Tips on Where to Save and Where to Splurge on Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

The kitchen is such an important space for remodeling that it is easy to be tempted to spend big on the project. Some parts of the kitchen might very well need a major overhaul, but this is not necessary for every aspect of the space. To be clear, if you can afford it, you can justify almost any big budget change you make to the kitchen. However, you might be spending money needlessly if you target all kitchen features for an expensive makeover.

The Splurge Items

Even if you’re ready to spend big on your kitchen remodeling project, a little thoughtfulness is warranted. Your choices must be guided by the overall them, and you should strive to achieve balance in the space.

  • Countertops and backsplashes. These usually take central focus in the kitchen so it makes sense to choose the highest quality. Fortunately, you can have an attractive backsplash without spending a lot, thanks to the expanding range of material options. Quartz, granite, lava stone and marble are the priciest options.
  • This one usually some debate, because some people spend big on appliances at the expense of the cabinets and other kitchen features. Start with a plan that outlines the features you look for in your appliances. Newer, more energy-efficient products may seem costly at first, but they usually pay off in a few years. It is unwise to spend big on appliances just for the look.
  • You can save money on some cabinet features, but for the most part, you should spend extra for top quality. You should expect to pay more for adequate storage, and features like roll-out trays, and swing-out shelves.
  • Homeowners now have access to many cheaper flooring options, but they are not good for kitchens. This is typically a high traffic area, so you should be willing to spend more on the best materials.

Saving on Kitchens

While you might want a luxury look in your kitchen, some expensive changes will be unnecessary. Here are some of the areas that might be fine just as they are.

  • The lighting. If you have enough lighting in the kitchen, why spend more make changes? Even if there are new lighting fixtures on the market, this does not necessitate an update in your kitchen. If your fixtures make a good visual contribution to the space, just leave them unchanged.
  • The kitchen island. As useful as it is, a kitchen island is not vital to your kitchen. If your layout and meal preparation could benefit from having one, you can keep the design simple.
  • Kitchen hardware. Fancy pulls and knobs can be on the expensive side, but many cheaper products offer the look of luxury as well. Many attractive kitchen accessories are made from pewter or bronze, which offer beauty for less.

If you want a luxury kitchen, do not start the process by looking for the cheapest materials; start by thinking about what you want and then see which products can best meet your needs. Always go for functionality over style, especially in the kitchen. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the Decatur area and would like to design a luxury kitchen with our design team.

Here are the 7 Most Popular Kitchen Trends for 2017

Most people start to think about refreshing the look of their kitchens early in the year. This gives them enough time to start planning their projects and to learn about the hottest trends that can provide some inspiration. Retailers of home improvement products and home contractors are good sources of ideas for kitchen remodeling. To make it easier for you, here are some of the most popular trends for this year.

  1. Wood-look ceramic tiles. The beauty of wood is timeless, but the material and the installation can prove too costly for some. The production of ceramic tiles has become so advanced that many of these products perfectly mimic the look of wood. Now more homeowners are choosing these tiles to save money while getting the look of luxury.
  2. Stainless steel appliances. The sleek finish of stainless steel makes it ideal for kitchens, and for many homeowners it is the best option. It works well with various colors, and all it requires for maintenance is a quick wipe down.
  3. Farmhouse sinks. This underscores the utilitarian nature of the kitchen, while adding some old world charm. They have become so popular that you can now choose from a number of material options including stainless steel, copper, soapstone, slate, granite and vitreous china.
  4. Luxury countertops. Low cost options in countertops are here to stay, but there are good reasons to spend more to get a luxury countertop. The timeless nature of granite and marble make them good investments in the kitchen. Luxury countertops can increase your remodeling budget, but you can keep them in place for many years without worrying that new trends will leave them behind.
  5. Creative storage. This adds to the innovative look of the kitchen, and it gets rids of clutter while making meal preparation easier. Many people are now opting for mini pantries, but storage can also be tucked underneath countertops and in kitchen islands.
  6. Pendant lighting. This is great for drawing attention to particular spots in the kitchen. Antique pendant lighting fixtures are especially attractive, and they will work with different types of kitchen decor.
  7. Darker floors. This is the perfect way to find balance with walls and cabinets that have a light tone. You can choose tiles with darker, earthy tones, but if you have a hardwood floor, try a dark stain.

The kitchen is one of the most valuable spaces in the home, which is why it tends to deliver on investment. Watching the trends can keep your remodeling project on the right creative track, and help you to fine tune your budget. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you plan to implement any of these amazing 2017 kitchen trends and would like help with the design, choosing the best materials, or if you’re still looking for the ideal contractor for your project.

