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Home Design Trends for 2021

Home Design Trends for 2021

What does the new year hold for design trends? Houzz.com recently predicted ten home design trends for 2021. Many of the trends are popular because homeowners in Michiana and across the United States are working from home, schooling from home and continuing to spend most of their days at home.

One trend that we expect not only to continue but also to grow is the multi-functional kitchen. The kitchen is no longer just an area for preparing and eating meals or a central gathering hub. The kitchen now serves as a home office, classroom, study, catering center and refuge. We expect an increasing number of homeowners to be attracted to new kitchens that offer defined areas for baking, meal preparation and snacking or doing homework.

As families are spending more time at home and in their kitchens, they have discovered the need for both functional and aesthetic lighting. A lighting system fits both bills… A light system can come in the
form of Puck lights, Rope lights or tape lighting. They can be plug in, battery operated or hardwired and some have the option to be controlled wirelessly by your smart phone or smart home speaker. The plug
in or battery-operated lights can easily be done by the DIY, but it is recommended that a licensed electrician install the hardwired lighting systems.

Lighting systems can be both functional and aesthetic. They can illuminate a work surface, highlight a beautiful backsplash or highlight the good china and crystal in a glass door cabinet. They can light your way through your kitchen or bath in the dark with toe kick lighting or light up the interior of that junk drawer that we all have.

Similar to kitchens, bathrooms no longer serve utilitarian purposes. COVID-19 has emphasized health and well-being, and homeowners are discovering they can convert their master baths into wellness centers and personal refuges for rest, relaxation, and a place to wash away the stresses of the day.

Remote work and school are not expected to end anytime in the near future and should continue through most of 2021. Homeowners are expected to look to talented designers to create nooks and dedicated spaces for home offices, work nooks and back yard space that can double as a work area or classroom.

Open floor plans that were declining before the outbreak of COVID-19 are expected to continue to wane into 2021. Family members who found themselves having concurrent video conferences quickly discovered the downside of not having walls. Open space is not going away entirely; however, an increasing number of homeowners in Michiana are drawn to sliding doors, interior windows and partitions that can create private spaces.

Backyards are being viewed in an entirely new and exciting light. Homeowners understand the benefit of extending living and working space to outdoor areas. We are seeing designs that include enclosed decks, backyard cottages and even accessory dwelling units that serve as home offices, fitness centers, yoga studios, classrooms and wellness centers.

Color schemes expected to trend in 2021 are shades of brown that include warm taupes, beiges, sand and other earth tones. White continues to be the dominant color for kitchens and baths. Adding a splash of brown as an accent color helps to warm a space.

Homeowners that want to expand their space’s functionality should consider large-format rectangular tiles. Larger format tiles make a smaller space look larger, and they have fewer grout lines, which means less cleaning and cleaner lines. Tile styles that are expected to trends in 2021 include herringbone, stacked and brick, predicts Houzz.

If you want to make your home more functional and more beautiful for the new year, please give us a call at (574) 533-0597 or make an appointment to visit our showroom either virtually or in-person at 2423 Peddlers Village Rd, Goshen, IN 46528.

What’s the Best Backsplash Material?

What’s the Best Backsplash Material?

 

Backsplashes too often don’t make it to the top of the priority list when renovating their kitchens. Sometimes they are an afterthought. The backsplash serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose. They enable homeowners to protect walls from grease, water and foodstuffs while providing opportunities to make a unique design statement.

Some materials can be better suited for backsplashes than others, but a homeowner’s selection often depends on style preferences, with ease of maintenance coming in a close second. Here are a couple examples of some great backsplash material choices:

Tile (Porcelain, Ceramic or Glass)

Pros:

  • Easy to clean
  • Resists heat, water and staining
  • Selections – Endless options, a wide range of shapes, colors, and patterns
  • Creativity– Homeowners have the ability to put their own creative stamp on their room

Cons:

  • Selections – both Pro and Con here – The sheer number of selections can be overwhelming to some.
  • Grout – Though a light-colored grout may look best with a tile choice, it can be difficult to keep clean. Dark colored grout is definitely worth keeping in mind. Sealing the grout or more costly epoxy grout is a stain resistant option.

Stone (Granite, Engineered Stone, Etc.)

Pros:

  • Comes in slab form or tile
  • Can be a continuation of the countertop. Cut to extend the natural pattern of the stone top up through the backsplash, which can be the normal 18″ between upper and lower cabinets or to the ceiling behind a stone.
  • Stain and scratch resistant (If granite is sealed)
  • No grout joints if a slab is chosen

Cons:

  • Price – can be costly. The more exotic the granite, the more the cost goes up.
  • Must be sealed

 

Now, tile and stone are not your only backsplash options. There are many more materials that can contribute to making the kitchen a focal point of the home, but these two options can definitely make a splash!

How about mixing the two? Make a bold statement of a large print granite extending up to the ceiling behind the stove while using a calmer subway tile for the rest of the kitchen.

