Starting the Process at Nicely Done

Almost every day, we have people walk through the doors of our showroom in King’s Park and stand just inside the door, looking a bit lost.

“There’s just so much to choose from, I don’t know where to start!” is a common refrain.

Often, they are not only unsure of where to begin in terms of material selections, they are unsure about how the design process works. And many times, they have been letting their fear of the unknown keep them from walking through our door or calling us and beginning the process.

Don’t let fear keep you from calling us or stopping by the showroom! Let’s demystify the beginning of our process so that you know exactly what to expect from your first two visits with Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths.

Whether you call or stop by our beautiful showroom, we will request some information from you. Nothing too complicated– just your name, address, phone number and a basic outline of the work you’d like to have done. We will also ask if you have an appointment time and day preference and if you have an approximate budget in mind for your project. If you have any special requests or already have ideas about what your dream kitchen or bath looks like, we will take some basic notes so that the designer assigned to your project will be able to make her first visit to you with as much information as possible.

Once we have your form filled out, we will assign a designer to your project. Rest assured, all of our designers have their degrees in architecture or interior design and are wonderful to work with! We will set up an appointment with you and your designer for what we call the “initial appointment”. The initial appointment will take place at your home. During this time, you will spend 1.5 to 2 hours or more talking with the designer. She will want to discuss what is and is not working for you in your current kitchen. Now is the time to tell her if you dislike the layout of your kitchen or if you feel that you have no storage space—be honest about your needs and wants. Your designer will listen, ask questions and take notes that will help her to design the best possible kitchen for you and your unique needs. Afterwards, she will take an extensive set of measurements necessary that will help her accurately design your new kitchen.

At the close of the initial appointment, your designer will make your next appointment, which we call a “design review”. For your design review, you will come to see us at our showroom.

The designer then returns to our offices and works to complete your new design. Using the information she has gleaned from your initial appointment and the latest design technology, she will come up with a design that will hopefully excite and delight you. During your design review appointment, she will likely have some sample materials set out for your proposed kitchen.

That is a brief synopsis of the first two appointments that you would have with Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths. Even if you walk through our showroom door or call with no idea where to start, you will leave after design review with a very clear vision after having worked with one of our amazing designers. And remember—we are a one-stop shop, so not only do we have great designers, we have a full project management team that will work in conjunction with our contractors and your designer to give you the best possible project with the least amount of stress for you and your family.

And the best part? Both the initial appointment and the design review are at NO cost to you. There’s absolutely no obligation on your part, though of course, we hope that you will love your design and Nicely Done so much that you will want to continue on in the process with us!

Hopefully, knowing this information will help put you at ease and give you the confidence you need to finally make that call or stop by and visit our showroom–don’t put your dreams off for another moment!

What is Universal Design?

There’s a design buzzword that you may have been hearing lately: universal design. What is universal design and how could it benefit you or your loved ones? How does universal design apply to kitchen and bath design?

First, let’s define universal design. It’s a very organic term and can be applied to just about any item that humans use, from can openers to architecture. The basic premise of universal design is that an item or facility is designed with the specific intention that it may be used, be accessible and be understood by any person, regardless of any physical limitations, age or processing challenges.

The most important aspects of universal design for those of us designing kitchens and baths therefore, is to ensure that the room or rooms will be accessible, safe and easy to use for all members of the family. In Nicely Done Kitchen & Bath’s market segment we are seeing a rise in requests for designs that accommodate a growing number of older homeowners who want to remain in their homes as far into the future as possible.

These are a few examples of how universal design would be applied in your new kitchen:

• Rounded edges on countertops and open shelving and simple cabinet and drawer fronts without ornamentation that can catch or snag clothing. The same goes for hardware in the kitchen—softer edges and simpler design as well as knobs and pulls that would be easy to grasp.
• Sink: opt for a more shallow (6-8”) depth to avoid leaning and strain on the back. Also, the overall design should locate the sink close to the cooktop to avoid carrying heavy/hot pots back and forth.
• Microwaves should be located at or below counter height to minimize bending and reaching overhead.
• Minimize the use of “blind” corner cabinets—utilize features such as LeMans shelving, lazy susans or corner drawers.
• Choose drawers over doors as much as possible—an open drawer will display all contents at once. Drawers and pull-outs can be worked into your kitchen design in many different areas—pantry, island and base cabinets.
• Choose flooring materials with texture to reduce slipping.
• Your designer will help you decide the correct amount of space between counters to allow room to maneuver in the future, to allow for wheelchair use and even spaces where a raised or lowered counter could allow access from a seated position when standing for long periods gets difficult.

