7 Questions that Need Answers before Your Kitchen Remodeling Project Begins

Kitchen remodeling in Phoenix requires that a lot of questions be answered. We don’t want you to be overwhelmed during the initial consultation, so we’ve put together a list of 7 questions that need answers before the project begins. These questions will help the process go much more smoothly.

What is the objective of the kitchen remodeling project?

The most common reasons for remodeling the kitchen include:

  • Preparation for selling the home
  • Updating appliances and style
  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Creating a smart kitchen with all the bells and whistles

Be committed to the reason for remodeling your kitchen. The finished product should meet your idea of the perfect kitchen!

How long do you plan to use this kitchen?

Homeowners who remodel the kitchen with the intention of retiring and growing old while living independently should consider the future. Start making changes now that will have a positive impact on your kitchen for when you’re 75 or 80 years old.

Do you have any existing health or mobility issues?

We need to know if you or anyone in the household suffers from allergies before we start recommending materials to install in your home. We also need to know if anyone has mobility issues or other health concerns that need to be taken into consideration.

Will you live in your home during the remodeling process?

Some homeowners prefer to stay in a hotel or go on vacation while we’re remodeling. We often remodel kitchens during the winter months while the homeowners are in their northern homes. Imagine coming back to Phoenix to your summer home and you have a whole new kitchen!

Do you want to modify any walls or doorways?

This is a very important question because some walls help support the roof. We can tell you which walls are support walls and which walls are okay to modify. We can modify support walls, but we have to maintain that structural stability. Sometimes we can find other ways to offer that support while giving you the kitchen you want.

How do you use your kitchen?

We get a lot of strange looks when we ask that simple question. What do you mean, how do I use my kitchen? It’s a kitchen. We understand. But we get a lot of varying answers to that question. Some families use the kitchen only as a spot to grab a quick breakfast on the go then maybe the occasional evening meal. Others have traditional breakfasts and dinners as a family. And some also incorporate a homework area, an arts and crafts area, or even board games.

What’s your remodeling budget?

You knew we had to get there eventually, right? We need to know your budget, because that will help us design the best kitchen for you without breaking the bank. We can show you tricks and tips for splurging on the things you really want while saving in other areas without sacrificing quality. Never sacrifice quality.

7 Finishing Touches that Will Make a Major Difference in the Appearance of Your Kitchen

No kitchen remodeling project is complete without the finishing touches. In fact, the finishing touches are what bring out the best in a great remodeling project regardless of the room in question. But our focus for today is on the kitchen and the things we recommend in order to give your kitchen that highly polished appeal.

  1. Light Fixtures: Lighting styles come and go. We suggest that you purchase light fixtures that you like and that go well with your existing decor and style. You can change them each season or every 2-3 years if you get tired of seeing them in time.
  2. Proper Height for Lighting: The proper distance for a chandelier to hang above the dining room table or for pendant lighting to hang above the countertop or kitchen island is 30 to 34 inches. Raise the fixture another inch for each foot past an 8 foot ceiling.
  3. Faceplates: The faceplates in your kitchen show the room’s age faster than any other part. Older faceplates are often discolored and make the kitchen appear as if it is in need of renovation. Choose decorative faceplates when possible. Metal faceplates add a lot of pizzazz to the room.
  4. Crown Molding: Add a touch of elegance and customization to your kitchen cabinets by installing crown molding. The area where the ceiling meets the wall isn’t the only place that can benefit from crown molding. You can turn plain cabinets into amazing cabinets with just a little crown molding.
  5. Base Trim: Base trim perfectly finishes the bottom of the lower cabinets and creates a finished appearance where the floor meets the wall. It’s an excellent addition to help tie the room together.
  6. Vents: A/C vents rarely get much attention, but when you use decorative vents, people notice because it’s unusual. Decorative vents make a style statement.
  7. Hardware: Hardware is definitely a place we recommend splurging. It can get a little expensive if you decide to use custom pieces of hardware, but it’s a decision that you will not regret any time soon.

Adding the Finishing Touches to Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

Each of these finishing touches can be installed as part of a DIY project. The project will go much more smoothly if you have experience with the required tools. Give us a call if you would like to discuss remodeling your kitchen with us.

15 Kitchen Design Tips for Your Remodeling Project

 

The planning process is the most important part of your kitchen remodel. We can build a great kitchen based on your needs, but it becomes an impressive kitchen design when we really dig into the space available to efficiently plan the design. Here are 15 kitchen design tips that will help transform your kitchen.

