Mixing the Old and New Construction Elements

 Before remodeling begins, homeowners should think of what they love about their existing construction.

Before remodeling begins, homeowners should think of what they love about their existing construction.

 Old bricks are a popular restoration item.

Old bricks are a popular restoration item.


There are times when a homeowner will want to keep existing pieces during a remodeling job. For example, they want a granite countertop installation in their kitchen or bath, but they already have a backsplash or other tile elements in place that they’d like to keep. Or maybe they love the tile enclosure for their shower but want a marble counter. 
 
The point is this: if there are construction elements in your home you want to keep, saving them during a remodeling is not only acceptable but should be encouraged by your contractor.
 
Unique look
 
Keeping some of the existing elements of your kitchen or bath when you remodel creates a unique look. The right contractor or designer can help the homeowner find elements in colors and textures that will enhance the existing elements during a remodel. Not only does the client keep the features they love, but the beauty of those features is accentuated. 
 
Best of old and new
 
The homeowner should never feel compelled to do a whole room remodel only to satisfy the tastes of a contractor or designer. Keeping existing kitchen or bath features is a sign of the times; homeowners are becoming more eclectic in their tastes, but refusing to part with the tried and true. 

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Having it all
 
BnB owner Dennis told us that he wanted kitchen improvements, but to keep the slate backsplash that was already installed when he decided to go with a granite countertop. By using honed black granite, the typically glossy stone was transformed from a mirror-like shine to a soft, eye-pleasing matte finish. The combination of the slate, granite, and tile border dovetailed together. The result, both functional and beautiful, became the focal point of the kitchen. In addition, he had enough money left to add a massive pantry closet.
 
Sustainability
 
Sometimes, a kitchen or bath has deteriorated badly, to the point where complete room remodeling is necessary and justified. However, if there are treasured elements within the room, a more logical and ecologically sustainable option is to retain those features or, if possible, remove and replace them during the construction.
 
During a renovation, going with a partial remodel and keeping some of the old features can not only make the homeowner happy but will also save some remodeling funds.  Many customers come to us with the idea of adding an island to a kitchen which matches existing elements they want to keep. By working with a contractor, the homeowner can get the renovation they’ve been so desperately wanting without a massive remodeling cost or unnecessary waste of construction elements which still offer joy.

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