Blog Archive - 2017

While scrolling through my feed on evening, a friend posted a very astute question which I have not truly considered until that moment, “one bowl or two?”.  Now what was being referred too would be the all-important kitchen sink.  They are required, but have you given much thought on its design, and how useful it would be to have either one, two, or even three bowls?

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Beautiful furniture pieces no longer are the exclusive province of the living room, dining room or bedroom. Bathroom furniture has become mainstream.

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Upon completion of your project, or potentially before starting your project we may ask for photos of your remodel.  Most, if not all are glad to have us do so, but maybe you are wondering why this may be important.  Or you may think that your remodel may not be as substantial as others and does not warrant a photo session.  Images are so important to what we do, here are a few reasons to schedule a shoot.
 

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Don’t you wish you had Superman’s X-Ray vision? Unfortunately, you don’t know what’s behind walls, underneath floors or above ceilings until you start the demolition and reconstruction process.

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Cosentino, a worldwide distributor of surface materials used in kitchens and baths, and its Silestone Institute recently published the results of a worldwide study of kitchen trends that will increase in popularity between now and 2042.

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Creative Kitchens is a one stop shop for Kitchen and Bath remodeling needs, be it products, design services, or installation.  Yes, we are very accustomed to creating grand and inviting spaces, but what happens if your space is not so grand.  We have the knowledge and experience to make your 10 x 10 kitchen a show stopper and one that you will enjoy day after day.  Here are a few options to maximize your space.
 

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Renovating your kitchen is a personal statement of taste, functionality and spirit. Homeowners are often attracted to the latest and greatest and focus on products and designs that are trending today. Trends aren’t necessarily a bad thing, but we always ask our customers that are looking at the latest and greatest bells and whistles if they believe that the particular color scheme, design palate or trend will withstand the test of time.

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Last week's Header image if of a recent completed kitchen. So as to not keep you all in suspense, here are a few more.

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Small details can create extraordinary value in the design of a new kitchen or bath. When we meet with homeowners we want to know how they currently use their kitchen. We want to know if they entertain frequently, host family gatherings or cook regularly. We learn the style of furnishings, accessories, flooring and wall covers throughout the home to determine clients’ preferences. We gather as much information as we can to help us exceed our clients’ expectations.

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Whoda thunk that concrete would be a trendy countertop material for kitchens and baths? Thanks to technological improvements and design savvy, concrete has become a popular material for kitchens and baths, competing on equal footing with stone and wood options. And with the industrial look growing in popularity, concrete offers a custom look that has unlimited flexibility

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The bathroom continues to evolve from a purely a functional space to a place that provides an opportunity for homeowners to make distinctive and unique statements. Form and functionality play equal roles in today’s baths and that means incredible opportunities to have fun creating stunning outcomes. Vanities, sinks, faucets and mirrors have become the epicenter of bathroom design. Tubs and showers come in as many sizes and shapes as the imagination allows for and both have been transformed into works of art in addition to serving as places to bathe.

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Buster is back announcing Creative Kitchens PRICE BUSTER SALE!
Going on now through August 30.

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After you decide to build the kitchen of your dreams, the process becomes more fun and less stressful. Almost every one of our clients would like to have an unlimited budget, but we all know that is rarely the case. Working with an experienced designer can help assure that you get the most value and enjoyment from the design and products that you select. Helping our clients to set priorities is one of the major ways we create value.

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Little did Sir Elton John ever consider his 1983 hit, I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues would have an entirely different meaning in 2017, especially when relating to the color blue and it’s impact on the value of your home. There are numerous factors that affect home prices, most notably, location, location, location, school district, access to public transportation, and date and extent remodeling projects, among others. However, a recent Zillow analysis found that a fresh coat of paint in the right color may help sell a home for more money. Zillow discovered that homes with rooms painted in shades of blue or light grey may sell for as much as $5,400 more than those painted white.
In its 2017 Paint Color Analysis, Zillow looked at more than 32,000 photos of recently sold homes to determine how certain colors affected average sale prices compared to similar homes with white walls.

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The budget necessary to create the new bathroom of your dreams depends on several key factors. The first is the goal that you want to achieve. Are you looking to upgrade to increase the value of your home because you will be selling it in the near future? Is your goal to create a personal haven in an in-home spa where you can wash away the stresses of the day? Are you simply sick and tired of a dated fixtures, dulled grout and limited functionality?

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If you are on the fence about whether or not to renovate, you are not alone.  After the down turn in the housing market during the recession ten years ago, you may feel skittish about making an investment of renovation in your home.  Put away your worries!  Houzz recently released its Overview of U.S. Renovations in 2016 and 2017, and the news looks positive.  Here are the highlights from the report.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos letter to shareholders this year hit the nail squarely on the head when he wrote that the primary reason for businesses to be obsessively customer focused is that “customers are always beautifully, wonderfully dissatisfied, even when they report being happy and business is great. Even when they don’t yet know it, customers want something better, and your desire to delight customer will drive you to invent on their behalf.”

