Custom Details Bring Our Client's Vision To Life

Every homeowner has a vision of his or her perfect home. Some dream of a warm and traditional room featuring dark woods and lots of texture. Others see softer colors and shiny finishes creating the canvas for their remodeled space. In some cases, the owners of a home may have two distinctly different visions for their home and wonder if there is a way to meld the two together harmoniously. We are happy to say that yes, it can be done! You can see how we were able to accomplish it for recent clients by creating custom details in nearly every room of their house. 

Our clients reached out to us after they purchased a Cape Cod style home with the vision to completely remodel it and create a home where they could entertain their family comfortably, especially during the holidays. The husband and wife had their own specific style preferences, which were quite different. He preferred a rustic aesthetic featuring live edge wood accents. She loved spaces with a bit of glitz and glamour, with touches of her favorite colors like blue and purple. 

Our design team spent time with the couple discussing their ideas and looking at inspiration photos. These discussions allowed us to develop custom elements within their remodeled spaces that echo both of their individual preferences, yet work well together to create a cohesive space that brings both of their visions to life.

HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES OF THE CUSTOM DETAILS INCLUDED IN THEIR HOME: 

●      Custom pendant lighting fixture in the dining room. Our clients knew they wanted to use pendant lights in the dining room. We created a custom piece that would capture both of their preferences by selecting several glass pendants in a variety of shapes and sizes and hanging them at different lengths from a gorgeous piece of live edge wood. This became one of the focal points in their entertaining space.

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●      Knotty Alder Columns & Doors. After removing a wall to open the living room into the dining and kitchen areas, we selected Knotty Alder wood for the columns and doors to bring a warm and welcoming feel to the main entertaining area. The richness of the wood balances with the light, natural tones of the stacked stone backsplash, and cream and sage green cabinetry found in the kitchen.

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●      Live Edge Fireplace Mantel.  A beautiful piece of live edge wood was crafted to become the fireplace mantel, which also created another beautiful focal point.

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●      Iron Scroll Lighting Valances. (in the master bathroom and tub/sitting area) Our client asked for a light source that would not shine down into her eyes while using the bathroom. She found and fell in love with a metal scroll piece online and we used it to create a lighting valance by building a frame to house the metal piece. Behind it we installed lights on a dimmer to provide the soft light source our client requested.

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●      Custom Tile Design in Shower. We created a 100% custom tile design in the shower highlighting our client’s favorite colors. The shower floor and wall border are made of marble pieces designed to look like pebbles. Italian tile is used to edge the border and bring in some sparkle. The tile mosaic is a work of art featuring hand selected and hand assembled pieces that create a gorgeous focal point.

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This home is a lovely combination of each of the homeowner’s individual tastes. He can enjoy the rustic touches of the live edge wood and knotty pine columns and doors in the living room and dining rooms, while she relaxes in the softly lit master bathroom and sitting room decorated with artful lighting and mosaic tile designs in her favorite colors. It was such a pleasure to create all of these wonderful custom details for our clients and we wish them many years of enjoyment in their remodeled home.

Are you ready to love your home again and remodel your home to improve your lifestyle? We specialize in doing just that for homeowners in Hampton Roads and invite you to reach out to our team to discuss your vision and how we can help bring it to life.

Benson Homes Featured in Houzz Pro Spotlight - How To Uncover Your House’s Hidden Potential

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Benson Homes has a new feature article on Houzz and we are excited to share it with you! Jim spoke with Houzz about how he got started in the remodeling business, what he loves most about it, and shared three tips on how our team helps homeowners to uncover the hidden potential in their own home.  The feature highlights how our design team has implemented each of those tips in recent remodels with insights on the projects from Jim as well as links to see more photos and detailed descriptions.

You can read the Houzz Spotlight by clicking the link below. We hope you enjoy it!

Benson Home’s Houzz Pro Spotlight.

How To Prepare To Make Your Remodeling Selections

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Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to remodel your home and bring your dream space to life. One of the early steps during the design phase of your remodel will be making your selections.  Many clients find this to be a very fun and exciting part of the journey, and we do too! The selections are all the materials, fixtures, finishes, appliances, and paint colors that will be used to craft your remodel. These are the details that put your unique thumbprint on the space and create your signature style.

Together, with our design team, you will explore the look and feel that you want for your new spaces, working with you every step of the way to provide suggestions and guidance on the choices that lend themselves best to both your functional and aesthetic preferences.  As we consider the options, you will begin to visualize your new space coming to life. Once your selections are complete, we transform your design sketches into 3D readings that give you a virtual view of your home including those selections! 

