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A Look Ahead

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What’s In and What’s Out for Kitchen and Baths p. 67

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contents Photos courtesy of (left to right) MTI Baths; Construction Resources, Inc.; Woodworks Design, photography by Michael McKelvey

Annual Kitchen & Bath Planner Planning Workbook, Budget Planner and Much More

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features 17

Cooking Chic Choose your Favorite Kitchen Style

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The Nifty Stuff

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Loads of Innovative New Kitchen and Bath Products

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Updating your Home to “Universal Design”

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Homes That Help The Real Nitty Gritty No Pain, No Gain. The Realities of Renovation

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2015: A Look Ahead What’s In & What’s Out for Kitchens and Baths

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contents in every issue 10 Editor’s Letter 13 Home Front

Top Trends, Advice and Events

69 Resource Finder

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of color on the island,” Wynn says, “or painted kitchen cabinets on the perimeter with a stained island.”

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If this describes you, a classic kitchen is your style. In this type of kitchen, white or natural-toned wood cabinetry abounds, and there’s little deviation from one basic color scheme. Added function in the form of glide-out shelving and other organizational upgrades are mostly seen behind the cabinet doors. “I still see a lot of demand for the white kitchen and bathroom,” says

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Elegant

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Rustic

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Elegant

wood grain and natural tones is key, along with basic, straightforward design. Other natural elements, such as walls or backsplashes that look like stacked stone, exposed wooden beams along the ceiling or reclaimed-wood floors and shelving are also popular among homeowners who enjoy this style.

Modern

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RUSTIC

Comprised of sleek elements, straight lines and often a black-and-white palette with one bright pop of color as a focal point, the modern style is most often seen in urban residences. To get the modern look, your focus should be on solid colors. Avoid the appearance of wood grain in cabinetry—if you still want wood cabinets, have them painted, not stained. Consider quartz or concrete countertops instead of granite to ensure a

MODERN

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Your Project Workbook

Thinking of updating your kitchen or bath in the near future? Fill out this questionnaire to better understand your wants and needs. Your designer or contractor will thank you!

The Big Picture When do you want this project completed?

How many people live in the house? ____adults ____children ____extended family

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Are you planning to expand your yes no family?

Would you like your plans to be prepared yes no by a professional? If so, consider one of the following: builder/contractor architect interior designer certified kitchen or bath designer

What special needs does your family have? dietary restrictions kosher memory-impaired medical vision-impaired diabetic allergies non-barrier mobility (ramps) visible storage security (valuables) safety (children) seated use of kitchen lockable knife storage home-schooling space Additional information

What is your overall estimated budget for this project? less than $12,000 $60,000-$80,000 $12,000-$30,000 $80,000-$100,000 $30,000-$45,000 $100,000 & above $45,000-$60,000 Do you want your kitchen/bath to have: more room less room less upkeep better layout/flow updated features more natural light more open other

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What type(s) of pets do you have, if any? Where do they eat? Sleep?

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During Renovation Consider your needs for the use of your kitchen or bath during the renovation. Will you need to access to this space yes no during the construction?

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Kitchen&Bath Planner The Kitchen Do you think your kitchen needs: a simple cosmetic makeover a complete renovation a partial renovation (such as reworking the prep area or adding an island)

If you have decided on an island, would it be used for: food prep sink cooking other

Do you have a sketch of your ideas for yes no the kitchen?

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Would you like to have more countertop space around your: cooktop oven sink refrigerator other _______________________________ _______________________________________ _______________________________________ Would you like a large preparation area (36-inch minimum)?

What do you like about your present kitchen?

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Are you or your spouse likely to do any yes no of the installation work? If so, how much? Would you like the kitchen floorplan to have: more efficient storage more efficient space planning convenient movement between the kitchen, dining room and work centers more family gathering space What type of design would you like your new kitchen to have? contemporary traditional eclectic transitional themed design (such as Old World or vintage) Do you want to incorporate any architectural design features in your kitchen? tray ceiling vaulted ceiling beamed ceiling coffered ceiling bay window fireplace additional windows decorative columns other Do you want to: change doors or windows add an island change flooring change the layout of the work center add a pet center change the size of the space by incorporating space from an adjacent room consider a room addition have a raised or vaulted ceiling www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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CABINETS & COUNTERTOPS: Plan for current cabinetry: replace reface paint add cabinets increase height reduce height reduce number of cabinets preferred color preferred style preferred wood species type of cabinet interiors type of drawer slides

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The Kitchen cont’d What small appliances do you use in the kitchen? blender hand mixer electric mixer food processor bread machine nut chopper juicer slow cooker electric can opener toaster/toaster oven coffee maker/grinder other

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If you plan on adding a new microwave, what kind do you want? countertop built-in above cooktop built-in microwave drawer built-in cabinet For ventilation, what type of vent hood do you want? updraft downdraft recirculating Is your ventilation: adequate noisy ugly nonexistent venting to outside www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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If you’re replacing the flooring, what type of material are you considering? vinyl stone tile ceramic tile wood carpet radiant heat cork bamboo stained concrete other

