Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700

Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700

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Why Include an Island in Your Kitchen Update?

WHY INCLUDE AN ISLAND IN YOUR KITCHEN UPDATE

Planning Your Kitchen Update? Include an Island!

Consider these Top Reasons

kitchen island design and installationKitchen islands offer a cozy place for your family to gather for meals, entertainment, and even school assignments or homework. Most islands have seating on one side, with space dedicated to food preparation and amenities taking up the rest of the area. If you decide to include an island in your kitchen update, you can include seating on two or more sides without sacrificing storage space and surface area, with the right design. 

California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers has experienced kitchen designers and installers ready to help you update your kitchen with a family-friendly island at its heart. Here are a few ideas for expanded island seating that fits your lifestyle:

  • Does your island seating face views of your backyard? Think about expanding the window and ask your designer to add seating on the short sides and one long side. You can either extend the island you already have or customize a new one with the correct dimensions. Don’t forget to factor in adequate legroom for everyone!
  • Would you rather face views of your backyard or your kitchen appliances? It’s important to orient your seating to take advantage of the best view. If your kitchen has a window opening onto outdoor views, our designers can create an island with seating facing the window rather than your appliances. However, if your kitchen doesn’t have access to outdoor views, you can design wraparound seating to face the living area. As a bonus, this facilitates entertainment and enhances an open floor plan.

If you have a smaller kitchen, check out our blog on “Ideas for Designing an Island in a Small Kitchen” for your home in San Jose, Willow Glen, Almaden, Los Gatos, and Cambrian.

Don’t Have a Kitchen Island Yet? Here’s Why You Need One

Kitchen islands evolved from large farm tables that served a dual purpose as food prep areas and family dining space. Modern kitchens use the space in much the same way, but you require aesthetic appeal just as much as functionality. Here are the top reasons you should incorporate an island into your kitchen renovation with your next update:

  • A kitchen island provides access on every side, allowing you to maximize your space for storage and seating. Compare that to countertops against walls with access on just one side. In contrast, when executed properly, kitchen islands become a focal point with additional seating for guests and family members.
  • Many kitchen islands also serve as a home office or study space during the day. If you work from home and don’t want to clutter your kitchen table or build a dedicated office, an island with comfortable seating will serve you well. Your kitchen remodeler can also ensure you have electrical outlets to plug in and charge your devices conveniently.
  • Create a more spacious work area. The applications for kitchen islands are endless. Create an island with a range and cook top to build your gourmet kitchen. Alternatively, you can also add freezer or refrigerator drawers if you need more food storage space.

Tell us your pain points and what you would like to get out of your kitchen remodeling project. We can help you plan how to include an island into your other wish list items for a more functional kitchen.

Not sure why to include an island in your kitchen update? Contact us today for ideas on how to maximize your kitchen space with a gorgeous modern island. We proudly serve homeowners in San Jose, Willow Glen, Almaden, Los Gatos, and Cambrian. Call 408-360-9700 to get an accurate quote.

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Use the Latest Trends from Houzz for Your Kitchen Renovation

USE THE LATEST TRENDS FROM HOUZZ FOR YOUR KITCHEN RENOVATION

Great Ideas for Countertops, Flooring, and Cabinetry

kitchen design trendsWhen setting your remodeling goals, it’s useful to know what’s trending and then you may choose what works for your lifestyle, budget, and aesthetic preferences. Use the latest trends from Houzz for your kitchen renovation ideas and planning. Then partner with California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers to make it happen!

Are you ready to get started? Find out five top trends to consider for your kitchen countertops, flooring, cabinetry, and more!

You Want ROI, Style, and Utility — So, Where Should You Splurge?

According to Houzz, these are the top renovation trends worth spending money on. And if you plan to sell your home and want to give the competition a run for their money, you may have to!

  1. New counters can rock your kitchen. About 91% of homeowners take out their old counters and invest in new ones during a kitchen remodel. More than a third of them spend more than originally planned. What are the hottest materials for stunning countertops?
    • Engineered quartz will enhance the countertops of 42% of survey participants, significantly less than the prior year.
    • Granite comes in as a close second, with 24% choosing this timeless material.
    • Quartzite, laminate, and concrete rounded out this year’s top countertop materials for kitchen remodels.
    • What’s the most popular color choice? Believe it or not, 39% of renovators chose white countertops!

