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December 2019 Blog

Posted On: December 06, 2019

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Change with the season of life....

Remember the Olive green appliances of the 70's that stuck around until the 80's? What about the almond or white appliances that went into the 90's, or the black and stainless steel appliances that took us into the new millennium? Seems like a while ago trends came and stayed for almost a decade, they had a season. But since the new millennium trends come and go rather quickly with the changing winds. They almost change as rapidly as technology!

    

    

What goes around comes around again in fashion design. The same is true for remodeling trends. What was outdated and an eyesore is suddenly 40 years down the road trendy and chic again.

Subway tile hits the scene hard and fast and is quickly replaced by decorative tile. Granite counter tops have given way to poured cement counter tops. Wood flooring is being pushed aside for luxury vinyl tile flooring. Even the strong rustic farmhouse design which emerged as a hot trend is not as long lived as it's forefathers from the 70's, 80's, and 90's! After only a few years Rustic Farmhouse is out. Technology is hot today. Smart kitchens are the rage!

    

Are the fast paced trends a result of our fast paced technological advances, maybe so. Either way, it's good to know that Loebrich Contracting has been adapting to trends for the last 40 years!

AND NOW FOR A HOT TIP: The hot remodeling color for 2020 is officially Classic Blue according to Pantone and Qualified Remodelers Magazine       

 

See you all in 2020 where we are sure the trends will change, but you will be able to count on Loebrich's to adapt! 

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Farmhouse Rustic Out and Biophilia In? Nov.2019 Blog

Posted On: November 11, 2019

Nov. 2019 Blog

 

Farmhouse Rustic Design Trend’s Out and Biophilia In?

Calm down I can hear you already saying WHAT??? Don't get your tinsel in a tangle! ( oh wait that's next month, oops)

Say what? I’m sure that’s what you’re thinking. But here it is. According to Zillow the rustic farmhouse design craze that has been so trendy for the last 10 years will be considered outdated in 2020. Trends change, it’s as simple as that. Believe it or not, it was once considered trendy to cover up that hardwood floor with carpet! The thought of it you gasp!!!

More industrial materials like glass and metal are about to replace the reclaimed wood phase. To soften the harshness of metal and concrete, a more modern sliding door made from glass will replace that classic barndoor design. Even those exposed Edison bulbs that were all the rage are going to be replaced with clean lighting from Europe detailed with modern lines and shapes!

                          

OUT                                                              TRENDING


And colors are moving away from the natural neutrals to big and bold.Overplayed grey walls are out. Rose gold and millennial pink are old news.

                          

                                      OUTDATED

Matte black fixtures are about to take the design scene over. Even that accent wall is about to be replaced with decorative accessories or a living wall. Which leads us to the newest rage, Biophilia!


                           

                                            TRENDING

What the heck is Biophilia I can hear you asking! Biophilia is the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.  Biophilia is said to reduce stress, expedite healing, improve cognitive function and creativity. The sight of living greenery, the sound of water and the unimpeded view of actual nature as well as the feel of a breeze blowing across your skin can all be incorporated into the design or the remodeling of your home. The contrast between the technological world in which we exist and biophilic design is set to become the newest trend in home design. A perfect example of biophilic design would be Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater property located in Pennsylvania’s Laurel Highlands. The layout encompasses nature all around it with running water, open levels to the outdoors, natural light, and nature at your fingertips.

                           

How can this be incorporated into your home design? Most likely on a much smaller scale. Plants, open floor plans, open staircases, skylights or large windows for natural light and unimpeded views to the outdoor or even sliding walls to the outside, in addition water features in the home can help to incorporate the newest trend in home design.

   

       

However you slice the pie, rustic farmhouse has run it’s course and is giving way to new trends for the 2020 year ahead. (hey that pun is for the right month!) Happy Thanksgiving from Loebrich Contracting!

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October Blog 2019

Posted On: October 08, 2019

October 2019 Blog

 

Scariest Home Renovation Mistakes



WHAT TERRORS COULD BE LYING IN WAIT BEHIND YOUR ORDINARY BRICK WALL OR HIDEOUS POPCORN CEILING???


    


Frightened of the unknown? Here are some tips to ease your fears and help you proceed with caution during your home renovation, so that you are not surprised by what is lurking where you cannot see or haunted by a home reno job gone to the dark side.

  

Call 811 and find out where your utility lines lie before the digging begins. Utility companies can mark where your water, gas, and electrical lines are located saving you from a shocking experience!!!!!!


