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As More Homeowners Remodel, Universal Design Becomes More Relevant

spacious kitchen with low ovens and storage options

Having space to maneuver around, along with lower placed storage and cooking options will allow for possible handicap accessibility

When you think of home remodeling, do you think of upgrading to add value, or do you think of the remodel lasting into your golden years? An upward trend shows more homeowners are considering the longevity and accessibility of their remodeling projects. One factor in this consideration is the option to do what is referred to as age in place.

Aging in place refers to the concept of designing for senior living in the residence they choose, in order to maintain a healthy and happy quality of life. Having a home that will accommodate for future needs such as physical restrictions and safety will offer great value whether you choose to stay in the home or sell.

Kaitz Kitchen - Kitchen Island

This kitchen was designed with a desk area, refrigerator drawers and open space, just to name a few options, in order to accommodate the homeowner who is handicapped.

Universal design in spaces such as the kitchen and bath areas includes wider doorways, storage options that are below the countertop height, refrigerator and microwave drawers, seamless thresholds, grip bars, high friction tiles and roll-in showers, just to name a few. There is an idea that designing for a universal fit will leave the space looking sterile and institutional, having a bland aesthetic, rather than feeling like home. But as you can see with these pictures of homes designed by Kitchen Views, a home that is designed for future needs and physical challenges can be beautiful.

corner kitchen drawers for easy access

This is where you work hand in hand with your designer. As a team, you will be able to come up with the look and feel you want while your designer has the expertise to inform you of potential issues that may impact the functionality of your space in the future. To give you an example of how unexpectedly things in life can change, and how your surroundings directly impact your life, read this article on page 5 of our Kitchen Views magazine, summer 2009, titled Things Change.

Thinking of the future may be a challenge, but our design professionals are here for you and happy to help every step of the way. For more inspiration, visit us online at kitchenviews.com and on Houzz.com.  To speak with one of our designers, click on his or her photo for contact information.

Kitchen Views – Where the designers are pros, and the views are yours!

Resource:  Universal Design Becoming Common in Bathroom Design – JLC Online Nov 13 | jlconline.com

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A Special Offer To Help You Remodel Your Closet

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If you’re ready to tackle your closet and get organized, you may want to enlist a design professional who has the experience to guide you in your design to maximize the capability of your space. Kitchen Views recommends working with Closet Factory for your project because they have the knowledge and expertise to provide you with the best system that will work for you and your home.

Currently, they are offering $500 in free accessories with your purchase of $2,500 in product. This special promotion is running through October 30, 2013.

Contact Debbie Anastos, Senior Designer at Closet Factory – Call 617-620-8963 or email debbie.anastos@closetfactory.com. To receive this special discount, mention that you are a customer or an employee of Kitchen Views or National Lumber.

We’d love to hear more about your project, Like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kitchenviews and share your story!

beautiful maple wood closet designed by Closet Factory, MA

Photo credit: Closet Factory, Boston, MA

An Amazing Hideaway Closet – An organized storage space helps you enjoy life

beautiful maple wood closet designed by Closet Factory, MA

Photo credit: Closet Factory, Boston, MA

Creating a space that affords you the luxury of streamlining everyday tasks is an ongoing objective for most of us. With daily chores and household tasks to be done, having your living space organized will allow you to spend more time doing things you love. No one wants to get bogged down sorting through a stack of papers or spend hours looking for that something you put in a “safe place.”  Have you ever hidden something in your closet for a little while, only to find it years later? That closet just may need some TLC to make it function fully for you.

To get you started, grab a paper and pen to write down your ideas and answers to the next few questions. Spend some time looking at your closet. Think about where it’s located and how it’s used.

  • How big is the space?ventilated shelving unit for storage and organization
  • Who uses the space and how often?
  • What is stored in there?
  • What do you need to store away for daily or weekly use?
  • Where do you store seasonal items?
  • Is the space used in a practical way?
  • Or are things just piled in there?

