New Jersey Kitchen Designers: Local Resource Guide

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As NJ Kitchen Designers, we have often found that the best places to source products and services for your kitchen design are closer than you think, usually they are right in your own backyard and North New Jersey is no exception!  

Kitchen Design Hawthorne, NJ

Selecting materials for your kitchen remodeling project can be an overwhelming and time consuming process. Working with a kitchen designer that will guide you through the process and assist in making the selections will certainly lighten the burden. Another key factor to making the most of your time is to use local resources that are close together, Hawthorne, NJ, nestled between Ridgewood, Glen Rock and Wyckoff, is a prime example, it truly is a kitchen designers paradise. I like to think of Hawthorne, NJ as the center of the hub, with offerings that range from kitchen countertops, tile, plumbing to electrical stores. Many other resources such as appliance showrooms are just one town over with an added benefit of lower NJ Sales tax, 3.3125% to be exact.

When we design a kitchen we start with a well thought out concept, from there we continue to shape and refine the design. The kitchen cabinetry can be designed and planned using standard sizes of appliances at this stage but we will have to defer to the appliance manufacturers specifications before we order the cabinets. Once we have a good solid kitchen design in place it’s time to incorporate the appliances into the mix. So let’s go shopping! 

Reno’s Appliance – Paterson, NJ

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Reno’s Appliance designer showroom in Paterson, NJ offers the largest selection of different brands and styles of appliances with over 12,000 square feet of displays including a large area dedicated to outdoor cooking and barbecue. Located in an Urban Enterprise Zone, Reno’s Appliance in Paterson collects only half the current New Jersey sales tax rate to customers taking delivery within the state of NJ. You can expect an excellent customer service experience, fresh coffee, snacks and more while you’re selecting your kitchen appliances.

 

Yudin’s Appliance – Wyckoff, NJ

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Yudin’s Discount Appliances is a family-owned discount appliance store with locations in Wyckoff and Passaic, New Jersey. Since 1972. Yudin’s Discount Appliances is an authorized dealer of such brands as Bosch, Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, GE, Frigidaire, Electrolux, Kitchen Aid, and more. We can help you select your new major kitchen appliances at any budget. Sometimes you already have a great place you know and trust, businesses that service local neighborhoods offer so much more than the big box store alternatives.

 

The next step is to start looking at countertops, floor tile and backsplash tile. It is always recommend to take along your cabinet samples when selecting the countertops and tile. Look for a contrast of sheen between the materials and pay attention to the temperature of the colors, they should all be in the same range, nothing too high or too low. As you walk around hold up your kitchen cabinet samples, when you find the right one the colors will snap into place and you won’t have to think whether it’s right or not.

 

 

Artistic Marble & Granite – Hawthorne, NJ

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Artistic Marble & Granite of Hawthorne, NJ offers a wide variety of unique granite, marble, quartzite and soapstone countertops that are sourced from all over the world. All of the slabs of material are kept in an indoor climate controlled facility making the viewing and selection process very enjoyable. Once you have made your selection they transform the raw slab into your finished kitchen countertops using state of the art Equipment that is located right on the premises, you can take a peek back there to see the work in progress, truly fascinating.

 

Ohm International – Lyndhurst, NJ

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Established in 1987, OHM International Inc. is an importer and wholesaler of high quality natural stone products. They have the largest indoor selection of quartz material in the area which makes it an excellent place to view full slabs of quartz countertops at their Lyndhurst, NJ facility. Many fabricators do not stock the material so if you can’t make a decision off a small sample, this place is a must. Appointments are recommended if you plan on going on a Saturday.

 

True Form Concrete – Wharton, NJ

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Trueform Concrete is based out of Wharton New Jersey, they bring a unique perspective to the functional and practical use of concrete. Trueform Concrete fabricates decorative precast concrete products for both residential and commercial applications, specializing in concrete countertops, concrete bathroom sinks, concrete tables, fireplace surrounds, and many other quality custom concrete products. If you’re in the market for something different, concrete countertops maybe right for your project. Many options exist to put your personal touches into the design from inlays of steel to sea shells from a family vacation, the possibilities are endless. Other great features like tweaking the color or making an oversized island without seams can help resolve difficult applications where other materials fall short.

