Move Over Stainless: There Are Many Sink Options Available for Your Kitchen Remodel

Move Over Stainless: There Are Many Sink Options Available for Your Kitchen Remodel

Stainless steel may be one of the most commonly used materials for kitchen sinks but that doesn’t mean it’s the only option or the best option. It’s certainly a classic look that is durable and goes great with a wide variety of decorating styles, but at Mission West Kitchen and Bath we believe it’s wise to look at all your options before making a decision. Take a look at the large variety of sink options and then stop by or reach out to us at 626-799-3503 to find the right option for your home.

Enameled cast iron sinks

You’ve likely seen this type of sink in your grandparent’s house. It’s coated in porcelain enamel and fired at a very high temperature, which makes it very hard and very durable. If you want a look that’s bright and glossy, then it may be a great option. You can also get a cast iron sink in a variety of colors.

Some of the advantages of this type of sink include the fact that it’s very durable, it’s easy to clean and maintain, it can last for decades so it’s a great investment, it takes longer to heat up but maintains that heat longer, it’s affordable, it has a beautiful finish, and it comes available in numerous colors. On the other hand, it’s also heavy and needs to be very solidly fixtured. Over time, the porcelain can chip away, which leaves the iron susceptible to rusting. Finally, it’s not compatible with most abrasive cleaners.

Composite sinks

Available in granite and quartz, a composite sink is made of resin that’s been mixed with another substance. As a result, they’re very durable and can offer the look of natural stone but in many sizes, shapes, and colors. The main advantages of this option are that composite sinks are immune to any type of household acid and it’s resistant to scratches, chips, and water spots. They’re also a great value for the money and are generally heat resistant, depending on the one you chose.

However, there are some downsides to this option. Most notably, they are porous, which mean that they’re sensitive to certain types of stains. They’re also only available in matte finishes and they do require daily maintenance, unlike many other types of sinks.

Copper sinks

These are very durable options and they can be the visual focal point of your kitchen. Remember that copper is essentially a living surface and it will develop a patina over time, which changes the color of the sink as time goes on. Depending on your viewpoint, this may be a negative or it could be a great advantage, as it does add character and charm. This is also a versatile option stylistically, and it’s naturally resistant to microbial growth.

On the other hand, copper sinks tend to be thinner, which means they can be more easily scratched than other options. They do require regular maintenance and many cleaning products, acids, and heat can affect the patina.

To learn more about these and other options, contact your local kitchen and bathroom design company Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503.

A Tech-Savvy Bathroom: Learn About the Latest Innovations in Bathroom Electronics

A Tech-Savvy Bathroom: Learn About the Latest Innovations in Bathroom Electronics

What are your top priorities when remodeling your bathroom? You likely want a bathroom that includes colors and styles you enjoy, but you also want a bathroom that’s functional. The good news is that some truly unique new tech innovations have made their way to the market. Read more and then stop by Mission West Kitchen and Bath to learn more about the latest trends in bathroom remodeling.

Programmable showerheads

This is an interesting bit of tech-savvy shower equipment. Essentially, you use digital controls to program the showerhead for the various members of your family. They can each personalize how much pressure they get, the temperature, and even the type of spray. There’s a waterproof control panel inside and changing to your own setting is as simple as pressing a button. It can even keep an eye on your water usage, which helps keep water costs down and allows you to be a little greener.

Bluetooth showerheads and fans

If you want to rock out to your favorite jams while in the shower, then a Bluetooth showerhead can help. It’s entirely waterproof and lets you call the shots re: the songs you listen to. A Bluetooth fan can also offer music throughout the bathroom if you’d prefer that to the showerhead. There really are exciting accessories for everyone!

High tech toilets

Many people accept that the toilet is what it is and can’t be improved upon. The truth is that there are some really interesting things being done to make toilets higher tech. For example, there are both hands-free and paper-free toilets. All you do is sit and the toilet takes care of the rest. They have temperature controlled water, spritzing wands, and auto dryers. There are also toilet seats that are temperature controlled so you are always comfortable.

Lights in all the right places

For any bathroom to work perfectly, you need lighting that’s well planned. In most cases, it works best if you have a multi-layer design so that you can control how much and where the lighting goes. Some of the newest innovations in bathroom lighting ensure you have the lights you need right where they need them. For example, check out some motion-activated lights that make it easy – and safe – to get up for a midnight bathroom run.

Call us today for access to the highest-quality products on the market

We at Mission West Kitchen and Bath started because we didn’t want those looking for quality bathroom and kitchen materials to be forced to go to dozens of stores just to find what they want. That’s why we offer a wide range of options in virtually any style, color, and material you can think of. Our experienced associates can offer design and style advice too.