What style and quantity of sink(s) do you prefer: single basin double basin triple basin apron front integral sink minimum depth of basin(s) minimum width of basin(s) What sink type and finish do you want? stainless steel enameled steel porcelain Siligranite® glass other What type and finish of faucet do you

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Kitchen&Bath Planner The Kitchen cont’d How many people eat during: daily family meals dinner parties (seated) dinner parties (buffet) family holiday dinners (seated) family holiday dinners (buffet) large parties (buffet) What type of eating area do you want? table (round/rectangle/square/ bench hexagon/octagon) banquette or booth attached table counter-height bar raised bar lower bar other Do you need a buffet serving area in yes no the kitchen? Do you plan to use electronic devices yes no in the kitchen? If yes, which devices would you like to accommodate? (check all that apply) tablet/smartphone laptop computer desktop computer small television (32 inches or less) large television (larger than 32 inches) home automation control interface iPod docking station other___________________________ What type of entertaining do you do? cocktail party barbecue sit-down dinners buffet other How often do you entertain? How many guests at a time? Do you like to be the only one in the kitchen with your guests in a separate space that is away from the kitchen? yes no Do you like to be the only cook in the kitchen, with your guests close by in a space that opens into the kitchen? yes no

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Would you like a recyclables-sorting station in the: kitchen utility room garage basement mudroom outside

How do you store bread? refrigerator freezer cabinet bread drawer countertop How do you store linens? hanging folded

Where would you like to place your fire extinguisher?

Do you use the kitchen as a home office to: sort coupons/mail pay bills store games do homework prepare shopping lists and recipes

Do you require a separate utility cabinet for brooms, mops and cleaning yes no supplies? Do you require storage for a vacuum yes no cleaner?

Do you want space for: bulletin board artwork wall memo/chalkboard calendar family organization center other Would you like to have some kind of filing system for incoming and yes no outgoing mail? If yes, do you want it to be: visible behind closed doors Do you have anything to be displayed for decorative purposes, such as pottery, china, baskets, etc.? yes no Describe

Where do you store bulk items? kitchen pantry garage mudroom laundry room basement

Do you like your guests to help you yes no with meal preparation?

Approximately how many cookbooks do you have?

Do you like your guests to help clean yes no up after the meal?

Do you prefer to have the books: visible behind closed doors

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How do you store fresh foods? refrigerator baskets in cabinet cellar storage other

How much space do you require for linens?

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What activities will take place in the bathroom? dressing applying makeup/hair care showering sauna bathing/soaking steam shower laundry drip-drying clothes TV viewing stereo/mp3 player If hair and makeup will be taking place, will it be: in front of a mirror standing up sitting down at a vanity What type of cabinet interior storage interests you? lazy Susan drawers linen closet towel warmer (hydronic or electric) warming drawers for robes and/or towels medicine cabinet rollout shelves toe kick stepstool ironing board refrigeration for makeup and/or medicine electrical outlets in cabinets and/or drawers other What cabinet features do you want? wood steel glass doors decorative laminate organizational fittings safe for valuables (large/small) other

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under cabinet

toe kick

pendant

recessed

decorative

chandelier

What kind of additional heating do you want in the bathroom? heat lamp

auxiliary heater

radiant floor heat

towel warmer

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bench?

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no

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bed linens

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Features: grab bars foot rest built-in or wall-mounted seat body sprays steam element soap/shampoo shelf regular showerhead hand-held showerhead multiple showerheads rain showerhead digital control music aromatherapy

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Would you like an entertainment center? yes no If so, what do you want in it? TV DVD/Blu-ray player CD/MP3 player radio speakers game system other Which of the following items will you use in your bathroom? blow dryer electric razor hot rollers bar sink curling/straightening iron electronic toothbrush lighted makeup mirror steam bath landline telephone refrigerator tanning bed sauna towel warmer (hydronic, electric, wallmounted, freestanding) other

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If so, what kind? open

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What flooring do you plan on using? vinyl

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Itemized Budget Planner In any project, there are many factors that will affect your budget as you go along. This cost breakdown will help you budget for the features you plan to include in your remodel. These figures represent approximate costs for uninstalled products in a 10-by-10-foot room.

KITCHEN COSTS

ECONOMICAL

MID-RANGE

HIGH-END

Cabinets

$6,000-$20,000

$20,000-$40,000

$40,000+

Countertops (per sq. ft.)

$15-$30

$40-$75

$75+

Flooring (per sq. ft.)

$2-$8

$8-$20

$20+

Backsplash (per sq. ft.)

$2-$7

$7-$15

$15+

Sinks

$125-$400

$400-$1,000

$1,000+

Cooktop

$500-$1,000

$1,000-$2,500

$2,500+

Dishwasher

$450-$750

$750-$1,250

$1,250+

Oven

$500-$1,000

$1,000-$4,700

$4,700+

Refrigerator

$800-$1,200

$1,200-$9,000

$9,000+

Microwave

$100-$350

$350-$750

$750+

Garbage disposal

$75-$150

$150-$350

$350+

Instant hot/filtered water

$200-$500

$500-$800

$800+

Accessories (soap/lotion dispenser, etc.)

