How To Best Pick Out The Right Flooring For You!

Home Remodeling & Design - How to pick flooringConsumers have choices when they decide what kind of flooring to install in their home.  In order to best diagnose the right decision for you, below is some information on the three basic floor options that you can select.

Laminate Wood Flooring

Laminate flooring is likely the cheapest flooring option.  That is due to material quality and the cheapest install cost – it connects through a click and lock system.  Laminate flooring can be used on any level of the house including the basement.  It is pet friendly, sturdy and doesn’t scratch as easily as the other options.  However, it is prone to water damage in moist areas.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Engineered hardwood flooring is the middle of the road option in terms of price.  The design fixes a layer of pressed plywood underneath a top consisting of real wood.  This product can be placed on the first and second floors of a home with a nail-down or floating installation.  For those wanting engineered hardwood in the basement, it can be installed over concrete by a glue-down method.  Engineered hardwood floors tend to be more resilient and scratch-resistant than real wood.

Real Hardwood Flooring

The most expensive of all of the options, real hardwood floors can be installed under normal conditions on the first or second floors of a home.  Real hardwood floors can be put in basements as long as there is a wood subfloor to support.  The real treatment provides customers with the most authentic look and feel and for those who have the budget, is often the preferred route.  Real hardwood floors can be sanded and refinished to give the desired color and pattern to match the consumer’s desire.  Real hardwood is usually the longest-lasting option but they are susceptible to dings and scratching as time passes.

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What is Cooking in Kitchen Design

Kitchen Design Cleveland

They say that the kitchen is the heart of every home, and if your cooking area looks like it’s just survived a rhino stampede, your home is probably on the verge of a cardiac arrest. Jokes aside, kitchen décor is important for both your nest’s functionality and overall value, and you should tend to its design with tender, love, care and awareness of latest design trends. If you haven’t been paying attention in kitchen design class, here are the top five trendy features to add to your snug culinary haven and amp its aesthetic appeal without breaking the bank.


1. Neutral Wall Color Scheme

Kitchen Design Cleveland Neutral Colors

This year, chic kitchen walls rock a neutral guise. Grey, beige, ivory, and white walls are a huge kitchen trend right now, but if you want to avoid a monochromatic kitchen look, you can spice up your cooking area with a few pastel touches, such as baby blue, soft peach, or gentle pink. Vivid colors should be used sparingly, as accents, so if you wish to throw in reds, greens, or yellows to liven up the atmosphere, try to sneak them in as pulls, handles, and kitchen textiles instead of applying them directly to the walls.


2. Stainless Steel Appliances

Stainless steel kitchen appliances have sneaked into smart kitchens a while back and it looks like they’re going to stay on trend in the year to come. For a dose of stylistic contrast, swap all-white fridge, oven, and range for their counterparts in dark paint coats: along with bonus visual points, stainless steel appliances will provide higher durability and won’t easily give in to tough kitchen love you may expose them to as you’re busying away with pots and pans. To max out on the kitchen makeover in terms of functional value, opt for energy-star stainless steel appliances: that way, you’ll hack superior style and long-term utility savings by a single update.


3. Granite Goes a Long Way

Kitchen Design Cleveland Granite

Although marble is growing popular among kitchen designers these days, granite countertops and backsplashes are still holding strong. More cost-efficient than marble and no less durable, granite is one of the natural stone types that promises best value for a homeowner’s money as it can stand the test of time without losing aesthetic appeal. Still, be sure to treat and maintain granite surfaces with due care to prevent staining and cracking. For a neat bonus, granite will go well with stainless steel kitchen tech, and it will coordinate well with most kitchen styles, such as mid-century modern, vintage, and industrial.


4. Tiles Off, Timber’s Home

Kitchen tiles are a part of history: these days, graceful cooking areas boast a timber base instead of conventional ceramics. Hardwood, laminate, and even parquet are at home in a 21st-century kitchen, and bamboo and cork flooring fit the sustainable kitchen design formula perfectly. Still, you should be very careful when choosing timber floors for the cooking area: if possible, opt for sturdy wood types such as white oak or walnut floorboards treated with an Acrylic Impregnated wear layer to minimize risk of damage through contact with liquids.


5. Smart State-of-the-Art Appliances

Kitchen Design Cleveland Appliances

Another way to add a trendy coat of sustainability to your kitchen is to replace conventional with eco-friendly appliances. Energy-saving refrigeration products and smart cookers, ovens, and ranges will reduce your home’s environmental footprint, as well as long-term electricity bills.


