Kitchen Remodeling

New Kitchen Countertops and Designer Kitchen Sinks Take Everyday Space To New Levels

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Versatile countertops and the latest in sink creations top the wish list for kitchen upgrades and improvements.

Kitchen countertops and sinks are a staple of any kitchen design or renovation. Often taken for granted kitchen countertops married to the latest in designer kitchen sinks not only provide efficient work space, they add a whole new level of style. The kitchen has gone from a basic work area to a gathering place and focus of interior décor. Designers have a vast array of unique countertops and designer kitchen sinks to enhance the style of any Waukesha WI home.

Trends in Kitchen Countertops and Sinks

Two concepts are dominating designer creations in 2017 – a preference for softer-looking more neutral tones in countertops and sinks integrated into the countertop design. Bright colors, bold textures and even stark black work surfaces are giving way to colors like gray – or “greige” a combination of gray and beige. Color and design expression is often brought out in the latest in backsplash tiles. The shift toward neutral colors complements the latest in open-concept floor plans and more natural lighting. Recent industry surveys show that kitchen countertops are the top priority for most remodelers. Sinks, especially versatile designer kitchen sinks rank a very close second. Continue reading

Kitchen Island – A Must Have For Many

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Distinctive shapes and features customized to your lifestyle make a newly remodeled kitchen shine.

The only element that rivals a new kitchen island in a kitchen remodel concept is new cabinets. So says a host of interior designers, builders and hardware manufacturers in a survey of trends for 2017.

The No. 1 reason for considering a remodeling plan is very basic: “More space!” And, with today’s open concept design a kitchen island not only provides new kitchen work space, it can provide a transition from cooking to living area. An island incorporated into the plan may provide preparation and clean-up room, a general purpose area and seating. Knowing the kitchen will be a center of attention when guests gather, the island works as a focal point. Continue reading

Practical Concepts For Kitchen Cabinets

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Adding special custom cabinets can expand use and utility in your Madison WI kitchen remodel -click to enlarge

Changing your kitchen cabinets can create an entirely new feel for your kitchen and home.

And, the exciting thing is, doing any size kitchen remodel is a lot of fun. Below are just a few kitchen design ideas to consider when you decide to change your kitchen.

  • Create a “new construction” look – every detail up-to-date
  • Design a new foot print for the room
  • Add new kitchen cabinets to meet new requirements
  • Include new amenities with cabinet and counter updates
  • Make all work and storage areas more universally accessible
  • Add contemporary hardware to your kitchen remodel

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Plumbing Facts – Garbage Disposals & Their Myths

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If you can’t chew it don’t put it in garbage disposals in Waukesha WI

Garbage disposals are usually used multiple times each day in most Waukesha WI homes. While years ago this was not the case, today most people cannot imagine cleaning up after a meal without a disposal. More than ever, disposals are standard equipment in a modern kitchen.

Since disposals are used so widely, you would think people would be very aware of how to care and maintain them. In fact, the information passed from homeowner to homeowner is often based on fiction, not fact. Some of the fiction are myths and much of the fiction comes from misinformation published on the internet. At Schoenwalder Plumbing we want to correct some of these misunderstandings and provide some simple tips to help you to care for your disposal correctly. Our primary goal is to help our customers keep their disposals functioning at top efficiency. Continue reading

Kitchen Remodel Survival Tips in Waukesha WI

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With your kitchen remodel expect to prepare food somewhere other than you stove or oven in Madison WI

Finally getting your kitchen remodel done is exciting. Your kitchen remodel can also be VERY stressful, too.

Your new look kitchen will be done soon but there are a few hurdles you have yet to clear. The biggest challenge is the room you use for meal preparation will be unusable for an extended period of time. The truth is cooking is tough to do when stoves and ovens are removed and sinks are unhooked and prep areas are covered or torn out.

