Corner Stove Kitchen: How to plan the layout

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Create a beautiful corner stove kitchen design layout for your next kitchen remodeling project! Find out the math behind it and which appliances work best for your corner stove kitchen project.

Is a corner stove right for your kitchen cabinet layout?

Deciding whether or not to add a corner stove to a kitchen design depends on a variety of factors. In some cases it is done to add interest to a long straight run, in others its to save space and gain functionality to the over all design. It also could resolve the requirement for a larger stove that does to fit well on the adjacent walls of the kitchen. Here are a few questions to ask yourself as you plan the design;

  1. Do we need a focal point in a given corner?
  2. Can we improve the layout overall by placing the stove on a corner?
  3. Does the ventilation preference allow for a corner stove?
  4. Do we need extra countertop space?

Selecting the right appliances

Wolf Corner StoveGenerally speaking almost any stove, cooktop or range top will work in the corner stove kitchen design with some exceptions. The tricky part comes in with the addition of the ventilation preferences, this is because the adjacent upper cabinetry sits on the 90 degree axis and the corner stove sits on a 45 degree axis (see sample plan below). This means we have to pay particular attention to the wall located behind the stove/ventilation unit and the depth of the appliances, these all need to be in sync for proper configuration. For this application it is best to use a stove without a back which is know as a slide in stove or model with an island trim which is a low profile back.

Doing the math for a corner stove kitchen

To figure out the placement of the adjacent cabinets you will need to know the width of the appliances and the depth of both the lower and upper cabinetry. We will also need to account for the desired counter top overhangs and fillers on the base cabinets.

  1. We will start with a desired 36” Stove width plus the total countertop overhangs (39″) and multiply it by 0.7071 which equals 27.5769, we can round that up to 27.6”.
  2. Next we need to add the depth of our base cabinet to that figure, 27.6” + 24” = 51.6”.
  3. Now we can plot that distance from the corner of the room to each of the adjacent base cabinets.
  4. The wall behind the corner stove can be placed after the upper cabinets have been figured out using the same method. Special considerations should be made when using a microwave as it will be a different depth than the upper cabinets in most cases.
  5. When setting that appliances you will notice that the stove will need to be set back from the face of the adjacent cabinets to allow for the doors/drawers to operate freely, we typically set the stove back approx. 4”-6” and leave about 2” behind the stove to the wall.

Adding a recessed niche to your corner stove kitchen

As an added bonus, the corner stove kitchen allows for a 6” – 8” deep recessed niche to be located just below the ventilation unit. This is possible because the wall behind the appliances is a false wall with a void behind it. This option is typically not possible when a stove is placed on wall in a standard configuration since it’s usually on an exterior wall.

Let’s review a sample plan

Corner Stove PlanHere’s our finished design with a 36″ stove. As you can see on the plans there is a void behind the stove wall which is a perfect place to run the duct work, electrical requirements and plumbing work. Note: If the walls are out of square and/or not plumb it will further complicate the calculations.

Need help with your kitchen design plans? Give us a call at 973-636-0100, we’re happy to assist!

Kitchen Design Trends 2018

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

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Coffee Bar

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

 
 

Corner Stove/Cooktop

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

 
 

Workstations

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

 
 

Clean Lines & Grey Neutrals

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

 
 

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

 
 

Thick Countertops

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

Kitchen Material Trends: Not all materials are created equally

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

Kitchen Material Trends

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

Countertops

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

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

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Cabinetry

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

Flooring

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

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

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

Home remodel planning checklist

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When planning a home remodeling project, whether you are remodeling a kitchen, increasing the size of your home with an addition or replacing your kitchen cabinets, it is important to plan ahead. Knowing where to start, how to budget, and who to contract for the work can be overwhelming. This home remodel planning checklist below will help you in your project planning.

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Home Remodel Planning Checklist

  1. Create a scope of work "Wish List"
  2. Have a good idea of what you can invest in the project
  3. Obtain price quotes from qualified professionals
  4. Research and interview potential contractors
  5. Establish a project timeline and a production schedule
  6. Choose a home remodeling contractor to start your project!

Creating a scope of work for your home remodeling project

A scope of work is basically your home remodeling “wish list” with some additional defined criteria that will help you later on when its time to get bids for the work. The natural progression of a scope of work would begin with the demolition, followed by rough framing, rough mechanicals, insulation, sheetrock, Floor coverings, finish carpentry/cabinetry, countertops and end with painting.

How to budget for a home remodeling project

Armed with the scope of work you are now ready to get some pricing for your project. The bidding process will vary depending on what type of home remodeling project you’re looking to have done. Smaller projects like a countertop replacement can be can be quoted by going directly to the countertop supplier of your choosing and supply them with your requirements. Larger home remodeling projects like a Home addition or a kitchen remodel will require multiple sources (appliances, plumbing fixtures, tile, ect.) and you’ll need to hire a home remodeling contractor that is familiar with your type of project.

