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What’s the Timeframe for a Kitchen Remodel?

Kitchen by Kraftmaid

It’s exciting to plan a new kitchen, especially if you’ve been living with an outdated space. You envision sleek new countertops, cabinets, and appliances. You might even have the hardware and paint colors selected! But a kitchen renovation, like all home improvement projects, involves a very specific process. Knowing what to expect during a kitchen remodel and how long it may take, will help you and your whole family relax and enjoy the transition from an ugly old kitchen to a beautiful new one. Read on to learn what’s the timeframe for a kitchen remodel.

1) Planning

Planning helps you figure out what your new kitchen will look like and how it will function. We recommend that you expect a 2-3 week timeframe for professional Kitchen Design renderings and consultations.

Start by setting a budget. This will help you figure out what products and brands you should start with.

Then look at different product galleries and photos, or visit showrooms. to get a feel for what styles appeal to you. There are many types of materials, hardware, colors, and finishes to choose from.

Finally, start a scrapbook or inspiration board. Place examples of tile, cabinets, flooring, sinks, lighting in there. Then as you figure out what you like, you can take it up a notch and create combinations. Just like the designers on the Home Improvement shows.

To get a clear picture of the space you have to work with sketch out the basic shape of the room, then:

  • Draw in all current counters, appliances, or other built-in fixtures.
  • Take measurements and record them on the sketch, so that you can best fit your new plans into the existing space.

If you plan to rearrange your kitchen layout, create a second sketch with your new plans.

Your goal is to explore your needs and goals for the space and decide how will it function. It’s easier and far less expensive to try out ideas on paper. Once you order materials and begin construction, changes are costly.

It helps to work with an expert GNH Kitchen Designer as you plan. They will make suggestions that can save you time and money, help you choose materials, and even create a 3D rendering of your kitchen design.

2) Ordering

After your design is finished, approved, and all measurements taken, the product orders are placed. Expect a 4-6 week minimum for your cabinets, tile, flooring and countertops to arrive. Some products may take as long as 18 weeks. This gives you time to purchase fixtures, appliances and anything else you need. Don’t forget to figure out where you will cook and have meals during the construction phase. (You may need to set up a temporary kitchen and dining area elsewhere in the home.)

3) Construction

Depending on the scope of your kitchen design project, construction can take a few days or weeks. Your contractor will have the best sense of the exact timeframe. During this stage, demolition and reinstallation of plumbing, electric, and HVAC is done if needed. If you encounter surprises and delays—they’re a normal part of every remodel, so just stay in close communication with your kitchen contracting team during the process.

4) Installation

This is where the magic happens! Your new kitchen starts to come to life as your contractor lays flooring, installs new cabinets and countertops, as well as lighting, faucets, backsplash, and hardware. And before you know it, you’ll be enjoying your new kitchen!

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Bathroom Remodel Photo from Marvin

Create Your Own Oasis with these Bathroom Remodel Ideas

Bathroom Remodel Photo from Marvin

A Restroom Retreat

Your bathroom is one of the most private, secluded spaces in your home. It should be a space that invites relaxation and solitude. If you’ve been looking to improve your bathroom, now’s the perfect time. But before starting any sort of home remodel project, you need to have a set style in mind. Your preferred style will influence your entire bathroom remodel. Everything from the tools you use to the brands and hardware you select. Don’t worry if you’re feeling stuck on style ideas either. We’ve prepared a list of some of the most popular bathroom styles in use throughout the country to inspire you!

Modern Farmhouse Style Bathrooms

Farmhouse style bathrooms are one of the most popular styles in the housing market. The key to this look is blending both rustic and modern vibes. We recommend focusing on wood trim and furnishings to best accomplish this. Focusing on the details is important to creating the aesthetic. For the best complementary look, try to use matte hardware or natural wood. We also recommend searching antique shops or auctions for barn doors or soaking tubs to really complete the rustic look. The lighting you choose will also play a large role. Look into larger windows that supply natural light, or industrial hanging lights, as these suit the theme best.

