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Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700

Bathroom & Kitchen Remodeling Serving Santa Clara Valley • 408.360.9700

Stylish, Budget-Friendly, Basic Remodeling Necessities for Your Home


When investing in a kitchen makeover, you want a successful project that delivers on your wishlist of basic kitchen remodeling necessities. You also want a good balance of aesthetics, function and value for money. California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers helps maximize your renovation budget with the experience and expertise of a skilled team.


For a kitchen that looks great and functions well, you need ‘everything in its place and a place for everything’. From convenient racks and flexible storage, to utilization of corner spaces, some basic kitchen remodeling necessities can help you achieve the kitchen of your dreams.

Here are a few features that every modern kitchen should have:

  1. Trash & recycling: Old trash bins sitting beside the cabinets take up space and look unsightly. A pull-out drawer, or an under-the-sink cabinet to keep your trash bin is a space-saving addition that also adds greater appeal. Get a dedicated unit built into your cabinetry with space for at least two bins, so you can separate garbage and recycling.
  2. Corner storage: If you have corner cabinets, you probably fill them with rarely used items, or struggle to reach your pots and pans inside. Minimize wasted space and add convenience by installing two-tiered carousel shelving. Easy access to stowed items will simplify the way you operate in your kitchen.
  3. Spice pull-out: What’s a kitchen without the magic of spices? Over time however, you may accumulate many spice containers. Storing them on a shelf means you can’t see the ones that are pushed to the back. Why not get a dedicated spice pull-out built into your cabinetry? Tiered shelving will allow you to stack numerous bottles and jars in a way that each one is always visible and accessible.
  4. Deep drawers: While the size of your drawers depends on the total cabinet space available in your kitchen, the ones that probe the full depth of the countertop offer great utility and convenience. Look for full extension drawer hardware that allows you to pull out the drawer to its maximum capacity, improving both storage and access.
  5. Cabinet and drawer dividers: Built-in drawer dividers are great for organizing your cutlery, knives, peelers, whisks and other small items. Vertical cabinet dividers or trays are very useful for neatly stacking cutting boards, serving trays, cookie sheets, baking pans and more. Work on a design and pattern that suits your cooking style and addresses your storage needs.

Depending on your renovation budget, you could also consider other features, such as a pot-filler, a warming drawer, a dedicated coffee bar, and ‘hidden’ appliances that blend in with your walls and cabinets. While some enhancements may be desirable, others may be necessary due to restrictive space or aging-in-place requirements.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we love to redesign kitchens and enhance their appeal and functionality. Our innovative concepts and unparalleled workmanship will help you achieve the cook space of your dreams. We offer complete design and installation services, and deliver within the agreed timelines and budget.

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

Call CBKR, your kitchen remodeling contractor at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss the basic kitchen remodeling necessities you require, to ensure a stunning makeover.

Luxurious Custom Kitchens on a Budget



Dreaming of a sparkling new kitchen with on-trend design and high-end materials? Want the heart of your home to look chic and expensive? The experts at California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers share interesting makeover tips and tricks for luxurious kitchens on a budget.


Smart planning and savvy shopping are key to kitchen makeovers that don’t blow your budget. Here are some ideas to make the heart of your home look like a million bucks, while spending just a fraction of that on remodeling.

