Questions to ask yourself before you planing a kitchen remodel:
For those planing on a kitchen renovation or any renovation these questions will help you with the process. By clarifying these questions before you call your contractor, you’ll be able to have a more productive, smooth experience.
Are you planning to sell your home in the next few years? Are you intending to upgrade your home for that sale? Or are you just seeking to make the best of your space?
How long do you plan to stay in your home?
If you see yourself living there for only a few years, you should probably consider a different type of renovation, something that’s maybe not as expensive or something that’s more timeless and traditional. However, if you’re going to be living there for a while, then makes sense that you’ll be spending a bit more to design something that acomodate your needs.
You will need extra storage and keep things out of their reach. Resilient, easy-to-clean surfaces, are ideal for kid-friendly kitchen.
Will you be living in your home during your renovation?
If so, keep in mind that is only temporary but will add to the lead time and renovation duration, as well as adding to the level of protection and cleanliness that needs to be maintained during the process.
What is your budget?
Set the budget so you can better understand what amount of money you can spend comfortably. It’s important to be open and clear with the experts you hire about what that number really is.
Do you know people in similar home renovations?
Getting extra information from people with similar experiences is very helpful to beginning the process.
Can you open up your kitchen?
A open floor plan is the most desirable these days. Ask yourself and your contractor about every possibility to open and make the best use of your kitchen remodel.
What’s behind the walls?
Keep in mind that every kitchen has concealed utility risers that will ultimately limit the amount of room you have to work with. Moving plummbing and electrical can add a lot to the budget.
Ready to get started?
A well-planned reno has a bigger chance to be a well-executed reno, so don’t rush and take your time to plan every decision during the kitchen renovation process.
Kitchen Makeover – From Honey to Sweet White
Like many homeowners out there our client Beth decided to brighten up and update her warm early 2000’s kitchen. The gol was to give a fresh updated look but keep a little warm. Since she had good and solid cabinets, it was no reason to replace them. She chose a crisp warm white for the cabinets and kept the island with natural wood tones, by refininshing the floors with a much lighter stain, all started to come together. The back-splash got a large white and textured subway tile to keep it clean but still interesting. All she need it to complete this project, was a new counter-top. After looking all the selections on our showroom, we found Montauk Quartz by Hanstone. A perfect match for the space. Subtle and luxurious. The soft pearl undertone of Montauk with warm sandy veining and an ivory marble pattern for a vintage yet modern feel. It was just right for the space! Did you get inspired?
Choose the Right Countertop for your lifestyle.
When it comes to choosing kitchen or bathroom countertops, quartz is a popular choice. When you watch home improvement shows, though, most everyone is talking about granite as if it is the only choice. Is quartz the best option or would natural stone like granite or marble be better? Each option has its benefits. Before making a final decision, you might want to do a countertop comparison. Natural stone and quartz are among the most durable solid surfacing materials. Explore the benefits of each and choose the one that will best suit your lifestyle.
Granite countertops exude classic elegance while also offering outstanding durability. When you choose granite, you choose the last set of countertops your home will ever need. With proper care and maintenance, your granite countertops will deliver the same look and performance for decades to come.
- Heat resistant and able to withstand high heat from pots and pans
- Resists scratches and cuts
- Long-lasting color that won’t fade
- Highly durable
- Stain resistant and easy to clean when sealed correctly
Hidden Treasure – Granite
Dramatic and beautiful, Hidden Treasure Granite feature rich gold, cream, gray and black veins quarried in Brazil. Hidden Treasure Granite is especially good for Countertops, mosaic, exterior – interior wall and floor applications, fountains, pool and wall capping, stairs, window sills and other design projects. Use this exquisite natural granite to create stunning architectural elements.
Azul Aran – Granite
Gray veins and a blue base creates a stunning stone with a wide range of variation. The stone comes from northern Italy. Overall, the stone appears gray and the veining is unique with large mineral deposits. One way to use azul aran granite is to pair it with gleaming white cabinets and a light blue backsplash. Add a natural wood floor and you will create a comfortable, country-look in your kitchen. You can also use gray or blue cabinets to bring out more of the blue veining in the marble. A azul aran granite end on your cabinet with polished silver accessories, stainless-steel appliances, white cabinets and a gray tile floor will create a modern, clean look in your kitchen.
Marble countertops are not only beautiful, but they’re a great investment. Marble is one of the most elegant and luxurious stones with a beauty that will last for generations. It’s a timeless choice that with the proper care can last for years to come.
