11 Makeover Tips to Make Your Home Sparkle This Spring

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Spring is a season of renewal, and after the long winter months spent indoors, you are ready to give your home a much need sprucing up. If a complete NJ home remodeling project doesn’t fit your budget or schedule at the moment, don’t worry. There are several smaller renovations you can do that will give your home a sparkling new look and feel this spring.
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An Accent Wall

You can create an accent wall in any room of your home in order to give the entire space a fresh new look. This can be done by painting one wall in a different color or by adding texture. Depending on which wall you choose, it can create a very dramatic appearance or it can simply make a room look larger.

The first thing you need to do is choose the room and the wall to change. A living area can actually look longer if you choose a narrow wall at the end of the room. In a bedroom you can pick the wall behind the bed. Painting is the least expensive option, but adding texture with stone, brick, or wood panels can be amazing.

Upgrade the Fireplace

The fireplace is an attractive centerpiece in any room, but the same old look can grow tiring after many years. A new mantle is a quick and easy way to provide your fireplace with a spring makeover. There are many businesses that manufacture pre-made mantles that can be installed or you can hire a craftsman to custom make a new one.

A simpler project would be to change the fireplace surround or screen. The face of the fireplace can be resurfaced with stone, brick, or carved wood. There are even specially made paints for masonry work that you could use to change the overall color of the existing brick. A new screen that compliments the feel of the room will be the perfect finishing touch.

A Screen Door

The front door is the main focal point when it comes to the exterior of your home. It should draw attention without looking out of place, and it needs to welcome family and friends inside. Even the most beautiful front door can look less than attractive when it is hiding behind an old storm door. You can replace a tired screen door with a full view glass screen door. If you haven’t shopped for a screen door in quite a while, you will be surprised at all of the options that are available. Special features like a screen that rolls up into the door add convenience and allow you to open the front door to let in natural light on warm days.

Refinish Hardwood Floors

Over time, a hardwood floor can begin to look dull and lifeless. Once the surface is scratched and the top layer of finish wears down, you are left with a floor that is far from attractive. A scruffy floor can actually make the entire room look less appealing. Fortunately, you can have them refinished in order to bring back that brand new look and feel.

Your contractor can help you locate the right people for the project. These flooring experts will come in and buff out all of the scratches and reapply several coats of polyurethane to protect the surface. If your floor has suffered more than just the typical wear and tear, they may need to completely sand the surface down to the natural wood.

Add Beauty to the Foundation

Curb appeal is important. It increases the value of the house. Most homeowners take the time to do necessary repairs when doing a spring makeover, but the foundation is often forgotten. If your foundation is the typical cement blocks that many homes are resting upon, there are ways to give it an elevated look. By adding cultured stone to the foundation walls, you are creating a beautiful base that makes the entire house look better. You can choose from simple brick patterns to textured natural stone finishes. Depending on the stone you choose, you can create a sleek and modern look as well as a country cottage style.

Architectural Mouldings

Architectural mouldings can be the finishing touch you need. These trim pieces add a look of elegance that is otherwise missing while giving your room a fished appearance with nice clean lines. For example, place a chair rail around the entire room and add wainscot panels underneath for a look that can be formal or casual depending on the colors and style you choose. Crown moulding placed along the top of the walls will add visual interest to the space. These details can be used in any room in your house. They add charm to the bedroom and are perfect in a bathroom. When architectural mouldings are used in the kitchen, they tend to soften the look of so many hard surfaces.

A New Bath Vanity

It is hard to spruce up a bathroom without doing a complete renovation, but sometimes a simple change makes a huge difference. The sink, surrounding countertop, and underneath cabinetry is the focal point of this room. Replacing them can completely change the space, making you feel like it was remodeled.

Do you have a pedestal sink that leaves you with no storage or counter space? You can have a small vanity installed that won’t take up more space but will provide you with some hidden storage underneath as well as a small counter that frames the sink itself. When space is at a minimum, consider a vanity that is the same size as what you already have but includes shelves and drawers for better organization.