Kitchen Design Cleveland Eco Friendly Appliances

For bonus sustainability points, many among energy-star kitchen appliances can be recycled to curb soil pollution and greenhouse gas emission. You can take the green kitchen game a step further by outfitting the faucets with water-efficient aerators that will trim H2O waste in the heart of your home.


6. Storage Gone Hidey-Ho

Hidden storage is one more trend that’s changing the kitchen landscape these days. Pocket and sliding doors are used to camouflage kitchen appliances, and they are often painted in the same color as the walls for bonus hidey-ho points. Apart from sliding doors, concealed charging ports in the kitchen are another big hit among interior designers, as they allow self-styled chefs to keep their beloved electronics at hand and stay connected to the web crowd while preparing yummy bites.

Kitchen Design Cleveland Energy Star Appliances

Is there more to a classy kitchen than meets the eye? Apparently, there is. Granite countertops, energy-star stainless steel appliances, wooden flooring, and neutral wall paint are the critical ingredients of lasting kitchen elegance nowadays. Before you start cooking, make sure your kitchen is up to the design trend challenge – and don’t forget to throw in a couple of hidden elements, just for convenience’s sake. Bon appétit!

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Hi-Tech Kitchen Ideas

Kitchens have come a long way over the years, and they just keep getting bigger, better and more user-friendly.  Every year all over the world new inventors are coming up with designs to make our lives easier. Some of the new kitchen innovations coming out over the next few years are things I would have only seen on the TV show The Jetson’s.  It is definitely getting more futuristic by the minute. Here are some things to look forward to.


Whirlpool cooktop

The oven is going to see a major makeover, from touch panel controls to burners that retract back into the countertop when not in use.  If you can dream it, they can make it a reality.  Soon, ovens will be able to read recipes to you and show your photos.  You can even set up modes to make cooking easier with a touch of a button. The coolest cook top featured is one that is completely touch screen that pops up on the counter wherever you want to put it and virtually disappears when you turn it off.  This is a different level of induction cooking!


smart fridge

You can put a TV on almost anything so why not save some counter space and build it right onto the front of your fridge?  Not only can you watch TV on it, you can also save pictures and recipes, and even keep an inventory of what’s in the fridge and what you are running low on.  That means making your grocery list on Sunday just got a lot easier!  You can access everything saved on the TV in your refrigerator from an app on your smart phone.  We can expect to see awesome things like a built in beer dispenser and doors that haze over when shut and turn clear when opened.  There is even research showing that one day your refrigerator could be powered by magnets rather than electricity.


Glass cabinets

Can you imagine seeing all glass cabinets?  Well here they come. They are basically the health food of the cabinet world.  Germs don’t stick to glass like they do wood, any dirt or dust build up will be visible.  We can also expect to see everything controlled by buttons and sensors.  No more opening up cabinet doors or having the doors and drawers get in the way, let the sensors handle that!  Countertops will also be seeing a glass makeover.  Since granite takes years to form into the beautiful natural stone it is, man-made countertops such as quartz and now even glass can be produced much more rapidly.

What would you say if I told you LED wallpaper is a real thing?  

LED Wallpaper

So take those glass cabinets I mentioned above and you will be able to change them to any color or design you want via the wallpaper behind them.  Items like this could become as much a part of our every day lives as our smart phone.  We look forward to bringing you the newest and the most up to date ideas and hope that you are just as excited to see all these things in action like we are!


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It’s back and it’s here to stay!!

We have seen a lot of new trends for 2015 but this one specifically is an old trend brought back to life. We love the Classic Elegance of the Free Standing bathtub. It’s the kind of thing you see in old movies such as the notebook. Notebook Free Standing bathtub










It completely opens up the bathroom for so much more space. Adding a free standing tub makes you feel like you are in a spa in the luxury of your own home. This trend is here to stay and we personally couldn’t be more excited to see more of them.

Be careful though, free standing tubs vary greatly in price and some cost several thousand dollars. Rather than blowing the whole budget on the tub unit, we recommend getting creative with the filler, as there are many different new styles of fillers that can dramatically change the look and feel of your tub… for example some fillers mount to the adjacent wall, some come up from the floor, and some fillers drop from the ceiling.

So when you start thinking about remodeling your bathroom keep this beautiful idea in mind…

Free Standing Floor Wall Filler

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2015’s New Hot Item in the Bathroom is the Curbless Shower…

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What started as a very practical solution for helping the handicapped and elderly enter their shower’s without stepping over a curb has now spun into a mega trend for modern bathrooms around the country. Apart from the convenience of being able to roll in and out, the look of the curbless is catching on fast.

