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Avoid Fads in Your Kitchen Design

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, there is a difference between being “trendy” and being “on-trend.” It is true that doing a full kitchen remodel will give you the most return for your investment. However, if you focus all of your resources on designer fads, you could risk not recouping all that you invested if you plan to sell your home one day.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s survey 2014 Cost Vs. Value, a large high-end kitchen remodel could cost over $100k. Whatever the level of investment for your kitchen remodel, most homeowners hope to gain a finished product that will look fresh for as long as possible. However, trends that are hot today may be out of vogue in a year, making your kitchen look outdated before you’ve had a chance to break it in.

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Designing a kitchen with cats and dogs in mind is a nice idea if you are a pet owner, however it may not be the best choice for a new kitchen remodel. According to a press release from the National Kitchen & Bath Association, several kitchen designers who incorporated pet feeding stations, doggy faucets, pet beds and litter box cabinets reported pets either not liking or not using the special features. Keep in mind that, from a resale perspective, the future owners of your home may not have pets and therefore have no need for a doggy faucet or food station in the kitchen.

Pot Racks and Decorative Hoods

Although pot racks and decorative range hoods have been focal points in the kitchen for years, experts are now suggesting steering away from them in your remodel design. Despite being convenient, hanging pots can clutter up the look of your kitchen very quickly and also collect dust if not wiped frequently. The same is true for decorative hoods; venting your cooktop is an important feature, however, a large ornate hood can quickly fill up the room and become overly bulky. Instead, go with under-cabinet venting or a slim, streamlined hood. Add glass or ceramic backsplash tiles above your cooktop and cover the entire wall rather than just the standard 4 or 6-inch backsplash of the past. Choose neutral or complementing colors to ensure a cohesive look.

Granite Countertops

For the last decade, granite has been the most desired material for kitchen countertops due to its durability, glossy sheen and natural formation. According to an article by Building Design and Construction, 70 percent of kitchen designers recently surveyed said that quartz countertops are rapidly becoming more on-trend. Engineered quartz is both super hard and low maintenance and the palette of colors is vast. BKC’s Guide to Non-Granite Countertops offers a comprehensive overview of alternate countertop materials.

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When it comes to choosing cabinet material, it is recommended to steer clear of oak, hickory and pine, unless you’re specifically going for a rustic cabin or beach house look. These three wood species tend to have too much grain texture, not enough sophistication and an outdated feel about them. The most popular choice for cabinetry continues to be cherry, with maple and alder following close behind. However, on a steady rise in popularity is walnut.  Rich in both color and texture, walnut is a great choice for either classic or contemporary design. If you’re not interested in an entire kitchen of dark cabinets, consider a walnut slab for your island or hutch countertop; it can be a beautiful contrast next to light or white cabinets.

Remember that when creating your kitchen remodel, it’s good to design a plan that will not only meet your personal style but will also keep a sense of timelessness. For help in selecting custom or semi-custom cabinetry for your Denver dream kitchen, contact us.

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Knobs and Pulls: Deciding on Distinctive Cabinet Hardware

Whether you’re looking for a small way to update your kitchen and bath, or you plan to do a total remodel, picking the right cabinet hardware is an integral part of the design process. Although simple knobs and pulls may seem too insignificant for anyone to notice, the small touches of décor can really make an impact in your home. From ornate to simple, metal to glass, the cabinet hardware you choose will help put the perfect finishing touches in your kitchen and bath.

So how do you choose the right cabinet hardware for your project? Consider the overall look you wish to achieve and find knobs and pulls that will best complement that style. Here are some design options that might help point you in the right direction:

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If you have a contemporary-style home with sleek, frameless cabinets, consider rectangular pulls in stainless steel, or choose square glass knobs to add a touch of sophistication. This metal and glass knob by Richelieu offers a great contemporary element, perfect for high-gloss or textured laminate cabinetry.


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If the style of your home represents classic Arts and Crafts and includes rich wood built-ins, shelves and cabinetry, look for decorative hardware that is solid bronze or iron. The Breckenridge Collection from Schaub and Company offers an array of hammered knobs and pulls sure to complement any Arts and Crafts home.



