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Kitchen of the Month Winner for New Cabinets for July

Kitchen Inspiration by Kitchen Solvers of Fort Lauderdale

Project Location:  Boynton Beach, Florida 

Remodel type: New Cabinetry 

Type of door style: 1300 Frame 

Remodel style: Contemporary 

Color: Matte White 

Countertop: Quartz 

Countertop color: Alabaster White 

Backsplash: Alabaster White Quartz 

For more information about this project, please visit Kitchen Solvers of Fort Lauderdale’s Blog.  

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Kitchen of the Month Winner for Cabinet Refacing for July

Kitchen Transformation by Kitchen Solvers of Madison

Project Location:  Waunakee, WI 

Remodel type: Cabinet Refacing and New Cabinetry 

Type of door style: Catalina for upper cabinets; Shaker for lower cabinets 

Remodel style: Transitional 

Color: Polar White for upper cabinets; Red Oak with Nightfall combination stain for lower cabinets 

Countertop: Quartz 

Countertop color: Silestone Pietra  

For more information about this project, please visit Kitchen Solvers of Madison’s Blog.   

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A Fresh Start

The wellness trend is taking hold in all aspects of daily life, and also influencing how consumers choose products for their homes. Homeowners can now turn various products – from lighting to appliances to faucets – on and off with the wave of a hand, a touch on their phone or via their voice.

While many of these trends may be very new concepts, the idea of clean air in the home is not. Ventilation has long been the focus of proper design, with attention paid to clearing odors, smoke and steam for easier breathing. In the kitchen, the right kitchen hood – with the appropriate air-clearing capability – is critical to the room’s overall style and function.

Manufacturers have long supplied different options for kitchen ventilation, but today’s additional focus on wellness and air quality have pushed the envelope even further. Many companies have tweaked existing designs, or gone back to the drawing board to bring the latest technology to the masses.

Some of the major trends in kitchen ventilation include:

–Offering a wide range of size choices – from narrow, 24” styles for urban settings to oversized custom hoods for pro-style ranges – are the focus for many manufacturers.

–Black stainless and its many versions, as well as matte black, continue to offer a sophisticated and in-demand alternative to stainless steel.

–Downdraft ventilation, which sits alongside or behind a cooktop, is gaining in popularity, especially in condos and high rises, due to their ductless operation.

–Liners and low-profile designs have been upgraded, delivering powerful performance even when mounted in cabinets or custom designs.

–Color is everywhere, with blues, greens, reds and whites among the favorites, along with a seemingly endless rainbow of options.

–Among the leading technologies being introduced are hoods that communicate with cooktops to adjust automatically to what is being prepared, as well as voice-command and app-controllable features.

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A Complete List of KBDN’s ‘Innovators’