What backsplash material would enhance the look, feel and functionality of your new kitchen? Give us a call at (574) 533 – 0597 to discuss or make an appointment to visit us at 2423 Peddlers Village Rd
Goshen, IN 46528.

Minimize Your Kitchen Cleaning

Minimize Your Kitchen Cleaning

 

The kitchen is the most important room in the home because it serves as a central hub for cooking, dining, entertaining, chatting, bill paying, internet-surfing, homework, etc. As the central hub and most used room in most homes, it is also the room that needs cleaning most often.

We always ask our clients how they plan to use their new kitchen and how often they prepare meals and entertain. We want to know if anyone in the home truly enjoys cooking and if there are any “foodies” or bakers in the family. This helps us gain an understanding of how the kitchen will function and how often it will need cleaning.

Many homeowners in Michiana are dazzled by smart appliances, quartz and stone countertops, custom cabinetry, statement-making backsplashes, signature lighting, hands-free faucets, and jewelry-like hardware. But, they rarely consider how difficult or easy it is to clean and maintain these dazzling products.  Our experienced kitchen designers can direct you to the products that are both attractive and easy to clean.

 

Appliances

Homeowners who don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning their new kitchens should consider appliance surfaces that do not require special cleaning solutions. When looking at ranges, focus on the knobs to determine if there are areas where grease and foodstuffs can get lodged. Consider the spacing. Can you easily use a microfiber between knobs? If not, that range may not be the best choice for your new kitchen. Many of our clients who are avid cooks are attracted to induction cooktops because they are easy to clean and use.

Finishes also need to be considered. Stainless steel appliances are most popular for good reason. They are durable, complement almost any type of cabinet style and color and have long-term staying power. The downside to stainless steel finishes are fingerprints, smudges and the potential for scratches. Some manufacturers offer a smudge-proof option, and black stainless tends to hide fingerprints.

We almost always recommend self-cleaning ovens that use high heat to burn off residue. Steam ovens are also self-cleaning.

 

Cabinets

Flat-front cabinets are easier to clean than door and drawer fronts adorned with grooves and ridges.

 

Backsplashes

Tile is one of the most popular materials used for backsplashes. If you are concerned with kitchen cleaning, we recommend using larger tiles that minimize the amount of exposed grout. One of the friendliest materials when it comes to cleaning for backsplashes is glass. You can choose almost any color; there’s no grout, and using a standard household glass cleaner is all you will need.

 

Countertops

Stone, quartz, stainless steel and engineered quartz are durable, nonporous, stainproof and easy to clean.

 

Trash and Recycling

Most of our clients welcome trash and recycling containers in pull out cabinets underneath the sink or close to the sink where most clean-up occurs.

 

Open Shelves

Open shelves are increasingly popular because they are budget-friendly, make kitchen space look larger and enable homeowners to showcase collectibles and organize materials. The downside to open shelves is that they are exposed to dust and grime.

 

What materials, finishes, appliances and surfaces require the least maintenance?  Give us a call at 574-533-0597 or make an appointment to visit our showroom and we can offer guidance to create the kitchen of your dreams that is also easy to clean.

Can Your New Kitchen Accommodate an Island?

Can Your New Kitchen Accommodate an Island?

 

Islands are among the most requested features in the kitchens we design. Islands serve multiple purposes: providing a palate for meal preparation, dining, working, a place to do homework and a storage facility. When homeowners request an island, we determine if there is sufficient space, and if not, we recommend alternatives that can provide similar functionality.

In smaller spaces, we can custom design an island to fit the space. Common features may include shallower depths, custom cabinetry and custom height. There is no standard specification that is required to custom design an island. Islands in a kitchen must provide enough space for families to maneuver effortlessly and safely throughout the space. The size, shape and location of the island depend first and foremost on the size of the room and who will use the kitchen and for what purposes. The space between the island and cabinetry is called the clearance zone. The National Kitchen & Bath Association suggests a clearance zone of 42 to 48 inches. If that is not possible, we have designed kitchens with clearance zones of 39 inches. The key is to ensure that base cabinets and appliance doors can open unencumbered. There should be a least three feet between an open door and the island to provide safe travel throughout the kitchen.

The clearance zone and size of the island are also affected by the number of users. If there are only two family members who live in the home, smaller islands and clearances are possible. The rule of thumb in sizing and configuring islands is to factor the homeowners’ functionality and aesthetic dreams into the space’s potential clearance. The bottom line is that islands need to be proportionate to the space.

Island Alternatives

Some kitchens may not be able to accommodate an island. That does not mean you need to compromise the functionality that an island can offer. Reconfiguring a kitchen space to allow for an open floor plan or physically extending the kitchen space are viable options. Rolling islands are another alternative. We partner with wonderful manufacturers who can custom create a butcher block on wheels.

