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The Rise in Renovation

2 Jun , 2017   Gallery

With the economy bouncing back from the 2007-2008 financial crisis, homeowners are finally becoming more comfortable dusting off their pocket books and adding value to their existing homes by renovating rather than buying new. The low inventory of real estate on the market today, combined with the desire to stay in their current neighborhood, close […]

A Fresh Face on a Functional Space

31 May , 2017   Gallery

Although compact and confined, Designer Haley Lohss saw big potential in this antiquated Carmel Kitchen. The small footprint made for a pre-existing functional layout, causing the material selection to be the main focus of the remodel. Without making too many modifications, this traditional kitchen was given a substantial rejuvenation. The two-toned ornate cabinetry was refined […]

Making a Modern Kitchen

22 May , 2017  

Originating just after World War II, modern design transformed the kitchen from a utility space into a featured room in the home. Soft color palettes, clean sleek lines, & man-made materials sparked the interest of many homeowners during this time. With the help of new technology and the advancements of the characteristics mentioned above, modern […]

Light, Bright & Refreshing Kitchen Makeover

16 May , 2017   Gallery

Chunky Bulkheads, wood-trimmed laminate countertops, brass hardware, a kitchen desk & 4”x4” ceramic backsplash tile are just a few of the many features that were eliminated to help bring this dated 1980’s kitchen into this century. The dark stained, solid oak cabinetry was replaced with a soft white tone, giving the room a refreshing update. […]

Hidden Potential – Part 5 Tying the Design Together with the Floors

1 May , 2017   Gallery

We’ve walked you through the kitchen, the bathrooms, and the lower level bars, now let’s take a look at the floors running throughout the entire house, helping to carry the color palette and design style from one room to the next. 7-1/2”W engineered oil-finished oak hardwood floors in a light natural color were installed through […]

Organize & Accessorize

25 Apr , 2017   Gallery

Whether your kitchen is large and spacious or tiny and cozy, organization is the key component in maximizing the functionality of the room. Below is a list of 10 “must-have” accessories to help create a practical workspace. 1. Roll-Outs Shelves: Consider upgrading standard adjustable shelves in base & tall pantry cabinets to roll-out shelves. Oftentimes […]

Hidden Potential – Part 4 Lower Level Entertainment Room

24 Apr , 2017   Gallery

Originally tucked in a tiny little alcove in an otherwise spacious lower level, the basement bar was updated from a meekly kitchenette, into two large bars, ideal for entertaining. In its own separate room, the wine bar is not only beautiful from floor to ceiling, but functional as well. Oversized wine “X”-shaped wine cubbies add […]

Hidden Potential – Part 3 – More Bathrooms

17 Apr , 2017   Gallery

In keeping with the contemporary style displayed throughout the home, the same dark custom cabinetry was designed in the upstairs secondary bathrooms as well. The oversized metallic hardware adds dimension and interest to the vanity, while the simple white Quartz countertops help to avoid from making the space feel busy. Rectilinear porcelain tile to mimic […]

Hidden Potential – Part 2 – Master Bathroom

11 Apr , 2017   Gallery

The same clean lines that were used in the kitchen of this make-over were carried into the master bathroom. Custom frameless floating deep-stained vanity cabinets with Frost White quartz countertops were strategically designed along an angled wall to maximize storage.  Recessed canned lights & a large medicine cabinet keep the vanity area sleek and minimalistic […]

Hidden Potential – Turning a Moroccan Mansion into a Modern Masterpiece – Part 1

6 Apr , 2017   Gallery

Moroccan Mansion

After several months of planning, designing, & executing (not to mention blood, sweat, & tears) new life was given to a run-down foreclosed Geist Estate. The ornate details, elaborate arches, & dated materials in this Moroccan styled mansion were replaced with clean sleek lines, a neutral color palette, & sophisticated design elements, making the home […]

Soothing Master Bathroom Oasis

20 Mar , 2017  

Master Bathroom Oasis

A large space with huge potential, this once out dated Indianapolis master bathroom fully embodies the common phrase “less is more.” By simplifying the layout and function of the room and updating the materials, this bathroom turned into a clean and sophisticated sanctuary. The existing “cave-like” shower and oversized roman tub were replaced with an […]

Quartz vs. Granite – Which is Better? It’s Debatable

13 Mar , 2017   Gallery

When it comes to shopping for countertops, most homeowners want to know which is better – Quartz or Granite. Unfortunately, there is not a clear-cut answer. Below is a list of considerations to help try and settle this debate. Aesthetics Being that granite is a natural material quarried from the Earth, the assortment of colors […]

