Planning Your Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodeling Cleveland
It’s often said a kitchen can make or break selling your home.  And consider the time you spend in the room. It’s important to have a functional and comfortable area that fits your taste.  Looking to use some of that tax refund to invest in a kitchen remodel? Or looking to spice up your home with an exciting, new kitchen? JM Design, a home remodeling contractor in Cleveland, provides the below guidance and tips on how to handle a kitchen remodel ensuring satisfaction at the end of the project.

But first, the most common question: How long does it take? Of course, it varies.  JM Design budgets at least two months from concept to execution on any kitchen design.  You’ve likely been thinking about your kitchen remodel for some time before you pull the trigger.  That’s fine. No one should feel rushed during this big decision.  And that goes for the construction as well.  The craftsmanship and quality of work should match that time investment.

First and foremost, you should do some research on contractors to work with.  You need to find someone with experience who has completed a variety of remodels in your area and price range.

Once you select a contractor, there will typically be a lead time before they can start work.  We at JM Design will work quickly to get your remodel scheduled and started.  And we will look for creative ways to allow you to stay in your home safely during the remodel. The lead time to begin actual construction can run as much as three to four weeks from when a contract is started.

Once you have landed on a contractor, it’s important to define the scope of the project in the pre-planning phase.  Start with the items that you know you must have. Controlling costs is important when working with a fixed budget and knowing what is central to your remodel is critical.  What are the things that you will most enjoy? Differentiate those items that are necessities versus those that are less important. Costs can fluctuate and your remodel can start to get out of control. Don’t let that happen – stay in control and stick to a fixed plan.

A typical budget for a remodel is in the 10 – 30 % value of your total home’s value. While it is a significant investment, homeowners typically get back a fair percentage of their investment while selling the home.

Now that the timing and finances are out of the way, let’s get into the specifics of the remodel.   There are three major steps in the kitchen remodeling process:  planning, ordering and construction.

Planning is critical.  Clients should take as much time as they need to ensure satisfaction.  Even though customers often plan before they sign with a contractor, once the costs and nuances are understood, things become real.  It is very important to work with your team to see a variety of design and production options. This will allow cost/value analysis which will help you focus on the items that deliver the best return. Making the right decisions up front and taking your time to ensure it’s the right choice can prevent more costly changes or shifts after the remodel starts.

Once you start the selection process, prioritize some decisions over others.  Cabinets are usually the item that requires the longest lead time so JM recommends finalizing and ordering the cabinets first. Certain tile and stone products can require long lead times for ordering as well.  For homeowners looking for granite, visit a location where slabs are displayed so you can see the intricacies of the color and find the best fit. Specialty backsplash can also take long lead times.

Once you’ve done the planning and ordered the products, the construction phase can start!

The demolition is the beginning of your kitchen remodel.  The real work finally can begin and contractors will pull up old floor, remove appliances and remove old fixtures.  The demolition will introduce some constraints on the homeowner.

Given you won’t have an operational kitchen for a period of time, it’s wise to establish a temporary kitchen.  If you can, set up refrigeration in a different room.  It can be as simple as a dorm room refrigerator. You will also need to pack up your kitchen.  Similar to what you would do in a move, every item needs to be packed.  Think of it as de cluttering as you will find out what you really need to keep!

As each of the items you ordered come in, make sure and inspect to make sure they are in good condition and they are as they appeared when you ordered them. The cadence of installation usually starts with the flooring and finishes with the appliances.

It’s important to stay connected with the project as it develops making sure that the installations are to your expected specifications.

There is a significant amount of work put into a kitchen remodel.  Not just for the contractor but for the homeowner.  While the process can be arduous and challenging, JM Design will make the process go as smoothly as possible.  And in the end, your new kitchen will deliver a level of enjoyment you couldn’t have imagined.

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How Messy Will My Home Remodeling Project Be?

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Whatever the magnitude of your home remodeling project is, one of the unfortunate byproducts is a mess.  The mess can be short-lived and a temporary hassle or it can linger for much longer than you want.  Dust and debris are guaranteed with many home improvement projects.  There will be a mess; there is no way around it.  But there are some practical steps homeowners can take to limit the mess and lead to a better remodeling experience.

First and foremost, you must vet your contractor.  Get references from other homeowners who used their services and follow up with the references to see how clean the contractor is.  Additionally, ask the contractor up front what they do to ensure a clean job.  Make sure the contractor agrees to sweep and leave the job site orderly at the end of the day with a regular cadence of debris pickup.  Ensuring a contractor is clean can get lost in the excitement of the improvement project but a few questions and requests can help mitigate the mess.

