Monthly Archives: September 2014

Don’t Wait to Move to Remodel

If you ever plan to put your home on the market it’s very likely that there will be some fix-up work that will need to be done before you can do so. Why wait to fix-up your home for the next owners? Fix it up now and enjoy the fruits of your labor yourself!

Now is a good time to take a look around your home and see if there are things you would need to change. More and more homeowners are remodeling instead of relocating now, protecting their investment and saving themselves the hassle of making the move.

Take a step back and look at your home. What “fixes” would you need to do to it in order to make it attractive to a buyer? Would you need to add another bathroom? Update your kitchen? Replace the siding? It could be as simple as a new paint color. Make these changes now so you can benefit from the added value as well as the luxury of enjoying the new upgrades.

When considering what needs to be done around your home, keep your priorities in check. Some things should be fixed before others. Features that are broken or worn down (such as a leaky roof or possible dry rot) should be fixed first. Then you can focus on other “cosmetic” areas of improvement (that old carpet or fireplace).

Too many homeowners wait until it’s time to leave their home to make it a more pleasant and inviting space. Do what you can now, and enjoy your new and improved home!

Cabinetry Options in the Kitchen

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There are three main types of cabinetry options homeowners have when considering a kitchen remodel. There are advantages and disadvantages to each category, and we’ll briefly talk about about each one.

The three main categories of cabinetry for a kitchen remodel are:

  • Stock cabinets
  • Semi-custom cabinets
  • Custom cabinets

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STOCK CABINETS

The most economical type of cabinetry is stock cabinetry. They are mass produced and can be purchased and installed for a lot less money than the other categories. Stock cabinets are pre-made and come in set sizes, colors and finishes.

While this option may work for some people on a very tight budget, it won’t give the homeowner much flexibility.  There typically aren’t many options for hardware and door styles with stock cabinets, and it is basically a one size fits all option for your kitchen.

Stock cabinets can be ordered, delivered, and installed typically much quicker than the other types, but the quality usually isn’t as good.  Not all stock cabinetry is made the same, and it is important to ask your contractor if the options you are ordering are getting you the best quality for your money.

SEMI CUSTOM CABINETS

Slightly custom cabinets take at least one month to order and deliver. Semi custom cabinets can give you more flexibility than stock cabinets. Semi-custom is the most popular type of cabinetry used in kitchen remodels today. It gives the homeowner flexibility while still staying affordable.

Semi-custom cabinets typically offer a greater variety of finishes, wood choices and door styles to choose from. They can also be ordered at different sizes to help fit your space.

CUSTOM CABINETS

While custom cabinets are usually the most expensive and time consuming option, they can really help create a unique and special kitchen.  Custom cabinets are created by expert craftsmen, and they are built to the exact measurements of your kitchen. They typically last longer because of the high quality materials used in construction. These custom built drawers and cabinets are a great option for any size or shaped kitchen.  They allow you to customize your entire kitchen, drawer-by-drawer, cabinet-by-cabinet.

Custom cabinets help create a one-of-a-kind kitchen that works for you and your family. The finishes, accessories and everything can help compliment the rest of your kitchen and home.

owk150413dIf you have questions about which cabinet option will work best for your kitchen remodel give us a call.

Kitchen Design – The Work Triangle

triangleWhen you think about the shapes you see in kitchens, squares or rectangles usually come to mind (cabinetry, appliances, etc). The triangle actually has been a designers best friend in the kitchen, even though you may not know it’s there.

The National Kitchen and Bath Association defines the work triangle as and imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink. The measurements of these lines can help create an efficient workspace for kitchen tasks and balance out the space.

Here are a few general rules:

  • The area should be no less than 15 feet and no greater than 25 feet.
  • The triangle should not cut into any island by more than 12 inches.
  • The sink (if only one) should be installed across from the cooking surface, prep area or refrigerator
  • High traffic zones shouldn’t go cross through the triangle if possible

The triangle is designed to help increase efficiency. It keeps everything in reach for the cook while also providing more space to move about in. Understandably, some rules may need to be modified depending on the size of your kitchen or the existing location of some of the major components. These guidelines can be adjusted slightly to just about any space.