Are Granite Countertops on the Way Out?

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After you have made a wise investment in putting granite throughout your home kitchen and bath areas, it may appear natural to question your motives. Sometimes, when comparing various products, it can become confusing as to whether purchasing granite was necessary at all. When we talk to designers today, we often hear clients ask, “Are granite countertops on the way out?” You would be surprised at the various answers to that question. At TrustBilt, our main reason for offering granite countertops is because they are earthy, natural, and durable. Also, granite increases the value of your home or office. However, there are a lot of other reasons why people decide to purchase granite for their kitchens and baths. Below we discuss the some of the reasons, so you decide.

How Modern are Granite Countertops

If you were asking how modern granite itself is, we would have to reply, “Old as dirt!” After all, granite is created naturally in the depths of the earth over thousands of years and only cleaned and polished after it is mined. The polishing technique gives it that shiny luster that homeowners and business owners both like. If you want to go GREEN, granite is your solution. It ‘s hard to believe that GREEN solutions would ever be a thing of the past, but some designers are trying to persuade buyers to use Corian or Silestone as a cheap, trendy substitute. These are manmade materials that are supposed to mimic granite, but in exchange do not come with a lifetime guarantee like granite does. The truth is, if it’s too good to be true, it probably is, especially with knock off granite substitutes.

If You Want Your Home or Office to Look Authentically Unique, Granite Works!

No two granite slabs are completely alike. This is because they are made naturally in nature though many things in life appear alike, most elements contain variances. Some of the variations in granite are caused by the veining of mineral deposits. You cannot find that sort of unique beauty in a manmade product. We are not suggesting that man-made products are not good at all, but if you are looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind solution, granite is the answer. Compositions by manufacturing plants may come close, but for relatively the same cost, you can have a thing of beauty in your home or office that has and will continue to stand the test of time.

TrustBilt Offers a Vast Array of Granite Options

If you are seeking new countertops and would like to see our granite selections, give us a call today at (505) 688-8194. We offer home, and office remodels throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque, and Santa Fe, NM areas.

“Building What Matters

Tim Simmons

6109 Menaul Blvd NE,

Albuquerque, NM  87110

505-688-8194

http://trustbilt.com/

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Let TrustBilt Make Your Patio or Porch Area Useful Year-Round

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Admit it. It’s hard to reprieve from the dog days of summer, especially if you do not have an outdoor space that is adequately designed to reflect the sun while keeping cool beverages within reach. If you have a balcony, you can convert it into an ideal outdoor space. If you have a patio or porch area that is screaming for some attention, why not turn it into a liveable space year-round? TrustBilt of Albuquerque, New Mexico takes pride in helping homeowners capture the perfect outdoor space for their family and friends!

Create an Inviting Outdoor Ambience in Which You Can Enjoy

There is a plethora of ideas and opportunities to turn your dull outdoor space into one that will make your family and friends want to hang out in anytime during the year. By adding textiles, furnishings and interesting architectural elements, including gardens, you can reflect your personality and create a sanctuary that is peaceful yet relaxing for all ages.

Trees and Overgrowth Enhance Your Patio

There is nothing like investing in an outdoor space, only to not be able to enjoy the great view that it offers. Especially in New Mexico, there are ample opportunities to incorporate mountain views and lovely landscapes. We encourage allowing some foliage to overgrow on your patio or porch area so that it naturally frames it with protection and adds shade while protecting your flooring from direct sunlight. Of course, if your porch is already adequately covered, you won’t need the extra foliage for protection. Adding beautiful plants to your outdoor area always introduces different seasons throughout the year. Remember to use weatherproof trellises for climbing plants and vines and think of your outdoor space as an extension of your indoor space.

Don’t Forget the Flooring

Even though the great outdoors is open and spacious, you will benefit more from your outdoor space by making it more private. Using blinds or adding walls or windows to enclose partially or entirely enclose your porch, are great ideas. While you are creating a small sanctuary for yourself, remember to add flooring that is comfortable on the feet and durable to all kinds of weather. If you choose throw rugs, make sure that they are dried out between storms that cause rainfall. Moisture buildup under a carpet can eat away at your flooring. If you use wood or earth tones for the flooring, it will blend into the natural outdoor environment.