In addition to working with the contractor to ensure a clean remodel job, homeowners can take a few key proactive steps to limit the mess.

1. Get the room ready – Before the work starts on any room, remove everything from the room that you don’t want to get dirty. This includes furniture and decorations. The trick is to leave the area being renovated as clear as possible. If it’s not practical to move heavy furniture, cover it with plastic.  By covering the furniture, you protect it from debris getting into tiny areas that will be impossible to clean down the road.  The other benefit of moving the furniture out of the room is you don’t subject it to possible damage from the remodeling process.  You are already spending good money on the project; you don’t want to spend more to fix furniture!

2. Isolate the mess – In addition to clearing the room, ask your contractor to isolate the mess to the area that is being remodeled. One of the most aggravating results of a remodel project is having debris, dust, tools or other materials spread out throughout the house.  Big remodel jobs might not be able to avoid this but if a job is concentrated to one area or room, ask the contractor to put plastic sheeting over doors to other rooms.  Tarps can be huge aids as well.  Build pathways through the house for any areas that contractors will be walking.  Shoes carrying dust and dirt are a huge issue for keeping a house clean.  Tarps can prevent shoes tracking mud and dust to other areas.  Each day homeowners can pick up the tarps and remove all the dust and debris from them.  Or you can buy some cheap carpet pieces and lay them over the areas where contractors will walk.  Once the job is over, you can throw out the carpet.

3. Daily cleanup – It is imperative to vet the contractor as suggested above. But it’s not enough just to vet the company up front; you can help aid in the cleaning process yourself.  Sweep, dust and vacuum all the impacted areas and keep the environment as clean as you can with a daily clean up.  Running a vacuum over the renovated area can help protect wood floors.  Also, a simple way to help aid the contractors in the cleaning process is to provide large trash cans each day where they can throw out and contain their mess. Whatever you can do to aid in the clean-up process frees up the contractor to do the actual project.  For instance, if the contractor spends 30 minutes on clean-up each day that you can help eliminate, that time can be spent on the job.

4. Keep the area open – If weather permits, keep doors and windows open. Keeping maximum ventilation to the home will allow dust and debris to be carried outside of the home.  The messiest part of any project is usually the drywall, especially when it is being sanded.  Be sure to ask the contractor which day he will be sanding the drywall and request that while sanding they take extra precautions such as covering vents and potentially even shutting down the furnace to not spread dust throughout the house.  All of these activities will also prevent smells from traveling through the house and lingering after the project is over.

Now that you have followed the above steps to limit the mess while the project is ongoing, what happens after the project is done?  It’s possible there is still some residual mess.  There are two options to deal with this.  One, the homeowner can take matters into their own hands and do a thorough clean-up job on the renovated area.  There are also professional cleaning services for residential jobs. Companies that specialize in cleaning after a remodel can help eliminate the hassle for the homeowner and conduct a superior job.  In fact, it’s a good idea to either put the cost of the professional clean-up into your remodel budget or ask the contract to provide the service as part of the cost of the job.  Remodeling your home can be an exciting time and you can follow the above steps to not let the mess get in the way!

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INTRODUCING: Buy it Now Home Remodeling!

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Home improvement projects can be overwhelming.  Sure, there is a large financial investment needed for many remodeling projects.  But there is also a huge time commitment.

JM, your Cleveland area home design and renovation contractor, is introducing a solution that allows consumers to purchase a remodeling project with the click of a mouse.

Buy it Now Home Remodeling allows you to skip the entire pre-project process and select from several typical remodeling projects with basics guidelines of scopes of work.  This can all be done from their comfort of your home and eliminates visits, follow ups and hours of time investment.

Currently, JM is offering typical services like basement finishes, up to 1,000 square feet, for $20,000.  We are also offering kitchen and bathroom remodels and disaster restoration as part of the Buy it Now Home Remodeling service.

Many consumers are looking for a templated approach to these services and instead of spending wasted time and energy on researching a solution that already exists, the Buy it Now feature saves you time and gives you the ability to schedule a start date that works for you.

The process is simple.  The online store featured on the JM Design web site allows you to shop, select services and checkout.  Once you purchase, you are instantly put into the queue for work to begin. JM Design will immediately reach out to go over the details of the project, timeline and answer any other questions.  If the customer purchases a product online that doesn’t match the project that they are interested in, full refunds can be provided.

Lead times to start are typically around 3 weeks from the time of the online purchase.  With a few clicks, you are on your way to the most efficient remodel project you have experienced!

