In almost every kitchen remodel, “more outlets” is a part of a homeowner’s needs list. Going a step further, we look to provide efficient outlets whenever possible. When designing an island, you can have a 2-tier (sometimes referred to as a waterfall) or a 1-tier island design. In a 2 tier design, the main cooking/prep area is 36″, while the seating area is 42″. This island allows the placement of outlets along the small wall between the two counter tops. Continue reading
Dilemma: A family that loves to entertain with a kitchen that is way too small.
Solution: Kitchen addition and remodel. The project includes a rear addition off the existing kitchen and also behind the garage to create a laundry/mudroom. The exterior features casement windows, a masonry patio with stone knee wall, grill, lighting, and a retractable canvas awning. The kitchen displays the unfitted design where all the cabinetry does not match. The perimeter cabinets are stained and the tiered island is a white painted beadboard. The wood flooring is bamboo with a dark stain. The wet bar, with beverage center and dishwasher drawers, is situated on the opposite wall of the cooking area. The addition has a vaulted ceiling and a rear feature wall painted “scarlet red.” The owners, avid Rutgers University football fans, wanted a great space to watch the games, entertain and always be in season! Continue reading
The Design Build Pros have visited thousands of homes to discuss remodeling projects. While we are not ready to write a tell-all book (yet), we have seen many interesting things over the years. Some of the hidden secrets are uncovered during bathroom remodeling estimates. Without naming names, some bathrooms are overly cluttered and disorganized at first glance. Then we need to inspect the plumbing set up below the sink. Opening the vanity doors sometimes starts an avalanche as the piled contents tumble out. Continue reading
If you’re looking to open the space between your kitchen and an adjoining room but reluctant (or unable) to remove a wall, take a different tack: a good old kitchen pass-through. These peekaboo openings, originally designed to provide a way to serve food from the kitchen while concealing any cooking mess, are as important for decorative appeal as they are for functional purposes. Continue reading
There’s nothing more depressing than having to do your laundry in a dismal and dreary room. Houzz users seemed to understand thats, since all of the most popular photos from 2011 are light, bright, and well-organized spaces. Houzzers wanted to see spaces that they’d want to do their laundry in — rooms with beautiful cabinetry, unique storage solutions, beautiful wall colors, and easy-to-implement design ideas.
Take a look at the most popular laundry room photos uploaded in 2011, and tell us which one you like the most! Continue reading
When it is time for a new kitchen the requests have a common theme: bigger, open, island, and more everything. The Design Build Pros team meets many homeowners seeking to remodel their kitchen seem to have one, unified voice: “We want a larger kitchen, with an open floor plan, dine-at island, more cabinets, more counter space, more storage…more, more, more.” Design-wise, all can be incorporated, but extra home space is required. No one is surprised to hear that kitchens are the most expensive rooms to remodel. Now more space means new space as in an addition. Doubling the space of a kitchen with an addition undoubtedly doubles the cost of the project. After calculating all the items required to fully complete, the homeowner investment most likely well exceed $100,000 for a 200+ square foot kitchen and addition project. Continue reading