Post-Holiday Issues With Your Home That Remodeling Can Fix

Home remodeling is an excellent way to correct imperfections in your home and make it fit your changing lifestyle. It’s also common after the holidays to reevaluate the challenges you had with your home (whether accommodating large groups, or housing guests overnight) that could be remedied with some creative remodeling solutions.  In this post, we’ll discuss how to improve the functionality of your home and fix those post-holiday issues with remodeling so you can be ready for next year’s festivities.

Questions to Ask About This Year’s Post-Holiday Dilemmas

To help you remember some of the ways your home may have been inadequate for visiting family and friends, ask yourself these questions:

  • While hosting, how was the foot traffic through all of your home’s living spaces? Did it bottleneck or flow as you hoped?
  • Did you have enough storage space, and was it located in the most efficient location? How convenient was it for you to get out the entertaining glassware and silver serving set in the kitchen or dining room? Did you have enough closet room for visitors’ coats?
  • Does your refrigerator door open to a wall? When you have the dishwasher open, can you still walk around it, or can you open your oven door or a nearby cabinet?
  • Where did your guests congregate? If they gathered in the kitchen, was there enough room? Was there ample seating space?
  • If you have a basement, did it suit your needs for an extra living space, entertainment area, or a comfortable living arrangement for guests?

Add Storage and Seating Space in your Kitchen

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If you’re looking for ways to add storage and seating space in your kitchen, there are a variety of options. One way to increase storage is to update or add cabinetry. You might install ceiling-height cabinets for extra space, add built-in cabinetry in an unused section of your kitchen, or use pull-out shelves (available in a range of options). You could also consider incorporating open shelving into your kitchen design for additional storage without taking up floor space or creating a useful pantry.

For additional counter space and an extra seating area, add an island or peninsula. Even small kitchens can accommodate a dining/seating option. By incorporating these simple ideas into your home remodeling project, you can create a functional and comfortable kitchen environment that meets your needs and expectations now and into the next holiday season.

As another option, this may be the time to think about a complete kitchen renovation, reconfiguring your space completely to give you exactly the storage, seating, and functionality you want and need.

Improve Workflow in the Kitchen

Kitchen and Main Floor Remodel on Naschette Parkway in West Lafayette
It’s important to have a clean and well-organized kitchen to ensure efficient workflow, so contemplate how you are going to use the kitchen. Are you a gourmet chef? Do you cook as a family? Is entertaining at the top of your priority list?

Here are some ideas to improve workflow:

  • Accommodate more than one cook by creating several workspaces to use as prep and cooking stations
  • Add a beverage/coffee bar or designate a lunch-making area to facilitate quick mornings
  • Install an oversized island to use as a serving and seating area when entertaining
  • Organize ingredients and utensils with specialized storage near areas where they will be used most often
  • Create a pet feeding station with built-in, hidden storage
  • Utilize natural light as much as possible to make kitchen tasks easier and to create a space that is bright, comfortable and inviting

Expand or Add a Bathroom(s)

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Adding a bathroom to your home can be the perfect way to make your home more luxurious and functional. However, it isn’t always easy to do, as there are many factors to consider, including the style: do you prefer modern, classic, or transitional?

First, you need to decide on the size of the bathroom(s). For a small bathroom, consider renovating or enlarging the existing one. If you want your bathroom to be spacious and luxurious, consider an add-on bathroom with a bump-out or addition.

