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The Best Remodeling Magazines & Blogs to Use for Inspiration

Remodeling a room in your home or an entire home can be an extremely stressful process. Even with a clear vision, an experienced team, and a healthy budget – plenty of factors can make the most straight forward remodel overwhelming. Thankfully, in the 21st century, we have access to one of the greatest tools in history — the internet. With this tool, we are able to research and collect information from the comfort of our own homes. These remodeling resources can lead to new ideas, inspirations, and solutions for some of the roadblocks we face during remodeling.

While Google is a great tool for remodeling research, some resources that are even better include online magazines and blogs. Google has plenty of answers to the common questions remodelers often have, but magazines and blogs have all of that and more with the personalized quality of the content. When you find remodeling resources that you like in online magazines or blogs, you find an author and team of curator who are similar to you. With personalized remodeling resources, you get a lot more than an answer to your current question. You get an experience that is right up your alley in terms of taste, budget, and much more.

We thought we’d start 2018 by offering some insight into our favorite remodeling resources available online.

5 of the Best Online Remodeling Resources According to Savvy Home Supply


1. Garden and Gun

remodeling resources

Garden and Gun is a Southern design staple that started as a magazine, but has grown into an entire online entity. The Garden and Gun website features a wide variety of articles that span across a variety of topics including:

  • Food and Drink
  • Home and Garden
  • Arts and Culture
  • Travel

And so much more. They brand themselves as a company that covers “the best of the South”. If your taste is at all Southern then you’ll love this publication. We feature a lot of Garden and Gun articles on our Facebook page and a lot of our customers use their content for inspiration when remodeling a kitchen or bathroom in their home.


2. Real Simpleremodeling resources

Real Simple is another publication that we follow and share with our social media followers quite often. Like most remodeling resources, Real Simple focuses on food, home, style, and life-related topics. The “Home” section of the Real Simple website digs deep into:

  • organizing
  • cleaning
  • decorating
  • home improvement
  • gardening

If you’re looking for inspiration on how to breathe new life into something old, Real Simple has an entire section that focuses on new uses for old things, as well. If you’re thinking of remodeling a room in your home, or your entire home, we highly suggest looking for inspiration and Real Simple is a great place to start!


3. Remodelistaremodeling resources

The online giant that is known as Remodelista was started between 4 friends who found they all had similar design tastes and wanted to do something with it.

Their manifesto focuses on pairing vintage with new and affordable with high-end. We love that they clearly state they “love IKEA as much as Design Within Reason”.

Remodelista features a huge amount of guides to remodeling kitchen and bathrooms that go into minute detail. The remodeling blog also has a roundup of inspiring stories from remodels around the country. These are sure to get your creative juices flowing before you jump into a remodel of your own.

If you’re interested in reading more about those remodels, plus tips on how to clean up your space, they have a beautiful coffee table book titled “Remodelista” available at all major book retailers.


4. A Beautiful Messremodeling resources

A Beautiful Mess began as a lifestyle blog started by two sisters who had an interest in arts and crafts. Now, almost a decade later, ABM has a huge following and delves into a wide variety of home, lifestyle, and food topics.

Elsie and Emma, the two sisters who founded A Beautiful Mess, have both completely remodeled entire homes including two in Nashville – one of which is an Air BNB!

Visit the sister’s online blog to see their personal journeys through remodels, get tips, and look through hundreds of inspiring posts, too. A Beautiful Mess also features hundreds of arts and craft projects that are easy to complete. You can take on a project yourself or even find one that the whole family can do together.


5. Magnolia Marketremodeling resources

Magnolia Market is the brand that encompasses the many projects that home remodeling couple, Chip and Joanna Gaines, have under their belts.

The Gaines’ moved into the spotlight thanks to their show – Fixer Upper on HGTV. They took the world by storm with their charming Southern personalities, and their eye for design.

Their online blog is a fabulous resource for anyone looking to incorporate Southern-style into a remodel or a redecoration.

These are only five of the thousands of remodeling resources available online. If your taste is Southern, modern, eclectic, crafty, or simple – we think you’ll enjoy the resources we shared. Do you have a remodeling resources that you use as go tos? Share them with us in the comments and remember, Savvy Home Supply is your one-stop-shop in Louisville, KY for bathroom and kitchen remodeling.

