How Much Is Enough?

So you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen or bathroom. Have you thought about a budget? Setting a budget is often the first step of the remodeling process and one of the most stressful. You find out the cabinets you fell in love with on Pinterest are slightly out of the realm of possibility, what do you do now?

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This task in and of itself can be difficult if this is your first remodel, but it doesn’t have to be. First look at your personal  finances and see how much you can spend. The next question is, is this (your current home) your forever home? Or are you planning on selling in the next 5 years? If so, think about all your remodels as improvement to a real estate investment. If you’re in your lifetime long home, the average percentage to spend on a kitchen remodel is anywhere between 8% to 16% of your home’s value.

Know the cost breakdown 
There are endless options of cabinetry, backslash, and accessories that it almost seems impossible to select the right combination to stay within budget. Here are 3 samples of realistic costs for a kitchen redesign/remodel:

Budget: 20K                                       Budget: 30K                                              Budget: 40K

Cabinetry: $10,000                          Cabinetry: $10,000                                 Cabinetry: $12,000

Counter Top: $3,000                       Counter Top: $3,000                              Counter Top: $3,500

Back-splash: $800                            Back-splash: $800                                  Back-splash: $800

Flooring: N/A                                     Flooring: $1,000                                      Flooring: $2,500

Labor: $2,000                                    Labor: $6,000                                          Labor: $9,500

Demolition: $500                              Demolition: $1,000                                 Demolition: $1,500

Appliances: $2,500                            Appliances: $3,000                                 Appliances: $3,000

Construction Materials: N/A           Construction Materials: $3,500            Construction Materials: $5,000

Fixtures: $700                                    Fixtures: $800                                           Fixtures: $800

Contingent: $500                              Contingent: $900                                      Contingent: $1,400

Make a list of must-haves for your renovation

What are you wanting the most out of your new space? Is it new appliances, new cabinets, or a gorgeous farm sink you saw on Pinterest? No matter what it is, if it’s important to have in your kitchen, budget for it and save money in other places.

Realities of a Remodel

#RemodelLife is a real thing. Any remodel is stressful, but a kitchen or bath room renovation typically are a lot more involved than any other type of remodel. There are so many details to worry about and so much more mess involved in a kitchen or bathroom! And, let’s not even talk about the inconvenience! But, when all is said and done and the last nail has been hammered and the small touches are in place, and you can finally step back and admire your beautiful new space knowing that everything turned out perfect in the end.

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With any renovation, it is a long process. In the beginning, there are so many decisions to be made, and it can easily become over whelming. With the help of your personal designer, the start of the process can be much smoother. You find out the beginning is the most fun part! You haven’t done anything yet and your space is still a blank slate of ideas and possibilities. Your designer shows you all the potential designs and you get excited and finally decide on a design for your new space! Colors have been chosen, the cabinetry and small details have been ordered and the room is finally coming together with color swatches and Pinterest photos.

In the Midst of a Mess

At this stage of the remodel, everything has been ordered, the cabinets, the knobs, the lighting and all the fancy upgrades are on their way. Demolition is well under way and you’re there through all the dust, cement floors, and living off a foldable table for a kitchen or bathroom vanity. And then, finally, pieces have arrived and you’re one step closer to the finished product! But wait, not so fast, one of the cabinets is chipped on the corner! You immediately panic and call your designer. At this point, remember that mistakes happen during a renovation and it’s not necessarily anybody’s fault. Just stay calm and patient and know that your designer will do everything to make you happy.

72017997_15The Final Hour

Everything is done—except for the smudges on the cabinets, there’s one wrong knob on the cutlery drawer, and the countertops are dirty. The installers arrive for the last time to finish up and then your space is done! Your designer who has been through the whole process with you knocks on your door with the finishing touches to your space, the personalized hand towels or the special kitchen décor are all ready for their permanent home in your brand-new space. The whole process automatically becomes worth all the headaches and the issues along the way, because right before your eyes is a new space in your home to create memories in for years to come.

5 Luxurious Upgrades To Your Outdoor Kitchen!

As summer comes to an end, northerners are mourning the loss of the warmth and long days of summer. As for Floridians, our outdoor activities continue on, and in slightly cooler weather! Summers in Florida can get unbearable and your outdoor space may not have gotten as much use as you expected. Now that the temperature is moving to the cooler side, it’s the perfect time to invest in an outdoor kitchen. Think about it, less mosquitoes, more bonfires (for roasting marshmallows of course), and no one will judge you when you buy 5+ pumpkins to make your space festive — because it’s finally October! To get in the fall-festive spirit, here are 5 luxurious upgrades to enhance your outdoor kitchen.

outdoor kitchen One: Make outdoor life easier with a Pot Filler!

Your outdoor kitchen is meant to be just as convenient as your indoor kitchen and if the family is outside enjoying themselves, why should you be in the house cooking the pasta? Adding a pot filler to your outdoor kitchen will eliminate the muss and fuss of going back and forth between the kitchen and outdoor kitchen which allows you to be part of the outdoor fun with the family.

Two: Give your backyard BBQ an upgrade with a Smoker!   

There is nothing better than barbecue especially when you have the delicious smell overtaking your backyard. A smoker makes all the difference in every family gathering from a college football party to Wednesday night family dinner, especially in the fall!

