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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

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 remodel, please contact us.



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The Five Essential Renovation Questions

Whether you live in Miami, Santa Fe, Topeka or Denver, kitchen renovation is most successful when you plan ahead as comprehensively as possible. And planning begins with the process of asking some very essential questions. It may not be the most exciting part of remodeling your kitchen, but nothing succeeds in making renovation run smoothly like knowing the right questions to ask. Here are five to get you started. 

What do I want to do about appliances?

A kitchen renovation is the perfect time to upgrade old appliances and add any new items that you’ve been considering. Carefully consider your options. Would part of your budget be better spent upgrading to a fancier stovetop or adding a trash compactor? Would you benefit more from an integrated warming drawer or updating to an energy-efficient dishwasher? Renovating the kitchen should always include exploration of adding appliances and gadgets you don’t already have that will make cooking meals more efficient.

Do I need more light in the kitchen?vintage pendant lighting ballard designs addie lights

Your kitchen is one room in the house where good lighting is a priority. After all, you want to be able to see the food you’re cooking. Consider doing away with that single fluorescent fixture overhead and add precision lighting that provides adequate illumination on those areas where you do the most food preparation. Strategically-placed pendant lights are a great option; they’re versatile in color and pattern and can be adjusted in height and spacing, depending on your needs.

Are the cabinets I want a good decorative fit for my kitchen?

Choosing the right cabinetry for your kitchen renovation can feel overwhelming, but when all is said and done and your project is complete, your kitchen should be exactly what you dreamed of. Don’t be afraid to choose a design that fits your personal style. Gather ideas by looking through home and kitchen magazines and browsing internet sites such as Houzz and Pinterest. But don’t rely too heavily on what the latest and greatest trends are. Find the look that represents your taste. Custom and semi-custom cabinetry offer versatility in size, style and color and can be manufactured according to your renovation plan. Speaking with a professional kitchen designer can help alleviate confusion and narrow down choices on cabinets, countertops, backsplashes, hardware and special cabinet options such as rollout drawers and storage components. 

Are delivery and installation costs included in the price?

Your kitchen remodel can include the purchase of everything from flooring to cabinetry to a brand new appliance package. Make sure that the affordable prices that catch your eye also include delivery and installation costs. Often times with bigger ticket items these options are included, but that is not always the case. Avoid significantly increasing your budget numbers by doing your homework and getting a quote for a full price that includes purchase, delivery and  installation before you commit to the sale.

Do I have accurate measurements?

dimensionWhen shopping around for appliances, countertops, cabinets, flooring and other items related to your kitchen remodel, avoid a momentous headache by making sure you have accurate measurements with you. The last thing you want is for your new refrigerator to arrive too wide for its designated space because you wrote down an incorrect measurement. Most kitchen designers will offer the service of coming to your home and taking measurements of your space as part of the design and planning process, but beyond those measurements, ensure that your new appliances and cabinetry will be able to fit through doorways, squeeze down corridors and clear tight corners.

By answering these five essential renovation questions, the process of remodeling your kitchen will run more smoothly and your project will be a great success. To discuss these questions with a professional designer and begin your kitchen renovation on the right foot, contact us.


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The Best Steps to Cleaning and Maintaining Your Cabinets

With proper care, your cabinetry should provide a lifetime of use and satisfaction. Proper care involves attentive cleaning, polishing and careful avoidance of damaging household cleaners. The beauty of wood is in the variation in graining and hue. Because wood is a natural product, it has inherent variation. This variation includes many natural characteristics as a result of tree growth patterns, as well as differences in wood color and grain due to variations in forest growing conditions.

Upon Installation
Wipe the cabinets clean with a soft, damp cloth and dry immediately with another clean, soft cloth. Always wipe in the direction of the wood grain. Apply a thin coat of high quality polish. Choose a polish that does not contain silicone or wax, and follow the manufacturer’s directions for application. A high-quality polish will aid in protection from minor scratching, staining and excessive moisture.

Basic Cleaning
Routine cleaning with the appropriate materials will help prevent long-term damage to your finish. Wipe with a dampened cloth and promptly wipe dry. Use a clean cloth dampened with a solution of mild dish washing liquid and water to remove oil, grease, food residue or daily spills. Do not use your dishcloth to clean the cabinets as it may contain remnants of detergents and grease that can have a harmful effect on the finish. Avoid using cleaners that contain the following: bleach, ammonia, citrus products, mineral oil, organic solvents; harsh detergents, strong soaps, abrasive cleansers; or self-polishing waxes (particularly products that contain silicone). We do not recommend using paste wax because of the “build up” and “yellowing” effects over time. We do recommend the use of a high-quality cream furniture polish.

polishing kitchen closetWipe Spills Promptly
Many substances become difficult to remove and may stain or cause other damage upon prolonged contact. If a spill occurs, wipe it promptly with a damp cloth or sponge and dry the surface immediately. Use a blotting action rather than a wiping action to remove the substance.