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JM Design Build Supports The Reconstruction of Houston

As the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey is beginning to be realized and the Houston community seeks support and relief, many organizations have stepped up to help the cause. JM Design wants to do its part to support the reconstruction of Houston and therefore we are dispatching crews to Houston as soon as it is safe to do so.

The best way to help all those affected by Harvey is to start repairing and rebuilding lives.  Brick by brick JM wants to be there.

This expansion of services will have no impact on our commitment to Northeast Ohio.  We will continue to serve the community and are available to work.

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How Much Should I Pay to Remodel My Kitchen

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The kitchen is the king of the house in any buyer’s mind. But it’s not just about resale value when renovating a kitchen as most homeowners spend considerable time in their kitchen and a new look can provide tremendous personal enjoyment.

That all sounds great but it’s a BIG project and there is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to pricing.  What should it cost?  And am I getting ripped off?  Below is a guide on how much you can expect to spend.

Kitchen remodeling projects vary greatly in price depending on the size of your home and the scope of the remodel but the majority of remodels cost between $15,000 and $50,000.

The biggest expense is traditionally the cabinets.  Quality cabinets start at $8,000 but some homeowners spend up to $20,000 on their cabinets. The cabinets are important to the look and feel of the kitchen so the price point is justified.

Next to the cabinets, countertops are the most expensive decision.  Granite is a popular choice and that typically costs $3,000 – $7,000 depending on size of the countertops and choice of specific granite.

Some homeowners also choose to replace their appliances to add to the “new” factor of the kitchen.  That typically costs $5,000 but a stainless steel appliance can do wonders for the look of a kitchen.

Now, someone has to do the work. As you consider your budget, don’t forget the labor.  The cost of that can be $6,000 – $20,000. Be prepared for extra costs if you are changing the layout or moving the sink.  These activities tend to influence the plumbing which adds cost to the project.

As you start your kitchen remodel, it’s not a bad idea to keep some contingency money in case you go over budget.  The costs add up quickly but the value to you and to your home make kitchen remodels a good consideration for any homeowner.

The experts at JM Design, Cleveland area home remodeling contractors, can help you identify the right remodel for your home and ensure a flawless execution.  Ask us how!

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Planning to remodel your kitchen? Here’s what to expect

Remodeling a kitchen can be a big undertaking.  But a worthy one considering the significant value it can add to your home.  For those thinking about starting a kitchen remodel, below are some items to consider.

1. Get ready for take out! You will be without a functional kitchen for several weeks and there is no way around it.  Good contractors will minimize “down time” of your kitchen.  Make sure your contractor removes everything in the kitchen but leaves the sink until it is absolutely necessary to remove.

2.  Selecting cabinets is key. This can get expensive.  You need to lean on your contractor for advice here.  There are so many options and the pricing can be all over the map. It’s important to look at different manufacturer lines – as opposed to just focusing on one brand – to get true command for what is out there

3.  Countertops should be scheduled immediately. Schedule your countertop template a few days before cabinet installation.  This will ensure time for the base cabinets, which are necessary for the template, to be in place for countertop installation. Without the right approach, you could be facing some serious downtime extending the time of your remodel and adding costs.  Proper planning from your contractor is imperative here.  Take granite.  Granite companies require at least a week of advance notice before template and then another up to 2 weeks for install.  JM Design Build schedules a cadence of activity to minimize downtime.

4.  Be flexible and expect the unexpected. Not everything will go perfect; changes will occur and decisions will need to be made.  The key is to work with your contractor to know your options.  JM Design provides superior customer service to minimize changes and find solutions for you no matter the issue.

JM Design, the home remodeling contractor in the Cleveland area, specializes in kitchen remodels and we are ready to work with you whatever your need.

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How to Purchase a Sliding Barn Door

Homeowners are always finding new ways to make their home stand out and recently barn doors have become a unique way to cover openings into a room… inside the house!  They give rooms a distinctive look that can make a room and have become the new “it” item to have in a home.  When looking for the best barn door choice, there are multiple approaches at varying price points.

The bulk of the expense for a rolling barn door lies in the hardware and there are a few options to consider.

  1. Hidden Track – This is similar to a pocket or sliding closet door with the track covered by some wood detail. This is the most cost-efficient option totaling $20 plus the wood cover.

Barn Door with Hidden Track

  1. A standard barn door hardware set can be purchased from any of the large home improvement retailers. This option is typically in set sizes (6’ or 8’) and doesn’t offer much design detail.  The total cost is under $200.
  1. There are custom approaches to bard doors with and providing plenty of unique styles with authentic looks. The price point is the most with costs ranging from $300 – $700

Rustica Hardware Barn Door

After selecting the hardware, finding the slab is relatively easy. Slabs can be purchased at any lumber distributor or can be built from reclaimed barn wood.

