Kitchen Backsplash Options

Today there are so many types of material to choose from for your kitchen backsplash.

Glass is a great material to use as a backsplash. One of the advantages of a glass backsplash is that it is non-porous making it durable and easy to clean. It comes in sheet form as well as tiles. Another advantage is you can have it made from recycled glass, which is better for the environment. It is also extremely durable.

Metal is also a wonderful option. This might sound simplistic but there is a lot that you can do with metal to create a beautiful backsplash. Metal can be cut into tiles, metal sheets, or small panels. Almost any type of metal that you can have fabricated and installed will work as a backsplash. Metal can be textured which creates different decorating styles. Some examples are pressed tin, or pillowed and pressed sheet metal.

Solid surface is a great option for a backsplash. It is available in many colors and designs. It is also easy to remove stains and scratches from this material because it is renewable.

Stone backsplash offers a natural beauty, but is heavy and porous which means it can stain easier and needs to be sealed periodically. Some options are granite, marble, limestone, travertine, slate and onyx. An advantage to stone backsplash is that it is very durable if it is cared for properly. There are also many types of finishes such as tumbled or matte which add to the décor of your kitchen.

Cleaning your backsplash is important because your backsplash is one area of your kitchen that is constantly exposed to grease and oil. Some sources recommend cleaning it regularly with a half white vinegar and water solution. This will cut through the oil and grease. You can also scrub it with baking soda, which will also get rid of remaining residue. Cleaning the grout is also key in maintaining your backsplash. It is important to research effective cleaning for different types of backsplash. For example, certain stone backsplashes should not be cleaned with acidic cleaners. Make sure to educate yourself about how to clean the type of material you have chosen for your backsplash.

Black Stainless Steel – Here to stay?

Why Black Stainless may be here to stay

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KitchenAid gets the nod for the early adopter that began promoting its Black Stainless Steel appliances, but it takes more than one brand to get a new appliance finish past the experimental stage (Anybody remember Jenn-Air Oiled Bronze appliances?)

But now, we've seen Whirlpool, Maytag, Samsung, and Dacor join KitchenAid in the Black Stainless Steel club. Word has it that Frigidaire is entering the Black Stainless Steel parade with it's full line, including entry level models. It looks like an appliance party to me.

Black Stainless Steel is fingerprint resistant and is made of a stainless steel treated with a chemical baked on at 1200 degrees F for several hours. It's neither painted nor is it part of the stainless steel itself. While it should be durable, it is nevertheless, something applied to a sheet of stainless steel.

Black Stainless Steel has been touted as a color/finish that can be mixed in with other appliances. There is, however, some concern that the Black Stainless Steel on KitchenAid does not match the finish on Samsung which has a shiny coating.

It's been a challenge for other colors and finishes to take the place of stainless steel. There are some interesting alternatives out there such as GE's Slate and a host of custom order bright appliance colors from luxury brands such as Bertazzoni, BlueStar, and others. Even with all the choices currently available, industry data shows that Stainless Steel is actually gaining in popularity against the others.

While industry veterans are by nature skeptical, Black Stainless Steel could be just the change that consumers have been wanting. Long Live Stainless Steel and Welcome Black Stainless Steel.

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Black Stainless Steel Appliances

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Smart Flooring Strategies for Bathroom Remodels

Deciding on a bathroom floor choice is one of the biggest decisions in a bathroom remodel. The floor will undoubtedly set the tone for the design style. Choosing the right floor based on function is just as important as the aesthetics are. Tile has been the top choice for bathroom floors since the history of indoor plumbing; which says a lot about it’s functionality in this space.

  1. Before looking at different styles, it is imperative to look at the right type of tile. There are certain tiles that are made specifically to withstand water exposure. Keep in mind the three basic qualities that go into making tile acceptable for use in “wet areas”. The qualities are water absorption, grade and friction ratings. We can explain how to understand the different qualities, and help you select a tile that will be able to withstand water exposure, as well as preventing slippage.

  2. There are various technicalities to keep in mind before ordering tile. Understand that fixtures like toilets and vanities typically need to be removed before installing the new floor. However a floating vanity does not touch the floor, so it does not need to be removed; but it does require ordering extra tile to be installed underneath the vanity.

  3. Tile needs to be installed on top of a level floor. Some sub floors require re-leveling. A good way to check to see if your floor needs this, is by placing a marble in each corner of the room. If it starts to roll in a particular direction, chances are the floor needs to be re-leveled. Single level homes set on a concrete slab, generally do not need this extra work. It is always a good idea to check this before installing new tile floors.

