Home improvement

Refreshing Kitchens!

By Deb Williamson

Kitchen Renovations

Refreshing Kitchen Updates

While April Showers are starting to refresh our outdoors with the hope of May flowers, springtime is the perfect time to start planning for refreshing updates to yourkitchen. Kitchens are the heart of every home. Whether you’re cooking dinner for your family, entertaining friends or just midnight snacking, you’ll find yourself hanging out in the kitchen. That’s why kitchen updates always top the list of homeowners’ wishes and are the focus of so many home improvements. This spring, I would like to offer some fresh ideas to update your kitchen space.

Open Floor Plans

Sooooo….. what do today’s kitchens wish for? Open and airy come to mind. Wide open kitchen layouts that provide unobstructed views of the dining room, living room or outdoors are a must. Homeowners wish-lists include large oversized windows, sinks, islands, hoods and appliances. Other desirable items include cabinets that reach to the ceiling and stacked crown moldings that delight the eye and make the room visibly taller than it actually is. New floor plans need to provide an efficient flow within the kitchen, making it easy to move from the refrigerator to the sink and cooktop within a few steps without feeling crowded. Homeowners are also requesting larger kitchen spaces to accommodate several cooks in the kitchen and plenty of seating for guests.   

Cabinet Ideas

Fresh ideas in the kitchen start with cabinetry. Today’s cabinets offer endless options including numerous wood species, stain colors, paint colors, door styles, and finishing techniques. Your cabinetry plan should not only look great but should also offer you improved function and flow over your existing kitchen. Currently, homeowners are opting for multi-toned kitchens which incorporate a mix of painted and stained cabinets and makes it easy to mix and match furniture and accessories. White painted cabinets are still the most requested cabinet with gray and blue tones following closely behind.

Storage Solutions

Storage solutions are another way homeowners are freshening up their kitchens. Luxury kitchens are re-introducing the butler’s pantry in addition to walk-in pantries and tons of cabinetry. And for those who are lacking space, storage solutions are incorporated into their cabinetry plan, including kitchen pantries, oversized drawer bases, garbage recycling centers, charging drawers and pop-up mixing stands. High-end cabinetry hardware comes standard these days with full extension drawers allowing easy access to items in the back of the drawer and soft-close mechanisms that allow doors and drawers to gently glide shut while eliminating annoying noises.

Countertops Surfaces

Finally, new countertops are great way to refresh an existing kitchen or add the perfect complement to a new one. Solid surfaces such as quartz and granite countertops are highly sought-after options that provide durable work spaces and adds style to the overall kitchen plan. Quartz in black or white seem to be the countertops of choice with their no-maintenance finish and food-safe surface. If solid surfaces aren’t in your budget, there are some great looking high-definition laminates that can finish off your kitchen for a fraction of the price.

Attention to Details

Today’s kitchens require attention to details! Homeowners are using unique, oversized hoods as centerpieces and accenting the space with distinctive materials such as shiplap, stainless steel, huge corbels or wood beams and adorning the backsplashes with beautiful and unique tiles and accessories. Flooring trends are quickly lightening up in color contributing to the light and airy feel that homeowners crave. All of these details combined with an open floorplan create kitchens homeowners are dreaming of. This spring, there’s no better time to start thinking about ways to refresh your kitchen! 

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2019 Lakes FM & KSUM Spring Expo Home Show April 5–7

By Deb Williamson

New Location & VendorsDeb Williamson

Thinking about updating your kitchen or bathroom? Starting an outdoor landscaping project? Looking for new ideas to improve your home? Then you should come out and visit the 2019 Lakes FM & KSUM Spring Expo home show coming our way April 5th–7th at the Martin County Arena in Fairmont. With a new location and new vendors, we are expecting this show to be the best show yet! Let me give you a few reasons to attend….

Home Expo Shows are Educational

Starting a home project can be a difficult task especially if you’re not sure who to talk to or where to start. Home expo shows are a great way for homeowners to get to know local contractors, material suppliers, cabinetry specialists, interior designers, landscapers, realtors and more! With over 70 vendors at the 2019 Spring Expo, the show is a great chance for you to stop by and visit with professionals in your area about questions you might be having pertaining to your home improvement projects.

Home Expo Shows are Inspirational

Often, exhibitors have samples of the products they have to offer for your viewing at the show. From landscaping displays to cabinetry and countertops displays, building materials, flooring, and interior decor will all be on display at the 2019 Lakes FM & KSUM Spring Expo. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s new in your area and get ideas for your home projects.

Home Expo Shows are Economical

Admissions to home shows are minimal so it’s a great way to visit with professionals who normally charge for consulting. You can also save money as many times venders do give-a-ways or special discounts offered only at the show. Admission to the 2019 KSUM & KFMC Spring Expo is FREE so mark your calendars for April 5th–7th and take the guesswork out of your next home improvement project.

Visit Inspiring Interiors

Inspiring Interiors will be one of the vendors at the spring expo again this year and will have an exciting give-a-way for you to enter to win. Inspiring Interiors is a local full-service interior design business that focuses on creating beautiful, functional spaces that reflect you! Stop by and visit with me and other local professionals and get your project started. See you at the expo April 5th–7th!

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Home Improvement Goals for the New Year

By Deb Williamson

New Year, New Projects

As a new year begins our focus turns away from the holidays and towards goals for the coming year… whether that is starting a new fitness routine, trying a new activity or starting a home improvement project. Often times, we start the year with good intentions that fade away into unfulfilled ambitions. I want to provide you with a few tips to make sure your home improvement ideas become a reality.

Don’t Get Sidetracked

Don’t let your project get sidetracked before it even gets started. Sometimes homeowners have so many improvements they would like to make, it’s hard to find a starting point. A few simple suggestions can keep you on task. First, make a list of all the things you would like to do to improve your home. Make sure to be thorough and specific. After you have come up with a list, number the items in order of importance. Have every member in your household make a list and then compare ideas to come up with an improvement that benefits everyone.

Financing

Another detour to accomplishing your goals are finances. Home improvement projects can be expensive and it’s important to do some financial planning ahead of time. Once you decide on a project, it’s time to come up with a budget. Many times, estimates come in higher than expected and projects run into unexpected expenses, so it’s important to know your limits going into the project and budget for the unexpected.

Gather Information

Get Informed. The more you know about the costs involved and people working for you, the better you will be able to manage your project. Estimates from contractors, plumbers, electricians and any other professionals needed to complete your project will help you stay in control of your finances and keep your project moving forward. Always make sure to do your due diligence in finding out more about the people you are hiring to work on your home. You can do this by asking for references, viewing their websites and Facebook pages or simply by asking around.

Contact a Professional

Get started. Contact a contractor, architect or designer and start the ball rolling. It takes time and planning to execute a successful home renovation. Hiring a professional to plan and manage your project can make the process less stressful and more enjoyable while accomplishing your desired results.

Don’t Give Up

Finally, don’t give up! If you start feeling overwhelmed or estimates come in higher than expected, think about breaking up your project into smaller pieces. Start with a single room or area of your home and once that space is renovated move to the next area. And always remember, professional design help is just an email, text or phone call away!

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