Kitchen Cabinetry

The kitchen cabinetry often over powers everything else in this room. It is important that it looks fresh and updated. If your drawers and cupboards are scratched, worn, or outdated, consider having them replaced. Modern designs allow you to go beyond the traditional wood tones with painted surfaces that are easy to clean. You can combine two colors for a more interesting look, or simply stick with a monochromatic design.

How you use these colors and wood tones will completely change the look and feel of your kitchen. Use darker colors or wood tones to create a cozy, warm environment. The modern bright whites that are being used in the latest farmhouse styles will open up smaller spaces without having to take down walls.

A Porch Makeover

Completely renovating the front porch would be amazing, but it isn’t always necessary. You can give the exterior of your home a much needed boost by simply upgrading a few of the features found on the front porch. Tackle this project by thinking of the porch as another room in your home. Start at the top, and work your way down. Sanding and painting the ceiling immediately updates this area. Add interest to the walls with a fresh coat of paint or have a stone wall installed. Refinish the floor with the same care as you would inside. Masonry paints can be used on concrete while garage and porch floor paint can quickly upgrade a worn wood surface. Finish the transformation by adding little details like a new railing, flower boxes, or built-in seating.

New Shutters

Your home may have shutters that are faded and look outdated. You could even be living in a house that never had shutters in the first place. Having new shutters installed along the sides of each window are an easy and affordable way to give the front of the house a makeover. Just like you would hang curtains or drapes up around the interior of the windows, shutters give the exterior of the window a finished look. Once you begin discussing your options with your contractor, you will discover plenty to choose from. Vinyl shutters eliminate the need to re-paint each year and are lightweight. They come in traditional louvered designs as well as rustic country styles that are less formal. Choose a color that coordinates with the existing trim work you already have on the house.

Elevated Lighting

Sometimes it isn’t the décor or the architecture in a home that needs sprucing up. It could be a matter of lighting. If the rooms in your home don’t have adequate lighting, they won’t be beautiful or functional. There are three types of lighting you need in every part of your home. This includes task lighting, general lighting, and accent lighting. General lighting would be the main ceiling light. It illuminates the space. Task lighting allows you to use the room for its intended purpose. For example, under cabinet lighting in the kitchen, vanity lights in the bathroom, or table lamps in the bedroom and living area. Finish with accent lighting over wall art, in curio cupboards, and in dark corners.

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2019 Kitchen Cabinet Trends

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When it comes time to begin your kitchen remodel, it is important to be familiar with today’s latest NJ kitchen cabinet design trends. The cabinetry is a large part of the kitchen. It is often the first thing people notice, and the cupboards definitely make a statement. You want something that defines your personality while still appearing trendy. At the same time you want them to withstand the test of time. Understanding the latest designs, colors, hardware, and door styles will allow you to have some pretty good kitchen cabinet ideas in mind when you begin working with your designer and contractor.

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NJ Kitchen Cabinet Design Trends

Kitchen cabinets used to be more functional than anything. Homeowners didn’t put much thought into them other than how much they would hold and the storage options they could provide. Today’s home cooks want function and beauty. Cabinets are available in several colors and styles allowing you to choose ones that perfectly suit your personal tastes as well as your current home décor.

When it comes to upper cabinetry, designers are using a variety of styles mixed together to create interest in the kitchen. Among the trending options many homeowners enjoy are double stacked cupboards overhead. The main cupboard is the traditional size, but instead of leaving an open space between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling, a second smaller cupboard is incorporated into the design. This looks great while providing you with a special place to store those seldom used items like holiday dishes.

Drawers are taking over when it comes to the lower cabinetry. Instead of all doors across the lower half of the kitchen, consider mixing in stacked drawers. Not only does this make the cabinetry look more intriguing, it will provide you better storage options for spices, utensils, and other small items that can get lost in a large, open cupboard.

Styles of Kitchen Cabinet Doors

In today’s world of kitchen design, plain goes a long way. The simple styles are trending due to their clean lines and flat panels. Many homeowners appreciate a plain cupboard door for the versatility it provides. These doors blend in just as nicely with a country theme as they would in a contemporary space. If you are looking for a bolder statement, you can easily change the appearance of your cabinetry with color, glazing, or hardware.

