Three Things That Make KRB Kitchen and Bath Design Center Different

If you are looking for a new kitchen or bath, there are lots of options for where you can go and who you can do business with.  However, if what you are really looking for is an experienced contractor specializing in kitchens and baths to work with you, we hope you will consider KRB Kitchens and Baths. KRB will help you design your project, help you make confident kitchen and bath product selections, prepare your project for construction, and then complete it on time and on budget.  At KRB we think the experience you have during the planning and the construction of your project can be just as important, if not more important, than the finished product itself. Here are three ways KRB is different than most other contractors offering kitchen makeovers and custom bathroom renovations. Continue reading

Will KRB Be a Good Fit For You as well as For Your Remodeling Project?

Most of the clients we work with lead very busy lives. KRB Kitchen and Bath has found it helpful to proactively share how we do business with those considering whether to work with us. You might assume that KRB does business in a similar way as other kitchen and bathroom contractors you have spoken to or may have worked with in the past.  That mostly likely is not the case.   In order to serve our clients in the best way possible, and stand out as the best kitchen and bath design center in the Seacoast Area to work with, we purposely do things differently. 

We understand that our way of doing business may not be for everyone.  With that in mind, and in respect of your time, this article highlights a few of the ways we are different.  We hope you see value in our differences. However, even if you decide we are not the right remodeler for you and your project, we hope this article saves you time in your pursuit of a professional and friendly bath and kitchen remodeling contractor to partner with. Continue reading

Basement Remodel: Return on Investment

Basement remodeling offers a high return on your investment — 69% — and it adds valuable living space without increasing the footprint of your home.

An opened-up staircase such as this one provides a seamless transition from the finished basement to the upstairs living areas. The cut-out ceiling adds an extra architectural touch. Image:

If you want to increase the size of your home, the answer lies right beneath your feet. Remodeling basement space is a good way to gain living area without building an addition, and it’s a good investment.

Remodeling your basement into living area typically costs $36,000 and returns 69% of the original cost, according to according to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Continue reading

Garage Addition: Top Features

The smartest features to build into your garage addition are plenty of simple storage solutions, a basic work surface, and room to move around.

If you want to build a garage addition that won’t break the bank, don’t go overboard on creating a showcase car barn. With a little planning, you can add smart, useful details that maximize the benefit you’ll get from a basic garage addition without adding too much to the price tag. Here are some great ideas for low-cost garages:

Layout and Design

Roof: Most garage roofs are held up by standard trusses. They’re economical — about $88 each in a length that spans a two-car garage — but their design blocks the storage space you’d otherwise have in the attic. For just $25 more per truss, a total upgrade of about $350, you can switch to storage trusses, which are open in the middle. Or, for an upgrade of about $1,000, you can get attic trusses, which allow for a boxed-in upstairs that’s easy to outfit with shelves or even use as a bonus room.  Continue reading

Choosing Windows for a Sunroom Addition

Do you want casements or double-hung windows? Wood or wood-clad windows? Simulated divided lights or snap-in grilles? Here’s how to pick windows for your sunroom addition.

Awning windows hinge at the top, so they act like rain shields when open. Image: Florian Solar Products

Windows make a sunroom. When planning sunroom additions, you’ll need 20 or more windows, so the style, material, and price point you choose will have a huge effect on the project. There are hundreds of window options to choose from, and the selection process becomes far easier if you think about a few big-picture questions before you head to the showroom. Continue reading

Master Suite Addition: Top Features

A master suite addition is limited only by your imagination and pocketbook. Here’s a look at master suite must-haves.

Options for a master suite addition are limitless. Your budget, not so much. Indulge yourself, express yourself, but control yourself, too. Here is your guide to the master suite features that matter most.

Master Suite Basics

With midrange finishes, such as ceramic tile and solid-surface countertops in the bathroom, a master suite has a national median cost of $112,500 ($280 per square foot) and you’ll recover about 53% of that at resale, according to the “2015 Remodeling Impact Report” from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®. Continue reading

Granny Flat or In-Law Suite? Which is More Prudent?