Before your design meetings begin, you can get a jump-start on discovering your preferences by doing a little brainstorming on your own.  These activities can be lots of fun and completing them will make you feel very prepared and excited to start making your selections.  

Find your inspiration. 

There are many places to go to find inspiration and we encourage you to check out as many as you wish. 

Our first suggestion is to look online at sites like HouzzPinterest, and Instagram.  All three allow you to save your favorite photos; on Houzz you create an Idea book, on Pinterest a Board, and on Instagram you simply click on a heart icon to save a photo you like.  You can also visit Transformations on our website for ideas.  Simply show these to our design team to get things off to a great start. 

Another option is to pick up home and decorating magazines and tear out or earmark pages that inspire you. You can even use a post-it to note what it is about the particular room that you love.  That way, specific selections can be highlighted when working with our design team.

Lastly, we encourage you to find inspiration in your travels and every day life. Perhaps you have a beloved vacation spot where you stayed in an amazing hotel or Airbnb and absolutely fell in love with the bathroom, a tile floor, or light fixture.  Extend that idea to a favorite local restaurant, retail store, or coffee house.  Inspiration can be found all around us! Snap a photo or two or bookmark their website to show to our team.  

Make a Wish List or Must Have List

Many of our clients go into their design meetings with ideas about specific selections that they want to include.  This can be anything from hardwood flooring to a double vanity sink.  Compile a list of your own and identify if they are functional or style (or both) necessities.  

Email your list to our design team. They will discuss each item with you, including the care and maintenance required and the pros and cons of specific material. In some cases, we may have other suggestions that you haven’t even considered and may like even better, so keep an open mind.  We often work with clients who decide to splurge on a must-have material or fixture and balance things out with a more budget-friendly option in another area.  The end goal is to collaborate and find the best options that will bring your vision to life.  

We look forward to working with you on making your selections and creating your dream home. As your remodeling journey continues, the next step will be unveiling your design and selections when we transform your plans into 3D renderings

A Guide To Setting Your Remodeling Budget

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Remodeling your home is one of the most rewarding investments you can make! Whether you just purchased a house or you’ve been in the same one for decades, you may find yourself considering renovations to make it more suitable for your family. Setting a budget for your remodel is a practical first step. To make this process a little easier, consider the following:

1.    Your funding options. Consult your financial institution or mortgage broker for your options and advice. Some of the options could include: 

a.    Cash Savings: Perhaps you have been saving for your remodel for years and prefer to use cash savings. 

b.   Cash-out Refinance: If you have equity in your home, you can do a cash-out refinance, which is refinancing your home to cover the existing mortgage balance and utilizing your equity to add in additional funds to cover your remodel. 

c.    Equity Line of Credit: A home equity line of credit allows you to draw funds as needed, up to a maximum based on the amount of equity you have available in your home. 

d.   Equity Loan: A home equity loan is a lump sum loan based again on the amount of equity available in your home. This is often referred to as a second mortgage. 

2.    Your motivations. Make a list of the goals you hope to achieve by renovating your home. This may include things like: expanding your living space for entertaining, opening up a closed floor plan for better flow, preparing for aging in place, or creating a master suite that doubles as a private oasis.

3.    Your home as an investment. Some people go on vacation, take “stay-cations”, or do both. When you go on vacation you don’t look to see what investment every penny you spend will get you. It’s about the experience and the life-long memories created. It’s the same when considering how much money to put in your home. Don’t just consider how long you’ll be in your home and your neighborhood’s worth. Think of the quality of life you’ll get out of it and the memories you’ll make with friends and family. It’s the “I love this space so much” feeling. It’s the “Wow, I am excited to have friends over now” feeling. You’re in your home everyday and you should love it. 

4.    Your wish list items. When you think of your dream space, what are the elements that you feel are must-haves or necessities? These would include things that you find critical to the design such as double vanities, white kitchen cabinets, hardwood flooring, or a bay window.

5.    Your Experience. It can be tempting to go with the cheapest contractor available but be careful to not compromise quality in order to save a few bucks. Remodeling your home is an investment, and investing in a reputable company who will produce the results you want, while creating an enjoyable experience, is priceless. Ben Franklin’s saying, “The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” rings true for remodeling. 

Benson Homes is one of Coastal Virginia’s premier design-build firms, specializing in residential remodeling and additions. Our business isn’t just about remodeling homes; it’s about creating an exceptional remodeling experience for each and every client. Are you ready to love your home again? We’d love to talk!

