Kitchen Remodeling NJ: 5 Things To Consider Before You Start

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Save time by planning your kitchen remodeling project

Don’t be tempted to rush through the most important part of a kitchen remodeling project. NJ homeowners are very busy with their own lives and have little time to waste, the allure of jumping right into the kitchen remodeling project seems like a good idea at first since it get things moving ASAP, the trouble comes later on when decisions need to made and everything starts to pile up.

 

Planning your kitchen remodeling project takes time, but it also saves time, much more than the time spent planning. How is this possible you might ask?

 

Proper planning increases efficiency during the kitchen remodeling construction phases. Having everything ready to go will allow everyone involved to do their part without waiting for selections/direction.

 

Create a kitchen remodeling checklist by writing out a detailed list of what the kitchen remodeling project will include. Then start looking for kitchen remodeling contractors, plumbers, electricians, tile installers, countertop fabricators, etc for each of the items you have listed. 

 

Kitchen remodeling budgeting tips

Another benefit to planning your kitchen remodeling project, as discussed above, is it helps you to stay on budget because you have a better understanding of the entire scope of work.

 

Plumbing changes that involve moving the kitchen sink are going to add some big bucks to the kitchen remodeling budget so if you can avoid the move that money can be put to good use in areas that are more appreciated.

 

A creative kitchen designer can transform your current space into your dream kitchen with just the right products and services that only “look” like you’ve spent $100,000.

 

Do as much research as possible on every item you will need. Doing this will allow you to understand how these items look, feel and function. Making these decisions at your leisure provides the opportunity to digest all the information.

 

Once the kitchen remodeling work begins you will feel pressured and rushed to make decisions and may potentially regret a few.

 

What to look for in a kitchen remodeling contractor

First you’ll want to check if the contractor is licensed in NJ. Kitchen remodeling contractors are required to do so and must also carry insurance in accordance with the NJ home improvement contractor act.

 

Then take a look at their online presence outside of their own website. Their social media presence is a very important indicator of how happy their clients are. The more positive online reviews the better, never take their word for it.

 

Look for a kitchen remodeling contractor that will take you shopping and help select the materials for the project so you are sure everything is going to work well together, don’t get fooled into doing all the work yourself.

 

The kitchen remodeling contractor should also be neat, prompt and responsive right from the start. If they can’t even show up for the first appointment on time or get back to you in a reasonable time with the estimate, how do you think the rest of your kitchen remodeling job will go?

 

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How to prepare before your kitchen remodeling project starts

Make plenty of meals that can be easily reheated during the kitchen renovation. Not having a kitchen for a few weeks can be very difficult. Setting up a temporary kitchen using your old kitchen cabinets and countertops will make it somewhat tolerable.

 

Start cleaning out the adjacent room to make way for all the work that is about to happen. It’s not 100% necessary but it makes the whole kitchen remodeling project run a lot smoother having the additional space to store items like cabinets and plumbing parts in addition to cutting of materials.

 

Setting up temporary alarm codes and garage codes for the kitchen remodeling contractors to use for the duration of their work will provide access and keep things secure. Get a copy of your home keys made to put in a lock box.

 

Write out a complete list of contact information in case of an emergency during the kitchen remodeling project.

 

Notify your homeowners insurance about your kitchen remodeling plans to make sure that your insurance covers the contents that are being stored at your home, namely contractors tools, appliances and cabinets that are yet to be installed against theft and to what value, an increase in this coverage may be necessary.

 

Kitchen remodeling can be fun and enjoyable

Believe it or not, kitchen remodeling can be fun and enjoyable if proper planning has taken place. Sure there will be some hiccups along the way but being prepared for them means it will not create an obstacle that will slow you down because you will be ready for it.

 

Partnering with a kitchen remodeling contractor that you get along with goes a long way when you are working together for weeks on end, nothing’s worse than having a personality conflict with a contractor. If you don’t care for them in the beginning, chances are you’re not going to feel any different in the end.

