Timeless Kitchens Vs. Trendy Kitchens

The Trendy VS. Timeless kitchens decision has always been one to consider before remodeling or building a new kitchen.

Trends are fun, they’re hip, they’re new and fresh! BUT… will you still like them 10 years from now. THAT is the question.

Timeless kitchens stand the test of time. We all know that our style and taste will change over the years, but how do we create a space (especially one this expensive) that will change with us?

What elements will allow a quick switch, and what’s here to stay? Those are the questions to ask yourself before you decide which type of kitchen design you’re going for.

How do you achieve the perfect balance of trendy or timeless kitchens? That’s what we all want to know. And luckily for you, that’s what I’m going to show you how to do; achieve a timeless look, and still find elements that are on trend!

What is a Trendy Kitchen?

A trendy kitchen is one that uses the design elements of the moment, whatever is in style right now. As we all know, trends come and go. That’s why crushed velvet and chocker necklaces are back in style.

The 90’s is upon us again! But before this year, no one would have been caught dead in them, as they were clearly out of fashion. Clothes are one thing. They are typically $100 or less, and can be switched up every single day. You’re not stuck with one piece you have to wear for the next 20 years, so it’s ok to be trendy when it comes to clothing.

What’s no ok? Being stuck with a kitchen you stop liking 5 years after you spent 10 grand.

trendy kitchen metallic tile vs timeless kitchensSometimes, trends CAN be timeless styles as well, but if you want truly timeless kitchens in your future, you’ll be selective about which ones you choose to incorporate.

What’s a good example of the moment? Geometric tile or metallic tile. They are super hot and very in, but do you really want bright metallics or trapezoids on your backsplash for the next decade. That’s a question to seriously consider. Unique shapes like arabesque tile can also be seen as a trendy choice. It used to be trendy about 30 years ago, and has recently come back, but what about the time in between? Don’t be caught there.

Bright or unique colors can often be trending, and while I’m a HUGE fan of color, I don’t suggest getting cabinets painted the color of the moment. Those will get real old, real quick. If it’s your favorite color and has been for a decade? GO FOR IT! I’m all about personal style, but just not wishy-washy trendy style.

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What should you not go trendy on? The big stuff, or the hard stuff to remove, in my opinion.

Cabinets for one are the single most expensive part of your kitchen. You NEED to like them for a few decades. Don’t mind painting them? Then you have so many more options over the years!

Countertops can be trendy if you get a funky color, so just make sure you love it if that’s the case. Backsplash is also hard to remove without damaging cabinets or countertops, so be weary of that as well.

Where can you go trendy? Lighting is a great place to start, as it can easily be replaced. Hardware, faucets, sinks or accent pieces are all great ways to stay on trend without compromising your timeless kitchens potential.

What are timeless kitchens?

Timeless kitchens are anything that won't go out of style any time soon. They are styles that you'll love for years and years to come, which is exactly what we should all be looking for in a remodel.

What makes timeless kitchen timeless?

Timeless Kitchens Use Neutral Colors.

Neutrals can often be trendy, but they never really go out of style. One color may take over for a few years, but you'll typically not ever really get sick of it. White, grey, taupe, or even black are you top neutrals for cabinets. Stick with one of those and you'll be very satisfied long term. 

Stained wood cabinets are kind of trendy in my opinion. It would seem like they would be timeless, but stained cabinets (unless it's a taupe stain/paint combo) are completely OUT right now, so I guess that answers that.

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Subway Tile Is Always In Style

Subway tile is a great backsplash due to it's longevity. It has been in styles for what seems to be a century. There are so many colors, sizes (3x6, 4x16, and 2x4) as well as materials such as glass, hand crafted porcelain and even metal, that you can ALWAYS find something you love. Most buyers don't hate it, so it's great for resell purposes as well. It goes with virtually any cabinet style. 

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Stone Countertops Survive The Test of Time

Stone countertops CAN be trendy, like we mentioned above, such as bright orange or blue quartz. It takes a special person to love them for decades. But overall, granite or quartz is a win. Especially whites, greys or tan combos. They go with a ton of colors, so even if you paint your cabinets, you won't need new tops. That's a win in my book! Wood and concrete can be trendy, and while you may like them for many years, stone is typically a safer bet. Add them in small areas like shown below.

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Shaker is so Chic

One cabinet style that is always in is the shaker style. Clean lines are never out. Slab doors can be very modern, and some raised or flat panel can look outdated pretty easily. Shaker style cabinets are a wonderful style to always keep you on the right side of kitchen design.

What are your favorite timeless or trendy styles? Let us know in the comments below!

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Top Home Trends from KBIS and IBS Shows

I had the pleasure of attending KBIS in January, and these are the top home trends that I spotted at the show this year!

One of the best things about going to this incredible kitchen and bathroom showcase is the ability to get to see all of the styles, materials and design elements that will be taking over for the next year in new construction and remodeling. It's great to know what will be coming and what we should offer our clients that's in line with the top kitchen and bath trends.

14 Top Home Trends: Kitchen, Bath, and More!

Slab Cabinet Door Styles

Slab doors are a type of cabinet door style. This is a style in which the entire cabinet door is flat, without any indentions or raised areas. This is a very popular door style in Europe, but American trends are always a few years behind. Now, they're finally making their way into American Culture! I saw slab doors everywhere at KBIS! This is one of the most important of our top home trends because if people adopt this look, it will make popular kitchen style much different than it has been in years past.

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Black Framed Windows

For so many years, windows have had mostly white frames. It's been the norm. My home was built in the 70's, and the windows actually had black frames when they were installed. Although my windows are way past needing to be replaced, this decades old style has come back into style again and it one of our top home trends! It definitly speaks to the farmhouse look that's been all the rage this year.

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Metallic Tile

Metallic tiles were a huge new product category at the KBIS and International Builders Show this year. It's a much different look that what I've seen in years past. Top home trends like this are fun and funky, but still elegant and stylish. You would primarily see these types of tiles in modern homes and they definitly make a statement!

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Freestanding Soaker Tubs

Freestanding tubs are my absolute FAVORITE! They are not only totally stylish, and an art piece in their own right, but they are great for relaxation and healing. Soaker tubs allow you to submerge your whole body and let the hot water do it's thang. Who wants to be cramped in a tub or have to kink their neck just trying to soak an aching back? Not me!

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Furniture Style Vanities

Furniture style vanities are all the rage right now. A furniture style vanity is one that has leg and looks more like furniture. Most regular vanities resemble cabinets, with a toe kick at the bottom. These have a much more high end feel and add an elegant touch to your bathroom!

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The Farmhouse Look

The farmhouse look is one of my favorites! What makes a look farmhouse? A few things tend to be used over and over in this look. First, metals. Especially black metal. Woods are another popular element, and is often paired with metal. The blue color shown here and the clean shaker style of this interior door have a very farmhouse feel as well. Lastly? SHIPLAP WALL! Gotta love them.

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Quartz, Quartz, Quartz

Quartz has been the top countertop material for a few years now, but I have to say that I don't think I saw one single granite company exhibiting at this entire show. I was SHOCKED! Maybe they're just hiding, but quartz was definitly making the show it's own and standing out as the reigning king of countertops! Why? It's gorgeous, no maintenance is required, and it's the strongest and most stain resistant material around!

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Patterened Tile

Patterned tile is so beautiful. So many of them are actually hand painted (although you will pay much more for those). They come in porcelain or ceramic materials and really add a unique personal touch to your bathroom floor, backplash or even in your laundry room or on a fireplace!

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Brushed Gold Fixtures

Some used to call it brass. But brass is SO 20 years ago. haha Now, we're calling it brushed gold. It's got a more brushed finish than typical bright shiny brass, but I've also seen glossy finish gold fixtures as well. This finish pairs great with blacks, greys, whites and navy. You can expect to see much more of it in the next few years, I'm sure! 

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Taupe and Grey

Taupe and grey cabinet finishes are taking over! Grey has been hot for the last 2 years, but now taupe is being added in the mix. Stained wood cabinets, which have been out of the spotlight for a while now, is getting a comeback as long as the stain is a taupe or grey mixture, which is sometimes called "drift". I for one love the color!

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Geometric Tile

I've seen so many cool geometric shapes at the show this year, and it always makes a statement. Whether it's square and triangle shapes as shown below, hexagons or trapezoids as shown a few images above, the look is the same: stunning. It definitly gives a modern feel for the most part, but I've seen some great octagon flooring that worked perfectly in a farmhouse style room.

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Still Subway Tile

Subway  tile is just an old favorite that might never go out of style. I love the simplicity, but also the unique elements that have been added recently! You see a lot more colored tile, or those with texture. The one shown below is a handcrafted tile, and has a wavy finish as you can see. What do you think??

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Beautiful Barn Doors

Barn doors are still popular and they most likely will be for some time! I love the fact that any style door, modern, rustic, farmhouse, craftsman, old world or traditional can all be used as a barn door. The sliding aspect is more fun and it also can be a stunning statement piece in your home!

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In and Under Cabinet Lighting

Under and in cabinet lighting was a HUGE trend that I saw at KBIS and IBS this year. It's a great way to showcase beautiful cabinets and add an extra WOW factor to your kitchen or bath. It's also functional as it gives off light at night when you may not want all the lights on.

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Our Top 10 Favorite Kitchen Cabinet Finishes

Hello, everyone. I hope everyone's having an excellent New Year so far. We've made it through the holidays (which can be all-too-stressful) and now it's time to work on those pesky resolutions everyone's been talking about. But enough of the norm, today I'd like to discuss out top ten favorite kitchen cabinet finishes with you. We'll start with some of the customer favorites and then work our way into individual fancies. Let's dig in.  

