Kitchen remodeling: where to splurge, where to save

Kitchen_Remodel_S564076339Whether you’re looking to increase the value of your home for a future resale or just want your kitchen to better match your personal style, there are places to splurge with your kitchen renovation and areas where you should save.

Buy appliances that are energy efficient and fit your lifestyle. For example, if you have a growing family and piles of dirty dishes, invest in a quality dishwasher. Refrigerators typically need to be replaced every 15 years, but your stove will last longer, so spend a little more on the cooktop. Stainless steel is the most desired appliance style, so that’s your best bet if you’re flipping a home or looking to sell in the future. Continue reading

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A Simple Guide to Kitchen Lighting

Kitchen_Lighting_S165453497The kitchen is a room that feeds your hunger and your relationships with family and friends. When it’s time to update the kitchen, the changes must match your personal style.

Because the kitchen pulls double duty – serving as a work space and a gathering spot – kitchen lighting is a vital component in creating the right atmosphere. There are three main categories of kitchen lighting to consider: ambient, task and accent. Here’s what you need to know about each to make the room fitting for your family.

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How Much Your Kitchen Remodel Can Pay You Back  

Kitchen_Remodel_S365318807Kitchen remodels are some of the most popular remodeling projects that homeowners undertake. As such, many homeowners want to know how much return they can expect on their kitchen remodel. Is the money that they are spending now going to be returned to them some day when they sell their house?

There are many factors that determine the return on investment for a kitchen remodel, including geography, the scope of the remodeling project and if the remodel is taste-specific or if it appeals to a large market.

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Outdoor Kitchen Design Tips  

Outdoor_Kitchen_S264184685One of the hottest trends continues to be adding outdoor kitchens to backyards. You can extend your living space and entertain family and friends in your own backyard retreat.

Here are some tips for creating the ultimate outdoor kitchen.

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Building a Smart Bathroom

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Today, homes are being designed to include more and more technology. We’re all adding features such as security cameras, wireless whole house sound systems, wireless controlled thermostats, sophisticated LED lighting systems and more.

But most bathrooms remain the same – a typical tub/shower, sink and toilet. It doesn’t have to be that way! Let’s take a closer look at some technological features to include if you are thinking of building a smart bathroom.

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Remodeling pitfalls to avoid

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From the budgeting process to choosing countertops, we’ve compiled a list of the mistakes homeowners often make before and during the remodeling process. Recognizing these missteps before you begin your project will help you bypass the costly mistakes.

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Surprising places to find design inspiration

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If you don’t want your living room to look like it came straight from the furniture store, you’ll need to draw inspiration from some unique places. Your home should be a reflection of what you find inspiring and comfortable. From salsa dancing to the Amazon rainforest, there are thousands of sources of inspiration. Here are some of our favorites.

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Mixing metals in your kitchen

Mixing-metals-in-a-kitchenWhen you’re planning your kitchen design, the choices for finishes can be staggering. From a myriad of types of metals to the finishes of each piece, it is easy to get overwhelmed.

Luckily, there are no hard and fast rules in kitchen design. When picking design elements like faucets, cabinet hardware, light fixtures, décor and more, customers often wonder if it is acceptable to mix metals throughout the kitchen. The answer? Definitely! Continue reading

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How to pull off a black bathroom

black-bathroomMany people prefer the relaxed, spa-like design of a white bathroom. But what if you want the exact opposite? Something bold?

A black bathroom can be absolutely stunning. This design choice can read either masculine or glamorous and dramatic, depending upon the approach. We also love the versatility of a black bathroom because it can fit any style — traditional, transitional or contemporary.

Sound like a look that might work for you? Check out these tips for creating a black bathroom. Continue reading

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Style versus function in your kitchen

kitchen-style-vs-functionA kitchen can bring your home to life, but it requires a delicate balance between your preferred aesthetic and smooth functionality. Where should you start?

Organization is key to bringing order to your kitchen and unlocking its potential. Organization creates useful spaces and opens up areas for personal style to be expressed. Continue reading

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