  1. Wasted Space: Deep cabinets are a great idea in theory, but they create a lot of wasted space when you can’t reach certain items. Then they just become long-term storage for items you rarely use. Avoid wasted space by designing more efficient storage.
  2. Wasted Steps: We understand that your pedometer pushes you to hit 10,000 steps a day, but they don’t all have to be in the kitchen. Food prep shouldn’t be a chore.
  3. Define Traffic Flow: Your kitchen design should effectively direct traffic without causing chaos.
  4. No Banging Doors: Make sure all appliances and cabinetry can open without banging the door or corner beside it.
  5. Microwave Placement: There is actually a scientific method to placing your microwave in the kitchen. It can cause burns and other injuries if it is too high, too low, too far away, or too enclosed.
  6. Double Appliances: Add a dishwashing drawer in addition to the traditional dishwasher and a mini fridge in addition to the family fridge. These secondary appliances may seem like overkill, but they will be used.
  7. Landing Space: You should ideally have at least 15 inches of space on each side of the range as well as on each side of the kitchen sink. This area is called the landing area because this is where dishes and food land while you’re preparing meals.
  8. Plenty of Counter Space: Create your kitchen with plenty of counter space in mind. Cabinetry will likely be below most of the counter space in your kitchen, so you’re doing yourself a favor in the long run by adding more.
  9. The Importance of the Triangle: We mentioned wasted steps as tip #2, and this tip follows that same idea. The purpose of the kitchen triangle is to have the sink, refrigerator, and range within easy reach. A few steps between each would be a good distance. But you don’t want to leave a boiling pot to walk 15 feet across the kitchen, past the kitchen island, to get something from the refrigerator only to discover that the pot has boiled over and there’s a big mess to clean up before you can continue on with dinner.
  10. Knife Storage: Knives and other dangerously sharp items should always be kept out of reach of children. A metallic strip attached to the backsplash or a knife block are great options.
  11. Eat-in Areas: A breakfast nook, an eat-in kitchen area, or space for eating at the kitchen island are excellent ideas for in-kitchen snacks or meals.
  12. Electronics Charging Center: Create an area for electronics to be safely stored and charged away from food and liquids.
  13. Message Center: Phone messages, medication lists, and grocery lists are common messages for a chalkboard in the kitchen. This allows every member of the family to get creative while leaving messages.
  14. Kids Center: A couple of our previous tips mentioned doubling up on a few appliances. This is a good lead-in for that discussion. You can create a specific area for after-school drinks and snacks that won’t interfere with dinner prep areas when kids come in from school.
  15. Pet Appropriate Areas: 68% of American households have a pet. That means more than half of the people we work with probably have a pet to take into consideration. Pet-safe areas are becoming more common in time.

Kitchen Design and Remodeling in Phoenix

Give us a call if you’re in Phoenix or the surrounding areas and would like to discuss remodeling your kitchen with us. We’ve helped many greater-Phoenix area homeowners improve their kitchen’s functionality and style throughout the years. We also do whole home remodeling on request.

5 Basic Factors to Consider when Remodeling Your Kitchen in Phoenix

 

So you’re considering remodeling your kitchen? You have a lot of decisions to make and plans to create. The planning process can get a bit overwhelming, and material selection can be even more frustrating if you let it. Our goal is to make the process as painless as possible for you. Let’s look at 5 basic factors you need to take into consideration when planning the project.

Storage

You can never go too big with kitchen storage. Obvious storage options include cabinetry, drawers, and a pantry. Also consider open shelving for decorative items or items that are used on a regular basis. Here are a few other kitchen storage ideas:

  • Decorative Baskets
  • Hidden Trash and Recycling Bins
  • Custom Cabinetry for Small Appliances
  • Extra Large Custom Cabinetry for Large Dishes
  • Vertical Storage – Cabinet Doors, Walls, etc…

Flooring

Wood flooring such as hardwood or more sustainable bamboo flooring is an excellent option for the kitchen. Tile looks great, but is often considered too hard and cold, even here in Phoenix. Many homeowners with tile flooring in the kitchen end up using rugs to make it more comfortable. Choose your kitchen flooring based on the way you use your kitchen.

