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Kitchen Remodeling

Cabinet Hardware Options Expand Kitchen Design

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Gold accents and simple designs provide a distinctive look to this neutral hue kitchen update.

A wide range of cabinet hardware style options plus dozens of finishes, sizes and shapes make functional components an integral part of modern kitchen design. Whether a drawer pull or cabinet door knob is necessary to the structure’s function or not, it is one of the final decorative details going into your Madison WI kitchen. Kitchen hardware for 2018 represents both form and function.

  • unctionF – design, materials and size all increase ease of use and efficiency. The right hardware moves a kitchen from an attractive room to a welcoming workspace.
  • Versatility – looks complement the overall design of the room and reflect the homeowner’s personal taste while size, shape and form blend the decorator’s touch with the cook’s requirements.
  • Coordination – the trend to open-concept kitchen and living spaces means cabinet hardware has to align with the overall style of the larger space, becoming an accessory to home décor.

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2018 Emphasize Function

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Farmhouse-style kitchen décor is bringing back butcher’s block countertops to go with gray cabinetry and unique sink and faucet combinations.

The showplace, gourmet or commercial kitchen of the 1990s has been replaced in the kitchen design trends for 2018 by a strong emphasis on functionality. According to the latest reports, kitchen renovation in the 21st century reflects demand for open designs for better sightlines and traffic patterns plus environmentally-conscious materials. No longer just a room to prepare meals, the kitchen is the hub of daily activity in Madison WI and across the country.

Adoption of these kitchen design trends varies with the age of the people doing the planning. Older people in older homes may be looking to achieve different goals than younger families. “Millennials” – ages 25 to 34 – are likely to choose either a very modern style or at the other end of the scale a farmhouse style. Baby boomers – age 55 and older – usually stick with a more traditional style. No matter what the age group, today’s kitchen renovation is designed around easy access, efficient work spaces and low-maintenance materials. The kitchen of today must be user-friendly. Continue reading

Open Shelving – A Popular Option Among Kitchen Cabinet Choices

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Traditional kitchen cabinet choices have expanded to include cabinets with glass doors, cabinet and shelf combinations and just shelves for a wide open look.

The concept of open space, especially in kitchen remodeling plans, has expanded to include open shelving among kitchen cabinet choices. Replacing traditional kitchen cabinets with open shelves is gaining popularity in Madison WI and throughout the country. But it doesn’t fit every lifestyle. That’s one reason designers are offering combinations of above-counter cabinets and shelves as kitchen cabinet choices.

Traditional kitchen cabinets have been the norm for so long it’s hard to grasp the idea of going without them. They have proven their merit. At the same time, open shelving is proving to be a reliable option. An even more popular consideration is a combination of both.

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Kitchen Tiles Provide Options for Custom Home Remodeling

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A successful home remodeling project –unique tiles create a custom look.

The options in kitchen tiles have expanded in size, color and texture. With most home remodeling plans beginning in the kitchen, a custom kitchen upgrade often begins with the latest in tile. Tile applications in Madison WI have expanded from basic squares and rectangles as backsplash and floor to planks of wood-look tile and countertop-to-ceiling installations.

The Hottest Trend in Kitchen Tiles — Flooring That Looks Like Something It’s Not

The most dramatic changes in tile development have come on the floor. New manufacturing techniques and high-definition, 3D printing have made it possible to mimic many natural and man-made materials. For a contemporary kitchen renovation to anchor your home remodeling project, consider these floor tile options: Continue reading

Kitchen Island Provides a Distinctive Touch to Kitchen Update

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Kitchen cabinets contrast the wood-look of the new island for a unique appeal

If you want to add a kitchen island to your Madison WI home, you’re not alone. Surveys of interior designers, builders and manufacturers reveal that islands and new kitchen cabinets are hot topics for kitchen remodeling again in 2017.