Avoid Excessive Moisture
This is one of the worst enemies of any finish. Cabinetry near the sink and dishwasher, and baseboards are most susceptible. Dry off any areas immediately where water has spilled. Avoid draping dish towels or other wet items over doors or placing coffee makers where steam vents directly onto cabinet surfaces.

Avoid Temperature And Humidity Extremes
Extremes in temperature and humidity can cause wood to expand and contract, swell or warp, and dry out– possibly damaging the finish of your cabinetry. It is important to control the temperature and humidity in your home all year long. You should allow minor warping to go through one heating cycle before considering replacement.

Avoid Exposure To Harsh Cleaners
Harsh cleaners can damage the finish of your cabinetry. Avoid cleaners containing ammonia, bleach, citric acid (including orange and lemon oil) and organic solvents.

Avoid Exposure To Waxes
Most common self-polishing waxes can damage your finish. Take care to use only high-quality cream furniture polishes available from high-end furniture or paint stores.

Guard Against Scratching And Abrasion

Clean with a soft, damp cloth when necessary. Avoid using scouring pads and
abrasive cleansers as they may dull fine finishes.

Guard Against Plastic And Rubber
Use felt or clothe under plastic or rubber objects as their ingredients may react with wood counter tops.

Avoid Aggressive Acids
Avoid products containing aggressive acids or abrasives as they may cause damage to laminate finishes (Lime-A-Way, Soft Scrub, Tilex, etc.).

Avoid Chips And Scratches
Avoid abrasive cleansers and cleaning tools. Some “stiff” paper towels may leave tiny scratches that dull the surface. Always use a soft cloth when cleaning laminate surfaces. Never use a laminate counter top as a cutting surface. Use a chopping block when cutting to avoid chipping and scratching. Fine scratches may be covered with a light spray furniture polish.

Tips For Laminate Products

With proper care, laminate products will last a lifetime. Generally, a damp sponge is all you need for every day maintenance of laminate surfaces.

Basic Cleaning
Use a soft cloth to wash surface with warm water and a mild dish washing detergent. Rinse with warm water and dry with a soft cloth. Use an all-purpose cleaner or bathroom cleanser to remove spots and stains.

Stubborn Spots and Stains
Mix baking soda and water to create a paste. Use a soft bristle brush to gently rub the spot in a circular motion. The paste will be slightly abrasive, so work carefully, pressing very lightly. Rinse and dry with a soft cloth. Repeat the process as long as you’re making progress. If the stain remains, use undiluted household bleach; the label should read 5% solution of sodium hypo chlorite. Take special care to protect your eyes, skin and clothing. Apply the bleach using a wet sponge or paper towel, place it on the stain and let sit for no longer than one and a half minutes. Rinse repeatedly with warm water and dry with a soft cloth.

How Humidity and Temperature Affect Your Cabinetry

With proper care, Crystal cabinetry will provide a lifetime of use and satisfaction. Proper care includes providing a wood friendly environment. Many of the internal environmental issues that affect human comfort also contribute to a wood healthy environment. Specifically, controlled temperature and humidity with minimal changes from day to day and season to season will ensure your comfort and they will ensure the stability and life of your wood cabinetry.

For more information on how to care for your cabinetry, visit Crystal Cabinet Care.

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A Homeowner’s Guide to Non-Granite Countertops

Although granite continues to be the most popular choice for countertop surfaces in the kitchen, heading into 2014, some homeowners are preferring to incorporate alternate countertop materials in their Denver kitchen remodel.

Here is a list of nine countertop surfaces that offer unique characteristics, colors and textures that are sure to complement any kitchen configuration.

