If you’re like most homeowners who have lived in their home for several years, you’re likely to catch the “home remodeling itch.” Or, perhaps you’ve recently purchased a home and the avocado countertops and pink tile aren’t exactly what you had in mind in your dream kitchen. As the years go by, tackling a home remodeling project is an inevitable part of homeownership that you’re sure to consider. Whether making simple updates each year for budget reasons or undertaking a large project in one fell swoop, keeping your home on-trend and in-style can be a rewarding experience and increase the value of your home, no matter how long you decide to stay put.
Remodeling projects can be very overwhelming to most homeowners. Even with a clear vision in mind, just walking into your local home improvement retailer can make your head spin. From cabinetry to patio doors and everything in between, styles, finishes, colors and sizes abound.
Here are some tips for making the remodeling process more enjoyable so you can complete the project with ease and peace of mind:
Let Your Design Dreams Take You Away
Like most of us, you probably already have a vision for your dream remodel. For example, perhaps gleaming granite countertops, a custom glass tile backsplash in your favorite shade of blue, endless cherry cabinetry and a built-in wine refrigerator top your list for kitchen must-haves. Or, maybe you have always dreamed of a Jacuzzi tub and bamboo floors in your master bathroom. Wherever your design dreams take you, make note of it. Peruse home and fashion magazines, design blogs and Web sites and home improvement television shows to see which styles strike you. Keep a file folder with images and swatches for inspiration. At this point in the process, the sky is the limit! Don’t let the budget squash your design dreams. You need to talk these items through with an expert and see how much of your dreams you can make a reality within your budget.
But Keep Your Budget Grounded
Eventually you will need to set a budget for your remodeling project. Staying on budget can be challenging and end up being more than originally planned. Throughout the entire process, you should keep accurate records of estimates, costs, and agreements and review your running tally frequently so there aren’t budget surprises. Sometimes you may have to compromise on your dreams for budget realities, but with proper planning, you can achieve the right balance. Tapping into the expertise of a design professional can help you determine where to splurge and where to save. A good rule of thumb for budgeting a typical kitchen remodel is 10-to-15 percent of your home’s market value. Most of the cost of remodeling a kitchen typically can be recouped by increased market value should you sell your home even in a sluggish real estate market.
The longer we stay in our homes, the older we get, too. And over time, both homes and people tend to need a little more help. As long as you’re remodeling, think ahead to possible changes in your mobility, strength, or eyesight. Considering things such as this in advance is not only smart but saves costly changes you may need to make in the future… It’s especially important to keep these things in mind when shopping for cabinetry, plumbing fixtures, and lighting.
Pick a Professional
Once you have a good idea of what you hope to achieve and how much you’re able to invest, be careful in choosing a competent design professional to assist you. A knowledgeable expert who can steer your choices and help guide the decisions will be invaluable in helping you achieve your remodeling goals within the budget you need to stick to. Take your inspiration folder with you so they can share your vision. With experience comes knowledge. Designers know which items are likely fads and which splurges will stand the test of time. It’s this sort of knowledge along with their design and functionality expertise is important if you want to do the project well. I recommend that you consider your first design appointment as somewhat of an interview. Both the client and the designer should get to know each other and be sure it’s a good fit. Choose a designer that takes the time to share their knowledge and expertise with you. This is the person you want in your corner in case any surprises arise during your project.
About the author
Gina Richard is the president of The Corner Cabinet. She and her team have more than 18 years of experience helping homeowners design and build their dream kitchens and baths. The Corner Cabinet is in Framingham, just off route 9.
Each year trends begin to unfold. 2018 will be no exception. Check out these latest videos and photos we’ve pulled together from different sources to share with you. We expect some of these trends to be spot on and others, not quite so. The world of design may be serious business, but don’t take it all too seriously. Find the fun side of the collection of ideas and inspirations we have here. Take note of what you love and let everything else be a learning curve in your evolution of taste.
The use of Quart countertops continues to grow. Companies like Caesarstone are innovative and continue to evolve their offerings and set the stage for others to follow. Listen to Caesarstone’s predictions for 2018 kitchen trends. I agree that grey continues to grow in popularity and I predict that alternative grey hues will broaden this color’s audience even more. Even those who originally thought they could never have a grey kitchen will find grey-blend finishes they will admire in the next year.
