The only element that rivals a new kitchen island in a kitchen remodel concept is new cabinets. So says a host of interior designers, builders and hardware manufacturers in a survey of trends for 2017.
The No. 1 reason for considering a remodeling plan is very basic: “More space!” And, with today’s open concept design a kitchen island not only provides new kitchen work space, it can provide a transition from cooking to living area. An island incorporated into the plan may provide preparation and clean-up room, a general purpose area and seating. Knowing the kitchen will be a center of attention when guests gather, the island works as a focal point. Continue reading
A few minutes spent on sump pump troubleshooting can save hours of grief when the annual rains and spring thaw comes to Waukesha WI. Reliable sump pumps protect your belongings from basement water damage.
An American Society of Home Inspectors study showed more than 60% of American homes suffer from some kind of water damage, accounting for more than $9 billion dollars in restoration bills. The cost of a failed sump pump can be anywhere from $500 to $10,000 depending upon how long the water is allowed to accumulate and how finished the surrounding basement is.
Periodic sump pump troubleshooting can save furniture, carpets, paneling, tools and appliances. And the cost goes up if you include in the basement water damage the mold and mildew that almost always adds to the mess. Continue reading
Changing your kitchen cabinets can create an entirely new feel for your kitchen and home.
And, the exciting thing is, doing any size kitchen remodel is a lot of fun. Below are just a few kitchen design ideas to consider when you decide to change your kitchen.
- Create a “new construction” look – every detail up-to-date
- Design a new foot print for the room
- Add new kitchen cabinets to meet new requirements
- Include new amenities with cabinet and counter updates
- Make all work and storage areas more universally accessible
- Add contemporary hardware to your kitchen remodel
To conserve water and save on utility bills, using plumbing strategies is one of the best ways to go.
Of course, homeowner actions do contribute to reducing water usage. Fewer baths, short showers, using less cycles with your dishwasher and other adjusted activities help lower water usage.
In addition to the behaviors above, your plumbing can help you trim even more water usage. Using a professional plumber in Waukesha WI, such as Schoenwalder Plumbing, there are water saving strategies that can help save some money with utilities.
You’ve researched your new bathroom remodel project.
You have talked to a number of potential bath remodel contractors. Each, from your perspective, can do the job.
There is even one remodeling contractor who has impressed you with his bath remodel knowledge and you feel you can trust him.
However, even with all of the parts aligning, you ask –
- Can the project be done cheaper?
- Am I paying more than I should?
When you design your bathroom remodel, chances are you are looking forward to creating a comfortable and accessible space for everyone in your family. However, during a bathroom remodel, many changes looking like a good idea on paper can actually make the room less desirable when the project is complete.
Reviewing your bathroom design multiple times before demolition is significant because not only do you want certain amenities added in your bathroom remodel, but you also want to avoid mistakes you’ll hate having to live with. A very common challenge is how the toilet is placed in your bathroom design. In larger floor-plans a private area is a definite option. With smaller bathrooms, other ideas are available to help the aesthetics of your bathroom. Below are a few ideas.
A water pitcher with a water filter capability to remove particles from drinking water is one of the best water treatment plans for many homeowners. However, the rest of the water in your home is still unfiltered. The same contaminants you wanted to remove from your drinking water may also be prevalent in dishwashers, washing machines, showers, and even the water used when brushing your teeth. Most people feel their family deserves clean water from every faucet used.
A point-of-entry water filter can be installed in your home protecting all of the water your family comes in contact with. This is the one method ensuring your entire water supply is safe. After all, there is no possible way to know what your kids are doing every minute of the day or where they might be getting their next drink from. On hot summer days is it possible hot kids playing outside would drink from a hose in your yard rather than going inside to a sink with a filter?
Garbage disposals are usually used multiple times each day in most Waukesha WI homes. While years ago this was not the case, today most people cannot imagine cleaning up after a meal without a disposal. More than ever, disposals are standard equipment in a modern kitchen.
Since disposals are used so widely, you would think people would be very aware of how to care and maintain them. In fact, the information passed from homeowner to homeowner is often based on fiction, not fact. Some of the fiction are myths and much of the fiction comes from misinformation published on the internet. At Schoenwalder Plumbing we want to correct some of these misunderstandings and provide some simple tips to help you to care for your disposal correctly. Our primary goal is to help our customers keep their disposals functioning at top efficiency. Continue reading
Finally getting your kitchen remodel done is exciting. Your kitchen remodel can also be VERY stressful, too.
