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Similar to fashion, classic and timeless looks never go out of style. When planning your kitchen remodel, stick to the classics. Think hard about incorporating bold designs and crazy color trends. You don’t want to spend money doing another kitchen remodel 5 years from now.  By choosing classic elements throughout your kitchen, you will save money and time. Although color can be fun, leave it for another room in the house. Here are some timeless kitchen designs that will last for years to come.

Storage

Being organized will never go out of style. Making storage a priority, with built in organizers, inserts, and shelves is well worth the money. And future homeowners will thank you for it. Staying organized can be a challenge and there is a lot of stuff to store, from small appliances, glassware, cutting boards, plastic food containers and pot lids. Sure, there are products you can buy to help with kitchen organization, but why not have it custom-built into your kitchen cabinetry! Just a few things that will help make life easier.

Cabinets

Cabinet front trends are always changing, but one trend that stands the test of time is shaker style cabinetry. With recessed panel doors, these cabinets are simple, which allows designers to use their creativity in traditional and modern spaces.  Shaker cabinets can be stained to bring out the natural hues of the wood. In modern kitchens, you will see shaker cabinets painted white or grey to give it a more contemporary look.

Paint Color

Neutral wall colors make decorating easy while giving off a clean and classic look. Bold wall colors are fun, but can be limiting when choosing wall decor and accessories.

Appliances

Stainless steel appliances became very popular in the early 2000s. While still a classic look, trends are moving towards antique style appliances giving off a modern yet vintage feel. You will see trends going back to all white appliances, but the difference this time around is the overall design and finishes. Brass, copper and brushed black handles and knobs give the design that timeless and classic look.

Countertops

Stone countertops are an easy choice because when you pair white marble or granite countertops, they go with any wood cabinetry or and wood floors. All stone has its own finish and provides a different character. While some stand for elegance and contemporary design, others express a rustic and antique feel.

Subway Tile

Subway tile has been around for 100 plus years. This tile will always remain a classic option because of the versatility. It’s simple, yet works with traditional and modern kitchens, respectively.

 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. We help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We offer consultations with a project manager that will inspect your job site, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Thinking about a kitchen remodel? There is a lot that goes into a complete remodel from choosing your appliances, flooring, cabinetry, lighting, fixtures and countertops. In this post, we will discuss countertop choices that aren’t your typical options. We’ll walk through four unexpected countertop materials that will make your kitchen unique and beautiful.

 

Wood

We recently wrote about 2020 Kitchen Trends and we’ll be seeing a lot of grainy woods and natural woods. Especially for the eco-conscious family looking to incorporate eco-friendly materials into their homes. Reclaimed wood countertops offer an antique and unique look.  Ensure you seek a professional when considering wood countertops. The wood will need to be treated and sealed by a professional as well as maintained to avoid harboring germs.

Concrete

Concrete countertops have an industrial look to them that works well in modern and traditional kitchens alike. Definitely not the best option for an inexperienced DIY’er. One of the biggest advantages of concrete countertops is they can shape it to fit any size. Concrete is durable and very heavy. It is also pourous and can crack easily. Similar to wood countertops, concrete will need special treatment and sealing to avoid bacteria.

Glass

Glass countertops are a unique option as they cost about the same per square foot as other materials (granite, quartz). Recycled glass is another great option for the eco-conscious family, whether translucent or colored glass is a great option to combine with other elements within the kitchen.

Soapstone

Soapstone is an uncommon countertop option compared to granite or marble. Although a beautiful and unique choice.  Soapstone has a warm, milky appearance that integrates well with other design features. Soapstone is stain resistant and easy to clean. One downfall is that soapstone is not available in a lot of colors. Typically, your options are shades of white and grey. Another disadvantage is the cost. Soapstone is more expensive than granite.

 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. We help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We offer consultations with a project manager that will inspect your job site, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Much like clothing trends, kitchen design trends repeat every decade. In the 60’s we saw a lot of warm tones throughout the entire house. They considered wallpaper a lux design trend combined with natural wood cabinets, burnt orange accents, and shag rugs. Laminate countertops and avocado appliances dominated the 70’s. Moving into the 80’s we saw black appliances, tile countertops, and neutral tones. The ’90s brought us oak cabinets, lighter tones throughout the kitchen with white appliances, vinyl flooring, and a country vibe. The turn of the century introduced us to stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and dark cherry oak cabinets. And finally, we sum it all up in the last decade with subway tile, farmhouse sinks, open spaces, and never enough white.  

