Monday, November 18, 2019

Kitchen Renovation Tips for Large Families

People enjoying food spread in a newly remodeled kitchen
Because eating is such a communal activity, the kitchen is where many families spend most of their time together. The kitchen has to work for the family, both practically and aesthetically. This can be a challenge for large families because most kitchens aren't designed to accommodate groups of seven, eight, or nine people. However, these kitchen renovation tips can help any family turn their kitchen into a beautiful, workable space.

Install an Island


Perhaps the most family-friendly improvement that can be made in the kitchen is the addition of an island. An island serves two purposes by providing another surface for preparing food and extra seating to accommodate people who can't fit at the table. Cabinets can also be added to an island for additional storage space.

Play With Height


When renovating their kitchens, families may want to have a few countertops that are accessible to children who are old enough to make simple snacks for themselves and their younger siblings. Once the children outgrow the lowered spaces, they can be used as makeshift tables or coffee bars.

Safety First


The kitchen is one of the most hazardous areas of the home. It's filled with sharp objects, large appliances, and hot surfaces. Safety should always be the first consideration for kitchen installations for families with numerous children. Choosing countertops with rounded corners can help prevent painful bumps and bruises. It's also helpful to install safety locks on cabinets and drawers that children can reach. Slow-close hinges add another level of protection to prevent tiny fingers from getting hurt by cabinet doors. As most parents know, if kids can find it, they will get into it. So it's important to make the kitchen as safe as possible for the youngest members of the family.

Design Your Remodel Today


If you're considering making a change to your kitchen, Four Points Remodeling can design and build a space that works for you. Our expert designers and craftsmen have helped families in Rochester and the surrounding areas improve their homes. We can make your kitchen safe and functional for every member of your family. Take a look at some of our previous work by browsing our portfolio. To learn more about our services, call us today at 585-385-0003.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Three Ways to Use Shelves to Organize Any Bathroom

When it comes to storage and organization, many families struggle with space in their bathrooms. Whether they have a little clutter or a lot, shelves offer one way for homeowners to take advantage of unused bathroom space without sacrificing style or functionality.

Consider Open Shelves

White wall shelves organizing bathroom towels and soap

It started in the kitchen, with designers displaying pretty dishes, glassware, and trinkets on open shelves as a minimalist alternative to cabinets. The design statement soon turned into a trendy way to make the most of wall space in the bathroom. Open shelves work in bathrooms of all sizes and can be installed anywhere: over toilets, above or below mirrors, as alternatives to vanities, and more. Nearly any shelving material works, so homeowners can easily undertake this project without a full bathroom redesign. But open shelves can easily become cluttered, so they’re best suited for the minimalists out there.

Get Creative


There are plenty of attractive shelving solutions for those dealing with clutter, including store-bought items. That doesn’t mean ugly plastic drawers; a ladder shelf, for example, is a functional yet stylish place to store towels, toiletries, and tasteful accessories in attractive baskets and containers. Store-bought drawer organizers and revolving trays can help with storage and organization out-of-sight, too. It’s easy to find chic, practical ways to avoid cluttered shelves and cabinets by thinking outside the box.

Take Advantage of Recessed Spaces


Recessed spaces don’t have to be wasted – they make the perfect place for built-in shelving units! Shelves can easily be installed in any small nook and cranny, which may be obvious or hidden behind drywall. Alternatively, built-ins can be created during a bathroom installation by adjusting the size of the shower. A remodeling company can help homeowners find shelving solutions based on their existing bathroom design.

Talk to the Pros Today


When you need more shelving or storage space, Four Points Remodeling can help your family find solutions. Whether you need bathroom storage or want to design your dream kitchen, count on us for home renovation services. Check out our portfolio for design inspiration, then call Four Points Remodeling at 585-385-0003 to start your next project!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Tips for Seamlessly Incorporating Appliances Into Your Kitchen Design

Designing the perfect kitchen can be a classic struggle between form and function. On the one hand, a kitchen is central to the life of a home and its inhabitants, so it should look beautiful and inviting. On the other hand, a well-equipped kitchen that can be used to whip up a wide variety of meals and then clean up afterward needs a good number of appliances and other equipment. The trick is finding the right balance with a clean, uncluttered space that still has all the necessary accessories.

Install an Island

Cozy kitchen with white walls and cabinets and stainless steal appliances

A kitchen island is a great way to free up space for those appliances that are used every day like the microwave and coffee maker. In addition to being a place where appliances can live, an island can also be kept entirely clear for food prep. This way, there's no competing for space on countertops when trying to chop and prep for meals. Either way, islands spread out the clutter and make the kitchen seem more spacious. When designing an island, be sure to request that electrical outlets are numerous and easy to reach.

An Appliance Garage


From blenders and magic bullets to bread makers and pressure cookers, it's great to experiment with all the fun kitchen toys out there. Chances are, however, that they won't all be in use at the same time. A good design solution can be having one large cabinet or drawer somewhere out of the way, like above the refrigerator, that houses all these appliances. They can be pulled out and used as needed and put back in their mini-garage afterward. This helps keep the design of the kitchen clean and simple.

In-Drawer Outlets


One thing that many companies offering kitchen design services have started popularizing is the use of outlets inside pull-out drawers or cabinets. This allows things to be plugged in and in use without taking up space on the countertop. Having an outlet inside a drawer is especially useful for charging devices like cellphones, iPads, etc., without leaving them lying out.

Four Points Remodeling provides kitchen design services that can deliver the kitchen of your dreams. Not only do we design kitchens, but we also install them, so you can be sure that nothing is lost in translation. Check out our portfolio of recent kitchen projects or read testimonials from happy customers to get an idea of what we can do for you. When you're ready to start a conversation about your ideal kitchen, give us a call at 585-385-0003 to speak to one of our design specialists.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

How to Create a Rustic Kitchen Design

The term "rustic" is often used when it comes to home design, but how does one actually achieve the style? These key elements of a rustic kitchen will create a simple, homey space reminiscent of the warm and inviting countryside.

