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Trendy Basement Remodels

Posted On: October 12, 2018

Octobers Featured Project: Enclosed Sunroom

Trendy Basement Remodels

Here in the Northeast it’s getting chilly. That means more time spent in doors. Maybe you have an unused basement?

Listed below are some great ideas for Basement Remodeling in the millennium!  Old uses for the basement were storage, laundry, dad’s workshop, extra bedroom, or a place for the kids to play. But in 2020 the basement has an open concept without dividing walls giving it the perception of additional light and space. It has become a usable living space which can add additional value to your home! Just look at this list of modern uses for the basement!

1.Theater Room

2. In Law- Suite


 3. Music Auditorium

4. Sports Room with multiple TV’s

5.Home brewery, or mini pub, or wine cellar with gather space



 6.Home Gym and Spa


Whatever your basement remodeling ideas, Loebrich Contracting can help make them a reality. All estimates are free and financing is available.


Hot Flooring Trends 2018

Posted On: September 28, 2018



BLOG: Flooring Trends for 2018

 Flooring is a hot trend for 2018. Now with colors like dark, blonde, variation, grey, honey and textures such as hand-scraped, wire brushed, distressed, and laminate, hardwood, luxury vinyl, cork, engineered, reclaimed, bamboo, diagonal, mixed width, wide planks and more, it’s a hard choice. Let us share some of what we know about these fast-changing trends in the flooring industry.



Hardwood Flooring- Colors vary but the most popular in 2018 are Dark, Blonde, variation, grey, and honey. In the last 10 years, the dark same size plank wood was in, but now the trend is moving away as homeowners are realizing it shows every speck of dust.

Trending now is the blonde or grey look. Also popular are the larger planked and diagonal room layout. These provide depth and the allusion of a larger brighter space. The darker wood makes rooms look smaller and requires more maintenance.



 Engineered wood- is more versatile in pet friendly homes. It’s a thin hardwood veneer layer on top of plywood on high density fiber board. It’s out of the box ready with no finishing or refinishing required and very easy to install. It can mimic every trending real wood look such as hard scraped, wire brushed and distressed.



 Wood Look Vinyl- This is a very hot trend for 2018. It’s just as realistic as wood look laminate but more versatile and less maintenance. Vinyl has realistic tiles and planks that are not available in other types of flooring. Waterproof capabilities and ease of care make it hot and trendy for 2018. LVT or luxury vinyl tile can create a realistic natural stone look. Some hot stone vinyl looks are the marble, slate, and travertine. Hot textures = hand scraped, wire brushed, distressed. You can find it in look-alike for wood, marble, slate, concrete, travertine,  & metallic. Patterns include Herringbone chevron/ diagonal/hexagonal/mixed width/large plank and large formal tile. Types= waterproof vinyl, Luxury Vinyl tiles, Luxury Vinyl Planks, Rigid cone for uneven sub floors.



 Laminate Flooring- Realtors refer to laminate flooring as the top option for increasing home value. Its an affordable way to achieve hard wood look. Biggest advancement is laminate is now waterproof. With the newest options of wider planks and lighter colors and rustic textures that look and feel like real wood. It is an Eco-Friendly option compared to real hardwood flooring. Solid hardwood although beautiful, is not waterproof.



 Cork-Cork flooring is eco-friendly, resilient, sound proof, mold and mildew resistant and trending. Lots of people want to incorporate green products into their home. Enter cork flooring. It’s harvested from the bark of a cork tree. Once taken the tree can still live and grow for another 200 years. However, cork is not waterproof and very expensive. It can be purchased in traditional and modern design. It would be great for a home office or child’s play room, game room or gym room due to its sound proofing ability. It is also ideal for flooring over radiant heat due to its insulation capability. Although the cost is higher it’s a great pro-green product you can incorporate into specific rooms of your home.


Consult with Loebrich Contracting 814-539-6236 today for all your flooring needs. All estimates are free and financing is available!