To learn more about all the offerings available from Mission West Kitchen and Bath, reach out to us at 626-799-3503 or stop by our location. We look forwarding to helping you create the perfect bathroom renovation you’ve been dreaming of.

One at a Time or All at Once? Learn the Pros and Cons of Remodeling Options

One at a Time or All at Once? Learn the Pros and Cons of Remodeling Options

Owning a home is both fun and frustrating. There’s always something to clean, never enough time to make minor repairs, and then of course there are huge home remodeling projects you want to get done. When we talk to clients at Mission West Kitchen and Bath, one of the questions they often have is whether they should tackle their projects one at a time or just it all done at once.

The truth is that there are pros and cons to both options. We can help you find the perfect kitchen faucets and offer advice on the right countertops for your home, but we can’t tell you what the best schedule is for remodeling your home. That said, here are a few things you may want to consider as you decide what path to follow.

Deciding which room to remodel first

If you’re going to do one room at a time, then you’ll need to consider which room should be done first. You’ll need to weight issues like which room is most in need of a renovation, with issues like which room will best make use of your current budget. If you have several rooms to remodel and they’re all adjacent to each other, then it makes sense to remodel them together if your budget allows you to do so.

Remodeling numerous rooms at once lets you get the mess out of the way all at once

A professional remodeling contractor is going to take care to ensure that your home is as clean as it can be but remodeling does create dust and debris. They will use tools and methods that are designed to keep the air quality high, but there’s nothing they can do to prevent issues all together. This is why you may want to get it all done at once.

If you have your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room all updated at once, then once it’s completed you’ll be rid of the dust and the mess.

Once you have a team booked it may be easier to get it all done at once

You’re likely going to need to book numerous professionals to get any major remodeling done. This includes plumbers, carpenters, etc. Having them come out once to do several rooms can be much more affordable – and easier – than having them return numerous times to take care of numerous remodeling projects.

Can you feasibly handle all the changes at once?

One of the main issues to consider is whether you can actually handle such big changes at once. Yes, this does require you to carefully consider your budget but money isn’t the only concern. You also want to think about how much your life will be disrupted. For example, a home with several small children may not be a home that’s a good candidate for numerous rooms being remodeled at once.

No matter the status of your remodel or how long it takes, one thing is sure: Mission West Kitchen and Bath is here to help. Contact us today or stop by to see our quality materials and products.

4 Kitchen Additions That Can Make Your Home Feel More Inviting

4 Kitchen Additions That Can Make Your Home Feel More Inviting

In many homes, the kitchen is the heart that brings everyone together. It’s where food is prepared, often where food is eaten, and it’s a warm, inviting place. That is, ideally it’s an inviting place! If you have an older or ill-designed kitchen that is less than inviting, then you’ll be glad to know that Mission West Kitchen and Bath has some tips for you. Read on for four changes to your kitchen that could result in it looking much more inviting.

1. Add a backsplash

Your kitchen walls can easily get damaged form moisture that comes from the sink, steam from cooking, and of course splashing your favorite red sauce on the walls. It may seem that cleaning these walls are impossible but that’s where a good kitchen backsplash comes in. Tiles are perfect for this need and are the most effective options. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we can help you install virtually any color or design. Just give us a call at 626-799-3503 or stop by to learn more.

2. A curved island adds functional space and looks great

Not only does a kitchen island add tons of room and storage, but it looks great too. It’s an inviting area for guests to sit, talk, and observe while watching you cook dinner or while helping you put together a snack. Adding a few stools makes it a great breakfast bar too, and it can even double as a workspace. Curved islands look upscale and help to better utilize floorspace, but any type of island can add space and function to your kitchen.

3. Add new flooring

Your kitchen will feel entirely brand new after you add new flooring. If you have old, ugly, dirty tile or vinyl and you add in classic wood floors, your kitchen will instantly feel warmer and more inviting. If you’re nervous about the upkeep on natural wood floors, consider engineered wood, which is easier to maintain and a lot more durable.

4. Replace, reface, or rejuvenate your cabinets

Replacing your cabinets is a great way to create a totally different vibe in your kitchen. However, this isn’t always in the budget. Another option is cabinet refacing, which essentially uses the bones of your cabinets but puts on new fronts. The look is brand new but the cost is a fraction of what it would cost for total replacement. If you don’t want to go that far, you may be shocked to learn what a difference it can make to simply get new kitchen cabinet hardware.

