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Best Kitchen Lighting Fixtures: Under-Cabinet, Recessed, Pendant

The lighting in your kitchen is a bigger factor than many people know. Lights are such an important aspect to the final feel and look for the kitchen area. That is why today we are talking about the best kitchen lighting fixtures: under-cabinet, recessed, pendant.

 

Best Kitchen Lighting Fixtures: Under-Cabinet, Recessed, Pendant

If you don’t have the budget yet for a complete kitchen area remodel, then simply bringing your kitchen area lights up-to-date is a good option to do. Kitchen area lights come in different forms that make your kitchen really “shine” and create a wonderful impression for your guests. Three great light options to place in your kitchen are:

Under-Cabinet Lighting

People enjoy this type of lighting because of the ambient effect of turning off the rest of the lights in the kitchen at night and just leaving these lights on. It really makes the kitchen feel very warm and romantic. Under-cabinets are also ready for task lighting in the mornings. These lights give enough light to make that morning cup of coffee as well as making lunches for school or work.  When purchasing the lights talk with your local retailer about what the best type to get for your space. While under-cabinet lights are easy to install on your own it is still recommended to have a qualified electrician do it. These lights also have the least amount of dust involved with their installation.

Recessed Lighting

Often called can light, these lights are the same thing as recessed lights. This type of light comes in varying sizes for ambient or task lighting. Recessed lights are great for the kitchen because of their simple design and because they have a dimmer option that can change the mood. A good amount of lights to install is 6 to 10. While it is the best kind, these lights can be the most expensive type of lighting for your kitchen. The reason these lights are so expensive is because of the drywall installation, repair/mudding, and painting.

Pendant Lighting

This type of light looks great over your kitchen sink while doing dishes or over an island while preparing food for dinner. Because of the amazing styles pendant lights come in you can show off your kitchen decor and style flare with these lights. Pendant lights are also very easy to install and can be done in a short amount of time. When installing these lights all that you need to do is wire them straight to a junction box in your ceiling and you are good to go.

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While most homeowners want to invest in their kitchens for cabinets and countertops they often forget to budget for the lights. Especially since lighting is an important aspect of the final look and feel of the kitchen. No matter which style you choose, under-cabinet, recessed, pendant or all of the above, you will be greatly improving the look of your kitchen. Even if you don’t do a full kitchen remodel simply updating the light fixtures works well. If you are on a budget then go to a good light store and talk to one of the professionals there. They will help you with the right lighting design and lights to get for your budget. Just by installing new light fixtures you can create a good return on your investment later on down the road.

It is also important to keep these 9 ways to upgrade your kitchen in mind when you are getting started.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on lighting for your kitchen, give me a call. My team and I have been serving Hinsdale, Oak Brook, LaGrange, Darien, Western Springs, Burr Ridge, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Bluff, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Styles And Trends Of The Kitchen Sink

Styles and trends of the kitchen sink. What are they? That question gets asked fairly often because people are always looking for the best sink for them. Because every family is different, they need to answer that question for themselves.

 

Styles and Trends Of The Kitchen Sink

When it comes to the kitchen sink, there are many different styles and trends. Here are several different styles and trends.

  • Under-mount Sinks or Apron Style Sinks. They use solid surface countertops such as quartz and granite. And most under-mount sinks are made with three types of materials.
  • Stainless Steel Sinks. These sinks currently are the most popular type of sink that is installed in homes.
  • Acrylic Sinks. These types of sinks are the second most popular type of sink that is installed.
  • Composite Sinks. Like Kohler’s Neoproc, is a combination of quartz, hardeners, and resin and are formed under extreme temperatures.
  • Hammered Copper Sinks aren’t as commonly found in homes as the other types.

One trend that is often found in homes is placing the sink in the kitchen island instead of underneath a window and along the wall. Whether it is placed under the window or in the sink it is important to have the sink coordinate with the edges of the countertop.

Kitchen Sink Depth And Number Of Bowls

When it comes to the depth of your sink, the deeper it is, the better. This gives you more room to leave extra dishes there if you can’t place them in the dishwasher or aren’t able to immediately clean them. While people occasionally prefer to have a single sink bowl, having two bowls is still the standard number for sinks. Corian sinks, along with Corian countertops are slowly becoming popular for use in kitchens. It is a little bit more pricey than the standard stainless steel sink, but it is durable and a great product.

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For the last 30 years, there hasn’t been much of a change in kitchen sinks. And the quality of materials, price, and durability, are what drives customer selection for sinks. When it comes to selecting a new sink for your home keep in mind that every family is varied and generally there honestly is a kitchen sink for each sort of family.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on finding the right kitchen sink style for you, give me a call.  My team and I have been serving Lincoln Park, Wicker Park, River West, Near West Side, Printers Row, Dearborn Park, Gold Coast, Lake Shore East, New East Side, Streeterville, Near North, Loop, Old Town, River North, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Where To Relocate Old Kitchen Cabinets When Remodeling

Does your laundry room have little or no storage? Do you need extra storage in the garage for tools? Are you looking up where to relocate old kitchen cabinets when remodeling? By answering yes to those questions, you have come to the right place.

