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Design Drawing

Here at Rise Above Remodeling, we hear this question often when we are planning a remodel for a client’s home.  One of the things we keep hearing over and over is that they don’t know what to buy. They all have what I like to call “designaphobia”. The fear of decorating! Decorating your home should be fun, not intimidating. Here are 5 easy tips you can use to start developing your own interior design style and start decorating your home fearlessly! Start a Design Inspiration Board:  Begin to define your style by keeping a collection of pictures of homes, kitchens,... View Article

cultured marble and tile

One of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to tiling is – “Can you tile over cultured marble in the bathroom?” There are two sides to this question. Technically – it can be done but in practice it is avoided. Covering the cultured marble walls is not a good idea. “Cultured marble” is an acrylic composite and so it will require an epoxy setting material after the surface has been roughed up with either a grinder or sandpaper. Epoxy is expensive but there aren’t any other settings materials that will give you a reliable bond over this plastic... View Article

aging-in-place-2017-02

At Rise Above Remodeling in Phoenix AZ, we are getting a lot of requests to build additions, mother-in-law suites, and casitas.  We are hearing that people are building to make sure their parents have a place to live in their golden age. Retirement homes and communities can be very expensive. So many millennials are opting to remodel their existing home to fit both theirs and the parents’ needs while providing a less expensive option than a retirement home. An in-law suite is a planned area for additional adults to share living space on a semi-permanent or permanent basis. They usually... View Article

How to prepare for a remodel

You’re smart to have decided to contract out your major home project (hopefully with Rise Above Remodeling in Phoenix). Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, building an addition, or totally remodeling your home are all jobs that extend far beyond the skill level of most homeowners. If you have ever survived an arduous do-it-yourself project, finding a contractor may give you a sense of relief, as you envision yourself telling the contractor what to do and then having it magically done for you. But while your physical labor will be minimal, a different kind of work is involved in preparing your... View Article

Organized Kitchen

Organizing, to some people, can be a tedious task; while to others, it is a way of life. Once a room is organized the only daily task is maintenance. As long as everything used is put back in the place it originated, you could have an organized kitchen and ensure it remains that way! The first question you need to ask when venturing into the world of organizing is, “what items do I use/access the most and which items are there for the purpose of a specific once-per-year use?” The items most commonly used, such as plates, bowls, serving utensils,... View Article