Call on the professionals for help finding everything you need for your kitchen remodel

No matter what you need for your kitchen remodel, whether it’s new plumbing fixtures, new countertops, or something else entirely, you can count on Mission West Kitchen and Bath to supply you with your bathroom materials. We exist solely to assure that there are other options beyond driving all over town to get the various pieces you need. Give us a call or stop by today!

Simple Tips to Help You Match Your Countertops and Your Cabinets

Simple Tips to Help You Match Your Countertops and Your Cabinets

It can be quite the task to ensure that your new kitchen countertops and your custom kitchen cabinetry look great together. There are millions of potential combinations and no one could possibly consider 100% of them. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we know that it can become overwhelming to try to find the right options. The easiest choice is to reach out to us by stopping in at our showroom or calling us at 626-799-3503. You can also read on to learn about some of the main options to help you narrow down your choices.

Consider a modern and minimal style

If you’re a fan of more modern looks, then you’ll want your style to following a minimalist style. For example, you may choose a frameless cabinet that has a full overlay door. Consider options that are less rather than more ornate. Another example is a slab type door with an unusual veneer or laminate. Depending on the colors you’re planning to decorate in, you may choose to have a door painted a solid color or you may choose a door made from a wood type with a grain or pattern you like.

You’ll want countertops that are subtle and that have clean edges. This helps them better blend in with the simple lines you’ll have your cabinets. We recommend choosing stainless steel appliances with your minimal style as well.

Take a look at keeping it traditional

On the opposite end of the spectrum, if you tend to prefer traditional styles then you’ll want to bring that into your kitchen design as well. With this option, you may want framed cabinets that have inset doors. You may choose from darker woods, like walnut, cherry, oak, or mahogany. Any of these will add nice warm tones to your kitchen to give you the classis feel.

A traditional kitchen would also have extra attention paid to the details. For example, you may want unique moldings, orange door styles, or traditional hardware. As to the counters, you’ll want something classic such as granite, wood, marble, or an engineered stone.

If you want the best of both worlds choose transitional

If you’re having trouble deciding if you’d prefer traditional or modern, then it may be that you simply fall in the middle of these options. The good news is that it can be quite beautiful to combine modern and traditional styles. If you do take this route, make sure that you have a clear theme before you get started. You should know exactly which elements you like from a modern perspective and what you like about traditional design.

While there are always tips and tricks that can help you end up with the exact kitchen remodel you want, the reality is that it’s all up to you. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we’re happy to share our years of design experience with you. We’re also happy to listen to your needs and help you achieve a brand-new style. Stop by our contact us at 626-799-3503 to get the process started.

Learn Which Bathroom Remodel Projects Are Actually Worth the Cost

Learn Which Bathroom Remodel Projects Are Actually Worth the Cost

In some cases, a bathroom trend turns out to be nothing more than a fad. In other cases, new innovations can quickly become standbys. The trouble is in trying to figure out the difference. As you’re working on your bathroom remodel, you don’t want to spend a ton of money on something that’s going to be outdated in a few years. Following are a few of the latest trends that those of us at Mission West Kitchen and Bath believe are here to stay.

Walk-in showers

It wasn’t long ago that everyone wanted to have a tub in their bathroom with whirlpool jets. These days, we’re finding that many homeowners aren’t as interested in tubs at all. They find that, despite their best intentions, they never end up using them and they are just wasted space. For this and other reasons, we’re seeing a lot of people choosing walk-in showers.

A walk-in shower is inviting, easy to get into, and is very customizable. You can also get in quickly, as you don’t have to wait for a tub to fill up, and with customized shower heads and unique seating in the shower, you can still have a spa experience. The fact that walk-in showers are also more accessible can be a huge selling point for a home, as it’s then a bathroom that a person can age into.

A hidden toilet

Privacy has begun to be more and more important to people choosing bathroom upgrades and we expect this will continue to be a selling point for many years to come. The reality is that couples want to be able to use the master bath at the same time without feeling that they’re on display. A toilet behind a wall, or even in a separate water closet, can help add comfort and privacy to a bathroom.

Walk-in closets

A walk-in closet isn’t just about storing clothes anymore – it’s about adding more privacy. It’s a great option when one partner gets up earlier than their partner, or when one comes in much later than the other. Upgrades like makeup vanities or custom lighting can make the space more unique and more functional. Having this quiet area is great for parents who want a few minutes before the kids get up, for single folks who want to streamline their morning and even processes, and anyone else who values privacy.

Are you ready to find the best materials and products for your bathroom remodel?

No matter what you decide to add to your remodeling project, you need quality materials and products. That’s exactly what you’ll find with Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We opened many years ago because we wanted folks to have one place to go for kitchen and bathroom fixtures, appliances, lighting, and much more. We invite you to stop by our showroom to see some the incredible products we offer, or to give us a call at 626-799-3503 if you have questions about your options.

Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen: Is it the Best Flooring Option for Your Home?

Hardwood Floors in the Kitchen: Is it the Best Flooring Option for Your Home?

When it comes to kitchen design, it’s hard to find a flooring option that’s more popular than hardwood. When you think about it, it’s not hard to see why: They add charm and warmth to your home, they bring in a feeling of nature, and every board is unique. However, despite all its pros, some say that wood flooring isn’t the best option in a kitchen. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we don’t think there are any rights or wrongs in kitchen design. Read on as we dive deep into this argument.

Pro: Hardwood flooring adds style

If you’re looking for a rustic, classic style, then you can’t beat hardwood floors. They’re classic, they’re alluring, and they can fit in with virtually any kitchen countertop, appliances, etc. If you have hardwood in other rooms of the home and you have or want an open floor plan, then hardwood in the kitchen is a no-brainer for continuity.

Con: They’re expensive

There’s no way around it: Installing hardwood floors is expensive. You can expect to pay as much as $15 and at least $4.50 for each wood plank. Installation costs are also more costly than they are for other floors. You can expect to pay between $4.50 to $10 per square foot. This process is cumbersome, difficult, and takes quite a while. It’s also something that should be done by a professional.

Pro: They have an excellent return on your investment

While it’s true that it’s more expensive to install hardwood floors compared to other options like laminate and tile, it’s also true that hardwood will likely increase the value of your home. This is important in any remodeling project – especially a kitchen. If you intend that you may sell your home during its kitchen’s lifetime, then you should take into consideration that your wood floors will likely be a selling point.

Con: They require a lot of maintenance

If you want your hardwood floors to keep looking shiny and polished, then you’ll need to make sure they’re both sanded and stained every ten or fifteen years. This can be expensive if you hire a contractor and extremely time consuming if you do it on your own.

Pro: They’re extremely durable

Though they do need maintenance to keep looking great, there’s no flooring more durable than wood. They can last a lifetime if you maintain them correctly. Choose a strong wood, such as ash or oak, and consider wire brushed finishes in higher traffic areas if you want them to retain a polished look. Remember too that any minor flaws are simply part of the charm of hardwood floors.

At the end of the day, if you want the best kitchen makeover possible, you want to work with Mission West Kitchen and Bath. Reach out to us via phone by calling 626-799-3503 or stop by our showroom. You’ll be impressed with the incredible number of options we offer for kitchen remodels.

2018 is Here: Learn About the Newest Trends in Kitchen and Bath Design

2018 is Here: Learn About the Newest Trends in Kitchen and Bath Design

The newer year is upon us and at Mission West Kitchen and Bath that means it’s time to take a look at the newest trends of the new year. Read on to learn about 2018 trends in kitchen and bath design. We’ll offer tips, ideas, and lost more. If you’re ready to get started, or you have questions, stop by our showroom or call us at 626-799-3503 with any questions you have.

2018 will be the year of colorful kitchens

There’s no question that white will likely always be the classic choice in kitchen design. However, in 2018 we expect that bolder colors are going to become more popular. Expect it to start with colors like plum, gray, and blue on cabinets in both bathrooms and kitchens. You’ll also likely see neutral colors get a little more interesting, in shades like camel, tobacco, and rust.

Two-tone cabinets in the bathroom are on their way in

You’ll see lots of bathroom cabinets get a little more interesting. Expect for darker colors, like mahogany and other wood tones. Then expect that they’ll look more modern. One example will be two-tone cabinets that bring with them extra depth and character.

Granite is out and quartz is in

Quartz countertops are not a new trend but there has been some question about the staying power of this trend. In 2018 we’re here to tell you: Granite is out and quartz countertops are here to stay. This is not surprising when you consider that quartz is so much more resilient and easy to maintain compared to granite – plus it’s anti-microbial. Today’s quartz comes in almost any color you can think of, thanks to the newest technologies that can even make it look like natural stone.

White sinks are going to become less popular

White sinks – and white appliances – are on their way to being a thing of the past. Instead, expect to see darker hued sinks made with things like granite, concrete, copper, or stone. Kids bathrooms are likely to have bucket sinks or troughs, and you’ll see these types of sinks in craft rooms and laundry rooms.

Kitchens will continue to get smarter and smarter

The 2018 is going to be smarter than ever before. You’ll see technology into every aspect of kitchen life. You’ll see new outlets that include USB chargers. You’ll see faucets that work with motion sensors. You’ll see lighting that’s controlled by smart phones and tablets. You’ll even see digital showers that keep the water at the perfect temperature the entire time you’re showering.

