From Beige to Bold: A Luxurious New Bathroom in Blue Bell, PA

Our Blue Bell clients came to us wanting to update their primary bathroom, which at the time featured a closed off shower stall and oversized tub. Since this was the family’s primary bath, we wanted to make sure it delivered plenty of opportunities to rest and relax while providing major functionality. It was important to the family that the needs of their twin daughters were kept in mind throughout the design process. To make this space special and unique, we brought in all of the bells and whistles with the latest in bathroom technology and high-end style, let’s take a look!

A Shower Built for Style

This Blue Bell home’s original shower felt more like a closet. It was confining, difficult to clean, and had limited shelf storage. The homeowners stopped using their primary shower because of all the limitations of the original design. By reconfiguring the bathroom space and shrinking down the footprint of the tub area, we were able to give the homeowners a more open feeling, spa-like shower. We swapped the old shower’s small square beige tile for large-format rich, dark gray and black marbled porcelain tiles. This instantly made the space feel much larger and more refined.

We continued that color motif on the smaller shower floor tiles, which replaced the previous space’s shower pan. To bring both fun and therapy to the area, lots of different shower heads were used, including an oversized main shower head as well as a handheld option and several built-in jets.

This is all brought together with high-tech convenience by a Moen digital shower controller which can be controlled through a mobile app featuring preset temperature control. Now the family never has to spend extra time trying to get the shower to that “just right temperature.” We’re sure that will make their mornings much more relaxing. A shower bench flows naturally into the tub area in a warm Storm Gray quartz. The shower space is completed with gorgeous glass panels that ensure the room always feels open and inviting.

Warm Woods Create a Natural

Bathroom Retreat

Wood isn’t the first material most people think of for a bathroom design. However, it can work wonders in warming up and softening the hard lines of tile and stone. In their bathroom remodel, our Blue Bell clients chose a gorgeous Pottery Barn Vanity, generously sized with a double sink that features a neutral marble top and polished nickel finishes. This vanity, with its many drawers and storage shelves is truly a centerpiece of the new bathroom, combining classic elements with modern lines and aesthetic touches.

The warm tones of the vanity were carried through to the matching mirrored bathroom cabinets. On the opposing wall, we added a rustic wooden beam shelf to pull the feeling of wood throughout the space. Here, the family can add decorative touches to personalize the room even further.

Transforming a Tub From

Oversized to Indulgent

Bigger isn’t always better, especially when it comes to bathroom tubs. The wrong tub can take up too much room and limit the functionality of the rest of the space. That is what our Blue Bell clients experienced with their out-of-date jetted bathtub. To take back some of their square footage and put it to better use, we added a spa tub, which provides all of the soaking opportunities for relaxation while using only a portion of the bathroom’s floor space. This smaller footprint allowed us to give the family the best of both worlds, a roomy and relaxing shower and the space to sit and soak peacefully.

Creative Contracting Helps Build

Better Bathrooms

We were thrilled to give our Blue Bell clients their dream bathroom and we’re sure they’re looking forward to guests experiencing the space over the holidays and through the new year. We help bring your visions for relaxation and luxury to life, with a simple, straightforward process that prioritizes your family’s comfort. Ready to soak in the experience of a fully remodeled bathroom? We’re ready to get started.

3 Signs Your Home Needs Remodeling

Remodeling a house is a big undertaking, and you need the help of a good remodeling contractor to get through the process. According to Comfy Living, a good 80% of homes in the U.S. are more than 20 years old and in need of improvement. This fact shows just how popular remodeling is. But if you take really good care of your home, you might not see that the home could use some remodeling. Here are three signs to watch for that show you are in need of home remodeling.

1. The Home Starts Needing Constant Repairs

Homes need repair. That’s just a fact of home ownership. But when the repairs become constant, it’s time to look at the structure of the house as well as things like the flooring and fixtures. Sometimes ripping out part of the home and rebuilding and remodeling are more efficient than doing constant repairs.

2. You’ve Just Gotten Rid of a Hidden Bug Infestation

Simply having a bug infestation doesn’t mean your house needs full remodeling. But if the infestation was hidden and large, such as with termites, that’s a good sign to start remodeling the home. If nothing else, you need to repair internal damage caused by the bugs and ensure entry points are sealed up. Home remodeling is a great way to accomplish this.