Pergola or Arbor Additions Add More Privacy and Protection

If your outdoor area is in need of some protection or interesting dimensions, try adding a pergola or arbor to give the impression of seclusion. Open roofs like pergola are also perfect for climbing vines, adding additional protection.

TrustBilt Offers Design Specializing For Your Outdoor Space

Are you still needing some outdoor design ideas? We can help. We work with any size budget and can transform your outdoor area into one the whole family will love! Just contact TrustBilt at (505) 688-8194 for a free estimate today! We offer remodeling solutions throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM areas.

Tim Simmons

6109 Menaul Blvd NE,

Albuquerque, NM  87110

505-688-8194

http://trustbilt.com/

Do You Need to Lighten up Your Remodel?

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At TrustBilt of Albuquerque, NM, we help our clients decided on every important element of their remodel. We often find that many have forgotten about adding lighting or elements of lighting in their remodeling plans. We have found that lighting is something that adds or takes away from a beautiful room remodel. That is why we often ask our customers if they need to lighten up their remodel by offering appropriate lighting designs that implement well into their remodeling project.

Learn How To Update Your Lighting

From big open windows to chandeliers or recessed lighting, we make sure that your new remodel is offering well-lit areas that solve the banter that often happens when lighting selections have been ignored. Lighting that is colorful and trendy, often become outdated first. So, when choosing the appropriate lighting for your kitchen or bathroom remodel, make sure to select something that blends well with the design scheme—but is also timeless. Lighting does not have to be expensive either. It hasn’t always been this way, but today, there are so many different selections of lighting that you are bound to find one that meets your budget easily. In living areas or bedrooms, we suggest easy to change lighting accessories or lighting items of interests to become the focal point of your room. We offer a variety of lighting design ideas that can meet any color or décor need.

Neutral Colors and Classic Décor Invite the Implementation of Color

Most well-used areas are designed with neutral colors that blend well with classic décor. However, these same plans offer a pallet of opportunities to add a pop of color for interest, texture and uniqueness of the home or business owner. Many designers have begun using lighting elements in place of cabinetry or art hangings. More lighted areas, seem to draw people to areas where you want them to congregate. If your lighting selection becomes unfashionable, it can always be switched out, so when selecting the appropriate lighting, find one that suits your needs and personality.

No matter what your lighting needs are, TrustBilt can offer solutions that will match any décor need that you may have. If you need a remodel or renovation, make sure to ask our design experts to help you select just the right lighting for your needs. Feel free to contact us at (505) 688-8194 for a free estimate! We offer remodeling services throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, NM areas.

“Building What Matters

Tim Simmons

6109 Menaul Blvd NE,

Albuquerque, NM  87110

505-688-8194

http://trustbilt.com/

Consider the Age Factor When Remodeling

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To be honest with you, most of us never think of the desired results when it comes to remodeling except our present need for improving an outdated design. As we age, our needs become different. If you plan on staying in your home throughout retirement, you will need to be more proactive in making sure that you consider the age factor when remodeling. At TrustBilt of Albuquerque, NM, we have allowed many retirees to stay in their current homes with affordable updates and renovations that meet the needs of every age group.

Health and Aging Issues Are Important Issues When Updating or Remodeling

Let’s face it—most people never think about age or health as a priority when remodeling, but they should. Statistics says that up to forty percent of Boomers will remodel their home in the future. Most remodeling ideas are approached with updating in mind, especially in kitchen and bath areas. Would your current remodel meet your needs as you age or encounter any health issues? The best way to approach a remodel is with a universal design that meets all ages. A universal or livable design will not only benefit you in the present, but for years to come. No one plans on getting ill or not being able to do things as they age, but life happens.