- Will not catch fire or burn even when exposed to high heat
- Long-last durability that stands up to the test of time
- Best suited for bathrooms
- Susceptible to stains unless sealed correctly
Imperial Denby Marble
The famous Danby Marble Quarry in Vermont’s Dorset Mountain has been producing breathtaking marble for over 100 years. In fact, it was the first marble quarry in the United States and it’s the largest underground marble quarry in the world! It’s darker gold with medium to heavy gray veins, and it’s often compared to Calacatta Gold. When the material has less gold veining, it’s classified as Imperial. Imperial Danby Marble is a very striking stone that comes from deep within the quarry’s twisting mile-and-a-half deep veins. As the most rare variety of marble in the quarry, it’s admired for its light to medium veining. Typically featuring striations of soft gray and gold, Imperial Danby is a beautiful choice for countertops, walls, flooring, fireplace surrounds, and more.
Fantasy Blue – Marble
Cream, taupe and dark grey stippling flows through regions of blue-grey waves, quarried in China. . The softer veins coupled with shadowy variance between these waves create an illusion of ridged texture. Available in polished, honed and leather finishes. A darling of designers and consumers alike, it’s a semi quartzite or a very hard marble, with a rich color that makes it appear as a super exotic with a lot of value. An additional advantage is that its sold through authorized distributors only, creating a boutique exclusivity for the stone. Suitable for countertops, bathrooms, bar tops, walls and even flooring. The color and appearance is stunning, pricing is very reasonable and not everyone has it!
Engineered Quartz Countertops
Quartz is an engineered stone that is durable and looks amazing. Made up of 93% natural quartz (one of nature’s strongest elements) and 7% resin, quartz is an ideal material to choose for your countertop design. It’s easy to clean, simple to maintain, and can withstand high heat, making it the perfect surface for your pots and pans straight from the oven or stove top.
We love quartz because of its eye-catching colors and looks. You can find everything from fire-engine red to apple green, browns, blacks, creams, and everything in between. Many designs even include recycled glass or metallic flecks to add extra interest and beauty.
- Low maintenance countertops that are easy to clean and never need to be sealed
- Heat resistance ideal for hot pots and pans
- Anti-microbial surface that resists odor-causing bacteria, mold, and mildew
Cambria – Brittanica Gold – Quartz
Flowing, multi-hued streams of copper gold, fog, and translucent greige course through this grand design accompanied by wisps and ribbons of warm earth tones against a temperate white background. With broad veins and warm hues, without overwhelming the eye with too much movement from contrasting veining patterns Brittanica Gold is a great Marble-like option for a luxurious classic look.
Cambria – New Quay – Quartz
The rolling movement of New Quay abounds with foggy grays bespeckled with silver and black, much like the picturesque houses that cling to the hills rising about this Welsh seaside resort town. New Quay Quartz are well-suited for both residential and commercial installations, and go great with dark brown or white cabinets. It has a small pattern, giving a consistent look.
Well hope this information can help with your decision, and no matter which of these materials you choose, you can’t go wrong with stone countertops.
Gray is the new Black!
Grey works just perfectly for kitchens. The color suay between a relaxing neutrality and an exciting warmth, managing to provide the best of both worlds. Of course, depending on what shade of grey you choose, your kitchen could be closer to one end or the other.
It is the perfect color to choose for your kitchen remodeling project , whether you want to contrast brighter hues on your floor or fabrics, create textured variations in your kitchen space, or create an exciting yet relaxing space. One area where it has become common is in kitchen Countertops.
One common reason why homeowners avoid grey is the color’s association with dullness, modesty, and boredom. However, any other color scheme can also be given these attributes. It all depends on how you mix and match. In our round up of grey Quartz samples below, you can see how different colors and textures are used to create an amazing style with grey cabinets being a big part of it. If you are not so sure of your mix-and-match skills, a talk with an interior designer might provide some guidance.
The Perception of Color Gray
At first glance, gray seems like an odd color to choose for the kitchen, an area that is often associated with bright and overly warm colors. Why is it then, that more and more homeowners are opting for gray-themed kitchens? The answer is in the Perception of the color.
A kitchen where everything is gray in color is bound to be dull and quite depressing. Can you imagine a gray floor, gray walls, gray ceiling, gray everything? But in this case, we are talking about using one aspect of the kitchen, the Countertops, to create the perfect décor for your cooking space. A kitchen adorned with gray Counters, and the right matching colors, is far from dull or depressing. The experience perception is far more positive.
- There is a feeling of expectation. Gray Countertops build anticipation for other aspects of the kitchen. You cannot wait to see the cabinets, the floor, the backsplash and so on. In a way, gray allows other elements of the kitchen décor to stand out. Instead of boring, gray actually makes the kitchen more exciting.
- An atmosphere of style and luxury. Step into a gray-themed kitchen and you will think you are in some high-end condo. Gray has an unmistakable feeling of classic style and unmitigated luxury.
- Relaxing yet exciting. There is a certain hard-to-explain way in which gray causes a deep sense of relaxation yet sparking excitement through its contrast with other nearby colors and textures.
The gray color is a projection of attributes such as cool, wise, knowledgeable, quiet, peaceful, and clean. Gray Countertops will transform your kitchen into a place of tranquility, warmth and relaxation. What more would you want for one of the most important spaces in your home?
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