So what’s in store for 2020 design trends? As we mentioned, design trends make a comeback. We’ve got the top 8 trends you will see over the next few years. 

Grainy Woods 

  • Natural grains bring warmth to any kitchen. The organic look of flat-front cabinets allows you to pull in bright and vibrant colors while the focal point remains on the natural grains of oak or walnut textures. 

Colorful Appliances 

  • While white and stainless steel gives off a clean and crisp vibe, we’re ready for some pops of color. European design trends are coming to the U.S. bringing us colorful ranges in red, yellow, and orange. 

Beautiful Blues

  • The Pantone color of the year is a classic blue 19-4052. We’ll see splashes of blue in wallpaper, tiles, cabinets, appliances, and islands. Cool blue tones with gold and brass hardware make for a beautifully warm, and well-rounded look. 

Natural Wood  

  • Reclaimed wood has been a popular trend over the years but companies are moving toward more natural, eco-friendly materials for kitchen cabinets. 

Statements Stones 

  • Natural stones don’t go out of style but what you’ll see this year are some statement stones like strong-veined marble that looks very busy but makes quite the statement.

Dark and Dramatic

  • From accent walls to cabinets, the all-white look is on its way out. You’ll start seeing bold dramatic colors throughout the kitchen. Bright orange islands and painted ceilings help liven up the kitchen. 

Gold and Brass accents 

  • Mixing your metals is a great way to add texture and shine to your kitchen. Gold and brass accents look beautiful against darker woods while your sink and faucet can have a different look. 

Larder Cabinets 

  • An organizer’s dream and a trend you’ll see for years to come. Larder is a perfect way to overcome storage capacity issues and provide you with more shelves than you can count. Larder just makes sense! 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. We help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We offer consultations with a project manager that will inspect your job site, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Do you remember the scene in the movie Back to the Future II when they open up a coaster size dehydrated pizza; and throw it in the Black & Decker oven? The oven then cooks the tiny pizza into a normal size pizza. Well, we aren’t quite there yet but kitchen appliances have certainly advanced since 1989. In this blog post, we are sharing some of the fanciest kitchen appliances on the market. Although most are over-the-top and overpriced, some are certainly well worth the money and convenience. From touch screen refrigerators to coffee brewing from your mobile phone, this is the next generation of appliances. 

 

Instapot – WiFi enabled

We already think the Instapot is the greatest appliance of 2019. It’s a slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, warmer, and cooks virtually anything in 1/2 the time of conventional methods. Now, the Instapot is available with wifi, and connects to an app and Alexa! Manage your appliance directly from your smartphone. 

Mr. Coffee – Smartphone Brewing

Scheduling your morning coffee just got a whole lot easier. With the WeMo app, you can easily schedule your morning brew directly from your smartphone. A reasonably priced appliance that can be purchased on Amazon.com. 

Smart Toaster

This toaster is so smart, it can toast your bread faster than a conventional toaster with a touch screen, and a 15-second reheat button. Although it has some fun features, it’s a bit pricey for a 2 slice toaster. The Revolutionary Toaster can be found at williamssonoma.com. 

Dacor’s Discovery iQ Oven

Simply put, this oven has top of the line technology that is convenient for any cook. The technology is powered by Google and the Dacor which allows you to control temperatures directly from your smartphone. The Dacor oven can run $3000 – $5000 more than your typical oven but if you are an avid cook looking for convenience, this oven is well worth the money. 

Samsung Smart Fridge

Every child’s dream – a smart tablet directly on the face of the refrigerator. This smart fridge allows you to look up recipes, watch TV, play music and leave notes. Some Samsung refrigerators have camera technology that allows you to view the contents in your fridge directly from your smartphone. The smart fridge can cost up to $1500 more than a nonsmart Samsung fridge. 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Imagine the days without garbage disposers, something we have become custom to rely on. The convenience allows us to grind food small enough to avoid clogging the drain quickly. Most food waste should go in the trash and not down the drain — a few quick tips when choosing a garbage disposer for your new kitchen. 

How to Choose a Garbage Disposer

Some local sewer authorities will let you know if a garbage disposer is appropriate for your area. If you are on a septic system, your municipality may require you to empty the tank more frequently. Mainly you will want to ensure you have a functional plumbing system to avoid clogs and backups. 

