Improve Your Mood and Home Value With Bethesda Kitchen Renovations

Looking to spruce up your Bethesda kitchen? Renovations can be a great way to make your kitchen more comfortable and inviting. It’s also possible to improve your mood and that of your family and guests with a redesign. In addition, when you make upgrades to your home, it can greatly increase the value. This can be very good for profiting if you decide to sell your house. Whether you’re looking to sell or just need a fresh feel, renovating your home could be the answer you need.

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3 Great New Kitchen Organization Products

Planning a kitchen makeover, but don’t have the budget for a full remodel? These three hot new kitchen organization products can help you get your kitchen better organized for only a few hundred dollars.

Rev-A-Shelf’s Under-Sink Pullout U-shape Basket with Soft-Close



It’s just a fact that under-sink cabinets can be hard to maximize as far as storage space is concerned. But this U-shaped slider from Rev-A-Shelf will help you fit around under-sink plumping that otherwise would be an inconvenience. Its heavy-gauge chrome wire design makes it durable against the leaks and drips that could occur in the future. The U-shaped basket has full extension soft-close slides, and can be bottom- or side-mounted

Starting around $240, but can be found on sale for less. More information from Rev-A-Shelf.


Glideware Pull-Out Cookware Storage



Need a better way to organize your pots and pans? Glideware now offers a pull-out cookware storage system that mounts to the top of any typical base cabinet. The system arrays your pots, pans and associated lids on a single extending rack which has adjustable hooks. The hooks can even be adjusted without the use of a screwdriver! For smooth operation, it has dual glides on ball bearings.  Now your pans no longer risk of getting scratched, and no more digging to get the one you really want!

This storage system, MADE IN THE USA, is available for about $200. More information available from


Jtech Solutions’ Docking Drawer SLIM USB


Ever find your countertops covered with your charging phones and other devices in your way? Jtech Solutions has created an innovative solution that can be installed in the back of an existing drawer. Just plug it in and power up to up to four devices at a time. This way you can have them stashed away out of sight, but you have handy access to them while they are still charging.

Starting around $200. MADE IN THE USA. More information from Docking Drawer.

Thanks to This Old House for featuring these three products in their TOH Top 100: Best New Home Products 2014 series! Hopefully, one or more of them can help you better organize your kitchen!

(DISCLAIMER: These products are shared simply for informational purposes. We did not receive any compensation for sharing these products with you.)

Choosing a Kitchen Sink Design

When choosing the design for your kitchen sink, there are many things to consider. At first, it may seem that the look is everything. But there are other important factors that should go into the decision-making process. Not all kitchens are the same and you can’t always just grab the exact design you want without some thought and preparation.

Don’t Forget to Measure

This is extremely important when deciding which kitchen sink to purchase and install. Sizes can vary and you don’t want to end up bringing something home that doesn’t fit in the existing space. If you still have the box from your current sink, the measurements should be there. If not, you’ll need to measure the hole the sink is fitted into.

Choose Your Style

Are you looking for a double sink? A round one? A rectangular one? Think about depth, faucet shapes, and designs. Does the sink you want match your kitchen’s style? Is it something you will be comfortable looking at every day for a lengthy time period? Does the style fit into your current layout?

Consider Convenience

When choosing your kitchen sink, it’s important to think about its intended use. Obviously, it needs to be convenient for doing dishes and preparing food. Consider anything else you would do frequently in your kitchen sink. Will you need a larger sink or will a small one be convenient enough? Think about both the space it’s going in, as well as the number of people using it and the tasks it needs to be available for.

Ultimately, choosing your kitchen sink should focus on both convenience and style. If you are unable to find something you’re satisfied with that fits into your current layout, you may consider hiring a professional for the installation. This way, if you end up having to re-do the counter space to fit the sink you desire, you know it will be done right.

Top 10 Kitchen Design Trends of 2014


The NKBA recently announced the results of their annual Design Trends Survey. This survey is taken by 420 NKBA kitchen and bath designers throughout the United States and Canada. The 2014 edition found several major trends emerging in kitchen design. Here are the top ten kitchen design trends from that survey:

1) Contemporary kitchen designs have become the fastest-growing kitchen style in 2014. 

62 percent of the NKBA survey respondents said that contemporary kitchens were on the upswing after ending 2013 in second place. Transitional kitchen designs, a cross between traditional and contemporary kitchens, maintained a very small lead as the number one look for kitchens. Shaker styled kitchens remain solidly in third due in part to its versatility, lending itself to traditional or contemporary.

2) Growing Demand for Accessible and/or Universal Design in Kitchens

More than half of those designers surveyed (56 percent) included accessible and/or universal design and easy-maintenance features in their kitchens. Demand is only expected to continue..

3) Docking Stations, Charging Stations, and Flat-Screen TVs

Two-thirds of NKBA kitchen designers reported that they had incorporated docking and/or charging stations in their kitchens, as well as desks or home office areas. Slightly more than half also included lat-screen TVs in their projects. It’s a trend that is still on the upswing.

4) Outdoor Kitchens

43% of the surveyed designers worked on outdoor kitchens in 2013, and about 40% expect there will be even more in 2014.