Savvy Home Supply offers granite and quartz countertop installation, bathroom and kitchen remodels, 40-hour cabinets, and more. You can view a full list of our services on our website or call a Savvy Home Supply expert at 502-241-9969 today to discuss your remodeling needs.

 

How to Prepare for Your Bathroom Remodel

Bathroom remodels rank as one of the top two most popular home improvement project in America after kitchens. With more and more homeowners choosing to gut their existing bathrooms and remodel them from top to bottom, there are plenty of guides out there on how to prepare for a bathroom remodel. However, each home is different and every bathroom remodel project is unique. With that being said, there are still general guidelines that you can follow to prepare for a bathroom remodel and make the process as stress-free as possible for you, your family, and your team of contractors.

At Savvy Home Supply, we treat every remodeling project as if it were our own. Whether you are wanting to freshen up a bathroom with new countertops and hardware or completely redo your master bath from floor to ceiling, our team is guaranteed to deliver top-of-the-line work with satisfaction guaranteed. With that being said, we’d like to share some of our tips on how to prepare for your bathroom remodel when you choose us for the job.

Tips to Prepare for Your Bathroom Remodel

Determine the Flow of Traffic During Your Bathroom Remodel

One of the best tips we can share with our clients is to determine the flow of traffic that the Savvy Home Supply team is going to take when entering and exiting your home. This can start with deciding where the team will park their trucks and which door they will use to go to and from their work trucks. Most of the team will make multiple trips back and forth and they will not expect to remove their work boots. This is for a couple of reasons including: to save time and for their own safety. We suggest finding several old towels or visiting a local carpeting store and asking if they have carpet scraps to spare. No matter the flooring you have in your home, we suggest protecting it from foot traffic during your bathroom remodel.

Remove All Objects from the Bathroom Area

Prior to the Savvy Home Supply team coming into your home and starting your bathroom remodel, we suggest removing all easy-to-move objects from the bathroom area. One of the best places to start is in the cabinets and drawers of your vanity. Remove all beauty products, rolls of toilet paper and paper towels, cleaning products, and storage units. We also suggest removing any art work, towel racks, medicine cabinets, and wall mounted toilet paper holders. In the shower or bathtub, moving all of the shampoo and conditioner bottles, bars of soap, and washcloths into another bathroom will help the Savvy Home Supply team get your bathroom remodel done faster.

Take Care of Some Steps Yourself to Save Time and Money

If you are confident in your home improvement capabilities, there may be a few extra steps that you can take to save both time and money during your bathroom remodel. It is important that you discuss the extra steps you’d like to take care of yourself to prepare for your bathroom remodel with your Savvy Home Supply team leader before starting. However, if you feel like you can handle it, you can remove shower doors and turn the water off before the team arrives. If you have tile or linoleum and replacing the flooring is part of your remodeling plan, you can pull up the old flooring before the remodel project starts. These steps will save the remodeling team time and, in return, save you money.

These are a few tips that we suggest you consider before your bathroom remodel gets underway. No matter the size of your project, preparing for the team to arrive and get underway will help everyone in the long run. At Savvy Home Supply, we want to bring the bathroom of your dreams to life and make sure that your experience through the entire bathroom remodel is a good one.

If you are thinking of remodeling a bathroom, or kitchen, in the near future, contact Savvy Home Supply for a free project estimate. You can call us at 502-241-9969 or stop into one of our showrooms located at 9301 Hurstbourne Park Boulevard and 1060 Brooks Hills Road in Louisville, KY to speak to a member of the Savvy Home Supply team. We offer unbeatable pricing on cabinets, countertops, flooring, and more. With our 40-hour cabinet guarantee, we guarantee a quick and painless remodeling process each and every time.

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.

10 Frequently Asked Questions about Quartz Countertops

When remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, one of the biggest focal points of the remodel is the countertops. Homeowners have man questions regarding countertops that they need answered before making a final decision. From “What is going to give me the best bang for my buck?” to “Which color selection will still look the best in 10 years?” – the questions can be endless. However, the first decision to make when choosing your countertops is what kind of material to use. At Savvy Home Supply, we offer two countertop material selections: granite and quartz.

