Create Your (Kitchen) Island Oasis

When the time comes to consider remodeling or renovation projects around the house, the kitchen is always a perennial favorite, not only with homeowners looking to get a big bang for their buck when (or if) they choose to resell, but for homebuyers looking for a relatively new and modern kitchen.

One aspect of newer kitchens that continues to rise in popularity with homeowners and prospective homebuyers alike is the kitchen island. For homeowners looking to spruce up their kitchens, an island is a great addition. Whether it’s part of a larger kitchen renovation project or merely the installation of the island itself, a kitchen island offers great benefits in form and function to the room that has quickly become the average home’s bustling hub of activity.

At Green Remodeling, we know that one of the most common complaints the average homeowner makes about their current kitchen is the lack of usable space. A kitchen island helps to solve that problem on many fronts.

Counter/Prep Space

Have you ever tried to cook or bake in your kitchen, only to realize that you usually end spending more time moving stuff around the counter in order to make room for your cooking or baking items than you do actually cooking and baking? A kitchen island gives you the convenient luxury of extra counter space.

Prep Sink

Speaking of extra prep space, a kitchen island is the perfect spot for a second sink, also known as a prep sink. Prep sinks are a wonderful addition, especially if you’re active in the kitchen. In addition to being a dedicated sink where you can wash vegetables or thaw meat, a prep sink can also be used to wash hands and make drinks.

Storage Space

Another great idea to incorporate into a kitchen island is extra storage space. Since kitchens always seem to be short on storage space, a kitchen island is a convenient location that’s not only central to the room, but in close proximity to the prep and cook areas, but to the dishwasher and sink, as well.

Seating Space

Since seating space always seems to be at a premium, a kitchen island offers a unique and convenient spot for seating. Closer to the action, kitchen island seating allows those seated to interact with the cook, which is great when entertaining during dinner parties. In addition, because of its proximity to the sink and dishwasher, it helps to make cleanup quick and efficient.

Go Green!

While there are pre-fab “islands” that you can buy from a store, they are small, often times resembling a cart, and offer none of the benefits described here. To get the most for your money, hire the professionals at Green Remodeling for a custom designed and built kitchen island that commands attention. Specializing in remodeling and renovating many different spaces in and around your home, Green Remodeling is the one to call for any and all of your upcoming projects. Whether it’s a mere kitchen island or an entire kitchen redo, Green Remodeling can get the job done on-time and on-budget!

2018: The Right Time to Remodel

With a brand new year on the calendar, it just so happens to be the best time to look ahead to the hottest home design and renovation trends for the upcoming year in anticipation of a possible remodel or renovation. With a healthy and growing economy, now might be the best time to consider investing in a home improvement project.

No Time Like the Present

With the growth in economy and consumer confidence, 2018 is shaping up to be a great year to remodel or renovate – but you need to hurry. Because the longer you wait to green light a project while others are choosing to take the plunge, the greater the potential adverse effect will be on the very factors you’re hoping aren’t affected. In other words, while a low material cost is a good thing when considering a remodel, if you continue to wait while others have begun their remodeling jobs, their activity will, in turn, eventually raise the cost of materials on your potential remodeling job, once you decide to green light it.

Bottom line? Act swiftly.

Kitchens: The Hub of the House

Studies have shown that the return on investment on a kitchen remodel outperforms renovations made to any other room of the house. Great things to consider on a kitchen remodel include, but are not limited to, increasing available storage space, refacing or replacing cabinets, installing upgraded countertops, installing a walk-in pantry, and adding upgraded appliances. In addition, another great design trend for the kitchen is a large island that features either an additional prep area, complete with a sink and/or another seating area for less formal meals and gatherings, where the diners can sit closer to the person who’s doing the cooking.

Bath

Another design-trendy area of the home that it pays to renovate is the master bath area. Like kitchens, master baths evoke emotion in the heart of the homeowner. Where kitchens evoke a sense of comfort and fellowship, master baths often times evoke a sense of peace and relaxation. It’s those emotional ties that potential homebuyers respond to, seeking out upgraded amenities and features. For a master bath, such amenities might include a walk-in shower (perhaps with a built-in seat for comfort or convenience), steam shower, solid countertops, and additional storage, to name a few.

With a little help from the renovation experts at Green Remodeling, you can make the most of your opportunity this year to take on the remodeling project you’ve been considering. Whether it’s a kitchen or bath upgrade, finishing off a basement to enlarge your living space, or adding on a completely new space to extend your square footage, the home improvement pros at Green Remodeling will take a consultative approach to helping you create the space you’ve always wanted.