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When thumbing through a magazine, waiting for my turn to make uncomfortable small talk with the Kroger cashier, I noticed an image of mirrored cabinet doors.  Yes, this is something that you see many times unnoticed while standing at your medicine cabinet.  However, these were not in a bathroom; the images were of a kitchen.  Is this something you would do? Is this something that should be done more often?  Let’s dive in.

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Kitchen islands are wildly popular and have become the centerpiece of many kitchens.  For nearly 40 years, kitchen islands have withstood the test of time. In fact, they are largely responsible for making open-concept designs work, but not all islands are created equal. We work with customers to specify islands that maximize space and storage, compliment style and enhance design.

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What to do With an Empty Nest?

Here is one example.

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We’ve all heard horror stories from friends and neighbors of kitchen renovations gone awry. Their nightmares involved shoddy work, cost overruns, incomplete projects, time delays and unmet expectations. Why do projects fail? One reason may be a concept that Noble prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman calls the planning fallacy. In his book, Thinking Fast and Slow, Kahneman explains that the planning fallacy occurs when there are unrealistic expectations that do not account for the unexpected.

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There are many similarities between your new kitchen, and a new car.  Often you spend hours deciding on features that you can’t live without, within a budget you can afford.  When completed you’re more than likely to enter your space and take a deep breath, reveling in that new kitchen smell.  Also, you would not drive off the lot without a warranty, why would you take your kitchen through its paces without a warranty on its appliances.

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The ISH Trade Fair, held every other year in Frankfurt, Germany, is the world’s largest exhibition of plumbing products. At ISH, held several weeks ago, there were 4,454 manufacturers from 96 countries. More than 142,000 people attended the fair, and they saw new, cool and cutting edge products that will soon be available to you to help you create spaces that will wow your family and friends and provide a great sense of personal satisfaction. Here are several of the prevalent trends that were front-and-center at ISH.

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As you look contemplatively at your space wondering how you are going to pull this room together, don’t fret.  Even as professionals we labor over our displays and consider going with the current trend, or staying with items that are mainstays in most homes.  What is your style?  How well do you know yourself?  Waypoint Living Spaces has a very fun and interesting quiz to better understand your unique style.

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Imagine how much more enjoyment you would get from your home if you could remodel your kitchen? Picture yourself at a beautiful waterfall countertop peninsula island with friends and family all participating in meal preparation, enjoying a favorite beverage and discussing the events of the day – that’s priceless. Our prospective clients typically ask how much a new kitchen costs? The answer – it depends. The investment can range from a low of around $20,000 to more than $100,000. There are numerous factors that affect project cost. Moving walls, electrical, plumbing, gas and other infrastructure items behind walls will add to the price tag.

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In a lengthy conversation with a client about price, the dreaded “B” word was brought to the table for discussion.  That word would be no other than, “budget”.  We find ourselves often times avoiding the subject.  As a customer, you too may want to avoid the subject as well. But why do we ask?  We have a vested interest in providing you a quality product at a price within your comfort zone.

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On television and in movies, restaurant kitchens tend to be more glamorous than they are in real life. Series such as Top Chef, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and others provide an inside look into the life restaurateurs and their kitchens. In fact, the showcasing of professional kitchen areas has led to the open kitchen format found in many restaurants today where patrons can watch chefs in action and create the impression that diners are eating at a chef's table.

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During our team’s recent trip to KBIS 2017.  They saw an amazing number of innovative products for your Kitchen or Bath remodeling project.  However, the overarching theme across the entire show is “Gray is in”.  The basics are still true.  White cabinets are still by far the most popular choice amongst homeowners.  Which also encompasses white as the most popular scheme for bathrooms. Yes, Gray has been inching forward for a while, but has soundly taken its position as this year’s top color.

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People most often decide to renovate because they simply can no longer stand their existing kitchen. This is confirmed by the findings of the 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study of more than 2,700 homeowners who were renovating their kitchens, recently renovated their kitchens or were in the midst of a kitchen renovation. The study found that the second most popular motivation for a kitchen renovation is finally having the financial means to do so.

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Property Brothers is a hit HGTV program featuring twin brothers Jonathan and Drew Scott. They recently penned a new book with coauthors called Dream Home, which they tout as “the ultimate guide to finding and fixing your perfect house.” The book identifies the top 10 improvements that homebuyers want the most.

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A Behind-the-Scenes look of the filming for our 2017 Big Game Ad. Look for it during the 4th Quarter featuring 55% off KitchenCraft Cabinets.

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Have you heard of Houzz? We have been actively finding and posting projects and inspiration on Houzz for years, and we love it! Once you give it a try we are certain you will love it too. Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device.

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We just returned from the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), which is our industry’s largest trade show, featuring more than 600 companies displaying their latest and greatest.  Here are several of the cabinet and countertop trends that turned our heads and are likely to wow you as well.

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KBIS 2017

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The process of remodeling your kitchen can feel a little overwhelming at times. Here are a few tips to help you get started:

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