Kitchen Island Lighting

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Pendant Island Lighting

Kitchen Island Trends

Having an island in your kitchen is at the top of most homeowner’s desires nowadays. Depending on the space available there are many options for the type of kitchen island that will work best. Some of these include a pencil island which is roughly 24″ deep and runs about 5 or 6 feet long. If space allows, adding an additional 12″ of depth could allow for seating or additional storage or a combination of the two are even possible when space allows creating an island that is roughly 48″ x 96″. So it’s important to layout the space and design your kitchen island before creating the kitchen island lighting plan – too many variables need to be solidified first.

Kitchen Island Lighting Design

At this point you may be asking yourself if a kitchen island with pendants is right for your layout, whether 2 or 3 pendant lights feels right? The answer depends on a variety of different factors like island size, shape and functionality. Is the island used for cooking, washing dishes or preparing meals? Would the potential lighting elements enhance these functions? Would they block or obstruct the view? There area many tools on the internet that aid the calculations for this purpose but they do not account for the circumstances around the island that contribute to the requirements. Could you imagine an island 48″ x 120″ that does not have any accent lighting? The below image is exactly that and the reason is due to the fact that this huge island has a cooktop with an island hood in addition to seating, the main focal point is the island hood, adding lighting to accent the island in any way would have totally distracted from the hood which is clearly the star of the show here. The point is, if you input this into the lighting tools it would certainly tell you otherwise.

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So what is one to do when it comes time to design a kitchen island complete with lighting? Call in the experts at Trade Mark Design & Build for your next nj kitchen remodeling project!

Kitchen Cabinets: NJ Buyers Guide

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Kitchen Cabinets Should Fit Your Space & Your Lifestyle

Deciding on which kitchen cabinets to put in your kitchen is a very important decision, it’s a large investment and will most like be the largest single expense you will have when you are updating your kitchen. That being said, it is reasonable to think the kitchen cabinets will fit the space they are intended for, but they also need to fit your lifestyle, meaning, the combination of available door styles and cabinet finishes really need to capture who you are and set the right tone for your home. The accessories and options need to meet your families food preparation and storage needs. Last but not least, the kitchen cabinets have to fit within your given budget. Kitchen cabinets are produced at several price points with varying construction types/options by many different manufactures in and around NJ and even more within the United States. The better quality brands will stand out with a lifetime warranty, giving you a little more peace of mind knowing your kitchen cabinet purchase and investment will be safe for years to come.

 

Construction & Components Of Kitchen Cabinets

The difference between your kitchen cabinets lasting a few years or a few decades is largely attributed to the way in which they have been constructed and assembled. Have you ever purchased a cheap set of utensils like forks, spoons and knives, and after a year or two you have about two of each left? The same can be said for inexpensive kitchen cabinets except they are not that cheap or easily replaced. Kitchen cabinets made of solid wood face frames, all plywood cabinets boxes and solid wood dovetail drawer boxes have the best chance of standing the test of time in your kitchen. How the components are manufactured and assembled will also determine how long the kitchen cabinets will last. Look for components that are fitted into one another using wood joinery techniques like dados and rabbeting that are glued and fastened together. The overall appearance should be neat and clean reflecting a pride in craftsmanship. The best door hinges and drawer glides are made by Blum or Grass and have their own lifetime warranty, there are plenty of imitations out there so don’t hesitate to ask – most premature cabinet failures are due to poor quality hardware.

 

Inset Kitchen Cabinets vs Overlay Kitchen Cabinets

At some point during the planning of your kitchen cabinets you will be asked if you are looking for inset or overlay cabinets. inset kitchen cabinets refer to the door and drawers of the kitchen cabinets that are recessed into the face frame of the cabinet. The advantages of this style are: clean look, very traditional and very much a furniture like detail. Disadvantages of this style are: less interior cabinet space, costs more to do since it’s a custom feature and reduced drawer head sizes means less room for drawer hardware. Overlay kitchen cabinets refers to the doors and drawers of the kitchen cabinet that sit over the frame of the cabinet. This style of kitchen cabinets are the most popular and are are widely produced as stock, semi-custom or custom kitchen cabinets providing the most price point options available. Inset kitchen cabinets are typically produced by custom cabinet manufacturers with higher quality standards, on the other hand, overlay kitchen cabinets are made by all sorts of manufactures, each having their own quality standards so pay close attention to the details.