Your new look kitchen will be done soon but there are a few hurdles you have yet to clear. The biggest challenge is the room you use for meal preparation will be unusable for an extended period of time. The truth is cooking is tough to do when stoves and ovens are removed and sinks are unhooked and prep areas are covered or torn out.
A typical kitchen remodel can take from four to eight weeks. And, assuming living away from your home during all or part of your kitchen remodeling is not a reasonable option, below are a few ideas to help minimize the stress of your remodel. Continue reading
A bathroom remodel is one of the most basic adjustments to make when preparing a home for aging homeowners.
As more seniors choose to remain living in their homes instead of an assisted living facility or nursing home, more accessibility is a primary need. For many, a bathroom remodel such as this helps people maintain their independence and dignity.
Changes allowing freedom of movement without the risk of slips and falls is paramount. To achieve this goal, options such as walk-in bathtubs or showers, grab bars, specific use lighting and more should be part of the bathroom remodel plan.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says about 235,000 annually people seek medical attention for bathroom-related injuries. The result is safety should be the most important quality when developing an accessible bathroom remodel. Continue reading
Water heater installation can be a tough job for the average homeowner. While it’s nice to save a few bucks on the installation, as well as learn a few things, cutting corners can cause long term problems.
If water heater installation is done properly, maximum efficiency and proper operation is the end result. Below are some good reasons to let the pros do your installation.
With Water Heaters Size Can Matter
In choosing correct water heaters, a flow rate calculation should be done as well as the temperature rise you will need in your home. Also, identifying the peak hour demand by accounting for the number of people in the home and their usage patterns can influence the water heater you choose. Continue reading
Sewer line repair problems can be very significant for homeowners. Plumbing problems in general can range from disruptive to disastrous. A sewer line repair, if needed, can help you avoid a disaster or it may be in response to a disaster.
The challenge of sewer line repair is often times you cannot plan for a timely repair. Sometimes things just break and you are left to clean up the mess. However, there are times you can avoid a disaster.
Identifying When Your May Need Sewer Line Repair In Waukesha WI
To help predict when sewer line repair might be needed, keep an eye on the following situations. They are often early warnings of developing sewer line problems. Continue reading
Your plumbing works hard for you every day. And, if you are like most people, you probably take it for granted. And, that means you have reliable plumbing. Think about it, every time you use a sink or a shower or dishwasher, your plumbing performs in Waukesha WI. There is almost never a malfunction that will ruin your day. And that is a good thing!
However, plumbing and all of its connections are no different than other mechanical things. Over time, with use, there will be wear. Usually it shows itself in the form of a slower draining drain. At Schoenwalder Plumbing in Waukesha WI, we understand the frustration of slow drains and other breakdowns – they can ruin your day. So to help avoid a bad day, below are some ideas to help your Waukesha WI plumbing work well. Continue reading
An average of 250,000 families across America suffer from damage caused by water pipes freezing and breaking
according to State Farm Fire and Casualty Company. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, payments by all insurance companies in the past decade for those kinds of losses have exceeded $4 billion.
That is a huge expense and a lot of property damage done because of no or improper winterizing.
So, if you are a cabin owner or will have a vacant property this winter (those of you heading south for the winter know who you are), making sure your plumbing is properly winterized is important, to say the least. At Schoenwalder Plumbing we want to be sure your plumbing is prepared to endure frigid Waukesha WI temperatures. Continue reading
Hard water deposits on bathroom fixtures such as showers, faucet heads and bathtubs are ugly to look at and can cause problems in plumbing. No one likes hard crusty formations from hard water.
Soluble minerals in water are responsible for the crusty formations. Most water treatment plants run by cities remove the majority of minerals from water. Unfortunately, they do not remove all of the minerals from water. Because of that, all of the water fixtures in your home will likely get deposits over time. And, fixtures exposed to the highest amount of use, such as bathroom fixtures, can be ruined. Additionally, over time, even the rest of your plumbing is at risk and can eventually grow into a general plumbing problem. Continue reading
When considering a bathroom remodel, it’s reasonable to think in terms of what return you might have when you sell your home. After all, homes are often the largest asset many of us own.
