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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Scroll down to find answers to your frequently asked questions about our custom home designs for homeowners in Fishers, Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Indianapolis, and beyond the Hamilton County and Marion County areas of Indiana.

And make sure you check out both our Kitchen Remodel Budget Calculator and our Bathroom Remodel Budget Calculator that we reference below. And if you’re looking for laminate flooring, check out Shaw Laminate.

What is the best laminate flooring?

Shaw Laminate offers cost-effective and water-resistant flooring designed to repel splashes and spills, available in a wide array of options.

What is the best flooring for a kitchen?

Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP) has jumped ahead of laminate for kitchens because it is completely waterproof, not just water resistant.

What is the best countertop for a kitchen?

Granite and quartz are the two best options. For our custom home designs, we prefer quartz since you don’t need to seal the material like granite.

Is laminate flooring water resistant?

Shaw Laminate is water-resistant flooring designed to repel splashes and spills.

What are the best wood floors?

The best hardwood is really a matter of preference. We like the look of hickory and oak in the 4′ to 5′ width and really don’t want a lot of the hand scraping that was popular a few years back.

How much does a kitchen remodel cost?

For a complete kitchen remodel, we recommend budgeting 8% to 18% of your home’s value. To see how those costs breakdown, see our Kitchen Remodel Budget Calculator.

How much do granite countertops cost?

Granite countertops vary, depending on the color and style. But it starts at $80 per square foot.

How much does a bathroom remodel cost?

For a master bathroom remodel, we recommend budgeting 6% to 15% of your home’s value. To see how those costs breakdown, see our Bathroom Remodel Budget Calculator.

How much does it cost to refinish hardwood floors?

Anywhere from $4.50 to $6 per square foot.

What is the best lighting for a bathroom?

A good lighting plan includes ambient lighting and sconces on each side of the mirror. Sconces are better than vanity lights (the one above the mirror), which can create shadows. But you also need ambient lighting, which is achieved by bouncing the light off the ceiling.

How much do hardwood floors cost?

Most of our hardwood flooring falls in the $5.49 to $14.99 with $6 to $8 per square foot being the most common. This cost is material only.

How much do kitchen cabinets cost?

The cost of new kitchen cabinets vary, depending on such factors as the level of cabinets, the level of customization within each type of cabinet, and the square footage of your cabinet footprint. Our entry level cabinet option starts around $95 per square foot, but this is just cabinets. It does not include installation, trim, hardware etc. Adding those items brings the cost to around $125 per square foot.

How much to install hardwood floors?

It is typically $2.50 a foot to install, but there could be a lot of other costs (i.e., demo, trims, shoe molding, etc.).

Can you paint countertops?

You cannot paint natural stone countertops. You can paint formica or laminate counters, but it is not recommended.

How much for laminate flooring?

Typically, between $3.99-$6.99 per square foot for the material only.

How much for luxury vinyl plank flooring?

Typically, between $3.99-$6.99 a sq ft. for the material only.

Are quartz or granite countertops more expensive?

Both quartz and granite countertops range widely in price, but granite countertops start at a lower price point than quartz.

How much does it cost to remodel a house?

The cost for custom home designs of an entire house remodel depends on many factors, mainly square footage, the materials you choose, and any underlying problems. Typically, you can expect to spend anywhere from $20 per square foot, all the way up to $150 per square foot for high-end kitchens or bathrooms.

What tile is best for bathrooms?

Porcelain or ceramic tiles that do not have a glossy surface are best to help avoid slippery floors. We see a lot of matte finish products on both walls and floors in bathrooms. Subway tile, chevron style, and 3D tiles are also commonly found on bathroom walls.

Is it worth it to reface kitchen cabinets?

If you have solid base cabinets and love the current layout of your kitchen, refacing your cabinets can be a great way to save a little on your kitchen remodel. New doors will need to be custom-made, so it can be more costly than homeowners anticipate, though still less expensive than all new cabinets.

How much does it cost to paint kitchen cabinets?

The cost to paint cabinets is charged by doors and drawers. It’s typically about $150 for the cabinet with a door and for a cabinet with drawer $120. Hoods, islands, and other features are priced differently depending on the size. You could also estimate that it will cost about $35 per square foot of cabinets.

How much do countertops cost?

The cost of new countertops varies based on the product chosen, but you can expect the price to start around $80 per square foot and go up from there.

What is the best flooring for a basement cement floor?

For our custom home designs, we suggest luxury vinyl plank flooring. It is almost impossible to stain and won’t fade. It’s also very hard to scratch, and it’s waterproof. This product is perfect for basements and any place that gets a lot of traffic.

What is better laminate or vinyl plank flooring?

Luxury vinyl plank (LVP) has pretty much jumped ahead of laminate because it is completely waterproof — not just water resistant — and it is almost impossible to stain. It also won’t fade and is very hard to scratch. Overall, LVP is more durable and a better value.

What are the most durable countertops?

Quartz countertops are more durable, less porous, and don’t need to be sealed and re-sealed like marble or granite countertops.

What is the most durable flooring?

We suggest luxury vinyl plank flooring. It is almost impossible to stain, won’t fade. It’s also very hard to scratch and is waterproof. Perfect for any place that gets a lot of traffic.

What different types of carpet are there?

The six essential types of carpet are textured, saxony, cable, loop, frieze, and cut and loop.

How to clean stain resistant carpet?

Vacuum your carpet regularly, promptly spot clean any spills or other messes with a product like Shaw Floors Carpet Cleaner to prevent stains from setting, and do a hot water extraction or steam cleaning every 18 months to 2 years depending on traffic in your home. For hot water extraction or steam cleaning, we highly recommend hiring a professional cleaner.

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