How to Avoid 6 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

Creating a Kitchen Space for Family Gathering

In today’s hectic and digital world, the kitchen creates space that families can gather, cook and spend time together.  Making it one of the most comfortable rooms in your home is almost a necessity since this is the one room that everyone ends up in! We spend time in the kitchen eating our meals, having snacks, enjoying gathering as a family, and entertaining friends. Thus, if the kitchen doesn’t flow with the rest of the house – or the room itself – it becomes a space to avoid.  Remodeling your kitchen can transform your space so that it is warm and inviting, but also functional.  When planning your kitchen remodel, here is how to avoid 6 kitchen remodel mistakes.

Solutions to How to Avoid 6 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

1. Open Shelving

While Open Shelving is often approached as making your kitchen space seem more open, it can also create an atmosphere of too much busyness.  Open shelving is a wonderful way to add character to the room and display some of your prized pieces, however, too many knick-knacks or stacked baking pans and skillets can interrupt the flow of your kitchen and certainly take away from the rest of your design for your kitchen.  We suggest, instead, keep the open shelves to a minimum and choose other nice cabinetry for the less decorative items.

2. Stainless Steel

A little stainless steel goes a long way towards making a kitchen look modern. Too much can make it look like an operating room or an industrial kitchen. Make sure to break up the stainless steel with some complementing colors from other areas. One way to do this is to choose stainless appliances with a colorful countertop, or a stainless countertop with colorful appliances.

3. Poorly Placed Appliances

Nothing breaks up the flow of a room like making it difficult to use. Not being able to open your refrigerator or opening two cabinets at the same time not only breaks up the look of your kitchen, but it also stops you from using your kitchen. Creating the right flow for your space can make all the difference.  This should be one of the first things you’ll want to talk with your Kitchen Remodeler about.

4. Making it too Bland

Sure, “safe” colors like beige, tan, and white flow together, but they also make a kitchen boring. Add some flavor to your kitchen to make it flow while giving it character. Bring some of the colors from the adjoining rooms into the kitchen to add depth and carry the flow of color from room to room.  Since you are wanting to create a space for gathering family and friends, make sure your family’s personality is reflected in your newly remodeled kitchen!

5. Trash Cans

Absolutely necessary, but what to do with them? To create a beautiful space without also interrupting the flow of your kitchen, trashcans should be planned into your new kitchen remodel. There are many ways to keep your trash can functional, whether in a pantry or cabinet or other built-in space. It will be accessible but hidden.

6. Installing in the Incorrect Lighting

Nothing makes your kitchen more functional than effective lighting. Most kitchens need an overhead light for general lighting and a spotlight to perform specific tasks such as preparing food. Of course, you don’t want your kitchen only to be functional; you want it to look good too. In order to highlight the style of your kitchen, add in accent lighting. This is another great way to add in your personality.

Avoid these 6 kitchen remodeling mistakes, schedule your appointment today!  Tri-Lite Builders has the solutions that will create the space in your kitchen where your family and friends will want to gather.   We have designed some of the most unique and amazing kitchens in the greater Phoenix area. Our work has been featured in several magazines and online publications, and we’ve received the Contractor of the Year award multiple times. We love the entire kitchen remodeling process and would be honored to help you realize your kitchen’s full potential.

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Start your project by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer no-obligation in-home consultation. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

A Look Behind the Walls

All that blown insulation settled into its spaces. Drywall installed on the ceiling. Plywood acclimating so it can be ready to sheet the walls once the ceiling is complete.

We are excited to continue to share our progress on this amazing two-story deck and storage room addition for our latest North Phoenix home remodel by giving you a look behind the walls. The back of the house faces north with a stunning view of Lookout Mountain Preserve and the northeast valley.  You can read about the remodel of this outdoor living space and storage room addition in its beginning stages here.

Behind the Walls of the New Storage Addition

With our Monsoon season almost ending we are getting quite the storm this week.  So, we are giving you a look inside, behind the walls, of this two-story addition.  This first floor is going to be a secure, temperature-controlled storage room.  With a ceiling height just over 9’-0” and over 200 sq. ft, this room below the new deck addition is the perfect space for additional storage. Above this new room addition will be an outdoor kitchen and additional deck space.

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Take a stroll through the photos to see where we are currently in this process. We’ve captioned each of them to give you a look behind the walls.  We are excited to show you how this unique outdoor living space and storage room addition turns out in a future blog!

Trending Kitchen Storage and Design Ideas

Trending Kitchen Storage and Design

Your dream kitchen is just around the corner! Categorically, the number one desire in remodeling a kitchen is to create more storage in the existing space. Obviously, this is a great way to give your kitchen the functionality it needs, but you can also infuse it with creativity along the way.  Whether you are doing it yourself or having Tri-Lite Builders plan your new kitchen, you can be inspired by these trending kitchen storage and design ideas.

