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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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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Kitchen Design Trends 2018

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

light grey cabinetry island

Coffee Bar

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

 
 

Corner Stove/Cooktop

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

 
 

Workstations

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

 
 

Clean Lines & Grey Neutrals

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

 
 

Cerused Oak with Reactive Agents

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

 
 

Thick Countertops

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

Kitchen Material Trends: Not all materials are created equally

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Not all materials are created equally, and fashions come and go. So what are the latest kitchen material trends when it comes to designing a kitchen or bath? Melania Holiat is director/designer of Trade Mark Design & Build, based in Hawthorne, New Jersey, and is also a member of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Here she talks about some of the most fashionable materials being offered today.

Kitchen Material Trends

There are many new up-and-coming materials in the building industry, some of which are just starting to have an impact on the design world; others which have been around for a while but are nonetheless still gaining in popularity. It’s all about getting away from ordinary materials and experimenting with different elements.

Countertops

Some of the newest kitchen material trends in making countertops are:

  • Bamboo: Becoming more and more popular as it grows fast, looks nice, is durable and sustainable.
  • Lava: Fairly new in the marketplace, the lava we use is harvested in France from the mountains there, is cut into slabs and then kiln-dried. Depending on the look that is desired, various glazes can be applied, either glossy or grackle glaze. Interestingly, lava countertops wear just as well as granite countertops, as they have the same type of wear rating.
  • Glass: Countertops made from glass are becoming incredibly popular. They are coming out in variety of thicknesses, textures and patterns, and therefore we are not limited to a plain clear generic focal point. We are also able to put things into the glass – air bubbles and shells, for example – to add interest and texture and create a unique piece.
  • Concrete: Also popular material for a countertop as you can put all sorts of things into it, including branches, heirlooms, coins, keys and knickknacks. They are put inside and then sealed with an acrylic coating to maintain their quality. Concrete countertops can either have a matte or a slightly polished finish, and come in a variety of colors. You can go from any color you imagine, and can even do a countertop that integrates into a sink, which means one piece of concrete is molded downwards seamlessly into a sink.

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Cabinetry

When it comes to kitchen cabinetry, then bamboo, stainless steel and glass are all the most popular when it comes to current contemporary trends. High-gloss acrylic is particularly popular, with the trend leaning toward bright, vibrant colors, including crimson, magenta, chartreuse and anything that is nice and bright. These cabinets are often accented with stainless steel panels or sleek black countertops to give a contemporary look and feel to your kitchen.

Flooring

All types of flooring have come back into fashion these days. Recently, many people wanted to a wooden floor in every room of the house, even the kitchen, where it was not always durable. Now we have cork, which is an interesting material, one that is much more versatile than you might think.

Now we are also seeing a lot of tiles that are made to look like wood planks, so you have the durability and maintenance level of a tile, but the look of an actually wood floor. It looks realistic, in part, because it can be bought in the same lengths that wood flooring come in.

Trade Mark Design & Build offers free quotes and kitchen design plans with no obligation, contact us at 973-636-0100 to get started on your kitchen project and learn why we are known for making “Home Remodeling Simplified”!

 

Kitchen Countertops: What Material Works for Your Home and Budget?

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Home Additions

Kitchen Countertops: What Material Works for Your Home and Budget

If you are looking to spruce up your kitchen, whether it be a complete remodel or not, your countertops are the perfect place to start. The right countertops will set the tone for the entire room, however choosing countertops is easier said than done. With all the material types out there, how do you know which one to choose? Follow this handy guide below and you will know which material is right for you in no time.

Quartz Countertops

If budget isn’t a concern, you can’t beat quartz countertops. These powerful countertops are heat, impact, scratch, acid, and stain resistant, making them basically maintenance free. The nonporous surface doesn’t have to be sealed and these countertops come in so many colors, you will have no issue matching your chosen color scheme.

Granite Countertops

Polished and honed granite countertops are both popular options. While granite isn’t as heat or scratch resistant as quartz, it is still highly resistant, so you don’t have to worry too much. It’s also elegant and can increase the value of your home.

You are likely familiar with polished granite countertops. Honed countertops are a little less common but equally as elegant. Instead of a polished finish, these countertops have a soft matte finish.

While it technically costs less to manufacturer honed granite countertops, they are typically more expensive than polished granite countertops due to availability. That is the key when picking granite. You can save a lot of money by choosing something that is readily available. If the store has to send out for it, the price will go up drastically.

Other Natural Stone Countertops

While not as popular as granite countertops, soapstone, and limestone are also regarded options. These countertops don’t come in many colors, though, and they aren’t as easy to clean and maintain as some of your other options. You must be delicate and use great care when handling these countertops. If you love the rustic look of natural stone, they are a great option, but if not, you might want to go with an option that is more affordable and easier to maintain.

Engineered Stone Countertops

If you love the idea of natural stone, but want something that is available in a variety of colors and is easy to maintain, go with engineered stone. You will really have to try and harm these countertops to ruin them. They are around the same price as granite, however, so if you are budget conscious, engineered stone may not be the countertop for you.

Concrete Countertops

Do you love the idea of having a modern kitchen? If so, concrete countertops are a great place to start. You can customize them to your liking, all the way down to the texture and color. These countertops also capture and release heat, making them energy efficient. You can get concrete countertops for less than granite, but if you want to truly customize these countertop, it is going to cost around the same as granite.

