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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.

10 Tips to Get Your Kitchen Organized for the New Year

Rev-A-Shelf's Tip Out Trays are cut to size for each kitchen or bathroom remodel and conveniently hold sponges, soaps, and other frequently used hand or dishwashing items.

Rev-A-Shelf’s Tip Out Trays are cut to size for each kitchen or bathroom remodel and conveniently hold sponges, soaps, and other frequently used hand or dishwashing items.

Five days ago, 2016 ended and we entered a brand new year – 2017. A new year often comes with resolutions and a common resolution among homeowners is to get more organized. For some people, reorganizing is an easy feat, but for others it can be hard to know where to get started and how to finish once they’ve started organizing a room. At Savvy Home Supply, kitchens are one of our areas of expertise, so we’ve collected 10 tips on how to get your kitchen organized for the new year.

1. Store Items In Your Cabinets Based On Use

One of the best places to start organizing are your cabinets because they are often the most cluttered part of a kitchen and they can seem the most daunting to declutter. After pulling everything out of your cabinets and washing or wiping down your kitchenware, begin reorganizing your kitchen storage areas by placing the kitchenware you most often use on the lower, easier to reach shelves. Keep the higher shelves open for the dishes and other kitchen ware that are used less often or only for special occasions.

2. Group and Store Kitchenware by Functionality

This drawer is using a pegboard with wooden pegs that Rev-A-Shelf offers for easy organization. The pegs also come in stainless steel through Savvy Home Supply.

When reorganizing your kitchen, functionality should be your number one focus. Group all of your pots and pans together and store them around the oven. Keep all of your silverware and cutlery organized in a drawer close to the cabinets you store your dishes in. Store coffee cups, coffee filters, sugar, and any other condiments used to make coffee close to the coffee maker. It will be easier to stay organized when the functionality of your cabinets makes sense.

3. Use All the Space Your Kitchen Has to Offer

Storage solutions don’t just reside in cabinets and on shelves, so think outside the box when reorganizing your kitchen. The area beneath your cabinets holds a lot of opportunity. You can install track lighting under your cabinets to keep your countertops well lit. An even more innovative way to utilize the space under your cabinets is to install a towel rack which has multiple purposes. You can use it traditionally to store towels or buy “S” hooks to hang coffee cups or measuring cups above your countertops.

4. Kitchen Knives on the Wall

Clear up a drawer and organize your kitchen knives at the same time with a magnetic knife rack. Easy to install and extremely affordable, magnetic knife racks show off your cutlery collection, make them easily accessible while cooking, and gives you the opportunity to use the free drawer for other storage solutions.

5. Bring Closet Storage To Your Kitchen Pantry

Certain storage solutions can be multipurpose and one of the most versatile storage solutions you can buy are over the door, clear pocket, shoe organizers. Buy a new shoe organizer and store it over the door to your pantry. You can store spice packets, snacks, and other small compact pantry items in the separated pockets. This storage solution virtually eliminates searching for pantry items that are hard to neatly store and also allows young children to start learning organizational skills at an early age.

6. Gather Small Condiments Together for Easy Use

This Savvy Home Supply customer and homeowner opted for the Pie Cut 2 Shelf Corner Lazy Susan to store their often used goods in the kitchen.

This homeowner stores small items in a Rev-A-Shelf Pie Cut Lazy Susan.

Even if your cabinets are organized, having to reach into the back of a cabinet for a bottle of honey or jar of seasoning can make you feel like they are still cluttered. This is due to the tendency to store small items in small cabinets where there isn’t a lot of space to move items around to access ones further in the back. An easy solution for this clutter dilemma is to store all small, often used condiments on a tray that can be pulled from a cabinet and set on a counter top to access jars and bottles, reorganize them, and clean the tray. Another solution is to install a corner cabinet Lazy Susan for added storage and easy access.

7. Organize Pot Lids and Trays Upright

Pot lids are one of the biggest pains when it comes to kitchen organization because they are hard to stack on top of each other and take up so much space. The easiest solution is to buy an upright organizer that sits in a kitchen cabinet and allows you to store trays and pot lids on their sides in the same way dishes sit in a dishwasher.

8. Keep Items Under the Sink in a Tray, Too

The same organizational method used for small condiments in cabinets above your countertops can be applied to the bottles and other items normally kept under the kitchen sink. Buy a tray to hold spray bottles, sponges, scrubbing brushes, and soap bottles and reduce clutter. You can also install hooks on the cabinet door below the sink to hang dish towels and rubber gloves from. If you don’t want to buy a new tray for these storage purposes, you can always use an old baking tray to keep items organized.

9. Get Creative When You Store Glasses

Glasses can be a big issue when it comes to storage and consolidating space, so getting creative is necessary when you’re reorganizing. Set up one row of glasses to where the glasses are upside down then place a flat tray on top of the glasses. This opens up another surface to store more glasses on, so the are stacked but don’t risk getting stuck together.