Posted On: September 07, 2018



Cabinetry Upgrade

Not a changing trend like floors and countertops yet there is a move to a more streamlined, simplistic functional design. Kitchen cabinets have been modernized with in the last 20 years. Modern cabinets do not have any ornate features. They are smooth with clean simple lines and minimalistic hardware.

Open Shelves are trending in place of wall cabinets, but these pose the problem of creating a well-organized as well as aesthetic look. A new trend is to combine limited open shelving with wall cabinetry.

Modern cabinetry is tech loaded with charging stations and built in tablets and wireless speakers. Under cabinet lighting like LED is also a popular trend. Concealed appliances like refrigerator oven and dishwasher provide a stream lined look. 


Base Cabinetry is another trend that has large drawers sometime even in the island where large pots and pan can be stored. Pullout spice racks and built in utensil dividers are common place in modern cabinetry. Narrow space that in days of old would have false fronts now serve as cookie tray and muffin tin holders.


Hot trends today include glass front cabinets which add a light fresh look. Floor to ceiling cabinetry is also a very hot trend right now.


Instead of the old wood look many homeowners are opting for cabinets with color like black, white and gray.

Many companies offer you the chance to reface your present cabinets or replace. Or you as a DIY can opt to paint old cabinets to provide a fresh new look. Just be sure to sand well first and check with your local paint store about which paints will work best with this project.



Posted On: August 17, 2018



AS THE SELLER YOU WANT TOP DOLLAR. Home improvements can help you achieve your asking price. But be prudent in what you are spending. You want to get back what you spend.

 It’s always a good idea to research the sale prices in your real estate market. For example, if a home with an outdated kitchen sells for 50k less than an home with an updated one, it’s a safe bet to remodel your older kitchen for about 25K.

 Hold off on pet projects or those projects you always wanted done. Instead focus on the projects that are budget friendly and that add a fresh look to your home.

 Spruce up your entry way with a new front door. Frist impressions make a difference when selling a home. However, don’t go for the full bathroom remodel. Instead consider switching out a vanity or try a tub overlay.

 If you don’t have the liquid assets to do a kitchen remodel try a new floor, switch out cabinet hardware, and maybe a new sink and faucet set.

 Home improvement projects can add curb appeal and bring a fresh look to your home. If you do your research and budget accordingly, your home remodeling projects can cut the time your house is on the market as well as bring in your asking price.

 Loebrich Contracting can help you with all your home renovation and remodeling projects.



Posted On: July 31, 2018


Featured project of the week


5 Emerging Bathroom and Kitchen Trends!


*5 Emerging Bathroom Trends

*Smart toilets…with built in bidets, cleaning functions and night lights! Many are available with self-closing lids that will also spritz a cleaner inside the bowl to cut down on the cleaning required.


*Sliding Barn Doors- very popular for separating rooms and becoming a new look in the bath department.


*Free Standing Sculptural Shape tubs <not to be confused with the old whirlpool tubs set in tile> and Large walk in barrier free multi spray showers.

 *Variety of tiles and textures in varying sizes and materials..Large tiles on the wall and small tiles on the floor with subway tiles for a backsplash with a marble or granite vanity is just one example of mixing the sizes and material in the bath.


*Voice Controlled Technology for smart mirrors, mood lighting or music. Google Home or Alexa are being incorporated into the bathroom design to control everything from the lights to music. Somfy powered retractable blinds are also very trendy right now.



5 Trending Kitchen Features!

 *Column Refrigerator Units

They are fully "Customizable" and come in fully integrated built in modular family’s consisting of refrigerators, freezers, or fridge/freezer/wine cooler combo. Their climate-controlled zones keep different foods fresh longer.

 *Connected Smart Appliances. You can now purchase a Refrigerator that has a camera inside with an app that will connect to your phone while you are at the grocery store to see what you may have run out of. Also smart tablets built in to cupboards to show you your favorite recipe online, or Google Home or Alexa to control lighting and certain smart appliances.

