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6 Kitchen & Bathroom Countertop Options

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Your choice of countertop material for your kitchen or bathroom is a key element to creating the design and style of your space. There are many types of counter surfaces to chose from (and many color and style options within each), so it can be a bit of an overwhelming decision. It's helpful to know the popular materials and their properties, so we've outlined the 6 most common options below to get your started.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Countertops

Our Most Popular Kitchen and Bath Design Blog Posts in 2015

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 29, 2015

"Best of" lists are an end-of-year tradition. We look back at the year that has been to help us see a possible direction for the year yet to be. For our part in this New Year's tradition, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 blog posts we've shared here that you found the most helpful or relevant in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens, Lighting, Room Colors, Countertops

How to Plan a Kitchen Remodeling Project (Free Guide)

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 22, 2015

Over the years we have worked with thousands of homeowners in designing and remodeling kitchens. We understand that a kitchen is the heart of the home. It is the place not only for meals, but it’s also the place where family and guests tend to gather to enjoy each other’s company and conversation. Since kitchens hold such a place of honor in the home, it makes sense to want them to work their best for you, your family, and your needs.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Cost vs. Value, Countertops

The Five Changes That Will Transform Your Kitchen

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Sep 29, 2015

Most kitchen remodels rely on changes to any combination of 5 primary categories. Updates, large or small, to any one of these areas offer the potential to refresh the kitchen, making it good-to-go for the next ten years. Whether you're making changes to these items as part of a larger kitchen renovation in which you are also changing the floor plan, or you're looking to make the space a bit more up-to-date without going into full-blown construction, these changes can go a long way.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting, Countertops

The Best Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Feb 24, 2015

The newest and best design trends coming in 2015 were recently debuted at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). For over 50 years, KBIS has showcased the latest industry products, trends and technologies. We've picked some of our favorite kitchen products from this year's show for you to consider for your kitchen.

KBIS Picks for the Top Kitchen Products of 2015

The KBIS organizers select a series of the "best" products at the show as standards in the industry for the coming year. Winners were selected based on functionality, quality & durability, flexibility, aesthetics & style, and innovation.

  • Best of Show: Tech Top Wireless Charging Surface - Bring wireless technology into your kitchen with LG's new Charging Surfaces. With the charging base embedded into the countertop surface, you will be able to charge your LG phone without being restricted by outlets or cords and you won't be giving up any valuable counter space. It's as simple as putting down your phone.
  • Best of Kitchen (Gold Medal): Brizo Articulating Faucet - A streamlined design that is inspired by the classic architect's lamp, this faucet is created to make the most of function and style. The structure itself is able to move in the standard side-to-side motion, but the height can also be adjusted. The stylish faucet also features a detachable spray wand to allow full range of motion in the sink.
  • Best of Kitchen (Silver Medal): Brondell Integrated Faucets – If you've been getting your drinking water somewhere other than your tap, then Brondell has your solution. Brondell has released their line of Integrated Faucets that will dispense filtered drinking water as well as your normal tap water from a single device. Best of all, they can be installed in your existing faucet space. You won't have to drill any holes or rely on your refrigerator for pure drinking water; it's all here in one faucet at your kitchen sink.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Countertops

How to Select Products for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project [Free Guide]

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Feb 18, 2014

We are very pleased to introduce a new resource to assist homeowners in planning a kitchen remodeling project. “How to Select Products for Your Kitchen Remodeling Project” takes you step-by-step to learn about the many products and choices that will define the look and function of your new kitchen. This is our second kitchen remodeling guide, which complements our original guide "How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodeling Project."

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Countertops

7 Design Ideas for Basement Kitchens

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Nov 19, 2013

Have you ever wished for a second kitchen to store items you use for entertaining along with extra appliances and a sink for preparing food? If you’re planning a basement remodel, you may find the extra space you need.  When designing a lower level living space, think of a basement kitchen, kitchenette or bar area the same way you would if you were remodeling the primary kitchen of a home. The elements include appliances, cabinet storage, a sink, counters, lighting, electrical outlets and flooring.

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Topics: Lower Level, Kitchens, Lighting, Countertops

Our Picks for the Best Bathroom Design Trends for 2013

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Apr 9, 2013

Do you remember the pink tubs, toilets and sinks from the 1960s? Powder blue 4-inch walls tiles from the 1970s? White laminate cabinets from the 1980s? Sliding door shower enclosures from the 1990s? Bathroom design trends seem to change every ten years or so. There are always new products arriving on the market and new ideas about how to create comfort in this personal space. 

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Lighting, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Room Colors, Countertops

Our Picks for the Best Kitchen Design Ideas for 2013

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Apr 2, 2013

Kitchen design has two main components, layout and choice of products. We are always looking for design trends that add function and beauty to homes. We talk with manufacturers and distributors, meet with other leading remodelers from around the country, follow industry changes, and talk with homeowners in our search for the best design ideas and trends that will endure over time.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Room Colors, Countertops

9 Kitchen Design Ideas for Entertaining

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Nov 20, 2012

Kitchens are always the spot where people like to gather, especially during the holidays. If you enjoy entertaining, how can you optimize the space in your kitchen to accommodate guests yet be functional for everyday use? Here are nine kitchen design ideas to help make holiday entertaining more enjoyable for you and your guests.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Countertops


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