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Surviving a Kitchen Renovation or Remodel

This article is part three of my kitchen renovation series and focuses on how to live without a kitchen during a renovation. If you missed the other two articles here are the links:  “2018 Kitchen Trends” and “You Want to Remodel your Kitchen, What’s Next.

The first step is to determine what you will need during the demo and construction phases. Also, ask your contractor for a schedule of expectations, that way when delays occur you have documentation. Understand that you need to have all of your fixtures, colors, elements selected and purchased before the remodel begins. If you add extra items or work that are outside of the contract scope, this can cause delays in completion.

Be patient and realize you will have a beautiful kitchen when you are done!

Discuss with your contractor how they will minimize the mess and dust during construction. Be sure your kitchen is ready for the workers. Therefore, your kitchen will need to be emptied. Take this opportunity to get rid of things that are old or that you do not want or need. Give away what you no longer want, store what you want to keep, and keep daily used items in bins.

5 Steps to create your temporary kitchen area:

  1. Set up a table that can hold your necessary small appliances: coffee maker, toaster or toaster oven, microwave. If you don’t have an extra table, you can pick up a folding table inexpensively from Target. Or purchase a cart for your needs that can be later repurposed in another room, or incorporated into your new kitchen.
  2. If you plan to replace your refrigerator and will be removing it from the house, see if your contractor can move it to an area where you can continue to use it and have them remove it when the job is done. Or find a mini-frig on your local Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist if you don’t want to buy a new one.
  3. Stock up on Biodegradable Products: Plates, utensils, cups. Clean up will be a breeze!
  4. Use boxes or plastic bins with lids marked for day-to-day use.
  5. Have ready meal options: Think sandwich fixings, peanut butter, healthy snacks (protein bars), dried fruit, nuts, soup. Plan to use your grill for dinners, buy ready-made salads at your grocer.

If you are stuck pulling your design elements together, I can help you pick the right colors and accents, so you do not make costly mistakes or feel like you have to live with something you don’t like. Call me Redesign Right, LLC610.955.8202 or email, and I can help you create the beautiful kitchen of your dreams!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz:  Witt Construction.

You Want to Remodel Your Kitchen, What’s Next?

It’s exciting and daunting when you start down the road of a remodel, especially when it’s your kitchen. Since the kitchen acts as the central hub of the household, it’s a challenge when it’s out of commission. This article helps you to create a plan to get you started.

What do you want?

Have a family meeting, discuss and decide what you do not like about your current kitchen. I would suggest having a separate notebook or folder where you keep your kitchen remodel documentation.

Ask yourself and all family members what they think they need in the kitchen, and be sure to document this information. The next step is to prioritize the order of the items you do not like. If you need direction, HGTV offers worksheets you can print out:  How do you use your kitchen? and What are your kitchen goals?

Next, determine what style you want in your kitchen. The number of products and colors can be intimidating so you will want to be prepared with ideas and a plan when you talk with a contractor. Save ideas and pictures in an IdeaBook on Houzz of all the features that you want in a kitchen. Determine your timeline. Custom kitchen cabinets can take three months or more to get to you; prebuilt cabinets may take up to six weeks.

What is your favorite kitchen style?

In my experience, this is where people seem to get bogged down in the process. If you have ever walked into a kitchen store, you are overwhelmed by the choices, unsure how to pull it together. Go through these photos to get an idea of things you like, and reach out to me for a consultation to help you pick the right elements. Making the right choices can save you money and aggravation. Keep on the latest kitchens trends as detailed in my last post, “2018 Kitchen Trends.”

Create a Budget

The hardest part is matching what you want with your budget, that’s why it’s important to sit down and create a list of what you want from your kitchen. The types of remodels that involve changing plumbing, adding new electrical wiring, structural changes all mean higher costs. Understanding the cost of items will give you some idea of the overall project scope. According to HomeAdvisor, the basic rule is that a remodel should cost no less than 5% of the home’s value and no more than 15%.

