Here’s Why You Should Renovate With a Family-Owned Business

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There are plenty of kitchen installers in Colorado you can choose for your next renovation project. Some are family-owned businesses, and others are large companies. Though this may not seem like such a big difference — both types of businesses offer the same thing, after all — family-owned businesses like The Kitchen Showcase offer loyalty and service in ways that bigger renovators just can’t. But how do smaller businesses manage to make their customers so happy? Here are the three ways that a family-owned renovator can provide a better experience for you. 

More One-On-One Time

When it comes to a successful renovation project, communication is key. Family businesses understand the importance of feeling valued and respected. That’s why they want to hear all of your ideas, down to the last detail, and incorporate them into your new kitchen. With a family-owned business, you’re more likely to be kept in the loop during each and every stage of your home renovation project. 

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More Flexibility

Large renovation companies are often guilty of having prices and practices too strict to meet the needs of their customers. A family-owned business is more willing to find ways to work with your budget and offer cost-effective options that won’t leave you in major debt. If the renovation you want is expensive, family-owned businesses tend to offer different monthly payment plans. 

Friendly Staff

For a smaller, family-owned business, it’s crucial to have the right staff on board. Larger companies often hire candidates based on skills and qualifications. But smaller teams know that for quality customer service — and to assure unity behind closed doors — it’s important to hire employees with a great attitude and incredible work ethic.

 
If you’re looking for a quality renovation team you can trust, The Kitchen Showcase has your back. We’re Colorado’s best family-owned and operated renovators, and we’re happy to help with your kitchen and bath needs. Call or email us today to learn more.

Three Types of Wood for Your Cabinets and Built-In Furniture

Using wood in your kitchen, living room, bedroom, and the bathroom is a classic and timeless choice. Wood gives you so many options as each type of wood has different characteristics, colors, textures, and hues. Whatever your decorative style, natural wood materials will give your home instant appeal. Let’s look at three popular wood choices for cabinets and built-in home furniture.

Common wood types for home decor

Three of the most popular wood choices for the home (or anywhere) is oak, maple, and walnut. Each type of wood has different characteristics that make them distinct, but the biggest sales point for using wood is that they are a natural material. There are engineered materials that will recreate the look and appeal of wood, but nothing beats the real thing in appearance, quality, and style.

Characteristics of oak

Characteristics of oak wood
Red oak with classic cathedral grain patterns.

There is both red and white oak, and each has different physical characteristics. The most obvious difference is in the color. White oak will give you the classic golden blonde hues, whereas red oak will have dominating reddish brown tones. Choosing between the two depends on your taste and the rest of the decor and color palette in your home. The grain pattern in oak is also very subtle and beautiful, ranging from linear to the classic “cathedral” grain pattern depending on the cut of the wood. Oak is also popular due to its strength and durability, both important qualities in cabinetry and built-in furniture. If you have a specific color in mind for your cabinets, white oak is easier to stain than red oak.

Characteristics of maple

Characteristics of maple
Maple wood

For a light, airy, and modern design, maple is a perfect choice. Maple ranges in colors from almost white to golden tones. The grain is smooth and delicate, so it won’t be too distracting if you choose to use maple for all of your cabinets. Because of the light colors, maple is also easy to stain in any color you desire, or you can enhance the natural tones and textures of the wood with a clear finish.

Characteristics of walnut

Characteristics of maple
Chocolate brown walnut

Walnut has a wide range of colors and textures. If you are going for a rustic farmhouse style, then walnut is a great choice of wood. The colors range from golden brown to dark brown, and the grain is more pronounced than oak and maple. The grain gives the wood more texture, which will give it more of an antique and aged look. You can use a clear stain to celebrate the natural variances in the wood tones, or you can even out the color differences with a colored stain.

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For the best choice for cabinets and built-in furniture, visit our kitchen showroom in Denver. See for yourself the effect of the type of wood, and what to choose based on your style and budget.