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How Technology is Changing Home Improvement Industry?

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Rapid advances in technology have ushered in a brave new world of construction and home improvement. They’ve shifted the way professionals work and how homeowners go about remodeling. Building and renovation techniques of yesterday have been rendered nearly obsolete. And with the surge in the area of online and mobile tech, businesses can operate on the fly and homeowners are able to perform a wide array of activities with a tap of the finger.

New business practices

Firstly, companies in the home improvement sector are given a chance to streamline core operations and employ practices such as telecommuting and remote work. This is a way to cut the daily costs as well as the amount of office space needed. A similar effect can be achieved by opting for collaborative workplace organizations and shared office spaces that redefine commercial real estate.

Furthermore, cloud-based information storage solutions have made data available and accessible to anyone, while communication, virtual collaboration, and video conferencing tools enable users to stay in touch with business goings-on anywhere. These trends work hand in hand with each other and their convergence has changed the game for a multitude of business organizations.

Green agenda

The tech developments in the sector are closely linked to environmental concerns. The chief goal is to reduce the immense environmental footprint of the residential landscape.  Among other things, technology has allowed us to take advantage of greener, more sustainable materials, with the widespread use of reclaimed wood being one of the most prominent trends.


What’s more, shrinking the energy consumption has been established as another major aspiration. For example, one can purchase a programmable thermostat and optimize heating and cooling patterns. Similarly, many homeowners choose to invest in water-saving features like low-flush toilets, rainwater harvesting systems, and low-flow faucets.

Smart homes

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The new home design accounts for a proliferation of mobile devices and ever greater need to be connected. Namely, in smart homes, appliances and devices communicate with each other and the owner. Modern kitchens, for instance, feature a plethora of smart appliances that streamline activities such as cooking.

Home security has also undergone a dynamic evolution with smart locks, affordable alarms, cameras, and other striking gadgets. Finally, LED lighting is not only energy-saving and sustainable, its colors and intensity can also be manipulated via smartphones. That way, homeowners exercise control over the ambiance and boost the visual appeal of the home without breaking the bank.

New rules apply

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Technology has managed to bring down the barriers between buyers and sellers, potential tenants and homeowners, ordinary people and contractors. It is clear that cloud computing, mobile devices, and social media have empowered everyone to access real-time, cost-effective information. The ongoing consolidation of property data on the web has created a favorable climate for booming digital marketplaces like Zillow.

Also, nowadays, you can utilize a mobile app to find the best home improvement contractors in your area. They can also bid to work on your projects and contact you in the same fashion. At the same time, many owners using online services, suggesting that brokers will assume the roles of advisors and that many agents will have to become more tech-savvy in order to stay competitive.

Digital resources


In fact, many brokerages are already developing mobile versions of their websites and establishing a social media presence. Some companies are even building dedicated web platforms to accommodate the wants and needs of the generation of digital natives, especially millennials. Hence, in following years, innovative and forward-thinking home improvement professionals will go to great lengths to stay in touch with customers.

Face-to-face meetings are no longer the only means of striking deals, and younger people expect communication that goes beyond telephone calls and texting. Another big trend is the popularization of DIY home improvement projects: The internet is teeming with guides, tutorials, ideas, photos, and affordable services that prompt individuals to take full control of the process.

Leaps and bounds

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Technology is a great catalyst for change in all areas of our life, and home improvement industry is no exception. Indeed, it has profoundly changed how real estate and home improvement projects are delivered to consumers and how they manage their daily lives. It is possible to reduce the carbon footprint, decrease the waste of energy, augment homes with smart appliances and endorse a sustainable, tech-focused way of living. And as technology continues to develop, it will enable associated trends to become even more popular.


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How To Best Pick Out The Right Flooring For You!

Home Remodeling & Design - How to pick flooringConsumers have choices when they decide what kind of flooring to install in their home.  In order to best diagnose the right decision for you, below is some information on the three basic floor options that you can select.

Laminate Wood Flooring

Laminate flooring is likely the cheapest flooring option.  That is due to material quality and the cheapest install cost – it connects through a click and lock system.  Laminate flooring can be used on any level of the house including the basement.  It is pet friendly, sturdy and doesn’t scratch as easily as the other options.  However, it is prone to water damage in moist areas.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is the middle of the road option in terms of price.  The design fixes a layer of pressed plywood underneath a top consisting of real wood.  This product can be placed on the first and second floors of a home with a nail-down or floating installation.  For those wanting engineered hardwood in the basement, it can be installed over concrete by a glue-down method.  Engineered hardwood floors tend to be more resilient and scratch-resistant than real wood.

