We’ve seen a surge in popularity in open floor layouts and chef-worthy kitchen remodels over the past couple of years, but there’s one more design trend that’s been slowly moving into the cooking area of late. Hail the kitchen hideaway, a new feature on the interior design scene that holds massive potential to transform the way we perceive and treat home areas dedicated to culinary experiments. From kitchens hidden from inquisitive eyes and devices inconspicuously blended into the background to double-duty islands and surreptitious sockets and tech hubs, every up-to-date cooking area nowadays has at least a few hide away spaces that render a unique minimalist yet functional air to our favorite gastronomy-oriented home spots. [Read more…]
The kitchen is often the most important place of a home. This area is the main hub for many families and they not only use the kitchen to cook, but to also entertain and just enjoy socializing with each other in the kitchen. One of the main features that I get asked for in a Lauderdale By The Sea Kitchen Remodel is for the open concept kitchen. This concept opens the living area with the kitchen or a family room with a kitchen.
The next favorite request of a homeowner is how can we integrate a kitchen island into their kitchen remodel. The process does not have to be complicated, but it takes understanding the needs, wants, desires, preferences and the layout of the space involved. This takes some planning and decisions on the end of the homeowner and the persons that will be using the kitchen.
A few key areas to consider when designing and planning your kitchen island are:
- Size of the Island
- Seating for the Island
- Lighting for the Island
- Height for the Island
- Appliances for the Island
- Storage for the Island
Understanding how you will use the island is one of the first areas for consideration in the planning process. Some islands have a side for preparation for prepping, cooking, eating, or entertaining. Understanding how you will use your kitchen island is the the first step in the design and planning process. Make a wish list of all the ways that you envision using your new kitchen island and how it will help solve limited space problems in your current kitchen layout.
It is important to understand that there is always a trade, since space is not unlimited. For example, it will take up more space in the island, if you decide to put appliances and a sink into the island. Whereas, if the purpose is for entertaining and eating meals at the kitchen island, you will focus on having adequate seating for the island.
Kitchen Island Height Dimensions
Kitchen Island Walkway Clearance Dimensions
If you are like most homeowners, you are looking for tips on the latest trends for your Lauderdale By The Sea Kitchen Remodel. Don’t worry, you are not alone. Most homeowners want to know what others are doing before they start the remodel project. This is a wise idea to do your research first.
I always recommend clients to make a list of their likes and dislikes of their current space. By writing the list down and reviewing it, will help you tremendously during the process. Ask yourself things such as who will be cooking in the kitchen? Will they be cooking at the same time? Do they share the same needs? Do you need more storage for dishes, cutlery, platters, pots and pans? Do you need more counter space? This is especially important near the sink and the cooktop or range.
After you have made your wish list, review it with your family to ensure that you have not overlooked any items. Two heads are better than one when it comes to planning your kitchen remodel design. After you are comfortable with the list, contact your Lauderdale By The Sea Kitchen Remodel contractor and Kitchen designer. Sit down are go over your ideas and come up with a list of agreed upon goals and objectives that are right for your kitchen remodel design.
If you are in the market for a kitchen remodel for your home, you must read these hot kitchen trends.
1. Color Combo Black & White is in style – Ebony and Ivory never worked so well together, with these hot new design essentials that work in almost every style, modern, transitional or classic. There are so many great styles and designs to choose from that you can make this uniquely yours.
2. Lower Maintenance look-a likes in countertop materials – Move over Natural Stone and Quartz, high- end designed laminates want a seat at the hot new design table
3. Designated Smart Spaces being integrated into the kitchen design
4. Open shelving and Open Concept go hand in hand with kitchen design for 2016
5. Two toned Cabinetry and Mixed Contrast with textures on materials
Click on the following to read more:
6 Killer kitchen & bath trends coming your way in 2016 – Apartment Therapy
Hot Kitchen and Bathroom Trends for 2016 – Design Milk
13 Kitchen Trends that are stronger than ever in 2016 – Emily Henderson
In the kitchen there are several elements that can serve as eye candy and the conversation piece. The obvious elements are the kitchen cabinets and the kitchen countertop. However, the one element that can make or break the overall kitchen design or theme is the kitchen backsplash. Sadly, most homeowners play it safe and go with the boring kitchen backsplash out of fear. As a Kitchen Design professional, I like to shake things up a bit and go for something a little more interesting when working on a kitchen remodel project. However, I must caution you never let your kitchen backsplash look gaudy or over the top. I firmly believe that there is a balance of safe yet tasteful design that can serve as a conversation piece when people step into your kitchen. Remember the goal is not to overwhelm, but rather, to tie everything all together.
