Planning Your Dream Kitchen Part 1: Envisioning Your Space & Layout

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Kitchen Renovation Company NJ

Kitchen renovation can be exciting and intimidating all at once. For the investment you are putting into the project, it’s important to know some basics before you begin. All of these questions and considerations can continue to pile up in an overwhelming way, which is why it’s so important to break each factor down into small bits.

Question 1: What am I looking to achieve with my new design?

Spend some time in your current kitchen and consider all of the things that lack function. Maybe the stove is too close to the sink. Write all of these factors down along with a solution for the problem. In the example provided, perhaps you could write exactly how much space you want between your sink and stove. Also keep in mind how you will be using this kitchen. How could your new kitchen allow you to prepare a meal faster than before? All of these factors will allow you determine what type of layout you want for your kitchen remodeling project.

Question 2: What is my budget?

Evaluate your current finances and factor in how much you can afford to spend on your project. With this number in mind, consider any other forms of payment that will go into the project. Will you be taking out a loan or refinancing? Once you take this into account, you can consider other factors like real estate value on your home. Depending on how much longer you plan to stay, remember that your renovation can potentially increase the value of your home. You’ll also want to budget for surprise costs like electrical issues or unexpected rotting. Keep in mind that your budget can change drastically depending on how many extras you choose to go for, so try and stick to the original plan. Keeping a spreadsheet of your costs can help to stay organized and avoid overspending.

Question 3: What’s the best time to start my project?

Before you start your renovation, it helps to be completely sure that you are doing it at a time that is most convenient for you. Summer and spring could be great options as they allow you to prepare meals from the barbecue in the backyard. Spring and summer remodeling also means that your kitchen will be ready for the holidays. If the holidays aren’t much of a factor, consider any other celebrations you’ll want to plan around.

While these are some of the more prominent questions you’ll be asking about your project, you will have more questions as you go along, which is why we recommend consulting us before you begin your project. With a quick stop by our showroom, we can walk you through every step of the process and show you some examples of what we have to offer. Our goal is to take out the overwhelm of kitchen remodeling so that you can enjoy the entire process.

The Perfect Palette: New Products from Schrock

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The Perfect Palette: New Products from Schrock

Today’s trends continue to emphasize transitional to modern lines, and this brings a demand for confidence in color not seen in more traditional styles. Schrock delivers in full on these needs with a carefully curated, invigorating palette of new cabinet door styles and complementary finish colors, as well as new cabinetry products and features designed to bring beauty, convenience, and improved functionality into your life.

New 2016 Cabinetry Products from Decora

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New 2016 Cabinetry Products from Decora

2016 CABINETRY PRODUCTS FROM DECORA

Whether you are building a new home, planning a home addition, or are looking to do a kitchen remodel, cabinets are a huge consideration in the process. Cabinets can truly make or break a space. As a premier NJ remodeling company, we wanted to share with you the newest cabinetry products from Decora coming in 2016 and what makes them special.

Color, Craftsmanship, and Customization
The Spring introduction for 2016 underscores that which sets Decora apart.

Color: Four new takes on neutral paint options refresh their Color Collections.

Craftsmanship: Three beautiful 9-piece styles showcase their meticulous attention to door building.

Customization: Exciting storage innovations and wireless lighting solutions help cabinet designs function as well as they fit and flatter.

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Three beautiful new cabinet doors. 
Quality construction is their hallmark, and three new 9-piece cabinet doors illustrate their continuous commitment to product excellence. Based on beloved existing Decora doors, Altmann, Atwater and Haskins offer an extra dose of style met with precise construction, thanks to applied molding details.

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Four new cabinet paint colors.
Today, versatile gray and tan-based neutrals are in demand for their ability to infuse a space with light and personality. Extra White, Agreeable Gray and Analytical Gray offer new cabinet color choices within this spectrum, balanced by the addition of Black Fox – a complex, deep color that is easy to love and even easier to incorporate into your home designs.

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Cabinet storage innovation.

Keep function top of mind. From slim storage solutions to deep drawer designs, Decora has new cabinet storage options for many types of kitchen designs and for all sorts of purposes.

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Wireless cabinet lighting solutions.
Their new wireless cabinet lighting solutions offer an easy way to take a design from ordinary to extraordinary. Warm or cool, well-placed lighting choices make food prep easier, highlight focal points in the room, and add an extra bit of drama.