1. Painted Silk Cabinet Finishes

The next three, mind you, are all painted finishes. I was talking to one of our top designers and he told me that 75% of all his designed kitchens are accommodated by cabinets with painted finishes. Paint is just right now in the industry, across the board, and when in terms of color — neutrality is usually the go to. Painted Silk is an off-white color, perfect for most styles, designs, and blends beautifully in a kitchen space. On Waypoint’s website, they describe Painted Silk as follows: “This hushed silky finish, in hues reminiscent of vanilla ice-cream, serves as a versatile choice for any living space. With inspired hardware, furnishings and décor, this choice is anything but vanilla.” To me, it’s a finish that fits those who want to keep the neutral tone, but add a little bit extra. Vanilla-Ice cream, they said. Can’t help but to laugh at that.    

2. Painted Linen Cabinet Finishes

Our customers are absolutely loving the all-white finishes these days, and it’s like I previously mentioned, it’s paint or nothing for folks, as of late. It’s just a hot commodity for a variety of reasons. It’s clean and exudes an “updated” appearance, if you know what I mean. It’s crisp. The same can be said for the Painted Linen cabinet finish. It’s a sharp-white color that paints, no pun intended, a pretty classic picture. White is as neutral as it gets in terms of style. It’s no surprise that this finish would be a customer favorite. It’s definitely one of mine.     Waypoint speaks of its sophistication, saying, “A crisp, clean, ivory color that can create an open, fresh space, and when styled with monochromatic tones, can feel very sophisticated.” I couldn’t agree more. What do you think?  

3. Painted Stone Cabinet Finishes

As far as these painted finishes go, this one is most definitely my favorite. The Stone finish is a lovely, light gray that, while still can be seen as neutral, has a bit of boldness to it that looks stunning in a kitchen space. If you want something edgy, but not overly so for your kitchen cabinets, I’d say this is your best bet. It’s one of those colors that can modify  a mood as soon as you enter the room. I think it’s the uniqueness of it that brings this effect.   It’s one of those colors that can modify  a mood as soon as you enter the room. I think it’s the uniqueness of it that brings this effect.  

4. Painted Cashmere Cabinet Finishes

Ah, the Cashmere color is a very alluring one. Once again, I have to reiterate, that the painted finish just gives off a very clean look. This color, as Waypoint states perfectly, looks like the finest, crisply-ironed pair of khakis that you’ve ever seen. In person, it looks like a very light butterscotch.   Waypoint describes this finish with the following:  “This smooth finish is reminiscent of a most exquisite neutral khaki. This versatile and inviting tone is the perfect canvas for styles from traditional to modern.” So, as you can see, it’s still one of those colors that will blend with any style. It’s as glorious as its name.    

5. Painted Ember Glaze Cabinet Finishes

Classified as a taupe color, the painted ember glaze cabinet finish is one for the books. Do you see the running trend here? The neutrality of these painted finishes are so sought after because they allow room in design and detail, something that the more, outlandish colors cannot offer. Painted Ember Glaze falls in line with silk and linen in that respect.     Waypoint describes this finish, “A deep taupe glaze warms our Harbor door’s painted finish. The glaze collects in the bevels and contours of the door cut to create a unique hand-finished artistic feeling. It can be dressed up or down depending on one’s taste.”    

6. Antique White Cabinet Finish

The Antique White Cabinet Finish is one of our favorites here at Builders Surplus. It offers a high end look with an extremely affordable price. It’s a timeless style — hence the name — and looks absolutely breath-taking in a kitchen space.     Much like Waypoint’s Silk, Ginger Creek’s Antique White has the off-white color tone. One of our classic finishes that continues to be a monstrous hit in the kitchen remodeling industry.  

7. Divinity Java Glazed Cabinet Finishes

Wellborn Cabinetry has a beautiful glazed finish line featuring a number of gorgeous colors and finish techniques, like Heritage, Antique, Olde World, and Seaside. The Divinity Java Glazed, as you can see below, is a soft color that embellishes the darker tones around it. If you have a strong affinity toward dark browns in your kitchen, then I’d definitely check out this finish. It’s a brilliant one.  

8. ColorInspire Glacier Cabinet Finishes

Wellborn has a pretty cool collective of vibrant paint finishes, ColorInspire, that may seem unorthodox by text, but truly amazing once seen in person. In the picture below is a room scene of ColorInspire’s Glacier look. This is where my quirky side comes into the mix of this blog post. Blue is undoubtedly one of my favorite colors. Again, if someone mentioned blue cabinets before I saw them, it would be give me pause, but seeing this finish in action, I’ve not only inspected further, but fell in love with the
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9. Pebble w/ Carriage Technique Cabinet Finishes

Okay, so I know the name is a little bizarre, but bear with me, here. Hopping onto the Wellborn train again, we have a Pebble (painted finish) but with a bit of a twist.   Wellborn has several finishing techniques, meaning additional cabinet work that makes the appearance look aged or Era-specific. This one, the Carriage technique, features a rub through, small dents, and worm holes — like an 18th century carriage would, perhaps. Beautiful technique. Marvelous in a kitchen space.  

10. Glacier Fawn w/ Brush Technique Cabinet Finishes

Wellborn has another Finishing Technique that’s heavily adored — the brush finish. Looks and feels like someone just applied a coat of paint on the surface, texture and all. It’s a beautiful, authentic look.     The technique features “hand applied glaze in a subtle brush stroke overlaying the paint, providing a depth to the finish not seen with standard glazing.”   There ya have it, folks! Hope you’ve enjoyed reading this as much as I did putting it together. Don’t be afraid to tell us your favorite one in the comments!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Cabinets, Vanity tops and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation! Written By: Chris Chamberlain

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Countertop Trends: The looks of the moment

2017 has been a great year so far for kitchen design, with many beautiful countertop trends. Today, we’ll be covering all of them! Some new, and some we’ve been seeing for a while, but all stunning in their own way. Any great kitchen needs a great countertop, and we’ll show you several options to take your kitchen to the next level!
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Countertop Trends from 2017

1. Quarz is {Still} in!

Quartz has been making a statement in countertop trends for the last several years, and it’s here to stay. Quartz has so many incredible qualities, that it’s no wonder. Silestone quartz is completely antibacterial, so it’s great for restaurants and kitchens alike. Quartz is the strongest of all countertop materials, so it’s not going to scratch or chip easily. It’s heat and stain resistant and very low maintenance and easy to clean!
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2. Marble and Marble Looks

Marble has been hot in the world of countertop trends, with it’s bright white base and light veining. While some people love marble, some find it a little too high maintenance. That’s why many opt for quartz colors that imitate marble. There are so many colors of quartz, due to the fact that it’s man made, so you can find many variations of quartz that looks like marble so that you can find the perfect fit for your home!
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3. Light, Neutral Colors

Clean looks are in right now, but not everyone wants a sterile kitchen environment. While solid whites may not be the most popular, light and neutral colors are definitly center stage. Grey’s are one of my favorite neutrals of the moment. You’ll find many light granite options but the options are endless with quartz. Bright, bold colors are fading away at the moment.

 4. Clean lines

Clean lines are important to discuss when talking about countertop trends. We’re seeing lots of eased edges as well as double radius, which is a soft curve on the top and bottom of the edge of the countertop. For modern homes, waterfall countertops can give clean lines while providing a big impact. Opting for an undermount sink as opposed to a drop in also gives more of a seamless look.
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5. Laminate Countertops

Laminate has come leaps and bounds in the last few years in terms of style options and quality. Some prices may have gone up a bit because of it, but it’s still going to be your most affordable countertop option. You can get marble looks, wood looks, granite looks and more. You don’t have to sacrifice style due to price when you choose laminate countertops.

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6. Butcherblock Countertops

Butcherblock is one of my favorite countertop trends! I’m a lover of all things wood. It gives you a gorgeous rustic, farmhouse or cottage feel. It can be your main countertop or an accent piece on an island. It’s a bit more high maintenance than other materials due to keeping it sealed, but it’s definitly worth the small bit of time and effort you’ll put into it.
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7. No countertop backsplash

In the past it has been very common to have a short backsplash made of your countertop material. This is not nearly as popular, as people are opting to tile their entire backsplash area.

Conclusion

Countertops will always be a huge part of a kitchen design. While you don’t want to go too ‘trendy’, it’s great to know what we’re seeing in terms of design trends. We hope this list of the hottest countertop trends will inspire you for your own kitchen remodel!
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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written by: Allie Bloyd

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Bold Kitchen Design: Make a Statement!

A bold kitchen design isn’t for everyone. But, even if you like to play it safe in interior design, there is something to behold about a kitchen that takes a risk. You can create a bold kitchen design using many different techniques, which we’ll explain below by showcasing some truly remarkable kitchens!

8 AMAZING BOLD KITCHEN DESIGNS

1. Black and White Beauty

This kitchen is bold and contemporary, while also giving off a slightly traditional feel. The Black and white cabinets contrast beautifully. An island is always a great place to add contrasting cabinets. The waterfall Torquay quartz countertop from Cambria edge give it a dramatic look and the brass hardware and light fixtures really set off this design!
 

 

2. Monochromatic Craftsman

This kitchen is striking! The monochromatic look works so well, especially when contrasted with the dark kitchen island. It evokes the feeling of the woods with the green handcrafted Wellborn Cabinets and natural looking wood floors. The quartz, glass subway tile and chrome hardware give it a modern feel without feeling too cold.
 

