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Fall Back in Love with Your Kitchen

It is never easy to hate your kitchen. Kitchens should be a space that is warm and welcoming, a room that everyone wants to be in, whether they are eating, doing homework, or just hanging out. If you hate your kitchen, you will never want to be in it, because it isn’t enjoyable. If this sounds familiar to you, then it is time to start thinking about ways you fall back in love with your kitchen!

  • Start small. You don’t have to launch a full-scale remodel to create an enjoyable space. Instead, start with the details. You can easily switch out your existing décor for something new and jazzier. Changing the décor and accent pieces of your kitchen will give the appearance of a new room without breaking your budget.
  • Add color. If your kitchen is on the drab side, add color to brighten it up and make it look new. You can change the wall color or the flooring. You can even paint your cabinets to spice them up a bit. You can also add color without making dramatic changes, such as adding colorful pieces of décor or artwork.
  • Upgrade your appliances. Worn appliances can make a kitchen feel yucky and cold. Invest in new appliances, such as a stove and fridge, to give your kitchen a new look without an entire remodel. Just remember to make sure your appliances match the design theme of your kitchen.

These are just a few of the ways you can upgrade your kitchen to make it easier to love. Contact us today at Pacific Kitchens to learn more about remodeling and upgrading.

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Choosing the Best Contractor for the Job

There are many steps in kitchen remodeling that must be followed in order to have a successful remodel. One of the most important steps in remodeling occurs before you get started on the process. It is the step of choosing your contractor. Choosing the right contractor can make a huge difference in the results of your kitchen remodel. Here are some tips to help you choose the best contractor for the job:

  • Start with the opinions of your friends and family. If you know someone who remodeled, talk to them about their contractor. Word-of-mouth advertising is one of the strongest forms of advertising — if someone has a bad reputation, you will find out.
  • Create a list of potential contractors. Then, contact each one and ask various questions. You want to dig deeper than just the prices. You want to ask about things such as deadlines and what happens if a deadline isn’t met. You also want to find out who supplies materials for the job, because you want quality materials.
  • Narrow your list down to three contractors. This is when you can invite each contractor over to give an estimate. Be specific about what you want from your remodel. The contractor needs to know the details in order to give you a more precise estimate.
  • Choose the contractor that meets your needs, rather than just your price range. For instance, you want a contractor that you feel comfortable speaking with — one that has good communication skills. You also want a contractor that backs up his work with a warranty and/or guarantee.

Contact us today at Pacific Kitchens to learn more about our kitchen remodeling process. We are happy to arrange a free consultation for you!

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Easy Ways to Create a Kitchen Focal Point

Creating a focal point in your kitchen is a great way to give the space a bit of pizazz! There are several ways you make a focal point in your kitchen — more than just painting one wall a bright color. You can make a focal point through cabinet refacing, which is the process of adding new hardware and exteriors to your existing cabinets. You can also create a focal point with the following methods:

  • Art — use artwork on your walls to create a place of interest. Instead of distributing the artwork around the entire kitchen, choose one wall space, and create an interesting arrangement of the artwork. When people walk into the kitchen, their eyes will be drawn to the unique art arrangement.
  • Paint — instead of painting one wall a single color, create color blocks on a wall. Use different colors to paint the blocks, then add some artwork or other décor within each block.
  • Cabinetry — if the majority of your cabinets are located on one wall, create a focal point with your cabinets. Paint them in bright colors that contrast with your wall coloring. Take it a step further, and use flashy hardware on the cabinets to make them “pop!”

Creating a focal point in your kitchen doesn’t have to be a challenge — and it doesn’t have to be boring. Use your imagination and creativity to make your kitchen one of the most welcoming rooms in your home.

Contact us today at Pacific Kitchens to learn more about using cabinetry as a focal point.

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Bring Your Heart and Soul into Your Kitchen

When you walk into your kitchen, you should be happy with what you see. Kitchens are the heart of the home. They are the most-frequented room in the home, the place where you gather with your family to share quality time. Your kitchen should be more than just a place to eat — it should be a reflection of you and your style. Here are some design tips to help you bring a little bit of your heart and soul to your kitchen:

  • Be bold with your color choices. This is your kitchen. It needs to proudly display your favorite colors to ensure that your personal style shines through. Add splashes of your preferred colors to the walls, the backsplash, and the décor.
  • Make the style of your kitchen match your personal style. If you are an eclectic kind of person, let your kitchen show that with purposely mismatched items, such as dining chairs and coffee mugs. If your style is more modern, go with a sleek, sharp design, including stainless steel appliances and clean, slick granite countertops.
  • Include plenty of personal touches throughout your kitchen. Delightful photos on the wall, children’s artwork on the refrigerator, and other personal touches are sure to give your kitchen the warm, welcoming feeling you want it to have.

