Should you Reface your Kitchen Cabinets?

Categories: Design, Kitchen, Remodeling
SKB McAllen Kitchen Remodel in Weslaco, TX

SKB McAllen Kitchen Remodel in Weslaco, TX

Refacing cabinets is something that is still considered popular across America. After all, refacing promises you a new kitchen for a fraction of the cost of a full remodel. But is it always what it seems?

New Kitchen?

Refacing cabinets will not change the layout so if you have a poor kitchen layout that will stay the same. If you have poor storage, or the kitchen isn’t functional, a refacer won’t be able to correct that. If you buy new cabinets from a kitchen designer, they can use their design expertise to design you a beautiful and functional kitchen.

Money Saver

Kitchen refacers promise a new kitchen at a low cost. But compared to replacing your cabinets with custom-made cabinetry, the savings are not always so great. There is labor and materials to consider. If you decide to reface, the new stain will need to match the existing color, or go darker. You won’t be able to remove a dark stain and go with lighter. The refacer will need to sand your cabinets to remove the stain to get to the bare wood and then stain them. The stain has to be evenly applied so there aren’t blotchy doors. Then they have to apply a protective coating so the finish doesn’t wear off. With custom-made cabinets you don’t have to worry about that since the stains or paints are baked in.

Also, does your quote include installation of new backsplash, countertops, knobs and plumbing fixtures? What kind of warranty will the company provide? Many custom-made cabinet manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty and stand behind the warranty.

Be as informed as you can be when it comes to remodeling your kitchen. A small savings in the beginning could cost you more in the end when you have to start all over with your kitchen project.

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A Few Kitchen Design Ideas

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McAllen Kitchen Remodel

McAllen Kitchen Remodel – SKB McAllen

Your kitchen should be designed according to how you plan to use it. A designer or contractor can install a new kitchen but if it’s not custom built to the way you will use it, you will not enjoy your kitchen.

Working Triangle

The working triangle is something that is often overlooked, but is still very important. The refrigerator, stove and sink are the three components of the working triangle. The triangle is very helpful if you want an efficient kitchen. Consider where you will prep your food. Do you want to walk all the way across your kitchen to get a big pot of water, only to have to walk back to put it on the stove?

Baking Center

Do you love to bake? Ask your designer to incorporate a baking center in your kitchen. Equip it with wall ovens and cabinets with tray dividers for your baking pans and cookie sheets. If you have a stand mixer add a cabinet that will lift up the mixer to you. You won’t have to worry about bending over to pickup the heavy mixer.

Wine Bar

If you are a wine aficionado, design your kitchen with a swanky wine area. Consider a wine rack that will not only hold, but will also display your wine bottles and beautiful wine glasses. There is no need to keep wine glasses concealed behind a cabinet.

Make a list of the things that are important to you and your family. Whether it’s baking, buying in bulk, entertaining or cooking, make sure your kitchen designer incorporates the things that you want in your home. A kitchen should not only be beautiful, it should be functional as well.

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How to Select Laminate Flooring for your Home

Categories: Remodeling
Amtico Wood

Amtico Laminate Wood

Laminate flooring has been on the market for several years. Initially, it did not have the best reputation for flooring. Over the years though, it has become quite popular due to the improvement of the product.

Laminate flooring is composed of four different layers. The bottom layer is the support and backing. The second layer is a particle board or a high density fiber board. The third layer is an image of stone, or wood. Some companies, like Amtico, have such realistic planks that people often mistake it for real wood on first glance. The final layer is a protective layer. Some companies use a urethane finish to protect the flooring from scuffs of wear and tear.

Keep in mind that there are different thicknesses of laminate flooring on the market. The thicknesses range from 12mm to 6mm. The thickest version is 12mm, and provides the most sound absorption and solid feel under foot. The thinner the MM, the noisier it will sound.

Pros

  • Can be manufactured to resemble hardwood, or stone
  • Low maintenance, and can be cleaned or vacuumed easily
  • Comes in different price ranges from low-end to high-end
  • Easy to install
  • Scratch-resistant
  • Durable with varying warranties

Cons

  • Not real hardwood or stone, and not everyone will like that
  • Cannot be sanded or refinished to change the color, unlike wood
  • Can warp with moisture
  • Can sound hollow because of sound absorption
Amtico Stone

Amtico Laminate Stone

Amtico Abstract

Amtico Abstract Laminate

Consider laminate flooring when choosing new flooring for your home. It is a great product that has really evolved over the last few years. It can give you the look of stone or even hardwood without the maintenance that comes with it. Contact Signature Kitchen and Bath if you would like more information!

How to Select a Designer to Remodel your Kitchen

Categories: Design, Remodeling

 McAllen Kitchen Design

The holidays are right around the corner and your kitchen will definitely see more action these next couple of months. As you prepare food for your family think about the design of your kitchen. What changes would you make?