Shaker style kitchen cabinet doors are a popular choice these days because of their plain styling. Shaker styles are popping up in both farmhouse designs and post-modern kitchens. They blend the best features of a traditional door with the most sought after modern designs. Best of all, they can be dressed up by adding a few basic additions.

Adding glass to a plain cabinet door instantly gives you visual air space while showing off the patterns of dishes kept inside. This also gives you another way to add accent lighting in the room by illuminating the interior of the cupboards. Family friendly kitchens often include a plain cabinet door painted with chalk board paint. It creates the perfect place for leaving one another messages or jotting down a grocery list.

Another trend to consider is taken from the European styles. Frameless cupboards and drawers offer a minimalist design style that is catching on quickly throughout the United States. Include open shelving in the mix, and you will immediately have texture, space, and easy access that any home cook can appreciate.

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New Kitchen Cabinet Colors 2019

The finish and style of your cabinets will be the backbone of the room. They comprise the largest amount of visual space. This makes choosing the right color extremely important. The following are a few of the biggest trends for 2019.

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Classic White

A traditional white cabinet works nicely with any kitchen design and will never go out of style. With so many shades of white available, you don’t have to worry about them looking too stark. Discuss the option of using warmer shades of white, along with glazing options, with your designer.

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Warm Wood Tones

Once considered an out of date finish, oak is making a big come back in the world of kitchen design. In fact, many of the warmer woods are popping up in the latest kitchen remodeling plans. Wood tones give homeowners the natural textured look they are after while blending in perfectly with rustic and eclectic styles.

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Barnwood and Bleached Wood

The new farmhouse style is bringing a cooler look to rustic designs. Rather than choosing dark woods for country looks, homeowners are turning to bleached woods and reclaimed barnwood for a distressed appearance that offers the lighter tones being used in kitchen décor.

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Two-Tone Kitchen Cabinets

Homeowners can find a multitude of colors available for their kitchen cabinetry. When searching online, it can become quite confusing. Chances are you will find several colors and tones that suit your new kitchen, but how do you decide?

Two-tone kitchen cabinets solve several issues. If you simply cannot decide on one finish, two-tone cabinetry provides you with a way to blend your favorites. Contrast the upper cupboards with the lower ones, or pick out a different color for the cabinetry along the perimeter of the room or under the kitchen island. Popular colors that work well together include:

• Gray and White
• White and Wood
• Black and Gray
• Black and White

You can even mix wood tones with painted cabinetry. Consider using a pure white on upper cupboards while keeping the lower cabinetry in a natural wood finish. Another option is to use natural wood for the framing of the cupboards and drawers while painting the door surfaces. If you decide to use a color other than white, keep in mind that this is a very bold look. To keep things balanced, use neutral shades for your countertops and back splash. Use matching hardware on all drawers and doors to keep a coordinated look throughout the kitchen.

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The Latest Kitchen Cabinet Hardware

Many homeowners don’t even think about the hardware, but the drawer pulls and door knobs are the jewelry of the kitchen. Finding just the right type of hardware will set off your new kitchen cabinets beautifully while blending in with the overall décor of the kitchen.

Matte black is being used as a contemporary option in many modern kitchens. It creates a bold contrast against white doors which makes the cabinetry a statement piece on the room. In contrast, chrome is coming back into style with a big impact. The shiny mirrored finish chrome provides is ideal for many contemporary kitchens as well as those decorated with a retro feel. The simplistic, yet eye catching, finish brings style to plain cupboard doors that other hardware options won’t.

If you prefer a more traditional kitchen, oil-rubbed bronze or brushed brass will work well for you. Both look just as nice on a plain door as they do on ornate styles that suit the more traditional kitchen styles. Oil-rubbed bronze instantly gives you the look of an antique piece in any setting, and the brushed brass tends to warm up the look and feel of the kitchen overall.

In addition to the finish, you will need to choose a shape. Knobs are the handles that you find mounted on doors and drawers with a single screw. They can add a simplistic affect to the cabinetry, and you can set them off with a back plate to dress them up. The following are some of the trending shapes available.

