How to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck When Selling Your Home

The host of HGTV’s Income Property, Scott McGillivary dishes out about what will truly raise your home’s resale value – a brand new kitchen. Not only has McGillivary hosted Income Property for the past nine years but he has been selling homes for the past 16 years as well.

According to McGillivary, homeowners often renovate prior to selling and it’s a “good idea because if you do the right investments, you are going to make the most return on your investments.”

At Granite State Cabinetry, we’ll work with you to renovate your kitchen and remain within your budget. Whether you need minor improvements such as a new floor or cabinet hardware or you’d like a major renovation, our Southern NH kitchen designers are ready to help.

While many people desire a full kitchen remodel, switching out appliances is the best way to see a return on investment. McGillivrary recently stated that a lack of planning is the largest mistake homeowners make when renovating their kitchens. It’s crucial that you have a tight plan and that you set aside a 20% cost contingency in case any unexpected issues occur.

The team at Granite State Cabinetry is more than happy to provide an assessment of where you’ll receive the most value when renovating. Give us a call at 603.472.4080 to get your kitchen remodeled and increase your home’s resale value. Whether you need cabinetry, countertops or flooring, we have everything you need to create your dream kitchen.

Use Technology to Spruce Up Your Kitchen

Technology sure can make our day-to-day tasks much simpler but did you ever consider how new gadgets and gizmos can be incorporated into our kitchens?

Smart Refrigerators

If you’ve ever spent an hour staring at a sticky note trying to come up with a grocery list, you might benefit from a smart refrigerator. These fridges monitor grocery lists, let you order food online, watch videos, follow recipes and more. Food is even preserved longer due to the temperature automatically adjusting to how often the door is open and closed.

Smart Ovens

Another smart purchase is a smart oven! These ovens will adjust your cooking time and temperature based on the level of doneness and the type of pan used. Set the cooking temp. from your smart phone so when you get home, your meal is done. Have you ever needed to adjust your oven but your hands are covered in grease? Luckily, the smart oven is controlled by voice command. You can also set the oven to bake for an hour, broil for a few minutes or just keep your food warm for 15 minutes. There are a few models on the market that even let you watch TV or use the Internet while cooking.

Smart Dishwashers

By using a smart dishwasher, homeowners can turn their dishwasher on or off via their smart phone. These genius appliances also automatically order detergent refills and a smart thermostat can be utilized to adjust the temperature for the heat that the appliance might generate.

Smart Lighting

Through the use of smart lighting, your smart phone will create various ambiances by selecting the proper color, tone and amount of light. Your lightbulb will even flash when you receive a new email or text!

Amazon Echo

From two-day shipping to movie rentals and original series, Amazon is making some major advancements. Amazon’s Echo is a new smart home assistant to turns on the coffee marker for you, tells you the news headlines and plays for your music so you can start the day off right! Not to mention, this little gadget will turn your lights on and off for you.

Bluetooth & WiFi Dinner Plate

Featuring mini cameras and weight sensors, these nifty dinner plates help with portion control by sending you an alert if you eat too much. You can also monitor each meal and connect it to FitBit. A smart fork can also be useful, also measuring your food intake and flashing when you eat too much.

Other Smart Appliances:

  • Smart decanters – Collects info about various winemakers so you can speed up the maturing process.
  • Smart frying pan – Indicates its own cooking temperature.
  • Egg tracker – Scans eggs in the refrigerator so you can see which eggs are older.

If you’d like to have your kitchen remodeled in Southern New Hampshire, give us a call at 603.472.4080. Our award-winning kitchen designers are at the ready to provide homeowners with beautiful kitchens!

Hottest Kitchen Trends for 2017

Brother-sister duo Leanne and Steve Ford have been mastering home renovations in western Pennsylvania. Featured on HGTV’s series Restored by the Fords, these kitchen designers have been teaching us a thing or two about the hottest upcoming kitchen trends we can expect to see in 2017.

Living & Dining Room Combo

Open floor plan kitchens are still popular but recently homeowners have been incorporating features of the living and dining room into the kitchen. Straying from the classic kitchen island, many of our clients are leaning towards a rustic wood table. It’s ideal to blend other rooms in the home since a great deal of time is spent in the kitchen with friends and family.

White with a Splash of Color

Perfecting white can seem challenging but once you know how to use this in a room, you can truly make a bold statement. To avoid making the kitchen appear dull and lifeless, we highly recommend using colorful subway tiles, wood grains in the floors or accent pieces that offer a rich texture.

