Wednesday, March 30, 2011
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Wednesday, March 16, 2011
When people come into our showroom in the inital stages of considering a kitchen remodel, the biggest question they ask is "I haven't done anything to my kitchen in years...what does something like that cost?"
Create a ballpark. Take the value of your home and budget 8-12% of this number if your kitchen remodel will not include cabinetry. If you are planning to include cabinetry, budget 12-18%. For example, if your home is valued at $275,000, plan to spend between $22,000-50,000.
Then, plan on breaking your "big picture" budget into managable pieces:
Cabinetry makes up the bulk of your kitchen's budget because it is the very backbone of both the design and functionality of your kitchen.
Spend More: Outfit your kitchen with an accessory package that meets your needs. Add baking sheet dividers, pull out trash and recycle bins, spice drawers or racks, etc. Upgrade your doors and drawers to include soft close. Finish off your look with upgraded hardware to tie in your design taste or style.
Spend Less: Utilize existing cabinetry. Consider refinishing existing doors. Or, integrate new cabinetry. Opt for fewer drawers. Utilize standard widths and depths as much as possible in your cabinetry layout. Minimize or eliminate accessories. Utilize standard hardware selections to avoid an upcharge.
What you spend on counter tops depends largely on the type of surface you wish to install. Today, most of our clients choose slab granite, marble, quartz, or another natural stone.
Spend More: Select a stone you fall in love with at the slab yard! Countertops can truly define an entire kitchen and give you and your designer a fun pallette to pull from. Selecting a honed or antiqued stone will increase your cost, but also give you a less standard look. Upgrade your standard edge to an ogee for a more traditional, polished appearance.
Spend Less: Select a "standard" granite that is more common and has a tighter grain to reduce your material cost. Or, consider Corian or laminate tops. Utilize a standard granite edge (such as an appliance edge or full bullnose). Eliminate radiused edges and opt for straight cuts instead.
You can tailor your appliance budget based on how you use your kitchen and what kind of appliances you will need. Love a professional range? Plan to spend more. Just need a simple kitchen to reheat take out and cook occasionally? A basic appliance package will suit you just fine.
Spend More: Opt for professional appliances with integrated refrigeration and dishwasher. Add fun specialty appliances, like a drawer microwave, built in espresso machine, or a wall-plumbed coffee maker. Select from appliance finishes ranging from stainless to oil rubbed bronze, to every color of the rainbow!
Spend Less: Select a basic appliance package. Consider choosing a black or white finish rather than stainless. Maintaining the same appliance layout you had originally (if it was functional) will save you money in moving water and gas lines.
7% Electrical and Lighting
Why settle for a couple of poorly scaled, no-impact pendants over your island?! Choose lighting that really defines your space and add appropriate recessed and direcitonal lighting to make cooking a breeze. Take this opportunity to move your outlets either up or down so that your backsplash isn't interupted. Switch out your device colors to better blend into your tile.
6% Wall tile
The intricacy and material you choose for your splash will make all the difference in how much of your budget it constitutes.
Spend More: Choose decorative listellos, liner bars, or accent tiles. Select a field tile that is porcelain or natural stone. Create an intricate design that lends interest to your splash and take advantage of the space above your range or sink. Opt for glass mosaic tile or slab on your entire splash.
Spend Less: Plan your design around a simple ceramic tile and use minimal decorative accents. Straight set your tile to avoid labor upcharges.
Your flooring budget will rest on the material that you select.
Spend More: Opt for hardwood or tile. Setting your tile on the diagonal will increase your labor expenses.
Spend Less: Choose less expensive laminate or vinyl flooring.
You get what you pay for when it comes to labor!! Spend what it takes to ensure that what you've spent 80% of your budget on looks as good as it should!
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Anything is commonly considered organized when it looks like everything has a correct order or placement. But it's only ultimately organized if any element has no difference on time taken to find it. In that sense, organizing can also be defined as to place different objects in logical arrangement for better searching.
Organization in your space doesn’t have to be defined or boxed in. For instance, if your home has a modern flow you typically live minimally. All things have its space for presentation. Clean lines and no clutter. Personal belongings typically are stored out of sight, sometimes in creative capacities.
Other spaces for a lady who is Urban Minded, but is not interested in the perfection that often comes with a modern environment, there are other appearances of organization. A fluffy couch with a quilt draped over it, books intentionally stacked on a coffee table with a tea cup by its side will look intentional.
Choose your design style to support your realistic lifestyle.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
...while tilted shoe shelves allow you to display your favorites.
How about a pull out hamper to keep your laundry out of sight?