• Square or Rectangular
• Oval, Globe, or Round
• Mushroom
• Octangular
• Novelty

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Pulls will offer the same function as a knob, but they have a much different look. They also take up more space on the exterior of the drawers and doors. This results in them making a bigger impact on the overall look of the kitchen than what knobs will. The following are some popular shapes being used in today’s designs.

• Bar
• Arched
• Ring
• Cupped
• Bail
• Square or Rectangular
• Novelty

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Pulling Your Kitchen Ideas Together

Once you have decided on the style of doors, hardware, and colors for your new kitchen cabinetry, you need to pull it all together. Your designer can help you with this step of the renovation. Bring more than one option for each decision you have made. This allows the designer to easily match certain styles together. These experts know which hardware pieces will look best against the colors and finishes you like the most. They can also guide you towards the best options when it comes time to make the final decisions. The result will be a kitchen that flows beautifully with coordinating colors and finishes with hardware that reflects your personal style as well as your kitchens décor style.

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How to Choose a Counter Depth Fridge

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A counter depth refrigerator is a wonderful option when you want an appliance that looks aesthetically pleasing without the price tag associated with a built-in version. Counter depth fridges are wider and shallower than a standard depth refrigerator. This allows them to sit flush with your cabinetry and countertops. The depth ranges from around 23 inches to about 27 inches, and they usually come with French doors that provide you with a smaller freezer section on the left and a larger refrigerator compartment on the right.

Counter depth refrigerators make up for any capacity lost in depth by being taller than a traditional model. They are designed to be space saving as well as beautiful. They do sit flush while a gap between the fridge and abutting cupboards allow the doors to open and close freely. This refrigerator style is considered a reasonable mid-price option between a standard depth fridge and a custom-designed model.

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Popular Counter Depth Fridge Brands

When you are planning your NJ kitchen remodeling project you will find that several of the major brands offer counter depth refrigerators. This includes Bosch, Electrolux, and Viking. It is important to buy your counter depth fridge from a reputable brand that ensures you are getting one with a longer life expectancy and better features.

The brand you choose often depends on exactly what you are looking for. For example, companies like Jenn-Air and Thermador have some of the top professional counter depth refrigerators available. GE, Whirlpool, and Kitchen Aid also offer well-made designs.

Common Features Of Counter Depth Fridges People Look For

There are several features that homeowners immediately think of when starting a NJ kitchen remodeling project. Capacity is usually your first concern because you want to make sure it will hold all of your food. The average counter depth fridge has a capacity of between 15 to 25 cubic feet. This is less than a traditional refrigerator, but less space is the compromise you make for a more elegant design.

There are four main styles of counter depth refrigerators to pick from. Bottom freezer models have the fridge on top and provide 10 to 21 cubic feet of storage space. Top freezer models have the fridge on the bottom and offer the same capacity as a bottom freezer design. French door styles are the most popular with 22 to 28 cubic feet available, and side by side models will give you a capacity of 23 to 26 cubic feet.

Homeowners are also concerned with the price. A regular depth refrigerator is your least expensive option while built-ins are the costliest. Counter depth fridges typically start around $1,000 and go up from there. If you are trying to decide between a traditional refrigerator and a counter depth design, the price isn’t drastic but still a real concern for any homeowner.

Additional Counter Depth Fridge Features to Consider

There are several decisions to make when it comes to the features offered in a counter depth fridge. Many of these are missed by homeowners when they are not working with a NJ kitchen designer like Trade Mark Design & Build. For example, have you thought about whether or not all of your hardware will match? If you purchase your appliances from within a single package offered by one brand, the hardware will all be the same. On the other hand, if you select different appliances from several different brands, you will want your kitchen designer to help you coordinate all of the handles so that they all look nice when placed together in your new kitchen.

Your kitchen designer can also help explain to your exactly what your counter depth fridge will look like once it is installed. The box of the fridge is counter depth, but the doors often extend past the surrounding cabinetry. In order to have the doors flush, you need to choose a built-in design. Your designer will also help with the height which can range from 68 to 72 inches. They will even discuss with you smaller concerns such as the capacity of ice it will produce.