A typical kitchen remodel can take from four to eight weeks. And, assuming living away from your home during all or part of your kitchen remodeling is not a reasonable option, below are a few ideas to help minimize the stress of your remodel. Continue reading

Kitchen Flooring – Cornerstone Of Kitchen Designs In Waukesha WI

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Installing laminate kitchen flooring can be done over existing flooring and can look great in Waukesha WI

Kitchen flooring has a huge impact on the look and feel of every kitchen design. No matter what kitchen flooring you choose- wood planks, ceramic tiles, vinyl, linoleum, or laminate- you will be making a statement.

The good news is contemporary kitchen designs benefit greatly from materials improvements from new technologies. Faux finishes are more realistic than ever before in terms of colors, textures and durability.

Kitchen Flooring – Durable For Heavy Use

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Bathroom Renovation – When Are They Too Expensive?

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A remodeling project like a bathroom renovation requires a building permit. Whoever pulls a permit is liable for the welfare of the workers and any injuries in Waukesha WI

A bathroom renovation requires a sizable investment. We sometimes hear a project will ‘cost too much’ and the plans of a homeowner are reconsidered. We understand the process.

The question a homeowner should ask at this point is to what am I comparing the cost of a bathroom renovation project?

Bathroom Renovation Quote Insights

In reviewing a bathroom renovation quote, there are many things to consider. The first is your frame of reference. Do not limit your bathroom renovation options. Ask yourself the following questions – Continue reading

Kitchen Renovations – Are You Living In Your Next Home Already?

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Kitchen renovations large and small can benefit from natural stone like granite

Kitchen renovations can take many forms in Waukesha WI.

Kitchen renovations can be complete remodeling projects where walls, cabinets, floors and windows are all fair game. Or, kitchen renovations can be as modest as updating countertops, new sinks and cabinet hardware.

With the economy slowly recovering over the past six years, the modest updates have given way to the more expansive, complete kitchen renovations in Waukesha WI. One thing all renovations and updates can use are new countertops using natural stone or granite. More affordable than ever, granite comes in a huge variety of colors and provides an elegant accent to the most moderate of projects and the most ambitious kitchen design. Continue reading

2015 Kitchen Remodel & New Home Preferences

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Future kitchen remodel or kitchen design projects are likely to have the following amenities.

Kitchen remodel projects and kitchen design in new homes show very specific trends in 2015. According to a recent survey entitled “The New Home 2015”, done by the National Association of Home Builders, there are certain consumer preferences for new homes and remodeling emerging in 2015 and are expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Some of the most relevant preferences include:

• A double sink, recessed lighting, and table space for eating are very likely in a kitchen remodel
• New single-family home will be smaller and have more green features
• Living rooms will either disappear or merge with other spaces
• Great Rooms are the likeliest rooms to be included in new homes
• Low-e windows are the likeliest green features

A kitchen remodel, or an average new home of 2015, is likely to feature a double sink, recessed lighting, table space for eating, a breakfast bar and pull-out drawers according to homeowners. Continue reading

Custom Kitchen Cabinets – Fitting Your Life Best

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Kitchen cabinets can be designed to add unique qualities to your kitchen

Kitchen cabinets can change the personality of the entire room.

Aesthetically, they can set the room apart. And, functionally, they can make preparing food and entertaining a… Continue reading

Kitchen Design Ideas For Reinventing And Refreshing

Budgets come in all sizes and this can impact the kitchen design ideas you may consider.

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A backsplash is one of the highest impact kitchen design ideas a homeowner can choose

When a kitchen remodel or “redo” budget is limited, kitchen design ideas having the most impact are valuable. Using specific strategies allowing you to make significant changes with very little impact on the pocketbook can give your kitchen a great face-lift. The right kitchen design ideas can affect your family’s mood and how much they can enjoy your home.

Testing Kitchen Design Ideas

A good first step for testing kitchen design ideas is removing everything from your kitchen. Clear your countertops of small kitchen appliances, remove window treatments, rugs, art work and accessories. The goal is to start the process with a blank slate. This process helps you identify where to start transforming your home with new kitchen design ideas. Continue reading

Kitchen Renovation Return On Investment

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A kitchen renovation ROI can range from 59% to 73% depending on the scope of the project

A kitchen renovation represents a huge investment in your home.

