Appliance Lifts Make Cooking and Baking a Breeze

Stand mixers are exceptionally useful in the kitchen. But how often have you given it a second thought when you remembered how much of a hassle it is to pull out your mixer? (Not to mention how heavy and how much space these heavy duty appliances take up.)

Good news! There’s a mechanically-balanced contraption that makes getting your stand mixer out a breeze. An appliance lift easily raises your mixer out of a base cabinet, locking it into place while you perform your culinary magic! When you’re done, tuck it away in a snap and that’s all there is to it.

An adjustable spring-tension mechanism helps ease the effort of lifting and lowering your stand mixer. Built-in shock dampers allow for a smooth movement when going up or down. And mixer lifts can accommodate different weights ranges — up to 20 pounds, 20 to 30 pounds, and even 30 to 60 pounds.

The inventor clearly kept design flexibility in mind. An otherwise bulky and heavy mixer now becomes an incognito fixture that can be whipped up or out of the way in a jiffy. It can be attached to any custom-made shelf and therefore fit all cabinet sizes allowing for a perfect match to your countertop or interior cabinet.

Contact the pros at CQC Home today and see how we can help transform your kitchen with thoughtful and beautiful design touches that help make cooking a delight.

Stylishly Mismatched Cabinets

As a mom of a teenage daughter, I have to keep up with so many trends. One I have quickly learned of is the art of mismatching. My stylish daughter can somehow make a powder blue sock on one foot and a tangerine orange sock on the other look good! I no longer think twice in the morning when I can’t find a matching black sock! This is also true for your kitchen. I know you are saying to yourself, I’ll believe it when I see it! This beautiful modern farmhouse kitchen we designed really sells the trend of mismatching. Especially for those who ordinarily go for the classic look.

Cabinets

The beautiful upper cabinets are bronze stained, while the base cabinets are a light gray with a brush stroke finish. Look how the dark cabinets make the light ones look fresh and crisp. The handles have been left matching, so that there is still an element of visual cohesion and aesthetic appeal.

Countertops

The black walnut butcher block island contrasts against the ocean shell countertops selected for the perimeter, adding a bold look that really appeals to me.

Storage

The pull out shelves and spice racks implemented in this feature-packed kitchen helps keep the clutter at bay.

I hope I’ve made you a believer in mismatching! The distinct ​contrast adds lovely depth to ​your overall scheme, no matter what style of kitchen you are having us create for you!

Countertop Corbels

When envisioning your dream kitchen, one of the first things that comes to mind is “what type of countertop will I select to showcase my personal style and wow my guests?” and “what type of lighting will I use to spotlight it?”

But don’t stop there! Many details are often overlooked when selecting countertops — including how countertop overhangs are supported. Let’s look at how countertop corbels function, both practically and aesthetically.

Heavy-Duty Countertop Support

Supporting heavy countertops found in modern kitchens are the main function of countertop corbels. Favorite countertop materials, including granite, quartz, marble, butcher block and concrete are heavier and require strong supports. Even well-made solid wood cupboards underneath some countertops aren’t enough. Countertop corbels provide the necessary support, and their design (not to mention what color they’re painted) can add great flair.

Floating Countertop Overhangs

thompson-home-2016-08-10-56-hdr-edit“Hidden” corbels are nearly invisible and are appearing in more kitchens, providing a streamlined appearance. High-traffic kitchens can make use of this clever design which makes the space under counters more efficient for seating and open shelving. This is because the corbel is not in the way; whereas a series of large, noticeable corbels make legs and knees clear targets for injury.

All in all, you can achieve the spacious, elegant look you want while incorporating the high-quality materials you desire. Give the team at CQC Home a call today. We are here to support your every effort to create a beautiful kitchen that is sure to become the true heart of your home.

Rack up the Spices and Convenience in Your Kitchen

Always on the lookout for better organization and increased storage space in the kitchen, I was smitten by this ingenious feature being used in every style of kitchen. Pullout spice racks are becoming a staple in most, if not all, of our kitchen remodels and renovations. Our clients are getting their creative juices flowing, finding other multiple uses for this kitchen feature.

a-kitchen-perfect-for-entertaining-36Obviously, using these babies to organize your spices and seasonings will make life a little bit sweeter — or spicier, depending on your taste buds’ preferences!

Storing canned vegetables and cooking oils can also work here depending on the width and depth of the pullout racks. You may want to carefully consider the exact placement of the racks to make this use even more convenient for you in the kitchen. Having us install them in an upper cabinet (as opposed to beside the stove/oven) can ease your mind when it comes to heat possibly ruining your spices and cooking oils. And there’s always the option of us installing one an the upper and lower cabinet!

