10 Cool Kitchen Features for Your Home Remodel

Cool kitchen features for your home remodel

Thinking of remodeling your kitchen this year? Kitchens are the top spot for renovations, and are often both the most expensive and the most likely to bring a great return on investment. The kitchen is also the space that has the most potential for changing the way you live, simply because of how much time is spent there.

If you’re redoing your kitchen, bathroom or home in general, you don’t just want to make it pretty. You also want it to function well. And why not add some cool stuff to it while you’re at it.

Here are 10 of the coolest kitchen features you’ll want to consider for your fabulous next remodel.

1. A Hi-Tech refrigerator

Who needs a regular old fridge when you can have the ChillHub, with USB ports, built-in wi-fi connectivity and an iOS app?

That’s exactly what the smart refrigerator built by General Electric’s First Build has created. The refrigerator “was built with accessories in mind, specifically accessories that can be 3-D printed.”

smart appliances Hi tech GE refrigerator wth keurig brewing

2. Light-up countertops

Yes, quartz countertops continue to be a growing trend. But if you want something unique, different, and special, you might want to consider onyx.

“Who needs wall art when you have 1,900 pounds of onyx countertops illuminated from within by 1,600 LED lights?”

onyx lit up special quartz bathroom countertops with unique interior lighting

3. For the love of pizza

Forget the pizza oven. You need an entire pizza room. As in example of HGTV’s 10 amazing kitchens, “this cozy pizza room, located just off the kitchen, comes complete with limestone floors, mosaic tiles on the ceiling and maple cupboards with plenty of storage for essential pizza-making equipment.”

pizza oven in a pizza room next to rustic kitchen remodel

4. A fireplace

Nothing makes a house homier than adding a crackling fireplace, and when you have one in your kitchen, you up the warmth and the charm. If you have the space, this is one addition you won’t regret.

kitchen fireplace remodel makes a cosy home

5. Take advantage of the corners

Figuring out how to maximize space is the age-old dilemma, no matter what size kitchen you are working with. Right angles make that more difficult. Lazy Susan corner cabinets are one solution. Or, you can go with these ingenious corner drawers.

maximize space in the kitchen cabinets ingenious corner drawers

6. The baking drawer

Take this opportunity to customize your cabinetry to meet your needs. A large storage drawer under your wall oven offers a great opportunity to house all of your baking supplies in one convenient space.

baking drawer kitchen cabinets pullout under the wall oven

7. A place for every spice

While you’re at it, plan for a pullout spice cabinet. Well hidden and ingenious idea right inside the cabinets. Placed right next to your stove, it gives you easy access to all your spices just where you need them.

white traditional kitchen pullout spice racks cabinets

8. The divided trash pullout drawer

It seems like such a simple thing, but it’s one that will streamline the way you work in your kitchen. As you’re designing your cabinetry, make sure to include a pullout trash drawer separated into sections for regular trash and recyclables. It might just become your favorite new feature.

Make life easier by planning a handy trash and recycling area. This is one feature you will use every day, so convenience is paramount.

divided trash pullout drawer trash and recyclables kitchen cabinets

9. The holy grail of wine storage

Have a basement (or an area you can dig out to create one)? Then you, too, can have one of the coolest features around in any part of the house—a spiral wine cellar, with a trapdoor under the floor, leading to a secret spiral wine cellar.

charming secret wine cellar with round glass underground spiral staircase

10. Get connected

When you’re thinking about new appliances, take into account not just how they cook, but how you can use them to make life easier. The LG app interacts with many of its LG Smart Ranges and Profile wall ovens, enabling you to remote turn-on, preheat while you’re driving home, (make) temperature changes and check meat probe settings.

smart phone to the smart gas electronic range stove top remote

Feel free to contact our professional designers if you need any advise or just stuck on a critical decision. We are always glad to help.

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Universal Design is important and helpful in Remodeling your Home.

Universal Design Making Life Easier for Everyone

Call it what you like universal design (UD), accessible remodeling, lifespan design – an approach that considers the full range of human abilities and the full life cycle represents the future of home remodeling.
Now, as baby boom-generation homeowners reach retirement age, their bodies are telling them what’s wrong with their homes: steps they can no longer climb safely, bathrooms and kitchens that have become difficult to use, tripping hazards, poor lighting, and more.

This increasingly urgent need presents an opportunity and challenges. It is an opportunity for you to redesign and improve your living space, and a challenge of finding the right contractor. It also offers us the chance to improve your standard of living.

What is Universal Design

The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University defines UD as “the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” Here’s what that means for you.