Say Goodbye to Bar Carts

As much as a bar cart may add luxury to your kitchen, they are unnecessary. A lot of liquor manufacturers add unique and intricate labels on their bottles so it’s quite simple to display your liquor in other areas. Consider storing your liquor in open shelves, bookshelves and on top of cabinets. You’ll also be creating significantly more space in your kitchen, and liquor bottles reflect light which will brighten up your space.

Bronze Hardware & Fixtures

Bronze has been showing up in various areas in the kitchen such as appliances, drawer pulls, light fixtures and door hardware. Your kitchen will really pop with bronze trays and vases!

Dual Sinks

A kitchen with dual sinks works wonders especially for those of you who have a large family or are constantly playing host. One sink can be used for meal prep while the other is used for cleanup, helping to cut down on any chaos when entertaining.

Go Retro

Retro appliances and kitchen designs became popular a couple years ago, and they’ve really been making headway as of recent. In 2017, we can expect to see vintage appliances with round edges.

Interested in learning about more 2017 kitchen design trends? Call Granite State Cabinetry at 603.472.4080 or stop into our showroom at 384 Route 101 Bedford, NH 03110.


Top Reasons to Renovate Your Bathroom

While it may not be as luxurious as the kitchen, bathrooms are America’s second most popular home renovation project, per the 2016 Houzz Bathroom Trends Study.

So why not join the rest of us and hop on the bathroom renovation bandwagon with some of the hottest bathroom renovation trends around New Hampshire. This year some of the most popular remodeling projects included luxurious finishes, huge shower spaces, and adding flair of style to your space. If your bathroom needs a face lift now is the perfect time to renovate!

According to recent trends, one of the least used features in the bathroom is the tub. Nationally over 50% of homeowners do not use the tub to bathe whatsoever. Before remodeling a bath, ask yourself if you are going to be using the tub. If not, then this gives you more space and resources to be flexible with your remodel.

With the decline of the traditional bath/shower combination, showers have been trending up in recent years. One hot trend in bathroom remodeling is adding what’s called a “power shower.” Power showers are much bigger in size and space, while adding cool features that you would not find on a traditional shower. Houzz data has shown that 68% of those who are renovating increased shower space by more than 50%. Some other popular shower features included:

  • Rainfall showerhead (54% of remodels)
  • Dual Shower (21%)
  • Curbless Shower (17%)
  • Body Sprays (16%)
  • Footrests (13%)
  • Steam Options (2%)

Newer showers have also enjoyed some other exciting high-tech features that can really bring your bathroom to the next level. Options like mood lighting, built-in speakers, digital controls, LED lighting, and shower heads with Bluetooth speakers all can make you feel like you’re in a Sci-Fi movie.

So you finally have the cool new shower that makes all your friends jealous, what’s next? You must tie it all together for a cohesive look, which means updating the floors and walls with a new trending style.

This year’s common floor materials according to Houzz are ceramic or porcelain tiling. This can add a sophisticated, yet easily cleanable look that not only looks great but provides functionality as well. Some other hot flooring is stone tile, painted wood, stained or unstained hardwood, vinyl and laminate floors. With so many options it’s hard to go wrong with whatever direction you choose.

For wall coverings, we’ve been seeing a lot ceramic and porcelain tiles as well as stone tiles. Other popular options are painted wood panels, stained and unstained hardwood, and the classic- wallpaper. Plenty of options allow you to have your choice at which design/style you want and can open a whole new level of customization.

While it’s not the most glorious part of the bathroom renovation, toilets have actually been seeing some high-tech upgrades in the past few years. In the annual Houzz study, it has been revealed that 20% of toilets installed during a renovation included some kind of high-tech features. Some exciting features showcased include self-cleaning systems, overflow protection, motion-activated seats, built-in night lights, heated seats (perfect for the brutal NH winters), automatic deodorizers and hands-free flushing.

Not only will a bathroom renovation increase the value of your home, it can create a space that feels personalized exactly how you want it- creating a comfortable refuge where you can get away for the stresses of the day. Anyone will appreciate a stylish, useful and beautiful space whether it be your guests or yourself, a bathroom remodel will be well worth the costs.

Over 90% of those who decided to do a master bathroom renovation in New Hampshire enlisted the help of a professional. The Granite State Cabinetry team has assisted in creating the ultimate dream baths for a countless number of happy clients in New Hampshire and beyond. You can take a look at some of our work here and get some inspiration for your next bathroom renovation. If you’re thinking about taking to next step towards creating your dream bathroom give us a call at 603-472-4080 and we’ll get started today!