Reclaim and Recycle

Using reclaimed material is still on-trend and is expected to continue.  Reclaimed wood is everywhere and easy to find cost-effectively or even free. Old shipping crates, used pallets, and old furniture are all sources for wood recycling.  Using these materials may require sanding and refinishing to make the pieces usable.  Some recycled wood will work for a more rustic look. It all comes down to the finished look you desire.

Kitchen Pantry

If organization and saving money are your goal, consider building a kitchen pantry. When building a pantry, think about the space in relation to having all the food items and small kitchen appliances you need for meal preparation within easy reach.  Pantries are a great addition to keeping your weekly budget for groceries in hand since you can easily see what foods you have stored.

Material Combinations

Today’s trends invite you to think out of the box!  Create striking visuals by mixing materials and tones for your kitchen cabinets. You can get this effect easily by using different materials and/or shades for upper and lower cabinets. For example, consider wooden lower cabinets, and upper cabinets with metal for an interesting contrast. Alternatively, you could consider a dark wood for the kitchen island, white cabinets for the base cabinetry. You can also use glass or open shelving for the upper cabinets. No longer are matching cabinets a necessity for an attractive looking kitchen.  Choose materials that you like above any other factors.

Since you are designing the kitchen of your dreams, explore the different material choices as well as storage solutions.  Kitchen storage possibilities aren’t limited to cabinets or a pantry. You can use the same creativity in your materials and design for kitchen islands. Check online to discover more kitchen storage options that will make your kitchen uniquely yours! You can also explore our award-winning kitchens in our portfolio here!

Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

Kick start your project by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer no-obligation in-home consultation. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

Az Business Leaders 2019

Steve Shinn leads Tri-Lite Builders & Homework Remodels’ talented team of designers and remodeling experts in Phoenix, and it’s neighboring cities to the east. He is also a leader in the Greater Phoenix chapterof the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. The local NARI chapter is dedicated to education and ethics in the business of remodeling. Its members are some of the highest quality professionals in Arizona.

Phoenix Home and Garden 2017 Garden Tour

 

Phoenix Home and Garden 2017 Garden Tour is on Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 10am to 4pm.

 

First of all, this exciting event hosted by the esteemed Phoenix Home and Garden Magazine, is not to be missed. Valley residents and visitors alike will have an exclusive opportunity to tour some of the amazing gardens here, in the Valley of the Sun. In addition to a self-guided tour, you may run into professionals in the industry of Landscape Design, Gardeners, Magazine Editors and even some plant lovers! The tour will take place, rain or shine, in and around Paradise Valley. Finally, come out and have your gardening interests piqued. As a result, you may become a philanthropist, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Desert Botanical Gardens.

 

Follow the link below to purchase tickets on-line.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/phoenix-home-and-garden-magazine-2017-garden-tour-tickets-31134821088

Come back and comment as to your favorite feature of the Garden Tour.

In conclusion, here are some pictures of Gardens in the Valley of Homework Remodels clients’.

Phoenix Home & Garden Feature of our Remodel in the Historic Willo Neighborhood.

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We are honored to announce that Phoenix Home & Garden magazine has just published their October issue featuring one of our favorite remodels in the  historic Willo Neighborhood of central Phoenix. The home’s Spanish Colonial style has been complemented by a number of remodeling projects that we have done over a period of years. This magazine is loaded with beautiful photos that they took just for their article. The following slideshow’s photos are some recent photos that we had taken by Alex Rentzis of Sparta Photo.

 

 

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SuCasa Feature Editorial of Tri-Lite Builders Gainey Ranch Remodel

Tri-Lite Builders is thrilled to announce that our Gainey Ranch whole house remodel project has been featured in this Summer issue of SuCasa.

Our maiden voyage as an editorial centerpiece highlights our remodeling expertise and design prowess.  This article goes into detail about our clients,  the work they have had completed in their home, and their perspective of the remodel process and outcome. SuCasa feature editorial of Tri-Lite Builders Gainey Ranch remodel in Scottsdale Arizona  

As a Design~Build Remodel firm we pride ourselves on our ability to create an end product that exceeds the hopes and dreams of our clients and their families.  Our team strives to maximize communication and minimize stress.  Our process does not leave the homeowner alone to make this myriad of decisions on their own.  We attempt to provide enough information for clients to make educated decisions and understand our process, from product selection, through construction and follow-up after completion.  We hope you enjoy the article and pictures as much as we do.

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To view the full article visit page 21 on SuCasa’s online magazine

8 Impressive and Unique Remodeling Ideas

 

8 Impressive and Unique Remodeling Ideas

As you may see by now, 2016 seems to be the year of bold new creations and unique possibilities regarding our homes. It’s the year to be free, experimental, and create new things and reinvent not only yourself, but your home. So many trends, some new and others coming back into style, for home renovations are being seen on a regular basis. Here are 8 impressive and unique remodeling ideas, the best part about most of these, they are relatively inexpensive to accomplish.

