Here are a few unique kitchen cabinet storage ideas to make your kitchen more functional and hide some common kitchen clutter:
Top reasons to hire a professional design and remodel team:
We’re often asked about the advantages of design-build over the conventional system of a “contractor”. It’s a great question and with over two decades of design-remodel experience under our belts, we feel like it’s a good time to call out our top few reasons why the design-remodel system is so good.
1. Everybody is on the same team: We’re all in this together and we all have the same goal –to arrive at a successful kitchen, bath or closet system that meets or exceeds your expectations for your project. When challenges are encountered on a project (and there are always challenges), pointing fingers is not an option, everyone rolls up their sleeves and works on solutions.
2. Total accountability: One entity is accountable for everything –including how the end result looks, how much it costs and the timeline of completion. When the same group that designs the project also builds the project, there tends to be much more attention given to pricing and scheduling in the design phase. The cost of everything is taken into account early on in the process; all fees, construction costs, materials –everything.
Unfortunately, it’s not unusual for us to hear from people that “their remodel cost twice as much as the architect said it would” –such a scenario is entirely unacceptable in the design-remodel world. Design-remodel focuses on results, not excuses.
3. Continuity: A design-remodel firm is involved from start to finish, which adds an inherent efficiency. The chance for things to fall through the cracks is greatly diminished.
4. Professional guides: We’ve all heard the stories that design and construction can get out of hand and messy. Design and construction shouldn’t be chaotic or stressful. A design-remodel firm is a beacon to clients throughout the process, guiding the way to the best possible outcome. Design-remodel refines a system from beginning to end and manages the chaos into orderly steps via COMMUNICATION.
5. Involvement: Design-remodel operates under the assumption that the client actually wants to be an active participant in the design and remodel of their kitchen or bath. By taking an involvement they’re guaranteeing that they get the outcome and satisfaction of their goals – what they want is going to be achieved. We’ve found that such an involvement is inspiring and gives people a lasting sense of pride about their home.
6. Collaboration: Design-remodel cuts out the big egos so common in the design industry. In design-remodel the client retains total control over the project and the team is there to empower them.
7. The best kind of communication is open, honest and often: The best partnerships work, not because people say what everyone wants to hear, but because they say what everyone needs to hear. Through clear communication the budget is defined early on and it becomes the agreement for the entire project.
8. Cost savings: Inherent to the design-remodel model is a savings of approximately 10% of the project costs. We’ll save the details for a future post but here’s the quick look:
* Disclaimer: it’s possible to have nearly everything above with the traditional system of architect and builder; it’s just that we so rarely see it. Typically it takes architects and builders decades of working together before they reach such efficiency with communication, mutual respect and trust.
Welcome to the age of technology! Oh, you have been here for a while? So you must also have charger wires everywhere for mobile devices and other clutter related to the wireless world? Well we have come up with a few simple ideas to consider when designing and remodeling your kitchen.
Conceal outlets in cabinets: the picture above and below shows two ways to hide those wires needed to charge devices. We all put them in our kitchen in the same spot (usually on the counter) so we don’t forget where they are. Imagine your new kitchen having that spot in a cabinet and hidden.
Create a “Drop Zone”: “Drop Zone” is a modern day buzz word. It literally means a spot to drop anything you walk with in your hands. For most of us, this in the countertop or mud room bench or dining room table…wherever we can land these items safely and be able to find quickly. With smart design, this “Drop Zone” can be incorporated into your cabinetry. It can be a life changing decision!
Baskets and Cubbies: sounds simple, but is it really? If you plan for certain sized baskets and create cubbies that meet your daily life, it is simple. Baskets in a cubby are easily accessible and hide the mail, extra plugs, ear buds, etc. Cubbies work great for shoes, umbrellas and other bulky items. Don’t forget hooks too! You can hang school bags, jackets and even you purse. Grab and go!
Here’s what you need to know about four main paint finishes, there are 4 basic sheens: flat, eggshell, semi-gloss, and gloss. Below is a list of the best bets for where to use them in your home. But please remember: There are no set rules for how certain paint colors look in each finish; that decision is totally up to you!
Flat: also may be referred to as “matte”. This sheen has the least amount of shine. It is also the least resistant to stains and harder to clean. It does cover cracks and imperfections well and is a good option for textured walls. Plan to use this finish in lower traffic areas like a formal dining room and it is perfect on ceilings.
Eggshell: also may be referred to as “satin”. You really can not go wrong with an eggshell paint. It resists stains better than a flat paint, wipes clean easily, it also has a little more luster and shine than a flat paint. We use this in kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms, living areas….everywhere!
Semi-Gloss: this is a tough paint and will show less wear than flat or eggshell. It reflects more and will show imperfections in the wall more than the aforementioned finishes. We use this solely on trim work, mouldings and doors.
Gloss: shiny and a good choice only on trim and furniture. If you are going for a “glam” look, you can try this on the walls. We have not done that yet, so if you do, please send us pictures!
Joe and Stephanie Gillin welcome you to their remodeling and interior design blog.
Located in Springfield PA, Grande Decor provides a full range of construction services including whole house renovations, bathroom and kitchen remodels, new additions and much more. Using design/remodel processes, we have a proven record of satisfying our clients, meeting deadlines and staying within budget. We invite you to review our portfolio, read what our clients have had to say, and then contact us to learn how we can make your renovation or new home construction a pleasant experience.
Cleaning and Sealing your granite countertops:
You will be happy to hear just how easy it is to do an annual cleaning and sealing of your granite counter(s).
1. First clean your countertop thoroughly using a natural cleaner. Never clean with any product containing acid, lemon, or bleach. Acids, even a light solution of vinegar and water, will eventually etch and damage natural stone. Do not use scouring powders or creams; these products contain abrasives that may scratch the surface.
2. Now apply the stone sealer. Stone sealers will need to be reapplied as soon as you notice water no longer stands (beads up) on the surface.
-I use a sealer and cleaner on our slate tops, which eliminates one of the two steps. It is called “Cleaner/Re-Sealer” by StoneSpecific.
-Make sure you buy a spray cleaner and/or sealer conducive of your countertop material. For example; we have a honed slate material, so I buy a product with that description. Whereas someone with polished granite should look for a natural stone cleaner/sealer.