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Kitchen Remodeling in Bowie – A Native Sons Testimonial

Heather and her husband almost didn’t settle on their home in Bowie, MD. The kitchen was lime green, and it had an enclosed peninsula that drastically limited movement throughout the space. When they decided to remodel their kitchen, they turned to Native Sons for help.

How did you hear about Native Sons?

Home Advisor. Native Sons Inc was one of a couple [companies] that had really good reviews. Adam and Joshua were the two magicians. They waved their magic wand and ‘poof,’ no more outdated kitchen.

What do you love about your new kitchen?

We have an awesome kitchen that is so spacious. I like contemporary, modern style and I love HGTV. We knocked a wall out as well, to bring more light into the living room and to have more of an open concept.

How was your experience with the Native Sons team?

I work at night because I’m a paramedic, so I was home during the day. I was able to be here every day with them. It was almost like they became part of our family. [The team] communicated well, and were considerate of my work schedule and my husband’s work schedule.

Would you recommend Native Sons to a friend?

My aunt and uncle saw our kitchen and fell in love with it. They were actually in the process of having their kitchen remodeled and almost signed with a different contractor. I talked them into coming aboard with Native Sons, and as we speak Native Sons is working on their kitchen, so I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.  

Are You Ready to Remodel?

For over 30 years, Native Sons has helped thousands of clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Being a fully-licensed contracting company, we are able to complete a project from start to finish, without having to sub-contract any work out. Having all of the necessary licenses in-house makes the remodeling experience for our clients less stressful and straightforward. Do you have any questions? Feel free to give our administrative team a call at (410) 788-5179, or send us an email on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you turn your dream bathroom into a reality!

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Kitchen Remodeling in Baltimore – 5 Tips During Renovation

5 Tips To Help Make Your Kitchen Remodeling in Baltimore Less Stressful

Everyone knows that a successful renovation doesn’t happen overnight. Despite months of preparation, the process of transforming your kitchen can present a variety of inconveniences for your family. Here are 5 tips that will help make your kitchen remodeling process less stressful. 

Relocate

Relocating is a good option for families that spend the majority of their time at home. The construction process is disruptive, and many families find it difficult to relax when loud machinery is in use. If it’s an option, relocating could provide you with a peaceful and enjoyable refuge for the duration of the renovation project.

Establish Kitchen #2

If you choose to remain at home during the renovation, consider designating a room or nook as a second kitchen. Dining out for every meal isn’t realistic, so it’s important to create an area for brewing coffee or toasting bread. You may not be able to cook elaborate meals, but you can store essential kitchen items in this temporary space.

Without the dishwasher or kitchen sink, doing the dishes requires a bit of creativity. Consider purchasing recyclable plates, napkins, and utensils to use during the renovation process. Stock the pantry with nonperishable goods that you and your children can reach to for a quick meal, such as granola bars and crackers.

Fire Up the Grill

Good weather permitting, take to your outdoor space as much as you can during the kitchen renovation. Use your grill to create 

avariety of delicious meals that the entire family can enjoy. Perhaps you haven’t taken advantage of your deck or patio in the past. Take the opportunity to plan a family day outdoors and have an adventure in your own backyard.

Maintain Good Communication

Maintaining an open line of communication with your contractor can help the process go smoothly. Check the site daily to alleviate the stress of the unknown, and request weekly progress reports.  

Keep the Outcome in Mind

You have spent months preparing for your kitchen renovation, and now it’s finally happening. Keep in mind that the construction process is temporary and that soon you will have the kitchen you’ve always wanted. Consider the process part of the adventure!  

Are You Ready to Remodel?

For over 30 years, Native Sons has helped thousands of clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. As a fully-licensed contracting company, we are able to complete a project from start to finish, without having to sub-contract any workout. Having all of the necessary licenses in-house makes the remodeling experience for our clients less stressful and straightforward. Do you have any questions? Feel free to give our administrative team a call at (410) 788-5179, or send us an email on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you turn your dream kitchen into a reality!