 

3. Middle Eastern Elegance

This neutral kitchen makes a bold statement with a pink arabesque accent tile and fun pink lantern pendants. The 42″ cabinets give a dramatic look and the gold hardware brightens up the space. The Ocean Jasper Silestone Countertops tie it all together. This is a great look for those who want different, but not too crazy.
 
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4. Coastal Cool

This crisp white kitchen makes a bold statement with bright blue subway tile and brass hardware next to stunning Wellborn Cabinets. The reflective countertops and bead board ceiling draw your eye across the space with ease. This is a fun, airy design that would work great in a coastal home or anywhere in the country!
 

 

5. Detailed Dome

This bold kitchen is incredible! While most of us don’t have this incredible ceiling to tile, they made the most of this space with the stunning herringbone brick pattern. The grey and navy coordinate so well, and the Cambria Seagrove Quartz Countertops feature both colors, streamlining the design. The cream hearth above the stove adds the perfect bit of contrast. The details such as corbels and a stunning farm sink take this design to another level.
 
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6. Red Victorian

This quirky red victorian kitchen brings the best of the old world into this century. The contrasted island and classic Victoria Quartz Countertops make it sight to behold. The carved detailed accents and copper hardware pulls it all together and make this bold kitchen a space to remember.
 

 

7. Funky Contemporary

This fun contemporary kitchen features things a little bit outside of the norm. The fun green glass subway tile is in a vertical pattern, making is more unique. The Slab style Waypoint Cabinets are paired with open shelving made of glass, so it really opens the space up. The bar is almost restaurant style and the addition of the fun thimble shaped barstools really sets the design off. It goes to show you the most unexpected elements can make up a stunning and bold kitchen!
 
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8. Cool Urban Eatery

This contemporary style bold kitchen features slab cabinet doors in a rich espresso. The bar pulls keep the lines clean, as seen in the rest of the space. The open shelving is modern and trendy, while the red mosaic backsplash is unexpected. A crisp Coswell Cream Silestone quartz countertop is the light neutral this space needed to come together.
 

 


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
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Remodeling Advice From Real Kitchen & Bath Designers

In need of some remodeling advice before getting started on your project? Look no further! We sat down with 5 professional kitchen and bath designers and got some great tips on things that you should do or understand before or during your remodeling process. Their remodeling advice shouldn’t be taken lightly, as they’ve helped hundreds of people with remodels, just like you!

THEIR BEST REMODELING ADVICE:

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1. Make sure you understand your style

When asking Andrea for her best remodeling advice, this was at the top of her list. She often works with clients who have a few issues when it comes to this. The first being that they have no idea what their style is, which can make the design and product selection process much more difficult, for client and designer. She also sees people who like aspects of multiple design styles and will try and combine the two. While this CAN work for some styles, it doesn’t work with them all. When they see all the products together, they hate it.
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Her remodeling advice? Look on Houzz or Pinterest. Save your favorite kitchens or bathrooms. Go back when you’re done and see what you’ve chosen. Is there a central theme or color scheme? If you’re not sure what style you’re seeing, read the descriptions and see the category they’re in on Houzz. It will be listed under one of around 9 styles. That will help you and your designer know where to go next!

2. Have realistic expectations regarding budget

Andrea’s next remodeling advice is about budget. May people feel like they can get the dream kitchen or bathroom for what they have set aside. Some may be able to, but for most of us, price is a concern. Know going in that you may have to make compromises in terms of features, materials or extras. Being flexible will go a long way. Your designer is not trying to max out your budget, but trying to help you get your dream space within your budget. They’ll help you prioritize your needs and wants to make it happen for the dollar amount you can afford.

3. Know if you’re staying or moving

Chris gave some great remodeling advice when he suggested that clients need to evaluate how long they’ll be in their home. Staying for an extended period of time? Go with what YOU want. You’re designing for your long term happiness. Moving? You’re ultimately designing for someone else, so don’t go overboard on your personal quirky choices. Choose something more neutral and on trend (but still timeless).
He suggested that if you’re staying, put more money into your cabinets. You’ll be using these every day, and it’s an important component for many people. Go with a less expensive top if you have to, because you can always upgrade that fairly easily in the years to come. Moving? Go with a cheaper cabinet but a more expensive countertop that will really wow buyers. You can find a great shaker style unfinished cabinet at our store that you can paint, that is well made and looks phenomenal, but is very inexpensive compared to other cabinet lines. That would be a great choice.

4. Understand that this is a process, not an event

All of the designers that I spoke with listed this as one of their top pieces of advice. With HGTV, fast food and social media, we are in the habit of believing that instant gratification can be achieved with almost anything. No matter how many times you see a complete home remodeled in one 30 minute episode, that’s not real life. Even the most well planned and executed remodel will take weeks, but possibly months, to complete. You need to be prepared for this. The more realistic expectations you have of this process, the less likely you’ll be to freak out when you’ve been without a functioning shower or countertops for a month. This leads me to my next piece of designer remodeling advice…
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5. Something WILL go wrong.

Tadd’s remodeling advice? Something will go wrong, plain and simple. Don’t think you’re the exception. You won’t be. Maybe it won’t be an end of the word type issue, but something WILL go off track. You need to know this going in. If you do, you’re going to be ok when that issue does come up. You’ll have been expecting it. There are so many people, companies and moving pieces involved in a full kitchen or bathroom remodel that it’s easy to see how something could happen. Then, add in issues that are unforeseen to the eye in your home and you’ve got a problem waiting to happen. But knowing that every job has it’s issues but still gets completed in the end should be a comfort. You’ll get through it.

6. It can test your relationships

Even the strongest relationships can be frazzled by a remodel. Wether it’s tiff’s over the budget, irritation of not having a functioning space, disagreements over styles or materials, your relationships will be tested. Our designers remodeling advice for this? Communicate. Unless you’re the sole person responsible for decision making, you’re going to have to compromise, communicate and be open to plan a’s, b’s and maybe even c’s before this thing is over with. Get everyone in your family on board, and you’ll be fine!

7. Use a designer!

Not to toot their own horns, but…beep beep! At Builders Surplus, our design services are free, so there’s no extra cost to you, so this is a no brainer! The designer will help you find your style, stay on budget, go over all the product lines with you to find the best fit long term, suggest compromises, help point out potential issues before they happen, and set your expectations accurately. The process still won’t be perfect, but it will be MUCH smoother.
We hope this remodeling advice and tips are helpful in beginning your remodel process! If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to comment or shoot us an email!
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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

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Remodeling Advice From Real Kitchen & Bath Designers

In need of some remodeling advice before getting started on your project? Look no further! We sat down with 5 professional kitchen and bath designers and got some great tips on things that you should do or understand before or during your remodeling process. Their remodeling advice shouldn’t be taken lightly, as they’ve helped hundreds of people with remodels, just like you!

THEIR BEST REMODELING ADVICE:

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1. Make sure you understand your style

When asking Andrea for her best remodeling advice, this was at the top of her list. She often works with clients who have a few issues when it comes to this. The first being that they have no idea what their style is, which can make the design and product selection process much more difficult, for client and designer. She also sees people who like aspects of multiple design styles and will try and combine the two. While this CAN work for some styles, it doesn’t work with them all. When they see all the products together, they hate it.
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Her remodeling advice? Look on Houzz or Pinterest. Save your favorite kitchens or bathrooms. Go back when you’re done and see what you’ve chosen. Is there a central theme or color scheme? If you’re not sure what style you’re seeing, read the descriptions and see the category they’re in on Houzz. It will be listed under one of around 9 styles. That will help you and your designer know where to go next!

2. Have realistic expectations regarding budget

Andrea’s next remodeling advice is about budget. May people feel like they can get the dream kitchen or bathroom for what they have set aside. Some may be able to, but for most of us, price is a concern. Know going in that you may have to make compromises in terms of features, materials or extras. Being flexible will go a long way. Your designer is not trying to max out your budget, but trying to help you get your dream space within your budget. They’ll help you prioritize your needs and wants to make it happen for the dollar amount you can afford.

3. Know if you’re staying or moving

Chris gave some great remodeling advice when he suggested that clients need to evaluate how long they’ll be in their home. Staying for an extended period of time? Go with what YOU want. You’re designing for your long term happiness. Moving? You’re ultimately designing for someone else, so don’t go overboard on your personal quirky choices. Choose something more neutral and on trend (but still timeless).
He suggested that if you’re staying, put more money into your cabinets. You’ll be using these every day, and it’s an important component for many people. Go with a less expensive top if you have to, because you can always upgrade that fairly easily in the years to come. Moving? Go with a cheaper cabinet but a more expensive countertop that will really wow buyers. You can find a great shaker style unfinished cabinet at our store that you can paint, that is well made and looks phenomenal, but is very inexpensive compared to other cabinet lines. That would be a great choice.

4. Understand that this is a process, not an event

All of the designers that I spoke with listed this as one of their top pieces of advice. With HGTV, fast food and social media, we are in the habit of believing that instant gratification can be achieved with almost anything. No matter how many times you see a complete home remodeled in one 30 minute episode, that’s not real life. Even the most well planned and executed remodel will take weeks, but possibly months, to complete. You need to be prepared for this. The more realistic expectations you have of this process, the less likely you’ll be to freak out when you’ve been without a functioning shower or countertops for a month. This leads me to my next piece of designer remodeling advice…
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5. Something WILL go wrong.

Tadd’s remodeling advice? Something will go wrong, plain and simple. Don’t think you’re the exception. You won’t be. Maybe it won’t be an end of the word type issue, but something WILL go off track. You need to know this going in. If you do, you’re going to be ok when that issue does come up. You’ll have been expecting it. There are so many people, companies and moving pieces involved in a full kitchen or bathroom remodel that it’s easy to see how something could happen. Then, add in issues that are unforeseen to the eye in your home and you’ve got a problem waiting to happen. But knowing that every job has it’s issues but still gets completed in the end should be a comfort. You’ll get through it.