  1. Replace the hardware: A knob, cabinet handle or drawer pull may seem like the most insignificant of kitchen accessories, yet they can help you emulate high-end interiors. Simply swap out the old with trendy, new hardware to give your kitchen a fresh, modern look.
  2. Update the faucets: Instead of spending on high-end, stain-free, spot-free faucets, go for some well-made, polished pretenders! You may have to trade-off on materials and finishes, but you will be able to achieve a luxurious look, while staying within a reasonable budget.
  3. Upgrade the cabinetry: Luxury kitchens often feature high-quality, natural wood cabinetry, stained to highlight the rich wood grain. While you may not want to invest in expensive wood, you can give your cabinetry a fresh coat of paint and achieve a sleek transformation. Look for specialty paints and glazed finishes that replicate the effect of natural wood.
  4. Modify the cabinetry: Consider replacing some of the existing cabinet doors with glass doors or forego a couple of doors to create an open shelving look. Add a touch of luxury by displaying your best glassware or chinaware pieces on these open shelves.
  5. Create the look of expensive countertops: Countertops can make or break the look of your kitchen. High-end kitchens typically feature real marble or natural stone countertops. You can replicate that look with the right choice of high-end laminate. Alternatively, invest in relatively cheaper, but durable materials, such as granite or quartz.
  6. Change the lighting: Replace your existing light fixtures with chandeliers or pendant lights to bring the wow factor to your kitchen. Change the mood of your cook space with dynamic, LED light strips, and brighten up your prep space with under cabinet lighting.
  7. Choose the right flooring: While original hardwood or natural stone tiles may stretch your budget, you can choose from a wide range of designs and patterns in affordable materials such as engineered wood or vinyl. Select from a variety of colors and textures to recreate expensive looks, such as country-style paving slabs, warm wood-effect planks, and more.

Several other cosmetic changes can lend elegance and grandeur to your kitchen. Dress up your bare windows, style your breakfast nook, paint your existing appliances in a stainless-steel finish, or add some artwork to your cook space. Declutter the countertops, tuck away small appliances into extra storage, and give your kitchen walls a fresh new coat of paint.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we are passionate about designing stylish, functional cook spaces that increase the value of your home. With smart design solutions and quality execution, we help you achieve your renovation goals on time and within budget.

Since 1994, we have served homeowners across the Santa Clara Valley, including in Willow Glen, Cambrian, San Jose, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Almaden and Los Altos Hills, CA. Read these testimonials to learn more about our creative kitchen renovation designs, master craftsmanship and unparalleled customer service.

Call CBKR, your kitchen design and construction contractor at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss a range of budget-friendly ideas to create your dream luxury kitchen.

5 Kitchen Renovation Projects to Increase Home Sale Value


Getting ready to list your home on the market? Is it ready to impress and fetch you top dollar? Kitchen renovations are known to increase the value of a home for sale. While you declutter the rooms, refresh the walls and dress up your home for showings, consider these smart makeovers that will make potential buyers fall in love.


From seasoned hosts and avid cooks, to busy families and empty nesters, you may attract a range of potential buyers with different tastes. Since the kitchen is the heart of the home, even minor tweaks or modifications in this space are likely to fetch you high returns on your investment. However, any makeovers before listing your home on the market will depend on the size of your kitchen and the budget available for upgrades.

Here’s a look at 5 different scenarios for kitchen renovation projects that will stretch your dollar and maximize your home sale value.

  1. For a healthy budget: A recent study suggests that certain features, such as a chef’s kitchen, a farmhouse sink, or a Carrara marble countertop will fetch up to 20% more in your home sale value. Besides, who wouldn’t like a chef’s kitchen? If you have a healthy budget, go for a complete transformation. In addition to changing the cabinetry, installing new countertops and backsplash, redoing the flooring, and painting the walls, you can also consider:
  • Installing high-end appliances with smart features and controls
  • Adding a pot-filler, a wine fridge and an additional oven
  • Upgrading to a farmhouse sink, or a double sink with stylish faucets
  1. For a conservative budget: If your priority is saving up for your next home, you can limit renovations to a few upgrades and modifications:
  • Paint or refinish the cabinets and swap out old hardware with modern pieces
  • Add under-cabinet lighting
  • Replace the existing light fixtures with updated designs
  • Upgrade the backsplash and countertops
  1. For a tight budget: If your pre-home-sale renovation project is on a shoestring budget, you can:
  • Give your kitchen walls a fresh coat of paint
  • Paint or stain the cabinets
  • Add small potted plants or a hanging basket near the window
  • Declutter the countertops and create as much workspace as possible (a key feature that most potential buyers desire)
  1. For compact kitchens: In a smaller home, your kitchen may also be quite compact. Create an illusion of space and ensure that the kitchen offers maximum functionality. Consider these renovation ideas:
  • Expand your countertop for additional workspace and seating, while eliminating the eat-in dining table and chairs
  • Extend cabinets up to the ceiling to increase storage
  • Add ample lighting and choose lighter shades of paint
  • Incorporate smart storage ideas in your cabinetry and island
  1. For large kitchens: Optimize the available square footage with practical, family-friendly solutions. Look at incorporating functional elements, such as:
  • A breakfast nook with comfortable bench seating
  • A large island that makes a statement and serves as additional workspace
  • A dedicated wall or section within the kitchen for growing fresh herbs
  • Update your kitchen furniture to suit your home’s style—classic, contemporary or rustic