  4. Labor cost will vary depending on the size of tile chosen. Larger tile is typically installed faster than smaller tiles, but they may require more cuts. The longer a job takes to install, and the more cuts the tiles need will raise the cost of labor.

We can help explain this and give you a labor estimate based on your floor plan and the tile selected.

Bathroom remodels have many aspects to be considered. Do not get discouraged or overwhelmed. Visit one of our learning centers or showrooms and let our professionals help guide you. We can answer any and all questions you have about doing a bathroom remodel!

Why Install A Kitchen Backsplash

Don’t forget the backsplash! Whether you’re gutting your kitchen out completely or simply redesigning, it’s important to implement a backsplash on the wall over the cooking area. A backsplash is a panel that covers the surface over a stove or sink. A backsplash can extend so far that it covers both the stove and sink area or it can continue around the entire kitchen. Large backsplashes can easily add cohesiveness to a small kitchen area, whereas in a big kitchen a small dramatic backsplash can be a focal point.

Installing a backsplash has many benefits. It can be great for both utility and style. Should you install a backsplash in your kitchen?

Protects Your Kitchen Walls

The main function of a backsplash is to protect your kitchen walls from damage. Yes, it serves as a shield from water, cooking oil and other types of materials that can ruin your walls. Painted and wallpapered walls aren’t resistant to stains and they can be difficult to clean. After long periods, if they are not protected the walls can begin to look dingy.

Backsplashes are also easy to clean. Splatters can be quickly cleaned by simply using a disinfectant and wiping the area with a clean cloth. Depending upon the type of backsplash you install it can be resistant to heat, stains and moistures which adds to it’s longevity.

Adds Great Style

From rustic wood, trendy glass and traditional tile, there are an abundance of backsplash options available. When installed correctly you can make any material work. These days backsplashes aren’t installed so much as a protection aide, but they are used to add character to a kitchen. You can choose to create a mosaic using a mix of patterns and colors. Backsplashes can match the kitchen countertops or you can choose to do something bold by going with a dramatic pattern.

If you’re interested in dressing up your kitchen by adding a tasteful backsplash contact us today. Our consultants can assist you in choosing the right design for your kitchen.

Kitchen Flooring: Separate or Same Material?

When it comes to flooring, the kitchen area has traditionally been seen as a separate space. The flow of the room was considered outside of it as the food preparation area needed to have some sort of distinction from the rest of the home. It has now become more popular to extend the flooring used in the living room right through to the kitchen, however, this is not something that works for every home. If this is a design idea you are considering but are not 100% sure it would work in your home, read on to learn more about what layouts are the most conducive to extended flooring.

When To Use the Same Flooring

Open floor plans have become more popular in recent years. Homeowners want to be able to cook the family meal and keep an eye on their children at the same time. There is less focus on having separate areas for dining and relaxing and more emphasis on wide open spaces that provide one large unified look to all of its common living areas.

If you have an open layout and are renovating the floors, simply extending the material through the kitchen area is a perfect idea. This will ensure that the flooring is all from the same dye-lot, keeping it uniform throughout the design. In addition, by replacing all the flooring at the same time it will all look brand new as compared to just adding it into the kitchen space later which will cause noticeable separation because of previous wear and tear to the existing non-kitchen flooring.

When To Keep It Separate

There are a few situations that make it best to leave the kitchen flooring as it is. If your kitchen is distinctly separated from the rest of the home through a door or other partition, using similar flooring will not have that much of an effect on the overall look. If there is carpeting directly off of the kitchen area, this will obviously not be a useful material to extend into the room. Kitchens that are separated by one or more steps up or down will not necessarily benefit from continuing the flooring unless the transition area is updated as well. It it best to leave the areas separate and allow them to have their own character. Finally, if you cannot find a proper match for the flooring to extend into the kitchen because of its being installed years previously, there will be an unmistakable look of old and new upon entering the kitchen.

We hope this post has been helpful in assisting you with your flooring questions. To get started on a new look for your home today, come see us at our showroom or call us today!

New Jenn-Air Appliances coming to Arizona Wholesale

Jenn-Air Introduces New Cooking Modules

New Jenn-Air Product Category Soon at Arizona Wholesale

Jenn-Air-Modules

At the recent AD (Architectural Digest) show in New York City, Jenn-Air introduced a new line of 15″ wide modular cooking products including:

Induction module

Induction-Module

Induction Module

By converting the cookware into the heat source, induction technology offers fast, efficient and highly responsive cooking power. The Jenn-AirTM induction module features a flexible element to accommodate various sized cookware and glass touch electronic controls.

Induction Wok module

This unique modular induction wok features a concave design to cradle a round-bottom wok. With an element that delivers up to 3,600 watts and the high efficiency of induction technology, it provides powerful and effective wok cooking. Additional features include pan detection and glass touch controls.