Once you read your own responses, you will have a better understanding of how that closet can be better utilized. If the project seems overwhelming, you may benefit by working with a professional closet designer. Our Kitchen Views division recommends Closet Factory for custom closet design. If you wish to work with a more economical budget, we can help with that! One of the many services we offer is installation of ventilated closet shelving systems, through our Pro Insulators division.

Depending on where the closet is and how it will be used, shelving is always a must have. Whether you opt for a custom closet cabinetry system or a budget friendly ventilated shelving system, the ultimate goal is to design a space that fits your specific needs. Depending on the design and style you like, you can decide if you want to include drawers or baskets, where you want hanging rods and space for loose items and small storage. Decorative boxes and accessories can be added to store things such as hats, shoes and handbags.

organized closet storage space

Photo credit: Closet Factory, Boston, MA

The fall is a great time to start a closet redesign. This time of year brings the end of summer, the start of the school year and preparations for the upcoming winter and holiday seasons. Each occasion has items associated with it that you may need to shuffle in and out of storage. Having a well-organized system will make moving things around more manageable and make more efficient use of your time.

Making your spaces organized, and practicing a more streamlined life, is easier than ever, with tons of options sure to suit your individual needs. Find ideas you like and create the space to work for you.

Now that you’re not spending hours looking for that gift you know you hid in the closet a while ago, what will you do?

Do you want a low maintenance kitchen when you remodel?

Schrock Thermafoil White Cabinetry

Schrock Thermofoil White Cabinetry

An important consideration when planning to remodel your kitchen is how much time you plan to spend cleaning and maintaining the cabinetry. It will only look beautiful for years to come if you care for it on a regular basis. With today’s hectic lifestyles, few people want to spend their precious free time cleaning. Of course, if you can afford it, you could hire someone to do this work. But for the moment, let’s say that’s not an option.

White cabinetry is very popular, and one type of white cabinetry is particularly easy to clean. Thermofoil cabinets are an easily maintained product. Sleek and smooth-surfaced, Thermofoil cabinetry from Schrock offers a sophisticated appearance along with exceptional durability and ease of maintenance for today’s hard-working kitchen. You should be aware that White and Cashmere color may change slightly over time, depending on environmental conditions.

Thermofoil is a process where heat and pressure are used to bond a thin layer of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride) film to a shaped and glued component made from MDF (medium density fiberboard). The result is a seamless surface that covers a panel’s face and edges. The component back uses a white, seamless melamine surface – excellent for easy cleaning.

Cleaning guidelines from Schrock Cabinetry:
A soft cotton cloth dampened with warm water is usually sufficient to clean your cabinets. If more thorough cleaning is required, please use a fresh solution of mild hand dishwashing liquid mixed with warm water. After cleaning, wipe all surfaces with a clean, damp cloth. Dry immediately using another soft, clean cloth. Click here to read more, such as cleaning products to avoid.

Next time, we’ll talk about easy to clean and maintain countertop material.

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Dangers of Exposure to Asbestos During Home Renovations

This week, Kitchen Views has a guest blogger. Brian Turner is a health advocate and blogger for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, the type of cancer which comes from exposure to asbestos. Where many homeowners are planning renovations to older homes which could contain asbestos, we feel that this information is highly relevant to you.

The article below is about the health and safety concerns that one should keep in mind while doing home renovations or DIY projects, and how exposure to certain materials, such as asbestos, can cause harm to yourself and family members.

“Dangers of Home Renovations and Exposure to Asbestos” by Brian Turner

Home design trends have come and gone through the years. Some facets of a home, however, are constant. Homes need great insulation, and electrical insulation is crucial for safety. A number of materials have proven to be highly effective at maintaining a home’s temperature, and some has risen and fallen in popularity through the years. One material, asbestos, served as a primary means to insulate homes for decades. Unfortunately, asbestos has proven to cause severe health problems and even death.

In many older homes it was common at one time to use asbestos to insulate heating pipes. If you have this type of insulation on heating pipes that will be disturbed during home renovation, you must have it removed properly with appropriate safeguards.

