How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost in Minneapolis/St. Paul?

The question that all clients want to know is not a simple one to answer. With so many factors that go into a kitchen remodel, the overall cost can vary significantly depending on the scope of work to be completed and the finishes to be installed. Are you replacing cabinets and countertop? Are you changing your flooring material? Do you want to expand the room by removing a wall? All of these things impact the overall price of the remodel.

At Crystal Kitchen + Bath, we strive to provide you with information on average investments and factors that affect the overall cost. Let’s look at the definition of an “average investment”. The national “Remodeling Magazine” compiles an annual “Cost vs Value Report” each January for our region. The report breaks down an average remodel of various rooms in the home, including the kitchen. Pricing for the kitchen is broken into three categories – all are based on a 200 sq. ft. room.

  • Minor Kitchen Remodel: New countertops, backsplash, plumbing fixtures and maybe some new appliances. Existing cabinets to remain.
    = $22,000, recouped at resale 78 percent
  • Average Kitchen Remodel: New cabinets, plastic laminate countertops, mid-range appliances and plumbing fixtures, resilient flooring and paint walls.
    = $64,400, recouped at resale 66 percent
  • Major Upscale Kitchen Remodel: New Cabinets, natural stone or quartz countertops, higher end appliances, wood flooring, new lighting, tile backsplash and some minor structural changes.
    = $128,700, recouped at resale 60 percent

Cost Difference Makers

Two main factors impact the overall cost of a remodel: Scope of work and products & materials.

Scope of work applies to all labor and any structural changes made to the kitchen. Do you want to remove walls? Relocate your sink? Add a window? Replace flooring and new appliances? The more you are changing, the higher the price of your remodel.

  • Labor is about 55 percent of your kitchen remodel budget.
  • The size of your kitchen and bath may not make a substantial difference in the price of labor due to the fact that it still requires the same number of subcontractors in a small kitchen as it does for a larger kitchen.
  • A home built in the early 1900s will cost more to remodel, than a home built in the 1980s. The reason why that is an older home will require more mechanical work to bring it up to current building codes to complete the remodel.

Product and material choices actually affect your overall cost the most. The good news is that you have control over these choices. This is also the major factor that tends to sneak up on homeowners. Browsing on Houzz or Pinterest, homeowners find designs and features that they love without understanding how they impact the cost. Product accounts for the main difference you see between the average and the upscale kitchen remodel cost in the report. We have compiled some of the most cost-influential factors below to help homeowners collect inspiration with an enlightened eye.

  • Cabinet construction: Customization, wood species and finish choices can vary the cost of a project by 30 percent or more. Inset cabinet construction costs more than full-overlay door construction. The number of cabinets in the new design will impact cost. A galley kitchen typically has fewer cabinets than an L-shaped kitchen with an island.
  • Countertop selection: Choosing a plastic laminate material (Formica), solid surface material (Corian), or standard stocked granite versus a unique quartzite, rare natural stone or quartz (Cambria) will impact the cost. The square footage of material, amount of finished edges and the number of cut outs, also affect the price. A matte, honed, antiqued or leather finish on stone or quartz will add to the cost.
  • Appliances: Do you want fully integrated appliances, such as Subzero or Wolf versus more free-standing appliances, such as Whirlpool? The number of appliances in the kitchen will add costs, such as having a separate cooktop and wall oven versus a range.
  • Flooring: Solid ¾” wood floor or tile is more expensive than a vinyl floor.
  • Plumbing Fixtures: Apron front sink costs more than a drop-in sink. The new gold and matt black finishes cost more than polished chrome.
  • Backsplash tile: Handmade tile with a custom design cost more than a simple subway tile.

Finally, all these pieces fit together to account for the difference in the cost you see in the Cost vs Value report.

Who is Crystal Kitchen + Bath?

Crystal Kitchen + Bath have been in business for over 45 years with our focus on remodeling. Although we have completed many kitchens and bathroom remodels, we also do other rooms in the home such as, laundry, mudrooms, home offices, lower levels and family rooms. Our award winning design staff is here to help you create a one of a kind space that is functional and you feel was worth the investment.

Ready to take the next step? Contact us to arrange a complimentary consultation about your project at our showroom.

Kitchen Remodel in Edina, MN

Whatever vision you have for your home, the professional Minnesota design/build team at Crystal Kitchen + Bath can help you customize and build the kitchen of your dreams.

About This Edina, MN Kitchen Remodel

Still in love with their picture-book Cape Cod style home in Edina after more than 25 years, these empty nesters sought the experienced team at Crystal Kitchen + Bath to turn their less than functional main floor into an open and inviting space, taking advantage of their beautiful blooming back yard and creating the perfect space to entertain their many friends and family.

This glowing transformation was not without its challenges. Creating a dynamic design that remedies uneven ceiling heights (consisting of two smaller rooms and a sunroom), heating and insulation issues, relocating a fireplace and adding necessary support columns, CKB designer Mary Maney rearranged the rooms into one open space by removing walls between the two smaller rooms of the kitchen and leveling out the ceiling. Structural columns were added and wrapped in custom cabinetry and included in the second island to provide needed support between the kitchen and sunroom in addition to providing a visual divider between the living and cooking spaces. To correct heating issues in the sunroom, more insulation was included, a new electric fireplace replaced an existing window seat that now offers the room another heat source and a lovely focal point. Obstructed air ducts were also fixed for better circulation.

These Edina homeowners now adore every inch of their home and are loving it’s new found functionality with a bright, open layout. Not one but two islands are perfect for small and large gatherings alike. A lovely built-in hutch to store specialty china, seasonal goods and entertaining linens adds sparkle to the space. Their new custom cabinetry not only carries on the classic lines of the home, but each and every cabinet was optimized for storage including the perfect pullouts and accessories to be sure every bowl and utensil has its place. Finally, the white beadboard Sunroom creates a cozy spot for reading quietly by the fireplace or dining with guests. They now have an amazing new space to enjoy in the home they have loved for so many years.

Would you like to see this Edina remodel for yourself? Attend our unveiling party on Friday, September 27th from 4-6 pm! Learn more.

Fun Facts: Edina Community

  • The first suburban development in Edina happened in the early 1900s in Morningside, a neighborhood in the northeastern part of the community.
  • Edina contains eight miles of scenic recreational trails for walking, jogging, biking, and skiing.
  • Several major motion pictures have been filmed in Edina including “The Mighty Ducks” and “Fargo”.

Are You an Edina Homeowner With a Remodel in Mind?

Request your kitchen remodel consultation today by contacting us online, by phone or in person at our West Metro showroom!

To see more photos of this project, visit the portfolio here.

Kitchen Remodel in Eden Prairie, MN

Enhance your home! Crystal Kitchen + Bath is committed to meeting the premium custom home remodeling needs of clients throughout the Minneapolis area, including Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Wayzata, and its surrounding communities. Our expert craftsmen and designers are passionate about improving your life and home.

About This Eden Prairie, MN Kitchen Remodel

With the idea of brining their love for the South Pacific islands into their 1989 split-level home in the heart of Eden Prairie, these homeowners knew they had to do their research to find a design/build company that shared their vision for a relaxing retreat that would serve them into their retirement.

