5 Questions for Perfect Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen cabinets you choose will make a huge difference in the way your kitchen looks and operates. Cabinets aren’t simply a place to store things; they can provide other functionality as well. We cannot stress the importance of choosing the perfect kitchen cabinets strongly enough. We’ve put together a series of questions that will help you make the best possible choice for your cabinetry.

  1. What overall functionality do you need from your cabinetry? A smart car can’t do a job that requires a pickup truck. Your cabinetry needs to be designed around the functionality you require.
  2. Do you prefer stock, semi-custom, or fully custom cabinets? Stock cabinetry is sold from your local home improvement store. They’re sitting on the shelf and ready to be picked up whenever you’re ready to use them. You can choose from finished or unfinished wood, so they can be somewhat customized as far as stain and finish. Semi-custom cabinetry is generally available at a more specialized kitchen supply store, and fully custom cabinets are built on request because they’re made to order.
  3. How do you plan to stay within budget for your entire remodeling project? Cabinets eat up a large portion of every kitchen remodeling project. The cabinets you choose will ultimately dictate other material types you can use without going over budget. We recommend going into the project with a plan and the understanding that if you splurge in one area you have to take away from another area. Let’s say you want fully custom cabinetry, opt for a butcher block or solid surface countertop instead of granite, quartz, or marble.
  4. Are custom cabinets practical? This depends entirely on how you use your kitchen and what you will use your cabinets for – refer to our first question. As we stated above, a smart car can’t do a job that requires a pickup truck. Standard cabinetry is a series of boxes with stationary shelves. You are the only person who can decide whether or not custom cabinetry is right for you.
  5. How do you decide? Custom cabinetry, semi-custom, stock, open shelving, or some combination of all…? We understand that these are difficult decisions to make and we will help you as much as possible. But the ultimate decision is yours and yours alone. Your entire kitchen should reflect your personality, lifestyle, and the way you use your kitchen. Everyone cooks at some point, but not everyone cooks exactly like you do.

Tri-Lite Builders is located in Phoenix and we provide custom design, building, and remodeling services to greater Phoenix area homeowners. We enjoy the looks on homeowners’ faces when we reveal the remodeled kitchen and we’ve met every challenge with grace and beauty. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 if you would like to schedule an appointment for a consultation for your upcoming custom kitchen remodeling project.













Choosing a Kitchen Sink

Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink holds the most important place in a kitchen just like the kitchen holds the most important place in a home. It is the most frequently used appliance in the kitchen even when compared to the oven or dishwasher. The kitchen sink is one of the most important decisions you will make while planning your new kitchen because it is the only appliance that is not portable and can’t be moved if you decide the placement is wrong.

Your choice in kitchen sinks will affect your daily kitchen time for many years. As such there are some quite important features that need to be considered while selecting a sink. Let’s take a look at a few very important things to keep in mind.

Type of Sink

The sinks can be classified into different types depending upon the method of installation. The top-mount sink is the easiest to install as the sink is fixed into a hole in the counter. The disadvantage with this type is that the debris of food particles get caught up in the space between the basin and the countertop and you have to regularly clean it up with a brush.

The second type, the under-mount sink is installed under the counter and are supported from beneath by the cabinet structure. They are easy to clean as you can clean your countertop perfectly by wiping out all the smallest food particles directly into the basin.

There is another type of sink, the flush-mount sink, that is installed into the countertop and cut properly to make sure the top rim of the sink is in level with the worktop. It allows easy cleaning and seamless work surface.

Number of Basins

While deciding the number of basins in the sink, you have to keep in mind the advantages and disadvantages of the configurations, consider your daily activities and daily sink utilization.

  • Single large basin kitchen sinks allow ease of washing of big pans and other large dishes. They offer plenty of space to stack dishes while you’re still busy working on other things. The downside is that you have to juggle with the vegetables while washing them and you may run into the issue of dishes being in the way of cleaning foods during food prep.
  • The traditional two basin sink is very popular, but presents the disadvantage that you cannot wash large dishes easily in it.
  • Sinks having two or three basins of different sizes allow you to prepare food easily in the smaller one while washing large dishes in the bigger basin. The size of the sink is determined by the size of the kitchen; large sinks for big kitchens while small sinks or single bowl sinks for small kitchens.

Sink Material

If you are looking for a cost effective, usable and durable material, stainless steel is the best choice. It has a shiny and smooth look and can be cleaned easily just by wiping with a clean cloth. There are other options including ceramic, cast iron, fireclay, and other metals. Cast iron does not go well with under-mount sink because it is quite heavy and requires a strong base to be supported while fire-clay is durable and classy but an expensive option.

