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Top 2017 Kitchen Remodel Design Trends

IMG_3721.jpgOver the last 50 years or so, the traditional kitchen design has changed drastically. Today, kitchens push past the limits of traditional design and usage. Kitchens in the 1950s and 60s were small, functional, and often only had enough room to fit the necessary appliances. Families tended to eat in a dining room or living room back then. These days, kitchens are quite larger and often incorporate multiple eat-in areas including kitchen tables and islands with built in bars.

As kitchen designs continue to evolve, they incorporate more and more elements of interior design to match customer’s preferences. This has resulted in a rise in kitchen remodels and kitchens continue to lead the way as the most-requested room to remodel in a home. 2017 has brought along a plethora of design trends for bathrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. Below we’ve outlined six of the hottest items and themes that are leading in kitchen remodel design trends.

6 Top Kitchen Remodel Design Trends

  1. Shaker-Style Cabinet Doors
    Shaker-style cabinet doors are simple cabinet designs that often feature a wide raised border with recessed, flat wood in the center. Cabinet doors in the Shaker-style continue to be a trend in modern kitchen designs. This is due to the versatility of the design. Shaker-style cabinet doors can blend in a modern, contemporary, or traditional style kitchen seamlessly.
  2. “Green” Lighting
    Environmentally-friendly lighting is another trend that continues to top the charts of popularity among home remodelers. Technological advances in LED lighting is making it more accessible and user-friendly for home owners. Due to these advances, kitchen remodeling companies, like Savvy Home Supply, are seeing more frequent implementation of LED lighting in kitchens. LED lighting is even being installed below cabinet fixtures, under countertops, and into toe kicks. Additionally, “green” LED lighting has the benefit of lasting for years and the possibility of being linked to smart technology for even more accessible use.
  3. Kitchen Islands
    Islands are becoming more and more popular each year. Homeowners undergoing kitchen remodels want islands incorporated into their design more and more often. This is in part due to the increased functionality that islands provide. Modern kitchen islands go far being being a surface for cooking and cleaning in this day and age. Now, kitchen islands also work as charging stations, bookshelves, and areas to store appliances. Some of the most popular countertop materials for kitchen islands include: glass, granite, butcher block, or even mixed-media materials for homeowners who want to add a unique touch.
  4. Cabinet Paint vs. Stain
    In general, stained cabinets are still popular; however cabinet painting services are on a rise. White stain continues to be the most popular finish for cabinetry in the South, but in the Northeast, painted cabinets in white, beige, and gray are becoming extremely popular. When a homeowner decides to paint their kitchen cabinetry instead of replacing it they are not only saving thousands of dollars, but also signing up for a faster remodeling process that yields just as impressive results. You can click here to get more information on cabinet painting services through Savvy Home Supply.
  5. Bold Color Choices
    One of the easiest ways to switch up your home’s style is with a coat of paint and homeowners, as well as remodelers, are turning towards bold color choices now more than ever. Why? A lot of the bold color choices dominating the market, today, are due to new driving forces. Spirituality, cultural flux, the need for self-expression, and nostalgia are just a few of the forces driving homeowners and remodelers, alike, to turn to bold color choices for cabinetry, walls, back splashes, and appliances in the kitchen.
  6. Cabinetry Capabilities
    Kitchen expansion over the last 50 years has allowed for more appliances to make their way into kitchens. It has also allowed for more cabinetry and with those extra cabinets comes extra capabilities. Right now, floor-to-ceiling cabinets that hide refrigerators are extremely popular, as are cabinets that hide icemakers and pantries. Cabinets with added functionality are also rising in popularity and certain companies, like Rev-A-Shelf, have a wide variety of cabinet applications to choose from.

All in all, today’s home designs are much more contemporary from the outside facade to the kitchen designs to the basement uses that homeowners choose to apply. The growing number of millennials buying homes has only helped modern trends rise in popularity. Most kitchen remodel designs these days are sleek, modern, big, open, and functional while also giving off a very minimalist vibe. These 2017 trends and features can all be captured during a remodel as they can in a new build – if you have the right team of professionals to help you.