Be sure to contact Green Remodeling for more information about how they can help you with all your home improvement needs in 2018 and beyond!

 

 

Stop the Mud (and the Madness) with an Organized Mudroom

With all the torrential rain and afternoon thunderstorms we’ve been getting lately, it’s a pretty safe bet that there’s some mud and dirt being tracked unnecessarily into your home. Sure, you’ve equipped yourself with an arsenal of brooms, dustpans, vacuums, and mops to battle the mess, but it’s an endless fight that you’ll never truly win.

Mud Stopper

One option that goes a long way in helping to gain an advantage in fighting the mud and dirt from getting into the recesses of your home is a mudroom. A mudroom is basically a room or designated space between your primary point of entry and the rest of the home – usually just inside the garage and preferably adjacent to the laundry room/area  – that usually incorporates seating, storage, and a mud-friendly floor.

Seating & Storage

Since you’ll be stopping in your mudroom to remove your shoes, rain/snow boots, and the like, you’ll be best served by putting some bench seating in the area. Bench seats can incorporate storage space underneath that can be used for shoe and boot storage. Consider using overhead storage shelves to keep frequently used items within convenient distance of the door and within easy reach. For added convenience, use hooks along the walls to catch jackets, bags, backpacks, and other necessities.

Extra Amenities

In addition to the basic features, you can also maximize the available space by adding some custom amenities that add form as well as function. Some mudrooms go the extra mile when it comes to organization by incorporating individual “lockers” or cubbyholes that can be assigned to each member of the family for personalization and convenience. Basically, you’re limited only by your imagination when it comes to renovating or adding on a new space. Whether it’s a space for an umbrella stand to hold your wet umbrellas until it’s time to head out again, a floor length mirror to catch one last look before leaving the house or, for the ultimate in convenience, a tiled, mini-shower with drain that can double as a pet-bathing station and kid-rinsing room to get the extra mud off after a dirty day playing outside. And last but not least, make sure to go with a tile or laminate floor that can withstand the elements and is easy to sweep and mop.

Adding a mudroom to your existing space doesn’t just make your life easier, it also adds value to your home, which is always a great thing when it comes to home renovations and upgrades, which makes it a win/win. Trust Green Remodeling to make the most of your budget and your available space, whether it’s a mudroom or any other space inside (or outside) your home.

Contact the home remodeling and renovation experts at Green Remodeling for your free estimate today!

3 Summer Home Renovations That Cut Energy Costs

With the official arrival of summer, it’s also that time of year to welcome the sweltering Southern heat and the increased cost of keeping your house cool. It seems as if the constant heat is rivaled only by the constant need to run your air conditioning 24/7. Here are few investments and home renovations you can make to help keep energy costs down when the temps go up.

Energy Efficient Windows

If you live in an older home or find that you are spending way too much on energy costs, perhaps it’s time to look into replacing your existing windows with energy efficient windows that will save you money all year-round. While it’s not exactly a cheap fix, installing energy efficient windows is an investment that not only cuts energy costs, but adds to your home’s resale value. Energy efficient windows have a wide price range and feature everything from double panes, reflective coating, and weather stripping, all the up to having argon gas between the panes. Replacing your windows also allows you the opportunity to seal up drafty spots around the windows, preventing cool air from escaping when it’s hot outside and keeping warm air from escaping when it’s cold outside. Make sure to look into available tax credits when replacing windows, too.

Insulation

To further “seal up” the house, it may also be time to add new insulation. When it comes to energy costs, the attic and basement (foundation) are – pardon the pun – hot spots for increased energy costs. If you have an unfinished basement, make sure to have a professional add sealant to any exposed concrete. If your basement is finished, make certain that your walls are properly insulated. If they’re not, you can have a professional add loose-fill insulation without having to open the wall up. As for insulating the attic, there are many different forms of insulation that you can use to get the job done. Whether spray foam, fiberglass or cellulose, proper insulation will add comfort and cost savings year-round. Look for special tax credits, as well.

Storm Doors

Summer is also a great time to upgrade your front (and/or back) door with the addition of a storm door. Installed in front of your existing exterior door, a storm door features glass and screen panels that allow you to keep your exterior door open to allow natural light and air in while keeping the entryway closed and secure from bugs and other things you wish to keep out. In addition to the extra curb appeal, the increased ventilation can help to keep air moving throughout the house, bringing your cooling costs down.

