Build your kitchen around your style with Innovative Kitchen and Bath

Home trends are first seen in the kitchen. Orange appliances from the ’70s, brass fixtures from the ’90s, and classic wood floors are all different options that each homeowner chooses to meet their style.

Writing a blog about kitchen trends feels like a bag of potpourri because there are endless options to choose from. Bottom line, go with what meets your style. If you plan on selling your home soon, you are better suited to stick with something more classic and less eclectic, but it’s your home you’re living in; let it reflect your style and enjoy every minute of it!

As technology advances, we see “smart” appliances complete with Wi-Fi capabilities that can remind you when you’re low on milk and eggs. Perhaps that’s why some kitchens look like traditional farmhouses, to embrace nostalgia and simpler times.

We pulled together options of new ideas that you might want to consider when thinking of what to change in your kitchen. Take a few cues from us and reach out to Innovative Kitchen and Bath to remodel your kitchen that is both functional and fun for your family.

Clever solutions with integrated appliances

We’ve talked a lot on our bag about cleaver ways to ban clutter and unique options to design around storage solutions. This trend is popular in kitchens because we see many homes adopting open concepts leaving the kitchen in plain sight. For open kitchens and homeowners who like seamless lines, an excellent idea is to incorporate concealed and clean integration of cabinets and appliances.

Think of a cool hidden door you’ve seen in spy movies; integrated appliances and cabinets are camouflaged in the kitchen just like that. They’re not visibly different than the rest of the cabinets and blend in seamlessly. These magically disappearing refrigerators and look beautifully cohesive and makes a great talking point – instead of being the focal point of your kitchen.

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Pewter and matte black hardware

Hardware can easily help you identify a kitchen that is dated or new. Brass was a popular option in the 90s, stainless steel in the ought’s, and now, we see a gentle transition to pewter and matte black. Pewter looks more rustic than shiny stainless steel, and matte black is sleek against white and wood cabinets. It’s a refreshing update against silver or brass options.

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Use of wood and raw materials

Technology in our homes and kitchens look different than they did 5, 10, 20 years ago. With so much technology around us, it’s no surprise that natural and raw materials are seeing a resurgence in popularity. Wood and stone materials help connect families with nature even on the inside.

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Kitchen remodel completed by Innovative Kitchen and Bath.

Innovative Kitchen and Bath is committed to serving you with a livable remodel. They understand they are working in your home, and they use non-toxic materials and the best dust control system available. They offer a start and completion time upfront and have a full-time design/concierge to help with material selection and finishes.

Take a tour of their kitchen and bathroom showroom in Kirkland to get inspired before you settle on a new design. Their experts will work with you along the way from the first meeting until the completion of your project to ensure you love every detail. Happy remodeling!

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Think outside the wall: 3 different ways to use paint

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There are many fun alternatives to using paint other than on your interior and exterior walls. Updating old furniture with a new color is a popular choice, and cabinets see their fare share of new swatches. We thought of three other ways to put your brush and can to work. And if you aren’t into the DIY jobs or simply want to trust a professional, contact Lee Warren at Super Handyman, LLC who can ensure your project is done right from the very beginning.

Brick or Stone Fireplace

An old-fashioned brick fireplace is such a classic, eye-catching element in any living room or master suite. Whether you have the real deal with logs, or a mess-free gas fireplace, brick or stone adds a natural, cozy feel. But red brick isn’t as popular or stylish as it once was. Painting the red brick white or grey instantly revives a tired fireplace. You can also paint over new or old stone with light, neutral shades instead of dark brown. First remove any dirt and dust before you begin painting. The bricks need to be as clean as possible for the paint to adhere to the surface. It will help keep your paint long-lasting and chip free. Use a scrub brush, vacuum and heavy duty cleaner to get the best effect.

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Front door and garage door

My neighbor was getting ready to put their house on the market and wanted to stand out with fresh curb appeal. Of course, they did the usual lawn maintenance and added a small garden, but what brought the whole look together was their front door in a rejuvenated eggplant color. Eggplant is a great alternative to navy, beige or grey which are beautiful options but commonly used to break away from white. The garage door doesn’t have to match, and a freshly painted crisp white door can give an old house a sparkling update. If you’re exterior doesn’t have chips or isn’t faded, consider a smaller and cheaper option to update the look with your front and garage doors.

