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Planning a Kitchen Remodel – What To Expect

Whether you’re sick of the way your kitchen looks, or an appliance has failed, a kitchen remodel gives you the capability to give one of the most frequently used and highly functional spaces of your house a face-lift. Before taking the plunge into a full remodel, it is important to be aware of the challenges that arise when you renovate your kitchen and the time frame to expect.

 What is the sequence of events during my kitchen remodel?

  1. Everything is torn out.
  2. Structural, electrical, plumbing or HVAC changes to the space are completed.
  3. Changes to walls are completed, including framing.
  4. Dry wall is reinstalled.
  5. The space is painted. At this point, you’re generally three to four weeks into the process.
  6. Cabinets are installed, which generally takes three days.
  7. Countertop template measurements are taken and sent to be manufactured offsite.
  8. Flooring is installed while the contractor waits on the countertops.
  9. Your sink is installed and electrical is configured.
  10. Counter tops are installed.
  11. Backsplashes are installed.
  12. The faucet is installed, electrical is tested.
  13. Appliances are installed.

How long should a kitchen remodel take?

On average, a kitchen remodel takes six to eight weeks. Obviously, the time frame depends on the scope of the remodel and how drastic the changes are. Be prepared for the process to be extended if you’re moving cabinets, changing walls, or re-flooring the whole level of your home.

Will my kitchen be usable?

No. Once the remodel begins, your kitchen will not be functional until completion. Without appliances and cabinets, there is no remaining functionality to the space. Follow our tips below to find the right way to plan a kitchen remodel and reduce the burden of losing your kitchen!

What can I do to lessen the burden?

Having no access to a kitchen for the entirety of six to eight weeks can cause some frustration, especially if your family cooks often. We want to give you some tips to help you get through this process as smoothly as possible!

The most important thing when planning a kitchen remodel is to set up a temporary kitchen in your home. Find a home for your fridge for the duration of the remodel, whether that is a laundry room or garage. Next, locate the closest “kitchen-like” setup in your home. For some, this can be a laundry room with a utility sink, or a wet bar in a living room or lounge. Use this area for simple cooking, using an electric skillet, crock pot, or microwave. Also, make sure to think about the items you keep in your kitchen cabinets that you want to keep on hand, such as medications or vitamins, so that you’re not having to dig through boxes to locate them.

Next, prepare simple food. As enticing as eating out for every meal for six weeks sounds, it can become incredibly expensive and dull. To avoid that, prepare simple frozen meals that you can store in the freezer prior to the remodel. Lower your expectations, and don’t be afraid to order pizza or make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich every once in a while, too.

Dirty dishes can be washed in your bathtub. For most of our customers, their bathtub becomes the substitute dishwasher. If you’re lucky enough to have a utility sink, this is a great place to clean your dishes as well!

Finally, consider scheduling your remodel around a vacation if you’d like to avoid some inconvenience.

Planning a Kitchen Remodel – Don’t Let This Discourage You

Remodeling your kitchen allows you to rethink the look and feel of your kitchen. After the remodel is over, you won’t regret it! Employing an interior designer helps to ensure that you get everything you could ask for, and more. If you want to learn more about kitchen remodels, or how we can help you create your dream kitchen, contact our talented design team!

 

Posted in Kitchens

3 Designs to Create an Elegant 4-Piece Master Bathroom Layout

You’ve probably heard of the 4-piece master bathroom, in this blog we show you how to create a modern and practical 4-piece bathroom layout by removing the bathtub. This master bathroom layout without the tub allows you to exchange the unused area for more creative space. Here are 3 practical ways to re-purpose your bathtub space.

4-Piece Bathroom Layout with Linen Closet

We removed the underutilized bathtub and created a more luxurious and sophisticated shower complete with a granite seat and glass wall. With additional space, we built a spacious, double-door linen closet. This design maintained a compact footprint by only structurally impacting the bathtub and shower areas.

 

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4-Piece Bathroom Layout with Walk-in Shower

We replaced an acrylic bathtub with a large walk-in shower equipped with a waterfall shower head and an in-wall storage space.

 

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4-Piece Bathroom Layout with His/Her Shower

This complete remodel allowed for additional counter space, a seated vanity, and a deluxe shower. The shower features his and her shower heads and a fog free shave mirror.

 

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If you are looking to update your bathroom, we can help you select a practical layout and develop a sophisticated design to match your style.

Posted in Bathroom, Baths

3 Hardwood Floor Trends We Are Over

These days, everyone is experimenting with hardwood floors or using materials to mimic hardwood floors. There are so many styles, finishes and types of wood to choose from. We thought we would share the hardwood floor trends that we are sick of seeing:

What we’re sick of: Grey hardwood

Choosing grey flooring for your kitchen limits you to selecting a cool color palette for everything in the kitchen. We find that our customers select grey hardwood as a reactive decision to make a dramatic change from their previous floor. As a trend, grey hardwood is nearing the end of its lifecycle.

