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Kitchen Flooring Trends in 2018

Kitchen Flooring Trends in 2018

kitchen remodel by sg home builders

The gathering place, the chefs domain, where the memories are made, the kitchen. Oh how we love our kitchens! Today’s kitchens designs are very particular. Today I want to talk to you about the kitchen flooring trends in 2018.

Tile and Stone Flooring

Ceramic tile floors are still very popular in kitchens. They’re a very economical way to showcase your style and also bring a different blend color to your kitchen floor. What I like about kitchen floors that elect to use tiles is it allows you to have a nice classic stone feel.  I also like the different designs and colors that are available with using the tile floors. In the past everything had to have a nice neutral tone or a real natural stone or marble look to it.  Don’t get me wrong, it looks great, but sometimes over abundance of colors going on with your kitchen cabinets, countertops and backsplash is overwhelming enough.

Another reason that I like the tile floors is for economic reasons especially when ceramic tiles are available in your style. A two dollar per square foot tile can be almost 1/4 the cost for hardwood floors. Also with ceramic tiles if you ever make a mess spill a drink or have a leak in your sink the cleanup is just a simple as a paper towels.

kitchen flooring trends

Specialty tiles

If you think using technology and flooring together in the same sentence sounds weird, you would be wrong.  Technology with tile flooring has made it such that vinyl and laminate floors are once again a choice and not just something you put into a slumlord rental unit. The waterproofing technology with high and vinyl floors today allows consumers that are looking to renovate or even build a custom home to select floors and have multiple color and design options. I love the way you can take something it is so light yet so durable and also have such a unique design in it. What’s also nice about using this form of material is the cost of replacement, should anything happen, is very minimal. The one thing that I do caution about using this type of floors it to make sure your purchase an extra box or two should anything happen. Similar to tiles on the ceramic side, or marble, the textures designs and colors will change based on availability and based on the economics of developing the product.  So if you have an issue it’s not as simple as adding new hardwood floors sanding and re-staining to match.

Kitchen Flooring Trends, Bedroom Floors

Hardwood flooring

For quite a while it was taboo to have hardwood floors in the kitchen area. Today that is not the case. Many of our clients that are looking at doing custom renovated kitchens are asking us to add hardwood floors from the dining room and family room area and into the kitchen space to blend rooms together.   This allows you to have that great room feel where everyone can be together. With open concept being so popular it’s no mistake that hardwood floors are seen more often in the kitchen space. The kitchen is no longer a space that is hidden behind four walls allowing the chef to prepare all by her or his lonesome. Today we blend kitchen with our family room and often times our dining room is part of the kitchen and no longer a formal place.  Cleanup is easy for hardwood flooring, but bill stains or water leaks can be quite a pain. Especially hardwood floors that are sanded and stained. I myself had to find out with one of our clients in the past. Depending on when you strain your floors the color tone, even if it’s the same exact bottle of stain with never set the exact some way.   If the area in need of repair is large enough you will need to re-sand and re-stain an entire floor. Let’s hope that is the exception. Working with a builder who knows what they’re doing and with the homeowner paying attention to their home avoids majority of wood flooring issues.

Kitchen flooring trends

Still not sure which flooring is best for you?  Give me a call, I would love to help you design your perfect kitchen 847-602-7641


What Will The Future Ceiling Look Like?

The Best Ceiling for Your Custom Renovation

For a lot of my Naperville renovation work clients are telling me they want open concept homes. That’s great but with open concept you have to be able to designate areas using the ceiling. This can be done with light fixtures for the different textures for the ceiling material. Below is a list of different request that we get from our renovation and custom home building project.

Coffered Ceiling‘s
Coffered ceilings are very trendy and also take a classic look in appeal to them. We typically get clients are requesting the coffered ceilings to help define that open space. The dining room is a great place to use coffered ceilings.  The extra millwork and combined with wainscoting can give a very detailed look. The ceilings can come in different sizes shapes but the most popular comes and symmetrical squares. The cost for adding coffered ceilings vary in range. The reason for the range often times comes in the preparation and planning. If you are able to make the selection for coffered ceilings while you’re home is still being framed then your builder can design and prep the area well ahead of time. This allows the builder to properly add electric and reinforce the area before installation. Where we see a lot of clients get frustrated is when they want to add the conference feelings after we’ve already installed the drywall. Hey, we are your contractor, but please do not kill the messenger.  This means we are now affecting electrical we are affected potentially plumbing and HVAC work but it’s hidden behind the drywall. Most importantly we have to be able to reinforce those beams and secure them. Adding the coffered wood material over top of the drywall is not always the most efficient way to do it.

Tray Ceilings

Tray ceilings give you more room added depth, or ceiling height. It’s what we like to call a way of cheating to add height in your room. You often see this in bedrooms on the second level. Your ceiling height maybe only 8 feet but by adding a tray ceiling in the bedroom you were now raising the height to a 9 foot plus level. Added height gives the perception of a larger room and for you canopy bed lovers allows you to put that big bed up without having to worry about hitting the ceiling. The cost for adding a tray ceiling is very minimal. There are a little bit more particular ways to install the drywall, but overall the cost is very effective to your budget. You can add multiple layers to your tray ceilings like we did in one of our custom home building projects in Naperville in the picture below. I particularly love this as it shows the skills of our framers are electrician and our painters and carpenters all in one shot.


Vaulted Ceilings

There are very few custom home building conversations I have with a client doesn’t ask for a vaulted ceiling somewhere on their main level. It does make sense most of the grandiose houses that we grow up seeing on movies and television have an open huge ceiling space. The challenge I have with vaulted ceilings comes down to your budget. Using common sense and math, having a vaulted ceiling on your main level means you likely are not going to be on able to build any square footage above that space on the second level. As I often find myself telling my clients it’s much easier on your budget for me to build up rather than to build wide.

Unfinished Ceilings

For some of my Chicago suburb clients they hate the thought of a main level unfinished ceiling. Often times we have a discussion with our Naperville finished basement clients about leaving the ceilings unfinished. This allows us to go after that industrial looking ceiling. Think of being in a restaurant or bar with the ceiling unfinished allowing you to see the duct work, electric, and any structural beams. The possibilities are endless with how you can design the ceiling to give yourself something very unique. I am a big fan of the rustic look and on top of the fact that it will save you money. By not paying for the ceiling to be finished and choosing to paint those beams and you can save between $2,000.00- $5,000.00 in your basement.

Who knows what the trend of ceilings will be in the future.  Maybe the main level will go away from the traditional white ceilings like you see in specialty rooms such a powder room or dining room. I don’t think think we will see popcorn ceilings come back anytime soon or drop ceilings in the basement. At least I hope not.

More information about how to custom build a custom remodel space of your own. Please email me Thanks so much and have a great day.

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