Both the cooktop and wok modules feature pan detection, which detects cookware before enabling an element, and automatically turns off the element 30 seconds after cookware is removed. Both a Jenn-Air round-bottom and flat bottom wok will be offered as accessories for the induction modules.

Chrome Infused Griddle module

Chrome-Infused-Griddle

Chrome Infused Griddle

Originally available on its Pro-StyleⓇ​ soon be available as a 15” module. Its chrome infused surface combined with 1,800 watts allows for faster cooking while radiating less heat in the kitchen. In addition to its durability, the chrome surface is easy to clean and maintains its sleek, shiny appearance. A white LED backlit knob indicates when the griddle is on.

Gas single module

Featuring the most powerful BTU output offered by Jenn-Air, the 20,000 BTU commercial-style, dualring burner on this module can sear, create a rapid boil or achieve high heat for wok cooking while also achieving an ultra-low 700 BTUs, gentle enough to melt chocolate or butter without scorching.

Gas double module

This 2-burner modular gas cooktop features two elegant, brass 15,000 BTU burners including a dual-stacked PowerBurner that provides two levels of flame to handle a range of cooking methods, from high-powered searing and boiling to gentle simmering. An included wok ring fits securely on top of the grates to accommodate a wok.

Gas-double-module

Gas Double Module


4″ Downdraft strip

Featuring a sleek 4” width design, a 350 CFM blower capacity and tap-touch backlit controls, this downdraft vent works with any cooktop module to keep the air clear without interrupting kitchen sight lines. For those in spaces that preclude access to exterior venting, the vent is convertible to duct-free ventilation that uses a filter to efficiently capture smoke, grease and moisture.

For more photos of the new Jenn-Air modules click our Houzz link below and view the “Coming Soon” photos in Projects:

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Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Kitchen remodels are a big commitment. Be careful of trends that will go out of style, or are too buyer specific. A helpful tip is to look at trends that increase the value of your life and home. The following tips have staying power, but also address convenience, lifestyle needs and enjoyment!

  1. Transitional design – Contemporary designs can often be cold while keeping a busy kitchen clean and uncluttered is sometimes a challenge. You can overcome this challenge by using transitional design, which combines both traditional and contemporary elements while allowing you to use the old and new and eliminant kitschy fads!

  2. You can’t go wrong with white. Try layering white by using white walls, white cabinets, white tile backsplashes, and white appliances. Stainless appliances have reached the masses and no longer fosters those chic exclusive items. Plus, white is so much easier to keep clean than stainless. White never goes out of style!

  3. Want some color, try neutral grays with pops of color – gray is close enough to white that you can use in all areas of the country by adding warmth with wood floors, or light and airy touches with pops of color. Just don’t overdue the color, a little goes a long way!

  4. Quartz countertops – Quartz has been rated the toughest material for countertops, it resists burns, cracking and scratches. Quartz comes in a variety of solid colors and the look of real Granite. Quartz beats natural stone in toughness, ease of cleaning and does NOT have to be sealed every year like Granite.

  5. Refrigeration – With today’s busy schedules, rethink your refrigeration needs. Add a wine cooler for the adults, add a juice/water fridge for the children. If you love to cook and take it seriously, add a counter height produce fridge to your island. Add refrigeration where you need it!

  6. LED lighting – Kitchen LED lighting is a wonderful way to add lighting to your prep area while providing esthetically pleasing touches to your kitchen. Add rope or cove lights to cabinets, under cabinets, and recessed canned lighting. LED lighting creates ambiance, and comes in soft to bright white, and a multitude of colors. LED’s are extremely efficient, lasting five times longer than standard bulbs. They emit very little heat, so you can keep the lights on forever!

Retro Kitchen Design

The design style known by the name of “Retro” is comforting because it reflects on a simpler time. Almost everything you need is visually accessible. This is a good design choice for a single person or a couple. When cooking for only a few people there is no need to have a complicated chef’s kitchen. Find out how to create this type of design style in your own kitchen!

Two tone color choices were very popular in the typical 1940’s and 1950’s styled kitchens. Typically a bold color would have been paired with a lighter neutral. Popular bright colors for a retro kitchen are cherry red, robin’s egg blue, mint green and canary yellow. Cream or off-white was the most popular neutral paired with one of the bright colors, listed above.

Antique refrigerators are perfect for this space. It sets the tone for the design style. These appliances can be refurbished antiques. There are companies that make new refrigerators that look like the old models, but or updated technologically. Another antique appliance that will assist in pulling off this design look is a stove, oven or a combination unit. This can be either a stove or a cook top paired with a wall oven. It was popular to have wall ovens as well as stoves, during this time period.