 

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Kitchen Cabinets: NJ Buyers Guide

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Kitchen Cabinets Should Fit Your Space & Your Lifestyle

Deciding on which kitchen cabinets to put in your kitchen is a very important decision, it’s a large investment and will most like be the largest single expense you will have when you are updating your kitchen. That being said, it is reasonable to think the kitchen cabinets will fit the space they are intended for, but they also need to fit your lifestyle, meaning, the combination of available door styles and cabinet finishes really need to capture who you are and set the right tone for your home. The accessories and options need to meet your families food preparation and storage needs. Last but not least, the kitchen cabinets have to fit within your given budget. Kitchen cabinets are produced at several price points with varying construction types/options by many different manufactures in and around NJ and even more within the United States. The better quality brands will stand out with a lifetime warranty, giving you a little more peace of mind knowing your kitchen cabinet purchase and investment will be safe for years to come.

 

Construction & Components Of Kitchen Cabinets

The difference between your kitchen cabinets lasting a few years or a few decades is largely attributed to the way in which they have been constructed and assembled. Have you ever purchased a cheap set of utensils like forks, spoons and knives, and after a year or two you have about two of each left? The same can be said for inexpensive kitchen cabinets except they are not that cheap or easily replaced. Kitchen cabinets made of solid wood face frames, all plywood cabinets boxes and solid wood dovetail drawer boxes have the best chance of standing the test of time in your kitchen. How the components are manufactured and assembled will also determine how long the kitchen cabinets will last. Look for components that are fitted into one another using wood joinery techniques like dados and rabbeting that are glued and fastened together. The overall appearance should be neat and clean reflecting a pride in craftsmanship. The best door hinges and drawer glides are made by Blum or Grass and have their own lifetime warranty, there are plenty of imitations out there so don’t hesitate to ask – most premature cabinet failures are due to poor quality hardware.

 

Inset Kitchen Cabinets vs Overlay Kitchen Cabinets

At some point during the planning of your kitchen cabinets you will be asked if you are looking for inset or overlay cabinets. inset kitchen cabinets refer to the door and drawers of the kitchen cabinets that are recessed into the face frame of the cabinet. The advantages of this style are: clean look, very traditional and very much a furniture like detail. Disadvantages of this style are: less interior cabinet space, costs more to do since it’s a custom feature and reduced drawer head sizes means less room for drawer hardware. Overlay kitchen cabinets refers to the doors and drawers of the kitchen cabinet that sit over the frame of the cabinet. This style of kitchen cabinets are the most popular and are are widely produced as stock, semi-custom or custom kitchen cabinets providing the most price point options available. Inset kitchen cabinets are typically produced by custom cabinet manufacturers with higher quality standards, on the other hand, overlay kitchen cabinets are made by all sorts of manufactures, each having their own quality standards so pay close attention to the details.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Accessories & Options

Selecting the right accessories for your new kitchen cabinets can help you utilize the cabinets to their fullest potential. Kitchen cabinets with roll out shelves is number one on my list – the addition of these rollout shelves allows you to reference the goods all the way at the back of the cabinet just by pulling out the shelf. Double can roll out trash would be second on my list – mainly because it can be placed in the most convenient place for the user and does not take up any additional space in the kitchen. Cooking utensils and cutlery storage drawers would be next followed by spice storage that can either be as a pullout next to the range or on stepped shelves in the bottom of a upper cabinet next tot the range. From there the accessories and options can be tailored to the users specific needs. One word of advice would be to stay away from accessories that over complicate things, the goal is to improve the overall user experience and use of the kitchen cabinets. If you have an existing kitchen and you’re looking to update the functionality, take a look at some aftermarket kitchen cabinet accessory manufacturers like Rev-A-Shelf and Hafele. They both offer a wide variety of cabinet organizational options. Hafele also carries decorative kitchen cabinet hardware.

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Embellish Your Kitchen Cabinets With Furniture Details

Take your kitchen cabinets to the next level with the addition of furniture details, here are a few examples and ideas; furniture base molding on island cabinets, adding cabinet door panels to the open ends of upper cabinets and lower cabinets, multiple piece crown moldings, support countertop overhangs with either a decorative bracket/corbel or a turned/carved newel post. While most of the options sound very traditional many kitchen cabinet manufactures have adopted a wide array of complementary components to be used in more transitional and contemporary styles. On the converse, furniture details for kitchen cabinets does not have to mean the addition of the above mentioned components, true furniture details can be found at the beginning of the process in the kitchen design plans in the form of how the different components are married together to create a set of kitchen cabinets that appear to all be made as one piece with clean lines and mounding that tie every together. Achieving this level of detail may be difficult using stock cabinets but it is certainly possible with semi custom kitchen cabinets and if your budget allows for it, custom kitchen cabinets will allow for the most flexibility in terms of how you can add your own personal taste to the furniture details.

