Sunday, January 21, 2018

Simple Designer Secrets for a Quick & Affordable Kitchen Upgrade

Kitchens are where  you spend the majority of time in your home. So it can be really frustrating when you return to the room two to three times a day only to be distracted by the worn out decor, outdated fixtures and dull lighting. You need a change but you’re not ready to commit to an all out remodel. And you shouldn’t have to wait. While the big remodel is going to give you the greatest transformation, and our contractors  can help, if you need something drastic in the meantime to survive the wait, there is a way. 

Ready for the tips and ideas? Let’s dive in.

Simple Designer Secrets for a Quick & Affordable Kitchen Upgrade Start with the lighting. Look into using some stylish new pendant lights in the kitchen. These can easily become the new focal point of the room. You can usually find them for under $200, they are versatile and won't empty your savings! 

Choose statement accents and accessories. Sometimes your options for accessories are limited, so it's important to make the most of the little things. Gather together your most used items on woven tray, prop up a few wooden boards on your counter and display pantry items with pretty packaging. This is great for things like, honey, sugar, salt, pepper and olive oil!

Update the fixtures and hardware. Classic hardware is a great option when you need upgrade as they subtly enhance the look and feel of the entire space. Just keep an eye on the price per piece when shopping, because it can add up fast; especially if you have a large kitchen with many cabinets. 

Give your cabinets a proper facelift. If your kitchen cabinets have a dated finish or you want a more personal touch than just the average standard-issue white cabinets, you may want to think about adding color. Try going with pale earth tones, as they are all versatile choices that go with many different materials and finishes. You can also paint just half the cabinets for a high-contrast look. A palette of black and white with wood and metal accents looks sleek and modern in the kitchen. Get the look by painting only the bottom cabinets and the base of your kitchen island black, leaving the upper cabinets white.

Add bright, calming or artistic paint to one or multiple walls. Color accents instantly add warmth and character to a boring and drab kitchen. Warm rich blues are great for this, as well as pops of turquoise, red, marigold or even natural elements like silver, copper and gold. 

Feeling cluttered? Add shelves. If you’re lacking upper cabinets or added storage space, you might think of adding shelves. Rustic wood shelves on metal brackets are easily (and cheaply) installed, and provide functional display space for everyday dishes. You can also go with a sleek and more classy design with black or metal or mixing rustic with elegance. 

Perhaps the answer lies in the tools. Is it time for some new dishes?  Cups, bowls, or a tea pot? Open shelving and counters are a great opportunity to practice the art of display. You can't go wrong with classic white dishes and clear glass, but fun mismatched finds would work just as well if that's your style.

Those ideas will add so much to the feel and energy of your home. Try them out today. And if simple updates here and there aren't enough, you may want to think about upgrading the whole space!  Call the contractors at Unique Home Building and we'll get you started right away.  We're here for you, because your house should always feel like a home.

Friday, January 12, 2018

How to Keep Organized and Sane During Your Next Home Remodel

How to Keep Organized and Sane During Your Next Home Remodel
When you’re excited about your home remodel you don’t want anything to hold you back. You want to do it all. You want to change everything. And it’s understandable. Once everything’s up in the remodel mess, you might feel like just getting it all done at once.
For starters, Just because it’s flashy doesn’t mean you need it all. Many people fall head over heels for the latest apps and gadgets.  But I have found that so many people do much better with a simple sticky note or day planner list. It doesn't mean you're lazy or unintelligent.  All these different tools can leave you spending much more time trying to organize or consolidate your list, leaving many of your items undone.
When you’re overwhelmed with too many things to do, as you likely will be at some point, you’ll do well to have a strict to-do list of priorities. Determine what’s most important and divide the tasks into categories of importance, room etc.  Once your list is organized into categories, you may find that you can narrow it down even further to your top 3 priorities and then another list of 3 secondary things to do.   At the end of the day - you'll likely get 6 things done!  But at the very least, you'll get the most important things done first - leaving you feel accomplished and at peace with your performance.
Log your thoughts. It helps to have an idea pad to log new ideas or things that come to mind you don’t want to forget along the way.  You can reference this list at the end of the day and organize them accordingly. But, even though you have a lot going on, make sure you keep the pad organized. That capture pad is able to keep you from forgetting the important tasks and ideas that pop into your head.  At the end of the day place tasks on to your categorized to-do list and ideas either into your work planner or artistic/idea outlet space.  ...which brings me to another point-
Other ideas to consider:
Keep a Pinterest Board going for reference. This is a great way to keep track of inspired ideas and your end visual goals.
On the other hand, once you’ve made up your mind as to what you want, try to stick to it. It can get pretty costly constantly changing your mind so be sure to stick to a general idea once you have one.
Hire the right people. Experts are experts for a reason. We highly recommend that you seek out a design consultant or interior decorator ahead of time who can give advice along the way. You might also think of including them in the communication with your chosen contractor.
This doesn’t have to be a daunting nightmare. It’s as simple as being clear about what you want, organizing those thoughts and ideas, executing step by step and having just the right designers and contractors at your side along the way. 
Remember, whatever we at Unique Home can do to make your home more beautiful and relaxing is why we do what we do.  So let us know!