Trust a Professional

For over a decade, Green Remodeling has worked hard to turn their clients’ dream home visions into reality. With an experienced staff of licensed designers and project managers, they will consult with you during every facet of your project – from start to finish – to ensure that your home remodel/renovation project exceeds expectations without exceeding your budget or timetable.

Whether it’s something as simple as helping to improve your energy savings or a full renovation that transforms your kitchen or bathroom into an amazing blend of form and function, they offer a full assortment of services guaranteed to improve on the very personal and precious investment known as your home.

Contact Green Remodeling for all your home improvement needs.

Warm, Welcoming Showers…Even on the Coldest Days

As if mornings weren’t tough enough, cold weather can make your shower floor icy cold and unwelcoming. You might run your shower for several minutes to warm the floor, seat, or walls before you even step inside, but they still might not be warm enough to stand on, sit on, or lean against. One of the most luxurious things you can do to make your shower more welcoming in cold weather is to add heated flooring. Heated shower floors will warm your feet and in turn relax the rest of your body. But why stop there? Did you know you could have a heated tile system inside your shower to warm your shower benches and up the tile walls? Heating systems can also be installed under tiles, benches, and various shower components. No more leaning back and touching freezing cold tiles with your back or sitting on a cold seat to try to relax or shave your legs!

There are two basic types of heating systems for your shower, hydronic and electric. Hydronic heating distributes water heated by gas, wood or oil boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of sources, through a tubing system beneath the shower floor or beneath the shower tiles. Electric radiant heat consists of electrical tubes that are positioned under the shower floor or beneath the shower tiles. Hydronic systems are a great solution if you are renovating the entire house, but electrical heating systems are more cost efficient and easier to install in a smaller space, like your shower.

Heated shower systems need a dedicated 20-amp GFCI protected circuit that will prevent overheating and cut the power in the event of a short or other problem. Each manufacturer offers various system features, such as programmable timers, which can turn the system on while you’re still asleep. Your shower floor, tiles, and bench will warmly welcome you in the morning and can be turned off for the rest of the day. You can even put the floor and the tiles on two different thermostats. The systems are relatively inexpensive to operate and by limiting the heat to a single area in your bathroom, you’ll save on utility costs.

When temperatures outside drop, you’ll be thankful for a heated shower system and once you’ve leaned back on your shower’s heated tiles, you’ll never go back. When adding heated shower floors, tiles, and benches to a bathroom be sure to always work with licensed professionals, like Green. Call us today and find out why Green Remodeling is smart remodeling.

The Top 3 Trends in Kitchen Sinks

Kitchen cabinetry, countertop, and appliance trends are ever evolving and kitchen sink trends are no exception. Probably the most used appliance in the kitchen, the kitchen sink needs to conform to the style of its surrounding and the needs of its users. Although kitchen sinks are available in a variety of materials, shapes, and sizes, a few trends stand out.

Single Basin / Farmhouse Sinks

Homeowners are opting for bigger, single-basin farmhouse sinks rather than double bowl sinks for a perfect blend of beauty and function. These sinks work with almost any kitchen design and are large enough to accommodate big pots and pans that can’t go in the dishwasher. A deep farmhouse sink also means less splashing onto your countertops. If you don’t care for the traditional white porcelain style, consider adding a punch of bold color or hammered copper to create a focal point in your kitchen.

Undermount and Integrated Sinks

Undermount sinks are installed from below the counter, eliminating the top lip and providing a streamlined look. This style is preferred for it’s easy clean up since crumbs and other waste can be simply wiped into the sink without getting caught on the lip. Undermount sinks come in stainless steel, porcelain, and enameled cast iron and can only be used on solid surfaces like granite, marble, quartz, and quartzite. Their polished styles and clean lines work with all design styles. Integrated sinks take the look of undermounted sinks one step further by being made from the same material as the countertop, lending a seamless look to quartz, granite, and marble countertops.

Secondary / Prep Sinks

Another trend in kitchen sinks is the addition of smaller secondary sinks, which are available in a variety of shapes and styles. From bar sinks to hand washing sinks to food prep sinks, the smaller second sink often helps alleviate kitchen congestion. The size and layout of the kitchen generally dictates the necessity of a prep sink, but after installing a second sink, homeowners often wonder how they ever went without one.

As with any design choice, your decision should not be based on trends alone. Ask yourself questions about each of your sink choices. Is it easy to use? Is it visually appealing? Does it make my life easier? At Greens Remodeling we are familiar with and have installed every type of sink. We can share our expertise and work with you to find the perfect solution for your kitchen. Contact us today to set up a free estimate and design consultation!

