Design Tips


Lion Builders Construction, Inc.

Licensed Residential Contractors in Orange County CA

“Where Imagination and Reality Come Together”

  • Is your kitchen or bathroom old and outdated?
  • Do you need more space?
  • Are you building a new home? Lion Builders, Inc. offers complete construction services for new home constructions, kitchen remodeling, room addition, extension projects, bathrooms, or general hose remodeling, plumbing, painting – from planning and design all the way to a beautiful finished product that will truly astound you.Serving in Mission Viejo, Los Alamitos, Fullerton, Costa Mesa, Anaheim and surrounding areas.

Orange County Home Design Tips

Bathroom Tips  |   Kitchen Tips  |  Homeowner Tips

Interior Painting

Color is a wonderful thing. Colors have been proven to affect people’s moods and emotions. Adding a fresh coat of paint to any room in your home is an easy and inexpensive way to update the look and feel of your home, while making your family and guests feel comfortable. What feelings do you want each room in your home to evoke with the expert painters at your service?

Exterior Painting

The first thing someone sees when they arrive at your home is the outside. No matter how beautifully painted and decorated your home’s interior is, if the exterior is old, ugly, and outdated looking, you’re already starting off on the wrong foot. From the best quality Painters of Orange County, Increase your home’s curb appeal and resale value, and become the envy of the neighborhood with a newly painted exterior!


Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom involves more than just putting in new cabinetry or appliances – it will likely affect the plumbing as well. Lion Builders have expert plumbers who will ensure that not only the “outsides” (visible elements) of your project look great, but that the “insides” are running smoothly too!

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Bathroom Design Tips


Personalizing your bathroom design involves size, configuration, and style. Before you start your project, think carefully about what you like and dislike about your present bathroom. Do you need more space in the master bath or just a spacious floor plan that lets two people share the room more comfortably? Is there enough counter space and storage space? Once you have an idea of what you want to change, start identifying solutions that appeal to you. Look through home design and decorating books and magazines, and tag or photocopy pages showing bathroom designs and products you like.


Lighting choices are pretty much endless. You have your choice of bath bar lighting to strip lighting, vanity lights, recessed shower lighting and everything in between. All these choices help set the tone and design style of your bathroom. Do your research and choose what you love and how much light you require, not what you think others will like. Don’t forget dimmers, chandeliers and sconces!


Since bathroom countertops are less active then kitchen countertops, we can worry less about functionality and more about appearance. That’s good news since bathroom countertops are generally custom made, leaving the style and design options wide open to personal taste. Stainless steel countertops are low maintenance and look great in a contemporary bathroom. Other choices are cultured marble, granite, manufactured quartz, tile, and solid surface materials known by their brand names: Corian, Staron, Gilbraltar and Avonite. These synthetic products offer low maintenance and can be molded to fit any design specification.


Colorful mosaic tiles and travertine are most popular when it comes to designing a beautiful and stylish backsplash. Limestone, glass, marble, pebble tile, natural stone tiles, granite and slate are all examples of common bathroom backsplash materials. For high impact, bring the backsplash up to the ceiling and on surrounding walls. Recycled glass tiles are among the most eco-friendly materials used for backsplashes. They come in matte or gloss finish.


Most people don’t realize the abundance of choices when it comes to the bathroom sink. Sink choices range from stainless steel, wall mount, vessel, under mount, stone, copper, pedestal, and more. Do your research and find out what appeals to you. Keep in mind the sink needs to be functional and still compliment your design style. Vessel sinks are very popular, but under mount are the most common and seem to be most functional for the average homeowner.


The choices of bathroom flooring include ceramic tile, vinyl and laminate, and hardwood – really, your bathroom flooring options are only limited by your imagination and budget. It is important to look at the big picture with your bathroom flooring. Hardwood may be most visually appealing but it can pose a serious problem, as bathrooms tend to have much higher humidity…as well as the potential for water leaks. If you choose ceramic tile you may want to consider an under-floor heating rug for when you step out of the shower. With that in mind choose what you love and what will be most functional for you and your family.


First decide whether you want to refinish your current bathroom cabinetry or replace it altogether. Next, choose the wood. Then, choose the right type of cabinetry for you. Custom or Shop-Built Cabinetry is locally built in every region of the country and varies widely in quality. Semi-Custom Cabinetry is also locally built in every region of the country and  varies widely in quality. Stock or Production Cabinetry invests most of its manufacturing dollar in a good, durable finish, has a limited number of styles, finishes, accessories, and hardware, and requires space-wasting fillers to fit.



