Our kitchens were the unsung hero in 2020 as time was spent in the kitchen more than ever before. People were going out less and the kitchen became the focal point for the family. Unfortunately for some, that was in a small kitchen that quickly cramped their new lifestyle. However, spending so much time in their smaller kitchen has many dreaming of remodels to make it more functional and enjoyable. New kitchen remodels are booming this year and along with all the renovations come new trends! So, to help you with your remodel, we’ve got the top 8 remodeling design trends for smaller kitchens in 2021.
Design Trends for Smaller Kitchens in 2021
L-Shaped Kitchens: This is the most popular kitchen shape in 2021. It is designed to be efficient and flow seamlessly into the next room and thus, it is great for homes that lack square footage.
Open the room: In the past, the open concept kitchen was made popular because it opened the kitchen into the living room which made entertaining easier. After last year’s pandemic, the open concept is bringing the family in the living room into the kitchen while dinner is being prepared. An open concept kitchen also adds style and creates the impression of a more expansive space. You can minimize clutter in the kitchen with hidden storage areas built into your remodel plans.
Color trends: Neutral colors are in trend for kitchens. Don’t worry about having them all match. That is the beauty of neutral colors! Colors like green and blue are like bringing nature inside and can be used in all different shades…muted, deep, dramatic, and bold. It pairs beautifully with many other colors and materials.
Appliances: Choose appliances that will fit the space. For example, choose a flush mount cooktop instead of a range that takes up space. Weigh the pros and cons of using gas-powered appliances vs. electric appliances and the energy efficiency of each appliance you purchase. Becoming more popular are induction cooktops because they are easier to clean and maintain and they are also more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly. Another note to consider, appliances are moving towards matte and brushed finishes. These finishes are easier to keep clean and show fewer smudges and fingerprints. Embracing practicality is the recurring theme throughout the trends for kitchen designs.
Countertops are trending darker, and cabinets are trending lighter and brighter. You’ll find a lot of darker stone options for countertops as well as darker wood countertops (instead of the super-pale butcher block style). These darker colors are going to offer a beautiful contrast to cabinets. Look for natural wood tones for cabinets. Wood tones will lend warmth to the whole room and look beautiful paired with the dark stone countertops that are trending.
More on cabinetry: Forget even minimal hardware; the trend is to go without pulls and knobs altogether. Cabinetry with notches and touch latches will streamline the feel of any kitchen. Utilize upper cabinets as well by extending them upward to the ceiling so that every inch of wall space is functional. If you are looking to create the illusion of space, use fluted or dimpled glass fronts on a few upper cabinets…just not on all of them.
Statement Pieces: Even in smaller kitchens, you can make a statement! Whether it is through different tile shapes (think outside the standard rectangular subway tile), a statement sink, or a statement ventilation hood. Any of these can become a work of art. Displaying artwork, whether it is vintage print or painting, in a kitchen is increasing in popularity. Be sure to place these pieces away from the stove or places prone to spills and splatters.
More Natural Light: In the past, pendant lighting and task lighting were the focus. However, the more sunlight you can get into your kitchen now is better. We are all craving more vitamin D! Putting in more or bigger windows is an effort to bring the outdoors in. Natural light makes your kitchen more inviting and natural elements are instant mood boosters.
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If you are dealing with a smaller kitchen, we can help you get the most out of your kitchen by creating a greater sense of space while providing functionality and flow to your home.
Tri-Lite Builders is an award-winning remodeler with years of experience. We focus primarily on amazing kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, and large whole-home remodeling projects. Our professional designers and craftsmen will help transform any part of your home into something you can truly be proud of.
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8 REMODELING DESIGN TRENDS FOR SMALLER KITCHENS IN 2021 April 21st, 2021Steve Shinn, CR
Looking for an award-winning team for your remodel? We know trusting your home and your remodel to us is a huge decision! You deserve the best! Homework Remodels use only the most qualified experts and are led by an award-winning team backed by many years of experience in the field. When it comes to interior design and remodels in the valley, we collaborate with you to bring your vision to reality. We bring unparalleled attention to detail, skill, and experience to your remodel.
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As expert designers, we enjoy helping you bring to life your vision and completely transform your bathroom into your own European-style spa or an outdated kitchen into an upscale and functional dream kitchen that matches your personal style. Whether you are remodeling a single room, or completely renovating the entire home, we make the process as effortless and seamless as possible.
