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A recent study published by NAHB (Nation Association of Home Builders) shows that the typical buyer of a single-family home can be expected to stay in the home for approximately 13 years before they move out. Chances are, over those 13 years the common buyer's preferences have changed. If you're thinking it may be time to sell your home, you are probably due to make a few renovations to match what the current buyer is looking for. 

Often, most sellers think about the smaller details like painting the walls, putting in new carpets or adding new light fixtures. Nowadays, though, buyers are being specific about what they want in a home, and they’re not settling for less than they envision. They know what they want and they know that if they look long enough, they will find it. Instead of focusing on little details, like paint and lights, which most buyers will probably change to something of their liking, anyway, focus on the bigger details that will make the most impact.

Here is a brief list of a few highly effective ways you might renovate your home in order to match the current buyer’s preferences:

Open Floor Plan

Whether it be for entertainment purposes, or simply because they enjoy space, many buyers, especially millennials, are looking for a home with an open floor plan. At times when you’re cooking and would like to keep an eye on your children, or you’re hosting a party and don’t want your guests to feel like they’re stuck in one room the whole night, an open floor plan is a must.

Laundry Room

Buyers are looking for updated and spacious laundry rooms. While many homes may have a nook in the corner, or large closet within one of their bathrooms, 92% of buyers are actually looking for a separate laundry room with space for appliances and cleaning products, as well as room to sort and fold their laundry. 

Eat-In Kitchen

About 80% of all buyers are interested in having an eat-in kitchen in their new home, especially those with children. If you don’t have an eat-in kitchen, don’t worry. Creating space in your kitchen for a table and chairs can be as easy as removing a wall. Of course, in order to keep things affordable, you will need to be sure it is not a load-bearing wall, has no pipes or wires, and will only require limited repair work.

Patio

Over 84% of buyers feel a patio is an important feature for their potential home. Having that extra outdoor space allows for freedom to not just spend time in your home, but outside and around your home when you’re hosting a summer get together, for example.

The biggest favor you can do yourself when thinking of selling your home is to research what the market is looking for, just like you are now, make the necessary renovations, and only have your closets half full when showing your home… buyers love storage space and having your closets full tells them you don’t have enough. Also, be mindful of the fact that investing in some renovations can exceed the amount you may recover in a sale.

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Hosting a dinner party can be stressful, no matter what the occasion is. It can also be one of those make-or-break moments that everyone fears and you need to be sure you’re ready for it. As a host, you are not only putting on the show, but you also have to monitor your attendees and be sure everyone is enjoying themselves, all while prepping a meal. Without the right forethought, this can be terribly challenging and cause you to crash and burn.

The truth is, a dinner party can take days to prepare for, but that shouldn’t scare you away… As long as you follow these easy steps, you’ll be sure to impress your guests with your superhero hosting abilities.

A few of the major things you should knock off your to-do list a day or two before your event are:

 

      - Clean your home- the whole thing- you never know where your guests will wonder off to.

      - Shop for the meal you plan to serve and prep what’s necessary. Be aware of guest allergies ahead of time and don’t forget dessert!

      - Restock your bar or liquor cabinet with your guests’ favorite drinks and have non-alcoholic options available.

      - Prepare a playlist of music you can have on in the background throughout the evening.

      - Arrange for childcare, if necessary.

      - Set the table- it’s the last thing you’ll want to be doing when your guests start to arrive and a beautiful place setting can make a great first impression for the evening.

 

Of course, your most important task is to make your guests feel comfortable from the moment they arrive to when they head out at the end of the evening. Making sure your guests are having a good time isn’t the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but it does mean that you have to divide your attention between meal prep and your guests. To ensure your quest to impress goes smoothly, follow these easy steps:

 

      - Meet your guests at the door, take their jackets, and offer them a drink right away.

      - Introduce new arrivals to other guests, and help to start a conversation.

      - Be sure the lighting is ideal and the temperature of the room is comfortable. If your party is outside, have blankets or a heater available.

      - Don't spend all your time in the kitchen (unless you have an open concept kitchen/living room layout, then you’re all set!). Your guests are there to see you, so be sure to include yourself in the chatter leading up to the meal.