6. It can test your relationships

Even the strongest relationships can be frazzled by a remodel. Wether it’s tiff’s over the budget, irritation of not having a functioning space, disagreements over styles or materials, your relationships will be tested. Our designers remodeling advice for this? Communicate. Unless you’re the sole person responsible for decision making, you’re going to have to compromise, communicate and be open to plan a’s, b’s and maybe even c’s before this thing is over with. Get everyone in your family on board, and you’ll be fine!

7. Use a designer!

Not to toot their own horns, but…beep beep! At Builders Surplus, our design services are free, so there’s no extra cost to you, so this is a no brainer! The designer will help you find your style, stay on budget, go over all the product lines with you to find the best fit long term, suggest compromises, help point out potential issues before they happen, and set your expectations accurately. The process still won’t be perfect, but it will be MUCH smoother.
We hope this remodeling advice and tips are helpful in beginning your remodel process! If you have any additional questions or concerns, feel free to comment or shoot us an email!
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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Ledge Stone, wall tile and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

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Remodeling an Old Kitchen & Keeping Original Character

Is your old kitchen in need of a kitchen remodel? Moving into an old house can be exciting and scary at the same time. Old homes have some unforeseen issues, yes, but they come with so much more that you can’t get in new construction. Things were built differently. They are very sturdy and have so much craftsmanship and detail. Doing a remodel in an old home can pose it’s own set of challenges, and some of those include how to get a “new” space without loosing that old feel that made you decide to move in. Here’s how you can keep your kitchen remodel in line with the era of your home, and still be up to date!

Give your New Kitchen Remodel The Old Kitchen Feel

Research the Era

This is one of the most important things you can do if you’re trying to keep the original charm of the old kitchen in your new kitchen remodel. Find what the styles were at the time your home was built, and let that guide you!

Subway Tile

Subway tile is a classic look that has been around for decades upon decades. You typically can’t go wrong with this type of tile if you’re looking for a historic look.

Wood Cabinets

While some cabinets in old kitchens were painted, the majority of them would be stained wood. If you’re looking for that historic character, go back to the roots with a beautiful solid wood cabinet like the one seen above. You can still add more modern elements, like the marble countertop, without losing the history. If you don’t want stained cabinets, the next best option would be a paint with a glaze. this definitly gives the vintage look.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring was the standard in historic old kitchens. You can obvioulsy go with a laminate or LVT that imitate the look, but for the real historic feel, nothing beats the smell and feel of natural hardwood.
 

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Brick Tile

Brick tile is another one of my favorite design elements that look great when updating an old kitchen. The exposed brick look always makes me think of the industrial revolution and most older homes had brick behind their walls, so it would be common for some to become exposed over years of wear and tear.

Farm Sinks

Farm sinks are one of my pieces for a farmhouse, antique, vintage or historic kitchen. They were the standard in earlier days for their functionality, and have luckily made a comeback in recent years. I love the size and look of them. They definitly make an impact!

BeadBoard

Bead board on the walls is a great alternative for wall tile. It’s fairly inexpensive, easy to install and looks great. It also gives your new kitchen the old kitchen feel.
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Butcherblock

Many old kitchens had wood or butcherblock countertops. Granite did not become popular until the 80’s, so it’s not exactly era appropriate. That is not to say that you can’t use it. If you feature enough elements to give your new kitchen the old kitchen vibe, it wont matter. However, I love butcherblock and think that it’s a great addition to any kitchen.

It’s in the details

old kitchen containers
To get the look of a vintage, old kitchen, it’s all about the details. Finding antique spice racks, vintage containers or old world islands will be great additions and give your kitchen the historic character you’re looking for.
What do you plan on putting in your new kitchen to keep it looking like the old kitchen?

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Cabinets, Vanity tops and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Allie Bloyd

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Remodeling an Old Kitchen & Keeping Original Character

Is your old kitchen in need of a kitchen remodel? Moving into an old house can be exciting and scary at the same time. Old homes have some unforeseen issues, yes, but they come with so much more that you can’t get in new construction. Things were built differently. They are very sturdy and have so much craftsmanship and detail. Doing a remodel in an old home can pose it’s own set of challenges, and some of those include how to get a “new” space without loosing that old feel that made you decide to move in. Here’s how you can keep your kitchen remodel in line with the era of your home, and still be up to date!

Give your New Kitchen Remodel The Old Kitchen Feel

Research the Era

This is one of the most important things you can do if you’re trying to keep the original charm of the old kitchen in your new kitchen remodel. Find what the styles were at the time your home was built, and let that guide you!

Subway Tile

Subway tile is a classic look that has been around for decades upon decades. You typically can’t go wrong with this type of tile if you’re looking for a historic look.

Wood Cabinets

While some cabinets in old kitchens were painted, the majority of them would be stained wood. If you’re looking for that historic character, go back to the roots with a beautiful solid wood cabinet like the one seen above. You can still add more modern elements, like the marble countertop, without losing the history. If you don’t want stained cabinets, the next best option would be a paint with a glaze. this definitly gives the vintage look.

Solid Hardwood

Solid hardwood flooring was the standard in historic old kitchens. You can obvioulsy go with a laminate or LVT that imitate the look, but for the real historic feel, nothing beats the smell and feel of natural hardwood.
 

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Brick Tile

Brick tile is another one of my favorite design elements that look great when updating an old kitchen. The exposed brick look always makes me think of the industrial revolution and most older homes had brick behind their walls, so it would be common for some to become exposed over years of wear and tear.

Farm Sinks

Farm sinks are one of my pieces for a farmhouse, antique, vintage or historic kitchen. They were the standard in earlier days for their functionality, and have luckily made a comeback in recent years. I love the size and look of them. They definitly make an impact!

BeadBoard

Bead board on the walls is a great alternative for wall tile. It’s fairly inexpensive, easy to install and looks great. It also gives your new kitchen the old kitchen feel.
Shop Backsplash Tile Louisville Cincinnati Builders Surplus

Butcherblock

Many old kitchens had wood or butcherblock countertops. Granite did not become popular until the 80’s, so it’s not exactly era appropriate. That is not to say that you can’t use it. If you feature enough elements to give your new kitchen the old kitchen vibe, it wont matter. However, I love butcherblock and think that it’s a great addition to any kitchen.

It’s in the details

old kitchen containers
To get the look of a vintage, old kitchen, it’s all about the details. Finding antique spice racks, vintage containers or old world islands will be great additions and give your kitchen the historic character you’re looking for.
What do you plan on putting in your new kitchen to keep it looking like the old kitchen?

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Bathroom Remodeling, Bathroom Cabinets, Vanity tops and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Allie Bloyd

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If You Want a New Kitchen for Thanksgiving…

 

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Modern designer kitchen with a tile floor and granite island.


 
Then it’s best to get a jump on things. Hello, everyone! I trust that everyone has enjoyed their Summer and is looking forward to the coolness of Spring, color change of the leaves, and of course, the holidays that come with it. In this post, we’ll go over how one might get a new kitchen for Thanksgiving, that family-gathering holiday filled with delicious aromas, heartfelt conversations, and the inevitable nap or two.
 
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The Design Stage

In contemplation. getting a new kitchen can seem a bit overwhelming. Questions spring up, a massive overload of what-ifs edge to the forefront of your mind, and it can sometimes lead to a bit of confusion. At Builders Surplus, we know this, which is why we offer a free kitchen design consultation to get your thoughts in order and allow you the opportunities to get your ideas and wishes on paper.
The Rendezvous
When you do schedule a meeting with a kitchen designer, one of the first things you’ll discuss are your budget. The designer will use several excellent resources to try to determine this. You both will take a look at several different designs, styles, as well as the many cabinet door styles we offer, along with product lines like Waypoint or Wellborn. 
 
new kitchen
 
Measurements
During this initial meet, it’s nearly-necessary to have a rough idea of what you’d like, and if you can manage it, a decent sketch with a few measurements, so your designer can draw up an estimate. This is effective, prudent even, in assuring that everything runs smoothly. Again, we want your time with us to be a free-flowing one, and having a general outline to work with will no doubt speed up the process. In any case, measurements will needed to be done by us to ensure accuracy. An eighth of an inch off, and you’ll see the entire project fold in on itself.
Design Completion
Once all of the measurements are in and secured, we can begin the design! It’s an exciting time, for sure, to have your dream kitchen displayed on a 42” flat screen tv, seeing it come to life. These layouts are based on the the information given from the previous steps. All of the hard work, heavy coordination, and measurements summed up to a pretty, clear picture of what your kitchen is going to look like.
 

new kitchen

interior drawing with material color scheme design


 
Note: This first step, the design stage, can take up to 1-3 weeks to complete, depending on how many people are ahead of you for an initial appointment, how accurate your measurements are, and how your schedules align with a proper measuring of our own. If you take all of these steps into the equation, this time frame starts to make sense. Especially if you have changes to make during the review of everything. TIME FRAME: 1-3 WEEKS
 

Products Ordered

Ah, this is one of the more exciting parts about the process — ordering the products you’ve picked out. Now, all of the in-stock products you’ve chosen can graciously be taken home, or be arranged for quick-pickup. The other items and materials, the custom order products, will be delivered to your home or our store (depending on your cabinet line) in around 4 weeks.
 
new kitchen
 
About a week or so before your delivery date, your designer will contact you to make sure your installation and pick/up delivery is on schedule. One of the more important parts about this process is constant communication. Any misstep or misunderstanding tends to push the overall deadline back a bit. Just like with any relationship, business ones especially, a constant stream of feedback and discussion is vital to making sure your deadline gets met. TIME FRAME: 4 WEEKS
 

Kitchen Remodel Installation

Getting down to the nitty gritty now, aren’t we? The installation process is one with many variables as far as time goes, I’ll be honest. Our installation team will be in touch with you around 10 days prior to the estimated delivery to confirm your installation dates with you. Let it be known that where you don’t have to be there for the entire process, you will be required to let the team in and, of course, sign the final paperwork after a review of your remodel. Also, and I have to stress this, unforeseen issues can sometimes happen. Nothing too serious, but sometimes products go on back order, or something of that nature, and it can change the install date.
 

