2018 Kitchen Trends and Technology

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If we can single out one space our clients love remodeling most, it would probably have to be the kitchen. As floor plans have opened up and entertaining has become increasingly informal, more people are investing heavily in their kitchens. 

We are all about this trend; helping homeowners get the most out of the spaces they use every day is our mission. We want you to fall in love with your home again - our job is to translate your vision into a reality. 

So, what kitchen design trends and technology are heating up right now? Read on below for a list of our favorite styles and features! 

Embracing Color
White and grey will always be kitchen classics, however bright and bold colors are falling back in favor again. From painted cabinets to tile backsplashes to accent walls - fun splashes of color are popping up everywhere. 

Mixed Metallics
Whether it's gold, copper, matte blacks or stainless steel, metallic accents are still going strong in kitchen decor. We like this trend because you can employ it in small bursts like lighting or knobs or big statement pieces like range hoods. 

Modern Farmhouse Style
Farmhouse style isn't going anywhere, however, it has been evolving. Lately, the push is pairing classic farmhouse finishes with a modern flare. The result creates a beautiful blend of traditional, timeless design with the best of modern technology. 

Concrete Features
Another distinctive finish that's grown in popularity is concrete counter tops and sinks. This more industrial style makes a statement, but you should approach it with some caution. Much like marble and granite, concrete does require regular maintenance and sealing. 

Banquette Seating
Formerly common in older generations of kitchen design, built-in seating is making a significant comeback. We love how these cozy booths create casual areas to relax and hang out in the kitchen. Plus, they add interest and make your space truly unique. 

Increased Automation
Last but not least, technology is continuing to make its way into the kitchen. From smart fridges to ovens to automation to space for cooking with tablets, tech is becoming more at home in kitchen design. We're all for anything that makes people's lives easier to navigate! 

Understanding the Design-Build Process

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Where Do I Start? 
If you're at the very beginning of the building or remodeling process, then you probably have a lot of questions. You might ask yourself, who should I hire? How much will my project cost? What will the design process involve? 

These are all excellent thoughts to consider, and brainstorming is a substantial first step in any renovation. Now is the time to gather as much information and as many resources as you need! You want to enter confidently into the next phase of your project. 

What Does Design-Build Mean?
As you've weighed your options, you may be wondering, what does it mean to be a design-build company? A lot of builders operate under this structure now, so what makes them different? Essentially, the design-build process a more integrated construction method. Instead of working with a separate contractor and designer (and their respective teams), everything rolls through one design-build team. 

Why is This Helpful? 
Now that you have a basic definition of a design-build remodeler, you're probably wondering, what the advantages are of hiring them over a more traditional company? As a design-build contracting business, we think there are countless benefits to this renovation path, such as: 

  • Streamlined Process - one company means one building method and one design-process, which means less fuss for you. 
  • Easier Communication - day-to-day updates, questions, and clarification all go through a single entity. 
  • Fewer People - a reduced amount of people coming in and out of your home, who have all been screened and picked by your contractor only. 
  • Less Stress for You - instead of managing multiple bids, designers, and contractors, your design-build leader becomes the point person for your remodel. (Sigh of relief, right?) 
  • Faster Competition - a simplified and integrated design and building process typically equals quicker results for your project! 

Want to Know More? 
We'd love to help you figure out if the design-build process is a good fit for you. Please, get in touch with us anytime! We'll happily walk you through what you need to know and answer all of your burning questions. 

Project Feature: Open and Fresh Main Level

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Spring is in the air, the birds are singing, and we decided it's time to share another beautiful client project! More specifically, we're spotlighting this bright, open, and elegant Apple Valley kitchen and dining room transformation. 

In partnership with our wonderful friends at The Cabinet Store, we helped create a space where this couple had plenty of room to gather with their growing extended family. The original U-shaped kitchen was cramped and cut off the main level's flow. 

We tore down the wall separating the kitchen and dining room, which then expanded the kitchen into the previous dining area. The living room became the new dining room, and the former sunroom became the living room. 

Our team couldn't be happier with the final look of this project. We enjoy creating spaces that are equally sophisticated and functional. More than anything, though, we love helping people see their homes with new eyes. It's a joy to watch clients fall in love with their spaces again. 

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Spa Style: Luxurious Bathroom Upgrades

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New Year, new home? Are you daydreaming about remodeling in 2018? One of the most common rooms we update for our clients is the master bath. We all know, a dated bathroom stands out like a sore thumb; it's hard to hide that 60's pink tile or 80's vinyl floor. You begin and end each day in your bathroom, shouldn't it be a place that puts you at ease?

