Key points why Recessed Lighting will work in your remodel project

photo credit: recessed lighting trim/ Bob Vila/ Yahoo

photo credit: recessed lighting trim/ Bob Vila/ Yahoo

When you look at a freshly remodeled home, you will most likely see some form of recessed lighting in either the kitchen, hallway, bathroom, living room or family room.  You may ask why such love for the recessed lighting fixture?  The simple answer is that it just really works well in most places. On a personal level, I enjoy the clean and streamlined look of the recessed light and how well the recessed light functions when you put in a room.

I came across a great article by Joe Provey  – 5 Reasons Why Recessed Lighting Is Still Cool 

The article stirred up my passion for recessed lights so much, that I was inspired to share this blog post. [Read more…]

10 Super Easy Ideas to Steal for Your Kitchen Makeover

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If you are interested in a kitchen redesign, you are always on the lookout for fun easy, and affordable ways to update and remodel your kitchen. As a Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel Contractor, we are always asked by customers, how much will it cost to remodel a kitchen.  My standard answer is that it really depends upon a lot of variables.  The next question is “How can I remodel my kitchen on a budget? My answer is very easy, if you follow the plan that has worked with so many for years.

How to Start Your Kitchen Remodel Planning Process

You start the kitchen remodel process by planning and research. The first step is to make a list for the kitchen remodel. Next you come up with a budget that you are comfortable with. Next you start looking online on sites like Next you make a book with your tastes and preferences, online or print.  Personally, I recommend a binder, because you can take with you, as you go shopping and take notes along the way. After you have gone shopping and started looking at things in person, you may want to go back an adjust your budget, now that you have gotten a feel of your tastes and actual prices.

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How do kitchens earn the right to be part of your home?

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Have you ever wondered why kitchens these days get as much attention as any other part of a household—in some cases more than the living room? In fact, whether or not a kitchen should continue to exist in your house will greatly depend on the next few paragraphs.

Although there are some people who simply consider the kitchen to be a venue for everything related to food preparation, reality is that the real essence of a kitchen goes beyond this mere belief. In fact, kitchens have played a vital role not only in ensuring that every member of the household is well-nourished but also up to certain neglected yet highly influential events in the evolution of man’s entire way of living.

Mealtime is considered by most families as the best time of the day. It is not only a time to satisfy your physiologic needs for nutrition but also the perfect opportunity to satisfy and intensify and satisfy each of the 7 levels of man’s hierarchy of needs. However, most of us tend to overlook the value of food preparation as well as its value in the entire network of activities and processes within the household, the lives of those residing in it, and how each of them will turn out to be the moment they leave the dining table.

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Kitchen Countertops 101: How to Choose a Countertop for Your Kitchen

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Selecting a kitchen countertop is one of my favorite parts of a kitchen remodel project.  The kitchen countertop helps to set the look and overall feel of the kitchen area.  In a Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel, you will find that you have such an overwhelming amount of choices to select from.  Don’t let this frighten you off from making the best decision for your kitchen area.

I enjoyed reading the Post on Remodelista – Remodeling 101: Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Kitchen Countertops. The author, Christine Chang Hanway, did a fabulous job in coming up with five critical questions.

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Condo Kitchen Remodel Gallery

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If you are wondering about how an Ikea Kitchen Cabinet would look in your kitchen remodel project, take a look at the Palm Aire Kitchen we did using Abstrakt Kitchen Cabinets in High Gloss White. Most people are amazed the quality and the craftsmanship of these cabinets from the pictures that are featured on our website.  One of our favorite customers from New York wanted a nice clean modern look and feel for their Florida get away home.  They allowed us to work with them in creating the “perfect” Florida Home for them to enjoy on their winter vacations.

As you can see from the photos below the kitchen cabinets are just lovely.  We had fun putting this kitchen together and look forward to sharing more Ikea kitchen cabinet designs in the future on our blog. [Read more…]

Before and After Video – Kitchen and Bath Remodel – Palm Aire

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Before and after Transformations video for a Kitchen  and Bath Remodel in the beautiful Golf Course Community of Palm Aire.  Our new transformations video took place in the Cypress Grove Condo Community.  I just love working on projects in this area. It is so serene and calm….

As a Pompano Beach remodel contractor, we always enjoy doing complete Kitchen and Bathroom makeovers.  It is  a joy when a client gives us a blank slate to create something new for them. Don’t take this to mean a blank check, just the blank canvas so that we can create a truly special remodel project for their home.

In this Pompano Beach Kitchen remodel project, we totally gutted the old kitchen, down to the bare walls. This included removing the dated cove ceiling panels. We removed wallpaper and an old door that led to the laundry area.
The Pompano Beach Kitchen makeover consisted of new Wood Kitchen Cabinets, Granite Countertops, New Electric Panel Box and Indirect lights with recessed lights in the ceiling.  We also installed three bistro pendant lights over the open pass thru area that was widened to bring the kitchen and living area into a more modern area, as opposed to the original narrow pass thru.

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Video: Bold Kitchen Ideas

Are you looking for interesting and bold ideas for your kitchen design?

Check out the new video on Bold Kitchen ideas.. We are sure that you will be inspired to freshen up your kitchen with a few things like:

  • New Countertops
  • New Cabinetry
  • New Undermount sink
  • New Appliances
  • Custom Island
  • Undercounter lighting
  • Indirect Lighting
  • Glass Tile Mosaic Backsplash

Click on the following link to watch the Bold Kitchen Ideas video on the DoncoDesigns Youtube channel

7 Easy Steps for a Quick Kitchen Remodel

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Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel – Quick Tips

If you are interested in making your kitchen remodel simple and painless as possible, take a look at our list of 7 easy fixes that for your Pompano Beach kitchen remodel. You can do them all or cherry pick which ones work best for your home. I firmly believe if you are going to embark on the journey, take the time to do your homework and plan before you start your Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel. The last thing that you want to do is to end up with something that is just so/so. You should want the kitchen remodel at the end to make you happy and to make a statement to those that come into your home.