Trilite builders is a premier kitchen and bathroom design specialist in the greater Phoenix area. We provide kitchen design services to homeowners throughout the Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Glendale, and Mesa, Arizona area. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to discuss your ideas for your new kitchen remodeling project or if you would like help choosing the best materials for your upcoming remodel.

Choosing Flooring for Your Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Wood Flooring

Effective kitchen decorating requires the consideration of many elements, including the material you choose for the flooring. The cabinets, countertops, lighting, and flooring must all work well together to create the appearance you desire. You may have a good idea of the type of flooring you would like to see, but you haven’t quite nailed down the details yet. That’s what we’re going to try to help you with today – the details.

  1. Popularity: Trends shouldn’t always be chased because so many things change throughout the years. That being said, the overall appearance or style of the flooring you choose will likely fall within some type of trend; just try to keep it from being too trendy. If you choose tile, for example, don’t choose the most popular simply because it’s popular. Choose something that works best with your individual kitchen.
  2. Material: Hardwood, ceramic tile, porcelain tile, laminate flooring, cement… the list goes on. How do you choose? Hardwood is a lovely choice, but it dents when you drop heavy items like pots, pans, or cans. On the other hand, tile can break if you drop something heavy. So choose the material you feel would hold up the best with your family and lifestyle.
  3. Design: Every material can be installed using the standard installation methods or in a decorative manner. Choose tile in the standard 12″ squares installed in rows or tile in a variety of sizes and shapes to create a completely unique appearance. Consider using smaller tile around the base of cabinets or around the island to create a nice visual distraction.
  4. Color: The color of your flooring should complement other elements of the kitchen as well as help tie adjoining rooms to improve flow.
  5. Use and Abuse: The kitchen floor often takes a beating from things being dropped. Cans get dropped on their tops and often leave gouges, dents, or chips. Keep this in mind when choosing your flooring material because you don’t want your 3 year old floor to look like a 30 year old floor.
  6. Pets: Pets cause wear and tear on the kitchen floor as well as any other flooring material throughout the home. A five pound Chihuahua won’t necessarily cause a lot of damage to a wood floor, but a 110 pound German Shepherd can cause unintentional scratches simply by running through the house.
  7. Location: The location of your kitchen should always be considered when you’re choosing the material and color for the flooring. A stark white or very shiny floor, for example, may nearly blind you if the door leading to the deck allows early morning sun or late evening sun to enter.

Trilite builders is a premier kitchen and bathroom design specialist in the greater Phoenix area. We provide kitchen design services to homeowners throughout the Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Glendale, and Mesa, Arizona area. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to discuss your ideas for your new kitchen remodeling project or if you would like help choosing the best materials for your upcoming remodel.

Kitchen Cabinets, Your Choices

Female Hands Framing Custom Kitchen Design Drawing and Photo Combination.

The kitchen cabinet is such a standard feature that it is not hard to imagine a homeowner taking it for granted or simply going with the standard options when planning to build or remodel their home. When the time comes to make this decision however, you might find that it is not as easy as you thought it would be. In fact, choosing kitchen cabinetry can be tough, and not just because you want the right look; but because of the functionality and customization as well.

Cabinet choices are often heavily influenced by trends, but you don’t want to catch them on the tail end of their popularity. Knowing the freshest trends in remodeling can make the process less of a struggle, and leave you with a kitchen you can be happy with. Many factors come into play when choosing kitchen cabinets. Let’s take a look at some of those options now: Read more

35 Years of Designing Value & Building Trust

Future, Present and Past words on a red speedometer to predict what's coming next and looking forward to a successful tomorrowDesigning Value & Building Trust.

There is something about ringing in the new year makes all of us a little sentimental and nostalgic. We’re in our 34th year of service this year, and in only 8 short months, we’ll be looking at 35 Years of Designing Value & Building Trust. We’ve designed, built, and remodeled a lot of homes in those 34 years. We’re looking forward to continuing our business for an undetermined length of time to come. Today we want to take a quick look at how things have changed in the design and build industry in the last 30 years.


National and Local Codes

Building codes differ from area to area because structural needs differ. All building codes are in place to protect the homeowner and builder from injuries, and the insurance agency against fraudulent claims. A home that passes all required inspections along the way is considered safe and legal for the inhabitants. Codes do change from time to time as new technologies come into play, so always make sure you’re building or remodeling your home with someone who has experience in your area.

