Choose the Right Kitchen Sink for Your Home

The Kitchen is the heart of any home, and the heart of the kitchen is the Sink. It serves multiple purposes besides washing utensils and cleaning the fruits and vegetables. The kitchen sink is also the busiest part of the kitchen with most of the food preparation and related activities taking place here. It is, therefore, a good idea to spend some time contemplating the various choices available in the market before installing a new sink in your kitchen. 

One of the main deciding points for a kitchen sink is the size. Ideally, a sink should take up to 20%-25% of the counter space. Smaller but deeper kitchen sink serve the purpose as well as longer and bigger sinks, to fit the size of your kitchen best.

Another factor to consider is the material that the sink is made of. Stainless steel is by far the most popular choice because of its ease of maintenance and durability. It is inexpensive and its neutral appearance works well with many decor styles. Other alternatives that are available are  composite granite, porcelain, natural stone, cast iron, and fireclay. Each of these materials has its pros and cons, for example, water marks are easily visible on stainless steel sinks while composite granite is scratch resistant; natural stone is durable but heavy and requires reinforcement while porcelain adds to the old world charm.

Deep, farmhouse style kitchen sink. Design & Build by Adams Design Construction

Deep, farmhouse style kitchen sink.

The mounting style of the kitchen sink is another aspect that has to be clearly decided before purchasing the sink. There are four basic mounting styles: the top-mount, where the sink fits over the counter-top; the under-mount, where it fits below the counter-top; the apron sinks which are exposed in the front; and the integrated sinks which form a continuous surface with the countertop. Of all these, the top-mounted sinks are the easiest to install, while integrated sinks are most often seen in large designer homes.

The design of the kitchen sinks includes single sink or double sinks. Further variations available are inbuilt rinsing surface and/or chopping sections. Single sinks have one large bowl which is ideal for filling large stock pots, besides cooking and cleaning for large families. Double sinks help separate washing utensils from other cleaning and are most useful if two or more people work in the kitchen simultaneously. The inbuilt accessories like rinsing and chopping sections add to the utility but cut into the counter space. Smaller double sinks with sunken divider are increasingly being seen as a more acceptable option to either single or double bowl sinks.

So, have fun, shop around, measure, then give Adams Design Construction a call, 608-241-9009, we’d love to help!

 

 

Black Kitchen Worktops!

Black kitchen worktops! You must be kidding!

What is the first thing which comes to your mind when we say “black kitchen worktops”? There are a few people who just love the idea of getting something so edgy home.

Still skeptic?  Here’s a few things to think about. The immediate factor which comes to mind is the maintenance of the worktop itself. Think about keeping a white or light hued worktop spotless and a black one in the same condition. Needless to say, you will immediately be able to appreciate the fact that black remains a fairly low maintenance “color” hiding stains and the such.

Black countertops along with light walls or tile can enhance the look of your kitchen  dramatically. If planned properly, black kitchen worktops can actually go on to add a very interesting look to your kitchen.  Also to consider are some of the new black or virtually black marbles and granites available.  The choices are endless.

So summing up – black worktops basically offer you almost all the benefits that you would probably look for in kitchen worktops:

  • Functionality (because they’re less “vulnerable” to stains vs white worktops)
  • Beauty (from rustic to traditional to stylish – black is for every style and look)
  • Suitability (The hue not only suits other furniture or décor pieces but also enhances them)

So, make sure you’re getting in touch with a credentialed craftsman today and finding out about their black kitchen worktop collection! If you’re in the Dane County Wisconsin area, give us a call  608-241-9009. We’d love to help you out!

 

Double Hung Windows – the new replacement

We all know new windows can help with your energy bills, but when it comes time to replace them, what to choose?  There are several different types of windows. Traditionally, most windows were side-hinged windows, referred to as casements, and sliding sash windows. New opening mechanisms such as friction and pivot hinges are increasingly popular and available in double hung windows.

So,why choose double hung windows? Cleaning. Double hung windows are much easier to clean than windows based on a spiral or string system, because they won’t allow the sash to drop out when you are cleaning them. They also tilt in a way that uses a flush fitting tilt release which is more attractive than the older screwed in tilt release systems. This system works well for two story homes and enables you to clean your windows from the inside.

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You may find that choosing a quality window is difficult because of the overwhelming number of options. So where to start?  We suggest picking a window that comes with a solid warranty offered by a quality manufacturer.  Besides your budget, this is an important factor in your decision making, since your windows should last decades.  Also to consider is the material you choose: vinyl, wood, aluminum and composite materials are all available in our area. And after you’ve made your decision, we suggest hiring a professional to install them – nothing worse than spending your hard earned money on new windows and then not have them installed properly.