What To Expect In Your Design Review Meeting

You have reached the part of the remodeling journey where you get to see your remodeling vision brought to life. This is an exciting time for you and for us! After spending time getting to know you and your family, understanding your functional needs, and your aesthetic preferences, we are ready to present your custom project plans at the Design Review meeting. It’s time for the grand reveal!

During the meeting, we will present you with floor plans, elevations and 3D renderings of your project. Our photo-realistic 3D renderings allow you to visualize your new space with the layout and finishes selected. We will walk you through these renderings, the scope of your remodel, point out architectural details, and answer any questions you may have.

 Here are some questions we’ll make sure to discuss during your meeting 

1.   Does the design resolve the functional challenges of your previous floor plan? We consider everything from traffic flow and storage, to appliance placement and lighting.

2.   Is it reflective of your personal style? You should love the selections and how they fit in with the rest of your home.

3.   Are your must-haves incorporated? If you requested specific materials, architectural details, window placements, etc. we want to make sure they are reflected in the plan.

4.   What is the project time frame? Construction start and completion dates are discussed.

5.   What are the next steps? We will outline what the next steps are and answer any and all questions you may have!

Now that your Design Review is complete, it’s time to bring your dream space to life through construction. We are excited to get started!

Project Spotlight: Strategic Design & Smart Selections Take Center Stage in This Kitchen

Kitchens are the focal point of most homes. It’s where you cook, entertain, and dine as a family and upending that space to remodel can be a headache. One of our recent projects was with a couple whose lifestyle included working nights and traveling often, so naturally they were hesitant to bring construction into their home. We are happy to say that not only were they thrilled with the results of transforming their outdated kitchen but they had minimal disruption to their lifestyle during the process.

During the design phase, we worked closely with the homeowners to check everything off the list of their dream kitchen. From making the kitchen feel more connected to the other main level living spaces, to improving storage and redesigning the kitchen ventilation system to vent cooking smells outdoors, we were able to add all their requests into the final design.

The clients had a galley style kitchen and, with the exception of a small pass-through window, the kitchen and adjacent family room were closed off from one another. The existing espresso stained cabinetry darkened and narrowed the kitchen and the brown tiled floor and bright blue walls gave the room an over-all outdated look. 

Our design involved removing a portion of wall between the kitchen and family room making the space feel larger, more open and bright. It also connected the kitchen to the living room and allowed the two spaces to flow freely into one another. Having a new open area allowed us to extend the granite countertop to create a bar with additional seating and adding new LED recessed lights, under-cabinet lighting, and pendant lights over the bar made the kitchen brighter.

The material selections were integral in transforming the space into a personalized dream kitchen. Our clients chose a maple cabinetry with an oak stained tumbleweed finish and modern hardware paired with creamy granite countertops. The square tan colored tile along the walls were replaced with a pearl tumbled travertine backsplash in subway style. This change modernized the space and elongated the walls, giving it a streamlined and “unfussy” look. A few standout features that added character to the space include a set of floating shelves, concrete farmhouse sink, and mercury glass pendant lights. Flooring throughout the first level was updated to an easy-to-maintain synthetic wood floor.

I am in love with our kitchen every single day. It’s still hard to believe the transformation it went through, but the function is infinitely better, and the beauty and quality is incredible.
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The homeowners are happy that they can now cook, entertain and dine in a space that was designed specifically for their needs and that reflects their style! Are you ready to love your home again? We would love to talk with you.

Prepare For Your Remodel With These Five Steps

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The journey to creating your dream home is an exciting and liberating experience! From design consultations and material selections, to the unveiling of your 3D renderings and the start of construction, the process of seeing your dream project come to life is unforgettable. But before your project crew shows up, you will want to spend some time getting your home and family ready for a smooth transition.

HERE ARE FIVE STEPS TO HELP YOU PREPARE FOR YOUR REMODEL:

1.     Clean out all rooms and hallways that are being remodeled. Remove furniture, artwork from walls, and any other belongings. We recommend removing items hanging on walls in common traffic areas and walls adjacent to those involved in your remodel project as well. Store these items in an unaffected area of your home or in a storage unit temporarily.

2.     Designate alternate areas for family activities. Identify new locations for activities that typically take place in the room(s) you are remodeling. This will minimize the disruption to your daily routine. Relocate any necessities to the new temporary spaces, such as computers, televisions, homework tables, etc.

