Thursday, April 23, 2015

Why We Want To Redo Our Homes

Why do we redesign our homes? Why do we feel the need to renew, refresh and remodel?
Imagine this: You're a homeowner. You love your home...But there are a few things you'd like to change about it. Does this sound familiar? For most of us this scenario is no stretch of the imagination. This is our everyday life!
Maybe you're running out of storage, or maybe the storage you have is all wrong for what you need to store! This might make the house feel constantly cluttered and lead you to constant feelings of stress because you can never keep up with the mess.
Maybe you love to cook and entertain, but the home you fell in love with in the perfect neighborhood in the perfect school system has an itty bitty kitchen that was designed with no workspace and no room for guests. You feel shut-in when you use the kitchen and when you have people over you have to miss out on the fun to prep the food and drinks.
Or maybe you have an old bathroom that is starting to slowly deteriorate. First it was the cracking caulk and the shower floor that just never looks clean. Then the tile grout is crumbling and the old hideous wallpaper is finally starting to peel in places. Every morning you wake up to this ugly space and every night it's the last thing before you go to bed. Using your master bathroom leaves you feeling aggravated instead of refreshed and ready.
So why do we remodel? 
It's not just for aesthetics It's not just to keep up with the Joneses. We remodel because it makes our lives better.
Home is where the heart is; and this is more than just a over-used cliche. When our home is in order, our hearts and our brains are in order. We are able to stop stressing over the clutter, the outdated fixtures, the peeling wallpaper and we are able to live our lives to the fullest in the spaces that we love!
You don't remodel because you want to spend your days worrying about trendy backsplash tiles or the best convection oven; you remodel so you don't have to

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Which Layout Is Right For Your Kitchen

  We frequently talk about the fact that each kitchen is as unique as the family that uses it. No two kitchens are ever the same! But there are common design principles and ideas that guide most of AK's kitchen designs. From galley kitchens to U-shaped, L-shaped and everything in-between, our remodeling team can tailor each kitchen space to your unique needs. Here are some basic kitchen design recommendations based on your space:
  •   In a kitchen broken up by several doorways, the solution might  be an island-based layout that divides the
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    kitchen space into five zones: cooking, food storage, baking, breakfast, and meal prep/clean up. Using this design idea, wide foot-traffic lanes throughout the space promote easy movement to and from the kitchen, as well as around the island.
  • The "L-shape-with-island" layout has become popular in contemporary design. The configuration can accommodate a long island while enclosing the kitchen on only two sides, leaving the room mostly open to adjacent living areas. A long L trades the traditional work triangle approach for widely separated zones -- one for cooking, one for prep/clean up, and one for food storage. The island acts as a way station -- an intermediate stop between zones.
  • An L-plus-island layout is the epitome of efficiency and simplicity. The island sink, range, and refrigerator
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    can form a perfect right triangle, allowing the cook equal access to the three main kitchen elements.

  • A basic U-shape layout combines galley efficiency and intimacy with the openness of contemporary plans. One hardworking wall could hold the refrigerator, cooktop, and a wall oven. A sink sharing a second wall with the dishwasher, forms a convenient cleanup zone.A two-level island would complete the kitchen, providing prep space for the cook and an eating/beverage bar for guests.