Why You Should Use LEDs in your Home Remodel

LED kitchen lighting

Kitchen remodel – LED Lighting

 

When you are planning your kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel or overall home remodel, LED lighting should be on your purchase list. They can make a remodel look so much more appealing than traditional lighting. If design and style are on the top of your list, LED lighting should be in the purchasing and shopping items.

In addition to adding design and style to your kitchen remodel, LEDs bring a great deal of efficiency to a home. Since an LED bulb is more energy efficient, they require less energy to be used by a homeowner, they have a much longer life, and they produce less carbon emissions, than traditional light bulbs. All in all LEDs are just better for the environment and they help save a tremendous amount of money on your energy bill, when you look at the annual cost savings. [Read more…]

Deciding on Your Kitchen Design Style

Kitchen Design and Style

Kitchen Design and Style

Kitchens come in many shapes, styles, designs and themes. Since a new kitchen can be a large part of your overall home improvement budget, making the right decision on your kitchen design style requires serious thought and planning for a successful kitchen remodel.

It helps tremendously if you know what style look you prefer, such as classic, modern, rustic, country, etc., before you embark upon your kitchen remodel. Making that decision will help you start to narrow down choices on everything from wall color to cabinet doors. Picking a very specific design theme, such as French Colonial or Art Deco, provides you a design platform to build your kitchen design.  Mixing and matching styles typically is called eclectic, while a look that blends traditional and contemporary elements is considered transitional.

Traditional Kitchen Style

Formal, Elegant and Classic

Traditional kitchens have a formal, elegant look characteristic of American and European homes of the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.

What You Can Expect to see in a Traditional Kitchen Style:

  • Crown and rope molding, fluting, corbels and other ornamentation and trim
  • Cabinets in cherry, walnut and mahogany
  • Raised panel cabinet door styles
  • Antique fixtures and appliances
  • Wood, stone or other natural materials

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How to Choose the Right Kitchen Sink and Faucet

PHOTO CREDIT: BLANCO PRECISION SINK

In today’s modern household the kitchen is the heart of the home and is a place to entertain and enjoy the family. This puts the kitchen sink and kitchen faucet center stage in today’s kitchen. Therefore, it is important to invest in quality and style, since a sink and faucet can last over 10 years.  These two items get a lot of daily usage in a kitchen and really add a finishing style on the overall look and feel of the kitchen remodel.

Sadly, the kitchen sink and kitchen faucet do not always get the attention they deserve in a kitchen remodel. But the reality of the matter, these two items are critical to your kitchen looking dated or timeless. They are also important items that can make your life in the kitchen much easier when it comes to doing standard chores in the kitchen.

Questions: Before You Buy a Kitchen Sink or Faucet

Before you actually make a purchase of a kitchen sink or faucet, there are several things you need to consider. Since there are so many great styles and options to choose from when looking for a kitchen sink and faucet, you have to understand a few basic things about your tastes, preferences and habits before you make your final decision. [Read more…]

Your Kitchen Cabinet Style: Frameless vs. Framed Cabinets

Photo credit - Dura Supreme Cabinets

Photo credit – Dura Supreme Cabinets

If you are in the market to remodel your kitchen, you will be faced with lots of decisions to make. Budget, style, cabinetry, layout, appliances, lighting, increasing the footprint, countertops and many other choices.They all are important and need to be taken into consideration to achieve a world class kitchen remodel that you will enjoy for years to come. [Read more…]

Dream Kitchen Design Ideas from Celebrity Kitchens to make your kitchen more fun

Celebrity Kitchens Ideas to make your kitchen more comfortable and Enjoyable

If you love to cook and entertain then you will enjoy feasting your eyes on some magnificent kitchen that are kitchen lover’s dream.

Every issue of Architectural Digest features pages of inspiring designs from the homes of the rich and famous.  This month’s issue is no exception.  Featured Writer, Leslie Anne Wiggins, highlights several kitchens in the slideshow article, Perfect Kitchens for Holiday Cooking and Gathering.