According to HGTV and many other sources, the smart kitchen and kitchen automation is here to stay and will continue to gain rise. Watch for smart-sensor lighting options that will only operate when you enter that section of your kitchen, and a meat thermometer that will alert your smartphone when your turkey has reached 165 degrees. Of course, cabinets are also getting smarter every day. Look for cabinet doors and drawers to include automatic sensors that light the interior of the cabinet. Hydraulic hardware is also getting smaller, which will allow for cabinet doors to be opened and move out of the way, especially good for kitchens that are tight on space. Kitchen storage innovation is also still a major focus. New multi-tiered drawers within drawers give you added storage space in the top section of the cabinet and new sink base options allow you to take advantage of under-utilized space within your sink base. There are so many new storage options available, we’ve chosen these photos and videos to do the talking. Enjoy!!
Social time. Work time. Alone time. And very little downtime.
Here are some of the innovations that help create “A Kitchen With Ambition.”
Working during the day. Chatting with your partner while prepping or cleaning up dinner. Staying ready to entertain friends, business partners, and friends who may become business partners—anytime. A kitchen can be designed to make the transitions seamless.
Sink Base Drawer
Say there’s a party. Say there’s a wine spill. No big deal, except—there’s something about crouching down to reach around pipes to get to cleaning supplies that makes a host look mildly undignified. This drawer makes everything organized and accessible, simplifying the job even if guests are gone and it’s just the usual clean-up.
Tall Pantry Pull-Out
Need a little olive oil? Flour? Where’s that rice, and the can of whole tomatoes? Answer: in easy reach. Keep the essentials right in the middle of everything in a tall, stylish cabinet with full extension so you can access either side and never, ever have to dig around “way in the back.” There is no “way in the back.” It’s a pragmatic solution that also manages to lend a certain savoir faire.
Personalized Spaces: Bar Zone
The wall wine storage is practically a piece of art—and the open shelving provides a place to store your fancy glasses. Together they create the mood. Then, to give the mixologist room to move, ample counter space creates a perfect work area.
Judging by our clients, the choice of Quartz has surpassed Granite in both kitchens and baths in our corridor of the Northeast. If you are working with The Corner Cabinet to design a space in your home, there’s obviously a chance that you’ve not owned a Quartz countertop before. If that’s the case, you may not know what Quartz is or how it differs from Granite. If you read on, we’ll rectify that today.
Granite has understandably been popular for years because it possesses such natural beauty and durability. And then along came Quartz, a man-made product. The manufacturing process allows for more colors choices than you’ll find in natural alternatives like Marble or Granite. If you’re interested in a specific color group, then Quartz will typically have many more options for you to choose from. And when it comes to the ever-trending white counter phenomenon, Quartz has oodles of options. When you look at a quality Quartz, you’ll also notice that there’s is a depth to the finish that is found in very few and certainly not found in many affordable Granites.
Quartz is an incredibly durable material. Granite is often cited as the most durable, natural countertop material available and is known for resisting cracks and chips. Quartz actually rates slightly higher on the hardness scale and therefore is slightly more resistant to damage. Quartz is a non-porous material that resists stains which can be a problem for Granite, Concrete, and Marble. Quartz countertops also don’t harbor bacteria or germs thanks to their non-porous quality. These couple of attributes alone may be the major reasons Quartz is so appealing to many homeowners.
Long-term maintenance of Quartz is also fairly care-free. Use mild soap and warm water or light-duty household cleaners for routine cleaning. Avoid exposing your Quartz countertops to any strong chemicals or solvents. For hardened spills such as glue or paint, gently scrape off the material using a plastic putty knife and a mild soap or warm water, or a household cleaner such as vinegar, rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits. To avoid damaging your Quartz countertops, do not place hot pans directly on the countertop surface. To prevent chipping, do not place heavy pots and pans around the countertop edge, and do not subject the surface to forceful blows from heavy objects. Although Quartz is generally scratch-resistant, heavy pressure with a knifepoint can damage the surface, so using a cutting board is recommended.
