When you’re planning a full kitchen renovation, or even just a few choice upgrades, counter tops, cabinets, appliances and flooring command your attention. But do you ever look up? Unless a lightbulb burns out or you want to replace a light fixture, you probably don’t think much about the ceiling in your kitchen or other rooms.
Yet with all the cooking and living that goes on in the kitchen, a whole lot of unpleasantness can gather in the top half of the room, including heat and moisture, cooking odors and grease. All that can make the ceiling dingy, darken the room and turn the air in your kitchen stale and unpleasant. As you’re refurbishing your kitchen, here are some ways – simple to lofty – to improve the ceiling and brighten the whole room:
The simple stuff
Just as painting walls is the easiest, most cost-effective way to create a new look in a room, painting the kitchen ceiling can have a huge impact on how the room feels and functions. For example, if your kitchen is short on windows and often feels dark, painting the ceiling a high gloss white can help brighten it by reflecting light back down into the room. You can also add faux tin ceiling tiles to reflect light and to create a vintage look.
Stuck with light-colored flooring, countertops and cabinets that make the room look washed out? Adding a subtle hue to the ceiling can help bring color to the room without the aggressiveness of a heavy wall color. Even if your kitchen has no design issues you need to resolve from the top down, repainting the ceiling can impart a fresh, bright look.
Perhaps new light fixtures aren’t in your budget or you really like the ones you have. In either event, replacing incandescent or flourescent light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs can soften harsh overhead lighting and use less electricity at the same time.
Kitchens cry out for light but with wall space often largely devoted to cabinets, it can be a challenge to get enough natural light into the room through windows alone. Adding a skylight is a cost-effective way to compensate for a lack of windows and to bring balanced natural light and fresh air into a kitchen.
Skylights can help vent cooking odors and moisture from the kitchen if you choose Energy Star-qualified solar-powered fresh-air skylights, like those from Velux America. A programmable touch pad remote control operates the skylights as well as accessories like blinds. Solar powered blinds, which improve the overall energy efficiency of the skylights even more, are available in colors and patterns and allow you to make a design statement while giving you full control of the light that enters the space.
In addition to kitchens, bedrooms and baths are the most popular rooms for skylights since you get the same natural light and passive ventilations benefits while maintaining privacy.
And no-leak solar powered skylights, which close automatically in case of rain, as well as solar powered blinds, can be upgrades that partially pay for themselves since both can qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit, as do the installation costs. Visit www.whyskylights.com to learn more.
Adding a ceiling medallion is a simple yet high-impact way to change the look of your kitchen ceiling. You can either position it around an existing light fixture or place it above a kitchen island. Installing a medallion is well within the abilities of most do-it-yourselfers and you can accomplish the project in less than a day.
Wood accents, such as paneling, crown molding or a wooden frame add luxury and depth to kitchen ceilings. These are complex installations that may require you to hire a professional but they can pay off big to create your dream kitchen.
Investing some money, thought and effort into upgrading your ceilings can help give the rooms a new look and feel while providing benefits that are both beautiful and practical.
Featured Image- Space saving skylights free-up kitchen wall space for more cabinest and shelfs while admitting abundant daylight and providing natural ventilation. Energy Star-qualified VELUX no leak solar powered fresh air skylights and blinds are operated by touchpad programmable remote control and close automatically in case of rain. The skylights, blinds, and installation costs are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit. Details at www.whyskylights.com.
To learn about how to get things looking up in your kitchen, visit Cipriani Remodeling Solutions to schedule your FREE in home consultation.
Cambria® quartz counter-top material is a true beauty and work of art. But don’t be fooled by its captivating beauty. This material is tough enough to stand up to even the harshest of family or professional environments.
Cambria surfaces are 93% pure quartz, and granite surfaces typically contain only 40–60% quartz. This makes the granite not as durable as the Cambria quartz material. Cambria quartz is much less susceptible to damage than a traditional granite material. It will be less likely to chip, crack or scratch, and Cambria’s durability also means you can be more creative with the edge profiles. This allows for crafting edge shapes with wider overhangs to create a kitchen like no other. They offer 19 different edge profiles to choose from.