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When the couple purchased their home more than 28 years ago, they fell in love with the location. A quite street with easy access to nature trails. Back then they thought this was the perfect starter home. Almost 3 decades later, their starter home has become their retirement home and they wanted it to reflect their current lifestyle favoring comfort and relaxation.

Initially meeting with designer Mary Maney of Crystal Kitchen + Bath to transform their bathroom into a spa retreat, they immediately moved onto the main floor as they were thrilled with the joy that the bathroom brought to their home.

The kitchen and dining room were rarely used because they were so compact so designs were created to add a more functional layout that took advantage of the beautiful back yard. Large windows were added along with an island and a two sided fireplace. Vaulted ceilings accentuate the contemporary design and the fireplace not only lends itself to an awe-inspiring focal point, it now that splits the two rooms.

Modernized Jenn-Air appliances, bamboo cabinetry, Cambria countertops and an exclusive, dimensional backsplash tile add a present-day appearance to the kitchen. Both rooms include high tech features such as motorized windows, motorized art-on-canvas screens to conceal TVs when not in use, smart lighting and audio system, and an interior/exterior home monitoring system.

To see more of this project, visit the portfolio here.

Fun Facts: Eden Prairie Community

Are You an Eden Prairie Homeowner With a Remodel in Mind?

We provide a unique kind of renovation service that puts the client first. At Crystal Kitchen + Bath, clients are treated with respect and consideration, just as we’d treat our own family. You can count on our team for straightforward answers and an incomparable experience.

Because we care more about our satisfying our clients than profits, our team focuses on quality with every project. We will make sure every moment of your experience with us is pleasant, and we work hard to exceed your expectations.

If you’re ready to enhance your Eden Prairie home, contact our friendly staff online, by phone or by stopping by our Crystal showroom. Whether you’ve already imagined the entire project or are looking for the right solution, we are ready to help. We look forward to working with you!

A Guide to Planning the Best (and Most Magical) Lighting for Your Kitchen Remodel

There’s no doubt decorative lighting has taken center stage in kitchen design.  From gorgeous pendant lights to wonderful wall mounted sconces, design is in every last detail of the kitchen design process.  Follow these tips to creating a sparkling space with the perfect light for every task. 

Assessing your kitchen

The first step in planning a lighting installation is understanding the functions of your kitchen, and how the light will interact within your space. There are three types of lighting: General, task, and accent. Each one needs to be understood before you tackle a lighting plan in a kitchen renovation.

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Recessed light fixtures are an excellent way to introduce general light to a kitchen. Their simplistic design also forces your attention to the stunning chandelier hanging above the island kitchen.

Credit: Spacecrafting Photography


General lighting

General lighting is exactly what its name suggests. It provides broad, primary light for the room. The purpose of general lighting is to emit soft and blanketed illumination without being too harsh and bright. It is also commonly referred to as ambient lighting since it directly influences the overall tone and mood of the room.

A great example of a functional yet stylish general lighting is recessed lighting. Recessed lighting is an attractive choice because of its minimalistic design while also providing enough light without demanding too much attention. This gives you room for choosing more decorative pieces for your task and accent lighting.

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These mauve colored pendant lights add just the perfect amount of task lighting above this kitchen’s work area, all the while giving just the right amount of contrast to this clean, midcentury modern kitchen renovation.

Credit: Spacecrafting Photography


Task lighting

Task lighting is a much smaller source of light compared to general lighting because it’s designed to provide lighting in specific work areas. This type of lighting highlights particular workspaces (i.e., above the stove, under a cabinet, above an island), and is installed for more practical uses. The purpose is to provide direct, contrasting light to maximize productivity in the designated space.

Task lighting works very well in a room that has many dark corners, which is common in kitchens due to shadows from cabinetry. Under-cabinet lights give you just the right amount of light to be able to see where to clean and what you are preparing for dinner, so they are an excellent choice for task lighting.

Another common form of task lighting in kitchens is an overhead light above a kitchen island. This gives an opportunity to experiment with decorative pieces, such as pendant lighting, which will really make a statement and bring out the beauty of your kitchen. 

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While these fixtures could be considered task lighting, the continuation of the colorful and intricate design that mimics the mural behind really makes these lights stand out, making them a focal point of this kitchen.


Accent lighting

Accent lighting offers even more concentrated light compared to task lighting, but its purpose differs. While task lighting is functional lighting, accent lighting is decorative. The primary role of accent lighting is to provide a focal point for the room, by illuminating a specific object or part of the room, such as artwork, photos, or to bring out the natural beauty of your home’s unique architecture, or to bring attention to the light fixture itself.

Once you’ve evaluated which types of lighting are necessary for your kitchen to remodel, it’s time to map out your light plan for the right lighting fixtures. Traditionally, lighting was necessary for its practical uses. But with innovations in design and functionality, you can create a magical yet effective lighting experience right in your kitchen.

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An example of a lighting plan blueprint created by the experts at Crystal Kitchen + Bath.

Kitchen Remodel in Plymouth, MN

Transform your kitchen! Crystal Kitchen + Bath is a custom kitchen + bath remodeling company serving homeowners in Plymouth, MN and its surrounding communities. Schedule your estimate today by contacting us online, by phone or by visiting our Twin Cities showroom.

About This Plymouth, MN Kitchen Remodel

The architect of this split-level Plymouth home with a beautiful lake view had a vision for a custom kitchen to complete a main level remodel + a full art studio addition. The homeowners were intrigued by this concept and asked Crystal Kitchen + Bath designer, Carol Kornac to bring the architect’s vision for a modern yet functional kitchen to life.

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The design required careful attention to the cabinetry including a number of custom alterations to ensure the most precise visual details. With the limited number of wall cabinets it was important that each and every base cabinet was precisely designed to make the best use of all of the space . The dimensions of the homeowner’s glassware, cooking utensils and silverware were carefully considered to ensure the drawers and roll-outs were designed to perfectly accommodate all of their existing pieces. Drawer accessories were uniquely configured to fit the family’s cooking pots and pans, and new roll-outs were added to the cabinets for the proper organization of daily use items.

The homeowners chose to install the very modern, frameless Encore cabinets by Crystal Cabinet Works. The they contrasting cabinetry was made up of Celeste cabinets in designer white and Como cabinets finished in Nolce Daniella laminate for a warm yet modern pattern. A dramatic “bridge” of peninsula wall cabinets, which can be opened from both sides, suspends from the soffit to provide a visual division of the space in addition to extra storage for seasonal items.

One unique detail requested by the architect was to have the end panels that support the snack bar scored. This was designed to continue the line of the toe kick height without having a recessed toe kick and we have to say, they nailed it. Not a detail missed in this space.

This kitchen remodel required exceptional attention to detail. Crystal Kitchen + Bath brought the architect’s vision of continuity of lines and reveals to life through careful planning and meticulous custom cabinetry modifications. It’s no doubt that this space is deserving of an award and Crystal Cabinet Works has awarded it the 2019 Crystal Choice award of excellence but the true reward was creating a beautiful and functional space that the homeowners can enjoy for a lifetime.

Are You a Plymouth Homeowner With a Remodel in Mind?

If you are a Plymouth homeowner in need of professional kitchen remodeling services, contact us today! A beautiful custom kitchen remodel isn’t just a dream with expert assistance from Crystal Kitchen + Bath.

