Kitchen Remodel

New Ideas for the Modern Kitchen There are so many cool new trends floating around in kitchen design right now that it is ridiculous trying to keep up with everything. We’re definitely seeing a strong continuation of last year’s progression of the kitchen towards a social space and trophy spot in homes, which we love. The entire home isn’t just a financial investment, it’s an investment in happiness and peace of mind. Seeing all of the new avenues springing up for us to make our kitchens reflect ourselves is fantastic. As it can be difficult to find all of the cool new...

Accent Tips for White Kitchen Cabinetry The rising popularity of white kitchen cabinets cannot be overstated. Owing to their color neutrality, they lend kitchen design the greatest degree of flexibility while opening up the space. All of that white surface area also lends to a cleaner kitchen as you can more easily spot any food stains or grime. Once you have determined what cabinetry you want to install, your thoughts may have moved on to the best method for accenting the backsplash. While there are numerous options for a unique and stylish look, conforming to the visual advantages of your white...

Besides Granite, there are many other popular kitchen surfaces Granite countertops have long been the ‘go-to’ for kitchens of the mid to higher end. It’s a status of popularity that seems to withstand years of changing trends. Perhaps that’s because not everyone can afford it, and like the expensive car it’s become a status symbol, a passive aggressive method of flaunting wealth. You could say the joke’s on them. There are countertop options that look and feel just like granite but are priced at a fraction of the cost. In fact, there is a variety of alternate materials that provide a wealth...

Maintaining efficiency despite constraints Most homeowners who have done a minimum of kitchen research know what the kitchen work triangle is. It’s a system that has been proven efficient, recognized as a standard method of working in the kitchen for over a hundred years. It was conceived first in Europe. But it wasn’t until the mid - 1900’s when kitchens were reimagined as one-person rooms removed from the rest of the home that the triangle was refined into the general layout that would go on to set the groundwork for future generations. Typically the framework contained only a range, sink and fridge....

A look at the science of Melamine kitchen cabinets For the budget conscious they’re a lucky find. For the stylish eye they’re a sly choice. They are typically used for European style cabinets where synthetic substances are typically preferred over real or hard wood. I am speaking of the man-made material known as “Melamine”. Hang on folks, it’s about to get a little technical… A substrate of pressed wood, medium density fiberboard (aka “MDF”) or plywood is heat-sealed between paper that is covered in a special resin. Thermally fused melamine combines with formaldehyde in a chemical melding process, thus serving to create...

An overview of these special constructs If you’ve been doing a little research into cabinets, by now you are possibly aware of the general differences between Euro-style cabinets and the common American “Shaker” design. As amazing as it sounds, together they make up the majority of cabinet types used worldwide. In fact, they’ve been the primary models used in kitchens for years. A "Shaker" style cabinet is also known as “framed”. The door is literally a 4 piece frame that surrounds a middle recessed panel. The doors are hinged to, and lie on top of, its wooden box “face frame”. Euro style...

Unlock hidden kitchen solutions No, it’s not some new innovation. It’s not a scientific breakthrough. It’s more like a much overlooked old reliable standard. It’s a system everybody has used because it’s practical. It’s neither trendy nor fashionable. We are speaking, of course, about open shelves. Yes open shelving has been around for years. Most people don’t think twice about it, it is taken for granted for the most part. Despite not being in the forefront, it’s not going anywhere either. It’s a storage solution that has proven itself and it is here to stay. The rustic look isn’t necessarily of mass appeal,...

Tips for establishing the perfect hue for your kitchen When it comes to the kitchen and having the perfect ideas that best complement the style, it is important to choose the right color for your countertops. When you want to decorate the room it may be the most relevant choice you make. You need to factor in the overall style of your home, how often you actually use the countertops, as well as your personal tastes and what you hope to achieve. Obviously you first need to choose the material you want for your countertops. Then it’s time to determine the color....

Follow these tips for making an educated decision In a kitchen remodel, you could be looking at the cost of cabinets taking up to 40% of your total budget. It is a big expense in a renovation. It’s not easy making decisions in regard to cabinet replacements, whatever design you choose sets the look for the entire kitchen and it’s one you likely will have to live with for years, possibly decades. Currently it makes sense to settle on kitchen cabinets of conservative design, as they’re less likely to become wildly out of style any time soon. People are choosing less busy...

A guide for knowing and applying light sources You may not be a professional lighting designer, but you understand the importance of layering light. It’s the secret behind turning a standard home into a place of elegance. For years, homes came built with very standard overhead lighting powered by on/off light switches. Now many lighting schemes are being incorporated with the additional feature of dimmers. Whatever a home is lacking light-wise may easily be remedied with additional installations. An artful use of highlights and shadows will create a subtle mood and a pleasing environment. Start with the most obvious factor, the windows....