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Top Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2015

Does your kitchen need an upgrade? Are you looking to remodel part of your home to increase its resale value? Kitchen Remodeling 2015

Good news, homeowners, you will probably recoup 74-83% of the cost when you upgrade your kitchen. It’s one the best remodeling projects you as a homeowner, can take on. And remodeling your kitchen isn’t as costly as you think. Speak to a friendly representative as Loomis Cabinets, and we’ll walk you through every step.

According to the annual cost versus value report for home remodeling found that a kitchen upgrade costs an average of $18,856 to $54,909; however, you can recover up to $40,000. Plus, in the past year, the value of a kitchen remodel increased by 7 percent, translates to an additional $2,000 return on investment for homeowners.

All of this data points to one conclusion: whether you’re making minor upgrades or breaking out the sledgehammer for a complete overhaul, 2015 is a great year to remodel your kitchen.

We profiled 25 top kitchen designers in America and found the most common trends they noticed in kitchen remodeling for 2015 and compiled this guide.

Sink Trends in 2015

The kitchen sink gets a bad rap; people associate it with germs and dirty dishes, but it has quickly become one of the most popular upgrades when homeowners start remodeling. In 2015, stainless steel is out, non-traditional materials are in.

A beautiful, trendy kitchen sink not only complements a well-designed kitchen, but is also the foundation of function for cooks — everything from preparation to clean-up happens at the sink. A good sink has counter space on both sides, so the drying assembly line has ample room to work.

The following trending sinks fit different people with different tastes and lifestyles. One (or even a few) of these sink trends could inspire your next remodel!

Single-basin Sinks

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Many home cooks are ditching the standard two-basin sink for something more functional — the single basin sink. These sinks are typically the same size as a sink with two basins, which means there’s more cleaning room. You’ll now have the space shuck corn, clean the catch of the day, and wash berries to create the perfect summer meal.

Copper & Brass Sinks

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If stainless steel isn’t in style, what is? More homeowners are opting for copper or brass kitchen sinks. Often, this trend pairs well with the rustic farmhouse look that many homebuilders and trend-setters are opting for.

The different color of copper makes it a popular choice. You can choose a sink that looks like a new penny, or opt for a dark, antique color. For a minor remodel, leave your current sink, but change the faucets to a complementary brass color.

Integrated Sinks

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An integrated sink is made of the same materials found on your countertop, giving a sense of continuity with the rest of your counter. This design is a great option for homeowners who want to replace their countertops as well as their sink, and want a smooth, unified look. This also gives the homeowner flexibility with materials, allowing them to select from quartz, marble, and everything in between.

For those who love a modern, sleek look in their kitchen, choose an integrated sink. It makes your kitchen look high-end, but the cost won’t reflect that. Because this seamless design doesn’t create dips or crevices between the sink and the counter, there’s less room for gunk, dirt, rust, or mold to build up around the sink.

Prep Sinks

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If one sink is good, two must be great! Prep sinks are becoming an increasingly popular choice. A prep sink offers more flexibility and space to budding chefs who can leave washed fruits and vegetables in it – conveniently near the stove – while dirty dishes rest in the main one.

Prep sinks also allow designers to get creative with sizes and shapes. Many people opt for a non-traditional shape, like a crescent or oval, for their prep sink; it’s a small, creative touch that all of your neighbors will be jealous of.

Apron Front Sinks

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For a quaint finish to a charming kitchen, choose an apron-front sink. These sinks harken back to a quieter time. They’re sometimes described as farmhouse sinks as well. The basins sit lower than the counter and the front ends protrude off the cabinetry. The lower level makes it easier to clean and prep in the kitchen, because you can get closer to the sink. This country-style sink combines aesthetics and functionality. Look for it in classic materials like porcelain, stainless steel, and copper.

For a quaint finish to a charming kitchen, choose an apron-front sink. These sinks harken back to a quieter time. They’re sometimes described as farmhouse sinks as well. The basins sit lower than the counter and the front ends protrude off the cabinetry. The lower level makes it easier to clean and prep in the kitchen, because you can get closer to the sink. This country-style sink combines aesthetics and functionality. Look for it in classic materials like porcelain, stainless steel, and copper.

Countertop Trends in 2015

If one of the increasingly popular sink trends is integration with the countertops, then choosing the right material is twice as important. Skip the tile and go right for the meat: heavy stones like granite, marble, and soapstone are en vogue this year.

Engineered Stone Countertops

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Decorators have started branching out into different stone types to work with the budgets and style preferences of home remodelers. While quartz and soapstone provide clean finishes, engineered stone is stain resistant, durable, and environmentally friendly. If you’re not afraid of heavy lifting, choose a heavy stone to set your countertops.