Create an Amazing Timeless Kitchen with These Tips

Kitchens are subject to changing trends just like other aspects of the home, and this can pose a difficulty for some homeowners. While you may want a beautiful kitchen, you might not be able to keep up with the hottest designs and products. Some colors, fixtures, and styles are always described as timeless, and your kitchen might benefit from trying out a few of them.

 

  1. Neutral colors. Finding the right color is one of the most challenging aspects of kitchen decoration. Changing color trends makes things a little more difficult, as some people are not sure when to update. For a timeless look, you can’t go wrong with neutral colors such as light green, grays and off-whites.
  2. Shaker cabinets. A classic touch is always a good idea since it means that you will not feel like you are forced to make changes. Shaker cabinets fulfill that desire for classic status while imparting a look of style and good taste.
  3. Glass doors on cabinets. This is a style that many people have been moving away from, but this does not mean that it is outdated. Glass doors create depth and the illusion of a larger space, plus it makes everything easy to find. If your cabinets already have glass doors, do not be in a rush to make a change.
  4. Get a marble countertop. Marble is highly durable, which makes it cost effective even though it is on the pricey side. If you make every effort to keep it clean, it will continue to add beauty to your kitchen for many years. Marble countertops can stain, so it requires some maintenance.
  5. Keep the farmhouse sink. This is another fixture that is being needlessly replaced even when it is still in good condition. For many, the old world look of the farmhouse sink is a big part of its appeal.
  6. Consider beadboard. This adds attractive detail to the space in an inexpensive way. A good reason for the popularity of this material is that it is easy to install. It can be purchased in sheets that still have the look of vertical planks.
  7. Retro appliances. These aren’t for every kitchen, but they can add a lot of vintage charm and beauty to the space. This does not mean that you will fill your kitchen with old appliances in need of constant maintenance. The trend is hot enough for some companies to manufacture reproductions of old appliances, so you get the old look with modern performance standards.

 

If your kitchen has one or more of these features, a major remodel might not be necessary. Utilize a few ideas to have a kitchen that you can be happy with for years despite evolving trends. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the market to remodel your kitchen and give it the timeless beauty you’ve always wanted.

10 of the Hottest Trends in Kitchen Backsplash Design

Your kitchen says a lot about your sense of style, and the backsplash is one of the areas that highlights this the most. If you don’t have one, this is a good way to add some life to the kitchen wall. It often becomes a focal point in the space, so take a look at some of these trends if you want to make a big statement.

  1. Wood mosaic. The tones and patterns of mosaic wood tiles offers the perfect balance to stainless steel and marble. You can achieve this look with reclaimed wood to save on your kitchen remodel.
  2. Blue tiles. Blue is a trendy color for kitchens right now, and this applies to the backsplash as well. Blue works well with a variety of different colors and materials and the right shade can add some energy to the space.
  3. Embossed concrete. The elaborate patterns of embossed concrete add a classic touch to the kitchen. It works well in kitchens with a lot of natural wood, and it is perfect for a kitchen with an antique decor.
  4. Tin sheets. This is another pattern rich option that adds character to the space. This was most commonly used for ceilings in the past, but it is becoming a popular backsplash option.
  5. Subway tiles. For decades, people have admired the neat look of subway tiles. White is widely used in the kitchen, but you can experiment with other colors or mix and match them.
  6. Stainless steel. Most people who choose this material appreciate its low maintenance nature. It can add a modern touch to the kitchen, and it strikes a good balance with other materials.
  7. Glass tiles. These can be used in various rooms, and in the kitchen the light bouncing off them creates an interesting visual. Choose iridescent glass tiles for a dazzling effect.
  8. Ceramic tiles. A big advantage of these tiles is that the options are so extensive that you can find something to suit any décor and theme.
  9. The beauty and texture of this material is a great rustic backdrop to natural wood, and in any kitchen with a nature theme.
  10. Translucent agate. This will give the kitchen a distinctive look with its unusual patterns. The eye-catching look is sure to be a conversation piece.

For a daring look you can try mixing different materials in the kitchen. Make sure you choose a material that does not stain easily and is low maintenance. The backsplash was originally designed to be utilitarian over stylish because it protects the paint behind the stove. Give us a call at 404-378-6962 if you plan to add a kitchen backsplash and would like help with the design or choosing the best materials.

Which Remodeling Trends are on the Way Out in 2017?