 

Wayne Tile – Ramsey, NJ

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Wayne Tile, Founded in 1955 by Bob Westra, with brothers Harry and Don joining the business a few years later.  Wayne Tile continues to be a family owned and operated business. From its humble beginnings in a small garage with three different tile colors to choose from, the company has grown in the past 60 years to be a leading distributor of tile. Today with five showrooms and design centers, and 110,000 square feet of warehouse space, Wayne Tile carries over 100 lines of tile from around the world. Our favorite showroom is located at 50 Spring St Ramsey, NJ, everytime we’re there we discover something new and exciting. There is so much to look at it is mind numbing, here are a few tips to keep you focused. Just walk the store and take it all in, then look closer at the sizes and shapes of the tiles, then look at the colors and textures. As you notice these items you should see pattern in what you like and dislike, try to convey this information to the sales/design staff and they can point you in the right direction.

 

Additional Resources in and around New Jersey

Kitchen Floor & Backsplash Tile

  1. Artistic Tile has locations in Secaucus and Paramus, NJ,  they are one of the largest wholesale distributors of luxury stone and tile in the United States.
  2. Porcelanosa – Paramus, NJ

 

Kitchen Plumbing Fixtures & Decorative Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

  1. GPS – Hawthorne, NJ & Paramus, NJ
  2. Wallington Plumbing Supply – Saddle Brook, NJ
  3. AF Supply – Fairfield, NJ
  4. Top Knobs – Branchburg, NJ
  5. Hardware Designs – Fairfield, NJ

Need help planning your kitchen remodel?

Give us a call, 973-636-0100.

Blueprint for a Successful Kitchen Remodel

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Would you like to have an enjoyable kitchen remodel experience? Successful kitchen remodeling projects do not happen by chance, they are carefully planned and orchestrated by experienced kitchen remodel contractors.

 

Kitchen Floor Plan

When is a good time to remodel your kitchen?

Embarking on a large home remodeling project like a kitchen remodel requires detailed planning not only for the remodeled space but how the family will function during the renovation. As such, many families choose to renovate during the warmer months so they can prepare meals outdoors for their family. That places a higher demand on the spring and summer months leaving the fall and winter a little sparse for home remodeling contractors, which is why most kitchen remodeling companies offer reduced prices during those months. Kitchen remodeling contractors often set up temporary kitchens in an adjacent room using your existing appliances and cabinetry. This allows you to take full advantage of of the off season pricing while still being able to take care of your family.

Who will help with the selections?

At first glance it seems that there are not too many selections in a kitchen remodel, but the truth is, there are dozens of selections that need to be made. Everything from cabinets to countertops, tile, plumbing, electrical, etc. working with a home remodeling contractor that will guide you through these selections will not only move the project along more swiftly, it will give you peace of mind knowing what you are selecting is correct for your projects requirements and aesthetic. It’s an added bonus to have an objective opinion to help you navigate the myriad of choices out there. Some Design Build firms even accompany you the the various vendors at no additional cost!

What to look for when choosing kitchen cabinets

Just about all kitchen and bath cabinetry looks the same, that is until you look at the details. Builder grade cabinets will have doors and drawers that are not as wide as the face frame of the cabinet, this is known as a semi overlay cabinet and will be the least expensive option. Semi custom cabinetry will have doors and drawers that are just as wide as the face frame of the cabinet and come in a wide variety of styles, finishes and options. Semi custom cabinetry will be in the mid range for costs. Custom cabinetry can be overly doors and drawers or inset doors and drawers and come in the widest variety of options, styles and colors. Custom cabinetry will be the most expensive and also have the longest lead times.

 

Look for cabinetry that is made with American plywood, solid wood face frames, solid wood doors and a lifetime manufacturer guarantee.

  1. Pay close attention to how the components and parts of the cabinetry are joined together, do they look like they were put together with care?
  2. How does the finish feel, is it smooth or rough?
  3. Do the doors and drawers line up nicely?
  4. Is the finish consistently applied?
  5. Look for a lifetime manufacturer warranty on the cabinetry as well as the cabinet hardware.

