Step 4: Selections

Things you have to select...

Selections for your remodel

Select Fixtures and materials. It feels like too early, right? Well, think of how you will feel when the painting crew is sitting in your yard, while you have to run to the paint store?

And nothing spells more budget overrun than a TBD on the plan.

Plus, it is the least stressful part of the process, why are you arguing?

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Harvard School of Public Health published a report stating nearly 46 million homes are under-insulated in the U.S. What does it mean? It means you are over-paying for both heating and cooling. How do you know if your house is well insulated? Rule of thumb:  unless your house was built in the last 10 years or you’ve just completed a full house renovation, it’s probably safe to assume yours needs more insulation.

Batts are quick to install and work well in wall studs and attics. Blown-in insulation is great for insulating irregularly shaped areas with lots of nooks and crannies. Working in an area prone to moisture – kitchens, baths, and exterior walls? Make sure you have a vapor barrier.

It is not something contractors typically include in the quote but it’s well worth adding it to the scope of work.


Heated Floors

Best Radiant Floor Heating (Reviews and Guide 2018)
Heater Mag

Best Radiant Floor Heating

Best Radiant Floor Heating Reviews
Heater Hound


Designed for unprecedented performance and exceptional aesthetics, Marvin offers window options for every style of home in any climate.
Marvin Family Brand

Zola European Windows

Andersen offers an unparalleled selection of modern windows and doors, making today’s modern architecture exceptional, inspirational and easy to achieve.




Popular bathroom selection:


Why are we going on and on about windows?

Read here

How to choose the right replacement windows for your home
The best windows from Consumer Reports’ tests

Replacement Windows
Get Ratings & Reviews for the Products You Want From Consumer Reports

Custom Motorized Shades

Somfy Blinds

Soma Smart Shades

Velux  Active with Netatmo

Luxaflex – Smart Home Automation and Motorization


Home & Kitchen Appliances


Tile Pattern Guide

Hand Painted Tiles by Fireclay Tile

Bullnose? Quarter round? V-cap? Demystify trim terms and finish off your kitchen and bath tile in style.

The Perfect Finish for Your Tile

Custom Grout Solutions

Mapei – Premium Unsanded Grout with Polymer

Traditional and Cement Grouts


The designers’ favorite:

Benjamin Moore

Market leader:

Sherwin Williams

Something special to consider:

Annie Sloan paints

Experiment without risk. Upload your room photo, try different colors.

Make decisions on colors easier with Paint and Peel samples


Smith & Fong  Plyboo
North America’s premier supplier for quality bamboo plywood and flooring products.

Cork Flooring by Green Building Supply
Cork has excellent thermal and acoustical qualities. It’s beautiful, lightweight, warm to the touch, hypoallergenic, fire and insect-resistant, stable and can be refinished just like hardwood.

Room Visualizer
With a single camera click you can see how MONARCH PLANK FLOORS will look in any floor in your home or business!

Stiletto Strand Bamboo Flooring
One of Smith & Fong’s more contemporary releases in bamboo flooring — Plyboo Stiletto® is the strongest and most durable addition to our strand flooring line.

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Interior doors – “short study guide”


Belmont Hardware – San Jose

Mid Century Front Door Hardware Sources

Emtek Door Hardware

Door Hardware by House of Antique Hardware

Door Hardware Buying Guide

Sliding Barn Doors and Hinged Doors


Cabinet Knobs & Pulls

Cabinet Pulls by  TOP KNOBS AND PULL

Cabinet Hardware Collections by Atlas Homewares

Eco-Friendly Metal Cabinet + Drawer Pulls

Cabinet Pulls by HAYNEEDLE

Mid Century Modern Cabinet Hardware by  D.Lawless Hardware

Cabinet Pulls by Dering Hall

Cabinet Pulls by Rocky Mountain Hardware

Cabinet Pull Hardware by

Cabinet  Pulls by Baldwin Hardware

Transforming Your Old Cabinets

Wood Refinishing

Refacing when your cabinet doors look too outdated…


Choose beautiful, sustainable, and responsibly made countertops from IceStone

Online Visualizer by Silestone

Plumbing Fixtures
Leak detectors


The FloLogic Leak Control System is designed to safeguard your entire property by detecting and stopping abnormal water flow before significant water damage can occur. Known as “the circuit breaker for every plumbing system,” FloLogic’s flow-based water leak detection technology will sense any plumbing leak or pipe failure and automatically shut off the water, thereby protecting your property and valuables from catastrophic water damage.
Buoy is a smart home water device that attaches to your water line and sends real-time data to an app that categorizes your water use, alerts you to leaks, and lets you shut off water remotely. From there, you’ll see where you’re using water, and can shut off water remotely if there’s a leak. Peace of mind, predictable bills – and you get to keep your lawn.


The Leak Defense System automatic shut-off valve alerts you when a plumbing  leak occurs and shuts off the water supply until the leak can be repaired. With pipe sizes from 3/4″ to 3″, the Leak Defense System can provide protection for your home, high rise water stacks, multi-family developments, factories or office buildings. The LDS is the cure for plumbing leak problems.

Solve Pipe Leaks, Water Pressure and Temperature Problems Permanently!

Are You Experiencing low water pressure, rust-colored water, pipe leaks… if yes – it is time to repipe.

Hiding plumbing seamlessly

Exterior Fire Sprinklers Saved 188 Properties – Wet homes don’t burn


Window Covering

Number one (very popular but not the most cost-efficient) option is the Shades Store.

Number two and even less cost efficient but ever so in demand ( they have motorized shades that can be programmed to open and close at your custom schedule) is Hunter Douglas Shades.

Value for money? The usual heroes Home Depot and Lowe’s.

Or traditional rods and drapes. Where? Pottery Barn, Target, Bet, Bath and Beyond… Amazon … you name it.

Norman – Shutters.Blinds.Shades.

Electrical Fixtures

How to Use the Psychology of Light and Lighting to Boost Your Creativity

Lighting a Room, Simplified

The right lighting can lift your spirits and make you more relaxed and productive. Here’s how the pros do it.

Free Recessed Lighting Calculator

Use the recessed lighting calculator to calculate the placement and spacing for general lighting in a room.  Just select the layout, enter the room’s dimensions, and hit calculate.

Educational Video Series: Lighting Alterations and Additions


Schoolhouse Lighting

Fixed Hinges – Flange Behind Drywall

Interior Deluxe



Bedtime Bulb


Healthy Living

Home Guide

Air Filters – Exposure to pollutants in indoor air has been linked to serious health effects like asthma, respiratory irritation and cancer.

Caulks, Sealants & Adhesives – Many caulks, sealants and adhesives are made with chemicals like formaldehyde, BPA and phthalates that can harm our health.

Ceiling Tiles – Some ceiling tiles contain dangerous air-polluting chemicals like formaldehyde, a known carcinogen.

Cleaners & Air Fresheners – Cleaning products can release a plethora of chemicals into the air, including ones linked to asthma, developmental harm and cancer.

Drywall – Drywall and joint compounds can pollute the air with health-harming contaminants like mercury and sulfur.

Energy Efficiency – If you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint, start at home—and you’ll see the savings add up on your energy bills.

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