Planning for the Future

When deciding on a new kitchen or bathroom design, you want a design that will last. Not just quality products; but a design, color scheme, and overall feel that will last through the ages and not become a dated bathroom or kitchen that you’d be embarrassed for guests to see. There are so many generic designs that have proven to be timeless but if you want to be creative and adventurous while remaining on the forefront of bath and kitchen designs, consider these options which will never outdate your new project.

High Tech Appliances

You may already be aware of smart fridges and other advanced appliances and although they may not be popular yet (due to cost), it is a trend that has been on the rise. It’s no secret that everything is advancing in technology, and appliances are no exception. Consumers will eventually expect all their appliances to be connected and available to access via smartphone, tablet, etc. It will be a world where forgetting to preheat the oven will be obsolete, where cooking directions and recipes may be accessible by a countertop screen. It is the future of kitchens, and a trend that will undoubtedly continue to rise in the coming years.

Going Green

Along with high tech appliances, energy efficient appliances are also a growing demand. Kitchen appliances, toilets, shower heads; consumers are becoming more and more interested in environmentally friendly and sustainable products for their households.

An ageless kitchen is a timeless one.

As people get older they may find it more difficult to perform certain tasks in the kitchen. Perhaps reaching the corner cabinet, or even standing at the counter. People are living longer and staying in the same place so a kitchen that is easily accessible for all ages may help you in the long run. Adjustable countertops and cabinets as well as more focused lighting are only a few ways you will still be able to use your kitchen like a pro in your later years!

Most important room in the house.

The kitchen is quite often the room where family and guests gather to socialize. This is an aspect of the kitchen that can be taken advantage of by incorporating the kitchen as a more open space, connected to other rooms with wide doorways. The kitchen should not be a separate room, this would negate socialization. Many kitchens already have this type of layout, but it is a design that will continue to be popular.

If you have kitchen design questions or want to turn your kitchen into a timeless classic, contact the bath and kitchen experts at Granite State Cabinetry today!

How to Budget for Your Bathroom Project

When starting a new project, it is always necessary to create a budget plan. Unfortunately, during every project, there always seems to be a hidden factor that will add to the budget, you don’t know what’s behind walls, underneath floors or above ceilings until you start the demolition and reconstruction process.

Consider Age

Before you start any home remodeling project consider how old your home is and when the last time it was renovated. Homes that are 20 to 50 or more years old may not have the electrical, mechanical or plumbing infrastructure that meets current day codes.

We always encourage adding a contingency to your budget for the unexpected. The best thing that can happen is that you don’t have to spend it or better yet you can use those funds to upgrade quality and increase value.

Splurge on What You Use

If you have a certain area of your project that you know you will be using all the time, consider putting a little extra into that. Get higher quality products because it will be worth it if they are put to good use. If you love to cook, for example, splurge on a professional range made for the home, and quality appliances. The kitchen faucet and sink are the most used appliance in the home. Do you really want to cut corners on those items? Cabinets fall into the same category, you use them every day and they can also bring additional value to your home. Storage is another investment that yields generous benefits not only from a functional perspective but also for resale value because it makes cooking, cleaning and using your kitchen a lot easier.

Saving Opportunities

Always be on the lookout for saving opportunities during a big project. You can often repurpose certain items from other parts of your home. Save money without sacrificing quality or functionality!

If you’d like additional guidance to establish your budget and priorities for your kitchen renovation or remodeling project, contact Granite State Cabinetry today!

How to Furnish Your New Bathroom

When designing a new bathroom, or finishing up a remodeling project, furnishing your bathroom may not even cross your mind. Bathroom furniture has become mainstream though, it doesn’t have to be just your living room showing off beautiful furniture!

Bath Furniture

The bathroom furniture trend initially started as designers and homeowners converted antique cabinets, armoires, and étagères into bath furniture. From there it was almost an experimental period. Which furniture would work best in a moist environment, and would serve as useful storage? Bath industry manufacturers responded by producing furniture specifically for the bath environment. This furniture addressed not only the moist conditions but also functional concerns that account for storage requirements, supplies, traps, drains!

Evolution of Bath Furniture

Bath furniture designs and ideas have come a long way since the original cabinets and armoires. Homeowners and bathroom designers have gotten more creative and explorative in their furnishings. Designing bathrooms with sofas, comfy chairs, benches and other pieces that extend the living area into the bath. Wood tones add warmth and serve to contrast white ceramic and acrylic surfaces of tubs, basins and water closets. With this transformation, the standard white vanity has given way to elegant and expertly crafted furniture pieces that create the look and feel of luxury.