Granite is a great material to incorporate into a kitchen or bathroom design. It is durable, heat resistant, and cleans easily which makes it a great countertop material for both areas of the home. Savvy Home Supply offers customers a wide selection of granite to choose from and has one of the most competitive price points in Louisville, Kentucky. If you are remodeling a kitchen, be sure to read up on 10 Frequently Asked Questions about Granite Countertops before making any final decisions.

Quartz is also a countertop material that can be incorporated into either kitchen or bathroom designs. If you are looking for a highly durable and eye-catching material to incorporate into your home – quartz countertops are the way to go. If you are remodeling a bathroom or considering using quartz for your kitchen countertops, it is important that you know the benefits and drawbacks associated with quartz. A good place to start is by asking your home remodeling team these 10 frequently asked questions about quartz countertops.

1. Where is quartz sourced from?

Quartz is sourced from the Earth and manufactured using 95% natural quartz ground toa power and 5% of resins made of polymers. The resulting material has a natural look, feel, and – thanks to the excellent engineering behind the manufacturing process – can be customized to any consumers design ideas and taste.

2. What color options do I have when it comes to quartz countertops?

At Savvy Home Supply, we offer dozens of colors to choose from for your quartz countertops. Some of the most popular quartz countertop colors include: Ash Gray, Pebble Rock, Snow White, and Canvas. We source all of our quartz countertops from MS International and Quantra which allows us to have a larger selection of quartz countertop colors than many of our local competitors.

3. Are quartz countertops indestructible or can I damage them with regular use?

Quartz is an extremely durable material and it is highly unlikely that you will cause any damage to your quartz countertops unless you are abusing them. Regular use will not negatively affect them in any way. However, as with most countertop materials, there are precautions that you will want to take when it comes to using your quartz countertops.

4. Do I need to take any precautions using my quartz countertops?

You will want to exercise caution when cooking near your new quartz countertops. While granite countertops can withstand heat with no effects, quartz can be affected by extreme heat. The best practice is to use cutting boards, hot pads, and trivets between the hot kitchen tools and quartz countertops. This will save your quartz from warping or being otherwise damaged from extreme heat.

5. Are quartz countertops seamless in design?

Whether or not your quartz countertops will be seamless completely depends on the size of your kitchen and the layout of your lower cabinets. Like granite, quartz is sold in slabs; however, all slabs max out at a certain length. The most common maximum slab length for both granite and quartz is 125” L x 65” W. This means if your lower cabinets are longer than 125” in length that your countertops will have to be seamed. Otherwise, you can achieve seamless quartz countertops.

6. What maintenance do my quartz countertops require?

Unlike granite countertops that require being sealed about once a year, quartz is an extremely low maintenance material. The surfaces of your quartz countertops will never need to be sealed and the strength of the quartz composition means that you will most likely never have to deal with repairs either.

7. Do quartz countertops stain or scratch easily?

Quartz countertops are stain-resistant thanks to the 5% of polymer that is mixed in with the natural stone during the manufacturing process. This polymer addition makes quartz one of the most durable surfaces on the market and they are resistant to scratches, as well, under normal circumstances. One instance that you will want to watch out for after you become a homeowner with quartz countertops is ring stains. If you spill a liquid or leave a sweaty glass on your quartz surface, be sure to wipe up the water right away and avoid over saturating the quartz.

8. Can quartz countertops be repaired if they are damaged?

If you damage your quartz countertops by chipping, scratching, or staining them – they can be repaired. However, you can save yourself quite a bit of headache and hassle if you practice caution with extreme heat and do not abuse the quartz countertops with aggressive cutting or scraping.

9. If I install quartz countertops, will the value of my home increase?

As with any home remodel, if you are replacing old, out-dated, cheap materials with more modern, high-end upgrades then the value of your home will increase. The same applies to remodeling a kitchen or bathroom with quartz countertops. Quartz is a durable material that is practically indestructible and there is high value in those qualities.

