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A Trend Our Clients Love – Vinyl Plank Flooring

Who doesn’t love the look of hardwood floors? They are simply stunning and create a warm feeling to any room in the house. Although they are beautiful, they sometimes aren’t the best option for busy households with children and pets. Frequent spills and scattering toys can wreak havoc on a natural wood floor,  fortunately there is a great solution – vinyl plank flooring! Read more

Five tips for designing the functional kitchen island

The kitchen is the heart of the home. The island is the hub of the kitchen.

Kitchen islands are a key element of your overall kitchen design.   And that makes sense since its placement establishes the traffic pattern and is often a main focal point.

Most homeowners would like a kitchen island, but it’s best to understand how you intend to use it before you design it.   Here are the five key things to consider before designing your kitchen island.  

1. Define the function(s) that it will serve.  Will your kitchen island be used for preparing, cooking or serving food? Does it need to provide seating and serve as an eating area? Perhaps you need to accommodate two or more functions and it becomes a multi-purpose area.

2. What types of appliances does it need to house?  After you’ve determined the function of your kitchen island, you can then start to consider which appliances you would need to incorporate in the design.  In smaller kitchens the main sink can be found in the island, or in larger ones a second sink.  You may want to place your dishwasher next to the sink.  Another popular appliance found in the kitchen island is the below counter microwave.  A large island can accommodate a cooktop.

Kitchen Island with Cooktop

Kitchen Island with Cooktop and Oven by Thompson Remodeling.

3. What type of storage is needed? A kitchen island can provide additional storage in kitchens with less cabinet space.  Drawers are very popular in islands. Consider special storage needs you may have such as baking trays and pans, wine racks, or shelves for cookbooks.

Kitchen Island

Kitchen Island with Drawers by Thompson Remodeling

 

4. Determine the counter height. The counter height for a kitchen island is typically 36 or 42 inches.  A 36″ counter will accommodate table height seating, while a 42″ will work with high bar stools.  You can have an island with two levels; one side for working and one for seating.

Kitchen island

Tiered Kitchen Island by Thompson Remodeling

 

5. Placement.  A kitchen island should have a minimum of 42 inches of aisle space on its working sides.  The placement will define the traffic pattern in your kitchen.

A professional designer can guide you through the entire process of your kitchen design and determine what type of kitchen island will best suit your needs.






Small Changes. BIG Difference.

The biggest cost drivers in a kitchen remodel are 1) New cabinetry, 2) Relocating fixtures and appliances, and 3) New countertops in that order.

I love new cabinetry.  It allows us to redesign and reconfigure a kitchen to make it both beautiful and cook-friendly. Thompson designers go gaga over creating spaces and places for everything in your kitchen. But sometimes a kitchen doesn’t need a full-makeover, it just needs a facelift.

Here are some small changes [with smaller price tags] that make a BIG difference.

  • Invite new Countertops to become the focal point of your existing kitchen.
  • Too many new homes come with builder grade kitchens. Dress up those naked cabinets with crown molding and light valances.
  • Upgrade your flooring – Tile, Wood, and our favorite money-saver DuraCeramic.
  • Appliances & Fixtures – put in bright shiny new appliances.
  • Have a pro paint your cabinets and update your hardware.
  • Improve your day to day dishwashing with a new sink, faucet & sprayer.
  • Let our Designers Create a Custom Tile back splash that adds depth to your kitchen.
  • Fancy Lighting Fixtures and dimmer controls add drama. We live in Michigan. This morning was the first morning I’ve seen the sun rise before I arrived at the office in 6 months. We need layers of light in a kitchen. Remember, “If you light everything, you light nothing.” Let’s plan your lighting!

After you’ve finished reading, look again at the photo up top, isn’t that an amazing transformation? For more photos of money saving projects with dramatic results click here.

What We Do

Many times a week a past client or prospective client will call and ask, “Do you do…[insert need of the moment]?” Here is a post to pique your interest and answer that question.

In a sentence: Thompson Remodeling is a design/build residential remodeling firm. We help busy professionals love where they live.

We do 3 categories of projects:

1) Our core competency is completing Design/Build projects. An example would be a kitchen where we move walls. These are all types of projects that have a lot of moving parts.

2) We offer a High-end Handyman Service for our past clients.

3) We do Green Remodeling projects for clients who are dissatisfied with their home’s energy & resource efficiency, comfort, durability, and want their home to support a healthier lifestyle and become part of sustainable housing.

As a list:

Kitchens

Bathrooms

Additions

Lower Level Basement Finishing

Outdoor Living

Green Remodeling

Mud Rooms

Laundry Rooms

Whole House Renovations

Mancaves

Theater Rooms

Garages

Second Story Additions

Bonus Rooms

Custom Built-in Furniture

Bookshelves

Egress Windows

Energy Tax Credit Window Replacement

Energy Audit

Energy Home Improvement

Counter tops

Tile

Flooring

Our clients live in:

Ada

Cascade

Forest Hills

East Grand Rapids

Rockford

Lowell

Hudsonville

Byron Center

Grandville

Other small pockets throughout West Michigan, like your neighborhood.

What We Do

Many times a week a past client or prospective client will call and ask, “Do you do…[insert need of the moment]?” Here is a post to pique your interest and answer that question.

In a sentence: Thompson Remodeling is a design/build residential remodeling firm. We help busy professionals love where they live.

We do 3 categories of projects:

1) Our core competency is completing Design/Build projects. An example would be a kitchen where we move walls. These are all types of projects that have a lot of moving parts.

2) We offer a High-end Handyman Service for our past clients.

3) We do Green Remodeling projects for clients who are dissatisfied with their home’s energy & resource efficiency, comfort, durability, and want their home to support a healthier lifestyle and become part of sustainable housing.

As a list:

Kitchens

Bathrooms

Additions

Lower Level Basement Finishing

Outdoor Living

Green Remodeling

Mud Rooms

Laundry Rooms

Whole House Renovations

Mancaves

Theater Rooms

Garages

Second Story Additions

Bonus Rooms

Custom Built-in Furniture

Bookshelves

Egress Windows

Energy Tax Credit Window Replacement

Energy Audit

Energy Home Improvement

Counter tops

Tile

Flooring

Our clients live in:

Ada

Cascade

Forest Hills

East Grand Rapids

Rockford

Lowell

Hudsonville

Byron Center

Grandville

Other small pockets throughout West Michigan, like your neighborhood.


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