Design Tools

This is one of the biggest changes we’ve seen thus far. We’ve always worked with printed blueprints, pencils, pens, and paper, among other design tools. Today we still use paper, pencils, and other tools to design and sketch, but we also use computers. The computers and software we use allow us to create amazing 3D renderings of your project so we can provide picture-perfect images before work begins. We are sure to be on the same page when we can see an actual representation of the finished project.

More Precise Quotes and Time Frames

The computerized system allows us to see precisely what we need for each project so we can provide a better time frame and more precise quotes. We still recommend that you budget at least 15% more in case of incidentals or if you decide to splurge on that amazing steam shower you’ve had your eye on instead of the tub-shower combo unit. Yes, we see these incredible trends, too.

Highest Quality Standards 

Our entire business has been built on quality workmanship and a professional demeanor. We’ve recognized as the Local Contractor of the Year many times over the years , in 2015 we’ve been awarded Best of Show and Contractor of the Year once again for the Phoenix area by the Greater Phoenix National Association of the Remodeling Industry.
In 2015 Ranking Arizona also recognized us as Arizona’s top remodeler after compiling their public vote.
After 35 Years of Designing Value & Building Trust, we are grateful for everyone’s continued support.
You can contact us by emailing us at linda@trilitebuilders.com, using the Contact form on our website, calling us at 480-895-3442, or visiting our Facebook page to let us know what you would like to do to your home. We would love to hear your ideas and schedule an appointment for a consultation to get things underway.

New Website, Blog Feature, and Resolutions

new webWe have a lot of exciting things going on this year here at Tri-Lite Builders. We’ve recently revamped the website; it seems as if everything needs to be remodeled occasionally. We’ve introduced the blog feature, and now we’re face to face with January 2016 and the multitude of ideas for New Year’s resolutions. We could stick with the usual popular resolutions such as eating healthier and exercising more, but we decided to include a few home improvement projects into the mix of resolutions as well.


Let’s Talk New Year’s Resolutions!

Home improvement projects crop up all year round, so there’s no way you can resolve to complete them all on a certain date. We completely understand that when something messes up, it has to be repaired as quickly as possible. So we aren’t saying that you need to create a plan of action this month and stick to it regardless. We’re simply saying instead of renewing the gym membership and only visiting a couple of days a week, remodel some part of your home to include a home gym. Instead of avoiding a certain area of your home or using it only as storage, remodel it to enhance the living spaces in your home and include organized hidden storage.

New Website – Our Whole New Design is Cleaner and Neater

We love our new website. The overall design is much neater and cleaner than it was before, and it’s easier to navigate. Our goal was to make it easy for you to find the answers to your questions before you call us because quality information is the key to a successful project from beginning to end. Our new website provides information like:

• Kitchen Remodeling FAQ – This area is pretty self-explanatory, it answers the most frequently asked questions about kitchen remodeling.
• Bathroom Remodeling FAQ – This area is also self-explanatory, it answers the most frequently asked questions about bathroom remodeling.
• Our Certifications – This area covers our current certifications and gives you information about each.
• Our Design Process – We always like for our clients to become familiar with our design-build process because it does take time to create perfection.
• Our Gallery of Previous Projects – We’ve built our reputation on our ability to provide quality work in a timely manner, excellent craftsmanship, and a professional atmosphere from beginning to end. We take pride in the projects we’ve finished and would like to encourage you to look at our previous work to determine whether or not you would like to work with us.
New Blog – What Would You Like to See?

We want your input. We want to know what you would like to see on the blog so we can tailor our content to fit into the categories you want to read. We can go on for hours about building, remodeling, trends, and the like, but if we aren’t providing content you want to read, you won’t visit us that often. So email us, call us at 480-895-3442, or visit our Facebook page to let us know what you would like to see next.

Welcome To Tri-Lite Builders New Blog Feature

Turns out websites are like our homes, eventually, they too need to be remodeled. We are gearing up for a great 2016 with our newly remodeled website with its new blog feature. Tri-Lite Builders’ previous website served us well for many years. Unfortunately, it didn’t adjust well to being viewed on a phone or tablet, plus it had limitations that prevented us from being able to offer this blog.

Now that our updated website is launched, we will be publishing regular blog posts on all aspects of home remodeling, improvements, and maintenance.  We plan to start new features such as, “Our Favorite New Products” and “Hot New Trends”. Linda and I hope you will find our posts informative and interesting.

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