4 Tips to Bring Hygge Into Your Kitchen Remodel

Scandinavian design has become an increasingly popular trend throughout the home in the past few years. It embraces simplicity and minimalism by emphasizing pale colors, clean lines and exposed wood. This creates a bright and peaceful look in the home. Even more recently, a newer twist on Scandinavian design has become more popular, Hygge.

Hygge (pronounced hugh-gah) is a Danish word that means to attain a feeling of coziness and contentment. Hygge brings together textures, colors, and other finishing touches to bring comfort to your home.

Of all places to bring comfortable Hygge vibes in your home, what better place than to start than the kitchen? Here are some tips for you to implement a Hygge design into your kitchen remodel.

Varying Shades of White and Gray

With Scandinavian design being all about simplicity, it doesn’t get any simpler than white and gray. While these colors may seem frigid by themselves, bringing them together using Hygge can create a welcoming tranquility within your kitchen.

To really match the concept of Hygge, choose natural countertops such as Carrara marble or the absolute newest in indestructible quarts, Sintered by Corian. Pair these with white or soft grey cabinets and bleached wood. This will give your kitchen the Scandinavian influence you’re looking for.

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Warm & Brushed Metals

Warmer, rosier, metals are the softer compliment you need to make Hygge come to life. When choosing appliances and kitchen accent pieces, copper and brass are a great fit. Let your imagination run wild, there are plenty of options to help you capture that cozy feeling.

 

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Wood

A cornerstone of Scandinavian design is the use of wood. Whether it’s with your flooring, countertops, or cabinetry, implementing pale and soft wood colors helps amplify that welcoming feeling in your home. If you’re interested in creating a farmhouse feel, cabinetry with a natural finish are a great place to start.

Soft Pastels

The world of Hygge doesn’t just revolve around a white and gray color scheme. Adding pops of color throughout the kitchen in softer shades of pink, blue, and green can perfectly compliment your individual style and enhance the comfort in your kitchen.

When you layer different textures and colors, you can deliver on a space that captures the true spirit of Hygge. Whether you’re cooking, cleaning, or entertaining, you can always feel at peace in your kitchen.

Need some help creating the perfect Hygge inspired space for your home. Please contact one of our experienced designers. They can help you with every last detail, from design to installation.

3 Reasons to Have Cherry Wood Cabinets Installed in Your Kitchen

Choosing new cabinets for your kitchen can be a discouraging task. There are seemingly endless designs and styles of cabinetry available.

At Crystal Kitchen + Bath, one type of cabinet we often recommend to our remodeling clients is cherry wood. Read on to learn how cherry wood cabinets can improve the mood and appeal of your kitchen.

The advantages of cherry wood cabinets

A sense of warmth

The calming color of cherry wood creates an appealing look that makes you feel at home. Its rich appearance features a soft, satin like grain that blends flawlessly with many other woods. Visually, cherry wood cabinets can be a great addition to essentially any décor in your kitchen.

Varying designs

Cherry wood cabinets will complement all types of kitchen designs. Our designers have used this versatile wood in both modern and traditional kitchens. No matter your style, our home design showroom is full of cherry wood kitchen displays and an extensive sample room where you are sure to find the finish and style that match perfectly with your personal design.

Beautiful appearance

Cherry wood cabinets from Crystal Kitchen + Bath feature a warm, color that intensifies when exposed to light. In a natural finish, cherry cabinets vary from medium to light brown and often include shades of white, gray and even green. As the wood ages it often slowly changes into a beautiful rich golden red but will not continue to darken.

Cherry wood is a hardwood which also resists cracking and warping. This makes it a perfect option for kitchens.

Are you in need of kitchen cabinets that are visually stunning and offer a sense of warmth to your family and guests? The home remodeling professionals at Crystal Kitchen + Bath will help you establish the perfect cabinet design for your kitchen. To schedule your consultation (or to have your questions answered), don’t hesitate to contact us online, call us at 763-544-5950 or visit our Minneapolis office off Winnetka Avenue North. We look forward to hearing from you!

Kitchen Design Trends You Will Love

If you are into home renovation, perhaps the most fun project to take on is a kitchen remodeling. There is so much to consider, and so many options from which to choose that you can almost certainly get what you are looking for, no matter what your tastes are. What you end up doing will depend on several factors, such as your budget and the style you like. It is never a bad idea to go with a trendy look to keep your kitchen looking modern and refreshed.

White

Surprisingly enough, white is a current kitchen design trend. This might seem strange, since there is no end to the nasties that will show up prominently on white, but it’s true. Painting walls is also an inexpensive way to freshen up your kitchen and add some light to it. It is also easy to paint over should you wish to change it or the trends change at any time.

Stainless Steel

When it comes to appliances, stainless steel is the current king. They are usually more expensive than their white counterparts, but they come with several benefits. Steel is easier to sanitize, which is why it’s used in commercial kitchens, and there are usually more features that the homeowner will enjoy. When it comes to overall functionality and appearance, it’s worth spending the extra money on.

Glass

Glass-front cabinets are becoming all the rage, especially for smaller kitchens. Glass can give off the appearance of a larger space. It will make it feel similar to having open shelving. Plus, with glass you are able to see inside the cabinets so that you always know if you are opening the right one. They can be designed to look rustic or modern, so they will never be out of style.

Farmhouse

If you are looking for a little nostalgia, then farmhouse sinks might be just for you. These larger sinks have depth to them, so you are not as likely to splash yourself, and you can fit in pots and pans of any size.

After the excitement of deciding to do a kitchen remodel, the hard part of designing the space comes into play. Choose from these trends to create a kitchen that is stylish, practical, and fun.

Are you interested in remodeling your kitchen with an elegant, modern, look? Contact the remodeling professionals at Crystal Kitchen + Bath online or by calling 763-544-5950

How to Improve The Layout of Your Midcentury Modern Kitchen

The kitchens in midcentury homes can be very difficult to remodel. At the time, kitchens were often made to maximize functionality in tight spaces. That makes creating a larger dream kitchen very challenging and potentially expensive since you may have to create enough space from other rooms or through an addition. There are, however, ways you can update your midcentury kitchen to make it more beautiful but without sacrificing functionality and keeping the efficiency layout.

You should always remember that just because the layout and design of your kitchen might seem dated, you do not have to get rid of everything. Most of the kitchens were built in a galley style, which usually means two parallel counters. Usually there was some kind of connection from the kitchen to the dining area and even the living room. There is no harm in incorporating the features of the kitchen and giving them an updated flavor. Here are some ways you can do that.

Work With the Galley

Nowadays, many homeowners are moving to larger kitchens instead of keeping the compact space of the original. If your budget does not allow for expansion, then there is a lot you can still do while embracing that vintage layout. The galley kitchen does have the advantage of being efficient, so you can make use of that. If you are not going to spend on expansion, then splurge on some high-end appliances and equipment. You can use durable and high-quality materials for your fixtures and new cabinets as well. New countertops and cabinets will make your kitchen look like a whole different room.

