What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 7 (The Final Week!)

Finally, the end is here and your kitchen is almost done! You’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time now and the final touches can be trying because by now you’re ready to get back to your normal lifestyle.

Week 7 (The Final Week!)

The last week of my kitchen remodel was really trying on my mindset. All I could think about was getting the Savvy Home Supply crew out of my house (bless their hearts, though, after all the ruckus I put them through – still thinking about the countertop debacle!) and the tasks that laid ahead. In my case, Christmas was coming up! Now, looking back on it, that probably wasn’t the best planning on my part.

It was a long journey from Day 1 of my kitchen remodel until the end, but the finished results were better than I ever imagined. I also made some friends for life in the Savvy Home Supply team. One of the guys even told me, “you’re part of the Savvy family now and you call us if any problems arise!” And I knew they meant that.

6th Annual Unbridled Eve Gala

Product details include the following: Savvy 36″ furniture style vanity, model: Pasadena, including cabinet base, custom granite countertop (not the wood top with vessel bowl as shown in this picture) … Biscuit rectangle undermount sink, single handle oil-rubbed bronze faucet (donated by Louisville Winnelson), matching framed mirror.

Unbridled Eve Gala Auction

All of us at Savvy Home Supply are very excited to be donating this beautiful vanity + mirror (retail value: $2,760) to a great cause. Go to the Unbridled Eve Gala on May 5, 2017 @ 7p.m. at the Galt House Hotel and it could be yours! All proceeds from this fabulous event benefit the amazing non-profit Blessings in a Backpack.

The Unbridled Eve Gala takes place in the Grand Ballroom of the Galt House Hotel from 7:00 p.m. until 1:30 a.m. with Dance Party admittance starting at 10:00 p.m.

Experience a night of Southern elegance and hospitality during the sixth annual Unbridled Eve Gala. Black tie-optional.

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What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 6

I promise that you will survive Week 5 and that Week 6 will pull you out of your depression because progress picks back up and your kitchen starts to look like an actual, functioning kitchen, again!

Week 6

Our countertops arrived during the sixth week of our kitchen remodeling project and they brought a literal headache with them.

Be aware that the glue the Savvy Home Supply contractors use to hold the counter intact is the strongest, foulest smelling stuff around. Make sure to air out the house and stock up on Tylenol. And whatever you do, do not walk into your kitchen and lean on the countertops while the remodeling team is installing them – especially if you decided on quartz. – because this little mistake will cause the team to start the leveling process all over again! (I’m sure the guys at Savvy Home Supply were cursing me under their breath when I walked away. I really felt bad about that stupid mistake…)

Week 6 also brings the ceiling lights and (what I thought were) finishing touches started to happen. By the end of Week 6, I never wanted to eat another grilled piece of meat again and headed to Costco for microwaveable meals. Despite how bleak my diet was becoming and how grumpy my husband was with the Costco meals, I was beginning to see the light at the end of the kitchen remodeling tunnel. And I was starting to help with the process. I took a few days off of work to help with installing the kitchen back splash and it was truly an exciting few days.

First, I discussed how I wanted the backsplash to look with the remodeling team and then we started laying the tiles. I recommend laying all the tile out first. Don’t just start gluing! We had to tweak the design slightly to get it to fit the space and I’m glad we figured this out before gluing up the tiles I had a lot of fun this week. I had creative control, but the guys doing the work were the real masters at what they did. They bought into my idea and made it work even when it was unconventional and questionable in their minds. Our teamwork produced some amazing end results that I am so happy with!

I was really starting to anticipate moving back into my kitchen at the end of the week, but remember that life doesn’t stop for your remodel to be finished. Things can pop up, like, holidays, deaths, sickness and the ever dreaded waiting period while something is being made. (Remember the long, drawn out wait for the countertops!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 5

Remember when I said last week to keep the thoughts at bay about finishing early? Week 5 proved to me that the time estimate is given for a reason and you should take it with a grain of salt because remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of effort and a lot of patience.

Week 5

This is the week of no shows and the week where I really needed the vacation that I thought I needed two weeks ago! After Savvy Home Supply came in and turned my house back into a bustling work zone, suddenly, no one was showing up. The cabinets were in and everyone was waiting on the countertop to be created from a template the contractors took.

Let me tell you – this week sucked all the life out of me!