 

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5 Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Kitchen in Baltimore

Remodeling Your Kitchen in Baltimore

Are you thinking about remodeling your kitchen? Just like most home remodeling projects, kitchen remodeling can take awhile to complete and it is a large investment. It is best to plan your project as thoroughly as you can before starting. Here are 5 things that you should consider prior to the start of your remodel.

Design

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Deciding what you want your kitchen to look like is one of the first steps in the remodeling process. Find photos that you can draw inspiration from. Make a Pinterest board to compile your ideas all in one place. Are you going to be putting in new flooring? What type of cabinetry do you want?

Make sure to focus on choosing these featured aspects of your kitchen and then focus on the details, such as the style of your backsplash and cabinet hardware.

Budget

It is important to plan your budget accordingly for a large home remodeling project, such as your kitchen. You want to be realistic when deciding how much you can spend. You should complete research on the materials and fixtures that you are wanting to use. How much does the quartz countertop cost per square foot? Are you going to be purchasing new energy efficient appliances?

Always leave room in your budget for unexpected costs that may arise. You will be thankful that you thought ahead.

Duration and Timing of the Project

Remember, when the work is being completed in your kitchen you most likely not have full use or access to it for 4-8 weeks. Think about how you will handle not being able to cook dinner or do dishes for an extended period of time and mentally prepare yourself. Is it better for you to have the work completed during the school year when the kids will be in school for most of the day? Sometimes the work may take longer than expected if any issues arise. Prepare to have your kitchen to be “out of order,” for longer than the estimated duration of the project.

Have a Game Plan

Being without a functioning kitchen can be stressful! Choosing a great contractor who will communicate with you throughout the duration of the project is key. Not only will they keep you updated on the progress of the project, but they will help you address and assess any issues that arise. Having that extra room in your remodeling budget will put you at ease if something unexpected arises.

Find Your Contractor

One of the most important decisions you make in your remodeling project is choosing a contractor to work with. You want to make sure they have great reviews online and a good rating with the Better Business Bureau. Finding client testimonials and reviews online is a great way to get a better idea of what kind of company you would be working with. The contractor should be trustworthy-they will be in your home for an extended period of time and most likely unsupervised. You also want to be able to trust their expert opinions. An experienced contractor will have seen their fair share of issues on the job and will know how to assist you in making informed and budget-friendly decisions if an issue arises.

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For over 30 years, Native Sons has helped thousands of clients in Baltimore and throughout Maryland. Being a fully-licensed

contracting company, we are able to complete a project from start to finish, without having to sub-contract any work out. Having all of the necessary licenses in-house makes the remodeling experience for our clients less stressful and straightforward. Do you have any questions? Feel free to give our administrative team a call at (410) 788-5179, or send us an email on our contact page. We look forward to hearing from you soon and helping you turn your dream kitchen into a reality!

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Cost of Kitchen Remodeling in Baltimore

Do you live in Baltimore and thinking of remodeling your kitchen? Contractors may have given you all sorts of estimates and you may be wondering what is actually a good deal for your project. Below we shed light on the true costs of remodeling in Baltimore, MD.

Remodeling Costs in Maryland

In our other article, Renovation Costs in Maryland, we discuss what are realistic numbers to expect for your remodeling process for both kitchen and bathroom projects. In this article, however, we will be focusing on taking a look at strictly kitchen remodeling costs.

Cost Breakdown

According to a cost analyzer from Remodeling Magazine calculated that an average kitchen remodel in Baltimore costs $59,387, while a simple kitchen renovation costs $20,057. We have included a chart with a cost breakdown below:

 

Cabinets and hardware $4,165
Banquette seating, table, curio cabinet $690
Granite counters and installation (stainless sink included) $2,850
Faucet $316
Tin Backsplash $312
Stainless double-oven gas range $1,973
Stainless French-door refrigerator, cabinet depth $3,000
Dishwasher with cabinet panel $660
Undercabinet LED task lighting $188
Two ceiling light fixtures $98
Paint and labor $230
Labor $15,000
TOTAL $29,482

Are There More Affordable Contractors?

You may be asking yourself, “Are there more affordable contractors out there?” The short answer is “yes”, however it is important to remember that you get what you pay for. If a contractor is offering a steal on kitchen remodel, they will probably also be less experienced and not licensed.

