Kitchen Organization: Remodeling & Cabinet Accessories

Life happens in the kitchen. Not only is it the place where we prepare our food, but it is often the place where everyone tends to gather. And while the saying goes, ” the more the merrier”, if a lack of storage space clutters your kitchen, added people can make it feel stressful and crowded very quickly. Kitchen organization with the use of cabinet accessories will make the kitchen somewhere you want people to gather.

Remodeling with functionality and ample storage in mind can make the kitchen relaxing and inviting. This clean, peaceful feeling can be achieved rather easily when you consider adding cabinet accessories to your kitchen remodel. Here are some of our clients’ favorites.


Spice Racks and Drawers

 Spices can bring life to every meal! But it’s hard to plan for all the different flavors of your dinner when you are struggling to find space for spices. Our clients have clear favorites when it comes to spice storage: pull out spice racks and spice drawers. The spice rack is common in either upper or lower cabinets. It is a perfect solution for utilizing vertical space in your kitchen. The spice drawer is installed in lower cabinets allowing you to take easily take a quick glance at what you have available.




Pot & Pan Drawers

In many kitchens, pots and pans are tossed into the largest cabinet available. Homeowners hope they can find the right pot and matching lid before having to empty the entire cabinet. Pot and pan drawers will save you from that hassle. They make kitchen organization simple. The drawers are built deep enough for your largest pots and wide enough to accommodate frying pans. Wooden pegs are installed to keep the pots and pans from sliding around and creating a messy drawer. There are also pegs installed in the front of the drawer making the lids easily accessible.


Garbage Drawer

 Garbage drawers are a customer favorite! Who wouldn’t want to get rid of their conventional kitchen trash can? The garbage drawer can fit two cans which people often use to separate their trash and recycling. There is no need to worry about the cans moving out of place when opening the drawer. The drawer is specifically designed with wooden inserts to fit the exact size of the trash can.





Utensil Storage

Not only is a utensil drawer aesthetically pleasing, but it is also highly functional. When dinner is hot on the table, you will easily be able to gather knives and forks for everyone without having to deal with a cluttered drawer. It is small choices like this that make kitchen organization obtainable.



Paper Towel Holder

 A paper towel holder is a great addition to any kitchen, but especially those lacking counter space. Oftentimes homeowners keep their paper towels on a stand on their counter. This can keep the paper towels tidy, but it takes up valuable prep space. A paper towel holder is perfect for above a lower cabinet door allowing every inch of the kitchen to be used.


Mixer Stand

If you’re looking for chef inspired kitchen organization, or if you simply love to bake, blend smoothies or use a food processor, then the mixer stand cabinet should be something you consider. The cabinet is set up so that the appliance can be plugged in on the inside. When you are ready to use it, you simply open the door and raise the platform. This is a perfect way to know that it is always readily available. It also allows for counter space to be saved because when it is not in use, you simply tuck it back into the cabinet.




Homeowners love roll-out shelving because it is completely customizable to the storage space you need. The roll-outs can be spaced according to what they will need to hold for you and your family. Canned and dry goods are often best stored on roll-out shelving. While roll-outs are a simple addition to the kitchen, they are one of the key elements to kitchen organization.





Modern Day Lazy Susan

Lazy susans seemed practical years ago and that was before they became as sophisticated as they are now. Imagine what an addition they can be to your kitchen remodel! Modern day lazy susans completely transform corner cabinets to allow for maximum kitchen organization and storage. They are now equipped with shelves that swivel out of the cabinet allowing you to see and access everything you have stored. These lazy susans are easily a client favorite!


Each and every one of these cabinet accessories help to create a calm and functional kitchen. High functionality makes everything from daily meals to entertaining a much more pleasant experiance! Visit our  kitchen portfolio to see some of the differences we can make in your kitchen. If you are planning a kitchen remodel, contact us to help you create a unique and highly functional kitchen that you will love for years to come. We would love to be of assistance to you!

