How to Choose Kitchen Cabinets for Your Remodeled Kitchen

Cabinets not only add beauty to the kitchen, they are vital to keeping it organized. Like other features, the size, quality, style, material and finish are all important. This can increase the difficulty in finding the right type, but these tips may be helpful.

  1. Start with a budget. How much you spend depends on the type of wood, the size and the style of the cabinets. This can account for as much as 45 to 50% of your remodeling budget. If you have a total budget in mind you can have a rough idea of how much you might spend on cabinets.
  2. Get measurements. Determine where cabinets will be installed and get the measurements. This sets the basic cabinet size, and helps in setting the cost.
  3. Decide between custom or pre-made. Pre-made cabinets are the more affordable option, but there are some drawbacks. You may be forced to adjust other features to accommodate the sizes. These types are generally not the same quality as custom cabinets. Custom cabinets also generally offer wider ranges in design, style and sizes.
  4. Find the right style. The look of the kitchen and your home’s architecture should guide the look of your cabinets. The diverse style can make choosing difficult, but there are plenty of great ideas in home improvement magazines and on the Internet. A carpenter can also help you to find the right style for your kitchen.
  5. Think about wood type and color. The kitchen’s color scheme and the countertop material should be a good visual fit for cabinets. Cabinet finishes can be bright white, dark wood or anything in between.
  6. Consider organizational features. Just as important as the look of your cabinets is how you will use them. How many shelves will they have, and what will the shelf height be? Nifty features like pull-outs for utensils, wine or condiments. Corner shelves and roll out shelves can also boost efficiency in the kitchen.

The desire for additional options may rule out pre-made kitchen cabinets. Stock cabinets can be difficult to modify, so it makes sense to invest in custom styles to get exactly what you want right from the start. Additionally, stock cabinets usually need to be replaced more quickly than custom types. Do not buy kitchen cabinets until you fully work out the size, look and finish. This way you can expect them to last for years and reap the benefits of a functional kitchen.

Bathroom Remodeling Ideas that Add Functionality While Increasing Your ROI

One of the advantages of home remodeling is the return on investment (ROI). Some projects pay off more than others, and one of the most attractive in terms of ROI is bathroom remodeling. Typically, these average between 60 – 65%, but it can be even higher with luxury upgrades. Here are some of the best ideas that will appeal to buyers and boost the property’s profile.

  1. Aging in place upgrades. More families are staying under one roof, so it is likely that some buyers consider the needs of aging parents. Additionally, these features can be useful for individuals with disabilities. Bathrooms with these upgrades will make the home safer, and buyers will be willing to spend a bit more if there is no need to carry out their own upgrades.
  2. Sink/vanity combo. An attractive vanity can instantly transform the look of a bathroom. Choose a style and finish that blends with any other improvements. If the sink is in good condition, its age could detract from the décor. Think of a new sink as making a contribution to the new look. The vanity does the same thing, plus it helps to keep the bathroom free of clutter.
  3. New lighting features. Too many bathrooms suffer from poor lighting, and this is even worse when the bathroom is not located beside an exterior wall. The bathroom should only be bright, it should have layered lighting options. If the mirror does not have its own lights, adding sconces to either side will be a simple but elegant touch. The shower or bathtub should also have its own light source.
  4. New tiles. The range of colors and patterns can give any bathroom a visual boost. The right tones such as terra cotta, can add warmth, and other can make the space luxurious. Choose a non-slip texture to enhance safety. If you are willing to spend a bit more, there are also custom tile options available.
  5. A statement bathtub. Some homeowners are getting rid of bathtubs in favor of spa-like showers, but this is still something that home buyers expect to see. If you want a return on your investment consider adding a statement tub. An elegant freestanding tub gives the bathroom a classic touch. It also reinforces the idea of this space being ideal for relaxation after a long day.

When you decide to remodel the bathroom, one of your first thoughts will be about the cost. However, given that these projects tend to pay off well, choose quality materials and products to get the best results.

How to Plan for Your 2019 Home Addition

2019 can be a big year for you, especially if you take the time to finally do that home addition that you have been dreaming of! Imagine all the new space that you and your family will have and how you finally won’t be tripping over each other as you go about your days and nights.