 

How to Choose A Kitchen Cabinet Door Style

To make this decision you should start by taking a look st your kitchen cabinet design plans elevations, this is the front view of your kitchen cabinets as they will appear on the walls of your kitchen. Survey the plans to gather an understanding of the various sizes of cabinets that make up the design. Now keep this in mind as you are looking at the kitchen cabinet door styles, you’ll want to make sure the that the door style works as well for the largest cabinets and the smallest cabinets, in particular would be the narrow cabinets. It may even be possible that the kitchen design plan will need to be tweaked to accommodate a particular door style you have chosen. The next consideration would be for the decorative hardware that will get mounted to the various kitchen cabinets doors and drawers – some kitchen cabinet doors and drawers have either raised or recessed panels that create an opportunity or an issue depending on which decorative hardware is selected, looking ahead at this selection will help guide you in the right direction. The final consideration is how will the kitchen cabinet stain or painted finish look on the door/drawers.

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Paint, Stain & Other Kitchen Cabinet Finishes

The decision to go with either a painted kitchen cabinet finish or a stained kitchen cabinet finish is subjective, and although there is a big difference between the two in terms of appearance, both are equally as durable. The reason this is the case is because after the kitchen cabinets are either painted or stained, they received a top coat of clear, durable conversion varnish or similar coating that locks down the previous coating and protects from everyday use, without this final step your kitchen cabinets would show signs of wear very prematurely causing an unsightly appearance followed by additional damage. Some other kitchen cabinet finishes that are not so mainstream include; the use of reactive agents that tan the wood and bring out the natural characteristics, flaming the wood with the use of a torch to blacken the wood then removing the heaviest and softest parts on the surface by using a wire brush, the end result yields a very aged appearance. The application of glazes and dyes are another way to achieve an aged or weathered look and even an antique look using the same materials and varying the application process.

 

What To Look For In A Kitchen Cabinet Warranty

Deciding to purchase new kitchen cabinets is major financial commitment, having a good manufactures warranty will help give you peace of mind knowing your investment is protected. Look for kitchen cabinet warranties that cover the product for as long as you own it. This will be advertised as a “Lifetime Warranty” or more accurately as a “Limited Lifetime Warranty”. The best warranties will include full replacement of any defective parts/components with very few exceptions. Typically the single largest exclusion is damage caused by water, this may seem counter-intuitive but it is totally the norm for kitchen cabinet warranties. Another common exclusion is the labor associated with the defective parts/components replacement, this is where the kitchen cabinet installer’s company comes into play, it’s a good idea to review these terms with the kitchen installer and how they typically handle these types of kitchen cabinet warranty repairs. Verify that your kitchen cabinet installer will follow all manufacturer’s written installation instructions is the best way to ensure you do not void all or part of your warranty should a shoddy installation take place.

 

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Kitchen Design NJ: Cost, Style & Planning

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Kitchen Design Space Planning Tips

Before we can begin our kitchen design plans, we need to assess the current kitchen and it’s deficiencies to get a good sense of what we need out of the new kitchen design. Planning your kitchen’s space and layout relative to the needs is a great place to start. Here’s a quick list of questions to ask yourself:

  • Do I need more countertop space?
  • Do I need more kitchen cabinets?
  • Are my kitchen appliances sufficient to serve my needs?

 

Your answers to the above questions are an outline of what you need out of the space, the next step is to prioritize those items with the most important on top. Depending on your requirements and the actual space, you may not be able to simply achieve a better kitchen design without having to sacrifice moving a window, extending a wall or even removing an entire wall. It also may not be so obvious to you as to where these opportunities can be found within your existing space, starting with a blank room and paper is the best way to get around the visual obstacles that you see looking at the existing kitchen.

How To Create A Kitchen Design Floor Plan

A kitchen design floor plan shows the wall layout from an overhead view with the outline of the components that will fill the space such as: base cabinets, upper cabinets, kitchen pantry and appliances.

Measuring your space is a critical step to creating a kitchen design floor plan. Here are a few items you will need before you begin:

  • 25’ measuring tape
  • Grid style sketch pad
  • Pen or pencil, whichever you prefer

 

Start by drawing an outline of the rooms shape, then note door and window openings and any other obstacles. Bergen County NJ Kitchen Designs have no shortages of openings or obstacles! Then note the given measurements starting in the lower left-hand corner of the room working clockwise around the room until you are complete. When measuring the door trim you want to measure to the edge of the trim to the corner of the wall noting the available wall space. Take note of the existing centerline and locations for the plumbing and appliances, this is very helpful when it comes to deciding what to move.

