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Kitchen Design Ideas for Basements and Lower Level Living Areas

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Nov 15, 2016

If you are planning a basement remodeling project have you considered adding a second kitchen, kitchenette or a beverage bar? Lower level conversions often provide areas for recreation and entertaining and can also be designed to add more space for preparing meals and snacks.

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Topics: Basement Conversions, Kitchens

Kitchen Islands that Work

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Kitchen islands are often the most important “work station” in modern kitchens. Islands evolved from the standard kitchen table. In homes today, islands serve a variety of functions and add style to a kitchen.

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design

How to Choose the Right Kitchen Cabinets for Your Remodel

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Aug 9, 2016

If you are planning to remodel your kitchen it’s important to choose the right cabinets. Cabinets are an important element and define a kitchen’s style. They are also the single highest cost item in most kitchen remodeling projects.

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Topics: Kitchen Design, Cabinets

The Newest Essential: A Second Kitchen Sink

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Jul 19, 2016

If you love to cook and entertain in your kitchen, one sink may not be enough. More homeowners are adding a second kitchen sink when they update or remodel a kitchen. Often a second sink is a smaller fixture used as a prep sink or for a beverage bar and it improves the way people work in a kitchen.

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Topics: Kitchens

8 Practical Solutions for Improving Kitchen Storage

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, May 17, 2016

Many homeowners want to improve storage when they plan a kitchen remodeling project. Storage should be practical and accessible.

Cabinet selection and placement are important considerations. The right cabinets can make a kitchen more functional kitchen and provide needed storage space.

Here are eight kitchen storage cabinet ideas to help you plan your project:

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Topics: Kitchens, Storage

Project of the Month: Master Bath with a Doorless Walk-in Shower

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Mar 8, 2016

A master bath is a homeowner’s personal space. When a bathroom doesn’t meet the needs of the users it may be time for a change. A master bath in a Jamesville, NY home that was built in 2000 did not provide a comfortable retreat for the homeowners who prefer a walk-in shower to a tub and wanted to add a heated floor. We worked with them to redesign the bathroom and the way the space functions for them.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month

Top Five Reasons to Remodel a Kitchen

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Mar 1, 2016

Is it time for change in your kitchen? Some kitchens may require a full remodel to meet the needs of the homeowners. Others can be improved with a fresh paint color or by adding a few new features such as a countertop or backsplash. What are your needs?

We thought we’d share the top five reasons homeowners decide to remodel a kitchen:

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Topics: Kitchens, Home Remodeling

The Latest Trends in Counter Surface Products

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Feb 16, 2016

While granite continues to be one of the most popular products for kitchen countertops, new quartz and laminate designs and a resurgence of interest in wood counters are the latest trends in counter surface products among both homeowners and kitchen and bath designers.

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Topics: Countertops

Our Picks for the Best Kitchen Design Trends for 2016

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Feb 9, 2016

The National Kitchen and Bath Association recently announced the results of its 2016 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends Survey1. Over 450 NKBA members nationwide responded to the survey and identified the following design trends:

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Topics: National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchen Design, Design Trends and Ideas

Project of the Month: Manlius Master Bathroom Remodel

Posted by Vince Petralito on Tue, Feb 2, 2016

Bathroom trends and lifestyles change over time. In the 1980s and 1990s desirable features in a master bathroom included a large whirlpool tub and a small shower. A dressing area with a vanity, where a woman could be seated to apply her makeup, and brass finishes were also trends. Today, comfort and easy maintenance are important in bath design.

Our Project of the Month features a late 1980s-era master bathroom in Manlius, NY that was completely remodeled to provide a practical retreat for the homeowner. Updates include an expanded vanity, a private area for the toilet and a walk-in shower without doors that can be turned on by a remote control unit.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Projects of the Month