10. How much do quartz countertops cost?

Quartz countertops, when compared to other natural stone countertop materials such as granite, are on the same pricing level. At Savvy Home Supply, we offer quartz countertop installation at $48.00 per square foot with a minimum purchase of 40 square feet.

Quartz is a suitable material that can be used for both bathroom and kitchen countertops. Savvy Home Supply sources its quartz slabs from some of the best manufacturers in the country and offers quartz countertop installation at an unbeatable price. In addition, our Savvy Home Supply team will offer expert guidance throughout the entire process of remodeling your countertops and knowledge on how to care for your new quartz countertops once installation is complete. If you have any other questions regarding quartz countertops, contact the experts at Savvy Home Supply today.

With over 20 years of experience in the field of home remodeling and countertop installation, Savvy Home Supply is your one-stop-shop in Louisville, KY for all your remodeling needs. If you are a homeowner who is interested in learning more about our quartz countertop selection and the unbeatable pricing we offer, contact Savvy Home Supply today. You can call us at 502-241-9969, request an estimate online, or stop into our showroom at 9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd. in Louisville, KY.

10 Frequently Asked Questions about Granite Countertops

When homeowners are remodeling a kitchen or bathroom, one of the toughest decisions to make is choosing which material to use for countertops. The two most often used materials for countertops in kitchens and baths are granite and marble. Granite and marble both have many benefits as well as some drawbacks, so it is important for homeowners to ask all of the right questions when choosing the material to use for countertops.

Granite is an igneous rock made of large grains which can be seen with the naked eye. This is what gives granite the distinct look that it has and allows for a wide variety of coloration. Granite is one of the hardest substances in the world which makes it perfect for countertops that are going to get a lot of use. However, if you are thinking of installing granite countertops in your kitchen or bathroom, be sure to get answers to these 10 frequently asked questions about granite countertops.

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Granite Countertops

  1. Should granite or marble be used for kitchen countertops?
    Traditionally granite is used for kitchen countertops and marble is more often used for bathroom surfaces. Marble scratches much easier than granite does and when marble comes into contact with substances that are highly acidic – those substances can negatively affect the marble. Granite, on the other hand, is not subject to scratching, etching, or warping and is a great choice when choosing the material for new kitchen countertops.
  2. Can I cut on granite countertops or put hot pots on the surface?

    Granite is one of the hardest stone substances in the world and will not be affected by knives or typical kitchen heat. That being said, if you do decide to cut directly on granite then you can expect to have dull knives after only a few uses. Hot pots can be set directly on granite, but be aware that the granite will absorb the heat and be hot to the touch after the pot is removed from the surface.

  3. Can granite countertops be damaged?

    Granite is a durable substance that is much harder than marble and can withstand most elements like heat and cold. High impact blows can harm granite and granite can chip due to its crystallized structure. If not properly sealed, granite can absorb substances, such as oil, which can cause discoloration or spots to form.

  4. Can granite be repaired if damaged?

    It is extremely difficult to damage granite, but if it does happen then there are certain ways to fix it. A crack or etch can be can sealed with a mixture of ground up granite and epoxy.

  5. Does granite stain?


    Granite does not stain if sealed properly; however, granite, like all stone, is porous to a minimal degree which makes it susceptible to stains if left unsealed. Occasionally, if liquid is left on the granite surface for an extended amount of time, it may leave a dark spot behind it. This will fade as the granite dries, but if granite is properly sealed before installation, stains should not be a problem.

  6. Does granite harbor bacteria?

    According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are no current records that state granite has been noted as harboring bacteria. Granite is continuously chosen to be used in the food industry as well as the medical field due to its sanitary qualities. With regular cleaning and care, there are practically zero chances that granite countertops in the kitchen will harbor bacteria and cause an illness. In fact, granite is far more sanitary than butcher block countertops and laminated materials.

  7. What is the best way to clean granite countertops?

    Granite countertops are sealed prior to installation which guarantees that its beauty will last for a long time; however sealed granite still needs to be cleaned. Dish soap, powdered soap, and all-purpose cleaners that are approved for use with natural stone are all products that can be used on granite countertops without damaging them.

