Saturday, April 23, 2016

Do I Go Granite






Should I Go Granite?

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So you are wondering if you should go granite.  I am here to answer a few questions to ease your mind.


Q: I want granite, but how expensive is it? 
A: Granite is very affordable granite can be as low as $49 a square foot to $100 a square foot depending on the granite you choose.

Q: Granite is beautiful, but is it hard to clean?
A: Granite is very easy to clean, just use a little mind dish soap and warm water to clean up anything.  Windex will shine you counter up beautifully.

Q: If I put a hot pan on the granite will I ruin it?
A: Granite is formed by extreme heat and pressure combined beneath the earth’s crust.  It cannot be affected by heat from a cook top or frying pan.  Granite will not burn with ordinary use. It is perfectly ok to set hot pots or pans directly from the stove or oven onto granite.

Q: Can I cut on my granite countertop?
A: Cutting on your granite countertops will not harm your granite.  Granite is actually harder than your knife and will quickly dull your blade.

Q:Will me granite countertop chip?
A: Granite is a very dense material and under normal wear and tear conditions it will NOT chip or scratch.

Q: Will my granite stain?
A: In general, no.  Granite has very little porosity. Most colors will never show any moisture.  A few colors may absorb some moisture with prolonged contact.  For example, a puddle of water left on the counter may show a dark spot when the water is wiped away. Usually, no evidence remains once the liquid is removed and the granite dries.  

Q: How often do I need to reseal my granite countertop?
A: There is a test you can do to see if your granite needs to be resealed.  Let water stand on your countertop for 15 minutes.  If the water is still there after that time then you do NOT need to reseal.  If the water has absorbed into the granite then you will need to reseal. Granite does not need to be sealed often. In fact, there are sealants that give a lifetime warranty against staining with just one single application. Some granites don’t require any sealing at all.

Q: What is the life expectancy of a granite countertop?
A: With proper maintenance and care you granite countertop will last a lifetime.

Q: What if I think granite might be to busy for my taste?
A: There is a stone for everyone's individual taste.  There are over 50 colors and styles to choose from.  There's a color for everyone!

Q: Is granite is safe for food preparation?
A: Granite countertops are expected and intended to come into contact with food, especially when installed in a kitchen application. That’s why there is testing in place to ensure that granite countertops are safe for food preparation and daily living. MSI meets and in many cases exceeds standards that have been put in place to ensure granite countertops are a good, green option for your home, with certifications from GREENGUARD and theNational Sanitation Foundation (NSF). Further, because granite is low in porosity and typically sealed, it is easier to keep clean and is resistant to bacterial growth, which helps to make your home environment healthier for your family!

Hopefully these questions and answers have put your mind at ease about granite.  Go check it out.  You can find the right one for you.  

Check out this fun kitchen visualizer:


Saturday, March 26, 2016

All About Backsplaches

All About Backsplashes


When designing a kitchen there are so many things to think about and coordinate. Often times backsplashes are the last detail to addressed in finishing off your new kitchen. It can be overwhelming to select the right backsplash and then you have the task of deciding how much you want in the kitchen.  Don't worry we have some tips for you.

How do you know what to pick?  Where do you start looking?
1.  If you are installing granite with pattern your best bet it to continue the granite up the wall or go with a solid color.  Try to stay away from a patterned tile with a patterned granite. Think about what you want you focal point to be in the kitchen. To much pattern can be very distracting in the kitchen.

2. If you go with a solid color or very light pattern counter top of quartz or laminate the sky is the limit with a patterned backsplash.

Where should the backslash end? 
1. Most backsplashes end at the end of the counter.  Some people just put the backsplash behind the stove and sink. Other people decide to have the backsplash end with the cabinets. It is all preference.  Ending the backsplash with the counter tends to look cleaner.
2. There is NO need to round a corner with your backsplash unless there is a water source.  It is preference where it will end.  Below you will notice the top picture stays flush against the wall. The bottom picture round the corner. There is no real reason for that.  The stove isn't that close to cause splashing.  It is all preference.
 


Some people go for a focal point.  Here is one example.
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Other people want different textures in their kitchen.




Here is  link to give you some ideas for backsplashes to go with granite
http://www.houzz.com/projects/58421/granite-countertop-and-tile-backsplash-ideas

What is the right look for you?  There are so many choices but have fun and don't let all the choices overwhelm you.  Good luck!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

We Are Back!
It has been almost a year since we have updated our blog.  One of our new years resolutions is to be more connected and to share what we have to offer more frequently.  We have done so many amazing projects in the past year and many more to come. 

Trends are always changing in the world of kitchen remodeling. You may be thinking about making a change but you want to know what would be the most economical now and what the resale down the road will look like. Let's talk about that. 

GO WHITE!!  Believe it or not WHITE kitchens are continuing to be the most popular.  According to Houselogic sixty-seven percent of National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) members said that white is their choice for cabinets, a 20% increase from two years ago. If you want color add a little neutral gray with your white.  Gray is great as long as you pair it with the right colors.  