3.    Clear your driveway and make room in your garage for deliveries. Remove stationary items from your driveway such as basketball nets, trash receptacles, or storage containers. Ask your remodeler if access to your garage would be helpful for delivering and storing materials. They should be able to provide you with a schedule of deliveries.

4.    Prepare your pets. Pets tend to be more prone to disruption of their regular routine than people. That’s why it’s important to get your pets set up with a place for them to relax and eat that is away from any construction areas. Start this new routine a few days before the remodeling starts to allow them some time to adjust. Be sure to let the crew know how many pets you have and where they are within your home.

5.    Kitchen & Bath Prep. If you are remodeling a kitchen or bathroom we recommend the following:

a.    Pack cabinets one by one and label the contents of each box. This will make unpacking so much easier.

b.   Compile essentials and relocate them to your alternate eating space or bathroom.  

c.    Purchase disposable items such as plates, bowls, cups, plastic utensils, and paper towels.

d.   Move your refrigerator and microwave to the garage, basement or other appropriate spot where you can have easy access. Consider purchasing a hot plate.

e.    Prepare and freeze meals ahead of time. 

We hope that these tips will make the transition into construction easy for you and your family. At Benson Homes, we provide you with a detailed project schedule and have weekly on-site meetings to discuss your project’s progress. It’s our goal to make the remodeling process as stress-free as possible for you and your family!

3D Renderings Bring Your Remodeling Designs To Life

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Wouldn’t it be exciting to be able to see what your remodel is going to look like well before the work has started? After spending time with our design team tweaking plans and shopping for cabinets, flooring, and other finishes, you might still be unsure of exactly what it will look like.  We often hear “I’m not good at visualizing”. When you work with Benson Homes, you can see exactly what it will look like! We create 3D renderings that bring your project to life, allowing you a virtual view of your future remodeled space.

With our sophisticated photo realistic 3D renderings you can see the amazing way all your finishes and selections blend into a symphony of colors and textures transforming your home into an exciting new space.

The meeting where we unveil our 3D renderings to our clients is one of the most exciting parts of the remodeling process. We love to watch their expressions of awe and excitement. It can sometimes leave them momentarily speechless while they absorb the fullness and beauty of the transformation to their home they have been hoping and dreaming about, in some cases for years.  It’s fantastic to see our clients fall in love with their homes again!

To demonstrate just how effective they are in providing an accurate representation of the end product, take a look at some of our renderings shown side-by-side with the photography taken after the renovations were completed.  We think you’ll be amazed too!

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Benson Homes Receives Best of Houzz Service Award For Fourth Consecutive Year

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Every year, Houzz, the leading online platform for home remodeling and design, announces its Best of Houzz awards, which recognizes outstanding remodelers in three categories: Customer Service, Design, and Photography. This year, Benson Homes earned its fourth consecutive Best of Service badge for providing outstanding customer service to our clients.

“We are very proud to be honored with this award and would like to thank our clients for helping us achieve it again this year. A big thank you to every one of our clients that have shared their remodeling story with us by posting a review on our Houzz profile. Knowing that they have had an exceptional experience and are ecstatic with the results is what motivates our team to go the extra mile on every project to ensure our clients a smooth and positive remodeling process from start to finish,” said Jim Benson, President of Benson Homes. 

 "The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year's recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise."

We invite you to read our customer reviews and follow us on Houzz by clicking here.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Project Spotlight: A Kitchen Designed For Entertaining Revitalizes Entire First Floor

This remodeling story is a wonderful example of how removing and shifting walls can have an amazing impact on the functionality and visual appeal of an entire level of a home. When our clients reached out to us, they were looking to create an open concept Kitchen that would allow for easy entertaining. The couple had recently purchased this townhome so his mother could be closer to the family.

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The existing floorplan offered first floor living, but the Kitchen was tucked in the back and was separated from the rest of the living space by a full wall with a small pass through into the Dining Room. Our design involved removing the dividing wall between the Dining Room and Kitchen as well as the fake columns and beam that separated the Dining Room and Living Room.  The entire space was opened up to allow for easy flow and view throughout the first floor living space.  The wall shared by the Kitchen and large Master Bedroom was shifted back just enough to provide a full wall of additional cabinetry including a much-needed large double Pantry cabinet. Now that we had opened up the Kitchen area we could focus on the cabinetry layout and selections.