The increased popularity of bath furniture also corresponds to the growing size of the bathroom. In the last two decades, the size of the master bath has climbed by an average 180 square feet. Today, in larger homes master baths can exceed 300 square feet! Giving room for furniture that could have never fit before!

Organization

Function is another critical factor. Bath furniture manufacturers offer storage solutions and convenience features that include interior adjustable shelving, pullout trays, interior lighting, hairdryer/curling iron holders, interior electric receptacles, USB port charging stations and drawer dividers. You won’t be cramming all your toiletries in one drawer, or panicking trying to find those elusive nail clippers. With functional bathroom furniture, your bathroom organization will be impeccable.

Adding furniture to your bathroom is a growing trend that serves many purposes. Giving your bathroom an elegant style as well as help keep you organized. If you’re interested in taking part in this trend, contact Granite State Cabinetry today to discuss your project!

Selecting the Right Grout

Not many people consider grout as a factor when deciding on a new kitchen design. This is understandable, as grout does not play a major role in the appeal of the kitchen itself. However, grout is something to keep in mind because choosing the right grout can accent other features of the kitchen while choosing the wrong grout can stick out like a sore thumb.

If you have a white tile backsplash, for example, you may be considering a simple white grout to match. However, the white on white creates a boring look which does not please the eye, not to mention white grout gets dirty quickly and can be a pain to clean. Once it gets dirty, it can create a patchy gray coloration which will not charm the rest of the area. Popular grout colors to compliment white tile are typically a soft gray. Soft gray provides a slight contrast on the white tile which offers a classic, clean look.

Color Scheme

Another popular trend with white tiles is to pair them with darker grout colors to create a look that makes the tile a focal point of the kitchen. The thin dark layer of grout around the bright white tiles really makes them stand out in the room. The same pattern can be used for dark tiles as well. Lighter colored grout serves to contrast the tile perfectly and form an attractive arrangement.

Light gray or darker grout is the most common but in some instances colored grout is the way to go. Often when dealing with colored tiles, a colored grout can be used to compliment the tile color. Typically, a softer shade of the same tile color can be used for grout. This pattern creates a generic flow and avoids bold color patterns which may not match. Using white or light grout with colored tiles also can help to soften the space between the tiles and provide cleaner lines. If you’re choosing brightly colored tiles, we would pair that with a white grout.

The color of the tile is just one variable to consider when choosing the right grout. The finish of the tile is another consideration when specifying grout. The material of the tile can also affect the perception of the tile. White grout should be paired with glossy tile, creating a lighter appearance.

Of course, paying attention to surrounding color schemes and the overall pattern of the room itself will also affect the decision of what grout to use. Understanding the effect grout can have on a new kitchen or bath project is essential to putting the finishing touches on the perfect project. If you have a question about what grout may work best for your new kitchen or bath, contact Granite State Cabinetry today!

Ensuring the Beauty of Your Cabinets

Brand-new cabinets can completely modify the feel of your entire kitchen. They brighten up the room giving it a cleaner and crisper feel. Like a new pair of shoes, cabinets can give you that fresh feeling for a while…until they start to get dirty. Kitchen cabinets are exposed to countless grease splashes, dirty fingers, and spills. The kitchen is a high traffic area in most households, and the grime on the cabinets can build up so quickly, that you may fall behind on cleaning, and those new cabinets will lose their shine! Different material cabinets require different cleaning methods in order to properly restore the shine!

Wood Cabinets

Wood cabinets are the most common, and they can get dirty quick. Absorbing any grease and fingerprints that meet them. Before cleaning a wooden cabinet, realize if there is paint or stain on them because different cleaning products can disrupt the finish on the wood. Any oil-soap wood cleaner is efficient for cleaning wood cabinets. Using dish or laundry detergent mixed with water offers a useful cleaning solution, just be sure to not dilute the mixture because too much water can ruin the wood. Mixing water and vinegar is also a good solution, vinegar is great on tough, sticky stains on cabinets. Baking soda and water is the best mixture for combating deep stains, rub the mixture on the area and wipe it clean with a wet cloth. Concluding the cleaning process with a furniture oil can help stained wood cabinets keep their color.

Painted Cabinets

Painted cabinets are much easier to clean because you don’t have to worry as much about the finish. Painted surfaces can handle many cleaning products as well as a good scrubbing. Any of the cleaning methods previously mentioned can be used on painted cabinets, as well as most all-purpose cleaning solutions. Just because you can scrub away at painted cabinets though, does not mean you shouldn’t worry about upkeep, be sure to clean them regularly

For additional guidance or cleaning tips on maintaining your kitchen cabinets and keep them looking fresh, contact Granite State Cabinetry today!