When your kitchen is a reflection of you, you will be much happier in your home. Walking into your kitchen shouldn’t make you feel dismal — it should bring a smile to your face. Contact us today at Pacific Kitchens for more design tips to help you ensure that your kitchen is more than just a place to eat.

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Two Easy Ways to Update Your Kitchen

The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your home. It is also one of the biggest selling points of your home. So, it’s no wonder that you want to make sure your kitchen looks superb. A full kitchen remodel can be an expensive and time-consuming task. However, there are other ways you can update your kitchen without delving into a full remodel. Custom cabinets and fresh paint are just two of the easiest ways to update your kitchen.

There are hundreds of cabinet styles from which you can choose, making it easy to find that perfect look. You can choose from ready-to-install cabinets in a variety of finishes and colors. You can also go a different route and have custom cabinets designed. The beauty of custom cabinets is that they are designed to your specifications, so no one else is going to have the same style.

Another easy way to update your kitchen without remodeling is to change the wall colors. You would be amazed at what a fresh coat of paint can do for your kitchen. If your walls are currently neutral in color, go the other direction and choose a bright, bold color. If you are leery of changing all of your walls, add an accent wall. A brightly-colored wall adds a splash of color, and it gives you another color to use throughout your kitchen.

You don’t have to spend a small fortune changing the entire look of your kitchen with a remodel. You can invest your money in smaller changes, such as cabinets and paint, and still have a fresh, new look for your kitchen. Contact us today at Pacific Kitchens to learn how we can help you get the kitchen you want without breaking the bank.

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Kitchen Remodeling Tips for Your Dream Home

When you are in the market for a new home, the kitchen is one of the biggest selling points. However, in some cases, you find a home that meets all of your needs except for the kitchen. Fortunately, you can still have your dream home and your dream kitchen. You just have to prep for a remodel. Kitchen remodeling can be expensive and stressful, but, if handled the right way, you will soon have the home you always wanted — including the kitchen!

  • When you plan your remodel, hire a trusted contractor. You need someone who has experience with kitchens, because these kinds of remodels can be complex.
  • Dream big, but make sure your dreams are feasible. You may think you can knock out walls willy-nilly, but some walls are load-bearing and require significant structural changes. Your contractor should be able to help you determine what is and isn’t feasible for your remodel.
  • Update your appliances along with the kitchen. You can have the most beautiful kitchen in the world, but if the appliances look dated, so will your kitchen. When planning your remodel budget, include new appliances to complete the look.
  • Make sure your floor plan fits your home. You want a beautiful kitchen to match your dream home, so make sure the plans mesh. For instance, you may not want a modern-styled kitchen in a more traditionally-styled home, or vice versa. If need be, hire a design expert to help you plan a kitchen that fits your needs and your home’s design.

For more remodeling tips, contact us today at Pacific Kitchens.

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Freshen Up Your Kitchen For Less

The kitchen is, by far, the most important room of your home. Where once the kitchen was closed off and shielded from the rest of the home, today’s kitchens are open, airy, and a crucial part of everyday living. So, when your kitchen doesn’t exactly meet your expectations, you want to do everything you can to make it better. Unfortunately, your budget doesn’t always let you dive into a full remodel. Here are some creative ways you can give your kitchen a boost without spending a fortune:

  • Have your cabinets refaced. Cabinet refacing gives your cabinets an entirely new look and feel without breaking the bank. Instead of buying and installing new cabinets, your existing cabinets are given a makeover — a very affordable service offered by Pacific Kitchens.
  • Replace your backsplash. Swapping out your backsplash for something more colorful is an easy way to give your kitchen a fresh look. Opt for mosaic tiles or be bold with a solid, bright color.
  • Add new flooring. Replacing your worn vinyl with laminate flooring or ceramic tiles will freshen your kitchen without a remodel. Affordable flooring options are abundant, so you will have plenty of gorgeous styles from which to choose.
  • Remove the clutter and clean. Sometimes, simply stripping out the clutter of your kitchen will give it a new look. Deep cleaning after getting rid of the clutter will brighten your kitchen. You can add a new coat of paint on the walls for a new look.