Check out our kitchen gallery for additional inspiration.

  1. Marble backsplashes are making a splash. The vast majority of participants (86%) included a new backsplash in their remodeling projects.
    • More than half of them plan to splurge on upgraded materials like marble.
    • Others will stick to conventional porcelain and ceramic tiles.
    • Approximately 66% will cover the area from the countertop to the cabinets, while 19% will cover a smaller portion of the wall.
  2. Vinyl flooring is a top choice among Houzz survey participants. The favorite flooring materials include the following:
    • Hardwood (25%)
    • Vinyl or resilient flooring (23%)
    • Ceramic or porcelain tile (19%)
  3. Gray and white are the new favorite kitchen colors. Although fewer people like gray counters for their remodeling projects, gray and white dominate in these other areas:
    • Cabinets
    • Backsplashes
    • Walls
  4. Cabinets are the main event. Up to 65% of homeowners say that they’ll replace all the kitchen cabinets, and 29% more will replace some of the cabinets. More than 3/4 of homeowners will go with solid wood, mainly in the Shaker or flat panel styles. Additionally, 43% of remodelers have prioritized cabinetry and plan to invest in customized cabinets. White and gray are the most popular cabinet colors.

Whether you go with the latest trends or march to your own beat, we’ll help you create a gorgeous new kitchen.

Contact us today for assistance with your kitchen remodel project. We’ll help you use the latest trends from Houzz for your kitchen renovation in San Jose, Willow Glen, Almaden, Los Gatos, and Cambrian. Call 408-360-9700 for a free quote.

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Update Your Dark, Dated Kitchen with a Smarter Layout and a Brighter Look

UPDATE YOUR DARK, DATED KITCHEN WITH A SMARTER LAYOUT AND A BRIGHTER LOOK

Ideas to Update Your Dark, Dated Kitchen

Remodel for a Smarter Layout and a Brighter Look

grey tile backsplash, quartz counter tops, white cabinet, bright, modern, airy, Mountain viewExperienced designers and craftsmen can help you make the most of the space you have. From repurposing your mudroom for more kitchen space to adding a skylight to bring in natural light, we can help you update your dark, dated kitchen. Remember, it’s important to prepare for your kitchen renovation to help things go smoothly!

Strategic Kitchen Layouts and Design Elements that Capture Light

Here are a few ideas to brighten your outdated kitchen with trendy materials and a more functional layout:

  • Do you have a mudroom or laundry room entrance? Consider re-purposing this space into a kitchen expansion. If required, you can take down non-load-bearing walls to bring more direct sunlight in your kitchen. With the additional space, you can expand countertop working areas, design an in-kitchen eating space, or add an island.

Not sure which layout will work best for you? California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers has designed many kitchens in both new and older homes. We can design your new kitchen layout to ensure you have a more spacious and brighter room that considers your functional and aesthetic preferences.

  • Customized light fixtures: From overhead lighting to under-cabinet LED lighting, we can add layers of illumination to make your kitchen appear airy and bright. Our team can help you choose faucets, cabinetry, hardware, and paint colors that reflect light and fit your style. For inspiration, take a look at the eclectic elements our team achieved with this kitchen makeover.
  • Glass or metallic backsplash: Glass reflects light, creating a cool, modern tone. Burnished metal also reflects light but creates rich, warm tones. Consider copper, stainless steel, or brass in brushed or hammered textures for a unique look.
  • Add cabinets and pantries for extra storage and paint them in lighter hues. Whites, yellows, and pastel shades will brighten your kitchen and give it a modern feel. Work with our designers to personalize your custom cabinetry and brighten up any dark nooks in your kitchen.

Expert Kitchen Remodelers in the San Jose Area

Thorough planning and painstaking design coupled with high quality craftmanship define every project we touch. Ask for a no-obligation consultation to discuss your kitchen renovation goals. For a brighter, updated, and more welcoming kitchen, trust the professionals at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers.