2. People Compliment Your “Vintage” Fixtures

Fashions and styles tend to go through cycles, coming back as vintage fashion usually a couple of decades after they were first hot. If you’ve started noticing that the fixtures in your home that were new when you bought the place are now being called names like “vintage,” it’s time to update. Obviously, if you like having time-capsule kitchens, then the vintage label might not seem so bad. But behind that older stove lies potentially older wiring that needs to be updated or gas lines that you need to convert to another power source.

Remodeling a home isn’t done overnight, so if you’ve decided to start changing up your living space, contact home remodeling companies for estimates and ideas. You can remodel room by room or all at once, but you’ll need a good contractor in either case. Contact us today at Creative Contracting in North Wales, PA to get started on your remodeling project.

Top 3 Qualities to Look for in a Bathroom Remodeler

Home remodeling, especially bathroom remodeling, seems to be on every homeowner’s radar. About 51% of homeowners report they have a home remodeling project planned for the next year, according to Angi. If you are among the 51% of homeowners with remodeling plans and your bathroom is on the list, choosing the right bathroom remodeling company is vital. Look for these three qualities in a bathroom remodeler to get the best results.

1. Track Record of Excellent Service

While historical performance can’t necessarily predict future performance, it’s a good indicator. Having a good track record is an important quality to look for in a remodeling company. A strong reputation for leaving customers satisfied is hard-won. It means that the remodeling company makes customer service a priority.

2. Experience

One of the key qualities to ensure that your bathroom remodeling project comes together effortlessly (on your part) is experience. The right, experienced remodeling company will be able to overcome any obstacles that they come across during your bathroom renovation because they will likely have come across the obstacle before. Experience is also a factor when it comes to the level of skills that the contractors bring to the table. Choosing a home remodeling company that is established and has the right experience is one of the best ways to get your project done to perfection.

3. Licensed and Insured

You should never hire any company that is not both licensed and insured. Having a business license is proof that the company has taken the steps and has the experience needed to register with the city or state. Being insured means they are able to protect themselves in the event of an accident, rather than the responsibility falling on you as the homeowner.

We all spend a lot of time in the bathroom. Why not make your bathroom a place you want to be? The right company can ensure that you get all the advantages of a newly refinished bathroom. Look for the qualities above in a home remodeling team to ensure that you are getting the best value. Call us at Creative Contracting in North Wales, PA to learn more today!

This Outdoor Living Room is Built for Relaxation and Game Day with Friends

As the chilly winds of autumn roll into our region, curling up by a toasty fire feels like the perfect way to unwind. Our Lower Gwynedd, PA client wanted to expand their outdoor entertaining space from meager to magnificent. The homeowners wanted to keep the enjoyment going for many months out of the year, from sunny spring days all the way through to the first frost. So we designed a patio and deck area that brought together all of their favorite entertaining elements in one expansive space.   

A Deck and Patio in Lower Gwynedd for All Seasons

To help our clients enjoy the beauty of the outdoors in their own backyard, we first blended a new open patio area in with a newly constructed covered deck. This provided both a place to soak in the sun on warm days and a living room space to retreat to when the temps cool down or there are spring showers. 

To begin, we built a low-maintenance flooring base using Trex decking, in a warm wood grain tone. This composite deck option will provide the homeowners with many years of maintenance-free enjoyment. There’s no painting, staining or refinishing required. Then we moved on to building the centerpiece of the outdoor space, a grand stone fireplace using natural stone in earth tones of gray, beige and brown.

Fireplaces Extend Outdoor Entertaining

This beautiful fireplace, with its minimal natural wood mantle, will give the family a lovely place to curl up and enjoy the fall season. We’re sure there will also be plenty of parties here whether it’s game day for the Eagles or watching the Phils in the postseason. There’s nothing like hearing the crackle of the fire as you gather with friends or curl up with a soft blanket and a warm mug of apple cider. 