Update Your Materials

The craftsmanship that went into those kitchens was excellent, and the homes were built to last. You can update the finishes in your kitchen without disturbing those sturdy bones. Quartz countertops will make your counters as tough as the frame. You can choose bolder colors like teal to create a more modern and funky vibe while maintaining some of that midcentury charm. Play with the modern touches in conjunction with some of the older finishes to create a look and feel that is all your own.

Floating Kitchen

Many of those midcentury kitchens were made in what is known as a floating kitchen style. That means that the kitchen is connected to the exterior walls of the building. This can make the space seem larger even though it is still compact. For a modern remodel, you can float some cabinets above the counter. This can help tie the kitchen with the room next to it. It’s a great way to honor the original design while still giving a modern twist. If the counter is truly floating and does not touch any walls, then it creates a more open space that flows nicely.

Smart Storage

One of the problems with a compact kitchen is having enough storage space for all of your utensils, small appliances, pots, and pans. There are still ways to make everything fit by being creative. For instance, there are often unused corners that can be repurposed into storage areas. Diagonal drawers and dividers that are custom made for your space can help you make use of every space possible. You can also hide storage spaces behind wall panels. Also, if you’re looking to store a lot of your home good without getting standard 24 inch, cabinets, cabinets that are 15 inches deep can give you exactly what you need with a more subtle appearance.

Embrace Nature

Add some elements that will complement the nature that is outside the home. Counter-to-ceiling windows can help bring that nature inside, which in turn makes the space seem more expansive. White countertops and cabinets will attract the natural light, and even reflect the colors from outside to give your kitchen a nice “patio” feel to it. Those colors will become a part of your interior design while still being outside with the bugs, dirt, and other things you would not want in your kitchen.

Just because you have a midcentury home with a compact kitchen, it does not mean that you have to sacrifice functionality or beauty in your pursuit of a dream kitchen.

How a Kitchen Island Can Improve Your Space

There may not be a homeowner in the world who does not wish they had more space in their kitchen. Whether they are lacking room in their cabinets, or space on their counter for food prep, there always seems to be a need for more. There may be a simple solution to a kitchen space problem, however. A custom kitchen island can give you the space and functionality you need, while also adding a splash of style to your kitchen.

All kitchens are different. They are different sizes and shapes, and have different styles and vibes to them. A custom kitchen island can be formatted to fit the decor and size of your kitchen, no matter what. Working with a professional designer means you can have that counter space, cabinet space, and even an extra sink or other components to make your kitchen complete.

Appliances and Counter Space

Extra counter and appliance storage space might be the most common reasons that someone is looking for a new island. It is a great way to provide that extra prep space, and also have a spot for those heavy mixers and other larger appliances that might not fit in the current cabinets. Islands also allow for easier access, so you may not have to move everything around or contort yourself to get at that mixer. There are also installable tools like appliance lifts and special shelves that make it easy to take things out and put them away.

Complement Your Workspace

When considering where to put your island, it is a good idea to make note of where everything is already placed in your kitchen. Generally, it is good kitchen practice to place the things you use most, such as your oven, refrigerator, and sink, close together so you can access them all quickly and without interrupting kitchen traffic. With bigger kitchens, this can be difficult. Placing an island in the middle of a larger kitchen will make that the central prep space, and make for easier access to everything else. This can make your space more user-friendly and allow you to enjoy your kitchen even more.

Big Islands

The current trend for kitchen islands is to go bigger. Some are even installing islands up to 11 feet. The bigger they are, the more storage and features they can hold. That means along with that workspace and appliance storage, there can be a spot for stools, for instance. You can have everyone sitting together while the meal is being prepared. It is important not to go too big, however. A cramped kitchen can be a major source of frustration and inconvenience. You do not want to be squeezing past people, or having trouble opening drawers in confined spaces. It can also be a safety hazard to have people wedged close together when using knives and other sharp instruments.

Play With Different Styles

For the most part, your custom kitchen island will probably complement the overall decor of your kitchen. If you have a rustic style kitchen, then your island will have earthy colors and vintage textures and fixtures, for instance. That said there is no reason you cannot do some mixing and matching with your designs. If your kitchen is one of the geometric and blocky ones that were popular in the middle of last century, then you can add some features to make your island stand out. Floating shelves, contrasting colors, and visually appealing textures can all add a modern touch to a traditional decor. A designer can help you best mix and match and play with features until you have the perfect island for your kitchen.

A custom designed kitchen island is the perfect way to add functionality and style to any kitchen. Keep some of these in mind when you are thinking about how to complete your dream kitchen.

If you’re in need of a revitalized space for your home, Crystal Kitchen + Bath has both a great selection and the professional know-how to create your dream home. Contact us online or call 763-544-5950.

 

Why Custom Cabinets Are a Fantastic Option

If you spend any time at all watching home improvement shows on television, then you know very well that custom cabinets are the perfect option for someone looking to combine style and utility. Nowadays, there is no end to the options you have with cabinets, so you are sure to find and create a perfect set for you and your home. Here are some of the benefits of custom cabinets.

Unlimited Options

There is simply nothing you can’t do when you decide to get your cabinets custom made. You can choose the material, the hardware, the finish, and the style. Everything is an option, as opposed to pre-fabricated cabinets with which you may just have a choice of sizing. You can create cabinets that not only reflect the decor of a room, but also a bit of your personality.

Save Space

Custom cabinets help you make the best use of your space possible. Semi-custom cabinets only go a certain height, for instance, but with custom cabinets you can go floor to ceiling if you want. You can take advantage of every inch of space in a room, instead of having all that wasted potential storage space up top.

Superior Craftsmanship

You can almost consider custom cabinets to be works of art. They are designed to your specifications, but the craftsman has to make them perfectly. They also can add little details and flourishes to make your cabinets really stand out. You can bet that your custom cabinets will be more durable than semi-custom cabinets as well.

Modifications

There is no end to the modifications you can make with custom cabinets.You can add colors, you can integrate wainscot ends, and you even add in special panels. Any design can be altered any played with until it is perfect.

Environmentally Friendly

With semi-custom cabinets, you often do not know from where the materials are sourced. When you deal with a customer cabinet maker, you can be sure of the source. Wood is also a renewable resource so it is friendlier on the environment than some other materials.

If you are building a new house or simply renovating your current one, you certainly want everything to be just how you like it. Custom cabinets can help make the project perfect.

If you’re in need of a revitalized space for your home, Crystal Kitchen + Bath has both a great selection and the professional know-how to create your dream home. Contact us online or call 763-544-5950.

A Homeowner’s Guide to Transitional Kitchens

Over the past few years, transitional kitchens have become a trendy design choice. While a lot of people know the term, not as many know what it means. Transitional designs incorporate aspects of both modern and traditional kitchen styles. By borrowing a little from both, transitional kitchens can have the comfortable feeling of an old-time kitchen combined with modern components.

Transitional kitchens have become all the rage because they can appeal to everyone. They can go against trends, they can provide that welcoming environment, and they can offer some sophistication. There can be a little something for every taste. Here are some design options that are popular in transitional kitchens.

Mixing and Matching Materials

This might be the most common and most indicative aspect of the style. Just about every transitional kitchen will have a mixture of materials to create a cohesive design. There can be wood, glass, stone, steel, and any other material. This mixing and matching of materials helps set the tone for the fusion of styles.