Tips for improving your existing bathroom layout can include:

  • Adding storage on bare walls or with new cabinetry
  • Downsizing to a smaller vanity to give more floor space
  • Floating fixtures: a wall-mounted toilet and sink or a floating vanity to open floor space
  • Separating functions: dedicate a separate toilet area, a shower/bath area, and a sink/prep area to help avoid congestion when preparing for a busy day
  • Switching out the tub and adding a shower to use 40% less floor space—or add an oversized shower and soaking tub for a more luxurious bathroom
  • Repositioning the bathroom door to open into the hallway or adjoining room, or changing out the door to a sliding, pocket, or barn door

To expand your bathroom, look at these options:

  • Stealing space from another room or an adjoining closet
  • Converting a guest bedroom into a luxury bath and perhaps a walk-in closet
  • Looking for “hidden” spaces like the unused area under a staircase
  • Bumping out the wall to add extra floor space—just 2 feet can add 25% more space
  • Building an addition

Maximize Your Basement

Think about all the ways you want to use your basement. Have you always wanted a home gym? Do the kids need their own playroom? Is a man cave with a built-in bar, entertainment center, and pool table in the plans?  Remodeling the basement can enhance your home’s overall appeal by providing additional living space or play area for family members or guests, making it easier to relax and enjoy holidays (and downtime) together.

When remodeling your basement, you’ll want to make sure it’s clean and safe, with plumbing and electrical wiring updated to modern standards, and moisture and water eliminated. You may also want to consider adding soundproofing and insulation to create a comfortable living area.

Lower utility costs with energy-efficient windows and doors, and add built-in shelving, closets, and storage solutions to maximize space. Add unique lighting fixtures to both brighten and enhance the space, and ceiling fans to facilitate ventilation. And don’t forget to include dedicated space for storage. Let your remodeling contractor help design separate areas that can function for specific purposes.

Solve Tight Hallways and Doorways

If your home has hallways or doorways that are too narrow, consider reconfiguring the walls and remodeling to create extra space. Universal Design, with doorways at 31-32 inches as opposed to the standard 28 inches, helps you to accommodate people at all stages of their lives, and those with disabilities. Hallways should have a minimum width of 36 inches.

Move walls slightly to create larger passageways that can function for wheelchair or walker access. Another idea is to invest in sliding doors or barn doors to provide ample room.

Work With a Qualified Design Build Firm

If you’re looking to fix your home in time for the 2023 holiday season, it’s essential to work with a qualified remodeling firm like Riverside Construction. As a design-build firm, we will help you make informed decisions about what type of remodeling will best suit your needs, and provide valuable guidance on how to budget and manage your project.

As an award-winning design-build remodeling firm serving the Lafayette community since 2008, you’ll have the advantage of our expertise at your fingertips as you make important decisions about any type of home remodel, along with our commitment to value and service.

By working with an experienced remodeler, you can ensure that your remodeling project will go off without a hitch, resulting in a home that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing—and one that works beautifully for next year’s visits from family and friends.

Choose Riverside Construction for Home Remodeling in Lafayette or West Lafayette

When you want a remodeling project that’s guaranteed on time and on budget, choose Riverside Construction. Contact us at 765-838-1644 or complete our convenient online form to schedule your free initial consultation.

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What are the key differences between stock, semi-custom, and custom cabinetry?

Cabinets are one of the most important features in any kitchen or bathroom. They provide vital storage space and support the overall visual aesthetics of the interior. Yet choosing the best cabinetry during a home remodel can take time and effort.

A common question homeowners face is whether to go with stock, semi-custom, or custom cabinetry. This article explores the main differences between these types of cabinets, together with a detailed look at the pros and cons of each.

What is Stock Cabinetry?

Stock cabinets are pre-manufactured and ready-made with no customization options. Essentially, they are mass-produced in a factory according to set parameters. So what you see is what you’re taking home.

As a retailer’s most basic and entry-level product, the construction methods and materials are often of a lower quality than more bespoke and customizable alternatives. For example, many are simply plywood with veneers and basic hardware.

That said, you can still find stock cabinetry that looks nice and will last a good while, but it’s essential to choose carefully.

Stock cabinetry is typically between $100–$300 per square foot. You can find cabinets in different sizes with options available in 3-inch increments. They can be anything from 9 inches to 48 inches wide and between 30 inches to 36 inches tall.

Due to the non-existent customization options, stock cabinets generally suit regular-shaped kitchens with plenty of long straight lines and space.