Universal design in the bathroom may be even more important than in the kitchen as accidents are more apt to happen in the bath or shower:

• Choose low-or-zero threshold showers and either avoid bathtubs altogether or chose a bath with a wide, strong ledge to seat yourself on and swing into the tub.
• Grab bars are a must in and near shower/bathtub and toilet areas.
• A built-in bench and niches in the shower allow for a place to sit and less stooping and bending to reach toiletries.
• A handheld shower and/or adjustable height showerhead brings the water to you, whether seated or standing and is easier for a caregiver to use.
• Comfort-height toilets are generally 2” taller than a standard toilet and make sitting and rising from the toilet easier.

If you’re thinking that this type of design will look institutional, we can assure you that it can be just as beautiful as every kitchen and bath we design!

Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths has aging-in-place certified designers on staff who are well versed in the principles of universal design and would love to help you design a kitchen or bath that can safely and comfortably accommodate you and your family’s needs well into the future!

Forecasted Trends of 2017

Forecasted Trends of 2017

1) Gray and white painted cabinets continue to rise in popularity. Designers at NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) also predict increasing requests for color schemes including shades of blue and black as well.

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 2) Combining/mixing materials and colors—Separate colors for islands and even wall and base cabinets helps to add visual interest and break up solid walls of cabinetry. Cabinets come in just about any color you can think of—one of our cabinetry manufacturers will now custom paint cabinets to match any color sample you desire. If you love fuchsia, there’s a manufacturer who will make you the most beautiful fuchsia cabinets! Mixing countertop materials is gaining in popularity as well—quartz is still king, but consider combining a butcher block countertop on the breakfast bar, marble on the island, quartz on perimeter countertops or any combination that suits your taste and lifestyle.

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3) Simple cabinet styles—Think Shaker style—classic, clean-lined and easy to dress up or down. They have been in style, they are in style, and they will still look great years down the line!

4) Farmhouse look—Farmhouse/rustic style is still extremely popular, especially when mixing elements with modern and contemporary touches. Take a look at this beautiful apron sink from Kohler—it looks great in every kitchen—from classic to modern.

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5) Bold lighting fixtures—Oversized drums and pendant fixtures—another way to bring the wow factor into the kitchen!

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6) Specialized storage features—Organization and clever use of every space in the kitchen in the form of customized drawers, rollout trays, recycling bins, pullout spice racks—just about any configuration to meet your needs and help make your kitchen as user-friendly and organized as possible.

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7) Sensor-activated items: faucets that turn on with a motion of the hand, lights that turn on and off with activity in the room, even a meat thermometer (Moen) that utilizes Bluetooth technology to let you know when the roast in your oven is done. Technology is here to stay. Why not let it help make life in the kitchen easier?

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8) Appliances—Love to cook? Imagine a Wolf gas range coupled with convection ovens and a fridge big enough to hold all of your ingredients. Induction cooktops and convection ovens are rising in popularity, as are microwave drawers over built-in or freestanding microwaves.

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9) Hardware–Fresh and modern in shades of gold, copper and pewter. Don’t be afraid to venture away from matching your stainless steel appliances.

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10) Open shelving—Open shelving looks fresh and modern and allows you to display specialty pieces in full view.

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11) Faux furniture pieces—Cabinetry that emulates the look of a china hutch or buffet. Bring your beautiful cabinets out of the kitchen and into the dining room, office or great room.

12) Glass-fronted cabinets—Glass lightens the space and breaks up banks of cabinetry as well as provides space for display in the kitchen.

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A Few of Our Favorite Things 2016

It is no small task to pin down our favorite kitchens of the year! The team at Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths truly believes that each kitchen and bathroom that we design and construct is a work of art. As we bid farewell to 2016, we thought we’d revisit a few of our favorite kitchens from this year. Here are just a few of them:

Aren’t they gorgeous? This is just a small sampling of the lovely kitchens we installed in 2016. You too deserve a beautiful kitchen! If 2017 is the year that you’ve decided to take the leap and start the process towards a new kitchen or bathroom, please give us a call. We are more than happy to help you make your dream a reality!

