3 Most Popular Home Addition Plans 2019

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Home additions are a great way to increase your living space and make life more comfortable for you and your family. Any addition can be a wonderful investment that pays off in the value of the house as well as your well being. The following three home addition plans can help you keep up with a growing family or simply add value to your existing structure.
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Add a Second Floor (Add-A-Level)

Among the many plans available that can most increase your home’s space is the addition of a second story similar to this home addition in Midland Park NJ. This idea is perfect for turning a small cape or ranch style home into a charming two-story traditional house which closely resembles a center hall colonial. Cape and ranch-style designs have single floors, and they often don’t have a basement or attic. This leaves the homeowner with very little storage space for all of their belongings or room for their family to grow. A second-floor solves these problems.

In many communities where these style of homes are prevalent, first-floor additions are impossible due to the local zoning. Structures must have a certain amount of space between them and the property line. An addition often causes the home to sit too close to a neighbors house. The solution is to expand up instead of out. This gives you the space you are looking for without changing the home’s footprint. Many towns allow for a second level to be added within the limits of the existing footprint, even if the existing footprint does not conform to the zoning ordinances.

By talking to your home addition contractor about adding a second floor, your small house can grow to encompass extra bedrooms, including a master suite with it’s own bathroom and walk-in closet. Finishing this project with a steeped roof allows room for an attic big enough to stand up in. Including an actual staircase to the attic in the home addition plans will allow easy access to this much needed storage area. Complete the work with exterior details such as new siding, a new roof, and architectural elements that add interest.

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Expand the Kitchen (Single Story Addition)

A floor plan similar to this Wyckoff NJ kitchen addition would allow you to bring in elements that won’t fit in the existing space of your current kitchen. You could consider something like a beautiful fireplace to make the kitchen cozy or a breakfast nook that will turn the room into an eat-in kitchen. A home addition calculator will help you determine how much to invest in the project. Once a budget is established, you can begin narrowing down your options to the elements that will mean the most to you.

Talk to your home addition contractor about how an expansion can also blend the outdoors and interior space beautifully. All it takes is a little pre-planning. Having windows included in the plans that will surround the new addition can allow plenty of natural light in while providing a nice view of the property. You can also have a patio put in next to the addition with French doors that lead out on to it. This patio area will be perfect for entertaining as it is just off of the kitchen. Incorporate natural stone, modern decking materials, and attractive railings that will bring function and beauty to the addition.

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Create a Three Season Room

A three-season room can enhance the function of your home by giving you a space you can enjoy throughout the majority of the year. A three-season room is a great place to entertain friends and family in your own backyard without having to worry about pesky bugs or inclement weather.

The entire project is relatively inexpensive, but it increases the living space and value of the home. Your contractor can use a home addition calculator to show you how. The addition won’t require insulation or drywall like a room addition would which helps keep costs low. How expensive this type of home addition is depends on your preferences. You can keep your budget low by opting for a simple enclosed porch with the original siding still showing on the main wall. You could also go all out and choose to create an elegant room surrounded by high quality windows and finished interior style walls. Many homeowners choose indoor/outdoor carpeting for it’s durability, screened windows that can be opened during pleasant weather, and electricity so that they can enjoy many modern comforts.

The best part of a three-season room is that it isn’t as big of a commitment as several other types of additions. It still provides additional living space and enhances the home, but it isn’t as invasive to complete. You can always decide later on to turn it into an actual room addition for a very reasonable investment.

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Kitchen Remodeling Questions Answered

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Many homeowners dream of the day when they can remodel their kitchen, but few know where to begin. If you are in this situation, you are sure to have several questions running through your head. What type of kitchen remodel should you do? You can choose to change a few key features, or go for a total transformation. You may also be wondering how much it will cost and how to calculate the expense of it all. Fortunately, there are ways to get all of your NJ kitchen remodeling questions answered. All it takes is a little research on your part and the help of a trusted contractor.
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Types of Kitchen Renovation/Remodeling Projects

When it comes to a kitchen renovation, you need to decide what type of project you want to take on. You can go for a few simple upgrades that will make your kitchen look and function beautifully, or you can splurge on a complete overhaul. Which you decide to do will depend greatly on your kitchen remodel budget.

