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Frequently Asked Fridge Facts

Our clients have some pretty common concerns when it comes to selecting the right refrigerator for their kitchen design. Here’s a few helpful tips to help you make an informed decisions.

  • Everyone wants an ice/beverage dispenser. It’s convenient for you and your guests to be able to retrieve a cool, refreshing drink quickly. Honestly, they only make sense if you’re choosing a refrigerator with a side-by-side design. This configuration helps you avoid sacrificing precious refrigerator space by placing freezing components on the back of the door.

 

  • To keep your refrigerator from protruding too far from the counter, try to find a model with a recessed back. Without the water line and power supply protruding, you’ll save a few inches and preserve the closest counter depth you can achieve.

 

  • If you’ve fallen in love with French door refrigerators, you’ll really enjoy a double drawer bottom freezer. This gives you more organizational opportunity to divide the frozen necessities from the “just in case we need them” foods.

 

Follow these simple suggestions and you and your refrigerator will enjoy a long-lasting relationship.

Our clients choose us because of the total quality control we exercise over their remodeling project, and the respect we have for their homes. They had a vision that we turned into reality! You can rest assured that we oversee your job from start to finish.

No questions are left unanswered and your project is sure to be completed just the way you want it & on time. We stand accountable for every phase of the job.

If you are looking for a kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling or basement remodeling company, contact Executive Builders & Remodelers LLC today.

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The Latest Releases in Cooktop Technology

Manually turning rusted dials to get to the stovetop temperature you desire is now a thing of the past. Now stoves have advanced from the isolation of being an oven’s accessory to its very own designer centerpiece.

The rise of the cooktop has attracted attention for many looking to renovate their homes or make their rental properties more attractive. However, they’ve also become a cause of concern for parents and other safety-conscious individuals.

The beauty of technology means there’s always something bigger and better out there. Your concerns have been heard and designers have recently released new and improved cooktops of your dreams.

An Introduction to Induction

This type of cooktop utilizing electro-magnetic energy to heat cast-iron and stainless steel cookware. The technology fuses the convenience of electric cook with the favored control of gas stoves. It heats up quickly and has a higher rate of energy efficiency when compared to the average electric cooktop.

In essence, induction allows you to add a cooktop with professional qualities in the middle of your kitchen island without the expense of adding new gas lines- all you need is an outlet.

Sounds like perfection as is but designers took it a step further by creating a way to make this cooktop cool to the touch- keep your child’s curious fingers safe from harm.

Our clients choose us because of the total quality control we exercise over their remodeling project, and the respect we have for their homes. They had a vision that we turned into reality! You can rest assured that we oversee your job from start to finish.

No questions are left unanswered and your project is sure to be completed just the way you want it & on time. We stand accountable for every phase of the job.

If you are looking for a kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling or basement remodeling company, contact Executive Builders & Remodelers LLC today.

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Building Dream Kitchens on a Budget

If you have grand ideas for your kitchen renovation but a modest budget to make it happen, our advice is – don’t settle. Unless your ideas are completely off the wall, you may regret giving up on your dreams in the long run. Rather than waste your money on things you don’t want, take baby steps to complete your renovation.

Where to Begin

Spend your money where it matters most then add the bells and whistles down the road.

  1. First, concentrate on the layout of your design. If you plan to move things around, you may as well get that out of the way since it’s likely to cost a pretty penny (depending on what you’re switching). Open up the floor plan, splurge on your island, and work out the placement of electrical wiring and gas lines then move to the infrastructure.
  2. Frame it out, lay down your subflooring, and purchase the windows you need. These are much more important than shiny new appliances.
  3. Quality cabinetry ranks among the most important factors of your renovation.
  4. Countertops bring it all together. Take this final step for a greater idea of what the final product will look like.

Although you’ll probably hate the idea, using your existing stove and refrigerator until you can afford brand new replacements won’t kill you. The same goes for economical alternatives to expensive fixtures, lighting, high-tech faucets, and that tile mosaic backsplash. Just because you use something cost-effective to save its place doesn’t mean you won’t have the kitchen of your dreams when your budget is ready to accommodate the expense.

Our clients choose us because of the total quality control we exercise over their remodeling project, and the respect we have for their homes. They had a vision that we turned into reality! You can rest assured that we oversee your job from start to finish.

No questions are left unanswered and your project is sure to be completed just the way you want it & on time. We stand accountable for every phase of the job.

If you are looking for a kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling or basement remodeling company, contact Executive Builders & Remodelers LLC today.

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Let’s Talk About Finishing Off Your Countertops

You’ve selected the perfect stone to compliment your kitchen, bathroom, or basement counters, now it’s time to discuss finishing the deal. You can complete the look of your countertops by selecting from a variety of finishes. Based on your design and budget, one of these choices will bring it all together, completing the look of your home.