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Through meticulous attention to detail, we’ll design and remodel your space creating stunning results. We’ll take the time to collaborate with you about your lifestyle, tastes, and project goals so that you get the remodel that you want.
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Homework Remodels specializes in premier, upscale home renovations in Phoenix and the Greater Phoenix Area. Our team members include Nationally Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers and Universal Design Certified Professionals who can plan a brand-new kitchen, bathroom, master suite, or addition for your house – down to the last detail. Then our NARI Certified Remodelers bring that design to life so you and your loved ones can enjoy the new space for years to come. You can count on Homework Remodels to bring expertise, quality, efficiency, and exceptional craftsmanship to every project.
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We believe remodeling your home should be done right which is why we have invested in extensive NARI professional education and testing to become nationally certified professionals in multiple remodeling specialties. As a NARI Certified Remodeler, we have dedicated ourselves to continuing education. This keeps us on top of the new finishes, business practices, and construction techniques, ensuring you a successful remodel.
National remodeling certifications ensure that you, the homeowners, are working with trained professionals that are focused on the highest quality remodeling services. As NARI certified professionals, we will guide you through the remodeling process making it worry-free with spectacular results when completed. First, here is more information on exactly what is NARI and what it means to you.
What is NARI?
The acronym NARI stands for the National Association of the Remodeling Industry. It is the only association solely dedicated to the remodeling industry. “NARI is an organization of high-quality remodeling professionals. Its members are committed to integrity, high-standards, professional education, ethics, and market recognition.” (www.nari.org)
How does NARI benefit me?
NARI can connect you, the homeowner, with a dedicated full-time local professional to ensure you have a positive remodeling experience. NARI certified remodelers will write contracts and warranties that comply with local, state, and federal laws. They always take appropriate action to ensure the health and safety of employees, trade contractors, and clients.
Does it really matter if my contractor is not a NARI certified professional?
Every member of NARI has agreed to conduct their business in accordance with the Standards of Practice for the Remodeling Industry. Also, every member has been actively involved with the remodeling industry for at least 2-5 years prior to earning a certificate. Without these certificates, how would you know if you were hiring a qualified remodeler? How can you measure a remodeler’s ethics, if they are not part of an organization that educates, monitors, and certifies its members? NARI has taken all the guesswork out of hiring a reliable and trustworthy professional contractor who is knowledgeable, informed, resourceful, and flexible.
What does that mean to me, the homeowner?
NARI members are pledged to observe high standards of honesty, integrity, and responsibility in the way they conduct business. They are experienced, trusted, qualified, ethical, and dependable business owners who will get your project done right. They obtain the proper permits, carry the required insurances, follow local codes, and design innovative solutions to renovate your home. By choosing a NARI certified professional, you are getting an expert in their field, a tried-and-true specialist who will turn your remodel into your dream home.
We have staff NARI certified as NARI Certified Remodeler, NARI Certified Kitchen and Bath Remodeler, NARI Universal Design Certified Professional, NARI Green Certified Professional. Learn more about our NARI certifications here.
Home Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area
Your remodeling project should reflect your taste and lifestyle. Tri-lite Builders’ NARI Certified Designers will work hand in hand with you to create a space that not only adds value to your home, but also works within your space, taste, and budget. You can view our award-winning portfolio here. Call us at (480) 895-3442 if you would like to discuss your remodeling project with our award-winning designers and builders.
WHAT IS NARI AND WHY CHOOSE A CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL? January 13th, 2021Steve Shinn, CR
Did you know that your kitchen has zones? They do!! Kitchens are often thought of as one large room that you and your family frequent throughout the day. To squash that one-room concept, we are going to share that your kitchen has three zones. To help you get the best kitchen remodel, you will want to focus on these three zones. In fact, these zones are so important that contractors often refer to this as the golden triangle of the kitchen design. The three zones of a kitchen work together to create a highly functional space. Ready to identify them?
The Three Zones of the Kitchen
The Refrigeration Zone
This area is where you will place all the food items that you bring into your kitchen, plus it is where you will begin to prepare all your food. Therefore, you will want to make sure that you have a countertop near this space, as well as storage for utensils, mixing bowls, and other food prep items. You may even want to place your pantry, small appliances, and cookbooks nearby so that it is all within reach when you need them.