$40-$75

$75-$100

$100+

Faucets

$75-$250

$250-$750

$750+

Hood

$100-$350

$350-$1,250

$1,250+

Lighting (recessed)

$160-$1,000

$1,000-$2,500

$2,500+

Lighting (task)

$360-$500

$500-$865

$865+

Lighting (pendants)

$50-$500

$500-$1,500

$1,500+

BATHROOM COSTS

ECONOMICAL

MID-RANGE

HIGH-END

Fixtures (toilet, sink, etc.)

$700-$1,500

$1,500-$4,500

$4,500+

Vanity cabinets (60 inches wide)

$300-$900

$900-$2,000

$2,000+

Faucets/fittings

$150-$500

$500-$1,000

$1,000+

Countertops (per sq. ft.)

$15-$40

$40-$75

$75+

Tile (per sq. ft.)

$5-$15

$15-$50

$50+

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Immersed in Innovation Sink into Aquatic’s newest, most relaxing tubs

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If consumers wish to build the bath of their dreams, where should they begin?

A

Designing a bathroom can be enjoyable as long as you have the right inspiration. Go online to www.aquaticbath.com and view inspiration galleries under the “design center” tab. Once you have an inspiration, factor in your family’s needs and your budget. A Showroom Consultant can help direct you to your dream bathtub.

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What is the newest tub style available from Aquatic?

A

The brand new family of clean-lined tubs, available in drop-in, skirted and aboveAVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY FROM AQUATIC on select Serenity and Serenity Studio floor rough skirted models. The models, the DriftBath hydrotherapy experience gently soothes your entire body. collection features streamlined yet comfortable styling, which is an evolution of today’s popular minimalist design.

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For the most relaxing bath experience at home, what Aquatic brand tub do you recommend?

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The greatest tub style that Aquatic offers – and that we recently installed in our showroom – is the DriftBath, which is available exclusively on the Serenity series.. The DriftBath hydrotherapy experience using a soft current, without any jet action or vigorous swirl bubbles. Up to 70 ports in the back and foot areas release individual streams of water that converge into a single flowing motion to creating a soft blanket effect and gently soothe your entire body. This system is efficient and quiet. We love it here at PDI.

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Some consumers are more “shower” people. Why should they invest in Aquatic’s latest tub?

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Everyone is always on the go this day and age, but I cannot tell you how important it is for your relaxation, health and well-being to take time for yourself. Investing in a tub not only has been proven to reduce stress but also reduce anxiety and depression, alleviate pain and stiffness, eliminate toxins and stimulate the immune system.

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On the Surface: Countertop Materials COUNTERTOP MATERIALS

RELATIVE COST

MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

PROS AND CONS

Glass

High ($75-$250)

Easy to clean. Can be scratched.

Flexible. Can fit any style, from contemporary to rustic. Wide array of colors and patterns available. Can be molded to fit needs.

Manufactured Quartz

Medium ($60-$110)

Requires little maintenance. No sealant needed.

Durable, resistant to wear and tear, scratches, stains. Some patterns look like natural stone. Available in a wide array of colors. Slab-size limitations may mean waste and seams.

Wood

Medium to high ($50-$250)

Surface can be sanded and resealed to repair scratches. Regular application of mineral oil keeps wood conditioned and stain resistant. For non-cutting areas, a stain and/or top coat can be applied for a sealed wood finish.

Warm and cozy appeal. Wide array of wood species. Variety of construction including plank and end grain. Stain/top coat can easily scratch and break down. Absorbs liquids unless well sealed and regularly maintained. Can absorb bacteria.

Granite

Medium to high ($32-$200)

Repairable by professionals only. Use a cutting board. Resealing needed once a year. Dark surfaces need frequent wipe-downs to avoid fingerprints.

Very stylish. Provides a smooth, cool surface for handling things like dough. Absorbs some oils and stains. Heat-impervious. Sold by the slab. Popular colors more cost effective for waste concerns.

Limestone

Medium ($50-$80)

Requires annual sealing.

Porous and soft. Best used in bath. Stains easily.

Marble

Medium to high ($50-$200)

Scratches and stains somewhat easily. Repairable by professionals only. Requires sealing.

Professional look. Cool surface for handling things like dough. Absorbs oils and some odors, but some are less absorbant than granite. Develops a warm patina over time.

Soapstone

Medium ($50-$90)

Needs protective wax sealant once, then as needed. Scratches easily. Stain-proof.

Develops a rich patina over time if left untreated. Extremely durable. Easy to maintain.

Stainless Steel

High ($75-$150)

Easy to clean. Durable, but scratches easily. Scratches are not repairable. Requires frequent wipe-downs due to fingerprints. Brushed finish can minimize appearance of wear and tear.

Sleek, professional look. Cool surface. Does not chip or crack. Does not absorb stains, oils or odors. Can dent. Heat-impervious.

Copper

High ($100-$185)

Clean with copper cleaner for shiny finish. Can be cleaned with soap and water if patina is desired.

