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

How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

How to Replace a Broken Tile in Your Kitchen

Many people enjoy having ceramic tile floors in their kitchen because they are extremely durable and low maintenance. However, accidents do occasionally happen, and if you, for example, were to drop a cast-iron pot on the ground, you might find yourself having to replace a broken tile or a chipped tile. Never fear—this is a job most homeowners are able to handle, even if they don’t have a great deal of experience with do-it-yourself jobs. Here are the steps you’ll need to take: Remove the grout. Make sure you’re wearing safety goggles so you don’t get any flying dust or ceramic chips in your eye, and then pull out the grout from around the tile using a scoring tool tipped with carbide. You should apply just enough pressure to remove the grout without potentially damaging neighboring tiles. Loosen the tile. Put some painter’s tape around the edges of the surrounding Continue reading

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

10 Tips for Picking Paint Colors

A fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective ways of sprucing up a space! The biggest challenge, even for experienced designers, is picking the right paint colors. It seems easy enough: you go to the paint store, pick a color from that little bitty chip, take it home and slap it on the walls. In reality, after hours of prep and painting, you may find the color that looked so great on paper looks horrible on the wall. So, short of hiring a paint guru at $150 an hour (really,) here are ten tips for choosing the right paint color:

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

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

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

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

Custom Interior Design Is a Wise Investment

Many people who are planning to have their kitchen or bathroom professionally remodeled begin by touring home improvement stores and appliance stores for ideas on what materials to use for their “dream” kitchen or bath. Unfortunately, too much weight is often given to the initial cost of a given material. While cost is an important element to any remodeling project, it’s very easy to be penny-wise and dollar-foolish. The fact is, if you’re going to remodel a kitchen or bath, planning it with the help of aprofessional interior designer is the best way to go. There are a variety of reasons for this. Interior designers have access to planning tools and technology that most homeowners don’t even know exist, much less have access to. In addition to that, designers have insider knowledge on trends, new materials, local building codes and technical issues. These tools and expertise will not only save you Continue reading

Tips for Denver Bathroom Remodeling: Fixing up a Cramped Bathroom

So your bathroom’s a little cramped, and you’re thinking of a small renovation project – maybe something to widen the space. You can always take down a wall to make your bathroom bigger, but this isn’t always an option. If you’re looking for great ideas for your Denver bathroom remodeling project that don’t require major demolition, these quick tips for making your bathroom less cramped are for you. Add or expand natural lighting options: If your bathroom has windows, opting for larger ones can easily widen the space. Larger windows allow for brighter natural light, which helps to make the room feel larger, and also makes it seem cleaner as well. The added fresh air and light make for a much more inviting and open space. Opt for larger mirrors: Large mirrors have the same effect large windows do. They affect the way light works in the room, as well as give it a Continue reading

Four Tips for Designing your Custom Kitchen

If you’re evaluating adding a custom designed kitchen to your home than consider these four, important tips that will help you cover all your bases and guarantee your satisfaction with the finished product. 1) Choosing a theme: Selecting a theme for your kitchen provides a central goal for you to center your construction and decor choices around. It simplifies your decision making process and ensures the color palette, wood tones and appliances will all compliment each other. Optional themes include; all-white kitchens which feature open spaces, light colors and chrome fixtures and Asian themes which utilize rich, warm wood tones, bamboo accents and gold fixtures. The reality is that nothing is off limits! Be creative and feel free to mix and match your style preferences to create your dream kitchen. 2) Creating a floor plan: Choose your preferred location for appliances,seating areas and counters. Make sure you evaluate where the plumbing and electrical hook-ups currently are Continue reading

Keep the Kitchen Remodel Budget Low with Cabinet Re-facing

Many homeowners associate the average Denver kitchen remodel with a large financial investment, but you can bring your kitchen up-to-date on a budget with the Three Week Kitchens Cabinet Re-Facing Program. If your kitchen features cabinetry that’s high in quality–but low in style–cabinet re-facing could be the perfect solution for modernizing your space.  This is especially true for older homes, as cabinets installed prior to the 1980s tended to be built with higher-quality materials. So how does cabinet re-facing work?  If your cabinets simply need sprucing up, refinishing or repainting your cabinet fronts can be a cost-saving way of breathing new life into them.  New wood or laminate veneer can also be installed over your cabinet fronts, if they’re in need of a bit more TLC.  Finally, updating your hardware can set a new tone in your kitchen, whether it’s funky, modern, or classic. Our Cabinet Re-Facing Program has been especially popular Continue reading