Celebrate Earth Day Every Day with These 4 Eco-Friendly Kitchen Countertops

Will you be making some eco-friendly choices this year on Earth Day? Maybe you’re considering a eco-friendly kitchen countertop? Bamboo, recycled paper composites, recycled glass, and stainless steel are all eco-friendly countertop materials, but when choosing which is right for your home, a decision can be difficult. Here is a little background as well as some pros and cons for each type.

Bamboo

Bamboo is often one of the first materials that come to mind when people think of eco-friendly alternatives. It is naturally stronger and harder than most other hardwoods, formaldehyde-free, and naturally bacteria-resistant. Although a rapidly renewable resource, almost all commercial bamboo comes from China, so the energy used for its transportation to the United States is a drawback. It also stains easily and is susceptible to scratches and burning.

Recycled Paper Composite

Paper composite countertops are made of post-consumer recycled paper and other fibers held together by a resin. They are durable, easy to clean, resistant to nicks, somewhat stain-resistant, and heat resistant to 350 degrees. They are harder than wood and a great deal lighter than natural stone or concrete. However, recycled paper composite countertops aren’t scratch-proof, are susceptible to chemical damage (no abrasive cleaners!) and they will need an occasional rubdown with mineral oil, possibly even sanding, to refresh them. Although these countertops come from non-petroleum recycled sources (excluding the resin), they are not recyclable because of the small amount of plastic resin content.

Recycled Glass

Shards of colorful recycled glass pieces are mixed into a cement, concrete, or resin base creating endless texture and color options. Large shards can create a modern, contemporary look or the glass can be finely ground to resemble a traditional solid surface. Recycled glass countertops are durable, easy to clean, non-porous, and heat- and stain-resistant, but cracks, chips, and breaks can be a problem since they can’t be repaired, only replaced. For durability, choose glass that’s tempered and at least 1 inch thick.

Stainless steel

Most stainless steel products are already made from 60% recycled stainless steel and because it can be recycled again and again, this selection has a long life (possibly before and after being your countertop.) The top reasons this is the number one material in commercial kitchens is its durability and cleanliness but it is difficult to keep free of smudges and watermarks.

When considering the best eco-friendly countertop for your kitchen be sure to research each company’s sustainability policy. Find out how the product is sourced, what makes the material a better choice, and if it’s green certified. Look for certifications from groups like LEED, the Forest Stewardship Council, and GREENGUARD. Know that whichever eco-friendly countertop material you choose, you are making every day Earth Day in your home.

2016 Kitchen Trends: Integrated living, soft colors, LED lighting, and metallic finishes

 

No longer used only for cooking and casual dining, nearly two-thirds of Americans spend more than three hours each day in their kitchens entertaining, eating, reading, watching TV, working, doing homework, or simply hanging out with their friends and family. With all of these activities taking place in the kitchen, more features are being added to accommodate them, including island seating, built-in banquettes, desks, workspaces, and built-in stations for coffee and tea. Kitchens are also boasting the latest in tech and appliances, such as state-of-the art coffee machines, wine coolers, steam ovens, and televisions. While kitchens have always been a place to find gadgets, it has now also become a place to use your personal electronics. Phones, laptops, and other mobile devices need charging, so kitchens are integrating designated smart spaces where hidden charging stations can be installed.

For many years a single shade of white was the standard in kitchen colors. While white is still a dominant color, different shades of white are now being used, as well as pale blue, pale green-gray, beige, and soft charcoal. These muted, neutral color palettes are being chose as primary colors as well as accent colors. Following the lighter paint colors of walls is a movement toward lighter wood tones, whitewashed woods, and wood painted to show the grain in flooring and cabinets. An increase in raw, natural-looking materials such as rough-sawn, knotted timber and woodgrains washed in light tones show that kitchen design is trending toward a beachy, refined-rustic style.

Cabinetry needs to do more than simply store. It need to have customized storage and lighting. Popular built-in features such as pull-out waste and recycling drawers, cookie sheet, cutting board, and spice organizers provide specific storage solutions while concealed LED strip lighting is being placed below cabinets, above cabinets, inside cabinets, and below countertop overhangs to illuminate every inch of kitchen space.

