUBLE KITCHEN ISLANDS by Keith Moehle

You know how the saying goes, “two is better than one”? Well, we have found it to be true in kitchens!

In almost every kitchen remodel, one of the top must haves on everyone’s wish list is a grand kitchen island. They want to be able to have plenty of prep space, room to serve and host large buffets, and have plenty of extra seating. Some homeowners even add shelving and storage cabinets in order to have a multi-purpose island. 

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While a large kitchen island is on everyone’s wish list, it can end up being a real inconvenience. If you’re trying to cook and you have something spread out on the other side of your island, you have to walk all the way around to grab it and then rush back to the stove. Next thing you know, cooking turns into a cardio workout! Every cook knows a few seconds can be the difference between a culinary masterpiece and a burnt disaster. And ladies let’s face it if you’re trying to chase your toddler or dog in the kitchen around that large kitchen island, you’re not winning. 

A creative solution that has been taking the remodeling world by storm is double kitchen islands! Now I know what you’re thinking, why in the world would I need two kitchen islands? Having two smaller kitchen islands instead of having one large kitchen island is actually much more practical. 

One benefit of double kitchen islands is the increased functionality of your kitchen.  One island will hold the sink which makes it ideal for prep space. The other island will be home to appliances like the oven and microwave. The space between the two islands now acts as a shortcut from the range to the other side of the kitchen.

Having double kitchen islands can also change your entertaining game! Again, you can have one island dedicated for prep space where you have plenty of room to set out equipment, assemble ingredients, and plate food. Then the other island can have a bar-height countertop overhang for additional seating and gathering space. This allows you to have the whole prep space to yourself and not have guests, family, or kids crowd around you as you cook.

If you’re torn between choosing double kitchen islands and one large kitchen island, there’s still a solution! In between the two islands, you can add a drop leaf that will connect the two spaces. With the added drop leaf, you can have the extra prep space that a large kitchen island provides yet still have the better functionality that the dual islands provide. Plus, the drop leaf will also allow you to have a buffet style serving space when you decide to host large dinner parties. A drop leaf allows you to have the best of both worlds! 


So if you’re tired of losing the fight with your toddler or you just want more functionality in your kitchen, call us at 210-680-5626 and we’ll help you get 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!

3 REASONS YOU NEED AN IN-LAW SUITE by Keith Moehle

Being a native Texan company, we know that everything is bigger and better in Texas. Bigger and better doesn’t just apply to the food or the scenic views, it can also mean the families too. 


Our families mean the world to us. They’re our first friends, our closest companions, and our biggest supporters. Most days we would do anything for them; we would help them in their time of need, be their shoulder to cry on and be their stand-in therapist when they need it most. But let's face it, when they ask to come and stay with you, the first thing you want to ask is when are you leaving. 

We all have that one family member that asks way too many questions about your personal life like what plans do you have after college, why are you still single, or why the bags under your eyes are so dark. Then there’s the other family member who drives you crazy because they use your stuff without asking and leaves a messy trail behind them wherever they go. 

Everyone loves to have their family visit from out of town or have their in-laws over but not everyone enjoys sharing the same living quarters as them. An in-law suite will typically include a bedroom, a bathroom, a kitchen or kitchenette, and a small living area. In many cases, it might take up an entire floor of a home or it can be added on to the house as an addition. 

Here are the three main benefits an in-law suite provides:

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  • Flexibility: An in-law suite will allow your home to grow with you as your lifestyle changes. It also allows you to have more use and enjoyment out of your home. An in-law suite can have multiple uses. Not only will it come in handy for out of town guests but it can also be used as a rental income. An in-law suite is also an ideal space for your college child coming home for the summers or for the first few months after college. One of the biggest benefits that an in-law suite provides is allowing older parents to age in a place that is familiar and comfortable for them.

  • Value: Anytime you do a remodel to your home that increases the square footage and adds more desirable features, it’s going to increase the overall value to your home. If you ever decide to sell your home, an in-law suite can be very appealing to potential buyers. Buyers are more willing to pay top dollar for the extra bathroom and kitchen space allowing you to earn a higher return on your investment. 

  • Quality of life: The most important benefit that an in-law suite provides is peace of mind. With the ability to have your elderly loved ones close to home, you don’t have to worry as much about how they’re doing. You can check on them and provide them with the best possible home care. When your out of town guests come to visit, they’re able to maintain their sense of privacy when they need it. The convenience an in-law suite provides helps to improve the overall quality of life for those that use it. 


If an in-law suite is high on your remodeling wish list, call our team at 210-680-5626 and we’ll give the peace and quality you deserve. 

----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 UPGRADES THAT WILL INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME by Keith Moehle

Remodeling is a tough decision. There are many factors to take into consideration about your home and finances but the final outcome makes it worth every penny!

Homeowners decide to remodel their homes for a variety of different reasons. But if you’re wanting a remodel that will increase the value of your home, here are the top five projects that will do just that.  

Cabinets: Some homeowners would rather give their kitchens a facelift by painting or refinishing their current cabinets. While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, you may end up spending just as much to refinish the cabinets rather than order new cabinets by the time you finish filling in the wood grains and then painting over it. But cabinets are definitely not something you want to skimp out on. High-quality cabinetry can earn you a 9.6% premium on the selling price of your home and help to sell your home 45 days faster off the market. If you need a suggestion on what type of cabinets to use, consider using shaker cabinets. They’re clean-lined, timeless and can be used for a contemporary, traditional, or transitional style.

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Subway tile: Subway tile is another ageless look. This is a trend that has been around for a lifetime and it’s not going out of style anytime soon. You can use subway tile in multiple styles, colors, and materials. Subway tile can also be used to match almost any type of design and create a theme or mood for your home. Subway tile will earn a 7% premium and help to sell your home 63 days faster off the market. Click here to see our other blog post on Subway tile.

Sliding Barn Doors: Barn Doors have recently been a new up and coming trend and we can see why. They’re easy to install, they act as a piece of art, and they can be used for modern, traditional, and transitional styles. But barn doors have become such a hot commodity for homes that they can earn a 13.4% premium on your home and help sell your home 57 days faster off the market. Who would have ever thought that a door could make such a significant impact? Check out our recent blog on barn doors for me details.

Quartz Countertops: Usually when you picture a high-end kitchen you mostly imagine beautiful granite countertops. But did you know that granite countertops only give you a 4% premium? With granite being the ideal look for a gourmet kitchen, you would think it would earn you a higher premium. Turns out that quartz countertops are going to give you the most bang for your buck. Quartz countertops will earn you a 6% premium on the selling price of your home.

Farmhouse Sink: Farmhouse sinks are another undying trend. Farmhouse sinks accent beautifully with shaker cabinets for a more modern look. They are part of a chef’s dream because they’re the perfect tool for preparing large meals. They’re very ergonomic by putting less strain on your back and supports better posture. Some of the available finishes are stainless, copper, stone white fire clay, black slate, and granite. If these details don’t get you excited, then maybe the 8% premium on your home will!

Whether you’re deciding to sell your home or give it some sweat equity, these five projects will be sure to give you the most return on your remodeling investment. Call us today at 210-680-5626 to set up your free consultation with our team!

----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!