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Keeping Your Kitchen Cabinets Clean

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You put time and careful thought into selecting your kitchen cabinets, so naturally you want to keep them looking their best. The maintenance of your cabinets does not have to be a difficult or time consuming task. With some regular cleaning and care, you can keep your cabinets looking beautiful for years to come. Cleaning your wood cabinets can be as simple as wiping the surface with a clean, damp cloth, then drying immediately. If you feel like you need something more than just water to cut through every-day soil and grease, a product such as Murphy’s Oil... Read more →
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Choosing Your Kitchen Sink

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Picking a kitchen sink is a relatively simple process, right? Actually, it’s more complicated than you may think. With a myriad of options in everything from how it’s made to how it’s mounted, you have more than a couple decisions to make when choosing the right sink for your kitchen. Let’s break down some of your options. MaterialStainless Steel- A long time favorite, this sink still remains very popular today. Often more affordable than other materials, stainless steel is also heat and stain resistant. When shopping for a stainless sink, look for one with a lower... Read more →
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What is Universal Design and How Does It Impact Bathroom Design?

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In many areas of life, we tend to think in terms of the here and now. This is often evident in the areas of buying, building, or remodeling a home. We seek out design elements that are representative of our current stage of life. Life, as we know, is fluid and ever changing. Our situation today may not be our situation tomorrow. That is where Universal Design comes in. Popularized by architect Ronald Mace, Universal Design is the idea of taking a space, then designing it in such a way that it is functional and practical for all age groups,... Read more →
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Ready, Set ... Remodel!

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It’s finally here- spring!! The gray of winter is being replaced by the vibrant colors that accompany this beautiful season. Maybe this burst of new life outdoors has you thinking about adding some new life indoors, perhaps in the form of a kitchen remodel. It’s an exciting prospect to consider, but it’s also a wise idea to do some homework first.  Here are some thoughts to ponder before diving in: Your home’s architectural style. Use what you see on the outside of your home as a guide for the inside. Try to keep the entire home…... Read more →
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Inset Cabinets vs. Overlay: What is the Difference and Which Is Best for You?

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If you have looked even casually at kitchen cabinets, you already know that there are more than a few options available to you in everything from style to color. Another option to consider is the choice between Inset, Full, or Partial Overlay cabinet doors.    Inset Cabinet Doors are set into the cabinet frame and fit flush with the face of the cabinet when closed.  Since the door is flat with the rest of the cabinet, a door pull or knob is needed to open the cabinet. With this type of door, the hinges can either be concealed or exposed. Inset... Read more →
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What Drives Cabinet Pricing

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Depending on the style you want and the options you choose, a significant chunk of your kitchen remodeling budget will be applied towards the purchase of cabinets. Industry benchmarks have cabinetry making up approximately 40% of the project costs.  Many factors affect cabinetry’s portion of the budget. Knowing a few of these factors will arm you with the basic knowledge you need going forward. WOOD SPECIES Probably your first order of business is deciding the type of wood you would like for your cabinets. While much of that decision may be based simply on personal preference, price may also... Read more →
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Stock, Semi-Custom, or Custom - Which is the Best Cabinet Choice?

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Today's cabinets come in numerous styles and finishes. There is a wide range of prices, allowing each budget to find that perfect fit. Cabinet options, construction, and pricing are major considerations when planning your renovation in order to make a wise investment in your home. Both the space and budget in which you're working will help determine whether your choice of cabinets is stock, semi-custom, or custom. If you are working within strict time and budget parameters, stock cabinets can be an excellent option for you. They are pre-manufactured and mass produced in a factory, so... Read more →
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Painted vs Stained Cabinets: Knowing Which Option is Best for You

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When it's time to choose the perfect cabinets for your kitchen, one of the decisions you will have to make is whether to choose painted or stained cabinets. Maybe that decision is one you have already made, and you know exactly which you will choose.  Perhaps you are still debating which option suits you best. If so, this information will hopefully make your choice a little clearer. First, it is important to understand that there is no right or wrong choice. Both painted and stained cabinets are excellent options and provide you with years of satisfaction. It really comes... Read more →
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Meridian - Kessler Kitchen Remodel

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We recently completed a kitchen and master bathroom remodel in conjunction with Glenn Gareis at GMG Architects, Tom Vriesman of Design Studio Vriesman, and Randy Green of Green Trade Contracting. The clients purchased a home in Indianapolis' Meridian - Kessler neighborhood and made substantial updates to the home's layout and finishes throughout the home. Overall, the homeowners' objective was to open up the layout of the living areas, update the look and functionality of the kitchen, and create a more spacious master bathroom with additional linen storage. Working through the project details, specific appliances, and cabinet accessories, Linley, our kitchen... Read more →
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Budgeting for a Kitchen Remodel

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Given the limited number of times a person completes a kitchen remodel, it is difficult to understand and budget for these projects.  Here are ten steps to help you manage spending for a kitchen remodel.Establish a budget and keep it.   At the beginning of the project, determine how much you can afford to spend.Consider how long you plan to remain in your house. If you plan to move within five years, only spend what you can expect to recover when you sell the house.  If you will remain in the house for more than five years, be willing... Read more →
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