How To Make Your Bathroom A Sanctuary

Tub to Shower Conversions

When it comes to a bathroom remodel, a tub to shower conversion can do wonders when it comes to incorporating more space and giving your bathroom a modern and upgraded feel.

The typical price range can vary greatly with a ballpark average of $6,000. The amounts can vary from the low-end ($3k) to high-end ($8k) due to the different design options available, such as a cost-effective one-piece stall or custom designs as seen with tile work. 

Walk In Shower

What Goes Into A Tub to shower conversion?

Most professional tub-to-shower conversions can be finished in a few days but this can depend on how difficult it is to remove your old tub unit.  

The biggest (messiest and dare we say most fun!) part of the remodel comes with demolition by removing the wall surfaces around the tub. After demolition it’s time to disconnect the plumbing and remove the bath tub. Once the tub is removed, the subfloor will be exposed which is a great opportunity to assess and fix any hidden damage.  

Now begins the remodeling magic —the rough-in and install! Once the faucet, showerhead, shower drain and shower pan are installed, it’s time to place finishing touches with the shower surround panels or tiles.  

Considering design Option costs

Tiles

Shower tiles are typically easy to clean, so long as you use tackle soap scum often with shower cleaning products like a sponge and natural cleaning spray.  There are a multitude of shower tile choices available making tiling a popular choice. The most sought after and timeless shower tiles are glazed ceramic, glazed porcelain, natural stone and glass. Depending on the climate of where you live and the airflow in your bathroom, glazed tiles are best at keeping moisture out and the glaze seals porous parts of the tile that usually are subject to mold and mildew. 

Shower Storage

Looking for somewhere to place your products? A built-in shower storage space might be a great solution! It can be custom built to be framed within the wall or can be pre-fabricated and properly fastened with studs. Having this shower storage space can be a great way to remove shower floor clutter and have a dedicated spot to place items. 

Benches

If you’re looking to move away from installing a shower niche or looking to incorporate even more storage space, having a built-in shower bench or adding a removable stool can help expand the use of your bathroom. Shower benches (or seats) can not only provide an additional space to hold your toiletries but they also double as a space to rest or balance on.  

Rainfall Shower-head

Are you looking for a spa-like experience at home? Of course you are! Investing in a rainfall shower-head can truly level up your shower experience. Unlike regular shower-heads which direct water towards your face, rainfall shower-heads distribute the water from above, cascading over your head.  

Calling a professional

While embarking on DIY’s can be fun, replacing your bathtub with a shower is a remodeling undertaking. This type of project requires a number of elements that, without professional help, can pose challenges and take longer than anticipated. From demolition, carpentry, plumbing and finishing skills, it’s advisable to call in a professional team to have your remodeling process go smoothly and in a fraction of the time! 

At Parkview Property Services, we are licensed, bonded and insured and backed by 30 years’ worth of experience specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodeling, fencing and decks. Prior to any project, we offer a free consultation with you in your home. Our team is here to talk through any questions or concerns you may have, review your design ideas and strategize a plan.  

Ready to remodel your bathroom? Give us a call today! (206) 542-6601 

How To Make Your Kitchen Look Timeless

The Heart of the Home

In a recent joint study by the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, they found that Americans spent $420 billion in 2020 on home remodeling with a kitchen upgrade having a 67% cost recovery!

It may come as no surprise that kitchens are often the heart of our home. After all, it’s one of the liveliest spaces where we cook, eat and gather! When it comes to investing in your home, have you thought about investing in your kitchen? Now, while it may seem tempting to jump on the latest design trend, a timeless kitchen will not only be practical but will last for years to come! Let’s look at a few ways you can make your kitchen timeless from cabinetry colors to long-lasting materials.

Picture Credit: Mike Gattorna

Choosing The Right Cabinet Colors

While bold and bright colors can add some personality to a room, they often lose their charm quicker. White cabinets are classic and never go out of style. Bright white cabinetry can add a refreshing, crisp and spacious feel to kitchens of any size! But, depending on the lighting in your kitchen, choosing the right tone of white can make all the difference. Off-white cabinets with yellow undertones can warm up the look of your kitchen while blue or green undertones might make your kitchen have a sterile feel.

Besides white, what other tones make a kitchen timeless? Think neutral. Neutral tones such as beige, taupe, black and gray are also excellent choices as they can be easily incorporated into the space. Having a neutral kitchen allows for a solid foundation. Over the years you might find yourself wanting to swap out different colored plates, accents, and a neutral toned kitchen will be a fantastic base to have and experiment with.

If you’re looking to add more depth and warmth, wood cabinetry can do just that. From cherry, oak, maple, alder, hickory, birch, walnut, bamboo, and mahogany, there is certainly no shortage in selection! Each choice will vary in its warmth, texture, grain and markings, as well as price point. In most cases you can order samples from a home improvement store to take home and compare in your space, especially if you have hardwood floors you’d like to compare them against.