No area was overlooked. To further enhance the feeling of warmth in this outdoor living room, we added Azek millwork to the ceiling. Here, in warm wood honey tones, the ceiling becomes a gorgeous natural-looking focal point. It’s accented by a gorgeous ceiling fan and heaters to ensure guests always enjoy optimum comfort. 

Dedicated Spaces for All the Outdoor Entertaining Needs

To provide plenty of space to entertain, the layout was designed to let everyone have room to relax. Here, the outdoor dining area is set off to the side allowing for ample living room style seating in the covered deck. Then a bump out was added to the other side of the living room to leave plenty of space for the family’s outdoor cooking appliances. 

Creative Contracting designed this remodeled deck space in coordination with the homeowner’s interior remodel that included a new kitchen design. We made certain to take into account the flow of the interior space with the new outdoor areas. Windows, access and lighting were all considered  in our detailed design-build process, highlighting excellent craftsmanship in both our interior and exterior workmanship. 

Now our clients have a breathtaking place to host neighborhood parties, relax after a long day or enjoy family TV time by the fire. Where will you be watching the Eagles play next season? Now is the perfect time to start designing the outdoor living area of your dreams, so by next fall you’ll be ready to unwind in your very own getaway space that’s conveniently located right in your own backyard. 

We loved creating this amazing outdoor space and wish our homeowners many years of fun, joyous times in their gorgeous new outdoor living room. Here’s to many years of tailgates by the fire!

Go EAGLES!

Lower Gwynedd Kitchen and Outdoor Remodel Made for Entertaining  

Our Lower Gwynedd clients wanted to give their circa-1980s kitchen a modern feel and to make it more functional and inviting. This was a fun project for us that also included opening up the eat-in area to include a picturesque bump-out that connects the space to the new outdoor living addition we constructed.

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Wainscoting 101

Kitchen Remodel wainscoting in red kitchen. Vertical panels

Reflect with us on a project we’ve done for a previous client. The high ceilings, big windows, and wainscoting work helps elevate your space to the next level!

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Three Necessities for an Attic Renovation

Attic space in progress

Is your house bursting at the seams? Do you feel like no matter what you do there just isn’t enough room for everything? Feeling like you are living on top of each other, and you just can’t take it anymore? If the answer is yes, look up to the attic!

If you have an unfinished attic, you are one step closer to having a home that works with you, not against you. Attic spaces already have the basics – a floor, walls, and roof. With a little creativity, your attic can become that playroom, extra bedroom, home office, gym, or hobby room of your dreams!

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Choosing A Vanity for your Bathroom Remodel

There are lots of styles and considerations when choosing the vanity for your bathroom remodel. Cabinetry designs have really changed in the last 30 years. One of the biggest differences is in vanity height. A standard bathroom vanity was 30″ high in the 1980’s, now the standard vanity height is 36.” The reason for the change is all about comfort. It is much easier on the back to have a bathroom sink the same height as a typical kitchen sink. Leaning over causes stress on the lower back and having a surface at work- station height makes sense in most instances. Custom vanities can be made for ADA height requirements, or if you want something lower for children. Most families are fine with a step stool for young children – they grow fast!

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Luxury Bath Remodel

Scaled floor plan of original master bath.
Before Floor Plan

This is the original Master Bath floor plan of a two-story colonial home built in the 1960’s. Notice a tiny bathroom with a single sink and a cramped corner shower. Outside of the bathroom was an awkward dressing space with two closets. The closet doors hinged into each other and much of the space was not easily accessible.

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Kitchen Remodel Ideas

There are so many options to consider when planning a kitchen remodel, that it is often overwhelming to think about beginning the process. To avoid getting mired in all of the details, it is best to use the services of an experienced kitchen remodel designer. But before you take that step, there is some research that you can do to help make the process as seamless as possible.

Creative Contracting Kitchen
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How to Make a Home Workspace That Actually Works

Home Office Remodeling Creative Contracting

More of us are working from home than ever before. Thanks to the nasty virus COVID-19, our lives have been upended in a historically dramatic fashion. As we try to do what’s best for our society and loved ones, the phrase “Stay at Home” changes every aspect of our daily lives; from work and school to isolation and limited social interaction. Fortunately, many of us continue to be productive and to engage with family and friends through the technology of our time. 

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