Most of all, remember to have fun. Dinner parties are about socializing, enjoying delicious food, having a drink or two, and eating too much dessert. Don’t spend your whole night worrying about what could go wrong; it’s a dinner party, not your child’s first trip to the moon. Instead, plan ahead, prepare, and go with the flow.

 

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Everyone’s ideal kitchen looks different. Perhaps yours is sleekly functional, ornate yet tasteful, or foremost comfortable and full of warmth. You may have a general vibe in mind, but when it comes to deciding specifics, picking a style can be a good place to start. Designers classify kitchens into three main types: traditional, transitional and contemporary. In the weeks to come, we’ll be running a feature on each of these categories. Here’s a little preview.

As the name suggests, kitchens considered traditional have an Old World feel. More so than other varieties of kitchen, they incorporate layers of architectural embellishment like molding, beam ceilings and furniture style cabinets, whose raised panel doors harken back to classic carpentry techniques. If you gravitate towards decorative glass detailing and apron-front sinks, a traditional kitchen might be for you.

Transitional kitchens can be seen as a sort of happy medium between traditional and contemporary. Understated in terms of color and decoration, this design emphasizes bold texture and simplicity, with streamlined cabinetry and natural materials. While transitional kitchens are less minimalist than contemporary ones, they only use detailing in places where it’s sure to pack a punch, like a custom backsplash pattern.

While traditional kitchens pay homage to the past, contemporary ones are interested in the future. They use sophisticated, high-functioning appliances that are seamlessly built into the cabinets and counterspace --think hidden outlets, under the counter lightsand creative storage solutions. Expect to see playful geometric shapes and comfortable, casual seating arrangements like barstools. Contemporary kitchens also feature the innovative repurposing of materials, for example often using glass or concrete as countertops.

Of course, you need not limit yourself to the above conventions. They’re meant to provide designers and homeowners alike with a sort of rough guideline --the details are all up to you. If, however, one of these styles has caught your eye, you can read more about it here in the upcoming weeks.

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Once you have your dream kitchen --the cabinets, countertop, fixtures, and appliances that suit both your wants and needs --the real question, the dreadful question is...how to organize it? It’s essential to think about this early to avoid the kitchen becoming a place of stress, and it often can when surroundings are cluttered. There will always be dishes to wash, of course, but if you have an organization system in place from the get-go, it takes off a lot of pressure. We’ve picked up a few tips along the way to ensure that your kitchen is clean, comfortable, and convenient enough that when you look at it, you see the features you love instead of more stuff to clean up.

 

The first step towards organization is inventorying. Take everything out of your cabinets and assess what you want to toss, replace, and/or buy. The key here is streamlining; don’t feel guilty about donating that pasta maker you never use. Once you have what you need, group like with like. Place stemware together, plates and bowls, and so forth. While you do so, make a note of which pieces you use most frequently. Put those dishes in the most accessible cabinet. A system that works well for many homeowners is to have plates and bowls on one shelf of an easily reached cabinet, with everyday glasses on the shelf above. Chinaware and delicate items should go in a display case or somewhere hard to reach, where they are unlikely to be damaged.

 

Much of this organizing is intuitive: Pullout cabinets are convenient for muffin tins, cookie trays, and platters. Pots and pans should be near the stove. Food items need separate drawers; sliding shelves make it easier to see ingredients without having to endlessly sift, keeping your space neater. Under the sink is the logical place for cleaning supplies. Sturdy canisters are perfect for storing bulk items (flour, sugar, spices, etc). To revitalize your space, consider making cabinet liners --cork, vinyl, rubber, or paper will create a tidy, odor-free space for your supplies. Another way to keep cabinets fresh is making sachets of your favorite herbs. To do so, place the spices in small cloth bags and tie them together, replacing every few months.This will perfume your kitchen and ward off insects.

At Cabinetry Concepts, we are invested in making sure that your kitchen is the ideal space for you to gather and make delicious meals. If there’s any other subject you’re curious about, do not hesitate to let us know.

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The ideal bathroom is a wonderful place to relax after work or recharge for the day ahead. Accordingly, today’s designers are moving towards a soothing, natural, and elegantly simplistic look. Gone are the days of aggressive Tuscan red and Provincial, which tend to overwhelm the bathroom; cool neutrals in various shades of grey are trending instead. Whereas it once was popular to have warm base colors with cooler accents, customers this year are moving towards cool base tones with pops of warm toned ornamentation throughout the room. However, these variations will be subtle, as befits a place of tranquility. Right now, homeowners are seeking understatement.