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Ceiling

The ceiling is not a wall. I repeat. The ceiling is not a wall. Therefore, we are totally off the hook for telling you to paint the ceiling as part of the “don’t paint the walls” blog. Painting the ceiling is a unique way to deliver on color in your space. Think of it as an accent wall – but it’s not a wall – so more of an accent art piece that will blow your mind whenever you step into the room. See how gorgeous it is?

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Diagnose and repair boat issues with HJB Marine

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Every boat owner takes pride in keeping their boat in pristine shape. They are familiar and responsible with the components and mechanisms of the boat. Most can diagnose and repair and diagnose the most common problems. And they know that inspecting and cleaning are the two best tips to prevent issues that lead to boating breakdowns.

The mechanisms to regularly inspect and clean include (but not limited to): the drive belt, the impeller, wiring, components of the ignition system, fluid and gear oil, and mechanical systems.

But when the boat starts making a funny noise you can’t figure out or has a steering issue you can’t tweak, that’s when you call in the expert.  HJB Marine offers high-quality service with unmatched value and dependability to the boat repair industry. They include sales, parts, service, and installation of marine electrical equipment. HUB Marine is dedicated to diagnosing and fixing your boat’s mechanical or electrical issues.

Diagnosing problems with the boat engine is performed by plugging a processor into the engine control unit, and valuable information about the engine is communicated back to the technician. This process determines the engine’s model number, serial number, engine hours, temperature profile, and fault codes. When diagnosing or repairing an engine, it is essential to know and understand its history, current issues, and learn about the overall condition of the engine.

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HJB Marine, based in Tacoma, is owned and operated by Hugo Beutel. Hugo has more than 20 years of experience in the marine and yachting industry. He began his career in the yachting industry on the east coast as chief engineer on 100 ft to 140 ft private and charter vessels, then relocated to the Pacific Northwest to build custom boats.

In 2001, Hugo started Tacoma Cats, a company that specializes in catamaran construction in both sail and powerboats. In 2006, Tacoma Cats became part of HJB Marine. The Tacoma Cat 39 is an affordable catamaran with beautiful lines and is lightweight by design, structured with safety and ease of maintenance in mind. If you’re interested in a beautiful, affordable, lightweight and spacious Tacoma Cat, contact HJB Marine.

For any problems of concerns with your boat, contact Hugo at HJB Marine.

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Blue Line Water is at the top of the water treatment industry

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Blue Line Water located in Puyallup, WA, designs water treatment solutions for both commercial and residential clients. They service water treatment equipment and pump systems, whether installed by them or another company. The company is on the cutting edge of technology in the water treatment industry and is committed to providing customers with the most cost-effective solutions for their water-related needs.

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Generally, water in the United States is very healthy. Depending on where you live, there are different types of bacteria, lead, and minerals that appear in your drinking water. Of course, there are exceptions such as the crisis in Flint, Michigan, or where pollution is most substantial like in big cities. If you are in a rural location, you may need more water intervention, especially if you are on a well.

If you have concerns about environmental impacts on your water, there are additional solutions beyond filters for your faucets.

One of the most frequent water treatment concerns is about hard water. Hard water contains dissolved minerals, primarily calcium and magnesium, which can cause cosmetic damage to your kitchens, bathrooms, and even laundry in the washing machine. Hard water minerals adhere to the inner walls of plumbing and overtime restrict the flow of water with the buildup of scale. It prevents soaps and detergents from being effective, leaving you with unclean laundry. You can also tell if your water is hard during a shower; does your skin and hair feel too dry?

The most common way to treat hard water is with a water softener. Water softeners can be purchased and installed by the homeowner, but if you don’t have much experience with home projects, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. The cost of the installation varies depending on the company and the machine needed. The professionals at Blue Line Water can walk you through the most common options of water softeners and provide you with excellent customer service.

If you have any concerns about your water quality, contact Blue Line Water for testing options or your local health department for assistance.

Blue Line Water also services industrial and real estate needs.

If you are a real estate agent or looking to sell your home privately, you need a water report for potential buyers. You may also need a water well log search, hygiene assessment, pump evaluation, or pressure tank check.

Pure water is a fundamental element used in clean room manufacturing, beverage, glass and food processing, hospitals, and municipalities. Blue Line Water services these needs with ozone systems, storage tanks, system design and maintenance, pumps and pumping systems.

