Thursday, September 22, 2016



Fall Trends in Kitchens

There are three things to think about when remodeling your kitchen this fall. Think: Simplicity, Convenience, and Color.

Color:
Lee_Eisemann Pantone Color of the Year 2016 ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY
  • Benjamin Moore Color Studio came up with 22 color trending now.  Check out link to see the colors.  After careful review of more then 250 white selection it was decided that Simply White OC-117  is the most neutral  in various light sources.


  • For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity (PANTONE 13-1520 & PANTONE 15-3919) are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year.

Color Blocked Kitchens — Two-tone and color blocked kitchens were trendy in 2015, and we expect to see them remain popular in 2016 as well.

Black Kitchens
 — Black is popping up in many kitchens, and many manufacturers are banking on black to be a noteworthy color for kitchens in 2016.


White Kitchens — White is currently the most popular color for kitchens, particularly for kitchen cabinets. Other popular kitchen elements include white kitchen tile backsplashes and white appliances.

Gray Kitchens — Gray is still a noteworthy color for every room in the home in 2016, but it’s an especially popular choice for decorating the kitchen.

Blue Kitchens — A range of blues are currently popular in 2016, and they’re all workable for use in decorating the kitchen. Navy blue and lighter blues pair beautifully with white, gray or other colors to complete the look.

This blue and white kitchen is on-trend for 2016.
Example of a Blue kitchen. (www.decoratorswisdom.com)

Are you thinking about what style would suite both you, your house and resale value down the road?  Here are some Kitchen Style Trends:
This picture gives you a glimpse at some of 2016's hottest kitchen design trend.
(Photo courtesy of Moen.com) Depicts some of 2016 hottest kitchen trends

Transitional Style Kitchens
A transitional kitchen is one that incorporates elements that are both traditional and contemporary. Transitional was an important design style for kitchens in 2015, with many homeowners remodeling their kitchens to reflect this style. We expect to see transitional kitchens remaining popular in 2016.
Shaker Style Kitchens
“Shaker style” is a style that fits within the broader transitional style. It is a minimalist look that is more traditional than modern style, but shares some common characteristics such as clean, simple lines and an uncluttered appearance.
Contemporary Style Kitchens
In 2015, transitional style had a slight edge over contemporary style; however, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, contemporary style was surging in popularity and was a close second to transitional style in terms of demand. As 2016 progresses, we expect to continue seeing strong demand for contemporary style kitchens.
In addition to Kitchen Style Trends there are Remodeling Trends. Here are some ideas to think about when putting in your dream kitchen.


Gourmet Kitchens
Many homeowners want to stock their kitchens with all the amenities it takes to cook healthy, delicious gourmet meals. Those who are remodeling their kitchens are making space in both their floor plans and their budgets for these amenities.


Home Offices, Docking Stations and Work Stations in the Kitchen
In 2015, the National Kitchen and Bath Association reported that desk or home office space has been created in a majority of new kitchens being designed by their members — approximately two-thirds of them. This space is also likely to include a docking station for recharging mobile devices.
The Decline of the Traditional Kitchen Table


When remodeling older kitchens in 2016, many homeowners continue to replace their kitchen tables with other choices such as kitchen islands or additional counter space.
Among those who are choosing to keep tables in their kitchens, pub tables, tall gathering tables and counter height tables are trendy choices for 2016. These tables are characterized by their height; they are typically 36 to 42 inches tall, which is taller than the standard kitchen table height of 30 inches.
Open Floor Plans
Open floor plans aren’t new by any means; this is a mature trend that is still current for 2016.
Let's think Countertop!
Granite Countertops Still Going Strong for 2016 — Those of you who follow trends are aware that granite countertops have been popular for what seems like ages now and still going strong.
White Granite Kitchen Countertops — White granite doesn’t always read as white; it often takes on a grayish appearance. This makes it an ideal surface for use by those who are embracing the gray trend, and also for those who are installing black or black-and-white kitchens. 
Quartz Kitchen Countertops — While quartz has a small percentage of the total overall market share for kitchen countertops, the demand for quartz counters is growing. This is definitely a trend to watch for 2016 and the years ahead.

Image result for granite countertops
Get started on your kitchen today!!

(Trend ideas from www.decoratorswisdom.com/)

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Cabinet Hardware

How Do I Know What is the Right Hardware for My Cabinets?

When it comes to hardware it is personal preference. Think of hardware like jewelry for your cabinets. What is your kitchen type? Is it Traditional, Mission, Rustic, Contemporary, Artistic, Farmhouse, Asian inspired, Mineral (rock) look, retro, Tuscan, etc.  There are pulls and knobs to fit any style and preference.  Search the web and get some ideas. You will be holding these knobs and pulling these pulls time and time again they need to feel right as well as look right.  If you are going to order on line you may want to order one set to get the feel, see how you like the look and functionality.

     
                Rustic                                     Traditional                                       


    
         Contemporary                                  Rock On                                      


  
               Artistic                                          Mission

    
               Farmhouse                                Asian Inspired                             

    
              Tuscan                                          Retro
                               

  
                 More Fun                                  Do-It-Yourself
Pictures from Bobvila.com

As you look at options, think about walking around your kitchen and the types of clothing you wear. Will your clothing get caught on these knobs or pulls?  This is a really important factor that many people don't think about.  Many of us think about the look but not the functionality,  Think about that favorite sweater or that favorite pair of flowing pants. You would hate for them to get caught on a pull or knob and tear.  Hardware is an investment and something you are going to look at for many years.  

Here at Kitchen Concepts one of our most popular lines is berensonhardware.com.  A current popular trend is the elongated stainless steel drawer pulls.  It is a modern and contemporary look showing clean lines..  Just updating your knobs and pulls can transform your kitchen.  Start looking into new knobs and pulls that are just right for you.


Saturday, April 23, 2016

Do I Go Granite






Should I Go Granite?

Vyara JuparanaBlue Flower

Moon White
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.
Image result for kitchens with backsplashes
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!