The value of most bathroom remodeling projects have both subjective and objective measures. And, depending on the homeowner’s perspective, the appropriate measurement of the value of a remodel can vary greatly. Continue reading
Kitchen flooring has a huge impact on the look and feel of every kitchen design. No matter what kitchen flooring you choose- wood planks, ceramic tiles, vinyl, linoleum, or laminate- you will be making a statement.
The good news is contemporary kitchen designs benefit greatly from materials improvements from new technologies. Faux finishes are more realistic than ever before in terms of colors, textures and durability.
Kitchen Flooring – Durable For Heavy Use
A bathroom renovation requires a sizable investment. We sometimes hear a project will ‘cost too much’ and the plans of a homeowner are reconsidered. We understand the process.
The question a homeowner should ask at this point is to what am I comparing the cost of a bathroom renovation project?
Bathroom Renovation Quote Insights
In reviewing a bathroom renovation quote, there are many things to consider. The first is your frame of reference. Do not limit your bathroom renovation options. Ask yourself the following questions – Continue reading
Kitchen renovations can take many forms in Waukesha WI.
Kitchen renovations can be complete remodeling projects where walls, cabinets, floors and windows are all fair game. Or, kitchen renovations can be as modest as updating countertops, new sinks and cabinet hardware.
With the economy slowly recovering over the past six years, the modest updates have given way to the more expansive, complete kitchen renovations in Waukesha WI. One thing all renovations and updates can use are new countertops using natural stone or granite. More affordable than ever, granite comes in a huge variety of colors and provides an elegant accent to the most moderate of projects and the most ambitious kitchen design. Continue reading
Bathroom design ideas are only useful before your bathroom remodel. Afterwards, they are little use.
The bathroom design ideas and questions in this article are designed to create a list of ‘what ifs” to help you consider as many possibilities before a bathroom remodel project starts.
At Schoenwalder Plumbing, we pride ourselves on delivering a bathroom remodel to our customers that meets, and if we plan well, exceeds their expectations.
Not only do we want to be sure new and upgraded amenities are included in your list of bathroom design ideas, we want to be sure all structural options are explored as well.
A water heater is built to last a number of years ranging from ten to more than twenty years. However, regardless of how well they are cared for, they will fail at some point do to normal wear and tear. When that time comes, replacement is inevitable.
For convenience and planning sake, it is good to know when your water heater is failing so you can identify the process in the beginning to avoid being without hot water. Without planning, it is possible to be caught off guard and be stuck without hot water for multiple days. Below are signals a new water heater should be installed. Continue reading
Bathroom remodeling is often the first project homeowners consider to meet the evolving needs of their family.
Every family goes through changes. Usage patterns are distinct for young families, families with older children and empty nesters. The same is true for every room in your home.
Sometimes, a new home is an answer for evolving needs. This is especially true when relocating is right for your family, whether it is driven by a new school district or location next to the golf course you will use daily in retirement.
With bathroom remodeling projects we are involved in, however, families have decided to adjust their bathroom design to fit their needs. Their bath remodel starts with a wish list of what their new bathroom design should include. Continue reading
Sump pump maintenance is not exciting. But, when you consider functioning properly sump pumps can save you thousands of dollars in water damage, excitement is not the issue. Protecting your home is the issue.
How you ask? Water can cause harm to nearly every material and can reach it easily once in your home. Imagine, if your sump pump failed, what water can do to furniture, rugs, carpets paneling and appliances. And that is just the first stage. What if you do not find your water problem right away? Mold and mildew usually follow causing a mess and can sometimes lead to health issues. Sump pumps are wonderful when they work, disaster if they don’t. Continue reading
Kitchen remodel projects and kitchen design in new homes show very specific trends in 2015. According to a recent survey entitled “The New Home 2015”, done by the National Association of Home Builders, there are certain consumer preferences for new homes and remodeling emerging in 2015 and are expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Some of the most relevant preferences include:
• A double sink, recessed lighting, and table space for eating are very likely in a kitchen remodel
• New single-family home will be smaller and have more green features
• Living rooms will either disappear or merge with other spaces
• Great Rooms are the likeliest rooms to be included in new homes
• Low-e windows are the likeliest green features
A kitchen remodel, or an average new home of 2015, is likely to feature a double sink, recessed lighting, table space for eating, a breakfast bar and pull-out drawers according to homeowners. Continue reading