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Bringing Your Kitchen into the 21st Century with Technology

Posted by Anthony Obedoza on Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:08 PM

Many people feel that their kitchen is the heart of their home. After all, most people spend a large amount of time in their kitchen preparing meals for the day. However, modern technology is helping to streamline the cooking process and keep your cook time to a minimum. If you haven't started to consider how technological upgrades can make your kitchen both the central feature in your home and a more efficient place to cook, now might be the time to consider all of the impressive tech available for modern home chefs.

Everything Is Connected In a Modern Kitchen

When we say everything is connected, we are not talking in the metaphysical sense. Instead, in your kitchen, everything being connected relates to smart devices. Everything from your fridge and stove to your ventilation and exhaust fan can work with a smart home system these days. Some of them will even accept audio commands.

A central hub can controls all of your devices, which makes tasks like washing dishes extremely easy, as you can verbally instruct your dishwasher to do the dishes for you. Most of the modern kitchen appliances and gadgets that come with smart technology will also come in an array of finishes and colors. While picking items that look good in your kitchen is important, it's also important to prioritize safety. Make sure that you take steps to protect these devices to prevent someone outside from hacking your smart kitchen.

Experts Have Remade the Wheel

Are you still using a handheld device to open your pickle jars? Do you use one of those rubber grip pads? There is actually a device now that can open pressurized sealed jars for you. Many of the kitchen gadgets you may have thought of as timeless solutions have since become outdated.

Everything from can openers or two knife blocks are drastically different. Even food storage is upgraded and changed. There are now silicone sleeves that fit over cut produce, keeping it fresher longer and reducing the waste of plastic bags, aluminum foil, and plastic wrap. You can also buy a self-heating knife or ice cream scoop to make serving simpler.

Whether you're building a new house or upgrading your existing and outdated kitchen, modern kitchen technology should feature in your designs. Whether you want to be able to turn your stove down from across the room while you are chopping your vegetables or start your dishwasher through your cell phone, the possibilities are endless. Integrating modern technology into your kitchen will make cooking and cleaning up after the fact a much simpler process.

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Topics: remodeling blog, kitchen renovation, remodeling resolutions, organizing remodel, kitchen remodel, southern maryland kitchens, design solutions, remodeling advice, kitchen remodeling advice

What to Expect During Your Dream Remodel

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Monday, June 4, 2018 4:30 PM

Imagine: it’s a dream come true! You’ve worked with a designer to put together your perfect space together, picked out the materials straight from your Pinterest board, and everything amazingly came in slightly under your budget. You signed that contract to take advantage of some awesome deals and you are scheduled to begin the process of creating your brand new space in a few weeks. We’re going to share some insight on what to expect, as well as some tips to power through the remodeling process and hopefully maintain some of your sanity!

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Topics: remodel preparedness, expectations during remodel, kitchen renovation

Why Is My Cabinetry So Dang Expensive?

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Thursday, May 17, 2018 5:24 PM

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Topics: yorktowne cabinetry, cabinetry, kitchen remodel

Aging in Place and ADA: Planning for Your Bathroom Remodel

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Monday, May 7, 2018 5:31 PM

 

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Topics: bathroom renovations, aging in place, ADA bath

Countertop Upgrades: Which One is Best Suited for Your Space?

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Thursday, April 19, 2018 4:54 PM

If your selling your home, looking to upgrade from your original kitchen materials, or finally want to spend the money to get that quartz countertop you’ve been eyeing, knowing the difference between the look and functionality of the countertop materials is half the battle. With all the new materials on the market, countertop upgrades are ever changing with plenty of options for you to choose from.

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Topics: countertop upgrades, granite countertops, quartz countertop, marble countertops, polished concrete countertops, butcher block countertops

The Reality of Wood Look Tile: Pros and Cons

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 4:46 PM

 

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Topics: hardwood flooring, wood look tile, flooring options

Solid Hardwood vs. Engineered Hardwood Flooring

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Monday, April 2, 2018 3:39 PM

Hardwood flooring is timeless. It has been a thing since dirt floors, and it will be a thing until we decide we are too futuristic of a society deal with the aesthetic of hardwood flooring. But, we doubt that will happen in our lifetime. So in the meantime, we have evolved to construct an engineered hardwood flooring to be more durable in conditions and spaces that solid hardwood might not be the best option. Which is the best option though? What type of wood flooring would look best in my home? When will this futuristic society happen that will plunge the world as we know it into a dystopian Mad Max style era? (I don’t know the last one, sorry.)

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Topics: hardwood flooring, solid hardwood, engineered hardwood, remodeling advice

Float in Luxury with Floating Vanities

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Thursday, March 22, 2018 5:03 PM

There are several types of vanities that someone can put in a bathroom, but which ones are the most beneficial for the space? Obviously the more intricate and large the vanity, the more space the bathroom area would need to accommodate it. A beautiful possibility that works well in most spaces, be it a master bathroom or even a powder room, is a floating vanity.

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Topics: floating vanity, floating vanities, bathroom remodel, bathroom renovations

Amp Up Your Grill Game This Summer: Outdoor Kitchens

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 4:08 PM

Most of us are (I assume) generally satisfied with our outdoor grill. It’s Dad’s happy place, right? It has its own designated spot on the deck or patio, and if we really love that grill, it gets a nice cover for the winter.  Around this time of year though, we start to become antsy; we can almost taste spring and sunshine but the cold weather just won’t let up. But I have good news! Because it’s not warm enough to start with spring or summertime activities, it’s the perfect time to start prepping for them. This is the perfect time of year to start these outdoor projects, like outdoor kitchens, that will be enjoyed for springs and summers and autumns to come. And, once the outdoor kitchen is done it will be about late spring or early summer; which means now you don’t have an excuse to not remodel the indoor kitchen. *Winky face*

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Topics: outdoor kitchen, kitchen remodel

Remodeling Impacts More Than Just Home Value: Color Effect & Spatial Design

Posted by Gavi Halpern on Friday, March 9, 2018 5:36 PM

When anyone begins the process of even looking into a remodel, the key factors are usually price and how much they can recoup from the project if and when they decide to sell. What people don’t usually consider? How the finished product can impact their mood for years to come. Not only the way the space is designed, but even the color choices and how they coincide with each other can have a drastic yet subconscious effect on your day-to-day mood! Follow these tips to ensure you can choose the right design aspects for your space and how you want to feel when you live in it.

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Topics: spatial design, remodeling blog, remodeling advice, color effect