Cabinetry and Accents That Go the Distance

Shaker Style Cabinets

Shaker-style cabinets are known for their stunning, practical and simplistic design. The cabinets got their name from the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, known more commonly as the Shakers. Back in the 18th century, the Shakers were known to have impeccable craftsmanship with high quality standards. As centuries have passed, the shaker-style cabinet has evolved, but ultimately the foundational design has stood the test of time for their minimalistic appeal. With their straight lines and crisp edges, they can make your kitchen feel and look cleaner as well as less cluttered.

Brass, Aluminum and Iron Accents

To keep a balanced and timeless look throughout your kitchen, choosing one to two accent colors is advisable. When it comes to accents, three popular choices are brass, aluminum and iron.

Brass is a gold-toned metal that can add a stunning pop to cabinetry, infusing a rustic or vintage feel to cabinetry, sinks and light fixtures. Aluminum, a silver-toned metal, can seamlessly pair and compliment well with stainless steel appliances and has a sleekness to it. If you’re looking for a darker metal, such as for knobs or handles, cast iron is a heavy-duty metal that blends easily and compliments well with a variety of hues in the kitchen.

Quartz Countertops and Other Countertop Alternatives

Quartz remains a top contender when it comes to choosing a countertop with its lifespan of 100+ years. With its stunning natural stone appearance that could be taken for real marble, quartz holds up well with heat and due to being manufactured, is more durable than actual stone and requires lower maintenance.

Soapstone is another alternative and is a quarried stone that, while softer than granite, is denser than other natural stones. With a lifespan of 100+ years, this countertop surface will require low maintenance and is incredibly resistant to high heat.

Marble countertops have an elegant feel and come with beautiful markings. From classic white, black, to grey and cream, marble has a wide array of colors available. With a lifespan of 100+ years like quartz and soapstone, they do require more maintenance due to their proneness to scratching and staining.

Is Your Kitchen In Need of A Makeover?

Are you finding that your kitchen is showing signs of aging? Have you recently bought a fixer upper or are renovating an older home? Perhaps you find that you need more counter-space, or you want to remove a wall to add more room for a breakfast bar. Whether this home is your forever home or you plan on moving in a few years, making updates to your kitchen can add immense value and boost the resale of your home!

Our team at Parkview Property Services would love to have the opportunity to speak with you and talk through your questions and concerns. We treat our customers like our friends and family and, when you work with us, you make a difference. We are proud to put 100% of our profits to our parent non-profit, Parkview Services.  For the past 50 years, Parkview Services has supported people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as low-income and struggling homeowners and provides a variety of programs from Affordable Housing to Homeownership to Mortgage Default Counseling.

Give us a call today for your free estimate! (206) 542-6601

Do You Need to Repair or Replace Your Deck?

When was the last time your deck was maintained?

Eventually, decks will start to show early signs of wear and tear. With traditional wood, capped composite and capped polymer as three popular options for decking, they each have their own differences in cost, material and lifespans.  

Traditional Wood 

From cedar, redwood to pressure treated, the type of wood you choose for your decking can make a big difference in how much maintenance it requires and as well as its longevity.  

With an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years, wood is a popular choice for its warm and natural look with a multitude of staining options. It’s also not unheard of to have a wood deck exceed 20 years if it’s extremely well taken care of!  

Though lumber shortages and manufacturing delays have raised the costs of lumber, it has narrowed the price gap between entry-level wood and premium options.

Capped Polymer  

Containing 100% PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) this type of decking contains no wood fibers at all! Capped polymer is made of synthetic material, which makes it extremely durable with a life span of 25 years. Since capped polymer is made of 100% plastic, it doesn’t need to be painted or stained and is a low maintenance decking option.

Capped Composite  

With an inner core made of recycled wood and plastics, capped composite is “capped” by a PVC shell that protects it from harsh weather elements. The PVC shell holds up well and when it comes to maintenance, a bit of scrubbing and rinse is often all that it needs. While it is a more expensive alternative to wood, it is more affordable than capped polymer. Capped composite decking has an average life span of 25 years. 

How Can I Tell If My Deck Needs Repair or Replacing? 

With the summer season upon us, checking the health of your deck from the harsh elements of winter is important. Look out for these warning signs when it comes to needing deck repair or replacement.  

Cracked deck boards and splinters 

Over time, natural weather elements such as sun, debris, and rain will wear on your deck and cause it to slowly deteriorate. Even with the most meticulous care, decks will be less forgiving and will not hold up forever. This is especially true for traditional wood decking when they start to show cracked boards and splintering. 

Deteriorating rails 

If you find your deck railings have become wobbly or loose, it may be a fix as simple as tightening or replacing some screws. If after doing so it’s still not sturdy, your railings could be showing signs of rotting. Periodically checking your railings for stability is an important safety check. 

