Kitchen Islands are a huge trend in modern day kitchens and can have a resounding effect on the atmosphere of your kitchen. Now the most crucial step in designing the kitchen island is making sure there’s enough space. Things to keep in mind are: the walking clearance and the appliance clearance for refrigerator doors and things of that nature-a comfortable clearance for walking and functioning around the kitchen is recommended for 36” or 3 feet. Always make sure the designer keeps in mind to measure out the clearance of the refrigerator door, oven door, pantry door, wine coolers and other things that may need to be taken into consideration, but that should sum up most considerations.
Now the big exciting part of a kitchen island is figuring out what you want it to look like and what you want it to provide. The golden rule is “Form Follows Function”; meaning you want to know what you will be using it for. Islands can have multiple uses such as being a sink, a table, a counter, a seating area, a stove, food storage, etc. This will help determine the shape of your island and how you want it to accommodate you.
The island can be the center of everything, meaning that’s where most social events can happen. Keeping that in mind, implementing seats and outlets in the island is a plus to cater to anyone. This can inspire a second-tier countertop, or even a rounded countertop to make everyone feel more socialized. There are even islands with a sofa designed into it!
After deciding the layout of your Kitchen Island, the last step is the material being used to make it. If it is being used for any hot surfaces, make sure to use a durable surface that is going to be able to handle it. Integrating cutting boards is also a popular trend for people that love to cook. Easy to wipe down surfaces is also a great consideration for the area that is used more socially. Hopefully, with this, you are inspired to consider a kitchen island for yourself.
If there are any questions or you would like to chat about the possible ideas, please reach out to us here at Resco Group. With 30 years of excellence, we are confident we can build you whatever kitchen island that your imagination can handle.
Rustic houses have their own unique environment as soon as you step foot into the place. Like all other things though, it’s either loved or it’s not. The rich natural touch in a rustic environment is not an easily accomplished look. There are a handful of pointers to keep in mind that can help take a house from average to gravitating. The biggest things that really affect the whole setting are the materials used, the floors, and the walls. These are the biggest parts to giving your home a solid foundation and adding to it to your liking. In this day and age, you may want to consider the timeless style. FLOORING: Now to narrow down on the floors, there are multiple different material variations for the floors, given that it can be done with wood, stone or tile. Each has its own perk, but they are all timeless, durable, and easy to maintain. One thing about tile is that it can be printed to duplicate natural stone or wood, giving you more options. Wood is the best to go with to create a rustic feel given the richness of wood floors. Stone stays cool even on those hot days of summer, and who can really complain about that? WALLS: Now the walls really help give the room its mood, making it seem gloomy or alive. Most rustic homes have earthy colored walls and some even have texturized paint. A really unique addition to walls is inserting wood panels to it which in any other style of home would just look out of place. MATERIALS: Finally, materials used on the cabinets, countertops, and appliances give the rest of your room its body. Just like the floors, wood and stone are great options to go with. Good tips on the materials are making sure they look natural. This could mean the wood remains unpainted, leaving it at its most natural state. Bulkiness also gives rich character to the atmosphere. One thing to consider is making sure metal objects are dull as opposed to shiny. The combination of all these makes a satisfying foundation to your home. RUSTIC DECOR: The rest of the planning comes with the little things you add in the cracks. Popular additions to rustic homes are big bulky wood beams in the ceilings, animal hide, and even woven baskets for decor. Little things to emphasize the texture of your home. Warm lighting also makes a huge difference depending on the material used. Being rustic based designs, there are a lot of innovative things being done, such as driftwood chandeliers and sliding barn doors. In retrospect, anything you think of in your home can be made with a rustic twist. Please call Resco Group with any questions or a personalized quote
Personal Safety Remodeling Tips
Introducing personal safety remodeling tips. In time it happens to us all. The hands of time slow for no one. Societally, we have considerably slowed down the aging process with attention to nutrition and exercise, etc. That being said, our customers are happier and live safer with informed remodeling considerations. We can add value to our home as well as ergonomics, especially in the kitchen and bathroom areas. There is good news. Some items can be implemented without a complete remodel.
In the Kitchen
No matter the scope of your project, considerations include more ergonomic wall ovens and cooktops as opposed to having a conventional range, space permitting. For those in a wheelchair, French doors are helpful. Consequently, utilizing cabinet accessories such as a Lazy Susan in blind corners, and slide or swing out shelves.
Another small but useful addition is to use padded mats in front of work areas of sinks and food prep areas. This is especially helpful in other tile areas where the pad will help relieve joint pain. You can even add in a seated workspace for more common kitchen and cooking tasks. LED lighting is also another item to consider helping light up the spaces.
A Resco built handicap access bathroom
In the Bathroom
Undoubtedly, bathroom vent fans are sometimes overlooked. Builder grade vent fans tend to be noisy. Ultimately, you can replace it with a quieter, humidity-sensing model. To this end, you will never have to remember to shut it on or off. Moreover, LED lighting is an upgrade. Replace the standard lighting with LEDs which have multiple bulbs. By doing so, you light more of the bathroom area, making it easier for things like reading the labels on your prescription bottles and supplements.