Breakdown of the budget by Home Advisor and the National Kitchen & Bath Association:

  • Cabinets 30%
  • Countertop 10%
  • Flooring 2-7%
  • Appliances 14%
  • Plumbing – keeping the pipes intact 4-5%
  • Electrical 5%
  • Generally, labor is 20-35% of your budget. That tells you if you can do it yourself, try to. Always save a portion of your budget toward the things that will bring you the most joy.

Get Quotes

To find a Kitchen Remodel Contractor you can use the Find a Pro feature in Houzz, and they will contact you. Another idea is to reach out to your neighborhood on Facebook and ask if they would recommend a contractor or ask your friends.

Next week I will offer some ideas as to how you can survive a kitchen remodel. If you need help picking the palette of your kitchen walls, Redesign Right, LLCcabinets, backsplash, countertop, and flooring colors give me a call 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured photo from Houzz:  Right Arm Construction.

2018 Kitchen Trends

Are you planning on a kitchen renovation or remodel this year? Houzz released their US kitchen trends study, and I wanted to give you some of the highlights that may help you with your decision making process. They surveyed 1,734 homeowners about their kitchen renovation projects and here are few of the results:

  • Engineered quartz is the most popular countertop material over granite in urban and suburban areas.
  • Regarding kitchen style, more homeowners are choosing a transitional style with contemporary and farmhouse styles.
  • One of the homeowners’ biggest issues was dealing with clutter. They wanted fewer things on the counter and more built-in areas to store appliances and ways to remain organized.

The cost of remodeling varies on many factors such as the size of your kitchen, the extent of your renovation, and where you live. Houzz offers some cost information so you can compare in your area, click here to download the full survey results. Another resource worth visiting is Home Advisor, they offer costs for each area of the project, click here to review.

Overall, of those surveyed, the most popular kitchen included stainless steel appliances, engineered quartz countertop, wood floors, and white shaker-style cabinets. The white backsplash is still popular as homeowners want a clean look in their kitchen, also, the most popular wall color, gray.

Examples of popular kitchen designs:

Now that I’ve got your creative thoughts going, next week I will offer the steps to take to get your project started!

Redesign Right, LLCFor all your redesign, color consultations, and home staging needs give me a call 610.955.8202 or email.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Feature photo from Houzz:  Dijeau Poage Construction.

Ways to Hide Your Kitchen Appliances

Over the years, kitchen design and available options have gone through a significant evolution. Your choices in products, appliances, and beautiful countertops and tile are unbelievable. One of the biggest areas of change has been storage options. In this article, I wanted to focus primarily on ways to store your appliances.

Have you heard of or seen an appliance garage? You can put your things away and out of sight in a creative and visually streamlined look. In this example, the cabinet goes to the countertop level, and you slide the appliances out when needed, or click here to see an example with built-in slides.

Here is an example of a vertical lift cabinet door to hide away your appliance:

Wall Appliance Garage

Find the perfect kitchen cabinetry on Houzz

This traditional French kitchen has plenty of space and a place for everything in this over-sized cabinet. If you don’t have space for a large cabinet, consider using the idea and adding one on a smaller scale. The goal is to have a place for everything you need in your kitchen. I love the pull out drawers:

Photo by The French TraditionDiscover kitchen design ideas

If you have a kitchen with a blind corner cabinet, consider adding a tray mechanism to enable easy access to the recessed area:

KITCHEN BLIND CORNER WITH TRAY CABINET

Shop kitchen cabinetry on Houzz

Consider adding a lifting arm to an existing cabinet for your mixer with this product from Rev-A-Shelf:

Redesign Right, LLCIf you need any creative ideas for your kitchen design or picking out colors for your paint, backsplash, tile or flooring, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email, and we can get to work making your kitchen dreams come true!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram. Featured image from Marc Coan Designs on Houzz.

