Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Got Questions About Your Kitchen? We've Got Answers!

 Please join AK Complete Home Renovations, and four other kitchen professionals, for Hometalk's Kitchen Ideas & Advice Chat!

Looking to update your kitchen? Ready for a change, but not sure where to start? Get advice from these experts on Hometalk’s Kitchen Ideas Talk on Facebook, Thursday, June 27 at 2p EST. - See more at: http://blog.hometalk.com/hometalk-kitchen-ideas-advice-chat/#sthash.Icr2mBUU.dpuf

Thinking of updating your kitchen? Ready for a change but not sure where to start? Get your questions ready because we will answer them! 

Click To Join AK & Hometalk on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Hometalk for the chat on Thursday, June 27th at 2pm EST
Looking to update your kitchen? Ready for a change, but not sure where to start? Get advice from these experts on Hometalk’s Kitchen Ideas Talk on Facebook, Thursday, June 27 at 2p EST.
- See more at: http://blog.hometalk.com/hometalk-kitchen-ideas-advice-chat/#sthash.Icr2mBUU.dpuf

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

American Made Appliances

   We are proud Americans EVERY day, and are thankful that we live in such a wonderful and beautiful country. So we especially enjoy showing off our patriotic spirit around Independence Day. Today as we prepare some kitchen designs, we thought we'd to take a moment to highlight some fabulous American made kitchen products. We use Made In The USA every opportunity we have! Do you? What American made products are your favorites?
This Beautiful 48" Dual Fuel Range Was Made In Tennessee

    It's truly easy for us to incorporate American made products into our custom kitchen designs when some of the very best appliances are made right here. Did you know...
Viking
...are made almost completely in the USA? Whirlpool, Maytag (which is owned by Whirlpool) and GE are among the more-mainstream names that build appliances both stateside and overseas.
Bosch Ascenta - Made In The USA!
    If it's important to you to choose an appliance that is made 100% domestically, we recommend you visit this site: http://www.americansworking.com/appliances.html

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Top 17 Universal Design Features


  AK's Ed Cholfin has been a Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist for over five years, and as a team AK is always interested in learning the latest and greatest accessible design products and design ideas! Remodeling magazine posted a list of some of the best and the basic recommendations that AK applies to all of our universal design renovations; looks like we're not the only ones who find these tips interesting!


Dan Bawden, owner of Legal Eagle Contractors, in Houston, and one of the earliest CAPS-certified remodelers, lists his favorite universal design features.

1. Lever handles for plumbing fixtures and door hardware.

2. Light switches and thermostats lowered to 48 inches off the finish floor; outlets raised to 18 inches off the finished floor.
3. Switches with push-button timers on all ventilation fans.
4. Walk-in curbless showers with benches (tiled in or fold-down teak and stainless steel).
5. Classy grab bars inside the shower/tub area.
6. Shampoo niches at varying heights in the bathroom.

7. Additional indirect lighting, such as under-cabinet and cope lighting, using dimmable LED fixtures or ribbons.
8. Pocket doors with high-quality tracks and hardware.
9. At least one section of kitchen countertop that’s lower — around 32 inches high.
10. Full-extension drawer slides and self-closing hardware on both cabinet doors and drawers.
11. Pull-down shelves in upper cabinets (in the kitchen).
12. Doorways 32 inches to 36 inches wide when possible.
13. Hallways 42 inches wide are optimal. Imagine carrying two suitcases down the hall.
14. Ramped entrances integrated into landscaping that makes them disappear.
15. Rails on both sides of stairs (often overlooked).
16. Natural daylight via tubular skylights or insulated roof windows.
17. Additional lighting at the main approach to the entry door most used.