Beach Style Bathrooms

Beach style bathrooms can take on many different looks, depending on your preference. Whether you want to create a calming, ocean atmosphere, or a more exciting animal, aquatic theme; blues, greens, cremes, and browns should be your colors of choice. White tile flooring is also a good option if you want to blend all your calming colors with the entire theme of the room. For a more retro beach style, be sure to incorporate wood flooring to give your bathroom a touch of tiki. Don’t forget the small touches either! Small-scale accents, like patterns on a mirror or cabinet, can make all the difference.

Minimalist Style Bathrooms

If your focus is on transforming your bathroom into a space for peace and quiet, the minimalist style is just for you. To make this style work, you should focus on muted colors, reflective surfaces, and glass hardware or appliances. A floating vanity or sink, for example, provides a sleek and understated look with plenty of functionality. Monochromatic designs can make your entire bathroom remodel project simpler, while also complementing the colors you chose for your bathroom. You can also focus on hidden storage features to make the most of your space, such as toe-kick drawers or hidden double drawers.

Botanical Style Bathrooms

To really add some life and vibrancy to your bathroom, consider a botanical style theme! When choosing your colors, we recommend focusing on luscious greens, dark browns, matte black, and maybe a few pops of floral color. One of the best things about this style is that you can go with either a light or dark theme. For either theme, you should use either wood flooring. or white or grey tile with a nature themed rug or shower curtain. Again, the little details will bring the entire theme together. Wicker adornments, nature themed shower curtains or rugs, and even real houseplants are the perfect finishing touches.

The Next Steps

Once you’ve decided on a style for your bathroom remodel, you can move on to the next exciting phase! You should now begin to think of the costs and supplies needed and set a preliminary budget. At this point, consulting with a bathroom designer can help you make sure your dream design comes to life. At GNH Lumber, our talented team is ready to help you with every step of the way.

Ready to begin your bathroom remodel? Get in touch with us today – we’re ready to help you craft your own personal bathroom oasis!

How to Choose Paint Colors for Your kitchen

What to Know When Choosing Paint Colors for Your Kitchen

How to Choose Paint Colors for Your kitchen For a quick and easy way to update the look of your kitchen, there’s no better solution than a coat of fresh paint on the walls.

Depending on your choice of color, new paint colors can make the small space feel larger, make a dramatic statement or create warmth and coziness.

When it comes to kitchens, white, gray, blue, red, yellow, and green are at the top of our list for excellent paint color choices. Yellow is homey and cheerful while red is vibrant and intense—both are believed to stimulate the appetite. Yellow, however, will make a tiny kitchen feel larger, while red will make a large space feel more intimate. Blue, white, green and gray are all calming colors that can help you create a bright and inviting space.

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Choosing Gray Paint Colors for Your Kitchen

Gray is a neutral that’s been taking center stage lately in many homes. It often gets categorized as being too cold, but with the right shade, it can work wonders in a kitchen. Best of all, it pairs beautifully with a wide array of other colors and is the perfect base to build upon in a kitchen. It also works well as a countertop or cabinet color.

Before you select a color, think about how it will work with your cabinets. White cabinets will look great with almost any color, but wood tones will harmonize differently with each paint color. An easy way to see if your colors will complement each other is to paint one section of wall beside a cabinet before committing to the whole room.

If you plan on getting new cabinets, pick your cabinet color first and then the kitchen paint colors second, since the cabinets Choosing Bright Paint Colors for Your Kitchenwill dictate the design of the room. Neutral walls work better with very colorful cabinets. So, if you want to go crazy with your kitchen paint colors, try opting for white cabinets instead.

Countertops are also important to consider when selecting paint colors. If you have a neutral-colored countertop or plan to install one, you’ll have more flexibility with the paint colors you can use. But if you plan to use a countertop that has a lot of colorful detail in it, you might want to keep your walls more neutral so the two don’t clash.

Even the appliances you have in your kitchen can play a role in picking a paint color. By considering your cabinets, countertops and appliances when creating a color scheme, you’re more likely to select a color that will work for the entire room.

Choosing Paint Colors for Your Kitchen

The resale value of your home is another important consideration when selecting paint colors for your kitchen. While you might be drawn to a very bold shade, future buyers might not find it so appealing. If you plan on selling your home someday, it’s smarter to opt for a toned-down color scheme.

