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.

Home Inspection Red Flags

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Home Inspection Red Flags

A home inspection report is an assessment of a house. It includes a long list of everything that is wrong with the home. The inspection is done before the sale of the property is finalized. This gives potential buyers the opportunity to re-negotiate the price if there are issues that will need to be repaired. Not all of the problems an inspector finds are a big deal, but some of the issues may be significant. The following information will help you determine what you should be the most aware of when reading a home inspection and which items you shouldn’t worry about.
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The Summary

The first part of the home inspection report that you want to look over is the primary recommendations. This is also called the summary. This portion covers health and safety concerns. For example, it may state that there is a problem with mold. If you think it may be a harmful level, you can get it further checked out by a mold remediation specialist.

This section may also discuss electrical issues that could be a potential for hazard. Even a leaky roof being listed in this portion of the report can be cause for concern. Leaky roofs can create water damage that can affect the wood-framed structure of a house.

Costly Issues

The home inspection report can also list big-ticket issues. This includes electrical, structural, and mechanical problems. These are the types of problems that will be expensive to repair, and they may be cause for re-negotiating the price of a house. They are not problems that can be easily fixed during a NJ home remodeling project without costing you extra time and money.

Electrical issues worth worrying about would be old wiring that is dangerous, faulty wiring, ungrounded receptacles, or outdated knob and tube wiring from the 1950s or before. Structural issues range from older roofs that need to be replaced to cracks in the foundation that can be a sign of structural damage. Finally, mechanical problems are issues related to waste plumbing lines that do not drain properly or low water pressure.

Issues That Vary in Price

Some of the problems revealed during a home inspection can vary in price when it comes to fixing them. For example, termites are common in older houses. How much it will cost to take care of the issue depends on whether there is an active infestation or simply damage left behind from past infestations. This is something you may want to have the seller fix before finalizing the sale.

Mold is never good to find listed on your home inspection report, but it can be removed. The question is for how much. Surface mold is easily taken care of while mold found in the attic due to poor ventilation could require an entirely new roof in order to ensure the mold is removed.

Less Obvious Issues

No home will have a perfect inspection report unless it is newly constructed. Older homes often have issues that will be noted in the report. Some of these are simply a matter of age while others are red flags.

Look at any cracks found in a house as a red flag. As a home settles over time, cracks will appear. Although the cracks themselves seem harmless, they can be a sign of bigger issues. As homes settle, problems such as loose pipes can arise. Original pipes and plumbing may also rust with age. Cracks may even create further problems by allowing pests a way to enter the home.

Soil piled up against the house is another red flag. This soil can keep the water from draining away from the structure properly. This water can damage the foundation creating devastating damage.

Items You Shouldn’t Worry About

Although every issue deserves a certain amount of attention, there are things that will show up on the home inspection report that won’t affect the sale. Top of this list is appliances. The report may list appliances such as the dishwasher, stove, refrigerator, washer, or drier as not functioning correctly. These are items that you can have replaced during a NJ kitchen remodeling project or replaced with your existing appliances.

You can also overlook certain exterior issues. If the siding or paint is listed as being in poor condition, you shouldn’t worry. These are mainly cosmetic problems and shouldn’t change the sale of the house in any major way, but you will want to repair them on your own once the property is yours. This can be discussed with a home remodeling contractor.

Although the results of a home inspection report can be disappointing, it does allow you the opportunity to negotiate the cost of the house with the seller. A new offer could offset the price of repairs. You can also discuss whether or not the seller should pay for a portion of the repairs before finalizing the deal. Don’t become stressed over your home inspection report. Look at it as a helpful tool when considering the purchase of a new home.

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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Boho Interior Design – What is boho design?

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What is Boho Decorating?

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Boho, or Bohemian, decorating is a way of filling your home with an eclectic mix of culture, life, and interesting objects from around the world. The style embraces relaxed and carefree elements. You will find that all Boho rooms will have a similar look and feel, but there are no two that look alike.

Boho is loved by those that enjoy an unconventional life. This includes people such as actors, travelers, and writers. You will find that Boho design combines colors objects, and patterns that reflect this type of lifestyle. The décor consists of a mix of items from a variety of places and cultures with no set theme in place. If you want your home to be a true reflection of exactly who you are, Boho will be your perfect design style.

Boho Colors

The first rule of Bohemian design is that there are no rules. Commonly used colors include Earth tones such as deep browns, grays, and greens, but it is not unusual to see bright jewel tones and metallic mixed in. Accessories often bring a pop of fiery orange, saturated purple, or electric blue into the room. This combination of colors all layered in together fits in perfectly with the true thought behind Boho design and will enhance your NJ kitchen remodeling project.

Give yourself the freedom to mix patterns and textures. Don’t shy away from styles that you normally wouldn’t use together in one room. Boho is certainly not a conventional way of decorating. Use textures and patterns from around the globe. This will add a sense of exoticism and fun to the space. Hang area rugs and tapestries on the walls, and layer throws on the furniture.

