Our Favorite Luxury Kitchen Features

Today’s luxury kitchen features combine function and beauty to create breathtaking results. Not only do they look great, but they’ll give you the resources to be a home chef, make your family more comfortable, and much more.

In this month’s post, we’ll go over some of our favorite appliances, materials, and layout designs for a beautiful luxury kitchen remodel.

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8 Reasons to Add On to Your Home

No matter how much you love your home, there are always ways to improve your space by adding onto your house. Even if your home was recently built, additions to your family, an unexpected need, or outdated appliances may force you to reconsider the limitations of your current space.

In this month’s post, we’ll go over 8 common reasons for adding onto your home to improve your life (and often the value of your home, too).

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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.

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How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel

Even if you love your home, you may not love your kitchen. That’s why kitchen remodels are among the most common remodeling projects undertaken by homeowners in the Northwest Suburbs. Many homes in the area feature outdated kitchens with antiquated appliances and layouts that don’t make efficient use of space. Additionally, kitchens in older homes aren’t designed with the needs of modern families in mind.

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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Kitchen Sinks – More Options than You Thought!

When you start planning your kitchen remodel, you probably start thinking about your cabinets, appliances and counter top, but have you given much thought to your kitchen sink options.  The day of the stainless steel sink as your only option, though still the most popular, has started to be out-shined by many up and coming new products.

Houzz.com posted a great article with all your options and how they compare.  So take a look and become better informed about the choices you have.  Are you interested in the tride and true stainless steel, the nod to old world materials such as cast iron, copper and fire clay, or are you trending with the newest options such as composite granite, quartz and solid surface?  Find out here. Read More


Cost Vs. Value 2013

Every year Remodeling magazine and their online counterpart put together a cost vs. value analysis for remodeling projects.  They compare the cost of construction for 35 different remodeling or replacement projects around the home to their recouped resale value.  While not all remodeling projects are done with resale as the main objective, when our homes are seen as an investment we want to make every dollar count.  So it is good to know what projects will get the biggest bang for the buck.  For the second year in a row the cost vs. value trend report shows a rise in value recouped on all 35 projects surveyed.  According to the websites report, this is due not so much to the reduction of construction cost, but to the increase in resale value of homes on the market.  In all the report provides some much appreciated good news. Now if you are looking for a good investment in your home for immediate return in value, here is a list of the top ten projects that will pay off. Read More


Builders of Hope

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We are involved with this great organization Salute, Inc which supports military members and their families.  Salute states their mission on their website as “SALUTE, INC. passionately purses meeting the financial, physical, and emotional needs of military service members, veterans and their families.  We strive to raise awareness of their sacrifices and provide a safety net to ensure every military family is treated with honor and dignity.”

Salute, Inc has a program called Builders of Hope where they partner with local businesses to provide a home renovation for veterans in need of assistance.  Their current project is for ex-marine Daniel Tsutsumi . Daniel is a quadriplegic and in need of a handicap accessible home. Read More


Open Concept?

Even without expanding your kitchen, updating the layout, style and design can make a big difference. Opening a wall or increasing the doorway between your kitchen and adjacent rooms helps create the feel of a larger space.

We have all heard this buzz word “open concept” and many family kitchens are heading in this direction.  But is it for you?  For some of us the thought that the entire world will be able to catch a first glance into the room that gets more action than any other space in the house is frightening. But for others it is a great way to keep that promise of having “eyes in the back of your head” being able to cook while you assist with homework and attempt that food network recipe for dinner!

Think about your priorities: how many people will be cooking and gathering? Could you use your adjacent living room or dining room as an extension of the kitchen? Possibly forgo the formal dining room and convert it into informal dinning with homework stations? Would you benefit from having an island where you can do your prep work and also double as a serving area? These changes can help make your life much easier as you attempt to integrate many tasks into one central location. Read More