6 Kitchen Lighting Styles and Trends

To have the optimal lighting in your kitchen, you need the proper combination of task, ambient and decorative lighting. It’s important to have the light you need when you need it and ensure that space feels comfortable and not like an operating room when you want warm, soft light. In this article, I would like to focus on over sized decorative fixtures that are popular in kitchen lighting showrooms. The unusual aspect of this trend is that it creates drama in an area of the house that is usually drama-less in décor.

Be prepared to be inspired and wowed! If you are looking for a new light fixture for your kitchen or planning a remodel, you will have no problem finding the look you love. Create an IdeaBook on Houzz and save the photos you like for future reference.

Style:  Farmhouse

Style:  Industrial

Style:  Modern

Style:  Transitional

Style:  Contemporary

Style:  Traditional

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If you need help pulling a kitchen design together, choosing a color for your tile, backsplash, flooring, or countertop, call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for a consultation.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, Google+ and Instagram.

Kitchen Trends and Remodeling Ideas

Contemporary Kitchen StyleIndustry leaders such as Houzz and NKBA run surveys from the prior year tracking trends in Kitchen-related projects. If you are planning a remodeling project in your kitchen, it’s good to understand these trends especially if you are considering selling your home in the next several years.

The 2017 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study reported:

  • The style trend is away from traditional and contemporary is the most popular across all age groups. Modern and Farmhouse designed kitchens are on the rise among the millennials. (For a review of the difference between a Modern and Contemporary style, click here.)
  • Durability is what people want! People love the look of marble and want the durability of a quartz countertop. Porcelain flooring is preferred for its look and durability, though wood is rated highest for the way it looks.
  • This note is an interesting takeaway from the study: “A third of homeowners report leading a healthier lifestyle after a kitchen renovation, from eating more fruits and vegetables to preparing more meals at home.” Click here to read the full article on Houzz.

Trulia, an online real estate resource, predicts 2017 will see an increase in Matte Appliances in place of the classic stainless steel look. Click here to read more about Trulia’s home predictions.

Remodeling cited an interesting statistic worth noting in 2016. A minor kitchen remodel of $20, 842 had a resale value of $15,560, and the cost recouped when sold 74.7% of the investment (this is specific to the Mid-Atlantic area of the U.S.) If you have a timeworn kitchen, remodeling is a sound investment in your home. Young new home buyers are looking to move into a house with an updated kitchen; they do not have the time or money to take on the project and will walk away from an outdated kitchen.

To read a summary of the ten overall kitchen trends that the National Kitchen & Bath Association expects in the coming year, click here.

According to Forbes, satin brass fixtures are the way of the future. I believe this is a function of taste and what you like. The point here is that new products with new finishes are frequently coming out, which is fantastic for all us! Incorporate what you like and the colors you like to see. Though many of the trend reports indicate that white and gray for wall color and cabinet color are highly trending, you simply may not like that look. Surround yourself with what you love, and your kitchen experience will be happier!

To offer you beautiful kitchen ideas and offer you some inspiration, click here to view my Houzz Ideabook.

Redesign RightIf you are starting out in this process, the Kitchen & Bath Association offers online planning guides to direct you at the beginning of this project, click here to download them. If you would like help ensuring that the wall color, cabinet color, backsplash color and flooring color work together call Debbie 610.955.8202 or email for a Color & Decorating Consultation. Let’s get you the kitchen of your dreams this year!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz, and .

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2016 Kitchen Trends

KitchenHave you been dreaming of a new kitchen or would you like to change some things in your kitchen? In my next two articles, I will be focusing on that very topic. This article will concentrate on the trends that you will see in 2016, and my next article will focus on remodeling and renovation resources. Here are some of the trends you may wish to incorporate into your kitchen redesign:

