~ Tips from GROHE on Planning Your Kitchen Remodeling Project ~

Face it. The Kitchen is the heart of the home. The gathering place for friends and family. That’s especially during the holidays. As the most lived-in room in the house. Because the kitchen renovations are usually the prime candidate. Especially when home improvements come to mind.  And while some homeowners may find a kitchen renovations are intimidating. As well as the personal and financial benefits. They make the commitment worthwhile

Because kitchen renovations do enhance family life, reduce energy costs and pay dividends at resale time. As Dixon states too. So while energy savings can vary according to the locale and market. However a study by Remodeling.com estimates that minor kitchen renovations of $18,856 adds $15,585 to a home’s resale value. That’s recouping 82.7 percent of the initial investment.

% Green Living Guru%Electric Care ExpertGROHE teamed up with award-winning designer Pamela Polvere, CKD, of Pamela Polvere Designs in Elmwood Park, outside Chicago. All to provide these tips to help smoothly execute kitchen renovations.

Do Your Homework

“Planning is 95 percent of the project,” says Polvere. Most importantly: Do your homework. Look at magazines and decorating books, go to home shows, visit showrooms in your area and go online for the latest information on trends and new technology.

Use Green Living Guy website to research designers and contractors or links all to find out their specialties. The and see examples of their work as well as feedback from clients. 

Know Your Rights and Obligations

For example, contractors hire sub-contractors to do much of the work.  Be sure that you are not responsible for paying these sub-contractors as you can be held accountable should the contractor fail to do so. 

 Consider Functionality and Convenience 

No place is the marriage of functionality and convenience more important than in the kitchen. 

When choosing for your kitchen renovations,a faucet, for example, it’s important to consider spout height, reach and features, like pull-out sprays or touch technology. The GROHE K7® Semi Pro faucet offers a flexible pull-out spray, 360-degree swivel arm and one-hand operation for ultimate ease of use, as well as the SpeedClean® anti-lime system, standard on most GROHE kitchen faucets.

To upgrade the functionality and improve the overall appeal of your kitchen, also consider faucets with touch technology. The GROHE LadyLux3 Café Touch provides the convenience of a touch faucet with a pull-out spray. With its innovative EasyTouch technology, the LadyLux3 Café Touch faucet allows family members to easily turn the faucet on and off with a simple touch of the spout using wrists or elbows.  

Faucets made with a solid metal foundation of brass, stainless steel, or copper will provide durability and beauty for years to come. All GROHE products are made with the highest quality materials and equipped with a limited lifetime warranty on finishes, making GROHE faucets a wise investment.

Coordinate Colors, Countertops and Finishes

A kitchen’s cabinets are an important focal point as they take up much of the room and are the first things one sees on entering.  After choosing your cabinets, make sure appliances and fittings and fixtures complement each other in terms of color, texture and metal finishes. A brushed metal finish, like GROHE Starlight Chrome® in precious matte, for example, coordinates with most décor schemes. 

Following the cabinets, selecting a countertop that suits both your design and practical needs is equally as important. In addition to granite, marble and concrete countertops, quartz is becoming a popular option.  “More are turning to newer quartz countertops that have the look of marble, but not the high maintenance,” notes Polvere.  

Select tiles and wall colors last. Once the other elements are in place, choose a tile for the backsplash that will complement them and then pull a color from that for the walls, says Polvere.  White works best as a trim, especially with gray, a color that’s now trending as a new neutral. Or, choose a wall color and trim from one of the “affinity colors” already coordinated by some of the top paint manufacturers.

Select Lighting that Meets Your Needs   

There are three types of lighting: ambient lighting, which comes from ceiling lights and wall-mounted lights; accent lighting, which draws attention to a particular feature in a room; and task lighting, such as pendants and under-counter lights. “Pendant lights are used to great effect in today’s kitchens, usually grouped in two’s or three’s,” advises Polvere. LED lights save energy and add to a kitchen’s safety and comfort.  “They give off less heat, great light and last forever,” says Polvere.

NEW YORK, De. 15, 2014