real estate remodeling

As remodeling becomes increasingly popular, homeowners should know which trends are in. What improvements are making homeowners feel connected to their home, and which renovations are most increasing home value?

“Many remodel to be ready for a competitive market, and others are making their house a home that they will enjoy for many years to come,” said Rebeca De Leon, showroom manager and interior designer at Limitless Kitchen and Bath. “There are options for everyone’s style. I say choose what goes well with the architecture and style of your home. Some people love modern design, while others are more traditional or want something in between the two – a ‘transitional style.’ Some trends right now are matte black and brushed gold finishes for your fixtures and handles. Encaustic tiles have made a big comeback.”

According to Gregg Cantor, CEO and president of Murray Lampert – a residential remodeling, renovation and construction company – smart kitchens are in high demand. Technology plays a significant role in our everyday lives, with homeowners now seeking electronic products, known as smart home technology, in their kitchens. This can include appliance upgrades, phone-controlled lighting, smart refrigerators and more.

Cantor said industrial-style kitchens are a common remodeling trend, illustrated by “brick, dark-colored cabinets and trim, concrete countertops … (and) stainless steel appliances.”

He also expects bathrooms to take on this industrial style. Exposed piping, brick and similar materials create a rustic look with imperfections that actually add to the elegance of the space. He emphasizes the popularity of gold-toned fixtures, which bring a traditional element to a modern room. Smart kitchens, gold-toned fixtures and industrial design impart the transitional style that De Leon describes.

“For remodelers with a smaller budget, paint makes a big difference and so does lighting,” said De Leon. “Upgrading to recessed LED lights or new lighting fixtures can change your entire room. If your cabinets are in good condition and solid wood, painting your cabinets is an option that will save you from buying new ones. New countertops ... can also really change the look of your kitchen or bath. New floors and a fresh coat of paint will help refresh the space.”

When working with clients, Limitless Kitchen and Bath takes part in a step-by-step process to ensure homeowners receive the desired result for their home.

“My job is to help them come up with a concept that works with their style and help them pick finishes and materials they like that work well together,” said De Leon. “If it is a kitchen, they will receive a quote and a rendering of what it will be like. For a bathroom, they receive a quote.”

If the customer agrees with their quote, the company moves forward with a contract and start date.

According to De Leon, their kitchen remodels typically range from $25,000 to $65,000, with bathroom remodels ranging $18,000 to $55,000. The project’s expense depends on the extent of the renovations.

Upgraded window coverings are also a popular choice. “Shutters are classic and never go out of style,” said Matt Baker, owner of Contra Costa Blinds in Discovery Bay. “Gray tones are pretty on-trend, and motorization is very popular right now.”

To keep your East County home cooler year-round, Baker recommends cellular products, as they create a thicker barrier between the outside and inside of the home. He noted shutters also are efficient for this purpose.

“The price range for updating window coverings depends on the specific product and on the number of windows being updated,” said Baker. “You can cover a window with one product for $125 or with a different product for $1,500.”

More than anything, how you remodel your home comes down to personal preference.

“Sticking to your style and the style of your home will always be best,” said De Leon.

Limitless Kitchen and Bath is located at 1201 Auto Center Drive, in Antioch. For more information, call 925-230-0556 or visit

Contra Costa Blinds is located at 934 Lido Circle,

in Discovery Bay. For more information, call 925-240-0451, email or visit