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A Chef-Inspired Kitchen Remodel

For some homeowners, cooking is a means to an end. They cook to feed themselves and their families. For others, however, cooking is a passion, a way of life. It’s not a want or even a need, but a necessity. For these people, life would not be the same without cooking. These are the people who need all the bells and whistles in their kitchen. At Progressive Builders, our clients often ask us for gourmet kitchen remodeling ideas, so we’ve come up with a few of the must-haves in a chef-inspired kitchen.

  1. Splurge on a six-burner stove. A gourmet home chef multi-tasks while cooking. In fact, at any given moment, they might be cooking their appetizers, main dish, side dishes and desserts. Thus, a six-burner stove will fulfill the needs of someone who likes—or needs—to cook their whole meal at once. The designers at Progressive Builders can assist homeowners in choosing a stove that best works for their preferences.
  2. Create countertop space. For someone who cooks big—big meals, with many courses, for lots of people—countertop space is an absolute must-have. Having room to prep, chop and store food is important when creating signature dishes. Progressive Builders knows how to work extra countertop space into existing kitchen remodeling ideas. We can either repurpose existing space or create room for an island or small add-on. With the right design, anything is possible.
  3. Install island(s). Kitchen islands are versatile and add a sense of convenience to the chef’s kitchen. Homeowners can install a regular, run-of-the-mill island, which will add extra countertop space, or they can opt for a luxury island, designed specifically with the homeowner’s kitchen remodeling ideas in mind. Building the sink, stove top, dishwasher, wine fridge or just extra cabinet space into the island makes it useful and Plus, one side of the island can be reserved for seating, allowing guests to sit and chat with the chef while he or she prepares dinner.

At Progressive Builders, our designers have ample experience designing kitchens of all shapes and sizes. From gourmet chef’s kitchens to budget-friendly renovations, we have the experience necessary to bring all homeowners’ kitchen remodeling ideas to life.

What Our Clients are Saying


Earlier this year, a client in Anaheim Hills hired us to renovate their master bathroom, upstairs guest bathroom and other miscellaneous interior items. Our Project Manager, Brian Gillum, spearheaded the project and brought his personal focus on cultivating a relationship with each client. So happy were they with his attentive service and regular follow up that they decided to add another bathroom to the scope of the project!

Here’s what they had to say:

“I just wanted to mention to you that the reason we are adding another bathroom to the scope of work is because Brian is amazing to work with. I have never encountered a contractor like him. 

He is dependable, honest, great at what he does, has a good eye, and provides EXCELLENT customer service. He is an absolute pleasure to work with and I don’t think you could find anyone to represent your company any better. 

He is a true treasure.”

We agree! Progressive Builders is dedicated to creating an enjoyable and professional experience for each of our clients. It’s rewarding every time we hear feedback that we not only helped create a dream home, but also delivered service that left a positive impact.

Do you have a story about working with Progressive Builders? Please share! Send us a message today.

Kitchen Remodel 101: How to Remodel a Small Kitchen

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Are you dreaming of a kitchen remodel for your space-starved kitchen? Are you wondering if or how it’s even possible? Even though they are tight on space, tiny kitchen remodels are possible. You just have to get creative!

At Progressive Builders, we have ample experience with kitchen remodels both large and small. We know it takes some creativity to work with a small space. Here are a few helpful tips to achieve the kitchen of your dreams regardless of size.

Work the Walls: If we can’t build out, then we build up. If a client needs more counter or storage space, we get creative with the walls surrounding the kitchen. For example, adding floor-to-ceiling cabinets makes for much more storage space.

Keep it Light: Interior design basics tell us that light and bright colors make a small space look larger. This is especially true for white because it reflects so much light.

Don’t Cut Corners: One of the most underutilized parts of a kitchen are its corners. When space is limited, homeowners cannot afford to lose more of their precious space. Installing features like a corner sink or Lazy Susan in the cabinets makes very good use of that space.

Scale the Appliances: Adding large, bulky appliances to a small kitchen makes it appear even smaller. Buying a mid-size refrigerator or a range that’s a bit smaller than the status quo will make better use of the space.

Don’t let the size of your kitchen deter you from thinking about a remodel. At Progressive Builders, we know how to do kitchen remodels right. We have years of experience with kitchens of all shapes and sizes. We love a challenge and we’re not afraid to take one on. Contact us today to get started with your small kitchen remodel.

5 Signs it Might be Time to Remodel Your Home

Do you have the remodel itch, but you’re unsure about your motives for taking on such a project? This is a common conundrum among homeowners! First and foremost, you need to decide if it would be better for you to move to a new home or remodel your current home. If you decide to stay, consider these five common reasons for a home redesign.

  1. You have house envy. When you look at other people’s homes, do you wish yours had some of the same features? Or maybe your layout is cramped and you want the illusive “open concept” home. If the answer is yes, then it might be time to think about remodeling. If you like your location or your home offers features that are hard to find elsewhere (i.e. RV parking, pool, dual master suites, etc.), then remodeling is your best option.
  2. You’ve run out of space. Did you have another baby or take in an aging parent (or two?). Life circumstances can make a home seem too small very quickly. Adding on bedrooms, living space, or a mother-in-law suite can give your family the room it needs to breathe.
  3. You’ve got too much space. Once children grow up and move out, many parents aren’t sure what to do with the extra bedroom space. For years they forego their dreams of having a hobby or exercise room because, well, their children need a bedroom. There are many options: the empty bedrooms can become part of the living room, creating a larger living space; they can be absorbed by the master bedroom, creating a spacious master suite; or they can be used to make the home more accessible for you as you age (think putting a bedroom, full bath, and laundry room on the main floor). If you find yourself in any of these situations, a remodel might be the answer.
  4. Your house is stuck in the 1970s (or another decade). If you have ever used words like groovy, far out, or fab to describe your home, then you need to remodel. Beyond aesthetics, you can redesign your home to work better with today’s lifestyle. Plus, it’ll give your property value a huge boost.
  5. Your house has some serious issues. Sometimes a remodel comes out of need, not want. If your home is consistently having infrastructure issues with its plumbing, electrical, HVAC, or foundational systems (or more!), then a remodel might be your best option. Combining a remodel with the update of these systems will save a significant amount of money in the long run. For example, if you need to cut into a wall or ceiling (or several of them) to fix an electrical issue, but you know you’d like to completely remove some of those walls in a year or so, starting your remodel now makes more sense.