The Sink (Prep & Clean-Up) Zone
This zone should be somewhere between the refrigerator and the cooking area and should be centrally located. This area is always used for cleaning and cutting produce, and washing up after meals, so you will want to have recycling and trash containers placed nearby. Since this is where your dishwasher is also going to be located, you will want to install your cabinets and drawers here for your most used (place settings and silverware).
The Cooking (and/or Bake) Zone
The cooking zone is where your stove and oven are in your kitchen. You will want countertops for placing items before and after they come out of the oven. We recommend installing cabinets here to hold items like platters, serving bowls, pots, pans, and other equipment that you will need while cooking. This is also a great area for your cooking utensils and spices.
Kitchen Design and Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area
Once you begin to think of your kitchen with three zones, it will be easier for you to design your new kitchen and to create a kitchen that will flow seamlessly as you are cooking and entertaining. Call us at (480) 895-3442 when you would like to discuss remodeling your kitchen with our award-winning designers and builders.
The Three Zones of a Kitchen December 24th, 2020Steve Shinn, CR
Sitting there with your walls closing in? Have you redesigned your kitchen, workspace, bathroom, or your entire house while working from home in 2020?! What a year! With the end of 2020 near, we are looking forward to 2021 with hope and plans for change. If you are planning to remodel one room, remodeling your kitchen can be a worthy project to tackle in the new year! It will make your home look fabulous, create a better usable space for you and your family while adding to its value. To get started, follow these 8 steps for your successful kitchen remodel.
8 Steps for Your Successful Kitchen Remodel
Consider What You Need in Your Kitchen
Before you even begin making plans for your remodel, consider what you need in your kitchen. Are you planning on cooking every night of the week or are you still going to do take-out most nights? Is this space being used for an office or online learning for your kids? Are you wanting to make your kitchen more of the hub of your home? Once you have all your priorities in order, you can continue to the next steps.
Determine Your Budget
Once you know what you want in your new kitchen, you will need to determine your budget. That way, you will know what type of remodeling you can do. We encourage clients to do online research about appliances. Most manufacturers will post retail pricing online, so you can add that item specifically to your budget. Build some space into the budget so that you can plan for unexpected _____________ while also giving you room to add ideas.
Create a Houzz Profile to Research Preliminary Design and Materials Ideas
By creating a preliminary design concept with preliminary materials, you are giving potential contractors an idea of what you are looking for. This will make it easier when you begin looking for estimates. Changes will typically be made to these designs, and most of the time, that is what happens. We have an award-winning professional designer that will help guide clients through the process of choosing the best materials and design for their dream remodel.
Begin to Get Estimates from Contractors
Now is the time to set up interviews and get estimates from contractors. We never recommend going with the lowest or the highest quote all the time, nor is the one in the middle always the best choice. Instead, you will want to look at the numbers and the answers to the questions that you ask the contractors. Your decision willcome down to how comfortable you feel with the contractor that you choose. We have a FREE eBook, 10 Things You Must Know Before Hiring a Remodeling Contractor, that can help you with this!
Finalize Design Plans and Choose Materials
Once you have your contractor, you will finalize all your design plans and choose all the materials for your new kitchen. It is important to complete this early in your remodel, so that you do not end up waiting for things that are on back order halfway through the project.
Once in the hands of a contractor or his project manager, the necessary permits are applied to complete the work on your kitchen. There can be a wait time for some of these, so the process is done early in the project to avoid a delay on the start time.
Prepare for Demo
Demolition has its moments, but is typically not fun, especially when it comes to a kitchen. After all, you will be without a kitchen for a few to several weeks. We recommend that you set up a mini kitchen somewhere else in your home so that you can still prepare some simple meals. Also, do not start the demolition process until you are sure everything is in stock for your project, or you may find yourself hanging around waiting halfway through.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
When you are at the end of your project, there may be a few things that will need to be addressed. Usually, these items are never big because you and your contractor have been communicating all the way through the project. Instead, it might be a small scratch in the paint, a ding in the molding, or a dent in a door panel. These are easy fixes and will get straightened out. Be patient through it all, after all, you’ve made it this far!