Neutral Colors

For the most part, transitional kitchens use a neutral palette. This allows for a timeless look that will stay relevant for years to come. There is always a place for a splash of color to add some visual pop to a space, however.

Texture

What transitional kitchens may lack when it comes to bold colors, they more than make up for with bold texture choices. Polished and rough finishes, tile, and any other textures are used in exciting ways to add variety and appeal to the room.

Streamlined Cabinets

Cabinetry in streamlined kitchens tend to be more subtle. They do not use carvings or some of that exciting texture. However, they are most often wood to keep them from feeling too modern. They incorporate clean lines, which give a minimalist look that is visually appealing.

Combining Old and New

Transitional Design is all about melding old and new. It takes concepts and styles from years ago and blends them with recent trends to create something new and exciting. The best part is being able to play with those styles to make your transitional kitchen reflect your own style and personality.

If you’re in need of a revitalized space for your home, Crystal Kitchen + Bath has both a great selection and the professional know-how to create your dream home. Contact us online or call 763-544-5950.

How to Add Color to Your Kitchen

It is one thing to have a kitchen that functions well and meets your practical needs. It is another to have a kitchen space that not just works well, but looks and feels great, too. One way to give your kitchen a refresh is by adding in some color to give the room a little extra pop. Here are some ways that you can add color to your kitchen decor.

Light It Up

You do not have to use paint to add color. You can light your kitchen using colors instead of a standard light bulb. You should also consider replacing your fixtures entirely to something that fits a contemporary kitchen. You’d be surprised at just how big of a difference new lighting can make in your kitchen.

Get Artsy

Oftentimes, the only art in the kitchen is from the kids’ latest projects at school on the fridge. However, some vintage pieces or photos of food can give your space a homey and rustic look. For a change of pace, you can also frame some of those children’s art pieces and put them up around the room for easier viewing.

Make a Splash

Backsplashes serve a functional purpose, but there is no reason they cannot be used to add a little appeal to your space. Have a professional come install a backlash with a bold and bright color to give your kitchen a ton of vibrancy that delights the eyes of visitors.

There is a good chance that you and your family spend a lot of time in the kitchen. You can make it a more exciting and appealing room with just a splash of color in a few strategic spots.

If you’re in need of a revitalized space for your home, Crystal Kitchen + Bath has both a great selection and the professional know-how to create your dream home. Contact us online or call 763-544-5950.

Focus On The Details: Choosing a Style For Your Kitchen Cabinets

New kitchen cabinets are a great way to give your kitchen a refreshing new look. Cleaner colors and shades and shiny new hardware will please the eye and keep your kitchen looking more modern, even if you do not update anything else. There are so many options when it comes to kitchen cabinets, though, so here is a guide to help you sort through them.

Layout And Measurements

Before you can do anything in your kitchen, you have to take into account the layout of the room, along with the precise measurements. You do not want to order some components that end up not fitting because they do not match the layout or they are the wrong size. Cabinets can be custom fitted and cut to fit your kitchen, but you must have the details right.

Stock or Custom?

There are three types of cabinets you can order. Stock cabinets cannot be customized, and come as they are. They are generally more affordable. Semi-custom cabinets have a few extra options more than stock cabinets to provide a bit more flexibility. Custom cabinets can be adjusted and made to your exact specifications. They are more expensive because they are the most useful.

Frames

You can also choose whether to have frames or go with frameless cabinets. If you go with frameless, you will need to make sure that you use a stronger material. The doors and drawers are connected right to the box, so the structure tends to be weaker.

Doors

You can go with flat doors, or the traditional shaker style doors, raised panel or even glass doors. The doors might be the most prominent component of your kitchen cabinets, so you want to choose the perfect style for you. Flat doors will provide a minimalist feel, and glass doors will make the space seem bigger. You can also purchase custom molding and finishes to complete the look.

Accessories

There are several accessories that can be added in as well. Roll out shelves, sprice drawers, tray dividers, built in waste baskets, lazy susans to name a few.

You can have charging stations built-in, for example. You can also have platforms for large countertop appliances that are behind closed doors. The sky is the limit.

Getting new cabinets is a great way to spruce up your kitchen. Take all of these options into consideration when designing your new space.

Are you interested in revitalizing your kitchen with new cabinets? Contact the remodeling professionals at Crystal Kitchen + Bath online or by calling 763-544-5950

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How Your Cabinet Refacing Project Can Incorporate The Latest Design Trends

One of the best ways to completely change the look and feel of your kitchen without going through a complete renovation is by resurfacing your cabinets. Not only will it be like having a new kitchen, but if you’re selling your home, it’s a great way to spruce it up for potential buyers. The best part of all is that you won’t need to do anything else to your kitchen, like replace your counters or have to deal with the inconvenience of a rebuild. Of course, no matter what your situation, you’ll want to incorporate fashionable trends and modern ideas. Here’s how you can include those things in your kitchen cabinet resurfacing project.

Customize

Even though you’re not going through a complete renovation, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get everything you’re looking for. There are many ways to customize a cabinet resurfacing project. You can change colors and styles, or even convert those old fashioned drawer pulls to something more sleek and modern. You can even replace your cabinet doors with something different.

Open It Up

Creating open and light feeling spaces is all the rage in interior design. To help with achieving that, try a white cabinet door. White, or another light color, can help provide a clean feeling that’s appealing and inviting. It also creates as sense of space, so the room looks more open and larger.

Remove The Doors

Doing something as simple as removing your cabinet doors can drastically change the look of your kitchen. If you do make that choice, then your kitchen will be filled with open shelving instead of closed off cabinets. You can reconfigure the shelves as well to customize them for your specific needs. You don’t have to remove all of them, either. You may want to just remove some doors to show off certain pieces.

Sometimes you just want a fresh new look to your kitchen without the expense and inconvenience of a complete renovation. Luckily, you can get your desired look by resurfacing the cabinets. This can change the whole look and vibe of your kitchen, and have you feeling like you’re in a whole new room.

Crystal Kitchen + Bath works with Crystal Cabinets Works, an independent Minnesota-based custom cabinet fabricator. We provide Minnesota homeowners with framed and frameless lines of cabinetry in both custom and semi-custom styles. Contact us online or by calling 763-544-5950 to learn more.

Top Trends Kitchen Cabinet Designs For 2018

One of the first things people decide when building a new home or going through a home renovation is the style of cabinets they will use in their kitchen. Cabinets are not only useful for storage and organization, but they are the major part of the kitchen, and set the tone for the whole room. If you’re planning on getting some new cabinets, here are some trends you should consider.

Luxury

Homeowners and renovators are always looking to add a little luxury. While in the past hardwood was limited to only the wealthy, Nowadays they are available to almost everyone. They cost less than they used to, but still offer the durability and beauty that wood has been known for. There are many styles and colors to choose from, and wood can be designed to be modern or traditional.

Functionality With Style

Obviously, kitchen cabinets are not meant to just be aesthetically pleasing. They serve a purpose. However, you don’t need to sacrifice style for functionality. There are many features you can have included with your cabinets that increase the organizational aspects but still have visual appeal. This includes things like deeper drawers, pull out racks, vertical storage, and drawer bins.