Ready to start creating your own luxurious personal spa? Read through our top bathroom upgrades below!

Soaking Tub
Nothing says relaxation like a warm bath after a long day. A big, beautiful soaking tub isn't just spa style at its best; it's also a design opportunity. A classic clawfoot tub or a modern masterpiece is the perfect statement piece. 

Mood Lighting
Whether you're trying to create a calm bathroom oasis or a refreshing setting for your morning routine, lighting makes all the difference. Strategic accent lights or playful sconces could set a low-key mood, while plenty of bright, natural light will help you greet the morning with glee. 

Walk-in Shower
Another popular spa-inspired bathroom trend is the oversized walk-in shower. From rain showers to double heads to smart technology to steam features to luxury finishes, shower design has come a long way in the past few decades! 

Statement Vanity
Our next recommended bathroom upgrade is an eye-catching statement vanity. His and Hers sinks will never go out of style, and lots of extra storage doesn't hurt either. We especially love vanities that look more like a piece of accent furniture than regular a bathroom sink.

Open Storage
The last piece of the puzzle is lots of simple, elegant, open storage. Think of this as more curated storage, like the uncluttered shelves of towels and products at an upscale salon or spa. It's about creating a peaceful environment that only includes what's practical for daily life and visually appealing. 

Project Feature: Warm Two-Tone Kitchen

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We always enjoy collaborating with our friends at The Cabinet Store, and today's kitchen renovation might just be one of our favorites (however, we reserve the right to change our mind). Isn't it warm and inviting? It's the kind of space that makes you want to linger a little longer over an extra cup of coffee or gather with family to bake holiday treats.

These Farmington homeowners wanted their kitchen to feel modern and updated, but still full of arts-and-crafts-style simplicity. Achieving this mix of fresh trends and classic design was all about balance. For example, the white Showplace Pendelton cabinets are very in fashion, but they're accented by very traditional cherry cabinetry as well. The copper farmhouse sink also plays to current trends while reflecting a timeless sense of style. 

Cambria Windermere countertops and a tile backsplash provide a clean backdrop for weeknight dinner prep and hosting elegant meals. Bright undercabinet lighting and the clear glass panes that flank the kitchen sink all add to the feeling of cozy charm. Explore more images and design details from this stunning remodel below! 

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Get Organized: Our Top 4 Kitchen Tips

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Many of us consider our kitchen the heart of our home, the place where our families gather to make memories, enjoy meals together, and keep tabs on each other's lives. From weekday breakfasts on the go to relaxed weekend pizza nights, kitchens need to built to handle a wide variety of family life. 

Fighting with a poorly designed floor plan is always stressful, but few things are more frustrating than a disorganized kitchen. Do you need some fresh motivation and ideas for your chaotic kitchen? Read below for our four top tips for getting the center of your home in good order! 

1. Cut Out the Clutter
The first step for beginning any kitchen clean out is eliminating the clutter. We all know how our homes collect unnecessary items over the years, and kitchens are often the worst offenders. From unused wedding gifts to once-trendy cooking gadgets, get rid of the unnecessary items taking up precious storage and prep space!

2. Arranges Items in Zones
Phase two of your kitchen overhaul should include some strategy and location shuffling. Think about arranging your cooking space with different purposes and activities in mind. Group food items, prep tools, and small appliances by zones. For example, you might have a zone for baking, chopping, dishes, display, serving, or even coffee making. Try to establish your different kitchen areas where they make the most sense, such as your dishes storage spot should probably be near the sink and dishwasher. 

3. Create a Command Center
Because floor plans have become so open, and kitchens so multi-purpose, many of us are making room for more than just cookware in our cabinets. From cell phones to tablets to laptops to school permission slips - there's an endless stream of stuff that ends up living in the kitchen. We recommend designating specific spots for storing devices, cords, and those stacks of paper. Then they're not only out of sight but also out of the way. Bonus? Everyone will know where to put their phones during technology-free dinners, so you can actually talk to each other; score!

4. Add New Systems
Finally, once you've done some cleaning and thinking, it's time to add any new systems to help maintain your newly found order! There are countless drawer organizers, movable carts, open shelves, hooks, and baskets available at every major home store nowadays; find what works for you. If you get to the end of this process and still find your space lacking, then it's probably time to call in some professional help. Reach out to a trusted contractor or remodeler (ahem: like us!) and get their suggestions for how to improve your kitchen's workiblity and flow.