Michele Alfano

Mike Ampuja

Richard Anuszkiewicz

Chris Awadalla

Bonnie Bagley Catlin

James Baloga

Dr. Julia Beamish

Michael Berman

Jennifer Bertrand

Bob Black

Christy Bowen

Julia Buckingham

Danielle Burger

Nar Bustamante

Denise Butchko

Marie Cairns

MaryJo Camp

Alena Capra

Jacqueline Carmichael

Jonas Carnemark

Lori Carroll

Ellen Cheever

Sean Clarke

Alon Cohen

Eric Cohler

Tom Cohn

Robineve Cole

Steven Cooper

Siobhan Daggett-Terenzi

Amanda Davis

Patricia Davis Brown

Mick de Giulio

Louie Delaware

Vanessa Deleon

Dawn DeLuca

Kimball Derrick, CKD

Sandra Diaz-Velasco

Tanya Donahue

Kathleen Donohue

Mary Douglas Drysdale

Gail Drury

Doug Durbin

Beverly Ellsley

Gary Erickson

Bill Feinberg

Rob Feinberg

Melissa Fitzerald

Stephanie Frees

Kirsten Gabel

Stacy Garcia

Patricia Gaylor

Laura Giampaolo

Lori Gilder

Jennifer Gilmer

Jamie Gold

Rosella Gonzalez

Eric Goranson

Gloria Graham Sollecito

Nina Green

Christopher Grubb

Laurie Haefele

Cheryl Hamilton-Grey

Amy Hart

Ryan Herd

Mary Ann Hesseldenz

Melissa Hryszko

Erin Hurst

Erica Islas

Todd Jackson

Susan Jamieson

Grace Jeffers

Patti Johnson

Jolynn Johnson

Sarah Kahn Turner

Leslie Kalish

Elina Katsioula-Beall

Cheryl Kees Clendenon

Anne Kellett

Tom Kelley

Ken Kelly

Kerrie Kelly

Paula Kennedy

Maria Killam

Laura Kirar

Rob Klein

Rhonda Knoche

Scot Koehler

Jennifer Kowalski

Karla Krengel

Steve Krengel

Leslie Lamarre

Jason Landau

Richard Landon

John Lang

Linda Larisch

Patrick Lavery

Lauren Levant

Bonnie Lewis

Erik Listou

Ariana Lovato

Dan Luck

Tatiana Machado Rosas

Sandee Mann

Paul McAlary

Molly McCabe

Brandie McCoy

Danielle McDonald

Dan McFadden

Denise McGaha

Peggy McGowen

Drew McGukin

Lisa Mende

Mayan Metzler

Veronika Miller

Barbara Miller

Gail Monica Dent

Lynn Monson

John Morgan

Nicholas Moriarty

Kelly Morisseau

Beppie Mostert

Jan Neiges

Cassandra Nordell

Gail O’Rourke

Rose Ott

Mikal Otten

Lori Paranjape

Christopher Peacock

Kenneth Peterson

Mary Jo Peterson

Heidi Piron

Dinae Plesset

Joe Poehling

Dani Polidor

Matthew Quinn

Sol Quintana

Matthew Rao

Lewis Reif

Rebecca Reynolds

Robin Rigby

Sarah Robertson

Michelle Robins

Sam Rose

Jan Rutgers

Toni Sabatino

Peter Salerno

Eric Schimelpfenig

Julie Schuster

Bob Schwartz

Elizabeth Scruggs

Susan Serra

Courtney Shearer

Lou Silver

Tanya Smith-Shiflett

Maria Stapperfenne

John Starck

Tracey Stephens

Ebony Stephenson

Jean Stoffer

Karen Swanson

Molly Switzer

Adi Tatarko

Helene Terry

Mary Kathryn Timoney

Lauren Tolles

John Valente

Donna Venegas

Doug Walter

Jessica Webber

Meredith Weiss

Lenore Weiss

Joseph Wheeler

Chuck Wheelock

Matthew White

Mark T. White

Jim Williams

Karen Williams

Suzie Williford

Thad Wittenberg

Vasi Ypsilantis

Rebekah Zaveloff

Alan Zielinski

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Homeowners Seeking Functionality & Style, Survey Reveals

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — As the nation approaches the year-and-a-half mark of the COVID-19 pandemic, homeowners continue to reevaluate their living spaces, “with many looking for ways to put the ‘home’ back in a more functional house.”

That’s the key conclusion of a major new consumer survey conducted by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery, in an effort to better understand how the global public-health crisis impacted trends in home renovation and updates. The survey, fielded this spring on behalf of Ferguson by G&S Business Communications, involved some 1,100 U.S. adults aged 18+, according to the Newport News, VA-based distributor of plumbing, lighting and related products.

The Ferguson survey, whose results were released in July, found that 64% of Americans made an update of some kind to their home, or a room in their home, during the pandemic. The most popular reasons for the update included being tired of the home’s current style (34%) and needing to make changes for better functionality (32%), Ferguson said.

The kitchen (47%) and the bathroom (44%) were the top choices when it comes to specific areas of the home people would want to redesign or upgrade based on spending more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. A growing number of Americans say they would want to redesign or upgrade their outdoor space (30% in 2021 compared to 23% in 2020), Ferguson reported.

Interestingly, the room people spent the most amount of time in last year compared to previous years was the living room (50%), with 33% of Americans working from home in their living rooms during the pandemic. A third (33%) spent more time in their bedrooms and nearly a third (32%) spent more time in the kitchen. Younger generations were more likely than older generations to say they spent more time in the bedroom and bathroom, but just as likely to say they spend more time in the living room.

“There are likely a number of reasons why the living room grew in importance over the past year, since it was used as a gathering place during quarantine, for home schooling and other activities,” Ferguson reported. “We may also see this trend, in part, because people who work from home often set up their workstation in their living rooms.”

Just over a third of respondents (34%) said they started working from home during the pandemic, Ferguson said. Within this group, a third said they have been working in the living room and a third have been working from an existing office, the company added.

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How Much is a Kitchen Remodel Going to Cost Me in 2021-2022?

If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen, one of the first questions which comes up is “how much will this be costing me?” When in the market for a home remodel, getting a ballpark estimate for the cost can be challenging and sometimes unreliable. Well, today we are here to answer some of those burning questions. What does an average kitchen remodeling project cost? What is included in those costs and what value can you expect from investing in your kitchen remodel?

How Much is an Average Kitchen Remodel?

No two kitchen are ever the same, so remodeling expenses tend to fluctuate depending on the size of the space, quality of materials, intended function, and the coveted layout. To help you understand what the average kitchen remodel costs, we’ve comprised some data from HomeAdvisor’s completed renovations and from Remodeling Magazine’s 2021 Cost vs. Value Report. These are the reported national numbers which will give you a better understanding of what to expect for your project.