Open Concept

Open concept seems to be all the rage these days. Kitchen cabinets play a big part in this. If you open your kitchen up to the living and dining rooms, you still need storage space and you still need some type of separation between them. Using cabinets creatively can create that feeling of separate spaces, while still maintaining the open feel.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

Traditionally, kitchen cabinets have had a uniformity of style. That doesn’t have to be the case anymore. There’s a trend towards mixing and matching styles and colors to create a unique and appealing space. You can make interesting choices, like having one piece, such as a linen closet door, differ in design and color to add some pop to the space. Using bold colors can draw the eye to a certain door and create an appealing accent piece.

Ultimately, what kind of cabinets you choose is completely up to you. However, if you want to keep up with the trends, consider some of these options.

Crystal Kitchen + Bath works with Crystal Cabinets Works, an independent Minnesota-based custom cabinet fabricator. We offer framed and frameless lines of cabinetry in both custom and semi-custom styles. If you are interested in our cabinetry and/or remodeling services, contact us online or by calling 763-544-5950.

What Should You Avoid Doing During a Remodel Project?

Everyone loves the finished product after a remodel, but it can certainly be stressful throughout the process. No one wants to make a mistake that will ruin the whole thing or cause it to go wildly over budget. Here are some things not to do if when you’re going through your next remodeling project.

Avoid Delays

Once you start a project, do not do anything to delay it. Make all your decisions before you start, so you know exactly what you’re going to do at all times. This means even small decisions should be made in advance.

Avoid Changing Your Mind

Once you’ve made all those decisions and gotten into the project, do not change your mind too much. Changes will add to your budget, but also a small change early on can end up affecting something down the road.

Avoid Buying Things Yourself

Sure, you might save some money doing this, but it is generally not a good idea. Your contractor can get a better price than you in most situations, and you may run the risk of buying the wrong things, which can cause delays.

Avoid Having Children and Pets Around

Contractors and their workers are very conscientious of kids and pets, and will work to keep them safe. However, it is best to keep them out of the equation altogether. An accident or injury can happen in the blink of an eye, and it is just not worth it.

Avoid Staying At Home During the Work

Find a place to stay, or rent another house as the work is being done. It will be inconvenient for you to be there, and it could cause delays if workers are waiting for you to leave for work.

Avoid Being a Distraction

Let the workers go about their business. They want to get their work finished before the end of the day, and you want the work completed as well. Talking to them while they’re working will cause delays, and also could distract them while they’re doing something dangerous.

Nobody wants a renovation project to go over budget, and they certainly do not want anyone getting hurt, or something getting damaged during the process. Hopefully with these tips your next project will go as smooth as possible.

Do you have questions about your home remodel project? Do not hesitate to reach out to our designers at Crystal Kitchen + Bath. We have served Minnesota for more than 40 years. Contact us online or by phone at 763-544-5950.

How to “Go Green” During Your Next Home Remodel Project

Everyone nowadays wants to “go green” and help keep the environment sustainable. The advice is to “think globally and act locally,” and there is nothing more local than our own homes. Here are some tips to be more eco-friendly when you remodel your home.

Water Waste

There are several ways your home can be more efficient with water. For one, a dual flush toilet will help reduce the amount of water used for flushing by having a more powerful flush and a softer flush, depending on what is in the bowl. You can also install low flow water fixtures.

Paint

Paint is a big part of any project, but it also can contain toxins that damage the environment and our health. Use a brand that is Low-VOC, meaning non-volatile and organic. It is more expensive paint, but the earth and your doctor will thank you.

Flooring

There are a few flooring options that are better for the environment than others. Cork flooring is comfortable and durable, and also does not contain any toxic adhesives. It is a renewable resource as it is made from the bark of the cork oak tree, which grows back to be harvested again. If you do not have to replace your floors, then you can always resurface and refinish them, which is just like having a brand new floor. Or, if you have wood underneath your current floor, you can remove the current floor in favor of the wood.

Carpeting

Carpet tiles are a great choice if you want the warmth and comfort of carpets but also want to be friendly to the earth. They are usually manufactured with recycled material, and offer a multitude of options. They clean well and are easily installed. If you do install carpet, then padding sometimes is not needed. That way you’ll save using materials as well as avoid the chemicals that are used to adhere the padding to the carpet and floor.

These are just a few of the many options available to make your home more green. When planning out your next home reno project, try to keep the earth in mind when you’re choosing the materials and pieces needed for your renovated home.

Crystal Kitchen + Bath has a LEED Certification through Minnesota Green Path. It is our objective to build with products and strategies that save energy, are sustainable, and result in a healthy home. Our designers will guide you through green product selections and work with you to obtain any level of certification requested. You can contact us online or by calling 763-544-5950.

Remodeling Options to Make Your Home Safe for Seniors

When remodeling, repairing, or even building a home, it is important to design with the occupants’ needs in mind. This is especially true when it comes to senior citizens. There are certain things that can be difficult for a senior, but may seem easy to you. Here are some remodeling techniques that will help seniors be more independent and more comfortable at home.

Single-Lever Faucets

Faucets can be difficult to handle with arthritis or other muscle and joint issues. A single lever faucet can make it easier, but it must be clearly labeled for hot and cold so that anyone unfamiliar with the tape does not burn themselves.

Central Vacuum

Vacuuming itself can be difficult, and it is made even harder by having to lug the vacuum and accessories from location to location. This is not even mentioning emptying the container and keeping it maintained. A central vacuum system will make it easier to move the equipment, and the container only has to be emptied occasionally.

Extra Outlets

Having a lot of outlets available will make it much easier when it comes to holidays and other occasions that may involve plugging in extra things. With more options, it is less likely that furniture will have to be moved or that someone will have to contort themselves to plug something in.

Intercoms

Having an intercom system set up through the house will help with those who wish to talk to someone but may find it difficult navigating through the building. With an intercom, they can call to any room and find the person for which they are looking.

Bathrooms Near Entrances

There may be times when a senior has to rush into the house from outside to use the bathroom. For this reason, it would be handy to have bathrooms close to entrances so they will not have to navigate the house to get there.

Motion Sensor Faucets

Motion sensor faucets are great for people who have trouble with turning faucets, and may not react quickly if the water’s too hot. The water is dispensed at a pre-set temperature, so it will not be too hot, and it will turn on and off with ease.

These are just a few ideas to help seniors be more independent at home. Make sure to take into consideration any seniors when you plan your next remodeling project.

Are you interested in remodeling your home? At Crystal Kitchen + Bath, we do not cut corners. Every client receives the same superior craftsmanship and service. Experience and a focus on detail, paired with the strongest level of craftsmanship and customer service, puts us above the competition. Contact our friendly staff today to learn more.

Should I Replace or Reface my Kitchen Cabinets?

Whether you should replace or reface your kitchen cabinets depends on a variety of factors. You have to carefully examine your situation before coming to a decision. Below we discuss what factors need to be considered when making your decision.

Refacing

Pros

Cost

Refacing can be done without taking out countertops, walls, or entire cabinet boxes. Our professionals can simply install plastic laminate or wood veneer to the cabinet’s exterior face-frame and side panels. And replace the doors and drawer fronts. Or you can paint the cabinets.

Time

A refacing project generally takes less time to complete than a cabinet replacement project.