Country Cottage

If your décor evokes a country or cottage charm, choose cabinet hardware that will enhance that ambrosial feel. Look for pulls and knobs that include a filigree pattern etched into weathered nickel, such as the Inspirations Collection by Amerock, or incorporate porcelain knobs painted with colorful floral accents.  



cup1For a more traditional kitchen that showcases solid wood or painted cabinets, complementary hardware can come in a variety of finishes, from brass to chrome to oil rubbed bronze. The American Classica Collection from Berenson Hardware offers a wide variety of handles, cup pulls and knobs in many styles and finishes.


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With the surge in retro and mid-century modern popularity, adding a kitchen that includes flat-panel cabinetry, chrome accents and Formica countertops is sure to bring the old-is-new-again style right to your home. A lot of fun cabinet hardware is available, including these Boomerang pulls by Rejuvenation. Look for modern, swoopy shapes in polished chrome.  


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If your home encompasses a mix of styles that can’t easily be defined, keeping your cabinet hardware less decorative and more functional may be the way to go. A simple satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze pull, such as from the Somerset Collection by Top Knobs, will complement almost any décor and add a touch of flair without being too flashy.



For the homeowner who wishes to make a bold statement with design details, incorporating cabinet hardware that has unique shape, color and shine will make your cabinetry pop. Although these jazzy pieces may seem a little more challenging to find, you will be amazed at the variety of styles out there. This 32mm pull from the Skyevale Collection by Schaub and Company is made from satin nickel and glass crystals, sure to dazzle any kitchen or bath.   

Cabinet pulls, handles and knobs are not only stylish but also practical. Updated hardware in your kitchen and baths can change or enhance the overall look and feel of your home. Contact us to learn more about cabinet styles and the hardware that best suits them.

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Kitchen Transformation Through Cabinetry

By modifying or adding a new style of cabinetry to your kitchen, you can achieve a refreshing transformation to the current layout of your home. Changing cabinetry styles is a great way to spruce up your current décor or create a whole new appearance altogether. With Denver custom and semi-custom cabinets, there are countless styles to choose from. Here are a few popular options to help you narrow down the look you wish to acquire:


Shaker CabinetsShaker: Whether your design preference is traditional, transitional, modern or contemporary, shaker cabinets work well with almost any décor. Similar to Mission-style, the simple, clean lines and flat-panel door style of Shaker offer a pleasing cohesiveness. With the ability to be constructed from a multitude of materials and finishes, this classic cabinet will not only blend well with your personality but also with your budget. 





Louvered CabinetsLouvered: Originally seen on closet doors and partitions, ventilated slats have come a long way. Incorporated into cabinetry, this door style is perfect for both the kitchen and bath in any geographical area. The sleek lines are great for contemporary or transitional designs, while the “plantation” feel works well in a traditional-style setting. If you’re desiring a beach house ambience, louvered doors are optimal; they will add a dimension of warmth and sunshine to your home, whether in a stained or painted finish. 




laminate_river_cherryBFlat or Slab: If you appreciate the look of simplicity, you will love flat, or slab, door fronts. The absence of details makes this cabinet a great choice for people who crave a simple, no-frills or contemporary look. Like the shaker door, it works well with just about any style and budget. Plus, keeping your cabinet doors clean is a cinch, with no stiles and rails for dirt and oil to collect in. If you’re interested in a higher-end look, inquire about alternate material options, such as carbonized bamboo, acrylic or metal.




Distressed Wood cabinetryDistressed: Cabinets with an antiqued appearance are great for rustic-, country- or cottage-style homes. The distressed look is achieved by applying rub-thru stains or paints and adding worm-holing, cracking, wearing and gouging to the wood, resulting in a well-worn, yet equally beautiful, product. Distressed cabinets tend to fall into a higher price point due to the extra processes required, however the end result is an heirloom-quality kitchen.  





