Kitchen Remodeling

Luxurious Design Choices for Large Bathrooms

    Large bathroom spaces can be amazing and luxurious places to relax; if you know how to use the space. When the space is left without being properly used, it can make the room feel colder and uninviting. There are a number of ways to utilize the space more to give you a more relaxing, spa-like bathroom. 
    A great way to use more of your bathroom space is to have a separate tub and shower. This is very common in bathroom design today. Separating the tub from the shower also gives you more freedom to resize the shower. Larger showers are more inviting. Add a built-in shower bench and shelving to the shower, for both convenience and comfort. For the tub, standalone models, especially clawfoot ones, add luxury and elegance to the bathroom space. 
    Fireplaces bring warmth and lavishness to a bathroom space. A gas fireplace can be a great way to fill the space, and make your bath-time relaxation feel cozier. Nothing says “unwind after work” quite like a nice bubble bath and the flickering light of a warm fireplace. 
Go beyond simple floor mats or bare tile floors. Area rugs with beautiful and intricate patterns can make a large room feel cozier by drawing your eyes lower to the ground.
    Tuck away the toilet with it’s own space, whether you incorporate full or half walls. This affords the user more privacy, and can hide the less elegant part of the bathroom. If you decide to go with a full wall, consider closing off the space with a door. 
    A nylon upholstery couch or divan can be a great way to add an extra element to the room. Nylon upholstery is generally regarded as water-resistant, so the material is good for furniture in high humidity areas like a bathroom. 
    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.

Spice up Your Spice Rack

    One of the cornerstones of any kitchen is having a spice rack full of a large assortment of spices. There are so many of them to keep on hand, sometimes your spice cabinet can get seriously disorganized. When planning your kitchen remodel, consider adding these improvements to your spice rack.
    A lazy susan is a classic way to make the most of your kitchen cabinets. Best placed in corners, or cabinets housing a lot of items, a lazy susan lets you reach everything more easily. Just turn the tray and you’ll have access to your whole arsenal of spices.
    If you don’t want to use up your overhead cabinets for your spice rack, you should consider a pull-out spice rack. Having a spice rack on a pull-out drawer under the countertop is a great way to make the most of your space. A thin section of space is needed for an easy to reach spice rack organizer. It is also great for teaching kids how to cook with spices. 
    Another great place for your spice rack is right on the door of a cabinet. This style takes up less space and keeps your bevy of spices organized, but at the cost of having shallower shelves in that section of the cabinet. 
    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.

Soften Up Your Kitchen’s Features

    Most kitchens have a very stark and rigid design style; mainly due to box-shaped appliances and rows of shelves or cabinets. But what can you do to soften up these lines in your kitchen? The answer to this lies in creating beautiful and eye-catching focal points that add an elegance to the space. The best way to break up the harshness of kitchen lines is to add curved or rounded elements. Break up the harsh lines in a kitchen with these ideas.
    Pot hooks add practicality while freeing up cabinet space. Displaying your pots and pans in this manner creates a visual contrast to the rows of cabinets or shelves. In a similar fashion, windowed cabinets for displaying your dishes works too. Windowed cabinets also make a kitchen seem larger. Wine glass rails can also be a good addition to the same effect.
    Orb shaped lighting fixtures provide softer light and more evenly distribute light throughout a room. For area lighting or chandeliers, filigree-styled curvature can add an elegant and stately element while creating something that the eye can focus on instead of the normal lines of a kitchen.
    Backsplashes are meant to be eye-catching. There are a few ways to create a stunning backsplash that softens up the room. Tiled backsplashes with designs on them can go above and beyond. Mosaic tile, whether glass or ceramic, designs can be an incredible focal point for your new kitchen. The colorful tiles and style of a mosaic backsplash is a good change from more traditionally patterned ones.
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.

The Kitchen Triangle

    The sink, stove, and refrigerator are the most vital components to a kitchen. When designing a kitchen, the three form what is known as the “Kitchen Triangle.” The Kitchen Triangle shows the area where most of your work in the kitchen will happen; since you will most likely move between the three as you prep, cook, and clean up. The concept was developed in the 1940’s, to provide a balance in the kitchen space. Too small of a triangle, and you end up feeling cramped. Too big, and they will feel too far apart and tedious to work.
    The Kitchen Triangle should follow these measurements to give you enough space while not making it feel so wide. Each corner of the triangle (the sink, fridge, and stove) should be ideally 4 to 9 feet apart. This provides space for preparation on countertops, or crossing the kitchen. The sum of all three sides, the perimeter, of the triangle should be between 13 and 26 feet. If you have an island, make sure that it does not block the triangle completely. It is fine if part of it is in the triangle. The sink should have at least 18 inches on each side free for preparation and cleaning. On each side of the stove, you should leave about a foot of space, for the food you are cooking and ingredients. 
    Even though the size of kitchens on average has expanded since the 1940’s the size of the Kitchen Triangle should follow these parameters for the benefit of the cook(s). One wall kitchens clearly can not follow the Kitchen Triangle design, but be sure to leave the space in between each of the three focal points if possible, so you can have space to work in the kitchen. 
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Kitchen Design, With Your Child in Mind