Kitchen Remodeling in the Greater Phoenix Area
If you follow these 8 steps for a successful kitchen remodel, you will find your experience to be a good one! And once the project is completed, you will have a kitchen you love. Call us at (480) 895-3442 to discuss remodeling your kitchen with us. Our award-winning designers and builders are happy to show you how we can improve the functionality and style of your kitchen.
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8 Steps For Your Successful Kitchen Remodel December 9th, 2020Steve Shinn, CR
Amid a lot of change and additional hardship that this year has brought, there is nothing like moving forward and creating positive transformation like the remodel project you have wanted to do since, well, forever! So that kitchen remodel you have been thinking about, let’s do it! While you are in the planning stage, there are certain items, we suggest, you should splurge on. Splurging on these 4 items for your kitchen remodel can improve the time you spend in your kitchen plus add even more value to your new space.
Splurge on these 4 items for your kitchen remodel:
Interior Storage Solutions for Kitchen Cabinets
Interior storage solutions for kitchen cabinets do not have to cost a fortune. They will, however, make it easier to organize and use your kitchen. Storage items you should splurge on when it comes to your new cabinets include roll-out trays, trash and recycle bins, pullout pantries, and vertical storage. A Lazy-Susan is a great addition to any kitchen’s corner cabinet, as it will make it easier for you to access items inside that cabinet. There are also several items on the market a homeowner can install that assist in the optimum function of your kitchen.
Quartz or Granite Countertops
Countertops can be made from many different materials, but your best option is quartz or granite. Both are durable and easy to keep clean. Quartz is virtually non-porous, as it is a man-made material of ground-up stone particles and resin. Granite is porous, but this is not necessarily a bad characteristic, as our fabricator applies a sealer to protect it from absorbing liquids. Many people look for quartz or granite in homes they are considering purchasing. Quartz or Granite countertops will help you recoup your money if you decide to sell in the future.
Your kitchen floor will see a lot of traffic, so you will want to splurge on a material that will last. Stained concrete, porcelain tiles, or luxury vinyl planks will add a luxurious look and feel to your remodeled kitchen and are worth the additional cost. Stained concrete, potentially the most expensive option, has a modern look and is easy to maintain. Porcelain tiles are manufactured to look like most flooring materials from stone, wood, and concrete to mosaics. The ones we suggest are called color body porcelain, as the body of the tile is similar in color to the face. If the tile happens to chip, the color you see looks similar to the face of the tile and helps conceal the chip. Luxury vinyl planks are a vinyl material attached to a click type structure for a floating installation method. This newer product has added benefit with water resistance, backing for sound, and weight transfer absorption as well as coming in a multitude of product renderings from wood to stone tiles.
And last, but not least, if you are like a lot of homeowners these days, then you may want to consider installing a beverage cooler in your new kitchen. This cooler will free up space in your refrigerator which almost everyone needs! If you store these items in another space in your home, you will no longer need to leave your kitchen to grab a drink. These coolers can hold soda, juice boxes, wine, beer, and more which is perfect for when you are entertaining.
Splurging on some items in your new kitchen will be well worth it. However, you will want to choose wisely what you are spending your money on because it is not necessary to spend thousands of dollars on every single part of your new space. There are certain items that you can spend a lot less money on and still get the results that you want. We can help you with that!
Our professional Lead Designer and Craftsmen here at Homework Remodels have years of experience helping homeowners design and build award-winning custom kitchens. Our work has been featured in a variety of magazines both in print and online and won NARI awards. Please give us a call at (480) 895-3442 to discuss your upcoming kitchen remodeling project.
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This Bungalow has vinyl plank floors that look like real wood, and has laminate counters.
Beverage cooler provides extra space!
Roll out trays make using all your space easier!
Cabinets that go to the ceiling use up previously unused space.
Porcelain tile floors that look like wood
Remodeled kitchen with storage solutions, porcelain tile floors and granite countertops.
Splurge on These 4 Items for your Kitchen Remodel November 4th, 2020Steve Shinn, CR
Recently, our sister company, Homework Remodels, was cited in this blog by Lexi Klinkenberg with RedFin Real Estate. We are excited to get to share her blog here about 9 simple home improvements that can increase value.
Keeping up on your home maintenance is an important and crucial part of being a homeowner, especially if you are looking to increase the value of your home. In addition to keeping up on basic maintenance, there are many other projects you can do to help your home potentially sell for more. Whether you live in a city like Atlanta, GA, or a smaller town like Cheney, WA these simple home improvements can increase your home value.