Disposer Types

Continuous-Feed Models – easy to use and easily washes down the drain. Continuous feed models will run and continue to run until you switch it off. 

Pros:

  • The convenience of placing food scraps into disposer rather than in the trash is a plus
  • Several models and types to choose from

Cons:

  • Drain is exposed and allows for objects to fall into the grinder
  • Increased water bill – manufacturers recommend that cold water should run while the machine is working
  • It’s called continuous feed for a reason. It won’t turn off until you flip the switch

Batch Feed – these disposers are activated by when a drain cover is in place. The batch feed disposers require you to load them with waste before placing the stopper on drain to activate blades. Batch feeds are safer for families with small children. 

Pros:

  • Safer to use as the blades will only run while the cover is on
  • Requires little to no water usage 

Cons:

  • More expensive than the continuous feed models as the motors in batch feed disposers tend to be stronger
  • You have to remember to clean it out often; otherwise, food can sit too long and may spawn bacteria. 

Garbage Disposer Features

Electric Cord – easier to plugin rather than hiring an electrician to hardwire the system.

Auto-Reverse Mode – this helps the blades clear clogged waste.

Horsepower Ratings – 1/2 horsepower can usually handle most food scraps; however, if your kitchen wastes include harsh food particles, you’ll need 3/4 strength or a one horsepower model.

Safety Cover – great for kitchens with small children. This requires the cover to be in place before it runs.

Warranty – do your research and look for disposers that offer up to 10 years of warranty.

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

 

Before you jump on the white kitchen cabinet bandwagon, you must read this! Paint can undoubtedly transform an area of your home, but you must ensure that you match the kitchen cabinets with the rest of your home. The cabinet color should also be a color you love. The kitchen cabinets are the focal point of a significant space. 

A lot to consider when choosing the color of your cabinets. Do you have a traditional kitchen with classic wall colors, or is your kitchen more modern looking with brighter tones? How much natural light does your kitchen have, or is your kitchen lit from recessed lighting? Also, consider the number of cabinets you have. Some kitchens are more open with cabinet space below the counter. Other kitchens utilize all of the wall space and pack as many cabinets as they can. 

Longevity

Colors and stains go out of style. It’s best to choose something you like but also a bit on the safe side. Are you thinking of selling soon? If so, go with something more neutral, so it appeals to more people. Ensure you choose quality wood cabinetry that will last a long time.

Contrast and Multi-Color Options

Try mixing it up a bit! When white cabinets are paired with a darker color, it can give the entire space a unique look. Make sure you consider the countertop shades when deciding on cabinet colors. Be sure to visit our kitchen gallery for a wide variety of ideas. 

Cabinet Stains

For some people, the thought of painting over beautiful wood is unimaginable. If you decide to restain your cabinets and preserve the look of the wood, there are several stain options. If you are in the Chicago area, please visit our showroom. Masters Kitchen and Bath is your complete cabinet store and proud to be a distributor of Kemper Choice, Kemper Echo, and Decora cabinetry. These cabinet lines are industry leaders in exceptional quality American made hardwood cabinets. Our staff designer can provide a professional kitchen or bathroom design assistance and provide detailed pricing on the cabinet and cabinet accessories.

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We also offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, listen to your specific needs and considerations, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Stainless steel or natural stone? Kitchen sinks come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. In this week’s blog post, we are going to talk about kitchen sink materials. We’ll discuss the pros and cons so you can choose the perfect kitchen sink. Some materials are durable and resistant to stains and scratches. Other materials are more sensitive and suited for light to medium use. 

 

1. Stainless Steel

Best for: All types of countertops

Pros: Easy to care for and affordable

Cons: Can be loud

Stainless steel is the most popular sink material since its creation. Probably the most durable sink material as its heat resistant and stain-resistant. Stainless steel sinks can be a little loud, so look for sinks with a decent amount of sound dampening pads. Quality stainless steel sinks can range from $150 – $1,000. 

2. Copper

Best for: All types of use

Pros: Antimicrobial 

Cons: Can be very pricey

Ranging in a variety of patinas, copper is trendy in farmhouse kitchens. With its antimicrobial properties, copper contains a natural ability to kill 99.99 percent of bacteria. What’s most intriguing about copper sinks is the way the material changes over time and adapts to the way the user uses the sink. Copper typically starts around $600.

