Saturday, October 21, 2017

Mysteries of Online Reviews



We have been finding that while online reviews are beneficial, as business owners we have to PAY sites to host our reviews (yelp, houzz, etc.). This poses its own set of challenges, and sometimes we wonder how important online reviews are to our customers.

Research shows that 80-90% of consumers rely on online reviews before making a purchase decision. And this percentage keeps increasing!

To keep up with current trends, we want reviews about our company to be accessible and prevalent on the internet so you can find the answers you desire when choosing a company for your kitchen remodel. Many consider social media and online review sites such as Yelp, Google Maps, and Houzz.com to be the new “word-of-mouth” in today's digital era. Conventional word-of-mouth marketing, such as recommendations from friends and family, has long been considered the most effective form of marketing, particularly for local small businesses like Kitchen Concepts! But are online reviews reducing the strength of word-of-mouth marketing? We want to hear from you – how important is word-of-mouth to you? How does word-of-mouth compare to online reviews? Which do you trust more? How do you shop for a kitchen remodeler?

Let us know in the comments below!!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Oak, Maple, and Cherry Cabinet Appearances

Compare the appearances of oak, maple, and cherry cabinets!

This blog post showcases the varied appearances of maple, cherry and oak cabinets. We’ve covered the pros and cons of maple, cherry, and oak cabinets, as well as the pros and cons of pine, hickory and alder. So now let’s talk about what’s really important… The differences in their aesthetic appearance!

Oak

Natural and Light Stained Oak


This San Francisco home showcases natural oak in all its beauty, bringing together different variations of natural oak throughout the floors, cabinets, and ceiling. The prominent grain pattern and orange and yellow shades of the hardwood make the space feel calm, cozy, and warm.

Dark Stained Oak


The course texture of these dark-stained oak cabinets adds a unique twist to a fairly contemporary kitchen.

Maple

Natural and Light-Stained Maple


The light color and subtle grain pattern of these natural oak cabinets give this kitchen a peaceful and luxurious feel.

Dark Stained Maple



Go from classic to contemporary with just a little change in staining! Maple's soft grain pattern and smooth surface makes the wood type a great option for any design aesthetic!

Cherry

Natural and Light Stained Cherry


Luxurious natural cherry cabinets offer a sleek, elegant and modern feel.

Dark Stained Cherry


Dark-stained cherry looks high-end and pairs well with grey counter tops!


Thanks for reading! Let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!




Sunday, August 13, 2017

Galley Kitchen Remodel Tips

Welcome!
If you want to know how to get the most out of your galley kitchen remodel, you've come to the right place! Below are some tips to help you improve your galley kitchen and make the most out of the space you have available.


Keep it light. We all know how pleasing a white kitchen is in any home, but it’s a particularly great choice for a galley kitchen. Keeping the cabinets and counter tops light-colored will help make your kitchen feel spacious and airy.



Create a work triangle. Due to the small amount of space in a galley kitchen, it's especially important to make sure the layout is functional and suits your needs. Keep in mind the work triangle when remodeling your kitchen. The work triangle consists of the top three most utilized spaces in your kitchen, namely the refrigerator, sink, and stove. If you were to draw straight lines connecting these three areas in your kitchen, the resulting shape should resemble a triangle.


Smart cabinet storage. Maximizing efficiency is the name of the game in a small kitchen space. Consider ordering custom cabinets for your space so that you can decide exactly what goes where and tailor every inch of your kitchen storage to fit your needs.


Tall cabinets. Choosing tall cabinets that go all the way up to the ceiling is a great way to utilize every inch of your kitchen! When your cabinets touch the ceiling they can make the kitchen appear larger and ceilings appear taller, which is an added bonus!


Above-cabinet storage. If installing cabinetry that touches the ceiling is not an option, or if you do not like the look of tall cabinetry in your space, you can still utilize the space between the top of the cabinets and ceiling for storage. Consider putting attractive things that are rarely used above your cabinets, such as big wooden salad bowls, or other decorative items. You can also put decorative storage bins above the cabinets if the items you would like to store are not particularly attractive on their own. Don't be afraid to try a few different ideas and see what you like!