  • UD creates spaces that accommodate all of the life-cycle changes people experience. That includes more than just aging. A fit young person who breaks a leg skiing might find it impossible to use his or her own bathroom. Think of UD as “grand design”—planning a home that is friendly and convenient for everyone, from grandchildren to grandparents.
  • UD incorporates green building principles, including energy efficiency, low-maintenance materials, and attention to air quality. The benefits are improved health, greater convenience, and predictable operating expenses, all of which are important to elders but attractive also to any homeowner.
  • UD helps eliminate the need for specialized, institutional-looking features that can make visitors feel awkward and carry a social stigma for their owners.
  • UD means filling a home with functional, comfortable ideas that look great and are appealing to homeowners and guests alike.
  • Done right, UD is invisible. Thoughtful features like lower light switches and higher outlets—a boon to children and people who use wheelchairs—are virtually unnoticeable.

The Struggles of Universal Design

As they have with so many cultural shifts, baby boomers are leading the charge toward universal design. They’ve watched their parents struggle with aging in homes ill-suited to the changes they went through. Now, as they face the effects of aging themselves, many are taking a more proactive approach, remodeling their homes to prepare for the hurdles to come. Most want to age in the homes they know and love, but most traditional homes were not designed for this, with second-floor master bedrooms, step-up entryways and porches, and those awful 24-inch-wide doorways into bathrooms, closets, and showers. These are problems remodelers are uniquely equipped to solve.

Baby boomers are also the wealthiest generation in American history, many having inherited the wealth of frugal, hardworking parents who experienced the Great Depression and World War II. They own a huge proportion of the country’s housing stock, often with paid-off mortgages. They are looking for comfort, convenience, and safety. And, like every generation of grandparents before them, they are thinking about their grandchildren, so investing in upgrades that make their homes work better for both young and old holds special appeal.

At SemBro Designs we understand your needs and we have new products and technologies that will make your lives easier:

  • Automatic door bottoms. These devices fasten to the bottom of an entry door, eliminating the need for a threshold while still providing a weather-tight seal.
  • Lever-type door hardware. Door levers are easier to operate than conventional doorknobs and can look more stylish too. Some have integrated LED lighting to aid nighttime navigation.
  • Bathroom ventilation fans and toilet seats with built-in lighting. These innovative products also help those with aging eyes or low vision make their way at night without turning on a bright overhead light.
  • “Invisible” grab bars. Doubling as a soap dish, shower shelf, towel rack, or toilet paper holder, these bathroom fittings provide a secure hand-hold to steady oneself in the shower or to prevent a fall.

The most valuable things we offer to our clients are insightful solutions that reflect common sense and experience:

  • We suggest installing shower valves at the opposite end from the shower head, so the cold water won’t hit you in the back of the head.
  • Place bath and kitchen sink faucets at the sides of sinks instead of behind them, so that children and people using wheelchairs can reach them more easily.
  • We can show you how easy it is to add a heated towel warmer, a toe-kick heater, or in-floor radiant heating to a chilly bathroom.

We Put the Design in Universal Design

We emphasize convenience. Wider hallways make it easier to carry luggage to the bedroom; a zero-step entry makes it easy for the twins’ Mom to push a stroller from the car to the foyer, and it makes the way easier for Grandpa and his walker, too. We stress practicality, but not at the expense of excitement. Kitchen skylight is a boon for aging eyes, plus all of that daylight will also make the colors in the new granite counter really pop. And because everyone appreciates value, these features make any home more marketable. After all, UD represents smart, sophisticated design.

While bathrooms are most likely to remain the same size, certain changes will be more popular than others. Remodeling trends for 2015 include larger showers, more accessibility features, and double sinks, according to a study done by Houzz, explaining why Universal Design represents a better way to build.

After learning more about the advantages of Universal Design, you may well ask why all homes aren’t built this way. New homes still have a long way to go toward full accessibility. But that just means remodelers are here for you at every step of the way, and for many years to come. All the more reason to start today. We strive to make Universal Design our standard practice, building these ideas into every scope of work. Life is full of surprises. Find a local remodeler who creates homes that work for all people, no matter what life throws at them.

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The New Kitchen is Here, the Future is Now in Columbus Ohio

New Kitchen Stovetop Facebook app touchscreen Whirlpool Bauknecht

Breaking News this just hit the market and we are offering it exclusively only at SemBro Designs, here in Columbus Ohio. Have you been looking for that new kitchen of your dreams, that new kitchen from the future. Well it’s here, we have it, your future is now. Come stop by to see your new kitchen. Watch these videos to find out more.

At IFA, Whirlpool showed off a new concept cooktop that combines a touchscreen with induction burners and a unique user interface. It might look futuristic, but it’s not that far off.
See, induction cooking uses magnets to heat up just the pans—not the burners beneath them. That means induction burners can theoretically be underneath nearly any surface, including a touchscreen.

How could you pass this once in a lifetime opportunity to have the latest new kitchen in your own home. This was showcased at this years National Kitchen and Bathroom Convention and the Homes of the Future show. We have partnered with GE and Bosch appliances to help you get your hands in your local community without spending that extra shipping expense. Come stop by our showroom and talk to one of our designers to see how they can help you out. Your New Kitchen awaits and it wont’ be here for long. Tell your friends bring them with you and let’s get this new kitchen project started today.

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