  8. Are granite countertops expensive?

    Granite countertops are an investment that should be made by homeowners who are remodeling a kitchen and looking for long-lasting materials to use. That being said, thanks to improved upon technology – granite is now very affordable. At Savvy Home Supply, we offer granite countertops in 8 different colors starting at $38 per square foot when you order a minimum of 40 feet.

  9. Will granite countertops raise the value of a home?

    The short answer is yes, granite countertops will raise the value of a home. This is due to the durability and long-lasting quality of the stone surface. Granite countertops are practically impenetrable and compliment any decorative style which makes them an ultimate investment for years to come.

  10. Why should I choose granite over other materials?

    Granite is a top choice when it comes to countertops for industry professionals including architects, cabinetmakers, designers, and contractors which makes it an industry standard. Homeowners should be aware of what industry professionals are opting for when making their own decisions on remodeling projects. While it is a little pricier of an investment to make, installing granite countertops is a one-time job that will last for years and years without any need for repair or replacement.

All in all, granite countertops are by far the best choice to make when remodeling a kitchen and choosing kitchen countertops. Savvy Home Supply has a wide selection of granite countertops to choose from and we offer an unbeatable deal. We also offer expertise, guidance, and are willing to take care of every phase of the remodeling process from helping you make design decisions to cleaning up after installation is complete. If you have more questions or want to speak to an expert about granite countertops, contact Savvy Home Supply today.

At Savvy Home Supply, we pride ourselves on being one of Louisville, KY’s expert remodeling and renovating companies for over 20 years. We are experts in full kitchen remodels and offer a one-stop shopping experience at our Savvy Home Supply showroom. If you are a homeowner interested in learning more about our affordable granite countertops, contact us today. Call Savvy Home Supply at 502-241-9969 or request an estimate online.

Your Luxury Home: 3 Things You Need to Have

Everyone wants the word “luxurious” to be one that friends and family use when referring to their home; however the question remains: what makes your home luxurious? There are a few factors that come together to create a sense of luxury at home. Some of the factors considered include: where your home is located, the type and quality of the basic construction materials, amenities in and around your home, your home’s level of privacy, and any history behind the land and building itself.

Some of the factors that determine if a home is luxurious or not cannot be changed once a property is purchased. However, there are certain updates you can make to your home that will make it more luxurious. Here are three easy places to start: the bedroom, the bathrooms, and the kitchen. Unarguably, these are three of the most visited rooms in a house by both occupants and guests. If you want to give the impression that your home is, in fact, a luxury home, start by remodeling the rooms you and your guests enjoy spending the most time in. Additionally, these rooms all incorporate more than one of the luxury standards necessary to label your entire home as luxurious. In all three rooms, you incorporate basic construction and amenities during a remodel, so start with these rooms and give yourself the luxury home you know you deserve.

Things You Need to Make Your Home a Luxury Home

1. Luxurious Bathrooms

Bathrooms are a great place to start when remodeling your home to be more luxurious. If you have a larger home, or even an average-sized home, chances are you have more than one bathroom which means day-to-day life won’t be very interrupted with a bathroom remodel. When remodeling your bathroom to be more luxurious, there are a few factors to consider. Luxurious bathrooms are most often described as “open,” “seamless,” and “spa-like,” but what exactly do those words me in the world of interior design?

“Open” bathrooms are very large bathrooms with minimal dividing walls or other barriers. Some of the best ways to give the appearance of an open bathroom are to install a glass-walled shower and to incorporate numerous mirrors into your design to give your bathroom added depth.
“Seamless” designs involve the use and re-use of the same materials, so there aren’t many breaks in lines throughout the design. If you want a seamless bathroom design that evokes a feeling of luxury – go with quartz or granite materials for flooring and countertops. Nothing says luxury more than gorgeous natural stone and if done in the right pattern, it can boost any bathroom from elegant to luxurious.

