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

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

Hidden Remodel Costs

Five Factors that HGTV Forgot to Mention You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting a designer or builder bemoaning the disservice “home renovation” shows perform when they tout ridiculously low kitchen and bath remodel costs. The Internet (that gleaming beacon of all information factual and trustworthy) can be even worse! Here’s the thing: if it were all fun and games, everybody’d be doing it. These shows paint an awfully rosy picture, but there’s a lot of information they’re leaving out. Choosing to invest in a remodel is a major financial decision for most households, and being prepared with the right information is the first step toward the success of the project. If remodeling projects were really as easy as they seem on TV that same dead cat would hit drop-dead gorgeous kitchens with every swing. Here are five hidden costs of a remodel that HGTV forgot to mention: Materials 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

Three Steps To Help You Budget For Your Denver Kitchen Remodel

You’ve been dreaming about getting your kitchen remodeled for a long time. Perhaps it’s something you’ve been putting off because you weren’t sure how much it was going to cost, or you didn’t think you could choose a time that would work well for your family. We’ve worked with a lot of homeowners, and when it comes to remodeling your Denver kitchen, it’s important to choose a company that will give you a great price, as well as perform the work in a timely manner. Budgeting for a kitchen remodel is where many homeowners get stuck, so we thought we’d offer you a few steps to follow that will help you understand exactly what you want for the price you want to pay. Step #1: Figure out the total you want to spend This is where many homeowners make their first mistake. They have many ideas about what they want, but they 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