Contact us today at Pacific Kitchens for more money-saving tips to help you get the kitchen you want without breaking your budget.

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The Best Design Ideas for a Tiny Kitchen

Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes. When changing the décor or the look for your kitchen, it is easy to do if you have a lot of space with which to work. However, smaller kitchens are hard to work with, but not impossible. With such a small kitchen, you will have to learn to use all the space you have. Check out some great design tips and ideas, below, to make your little kitchen look great.

  1. Design the kitchen as a cohesive unit. This means keep the color palette neutral and have the outlet covers blend into the backsplash. Match the fixtures into the design, as well.
  2. With small kitchens, it’s best to build up. For ample storage space, add open shelving up to the ceiling. You have the choice of glass, wood, or cork shelving.
  3. Painted cabinets look best in a small kitchen. Choose a light neutral color, and have the color match all of the hardware, appliances, and floor.
  4. Choose cool tones for the space. It makes the small kitchen appear larger.
  5. If you opt for open shelves, consider turning that wall into a feature wall. It adds balance to the kitchen, while allowing you to have a pop of color.
  6. Add texture and color to your kitchen by adding a small rug or floor runner.
  7. Choose new designer light fixtures. This helps draw the eye up and, further, makes the kitchen feel larger.
  8. Choose a luxury item, such as a custom sink. Small details such as this work in big ways.

For more kitchen design advice, contact us at Pacific Kitchens.

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The Steps of a Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen remodeling companies walk you through the process of the remodel, but you still have a lot that you have to do before it’s complete. During the remodeling process, you’ll see your kitchen transformed from what it once was to a whole new room. New cabinets, countertops, and fixtures are all a part of the process. The following covers the process homeowners will go through with a contractor:

  1. Receive an estimate. A contractor will come out and give a rough estimate of the cost. Always plan for the remodel to cost at least twice as much as the estimate, when it’s all finished.
  2. Call around and get at least two more estimates. Choose the price in the middle; too low might indicate low quality work, and too high is … well, too high.
  3. Sign a contract with the contractor you chose.
  4. Start the design process. During this process, you will choose the layout, new cabinets, countertop, and backsplash. You should start looking at new appliances, too.
  5. Demolition. The contractor will remove all of the existing features.
  6. Install. The contractor will then start installing the cabinets and new fixtures.
  7. Choose the paint colors and any other fixtures you want to add to the kitchen.
  8. The contractor will then finish the job. Most remodels take six to eight weeks and cost an average of $50,000.

With a budget of $50,000, you can have the kitchen of your dreams. Budgets become larger if you decide to take down walls or change the floor plan.

For more information about kitchen remodels, contact Pacific Kitchens.

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The Top 5 Ways to Save Money on a Kitchen Remodel

Though a kitchen remodel is expensive, there are ways to save, such as cabinet refacing. Making small changes to your design, or choosing less expensive brands on certain fixtures, will help you to save big on your remodel.

  1. Lighting. Lighting is very important in the kitchen. However, it is not as important as natural light. Choose lighting that works well and offers you the brightness you need, but look for pieces that are on sale, rather than spending more than $200 on a single light.
  2. Backsplash. Everyone wants a custom tile backsplash in his or her kitchen. Thankfully, you can achieve this with little money down. Look for stick-on mosaic backsplashes you can install yourself to save money. Also, look for discounts and tile on sale.
  3. Cabinets. If you already like the cabinets you have, try replacing only the doors and hardware. You can paint the rest, or let it be. You can also purchase solid discount cabinet frames, and then order custom doors.
  4. Faucets. Faucets do not cost much. You can get a decent one for just $100. Even the luxury touch sensor faucets only cost $250. Even then, this is something you can always replace later if you feel the need.
  5. Oven. If you do not bake much, spend less on the oven. There is no need to spend a fortune on an appliance you will likely use once every few months. If you have a convection microwave, you may not need an oven at all, but it is always good to have one.

For design tips and remodel ideas for your kitchen, contact us at Pacific Kitchens.

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