Bead Board CabinetryBead board: Homeowners who like the look of a country cottage or home by the sea will certainly love the addition of bead board to their cabinetry. Like louvered doors, bead board was a product initially created for wall treatments, however it has since transitioned into a desirable cabinet style. The slatted wood can be used on the cabinet doors themselves or as the interior finish of the cabinet. Sometimes referred to as Cape Cod, bead board will help make a kitchen bright, clean and airy. 




Bridgeport_Oak_EspressoArch: Once considered an outdated look, cabinet doors that incorporate an arched face are now becoming more popular. The curvature of the raised panel offers an elegant look, reminiscent of classical architecture or Renaissance-period woodwork. With several styles to choose from, including eyebrow and cathedral, the arch looks great in many applications, including wood, painted finishes and thermofoils. If an entire room full of arched doors seems too much, consider incorporating them into just a few places, such as only on the upper wall cabinets or in a furniture-style hutch. 



As you remodel your kitchen, consider the cabinet design that best encompasses your overall style. The right cabinet can truly transform your kitchen. If you can’t seem to find what you want, remember that there is the option of  custom cabinetry, where doors can be designed to your exact specifications. For more information on custom and semi-custom cabinets, contact us.


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Kitchens and Technology: The Future of Kitchen Design

Creating the perfect kitchen is not only about incorporating the elements you desire, it’s also about keeping those elements efficient, easy to use and updated. Merging technology into your kitchen will help you complete complex and time-consuming tasks promptly while also conserving energy. Automatic can openers and appliances are just the beginning of what your Denver kitchen remodel can become.   

Refrigerators, stovetops, ovens and dishwashers already operate with the touch of a button. Now, advanced technology has taken this a step further. Touch-less faucets, sensor trashcans, computerized appliances that scan items before cooking and countertops doubling as cooking or charging stations are but a few of the technological advances now being incorporated into kitchen remodels. 

  • Glided cabinet shelves that roll and slide for easy access are convenient and also blend in seamlElectrolux-Inspiro-Ovenessly with the décor of your space. 
  • Under-cabinet LED lighting adds a soft touch and reduces energy consumption.
  • Hard-wired and battery-operated appliances eliminate the clutter of electrical cords and outlets.
  • Wall ovens, such as the Inspiro by Electrolux, use sensors to calculate the precise combination of energy consumption and time needed to cook food to the correct temperature.  
  • A ‘sous-vide’, or steamer oven, facilitates healthier eating by cooking a wider range of dishes that require rice, fish or chicken to be lightly prepared rather than deep-fried or roasted.
  • For tea drinkers, a boiling water tap, such as the Red® system by GROHE, keeps three litres of filtered kettle hot water ready for immediate use at all times, right out of your kitchen faucet.Mestyle_LED-Wallpaper1-537x402
  • Lacking decorating skills? Consider adding LED wallpaper in your kitchen or eating area. Illuminated wallpapers by Meystyle are available as a collection of 22 unique designs, each depicting a different theme. Not only do these wallpapers add to the aesthetic value of a room, they also provide energy-efficient ambient lighting.

Technology in the kitchen is all about selection. Each element comes in many designs, patterns, shapes and sizes to match your style. Think about what your personal needs are and consult with a professional at BKC Kitchen and Bath to help design the space that will accommodate those needs.

Technology is changing the way we operate our kitchens. Incorporating these options into your remodel will surely help keep you a step or two ahead of the game – and perhaps make your kitchen the envy of the neighborhood. Contact us for more information.


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5 Tips for Eco-Friendly Kitchen Remodeling

Today’s top priority for many homeowners planning bath and kitchen remodeling in Denver is to implement eco-friendly materials that are functional, effective and diminish environmental impact. Since kitchens and bathrooms are the most active rooms in the home as far as energy consumption, choosing eco-friendly cabinets, countertops and energy efficient appliances goes a long way toward efficient green living.