    Cooking is a great way to teach children a variety of important lessons for life. Independence and tradition are important life lessons to pass on to your kids, and cooking is a great way to teach both. When designing your new kitchen, there are a few ways you can design your dream kitchen to accommodate both you and your children as they learn to cook.
    Blackboards are a good way to provide a fun and practical backsplash. Use chalk to write recipe instructions, or let the kids have fun doodling. Blackboard backsplashes and cabinet doors are great for families because they provide a fun way for the kids to practice drawing and enjoy the space.
    Dual-height countertops create a multi-tier look to the kitchen, practically. This gives your little helpers a work space at a more appropriate level for them, without making all of the counter space too low for you. The lower tier is also called a baker’s height countertop
    Quartz and laminate are great options for the countertops of a kid-friendly kitchen. Both can take some wear, and won’t stain as easily as many of the other options. Quartz comes in a variety of color options. Laminate comes in all kinds of designs, including ones that are meant to look like other materials; like wood, tile, or granite. Laminate isn’t as durable as quartz, but both should hold up well. Flooring such as porcelain tiles or laminate that are durable and easy to clean are idea for a child-friendly kitchen. 
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Space Saving Kitchen Design Options

    Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, but any kitchen can become cluttered with ease. No matter how big or small your kitchen is, it doesn’t hurt to have more space when you want it. These simple kitchen upgrades can help add space to the kitchen that you didn’t even know you needed. 
    A wall-mounted microwave reduces gives you the counter space back that this staple appliance ordinarily takes up. Many wall-mount models come with built-in vent fans and lights that make them a perfect fit over your stove. These are often called “over-the-range” style microwaves.
Save space and and keep your kitchen clean with a garbage pail cabinet. A simple pull-out drawer under the counter is a great fix. Put the pails under the counter, and out of sight.
Add counter space with a kitchen cart. Built into the counter, you can pull out this rolling cabinet. Having this portable countertop is exceptionally helpful for cooking; and is a great thing to have during parties or when preparing larger amounts of food for the holidays.
Pot hooks add to the kitchen decor while freeing up cabinet space. Smaller ones are great for cooking utensils, making them easier to access. Some pot hooks come on rails for a more uniform design. A stemware rack shows off your elegant wine glasses.
A Lazy Susan allows you to make the most of your cabinet space by letting you access the back of the cabinets with ease. Smaller ones are great for spice cabinets, while larger ones can make a corner cabinet more accessible. 
    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.
 

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Design

    Going green in the kitchen is more that eating more salad. Eco-friendly design trends are a great way to improve your kitchen, in more ways than one. There are more options than ever when it comes to color and style for “green” kitchen renovation. From low-energy using appliances, to cleaner paints; you can make the most of your kitchen space and improve the value of your home. According to the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), for the average American home, indoor pollutants can be 10 or more times the levels outside. Stoves that use a lot of gas, or paints with Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can add to those levels.
    After your heating and air conditioning, the biggest energy guzzler in a home is the refrigerator. EPA Energy Star approved appliances are certified to use 10 to 50% less energy/water than what a standard model would. This can lower utility bills and lower your environmental footprint. Most energy-efficient models will cost more, but will save you money in the long run. 
    Many paints and wood-treatments are full of Volatile Organic Compounds. Long-term exposure to these can lead to a variety of health issues, from asthma or irritation, to certain cancers. Switching to paints, stains, and treatments that are VOC-free can improve the air quality in your home. 
    Wood always looks nice in a kitchen, but it can take an average of 60 years to regrow a tree for the lumber. An option to keep the same hardwood style, while making less of an environmental impact, is bamboo. Bamboo looks beautiful and can be a more sustainable alternative to standard wood options. While technically a grass, bamboo can be regrown in about 6 years. An alternative for countertops, cabinets, or even flooring; bamboo is a great material that is available in a variety of shades and colors. Compared to traditional hardwood, bamboo is more water resistant and requires less maintenance.  
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 2017