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Following remodeling trends can be a bit of a roller coaster for the average homeowner, due to the amount of information, and the fact that tastes change so quickly. Contractors frequently look to trends to help clients make decisions on the kinds of changes they want to make. Homeowners who are looking for a little inspiration know that finding current trends is the best way to start.

Here are a few trends which are expected to be big this year.

  1. More tech. You can’t go wrong by taking advantage of the increasing availability of high-tech products made for the home. Homeowners are snapping up products that allow them to monitor their homes, and to control everything from the lights to the ovens. Voice-activated assistants are a relatively new entry, but they are expected to show a lot of growth in demand for 2017.
  2. This material has always been considered timeless, but it is getting renewed interest from homeowners and contractors alike. For a bolder look, more people are choosing to combine it with metal or wood.
  3. Hidden storage. In an effort to free up usable space, and in keeping with demand for open space layouts, more people are opting for hidden storage. This can be incorporated into walls in almost any room. Double duty furniture provides the same function.
  4. Laundry rooms. These are a fixture in almost every home, but they will be getting special attention over the next few years. It will no longer be a simple space for a washer and dryer. Rather, it will be better lit with improved storage features.
  5. Cerused wood. Wood is as popular as ever, and this technique is used to bring out more of its natural grain for a more stunning visual impact.
  6. Nature themed bathrooms. Natural stone, rain shower heads and the right color pallets contribute to an outdoor feel in bathrooms that make them more relaxing.

Current trends can help with decision making, but so can knowledge of trends that are showing signs of fading. Here are a few trends that are currently on the way out.

  • Large furniture. Adequate space is always important, and large furniture pieces can cramp your style. They are generally unsuitable for anyone desiring an open layout.
  • Period design. Antique pieces will always have some appeal, but fewer people will be designing entire rooms with decades old themes. Blending old and new is expected to be the ongoing trend.
  • Shiny metals. Shiny, brushed metals provide a sleek look, but for some people there are too passive and almost clinical. Matte finishes are seen to be the better choice for adding more warmth to the kitchen.

Despite the changing trends, remodeling your home should not create confusion. Take it one room at a time, and remember that you don’t have to follow the trends to the letter. They’re better used as a baseline so you can customize them to match your individuality. We’ve helped many homeowners in the Decatur area implement popular trends throughout the years. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss remodeling trends for your home and how we can help make your home amazing.

Tips for Choosing Kitchen Cabinets that Rock

The design for your kitchen cabinets is one of the most important decisions you’ll make during your kitchen remodeling project. The number of choices and variations in style is astounding. We understand how overwhelming this particular decision can become, so we’ve put together several tips for helping you choose the design that best suits your vision for your new kitchen.

  1. High Quality Construction

Don’t skimp on the quality of the cabinets. High quality wood plus high quality workmanship means you’ve chosen a high quality cabinet that will stand the test of time. Most people remodel the kitchen about every 5-7 years. You don’t want low-quality 3-year cabinets.

  1. The Type of Wood

The type of wood you choose will help determine the overall quality of the cabinets. Pine is a soft wood that will show dings and bumps easily where oak is a dense wood that will look amazing for years to come. Those are not the only two types of wood, of course. The ultimate decision is yours.

  1. Your Specific Storage Needs

Semi-custom and custom cabinets are your best bet when it comes to matching your specific storage needs. Take a good look at how you use your kitchen to determine the size, shape, and location of the cabinets you need. You need extra-wide or extra-tall cabinets if you need to store things like large crock pots, canners, or the large espresso machine you use a couple of times a week, but don’t want it on the countertop all the time.

  1. Explore Features and Finishes

Explore a variety of cabinet features and finishes such as:

  • Artwork and customized etching
  • Dove-tail drawers
  • Soft close drawers and doors
  • Notched cabinet doors
  • Wood stains and finishes
  • Hardware options
  1. Complement Your Home’s Style

Every home has some unique architectural style that should flow throughout the rest of the home. You would expect rustic or rustic-chic cabinets in a cabin, for example.

Remodeling Your Kitchen in Decatur

Take a look at some of the kitchens we’ve improved in the Decatur area, and give us a call at 404-378-6962 if we can help you design your ideal kitchen. We will schedule an onsite consultation so we can see your home and ask some detailed questions about how you use your kitchen. Collect images of kitchens that you love before the consultation so you can show us exactly what you want.

Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal as Spring 2017 Approaches

Days are getting longer and hotter here in the Decatur area. We’re looking forward to all of the lovely colors of spring and summer. We’ve been working on our own curb appeal lately so we decided that would be a good break in blog posts from our usual kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Let us know what you think!