One after another they are just breathtaking. Unfortunately the average homeowner, does not have the unlimited funds of most of the kitchens featured in the slideshow, however, there are so many elements that can be used even in a modest kitchen remodel or kitchen renovation project.

Take for instance the High Gloss Kitchen cabinets in the following photo from Architectural Digest. This kitchen was decorated by Francis Sultana features an updated kitchen in a 19th Century London triplex.  You can steal the look by using Acrylic High Gloss Cabinets with a monochromatic color. Add a wood floor or faux wood floor using Porcelain wood planks that resemble the real thing.  You can Add track lighting relatively cost effectively. For the countertops you can use a nice quartz with a color shade close to the cabinets to give you that monochromatic look and feel. Top it off with a sleek stylish kitchen faucet and a stove top instead of a standard range with oven at the bottom.

Photo credit Architectural Digest

Photo credit Architectural Digest – Designer :  Francis Sultana

In the following kitchen, home of John Legend and Christy Turlington, Designer Don Stewart of Desiderata Design used beautiful teak wood cabinetry and stools by Emmerson Troop in this elegant yet simple 1960’s home to create more space in the kitchen/dining area. [Read more…]

Moen Hits a Home Run with New Kitchen Faucets

Have you seen the new Moen kitchen faucets?  If not, you are in for a real treat…

Four new Moen kitchen faucets really come to the forefront of great design, style and functionality. Don’t take my word, have a look at these faucets for yourself and you will fall in love with these sleek new designs.

We all know that a kitchen faucet is a necessary standout feature in any good kitchen redesign or kitchen remodel.  However, style has to also be met with functionality of the end user in the kitchen.

Here are four Moen kitchen faucets that exemplify kitchen trends worth mentioning for that dream kitchen we are all looking to create.

photo credit: Moen STO kitchen faucet

photo credit: Moen STO kitchen faucet

STO – Kitchen Faucet

Let’s start with the Moen Sto – kitchen faucet. The STO faucet is sleek, sexy and streamlined.  It is a perfect complement for the contemporary kitchen. This modern faucet comes in chrome, Spot Resist Stainless, and the new stand out color  “Matte Black”. The STO faucet has a hybrid design that is somewhat square and cylindrical, which are must have features in a contemporary and modern kitchen design.

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Video: Creative Kitchen Remodel Ideas – Pompano Beach

Creative Kitchen Remodel Ideas - Video

Have you recently purchased a new home or condo in Pompano Beach?  Is your newly purchased home in need of a kitchen remodel? Are you totally confused on where to start and what to do first? This can be overwhelming at first, that is why it is important to work with a team of professionals that know how to take the heavy lifting off your shoulder and handle the entire process.

One of the first things to consider is to determine your budget. Setting this first enables you a platform to build your kitchen design remodel around.  The next step is to consider your design style.  This can be a bit perplexing that is why it is important to look at several photos to help you determine your tastes and preferences.

Check out this new video from Donco Designs on creative kitchen remodel ideas in Pompano Beach.

Do you know design style… Is it Traditional, Modern, Country or Transitional?  Regardless of your tastes or preferences, you will be sure to pick up some new design ideas for your new Pompano Beach Kitchen.

Confused on where to start? Don’t worry the Donco Designs team has you covered… Contact the design team to come out to your new home and provide you an assessment of your options to make your new kitchen remodel dreams come true.  Our team of professionals will handle everything from the permit process, design, demo, and full remodel.

Call Donco Designs today for your free complimentary Design Consultation. 954-975-7052

Pro Tips on Buying Kitchen Appliances

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Your kitchen appliance purchase will be major investment, both in out of pocket expense and with your time. Buying kitchen appliances can be a challenging task because you have s many options to consider, from energy saving, to designer models, to low cost models. This can sometimes be overwhelming.

It is important to realize that in a kitchen remodel, the selection of kitchen appliances is a very critical step in making your new kitchen look and feel fabulous. It is not just purchasing the latest and greatest new product, but rather, knowing what will work best for you and your family in your space.

Here are few professional tips to help guide your through the kitchen appliance buying process. If you are prepared before you start the process, you will be more confident with your kitchen appliance buying decisions.