Lighting

Make the most of natural light when possible. We can add a window, transom windows, sidelights to a patio door, or even skylights or a sun tunnel to bring in additional natural light. Here are a few other kitchen lighting ideas:

  • Pendant Lighting
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Task Lighting
  • In-Cabinet and Drawer Lights
  • Toe-Kick Lighting
  • Under-Cabinet Lighting

Sink and Faucet

Sink and faucet options are nearly endless. You can use traditional sinks and faucets that are readily available at your local home improvement store or you can opt to use specialty items. Some homeowners choose to browse second-hand stores or antique stores for this type of item. The choice is entirely yours.

Countertop

This is quite possibly the biggest decision you’ll make during your kitchen remodel. You will see your countertops every single day for the next 7-10 years based on the frequency of which more kitchens are remodeled. Make sure you choose a material that you like in terms of appearance and maintenance as well.

Kitchen Remodeling in Phoenix

Remodeling your kitchen is a big project; make sure you have the right team on your side. We’ve helped many Phoenix area homeowners remodel various parts of their home to improve flow, functionality, and style. Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

Take the Time to Customize the Lighting when You Remodel the Kitchen

Lighting is one of the most important factors to take into consideration when remodeling the kitchen, yet so many people tend to overlook it or neglect to properly plan it. Older homes often have a single ceiling mounted light in or near the center of the room. Overhead lighting can be a good thing, but it can’t be the only light in the entire room.

Light Placement

The placement of your kitchen lighting makes more of an impact than you may realize. The traditional center-of-the-room ceiling light creates shadows. A single-light kitchen simply doesn’t work because shadows keep you from being able to properly see what’s going on on the stove or the food prep area. You may not be able to see whether or not all of the dishes are clean if the lighting isn’t up to par.

Make a Design Statement

Nothing in the rulebook says that your kitchen lighting can’t be absolutely fabulous. Choose a huge light fixture that can act as a focal decorative point in the room. You don’t have to go all out on a crystal chandelier, but choose light fixtures that you love and the rest of the decor will fall into place.

Clear, Crisp Light vs. Warm Light

Crisp, bright lighting is the best choice for most areas of the kitchen. You may decide to use a warmer light as the ambient light or as a decorative statement, however. Bright lighting allows you to properly see what you’re doing in the kitchen and makes the room look cleaner.

Light Fixtures

Have you ever just stood in the lighting department at Lowe’s or Home Depot and gazed in awe at the amazing options available? Try visiting both stores and a few other local home decor shops – if you’re brave enough. Choosing fixtures requires that you take several factors into consideration including:

  • How the fixture will direct or spread light.
  • Where the fixture will be installed.
  • The types of metal used in the kitchen – the faucet, for example.
  • The overall appearance you want.
  • Ease of changing the fixture when you’re ready for a change.

Choosing Lighting for Your Remodeled Kitchen

As you can see, several things must be taken into consideration before you embark on a kitchen remodeling project, especially the lighting. Give us a call and we’ll help you design your perfect kitchen with the right amount of lighting for each area. We enjoy helping homeowners choose the materials that go into their remodeling project, because it reflects on our workmanship – and we always strive to provide the best.

6 Factors to Consider when Remodeling Your Kitchen in 2018

Kitchen remodeling projects are among the most expensive projects because of the amount of work and intricate detail required. Our goal is to provide you with the most up to date information so you can make the best decisions for your 2018 kitchen remodel. Today we’re going to go over 6 key factors to consider during the project. Let’s get started.

Organized Storage Options

The words organized and storage haven’t always gone hand-in-hand, especially in the kitchen. But we’ve found that most homeowners are much happier with their remodel when we include a way to organize all their stuff. Here are some of the best ways to organize your kitchen’s storage:

  • Obviously, right? Cabinets are designed to hold large bulky items, but let’s also include some oversized cabinetry for your small appliances.
  • The pantry is an amazing organizational tool. Implement baskets, sealed containers, and labels to further organize your pantry.
  • Shelves add a good amount of decor to the room while providing a spot for your favorite cookbooks, mugs, or other dishes. These dishes could be purely for decorative purposes or for the items you use the most.

Countertop Materials

The countertop is one area that we recommend you splurge. Get that amazing granite or marble countertop if it’s within your budget. We can help you find the best deals on countertops in the Phoenix area.

Flooring Materials

Flooring options are nearly endless. Tile is a popular choice and so is hardwood. We don’t recommend soft wood like pine because it takes damage when cans, bottles, and other heavy items are dropped. And let’s face it, we all drop things occasionally.