Black and white “checker board” style flooring was the most popular floor type for this period. It is perfect because it will pair with any color choice you select. This can be easily pulled off by installing 12” x 12” black and white porcelain tile. Vinyl tiles in black and white can also pull this look off. The 12” x 12” is the best size to go with, when designing a retro look!

When shopping for counter tops, it is best to choose a material that is one solid color. The material choice really doesn’t matter, what does matter is that there is a lack of pattern on the counter top. We would suggest a black or gray granite, in either a glossy or honed finish.

Creating a retro kitchen is fun and nostalgic. If you are planning to have furniture such as a small dinette table or bar stools, keep the style specific to the time period. Steel or aluminum minimalist bar stools are a great choice. Even an acrylic dinette table will work in this setting.

Choosing a Built-In Refrigerator

Built-In Refrigerators at Arizona Wholesale

Types, Styles, and Look

In the early days of built-in refrigerators there were very few choices. Sub-Zero gets credit for creating this category in the mid-late fifties. It took a while for the category to grow into what it is today. At one point Sub-Zero was synonymous for built-in refrigerator, and even today they are clearly a market leader. However, many other brands now offer a variety of choices in built-in refrigeration. Here are a few:

Bosch, Dacor, Electrolux, Jenn-Air, KitchenAid, Miele, Monogram, and Thermador

Sub-Zero pioneered the traditional built-in refrigerator which, for our purposes, is a refrigerator with a cabinet depth no more than 24″. Early on the brand offered a choice of stainless steel fronts or models that would accept slide-in cabinet panel fronts to match adjacent cabinetry (overlay models).

Eventually, built-in refrigerators were developed that had hidden hinges and accepted cabinet panel fronts that were flush with adjacent cabinets. These refrigerators were fully-flush “integrated” refrigerators.

Sub-Zero-Fronts

Sub-Zero Fronts

Click below for a short discussion on integrated appliances from Houzz:

INTEGRATED APPLIANCES

Today, column refrigerators with cabinet panels have doors that go from bottom to top (no horizontal panel at the top), and when the doors are closed are truly not discernible from the adacent cabinets.

Columns

Columns

Configurations of built-ins includes side-by-side refrigerator/freezers, bottom freezer refrigrator/freezers, and separate column refrigerators, freezers, and wine coolers. In addition, some brands offer built-in under counter refrigerators and wine coolers; as well as under counter refrigerator and freezer drawers. The configurations for your kitchen are endless.

Click on the link below to review some of the choices in built-in refrigerators on our Houzz page:

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Saving Money on Luxury Appliances

Appliance Returns, Open Boxes, and Blemishes

Almost by definition, luxury appliances are expensive. It's hard to find a bargain when it comes to exclusive super-premium brands. High pricing seems like a badge of honor for some exclusive brands, and manufacturer pricing policies such as MSRP and UMRP work to keep market prices uniform. However, when appliance items are returned, get discontinued, or damaged, some really great appliance bargains can be found.

A few years ago, a local contractor, Michael Margolin, was searching for a bargain for his son, Simon, who was remodeling the kitchen in an older home in Hollywood Hills. It was a major project that Simon and his wife were undertaking. Even though it was a premier location, Simon and his wife had a limited budget. Michael knew that Arizona Wholesale carried luxury brands along with all the standard popular brands, that production builders use.

During Margolin's visit to Arizona Wholesale, inside sales associate Victor was able to outfit Michael with luxury appliances from Miele and Wolf that worked for Simon's new kitchen. The appliances were open stock with a variety of blemishes, scratches, or defects that meant that no buyer would be willing to pay full price. However, the damage and flaws were either located where they would not be visible, or they were repairable with some refinishing or new parts. Here's a photo of the Wolf Range model that Margolin was able to pick up at a bargain.

Of course, there are risks with buying scratch and dents. They're usually sold as is, and may not carry a full factory warranty. In addition, if you require a specific brand and model, your chances of finding the exact item you want are very slim. At Arizona Wholesale the experienced sales associates can guide you through the process and you get to decide, if this is right for you. In the Margolins' case, it worked out very well indeed. See photo below:

Margolin Remodel

Wolf Range - Miele Wine Unit

 

The finished remodeling project was so stunning that it was featured in a Houzz Kitchen of the Week. Click on the link below:

Bringing back glamour to a Hollywood Hills Home

The moral to this story is that if you find yourself in a bind and cannot get the appliances you need at the going price, visit Arizona Wholesale and ask about the closeouts, scratch and dents, and open products for extra savings.


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