Kitchen Remodel

Tips for making the wisest decision It’s not easy. You’re working with a kitchen and serious questions arise. It doesn’t matter if it’s a new home or a remodel, the issues you face are the same. You’ve probably already learned that it is the cabinets that consume the majority of a kitchen budget. You’re looking at making an investment in something that should be able to last for years, if not decades. Obviously, you’re not going to rush into this – this is something that needs to be done right. So before you carelessly spend time and money, weigh the factors that...

Explore the elements of the Modern Kitchen Style What makes a Modern kitchen? Elements such as frameless cabinets, horizontal lines and lack of ornamentation are all popular hallmarks of it, but it can be a challenge to determine what sets it apart from the Contemporary style. The two are in fact, similar yet profoundly different. When one is speaking of up-to-the-moment as in right now, they are referring to the Contemporary style. Modern, on the other hand, is of a specific design scheme from the early to mid-20th century that actually broke off from the standard styles of the days before the...

Even knobs have stories We tend to take certain hardware for granted, don’t we? The wheels on our chairs, the fixtures for our lights, the locks on our doors, the handles on our cabinets… we can’t be blamed for not giving them a second thought, they were always just there, serving a purpose. Sometimes life doesn’t afford us a moment to stop and ask “where did that come from?” But when it does, we are introduced to a whole new world, and we’re better for it. I suppose one could laugh at the idea of writing a story about minor kitchen hardware,...

A look at these original swingers The success of a cabinet installation partially hinges on… hinges. It’s those metal things that attach the doors to the frame. According to the Encyclopedia of Hardware, hinges are available in a seemingly infinite variety. However, there are ways to distinguish them from each other. For instance when you see hinges listed as “handed” it’s a term that simply specifies whether the hinges are designed to go on the left or right side of the door. Thankfully, most hinges are interchangeable and knowing the difference between the two really only matters in special situations. In most...

You have options when it comes to Kitchen Cabinets These days, there is no shortage of reasons for preferring to use household materials that are made of substances other than wood. For one thing, there are all those recent concerns of outgassing from formaldehyde-treated woods. Or maybe you just prefer to be ‘Green” and opt for sustainable materials only. Or, perhaps, you simply have no desire to employ any wood for your home or kitchen at all, it’s just not you. Whatever your rationale, you’re not alone. That’s why there are plenty of options available to those who either seek wood...

We went to BuildDirect.com for a little insight into the order of things. There are many advantages to a complete kitchen remodel. You can make it up-to-the-minute modern, and that will contribute to great appeal for potential buyers should you decide to sell. You also add value to your home. But it doesn’t come easy – a quality remodel can be a huge challenge. But you can make it easier. There are established steps to follow that are proven to help streamline the process and guarantee that your vision is fully realized in the final physical results. The game plan can vary...

Chopping it all down The unique beauty of hardwood is partly in its individuality – no two pieces are alike. That’s why it’s such a popular choice for cabinets; its unique elegance is created by variations of grain and color. But if you prefer uniformity and consistency there are other options, and we’ll address those, too. But first, let’s explore the world of natural hardwoods… It’s becoming much more commonplace for homeowners to seek to offset the coldness of stainless steel and glass in their kitchen with the warmth of hardwood. It is crafted, joined and finished into the finest cabinets that...

Creating a romantic vintage vibe “Modern” has never been you. Sure, you may enjoy the current conveniences, but when it comes to design, you don’t find the contemporary look appealing. You’re an old soul. Maybe you want to recreate the care-free days of your youth or you’re really into an even further bygone era that you wish to emulate. Whether it’s the Roaring Twenties, the Fabulous Fifties, the Awesome Eighties, or a colorful mishmash of them all, you can have a lot of fun styling your kitchen after past designs. 1. Period Lighting In the online era of instant gratification, locating vintage lighting...

When you are buying new kitchen cabinets you have to decide if you want custom/semi-custom cabinets, RTA cabinets, or pre-assembled cabinets from a big box store. There are reasons to go with any of these three options but RTA cabinets are the best choice. Custom and semi-custom cabinets are thought of as the high end cabinets. They tend to offer quality products with a lot of variety for a premium price. On the other end of the spectrum, the stock cabinets that you would buy from a big box store cost less to make each cabinet because they are pre-assembled...

A brief detail of kitchen styles Whether you’re buying a house, remodeling or redesigning your kitchen, or simply tweaking your existing design, it’s important to know the basics… U SHAPED-KITCHENS A design comprised of three walls lined by cabinets and appliances, the ‘U’ (also known as ‘C’) is commonly found in kitchens of limited space. It uses three walls, two of equal length and one shorter, that generally serve to separate the kitchen from other areas of the residence. The third wall and its additional cabinetry provide ample storage. Though a traditional design, it is no longer often employed in larger, newer homes. G...