Cheap Remodels Break Faster

It’s important to remember that you want your kitchen remodel to last as long as possible. Just like purchasing a car, it’s important to do your homework beforehand and select a car with a good track record that’s safe and reliable. When finding a contractor, you want to look for the same things. If you go with an inexperienced contractor, you may be saving more money off the bat, however you could potentially spend tens of thousands more to fix issues from an inexperienced contractor may cause.

Go With An Experienced Contractor That Specializes in Kitchen Remodeling

Remember to do your research before picking a contractor to remodel your bathroom. Finding a local company is also important that has a good track record.

With over 30 years of experience in the field, we have been providing interior remodeling and kitchen remodeling services to clients all throughout Maryland. If you have any additional questions about your remodeling project before getting started, feel free to send us a message directly on our website or by giving us a call at (410) 788-5179. Our main office is located in Baltimore, MD, where we have a fully-staffed administrative team ready to answer any questions you may have!

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Kitchen Remodeling Costs in Maryland

Kitchen Remodeling Costs in Maryland

Have you been looking for kitchen remodeling costs in Maryland? If so, you’re probably wondering what are realistic numbers and how much a kitchen remodeling should actually cost you.

Remodeling Costs in Maryland

In our other article, Renovation Costs in Maryland, we discuss what are realistic numbers to expect for your remodeling process. In this article, however, we will be focusing on taking a look at strictly kitchen remodeling costs.

The Real Numbers

According to a cost analyzer from Remodeling Magazine calculated that an average kitchen remodel in Baltimore costs $59,387, while a simple kitchen renovation costs $20,057. We have included a chart below breaking down these costs. 

 

Cabinets and hardware $4,165
Banquette seating, table, curio cabinet $690
Granite counters and installation (stainless sink included) $2,850
Faucet $316
Tin Backsplash $312
Stainless double-oven gas range $1,973
Stainless French-door refrigerator, cabinet depth $3,000
Dishwasher with cabinet panel $660
Undercabinet LED task lighting $188
Two ceiling light fixtures $98
Paint and labor $230
Labor $15,000
TOTAL $29,482

Why Not Go Cheaper?

You may be asking yourself “can you go cheaper?” The short answer is “yes”, however it is important to remember that you get what you pay for. A lot of the time when you go with a contractor that provides you with an estimate significantly below the average cost, you may be receiving work that is not up to a high enough standard.

The Cheaper You Go, The Faster It Breaks

One thing to keep in mind is the more money you save during the initial remodel, the more headaches and repair work your kitchen will probably need later down the road.

Go With An Experienced Contractor That Specializes in Kitchen Remodeling

With over 30 years of experience in the field, we have been providing interior remodeling and kitchen remodeling services to clients all throughout Maryland. If you have any additional questions about your remodeling project before getting started, feel free to send us a message directly on our website or by giving us a call at (410) 788-5179. Our main office is located in Baltimore, MD, where we have a fully-staffed administrative team ready to answer any questions you may have!

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The Cost of Remodeling in Maryland

Are you planning to remodel a room in your home but have no idea how much to budget? The first thing any homeowner should do when planning for a remodel is to establish a realistic budget for the project. How much money you have to spend will affect the scope of work that can be done and vice versa. To begin building your budget, let’s take a look at the general costs of different remodeling projects.

How to Create Your Budget

Everyone has heard the phrase “you get what you pay for”. In this case, if you are spending more money, then you’ll be able to afford higher quality products and a more intensive scope of work. Similarly, if you have a small budget, you’re more likely to get a simple renovation than an intensive remodel. Reasonable, right? So, how exactly do we define large and small budgets? Let’s take a look at some numbers.

 

According to a report published by costvsvalue.com, a cost analyzer from Remodeling Magazine, an average bathroom remodel in Baltimore costs $18,070. An average kitchen remodel in Baltimore costs $59,387, while a simple kitchen renovation costs $20,057.

 

Now, let’s break these numbers down to see how we’re arriving to the grand total.

 

Here are a few averages from a Consumer Reports article about an average kitchen renovation.

