Each year, Houzz completes an in-depth survey of their users who have completed renovations on their home in the last 12 months or are planning to in the next few months, to learn about trends and preferences in a variety of project types. This year, the kitchen survey revealed a few interesting emerging design trends, including contrasting kitchen island cabinets. In fact, 41% of responders who were upgrading the island as part of their renovation selected a different cabinet finish from their wall cabinets for the island. Blue and gray were the preferred colors for nearly half of the responders.
The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is the place to see the latest innovations in electronics, including new appliances. Even though this year’s event was held virtually, 2,000 companies introduced new products. We’ve done the research to find the most exciting items coming our way for kitchens and baths. Here are four of the most impressive.
Our project gallery is full of kitchen transformations, but the five we are about to show you are our website visitor’s favorites. The remodels you are about to see represent distinct design styles, solve challenges, and suit the personal preferences of five different families. We hope you enjoy taking this virtual tour and invite you to read more about each of the projects with the links provided below.
Kitchens top the list as the space homeowners would most like to remodel, particularly with empty nesters that are planning to stay in their homes after retirement. An aging in place remodel maximizes the functionality of a kitchen by creating a safe and comfortable environment for its users. Layout, fixtures, appliances and finishes are carefully selected to provide ease of use for aging homeowners and for those with existing or potential future handicaps.
Not every kitchen remodel requires reconfiguration by removing walls or changing the layout. Many can have a dramatic transformation by updating the cabinets, countertops, flooring, appliances, and lighting. We call this type of remodel a kitchen finish upgrade.
Folks, we are heading into the holiday season and you know what that means? Friends, family, and neighbors gathering in your home to celebrate, share meals, and socialize. If you are like me, you can’t wait for the fun to start! And for all the planners and party host and hostesses out there, the holiday season means your living room, dining spaces and kitchens are about to get some heavy use.
Subway tile has been having a moment…a big one actually. For years it’s been a mainstay in kitchen tile designs for backsplashes and bathroom shower surrounds. We love it for its classic appeal, ability to work in all types of design aesthetics, and variety of available colors and materials. But, sometimes our clients are seeking a different or unique tile design for their remodel. Thompson Remodeling’s design team enjoys finding the right tile to suit each client’s preferences. Here are just a few examples of tile designs from recent remodels where the homeowners decided to go beyond the subway tile movement.
Open shelving is making its way into our client’s remodeling designs for kitchens, bathrooms, and even basements! Who says your storage has to be hidden? Exposed, open shelving has become a very popular selection and can be seen in all the latest remodeling and decorating magazines and websites. This storage option offers both functional and aesthetic benefits and we have some great examples to show you. We believe you'll be inspired to include them in your own remodel!
One major component of every remodeling project is figuring out how to incorporate storage options, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms. Every household accumulates “stuff” and the bigger your family is the more you will have. Thompson Remodeling has experience working with Grand Rapids families of two people to up to eight and more! We will work with you to find creative ways to accommodate all that important stuff you need to keep in each room to make it function at its best. One solution we have found to work really well is floor to ceiling cabinets. They can be integrated to match other cabinetry within a room and offer unlimited options for drawers, pullouts, cubbies and other internal organizing systems.
With the first day of school just around the corner, we thought a blog about getting your kitchen back-to-school ready was timely. So much goes into preparing for the new school year from buying school supplies, new clothing or uniforms, and shoes to saying “goodbye” to another great summer. One thing that can make this transition so much easier for both you and the kids is to have your kitchen set up and ready to handle the daily comings and goings during the week. We’ve put together a list of simple tips that will have your kitchen back-to-school ready in no time.
Abracadabra – your remodel is finished! It would be amazing if we could simply snap our fingers and present a gorgeous kitchen remodel like a magic trick, but unfortunately, we aren’t magicians. The truth is, every remodeling project is a custom construction project completed by human hands and fine craftsmanship takes time, but trust us, it’s worth the wait.
For decades, the go-to arrangement of the kitchen was known as the “kitchen triangle”. This layout dictates that a refrigerator, sink, and stove be positioned so that the path between the three creates a triangular traffic pattern, with an eye toward making the steps between each minimal. Though this is still a good school of thought, not all kitchens are conducive to it due to the space available. A more effective way of planning a kitchen layout is to organize it by work zones. Every kitchen needs at least three primary zones: prep, cooking, and cleaning. Developing a layout based on work zones will maximize available space in the most efficient way for your family. By considering the needs of your household, a kitchen may need additional zones for eating or pets and a talented designer will be sure to incorporate them into the design plan.