Let the light in. If you don’t already have windows, consider adding windows (that go to the outside) or a pass-through window, or both! While adding windows does require a bit more renovation and is an added expense, if it is doable, it can be very worth it in the end!


Runner. Laying down a runner is a great way to add comfort and color to your galley kitchen. There are beautiful indoor/outdoor rug options available on the market today that are water resistant and perfect for high-use kitchen areas. There are other rug options as well that are machine washable and easy to clean so you don’t have to worry about spilling on your kitchen rug (because let’s face it – it’s bound to happen)!

If you'd like to see more kitchen storage ideas, check out our Storage Solutions ideabook on houzz.com. For galley kitchen remodeling ideas, take a look at our Galley Kitchens ideabook on houzz.com.

We really hope you enjoyed reading this! We look forward to hearing from you in the comments below! :)

Wish you the best with your galley kitchen remodel!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pros and Cons of Pine, Hickory, and Alder Cabinets

The pros and cons of three lesser-known cabinet wood types.

Pine
Pine has a long, continuous grain that offers a rugged look. Its natural appearance lends itself particularly well to country-style kitchens.

Pros:

  • Price. Pine is inexpensive compared to other wood types.
  • Takes paint well. Because of its smooth texture, pine looks beautiful when painted.
  • Natural appearance. Pine develops a nice, rustic patina from age and use.
  • Moisture resistant. Pine resists shrinking and swelling.

Cons:

  • Dents easily. Because pine is a softwood, it is prone to scratches and dents.
  • Choose in person. Because the surface of pine cabinets can have many knots, it is recommended to choose pine cabinets in person.

Hickory
Hickory, also known as “Pecan,” is a member of the walnut family. It is grown in the eastern U.S. and is the hardest, heaviest, and strongest American wood species. Hickory has a unique appearance with intense color variation from near white to dark brown often in the same board.

Pros:

  • Strength and hardness. Hickory is tougher and stronger than maple and oak.
  • Unique appearance. Hickory's eye-catching appearance is sure to make any kitchen look attractive and customized.

Cons:

  • Gentle care. Cleaning hickory cabinets requires gentle care. Hickory cannot be scoured with any kind of abrasive cleaner or cleaning utensil.
  • Price. Hickory is more expensive than other cabinet wood types.

Alder
Alder, sometimes called “poor man’s cherry,” has light red tones, a soft grain pattern, and offers an appearance similar to that of cherry.

Pros:

  • Cost. Alder is less expensive than cherry and provides a similar aesthetic appearance.
  • Darkens less over time. Alder does not darken as much as cherry over time.

Con:

  • Softer than cherry. Alder is not as hard as cherry. If something a little more dent resistant is preferred, opt for cherry. If the possibility of denting is less of a concern, then alder is a great, cost-effective option.

Summing up.
While there are a variety of cabinet wood types to choose from, and each one has its own list of pros and cons, the main differences between cabinet wood types are price and aesthetic appearance. The primary question to ask yourself is,"what do you think looks best?" What will make you fall in love with your space and breathe a sigh of relief when you walk into your kitchen, bathroom, or other room in your home?

I hope this was helpful and aided your investigation into finding the right cabinets for your home! Stay tuned for next month's blog post where we'll talk about the differences in aesthetic appearance between cabinet wood types. We might even include tips on how to pair cabinets with granite counter tops!

Until next time!

P.S. 
If there's something you'd like to see us cover in a future blog post, please leave a comment with your request below!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Pros and Cons of Maple, Cherry and Oak Cabinets


Hi Everyone!

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Pearl, and I'm the new sales assistant at Kitchen Concepts!

Let's get down business - or should I say cabinets! As a new sales assistant at Kitchen Concepts, I have been researching cabinetry so that I can be more helpful to customers when they walk through the door. I thought I'd share what I've learned so far, so in this post I will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of maple, cherry, and oak cabinets.