 

Cabinets and hardware $4,165
Banquette seating, table, curio cabinet $690
Granite counters and installation (stainless sink included) $2,850
Faucet $316
Tin Backsplash $312
Stainless double-oven gas range $1,973
Stainless French-door refrigerator, cabinet depth $3,000
Dishwasher with cabinet panel $660
Undercabinet LED task lighting $188
Two ceiling light fixtures $98
Paint and labor $230
Labor $15,000
TOTAL $29,482

 

As you can see, the cost of a kitchen renovation can vary depending on exactly what appliances you purchase and how intensive the remodel is. In fact, Consumer Reports lists the national average for remodeling a 200 sq. ft. kitchen between $19,226-$56,786. That may seem like a wide range, but makes sense when you consider the cost difference between a refrigerator that’s on sale and a high-quality, brand new built-in refrigerator. When coming up with your own budget, you’ll have to consider the cost of new appliances, the cost of materials, and the cost of labor. All the small things add up, so it’s a good idea to have a rough estimate of how much your project will cost before getting started. When establishing your budget, be sure to also work in a cushion of 10-15% for possible unforeseen costs. It’s better to have more money than you need than not enough!

Communication is Key

One of the things that will help you greatly during your remodeling project is communication! Let us know early on what your budget is for the project and what you expect throughout the process. This can help us to make sure that we are both on the same page. It’s also important that you know all about other costs that may be relevant to your project and that you may not have worked in your budget. For example, some regions require that you obtain a permit before building an addition. The fee for this permit would be included in the cost of your addition. There are many “soft costs” like this, and the best way to know about them when you’re constructing your budget is to communicate with your remodeling company!

After accounting for all the appliances, materials, labor, fees, and other costs, you are left with an “all-in” price. While we can’t give you a definite final price until the project is completed, with open communication we can give you our closest estimate to what the final project will cost. Working together, we can help you to get the best value for your hard-earned money!

What a Deal Really Costs

If it looks like your new kitchen or bathroom is going to cost much more than you were expecting, you may be considering another company that advertised special deals and savings. Many remodeling companies offer deals like “50% off on your first project!” or “we’ll throw in [blank] for free!!” If you’re thinking that these deals sound too good to be true, then you’re right.

 

You may have noticed that the Consumer Reports breakdown listed the cost of labor at $15,000, which is much more than any other singular item on the list. That is because a remodel takes time, and the cost of labor goes towards paying the installers fairly for the time and work they put into your project.

 

Many of the remodel companies that offer deals and savings will make up for the smaller fee by paying their workers less. Oftentimes, this means using novice workers who are still learning and using your kitchen or bathroom as a classroom. Other times, it means that the company outsources its labor to several inexpensive contractors who do not have a special relationship with the company and, therefore, are not held to accountable standards. As they say, “you get way you pay for”; if you are paying less for your remodel, what you are actually paying for is poor quality and substandard craftsmanship that will only have to be fixed later.

 

Here at Native Sons, we don’t offer any huge discounts, but we do offer quality service, vetted contractors, decades of industry experience, and honesty. These are the things you are paying for when you invest in a remodel from a reputable company.

How Can I Save Money on My Remodel?

 

While it’s not a good idea to go with companies that offer deals that are too good to be true, there are a few things you can do to bring the scope of your project within your reach.

 

    • Cut back on excess: Consider what you really need. Is there anything you’re planning for that is more of a “want” than a “need”? Perhaps you’ve fallen in love with a certain costly appliance when there’s a similar one available that is much less expensive.
    • Finish later: Maybe there is an aspect of the project that could stand to be finished at a later date. Curtailing your project a bit can bring the price down from “just out of reach” to “within grasp”.

 

  • Low-cost alternatives: There may be less expensive options. For example, choosing laminate countertops instead of granite can lower your costs.

 

 

Another way to lower your remodeling costs is to try to DIY a few simple projects. However, this piece of advice comes with a caveat: only DIY a project if you know for sure that you can do it correctly. Otherwise, you’ll end up spending money on materials, using up your own valuable time, and having to pay the professionals to fix the mistake anyway. If you’re thinking of a DIY project to save money on labor costs, first consider how much your own time is worth. It may make sense to save a little money by taking on a few small projects that you are confident you can install correctly (and not have to pay to get fixed later). Think about the amount of time it would take you to do these projects. Is it worth using up your own time so that you won’t have to pay for installers to do the work? If so, by all means, go for it! But if you don’t want to spend the time DIY-ing your kitchen, then it’s worth it to pay the professionals to do what they do best.