Warm Up a White Kitchen

White kitchen themes continue to be the most common kitchen color scheme, and for good reason. White kitchens are a timeless approach and are compatible with many different styles and designs. If you have a plain white theme though, think about spicing things up with new and emerging styles and color schemes that work with the white design. While you shouldn’t ditch the white kitchen look, add-on to it and create a kitchen design to be proud of!

White Kitchen Designs

One of the best complimentary designs with a white kitchen are glass-front cabinets. Depending on the desired look, glass-front cabinets can capture a modern look. The glass-front cabinet design works so well with the white theme adding a classic style. The glass-front adds functional benefits as well, allowing you to never have to search high and low for that plate that always seems to go missing.

Another style we love to see in white kitchens is a brick backsplash. Again, this can be used for a variety of looks, white brick presents a more current look while also seeming agrarian. Regular brick captures a homey rustic look, which is always a good choice for a kitchen feel.

Building on the rustic look, a great way to manifest a simple theme within a white kitchen is to install white wood paneling around the island. The white paneling around the island paired with a white brick backsplash can create a beautifully simple yet stylish kitchen theme.

Adding Color to a White Kitchen

If you want to add color to your kitchen while staying true to a white theme, adding soft compliments, red, green, blue, to a white backdrop can add charisma to a lacking kitchen. The color paired with white creates a soft color scheme that can enrich the atmosphere of the kitchen, and brighten the room itself.

Flooring can make a Difference

If you want to stick to the white, think about a dark floor to perfectly contrast the white kitchen theme. Black flooring or oak hardwood with a dark finish can add the perfect variation you may be looking for.

White isn’t the only kitchen option available, nor is it necessarily the best, but it is a proven classic and can be customized to fit the style of almost anyone. Before you think of adding a crazy color scheme to your kitchen, start with a white kitchen, because the designs are almost endless, and then you can build on it from there!

If you would like to know more about what’s trending in kitchens, contact Granite State Cabinetry today!

Making Space in Your Kitchen

Kitchens are getting smaller and smaller. If your living in an apartment in NYC or any big city for that matter, you can almost always kiss a big kitchen goodbye. An open floor plan is becoming the norm and is reducing space for kitchens. Open floor plans can be tricky to design, they often mean losing a wall of cabinets, which makes it a challenge to provide ample storage for all your kitchen items.

There are some tricks of the trade to maximize space and create more room for storage. Depending on the size and layout of the kitchen of course, you may have to get creative.

  1. Utilize the insides of your cabinets. No matter how small your kitchen is, there will always be a few cabinets, while you’re trying to stuff pots and pans into the cabinets themselves, you may not even realize that the insides of the cabinets offer largely uncharted storage space. Though it may not be ample room for pans or any large kitchen items, installing small hooks or a pegboard can allow you to hang different utensils or measuring cups, items which would normally clutter up a valuable drawer.
  2. Building on using the insides of cabinets for storage, you can also use the sides of the cabinets too. Where a cabinet block ends, right before the sink for example. Again, this method can only fit smaller utensils and such, but it will clear up more room for larger items.
  3. If you’ve stocked the cabinets and have no more space, think about adding shelving wherever there’s room. Smaller kitchens often have stretches of open wall space, which can be perfect for additional shelving and storage. Corners in the kitchen can be awkward, but adding corner shelving can turn those tough corners into crucial storage spots.
  4. Hooks, hooks, and more hooks. It may take living somewhere with a small kitchen for you to understand the value of hooks. Within cabinets, and any open wall space, hooks provide essential storage space in a small kitchen. Their durability and reliability as storage products is unmatched.
  5. If it is necessary, adding a narrow rolling cart to the side of your counter can free up some cabinet space. Using the cart as a spice rack can clear out all those spices, allowing more room for other, more frequently used kitchen items.

 

Every kitchen is different, what works for one kitchen may not work for another. If you’re kitchen feels like its closing in on you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Remember these tips and your kitchen will feel wide open. Get creative, it may take some work, but don’t give up. Contact Granite State Cabinetry if you need help maximizing storage space for your kitchen!

5 Kitchen Accessories to Get You Through the Holidays

Mixer Lift

mixer liftCan you even imagine going through the holidays without your mixer? Neither can we. It’s essential for all those pies, breads and cookies you will baking in the next few months. Mixers are extremely helpful with all your holiday baking but they are also extremely heavy. They can also take up much needed space if left out on your counter which means constant lifting and moving of this large and heavy appliance every time you want to use it, which during the holidays, seems to be daily.

Tucked away in a base cabinet is a baker’s new best friend. The mixer lift allows you to easily raise your mixer out of the cabinet to counter top level. Giving you easy access to your mixer within seconds without having to lift such a heavy appliance.