The quartz material is also a nonporous and nonabsorbent surface. Granite is a porous and absorbent material. Cambria quartz gives off zero emissions and no radon. Cambria has also been tested for radon by Air Quality Sciences, Inc. . All Cambria surfaces are certified by Greenguard® (Visit their site to learn more about this certification.) These certifications make this surface material a safe and reliable option, not just for homes but also for schools, professional settings and even medical facilities.
Another plus for this material is the ease of use and the simple cleaning process. Simply use soap and warm water to maintain your Cambria quartz material. Granite requires periodic sealing, polishing or reconditioning to keep it clean and safe for use, another big plus for Cambria products.
For even more fun with Cambria quartz, you can download an app from the Itunes store.
“Don’t Put Off Until Tomorrow What You Can Afford To Finance Today” is a new program being offered by Cambria. It allows you to finance up to $55,000 for your entire remodeling project. Just choose from a vast selection of styles from the Cambria material* for your next remodel project. You can choose from two easy options to pay with no prepayment penalties or closing costs**. Make no payment for up to one full year (by choosing Cambria’s same-as-cash payment options to take advantage of no interest and no required monthly payments for up to a year) or take up to 10 years to pay (Finance by Cambria also offers long-term financing for up to 10 years at a competitive 6.99% fixed interest rate). To see if you qualify, give us call to schedule your FREE consultation. To learn more about Cambria Financing options, visit http://cambriausa.com/en/Purchasing/financing/.
Make your Cambria® dream kitchen a reality today with award winning remodeling designers and 3D diagraming. Cipriani Remodeling Solutions offers a full selection of Cambria in our showroom located at 665 North Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. To schedule a FREE consultation on ways to incorporate Cambria into your new kitchen or bath remodel, call Cipriani Remodeling Solutions at 856-853-8398 or visit http://www.ciprianiremodelingsolutions.com/contact-cipriani
* Financing available for residential property projects using Cambria® natural stone surfaces.
** Loans provided by EnerBank USA (1245 Brickyard Rd., Suite 600, Salt Lake City, UT 84106) on approved credit, for a limited time. (reduced interest loans) Repayment terms vary from 60 to 120 months. 6.99% fixed APR, effective as of December 2014. Minimum loan amounts apply. The first monthly payment will be due 30 days after the loan closes. (same as cash loans). Repayment terms vary from 18 to 132 months. 16.89% fixed APR, as of December 2014, is subject to change. Interest waived if repaid within the promotional same as cash period.
The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry. Today, it is revered as an authority on the kitchen and bath industry by a large network of peers, distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, installers, designers, and other industry professionals. As seen on their site, “The NKBA’s certification program emphasizes continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA has become a valuable resource for both professionals and consumers.” To read more about the NKBA follow this link.
Matt Slingerland achieves certification from National Kitchen and Bath Association. So why would someone pursue certifications from the NKBA? Well, a commitment to provide the highest level of client service and satisfaction. Planning and designing a living space, such as a kitchen or bath, requires knowledge of many specific details and an expertly trained eye to focus in on all the right details. Professionals with a passion for the kitchen and bath industry have a respect and loyalty in seeking the proper education to allow their clients to entrust their home to them. With the rise in popularity of television shows and stations such as HGTV and the DIY Network, homeowners are getting a peak into the exciting and enticing environment of home renovation. Problem is- it is just that, a peak and many details are not seen or know by the uneducated television viewer. As such, it is extremely important for clients planning a renovation project to hire qualified educated professionals. At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we are constantly learning and advancing our skills and talents. Matt Slingerland is a great example of commitment and dedication to his career, his team and most of all his clients. Matt has taken courses with the NKBA to obtain his first level of certification, Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer, AKBD.
Like most of our clients who love the television home improvement world, Matt was intrigued as well. In 2007, he began to follow his interests and chase his passion. Matt says, “Due to the popularity of HGTV, Houzz, and the DIY Network, today homeowners are only getting bits and pieces of information which can lead to a false sense of confidence for many homeowners about what is right or wrong. Many clients are completely overwhelmed with information by the time I meet them. I realized that to serve them the best I can, taking courses by the NKBA, and getting certified would make me a better designer, and more helpful to my clients.”