Bohemian Materials

Boho embraces the philosophy of more is better. Forget about the modern, minimalist, sleek designs used in most decorating. When capturing a Bohemian feel, don’t be afraid to mix and match materials freely. Burlap, sisal, and other natural materials can be combined with chenille and silks. Regardless of which materials you use, they should appear to be worn. Look for pieces that fall somewhere between shiny new and damaged.

Crochet, fringe, and macramé often find their way into Boho design. Use these elements around area rugs, throw pillows, and curtains. All of these materials combined together will create a cozy, worldwide inspired area. Canopies over the living spaces and beds are another signature look of this design style.

Boho Furniture

You won’t find Bohemian furniture in your local home stores. Boho rooms are filled with pieces that you collect over time. As you complete your NJ home remodeling projects, search for second-hand and vintage items in thrift stores and antique malls. Choose furniture that looks like it could tell a story. These items will be right at home in your Boho design.

You can also use plush sofas and chairs that are saturated in color to make you and your guests feel the vibe of Boho instantly. Over stuffed floor pillows and throw rugs can be considered extra seating as well as butterfly chairs, chaise lounges, and daybeds. Avoid straight back chairs or pieces that are streamlined. Boho should make people feel welcomed and as though you want them to stay awhile. The more comfortable it is, the better.

Boho Lighting

Your goal is understated, ambient lighting in a Boho room. It adds to the relaxed and comfortable vibe. Avoid overhead fixtures. Instead, look for candles, lanterns, and floor or table lamps for soft illumination. Search global markets for a variety of shapes and sizes to further enhance the mix and match design element.

Worldly Accessories

Since the whole idea of Boho design is to embrace the world, use hanging plants to give your home a natural feeling. This works especially well in your NJ kitchen remodeling project. They will improve the air quality while adding vibrancy to the space. The more plants you incorporate, the more Bohemian it will look. If you don’t have much luck with plants, consider using succulents. They come in a variety of colors and require very little care beyond occasional watering.

Complete your Boho style by adding in your family heirlooms, photos, handmade items, and souvenirs form your travels. Your accessories need to tell your family’s story. Showcase what you love whether that is a collection of vintage maps, bottles or mismatched dishes. Always remember that Boho design is based on an eclectic feel. You can even throw in a glamorous chandelier or chic gold framed mirror into the mix. The only rule with Bohemian decorating is that the finished room tells a story about you.

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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.

Lili Cement Tiles For Your Kitchen And Bath Designs

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Handmade cement tiles are quickly becoming a popular trend in home decorating. Their bright colors and unique patterns are perfect for creating a beautiful focal point in any kitchen or bathroom design. They are most commonly found being used as flooring or backsplashes, but they are slowly working their way into other areas of the home.

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The Benefits of Cement Tile

It is easy to see why cement tiles are being used in so many NJ home remodeling projects. These tiles combine beauty and function in one durable, long-lasting piece. In fact, a floor created from cement tiles will last longer than comparable hardwoods and ceramic tiles. They also allow you to customize them with your own ideas by changing the layout, colors, or shapes being used.

The Twinkle line from Lili helps you create the look of carpeting while enjoying all the benefits of tile. You can also achieve a traditional look by using their Paris collection or you can go for a bright, bold look with the Crest or Lorraine tiles.

Cement tiles can even help you balance a room perfectly. If you have decorated with neutral tones, a colorful tile like Cle’s Big Spin or Half Moon patterns provide just the right pop of color with a touch of a retro feel.

How Cement Tile is Made

Cement tiles look similar to ceramic versions, but they have definite differences due to the process used to make them. Ceramics are fired in a kiln where as cement tiles go through a multi-step process.

A mixture of cement, sand, and color pigment along with marble powder is poured into metal molds. These molds will give each tile its distinct shape. A dry concrete mixture is then poured over it to form the backing. The layered mixture is compressed under 2,000 pounds of pressure.

The result is a high thermal piece with excellent insulation qualities. Homeowners often experience a savings in their monthly utility bills as well as notice a difference in their level of comfort after installing cement tile s.

Unique Ways to Use Cement Tiles

While these tiles are on trend in kitchens and bathrooms as flooring and back splashes, they are making their way into several other areas of the house. Their strength and durability make them ideal for laundry rooms, and the beautiful patterns add to any living room, dining room, or foyer decor.

Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when using cement tiles. The latest kitchen remodeling NJ homeowners are having done include cement tiles on the top of the island as well as underneath it. This makes the kitchen island the focal point of the entire room.

Try arranging these tiles around the face of your fireplace for a unique look. They can instantly create a modern feel as easily as they can provide a vintage look. It simply depends on the patterns you select. Continue the tile up from the mantle all the way to the ceiling. This can replace the traditional painting or mirror as the room’s main artwork.

