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

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

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

3 Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper in Your Kitchen

3 Creative Ways to Use Wallpaper in Your Kitchen

That’s right. Wallpaper, in a kitchen. This design staple of the 1980s is back in a big way and is one of the hottest trends in kitchen design. Wallpaper allows you to bring prints and graphics into your kitchen and provide more options than stone, paint, and other traditional materials. It’s also an easy and affordable way to transform your kitchen from an afterthought to the focal point of your home. Best of all, wallpaper is easy to install and remove if you change your mind or want to swap out patterns or colors. Here are some ideas for making this trend work in your kitchen:   A new take on the traditional If you are after a vintage-inspired look, consider adding some retro wallpaper. There are fun patterns out there that harken back to the 1950s and 60s but in a modern way. Or, you could opt for wallpaper Continue reading

Give Your Kitchen a Vintage-Inspired Look

Give Your Kitchen a Vintage-Inspired Look

Kitchens play a key role in our childhood memories. From family dinners to helping mom cook for the first time, nearly everyone can recall not only what they did in the kitchen but how it looked, too. Even with today’s trends toward ultra modern appliances and fixtures, there’s still room to bring that vintage look into your kitchen. The term “vintage” generally refers to styles that originated between the 1930s and 1950s. Think bright colors, rounded edges, and designs that seemed very modern at the time. Here are a few ideas for mixing old and new in your kitchen:   Appliances On the larger side, an icebox freezer or oven with built-in storage cabinet can make more of a statement. Colors like yellow, blue, pink, and green, were popular in the 1940s and 50s. A farmhouse-style trough sink also evokes a vintage look. Choose from original appliances that have been Continue reading