Stainless Steel Cabinets

Stainless steel is a material prominent in most modern kitchens designs. Homeowners seeking an updated kitchen often desire stainless steel appliances and sinks, and stainless steel kitchen cabinets work well with this look.

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Repainting Kitchen Cabinets

If you’re embarking on a kitchen redesign project, one of the most efficient ways to update the look of your kitchen is by repainting kitchen cabinets. This fairly simple DIY project can add color and life to your kitchen and make cabinets of just about any age and condition seem new. Continue reading

Utilities in an Outdoor Kitchen

So you’ve found the perfect site and designed an efficient layout with plenty of storage, now you need to lay the groundwork to make the outdoor kitchen work. It’s time to address your utilities, power, water and gas. This is where it really pays to bring in the professionals, and you’ll probably have to in order to get the inspections necessary for your building permits. Continue reading

Common Mistakes When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Gearing up to remodel? Don’t start before reading our list of common kitchen mistakes.

  • Your kitchen is an island. Be sure to consider the way your kitchen’s look will gel with the rest of your home. An ultra-modern kitchen in a 19th-century farmhouse will stick out like a sore thumb. Keep architectural integrity in mind.

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Green Resources

Green design is a science, not an art. Some principles apply across the board, but many measures will depend on your home’s age, construction techniques used, building codes, local climate (temperature and humidity) and the land on which your home sits. If you’re going to get serious about green, you’ll want to do a lot of research and eventually some testing. To help you along, we’ve provided this list of recommended resources.

American Lung Association Health House

Since 1993, this program has educated homeowners about indoor air quality and its impact on health, particularly asthma and allergies. The website provides an indoor air quality checklist, tip sheets on issues ranging from lead to radon, home maintenance guides and other information about creating a healthy home.

Earth Advantage

Begun as a utility-based energy-saving program, Earth Advantage now also addresses sustainability and home performance for Oregon and Washington states. The site includes an interactive quiz to see how green your home is, information on mortgages that reward green homeowners, and a design resource center that provides green recommendations, how-to info and products for each room of your new or existing home.

EarthCraft House

Looking to build or remodel a home in the Southeast? Born in Atlanta for new single-family homes, the EarthCraft House green building program has spread to multifamily existing homes, and throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. EarthCraft offers education, training and guidelines for builders, but homeowners can benefit from the knowledge, as well as a list of EarthCraft House builders, remodelers and communities.

Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor

Based on the information you plug into it — age of home, location and type of project — this interactive tool recommends specific energy-efficient, healthy, durable and sustainable improvements, such as adding insulation or using low-flow faucets. Information on costs and savings is included. The tool is based on information from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recommendations are based on averages and computer models, but it’s a good starting point.

Energy Star

To earn Energy Star qualification, homes and products must meet strict criteria for energy efficiency set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The website offers lists of Energy Star-qualified products such as dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washers, lighting fixtures and ceiling fans; information on tax credits, special offers or rebates; home improvement tips; and a database of builders, developers and home energy raters who can help you build an Energy Star home.

If you are still looking for more ways to go green during a remodel, head to PlumbTile and ask one of our expert employees. They will be able to help you find the perfect ways for you to incorporate your green fingerprint into your home.

Cheap vs. Steep: Bathroom Countertops

Countertops are expensive. It’s as simple as that. Countertops can easily be one of the most expensive components of a bathroom remodel. If you are considering changing out your bathroom countertops, look below to find which options may fit into your budget. Continue reading

Design a Contemporary Kitchen

Contemporary kitchens are a combination of modern and traditional styles. Not only are these types of kitchens comfortable, but they are very stylish. If you are considering renovating your kitchen to have a more contemporary feeling, check out our 7 different contemporary styles perfect for your kitchen. Continue reading

Tips to Resurface Cabinetry

The way your cabinets look can impact the overall style of your kitchen or bathroom. If you’re planning a remodel or seeing that your cabinetry is looking a bit out-of-date, it might be time to consider refreshing your look. But, cabinet replacement can be expensive! If you’re on a budget, giving your cabinets a new look can seem like an impossible task. But never fear! There are other options available that can fit into most budgets by utilizing your existing cabinet structure. See how you can reface your cabinets for a new look for less. Continue reading

Save money on a kitchen remodel! Part 2

Part 2 of Kitchen Remodels

Forget about those pricey accessories! Instead of roll-outs in every cabinet, just put one at the bottom of the most used boxes. Silverware drawers are often the most expensive from the manufacturer, but instead of paying the higher price think about using really nice inserts purchased online or at home stores (that are removable AND washable) for a fraction of the cost. Continue reading