 

     

Menaced by a mold and mildew lab in your old bath? Make sure you install strong ventilation fans about 100 cubic ft per minute in your new bath reno!!!!


         

     

                  

Asbestos or lead creeping around in that ceiling or wall?? Thanks to the lead paint disclosure act you already know that A popcorn ceiling is a toxic hazard. However, ripping out walls and tiles can also expose you to lead and asbestos. Best to leave the demo to a contractor authorized to deal with asbestos and/or lead. 


 

  

Exposure to volatile organic compounds or VOCs can happen from new carpet installation and new paint. To avoid exposure to VOC’s you can purchase low-voc paint and carpeting.


   

Budget Boos!! Going over budget can be scary. The savvy home renovation planner will set aside 5-10% in addition to their home reno budget for those unforeseen issues Like water damage behind a wall that has caused undetected mold and mildew, or worse yet, animals or pests like termites that have caused hidden damage. These issues can be costly to correct and downright horrifying unless you have strategized ahead to pad your budget as a contingency plan.

So, take the fear out of scary home renovation mishaps, don’t let lurking, creeping, unforeseen, and horrifying surprises scare the bejeebers out of you and steal your hard-earned cash!! Plan and budget for undetected issues when formulating your remodeling budget!

 

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September Blog 2019

Posted On: September 06, 2019

Pet Project

 

Have a “pet project” you saw somewhere. Maybe a home design show, a friend’s kitchen remodel, or a post on facebook has inspired a pet project.  Here are a few tips if you’re wondering how to take this from the idea stage to the implementation stage.

Start with just the basic idea and then do some internet research.  A great way to save and store any ideas that you come across via the internet is Pinterest!

Pinterest allows you to create idea boards where you can store pictures relating to your project.  For example, let’s say you want to take out a wall and build a master bedroom closet. OK you have your idea, now research it.  Most likely you are surprised to find a rectangular closet may suit your needs versus a square walk-in-closet.

       

  Or maybe you want to combine both! Saving pictures to a Pinterest board named Closet Design will help you to envision your closet architectural plans.

 Next maybe you want shoes, purses, ties, suits, sweaters, coats, etc. to be organized in different spaces.  Saving different organization pictures of shelving, storage bins, baskets, shoe organizers, etc. will help you to decide what types of organizational products you will need.  After you have your boards with various ideas, combine your final choice into one board that will act as your personal blueprint.

   

Next check out Houzz.com See if the ideas you have combined into one Pinterest board have actually been implemented. Chances are you can find your design on Houzz.com or something very similar to your design concept.  You can even find local contractors like Loebrich Contracting on Houzz. You can refine your search by budget, location, style, size, color, and so much more. You can create idea books, ask questions and even place orders.

  Between Pinterest & Houzz, you will be exceptionally organized for that “Pet Project”!  Loebrich Contracting can be found on either Pinterest or Houzz!

 Last, don’t’ forget to “Vet” your contractor. Make sure he/she is experienced, licensed, and insured, and check references on-line and in person. Make sure you set a time frame for this project. Don’t start it a month before a major holiday or life event like a wedding, as you won’t want your house under construction during these times. Always, research and set a budget. Finally, check what permits you will need. Either obtain the permits yourself or have your contractor pick them up and display them when work begins.  Make your “Pet Project” transition from an idea to a reality by following these simple steps:

Pinterest Boards

Houzz Pics of Projects, Prices, and Local Contractors

Vet Contractor

Set time frame and budget with a little padding for both

Get permits.

Have fun bringing that Pet project all together!


Don't leave our blog without a peek at our project of the month below!

September 2019 project of the Month!

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Aging in Place and Accessibility Remodeling Aug 2019 Blog

Posted On: August 02, 2019

Accessibility Remodeling and Aging in Place

The baby boomers are now reaching an age where we see an upswing in a trend for people desiring to stay in their homes for as long as possible. Consequently, modifications need to be made to accommodate the needs of an aging generation. Also, we see a growing need for home modification remodeling among our disabled veterans.

