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Redefining Renovation

We understand the challenges and frustrations involved in finding a remodeling contractor you can trust.

The michael James way

The Michael James Way

“Our goal is to transform the renovation experience from one of stress and anxiety to one of excitement and enjoyment.”

—Michael James

 

National Association of Home Builders
national kitchen and bath association
home builders association of georgia
greater Atlanta home builders association
National Association of the Remodeling Industry

What Make Michael James Remodeling Different?

Quality and Communication Every Step Of The Way

Relax. Count on clear communication throughout the design, construction, and even post-construction phases. We go out of our way to make sure everyone stays well-informed, especially you, our client! From our very first meeting, we listen carefully to your wants and needs. From budgeting, planning, and design, all the way to long after the your project is completed, our goal is to make sure the entire remodeling process goes as smoothly as possible so that you not only love your new remodeled home, but you also enjoy the experience!

Bringing Your Vision To Life

Working with Michael James Remodeling means that you’ve chosen the most seamless approach to tackling a remodeling project: design-build. Having the best remodeling contractor, construction crew, design service, and architect, together on the same team allows you to focus on the creative aspects of the project, while we take care of the details. Together we listen and work with you to create the space that meets your needs for function, flow, and beauty while working within your budget.

Clean, Safe and Stress-Free

Renovating can be a dusty and dirty process. But, the last thing you want to do is clean up after the crew every day. We go to great lengths to minimize the impact we have on the rest of your living space through the use of plastic sheeting, zippered enclosures, protective floor coverings, shoe covers, safe work practices, and both periodic and daily clean-ups.

Relationships and Follow-Up

After the contract is paid and the construction is complete, that’s not the last you’ll hear from us.  Once you’ve had an opportunity to live in your new space, when most companies are long-gone, we’ll check-in and follow-up. It is important for us to make sure you are 100% happy with your renovation, so that we can become your remodeling contractor for all your future needs—one that you’ll confidently recommend to your friends.

“I’ve been through remodels before, but Michael and his guys were so different in that they would clean up every night. They would do a clean sweep of the entire work area and even hose down the driveway. I appreciated the fact that Michael recognized that we lived here too and he was here to make sure that our home was as livable and safe as possible.”

Brian and Connie Hood

The quality of Michael’s work is so good. He has a great eye. He’s easy to work with. I’ve lived in the house through several remodeling projects with Michael and his guys are always so tidy, clean, and non-intrusive. I never worried about a thing.

Beth Bell

The Michael James Way to A Perfect Remodel

— Our Process —

Dream

Start your journey by exploring and dreaming about what you would love your home to become. We encourage you to save magazine clippings and use internet resources like Pinterest and Houzz to get an idea of both the possibilities and what styles and colors you prefer. Save all your best ideas so you can refer to them later and share them with your remodeling contractor. 

Dig A Little Deeper

Make a list of everything you like and dislike about your current space(s). What type of project(s) are you considering?  Think about how you plan to use your space, what features and functionality you would like to include, any changes you would like to make to the space layout, and the finish level. 

 

Determine Your Target Investment

Now that you have a better idea of what you would like from your remodeling project, visit both the Cost vs Value website and our remodeling cost page to get a rough idea of what you should expect to spend. It is important not to underestimate what you think your remodeling project might cost. Very often, clients decide to spend 10-15% more than the initial estimate as they choose upgrades to various elements of the project. We suggest keeping this in mind when determining your budget.

 

Research Remodeling Companies

Talk with friends and neighbors, search the internet for remodeling company websites, and read reviews to narrow the list of contractors you may want to partner with. Talk with various contractors, get estimates where you can, and note what you like and don’t like about your experience and impressions of each. Ensure the companies on your shortlist have a valid license with the Secretary of State and are adequately insured.

 

Now Let’s Talk!  

Use our contact form or give us a call to set up a no-charge initial consultation. The initial consultation may take place over the phone, via Zoom / video call, or in person at our Gainesville office—whatever works best for you. During our initial meeting, we’ll want to learn about your project including both your wants and needs. We will also talk about the type of contractor you’re looking to hire. We understand that we’re not always the right fit for everyone and there are no hard feelings. Let’s talk about it and find out together.