  1. Kitchen Cabinets – Select kitchen cabinets from manufacturers that are certified by the Environmental Stewardship Program of the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA). Cabinets made by these companies use eco-friendly materials and finishes with limited emissions. Cabinet manufacturers like Crystal Cabinet Works and Medallion Cabinetry use woods certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, environmentally safe laminates and recycled materials.  icestone
  2. Countertops – Several kitchen countertops offer sustainable materials, such as Icestone and Vetrazzo, which are produced with recycled glass. Other countertop choices include Richlite, which is made with recycled paper and Caesarstone, which is created with natural quartz. Also, check your local design centers for TorZo countertops, which are manufactured with natural agricultural materials.
  3. Energy Saving Appliances – Look for the Energy Star label on dishwashers, refrigerators, ovens and disposals when remodeling your kitchen. Using less water, electricity and gas not only saves utility costs but also has less of an impact on the environment.
  4. Renewable Flooring – When replacing your kitchen flooring, try to reuse the existing subfloor and choose  flooring manufactured with low-formaldehyde. Ask the advice of your local kitchen remodeling professionals for the best renewable flooring and eco-friendly floors for kitchen use.
  5. Lighting – Replace your old light fixtures with energy saving products that use energy-efficient bulbs. Try to install plenty of windows for natural daylight and air ventilation, cutting down on the need for air conditioning. Also, install window shades for controlling summer heat from direct sunlight.

If you’re thinking of kitchen remodeling, contact us at BKC Kitchen and Bath and our product specialists can help you create an eco-friendly kitchen with top-quality products and outstanding service.


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Stir Up Some Style in Your Kitchen

When you make the decision to remodel your kitchen, you may be tempted to keep the same number and layout of cabinets that you currently have and simply upgrade the materials. This will keep everything familiar. But consider stepping out of that comfort zone to add a few touches that will make your kitchen more stylish, up-to-date and also more desirable, should you decide to one day sell your home.  

By incorporating one or more of these ideas into your Denver kitchen cabinets, you’ll successfully create an environment that is more efficient, convenient and aesthetically interesting.


A kitchen can look more unified and organized if its cabinets are all in the same wood and in the same style. But it can also look a little old-fashioned, staid and boring, like a man whose suit, shirt, and tie have the same color and material. Add some punch to the design by using different materials or styles for different sections. For example, the lower cabinets could be a dark wood while your uppers are lighter toned. Another option is to turn your island into an accent piece with cabinets and countertop surface that differ from the rest of the kitchen.

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In this kitchen designed by BKC Kitchen and Bath, two distinct paint colors are used: Divinity by Medallion Cabinetry for the perimeter and Islander by Medallion Cabinetry for the island. Of special note are the reclaimed railcar wood butcher block and the reclaimed barn doors that house the pantry.


If you can afford forgoing some counter space, you can increase the storage in your kitchen by having an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling cabinets. To prevent this block of cabinetry from looking oppressive, try using solid doors or drawers for the bottom cabinets and either clear or decorative glass doors for the top. This arrangement will reflect light, making your space appear brighter and bigger. For both fun and functionality, add a library ladder to reach those hard-to-reach places.

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An island that has free space underneath, like a table, serves two purposes: it provides an additional counter for cooking and it also gives you an informal place to eat when the meals are prepared. It grants you an eat-in kitchen area when the space has no room for an additional dining set. To make the arrangement even more efficient, choose seating that will slide under the table and out of the way, such as saddle stools.



For more information on cabinet trends, or if you want to plan your kitchen remodel, please contact us.


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How Custom Cabinets Make Your Kitchen Unique

The most visible aspect of a kitchen is the cabinetry, and replacing it can alter the look of the entire room. Besides being one of the main storage places in the home, Denver custom cabinets allow you to add a personal touch to your kitchen. These specialized cabinets offer a unique opportunity to tailor functionality to your own desires and style.

While there are many options available for prefabricated and ready-to-assemble cabinets, a growing number of homeowners are choosing the flexibility of custom-made cabinets. Whether you design them yourself or with the help of a certified kitchen designer, custom cabinets let you combine your own ideas with the latest design trends to create something new and unique.

soft closeFunctional hardware allows you to add convenience features, such as doors that open with a simple tap and gently close, large extendable drawers, revolving and pull-out corner units, small appliance niches, and cabinets that conceal garbage bins or composters. Cabinets can also be designed to display both functional and decorative items, such as wine racks, spice racks, china dishes, crystal glasses and other objects that add to the overall look of your kitchen.

