She thought her bathroom remodel was going well until THIS happened…

bathroom remodel surpriseWas talking with a friend of a friend at a party the other night. She was telling me a horror story about a contractor she hired to remodel her bathroom. She didn’t know I’m a remodel contractor.

She went on about how shady all contractors are and how this guy was really “shifty” from the onset but hired him anyway. I asked her why she went with him. She said because he seemed to know what he was talking about and didn’t want to spend the extra time interviewing contractors. (Big mistake.) Just wanted to get on with the project and get it done. He said the remodel would take about three months. “Getting started” was over a year ago.

She gave him half the money down. He got started ripping the bathroom apart. Then he was gone. Three months went by with no contact. He was no where to be found. Would not return emails or phone calls. Then he shows up again and starts working with no explanation of where he’s been. Prison maybe? Who knows. He did about half the job. She says it is really lousy work. The floor tiles are installed crooked and lifting, the wiring is non-functional; overall it looks shabby. Then he disappeared again, but not before demanding more money to complete the job. Luckily she refused his demand.

So she brought in another contractor. He said everything needs to be torn out and started over. Said it looks like a kid was working on it. Everything is wrong. Nothing is done to code. No permits have been pulled from the city and there have been no required inspections at various points along the project.

She owns the home and has roommates. 3 bedroom, two bath. It was her master bathroom that was dismantled. For over a year she’d been sharing the common hall bath with her two other room mates. She says there’s tension in the house and her quality of life and her enjoyment of her home has dipped dramatically by this bathroom remodeling debacle. She’s lost room mates because of it too.

Now she’s wary of the new contractor because she thinks he’s cutting corners on materials and labor. She doesn’t trust anyone. She had locks installed on every door, room mate’s bedrooms, closets, and even a few cupboards because of theft and “mysteriously missing” items. Cash and other small valuables missing from her and her roommates. Things that were in drawers and closets, far away from the bathroom being remodeled.

She was very distraught over the entire situation. Not just the time and money she’s lost, but her trust in people and faith in humanity. All this distress and ill will from a seemingly simple bathroom remodeling project gone bad. So sad. And I’ve heard similar stories over the years.

I hate to see bad things happen to good people. It’s disgusting to me when one person treats another so badly, especially if he’s supposed to be a legitimate professional being paid for his service!

Finally the conversation turned toward me. She asked what I do. I told her I’m a home remodeling contractor. She turned red and said “Oh my gosh why didn’t you stop me from going on like that!” I told her I was not offended but would actually be happy to help her sort out her dilemma.

You see, it doesn’t have to be this way. A true professional should conduct himself accordingly, as a pro. As a respectable home remodeling construction advisor, as one trustworthy enough to be left alone in someone’s house and have the owner feel confident that their belongings are safe and sound.

A reliable contractor should show up when he says he will and do the job right to the best of his abilities. And in a timely fashion too! Get it done when it’s supposed to be done. Use high quality materials, have the right tools for the job, get all the required permits, etc.

So bottom line, if you want your bathroom remodel done right then do your research first. Find the best contractors you can and interview them. All of them. Don’t just hire the first one who shows up. Ask for referrals then take the time to call them. All of them. Check their online reviews too. Pick the one you feel can do the job the best. Don’t even worry about money at this point. Because with a GOOD contractor you get what you pay for. He may not be cheap, but he shouldn’t be overly expensive either. And you’ll find he saves you money by doing the job right the first time.

Think of all the time, money and hassle you can save in the long run by hiring the right contractor for a fair price before the job starts. Call me if you need anything. Ask me for referrals. Watch me show up on time and be professional. I’ll always be upfront and honest with you. Not ALL contractors are bad. I promise.

Marc Gieselmann, contractor
Phone: 858-748-6580
Location: Poway, CA
Email: info@hkremodel.com

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Tenant Improvement and Commercial Renovation Service

Tenant Improvement Renovation

Tenant Improvement Renovation

Whether you are a business owner looking to make better use of your space for increased sales and productivity through tenant improvement, or a property manager wanting to rent a vacancy quicker for a higher rent, commercial renovation makes good sense.

What Are Commercial Tenant Improvements?

Tenant improvement construction is associated with taking an existing building and building out offices and meeting rooms.

Tenant improvements are changes made to the interior of a commercial or industrial property to accommodate the needs of a tenant such as floor coverings, ceilings, partitions, interior walls, storage, electrical, air conditioning, fire protection, and security.

