Helpful Articles From Authentic Designs And Remodeling

Importance of a Good Sprinkler System

IMG_4903April showers might bring May flowers but you’ll need a well-tuned sprinkler system to keep lawns and plants green and blooming through the hottest part of summer.

Have a landscaper check out your sprinkler system to ensure that you’re not setting yourself up for expensive repair bills. Depending on the size of your yard, a survey will cost between $50 and $200, but it’s a worthwhile investment in the health of your home and yard.

The Gila Monster

Dragon_010180_0323Relocating and restoring a 39 feet long and 16 feet high structure is a unique example of Authentic Designs and Remodeling, Inc.’s ability to provide solutions that aren’t limited to just form of residential construction, but reveals its versatility and ability to problem solve. With proper planning and design, Authentic Designs and Remodeling, Inc. is able to create and construct a variety of work.


Dragon_010180_0276Wendell EckHolm, president of Artworks San Diego, presented me with a plot plan of an   extravagant Nikki de St. Phalle sculpture in need of relocation and reconstruction to the other side of a private estate in Rancho Santa Fe.

Preparing Your Home for the Winter Season

Weather-proofing your house before winter begins will not only keep you warm and dry, it will also help you save money. Take a few simple, protective measures today to prepare your home for winter. Just a little bit of effort can go a long way towards sparing yourself the hassle and expense of having to remodel your home later.

Choosing the Right Finish for Your Custom Cabinetry

The finish provided for your cabinet is just as important as the custom cabinetry design itself. Choose a finish that is durable and timeless. Many times, when visiting a customer’s home, I have been able to identify the age of the cabinetry just by looking at the colors. For traditional cabinetry, try to use natural colors like cherry or mahogany that have been around for centuries and are likely to remain so. This way, you will always be able to touch up small scratches on clear coats. Aim for longevity – a clear coat finish, whether made of conversion varnish, polyurethane, or lacquer, should always seal the grains and have a smooth, glass-like effect.

Tips for a Seamless Custom Cabinetry Design Process

Custom cabinetry should be like quality furniture or fine art hanging on the wall. One of my recent customers was told that their cabinets would look fine with just a little paint! When you hire the right custom cabinetmaker you should get much more than “fine,” you should get truly amazing results that “wow” you every time you walk into your home.

How to Choose the Right Custom Cabinetry Company

True custom cabinetry is when you get exactly what you envision, in terms of size, color and style. Custom Cabinetry requires a specialized skill and finding the right custom cabinetmaker is essential to getting the results you desire.

It is important to be well informed when selecting your custom cabinetmaker. Be sure to find out their experience in custom cabinetmaking and the number of years they have been in business. Verify whether the company is licensed and bonded and ask them to provide you with photographs of their most recent work.

3 Top Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes

green_afterRemodeling your kitchen is one of the most important decisions you will make in the development or restoration of your home. The kitchen area is also the one room that is seen by everyone who enters the home. From our years of experience with custom kitchen remodeling, we’d like to share a few mistaken perceptions about kitchen remodeling in hopes that you will enter your own kitchen remodeling plan with proper expectations.

Over-Improving the Kitchen Area

Your $300,000 home does not merit a $100,000 kitchen, unless you’re a professional caterer or chef. (This is also true for professional-style appliances. Will you really use all those burners and BTUs?)