Remember, window materials, shapes, and sizes vary considerably, as does terminology, so you should read your manufacturer’s literature carefully. Replacement windows for older homes often need to be custom-built to your requirements, which is also something to consider.

Windows are a large investment and if you pick wisely you can save money over the long run by improving your energy efficiency. In order to save money in the future you may be wise to spend a little more on your windows now…

Need help choosing and installing your windows – we’re here to help. Give us a call, 608-241-9009, and we’d be happy to get started on updating the windows on your home.

Open Or Closed Kitchen, Which Option Is Best For You?

For years the kitchen was just a workplace, sometimes tucked in the back of the home and always closed off.  Heck, Thomas Edison’s winter home in Fort Myers, Florida, has an entirely separate building just for the kitchen. Rumor has it that Edison hated the smell of cooking food.

But then around the 1980’s trends began to change. Rooms began to flow together and the kitchen became part of the living space or great room.  This created a feeling of much larger space and usually increased natural light.

Lately there has been a trend of returning to the closed kitchen, but not the same as yesteryear’s.  A closed kitchen does not have to feel cramped. There are many ways to achieve a closed area using pocket doors or half walls.  But which design is right for you?  Here are a few pros for closed and open kitchen concepts:

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Closed Kitchen

Advantages of a Closed Kitchen:

  • Odors: cooking odors are confined to the kitchen.
  • Space: more walls equals more cabinet space, more counter-tops and more room for appliances.
  • Appearance: messes, such as dirty dishes, are hidden from view.
  • Privacy: people are not inclined as much to enter the kitchen and disturb the cook.
  • Formal: with a closed kitchen there usually is a formal dining room, more traditional for dinner guests.

 

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Open Kitchen

 

Advantages of an Open Kitchen:

  • Natural Light: when you remove interior walls it allows for more sunlight from windows to enter the entire home.
  • Monitoring Kids: great rooms allow parents to cook and do other items while still keeping an eye on the kids.
  • Part of the Action: when entertaining, the cook can be involved and converse with others while preparing food,
  • Larger Feeling: when the walls come down, space is increased.
  • Resale Value: most new home buyers are looking for enough space.  Combining the kitchen, living and dining rooms will do just that.

So which layout is best for you?  Is your current floor plan working, if not maybe a change to an open or closed kitchen is just what you need.  Or possibly somewhere in the middle using pocket doors or partial walls. Adams Design Construction, Ltd can help you decide, we’ve been doing this for years. Give us a call:  608-241-9009.

Spring Time is the Right Time for Remodeling

kitchen_remodelIf you’ve had to run to the hardware store for anything lately you’ve probably noticed the waves of people. Contractors and weekend warriors are gearing up for the spring remodeling/ project season. There will be no shortage of things to do around your house, maybe even some stuff you’ve had to put off for awhile. Whatever the case may be, there are a lot of exciting remodeling trends for 2016. Continue reading

What’s in the Kitchen Cabinets?

Kitchen-CabinetsFrom a functional standpoint your kitchen cabinets serve as storage. There is so much activity in the hub of your home, so having solid cabinets is a huge plus! If you’re building a new house or updating your kitchen make sure you keep a balance between trendy and classic. Let’s be honest kitchen projects aren’t cheap and you want the work to last a long time. Go with designs that will stand the test of time.

Wood kitchen cabinets can offer strength and character. Oak is one of the most widely used and a bit more affordable. It’s available in a couple hundred species and is available all over the world. Once of the more common finishes for oak is natural or honey.Kitchen-Cabinets

Pine has three variations. White, ponderosa, or yellow, it’s super easy to work with and soaks stain right up. It will create more of a rustic feel.

Cherry is a mid-priced to higher end wood with a unique feature, it doesn’t require much stain. It naturally gets darker with time and exposure to sunlight. Reddish brown is the color you can expect from cherry, think antique furniture.

Maple is another type of wood that is very popular and has a ton of different species. It’s Kitchen-Cabinetseasy to work with and will accept stain easily. Maple will finish well in a variety of colors from honey to chestnut.

Whether you’re starting from scratch or doing some updates, wood will give you a lot of options. Again make sure to factor how many people are in your home and how much abuse the cabinets will see over the years. If you have kids your kitchen cabinets, often times, turn into a jungle gym. Get a hold of us if you need any advice or direction on your kitchen cabinet project.

Fall into the Kitchen

Adams Design Construction - Kitchen TrendsFall is easily one of the best times of year for countless reasons. Running through the corn maze, sipping on fresh apple cider, watching the leaves float through the air, that’s just the beginning. As the days begin to get cooler, more time gets spent in the kitchen chopping up crisp apples to bake apple pie, or making chewy chocolate chip cookies. While you’re enjoying all this extra time in the kitchen you might start to realize it’s time for some updates. Continue reading