Lighting Options

We can’t say it enough – task lighting. You need general lighting for ambient light, task lighting, showcase lighting, and maybe even some late-night lighting. Small strings of LED lights are an excellent way to add just enough light to prevent injury when you go for that midnight snack or drink.

Hardware and Faucets

These items are included in the finishing touches category because they have the ability to transform a drab kitchen into something pretty spectacular. Choose finishing touches that add value, whether visual appeal, added functionality, or monetary value, to your kitchen. This should be one of your splurge areas.

Appliances

Today’s appliance options can get pretty extensive – and expensive. You can go as basic or as high tech as you want. Do you need a basic refrigerator or something amazing that helps you track your groceries? Do you need a basic slow cooker or oven or one that allows you to connect via smart phone? Smart appliances add a lot of functionality to your kitchen, so pick and choose carefully.

Kitchen Remodeling in Phoenix

Give us a call if you would like to discuss kitchen remodeling in Phoenix with us. We’re the top rated remodeling company in the area, and we would love to provide you with a magazine-worthy kitchen this year.

Strategies for Designing the Perfect Walk-in Closet for Your Master Suite

For a master bedroom, you will need more than the standard sized closet. Most people are no longer satisfied with the average closet due to storage limitations. A walk-in closet not only solves this problem, it can also work as a dressing room. Here are a few tips to get the walk-in closet that perfectly complements your master suite.

  • Determine the dimensions. The amount of space available for a walk-in closet will vary from house to house, but 7 by 10 feet is usually considered the basic size. Couples generally prefer a walk-in closet that can be divided in half so they can each have their own space. If you are trying to work out the right size, think about space for a bench and maybe a small table for folding laundry.
  • Plan your storage. If you want your walk-in closet to be a model of functionality and efficiency, you have to plan out the storage. Remember that storage is the answer to the question of avoiding clutter, but deciding on a large closet is just the first step. You can choose the quicker route by purchasing a closet organizing kit. For the best results, consider getting a custom built organizing system design. This is more costly, but it may be more suitable for your personal needs.
  • The custom option. The main advantage of getting a custom built storage system for your walk-in closet is that it allows you to make the best use of the entire space. You will also be able to choose the material, unlike with ready-made systems which have fewer options. When you custom build your closet storage system you can account for every article of clothing no matter how small. You can have space and hooks for socks, scarves and ties. You can include a slide-out ironing board and mirror for convenience and space saving.
  • Think about DIY. For one reason or another, a DIY closet storage solution may be the best fit for you. Closet kits are available in a variety of sizes and styles. You will first have to start by measuring the space to make sure that the modules you buy are at least a close fit. If you know the size of the units you can try out different layouts on paper until you find one that is most suitable. Make sure the modules do not intrude in the space for clothes and other items you need to store.

Your walk-in closet should be well lit and properly ventilated for comfort. Make sure that any electrical work in the walk-in closet is up to code.

7 Tips for Choosing the Best Tile Backsplash for Your Kitchen

 

While kitchen trends come and go, one mainstay is the backsplash. It is ideal for its functionality, but it helps to add a finished look to the space. In addition to keeping greasing and food splashes off your walls, the kitchen backsplash should strengthen the design of the kitchen. Here are a few tips to help you get started on choosing the right type.

  1. Leave it for last. Leaving the backsplash as the final design feature does not diminish its importance. So start with flooring, the countertop, cabinets and lighting. Choose a backsplash based on its ability to fit with all of these.
  2. What is the design role? The size, material and colors of the backsplash can help it to either stand out or simply be part of the décor. Decide whether you want it to immediate grab attention, or whether you want another part of the kitchen to be the focus.
  3. Will you use different patterns? The availability of different colors and patterns gives you room to be creative. Blending different patterns can be tricky, so choose a basic layout, like one type of tile framing another.
  4. Choose a style. You can find backsplash materials and patterns to suit any kitchen, regardless of the theme or décor. Glass and natural stone can provide a natural look, but many tile products can do the same for less. Consider your long term plans, as you may want to make a change or have plans to sell the home in a few years.
  5. Use trim. Smaller pieces around the edges of the backsplash can give it a finished look. You can use a different pattern to achieve this, but for a trendy look, consider a different material.
  6. Match tile and budget. While some of the most expensive tiles might be beautiful, you don’t have to strain your budget. Keep the budget in mind when looking for the best backsplash ideas. Even though they generally do not take up a lot of space, you also have to consider the cost of installation.
  7. Think about maintenance. If your busy lifestyle leaves you with little time for frequent kitchen cleanups, choose a tile that is easy to maintain. Some textures can take more time to clean.