That brings us to the purpose of this blog post, exciting kitchen backsplash ideas that you can love to steal and make your own. The object is to show you unusual tile backsplash ideas that you can use in your kitchen. There are tile backsplash ideas that are more eye catching and really make a statement and there are some that are classically elegant and will work with almost any theme, be it, traditional, classic, contemporary, modern, or transitional.
Let’s take a look at some of the collections of kitchen tile backsplash design ideas you can use in your kitchen remodel:
In this modern white kitchen, the Blue Oval shaped Ann Sacks – Gotham Glass Mosaic gives this white simple kitchen a nice punch of color and wakes it up. It definitely makes this kitchen a conversation statement instead of just a plain old white modern kitchen. [Read more…]
If you are considering a countertop for your Kitchen remodel, you should definitely look at quartz material. It is all the rage in the industry right now, but the main thing is that it is simply beautiful. There are several brands of quartz to choose from, such as Silestone by Cosentino, Caesarstone, Cambria and Pompei.
As a Pomano Beach Kitchen Remodel Contractor, we do several kitchen installations throughout the year. I am amazed at how different a job can be with just using a different color or type of material. I love all types of materials for countertops, however, some just take your breathe away like the one recent installation using Stellar Black Quartz by Silestone. The countertop was just simply fantastic and amazing when it was installed. Typically, I wait to share kitchens until after the backsplash is done, but I could not resist because of how gorgeous this material looks in our transitional kitchen with white shaker kitchen cabinets. We used stainless steel appliances and stainless handles on the kitchen cabinets.
What is Quartz Material?
Quartz is the natural choice that provides a unique feel and offers a non-porous and scratch resistant surface that’s ideal for use in the kitchen. Quartz is a Man-Made non-porous material, made from a mixture of 93% quartz and 7% resin binders and pigments. It has the strength of granite, but is more flexible – making it somewhat easier to handle. The beauty of quartz to a fabricator is that quartz needs no sealing or polishing.
Quartz countertops and Mold & Mildew Resistant, making it extremely hygienic and safe for food preparation areas. Quartz countertops are uniform in appearance and has the general appearance of natural stone, but with a more consistent pattern and color. One of the best selling features of quartz is that the final product should be very close to what you see in the sample.
Benefits of Quartz Countertops
- Quartz is naturally non-porous and scratch resistant.
- Built-in anti-microbial protection inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
- The natural beauty of quartz is derived from its multidimensional, gem-like color.
- Maintenance-free—needs no sealing or polishing.
- Many manufacturers give 10 – 15-year limited manufacturer warranty.
Like granite, quartz is extremely durable but it will break and can be damaged with prolonged exposure to high heat from hot pans or plates. Avoid cleaning quartz with strong chemical cleaners or solvents.
Pompano Beach Quartz Countertop Installation
Recently we did a quartz countertop installation for a Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel project. It came out beautiful.
Here are a few snaps from the kitchen countertop installation. I know the pictures do not do it justice, because it looks fabulous.
Details on the products used:
Materials: Silestone Quartz
Silestone is composed of 94% natural quartz, and is the first and only quartz countertop with Bacteriostatic Protection, giving it unique features.
Color: Stellar Black
Edge Profile: Flat Polished
Build Up – 1-1/2 inch
Planning your kitchen remodel is an exciting experience. However, it is filled with lots of decisions and choices. You can make the process go much smoother if you plan and learn the basics before you start. Determining the style you are going for is essential in the kitchen planning process. Are you going for a modern, transitional, or traditional look in the kitchen? The cabinetry that you choose will have a huge impact in successfully executing the design concept that you want to achieve.
Since kitchens today are becoming the hub of the home and a space for entertaining, it is important to choose the right kitchen cabinetry. The style, the color, the door design and the construction all help to achieve the look you want. There are so many options from slab door fronts or glossy cabinets for a modern kitchen; there is the shaker or mission door style that works perfect in the transitional kitchen and then there are the raised panel, cathedral style doors that are quintessential traditional kitchen and we can’t forget the beaded panel door for the cottage style kitchen. The kitchen door style essentially sets the overall look for your kitchen. [Read more…]
I enjoy sharing ideas for Kitchen Remodel Design Ideas. I love when I get the opportunity to share a Homeowner’s Kitchen Remodel by Donco Designs. This Sunrise Kitchen Remodel was a lot of fun and extremely enjoyable project to work on. The homeowner really did her homework and added features that made her Sunrise Kitchen unique and vastly improved the space in the kitchen.
We wanted to use a southwest theme but a modern approach to this theme. We used shaker cabinets in a nice classic red brown color. We used accent features of bronze instead of traditional stainless steel or chrome. [Read more…]
If you are in the process of planning your kitchen remodel and are wondering what your options are, you are on the right path to having a great remodel project. Main reason being is that proper lighting can make a room feel warm and inviting. Since a kitchen is commonly known to be the heart of the home, it is critical that you put the right type and quantity of lights in this area of your home.