Next you can take these rough sketches and convert them into a cleaner kitchen design floor plan to use for your kitchen design layouts. It’s a good idea to make photocopies of the blank plan so you can create several renditions of your kitchen design. Start by laying out the sink, range and fridge followed by the must-have items in their preferred locations in the kitchen, then fill in the remaining areas with other cabinet configurations of your preference.

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Appliances That Work In Any Kitchen Design

Counter depth refrigerator – this term refers to a refrigerator that has been specially made where the box portion measures the same depth as a kitchen base cabinet, 24” deep. This comes in very handy when you do not have extra space to give up for a standard depth refrigerator in your kitchen design.

Slide-in range – this term refers to a range/stove that does not have a back on it like a traditional range/stove has. This creates versatility and the option to place the appliance in an Island, as a corner range/stove or simply against the wall without compromising your backsplash design.

Shelf depth microwave – this term refers to a microwave that has a depth of 12” meaning it can fit in an upper cabinet almost anywhere within your kitchen design. Depending on your actual layout you may find that the hardest appliance to place is the microwave, this is a great option to resolve that issue.

Cost Effective Kitchen Design NJ Homeowners!

Whether you’re doing a small kitchen design or a large kitchen design, there is always somewhere you could be cost-effective. Relocating a sink or stove completely across the room could be more costly and just simply moving them if you feel you can either direction. Getting the look of a custom cabinet out of a semi custom cabinet used to its fullest potential. Omitting some upper cabinets to allow for an open shelf concept. Looking for remnant pieces of either granite or quartz for the countertop. These are all great ways to create a cost-effective kitchen design plan without sacrificing the functionality, integrity or overall design aesthetic.

What To Look For In Kitchen Design Plans

When reviewing your plans you want to look for a few things to ensure proper function of your layout. Looking at all the major pieces of your plan including the refrigerator, the sink and the range, do they all create a sense of balance and are they their own focal point? Do the cabinets in the plan all make the best available use of the space? Can smaller cabinets be combined with slightly larger cabinets to provide better functionality? You’ll also want to take into consideration whether or not the space does or could support a multi user environment, this is also known as Workstations. Using a cautious Eye you will want to look for potential hazards such as double oven too close to an entrance way where limited warning could cause a child or unsuspecting adult to walk into a hot oven door. And finally you’ll want to check the clearance and tolerance for all of the appliances and make sure that they operate correctly and do not hinder any walkways.

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NJ Kitchen Remodel Design Ideas

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Two tone kitchen cabinets by Schrock Cabinetry

Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets

There are many ways to do two tone kitchen cabinets in your kitchen design. More commonly you’ll see two tone kitchen cabinets where the island is one color and the main part is another color, it’s very easy to see in this design how and where to separate the colors but it gets more complicated when you are dealing with base cabinets, upper cabinets and tall cabinets that all come in contact with one another – for this type of two tone kitchen cabinets we need to make additional considerations as to where the visual brakes come into play and how the overall space and kitchen design is impacted by the two tone kitchen cabinets. Typically you want to group either upper cabinets or base cabinets together with a different color, next you’ll want to look at how the crown moldings or base moldings connect to the cabinets with the different finish and finally you’ll want to see where elements are attached to tall cabinets, like a pantry, to determine overall flow of the two tone kitchen cabinet finish. Schrock trademark cabinets offer a wide variety of two tone kitchen cabinet painted and stained finishes that pair perfectly together for an array of beautiful options. 

Two Tone Kitchen Cabinets: Countertop & Hardware Considerations

When planning your two tone kitchen cabinet layout some additional considerations will need to be made for the accompanying countertops and hardware on the two tone kitchen cabinets. Take a look at the tow tone kitchen cabinet finishes, take note to the colors and textures for each, use this information to marry the countertops to the two tone kitchen cabinets. Having one countertop in a two tone kitchen cabinet design usually works best when the two tone kitchen cabinet finishes are not highly contrasting, like two painted finishes where one is white and the other is a light grey. The option of having two countertops in a two tone kitchen cabinet design comes into play when the cabinet finishes are very distinct like a stained island and painted main cabinets. Decorative hardware for two tone kitchen cabinets can be all the same or different for each finish type, using the same type of hardware in different finishes is a nice way to pull the details together.