Reliable Remodeling with Native Sons

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full-service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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How to Stretch Your Dollars During a Kitchen Renovation

You may be eyeing that smooth marble countertop or that fancy built-in refrigerator. But when your eye falls on the price tag, you know that an upscale, luxury kitchen is only a dream. Right? Actually, there are ways you can achieve a gorgeous kitchen without it costing you an arm and a leg! Investing in the right materials can help you to stretch your dollar during a kitchen renovation. Here are a few things to consider adding to your new kitchen that are low cost and high return.

Mouldings

Every year, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) conducts a survey called “What Home Buyers Really Want.” The survey covers a wide range of home upgrades and ranks them according to what home buyers find most desirable. Mouldings and chair railings came in at #3 and #7, respectively. Mouldings are the wood borders on the tops and bottoms of cabinets and walls. The reason home buyers look for them is because they make a kitchen, or any room for that matter, look finished and elegant. They can even work to make a small room look bigger or a short ceiling look taller! And at only a few dollars per foot of moulding, they’re an inexpensive finishing touch to make your kitchen look classy and upscale.

Quartz Countertops

We’ve talked about quartz countertops before in our Handy Guide to Countertop Options. If you want the unique and classic look of granite without the hefty price tag, then quartz is the way to go. Granite is mined from the earth with diamond saws. It takes a long time and a lot of effort to mine a single slab of granite from a quarry. Quartz, on the other hand, is man-made, which means that it’s easier and faster to make, and thus, a lot less expensive. To make a quartz countertop quartz stone is compressed with a polymer resin adhesive. This creates a countertop that is not only less expensive but also stronger, non-porous, and comes in a wider selection of colors and styles. There’s really no way you can go wrong with a beautiful quartz countertop.

Lighting

Smart lighting can do wonders for any kitchen. Kitchens can be dangerous places; it’s where we handle knives and boiling hot water. So, it’s important that kitchens are equipped with great task lighting for those dangerous jobs. Similarly, it’s just as important that your kitchen is also equipped with great mood lighting for when you’re spending time with friends and family. The best kitchens strike a healthy balance between mood lighting and task lighting. Not only is the right lighting useful, but it can also act as a brilliant accent for your kitchen! Undercabinet lighting hidden by a graceful wooden valance moulding on the bottoms of your cabinets gives your kitchen a restaurant atmosphere. A flashy pendant light can act as a focal point and unique accent piece for your kitchen. Plus, having new lights installed during your kitchen renovation is relatively inexpensive and goes a long way to create a relaxing and sophisticated kitchen atmosphere.

Native Sons, Inc.

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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The Biggest Kitchen Trends in 2017

If you’re anything like us, then you’re excitedly awaiting the new kitchen design trends of 2017! When it comes to kitchens, some trends stick around while others fade away into the past. Stainless steel is a trend that’s still going strong and not likely to go away anytime soon. On the other hand, we all remember the distinct look of oak cabinets from the 1990s. So, what kitchen design trends will define 2017?

The Tuxedo Kitchen

Looking for something classic and timeless? Tuxedo kitchens are going to be a big thing in 2017. These kitchens follow a monochromatic color scheme, with one dark color paired against a neutral background. What makes this trend timeless is the subtle and sophisticated look of a dark color paired with a neutral color.

The tuxedo kitchen gets its name from its most popular color scheme: black and white. Sleek black cabinets paired with gleaming white countertops looks classic and contemporary at the same time. If you’re looking for something different than the traditional black and white, consider pairing a velvety purple with a soft grey, navy blue with eggshell white, or sultry maroon with delicate beige.

Pantone’s Color of the Year

Every winter, Pantone selects a color for the upcoming year that hugely influences fashion and home design. For 2017, Pantone has chosen the color Greenery. This lively green is bursting with energy and optimism. In fact, the color was chosen to represent new beginnings. What a great way to start out the new year!

