Kitchen Remodeling

Cabinet Organizers

    When most homeowners renovate their kitchens, cabinetry is often overhauled. When upgrading the cabinets, there are a number of organizational and space-saving options available, so you can get the most out of your new kitchen. 
    Organization is one of the most important thing to get out of a new kitchen. There are a number of organizer inserts to cabinets, or specifically designed drawers and shelves, that can keep your kitchen much more together.
    Cookie sheet drawers are one of the most common upgrades seen in today’s kitchens. Tall, thin drawers that can house your cookie sheets and serving trays provide a unique method of space saving. These types of drawers often take up minimal space. 
    Spice rack organizers come in all shapes and sizes, from cabinet door shelves to carousels. Spicing up your spice rack can make it easier to find the ones you need more efficiently. 
    It almost goes without saying that most homeowners want cutlery and utensil organizers. These organizers are vital to any kitchen. Drawers dedicated to your silverware and cooking tools are in almost every kitchen in America.
    Lazy Susans utilize the the corners of your cabinets, that might otherwise go unused. Lazy Susans are rotating circular shelves that allow you to reach the back corners with ease.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

 

Most Popular Changes to the Kitchen of 2017

    A recent survey from home design idea website Houzz led to some interesting insight into renovations from homeowners nationwide. The survey delves into the changes that homeowners like you looked for this year.

Major Changes

    In terms of major overhauls for a kitchen, most homeowners moved towards opening their kitchen space to the rest of the home. 51% of renovations included changes that made the kitchen more open to other rooms. 36% increased the overall size of the kitchen. 20% of kitchens were opened up more to the outside. This may include bigger windows, the addition of doors, etc. 

Countertops

    What were the most common countertops? 41% of renovations added granite countertops to the space. The second most used countertop material was engineered quartz, with a close 40%. The next highest was only 9%, for butcher block and/or wood slab. This wood material is often used in sections of a kitchen, and not overall, which explains the limited percentage. But it seems like granite and quartz are here to stay. 

Walls

    With new innovations in heat and stain resistant paint, it’s no surprise that paint is the number one wall finish in new kitchens this year, at a staggering 72%. Ceramic and porcelain tile is next at 34%, and then marble at 5%. Discrepancies may suggest the mix of paint with tiling for the walls for a unique personal style. 

Add-Ons

     41% of homeowners chose to add on a pantry to their kitchen space. 40% added an island to the room. Breakfast nooks were added into about 23% of kitchens this year. These three design choices continue to be essential to kitchens nationwide, and are generally a good choice to add if the space and budget will allow. Pantries, islands, and breakfast nooks are good ways to raise the property value of the home during a renovation. 

Flooring

     Hardwood was the flooring used in 31% of the renovations. At a close second, ceramic/porcelain tile came in with 30%, up from 23% last year. Engineered wood was the third most common flooring option, with about 12% of homeowners deciding on that option. 

Replacing Appliances

    The number one appliance replaced this year was the dishwasher. 79% of renovations included the removal or addition of a dishwasher. Also high on the list included the refrigerator, microwave, and range. 

   To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302. 
 

Designing an Age-In Kitchen

Many homeowners decide to design their kitchens for aging in place. This design choice is a way to prepare your kitchen for the long haul; making sure that your kitchen can be wheelchair accessible, safer to use, well-lit, and more. The important thing to remember about this design choice is that it is meant to work for people of all ages and accessabilities, but it ultimately makes it easier to work with as you age. Having a kitchen designed to age in place can also raise the property value. A kitchen that is handicap accessible can make it usable by everyone.

Wheelchair Accessibility

    You can never be too sure if you will ever need a wheelchair. Even just for a temporary use, being able to get a wheelchair into the kitchen is important. Avoid creating narrow spaces, by leaving at least 42-48 inches open in each area, where possible. This will make the room feel more spacious as well. Prolonged standing in the kitchen can be tiring no matter what, so consider putting in an area of countertops with an open space below. This can work as a kitchen desk area for now, but a wheelchair can be pulled up in the future. 

Reduce Bending

    Cabinet drawers and organizers can help reduce the need to bend or stretch to reach things deep inside them. Moving electrical outlets closer within arms reach. For the sink, consider hands-free options for easy access. Additionally, pull-out sprayers can also be helpful. 