 

Various Layouts For A Kitchen With Island

U shaped kitchen with island refers to s kitchen that has cabinets on three walls with an island somewhere in the middle of the room where as an L shaped kitchen with island layout would have one less wall of kitchen cabinets and that opens up more possibilities as to which direction the island can face – depending on your kitchen cabinet layout you may want the island to be opposite the range wall to provide more prep space or opposite the sink wall if the island is to be used for seating and housing other necessary kitchen appliance like a built in wine fridge or microwave drawer. One extreme could be that you have so much space you decide to have a Kitchen with two islands. Having a Kitchen with 2 islands creates many opportunities for interesting arrangements and will vary greatly for each specific application.  Small kitchen with island is probably far more common and can be an excellent addition to any small kitchen design. So let’s layout for a kitchen with island, in an empty room floor plan you’ll want to measure off the walls where base cabinets are going approx 24” to create the footprint of the base cabinets. From the face of the base cabinets measure 36”out into the room to create a space for a walkway – do this in the remainder of the room and what you are left with is the available space for a kitchen with island. 

 

White Kitchen Black Countertops 

Want to make a really bold statement with your kitchen remodeling project? Think about White kitchen black countertops, now at first that might sound too strong and plain at the same time, what makes it interesting is the choices that the finishes are on like the white kitchen cabinet doors having a nice contour to them and the black granite countertops will have natural variation and can even have a little sparkle thanks to a little mica flecked throughout the granite. White kitchen cabinets have been popular for years now and over time more and more white kitchen cabinets colors have become available, keep this in mind when planning your kitchen, it does not have to be a stark white kitchen. Black countertops come in all varieties like black granite countertops, black quartz countertops and black concrete countertops just to name a few, plenty of options exist for a white kitchen black countertops. If you’re looking for a clean statement perhaps Grey kitchen cabinets with white countertops would be perfect for your kitchen renovation. Kitchen design trends have pushed the marble looking Quartz countertops to the forefront of the kitchen design scene since actual marble countertops are not durable enough to be used as a kitchen countertop. The big question of granite countertops vs quartz countertops really comes down to personal preference and sometimes costs, quartz countertops can cost more since it is sold primarily as a whole slab which means you will pay for all the waste this is rarely true for granite countertops. The best hint to do is have the kitchen cabinets plans sent to the kitchen countertop fabricator so they can provide you with an accurate kitchen countertop estimate for fabrication as well as installation so there will be no surprises later on in the project.

 

Average Kitchen Remodel Cost

At some point during your kitchen remodel planning you’re going to wonder how much this kitchen remodel is going to cost you, right? The cost of kitchen remodel all depends on how large or small your room is and what materials you select. The question of how much does a kitchen remodel cost will also depend on where you live, kitchen remodeling costs in Hawthorne NJ will be very different from another state so it’s best to get a few free estimates to find out what an average cost of kitchen remodel will for your specific project. For a general guideline on what others have spent, Houzz and Home Advisor have compiled plenty of data on average kitchen remodel costs, just be prepared for when you get the actual costs to remodel your kitchen, they could vary greatly from what is reportedly being spent. The reason this happens is because the details of what has been included and what has been excluded is not part of the reports so it’s anyone’s guess as to what the specific job details were making it impossible to find a comparable kitchen remodel to evaluate for the purpose of finding an average kitchen remodel cost. The better question to ask your kitchen remodeling contractor what their average cost is to remodel a kitchen and what’s excluded.

 

Pro Tip:

How To Clean Kitchen Cabinets

How to clean wood kitchen cabinets with either a stained finish or a painted finish follows the same process since the kitchen cabinets are manufactured using the same process and have a final protective top coat. First it’s important to note that the painted or stained finish of your kitchen cabinets are sealed by a top coat of lacquer or conversion varnish that seals and protects them, it’s also the reason why the are so durable in the kitchen. Since that is the case using any type of product like a furniture polish will leave an oily residue on the cabinets, those products are intended more for waxed finishes and furnishings that do not have a protective coating. What is recommended is a mild soap and water solution, like a Murphy oil soap. The product comes in a concentrate which needs to be diluted in warm water or in a spray bottle ready to use, no matter which product you choose the same rule applies, make sure to use a damp cloth that is not over saturated. Applying too much water while cleaning the cabinets can cause water damage which is typically not covered under the cabinet warranty.