How to Plan a Bathroom Remodel

Your bathroom should be more than just a functional space– you deserve a place where you can start and end your day feeling comfortable, refreshed, and a little bit luxurious. If this isn’t the case, maybe it’s time to remodel your bathroom.

Planning ahead is the key to a stress-free and successful bathroom renovation project. Take time to lay the groundwork and you’ll ensure your remodeled bathroom is the beautiful space you’ve always wanted.

Take a look below at our collection of expert tips and advice for planning a successful bathroom remodel. Then give us a call to find out how we can partner together to make your bathroom remodel a reality.


Ask Yourself Why

The first step in planning a bathroom remodel is to think about your goals for the project. This requires asking yourself “why.”

Why do you want to redo your bathroom? Why is this project important to you?

There are three primary reasons why people decide to remodel. Your reason may be one of these things or a combination of all three.


Resale Value

If you plan on selling your house in the future, the goal of your remodel will be to attract potential buyers. While you can’t anticipate the exact needs of a buyer, you can research what styles and designs appeal to the majority of house hunters.


Better Functionality

Maybe the space in your bathroom isn’t being utilized to its full potential. Perhaps there are certain features you’ve always wanted that would make the space more comfortable. For instance, more natural lighting or two sinks instead of one.


New Look

Many people simply want to refresh the look of their bathroom. This type of remodel is typically focused on replacing materials, like faucets, shower heads, or cabinets.


Determine Your Budget

Setting a budget will help guide you as you make decisions about what to include in your bathroom remodel. Make sure to have this number in mind when you first meet with your remodeler.

A trusted bathroom remodeler can work within your budget and help you understand how much you can expect to spend on labor and materials.

Of course, it’s always a good idea to keep a little wiggle room in your budget in case something unexpected comes up.


Think About Your Time Frame

How extensive is your bathroom remodel? When does your project need to be finished? Do you have a hard deadline?

Depending on the changes, you’ll need to plan ahead and give yourself enough time to meet any specific deadlines. When determining your timeline, think beyond the actual remodel. Other intermediate steps to consider are finding a remodeling contractor, scheduling a consultation, and ordering materials.

This planning step is an especially crucial step for those who only have one bathroom in the house. If so, you’ll need to make arrangements for when the shower and toilet are unusable.

One last tip: Plan your timeline, but be flexible to make adjustments based on recommendations from your remodeler.


Look for Inspiration

It’s time to think about what you envision for your remodel. Dream big and get inspired! Think about both the design and look you want for your bathroom as well as its functionality.

To help you get inspired, we recommend doing some online research and pictures of your favorite designs. As you research, identify your preference in the following areas:

  • Paint color
  • Tile/flooring
  • Faucets and shower head finishing
  • Cabinet
  • Shower/bathtub
  • Light fixtures

Houzz is a great resource for determining your style preferences. Save enough photos and you’ll likely notice a trend in the type of bathroom style you prefer. We also recommend you review a few of the bathroom remodeling projects we’ve completed in the area.

Here are a few past bathroom remodels you may be interested in:


Don’t Forget About Storage

Ample storage space can make a huge difference in your bathroom, but you’ll need to think beyond just linen closets and medicine cabinets. If you really want to create a functional, comfortable bathroom, consider how you use the space on a daily basis.

Here are a few unique bathroom storage ideas that make all the difference:

  • Shower niches or corner shelves for shampoo, condition, and other products.
  • Charging drawers to cut electrical cord clutter.
  • Toilet roll and towel storage space– whether it’s custom cabinets or ladder shelving.
  • Custom drawer dividers to help organize items like makeup, razors, brushes, and more.

Try not to get too stuck on one specific storage or design idea. Instead, use your ideas and inspiration as a guide to help you create a plan. Depending on your budget, your home layout, or your timeline, certain aspects of your vision may not be financially or physically possible. Only an experienced remodeler can help you translate your inspiration into a realistic remodeling plan you love.


Choose A Trusted Remodeling, Design & Construction Team

The final and most important step of your bathroom remodel is to choose a remodeling contractor to execute your vision.