 

Multiple ambient light sources are currently popular and can be tempered to create a soft glow equally appropriate for getting ready in the morning or reading in the bath. Speaking of baths, freestanding tubs (as seen in Cabinetry Concept’s design, Earthy Contemporary), available in a variety of styles and materials, are a fixture that today’s consumers are gravitating towards. They highlight the best features of the room, opening up the space and directing attention to a beautiful view, for example, or natural light streaming in from outside. While the streamlined look of modern bathrooms can seem severe to some, a freestanding bath is made for luxury and self care; its presence warms a room.

 

If long soaks in the tub aren't your thing, frameless glass enclosures are an exceedingly popular alternative, as seen in our design Granite and Glass. Like a freestanding tub, a frameless shower opens the space of a room, drawing in and taking advantage of natural light. The inherent sleekness of the design helps to make a small space feel spacious. Extraordinarily versatile, frameless glass doors can do anything from showing off tile work you love to merging traditional and contemporary elements within one room.

 

At Cabinetry Concepts, we are ready to recommend styles that suit your personal needs. If any of these current trends intrigue you, let us know, but we are equally prepared to sidestep what is trendy for what looks good and especially what our clients prefer. Let us help you create a bathroom or kitchen you delight in.

 

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According to Better Homes & Gardens, “One trend in kitchen design is to mix wood finishes or colors, using contrast to draw special attention to different zones in the kitchen.” While for many years, the prevailing style dictated that kitchens and dining rooms should be perfectly matching, this has begun to look dated. After all, wood is a natural material, and part of its appeal comes from the serendipitous abnormality and variety in its grain, color, and shade. Mixing wood tones is a fresh way to add interest and contrast to a living space. Read on to learn the dos and don’ts of wood juxtaposition.

Even if you plan to incorporate multiple wood tones into one area, it helps to have a single dominant color to focus the room. For some kitchens, the neutral brown of a wood floor serves this purpose, provided its shellac is not too red or yellow. For others, the color white acts as a free pass to experiment. A variety of wood tones that would otherwise look dizzyingly busy appear clean and cool when balanced by white furnishings. Once you have chosen a base to unite everything, designers recommend picking two or three colors that complement the dominant tone. These shades should be similar in intensity to each other, but not matching amongst themselves. For tone-mixing, woods without heavy varnish or shellac are less likely to clash. It’s best to repeat these secondary colors across the kitchen, highlighting the connection between the pieces.

Don’t be afraid to try this trend if it catches your interest. Contrast is a great way to highlight your favorite kitchen features, and if the difference between multiple wood grains seems too harsh, a well-chosen rug or drapery helps smooth the transition. At Cabinetry Concepts, we are here to help with any look that intrigues you, from the mixed wood tones seen in Cozy Eat-In and Family Farmhouse to the sophisticated simplicity of Functional Minimalist. Let us know what other trends have caught your eye -with the right consultation, nothing’s too daring.

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When renovating a kitchen or bath, one is faced with so many choices. Aesthetic, financial, and practical considerations go into every detail. When it comes to countertops, customers looking for the highest quality and best value material often choose between granite and quartz. Both provide a gorgeous look and sturdy surface, but which is the better choice?

Some benefits to quartz include easier installation, as it is a more flexible stone than granite while remaining equally strong, along with the ability to hide seams more easily. Quartz countertops are also non-porous, so unlike granite they do not need to be periodically sealed, and they make a great food preparation surface since there is no risk of bacteria absorption.

When it comes to repair, however, granite is a bit easier for do-it-yourselfers with color-matching epoxy from most any hardware store, while quartz is a bit trickier and best done by a professional. While quartz countertops are predictable and uniform in appearance, unlike granite, it is helpful to note that quartz surfaces may discolor if exposed to direct sunlight regularly.
   
Pricing varies with both granite and quartz products (engineered stone). Granite pricing varies based on source, porosity and availability of materials. Engineered stone’s price variability is driven by the manufacturer and complexity of producing colors and patterns.

