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2018: The Year of New Kitchen

Is 2018 the year you remodel the kitchen of your Frisco home? If you're ready to tackle a kitchen redo in the New Year, take a few steps before hammers start swinging to determine precisely what you want before demolition begins.

What Are Your Biggest Needs?

Do you want a bigger kitchen? Need more storage space? Want to maximize work areas? Just want to modernize your space? These are questions that will help you determine the size and scope of your project.

Writing down what you need and want in a new kitchen will help you translate your vision into your contractor's reality. Think about the layouts, features, and materials of the kitchens of your friends, neighbors, or even those found on Pinterest and print out or write down what appeals to you. Keep your notes and printouts in a binder to go over with your contractor.

It may be tempting to pick popular trends, but try to find timeless elements that will make your home attractive for resale. This includes colors, backsplash choices, and countertop materials.

Determine Your Budget

A good rule of thumb for how much you want to spend on your kitchen remodel is no more than 20 percent of your home's market value for the work itself. Add in 20 percent more for contingency expenses should problems arise during the remodel.

Hire a Qualified Contractor

Hiring a professional and well-qualified contractor takes you one step closer to the kitchen of your dreams. Look for licensing, ask for references, and make sure the companies you research are insured. You should ask for at least three estimates from qualified vendors to determine not only the best price but also the best value.

Are you looking for a trusted, well-qualified and professional contractor to make your kitchen remodeling dreams come true? Look no further than Chipman Contracting. Call Chipman Contracting today at 972-841-5082 for your consultation and estimate.

Storage Solutions for Your Small Space

Chipman Contracting - Storage Solutions for Your Small Space

Are you feeling cramped? Can’t find the things that you need? No place to put your stuff? Closets and cabinets full? If you’re running out of room or are short on space in your Frisco home, it is time to think about new ways to store your stuff. Chipman Contracting has compiled seven smart storage solutions for you. 

  1. Declutter. Take time to go through your drawers, closets, and cabinets and sort out the items you want to  donate or discard. 
  2. Organize. Organize the items you keep to maximize your space and find things quickly. Staying organized also will reduce stress and frustration when you look for things. 
  3. Use all available space. Think about the narrow nooks and crannies of your home and consider adding hooks or built-in shelving to hold things like books, DVDs, or other personal items. Install shelving or racks on the backs of closet or pantry doors to store shoes, canned goods, or cleaning items. 
  4. Buy double-functional furniture. Consider benches with storage, fold out tables and desks, or even Murphy beds to give you more space.
  5. Combine storage options. Mix it up with drawers, cabinets, shelves, and also open storage options like bins and baskets to keep your space clutter-free. 
  6. Get creative. Store items under beds or tables to make the most of your space. A dust ruffle or tablecloth can help keep your stuff out of sight. 
  7. Designate a drop zone. Consider creating a drop zone in your entryway or laundry room to hold backpacks, purses, and jackets. Fit the area with a rack for shoes to ensure you can always find what you need. 

Are you in need of more storage space? Chipman Contracting can build all the cabinets, shelves, and even closets that you need. 

Call Chipman today at 972-841-5082 to schedule an in-home consultation and assessment to design your new storage space.

New Colors for Your Frisco Home

Are you having problems picking the perfect new paint color for your Frisco home? You’re not alone. Many of our customers struggle when it comes to this part of their home renovations. We know that picking a paint color or colors can be intimidating and even a little bit scary, so we’ve put together a few strategies to help make the paint-selection process easier for you.

Get Inspired. Look at your home’s furnishings, décor, heirlooms, and the other things that you love in your home to find colors that compliment your style. Websites like Pinterest or Houzz are great ways to find colors or color schemes. 

Resist Fads. We know that it is tempting to go with colors that are trending because of popular home renovation TV shows, but when the Gaines’ farmhouse gray goes out of style, and chartreuse becomes the new hot color, you may find yourself wanting to paint all over again. Instead of going with fads, select colors that are neutral and timeless. This way, you can simply update your décor instead of overhauling your walls when you want to make a change.

Consider the Big Picture. One of the major mistakes that homeowners make when it comes to painting is using too many colors or color transitions in their space. Using drastically different colors in the same room or in between adjacent rooms can make your interior seem choppy or disconnected. Use colors that are similar or complement each other for a smooth transition and more natural feel.

Take the Test. Once you’ve selected the color or colors you like, paint large areas on multiple walls throughout your home to see how the light affects the color throughout the day. You may love that gray in the morning, but it could look bluer in the sun of the afternoon or more brown in the evening when the sun goes down. Leave your sample sections up for at least a week to decide if you love the color or want to make a switch to something else.

Find the Right Finish. Once you’ve picked your out your paint color, select a finish that works best for your home or a particular room. Areas of high traffic and use are perfect for a flat or satin finish, while eggshell works best in areas like living rooms and entryways.

Hire a Professional. While painting is a home project you could totally undertake on your own, it requires a lot of time and effort to complete. Hiring a contracting company like Chipman Contracting means getting the job done quickly with professional quality results.

Looking to paint, remodel, or renovate your North Texas home? Call Chipman Contracting today at 972-841-5082.


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