Eased Countertop Edges

Usually, you can request that the edges of your counter be eased without incurring any extra costs. (This may change if the dimensions of your request go above the provider’s standard. To maintain the economics of this option, it is best used on counters that are less than 1 ¼ inch thick.) Eased counters are very versatile and work well with almost any style cabinet door and you don’t have to worry about chips.

Full Bullnose Countertop Edges

Compared to standard eased edges, you can expect to pay around $6-$7 more for each linear foot of a full bullnose design. It’s a higher end finish that’s equally as versatile. Many think the upcharge is worth the money because this option makes it less harsh to accidently bump into your countertop edges. Others opt against it because it makes it easier for spills to travel into your drawers. This is easily solved by having your edges kerfed.

Ogee Countertop Edges

This option runs $8-$12 more for each linear foot but the ripples and coves of an ogee edge are an elegant transformation for your cabinets. While it enhances the formal appeal of your space, the projecting points aren’t very comfortable to lean on. It’s not an ideal option for areas with a lot of busy traffic from accident prone people and small children since an ogee edge is known to chip.

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Is a Professional Range Top Ideal for Your Kitchen?

A gourmet chef’s kitchen is at the top of almost every new home buyer’s search list. Those of us who are already in our ideal residence have begun rethinking the idea of remodeling our kitchen. For many, a simple paint job and swap of tile isn’t enough to capture the vision in their head. That’s when brand new appliances start to come into question.

A professional grade range is like a dream come true. Not only is it capable of meeting your needs, it’s a true beauty. Still, you’ll need to think about whether or not the high-firepower of a professional stove is really the way you want to go.

The Good Side

You’ll be simmering and searing within seconds. Professional ranges multiply the normal BTUs of an average residential stove. The heavy duty design comes with a standard 20+ years of expected use. They are available in a variety of standard sizes, making it easy to match up with your kitchen remodel design. These gorgeous appliances are made from high quality stainless steel ranging from 24-60 inches in width.

The Bad Side

You’ll need to upgrade the size of your duct in order to accommodate a professional range. Jumping from the standard 7 inches, now you’ll need a 10-inch high power hood to handle the heat. These monstrosities can tip scales at more than 900 lbs. Your contractor will have to reinforce your floors to avoid damage. Speaking of service its size, it’s possible for it to extend over 4 inches beyond the usual depth of your counter. That’s something for your contractor to consider as well.

You’ll shell out $5,000-$10,000 to purchase a new professional range. It also costs more to have someone come out and maintenance them. Parts carry a hefty price tag as well.

If your budget can handle the hit and your kitchen has the space to accommodate it, then a professional range may be one of the best design decisions you’ve made.

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Custom Cabinets When You Care About the Environment

There could be plenty of reasons why you are interested in learning more about eco-friendly cabinets. Equally as beautiful as conventional alternatives, incorporating eco-friendly cabinets in your home’s kitchen, bathroom, or even basement entertainment area can improve the space’s indoor air quality.

Reducing the presence of harmful toxins and allergens, learning the benefits of using environmentally conscious alternatives prove to be worthy of your attention, even if you aren’t a tree-lover.

To reap these rewards in your next renovation, ask your contractor about formaldehyde-free alternatives. Congress passed a bill regulated safer levels of these carcinogens but you can’t get safer than completely formaldehyde free. This means you’ll need to be mindful of the types of particleboard, plywood, or fiberboard you use in your renovation.

FSC-certified plywood, agrifiber boards, and bamboo plywood are favorable alternatives. Each of these also have a very low volatile organic compound (VOC).

You can also opt to use sustainable or salvaged wood to add some rich character to your kitchen’s design. Your wood will have a story making it more than a beautiful renovation but a topic of conversation.

Renewable woods such as bamboo are naturally stronger and much harder than the majority of hardwoods on the market. Perfect for a durable, exotic transformation.

The quality of water-based finishes have also improved over the years. This means your Earth-friendly cabinets can be just as beautiful and durable as traditional cabinets minus the risks.

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Drawers or Roll-Out Trays? Decisions…Decisions.

Creating a custom cabinet plan is a little more complicated than choosing door designs, hardware, and finishes. Think about how you plan to use each cabinet and drawer. Think of the ways you plan to organize the things in each of them. Now, with these things in mind, think about the most important factor- price.

Depending on your intentions and the budget you have in place for your renovation, there are benefits to installing conventional drawers as well as roll outs. Here’s a quick snapshot of them.

Drawers- An ergonomic champion. Drawers are simple to operate, straight to the point, and have less mechanisms that may eventually falter and impact the effectiveness of their use. They also offer a more stable storage system for larger items. The low sides on rollouts won’t prevent tall items from falling over when you pull it out or push it back in.