Homeowners looking for a beautiful fridge that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional will love the features a counter depth refrigerator offers. The price is reasonable, and it will blend in nicely with your cabinetry, countertops, and other appliances. Talk to your kitchen designer about which models will best suit your own personal needs.

Cookware and Today’s Appliances

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When a homeowner is considering a kitchen renovation, they seldom consider the type of appliances and cookware to buy as a top priority. In all of the excitement, you are more likely to focus on the flooring, wall colors, countertops, and other cosmetic aspects of the remodel, but if a fully functioning kitchen is what you are after, take a moment to discuss your stove top options with your NJ Kitchen Cabinet Designer.

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Gas Versus Electric Stoves in Kitchen Remodels

If you will be replacing your existing stove as part of your NJ Kitchen Remodeling Design, you will need to look into the difference between a gas and an electric range. Both have advantages as well as disadvantages. There is no clear answer to the question of which one is best. That answer will depend on what you are familiar with, what style of hook up is available in your home, and what kind of cooking you plan to do.

Gas Stoves for your NJ Kitchen Design

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The biggest advantage to choosing a gas stove is the cooking. Once you turn a burner on, you have instant heat with a flame you can see. The flame it creates allows your food to cook quicker and more evenly. This is due to the way the flames spread across the bottom of the pans and wrap up around the sides. If you truly enjoy cooking, these small differences will be a huge plus.

On advantage to a gas stove that homeowners commonly overlook is that a gas range is less expensive to operate. If your kitchen is already set up for gas, you will also be saving money by not having to switch over to electric. Best of all, your energy costs will be lower.

The biggest drawback to a gas stove is the initial cost of the appliance itself. Gas stoves are usually more expensive than electric, and they cost more to hook up if the kitchen isn’t already set up for gas. The other problem is that it does use gas. While the burner is in use, it releases a steady flow of gas. A burner that is on but left unlit is dangerous.

Electric Stoves are feature rich

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Many of the electric stoves being sold today will have a glass top which looks sleek and stylish. These glass tops wipe clean easily. You don’t have to worry about removing burner rings for cleaning or wiping up spills that have hardened on to a gas nozzle.

Electric stoves are inexpensive to purchase or install and are simple to operate. This makes them an excellent choice for those that see cooking as a necessity rather than a hobby. Electric stoves also provide you with a very stable work surface. This is another advantage for beginning or amateur cooks. Plus, they have storage space underneath that is not found on gas ranges.

On the other hand, electric stoves cook food more slowly than gas. Bakers find them difficult for the simple fact that sugar spilled onto a hot electric stove surface is almost impossible to clean. Glass surfaces can become stained as well, which will distract from its beauty.

Keep in mind that if you live in an area with frequent power outages, you won’t be able to cook while the power is out. Electric stoves use a great amount of power. A generator may not provide enough energy to use it. Your monthly energy cost may be higher too.

Multi-tasking Cookware

Most home cooks find that you can use pretty much the same cookware on both types of stoves. Copper conducts heat beautifully which makes it a favorite for pots and pans. Cast iron is equally admired for its ability to retain heat. This is a big plus if you decide to go with an electric range, but what most homeowners are looking for these days is a modern set of cookware that is versatile enough to use for cooking, serving, and storing.

Companies such as Pyrex and Temptations offer sets that include mixing/serving bowls, lasagna pans, square nine by nine inch pans, and loaf pans that you can use in many ways. Food can be cooked in them, and they are designed to look elegant enough that you can place them on your table or buffet for serving. After you have finished the meal, coordinating covers can be snapped into place so that left overs can be placed in the freezer or refrigerator. You can re-heat these same foods in this cookware as well.

Another favorite among home cooks are the sets of pots and pans that can be placed in the oven. Manufacturers such as Lodge, Calphalon, and Cuisinart offer everything from sauce pans to Dutch ovens that you can use to cook with on top of the stove and then transfer into the oven for browning, baking, or keeping warm.

Finding the right type of stove and cookware will allow you to enjoy your newly remodeled kitchen to its fullest potential. Your new space will be both beautiful and functional so that you are getting the best of both worlds.