It goes without saying that a well done kitchen remodel can help in your future resale of your home, but don’t let that be your guide, choose things that make you happy in your kitchen makeover.

1. Paint Your Kitchen – Number one thing that can make a kitchen feel brand new
When you are selecting a paint color for your kitchen, look at colors that inspire you. If you are into warm colors, go with colors that fit the mood. If you want the room to be vibrant, choose a color that goes best with this mood. Benjamin Moore has a great visual color selector tool online that you can use to find the right color for your kitchen remodel. Although painting may seem simple and easy, it is best to consult with a professional painting contractor for the actual painting of the kitchen. This way, the Pompano Beach kitchen remodel will come out picture perfect.

2. Change Your Countertops – You have options – Natural Stone or Eco-Friendly
A kitchen counter is one of the most important elements in your kitchen. It sets the tone with the kitchen remodel. One way to really make a statement in your Pompano Beach Kitchen countertop is to use a natural stone with character and style. There are beautiful Granite options such as Silver Stardust granite, Saturnia Gold granite, and Corsica Cream Marble. There are eco-friendly kitchen countertop options such as, Solid Surface kitchen countertops. Caesarstone Quartz countertops have several trendy colors that can make your kitchen countertop pop, with colors like Blizzard, Apple martini and Baja. If your kitchen remodel budget is very limited, you can always get a tasteful and nicely designed laminate kitchen countertop. Wilson Art carries several lovely colors that will make your kitchen look stylish and modern with colors like Summer Carnival and Golden Romano. [Read more…]

Pompano Beach: Palm Aire Kitchen Remodel – The Oaks Course


Palm Aire Kitchen Remodel
It is always fun to start a new kitchen remodel project.  Recently we started a Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel in the beautiful Golf Course-Country Club Community of Palm Aire.  This particular kitchen remodel is located  on the Oaks Golf Course.  This corner unit has magnificent views of the fairway, our clients, have fun watching sunsets overlooking the golf course on their patio. I love working in South Florida…

In this kitchen remodel, we are tiling the floor,  installing new base molding and opening the wall from the kitchen through the living area to create a pass-thru opening, creating a custom soffit with recessed lights, installing new electric panel box, installing granite countertop and installing new kitchen cabinets.  This new pass thru opening will have  a granite counter top made from the exotic Kashmir White from India and seating area on the dining room side, so that the homeowner can have seated guests at the counter, while cooking in the new gourmet kitchen.  This open concept is really a must have in South Florida, especially if you live in a condo in Pompano Beach in the Palm Aire Community.

I am especially excited about this Palm Aire kitchen Remodel, because this is the first real update for this unit after the homeowner purchased it about a year ago.  It is not uncommon for a snowbird/seasonal resident to purchase a home in Pompano Beach and wait to remodel.  I have found that a kitchen remodel, is right up there after painting and flooring, especially for the seasonal homeowner.  Making their Florida home, a tropical get-away is really top on the list, something to look forward to when getting away from up north, from places like Canada, New York and New Jersey.

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Samsung Sparkling Water Refrigerator


Make your kitchen remodel standout with a Samsung sparkling water refrigerator

If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, you must take a look at the new Samsung Sparkling Water Refrigerator.  The two door and two drawer refrigerator will definitely make your kitchen remodel look great. The size and dimensions for this 31 cubic feet modified french door refrigerator is: 35 3/4″ x 70″ x 35 1/2″,

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing this beautiful Samsung refrigerator in person at my local Sears Appliance Center.  I was blown away with the sleekness of the design and how well organized this Samsung refrigerator is designed.

If you love sparking water, you will enjoy having it at your finger tips, thanks to the brilliant partnership between Samsung and SodaStream on this new  refrigerator. It is so simple and convenient for you to add the Co2 cartridge to the door of the refrigerator. It is seamless integration with the design and look of this magnificent refrigerator.

The Samsung design team thought of everything when they designed this refrigerator. To start, it has four doors and has the capacity for 31 bags of groceries.  This is great for a family or a person that does a lot of entertaining.  It also has a twin cooling plus system that helps keep your fresh vegetables fresher longer. This cooling system also helps protect against freezer burns.

You don’t have to worry about keeping your refrigerator organized with the Counter height flex zone drawers that have flexible compartments. The homeowner can store Party Trays, ColdCuts, Cold Drinks and Meats all at different temperatures. This is definitely beneficial for homeowners that like to cook with fresh ingredients or that likes to grill fresh fish or meats.

The flexible storage space in the Samsung Sparkling Water refrigerator gets better with the sliding and folding shelves.  Have you ever had a problem storing tall items in your refrigerator?  This problem is alleviated with the slide in/ flip up shelves.

If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel or in the process of a kitchen remodel, I suggest that you check out this innovative and efficient Samsung refrigerator. This new Samsung Sparkling water refrigerator retails for about $3,899.00. If you shop around, I am sure that you can find a deal or a sale on this item.

Click on the following to read more:

Samsung Canada Freshens Things Up with the Launch of the World’s First Four-Door Refrigerator Featuring a Sparkling Water Dispenser - PRNewswire

Samsung’s next Generation Refrigerators are Android Powered and Make Soda – Apartment Therapy

Psst! The new Samsung refrigerator dispenses sparkling water – Consumer Reports

Finally, a Refrigerator with a Sparkling Water Dispenser — Make Your Own Soda, Too - Time – TechLand