According to HomeAdvisor, taking all kitchen sizes and product quality into account, the national average cost for a minor kitchen remodel is $25,587. A homeowner’s typical range for kitchen renovations is around $13,366- $37,808. These projected ranges factor in aspects like labor, materials, lighting, and plumbing fixtures.

Expenses to Expect with my Kitchen Remodel.

The average $25,587 expense will primarily go to the cost of cabinets, appliances, and installation. The 2021 Cost vs. Value report by Remodeling Magazine shows a detailed breakdown due to the division of projects in regard to size and product quality. Their average “minor kitchen remodel” is $26,214 and the average “major kitchen remodel” (mid-range) is $75,571.

What is the Return on Investment for a Kitchen Remodel?

These costs, in relation to HomeAdvisor’s average kitchen remodel, encompass complementing investment ranges despite varying definitions of minor and major kitchen remodels. With the cost vs. value report, homeowners can understand what their average expected return on investment will be for a kitchen remodel. For homeowner’s who remodel with the intention of increasing market price, the expected values of those renovations in U.S. markets are listed below:

Minor Kitchen Remodel with Cabinet Refacing Major Kitchen Remodel with New Cabinetry
Square Footage 200 200
Countertops & Cabinetry (Linear Footage) 30 (refaced cabinets with shaker-style wood panels, drawer fronts, laminate countertops) 30 new cabinets including 3×5 island (semi-wood cabinets, laminate countertops)
Flooring Resilient flooring Resilient flooring
Sink Mid-priced sink and faucet Standard double-tub stainless sink with a single-lever faucet
Appliances Oven, stovetop, fridge (energy-efficient) Oven, stovetop, fridge, vented hood range, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, custom lighting (energy-efficient)


Newly Painted Walls, trim, ceiling Walls, trim, ceiling
Job Cost $26,214 $75,571
Resale Value $18,927 $43,364
Cost Recouped 72% 57%


Similar to last year’s report, the minor kitchen remodel had a greater percentage of the cost recouped than the major kitchen remodel. Putting sizable amounts of money into a renovation does not always translate to a greater return for the homeowner. This technique is used to help ensure homeowners are getting the most out of their money.

Each kitchen and its renovations are unique. It is hard to pinpoint an exact cost for a new kitchen without an expert visiting your home. However, if you’re considering a remodel, hopefully the given information has given you greater clarity of what a kitchen remodel budget and cost should entail.

Kitchen Solvers

Now that you know what to expect during a kitchen remodel, it’s time to find the experts to actually do it. That’s where Kitchen Solvers can help. Our design team can help you craft the perfect blueprint and put it all together for you. Contact us today to learn more!

And be sure to check out our helpful blogs, General timeline for your kitchen remodeling project for new cabinetry and How Much is a Kitchen Remodel Going to Cost Me? if you are considering a remodeling project for your kitchen

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Activity, Confidence Reported Up Among Remodeling Firms

PALO ALTO, CA — Residential construction professionals experienced their busiest quarter since at least 2015 in the first three months of 2021, with confidence among remodeling construction and design firms running high into the third quarter, according to Houzz Inc.

The Palo Alto, CA-based online platform for home remodeling and design, reported positive results for its “Q3 2021 Houzz Renovation Barometer,” a quarterly gauge of residential renovation market expectations, project backlogs and recent activity among businesses in the U.S. construction, architectural and design services sectors.

“The residential construction and design industry has continued to thrive under strong demand,” said Marine Sargsyan, Houzz senior economist. “In fact, our Expected Business Activity indicators are at some of the highest levels we’ve seen across both sectors since we began tracking the Barometer.”

However, the heightened activity is not without its challenges, according to Houzz, which reported that supply chain delays, extreme weather patterns, rising product and material costs and labor shortages “continue to create major headwinds for the industry.” Specifically, more than nine in ten construction businesses report labor shortages, including carpenters, laborers, framers, cabinet specialists and plumbers, Sargsyan said.

More than three quarters of businesses in both the construction and architectural and design services sectors report that product and material shortages and costs impacted their businesses in the second quarter of 2021, while more than half of firms in both sectors report labor shortages and costs impacted their businesses, she added.

In other findings:
n More than nine in 10 businesses across all business sectors reported increases in costs for lumber, copper, steel and aluminum in Q2, although about half of surveyed businesses do not believe that costs will continue to increase in Q3. Additional materials that construction pros anticipate rising in cost include plastic, concrete, paint, foam and drywall. Interior designers anticipate increased third-quarter prices for appliances, furniture and cabinetry.

n More than nine in 10 construction businesses (92%) report moderate to severe skilled labor shortages in Q3, with carpenters, laborers, framers, cabinet specialists and plumbers in particularly short supply. Forty percent of pros report shortages in cabinet specialists, up from 21% in 2019. Shortages for plumbers, painters, framers, concrete specialists and flooring specialists, saw a nine-percentage-point or more increase from 2019, as well, Houzz said.


