Every year you look at your kitchen and think about the things you would like to change, update or replace in your kitchen; but you never get around to it. 2017 is the year that you will make it happen! This is the year you have the time and budget to really make a significant improvement to this space.
If you have a budget that allows you to do a full remodel that is fantastic! But the reality is that most of us don’t have that kind of budget. Let’s look at some of the smaller updates you can do that make the biggest difference. The trends this year are countertops, storage and style.
When you are updating or thinking of updating, every kitchen you walk into is a virtual catalog or design book. You pay closer attention to the countertops, backsplashes, flooring and lighting. One of the things you see when you walk into a kitchen is the countertop, especially if they have an island. A countertop can make a kitchen great or leave you a little lack luster and wanting something more.
Countertops come in all colors and material types. The one material that will make you want to reach out and touch it every time is natural stone. Marble and granite look beautiful, are cool to the touch and just make your kitchen look and feel high-end. But if you don’t want the “typical” material but want something unique; think about polished concrete, engineered quartz or even stainless steel.
Let’s talk about style for a moment. Most of us purchase a house with the kitchen style already set up and installed. Now is the time to change all that! You can change your modern or industrial kitchen into a cozy country kitchen with a upgrade in appliances. Old is new once again with appliances that are being manufactured with the retro look but modern features. Think about pairing the new retro appliances with a beautiful butcherblock countertop. Replace your knobs and pulls with something more classic to complete the look.
In recent years we have seen a push for more storage in our homes but have had less and less places to put in pantries and storage areas. Kitchen storage organizers have gotten better and more creative, you are able to mix and match to better fit your existing cabinets. If you are able to replace your cabinets you can get custom cabinets with built in organizers to make your kitchen more functional. This is especially helpful with smaller or galley kitchens.
Shop around, get the best prices and look to Plumbtile for some of the most unique sinks, knobs and pulls and faucets.
Have you ever walked into a kitchen and the first thing you see is a big beautiful sink and thought “I have to have one!”? Well, that is a farmhouse sink. They are big and beautiful and stunning but they also have a down side. But nothing is perfect and if you know in advance what the downside is you will learn how to take care of it and love your farmhouse sink. Continue reading
We all want to keep our kitchen up to date and trendy but we don’t always have the budget to do a full makeover. You might not be able to a full on makeover but there are a few little things you can do that will make a big difference in the look and feel of your kitchen. Continue reading
Everyone who cooks desires a kitchen that is functional, spacious and on trend with today’s market. A kitchen that has older appliances, bad lighting, flooring that is cracked with age just doesn’t show off your personality. A kitchen that is bright, with everything you need at your fingertips, and simply up to date will make anyone smile. It allows your personality to shine. Continue reading
Want to spruce up your kitchen but don’t want a full renovation project? Just changing the paint isn’t enough? You will be surprised what a difference a new backsplash will make in your kitchen. It will change the whole look and feel in addition to brightening up the space. Your family and friends will enjoy gathering in this room again. Continue reading
In terms of storage space in the kitchen, you can never have enough space or storage. When remodeling your kitchen, you can always buy cabinets that come with all the storage features you will need. That could eventually get pretty costly. Let’s look at your dream kitchen so far. You have just painted your space, replaced the lighting and have a beautiful tile on your floor. Now you are at your cabinet. You wanted to save some money to be put towards an upgrade to your flooring. Instead, you decided to re-face your cabinets, hardware and add storage space. Continue reading
Bathrooms; we design them to be easy to use for children, seniors and handicapped. We design them to be spa-like, yet we seldom think “man friendly”. Not really sure why that is. Men use this space as well as the rest of the family. They should feel as special as everyone else. While designing a man’s bathroom, be sure to keep in mind that it not only has to look good, it has to be functional. It needs to make sense with little to no wasted space. Continue reading
When replacing your countertops, whether kitchen or bathroom, you have a multitude of choices. But which one is right for you and your space? Some of the most popular are granite, ceramic tile and laminate. Here is some information about different material choices so you can make the best decision for your space. Continue reading
Galley kitchens used to be all the rage. Galley kitchens aren’t necessarily small and tight. They are laid out so that everything is within a few steps of the other. In some, it is just a pivot from the sink, to the stove, to the refrigerator. They are designed to save time and energy while working in them. Continue reading
Is Your Bathroom Retirement Ready?
Most people will buy and sell a house at least twice over the course of their adult lives. When you start out you purchase a “starter home”, something smaller, quaint for a small family, couple or a single person. As your get older you marry and start a family or your family grows and your income increases all of which drive you to sell that starter home and purchase a larger one. Then as the children grow up and move away you might sell again to “downsize” and get ready for retirement. Continue reading