Replace fixed shower heads with a hand-held model. The ergonomic benefits are obvious. You can even add a shower seat for added safety. Seats constructed of stainless steel or beautiful teak wood are an option.
One of the most obvious safety features you can add to the tub and shower area is grab-bars. Without a doubt, installing grab bars will add an immense level of safety. Undeniably true for those with balance problems. Add to that some non-slip stick on pads for the bottom of your tub and shower areas and your next tub experience will be a much more enjoyable experience.
Equally important to your remodeling project is the selection of your contractor. Resco Group has been in AZ construction for three generations. We will help you with your next ADA designed bathroom or kitchen. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any question you may have.
Interior Paint Tips
It’s time to give your house some interior paint. There are many things to take into consideration when tackling this type of project. We will break down a few options that you have when starting a painting project.
We’ll start with the interior.
The type of finish you select should be one of your first decisions. There is gloss, satin, egg shell, etc. Gloss or satin finish used in high traffic areas is easily cleaned. One disadvantage of a higher gloss finish is that it does show wall imperfections more readily than when you go with a flat, or matte finish. However, a flat finish will not clean as well and will not be as forgiving with dirty touches, but in return, it will show fewer imperfections in the wall itself.
Select colors that will enhance your room. The right color will add depth and add texture to a room. There is a psychology to color selections and you can use it to heighten or compliment a mood. For instance, paint a bedroom blue as a calming effect. Whereas, a color like red is associated with energy, power, and strength, but also emotions such as love, passion, and desire. The color you choose is yours to decide. This article may help your paint color decisions.
Speaking of colors, take home samples of the colors that you like. Test it on the areas to be painted. It will pay big dividends. It will help you judge how a color will actually look once applied, instead of relying on a paint swatch from your designer or retailer.
Area of Room
When you measure your room dimensions for the amount of paint you’ll need, don’t forget to take into account multiple coats, any primer that is needed, and even the porosity of the walls. (another advantage to bring home sample pints of color) As a rule of thumb, save some paint for any future projects like wall hangings, electrical plates, etc that need to be touched up.
Prepping the room for paint can be a time-consuming process, but worth it in the end for a detailed job. You will need to tape off areas for sharp lines, move your furniture, repair any other previous damage, protect the floors and remove electrical switch plates, and door knobs, etc. You will spend 75% of your time doing this before and after your project.
You should always prime your walls, especially if you are changing colors drastically. The primer will cover up stains and another benefit is it will give the paint something to adhere too, increasing the longevity of your paint job.
It is always a good idea to cut in your work for any interior paint. Cutting in is the process in which you paint the edges, corners, windows, etc. first. This way when you start using the roller it will go much faster and help eliminate paint build up along the edges, as well.
Speaking of rollers, you will cover a lot more area if you use a roller. They can be a bit messier than a brush, but the time savings outweigh this disadvantage. Always remember to paint in a “W” motion to cover more area and smooth out the roller lines.
Don’t be afraid to buy some accessories to make your project go easier. Extension poles are one of these time savers. They will allow you to paint higher up the wall, but also reduce the hassle of using a ladder.
Even with today’s high-tech paint mixing there can still be some subtle differences in the hues of your paint. By combining paint from your gallon cans into a bigger 5-gallon bucket, you will enhance the uniformity of the color. In this way, you won’t have areas of your wall with a slight difference in color.
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Latest Design Trends with LED Lights
There are always innovative ideas emerging In today’s world of home design. LED lights placed in floors, under cabinets, walls, sconces, etc. are just some of the latest designs. Most importantly, LED lights are in line with today’s eco-friendly, energy conscious world. Because many LED lights have a rated life of up to 50,000 hours, they can be used 12 hours a day, a bulb will last more than 11 years!
Under-Cabinet LED Lights
LED technology allows for more design freedom and flexibility with new sizes, shapes, and forms. Energy efficiency is one of the major benefits of LED lighting. Another key point when comparing LEDs to incandescent bulbs is that LED bulbs will use 90 percent less energy and last 40 times longer. In turn, providing an extremely cost-effective way to light up your path. Consequently, they are cool to the touch as opposed to the heat of halogen technology from the 90’s,
LED Lights on a Sidewalk Edge
LED lights are small. Given this point, they can be installed almost anywhere. As well as using channeled strips on the floor between grout lines, or underneath the cabinet, as shown above, and below, are some common designs. Subsequently, single units can be installed a few feet apart. In order that it will light up your steps in a dark room, steps, or sidewalk path.
LEDs Light the Way
Without a doubt, you could even turn your entire living room floor into a disco, if you’re into that kind of thing. In any case, your imagination is the only limit with LED technology!
Given that Resco Group has installed many of these flooring designs, we seek to inspire you on your next remodel project. Of course, we would be happy to meet with you to discuss your remodeling needs. In summary, if you’re ready to find out more about Resco Group, Inc and our services, submit a project request here.