Top Home Design Trends to Look For in 2017

With tax season ramping up and refunds rolling out, many homeowners are planning how they want to spend their refund this year. If you would like your home to be on trend for 2017, consider using this amount to upgrade a room in your house. Take a look at these design trends from Callen Construction to decide which improvements will work best with your budget and style.

Compacted Kitchen Storage

One kitchen remodeling trend that Callen can help with is the construction of a storage wall, a wall in the kitchen that has been designated specifically for storage. Meant to take the place of upper cabinets, it condenses the majority of your storage into one area. Not only is everything you need for meal prep and clean-up conveniently located in one spot, a storage wall also provides space in your work area and throughout the room for a more open, breezy feel.

Top Home Design Trends to Look For in 2017Satin Brass Finishes

The popularity of finishes is always changing, and this year satin brass is the way to go. Satin brass can add golden tones to your room, warming it up without the cost of more expensive materials. Because satin brass works well with a variety of different colors and styles, it can be implemented into virtually any room or setting in which you care to use it.

Unique Bathroom Vanities

If you are looking for a bathroom vanity that is different from the usual offerings, get creative! Hit the antique store or flea market and look for unique pieces of furniture that could be converted into a vanity, such as an antique desk, an old chest of drawers, or a vintage buffet. In this way, you will have a one-of-a-kind vanity along with a little piece of history.

Splurging on Smaller Spaces

If remodeling the kitchen or bath just isn’t in your budget, consider investing in a smaller space in your home, such as the laundry room. Laundry is one chore that few people enjoy doing, so make it more bearable by making the laundry room more pleasant.

Callen is your go-to remodeling company for any updates or renovations you are considering. Spend your tax refund wisely and give us a call at 414-765-2585.



Low Maintenance Meets High Design

According to Consumer Reports, the top home improvement trends for 2017 focus on quality over quantity. In other words, low maintenance meets high design. “There is more and more demand for purchasing products that will help your home look and function better without all the fuss,” said Doreen Schofield, CR, designer with Callen. Callen explores this popular trend of incorporating low maintenance items into the home.

The primary focus of this continuing trend is the process of updating appliances. Now, many home remodelers will focus on a single room at a time to update, rather than trying to tackle the whole house in one fell swoop. This method can also help keep budgeting on track. Regardless of whether the improvements are throughout the home or in a single room, upgrading appliances is likely on the to-do list. “Black stainless steel finishes are becoming popular, because unlike traditional stainless steel, it resists oily fingerprints, while looking just as professional,” said Doreen.

Water conservation is another component of this trend. “As environmentalism and thinking green continue to be fashionable mindsets and drought conditions still plague much of the country, innovations are manifesting in impactful ways to save precious water throughout the home,” she said. For instance, the Trutankless TR Series smart water heaters offer hot water on demand, they do not store hot water and they are Wi-Fi connected for convenience.

Although these popular trends tend to have a higher cost, it is possible to incorporate these attributes while keeping budget in mind. “By researching options that follow the essence of the newest trends, you can find different models and brands that offer similar benefits, ” said Doreen.

For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.

Low Maintenance Meets High Design



How to Revamp Your Closets for Maximum Potential

When it comes to closet organization, it helps to know your options before making an informed decision that satisfies your storage needs and meets your budget. “Whether you’re creating more room in a narrow reach-in closet or putting everything in its place in a spacious walk-in, the closet systems installed by Callen have the quality and options to make the best use of closet space and enhance the access and style of any closet,” said Paulette Sodemann, designer with Callen. “We apply customizable design and installation techniques to create closets that hold more and function better,” she added.

How to Revamp Your Closets for Maximum Potential

Walk-in closets are commonly found in master bedrooms and are valued for their versatility and storage opportunities. “Compared to a traditional reach-in closet, a walk-in closet offers more depth and space. They can range anywhere from a few square feet to as a large as a bedroom,” said Paulette.

Extra space for a dressing area or a vanity may come in handy, however you still need to give careful consideration to your closet’s design. For organizational purposes, it’s helpful to set up different zones in your walk-in closet. For instance, the top of your storage system should be confined to seasonal storage, while the belt level zone or “hot zone” of your closet should be used to maximize storage for such items as jewelry or men’s watches. You’ll also want to keep shoes visible and accessible.