 Thankfully our disabled veterans have access to federal resources for help with the cost of disability remodeling. The Department of Veterans Affairs promotes independent living for disabled veterans through several programs. Based on your disability, you may be eligible for a grant to make modifications to your home. One site to help get you started is https://www.militaryonesource.mil/military-life-cycle/veterans/make-a-home-accessible-with-department-of-veterans-affairs-programs

 What about seniors who live on a fixed income? Remodeling can be expensive. Are there any resources available to help them make their home more accessible? The short answer is yes. Check with your local Area Agency on Aging, State Housing Finance Agency, Welfare Department, Community Development Groups, or the Federal Government for what resources may be available to you. One site not to miss  is https://longtermcare.acl.gov/.

  Different physical conditions require different home modifications. Even diseases like emphysema or diabetes need to be taken into consideration when planning to age in place. Wheelchair accessibility, or walkers, scooters, stair lifts, or other special needs equipment will need to be part of the renovation planning. Luckily there are different organizations for both seniors and disabled veterans that can help them plan a home renovation to keep them in their existing home.

 Some remodeling ideas which help make aging in place/accessibility renovation easier are; doorways, landscapes, ramps, lifts, flooring, & bathrooms. Creating approachable entrances, wider front doors, and less cumbersome landscapes is a great place to start.

          

 Once inside the home stairs can be an obstacle. A stair lift, whether horizontal or vertical, can provide ease of access to an upper or lower floor. All inside doorways will need to be widened to 36 inches or more for wheelchair accessibility.

       

 Vinyl or laminate flooring is best for wheelchairs and easier on the body if a fall happens. It is much more forgiving that hardwood or tile flooring.

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 Even small things like light switches will need to be lowered on a wall if a wheelchair accessible remodel is necessary. A great way to take care of electrical hindrances is through the new technology available with Smart Home Additions. These technological additions can affect, lights, thermometers and door locks which can be controlled by voice activation.

                                    

 Another larger scale renovation for both aging in place and accessibility remodeling is the bathroom. Open space for wheelchairs, touch operated faucets, higher than standard toilets with grab bars, walk in or rolling showers with seats and grab bars and held shower heads as well as lever handled water valves all make for great accessibility in the bath.

            


So how expensive is it. Well that depends on the renovations undertaken. However, according to longtermcare.acl.gov/costs-how-to-pay/costs-of-care.html  cost of living for elderly or rehabilitative living can be astronomical:

  • $225 a day or $6,844 per month for a semi-private room in a nursing home
  • $253 a day or $7,698 per month for a private room in a nursing home
  • $119 a day or $3,628 per month for care in an assisted living facility (for a one-bedroom unit)

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Obviously the costs speak for themselves, the home renovations are much more economical than the institution solution.

  Home improvements and structural alterations can help aid those wishing to age in place or the disabled with their special adaptation requirements for independent living. Loebrich Contracting can help with All your remodeling needs!

 

 

 

 


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Multi-generation home remodeling blog July 2019

Posted On: July 05, 2019

July Blog 2019

Accommodating Multiple Generations

          

In 2019 remodeling contractors are seeing a trend in renovations which will accommodate multiple generations.  Some families are choosing to put a complete addition onto their existing home in order to co-exist separately, yet as a  whole multi-generational family unit.

                 

Others choose to remodel an existing space in their current home like a basement. Mother- in- law basement apartments are quite common these days.

                  


Yet, others simply choose to combine two bedrooms into one space with an adjoining bath.

                

Still others are choosing to remodel their downstairs into a smaller living, kitchen, and dining areas so that a bedroom and en suite can be added to the first floor with wider doors and hallways making it accessible for wheelchairs/ walkers aging family members may require.

              

The rise in these additions and alterations can be attributed to the growing number of grandparents providing childcare. In addition, the cost of living alone versus the cost of institutional living is skyrocketing for senior citizens. Childcare and retirement living can both be extremely expensive.  Thrifty and savvy families are finding the benefit of combining living space and income as a multi-generational family unit. They are seeing the economic advantages on both sides as well as positive mental welfare for the family as a whole.

               


Before you leave our blog have a look at our project of the week!


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Subway Tiles In or Out Blog June 2019

Posted On: June 07, 2019


SUBWAY TILES….IN OR OUT FOR 2019?


Subway Tiles are/were a hot trend. Well which one is it you ask… was or is??? It depends on whom you talk to. But the trend does seem to be leaning away from the clean-cut aesthetic look to some different designs.

So, what could possibly be trending in tile you ask? Let’s Explore….


Harlequin Tile- aka Rhomboid or diamond pattern elongated, not square, is making a new debut in the design setting. The pattern was actually derived from early theatrical costumes.



