Monthly Archives: July 2015

Recent Project: Spa Retreat Master Bath Remodel

Picture1 (871x1024)Customer’s Needs:  This customer came to us from a referral and, having waited a year and a half to begin the remodel, was well prepared with several magazine pictures detailing everything they desired.  Their goal was to have a well-lit, spa-like oasis with clean lines that would resemble an ocean retreat.

With this, when it comes to delivering on expectations, we really enjoy working with customers who have a well-thought out understanding of what they want their finished product to look like, so this particular customer made things easy because they had a solid vision in mind.

In regards to a project timeline, the customer requested that we complete the work within two weeks.

Explanation:  To start things off, in order to ensure timely completion, we explained to the customer that it is best to have all of the materials selected and delivered to the job site prior to beginning the actual remodeling process.  Pleased with this approach, as well as our final estimate, the customer chose to move forward with our company.

Process:  To start, we had the customer meet with our vendors in person, where we had them select the granite for their countertops, as well as the specific color for their cabinets.  Since they were looking for a certain hue to accent their marble, we had the cabinets custom made and made sure their plumbing and light fixtures were delivered to the home.

For their tile and tile accents, the customer felt that going to the tile store might be a bit overwhelming due to the abundance of choices available, so we selected three choices for them.

Picture2Conclusion:  In the end, the project went very smoothly and the customer was extremely pleased with both the schedule and budget, as well as the overall quality of the finished product.  The bathroom turned out beautiful.

Having already referred us to their friends and posting a positive review on Angie’s List, we took the liberty of pressure washing their driveway and walkway in an effort to thank them for their kindness.  To the customer’s merit, they were able to make quick decisions throughout the duration of the assignment, which truly lent itself to the success of the overall project.

If you’re thinking about redoing your master bath or have other remodeling needs, please feel free to contact me.  I’d love to help turn your home into something wonderful.

Mirko Attolini | CRES Builders Corp. | www.CRESBuilders.com | 770-983-4698

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Selecting the Right Color Granite Countertop

Unlike selecting the right paint color, which can be changed with relative ease, settling upon the most suitable granite countertop can be an extremely personal—and generally long-lasting—decision which may cause some homeowners a bit of undue stress.

While serious thought certainly needs to be paid to what you like, as well as what works best in the space, it doesn’t have to be something that you lose sleep over.  Plain and simple, choosing the right color often starts with having a general understanding of not only what you want your space to look like, but how you want it to feel like as well.

For example, if you’re going for a vibe that’s a bit more modern and elegant, opt for a darker color which can be paired with lighter cabinets.  This is also a good choice if you’re dealing with a room that features large windows that can provide a steady supply of natural light.  In rooms that are already somewhat dim to begin with, dark countertops may make things feel a bit too heavy; however, if everything else in the room has a light feeling, a deeper-colored counter will not only add a clean line to break up the room, but will also add some depth as well.

On the other hand, lighter countertops work particularly well if you have light-colored tiles on the floor, as they can produce a very welcoming, somewhat rustic feel.  If you’re going for a summery or beach-like vibe, this should definitely be a consideration as a cream or light-brown granite will bring an open feel into the room.

With this, pay attention to what types of lighting fixtures or hardware will also be in the space since you’ll want to make sure the design has a smooth flow.  If your hardware or lighting is extremely loud or unique, you might want to think about selecting a more neutral granite color to create some semblance of balance in the room.

Still, it’s important to note that granite countertops are similar to an expansive centerpiece, in that they’re not meant to blend into their surroundings.  Yes, you’ll want to make sure that the color fits with the general style of the room; however, don’t be afraid to select something that speaks to you and makes the space feel alive.

If you’d like to learn more about how to select the right granite color or you’d like to be referred to one of our vendors for further assistance, please feel free to contact me.  I’d love to be of service.

Mirko Attolini | CRES Builders Corp. | www.CRESBuilders.com | 770-983-4698