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Sustainable Living Seen Reshaping Housing Market

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — A trio of emerging trends in neighborhood design and sustainable living practices should continue to shape the market for new housing and residential remodeling as the “mindset of consumers continues to shift in a dynamic social climate,” according to a new report from the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI).

According to HIRI’s recently issued Future of Housing Trend Report, new and remodeled homes will likely be shaped by a growing homeowner passion regarding issues such as climate change, sustainability and minimalism, resulting “in an increased emergence of eco-friendly materials and 3D-printed technology to designs focused on cultural inspiration and reversible architecture.”

Among the key trends identified by HIRI researchers are the following:

n “Hyper-local neighborhoods”: Architects, developers and local governments are proposing neighborhoods centered on community building and local businesses. These spaces are intended to be car-free, with all necessities reachable via a short walk or bicycle ride.

n Flight from the cities: “As urban centers expand in size and population, consumers are recognizing that their quality of life is suffering — whether that be due to alienation, affordability issues, lengthy commutes or pollution,” HIRI said. As a result, many are moving away from city centers and turning to community-based neighborhoods, which provide a sense of belonging while also satisfying the need for convenience and cleaner air.

n Sustainable Housing: With sustainability as a top priority, architects and designers are embracing different eco-friendly concepts, among them “reversible design” (the architecture of structures that can be easily deconstructed, that can be reused or with parts that can be removed and added easily) and 3D-printed housing (homes that offer sustainable and protective construction that avoids structural issues in the case of extreme weather).

“Contemporary consumers are wary of the impending consequences of climate change, and a large number are becoming increasingly aware that simply shifting their lifestyle and practicing ecological mindfulness are likely not enough,” HIRI said. “As a result, many are demanding that brands and creators take the environment into consideration.

n Simplified Living: Building off of the desire for more sustainable living, the emergence of simple, more minimalist design emphasizes homeowners’ functions and needs.

“Contemporary consumers in fast-paced urban centers are looking to balance the demands of their daily lifestyle with a comfortable home environment,” HIRI said. “Many are prioritizing minimalist designs and additional spaces that can optimize and elevate their living situation without compromising aesthetic appeal.”

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How to Prep Kitchen Cabinets? 

If you have decided to get your kitchen remodeling project off the ground, you are probably wondering how to prep kitchen cabinets. Kitchen cabinet remodeling can be cheap if you learn how to get them clean and ready for use. This will help cut your costs and make your renovation go more smoothly.

How to prep kitchen cabinets


First, determine what steps you need to take for cleaning your kitchen cabinets. Do you want to wipe them down and get rid of any dust? If so, you should be able to get a fairly good quality dishwasher cleaner for about $30 at your local supermarket. Follow the directions on the label carefully, and soak the dishes in the solution for the designated amount of time. Then rinse them off under warm water and let them dry in the air.


You may not want to spend all that money on getting your cabinets clean, but you still need to figure out how to prep kitchen cabinets? One of the first things you need to do is remove all the food from your cabinets. You can use a food dehydrator or a food processor to do this, but it is much easier to wash them out and throw them away. Food left in your cabinets will attract rodents and other pests, and the last thing you want is someone going into your kitchen to steal the food you have stored there. If you haven’t already cleaned them out, do so as soon as you can.


You will have to clean your cabinets, regardless of whether you’re preparing to paint, stain, or refinish them. Some people are inclined to coat their cabinets first and then stain or paint them. This is an option you can consider if you have already painted the room. However, for those who have not painted, this is the first step in learning how to prep kitchen cabinets? If you want to ensure that you get the most out of your cabinets, you should follow this suggestion.


When you’re learning how to prep kitchen cabinets? You will also want to clean out your back and sides, which contain coolers and other equipment. While it may seem more efficient to open up the drawers and allow air to flow through, this can actually cause damage. The more you close them, the more likely moisture will build up. This can actually cause your drawers to spring apart, causing a more messy situation than if you had opened them a bit.


So, how to prep kitchen cabinets? One option is to buy a can of compressed air and blast all the dirt out. This does work but is very expensive and time-consuming, so you may want to consider using the compressor’s suction. This method is easy to use and can completely remove the grit from the cabinets.


Another answer to the question of how to prep kitchen cabinets? If you have a vacuum cleaner with a fine-toothed tip, you can actually clean off the dust before closing them. If not, you can use the vacuum cleaner’s rotating brushes to clean the dust off the interior surfaces.


How to prep kitchen cabinets? Now that you know what is required, it is time to get started on the project. Start by removing the doors from the cabinets, including any hardware. Clean the surfaces inside and out, using cleaning spray and non-abrasive cloths. If you find a spot that needs scrubbing, dab the area with a paper towel and start cleaning. When you are finished, you should be left with clean cabinets ready for you to store all your food in!