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Keeping Your Kitchen On Trend May Be Easier Than You Think

By John Ward on Oct 17, 2019 8:59:08 AM

If your kitchen seems a tad stuck in another era and you are ready for an updated look, there are exciting products and ideas in store for 2020 that will bring any outdated kitchen into the future. Kitchen’s have long been referred to as the heart of a home, a gathering place for family and friends to share in the preparation and enjoyment of meals together.

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From Houzz: Basement Design Trends

By Deb Harrell on Oct 14, 2019 4:14:30 PM

Depending on your region, a finished basement may be a rarity or a must-have. For those with extra underground square footage (or the possibility of it), a basement can be a cozy spot for watching the big game, a guest suite, a gym, a playroom and much more.  

When it comes to keeping those spaces fresh and functional, here are a few choices and details basement design professionals and Houzz users are choosing.
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2019 Kitchen Trends

By John Ward on Oct 4, 2019 2:37:02 PM

The Hottest 2019 Kitchen Trends to Look out for


The kitchen is the hub of any home. It’s where families and friends gather to cook and share meals together. It is a very high-traffic space and it generally influences the design of the rest of the house, especially if the home has an open plan layout. Whatever colors and materials are used in the kitchen normally set the tone for other areas that are adjacent to it, for example the dining and living areas. 

In this article, we’ve gathered all the hottest 2019 kitchen trends to look out for so you can present new, contemporary ideas to your clients in the upcoming year.

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Kitchen color trends

(Image by Sherwin Williams)

Sherwin Williams announced that the 2019 color of the year is Cavern Clay, which is a warm and inviting color that can be used in any part of the home. Using it as an accent color in the kitchen adds an organic touch to it. Check out the Sherwin Williams 2019 color forecast for a full list of all color trends. Sherwin Williams colors are also available for use in 2020 Design. 

Here are the 2019 kitchen trends in terms of colors 

  • Organic/natural colors 
  • Muddy blue 
  • Burnt orange 
  • Dark brown 
  • Dark grey
  • Black

Kitchen cabinetry trends

More and more homeowners are looking for innovative storage solutions for their kitchens. They want to declutter their countertops, which is where cabinets and drawers come into play.  

Here are the 2019 kitchen trends in terms of cabinetry: 

  • Wide & deep drawers 
  • Rustic woods (walnut, oak, cherry, ash, elm) 
  • Laminates 
  • Pull-outs 
  • Roll out trays 
  • Pantries 
  • Simple detailing 
  • Cut-out handles 
  • Handleless cabinets 
  • Fewer upper cabinets (open shelving)

Kitchen material trends

Although quartz and hardwood flooring are still dominant materials in modern kitchens, there are different materials being introduced for countertops, floors, and backsplashes. 

Here are the 2019 kitchen trends in terms of materials:  

  • Terrazzo surfaces
  • High contrasting marble 
  • Subway tiles (a classic!) 
  • Highly patterned tiles (Spanish & Moroccan) 
  • Copper & gold accents 
  • Concrete

Kitchen appliance trends

Say goodbye to the old-fashioned stainless steel kitchen appliances. Well, not goodbye forever, but 2019 has a whole slew of new kitchen appliance trends that will give you more options than ever before. 

Here are the 2019 kitchen trends in terms of appliances: 

  • Dark matte appliances (black stainless steel) 
  • Sous vide cooking features 
  • Vacuuming drawers 
  • Tall column refrigerators 
  • Glass door refrigerators 
  • Induction cooktops 
  • Handleless/hidden appliances 
  • Touch controls 
  • Retro appliances (think Smeg and Elmira Stove Works)
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[Cost of  Kitchen Remodel] Blog

By Deb Harrell on Sep 10, 2019 10:08:53 PM

Many things in life can be boiled down to one central concern: What’s this going to cost me? When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, the answer isn’t always straightforward. The size of your space, the scope of work involved, your DIY abilities, the quality of materials you choose and even your geographic location all play a part. But if you’re going into it blind, a new study from Houzz, which surveyed more than 1,700 users about their kitchen renovations,  can give you a solid jumping-off point and offer ideas on how you might allocate that budget.
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Howell MI [ 5 remodels that pay off and 5 that don't] Blog

By Deb Harrell on Sep 10, 2019 10:02:15 PM

Repeat after me: I am the master of my remodel. Perhaps you should say it again, because sadly, it’s not always so. Remodels sometimes have a tendency to develop their own inertia, as decisions lead to new dilemmas, unintended consequences and surprising outcomes. In some cases, these flights of fancy are perfectly acceptable, provided the design and completed execution truly align with the vision and budget.

But if your budget is a concern, and the wise investment of limited home improvement dollars matters, then there are a few basic guidelines you should familiarize yourself with before planning your remodel. Today we review five remodels that typically make good financial sense, providing a nice return on the investment at the time of resale — and five that don’t.
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Basement Remodeling-Finish Your Basement the Right-Howell MI

By Deb Harrell on Aug 17, 2019 9:46:05 PM

Basements are tricky. These large spaces beg for a new use, but they often become dumping grounds for all of life's extras. If selling your house in this market isn't an option but you want extra living space, you might find yourself pacing back and forth in the basement wondering if you can convert it to the room of your dreams. As the photos below show, it's possible — and the options are endless.  

Diagrams:  The steps in finishing a basement
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Bath - 6 Things to Replace When You Renovate

By Deb Harrell on Aug 15, 2019 3:56:43 PM

When it comes to renovating one of the most important rooms of your house, i.e. bathroom, the procedure must be taken care of very minutely. After all, this is the place which determines your level of hygiene.

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Houzz Guides: Steps to Finishing Your Basement

By Deb Harrell on Aug 15, 2019 3:29:43 PM

One of the best and most rewarding home remodeling projects is   finishing an existing basement. Even in older homes, where the ceiling heights aren't always the tallest, finishing a basement can provide that extra bit of living space such as a playroom for the kids, an exercise room, a quiet home office and so much more.

First, though, you'll want to make sure that your basement is a candidate for finishing. Make sure there's enough ceiling height, the foundation doesn't leak and there aren't any egregious code violations.

That's not to say you can't fix these things. If the ceiling isn't high enough, you can lower the floor by removing the existing concrete slab,   digging down  and then pouring a new slab. If there isn't an egress window, you can cut through the foundation wall and install one. Just keep in mind that doing these things will add to the cost of the remodel.
Topics: basement remodel
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Basement Remodel Guides Houzz: 11 Ways to Finesse Your Finished Basement

By Deb Harrell on Aug 15, 2019 3:22:33 PM

A freshly finished basement, when designed with your style and needs in mind, can be a welcome respite on hot days and effectively double your living space — especially important in a small home.  

These 11 tips can help you put your own stamp on a basement makeover and make it work for the entire family.
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Tips: Designing for Small Kitchen Spaces-All In One Renovations

By Deb Harrell on Aug 15, 2019 3:18:33 PM

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