10. Take Spices Out of the Cabinets

Rev-A-Shelf offers another spice storage solution in the form of a stacked storage drawer that takes up minimal kitchen space and holds a plethora of spice and seasoning containers.

Rev-A-Shelf offers another spice storage solution in the form of a stacked storage drawer that takes up minimal kitchen space and holds a plethora of spice and seasoning containers.

Spices are essential in cooking and if you’re an avid cook then it’s a sure bet that you have a lot of spices in your kitchen. Keeping all of those spice jars in a cabinet is an easy way to take up a lot of space inefficiently. There are a lot of storage options for spices that remove them from the cabinets and keep them organized at the same time. One way to do this is to buy small, flat containers and attach magnetic paper to the bottoms of them. Fill these containers with your spices and stick them to the side for fridge for easy accessibility and use. Another option is to install a hanging basket under a cabinet and keep your spices there. Both options free up cabinet space and organize your kitchen.

These tips are a good place to start when it comes time to reorganize your kitchen in the new year. Our partner, Rev-A-Shelf, offers plenty of the storage solutions we’ve mentioned above as well as many other organization options to declutter your kitchen and make it a space that is easier to use and more enjoyable to cook in. If you’re interested in renovating or remodeling your kitchen before organizing it, call Savvy Home Supply at 502-882-2952 and speak to one of our kitchen experts today.

Community Outreach: Savvy Home Supply Donates to Habitat for Humanity

Savvy Home Supply is a locally-owned kitchen and bath remodeling company, with showrooms in Louisville KY and Brooks KY. Our company serves customers throughout the Louisville metro area, and in Southern, Indiana as well.

As part of being a local business, we enjoy getting involved in the community in a variety of different ways. And one of our favorite organizations to support is Habitat for Humanity of Metro Louisville.

Since 1985, the Metro Louisville Habitat for Humanity has built and renovated over 450 homes to help area families in need. And currently this amazing organization is working tirelessly towards the goal to build 600 homes in five years. As a nonprofit ecumenical Christian housing ministry, Habitat for Humanity relies on volunteers, donations and staff members to help make this great mission happen.

Their dedication to the Louisville community has inspired Savvy Home Supply to get involved. We do this by working with our kitchen Habitat for Humanity and Savvy Home Supply and bath remodeling clients to facilitate donations. Many Savvy Home Supply kitchen and bath customers donate cabinetry, hardware, lighting, countertops, flooring materials, appliances, and other items they are replacing during a kitchen or bath remodel to Habitat for Humanity.

Savvy Home Supply helps clients remove items for donation, coordinating with Habitat for Humanity for pick up. Cabinets donated to Habitat for Humanity

The Louisville Habitat ReStore collects and sells donations that are gently used or new. They are always accepting appliances, plumbing, doors, windows, furniture, paint, lumber, fixtures, and more. Here is a complete list of guidelines and FAQs about donating to Habitat’s ReStore. And the profits made from ReStore purchases Habitat for Humanity and Savvy Home SUpplygo towards all the great things Habitat for Humanity is doing in the Louisville area.

As these donations add up, Savvy Home Supply is working towards a goal to donate more than 50 kitchen and bathroom projects during 2016 – 2017. This is a great cause that makes a huge difference in helping the Louisville community. And even better, it’s the smart environmental thing to do too. Rather than dump gently used Read more

Ceramic vs. Porcelain Tile Flooring – Making the Best Decision for Your Kitchen or Bath

“Should I choose ceramic tile or porcelain tile for my kitchen and bath remodel?”

When considering different types of flooring during a kitchen or bathroom remodel, porcelain and ceramic tiles are popular options. In fact many people see these popular flooring materials as one in the same. Yet there are some important differences to know when comparing the two.

Savvy Home Supply kitchen and bath remodelers in Louisville and Brooks Kentucky offers customers a variety of premium flooring options including ceramic and tile.

Porcelain tile is a dense and durable tile that repels the absorption of water and other liquids. Porcelain tiles are generally used for high traffic areas including outdoor areas and for high traffic flooring.

Ceramic tiles, in comparison, tend to be slightly more absorbent and delicate, so they are often used indoors in lower traffic areas. Interested in learning more of the similarities and differences between ceramic and porcelain tile flooring? Follow along for more info.