Custom Cabinets with Smart Storage Spaces

Custom vs. Semi Custom Kitchen Cabinets
Mix and match custom and semi-custom kitchen cabinets.

A kitchen may look all stylish and awesome, but if it doesn’t have storage space for all your utensils, then it is not a functional and useful kitchen for you.
The only way to get exactly what you want is to get your cabinetry custom designed. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, making smart choices is the biggest trend. Custom designing your cabinetry is the only way to ensure that you are taking advantage of every inch of your kitchen. Our designers are ready to take on your next kitchen design project and to help you design some smart storage spaces in your kitchen to make it functional for a 2017 family.

Cabinet space for appliances

When we talk about making smart choices in kitchen cabinetry design, we’re not just talking about matching the color, the materials, and the finish to the rest of the home. We’re talking about designing smart spaces for your smart devices. In the past, you’d be looking to find space and an outlet for your kitchen appliances, but now we’re going to need to have space to recharge and store our tablets, phones, and laptops.
Of course, you could just add more outlets, but then you’re taking up precious counter space with a million electronics, cords, and cables looking disheveled and hazardous. When you custom design your cabinets, you can create either a hidden storage space or a storage space out in the open, but a space that is specifically designed to keep your electronics charged as well as out of the way of the chef. The last thing you want is to be tripping over your phone, dropping your tablet on the floor, spilling hot liquids, and causing an accident.

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kitchen cabinets denverWhen you’re talking to one of our designers about your vision for your new kitchen, it’s important that we talk electronics. The kitchen is the hub of the home. If you have an open kitchen with a sitting area for the family and friends, it’s important that you take all devices into consideration. A functional kitchen should have a space for everything. We can help you stay organized and customize each cabinet to fill a specific purpose, whether it’s a charging station for electronics or a shelf big enough for your antique punch bowl that you inherited from your grandma.
When you get customized cabinets, you get something that is unique to your lifestyle. Don’t compromise. Get the kitchen of your dreams at The Kitchen Showcase.

Is a Single-Bowl or Double-Bowl Sink Better for Your Kitchen?

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Back before automatic dishwashers became a kitchen staple, Colorado homeowners installed double-bowl sinks. Users used one compartment for washing dishes, while the other was used to rinse and dry dishes. As sensible as this is, many people don’t consider double sinks completely necessary anymore now that almost every home in the country has an automated washer. But new technologies aside, should homeowners still consider a double-sink in their kitchens? Or is it better to stick with the ever-popular single-bowl sinks that are appearing in newly renovated kitchens today? 

Take a look at the pros and cons of each, and see which one is the best fit for your kitchen.

Single-Bowl Sinks

Pros:

-They’re a better fit for small kitchens. If you’re looking for a sink to install in your kitchenette or condo, a single-bowl sink will provide more counter space. 

-Single-bowl sinks often have bigger bowls, which makes it easier for users to wash larger items like roasting pans, or pasta pots. 

-The larger space of a single-bowl sink means you can store dirty pots and pans as you cook, so your kitchen stays organized.

Cons: 

-Single-bowl sinks are essentially one-use-only when it comes to doing any kind of work in the kitchen. If your sink is full of dishes, it can be a little difficult to fill up a pot, a glass, or a vase with water. Even washing your hands can be a bit of a challenge, unless you clear the sink first.

– If you have a garbage disposal, you won’t be able to access it unless your sink is clear of water or dishes. 

Double-Bowl Sinks

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Double-bowl sinks are popular among home owners for their versatility.

Pros: 

-They’re a great way to wash dishes by hand. One compartment can be used for washing while the other can be used for drying. 

-Double-bowl sinks can be used for dual tasks. While one side may be used to store used pots, the other can be used for food prep. 

-Your garbage disposal will always be accessible, so long as you dedicate the other sink to washing and storage. 

Cons: 

-They can take up quite a lot of counter space, which isn’t ideal for those with smaller kitchens.