Designing a Vanity

6 Mar , 2017   Gallery

Designing a Vanity

When it comes to selecting a vanity for a bathroom there are many features to consider. Style, aesthetics, storage, function, & room size can all play a big factor when designing cabinetry for any bathroom in the house.

cabinets

Cabinet Lingo 101

27 Feb , 2017   Gallery

Cabinet Lingo

With the numerous options available on today’s market, selecting finishes for any home remodeling project can be difficult. Cabinetry is no exception. Below are a few details to hopefully help narrow down those options when searching for the perfect cabinet for your home. Cabinet Construction Generally speaking, there are two different ways cabinets can be […]

Tastefully Traditional Carmel Kitchen

20 Feb , 2017   Gallery

    Sometimes when it comes to remodeling, the subtle changes can make the biggest impact in a space. This holds true for this once tired kitchen. The original layout proved to be functional, however the island was reconfigured for a better use of storage. The wall that housed the double ovens was replaced with […]

Bathrooms, cabinets, Flooring, Kitchens

Trends in Bathroom Tile Designs

13 Feb , 2017  

With tile being the most used material in a bathroom, it’s no wonder why the design of the room stems from the tile selected for the space. Here are a few tile trends seen in bathrooms being designed today. Shapes, Textures, & Patterns Homeowner’s are stepping outside the box and experimenting with shapes, textures, and […]

Carpet, Flooring, Hardwood, Tile

New Products for the New Year!

6 Feb , 2017  

Textured & Patterned Tiles

The New Year brings new innovations, design trends, flooring options, countertops styles, and much more. Below are a few of our favorite new products on display in our Carmel showroom. SLCC Flooring Our newest hard surface flooring line offers an incredible combination of selection, quality, & pricing. Focusing on beauty, durability, and sustainability, this U.S. […]

Kitchens

Simple, Symmetrical, & Sophisticated Kitchen Remodel

2 Feb , 2017  

Sophisticated Kitchen Remodel

  Between the minor structural changes and the major cosmetic updates, this once dark and dated kitchen is now bright, airy, & beautiful. The simplistic cabinet design combined with the dynamic white and gray pinwheel-tiled floors & shimmery Minera Cambria Countertops makes this white shaker kitchen anything but ordinary. By converting the existing pantry to a […]

Flooring

A Great Alternative to Hardwood Flooring

24 Jan , 2017   Gallery

Although natural in character, timeless in style, and sophisticated in class, hardwood flooring may not be suitable for every home. It dents and scratches, it requires routine maintenance and climate control, and it can oftentimes be a bit pricey. Great News! Now you can get the look and warmth of a natural hardwood flooring without […]

Define Your Style

19 Jan , 2017  

Smith Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to re-designing a space, the style is typically determined by the homeowner’s tastes and the overall feel of the home. Oftentimes, consumers become intimidated by the overwhelming number of ideas and possibilities available and have a hard time deciding on the look they are wanting in their space. We have developed an […]

The Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring

9 Jan , 2017  

The Benefits of Engineered Wood Flooring “What’s the difference between solid hardwood & engineered wood?” – The most common question our clients ask when it comes to selecting new wood floors. It’s simple, solid hardwood consists of one piece of wood, whereas engineered wood is constructed of multiple layers of fiberboard sandwiched between a hardwood […]

Light Layering in Your Kitchen

3 Jan , 2017  

Nowadays the kitchen has become the hub of the home. It’s where meals are prepared (and sometimes eaten), where friends and family tend to gather, & even where children sit and do their homework after school. Being that it has become one of the most used rooms in a home, it is important to properly […]

Modernization Transformation

13 Dec , 2016   Gallery

Sea Star Kitchen Remodel

From dated and dingy to bright and beautiful, this 20 year old lakeside kitchen was in desperate need of a major renovation. By adjusting the floor height, reconfiguring the layout, and selecting new materials, this kitchen transformed into a classy modern space.  The custom dark-stained frameless cabinetry combined with the painted white glass wall cabinets […]

Bathrooms

Luxurious Shower Updates

31 Oct , 2016  

Basil Bathroom Remodel in Carmel, IN

For many of us, our day starts in the shower. The shower is a place to get clean, but it can also be a place for rest, relaxation, and luxury. If you’re going to use your shower every day, shouldn’t it be a place you love? The latest luxurious shower updates combine function and luxury to […]

A Bright and Beautiful Kitchen Remodel

24 Oct , 2016  

Smith Kitchen Remodel

What do you want in a kitchen? We find that many of our clients want a kitchen that is spacious and beautiful, but also warm and inviting. For most families, the kitchen is the area where meals are prepared and shared. We love creating spaces that allow people to enjoy spending time together. In this […]