Stainless Steel Countertops

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Stainless steel sinks by themselves are out, but integrated stainless steel sinks and countertops give your home a restaurant feel. These are one of the most durable countertop options, even though they can scratch and dent under pressure, and the reflection makes your kitchen appear larger. Choose this option if you’re looking to remodel your kitchen to sell your home; it’ll look large and modern, which is exactly what homebuyers look for.

Butcher’s Block Countertops

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If you don’t want to go with granite and other heavy stones, another popular trend is Butcher’s wood. Butcher block is made of straight cuts of wood that are glued together for increased sturdiness. While these countertops require more maintenance than granite, they can be made to match or compliment your hardwood floors. They also come in a variety of wood including cherry, maple, and bamboo.

Flooring Trends in 2015

Wood is always in, and it’s the second most popular kitchen flooring choice after ceramic tile. In 2015, many designers are watching this material gun for first.

Obscure Wood Choices

In 2015 we will see homeowners try something new, and one way is with exotic, or out of the ordinary wood or flooring choices. From concrete, penny floors, and even lego floors, homeowners are making their kitchen floors a work of art.

Bamboo Kitchen Floor

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Two of the fastest growing wood choices for kitchen flooring in 2015 are bamboo and reclaimed wood. Bamboo is actually sturdier than most woods, especially engineered bamboo, and it grows twice as fast as most other wood options. Reclaimed wood comes from antique beams and old logs salvaged from rivers. With more designers opting for a rustic feel, it makes sense that this flooring choice is popular.

Wide Plank Kitchen Floor

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Ideal plank length is seven inches with an ideal width of six feet. Wider and longer planks of wood make a space look larger and smoother. Smooth wooden floors paired with flat (tile-free) countertops are one way to give your kitchen a finished look by just changing two elements.

Gray Wood Kitchen Floor

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You can use your hardwood flooring to anchor down your kitchen or lighten the room to contrast dark countertops. Different wood choices – from bright blonde woods to soft greys – turn your flooring into a statement piece. Hardwood floors aren’t something to be ignored; they’re a feature element.

Backsplash Trends in 2015

Backsplashes go in and out of style faster than other kitchen trends, but with a little elbow grease, it’s possible to stay up-to date on trends without breaking your bank. Check out these trends for 2015.

Rustic Brick Backsplashes

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If you haven’t picked up on this trend already, the rustic farmhouse look is back with reclaimed wood and copper sinks. To add this element to your backsplashes, choose the rustic brick look. Brick is a challenge to install but will stay in style for several years. When done right, guests will ask if it’s the original brick from the building, even if you have a stucco home.

Tile Kitchen Backsplashes

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If you still want to incorporate tile into your kitchen without using it on the countertops or floor, then consider tiling your backsplash. This small space increases your options for size and color as you can create a water look with tiny blue squares or add an element of sand with large tan planks. Whatever element you’re missing in your major renovations, you can find in your backsplash.

Match the Countertops

Be careful with this. If you have an incorporated sink that matches your countertops and you continue using marble or engineered stone for your backsplash, everything could start to blend together. Matching the backsplash to the countertops works well if there are enough differentiating elements – like the cabinets, stove, and flooring – to give each element its own flavor.

Kitchen Technology Trends in 2015

There’s an app for that! Chefs and tech geeks are coming together to incorporate smart technology into the kitchen. While many of the innovations are far from ready for public distribution, there are a few upgrades that can easily increase the value of your home.

Wi-Fi Enabled Refrigerators

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There’s so much your refrigerator can do before you even open it. Smart refrigerators cost between $1,700 and $3,600; they come with an 8-inch LCD display that’s Wi-Fi enabled and comes with its own set of apps. These refrigerators can display photos, leave memos, create grocery lists, check the weather, and browse recipes based on the contents inside. Not only is it a fun tool to play with, but it also reduces the clutter of attaching memos and lists to your refrigerator.

USB Wall Sockets

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Homeowners looking to make small changes to upgrade the value of their home before placing it on the market should consider upgrading to USB wall sockets. Each socket costs about $30 and comes with two USB ports along with traditional wall plugs. Anything that charges when plugged in through a USB can go right into the wall; no adapter necessary.

Prep Pad

This is a smaller device that costs about $150, although it’s more of a gadget than an “upgrade” in the strictest sense of the word. The Prep Pad measures the appropriate serving size for the food and displays nutritional value and percent of your daily diet on your iPad. In layman’s terms, it’s a smart cutting board.

Kitchen Eco-Friendly Trends in 2015

Going green is always in style. Here are a few modern ways to decrease your impact on the environment through your kitchen remodel decisions.

Eco-Friendly Paint

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Paint is made up of VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds; these compounds keep the ingredients blended but have the nasty habit of releasing into the air when paint is applied. When combined with other pollutants, VOCs create smog.

Look for low-VOC paint (with 50 g/L) or certified green paint with zero VOCs. Not only are you helping the environment, you’re also keeping the air inside of your home clean.