-Despite their capacity to take up more counter space, the individual sink components themselves are smaller, meaning it’s harder to wash larger items.

-They can be more expensive than single-bowl sinks, though prices will always vary depending on the make and model. 

Not sure which sink to install in your new kitchen? At The Kitchen Showcase, our experts can give you professional advice on which models will work best in your space. Come visit our showroom in Denver, CO, to get inspired by our latest products and designs.

Creating Calm and Order with Custom Storage Spaces in Your Bathroom

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It’s so easy for a bathroom to become cluttered. Remodeling a bathroom should focus heavily on designing the right storage space to create calm and order. A professional bathroom designer can help you make good use of the space you have, finding innovative ways to create storage space and design a bathroom that is peaceful and functional.

Custom bathroom storageInnovative storage spaces

The trick to a bathroom is to be able to have all of the things you need but to have them be almost invisible when you enter the room. Storage space can also free up counter space, making it easier to maneuver around in the bathroom. Remodeling a bathroom should try to account for all of the things that you want in your bathroom, and then designing smart storage options. Get innovative with the storage spaces. Don’t just use cabinets. Create some interest by using shelving and hanging items to organize your bathroom.

Custom storage for the bathroom

Think about what you need to store in your bathroom. Make a list, so that your bathroom designer can get an accurate idea of what type of storage you need. And, remember to be detailed. The more detailed, the better we can customize your bathroom design to make it specific to your needs. So, what do you need in your bathroom:

Remodeling your bathroom
Use both cabinets and open shelving to create custom storage in the bathroom.
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  • Towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Beauty product
  • Hair care products – including brushes, blow dryers, straightening and curling irons
  • Shower products
  • Medicine
  • Feminine products
  • Male products
  • Cleaning products
  • Miscellaneous

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Come and check out our showroom and talk to a bathroom designer about how to customize the storage space in your bathroom. The right storage units, whether it’s cabinets, hangers, or shelving, can create the right ambiance in your bathroom. Get inspiration and guidance from The Kitchen Showcase in Denver for your bathroom remodeling project.

The Best Natural Stone Countertops in Denver

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If you are looking for a long-term investment in your home, we have exactly what you are looking for!

Nothing adds class and beauty like natural stone countertops. They look beautiful and create a one-of-a-kind showpiece for your room. With one of the many countertop options offered at our Denver showroom, you can transform an old kitchen or bath into the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams and improve the resale value of your home!
At The Kitchen Showcase, we carry natural stone countertops from the leading brands. We have six different types of natural stone surfaces so that you can choose the perfect material for your personal style and functional needs.
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MATERIAL

KEY FEATURES

MAINTENANCE / USE

Granite
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100% natural stone
Stain resistant
Scratch resistant
Heat resistant
Price Range: $$-$$$$$
Requires sealing about twice a year, depending on the granite

Marble

100% natural stone
Heat resistant
Price Range: $$-$$$$
Susceptible to staining from acidic materials
Not advised for kitchen use

Soapstone

Heat resistant
Durable, yet softer than granite
Price Range: $$$
Higher maintenance than most natural stone products
Apply mineral oil to improve the luster of the stone

Slate

Inexpensive
Available in many earth-toned colors
Tends to have an uneven surface
Price Range: $-$$$
More brittle than other natural stone countertops

Travertine

Multiple pitted holes and troughs in surface create a distinct look
Holes can be filled with grout to match the color of the stone
Price Range: $-$$
Versatile uses (countertops, tiling, etc.)
Susceptible to staining from acidic material

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At The Kitchen Showcase, we have countless countertop options that will match any kitchen and budget. Let us work with you in finding the best countertop solution for your Denver home. You will be amazed how new countertops can make your kitchen or bathroom stand out, that you will want to spend a lot more time in there!
Stop by our new and beautiful Kitchen and Bathroom Design Showroom located in Centennial, Colorado, to talk with our professional kitchen & bath designers to start planning your new, dreamed kitchen or bathroom! We are open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 p, evenings and Saturdays by appointment.