Start with Objectivity

Look at your home like you’ve never seen it before. This is a bit difficult to do because we all want to think our home looks pretty amazing because it’s ours. But look at your home through a stranger’s eyes while you objectively decide what needs to be done to improve curb appeal. Be brutally honest when you ask yourself the following questions:

Is the Siding Faded or Warped? Unsightly siding makes the house look older and less attractive. Wood plank siding needs to be painted about every 3-5 years. If you’re approaching that timeframe, it may be time to paint. Vinyl siding needs to be replaced roughly every 15-20 years.

Does the Entry Door Pop? A bland entry door does nothing for your home. Consider painting it or adding sidelights or transom windows. Add planters, decorative lighting, and change the door hardware as well.

Are the Windows Attractive? Windows need attention year after year. They catch a lot of pollen and dust throughout the year, so multiple cleanings are often required. New windows are like a mini facelift for your home.

Do the Shutters Match or Complement? Many homeowners are opting to remove shutters entirely. Shutters should complement the overall appearance of the home. Consider removing the shutters to repaint them; you may like the way your home looks without them.

Does the Porch Need Paint? The front porch or deck needs to be cleaned and prepared for spring. There are so many things you can do to improve the appearance of your porch and deck while you’re improving curb appeal. Think about new paint, new decorative items, planters, and new porch furniture.

Does My Landscaping Add to or Subtract from My Curb Appeal? Brown and dead plants do nothing to improve the appearance of your home. Remove dead plants promptly and replace them with plants that add color and texture to your landscaping. Add mulch as needed and consider planting trees or other plants while your hands are dirty.

Does My Home Look Inviting? If you were a stranger passing by, would you think your home looks inviting? You don’t want to literally invite every stranger into your home, but you don’t want them to be put off by the appearance of your home either.

How Can I Improve My Home’s Curb Appeal?

You can do several things to improve your home’s curb appeal. Wash, paint, or replace the siding, windows, and porch. Add plants and other attractive elements to the outside of your home. Create a small pond or fountain for ambiance. Take a look at some of the homes we’ve helped improve in the Decatur area, and give us a call at 404-378-6962 if we can help you with your curb appeal for spring 2017.

Remodel Your Master Bathroom to Match Your Lifestyle

Bathroom remodeling is interesting because there’s so much functionality that has to fit into a relatively small space. We all love the idea of a stylish bathroom, but don’t ever sacrifice functionality for style. The bathroom must first be functional and then you consider style. But even more important than style, the bathroom absolutely has to fit your lifestyle. Here are a few great questions that will help you customize and personalize your master bathroom.

  1. Why Remodel?

Many people remodel the master suite to add square footage, implement a soaking tub or a tile shower, to build a separate toilet area, or to increase the amount of natural light in the room. Why do you want to remodel? Be as specific as possible when answering that question.

  1. Who Uses the Master Bathroom?

The master bathroom is generally used by the person or people who sleep in the master suite. Additional bathrooms throughout the home are used by other occupants. But if you have multiple people who use the master bath, keep them in mind during the remodeling process as well.

  1. Will Guests Ever Use this Bathroom?

Whether you keep your master suite private or allow guests to use it is entirely up to you. Entertaining large groups of people may require the ability to use multiple bathrooms in the home. You always want to make sure your master bathroom is fully stocked with toilet paper, hand soap, and other things your guests may need.

  1. What Additional Purposes does Your Master Bathroom Serve?

Many people use their bathroom as a place to shower, get ready for work, and use the toilet. Those three primary functions are a given; now tell us what additional purposes your bathroom will serve. Is this also the room where you will soak and relax in a hot tub with a glass of wine? Your master bathroom can serve as a way to turn up the romance with the right lighting and a nice bubble bath or shower for two.

Consider also adding a steam shower or a sauna so you can fully relax and detox your skin. A nice sitting area will allow you to take a break from the rigors of everyday life. Heated bathroom floors are a wonderful addition, especially if you opt for tile, stone, or marble flooring. Sensor-activated faucets will give your new bathroom a sleek, modern feel.

Make Notes!

Make note of the answers to the previous questions. Your answers will help us customize your master bathroom to match your lifestyle. We’ve helped many homeowners in the Decatur area remodel the master bath throughout the years. Call us at 404-378-6962 to discuss remodeling trends for your master bathroom and let us show you how we can help make your home amazing.

