Is Your Kitchen Ready for the Color App?

Posted by on Jan 17, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Is Your Kitchen Ready for the Color App?

      Tired of stainless finishes in your kitchen appliances? Maybe it is time for COLOR for your kitchen appliances. Inspiration is diverse and everywhere! How about these alternatives to shake up the status quo?   The Dacor website states the shift occurring… ” Homeowners seeking to update their kitchen with high-performing appliances have not had many choices beyond solid stainless steel or extremely saturated and overbearing colors. However, our Preference Collection allows homeowners to introduce an alternative to the kitchen – in subtle tones that consumers will love looking at everyday.” Refrigerators with floating glass front panels with 6 color options – Anthracite Gray, Sterling Gray, Titanium Silver, Blue Water, Slate Green and Black- co-ordinate with other appliances. Soft, understated these Dacor colors compliment today’s contemporary styles.      Perlick shakes the design world  “with the first-ever stainless steel under counter refrigerated cabinets available in the colors of Amethyst and Copper.” True to Perlick’s reputation, they are not only functional, but also unique. The amethyst color with stainless steel accents offers a rich complement for a variety of styles.     Viking Range Corporation is no stranger to offering color finishes to consumers. Know for quality and design Viking has offered Stainless Steel, Black, White, Graphite Gray, Stone Gray, Taupe, Biscuit, Cotton White, Sage, Mint Julep, Sea Glass, Iridescent Blue, Viking Blue, Cobalt Blue, Lemonade, Racing Red, Apple Red, Burgundy, Plum, and Chocolate as finish options. Recently adding Cinnamon, Dijon, Kettle Black and Wasabi as color options, selections now total 24.     Adding color to a kitchen appliance can add interest to a neutral color palette. Sounds simple, yet risky. The real question is – Are you ready for the color Purple?  ...

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5 Trends for Remodeling in 2014

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

5 Trends for Remodeling in 2014

The New Year is a great time to share remodeling trends that we are installing in many of our projects. Some trends are transitioning to mainstream; while, a few are new on the scene. Here’s our top 5 recommendations for 2014:        Edging out bath tubs in popularity, showers reign supreme. Seamless showers appeal to a wide audience. Losing the shower curb not only creates a spacious feel in the bath but easy access to the shower. Universal design at it’s finest, this trend will soon be mainstream.   Stand alone tubs bring a sense of style to all bathroom remodels. Taking up less space than the tiled in deck tub or whirlpool, stand alone tubs enlarge the overall available space in many baths. Endless styles are available for designing the perfect marriage of function & relaxation.   Floating shelves in kitchens, entertainment and storage areas do away with the upper cabinet model. Treating these areas with an eye for design can incorporate not only storage; but visual interest, artwork and spacial breathing room. Tending toward the more contemporay taste, these elements can adapt to any style.   Clients are warming up to radiant heated floors. Once considered an “upgrade”, floor heat is fast becoming a remodeling project standard. Once only popular for the bath, we now enhance basements, kitchens, laundry rooms and living spaces with the comfort floor heat offers. After all this cold weather, who wouldn’t want a warm floor to keep the chill off their toes?   With boomerang kids, aging parents & our own physical needs more thought is being given to multi-gen or universal design. As previously mentioned, curbless showers create easy access for wheelchairs or impaired walking. Wall mounted sinks, wide hallways, sensor faucets and of course heated floors are popular remodeling enhancements for creating a comfortable and safe home. We are constantly looking for new and innovative ideas for remodeling projects. This list is a good place to start for what’s new for 2014. Which trend will you add to your project ideabook?...

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Kitchen Trends Party on with the Jetsons

Posted by on Dec 31, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Kitchen Trends Party on with the Jetsons

It’s 2014 & the Jetsons are bringing the party to your kitchen!   Yes, it’s true! The Jetson’s kitchen technology has arrived in 2014.   Here’s some of the latest technology trends to enhance your kitchen environment for the New Year and beyond.   Ventilation Hood & Media Center from Siemens brings the party to you. While creating your party menu favorites, you can listen to music, tune in the Food Network or watch your favorite movie. Front and center over your cooktop, the avantGarde vent hood knows how to engage everyone in the cooking experience.   I’ll take a cup. Built in coffee systems are brewing for the coffee aficionados in your home. Miele’s whole bean system lets you choose espresso, cappucciono or regular coffee with a touch of a button. How easy to fly in for a cup and be on your way? Yes, George Jetson would be starting his day  with a smile !   Need a charge, not enough outlets?  Problem solved. U-Socket is an AC receptacle that can power any device with it’s two built in USB ports. iPhone, digital camera, Kindle or iPad, U-Socket handles them all. It’s the perfect example of innovation following function. Design a clutter free docking station for any room in your home and stay connected.   Last but not least. Here’s something for you to dream about….. a REALLY smart refrigerator! Imagine having your own “Refrigerator Rosey”! A fridge that knows your tastes,what’s chilling inside on the shelves and will create menu options based it’s contents. Liking this so far? “Rosey” will also take your selected recipes and compute a grocery list based on your current fridge inventory. When you are ready to cook, “Rosey” becomes an interactive cookbook and talks you through the recipe process. Yes, your own cooking coach! Tired of dealing with”Refrigertor Rosey, a push of the button turns the electochromic surface transparent and you can see what’s in your fridge. Panel reverts to former digital format when you are done. While this refrigerator is in prototype stages, I can’t help but think this technology will soon be mainstream.   These kitchen trends for 2014 are just a few innovations, blending technology and function.   As our kitchens evolve,  I can help wondering what else was behind the buttons George pushed! Any ideas? So many buttons, so little...

