Common Problems Associated with Tiled Floors

Common Problems Associated with Tiled Floors

It takes a lot of preparation to be able to tile your kitchen and bathroom floors correctly. While the process might not be quite as difficult as fabricating an entirely new set of cabinets and rewiring your whole electrical system, there are still a variety of challenges associated with installing tile flooring. Here are a few of those problems: Loose tiles. By far the most common problem with tiled floors is when tiles come loose. The tile might sound hollow or have a grinding sound when pressure is put on it, or it might actually fully come off the floor. This is a particularly big problem when tile is placed directly on concrete slabs. There are a number of reasons the tile could loosen, including a lack of soft or control joints around the perimeter and in the tilework. Ceramic tiles often expand and contract depending on the moisture and Continue reading

Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

Easy Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen

If you want to make some updates to your kitchen, you don’t necessarily have to go with a full-scale remodel. There are plenty of smaller tasks you can perform that can make a huge aesthetic difference to your kitchen. Many of these tasks are inexpensive and can even be done yourself, if you have the drive and the know-how. Here are a few simple ways you can upgrade your kitchen: Simple cabinet updates. If you are in a kitchen with really old cabinets that have long since gone out of style, you don’t necessarily have to gut the cabinets and build new ones from scratch to improve your kitchen’s look. Consider a solution like cabinetry resurfacing, which can involve specialized painting, adding new wood veneer to the exterior of the cabinet box, and replacing doors, drawers and hinges. There are a number of ways a skilled tradesperson can “buff up” Continue reading

Common Mistakes in Kitchen Design

Common Mistakes in Kitchen Design

If you’re handy with tools and construction, you might be tempted to perform a kitchen remodel in your home all by yourself. However, even the handiest person might discover they will make some big mistakes while redoing their kitchen if they do not have enough experience with design and planning. Here are a few of the most common mistakes in kitchen design made during remodels: Lack of counter space. One of the biggest complaints people tend to have about kitchen designs is a lack of counter space. If you’re doing the job yourself, it can be easy to underestimate just how much space you’ll need for preparation and for placing appliances and other devices. Putting appliances too far apart. You want your refrigerator, sink and stove to be regularly close to each other, as they are the three areas of greatest activity in any kitchen. You should have easy access Continue reading

The Toughest Parts of Remodeling a Kitchen

The Toughest Parts of Remodeling a Kitchen

Have you ever looked at your kitchen and had a grand vision of what it could become? Of course, for most of us, our dreams of the perfect kitchen tend to glance over the amount of work that needs to be done, as well as the difficulty of that work. If you do not have professional training, you could be in for a lot of frustration if you attempt to create your dream kitchen yourself. Here are some of the toughest parts of remodeling a kitchen: Electrical work. While a lot of people have experience with woodworking and general construction, electrical work is more of a niche field. It’s extremely necessary in kitchen remodeling, especially in major overhauls where you are changing the location of outlets and lighting fixtures, the way the room is wired and more. One wrong move with electrical work could be extremely dangerous. Adding a new Continue reading

Great Lighting Tips to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

Great Lighting Tips to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

As you plan out your big kitchen remodel, don’t forget the lighting! Great lighting can really be an aspect of your kitchen that highlights all of its best aspects and can be the finishing touch you need to be fully satisfied with your upgrades. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your lighting in your kitchen: Plan it out ahead of time. You want to make sure all of your lighting makes sense and flows well with your design. Before you go ahead with making any purchases, make sure you’ve got a solid plan in place for how you want your space to be lit. This will help you to avoid spending more money than you need to on redoing any areas of your lighting in the kitchen. The number of fixtures and how they’re placed will depend on the size, layout and Continue reading

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Kitchen Designer

The Benefits of Hiring a Professional Kitchen Designer

There are a whole lot of homeowners who will take a look at a picture of a newly remodeled kitchen and think, “Wow, I should give that a try myself!” While there are definitely certain parts of a kitchen redesign project you can take on yourself, you are most likely going to need professional help with the bulk of the project to ensure it turns out exactly the way you want it to and to certain be that the end result adds value to your homes equity. Here are some of the main benefits of hiring a professional kitchen designer: You’ll save time. Unless you have a fair amount of professional experience and training yourself, attempting to take on a kitchen remodeling project by yourself will almost certainly take significantly longer than it would if you hired a team of professionals to do it for you. You’ll avoid a lot Continue reading