Roll-Out Trays- A simple addition to an existing design and a great meant of adding organizational ability quickly. You won’t need to refashion your cabinets to incorporate rollouts into the design whereas drawers can only really be included at the same time of the base cabinet’s construction.

These are an ideal solution for storing smaller things and helping to bring them to you without your need to search or struggle to see what’s in the back of the cabinet. Because of the low sides on rollouts, you can easily see what’s in that cabinet without removing everything that’s inside. You can also include rollout shelving in the lower or upper cabinets of your space. A drawer floating near the ceiling wouldn’t be very helpful would it?

There are a lot of options available which can make the decision making process overwhelming. Find a trustworthy professional to help you sort out the details.

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Discovering The Beauty of Drawer Dishwashers

Debates over whose turn it is to do the dishes have plagued family dinner tables for decades. Here’s why you should consider adding them to your kitchen design.

  1. Perfect for small load washers- If you don’t wait until every dish in your cabinet is dirty to load the washer, a drawer design is great for conserving energy and water on a quick wash.
  2. Time saver- Use one drawer to store clean dishes and the other to start loading dirty ones. You’ll never have to worry about putting all of the dishes away in a hurry again.
  3. Space saver- Drawer dishwashers are good additions to narrow kitchens like the galley design.
  4. Easily blended- You can custom fit a wood panel to cover a single dishwasher drawer. This makes it quick to clean up in a butler’s pantry and it won’t impose on the design of your basement wet bar.

Some have complained about a problem with mold buildup in drawer dishwashers but that’s not a cause for concern. Simply run your washers on an empty load with 1 cup of white vinegar to solve the mold epidemic. Overall it’s a compact and economical solution that can lend a helping hand in the areas you need it.

Our clients choose us because of the total quality control we exercise over their remodeling project, and the respect we have for their homes. They had a vision that we turned into reality! You can rest assured that we oversee your job from start to finish.

No questions are left unanswered and your project is sure to be completed just the way you want it & on time. We stand accountable for every phase of the job.

If you are looking for a kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling or basement remodeling company, contact Executive Builders & Remodelers LLC today.

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Coloring the Road Ahead- A Look at Upcoming Trends

Like fashion, décor trends evolve with the year. Some ideals even take flight with the change of the seasons. So what’s the trend for this year? Keep reading…

To be a “color trend forecaster”, one must wear many different hats. After hundreds of hours dedicated to analyzing showrooms, magazines, and runways, they’re able to decide where the world is heading in terms of color fascination.

So what did they discover?

The overwhelming amount of confusion and frustration being broadcast on the news has pushed people to search for comforting colors. Safe, traditional, neutrals are within the scope of our understanding- some aren’t ready to take risks right now. On the other hand, we’ve also been asking for a bright pop of color on our walls as well. Acid yellows and crimsons means we’re cheery and optimistic about the direction of the future.

Just because people are asking for neutrals doesn’t mean we’ve lost our spark. Monochromatic schemes are being treated to trendy designer twists. Using a variety of textures to create an enticing energy, browns and grays are more popular than ever. Greens are rising on the scales as well. Color professionals think this is due to the world’s increasing consciousness of the state of our environment.

So which ones are you leaning toward? How do you plan to incorporate these colors into your next renovation? If you have a color scheme in mind, that’s have the battle already won. All you need is a contractor to bring it all to life.

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Preparing for Brand New Kitchen Cabinets

So many people pack away their dishes, pots, pans, and groceries eagerly anticipation the design of brand new kitchen cabinets. The cabinetry is like the heart of a kitchen renovation. When you’re able to completely gut the existing cabinets and replace them with a brand new stock or custom design, you’ll merrily remove all of your personal items. When the renovation is complete, you go to replace your belongings in your brand new cabinetry and-surprise- nothing fits.

Where did you go wrong? An experience contractor will know exactly how to measure the height of your food and appliances when developing your cabinet design. They’ll talk to you about what you do in the kitchen, how you move, and the things you’d like to be able to do.

When you’re standing at the sink, do you constantly wish there was a drawer for your dish towels within reach? Are you frustrated with the jumbled mess that you call your plastic-ware cabinet?

Older model cabinets are considerable different from the functionality and design of modern cabinet designs. Newer manufactures prefer to create cabinets that boast a full overlay instead of a mere face frame. They also believe cabinetry looks incomplete if it is not extended fully to the ceiling.

When thinking about renovating your kitchen cabinets, you have to view your selection from a futuristic point of view. Don’t look at things based on your existing kitchen. When your cabinets are ripped from the floor and off the walls, you’ll be treated to a brand new start. What can you do with a blank slate? Whatever you want!