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we are passionate about re-designing kitchens and installing smart solutions that offer attractive, functional spaces. Invest in our creative ideas, skilled workmanship and quality finishes to earn top dollar on your home sale. We are respectful of timelines and budgets and aim for your complete satisfaction.

Since 1994, we have served happy homeowners across Santa Clara Valley, including in Willow Glen, San Jose, Almaden, Cambrian, Santa Clara, Los Gatos and Los Altos Hills, CA. Read these testimonials to understand our commitment to customer service.

Call CBKR, your kitchen remodeling contractor at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss a range of kitchen renovation ideas to stretch your dollar and maximize your home sale value.

The Best Colors For Kitchen Updates



Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or just giving it a simple refresh, you need a color palette to work with. 2019’s favorite colors for kitchen updates may be quite different from what you expect. Gone are the days of light and bright, or timeless white. The latest trends in kitchen colors are tending towards moodier hues. Check out our 2019 top picks for kitchen makeovers.


If you consider the top design ideas for 2019, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for kitchen renovations. Concealed storage, integrated appliances, gunmetal hardware, colored cabinetry, pendant light fixtures and use of natural, organic materials are just some of the favorite trends in 2019. When it comes to the colors for your kitchen walls or cabinetry, soothing neutrals are making way for darker, more dramatic shades.

Here are some color choices you may want to consider when updating your kitchen:

  1. Hunter green: One of the most talked about shades for 2019, hunter green lends a welcoming, luxurious vibe. Use this for your cabinetry, and incorporate pops of walnut brown in the form of wood or leather pulls.
  2. Matte black: From kitchen fixtures and appliances to cabinetry and sink hardware, matte black finishes are available in all aspects of kitchen updates. Go for an uber-fashionable all-black kitchen, or pair your matte black cabinetry with gold or copper accents for a rich, alluring look.
  3. Navy or grey-washed blue: Maintain an easy, breezy feel by painting your cabinets in a navy, midnight or grey-washed blue, while leaving the rest of your kitchen elements in neutral shades.

Darker hues work particularly well in kitchens that get plenty of natural light. You can off-set them with metallic or crisp white accents to create a comfortable, inviting cooking and entertaining space. The right design, color and accent pairing will add texture and depth and transform the heart of your home into a picture of elegance.


Add color to unusual areas in your kitchen and create one-of-a-kind elements that are sure to become conversation starters.

  • Select a distinct color to highlight the grout work in your backsplash.
  • Install a cool and calming pastel or a bright-colored hood over your stainless steel stove.
  • Go trendy with candy-toned or patterned, retro-style appliances (particularly refrigerators) that are now available on the market.
  • Give your counter barstools a facelift with bright colored upholstery.
  • Install jewel-toned, powder coated pendant lights as accent pieces over the kitchen island.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we love designing stylish, luxurious and functional spaces for your family. Take advantage of our comprehensive remodeling services to give your kitchen a fashionable makeover. With creative ideas, skilled workmanship and commitment to quality, we will complete your kitchen renovation within the agreed timeline and budget.

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 customers who have experienced our fine craftsmanship and personalized service.

Call CBKR, your kitchen design and remodeling contractor at 408-360-9700 or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. We can discuss design ideas with 2019’s popular colors and remodel your kitchen to reflect the latest trends.

Designing a Custom Kitchen for Smaller Homes



You might have a small, cozy kitchen, but you can make the most of it. Knowing how to maximize your counter space and storage area with a stylish, space-saving design can be useful. With smart planning and a few creative ideas, the heart of your home can be attractive and functional. Before you begin remodeling, read these expert tips on designing a kitchen for smaller homes.