7 Signs It’s Time to Remodel Your Kitchen 

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It’s time to talk about one of the busiest and most visited rooms at home – your kitchen. The kitchen is where you spend the majority of your time cooking and socializing with friends and family. Since it’s often a very heavily visited area it’s important to keep it updated and attractive with the latest interior design trends. Does your kitchen no longer have the appeal it once had? Discover tell-tale signs that you should improve its look with a NJ Kitchen Remodel.

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1. Outdated appliances

Old and worn appliances are more prone to breaking and having mechanical issues. By changing the look of your kitchen and investing in new appliances you’ll have an easier time cooking. You will no longer need to worry about certain appliances not working correctly or taking an extended period of time to cook dinner.

2. Difficulties cleaning

If you realize that getting stains out of your old countertop is taking longer than usual, it may be time to change the look of your kitchen. Another indication it might be time to remodel is if your floors are grimy due to wear and tear and no longer have the glow they once had. With new sleek floors and countertops, you’ll have a much easier time cleaning up after a meal.

3. No longer enjoy the room

When you walk into your kitchen you should feel excited by it and motivated to start cooking or having guests over. If you no longer view your kitchen as one of the highlights of your home, then you might want to consider changing its appearance. Your kitchen should be a gorgeous room that you’re proud of and eager to show off to friends and family.

4. Limited storage and counter space

Your kitchen shouldn’t feel cramped when you’re trying to cook or socialize. If there’s not adequate room to walk around freely in your kitchen as well as store essential items, such as plates, glassware, etc., then you should consider remodeling your kitchen. With some extra space you’ll feel more comfortable and relaxed and won’t need to worry about where to sit guests for a large dinner party.

5. Layout isn’t functional

If the design of your kitchen makes it challenging to cook or enjoy a meal, then it may be time to make a change. Also, if the set-up of your kitchen is potentially dangerous then you should improve the configuration of your space. You shouldn’t be afraid that you’re going to start a fire while cooking since you have limited space for your stove.

6. Reluctant to spend time in kitchen

Do you find yourself often eating out since you can’t stand the sight of your kitchen? It’s normal to get bored of eating at home every day. However, if you feel a sense of hatred towards your kitchen and find it challenging to enjoy a nice meal at home then you should remodel it. Your kitchen should make you feel relaxed and at home not stressed.

7. Affects the value of your home

Whether you’re planning to sell your home in the near future or just want to increase the value of your home, a poorly designed kitchen with outdated appliances will quickly lower the value of your home. A gorgeous and functional kitchen with room to cook as well as entertain can help your home’s value. Since the kitchen is a very busy and popular room, it’s key to keep it updated with the latest design trends so it can help boost your home rather than hurt it.

Bottom line on Remodeling your Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen is a large investment that usually causes people to feel overwhelmed. Often this project involves having your kitchen out of commission for a few months. However, the reward of having a new and stunning kitchen that you look forward to spending time in is worth the energy spent planning and worrying about this project. Make your kitchen a room you can genuinely be proud of. You’ll love entertaining and cooking in a room that’s cozy as well as very trendy.

Article written by Jessica Herring as a guest blogger.

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Custom Kitchen Range Hoods

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The details make the difference when it comes to an elegant kitchen that is both functional and beautiful. You want every item to enhance and elevate the overall look and feel of the room, and this includes a custom kitchen range hood. A quality custom range hood is essential for clean air, but it can also become the focal point of your NJ home remodeling project when you choose a size, finish, and style that will fit in perfectly with your new kitchen design.

Custom Kitchen Range Hood

A Stylish Upgrade

Gone are the days when the kitchen range hood was nothing more than a necessity. Today’s designs are elegant enough to use as the focal point of your new kitchen. Brooks Custom offers range hoods that instantly add a bold design statement to your room. Their new artisan cast range hoods offer a stylish option for elegant kitchens while their bronze finished range hoods add warmth and charm to traditional spaces. You will even find ones created with a metal coating to look like sheet metal that are ideal for industrial designs.

