Kitchen Design

  • 3 Ways to Give your Kitchen a Wow Factor

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    The kitchen in your home can be a place of community, family, and memories. Although, many people hate even going to their fridge for a snack, let alone cooking a meal and enjoying it with friends. We understand.

    But your negative feelings don’t have to continue, and you don’t necessarily have to crank out $20k to go from boring to something you love. Small changes can turn your kitchen into a room that makes you say…Wow!

    To help on your journey to a better cookery we’ve come up with three things you should consider to make the space pop.

    1. Make A Statement

    Your kitchen wasn’t made for fashion, it was made for cooking and storing food. That’s a necessary part of your life, but not exactly glamorous. You’ll have to help the space along in order to enjoy it. Here are a couple of ways to make a statement:

    Feature Wall: They’re not just for your living room anymore. You can paint one wall a wild, but elegant color and leave the rest with just a fresh coat of normal. This step alone could make a huge difference in your mood when walking into the room.

    Back splash: Adding a colorful or patterned back to your stove or under your cabinets could create a stylish new look that improves the entire look of your kitchen. Try a unique, yet cool pattern (like chevron) or a unique spin on a favorite like subway tiles with a strong color.

    2. Lose the Hardware

    One of the most stylish statements in the modern era can be created by using clean smooth lines. Traditional kitchen hardware and cabinets are bulky at best and tacky at worst.

    By using invisible hinges on cabinets, you can create a seamless line of beauty. Not only will it be sleek and “wow” worthy, it will be durable too. Our SOSS invisible hinges last for decades due to their quality construction.

    3. Change It from Top to Bottom

    No. We’re not suggesting to rip your kitchen down to the studs and start over. We are literally suggesting changing your ceiling and floors (aka the top and bottom).

    The ceilings are usually just a white or textured space that is begging for some color. You can paint it to make it match the rest of the room, or go the extra mile and use fashionable ceiling tiles to make a very wow statement.

    With your floors, it can be tricky. They may be beautiful, but if you are looking for a room that has loads of color you can make some inexpensive (yet drastic changes). Painting wood floors in bright accent colors with a different design will make people take notice. Try something really fun like a zig zag or square patterns to really show off.

    Now, it’s time for you to take an honest look at your kitchen and load up the charm and style until you say WOW!

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  • 4 Forgotten Updates in a Remodel Project

    36951391_sRemodels can be a stressful time. While most homeowners find the process worthwhile in terms of return on investment and re-sale value, it’s still a process that can be tough to bear. It could be the time, not being able to utilize the area, or wondering which updates to put more money into.

     

    After all is said and done, there are bound to be a few things that you say, “I wish we would have done that.”

    To help you consider these commonly passed over updates we’ve written our top 4 choices.

    Security System

    Many people who remodel forget to add or simply choose not to use a home security system. There are many benefits to these systems in general, but installing one during a remodel helps you choose a location that would be harder for an intruder to find and “cut”. It would also make it easy to place panels where you would like that makes them less of an eye sore.

    Key Stat: 25% of home intruders cut the phone lines or wiring in order to avoid security alarms.

    Powered Pantry

    Many remodels include a pantry. They are so common due to the rise in popularity of cooking in large remodeled kitchens. However, many homeowners are also following the trend of having clean and open counter space.

    The counters are being cleared off leaving many appliances to be semi permanently left in (you guessed it) the pantry. Powering your pantry with electrical outlets will allow you to use common appliances without them being seen.

    Extra Step: You could go the extra mile and hide your pantry as well by making the door seamlessly attach to your wall with invisible hinges (or even use a hidden door).

    Go Greener

    Aesthetics and home value are usually the two most important reasons to remodel a home, but while it’s all torn apart you can take time to build it up with more energy efficiency. Wire the roof for a future solar install, add skylights for more natural sun, and change out older appliances.

    Make Room for Supplies

    Everyone knows what a broom closet is, but too often mops, brooms, and vacuums end up in a corner or closet where they aren’t welcome. Setting aside a couple feet of floor space next to your laundry or mud room will keep commonly used cleaning supplies out of the way. They’ll still be easily accessible to make your home look good, but won’t hang out for all to see.

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  • 5 Kitchen Updates to Skyrocket Your Home's Value

    45169185_sEveryone knows that updating a home’s kitchen is one of the best (if not the best) way to increase the value of that property. Although, as with most things in life, there are some things that work better than others.

    So, what are some of the things to do in your kitchen that offers the best bang for the buck?

    Great question, and it’s the one we hope to answer with our five high return on investment (ROI) updates.

    1. Pantry

    One of the most common problems in the kitchens of existing homes is the lack of pantry space. Many homes don’t even have a pantry! If you’ve watched a home show or two, you may have noticed that potential buyers clamor over a well thought out and sizeable space for dry goods. This storage space not only adds value; it could end up being one of the primary selling points for your home.

    2. Extra Eating Space

    Not so much in the form of an eat in kitchen. Think of it as bonus space for feeding the kids in the morning with a breakfast nook. Or perhaps a high counter with a couple of stools to continue the conversation with friends after dinner. It doesn’t necessarily need to be a place for large meals, but enough space to feel intimate and not crowded. No one wants to eat in the dining room for lunch, and once you’re done eating; guests usually vacate to other areas.

    3. Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

    The reason kitchens are so important to a home’s value is due to their uses being expanded. Years ago, the cookery was used to prepare food, that’s it. Now, it’s for homework, friends, dinner, lunch, business, you name it. That being said, people like primary living spaces that have a lot of light. If you can go natural, even better. Just make sure there’s enough and it fits the room and creates a warm feel.

    4. Ridiculous Amounts of Storage

    Not just cabinets, although they are a category all their own. The pantry (mentioned earlier) will go a long way, but adding extra space and maybe even utilizing space saving fixtures. Something like a chandelier that also holds pots and pans, or a fashionable magnetic knife holder and spice rack. The extra space will always get used and makes the room super appealing to home shoppers.

    5. Luxury Cabinets

    If there is a most important update, it would be the cabinets. Buyers wonder if there are enough cabinets immediately upon entering every kitchen they see. Not only that, but if the cabinets have updates like soft closing and if they maximize space usage. The sale price of your house will be directly impacted by new cabinets if they look stunning and function well.

    One of the best ways to ensure a look that stands out among the rest is to use invisible cabinet hinges. These hinges are some of the best quality you can find, and will last as long as the cabinets (actually longer if allowed). SOSS has made invisible hinges since 1903 and help some of the highest value properties in the world look even better.

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