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People like it because its modern, it’s sleek, but it also makes the bathroom more seamless, eliminating the divide between the main area of the bath and the shower and giving the appearance of one large room. This is a game changer for an interior designer, opening up a whole new realm of possibilities to integrate the tile, patterns, and colors.

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People ask about the usage, doesn’t water get everywhere? Is it difficult to convert an existing shower into curbless or build a new one? Yes and Yes. This new look is neither practical for keeping water contained nor cheap… but isn’t it worth it to have the baddest shower on the block?


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Keep Calm…Save Space

Finding room to store everything in your kitchen can be stressful. Somehow there is just never enough space for everything and we end up accumulating more and more as the years go on. I have been doing some research and found some amazing ideas to help make more space in places you probably would have never thought of. These ideas will not only help keep things clean and organized, but create more of a Zen environment away from clutter. Added bonus – anyone who has little ones running around it will also help keep unwanted things away from them…some food for thought.

Corner drawer: A space that is always awkward with kitchen cabinets. When installed the corner drawers are deeper than the average drawers so now you can hold a lot more things inside them.

corner drawers

Utensil Drawer: No more just tossing everything in a random drawer. This makes it easy to grab out and keeps everything together for when needed. You save space and stay organized.

Utensil drawer

Trash Can Drawer: Hide those gross trash cans underneath the sink or another space that would be unused with your cabinets. They slide right out and help create more moving around space in the kitchen. Also an added benefit is it hides the odor too.

trach can cabinet

Dish drawers: Now you can have Drawers specifically made to organize all your dishes and keep them out of sight and from sliding around. No more worries about having to stack them in weird hard to reach places.

slide out dog bowl drawer

Other awesome ideas are having your pet bowls build in underneath your cabinets. You can have them slide right out and back in for easy access or just built in spaces for them so you don’t have to kick them around on the floor. You can also have spice racks and racks for cleaning supplies build right in for easy access to everything in your kitchen. Why not make life a lot easier.. What are you waiting for… Let’s start the New year off right and bring these ideas to life and remodel that outdated kitchen = )

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What’s Hot: Trending Bathroom Remodel Ideas for 2015

Curbless Shower

It’s that time of year where we start seeing all the big and new things that will happen in 2015! This year will showcase a lot of great new bathroom designs as well as see some old ideas brought back to life. Let’s find out what we will start seeing more of this coming year.

Curbless/No threshold Showers

Curbless Showers are not only good for safety but they look amazing, we plan to see a lot of it this coming year. Not only does it look clean but it completely opens up the entire room, by keeping the floor of the shower at the same height of the bathroom floor, in incorporates the square footage in the size of the bathroom actually making it feel that much bigger.

Freestanding bathtub in modern bathroom

-Free Standing Bath Tubs

Free standing bath tubs also make the room look larger as there is extra visible space around the tub. It’s basically a very spa inspired look, modern and sophisticated

Glass Tile

Glass Tile and Marble

The glass tile makes the walls stand out and almost has a 3D effect. and everyone is loving the simple yet very classic look of marble..

large shower windows

Large Bathroom Windows. 

The large window gives you a sense of freedom while showering,  makes the room open up with natural light, and you almost feel like you are outside. They look beautiful and they brighten up the room. Expect to see more large windows in bathrooms in 2015 and beyond…


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7 Kitchen Upgrades That Can Help you Lose Weight

kitchen makeover ideas for losing weight

By: Tabitha Stofey

It’s no secret that most of us struggle with losing weight, so when it comes to making simple changes that can yield big results, I for one am all for it. Thus, we decided to do some research and come up with a list of ideas that can help you and your weight loss efforts in the place you need it the most–your kitchen.

When it comes down to it, clutter is a sign of loosing control; and overeating or taking comfort in the wrong foods is often a result of loosing control. Therefore, it makes sense that eliminating clutter in the place you most associate with food–your kitchen–is probably a good tactic when it comes to losing weight. So, we put together our favorite strategies for keeping your kitchen weightloss friendly. Granted, these won’t necessarily have an impact overnight, but will certainly help you to see results over the long haul.

1. Open spaces
Upgrading your kitchen will not only help you shed a few pounds but it is well-known that a bigger, open kitchen not only reduces stress but also clutter. Feeling more organized will reduce your eating habits instantly and drastically.

2. Showcase the good stuff
Rearrange your cabinets, pantry, and refrigerator so the healthy foods are the first ones you see. If you don’t normally eat it or don’t need it, toss it out (it’s just clutter!)

