Category Archives: Kitchens

Removing a Wall in Kitchen Remodeling

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Removing a Wall in Kitchen Remodeling (2)-Design Build ProsRemoving a Wall in Kitchen Remodeling

“Remove a wall to make the kitchen two feet deeper” sounds a lot easier than it is. For this kitchen remodeling project in Warren, NJ the design plan included removing the main, bearing wall in a colonial home to re-frame a new wall and opening two feet into the dining room.

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Kitchen Cabinet Construction Options

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Kitchen Cabinet Construction Options

wooden cupboard with opened empty drawerWhen remodeling kitchens, one of the most complicated decisions that you will make comes with the cabinets. There are so many options in materials, construction styles, design and staining options. All these options can be very confusing as well as overwhelming for the average person who is just looking to update their kitchen.

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Kitchen Charging Station

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Kitchen Charging Station for Electronic Devices

kitchen charging stationHouseholds have so many power cords hanging around. They have one or two for each smartphone in the house, since you need to have easy access to them at all times because we cannot live without them. Then there are charging cables for the tablets, portable gaming devices, and mp3 players. Let’s face it; we need our technology.

Unfortunately with all the cables lying around, it can be quite unsightly as well as leaving a tangled mess for you to deal with. The kitchen is the most central area in your home, and often times a place where you visit often during the day or even sometimes spending most of your day in there, especially around the holidays.

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Soapstone Countertops for Kitchen Remodeling

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Soapstone Countertops for Kitchen Remodeling

soapstone countertop ~ Design Build ProsThe latest trend in high end counter tops for kitchen remodeling is soapstone. Soapstone is a natural stone that comes from the quarry. It is referred to as “soapstone” because of its soft and soapy feeling surface. There are two different varieties of soapstone: artistic and architectural. The architectural variety is the option you would use for your kitchen counter top, as it is the harder variety.

Soapstone comes in smaller slabs than granite and marble, so if you have a larger kitchen you will need to get more than one slap, which will cause visible seams. Unlike other natural stone options, soapstone is nonporous, which makes it easier to clean and maintain. It also does not stain as a result. You are also able to put hot pans on it without worrying about cracks or other damage to your countertop as soapstone is very heat resistance.

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White Quartzite Instead of Marble for Countertops

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White Quartzite Instead of Marble for Countertops

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White quartzite is becoming a popular choice for kitchen remodeling. Quartzite is a stone that is made of quartz grains, which come from sandstone and chert. Marble is made of carbonate materials like calcite or dolomite. That makes them completely different types of stone; however, they can look very similar.

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Hanging Pot Rack for Your Kitchen

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Hanging Pot Rack for Your Kitchen

hanging pot rack ~ Design Build Pros (1)Hanging pot racks are a great idea for kitchens, especially those kitchens that may not have a lot of cabinet space, or for people who want to reduce the clutter in those cabinets. It can also clear out space in your cabinets to place appliances and specialty items that you use for entertaining. Additionally, it can provide a very aesthetically pleasing focal point in your kitchen. You may see it on televisions in fancy kitchens, the hanging pots that seem incredibly shiny, and you may have been inspired to add one into your kitchen.

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U Shaped Kitchen Design Ideas for Your Remodeling Project

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U Shaped Kitchen Design Ideas for Your Remodeling Project

U-shaped kitchen ~ Design Build Pros (3)U shaped kitchen design ideas are the most attractive solution for houses with a large kitchen space, filled with natural light for most of the day, and where at least one person enjoys spending a lot of time in the kitchen. They’re ideal for traditional households, as the space is organized so as to encourage family meetings, long dinners together, and conversations over a cup of coffee in the morning, or wine in the evenings.

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Farmhouse Sink for Your Kitchen Remodel

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Farmhouse Sink for Your Kitchen Remodel

farmer style apron sink ~ Design Build Pros (1)If you’re doing a bit of remodeling, why not think about using a farmhouse sink for your kitchen? It’s the kind of question you should be asking yourself in the early stages of the remodeling, when you’re just planning things out, because the farmhouse sink requires a few adjustments – but it’s definitely worth the effort.

To begin with, it’s bigger than most regular sinks, which means you may have to order custom-made cabinets for proper fitting. Keep in mind that the sink is meant to be slightly longer than the surfaces around it – so as to make sure any dripping water goes on the floor, not on any wooden surface. Also, it’s meant to be slightly lower than the counters, to make it easier to wipe out any crumbs directly in the sink. If you don’t want that, you can find a model that’s just as tall and just as wide as the counters surrounding it.

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Exotic Wood Veneer Cabinetry

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Exotic Wood Veneer Cabinetry for Perfect Style on a Budget

exotic wood veneer cabinetry - Design Build Pros (1)In selecting kitchen cabinetry, there is a certain prejudice against veneer and in favor of solid wood, even if there are more arguments in favor of the former than the latter. It’s mostly a matter of habit; people have grown up in homes with furniture made of solid wood, and they associate it with the stability of their childhood, while veneer represents the cheaper, more volatile years that followed.

If you’re one of those people who selects solid wood without a second thought, but without any real motive behind your selection, you might want to take a few moments and reconsider your options. For one thing, the industry has changed drastically in the recent years, with major improvements all over the place. There are examples of exotic wood veneer cabinetry available today that would put to shame any piece of solid wood you could find.

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Finishing Above a Kitchen Window

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kitchen window finish (6)Construction-wise, there are different ways to finish above the sink window in a kitchen. Design Build Pros kitchen design clients have this decision to make. There is “standard” option. As always, it comes down to personal preference and style. What are some potential ways to finish above the sink window in a kitchen? A few of your options are: a ceiling crown molding, an arched valance, a wood soffit box, and of course…nothing at all. These options will be explored in the blog below. Continue reading