What to Expect When You are Contracting: Weeks 2 and 3

After a smooth first day and first week, your kitchen looks like an empty room that used to be a kitchen and work on smaller details has begun.

Week 2

At the start of Week 2, my kitchen was all cleared out and work on the kitchen remodel seemed to be slowing down. The remodeling team was running wiring for my new lighting and new drywall was going up, too. The Savvy Home Supply team was still working, I could tell that, but it was smaller, more minute work that didn’t have the same obvious visual evidence as cabinet and appliance removal had the first week.

During Week 2 of the kitchen remodel, I also noticed that the amount of workers showing up at my house had changed. I went from seeing 3-4 workers coming into my home to two – and sometimes only one! Regardless of the seemingly slow period, I was still charged up about things and pleased with myself for figuring out that it is totally possible to grill up a bunch of different meats on the weekend and then be creative with them through the week.  All in all, Week 2 was a success… until the remodeling team got to the stage where they were fixing sheet rock. This stage was about as exciting as watching paint dry!

Week 3

I got out the bottles of booze in the midst of Week 3 and if you haven’t broken out the alcohol yet, this week may make you change your mind! Week 3 is the stage where the 1 guy that I had been seeing started stopping by once a day just to apply more mud and then leave. This quick appearance, mud application, and disappearance went on for days and days. Once the mudding was done, the minimal visits continued, but the one Savvy Home Supply team member given this job started sanding instead of applying mud!

I recommend a small vacation during Week 3 if possible.  All I could think about during this time was that they will never finish the sheetrock and sometimes the out of sight, out of mind approach is the best one to take!  At this point it is also particularly important to keep that plastic zipped up unless you want everything through your house covered in drywall dust. (Trust me, you don’t!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Day 1 – Week 1

For the next 7 weeks, Savvy Home Supply is going to feature a guest blogger who will recount her experience with her first kitchen remodel and what to expect when contracting.

Day One through Week One of My First Kitchen Remodel

If I could start with one piece of advice for anyone starting their first kitchen remodel, it would be: get organised and prepare for your kitchen to be unavailable. From day one when the remodeling team enters your home, your kitchen no longer belongs to you. There is no more using your stove, sink, refrigerator, pantry, etc. As soon as the contractors arrived to my home, the appliances were unhooked and moved into the garage. After that the water was disconnected and a sheet of plastic with a zipper in it was put up to separate the kitchen from the rest of the house.

I found the rest of week one to be filled with excitement and anticipation. I couldn’t believe how fast things were happening in the remodeling process. The old cabinets, countertops, walls and ceilings disappeared before my eyes and I couldn’t imagine how the entire process was going to take 4 to 6 weeks. The remodeling team at Savvy Home Supply was working so fast.

While Savvy Home Supply was working at top speed to give me the kitchen of my dreams, a main area of my house was still out of commission. If you move forward with a kitchen remodel then you will need to maintain some sense of normalcy. I recommend getting a toaster oven, a hot plate, a microwave, a grill, a large table to serve as your prep area, a wash tub and a large book shelf to use as a pantry. Remember to keep out a few pots, pans, dishes, bowls, glasses, cups, silverware and prep dishes. A cutting board, spices, oil, and food storage bowls are also critical unless you plan on eating out all the time. A coffee or tea pot, slow cooker, rice cooker, and electric skillet, are also nice to have, but they are not necessities.

By the end of Week 1, I found that a pat on the back was warranted. Things were going smooth and I felt like I had this kitchen remodel down with my Savvy Home Supply team.

3 Ways to Really Customize Your Bathroom Remodel

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Taking on a complete bathroom remodel project is a commitment and has the potential to get quite stressful; however, with enough planning and the help of a team of bathroom remodeling experts – you can have the bathroom of your dreams and it can be customized to fit your needs and taste. Before you get started on your custom bathroom remodel, consider these ways to truly customize your bathroom.

3 Ways to Really Customize Your Bathroom Remodel

  1. Use Tile as a Focal Pointbathroom remodel

    Traditionally, tile has always been used as flooring, but tile has so much untapped design potential if you allow yourself to think outside of the box. Consider using tile for flooring, but making it more interesting by putting a design into the inlay of the tile. If you’ve already decided on another flooring textile, you can incorporate tile behind the bathroom sink by installing a back splash. Back splashes are popular in home design right now and are popping up in kitchens and bathrooms across the country. Whether using colorful tile for a pop of color or the ever popular white subway tile for a bright white and clean effect, installing a back splash behind a sink or around a bathtub is a great way to incorporate tile into your bathroom remodel. Tile can also be used in the shower and opportunities abound in regards to tile choices. Right now the use of heat sensitive tile in showers is picking up steam among bathroom remodelers. These tiles change from seemingly normal black tile to a colorful pattern when hit with hot water. The color changing aspect gives homeowners a modern bathroom design with a temporary pop of color for fun. Regardless of if you are using tile for flooring, a backsplash, or in your shower – it has endless opportunities for customization.

