Inspiring Kitchen Designs!

april 20

Flipping through all those glossy kitchen magazines is so much fun. Even if what you see on those pages falls way beyond your budget, there are probably tweaks you can make to get the design elements you love at a much lower cost.

Check out these kitchens!

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Kitchen islands remain as popular as ever. They are work spaces, allow for seating, and easy entertaining.

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Closed cabinets are no longer the only way to store our stuff. More of us are opting for open shelving in the kitchen.

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Even range hoods have become the focus of designers. There are so many design options to choose from!

Call us to find out which range hood would be best in your kitchen.

The Hottest Kitchen Renovation Trends

april  18

Inspiration springs eternal, especially when it comes to our kitchens. Far from being the room where we cook our meals, the kitchen is the space where we can express our creative ideas.

Check out these hot kitchen trends

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As more of us choose to live in condos and smaller homes, our kitchens are shrinking, too. The problem is that most of us still spend a whole lot of time there, and we entertain there, too. In response, designers are leaning toward monochromatic color schemes and sleek cabinet design. It’s all in the interest of making the space look much larger than it actually is.

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Kitchen islands now come equipped with a stovetop, dishwasher, work space, sink, and eating area. Talk about multitasking!

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Forget about wood cabinets set against white walls. More people are opting for vibrant color.

What kitchen design trend would you love to see in your kitchen?

How To Keep Sightlines Open In Your Kitchen

april 16

Kitchens have become so much more than places to cook meals. They have become a gathering place for the whole family and all your friends.

So, how can you make sure that the space you spend so much time in is comfortable?

Sightlines are best explained as empty space. It’s the ability to stand in one part of the kitchen and be able to see all the way to the other side. Sightlines are all about unobstructed views. One of the biggest culprits in broken sightlines is the range hood – not so much the wall-mounted variety, of course.

Think of the island range hood suspended from the ceiling. If you’re standing at the stove, you might have to tilt your head around the range hood to see the people standing in other parts of the kitchen.

There are ways to solve the sightlines problems without tossing out the range hood. Seriously. Don’t do that. The range hood works incredibly hard at clearing the air you breathe of grease, odors, smoke, and fumes. So, you have to keep the range hood. But, there’s no reason why you can’t change they type of range hood.

If you really like an island range hood that is suspended from the ceiling, choose a more powerful model that can be hung higher. It will still do its job while allowing you to see everyone in the kitchen.

If hanging the range hood at an ideal height above your head isn’t an option, look for range hoods that feature a glass canopy. At least you’ll be able to see through the glass.

Another option is to install a ceiling mounted range hood. This type sits flush against the ceiling and is powerful enough to draw up smoke, grease, odors, and fumes from there.

Need help choosing the right range hood for your kitchen? Give us a call!

Spectacular Outdoor Kitchens

april 12a

Forget about the heat, the rain, or anything else that Mother Nature might throw at us. It’s time to take a look at the backyard and figure out how to make it the outdoor room of your dreams.

Spending as much time outside as possible has become a huge trend in every part of the country. The patio has become so much more than a place for plastic furniture and a patio umbrella. Many of us want that outdoor space to be as convenient and comfortable as our indoor kitchen and living room.

Check out these gorgeous outdoor living spaces, including high powered range hoods, BBQs, and lounge areas!

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Don’t Start A Kitchen Renovation Before Reading This

april 10

Dreaming about a kitchen renovation? Ah yes, imagining the possibilities is lots of fun. But, once you’ve figured out your budget and the kinds of amenities you’d like in your new kitchen, it’s time to understand the relationship between you and your contractor.

Unless you’re an expert do-it-yourselfer, you will need to hire a contractor.

The rules. Do you live in a condo? Check with the board to find out the rules that will affect your renovation. The work will most likely be limited to certain hours in the day. So, if your contractor likes to show up early in the morning or work late into the evening, you will almost certainly receive complaints from your neighbors. Condo rules may also limit the type or power of the stove and range hood.

If you live in a home with your own four walls, you might be thinking that renovations will be easier for you than those living in condos.

Well, that’s not entirely true.

There are city by-laws, county ordinances, and even state rules that could limit your choices. Find out if you need a permit to do your renovations. Anything from altering walls to installing windows to plumbing work to installing electrical work to installing electrical could require a permit. If in doubt, ask your contractor as well as city staff.

Once the work is underway, you’ll still have to make decisions. Choosing finishes, cabinet hardware, the sink and faucet combination, plus any number of other changes will have to be made, sometimes on the spot.

Don’t cave in to the pressure that your contractor or salespeople may place on you. Think about what you want from your new kitchen and push the experts you hire to deliver it.

Have questions about which range hood is best for your kitchen? Call us!

Featured Product: Cavaliere Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Range Hood

april 6

Guess what? This beautiful Cavaliere Wall-Mounted Stainless Steel Range Hood is on sale!