Real Hardwood Flooring

The most expensive of all of the options, real hardwood floors can be installed under normal conditions on the first or second floors of a home.  Real hardwood floors can be put in basements as long as there is a wood subfloor to support.  The real treatment provides customers with the most authentic look and feel and for those who have the budget, is often the preferred route.  Real hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished to give the desired color and pattern to match the consumer’s desire.  Real hardwood is usually the longest-lasting option but they are susceptible to dings and scratching as time passes.

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What is Cooking in Kitchen Design

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They say that the kitchen is the heart of every home, and if your cooking area looks like it’s just survived a rhino stampede, your home is probably on the verge of a cardiac arrest. Jokes aside, kitchen décor is important for both your nest’s functionality and overall value, and you should tend to its design with tender, love, care and awareness of latest design trends. If you haven’t been paying attention in kitchen design class, here are the top five trendy features to add to your snug culinary haven and amp its aesthetic appeal without breaking the bank.


1. Neutral Wall Color Scheme

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This year, chic kitchen walls rock a neutral guise. Grey, beige, ivory, and white walls are a huge kitchen trend right now, but if you want to avoid a monochromatic kitchen look, you can spice up your cooking area with a few pastel touches, such as baby blue, soft peach, or gentle pink. Vivid colors should be used sparingly, as accents, so if you wish to throw in reds, greens, or yellows to liven up the atmosphere, try to sneak them in as pulls, handles, and kitchen textiles instead of applying them directly to the walls.


2. Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel kitchen appliances have sneaked into smart kitchens a while back and it looks like they’re going to stay on trend in the year to come. For a dose of stylistic contrast, swap all-white fridge, oven, and range for their counterparts in dark paint coats: along with bonus visual points, stainless steel appliances will provide higher durability and won’t easily give in to tough kitchen love you may expose them to as you’re busying away with pots and pans. To max out on the kitchen makeover in terms of functional value, opt for energy-star stainless steel appliances: that way, you’ll hack superior style and long-term utility savings by a single update.


3. Granite Goes a Long Way

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Although marble is growing popular among kitchen designers these days, granite countertops and backsplashes are still holding strong. More cost-efficient than marble and no less durable, granite is one of the natural stone types that promises best value for a homeowner’s money as it can stand the test of time without losing aesthetic appeal. Still, be sure to treat and maintain granite surfaces with due care to prevent staining and cracking. For a neat bonus, granite will go well with stainless steel kitchen tech, and it will coordinate well with most kitchen styles, such as mid-century modern, vintage, and industrial.


4. Tiles Off, Timber’s Home

Kitchen tiles are a part of history: these days, graceful cooking areas boast a timber base instead of conventional ceramics. Hardwood, laminate, and even parquet are at home in a 21st-century kitchen, and bamboo and cork flooring fit the sustainable kitchen design formula perfectly. Still, you should be very careful when choosing timber floors for the cooking area: if possible, opt for sturdy wood types such as white oak or walnut floorboards treated with an Acrylic Impregnated wear layer to minimize risk of damage through contact with liquids.


5. Smart State-of-the-Art Appliances

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Another way to add a trendy coat of sustainability to your kitchen is to replace conventional with eco-friendly appliances. Energy-saving refrigeration products and smart cookers, ovens, and ranges will reduce your home’s environmental footprint, as well as long-term electricity bills.


Kitchen Design Cleveland Eco Friendly Appliances

For bonus sustainability points, many among energy-star kitchen appliances can be recycled to curb soil pollution and greenhouse gas emission. You can take the green kitchen game a step further by outfitting the faucets with water-efficient aerators that will trim H2O waste in the heart of your home.


6. Storage Gone Hidey-Ho

Hidden storage is one more trend that’s changing the kitchen landscape these days. Pocket and sliding doors are used to camouflage kitchen appliances, and they are often painted in the same color as the walls for bonus hidey-ho points. Apart from sliding doors, concealed charging ports in the kitchen are another big hit among interior designers, as they allow self-styled chefs to keep their beloved electronics at hand and stay connected to the web crowd while preparing yummy bites.

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Is there more to a classy kitchen than meets the eye? Apparently, there is. Granite countertops, energy-star stainless steel appliances, wooden flooring, and neutral wall paint are the critical ingredients of lasting kitchen elegance nowadays. Before you start cooking, make sure your kitchen is up to the design trend challenge – and don’t forget to throw in a couple of hidden elements, just for convenience’s sake. Bon appétit!

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