Yet the diversity of business activities and technology can sometimes take the reality of tenant improvement and commercial renovation construction services to a much greater level

Top 3 Best Tips for Tenant Improvement

  1. Teamwork – One of the most crucial elements in commercial renovation is having the right project team for the job. The first step is to find the best qualified, reputable general contractor with experience in commercial renovation and business office remodeling.
  2. Strategy and Implementation – Drawing from extensive field experience, commercial renovation contractors can give valuable input on the project’s overall strategy and implementation. They also can validate the feasibility of early design concepts and perform project analysis before a design is finalized or renovation begins.
  3. Start it Right – Working with a team of professionals from the initial concept puts the responsibility of the project delivery with those resources as early on. Work flow, appearance, material identification and selection, durability, site conditions, permit standards, landlord standards, specialty equipment needs, support systems, utilities, working hours and security issues all contribute to the tenant improvement construction project.

It is the commercial renovation contractor who will complete the planning with budgets and timelines supporting the overall vision. Involving the contractor early on in the process will ensure accurate budgeting and maximize cost efficiency.

HK Construction Commercial Renovation and Tenant Improvement Services

25 year Anniversary HK RemodelOur goal is your complete satisfaction. We strive to provide the best possible service possible in the time frame allotted. The earlier HK Construction gets involved in the renovation process, the better service we can provide. The result is an effective process which saves time and money that leads to a successful commercial renovation tenant improvement project.

We work together with you and bring only the best, most skilled contractors to your project for creating the right type of space you need for your office space. All work is done to code, in a timely manner, with minimal intrusion and at very reasonable rates. Call us today for a free commercial renovation consultation and on site price quote.

CONTACT:
Marc Gieselmann
Phone: 858-748-6580
Location: Poway, CA
Email: info@hkremodel.com

The Differences between Modern and Contemporary Kitchen Remodeling Styles

Even though people interchange the terms “contemporary” and “modern”, the two styles are actually quite different. Learn the different nuances between the two and discover which kitchen remodeling style works best for you.

Modern Kitchen:

Modern Kitchen Remodeling Design

Modern Kitchen Remodeling Design Idea

Modern kitchens follow strict guidelines.  When I think of modern kitchens, I think of cutting-edge designs and technology, and using the latest materials and trends. A modern kitchen tends to be more “futuristic”. While a contemporary kitchen shares the same hard edges as a modern style it is more free form and allows for some breaking of the rules. 

A purely modern kitchen could come with a fancy full-height back-splash made from concrete or marble, with a little ornamentation. There are many ways to do this but the most common in a modern kitchen is tile or brick. But some homeowners opt for a wood grain laminate. Again, we can consult you on the best options for you to choose from.

Cabinets and shelving that go all the way to the ceiling are good in a modern kitchen remodel, but color choices are crucial as well. Colors and materials run the gamut in a modern kitchen from white to black, and stone to wood. It all really depends on the rest of your home. It’s important that your modern kitchen blends and enhances your home rather than stick out like a modern sore thumb among nearby older style, outdated rooms.

With counter tops, it’s ideal to continue the modern style theme of clean and simple. Take advantage of current stone counter top trends and opt for a sleek, solid white or black counter top. Counter tops with lots of veining or natural details are beautiful in a large expansive kitchen but might feel overwhelming in a smaller kitchen. Solid colors tend to open the space up and carry the eye onward.

Contemporary Kitchen:

Contemporary Kitchen Remodeling Design Idea

Contemporary Kitchen Remodeling Design Idea

The term “contemporary” is ever-changing. There’s more freedom and more trends in the contemporary style. A contemporary kitchen may be modern, but it may also have different elements from different styles. A contemporary style is one that is basically in the now and follows current trends but is less rigid, more futuristic casual. This makes it different from the modern style, which is a specific design movement with a rigid interpretation about what does and does not belong in a modern design.

A contemporary kitchen is the very definition of sleek and minimalist. Contemporary kitchens characterized by their dark wood cabinetry; the white counter tops; and appliances made of cool and smooth stainless steel. The contemporary kitchen is all about function and, in some cases, even an artistic flair of an “upscale urban” style. Contemporary styles celebrate the bold and unexpected use of materials and colors. A contemporary kitchen is unadorned and uncluttered. People who are interested in clean and sleek are interested in contemporary kitchens.

The contemporary kitchen is clean, uncluttered, and simple. They are livable with a touch of the modern kitchen here and there. Contemporary kitchens borrow some things from the modern kitchen; such as streamlined surfaces and high functionality, but the style creates a sleek and livable feel by borrowing from other traditional ideas. To create a truly personal contemporary kitchen, you must choose resources that are a reflection of your lifestyle; from the materials, to the texture, colors, and design.