Check out the features:

  • 860 CFM centrifugal blower
  • Soft-touch push button control panel
  • Dishwasher-friendly grease filter
  • Brushed stainless steel
  • Telescopic chimney perfect for 8 foot to 9 foot ceilings and higher
  • Tempered glass canopy

The Amazing Range Hood Remote Control

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Many of our range hoods come with a remote control. This is a perk that top-rated range hood manufacturers provide for their customers. In fact, Cavaliere is one of the most respected manufacturers who make a point of equipping their hoods with features that make life easier.

If you’re already standing at the stove cooking, you might wonder what the point of a remote control is.

In cases where the range hood is flush with the ceiling or is installed at a height higher than most people’s average height, then a remote control makes turning the unit on and off and setting the fan speed super easy and convenient.

Beyond installation height, a remote control gives you the option to turn the fan on or off wherever you happen to be. That becomes very important in terms of remembering to turn the fan on about 15 minutes before you begin cooking and turning it off about 15 minutes after you’re done cooking. Instead of running into the kitchen to turn the fan on or off, you can just activate it via the remote.

Do you have questions about using your remote control? Give us a call. We’ll help you out.

Recipe Collection: The Best Cheese Lasagna

april 2

I know, I know… after a long weekend full of great food and over eating, the last thing we all need is another opportunity to over eat. But, this lasagna recipe is so good!

Remember to turn your range hood fan on when you start making this very delectable dish, and leave it running for about 15 minutes after you turn the oven off.

Check other tasty recipe in our Recipe Collection.

The Best Cheese Lasagna

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 Tb flour
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped finely + 1 extra Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 100g ricotta cheese
  • 50 g Parmesan cheese
  • 200g instant lasagne sheets
  1. Melt butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour and nutmeg. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over low heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add milk a quarter cup at a time, stirring constantly. Stir over medium heat until smooth and thick.
  2. Remove sauce from heat and add 1 Tbsp basil, all the ricotta, and half the Parmesan. Adjust seasoning.
  3. Grease an ovenproof 12″x16″ lasagna pan. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of ricotta mixture on the bottom of the pan. Lay one layer of lasagne sheets on the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with a little of the Parmesan and basil. Continue to layer with lasagne sheets, Parmesan, a little of the ricotta mixture, and basil. Top the last layer of lasagne sheets with the remaining sauce and Parmesan.
  4. Bak at 350°F for about 45 minutes or until the lasagne sheets are tender.

Enjoy!

Recipe Collection: Perfect Picnic Potato Salad

mar. 29

Can you believe we’ve reached the end of March already? Where has the time gone? Not only that, but we’re heading into the long Easter weekend. Do you have your meal ideas worked out? Check out this very delicious Perfect Picnic Potato Salad. It’s a quick contribution to a potluck (whether you’re picnicking or not)! The potatoes will need to be boiled, which puts a lot of steam into your kitchen. Remember to turn your range hood fan on at least 15 minutes prior to cooking, and leave it running about 15 minutes after you’ve finished cooking.

Have a wonderful Easter long weekend! Check out more of our great recipes.

Perfect Picnic Potato Salad

  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 2 lbs nw baby potatoes, unpeeled
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 celery stalks, thinly sliced
  • 1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chives, chopped
  1. Bring chicken stock to a boil. Add potatoes. Cook until potatoes are just tender. Drain.
  2. In a food processor (or with a blender or whisk), combine 3 Tbsp of the oil, egg, mustard, dill, vinegar, lemon juice, and pepper. Blend until well combined. Slowly add remaining oil in a steady stream. Add sour cream and stir to combine.
  3. Slice potatoes into quarters. Combine potatoes with celery and onion. Pour dressing over top and stir until combined.
  4. Garnish with chives. Check for seasoning. Refrigerate until needed.

Enjoy!

Refresh Your Kitchen With A New Range Hood

mar. 27

Few of us give much thought to the range hood that takes up a significant amount of space over the stove. It is, however, an absolutely essential appliance. That range hood helps keep your indoor air as pure as possible by drawing up all the grease, smoke, steam, odors, and fumes, and exhausting all those pollutants to the outdoors.

At least once per month, especially if you cook a lot, you should give your range hood a good top to bottom cleaning. Use a natural, citrus-based cleaner on the hood to clean up any accumulated dust and stains. Then unhook the housing that holds the filter and fan in place. Most range hood filters can be put through a regular dishwasher cycle. That makes keeping it clean easy, right?

If your range hood has been around for many decades and is just not working as well as it used to, it might be time to consider ripping it out and replacing it with a new one. Consider, too, that the latest range hoods come equipped with a series of modern and convenient technologies. Cleaning reminders, multiple fan speed options, multiple power grades, touch sensitive options, and even timed on and off functions.

Not to mention the varied styles and sizes available today, too.

Need help choosing a range hood for your home and lifestyle? Call us!