Please browse our gallery of kitchen remodels for ideas and layouts that could work in your home.

Contact us today to update your dark, dated kitchen with a smarter layout and brighter look. We serve clients in San Jose, Willow Glen, Almaden, Los Gatos, and Cambrian. Call 408-360-9700 to set up a complimentary consultation today.

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Designing an Island in a Small Kitchen

SMART IDEAS FOR DESIGNING AN ISLAND IN A SMALL KITCHEN

Ideas for Designing an Island in a Small Kitchen

Add Beauty, Functionality, and Additional Seating to Your Kitchen

farm sink, island, pendant lighting, SunnyvaleMake the best use of available space and improve your small kitchen’s functionality with a custom island designed, built, and installed by California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers. Freestanding or built-in islands enhance your kitchen’s appearance, and you can add amenities such as storage, electrical outlets, appliances, and seating.

Need fresh ideas to update your entire kitchen? See our photo gallery for inspiration. If you are keen on incorporating an island with your existing layout, we can get it done with great results.

Think about Why You May Want an Island in Your Small Kitchen

Before you start the process of designing an island in a small kitchen, there are a few important things to consider. You can scale the island’s size to your kitchen, making it bigger or smaller depending on the available space. Keep the following benefits in mind to make your final decision on whether to install a custom kitchen island:

  • Access on all four sides maximizes counter space
  • Complement your open-plan design with a beautiful island
  • Expand your seating capacity with a few barstools
  • Increase food preparation space
  • Facilitate work or study activities while you multitask in the kitchen

California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers can help you design every element of your small kitchen, including an island. Find out what customers are saying about our kitchen remodeling prowess.

Design Tips for Your Small Kitchen’s Custom Island

Consider the following tips when you meet with our team and discuss designing an island for your small kitchen:

  • Mix or match. You can build the sides of the island to contrast with or match your existing cabinetry. Our remodelers will work with your vision and lifestyle needs in mind.
  • Choose a fabulous countertop material. Select a countertop material that makes sense for how you plan to use the island. Choose from natural stone, wood, concrete, granite, marble, quartz, or Corian. Our experienced installers can make the base of the island flush with the counter or leave an overhang to accommodate barstools and legroom.
  • Add a range, grill, or other appliances. Determine the most important features to include in your island. Our designers can create a layout that increases your food prep area, includes a grill or range, creates a convenient spot for a microwave and warming drawers, and multiplies the storage space for cookware and other items. We can also provide safe electrical outlets to power small appliances and serve as charging ports for mobile devices and laptops.
  • Create an entertainment space. Islands can expand your seating and create an intimate space for guests and family to gather as you cook or attend to hosting duties. Invest in a durable countertop with an eye-catching pattern or color combination for an inviting dining space.
  • Light it up! Recessed lighting, natural light, and ceiling-mount chandeliers and fixtures can add ambience, drama, and tons of light over your new kitchen island. Our lighting technicians follow local and national electrical codes and work with you to achieve the desired ambiance.
  • Leave enough clearance. Ideally, two people must be able to pass each other while another is standing at the island. Allow for clearances of about 40 inches on all sides of the island.

California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers has designers and skilled craftsmen that can help you renovate your small kitchen for maximum efficiency.

Contact us online about designing an island in a small kitchen in the Santa Clara Valley. Call us at 408-360-9700 to schedule a free consultation.

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Request a Remote Home Renovations Review

REQUEST A REMOTE HOME RENOVATIONS REVIEW

We Can Visit Your Home Virtually!

cherry cabintes, silver hardware, granite counter, island, recessed lighting, stainless steel applicancesThe ongoing coronavirus pandemic has prompted many of us to take on critical remodeling projects for accommodating your families’ new remote working and virtual learning needs. However, many homeowners worry about the risk of people outside of their safe bubble entering their home for such projects. At California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers, we have simplified this process in order to minimize in-person contact wherever possible. You can now request a remote home renovations review and walk us through your kitchen or bathroom makeover goals virtually.