  • Marble. If you want the look of luxury that recalls European palaces, marble is the selection to make. Its elegance is less expensive than granite and can add value to your home. However, it is also more porous and softer, which means it’s more likely to show dings and scratches. Sealing it can protect the surface, but you must be careful to promptly clean spills, such as from lemon juice, red wine or other acidic liquids, to avoid permanent blemishes.
  • frigo design stainless steel countertopStainless Steel. This metal surface lends an industrial look to any kitchen. It is hypoallergenic, doesn’t retain smells or bacteria, and is easy to clean, making it a popular choice in both commercial and residential kitchens. Along perimeter cabinetry, stainless steel countertops are usually installed as one piece with a backsplash, eliminating any grout lines that can trap food and dirt. Although it’s a durable surface, it does have the potential to show scratches, dents and fingerprints, so use a cleaner that is designated for stainless steel.
  • Engineered Quartz. A composite material of crushed stone bound together by a polymer resin, engineered quartz is both super hard and low maintenance. The palette of colors is also vast. Because it’s as durable as concrete, it is less likely to crack or chip, and it’s also non-porous, which means liquids and other sources of stains do not affect it. However, engineered quarts does not resist heat as well, so utilizing hot pads and trivets on your countertops is a necessity.
  • Soapstone. Soapstone is a natural stone, like granite, that is quarried. It’s composed mostly of mineral talc, which makes it quite soft, but soapstone used for countertops typically has a higher percentage of quartz in it, which makes it harder and more suitable as a kitchen surface. Although not as heat resistant or impervious to dents and scratches as granite, regular oiling and buffing will help keep the surface looking smooth. An added characteristic of soapstone that some homeowners appreciate is how the color tends to darken with age, which adds to the overall aesthetic.
  • copper cabinet counter topCopper. Copper countertops are a good mid-price alternative to slab stone. They are surprisingly easy to clean and maintain and have the benefit of minimal joints, because the backsplash and the nosing are integral to the copper’s profile. Since it’s a “living” surface, it reacts to different substances, creating a blend of matte reds, browns and greens. A light application of olive oil every now and then will help keep the copper relatively stain-free. However, nothing can prevent acids from etching and discoloring its surface, which is part of its beauty and charm.
  • Tile. While many homeowners reserve tile for floors and backsplashes, tile countertops can be an excellent – and affordable – option. Ceramic tile is durable, impervious to heat and water, and when properly glazed, won’t stain. Maintenance can be difficult with all of the grout, but choosing a durable and dark grout can make things easier. Also, administering a proper sealant will help ensure that the grout won’t discolor or stain. With so many colors and patterns to choose from, tile as a countertop surface is an extremely versatile option.
  • Recycled Paper-based. Paper composite countertops are made of post-consumer recycled paper and other fibers held together by a formaldehyde-free thermoset plastic resin. What starts out as pulp is turned into paper and transformed into a dense, durable, attractive material that can be tooled like wood and used for nearly any surface or design accent, from sink basins to desktops. These eco-friendly countertops are heat-resistant to 350 °F and withstand most stains and scratches, but be careful not use abrasive cleaners; administer a sealant-like mineral oil to minimize the appearance of blemishes. Paper composite countertops have a warm touch, come in a variety of colors, and are unquestionably durable, with functionality that will last for years.
  • Recycled Cabinet Counter topRecycled Glass and Cement. Recycled glass countertops are made from three core ingredients: 100% recycled glass, cement and pigment. On their own, glass and cement are stout materials, so when combined, they become a durable duo with a life expectancy of 50 years or more. Plus, more than 75 percent of the content is from post-consumer recycled content, which keeps waste out of landfills. Some manufacturers offer style flexibility, allowing you to choose the pigments and glass for a custom counter uniquely tailored to coordinate with your cabinetry. Although the material resists both heat and scratches, keep in mind that the cement portion is porous and has the potential to take on stains. Keep the surface dry and immediately wipe up spills, especially of coffee, wine, soda, juice, and oil or vinegar based products.
  • Butcher Block. A warm alternative to cool stone is the character-rich butcher block countertop, which can be made from nearly any wood. Walnut lends a rich, dark color that is very striking. Maple also works well, because it’s a hard wood with a nice, clear grain, but options are not restricted to common woods; butcher block can also be crafted from bamboo and sustainably-farmed exotics like wenge and zebrawood. At minimum, a wood countertop requires oiling every six months to keep it protected. Depending on the level of use, it may also require more frequent oiling and conditioning to prevent the wood from cracking and looking dull. Avoid using cooking oil to treat butcher block, because it can damage the wood. Note that because butcher block is soft, it mars more easily than other materials, so it’s best not to use knives on it; keep a cutting board on hand for that. 


To learn more about countertop materials and how to use them in your kitchen, please contact us.


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Integrating Reclaimed Wood In Your Remodel

Denver Custom Cabinetry: Merging Old and New Ideas Using Reclaimed Wood

Some recent trends in home remodeling have helped fuse the gap between the old and the new in many homes in Colorado. Reclaimed wood, or lumber which has been salvaged and reused, can add unique and thought-provoking character to any renovation. If the kitchen truly is the heart of the home, this makes it a perfect place to apply reclaimed or salvaged lumber. 