Finding the Right Countertop for You

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Kitchen renovations can make for quite a stressful time. With so many options for countertops available, how are Colorado homeowners supposed to figure out which choice will work best for them? To help you make a decision that you’ll be happy with for the long-run, we’ve made a shortlist of some of our favorite options. 

Quartz Countertop at The Kitchen Showcase
Quartz is well known for its range of color options and high durability.

Quartz

Engineered quartz is a great countertop material for anyone looking for something that is easy to maintain. To make these countertops, manufacturers use natural quartz and combine it with resin and a few added colors. These components are compacted together under immense pressure to form an incredibly durable slab for your kitchen. Quartz is a wonderful option for those who are cost-minded and aren’t willing to spend their whole renovation budget on an expensive granite or marble countertop. You can get quartz counters that closely resemble granite or you can use slabs in a solid color for a modern appeal.

Granite

Granite is an extremely popular material to use for kitchens today. It’s very dependable — heat resistant, impact-resistant, and available in a range of styles, it’s no wonder so many people in Colorado opt for this material. Granite is naturally porous, though the porosity of your counter is dependant on the color of the granite. Regardless, all granite countertops require sealants in order to maintain as much longevity as possible.

Laminate

This option is the most budget-friendly of these countertops. Laminated countertops are limitless when it comes to style. They come in almost any color imaginable, and you can even order them in chic patterns. Laminated countertops can also be made to resemble other materials, like wood or granite. Laminate counters do have softer surfaces than quartz or granite, so they do require you to be a tad more careful while using them.


Are you searching for ideas for a countertop that will suit your kitchen? The Kitchen Showcase has plenty of styles available for you to see! Visit our Denver Showroom or contact us today for more information.

Accessorizing Your Kitchen Cabinets

Trends in kitchen cabinet accessories and hardware

Once you’ve gotten our kitchen cabinets all picked out, it’s time to accessorize. Kitchen cabinet accessories and hardware can add texture and drama to your kitchen.

Accessorizing your kitchen cabinets
Brass, copper, and gold are keeping it classy and classic in the kitchen.
Photo: Brass Waverly Cabinet Knob by Emtek

The smallest details can make the biggest impact

The details are not the details. They make the design.” – Charles Eames.
The classic white kitchen is still the most common. Colors are muted and natural, but you don’t want your kitchen to be boring and sterile. With just a few small touches, you can take a timid kitchen design and add a punch of personality. Kitchen cabinet accessories can make a big impact on your entire kitchen design, in fact, they can give it a distinct character. Big geometrical knobs and pulls are making a big splash in kitchen design, like adding a big, bold, colorful piece of costume jewelry to a little black dress.

Keep it sassy

You can add personality to your kitchen with knobs and pulls in different unique shapes, colors, and textures.

Make it brassy

Brass hardware is taking over. Anything that is brass, copper, or gold is becoming increasingly popular in kitchen accessories. Brass, copper, and gold are perfect to continue the rustic kitchen trend, marrying glamor with simplistic and rustic charm. The shape of the knob will still be comfortable and functional, but the design will make your kitchen more interesting visually.

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Adding funky knobs to your kitchen cabinets can give it some personality.
Photo: Deco Crystal Knob by Emtek

Have it glassy

New materials in knobs, pulls, and hardware is glass and crystal. They are sleek, simple, elegant, and will sparkle in the sunlight. Who doesn’t love a little sparkle in their kitchen? It’s fun, simple, elegant, and lux.

Fun accessories and hardware for your kitchen

The Kitchen Showcase can help you design your dream kitchen from the cabinets to the accessories. Find inspiration for your hardware, knobs, and pulls to add that final touch of glamor and personality to your kitchen.