If you want to keep costs low, consider changing only a few things. There are actually three kitchen items that you can upgrade in order to transform the space wonderfully without paying for major construction or new appliances. These are the cabinets, countertops, and backsplash.

1. Cabinets

The cabinets are the largest surface in the kitchen. They set the tone and style of the room while being extremely functional. If your current cabinets are in good working order, but you are simply tired of how they look, consider refinishing them. This is an inexpensive option that will still allow you to create a new look. You can also buy cabinets from places like Ikea. These retailers offer prefab designs that can be combined to look like they were made to perfectly suit your kitchen, but they are a fraction of the cost of custom made cupboards. The most expensive option is to have your contractor put in all-new cabinetry designed specifically for your specifications. Don’t rule out open shelving either.

2. Counters

The countertops are the accessory piece to the cabinets. Upgrading this surface can make the entire space look fresh and new. Modern countertops made out of great materials like granite, marble, or quartz are durable and can withstand the abuse homeowners throw at them.

3. Backsplashes

Finally, a new backsplash will complete this basic transformation. Use tile, copper, brick, or stone to set the tone for your kitchen decor. Be creative. Use this area to add a pop of color to the room, or have the tiles arranged in beautiful patterns so that it serves double duty as artwork.

Once these three basic items have been changed, you can choose to stop there or continue the renovation. A full remodel would include purchasing new appliances and flooring as well as painting the walls. You could even decide to remove walls, add more windows, or change the layout of the room. You could say that the sky is the limit, but your budget will more than likely hold you back.

Kitchen Renovation/Remodel Costs

Before you can begin a project of this size, you need to research the cost of the renovations. It is helpful to have some kind of realistic idea of what you can or cannot afford before talking to your contractor. The most expensive part of the renovation will be the cabinets. Whether you purchase them from Ikea or opt for custom kitchen cabinets, this will be the highest number in your budget. Next are the appliances. The features, finishes, and size will greatly affect how much you pay. Third is the countertops. Again, the size and materials will determine this amount.

In addition to the above-mentioned items, you need to factor in the construction needed to complete the renovation. Moving the appliances will require the electric and plumbing to be reconfigured. This can add up quickly when it comes to labor charges. The same goes for adding or removing walls and windows, and of course, finishing touches like flooring and wall coverings can become expensive as well.

So, how do homeowners calculate the cost of a remodel? Begin with research. Visit kitchen showrooms, look through decorating magazines and books, look at pictures online, and stop by your local home improvement stores. This allows you to become familiar with what is available and how much things cost.

You will then be ready to make a wishlist of what you want for your new kitchen. Don’t hold back, include everything you like. Now, go over that list and mark items as ones you have to have, ones you would like to have, and things that you could do without. Use the prices you have found while doing your research to decide what stays and what goes from your wishlist. It is okay to have a plan A and a plan B. This gives your contractor a better understanding of what you have in mind.

Splurging on a New Kitchen Renovation/Remodel

There are people out there that figure if they are going to the bother and expense of a kitchen renovation, they might as well go for it and redo everything at once. An in-depth project like this could cost $50,000 or more. It all depends on what you choose when it comes to materials, fixtures, and appliances. The size and design style also causes the total price to fluctuate.

Other factors will also affect the total cost. This includes how long it takes to complete. Many of the professionals working on your kitchen will be charging by the hour for the labor. Where you live affects the price too. A home in the midwest may not cost as much to renovate as one on the coast.

If you decide to do any of the work yourself, you could lower the costs somewhat, but make sure you know what you are doing. Leave electrical and plumbing work to the professionals for safety reasons. Some people ask to do the demolition work themselves. This looks fun and exciting, but you can’t just start knocking walls out randomly. You might be creating more work for others involved. Just remember, any do-it-yourself project opens you up to potential problems.

Choosing an Ikea Kitchen

Retailers like these offer beautiful products at reasonable prices. Home Advisor calculates that the average Ikea kitchen renovation is $27,751. Some renovations are lower while some any be much higher. Ikea offers a variety of kitchen cabinets, countertops, and appliances. Prices vary according to what you choose.

One of their most popular kitchen items are their cupboards and drawers. These will come to you unassembled in flat packages. This is where the savings kick in, unless you hire someone with experience to install them for you. Even with paying for installation, you can be getting a bargain when compared to custom made ones. Check their website, catalog, or talk to a representative to get specific details in order to determine the value you would be getting.