Popular even through the middle of the 20th century, asbestos had been linked to health problems since its use by the Greeks. A lack of rigorous testing, however, left these health problems largely ignored by regulatory agencies. Some blame various factors for its sustained popularity, but asbestos remained popular far longer than it should have. Today, there is no dispute that asbestos causes mesothelioma, a highly dangerous form of cancer that can arise in individuals who have not been exposed to asbestos in decades.

Asbestos is still used in many homes today. Fortunately, asbestos does not present a risk if it is properly sealed. Many homeowners decided to seal their asbestos securely instead of replacing it, and it does not present a risk if it is properly contained. Those looking to perform home renovations, however, will need to be cautious if they suspect that their homes have asbestos.

Newly built homes are generally safe to renovate. Older homes, however, should be thoroughly inspected before proceeding. All homeowners who did not originally build their homes are strongly encouraged to ask for a professional inspection before moving forward with any renovations. While inspectors will look for asbestos, it never hurts to emphasize that you would like him or her to specifically check for it. These inspections also serve other purposes, and they can help learn about problems that will be easier to fix while the home is being renovated.

Ultimately, asbestos is a substance that merits extreme caution. Limited exposure has been linked to severe health problems and mesothelioma, and families risk jeopardizing the health of their children if they do not exercise sufficient caution. Inspections are quick and affordable, and the peace of mind is well worth the small expense.

Renovations should be an exciting time; changing and improving a home can be a wonderful experience. The threat of asbestos, however, can make renovations needlessly stressful. Be sure to exercise caution when beginning a major renovation to ensure that you, your family and the workers you hire are protected from the threats posed by asbestos.

Brian Turner
Health Advocate/Blogger
Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

For more information, you may email Brian at brian.turner752@gmail.com

Below are several informational links about asbestos from the EPA:

http://www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/hip-concerns.html

http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/pubs/ashome.html 

http://www.epa.gov/asbestos/

New Remodeling Budget Calculator Available Through Kitchen Views

We’re excited to announce that thanks to one of our major cabinetry distributors, MasterBrand, we can now offer a remodeling budget calculator through our website! This calculator will help you set a remodeling budget for your kitchen, bathroom, or office. It’s available through a button on the right hand side of our website’s home page, the same button that is shown below.

Remodeling Budget Calculator from MasterBrand Cabinets

MasterBrand is the distributor of Aristokraft, HomeCrest, Schrock, Dynasty by Omega, and Omega Cabinets, all available through Kitchen Views. We also feature displays of these various brands at our showrooms. Visit one of our design showrooms to see these quality cabinets in person.

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Pet-Friendly Kitchen Ideas

What makes for a pet-friendly kitchen? Each pet and each home is unique. You may want a designated eating area for your pet or bench seating where your pet can sit near you, but not be underfoot.

Here are a couple solutions to common issues concerning pets in the kitchen from Jamie Goldberg, AKBD, CAPS of the popular kitchen design blog GOLD NOTES.

Did your curious kitten burn its paws?

“You can reduce the chance of your cat burning its paws by changing from gas or electric cooking to induction. An induction burner will only heat up when there’s a pot covering it. It will also cool faster than an electric or gas burner.

If changing your range or cooktop is not an option right now, and you have a curious cat, you can keep the burners covered when they’re not in use.”

burner-covers-from-rangekleen

Protect your pet's paws from burning with a Burner Kover from Range Kleen


Has little Fido gotten into the trash again?

“Consider a trash pull-out for a base cabinet as a solution. Often, they’ll fit in the open space below the sink, which happens to be a very convenient spot. Pull-outs come in various sizes and configurations. A two-can model will hold both recyclables and trash. They’re available online and at many home centers.”

Stop your pet from getting at the kitchen trash with a cabinet pull-out, like one pictured above from Rev-A-Shelf.

© Jamie Goldberg Kitchen and Bath Design, LLC. Used with permission

For more great solutions, read the rest of Jamie’s article for great pet-friendly kitchen design tips.

Whatever you’re looking for in making your kitchen pet-friendly, you can rely on the Kitchen Views design team to help you find the best solutions for your situation. For more ideas, visit our pet-friendly kitchen tips page at www.kitchenviews.com/pet


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