5) Energy Saving Appliances

About 60% of designers focused on using energy-saving appliances in 2013. Also, 60% believe to see an increased demand for them in 2014. 40% of designers also have been specifying water-saving kitchen faucets, and about half of all respondents believed that the market for those will expand in 2014.

6) Furniture in the Kitchen

80% of respondents had kitchens which specified “furniture-type” pieces. This includes benches, free-standing cabinets, and more. About 60% of designers expect to have even more in 2014.

7) Trend Towards Quartz Countertops

Nearly three-quarters of respondents believe that quartz counter-top demand will continue to rise in 2014. 25% of designers also noted that they had specified countertops made with recycled materials.

8) Glass Backsplashes

While #3 on the list of popular materials for back-splashes, the market for glass back-splashes is predicted to grow in 2014.

9) Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless steel sinks have become the go-to sink material for new kitchens. Porcelain enamel sinks finish a distant second in popularity. One material that is growing in popularity for sinks, granite composite, is expected to continue its rise past third place in popularity in 2014.

10) LED Lighting

LED Lighting has become an extremely popular feature in many of today’s kitchens, due to their energy efficiency and low heat output. They also have dimming features, which make them extremely versatile.

Other high-demand kitchen features mentioned in the survey include:

  • Induction cooktops
  • Steam ovens
  • French-door refrigerators
  • Bottom freezer refrigerators
  • Touch-activated faucets or Electronic (no touch) faucets

Are any of these trends ones that you would like to integrate into remodeling your existing kitchen? If you have any questions on how some of these options may work for you, call your friendly neighborhood design/build contractor!

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Major vs Minor Kitchen Remodels


Kitchen remodels have become one of the most popular remodeling projects in recent years. There are many benefits to doing either minor or major kitchen renovations. But how should you decide whether to simply refinish your existing kitchen or tear it all down and start from scratch?

Let’s take a look at the differences between Major and Minor Kitchen Remodels and how an average project of each type is defined.

This is what Hanley Wood Remodeling would define as an average Major Kitchen Remodel:

“Update an outmoded 200-square-foot kitchen with a functional layout of 30 linear feet of semi-custom wood cabinets, including a 3-by-5-foot island; laminate countertops; and standard double-tub stainless-steel sink with standard single-lever faucet. Include energy-efficient wall oven, cooktop, ventilation system, built-in microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and custom lighting. Add new resilient flooring. Finish with painted walls, trim, and ceiling.”

A project like this can cost on average about $50,000. Much of that is the cabinetry cost and installation labor.

Now let’s take a look at the description for an average minor kitchen remodel, also from Hanley Wood:

“In a functional but dated 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinetry and countertops, leave cabinet boxes in place but replace fronts with new raised-panel wood doors and drawers, including new hardware. Replace wall oven and cooktop with new energy-efficient models. Replace laminate countertops; install mid-priced sink and faucet. Repaint trim, add wall covering, and remove and replace resilient flooring.”

Minor remodels tend to cap out around $30,000 in cost, also including labor. But you’ll notice that the only major difference between major and minor remodels truly is the new cabinetry. So to decide between a major or minor remodel is really to ask: is your cabinetry worth keeping around or replacing entirely?

You might ask, are there in between options? Of course, every kitchen is different, and every situation is different.


The first best thing to decide is if the kitchen’s layout in particular is a problem. It is completely possible if the existing cabinets are in good shape and were well-constructed to rearrange them. Anything you can save in any sort of a remodeling project cuts costs. If you have good solid granite or engineered stone countertops already and they still suit how the space will be restyled, hold onto them. Even if they’re not used for the counters, some of that countertop could be used for a utility island elsewhere.

Therefore, there are many benefits of doing a minor kitchen remodel when the existing kitchen layout is already functional and the existing cabinets in good enough shape for re-facing and/or refinishing. But sometimes major changes need to be made to the kitchen layout for a variety of reasons. Perhaps the cabinets are not sturdy enough to be worth saving or your needs do not match the existing layout or space.

The other major difference with a major kitchen remodel is the complete swap-out of all major appliances, whereas minor remodels typically focus only on the oven and cook-top. Range hoods, built-in microwaves, dishwashers, and garbage disposals are all typical expenses in a full-scale major kitchen remodel. But if you have models that fit just fine and will fit the new style you have in mind for your kitchen, there’s no sense in replacing them.

A somewhat less significant, but still important difference between major and minor kitchen remodels is the size of the sink. If you don’t think you need a double-tub sink (helpful if you’re going to be adding a garbage disposal), then you may not need to worry as much about cabinet reconfiguration. However, if you end up using a bigger sink, this will have to be accounted for in the cabinetry layout. It’s still possible to integrate older cabinetry with newer cabinetry – design/build remodelers do it all the time, so this is an option to consider, and an important detail that should never be overlooked.

If you’re still unsure about whether you are looking for a minor or major kitchen remodel, or something in between, contact a professional design/build firm like CITY Renovations. At CITY, we offer a free in-home consultation where we will examine your space and discuss with you what changes you would like to be made. We will then discuss a wide variety of options with you and help you to find the best possibilities available within your budget.

Whatever you decide, know that you can trust the experts at CITY Renovations with any questions you might have. We’re just a phone call or email away!

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