Three: Sizzle things up with a Fire pit! 

I know what you’re thinking, “A fire pit in Florida? Really?”, yes really!! Not only is a fire pit a cozy source of heat during cold snaps, there is one delicious treat that is fitting for all year round celebrations, s’mores of course!

Four: A PIZZA OVEN!!  

Does this one even need an explanation? It’s pizza! But seriously, a pizza oven won’t only make you and your family happy campers, but if you ever decide to put your house on the market, pizza ovens will earn great selling points!

Five: Fall, Oktoberfest, and a Beer Tap!  outdoor kitchen beer tap

When many think of the fall months, beer is one of the season’s greatest pleasures (along with pumpkin spice lattes) that immediately come to mind. Make your backyard the place to be this fall and all year round by adding a beer tap to your outdoor kitchen.

Two other stylish and functional upgrades that you can add to your backyard oasis are televisions to watch the big college game (while enjoying homemade pizza) and under counter lighting! Like under cabinet lighting, you’ll be able to see what you’re cooking and they’ll light your way to the table.

Please click here for more information on McCabinet outdoor kitchens!


By Megan Soloski

6 Tips to Select the Perfect Backsplash

Your kitchen backsplash is like the frosting to your kitchen. Without the backsplash, your kitchen is like a cake without frosting (like a naked cake, but those are actually popular right now). It can get so overwhelming, there are so many options! How can one choose only one?
Here are 6 things to consider before selecting a backsplash:kitchen-backsplash-designer

1) What type of look are you going for? Do you see your kitchen with more color or neutral tones? Yes, color makes a big statement in your kitchen, but will you love that shade of teal forever? Going with a more neutral color allows you to play with color in other ways in your kitchen.

2) Next, think about height. The height is often a detail that is overlooked. Often, cabinetry is a deciding factor for the height, but you may have the option to go up to ceiling height around your sink or cook top area.

3) Here’s the next fun part! Just as important as color is the type of tile you use! There are so many options such as, glass tile, ceramic, brick, and hand painted tile. Glass tile has a  shiny gloss to it and will make a big statement in any kitchen. Ceramic tile is made from clay and is permanently hardened by heat. Bricks are rectangular blocks of clay dried by the sun. For a more historical look, research any old buildings that are being demolished and often you can pay to save those bricks. Hand painted tiles are just as they sound, and could run the most expensive depending on which part of the world you purchase them from. The materials you use all depend on the style of your kitchen and the look you are aiming for, but all are beautiful options.

4) Consider your counter tops! This one seems like a no brainer, but some may get so caught up in the specific color they want that they forget their countertops. If you have a natural stone with many veins and speckles, chose a backsplash that will complement the stone with more neutral tones.

contemporary-modern-kitchen-backsplashes15) Next, it is time to think about the shape and pattern! If you are going for more of a classic look, stick with horizontal or vertical lines. If you want something a little more unique, try a shape/pattern that is new and daring in a neutral tone so you have the best of both worlds!

6) Lastly, what to consider before pulling the trigger on your dream backsplash, your budget. If you have a budget on the tighter end, consider getting tile that is in stock. Keep in mind that certain glazes and specialty shapes will cost a bit more. The best thing about backsplashes are that there are thousands of them, so you are surely to find one that works best in your kitchen!

To begin your search for the perfect backsplash, check out Emser Tile and Daltile

How to Select the Best Lighting!

Award- winning interior designer, Tricia Guy has many years of experience selecting lighting for hundreds of projects, all unique in personal style and lifestyle needs. Tricia knows that there are thousands of lighting options and fun added upgrades, so here are a few tips to make the biggest impact on your space.

Play with Color

Lighting Options

Selecting the right light color will set the proper feeling to your space. If you love the look and feeling of natural light, than daylight is for you. Daylight provides the incomparable feeling of being outside, enjoying the natural light given off the sun. On the other side of the spectrum, warm white light gives the feeling of cuddling up to a warm fire on a winter night. Warm light embodies yellow tones for a warm and comfortable feeling. If you desire a more modern and contemporary feeling, cool white lighting is the best option for you! Finally, for some extra-added spice, add a pop of color to your kitchen, bar, bathroom or entertainment center. When it comes to adding some fun colors to make a room more interesting, the world is your color wheel!

Get Creative with Location

There are many places to add light to enhance any room such as, up lighting and down lighting to give a subtle glow your space. When you sneak out to the kitchen for a midnight snack, toe kick lighting is perfect option to add to your kitchen and even your bathroom. Under cabinet lighting is another essential for your kitchen because it provides the light you need when you’re preparing a meal. Also, under cabinet lighting gives your kitchen a lovely glow at night. Lastly, decorative lighting is one of the best ways to add personality to any room. One suggestion is to designate an outlet in your kitchen for a decorative lamp to show off your personal style (no one wants to see those pesky wires).

Decorative Lighting

Setting the Mood

The best of occasions can lack some luster if your space does not create the right mood. The mood in a room sets the tone for a party full of people or a romantic evening for two. One of the best features you can add to your lights is to make them dimmable. Dimming your lights will able you to create the right mood and setting for any occasion.