At the end of the day, look at all the different options we have to offer at The Corner Cabinet because aesthetics is usually the major reason people choose the countertop material they do. The best clients are ones that are engaged in their design process. Our job is to share our knowledge and expertise to help guide you to make the best decision for you, whether those are Quartz countertops or alternative. Contact us today to Design your Happy Place! 508.872.9300
Thirsty for more on Quartz counters? Here’s some Quartz countertop inspiration for you from Caesarstone. Enjoy!
In April of 2018, Miralis will now offer a new linen look for cabinet interiors. This realistic and refined finish offers a high-quality material that is more resistant to superficial scratches. To start, two shades of linen will be available; Anthracite Linen (H801) and Taupe Linen (H802).
Contact us today to learn more about this exciting new offering!
Decora Cabinetry is offering new wireless cabinet lighting solutions as an easy way to take your kitchen design from ordinary to extraordinary. Warm or cool, well-placed lighting choices make food prep easier, highlight focal points in the room, and add an extra bit of drama.
SENSIO QUATTRO ZONE CONTROLLER
The ultimate solution in lighting control, the wireless Quattro Dimming Receiver and the Quattro 4 Zone Wall Controller allows dimmable cabinet lighting installation without installing hardwired switches. Put the power in your hands with the easily detachable, hand-held remote operation and control up to four lighting zones wirelessly within a room design.
BATTERY POWERED DRAWER LIGHT
Convenient and practical, the Battery Powered Drawer Light automatically turns on when the drawer is opened to illuminate its contents, helping you find exactly what you’re looking for.
STANDARD PUCK LIGHT
Be amazed at the effect lighting can exude with the Standard Puck Light. Versatile in countless situations, the Standard Puck Light is perfect for illuminating a special collectible or for brightening your cooking area.
SENSIO LIGHTING SYSTEMS
Let the light transform your space through inspired warm or cool, rigid or flexible, puck or strip cabinet lighting solutions from Sensio Lighting. Compatible with Dimmable Wall Controller and Wireless Receiver to give you maximum control.
Thinking about a bathroom makeover? Vanity tops come in all shapes, sizes, and materials.
If you are looking for a cost-effective way to give your bathroom a luxury look then consider a premanufactured vanity top versus a fabricated top. What’s the difference? Premanufactured tops are made in bulk in a cost-effective manufacturing process. They also use a thinner material which adds to the cost-savings. Fabricated vanity tops are custom-made locally by a fabricator for you to the exact specifications requested. They either use full slabs or partial remnants of full slabs to create the vanity top.
The Corner Cabinet has partnered with Wolf to bring you a pre-manufactured vanity top program. The program consists of solid surface, quartz, granite, and cultured marble materials. Some materials offer multiple thicknesses and each offer several color options. A variety of undermount sink options also rounds out this program. Please review the brochure for more information or contact us at The Corner Cabinet to discuss your bathroom project!
Announcing Caesarstone’s three new designs – all modern takes on the white surface trend. These new colors bring versatility to renovation. They bring character to home designs. Discover their stories – what they evoke and what they accomplish – here.
4011 Cloudburst Concrete
Soft swells of pure white, a creamy white base, rich tones, innovative texture and the tactile effect of concrete. The white-on-white cloud-like patina has a low-reflective surface, providing design flexibility. Lighten the room. Evoke a refined, urban aesthetic. Elevate your designs with Cloudburst Concrete.
4601 Frozen Terra
Glimmers of black basalt and translucent grey quartz embellish a classic white base. Frozen Terra fuses the playfulness of terrazzo with the robustness of concrete, creating a cosmopolitan vibe. The textured finish adds another layer of allure. Compliment both casual light cabinetry and chic dark hardware with Frozen Terra.
6011 Intense White
Imagine a sophisticated space with a radiant atmosphere. With Intense White, petite crystallines embellish a bright white base. The mosaic-inspired pattern gleams, bringing fresh optimism to interiors. Its versatility compliments a variety of cabinet colors, and the lightly-textured concrete finish adds depth.
Available in March of 2018, an added stain in our Wolf Classic Expression series. Our newest finish, Brownstone, is an attractive grey-brown stain available on our Dartmouth door style, now giving you a total of six finish options on this modern shaker-style door. Click the link below to learn more about this quick-ship, cost-conscious line or contact us to discuss your project today.