Design Elements for Livable Space Updates

There are several design elements to take into consideration when you are embarking on an update or complete remodeling job. Lighting is probably one of the most crucial aspects to consider. When we age, lighting seems to be a greater need for us whether we are brushing our teeth, cooking or reading. Lighting can be an affordable way to update your home, but keep in mind that the “older eyes” need readily accessible lighting for almost every task. Other elements of design to look out for would be adding pullout drawers in base cabinets, leveling thresholds between rooms, and installing handles that are easier to hold on to instead of knobs. Other implementations such as countertop heights should be considered during a remodel. All of these can be easily implemented to fit into your home, making sure that when you age, your home doesn’t outgrow your basic needs of accessibility.

Walk-In Showers Offer Feasible Design for an Aging Population

Walk-in showers work best for an aging population but make sure the threshold is insignificant or obsolete, as it can lead to a tripping hazard. The use of a single-lever faucet also helps adults adapt to aging, as well as grab bars in both the tub and shower. Handheld shower hoses work best when they can be adjusted to height. Also, one should consider raised toilets when remodeling a bath. None of these elements takes away from contemporary design, and allow an aging population to stay in their home when they retire.

At TrustBilt of ABQ, NM, we strive to meet the needs of all of our customers and offer custom designs that enable an aging population the ability to stay in their homes as long as they want. If you need a new renovation or update that will meet your needs now, and in the future, call us for a FREE ESTIMATE at (505) 688-8194 today. We offer remodeling and new addition construction services throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santé Fe, New Mexico areas.

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“Building What Matters.”

Tim Simmons

6109 Menaul Blvd NE,

Albuquerque, NM  87110

505-688-8194

http://trustbilt.com/

Owner of TrustBilt & All of State Believes in Building Community

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The owner of both, TrustBilt LLC and All of State Flooring, Tim Simmons, believes in building community. You will find him being a community-minded entrepreneur with a sincere love for New Mexico and golf. If you combine them, you will find someone who is always seeking opportunities to better someone else’s life or to bring about awareness of an unmet need.

Tim Simmons needs no introduction to Albuquerque, New Mexico businesses, and residents. In under a decade, he has earned the trusts of many families and businesses throughout the state. This is especially true when it comes to providing professional remodeling services and flooring products that are safe for families and commercial properties.

Tim’s team members helped him play golf at the Hope Christian tournament on April 27th. (Pictured below.) If you like golf, come out and watch the team once again play at the Albuquerque Academy tournament on May 29th, 2015.

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Pictured above: Roger Hill (TrustBilt Project Specialist), Daniel Hedges (All of State Sales Manager), Tim Simmons (Owner TrustBilt LLC and President of All of State Flooring), Butch Cline (Manager TrustBilt).

If you are in need of an affordable remodel, the contractors at TrustBilt can help! If you need environmentally safe flooring that can hold up to busy traffic and more, All of State Flooring has it! For a free quote on all of their services including remodeling or flooring services, contact us at (505) 688-8194 today.

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Contact: Tim Simmons

6109 Menaul Blvd NE,

Albuquerque, NM  87110

505-688-8194

http://trustbilt.com/

 

New Remodel Pitfalls That Can Be Avoided

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José Iván Bernardo Vázquez  So spring is here, and you are ready to tackle that long awaited remodel. Before you take out the sledgehammer and start tearing down your outdated bath, kitchen or other area, you might want to consider the costs. At TrustBilt LLC of Albuquerque, NM, we take pride in educating our customers about remodels and helping them save the headache of costly remodel mistakes, as well as backaches. Below are some new remodel pitfalls that can be avoided.

Plan, Plan, Plan

We cannot tell you how many times we have seen customers start a remodel without making plans. They have decided that they are just sick of their bath or kitchen, and so they go head strong into the project. It is not long before they find out that they are stuck with no place to go because of poor planning. The best thing one can do before ever starting a remodel is to come up with a good plan. That plan will consist of design and pricing. TrustBilt never starts any remodel without first getting to know the customer, their needs, their budget and more. Every remodel, no matter how well planned out, will run into some small unforeseen issue that can bring the entire project to a halt. That is why it is imperative to plan out the project strategically and come to an agreement about how to approach unforeseen issues before ever starting.

