Are Hardwood Floors for You?

Hardwood floors are consistently a favorite among homeowners, because they simply never go out of style. They provide a natural, classic beauty to every room in the home. While you might not typically see wood floors in a kitchen, they do stand up to stains and spills quite well and can add a beautiful flow depending on the other décor in your kitchen.

Functional Reasons to Remodel

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:  

Why You Should NOT Just Do It Yourself

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 of stress. You Continue reading

Common Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

We all make mistakes – but you don’t have to! You might be tempted to do your own remodel, especially if you’re handy with tools and construction. Even the handiest people will make some big mistakes in a kitchen remodel without the proper design and planning. Here are a few of the most common kitchen design mistakes made during renovation: 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. Poor work triangle. You want your refrigerator, sink and cooktop to be in perfect spatial harmony, as these are the three most heavily utilized aspects of any kitchen. One of the most common flaws in kitchen design is to spread these elements too Continue reading

The Toughest Parts of Kitchen Remodels

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 suite Continue reading

Guide to Remodeling Budgets

You’ve probably heard the expression “the kitchen is the heart of the home” and know how true that statement is! No matter the occasion; be it parties, holidays, or just every-single-day, you’re likely to find people congregating around the kitchen. With its bright illumination and enticing aromas, the kitchen maintains both style and function. It does more than simply provides meals – it provides experiences. With all this unfailing popularity, it comes to no surprise that the kitchen is often the most sought-after room in the house when it comes to remodeling. We dream about it, read magazines/blogs about it, even watch television shows dedicated to the beautiful kitchen makeovers! But what do these kitchens cost? The investment can vary greatly between one project and the next. Multiple variables can affect the overall cost of the remodel, including the size of the kitchen and what materials are used. From laminate Continue reading

Comparing Different Kitchen Countertop Materials

Comparing Different Kitchen Countertop Materials

When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, countertops take center stage. It’s often the first thing people notice when they walk into your kitchen for the first time. And with all of the different countertop materials available today, making a decision can be difficult. You need to know the pros and cons to each type of material as well as the colors available and costs.   To help you choose, we’ll compare five of the most popular to get you started. Read on to find the one that’s right for you. Granite Pros: With a wide array of colors and beautiful natural patterns, granite can give your kitchen a unique style. Because it is stone, it is durable and takes on heat, scratches, stains, and splashes fairly well. Cons: It does need to be sealed at least once a year to avoid stains, and you need to make sure your cabinet Continue reading

Tips for Designing the Right Kitchen for Your Home

Tips for Designing the Right Kitchen for Your Home

Trying to figure out exactly how much kitchen you need? It is sometimes harder than you might think to find the perfect balance of your dream kitchen versus what’s actually practical and affordable. Here are a few tips that might help you in your decision making process: Keep the neighborhood in mind. If you ever plan on selling your home, the value of the homes around you means just as much as the condition and value of yours. If yours is the only home on the block with dated cabinetry and worn fixtures, you could be jeopardizing your long-term home value. Likewise, you’ll want to avoid frivolously over-spending on unnecessary features that would be uncommon in homes of a similar value. Don’t be too personalized. Not only will potential buyers not like the overly personalized look of your home, but you’re also more likely to get sick of it at Continue reading

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

Determining the Right Layout for Your Kitchen Appliances

When you’re working on remodeling your kitchen, it can be difficult to get your layout exactly how you want it. After all, you need to be able to balance the size and shape of your appliances with the goals you have for space and functionality. One concept you can use to create a more efficient layout in your kitchen is the “kitchen work triangle.” The three points of the triangle are the three key elements of your kitchen—the stove, the refrigerator and the sink. The general theory is that having these three elements in close proximity to each other (but not coo close) will make the kitchen easier to use. Obviously exactly how you set up your kitchen depends on the space you have available, but it’s a good theory to keep in mind. Here are a few other things to take into account when determining the right layout for 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