The No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

The No Regrets Kitchen Remodel

You have finally decided to bring all your great ideas for remodeling your kitchen and the prospect thrills you! You are determined to have a no regrets kitchen remodel. Now imagine looking at all the latest options for backsplashes, kitchen islands, and cabinets. And then, the question arises of how will you make all this work with the different types of counters, flooring and new lighting fixtures? The truth of it is, kitchen remodeling presents many opportunities for good and bad decisions along with technical challenges. Keep reading for our best advice to avoid costly mistakes and to have the ‘no regrets kitchen remodel’.

Know What Your Home Needs

First and foremost, you should acknowledge the style of your home. Then ascertain what is broke and actually needs replaced.  This will help to guide your remodeling decisions, plus it will pretty much guarantee that the project won’t go off the rails from a design standpoint. For example, a Modern clean line kitchen may not suit a Victorian style home interior.

Reuse Where Possible

Even a full remodel does not always mean making changes to every single aspect of the space. You don’t have to change appliances if they are still in good condition and functioning properly. A hardwood floor can be sanded and refinished, and the same applies to cabinets.

Work With Existing Installations

Changing plumbing and gas lines can be costly, so if there is no need to move them you can save money. You can plan your remodeling with these installations in mind, and this will make the entire process easier. You can put the new sink, stove, and other elements in the same position as the old ones and still get a new look for the kitchen.

Plan the Layout

Kitchen design is something you will live with for years. It will also influence your ability to use the kitchen comfortably and efficiently. Any mistakes in the floor plan may be too expensive to rectify right away. Start with a rough draft before you talk to a contractor. Mark the spots for the appliances and the fixtures, and the contractors’ Designer will advise you on the best use of the space.

Read Up On Trends

Trends can make the entire project a whole lot easier. Trends influence everything from the color scheme to the type of backsplash. Luckily, kitchen trends do not necessarily suggest buying the most expensive products. It may also help to be aware of trends and styles in your neighborhood. As your remodeler, we can also help you with the latest trends.

Keep Costs in Check

Any successful kitchen remodeling project rests on getting your budget lined up from the start. A good rule of thumb is to budget around 20% of the value of your home for a complete kitchen remodel.  Construction costs, like removing walls and relocating electrical circuits or increasing electrical capacity can run higher.  Adding in some DIY elements or reusing elements can help keep you within your budget.  After doing your research, you will be able to make a list of all the must-haves in your budget. You can work with your Contractor to find fixtures and materials you can afford. There is no need to go for the most expensive products when more cost-effective alternatives will do. If overspending on your remodel is not an option, let your contractor know so they can help you figure out what does fit in your budget.

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Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area

The designers and craftsmen here at Tri-Lite Builders enjoy the renovation challenges presented by their clients. We have worked diligently to create a proven process for successful outcomes so that you have the kitchen remodel you have envisioned. We will make sure you will have the no regrets kitchen remodel.  We’re very proud of the work we do and the awards we’ve earned. Give us a call at 480-895-3442 to schedule an appointment to work with us on your new kitchen design!

The Perfect Sink for Your New Kitchen

Are you remodeling the kitchen and having problems choosing the perfect kitchen sink? There are so many to choose from; so many materials, shapes, and sizes, colors and styles. It’s difficult to know where to start your search if you aren’t sure how each of them would look. If you’ve been putting off making a decision because you simply don’t know how to choose the right kitchen sink for your newly remodeled kitchen, allow us to help simplify the decision.

Choosing the right kitchen sink depends on your cooking style as well as the style and the size of your kitchen. A standard stainless steel sink with two basins is very practical and traditional. This doesn’t mean it’s the right choice for you. Take a look at all other options before you make up your mind. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

How Do You Cook?

Are you an avid cook and need a lot of space for prep and cleanup? A single basin sink that is deep and wide is a good option. A deep basin is versatile, because it has the space you need while cooking, and allows you to easily clean large pots and pans. Since you’ll be running the dishwasher most of the time, you probably won’t need that double basin sink.

How Big is the Kitchen?

If you have a small kitchen a large kitchen sink will overwhelm the space. Consider installing a smaller sink that’s the perfect fit for your small kitchen. The sink should flow well with the rest of the room, the sink can make a statement or not stand out and draw attention.  This is where form and function converge.  Your personal style combines with the size of the kitchen in consideration of the product selection.

What Materials are in Your New Kitchen?

When it comes to material, there are a multitude of options, stainless steel is potentially the most popular. The lower the gauge number, the thicker and more durable the stainless steel sink will be. High-gauge options are thinner, and therefore more likely to dent and scratch easily. Despite the benefits of stainless steel sinks, there are a range of materials to choose from. Copper, cast iron, fireclay, porcelain, silgranit, and natural stones are a few options.  It’s okay to go with something else, as long as it fits well into the surrounding materials.

What Shape Sink Do You Prefer?

Once you have those key issues decided you can play around with the other features, such as shape, e.g. curved vs. angular shaped. The traditional sink is rectangle or square. That doesn’t mean your new sink has to conform to that standard. Go out on a limb and choose something truly unique if it suits you.

Functionality and Durability Over Appearance

The kitchen sink is a big part of your daily life, so you want to make sure it’s functional and long-lasting. Choose a durable material that increases the overall functionality of your kitchen while looking amazing. But never sacrifice durability for appearance.

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. We have designed some of the most unique and amazing kitchens in the greater Phoenix area. Our work has been featured on HGTV, several magazines, and online publications, as well as, receiving the Contractor of the Year award multiple times.  Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

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!

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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