If you have questions about your kitchen painting project, stop in to your local GNH Lumber for tips, guidance and expert advice!


Sources: “Best Colors to Paint a Kitchen” and “What Colors to Paint a Kitchen,”

Add Color to Your Home with Two-Tone Painted Kitchen Cabinets

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Re-invent Your Kitchen

If you’re a true DIYer and looking for a fun project to tackle indoors, your kitchen is a great place to start! One of the best things about the kitchen is that you can give it an entirely new look simply by adding fresh paint. We recommend focusing on one of the focal points of your kitchen – the cabinets. Think about it, you and your family see and use them every day, so shouldn’t they help your kitchen’s look come together? A great way to accomplish this is to add two-toned painted cabinetry to your kitchen – whether by painting it yourself or choosing from Wellborn Forest Cabinetry’s extensive line of finishes.

What Are the Benefits of Two-Tone Painted Kitchen Cabinets?

Two-tone painted cabinets can fit any design style out there, which makes it a snap for you to craft the kitchen of your dreams in just a few steps. Plus, the color mixing options are endless, so you have even more design options available.  Having two-toned cabinets can also improve your kitchen’s aesthetic, increase your home value, and can create an illusion of more space in a smaller home. So, no matter if you’re staying or selling, two-toned kitchen cabinets are the perfect choice for improving your home!

Choose Your Colors

Painting your kitchen cabinets isn’t the same as painting the walls of your home, so you’ll want to use the right paint for the job. Most household paints are prone to chipping and cracking on surfaces like cabinetry. Instead, look for enamel paints, which will look better over time and can withstand wear and tear. Trusted brands like Benjamin Moore have entire lines of special alkyd enamel paints, like their ADVANCE Paints. These even feature a special self-leveling formula, so when you apply your paint, it will leave a smoother finish!

Additionally, WF Cabinetry can match paint colors from Benjamin Moore. You can even have a sample door made so you can see how your preferred color will look in your kitchen.

Why Are Complementary Colors the Best Choice?

The colors you pick are just as important as the type of paint you use. Whatever color you decide on, make sure it complements your kitchen and appliances. If you have a lot of black appliances in your kitchen, try a rich dark brown to create a flowing, uniform look. Whereas, if you have an abundance of almond appliances, painting the cabinets a similar light sand color will work perfectly. Stainless steel appliances are even more versatile in terms of complementary color options, and the only limit is your imagination!

Stock Up on Supplies

Your painting project will go much smoother if you have a few other essential supplies and tools. Disposable paint trays are a great investment, as you can place your “real” tray in one for a firm roll, then simply throw out the plastic tray when you’re done! Purchasing extra brushes and rollers can help make your clean up easier as well, especially if you use any oil-based paints that can gum up the bristles. Perhaps the most important tool of all is the canvas drop cloth. We advise using at least two that you can move around the room as needed just in case any drops make their way to the floor.

Prep Your Kitchen

With all your paint and tools assembled, now’s a good time to get any moveable hardware or appliances out of the way. Then, remove any hardware from your kitchen cabinets, including knobs, hinges, and screws. It’s helpful to keep all this cabinet hardware organized while you’re painting. Try labeling each door by number underneath the spot that the hinge goes in the frame. Then, label a plastic baggie filled with that specific door’s hardware with the same number. You can place a piece of painter’s tape over the number on the door, so when the painting is finished, you can remove the tape and see the number.

Paint Away

Now we get to the best part – painting those cabinets! When painting, we recommend starting with the cabinet bases and the backsides of the doors first. This gives them more time to dry and really set, as they’ll be seeing the most action from the opening and closing of the doors. As with many other paint projects, it’s best to use light coats of paint to avoid drips. Don’t forget to add a topcoat of polyurethane either. This can help add an extra layer of protection and seal the finished look in beautifully.
What's the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

What’s the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

What's the Best Layout for Large Kitchens?

Is your kitchen space large or open concept? The layout of your kitchen design will help establish work zones, influence counter space, and allow for seating – or maybe not. Your GNH designer will help you choose a layout that maximizes your larger kitchen space and supports your family’s goals.

Download our free kitchen planning guide.

