Modern kitchen remodeling advice for homes in Barrington

Remodeling Your Kitchen To Increase The Value Of Your Home

In Barrington, a kitchen remodel is always the first recommendation when it comes to improving your home,whether it’s for your family to enjoy or for increasing the resale value. But there are some kitchen updates that will give you a better return on investment than others. If you’re thinking about starting this type of project, consider the following:

* Technology – It’s impossible to predict how technology will change next year or 10 years down the road. What is for certain is that technology needs power. Be sure to modernize your kitchen with charging stations. You can install them in clever places like in a pull-out drawer under the countertop or on the island so family members can work on a laptop or charge their smartphone while sitting in the kitchen.

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Kitchen Storage Styles in Arlington Heights and Barrington

Great kitchen storage styles and trends that make cooking and cleaning easier

The kitchen is the one room in the house with the most stuff. You have utensils for chopping, slicing, peeling and stirring. You have gadgets for pureeing, steaming, blending and opening cans and bottles. You have dishes to serve everything you make. Plus, you have all those ingredients. You need plenty of good storage space in your kitchen so you can organize and easily access everything you require.

In Arlington Heights and Barrington, we get a lot of requests for kitchen remodeling projects aimed at improving kitchen storage and creating a more universal design so owners can continue living in their homes as they age. Here are some of our top suggestions for improving your kitchen space:

1. Pull-out shelves – It’s not easy for any adult to get down on her hands and knees to reach the pot tucked way back in that low, corner cupboard. Remedy this problem by installing pull-out shelves or drawers. We recommend making drawers of different depths so you can easily store all your pots and pans without wasting space. If you don’t have a pantry in your kitchen, dedicating a drawer or two to those dry-goods items also works well.

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2. Tucking recycling and garbage under the island – If you have an island with unused space underneath, consider installing a pull-out drawer with space for two large garbage cans. Dedicate one to garage and the other to recycling. It helps open up space under the sink for cleaning supplies and puts the garbage in a convenient spot when cleaning up after food prep.

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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


New Year, New House – Part 1 – The Kitchen

Often a new year comes with resolutions, goals and new ideas.  We leave the past year behind and look towards the future.  Why not do the same for your house.  You may have magazines, idea books, or just ideas of how you want your home to look or function.  Why not make them a reality this year.  The next few blogs will dive into a few ideas to make your house a little newer this year.

You don’t have to build a whole new house to make your home feel new again.  There are a few renovations or remodels, some big, some small, that can transform your home into a new space for the New Year.

Part 1 – The Kitchen

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Let’s start in the kitchen.  The kitchen is the heart of the home and can often become the room where everyone and everything gathers.  If you want to make a major transformation in your home, start with the kitchen.  Now you can make as big or as small a transformation as you would like.  Often the New Year just invites organization and cleaning.  Do a major cabinet overhaul.  Take everything out (which may create a bigger mess to start) and clean and organize all your cabinets.  Clean out your refrigerator and freezer too.  And since the days are so cold, this is the best time of year to clean your oven and let some of the extra heat spill over into the rest of the house. Read More