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Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

If you are planning a kitchen remodel or renovation this year you will want to read my last two posts:  Planning a Kitchen Remodel and Kitchen Remodel:  Cabinets. This week, I want to focus on choosing your kitchen countertop. After cabinets and labor, the cost of replacing your countertops is the next big bite out of your renovation budget, at 10%. There are several countertop material options, and Consumer Reports offers their review:

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Kitchen Remodel: Cabinets

Other than the cost of labor, kitchen cabinets consume the most significant bite out of your kitchen remodel budget, potentially 30% to replace. This week, my article will review options for your kitchen cabinets. If you missed it, read my post on Planning a Kitchen Remodel if you are starting the thought process.

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Create a Coffee or Tea Bar

In your home, having a designated area for all your routines is the most efficient way to use your space. Regardless of the amount of space you have you can have a coffee or tea bar in your home. The key is to place all the items together required for the hot drink production. This week, I wanted to offer a few ideas on how you can add a hot drink station to your home.

Transform an area of your countertop to be the station. Contain the drink-making things using a tray, wood or wire baskets, and any other supplies necessary to make the drink of choice. If you have limited countertop space, can you add a shelf under your cabinet to hold or hang mugs? Think vertically for storage by hanging a rack with hooks, or creating a unique mug holder, such as this one from A Beautiful Mess.

Use all the space you have wisely! This kitchen corner nook was transformed into a complete coffee bar for a beautiful result:

If you have space, turn a breakfast dining area into the hot drinks area:

If you have no space, use a cart to corral all of the necessary items:

Kitchen Cart from Houzz

Transform, or purchase, a piece of furniture you own into a hot drinks area. Wayfair offers many affordable tables with wheels, or you can add wheels to an existing piece of furniture to make it movable, click here for DIY instructions. Also, if you have a kitchen island and want to extend that space, consider adding a small cart or table at one of the ends to serve as your hot drink station.

Consider creating a dual space, bar area at night and hot drink station in the morning:

If you are thinking about a kitchen remodel, add the hot drink station into your design:

I hope these ideas have inspired you to create a hot drink station in your home, if you need help re-imagining your space, give me a call Redesign Right, LLC610.955.8202 or email. Now for a cup of tea!

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. Photo from Houzz: New England Design Elements.


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.