Here are three popular kitchen layouts for larger kitchens from KraftMaid:

1. G-Shaped Kitchens

This layout uses nearly every square foot of available floor space by adding a peninsula or partial fourth wall of base cabinets to a U-shaped layout. Because the narrower entrance into the work zone can make a cook feel claustrophobic, this layout works best in larger kitchens.

  • Adding a short return on the open side of a U-shaped layout minimizes traffic flow in and out of the work zone.
  • There are plenty of places to set up specialized zones.
  • This layout features the most corner base cabinets. Use corner storage solutions in your design plan to maximize utility in these awkward spaces.

2. L-Shaped Kitchens

Placing cabinets along two perpendicular walls form an L-shaped layout and adapts well to a variety of spaces, making them one of the most popular kitchen layout options.

  • This layout is the most cost-effective and efficient way to create a work triangle.
  • Typically, one side will feature your sink, while the stove goes on the other. Your refrigerator can go on either side, the longer one if available.
  • L-shaped layouts are great for kitchens that open to a dining or living room. With no barrier between the kitchen’s work space and adjacent room, both areas feel larger.

3. U-Shaped Kitchens

A U-shaped kitchen has cabinets along three walls with open access on the remaining side.  If your room is large enough, set up multiple work zones on different sides of the “U” so two people can use the kitchen without getting into each other’s way.

  • Continuous countertops and ample storage surround the cook.
  • A U-shaped kitchen has potential for more upper cabinets than other layouts.
  • When three perimeter walls aren’t available, add a peninsula to an L-shaped kitchen to form the third side of the “U.”

Source: KraftMaid: Kitchen Layout Options

Measuring for Kitchen Cabinets

How to Measure for Kitchen Cabinets

Measuring for Kitchen Cabinets

Measured Decisions

If you’re installing kitchen cabinets, one of the most important steps is taking measurements. Since your cabinets are one of the main features of the kitchen, it helps to take your measurements right. Having the proper measurements beforehand means you won’t buy cabinets that don’t fit. Also, with accurate measurements, ordering and installing your cabinets is a breeze. So, before you start looking at brands, you should know how to measure for kitchen cabinets.

Tools and Preparation

Before starting your measurements, you’ll need the right supplies on hand. For this, we recommend using the following tools:

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Planning grid/scratch paper
  • Calculator
  • Step stool or ladder
  • Level ruler (to help determine if additional work is needed)
  • Laser measuring tool (optional, but useful to double-checking measurements)

This is also a good time to draw out your rough sketch of the kitchen. Every appliance, window, door, electrical line, plumbing line, and vent should be included. This sketch doesn’t need to be perfect, but it should be easy to understand.

Taking Horizontal Measurements

Now you can begin taking horizontal measurements. Measure the current cabinets to start, and if you’re overhauling an entire space, measure the whole wall. This will let you know how you can reconfigure the cabinets within the space. Be sure to go from wall edge to wall edge to get the total space. For openings like doors or windows, your measurements should be from one underside of the trim to the other underside. Remember to write your numbers clearly, and round to the nearest 1/16th of an inch.

Taking Vertical Measurements

Start by measuring the distance from the floor to the ceiling in each corner and at the middle of every wall. This ceiling height will determine the preferred height of your upper kitchen cabinets. If your kitchen has soffits (a little wall that hangs down from the ceiling above doors), they must be measured as well. You can measure these by going from the floor to the bottom of the soffit. For reference, most older homes have ceiling heights of 8 feet, and 9 feet in newer homes. But accurate measurements are still encouraged – you want those upper cabinets to fit.

Measuring Existing Fixtures and Cabinets

Unless you’re changing the entire kitchen layout, you should measure the existing fixtures and cabinets. Everything from the oven to the sink must be considered. You’ll need to find their center point to get the best measurements. This can be done by starting at the end of the appliance closest to the wall. You then measure back until you come to the middle of the appliance. If it’s located in an island, start your measurements at the end of that island. For any electrical, gas, or plumbing lines, measure from the wall to the center of the line/pipe.

You’ll need to measure the height, width, and depth of your existing cabinets as well. This will give you an idea of what size will work for your project. Depending on the cabinet’s design, it might have extra features that add extra space. These include toe kicks, oversized countertops, or frameless doors. If you’re only replacing your cabinets, this will determine if your new cabinets fit or not.

