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Fixtures, Finishes & Appliances

Kitchen Fixtures, Finishes & Appliances

cabinet-column-1There are many helpful and engaging articles on choosing the finishes, fixtures and appliances for your remodeled kitchen. We have done our best to curate a list of resources that we think helpful in framing the discussion and narrowing your choices.

Flooring

Wood flooring continues to reign supreme, according to the 2014 NKBA Kitchen & Bath Style Report. Tile and natural stone follow behind. As you make your selection remember that certain areas of the kitchen floor are going to see heavy traffic. If wood is your choice, regular care and maintenance will be required to keep it looking new. You can expect that every five years a screen buff and recoat will be required to maintain its appearance.

Zillow, How to Choose the Right Kitchen Floor
Houzz, Kitchen Flooring 101
Apartment Therapy, Kitchen Flooring: 6 Eco-Friendly Options
Pinterest, Flooring Options

Countertops & Hard Surfaces

Nothing can make bolder statement in a kitchen than the choice of countertop. While granite dominates the 2014 rankings again, quartz is quickly growing in popularity not only because of its beauty, but also because of its durability and maintenance-free nature.

Consumer Reports, Countertop Buying Advice
lohud.com, Kitchen Trends Written in Stone
Apartment Therapy, Ultimate Guide to Choosing Countertops

Local Sources:

Classic Rock Fabrication  (Mother Hubbard’s primary source for many years.  They have an exceptional selection and are experts at their craft, but are not retail)
931 Dana Dr, Harrisburg, PA

Lesher Natural Stone  (Great selection of stone, quartz and tile surfaces in a warehouse/showroom combination)
2400 Swatara Creek Rd, Middletown, PA

Backsplashes

As in 2013, ceramic tile continues to be at the top of the list for backsplashes for 2014. Glass, however, is definitely on the move this year. More a question of style than functionality, backsplashes can be a focal point in a remodeled kitchen and offer a chance to show off some personality.

Washingtonian, Choosing the Best Backsplash for Your Kitchen
HGTV, Picking a Kitchen Backsplash
Canadian House & Home, Video: How to Choose a Kitchen Backsplash

Sinks and Faucets

Stainless steel sinks remain the favorite in 2014, but granite composite has definitely seen a surge in interest. Don’t forget porcelain enamel, as it’s durability and timeless look have earned a place in many homes, including the Petrie’s. As for faucets, they’ve gone shiny and high tech for 2014.

Slippery Rock Gazette, The Kitchen Sink: Material and Design Trends in 2014
HGTV, Choosing the Right Kitchen Sink and Faucet
Consumer Reports, Myths and facts about selecting kitchen sinks and faucets

Kitchen Appliances

With more advertising dollars behind them than all other components of a kitchen combined, appliances are the brand stars of the kitchen. Those shiny badges with Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Samsung and LG etched into them make us stand up and pay attention. In the end, I would remind you that a Whirlpool fridge keeps a quart of milk at approximately the same temperature as a Sub-Zero. But then, some of us buy Chevy’s and others Mercedes.

Technology is rapidly changing the 2014 landscape for kitchen appliances. Very soon your fridge could be talking to your iPhone. Browse a few of the articles below and see if you’re ready for the networked kitchen!

USA Today, Tommorow’s kitchens will be connected to your devices
NYSE Big Stage, A New Sheen in the Kitchen
HGTV, Choosing Kitchen Appliances
Bob Vila, Choosing Major Kitchen Appliances

By John Petrie

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