Should I Remodel or Move?

Remodel or Move? - That's the age-old question when it comes to fixing up or heading out. In today's post, we'll show you how to decide.

This week, The Wall Street Journal confirmed what we've been feeling as designers and remodelers for some time: people are investing in home remodeling more than they have since the real-estate bubble burst nearly a decade ago.

Historical Hyde Park Project Before

We are really excited to be starting a project in historical Hyde Park.  This wonderful duplex was built in 1921, and still posses many of the beautiful, unique qualities found in buildings built during that era.  The generous moldings, doors and trim are original.

Historical Hyde Park Renovation Safe Lead Paint Removal

We began working on the historical Hyde Park renovation a few weeks ago. Since the building was erected in 1921, we followed safe lead practices as required by the EPA which included the isolation of the entire building, removal and proper disposal of all debris.

Finger Jointed Trim

I had my doubts about finger jointed exterior trim when it became common some 20 years ago. I thought at the time that it would be troublesome. I called my millwork provider and expressed my concern. I could see the wood separating over time at the machined joints and moisture seeping in and causing the joint to fail.

Ask Jake: Working Around Load Bearing Walls

 Jake,

I want to make a large opening between my kitchen & dining room. I do not want to tear down the whole wall. Does it matter if this is a load bearing wall? I'm also worried about electrical wires. My husband is a good handyman, but do you think he should tackle this job?

-Hilda

Hilda,

Yes, it does make a big difference if the wall is a load bearing wall.

Lower Level Staircase Transformation

We recently completed a beautiful lower level remodel. Here are some before and during pictures, as well as an after picture, of how the lower level staircase entry has evolved. As you can see, a person would originally descend the staircase and walk a short hallway to the door into the basement.

Debby Allmon Addresses Painting Ceramic Tile

Recently, certified remodeler Debby Allmon was featured in the Handyman section of the Kansas City Star. In the article, Debby addresses a reader’s question on the best types of paint to use to paint ceramic tile. Take a look at the reader’s question.

SDR Outdoor Living Space Featured in KCH&G

We’re very proud that our very own, Donna Kirsopp, recently had one of her designs featured on the Kansas City Homes & Gardens website. If you missed the article, don’t worry. We have plenty of great pictures to share with you. And we’ll even share some of the commentary from the KCH&G article.

SDR Basement Remodel Featured on Schutte Lumber Co. Blog

Schloegel Design Remodel would like to thank Schutte Lumber Co. for featuring us on their blog site. In their post titled ‘Remodeling Success with Distressed Wood Beams,’ Schutte Lumber Co. featured a basement remodel that was completed by SDR. We actually featured the basement remodel here on our blog back in August in our ‘Lower Level Living’ post.

Which Comes First, The Cabinets Or The Floors?

Jake,

I'm redoing a kitchen. Should the cabinets be installed before the flooring, or should the flooring be installed under all the kitchen area?

-Jim

Jim,

When we remodel a kitchen, about the only time we install flooring before the cabinets is when we are using unfinished hardwood flooring.