Parade Kitchen denver custom cabinetryOne way to utilize reclaimed wood in the kitchen is to incorporate planks recycled from old barns. This wood is often rich in character, with patinas and imperfections that add to its visual complexity. Also, it makes you feel good to know that the environmental impact of architectural salvage is minimal. In 2012, BKC introduced reclaimed barn wood in a Parade of Homes kitchen in San Antonio, TX with a custom door style created by Crystal Cabinet Works. The stiles and rails of the doors are knotty alder, while the center panel is comprised of strips of salvaged barn wood, giving the cabinets an earthy, rustic aesthetic.      

Another unique source of reclaimed wood specific to Colorado is timber that’s been culled from remnants of the Waldo Canyon Fire of 2012. The Waldo Canyon Fire was the most destructive wildfire in Colorado history, burning for over two weeks in Manitou Springs, Woodland Park and portions of Pike National Forest. Though this was one of the darkest times in Colorado history, from the ashes new life has come to the once-thought- lost landscape claimed by the fire; burn-scarred trees are being harvested and put back to use by innovative contractors.

“Reusing lumber is one of the best choices for the environment… This is a step above Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber. With reclaimed lumber we make use of a product already manufactured and, in many cases, keep that product from going to a landfill.” Ryan Flegal, Broker, PropertyMix, Inc. via Green Home Guide.

Benefits of Using Reclaimed Wood

  • Versatile Use:  Reclaimed wood can be used to make anything you would normally use timber for, such as cabinetry, countertops, furniture and flooring.
  • Environmentally Friendly:  When reclaiming timber, you have a variety of exotic and common wood types      to choose from. Since these woods are re-purposed, the choices you make are completely guiltless. 
  • Quality and Durability:   Reclaimed wood can be up to 40 points harder than virgin wood because it      normally comes from older trees, not first generation forests.
  • Lasting, Unique Beauty:   The story the wood has to tell is in its weathered, aged look. Reclaimed wood is an amazing conversational piece due to its timeless beauty and engaging story of its past life. 


For more information on using reclaimed wood for your Denver kitchen remodel, contact the professionals with BKC Kitchen and Bath. We take pride in serving the residents of Colorado and look forward to helping you with your next renovation project. 

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2014 Colorado Garden & Home Show



Colorado Garden & Home Show

February 15 – 23, 2014                                

Colorado Convention Center              Denver, CO






  • Discover the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest and most prestigious garden and home show – a nine-day spectacular event – where you can find inspiration from the latest ideas and trends in landscaping, gardening and home improvement.
  • Talk to representatives from more than 650 companies from 25 states and Canada. Visit with the region’s gardening gurus and home improvement experts about the best way to move your home and garden projects forward.
  • Learn about the innovative gardening and home improvement ideas, products and services in more than 1,400 booths.
  • Each year the show selects nine exhibitors from dozens of applicants, whose products or services best demonstrate innovation, energy efficiency, unique design appeal or cutting edge thinking. We are pleased to showcase exhibits from these companies in the 9News Hot Products Zone located in the upper lobby as you enter the show. It is our way to get your ideas going.
  • Take the FREE shuttle. Park at Coors Field (take I-25 to the Park Avenue exit and follow to Wazee) for just $5 and ride the free Show Shuttle to the Colorado Convention Center.  Click here for a map to the Coors Field parking lot.



Saturday Feb. 15 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday Feb. 16 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Monday Feb. 17 Noon to 8 p.m.
Tuesday Feb. 18 Noon to 8 p.m.
Wednesday Feb. 19 Noon to 8 p.m.
Thursday Feb. 20 Noon to 8 p.m.
Friday Feb. 21 Noon to 8 p.m.
Saturday Feb. 22 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sunday Feb. 23 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


General Admission $12 Senior Ticket (at the door) $10 Discount Ticket at at all Tickets West outlets in King Soopers $10 Kids 12 and under are free.


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BKC Kitchen and Bath will be in booth #823. We hope to see you there!



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BKC Kitchen and Bath Named Best of Houzz 2014

BKC Kitchen and Bath of Denver Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award


Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals


Denver, CO, February 4, 2014 – BKC Kitchen and Bath of Englewood, CO has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The long-standing Colorado kitchen and bath design firm was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhoneapp and Androidapp. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. 

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize BKC Kitchen and Bath among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like BKC Kitchen and Bath, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

Follow BKC Kitchen and Bath on Houzz.  