Because the kitchen is often ground zero for many families, whether its breakfast in the morning, evening dinner or the center of entertainment fun, the return on investment of a kitchen renovation includes both financial and “family” components.

Every home improvement has both of those components. Someday you’ll receive a financial return when you sell your property. In the meantime, the enjoyment you receive from an improvement such as a kitchen renovation is even more important than the financial return. Think of the benefits of a kitchen renovation –

  • Easier to work in
  • Added appliances
  • Better lighting
  • Layouts good for entertaining
  • Universal design adding to use and enjoyment
  • Upgraded fixtures
  • Updated floor plan
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Kitchen Renovations – Consider Granite Counter Tops

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Kitchen renovations can be taken to a new level by using granite as counter tops

Kitchen renovations can now use granite counter tops and cost a lot less than in the past.

In fact, in the past ten years, the price of granite has become very competitive with other popular counter top products. This includes even some higher quality laminate products which have traditionally been much less expensive and quartz.

A few years ago granite was installed almost exclusively in homes valued at the higher end (one million dollars or more). With homes valued at a lower price point, granite was cost prohibitive in many cases. However, prices have improved steadily in the past five or more years. Now homeowners with moderately valued homes routinely install granite in their bathroom and kitchen renovations. Continue reading

Smart Storage In Your Kitchen Remodel

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Make smart storage part of your kitchen remodel

A Kitchen remodel often signals a transition. Families grow larger, older and changes in structure as time goes on. The result is needs change along with personal taste and before you know it, a kitchen remodel is a symbol of a new stage in life.

Today, more than ever, a kitchen remodel represents a wide range of options. The options can make everyday life flow easier, whether its modest changes like smart storage ideas or fitting a homeowner’s need for an accessible kitchen.

A kitchen remodel project that can have a huge impact, even if is modest in nature is adding smart storage. Whether you try to work with existing cabinetry or refinish or replace, more efficient storage can change the way you use you kitchen. It can make it feel as if you are in a different house altogether. Continue reading

Kitchen Remodeling – Ideas Using Distinctive Islands

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Islands can be used to set your kitchen remodeling project apart from the norm

Kitchen remodeling offers a myriad of options to consider from floor to ceiling. Whether changing a kitchen’s footprint to updating your present layout, kitchen remodeling impacts how you live in your home.

The kitchen is ground zero for most family activities and often is the center of attention when entertaining (whether you like it or not). The result of this is an island often is an excellent starting point for many kitchen remodeling projects in Waukesha Wisconsin. Continue reading

Universal Kitchen Design

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Open space under countertop allow space for wheelchairs

Kitchen design affects how kitchens are used. That is significant because kitchens are often the hub of a family’s life. Meals are prepared and eaten there, guests visit and in general, it’s the crossroad of many family activities.

Because of the central role kitchens play in everyone’s life, a kitchen design using universal principles allows grandparents to get more from their visits, and those who are aging in their own homes to be self-sufficient longer. Since the vast majority of people want to stay in their homes, 89% according to recent surveys by AARP, universal design provides the tools they need to maintain their homes. Schoenwalder Plumbing’s staff believes people who enjoy their homes don’t have to leave it behind as they age and their physical abilities decline.

Relative to kitchen design, this represents one of the inherent challenges contractors have when remodeling kitchens. We are very aware we are working on homes, not just houses. These kitchens are loaded with personal preferences, memories and future plans. Another reason universal kitchen design is so significant is statistics show over 25% (2010) of all people in the United States have a disability of one type or another. That’s fifty-four million people now and by 2030, the number of adults afflicted with arthritis is expected to double. Continue reading

Bathroom Remodeling Studio – Showroom In Waukesha WI

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Trying products can help you pick the perfect solution for your needs

Bathroom remodeling can be easier than ever before when a complete Kitchen and Bath Design Studio and Showroom is available for your use.

Schoenwalder Plumbing has created the… Continue reading