 

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Cabinet installation: This installation typically takes about 2 days, depending on the size of your new kitchen. Also, if you have any questions during these phases, you can 100% ask your designer and we’ll make sure we answer them to your complete satisfaction.
Countertop templating: When all of your cabinets have been properly installed, we can now begin to template your countertops. The installer will reach out to the designer and tell them when the installation will be done, so they can start templating. This process could take up to 2 weeks, depending on which countertops you’re getting. It’s also important to note that in order for your countertops to be templated, your sinks and faucets need to be in your possession for precise measurement. Again, accuracy is key during all of this.
Countertop installation: Once your template is completed, it’s time to install the countertops! Now, typically, in-stock granite can be installed within one week. Custom countertops can be installed anywhere from 10 days to 4 weeks. This all depends on season and number of installers. Also, be prepared to live without countertops for a month or so. If you can, set up a temporary kitchen, a little kitchenette if you will. This will eliminate the stresses of having to eat out every night, too.
 
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Backsplash installation: This is a pretty simple install and should only take a couple of days!
 
After all of the installs are finished to your satisfaction, you can sit back and smile, gazing at your new kitchen.  It’s finished, and now you can enjoy your brand new kitchen. Of course, we’ll follow up with you and have you fill out a Satisfaction Survey to see if there’s anything else you need and how we can improve our installation services!
 
 
 
 

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If You Want a New Kitchen for Thanksgiving…

 

new kitchen

Modern designer kitchen with a tile floor and granite island.


 
Then it’s best to get a jump on things. Hello, everyone! I trust that everyone has enjoyed their Summer and is looking forward to the coolness of Spring, color change of the leaves, and of course, the holidays that come with it. In this post, we’ll go over how one might get a new kitchen for Thanksgiving, that family-gathering holiday filled with delicious aromas, heartfelt conversations, and the inevitable nap or two.
 
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The Design Stage

In contemplation. getting a new kitchen can seem a bit overwhelming. Questions spring up, a massive overload of what-ifs edge to the forefront of your mind, and it can sometimes lead to a bit of confusion. At Builders Surplus, we know this, which is why we offer a free kitchen design consultation to get your thoughts in order and allow you the opportunities to get your ideas and wishes on paper.
The Rendezvous
When you do schedule a meeting with a kitchen designer, one of the first things you’ll discuss are your budget. The designer will use several excellent resources to try to determine this. You both will take a look at several different designs, styles, as well as the many cabinet door styles we offer, along with product lines like Waypoint or Wellborn. 
 
new kitchen
 
Measurements
During this initial meet, it’s nearly-necessary to have a rough idea of what you’d like, and if you can manage it, a decent sketch with a few measurements, so your designer can draw up an estimate. This is effective, prudent even, in assuring that everything runs smoothly. Again, we want your time with us to be a free-flowing one, and having a general outline to work with will no doubt speed up the process. In any case, measurements will needed to be done by us to ensure accuracy. An eighth of an inch off, and you’ll see the entire project fold in on itself.
Design Completion
Once all of the measurements are in and secured, we can begin the design! It’s an exciting time, for sure, to have your dream kitchen displayed on a 42” flat screen tv, seeing it come to life. These layouts are based on the the information given from the previous steps. All of the hard work, heavy coordination, and measurements summed up to a pretty, clear picture of what your kitchen is going to look like.
 

new kitchen

interior drawing with material color scheme design


 
Note: This first step, the design stage, can take up to 1-3 weeks to complete, depending on how many people are ahead of you for an initial appointment, how accurate your measurements are, and how your schedules align with a proper measuring of our own. If you take all of these steps into the equation, this time frame starts to make sense. Especially if you have changes to make during the review of everything. TIME FRAME: 1-3 WEEKS
 

Products Ordered

Ah, this is one of the more exciting parts about the process — ordering the products you’ve picked out. Now, all of the in-stock products you’ve chosen can graciously be taken home, or be arranged for quick-pickup. The other items and materials, the custom order products, will be delivered to your home or our store (depending on your cabinet line) in around 4 weeks.
 
new kitchen
 
About a week or so before your delivery date, your designer will contact you to make sure your installation and pick/up delivery is on schedule. One of the more important parts about this process is constant communication. Any misstep or misunderstanding tends to push the overall deadline back a bit. Just like with any relationship, business ones especially, a constant stream of feedback and discussion is vital to making sure your deadline gets met. TIME FRAME: 4 WEEKS
 

Kitchen Remodel Installation

Getting down to the nitty gritty now, aren’t we? The installation process is one with many variables as far as time goes, I’ll be honest. Our installation team will be in touch with you around 10 days prior to the estimated delivery to confirm your installation dates with you. Let it be known that where you don’t have to be there for the entire process, you will be required to let the team in and, of course, sign the final paperwork after a review of your remodel. Also, and I have to stress this, unforeseen issues can sometimes happen. Nothing too serious, but sometimes products go on back order, or something of that nature, and it can change the install date.
 

 

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Cabinet installation: This installation typically takes about 2 days, depending on the size of your new kitchen. Also, if you have any questions during these phases, you can 100% ask your designer and we’ll make sure we answer them to your complete satisfaction.
Countertop templating: When all of your cabinets have been properly installed, we can now begin to template your countertops. The installer will reach out to the designer and tell them when the installation will be done, so they can start templating. This process could take up to 2 weeks, depending on which countertops you’re getting. It’s also important to note that in order for your countertops to be templated, your sinks and faucets need to be in your possession for precise measurement. Again, accuracy is key during all of this.
Countertop installation: Once your template is completed, it’s time to install the countertops! Now, typically, in-stock granite can be installed within one week. Custom countertops can be installed anywhere from 10 days to 4 weeks. This all depends on season and number of installers. Also, be prepared to live without countertops for a month or so. If you can, set up a temporary kitchen, a little kitchenette if you will. This will eliminate the stresses of having to eat out every night, too.
 
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Backsplash installation: This is a pretty simple install and should only take a couple of days!
 
After all of the installs are finished to your satisfaction, you can sit back and smile, gazing at your new kitchen.  It’s finished, and now you can enjoy your brand new kitchen. Of course, we’ll follow up with you and have you fill out a Satisfaction Survey to see if there’s anything else you need and how we can improve our installation services!
 
 
 
 

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The Best Way to Remodel for Disabilities

Hello, everyone! So, today, I’d like to talk a bit about how to remodel for disabilities, albeit yourself or precious loved ones that may live with you or maybe visit on the regular. The focus of this blog post will be to adhere and to accommodate to the needs of these individuals to make their daily lives easier to both maneuver and get the items they need in their kitchen.
Wellborn Cabinets has a line of accessories, Active Living, that successfully caters to those with disabilities. This is exceptional for a couple of reasons, one being that they’re an extremely well-known and renowned cabinetry company that prides itself on an exceptional product. And with that said, secondly, one can rest assured that these accessories match that extravagance. Let’s begin, shall we?

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Dishwasher Base
Now, we all know that loading and unloading the dishwasher can be a pain in the butt (quite literally) and this is one of the reasons why it is and is widely considered a chore. For those in a wheelchair, Wellborn has implemented what’s known as a dishwasher base, a cabinet set off the ground that allows for easy access in both retrieval and otherwise! Pretty nifty, if you ask me. A perfect fit in your remodel for disabilities.

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Drawer Base Pullout
This nifty mechanism has an additional cutting board at the appropriate height. So, slice-and-dice away, folks! I also really like this concept because, where it may not seem like much, it gives you more counter space to work on, and that is ALWAYS ideal.

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Microwave Base
Coolest thing. As you can see, this cabinet is designed to fit the average-sized microwave in its niche. I told you — Wellborn has essentially thought this line all the way through, and we all know the importance of being able to get to the microwave. Outstanding.

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Sink Base
Fit for the appropriate level, this cabinet design allows those who are wheelchair-inclined complete and total access to their sink. Everything is measured in a height-conscious manner. Now, it doesn’t completely get rid of the tiresome task of washing pots and pans, but still.

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Sidenote: If you have an island, make sure the spacing between it and the rest of your cabinets is wide enough for a wheelchair to comfortably get through. It may seem like a silly thing to forget, but it’s best to be conscious of space during this entire process. And to avoid catastrophe! 

Kitchen & Bathroom Lifts
On Wellborn’s website, they provide a little bit of info, along with some contract information, about Universal Design Products, the North American distributor of accessible kitchen and bathroom lifts designed by Granberg of Sweden.

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Here’s what they say about their products: “By installing automatic accessibility lifts, the height of sinks, cabinets, worktops and appliances can be adjusted to accommodate the needs of all users. Most importantly you can design beautiful efficient kitchens and bathrooms that maximize the independence, convenience and changing abilities of all household members.”
Personally, I think this is a really cool, really inventive tool that can be used for the disabled, as well as those preparing for the future. A most excellent system in a remodel for disabilities.

