Featured on HGTV

Featured on HGTV

This mid-century modern home was originally designed and built by Ralph Haver in the Marlin Grove neighborhood in central Phoenix. Our remodel of this unique home was featured on HGTV and gained national recognition as well as locally on the Modern Phoenix home tour and website. The remodel of the home’s interior involved updating the kitchen, guest bathroom, and great room areas. This unique space was transformed and given a high-end European feel while retaining its 50’s flair

A more open floor plan

The mid-century modern kitchen remodel created a more open floor plan by removing the original box-like island from the kitchen. Then we replaced the island and the rest of the original cabinets with new frame-less acrylic-finish UltraCraft cabinetry. Adding bold touches of orange cabinetry as well as stainless steel kick plates accented this unique kitchen.

Quartz counter-top material wrapped three sides of the new island. The same quartz counter-tops were used on all of the kitchen cabinets, extending out onto the “floating cabinets” in the dining area.  The kitchen was also tiled with the same porcelain rectangular tile used in the adjoining great room.

Floating cabinets allow light

The floating cabinets are supported by a tubular steel framework between the kitchen cabinets and the dining room block wall. We replaced an unused exterior door in the dining area with a picture window. The floating cabinets allowed the light from the window to flow above and below the cabinetry into the dining area.

Additional lighting features

The mosaic glass tile back-splash was accented by the touch-to-activate under-cabinet lighting. A boxed fluorescent ceiling light was removed and replaced with cable lighting that would not conflict with the exposed ceiling beams.

For an even more in-depth view of this home remodel, check out HGTV’s video here.

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 ZOOM or in-home consultation.  See more of our award-winning remodels here.

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 your prized pieces, be cautious, 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 keeping the open shelves neatly adorned and choose wall or base 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 (not to be confused with Industrial Design Style). Make sure to break up the stainless steel with some complementing colors and textures from other areas in your home. One way to do this is to choose stainless appliances with a colorful countertop, or a stainless steel island countertop with colorful appliances and wood open shelves.

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 and walk by it or your dishwasher and stove, at the same time not only hampers the use of your kitchen, but it also appears cramped and unfunctional. 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

The white kitchen is in high demand, ‘safe’ colors like beige, tan, and white flow together, but they can also make a kitchen boring. A monochromatic design scheme is beautiful when done well, but can fall flat. Add some flavor to your kitchen to give it character. Bring some of the colors from the adjoining rooms into the kitchen to add depth and carry the flow of colors from room to room.  You can also add texture with wood, shapes, and fabrics. 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/Recycle Bins

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

6. Installing in the Incorrect Lighting

Nothing makes your kitchen more functional than effective lighting. 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 with pendant lights over the island/peninsula or above cabinets and toe kick 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!

Kitchen Lighting can be Challenging

 

Kitchen lighting is one of the finishing touches that can be the most challenging. Remodeling the kitchen is never something we embark on lightly, and we always want to ensure that your new kitchen is better than the old in every way. Lighting is something not all homeowners take into consideration, so here are 8 things to keep in mind while choosing your kitchen lighting before we even finish the design process.

  1. No Set Rule – Please keep in mind that there is no set of rules to follow when lighting your kitchen. Most kitchens do have ambient lighting, task lighting, and a few other types. This doesn’t mean your kitchen has to have the same types or locations. You know how you use your kitchen – let that be the guide to choosing your custom lighting.
  2. Improve Functionality – Everything you add or change in your remodeled kitchen should add functionality to the room, and this includes the lighting. Add over-sink lighting if you need more light while washing dishes or preparing foods, add task lighting if you need more light on the countertops or over the stove, add over-cabinet lighting for a lovely room-brightening effect, and add under-cabinet lighting if you need it.
  3. Decorative Options – The cabinets you choose will make a huge impact on the overall appearance of your new kitchen. Choose cabinetry with functionality in mind, but don’t forego style entirely. Some cabinetry or floating shelving for decorative purposes is good, too. Backlight glass cabinet doors to showcase some of your nicest decor.
  4. Pendant Lighting for the Island or Bar – We agree that pendant lighting adds a lot to a room, but you have to be picky about where it goes. You can’t really use pendant lighting over the range or the kitchen sink, but it looks pretty amazing over the kitchen island or bar area.
  5. Ambient Lighting – There are several ways to improve ambient lighting in the kitchen. Add canister lighting, also known as recessed lighting, add a skylight or solar tubes, or add more windows. Transom windows are a lovely way to add a decorative appeal to your existing windows while bringing in more natural light.
  6. Track Lighting – Another beautiful and artistic way to add ambient lighting to the kitchen.
  7. Control Mechanisms – You don’t want to use a single point of control for every type of lighting in the kitchen so that a single flip of a switch turns everything This wastes energy and provides far too much light for practical use. Choose multiple on-off switches and place them in strategic areas. Consider also creating a smart lighting system that you can control with your smart phone or tablet.
  8. Fixtures and Faceplates – Choose decorative faceplates and fixtures that add to the overall decor of the kitchen. Really take your time when searching for the perfect fixtures and faceplates, because the more you customize them, the more unique they will be.

Tri-Lite Builders is home to some of the best builders in the greater Phoenix area. We truly enjoy helping homeowners transform their homes into something spectacular. Here are several examples of our work if you would like to view our handiwork before you give us a call at 480-895-3442 to get started on your kitchen remodeling project.

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