Right now we are offering a beautiful granite counter top to go perfect with your white kitchen or neutral gray.  Moon White is on special during February for $49 sq. ft. installed.
Moon White 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

The Pros and Cons of Remodeling

The age old question: Should I do it myself?

The larger the remodel being undertaken, the more likely you will benefit from professional help.
Remodeling your kitchen can have a serious impact on both its use and on the resale value of your home. A new kitchen looks great, functions in a way that suits your lifestyle and can become a source of happiness that you seek every day. But undertaking a remodel is a serious job in and of itself. There are professionals available to help you with the work, but like every decision, there are pros and cons to whether or not to use a pro.

Pro: Material Selection

Kitchen designers, plumbers and builders work with building materials such as cabinets and countertops every day. They are aware of the quality of materials available, and which materials are most suitable for your particular design. Hiring a professional ensures that not only is your kitchen design cohesive, but you use the proper materials for the job. Professionals also know the correct way to install these materials, so you know the quality of the job is solid from selection to installation. 

Pro: Building Code Knowledge

Unless your kitchen remodel is something as simple as replacing the cabinet knobs, you may be required to pull a permit before you begin work. This is true whether you undertake the work yourself, or you hire a professional. Pulling a permit means everything done in the kitchen must meet building code and pass inspection once you are done. All remodeling professionals, including designers and builders, are familiar with and current on state building, electrical, and plumbing codes. They can help you place electrical and plumbing fixtures in the correct areas so the finished design passes inspection. Undertaking the work yourself means you run the risk of failing inspection and needing to redo much of the work. Which of course means more money, time and project frustration.

Con: Cost

The biggest con for some homeowners is the extra cost by using professionals. Most kitchen remodels involve a designer, builder, plumber, electrician and tile person. If you are comfortable with your design, demolition, carpentry, plumbing and electric skills, and ability to find high quality materials, you can bypass this cost by doing the work yourself. 

Obviously, the cost of a professional kitchen remodel will be higher than it would if you undertake the work yourself. But most homeowners will admit that a project of this size is stressful and can be very hard for most homeowners to stay on track and avoid mistakes. Most homeowners feel more satisfied doing updates such as paint, upgrading appliances, and refreshing cabinet hardware.

A true kitchen remodel is usually best left to the pros. It's a huge project that involves many steps and years of experience. You are paying for their expertise and the convenience of having someone do the heavy work for you. Getting it done right the first time can be worth its weight in gold.

Con: Time

Another con of using professionals is the timeline. As soon as you contract with professionals, you work on their timeline, rather than on your own. This may mean delays while the professionals finish up another job, or it may mean a wait for each of the various stages to be completed. Doing the work yourself also allows you to undertake it piecemeal; replacing or remodeling a section of the kitchen at a time to try to keep the rest of the space usable or in our case, the professionals at Kitchen Concepts average two weeks to get the job done whereas most others take between four and six weeks and most homeowners between three months and fourteen months to complete their remodel.

Call us today and see how we can save you time, stress and money :)







Friday, December 5, 2014

It's a bird! It's a plane! No! It's Kitchen Concepts Remodeling Team!

OK, we don't mean to brag...but what can you say? When you're good, you're good.

We are pretty proud of ourselves over here at KC. Our remodeling process is working like a well-oiled machine. We have streamlined our remodels and you can be confident in our work.

A lot of people worry that it is going to be chaotic and unpredictable but not with us. We have heard the horror stories of some places that will remain nameless. We are not them.

It's so simple it's scary actually.

Dream.
Decide it's time.
Call us.
Come in.
Look at our displays.
Tell us your dream.
We come out to your house.
You make us breakfast.
Just kidding!
We measure.
We create a 3-D design.
You say "yes I love it!"
We order your selections.
We keep you informed.
We schedule a time to start.
Two weeks and no stress later-
YOUR REMODEL IS DONE

and that's how dreams are made!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kitchen Layouts: Ideas for U-Shaped Kitchens

U-shaped kitchens are great for cooks and guests. Is this one for you?

The U-shaped kitchen lends itself to high-efficiency cooking: You can often pivot on one toe as you spin around from refrigerator to sink to stove. A good friend and accomplished cook swears by this kitchen layout. He loves it because it keeps people out of the way when he's cooking. Guests can hang out as long as they stay on "that" side of the peninsula! The U-shaped kitchen (also called the C-shaped kitchen) is the perfect expression of the work triangle we hear so much about in kitchen design. As you can see from the selections below, U-shaped kitchens can still come in different shapes and sizes:


Sunday, June 8, 2014


The Perfect Kitchen for Entertaining and Every Day Use


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The open kitchen is more popular than ever—but with a twist. It’s now designed to accommodate parties, homework, and even multiple cooks. And many electronic devices are finding a new home in the kitchen. Read our essential steps to creating a truly social kitchen, along with our advice for hiring professionals, planning the budget, and sidestepping those trends that haven’t stood the test of time.