Flooring

Unique Luxury Flooring Options

28 Sep , 2016  

Floorte from Shaw | The Affordable Companies

You may or may not realize that The Affordable Companies is a design partner with the Indiana Design Center. Through this partnership they gave us the opportunity to guest blog and educate homeowners on unique luxury flooring options. We know you’re familiar with standard hardwoods and tile flooring, but we are stretching the imagination and […]

Two Rooms Into One: A Kitchen Transformation

20 Sep , 2016  

Radliff Kitchen Remodel

Many of the homeowners we work with want to make their homes feel larger and more open. Sometimes that means making two rooms into one. In a recent remodel, we tore down walls to create a beautiful and spacious kitchen for our client. As you can see, the kitchen and dining area in this home […]

Flooring

Milliken Area Rugs for Your High Traffic Areas

18 Aug , 2016  

Milliken Rugs | The Affordable Companies

You’ve invested in your home by having beautiful new flooring installed. You want to protect your investment, but you also don’t want to diminish its beauty. What’s the best way to protect your flooring without sacrificing style? We recommend investing in high-quality Milliken area rugs that help protect high-traffic areas from scuffing, scratches, and stains. […]

Durable Flooring Options Mix Style and Protection

15 Aug , 2016  

Shaw Floorte | The Affordable Companies

If you have pets or young children, you may feel as though investing in quality flooring is a waste of money. Because of high traffic or accident-prone family members, you may think you must sacrifice style for flooring that is easy to clean and stands up to abuse. Perhaps that was once the case, but today homeowners […]

How to Care for Granite

1 Aug , 2016  

How to Care for Granite | The Affordable Companies

Granite countertops are an extremely popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms these days and it’s easy to see why. These countertops are gorgeous but it’s important to know how to care for granite properly. How do you protect your granite countertop from staining and damage? Is it possible to keep your granite looking as beautiful […]

Easy Tool for Planning Your Kitchen Remodel: Our Cabinet Planning Guide

18 Jul , 2016  

Cabinet Planning Guide | The Affordable Companies

When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, one of the biggest things you have to consider is your cabinets. Determining the size, style, and spacing of your cabinets can seem like an overwhelming task. That’s why we’ve created the Cabinet Planning Guide to make choosing the right cabinets easier. Our Cabinet Planning Guide allows you to plan properly […]

Modern Luxury | A Multi-Room Remodel

11 Jul , 2016  

O'sullivan remodel project in Carmel Indiana

On most of our projects, we work at one room at a time for our clients. However, sometimes we get the opportunity to transform many spaces in a home at once, which is always a special treat. In this recent project, we provided cabinetry, flooring, and countertops for a design created by the incredibly talented […]

Bathroom Technology Adds Comfort & Efficiency

23 Jun , 2016  

We’ve previously shared some of our favorite kitchen automation innovations, but the kitchen isn’t the only place where technology is making an influence. New and updated technology is also changing the bathroom, making things easier and more efficient for this room we all use every day. Bathroom technologycan keep this highly used space more sanitary, help […]

Mid-Century Modern Master Bathroom

23 May , 2016  

Some homes have difficult spaces — spaces that are oddly shaped, poorly laid out, or just plain hard to use. We always love it when we get the opportunity to transform one of these difficult spaces into a beautiful and functional part of the home. This recent bathroom remodel is a great example. We were […]

Our Most Popular Houzz Posts

20 Apr , 2016  

Houzz

If you’re looking for home design inspiration, there’s no better place than Houzz. Houzz is a website that allows users to view home and landscaping projects from all over the world, and to curate their favorites. Users can also ask questions directly to those who worked on the project. It’s a great place to find […]

Amazing Kitchen Before and After

1 Apr , 2016  

White Cabinet Kitchen After

Many of the kitchen projects we work on start in the same way — with heavy, dark cabinetry that closes off the room and makes it feel dated. We had just such a challenge with a recent kitchen remodel, and we were able to successfully transform the room to a modern and spacious place to […]

Homebrewing and Wine, Too: An Introduction to Brewing Your Own Beer and Wine

14 Mar , 2016  

Craft beer has become incredibly popular over the last few years, and the Indianapolis is leading the way. But what if craft beer could become even more local…as local as your own home? Brewing your own beer (and wine!) is easier than you might think, and interest in homebrewing continues to grow. We’ll have all […]

