Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

At Home Briefs

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

At Home Briefs

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A FRESHER KITCHEN

Because of the still-struggling economy, kitchen renovations have stayed on the budget-friendly side during the past few years, making trends difficult for the average homeowner to embrace. For instance, remodeling by going "green" is a concept that most Americans support until the numbers come in. Going green is generally more expensive, especially in the short run, so homeowners in large numbers have opted not to with big projects.

They are more likely to purchase environmentally friendly cleaning products than to invest in a recycled glass countertop such as Icestone, which is $95 a foot. If you're considering a small or large renovation or if you're building a kitchen from scratch, here are some features to consider if you want to be right in style.

Open Concept: The overwhelming trend is open-concept styling with a kitchen that is open to a dining area/family room. Homeowners want the most space from their square footage.

Style: Kitchens are trending modern. Clean lines, sleek surfaces, no fussy details. Period and theme kitchens (Tuscan, French Country) are on the wane. Responsible for the more modern look? Ikea.

Flooring: Choosing hardwood, engineered wood or wood laminate is the trend. These floors are durable, handsome and the color and grain choices as well as options for width of individual planks are endless.

Oven Tower: Homeowners want a section of the kitchen devoted to a tower consisting of two wall ovens, a microwave and a warming drawer. Stainless steel remains the finish of choice for this tower of power.

Counters: The new surface to have is quartz. Other counter trends gaining attention are butcher block (yes, it's back), exotic woods, Caesarstone, Silestone, the new generation of Corian and concrete.

Cabinets: Maple remains the most popular wood because it takes both stain and paint so well. …

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