Unusual kitchen dimensions do not have to mean wasted space when cabinets are specifically created to fill the area. Custom cabinets give you the opportunity to select the materials, such as maple, knotty alder or exotic hardwoods. Solid wood can be combined with glass, aluminum, steel or other elements. Along with an expansive range of materials, there is also a profusion of finish options; you can choose your own unique colors, accents, door styles and modifications that aren’t typically available with prefabricated cabinets.distress3

Custom cabinets incorporated into the overall kitchen remodeling project are sure to produce a smooth-flowing, functional design motif. A distinct one-of-a-kind look can create the desired atmosphere and mood in your home. Many homeowners who choose to go custom are seeking cabinets that can be enjoyed for generations to come.

The cabinets you choose can match the architecture and interior design of your home, whether it’s traditional, contemporary, eclectic or antique. If your design is antique, your custom cabinets can be finished to look aged, using various glazing and distressing techniques. Use your creativity and have a lot of fun while deciding on the look that suits you and makes your kitchen unique.

BKC Kitchen and Bath has helped homeowners with their custom cabinet needs for over 35 years. We can help with everything from the initial design to the final installation of your new cabinets. Contact us for more information about how we can help you achieve the kitchen you desire.


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BKC Receives Crystal Cabinets Design Award

Congratulations to BKC designer Jennifer Rogers, winner of a 2014 Crystal Cabinets Design Choice Award!


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The client of this beautiful, spacious home had dreams of a bright, white kitchen with cabinets and shelves to showcase her porcelain glass collectibles. With Crystal Cabinets and BKC Kitchen and Bath, her Denver kitchen remodel dreams came true. Custom inset cabinet doors with beaded frames, soft paint colors and custom details offer a classic, traditional look that makes this kitchen warm and inviting.

Special features include wine storage incorporated into the island and a custom bar cabinet pullout designed specifically for liquor bottles. The island also features an addition of Palatial Enkeboll legs turned upside down on all four corners, giving the piece a unique finished touch.

Along the perimeter, the two slim, tall cabinets framing the large picture window were designed with storage in mind: a special pullout just for cooking oils on one side and a cabinet specifically created to house large platters for entertaining on the other. Throughout the kitchen, a multitude of interior drawer dividers and rollouts were added to ensure comprehensive storage solutions.

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Crystal Kitchen Cabinets


CABINETRY: Crystal Cabinet Works, Inc.

  • Custom door style with beaded frame
  • Bisque paint with Van Dyke Brown light brushing on perimeter cabinets
  • Custom yellow paint with Van Dyke Brown light brushing on island cabinets

COUNTERTOP: White Macaubus granite

DESIGNED BY: Jennifer Rogers, BKC Kitchen and Bath  



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How to Handle Yourself During a Kitchen Remodel

In the early stages of planning for a kitchen remodel, it’s fun to spend time researching and gathering ideas for the renovation: What is the best design? What new products will be needed? What colors should be chosen? Most importantly, what will the end result of this project look like? 

What we often don’t prepare for is how to handle ourselves with grace and sanity during the actual construction process. Bringing your kitchen from its current state to the beautiful new space you’ve dreamed of takes a lot of work, time, and patience. There is demolition, dust and disruption to contend with. Unless you are undertaking the project yourself, there will also be contractors and installers taking up shop in your home. Although you hope for the best, a snag or two will pop up during the process that will need your attention to problem solve. At times, you may even wonder why you’ve chosen to undertake the renovation at all. But with these helpful, calming tips, you will feel more organized and better prepared to face the momentary disruption in your home.