Finding the right home remodeling contractor

At this point you have a good understanding of what it is you want to remodel and how much you are willing to spend on the project, now it's time to choose a home remodeling contractor to work with on your project. Look for a good online presence, read their reviews of what others have said about them, review their portfolio to see their past work - make sure it meets your expectations and goals. Some places to check for this info are as follows; Google Business listings, Houzz and Yelp Business listings. Houzz is a great place to read reviews and view portfolios. Navigate to the "Find Professionals" at the top of the page, select the type of professional you are looking for, then set the parameters for the geographical search area. This is also a great way to qualify referrals you may have received from family and friends. After you have decided on a few home remodeling contractors to interview, don't forget to ask for some past clients contact info so you can speak to them directly.

Home Remodel project timeline and production scheduling

During your interview with the home remodeling contractor be sure to ask how long the proposed project will take based on similar past projects. There are many factors that contribute to how long a home remodeling project will take - town requirements, custom cabinets, back ordered items, ect. so each project will have its own timeline that will need to be calculated by the contractor before the work begins. Generally speaking a kitchen remodel would be considered very fast with a production schedule at 5 weeks and typically takes about 7 weeks to complete.

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

How to choose a Kitchen Designer

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Knowing what you’re kitchen is going to look like and how much it’s going to cost to build before you make a commitment is the best way to choose a kitchen designer.  After you have completed your kitchen planning research and narrowed down the choices to two or three candidates you’re ready to start reaching out and setting up the initial kitchen design visits.

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What takes place at the initial kitchen design visit?

During the initial visit in your home the kitchen designer will take field measurements,  observe traffic patterns, discuss needs and wants and review your vision for the space including what type of materials you may want to use.  A general concept  is discussed and agreed upon along with the potential budget required  to build the project.  The next step is for the kitchen designer to develop this information into a set of conceptual drawings that will be the basis for the next meeting.

What to ask at the kitchen design visit:

  1. Are you comfortable with the kitchen designer, will you enjoy working with him/her?
  2. Do you have to use the kitchen designers sources for the materials or can you select your own sources?
  3. What items are not included in the budget and who is responsible for them?
  4. Who will create the construction, electrical, and tile design plans?
  5. What’s an average build time for similar projects completed?
  6. How much of a variance do you typically see in your proposals?

Proposed kitchen design plans and budget review meeting

Here, the proposed kitchen design plans and budget are presented for review,  this will be your first opportunity to see your new kitchen in the form of a floor plan, elevations of the walls with cabinets and 3-D perspectives.  It’s very exciting see all of the ideas take shape, the kitchen designer will walk you through the layouts and how everything came to be.  A detailed line item proposal based on the conceptual drawings that were created will contain items such as; architects fees, specific building materials, cabinetry budget, countertop allowance, etc., will also be presented that’s based on the drawings that were created.  At the end of this meeting you will have a full understanding of what your kitchen will look like and how much it will cost to build.

What to ask at the kitchen design plan and budget review meeting:

  1. Does the kitchen layout fit your lifestyle?
  2. Is the overall concept pleasing and functional?
  3. Who handles all the logistics and scheduling?
  4. Who will handle the permit process?
  5. What type of care will be taken to prep the home prior to the start of construction?
  6. Does the kitchen designer pass on “trade discounts” to you?

What to ask yourself after the meeting

  1. Were you “wowed” by the design?
  2. Did the kitchen designer really “get you”?
  3. Can you see yourself working with him/her?
  4. How does this offer compare to others?
  5. How much time and thought was put into the initial proposal?

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

How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Typically Cost?

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How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel In The Hawthorne, NJ Area Typically Cost?

In most households, the kitchen often acts as the heart of the home. It’s the central location for hospitality when you welcome guests into your home and where meals are prepared to be shared amongst friends and family. Because of the communal nature of the kitchen, it’s no surprise that the kitchen is among the most commonly remodeled rooms in the home, with the greatest increase in home value among all other rooms.

While the value of your property will increase with a state-of-the-art kitchen upgrade, this also typically comes at a fairly hefty cost. According to U.S. homeowners, the average cost of a kitchen remodel, regardless of size or scope, is just north of $20,000, with a wide spectrum on either end depending on how much or how little is being renovated. However, don’t be deterred by the cost, as those who are seeking to add a fresh, modern feel to their otherwise dated kitchen, will find it to be well worth the cost both while living there and when looking to sell.

The Broad Spectrum of Renovation 

The cost of any kitchen remodel depends entirely on the size of the kitchen, the scope of the project, and the desires of the homeowner. According to the Houzz and Home survey done by the interior design and decorating website Houzz, homeowners will spend on average $11,700 for a small-scale remodel to $29,400 for a full-scale remodel for a small kitchen (<201 sq. ft.). For a larger kitchen (>201 sq. ft.), the range increases from $17,800 for a minor remodel to $42,400 for a major remodel.

A small scale project could entail upgrades such as installing tile backsplashes for a colorful accent, upgrading the sink, painting walls, resurfacing cabinets, and other smaller scale features. On the other hand, you could be looking to do a complete overhaul of perhaps a particularly dated kitchen, which could include pricier upgrades such as custom cabinet installation, new hardwood floors, countertops, and higher-end appliances.