3. Enamel

Best for: Light to medium use

Pros: A classic look 

Cons: Requires special cleaning and care

Available in wide variety of colors. The enamel sink is made of cast iron with glass glaze. Enamel sinks are quieter; however very heavy and need proper installment. They stain easily and have been known to chip if not cared for properly. Appropriate treatment to avoid scratches is necessary. 

4. Fireclay

Best for: Modern and farmhouse kitchens

Pros: Easy to clean; long-lasting

Cons: Heavy and expensive

Fireclay is popular with modern and farmhouse kitchens. Although a beautiful sink, Fireclay sinks can be costly. Each sink is handcrafted and heated at very high temperatures. They resemble enamel sinks but more durable and scratch-resistant. Fireclay sinks require professional installation and range between $500 and $1400.

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We also offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, listen to your specific needs and considerations, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

Kitchen sinks come in all shapes and sizes. Choosing a kitchen sink may sound easy; however, there are a few things to consider. Are you keeping the same countertop and just replacing the sink? If so, then you will have to go with the same style as your old sink. If this is a kitchen remodel and you are going with a completely different look, then an apron sink or undermount sink could be an option. You must also keep in mind that drains and faucets are separate costs, so consider your overall budget when choosing the whole look. Let’s dive into the three most popular options and talk about the pros and cons. 

Topmount Sink

Topmount sinks are considered to be more traditional and often cost-effective. They can also be referred to as drop-in sinks. The lip around the entire edge of the sink rests on the top of the counter. 

Pros:

  • Overall drop-in sinks are less expensive and typically cost $200 less than an undermount sink.  
  • You don’t have to have a solid surface for a drop-in sink. Drop-in sinks work with all styles of countertops. 

Cons:

  • Unless your topmount sink is practically seamless to the counter, it can be hard to clean. Food crumbs and counter debris can get stuck. Routine cleaning is necessary to avoid excess build-up. 
  • Topmount sinks are a more traditional look, and it could be hard to find a modern looking style. 

Undermount Sink

Undermount sinks range from $100 to $1000 or more. There is a wide variety of types and styles to choose from. You’ll likely have to consider installation costs as well, which can range from $50-$100. 

Pros:

  • Undermount sinks do not have a lip, so they are easier to clean. You can sweep the crumbs off the counter and into the sink, and you don’t have to worry about food getting stuck under the lip. 
  • The overall look of an undermount sink looks sleek and clean. They have a stylish and aesthetically pleasing look. 

Cons:

  • Not all counter types are intended for undermount sinks. Granite, marble, and limestone work well with undermount sinks. The laminate countertop is not an option. 
  • Installing an undermount sink isn’t for the new DIYer. We recommend contacting a professional to help with installation. 

Other Sink Options

Bowl types is another factor when choosing a sink. You have the choice between the double bowl and a single bowl. Some bowls are divided evenly, 50/50, or you can find them 60/40 and 70/30. You’ll also have to consider the depth and determine how much space you have beneath your sink. Think about your current dishwashing routine, do you wash on one side and rinse on the other? Do you need a large sink for washing large dishes (think holidays and family gatherings)? 

Apron sinks or farmhouse sinks have become very popular in the past few years. They have a modern and sleek look with the front-facing surface exposed. The basin of the sink is typically deeper, so they accommodate more substantial dishes. Apron sinks generally are more on the expensive side, and you’ll also have to hire a professional for installation. 

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage development, ordering, and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their homes with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We also offer consultations where our seasoned project manager will inspect your job site, listen to your specific needs and considerations, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.

We are proud to offer beautiful, and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.

Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights.

For the past six weeks, we have discussed kitchen remodeling from why you should remodel your kitchen, design and planning to flooring and cabinet installation.

We are on the final steps of the complete kitchen remodel. In this last blog, we’ll walk through appliance installation, wiring fixtures, and plumbing. We’ll finish with inspections which will round out all the steps for a kitchen remodel.

Appliance, Plumbing, and Fixtures

A plumber or a DIYer can do the appliance installation.  You’ll need someone that has experience connecting the water supply to the refrigerator, dishwasher, sink, and faucet.  An air gap must be installed for your dishwasher and countertop.  Run a few tests to ensure installation is complete and there are no leaks. Contact your electrician to finish out the receptacle plates, fixtures, and ductwork.  Electrical work can be an easy job for a homeowner. If you called in the professionals for initial wiring and plumbing work, its a good idea to have them come out for the final tasks.