    With a little less than 2 months until 2017, it’s time to see what the new year has in store for kitchen trends. These new trends for 2017 include classy style and ditching the cold look of stainless steel. 
    Stainless Steel appliances are on a downtrend. Many homeowners are opting for the style hiding fixtures like the dishwasher within the lower cabinets, while more prominent appliances such as the stove and refrigerator are getting a makeover. Homeowners are often choosing dual-colored appliances with a main, neutral color and an accent that pops; like chrome, gold, or copper. This trend adds a high-end feel to the room while removing the industrial feel of stainless steel models.
    Wood panelling is coming back to the kitchen. These panels evoke a more rustic, yet family-oriented feel to the kitchen. Many designers feel that this trend harkens back to how a grandmother’s kitchen feels. Using white wooden panels keeps that warm home feel while bringing the design into the modern color trends.
    Speaking of wood in the kitchen, dark wood cabinetry is on the decline. Darker colors, other than black, in general are seen less and less in new kitchens. Most designs are going to brighter and cleaner designs with lighter colors. Darker browns are being overtaken by lighter tans and smoother beiges. 
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Creating a Basement Kitchenette

    A finished basement can be an incredible benefit to a homeowner; and an important step in creating a great basement space is a kitchenette. A basement kitchenette prepares your home for a variety of options, from having a better entertainment space, to potentially turning that basement into an apartment for rent. Overall, a kitchenette in the basement will increase the value of your home. 
    A kitchenette is meant to take up a small space. Typically taking up a wall or a corner of the basement, a basic kitchenette needs very little in terms of space. A bare-bones kitchenette needs only: a refrigerator or mini-fridge with a freezer, stove, sink, and at least 8 to 10 square feet of countertops. Cabinetry is key as well. A microwave can go a long way. Depending on how much you plan on using the space, or if you are planning to rent out the space, an oven can be important. If you don’t need the oven, you can save space and money with an electric cooktop. Of course, a fire alarm is needed as well. Windows are important in any basement space, but especially in a space where open flames are a possibility. 
    Being in the basement, tile flooring is not the best option unless you have radiant floor heating. Laminate flooring is good as it doesn’t get as cold as tile, and has a softer feel to bare feet. The kitchenette should enhance the look of the room, while being separate. A dramatic backsplash can add color and depth to the space. 
    Enhancing the space to be more convenient while taking up less space can be important. Mounting the microwave over the stove can save on counter space and can add a good place for an overhead fan for the cooktop. A wine cooler is a great add on for entertaining and it helps out if you also have a home bar. If you have the space, an island can help you make the most out of your 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.

Feng Shui in the Kitchen

    Designing your kitchen can evolve into something inspiring when you incorporate the Chinese style of Feng Shui. The kitchen is part of the Feng Shui Trinity; the three rooms in the home that should be the focal points of energy flow in your home. A well-organized, harmonious kitchen can help you feel more energized when cooking and eating. A Feng Shui design makes a room feel cleaner, balanced, and more natural.
    A Feng Shui kitchen should start off with lighting. Accent and area lights make a room bright and welcoming; while providing functionality. Extra lighting is always important in a kitchen.
    Keep the look clean and simple. Keep clutter out of the kitchen. Create cabinet spaces to store smaller appliances such as the toaster or blender out of sight. Organization in the cabinets helps reduce clutter and is extremely helpful for everyday kitchen work. 
    Fresh is an important aspect of a Feng Shui kitchen. Potted plants by the window, fresh fruit bowls, and the like can add color and vibrancy to the room. A potted plant or vase in the center of the island or the table also looks nice.
    Colors play a big role in the Feng Shui. Earth tones on the flooring evoke a natural and grounded feeling to the room. It helps tie the space together. White flooring is calming and is less likely to draw the eyes downward. Light will bounce off of a white floor, making the room brighter. As for the rest of the room, there are a number of design choices. Figuring out which one suits your needs best can be important.
There are many color options for this type of design. A buttery yellow color promotes digestion and happiness in the kitchen. Soft grey shades are warm and soft; nurturing. It creates a smooth and welcoming space when paired with natural wood. Sky blue works great in a kitchen while it is matched with a soft, neutral, brown. The two colors balance each other out and create a calm and cool space. Red and white go well together, creating bright and energetic pops of color. White makes the room seem fresh and clean, while the red is the color of passion and excitement.
     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.