Remodel for Disabilities: Flooring

Some people tend to skip over this part of remodeling for those with disabilities, but it is a vital step in the process. Ideally, you want a floor that has a hard, non-porous surface, slip-resistant for obvious reasons, but has decent traction for wheelchairs to roll on. My suggestion?

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It’s a hard surface and we definitely carry products that are slip-resistant. Wheelchairs will glide across the perfectly, and you won’t hear the constant “thud” of the wheel sliding over the grout lines. I know that tends to be people’s concern with putting tile in a kitchen.

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And if we’re going to get specific, I recommend CoreTEC LVT. It is a 100% waterproof flooring that both pleasing to the eye and well worth it’s very-low price of $2.99/sf, especially from an engineering standpoint. So, if you had cause for concern in putting anything other than tile in your kitchen, worry no more. This stuff is legit.



Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of  kitchen cabinets, tile, flooring, windows and doors in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design comes as a free service to our clients.
We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients, home improvement pros & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement, we hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written by: Chris Chamberlain

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Homearama Kitchens: Trends in 2017

Today we’ll be covering the best of the best Homearama Kitchens! Homearama this year at Poplar Woods in Goshen, Kentucky was incredible. The homes were perfectly decorated, impeccably built, and showcased the hottest trends in home design for the year. This post will focus on the kitchen design trends that we noticed to give you some ideas for your new construction home or your next kitchen remodel! Some trends have been consistant for the last few years, and others seem to be new. What they all have in common? They’re simply gorgeous.

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Featuring Our Favorite Homearama Kitchens

Open Concept Kitchens

Every one of the homearama kitchens that I saw was open concept. Open concept living spaces are definitly what’s in, and has been for several years. This is for good reason. It gives you sight lines into your living room and dining room, allowing whoever is working in the kitchen to keep an eye on or interact with family or guests. It’s the perfect setup for get togethers and allows for a great dinner party.
 

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Extra Large Kitchen Islands

This is a stunning trend that we saw in so many of the homearama kitchens. These are not your typical islands with seating for 2. These took up so much space and were the perfect gathering space for friends and family, as well as a dream come true for the home chef. Without the open concept, these ginormous kitchen islands wouldn’t have been possible. Islands have been in style for a while, but islands of this magnitude was definitly new on the scene in my opinion.
 
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Quartz Countertops

Quartz is top of the line in terms of countertop materials. While it can be pricey, it is often comparable to granite, but has many more benefits. It never needs to be sealed, it’s antibacterial and approved for safe food preparation. It’s the most heat, scratch and stain resistant of any countertop material. Quartz was taking over the homearama kitchens! We did still see granite in a few of the homes, but quartz, white in specific, was the most popular kid in class this year. But remember, because quartz is manmade, you don’t have to stick to neutrals! Quartz colors range from firey red to deep blue and everything in between!
 
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Subway Tile

Subway tile was everywhere in homearama kitchens this year! White subway tile is still the predominant color of subway tile that you’re going to find, but definitely not the only one. As you can see above, one trend is the large format (4×16 subway tile) and grey is another popular color. Below you’ll find a variation on the classic white subway tile by using marble. The brick tile is still considered a subway tile, which is a style that I really love! Subway tile has been popular the last few years but they’re always finding new ways to mix it up.
 

 
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Pot Fillers

Pot fillers were present in almost half of the homearama kitchens. They are faucets that are installed right behind your stove to help you fill pots easier, as the name suggests. They are very useful, but not necessary! Most of the time I find they are as much for the aesthetic than for the function.
 
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Painted Cabinets

As you can see, just about every image in this post features white or cream colored cabinets. This was definitly the main trend in homearama kitchens. You just don’t see wood toned cabinets anymore. Grey painted cabinets are also a big trend but we just didn’t see them much at homearama this year. White cabinets were also popular at the last two homearama’s that I’ve attended.
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Glass Cabinet Doors

Glass cabinet doors are coming back, people! I love glass doors on cabinetry. It gives it a much more upscale look, and for not a huge price tag. There are many different styles of glass doors that you can choose from, and several types of glass. You can add in cabinet lighting, which most of our homearama kitchens had, to add an extra focal point and pop to the space!
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Farmhouse Sinks

Farmhouse sinks were the sink of choice in this year’s homearama kitchens. They are functional, they are HUGE and they are so beautiful. They usually come with a higher price tag, but I’ve never met anyone with a farmhouse sink that’s regretted the choice. They give such a cute cottage feel to the kitchen and make washing dishes so much easier (as if that’s possible.)
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There you have it! Our favorite trends from Homearama kitchens in 2017. What do you think? Is there anything that you love, hate or wish you saw more of? Let us know in the comments below!

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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
Written By: Allie Bloyd

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The Most Popular Kitchen Upgrades + Their Cost

Hello, everyone! I hope all is well, and you’ve found the time to relax and maybe get some things done around the house. Incidentally, that’s exactly what we’ll be discussing today. I’ll be detailing several of the most popular kitchen upgrades and their cost. Everything from cabinets to crown moulding. See, you don’t have to do a complete kitchen remodel to increase the value of your home. You simply have to enhance the elements around it. Let’s get started.
It’s important to note, too, that the price is going to vary depending on which line of cabinets you use, such as Waypoint or Wellborn.

Common Kitchen Upgrades

 

Wall Cabinet Height

So, one simple thing that you can do as far as kitchen upgrades is get a nice, tall wall cabinet. Now, for all intensive purposes, I’ll use a measure of $, $$, and $$$ to sh0w you the price points on each kitchen upgrade.
These cabinets typically range from 30” to 42”, the taller the cabinet, the more expensive it is. Essentially, this gives you more storage space within your design, and aesthetically, a tall cabinet is just pleasing to the eye. It enlarges the entire look. Your kitchen means business.
 

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Cabinet height options: 

30” – $

36” – $

39” – $$

42” – $$$

 

Shelf Upgrades

You also have some options when it comes to your shelving units. I’ll tell you, my most favorite that I’ve installed is definitely the Pullout w/ Cushion close. It’s soft, gentle, and you don’t have to worry about damaging your cabinets if you accidentally close it, too quickly. Perfect for families and such.
 
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Shelf Upgrade Options:

Adjustable – $

Pullout – $$

Pullout w/ Cushion Close – $$$

 

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Corner Base Cabinets

And here’s where you can get creative with your space. Now, if you’re like my mother, your corner base is a big deal. Because it’s set for a large space, you can be selective on what you choose. As far as kitchen upgrades go, this is an excellent feature. I personally adore the Lazy Susan — they’re so neat!  Here are some of the options:
 
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Corner Base Cabinet Options:

Blind Base – $

Easy Reach – $

Lazy Susan – $$$

 

 

Drawer Box

These kitchen upgrades have to deal with the material you use for your drawers. You may seem puzzled, asking yourself why this would matter, but think about it for a second: Your drawers contain and hold a multitude of things in your kitchen — cooking utensils, silverware, measuring items, etc. So, the stronger the material, the higher the price. You’re paying for the stability. Any time you’re getting something made from solid wood, you can expect to pay a pretty penny.
 

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Cabinet Drawer Box Options:

Particle Board – $

Plywood – $

Solid Wood – $$$

 

Drawer Glides

These are the mechanisms that allow your drawer to open or close. I’m laughing as I type this because I can understand why some would think this is a tedious improvement, but if it makes life easier, it’s an upgrade. A life hack, if you will. As far as price, the two options are actually around the same.
 
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Drawer Glide Options:

Epoxy – $

Soft close – $

 

Crown Molding

Ah, the finishing touches. If you’ve ever walked in a kitchen that already sports some crown moulding then you understand the effect. It just makes a kitchen look more elegant, refined even. Your “stacked” moulding is going to be the most expensive because of the amount of wood used. But, it’s beautiful. Can you agree?

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Crown Moulding Options:

Basic – $

Inset – $$

Stacked – $$$

 

Glass Doors

You’ve seen it. Those sophisticated cabinet drawers with elaborate designs, shielded by a thick sheet of glass. It’s gorgeous. Especially for showing off china. But, of course, these fancy kitchen upgrades come at a cost.
 
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Glass Door Options:

Clear – $
Mullions – $$
Textured – $$$
Leaded – $$$
 

Necessities

Those are some of the more popular kitchen upgrades listed above, but don’t forget about the essentials, as well!
Cabinet Hardware: At Builders Surplus, we carry classy lines like Jeffrey Alexander and Top Knobs, all fit to meet your hardware needs. For sure.
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Faucet/Sinks: We also carry an array of top notch faucets and sinks. You can upgrade your sink by getting an awesome material such as quartz that will last a lifetime, or by getting a side sprayer with your faucet. Get more bang for your buck and make us a one-stop shop for your home remodeling needs. Truly, you can get everything without spending everything.
I hope this article has been a bit of a help as far as kitchen upgrades go. I had to be a bit ambiguous on price purely because of the dependency on brand. BUT, for the most part, you can count on the number setting. Just remember that you truly do get what you pay for.
If you plan on doing a renovation to your kitchen anytime soon, don’t forget that we offer free kitchen design consultations! One of our professional designers would love to help you out with the process!
 