  2. Install Clever Storage Solutions

    In most bathrooms, space is somewhat limited, but even if it isn’t and you have plenty of space for storage units – clever storage solutions are always beneficial to have. At Savvy Home Supply, we trust in Rev-A-Shelf for all our customer’s requests for storage solutions during their custom bathroom remodels. Rev-A-Shelf has been in the business of custom storage solutions for over 35 years and continues to supply professional home remodelers and do-it-yourselfers with a “whole home” approach to storage. At Rev-A-Shelf they offer everything from custom cabinet pullouts to hold all of your hair products and accessories to drawer organizers for cosmetics and other loose drawer contents. You can customize your bathroom to accommodate your dirty and clean laundry, as well, with under-the-cabinet hampers and foldout ironing boards. By installing clever storage solutions, you are able to customize your bathroom remodel to fit your specific needs when it comes to storage while also making your bathroom easier to use and more enjoyable.

  3. Opt for Non-Traditional Lighting Fixtures

    When remodeling a bathroom, one of the biggest decisions that you will make will concern lighting. Does your bathroom have a window which allows for natural light to get in? Are you going to be rewiring electricity during your bathroom remodel? These are all questions to ask yourself and figure out before looking at lighting. When the time does come to choose lighting fixtures, opting for nontraditional options is a design move to consider. Long gone are the days of round vanity bulbs above the mirror and recessed lights in the ceiling. Popular bathroom remodelers are shifting towards making statements with their bathroom lighting choices. Whether that means using hanging lights with colored shades or a combination of a chandelier and lighting planted overtop of the mirror, choose the lighting design that is right for you and that will serve your needs the best. Non-traditional light fixtures will set your bathroom apart from others in a unique way. By using non-traditional lighting fixtures, you bring a level of customization to your bathroom remodel that few other homeowners will consider.

When it comes to a complete bathroom remodel, there are many details to consider. Tiling, storage solutions, and lighting fixtures are only a few items that will need to be crossed off your list. Remember that the most important thing to consider when taking on a complete bathroom remodel is how you picture and want to use the space after the remodel is complete. If you know what you want in your new bathroom, but aren’t exactly sure how to get it all incorporated then it may be time to contact a team of experts. At Savvy Home Supply, we have bathroom remodeling experts on our staff ready to help you finalize plans and get started. Call 502-882-2952 and speak to one of our experts or stop into our showroom at 9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd. in Louisville, KY today!

How to Remodel Your Home for Both You and Your Pets

Your home should reflect all of your needs. For many of us, that means a house that is pet-friendly. Perhaps you just got a pet for the first time and are trying to find a way to make your house a home for them too. Or maybe you realize that your animals are lacking the proper space to live a happy life. No matter the reason, we understand how important your pets are to you, so we have provided five tips on how to remodel your home to best benefit you and your furry friends.

Use Durable Flooring for a Pet-Friendly Remodel:

In any type of remodel, it is important to start with the basics. When taking savvyon a new project, you want to make sure that the base of your plans will be sturdy. To make your home as pet-friendly as possible, you should start with solid flooring that can hold up no matter how many paws run across. Some attractive practical options include vinyl, laminate and even marble. Wood floors can be used as well, as long as they are appropriately treated with sealant to protect from scratching and allow for easy cleaning.

Make Pet-Accessible Entryways:

A simple fix to a not so simple problem. Getting up to let your pet in and out over and over again every day is easily avoidable. With this remodel, consider ways in which you can make your home not just convenient for you, but also for the furry companions you share your space with. Give them their independence to roam freely between outdoors and in.

Maximize Storage:savvy2

Just as much as you require a closet for all your belongings, your pets’ toys, leashes, collars, etc. need a spot of their own. Since most of your pet related items won’t require too much space, think about creative ways to combine storage. What areas of your house are just wasted spaces? Perhaps you could add side panels to a closet where you can hang leashes other walking accessories. Or add a drawer within your kitchen island that hold food and water dishes.

Give Them Their Own Space:

Having a space specifically catered to your pet will give them a place to truly feel at home. Cats especially desire areas where they can seclude themselves for napping and play time. You should think about what specific amenities would apply to your pet. Cats like to have Continue reading

10 Tips to Get Your Kitchen Organized for the New Year

Rev-A-Shelf's Tip Out Trays are cut to size for each kitchen or bathroom remodel and conveniently hold sponges, soaps, and other frequently used hand or dishwashing items.
Rev-A-Shelf’s Tip Out Trays are cut to size for each kitchen or bathroom remodel and conveniently hold sponges, soaps, and other frequently used hand or dishwashing items.