Warm, artistic look. Antibacterial surface. Extremely durable. Cannot be sealed to prevent tarnishing. Shows fingerprints.

Tile (ceramic, porcelain)

Low to medium ($10-$90)

Grout lines must be cleaned; grout can discolor. Ceramic tile can chip. Repairable.

Very stylish. Will not scratch. Does not absorb oils or odors. Heat-impervious. Mixing and matching provides opportunities for creativity.

Concrete

High ($65-$95)

Requires sealer to protect surface. Reseal every 1-2 years. Clean with nonabrasive cleaner.

Porous and soft. Can scratch, burn and stain. Wide array of color mixtures available. Made to order, eliminating slab size limitations.

Solid Surface

Low to medium ($45-$85)

Easy to repair surface scratches, stains and burns. Deeper damage can be professionally repaired. Little maintenance required.

Does not mar easily. Easy to repair and restore. Does not absorb oils or odors. Resistant to heat damage. Great flexibility; pliable material can be molded to almost any specification.

Laminate

Low ($15-$50)

Cleans easily with basic household kitchen cleaner. Can scratch, stain, crack and chip. Not repairable.

Least expensive to install and replace. Vast color and pattern selection. Does not absorb oils or odors. Not heat-impervious. Limitations on edges and seams.

Quartzite

Medium to High ($45-$100)

Easy to clean, but must be properly sealed first.

Naturally strong, resists heat and hard to stain. In complex jobs, Quartzite could be a more costly option.

(price range per sq. ft.)

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Know Your Kitchen Layouts Know your kitchen. Before you even think about renovating, you must first have a sense of what you’re working with. Or what you’re working toward! Below, we list four types of basic kitchen layouts, according to the NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association). All of these illustrate the concept of the “work triangle.” or the distance between the three main work areas: sink, cooktop and refrigerator. For maximum efficiency, the work triangle should follow these guidelines: • Each triangle leg should be 4 to 9 feet long, and the sum of the three should not exceed 26 feet. • Cabinetry should not intersect any leg of the triangle. • General traffic patterns should not interfere with the work triangle. • Islands should have at least 3 to 4 feet of aisle on each side. Avoid placing the island between two points of the triangle.

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Galley (Two Wall)

L-shape

The galley consists of two facing walls and usually is found in condos and apartments. The work triangle is efficient, but the aisle between the two countertops is narrow. This option is a good plan for one cook.

In this kitchen design, two perpendicular walls contain the three main elements— sink, cooktop and refrigerator—to create a natural triangle. The L-shape kitchen generally will have ample counter space and lends itself to the inclusion of an island.

Speaking of islands...wondering where they are in these illustrations? We asked Brittany Gardner, Certified Kitchen Designer and President Elect for the GA Chapter of NKBA 2015-2017, about islands. Here’s what she said: “Everyone always wants to add an island in remodeling (and new construction) but it’s easier said than done! There are space requirements for islands and homeowners

U-shape

G-shape

The U-shape kitchen uses three walls, or two walls with an attached peninsula. This layout is very efficient because it allows the cook to pivot among the stations, provides excellent storage and can accommodate two cooks. A center island often is included in the larger versions of this plan.

This option is basically a U-shaped kitchen with a fourth wall, which is usually opposite the sink and contains additional appliances, a pantry or a desk. Generally one of the largest layouts, the G-shape allows for more amenities than any other layout.

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Great Expectations What’s Really Possible with Your Budget?

Kitchen/Bath

Kitchen/Bath

Kitchen

ased on

oo

Bath

(Based on 8' x 10' room)

Refresh

Kitchen $15,000 • Can be DIY, though it’s still possible to involve a designer/ contractor • Repaint existing cabinetry • New door/drawer hardware • Update some lighting fixtures • New countertops: laminate, stone or wood (save money by doing a DIY install, or shop remnant slabs at granite/ stone yards). By the way, did you know you can paint your existing laminate tops? • Add fresh paint on walls • Add glass or stone backsplash (Save money by shopping at big box stores, outlet stores or the clearance aisles of specialty stores)

Bath $8,000 – $13,000 • DIY if you are handy or consult with a designer/contractor • Plumbing stays in the same place • Replace fixtures with off the shelf items from big box stores, outlet stores or the clearance aisles of specialty stores. (For example, an all-in-one vanity, or fiberglass shower units) • Countertop replacement: cultured marble or lower end granite • Add accent tile to the backsplash area of the vanity or tub/shower surround • Add fresh paint on the walls • Keep existing vanity: paint or gel stain it • Update accessories: towel bars, mirror, faucet, vanity lighting, and cabinet hardware

Minor

Renovation Kitchen $35,000

Bath $13,000 – $28,000

• Some DIY, but seek design and install assistance from professionals

• Work with a professional designer, licensed contractor, plumber and tile specialist

• Appliance and plumbing locations do not move

• Move some plumbing fixtures

• Re-face current cabinets with new doors and paint/ stain existing boxes • New countertops or resurface existing ones • New cabinetry like ready to assemble cabinets (RTA) or stock options at outlet stores or the clearance aisles of specialty stores • Keep most appliances, possibly replace one or two

