May

15

Where Your Money Goes in a Kitchen Remodel

Where Your Money Goes in a Kitchen RemodelAccording to the 2017 REMODELING Cost vs. Value Report, when a homeowner calls in a remodeling company like Callen Construction to do a kitchen remodel, the amount they can expect to invest in this popular home remodeling project varies widely. It may range from a low of $21,303 up to $125,000 or more for a high-end job, with the national average being $62,158. If your kitchen is due for a remodel, it’s important to know the cost breakdown to be able to more accurately plan and prepare your budget.

Finished Products and Appliances

The majority of money in a kitchen remodel (65-70%) will be spent on finished kitchen products such as cabinets, countertops, flooring, and large appliances. The easiest way to keep your budget down is to look for less expensive manufactured appliances and products. Kitchen cabinets make up a large chunk of the cost of your finished products. If you’re trying to lower costs, you might want to look into re-facing or refinishing your cabinets, or purchasing stock cabinets, as opposed to ordering custom-built.

Labor Costs

The labor costs for a kitchen remodel will comprise about 30-35% of your budget. These costs stay fairly steady unless you want a lot of custom detailing or plan on doing extensive remodeling. This includes moving your sink or large appliances, which will require additional labor costs if you have to relocate wiring, water lines, or gas lines.

When to Save and When to Splurge

If you are planning on selling within a few years, it doesn’t make sense to splurge on

top-of-the-line appliances and materials that most likely won’t give you a return on your investment. A better choice is to buy mid-range products that are serviceable and reasonably priced. If, however, you plan to stay in your home for years to come, now is the time to invest in high-quality appliances and finished products that will last longer, rather than go the more economical route and potentially having to do another remodel down the road.

Here at Callen, we have certified designers who would love to help you with your remodel, whether it’s a one-time improvement or a multi-stage project. Call us today at 414-765-2585 for a free consultation to find out how we can help.

Learn more about where your money goes in a bathroom remodel.

Apr

03

For Kitchen Designs, Stainless Steel Shines

“When it comes to color and style, stainless steel is neutral, yet versatile. Whether your kitchen is contemporary or country, there are numerous design techniques that allow you to mesh stainless with any style,” said Paulette Sodemann, designer with Callen. “Even those appliances that are not considered pro equipment can look clean and professional in stainless steel,” she added. Paulette explores this continuous trend of designing with or around stainless steel in kitchens and examine its growing popularity.

Although most commercial-grade appliances feature stainless steel, most designers agree that stainless steel is popular as a focal point or a fine enhancement as an accent, but should rarely be used to serve in both capacities. “A little goes a long way when you’re designing with stainless steel,” said Paulette. For instance, one could pair weathered, distressed cabinets with a tapered stainless stove hood, which would serve as the kitchen’s focal point, creating a European country style look.

Another option is to use stainless steel as a backsplash in your kitchen. This look could also be accomplished using metallic tiles. But remember, “stainless steel accents are beautiful, but less is more with metal in kitchen designs,” she said. In other words, you wouldn’t want stainless counters or small appliances in the same design with large pro line stainless pieces.

The use of granite and ceramic will soften the shine of stainless. For instance, in a traditional or contemporary kitchen design, cream-colored granite counters help offset the cold shine of stainless appliances. The mica in the stone especially helps to pick up the soft gray color in the stainless.

Another option would be to use textured ceramic tile to form a backsplash in back of a metallic cooktop or range. It’s a soft touch that works well in balancing the metallic sheen.

For Kitchen Designs, Stainless Steel ShinesWood is always a welcome contrast to stainless, particularly over pro-quality cooktops. “Paring the cooktop with a wood hood is a beautiful look and really warms the appearance of the stainless steel,” Paulette said. “Also, a stainless-steel range, wall oven, or cooktop can easily be incorporated into even the most conservative kitchens.”

When it comes to refrigerators and dishwashers, the use of stainless steel often depends on the size of the appliances. Using wood front panels for large refrigerators is becoming a common trend. As for dishwashers, they are virtually always under the counter and flanked by custom cabinetry, in a traditional kitchen design. So, visually, stainless steel on a dishwasher tends to break up what otherwise would be a smooth flow of a continuous line. A cabinet façade over the dishwasher, similar to the wood front panel on the refrigerator, can reduce this impact.

Finally, you will want to consider clearance and vents. The pro-quality cooking that powerful stainless ranges and cooktops offer creates a whole other level of design considerations. “The pro-line appliances produce much higher BTUs, so you need sufficient clearance and counter space on either side. The design must also provide for proper ventilation and a way to protect the back wall from getting scorched or catching fire, particularly when all six burners on that pro line cooktop are on,” Paulette said.

Given the demands placed on the ventilator for a high caliber stainless range, you may also need to provide a louvered vent to an adjacent space for “make up air” to replace the hot air circulated out. When you’re dealing with pro equipment like that, you should consult an HVAC specialist to see if you need to do anything special with the air.

“If you’re considering updating your kitchen and want to incorporate stainless steel into your design, you should consider these trends so you can make an informed decision and be completely satisfied with the end result,” she said.

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

Feb

20

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.

Jan

30

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!