Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Kitchen Remodeling Trends In 2010

  The International Home and Housewares Show was held in Chicago this week. The housewares industry, despite the recession all around it, is actually expecting to see additional profits this year as more consumers eat, entertain and generally spend more time at home in order to save money. AK has talked about this phenomenon in previous blogs regarding home owners' desire to make their home some place they really love to be, now that they're seeing more of it! You can read that blog about remodeling in the recession here!
   Tom Mirabile, vice president of global trend and design for Lifetime Brands, pointed out several home trends he's expecting for 2010. Below are five trends he predicts for the kitchen and beyond:
  • The live-in kitchen: Consumers spend three to four hours in the kitchen every day, not only cooking there but using it as a place to entertain, work, craft and spend leisure time, Mirabile said. The kitchen is being reinvented as a second living room, he said, as appliances are camouflaged and functional objects are hidden or minimized, allowing people to create ambiance in the room.
  • Living within our means: The recession is changing long-held opinions on how we spend our money. Consumers are looking for quality and durability in products -- a shift away from disposable consumption, he said. They're canning food more and growing their own herbs, they're brown bagging lunches and they're shopping in bulk at warehouse clubs or stocking up during grocery store sales to save money. AK has long designed kitchens around factors just like this! In fact, it's one of the first questions on AK's client information sheet: "Do you shop in bulk?" We need to know seemingly odd information like this because it can dictate how your unique kitchen will be designed and how we can help your family live within your means.
  • The green kitchen: Americans continue to make their lives more environmentally friendly, but they're increasingly confused and frustrated about what is really "green," Mirabile said. AK delved into this issue some time ago and tried to alleviate some consumer confusion about creating a green kitchen. You can read this published piece about how to create a green kitchen!
  • The wellness kitchen: Buying local food and/or growing your own often means it will be fresher and free from pesticides and preservatives -- in short, more nutritious, he said. Today's consumers are also interested in purifying their water and air. These are all important questions any good kitchen remodeling company would ask before renovating your kitchen, as simple accomodations can be made to handle additional produce and/or special filtration systems. The important part is to work with a company like AK that asks these questions before the work begins!
  • Cooking for fun: We're a nation of foodies, Mirabile said, quoting a Nielsen survey that found one in every five households has a "budding gourmet chef." It's not just women spending more time in the kitchen, either; "gastrosexuals" are men who consider cooking more of a hobby than a household chore, and use kitchen skills to impress friends and prospective partners. The popularity of the Food Network has helped to inspire a new love with food and cooking, and he expects consumers to continue to search for new recipes, techniques and cooking tools.
(Thanks to Amy Hoak and MarketWatch for content contributions)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Twas The Night Before Remodeling - An Atlanta Home Renovation Holiday Poem

A New Twist On Clement C. Moore's 1882 Masterpiece!

Twas the night before remodeling, when all through the kitchen
not a handyman was stirring, no hammers were twitchin'.
The plastic wrap was hung all around the room with care
in homes that AK soon would be there.

The children were nestled all snug in their beds
while visions of warming drawers danced in their heads.
And mama in her snuggie, and I in my cap,
had just settled down for our last dust free nap.

When out on the driveway there arose such a clatter
I sprang from my La-Z-Boy to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I staggered so sleepily
I lifted the miniblinds and gazed so dreamily.

The moon's reflection on the cold and wet asphalt
showed me a little old truck who'd just come to a halt.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear,
but a miniature AK logo that filled me with cheer!

With a little old driver, so lively and quick
he hopped from his truck and up the stairs with a kick.
More rapid than eagles his tools they came
and he whistled and shouted and called them by name.

"Now Hammer! Now Pliers! Now Sander and Mud Pan!
Now Plumb Bob! Now Hacksaw! Now Tape Measure and Caulk Gun!
From the top of the cabinets to the bottom of the baseboard!
Now Tear Away! Design Away! Build Away 'till all is restored!"