Don't forget the amenities! A built in coffee maker or espresso machine (plumed into the wall) to start your day off right or a just-right chair or bench can make all the difference! Fun lighting and a beautifully framed full length mirror are a must!
Have fun with the finishes in your closet. Try a bold patterned carpet or a playful paint color. Or, my personal favorite...wallpapered closets:
Thursday, March 10, 2011
How do you keep them that way?
When considering hardwood, our clients most frequently ask "Will they scratch?" The answer to this question is that hardwood is a natural material and some scratching is inevitable. However, with careful maintenance, you can really live on your hardwood without seeing the evidence.
- Opt for pre-finished hardwood. Eheart's hardwood business is almost exclusively pre-finished because the finish is so superior to sand-on-site flooring. Pre-finished flooring has an aluminum oxide wear layer which results in a commercial grade finish that will last years longer before refinishing. And, you can walk on your floors the same day they're installed! A win-win!
- Consider handscraped hardwood. If you have pets or kids, consider the character of a hand scraped hardwood. This style of hardwood is like distressed denim--it's already got a bit of character, so when Junior comes in with gravel in his shoes from a particularly mischevious day at school or when Fido is overdue for a nail trim, the damage done only adds to the charm of this flooring.
- Clear the debris. The biggest culprit for hardwood wear comes from dirt, sand, and gravel that can buff or scratch your floor. Run your vacuum, dust mop, or broom over your floor routinely to extend your hardwood's life.
- Use a wax free cleaner. We recommend and sell the Bona Hardwood Floor Care System. Similar to a Swiffer mop, this system is quick and easy--a quick dry mop to pick up residual debris then a quick spritz of the all-natural cleaner is all it takes for beautiful floors!
- Manage humidity. A whole house humidifier is a worthwhile investment to keep your hardwood looking brand new for years to come.
- Cap Fido's toenails. Try a completely humane simple nail cap on your pet's toenails to keep them from damaging your floors as they slide to your front door to greet unexpected guests.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
When planning your dream closet consider the following elements:
1. Make sure you have True Color Lighting and a lot of it.
2. Space allocation for every type & quantity of clothing you have such as shoes, sweaters, t-shirts, boots, pants, jackets, shirts, belts, ties, bags, suit cases, caps, hats, etc.
3. Locate the items you use the most at the front of the closet such as your house shoes, bathrobe, favorite clothes you wear around the house or on weekends etc.
4. Remember to put a charging station for your phone, mp3 player, computer, etc. Make sure there are enough outlet locations for everyone who shares the closet.
5. Make a drawer for the items you carry everyday, company pass, wallet, car keys, house keys, etc.
7. Create space for items that make you happy; such as pictures, favorite colors, jokes, music, coffee maker, souvenir displays, fun cabinetry pulls, bright drawer lining, etc. This is usually one of the first places you visit in the morning and one of the last places you see before going to bed at night.
8. Flexibility in the adjustment and arrangement of the cabinetry or shelving system you select is also important. This will be a organizational investment and you want it to last forever. Make certain all of the organizational elements you need are a part of the system you utilize or of the custom cabinetry you are selecting.
9. If you have valuable items you might want to consider locking cabinetry, a fireproof jewelry and personal paper safe, a cooling closet for your furs as well as temperature and humidity control.
10. A three way mirror is also an excellent addition to any closet. If you don’t have room, you can put a full length mirror on the back of the door, front of the door or on cabinetry door fronts in the closet.
11. If you closet is located off your master bath you may want the décor to appear to be an extension of your master bath. If off your master bedroom you may want it to be a closet/dressing area which would have the same or complimentary finishes to your bedroom. For the truly adventurous you could create a completely separate space which is a totally different personality than any of the rest of your home environment, almost like your own personal hide away. For the guys “The Man Cave Closet” and for the gals “The All Out Feminine Closet” for instance.
12. Any spacious closet should have a comfortable place to sit to put on your shoes or just think about what you are wearing while having a cup of coffee.
After considering all of the items you might want to include, think about how many linear feet of space it would really take to have all your necessary clothing at your fingertips. Remember clothing will take 24” of depth hanging space. Measure how many feet you have available and see if what you want will fit. If the area is too small you could consider making an extra bedroom your closet dressing room or dividing your clothes into seasons and putting your out of season clothing in a well organized closet area in another part of the house such as a spare bedroom or the basement.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Thermador's Column refrigeration system offers a fun, fresh solution to maximizing your space for all of your cooling needs. Available in 24 and 30 inch columns, the refrigerator and freezer units are separated to give you maximum flexibility in your kitchen design. And, with a wine refrigeration column, you can even address the specific cooling needs of your favorite bottle!