At Progressive Builders, we are the experts on home remodels. No matter your reasons for remodeling or the scope of the work, we can handle the project. Contact us today for a consultation!

5 Bathroom Remodel Mistakes

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Years ago there was a commercial for a hardware store with the tagline “for those who like to decorate, redecorate, and remodel.” While this rings true for some people, it certainly does not encompass all homeowners. In fact, a recent survey revealed that 85 percent of homeowners found purchasing a home to be less stressful than remodeling one.  When it comes to remodeling a bathroom, stress levels can skyrocket if homeowners have to relocate all of their hygienic and toiletry items to a different, smaller bathroom, especially if an entire family has to cram into that bathroom for the duration of the remodel.

Even though it will no doubt be stressful, there are ways to help the process of remodeling the bathroom move quickly and smoothly.

  • Don’t Deny: a full bathroom remodel is a lot of work. Unless the end goal is to only replace faucets and countertops, take into consideration the scope of the project before starting. Oftentimes if homeowners want to update a cramped, outdated bathroom, moving walls, plumbing, and electrical work is a necessary part of the process. This might also mean that doors, walls, and flooring in adjoining rooms will need replacing as well.
  • Bank on the Budget: We cannot say it enough: create a budget and as much as possible, stick to it. There is nothing worse then getting halfway through a remodel only for the homeowners to realize that they cannot afford the materials they prefer. Better to wait and save to get that dream bathroom—and do everything the right way.
  • Neutrals are Superior: One of the greatest mistakes homeowners make is upgrading with materials that are very taste specific or trendy. If you plan on staying in your home for the long haul, then by all means, install red granite countertops and a matching backsplash. However, if the purpose of remodeling is to sell the home or if you do not plan on staying for more than five years, keep it to a neutral color palette.
  • Lower Expectations: What? This may sound counterintuitive because, after all, remodels are expensive! Shouldn’t homeowners get their dream bathroom? Absolutely. We think you should have high expectations for the final product, but sometimes getting there proves more difficult than homeowners plan. Not expecting everything to go as planned helps homeowners recover when there’s a bump—or two—on the remodeling road.
  • DIY Doozy: Unless homeowners possess the skills and tools necessary to complete a project, we recommend hiring a contractor. Tackling a project for which you are ill equipped will cost time and money in the long run. This does not exclude homeowners for some DIY work. Demoing the bathroom can save loads of money, as can painting, installing baseboards, and hanging doors. Our recommendation is that homeowners stick to DIY projects they know they can handle.

Completing a remodel can be very stressful, but at TSW Builders and Progressive Builders we’re here to lighten your load.  Contact us today to get started on your bathroom remodel!

Kitchen Remodel 101: What are the Benefits?

Sleek stainless steel appliances, bright white cabinets, subway tile backsplash, butler’s sink, and quartz or granite counter tops. These are the materials of which dream kitchens are made (and understandably so! They offer a beautiful combination of light and textures). Most homeowners—even those who have their “dream” kitchen—admit that there are ways they would improve their kitchens if possible.

Obtaining a dream kitchen is within the average homeowner’s reach. With the help of a kitchen remodeling company such as Progressive Builders, homeowners can expand or reconfigure their cooking and eating areas, bring their outdated cabinets and countertops into the 21st century, and install appliances that are sleek and energy savvy. There are several other potential benefits to a kitchen remodel.

  • Save space. Many old and outdated kitchens lack the cupboard and drawer space that modern families crave. By reconfiguring the kitchen, more cabinet and countertop space can be attained for all of your kitchenware.
  • Tame traffic. To put it plainly, small kitchens are cramped. Because many families spend a great deal of time in the kitchen, the flow of traffic is important. Sometimes the solution to this problem is knocking out a wall and sometimes it’s rearranging the appliances. Whatever causes the traffic jams in your kitchen Progressive Builders can fix it.
  • Ease energy. Older, outdated appliances are not only an eyesore, but they suck energy as well. Updating the kitchen with newer, energy-efficient appliances can save money on the old electric bill. Plus, many local utility companies offer rebates for the purchase of appliances with the “energy star” label.
  • Remodel and redesign. During the kitchen remodel process, homeowners are often able to remove unwanted wallpaper, repaint and retexture walls, and upgrade light fixtures both in the kitchen and in adjoining rooms. A newly updated kitchen sets the bar high for the rest of the house and might just offer the nudge needed to finish the bathroom…and the guest room…and the master bedroom…and maybe the office, too.
  • Boost bucks. Perhaps the most important part of the kitchen remodel is the value boost that it gives to homes. Making upgrades throughout the home undoubtedly makes it aesthetically pleasing, but nothing adds value to a home like a kitchen remodel. Potential buyers flock to homes that have updated kitchens.

At TSW Builders and Progressive Builders, we have over twenty years of experience creating dream kitchens for our clients. If you are in the market for a new kitchen, contact us today!

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