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See what’s new at Decora.

If you are looking for an expert opinion on cabinetry for your home, contact Trade Mark Design & Build today to learn more.

Cabinetry by Decora Savings Event

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Cabinetry by Decora Savings Event

Upgrade your cabinetry style with our exclusive savings event.

10% OFF SELECT STYLES
(Girard, Braydon Manor, Plaza, Lexington, Artisan, Galleria, and Modesto)
(USE PROMO CODE: DECNO10)

5% OFF ALL OTHER STYLES
(USE PROMO CODE: DECNO05)
– Not stackable with other promotions
– Excludes Inset Cabinetry
– Excludes Applied Moulding Doors (Altmann, Atwater, Haskins, and Yardley)

Offer valid on orders placed from:
April 4, 2016 – May 6, 2016

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Make sure to check previous custom cabinetry work done by our team. If you’re in the market for kitchen cabinets in New Jersey, or any other room in your house, our team of dedicated and professional specialists can help! Get in contact with us today!

Designing a Modern Chic Kitchen in New Jersey

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Suburban Chic in Mahwah NJ

Designing a modern kitchen means more than just incorporating the most contemporary design features of the day, it means having the ability to make decisions based off of your desires for design. Integrating chic features into a modern design, while maintaining efficiency in space, and staying true to your character.

Let’s highlight a kitchen remodeling project done by our team, where we brought chic urban style to the suburbs in Mahwah, NJ.

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Minimalism in the Kitchen

A minimalist design approach was used to create a contemporary, industrial look and feel for the space. This kitchen design is great for families who cook several meals a week at home, it takes high-capacity usage as well, and keeps the cleaning process down to a minimum. A few great pieces of art can help integrate your character among a minimalist kitchen.

Stainless Steel Features

In this Mahwah, NJ Kitchen we incorporated stainless steel countertops to complement the semi-custom cabinetry in cherry with a chocolate stain and provide contrast. The custom stainless steel hood offers both utilitarian and aesthetic value, flowing seamlessly into the surrounding Gagganau & Miele appliances and cabinetry and facilitating efficient ventilation while cooking.

Modern Islands

Last but certainly not least, the spacious island affords ample space for food preparation and a nexus for socializing with friends and family–because after all, regardless of your intentions, company tends to migrate straight to the kitchen. Large islands allow for your family and friends to gather around in the kitchen without everyone having to stand in one place. You can place bar chairs around the island so your guests have a place to sit while you work in the kitchen, or even have a chance to get them involved in the cooking!

With contemporary, or modern kitchens, you get to keep your personal style, without sacrificing efficiency, design, and function.

Trade Mark Design & Build is a team comprised of NJ Kitchen Remodeling experts. We offer high-quality kitchen remodeling in North Jersey and the surrounding area. A specialized team of designer-builders will assist a project director in the design and construction of anything you can think of.

New to the Neighborhood: NJ Home Renovation Services

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New to the Neighborhood: NJ Home Renovation Services

First of all, welcome to the neighborhood. Congratulations on moving to a part of the country that is renowned for its farms, vineyards, culture, community, and incredible landscapes.

So you moved to New Jersey, you relocated the family, bought a house – but you want to make your new house your home. Where to start? Who to trust? What is my budget? What do I want? What are my options? All valuable questions that we can help you with here at Trade Mark Design & Build.

How can the team at Trade Mark Design & Build help you renovate your home? We offer an array of home renovation services, and carry the state’s most beautiful selection of home renovation materials. We offer:

  • Custom Kitchen Renovation
  • Cabinets and Design
  • Home Additions
  • Wine Rooms and Cellars
  • Custom Home Bars
  • Bathroom Remodeling

But can I trust the team at Trade Mark Design & Build? Don’t take our word for it. Let our collection of 5 star reviews on Houzz tell you more. We absolutely love sharing what we love to do with our community, and hope you will contact us to begin your next new exciting home project!

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As the leading home renovation NJ company, our team at Trade Mark Design & Build can help you create your dream home. Whether you’re adding a second floor to your home, designing a new kitchen, or building the wine room of your dreams, we are your #1 go-to for home renovations in New Jersey.