Focusing on the Kitchen Cabinets

As mentioned earlier, the cabinets are the largest item in a kitchen. They are the first thing one notices as they enter the room which means that they determine the style and tone. They will also take up the biggest part of your budget. For this reason, let’s look closer at your options.

Refinishing

If you are lucky enough to have fully functioning cabinets that suit your needs, you can save plenty of money by refinishing them. Using your current cabinetry will free up money for other items on your wishlist.

You can re-do the cabinets yourself, or hire someone to do them for you. Keep in mind that this is a long process with many steps involved. The face of each drawer and cupboard will need to be removed. The framing, along with the facings, will have to be stripped to remove all existing paint or stain. The surfaces will then need to be sanded. If you are painting, they will need to be primed as well. This is followed by painting or staining. Don’t forget to replace the hardware. New pulls, handles, and hinges are the frosting on the cake for this project.

New Cabinets

If your existing cabinets are beyond repair with broken tracks, split wood, or water stains, you will be better off buying new cabinetry. Although the initial cost is more than refinishing them, you might find them to be the better value.

Buying new cabinets is a high investment. Don’t make any hasty decisions. Instead, take your time. Look at photos online and in magazines. Visit your local home improvement stores to see the different styles, finishes, and hardware in person. Ask about free samples. Many manufacturers can supply you with samples that you can actually take home with you. Things always look different once they are inside of your house. It is better to find out something won’t work before you place a complete order and have it installed. Read reviews as well to get an idea of how they hold up over time, and talk with your designer about which styles will best suit your home’s decor.

If you find yourself in a position where you can finally start the kitchen renovation project you have been dreaming of, don’t let the questions in your head scare you. Instead, do a little research, make your wishlist, and talk to contractors about your possibilities. This will make you feel more comfortable and put everything into perspective. With a little time and effort, you will soon be enjoying your dream kitchen while having remained within your budget.

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Corner Cabinet Options

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It doesn’t matter if you are talking about a kitchen, bathroom, closet, or TV room. Corners are difficult areas. They can be just as hard to decorate as they are to use for storage, and if you do have cupboards in the corner, they are often so deep that they are virtually useless for everyday items. Fortunately, cabinet manufacturers have noticed these problems, and they have designed some pretty effective solutions that provide homeowners with easy to use corner storage. The following corner cabinet ideas will give you beauty and functionality throughout your home.

Corner Office Cabinets by Decora Cabinetry
Corner Office Cabinets by Decora Cabinetry

Corner Kitchen Cabinets

Corner kitchen cabinets have come a long way. No longer are they large empty spaces where items can become lost. Instead they are carefully designed with your needs in mind. For example, a base cabinet in the corner with a curved pullout will feature two adjustable kidney shaped shelves made out of chrome and wood. These shelves swing out smoothly and quietly, allowing you to reach all of its contents quickly and easily.

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Hafele LeMans Base Corner Pullout

You will also discover corner drawer cabinets that look like two sets of drawers, but they are actually one drawer that extends way back inside of the cabinetry. There are usually two or three of these drawers stacked on top of each other. Another option is a lazy Susan pullout cabinet. When you open the door, there are two tires of lazy susans you can pull out and rotate, which makes it easy to access everything inside. A different take on this idea is the deep bin base cabinets by Shrock where the lazy susan are actually deep bins. This design prevents things from spilling as they are rotated. 

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3 Drawer Corner Base Cabinet by Schrock Cabinetry

You can make use of the upper corner cabinets kitchen designs offer by installing a diagonal stacked wall appliance garage like the one from Decora Cabinets. These set on the countertop and extend upwards. It’s base is a ”garage” complete with a rolling door. This area is just right for tucking away small appliances. Over the ”garage” are two rotating shelves that are ideal for baking supplies or canned goods.

Corner TV Cabinets

The TV room is often an untidy area that can be overwhelmed with video games, cable boxes, and other clutter, in addition to the television itself. Corner storage cabinets for this area bring entertainment centers to a whole new level. They are attractive, hide clutter, and display the TV beautifully. 