  • Most affordable option
  • Quick turnaround with products in stock and delivery potentially the same day
  • Suitable for regular-shaped kitchens


  • Lower quality
  • Limited selection
  • Unsuitable for irregular shaped kitchens

What is Semi-Custom Cabinetry?

Semi-custom cabinetry is a hybrid of stock and custom cabinetry. These cabinets are stock units with extra customization options. With semi-custom cabinetry, you have a few more choices.

It’s sometimes difficult to define where the boundaries are when it comes to stock and semi-custom options because different suppliers and manufacturers will offer differing customization possibilities.

That said, semi-custom cabinetry usually comes in standard sizes as with the stock cabinetry options but gives designers the flexibility to resize and modify some aspects of the cabinet design. Therefore, it’s important to check the options available before moving forward with your remodel.

The cost of semi-custom cabinets is typically at a midway point between stock and custom. However, with more modifications, the costs can potentially overtake those of custom selections—anywhere from $150 to $650 per square foot.

It’s worth getting a quote for both semi-custom and custom, as the two quotes may surprise you.


  • Allows for some design freedom (i.e., hardware, finish, and paint color)
  • Usually more affordable than a fully customized option
  • Faster delivery
  • Potentially easier to find replacement parts in the future


  • Less design freedom than a fully customizable method
  • May still be unsuitable for irregular shaped kitchens

What is Custom Cabinetry?

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Custom cabinetry is the polar opposite of stock cabinetry. As the name suggests, this type of kitchen or bathroom cabinet is custom-built to meet your specifications and tastes. The design possibilities are endless, and a professional design-build team of experienced craftspeople can create just about any look you desire.

Custom cabinets, as you would expect, are special order items. They are designed and crafted per particular requirements, meaning it can take some time for the units to be ready for installation.

By going custom, you’re not restricted when it comes to the style of your kitchen or bathroom. The cabinets, custom designed and built, will seamlessly merge into the overall interior design scheme, whatever it may be.

Custom Cabinetry is typically $500+ per square foot.


  • Designed to fit your exact needs and tastes
  • Freedom to select high-quality and durable materials
  • Can be designed to fit any kitchen


  • Patience is needed as they take longer to design and build
  • Extra quality can mean higher costs

Which Option Should You Choose?

Choosing the right cabinetry for your kitchen or bathroom is one of the most critical decisions you’ll make during the remodeling process. We’ve outlined the different types of cabinetry options in this article, but which option should you choose?

Your selection ultimately depends on several factors, including your budget, needs, design preferences, and the dimensions of the specific interior space.

Stock cabinets are the most affordable option and also the easiest in terms of selection and installation. Yet fully custom cabinets, while more expensive and longer to develop, do provide you with an exceptional level of customization and higher quality.

A good middle ground is a semi-custom route. You have the benefits of both worlds at a reduced cost compared to the fully custom, but with more design options than the stock cabinetry.

If you have your heart set on a particular interior design theme for your kitchen or bathroom – or it’s already in place – then a custom cabinetry option might be the best option.

If your budget is a significant concern, a stock cabinetry option is likely a sensible way forward. But as mentioned already, it’s worth getting a quote for two or more of the options above.

You never know what your budget might be able to cover and the benefits of further cabinetry customization.

Your trusted team of design-build professionals will be able to give you expert guidance, ideas, and quotes for all possibilities.

Work With a Qualified Design Build Firm like Riverside Construction

Riverside Construction, founded in 2008, is the go-to professional design-build team that has earned the respect and confidence of discerning homeowners in the Lafayette and West Lafayette areas.

With an award-winning team of highly skilled and experienced professionals in a range of fields, we excel at listening to client ideas and then translating those dreams into reality. We can help you decide on a direction, provide guidance on remodeling issues, and be with you every step of the way to ensure your dream home is achieved.

Contact us now to schedule an initial conversation about your upcoming remodel. We’ll be happy to answer your questions, listen to your ideas, soothe your worries, and work with you to finalize your plans.