Rotting posts or beams 

Rotted posts, boards or beams can pose a dangerous hazard. Part of evaluating the health of your deck is to periodically walk around and step on your deck boards. Sometimes rot can be isolated and visible, while other times it can be hidden underneath. If you find there are deck boards that are soft when walking on, call a deck contractor to take a look to rule out or confirm if it’s a rot issue.  

Rusty or loose connectors and fasteners 

Your deck is held up by connectors and fasteners, these are what make your deck structurally safe. Over time, harsh weather elements can cause the connectors and fasteners to become rusty or loose. If you find a rusty or loose fastener, it’s important to have a deck contractor evaluate the underneath of your deck as there may be more hiding. 

Do You Need Your Deck Evaluated? 

Whether you have traditional wood, capped composite or capped polymer, maintaining the health of your deck is key to its longevity. Recommended annual power washing or cleaning, as well as staining, sealing and small self-repairs are integral in keeping your deck healthy and safe. 

Cracked boards, shaky rails, rusty fasteners or rotted posts can pose a dangerous hazard. If you feel unsure about the condition of your deck and have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our team of carpenters can evaluate your deck, spotting any warning signs and provide you with professional recommendations. 

Get in touch with us today at (206) 542-6601 or pps@parkviewservices.org 

Beautiful and Budget Friendly Ramp Ideas

Are you looking to build a ramp? Do you have an idea in mind or don’t know where to start? Let’s take a look at how ramps and stairs differ, the safety and cost of each and the materials available to bring your ramp vision to life!

Ramps vs. Stairs

When deciding whether to install a ramp or stairs to your home or business, considering any physcial mobility limitations of those living in the home or visiting your business is important.

Stairs may be convenient for people who are able to walk without assistance, however, individuals who may require a walker, cane, wheelchair or even young children will have an easier time using ramps.

Safety

While ramps and stairs each have their own benefits and risks, a stairway that has proper lighting and is equipped with handrails can be a safe and supportive way for able-bodied individuals to navigate from one area to another. At the same time though, stairs can pose an incredible fall risk for the young and elderly.

On the other hand, ramps, especially when designed with handrails, provide a safe way for people of all mobility levels to navigate. Outdoor ramps can pose a risk if it is icy or wet out, as well as if the ramp is covered in debris like leaves. Ensuring your outdoor ramp is safely equipped for outdoor weather (such as snow and ice) could look like using an anti-icing solution or shoveling.

Cost

Though stairs may be a more affordable option, as we’ve mentioned stairs can pose a challenge for individuals with physical mobility limitations or young children.

At Parkview Services, we want to help build a ramp within your budget. Thanks to the many material options available today, building a ramp that is economical as well as aesthetically pleasing is possible!

Selecting the Right Materials for Your Ramp

Ramps require more space than stairs, as ramps have a gradual rise to them. For example, if you are looking to build a ramp with an elevation rise of one foot, the ramp would need to be ideally 12 feet long.

Ready to look at the different materials available for ramps? Let’s unpack them!

Wood ramp

Wood

Wood ramps are often a popular choice but over time this type of ramp has the potential to warp or rot from moisture as well as splinter. If you choose to use wood, it’s a good idea to maintain it by using sealant, staining or painting.

Composite ramps require lower maintenance when compared to wood ramps, as this type of material is moisture resistant and only requires sweeping or washing to keep them in good shape!

Concrete

Concrete ramps are a larger undertaking. They require an extensive amount of time, labor and cost to construct. These types of ramps are often used in commercial and public spaces. If you’re looking for a more permanent structure however, building a concrete ramp for your home or business is a durable and low maintenance choice.

Premade ramps are great if you are looking for a quick fix. These types of ramps are often chosen as a temporary solution as they are easily removable. Additionally, premade ramps can also be a more affordable option when compared to other materials.

Aluminum

Aluminum ramps are extremely durable and hold well over the long term. If you aren’t fond of the industrial look of aluminum, there are now powder-coated ramps available that can complement designs of your home or business.

How Parkview Property Services Can Help

Our team has over 30 years of combined experience. We specialize in fencing, deck, bathroom and kitchen remodels as well as ADA accessibility modifications. At our parent non-profit, Parkview Services, we have extensive experience in ramp construction and installation for our clients’ rental homes.

And, did you know that when you choose to work with us, you are making a difference? That’s right! We are proud to put 100% of our profits toward supporting the mission of Parkview Services. For the past 50 years, Parkview Services has supported people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as low-income and struggling homeowners. Parkview Services provides a variety of programs such as Group Home, Affordable Housing Program, Camp Parkview, Mortgage Default Program and their Pre-Purchase Program.

We would love the opportunity to discuss a creative ramp solution that is not only useful but is aesthetically pleasing for your home or business!

Contact us today for your free ramp estimate!

(206) 542-6601 or pps@parkviewservices.org