Savvy Home Supply has over 20 years of experience remodeling kitchens and is your one-stop-shop in Louisville, KY. If you are a homeowner who is looking to modernize their kitchen or is interested in getting more information on how to get started, contact us. Our team of Savvy Home Supply experts are available to take your calls and answer your questions. With our unbeatable pricing and 40-hour cabinet guarantee, you won’t find a better deal on a kitchen remodel. Call Savvy Home Supply at 502-241-9969, stop into our showroom off Hurstbourne Park Blvd, or request an estimate online today.

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Things I Learned Along the Way

Things I Learned Along the Way

1. No fast food, you will suffer for it the next day!
2. Try to renovate in the warm months, if possible, because your garage is taken over by your appliances and the garage doubles as your makeshift kitchen.
3. Don’t stress about the small stuff. The Savvy Home Supply team are professionals and they will ask you for your input if it’s needed.
4. Keep the lines of communication open. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Fear of the unknown will just cause you undue stress
5. Keep out of the way. If they need you they will ask for your assistance, but hanging around, even if it’s with good intentions, will just slow done the process and throw them off their game.
6. Remember you are all in this together, so sit back and enjoy the ride. The Savvy Home Supply family has got your back!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 7 (The Final Week!)

Finally, the end is here and your kitchen is almost done! You’ve been waiting for this day for quite some time now and the final touches can be trying because by now you’re ready to get back to your normal lifestyle.

Week 7 (The Final Week!)

The last week of my kitchen remodel was really trying on my mindset. All I could think about was getting the Savvy Home Supply crew out of my house (bless their hearts, though, after all the ruckus I put them through – still thinking about the countertop debacle!) and the tasks that laid ahead. In my case, Christmas was coming up! Now, looking back on it, that probably wasn’t the best planning on my part.

It was a long journey from Day 1 of my kitchen remodel until the end, but the finished results were better than I ever imagined. I also made some friends for life in the Savvy Home Supply team. One of the guys even told me, “you’re part of the Savvy family now and you call us if any problems arise!” And I knew they meant that.

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 6

I promise that you will survive Week 5 and that Week 6 will pull you out of your depression because progress picks back up and your kitchen starts to look like an actual, functioning kitchen, again!

Week 6

Our countertops arrived during the sixth week of our kitchen remodeling project and they brought a literal headache with them.

Be aware that the glue the Savvy Home Supply contractors use to hold the counter intact is the strongest, foulest smelling stuff around. Make sure to air out the house and stock up on Tylenol. And whatever you do, do not walk into your kitchen and lean on the countertops while the remodeling team is installing them – especially if you decided on quartz. – because this little mistake will cause the team to start the leveling process all over again! (I’m sure the guys at Savvy Home Supply were cursing me under their breath when I walked away. I really felt bad about that stupid mistake…)

Week 6 also brings the ceiling lights and (what I thought were) finishing touches started to happen. By the end of Week 6, I never wanted to eat another grilled piece of meat again and headed to Costco for microwaveable meals. Despite how bleak my diet was becoming and how grumpy my husband was with the Costco meals, I was beginning to see the light at the end of the kitchen remodeling tunnel. And I was starting to help with the process. I took a few days off of work to help with installing the kitchen back splash and it was truly an exciting few days.

First, I discussed how I wanted the backsplash to look with the remodeling team and then we started laying the tiles. I recommend laying all the tile out first. Don’t just start gluing! We had to tweak the design slightly to get it to fit the space and I’m glad we figured this out before gluing up the tiles I had a lot of fun this week. I had creative control, but the guys doing the work were the real masters at what they did. They bought into my idea and made it work even when it was unconventional and questionable in their minds. Our teamwork produced some amazing end results that I am so happy with!

I was really starting to anticipate moving back into my kitchen at the end of the week, but remember that life doesn’t stop for your remodel to be finished. Things can pop up, like, holidays, deaths, sickness and the ever dreaded waiting period while something is being made. (Remember the long, drawn out wait for the countertops!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 5

Remember when I said last week to keep the thoughts at bay about finishing early? Week 5 proved to me that the time estimate is given for a reason and you should take it with a grain of salt because remodeling a kitchen takes a lot of effort and a lot of patience.

Week 5

This is the week of no shows and the week where I really needed the vacation that I thought I needed two weeks ago! After Savvy Home Supply came in and turned my house back into a bustling work zone, suddenly, no one was showing up. The cabinets were in and everyone was waiting on the countertop to be created from a template the contractors took.