I wandered around my new kitchen looking at all sorts of things and thinking “the contractors could be doing this” while they were just waiting for the countertops to be cut! Honestly, my entire attitude about my kitchen remodel changed again and I was getting a little irritated. My husband’s critical comments about how the workers were doing their job and I needed to let them do it did not help my attitude, either. For me, this was truly the hardest week of all.

By the end of Week 5, I was feeling two things: for one, I was depressed with my unfinished, unusable, and seemingly abandoned kitchen and two, I felt like my contractor didn’t care about me or the job they were doing to my kitchen. I think it’s very important to have open communication with your contractor and remodeling team at this time – for morale and sanity!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 4

By now, you’ve survived a tedious part of the kitchen remodel process (with or without alcohol) and work is starting to pick up again as you enter Week 4!

Week 4

This was one of my favorite weeks throughout the entire kitchen remodel because the cabinets came in during Week 4! As soon as I saw all the guys from Savvy Home Supply show up to my house again, my attitude from last week started to dissipate. The cabinets went up and with them, my dreams went back up. Cabinet handles, adjusting, and the building of any special pieces and lighting followed the cabinet installation and suddenly, the week was over.

I had my appliances all picked out, but if you haven’t chosen your appliances then you need to get them on order as soon as possible. I was really getting into the swing of camp cooking by now, but some of the novelty had worn off and after seeing a lot of progress compared to the weeks prior, I found myself getting exciting about finishing early. Try to keep that thought at bay. It may be harmful to your liver next week!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Weeks 2 and 3

After a smooth first day and first week, your kitchen looks like an empty room that used to be a kitchen and work on smaller details has begun.

Week 2

At the start of Week 2, my kitchen was all cleared out and work on the kitchen remodel seemed to be slowing down. The remodeling team was running wiring for my new lighting and new drywall was going up, too. The Savvy Home Supply team was still working, I could tell that, but it was smaller, more minute work that didn’t have the same obvious visual evidence as cabinet and appliance removal had the first week.

During Week 2 of the kitchen remodel, I also noticed that the amount of workers showing up at my house had changed. I went from seeing 3-4 workers coming into my home to two – and sometimes only one! Regardless of the seemingly slow period, I was still charged up about things and pleased with myself for figuring out that it is totally possible to grill up a bunch of different meats on the weekend and then be creative with them through the week. All in all, Week 2 was a success… until the remodeling team got to the stage where they were fixing sheet rock. This stage was about as exciting as watching paint dry!

Week 3

I got out the bottles of booze in the midst of Week 3 and if you haven’t broken out the alcohol yet, this week may make you change your mind! Week 3 is the stage where the 1 guy that I had been seeing started stopping by once a day just to apply more mud and then leave. This quick appearance, mud application, and disappearance went on for days and days. Once the mudding was done, the minimal visits continued, but the one Savvy Home Supply team member given this job started sanding instead of applying mud!

I recommend a small vacation during Week 3 if possible. All I could think about during this time was that they will never finish the sheetrock and sometimes the out of sight, out of mind approach is the best one to take! At this point it is also particularly important to keep that plastic zipped up unless you want everything through your house covered in drywall dust. (Trust me, you don’t!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Day 1 – Week 1

For the next 7 weeks, Savvy Home Supply is going to feature a guest blogger who will recount her experience with her first kitchen remodel and what to expect when contracting.

Day One through Week One of My First Kitchen Remodel

If I could start with one piece of advice for anyone starting their first kitchen remodel, it would be: get organised and prepare for your kitchen to be unavailable. From day one when the remodeling team enters your home, your kitchen no longer belongs to you. There is no more using your stove, sink, refrigerator, pantry, etc. As soon as the contractors arrived to my home, the appliances were unhooked and moved into the garage. After that the water was disconnected and a sheet of plastic with a zipper in it was put up to separate the kitchen from the rest of the house.

I found the rest of week one to be filled with excitement and anticipation. I couldn’t believe how fast things were happening in the remodeling process. The old cabinets, countertops, walls and ceilings disappeared before my eyes and I couldn’t imagine how the entire process was going to take 4 to 6 weeks. The remodeling team at Savvy Home Supply was working so fast.