Mary, the owner and designer opened Signature Kitchen and Bath because she needed to remodel her own kitchen but could not find someone that could deliver a beautiful, yet functional kitchen. Whereas her kitchen was cramped before, now multiple people can work in the kitchen with ease. It has been several years since she remodeled her kitchen and she still loves it to this day. Many of our customers have said the same thing years after their projects are completed. This is partly because they were heavily involved in the design aspect of their kitchens.

Anyone can have a beautiful kitchen but is it functional? A designer or contractor can recommend a layout, but ultimately you will be the one that has to live with the kitchen. Products are relatively easy to select so be sure you really focus on the design and functionality. Do you need more storage for pots and pans, or food? Are your corner cabinets being used, or do you shove things in there and never see them again?

Make sure your contractor shows you a rendering of what your kitchen will look like. A 3D rendering is the best way to show you the proposed kitchen. This will help you make sure that you will be happy and comfortable in your new kitchen.

Take a look at some of our before and after kitchens for inspiration! We offer three consultations with a pre-estimate at no charge so call us to set up your appointment!

How to Select Cabinets for your Kitchen

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Custom Kitchen design by Signature Kitchen and Bath - McAllen Texas

Custom Kitchen design by Signature Kitchen and Bath – McAllen Texas

When thinking about remodeling your kitchen you should take a good look at the cabinets you are considering. Cabinets are often overlooked but they are one of the most important aspects of your kitchen. There are a few things to consider when selecting cabinets.

Construction:
How well are your cabinets made? A quality drawer should not be glued or stapled together. Look for solid wood drawers with dovetail joinery. This is a sign of furniture-grade craftsmanship. Check to see if the drawer glides are on the bottom. Many drawers have glides on the sides but over the years they will collect dirt and start to jam when you open or close them.

Wood
There are so many woods available for cabinets. There is maple, cherry, alder, teak, etc. Do not settle for birch simply because it is cheaper or you have been told that it looks like maple or cherry. It doesn’t. You will feel the grains on birch regardless of how much the installer sands or paints the cabinets. The savings for birch are not worth the quality.

Consider the finish that will be on the cabinets. Both of our cabinet lines have a high-conversion varnish and have baked-in stains for uniformity. They are easy to clean and are not prone to discoloration or peeling.

Warranty:
Inquire about the warranty that your cabinets will have. A good warranty for cabinets is a lifetime. This shows the manufacturer is confident in their product and will warrant their cabinets if there is a product defect. Both of our cabinet lines carry a lifetime warranty.

It is time to get informed about what you are putting in your home. You should enjoy the best. And understand that the best does not always mean that it is the most expensive.
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LED Lighting for Your Kitchen or Bath

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Showroom featuring LED lighting

Galley Sink showroom featuring LED lighting

LEDs are not necessarily new. Many people have the technology in their televisions, but what about their home lighting? LEDs are becoming very popular in home lighting and it’s easy to see why. LED is an abbreviation for light-emitting diode.

This type of lighting can be an initial investment but the benefits are incredible. Residential LEDs last about 25 times longer than incandescent lamps and three times longer than CFLs (curlicue white light bulbs). LEDs don’t get hot like traditional lamps and are more efficient. Incandescent lamps release 90% of the energy as heat and the curlicue lamps can release up to 80% of their energy as heat.

LEDs do not burn out like traditional lamps. Instead, the diodes become dimmer over a very long period of time. The voltage needed to power LEDs is also low compared to traditional lighting. This allows you to save on your electricity bill every month because it takes less energy to power your LEDs.

LEDs don’t contain harmful chemicals like mercury which are found in the curlicue lamps. They also don’t emit UV rays that age your skin unlike the curlicue lamps.

LED lighting is the future, and is something that every homeowner should consider. Signature Kitchen and Bath is proud to design kitchens and bathrooms with LED lighting. We dedicate ourselves to providing innovative and sustainable products to the Rio Grande Valley.

Induction Cooking

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Tenderloin cooked on induction next to gas,

Tenderloin cooked on induction (R) next to gas(L) Credit:TheGalleySink

Imagine turning on your gas or electric cooktop and putting your hands on the surface. Would you burn your hand? You bet! Now if you have an induction cooktop and you did the same you wouldn’t burn your hand. How is that possible?

Induction cooktops use magnetic coils that wait for a pan with enough magnetism to come in contact with it. Once it’s turned on the heat is instant. There are different temperatures on the dial that control how much heat is needed. You can have it on a low setting to lightly simmer water or on a high setting to sear a steak.

Because it only heats the bottom of the pan, and goes to work right away and energy isn’t wasted. The cooktop only heats the bottom of the pan so if place a chocolate bar on the cooktop while cooking the chocolate will not melt. Cool huh?