Let me tell you – this week sucked all the life out of me!

I wandered around my new kitchen looking at all sorts of things and thinking “the contractors could be doing this” while they were just waiting for the countertops to be cut! Honestly, my entire attitude about my kitchen remodel changed again and I was getting a little irritated. My husband’s critical comments about how the workers were doing their job and I needed to let them do it did not help my attitude, either. For me, this was truly the hardest week of all.

By the end of Week 5, I was feeling two things: for one, I was depressed with my unfinished, unusable, and seemingly abandoned kitchen and two, I felt like my contractor didn’t care about me or the job they were doing to my kitchen. I think it’s very important to have open communication with your contractor and remodeling team at this time – for morale and sanity!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Week 4

By now, you’ve survived a tedious part of the kitchen remodel process (with or without alcohol) and work is starting to pick up again as you enter Week 4!

Week 4

This was one of my favorite weeks throughout the entire kitchen remodel because the cabinets came in during Week 4! As soon as I saw all the guys from Savvy Home Supply show up to my house again, my attitude from last week started to dissipate. The cabinets went up and with them, my dreams went back up. Cabinet handles, adjusting, and the building of any special pieces and lighting followed the cabinet installation and suddenly, the week was over.

I had my appliances all picked out, but if you haven’t chosen your appliances then you need to get them on order as soon as possible. I was really getting into the swing of camp cooking by now, but some of the novelty had worn off and after seeing a lot of progress compared to the weeks prior, I found myself getting exciting about finishing early. Try to keep that thought at bay. It may be harmful to your liver next week!

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Weeks 2 and 3

After a smooth first day and first week, your kitchen looks like an empty room that used to be a kitchen and work on smaller details has begun.

Week 2

At the start of Week 2, my kitchen was all cleared out and work on the kitchen remodel seemed to be slowing down. The remodeling team was running wiring for my new lighting and new drywall was going up, too. The Savvy Home Supply team was still working, I could tell that, but it was smaller, more minute work that didn’t have the same obvious visual evidence as cabinet and appliance removal had the first week.

During Week 2 of the kitchen remodel, I also noticed that the amount of workers showing up at my house had changed. I went from seeing 3-4 workers coming into my home to two – and sometimes only one! Regardless of the seemingly slow period, I was still charged up about things and pleased with myself for figuring out that it is totally possible to grill up a bunch of different meats on the weekend and then be creative with them through the week. All in all, Week 2 was a success… until the remodeling team got to the stage where they were fixing sheet rock. This stage was about as exciting as watching paint dry!

Week 3

I got out the bottles of booze in the midst of Week 3 and if you haven’t broken out the alcohol yet, this week may make you change your mind! Week 3 is the stage where the 1 guy that I had been seeing started stopping by once a day just to apply more mud and then leave. This quick appearance, mud application, and disappearance went on for days and days. Once the mudding was done, the minimal visits continued, but the one Savvy Home Supply team member given this job started sanding instead of applying mud!

I recommend a small vacation during Week 3 if possible. All I could think about during this time was that they will never finish the sheetrock and sometimes the out of sight, out of mind approach is the best one to take! At this point it is also particularly important to keep that plastic zipped up unless you want everything through your house covered in drywall dust. (Trust me, you don’t!)

What to Expect When You are Contracting: Day 1 – Week 1

For the next 7 weeks, Savvy Home Supply is going to feature a guest blogger who will recount her experience with her first kitchen remodel and what to expect when contracting.

Day One through Week One of My First Kitchen Remodel

If I could start with one piece of advice for anyone starting their first kitchen remodel, it would be: get organised and prepare for your kitchen to be unavailable. From day one when the remodeling team enters your home, your kitchen no longer belongs to you. There is no more using your stove, sink, refrigerator, pantry, etc. As soon as the contractors arrived to my home, the appliances were unhooked and moved into the garage. After that the water was disconnected and a sheet of plastic with a zipper in it was put up to separate the kitchen from the rest of the house.

I found the rest of week one to be filled with excitement and anticipation. I couldn’t believe how fast things were happening in the remodeling process. The old cabinets, countertops, walls and ceilings disappeared before my eyes and I couldn’t imagine how the entire process was going to take 4 to 6 weeks. The remodeling team at Savvy Home Supply was working so fast.