Some trendy renovating and decorating ideas to consider, will have others saying, “Wow!” Read more

Unique Backsplashes for the Upscale Kitchen Remodel

A backsplash can be defined as a panel behind a sink or stove that protects the wall from splashes. Although simply defined, here at Tri-Lite Builders backsplashes are far from plain and simple. A creatively designed backsplash can transform your kitchen – leaving all of your dinner guests in amazement. Take a look at some of our all time favorites!

Warm and Bold

Gainey Ranch Warm BacksplashHandmade Mosaic of Emperador Dark, Crema Marfil, and Rojo Alicante Marble come together to create this marvelous view. The warm colors of the backsplash, granite countertops, and Cherry Chocolate cabinets make a bold statement sure to leave guests in awe.

 

A Pop of Color Transitional Unique Kitchen Backsplash

This Multi-color glass mosaic backsplash made of 1×2 subway tile complements the deep espresso color of the cabinets and the orange highlights of the Quartz counters.

Mid-Century Modern 

Mid-Century Modern Glass Linear Mosaic BacksplashPure Wool Mix Glass Mosaic accents the look of this Mid-Century Modern Kitchen. The linear shape and long lines give this kitchen a bright, clean look.

A Touch of Sparkle 

Silver Travertine with Amethyst and Silver Glass JewelsSilver Travertine with Amethyst and Silver glass jewels add just the right amount of sparkle to this Elegant Gray Transitional Kitchen.

Wow Worthy Quartzite

Quartzite Backsplash The vein was our inspiration. Two book matched slabs of Mardi Gras Quartzite create this breathtaking backsplash. We could stare at it for days!

Warm Gray Never Looked so Cool!

Arabesque Glass BacksplashThe Fleur-Gray Arabesque glass tile immediately draws attention to the stove top, inviting you to appreciate all of the details. Mixed-Stone and Glass Linear Mosaic backsplash along with a Quartz countertop made to resemble marble add brightness against the Cherry Bordeaux cabinets.

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A backsplash adds color and personality to your kitchen. You can choose to use anything from traditional tile to rustic wood – the options are endless! Are you ready to take the next step in creating your dream kitchen? Our NARI Certified Designers want to help!

Historic Spanish Colonial Kitchen Remodel

Original Kitchen Spanish Colonial Kitchen Remodel in Phoenix

This historic home built in Phoenix’s Willo District has had many remodels over the years that have strayed from the original Spanish Colonial style. In a previous remodel the kitchen had been enlarged and outfitted with high-quality cabinets. The homeowners wanted to restore their homes historic Spanish Colonial style while keeping most of the original cabinetry.

Tile 

Handmade Tile Spanish Colonial Kitchen Remodel in Phoenix

The original tile was replaced with handmade Mexican tile to fit the Spanish Colonial style of the home.  The historic style tile is one and a half inch thick, made of concrete and has a unique marble finish – creating the color and pattern.

Peninsula Cabinets

New Peninsula Spanish Colonial Kitchen Remodel in Phoenix

The homeowners wanted to create a more practical space out of the existing peninsula cabinets.  We lowered the new peninsula cabinet to table height and fit the mechanics of the downdraft cooktop without losing all of the space inside for storage.

Peninsula Spanish Colonial Kitchen Remodel in Phoenix

The custom cabinet with a soapstone countertop replaced the peninsula cabinets. The new custom cabinet was designed to have a more appropriate look as well as offer a convenient seating area.

Custom Cabinets

Custom Cabinets Spanish Colonial Kitchen Remodel in Phoenix

We replaced cabinets at the sink base, pull out trash, and peninsula. The previously remodeled kitchen had a non-functional trash compactor beside the sink. We replaced it with a waste basket cabinet.

Soapstone Farm Sink

Custom Sink Kitchen Remodel in Phoenix

We had the custom soapstone farm sink made out of the same material as the countertops. The new custom sink base was designed to add historic style and set off the new custom soapstone farm sink.

Backsplash

Backsplash Spanish Colonial Kitchen Remodel in Phoenix

We replaced the original black tile backsplash with locally sourced Mexican tile throughout the entire space. A wall alcove was added to create the perfect home for the owner’s new mixer and open up space on the countertop.

Completed Kitchen Remodel 

Spanish Colonial Kitchen Remodel in Phoenix

After extensive research of materials and colors that were appropriate to Spanish Colonial homes of the home’s age and location, we were able to transform a once plain and simple kitchen into a colorful work of art. With custom made marble finish tile, black Soapstone countertops, a custom Soapstone sink, custom wall texture, and bright cabinets, this kitchen remodel in Phoenix is guaranteed to wow any and all guests.

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