 

Stay on budget and reduce the risk of overages

Taking the time on the front end to plan out the project may seem like a waste of time, but I can tell you that is not the case. Skillfully drafted plans and a proposal with detailed line item descriptions and costs for your kitchen remodel create a very transparent process that is easy to understand. Changes in plans are unavoidable for many reasons, the most common we see are customer driven (might as well while you’re here requests) and concealed damage/unexpected conditions. The cost can go up or down depending on the situation, having a line by line quote allows you to see exactly what was figured for so you don’t have to worry about being taken advantage of. See example proposal/estimate below.

Kitchen Remodel Estimate Proposal

Project management, permits and kitchen design plans

A kitchen remodeling project cannot be successful without project management and it cannot be overstated as to how important it is not only to drive the process but to produce a high quality end product that you will enjoy for many years to come.

 

Building permits can certainly be a hassle if you are not familiar with the process. Many kitchen remodeling companies handle the initial application for permits but all to often, that’s where it ends as well. Be sure to ask if the contractor includes sitting for all the required building inspections up to and including final inspections. New Jersey State Law, N.J.A.C. 13 :45A -16.2, requires that final inspections be made before final payment is made to the contractor. Without final inspections you will not receive the necessary Certificate of Occupancy/Approval. This information is also contained on the back of the yellow permit card that goes in your front window when you start your kitchen remodeling project.

 

Kitchen design plans are more than just a cabinet layout – a detailed set of drawings spell out the nuances including; tile plans, electrical plans, plumbing and appliance layouts and much more. Another way to think about it is to compare it to preparing a thanksgiving day meal, someone has to be in charge of what’s on the menu, when to put the turkey in the oven and when to serve dessert. If no one is in charge of those items you can rest assured that the meal will turn out poorly and the same can be said for your kitchen remodel.

 

Preparing your home for a kitchen remodel

There is no nice way to put it, what’s about to happen in your home is going to be loud, intrusive, messy and as you’ve probably heard, dusty! As part of a high quality job, one would expect that the kitchen remodeling contractor would prepare the space to be remodeled by applying paper to hardwood floors and adding a layer of Masonite for floor protection, self adhesive carpet plastic as runners thru carpeted areas, plastic walls with zippered access to control dust and to provide some privacy, exhaust fans for negative air pressure which also helps to lower the amount of dust. Access into your home should be controlled by keeping key in a lock box or by providing a temp code to a garage door.

Would you like help planning your kitchen remodeling project? Call us at 973-636-0100.

Corner Stove Kitchen: How to plan the layout

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Create a beautiful corner stove kitchen design layout for your next kitchen remodeling project! Find out the math behind it and which appliances work best for your corner stove kitchen project.

Is a corner stove right for your kitchen cabinet layout?

Deciding whether or not to add a corner stove to a kitchen design depends on a variety of factors. In some cases it is done to add interest to a long straight run, in others its to save space and gain functionality to the over all design. It also could resolve the requirement for a larger stove that does to fit well on the adjacent walls of the kitchen. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you plan the design;

  1. Do we need a focal point in a given corner?
  2. Can we improve the layout overall by placing the stove on a corner?
  3. Does the ventilation preference allow for a corner stove?
  4. Do we need extra countertop space?

Selecting the right appliances

Wolf Corner StoveGenerally speaking almost any stove, cooktop or range top will work in the corner stove kitchen design with some exceptions. The tricky part comes in with the addition of the ventilation preferences, this is because the adjacent upper cabinetry sits on the 90 degree axis and the corner stove sits on a 45 degree axis (see sample plan below). This means we have to pay particular attention to the wall located behind the stove/ventilation unit and the depth of the appliances, these all need to be in sync for proper configuration. For this application it is best to use a stove without a back which is know as a slide in stove or model with an island trim which is a low profile back.

Doing the math for a corner stove kitchen

To figure out the placement of the adjacent cabinets you will need to know the width of the appliances and the depth of both the lower and upper cabinetry. We will also need to account for the desired counter top overhangs and fillers on the base cabinets.