Here are 4 things to do as you are planning for your 2019 home addition:

  1. Create a Budget: Now that you know that you want a home addition built onto your home, you are going to need to decide how much you want and can spend on this venture. The amount that you choose should be reasonable, as this is not something that you can do for a few thousand dollars. However, you do not want to choose an amount that is so high that you will never recoup those costs when you sell.
  1. Find Your Property Lines: There is nothing worse that creating a design for your home addition and then finding out that your property lines will not support that design! We recommend that the first thing that you do, after deciding that you want to construct a home addition, is find your property lines and learn the codes of how close you can build to them.
  1. Create a Design that Works with Your Current Home: This step is not something that you will be able to do on your own, unless of course you are an architect or residential designer. Therefore, we recommend that you hire someone to work with you to create a design that will work with your current space. After all, you don’t want your home addition to look like it just dropped out of the sky and landed in a heap in a weird spot!
  1. Utilize Your Design to Create the Plans for Your Home Addition: The plans that you have created during this step will include all the materials that will be used during the construction process. It will take time for you to decide which materials you want to use throughout this space, which is why this can be the most time-consuming and frustrating part. We do recommend that you choose multiple materials for each item on the list, as you may find that you need to compromise in some areas due to your budget and the availability of some materials.

Constructing a home addition can be challenging, but the above steps can make the process much easier for you and your family. If you follow these steps carefully, you will have everything in place when the construction phase starts. That means that almost all the work can be done without problems arising on the items that you planned out so carefully. Of course, you may still have a few other issues pop up, but those will seem mild in the end!

Choosing the Right Appliances for Your Newly Remodeled Kitchen

Remodeling a kitchen is overwhelming enough, but once you add in choosing the right appliances, you may find yourself going over the edge! Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with everything that you need to know about choosing the perfect appliances.

Here are 4 things you need to do when choosing the right appliances for your newly remodeled kitchen:

  1. Create Your Plan: Yes, you will need a plan for your appliance purchase, as it will help you avoid buying something that will not make this new space look and feel as it should! We recommend that you take the layout of your new kitchen, your budget, your lifestyle, and the style of this space into consideration before deciding on the appliances that you want.
  1. Choosing Your Range or Cooktop and Wall Oven: Depending on how much room you have in your new kitchen, you may have the option to install a cooktop and wall oven instead of a range. Each option has its own benefits, but you will need to know which one will benefit you the most. Of course, if your new kitchen is smaller, you won’t have a choice but to stick with a range. Thankfully, there are multiple fantastic options available, so you can get one that meets all your criteria. Oh, and don’t forget about features like speed cooking, which can cut your time in the kitchen in half!
  1. Choosing Your Refrigerator: There used to be a time when all refrigerators were the same, but that is not the case today! Nowadays, you can choose from a top or bottom freezer and side by side units. You also have the option of freestanding, built-in, and fully integrated models. We do recommend that you have an idea of what size refrigerator you will need before you design your kitchen remodel, so you create a large enough space for the one that you eventually purchase. You may also want to consider purchasing a supplemental refrigerator that fits underneath your countertop, as it is an excellent place to store beverages and even a few snacks.
  1. Choosing a Dishwasher: Dishwashers no longer need to be out in the open in kitchens, as they can be fully integrated just like refrigerators. That means that the look of a dishwasher is not as important as it once was. Therefore, you can focus more on the inside of the dishwasher, as you see how much can fit inside and how well it does its job. If you do not want a standard dishwasher or are looking at installing a second one in your newly remodeled kitchen, we recommend considering one of the new dishwasher drawers. They work well, do not take up as much space, and can even be installed in an island. And, think of how much faster you can get the dishes done when you are entertaining!

Taking these four things into consideration will help you as you are choosing the right appliances for your newly remodeled kitchen. Do not think that you can walk into a store and pick out the first appliances that you see. Some thought needs to go into this process or you will find yourself using appliances that do not work as well as they should for your needs!

Create a Guest Bathroom to Be Proud of Before the Holidays with These Helpful Tips

When was the last time you spent a little bit of time in your guest bathroom? Do you use it all the time or do you basically walk in to give it a once over before guests arrive? If you do the latter, then we recommend starting to use your guest bathroom for a few days. This will allow you to view it through your guests’ eyes and that will show you what improvements may need to be completed.

Here are 4 helpful tips that will allow you to create a guest bathroom to be proud of before the holidays:

Update Your Vanity

Outdated vanities can make bathrooms look dated as well, which is why one of the first things that you will want to do is replace yours. You can choose the same style or switch things up by choosing something new. You may even decide that you want to purchase a vanity that has more storage, especially if this is something that you have been lacking in the past.