Practical Reasons to Consider Remodeling Your Kitchen

Practical Reasons to Consider Remodeling Your Kitchen

While many people choose to remodel their kitchens simply for aesthetic reasons, there are plenty of other reasons an upgrade might be necessary. Here are a few of the most common functional reasons people remodel their kitchens: Lack of space. A lot of people like to add more counter, cabinet or floor space to their kitchens, because they don’t have enough in their current setup. It could be something as simple as changing the shape of a counter or the position of a refrigerator, but adding extra space can make a huge difference in the functionality of your kitchen. Traffic flow. Do you often have guests over, or have more than one cook in the kitchen at a time? If so, adding more space around the main work area and turning your kitchen into an open plan design could be a great way to give you some added convenience and Continue reading

Five Fascinating Facts: Cabinets

When it comes to choosing kitchen cabinets, it is important to consider consider both form and function. The cabinets provide the kitchen with a large measure of visual impact, and the look of the cabinets helps determine the overall aesthetic of the space. There are several types of cabinets that each achieve similar looks. So how to choose? Face Frame or Frameless There are two major types of cabinetry. The first is the face frame, in which the face of the cabinet box is constructed with a 1.5” frame on the front of the cabinet box, to which the cabinet doors are mounted. The spacing between the doors is called the “overlay” and a narrow, or “full” overlay achieves a more contemporary look. The second construction method is frameless, sometimes called European by the old-timers, harkening back to an age when American beer was yellow and everything imported had instant Continue reading

3 Weeks to a Kitchen Remodel

There are many reasons a kitchen remodel is a good idea this winter. Maybe you are tired of over-crowded counters. Maybe you want a more open and welcoming layout so family and friends can join you in the kitchen. Maybe you are thinking of some home upgrades and know the value of investing in your kitchen. Those are all great reasons to start a kitchen remodel that can be completed in three weeks, just in time for your holiday entertaining plans! Want some fun ideas to think about including in your remodel? Here are a few of our favorites. 1) A built-in coffee center featuring your favorite espresso or cappuccino machine. Not only will you save valuable counter space and contribute to a sleek overall look, but you can be your own home barista. Other built-in features (like dishwashers) can be placed in your kitchen, as well. 2) Cabinets are the foundation Continue reading

Advantages of Resurfacing Kitchen Cabinets

Are your kitchen cabinets damaged, worn, or dated? Do you want to make a change, but don’t want to do a full remodel of your kitchen? It may be time to resurface your kitchen cabinets Denver. There are many advantages to resurfacing rather than doing a complete replacement. Save Money. Resurfacing is cost-effective and more suitable to a small budget. In fact, you save up to two times the total cost of a complete replacement. Save Time. Full cabinet replacement can take up a lot of time. You may not be willing to be without a kitchen for more than a few days. Resurfacing is a quick turnaround that will have you back cooking great meals sooner than you expected. Looks New. There are so many choices for different finishes you may have a difficult time deciding on one. Cabinet doors, drawer fronts, and hardware can match your existing design or any style you Continue reading

Make Your Custom Kitchen Design Environmentally Friendly

Your old kitchen probably wasn’t energy efficient or environmentally friendly. With a custom kitchen design you have the opportunity to change all that and reduce your carbon footprint. A full remodel will probably include replacing old, drafty windows with energy efficient models. Talk to your designer about expanding the window space to allow more natural light to flood your kitchen during the day, decreasing the need for electrical light. There are numerous energy efficient lighting choices that will fit into your custom kitchen design. Use fluorescent lighting for large areas. Fluorescent lighting saves 50% to 90% less energy than incandescent bulbs. Use halogen or LED lighting for task and prep areas. Fresh paint gives new life to any kitchen. Choose brands that do not emit VOC, (volatile organic compound), toxic gases and fumes into the air. Did you know that granite can emit off-gas into the air? Choosing non-porous counter surfaces such as Continue reading

Give Your Denver Home a Kitchen Makeover With Granite Counter Tops

Selecting a granite counter top in your denver home can take time, as there are so many choices and colors to consider. A granite counter top is the first thing people look at in your kitchen and acts as a centerpiece in the room. For most, the granite they choose will be with them for life. You don’t want to select green granite and then realize you don’t like the look and might prefer a neutral color instead. Once a counter top is installed there is not much you can do to modify it without replacing the whole thing. It’s really important to get it perfect the first time. There are usually certain colors that seem to work well in kitchens. If your kitchen has large windows and offers a lot of light you may want to go with a dark granite color. Dark counter tops look beautiful and sophisticated and establish an endless look to your Continue reading