Recycled Materials

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We’ve touched on recycled materials a bit throughout this guide, with reclaimed wood and bamboo as obvious eco-friendly materials. However, there are other options like 85 percent recycled glass and stone made up of recycled paper, recycled glass, and low-carbon cement.

Remember, knowledge is power. Ask where the materials came from and what they’re made of before you buy them.

Energy-Saving Appliances

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You probably know to look for Energy Star appliances, but do you know how the EPA awards that label? The product must contribute to significant energy savings nationwide and provide the same performance as its less-efficient counterpart.

Also, if the product costs more, the consumer must be able to make up the cost through decreased utility bills within a small period of time. This means that it’s worth paying more for an Energy Star appliance, because you’re guaranteed to get your extra cost back.

Cabinetry Trends in 2015

Designers are thinking outside the box to make cooking easier with unique kitchen cabinets, from built-in space racks to roll-out trays. The name of the game in 2015 is efficiency.

Pull-Out Spice Rack Cabinet

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Instead of building a kitchen with cookie-cutter cabinets that can’t fit anything, consider trendier specialty cabinets. Look into hidden storage options like spice racks, inserts for hanging pots and pans, and multi-layered pull-outs for dry goods. This option is better for homeowners who aren’t planning to sell for a long time, as you can create the perfect layout and grab any gadget or tool you need on a moment’s notice.

You can also add built-in dividers to drawers to organize silverware and cooking utensils. These drawers keep more clutter off your counters and hide it away in an organized fashion.

Distressed Finishes

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Popular finish choices for 2014 include – you guessed it – aged and distressed. Choose a cabinet finish that complements, but doesn’t match your floors and countertops. A distressed look is created when parts of the finish are rubbed away to expose the wood underneath, and they’re then refinished with a glaze to darken all of the grooves.

Pair distressed cabinets with a subtle marble or wood countertop and an integrated or apron-front sink. This style is both rustic and classic, and will handle wear and tear better than perfectly finished cabinets. Your cabinets are distressed, but you won’t be!

Color Schemes

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Instead of a wood finish, some people are grabbing a brush and adding a splash of color on their kitchen cabinets. Pastel blues complement the browns from your flooring, while a spicy red warms up the room.

One trend that we’ve seen more of is painting kitchen cabinets two different colors. For example, designers are painting the doors a different color than the trim or painting the top cabinets a lighter color than the bottom ones.

Because cabinets occupy most of your kitchen wall space, think of your cabinet designs like your wall color. They will affect the mood of the room and the way natural and artificial light fills the space. What feels do you want to evoke in your design?

Kitchen Appliance Trends in 2015

Aesthetic is important, but if your appliances are broken or outdated, you won’t spend much time in your beautiful kitchen. In 2014, homeowners are choosing restaurant-quality appliances. After all, everyone wants to be Gordon Ramsey in the confines of their home.

Chef’s Stove

If you’re embracing the stainless steel design, then a chef’s stove is a must. In fact, 50 percent of homeowners said it was their dream kitchen appliance. These stoves can handle woks, griddles, and everything in between. Installing a professional grade stove means you’ll never blame the appliance for ruining your food.

Double Ovens

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This one goes hand in hand with the prep sinks we discussed earlier. If you’re making a full Thanksgiving dinner, you can’t fit the turkey and the pumpkin pie in the same oven. Double ovens give you more space, options, and flexibility to create perfect meals.

Refrigerators

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We’ve already touched on Wi-Fi refrigerators, but what about their design patterns? Some prefer to stick with the stainless steel, but designers tend to be split between hiding their refrigerators behind cabinet wood paneling or making them a focal point by choosing one in a non-conventional color like red.

In short, Instead of a bulky white or silver box, people are opting for furniture-like appliances that match their designs.

Dishwashers

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While stainless steel dishwashers are always going to be highly sought-after, many other dishwasher trends are beginning to make waves. For people looking to create a seamless look throughout their house with an integrated sink and a hidden refrigerator, they’re choosing a dishwasher that will also blend in with their cabinetry.

The standard one-size-fits-all dishwasher is quickly becoming a thing of the past. Many homeowners are choosing to fit double dishwashers into their kitchens. These dishwashers have full separate compartments that can run at different times. They let you wash delicate crystal and heavily soiled baking dishes separately.

There’s also in-sink dishwashers that let you run a small load in half the time it takes to clean them normally. Many internal dimensions are changing as well. Some dishwashers now allow for taller pots and pans on the inside while the outside remains the same size as a standard washer. Many people are also looking for more noise regulated dishwashers since more homes are embracing the open concept. No one wants to hear the noisy dishwasher while they unwind in the living room after a big meal.

What Do You Think?