Maple
Maple is a hardwood with a fine, uniform grain pattern. It is a light-colored wood and is often stained or glazed and sealed with a light finish to bring out its natural color and cream-like textural appearance.

Pros:
  • Versatile. Maple is great for both traditional and contemporary designs. It takes both light and dark stains well.
  • Durable. Maple is one of the strongest, hardest wood types, making it an ideal choice for high-use areas such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Affordable. Maple is more expensive than oak, but less expensive than other wood-types.
Cons:
  • Price. Maple is more expensive than some types of wood, such as oak and pine.

   Design Tip: Maple can be stained to mimic a pricier wood such as cherry or mahogany.

Cherry
Cherry has a pinkish-brown hue and a soft, elegant grain pattern. It is one of the most highly sought-after wood types in North America by both consumers and manufacturers because of its beautiful appearance and exceptional durability.

Pros:
  • Durable. Cherry is one of the hardest wood-types. It is very durable and resistant to decay. It is an ideal wood for high-use areas, such as kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Polishes well. Cherry sands to an almost glass-like smoothness, making it exceptionally beautiful when finished.
  • Grain pattern. Cherry’s fine, straight grain makes it perfect for all types of finishes.
  • Natural aesthetic. Even unstained, cherry has a rich, beautiful color.
Cons:
  • Price. Cherry is one of the most expensive types of wood.

Oak
Oak is known for being very hard, heavy, and strong. Its grain characteristics include knots, wormholes, and random varying patterns. Its texture is coarse, and its porous surface takes stains well. Oak is both affordable and durable, which makes it a practical choice for any homeowner.

Pros:
  • Durable. Oak is often cut in a way that makes it resistant to warping.
  • Lightweight. Oak is lighter than other types of wood.
  • Affordable. Oak is less expensive than maple or cherry, and is still attractive and durable.
  • Stains well. Red oak cabinets stain evenly.
Cons:
  • Distinctive grain. Oak has a distinctive grain pattern that may not appeal to all buyers. Also, stain can overly darken and exaggerate the grain and end up looking two-toned.
  • Mineral deposits. Streaks of yellow, green, or even black can appear in oak cabinetry due to mineral deposits in the wood.

I hope you found this post helpful and that it answered your maple, cherry, and oak cabinetry questions! Keep an eye out for next month's post where I'll continue to discuss the pros and cons of other less popular cabinet wood types including pine, hickory, and alder!

If you have any questions in the mean time, do not hesitate to contact Kitchen Concepts or stop by our showroom. Contact information can be found on the homepage of our website.

Thanks for reading and good luck with your kitchen remodel!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shades of gray

Shades of Gray
 
While white and wood remain the most popular choices for kitchen cabinets, gray has been becoming more and more popular in 2017. This new neutral provides a sleek sophisticated alternative for modern homes. When paired with white or black countertops, gray cabinetry provides an understated backdrop that allows accent colors to really pop. Because gray is a neutral shade, it compliments all hues and pairs well with almost every color, and every wood tone.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

 
 
 
HARDWARE TRENDS FOR SPRING
 
 
  •  Sleek and stylish Drawer Pulls
A great choice for modern and contemporary kitchens, elongated stainless steel drawer pulls enhance kitchens clean lines.
 
 
  • Subtle contrast hardware
Elegant rubbed- bronze hardware highlights dark brown flecks in countertops and contrasts with light- colored cabinetry.
 
 
  • Traditional Elegance
Understated brushed nickel knobs compliment the ornate beveled edges and molding of cabinetry.
 
 
  • Antique Detail Knobs
This vintage inspired hardware collection features unique painted patterns on the knobs and pulls that compliment the design of the kitchen.
 
 
  • Classic Drawer Pulls and Knobs
Dark rubbed- bronze cupped drawer pulls and knobs , paired with clean white cabinetry, enhance kitchens simple classic look.
 
 
  • Eclectic look vs. Traditional knobs
Beaded kitchen hardware is a visually appealing alternative to traditional knobs and pulls.