In addition to enhancing an island’s aesthetic appeal, designers are introducing new functionalities. The trend in “open” design is being expanded into the kitchen where an addition can become a central element and focal point. The kitchen island can smoothly link works space and eating area – incorporating preparation areas, room for cleanup and general purpose space to “spread out.” The central island will quickly become the main draw in a social setting, too. Continue reading

Preparing for a Kitchen Remodel Project

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A temporary kitchen can help you cope with your kitchen remodel no matter how long it takes in Madison WI

A kitchen remodel is one of the most disruptive home renovations you can do.

It affects your daily routine at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Depending on how extensive the changes are, a kitchen remodel can last weeks, or even months. To help manage the process of a kitchen remodel, it is very important to have practical alternatives for cooking, cleanup and food storage.

Kitchen Remodel Survival Tips

Try to start your planning as soon as you can prior to the start of the renovation. Be sure your plans are intact before demolition. Once demolition begins, you will be involved with other planning and decision making – you do not want to be scrambling for food prep and cleanup.

Additionally, you also want to be sure all of the kitchen remodel plans are in place so no decisions have to be made on the fly. Continue reading

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

Tips To Help Survive A Kitchen Remodel

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A Kitchen Remodel project requires planning so you can maintain your daily routine in Madison WI

A kitchen remodel is an exciting time and stressful all at once.

Exciting because of the new look and feel your kitchen will have. Stressful because the room your entire family uses everyday will be unusable in part or entirely for an extended period of time. Face it, cooking is tough to do when your stove or oven is removed and your sink is unhooked and your preparation areas are missing in action.

We have had some customers leave town on vacation while we have done major parts of a kitchen remodel. But because a typical kitchen remodel can take from four to eight weeks, not everyone can leave town for the duration of the project. And some people don’t feel comfortable leaving their home completely in the hands of a kitchen remodeling crew – which is understandable. Continue reading

Remodeling Made Easier – Cleaner – Safer In Madison WI

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Remodeling using a negative air machine helps protect indoor air quality, workers and family members.

At Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, we take pride in creating satisfied customers at all stages during a remodel.

Our commitment is to be sure the entire remodeling process is as easy as possible on the homeowners, who, after all, have to accommodate an entire work crew while a remodel or renovation takes place. What we want to avoid is adding insult to injury by having loads of dust from a project stay in the room we are working on or, worse, have that dust travel throughout the house. That is why we have added a NIKRO mini poly air scrubber. Continue reading

Remodeling Questions Homeowners Ask Themselves

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Remodeling projects can be involved – be sure you ask yourself the right questions in the beginning of the process

You’ve researched your new remodeling project.

You have talked to a number of potential Madison WI remodeling contractors. All of which could do your remodeling project.

And, there is even one remodeling contractor who has impressed you with knowledge, perspective and you trust him.

However, even with all of the stars beginning to align, you wonder…

  • Can I get the work done cheaper?
  • Am I paying too much?

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Try Kitchen Renovations Instead Of Moving To Your Next Home

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Kitchen renovations large or small can have an extra “something” with granite added to the kitchen design

Kitchen renovations can make your existing home the dream home you have always imagined.

The options available to you include complete kitchen renovations including new cabinets, floors and windows and more. Or, more modest kitchen renovations in Madison WI can be as simple as adding new granite countertops with appropriate sinks and hardware. 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 Design Ideas For Quick Updates

Homeowners can have a huge impact on the way their kitchen looks by utilizing high impact kitchen design ideas. Whether your use one or multiple ideas, you can transform the look of your Kitchen.

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Cork, tile hardwood and other flooring upgrades are popular kitchen design ideas

Budgets are often limited. Often, homeowners like their homes in general but would like to update or add to the look they have. The kitchen design ideas listed below are perfectly suited for giving any kitchen a completely new feel.  The right kitchen design ideas allow you to use specific and affordable strategies to make significant changes without breaking the bank.

How To Best Consider Kitchen Design Ideas

A helpful step for visualizing kitchen design ideas is to remove everything from your kitchen. Clear counter tops of appliances, remove window treatments, wall hangings and rugs. Try to start the process with a blank slate because it helps you identify what kitchen design ideas can transform your kitchen. 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