Baseboard burden

Jake,

I have a living room that has two walls that are painted over plaster, and two walls that are wood paneling. I want to take up the carpet and put down laminate. Then I will need to add baseboard around the edge. Do I paint the baseboard to match the painted walls or stain it to match the paneling?

– Leta

Leta,

I think the base should all be the same color.

Floor plans from our Bathroom Design Challenge

Kansas City Homes and Gardens' blog recently posted a bog about our design challenge earlier this year and included our floor plans. For those of you who haven't seen them, we thought it would be cool to show you how the teams approached the bathroom design.

The affect of efflorescence

Debby Allmon, a certified remodeler and vice president of Schloegel Design Remodel, was recently featured in the Kansas City Star's Handy Man section.

Debby addresses a question submitted by a reader concerning a moisture issue. Here's what the reader had to say:
I have a problem with some unsightly brickwork on the front of my house.

2010’s bathroom remodel trends

CBS's MoneyWatch recently posted a really great article about kitchen and bathroom trends.

We at Schloegel Design Remodel and One Week Bath, KC have seen a huge increase in calls from people that want to talk about bathroom remodeling -- so much so that bathroom remodeling is surpassing kitchens and additions by a significant margin.

Are you inspired?

There is only one week left in the Design Sherpa “What Inspires You?” contest. Enter, and you could win $10,000, a 10-day trip to Paris while attending  Maison & Objet along with the opportunity to publish your experiences to a vast professional and consumer design audience!

We're excited to see some of the entries.

Kitchen addition

This is a kitchen room addition we are currently working on.  When completed, these homeowners will be enjoying a new kitchen with an expanded living area as part of the kitchen space. As a part of this project, we had to expand the electrical service and relocate it.

Relationship building

(Editor's note: Below is a message submitted by one of our design consultants, Donna Kirsopp.)

We have just completed our 6th remodeling project with our client, and friend, Janet Meisinger.

Janet’s master suite addition was one of the first projects I sold for SDR in 2000. Consecutive projects included a fitness room, lower level library, laundry room “Extraordinaire” privacy panels and columns for an outside deck and now a complete kitchen remodel, powder bath remodel and living room fireplace façade as well as whole house lighting and audio control.

Getting into hot water

While visiting a job site yesterday, I came across this repair job on a hot water flue. (Please note that we did not make this repair, it was done previous to our arrival on the job.) The repair is an old Folgers coffee can clamped around a furnace flue pipe.

Home Remodeling Tips

You may have already visualized your dream home remodel, now you're just ready to make your dream a reality.  Before you start your remodel, there are several key things that you should be aware of.  You don't want to start your remodel, only to find out that your project can't be completed within your desired time frame.