Standard Cabinet Measurements

With your measurements in hand, it helps to know some standard ready-to-assemble cabinet sizes. Base, or lower, cabinets are usually 24” deep from the wall and 34 ½” high.  They often have a 3” inset for the toe kick at the bottom.  Upper cabinets are usually 12” deep and are available in 30”, 36”, or 42” heights. These choices account for different ceiling heights, and whether you want space above them.  Pantry cabinets come in 84”, 90”, or 96” heights and are 24” deep.  The width of cabinets varies so getting the most accurate measurements is crucial.

With the right measurements, your DIY kitchen cabinet installation is sure to go off without a hitch! Get in touch with us today for help designing your kitchen or selecting the best cabinet!

Kitchen Cabinet Styles

Best Kitchen Cabinet Styles for Your Remodel

Kitchen Cabinet Styles

Cabinets Keep Your Kitchen Together

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, it’s always a great idea to start with your kitchen cabinets! Even the oldest kitchen can look brand new with a new set of cabinets. But the trick is in picking out the right cabinet style for your kitchen. With so many options out there, you need to ensure the style fits your budget and preferred final look. If you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed – don’t worry! We’ve selected five kitchen cabinet styles that are affordable and versatile.

Shaker-Style Cabinets

These are one of the most popular cabinet designs, and for good reason. Shaker-style cabinets have a simple, timeless look that complement many different kitchen designs. Shaker-style cabinets have clean lines and a flat surface with a recessed panel in the center. They are available in all kinds of tones and materials, and from many manufacturers. They also blend in seamlessly with many different kitchen styles. One of the best things about shaker-style cabinets is their customizability. Shaker-style doors are compatible with most cabinet pulls and knobs, so get creative!

Flat-Panel or Slab Cabinets

For a more modern look, your best choice is flat-panel (AKA slab) kitchen cabinets. These consist of one flat piece of wood and look fantastic in a minimalist kitchen. You can opt for no pulls or knobs or choose sleek hardware on your cabinet doors. This creates a stylish look that matches your appliances perfectly. Flat-panel cabinets are easy to clean and install. Plus, they are usually less expensive than other cabinet styles.

Beadboard Cabinets

Beadboard cabinets are a great way to add a textured look to your kitchen! This style of cabinet is defined by its vertical slats of wood pieced together. This is one of the most versatile styles available and works with countless styles. Rustic, beach-inspired, contemporary, and traditional styles all work with beadboard. While beadboard cabinets can help your kitchen feel warmer and more vibrant, they are harder to clean. Dirt can build up in the ridges, so just be vigilant if you add these to your home.

Raised Panel Cabinets

Like the name says, raised-panel cabinet doors have a slightly raised center panel. This gives them an amazing three-dimensional look. These are perfect for kitchen remodels, as they offer a classic look. Raised-panel cabinets can even be ordered with an arched center panel or with decorative moulding to give it that special touch. If you’re looking to get creative with your kitchen remodel, raised-panel cabinets are the way to go!

Glass-Front Cabinets

Glass-front cabinets are the perfect choice for displaying any of your eye-catching collections. This can include glasses, plates, or other items in the kitchen. The glass on these cabinets can be plain or etched with a unique design. Glass-front cabinets can also be used as an accent cabinet with other solid cabinet doors. You can even include an in-cabinet light to showcase your pieces!

Ready to start picking out your dream cabinet? Get in touch with us today – we can help you find the perfect cabinets for your kitchen!

Kitchen Remodel Tips From the Pros

7 Kitchen Remodel Tips from the ProsLooking for kitchen remodel tips from the pros?

Get a jump-start on planning and designing the perfect kitchen for your family! It’s easy to create a gorgeous new kitchen with help from the pros. They’ve been doing it for years and are often on top of the newest trends. To help you get started, check out these 7 kitchen remodel tips and trends from GNH Kitchen Designer, Michele Gregg.