We would like to wish all of our clients, both past and present, a very Happy Holiday season!

Your Friends,

The Team at Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths

Preparing for Your Remodeling Project

Congratulations!  The kitchen you’ve been dreaming of for years has been contracted!  Your beautiful new cabinets and countertops have been chosen and dates have been set for cabinet delivery and installation of your new kitchen.  Until now, you’ve been fixated on choosing finishes and envisioning cooking and gathering in your amazing new space.

That space will be realized, but only after a few weeks of noise, dust and disruption to your home and life.  What are some steps you can take to minimize the mess and impact on your family’s day-to-day operations?

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First, know and accept that there will be dust, especially during the demolition phase of construction.  Tearing out old flooring, cabinets and countertops, taking out walls and other demolition activities are going to cause dust.  NDKB’s project management team will talk with you about closing vents, changing your air filter frequently and how the contractor will work to control the spread of dust outside of the construction zone.  Our contractors do their best to ensure their work spaces are left clean and free of debris before leaving the jobsite every day.  Still—it is best to accept that you will likely find dust in other areas of your home.

Second, know that there will likely be people in and out of your home, sometimes several different people in a single day.  With your permission, NDKB will place a lockbox at your home so that the contractors working on your project can enter your home and work.  Project management and the contractor will strive to keep you apprised of the work schedule so that you are never surprised by the contractor’s presence.  If you have situations that require that we schedule days when the contractor does not work at your home, we are happy to accommodate.  We realize that not only can the dust, noise and disruption be difficult, but also having strangers entering your home on a daily basis.

Here are a few suggestions of ways to pave the way for a smooth remodeling project:

  • Declutter your kitchen—remodeling is a great time to go through your kitchen and donate or dispose of items that you no longer use or need. You’re going to need to remove everything from your kitchen before demolition—what a great time to lighten your load!
  • Remove everything from the kitchen—every last thing. First, box up items that you don’t use on a regular basis, like the turkey baster and the Christmas cookie cutters.  Label all of the boxes in the event that you do need to find something.  Find a place in your home to store these items, away from the construction zone.
  • Pack like things together so that moving back into the kitchen is a breeze.
  • Just before demolition day, remove the items that you use on a daily basis. Designate a place in your home outside of the construction zone to become your temporary kitchen.  A table to hold the microwave, toaster and coffee pot may be all that is needed.  If you’re getting new appliances, it may be possible to move your old refrigerator into the garage or another space to use during remodeling.
  • Invest in paper plates and disposable cutlery as washing dishes will be a challenge. Tip:  a large cooler works well for washing dishes, especially one with a spigot to let water out and is likely cleaner than the bathtub for washing dishes!
  • Plan meals that are easy to prepare and will use small appliances such as the microwave, toaster oven or slow cooker. How about using the grill? It can be used for everything from meat to veggies!  If you’ll still have a freezer available, make freezer meals prior to construction to quickly reheat during remodeling.  Eating at restaurants is another option, but one that can get old quickly and make quite a dent in your wallet.  Simple meals will help your bottom line and keep family routines intact.
  • Although we strive to minimize dust leaving the construction area, some dust may still escape. Consider covering furniture in rooms adjacent to the kitchen—inexpensive drop cloths or old sheets work great.
  • If you have pets, please let us know. Plan on a space for them away from the construction area as they could disrupt work or get hurt.  If you have a pet that is very nervous around outsiders or doesn’t tolerate noise well, it might be wise to consider a kennel or temporary care for them.

Perhaps the best piece of advice we can give you is to remember that in the grand scheme of home ownership, a kitchen remodeling project will only last a few weeks:  keep a positive outlook, be flexible and keep your sense of humor!  This too shall pass, and when it does, you’ll be left with a beautiful new kitchen, Nicely done!

You Get What You Pay For

We’ve all received flyers in the mail: ABC Remodelers can install a new kitchen or bathroom for you for a great low price! XYZ Remodelers can do it for even less! You’ve just had an appointment and a design review with the designers at Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths. Our design, our customer service and our beautiful showroom have left you dazzled, but you’re wondering how we arrived at the price we gave you for your new kitchen…a price that may be more than ABC or XYZ remodelers.   Why is this? Should you immediately assume that the lowest price means the best value?

Short answer, no…but it’s a bit complicated to explain.