Touchless Walkthroughs are Efficient and Stress-Free  

Although initiating a bathroom or kitchen renovation project may be imperative due to the lifestyle changes brought on by COVID-19, you may have some apprehensions, such as:

  • How will you communicate the vision of your dream kitchen or bathroom in a remote meeting?
  • How will you minimize the risks associated with crew members going in and out of your home?

CBKR’s kitchen and bathroom remodeling specialists are mindful of the concerns you may have while undertaking a renovation project during the current pandemic. We have put in place new processes and stringent COVID-19 protocols to enhance the safety of our clients, designers, and contractors. In lieu of our initial site consultation, we now use ZOOM or Facetime to conduct touchless walkthroughs of our prospective clients’ homes.

Here’s what we do when you request a remote home renovations review:

  • During the virtual meeting, we use “screen share” to explore the areas that you wish to refresh, renovate, or remodel.
  • Besides reviewing the project scope and renovation goals, our designers take the time to understand your lifestyle and preferences. This is a good time for you to share photos, idea books, or any thoughts you have regarding the project.
  • Based on the virtual site review, measurements, and project scope, we put together an initial estimate for your review.
  • Once you sign off on the quote, our talented designers prepare practical, space maximizing, and lifestyle-friendly plans, which we can present virtually in order to minimize site interactions.
  • Our on-site crew and contractors strictly adhere to public health guidelines related to distancing, wearing masks, and frequent sanitization.

remodelOur goal is to make these virtual meetings as interactive and productive as possible. We encourage you to ask questions about our approach, delivery, and design capabilities. Do not hesitate to request references or ask to see photos of past projects.

Safe and Efficient Renovations by Santa Clara Valley’s Makeover Specialists

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc., we specialize in custom makeovers for  kitchens and bathrooms that enhance the value, functionality, and appeal of your home. Our experienced designers and qualified tradespeople work hard to transform your vision into reality and complete the project within the agreed time and cost parameters.

Since 1994, we have successfully renovated kitchens and bathrooms across the Santa Clara Valley, including homes in Los Gatos, San Jose, Almaden, Willow Glen, Los Altos Hills, and Monte Sereno, CA. Our clients vouch for our innovative designs, impeccable craftsmanship, and unparalleled customer service.

For reliable and affordable kitchen or bathroom makeovers, speak to the remodeling experts at CBKR. Call us at 408-360-9700 or request a remote home renovations review. We are happy to guide you through a wide range of design and renovation possibilities to help you achieve your dream kitchen or bathroom.

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Kitchen Renovations on a Budget

KITCHEN RENOVATIONS ON A BUDGET

Stylish Kitchen Renovations on a Budget

Expert Tips for Cost-Efficient Upgrades

kitchen renovationIs it possible to create a dream kitchen if you must do your kitchen renovations on a budget? Absolutely! There are plenty of ways to make smart, cost-effective upgrades that elevate the look and function of your cook space. The home remodeling specialists at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers offer useful tips and suggestions to complete your kitchen renovations, even with a smaller budget.

Top Ideas for a Budget-Friendly Kitchen Makeover 

  • Prioritize function over form: Whether it is a compact kitchen or a sprawling one, the most important element of any kitchen makeover is to ensure a suitable layout that mirrors your lifestyle and cooking habits. Do you need an island for more prep space or overseeing the kids’ homework? Do you like to cook and entertain at the same time? Do you need better access and movement between the refrigerator, stove, and sink? Think function first and invest in features that make for an efficient kitchen. A beautiful kitchen with an impractical layout is a waste of your renovation budget.
  • Upgrade the hardware, fixtures, and appliances: A simple and inexpensive way of refreshing a cook space is to swap out old pulls and knobs for more trendy options. Similarly, upgrading to smart, energy-saving appliances or changing out the light fixtures or faucets can give your tired kitchen an immediate facelift. 
  • Hack the big box store cabinetry: Nobody will fault you for using IKEA cabinets as a base for your cabinetry. You can enhance them with chic door fronts and hardware, a cost-saving trick that many top designers use for kitchen renovations on a budget. Add a touch of luxury by replacing some cabinet doors with glass doors or creating open shelving to display your best china and glassware pieces.
  • Create sufficient storage: A clean and uncluttered space can make all the difference during a kitchen makeover. Plan for sufficient cabinetry to keep your small appliances and other pantry items hidden from plain sight. Keep only the stylish stuff out on the counters and shelves.
  • Choose your work surface and flooring smartly: If a countertop or flooring replacement is part of your renovation goals, choose your materials wisely. The inexpensive laminate or the durable quartz offer plenty of options to replicate the look of real marble or natural stone, which usually feature in high-end kitchens. For flooring materials, engineered wood or vinyl offers an assortment of affordable designs and patterns to recreate the expensive look of original hardwood planks or natural stone tiles. 
  • Have fun with paint: Whether you opt for major changes, such as a new layout, or minor upgrades related to cabinetry and appliances, one aspect that will further enhance any kitchen remodeling plans is a change of paint. Do your research and select colors that reflect your personality and preferences.