While Savvy Home Supply was working at top speed to give me the kitchen of my dreams, a main area of my house was still out of commission. If you move forward with a kitchen remodel then you will need to maintain some sense of normalcy. I recommend getting a toaster oven, a hot plate, a microwave, a grill, a large table to serve as your prep area, a wash tub and a large book shelf to use as a pantry. Remember to keep out a few pots, pans, dishes, bowls, glasses, cups, silverware and prep dishes. A cutting board, spices, oil, and food storage bowls are also critical unless you plan on eating out all the time. A coffee or tea pot, slow cooker, rice cooker, and electric skillet, are also nice to have, but they are not necessities.

By the end of Week 1, I found that a pat on the back was warranted. Things were going smooth and I felt like I had this kitchen remodel down with my Savvy Home Supply team.

3 Ways to Really Customize Your Bathroom Remodel

Taking on a complete bathroom remodel project is a commitment and has the potential to get quite stressful; however, with enough planning and the help of a team of bathroom remodeling experts – you can have the bathroom of your dreams and it can be customized to fit your needs and taste. Before you get started on your custom bathroom remodel, consider these ways to truly customize your bathroom.

3 Ways to Really Customize Your Bathroom Remodel

  1. Use Tile as a Focal Pointbathroom remodel

    Traditionally, tile has always been used as flooring, but tile has so much untapped design potential if you allow yourself to think outside of the box. Consider using tile for flooring, but making it more interesting by putting a design into the inlay of the tile. If you’ve already decided on another flooring textile, you can incorporate tile behind the bathroom sink by installing a back splash. Back splashes are popular in home design right now and are popping up in kitchens and bathrooms across the country. Whether using colorful tile for a pop of color or the ever popular white subway tile for a bright white and clean effect, installing a back splash behind a sink or around a bathtub is a great way to incorporate tile into your bathroom remodel. Tile can also be used in the shower and opportunities abound in regards to tile choices. Right now the use of heat sensitive tile in showers is picking up steam among bathroom remodelers. These tiles change from seemingly normal black tile to a colorful pattern when hit with hot water. The color changing aspect gives homeowners a modern bathroom design with a temporary pop of color for fun. Regardless of if you are using tile for flooring, a backsplash, or in your shower – it has endless opportunities for customization.

  2. Install Clever Storage Solutions

    In most bathrooms, space is somewhat limited, but even if it isn’t and you have plenty of space for storage units – clever storage solutions are always beneficial to have. At Savvy Home Supply, we trust in Rev-A-Shelf for all our customer’s requests for storage solutions during their custom bathroom remodels. Rev-A-Shelf has been in the business of custom storage solutions for over 35 years and continues to supply professional home remodelers and do-it-yourselfers with a “whole home” approach to storage. At Rev-A-Shelf they offer everything from custom cabinet pullouts to hold all of your hair products and accessories to drawer organizers for cosmetics and other loose drawer contents. You can customize your bathroom to accommodate your dirty and clean laundry, as well, with under-the-cabinet hampers and foldout ironing boards. By installing clever storage solutions, you are able to customize your bathroom remodel to fit your specific needs when it comes to storage while also making your bathroom easier to use and more enjoyable.

  3. Opt for Non-Traditional Lighting Fixtures

    When remodeling a bathroom, one of the biggest decisions that you will make will concern lighting. Does your bathroom have a window which allows for natural light to get in? Are you going to be rewiring electricity during your bathroom remodel? These are all questions to ask yourself and figure out before looking at lighting. When the time does come to choose lighting fixtures, opting for nontraditional options is a design move to consider. Long gone are the days of round vanity bulbs above the mirror and recessed lights in the ceiling. Popular bathroom remodelers are shifting towards making statements with their bathroom lighting choices. Whether that means using hanging lights with colored shades or a combination of a chandelier and lighting planted overtop of the mirror, choose the lighting design that is right for you and that will serve your needs the best. Non-traditional light fixtures will set your bathroom apart from others in a unique way. By using non-traditional lighting fixtures, you bring a level of customization to your bathroom remodel that few other homeowners will consider.

When it comes to a complete bathroom remodel, there are many details to consider. Tiling, storage solutions, and lighting fixtures are only a few items that will need to be crossed off your list. Remember that the most important thing to consider when taking on a complete bathroom remodel is how you picture and want to use the space after the remodel is complete. If you know what you want in your new bathroom, but aren’t exactly sure how to get it all incorporated then it may be time to contact a team of experts. At Savvy Home Supply, we have bathroom remodeling experts on our staff ready to help you finalize plans and get started. Call 502-882-2952 and speak to one of our experts or stop into our showroom at 9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd. in Louisville, KY today!

