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Withstanding the Test of Time

National surveys have found the kitchen is the most popular room in the home to renovate. That certainly has been the case for homeowners in Shenandoah Valley. Given that the home’s role has changed significantly in the last nine months, homeowners are using their homes and kitchens more than ever before and for multiple purposes. We understand the need and desire to upgrade to serve your new wants and dreams. […]

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Hands On or Hands Off: Consider what Role to Play in Kitchen Renovation.

Good designers will work hard to understand your renovation dreams, expectations and budgets. This information can only be obtained by asking the right questions and listening intently to responses. After determining your big-picture objective, savvy showrooms and their designers want to know how involved you’d like to be in day-to-day operations, or if you’re going to be involved at all. Almost all of the new kitchens and baths renovations that […]

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Keys to A Healthier and Environmentally Efficient Kitchen

Health and wellness are top of mind among homeowners in Shenandoah Valley, and many of our clients have expressed interest in creating healthier spaces in their homes. Key components of kitchens, baths that contribute to a healthier and more environmentally efficient home include: Material quality Airflow Effective lighting Thermal comfort Comfortable movement throughout the space Acoustical comfort Cabinets, paints, hardware, countertops, floor and wall coverings and other materials you select […]

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What is a Realistic Timeline for installing a New Kitchen?

HGTV, DIY and other home improvement television shows, social media sites and the Internet are a great source of inspiration. Unfortunately, they also are a greater source of misinformation. Timelines and budgets are entirely unrealistic and often lead to frustration and disappointment among our clients. Viewers see the entire home renovated in seven weeks, and seven weeks is not a realistic timeframe to completely gut and rebuild a kitchen, yet […]

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What Color Countertop Is Best For Your New Kitchen

Selecting the color of countertops for a new kitchen needs to account for how you want the space to look and feel. The options are unlimited, but our experience indicates that homeowners typically gravitate to: White Quartz, Corian or laminate Speckled or flecked white, cream and lighter colored Quartz, Corian or laminate Black or darker Quartz, Corian or laminate Gray or other mid-tone Quartz, Corian or laminate Slightly veined Quartz […]

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2021 Predictions for Home Design Trends

A couple weeks back we posted a blog piece on how the pandemic has effected homeowners choices in remodeling and therefore creating some unexpected trends. Based on that research, Houzz.com recently predicted ten trends that it expects for 2021. And of course many of the trends are popular because homeowners in Shenandoah Valley and across the United States are working from home, schooling from home and continuing to spend a […]

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2020 and it’s Effect On Home Design

COVID-19 has transformed the traditional residence into a multifunctional space that serves as an office, gym, bar, restaurant, school, hospital and home. Working and schooling from home have had the most dramatic impact on the notion of home and will undoubtedly impact future new home design. It is safe to say that most parents and children would prefer traditional in-person learning instead of virtual schooling at home.  Similarly, many people […]

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Top 5 2021 “Wow” ideas to include in your NEW design wish list:

1. Add some creativity to home offices and student home school spaces…laminate countertops and writable surfaces by Formica can make task lists fun. Less mess than Chalkboard paint!  Get creative with solid surface materials for walls, cabinets, countertops great for bedrooms, home offices and wall splashes.  Use Chalk pens or dry erase to decorate or change your message daily. 2. Solid Surface that looks like Real Wood to add visual texture to […]

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2020 Bathroom Trends

The demand for new master baths in Shenandoah Valley is increasing. Many families in Harrisonburg area are still spending most of their time at home, they have a new appreciation that a bathroom can offer so much more than function. A master bath can be a refuge from Zoom fatigue, a wellness center and a room to spend a few minutes devoid of email, texts and family members, all to […]

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Priorities, Priorities

As your family spends more time at home, the kitchen has taken on a more prominent role as a multifunctional space. Certain elements of a dream kitchen should be at the top of everyone’s priority list regardless of space and budget. You should smile every time you cross the threshold, and every time you use your kitchen to prepare meals, eat, help with homework, chat with friends and neighbors or […]

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