1930s Master Bathroom Remodel: Before and After

22 Feb , 2016  

Updated Bathroom Fixtures

When you’re working with a small space it can be hard to envision a transformation. Can you really open up an area that feels cramped without tearing out walls and doing a major renovation? In a recent bathroom remodel, we were able to do just that. This home was originally built in 1939 and the […]

Wine and Canvas With The Affordable Companies

3 Feb , 2016  

WIne and Canvas

We all want our home to be a place where we enjoy spending time. Adding art to the walls is one of the easiest ways to make your house feel like home. It’s even more special when you create the art yourself! Wine and Canvas with The Affordable Companies At our Wine and Canvas event, you’ll […]

Bathrooms, Kitchens

Determining Your Remodeling Budget: Cost vs. Value

24 Jan , 2016  

remodeling budget calculator

Skip to The Remodeling Budget Calculator One of the most common topics our clients ask us about when it comes to remodeling is the budget. People want to know what they can expect to spend on a remodel and where that money is going. Understanding how much a project will cost will help determine the scope […]

The Affordable Companies at the Indianapolis Home Show

12 Jan , 2016  

One of our favorite things to do is talk with people about the updates they want to make to their homes, so we can help them find solutions. That’s why we’re so excited about being a part of this year’s Indianapolis Home Show. The Indianapolis Home Show allows local homeowners the opportunity to see all […]

Eco-Friendly Kitchen and Bath Solutions

16 Dec , 2015  

Eco-Friendly Home

Today on the blog, Mary Saur of Modernize shares some excellent information about making your home eco-friendly. Many homeowners associate eco-friendly home upgrades with a high price tag, but not all natural or green home upgrades have to cost an arm and a leg. Instead, homeowners can make small changes to their home to live […]

3 Easy Updates to Transform Your Bathroom

1 Dec , 2015  

Kaehler kitchen and bathroom remodel in Carmel Indiana

Sometimes your bathroom is dying for an update, but time or budget keeps you from taking on a full remodeling project. What can you do? Fortunately, in a small space like a bathroom, making just a few easy and affordable updates can really change the look and feel of the room. If you want a quick […]

Important Steps to Winterize Your Home

10 Nov , 2015  

Goldfarb kitchen remodel in Carmel Indiana

We’ve had unseasonably warm fall, but the harsh reality is that winter is right around the corner. Temperatures will be dropping soon, and it’s important to make sure your home is ready, so you can avoid disaster when it’s below freezing. What should you do to prepare for cold weather? Here are our tips for […]

Renovation TV Shows: Myth or Reality?

23 Oct , 2015  

Hardwood Floors

If you’re like us, you love a good renovation show on HGTV or the DIY network. It’s always fun to see a home transformed from awful to amazing in just under thirty minutes. However, sometimes what you see on television doesn’t exactly reflect reality. We’ve done hundreds of bathroom and kitchen remodels, and installed thousands […]

4 Reasons Fall is a Great Time to Remodel

7 Oct , 2015  

Murphy Remodel

Fall has officially arrived in Indiana! That means cooler weather, changing leaves, and of course, Colts football. But did you know that fall is also a great time to remodel your home? Remodeling is a great way to improve your home any time of year, but we think this fall is an especially good time […]

Everyday Elegance | Master Bathroom Transformation

24 Sep , 2015  

Hanson Vanity

The very best remodeling projects are the ones that perfectly blend beauty and convenience. A recent project we worked on is the ultimate combination of the two. We were able to give our clients the master bathroom and dressing area they always wanted, with every element they needed to make the space perfect. Here’s a […]

Quartz Versus Granite: Which is the Better Countertop?

12 Sep , 2015  

Murphy Remodel

For years, granite has been the standard when it comes to high-end countertops. Homeowners have turned to granite to add beauty to their kitchen and add value to their homes. Lately, however, quartz countertops have become more and more popular, and we’re seeing them show up in more and more kitchens. Quartz or Granite? Which […]

Kitchens | Pendant Lighting Brings Style and Illumination

19 Aug , 2015  

Pendant Light

When it comes to kitchen lighting, pendant lights are a great choice for blending function and style. Pendant lights are suspended from the ceiling, and work well over a counter top or island to provide lighting for food preparation and service. With pendant lighting, an odd number of lights is usually preferable. We recommend installing […]

How the Janka Hardness Scale Can Help You Choose Your Flooring

11 Aug , 2015  

There are seemingly endless options when it comes to hardwood flooring. Many people think that color and grain is the only thing that differentiates the various varieties of wood, but there’s more to it than that. Different types of wood have various levels of hardness, and that can be a big factor in determining whether […]

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