These new 2018 kitchen and bathroom trends are interesting but they’re not the only options out there. Whether you want something wild that’s not yet trending, or you like to stick with the classics, you can get help from Mission West Kitchen and Bath. Call us at 626-799-3503 today or stop by our showroom. We look forward to helping you create the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams.

Are You Thinking About Remodeling Your Kitchen? Consider These 3 Things First

Are You Thinking About Remodeling Your Kitchen? Consider These 3 Things First

For most people, the kitchen is one of the most used rooms in the home. That said, it’s common that people don’t actually enjoy spending time in their kitchen. Whether it’s due to their kitchen appliances being outdated, or not having enough room to work the way they’d like, there’s nothing worse than disliking a room you spend so much time in.

That’s why many homeowners decide to remodel their kitchen. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are in the business of providing all the materials needed for such a remodel, and as such we are in favor of kitchen remodeling projects. That said, we also want our clients to be happy with the end result. That’s why we recommend that you carefully consider these three things before you get started.

1. Think about what you need

You may think this is a silly thing to remind you to think about, but the reality is that while just about any homeowner is going to think about what they want, they may not separate that from what they need. Yes, you’ll want to think about the style of the kitchen you want but first and foremost you’ll need to consider your needs.

For example, a home with small children many need a kitchen island or bar with seats at is so that the kids can do their homeowner. A home for an older couple without children who entertain frequently would need a beverage station. There’s no right or wrong answer to what your kitchen needs as long as what you come up with is honest.

2. Make sure you’re thinking of the long term

If you intend to be in your home for the foreseeable future, then make sure you’re taking this into consideration. For example, don’t just think about the storage space you need today, think about the storage space you’ll need in the long run. Give yourself room to grow. Likewise, choose your countertops, cabinets, and other materials based not just on how they look but on how long they will last.

3. Sit down and write out a budget

It’s way too common that homeowners have a general budget in mind and that’s the end of it. The truth is that you need a more specific budget or you risk spending double or even triple what you’d planned. Start by deciding how much you can spend then divide that amount amongst the various things you need to spend money on. For example, you may allot a portion of your budget to flooring, a portion to fixtures, and a portion to appliances.

As you find the right materials for your kitchen remodel, make sure they fit within the budget. If they don’t, then you’ll need to do one of two things. First, consider just replacing it with something that’s more affordable. Second, take money from another area of your kitchen. You can also reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath to get our expert advice on what kitchen materials bring the most value for the most competitive prices. Call us at 626-799-3503 to learn more.

How to Create a Powder Room That’s as Stylish as You Are

How to Create a Powder Room That’s as Stylish as You Are

Have you ever walked into a powder room at a high-end restaurant or hotel and wondered why you couldn’t have something so stylish at your own home? The truth is that you can. The key is to ensure that you’re getting the right bathroom remodeling supplies. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we can provide all the key elements you need plus plenty of advice on how to create the stylish powder room you’ve always dreamed of.

Don’t be afraid to be big and bold

One of the biggest mistakes people make is to take their powder room too seriously. Sometimes they do this because they have a small space and they don’t want to overwhelm it with bold shapes or colors. Other times they think that bold designs are a risk. The truth is that they are a risk – but they can be a risk that pays off. If you like bright and bold colors and patterns, then use them! Even if you don’t want to make the entire room bold, consider adding accents in a bright color, or event one wall to bring a pop of excitement to your powder room.

Think about what your guests need

Your main bathrooms will be for you and your family but your powder room is just for guests. As a result, think about what they need. You’ll want to have lush towels and lovely smelling hand soap. The powder room will need a mirror, so that guests can freshen up their makeup or hair. If you want to take the luxury to the next level, consider adding a basket with lotion, breath mints, floss, and anything else you can think of that your guests may wish they had on hand.

Lighting is essential

Finding the right lighting for your powder room is essential. If your home is like many others, then you may have your powder room in a part of your home that doesn’t have windows. If this is the case, then you need to pay extra special attention to lighting the space. Use several light sources, each of which offers warm lighting. Most people find that too much light is unflattering so give them control over how much to use at one time. Remember as well that it’s not just about the quality of light but also the lighting fixture itself.

We can help you with all your powder room material needs

No matter what you want to install in your powder room, whether it’s a unique and modern sink that shows off your unique style, or a toilet that is sleek and lovely, we can help. Reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by to visit with us. We have a huge array of the finest fixtures, lighting options, and much more. We also have decades of experience in the bathroom design business. If you tell us what your top priorities are for your powder room, we can offer our expert advice about what would be best for you.