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Mar 3, 2020
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5 Signs its time to Kitchen Remodel

Many people, including those who think they know, don’t really know when it’s time to remodel their kitchen. They think the remodeling is something that should only be done particular times or when they have the money. But the fact is that the remodeling ought to be done not just when you have money but if certain things fall in place. This article looks at 5 signs which should convince you that you need to remodel your kitchen, whether you have the money to do so or not. If you don’t have the money you can opt for affordable kitchen remodeling.

1. The kitchen and appliances are falling apart: This is one of the most sure-fire signs that your kitchen is badly in need of remodeling. When the appliances and other equipment in the kitchen start developing faults and start performing far below expectations, then they need to be replaced in the overall kitchen remodeling exercise.

2. The kitchen cabinets have lost color and luster: Since the kitchen cabinets are among the most conspicuous things in the kitchen, if they start losing color, shine and luster, this will make your kitchen ugly. When you notice this, then it’s time to remodel your kitchen and bring it back to life.

3. You no longer feel at ease in the kitchen: For women, the kitchen is usually the most important part of their homes. If you are a woman and you start feeling generally uneasy whenever you are in the kitchen, then perhaps it’s time to carry out a thorough remodeling that will bring beauty and shine to the kitchen. The kitchen ought to be the place where women feel the most comfortable, because it’s like their “office”, where they do most of their “women” stuff.

4. You don’t want to have visitors in your kitchen: If you notice that you want to prevent visitors from even glancing into your kitchen because of the general disorder, then it’s time to remodel. Women usually want to “show off” with their kitchen. If this is no longer the case, then it’s obviously because they are not proud of nor happy with it.

5. You don’t feel like eating in there: A well designed and homely kitchen-place is one that you can eat in comfortably. But when you notice that you just don’t want to eat anything in there, except out of it, then it’s time to remodel that kitchen.

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Feb 1, 2020
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Top 2020 Trends in Countertops

Homeowners are continuing to choose neutral tones for their remodeled kitchens. In addition to white, wood or gray cabinets, they’re often selecting countertops and backsplashes in white and gray, according to the latest research out from Houzz.

The 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study gathered information from nearly 2,600 Houzz users who had completed a kitchen remodel or addition in the previous 12 months, were working on one or were planning to start one in the next three months. Here are six kitchen design trends for counters, backsplashes and walls based on what homeowners are choosing now.

Bianca Ecklund DesignWhite is the top color choice for upgraded countertops in remodeled kitchens.

Erin Carlyle1. White Is the Most Popular Countertop Color

White is the No. 1 choice (31%) for upgraded countertops in renovated kitchens, with multicolored the second-most popular option (25%), followed by gray (15%).

Twenty-nine percent of added or upgraded kitchen islands feature a contrasting counter color in relation to the perimeter counters, with wood tones the most popular contrasting choice. Read our story on what’s trending for kitchen islands to find out which other colors are popular when homeowners choose contrasting island countertops.

aaNovoThis Indianapolis kitchen features engineered quartz countertops, the material chosen by just over half of renovating homeowners who are upgrading their counters.

Erin Carlyle2. Engineered Quartz Is the Top Countertop Material

More than half of upgraded countertops in renovated kitchens are engineered quartz, making it the No. 1 choice for upgraded counters. Engineered quartz was also the top material for upgraded countertops in last year’s report.

However, the growth in popularity of this material (5% year over year) was slower this year compared with the 11% clip of recent years (2016 to 2018). The slower growth is likely due to the dramatic increase in the price of engineered quartz imported from China, the report says.

“Homeowners are dealing with increasing product prices by substituting materials, as indicated by a slowed growth in engineered quartz and a decline in the popularity of engineered flooring materials, highly impacted by tariffs on imported materials from China,” says Nino Sitchinava, Houzz principal economist.

The second-most popular choice for upgraded counters in renovated kitchens is granite (29%), followed by butcher block or wood slab (11%), quartzite (7%) and laminate (6%).

Erin Carlyle3. White Is the Most Popular Backsplash Color

For backsplashes, white is also the most popular option (35%) among renovating homeowners upgrading their kitchens, followed by multicolored (20%) and gray (15%).

Impact Interior DesignThis Boston kitchen features ceramic tile for the backsplash. Porcelain and ceramic tile together are the top choice among homeowners upgrading their kitchen backsplashes as part of their remodel.Erin Carlyle4. Ceramic or Porcelain Tile Is the Most Popular Backsplash Material

Ceramic or porcelain tile is the top material (57%) among those upgrading backsplashes as part of their kitchen remodel, followed by marble (10%), granite (6%) and engineered quartz (6%).

5. Backsplash Coverage Reaching Heights

Among homeowners who are upgrading the backsplash as part of their kitchen renovation, 63% are taking the backsplash all the wayup to the cabinets or range hood, while 21% are taking it just part of the way up, ending the backsplash between the countertop and upper cabinets or range hood.