• Upgrade toilet to chair height and better flush rating • Upgrade to better quality plumbing fixtures, like copper and bronze, which will last much longer than off-the-shelf options • New tile flooring: porcelain or stone in a pattern like herringbone or with accents of glass or mosaic pieces • New semi-custom vanity cabinets with extra details: painted, distressed or glazed finishes, bump out the sink, add legs or feet for a furniture look, more drawers with customized storage

• New backsplash

• Enlarge shower (remove tub if rarely used or downsize it), add frameless glass surround

• Replace lighting fixtures, cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures

• Utilize tile on the walls or add beadboard or shiplap paneling to add personal flair

• New flooring

• Update all linens and add custom window treatments

Many thanks to Brittany Gardner, CKD, RID, for compiling this helpful chart for our readers. She is with the American Woodmark Corporation, Timberlake Cabinetry, Atlanta, GA. Brittany is a GA Registered Interior Designer with advanced training and specializes in kitchens, baths and custom cabinetry. She has an accredited educational background and holds certifications from the national organizations, NKBA and NCIDQ, known for their high qualification testing and experience requirements. She is immersed in the design community as a volunteer and mentor, recognized as one of the 2014 NKBA’s 30 Under 30 and was recently announced as the President Elect for the GA Chapter of NKBA 2015-2017. For more information visit http://www.nkba.org/Design/Homeowners/ProSearch.aspx

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The Nifty Stuff Our picks for the coolest products for your kitchen and bath!

FACETED GLASS KNOBS: Add a bit of glimmer and glam to your cabinets with stunning glass knobs. You can choose from antique, traditional or even ubermodern styles like the ones seen here, from BGIsland on Etsy.com.

GLASS PITCHER WITH INFUSER: Bring a hint of flavor to your water with this innovative and pretty two piece set from Joss & Main. JossAndMain.com

SELETTI SUBMARINO ACCESSORY SET: This porcelain submarineshaped set will add whimsy to your bathroom while functioning as a soap dispenser, toothbrush holder and catchall. Adorable! AllModern.com

LUMISPLASH: Backsplashes that literally glow. Innovative and mood-enhancing. Add a luxurious, lounge feeling to any kitchen or bath. ATILaminates.com

LAVIDO PANTRY PULL-OUT: This stylish storage solution features a nonslip surface (no sliding around when shelves are in motion) and allows you easier access to your deep cabinets. Hafele.com

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ISENSE TOUCHFREE FAUCETS: Called “The Intelligent Kitchen Faucet,” this fixture is almost like magic. With five sensors and many different styles to choose from, this amazing product will make cooking and cleaning incredibly convenient! Cinaton.com

7-PIECE FROMAGE PORCELAIN CHEESE MARKER SET: This set features six cheese markers and one pen and will add a bit of cool to your next wine and cheese night. JossAndMain.com

LUXURY SHOWER PANEL: This is LineaAqua’s Pearlized “Opal Shower Panel with 4 Body Sprays” and features a glass shelf. (We really want one. Don’t you?) Linea-Aqua.com

BUILT-IN WINE STATION: Turn your kitchen into party central with Dacor’s Discovery WineStation. Holds up to four bottles and no extra plumbing required. Dacor.com

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KRAFTMAID FLEXIBLE TAPE LIGHTING: LED flexible tape lighting is a versatile under-, above- and interior-cabinet lighting option for areas with obstacles and corners. Use it wherever a touch of light adds ambience. KraftMaid.com

IKEA RYSSBY TEACUP: Simple, clean design in a teacup that’s big enough to double as a bowl. Love it. Ikea.com

THE DOCKING DRAWER: The best products are real problem solvers, and does this one ever deliver. It’s a drawer kit that has its own charging outlet. Genius! JTechSolutions.us

ELKAY PERFECT DRAIN: This edgeless drain integrates seamlessly into the bottom of many popular sinks. And it’s pretty! Elkay.com RECYCLED METAL TILES: Stunning, waterproof and eco-friendly. The ones shown here are from AnnSacks.com, which also has a showroom in Buckhead.

UMBRA SALT AND PEPPER SHAKER SET: We love the simple, soothing, sleek lines of this salt and pepper shaker set. Like a little bit of table art! AllModern.com

SNAPPYTRAP: An all-in-one kit, this is an easy DIY kitchen plumbing solution. Fits most kitchen sinks, connects to all disposals. Coflex.com.mx ARTWORK IN TILE: Inject some art into your kitchen or bath renovation. Shown is a 12-tile kit that reproduces Van Gogh’s famous “Starry Night” painting. HomeDepot.com SUBZERO INTEGRATED REFRIGERATOR: What do we like more about this fabulous fridge? The fact that it seemlessly integrates into your decor or that it uses technology developed by NASA? Subzero-Wolf.com

KOHLER’S TOUCHLESS TOILET: Touchless flush offers a more hygienic way to flush the toilet. The Touchless Flush Kit even retrofits most models on today’s market! Kohler.com www.atlantahomeimprovement.com