 

Kitchen Cabinet Accessories & Options

Selecting the right accessories for your new kitchen cabinets can help you utilize the cabinets to their fullest potential. Kitchen cabinets with roll out shelves is number one on my list – the addition of these rollout shelves allows you to reference the goods all the way at the back of the cabinet just by pulling out the shelf. Double can roll out trash would be second on my list – mainly because it can be placed in the most convenient place for the user and does not take up any additional space in the kitchen. Cooking utensils and cutlery storage drawers would be next followed by spice storage that can either be as a pullout next to the range or on stepped shelves in the bottom of a upper cabinet next tot the range. From there the accessories and options can be tailored to the users specific needs. One word of advice would be to stay away from accessories that over complicate things, the goal is to improve the overall user experience and use of the kitchen cabinets. If you have an existing kitchen and you’re looking to update the functionality, take a look at some aftermarket kitchen cabinet accessory manufacturers like Rev-A-Shelf and Hafele. They both offer a wide variety of cabinet organizational options. Hafele also carries decorative kitchen cabinet hardware.

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Embellish Your Kitchen Cabinets With Furniture Details

Take your kitchen cabinets to the next level with the addition of furniture details, here are a few examples and ideas; furniture base molding on island cabinets, adding cabinet door panels to the open ends of upper cabinets and lower cabinets, multiple piece crown moldings, support countertop overhangs with either a decorative bracket/corbel or a turned/carved newel post. While most of the options sound very traditional many kitchen cabinet manufactures have adopted a wide array of complementary components to be used in more transitional and contemporary styles. On the converse, furniture details for kitchen cabinets does not have to mean the addition of the above mentioned components, true furniture details can be found at the beginning of the process in the kitchen design plans in the form of how the different components are married together to create a set of kitchen cabinets that appear to all be made as one piece with clean lines and mounding that tie every together. Achieving this level of detail may be difficult using stock cabinets but it is certainly possible with semi custom kitchen cabinets and if your budget allows for it, custom kitchen cabinets will allow for the most flexibility in terms of how you can add your own personal taste to the furniture details.

 

How to Choose A Kitchen Cabinet Door Style

To make this decision you should start by taking a look st your kitchen cabinet design plans elevations, this is the front view of your kitchen cabinets as they will appear on the walls of your kitchen. Survey the plans to gather an understanding of the various sizes of cabinets that make up the design. Now keep this in mind as you are looking at the kitchen cabinet door styles, you’ll want to make sure the that the door style works as well for the largest cabinets and the smallest cabinets, in particular would be the narrow cabinets. It may even be possible that the kitchen design plan will need to be tweaked to accommodate a particular door style you have chosen. The next consideration would be for the decorative hardware that will get mounted to the various kitchen cabinets doors and drawers – some kitchen cabinet doors and drawers have either raised or recessed panels that create an opportunity or an issue depending on which decorative hardware is selected, looking ahead at this selection will help guide you in the right direction. The final consideration is how will the kitchen cabinet stain or painted finish look on the door/drawers.

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Paint, Stain & Other Kitchen Cabinet Finishes

The decision to go with either a painted kitchen cabinet finish or a stained kitchen cabinet finish is subjective, and although there is a big difference between the two in terms of appearance, both are equally as durable. The reason this is the case is because after the kitchen cabinets are either painted or stained, they received a top coat of clear, durable conversion varnish or similar coating that locks down the previous coating and protects from everyday use, without this final step your kitchen cabinets would show signs of wear very prematurely causing an unsightly appearance followed by additional damage. Some other kitchen cabinet finishes that are not so mainstream include; the use of reactive agents that tan the wood and bring out the natural characteristics, flaming the wood with the use of a torch to blacken the wood then removing the heaviest and softest parts on the surface by using a wire brush, the end result yields a very aged appearance. The application of glazes and dyes are another way to achieve an aged or weathered look and even an antique look using the same materials and varying the application process.