The existing wood toned cabinets were replaced with white with a crown molding to match with the rest of the home. The larger, open space allowed for more cabinetry and the addition of an island with seating for the grandkids. We were able to repurpose the old cabinets above the washer and dryer in the adjoining laundry room and swapped out the existing swing door for a pocket door. The slate-look ceramic tile was replaced an engineered wood flooring that creates a sense of warmth and is very easy to clean. A dark Cambria countertop compliments the tile found in the dining and living area and a natural field tile backsplash offsets the cabinets beautifully.

The single fluorescent ceiling light was outdated and did not provide adequate lighting for the new Kitchen. The new lighting plan was carefully thought out to provide general illumination through well placed recessed lighting; task lighting through pendant lighting over the island and under cabinet lighting; and aesthetic fluidity with an eye-catching chandelier for the Dining Room table. Special details include a touch faucet, under counter microwave and glass front cabinetry for displaying dishes.

By removing and shifting walls, we improved the entire flow of the first floor visually as well as functionally and created a beautiful, light-filled space for cooking and entertaining.  Grandma can easily prepare meals in her new Kitchen and still chat with her guests and grandchildren who love to sit at the island as well as in the adjoining Dining Room and Living Room.

The Benson Homes team really enjoyed creating this space for this family and we hope they will enjoy spending time with friends and family for years to come.

Project Spotlight: Detached Garage Transformed Into Multi-Functional Space The Whole Family Can Enjoy

Many families ponder the idea of adding extra living space for a few years before they are actually ready to remodel. Then, all-of-the sudden, something will happen that makes them realize that they can’t wait any longer. In the case of this remodeling story, it was the snowstorm of 2016 that spurred the homeowners into action. As the family was stuck in the house with nowhere to go, they longed for more space. The parents longed for a getaway spot for themselves that could also double as a hangout area for the kids and their friends. As they considered their options, there was one clear choice…to renovate the detached garage.

The detached garage previously functioned as a workshop and storage room and offered plenty of square footage to create a family room, kitchenette, and full bath. It’s location right beside the outdoor kitchen made it an ideal spot for entertaining and provided an easily accessible bathroom during the summertime. Even the canine family members get to enjoy it as they have their own personal entrance, through a bathroom doggie door.

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Our design team listened carefully to our client’s wishes to create a space that had a modern rustic feel and found selections that fit their aesthetic perfectly. To set the tone, Blackstone Oak luxury vinyl plank flooring was installed throughout. The kitchenette area features Maple Shaker style cabinets in a pecan shell stain, Uba Tuba granite countertops, and an eye-catching amber glass and antique bronze pulley sconce. Rather than use just an ordinary door for the bathroom entry, a gorgeous Knotty Alder barn door creates a stunning focal point of the room.

The fantastic selections continue in the full bath. A reclaimed wood double vanity with a gray washed pine finish anchors the room. White, semi-recessed sinks with chrome faucets add some contemporary accents, while the glass and oil-rubbed bronze mini pendant lights are a balance between both rustic and modern. The design called for taking the shower tile to the ceiling and it really paid off. A sliced pebble tile floor in the shower is curbed with Uba Tuba granite, creating a clean line and another accent detail.

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The new multi-functional space looks like a natural extension of their home, with its matching exterior lights, new windows, doors, and sliders. And with winter approaching and snow on the way, this family is ready to hunker down and ride out the storm in comfort and warmth. When summer arrives, they have a designated bathroom for outdoor entertaining and a wonderful area for guests to hang out.

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It was a pleasure to create this beautiful remodel for our clients and we hope that they continue to enjoy it for many years to come. 

What Do Reputable Remodelers Have In Common?

Making the decision to start the remodeling journey is an exciting one. Whether it’s a kitchen remodel or a home addition, selecting the right company to remodel your home can be a little overwhelming.  How do you navigate the sea of options? It’s important to do a little research to learn more about each of the remodeling firms you are considering. There are a few key attributes that reputable remodeling firms will have in common.  

Longevity in the market.  Remodelers who have around for decades have perfected their craft over the years. They have had time to develop processes that focus simultaneously on building an exceptional project while delivering a satisfying remodeling experience. When you speak with the remodelers you are considering, ask them about their process and listen to see if their response includes not only the end product, but your experience as well.

They have a strong repeat client base. If a firm can tell you that many of their clients have hired them to complete a second, third, or fourth project this is very good sign. This indicates that the firm works hard to establish and maintain relationships with their clients that are built on trust, reliability, and meeting or exceeding expectations.  Some of those repeat clients would likely be happy to speak with you about the firm.

Their clients refer them new business.  If you receive a referral from a friend or family member for a product or service provider, chances are they were happy or satisfied.  When a remodeler can tell you that they get a high percentage of their work from client referrals that is another very good sign.  The referring client is entrusting the remodeling firm to provide their friend with the same level of craftsmanship and service that they received.