How to Remodel Your Home for Both You and Your Pets

Your home should reflect all of your needs. For many of us, that means a house that is pet-friendly. Perhaps you just got a pet for the first time and are trying to find a way to make your house a home for them too. Or maybe you realize that your animals are lacking the proper space to live a happy life. No matter the reason, we understand how important your pets are to you, so we have provided five tips on how to remodel your home to best benefit you and your furry friends.

Use Durable Flooring for a Pet-Friendly Remodel:

In any type of remodel, it is important to start with the basics. When taking savvyon a new project, you want to make sure that the base of your plans will be sturdy. To make your home as pet-friendly as possible, you should start with solid flooring that can hold up no matter how many paws run across. Some attractive practical options include vinyl, laminate and even marble. Wood floors can be used as well, as long as they are appropriately treated with sealant to protect from scratching and allow for easy cleaning.

Make Pet-Accessible Entryways:

A simple fix to a not so simple problem. Getting up to let your pet in and out over and over again every day is easily avoidable. With this remodel, consider ways in which you can make your home not just convenient for you, but also for the furry companions you share your space with. Give them their independence to roam freely between outdoors and in.

Maximize Storage:savvy2

Just as much as you require a closet for all your belongings, your pets’ toys, leashes, collars, etc. need a spot of their own. Since most of your pet related items won’t require too much space, think about creative ways to combine storage. What areas of your house are just wasted spaces? Perhaps you could add side panels to a closet where you can hang leashes other walking accessories. Or add a drawer within your kitchen island that hold food and water dishes.

Give Them Their Own Space:

Having a space specifically catered to your pet will give them a place to truly feel at home. Cats especially desire areas where they can seclude themselves for napping and play time. You should think about what specific amenities would apply to your pet. Cats like to have things to climb, so maybe you would want to have some vertical beds that they could hop back and forth from.

Maintain Cleanliness:

No matter how much you love Fido, you probably don’t feel the same way about the dirt and dust he drags around with him. You shouldn’t have to sacrifice a clean home to share a home with your beloved pets. A great way to deter unwanted mess is by creating a pet-designated washroom during your pet-friendly remodel. Ideally you could have this area near a doggy door to eliminate the possibility of your animals tracking any outside contaminants throughout the rest of your home.

For more custom design ideas to create a pet friendly remodel for your home, contact Savvy Home Supply today. Stop by our Kitchen & Bath Showroom or give us a call at 502-882-2952 for more info.

10 Tips to Get Your Kitchen Organized for the New Year

Rev-A-Shelf's Tip Out Trays are cut to size for each kitchen or bathroom remodel and conveniently hold sponges, soaps, and other frequently used hand or dishwashing items.

Rev-A-Shelf’s Tip Out Trays are cut to size for each kitchen or bathroom remodel and conveniently hold sponges, soaps, and other frequently used hand or dishwashing items.

Five days ago, 2016 ended and we entered a brand new year – 2017. A new year often comes with resolutions and a common resolution among homeowners is to get more organized. For some people, reorganizing is an easy feat, but for others it can be hard to know where to get started and how to finish once they’ve started organizing a room. At Savvy Home Supply, kitchens are one of our areas of expertise, so we’ve collected 10 tips on how to get your kitchen organized for the new year.

1. Store Items In Your Cabinets Based On Use

One of the best places to start organizing are your cabinets because they are often the most cluttered part of a kitchen and they can seem the most daunting to declutter. After pulling everything out of your cabinets and washing or wiping down your kitchenware, begin reorganizing your kitchen storage areas by placing the kitchenware you most often use on the lower, easier to reach shelves. Keep the higher shelves open for the dishes and other kitchen ware that are used less often or only for special occasions.

2. Group and Store Kitchenware by Functionality

This drawer is using a pegboard with wooden pegs that Rev-A-Shelf offers for easy organization. The pegs also come in stainless steel through Savvy Home Supply.

When reorganizing your kitchen, functionality should be your number one focus. Group all of your pots and pans together and store them around the oven. Keep all of your silverware and cutlery organized in a drawer close to the cabinets you store your dishes in. Store coffee cups, coffee filters, sugar, and any other condiments used to make coffee close to the coffee maker. It will be easier to stay organized when the functionality of your cabinets makes sense.