 

What To Look For In A Kitchen Cabinet Warranty

Deciding to purchase new kitchen cabinets is major financial commitment, having a good manufactures warranty will help give you peace of mind knowing your investment is protected. Look for kitchen cabinet warranties that cover the product for as long as you own it. This will be advertised as a “Lifetime Warranty” or more accurately as a “Limited Lifetime Warranty”. The best warranties will include full replacement of any defective parts/components with very few exceptions. Typically the single largest exclusion is damage caused by water, this may seem counter-intuitive but it is totally the norm for kitchen cabinet warranties. Another common exclusion is the labor associated with the defective parts/components replacement, this is where the kitchen cabinet installer’s company comes into play, it’s a good idea to review these terms with the kitchen installer and how they typically handle these types of kitchen cabinet warranty repairs. Verify that your kitchen cabinet installer will follow all manufacturer’s written installation instructions is the best way to ensure you do not void all or part of your warranty should a shoddy installation take place.

 

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

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Home Additions

Kitchen Countertops: What Material Works for Your Home and Budget

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

Quartz Countertops

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

Granite Countertops

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

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

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

Other Natural Stone Countertops

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

Engineered Stone Countertops

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

Concrete Countertops

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

Wood Countertops

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

Laminate Countertops

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

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

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

Your Guide to Under Cabinet Lights and Pricing

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Wine Cellar Mahwah NJ

Your Guide to Under Cabinet Lights and Pricing

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

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

LED Lighting

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

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

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

Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL)

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

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

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

Incandescent Lighting

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

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

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

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

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

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.

3 Steps to Renovating your Kitchen

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3 Steps to Renovating your Kitchen

 

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

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

Step 2: Research and Planning A Kitchen Renovation 

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

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

Step 3: Kitchen Renovation Design and Development 

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

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

 

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

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What to Consider When Choosing a Cabinet Finish

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

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

Unfinished Cabinets

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

Wood Finishes

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

Painted Cabinets

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

Stained Cabinets

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

Glazed Cabinets

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

Antiqued Cabinets

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

Distressed Cabinets

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

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

Caring for Your Cherry Cabinets

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When it comes to kitchen cabinets in New Jersey, cherry has become one of the more popular types of wood chosen. This elegant, dark lumber is so popular with consumers because of its classic beauty and overall success when it comes to matching different appliances and flooring. Cherry is also favored by kitchen remodeling companies for its ease of use when it comes to cutting and sanding–eventually making it a mutually beneficial material for kitchen remodeling. Once your kitchen is finalized and your cabinets totally installed, the work doesn’t stop!

In order for your kitchen cabinets to maintain their overall beauty, it’s vastly important to take proper care of the cherry wood surface over time. Normal kitchen use produces steam, grease, and grime that eventually creates a film over the cherry surface. The main goal is to prevent cloudiness and discoloration. Utilizing different furniture polishes and wood care solutions has proven to be the best overall solution. And as with any type of cabinetry, clean up spills and messes right away, use mild cleaning solutions, and try not to bang around pots and pans too much on your surfaces.

Read more about cherry cabinet care and find specific products you can use here!

Stop Choosing Between Practicality and Aesthetics

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Have Fun With Your Bergen County Kitchen Remodeling Too many folks spend their whole lives living in homes decorated in a way they would describe as “tolerable,” not exceptional. Given the fact that your home is the only place in the world that is entirely yours, it should be a place you love to spend time in. You should spend your days looking forward to returning home at night. One of the best ways to do this is to be a little bold in your decorating choices. If you have decided that the time for a remodeling has come, a Bergen County kitchen remodeling expert can guide you in how to take your kitchen from functional and practical, but boring, to exciting and fun to use.

Many people are under the misguided belief that in order for a kitchen to remain functional and work properly, it must be a little staid. This is simply not true. Adding eye-catching amendments like a bold color on the wall or fun kitchen cabinet handles can be exactly the thing your home needs to take its look from ho-hum to wow! The only question is whether you have the courage to take the leap into this bold new territory.

With a little reassurance from friends and family, Bergen County home remodeling can be an exciting adventure. The key to this is trusting the professionals. Let these people do what they do best and guide you towards a kitchen you will love when the whole process is completed.