In order to free up even more storage space on your walls, a walk-in closet can include a center island. “A walk-in closet should be at least 6 ½ feet wide for easy access, if you are considering a center island,” said Paulette. In addition to the island suggestion, you will also want to be mindful of tricky corners and angles in a walk-in closet. When utilized correctly, they offer optimal storage capacity as well. “The walk-in closet system installed by Callen uses each available wall to its greatest extent and provides the best solutions for hard-to-reach corners. Your closet will be carefully planned based on the area’s size and shape to ensure the open area or aisle does not feel crowded,” she said.

“Conversely, reach-in closets are usually anywhere from three to eight feet wide with a limited depth of 24 to 30 inches,” said Paulette. Reach-in closets are typically found in hallways, kids’ rooms, and bedrooms of older homes. Originally, these closets were designed with a single rod for hanging clothes under a shelf, with return walls that limit inside access. However, nowadays there is a wide array of available products that allow you to create a more efficient space with numerous storage opportunities. “Our reach-in closet system, which generally goes wall-to-wall, improves the function of any size closet. Door placement and type, the most important considerations for these closets, affect the number of sections and where they are placed. Generally, the larger the closet, the wider the sections will be,” she said.

Remember, you want to maximize space as much as possible when it comes to reach-in closets. For example, stackable storage components like cube organizers and drawer units, will give you storage for folded items and accessories. If you have traditional hinged doors, you can add hooks or over door racks and pockets to the back of the door for items such as keys or shoes to increase storage. Wire starter kits are an option as well. They offer an adjustable mounting system that you can customize as your storage needs change. Finally, a double-tiered hanging system can be used for folded articles to gain space.

“Our systems at Callen can be both floor-based and suspended. Available features include 24 colors and 13 door and drawer profiles, as well as a choice of veneer, perfect edge matches, crown and base moldings, and more. In other words, whatever type of closet you’re looking for, we have the selection and the expertise to suit your specific needs,” Paulette said.

For more information or to arrange an initial showroom consultation, call Callen at 414-529-5509.



Four Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel Bigger

For most homeowners, small kitchens with limited space to work, maneuver, and store things simply feel cramped and claustrophobic. If you are not willing or able to remove a wall to make your kitchen physically larger, there are a few tricks to kitchen remodeling in Milwaukee that can make this room seem bigger than it really is.

Keep Things Light

Create an illusion of more space by combining light-colored walls and cabinetry with light-reflecting surfaces like stainless steel and ceramic tile that will reflect the natural light that floods into your kitchen. Using a low-contrast color scheme for the walls and cabinets, or keeping them all the same color, creates a seamless look for the eye to skim over, while using different shades and textures of the same color, such as white, will keep the room from feeling too boring.

Incorporate Glass-Front Cabinet Doors

Glass-fronted doors allow a view into the interior of the cabinets, making the walls seem further away and the room bigger. For this trick to work, however, cabinets must be orderly, and preferably color-coordinated; a jumbled mess of dishes and food items will not only be unsightly, it will block the eye’s view into the depths of the cabinets and cancel out the room-enlarging effects of the glass doors.

Four Ways to Make a Small Kitchen Feel BiggerKick the Clutter

Cluttered counters make a space seem small and crowded. To give your kitchen the illusion of more space, streamline it by clearing off countertops, windowsills and even the tops of cabinets, leaving out only a few necessary items or personal touches. Store as much as you can in the pantry or lower cabinets, and add a corner appliance garage to hide appliances and other kitchen items from view while still keeping them accessible.

Smart Space Utilization

Creative space-saving solutions are essential for small kitchens. To make full use of dead space under lower cabinets, use pullout shelves that allow you to easily store and access pots, pans, or pantry items. Integrate the microwave into the cabinetry, using a shelf extension if necessary, to give you more counter space. Recessed shelving installed between wall studs is also a great way to add extra storage space while maximizing floor space.

If you need help with your kitchen remodeling in Brookfield, don’t hesitate to call Callen at 414-765-2585. We’ll have your small kitchen looking like a showplace in no time!