3. Use All the Space Your Kitchen Has to Offer

Storage solutions don’t just reside in cabinets and on shelves, so think outside the box when reorganizing your kitchen. The area beneath your cabinets holds a lot of opportunity. You can install track lighting under your cabinets to keep your countertops well lit. An even more innovative way to utilize the space under your cabinets is to install a towel rack which has multiple purposes. You can use it traditionally to store towels or buy “S” hooks to hang coffee cups or measuring cups above your countertops.

4. Kitchen Knives on the Wall

Clear up a drawer and organize your kitchen knives at the same time with a magnetic knife rack. Easy to install and extremely affordable, magnetic knife racks show off your cutlery collection, make them easily accessible while cooking, and gives you the opportunity to use the free drawer for other storage solutions.

5. Bring Closet Storage To Your Kitchen Pantry

Certain storage solutions can be multipurpose and one of the most versatile storage solutions you can buy are over the door, clear pocket, shoe organizers. Buy a new shoe organizer and store it over the door to your pantry. You can store spice packets, snacks, and other small compact pantry items in the separated pockets. This storage solution virtually eliminates searching for pantry items that are hard to neatly store and also allows young children to start learning organizational skills at an early age.

6. Gather Small Condiments Together for Easy Use

This Savvy Home Supply customer and homeowner opted for the Pie Cut 2 Shelf Corner Lazy Susan to store their often used goods in the kitchen.

This homeowner stores small items in a Rev-A-Shelf Pie Cut Lazy Susan.

Even if your cabinets are organized, having to reach into the back of a cabinet for a bottle of honey or jar of seasoning can make you feel like they are still cluttered. This is due to the tendency to store small items in small cabinets where there isn’t a lot of space to move items around to access ones further in the back. An easy solution for this clutter dilemma is to store all small, often used condiments on a tray that can be pulled from a cabinet and set on a counter top to access jars and bottles, reorganize them, and clean the tray. Another solution is to install a corner cabinet Lazy Susan for added storage and easy access.

7. Organize Pot Lids and Trays Upright

Pot lids are one of the biggest pains when it comes to kitchen organization because they are hard to stack on top of each other and take up so much space. The easiest solution is to buy an upright organizer that sits in a kitchen cabinet and allows you to store trays and pot lids on their sides in the same way dishes sit in a dishwasher.

8. Keep Items Under the Sink in a Tray, Too

The same organizational method used for small condiments in cabinets above your countertops can be applied to the bottles and other items normally kept under the kitchen sink. Buy a tray to hold spray bottles, sponges, scrubbing brushes, and soap bottles and reduce clutter. You can also install hooks on the cabinet door below the sink to hang dish towels and rubber gloves from. If you don’t want to buy a new tray for these storage purposes, you can always use an old baking tray to keep items organized.

9. Get Creative When You Store Glasses

Glasses can be a big issue when it comes to storage and consolidating space, so getting creative is necessary when you’re reorganizing. Set up one row of glasses to where the glasses are upside down then place a flat tray on top of the glasses. This opens up another surface to store more glasses on, so the are stacked but don’t risk getting stuck together.

10. Take Spices Out of the Cabinets

Rev-A-Shelf offers another spice storage solution in the form of a stacked storage drawer that takes up minimal kitchen space and holds a plethora of spice and seasoning containers.

Rev-A-Shelf offers another spice storage solution in the form of a stacked storage drawer that takes up minimal kitchen space and holds a plethora of spice and seasoning containers.

Spices are essential in cooking and if you’re an avid cook then it’s a sure bet that you have a lot of spices in your kitchen. Keeping all of those spice jars in a cabinet is an easy way to take up a lot of space inefficiently. There are a lot of storage options for spices that remove them from the cabinets and keep them organized at the same time. One way to do this is to buy small, flat containers and attach magnetic paper to the bottoms of them. Fill these containers with your spices and stick them to the side for fridge for easy accessibility and use. Another option is to install a hanging basket under a cabinet and keep your spices there. Both options free up cabinet space and organize your kitchen.

These tips are a good place to start when it comes time to reorganize your kitchen in the new year. Our partner, Rev-A-Shelf, offers plenty of the storage solutions we’ve mentioned above as well as many other organization options to declutter your kitchen and make it a space that is easier to use and more enjoyable to cook in. If you’re interested in renovating or remodeling your kitchen before organizing it, call Savvy Home Supply at 502-882-2952 and speak to one of our kitchen experts today.