April 17 is around the corner and we realize that many of our existing and future clients will be submitting their 2017 tax returns. This week we will review the impact of the new 2018 tax law on making improvements to your home. The amount of tax that Americans pay is based on the amount of income that they earn…
It’s been a busy few days here in Orlando at the 2018 National Kitchen & Bath Industry Show/ International Builders Show. First stop on Monday was the Renewable Living Home by Hanley Wood & Meritage Homes. The Home features the lastest in Technology in home building. few photos of tour/House party
We are attending The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and The International Builders Show in Orlando this week. We have found new products from almost every vendor but here are a few new plumbing products from our preferred vendor Danze. Black finishes are becoming increasing popular and the first photo is the Mid-Town Lav faucet in the black finish followed by polished nickel finish. Also pictured are two new Kitchen faucet series The Foodie and Selene, then the redesigned Opulence.
To help you better prepare to renovate your kitchen, reduce your anxiety and familiarize yourself with the remodel process, our showroom typically uses a five-step approach to a kitchen renovation. Step 1 is the initial meeting in our showroom. We want to get to know you, what you like (and what you dislike about your present kitchen),…
Making the Most of Your Kitchen or Bath Investment
A kitchen or Bath remodel is a big deal – it is a significant financial investment and also requires a lot of time and energy. We work very hard to give our clients a continuous return on their investment and recommend capitalizing on the following trends to build value that will stand the test of time.
- White is it. White kitchens could not be hotter right now. Two thirds of National Kitchen and Bath Association members report that white is their number one choice for cabinets. That’s an increase of 20% from two years ago.
- Stainless steel is everywhere. While you can’t go wrong with Stainless appliances, manufacturers are producing black stainless and white glass like appliance panels.
- Once granite counter tops were considered a luxury, now they are commonplace, and we’re seeing counter tops in a variety of other materials that include quartz, soapstone, concrete and glass.
- There’s a revolution going on in lighting. The price of LED lamps continues to fall, providing a perfect combination of form and function.
- Hands free faucets continue to capture client attention. Imagine how great it could be when you hands have been kneading dough and your faucet automatically turns on without have to dirty the handle?
- Transitional designs continue to dominate. This marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics results in a classic and timeless look.
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…
We now have on display in our Showroom Dacor’s newest 36″ French door counter depth refrigerator. A few photos.
We go to the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) to keep our fingers on the pulse of what’s happening in our industry and to help assure that we can present to our clients the latest and greatest products and solutions for their kitchen and bath projects. There are more than 600 head-turning exhibits of everything you could possibly imagine for your kitchen or bath. Here’s what we saw trending at this year’s KBIS.
Cleanliness: A number of manufacturers are producing products that help keep your kitchen in pristine condition. Antimicrobial paint by Sherwin Williams, hands-free faucets that help deter the transfer of germs while cooking and cleaning and self-cleaning showerheads prove you can have an immaculate kitchen and bath without compromising style or beauty.
Health and well being: Many appliance manufacturers were showcasing steam ovens that make healthy cooking easy and quick. We saw commercial water filtration systems now designed for the home to provide healthy water for cooking and for drinking and new kitchen faucets with built in filtration systems.
Smart design: Manufacturers are producing products that eliminate clutter and are easier to use. Hafele showcased a dog feed area with a toe-touch opening. Another really cool innovation was Masterbrand’s hidden knife block and storage cabinet. These provide the clean countertop appearance that many of our clients crave. Appliances are becoming smarter too. Dacor offers ranges with a built in Android that allows you to program start times and automatically text family members when meals are ready.
Evolution of tile: Artisan tile stood out with an almost unlimited array of colors and textures, including copper that changes as it ages.
Concrete comes of age: Concrete is being used in new and innovative ways in both raw and unfinished forms as backsplash, countertops, wall tile and even concrete tubs.
Finishes: Matte black and black stainless inspired by matte black car finishes are hot trends. Matte, champagne gold and pewter in a new and modern approach were top faucet finish trends.
We would love to talk to you about other trends from KBIS and how you can take advantage of them for your next project. Stop in or give us a call 630-214-9775
Kitchen and Bath Design Store
1950 West Main St.
St. Charles, IL 60174
Dacor’s new Discovery range features soft shut hinges and porcelain coated continuous platform grates that allow graceful movement of large pots and pans form burner to burner. The Discovery IQ seven inch Android powered touch screen allow customers to turn on the range remotely from a smart device. When the dish is done your entire family gets a text advising their meal is ready. This range can be configured is designer colors.