Reduce Falls

    Linoleum and vinyl floors are among the most slip-resistant flooring options. They are also softer than tile or stone, so they are easier to stand on for longer. It is less likely for plates to break if they fall on a vinyl or linoleum floor than tile. Smoother and bevelled edges on countertops can reduce the risk of injury during a fall. 

See More

    Glass cabinet doors allow you to see what is inside, before you open it up. This reduces the effort you need to use to get whatever you need. Lighting inside cabinets can illuminate the space so you can see better. Lights built into the underside of cabinets can increase overall lighting and brighten your workspace to reduce injury risks. 

Easy-Use Appliances

    When choosing appliances, look for models with larger displays and controls near the front. This will make them easier to read, and reach. Drawer-style dishwashers are easier to load and operate than the traditional models. 

    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Recessed Lighting in a Kitchen

    Kitchen lighting comes in all shapes and sizes; from chandeliers, to wall sconces. Recessed lighting is becoming more popular, for its sleek design along with growing performance of newer bulbs. In the past, recessed lighting was a way to trade quality of light for a smoother design. But with today’s bulbs, there is very little difference. 
    Recessed lighting provides accent lighting when used in specific areas, and can provide full room coverage when used in groups. Under cabinets, or in rooms with low ceilings, recessed lighting can be a simple way to light the space without taking up space. It is also relatively simpler to install than most other lighting fixtures. Targeted recessed lighting can act like a spotlight for the workspace.
    Lighting with recesses rather than one central light helps create more even coverage. There can be a better distribution of light throughout the room; from the stove, to the sink, to your prep station. 
    While chandeliers bring your eyes upward, recessed lighting won’t usually attract attention. This gives a greater emphasis to the rest of the space. Recessed lighting also is almost always in the trends. While it comes and goes, it is never truly out of style.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Designing a Blue Kitchen

    Blue color often evokes peace and calm; and a bit of blue in a kitchen can be very visually appealing for this reason. While earthy tones and grey tones have long reigned in the modern kitchen, other colors have been popping up more and more. This especially true for blue.
    Pairing blue in a kitchen allows you to create a two-tone space that brings out the best in both colors. Lighter blues tend to pair very well with whites and beige tones. Navy blue hues mix well with greys and rich browns. Lighter blues brighten up the room and make it feel more spacious. Darker blues can add drama and elegance to the room. 
    Blue can be added to a room in another of places. In cabinets and appliances, blue hues can enhance the room in a soothing way. Blue backsplashes add tasteful color without being too overbearing. Subway tile is becoming a thing of the past. Consider a mosaic design or a colorful tile layout for your backsplash. Even faucets and other small accent pieces in a kitchen can benefit from a bit of a color splash. 
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Kitchen Trends for 2018

    Fall is almost here, and as we enter the last few months of the year, we should look towards the future of home design and interior decorating. When you redesign your kitchen, especially to prepare it for the real estate market, you should consider these up and coming trends that are sure to be popular during 2018.
    Granite is becoming less and less popular. If you still want the natural stone look, consider choosing quartz. It is natural, durable, and requires less maintenance than granite. Quartz is also available in a wider variety of color options and finishes. 
    A golden touch is one thing that many modern kitchens are lacking. Brass is making a comeback; even in small ways. From sink faucets to cabinet knobs, a bit of brightness and color from a brass feature can really make the space pop. For a bit more subtly in this aspect, consider brushed brass. This creates a more vintage, antique look; without losing out on the complete modern style. 
    Stainless steel has been the main choice for appliances for quite some time, but the use of black fixtures is on the rise. The addition of black appliances to kitchens can evoke a look of sophistication and add a bit more class to the space.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Bathroom Windows: Balancing Light and Privacy

    Natural lighting is one of the simplest ways to open up your bathroom space; but it can also take away your privacy. It is important to find a good balance of light and privacy when remodelling your bathroom and adding or changing the windows. 
    The most classic “fix” for a bathroom window is to go with a glazed or frosted window. While this reduces the amount of light that can come through, frosted windows are almost opaque. Glazed windows allow for more light to come through, but are hard to see in or out of.
    Skylights are beautiful additions to any bathrooms that have the open space above for them. They create a beautiful view above, while casting down plenty of light without compromising privacy. 
    On the other hand, your bathroom may be in the basement. Add some natural light to a basement bathroom with well lights. Well lights are enclosed from the outside, creating a nice, private window space. Unfortunately, well lights do not offer a lot in the way of scenery; but many homeowners create their own by using the space to grow plants. The natural colors and foliage will add something unique and beautiful to your bathroom space.
    In many bathrooms, the use of small, higher up windows cast natural light down, while maintaining privacy. A new bathroom trend seeks to do the same, but with small windows at or near floor level. The windows tend to not go above knee height. This contemporary change to a design classic makes the space seem roomier by making the lower half of the room seem brighter, and bigger in general.
To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

