Holiday Entertaining During a Kitchen Remodel

Holiday Entertaining During a Kitchen Remodel

Remodeling your kitchen doesn’t mean that you need to abandon your plans to entertain family and friends this holiday season. Yes, that’s right, it is possible to entertain while your kitchen is under construction. No matter how well you plan, sometimes projects get behind schedule. Or maybe your house is home to a lot of drop-in visitors during the holidays who might not know that your kitchen is under renovation. If your remodel happens to fall during the holidays, here are a few ways to make the most of your space and reduce inconvenience for your guests. Create a Temporary Kitchen If you know that you are expecting guests, consider moving as much of your kitchen as possible to another space in your home. It won’t have the exact same feeling as a kitchen, but can still provide a place for people to congregate and eat or drink. Did you Continue reading

Indoor Home Remodeling Projects for Winter Months

Indoor Home Remodeling Projects for Winter Months

Just because the temperature drops outside does not mean you need to stop working toward your goal of remodeling your home. The winter months are a great time to work on indoor projects and make plans to get back outside once the weather gets nicer. Before you resign to spending the winter months sitting on the couch, check out these projects that you can tackle inside: Decluttering This one is especially important before and after the holidays when you are likely to have friends and family in your home for holiday celebrations and an influx of new gifts coming in. Make room for everything and everyone by getting rid of things that you don’t need. Donate unwanted items to charity or make a few extra bucks by selling them on Craiglist. Either way, you are clearing space that will be needed when you start your larger renovation project. One word Continue reading

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means the start of the holiday season. The holidays are a great opportunity to catch up with family, but they can also mean stress and lots of frantic last-minute scrambling to get your home ready for overnight guests. You probably have the guest bedroom ready, but what about the kitchen and the bathroom? Your guests will be using those rooms, too. Use this list as a guide to make sure those rooms are set up to make your company feel comfortable in your home. Stock the Bathroom Many people who travel bring their own toiletries with them, but there’s always something that gets left behind. Save your guests a trip to the store or that awkward conversation about borrowing a toothbrush by having some essentials out and ready to go. A well-stocked guest bathroom should include: Toothbrushes Toothpaste Mouthwash Feminine products Razors Continue reading

Add a Little Geometry to Your Kitchen Renovation

Add a Little Geometry to Your Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen triangle, or work triangle as it’s sometimes known, is the foundation of nearly every modern kitchen. It uses some basic geometry to create efficiency in your kitchen and works no matter how large or small your kitchen is. The work triangle concept has been around for more than 50 years, and you might see some people argue that it’s going out of style. While there are other options out there for kitchen design, a basic concept like this is a good place to start if you are not sure about how you want your kitchen to look. Here’s what you need to know to bring this piece of geometry into your kitchen. Work Triangle Basics According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the work triangle is an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink to the center of the cook top to the center Continue reading

Create an Eco-Friendly Kitchen with These Remodeling Tips

Create an Eco-Friendly Kitchen with These Remodeling Tips

Your home is a reflection of your personality, and that is an important point to keep in mind as you consider a remodel. The kitchen is a focal point of your home and should reflect not only your design style but what type of statement you want to make to your friends, family, and other guests. One way to make that statement is by considering an eco=friendly kitchen. Reusable materials and energy-efficient appliances can give you a kitchen that’s stylish and good for the environment. Whether you want to go all out or just include a few sustainable elements, here are a few of the options to consider. Appliances The Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR appliance program has been around since 1992 and has become ubiquitous in the world of appliances. Manufactures team up with the government to receive ENERGY STAR certification on their products based on the number of Continue reading

Prep Your Kitchen for Holiday Entertaining

Prep Your Kitchen for Holiday Entertaining

November is here, and that means the holidays are just around the corner. With a little bit of preparation, this season can be one to relax with family and friends instead of worrying about how you are going to handle holiday entertaining.   Take these steps now to sail into a smooth holiday season: Clean Out the Refrigerator and Freezer Cooking for a crowd means a lot of grocery shopping and food coming into your home. Make room for all of it by cleaning out your refrigerator at the start of the holiday season. This includes getting rid of any spoiled or unwanted food, and also checking expiration dates on condiments and other items that you might not realize have gone bad. Same thing goes for the freezer — look for items that show signs of freezer burn or that you know you are not going to use. Once you’ve Continue reading

Remodeling Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Resale Value

Remodeling Tips to Maximize Your Home’s Resale Value

Sometimes we remodel because we want to create a more pleasant home environment to live in. Other times, it’s all about the bottom line and getting the most bang for the buck when the house goes on the market. If you find yourself in the latter situation where you are remodeling with the goal of reselling, there are a few things you can do to maximize your return on investment and make your home as appealing as possible to future buyers. Keep it Neutral Remodeling a kitchen or bathroom for resale is not the time to go crazy with paint colors, fixtures, or other design elements. You want to present the image that the house is a blank canvas that the new owners can make their own. Even though things like paint and fixtures are easy to change, you do not want to put the new owners through the hassle Continue reading

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