The face of corner TV cabinets fit diagonally across the corner of the room. There is a large area on top, or in the center of them, for the set. Underneath, one will find cupboard doors that can be solid, glass, or ornately detailed. Inside the cupboards, there are shelves for storing game consoles and cartridges, DVDs, and Blu Rays. Some models have drawers too, where you can place small items like remotes. Open shelving is ideal for cable boxes and streaming devices as well as DVD players. Some modern versions even include a built-in electric fireplace with the look of real burning logs and a heater. 

Filling the Corners of a Closet

Walk-in closets offer ample storage space, but if you aren’t utilizing the corners properly, you are depriving yourself of additional space. Tall corner cabinets designed for closets provide shelving from the floor to the ceiling. These spots are perfect for shoes, hats, and other accessories. Some have adjustable shelving so you can give your closet more of a customized feel. This also allows you to leave room for a hamper at the bottom.

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Tall Pantry Cabinets

Bathroom Corner Cabinets

Just like the kitchen, corners in a bathroom can cause a bit of confusion. You don’t want to waste any space in these smaller rooms, so it is important to have well laid out cupboards and drawers. You also need ample storage for personal items like make-up, razors, and hair products in addition to a place for necessities such as towels, toilet paper, and soaps. 

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Vanity Base Pullout

The most common corner units for a bathroom will tuck nicely into the corner with the face of the piece sitting diagonally across. A large cupboard is normally found at the base of it with shelving overhead, but you will also find ones with shelving from the floor to the ceiling. Unique X-shaped shelves work beautifully for displaying towels while keeping them close at hand. Drawers can be a welcome addition to these units as they offer a hiding place for small toiletries. 

Some corner designs for the bathroom will help free up floor space. This is quite beneficial in a room that is already at a minimum when it comes to extra space. Look for versions that incorporate a tilt out hamper or two-piece designs that will provide a bit more countertop space for you on top of the lower section. They even make corner vanities that house the sink, with storage space underneath. Although these are all very utilitarian, they can be beautifully designed and rival the look and feel of a corner curio cabinets with etched glass doors or carved wood.

Once you begin shopping for corner storage solutions, you will discover all of these options and more. Talk to your contractor when starting your next renovation project to see how this functional and beautiful cabinetry can be incorporated into your own home.

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Top 10 Creative Ideas for NJ Kitchen Remodeling in 2019

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Remodeling your kitchen can be a fun and exciting experience. This is especially true with all of the options available to homeowners today. You can keep your project simple and make small changes like adding new LED under cabinet lighting and new appliances or you can be big and grand by removing walls and adding vaulted ceilings. If you aren’t sure where to begin, look to these top ten creative kitchen ideas for inspiration.
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1. Remove a Wall to Open Up the Kitchen

Removing a wall is among the most popular trends in NJ kitchen remodeling projects. The cost of a kitchen remodel project is always a concern, but opening up this area will certainly increase the value of your home. You will have no trouble getting a return on your investment if you decide to sell. People love the idea of a kitchen that is open to the rest of the living space.

By removing the wall that divides the kitchen from the living area, you are creating the perfect place for entertaining. You can be preparing meals while visiting with your guests rather than being stuck alone in the kitchen. Even when it is just you and your family, you will be able to enjoy time with your loved ones while cooking dinner or cleaning up afterward.

2. Get Creative with the Lighting

Be sure to include new lighting into your budget when figuring out the cost to remodel your kitchen. Every room needs three main types of lighting; general lighting, task lighting, and accent lighting. General lighting would be your ceiling fixtures that illuminate the majority of the room and accent lighting is simply decorative.

Task lighting is a must-have item for every kitchen. The best task lighting is LED under cabinet lights. They will illuminate your workspace beautifully, and it adds a wonderful ambiance to the area. A soft glow coming from beneath the cabinetry can be very sophisticated. Best of all, it makes a big impact for a very reasonable cost.

3. Replace an Existing Window with Much Needed Wall Space

If your kitchen has several windows, you may want to consider closing up one or more of them in order to gain more wall space. The other existing windows will still allow plenty of natural light to shine in, and ceiling lights, under cabinet lighting, and accent lights will further illuminate the area. With the new found wall space, you can add more cabinetry or shelving for additional storage. It can also be used as a place to install a wine rack, create a focal point with artwork, or hang useful items like a dry erase board to help keep you organized. When dealing with a small kitchen remodel, this idea can be affordable and it will add the illusion of more space.