If you decide we might be a right for each other, based on the information you’ve given us, we’ll give you a better idea of what your project is likely to cost and discuss scheduling the initial site visit.

 

Initial Site Visit

Because of the time and effort that goes into the initial site visit and estimating process, we do charge a site visit fee of $465 that will be returned to you as a credit should you choose Michael James Remodeling to complete your project.  We understand that many other contractors provide this service for free and if everyone charged for their estimates it could become rather costly to get multiple bids for your project. This is why part of our process is to meet with you in our office, via Zoom, or over the phone before the initial site visit to make sure we’re a potential right fit for you and your project. When you agree to the initial site visit, we will send you a link to allow you to pay the initial fee. Once paid, we will schedule your visit. 

During our initial site visit, we will spend approximately an hour getting familiar with your space and getting to know each other better.  We will listen to what you have in mind, give some advice, and talk through your goals, desires, and any fears you may have regarding the project. We will answer any questions you may have and discuss the feasibility of your target investment bringing it into clearer view. 

Next Steps 

There are 3 possible outcomes from the initial site visit:

  1. We move forward with a fee-based Design & Selection Phase.
  1. If a design phase is not required, we deliver a project proposal for signature. 
  1. We agree we are not the right fit for your project.

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    No More Cold Feet

    Of course, one of the biggest benefits of a radiant tile floor is that you won’t have any more cold feet when you get out of your shower. There are few things more unpleasant than stepping out of a nice warm shower onto a freezing tile floor. This can be especially bad in the wintertime, when cold feet can become agony.

    Heated tile floors will keep your toes nice and toasty when you get out of the shower and during those early morning chills. Best of all, studies have shown that keeping your feet warm can play an important role in regulating your overall body temperature. A heated tile floor can make your overall bathroom experience more comfortable simply by warming up your toes.

    Fewer Microbes

    Most people who don’t have heated tile floors cope with that chilly tile by putting down bath mats. This helps to keep water off the floor, which can eliminate slipping hazards, and it provides a barrier between your feet and the cold floor. The problem is that these bath mats can become a breeding ground for microbes.

    Mold, mildew, and other microbes love environments that are warm and damp, and bath mats make the perfect environment for them. Depending on how often you wash your bath mat, you could be stepping out of your shower onto a thriving colony of germs. Because heated floors eliminate the need for bath mats, they could make your bathroom more hygienic.

    Fewer Allergens

    If you struggle with allergies or asthma, forced air systems could cause you a lot of problems. These systems heat your house by blowing warm air into the room through vents in the floor or ceiling. The problem is that this blast of air can kick up dust and allergens, not to mention providing a system of ducts for all these allergens to collect in.

    Radiant heating doesn’t blow dust or allergens around, and it can do much more than just warm up your feet. In fact, a radiant heat system can warm up your bathroom by as much as five degrees without any forced air assistance. Using these systems can reduce the amount you have to use your forced air system, keeping your allergies and asthma at a minimum.

    More Uniform Heating

    One of the other major downsides of a forced-air heating system is that they tend to heat rooms unevenly. We’ve all experienced times when we were sitting under a vent that was blasting hot or cold air on us. We were uncomfortable, but the people on the other side of the room might feel perfectly fine.

    Radiant heating systems can help to eliminate these cold spots in your bathroom. The mesh or tubing is distributed evenly throughout the floor, meaning every area will get the same gentle warmth. As you move through your bathroom, you’ll stay at the same perfect level of comfort, rather than sweating in one spot and freezing in another.

    Greater Energy Efficiency

    Now at this point, you may be thinking that offsetting forced air systems with radiant heat is fine and good, but what will it cost? Although you will be able to use your forced air system less, you will have to pay for the extra electricity or gas to heat that system. The good news is that you could actually save money on your utility bills by using a radiant heat system.

    Radiant heat systems tend to be more energy-efficient than forced-air systems thanks to their design. Heat rises, so radiant heat systems have to put off less heat to get the room to a comfortable temperature than forced air systems with ceiling vents do. They can also cycle on and off without involving a heat pump and compressor, saving you money and keeping you more comfortable.