kitchen renovationRemember that while these cost-efficient tips and tricks are ideal for a budget-friendly kitchen remodeling project, inexpensive materials may not always be durable. They may or may not contribute to the value of your home. If you are looking to get top dollar on a future home sale or have a growing family with a high-traffic kitchen area, think about the wear and tear that may happen within the next few years. Instead of taking on a low-cost, D-I-Y kitchen renovation project, consider hiring a professional kitchen remodeling expert who can help you maximize your renovation budget.

Affordable Kitchen Renovations by Experienced Santa Clara Valley Home Remodeling Contractors

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc., we are passionate about delivering functional and stylish kitchen makeovers that increase the value and appeal of your home. Our talented designers work with you closely to create your dream kitchen. Our skilled and experienced crew executes all plans to your exact specifications, on time and on budget.

Since 1994, we have served homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including San Jose, Los Gatos, Almaden, Willow Glen, Los Altos Hills, Monte Sereno, and Santa Clara, CA. Past clients vouch for our innovative designs, quality workmanship, and unparalleled customer service.

Looking for ideas and inspiration for kitchen renovations on a budget? To speak to the kitchen remodeling specialists at CBKR, call 408-360-9700. You can also write to us online to book an in-home consultation.

6 Things to Get Ready for a Kitchen or Bath Remodeling Project

6 THINGS TO GET READY FOR A KITCHEN OR BATH REMODELING PROJECT

Top Tips for a Successful and Cost-Efficient Home Renovation

Renovating your home can be both exciting and unnerving. From prioritizing your expenses and making design choices to getting everything completed on time and on budget, you will have several things on your mind. Prepping for the makeover will help you focus on the important aspects that are likely to drive the successful completion of your project and ensure cost-efficiency. The experts at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers suggest 6 essential things to get ready for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project.

Take these Key Steps before a Kitchen or Bathroom Makeover 

Some of the most important aspects that any homeowner seeks from a remodeling project are:

  • An improved space that enhances the visual appeal and value of the home
  • A lifestyle friendly layout and amenities that allow greater movement and functionality to meet your family’s needs and preferences
  • Minimal mess and disturbance to your routine during the remodeling
  • Completion of the project within agreed costs and timelines
  • No surprises or hidden fees

With the right amount of foresight, patience, and attention-to-detail, you can navigate the renovation process smoothly from start to finish.