Enhanced Lighting

Your range hood can be custom made to include overhead lighting that will make working at your stove so much easier. You will be able to clearly see your dishes as you prep and prepare meals in your kitchen. This additional task lighting will also help you when it comes to clean up. Proper lighting allows you to get all of that hard to see grease and grime that hides in every nook and cranny of your range top. Options in kitchen range hood lighting range from basic illumination that draws the eye to your beautiful backsplash to state-of-the-art designs for the serious home cook.

Improved Air Quality

Even though range hoods are a beautiful addition to any home kitchen, they do provide a very necessary service. A range hood’s most important job is to improve the quality of air in the kitchen. They are designed to remove smoke, odors, grease, and pollutants that are created while cooking. The air is drawn in through a fan and released outdoors or filtered and recirculated back into the room. By removing these irritants, you, your family, and guests are left with nothing more than the wonderful smell of the dishes you are creating.

Comfort

The heat produced while cooking can make the kitchen uncomfortable. Range hoods remove excess heat and steam, leaving the kitchen feeling comfortable while preparing food or entertaining. Don’t worry that it will interfere with the beautiful design of the room. Amore Design Factory offers stylish range hoods that blend in wonderfully with your existing countertops and cabinets. Rather than drawing attention, they enhance the look of all the one-of-a-kind items you have carefully selected for your new kitchen project.

Reduced Odors

As we mentioned already, a quality range hood will remove odors while you are cooking, but they also rid your home of those lingering odors that hang on long after your dinner was finished. The ventilation they provide eliminate scents that normally remain after clean-up. Rather than waking up the next day to a reminder of last night’s Italian feast or Friday’s fish fry, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful smell of breakfast as your family awakes.

Easy Clean-Up

Kitchens without a range hood often have a greasy film that develops over cabinets and countertops. This can ruin the appearance of your new kitchen remodel project as well as make cleaning a nightmare. A good ventilation hood can help prevent this greasy build-up and cut down on the clean-up time needed. Best of all, using the fan on your range hood can prevent the growth of mold and bacteria that can bother those with allergies or asthma. You will be able to rest assured that your kitchen is as healthy and clean as it is attractive.

A Good Investment

An updated kitchen is one of the best ways to invest in your home. Beautiful kitchens with modern appliances add to the resale value of any house. Choosing the right range hood will further add to this value as well as make the kitchen comfortable and convenient for your family while you are living there. Consider made to order range hoods from retailers like Range Craft to upgrade your home’s kitchen. You will be able to pick from finishes like copper, brass, and stainless steel as well as a variety of sizes and shapes to ensure that it is a piece that will blend in perfectly with your décor.

Talk to your kitchen remodeling contractor about how the right kitchen range hood can enhance and elevate your kitchen. Together, you can find the perfect size, style, and finish to compliment your space. Whether you are looking for a bold statement piece or simply an elegant and functional item that will blend in beautifully, you are sure to find one that suits your individual needs.

Various Types Of Built In Microwaves

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Who knew there were so many types of built in microwave ovens? They come in all sorts of shapes and sizes with a variety of features that will make you dizzy! Let’s take a look at each of these microwaves below and how they might work into your kitchen design. As a side note, please make sure to consult the manufacturer’s specifications for the optimal installation height for each as it will vary.

Built In Microwave Speed Oven

This built in microwave speed oven is the best thing you have never heard of. As the name implies, it cooks more quickly – how it does it is by adding an electrical heating element, just like you’d find in a full size electric wall oven. This appliance can be installed just above or below the counter but is not able to be installed in an upper cabinet as the flip down door gets in the way. It’s a great alternative to a full size second oven, especially when you’d like a wall oven but don’t have the space.

 

 

Built In Microwave Drawer

As you may imagine, this built in microwave drawer is best installed below the counter so you can see into the drawer from above. With a touch of s button the drawer pops open, ready to receive the goods, with another touch of the button the drawer retracts. This type of microwave is great if you tend to “reheat” more often than not. It’s also great for soups and younger children since the contents are moved in and out by the drawer, spills stay neatly contained in the drawer.


Built In Microwave In Cabinetry

This built in microwave may seem more familiar to you, it’s basically a standard microwave with special accessories (trim kit) that allow for it to be built into you kitchen cabinetry. This appliance is the most versatile in terms of placement,  and be as high as an upper cabinet and does just fine below the countertop as well. Some offer convection and other means of enhancements to speed up the cooking process.

