Green And Sustainable Is What It’s All About In Today’s Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Today our focus is often on sustainability options as we upgrade or remodel our homes.  This is an excellent way to add value to your home while also creating money-saving solutions that you can take advantage of today.

As you are planning your new kitchen there are a number of areas where you can focus your investment to realize the greatest return.

Energy Efficiency

It’s the name of the game when it comes to appliances and lighting in today’s homes.  Look for the best possible Energy Star Ratings for increased efficiency and consider the addition of sky lights and windows that take advantage of natural sunlight.  When you re-think your energy needs, you may find that the second refrigerator in the garage is no longer necessary.  Downsizing frees up space, means less energy usage and you could save enough in the long run to offset the cost of the remodel.

Reuse And Recycle

A useful addition to the modern kitchen is the designated area for recycling and composting.  From hidden bins that slide out of view under the counter to a built-in 3-bin system with removable receptacles. You can also add specialized storage for composting right in the kitchen.  These are all really positive additions to your green lifestyle.

VOC-Free Paint

To avoid exposure to the Volatile Organic Compounds found in many paints, ask your designer about using VOC-free or low VOC paint on your kitchen walls. They are more environmentally friendly as well as being a healthier choice for your family.  The problem with paints containing high levels of VOCs is that the pollutant levels can stay elevated long after the job is completed.

Use Green Materials

Bradco is proud to be a leading pioneer within the green building industry, which is why we offer a variety of recycled countertops.  They are scratch, stain and heat resistant and they come in many attractive styles.  These are the types of products that we sell that reflect our commitment to the environment.

Contact us to discuss the latest green kitchen remodel ideas.  Our designers will work with you to ensure products are chosen to fit your green and sustainable lifestyle.

Who Can Afford Custom Kitchen Cabinets? You Can!

Realtors and home-valuation experts agree that kitchen renovations can add the most value to your home. Up to 80 percent of what you spend on a kitchen remodel can be recouped if you sell your house. And the most effective kitchen renovation usually begins with the cabinets: “If you’re not sure where to start your kitchen remodel, the cabinets might be your best bet. Why? While cabinets may look like just a series of wooden boxes, they’re actually a major focal point for potential buyers.”

The problem that many homeowners discover when they try to replace old cabinets with new ones is that the available designs don’t fit either the overall look of the home or the new look of the kitchen. An unusual kitchen layout may also present a problem in getting cabinets that fit the space. Then again, you may have questions about the environmental impact of prefabricated cabinets.

This is where custom cabinetry comes in. At Bradco Kitchens & Baths, our professional designers can show you a wide array of cabinet styles that can be custom-made to match your requirements. Because our factory is very close to our Los Angeles showroom, we can have cabinets made for you at prices far less than other companies that have to ship their products thousands of miles. And your price includes installation by our on-site construction company.

Furthermore, all of our cabinets are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, an international, non-governmental organization that promotes sound and beneficial use of forest resources worldwide.

If all this sounds good to you, bring your kitchen measurements to our Los Angeles store and let us show you just how reasonable it can be for you to have beautiful, durable, environmentally friendly kitchen cabinets in your home. Contact us with your questions today.

Los Angeles Bathroom Remodeling Design Trends

If there’s a consensus among bathroom designers, it’s that 2013 is the year of the spa. New and remodeled bathrooms are geared toward the spa’s clean look and functionality, with the accent on individual taste. A quick poll among professionals shows these trends dominating:

Spa appointments. Besides the major fixtures such as whirlpool tubs or steam showers, other spa-like appointments are increasingly popular, such as double vanities, vessel sinks, and bidets.

Marble, slate or granite countertops. The quality look and feel of natural stone are part of what gives the bath a sense of luxury.

Heated floor or towel racks. In cold climates, a heated floor installed under ceramic tile is wonderful. If that’s impractical, heated towel racks with plush, oversized towels are a great relaxer.

Generous cabinet space. The clean look of a spa is partially achieved by being able to put away clutter such as hair accessories and make-up, while leaving on display decorative soaps, hand towels and bath oils.

Variable lighting. Bright lights are necessary for grooming, while soft pendant lights encourage relaxation. Where possible, skylights are a great enhancement.

Cool colors. Wall and ceiling colors in subdued earth tones, creams, pale greens and blues are demonstrably relaxing, especially combined with live plants and natural wood, such as bamboo blinds or shutters.

Handmade tiles. This is where the homeowners assert their individuality—beautiful tiles that coordinate or accent the main color scheme are a staple in designer baths that shows no sign of going away.

If you feel it’s time to reinvent your bathroom, come see the Los Angeles showroom of Bradco Kitchens and Baths. We have a comprehensive offering of spa amenities from the most reputable suppliers, as well as cabinets, vanities, countertops, sinks, handmade tiles, and much more. Our professional designers are ready to consult with you to create the bath of your dreams, so contact us today.

Your Los Angeles kitchen remodeling professionals are tuned-in to the latest design trends.

Remodeler’s are celebrating their New Year’s resolutions with a nod to the latest design trends; this, in an economic climate still struggling to find its way, according to Certified Kitchen Designer, Susan Serra in her article on, “What’s Hot in the Kitchen? Design Trends for 2013.”

Homeowners are being quite savvy about their spending, for sure, and seem to be going for design ideas that will last awhile—both in years and acceptability. It may be no surprise, then, that a “philosophy” of neutrality will prevail:

“…homeowners want to buy smart for longevity which translates to neutral finishes for big ticket items such as cabinetry, countertops and flooring.”

Nowhere, no way, does the word ‘boring’ show up in her overview of the trends. In fact, a new way of saying ‘Country Life’ in the kitchen will show a distinct “appreciation of nature” and a whole lot of “natural finishes and textures” to contrast simply designed cabinetry.

When it comes to that all-important selection of appliances, the movement is away from traditional ‘cooking’ methods to induction, which uses the pot or pan as the ‘original generator of cooking heat.’

As Serra points out, the growing interest in induction cook tops is part of the sweeping trend to focus on kitchen appliances embedded with gourmet fea tures.

Making the kitchen space itself more suitable to socializing is key to an effective floor plan, notes Serra; and that means a lot of appliances that have been built into the space, or even “concealed.”

Overall, the remodeling trend will definitely focused on “convenience” with a floor plan that is easy to “move around in.”

Contact us to put our Los Angeles kitchen remodeling team to work for you. We offer expert advice and premium product lines to make your kitchen project the dream kitchen you’ve always wanted.

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