A smaller share of renovating homeowners upgrading their backsplashes are creating a full feature wall by taking the backsplash material all the way up to the ceiling (11%). Others take it part of the way to the ceiling (4%).

Where to Start and Stop Your BacksplashCrystal Kitchen + BathThis Minneapolis kitchen features beige walls (Alexandria Beige by Benjamin Moore), the third-most popular pick among renovating homeowners upgrading their walls as part of a kitchen renovation.Erin Carlyle6. Gray Is the Top Wall Color Choice

As mentioned, neutral tones have been popular for renovated kitchens in the last few years, and the most popular wall colors in this year’s study carry on that trend. Gray is the most popular color choice for walls (30%), followed by white (24%) and beige (20%). That said, some renovating homeowners are going bolder with their wall choice colors, with blue (7%) and green (5%) nabbing the next-most popular slots.

The 2020 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study gathered information from 2,598 Houzz users who had completed a kitchen remodel or addition in the previous 12 months, were working on one or were planning to start one in the next three months. The study was fielded between June 19 and July 2, 2019.

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I have off white cabinets, but green walls for some color!

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celestina89: Thanks for the compliments – this was the result of waaay too much time to research before I started. The island countertop was definitely the piece that I splashed out the most money on, and it is even more spectacular in real life. I found a company up in Canada called CGD Glass Designs, and they made me a 1.5″ thick glass countertop with the colors embedded in the glass. Then, I had to work with my contractors to find a vendor to build a box to support it, because it weighs about 1,000 lbs. (watching them get it off the truck was fun) That box is 2″ high, lined with mirror material, and has a string of LED lights around the inside edge of it, to light up the glass from the inside. I have a little remote control where i can change the color of the LED lights and even get a disco going in my kitchen. It rocks my face off.

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I love seeing all these great kitchens!


I have this issue wanting my cookie-cutter house to look different than others. So. Were going with a cashmere gray glass tile under the cabinets and mixing it up with a new metal finished tile in varying copper tones behind the stovetop up to the hood). I’m afraid it will still look rather boring. Nervous about cleaning it so I’ll have a big splatter screen hidden in the pantry to pull out every time we fry something. OMGEE. (My previous home had a full custom kitchen with powdered coated steel countertops and stained Lyptus’ cabinets with all pull out drawers in the lower——- and that was all so amazing that my new kitchen seems just ‘Ehhhh’. ).

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Jan 16, 2020
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Fireplace Makeover Lake Norman

Fireplaces have been a part of home construction for generations, an important part of the home in terms of both form and function. At one point in history, families needed to live with a fireplace because of the function that it provided. Today, most focus on the form of the fireplace and how the look of it fits in with the home.

There are a few different things you will want to consider as you make any decision in regards to a fireplace in the home. These five things will help you to better understand what you can get out of your fireplace and whether or not it fits in your home.

Aesthetic Beauty

It is no secret that potential homebuyers are looking for a fireplace because of the beauty that it can bring to a home. Many will say that fireplaces help to make a home look and feel “cozy”, a characteristic that may be somewhat different to each and every person.

Cooking

If you plan on cooking in your fireplace you are going to have to make sure that the fireplace actually works, and that it is not a gas fireplace. A strong majority of the fireplaces in newly built homes are gas fireplaces or faux fireplaces; while beautiful, you cannot cook on an open flame in these forms of fireplaces.

Heat

If you are thinking about using a fireplace for heat, you need to consider the technology that this will lack. You will not have a comfort zone finder or electronic zoning available. You have nothing resembling thermostats to use, but instead must wait until the whole home heats.

Safety

Talk to professionals in heating and air conditioning service shops to understand the various safety information you need for a fireplace. You need to make sure that the materials used are safe, and that the way that you use the fireplace is safe. It does take some work and education to use a fireplace properly, no matter the use of the fireplace.

Maintenance

There will be some maintenance connected with any type of fireplace, both real and fake. Those who have a real fireplace will have to clear out ashes from time to time, and will need to have the chimney cleaned every once in a while. Those who have gas fireplaces will simply see the utility costs from using the gas for the flames of the fireplace.

You may find that a fireplace is going to be perfect for heating up your home. You may find that a fireplace is great for cooking in your home, or that it simply serves no purpose other than aesthetic beauty. You need to think about whether or not you want a fireplace, and what you want that fireplace for. The thought you put into this will help you to better understand if this object, or what form of this object, is right for your home.

The author, Jerry Brockman, is a co-owner of Controlled Air located at 21210 Eaton Avenue in Farmington, Minnesota. Serving the south metro area for over 30 years, Jerry continues to be highly involved in service and installations for Controlled Air on a daily basis.

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