If you need to house aging parents or adult children, or if your family is multi-generational, what’s better — an in-law suite or a little granny cottage in the back yard? Either one give us a call today and let us design build for you.

Our data says you’ll spend less remodeling the basement or adding an in-law suite to your attic. But a USA Today feature suggests you consider building a small house or cottage in the back yard.

For instance, the article notes that in Vancouver, detached cottages or “laneway houses” have become popular: “[Architect James Tuer] … designed several, including one that cost $200,000 and rents for about $1,600 monthly. He says the owners have aging parents who may live there, or they may use it themselves at some point and rent out their main house.” Continue reading

10 Home Maintenance Tips for Spring

“Don’t take my word for it” is a well used term around here at the Kevin Roy Building Company. That being said we thought we would post a story by a certified home inspector sharing 10 home-maintenance tips for spring. The best time to add onto your home is in spring so you will be ready for the summer entertaining season and now is the time to talk with us. We handle all aspects as the process as a design build company. Give us a call today and let us show you what we can do for you.

By: Dwight Barnett

After a long, dark winter, spring’s bright sun and warm winds are, well, a breath of fresh air. The only downside? All that sunshine spotlights your leaf-filled gutters, cracked sidewalks and the dead plants in last year’s flower beds. Dwight Barnett, a certified master inspector with the American Society of Home Inspectors, shared this checklist to help you target the areas that need maintenance so you can get your chores done quickly, leaving you time to go outside and play in the sunshine. Continue reading

Top Home Improvements for Spring

Here are some great ideas to get your home in order for spring. Visit our website and view some of the additions we have design built for our clients and let’s see if we can help you.

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Knowing what season-appropriate changes to make to your home is often hard to pinpoint. Here’s a list of seven top home improvements, repairs, additions and adjustments to make to your home to get the most out of it, and out of spring! Continue reading

Simple Ideas for a Spring Kitchen Renovation

Spring is a time for reorganization and long overdue projects that you have been thinking about all winter.  Spring brings new life and can bring the same into your tired kitchen. Renovating your kitchen doesn’t have to be a huge process. Small or concentrated updates can bring a new feel and functionality to your kitchen without long renovations or large budgets. Use these tips to make your spring kitchen renovation a success!

Update Your Kitchen Cabinetry with New Countertops

Are your kitchen cabinets in good shape, but your counter tops have seen better days? Update your kitchen countertops to higher quality and tough products.  Countertops have improved in durability over the years and come in many styles and types that are at an affordable cost. Simply measure your kitchen and visit with us to find the perfect countertops for you!

Tackle Spring Cleaning and Organization Head-On

Take back the shelves in your kitchen by installing better cabinet storage! Organize your spices, appliances, cleaning products, pots and pans by creating structured storage spaces using a wide variety of products. This will cut down on the digging you have to do to find the right pan or spice deep in your kitchen cabinets. Keep your trash out of sight by using a pullout cabinet system to keep the smells and trash hidden.

Bring Modern Style to Your Sink and Accessories

Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to be about giant projects. Little changes in your kitchen can help update the look and feel. If your kitchen faucet looks like it is from another decade, installing a new one can bring a modern feel to your sink without a large cost. Want to add a spraying nozzle, but don’t have a spare hole on the sink? Get a faucet with the pull out spray attached and make your sink more user-friendly!

With your new faucet, follow through with a few updates on your cabinets. Changing your knobs and handles can update cabinets with little detailing to the 21st century just by choosing a newer-age style. This spring update takes very little effort but can make a world of difference in how others view your kitchen.

Combining some of these ideas into your spring renovation can make your kitchen functional and breathe new life into an outdated space. Still need inspiration? Kevin Roy Builders is waiting and willing to help you update your kitchen within your budget!