Metallic finishes, such as copper, brass or bronze are taking on a more dominant role. While metallic finished faucets, pendant lights, and cabinet pulls have recently been incorporated into kitchen design, look for more metal wall panels and range hoods. Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances still top the list of kitchen “must-haves” for most homeowners. After that, everyone has their own idea of a dream kitchen. If you are interested in incorporating a few of these trends into your kitchen, or are looking to do a full remodel, give Green Remodeling a call at 678-445-5533 or stop by our showroom. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff can assist you in making your kitchen remodeling dreams a reality.

Kitchen Remodeling Done Right

There is a distinct difference between kitchen renovating and kitchen remodeling or reconfiguring.  A general renovation can be as simple as just changing the kitchen’s finishes, upgrading what’s already there. A kitchen renovation is little more than a facelift. It can involve a change of the kitchen’s finishes, colors and style. This may include painting walls, switching out fixtures, refinishing cabinets and changing countertops from Formica to granite. If a homeowner is really feeling creative, they may want to renovate by adding a glass or ceramic backsplash. What renovating cannot include is a reconfiguration of the space or a change to its layout… That’s a full-on remodel!  A remodeling project involves changing the floor plan of a room and reconfiguring the layout and sometimes, this more in-depth transformative process is very necessary.

Some kitchens need reconfiguring so they can better fit the space they occupy. Other kitchens may need reconfiguring to make them more efficient. Generally speaking, kitchen remodeling lets homeowners reconfigure their floor plan to better suit their needs. For example, a kitchen in which the dishwasher is far from its sink certainly isn’t as efficient as it could be and a kitchen with a big refrigerator in the middle of a walkway can certainly be a pain. Nowadays, most kitchen remodelers aim to give their kitchen a more open feel. Some designers call this “open concept.” This may mean giving the kitchen more sight lines to the rest of the house or rearranging appliances to free up usable space. Kitchen islands are more popular than ever and portable islands such as rolling carters and casual butcher blocks are on the rise as well. We love showing homeowners who never thought their kitchen could have an island how we can make it work. If you can picture it in your kitchen, we can make it happen.

A large majority of kitchen remodeling projects begin with demolition. Because retrofitting a kitchen is much more difficult than building a new one, sometimes it cost less to start from new rather than trying to get modern cabinetry and appliances to fit the blueprint of an older home. Even in new homes, though, kitchen remodeling projects can be tricky. There are many plumbing points and electrical wiring to consider before you can install sinks, lighting and appliances. This is why you should never approach a kitchen remodel as a “weekend project” nor should you hire an amateur remodeling company to handle transforming the heart of your home. At Green Remodeling, we can redo your kitchen right, giving it an upgrade that’ll bring out its efficiency and lend it a classic look, sure to stay stylish for years.

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Probably the most renovated room in residential redos, the kitchen is the heart of the home. Every year, there are new culinary and architectural innovations to upgrade the kitchen with. Since the average family spends a significant amount of time at home in the kitchen cooking, eating, cleaning, and socializing it makes sense to want to improve the look and feel of the room, not to mention the functionality. Your design needs to accommodate all these activities, which is why remodels are so popular. Because so much time is spent in the kitchen, you want the atmosphere to be inviting and relaxing.

Some popular kitchen updates include custom cabinets, granite countertops, tile backsplashes and hardwood or ceramic tile flooring. Removing walls to open up the space, adding recessed and under cabinet lighting and updating appliances are also common kitchen improvements. Marble is quickly becoming just as popular as granite in kitchen remodels and careful cabinetry disguises are definitely dethroning stainless steel as the ideal appliance finishes.

Farmhouse sinks and large drawers are trendy features for the lower half of your cabinetry while open shelving elements are gaining popularity up top.  Some unique kitchen renovation decisions that we’re happy to make happened include built-in wine coolers, warming drawers, in door stone walls, stylish range hoods and organized pot storage.

Open floor plans have become more than a sought after design feature. They’ve become part of our lifestyle. They allow us to be with our families while we do dishes, cook meals or unload groceries. They connect the kitchen with the rest of the home (the living and dining rooms in particular) so it’s easier to get things done.

While there are certainly more options available when designing your kitchen, these are just a few that may interest you. If you are ready for your dream kitchen, contact us today! If you need some help in deciding how you may want your kitchen to look, visit our photo gallery for ideas and contact us to set up a free estimate and design consultation. Whether you want to do a lot or a little, Green Basements & Remodeling can help by expert solutions by one of our design degreed associates. If you have your own designer, we can work with them too. We pride ourselves in our ability to take your ideas for your dream kitchen, and transform them into a reality.