Con: you need to like the current lay out of your kitchen. The cabinets have to be in good shape. If you want to reconfigure or add accessories like roll out shelves, drawers, then it may be less expensive to start with new cabinets.

Replacement

Pros

Layout

Replacing your cabinets means that you will the option of changing or redesigning your kitchen space the way you desire. This is why so many homeowners choose to replace their cabinets.

Flexibility

By choosing to replace your kitchen cabinets entirely, you will be able to “start from scratch”. You will have no limitations in regards to their design and function. You will have the option to completely customize your features.

Conclusion

Before making a decision on whether to replace or resurface your kitchen cabinets, carefully consider your current layout, countertops, faucet, sink, appliances, and all other relevant items. Once you have taken note of all these, you will have to decide which course of action is most suitable and practical.

Kitchen cabinets are the one of the most critical elements of a custom kitchen remodeling project and we can make selecting your kitchen cabinets easy. Contact us online, call us at 763-544-5950, or visit our Twin Cities showroom to see why so many homeowners choose Crystal Kitchen + Bath for their remodeling needs.

Using Gray in Your Kitchen

White cabinets are an extremely trendy option for homeowners. However, in terms of popularity, gray cabinets are currently going toe-to-toe with their white counterparts. This is largely because they are neutral and quite versatile. In addition, they have the unique ability to make any room feel warmer or cooler based on the tone selected. They can complement most kitchen designs, ranging from modern to traditional.

Using gray in your kitchen

Light gray cabinets are an ideal choice for those who wish to have a light and airy space that breaks away from the traditional white cabinet trend. A light gray color has the ability to make any cabinet appear “crisp” and “clean”.

Ideal for those who desire a darker atmosphere, a creekstone gray cabinet finish is a unique choice that comes in a wide variety of options, including glazing finishes. It is important to understand that your kitchen cabinets do not have to be adorned in the same color. It is possible to mix and match with the island and wall cabinets.

If you are intrigued by the rapidly growing gray cabinet trend but are still not sure whether to keep your white cabinets, you can have the best of both worlds. Consider a gray glaze on your white painted cabinets. A brushed gray glaze provides an additional layer of texture and dimension to your space. Such a color has the ability to warm up your white cabinets.

Do you need help with your kitchen design?

When done correctly, a kitchen remodel makes your home more pleasing and can be a beneficial investment. You can rely on the devoted team at Crystal Kitchen + Bath to deliver quality kitchen design and remodeling services. Contact our kitchen remodeling professionals online or call 763-544-5950 to set up an appointment.

7 Universal Design Ideas to Incorporate in your Bathroom Remodel

“Between 2006 and 2030, the number of people in the U.S. age 65 and over will nearly double from 37 million to 71.5 million. Of that group, 87 percent want to remain in their homes as they age, according to a study conducted by the AARP. This underscores the importance of aging-in-place projects for remodelers and dovetails with an important statistic: Falls account for more accidental deaths among seniors than all other types of accidents combined.” – Professional Remodeler Magazine.

It’s typical to think of those ugly, commercial grab bars when you think of aging-in-place design for the bathroom. Here are 7 not-so-obvious design details that make functionality better for all ages creating a Universal Design.

1. Thermostatic Valve in Shower

Nobody wants to be scalded with hot water. A thermostatic control valve can cap off how hot the water can get. It also can control water volume which can save water when you are doing things like shaving or shampooing.

2. Color and Texture Contrast

Whether your eye sight starts to deteriorate or you can’t seem to find your glasses, contrasting colors in a design help you to see the start and stop of different objects such as a bathtub or shower curb against the floor.

3. Lever Handles vs Knobs

Grip strength weakens as we age but what happens when someone breaks their arm? Levers make it easier to open doors and turn on faucets by simply pushing on them.

4. Handheld Shower Head

Handhelds are great for people who need to sit while showering but also for kids beginning to shower and even pets.

“Add an extra hook next to the bench to place the handheld while using it.” – Jolynn Johnson

5. Grab Bars

Gone are those commercial grab bars in your home. Grab bars are now disguised as towel bars, shampoo shelves and corner soap dishes.

“I really like the toilet paper holder that is a grab bar. Delta makes a nice one that is reasonably priced.” – Carol Kornak

6. Bench

Benches serve a purpose in a shower including a seat for showering but also as a foot rest while shaving legs, or a place for toiletries.

“There could be a built-in bench, fold down bench or include adequate space for a portable bench in the shower.” – Barb Bircher

7. Trench Drains

Eliminating the threshold of a shower allows for wheelchair accessibility but also tends to look better. Trench drains allow for a curb-less shower, but some existing bathrooms do not allow for it. With a big enough shower, you can also eliminate the door, making it so much easier to get in and out.

Finding an NKBA professional gives you confidence knowing they have a knowledge and understanding for accessible and universal design. As a NKBA member, we are always learning and striving to provide our customers with the products, design and service to exceed their expectations.

“Good design is obvious. Great design is transparent.” – Joe Soprano

The Primary Characteristics of Bath & Kitchen Cabinets

There is a lot more that goes into a cabinet than meets the eye. It is therefore important to consider the construction, components, and finishing of your bathroom or kitchen cabinets before you make a purchase.

Cabinet characteristics

Components:

Drawers

It is essential that you pick a drawer capable of withstanding the weight of the items you will place in the cabinet, as well as its frequent opening and closing. The most ideal drawers are made using dovetail joints, which are constructed from interlocking channels built from wedge-shaped cuts located on the ends of the drawer box’s sides. These wedge-shaped cuts are known as pins and tails. They are quite durable and resistant to force after they have been assembled. Dovetail drawers are not only known for their quality; they have a decorative and attractive appearance.

Doors

Many homeowners prefer overlay doors because they provide a seamless appearance which leaves a very small portion of the cabinet frame exposed. When it comes to other cabinet components such as drawer glides and hinges, it is important that you understand exactly what you are getting before making a purchase. The right drawer glides can mean the difference between a sagging or tilting cabinet drawer.

Finishing

Before you purchase any new cabinets, it is important that you take a detailed look at their finishing. Imagine selecting a cabinet and just after a few months of minimal use, you find the finish damaged or chipped. Careful selection will help you avoid this problem.

Other Considerations

Behind the drawers and doors, the most essential part in cabinet construction is the cabinet box itself. This is what will support the items you place in it. In today’s market, plywood is considered the gold standard in cabinet construction as it can adequately withstand wear and tear for a very long period.

The best advice given to potential cabinet buyers by home interior designers is that they do their research before settling on one item. Trying to cut corners during a remodeling or new construction project will do more harm than good for your home. Simply invest in quality cabinets.

Do You Need Assistance?

Crystal Kitchen + Bath works with Crystal Cabinets Works, an independent Minnesota-based custom cabinet fabricator. Crystal provides framed and frameless lines of cabinetry in both custom and semi-custom. Contact us to learn more.

Blending Kitchen Cabinet Styles and Finishes

Design does not have to adhere to a specific pattern. It can be personalized to match your tastes. One strategy to change things up in your home’s kitchen is to blend finishes and/or cabinet door designs. Here you will find our recommendations on how you can achieve this look and help your design look impeccable.

The location of your mixed cabinet finishes and door styles is critical. The most widely employed options include blending your upper and lower cabinets or modifying the wall and island cabinets.