While Savvy Home Supply was working at top speed to give me the kitchen of my dreams, a main area of my house was still out of commission. If you move forward with a kitchen remodel then you will need to maintain some sense of normalcy. I recommend getting a toaster oven, a hot plate, a microwave, a grill, a large table to serve as your prep area, a wash tub and a large book shelf to use as a pantry. Remember to keep out a few pots, pans, dishes, bowls, glasses, cups, silverware and prep dishes. A cutting board, spices, oil, and food storage bowls are also critical unless you plan on eating out all the time. A coffee or tea pot, slow cooker, rice cooker, and electric skillet, are also nice to have, but they are not necessities.

By the end of Week 1, I found that a pat on the back was warranted. Things were going smooth and I felt like I had this kitchen remodel down with my Savvy Home Supply team.

Choosing A Contractor for Kitchen Remodeling – 6 Questions To Ask

A kitchen remodel is an involved and sometimes stressful experience. Regardless of the size of your kitchen, there are a lot of decisions and planning that goes into the kitchen remodeling process. Are you going to get new cabinets or update the existing ones? Do you need custom lighting or new flooring? What color granite countertop will you choose? Will there be an island in your kitchen?

In order for you to maximize the chance that you have a positive experience remodeling your kitchen, it’s very important that you stay on the same page as your kitchen

Aaron Basil is a Kitchen Remodeling Contractor at Savvy Home Supply. He has over 15 years of professional experience in kitchen remodeling and design.

remodeling contractors. While lots of factors come into play, good communication is at the heart of any remodeling project.

Though many of the materials used in a kitchen remodel may be similar regardless of the remodeling company you choose, the service you receive may vary widely company to company. If you are looking for a good company to work with during your kitchen remodel, here are some questions to ask all of the companies that you are considering.

6 Questions to Ask Your Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

1. Are you licensed and insured? Accidents sometimes happen on the job. Because accidents can happen, it is important that your contractor has insurance for company employees. It is also important to hire a contractor that is licensed. This will help you determine if you are working for a legitimate and respectable company. The answer to this question not only gives you some piece of mind, but it could potentially keep you from dealing with a painful lawsuit.
2. What is your kitchen remodeling experience? Your contractor should answer this question by providing the reassurance of multiple years of experience. Customer testimonials can also help back this up. Due to the custom nature of the work, having plenty of experience is essential for any kitchen remodel. Just because some kitchen has to be the first remodel project for a company doesn’t mean it has to be your kitchen! Choose a contractor that is confident and educated in this field.
3. How do you deal with changes? During a kitchen remodel there are often times you have to deal with unexpected changes and decisions. While many of the design decisions are made prior to the project start date, changes may sometimes be made during the remodeling process. It is necessary to ask your contractor how he or she handles project changes. This helps you get a better idea of what to expect in the event that changes are required during your kitchen remodeling project.
4. How are we going to communicate? You and your contractor should have strong, open communication. The kitchen remodeling process is a lot like a relationship. This project will fail if you and your contractor are not comfortable communicating about issues and decisions made along the way. It is important to inquire about the frequency and types of communication used during this project. It is easier to communicate in person, but also make sure your contractor is available by phone and email as well.
5. What is the project timeline? This is an important question for your kitchen remodel. Just because kitchen remodels can take considerable time, doesn’t mean your remodel should last for months on end. It is important to get a good idea of your project start and deadline. This will help you make plans, while also keeping your contractor accountable and on track.
6. What are your payment expectations? Each kitchen remodeling company will have their own payment terms and conditions. Make sure you are comfortable with the terms your kitchen remodeler requires before signing a contract. Sometimes you are required to pay a certain percentage up front and another percentage at the completion of the project. Other times you may have to pay the entire amount at the beginning, or you may be billed at the end of a remodel. Know your options in advance so you can make the best decision for your budget.

Before signing any contracts, take the time to have this conversation with your contractor. A kitchen remodel is not completed overnight; it requires patience, planning, communication and decision-making. Always keep open lines of communication with your contractor and stay positive as you look ahead with the anticipation of enjoying a beautiful remodeled kitchen. Spending time up front to find a skilled kitchen remodeling company that you trust can make the entire experience much less stressful. Interested in learning more? Contact Savvy Home Supply today to schedule your consult with a kitchen design professional.