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Creating Personality with your Kitchen Cabinetry and Color

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Reflecting your personality in your kitchen is the utmost import here at Bay Kitchens in Baltimore. What you like, don’t like, and just LOVE are all reflections of you. Here at Bay Kitchens we will help you find and implement just the right styles, colors, and accessories that match YOU, not our suppliers or inventory.  Painting, design, and style are all ways to implement personal character to your kitchen design.
At Bay Kitchens we do not do paint, but we do know you will! There are no bad colors, just color combinations. The wonderful thing about paint is the ability to update it at any time. There are always options to paint, change flooring, etc. throughout time. Your cabinets, however; are not items you will be updating frequently. At Bay Kitchens, we intend for you to be satisfied with your kitchen for many years. A kitchen that sustains itself throughout your lifestyle is imperative.
When you begin your kitchen design at Bay Kitchens, you will likely be seeking that personal touch to reflect aspects of you in your room. A calm; outgoing, energetic, boastful, or relaxed atmosphere are some of any number of possible personalities you may seek through your kitchen design. Here at Bay Kitchens, we know how to work with cabinetry to help you make your kitchen what it should be: that perfect extension of you.

One thing to love about your kitchen from start to finish, is that it doesn’t have to match with the rest of your home! You can be progressive, modern, stately, traditional, relaxed or country. Your kitchen designed at Bay Kitchens is a land unto itself; it adds a whole independent aspect to your home. It does not serve to complement your livingroom, etc.

One thing we find true today, there are so many choices in cabinetry it can be overwhelming, but remembering all the above can help make it fun to design your kitchen. At Bay Kitchens, our designers and showroom personnel will order and offer to you any samples you choose from our lines of cabinetry. Custom colors are always available. At Bay Kitchens you are able to take samples with you to help complete your shopping choices of flooring, paint, wallpaper, etc. This is a huge advantage over a photo in a catalog or on your cell phone!

The dimensional designing of today is something our designers at Bay Kitchens specialize in, and is a unique way to add character to your new kitchen. Years ago, all kitchens seemed to have straight cabinet runs. Nowadays, there are all types of accent features and configurations that are acceptable and functional. Here at Bay Kitchens, we find customers often are seeking the character of an up and down, in and out type of layout. Although you want to avoid too much up-down-up-down without some sort of reason or natural break, this type of design is one that offers dimension and personality to any kitchen. Less can be more depending on your kitchen size as well. At Bay Kitchens we keep the variation special, for a special spot or two if space is limited.  Come to our showroom in Baltimore and view our displays!

An important consideration at Bay Kitchens when using this type of design is planning. If mouldings are to be used, our professional designers know how to plan so that the crown moulding has places to turn, or sides of other cabinets to die into. The up and down, in and out look can get very complex to plan in 3-D designs, but if that is the design that reflects your personality, at Bay Kitchens we will make it happen for you!

Caring for Stainless Steel Sinks

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Here at Bay Kitchens, we often are asked about caring for one of the most common sink materials used: Stainless Steel.
At Bay Kitchens, we will recommend a quality stainless steel product that suits your needs and will allow for years of use and enjoyment. Caring for that product is important to Bay Kitchens and you!
Bay Kitchens recommends a stainless steel sink be cleaned at least once a week, always while using a non-abrasive cleanser and cloth or sponge. At Bay Kitchens we recommend that as with wood, you clean with the grain, rather than across the grain.
Wiping is the key for a shiny stainless steel sink. Hard water conditions can cause pitting over time on your stainless steel sink. At Bay Kitchens, we recommend you utilize a bottom grid or rinsing basket which can remain in the sink. Bay Kitchens does NOT recommend the use of rubber mats or dishpans in your stainless steel sink. These can create pitting areas if left in the sink over time. Also acquiring a holder for your sponges is a simple and inexpensive way to keep them from sitting on your sink, or edge of your sink, and causing staining and pitting.
Bay Kitchens also recommends that you dab dry your stainless steel sink with a soft cloth after each use to prevent spotting from hard water conditions. Another item that Bay Kitchens will emphasize for the care of your stainless steel sink, is salt! Foods with a high salt concentration should not spend significant time in your stainless steel sink. Do NOT allow them to dry on the stainless steel surface.
Now back to the question of what exactly to use to clean that stainless steel sink. Bay Kitchens recommends always find a cleaner that does not contain chloride(s). Chloride can cause pitting over time to your stainless steel sink, however; chlorides are also very soluble. Since they are found in almost every household detergent and cleanser, this is a good thing! Household detergents or cleansers may often touch the sink during cleaning of other surfaces. Should this occur, the sink should again be cleaned with a soft cloth and again with the grain. Bay Kitchens also recommends that you thoroughly rinse your stainless steel sink after each use to remove any detergent residue.
Some recommendations from Bay Kitchens of products available at local stores are Bar Keepers Friend®, Soft Scrub® with bleach, Gordon’s Miracle Shine® and Shiny Sinks Plus®. These suggestions from Bay Kitchens are not recommendations for cleansing of faucets or other materials.
At times Bay Kitchens has heard from those that feel their stainless steel sink has ‘rusted’. Since stainless steel does not rust, a brown stain in your drain area, which appears like rust, will usually indicate a high level of iron in your water system. Bay Kitchens recommendation to combat this is towel drying after each use and the recommended weekly cleaning to combat this issue.
Bay Kitchens wants you to enjoy your stainless steel purchase for years to come. It is important to note, however; that stainless steel will scratch from everyday use. Bay Kitchens we remind you that these scratches will blend, and over time your sink will have a lovely unique finish.