Rustic and hyper-modern are two common trends in 2015. Homeowners are either investing in smart appliances and stainless steel restaurant-grade everything, or they’re going back to their roots with copper sinks and reclaimed wood. This combination has actually created a third option: the transitional kitchen, which walks the line between the two.

Which of these trends do you like? Do you love the look of copper? Does aged wood make you feel distressed? Your remodeling choices will keep a trend going or make it die, so tell us what works and what doesn’t!

Whichever path you choose to take, make sure it’s something you love. After all, you probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen.

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Kitchen Remodels – They Cost How Much?  

If you watch shows on HGTV or DIY, you will be privy to a lot of talk about kitchens; and how kitchen & bath remodels are a big selling point to home owners and potential home buyers. The truth is- kitchen remodels can cost big bucks!

The major things people want in their kitchen are;

  • Granite Countertops
  • Nice Kitchen Cabinets
  • Tiled Kitchen Backsplash
  • Stainless Steel Appliances

The appliances alone can cost a couple thousand dollars, and when you add in the granite, a tiled backsplash and new cabinets, most people break the bank. Can kitchen remodels be done with a lessor budget?

 

The answer is yes!  There a few different things you can do to save some money on your costly kitchen remodel.  Upgrade the look of your kitchen or bathroom with cabinetry from Loomis. Whether you’re completely redesigning your kitchen or bathroom, or simply need to replace dated and rundown cabinets, we offer a variety of custom cabinetry solutions to fit your unique needs.

Here at Loomis, it is our goal to provide you with nothing less than the highest quality cabinetry while staying within your specified budget. When you come to Loomis for your cabinetry needs, you get the following set of features that is unmatched by anyone else in the region:

  • Superior quality materials made only in North America
  • A guaranteed 3-4 week lead time from the factory to the distributor
  • A 24-step factory applied, baked on finish (not available anywhere else in California!)
  • An immaculate finish guaranteed to last for many years to come
  • The widest variety of cabinetry styles, finishes, and accessories

From improved functionality and increased storage space to innovative design and a touch of elegance, you’ll enjoy a wide range of benefits when you take advantage of our cabinetry solutions.

Such benefits include:

  • Cabinetry that can stand the test of time, and still look brand new years after being installed
  • More efficient kitchen space
  • Increased storage space
  • Personalized service to ensure that your cabinetry needs are met, and your dreams are brought to life
  • Savings by ensuring that you stay within your budget

 

 

We also have great ideas on that kitchen backsplash, and other work-arounds to get you’re the kitchen of your dreams. So call us today!

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All your Questions Answered!

It’s common knowledge among real estate agents that “the kitchen sells the home.” And it makes sense – without realizing it, the kitchen may just be the most popular room in the house. It is where family members can be found eating together, socializing, and entertaining guests. It seems that whenever there is a party, everyone crowds together in the kitchen.

But for anyone who has ever had the displeasure of occupying one, there is nothing worse than a poorly designed kitchen – outdated or just plain ugly cabinets and appliances, wasted space, and overcrowded drawers and cupboards. It can make cooking a chore, and putting things away when you’re finished a nightmare.

And while it is true that kitchen and bathroom remodels are among the most profitable in terms of the return on investment when reselling the home, most people don’t update their kitchens for profit. Remodels, in general, are done for our personal enjoyment – to fit our tastes and lifestyles. After all, our homes are just as much an expression of ourselves as the clothes that we wear.

Designing a kitchen, whether for a new home or a remodel, basically comes down to two things – functionality and appearance. As one of the most dominant features in a kitchen, cabinets play an important role in both of these requirements. Simply replacing kitchen cabinets and countertops can make a tremendous difference in the overall appearance (and functionality) of the kitchen. And, with the many different cabinet styles, materials and finishes available today, the possibilities are practically endless. But, when it comes to choosing where to purchase cabinets, there is really only one choice.

Q. Do you have a showroom?
A. Yes, we are located in Rancho Cordova, California

Q. What is the warranty on your cabinets?
A. 10 year limited warranty on cabinets and a lifetime warranty on the hinges, drawer guides and boxes. This could give you piece of mind because small cabinet shops come and go.

Q. How long does it take to get cabinets?
A. Our lead time is 3 weeks, which is the best in the business.

Q. Do you charge for an estimate?
A. There is a design and measurement fee of $250.00. This is credited to your bill when the purchase has been made.

Q. How much do cabinets cost?
A. Cabinets are similar to cars in that the costs depend on the number of options, accessories, wood type, door style and finish.

Q. Which finishes are better?
A. Our finishes are catalyzed and heat treated, which offers better long term protection then lacquer finishes.

Q. Do I have to measure myself?
A. No, but we do ask you to come to our showroom to take a look at our products. If you like what you see and hear, we can set an appointment to measure.

Q. Do you sell granite or corian?
A. We sell a full range of Granite, Quartz, Solid Surface, and Formica.

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