You will even see cement tile s being placed on the ceiling. This can be just what a plainer room done in neutral colors may need. On the other hand, solid colored, hex shaped tiles will help tone done a bright, colorful space. Some decorators are leaving it off the ceiling, but they are using it in place of traditional crown molding. Cement tiles won’t need to be painted, and they can become an attractive border that draws the eye upwards.

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Cleaning Your Cement Tiles

These tiles are fairly easy to take care of. When used as a backsplash, they simply need to be wiped clean with an all-purpose cleaner. Flooring should be swept daily, and you will want to mop regularly with water and a neutral cleaning solution. If you find that you have stains, use an all-purpose cleaner on the area. Harder to remove stains may require the use of oxalic acid. Rub oxalic acid crystals in small circles with a pad until the stain is gone. Be sure to rinse well afterwards with water and dry the surface completely.

Don’t allow liquids to set on the tiles for an extended length of time. Wipe up any spills immediately. As long as you are properly taking car of your cement tiles, they will last you for many years to come. They will be a beautiful and functional addition to your home that you will enjoy and love.

NJ Home Remodeling With Big Style For Small Spaces

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If you are like most people, you don’t think that big style can be accomplished in a small NJ Home Remodeling Project. When one hears someone talk about a stylish kitchen or bathroom, they automatically envision a large, expansive area. In reality, you will have an easier time creating a stylish space in a smaller home.

Small spaces are simply an opportunity to splurge on high-end finishes since the amount of materials needed is much less than with a large room. For example, hardwood floors are beautiful, but they can cost a fortune in a large great room. Use hard wood flooring in a small kitchen, and you have a designer look without the hefty price tag.

 

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A Small Bathroom Remodel

The more floor space you can see, the larger a room will look. To keep your small bathroom from looking cramped and cluttered, open up the floors. Switch your traditional tub out for a vintage style claw foot one instead, and trade your vanity for a pedestal sink. Allowing your bathroom remodeling contractor to make these simple changes will give the illusion of a larger room instantly.

There are other ways to give your small bathroom the appearance of having more space too. Use mirrors as a surround for the tub, and if all you have is a shower, install a clear glass door. Both of these ideas allow the eye to travel further which tricks the mind into thinking the area is bigger than it actually is.

Make the most of your vertical space, especially when looking for additional storage. Open shelving that goes from the floor to the ceiling provides plenty of room to store towels and bath essentials in decorative baskets. Limit the wall decor. Instead of many separate framed prints, cover one entire wall with tiles arranged in a stylish pattern.

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A Tiny Kitchen Renovation

Professional NJ Home Remodeling Experts can recreate your small kitchen in a way that features well thought out design elements that make this space feel much larger. For example, opening up one wall into the adjacent room will give you more work-space while giving the impression of a much larger kitchen. Replace the wall with a counter. Add seating on the opposite side so friends and family can join you without being underfoot.

Allowing as much natural light as possible to enter a tiny kitchen adds an open and airy feeling to the room. Minimize window treatments. Instead, paint the trim in an accent color to frame the glass. A skylight will also bring the sunshine indoors while giving you the illusion of being in a wide open area.

Just like in a small bathroom, decorative pieces will make the space look cluttered. Find ways to add a personal touch without bringing in artwork or tabletop decor. A stylish tile backsplash replaces wall art while being functional. Switch out old drawer pulls and handles for something new and modern.

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A Compact Custom Wine Cellar

Don’t think that the ability to have a special place to store your favorite wines is a luxury reserved for those in large houses. Even the smallest homes have an empty corner that could be utilized for just such a feature. Even an unused portion of the basement will suffice.

Be creative when it comes to wine storage. The simple addition of floor to ceiling shelving on two walls that meet in a corner can become the perfect place to rest bottles. Arrange two chairs in front of the shelving with a small table between them, and you will have a cozy spot to entertain.

Some homeowners are willing to think outside of the box. Adding a small refrigerator, wine racks, and shelves to hold glasses inside of a closet allows you the ideal place to mix drinks. When you are not serving beverages to friends, the entire wine stock is out of sight. The best part is that it doesn’t take up any of your precious space within your small home.

Custom Home Bars

The Fitted Custom Home Bar

If you are looking for something more casual for your NJ Home Remodeling Project, you can create a custom home bar in your family room, dining room, or rec room. There are many stylish bar designs available that provide a small counter with bar stools that fit underneath. On the back side, you will have a shelf where you can mix drinks along with plenty of drawers and cupboard space for storage.

Homeowners with small children in the house like to make this spot a family friendly area by incorporating wine racks overhead where the kids can’t reach. Small refrigerators can be placed under the back side of the bar for water and sodas that can be used in mixed drinks but are still safe for children.

To best utilize your limited amount of space, turn the bar at an angle across an unused corner. This leaves the illusion of a larger room, and allows the bar to actually become a focal point, much like a fireplace would. Mirrors hung on the wall behind the bar open up the space further.

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