 Moroccan Tile- design was first introduced in the 10th century.  Originally from Morocco Spain and known for their hypnotic geometric patterns and vibrant colors, it could be known in the future as tile’s historical “comeback kid”.



Fish Scale Tile-Moroccan in style aka Ogre Drop Tile is also emerging in design trends. It’s an upside-down tear drop tile. It’s an S curve consisting of two arcs that curve in opposite directions so that the ends are parallel.  Sometimes they are referred to as the Moroccan Fish Scale Tile.


Geometric Design Tile originated from early Arabic and Roman times. They were reborn in the Victorian era by mass producing tiles of one color and then putting them together for a relatively cheap tile floor. A great example would be the checkerboard floor pattern, a mix of black and white mass produced squares used together and being reborn for today’s modern retro design teams.


Cement Tiles- a hot trending old tile. Often termed encaustic cement tiles whose origins can be traced to Barcelona Spain. These are found extensively all over the world except for the United States. However, this is beginning to change as a trend here is helping them to make a huge resurgence.  But this resurgence has a high price tag and is coupled with a lot of elbow grease to maintain their looks.  Luckily knock off porcelain cement tiles offer an affordable alternative.



Metal Tiles- originally made in the United State for ceilings before WWII. Recently the tiles have been scaled down to fit back splashes, cabinet faces and much more.


Not yet "untrendy" the Subway Tile! Their name is derived from the underground subways in NYC where they were first installed to associate the white sparkling cleanliness of the tile with the subways!! They were incorporated into kitchens, bathrooms, butcher shops and anywhere that cleanliness was associated. Hard to believe the subways of today were once associated with pristine cleanliness. Although there has been a huge trend in the last 10 years, other tiles are beginning to steal the limelight from them.

Whether a hot trend or on the way out, subway tile is being replaced by some new tile designs making their way onto the design scene.


Before you leave our blog take a look at our project of the month… Kitchen remodel with a metal tile backsplash...


 

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Sunroom Vs. Screenroom Blog May 2019

Posted On: May 03, 2019


Sunroom Vs. Screenroom Blog

 

                                 OR

  

On one hand I want a sunroom on the other hand I want a screened in porch…how do I decide?

Thinking about adding a screened in room or a 3 season room to your home?  Either can be a great addition, as long as you consider the Pro’s and Cons of each room while evaluating how one or the other will fit your lifestyle and vision for your new room.

How to decide which is better for you:

  1. What is your budget?
  2. What are you goals for the space?
  3. Where in the US is your geographical location?

If your budget is on the lower side a screened in porch/patio should be considered. If you want a place to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and breezes of summer a screened in room is perfect for you.  Outdoor furniture works best in a screen room and, although technically you could, I would suggest you leave the big screen tv indoors. A screened room will provide you with protection from sun and bugs while keeping you in the very heart of nature. In the Southern US and warmer climate states, screened in porches can be used year-round.

If you have a larger budget a 3 Season room can be used year-round depending on the geographical location. Permanent furniture and electronics can be utilized in this room. HVAC can be installed to help keep the climate of your sunroom comfortable. A sunroom will provide you with complete protection from outdoor elements whether it is bugs or sideways rain. All the windows keep you surrounded by nature without being exposed to all its temperaments.

If you want to experience those long summer days and wonderful summer nights without bugs, a screened room is calling to you.  Imagine cocktails by candle light without it being a citronella candle.  You can hear the crickets singing and not wake up with welts from the mosquito bites the next day. Think about a wonderful picnic lunch without the flies landing on your food! If this sounds like your happy place a screen room is right for you.

If you want to watch the leaves turning on a chilly fall day while you are toasty warm and surrounded by all that color, a 3 Season room is calling to you.

Before you decide, consider the following:

Screen room Pros                                      Screen room Cons

Lower Cost                                       Only use in warm weather <unless located in Southern US>

No Bugs                                             No protection from blowing rain

No $ spent on HVAC

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 3 Season Room Pros                     3 Season Room Cons

No Bugs                                                Higher Cost 

Use 3 Seasons                                      Heating/Cooling cost

Ability to heat or cool

Protection from all elements

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Either room can enhance your interaction with the outdoors without having to leave your home. If you carefully consider your budget and long term goal use during the planning stage, a screen room or 3 Season room will add unprecedented value to your home! And as always, Loebrich Contracting is your qualified professional for either choice plus all estimates are free! And we offer 100% financing to those who qualify.

Before you leave our blog check out our project of the month!





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