Five days ago, 2016 ended and we entered a brand new year – 2017. A new year often comes with resolutions and a common resolution among homeowners is to get more organized. For some people, reorganizing is an easy feat, but for others it can be hard to know where to get started and how to finish once they’ve started organizing a room. At Savvy Home Supply, kitchens are one of our areas of expertise, so we’ve collected 10 tips on how to get your kitchen organized for the new year.

1. Store Items In Your Cabinets Based On Use

One of the best places to start organizing are your cabinets because they are often the most cluttered part of a kitchen and they can seem the most daunting to declutter. After pulling everything out of your cabinets and washing or wiping down your kitchenware, begin reorganizing your kitchen storage areas by placing the kitchenware you most often use on the lower, easier to reach shelves. Keep the higher shelves open for the dishes and other kitchen ware that are used less often or only for special occasions.

2. Group and Store Kitchenware by Functionality

This drawer is using a pegboard with wooden pegs that Rev-A-Shelf offers for easy organization. The pegs also come in stainless steel through Savvy Home Supply.

When reorganizing your kitchen, functionality should be your number one focus. Group all of your pots and pans together and store them around the oven. Keep all of your silverware and cutlery organized in a drawer close to the cabinets you store your dishes in. Store coffee cups, coffee filters, sugar, and any other condiments used to make coffee close to the coffee maker. It will be easier to stay organized when the functionality of your cabinets makes sense.

3. Use All the Space Your Kitchen Has to Offer

Storage solutions don’t just reside in cabinets and on shelves, so think outside the box when reorganizing your kitchen. The area beneath your cabinets holds a lot of opportunity. You can install track lighting under your cabinets to keep your countertops well lit. An even more innovative way to utilize the space under your cabinets is to install a towel rack which has multiple purposes. Continue reading

Which is Better: LEDs or Incandescent Lighting?

Savvy Home Supply offers lighting as part of any custom kitchen or bath remodel
This kitchen remodel completed by the Savvy Home Supply team includes a variety of different lighting solutions included recessed LED lighting, and above and under cabinet lighting.

If one thing is for certain, lighting affects a lot in a setting. By just adding custom lighting to an area, you can take a dark, small space, and instantly make it larger and brighter. Through our kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects at Savvy Home Supply, we have been able to transform entire rooms by adding additional lighting or chandeliers. If you are looking for a quick and affordable design fix, consider adding more lighting to your space or updating the lighting that you currently have.

While it is easy to agree that lighting is important, at Savvy Home Supply we believe that LED lighting is a great way to go. LED, or light-emitting diodes,

LED lighting in a bath remodel
Recessed LED lighting adds a nice touch to this bathroom remodeling project by Savvy Home Supply.

produce light when an electrical current passes through them. Incandescent lighting, commonly known as halogen bulbs, produce light in a different manner using electricity to heat the metal inside of the bulb to light a room.

These types of bulbs are known for becoming “white hot” and they release 90 percent of their energy as heat. This major difference has led many Savvy Home Supply customers to choose LED lighting over incandescent lighting. Based on our experience installing custom lighting in kitchens and Continue reading

Community Outreach: Savvy Home Supply Donates to Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity and Savvy Home Supply

Savvy Home Supply is a locally-owned kitchen and bath remodeling company, with showrooms in Louisville KY and Brooks KY. Our company serves customers throughout the Louisville metro area, and in Southern, Indiana as well.

As part of being a local business, we enjoy getting involved in the community in a variety of different ways. And one of our favorite organizations to support is Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.

Since 1985, the Metro Louisville Habitat for Humanity has built and renovated over 450 homes to help area families in need. And currently this amazing organization is working tirelessly towards the goal to build 600 homes in five years. As a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers, donations and staff members to help make this great mission happen.

Their dedication to the Louisville community has inspired Savvy Home Supply to get involved. We do this by working with our kitchen Habitat for Humanity and Savvy Home Supply and bath remodeling clients to facilitate donations. Many Savvy Home Supply kitchen and bath customers donate cabinetry, hardware, lighting, countertops, flooring materials, appliances, and other items they are replacing during a kitchen or bath remodel to Habitat for Humanity.

Savvy Home Supply helps clients remove items for donation, coordinating with Habitat for Humanity for pick up. Cabinets donated to Habitat for Humanity

The Louisville Habitat ReStore collects and sells donations that are gently used or new. They are always accepting appliances, plumbing, doors, windows, furniture, paint, lumber, fixtures, and more. Here is a complete list of guidelines and FAQs about donating to Habitat’s ReStore. And the profits made from ReStore purchases Habitat for Humanity and Savvy Home SUpplygo towards all the great things Habitat for Humanity is doing in the Louisville area.

As these donations add up, Savvy Home Supply is working towards a goal to donate more than 50 kitchen and bathroom projects during 2016 – 2017. This is a great cause that makes a huge difference in helping the Louisville community. And even better, it’s the smart environmental thing to do too. Rather than dump gently used Continue reading