Peninsulas are another popular alternative to islands. The difference between an island and a peninsula is an island has four sides, and a peninsula is fixed to a wall and only offers three sides. Peninsulas offer an extra yard of space.

Can an island or peninsula work in your dream kitchen? We have templates that you can use to measure your space. Give us a call at (574) 533 – 0597 or make an appointment to visit us at 2423 Peddlers Village Rd, Goshen, IN 46528, here and help make your dream kitchen a reality.

Five Must-Haves For A Great Bathroom

Five Must-Haves For A Great Bathroom

Bathrooms, especially the master bath, can serve as an in-home spa where homeowners in Michiana can spend a few minutes of every day just to themselves, devoid of texts and tweets, to recharge their batteries and wash away the stresses of the day. Functionality, efficiency and beauty are givens in today’s new bathrooms. To create a bathroom that meets your unique needs, consider the following features as must-haves.

 

Natural Light

Homeowners should make windows, skylights or even glass doors requirements for any renovation. Natural light makes a space more welcoming. It also has therapeutic benefits that include boosting vitamin D that helps prevent bone loss and reduces the risk of heart disease, weight gain and various cancers, according to healthline. Plus, natural light puts people in a better mood and improves sleep. That’s why we consider natural light a must for any renovation.

Curbless Shower

Linear drains make curbless showers an accessible option for almost everyone’s home. Curbless showers provide homeowners with a blank canvas. The shower space does not need to be enclosed and can help make a smaller space more functional, appear larger and more aesthetically pleasing. Curbless showers do not require a threshold, making shower access easier for those who are mobility-impaired and those who may be aging in place or planning to do so. In curbless showers with linear drains, floor covering only needs to be pitched in one direction. This provides homeowners with unlimited options when selecting the size and composition of their floorcovering. Another advantage is that linear drains do not limit customers to 4 by 4-inch tile or stone.

Sightlines

A bathroom should not be the first thing you see when you enter a home, walk into a bedroom or leave a kitchen or dining room. If possible, do not position a bathroom in a location with direct sightlines from the kitchen, living room or dining room.

Water Closet Location

The same sightline principle that applies to other rooms in the home applies to the location of the toilet in the bathroom. The water closet should not be the first fixture that you see when entering the bath. Space permitting, we often recommend a separate enclosure for the water closet. Not only does it take the toilet out of a line of sight, but it also provides users with privacy.

Size

You don’t need to have the biggest bath in the neighborhood to have the best performing bath for your family’s needs. You can create an exceptional bath in a relatively small space. We know how to specify products that make smaller spaces appear larger. We know how to create in-home spas with multi-functional shower systems, therapies that can relax tired muscles, rejuvenate skin tone and contribute to your health and wellbeing. Size may be a challenge but never an obstacle to creating the bath of your dreams.

If you would like to discuss how a new bathroom can make your life better and more enjoyable, give us a call at (574) 533-0597 or send us a contact form.

A Planning Primer for Your Renovation

A Planning Primer for Your Renovation

Our phones have been ringing off the hook! Since our neighbors in Michiana have been spending more time in their homes, they realize that they would like to improve what currently exists. If you are interested in a new kitchen or bath, you can make planning for your renovation a lot easier by developing a wish list of everything that you want to then create a preliminary budget.

A word of caution about budgeting: don’t rely on home improvement television as a valid source. While HGTV, DIY and other networks and shows are great sources of inspiration, their timetables and budgets do not resemble reality. They often don’t include time for planning, permitting or the cost of labor.

Your wish list and budget need to align. If they don’t, you’re likely to be disappointed. Our showroom professionals help homeowners develop realistic expectations and budgets every day.

Here are several factors that can increase budgets:

  • Relocating appliances, sinks and faucets likely will result in having to move existing plumbing, electrical and gas lines and ductwork.
  • Commercial grade appliances are more expensive options.
  • Bluetooth enabled and smart appliances are generally more expensive than conventional appliances.
  • Opening up a kitchen space to another room may require structural improvements.
  • Moving walls, gas, water and electrical lines and ductwork often require code upgrades.
  • Adding windows, doors or skylights.
  • Creating new space by extending your kitchen outdoors or into another room.
  • Selecting custom cabinets.
  • Natural stone and engineered quartz countertops have higher price tags than other countertop options.
  • Starting demolition before finalizing plans, drawings and orders.
  • Changing plans after construction begins.

Making a wish list helps to focus and your priorities. We specialize in helping homeowners prioritize their wish lists and offer alternatives if specific wants don’t match available budgets. We also encourage our clients to create idea books on Pinterest and Houzz.com to better understand the look and feel that they want to achieve. Idea boards also help us to identify value-creating opportunities and options to lower costs without compromising look or performance.

After planning for your renovation, if you are ready to start renovating your home, please give us a call at 574-533-0597 or contact us through our website to arrange an appointment in our showroom at 2423 Peddlers Village Rd, Goshen, IN 46528.