Telling our designer and project coordinators how your everyday life works always helps us suggest these and other ingenious features. We have found that clients from busy moms to bachelors and even grandparents are loving and swear by their pullout spice racks! Get touch today and see how CQC Home can help you find ingenious ways to enjoy your new dream kitchen.

Top Rated Kitchen Faucets

Kitchen faucet designs have come a long way. When remodeling your kitchen, you want a faucet that fits your functionality needs and personal style. Here are some five star faucet faves that cover every kitchen necessity and design.

Best Pullout Spray Faucet

Miseno Cirillo Collection

Not only does this faucet appeal to the eye with a high-arc swivel spout design, but it’s rated the best pullout spray faucet on the market right now. The single-handle operation makes it super functional. Miseno engineers all their finishes to resist corrosion and tarnishing. And a cover plate is included with this lovely faucet for sinks with three faucet holes.

Best Touch Faucet

Delta Cassidy Collection

This faucet is a helping hand in high traffic kitchens! Touch technology (aka Touch20) is used to power this faucet on and off. The water automatically shuts off if left running after four minutes. Another popular feature is the LED light that changes colors with the water temperature. The pullout spray head has a magnetic snap-in element and a 62 inch hose.  A 360 degree spout swivel gives you access from every angle. The faucet and finish are covered under Delta’s lifetime warranty. Six AA batteries are required (and even are included). Your batteries last up to two years and covered under a five year warranty. < two year / five year?

Best Bridge Faucet

Kingston Brass Heritage Collection

This faucet is a great accent piece to any kitchen. The three-hole faucet is available in six different finishes including oil rubbed, polish chrome and satin nickel. An additional hole is required for the sprayer which has a five star rating.

Best Pre-Rinse Faucet

Brizo Artesso Collection

Whether you’re cooking for a big crowd or an intimate gathering, this faucet is a great aid for spraying cookware once your guests have devoured their meals. It combines the functionality of a commercial sprayer and a personal faucet. It features a dual-jointed articulating arm with semi-flexible hose, and a spray and stream wand with a magnetic docking system. By and large, a pre-rinser’s new best friend!

The number of holes on your sink are important factors when choosing a new faucet. We can guide you in determining which mount best suites your kitchen. Traditional faucets with hot and cold taps require three holes for the taps and spout, and a fourth for the sprayer. One-piece faucets, with integrated handle and spout require two holes. If you are starting fresh, select your faucet before your sink so you can purchase a sink with the appropriate number of holes. Or simply contact us today. We are always happy to help with your kitchen design and remodeling needs!

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Kitchen Counters: From Classic to Natural

Before making your countertop selections, ask yourself: “Does my choice in kitchen countertop accommodate my meal prep demands, as well as reflect my personal style?” There are so many options  available that trying to make this one decision can leave you perplexed, taking the fun out of designing your beautiful new kitchen! We’ve narrowed down the list of countertops for you, highlighting the best options we are seeing everywhere!

a-kitchen-perfect-for-entertaining-9Granite

This natural material has always taken the lead. The main reason being people’s desire for the having natural elegance of stone in their kitchens. Another big selling point is that the only natural stones harder than granite are sapphires, rubies, and (my personal favorite!) diamonds. That said, this material is pricey, but boy is it durable. A yearly resealing of its surface must be factored in as well to prevent bacteria growth and stains.

Quartz

We may as well call quartz the “sister” of granite. Most people who love the look of granite, but not its price, choose quartz because it possess that “stone look and feel”. Some other major advantages are that quartz countertops are virtually indestructible and are low maintenance. They come in a wide range of colors, from neutral to vibrant. And you can skip the yearly sealing as it’s not required here.

Classic Butcher Block and Wood

Normally you only see wood incorporated in the kitchen on flooring. Not anymore! Butcher block countertops are a must-have in a kitchen were lots of cooking goes down. This material is made for chopping and cutting. If you do manage to get any chips or burns on your new butcher block countertop, a quick sanding and application of mineral oil will do the trick. With all the modern and upscale kitchen trends we’re seeing, having a natural grain or patterned wood countertop really ties in a warm and sentimental touch that’s missing in many of today’s designs.

Laminate

Laminate countertops have come a long way! These days, laminates are looking just as opulent as the other contenders — at a fraction of the cost.The new and improved patterns are making it easier to incorporate in kitchens with both muted or bright color palettes. Sealing once a year doesn’t have to be added to your to-do list with this material either. They are, however, prone to scratches and chips, and heat resistance is a feature missing from this choice. The great news is there are laminate options on the market that allow you to re-coat or refinish them instead of replacing them entirely.

With the kitchen being one of the most important rooms in your home, it is always in high demand for us to revamp. We’ve got you covered from countertop to bottom!