1. Replace the garage door
A new front door or garage door is one of the best returns on investment. A new garage door can increase your home value, as well as improve the appearance of your home. Replacing or having an old garage door fixed is a simple home improvement that can increase your home value substantially.
“Everyone knows that first impressions are important when it comes to a home. Depending on the style, the garage can take up as much as 30% of the front of a home. That’s why when replacing an old garage door with a new, upscale garage door has significant impacts on first impressions and can help you sell quickly! In fact, nationally, in 2020 homeowners can expect up to a 94% return on investment for their garage door replacements on average. In some regions, this return on investment surpasses 100%.” –Overhead Door
2. Remodel your kitchen and bathroom
The majority of buyers looking for a home that has an updated kitchen and bathrooms. Updating your cabinets and countertops is a great way to spruce up your kitchen, or even give it a whole new look. Additionally, hardwood floors are becoming increasingly popular among homebuyers and can improve the look of your kitchen dramatically. Buyers are also looking for a bathroom with new tiling and modern fixtures. By hiring a team of professionals to do these simple home improvements, and putting some money toward a kitchen and bathroom remodel, you can attract more millennial homebuyers to your property. Not only that, but you’ll probably recoup a lot of your costs in the selling price of your home.
“It is best to hire a company that not only restores your existing washroom, kitchen cabinets, and floors providing a range of products and options but a company that can also remodel according to your taste! As you are doing renovations, decisions may change due to unforeseeable factors, so it is best to work with a company like Bathtub Guru that can do both restoration and remodeling.” –Bathtub Guru
“We believe a remodeled shower adds value to your home – which can be as easy as tiling your shower from floor to ceiling (up to 10 ft) for extra bling. If you are looking to add more of a high-end touch, use exotic granite for the countertops. Lastly, always add a shower door to retain heat and apply “red guard” to your mud set throughout the whole shower for extra seal protection that lasts longer.” –Arlington Custom Builders
“When trying to find the right home service provider for you, search for local companies. Be wary of companies pouring money into promoted ads on the top of your web searches and those sent via “Directories” promising to connect you with the best local home improvement professionals. These companies will end up having a much higher price. We’re a small local company who invest more in our people and processes than our marketing. We can provide a fair price because we aren’t spending an arm and a leg on web leads.” –Center Point Renovations
4. Replace windows
It is advised that you replace any old single-pane windows and install dual pane windows instead. If you have the extra money for this, they are very attractive and people really find value in them. Replacing windows can give your home a new look, increase natural light, save your money on heating and cooling, and add value to the price of your home if you are considering selling.
“It is incredibly common that homeowners need to repair their windows to satisfy an inspector’s report, and they always want to do it as cheaply as possible. I would advise settling on a dollar amount to escrow so the new owners can make the decision on what quality level to pursue. That way they can do the cheap fix or maybe decide to replace all the windows or something in between. After all, the inspector has flagged 1 or more windows, and the reality is that all the windows are on a decreasing timeline to needing future repair or replacement.” –Brad Alexander, Zen Windows
5. A fresh coat of paint
If you decide to freshen up your home with some new paint, opt for neutral colors on walls, trim, and baseboards. Colors such as light grey, cream, and other soft neutrals are preferred. If you have children and their rooms are all shades of bright green, blue, and pink consider painting those to match the rest of your home. This new paint can bring a more simple, sophisticated look to your home. A freshly painted front door and entryway also make a great welcoming statement for the home and can refresh any interior space.
“Paint your house as soon as you want to list it. Painting your house is the fastest and most affordable way to add notable curb appeal to your home. A painted house will start to generate buzz and put a coming soon sign on the front yard. Make sure to choose a company that gives you a value paint job, not just a cheap paint job.” –Tulsa Christian Bros Painting
6. Update hardware and fixtures
Just as new fixtures can bring a home into the present, updated hardware can create a new look for a small investment. Updating hardware in your kitchen and bathrooms is a great way to modernize your home. You will want to keep your hardware consistent throughout your home and don’t forget to take looks and function into consideration.
