Blog Archive - 2016

HGTV’s new series Restored by the Fords features the brother and sister team of Leanne and Steve Ford who renovate older homes in western Pennsylvania. Leanne recently related to us the kitchen design ideas that will be trending in 2017.

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The State of Health shot on location at our Charleston Store's live kitchen - 5128 MacCorkle Avenue SE, Charleston WV, 25304

The State of Health - Jamie Jeffrey on Holiday Fitness
The State of Health - Mandy Curry on Healthy Holiday Cooking
The State of Health - Ashley Justice on Holidays & Health Needs

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Modern design is an exciting hot trend that speaks to many of our clients that want bright open spaces. Modern design has its roots as a response to the detailed design eras such as the Victorian and the Gothic eras, which were characterized as extremely ornate.

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We could all use a little extra, extra time, extra sleep, extra fun.  So often when we look forward to the extras, it often becomes the only thing we may think about.  Extra as a concept can be agreed upon as generally a good thing, until it is not.  When planning a remodeling project, we often break it to our customers about the extras that ultimately arise during a remodel.  When an extra rears its head, it can send our attitude and experience into a downward spiral.  Fear not, were here to help.

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Spacious New Construction

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If you are preparing to surprise your family with a new kitchen as a holiday gift, consider some of these hot trends:

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Let’s begin by setting up a “thought experiment”.  Close your eyes, breath deep, take the blank page in your mind and try to envision your dream Kitchen or Bath.  What finish is the hardware, and does it match the appliances?  Can you see the texture of the flooring and how it coordinates with your chosen counter-top?  Try to picture your space effectively, and think of the cabinet color and style you desire. But wait! What color are the walls painted? And what does the tile backsplash look like? Now breath deep, relax, and remember that Creative Kitchens offers free design services, and can render your space into a 3D Model to aid in your decision making.

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Guess what? Appliance manufacturers are making small appliances to cater not only to urban spaces but also to other rooms in the home beyond the kitchen where appliances make life easier. To help maximize the footprint of a kitchen, you can place microwave ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers in small drawers. Don’t have a lot of room in your kitchen? No problem. There are vertical freezers and dishwashers with three racks that measure only 18 inches wide. You can place a vertical washer-dryer combination in a regular-sized closet, and you don’t have to worry about ventilation.

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The bathroom is the second most popular home renovation project behind kitchens. According to the 2016 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, the hot trends in bath renovations include:

Beautiful, stylish spaces
Luxurious finishes
Big showers

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When choosing your countertops, the possibilities are endless, which becomes abundantly clear when visiting one of our showrooms. Each material has its benefits and limitations, but rest assured that no matter what choice you make, you will be receiving a quality product. You may have your sights set on something in particular, or you may be currently undecided. Creative Kitchens offers a unique material option that you may never have considered: Concrete. Custom made in our workshop, our concrete countertops offer style, quality and value.

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We understand that deciding to renovate an existing space or build a brand new kitchen, bath, closet or laundry room is a daunting undertaking. The Internet is both our friend and foe. While it provides access to every product and service that homeowners, builders, architects and designers need for a renovation project, the amount of information often is overwhelming, resulting in paralysis and elevated levels of stress. That's where a professional kitchen and bath showroom can be your greatest asset. We specialize in making order out of chaos. Here are ten minimum services that you should expect from our professional showroom:

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When faced with the conundrum of a kitchen without a window, how would you solve the problem?

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The primary factors influencing a budget for a kitchen or bath renovation are:

Size of the space
Choices that you make
Scope of the project

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In this traditional remodel represented here, is a Waypoint Cabinetry’s Painted Square Door profile with Hazelnut Glaze as well as Crown and Light Rail moulding.  Antique Pewter Copper pulls and knobs are used to tie the cabinetry together, especially with the Granite countertop with an Ogee Edge. Tile consists of an 18 x 18 Ceramic Floor Tile as well as a 3 x 6 Ceramic Subway Tile with an Almond Glaze Backsplash.  To draw attention to the excellent tile work and provide functionality, under cabinet LED lighting is used.

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Open floor plans have become increasingly popular in kitchens, great rooms and combination rooms. Open floor plans foster family togetherness and make a home appear to be larger and more spacious. The bathroom is no exception to the popularity of open floor plans thanks to advances in shower and drain technology and performance and open floor plan baths provide similar benefits of making a smaller space appear larger.

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Technology is changing homes for the better. Our blog this week takes a look at smart products for the kitchen and elsewhere that can make day-to-day tasks easier and your home more cost-effective and fun to live in.

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The key to raising your home's value lies in making smart renovations. According to Scott McGillivray, host of HGTV's Income Property, the most important room in any house is the kitchen, and it must be in good condition before you sell.

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Hardware is the “jewelry” of cabinets and doors found in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and other locales within the home. Whether you are building a new home, renovating an existing one or looking to change the look of what you currently own, selecting the right cabinet hardware enables you to make a unique design statement.

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Cabinet drawers and doors serve two extremely important functions. They set the tone for the kitchen and allow you to make a unique, personal design statement that is influenced by material, color, style and detail. Drawers greatly influence functionality and ease of access to cookware, small appliances, spices and herbs, utensils, canned goods, dry food times, oils, foodstuffs and a range of other items. Carefully specified cabinet drawers and doors can maximize the space in your kitchen, hide potentially messy areas or draw attention to unique areas.

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In the past 100 years, the kitchen has morphed from merely serving as a functional space to the epicenter of the home. This transformation is brilliantly described and illustrated in a great new book recently published by Gestalten and Michelle Gailndo titled, Kitchen Kulture. The book gives you permission to dream, and we can help turn your dreams into realities.