Natural Wood Cabinets in Your Kitchen

   Wooden cabinets have been a mainstay in kitchen design for centuries, if not millennia. Wood is the classic choice for cabinetry because it just makes sense. And while the types of wood used in each may change, in the more recent years, most homeowners have been opting for painted or darkly stained cabinets. But more recently, there has been a surge in the use of natural wood for kitchens. Natural wood creates a beautiful, rustic look that adds warmth to the space.
    The most common natural wood choices are maple and cherry. Maple is a lighter colored wood; and it has even, smooth grains. It is very durable, and relatively inexpensive. Cherry is darker, with rich red tones. Cherry wood is more likely to show knots in the grain, but to some, this adds to it’s natural charm. Cherry wood is also very durable, and is stronger in most cases than Maple. 
    In most cases, but especially with Maple and Cherry, natural wood pairs well with stainless steel appliances. Dark and light countertops alike look great while paired with natural wood. 
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

5 Ways to Splash Color into Your Kitchen

    Modern kitchen design in 2017 is leaving behind the sleek and straightforward color schemes. Splashes and pops of color blended into the room help create eye-catching spaces and evoke a more personal feel to the room. But where do you add these personal touches? Many homeowners that want to embrace this new trend often don’t know where to start when adding color splashes to their kitchen. 
    Backsplashes are among the most popular ways to incorporate color into a kitchen space. A mosaic-tile backsplash can be very eye-catching and evocative. Mosaics can be created to add a plethora of color or to bring forward a specific one. If this is not your style, most natural stone backsplashes can have veins and streaks of color that can add to the beauty of the space.
    Painting a single wall can tie an entire room together and create a bold pop of color. Take inspiration from the rest of the decor choices in the room, such as the countertop or a painting. A solid, monochromatic wall in the space can break up the bland and direct your eye to a specific part of the room. 
    Appliances can be a good way to incorporate color into a space in places where you will usually look towards anyway. The stove and fridge, as well as smaller appliances, are usually eye catching in general. By adding color to these items, less is more. There can be a lot less color added to the room when it is produced via appliances.
    Open shelving can let your plates add all the color. A colorful plate set can add some additional layers to the space with ease. Add more of a splash by painting the space behind the shelves.
    Living color is a great way to add both color and function. Herb plants or a small vegetable plant can provide you with fresh ingredients while also bringing in some color. Basil, parsley, and cilantro are relatively easy to grow indoors.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.

 

Kitchen Design With a More Masculine Style

     Statistically speaking, it is just as likely for a man to be cooking at home as it is for a woman to do it. Shifts in gender roles, and the popularity of cooking as a skillful, even competitive activity have helped push the design of the home kitchen into a more masculine design style. Males are beginning to take over kitchen design trends, and a lot of these new influences in the style of kitchens are becoming hot on the market in terms of resale value. 
    Men are more likely to spend more on appliances. Commercial ranges, bigger fridges, and commercial range hoods are often the choice for kitchens when picked by men. Males also will choose to add extra appliances more often than women. Males renovating a kitchen are more likely to add extras like a deep fryer, or a salamander (small broiling oven).
 Adding a second sink is also a common choice made by male homeowners. One reason that these are more popular now is the idea of cooking as a couples activity. This is seen more in younger couples, but there is starting to be a higher demand for these appliances and installments in kitchens on the market.
    In terms of cabinetry, the masculine influence in design trends has created more of a popularity of flat-fronted cabinets. For countertops, men often prefer a mitered edge, rather than more curved or bevelled styles that are more popular among female homeowners.
    To discuss bathroom or kitchen remodeling options that would be best for your home please contact us at (718) 273-6233 or visit our showroom at 711 Port Richmond Ave., Staten Island, NY 10302.