REASON TO REMODEL YOUR KITCHEN # 2– Make it your own style!

Let’s face it folks the kitchen is a huge focal point of your home. Next to the living room or family rec room the kitchen is the hub of your abode and gets a lot of traffic. Simply tolerating the aesthetic of your kitchen is absurd. You work hard for your money to pay for your home. So why not have a kitchen that you absolutely love? You deserve it right?
Especially, if you plan on staying in your home for a long time, it should reflect your personal style and meet your needs. That can be as simple as adding new kitchen cabinets, countertops, flooring and lighting.

Laminate countertops have been the mainstay of kitchens for many years and are fine if they fit your personal tastes and budget. However, the increasing rise in popularity of solid surface countertops like quartz, granite and marble offer elegance and longevity to your investment.
Custom cabinetry can have a huge impact on how you feel about the design of your kitchen. Not only are there benefits from space saving features but there are an array of finishes and door styles to satisfy even the most artistic tastes in design.

Let’s talk about flooring for a minute. Flooring may not be the immediate focal point of the room but a very key ingredient that ties the room all together. Much like countertops, considering durable materials are a worthy investment in longevity whether it be ceramic tile or hardwood floors. Undeniably hardwood floors add unmatched warmth and beauty to any room. Ceramic tile is an interesting medium when it comes to personalization because the color, texture and geometric patterns open up a horizon of opportunities for a beautiful one of a kind design.

Last but not least, lighting! Well placed lighting provides a design element all of its own and complements the other features of the room. Placement is an important as selecting the right fixtures that harmonize with your cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances. When planning your lighting it is crucial to plan for adequate task lighting in work areas as well as accent lighting like adjustable lights and decorative lighting like chandeliers and wall sconces.

Our design specialists are waiting to help you craft the kitchen of your dreams. Need some more kitchen design inspiration? Visit our project gallery or our Pinterest inspiration board to get those creative juices flowing.

Creating a relaxing space for Mom: Introducing the She Shed

When it comes to additions and rec rooms the mind immediately goes to adding more bedrooms, family entertainment space or even Dad’s coveted Man Cave.

But what about Mom? You know, the beloved matriarch of the family, the selfless, dutiful, all seeing all knowing, problem-solving, central command for all inquiries, owies, tasty meals and laundry that smells almost magical. What about her? Where is her relaxing space? AND GUYS DO NOT SAY THE KITCHEN! Or else our next blog will be tips for sleeping on the couch.

What we are talking about is the woman’s answer to the Man Cave. If you haven’t heard, Moms across the country have been moving it outdoors and it’s called the SHE SHED. What is a She Shed? It is a childless, husbandless freestanding outbuilding that is decorated to personal taste and lifestyle habits to promote peace and relaxation from the daily grind. Okay, so it’s not a vacation on a tropical island sans kids and the hubs but is your own little paradise where you can spend time enjoying your favorite hobbies, reading or just relaxing in peace and quiet.

Depending on your neighborhood zoning or if your Home Owners Association does not allow for additional out buildings, never fear there are options.

Remodeling your basement or adding on to your house is still an option to create a beautiful space for Mom. Although, it is not away from the inner workings of the home like the She Shed but still a great opportunity for personal relaxation quarters and much needed down time.

While it is obvious that not all lifestyles allow for a separate structure for Mom, more solutions can also be found in the home. Renovating your master bath into an atmosphere of relaxation is a perfect solution to decompressing from the stresses of Motherhood. By simply adding the right decor, you can achieve a stylish and affordable spa-like atmosphere in the comfort of your own home. This can be achieved by opening up space, creating better storage solutions that de-clutter and incorporating houseplants and flowers into your bathroom to help create a calming effect. Plants are a quick and effective way to transform your bathroom into a more tranquil spa-like setting. Add in a soaking tub or larger shower head with multiple settings like rainfall or a waterfall to really bring the personal in-home spa for Ma.

Is surprising Mama with a personal retreat of her own on your radar? Our experts are here to help guide you through making choices on the right material and designs to make your next renovation project seamless, stress-free and a shining success!

REASON TO REMODEL YOUR KITCHEN # 1– Maximize your available space!

One of the top reasons that people want to remodel their kitchens surprisingly isn’t that their kitchen is outdated. In all actuality, the number one reason for wanting to remodel is their desire to have more efficient space. Now more than ever we entertain guests on a much more frequent basis and grander scale largely due to an increase in cultural influence through lifestyle magazines and TV shows. If cooking healthy gourmet inspired dishes is your thing, you know the value of having adequate space for food preparation.

Another reason you may be considering remodeling your kitchen is the flow is all wrong. Sure it looked great and made sense when the architect laid out the design but they aren’t you. They didn’t have your lifestyle and family dynamic in mind. There was no deep thought that the family dog would be directly under foot, the little ones would be running an Indy 500 in circles around the kitchen island and your teenagers with their copious amounts of friends raiding your groceries would all be happening virtually simultaneously while you attempt to make dinner. Opening up kitchen space into a dining or living area not only can help you maximize flow and available space but also invites the opportunity to bring in more natural light and promote more family intimacy.

Organization and storage are key factors to keep in mind if you are questioning if a kitchen remodel is right for you. Do you ever feel like your appliances, outlets and available cabinets that are in all the wrong places have deliberately formed an alliance to drive you stark raving mad? Do you consistently open your cabinets with caution to avoid an avalanche of Tupperware? If the answer is yes, then it is time to bring in a professional to help customize your kitchen space to fit your personal tastes and lifestyle needs.