“Spa-like” luxury bathrooms are extremely popular right now and it all comes down to the hardware, amenities, and extras you choose to incorporate into your design. Heated-flooring is a great place to start because it can be budget-friendly and restricted to a smaller area, or incorporated throughout the entire bathroom design for ultimate comfort. Heated-towel holders are another simple way to up the luxury factor of your home as are remote controlled toilet seats, bidets, and soaking tubs. Just a few smart and well thought out amenity choices can take any bathroom up a notch and these are some simple places to start when deciding on a remodel.

2. Bedrooms That Embody Luxury

While many of your house guests may not see your bedroom, it is another part of your home that is easy to take from elegantly designed to luxurious. If you are going to be doing a full remodel of your bedroom then consider adding a walk-in closet or upgrading and updating interior accessories. Adding the extra space and the extra storage to your bedroom often opens up more room in the main area. One subtle design feature that lends to a look of luxury is an empty floor plan. With a walk-in closet, you can move clothing into the extra space and entirely remove bulky dressers from your bedroom design. The more open space will then give you endless opportunities in regards to interior design.

Accessories can also pull a luxury bedroom design together. When you decide on throw pillows, whether you make or purchase them, over-stuffing them can completely transform them. Upgrading your hardware is another easy way to upgrade your bedroom. Intricate lighting fixtures, upholstered headboards, and velvet accents are other small details that can take a bedroom design up a notch. Upgrading the hardware on your nightstands or other furniture in your bedroom is a simple and comparatively inexpensive way to upgrade your home while personalizing it. Also, adding greenery is a surprisingly easy and quick way to upgrade your room from average to expensive. Intricate lighting fixtures, upholstered headboards, and velvet accents are other small details that can take a bedroom design up a notch.

3. Kitchens Where Luxury is In The Details

Kitchens are often called “the heart of the home” and they are the area of the home that gets the most traffic. This makes the kitchen another great place to start, but unlike the bathrooms and bedrooms in your home – it’s not probable that you have a back-up to use while the kitchen is remodeled. Regardless, remodeling a kitchen to be more luxurious is a great step to take towards increasing the value of your home. Three things upgrade a kitchen from average to luxurious: appliances, countertops and cabinets.

When it comes to appliances, if your kitchen can handle it then go big! Double-door refrigerators are a great place to start. Same goes for double or triple basin sinks! Choose a fast oven and a large stove top. If these two pieces can be separate then that will only add to the elegance of your new kitchen. Stainless steel tends to be thought of as the most luxurious finish for kitchens, but choose something that matches your aesthetic and that you will like for a long time.

The same rule regarding countertops that applies to the bathrooms in your home applies to your kitchen! Natural stones like quartz or granite are the way to go! Choose a color and style that matches your appliances and the overall aesthetic of your home. While granite does take a little more work to install and maintain than some other counter top materials, the look and the elegance of granite will ensure your kitchen has a luxurious style for many years to come. And if you are looking for a solid color, you might prefer quartz countertops for your kitchen. Continuity throughout a floor plan is a luxury all of its own, so try to be consistent when choosing materials.

Cabinets, if you are featuring them in your kitchen, should also be made of the most luxurious materials. Solid cherry and ebony woods tend to give off an elevated sense of taste and both complement light and dark counter top materials nicely. Keep in mind that open floor plans are popular right now and not only in bathrooms and bedrooms. One of the best ways to open a kitchen up is to only install lower cabinets and opt for open shelving above the countertops. This also provides the opportunity to install a custom back splash and truly make your kitchen pop.

Regardless of the type of home you purchased, there are many ways to take it from a normal home to a luxury home. While you can’t control the area it is in or the history it has, you can control the look it takes on as well as the message it sends. Luxury comes in all shapes, sizes, and forms. When it comes to interior design and decoration – the bathrooms, bedrooms, and kitchens are great starting points that will impress for years to come.

If you are in the market for a home remodel and want to get started, contact Savvy Home Supply in Louisville, KY. We specialize in granite and quartz countertops, kitchen and bathroom remodels, walk-in closets, built-in shelving, and custom wine cellars. With granite starting at $38/sq. ft. and quartz available at $48/sq. ft., we offer some of the most competitive pricing in the Louisville, Kentucky area. Contact a Savvy Home Supply design expert today by visiting us here or calling us at 502-241-9969.

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!