Things to Consider as You Plan a New Kitchen

1) Budget Wisely & Plan Appropriately

When you’re planning a kitchen remodel, making a budget and plan and sticking to it is key. The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) recommends spending 15-20% of your home’s value on your kitchen remodel. This guideline ensures that your new kitchen is a wonderful investment towards the value of your home. Planning your kitchen remodel should take more time than the actual construction. By planning well, you can reduce the amount of time you’re inconvenienced by construction mayhem. Plus, you’re much more likely to stay on budget!

2) Consult a Pro

Don’t forget: a kitchen remodel involves more than just replacing cabinetry. Working with an experienced designer will help you navigate all aspects of your kitchen remodel. From cabinets and countertops, to lighting and fixtures, and more! Designers stay up to date on trends & new materials. They are familiar with their local building codes and working with contractors. Their experience will translate to avoiding delays and will save money in the long run.

3) Have patience!

Each space is unique, and your perfect kitchen will take time to design, plan and create. Take time to enjoy the process of designing, planning, and product selection. It will be worth it in the long run! The more challenges you can anticipate and solve in advance, the faster your remodel will go, and the more money you will save.

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Popular Kitchen Design Trends

4) Add More Functions

Today’s kitchens are designed to accommodate more than just cooking. Kitchen designers now create spaces where people can gather, play games, and even work on their laptops or mobile devices. Of course, the modern kitchen is still a place for cooking, baking, cleanup and prepping meals. But, in addition to these basic functions, our kitchens have evolved. We’re now using this all-important room to entertain our family & friends, help our kids finish their homework, balance household budgets or plan parties–and much more!

5) Break it Open

Open concepts are very popular. Even the smallest kitchens will feel bigger and brighter in an open concept layout. This also floods the space with daylight coming from windows in other rooms and can facilitate airflow. But larger kitchen spaces are also trending towards the open concept layout. By opening up this all-important room to the living room, you make it easier to interact with your family or guests from the kitchen as they relax on the couch. You can add space needed to create “entertaining zones” like coffee nooks, breakfast bars, and more.

6) Storage, Not Space

More storage will never go out of style. Even if you’re working within the footprint of your existing kitchen space, you can still add tons of storage! Try installing cabinets that reach your ceiling. This adds more shelving space and gives you a spot to display that beautiful dishware up top. You can also install shelving units, racks, and hooks in unused spaces. These could be empty sections of wall, inside cabinet doors, or even your ceiling.

7) Go Bold

Design with color and texture in mind. White Shaker style cabinetry has been popular for years now. While it still remains popular, we are now finding ways to introduce color and texture. A dark navy-blue island stands out against the white perimeter cabinets. Wood stained floating shelves that coordinate with the hardwood floors. A honed or “leathered finish” countertop that creates warmth.

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Have fun designing your gorgeous new kitchen!

How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

How to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

How to Save Money on a Kitchen RemodelFind out how to save money on a kitchen remodel from GNH designer, Michele Gregg.

Are you dreaming of an updated kitchen but don’t have a huge budget to spend? Maybe you’re thinking of selling and want to bump up the value of your existing kitchen and make a great first impression? Well, you’ve come to the right place! From a few small cosmetic updates to a major reno, GNH kitchen designer, Michele Gregg shares her secrets for how to save money on a kitchen remodel.

If you’re looking to update your kitchen on a tight budget, there are many different approaches depending on the size of your project. There are a few tried and true updates that are low cost with big impact. But if you have a little bit more to spend, a well-placed upgrade can reap big rewards when it comes to resale value.

Here are a few simple ways to create a functional & aesthetically pleasing kitchen, without spending a fortune.

  1. Fresh coat of paint. A new wall color can change the room drastically!
  2. Wallpaper an accent wall. Wallpaper is making a comeback! Give the room a focal point… Easily add texture and depth.
  3. Hang a new light. Swapping out existing light fixtures will give a fresh update to your space. You can select a light to fit your desired style.
  4. Add undercabinet lighting, gives great task lighting!
  5. Replace your faucet.
  6. Swap out your cabinet hardware. This is a great way to add some style to your cabinetry.

The best part? All these projects can be completed by a DIY homeowner on a weekend!

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For a full-fledged kitchen remodel, you can pick and choose what to upgrade in order to get the most bang for your buck.

Here are my recommendations for cutting costs on your kitchen remodel.