  • Research and read reviews on products before you go shopping. You want to look at their likes and dislikes of the products.
  • Make a list of your priority features in products.  Are you looking for “energy efficient or “lifetime warranty”, it is important to bring this list when you go shopping so that you can compare which retailer is offering the best price with most of your appliance feature requirements.

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Kitchen Countertop Styles and Trends

granite-island-and-marble-countertop-kitchenA kitchen countertop can establish the overall look of your kitchen remodel and design, so it is important to choose one that will best work with both your stylistic taste and the level of activity within your space.

Granite, Quartz, Marble and Recycled Glass are all top choices for a kitchen countertop that is meant to stand out and get attention. There is no need to settle for a boring countertop, if you can have one that is beautiful and can last for years to come with proper maintenance.

If you want to get creative with your kitchen countertop, you have options such as stainless steel, concrete, and butcher block, however,  one thing to keep in mind is the upkeep and maintenance.

When deciding on your countertop, first consider what will be your theme you are looking for in your kitchen.  Is it traditional, contemporary, modern, or transitional.

Next consider the colors you have to work with and want to bring out in the kitchen countertop. Are you looking for beige, white, black, gray, green, blue, etc… All of these colors can be accomplished with the right kitchen countertop selection.

Kitchen-Island-Contemporary-KitchenOne thing important to note is that your overall look depends upon you and your taste preferences.  There are several new kitchen countertop trends every year, but you have to make the decision what is ultimately important to you in your kitchen.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are almost maintenance free. Isn’t that wonderful? The engineered quartz countertops can resist stain, acid, scratches, and are heat and impact resistant. Since the surface of the quartz countertops are not porous surface, there is no need to seal them like natural stone countertops.

 

Granite Countertops

If you are looking for the all time favorite kitchen countertop, look no further than a granite kitchen countertop. The granite countertop remains one of the top choices for most homeowners, since they provide that high end look for a kitchen remodel and also are great surfaces for prepping food. Since granite  is a natural stone, there is a variation in the stone’s pattern, which adds to the appeal for most homeowners and granite lovers.

 

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Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are considered as a luxury look and finish in the stone family. Two of the most popular marble choices are the gray-toned Carrara or Calacatta marble. This stone provides a nice high end look for a kitchen, but requires a lot of upkeep and maintenance.

 Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel kitchen countertops provide a more industrial look and feel to a kitchen.  The stainless steel surface coordinates with any color and is super easy kitchen countertop to keep clean.

 

 

Glass Countertops

Glass countertops are super sleek and sexy for a kitchen countertop. Since glass is versatile and can be cut into various shapes and sizes, with varying textures the options are limitless. One thing to keep in mind, is that a glass kitchen countertop is more expensive than other kitchen countertop options, however, the modern look is streamlined and also easy to maintain.

Click on the following links to read more on kitchen countertops:

Kitchen Countertops – Remodeling Basics – Donco Designs

Kitchen Remodel Design Tips – Donco Designs

How to Create Your Gourmet Kitchen: Bring out your Inner Chef

Gourmet Kitchen Designs

When you think of a gourmet kitchen, you visualize one that has the style and layout a professional chef would use. This would include state of the art “professional” grade appliances and easy to clean exteriors that would resemble a kitchen in a restaurant.

If you are like most “foodies”, you enjoy watching famous cooking shows like Hell’s Kitchen or cooking shows on HGTV or the Food Network like “Chopped”,”The Barefoot Contessa”, “Iron Chef America”, “Everyday Italian”, or “30-Minute Minute Meals”.  Maybe you are a fan of one of the famous TV Chefs such as Chef’s like, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsey, Ina Garten, Guy Fieri, Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Ray or Nigella Lawson. It is not uncommon for someone to want a kitchen that has the flair of a TV Chef’s kitchen.

When planning a gourmet kitchen remodel one should look at the overall space first and map out where the best angles are for “zones”, such as:

  • Preparation Zone – How food will be prepared
  • Cooking Zone – Where meals will be cooked
  • Clean Up Zone – How clean up will be accomplished
  • Serving Zone – How food will be served

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