Don’t Rush Into Choosing A Contractor!

Many people are in such a hurry to get the remodel done; they pick the first contractor available. Take the time to know the contractor you are going to work with. If that contractor hasn’t got the time of day to sit with you, learn what you are looking for, and approach the project professionally within agreed guidelines, beware. Once you get started, it may be too late to change your mind if you rush into the project blindly. A good contractor will ask many, emphasis on MANY questions before ever accepting the job and making recommendations. If not, move on until you find someone who wants to know the scope of the project and can perform the remodel professionally.

Frequent Remodel Changes Will Set You Back

After you have agreed with a particular contractor, keep in mind the costs of materials, the time needed to accomplish the project, your budget, and more. Lastly, know that you know what you want upfront. Making significant changes to the remodel while in progress can costs you in materials, time and frustrate you and the remodeling professionals. We are not talking different paint colors or subtle changes here. We are talking adding walls, new fixtures, running electric elsewhere, etc. All of these things should be discussed with your contractor prior to day one of the remodel.

If you need a remodel, call the go-to professionals that others trust? Contact TrustBilt of Albuquerque, New Mexico for a free estimate today! We offer easy remodeling solutions that fit every budget. You can contact us online at http://www.trustbilt.com or call us now at 505-688-8194 and start realizing your dreams tomorrow! We provide services throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico areas.

 

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“Building What Matters.

Tim Simmons

6109 Menaul Blvd NE,

Albuquerque, NM  87110

505-688-8194

http://trustbilt.com/

When Is The Right Time For a Bathroom Remodel?

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Plumber fixing the sink in a bathroom  Before you ever consider a remodel of any kind, especially in a bathroom, it is important to answer a few questions. Bathroom remodels do not have to cost an arm and leg, and sometimes all your bathroom needs is a soft update. TrustBilt of Albuquerque, New Mexico helps customers answer questions daily about their remodeling needs, such as “When is the right time for a bathroom remodel?”

High Traffic Areas Demand Remodeling More Frequently

As you already know, the bathroom in your home is considered a high traffic area. Bathroom remodels are commonly needed every fifteen-twenty years. Why is that the case? Any room that consists of a water source like a bathroom, often encounters wear and tear earlier than other rooms in your home. Moisture causes earlier breakdown, and more often than not, once a leak has been detected, it is too late to salvage existing materials. This is mainly due to mold and mildew damage that begins within 24-48 hours after water damage occurs.

If You Need a ROI, the Bathroom is a Great Place to Start!

Homeowners who want to earn a return on investment (RIO) understand the importance of a bathroom remodel. If you plan on selling your home, a bathroom remodel can help immensely. Buyers constantly look at bathrooms and kitchens to see if they will fit their needs. If the bath is outdated, dingy and contains inadequate lighting, it can cause a negative mark that will be hard for you to sell. Owners always make their money back on a good bathroom remodel.

Functionality Is Necessary For the Long Term

If your bathroom is dysfunctional or not meeting your family needs, and you know you are going to stay in your home for a long time, then a bathroom remodel is necessary. Making a bathroom functional can be very affordable when you consult with one of our remodeling specialist. We offer an array of options that meet just about any budget.

Damage Repair is Top Priority

If your bathroom has encountered water damage, chances of damage spreading to the rest of your home is very realistic. Damage can render your home unsafe and also cause instability in your homes foundation. Once damage goes unchecked, you can be talking about huge repair bills. That is why it is always important to make repairs right away, safeguarding your investment. Many folks choose to update when damage occurs.

If you need a free quote on a bathroom remodel or any other home remodel, give us a call at 505-688-8194. We provide services throughout New Mexico, including Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico municipalities. 

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“Building What Matters

Tim Simmons

6109 Menaul Blvd NE,

Albuquerque, NM  87110

505-688-8194

http://trustbilt.com/