At Patrick A. Finn Ltd., we take pride in providing functional and beautiful bathroom remodels you’ll love. Our goal is to transform your bathroom into the space you’ve always wanted.

If you live in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Park Ridge, Inverness, or the surrounding communities, we’d love to talk to you about your bathroom remodel. Whether you need a simple update or complete renovation, we have the experience to expertly manage your entire project from start to finish.

Homeowners throughout the greater Chicago area trust our summarized bathroom remodel process:

  1. Consultation & Design Plan: During your initial consultation, our designers get to know you, your house, and your vision. We’ll work with you outline a timeline, budget, and detailed remodeling plan.
  2. Obtaining Materials & Building Permits: Once your plan is finalized, we’ll help you source all the materials needed for your remodel. We’ll also handle all necessary building permits.
  3. High-Quality Remodel: We’ll stay in communication with you throughout the entire remodel process. We’ll work with you every step of the way to ensure your remodel meets your vision.

We’re dedicated to making your bathroom remodeling process as efficient as possible. We want to produce results that you absolutely love!

To learn more about our bathroom remodeling services, give us a call at (847) 358-4133. Or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

5 Bathroom Storage Solutions

5 Bathroom Storage Solutions

Everyone wants to start their day off on the right foot. For most of us, we start our day by getting ready in the bathroom. If we are lacking in the storage in the bathroom, our things may be scattered and we may become frustrated quite easily. Here are 5 bathroom storage solutions to help keep your bathroom organized so you can start your day off right.

Shower Niches:

A shower niche can help you with storage and help to update the look and feel of your bathroom. A niche is perfect for shampoo, conditioner and body wash. The size of the niche can be customized based on your home. It is common for shared bathrooms, like a master bath or kids hall bath, to have multiple niches for ample storage.




Medicine Cabinets:

Today’s medicine cabinets aren’t quite like the ones you may have seen in your parents’ or grandparents’ home. Medicine cabinets now come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles. Just like the older ones, modern medicine cabinets still offer the perfect place for bathroom odds and ends like a toothbrush, toothpaste and prescriptions. .


Shower Corner Shelves:

There are a few options for corner shelves, which are perfect for small items like a bar of soap. Shower corner shelves are available in a variety of materials. Some of the more popular ones are in metal finishes to match the     surrounding bathroom hardware, or natural stones to match the tile.


Charging Drawers: 

Drawers in your vanity can be very well utilized when they are planned out with your bathroom remodel. For example, you can choose to have drawers that are cut to allow charging cords to run directly to the outlet. This helps to keep the counters clutter free and keeps cords out of the way.



Linen Cabinet:

If space allows, a linen cabinet is a great addition to a bathroom. They are a great use of vertical space and are perfect for storing towels, washcloths and miscellaneous items, such as a first aid kit.






If you are interested in incorporating some of these space saving solutions into your bathroom, we would love to be of assistance! Simple fill out our contact form, or give us a call at 847-380-8189.

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In today’s post, we’ll help you understand how to plan a kitchen remodel. We’ll share a few of the best practices we’ve learned over the years. We’ll also help you avoid common mistakes that homeowners make when undertaking a major home remodeling project.

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What are your plans for the future? Where will you spend your golden years? People are living longer, healthier, more independent lives than ever before. That’s why many people are choosing to build their dream homes (or remodel their current homes) with an eye towards “aging in place.”

Aging in place refers to the philosophy that people are happier and even healthier when they continue to live independently rather than moving into an assisted living facility or nursing home. Of course, aging in place isn’t an option for everyone and at some point you may have to consider other living arrangements– but it can greatly increase the quality of your life and of your family’s life.

At Patrick A. Finn, Ltd., we’ve worked on some amazing aging in place construction and remodeling projects for homeowners in the northwest suburbs, including Arlington Heights, Barrington, and Palatine.

Today, we’re going to share what we’ve learned and help you plan to age in place in your dream home. Let’s get started!

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