Temporary Headquarters

Designate an area in the home that will serve as a substitute kitchen (aka Temporary Headquarters.) Areas you might consider are the garage, den, basement, lauMoving_and_Packing-Kitchenndry room, mudroom or even the patio, if it’s enclosed. Wherever it is that you choose to make your temporary kitchen, ensure there is ample electricity for the appliances you’re going to use. Utilize a rolling cart for food prep and bookshelves for dishes and canned goods. Make sure you have enough space to stash everything you’ll need during this period. Having a sink nearby for cleanup is optimal, but don’t be afraid to wash dishes in the bathroom. A temporary cooking area will serve its purpose long enough to make it through demolition, reconstruction and the final touches of your remodel. On a positive note, you can view this time as an opportunity to donate or get rid of unused kitchen items and to dine at those restaurants in the area you’ve been wanting to explore.

On the Move

Prior to the start of the demolition, decide what needs to be removed from the kitchen. Consult with your contractor to better understand what the requirements and expectations are. Move out furniture, dishes, cookware, decorative pieces, food items and pantry goods. Grab boxes, containers, baskets and other storage bins to set up camp in your Temporary Headquarters. If appliances are being temporarily removed, consider utilizing them in the substitute kitchen area. To help control the onslaught of dust, hang plastic around the construction area; although this will not alleviate all of the dust, it will help contain a good portion of it. Your contractor may already have plans to close the area off.  

Tracking Progress

denver kitchen remodeling checklistA kitchen remodel process can be a lengthy one. To help ease some of the strain, familiarize yourself with what to expect. Create a checklist and consult with your contractor to gain a better understanding of the steps involved and what the estimated time frames are. Do keep in mind that delays inevitably occur due to unforeseen circumstances, and creative problem solving is often required between both you and your contractor. Keeping a checklist is a constructive way to track the progress of your project and will also help you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Positive Energy

Remember that a positive attitude goes a long way. Remain level-headed and helpful when questions arise and treat your contractors, subcontractors and installers with respect and a friendly disposition. In so doing, you will be rewarded with quality results. Most importantly, keep in mind that the dusty mess of renovation will not last forever; when all is said and done, you will have your home back, your sanity back and a brand new, beautiful kitchen. 

For more information on Denver kitchen renovations, contact us. Our design staff is dedicated to making your remodel a success. 


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Tips to Achieving a Low Maintenance Kitchen

The kitchen is often the one room in the home that requires the most maintenance. From wiping down surfaces to mopping floors to de-greasing appliances, keeping your kitchen spotless can sometimes seem like an ongoing battle. If you’re a busy individual or have a family, chances are you’d like to spend less time cleaning and more time doing more important (and fun) activities.

That goal can be achieved with a kitchen remodel that features a low-maintenance design. Here are some suggestions to consider during your planning process:

Tighten the Triangle

Tighten the work triangle of cooktop, sink and refrigerator to shorten the distance that you carry items. If your kitchen is spacious, add an island to bring the components of the triangle closer together.

Choose the Right Colors

Solid colors, especially black and white, as well as chrome and mirrored surfaces, tend to show dirt and smudges more prominently. Go with either a pattern, a medium-shade hue or a matte finish to help hide the blemishes.

Go With Less Grout

Tile on the floors, counters, and backsplashes are a great aesthetic, but roughness on the surface, along with the presence of grout lines, can trap dirt that requires fierce scrubbing to remove. If you like the look of tile, try going with larger squares – this will minimize the number of grout lines and offer more flat surface area. When considering countertops, look for materials that are non-porous, smooth and easy-to-clean.

Eliminate the GrimeBellaNatWheat

You can easily tell which cabinet and drawer fronts you use most frequently, because they tend to collect the most oils and stains from your fingers. Having smooth or slab drawer fronts on your cabinets rather than 5-piece moulding or raised panels will help reduce the amount of surfaces on which grime can collect. Another option is to eliminate handles and pulls, which can also gather dirt, in favor of doors and drawers that open through an edge depression or with a push.

Achieving a low-maintenance kitchen shifts the focus from scrubbing and cleaning to cooking and interacting with family and friends.


To find out how we can help accomplish this for your Denver kitchen remodeling project, please contact us.



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