Master Suite Remodeling Trends that are on the Rise for 2017

The master suite is the third-most remodeled part of the home. It follows just behind the kitchen and the bathroom. This simple fact tells us that you and many other homeowners are probably interested in what’s hot and what’s not for 2017. So let’s start with the bedroom and incorporate other areas of the master suite as we move along.

The Master Bedroom

The master bedroom should feel like your haven away from the rest of the world. This should be your preferred area to relax, unwind, and let go of the stresses of the day. Our goal is to create a master bedroom that fulfills that requirement in a very stylish and upscale manner. Here are a few trends that we find impressive:

  • Dramatic Walls – Metallic paint designs and faux finishes on the walls provide a unique style that homeowners love. Take this idea a step further and use gold accents to give the room a beautiful, warm, rich appeal.
  • Serenity – Soothing and well-blended colors are the talk of the town. Soft greens, cream, and light purples are very popular among today’s homeowners.
  • Convenience – A small coffee bar with an espresso machine and small sink will facilitate those late mornings when you want coffee, but don’t want to emerge from your sanctuary.

The Master Suite

The master suite should serve multiple purposes. It should be a child-free zone that only the parents enjoy. Every parent deserves some time to themselves from time to time, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. Here are a few things your master suite needs:

  • Seating Area – Create a plush seating area with comfortable and stylish seats. This area may be near windows if you have a great view that you can enjoy. You may even choose to create a library nook for your private seating area.
  • Stacked Stone Fireplace – Stacked stone has taken the place of brick as the material of choice for a fireplace, hearth, backsplashes, and even exterior foundation work.
  • Walk-in Closet – The walk-in closet is an absolute must in the master suite. Take the opportunity to create an entire room dedicated to closet and storage.

The Master Bathroom

The master bathroom doesn’t need to cater to anyone else in the house but you. This isn’t the area to bathe the children or for the teenagers to fight over mirror space. This is your space and it needs to be all about you. Here are a few great trends for the bathroom:

  • Pendant Lights – Pendant lights are making their way out of the kitchen and into the master bathroom. They look pretty amazing above the vanity.
  • Lighted Mirrors – Mirrors are a must, anyway, so improve their functionality by installing lighted mirrors. You’ll love the convenience when it comes to preparing for work.
  • Textured Tile – We recently shared another post about creative uses for tile. Textured tile is available in a variety of styles and designs. Mix and match them with other tile to create something amazing.

Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the greater Atlanta area and would like to schedule a consultation with our designers. Take a look at some of the amazing master bathrooms we’ve designed for people in the Atlanta area.

Hot Exterior Trends for Atlanta Area Homes in 2017

Spring is the best time of year to start exterior home improvement projects. Many homeowners are beginning to notice that the backyard is made up of highly underutilized space. They’re taking the initiative to create outdoor living areas that not only improve the aesthetic of the exterior of their property but the monetary value as well. Here are several hot trends for the exterior of your home that you may want to consider for 2017.

Stacked Stone Fireplace and Foundation

Stacked stone is taking its rightful place front-and-center in many areas from interior fireplaces to exterior fireplaces, interior and exterior accent walls, and even the foundation. The world has fallen in love with the aesthetic appeal of stacked stone, and we can easily see why!

Create an Outdoor Living Area

Build a structure with open walls or optional mosquito netting walls, and highlight it with an amazing outdoor fireplace. Take this idea a step further and create an entire area to cook food, eat, and relax in the great outdoors. Many homeowners love the idea of outdoor living areas because it helps them reconnect with nature after fighting in the concrete jungle all day.

Multi-Tier Deck

A deck is a great way to spend outside time with family. No one ever said that your deck had to be a boring rectangle stuck to the back of your home. Let us show you how we can design an amazing multi-tier deck to help facilitate all of your barbecues and other outdoor gatherings with family and friends.

New Siding

You can never go wrong with new siding to give your home a facelift. Vinyl siding needs to be replaced about every 15 years because it begins to lose its color due to oxidation. Take the initiative to replace your existing siding with a different color. Discuss colors with your HOA (Homeowner’s Association) before taking the plunge so you can make sure your chosen color is approved.

Paint the Exterior Accents

New siding means new accent colors for the porch rails, window and door trim, and the privacy fence. Be prepared to choose a new, unique accent color for your entry door as well. The new siding color may overshadow the existing color. Besides, the door needs to be updated from time to time anyway.

Exterior Home Improvement in Atlanta

Call us at 404-378-6962 if you’re in the greater Atlanta area and would like to schedule a consultation with our designers. Take a look at some of the amazing exterior remodeling and renovation we’ve for people in the Atlanta area.