3 Steps to Renovating your Kitchen

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3 Steps to Renovating your Kitchen

 

Step 1: Think About What You Want Out Of The Kitchen Renovation

The first step is all about how you use your kitchen. What do you like to do in there aside from cooking? Does your family use it as a hangout? Find the layout and features that best suit your household’s needs and style. There are tons of resources out there to help you. Think about kitchen additions, like islands, pantry storage solutions and task lighting. What about your kitchen footprint, is it easy to move around in?  Look for opportunities to create a more efficient Layout,  increasing the functionality and storage at the same time. If you like to do a certain type of cooking, for example, you like canning your own jams, is your kitchen layout set up for it? Start saving photos from magazine clippings and online sources that feature your style.  It’s a good idea to keep your ideas organized with notes as to what in the photograph appeals to you.  Being able to accurately convey what ideas are most important to you to your kitchen designer will go a long way in the end – producing a much better overall finished kitchen renovation.

Step 2: Research and Planning A Kitchen Renovation 

While estimating what renovation costs will be is a profession on it’s own, it’ll be helpful to think about your estimated budget. Perhaps you have been saving for an entire year, what are those savings, and are you willing to pull in funds from other sources, thinking about budgeting before the project will ease your worries. As a homeowner, you’re not expected to know what everything should cost, it’s the job of the renovating professionals to educate you on the process, the material, and plan the entire scope of the project.

Some people begin their research by visiting our showroom, where you can see everything. We are available to help you with every aspect of the project – from space planning, budgets, shopping and ordering products, choosing finishes and textures, even helping you set up a temporary kitchen while the work is being done, having a professional on your side is absolutely key to the success of your renovation.  There are also plenty of online resources available for you to research your kitchen renovation in terms of cost and project, although you do have to be careful because these figures are averages of kitchen renovation and do not necessarily translate to your particular  kitchen renovation.  Nothing will be as accurate as an actual design and for your space.

Step 3: Kitchen Renovation Design and Development 

Once you’ve decided on what your dream kitchen looks like, you can proceed to implementing your design choices.  Kitchen cabinetry, backsplash tile, kitchen countertops, floor coverings, plumbing and electrical selections are all detailed in sketches along with space planning, floor plans with cabinet sizes, etc – all these technical factors come in once the design aspects are covered.  An in-depth review of the material selections takes place and finishes are assigned to specific surfaces, making your kitchen renovation one step closer to being realized.

Once the development phase begins, you have to make sure your family is well prepared for the transition.  It will only be a short while before the kitchen renovation begins so it’s perfect timing to start thinking about how your family will  call about daily activities while the kitchen renovation takes place. While we focus on efficient projects, meaning getting the job done properly and in good timing, we always want to make sure that enough time is allocated to ensure a job well done.  Each projects build time will vary based on specific conditions but in general a kitchen renovation could take anywhere from 4 to 7 weeks to complete. Prepare your household for a temporary shift in it’s natural habitat.  Preparing meals in advance of the kitchen renovation will help ease the transition. 

 

Overall, a kitchen renovation is exciting for everyone  with proper planning and guidance. With our selection of kitchen cabinets in New Jersey we’re sure you will find something everyone will agree on.  And with a lifetime manufacturer’s warranty,  you’ll have peace of mind knowing your investment in your home is safe.

Need help planning your kitchen renovation?

Give us a call at 973-636-0100  to get started!

What to Consider When Choosing a Cabinet Finish

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Whether you’re looking to freshen up a drab kitchen interior or aiming to sell a home on the market, it can be difficult to choose the right cabinet finish.  A cabinet finish that coordinates with the rest of the desired kitchen elements and appliances in a tasteful way will help you see the best return on your investment. 

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Keep in mind these options below as you plan your remodeling project:

Unfinished Cabinets

Homeowners may choose manufactured wood doors and drawer fronts that are unfinished. This may first appear to be a less expensive choice, but the costs will accrue when homeowners prep and paint them. Any preliminary savings are lost. Keep in mind that any hand painted kitchen requires a coat of acrylic lacquer for protection.

Wood Finishes

Wood is a versatile option for homeowners. It has a broad appeal and is a classic option. For those looking to eventually sell a home, wood makes a timeless choice. We craft cabinets from many different types of wood. Take a deeper look here.