About BKC Kitchen and Bath

BKC Kitchen and Bath is an award-winning remodeling supplier specializing in Denver kitchen cabinets, countertops and related accessories for kitchens, baths and every other room in the home. The company is well-established and respected in the community with an A+ rating and 30-year longevity record with the BBB. Their large showroom makes it easy to plan any project with many creative displays representing top brands like Crystal Cabinet Works, Medallion Cabinetry, and Mid Continent Cabinetry. BKC’s professional and friendly team of designers and service staff consistently deliver one of Colorado’s best kitchen experiences, guaranteed.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit






Too Much Traffic on the Countertop? Park Those Appliances in a Garage

coffeeAre you the type of cook who likes to keep essential culinary tools at hand? The blender that mixes nutritious shakes, the free-standing mixer that blends delicious desserts, the double-wide toaster that perfectly browns homemade bread – all of these are important aspects of your cooking experience. But keeping these portable appliances close at hand can quickly become a frustration when your countertop begins to look like a freeway at rush hour. Storing your food processor and electric juicer in an upper cabinet helps keep them out of sight, but pulling them down and hoisting them back up again can become tiresome.

Luckily, there’s no need to compromise on what’s close at hand when small appliances can strategically be tucked away into integrated storage areas. Specifically designed to reduce countertop clutter, cabinet features such as appliance garages significantly contribute to kitchen efficiency – an aspect we could all do with a little more of.  

Appliance garages are typically built into upper cabinets that sit directly on your countertop. They match the depth of the cabinetry and usually have no shelves because their lowest surface is the countertop itself. Some appliance garages have regular doors that seamlessly match your cabinetry, while others feature roll-up tambour doors or pocket doors that virtually disappear when opened. One great feature is that they can also house electrical outlets so that your blender and toaster can remain plugged in even after use.

mixerWhen considering where and how to use an appliance garage or other integrated storage solution in your Denver kitchen remodel, think about your daily routine and what arrangement works best for you. By keeping small appliances close at hand, the tendency to actually use them becomes much more likely. And appliance garages aren’t just fancy components for high-end kitchens; they can be created as easily as choosing a space and creating the right enclosure. From a pull-out mixer stand to the perfect coffee spot, the high traffic clutter of small appliances can easily be turned into a quiet flow.

For more information on housing your small appliances or how best to make use of your kitchen space, contact us. We’re here to help!


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Custom vs. Semi-custom Cabinetry

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Custom vs. Semi-custom Cabinetry: What are the Differences?

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Many homeowners want their kitchens to be the ideal place for preparing meals and spending time with family and friends. With an overwhelming choice of cabinet options, it can be difficult to choose what will work best to accommodate your space as well as meet your individual design needs.

A good way to narrow down the choices is to consider how you would like your cabinetry to be utilized. Do you prefer form or function? Purchasing stock cabinets from big box stores can be a bit like buying merchandise off the shelf – although more affordable and quick to deliver, they tend to be limited in versatility and overall quality. Sizes are standard, design flexibility is limited and door styles and finishes can’t be modified. Although stock cabinets are appropriate for some situations, semi-custom cabinets and custom cabinets offer a much wider range of options.

So what are the differences between custom and semi-custom cabinetry?

One way to view custom cabinets is to know that, for the most part, the sky’s the limit. All that you imagine can become reality, and the design you create will be uniquely yours, from start to finish. Aside from customizable door styles and colors, you can pick and choose specific materials, such as exotic woods, specialty laminates, veneers and even metals. Additionally, each cabinet can be individually tailored to fit almost any configuration, from high walls to angled ceilings to hard-to-reach corners. And if you’re looking for unique storage solutions, the options for custom cabinets are quite endless. From specialized drawer dividers to hidden spice racks to appliance garages, you’re sure to cover all the bases when it comes to incorporating your personal storage preferences into your kitchen.      

A hybrid between stock and custom, semi-custom cabinetry offers a nice range of design choices at a mid-range price. With more durable construction than stock cabinetry, semi-custom cabinets can be modified in more ways, including dimensions, wood species, finish choices and size options for doors and drawers. By adding accessories such as decorative molding, glass inserts and turned legs, a basic kitchen can quickly become an eye-catching focal point in your home. While semi-custom cabinetry may not have all of the bells and whistles of its custom counterpart, individual expression can still be achieved with a variety of modification choices.    

Whatever your dream kitchen consists of, let us help you navigate through the decisions. Our knowledgeable design staff will discuss cabinet options with you and present the best solutions for both your budget and your style. Contact us for a complimentary consultation.


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