1. Open up the space—with care (shown above). Be judicious about how many barriers you eliminate. “Too many pathways moving through the space will lead to chaos,” says Sharon Olsen, a certified kitchen designer in Portland, Ore. Using half-walls or arched openings can create a sense of openness while maintaining traffic flow.

It's also important to visually integrate the kitchen with the rest of the home. “The latest iteration of the open kitchen sees it as an  ‘interior design’ feature within a larger living/dining space,” says Erica Broberg Smith, an architect based in East Hampton, N.Y. Color can be a great connector. Repeat a hue from the living room in your choice of artwork on the kitchen walls, for example, or the color of your countertop appliances.

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2. Create activity areas. Establishing zones will help organize the space, especially in multicook kitchens. The layout should steer children away from the main work triangle, formed by the refrigerator, range, and dishwasher and sink.

Put a beverage and snack station toward the public-facing edge of the kitchen. That helps keep kids—and guests—away from the hot stove and sharp knives. The station might take the shape of a wet bar, with a wine chiller and sink. Or the emphasis could be on coffee and snacks, with a coffeemaker, a cabinet for cups and mugs, and a refrigerator drawer for milk and juice boxes.

If you love to bake, add a baking station. Unlike the other zones, this one should be near the oven, with room for baking supplies and equipment, and a marble countertop for rolling out dough.
 
3. Contain the mess. Some homeowners resist an open kitchen because they don’t want guests staring at messy pots and pans. But there are ways around the dilemma. In the kitchen featured here, a peripheral cleanup zone, with sink, dishwasher, and expansive landing area for dirty dishes, helps keep the mess off to the side during dinner parties; a second island prep sink serves the main work triangle. Another strategy is to add a raised bar to the  “public” side of a kitchen island. That will give guests a place to perch during meal prep, then homeowners can hide the mess from view once dinner is under way. An island bar also provides seating during casual meals.
4. Create a drop zone. When the kitchen is the nucleus of the home, it can become a dumping ground for papers, bags, jackets, and the like. A well-appointed “drop zone,” usually located just off the kitchen, will provide a place for those items so that they won’t enter the kitchen in the first place. If space permits, consider a full-sized mudroom with a durable flooring material, such as stone or ceramic; open shelves with baskets assigned to each family member; and plenty of hooks. A hallway closet can also be converted into a functional drop zone, especially in smaller households.

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5. Bring back the eat-in kitchen. Casual dining is integral to the social kitchen, and it’s good for resale value too. In fact, the eat-in kitchen was among the most desired features in a 2013 survey of homebuyers by the National Association of Realtors. Built-in banquettes are making a comeback. “Children love them, and they are great for cozy informal dining,” says Broberg. They’re also a place to pay the bills and do the homework (or at least see that it gets done). And the base of a banquette can provide additional storage space for napkins, tablecloths, and other accessories.

Add an island. This central counter will give people a place to sit while you’re preparing the meal. Just don’t let it clog traffic. There should be 42 to 48 inches of clearance on all sides.

When entertaining, an island can function as an interactive buffet. “Food has gone from something you serve at a party to something you do at a party,” says Steven Raichlen, author of “Man Made Meals: The Essential Cookbook for Guys.” Mindy Weiss, a party planner based in Los Angeles, likes to arrange salad bars, panini stations, and other dishes on the island that bring guests into the food-prep experience. Another crowd pleaser: Fill an island prep sink with ice and use it for a raw bar or a place to serve chilled drinks.
6. Build in charging stations. For many people the kitchen is where their electronic devices live. Charging stations can be tucked into a cabinet or drawer that’s fitted with docks and electrical outlets. If you need to charge only a couple of devices, Leviton and other manufacturers make electrical outlets with built-in USB ports that can be installed in a kitchen backsplash, letting you power your smart phone while running the blender or stand mixer.
Other measures to consider
Let your devices talk to each other. In the last year Dacor and GE have introduced wall ovens and ranges that you can control and monitor from your smart phone, for example preheating the oven from the backyard or checking the status of a roast chicken while you’re doing laundry. “In that sense technology is actually freeing up the cook from being in the kitchen,” says Shelia Schmitz, editor of Houzz.com, a home design website. Given how much time we’re spending in today’s social kitchen, an occasional break might be a good thing.
Pay attention to acoustics. The drawback to open kitchens is noise. “With the hardwood floors and stone countertops that everyone wants, it can sound like a restaurant on Saturday night,” Olsen says. Soft layers, such as an area rug in the adjacent room, will help absorb the sound. Also pay attention to the appliances. A dishwasher that scores an excellent for noise will be less distracting than one that’s average or worse. And many wall ovens have a cooling fan that runs for a few minutes after the unit is turned off, a gripe with some consumers.