The main four colors that we have seen become popular are white, grey, blue, and green. Blue and green have become popular because they allow for those darker colors without going all in on full black cabinets. The blue and green options also allow for lighter colors that really brighten a room. Also, we have seen white and grey become popular for many of the same reasons as blue and green. Homeowners can go lighter with the white cabinets or create a nice dark contrast with the grey.
Start off by making a list of what you don’t like about your current kitchen. This list is just as important as a list of what you want in a new kitchen. By removing those pain points you are already creating a kitchen that you will love, and it help the designers to have a better idea of what not to include when creating your kitchen.
One of the biggest questions we often get is whether someone should consider remodeling their home if they are planning on possibly moving within the next few years. The simple answer is yes, you should. On average we see most of our customers recoup about 85% of the money that they spent on the remodel when they sell their home. Many consumers prefer a move in ready home when purchasing. This is because know what they are getting with a move in ready home, also consumers don’t have to worry about having to make renovations of their own if they know the home was recently updated. With homes moving off of the market quicker than ever know adays, it is important to make sure you are setting your home apart, and an home update is just the thing to do that. Obviously, other factors come into play such as geographical location, and neighborhood when selling a home, but on average most people see a relatively high ROI, rate on return, on their investment. But, don’t take it from us several experts believe that investing in a remodel is a worthwhile opportunity. According to financial advisor Dave Ramsey, “The average cost of a minor kitchen remodel is about $21,000, and the average amount recouped is $17,000. That’s an ROI of 81%” (Ramsey). Most people will make a large percentage of their money back after a remodel, an article published by HGTV states that, “kitchen and bathroom remodels continue to be two of the best investments you can make in your house” (McCleary). Overall, if you are tired of looking at your old, run down kitchen and are planning on staying in your current home for a [...]
Start off by making a list of what you don’t like about your current kitchen. This list is just as important as creating a list of what you want in a new kitchen. By removing those pain points you are already creating a kitchen that you will love, and it helps the designers to have a better idea of what not to include when creating your new kitchen.
Not to worry, we are not going to have you fill out one of those on line quizzes. Deep down you already know your style. You know what you like and don’t like. At the end of the day, most people revert back to their first choice. You can ask yourself these few basic questions? Sleek modern designs vs traditional, independent or integrated sprayer, high necks for large pots, do you want that soap dispenser? Most faucets mounted on premium surface countertops tend to be mounted through the countertop. This is due mainly to the popularity of under mount sinks. The faucets holes are then drilled by the countertop fabricator. Your faucet style will dictate how many holes will need to be drilled in your countertop. Things you may consider before you drill. Are you left handed or right handed? This has more to with soap dispensers and or faucets that may have separate on/off handles. Ask yourself “What’s in your faucet?” Is it human nature or just curiosity that gets the best of us, invoking that drive to invent a better mouse trap? Faucet Manufacturers through constant innovations continue to develop better ways to aide us in turning our water on and off. It could be said that ceramic disc technology may be one of the leaders in these advances. Ceramic disc valves were first widely accepted by European faucet manufacturers due the long life span of the disc valves themselves. Ceramic disc valves are said to have a hardness similar to that of diamonds, lasting up to 10 times longer. Although no product is fail safe, ceramic disc valves tend to be less vulnerable to the common problems associated with other types of [...]
Failure is not an option. No one likes failure. Not you “The Customer” and surely not your contractor. I don’t even like to utter the word. Most contractors rely on that word of mouth referrals in order to feed their family and the families of the people whom work for them. Don’t set the project up for failure by starting out with the mindset “ you will make it up as you go.” If your expectations are to be met, everyone needs to be on the same page from day 1. Now with that said, “Murphy’s law” is always bound interject at some point. This is where a little homework ahead of time and trusting in your contractor can make your dreams comes to fruition. It is always best practice to do your research beforehand. If you want to use a specific product or construction method, it’s much less painful for everyone involved if you can avoid the hind-sight pitfall. We have all had those aha moments in life. Moments where hind- sight is said to be 20/20. I prefer the aha moments with happy endings and full of smiles. Knowing the products you want to use before you start is a must. Communication and Planning are the key in any relationship. Please don’t tell your contractor you want a specific product or construction method installed after the job is done. Speaking up when the project is nearly completed is just as bad. If that is the case, please don’t expect them to re do it for free. It’s not their fault. Playing dumb is just as bad, that goes for contractor or customer. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice from your contractor, they [...]
People always ask me when do I seal my granite? The answer is really easy. When your new granite tops are delivered, your installer should seal your granite for the very first time. You will know when it is time to re seal your countertops when you clean with soap and water. The water should always bead on the counter. The water beads because sealers contain a certain percentage of carnauba “Wax”, silicone and other additives that repel liquids and protect the stone. If you wash your countertop and the stone changes colors, darkens, or is no longer beading on the surface. That is an indication that it is time to re seal, because there is no more wax and silicone on the surface. I have found that this will need to be done annually. 10 year sealers are available in the market; but for me, the cost out weighs the benefit. Sealers and maintenance kits are available from your local retailers. The ease of application and the difference in cost is the only reason I would not use a 10 year sealer. 10 year sealers are fabulous; it becomes a matter of personal choice. There is a misconception that sealers provide an impenetrable barrier that the likes of Superman could not break through. Sealers only protect your granite or natural stone against staining. Sealers can not protect against etching caused by harsh chemicals. We have tested sealers in our shop to see how they perform against common things found in your kitchen. Ketchup, mustard, some cola products, wine, vinegar, etc. Mustard and Colas will cause the most damage if left un-attended on your countertop. With any spill, just wipe it up immediately and you [...]
Planning - Print or cut out pictures; check magazines, our web site www.cabinets2countertops.com, or any other remodeling resources, that way you have an idea of what you want. Designing - To properly prepare your designs we will come measure the space you want remodeled. Then stop into Cabinets 2 Countertops showroom, or make an appointment to come in and discuss your design. Keeping you on Budget - Because design drawings are done to scale, they can be used to determine accurate material and labor estimates and to establish a usable remodeling budget. If necessary, designs and material selections can be changed to fit your budget. Completion - Once all decisions are made you will see that Cabinets 2 Countertops combination of service, quality, and our commitment to excellence will ensure successful completion of your remodel. This is our promise 2 you.
I still remember strutting into my grandmother’s kitchen, a skinny young man, just tall enough to see over the edge of her countertop. With my eyes; I scan every inch of the horizon; scanning as if I were on some sort of covert operation. Always in search of the prize every youngster longs for; a plate of freshly baked cookies. Oh, how times have changed. I’m much taller now and that definitely makes the job of spotting the cookies much easier. Not to mention from my appearance one can tell; I spent a lot of time at grandma’s house. Apart from growing older, I’m not the only thing that has changed over time. The world of countertop coverings has not only changed; but revolutionized! The old laminate countertops that most of us grew up eating off of are no more. Well, only in the sense that recent technological advancements have taken grandma’s laminate countertops and made them three times more wear resistant. According to Kim Rich from Wilsonart International they’ve been able to use technologies first developed in the laminate flooring industry and apply them to Wilsonart’s High Definition line of countertop offerings. Not that you’ll be walking on your countertops anytime soon; the wear resitance of flooring built into a countertop covering is definitely a product feature worth mentioning. Day in and day out customers come into our place of business and say “SHOW ME THE GRANITE!” Perhaps it’s a logical decision or just human nature. One could debate we have been eating off stone since the caveman era for the last 200,000 years. Granite is available in a wide assortment of colors. If you have never owned granite before; you should consider a [...]