Wood Countertops

Wood countertops, including the popular butcher-block type, are a great way to create a warm look in your kitchen. These are a cinch to clean, and if you scratch them, you are usually able to sand it out. Water can hurt the countertops, so you need to oil them on a regular basis to help keep them sealed. As far as price, you can find some wood countertops on a budget, or you can find yourself paying top dollar. This makes them a great choice for just about anyone.

Laminate Countertops

If you are on a tight budget, consider laminate countertops. Laminate has changed a lot over the years and now you can get it in patterns that look like wood, quartz, and natural stone. You can even find them in bright colors. This is a great way to make your home look expensive and luxurious without spending a ton of money. You do have to be careful avoiding scratches and burning with these countertops, but if you take care of them, they can hold up for years and years.

PRO TIP: An important thing to keep in mind when pricing your new countertops, is that although they may be priced per square foot as a guideline, many other factors can come into play. Common price influences include slab yield, grain direction, and waste factors. Then there are some cases where you are obligated to purchase the entire slab, regardless of your project size. At Trade Mark, we recommend receiving a quote that is specific to your project and material selection before purchasing. Give us a call at 973-636-0100 if you need assistance with pricing or any other project requirements!

As you can see, you have plenty of choices when it comes to selecting countertops. You can browse your options and learn more when you visit the Trade Mark Design & Build showroom in Hawthorne, NJ. Our skilled team is here to help you with your kitchen remodel, all while keeping your personal style and budget in mind. Let the design team be your partner as you give your kitchen the makeover it desperately needs.

Your Guide to Under Cabinet Lights and Pricing

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Your Guide to Under Cabinet Lights and Pricing

Whether you are remodeling your entire kitchen or just looking to enhance the look and feel, Trade Mark Design & Build would like to talk about the addition of under cabinet lighting to your home. Under cabinet lighting acts as a great complement to your main overhead lights with the ability to provide extra illumination on prep areas and task lighting. You can even add a dimmer setting to certain types of lighting to set the mood for get-togethers or date night.

Below we discuss a few different under cabinet lighting options to help you gage what works best for you taste and budget. A little bit of light can go a long way!

LED Lighting

As you may have guessed, LED lighting is the most popular type of under cabinet lighting. This is due to its long lasting capability, low heat output, and of course its high-energy savings. LED lights are 90% more efficient than the less superior incandescent bulbs, which produce a great deal of heat. Plus, although they are typically known to come in cool tones, they also offer warm tones for those who prefer it.

When looking to install under cabinet LED lighting, know there are direct wire self-contained units, tape, and individual or puck light units to choose from. Self-contained units contain multiple lights in a singular unit and offer a minimalist look. Tape style is the thinnest option and flexible when needed. Puck lighting allows you to focus each light in a specific area, but with that comes a bit of extra installation work. They can be mounted to the underside of the cabinet or recessed into it.

As far as pricing, LED lighting will cost you the most. This is not only due to the general novelty of LED lights in recent years, but the fact that they are the most complicated to install. They require elements such as transformers and switches, often times failing to meet building code standards. Their installation requires a decent amount of consideration as far and money and planning, and we typically recommend LED lighting to be installed in a new construction unit. This is especially true if you would like low voltage lighting, since it requires a transformer over the usual line voltage lighting. To help with high pricing, LED lights are dimmable, which can help you save energy daily. Also, remember that because LED lights are energy efficient, they will end up saving you money in the long run.

Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL)

Similar to LED lighting, the popular CFL’s are also highly energy efficient and produce little heat. This modernized version of the fluorescent bulb is no longer noisy or flickers on when you flip the switch.

When looking for an under cabinet style, CFL bulbs come in self-contained units or as individual lights as well. Self-contained units are perfect for keeping the actual lights out of sight while still producing sufficient illumination. Be aware that not all fluorescent lights are dimmable and that you will need to check the packaging or with the company installing them for you.

Pricing for CFL under cabinet lighting is going to cost you less than the LED lighting, but more than incandescent lights, which we will touch on next. Although they have many of the same appealing qualities of LED lighting, CFL’s are easier to install. This helps drop the cost. In the future you will see even more savings due to the long lifespan and energy efficiency.

Incandescent Lighting

A popular type of incandescent lighting for under your cabinets is known as xenon. It runs on the gas xenon that is encased in the bulb. Although they are better in the energy efficiency category and produce less heat than traditional incandescent lights, they do not compare to LED or CFL lighting. They are popular because of their ability to produce a warm, but vivid illumination. This allows for proper lighting when prepping for meals or parties.

They come in self-contained units, rope, or individual lights. You can have them hardwired into the cabinets or purchase a plug-in option. Plus, xenon lighting is dimmable for those who enjoy that feature.

Pricing for xenon lights are cheaper than LED or CFL’s due to their ease of install, but as those styles become more popular, the price gap may continue to close. Remember that the price will also be affected by the type of installation method you select (electrical outlet or hard wiring). Hiring a professional is usually necessary for certain methods, especially hard wiring.

PRO TIP: For those of you who already have CFL or xenon lighting installed under their cabinets, but are looking to upgrade to LED lighting, you are in luck. They now make LED retrofit bulbs which will fit existing features and are cheaper than installing a new LED unit. Contact Trade Mark Design & Build to learn more!

Here at Trade Mark Design & Build, we want to help make your kitchen dreams come true. If you need help deciding on a type of under cabinet lighting that suits your home, contact us today and let us do the work. You can also visit our showroom in Hawthorne, NJ for other inspirational ideas.