Over the past couple of years, we have been seeing the use of reclaimed or “rugged” wood introduced into kitchens designs. Usually these take the form of tables for islands, beams and other architectural elements, or smaller furniture pieces rather than the cabinetry as a whole.
As you can see, sleek cabinetry and contemporary hardware and tile can be combined with worn, lived-in wood pieces and chunky countertops to strike a very interesting balance.
You can even being in this aesthetic with accessories. This planter was crafted here in Portland OR for one of our clients. Visit http://www.adbusch.com/ for more details.
Reducing waste and being mindful of the environment is important to Mosaik Design & Remodeling. Here are a few ways that we practice Green Remodeling and help keep waste minimal on remodeling jobs:
- We recycle as much as we can on the job, and try to eliminate potential waste as much as possible.
- We properly store building materials so they are not ruined, therefore preventing us from having to replace them.
- We salvage what we can on remodeling jobs. Not only does this help maintain a sense of the former homes character, but it helps keep cost down, as well as environmental impact.
- We specify high quality, long lasting green materials whenever possible. This includes no VOC paint, recycled quartz countertops, Marmoleum flooring and locally sourced cabinetry and project materials.
- We encourage clients to look at using their existing unused spaces before adding on, therefore conserving the original footprint of the home. This is not only sustainable, but budget friendly.
These are just a few ways we minimize our footprint when building or remodeling your home. If you would like to talk more about how Mosaik Design & Remodeling green building practices, please call us at 503-726-2222 or contact us.
Ceilings are often neglected in design concepts, but they are one of the most effective ways to give a room a quick makeover.
There are many techniques that can be used to treat a ceiling. Something as simple as painting a ceiling the same color as the walls can add remarkable height to a room. You can also add ceiling medallions around light fixtures to add charm and personality. Ceiling medallions are great DIY projects that can also be used to create a pattern, or to visually lead you to a different part of the room.
Wallpapering a ceiling is a versatile option. Determine what feel you want your ceiling treatment to achieve, and then select a wallpaper design that has that property. While wallpapering a ceiling is not the easiest project, it can have a very transformative effect on a room.
Pressed tin panels are also an option if your goal is to dramatically change a room. While pressed tin panels have a gorgeous, warm quality about them you need to be careful of the acoustics. You will want to ensure that there are enough textiles in the room in the shape of drapes and rugs to make sure noise is absorbed and does not reverberate.
These are just a few of the options that are available to enhance the ceilings of your home. If you are interested in giving your room a face-lift in the form of ceiling treatments, contact our designers at Mosaik Design & Remodeling to schedule a consultation.
Even in the best economy, most of our clients have a budget for their kitchen remodeling projects. We are usually asked what we can do to keep the project within that budget without sacrificing the look, feel and quality of the project.
While this is certainly a challenge, we use a good, better, best scenario to achieve this goal. For instance, in the world of cabinetry, the “good” option would be to order stock cabinets, usually from a big box store, IKEA etc. The “better” and “best” options woudl be a semi-custom or custom cabinetry. These offer greater customization for a much better fit and finish.
We usually recommend “better” or “best” when it comes to cabinetry, because the cabinetry in your kitchen is a workhorse and you want them to last. It is worth the additional expense to add drawers, upgrade drawer boxes and glides and install specialty organization systems to get additional storage and maximum performance out of your cabinetry.
You may also want to consider a “better” or “best” option for your countertops. Porcelain tile and slab quartz or stone fall within these categories. Not only are both options more sustainable, but they will last longer and in most cases are maintenance free. You can also install an under-mount sink in both cases, which provides a more streamlined look and an easier clean-up.