Tag: Kitchen

Ed Teehan

Kitchen Flooring: 8 Popular Choices

Design, color, and surface are important considerations, but don’t overlook comfort, durability and easy care—particularly in kitchen flooring. By LuAnn Brandsen Wood Improvements in products and sealers make wood a viable flooring material in kitchens. That’s good news for people with open-floor plans who wish to use the same material in adjoining living areas. Additionally, […]

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Minimalism in the Home: The Kitchen

The kitchen can be one of the most cluttered rooms in the home. Not only does it house your everyday dining and cookware but there’s also all sorts of seasonal, special occasion and specialty items that seem to take over precious cabinet space. If you’re ready to take inspiration from the minimalist movement and make […]

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15 Ideas to Steal from Real People’s Kitchens

Sure, it’s natural to covet the gorgeous kitchens you see on glamourous design shows or in glossy magazines, but sometimes it’s even more satisfying to see what mere mortals are capable of accomplishing in their own homes. Indulge your inner voyeur, and take a peek at these supremely real kitchens! You’re sure to find some […]

Client Spotlight: The Cooke/Steinberg Home

It’s always nice when one of our clients takes the time to share some kind words about Custom Contracting. So we were pleased to come across this five-star review on Houzz.com from Arlington’s Heather Cooke: “The space is gorgeous and we couldn’t be more pleased,” the review concludes. “We would definitely work with Custom Contracting […]

5 Household Products You’ll Never Have To Buy Again

Many of us like to keep a clean and tidy home, but it’s disheartening when you realize how much you have to spend purchasing the necessary products. Analyzing what brands to buy and how much you need of each item is a time-consuming and expensive process.Most of us are too busy to keep track of […]

Trend Watch: 13 Kitchen Looks Expected to Be Big in 2015

Have you been toying with the idea of revamping your kitchen and think 2015 may be the perfect time to take the plunge? Before you start searching for a pro to tackle the project, it’s important to think about what you’ll need and how you can improve your kitchen setup, as well as what you […]

Kitchen & Bath Tidbits – Dishwasher Cleaning/Maintenance

Ever feel like your dishwasher just isn’t cleaning like it used to? Finding residue after a wash? We found some great DIY tips at www.homerepairtutor.com. (Take a moment to visit the site and check out photos/video, too.) Remove and unclog spray arms. Refer to your user manual or look online for tips on removing. Once […]

Client Spotlight – The Druy/Rothman Home

When Mark Druy and Johanna Rothman decided their two-story colonial didn’t fit their lifestyle anymore, they came up with an unconventional solution. Custom Contracting helped the couple make it work. Mark and Johanna had called Arlington home for 26 years and didn’t want to live anywhere else. What they wanted was a house that had […]

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Kitchen & Bath Design – Understanding Your Motivations

Our clients have a variety of motivations for remodeling their kitchen and/or bathrooms. Scenarios range from a growing family that needs more space to a couple who’s finally ready to build out their dream kitchen or bath. Regardless of what motivates the homeowners, the key to creating a successful kitchen or bath plan is learning how they live in and use their space. From the firs meeting and site visit, here’s a look at the types of questions we might ask to understand […]

Contemporary Approach to Kitchen Design: The Live-In Kitchen Concept

Displaying unique features, from urban works of art to creative light installations, the live-in kitchen concept designed by  Lisiane Scardoelli and João Pedro Crescente for the interior design exhibit Mostra Casa & Cia 2013 is not for everybody (unless you enjoy experiments and creativity when it comes to design, “don’t try this at home”). We’ve seen plenty of artistic homes integrating […]

10 Creative Ways to Make your Old Kitchen Feel Modern

Whether your kitchen is a fixer-upper from decades ago or your laminate countertop and linoleum floor have seen better days, it may be time to modernize your kitchen. With all of the new ideas out on the market from creative uses of colors, modern appliances and innovative materials there is a world of kitchen amenities […]