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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

4 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Home Show

Home Shows are valuable opportunities for homeowners looking for home products and services. It’s a one-stop-shop where you can get face-to-face with multiple area businesses in a short period of time.  If you’ve never visited a home show before, and don’t know what to expect, here are a few tips for making the most of your time at a home show.

1. Make Your List
Before you go make a list of the products and services you are interested in. There are so many vendors the temptation to try to see it all may be great. You can end up getting distracted and walk away without getting some of the information you came for.

You may also want to review the list of participating vendors and highlight those you want to be sure you visit. Most home shows will publish their exhibitors list on their websites prior to the show.

      2. Check the Schedule
There are often special events, including seminars or free consultations, available during the show. Some may require you to sign up in advance to participate. Be sure to note the times and requirements for any of these events you may want to attend so you don’t miss out.

      3. Ask Questions
This is your chance! Don’t be afraid to talk to the vendors. Ask questions about your project; find out if they work in your area, how long they’ve been in business, ask about their process. This is a great opportunity to get a feel for the professionals’ capabilities and the culture of the business. This initial conversation can provide great insight into whether they will be a good fit for your needs.

      4. Start a Collection
Take brochures and business cards from vendors you might be interested in working with. Jot down notes on the back about anything that stood out to you during your conversation. After you get home this can be a great way to recall which vendors you want to reach out to, especially if you’ve talked to multiple vendors offering the same product or service.

With a little bit of planning you can use your time efficiently and maximize the value that attending a home show can provide.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Classic Recognized for Service and Design Excellence

In a business where referrals are essential to our success, we are consistently working to ensure our clients have a great remodeling experience and want to share that experience with others. We've been fortunate that so many have willingly participated in reviewing our company, garnering some public recognition for our both the quality of our work and our customer service.

Earlier this year, Classic received the "Best of Houzz" awards from Houzz.com for both Design and Service. Design award winners' work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as "Houzzers." Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015.

In late June, we were notified that we have once again been named Guildmaster by GuildQuality, a third party surveying company.  The Guildmaster award is granted to those builders and remodelers who have an 80% survey response rate and a 90% satisfaction rating. This marks the 11th consecutive year we've earned the award. We are also among only a small handful of companies nationwide who have earned the Guildmaster title every year since the award's inception.

Most recently, the readers of Charleston Living Magazine named Classic Charleston's Best Kitchen and Bath Remodeler in their "Best of the Best" readers' poll. This marks the third year Classic has been recognized by the readers of Charleston Living. You can see the full list of winners in the July/August issue, on newsstands now.

We pride ourselves on excellence and are honored that our clients continue to recognize us for providing quality construction and superior customer service. Thanks for your continued confidence in Classic Remodeling!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

The Classic Difference: Navigating the Selections Process

You’ve decided to remodel your kitchen.  You’ve have a general idea of the features you’d like to include. You jump online to get a few ideas of things you might like and are greeted by THOUSANDS of options. Where do you begin? How do you narrow your choices without becoming overwhelmed? And how do you ensure that you create a cohesive look in your space?

We have the answer for you….call Classic!

When we take on a remodeling project, our in-house designers guide you through the selections process and eliminate much of the guess work for you. Check out our latest video and learn how Classic can help you navigate the design and selections process.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

An Inside Look at a Classic Remodel

If you’ve never been through a remodel before, the prospect can be daunting. You might be hesitant to dive into a renovation, not knowing what to expect.

At Classic Remodeling we go to great efforts to ensure that the remodeling process is as stress-free as possible and that the end result is a highly satisfied client and a beautiful home. But don’t just take our word for it. Check out our latest video, as we followed one Classic project from start to finish and hear first-hand what you can expect from a Classic Remodeling project.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Classic Remodeling Celebrates Another Year

It's fall again and that means it's time for our annual Client Appreciation Oyster Roast!

Despite the torrential rains and horrible flooding across the Lowcountry a couple of weeks earlier, the skies cleared just in time for our annual gathering at the St. Johns Yacht Harbor. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed a great evening on the deck with delicious oysters from Charleston Oyster Company, food and bar service by Duvall Catering and of course the wonderful company of many of our clients - past and present.

Thanks to everyone who attended this year's event and we look forward to seeing you next year!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Top 5 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

Classic Remodeling's Kitchen and Bath Specialist, Krista Scheider, shares some of the trends she's seeing in bathroom remodels this year. 

Bathroom remodels (along with kitchens) have been one of the most requested renovation projects we’ve seen this year. These projects offer a great return on your investment (according to the 2015 Cost v. Value Report, you can generally recoup about 70% of the cost of your project). And as more and more people opt to remain in their homes for a longer period of time, they are finding that their needs for a functional and luxurious master bath have changed. Here are a few trends we have seen in master bathroom remodels this year:

1. Curbless Showers. This is one of the most popular requests from homeowners. A curbless shower 
    makes the space feel larger and gives it cleaner lines. It's also very important if you are considering
    universal design elements for aging in place (see trend #3 for more info on this).


2.   Free standing tubs and/or large showers.  Gone are the days of the garden tub and the tub/shower combo. Today most homeowners are opting for a large walk-in shower and free standing tub. Some are eliminating the tub altogether and going strictly with a shower. While in the past many thought this would hurt resale values, these days it's more about efficient use of space and Americans tend to take fewer baths than in past years. So don't feel bad about forgoing the tub!

3.   Aging in Place. As we go through the design phase we often think about how our clients' needs
      may change as they age and we try to plan for those needs. This may including thinking about
     installing a curbless shower, strategically placing grab bars, or installing bench seats in showers.
     With a wide range of products available, they are much easier to integrate into the design. From
     faucets and towel bars to shelving and soap dishes, these elegant fixtures provide discreet support, 
     making them both beautiful and functional. 

4.  Toilet Room.  As often as the design allows, we try to incorporate a separate toilet room or toilet
     and shower room into each space. Not only does this help eliminate the toilet as a focal point in
     the room, it also makes the master bath much more accommodating for two people to use at the
     same time. 

5.   Double Vanities. You'd be surprised how many homes in our area do not have a double vanity in
      the master bath. This has become a must-have design element and there are several ways to work
      them into a space. We've done the standard single countertop with double sinks where space 
      allows. When space is tight there are other options such as separate vanities or back-to-back 
      vanities.  As a design-build firm we can get creative and find unique ways to create the space of
      your dreams. 

Check back soon for Krista's top 5 trends in kitchen remodels!