3. Bury the dead
Install cabinets in a dead space to hide appliances that normally should not be used–e.g. deep fryer, toaster oven, etc.

4. Park it
Covered countertop storage keeps appliances that tempt you out of site. For instance, an Appliance Garage can be used to easily slide-and-hide certain appliances that sit on the counter top, contributing to a more clutter free kitchen.

5. Smarter appliances
Buy a glass door refrigerator and a steam cook oven. They make great appliances to purchase to help with healthy eating. The Refrigerator keeps the good foods always in sight and the oven will crisp food without the added fat.

6. Get out quicker
Buy cabinets that are in between dark and light. If the color is too dark (i.e. red) or too light (i.e. white) you will tend to stick around and eat more. Try a color like Pumpkin or a medium brown color like a Beige–something as simple as changing your cabinets makes a big difference in the amount of time you stay in your kitchen.

7. Find things faster
Cabinet organizers are also a big help. Utilizing these will make it easier to find things in your kitchen. There are tons of cabinet organizer ideas that can be installed as you update or remodel your kitchen. Simple is better.

These simple tactics can make your life easier and your kitchen more weight-loss friendly. We may not have control of everything in our life, but when it comes to our bodies and our weight, we do. Taking care of ourselves should always be our first priority. So, join me and we can not only be organized but lose weight together = )

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Kitchen Remodeling Cleveland – Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

Black and white kitchen design trend


By: Tabitha Stofey

As a renowned and trusted kitchen remodeling contractor in Cleveland, every week we have the pleasure of meeting with numerous homeowner’s planning their kitchen remodel. Thus, we have the opportunity to spot trends and demands as soon as they emerge. Below are a few of the hottest features, concepts, and requests we believe will make an impact in 2015.

functional cabinet ideas

Functional Cabinets and Drawers

Hydraulic easy close doors fold up-and-out of the way with the touch of a button. This functionality is perfect for smaller kitchens with less space. Additionally, these particular cabinets add a very modern look to the whole kitchen.

Black and white kitchen design trend

Black and White

Black and White everything is in. Black cabinets with white walls and vice versa. A lot of Neutral tones such as Bone, Beige and grey are very popular amongst are kitchen remodeling customers, mostly because they add a very clean feel to the space.

colorful sink ideas

Colorful Accents

A bright sink is a great way to add a ‘pop’ of color to an otherwise neutral kitchen. Selecting one main item to add color to your kitchen not only makes the newly remodeled kitchen fun, but it’s also a great way to add some flavor to a timeless kitchen design.

Creative Kitchen Cabinet Storage

Creative Storage Space

Finding new ways for more storage in your kitchen seems to be a growing demand. The solution? Leverage the practicality of multi-tiered drawers! There are several other storage saving concepts emerging but this is the most practical of them all thus far.

Hands Free Faucet

State-of-the-art Appliances

From Hands free faucets to sensor activated lights, lots of tech-infused products promising to make your life a little bit easier are hitting the shelves at rapid speed.

Those are the five trends we believe will be prevalent in 2014. Let us know if you have spotted an emerging trend or if there is anything we left off the list!

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4 Big Reasons to Go Tiny

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By: Tabitha Stofey

Since the episode of Tiny House Nation aired on the FYI Network a few weeks ago, which showcased the Tiny House that we built for a couple in Cleveland, OH, I found myself asking the same question over and over again: what would it take to “go Tiny”? The concept behind the current Tiny house movement is all about simplicity; but for something that is supposed to be so ‘simple’ it seems rather complicated to grasp. Where do you even start? How do you choose which of your treasured belongings to keep? Do you really need 10 pairs of jeans (probably not!)? Going Tiny means back to the basics–something I find very challenging yet just as intriguing.

If you look at the big picture it really does make a lot of sense to Go Tiny. We just make it harder than it has to be. So, what are the benefits of going tiny?

  1. You have no Mortgage
  2. Your bills/utilities are a fraction of a conventional home
  3. If you decide you would like a change of scenery, you simply drive to your next destination. Never move again!
  4. Lastly, living in a small home provides a fantastic opportunity to increase intimacy between you and your loved one–just think how much better your relationships would be without so many distractions.

I am not saying going tiny is for everyone. In fact there are a lot of you that it just simply doesn’t make sense for. However, for the rest of us, we really don’t need much to live comfortably. I know–it’s not an easy concept to run with and there are plenty of valid reasons to second-guess the idea of downsizing–but this stress free way of living has become my new personal quest. And I would love it if others took the plunge with me. Think Big, Go Tiny!

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