Here are 6 Things to Get Ready for a Kitchen or Remodeling Project

  1. Define your project scope: Determine the scope of work based on the money you can spend and your ability to stay home or move out during the renovations. It may be tempting to pile on multiple small projects into one major remodeling project. Check to see if your budget allows it. You will also need to decide whether you can live through longer periods of noisy and dusty demolition and construction.
  1. Think strategically: One of the ways to maximize your remodeling budget is to renovate those areas that will give you the most return on your investment. For example:
  1. Do your homework: Look for inspiration on the internet. Scour through online platforms, such as Houzz, Pinterest, and Instagram. Track what you like and create an idea book. Visit home centers or ask for site walk-throughs to see the work done by your shortlisted remodelers.
  1. Find the right remodeling contractor: Whether you need a minor refresh or a complete transformation, choose your remodeling contractor wisely. Do they take the time to understand your lifestyle? Can they reimagine spaces and offer thoughtful, space-maximizing solutions? Are their past clients happy with their work and project delivery? Does their portfolio showcase quality craftsmanship and professional finishes?
  1. Get organized before the work begins: Once you have finalized a home remodeling contractor and signed off on the scope of work, get yourself and your family organized for the duration of the project:
    • Take an audit of your belongings, clear out the areas where the work will take place, and keep only the essential items handy.
    • There will be days when your home will feel like a revolving door of contractors, designers, and delivery people. Maintain peace of mind by updating your security systems, and install smart locks allowing controlled access to essential crew members.
    • Take stock of other inconveniences and make necessary arrangement to minimize the disruption to your routine.
    • Find options to keep children and pets away from the work areas.
  1. Maintain an open line of communication: No matter how well you plan your remodeling project, there is always the possibility of unforeseen obstacles. Hence, it is essential that you and your renovation team maintain an open line of communication and know what to expect from each other. 
    • Establish some ground rules on the traffic areas, daily cleanups, and protection of other spaces that are not part of the project 
    • Invest time in regular and timely progress updates 
    • Find mutually agreeable solutions for unexpected problems related to structural surprises, materials availability and delivery, or unsatisfactory execution 

Call Santa Clara Valley’s Trusted Home Remodeling Specialists for Successful Makeovers

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc., we offer comprehensive design and installation services for kitchen and bathroom makeovers. Our team of creative designers and master craftsmen are passionate about creating attractive and functional spaces that complement your lifestyle, reflect your personality, and increase the value of your home.

Happy homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley count on us for our personalized solutions, impeccable finishes, and efficient project management skills. See our gallery of projects completed for homes in San Jose, Santa Clara, Almaden, Willow Glen, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, and Monte Sereno, CA.

Looking for more tips on how to get ready for a kitchen or bathroom remodeling project? Call CBKR, your trusted home remodeling experts at 408-360-9700 to book a consultation or contact us online.

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How to Choose from the Top 5 Materials for New Kitchen Countertops

HOW TO CHOOSE FROM THE TOP 5 MATERIALS FOR NEW KITCHEN COUNTERTOPS

Maximize your Budget with Attractive, Durable Surfaces

kitchen countertopsKnowing the top 5 materials for new kitchen countertops is a starting point for choosing the surfaces where you will prep, cook, work, and enjoy your meals. With an overwhelming range of options on the market, selecting the right materials is key to achieving an attractive, functional kitchen, with durable, easy to maintain surfaces. The experts at California Bathroom and Kitchen Remodelers help you make suitable choices by listing the pros and cons of the top 5 materials for new kitchen countertops.

Spruce up Your Kitchen with Trendy Countertops 

Completely overhauling your kitchen, or going for a minor refresh? No matter what the scope of your renovation project, new countertops can hugely improve the appeal and functionality of your kitchen and enhance the value of your home. Explore these top 5 materials for new kitchen countertops and decide what works best for your needs and budget: 