  1. We will start with a desired 36” Stove width plus the total countertop overhangs (39″) and multiply it by 0.7071 which equals 27.5769, we can round that up to 27.6”.
  2. Next we need to add the depth of our base cabinet to that figure, 27.6” + 24” = 51.6”.
  3. Now we can plot that distance from the corner of the room to each of the adjacent base cabinets.
  4. The wall behind the corner stove can be placed after the upper cabinets have been figured out using the same method. Special considerations should be made when using a microwave as it will be a different depth than the upper cabinets in most cases.
  5. When setting that appliances you will notice that the stove will need to be set back from the face of the adjacent cabinets to allow for the doors/drawers to operate freely, we typically set the stove back approx. 4”-6” and leave about 2” behind the stove to the wall.

Adding a recessed niche to your corner stove kitchen

As an added bonus, the corner stove kitchen allows for a 6” – 8” deep recessed niche to be located just below the ventilation unit. This is possible because the wall behind the appliances is a false wall with a void behind it. This option is typically not possible when a stove is placed on wall in a standard configuration since it’s usually on an exterior wall.

Let’s review a sample plan

Corner Stove PlanHere’s our finished design with a 36″ stove. As you can see on the plans there is a void behind the stove wall which is a perfect place to run the duct work, electrical requirements and plumbing work. Note: If the walls are out of square and/or not plumb it will further complicate the calculations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Need help with your kitchen design plans? Give us a call at 973-636-0100, we’re happy to assist!

Kitchen Design Trends 2018

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Take a peek at the kitchen design trends for 2018. The latest in cabinetry, design, finishes, cabinet layouts and more.

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Coffee Bar

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There’s nothing like having your very own coffee bar located right inside of your kitchen. Everything you need is right at your fingertips in this Keurig coffee bar. Coffee cups and saucers are stored neatly behind the cabinet doors, silverware sits just below the custom K-Cup organizer in these two-tiered drawers. Many types of coffee makers can be incorporated into this design concept including built-in coffee makers. Great for when you’re on the go and for entertaining!

 
 

Corner Stove/Cooktop

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Successful kitchen designs all have one thing in common, the focal points. Placing a stove or cooktop in the corner of the kitchen allows you to take advantage of a new area that is not often the center of attention. It also allows the user to have more prep/plating room while eliminating the “dead” countertop area. It works great for larger stoves as well like this 36″ Jenn Air. It’s also a very efficient kitchen design for smaller spaces as shown here with a 30″ corner stove and microwave above.

 
 

Workstations

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A departure from the long standing “work triangle” is taking shape in the form of “work stations”.  Although the work triangle is still a relevant concept, the trend is moving towards areas that are designed for the task at hand. The work triangle connected the sink, fridge and cooking areas within a given distance to one another for efficiency, the work station concept allows for those items, and others, to be further apart and more well defined as a clean-up area, food prep/storage area and a cooking/plating station with all the necessary items to complete the task. This type of design is also multi-user friendly.

 
 

Clean Lines & Grey Neutrals

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Over the past few years we have seen less and less ornamentation being added to the kitchen cabinets. Strong clean lines with particular attention to the furniture-like details will take over in 2018 as the primary look. Flush inset doors with concealed hinges (shown here) further compliment the furniture-like cabinetry and clean lines. Grey neutrals are gaining traction in the market as great accent colors for the widely popular white kitchen that shows no signs of being taken over in 2018.

 
 

Cerused Oak with Reactive Agents

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The look and feel of wood flooring is moving in a new direction, stains and polyurethane finishes are being replaced by reactive agents and penetration oil finishes, the results are astonishing! The idea of staining any wood is to apply color (similar to painting) to the surface equally, making all the wood look the same. The use of reactive agents changes the tannis in the wood creating a natural varied color. A penetrating oil finish is applied to seal the boards, the oil is completely absorbed by the wood resulting in a matte finish. When you touch this product you are feeling the actual wood (not a protective coating) and all of that natural beauty of wood grain and texture.

 
 

Thick Countertops

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A great accent to the clean lines of today’s kitchens, thick countertops, 2″ or more, are being used on islands and work spaces. Many materials can be used to create this look including; concrete, wood, quartz and granite. Some of these materials come in the desired thickness and others have to be built-up to achieve the desired thickness. Depending on the material the process varies, but generally speaking, the thinner material is glued together as a stacked seam or a mitered seam giving the exterior appearance of a thicker material, the remainder of the interior is filled in with a light weigh MDF or similar material.