 
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, flooring and tile installations, windows and doors in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, quartz countertops, granite countertops, marble countertops, bathroom vanity tops, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients.
We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
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Rustic Kitchen Design: How to Get the Look

Rustic Kitchen Design is a very popular style right now! I love it, as it evokes the feelings that I get in nature, in the country, away from the pressures of “city life”. Those are feelings are of peace, contentment, and natural beauty. Today we’ll help you make choices for your kitchen remodel that will give you the perfect rustic kitchen design.
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Choosing Cabinets for a Rustic Kitchen Design

Your cabinets are the most important choice in creating your rustic kitchen design. You may think of rustic cabinets as only solid wood tones, but that’s not the case! You can choose white, stained wood, natural wood, or even colored cabinets and still get a rustic look, however, definitly stick with neutrals. Adding a glaze on raised panel cabinets with detail is another great way to get this look. Here are a few examples below of some beautiful rustic kitchen cabinets!
 

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Countertops for a Rustic Kitchen Design

Similar to your kitchen cabinets, neutrals are the best choice for a rustic kitchen design. My top choice would be butcher block, as wood is definitly a popular material for a rustic look. However, that is not your only option. Granite, quartz, or laminate countertops can also be used to achieve this look.
Another option is to mix wood countertops with another material. Use it on your island for a nice rustic pop! Creamy whites go well for a rustic or farmhouse look, as well as speckled tans or even darker tones like navy.

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Backsplash for a Rustic Kitchen Design

A few of my favorite choices for rustic backsplashes would be:

  • Subway tile – it goes with everything!
  • Ledgestone – This is one of the most rustic looks you can find
  • Tan mosaic or large format tile
  • Wood Look Tile – A very rustic look, although not very common
  • Brick Tile – White or natural red

All of these backsplash options will give your a beautiful rustic kitchen design!

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Hardware for a Rustic Kitchen Design

There is a wide variety of hardware options for your rustic kitchen. One of my favorite options is a rusty toned cabinet hardware, it brings a refreshing authenticity to the design. Brushed nickel, brass, and oil rubbed bronze are also very solid choices for cabinet hardware. I also think that cup pulls or vintage style hardware is a great way to go, but get creative with it! It really is a person choice, but it will also help to set off your design. See the photos in the blog for examples we love!
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Lighting for a Rustic Kitchen Design

Lighting is a fantastic way to set off your design. Pendant lighting is a very popular choice, with Edison bulbs, dome pendants, and pendants with a cage style. Can lights are also a great choice if you don’t feel like your design needs anything else to be perfect!
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Flooring for a Rustic Kitchen Design

Flooring for a rustic kitchen design can be based on your personal preference, but solid hardwood, or a wood look flooring such as LVT, laminate or Wood Look Tile will be the best choice. You can also win with a neutral or stone look tile. Choose something with a hand-scraped or distressed finish to set off the look!

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Are you looking to do a rustic kitchen design? What will you be putting in your new remodel? Let us know in the comments below!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are one of the leading providers of kitchen cabinets, kitchen countertops, backsplash tile, and cabinet hardware in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!

Written By: Allie Bloyd

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5 Reasons to Work with Kitchen Designers

 

 
Ya know, in my 25 years, I’ve learned a few very necessary things when it comes to learning about new concepts, ideas, or ideologies. This was especially the case when attending college, trying to acquire enough knowledge as I possibly could to generate good study material, take meticulous notes, so I could breeze through a Final or ensure that my 10-page paper included crisp, clear thoughts to get a certain message across.
One of these highly necessary, often pivotal methods was knowing when and who to ask for help. It was easy for me to think that I could make straight A’s on my own, that I could push myself as an individual to fulfill the requirements it took to achieve that perfect score on an exam or essay. The same goes for planning your kitchen renovation. Sure, you may have what it takes to DIY it, from start to finish. But take note of your resources, the kitchen designers. During this post, I’ll explain why you should work with one.
 

Kitchen Designers Are The Experts

I’ll lead this heading by finishing my story from the intro:
As  I climbed that not-so proverbial hill (I studied at WKU) I learned that it was okay to reach for a hand or two, to ask for help even if I thought I had my head wrapped around a particular topic. Why? Because my professors were professional experts in the criteria that they taught, and I wasn’t going to let pride get in the way of an opportunity to pick their brains and gain a further understanding on the matter. The same goes for working with a kitchen designer. They are the experts.
They know the in-and-outs of the industry like the back of their hand, and what’s more, they love to do it. Not just because it is their job, but because they want to make sure YOU, the client, can look back on the finished product with complete and total satisfaction, grinning from ear to ear. That is their grading scale, that is their lesson plan, that is how they are granted tenure. That last is proverbial, by the way.
 
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Kitchen Designers Have The Vision

I know firsthand how difficult it can sometimes be to put a dream or what you’ve been envisioning for the past who-knows-how-long on paper or on a sketchbook. Fact of the matter is, not everyone has the capability to do this. You have some who have a plethora of ideas, but they’re not creatives, that is only to say, their mind doesn’t operate in which, say, an artist’s does or an architect. And, look, that is perfectly okay.
Trust me, I’ve been working with my dad for over 15 years in the home remodeling industry, and we’ve come across multitudes of customers who express their interests in a kitchen or bath remodel or even a basement design, and when it comes time for the blueprints to meet the brain, they’re lost. And. It’s. O-kay. Then you have the people that are just naturally able to visually perceive another person’s vision.
These are your kitchen designers. You tell them your thoughts, your ideas, maybe you’ve sketched it out on a pad or you’ve jotted down some measurements along with a little bit of detail. Then when you meet with a designer, they do exactly that, design your kitchen by drawing it out on the screen, so you can see exactly, precisely, what you’re looking at.
 

 

Kitchen Designers Know the Process

I’m not entirely sure if you’re familiar of how overwhelming the renovation process can be (no matter what area of the house it is), but it can get pretty stressful. There’s the initial planning, including finances, measurements, time frame, cost of material and labor, and many other aspects to it. When you talk to a kitchen designer, they have all the answers and resources to guide your hand 100% of the way. They’ll break it down for you, step-by-step, to ensure complete comprehension.
Because, and let’s get something straight, this is your house, your dream, you are adding value to your biggest asset, your home. In knowing this, the kitchen designers want to make sure that the decisions you make are your own. You give them the info, and they merely smooth the pavement to perfection.
 

 
 

Kitchen Designers Have Patience

Ya know, sometimes being indecisive is a good thing, you know what I mean? If you don’t know exactly what you want, it just means that you’ve recognized the variety of a certain material or design, and you want to make sure that you’re married the one that’s installed. When you meet with a kitchen designer, you’re dealing with people who understand the vastness of design. Through and through. Now, that’s not to say that you should go into a meeting with absolutely nothing in mind – that would be counterproductive – but if you have some ideas on some parts of a renovation, but aren’t as clear in others, they can help you.
They’re excellent communicators and have quite a gift at gauging people’s interests and, in turn, offering advice that cater to the wants and needs of a customer. I’m telling you, these people have GOT IT. That special spark to get you where you need to go. Essentially, they attempt to minimize the potential migraines.
 
 

 
 

FREE CONSULTATION

Yes. How often does that word come up in any industry without there being some sort of catch, a hitch in otherwise eloquent speech. I know, right? I’ll wait for your answer. But it’s true, at Builders Surplus, we offer a free kitchen design consultation. No hitch, no glitch, no taking your card, cash, or money order. None of that. Just a one-on-one with a professional who knows and completely understands this entire process. Like I’ve mentioned before, they want to help you make your dreams a reality.
What better way to prove such a statement than to offer a sit-down free of cost? There isn’t one. I know, it seems a bit unbelievable, but you don’t have to take my 12-pt font word for it. You can see for yourself on our website, and more specifically, right here.
 
 

 
So, there you have it, folks. Five legitimate reasons why you should work with a kitchen designer. And they’re all true, hardcore basis in fact, and I assure you that if you use this resource wisely that you’ll come to appreciate the remodeling industry just a little bit more. Our kitchen designers are friendly, fun to work with, compassionate, and possess a grand knowledge of their niche.
If you or someone you know is planning or has even mentioned a renovation, let them know that they can get a FREE design consultation at Builders Surplus. Scouts honor. And with that said, I hope to see you all in store at any one of our two locations in Louisville or Cincinnati! Until then, be safe and stay blessed!
 


 
Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of granite countertops, quartz countertops and laminate countertops in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
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Things to Consider When Changing Your Kitchen Layout

A kitchen remodel is a big job in itself, but changing your kitchen layout can make it that much more complicated. There are several things you need to consider when you are deciding to change your kitchen layout. We’ve got them covered below!
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Kitchen Layout Considerations

If you’re removing walls

If you’re removing walls, you need a licensed professional contractor. The biggest issue is making sure that the wall is not load bearing. If it is, you will need a beam, either exposed or hidden, each with their own cost. You also need to make sure you will have enough wall cabinets for your personal needs if you’re removing a large wall that once held upper cabinets. Open concept is very popular, and for good reason, but some people jump the gun. They decide to remove a wall without thinking about how it will effect their storage space. Lowers are great, but uppers are typically used for your most used items. Don’t forget to evaluate your needs honestly!
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Electric Concerns

If you are changing your kitchen layout, you need to make sure that your vision is a possibility from an electric standpoint. While pretty much anything can be done, you need to make sure you have the budget if you are going to need serious changes made. Some things you need to consider is your stove hook up. This is not a regular plug, so you can either make sure it’s long enough to move where you want it to go, or you will have to get it moved. Consider where light switches used to be and where there will need to go now. Also think about the most logical places for wall outlets. Where will your toaster go? Do you used crock pots or blenders regularly? These will effect you later on down the road if you don’t consider them up front when adjusting your kitchen layout.
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Plumbing Concerns

When changing your kitchen layout, you need to consider if plumbing will be moving as well. Is your sink going in your island? If your refrigerator going to need to move? Where will your dishwasher go? All these appliances come with plumbing hookups as well. If you have a slab foundation, moving certain plumbing aspects could be extremely difficult. Sometimes, it’s no big deal. Again, find this out ahead of time so that you can plan your plumbing budget accordingly and make sure that your plan is actually doable before purchasing cabinetry that is built around this idea.
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Proper Flow For Appliances

When you plan to redo your kitchen layout, make sure that the flow of your appliances if conducive for easy cooking. This is usually done by triangle placement. Triangle placement in kitchen layouts say that your stove, sink and fridge should be in a sort of triangle if you want the best cooking flow. While not everyone opts for this, it’s definitly something to consider. Also think about if you’re left or right handed, where you should add extra storage for pots and pans, etc.
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Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Kitchen Remodeling, Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
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Our Top 2017 Kitchen Design Trends

With the new year comes new trends, so today we’ll cover the 2017 kitchen design trends that everyone is talking about! You may love them or hate them, or a little of both, but either way, they’re here and they’re not going anywhere (at least for another year)!