You can install a cooktop with a single burner, double or even four burners. If you don’t want to commit to a cooktop in your counter you can buy a portable unit. Keep in mind that you will need new pots and pans that are flat-bottomed with enough iron to hold a magnet. Some stainless steel cookware can be used.

It takes some practice getting used to the knobs and heat but when you catch on it becomes intuitive. It can easily take on the jobs that a large gas range usually does; it’s also faster! Consider how much time it takes to boil a pot of water on a gas or electric range; induction beats that time.

 

 

 

A Galley Sink to Simplify Your Life

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Galley Sink

 Signature Kitchen and Bath is proud to announce that we are dealers for The Galley Sink! This company produces the coolest sink on the market! They don’t produce your typical two or three basin sink. What they have created is a revolutionary product that combines function and beauty.

The Galley sink can help you prepare your favorite dishes with the use of an induction cooktop, or it can be transformed into a beautiful self-serve station to keep your beverages, fruit, and condiments cold.

The sink is large enough that two people can work in the area. One can prepare one dish, while another is working on another dish. You can design your Galley sink with a pull-out trash compartment, utensil holders, or large drawers for your pots and pans.

The Galley has some cool accessories that cut down on your mess and prep time. It comes with a colander, rinsing bowls, a drain rack, and cutting boards. All of these items can be used over the sink to cut down on clutter!

This sink has been featured in several national magazines, and is quickly grabbing the attention of people that are serious about cooking as well as families that want to make cooking easier. With an induction cooktop on one side of the sink, and a gas cooktop on the other you don’t have to turn your back to your family while preparing a meal.
Check out the video below so you can see just a few of the endless things you do with a Galley sink.

Check out the video to see what the Galley can do. We are exclusive dealers in the Rio Grande Valley so call (956)213-8090 for more information on this unique and awesome product!

Selecting a Vent for Your Kitchen

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 Hood Vent

Hood Vent

Proper ventilation in your kitchen is absolutely necessary. Homeowners sometimes buy a hood simply because it looks pretty but they don’t take into account the CFM that they will need for their kitchen.

When you cook there is moisture, gas, grease and smoke. You need to make sure your kitchen is properly ventilating these things. Follow our guide on selecting the correct vent for your home.

What is CFM?

CFM is the acronym for Cubic Feet per Minute. This refers to the amount of air that your hood will have to filter. Your kitchen will require 15 air changes per hour that it is in use. To calculate the CFM needed when buying a vent you will need the following:

1. Calculate the cubic feet of your kitchen. Multiply the length, width, and height of the kitchen in feet. The number you get is the cubic feet of air that your vent will have to exchange at least 15 times in an hour.

2. Multiply the cubic feet of air times 15. Take your number and divide it by 60 since CFM is measured in minutes.

Calculating BTUs

3. Figure out how many BTUs are in your range or cooktop. BTU stands for British Thermal Unit and each burner has its own BTU. BTU refers to the amount of energy needed to heat one pound of water by one degree Fahrenheit. Add up the BTUs for each burner.  Multiply the total by 0.01 and add this to the number you got in step 2. This will give you the CFM necessary for your kitchen.

Select a vent that has the minimum, if not more CFMs. Make sure your home has adequate ventilation. What isn’t vented out can settle on your cabinets and leave lingering odors in your home. Take some time and do the math!

 

Innovative Products for Your Kitchen

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Signature Kitchen and Bath is always on the lookout for the latest innovative products for your kitchen and bath. We attend seminars, and trade shows to learn about the newest technology for our customers. We have compiled a few of the coolest products for your kitchen.

Motion Sensor Faucets

Moen Faucet with MotionSense Technology
Picture by Moen
Moen introduce a new line of faucets equipped with MotionSense technology. Simply wave your hand over one of the two sensors and the water will turn on until you wave your hand over the sensor and the water is shut off. Don’t need to use this technology every time? Then you can use the traditional lever.

All in One Kitchen Sink

All in one sink by The Galley
Picture by The Galley

Cut down on your prep time with The Galley kitchen sinks. This company doesn’t offer your average two basin sink. They cater to the chef at heart who loves preparing meals without all the mess. A Galley sink offers slots for cutting boards, colanders, bowls, and other cool accessories. All of these cool accessories are nestled above a sink which is ready to catch all of the scraps you want to send to the garbage disposal. Or you can use the sink to wash your accessories.  http://jayrambo.com/

Pot Fillers

Moen Pot Filler

Picture by Moen

A pot filler is another useful and innovative product to have in your kitchen. This faucet is positioned directly above your cooktop. When you need to fill a pot with water you don’t have to lug a heavy pot from your sink to the cooktop
These are just a few of the innovative products for your kitchen. We work hard to stay up to date with the best and latest products for our customers.

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