Creating the right layout with stylish features and fixtures requires a fine balance of function and aesthetics. Here are some ideas to make your small kitchen feel big, bright and beautiful.

  • Prioritize your wish list: With space at a premium, it may not be possible to have everything you desire in your kitchen. It helps to prioritize what you really want now, over the bells and whistles you can upgrade to in the future.
  • Revise the floor plan: Knocking down a wall or two can give you more room. Consider an open-concept kitchen that expands into the dining area or even your living room. Do you really need that laundry room? How about installing a stacked washer and dryer into an unused corner? Tightening up the kitchen triangle. (the space between the stove, sink and refrigerator) can also add space. If possible, install a corner sink and expand counter space on either side. Check your doors; replacing a swing out door with a pocket door might allow you to reclaim some square footage.
  • Ditch the island: It takes up a lot of room and is not always as useful as we think it is. To use your counters as working and eating areas, extend the countertop outward a little and be creative with seating. Use folding stools or chairs that can be stacked away when not in use.
  • Consider floor to ceiling cabinetry: It will give you more shelving and storage space. Add glass doors to give the room an open feel. Make use of cabinet doors by installing hooks or racks to store pans, lids, cooking and measuring spoons, foil, plastic wrap, etc. Store utensils by type so that they are easy to find. Mugs and cups take up a lot of space; use hooks under open shelving to hang them.
  • Use smaller appliances: They save space and will also not seem out of proportion. Combination appliances like a convection microwave oven can eliminate the need for separate appliances. An induction cook top is also a good idea as it functions as both a stove and counter area.
  • Choose light colors: Dark walls and cabinets make a space look smaller, but lighter tones will make it appear bigger. Greys and whites are popular wall color choices. If you want to add a pop of color, choose a single wall or ceiling for a bold shade. If you simply love dark cabinets, balance them with a lighter backsplash. Use under cabinet lighting to brighten up the work space.
  • Invest in different types of lighting: This will make your kitchen look spacious. Pendant lights on a track system, LED strip lights for shelving and a chandelier scaled to your space can transform the look of your kitchen. If you have a low ceiling, decorative flushmount fixtures can give it a stylish appearance.
  • Opt for larger floor tiles: Small tiles add more grout lines and tend to make the room look crowded.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we offer comprehensive design and installation services to create attractive, functional spaces. Our creative ideas and outstanding craftsmanship enhance the appeal and value of your home. Committed to quality and your complete satisfaction, we work hard to complete your small kitchen redesign within the agreed timeline and budget.

ince 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 happy customers.

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 designing a kitchen for smaller homes.

Tips for Modernize Your Kitchen – Learn from the Expert


You’re always looking for the latest entertaining ideas, the newest recipes to try, the most exciting cocktails to create, but, does your kitchen look and feel outdated? Modernize your kitchen and feel inspired to do more of those activities you enjoy. With creative use of color and materials, modern appliances and a functional layout, you can make this room look new and inviting. There are endless ways to create a space your family, guests and prospective home buyers will absolutely love! Our experienced team has plenty of innovative ideas and we are happy to share some valuable tips to successfully update your kitchen.