  • An integrated kitchen to living space continues to be a goal for everyone. This area is a multi-purpose space where people cook, eat, entertain, do homework-crafts-school projects, and work on a computer.
  • Multiple Work Zones are critical going into 2016. Two sinks offer greater flexibility and allow more individuals to be in the kitchen at one time working independently in two separate areas. Smart spaces that include storage for everything, charging stations for phones, computers and tablets and an organized drop-zone where everyone knows where their keys, mail, etc. reside in an organized orderly manner.
  • White continues to be the dominate color in kitchen cabinets, and you will find soft, muted color palettes in tones of charcoal to shades of white. The back splash will be similarly colored to coordinate with this color scheme. You will see more Nordic Designs that include color palettes of white or light wood with clean lines and functionality. There will be less strong contrasting designs, more texture-on-texture.
  • Well-lit cabinetry is the name of the game! Long gone are the days of dark cabinets, pantries, and counter tops. Adding recessed can lights along with the cabinet lighting offers maximum task lighting and installing the ability to dim the counter top lights can provide a warm glow and ambiance when you are not working in your kitchen.

If you are in the “thinking” phase of the kitchen redesign, you will want to look at many different kitchen design options and decide what you like and want in your kitchen. I always tell people to come up with a list of things you need and would like to have in your kitchen. If you prioritize this list, it will help you when you determine your budget, which I will discuss in more detail in my next article. Look through photos on Houzz and create an IdeaBook of your own where you can store ideas for reference. Click here to view kitchen photos on Houzz. Or if you are accustomed to using Pinterest, create a board for your Kitchen Ideas that you can set up as secret (if you don’t want to share with the Pinterest community.) Click here to view some kitchen photos on Pinterest.

Redesign RightIf you need help with your redesign or color selection, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202 or fill out the online interest form.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Award Winning Kitchen Ideas

Kitchen RenovationLast week my decorating post focused on Luxurious Decorating Ideas for your Bathroom Makeover or Renovation. This week I wanted to show you some of the fabulous award-winning kitchen products from the recently held 2015 Kitchen & Bath show.  If you are considering a kitchen makeover or renovation, this post will help stir those creative ideas and get you going!  If you would like to see pictures and links to the products, visit my Pinterest board, 2015 KBIS Product Winners, by clicking here.  Here are the kitchen winners:

Best of Show:  LG Hausys, TechTop Wireless Charging Surface – This is an amazing and innovative product!  Your kitchen countertop can act as a charging station without cables or plugs!  You simply place your phone on the station that is embedded in a solid surface or quartz surface and your cell phone charges wirelessly!  How fantastic!  Think of all those times you forget to plug your phone in, problem solved!  Click here to learn more about this product and LG Tech Top.

Best of Kitchen Gold:  Brizo, Articulating Faucet – This faucet has the functionality of an architect lamp with a pull-down ability, and the spray wand is easily docked and undocked for maximum functionality.  To learn more about Brizo and their kitchen faucets, click here.

Best of Kitchen Silver:  Brondell, Integrated Faucets – This faucet integrates a water filtration system into the faucet!  Convenient and very nicely designed, no special requirements and it fits in the existing faucet space and does not require that you install a separate faucet for the “pure water”.  Click here to read more about Brondell, Inc. and their water purifying systems.

People’s Choice Awards:  Second Place:  Liebherr, HCB 1060 – This is a 24″ integrated refrigerator and freezer tower that claims to keep food fresh up to three times longer.  To read more about this company, click here.

People’s Choice Awards:  Third Place: Wilsonart LLC, Wilsonart Quartz – This company has been in the surfacing business for 50 years, and they offer beautiful and affordable alternatives to granite and other stone surfaces.  Based on their website, there are many design options and this product is easy to maintain, click here to read more.

redesign rightFor further inspiration, click here to read about the 17 Top Kitchen Design Trends from HGTV. The kitchen today needs to be functional and serve many purposes.  It needs to fit many roles as a place to cook, to serve, to eat and do homework and crafts.  If you find you are struggling with this project, call Debbie at 610.955.8202 to schedule your consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

Kitchen Cabinet Renovation

Wood kitchen room with decorated tile backsplashIs your kitchen old and outdated?  If you are planning a kitchen renovation it can be quite costly yet is proven to have the largest return on investment when selling a home.  In other words, any money invested in your kitchen is money well spent.  There are several questions to consider before you start a renovation let’s first focus on your cabinets.