4. Design an Efficient Corner Stove Layout

When it comes to figuring out how to remodel a kitchen, space is a major concern. You want to make the most of every available square inch. One of the best ways to achieve this is by creating a layout that includes a corner stove. The corners are often wasted space. Countertops in these areas reach too far back to be of any real use. Corners can also be a congested area where cabinet doors bump into each other when opened.

By placing your range top and oven at an angle in one of the corners, you are creating a very functional and efficient area. You will find that you have more counter space for working, and the flow of the room is much improved due to the fact that your main cooking area is now in the center of all of the action.

5. Add a Wow Factor with Vaulted Ceilings

A wonderful way to make your kitchen look spacious and spectacular is to vault the ceilings. The additional overhead space will make the entire room feel larger. It also adds instant beauty to what could otherwise be a boring and typical design. Exposed beams instantly add architectural detail, and using a ceiling fan or chandelier in the middle of the ceiling brings an elegant touch to the space. Vaulted ceilings are especially attractive over an open floor plan. It can bring the living area and kitchen together perfectly.

6. Add a Wine Bar

Wine bars don’t have to be large and overbearing. You can easily add one into your kitchen cabinets remodel. Choose a space at the end of your cupboards and countertop to place your new wine bar. Cubbies for the wine bottles can be installed above with a rack for the glasses to hang from directly underneath. A countertop below this is the perfect spot for ice buckets and other necessities, and a wine cooler with elegant glass doors can be installed beneath the countertop. Make sure the wood and countertop materials match what is being used in the rest of the kitchen for a well-coordinated look.

7. Use Two-tone Cabinetry

Among the latest kitchen ideas that homeowners love to include in their NJ kitchen remodeling is two-toned cabinetry. Two-toned cabinetry is a great option when you can’t decide on just one color. There are several ways to use two colors together in order to create a modern and interesting décor. You could use one color for the bottom cabinets and a contrasting shade for the upper cupboards. Another option is to use one shade for the face of the cabinetry and a second color for the fronts of the doors and drawers. You could even choose one color for the main cabinetry and pick something else for around the kitchen island. Your choices are only limited by your imagination. Combine wood finishes with painted surfaces for an even more dramatic look.

8. Clean Lines and Understated Finishes Speak Volumes

It is easy to get carried away when considering how much to remodel in the kitchen. Budget and time constraints will help keep you in line, but it will still be hard to come up with a finished product that looks beautiful and cohesive. Don’t feel like you have to choose ornate items to make an impact. Sometimes it is more impressive to keep it simple. Clean lines will create a sleek and modern kitchen that will blend perfectly with many home décor styles. Understated finishes can also make a big impression. The kitchen is a space that is often cluttered. Countertops are covered with small appliances and cooking utensils as well as food items such as produce, baked goods, and everyday ingredients. Don’t add to the chaos with busy patterns and bright colors. Understated finishes keep the kitchen looking clean and fresh.

9. Bring in Updated Appliances

The average cost of an NJ kitchen remodeling project often includes upgraded appliances. The appliances are the star of the show. You want pieces that are functional and beautiful. Invest a good portion of your budget into these items. Stainless steel appliances are always a popular choice. Their silver tone surface matches many colors and styles, and the finish is wonderful for hiding fingerprints and spills. Black is another classic option that brings a modern touch to the kitchen. Don’t forget to add a coordinating range hood over your cooking area. It can become the focal point of the room and help tie all of the other appliances together for a cohesive look. Splurging on newer, energy-efficient models will give you an excellent return on your investment. They will save you money on the monthly utility bills, and they will add value to your home all in one step.

10. Create a Unique Backsplash

The backsplash is another example of a beautiful and functional kitchen necessity. It is needed to protect the walls directly above the countertop from stains and spills that are inevitable while cooking. Backsplashes are easily wiped clean, and they can look stunning when done properly. Ceramic tiles are one of the most commonly used materials for backsplashes. They are affordable when it comes to the cost of a kitchen remodel, and they allow you to be creative in their colors and patterns.

Glass panels are gaining in popularity. They are coated in a color on the side that is against the wall. The result is a smooth surface without any grout lines that create a very modern look. Natural stone is also sleek and sophisticated. Prices vary as they range from affordable granite slabs to expensive pieces of marble. If you like a historical design, or simply love the texture, use exposed brick or natural wood. Metal is often reserved for more professional kitchens.

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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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