You might decide to make plans to change the backsplash in a few years. This could be for a simple update, or it may be part of a complete kitchen remodel.

5 Reasons You Need a Walk-in Shower

If you haven’t had the opportunity to install a walk-in shower in your bathroom yet, well, we are here to convince you that this is the year that you are just going to have to do it! Walk-in showers are absolute must-haves in any bathroom and you will be asking yourself what took you so long after we design and install yours. See, a walk-in shower is best when it is custom built to your specific needs. No more dealing with a tub and shower combo or a corner shower with walls that restrict movement.

Here are 5 reasons you need a walk-in shower:

  1. They are space savers: Walk-in showers actually save space in your bathroom! Since they do not have shower doors or high trays, you actually have more room in your bathroom than you could ever imagine. Your bathroom will look bigger too!
  2. They are practical: Do you have children? You can shower more than one child at a time in these showers! They are also perfect if you find yourself a little less mobile due to an accident in the future, as you can fit a wheelchair or a walker inside them.
  3. They are easy to maintain: As long as you install a removable shower head, you can spray down the walls at any time when they need cleaning. And when it comes to cleaning the floor, well, you can clean that as you are cleaning the rest of the floor in your bathroom.
  4. Designer look that adds a high-end value: Walk-in showers give any bathroom a designer look that will add a high-end value to any home. That reason alone should have everyone installing these showers.
  5. They are durable: Since there are very few fixtures involved in walk-in showers, they will last a long time without needing repairs or replacing. There are no hinges to rust or fall off, no door seals to wear out, and nothing to collapse. Therefore, you can keep using your walk-in shower as it continues to look as good as it did the day you had it installed.

Bathroom Remodeling in Phoenix

Are these five reasons enough to convince you to finally install a walk-in shower this year? Your contractor can help you figure out the last-minute details for your bathroom, so that you can fit one into your space perfectly. Call us at 602-478-5102 and we’ll discuss remodeling your bathroom to include a walk-in shower and other modifications you’d like to make.

5 Kitchen Design Tips for Your Small Kitchen Remodeling Project

Kitchen remodeling can be daunting, especially when you’re working with a small space, but you can bring it all together with a great design. If you want to change the look of your small kitchen for the better and give it some charm, focus on the basic elements such as the cabinetry, hardware finishes, appliances, and window shades. Most of all, remember to keep it simple. 

Are you ready for the challenge? Apply these five simple design tips to revamp your small kitchen:

  1. Open up the Room: This is a great way to make it more stylish and create the impression of a more expansive space. But remember: when you open up your kitchen you have to minimize the clutter, so you’re going to need some hidden storage areas to keep things out of sight. 
  2. Select a simple color scheme: It’s a good idea to use similar hues for the walls and cabinetry. Choose complementary colors for the countertops, tiles, window treatments, and appliances, to enhance the feeling of spaciousness. The colors you choose will make a big difference in the overall look and feel of the kitchen.
  3. Appliances: Opt for appliances that will fit the space. For example, choose a flush mount cooktop instead of a range that takes up space. Weigh the pros and cons of using gas powered appliances vs. electric appliances, and the energy efficiency of each appliance you purchase.
  4. Cabinetry: Forgo solid fronts and choose glass cabinet doors that will lighten the cabinetry, and create the illusion of space. Stretching cabinets to the ceiling can also help maximize space. Combine decorative cabinetry with floating shelving for an even more unique appeal.
  5. Lighting: You want your kitchen to be light, bright, and cozy. Small ceiling pendant lights add a special glow to the room. Hang them low for better lighting, especially over the countertop and sink. Focus on both ambient lighting and task lighting as well. Ambient lighting can be created using windows for natural light or recessed lighting. Under-cabinet lighting is a wonderful addition for task lighting on countertops.

Kitchen Remodeling in Phoenix

Homework Remodels has been assisting homeowners with their kitchen remodeling needs for more than 15 years. We focus primarily on amazing kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, and large whole-home remodeling projects. Our talented designers will help transform any part of your home into something you can truly be proud of.

Never compromise on quality when you remodel your small kitchen. Let our designers show you how they can help make the most of your kitchen, regardless of size. Give us a call at 602-478-5102 if you’re in Phoenix or the surrounding areas, and we’ll help you cook up a great renovation for your small kitchen.