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Frameless Shower Doors Antique Mirrors Cabinet Door Glass Glass Shelves and Tops Color Glass and Backsplashes

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KITCHEN & BATH PLANNER: American Woodmark Corporation/Timberlake Cabinetry, Timberlake.com. Change Your Bathroom, ChangeYourBathroom.com. CSI Kitchen and Bath Studio, CSIKitchenAndBath.com. Construction Resources, ConstructionResourcesUSA.com. Design Synergy Group, DesignSynergyGroup.net. Designs by BSB, DesignsByBsb.com. MTI Baths, MTIBaths. com. NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association) Georgia Chapter, NKBAga.org. Peachtree Architects, PeachtreeArchitects.com. Specialty Tile Products, SpecialtyTile.com. Woodworks Design, Woodworks-Design.com

Resources Adapted Living Spaces ...................................................................34 Apex Kitchen and Bath .................................................................32 Artisans of Atlanta ..........................................................................26 Atlanta Design and Build ..............................................................24 Britt’s .................................................................................................23 Builder Specialties ..........................................................................48 CC Design Atlanta ...........................................................................36 Chattahoochee Shower Doors ......................................................51 Construction Resources/Cambria .........................................42, 43 Cowan Supply ..................................................................................34 CSI Kitchen and Bath Studio ........................................................56 Custom Professional Remodeling ...............................................48 Designs by BSB ................................................................................28 Diversified Cabinet Distributors ...................................................55 Drexler Shower Door Company, Inc. ...........................................54 Elkay Sinks + Faucets/Noland Co. Atlanta Kitchen & Bath Design Center .............................................................................38, 39 Fern Valley .........................................................................................41 European Sink ..................................................................................28

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Glass Doctor......................................................................................40 Green Basements and Remodeling..............................................32 Keiffer Phillips Patricia Brown Builders, Inc. .............................26 Howard Payne ..................................................................................36 Miele...................................................................................................30 NKBA (National Kitchen & Bath Association) ............................48 Old Castle Surface ...........................................................................24 PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting ........................................................46 Pull-Out Shelf ...................................................................................34 Specialty Tile Products ...................................................................36 Stone City Inc. ..................................................................................22

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Universal Design (UD) is a term used to describe a building and home layout that provides maximum amount of accessibility for a home, regardless of age or physical abilities. A UD home is one that allows accessibility for the majority of the people, thus the term “universal.” It is designed in such a way that an entire family may grow up and later retire in it. Instead of the one-size-fits-all-homes that were commonly built up until the 21st century, contractors and remodelers that understand Universal Design have started to build homes for your comfort. Universal Design, when well adapted, it is not even noticeable. Take your luggage for example. Twenty years ago, only children used luggage with roller wheels. Today 99 percent of all luggage sold has wheels on it. It’s a universal design that works very well and is used by the vast majority of travelers across the globe. Well designed homes will be just as convenient and considered much more attractive.

functional design. It can also be easily used by children on stools or our friends that happen to visit with walkers or wheelchairs.” There are a lot of other new advances in kitchen technology that can make your family members life so much easier, according to Barbaro Ponce, owner of Adapted Living Spaces. Some dishwashers are now designed as drawers to make them easier to load and unload, and some ovens now can be installed at a lower level, with doors that are hinged on the side instead of the bottom, making them easier to navigate around and use. “Remember to install cooktops with controls near the front,” Ponce says. And when possible, opt for glass top ranges. Pots are easier to slide around and help prevent spills.

Marsters agrees that lighting is key. “When you add lighting under your upper cabinets to highlight and help light your countertops, you are showing off your kitchen, improving visibility, all while creating a workspace that helps people with limited visibility better see what is on the countertop.”

Don’t forget lighting either, says designer Robin Lamonte. “Adding more lighting in the rooms is key to Universal Design. Installing pre-lit switches to both the kitchen and bathroom for those last night trips is important.” Try an amber tone for this kind of lighting feature. Soft amber is more conducive to keeping you in a relaxed “sleep mode”

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drawers to roll 95 percent out, versus the usual 50 percent. This helps provide access to the harder to reach backs of the drawer. You can also easily switch out any small round knobbed drawer pulls and door handles to lever type or long handles, which are easier to grab onto. A more extensive remodel of your bath might include the installation of a new vanity that has room under the sink to fit a wheelchair. Ponce also recommends installing grab bars by the toilet area and in the shower. And speaking of showers, you might consider installing a “roll in” shower. These have no lip and extra room, allowing a shower chair to be rolled right into the shower itself. Whatever room you adapt, and however extensive those modifications are, know that this is the best kind of “home improvement.” It’s the kind that doesn’t just make your home more aesthetically pleasing, but also more welcoming and more comfortable for the people you love.