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Kitchen Cabinet Organizers And Storage Solutions

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Increase the storage and functionality of your kitchen with cost-effective kitchen cabinet organizational items. Cabinet organizers are the perfect addition to help you know your way around the kitchen.

kitchen cabinet drawer organizers

Adjustable rollouts in kitchen cabinets

Kitchen cabinets come with a standard adjustable shelf which can be upgraded with a rollout or multiple rollouts, typically in a base or utility style cabinet with a depth of at least 18 inches, any less than that and the rollout would not be too useful. The standard depth of a base or utility cabinet would be 24 inches and is too deep to reference the items near the back of the cabinet, the addition of a rollout shelves makes use of the entire cabinet by allowing you to see what is in the back. In addition, many rollout shelves come with easy to use options for adjust-ability allowing you to easily move the location of the roll out as your needs change.

base cabinet with rollouts

Kitchen cabinet drawer organizers

There are so many great ways to organize your kitchen drawers, some are standard features like a wooden cutlery divider or an angled utensil divider and others are more custom features like knife drawers that are molded to the exact set of knives you have selected. The cutlery divider is come in either a single level or a two-tiered model to better organize smaller items. The angled utensil divider is an ingenious way to have long items like wooden spoons, rolling pins, bottle opener’s and other small items all neatly organized and one large drawer.

two tiered cutlery divider in cabinet drawer

Cabinets with built-in trash and recycling cans

Cabinet with built-in trash or recycling cans are a must have in today’s kitchens. Some Space planning considerations need to be made in advance to ensure you get the size and or quantity you were looking for. In an 18 inch wide base cabinet comes a single 50 quart can, in order to have a double 50 quart can you would need a 21 inch wide base cabinet. Some of the latest models even have a spot for your paper towels! Look for cabinets that have built-in trash or recycling containers that are built was a sturdy wooden construction, preferably dovetail box and heavy duty Undermount soft close drawer glides. These units take a lot of stress and see a lot of action in their lifetime so it’s important to make sure they are well-made.

double can trash paper towel in base cabinet

Base cabinet with tray dividers

Adding a tray divider to a base cabinet is a great way to not only free up space in other cabinets since it reduces the need to stack items on top of each other and it allows you to organize your trays and cutting boards in a way that makes sense for how you use them. Now you will have no excuse to make that recipe that requires the muffin tin of the bottom of the cabinet! In addition to baking sheets, muffin tins, and cutting boards, the base cabinet tray divider can also be used for pizza stones.

base cabinet with tray divider

Spice organizers for upper & lower cabinets

Cabinet companies like Schrock and Decora Cabinets offer plenty of solutions when it comes to organizing spices, however, other solutions exist at aftermarket suppliers such as the container store, bed bath and beyond, Rev-A-Shelf and so on. When it comes to spice organization it’s really all about use and accessibility, having spices neatly organized in an inconvenient place does the cook no good. Having the spices eye level in the bottom of an upper cabinet is a very convenient location and with the addition of an acrylic set of steps allows the user to easily see all of the spices at a glance with great accessibility. This feature is easily expandable, highly efficient and very cost-effective.

base cabinet with pantry pullout

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5 Advantages of Hiring a NJ Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

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Get your kitchen renovation completed on time and on budget with a local NJ kitchen remodeling contractor that is there for you before, during and after your project has been completed. Enjoy a stress free kitchen remodel with amazing results that will look like you spent a fortune! 

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1. NJ Kitchen Remodeling Contractors Have Industry Clout

The average kitchen remodel takes hundreds of hours to complete with dozens of skilled tradesmen working together simultaneously. Having every trade and material delivery show up when they are needed requires detailed planning and organizational skills, but if just one trade contractor or material delivery does not hit the mark, the entire schedule will have “slippage”. This is where the kitchen remodeling contractor, with a well established network in New Jersey, can leverage the power of long standing relationships to bridge scheduling gaps and deliver your kitchen remodeling project on time without compromising the final product.