2017 Kitchen Design Trends To Watch For:

White Cabinets

Yes, white cabinets are still here! And we love it. While this may not be a new trend, it’s one that is classy and trendy, making it a fan favorite. It’s hard to go wrong with white.
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Wood planking

We can most likely thank Joanna Gains of HGTV‘s Fixer Upper for this one. This isn’t exactly your Grandma’s wood planking. White ‘Shiplap’ is a great way to add farm fresh character to your kitchen. One of my favorite 2017 kitchen design trends!

Terracotta & Natural Stone

Natural stone is a very classic look that dates back to ancient times, so needless to say it is one of those trends that can come in and out of style, but remains a long lasting look. I love it on floors and walls and there are so many ways to use it for a beautiful result! Ledge stone is always a great choice to get this look. Definitly a 2017 kitchen design trend to watch out for!
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Brick Tile

I think it’s safe to say that I LOVE 2017’s kitchen design trends, because brick tile has been on my hot list all year. This is so beautiful on a backsplash, accent wall or the floor and can morph into whatever design style you’re going for. It can be country, modern, industrial, or traditional. Just find the best color of brick (we offer white, taupe and red) and the best application, and you’re ready for 2017!
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Mixed and Matched

Two toned cabinets are another trend that is crossing over from 2016 to 2017. Upper cabinets are one color, lowers are another. You can even play around with door style! If you’re torn between two colors, don’t fret. Just get both!

Bold Colors

Emerald green, royal purple, bright blue can all be taken out of the paint palette and into your home this year! Bold kitchen cabinets are in. Check out Wellborn Cabinets‘ Color Inspire collection and get any color your heart desires! This is probably one to stay away from if you plan on reselling. Not everyone will be a fan, but that’s ok!
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Marble

Granite countertops seem to be taking a backseat to marble this year! We definitly love marble, but it is a bit higher maintenance. You can always achieve the marble look with quartz countertops as well, which are more durable and don’t require sealing!
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Black Cabinets

While white is still a top contender in 2017 kitchen design trends, black cabinets are definitly on the come up and deserve to be noticed! Black can be elegant and chic. Industrial or modern. It’s not always a warm and cozy look, but done the right way, it definitly can be. Do something different this year and take a walk on the dark side!
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Extra Large Islands

Extra large islands are in this year, and it’s for good reason. Kitchen islands are a primary gathering place for families and friends, during the holiday season and all throughout the year. They offer additional storage space and prep space. Many offer an additional sink that allows two cooks in the kitchen without being on top of each other. The bigger the better in 2017!
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Awesome Organizational Products

An organized kitchen makes for a happy cook. Today, it’s easier than ever to stay organized with all the amazing products on the market, especially for the price! You can get them built in to your custom cabinets, or they can be added after market and still give you the same look and function. Decide what you need most and BAM! You’re in business.
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We hope you like our list of the top 2017 kitchen design trends! Any thoughts or trends to add on? Let us know in the comments below!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Kitchen Remodeling, Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
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Things to consider when doing a DIY Kitchen Remodel

For some, the words DIY sound more like D-I-E. You may have the knack for craft and home improvement, or you may be far on the other side of the scale. Some may never even consider tackling a kitchen renovation on their own, but for others, the idea isn’t to scary, and may actually be exciting! Whether you are new to DIY renovations or experienced, there are a set of things that you must always consider and aim to get right when doing a DIY kitchen remodel. Let’s cover them below!

  1. Do Accurate Measurements

Have you ever heard the expression “measure twice, cut once”? That’s because sometimes, you only get one shot to get it right. When you’re talking about ordering roughly $10,000 worth of kitchen cabinets, you want to make sure your measurements are correct. If not, your whole layout could be compromised. Even worse, it won’t work at all. Then, you’ve paid for product you can’t use. Custom or semi custom cabinets can’t be returned because they were made especially for you. In stock cabinets MAY be able to be returned, but they will need to be in perfect condition, meaning you can’t have already tried installing them. Because countertop templating can’t be done until your cabinets are fully installed, this can push back you getting your countertops several weeks, especially if they are special order cabinets. Anyone who has gone through a kitchen remodel knows that being without countertops is one of the hardest things to deal with. Make things easier. Measure MULTIPLE times, and do it the right way.
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  1. Plan for the Unexpected in a Kitchen Remodel

Most of us know that when doing a remodel, there will be something unexpected to deal with. This happens when professional contractors are doing the job, so don’t think that you as a DIYer will have a different experience. If anything, you might deal with a bit more because you’re not as experienced in foreseeing potential problems before starting the job. Set aside 20% of your budget for these issues. If you happen to be the 1% that doesn’t have any unexpected issues, you’ve just found some extra money! But on the other hand, if you don’t set this money aside, and not IF but WHEN something comes up, your remodel has just become a lot more stressful.
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  1. Delicate Demolition

While there isn’t exactly such a thing as a REAL delicate demolition, you do need to decide what you’ll be keeping before you start demo in your kitchen remodel. If you’re not keeping anything, it makes it a bit easier, but if you’re saving some cabinets, or the backsplash, or flooring, you are going to have to plan to work around that without damaging it. Many a good material have been lost in demo because this hasn’t been properly thought through. Realize that drywall could be damaged in this process if you’re not extremely careful. If it is visible drywall, you are going to have to pay for those materials and either do that work on top of the remodel or pay someone to finish it for you.

  1. Electric & Plumbing

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Odds are, you’re not an electrician or a plumber. These are VERY important to take into account when doing a kitchen remodel. Someone will need to hook up your new sink (or your old sink into your new cabinets), your dishwasher and possibly your refrigerator. If you’re changing your layout, you may need to move outlets. Even if you’re not changing the layout, the best time to move inconvenient electrical sockets is after demo is already done and the walls are open, so take advantage of this fact and get an electrician in there to do the work you’ll wish you had done later! Budget for these professionals to the job, because shoddy plumbing and electric work can mess up a lot of things in your home and potentially cause major problems like fires. Additionally, you could find bad wiring or pipes once the demo has been done, so this goes back to planning for the unexpected on top of budgeting for plumbing and electrical trades.

  1. Appliance Location

If you are moving your appliances, you need to be prepared to spend more on electric or plumbing. You might also want to consult with those trades before deciding on a layout, because your home might actually not support the layout you’re hoping for. If you’re going to be building in your microwave, you need additional filler. You will need refrigerator end panels if you’re building in your fridge. If you plan on getting new appliances, make sure you know the exact models you’re getting before confirming your layout and ordering products. Not all appliances are the same size.
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  1. See your materials together

If you’re not working with a designer on your kitchen remodel (which, if you’re not, you could be, free of charge!) or a contractor, you may have an idea of the way that something will look together, but if you’ve never actually seen it, you could end up hating it when you have all the final products together. That is a huge hassle that no one wants. Sometimes it’s the piece they base their entire design around that they decide doesn’t look right. We suggest you get samples of all the pieces you plan on buying and putting them next to each other to see to the best of your knowledge how they will look in your space. We do, however, always suggest working with a designer to utilize their years of expertise on these issues.
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  1. Finishing Materials

DIYers often forget the finishing materials in a kitchen remodel, such as bullnose tile to end the backsplash, toe kick for under the cabinets, scribe for the sides of cabinets, crown moulding or fillers. These play an important part in the overall design, so make sure you take these into account.

  1. Get a comprehensive plan together

After you’ve gotten all of these issues worked out, get a comprehensive plan together for your kitchen remodel. Get graph paper and map out each cabinet, where it will go, the measurements, etc. What products will go where, how much you will need (plus extra!) and when each product will be installed, and by who. Make sure you know which trades will need to work when and schedule them in advance.
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We hope these tips have been helpful! If you have any other questions about achieving a DIY kitchen remodel, feel free to email us or comment below!


Builders Surplus is a full service renovation company with locations in Louisville, Kentucky, and Newport, Kentucky, which also serves Cincinnati, Ohio. We are the leading provider of Kitchen Remodeling, Kitchen Cabinets, Countertops and backsplash tile in Louisville, Newport, and Cincinnati. We specialize in interior design, kitchen design, bathroom remodel, building materials, and home improvement. Interior Design and measurements come as a free service to our clients. We sell building materials ranging in every price point, from unfinished kitchen cabinets to top of the line Wellborn cabinets. In addition to interior design, we also offer installation services. If you have any questions or would like to set up a free design consultation with one of our interior designers, we would encourage you to do so. We love sharing our knowledge with clients & potential home renovators. We write about interior design, home decor, decorating ideas, and home improvement. We hope you’ll check back in for our next article! Happy Renovation!
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