  1. New Design, Old Layout – Embarking on a new design using your existing layout will help keep labor costs and construction costs down. Relocating appliances, plumbing & electrical can also inflate costs.
  2. Keep Existing Appliances – If you keep your existing appliances and replace only as needed, you can use that money elsewhere in the remodel. There are many appliances that you can swap out after your remodel is complete. With some appliances, advanced planning with your designer will be necessary. Example: Your current working refrigerator is a 32” wide, but you know you will want a 36” French Door refrigerator. Your designer can ensure your space will accommodate the future refrigerator.
  3. Avoid Costly Project Delays – With a kitchen remodel, it is more than just replacing cabinetry. Working with an experienced designer will help you navigate all aspects of this remodel. Designers stay up to date on trends & new materials. They are familiar with their local building codes and working with contractors. Their experience will translate to avoiding delays and will save money in the long run.
  4. Choose Affordable Cabinetry – Cabinetry comes in a variety of pricing. All serve a purpose, when paired with the right application. Working with a designer will help you navigate the quality, customization, and necessities for your space & budget.
  5. Prioritize Needs vs. Wants – Make a list of ideas, necessities, and dreams for your space… prioritize them in order of most important to least important. Be realistic with yourself! Understand how certain cost-effective products can help with achieving your dream list. Or invest in top desired items first and stretch your projects out over time.

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Brighten Up Your Kitchen in 3 Easy Steps

custom-kitchen-designKitchens are often central to a home, both in terms of their physical location and with regards to their importance. It’s where we prepare our morning coffee, make the kids’ packed lunches, bake birthday cakes, and gather when hosting holiday dinners. So, why tolerate a dark and gloomy kitchen?

Instead of letting your dull, outdated kitchen get you down, give yourself the bright, new kitchen you really want to spend time in.

There are many tips and tricks to making your kitchen brighter, including these 3 budget-friendly kitchen improvement steps.

1. Fresh Paint

painting-kitchenThere are several kitchen elements that can be brightened up with a fresh coat of paint, including:

  • The Ceiling
    If the room’s ceiling is painted a dark color, or has dark wooden beams, it’s probably casting a pall over the entire room. Buy a can or two of white paint and give the ceiling a fresh coat! The bright white will reflect light instead of absorbing it, and you’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes. If you don’t want to use white, try a pale yellow or even a mint color.
  • Kitchen Cabinets
    If you like the layout of your kitchen and the style of your cabinets, you can give them a facelift by applying a coat of primer, two coats of paint and a protective top coat.To do this project correctly, you’ll need to remove all the doors, remove the hardware, tape the hinges, paint the base cabinets and use a sprayer to paint and topcoat the doors outside so you don’t see brush marks. The entire project could take over a week. But, you’ll notice a tremendous difference in the final result.
  • The Walls
    While you don’t have to paint your kitchen walls white, it’s generally better to use lighter colors. Sometimes just a coat of white paint on the wall will make a huge difference in your home’s freshness, and can even make the kitchen look bigger!


2. Update Your Lighting

You would be amazed at what a difference it will make to replace your fluorescent lights with incandescent lights.

Florescent lights cast a darker tint around the room, while incandescent lights cast a pure white light.

Updating with bright white lights and adding about 10 can lights in the room will make your kitchen much brighter. Also, don’t neglect dark corners with your lighting design, and add more ceiling lights where it’s possible.


3. Make Full Use of Natural Light

natural-kitchen-lightIf you’re working with a dark room, chances are you don’t have a lot of natural light coming in, but it’s important to make the most of what you have.

If your windows are covered with dark shades or blinds, you’re blocking out your best chance for brightening up the room.

You can also use these tips to add more natural light to your kitchen:


  • Consider adding a skylight if you have that option
  • Choose light-colored window coverings that don’t completely block out the light.
  • If you prefer blinds, look for cloth blinds in a light fabric. Avoid wooden or plastic blinds that block out all the light.

If you’d like more advice or you have some questions about how to brighten your kitchen, stop on in one of our GNH locations to meet with a professional. It’s a proven fact that humans respond, act and feel better in a home that is bright and open. Brightening up your kitchen is a great start to feeling better and inspired!