9 Differences and Similarities between Ceramic and Porcelain Tiles

  1. Composition – Ceramic tiles are made of red, brown or white porous clay from Central and South America; they tend to be less refined and purified. Porcelain tiles are made solely of white clay found in Europe and the Middle East; they are more refined and purified.
  2. Firing-Time – Ceramic tiles are cooked one time at a specified temperature. Porcelain tiles are heated two-times longer at a higher temperature.
  3. Pricing – Ceramic tiles are often less expensive than porcelain tiles. They are a popular choice for DIY or crafting projects.
  4. Absorbency – Porcelain tiles are less absorbent and more stain resistant. Their strong, dense qualities require expert cutting which may make it more expensive to install.
  5. Durability – Both ceramic and porcelain tiles can be designed to match any look and color for your home. However, porcelain tiles are able to withstand greater damage since the design is fired through the entire tile. In contrast, ceramic tiles get “printed” on the surface, making them vulnerable to chipping.
  6. Usage – Ceramic tiles are often used for interior walls, mosaics, backsplashes and under glass overlays. Though porcelain tiles can be used for these designs, they are most typically used as flooring tiles and exterior walls.
  7. Strength – Ceramic tiles may become weak under pressure or in extreme temperatures.
  8. Installation – Ceramic and porcelain tile installation requires a specific skillset. It is recommended that both types of tiles are installed by experienced tile workers.
  9. Certification – All porcelain tiles are sold with some form of certification. High quality porcelain tiles have been certified by the Porcelain Tiles Certification Agency. This organization provides a list of certified sellers and brands on their website.

If you’re in the design stage of a kitchen or bath remodeling project, you may be comparing porcelain and ceramic tiles to make the best choices for your remodel. While these tiles often look very similar, there are some important differences to understand. If you want more information about ceramic and porcelain tile flooring and backsplashes, call 502-241-9969 to set up a free consult with a kitchen and bathroom design expert from Savvy Home Supply. We look forward to serving you!

10 New Kitchen Organization Products from Rev-A-Shelf 2016

Savvy Home Supply has some great products made by Rev-a-Shelf to help you get organized this Spring! These creative products range from drawer designs to trash containers, with a whole lot more in between.

We want you to love your kitchen remodel, and this includes having plenty of solutions that help make your space more efficient and organized. We’ll help you every step of the way, from the cabinet design and style, to paint color, countertops, drawer styles, and the best custom lighting for your space.

New Rev-A-Shelf Products Make Your Kitchen More Organized

We’ll also give you plenty of organizational ideas, including some wonderful product offerings by Rev-A-Shelf. Follow along to learn more about the latest 2016 Rev-A-Shelf kitchen organizing products ready for your dream kitchen by Savvy Home Supply!

1. Plastic Storage Container Organizer:

No more disorganized drawers stuffed with mismatched tupperware containers! This cabinet design allows you to stack, file and organize all of your plastic storage containers just the way you like. It does have to be a challenge to find the right lid for your containers. Take away the struggle by adding this simple storage solution!

2. Over-the-Fridge Cabinet Pullout Design:

For those hard-to-reach cabinets just above your refrigerator or oven, there’s finally a solution! Try this pull-out cabinet design that enables you to hide your small appliances, large beverage containers or clutter, with an easy-to-access pull out shelf.

3. Tiered Utensil Drawer:

With spatulas, pizza cutters and ice cream scoops, it’s not necessarily one size fits all. Now there’s a perfect way to store and organize all of your kitchen utensils. You won’t believe how much you can neatly fit into one drawer!

4. K-Cup Drawer Organizer:

Enjoy your steaming cup of joe with this elegant and convenient design. This 30 K-cup holder fits right into your existing drawer. It frees up your counter space and creates a new beverage station that can be out-of-sight when not in use.

5. Convenient Mail and Key Storage:

 

No more piling papers and keys on kitchen counter or drawers. This handy storage product allows you to store and access all of your mail, keys and other important documents from one convenient location. Easily removed or installed on the inside of wall cabinets, you’ll love the organization and efficiency of a mail and key organizer.

 

6. Appliance Lift:

Mixers, toaster ovens and blenders can be hard to move or lift, yet they are extremely useful in the kitchen. They also tend to take up a significant amount of counter space. Give yourself a break while freeing up space, with a new appliance lift by Rev-A-Shelf. This allows you to keep these items out-of-sight, but completely accessible whenever you need them. This product is extremely durable and it is strong enough to support your heavy appliances.

7. Corner Cabinet Pullout:

There’s no reason to have empty, unused cabinet space in your kitchen any more. This inventive, space-saving design let’s you get the most out of your storage, making bowls, containers, and other bulky items easily accessible when needed.

8. Soft-Close Waste Containers:

 

No more ugly wastebaskets cluttering your kitchen. This clean option for your waste containers offers simple customization, allowing you to design just the storage solution that fits your needs. It comes in different colors, shapes and sizes, but is always made with the highest level of quality. As an added benefit, the design also features a soft-close mechanism.

9. Double Drawer Knife Block:

 

Keep your sharp knives away from little hands by placing them in this easy-to-install drawer. This is great for those trying to declutter countertop space, while storing sharp utensils in a safe, accessible place.

10. Sliding K-Cup Organizer:

 

Finally a slim, sleek design that conveniently lets you hold up to 44 K-Cup pods. This space-saver is perfect for any coffee or tea lover looking to get organized. Mention it during your Savvy kitchen remodel, and we’ll make it a part of the design!