3 Cabinet Door Styles: Which One is Right For You?

There are many options to choose when selecting cabinetry for your home. One of them is how the overlay of the door sits on your cabinet.

There are three major ways that this can be done.

Standard Overlay 

A Standard Overlay you see a lot more of the cabinet frame.

Full Overlay

With Full Overlay the edge of the door extends almost to the edge of the cabinet, and when you put two cabinets together they almost look like an inset door.

Full Inset

Full Inset cabinets sit flush with the face of the cabinet, and creates a built-in furniture look.

Of course, as we go up the line from standard to full overlay to inset the cost goes with each of those categories. Just one more thing to think about when you’re choosing a cabinet for your home.

Should I Build a New Home or Remodel My Current Home?

Remodel or move?

This is a question we hear a lot. With so many great neighborhoods to choose from in Cincinnati, the question can be a bit of a gray area, rather than black and white.

For most people, money will play a dominant role in the decision. Even in the world of seemingly black and white, dollars and cents, the question tends to be a little tricky. Let’s look at some of the factors.

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You should strongly consider remodeling your Cincinnati home when:

  • You love your neighborhood/neighbors.
  • Moving would mean a change in schools for your children.
  • You like your current home with some exceptions.
  • You have an emotional attachment to your home and have the money to make the changes.
  • You would rather invest money in your home than in closing costs and moving costs.
  • Property values in your neighborhood are rising.
  • Your home is not at the peak value for the neighborhood.

You Should Consider Building a New Home When:

  • Lots or existing homes are available in an area or neighborhood you really like at a reasonable cost.
  • The cost of remodeling your existing home will far outpace its resale value.
  • You want to live in a home that has a special view or unique amenities that cannot be added to your existing home.

So, how do you evaluate your situation? Do a little homework regarding the trends in your neighborhood by looking at the values of the housing around you. On one hand, if your house is already priced at the top of the market, you may not be able to recoup the cost of extensive remodeling. On the other hand, if your home is valued lower than those around you, you may experience a great increase in appreciation through well-planned remodeling.

Building a new home also requires a lot of homework. Ask yourself what your family's needs are with respect to space, location, lifestyle, hobbies and commutes. What kind of community appeals to you? What are the trends in the neighborhoods you would consider building in and, how much will it cost to build and relocate to a new home? Don't forget to figure in the costs not directly related to the construction of your new home such as closing costs, property taxes and moving expenses.

Remodeling and building are both viable options and each has its advantages. There is no substitute for good research when it comes to assessing the trends and history of home values in your neighborhood. You should consult with a professional realtor before making your final decision, and Bauscher Construction can also provide you with a free evaluation of the potential costs of either option.

7 Steps to Make Your Hardwood Floor Last a Lifetime

Unlike many of the flooring choices on the market, hardwood floors are a long-term investment for your home, and if cared for properly, they will last a lifetime. Thanks to advancements in flooring and finish types, maintaining your hardwood floors is easier than ever, but it’s important to realize they are not impervious to spills, grit, and water.

Preventing Damage:

If you protect your floors from damages like scratches and moisture, you’ve won half the battle. Here are just a few easy things you can do to protect your hardwood investment:

1.     Install floor protector pads on the bottom of all furniture legs

Install floor protector pads on the bottom of all furniture legs before they are placed on the wood floors.

2.     Place rugs at all entrances.

Rugs trap grit and moisture before they have a chance to damage your floors. If your floors are new, and were finished on site, be sure not to put down any rugs for at least 21 days after the finish was applied. Site applied finishes need time to cure properly before they are covered by rugs.

3.     Shake out and thoroughly clean and dry rugs when they get wet.

This will be most important during wet weather or in the winter when snow and ice come in with us from outside.

4.     Be cautious with the use of non-skid pads under your rugs.

Some of these can imprint their pattern on the finish of your wood floor.

5.     Trim your pet’s nails regularly.

Our furry friends can do a lot of damage to hardwood.

6.     Wipe up any spills immediately.

Wipe up any spills immediately so they don’t have a chance to get between boards and under the floor.

7.     Use pans under potted house plants

Use pans under potted house plants and be careful not to spill water that can be trapped under the plant.  

 

Regular Cleaning:

Sweeping, vacuuming, and/or dust mopping your floors regularly will keep grit and dirt from accumulating and being tracked over the floor, where it can cause scratches. Be sure to only use a vacuum that has a setting for wood floors.

If your floors came with a factory finish, consult the manufacturer’s recommendations for the proper cleaning products to use. Not all finishes are the same, even though your neighbor gets good results with one cleaning product, it may not be the right one for your floor.

Step away from the oil soap! Grandma may swear by it, but most warranties from finish manufacturers are voided by the use of oil soap cleaners. If you don’t know the exact finish you have on your floors, consult a local wood flooring professional to purchase a quality cleaning solution.

Beyond being a beautiful addition to your home, wood floors enhance your resale value. Following these guidelines will help you protect your investment, and enjoy the beauty of your wood floors for many years to come.

Have more questions about flooring, or ready to get started with your remodeling project? Give us a call today.