Update Your Knobs and Pulls

Removing your old knobs and pulls and replacing them with new ones can instantly change the appearance of your bathroom. This is the easiest tip that we can give you for this holiday season, so if you are short on time, start with this one. However, we also recommend considering replacing your towel bars and hooks, as you are replacing your other hardware. This way everything will be shiny and new!

Upgrade Your Paint

Bathroom walls can look tired when the paint has been on them for many years. If your walls are looking a little dingy, or you have never been thrilled with the paint color in your guest bathroom, give it a fresh coat of paint. This may take a couple of days, but the results will make it look like you spent hours in there.

Add Some Accessories

Guest bathrooms can look so bland and boring, because many homeowners do not take the time to add any accessories or other décor. Add some scented soaps, a festive holiday bouquet, a scented electric candle, or other holiday décor to the room. Holiday towels will also give this space a little extra style.

You are going to want your guests to be able to relax when they are using your guest bathroom instead of rushing through what they need to do before bolting out! Give this space a little TLC before the holidays begin and you may find that you even want to use this space more in the future.

Consider These 5 Things as You Plan to Remodel Your Kitchen Before the Holidays Arrive

Do you use your kitchen differently during the holidays? We bet that you do, because we know that we are doing different things in ours once this busy season arrives. If you are trying to plan a kitchen remodel before the holidays arrive, we urge you to keep in mind that you will need this space to work differently at certain times of the year. This way, you can incorporate those things into your new space.

Here are 5 things to consider as you plan to remodel your kitchen before the holidays arrive:

Incorporate Out of the Way Seating

Seating is quite necessary in a kitchen, but we understand that you don’t always want to be bumping into chairs and benches. We encourage you to try to incorporate seating that will be out of your way when you are planning your kitchen remodel. Install a lounging area on a wall or under a window for the ultimate in comfort. Add some vibrant cushions on top and even add storage below, so you never need to worry about where you are putting all those extra holiday kitchen items.

Add a Fireplace

There is nothing cozier than a fireplace, especially during the holiday season. The dancing flames will add ambiance to the room, while creating a focal point and a place for everyone to gather.

Add Open Shelves or Glass Fronts on Cabinets

Displaying special dishes and décor out in the open will make your kitchen look more inviting, plus when people can see things, they do not need to ask where to find a glass or plate. We do not think that you should go overboard with open shelving though, as couple of shelves will do. Any more may make your kitchen look cluttered or overwhelming. However, you can never go wrong with glass fronts on cabinets, as long as you can keep everything inside nice and neat.

Install Garbage and Recycling Areas

We understand that you do not want your garbage can out in the middle of your kitchen floor but storing a small garbage can under your kitchen sink can be just as annoying. Your guests might want to throw things away as you are cleaning up a few dishes or they will be continuously asking you where the garbage is located. We recommend installing pull-out drawers that can store your garbage and recycling cans and even leaving them ajar, so everyone can find them easily during parties.

Create a Drink Area

Everyone loves grabbing a cup of coffee or tea after their meal, and you can make it much easier for everyone by installing a drink area in your newly remodeled kitchen. A coffee pot that makes individual cups can be placed in this area, as well as cups, coffee, tea, creamer, sugar, stirrers, and maybe even some hot cocoa for the children.

Don’t worry, you will appreciate all these renovation ideas at any time of the year, so do not think that you can only use them during the holiday season. Instead, incorporate them into your new kitchen and then utilize them any time that you wish. You’ll be happy that you included them!

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Tips for Pairing Cabinets and Countertops

Are you aware of what needs to match in your kitchen or what you need to do to get those things to match so that you have a space that you love and is visually appealing?

Most people have no clue what we are talking about when we ask that question and we are sure that you are sitting here shaking your head in wonder as well.

Well, we are going to talk about two of the items in your kitchen that definitely need to match to make the entire space look beautiful. Those items are the cabinets and countertops and if you are not careful when you are choosing each one, you could end up with a kitchen that looks like it was thrown together with no thought at all.

Here are a few tips for pairing cabinets and countertops:

Staying Traditional

We love it when someone stays traditional because it is a timeless trend that is always going to be around. These types of kitchens normally utilize darker colored woods for the cabinets like mahogany, oak, walnut, and cherry. The cabinets would also have more intricate details including molding. When it comes to the countertops in these kitchens, you will be happy to know that wood, granite, and a patterned engineered stone will look wonderful with the above cabinets.