Final Inspections

It’s time to go through the checklist and ensure all the tasks are complete. If you worked with a general contractor, make sure you perform a final walk-through. Keep note of the things that still need attention. Carefully inspect every aspect of the project. If you feel confident and satisfied with the work, there is one final step – inspection.

Your general contractor would make arrangements for final inspection and permits. If this were a DIY project, you would need to contact inspectors yourself.

All your kitchen needs is a good cleaning. Once the cleaning is done, you’ll have a brand new kitchen to break in. Whether it was a grueling eight weeks or several months, you will celebrate your decision to remodel your kitchen.

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage construction, ordering and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their home with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We also offer consultations.  Our seasoned Project Manager will inspect your job site, listen to your specific needs, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.
We are proud to offer beautiful and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.
Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights

For the past few weeks, we have been working through the steps of a kitchen remodel. We started with why it’s a good idea to remodel your kitchen, to the design and planning phase. We dove into what life would look like living without a kitchen, and last week, we discussed plumbing, wiring, and HVAC.

At this point in the process, we are more than halfway through the steps involved in a kitchen remodel.

Let’s discuss flooring!

Kitchen Flooring Installation

Before cabinets, appliances, and fixture installation, the flooring must be complete. Flooring installation can take a week or so, especially if you have subcontractors doing the work and the type of flooring you have chosen is considered.

Flooring Options

Sheet Vinyl – If you are going with a less expensive type of floor, sheet vinyl is a great option and typically takes 1-2 days. It’s perfect for the DIYer, and not a lot of labor is required.

Ceramic Tile – Another good option for a DIYer is ceramic tile. Doing it yourself can save time and money; however, it requires some patience. To properly adhere the tile to the floor, you will need a cement backer board so the flooring can adhere to thin-set mortar. Hiring a professional for this job could cost you a lot with substantial labor expenses.

Engineered Wood – The industry has come a long way, and one of the most popular flooring options is engineered wood. It looks and feels like solid hardwood but a much more affordable option. This flooring option is relatively easy for DIYers to install.

Laminate Flooring – Another popular option as it’s relatively easy for someone looking to install it themselves. It’s also on the lower end as far as pricing. Great for moisture-rich areas as it’s easy to clean.

Solid Hardwood – Many people steer clear from solid hardwoods as they can be a lot to keep up with over time if not correctly cared for. Installing hardwoods requires a lot of equipment, and we suggest contacting a professional to do the job.

Cabinet and Countertop Installation

After the flooring installation has occurred, the next step in the kitchen remodel is installing the cabinets and countertops. If you are doing the kitchen remodel on your own, this would be a good time to call some friends to help you out. Depending on where you purchased your cabinets, the supplier should have a crew that can help with installation.

Countertops can be tricky as it seems easy to do. However, if you have chosen tile for your counters, it’s best to hire a professional to do the work. Silestone, Formica, and Corian will most likely need to be installed by the supplier. Most suppliers will require a contractor to purchase the materials so it would be difficult for the DIYer to buy. Granite, marble, and quartz are extremely heavy, so your best option is to hire a professional.

In the next blog, we will be discussing appliances and fixtures, and then we will be on closing out with a fully remodeled kitchen.

About Masters Kitchen and Bath

Masters Kitchen & Bath has been providing top quality construction, cabinetry, and design on kitchen renovations and remodeling since 2004. We coordinate and manage construction, ordering and installation. Masters help homeowners get more enjoyment from their home with new kitchen designs that blend beautifully with their new or existing home decor. Visualize your complete kitchen remodel by visiting our showroom. We also offer consultations.  Our seasoned Project Manager will inspect your job site, listen to your specific needs, and offer you design suggestions that best meet your needs.
We are proud to offer beautiful and American made Decora and Kemper Cabinets.
Masters Kitchen & Bath serve the following areas: Addison, Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Chicago, Des Plaines, Elk Grove Village, Elmhurst, Elmwood Park, Evanston, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Glencoe, Glenview, Kenilworth, Lincolnwood, Melrose Park, Morton Grove, Mount Prospect, Niles, Norridge, Northbrook, Northfield, Oak Park, Palatine, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights
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