“Look up, replacing old recessed fixtures, outdated ceiling fans and chandeliers can instantly refresh any home. Also consider replacing outdated almond-colored switches, outlets, and switch plates. These are great budget-friendly updates and can help you sell your home more quickly.” –Melissa Frederiksen, Atmosphere 360 Studio
7. Minimize and declutter
Decluttering, paring down, or purging is the first step to clearing away excess clutter so you can start organizing your space. You must declutter in order to open up room in your existing space. This is so critical if you are wanting your home to look better ion listing photos or sell for more. Decluttering is a simple home improvement that can make your home look much better.
“A clutter-free home will sell more quickly and for more money than one filled to the brim. Decluttering will not only enhance your sale but with less stuff, it will also make it easier to organize and maintain your next home. Whether you are downsizing, upsizing or right-sizing, the selling, and moving incentive works beautifully for getting you to evaluate your belongs and release excess clutter.” –Linda Samuels, Oh, So Organized!
“Installing shelves, hooks, and racks in your garage and basement to store your tools and belongings will make it easy to quickly locate what you are looking for as well as making a huge visual improvement. Using clear bins makes it a snap to find what you are looking for when you need it. Labeling all of your bins and hooks makes it easy to put things back where they belong. Our preference is metal shelving with wheels: sturdy and functional. It makes entering these spaces pleasant, it’s worth the effort.” –Anna Sicalides, Your Organizing Consultants
“Keep a seasonal maintenance list of everything in your home. For example, in the spring wash your deck and seal it if the manufacturer suggests it. Keep a list with dates of when you sealed it. You will be able to show possible home buyers how well you took care of your deck.” –Vickie Dellaquila, Organization Rules
8. Take care of the exterior of your home
“The best home maintenance tips are not over the top, they are simple ones that keep your home running and looking its best. Clean your gutters, make sure if you have a sprinkler system that the heads never spray on your home, wash your home every year and repaint every 4-5 years depending on your area of the country. Stay on top of these maintenance items so that when you get ready to sell your home, you don’t have to discount your price for all of the deferred maintenance.” –John Rogers, John Rogers Renovations
9. Service all systems
It is best if you service all systems in the home. This is a great way to show any potential buyers that you’ve taken good care of your home. It can be a simple home improvement that can add value to your home. If you have any appliances or systems that are more than 10 years old consider replacing them with newer better functioning ones.
“Looking to reduce utility cost; maximize energy efficiency and improve the performance of your HVAC system, we encourage homeowners to increase their attic insulation. Depending on the age of your home the guidelines for maximum energy efficiency could change from what the builder provided and overtime blown insulation can compact. Additional attic insulation can range from a straightforward DIY project with Batt Insulation to professionally installed Spray Foam Insulation. ” – Sheila Lanier, Homework Remodels
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Tri-Lite Builders’ goal is to help all homeowners in the greater Phoenix area love their home again. We’ll help you make the tough decisions regarding materials, colors, lighting, and flooring. Call us at 480-895-3442 to schedule a free 60-minute consultation with us to start making plans. Let us help you take those first steps toward your dream home!
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9 Simple Home Improvements That Can Increase Value July 21st, 2020Steve Shinn, CR
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
Handmade 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
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.
Pure 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 jewels add just the right amount of sparkle to this Elegant Gray Transitional Kitchen.
WOW WORTHY QUARTZITE
The vein in this quartz was our inspiration. Two book-matched slabs of Mardi Gras Quartzite create this breathtaking backsplash. We could stare at it for days!
WARM GREY NEVER LOOKED SO COOL!
The Fleur-Gray Arabesque glass tile immediately draws attention to the stovetop, inviting you to appreciate all 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.
MULTI-COLORED MARBLE BACKSPLASH
This multi-colored marble backsplash ties the kitchen together and the new pass-thru into the living area. It contains both the white from the taller cabinets and white quartz countertops and a pale grey, resembling the stainless steel appliances.
INSPIRED ASIAN BEAUTY
This kitchen was reinvented with all-white cabinets and integrated texture and color with a counter to ceiling backsplash in a matte white large-scale textural tile, and floating oak shelves. It is complemented with a high-end laminate that gave the counter a marble look.
Greater Phoenix Area Award-Winning Remodeler
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! Do not let your remodeling ideas be limited by tradition; think bold and unique. Contact us at (480) 895-3442 if you are interested in remodeling your home and adding to the unique appeal you enjoy from your living spaces.
