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Staying Put to Make it a Dream Home

Jackie and Sean loved the Algonquin neighborhood they lived in with the peaceful neighborhood and the close proximity to work and school.  What they didn’t love was how outdated their home had become. With a cramped kitchen and an unused dining room, they decided a remodel was the perfect solution to their problem. Read More

Upper Kitchen Cabinets or Open Shelves?

There are many decisions that go into a great kitchen remodel, and most kitchen planning starts with determining the right kitchen cabinetry. But what kitchen cabinetry style fits you and your home? Do we really have to have upper cabinets? And what about all these open shelves I’ve been seeing lately?  Read More

A Chicago Style Bungalow Reinvented

Charlie and Diane knew their kitchen desperately needed updating. It was too cramped, with little room to move around, entertain or prepare meals.  The dark, dingy colors in their Palatine kitchen gave the kitchen a very dated appearance, and the functionality had some serious shortcomings.   Read More

A Place For Everything and Everything in Its Place:


Your kitchen will simply perform better with specific accessories for tray storage, pantry goods, cleaning supplies, kitchen towels, trash and recycling bins Read More

The Kitchen of the Future Is Here Now


Held in Las Vegas, it is the biggest show of its kind covering over 2 million square feet. There is no better place for consumers to preview new products and concepts by every major Read More

How To Get Rid of Stubborn Sink Stains and Keep Your Sink Looking Like New!


Does Your Kitchen Sink Look Bad? I have seen one too many beautiful enamel sinks (and bathroom tubs) – sinks that ought to last 25 years – looking terrible. It’s not that they haven’t been  Read More

Is Gray the New Beige? Using Popular Colors in Your Design


White & Gray is IN: If you haven’t noticed yet when shopping these days for clothing, housewares, or even a new car – gray is IN. And with it, White has taken over in the Kitchen and Bath world as Read More

How To Bring Nature into Your New Kitchen and Bath


Today’s designers certainly draw their inspiration from many places in the world, however mother nature provides a deep well of ideas that work well for just about every Read More

So, You Want To Remodel Your Kitchen (Part 4): Door Construction & Style


At a glance, door construction may appear mostly aesthetic. Solid panels, differing joints and applications of panels and overlays contribute to the sleek contemporary look, or the detailed traditional Read More

So, You Want To Remodel Your Kitchen (Part 3): Functional Hardware


Kitchen drawers and doors are opened and closed by family members typically hundreds of times every year. Children living in any household will contribute to cumulative wear on hinges and Read More

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