Melton Construction, Inc.


January 2011

New Trends for
Kitchen Remodeling

Glass: The New
"Wow Factor" in
Kitchen Remodeling

Maintenance Tip

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New Trends for Kitchen Remodeling

Ask kitchen remodeling contractors to describe the function of today’s kitchens and “cooking” will be just part of the answer. In fact, here at Melton Construction, kitchen remodeling has come to mean creating space not only for meal preparation, but for entertaining, homework, bill paying, TV watching, internet surfing, and even working from home. Area families especially want kitchen remodeling to incorporate smart new ways to give this hard-working room the features, functionality and design appeal of a true “living room.” If you’re thinking about remodeling, here are a few kitchen remodeling trends and ideas we think are perfect for the specific types of homes and lifestyles we have here in our area.

The “Invisible” Kitchen
From concealed refrigerators to hidden range hoods, today’s appliances can work hard while you're cooking and then disappear behind beautiful cabinets and cleverly designed panels. With appliances out of sight, the kitchen can look as sleek and open as other rooms in your home. An invisible kitchen remodeling strategy also helps you make the most of your space. For instance, your kitchen remodeling might include one well-planned island that can multipurpose as a food prep surface, dining table, homework center, and entertaining buffet.

Kitchen Remodeling trends

Dishwasher hidden in a drawerThe Design-Driven Kitchen
New kitchen remodeling ideas include dishwashers, refrigerators and even ovens that tuck away into drawers. This keeps appliances within easy reach while it frees up floor space – and wall space – so kitchen remodeling can become far more creative. Softly curving counters can smooth traffic flow rather than blocking it, artwork can be incorporated into the kitchen design, and architectural elements like arches or soffits can now be used to give your remodeled kitchen pizzazz without sacrificing efficiency and functionality.

Beverage Station
This new element of kitchen remodeling brings together what’s needed to store and serve everything from vintage wine to morning smoothies. Cups, stemware, silverware, coffee, tea and sugar are all beautifully organized alongside coffee makers, blenders, and other equipment. An under-counter refrigerator provides easy access to ice, lemons and cream while keeping wine, beer and soda perfectly chilled. Beverage stations can even include smaller bar areas as part of overall kitchen remodeling.

Multiple Countertop Heights
With the kitchen accommodating so many different activities, it’s smart for your kitchen remodeling contractor to design countertops at varying heights. Just match the height to the activity most often done in that area. For example, lower areas work best for food prep, while higher counters are ideal as a breakfast bar. Having a variety of countertop heights also makes your kitchen more accessible to all the sizes, shapes, ages and abilities of people who use your kitchen.

These new kitchen ideas and trends are just the starting point. If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen, Melton Construction would be delighted to help you combine the best of what’s new with tried-and-true solutions to create your own dream kitchen.

Glass: The New “Wow Factor” in Kitchen Remodeling

Kitchen remodeling trends in Boulder COAccording to kitchen remodeling contractors across Colorado, granite remains a popular choice for countertops. In fact, stone countertops have become so popular that many homeowners in Boulder County are looking for more unusual choices as part of their kitchen remodeling projects. One of the most exciting new ways to create kitchen counters that have a real “wow” factor is to use glass.

Sleek glass counters first won the attention of top kitchen designers about five years ago. Today, thick glass countertops come in a variety of colors, textures and even beautifully artistic designs. Glass can be sculpted into shapes that fit the function and flow of your kitchen. Plus you can combine glass with LED lighting to make those gorgeous countertops glow, incorporating light and drama into your kitchen remodeling.

One manufacturer, for instance, offers an LED lighting system for glass counters that creates colors to match any kitchen décor. You can even change the color – and the look of your entire kitchen – simply by pushing a button on the remote control.
We’d be delighted to help you explore other fresh ideas for counters, including rich new metallic colors now available in the Corian solid surfacing line. Just give Melton Construction a call.

Maintenance Tip: Check for Moisture Damage
from Ice Dams

Ice dams (built-up ice along the roof overhang) cause millions of dollars of damage to homes each year. Warm air leaking from your home into the attic will melt the snow on your roof, and the run-off drains until it reaches the cold overhang where it refreezes. Melted water caught by these dams leaks into homes – damaging walls, peeling paint, and soaking insulation. Do a visual inspection of the edges of your roof to see if there is a build-up of ice. To avoid ice dams and the damage they can cause, make sure your attic is adequately insulated and ventilated.

Ty MeltonSee you next month!

Ty Melton

Ty Melton, President


Construction, Inc.

5075 Chaparral Ct. #3
Boulder, CO 80301


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