What to Consider When Renovating 

There are several factors you should keep in mind when preparing to take on a kitchen remodel. Do you plan on doing it yourself or through the help of a contractor? Before beginning any project, you should determine how much you are willing and able to allocate towards the remodel, as your budget will restrict the scope of your project regardless of what you wish to upgrade. For example, if you have a budget of somewhere from $5,000-$10,000, but you wish to install new cabinets, countertops, and appliances, you may have to rethink the scope of the project or the amount of money you are willing to spend.

If you are looking to hire a contractor to do the labor for you, be prepared to budget a little more for the cost of the labor. While the price does slightly increase, most homeowners find it well worth it to get a professional to assess the remodel plan and carry out the construction, as they offer years of invaluable experience that will really make the project come together. A contractor will know all of the finer details on proper installation methods, common mistakes to avoid, and will be able to offer a professional opinion that truly takes the kitchen redesign to a whole new level.

Another factor to consider is how long you plan on living in the house after you remodel the kitchen. It is common to remodel a kitchen with the intent of raising the home’s resale value, but if that is the case, make sure not to break your budget. The optimal budget in this case should be no more than 5-15% of the home’s total value, as this is the approximate range homeowners can expect to recoup upon selling. Conversely, if you intend on living in the house for many years to come, it may make more sense to splurge on items like new countertops, cabinets, flooring, and appliances, as you are likely to find value in the use of modern kitchen space.

Pro Tip: At Trade Mark, we have found that our costs to completely remodel a kitchen are typically less than what a homeowner can do it for after factoring in a few considerations. This includes the additional time they spend managing the job and finding sub-contractors, errors they make in the process, and paying more than our trade prices that we are able to pass on to them. Plus, we are able to relieve the homeowner’s stress before, during, and after the project. We understand that the key to a successful project is proper planning and management.

Whether your kitchen or the scope of your project is small or large, a carefully planned remodel can give your home a fresh modern feel that you’ll be able to enjoy for years to come.

If you’re planning a kitchen remodel and looking for the right contractor for the job, contact Trade Mark Design & Build today. You can also visit our showroom located in Hawthorne, NJ for some unique inspiration ideas.

Planning Your Dream Kitchen Part 2: Creating a Feel for the Details

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Once you have an idea of the layout, budget, and timing of your kitchen remodeling project, you’ll be ready to dive into the details. From here, you’ll want to consider the type of style you’d like to use for your kitchen. Are you traditional, modern, or somewhere in the middle? Being able to answer this type of question will help you to make confident decisions as to what you’re looking for.

Color Scheme

The color scheme you choose in your kitchen is a mixture of personal preference and color psychology. Color has the power to change room elements to such a degree that the kitchen cabinets can appear different in size depending on the choice. Lighter colors will make a room seem more expansive while darker colors create more intimacy. Color personalities are split between active and passive. Active colors excite the body and mind while passive colors are more neutral and muted. Like you will do when imagining your layout, it’s important to imagine how you will use your kitchen. You’ll move faster in a yellow kitchen whereas a neutral kitchen is effective for slow, meditative cooking.

Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinet choice will have a large impact on the feel of your kitchen. One of the first factors to consider is the type of door style you’ll want to use. At a very basic level, you can go with either an inset or overlay cabinet. Inset doors are set within the frame of the cabinet while overlay doors are set over the frame. While stunning, inset doors are usually more expensive and offer less space than overlay doors. Kitchen cabinets can become more interesting by adding elements like glass or a countertop hutch to showcase fine dinnerware. Adding a splash of color to cabinets bring personality to the entire kitchen. An explanation of cabinets wouldn’t be complete without pictures, which is why we have posted many of our completed New Jersey kitchen remodeling projects to our website.

Appliances

Appliances should match the color and style choices of the kitchen. A modern kitchen may feature an electric stove with stainless steel appliances while a traditional kitchen may masque appliances within the cabinetry. Choose colored appliances for a bold statement and a unique jolt of color to create a friendlier tone that will eliminate the mechanical feel. Aside from color, you’ll need to make decisions such as whether you want a gas, electric or induction cooktop. Do you want to use a range hood for silent ventilation? Is a drawer dishwasher more appealing than a traditional top down? What depth, shape, and size would you like your sink to be? These are all questions to keep top of mind when you come and visit us to start your kitchen remodeling project.

As you can see, there are many small details to consider when planning your kitchen. Keep in mind that once you select your colors and styling, all of the other details will flow right into one another. You will even have a better grasp on the types of appliances you would like to use. The one thing to remember throughout the whole process is what you are going to be doing in your kitchen when the project is finished. Arming yourself with all this information will bring you peace of mind throughout the process.

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

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

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

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

Question 2: What is my budget?

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

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

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

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

The Perfect Palette: New Products from Schrock

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

Designing a Modern Chic Kitchen in New Jersey

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

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

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Minimalism in the Kitchen

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

Stainless Steel Features

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

Modern Islands

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

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

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