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

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

Factors to Consider When Looking at Kitchen Window Treatments

Factors to Consider When Looking at Kitchen Window Treatments

While cabinets, appliances and utensils are certainly the most important aspects to look at when improving the functionality of your kitchen, don’t forget aesthetics! Window treatments can be a huge help to getting the exact look you’ve been hoping for in your kitchen remodel, whether you’re going for sunscreens, blinds, curtains, shades or shutters. Here are a few factors you should consider when looking at kitchen window treatments: Visual appeal. There are a lot of options available, including curtains of all lengths, the various shades and textures of rollers, many colors of shutters and numerous styles of blinds. If you’re looking for a fresh, breezy feeling, you’ll probably want to look for light colors or patterns. If you want something a bit more sophisticated, try wooden shutters or blinds. Light control. Keep in mind that direct exposure to sunlight can harm furniture, wooden floors and fabrics, as well as dull 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

Common Problems Associated with Installing Kitchen Cabinets

Common Problems Associated with Installing Kitchen Cabinets

One of the biggest challenges when putting together your perfect kitchen remodel is making sure the cabinets get installed exactly as you planned them out. The slightest mistake could mean a loss of storage space, uneven shelves or poorly fitted doors. Here are a few of the biggest cabinet-related problems to avoid: Changing the dimensions. If you are remodeling your kitchen and changing the dimensions of the cabinet, it can be difficult to make sure everything aligns with your existing plumbing and lighting, as well as with the general space you have in the area. It’s far easier to swap in new cabinets with the exact same dimensions, but that doesn’t necessarily give you the results you’re looking for. Precision.  Believe it or not, it’s just as possible to be overly precise as it is to be not precise enough when figuring out your new cabinet situation. Most people buy Continue reading

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

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 3&1 Program Versus Traditional Design

Three Week Kitchens, Baths in a Week was borne of our appreciation of the necessity of good design coupled with the belief that it should be accessible as well as beautiful, as form should follow function. We understand that our clients look to us to provide a quick, easy and beautiful designer kitchen or bath update without the lengthy, exhausting and overwhelming traditional design process. 3&One was created is to simplify the process of selecting and specifying your remodel through all phases, from the first design meeting to the moment the project is finished. Rather than spending time at the stoneyard, the lighting showroom, the tile store and the appliance wholesaler, we’ve set out to streamline the selection process, and to lessen the challenges presented by the seemingly endless stream of choices. By choosing selections from an “a la carte” menu, our designers are able to show you the best Continue reading