Because the large majority of homes in our area were built when the quantity of rooms was considered a premium when putting a home on the market, many of them ended up with a lot of small, closed off rooms. Lots of clients come to G.M. Roth assuming they should convert their home to an open concept design as part of their home remodeling project. As experienced design-build company remodeling professionals, we don’t think open concept is for every family or every house, we see many benefits for some situations, but also drawbacks in others. Here are some of the reasons you might want to consider home remodeling to an open concept design, and others why it might not be the right solution for your family.
Category: Home Remodeling
by Reid VanderVeen
2019 is set to be a remodeler and home decorator’s dream year. Regardless your style, trends are showing that 2019 will include a number of unique looks that are sure to please even the most discerning eye. Let’s take a look at some trends we can expect to see in 2019, and maybe make some predictions while we’re at it.
1. Two-tone Cabinets – This is an emerging trend that grew some legs in 2018. There’s no sign of stopping this eye pleasing design feature in 2019. Whether dark and light or custom offsetting colors, the two tone look enables people to truly personalize their favorite space. Some designs show islands in separate colors from the other cabinetry. Others show upper and lower cabinets with different finishes. Either way, watch for two-tone to continue into a two year run.
2. Naked Cabinets – Look for millennial influence to take hold in 2019. Open-face (cabinetry with no doors) or naked cabinetry has started becoming very popular and It’s our prediction that trend will only grow in 2019. There are two big reasons for the naked cabinetry look becoming hot. It allows for easy access to dishes and other stored items while offering a way to visually see inventory and showcase designer dishes. It also saves cost. One of the primary drivers for cabinetry prices is the doors. Removing this element allows more money to be spend on other high end finishes, like quarts or granite counter tops.
3. Textures and Materials – Product developments at many companies like StarMark Cabinetry have opened the door on unique, textured finishes. Are you looking for a clean, modern or transitional look? Consider a melamine finish, laminate, or glazes. Unique levels of sheen, distressing, and other high touch features are offering even more ways to customize your kitchen and bathroom.
4. Hidden features – Look for 2019 to be a year for subtle design features that make kitchens both fun and functional. Touch to open drawers offer a clean look without handles and extra hardware. Pull outs, roll-trays, and factory included drawer organization will all become staples in the 2019 kitchen. Toe-kick drawers hide large pans out of sight. Appliance garages offer a cool way to conceal larger countertop appliances like toasters and coffee-makers. Sometimes what you don’t see is where all the magic happens.
5. Frameless/Full-Access – European style is sweeping the States and 2019 will continue the spread of this popular design. Offering more storage space than framed lines and clean looks are a couple of the factors leading many homeowners to consider this style.
6. Walnut – Once reserved only for furniture, many cabinet manufacturers like Fieldstone Cabinetry have perfected the use of Walnut for cabinets. This rich wood species offers a very distinct look in the kitchen and is very durable. Think of it like furniture for your kitchen. Few species offer as rich a look as Walnut and many discerning buyers are looking to it to help them make a statement with their new kitchens.
7. Mixed Metals – Historically this was considered faux pas; however, many creative homeowners are looking at mixed metals to help their kitchen stand out from their friends and neighbors. Stainless and brass? It happens. Gold and brass together? You’d be surprised. Chrome and other mirror finishes with solid black. Yep, that too. There are no more boundaries when it comes to mixing metals and finishes.
8. Custom Colors – It’s no secret there are an almost endless supply of stock colors from many cabinet manufacturers these days. However, sometimes we need something that no one else has. Something reserved just for ourselves. Want to show off cabinets that no one else can say they have? The custom color program at many manufacturers is easier than ever. Bring in a shirt, a picture, anything with color and chances are high a custom cabinet manufacturer like UltraCraft Cabinetry can match it.
9. High tech – Look for appliances and lights to incorporate voice controls through smart home devices. Vacuum drawers and charging stations for electronic devices will bring new functionality to the typical storage areas. Look also for a modern spin on retro appliances as a continuing trend.
These trends are setting up 2019 to be a year of fun and functionality for home renovations. What would you add to this list?
Category: kitchen remodeling
As families change, so do our bathroom needs. Because the bathroom is one of the most-used rooms in the house, it needs to be functional for whomever is using it. With current trends calling for people to want to “live in place”, or have extended family join them in their home, planning a bathroom remodel takes on another level of details. A professional designer knows what questions to ask to help you make decisions that ensure the finish project will not only meet your current needs, but will also work well for your future needs. If you are getting ready to start a bathroom remodel, here are some design ideas that may make your bathroom work better for everyone.
Category: Bathroom remodeling
With new offerings available on the market, decisions on what type, and where to use accent lighting has grown significantly more important over the last few years. Homeowners today are adding accent lighting to just about every phase of their home remodeling project with stunning results. Accent lighting when selected carefully can provide both functionality and beauty, whether it solves a safety issue on a staircase or lights up a work space on the countertop. Learn about the three most common areas to add accent lights.
Category: Home Remodeling
Bathroom remodeling and kitchen remodeling have a lot of similar elements. With either of these projects, you need new cabinetry, flooring and countertops, all of which make up part of your budget. What most people don’t realize about bathroom remodeling is how labor intensive it is. Even though its a smaller space than your kitchen, you can’t necessarily assume it will be a fraction of the expense of a kitchen remodel. If you’re in the beginning stages of a bathroom remodel, here are some things you should know about the budget so you can start planning appropriately.
Category: Bathroom remodeling