Choosing Cabinets

Choosing Cabinets

Choosing Cabinets Are you planning a kitchen renovation in the near future? Then it’s time to start developing a plan! After all, choosing the right cabinets for your kitchen is probably one of the most important decisions you will make for this room. Not only will your cabinet purchase impact your budget, but it will also influence the “feel” of the whole room! Prior to purchasing, you should have a clear vision in mind of the style and material of your new cabinets. Let’s get started with the research needed to develop your plan! Where do I begin? Since cabinets take up nearly half of your kitchen renovating budget, it is important that you set goals on what you want your kitchen to look like and the functionality of it after your project is completed. You should ask yourself a few questions regardless if you are simply replacing the cabinets and keeping the same layout or completely redoing your kitchen layout. Some important questions to ask yourself (and be specific) are: What don’t I like about my current cabinets? How long do I plan to reside in my home? Am I updating my kitchen with the purpose of reselling in mind or do I plan to stay in my home long term? What is the style of my home and kitchen? Am I happy with the amount of storage space I currently have or do I need more? What is more important to me, the way the cabinets look or their functionality and durability? After you have given some thought to these questions, you are ready to begin researching...
Bring the Outside In

Bring the Outside In

Bring the Outside In Mother Nature has finally allowed spring to warm our days! With these warmer days, we will be opening the windows in our home and allowing that fresh, warm breeze to flow inside and chase away those dreary, wintertime blues. As summertime quickly approaches, we begin to look for ways that we can bring the outside in to help make our homes feel fresh and vibrant! The best place to start is to choose a room. Maybe it’s the sunroom, patio, porch or just a room with a great view! This is where you can make the most impact and, in effect, melt away the walls between outside and in.     Wash the Windows and Change Your Curtains This is the most affordable way in making a huge impact on a room. Clean windows make a difference during the day because you can see more of the outdoors, giving you a closer connection. Freshly washed windows are also more reflective at night and act like mirrors. The effect is ethereal when using soft lighting or candles. Adopting a billowy curtain in a sheer or natural fabric will help bridge the indoor-outdoor connection. These materials allow light to filter in, showcasing a beautiful balance between the two worlds. Tips from the pros: When choosing curtains, opt for floor-to-ceiling options even when the windows don’t extend this far. Doing this will make the wall look taller and windows appear bigger.   Blurring Borders Target an entryway, such as a porch or doorway to refresh. Maybe add a new doormat, some fresh plants or a table and chairs....
Fantastic Features

Fantastic Features

Fantastic Features Is storage space a problem in your home? It is for most homeowners. But you can change that by adding a clever built-in feature to your home! Now organization becomes a breeze. Built-ins are custom made to maximize the space in your home and adds usable square footage. Turn that empty, unused space into a home office, a set of drawers, shelves, an entertainment centers or wine storage.   Recessed Built-Ins If you are looking to conserve floor space, a recessed built-in may fit the bill. A recessed built-in requires more planning as well as construction time than those that attach directly to a wall. But, in the long run, they are well worth it.   Homework Alcove An excellent addition to a child’s room is a homework alcove. If you are currently building, then framing in such an area is a cinch. But, if you are renovating, think about using closet space or maybe even steal some space from an adjoining room that you could bump out to form this alcove. In order to help save desk space, think about installing lights. Remember to place the switch within arm’s reach and don’t forget about power outlets for all those electronic gadgets!   Under Window Cabinet The space below a window is often times overrun with houseplants. Why not take that space and turn it into a useful cabinet? The possibilities for storage here are endless. Storage of linens, extra towels or toiletries can find a new home and are out of the way. If you don’t add doors to the cabinet, imagine a new bookcase or...
Which Countertop is Right for Me?

Which Countertop is Right for Me?

Which Countertop is Right for Me? So you have decided to purchase new countertops, but in today’s market the choices are nearly limitless! How do you know what type of countertop is the best option for you and your family? Continue reading to discover pros and cons to the popular countertop options of Cambria Quartz, Marble, Corian and Butcher Block. Cambria Quartz Let’s first take a look at Cambria Quartz which is an engineered countertop. Quartz countertops are fairly new and have a tremendous following because the advantages are numerous. Let’s take a closer look. Strengths To start out with, Cambria Quartz comes in a wider range of colors compared to natural stones due to its manufacturing process. The final appearance of Cambria Quartz is rich and luxurious with a depth that cannot be produced with solid surface materials like Corian. Cambria Quartz has the same durability you will find with concrete and granite, but it’s so much more forgiving and won’t chip or crack easily. Some people find the hardness of a countertop to be unpleasant, but with Cambria Quartz you will be amazed that it doesn’t feel the same way! A Cambria Quartz countertop is non-porous and resists staining much better than granite, marble and concrete. It stands up to juice, oil, wine, tomato, coffee and many other sources of kitchen stains. Its non-porous surface does not harbor bacteria or viruses like porous surfaces. You will always know that your kitchen and bathroom are clean! Weaknesses Cambria Quartz will run approximately $115-$200 per square foot. Don’t let this alarm you because these prices are competitive with that...