And then, in a twinkling, I heard in the kitchen
banging and knocking like an old fashioned cotton gin!
As I drew my head in, and was turning around
in the front door AK's Ed came with a bound!

He was dressed all in logo gear, from his head to his shoes,
and his eyes looked like he had not had a snooze.
The bundle of tools he had flung on his back,
and he looked like a remodeler ready to attack!

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work
and tore out the whole kitchen like a builder gone beserk!
And laying a finger aside of his nose
and giving a nod a new kitchen he did compose!

The cabinets, all cherry, had pullouts and rollouts and storage a'plenty
and the additional cabinetry in doors numbered twenty!
Appliances in steel, countertops in granite
and so much technology it couldn't be from this planet!

He sprang to his truck, to his tools gave a whistle,
and away they all drove like a shot from a missile.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he drove out of view,
"Happy Renovating To All! And To All A Good Crew!"

Happy Holidays From AK!
A Crew You Can Trust!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Holiday Wishes From AK

- A -


that your

holidays will

be filled with joy,

friends, God’s grace,

safe journeys, beautiful

music, bright decorations,

children’s smiles, unexpected

pleasures, starlit nights, warm

fireplaces, peaceful walks in the

park, pleasant memories, kindness,

laughter, the closeness of your family

members, and all the many blessings you

so richly deserve.

The Happiest Of Holidays From AK Complete Home Renovations

Some Winter Humor

Wow! Something we haven't tried!

Friday, December 11, 2009

AK Ranked Amongst Remodeling's Top 550

Remodeling Market Data
From: Remodeling magazine August 2009 / By Jim Cory

Whether design/build or working with outside architects, whether focusing on historic restoration or a particular type of room (kitchens, baths, additions), full-service remodeling companies are almost always local, one-branch operations that rely to a large extent on referrals and repeat business, as well as their reputation, to keep crews busy.

Whether design/build or working with outside architects, whether focusing on historic restoration or a particular type of room (kitchens, baths, additions), full-service remodeling companies are almost always local, one-branch operations that rely to a large extent on referrals and repeat business, as well as their reputation, to keep crews busy.

Full-service remodelers are residential general contractors. The largest, when times were more flush, tended to take on big projects such as whole-house or multi-room remodels, additions, or gut-and-pull kitchen or bath jobs. These days that’s evolving, as six-figure projects are more scarce and many companies will take whatever type of work comes their way in an effort to sustain cash flow through a downturn.

AK Complete Home Renovations was ranked #263. See the complete Top 550 List here!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Back to Basics

 Did you spend 2009, like many families, putting off some basic necessities? Maybe your house needed to be painted, pressure washed, your air ducts cleaned, windows replaced, siding fixed...but 2009 just wasn't the easiest year to keep up with the basics. (And just forget the Joneses!)
 The good news is we have a renewed sense of appreciating the basics, and hopefully a renewed ability to take care of them in 2010. "The basics" as we're referring to them can be mostly summed up with common home maintenance procedures and tasks. We all know the day we move into our house that the roof, the furnace, the siding, the windows, the carpet, etc., etc., are not going to last forever. We know that part of becoming a responsible homeowner - and protecting our investment - means we will need to devote money into maintaining our precious home throughout the years!
  Most industry professionals, be it real estate, home appraisal or construction, all agree that consistent home maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to protect the resale value of your home. So, we're a little curious, as you read this, what project are you thinking of? What's on your Honey-Do list? Whether it's a one-time project or ongoing maintenance, we can help. Did you know that AK founded a Home Maintenance division in 2009? (Considering the topic of this blog, maybe it wasn't the best year for it, huh?)
  Think about a little bit larger projects, too - replacing windows, repairing siding & trim - basic stuff you may have overlooked in 2009 and will be very happy to finally address in 2010!!! So, talk to us. Let us help! Let's play house together!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

2010 Home Remodling Trends

What do YOU think the remodeling trends for 2010 will be?

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