Feb 24, 2015
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Kitchen Design Trends

Often when it comes time to plan a kitchen remodel you can run out of steam before you’re even underway. There are so many options when it comes to design trends, fashionable touches, and hip colour schemes, that it’s no surprise projects can get overwhelming fast.

This article aims to help navigate the trends by providing you with a series of questions that will help you figure out what your kitchen needs to stand out. Cabinet design options such as style, finish, and fixtures will be looked at, and additionally we’ll touch on traits to look for in high quality cabinetry. Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll have a clear idea of what you’re looking for from your new kitchen cabinetry.

Picking the Right style of Cabinet for Your Kitchen:

If you’ve decided to replace all your kitchen cabinets you’ll be essentially starting from scratch, and that’s not a bad thing; you have numerous options if cabinet design is on your mind, and that means high quality custom cabinets are on the table. Quality is a must, but beyond that the ability to tailor cabinets to the exact dimensions of your kitchen can be crucial. Do you want rich wood cabinetry taking up most of the wall space in your kitchen? If so consider custom cabinets that can hide appliances like your fridge or dishwasher to allow one carefully chosen theme to reign supreme. If you want more minimized cabinetry and like the look of open spaces more, ask yourself if you want framed or unframed cabinets.

Framed cabinets: can provide more eye-catching trims, and if you’re using glass fronted cabinet doors the frame provides a chance to show off a splash of colour or wood tones, both popular elements for kitchens. Cabinet designs with large frames can dictate how much of those tones you’ll be able to introduce.

European-style cabinets: can offer you a larger cabinet doors to use as a canvas with any embellishments, or to highlight the natural wood if you’ve opted for that look. Thanks to superior access to the cabinet interior, they also improve convenience; an important consideration for a busy household.

Cabinet Designs Need the Perfect Finish: Choosing between natural wood and custom colours

One of the fundamental decisions you’ll have to make during your kitchen renovation is going with the natural wood look or the painted finish for your cabinets. Both looks work well, so cabinet design choices on this front come down to personal preference. Embracing natural wood tones still gives you a range of options between light and dark stains. Wood tones add warmth to a room, and can help achieve a “contemporary-rustic” style for your kitchen that embraces both old and new, this style is currently very popular. Cabinet designs that focus on solid colours can also be very eye catching, and lend themselves to modern open-concept kitchens.

Fixtures Can Fix Up Your Cabinets

After selecting the style of cabinet and the finish, it’s time for the final touches that will make your kitchen the toast of the town. Cabinet design plays into some fixtures more than others, so there are no hard and fast rules, but in general look for tones and shades that work with the rest of your kitchen. Oiled Bronze can give you a wonderful and very dark hue that works well with dark stone counter tops or backsplashes, or alternatively consider stainless steel to compliment your choice of appliances. If you’re going for the “contemporary-rustic” look brass fixtures can really accent the rustic side of things while staying contemporary in function.

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Feb 19, 2015
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Spring has Arrived – at least at the HOMESHOW !!!

Carolina Calling

The Southern Spring Home & Garden Show returns to its roots in 2015 with a theme saluting the best of the Carolinas.

From the mountains to the coast. Musicians to Philanthropists. BarBQ to Moon Pie and Pepsi. Forest lands to Financial Centers. Dogwoodsand Daydreamers. We’ve got it all … and it will all be brought into beautiful focus by hundreds of talented men and women who love calling Carolina home.

So, answer the call and make plans to drink it all in.

To make it even easier we’ve expanded the show to TWO WEEKENDS. It’s Spring times two.

Fri-Sat-Sun; February 20-21-22, AND Fri-Sat-Sun; February 27-28 March 1

You can:

• Talk with home design and products experts.
•Learn from award-winning landscapers.
• Get the latest clean and green ideas.
• Splurge on the perfect accessory or newest tools.
• Find a fabulous hand-turned pot.
•Taste your favorite foods and wine.
• Soak up the beauty of 22 colorful gardens.
• Explore designer rooms for the newest ideas in decorating.
• Enjoy horticulture, design, and how-to clinics.
• And NEW this year, don’t miss the Entertainment Stage featuring musicians, actors, storytellers and dancers.