Painted Cabinets

Paint is heavily pigmented. The underlying wood will not show through. White, cream and eggshell colors are popular. Eggshell is a warm finish that reflects light well and can be easily cleaned.

Stained Cabinets

Stains come in an array of pigments. The wood grain will show through and stains will appear darker on the wood’s natural knots and whirls. Using stain can help modify the appearance of many different types of wood cabints

Glazed Cabinets

A glaze is semi-transparent application available to apply over paints. Glazes help provide depth to the cabinetry. Homeowners benefit from more contrast but less consistency. Any details and crevices will be highlighted with a glaze application.

Antiqued Cabinets

When homeowners select an antiqued patina, they are looking for cabinetry that exudes the appearance of wear over time. These patinas are hand-rubbed and as such each cabinet door or drawer will be unique. Those looking for a more rustic look may consider this type of cabinet finish.

Distressed Cabinets

There are a variety of techniques available for homeowners that choose to distress their cabinetry. The wood’s surface will be scored and give the appearance of age and a more weathered patina.

New Jersey residents look to Trade Mark Design & Build for additional insights into the home remodeling process. When you are ready to begin planning our your home remodeling project give us a call! 973-636-0100

Ring in the Savings! Special New Year Promotions

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We’re excited to announce two Winter Savings events at Trade Mark Design & Build! See below for some awesome cabinet savings to help jumpstart your kitchen remodeling project today! 

Promotion #1: Schrock Cabinetry

Ring in the savings this year by enjoying 10% off select styles, and 5% off all other styles from Schrock Cabinetry.

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Schrock’s legacy is built on quality craftsmanship and contemporary design. Founded in 1961, Schrock specializes in handcrafted cabinetry from the heart of Amish country. For a limited time only, we are offering special savings on Schrock products, contact us today to lock in these special rates and to get your project started!

Promotion #2: Decora Cabinetry

Winter is a great time to start your home renovation project, and with our savings it’s now easier than ever! Enjoy 10% off select styles, 5% off all other styles of Decora Cabinetry for a limited time only.

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Every Decora Cabinet is sustainably handcrafted in Jasper, Indiana, an American woodworking and furniture-making capital since the 1800s.

Our team is excited to help you bring Decora’s quality cabinetry into your home renovation project, get started today!

Kitchen Design Trends in 2016

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Many people look at a new year as an opportunity to make changes in their lives.  One improvement that many people will make is to complete projects in the home that they have been putting off. One of the most important improvements homeowners can make is redoing their kitchen.  A kitchen remodel adds value to a home, and often adds convenience and improves quality of life for homeowners.

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A recent kitchen remodeling project in NJ by Trade Mark Design & Build

 

Kitchen trends in 2016

 

  • Shaker style kitchens:  Shaker kitchens have minimalist look with clean lines and an uncluttered feel. Shaker cabinets tend to be simple without as many elegant looking trims that draw the eye.  The natural wood qualities of a cabinet come through, although often these cabinets are painted a simple white.  If molding is included in the cabinet design, they are not ornate.

 

  • Gourmet kitchens:  As long as food television networks are popular, people will be willing to try more complicated food fare.  Gourmet kitchens can make that process easier.  Kitchens in this style, through ease in the kitchen layout, enhance the process of meal preparation.  Often, these kitchens require more space and higher-end appliances, but people who opt for this style love it. Featuring modern elements with natural earth tones, we have seen a rise in this style over the past year.

 

  • Transitional style kitchens:  The transitional style kitchen is a new(er) fusion that has been growing in popularity. Featuring the warmth and welcoming feelings of a traditional kitchen paired with simple lines and contemporary elements, this style offers the best of both worlds. When blended together, these two styles have created a stylish space. Lazy Susan’s and open shelving are often incorporated into this style of kitchen so that foods and ingredients can easily be found and accessed.

 

  • Added work or home office spaces:  One of the most common trends in new-built homes from last year was adding a desk or some other home-office space as part of a kitchen’s design.  This provides children with a great place to do homework while a parent is preparing a meal, and it provides anyone with work to do a place that is quiet most of the time after meals have been prepared.

 

If a new kitchen is on the to-do-list for 2016, consider one of these forward looking designs.  Even if you don’t fall in love with one particular design concept, we will help incorporate aspects to build the kitchen of your dreams.