How to Create a Modern Kitchen Design

Homeowners are beginning to transition from traditional kitchen styles to more modern designs. If you’re looking for a bright, open floor plan then modern may just be right for you. Using ornate features from the Victorian and Gothic eras, modern kitchens are truly remarkable.

Clients who are seeking simplicity often gravitate towards modernism and are quite strategic when it comes to cabinets, fixtures and appliances. Often times, modern kitchen designs require our designers to do more with less materials. We must be observant and innovative and our clients will challenge themselves and surroundings.

According to Domino magazine, modern design requires several characteristics.

  • Clean lines
  • Minimalistic
  • Aesthetically driven
  • Neutral color palettes
  • Functional & stylish
  • Authentic
  • Chic but effortless
  • Understated elegance
  • Alluring and inviting room
  • Luxurious
  • Purposeful & driven
  • Modern & comfortable

Choose Granite State Cabinetry

Granite State Cabinetry offers expert kitchen design advice and we provide the best options in custom cabinetry, kitchen countertops, and flooring. Give us a call today at 603.472.4080 or stop into our showroom to get started.

The Benefits of Incorporating Smaller Appliances into Your Kitchen

Smaller homes are becoming quite popular, not only because they are cheaper but they are cozy and adorable. Homeowners still have the luxury of create a welcoming space without compromising functionality. Appliance manufacturers are now accommodating smaller spaces by producing miniature appliances. Vertical freezers and dishwashers have grown increasingly popular and vertical washer-dryers can fit inside a regular-sized closet.

Some manufacturers are producing appliances that are less than 24 inches – this is a great solution for those residing on beachfront bungalows or cabins. Millennials are now purchasing their first homes which are generally a bit smaller. Mini appliances are perfect for millennials with smaller homes or those looking to save money.

At Granite State Cabinetry, we’re seeing more and more customers with smaller appliances even if they live in a larger home. Refrigerators under the counter are ideal for those in pool houses, auxiliary bars, etc. A smaller refrigerator can also be placed in the bedroom to store juice, water, medicine and more. Vertical wine fridges are now often kept under staircases, pantries and entryways. By installing smaller kitchen appliances into your home, you’ll notice a significant amount of closet and storage space that can be utilized for other items.

If you’re looking for small items in your kitchen, contact Granite State Cabinetry at 603.472.4080. We’ll help you with your kitchen design as well as discuss the best products to fit your needs.

Selecting the Perfect Light for Your Kitchen

At Granite State Cabinetry, we are always happy to sit down with our clients to gage a better understanding of how they want the style of their kitchen to look. By doing this, we can see which materials, fixtures, cabinets and lighting should be incorporated into the room. Some homeowners are seeking a room that appears larger while others desire a more intimate feel.

If you don’t have the proper lighting, your kitchen can appear dull and lifeless. Lighting makes the kitchen seem larger especially if you position the lighting on vertical surfaces. Ambient lighting is a great way to create more space and draw attention to beautiful architecture.

Customers who’ve chosen a stone countertop for an island will surely enjoy a gorgeous chandelier with dimmers. If a customer uses the kitchen late night in the evening, occupancy sensors will be their best bet. These are bright enough to navigate through the kitchen but won’t spread too much light into other rooms in the home.

Colors on the floor, wall coverings, countertops, cabinets, etc. also play a major factor in the look and feel of the kitchen. The light will bounce around more if a dark color is selected since it absorbs more light. Shinier surfaces reflect more light than matted surfaced. If you have dark, textured finishes then you need more light.

Another influence when choosing lighting for your kitchen is the size and space. If the room doesn’t receive a substantial amount of daylight then again, you’ll need more lighting. Recessed lighting is extremely popular as it generates a beautiful color palette. Exposed lamps create a warmer environment compared with sunlight entering the kitchen through glass doors and windows.

For those of you who adore their ambient lighting, pendants and surface-mounted fixtures can be installed around the perimeter. Pendants create light either upward or downward and have a major impact on the look of the kitchen.

Have questions? Give us a call today at 603.472.4080. We have years of experience and follow the latest trends in kitchen design to assist our valued clients with their kitchen redesign. Feel free to stop into our showroom at 384 Route 101 Bedford, NH 03110.

Avoid Going Over Budget with Your Kitchen or Bathroom Renovation

Renovating your kitchen or bathroom is an exciting process and planning ahead of time will make the project much more enjoyable. There are several factors to consider when undergoing a kitchen or bathroom remodel:

  1. How large/small the space is
  2. Decisions you make
  3. Length/size of the project

The biggest reason that homeowners end up going over budget is due to their desire for products they can’t afford. Clients will generally choose finishes that are at the high end of the price scale. In fact, according to Houzz, in a survey of 120,000 projects, about 50% of budget busting was due to the selection of upscale bathroom and kitchen products. In addition to this, Houzz discovered that 40% of remodeling projects were over budget because homeowners had unrealistic expectations.