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Unique Backsplashes for the Upscale Kitchen Remodel June 23rd, 2020Steve Shinn, CR
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.
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It’s that time of year! The NARI Contractor of the Year Award Project submission! Our project is being submitted in the Entire House category, $250,000 – $500,000. This entire house project is reviewed by an impartial panel of industry experts who select winners based on each entrant’s submission, which includes “before and after” photography and project descriptions. Judging focuses on problem-solving, functionality, aesthetics, craftsmanship, innovation, degree of difficulty, and entry presentation.
OUR PROJECT’S BACKGROUND
We are excited to give you a little bit more background on this amazing whole house renovation in Biltmore for our clients. Our clients wanted to turn their rental property into their part-time residence. With this lifestyle shift looming it was time to put their personal stamp on this investment property and check off all the must-haves on their list. They had lofty goals that would alter both the inside and outside spaces, but they needed assistance fine-tuning it all. That’s where we came in! Continue to read how this house became our NARI Contractor of the Year Award Project.
DESIGN AND PLANNING PHASE
During our Design and Planning phase, we prioritized their list and allocated a budget to each action item. For this home, virtually every surface would be modified. The owners purchased this house for its million-dollar view of the mountains, thus giving them space to enjoy its view was monumental. Their outdoor living space was as important to renovate as was their interior.
The Kitchen needed a floor to ceiling update. We modified built-in closets and an awkward shelf unit to improve efficiency and increase storage capacity. New cabinets, counters, appliances, backsplash, and lighting were installed. With very little room to rework the floor plan, we made sure that the space functions well. Thus, we curated a well-organized space with ample cabinets, tall wall cabinets, and interior cabinet storage solutions.
THE LIVING ROOM
The Living Room retained its existing layout but needed a fireplace façade update. The launching point for the silver Travertine used around the home, we installed the new stacked stone facade and coordinated the fireplace hearth with the silver Travertine coping stones. Then, we added a custom reclaimed wood mantel. By replacing an unnecessary sliding glass door with a window, we created new space for furniture placement. Then, in a corner near the kitchen, we added a dry bar with cabinets to complement the kitchen. Glass front cabinets, a wine fridge, and a custom decorative backlit glass countertop make this space unique.
THE MASTER SUITE
In the Master Suite, we focused on comfort, color and then creating a bathroom to accommodate aging in place. The bedroom’s high ceiling left the space extra warm in the summer and cool in the winter. To assist with the comfort level, we installed a new Pella sliding glass door with shades between the glass and a mini-split heating and air conditioning unit. In the Master Bathroom, to achieve a more open feel, we removed a doorway and built walls to create a private water closet and pony walls for a zero-clearance shower. This new walkway would provide access to an additional clothes closet that had previously been part of a guest bedroom.
In need of a home office, a large guest bedroom was divided to create a home office while keeping a guest bedroom with a closet and access to the attic. The whole home would receive an update for paint colors, flooring, millwork and lighting.
OUTDOOR LIVING SPACE
This homeowner’s renovation included a total remake of their outdoor living space. The landscaper refreshed with new plantings, then the boldest change was the new fireplace they built near the updated spa for additional privacy. The new stacked stone fireplace adds ambiance and warmth for enjoying crisp winter evenings. The new Travertine patio and wall caps replaced the worn terra cotta. Lastly, they added a built-in barbeque with a bar area to complete their new outdoor living space. This amazing space is perfect for serving and hosting!
FRONT OF HOME
This area begged for design details. Thus, we added new garage doors with windows, adding natural light in the garage. The silver Travertine patio extends around the palm tree giving them a spot for a bistro table where they enjoy morning coffee. Then, we painted the band around the top of the home and the columns along with the fascia to complement and outline the roof. New coach lights are the finishing touch for the front of the home.
THE END RESULTS
Our clients are thrilled with their ‘new’ home and we are excited to share it with you! With any project this of this magnitude, there are always challenges that create change orders to our best laid out plans. Good communication throughout this entire project kept everyone on the same page. This project truly enhanced the home, through functional living space, well-planned design elements and added convenience for the homeowners. Their future is bright as they look to age in place within their home. We believe it is a perfect submission for the NARI Contractor of the Year Award Project. See more of Homework Remodels’ featured projects here as well as our own here.
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It’s That Time of Year! December 13th, 2019Steve Shinn, CR