Positive reviews. Being able to easily find and access client reviews is a critical part of many buying decisions these days.  A reputable remodeling firm will have reviews or testimonials posted on their own website and on sites like Houzz or Google+. Take some time to read them. You will learn a lot about the firm through the client’s eyes.

Industry memberships. There are two key industry memberships in the remodeling industry: National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI).  In order to become and remain members of these organizations a firm must follow a strict code of ethics.  Both organizations offer continuing education and certification on a variety of construction and remodeling practices.

We hope this list of attributes has been helpful to you and we encourage you to use it as a guide in your research and interview process. And don’t be afraid to ask questions, a reputable remodeler will be happy to answer!

Remodeling Trends For Coastal Homes

The Benson Homes team has been remodeling coastal homes for more than 30 years and in that time we’ve seen some interesting shifts in remodeling trends.  One major change over the years has been the movement from formal, divided living floor plans to open and casual spaces. Another is the shift in preferred color palettes from dark wood finishes and deep colored granites to lighter and more neutral color schemes accented with weathered woods.  We love designing remodels for coastal homes and have embraced the functional and aesthetic changes that homeowners are seeking today.  Here are some of the popular remodeling trends our clients are incorporating into their homes. 

1.    Indoor/outdoor connections.  Reconfiguring existing space to enable easier transitions between indoor and outdoor spaces is something we do quite often. This may entail removing walls, adding windows, or installing sliding glass doors (or all three). The goal is always to invite the flow of natural light into the home and to capitalize on exterior views, allowing the home to feel light, airy and open.

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2. Clean color palettes featuring white, neutrals, and pops of blue. Natural beach hues are a popular choice for coastal home selections; from all white kitchens to neutral family rooms accented with a gorgeous wood fireplace. They are easy on the eye, creating a relaxing atmosphere that’s both cozy and welcoming.

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3. Informal dining spaces. Homeowners are requesting open kitchen and dining rooms or eat-in spaces that are comfortable for both family meals and entertaining friends and neighbors. Many prefer to have their meals in a less formal setting. This configuration also allows the person who is working in the kitchen the ability to observe their children or interact with others.

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4. Specialty outdoor spaces. Decks, patios and screened porches will always be mainstays for coastal homes, but some folks are taking it up a notch and creating specialty outdoor spaces. An outdoor living room is a great place to entertain and enjoy warm summer nights. The addition of a fireplace will extend the use well into the fall and early winter months. Pool houses or cabanas are also popular, some with outdoor kitchens and bathrooms.

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5. Mudrooms. Let’s face it, when you live near the beach you deal with a lot of sand. Adding a mudroom can be life changing! It provides a catchall space for flip-flops, beach bags, towels, book bags, sports equipment, and coats. You can customize it with bench seating, individual lockers, drawers or cubby storage.

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Do you have a new space in mind for your coastal home? If you are looking for some design inspiration for your home, we invite you to view our project galleries. Let us know if you’d like to discuss your ideas with us. We would love to bring your vision to life.

Let The Light In! Before & After Kitchen Transformation

Everyone loves a great remodeling story, especially when it's told with before and after photos that show the changes that took place. In this coastal home remodel, Benson Homes had the pleasure of transforming a dark, closed off kitchen into a beautiful, light-filled open concept kitchen, dining, and living room space. Our design goal was to make the kitchen the heart of the home and to improve the overall function and flow of the main living areas.

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To begin, a large section of wall between the living room and kitchen was removed to open the floor plan and allow light to enter from the living room windows. There is now an unobstructed view and easy traffic flow in and out of all of the connected spaces.


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New, white raised panel cabinets reflect much more light into the space than the darker stained ones they replaced. Custom cabinet doors were built for the Wolf refrigerator, allowing it to blend into the layout and lend a lighter feel to the space.


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This gas stove saves on cook time and the new hood vent is a design focal point. The white on white color palette creates an airy and spacious feel, and couldn't be further from the dark cabinets and walls that previously closed in the space.


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The new, uninterrupted view from the kitchen island.


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Lastly, a hallway shortcut was filled in to make room for a new wine bar just off of the kitchen.


The new kitchen space has set the tone for the first floor of the house and the open floor plan better accommodates the living patterns of the family. It feels and functions like a completely new home!

If your coastal home doesn't suite your current lifestyle, send us a note or give us a call and let's discuss how we can help you fall in love with your home again.