Take into consideration the following facts before beginning your remodel:

  • Stock cabinets start at over $50 per linear foot
  • Custom cabinets can cost $2,000 per linear foot
  • Wine racks, knife drawers and additional storage come at an additional cost
  • Low-grade countertops cost $8-$20 per square foot
  • Quartz and granite cost between $50-$120 per square foot
  • Refrigerators range from $1,000-$12,000 (this holds true to other appliances)

We always encourage our clients to factor in the unknown. When the demolition project begins, you never know what is under the flooring or behind the wall. There can be termite damage, water damage, mold, etc.

New construction also must meet building code requirements. If your home is more than 20 years old, the plumbing, wiring and ventilation may all need updating. What does this mean exactly? This means that you may need rewiring and repiping.

Once you have made a decision, don’t look back. Get a schedule going and start demolition after all the products and finishes have been ordered. Changing your mind at the last minute is going to severely slow the project down. 33% of kitchen remodels go over budget due to last minute changes.

Contact Granite State Cabinetry at 603.472.4080 or visit our showroom at 384 Route 101 in Bedford, NH. We’ll help you establish a budget and stick with it, without having you compromise on style or functionality.

Adding Space to Your Kitchen

Homeowners will be surprised to know that you can actually maximize your storage space and create a distinctive design. According to House Beautiful magazine, this is quite easy to do! These ideas are actually cost-effective especially if you’re not looking to conduct a major kitchen remodel.

Showcase silver & serving pieces: If you have those deep overhead spaces right above the cabinets, display your silver and ceramic dishes in this space.

Small, quick fixes: Not looking to showcase your cookware or ceramics? Try using a curtain to store some of your kitchen appliances and utensils. You can also paint this area against the color of your cabinets or backsplash.

Twinkle lights: These are especially useful when attempting to make the space look a bit more attractive.

Mix wallpapers and vases: You can really impress guests and make a statement by putting wallpaper above the kitchen cabinets. When you add a few vases that complement the wallpaper, you’ll really be adding that ‘wow’ factor.

Make a statement: Choose a word or message that really hits home for you and add it to an empty wall in your kitchen. Our creative clients have added fabric topped letters to the wall or they’ve used a single light-up letter as a focal piece.

Add greenery: Create a lush and tranquil atmosphere with flowers and plants. Make sure they aren’t faux or the room could appear uninviting.

Hang art: If you have an abundance of wall space, consider hanging art to add a pop of color. Hanging two rows of artwork at different heights will look absolutely stunning in the kitchen.

Chalkboard Paint: Do you find yourself continuously using sticky notes? Put chalkboard paint on the wall to write continuous messages. Only use this on one part of the wall so you can write down grocery notes, reminders, etc.

Library of Cookbooks: Showcase your cookbooks in the kitchen by lining them above the cabinets. When you have a little bit of extra space and a bundle of cookbooks, there’s no better way to fill that empty area.

Elegant Baskets: Beautifully woven baskets in an assortment of color can make the kitchen look charming, especially if it’s painted in neutral tones.

Our expert kitchen designers will help you utilize the space in your kitchen without going over budget. We have years of experience providing homeowners with kitchen design tips and advice. Please visit us at 384 Route 101 in Bedford NH or give us a call at 603.472.4080.

Why You Should Film Your Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Process

At Granite State Cabinetry, we value customer satisfaction which is why we follow bathroom and kitchen remodeling best practices. In order to stay ahead of the competition and showcase our hard work, our team likes to film our remodeling process.

Many kitchen and bathroom remodeling contractors will sell you on their “attention to detail” or how they leave the home in “pristine condition.” However, the only viable evidence of this is before and after photos, but you never get to see what’s actually occurring.

It’s actually quite important for potential clients to visualize the process rather than just see the end result. We separate our business from others because we showcase the remodeling process so customers can get our clients excited about the remodeling process.

When homeowners want to live in their homes while the bathroom or kitchen remodeling process is taking place, it’s always advised to create a livable remodeling plan. This allows us to create a plan for safety, dust hazards, logistics and a proper timeline.

Ready to get your bathroom or kitchen remodel started? Contacted Granite State Cabinetry at 603.472.4080 or stop into our showroom located at 384 Route 101 in Bedford NH 03110.

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