  1. Granite: A definition of beauty and elegance, granite makes even the most modest kitchen look chic and luxurious. As a natural stone that is strong, durable, and almost impervious to heat, granite comes in thousands of colors and patterns. However, it is an expensive material that can potentially crack upon stress or due to improper installation. Since it is porous, it also requires regular professional resealing to prevent stains.
  1. Marble: There is nothing quite as magnificent as a marble countertop. Because of its high price tag, marble may not fit within an economical kitchen renovation project. However, this material is heatproof, waterproof, and exceptionally beautiful due to the unique veining in every slab. Besides being expensive, marble is a porous stone that can stain easily unless regularly resealed. Although rare, marble can also scratch or crack, and repairing a natural stone can be quite difficult. 
  1. Quartz: One of the most up-and-coming materials in recent years, quartz is an engineered stone that has given new meaning to durability and convenience. Homes with young kids and busy parents find this heat-resistant, water-resistant, stain-proof material to be an extremely good fit for their kitchens. Quartz offers hardiness, ease of maintenance, and perfection (since every slab is uniform), which means you do not need to spend on regular resealing or professional upkeep. However, this material continues to be more expensive than other options, such as laminate or solid surface materials.
  1. Wood/ Butcher Block: Wood countertops can help create a warm, country kitchen-like vibe or an industrial-chic look. Usually, kitchen countertop slabs are made from hardwoods, such as maple or oak, in a wide range of colors and finishes. With frequent cleaning, sanding, oiling, and resealing, your wooden countertop can last for several decades. However, it is a fairly expensive material, and without proper care, your butcher block can eventually face water damage, stains, bacteria growth, or cracks.
  1. Soapstone: A natural stone that usually comes in darker shades of black or grey, this smooth, silky surface may be an interesting alternative to granite. The stone is hard, and quite resistant to stains and heat. Although soapstone could scratch or dent, you can easily sand out any damage, or leave them as-is to create a unique patina that gives your kitchen an attractive look.

There are several other options, such as concrete, stainless steel, solid surface (Corian), laminates, and custom ceramic tiles that also make for interesting kitchen surfaces. However, before you finalize the material for your new kitchen countertops, study the pros and cons of each, and learn whether they meet your family’s lifestyle, preferences, and budget. 

Fantastic Makeovers by Santa Clara Valley’s Trusted Kitchen Specialists 

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers Inc. we are passionate about redesigning kitchens to enhance your lifestyle and increase the value of your home. Invest in our innovative ideas, impeccable craftsmanship, and efficient project management skills to give shape to the kitchen of your dreams.

Since 1994, we have served happy homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including Almaden, Willow Glen, Los Gatos, San Jose, Monte Sereno, and Los Altos Hills, CA.

Call CBKR, your trusted kitchen remodeling specialists at 408-360-9700 to schedule an in-home consultation or contact us online. We can discuss the latest trends in kitchen designs and materials and help you make informed choices.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR A QUALITY KITCHEN REMODEL

TOP CONSIDERATIONS FOR A QUALITY KITCHEN REMODEL

Advice from Bay Area Renovation Experts

kitchen remodelYou’ve flipped through designer home reno magazines, browsed hundreds of Pinterest and Instagram photos, and you’re all set to create your dream kitchen. But, are you aware of the top considerations for a quality kitchen remodel? From layout and design to material selection and finishing, every step will impact the success of your remodeling project. The experts at California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers explain the key aspects that you should consider when you renovate your kitchen.

Critical Factors for a Successful Kitchen Renovation

A quality kitchen remodel addresses functionality and aesthetics to strike a perfect balance. Here are the top considerations that will help you maximize your renovation budget and build the kitchen of your dreams.

  • Get your plan in order: Before you plunge into a kitchen renovation project, ask yourself some pertinent questions:
    • What do you dislike about your current kitchen?
    • How much are you willing to spend on fixing those issues?
    • Will you need major structural changes or addition of space, or will a few basic, budget-friendly kitchen remodeling features sufficiently address the problems?
  • Consult an experienced designer: Even if visualizing is your forte, or you have specific finishes in mind, you may want to rely on the services of a renovation expert. An experienced designer can make your kitchen look better and function more efficiently, without exceeding your budget.
  • Define the remodeling scope: Have you identified your problem areas, compared multiple quotes, and finalized your kitchen remodeling designer and contractor? Now take the time to scope out the project based on your list of must-haves and good-to-have, so that you don’t end up spending more than planned. Don’t forget to consider all aspects of the kitchen, such as the wall color, flooring, appliances, countertops, backsplash, light fixtures, sink and faucet, cabinets, and cabinet hardware.
  • Choose ‘function’ over ‘form’: Do not let design elements compromise the utility of the three most-used features in your kitchen; the sink, the fridge and the stove. Invest in a high quality stove, pick a sink with sufficient depth to accommodate your pots and pans, and select a fridge that meets the needs and lifestyle of your entire family.

