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Kitchen Design

Common Sense Ideas For Kitchen Cabinets

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Adding special custom cabinets can expand use and utility in your Madison WI kitchen remodel -click to enlarge

A change that re-sets the look, feel and function of your kitchen is updating or changing your kitchen cabinets.

Updating or doing a kitchen remodel is a lot of fun for most people. And that is for good reason when you consider the following – you can –

  • Get a “new,” just-moved-into look
  • Create an entirely new traffic flow, or “foot print” to the room
  • Introduce an entirely new style of kitchen cabinets to suit your changing needs
  • Add amenities to your kitchen cabinets and counters
  • Make certain areas more functional and/or accessible after your kitchen remodel
  • Replace dated, worn hardware

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The Big Kitchen Renovation Questions

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Kitchen renovations start with identifying the changes you value most

Kitchen renovation in Madison WI can take on many forms. The scope of kitchen renovation projects varies from small changes to knocking out walls and actually expanding square footage.

Whether you have lived in your house for many years or have just moved into your home, chances are good that there are changes you would consider making to your home to make it more functional and enjoyable. A kitchen remodel focuses on one of the most used rooms in your home – if not the most used. So, making changes through a kitchen renovation will likely have a big impact on how much you enjoy your home. Continue reading

2015 Kitchen Remodel & New Home Preferences

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This table illustrates the kitchen amenities homeowners prefer in new homes and kitchen remodel projects.

Kitchen remodel projects and kitchen design in new homes show very specific preferences by homeowners according to a recent survey entitled “The New Home 2015”. The survey was a broad survey to identify general building trends and likely consumer choices. Some of the most relevant findings include:

  • A double sink, recessed lighting, and table space for eating are very likely in a kitchen remodel
  • The average, new single-family home will be smaller and have more green features
  • The living room will either vanish or merge with other spaces in the home
  • The “Great Room” is the likeliest room to be included in the average new home
  • Low-e windows and engineered wood products are the likeliest green features

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Custom Kitchen Cabinets – Fitting Your Life Best

The personality of your kitchen can be changed by updating your cabinets.

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Well planned kitchen cabinets add utility and class to any kitchen design

Cabinets can set the room apart visually as well as functionally. New cabinets can make food preparation, entertaining and just plan day to day living more enjoyable. When considering cabinets and how they can impact a kitchen, homeowners must be sure to ask themselves how they want to use their kitchens specifically. Can their preferences be met with manufactured cabinets or should they consider creating custom kitchen cabinets.

Despite many great options available in manufactured cabinetry, on many occasions custom built pieces are a great choice and can help set a room apart. Adding a cabinet where there is an empty area is the perfect place to introduce custom built cabinets. In these situations, function, unique attention to fit, finish and design detail can be crucial adding kitchen cabinets. And, with older homes, there are often opportunities to add custom kitchen cabinets. There are often unique wall lines, ceiling heights and other one-of-a-kind issues to consider with older homes. Continue reading

Kitchen Renovations – Granite Is The New “Normal”

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Granite counter tops are a natural choice for kitchen renovations

Homeowners are using granite in kitchen renovations for counter tops, back splashes and accents more than ever. And, the fact that granite is more affordable than ever is no coincidence.

In the past ten years, granite has become price competitive with popular counter top products. This includes higher quality laminate products which have been much less expensive and quartz.

Until recently, granite was usually installed in homes in the higher price range, often valued at over one million dollars. With lower value homes granite was often cost prohibitive. However, because prices have trended down steadily the result is granite is being installed in moderately priced homes more often than ever before. Continue reading

Kitchen Remodeling – Smart Storage

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Smart storage means making the most of the space you have

Kitchen remodeling often signals a change. A family is growing larger. A family is growing older. The homeowners tastes change. A homeowner needs an accessible kitchen because of a physical change. These situations are true anywhere, including here in Madison, Wisconsin

Kitchen remodeling also represents a wide range options. The range can be from a complete reconstruction to modest changes making everyday life flow easier.

In the interest of the more modest kitchen remodeling project, consider an investment in your cabinetry. More specifically, think about your drawers, cupboards and shelves. There is likely a great opportunity to make practical but affordable changes that have a huge impact.

Creating a smart storage plan can make your kitchen remodeling project fun and the use of the kitchen more enjoyable than ever. Continue reading

Kitchen Remodeling – Distinctive Islands

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Well designed islands can add flexibility to any kitchen

Kitchen remodeling has an infinite number of options to consider. From Flooring to cabinetry, changing your “footprint” to updating your present layout, kitchen remodeling always has an impact on how you live.

Your kitchen is ground zero for family activity and often the center of attention when entertaining – whether you like it not. As such, a good starting point for many kitchen remodeling projects in Madison Wisconsin and elsewhere is an island. Continue reading

Kitchen Remodeling – Bathroom Remodeling Budget Basics

Kitchen remodeling and bathroom remodeling have many “moving parts” from beginning to end. Whether you are in Madison or anywhere else in Wisconsin, these types of remodeling projects can affect the footprint of your room, the fixtures you have, how your mechanical systems are configured and ultimately, how much you enjoy your remodeled room.

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Kitchen Remodeling Checklist

With Kitchen remodeling, whether done in Madison Wisconsin or anywhere else, one of the major keys in creating a successful project is assessing what you presently have and detailing what you want to change or add. Continue reading

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