 

2. Single Source Accountability vs Multiple Contractors

Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to worry? That’s just what you get when you hire a NJ kitchen remodeling contractor and everything is under one contract. That’s because the kitchen remodeling contractor is aware of all the items that go into the kitchen renovation as you work through the process together. In addition, the tradesmen who are working on your kitchen remodeling project know one another, all get along well and understand they are completing the kitchen remodel as a team that is being directed by the kitchen remodeling contractor. Hiring multiple contractors to complete a kitchen renovation opens the door to misunderstandings with an unknown end result, each may be good tradesmen but it’s anyone’s guess if they’ll work well together and when it does not go well, the finger pointing begins. And then there are all the details that are missed since the various contractors are not communicating with one another.  

 

3. Competitive Kitchen Renovation Pricing

Another great advantage of hiring a NJ kitchen remodeling contractor is being able to utilize their trade discounts. In today’s highly competitive market place there is no room for a kitchen remodeling contractor to pad the bottom line on material purchases, instead kitchen remodeling contractors are passing on their trade discounts to their clients which is great for keeping the overall costs of a kitchen renovation as low as possible. To cover their costs the kitchen remodeling contractors are adding an administrative line item to their proposals. Some local stores advertise that that pass on trade discounts to consumers that come in without a contractor,and while that may be true, the level of discount often varies greatly when compared with a kitchen remodeling contractors account who does a large volume of business with a select group of NJ kitchen remodel vendors and other local resources.

 

4. NJ Kitchen Cabinet Showroom Locations

Hiring a well established kitchen remodeilng contractor who has a brick and mortar location in the Bergen/Passaic County NJ area can provide you with a piece of mind knowing that they have made an investment not only in their own company but in the community they serve. It also allows you to view the latest kitchen design trends, cabinet displays, cabinet door styles and finishes they offer to make sure you are happy with the selections before you make a commitment. There is no better feeling than walking into the place where you purchased your kitchen cabinets from a few years earlier to address some miscellaneous service item that has come up and the same individuals are there, remember your job and know exactly what you need.

 

5. NJ Kitchen Renovation Service

Being provided with a high level of customer service before, during and after a kitchen remodeling project goes without saying when you’ve hired a well qualified kitchen remodeling contractor. That’s because of their passion for excellence and an unwavering commitment to satisfied clients. “In the end you will be happy, and if you are not happy, it is not yet the end”.

 

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Trade Mark Design & Build of Hawthorne, NJ Awarded Best of Houzz 2018

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Trade Mark Design & Build of Hawthorne, NJ
Awarded Best Of Houzz 2018

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building,
Kitchen Remodeling Contractors and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 

Hawthorne, January 22, 2018 – Trade Mark Design & Build of Hawthorne, NJ has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design ideas. The Kitchen Remodeling Contractor serving Bergen County, NJ and surrounding areas was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, kitchen remodeling and design industry professionals.

Best of Houzz 2018

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2017. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2018” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

 

Kitchen Remodeling Contractor of Hawthorne, NJ wins Best of Customer Service for the fourth consecutive year!

 

“The Houzz community selected a phenomenal group of Best of Houzz 2018 award winners, so this year’s recipients should be very proud,” said Liza Hausman, Vice President of Industry Marketing at Houzz. “Best of Houzz winners represent some of the most talented and customer-focused professionals in our industry, and we are extremely pleased to give them both this recognition and a platform on which to showcase their expertise.”

 

About Trade Mark Design & Build

Trade Mark Design & Build is an Award winning company and a proven leader in the home remodeling industry, from cutting edge design software, proprietary pricing software providing detailed competitive proposals to cloud based collaborative software that manage their team/services, all to bring their clients the very best experience and complete package when it comes to remodeling their homes. Whether you’re looking for Design Services, Kitchen Remodeling, Home Additions, Kitchen Cabinets or Bathroom Remodeling, Trade Mark Design & Build has you covered. They are known for making “Home Remodeling Simplified” because they take care of all the details before, during and after your job has been completed and best of all, it’s provided under one contract for a true single source of accountability.

 

“At Trade Mark Design & Build, we believe that home remodeling shouldn’t require mess and stress. We use only experienced professionals for our New Jersey kitchen remodeling jobs, and we work closely with each of our clients to help them create the kitchen of their dreams with as little frustration as possible. We offer complimentary design consultations and encourage client participation throughout every step of the project to ensure that everything is done to customer expectations,” said Paul DeFeis, Lead Designer & Managing Partner of Trade Mark Design & Build.

 

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design ideas, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA.

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

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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