He continues with, “One of the things I really love about kitchen and bath design is there is a so much to learn. I love learning. I think I have 5 different books on my desk right now and another 5 or so on my night stand.” Matt loves learning the home renovation industry, he says, “One of the things that initially drew me to Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, and why I love working here, is the culture that encourages on-going education. The neat thing about the courses I was taking was that I could learn new things, and then turn around and use the new knowledge I received right away with my clients. It is extremely rewarding.”
Matt did not set out to pursue a career in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. He had gone to school for, and was pursuing a different career. He kind of stumbled into this field when a position was offered to him by someone he knew that owned a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. That was it, he was hooked. He fell in love with designing kitchens and baths. The following quote by Matt really sums up his passion well, “It provides me with a great creative outlet. I grew up in a very creative home. My Dad is an incredibly talented musician. I think he plays about 10 different instruments really well, and is great at many different genres of music, although Jazz is his favorite. Growing up I saw how important it was to have a way to exercise your creativity, and have found remodeling to be a perfect way to do that. I find it very rewarding, and a lot of fun.” – Matt Slingerland
To have Matt design your next addition, kitchen or bath project, contact Cipriani Remodeling Solutions at email@example.com or 856.853.8398
The Philadelphia Home Show returns again and has been a welcomed event for home aficionados for over 30 years. At the Philly Home Show, you will find anything and everything for your home; from gardening to home remodeling and cooking to jewelry cleaner, it’s all there. The show is held annually at the Philadelphia Convention Center . It is always a busy and eventful home experience that should not be missed.
The show boosts some of the local’s best in every home category you can think of. You can meet landscapers, home remodeling companies, faux painters, interior designers, home organizers, and even natural disaster preparedness specialists. This is a great place to meet the experts. You can mix and mingle with the best and brightest the industry has to offer. Meet TV personalities and local award-winning designers. You can sample products, gather information, see home décor trends and get your burning home remodeling questions answered.
We have been a regular exhibitor at the show for many years. We always meet wonderful people and find the guests take away great information and useful tips and make beneficial connections. We enjoy attending and see many of our regular clients at the show — Many of whom we met originally at a prior year’s show. At the Cipriani Remodeling Solutions Booth, we have a 3D CAD program running and many award-winning project photos. We also have some goodies for potential clients.
While at the show, be sure to check out the “Serving Up Style” Designer Challenge and the “Ultimate Upcycle Challenge” entries. For more information, visit https://phillyhomeshow.com/
James Young of DIY’S I Hate My Kitchen
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Host of DIY’S “I Hate My Kitchen”, James is a licensed contractor and certified electrician. Attendees will get a fun-filled presentation on ways to remodel their kitchens, without breaking the bank.
Visit James at the show on the Main Stage, Saturday, January 17, 2015 and Sunday, January 18, 2015
Presented by XFINITY®
Jeff Devlin of DIY’S I Hate My Bath and HGTV’S Spice Up My Kitchen
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Jeff Devlin, King of Prussia native proves that home renovation can be enjoyable and not intimidating. As a licensed contractor and host of four successful television shows, his fun and down-to-earth approach takes both viewers and clients on an empowering journey, and before you know it, you’ve hung out with a really cool guy and tackled that daunting project that you’ve put off for months!
Visit Jeff at the show on the Main Stage, Saturday, January 24, 2015 & Sunday, January 25, 2015
Presented by XFINITY®
And Visit The Fabulous Beekman Boys at the show on the Main Stage,
Friday January 23, 2015, and Saturday, January 24, 2015
Presented by XFINITY®
|2015 Dates & Hours**Please note that the 2015 show dates and hours are subject to change**|
|Saturday, January 17||10:00 am||–||9:00 pm|
|Sunday, January 18||10:00 am||–||6:00 pm|
|Monday, January 19||10:00 am||–||7:00 pm|
|Friday, January 23||10:00 am||–||9:00 pm|
|Saturday, January 24||10:00 am||–||9:00 pm|
|Sunday, January 25||10:00 am||–||6:00 pm|
|Children Ages 6 – 12||$3.00|
|Children Ages 5 & Under||FREE|
Pennsylvania Convention Center Exhibition Hall F 12th & Arch Streets Philadelphia, PA 19107 www.paconvention.com Ample parking is also available at nearby garages, and transit is just a short walk away.
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