Facebook page (located on the right side of this page). While you are there, sign up to be a Fan of the show.

Feb 12, 2015
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New Cabinets and Remodeling

Home remodeling is at an all time high. In fact, remodeling bathrooms and kitchens has almost become a national obsession. A significant cost factor in remodeling or adding on to a house can be the cost of cabinets. Whether remodeling or adding a kitchen, home office, family room, hobby room, play room, child’s bedroom or bathroom, your design might include new cabinets. In a kitchen remodel, cabinets can account for as much as half of the total cost. So it seems important to think carefully about new cabinets and remodeling.

If you happen to have the luxury of planning a remodel with no budget constraints, and you want new cabinets, you have two options: stock cabinets or custom cabinets. Custom cabinets are built to your specifications for your room. These might be built on site, or they might be built elsewhere and installed when complete. This option certainly gives you the greatest flexibility with your kitchen design and in getting the cabinets you want. If, however, you want to complete your remodel faster or you want to save a little bit of money, stock cabinets are a very good option. Stock cabinets are available in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, made of most any kind of wood you could want, with various kinds of moldings on doors and glass panels. You can purchase these completely built, or in precut and pre-finished pieces that you assemble.

If your existing cabinets don’t measure up to your needs or expectations, you might need to buy new cabinets. If your cabinets are showing significant signs of wear and use, if they are made of composition board, or if they simply make things inaccessible, new cabinets are probably a good idea. Choosing the stock cabinets that will fit your remodeling design should be reasonably easy. If you need new cabinets and your budget is limited you might want to look for recently discontinued cabinets or buy very plain cabinets to which you can add decorative moldings. This could save a lot of money.

If your cabinets are functional, in good shape, and of good quality, there are many other things you can do to revitalize old cabinets into a style that accents your new room design while saving money. Particularly in older homes, you may have solid wood cabinets that are far better than many economy cabinets available today.

One option would be to “reface” your cabinets. Re-facing cabinets is a matter of putting a new exterior “face” on existing cabinets and keeping the existing frames and cabinet boxes intact. Cabinets can be refaced with laminates, veneers, or high-quality wood to give the appearance of new cabinets for a fraction of the cost. The cost savings come from lower cost for both materials and labor.

Painting existing cabinets is another option, particularly if the cabinets are functional but need to be lighter and brighter. White cabinets are very popular. Yet another option is to remove the cabinet doors, sand or strip all surfaces and refinish/re-stain them. This gives you an opportunity to repair damage and put a fresh face on what you already have. Yet another option is to refinish flat cabinet doors and add matching moldings to create the look of finely molded woodworking.

If you want to work with existing cabinets and give them a facelift, you can also consider adding decorative trim with paint. For example, you can add a design on white cabinets to give them pizzazz, or you can paint trim on stained cabinet doors.

If you are working with existing cabinets, remember that they can also be resized as necessary to accommodate new appliances. This may take a little bit of work, but it can certainly be done if you like the cabinets you have.

Finally, consider the difference new hardware can make. Changing the hinges and door/drawer pulls can give older cabinets a very fresh appearance. If, for example, you have pine cabinets with black hinges and door pulls, you can create an entirely new look by painting the cabinets white and changing the hinges and door pulls to brass or brushed nickel.

As you renovate, you might also want to consider adding features that make the items in your cabinets more accessible. There are many items available that can be placed in existing cabinets or built into new cabinets that will make them more accessible, such as lazy Susans, drawers, drop-down shelves, and the like.

The possibilities for new cabinets and remodeling are limitless. Just use your imagination to find ways to achieve the highest quality with the available budget. The rest is a matter of creative thinking and some effort.

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Dan Fritschen, the author of this article, is the founder of the websites http://www.remodelormove.com http://www.remodelestimates.com and http://www.remodelingorganizer.com He is the author of three books on home remodeling.

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