When using color in a bathroom follow the 60-30-10 rule. The 60-30-10 rule is a good guide when using color in the bathroom. 60% of the room should be your main color, like white tiles on your wall and glazing on your bath or sink. 30% is your mid-range color and is good for areas like the floor or vanity cabinet. 10% is your accent color, a bold, punchy colour that you can add with your linen.


Some kitchen countertops are not as kid-friendly as others.  Those that stain easily include marble, some granite and concrete, and wood that isn’t well-maintained.  If your kids are older and doing some cooking on their own, keep in mind that laminate, Corian and other solid surface products, and some wood countertops don’t resist heat very well and hot pots or pans can leave a lasting mark.

If your budget is large, consider pricier kitchen countertops such as concrete, granite, quartz, Corian, or stainless steel.  Mid-range options include solid surface products, tile, some woods, and recycled glass countertops. Those on a limited budget can still find very nice kitchen countertops in butcher block, laminate and even tile.


Which of these categories resonates with you?  Use your answers to narrow your choices – it will make the ultimate decision that much easier!  A wide array of materials, colors, patterns, styles and prices mean that there are great kitchen countertops made for every home.

A center cabinet adds sleek sophistication. It is an easy way to hide the outlets and all of your personal items, all while the toothbrushes charge discreetly!

​Bummed out by your bathroom or kitchen? Square 1 Renovations will help you evaluate your needs and choose the right materials to create the bathroom/kitchen you really want.

The shower, tub, or shower/tub combination is the heart of the bathroom

​Renovating your kitchen will add ease to your lifestyle and value to your home.

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Flooring options


Are you a person who is always on the go and does not enjoy the extra housework?  If so, choose a low-maintenance product.  Solid surface, laminate, recycled glass, quartz, engineered stone or stainless steel countertops require very little extra work.

If you enjoy working on your home and don’t mind giving countertops a little extra TLC, your options include porous types such as granite or concrete countertops or wood kitchen countertops.

All of these need to be sealed periodically and wood does better if it is oiled every 2-3 months.  Grout on tile will also need occasional maintenance to counteract discoloration or stains.

Recycled materials are now making their way into kitchen countertop designs.  Recycled glass countertops use up to 90% recycled material.  Other solid countertop types are made from a high percentage of recycled paper, particle board, wood and other materials.  These are very attractive options that are also very friendly to the environment.

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Laminate 


Commonly known as a “cheap version of wood” laminate is truly a workhorse. As a very durable material, this substance rarely fades and is resistant to stains.


While laminate flooring has its ups, it doesn’t generally make your home worth more from a buyer’s perspective. If it should discolor, it’s not possible to rehabilitate or refinish the material. Another downside is it is very susceptible to damage from standing water.

Hardwood

If you have hardwood floors, you already know its value. It is one of those home improvements that will actually be a selling point if you are about to put your house on the market. This type of flooring, even if it’s old and worn has another positive – you can refinish it.

Using hardwood in a business environment has mixed blessings. While it gives off an inviting look, since it’s sensitive to warping from too much moisture, it may become a problem. Hardwood flooring is not too eye-friendly when it comes to dings and dents.

Stone 


Strong, thick stone used in covering a floor is a choice for the ages. And since it’s nearly indestructible, it’s there for the long run.

The history of stone floors gives them a classic appearance, but is increasingly thought of as having a contemporary side, too. Like hardwood, stone floors can add value to your existing home. Sealed, finished stone is also water and moisture resistant.

Stone flooring, though, doesn’t come cheap. And along with the cost, it retains the cold. It can also become slippery when wet. It’s also somewhat hard to install. Factor in maintenance. Not only will it require regular cleaning, it can chip, causing the owner to have to take drastic steps to bring the floor up to speed.

Tile Flooring

Do you have a high-traffic area in your house? Tiles can be a great solution. A benefit over stones are that tiles can be fairly easy to replace. But by-and-large, this type of flooring is extremely durable. Tiles were meant for wet places.

 Tiles, nonetheless, are not indestructible. Chipping and cracking are common when heavy objects are dropped on them, or something that weighs a lot shatters an individual tile. These are very noisy floors that can become slippery when fluids are spilled on them.

Carpet Flooring

The hands-down softest of all the options is carpet. Being a very popular choice, carpet flooring can be an economical way to cover a room or entire house. Not to say that it’s cheap, there are expensive materials that can be just as costly as hardwood or stone. The patterns, colors, textures and designs make carpet the perfect addition as it can get along with interior.

Occasionally, some carpets are not made for the long-haul. Wear and tear could be a disqualifier. However, with modular carpet tiles, this issue might be on-the-way to being solved. In a worn spot, using the modular method, it’s relatively easy to pop-out the bad piece, replacing it with a new tile.


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After

Each and every one of our kitchen remodel projects are carefully and professionally designed by Square 1 Renovations. Our goal is to make your dream a reality! 

Many of our bathroom remodeling projects involve removing an old tub and replacing it with a tiled, walk-in shower. These showers include Euro doors, which open in both directions and have limited frame size; hand-held sprayers, large rain head faucets, body sprayers; built-in seats; built-in niches. Walk-in showers help to make a home work for those who plan to stay and age in place.


We provide high quality design and remodeling services, of any size and complexity, at competitive pricing.  Call (586) 232-4662 for your free consultation. 

One of our more recent projects! Two outdated bathrooms completely torn out and re-tiled in under a week!

Do you want to add to the value of your home? Studies show that kitchen and bathroom updates are the best changes you can make to increase your home resale value. Not to mention making it a better place to live in yourself! 

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​​​We offer a wide range of full-scope bathroom and shower interior designs with planning that can be customized to meet your needs. Our Tile Installers work directly with our team to come up with the best solution for your home or business.

Cabinets usually take up the bulk of a budget during a kitchen remodel. Because they are a major focal point of any kitchen you'll need to sort through the available options and make choices that are right for you. Here's how:

Consider “Freshening Up” existing cabinets. A fresh coat of paint or stain could bring life back to cabinets that are old and out of date.  Another alternative is to reface the cabinets. This involves installing a new veneer on the exterior of the cabinet box and replacing the doors and drawer fronts. The process is much faster than installing new cabinets because the cabinets remain intact and the work is done onsite. However, be forewarned that when it comes to cabinets, doors and drawer fronts account for the greatest expense.

 Another option is to tear out the old cabinets and completely replace with either stock, semi-custom, or custom cabinets.

Custom cabinets are built to exact specifications and offer endless options with regard to materials, designs, finishes and accessories. Choosing custom cabinets requires the longest lead time and is the most expensive route.


Semi-custom cabinets are just that: semi-custom. While the cabinets are made to the homeowner's size requirements, the manufacturer produces them in predetermined increments. Often a spacer may be needed to conceal unused wall space, and that sacrifices storage. The range of materials, designs, finishes and accessories will not be as broad with semi-custom cabinets, but they cost less than fully custom cabinets.

Stock cabinets, which are the least expensive of new cabinet options, are premade and come in standard sizes. Though stock cabinets often get a bad rap in terms of quality of construction, there are many on the market that are made of solid wood.

We work with many local cabinet distributers to make sure the design and price fits with what you want!