We know that it’s difficult to imagine spending a large amount of money on something intangible. If you were going to purchase a new car, you’d probably already have a make and model in mind. You’d go to a dealership, test drive a couple of models, make your decision and drive away in your new car. You have immediate access to it—it’s tangible. But your new kitchen is intangible. Until every detail is in place (and there are many details) you can’t “test drive” it. You must have faith that the remodeling company you choose will give you the best value, workmanship and customer service experience until they are 100% finished with your kitchen and it becomes a tangible item.

There are several factors that will impact the cost of every remodeling project:

  1. The size of the space and the scope of work—Smaller kitchen vs. large kitchen, keeping the existing footprint vs. extensive remodeling.
  2. Quality of the products specified—Real wood vs. manufactured? High quality lighting and plumbing fixtures? Moderately priced appliances or professional level appliances?
  3. Nature of the design—The design should be a result of the designer carefully listening to your vision, desires and needs and designing a great kitchen or bath that meets those objectives. Sometimes those dreams and desires result in a higher price tag.
  4. Number and of services provided—At NDKB, we offer full design service, installation by highly-qualified contractors and craftsmen, and professional project management throughout your project.   The value services you contract with our firm make an enormous difference in the final success of your project. Again, the intangible items—services—are what will bring you the greatest value.
  5. Quality of services provided—At NDKB, we guarantee the quality of our general contractors. We employ fully-licensed contractors, master plumbers and master electricians who bring years of experience to your project. We ensure that the proper building permits are acquired if required—a very important process and one that often gets skipped by lower-cost contractors.

A few more thoughts about ABC and XYZ and their low, low prices. Lower prices generally mean that the company is operating with low profit margins. What does this mean for you? It means that the company has less available profits with which to provide you with quality design, high-quality materials, and…all of those intangible services we just discussed. Will ABC be in business 5 or 10 years from now? If they go out of business, where does that leave you if you encounter an issue with their products or craftsmanship? Nicely Done has been in business since 2003. We stand behind our product and have been known to revisit projects completed a decade ago to provide assistance to our customers at no charge. It’s all part of the “extra mile” service that you will receive at Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths!

At Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths, we understand that you have a budget and that you want the best value for that budget. It all begins with becoming educated about both remodeling and what we can offer you, both tangible and intangible. Rest assured that we have your best interests at heart and will do all that we can to ensure that you understand exactly how your remodeling dollars are being spent!

The pleasure of getting a great deal on your remodeling project only lasts a short time. That great deal can come back to haunt you later in the form of defects in your kitchen or bath as a result of poor craftsmanship and materials. The value of quality workmanship, materials and a team standing behind it for years to come will last the span of your kitchen or bath’s life.

Your Kitchen: Back to School

It may not seem like it in the midst of another hot, humid Virginia Summer, but Fall is just around the corner! It’s time to send the kids back to school –wouldn’t it be great to remodel your kitchen and other areas of your home to help make those harried school mornings run a little more smoothly?

How could remodeling help ease the morning rush hour?

Picture your current kitchen…are you a little short on space? Does your entire family end up tripping over each other, bumping into open doors and drawers, using up what precious little countertop space is available in the rush to make breakfast and lunch? Do you have adequate pantry space? Are your workspaces set up to help you move from task to task efficiently? If every morning is a struggle for space that leaves you racing against the clock to get out the door on time, ensuring a stressful start to your day, then maybe a kitchen remodel is the answer!

The good news is that your kitchen doesn’t necessarily need to grow in size to grow in functionality! It’s a wonderful thing to remove a wall and open up into unused space and we are happy to do that for you, but it’s also possible to fit much more functionality into the existing space. We are currently working on a small kitchen in which the owners chose to keep the original footprint, but are gaining so much in cupboard and pantry space. How? NDKB is removing the original cabinetry and installing new. Like many kitchens installed during the 1980s and 1990, the old cabinets do not extend to the ceiling. We are installing full 42” cabinetry that will add another 12-14” of cupboard space all around. NDKB is also removing a closet with bi-fold doors in the kitchen and installing floor to ceiling pantry cabinets in its place. These small but significant changes will provide much-needed space for this busy family.