Dark Wood and Warm Colors 
A kitchen with rustic design elements


In order to create a rustic kitchen design, it's helpful to think of the kitchen area as the hearth of the home. A hearth is traditionally where families once gathered to prepare and enjoy freshly cooked food or spend time around the fire. To recreate this feeling, use dark wood surfaces and pops of warm colors like red, orange, or a sienna brown to mimic embers and flames. These colors don't need to make up the entire color scheme of the kitchen, but relying on dark brown furnishings and orange or red accents such as brick can make it seem like the kitchen radiates warmth.

Include Stone Elements


Similarly to how pops of warm colors can create the image of fire, stone elements will remind visitors and family members of a simpler time long ago. Many rustic kitchens include walls made of tumbled river rock or flagstone floors. For a more modern twist on the rustic aesthetic, homeowners can opt for classic countertops made of quartz or granite.

Distressed Paint Finishes


The thought of chipped paint may make many homeowners shudder, but purposefully chipped or distressed painted surfaces can provide a homey, comfortable, and rustic appearance in kitchens. It's easy to go on a treasure hunt for worn furniture pieces at antique stores or flea markets or to create a distressed finish using paint. These and any other rustic elements can also be added to a bathroom, bedroom, or any other space to tie the home's design together.

Any good remodeling project begins with one thing: a thorough plan! Whether you're interested in achieving a rustic appearance or any other type of design, call Four Points Remodeling today at 585-385-0003. Our services include design, construction, and installation, so you can work with one company for your entire renovation!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

An Introduction to Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

Remodeling a kitchen is a fun, exciting process, especially for dedicated home chefs...but it can also be a little intimidating. The process comes with a huge range of decisions to make, from backsplash color to cabinet styles. When it comes to the doors of your new cabinets, there are numerous styles to choose from. Here are a few of the most popular options to make this decision a little easier.

Traditional Overlay Doors 
A newly renovated kitchen


The most common style of kitchen cabinets is traditional overlays, sometimes called partial or standard overlay. These are the most affordable cabinets, but they also have aesthetic appeal. These doors and drawers are mounted on the face of the cabinet box, covering only part of the frame. The doors and drawers are smaller than other styles, making them less expensive but also offering slightly less storage space. They’re a great option for rental properties and first-time homeowners.

Expect to spend: $

Full Overlay Doors


For a more custom look, homeowners should consider full overlay doors that cover almost the entire cabinet face. These offer more storage space, but they’re a little more expensive than traditional overlay doors because they’re larger. Many homeowners find that their smooth, contemporary look is worth the additional cost.

Expect to spend: $$

Slab/Flat Panel Doors


Slab, or flat panel doors, sit completely flat against the cabinet frame, without being raised or recessed. The fronts are made of one simple slab of wood, often either real hardwood or quality engineered wood. They require a precise manufacturing process to avoid warping, bending, and other errors. This, in addition to the higher quality materials, contributes to their higher cost. The simple design fits well with homeowners looking for a modern or contemporary kitchen.

Expect to spend: $$$

Inset Doors


Inset cabinet doors are the most unique style, but they’re also the priciest option. With this style, the cabinet drawers and doors fit flush with the cabinet face frame openings. They use revealed or concealed hinges with door stops inside the cabinet boxes. These cabinets are made of heavier materials and require the most attention to detail in craftsmanship, resulting in high quality and a distinct, beautiful look.

Expect to spend: $$$$

Connect With Four Points Remodeling for Your Kitchen Cabinets


No matter what your dream kitchen looks like, Four Points Remodeling can help you create it through our renovation services. We carry high-quality cabinets at a variety of price points for residents throughout Rochester. Check out our portfolio for design inspiration, and if you still need reasons to work with us, view our customer feedback. When you’re ready to design your dream kitchen, call us at 585-385-0003.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Tips for Jazzing Up a Small Bathroom

Due to a lack of extra space to work with, designing any small room can be a challenge. This is especially true of small bathrooms, which are supposed to feel comfortable and allow for easy movement from one area to another. Luckily, there are a number of strategies that can open up a small bathroom and help it to shine in design and function.

Tricking the Eye 
A new shower in a bathroom


One of the best ways to make any small room seem larger is to trick the eye into seeing more than what's really there, and bathrooms have a few elements that make this a snap to pull off. An easy trick is to install a larger mirror that extends beyond the limits of the vanity counter; the more of the room that gets reflected, the bigger the room will seem. In a similar strategy, using a clear glass shower door instead of an opaque curtain opens the bathroom up to its true limits instead of an artificial one created by a curtain.

Cutting Corners


Another strategy for opening up a small bathroom is to eliminate anything that sticks out and invades the room's precious free space. Mounting a towel rack on the shower door instead of the wall, installing a vanity counter with rounded edges, and utilizing built-in shelves and toilet paper holders are all simple ways to accomplish this. Just like in the kitchen, less clutter means a more functional space with extra room to move around in.

Simplifying Design Elements


A visually busy bathroom will make the space feel smaller and more crowded. Simplify a small bathroom's look by limiting its walls and accessories to two basic colors, and install larger floor tiles, preferably on a diagonal, to create the illusion of more square footage. Also, be aware of the effects of small details: excessively small veins and designs in tiles or wood paneling will only make the entire room feel small.

Four Points Remodeling is among the Rochester and Pittsford region's best home remodeling contractors. To learn more about how our experienced team can help you build the bathroom of your dreams, contact us online or call 585-385-0003 today.