What to do instead: Dune/Drift hardwood

This style has a contemporary look and is made to look like wood that has been washed onto a shore by winds, tides, or waves. It is a color between warm and cool which positions it well for trend shifts. It also plays well with gold and grey color schemes.

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What we’re sick of: Dark hardwood

This style is a nightmare to clean and looks dirty the same day you mop it. You can also see every scratch because the wood is natively a brighter color beneath the dark surface.

What to do instead: Light natural hardwood finishes

Lightly colored finishes are ideal for families with pets and young children as they hide dust, pet stains, and food spills. We recommend hickory, white oak, maple, and light natural walnut as hardwood finishes. Each of these finishes are great at highlighting the appealing characteristics and graininess of the wood.

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What we’re sick of: Glossy hardwood

This style is a little too formal to match the design of most current homes. It can also be impractical for living spaces because it easily shows scratches and dust.

What to do instead:  Matte hardwood

With a handcrafted and artisan feel, this wood offers a wide selection of color choices. Matte hardwood is prefinished for durability to hide scratches, dirt, and other imperfections.

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If you want to know more about hardwood floor trends or would like personalized recommendations for your home, our talented designers are happy to help.

 

Picture sources:

https://www.pinterest.com/eheartdesign/hardwood-flooring-we-recommend/

 

 

Posted in Flooring, Hardwood

granite vs quartz countertops: What you don’t know

In the granite vs quartz countertop debate, every homeowner has a different preference. In this blog, we explain the granite vs quartz countertop factors that you didn’t know about.

How it works:

Quartz:

Quartz is engineered using around 95% quartz and 5% polymer resins to provide the look of stone.

Granite:

“Granite” is actually a catch-all term that includes any stone that can be placed on a countertop except marble, limestone, and soapstone. Real granite actually has a pink tone. All “granites” perform differently because they are not all actual granite. This means they each have their own characteristics in terms of cleaning, usability, structure, and look.

 

Benefits:

Quartz

  • much less upkeep than granite
  • has a perfect surface
  • a wide range of colors to choose from
  • customizable design
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Frosty Carrina Quartz

 

Granite

  • displays more interesting movement in the stone
  • has a veining natural look of stone that people like
  • granite slabs are larger and provide more flexibility for larger countertops
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Dark Granite

 

Common Concerns:

Quartz

  • challenging to truly replicate granite using quartz
  • limited by the size of slabs and requires combining for larger countertops
  • have to make seams inconspicuous when combining slabs

Granite

  • people worry that granite is a dated style
  • it is imperfect and requires fill in areas within it

Trends:

Quartz:

The marble countertop look can be created using quartz to avoid staining issues.

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Pompeii Misterio Quartz

Granite:

Lighter granite colors are trending now.

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White Alaska Granite

There you have it, now you can make the best decision about which material is right for your home. If you have any questions, we would love to help.

View our granite and quartz countertop picks on Pinterest.

7 Beautiful Ways to Use Subway Tile in Your Home

Classic, polished and clean, subway tile is like the “French manicure” of wall tile. In the past decade, subway tile has surged in popularity due to its versatility in complementing any space. When used in combination with starkly different design elements, subway tile allows the rest of the room to “speak” while making a subtle statement itself.
We’ve compiled just a few rooms that inspire us to install subway tiling in our homes. Which look is your favorite?

 

 

The reclaimed wooden elements are the focus of this kitchen when paired with the subway tile backsplash. The tile’s long and narrow sizing creates a unique contemporary look that complements the rustic elements of the room.

 

Photo by KitchenLab Design | Rebekah Zaveloff Interiors – Search traditional kitchen design ideas

 

This kitchen’s tiled walls don’t beg for all the attention, acting as the perfect backdrop to anchor the wooden window trimming and other surrounding traditional elements.

 

Photo by – Discover traditional kitchen design ideas
Complete with a yellow Labrador dog, this space represents a timelessly classic kitchen design. The beveled tile in the backsplash gives the wall some depth, making the white coloring more interesting to the eye. By using a white grout to set the tiles, individual tiles are not differentiated from each other and provide a clean looking design.

 

Photo by AN Builders Pty Ltd – Browse contemporary bathroom photos
Grout color becomes a design element when the tile covers this much of a room’s surface area. To create a uniform look with a highly contrasting black floor, the subway tile was laid in a grey grout. By outlining individual tiles the bathroom boasts a sophisticated minimalist design.

 

Photo by Highmark Builders – Browse traditional bathroom photos
An interesting twist on the traditional look, this shower is lined with elongated subway tiles cut from marble stone. Using tiles made of a material similar to the hexagon flooring gives the bathroom a comprehensive look.

 

Photo by Duet Design Group – Look for transitional bathroom design inspiration
Wondering what to pair with a bold, geometric floor tile? The simplicity of this shower backsplash creates an enduring look that has a modern, exceptional flair.

 

By mix and matching colors and shapes, this shower looks more like a contemporary art museum than a bathroom wall. Tiles made of glass give this shower an unpredictable design twist.