If you choose to blend your upper and lower cabinets, remember that your uppers ought to be the lighter of the finishes. If you use a darker finish on the uppers, they will not have an “equalized” look with your lower cabinets.

Finishes

Specific arrangements look more suitable than others when blending wood finishes in a kitchen. You can blend stained and painted finishes. A common option is matching white painted cabinets with a dark stained cabinet.

You can also match two painted finishes with one another. The white painted finish is a sound option as your primary color when using a darker painted finish on your lower cabinets or island.

Mixing Cabinet Door Styles

While deciding on finishes for your cabinets, you can also mix up the door style. The trick to achieving this combination is to choose corresponding door styles. If you desire a more contemporary or intermediate look, keep both door styles modest. One could feature a little more detail than the other. If you want a conventional look, choose two door styles that have decorative moldings and details.

Do You Need Help?

When you are in need of a Minnesota kitchen remodeler, contact Crystal Kitchen + Bath. With more than 40 years of experience, our award-winning Minnesota kitchen remodeling professionals offer experience in design and construction to produce the finest imaginable kitchen.

Choosing a Backsplash That Will Harmonize With Your Kitchen Cabinets

Backsplashes offer a classy and useful addition to any kitchen or bathroom and bring with them a finished, complete look.

There are three primary factors to think about when selecting your kitchen backsplash:

Color

For some homeowners, the kitchen backsplash offers a chance to produce a splash of color in a neutral room. However, many modern homeowners keep the backsplash neutral, giving the room a pure and harmonious appearance. By keeping your backsplash neutral, it will remain elegant for years (as this trend will most likely last for decades). If you are having trouble choosing a color, consider blending both neutral and strong colors.

Material

The material you choose – whether it is stone, tile, glass, or metal – for your backsplash will distinguish the design of your kitchen. The material you select for your backsplash is as crucial as its color. If you choose the popular option of tile, you will have to determine which tile type will complement in your general design. This choice should not only be based on your personal taste; it should be based on the overall style you wish to accomplish in your space.

Countertops

Following the cabinets, countertops are typically the next most importance choice to make when designing a kitchen. Your backsplash should add to the appeal and not rival the countertops. If a lot of natural patterns and waves are featured in your countertop, your backsplash should be calm. If you own a fairly neutral countertop that does not feature much “movement”, blend it with your backsplash and allow that to be the focal point in your kitchen.


Incorporating White Into Your Kitchen + Bathroom

White is a very popular achromatic color option in kitchen and bathroom design. It is possibly the most fashionable choice for nearly every room in your house. White has a particular attractiveness to it, blending flawlessly with neutrals or bold visuals.

How can you incorporate white into your kitchen and/or bathroom?

Tile

Even if you select darkened cabinets, a white tile will not be absent from your kitchen / bath if you are careful. A modest white tile can have a strong influence when placed in a herringbone pattern. When employing white, the right blend of pattern and texture will make it look astonishing.

Cabinets

The most common way you view white in a kitchen or bath is through cabinets. White cabinets produce the ideal environment for the addition of color splashes or patterns. These cabinets can also be combined with other neutrals to form a tranquil setting. White has the capability of working with nearly any design it is matched with.

Additional Elements

You can effortlessly reach the stylish look white conveys by bringing accessories and enhancing accents into your rooms. In the kitchen, swapping your incompatible tableware and trading it with all white accessories is a fail-safe way to produce elegance in the kitchen. Much like your space’s appearance improves with white accents, food is much more appealing when served on a spotless white plate.


12 Top Features Homebuyers Seek

By Chelsey Preuss

I want to choose something that will help my home sell, what do you recommend? That’s an extremely popular question asked here at Crystal Kitchen and Bath! We came across an article in ‘Pro Remodeler’ about a study they found on the Zillow Digs website. According to them, home listings mentioning certain keywords sell much faster than homes that do not. In order of popularity, one being most popular, below is a list of the 12 top features homebuyers are looking for.

  1. Barn Door. At the very top of the list, barn doors provide a unique feature to a home all the while making some spaces more functional by eliminating a door swing. Design options are limitless!
  2. Shaker Cabinet. This one is no surprise as the shaker door style has been trending for quite a few years now. It’s simple enough without being contemporary or hard to clean.
  3. Farmhouse Sink. Want a subtle statement piece in the kitchen? Select a farmhouse sink available in several materials including stainless steel, fireclay and now Siligranit by Blanco.
  4. Subway Tiles. Subway tiles have been around for decades, making them a timeless choice for a backsplash or even a shower. What’s even better is that they can be very reasonably priced!
  5. Quartz. Surprise, surprise! Who doesn’t want a countertop material with virtually zero maintenance and a beautiful array of colors? Companies such as Cambria, Silestone, Zodiaq and Caesarstone are leading in the industry.
  6. Exposed Brick. If you’ve got it, flaunt it! Exposed brick is often hard to come by in many homes so if you are one of the lucky ones who has an older home with that rare beauty, embrace its history!
  7. Pendant Light. Pendant lights add dimension and texture to a space, often making themselves a focal feature in both kitchens and bathrooms. With so many design options, it may be hard to choose.
  8. Frameless Shower. Not only is frameless shower glass easier to clean, it makes a space feel bigger by eliminating extra trim pieces and allows for an uninterrupted view of that gorgeous tiled shower wall.
  9. Heated Floors. That feeling you get when you walk on warm pavement, barefoot? That’s what it feels like to have heated floors in your home. Bathrooms, kitchens and even entries are incorporating this luxury.
  10. Stainless Steel. Stainless steel is still at the top for finishes in appliances despite colors such as Slate and Black Stainless emerging from GE.
  11. Granite. Appreciated for being 100% natural and nearly indestructible to heat, granite is the second most popular choice in countertops. Keep in mind the simple task of sealing it every 10 years or so, depending on the sealer used.
  12. Backsplash. Add another element to any kitchen or bathroom by adding a backsplash. It protects the walls against splatter and water but also adds another layer to a design.

Whether you are a homeowner looking to remodel your home before putting it on the market or in need of someone to remodel the home you recently purchased, the team at Crystal Kitchen + Bath is here for you every step of the way.

How Much Does a Kitchen Cost?

Ask the Expert – Jolynn Johnson, CMKBD, CAPS, and President of Crystal Kitchen + Bath

How much does a kitchen cost?

That’s a hard question to give a straight answer to because there are so many variables, such as –
How large is your kitchen?
Are you moving any walls?
Adding any windows/doors?
Putting an addition on to your home?
What quality of materials are you interested in (cabinets, appliances, counter tops, lighting, plumbing fixtures, tile back splash, flooring etc…)

The Remodeling Magazine publishes a report about cost verses value. An average major kitchen remodel (meaning: 200 square feet, gutting the space and adding new cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring and the mechanicals) is $58,149. An upscale kitchen remodel was $113,027.

We have remodeled kitchens for under $58,000 and over $113,000. If you want a breakdown of investment, click here and enter the value of your home or the budget you have in mind for your kitchen and it will give you a break out of the various categories for your project (cabinets, countertops, appliances, fixtures, labor and flooring). With this information, you can make educated decisions on the materials you are choosing while staying within your budget.

Jolynn