Kitchen Design Tips


The kitchen is the heart of the home and a place where you will likely spend a lot of time. Don’t settle for what someone else says will be best for you. Take part in the design process and make it your own. Show off some of your personality with an eye-popping granite countertop and good painting. Get the best Painters in Orange County as well! Express yourself with sleek lines and smooth surfaces. Or, share your inner traditionalist with antique finishes and old-world style cabinetry. You’re only limited by your imagination (and your budget) so let the creativity flow!


Some of the hottest kitchen backsplash material is glass! It comes in any format: mosaics, sticks, 4-inch x 12-inch, 12-inch x 12-inch, and don’t forget custom glass patterns. Stone is also popular, especially water-jet borders and patterned formats. Other popular choices today are travertine, slate or granite in a variety of forms. Randomly or as a border, some also use wood and metal accent tiles to add even more dimension to a backsplash. Color, more than actual material, is what often makes a kitchen look dated. Neutrals or even vivid colors are decidedly more appealing than the pastel shades of the past.


Start with the focal point of your kitchen and work out from there including plumbing. Want a beautiful center island with extra counter space for everyone to gather around? Or are you a culinary genius in the making and want every eye drawn to your gorgeous new Viking double oven? Whatever your heart’s desire, start there. Pick the spot for that all important focal point of your new kitchen and work outward from there. Of course, you can’t forget the function to go with all that fun. Stick to the “working triangle” so you can easily access the cooktop, sink and refrigerator no matter what! Also a good plumber simplifies it for you in plumbing (See downloadable PDF below.)


An island provides a central spot to work and eat. You can double the functionality and flexibility with a pair of islands, one on wheels and one stationary. You can use one for prep work and the other to seat guests for an informal meal. There are many possibilities and choices when it comes to kitchen islands – just be sure you have measured and know exactly how much room you will need to maintain comfortable functionality in your kitchen.


Always go into any home improvement project with a planned budget and be up front with your contractor about that number. Any reputable remodeling company will be honest with you about what you can expect within your price range, and will help you stretch your dollar as far as possible. Think of it like this – if you walk into a car dealership knowing that you have only $15,000 to spend, you don’t want the salesperson showing you $30,000 cars, so you’re going to tell them right away what your price range is. Do the same with your kitchen remodel. If you have a budget of $30k, don’t wait until after the design process is complete and the project begins to realize that with the flooring, cabinetry, countertops, and new appliances you are well beyond that. Make sure your representative knows your budget and the project you are planning falls within those guidelines.



Homeowner Tips

Selecting a contractor for the renovation of your home is an important decision and one that requires you to ask the right questions. Before your first appointment have an idea of what type of services you are looking for. Do you need design assistance? Will you be purchasing your own lighting fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and accessories, or will you be ordering these items through the contractor? Do you have an idea of the materials you would like included in your project? What is your target investment range for the project? Do you have a specific timeframe for beginning/completing the project? Are there any specific concerns you have regarding the work, contractor, etc.?

Make a list for your first appointment and discuss your expectations with the consultant. Ensure they are willing to listen to your needs and desires as well as make suggestions.

Here are some tips for hiring a contractor:

  • Hire only licensed contractors and ask to see the license.
  • Verify the contractor’s license by checking online at or via CSLB’s automated phone service at 1-800-321-CSLB (2752).
  • Don’t rush into decisions.
  • Be especially hesitant when approached by someone offering home improvement services door-to-door, especially when they will use material they claim is left over from another job.
  • Check references and get a written contract.
  • Always make sure that you obtain a lien release for the work on your home once it is completed and you have made the final payment. Ask the contractor in your initial meeting with them if they provide lien releases on their work.
  • Find out how long the contractor has been in business. The longer they’ve been in business, the more of a reputation they have to uphold.
  • Ask the contractor about their insurance and that of their subcontractors. Ask to see the General Contractor’s Worker’s Compensation and General Liability Insurance Certificates.
  • Always check the old tried and true – the Better Business Bureau. This will tell you if any formal complaints have been filed against the company in the past.
  • Be leery of the contractor with the lowest price. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. A contractor who is able to charge prices well below their competitors is most likely already on their way out of the business and is desperately trying to stay afloat. They may be lacking in qualified help and the materials used may be low quality. Low prices may sound great in the beginning, but in the end could end up costing you more than you would have paid to have it done right the first time.

For more Orange County home design tips, contact Lion Builder today!