Blue Line Water is here to support all your water needs and concerns. Whether you have questions about the public or your personal quality of water, their mission is to serve the water treatment industry with the highest quality customer service and products.

If you need emergency pump service contact 253-841-2101.

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Top 5 luxury kitchen upgrades

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Kitchens add the most value to any home. The most common and affordable ways to increase this value are new cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, and floors. But there is another way to take it up several notches – investing in luxurious, professional appliances and upgrades. A chef’s cooking range, a restaurant-quality ice machine – these are just a few of the options to make your kitchen swanky.

The professional contractors at Moore Renovations are committed to helping you improve your home by paying keen attention to details and how each decision will impact the overall look and feel of the finished project. For luxury upgrades and additions, contact Moore Renovations to help you get started on your creative project.

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Hidden power outlets

Power outlets are crucial to keep a kitchen running. But if you’re looking to add a flair of luxury, you might want to consider covering these little guys up. There are many options to doing this such as relocating the outlets inside drawers, under cabinets or behind cool hidden panels built-in to your backsplash.

Double dishwasher drawers

If you’re like me, you probably have never heard of a double dishwasher. Is it like a double oven? Two dishwashers? What regular house needs two dishwashers stacked on top of each other; the majority of American families are not this big to warrant such extravagance. But a double dishwasher looks almost like a regular one but stacked like drawers. It offers the same capacity as a standard dishwasher but allows for smaller independent loads. Drawer dishwashers (like the increasingly popular drawer cabinets) are ergonomically friendly because they require less bending to unload. They also save space in smaller kitchens and because they can run smaller loads offer energy savings.

Built-in pebble ice machine

Yes, this is a splurge and a “nice-to-have” appliance, but boy does it give your kitchen an extra shot of Wow! Everyone has their favorite restaurant that offers the best ice; you know what I mean, “the good ice.” It’s the kind of ice your refrigerator’s crushed ice maker just can’t replicate. You can purchase the ice maker and have it built-in to your cabinets, keeping it off the counters and out of site, but conveniently located.

Professional gas range

Today, more Americans are looking to cook in their private homes like chefs and thus seeking out the highest quality, professional gas ranges.  Because of this demand, more brands have started selling luxury range tops helping it to be more affordable for even modest kitchens. You can find a five-star rated stainless steel gas cooktop at a home improvement store for $1,000 or the ultimate luxuriously beautiful range for $10,000. Do your research on what will look and feel the best in your kitchen and determine what kind of investment you’re willing to make.

Lived-in large islands

If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then the kitchen island is the blood vessels that keep it working. If you’re going to have the best cooking appliances, you probably need enough space to prep your meals and host large groups of people. Enter: large islands. Think of the kitchen island as the star of the kitchen – the most valuable asset. Kitchen islands are more than just a place to chop vegetables and serve a platter of cookies; they are the gathering spot for families and often replace a traditional dining room table. A custom, large kitchen island (or double islands) can meet all of your prepping, entertaining, homework doing, cookie-serving needs.

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Contact Moore Renovations to build your luxury kitchen.

What their clients say:

We just wanted to formally thank you for the outstanding job you did on the interior of our home. During your time here we never felt any sort of chaos while the work was being completed. We truly appreciate the fact that you were so conscientious about making sure everything was neat and tidy during and after you were done for the day. YOU’RE THE BEST and we would feel proud to refer to you anyone and everyone we know. – Mark & Kim

Moore Renovations not only performed outstanding workmanship on the remodeling of our master bathroom. Kim was delightful to work with, reliable & creative, and pleasant with a positive attitude. Roadblocks occurred once the drywall was removed, mandating changes in plans and Kim had easy answers for alternatives. I fully recommend Moore Renovations ~ Wayne, Kent WA

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Concrete is not just for roads; why more homeowners are bringing the durable material inside

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We know that concrete is incredibly strong – after all, it can carry thousands of tons of cars daily. It is also a popular choice for inside commercial buildings that see a lot of foot traffic or warehouses that use heavy machinery. And in recent years, concrete has also seen a rise in popularity in residential homes for flooring and countertops.

Homeowners have often chosen concrete floors for basements, garages, and patios. But today we see an uptick in concrete floors in kitchens and bathrooms.