Paint Your Cabinets

Do you like the shape of your current cabinets?  If your cabinets are solid wood, you may consider painting them.  Rustoleum® has come out with a complete kit, Cabinet Transformation, which provides everything you need to paint your cabinets.  Click here for a how-to video to show you how the product works and the steps involved with the project.  Keep in mind you will need the time and patience to complete this DIY project.  One of the bonuses of this product is that it works on various cabinet types.  There are companies that specialize in replacing the components of the cabinets; such as Keystone Wood, click here to view the many options.  For more information on painting your cabinets, read this article from Houzz, “From the Pros: How to Paint Kitchen Cabinets.”

Reface Your Cabinets

Another less expensive option is to reface your cabinets.  There are companies that do this professionally, and you can find them locally or go to your local Home Depot to learn about the process and options.  To find out about the cost saving option of cabinet refacing, click here to read more from House Logic from the National Association of Realtors®.  Refacing can also be a DIY project; click here to view an instructional video from Cabinet Doors Depot that explains the whole process.  The video does make it look easy!

Replace Your Cabinets

If you decide you want to replace your cabinets entirely, there are choices to consider.  I suggest going through photos on sites such as Pinterest to view design ideas to help you decide on the style for your cabinets.  There are many companies and home stores that offer stock cabinets, which is a less expensive option compared with custom cabinets.  For a preview of the top trends in kitchen cabinetry, read these tips from Better Homes and Garden.  If you choose to go with custom cabinetry, do your research, get references and get everything detailed in the contract.

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help with a contractor, deciding on a paint color selection or look for your kitchen, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for a consultation!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .

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Kitchen Backsplash Decorating Ideas

Wood kitchen room with decorated tile backsplashIt’s March and we are back on day-light savings time.  We will have more daylight, and there is hope that this winter will end!  With thoughts of longer days and sunshine let’s spring into action and consider a new project.  In this post, I wanted to discuss ideas for your kitchen backsplash.  The backsplash is a focal point in your kitchen and allows you the opportunity to be creative.  I have been to many homes and find that this is the one area that is neglected or drab and boring.  It doesn’t have to be, and the products that are available now make the job easy!

Get Inspired!

Go through beautiful photos from HGTV.com or on Houzz.com to get ideas and see what you like.  Generally, you want to compliment your backsplash with your counter top.  Don’t be afraid to use large open space areas, such as behind your stove or sink, for an accent look.

Do-It-Yourself?

It has never been easier!  There is a new product, Simple Mat that is available at home centers; such as, Home Depot that replaces traditional thin set mortar, which allows users the ability to tile onto the mat an hour at a time, it bonds instantly so you can grout immediately.  This makes the whole process of doing your own backsplash a breeze!

If you’re interested in a quick change, there are self-adhesive tiles as used in these HGTV remodels.  If you are looking for how-to instructions for different types of tiles, go to diynetwork.com.  Your local home store also may offer free how-to classes, click here to view classes at the Home Depot in your area.  Would you like to use an eco-friendly tile, or want an unusual look?  Modwalls® offers some beautiful options of bamboo and cork tiles.  I found this stunning idea from Design Galleria, where they used a piece of marble as an “artistic” backsplash, view and read about it by clicking here.

Things to keep in mind:

  • When mixing tiles be sure to use tiles of the same thickness.
  • Consider what types of trim pieces you will need to finish off the backsplash.  You will want to be sure that the trim pieces go with the tile you have selected in glaze and thickness.
  • How easy is it to clean the tile?
  • Does the tile require a sealant; such as, a natural stone, bamboo and cork?
  • Pick the proper grout for your tile.  To read more about this, click here.
  • Choose the proper grout color for the look you are trying to achieve.  Basically, there are three options:  match the grout color with the tile, contrast the tile color, or go neutral.

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help selecting colors or trying to find the desired look in your kitchen, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com for a redesign and color analysis.

Debbie Correale is founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .