Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

A kitchen or bathroom renovation can bring many positive changes to your home, but it can also uncover some not so pleasant things lurking beneath the surface. Lead and asbestos are two of the most common hazards that are found in paint, insulation, and other materials used in older homes. If your home was built before the 1970s and hasn’t been renovated in a while, lead and asbestos abatement might be part of your remodeling project. Here are some tips on what to look for and how to make sure these hazards are removed from your kitchen or bathroom for good. Lead Health Risks Lead-based paint was not banned until 1978 and was very common in homes built before that time. According to the EPA, the older your home is, the more likely that it will have lead paint — nearly 90 percent of homes built before 1940 have it. Continue reading

All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

Do you take your bath towels and bath mat for granted? If you’re like most of us, you probably use them every day without much thought to where they are stored or how they are preserved. Whether you have a large or small bathroom, it’s important to make sure that towels and mats have enough space to properly dry between uses. Otherwise, they’ll quickly turn musty and moldy. Maybe you’ve even experienced this in your current bathroom. Remodeling your bathroom is a great time to re-evaluate how these essentials are stored in between uses. Don’t skimp on the small stuff — here are a few ideas for caring for your bath towels and bath mats. Hooks, Bars, and Racks No matter how small your bathroom, there’s room to properly hang bath towels and a bath mat. One of the most popular options is a towel bar that’s mounted to the Continue reading

Choosing the Right Oven for Your New Kitchen

Choosing the Right Oven for Your New Kitchen

The oven is one of the most used appliances in the kitchen, but one that you might overlook in planning a remodel. Thanks to changes in technology and design, you now have more options than ever when it comes to choosing an oven. Single or double? Wall oven or freestanding? Standalone or combination? These are just a few of the questions you’ll need to answer before making a final decision. Our team can help you determine which oven setup is best for you, but here are some design ideas to get you thinking: Wall Ovens Wall ovens were popular throughout the 1950s and 60s but moved out of style in favor of freestanding ranges in more recent years. They are now back with a vengeance and come in many options from vintage-inspired to appliances that look like they are straight out of the future. Unlike freestanding ranges, wall ovens can Continue reading

Make the Most of a Small Kitchen

Make the Most of a Small Kitchen

When it comes to a kitchen, bigger is not always better. Sure, you might dream of having a huge, open kitchen filled with cabinets and appliances. But in reality, the size of your kitchen is what it is unless you undertake a major renovation to change it. Rather than dwelling on what your kitchen doesn’t have, focus on how to make the most of the space you do have. Doing this will ensure that you are comfortable in your kitchen no matter what the size. Think Vertical One place you might be able to expand your space is up. Extend cabinets or shelves all the way to the ceiling to make the most of the limited storage space. Store rarely-used items at the top, and add a stylish rolling ladder to help you reach them when needed. Consider adding glass fronts to higher cabinets so you remember what’s in them Continue reading

Re-imagine Your Bathroom Vanity with These Ideas

Re-imagine Your Bathroom Vanity with These Ideas

In an age of Freecycle, Craigslist, and secondhand stores, something old has the potential to take on new life before it ends up in a landfill. Before you look at buying a new piece of furniture for your bathroom, consider what items you might be able to re-purpose. Inspiration might be closer than you think, and these unconventional ideas will bring a unique touch to your bathroom. Desks and Dressers If you took away the cabinets below the sink in your bathroom vanity, it would probably look a lot like a desk. So, it’s no surprise that desks can be used as vanity replacements to bring a vintage look to your bathroom. Beyond a unique look, desks are surprisingly functional as vanities, too. Drawers on the sides are ready-made storage and the space where a chair would go leaves plenty of room for plumbing. One element that might not adapt Continue reading

Change Up the Floor in Your Kitchen — Your Feet Will Thank You!

Change Up the Floor in Your Kitchen — Your Feet Will Thank You!

Whether it’s baking, cooking, or socializing, kitchens are made to be used. But, that can sometimes lead to discomfort from hours of standing on a hard floor. The last thing you want to do is fall victim to feet, knee, hip, or back problems from doing something you love. We’re not doctors or chiropractors, but we can suggest a few flooring changes to increase your comfort level in the kitchen. Changing to comfort flooring is not an all or nothing solution. You can still have the sleek look that comes from concrete or tile flooring in parts of the kitchen that are not as heavily used. Here are few of the options: Rubber Rubber floors are common in restaurants and other commercial kitchens, but are now starting to catch on at home as people realize those chefs were on to something! The soft and durable material will absorb the pressure Continue reading