Family Friendly Kitchen Design

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When you first designed your kitchen, you made sure that it had all the components necessary for you to live comfortably. But things change, and, as your family grows, your kitchen needs to adapt to suit everyone’s needs. Are you looking to build a kitchen that will grow as your family does? We have the best design tips to help you achieve a family-friendly space for you and your loved ones in Colorado.

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Cabinetry

An optimized cabinet layout is a key component of any kitchen design. When you’re remodeling your kitchen, be sure to make your cabinets a priority. Your kitchen layout dictates the flow of the space. For the best kitchen experience, your work triangle should be optimized. For those who don’t know, your work triangle is, it’s the triangular distance between your food prep area, your sink, and your food storage. From any one of these places in your kitchen, it should only take you four to nine feet to get to the two other spots. 

You don’t want to end up frustrated when it’s time to cook dinner because your family is crowding up the place. Save yourself the stress and take some time to think about how you’re going to optimize your work triangle.

Lots of Storage

Make sure there’s a place for everything. There’s nothing worse during your cooking experience than trying to find a pot only to get lost in a maze of loose Tupperware. You’ll save lots of time by organizing all of your items and storing them appropriately. 

Yes, that means saving a few drawers for your baby’s items! Keep a few cabinets for your child’s essentials – bottles, formula, extra soothers, and bibs should all be in close proximity to each other so that you know just where to find them when you need them. 

Prepare for Mess

There’s no getting around the fact that kids are messy. By embracing this fact, you’ll be ready to handle anything your little one throws your way — literally. Keep spills and other accidents in mind when designing your kitchen. It’s a good idea to go for tables, floors, and countertops that aren’t porous and don’t stain easily. 


For more ideas on how to make your kitchen fit for the whole family, visit The Kitchen Showcase, Colorado’s best kitchen showroom. To learn more about our products and design specialists, give us a call at (970) 514-6663  or schedule a showroom visit.

Preventing Your White Kitchen Cabinets from Fading to Yellow

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A tested and true kitchen trend is custom white cabinets. No matter the style of your kitchen, white cabinets will bring light and life to your design. Because for many the kitchen is the heart of the home, sunlight and cleanliness are important. White kitchen cabinets are both clean and bright, making your kitchen a place where people will love to gather. But, white cabinets need to be properly maintained. If not, they can quickly fade and turn yellow. Here’s how you keep your kitchen whites from turning yellow.

Keeping your white cabinets white

Keeping white cabinets from turning yellow.
Keep white cabinets out of direct sunlight to prevent them from turning yellow.

To make a kitchen feel warm and inviting and useful you need plenty of sunlight and a functional space to cook. Unfortunately, those are the two things that also threatened your white cabinets. Yes, it is one of nature’s cruel jokes. Cooking and sunlight can make your white cabinets turn yellow. And, not a pretty bright and happy yellow, but a dirty, unpleasant, sickly yellow. The good news is, with a little maintenance, you can keep your white cabinets white.

Just the right amount of sunlight

Protecting your white cabinets from sun damage is a balancing act. You don’t want to block out all the sun, but you also don’t want the full rays of the sun scorching your cabinets all day long. When you design your kitchen, work with your designer to figure out where the most sun is going to shine, and then hang your cabinets in places where they won’t be in direct sunlight all the time. Of course, this isn’t always possible. If you have sun coming from all angles, then thin drapes can give your cabinets the sun protection they need to stay white.

Keeping white cabinets white
Wipe down white cabinets after cooking to remove grease.

Home cooking can turn your white cabinets yellow

Did you know that when the sweet aromas of your home cooking go wafting through the home, it is actually tiny grease particles in flight? Yeah, that doesn’t sound very appetizing, but, it is important to know because these little grease particles will land on every surface. If you allow these grease particles to sit on your white cabinets, then they will soon appear yellowish and dirty.

Regular maintenance keeps white cabinets white

Make it a habit to wipe down kitchen cabinets after cooking. Or, on a regular basis. Protect your white cabinets to keep your dream kitchen fresh, clean, beautiful, and white.
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