There are several choices for lighting your kitchen ceiling, but if you are looking for the one that will be timeless and help your home look current, you should consider recessed lighting for your kitchen lighting.
One of the best reasons why homeowners like recessed lighting is that it helps a room appear larger, since the lights are actually recessed into the ceiling. This gives the kitchen area a feeling of more space and helps you focus on other features of your kitchen such as cabinets and appliances. This can make the room more warm and inviting, if you choose the right type of lights.
Soffit vs. Flat Ceiling
In South Florida, you will find that not all kitchen ceilings are created equal. There are a lot of ceilings that have what is known as a cove ceiling that has outdated fluorescent lights all around and a ceiling fan in the center of the ceiling. The next popular type of ceiling is the one with the plastic panels, and is known as a dropped ceiling. Another common type of ceiling is your basic flat ceiling, with a light fixture in the center. A flat ceiling can be concrete, as in most South Florida condos or it can be a drywall flat ceiling.
The cove ceiling with plastic panels was created to provide height in the kitchen area and still allow you to hide all of the old wires and to hide an unfinished ceiling in the center. It was very common at one time for South Florida Builders not to finish a ceiling and to hide wires in this area. Since everything was covered by this area, there was no big reason to finish the area off. The builder and the electrical contractor would typically install fluorescent lighting behind plastic panels and sometimes would put a ceiling fan in the center as a final accent to the kitchen ceiling.
Using a Soffit in the new recessed lights
If you decide to have a soffit ceiling in the kitchen area for your recessed lighting, there is a multiple step process. First you need to remove the old kitchen ceiling. Next step is for the electrical contractor to install the essential wiring in the soffit area, so that the soffit area can receive recessed lights. After this is inspected, you will need to complete the framing and have the framing and rough electric inspected. Next comes the installation of the drywall and inspection for the drywall screws. After all the rough inspections are passed by local inspectors, the drywall cab be finished with mud, sand, prime and paint.
Using a Flat Ceiling for your new recessed lights
If you want to have your recessed lights in a flat ceiling, then you must create an area that can accept a recessed light housing. Sometimes you may be limited by the space in the area and may be required to use what is known as a shallow recessed can for the recessed lights.
The first step is to remove all of the plastic panels and the old existing electric wiring. Next you will have your electrical contractor install the necessary electrical wiring that will be required for the new recessed cans. It is wise to only have a licensed electrical contractor to perform this work, since it is involving electricity. Also, you will want to make sure that the electrical contractor confirms that the electric panel has enough circuits for this new electric wiring and that everything is corrected properly.
In South Florida, after the electric is done by your licensed electrical contractor, you will have this inspected by your local municipal electrical inspector. Once this works passes inspection, next comes the framing inspection. After the framing inspection passes, the drywall can be installed in the kitchen ceiling. Once the drywall screws have passed inspection by the local structural inspector, you can then have the drywall properly finished with the mud, sanding, prime and paint. Your flat kitchen ceiling will be ready for your new recessed recessed lighting in your kitchen area.
Lighting: Ambient vs. Task vs. Decorative vs. Accent Lighting
It is important to understand the 4 commonly used types of lighting when planning your kitchen remodel project.
The more common type of lighting in the home is ambient or general lighting. This is what most of your recessed lights are used for in the kitchen remodel. This illuminates the general area of the kitchen.
Your next commonly used type of lighting is known as task lighting. Task lighting is exactly as it sounds, it is a directional light used during a specific task. We commonly use this in undercabinet lights in the kitchen. This is great for prep tasks and to create a great mood in the kitchen.
Types of Light bulbs for your recessed lights
When you decide on using recessed lights for your kitchen remodel, you have lots of options for light bulbs. If you want the most energy efficient type of light bulb for your kitchen remodel, you will want to use LED Bulbs.
When choosing the type of light bulb for your recessed lights, you need to consider the following options when making your decision.
- decide on the shape of the bulb
- determine the brightness and energy efficiency
- select the color temperature
- make sure that the light bulb base matches the fixture
The next thing that you have to decide on is what type of light bulb you plan on using. A few options to consider are:
- LED Bulbs
- Halogen Par Bulbs
- Standard A or Bulbs
- Low Voltage – MR16 Halogen Bulbs
When you are searching for your recessed lighting bulbs be sure to take note of the label. There is valuable information on the label for you to have in your kitchen remodel project. Take a look at a lighting label below for an LED light bulb. It provides a lot of valuable information on energy, watts and light output.
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