Choosing a Kitchen Company

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Choosing a Kitchen Company

 

Here at Bay Kitchens we understand that life is busy and when you are home you wish to spend quality time with your loved ones and most of that time is spent in the kitchen. When designing a new space for your kitchen, remodeling your existing kitchen or just doing some upgrades to your existing kitchen it’s important to make sure you choose the right partner for the job.

 

Bay Kitchens has found that most people remodel their kitchen because it’s out of date, need to increase their functionality or they want more storage. Whether you have lived in your home for 20 years, moving into your new home or getting ready to sell your home it is important you educate before you choose a contractor for your Kitchen Project.

 

Everyone knows kitchens add the most value in any home. There are two aspects to choosing a kitchen design contractor. First choosing a kitchen contractor that is licensed, bonded and insurance and they are in good standing with your local business bureau is a requirement. It’s also important to make sure you understand the details that have been quoted for your project.  Make sure  you ask for referrals.  A good contractor works from referrals and has a continuous pipeline of work from previous customer’s friends and family. Ask to look at a kitchen they have complete and talk to their customer. You want to ask questions

 

  • Did you have a timeline and was it completed on time?
  • Is the quality of the cabinets to your expectations?
  • Was the job completed within budget unless changes were made?
  • Would you use this contractor again?

 

The second part of your decision should base on your budget. Beware of the numbers. Sometimes when a low price is drastically different there is a reason. Educate yourself on the details. There are no two Kitchen cabinets that are exactly alike. It’s like shoe shopping – there are no two shoe makers alike. They may both look like Maple Cabinets but the quality and price may be different. When comparing shoes the leather maybe is the same quality. Accessories on the shoe, color options or how well the shoe will wear also may change the price. Either way you should educated yourself and makes the best decisions for you. It is the same with the Kitchen Cabinet Industry.

 

You want to make choose the contractor that provides excellent service and kitchen cabinet brands that fit your home and life style and budget. If your kitchen has a lot of hands touching the cabinets day after day it may be better for you to spend the extra money on a better cabinet verses more expensive light fixtures. Over the long term you money will be better spent and on the resale market it’s easier to update a light fixture then it is to your kitchen cabinets.

 

You have to educate yourself on each kitchen cabinet maker. Some offer all plywood sides (meaning the front door top back and sides), some are only wood door and some are not real wood. Interior options like pull out shelves verses a trash can insert, soft close drawers may or may not be included in the price and can add or subtract hundreds if not thousands to your kitchen project cost.  Like your shoes you will pay more quality leather then made man leather. A better made cabinet that is all wood verses one that is particle board.

 

Choosing price over design is also something to be very cautious of.  A good Kitchen contractor will work through the detail with you but a bad design cannot be worked out.  Choose the contractor that is going to do the best job and work through the detail. Give you the support and education on kitchen cabinetry and design necessary for you to make educated decisions. Choose a contractor that confident and willing to give you a warranty on their material and labor.

 

Look at the interior options of the cabinets, trim and lighting and that is where your design will meet your budget.

 

Bay Kitchens offers a variety of Brands for all budgets and ranges of projects.

 

 

 

Kitchen Lighting

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Here at Bay Kitchens we help our customer understand not just the cosmetic appeal but the countless way to incorporate and benefit for Kitchen Lighting. When designing your new kitchen, remodel or just updating why you would choose LED lighting. First LED lighting it’s a low cost, environmentally friendly Green option that will outlast any traditional lighting. When designing your new Kitchen or remodel it’s easy to integrate all options of LED Lighting. There are several possibilities – Under cabinets, Above Cabinets, In-Cabinet, Toe Kick, Outdoor Kitchen, Valance and Cove Lighting. Every Kitchen is unique to every individual. You have to determine your budget first and then decide on what is necessary lighting for your personal Kitchen. Do you need Task Level Lighting, Activity Level or Accent Level Lighting? There is a purpose and time for each level.

 

Task Level lighting is ideal for Under Kitchen Cabinets for close work when a high level of illumination is required or a wide range of illumination from focus work to dimming. It provides night light or ambiance lighting when installed with a dimmer.

Activity Level lighting is ideal for Under Kitchen Cabinets in any area of the Kitchen when you need your working area to adequate light. This also provides night light or ambiance lighting when installed with a dimmer.

Accent Level lighting is ideal for Under Kitchen Cabinets for a good boost of illumination to fill out dark spaces below cabinets, corners or area with no or little natural light as well as to add general surface lighting. This is also great for a vertical mount inside of a Kitchen Cabinet with either wood shelving or glass shelving to illuminate or display the cabinet contents. Adding lighting above your Kitchen Cabinets or below with the Toe Kick enhances any kitchen design.

Puck Lighting is also another option which creates different effects on Kitchen Cabinets, Tile, Marble and Granite Backsplashes. Puck Lighting can also be used for In-Cabinet illumination above glass shelving. This is a low voltage direct current light fixture intended for indoor use only. Puck Lights come two ways either Recessed Wire Mount or Surface Wire Mount. You can choose Light color altering films to change the look and feel in your Kitchen.

Bay Kitchens designs each and every Kitchen to our individual client. Options for your lighting are limitless. Choosing to work with warm white /earth tones or bright white / vibrant colors your light fixtures can be installed to provide the look and feel you request.  Lighting can be installed during or after your installation. There are various options on lengths and colors. Installation options of wall dimmers, wall plate control options and remote control option create custom impression. Remote control can be set to rotate through the full spectrum of light or set to one particular color. There are endless possibilities for holidays or special events when you match the lighting to a specific color or a holiday such as red for Christmas or green for St Patrick’s Day.