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Money, Money, Money Homeowners are often shocked by how many checks they have to write over the course of a renovation. If you are think you’ll pay all at once at the end, you are sadly mistaken. So make sure you have enough cash at the ready to cover down payments as well as “draws” along the way. Checks will soon be flying away from your checkbook like expensive little butterflies. According to Brad Cruickshank of Cruickshank, Inc., “On smaller projects, the percentage of total job cost paid upfront may be significantly higher than on larger projects. For example, 50 percent. Many of these projects are on a short schedule and the contractor must arrive with all of the materials on day one. Many smaller projects also require large amounts of labor for which the contractor may need to pay weekly.” Designer Robin Lamonte has her own budget-related homeowner story to share. “You must do enough homework on how much a kitchen or bathroom renovation costs. The ‘wants’ list MUST equal the budget. You can’t spend $20,000 on high-end appliances for a renovation with a $50,000 budget! I once had a homeowner first purchase all her high-end appliances and then come to me for the rest of the renovation.” That homeowner had burned through so much of her total budget already. That’s why

Generally speaking, renovations ain’t pretty. Or quiet. Or clean. Or quick! Even simple renovations can take longer than expected. “For a shower enclosure, allow one to two weeks from the time measurements are taken until the actual install,” says David Drexler of Drexler Shower Door of Atlanta. Michelle Fee of Change Your Bathroom says, “The biggest issue we run into is that homeowners don’t realize the mess and dust involved in a renovation. The second issue is how long it realistically takes to completely renovate a bathroom from the studs up. Realistically, it’s two months from start to finish.” That’s 60 days of unusable sinks, dusty tarps, construction noise and human beings tromping through your personal space. Before your contractor begins, ask them realistically how long the renovation is going to take…and then mentally tack on at least an extra week or more. That little buffer could save your sanity when you need it most, during those last lingering days of renovation.

Know Your Limits One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself is to know and obey your limits during a renovation. When you spend months poring over design magazines and dreaming on Pinterest, you get accustomed to changing your mind. If you’re spending the money you are spending, you should be able to tweak it along the way and get it exactly right, right? Wrong.

Though the end result is always worth it…renovations ain’t pretty. Or quiet. Or clean. Or quick! Knowing what to expect can make the process much less stressful.

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“I often have to remind my homeowners that once the cabinets have been ordered, they cannot change the design layout of the kitchen,” Lamonte says. “And I have to be firm about this! I once had a client go shopping for too-large refrigerators and ranges that cost him dearly. He was warned not to do this but did it anyway.” As important as research and planning is, it might even be more important to make yourself stick to the final plan. Lamonte’s client (who she calls one of her best) was lucky to have her there to help explain these mistakes. If you are DIY-ing it at all, you won’t have that helpful voice in your ear. So don’t do it. Stick to the plan and you could save yourself lots of money...and heartache! Editorial Resources begin on page 74 ATLANTA HOME IMPROVEMENT DECEMBER 2014

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Shower or Bath? A hot bubble bath or being massaged by a jetted tub has long been a way to indulge in a relaxing, spa-like environment. But today, showers have become the new bubble bath, with a variety of showerheads as well as steam-, light- and aromatherapy options available. “You still need at least one tub in the home for the little ones,” notes Robin Lamonte with Rooms Revamped, adding that if you must have a tub for yourself or for resale value, choose a freestanding tub. She explains that the new trend is, “large walk-in showers with a built-in bench and two showerheads, one handheld.” You should note that this does not mean spa-like baths are a dying trend (in fact, the opposite is true). Instead, it’s the type of spalike amenities that are changing. “What’s out for baths are spaces where you just use the facilities,” says Bridgit L. Taylor with BTaylored Designs. “What’s in is a place where you can unwind and relax for hours with all of the

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luxurious towels, ottomans to place a nice robe, etc.” David Drexler from Drexler Shower Door sees 2015 as a year for curbless showers, along with antique mirrors. “I would also say that brass hardware may be making a comeback,” he adds, “especially unlacquered brass.”

Color Me Chic The easiest way to update a room is to paint the walls a new color—the same is true for kitchens and baths. For 2015, bathroom colors are trending away from neutrals and toward a richer hue. “While earth tones are subtly working their way out, golds are making an entrance in a new, fresh way,” says Michelle Fee with Change Your Bathroom. For the kitchen, paint colors

themselves are a trend for 2015. Chelsey Wynn with Wellborn Cabinet notes that the most common paint colors for cabinetry will be whites and other neutrals, such as gray. Taylor agrees: “Clutter and dark

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will also be a big trend for kitchen and bath walls in 2015,

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combining “stones, metals, fabrics/wallpaper and styles

Traditionally, kitchens are designed with a triangle in mind: one

(traditional and modern) of cabinets and lighting,” she says.

point is the stovetop, the second is the refrigerator and the third

Cabinet Changes “Kitchen design is still heading in the direction of transitional,” Wynn says. This means cabinetry is trending toward simple, clean lines and away from door styles with a lot of mouldings and embellishments, although Wynn won’t say traditional styling is on its way out. “’Out’ is not a term that we use because there are still people that are in the market for traditional kitchens,” she explains. This is especially true among Southerners, though many are discovering that the trend of glass-front doors is not the way to go. “Our clients realize they don’t have enough nice stuff to display,” Lamonte says. This speaks to the focus on function (rather than pure style or display) in kitchens, which was a trend for 2014 and will continue into 2015. Look for cabinets with built-in electronic charging areas and other customized storage. “Pots and pan drawers,” Lamonte forecasts, “and lots of pullouts!”

is the sink—the three most-used items in a kitchen. However, beginning in 2014 and moving into 2015, kitchen designers are using a different approach: the zone design. “Zone design is the process of grouping together kitchen activities to better fit the need of the clients—multiple cooks, kid’s activities, etc.,” Gardner explains.