Space can be made within your existing kitchen’s footprint, but what about enlarging your kitchen to include not only new cabinetry, but a custom island—the perfect place for quick breakfasts and informal meals. As we mentioned in last month’s blog, islands can be customized in so many ways! Drawers make the perfect, kid-friendly space for a lunch-making station. Most of our cabinet manufacturers offer customizable drawers and drawer inserts to ensure that this space works perfectly at whatever phase your family is in. Keeping lunchboxes and supplies within easy reach of children fosters independence and ability to make lunch on their own. After school, the island becomes a great place to do homework and help parents prepare for dinner.

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Remember: cabinets aren’t limited to your kitchen. They can be used throughout the house! Consider expanding your cabinetry in the kitchen to include a custom desk area with a command center to keep track of school and extracurricular activities, calendars and art projects. A desk in the kitchen also provides a great place to keep the family computer, in a central area easily monitored by parents.

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Beyond the command center, consider including a dedicated space for storing backpacks, coats, shoes and other daily necessities. If you’re always searching for your keys, this is the perfect spot to keep them! In conjunction with your kitchen remodeling project, NDKB would be happy to install cabinetry with benches, drawers and doors to corral and contain these items. Wouldn’t a great area like this near your front or back door help your mornings run a little more smoothly?

 

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Have the dog days of Summer made you forget the rushed mornings and evenings of school days in your kitchen? Maybe it’s time to rethink your kitchen’s layout and let Nicely Done redesign a kitchen that both simplifies and beautifies your life!

Living the Island Lifestyle

Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas…we all know the words to that very famous Beach Boys song.  Island life–ocean breezes, sunny days, palm trees swaying in the wind.  Feel the sand between your toes, imagine the warm evenings, tropical drink in hand.  Watch the sands of time slowing in the hourglass as they slip by on “island time”.

What isn’t to love about that laid-back lifestyle?  What if you could have an island in your life on a daily basis?  Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths would like to help you visit an island every day!

OK, by now you probably realize that we aren’t giving away a free trip for two to St. Martin’s.  Sorry to burst your bubble and drag you back from daydreaming of coconuts and deep-sea fishing!  No…we’re talking about kitchen islands–and we’d love to help incorporate one into your new kitchen design!

What is the purpose of a kitchen island?  Why do you need one in your new kitchen?  What are the benefits to including an island as part of your overall design?

  • Additional storage in the form of drawers, shelves or cupboards.
  • Additional counter space for food preparation.
  • Customization–if you’re a baker, maybe a marble counter surface would be your dream.  Do you have some beautiful dishes or cookbooks you’d like to display?  We can design an island with open shelving.  Looking for a place to locate the recycling bins?  Let us install custom pull-outs.
  • It’s the perfect spot for casual dining or buffet set-up.  Design your island with an overhang, a high-low counter area, or partial cabinetry and turned legs with open space for seating.  We can configure your island to accommodate your in-kitchen dining needs.
  • It’s a fantastic spot for the kids–the island becomes the homework/craft/gathering area.  You could even design your island to offer amenities just for the kids, such as mounting the microwave in the island or using low drawers with dividers for a lunchbox prep area.  Putting items easily within their reach fosters independence in the kitchen.
  • Locate your cooktop, sink or other kitchen amenities in the island–freeing up more countertop space.
  • A beautiful island becomes the focal point of your kitchen–the choices in materials are unlimited.  Do you love the color red but couldn’t imagine a kitchen full of red cabinets?  How about regular wood cabinets and a stunning red island?  Add an architectural range hood or hang some beautiful pendant lighting over the island to complete the look.
  • Added resale value–including an island in your kitchen design will increase the resale value of your home when included as part of an overall new kitchen design/installation.

For those of you contemplating purchasing an island without a full kitchen remodel, we can provide you with several choices of well-crafted islands such as these:

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Are you ready to learn more about owning an island?  Call us today at Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths to set up a complimentary meeting with one of our amazing designers–they are ready to design the kitchen of your dreams, island included.  Aloha!

 

Small and Dark to Big and Bright: A Kitchen Transformation

Like many homeowners in the DC Metro area, our clients found themselves in an older home with great bones but a small, dark and dated kitchen that didn’t function well for their busy family of five.

The homeowner says “The kitchen was very small, but it worked well when we purchased the house eight years ago and it was just the two of us”. In the coming years, they would add three children to their family and discover that the kitchen didn’t function well for them.  In addition to being dark and small, the homeowner says that the cramped space caused issues such as the oven and refrigerator doors opening against their eat-in island. The island was so small that only four of them could sit at once, with one person standing. Even though they had an adjoining dining room area, they found they wanted to eat in the kitchen.