In a contemporary kitchen, the appliances are hidden, made to look like cabinets to give the kitchen less of a kitchen-y feel. The cabinets are flat-fronted, made of wood, steel, or lacquered. Counter tops are kept to a square edge, and made from metal or with lighted glass. Any light fixtures are artistic masterpieces, and there are minimal accessories.

While a purely modern kitchen could come with a full-height back-splash made from concrete or marble and with a little ornamentation, by comparison contemporary kitchens tend to have a lot of patterns. Glass tiles, along with mosaic, stone, and ceramic tiles, are favorites. A contemporary kitchen oozes charm and personality; giving homeowners a way to creatively express themselves with a range of materials. The back-splash offers a great place for this.

The island in a contemporary kitchen will often be a reflection of the cabinets and counter tops. Something to consider is giving one side of the island some pub-style seating, with stools made from metal such as chrome.

Treating a contemporary kitchen window provides a way to balance the hard edges of the kitchen with a soft approach. There are a range of different window treatments available to create versatility among treatment ideas for contemporary windows. Given that there are a near-infinite contemporary window treatments, how you approach the project will be determined by your budget, and the kind of window you have.

Anything from a small addition to a major change can give your kitchen a contemporary look. On the other hand, it takes a major renovation to create modern kitchen. “Contemporary” and “modern” kitchens are both comfortable, current, and functional. Which one is best depends on your own personal tastes. Get the kind of kitchen that matches your own style and needs, or the kitchen that really jumps at you when you first see it. Our kitchen remodeling design team can help guide you towards what may work best for you and your family. If you have any questions feel free to ask. We love to help!

Unmatched quality services in kitchen design and remodeling is what you can expect from HK Construction. Our team consists of highly experienced home and kitchen professionals possessing knowledge in the latest styles, designs, materials and current trends in San Diego. We can remodel your kitchen to fit the current style with the goal of adding more comfort and greater work space for cooking and entertaining.

Our skilled team will ensure your kitchen remodel project is completed in a timely manner and at an affordable price with a minimum amount of intrusion. Contact us today for a free no-obligation kitchen remodeling consultation and price quote.

Contact Info:
Company: HK Construction
Location:, Poway, CA.
Service Area: All San Diego County
Contact: Marc Gieselmann
Phone: 858-748-6580
Email: info@hkremodel.com

Business Remodeling: Adding Interior Walls & Offices

Need to expand your current business location or make better use of your square footage? Are you moving into a new commercial building that is just “okay” but not quite exactly what you need inside? Then consider calling HK Construction. We can build into your commercial building whatever you need.

Why struggle with a cluttered messy office?

Why struggle with a cluttered messy office?

If your business is rapidly out-growing your current location you might want to consider building in to make better use of your existing work space. If you are looking to move you already know that it can be difficult to find exactly what you want in commercial retail or office space. If you score on the perfect location and the rental price is right but not the features you want then we can help you with that.

With business office remodeling you can have the office or client meeting room of your dreams!

With business office remodeling you can have the office or client meeting room of your dreams!

Business Remodeling Services:

  • WallsHalf walls and dividers
  • Reception counter
  • Meeting room
  • Offices
  • Storage rooms
  • Loft with stairs
  • Project rooms
  • Break rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Drop ceilings
  • Lighting
  • Electrical mods for heavy industrial use
  • Any other custom application, just ask!

When moving into a new commercial building, we often find ourselves with oversized rooms that would have been better if they were just split into two. In other cases we might like to change up the spaces we have to accommodate more rooms. This could be from the need to expand your space without moving to a new building. To accomplish this, you need a professional company that can skillfully partition your room to suite your needs. At HK Construction we have specialized commercial construction contractors who are very experienced in working with commercial properties.

Our efficient approaches to managing your working space will almost double your rooms’ size without relocating. Your customers’ perception of your business can be negatively affected if your office space or sales floor is cramped. It is a good investment to remodel your office and retail space to make it more attractive and customer friendly.

We provide unmatched quality services in commercial renovation work. Our team consists of highly experienced construction professionals possessing knowledge in latest materials, design specifics and trends in the market. We will remodel your office to fit th

e current style with the goal of enhancing sales volume, adding more comfort and enhancing worker productivity.

Our skilled team will ensure you project is completed in a timely manner and at a cost-effective price with a minimum amount of intrusion. In most cases your business can remain open while we are renovating.

Remember, a business remodeling project can make a huge difference in your sales volume and in the productivity level of your workers. Such changes could also add more daily enjoyment in business ownership.

Contact us today for a free no-obligation construction consultation and price quote.

Contact Info:
Company: HK Construction
Location:, Poway, CA.
Service Area: All San Diego County
Contact: Marc Gieselmann
Phone: 858-748-6580
Email: info@hkremodel.com