  • Create a plan: The first step is to outline your family’s habits and lifestyle. For example, do your children sit down with their homework in the kitchen? Is this the place where the family gathers for meals and conversation? Are you likely to entertain here? Thinking about the different functions and the flow of your kitchen will help you select a design that suits your family’s unique needs.
  • Choose the right layout: Your ideal kitchen must have a layout that works for you. Galley, one-wall, U-shaped, L-shaped—there are several layouts from which to choose. The size of your room and functional efficiency are critical factors in the decision-making process. While the kitchen triangle (sink, cook top and refrigerator) is an important consideration, you also want easily accessible storage. The latest trend is to create work zones (preparation, cooking, baking, etc.) in your kitchen. This simply means having everything you need for that specific task, close at hand.
  • Pick a color: A monochromatic scheme works well for modern designs. You can vary the tones, tints, sheen and texture for visual interest. An all-white kitchen has been a favorite for years, however, subtle shades of blue and grey are now gaining popularity. If you want to stay neutral but add a pop of color, choose a wall, storage cabinet section, kitchen island, or the seating to bring in that variety.
  • Use modern materials: Minimalistic cabinetry with glass and metallic accents are characteristic of the sleek modern style. Swap out wooden cabinet fronts for glass or open shelving. Install new appliances that are the right size for your kitchen.
  • Invest in a classy countertop: It is the first thing most people notice, so splurge a little on this feature. While you want a material that is hardy, you don’t need to sacrifice style for function. Quartz, for instance, is a durable man-made material that is also easy to maintain.
  • Install new flooring: This is one feature that can keep your room stuck in the past. Wood flooring, or materials that resemble wood, are in. In fact, tile that looks like wood is a ‘hot’ trend. Waterproof vinyl, laminate or natural stone are other options you can consider.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we are passionate about what we do. You will never have to worry about material quality or workmanship. We do a clean job, deliver the results you want and stay within your kitchen renovation budget. Our happy customers agree!

Since 1994, we have served a growing roster of homeowners in the Santa Clara Valley including in Willow Glen, San Jose, Almaden, Cambrian, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, CA with exemplary skills and customer service.

Call 408-360-9700  or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation. Let’s discuss the best ways to modernize your kitchen.

Expert’s Guide to Small Kitchen Remodeling from CABR


There are plenty of ways to make your cozy kitchen look spacious and stylish. The overall layout, choice of materials, lighting and color scheme, all play important roles in enhancing the size, function and feel of this much-loved space in your home. Our experienced team has worked with customers across Santa Clara Valley and is happy to share some valuable tips to make your small kitchen remodeling project a guaranteed success.


  • Balance design and function: Irrespective of your room size, the traditional rule of the kitchen triangle (sink, stove and refrigerator in a triangular layout) still applies. Being a high-traffic and functional area, it is better to allow space for an efficient work flow. A U-shaped layout is ideal but will depend on how much room you have. A line or ‘Pullman’ kitchen which runs along a single wall or a galley using parallel walls, is better suited for studios and condos or homes where space is very limited.
  • Choose the right materials: One of the simplest ways to make your kitchen look big and swanky is to install glass cabinet doors and tabletops, a tiled backsplash and doors to other rooms. This can help achieve an airy and spacious feel. Tip: Splurge on your backsplash to give your small kitchen the wow factor! Shiny glass mosaic or metallic tiles will add an element of urban chic.
  • Select light colors: White or lighter shades for walls, flooring, ceilings and backsplashes reflect light and make the wall perimeter recede, instantly creating a feeling of more space. If you want a splash of color, opt for a soft blue, hint of yellow or light grey. Choose large floor tiles; small ones with too many grout lines can give the kitchen a cramped appearance.
  • Buy smaller appliances: Compact appliances have become very popular over the years as they allow practical use of space. Slim-line refrigerators, a microwave drawer, modular cooktop, cabinet size dishwasher and smaller sink give you more counter space for food preparation and serving areas. Avoid free-standing cabinetry or large furniture.
  • Be smart about storage: Floor to ceiling cabinets optimize storage space. Consider adding a nesting table to your cabinets or shelving under the island countertop for more room. A shelf or cabinet above your refrigerator and using your window sill to keep things can squeeze a little extra out of your kitchen.


At California Bathroom & Kitchen Remodelers, we are passionate about creating rooms you will enjoy for years to come. Whether it is a simple renovation or a complete remodel, you can count on us to give you a kitchen makeover you and your family will love. We work closely with you to plan the best use of your space and match your lifestyle needs. Read these testimonials from some of our happy customers.

Since 1994, we have served a growing roster of homeowners in the Santa Clara Valley including in Willow Glen, San Jose, Almaden, Cambrian, Santa Clara, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, CA with exceptional workmanship and customer service.

Call 408-360-9700  or contact us online to schedule an in-home consultation for your small kitchen remodeling project.