As Seen In Houzz

We were featured by the popular design website, Houzz, in this article on selecting wall colors for kitchens with mixed metal, wood tones, lighting styles and finishes – check it out!

Mud Room Makeover

Do you have a place in your home for all your shoes, coats, hats and bags? For the modern family with lots of “gear,” a well-designed mud room can be a time and sanity saver! Just ask Excel client Gillian Wagar of Hummelstown. “We decided to create a combination laundry room and mud room because we needed an organized place for our four kids to take off their shoes when they came in from outside, with plenty of storage for their boots, coats and backpacks. Prior to our mud room, we were always tripping over something in the entryway.” Gillian… Read on

Aging In Place

Aging in Place is a growing trend. Baby Boomers are planning for the future, and in growing numbers, they want to stay in their homes as long as possible. This often means remodeling… for comfort and convenience, as well as for safety. Aging In Place has been defined as, “the ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.” As people age, falling is one of the most serious threats, so room design that addresses prevention is important. Supports in the shower and bathroom, appropriate railings on stairs, and… Read on

Kitchen Trends

Transitional Style Kitchen trends in remodeling right now include the popular Transitional style featuring clean lines and less ornamentation. Character and customization are often introduced in this style through varying textures or finishes, including two or more cabinet colors/finishes in the same kitchen (often in a light/dark combo), or different countertops for islands and the perimeter, varying in both color and material. Functionality & Customization Other current kitchen trends maximize functionality and customize the use of the space to the homeowner. Examples of this include specific pullouts, tilt-outs and revolving trays for ease of storage, trash and recycling; built-in coffee stations, wet bars and wine refrigerators; and… Read on

Spring Remodel

Early Spring! Perfect time for a remodel… Pennsylvania’s favorite groundhog did not see his shadow today, so according to folklore, we will enjoy an early spring. Of course, indoor remodeling jobs can be accomplished any time of the year, but as we look forward to the spring and summer months, now is a great time to get started on that interior or exterior remodel you’ve been thinking about. The first step is to contact us with your project ideas, and then we’ll meet with you to work up a design, estimate and schedule. Looking for inspiration? View our online gallery… Read on

Heated Floors

Imagine a beautiful sanctuary where you can soak and steam away the cold of winter with heated floors under your feet and a toasty towel at your fingertips. Thoughtful design planning and cozy heating innovations allow you to chase away the chills in the comfort and warmth of the ultimate master bathroom retreat. It’s a luxury you’ll enjoy on every cold day … and the rest of your family will, too! Excel Interior Concepts & Construction has worked with many satisfied clients to include heated floors in their bathroom design, and has heard regrets from clients who didn’t pursue this… Read on

Kitchen Design for Holiday Entertaining

Holidays bring families together, often in the kitchen! If your current kitchen is cramped or ill-equipped for cooking and entertaining for a crowd, that can be challenging. When Cathy Kelly decided to work with Excel Interior Concepts & Construction to remodel her family’s kitchen, holiday gatherings were something she had in mind, “We used to always get together at my daughter’s place because she had the biggest home, but since the remodel, we can now host our family gatherings here.” To create more space in the kitchen and dining area, Excel removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room,… Read on

Aging in Place

More than ever, active, vibrant and savvy Baby Boomers are undertaking design and remodeling projects in their homes with aging in place in mind. At Excel Interior Concepts & Construction, our philosophy is that beautiful home design can become even better with age. Working with our clients, we provide design solutions that will accomplish current remodeling project desires, while also thoughtfully planning ahead for the future. Some considerations are more obvious, such as barrier-free showers or added handrails and grab bars. Other design features might include increased lighting, placement of switches, and types and grading of flooring. Sometimes, designing for… Read on

Cost & Return

There are many factors that go into the decision to remodel: your preferred style, the functionality of the space and, of course, your budget. When determining how much to spend on a remodeling project, remember that renovations can increase the value of your home. That means you’ll enjoy the remodel today, while knowing that you’ve invested in enhancing your home’s appeal to potential buyers if you ever decide to sell it.… Read on

Wants vs. Needs

What do you want out of your remodel? What do you need? The difference is critical. Needs typically include function and safety-related considerations. Wants speak more to your personal taste and desired outcome. Your remodel should have all your needs, and as many of your wants as possible, if not all of them. This is always our goal when working with customers.… Read on