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5 Backsplash Ideas for Your Kitchen

Backsplash in the kitchen is a great way to complement the cabinets. It also keeps the walls around the stove easier to clean.

Here are our top 5 designs:

1. Hexagon Tiles. A great change from subway tiles.

2. Handcrafted Backsplash.

3. Staggering Glass.

4. Limestone Work.

5. Cork. Do you love wine this might be for you.

If you would like backsplash installed in your kitchen please give NIC Construction & Electrical a call at # 661-600-2851

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Home Decorating Trends for 2019

As you work on the renovations for your home you will want to keep up on latest decorating trends. Here are some of the latest trends below:

Hardware in Kitchen and Bathroom

This is a continued trend of having nice hardware such as pull handles on drawers, in brass, brushed bronze or brushed nickel.

Bold Artwork and Light Fixtures

2019 is the year to be bold in artwork and light fixtures. Use of bold colors and photographs will bring out the best in a room.

Plinth Tables

Big heavy blocks of marble and granite coffee tables are the hit for 2019. Bold in color and plinth tables really acctent a room.

Unique Furniture

Embrace different cultures of the world. Unique and eclectic furniture is in style. Get some tribal furniture or a bauhaus design couch

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Tips to Increase Your Home’s Value

You want to do the right things to increase the value of your home. Here’s our list of changes that will help.

Small Upgrades Count

You may feel like you should start a huge renovation right away, however that is not always the case. You could work on smaller changes first. Paint and decorate a room. Update your doors. Add a new light fixture. These smaller changes all add up and can make a real difference.

Landscaping Improvements

Landscaping your yard improves your home’s curb appeal and it’s value. Spending some time at your local Home Depot’s garden center. Find plants native to the area and add them to your yard.

Replace Out-Dated Vanities

Replacing your vanities in your bathrooms. This will modernize your home and add style. For more tips on vanities see our other post HERE.

Kitchen Updates

Kitchen updates immediately improve appeal and value of a home. These updates could be big or small. Larger remodels could include new granite countertops and cabinets. Smaller updates could be as simple as updating the older microwave. For more tips on remodeling kitchen see HERE.

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Choosing the Right Range Combo for your Kitchen Remodel

One of the exciting things with a kitchen remodel is choosing new appliances. Without question getting a new range will improve the look of your kitchen. Here’s a list of some of the best:

1. Prestige 24 in. 2.3 cu. ft. Gas Convection Range – Stainless Steel. This range comes with 4 burners, waist high broiler and cast-iron grates.

2. Haier 24 in. 2.9 cu. ft. Gas Range with Convection Oven also in Stainless Steel this steam cleaning, lower storage space, modern look in black and stainless steel.

3. Summit Appliance 24 in. 2.9 cu. ft. Gas Range in Stainless Steel Another modern range with sleek lines. This range is manual cleaning with 4 burners.

4. Viking 30 Inch Pro-Style Gas Range with ProFlow™ – This range with convection oven is pro range with 4 burners and also manual cleaning with 4 cu. ft. oven capacity

5. Zline RA48 Professional 48 Inch Wide 6 cu. ft. Slide-In Dual Fuel Range solidly built stainless steel in the same class as the Viking yet more affordable with a second side oven. 6 Burners on the range.

Remodeling Before the Holidays

As we swing into fall now is a good time to remodel your home before the holidays.

Holiday means family and friends will visit your home and now you can get that new flooring or kitchen remodel done before they arrive. Scheduling a quote with NIC Construction can get the ball rolling.

Concerning flooring, some of the choices to think about is real wood or engineered wood flooring. You may want thinner planks or wider depending on the room.

The kitchen is always a place to gather round and now is the time to get that backsplash done or new lighting installed.

Enjoy your holidays right and get your home remodeled today. Contact NIC- Construction today schedule your quote.

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Remodeling Your Tub to a Shower

The cost to remodel a shower on average is $3,800. You may have an older tub that you now want a new tiled stall shower.

This is possible and will increase the value of your home. Home buyers are already looking for remodeled bathrooms. There are many designs and options to choose from as you move forward with your remodeling.

The trend today is to take the old tub and create a luxurious walk-in shower. You may want a new shower head with multiple settings of pressure. Does the design complement your home? Don’t fall for current fads if the fixture won’t be able to stand the test of time. Here are some examples of the latest in shower heads.

Tile. The right tile can set the mood and correct style for your bathroom and home. Perhaps a nice marble, or travertine tile. Others may like ceramic or porcelain which is affordable and looks nice. On the more expensive end would be granite or polished stone.

Lighting. The icing on cake. Adding beautiful lighting in your newly created shower will give you the ambience, mood for the bathroom. Placement is important, whether it’s the ceiling or even the walls.

Finding an experienced contractor such as NIC Construction & Electrical is going to help you get the most for your money and a bathroom you will love. Call 661-600-2851 today or

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When Should You Upgrade Your Electrical Panels?