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From cabinets and paint to backsplashes and flooring, there are a lot of opportunities to add color to your kitchen. With so many colors and shade variations, choosing a color combination for the kitchen is one of the most intimidating steps in a build or renovation.

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Kitchen islands are trending off the charts these days because of the combination of function and style that they bring to the home. Islands add seating, storage and workspace to a kitchen. Today, island options are almost limitless, providing endless opportunities for you to make your kitchen not only stand apart, but also a true pleasure to cook in.

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An almost endless array of options is available to store cookware, food, utensils, countertop appliances (blenders, mixers, etc.), recycling containers and so on. That is the reason why we ask our clients to describe what they currently store in their kitchens during the planning phase of their remodel. We also ask if there are other items that they would like to store. Storage capacity affects usable counter space. We find that many of our clients’ current floor plans require mixers, blenders, food processors, coffee pots, et. al. sit on the counter because there is insufficient cabinet space. Many of our clients are seeking a clean look with few to no items on the counter top.

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How much does it cost to remodel a kitchen? That depends on a number of factors that include the size of the kitchen, the quality of materials specified and whether or not you are using the same footprint or are removing or relocating walls, electric, plumbing, etc.

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The kitchen serves as a central gathering place for family and friends and is a source of culinary inspiration for the home cook. Given the importance of the kitchen, it should come as little surprise that the sophistication and complexity of today's kitchens continue to increase. Our showroom has responded to this changing dynamic by constantly introducing and specifying new products that combine innovative design and technological sophistication with superb functionality. Plus, many of the new products are really, really cool.

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We are all familiar with Murphy's Law, the old adage that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. While that is not an exact truism for kitchen and bath remodeling, it is unrealistic to expect everything to go according to plan. That's the best reason for working with a professional showroom to design and oversee the installation of your project. If you need proof, ask a friend or work colleague who recently renovated. They have been through the trenches. Our experience is that about 10% of every job has some unexpected occurrence. Here are few examples of how we have addressed those moments of concern.

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The initial elation of moving into a new home often wanes over time. The way we live, entertain and relax undergoes a metamorphosis. We have children. Our careers change. Our children leave the nest. New hobbies become passions. Aging is a fact of life and change is a constant, but your home might not be able to keep up.

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We use tile and stone for backsplashes in a number of the kitchens that we design. However, backsplash creativity has been ramped up several notches. Our clients are often thrilled when we help them make distinctive design statements with nontraditional backsplash materials. Here are a few unique options for you to consider:

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We thrive on the enthusiasm our clients have when they are starting the design process for a new kitchen and/or bath. Many clients come to the showroom armed with Internet research, and we love hearing their thoughts and ideas regarding style and look. With the abundance of information available online, you might think that you know exactly what you want and need for your project. You may be wondering what you even need a kitchen and bath showroom for. Let us count the ways:

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A green kitchen is one that is designed to use significantly less energy and resources than a conventional kitchen. A green kitchen is filled with fresh air and natural daylight and constructed with environmentally responsible materials that don't compromise durability and performance. A green kitchen should be easy to care for and promote a healthy environment.

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With the average kitchen renovation costing approximately $60,000 according to the National Association of Realtors, we help our clients make sure that they maintain the quality of their asset through effective and inspiring designs and specifying materials that stand the test of time.

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New technology and manufacturing improvements have created endless design possibilities and exciting trends for tile.

Lately we've been using tile in new ways and even in new places, including walls, floors and countertops. Our designers have found that using the same material on walls and floors enlarges the look of the room and creates a modern, streamlined appearance.
 

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Most of our clients begin their kitchen remodel with cabinets. There is almost an unlimited number of choices that can meet any aesthetic and budget need. You may have already encountered industry nomenclature that describes cabinet options as stock, semi-custom and custom. Did you know that those terms refer to the different production methods employed to manufacture cabinets; the terminology has nothing to do with the quality of the cabinet. 

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People often visit our showroom to obtain ideas and they have no intention of retaining our design services or purchasing products from us. That's fine, but we tend to feel sorry for those folks who believe that they can redo their own kitchen and achieve a professional result. The fact is that most do-it-yourselfers spend more money and achieve less functional results. 

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We work with numerous clients who have done considerable research before visiting the showroom. Once they make the decision to redo their kitchen, their hearts beat a little faster. Their cup of adrenalin flows over. We want to help our clients realize their dreams. We encourage clients to focus on style so we can concentrate on functionality and take advantage of what's trending, new technologies, and new applications. Here are some examples:

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The kitchen is the most important room in the home. Many of our clients renovate their kitchen to improve the quality of the space and to make it easier and more enjoyable to entertain friends and family.

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Countertops play two critical roles in the kitchen. The first is functional. We understand that countertops are used for preparing meals, baking and as spaces for storing kitchen equipment and utensils. Equally important is the aesthetic role that countertops play.

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So, you're thinking about remodeling your kitchen, and you want to get a general idea of how much you'll have to spend?

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A kitchen build or remodel is a big deal - it is a significant financial investment and also requires a lot of time and energy. We work hard to give our clients a continuous return on their investment and recommend capitalizing on the following trends to build value that stands the test of time.

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Everyone knows that the kitchen is a central meeting place in the home, but do you have to be limited by size? Absolutely not. Our showroom has designed numerous smaller spaces and showed our customers how they can make the most of the space that they have. Here are several suggestions you can use to make a smaller space appear larger and delight in a newly renovated kitchen.

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