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cleaning—but there are also auxiliary zones for things like baking and beverage and communication centers. “Designers can tailor the kitchen to the client’s needs by combining zones and eliminating ones that do not fit their lifestyle.”

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and hoods. She also adds that a mix of door styles is also

makeover, you first need to know the look you’re going for.

common, such as both full overlay and inset doors.

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“A perfect example of what we are seeing in transitional

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kitchens are stained cabinets on the perimeter with a pop

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of color on the island,” Wynn says, “or painted kitchen cabinets on the perimeter with a stained island.”

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The Real Nitty-Gritty Budget, Timeline and Inconvenience Realities of Renovation It’s all fun and games until you’re eating

you’ll continue to see advice like this throughout this issue: do your research, and lots of it.

breakfast on a tarp. Homeowners are often seduced by home makeover TV shows that take kitchens from drab to fab. But the road between drab and fab is decidedly unglamorous. Sure, the end result is completely worth it. Keeping your eyes on the shiny, new, renovated prize is one way to keep your renovation stress to minimum. Knowing what to expect will help, too. Here are some renovation realities...

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An Inconvenient Truth Generally speaking, renovations ain’t pretty. Or quiet. Or clean. Or quick! Even simple renovations can take longer than expected. “For a shower enclosure allow one to two weeks from the time measurements are taken until the actual install,” says David Drexler of Drexler Shower Door of Atlanta.

Money, Money, Money

Michelle Fee of Change Your Bathroom says, “The biggest issue we run into is that homeowners don’t realize the mess and dust involved in a renovation. The second issue is how long it realistically takes to completely renovate a bathroom from the studs up. Realistically, its two months from start to finish.“

Homeowners are often shocked by how many checks they have to write over the course of a renovation. If you are think you’ll pay all at once at the end, you are sadly mistaken. So make sure you have enough cash at the ready to cover down payments as well as “draws” along the way. Checks will soon be flying away from your checkbook like expensive little butterflies.

That’s 60 days of unusable sinks, dusty tarps, construction noise and human beings tromping through your personal space. Before your contractor begins, ask them realistically how long the renovation is going to take…and then mentally tack on at least an extra week or more. That little buffer could save your sanity when you need it most, during those last lingering days of renovation.

According to Brad Cruickshank of Cruickshank, Inc., “On smaller projects, the percentage of total job cost paid upfront may be significantly higher than on larger projects. For example, 50 percent. Many of these projects are on a short schedule and the contractor must arrive with all of the materials on day one. Many smaller projects also require large amounts of labor for which the contractor may need to pay weekly.”

Know Your Limits

Designer Robin Lamonte has her own budget-related homeowner story to share. “You must do enough homework on how much a kitchen or bathroom renovation costs. The ‘wants’ list MUST equal the budget. You can’t spend $20,000 on high-end appliances for a renovation with a $50,000 budget! I once had a homeowner first purchase all her high-end appliances and then come to me for the rest of the renovation.” That homeowner had burned through so much of her total budget already. That’s why

One of the biggest favors you can do for yourself is to know and obey your limits during a renovation. When you spend months poring over design magazines and dreaming on Pinterest, you get accustomed to changing your mind. If you’re spending the money you are spending, you should be able to tweak it along the way and get it exactly right, right? Wrong. “I often have to remind my homeowners that once the cabinets have been ordered, they cannot change the design layout of the kitchen,” Lamonte says. “And I have to be firm about this! I once had a client go shopping for too-large refrigerators and ranges that cost him dearly. He was warned not to do this but did it anyway.”

Though the end result is always worth it…renovations ain’t pretty. Or quiet. Or clean. Or quick! Knowing what to expect can make the process much less stressful.

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As important as research and planning is, it might even be more important to make yourself stick to the final plan. Lamonte’s client (who she calls one of her best) was lucky to have her there to help explain these mistakes. If you are DIY-ing it at all, you won’t have that helpful voice in your ear. So don’t do it. Stick to the plan and you could save yourself lots of money...and heartache! Editorial Resources begin on page 74 63

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A hot bubble bath or being massaged by a

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What’s in and what’s out for kitchens and baths By Kathy Kantorski

kitchens and baths. For 2015, bathroom colors are trending away from neutrals and toward a richer hue. “While earth tones are subtly

working their way out, golds are making an

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Kitchen & Bath 2015 Workbook - Budget Planner, Countertop Materials Pros & Cons, Kitchen Layouts, How Extensive a Remodel can you really Aff...

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Kitchen & Bath 2015 Workbook - Budget Planner, Countertop Materials Pros & Cons, Kitchen Layouts, How Extensive a Remodel can you really Aff...