Estimating the Cost of a Kitchen Remodel
pie chart of kitchen remodel budget costs: appliances 18%, cabinets 26%, backsplash 4%, flooring 7%, plumbing 8%, lighting and electrical 10%, install 13%,

Before you shop for appliances, before you hire a contractor—in fact, before any other part of your kitchen remodel, you want to estimate the cost of your project and develop a budget. The pie chart above shows how one remodel budget was distributed.

Remodel costs as a percentage of home value

The cost of your remodel will depend on several factors, including the extent of your project.…

CliqStudios. The Choice of Builders
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Why would a builder choose CliqStudios cabinets for his own home? In Chad Colman’s case, it’s because he chose them for other people’s homes first and came away duly impressed.

Colman is a contractor on Daniel Island in South Carolina, and his relationship with CliqStudios stretches back three houses. It began in the finishing phase of a home when he searched locally for high-end cabinets for the master bath.…

Jewelry for Cabinets: Choosing Hardware
kitchen with glazed white cabinets, window to staircase, oil rubbed bronze chandelier over center island and hardwood floors

Cabinet hardware is the finishing touch on a kitchen design.

Certainly you will choose hardware that works well with your cabinet style and finish. But this is also an opportunity to enhance a color or style introduced in your countertop, appliances, light fixtures, faucet, flooring or paint. Below are some examples, along with tips on how knobs and pulls can may your kitchen design pop.…

Color—the New Frontier for Kitchen Appliances
kitchen with glazed maple cabinets, black appliances, gray marble countertops and wide plank hardwood flooring

In this traditional kitchen, black appliances and a hand-wiped glazed maple finish enhance the graceful profile of the raised-panel door cabinets. Design by Karla Reck

Beyond stainless – exploring alternative appliance finishes

For twenty years, stainless steel has been the finish of choice for kitchen appliances, and we designers see no sign of that changing.…

Hi, Refrigerator, Are We Out of Eggs?  Meet the Smart Kitchen.
woman on cell phone in dairy aisle in grocery store

A majority of cooks use tablets or smart phones to help in food preparation.  (NextMarket Insights, 2014) Until recently, uses were limited to looking up recipes, ordering groceries and learning about nutrition. Today, however, innovators and major manufacturers are ready to help you communicate directly with kitchen appliances and devices via smart phone or computer.…

Hiring a Remodel Contractor—What to Watch For
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Whether you hire a general contractor or a plumber, electrician, cabinet installer or other subcontractor, your choice will affect the quality of the final kitchen as well as your budget, timeline and stress level. The following tips will help you navigate the process smoothly.

Find contractors. You may have names from friends and relatives.…

Try a Little Minion in Your Kitchen
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Every home can use an extra dose of joy and optimism. That is why Pantone named its newest fashion color Minion Yellow in honor of the well-meaning yet bumbling animated characters.

So, in celebration of Spring and Minions, add a vase of April daffodils, paint one kitchen wall a warm and cheerful yellow, or add a new piece of pottery to your display.…

Have a Seat: Dining at the Kitchen Island
gray shaker cabinets in center island with seating

In the kitchen pictured above, counter stools are upholstered in a gray and white print that reinforces the two-tone cabinetry and transitional-style pendant lighting.

Smart, Sassy and Social: Bar Stool Decor

Counter stools are the finishing touch for an open kitchen design with a  furniture-style island or peninsula. Choose stools that blend with both kitchen and living decors to reinforce your open design.…

Create a Buffet or Pantry with Modified Depth
black shaker cabinets in reduced depth used to create pantry wall reflecting buffet in dining room

In the kitchen pictured above, reduced-depth black Shaker-style cabinets are used to create a shallow pantry wall. Topped with crown molding, the pantry reflects the style of the original buffet in the adjacent dining space.

Modify depth of a section of cabinets for a truly unique effect or to solve a tricky problem.…

Create Furniture Styling with Semi-Custom Cabinets
Cherry kitchen island with bookcase in kitchen with built in buffets from semi custom cabinets

Today’s lifestyle calls for an open floor plan. When the walls come down, however, a designer is challenged to create graceful transitions across food prep, dining and living areas. The answer? Built-in furniture-style cabinet features.

A graceful transition between cooking and living areas, this furniture-style kitchen island includes a bookcase. The island is built with maple semi-custom cabinets in a traditional raised-panel door style.…