    No Wasted Space

    One of the biggest struggles with adding extra heating systems to your bathroom design is figuring out where to put the components. If you have floor vents, you have to arrange your furniture so those aren’t blocked. And if you’re using space heaters, you wind up with unattractive units hanging on your walls or sitting on your floors, taking up space.

    Radiant heat systems are completely invisible and don’t take up any extra space in your home. Because they live under the floors, they blend in seamlessly with your layout. You can get the extra comfort you need without having to work around an unwieldy heating system.

    It is important to note that if you decide to use a hydronic radiant heat system, you will have to find someplace to put the water heater for that system.

    No Extra Noise

    When you walk into your bathroom, you want it to be a relaxing, spa-like experience. This should be someplace you can breathe and unwind, escaping from the noise and demands of the outside world. Unfortunately, that can be a little hard to pull off if you’re listening to the buzz and whoosh of a forced-air heating system.

    Other heating systems can be annoyingly noisy, but radiant heating systems are completely silent. In particular, electric systems make no noise, heating your floors without a whisper of extra sound. You can relax in the oasis that is your bathroom without having to tune out extra noise.

    Customization

    If you’ve ever lived with another person, you know that we all have different preferences when it comes to comfortable temperatures. You may like things toasty warm, while your partner may swelter in those temperatures. Heated bathroom flooring can eliminate fights over the thermostat, since they’re completely customizable.

    Your radiant heat system will come with a thermostat that you can set to whatever temperature range is comfortable for you. As we’ll discuss more in a moment, you can even set schedules so the system heats to a different temperature depending on when you and your partner each get ready. And don’t worry – these systems never get hot enough to burn even the most sensitive toes.

    Scheduling Features

    As with any heating system, radiant heating systems take time to warm up. So it may seem pointless to have one of these systems if you’re still going to have to walk on a freezing floor while you wait for it to warm up. But these system designers aren’t about to let you live with cold feet every morning.

    Heated tile floor controls usually come with a scheduling feature that allows you to program when you want your system to kick on. If you have to get up at 7 in the morning and you know your system takes about fifteen minutes to heat up, you can set it to turn on at 6:45. Your floors will be heated to perfection by the time you’re ready to get out of bed in the morning.

    No Maintenance

    One of the best things about installing a radiant heat system is that you’ll never have to do any maintenance on it. Because these systems live under tile floors, they aren’t exactly accessible. This means that designers create them to last for a lifetime without any ongoing maintenance needs.

    Once again, hydronic heating systems can be a little different in this regard. The boiler that heats the water for your system may need attention from time to time, although this is rare. But for the most part, these systems are set it and forget it, providing ongoing comfort in your space for the duration of their life.

    Improved Home Value

    When you’re doing a bathroom remodel, one of the factors you need to think about is how it will impact the resale value of your home. You want to create something that you will enjoy, but also something that will get you more money when it comes time to sell your house. In general, bathrooms and kitchens tend to bring the most extra resale value to homes, especially when they’re luxurious.

    Heated flooring says to a buyer that your home is built for luxury and comfort. When you list your home, adding that feature to your description could get you more viewings and even a higher sale price. These systems may well pay for themselves thanks to their extra energy efficiency and the value they bring to your home.

    Discover the Joys of Heated Tile Floors

    Heated tile floors are a fantastic way to make your bathroom more comfortable all year round. They can provide a more even heat and may even reduce the amount of allergens and microbes in your bathroom. They can also save you money on utility bills and improve your home value, paying for themselves in the long run.

    If you’d like to discover the joys of heated tile floors for yourself, check out the rest of our site at Michael James Remodeling. We are here to bring your vision of your dream home to life in your kitchen, bathroom, basement, and more. Chat with us today and discover what to expect when you experience renovation the Michael James way.

     

    Serving North Georgia:  Forsyth, Hall, North Fulton, Dawson, and Lumpkin Counties, Including Alpharetta, Cumming, Dahlonega, Dawsonville, and Gainesville

    Michael James Remodeling

    3473 Thompson Bridge Rd. Gainesville, GA 30506

    (770) 599-2575