Built In Microwave Over Range

This built in microwave packs all the same features as the unit above with the addition of being mounted above the range. This is a great alternative to having a separate hood and microwave when your either tight on budget or tight on space. It can be set up to be a ventilation device or as a recirculating fan with filters. Most microwave exhaust fans are over 400 cfm which means you will be required to install make up air per NJ building codes.

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Built In Microwave Above Single Oven

Last but not least in our line up is the not so obvious built in microwave. Disguised as a double wall oven, the top portion of the appliance is a microwave oven with the added benefit of convection and/or electric element just like the first unit. This appliance will need to be installed where you’d typically install a double wall oven so you will need a fair amount of wall space. It’s a great way to free up other space if you’d prefer to have a wall oven for the convenience of height but don’t need a double wall oven.

 

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New Caesarstone Countertop Colors 2018

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New Quartz Colors For 2018

Excava 4046 | Topus Concrete 4023 | Airy Concrete 4044

Flannel Grey 4643 | Cloudburst Concrete 4011

Frozen Terra 4601 | Intense White 6011

 

Excava 4046 Quartz Countertop

Quartz countertops are really starting to take on a look of their own. Take a look at this beautiful quartz countertop by Caeserstone, Excava 4046. Copper and brown tones appear as rusted and oxidized concrete in an unpolished finish. This is a first for quartz and it is very well done! Whether you’re looking for a show stopping center piece for your kitchen island or a sophisticated addition to your home bar, look no further. If you’re considering concrete countertops vs quartz and have some concerns about how well the concrete will perform under the stress of families needs, Caeserstone is giving you something to consider. They offer many selections of quartz countertops that appear as if they were concrete, and several new additions are now available for purchase including Excava 4046, Topus Concrete 4023, Airy Concrete 4044 and Cloudburst Concrete. These are in addition to over a half dozen concrete type selections that were previously available.

Airy Concrete 4044 Quartz Countertop

The above image is Airy Concrete 4044 – would you have ever imagined this was a quartz countertop? The range of colors and patterns available make it a prefect match for almost any space you can think of. What makes this material ever more interesting is the fact that they are now offering them in various finish types – polished was the standard but now you will see Honed, Concrete and Rough surfaces as well. Please note the manufacturer states that except for the polished finish, Honed, Concrete and Rough surfaces will require additional daily care due to the nature of the surface design. They also state that the design intent of these finishes is to reveal different qualities making each slab unique so it is highly recommended to view the actual slabs for your project before proceeding.

Quick Guide To 2018 Quartz Color Groups

 

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Kitchen Island Lighting

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Pendant Island Lighting

Kitchen Island Trends

Having an island in your kitchen is at the top of most homeowner’s desires nowadays. Depending on the space available there are many options for the type of kitchen island that will work best. Some of these include a pencil island which is roughly 24″ deep and runs about 5 or 6 feet long. If space allows, adding an additional 12″ of depth could allow for seating or additional storage or a combination of the two are even possible when space allows creating an island that is roughly 48″ x 96″. So it’s important to layout the space and design your kitchen island before creating the kitchen island lighting plan – too many variables need to be solidified first.

Kitchen Island Lighting Design

At this point you may be asking yourself if a kitchen island with pendants is right for your layout, whether 2 or 3 pendant lights feels right? The answer depends on a variety of different factors like island size, shape and functionality. Is the island used for cooking, washing dishes or preparing meals? Would the potential lighting elements enhance these functions? Would they block or obstruct the view? There area many tools on the internet that aid the calculations for this purpose but they do not account for the circumstances around the island that contribute to the requirements. Could you imagine an island 48″ x 120″ that does not have any accent lighting? The below image is exactly that and the reason is due to the fact that this huge island has a cooktop with an island hood in addition to seating, the main focal point is the island hood, adding lighting to accent the island in any way would have totally distracted from the hood which is clearly the star of the show here. The point is, if you input this into the lighting tools it would certainly tell you otherwise.

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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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