Although Pantone describes Greenery as “nature’s neutral”, we recommend using it as an accent color in your kitchen. Because of its bright, attention-grabbing hue, you only need a splash of Greenery to add a dose of vivaciousness to the kitchen! Consider adorning your windows with green window treatments, or choose a single wall or cabinet door to paint with the cheerful color. Greenery also complements houseplants, highlighting their natural colors. So, put a few plants in your windowsill next to your green curtains to rejuvenate your kitchen!

Warmer and Cozier

One of the biggest kitchen design trends we’ll see this year is the shift towards warmer and cozier spaces. Homeowners want their kitchens to be places that are comfortable for the family to gather and spend time together. Here are a few things that will be trending this year that you can add to your kitchen design:

 

  • Satin brass hardware. Warm metals like copper and bronze have been making a comeback. These metals combine shiny golden tones with a down-to-earth ambiance. This year, designers are enhancing the cozy look of these metals by giving them brushed or satin finishes, as opposed to a reflective, polished finish. It’s easy to incorporate drawer pulls, faucets, and other fixtures made of satin brass in your remodel or to simply update your kitchen’s features with satin brass hardware.
  • Terracotta tiles. A floor or backsplash made of terracotta brings a sunny, laid back feeling to the kitchen.
  • Breakfast nooks. The breakfast nook sets aside a special place to enjoy your morning coffee or have dinner with your family. Breakfast nooks are small, private areas where you can relax while you enjoy a delicious meal and great company. Establish your breakfast nook next to a big window and adorn it with a few soft cushions and it’ll be the coziest and most peaceful spot in the house!

 

Keep Ahead of Kitchen Design Trends with Native Sons, Inc.

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full-service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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How to Design Your Kitchen for a Healthy Lifestyle

Did you know that the design of your kitchen can actually help you to stick to your diet? In his book Slim by Design, eating behavior expert Brian Wansink explains how thoughtful kitchen design actually prompts you to snack less and spend more time making healthy meals. And the best part? When your kitchen is designed to facilitate a healthy lifestyle, you can fall into healthier habits without even realizing it. And it only takes one remodel of your kitchen to reap the benefits of a healthy lifestyle every day. Here are a few tips from Wansink’s book that you may want to incorporate into your kitchen remodel.

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Choose the Right Color

According to a Houzz survey, nearly 75% of Americans prefer a white kitchen. It’s easy to see why this trend is so popular; a stark white kitchen naturally looks brighter and cleaner. However, it also stimulates your appetite and prompts you to subconsciously snack.

On the other end of the spectrum are dark and moody colors. A black, forest green, or magenta kitchen with low lighting may look moody and enchanting, but it will also encourage you to spend more time lingering in the kitchen. Diners tend to spend about 9 extra minutes lingering when in a dark setting. This is why restaurants often use dark colors, low lighting, and subtle music to encourage patrons to stay longer. And the longer you linger, the more likely you are to help yourself to another serving.

So, what color is the right color? Wansink recommends anything in between white and dark colors, such as gold, green, blue, tan, and earth tones. His own kitchen is pumpkin colored.

Design a Kitchen Fit for a Chef

You don’t need a giant oven or high-end cooking appliances, but having a kitchen with a layout that is convenient for cooking will encourage you to eat out less and make home-cooked meals more.

First, consider the amount of space in your kitchen. Is there enough room for you and a helper to make a meal together? If the answer is no, then you may want to consider adopting an open floor plan and getting rid of any clutter that doesn’t need to be in the kitchen.

Secondly, consider your kitchen layout. There should be a few designated workstations around the kitchen. You should have a space next to the sink where you can chop freshly-rinsed vegetables. Space on either side of the stove is necessary for placing food after it comes out of the oven or transferring hot food from the stove to serving containers. Finally, look at the location of the three main features of your kitchen: the refrigerator, the sink/dishwasher, and the stove/oven. These are what’s known in the remodeling industry as the “Golden Triangle”. If there’s a kitchen island that you constantly have to walk around to get to these three points in the kitchen, then you’ll find yourself exhausted and ready to order out pretty quickly. But if you have a streamlined work area, you’ll be in the zone and ready to cook!