Your electrical panel needs to handle all of your electrical load requirements for your home, from its appliances, entertainment systems, lighting, HVAC, and the army of gadgets we take for granted. You may have tripped a circuit before and had to reset it. However, when should you upgrade your electrical panels. Here is a general guideline to upgrading:

  1. New Appliances Installed Depending on the age of your home, if you have recently installed new appliances (refrigerator, washer/dryer, HVAC or even an electric vehicle charging station) you may need a 200-amp panel installed to handle the new electrical needs.
  2. Older Panels Are not designed to handle the load requirements of today and some may pose a hazard. Federal Pacific, ITE Pushmatic, Zinsco and GTE/Sylvania have all been shown to pose a fire hazard and are no longer manufactured but there are still many homes out there with these types of panels installed. Get to know what type of panel you have by consulting with a qualified electrician.
  3. Using Many Power Strips and Cords Does your house use a lot of power strips and extension cords? If this is the case this could also pose a potential hazard. Look into what can be done to avoid this issue. Hire a qualified electrician to address the issue and come up with the right solution to handle your power needs.
  4. Remodeling your Home If you are in the midst of a remodel of your home then it makes sense to look into upgrading your panel to handle the new power requirements you’ve just created. Chances are you will have new outlets, lighting, or appliances installed. With the changing electrical code requirements out there a new panel will be needed to meet those codes.
  5. Wiring When looking into upgrading your panel take into consideration the type of wiring you have. Consult with a qualified electrician to thoroughly look into the possibility of a complete upgrade. Panel and wiring upgrades will help put your mind at rest knowing your home is fully up to date with all its electrical needs.

If any of these ring true for you, then give NIC-Construction & Electrical a call. We would be happy to help you with your panel upgrade. (661) 600-2851

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What Type of Recessed Lighting is Available?

There are many types of recessed lighting available. Here’s a look at the different types and features of each.

Open Trim:  This type of recessed trim is flush with the ceiling and allows for the bulb to protrude a little from the surface. This type of trim normally allows for more light to reflect out by not restricting the light from the bulb.

Pinhole Trim: Works to keep the light to a tight single beam. Spotlight type of effect and is used to highlight certain areas of a room.

Baffle Trim: One of the most popular of recessed lights. This light has a ribbed interior that helps reflect light and reduce glare. The light bulb placement is made easier by this design also.

Shower Trim: Like it’s name sake this fixture is perfect for showers, and bathrooms. The light is made with tempered glass to withstand moisture.

Wall-Wash Trim: Like it’s name sake this fixture is perfect for showers, and bathrooms. The Trim face is made with tempered glass to withstand moisture.

One of the nice things about lighting trims is they are made to fit many different recessed lighting applications and come in various styles, colors and sizes to fit a range of recessed fixtures from the simple incandescent bulb type to the more energy efficient LED lighting fixtures. 

Lighting designs for your home décor!

When you’ve chosen the lighting for your home décor and are ready to transform your lighting experience in your home call NIC Construction & Electrical

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How to Organize Your Kitchen Space

Having a beautifully remodeled kitchen goes hand in hand with an organized space. This will benefit you and your family as they use the kitchen.

For this article we’ll be focusting on the cabinets around the stove, oven and higher cabinets above the microwave oven.

For example purposes only.

1.SPICES A great meal is made with great spices. The drawer right next to the stove can be utilized for your spices. Fill it full of spice jars that you can get from IKEA they are affordable and easy to label and make organizing your spices a breeze.

2. PULL-OUT #1 cabinets. To the side of the oven or below the spice drawer you can install pull-out cabinets. These pull-out cabinets can contain all of your pots/pans for cooking. Also within that cabinet you can have your larger stock-pots on the bottom shelf.

3. PULL-OUT #2 cabinets. On the other side of the oven you can utilize this space with larger mixing bowls, and colander. If you don’t want to use pull-out cabinets here another option is a lazy susan.

4. CABINETS-ABOVE to the left of stove and installed microwave can be utilized with all of your baking supplies. More mixing bowls, large mason jars to hold supplies, tools such as mixing spoons, and cupcake supplies.

5. CABINETS-ABOVE microwave large indoor grill is housed here. If you love indoor grilling, or perhaps your George Foreman grill can go here as well. A large bin next to the grill can hold all of your grilling supplies.

6. CABINETS-ABOVE to the right of the stove. Here you can house all of your everday dishes. Plates, serving platters, bowls. Easily accesible to set your dinner table with.

7. Lastly – your food should be stored in the pantry.

Keeping your food and kitchen supplies will keep you organized and you will enjoy your kitchen so much more.

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How to Design Your Outdoor Lighting

Exterior lighting is important for safety and security of your home. Beyond just the security the lighting will complement the look of your home during the evening/nightime hours.

Here are some ideas that will help you design the exterior lighting of your home.

1. Determine how many lights you’ll need for your yard.

2. Exterior entry lights should be at eye level and at least five feet above ground.

3. With entry lights in place. It’s important to remember the accent and ambient lighting, along walkways, highlighting plants of interest. You will create curb appeal.

4. Security lighting – for security and safety. These lights can be set for motion or dusk-to-dawn giving you the type of security you need day or night

Outdoor lighting in general must be water-proof and suitable for damp or wet locations