Quality Kitchen Transformations by Santa Clara Valley’s Remodeling Experts

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we specialize in luxurious custom kitchen makeovers, efficiently balancing your wish list and budget. Our skilled designers take time to understand your requirements and prioritize the project scope, while our master craftsmen deliver professional finishes along with unparalleled customer service. No matter how small or large your kitchen, we can create practical layouts and lifestyle-friendly solutions that deliver value for money.

Since 1994, we have passionately redesigned cook spaces across the Santa Clara Valley, including in San Jose, Santa Clara, Monte Sereno, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, Willow Glen, and Almaden, CA. Read these testimonials from our delighted customers.

Call CBKR, your trusted kitchen remodeling contractors at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss a number of creative solutions for a quality kitchen makeover.

KITCHEN REMODELING FOR LARGER FAMILIES

HOW TO GO ABOUT KITCHEN REMODELING FOR LARGER FAMILIES

EXPERT ADVICE FROM TRUSTED RENOVATION CONTRACTORS

Renovating the heart of your home? Whether you have a family with little ones, teens, adults, seniors or pets, you want a chic, modern, multifunctional space that accommodates everyone’s needs. Check out our creative kitchen remodeling tips for larger families.

IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS FOR DESIGNING A FAMILY KITCHEN

List your needs: Before browsing through designs, determine how you will use the space. Think about whether your kids do homework in the kitchen. Is this where the family has dinner together? Are you planning to entertain here? Do your pets sleep in the kitchen? The answers to these questions will help you come up with a suitable renovation plan. If you have older family members or a loved one with disabilities, selecting an accessible design is critical to their comfort and safety.

  • Choose a simple layout: Having many people in the kitchen at the same time means they need plenty of room to get around, especially the little ones, seniors and any family members with disabilities. Ensure that your kitchen has a simple layout and plenty of walking space so that family members will not be bumping into each other or the furniture. If you have the square footage and need to accommodate multiple cooks, consider two work triangles.
  • Include an island: It gives you more work space and can double up as an eating area too. Consider extending one section like a table (with chairs or stools) to accommodate family meals or kids’ homework and crafts rather than the traditional model with storage. This eliminates the need for a separate dining table, saves space and looks more stylish.
  • Plan for plenty of storage: You can never have enough storage in a kitchen. Appliances, gadgets and utensils aside, you should also plan for drawers or open shelving for knickknacks like homework items, a few books, craft basket and the daily mail. A combination of pull-out drawers, cabinets and open shelving for small appliances, plants or displaying family heirlooms and souvenirs is ideal.Consider installing hooks for hanging pans and mugs. They will take up less space than stacking them in drawers or a cabinet. Design storage for convenience so that items you use frequently are within easy reach. Put items you rarely need at the top of the pantry or upper cabinets. The idea is to keep your counters free for preparing food or working and just a few display items on top. Add a chalk or magnetic board where you can leave reminder notes for each other, a shopping list, instructions or interesting reads.
  • Select low maintenance materials: Heat, scratch and stain resistant countertops last longer and are easier to clean. Granite is popular, but Corian, quartz and stainless steel are equally good choices. These materials are suitable for the backsplash too. Choose flooring you can mop easily and has no or few grout lines. Natural stone, ceramic and laminate flooring is easier to maintain than hardwood. Ask your kitchen designer about your options. There are many budget friendly choices available, but don’t compromise on quality.
  • Open it up: Merging your kitchen with an adjacent family or dining room gives you more space. It’s also more convenient for everyone to hang out together. You can catch the news or your favorite television show while cooking

 CALL SANTA CLARA VALLEY’S KITCHEN EXPERTS FOR A SATISFYING REMODEL   

At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we love designing and installing luxurious spaces for your family. Our creative ideas and quality craftsmanship enhance the value of your home. We are committed to securing your complete satisfaction.

Since 1994, we have served homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including in Willow Glen, San Jose, Almaden, Cambrian, Santa Clara, Los Gatos and Los Altos Hills, CA. Read these testimonials from our customers who truly appreciate the quality of our work and customer service.

Call CBKR, your bathroom remodeling design and construction contractor at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss more ideas for kitchen remodeling for larger families.

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