Create the Perfect Breakfast Nook in Your Home

Create the Perfect Breakfast Nook in Your Home

Don’t have room for a full table in your kitchen? No problem! A breakfast nook creates a space for eating in the kitchen and can maximize space in that area. It might not be as big as a full dining room, but with the right layout and decor, you won’t miss the extra space at all. Location and Layout When you hear the name “breakfast nook,” what do you think of? Maybe it’s someone sipping coffee and reading the newspaper on a Sunday morning. Or maybe it’s a couple enjoying  an intimate date night in meal. Either way, the name implies that the space should be cozy and inviting. One of the ways to create that feeling is to place your breakfast nook near a window to take advantage of natural light pouring in. Natural light is always going to provide a more home-like feeling than artificial light. Position the Continue reading

Are Concrete Counters Right for Your Kitchen?

Are Concrete Counters Right for Your Kitchen?

If you are looking for an alternative to granite or laminate counters, concrete might be just the answer you need. When many of us think of concrete, we imagine rough sidewalks or roadways. But in a kitchen the same material transforms into a smooth, beautiful surface that’s safe for the entire family. Concrete counters cost roughly the same as granite or marble countertops and are every bit as durable. Before you go calling up a cement mixer, here are a few other things to consider in deciding whether they are right for you: Customization Each concrete counter is made by hand to fit your kitchen. This is a great way to ensure that your kitchen doesn’t look like anyone else’s — literally. They are sure to be a conversation starter when you host guests and they look every bit as elegant as granite. Beyond the traditional gray, concrete countertops come Continue reading

What’s Hot in the Kitchen? The Latest Design Trends

What’s Hot in the Kitchen? The Latest Design Trends

If you are tired of seeing the same photos of all-white kitchens and stainless steel appliances  in magazines and on social media, you are in luck. Things are changing in 2017 and looking ahead to 2018. Here are a few of the trends that are making their way to kitchens across the country: Moving Beyond White After nearly a decade of white and grey dominating the kitchen landscape, trends are moving back toward bolder colors on the kitchen floor and walls. No, we’re not going back to the pastel mania of the 1960s and 70s. Instead, today’s trends focus on strong primary colors and vivid tile floor patterns. We recommend choosing one or the other, or choosing neutral cabinets, counters, and appliances if you do have color on the floor and on the walls. If you aren’t quite ready to go bold, shaded greys remain a big trend, too. Consider Continue reading

Ask These Questions Before Your Kitchen Renovation

Ask These Questions Before Your Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen is the center of many households, and the decision to remodel it is not one that should be taken lightly. Before you sink your hard-earned money into a renovation, it’s important to ask yourself some hard questions about how the space is used, how you want it to look, and how quickly you need the renovation to be complete. Coming into a consultation with honest answers to these questions will help the process run smoothly for you and your designer. Kitchen Use Everyone can say that their kitchen is used for cooking and eating, but beyond that surface level how is it really used? Factors to consider in answering this question are how many people are in your family, how often you entertain, and whether you plan to sell your home. Someone who entertains often will likely want a more open concept, while someone who is in their Continue reading

Help Your Mom Around the House This Mother’s Day

Help Your Mom Around the House This Mother’s Day

Mother’s day does not always have to be about material gifts like flowers or jewelry. Sometimes the best gift you can give is the gift of time and an extra set of hands to help with household tasks. Some of these things are especially suited for a younger person, while other are just nice ways to show your mom that you care. Either way, they are small things that will make your mom feel special on her big day. Tech Support If your mom is older, maybe she’s just coming around to using an iPad or getting onto Facebook for the first time. These tools seems like second nature to most of us, but can be intimidating to those who are new to them. For Mother’s Day, help your mom set up her new technology or maybe fix something that’s been broken. Taking on a job like this requires a Continue reading

Fun Renovations for a Kids’ Bathroom

Fun Renovations for a Kids’ Bathroom

Whether it’s potty training or brushing their teeth, there are many reasons why your child might dislike the bathroom. But, bathrooms don’t have to necessarily mean doom and gloom. With a few simple changes, a kids’ bathroom can be transformed into a place they are excited to spend time in rather than one they dread:   Choose Bright Colors and Patterns Kids are drawn to bright colors, and the bathroom is the perfect place to indulge their creativity. Letting them choose the color means they will feel a greater sense of ownership over the room and be more likely to use it. If they change their mind or come up with a new favorite color, swapping out what’s on the walls is as easy as a new coat of paint. And, don’t stop at just one color. Consider bold rainbow stripes for fun patterns like polka dots and zigzags. Where Continue reading