 *Sectioned drawers and organizers to help declutter. Many kitchens now have the built in island with deep pan storage added in underneath.

 *Low maintenance materials like quartz kitchen counter tops. Granite is trending out while quartz is trending in for its low maintenance & high resiliency in kitchen countertops.

 *Bold color accents like  brushed brass finishes and black stainless steel. The black stainless steel provides the sleek minimalist look of stainless steel without the worry of smudges and fingerprints like the ordinary stainless steel.


Out Dated Kitchen Trends to Avoid

Posted On: July 06, 2018


                                                    FEATURED PROJECT OF THE WEEK!



  • Microwave Above Range! So 90’s Instead find a great carved out nook for your microwave.


  • Bright Brass…totally outdated! Instead go for satin nickel brush finish.

  • Rustic Wood…not through out the kitchen! If you have to have wood go for the wood floor instead!

  • Tiled Counter-tops are way outdated and difficult to maintain…try solid natural surfaces or Quartz counter-tops instead.


  • Pot Rack Over Island…not anymore! Pot and Pans are tucked neatly away in large island drawers out of sight but easily accessed.


  • Kitchen Desk…not longer a trend, instead people go for the home office!

  • Double Sinks…Hot trend is the single large deep farmhouse style sink.




Posted On: June 21, 2018

Featured Project of the week! Check out our blog below!

There is an APP for that!

There is an app for just about everything, including home improvements!

Photo Measures: Mobile assistant for taking photos and marking them with color coded angles and notes. It’s a great reference for planning your next remodeling project.

 Top Painter:  Allows you to take a picture of your room and then analyze lighting and layout to determine how your room will look painted in a different color. You can choose colors from different leading brands like Sherwin Williams or Behr.

 Pintrest-  A great place to start your home improvement remodeling ideas. Borrow ideas from other users and pin them to your own board. Save interesting, ideas and photos that inspire your creativity. You can have a separate board for each project! All saved in one place. So when you are trying to tell the remodeling contractor what your idea is, you can actually show him!

 Houzz-Dedicated to interior design, architecture and home improvements. Lots of home improvement ideas and inspirations. Goes one step further to put you in touch with local professionals, and home remodeling contractors.

Homezada- Allows you to manage all aspects of your home including, insurance, maintenance, and home remodeling for financial purposes.

 Use these apps to begin planning your next home improvement project and then call us when you have a plan.  Think of the time your will save just by pre-planning before you call your remodeling contractor and Time = $

 You can access Houzz and Pinterest right here from our website on any page.


Trending Outdoor Spaces

Posted On: May 31, 2018

Trending Outdoor Living Spaces with Retractable Awnings and Their Energy Savings Capability


                                            Featured project of the week!

As outdoor living spaces trend and homeowners look for the space to entertain and relax, sometimes the essential quality of the living space can be overlooked.  A great deck or patio isn’t always just a beautiful design furnished with the latest <up and coming> outdoor features. To truly use such a space you must not forget that during the sun’s climax of the day, your outdoor living space may be unusable.

To counter this problem awnings, especially retractable, are a hot trend. The awning has many functions for your outdoor space. It can provide privacy, protect homeowners and pets from the damaging sun rays as well as shield outdoor furniture and protect it from discoloration and fading.

But here is a feature most homeowners don’t realize! Retractable Awnings can actually save you money and cut down on electric consumption. That’s right! An awning can reduce your Air Conditioning by as much as 25%. Moreover, they can reduce interior heat gain up to 77%!


And for resale value, a retractable awning may help a homeowner receive a top dollar offer. Today’s buyers want curb appeal. They want attractive and functional features and energy saving components. A retractable awning has all these features. So remember, you will protect your indoor & outdoor furnishings, control room brightness, block the sun, but still be able to enjoy those stars at night, beautify your home and save on utility costs. Lots of reasons to invest in a retractable awning.