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If you want to learn more about concrete flooring options in your home, contact Concrete Impressions. Inc.

Homeowners love the strength and durability of a concrete floor, but they’ve also come to appreciate its beauty and trendy appeal. No, grey concrete is not the new bedroom hardwood; but homeowners are customizing the color with added dyes and etching techniques for their kitchens, bathrooms, and garages. Stop imaging your driveway in your house. Concrete can be manipulated into luxurious, shiny flooring. With the right techniques, finished concrete can look more like ceramic tile than the street.

Concrete is low maintenance. It’s easy to clean with a quick sweep and a mop. You’re not going to get a lot of scratches from pets either. And you don’t have to buy a special, pricy cleaner to keep them looking brand new. To keep your concrete flooring looking like new, the experts at Concrete Impressions recommend resealing every two to three years to keep the color from fading. Just like waxing a car, resealing your stamped concrete will make it look as vibrant as day one.

Might you be thinking, “concrete floors? That’s cold!” But not with radiant heat. You can add electrical cables or hot water tubes into the concrete to warm the floors and keep your feet warm.

Who isn’t concrete for? Concrete isn’t a good material if you have little ones or elderly folks in the home. It is a hard surface, and a slip and fall could be very painful. While you can add area rugs with padding, you won’t cover every surface which can be hazardous.

Ready to learn more about indoor concrete solutions? Contact Concrete Impressions, Inc. 

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How to keep your home cool this summer without high utility bills

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Summer is here! Those scorching, sunny days are right around the corner, even here in the Pacific Northwest. Many homes in our region don’t have air conditioners or central air because we often don’t have hot days for too long. We gathered up the best expert tips for those homes without a/c to stay efficiently cool. For those houses with air conditioner units, see our advice below to save energy and keep your utility bills low.

Americool Heating & Air Conditioning is a leading provider of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, fireplaces, and more. They stand out among the rest by using only the best equipment to make your indoor living space comfortable. If you are interested in installing a cooling unit in your home, Americool offers quality products and service.

Use natural air and reduce sunlight. Open the windows at night to allow the house to cool down naturally, then close the windows tight in the morning. Use blinds or blackout curtains to keep the heat from entering the home through windows.

Dress appropriately. We know that movie theaters and offices are usually very cold, especially in the summer, so we bring a light jacket or sweater to stay warm. In your home, do the opposite. Keep the air conditioner up, but dress down. Wearing t-shirts and shorts around the house will help you feel fresh and cool.

Grill outside or make stove-free meals. Not many people feel like during on the stove or oven when it’s 90 degrees outside. Alas, it is the perfect time to grill fresh vegetables or juicy burgers outside. You can also make sandwiches, salads, and charcuterie platters for heat-free meals.

Ceiling fans are our friends. Ceiling fans should run in a counterclockwise direction. The warmer it is in the house, the higher the speed should be. Ceiling fans are great sources of cool air without using a lot of energy. Remember to keep the dust cleared off to keep your air fresh.

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If you have an air conditioning unit, follow these tips to save energy and costs:

Check the age. If your unit is more than 15 years old, you could be spending more per month than with a newer unit. With a new high-efficiency air conditioner, you could save as much as $600 per summer on a typical 4-ton unit while having your thermostat set a few degrees colder. Contact Americool Heating & Air Conditioning for help determining the right unit for your home.

Install a programmable thermostat. A “smart” thermostat is your wallet’s new best friend. After the initial easy installation (that any homeowner can do), the programmable thermostat will help lower your utility bill. They are proven to save 15 percent off your energy bill during the winter and 10 percent during the summer. During your work hours, the thermostat turns off the furnace and air conditioner when you are not home. The thermostat can be scheduled to automatically turn back on 30 minutes before you come home, so your house is at the perfect temperature when you arrive.

Be energy efficient on vacation. Don’t forget to set your thermostat several degrees warmer while you’re away on vacation. If you aren’t leaving pets at home, you can set your thermostat to 85 degrees while you’re away. You don’t want to turn it off entirely because it could cause your refrigerator to work too hard and break down.

Change filters regularly. Most air filters should be changed every 2-3 months, but in the summer when outdoor allergens sneak indoors and pets shed more, you may find you need to do it more often. Here’s your reminder to go check your filters; set an alert in your phone at the beginning of every month to check them for purity and dust off the outside.

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