Going for Modern and Minimalistic

Modern and minimalistic kitchens are less fancy than traditional kitchens, so there is going to be more straight lines and less details. The cabinets could be stained with a lighter color, painted, or have a laminate applied to them. Countertops in this type of kitchen are always subtle and the edges will always blend in with the cabinets.

Stick with Transitional

There are so many people that like some of the features of traditional kitchens but prefer a few from modern kitchens as well. If you are one of them, then you are going to want to go transitional in your kitchen space. It is easy to combine both traditional and modern styles in a kitchen, as long as you have a clear plan and design in place before you begin the process.

There is never a right or wrong way to design a kitchen, but you will need to make sure that you are creating a space that is cohesive. The countertops and cabinets that you choose for your kitchen need to be carefully considered so that you do not make a choice that you will dislike in a year or two.

Design a Stylish Powder Room for Your Guests

 

We love having guests over to our home, but we hated it before we had a fabulous powder room for them to use. Our powder room used to be blah, so I would say that it was a closet and allow guests to use our master bathroom. However, that became a hassle as well, because we would need to hide everything in there before people came over. And, if people came over unexpectantly, we were always unprepared.

The answer was finally creating a stylish powder room for our guests and you can do it too!

Here are 3 things to do when designing a stylish powder room for your guests:

Go Big and Go Bold

Powder rooms are never massive spaces, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t utilize bold colors and bright designs. So, choose that bold paint color or that large patterned wallpaper and embrace the fact that your powder room will look larger than it really is. You can even add a large mirror over the vanity to reflect the lighting in the room, as that will make the room look bigger as well.

Think About Your Guests

You might use your powder room once in a while, but it is your guests that you will need to make sure are comfortable in this space. We encourage you to make sure that there is always plenty of hand towels, soap, tissues, toilet paper, lotion, and other little extras in this space. Your guests will love your thoughtfulness and the fact that they never need to ask you for something while they are in there.

Install Plenty of Lighting

There are usually never any windows in powder rooms, which means that you need to make sure that you install plenty of lighting in that room. Too little lighting will make the space look small and cramped and no one will be able to see what they are doing while they are in there. Plus, excellent lighting will make it easier for you to keep this space clean in between guests.

It is easy to create and design a stylish powder room that you and your guests will love. In fact, you may like it so much, that you may decide that you need to use it every once in a while yourself.

Find Your Inspiration and Focus on the Details of Bathroom Remodeling

Congratulations on finally taking the time to remodel your bathroom! This is such a fun space to design and plan, although it will take a lot of work to get it to become the room of your dreams. We recommend beginning by determining what inspires you and how you want to utilize this space to its fullest potential. Once you have that figured out, the real fun begins with all the little details.

Here are 5 tips that will help you as you are getting inspired and focusing on the details of your bathroom remodel:

Splurge on Your Shower or Bathtub

The item that is within the middle of every bathroom remodel is the shower and/or the bathtub. Therefore, these features should have your complete attention and the budget that they deserve. We recommend at least replacing the fixtures during your bathroom remodel, but a tub or shower replacement can really make the room look luxurious and elegant.

Determine the Dimensions of Standard Bathrooms

You may have grand plans for your bathroom remodel, but without the knowledge of the dimensions of standard bathrooms you may end up a little deflated. You should know that toilets require between thirty and thirty-six inches of space, while standard bathtubs normally measure sixty inches in length and thirty inches in width. A sink only needs thirty inches, but that is one with a very tiny countertop. Once you know these measurements, you will be able to plan your bathroom design better with the space that you have.

Find Inspiration Everywhere You Look!

Inspiration for your bathroom remodel can come from anywhere, but you can start by researching remodeling blogs, magazines, and showrooms. However, do not be surprised if the color that you choose comes from the ocean or your décor comes from items that you found on recent travels.

Plan and then Plan Some More

You can never plan enough for your bathroom remodel, which is why we suggest continuing the planning process until every detail is figured out and you are ready to start the work. This can take a long time, but you won’t have as many surprises or issues popping up during the remodeling process.

Keep Even the Smallest Details in Mind

It is easy to forget about those small details like towel rods, rugs, and even the outlet covers when you are working on a remodel. Make sure that these items and many more are included within your plan, so you do not run out of time or money before everything is completed.

These five tips will ensure that you have a successful bathroom remodel, even though it is going to take a little longer than you want it to. A professional will be able to assist you with all the planning, designing, and work, so that you end up with the bathroom of your dreams!