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Before–small, cramped, dark and dated
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The wall between the small kitchen and dining room area was removed to double the new kitchen’s size

The final straw was when things started to break. The ice-maker stopped working. The laminate flooring had fasteners backing up. A host of small irritations gathered to finally induce these homeowners to make a change. They called several general and specialty kitchen contractors and although they were all pleasant to deal with, the homeowner said that no one had a vision for the space like Nicely Done’s designer, Cathy Goss.

“The other contractors who gave us estimates didn’t offer new solutions, they just recommended reusing the existing space and footprint. Cathy was the first designer who was able to see a solution outside the box”.

The resulting design incorporated removal of a non-load bearing wall between the existing kitchen and formal dining area. This doubled the size of the original kitchen from 120 square feet to 240 square feet. Removal of the dated, dark cabinets and installation of custom white Holiday Kitchens cabinetry give the entire kitchen a bright, open and airy feeling. Removal of the wall meant an additional window in the kitchen, providing more natural light. The large island, in a contrasting shade of truffle brown provides ample casual seating and prep space.

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After: Bright white cabinetry by Holiday Kitchens.
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Cambria countertops in “Ella” pattern with gray veining highlighted with pale gray backsplash tile.
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Beautiful new stainless steel hood and gas range.
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Subtle, yet lovely–the inset tile pattern in the same shade of gray provides a focal point behind the new range.

Additional decorative touches can be found in the subway tile backsplash in a pale shade of gray, with inset mosaic as a focal point above the range. New wood flooring was installed in the former kitchen area and stained to match the existing floors for an integrated feel throughout that level. New lighting, fixtures and improved layout maximize the beauty and functionality of this amazing new kitchen. The classic look will serve this family for years to come and provide a wonderful gathering place at the heart of this classic home.

The homeowner praised Nicely Done’s staff:   designer, project management, and installers: “The whole team was very professional, responsive, attentive and always available for any questions or concerns we had during the project”.

If the homeowner could offer one piece of advice to others thinking of renovating their kitchen, it’s this: “Do it sooner rather than later—don’t put it off—enjoy it with your family now”.

Are you in a similar situation as this client? Why not call Nicely Done Kitchens & Baths today and see how we can turn your cramped, dated kitchen into the spacious kitchen of your dreams?

Hoods: Vent in Style!

Ventilating your stove used to be pure and strictly function – no form or beauty called for here! But in the last few decades, we’ve seen a beautiful transition take place as manufacturers produce and homeowners request a desirable feature for their exhaust fans in the kitchen. So what are the options? How do you choose?
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There are three popular choices for hoods: the microwave hood, a stainless steel (with or without glass) hood, or a cabinetry hood that matches the rest of your kitchen.
Stainless steel hoods can range from simple and utilitarian in style to sleek and contemporary. The most popular option of the three, stainless steel hoods have a much more powerful blower than microwave hoods.
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There are also incredibly beautiful and sculputral designs for island hoods that are quickly becoming popular focal points of the kitchen. See if you can find the once-utilitarian ventilation system in the next photograph:
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Comparable to stainless steel hoods in power are cabinetry hoods (with a separate blower/liner interior). The great advantage to cabinetry hoods is the seamless transition made between this appliance and your wall cabinets: it can be subtle enough to almost completely blend in, or distinct enough to make a bold statement. This slightly more traditionally look eliminates the interruption of an appliance across the upper line of sight in a kitchen.
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The microwave hood is an excellent choice for spatially constrained projects. They are the best space savers! Rather than taking up room for a microwave and a vent separately, you get an all-in-one. And if you consider a convection microwave, like the GE Advantium, you also get a combination convection oven. What this translates to is more room for cabinetry and usable storage in your kitchen!
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Last on the list are downdraft hoods. The least popular – but certainly still used – this hood style is the absolutely most discreet, as it is a part of a range or cooktop unit. Downdrafts suck the air down from about countertop height (or slightly higher) instead of trying to catch it from above. About as powerful as microwave hoods, the greatest advantage is not in their suction power, but their subtly, allowing for stoves to be installed in islands or peninsulas without interrupting the otherwise open, vertical line of sight with a ceiling-mounted hood.
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