 

Where To Relocate Old Kitchen Sinks When Remodeling

By saving the kitchen cabinets and relocating them to a room like your laundry room. You are creating more storage space as well as removing any small storage spaces that were there.  By reusing them, you don’t throw the cabinets out into a landfill.

Relocating old kitchen cabinets to the garage or a storage shed are other great options. Basements are another great space to relocate them as well. If you don’t need the extra space in the laundry room. By merely relocating your old kitchen cabinets you are saving yourself some money. As well as protecting them from ending up in a landfill.

Sinks and Granite Countertops

Of course, you can relocate more than just your cabinets. Repurposing sinks and granite countertops is a good option as well. Especially when you take the sink countertops and some base cabinets and place them all in the laundry room. Reusing them in the laundry room also allows you to get rid of the old fiberglass sink. And replace it with something a lot nicer.

Drawbacks to Reusing and Relocating

There are always drawbacks. Even to good ideas. You may have to pay a contractor to remove the old cabinets and counters carefully. So that they don’t become damaged. Or you will have to remove them yourself. Another drawback is moving them to the location. Especially if you aren’t ready to start using them. Then they will have to be carefully stored someplace until you are ready.

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People always love to recycle items. Like making new water bottles out of old ones. Or buying and selling through consignment shops. Don’t be afraid to reuse items from remodeling projects. Especially since the cabinets, sinks, and granite countertops can be relocated to new locations. Like the laundry room or garage. Keeping them in good condition makes them look great for longer. It will also save you from needing to buy more storage for other rooms in the house. It is also important to make sure that you have the right equipment to take care of any extra dust.

Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on relocating old kitchen cabinets when remodeling, give me a call.  My team and I would love to be of service to the Northwest Indiana communities such as St John, Long Beach, Beverly Shores, Lake of the Four Seasons, Schererville, Kreitzburg, Michigan City, Grand Beach, and New Buffalo, and all of Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Ideas For Your Kitchen Island

Have you ever been short on ideas for your kitchen island? In this video, Mark talks about the importance of the layout for your kitchen island as well as the purpose. 

 

Ideas For Your Kitchen Island:

To determine the right kitchen island for you, you’ll need to know the following:

  1. The main use of your kitchen island now
  2. What kitchen island shape would work best for you and your family
  3. Do you want the sinks and stoves moved over to the island?

Purposes and Shapes for Most Kitchen Islands:

The most common purpose for a kitchen island is for meal preparation. You’re able to work on a huge slab of granite or quartz, spreading out all your food, without any appliances getting the way. Islands are also used for entertainment. Typically, couples will serve cocktails and have appetizers placed on the island. Some families will even use their kitchen island to quickly eat at on the days when they are super busy. I have found that these purposes are some of the most common for kitchen islands. There are a few different kitchen island shapes. There is the rectangle, square and not so typical, I-shaped or J-shaped. The most popular kitchen island shape is the rectangle, but lately, couples are now having the square island installed because they are perfect to serve as an eat-in area. The L-shaped and J-shaped are not very popular but are super neat. Due to the unique design of these islands, they are more expensive. But no matter what the size or shape of the island the countertop edge that you select will look great.

Sinks and Stoves at your Kitchen Island

Since one of the most general purposes for a kitchen island is food preparation, it makes perfect sense to have a preparation sink right on the island for the produced garbage. Then, if you want your stoved moved over to the island as well, most couples will have the countertop raised for people to eat at and then have the stovetop lowered.

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Overall, the shape or size of the kitchen island you choose will be a great addition and great investment! Kitchen islands are so convenient, as well as great for entertaining. Since we enlarged our kitchen island, we use it for so many purposes, I love it. Don’t forget, if you need an estimate on a kitchen remodeling project, give me a call. My team and I have been serving St. Charles, Warrenville, Wheaton, Winfield, Geneva, Batavia, and all of the Chicago area for 30+ years.

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Best Practices Controlling Remodeling Dust

 

How to Control Dust

Make sure you don’t forget any one of these steps if you want to keep dust to a minimum and apply the best practices controlling remodeling dust.

  • Covering hardwood floors with a type of compression board (many to choose from);
  • Cover carpeting with a plastic that has a mastic;
  • Cover everything in a lightweight plastic;
  • Remove any small items that you don’t want to dust afterward

Best Practices Controlling Remodeling Dust

By far, the best practices controlling remodeling dust includes two other methods:

  1. Installing a zip-wall system;
  2. Covering air vents;
  3. Use a Build Clean Air Scrubber system which captures 90% of airborne dust.

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