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An Insider Look at New Bathroom Trends

Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Breaking Out of the Bathroom Blues October is National Kitchen and Bath Month and that means it’s time to think “outside the tub.” The upcoming new year in bathroom design ushers in a new wave of creativity. To help get your creative juices flowing, here are a few of the latest trends: 1. Luxury Hideaway: Many homeowners are remodeling their bathrooms to create their very own spa-like retreats. Clean lines, neutral colors, chrome accents, and design simplicity reign supreme. Thick luscious towels and floor mats can also be a nice touch of luxury. Of course, it always helps if you have an ocean-view… 2. A Pop of Color: All signs point to color being a big player in the 2014 scene, in bedrooms, kitchens, and especially bathrooms. Color is a great way to completely change the look and feel of a room, and give you an entirely new perspective. Whether it’s a bright blue or a slightly more subtle green, don’t be afraid to jump into color and explore your options! 3. Creative Storage: A place for everything and everything in it’s place. As bathrooms become much more of a focus in the home, you might find yourself spending a bit more time there, and with more time comes more stuff! But don’t worry, 2014 will bring with it many new options for tucking your essentials away, and still looking great in the process! But the most important trend upcoming in bathrooms? Creative license to turn your bathroom into whatever you want! Bathrooms don’t need to just be a place to get in/get out of anymore. Instead, they are quickly becoming a centerpiece of the home and their design can reflect your unique tastes. Another helpful hint when thinking about your bathroom is the intended use. If it’s a Master Bath think retreat from life — your very own private escape. If it’s a second bath designed for guests or children you may want to think more utilitarian. For more inspiration for your bathroom project connect with us on Facebook or look at our ideabooks on...

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Naperville “Master-peace” Bath

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Bathrooms, Blog, Featured Projects, Uncategorized | 1 comment

Not unlike many Naperville homes, Dennis & Katie’s master bath is compact. Their bath is efficient in the use of space and conveniently located as part of their master bedroom. With their children’s college years complete, Dennis & Katie decided it was their master bath’s turn for some attention! The keys to success for this Naperville master bath remodel were to create a larger shower, add more storage, improve overall lighting and give the bath a more current vibe.   Looking beyond the limits of this 5′ x 8′ bath, the demolition enlarged the shower by removing existing soffits & pushed the shower wall to the entire width of the bath. Increased storage came with the new counter height bath cabinet , complete with drawers & pull out shelves.  The recessed, wall mounted, mirrored medicine cabinet, topped off storage enhancements. Things got brighter with the two LED wall scones surface mounted on a full height custom beveled vanity mirror.   Introducing calm, natural materials transformed this ordinary master bath into a “Master-peace” Bath. Using large scale rectangular tile on the floors and shower created a feeling of spaciousness in this small space. Running down the center of the shower wall, natural river rock stone in soft sea-glass tones adds subtle texture and movement to the space. Espresso finish on the cabinet adds contrast the to the tile and creme marfil marble counter top.  A flip down teak shower seat discreetly adds seating and a spa touch to the shower. Use of over-sized vanity mirror adds the illusion of space and great reflection of light for dressing. Chrome finished plumbing & bath accessories add a touch of sparkle. The use of the sea-glass color paint on the walls and ceiling contribute to the overall serenity of this Naperville “Master-peace“. Who knew such a peaceful place could exist in a 5 x 8 Master Bath in Naperville?   ...

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Bath Tranformed for NOW!

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Bathrooms, Blog, Featured Projects, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Bath Tranformed for NOW!

Newlyweds, Kirsten & Denis decided it was time to bite the bullet and settle in the “burbs”. They found a gently loved home in Wheaton. While the home needed some updating, they felt the quiet Wheaton neighborhood was perfect & they could take their time remodeling. At the Top of their project list was the master bath that they use daily. While small in size and tired in appeal, their  vision saw great potential beyond the existing bath. Demolition tore everything out, leaving just 4 walls to be their guide, and the remodeling adventure began. First priority was to add light to the dark space. The horizontal window added to the shower wall brightened up the room immediately. A clean lined, white, wall hung vanity enhanced the feeling of spaciousness in this small bath. Large scale rectangular tiles, installed vertically on the shower wall, running up from the floor incorporated a feeling of height in the space. Adding bamboo floor planks horizontally on the bath wall created a warm texture against the understated tile. Chrome finished faucets and plumbing fixtures brought just enough bling to the space to add sparkle and light. Playing up the understated materials & accessories completed this contemporary style bath remodel. (View More Photos) We love this true classic bath remodel hidden in a quiet neighborhood in suburban Wheaton. Don’t you?...

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