Appliance Garage

appliance garageThis isn’t your grandmother’s appliance garage! No more rolling up a flimsy tambour door that seems to get stuck almost every time. Blummotion hinges allow the door to lift and lower with ease. Perfect for storing your small appliances while keeping them close at hand when needed. Counter space is crucial while prepping, preparing and plating your holiday meals. Keep your counters appliance free to maximize your work space while leaving more room for guests to gather during holiday parties. Installing electrical outlets in your appliance garage will let you keep your appliances plugged in a ready to use.

Lemans

lemansEvery pot and pan in the house seems to be used at the same time during the holidays. And let’s face it, finding storage for them is almost impossible. Say hello to the Lemans! Tucked away in a corner cabinet is a two-tier shelf that you need to see to believe. A door opening angle of just 85°allows the trays to swing out completely from the corner cabinet that was once wasted space. Each tray holds 55 lbs. allowing you to store heavier pots and pans such as cast-iron skillets and Dutch ovens.

 

Tray Dividers

tray dividersYou can’t have holiday cookies without cookie sheets! Keep your sheet pans, cooking racks and even cake pans organized and right at your fingertips. Oversized sheet pans are almost impossible to store away without this accessories. Tray dividers can be installed in base or wall cabinets.

Spice Drawer

spice drawersEvery holiday recipe calls for spices, and lots of them! Imagine a drawer filled with all your cooking spices organized and easy to read. Choose any size drawer in your kitchen as these spice organizers can be custom sized.

Why You Should Include an Island in Your Kitchen

If your kitchen is considered the center of your home, your kitchen island is the hub of activity. The first step in effective open-concept kitchen designs is the island and any of its amenities. However, not all islands work for all kitchens.

In order to decide whether an island will work in your kitchen, list out anything that would happen at the island. Would you have a stovetop on the island to open up your cooking and meal preparation space? Do you want to have bar stools so people can relax and eat at the counter? If you lack sufficient wall space on your counter, you can use an island as a home for built-in appliances, leaving more space on the walls for cabinets and shelving. Underneath the island can also prove to be a useful space, housing small refrigerators, wine storage, dishwashers and extra cabinet space. Most modern islands include electrical outlets in order to accommodate appliances and devices, as well as designated lighting overhead or inside built-in cabinets.

Space is another factor when considering an island addition. A standard island is at least four feet long by two to three feet wide., with a minimum of 36 inches of floor space between the island and the cabinets, dishwasher or sink so doors can open with enough space for comfortable seating. If you are looking for seating around your island, a fifteen-inch overhang is recommended for sufficient knee space. The type of seating you want affects the height of your island: counter stools come with a recommended height of 34 inches, and bar stools force an island up to 40 inches. If you are planning to incorporate a stovetop, dishwasher or sink, you need to account for pipes and ventilation.

If you are looking for advice on the right island for your kitchen, contact Granite State Cabinetry. Our team of seasoned professionals will be more than happy to help you design the kitchen of your dreams, from the main features to the minor details. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 603.472.4080.

How to Design a Restaurant Kitchen in Your Home

Restaurant kitchens tend to look more glamorous onscreen than they are, thanks to movie and TV magic. With the rise of reality TV shows taking place in the cooking world, viewers are now able to get an inside look at how restaurateurs design and run their kitchens, leading to an increase in open kitchen designs.

Function is always going to be the most important aspect of the kitchen. Many of these practical benefits can be carried over into your home kitchen, such as a worktable and open shelving. A worktable can be an island, peninsula or a separate table used for food preparation, making you work more efficiently between setups, and open shelves can be used to house decorative and practical items, such as plates and decanters. Most professional kitchens use a great amount of stainless steel because of its durability and stain resistant properties, which has led to an increase in availability of home stainless steel appliances. Oversized vent hoods over your oven allow your kitchen a more industrial feel, particularly in an open floor plan. Marble surfaces, popular among bakers, has also begun popping up across home countertops, islands and carts for dessert making.

For cooks who use their kitchen for serious cooking, a commercial-grade sink is recommended. These sinks come with separate compartments for every size pot, pan or bowl. Several manufacturers offer custom sinks made to your specific requirements. Commercial refrigerators with glass doors have also risen in popularity, allowing people who walk past to see the fridge’s contents without opening the door.

You can see a variety of kitchens anywhere onscreen, from HGTV to The Travel Channel or Food Network. The next time you see one, take note of what features you would like available in your home. Granite State Cabinetry will be more than happy to sit down with you to design your dream kitchen. Fill out our contact form or give us a call at 603.472.4080.

 

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