Finally, you can install a few easy fixtures that will make cooking so easy you’ll look forward to it! Consider installing a commercial kitchen faucet or a faucet that has a pull-out handle. These types of faucets have much greater reach and flexibility, making it easier to rinse vegetables and making washing dishes less of a chore. Installing recessed lighting under your cabinets makes it a lot easier and safer to chop vegetables and do other food preparation. Knowing you won’t have to squint to see what you’re doing makes you much more likely to want to prepare your own healthy meals, making it easier for you to live a healthy lifestyle.

Bring Back the Dining Room

Dining rooms are beginning to die out as the kitchen increasingly becomes the hub of the family home. However, because everyone tends to hang out in the kitchen, this means that many homeowners have taken pains to make sure that the kitchen is a comfortable place to hang out, adding plush, comfy chairs and even a television. However, that’s a big no-no in Wansink’s book. As we said before, the more time you spend in the kitchen, the more likely you are to snack. A snack every once in awhile isn’t terrible, but snacking continuously every day can be bad for your diet.

Instead of spending lots of time in the kitchen, which facilitates constant grazing, try to have designated mealtimes in the dining room. Knowing exactly what time you are going to eat dinner will help you to hold off on your pre-dinner snacks. Plus, if you get used to eating all your meals in the dining room, you’ll start to view your kitchen as a place to cook food, not to eat food. Plus, a presentable dining room is always a nice thing to have when your in-laws come to visit!

Redesign Your Kitchen with Native Sons, Inc.

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full-service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook for more blog and project updates!

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3 Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It’s where family gathers, where friends are entertained, and where memories are made. Your kitchen is also a space to exercise your creativity and experiment with new flavors. Having an outdated kitchen can hinder your kitchen’s potential. However, forgetting a few essential elements in your remodeled kitchen can spell disaster. Before remodeling your kitchen, make sure to consider these important features!

Lighting

For safety’s sake, it is essential that key food prep and cooking areas are well-lit. Bright lights are a wonderful aid in the food prep and cooking areas, while more subtle, moody lighting is better for eating areas. If the kitchen all has uniform lighting, then the food prep and cooking areas could be dangerously under-lit, or the eating area could be starkly over-lit and uncomfortable. Pendant lights are a great way to light eating areas, as they can be adjusted for brightness and also add aesthetic appeal to your kitchen. Uplighting is a great way to light food prep and cooking areas, since up-lighting provides bright lighting with little to no glare.

Space

If you have a small, cramped kitchen, you’re probably thinking about how you can remodel your kitchen to best utilize its limited space. A great way to make a small kitchen feel bigger is to move to an open kitchen plan. This involves removing any unnecessary walls to open up the space. An open kitchen plan can make your kitchen feel larger and airier. Vertical storage is also a great way to utilize the space in a small kitchen. Kitchen cabinets that reach the top of the ceiling provide extra, essential storage space. Having a well-planned kitchen space saves you from feeling crowded, overwhelmed, and frustrated.

Color

Psychologists have proven that the color of a room can affect a person’s mood. If you spend a lot of time in your kitchen, you want to make sure that your kitchen’s color scheme isn’t one that will make you feel stressed. Many designers are predicting that interior design trends in 2016 will focus on relaxation and meditation. This is why they are calling for muted pastels in the kitchen. Muted pastels provide a soft, uplifting ambiance to a kitchen. Cabinets painted in muted pastels mesh well with the natural look of stone countertops and metallic kitchen fixtures. Whatever color you choose, just remember: you’re going to see a lot of it. Make sure to choose a color you will enjoy seeing every day.

Native Sons, Inc.

Are you ready to create your dream kitchen? How about a luxurious bathroom getaway? Native Sons, Inc. has over 30 years of experience working on thousands of home remodeling projects. With our expert knowledge, attention to detail, and personal customer experience, we hope to be the right remodeling contractors for your project. We are a fully licensed, full service remodeling company catering to the needs of Maryland homeowners. Contact us by calling (410) 788-5179 or by visiting our Contact Page. Want to see more? Follow us on Facebook, and LinkedIn for more blog and project updates!

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