So if you’re looking to update your kitchen, quartz countertops are definitely worth considering. Cambria, a family-owned, American quartz surface manufacturer, is an excellent place to start your search for the perfect look. They are the only engineered stone priced the same for all patterns, and their website has helpful information about their many options.

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Remodeling your kitchen is an exciting project. Once you’ve decided that it’s time to update, there are a lot of things to consider. On the surface, you may be thinking about style, material, and color. But these days we find that our clients are also considering changes in their family dynamics, blending family spaces with workspaces, environmental and technological impacts, and best use of space.

With so many things to consider in the remodeling process it’s more important than ever to engage in the services of a professional cabinetry designer. A designer can help you navigate through all of these important considerations while providing invaluable assistance with measurements, drawings, 3-D renderings, schedules, budgets, ADA requirements, and detailed specifications. Engaging in these services will not only make the design and construction process more enjoyable, but it will help to avoid budget overruns, change orders, time delays, and onsite alterations.

At Cabinetry Concepts our designers are trained to interact with our clients in a collaborative process that makes the kitchen, bath, and every room design fun and efficient. In addition to our familiarity with the many products we carry, we know the intricacies of local codes and have contacts with the finest contractors and installers in the area. Because we have several experienced designers on staff, you will work with someone who will get to know your needs and desires and communicate with you in a manner that ensures your finished project reflects your vision and personality.

Stop by Cabinetry Concepts today and speak with one of our designers to see how our tools and experience can help you “Imagine the Possibibilities.”

And if you’re a contractor, speak with our design team to learn how we can save you time and money while enhancing your image with clients. 

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New home remodeling product trends were announced at the 2013 International Builder's Show in Las Vegas, elaborating on European influences in new kitchen cabinet trends. HouseLogic commented on cabinet trends as discussed at the event: "Darker, furniture-like finishes are popular, but so is pure white. The middle ground - think natural oak - is going away. Dark finishes help the kitchen integrate into the overall scheme; pure white is the ultimate accent color that readily complements the rest of the living area."

The latest in trendy kitchens are as follows:
• European-style Cabinets - European-style cabinets are typically recognized by the following characteristics: hidden hinges, soft-close doors and drawers, frameless cabinet construction, and full-overlay doors and drawer-fronts. These kitchen cabinet must-haves contribute to a kitchen's modern design. Hidden hinges keep things looking sleek with no hardware visible to disrupt the clean lines of your cabinet doors. The soft-close doors and drawers prevent slamming, and extend the life of the cabinet box. The new look of frameless cabinet construction and full-overlay doors gives a kitchen the look of "just doors" without the older style face-frame behind the doors.

• Kitchen Cabinets With Stunning Glass Doors - Glass kitchen cabinets can be stunning and incorporated a mix of cabinet door fronts to display beautiful china and stemware. While lovely, glass kitchen cabinets built with glass doors help keep a kitchen highly organized without trying to recall just where an item is when you need it in a given moment. Daylight-filled kitchens will often find he light shining through the glass and resulting in further lighting up the room. Most kitchen updates involve removing the cabinets from the wall. Depending on each unique home improvement project, the work may require a space of time before installing them back on the wall for a brand new kitchen look.

• Trendy French Influences In Cabinetry - Incorporating popular design ideas for kitchen cabinet updates includes borrowing influences from France. Various types of French country kitchen cabinets create a delightful personality to a kitchen's statement. One can opt for a traditional French country kitchen versus the modern style one.

• Contemporary Kitchen Cabinets - Contemporary kitchen cabinets are popular with a two-tone color design which is classical as well as have some modern touches. The cabinets are mostly available in white, chrome or bold colors. The basic refacing project consists of installing new cabinet door and drawer fronts and covering the exposed face frames of the cabinets with a matching wood or finish.

• Shaker Style Cabinets - The Shaker-style cabinet door is the most common door style in kitchens today, yet can be very dressed up and trendy. Its five-piece flat-panel style begins with a frame constructed of four pieces and a single flat center panel for the fifth piece. Its simple, clean lines lend fashion to just about any decor — from contemporary to traditional — with variations in wood selection and stunning wood grains adding the character that sets the stage for a kitchen's personality.

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