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.

Doors vs. Drawers: Which One is Best for Storing Kitchen Supplies?

Doors vs. Drawers: Which One is Best for Storing Kitchen Supplies? If you’re planning to remodel your kitchen and have simply assumed that you’ll be storing your dishes, pots, pans, and other standard kitchen supplies behind cabinet doors, then we may have a radical idea for you. Drawers are becoming more and more popular for everything from the smallest items to enormous pots.

Let’s check out some of the pros and cons of both options. Then reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by our showroom for more kitchen cabinetry ideas.

Drawers as your base cabinets often result in more room overall

In almost all situations, a drawer is going to be better than a cabinet at offering you maximum use of space for keeping pots, pans, cookware, and dishes right where you need them. Creating deep drawers gives you the perfect space to make sure everything is secure and organized. Drawers can be pulled out completely, which lets you make the most of all your kitchen space – including the space at the back of cabinets.

Drawers are better for heavy items

Since you can pull drawers out, they’re ideally suited for heavy items like big pots or dishes. You simply pull the drawer all the way out and lift out what you need. This is much easier than reaching into the back of a corner cabinet and having to awkwardly lift a heavy item.

Drawers allow you to create custom sizes and shapes

You can include custom inserts that work to keep your specific needs organized. For example, many people will install pegs that keep their tableware, coffee mugs, and other similar items organized. For these items, it’s often best to use a shallow drawer with custom storage of those items listed as well as spices, utensils, cooking tools, and coffee.

Drawers are better for busy kitchens

If you have a small kitchen, or even if you have a larger kitchen that’s often the center of your home’s action, then drawers can make it easier to work with a lot going on around you. While an open cabinet is in the way of anyone trying to pass by, an open drawer can be ducked under or stepped over. They’re also generally smaller, which means they affect less of the space compared to a cabinet drawer being open.

Doors offer a classic look that many prefer

The truth is that the main reason to cover your cabinets with doors is because this is the way it’s been done for many years. It can make it easier to sell your home in the future if a homeowner wants a more classic look. Some of the custom inserts available with drawers can be great, but they only serve that unique purpose. If you bought new tableware, you may have to get entirely knew inserts made to fit them.

When it comes to drawers vs. doors, there is no right answer. When it comes to finding the best company to shop for cabinetry, there is a right answer: Mission West Kitchen and Bath.

4 Factors to Consider When Planning a Kitchen Remodel Before Selling Your Home

4 Factors to Consider When Planning a Kitchen Remodel Before Selling Your HomeIf you’re considering selling your home then you know there are certain things you can do that could significantly increase the value of your home. For example, most homebuyers want a kitchen that’s both beautiful and functional. Even if you plan to stay in your home for years to come, when it does come time to move, it’s a good idea to have designed your kitchen with future buyers in mind.

Read on to learn about four factors you’ll want to consider as you work to remodel your kitchen. Then contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath either by calling us at 626-799-3503 or by stopping by our showroom. We offer a wealth of materials, products, and appliances that will look great in your new kitchen.

  1. Potential buyers will have specific ideas in mind regarding what they want in a countertop
  2. There are two things that potential buyers are likely to consider when it comes to the new countertops you’re installing. First, they’re going to want to have enough counterspace. If you don’t have room in the kitchen itself, consider adding an island or a bar at one end. This will give you extra drawer and cabinet space too.

    The second thing they’re going to consider is where the counterspace is located. If possible, try to have one long piece of counterspace. Even if it means less overall space, it can be better to have one medium size workspace compared to numerous small workspaces.

  3. Choose cabinets that offer unique solutions made from high-quality materials
  4. At the end of the day, there’s one real purpose for a cabinet: Storage. Potential buyers want plenty of storage. That said, they’re also going to want their kitchen cabinets to look great. That’s why we recommend choosing high-quality cabinets that look stunning and are built to last. If you’re ready to upgrade to a better style and quality, then you’re ready to reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503.

  5. Sinks and faucets may matter more than you think
  6. If your kitchen sink is too small, or if it simply has seen better days, then you could benefit greatly from installing a modern double sink with the latest faucet. Remember that you’ll be looking at and using this faucet daily. Potential buyers will find a brand new sink with nice faucet to be a huge advantage.

  7. Keep all appliance options in mind
  8. Too often, we see folks who are remodeling choose new appliances based on the size of the old appliances. It makes sense – after all, the appliances they currently have are the largest options that would fit in that place. That said, there is another option: Having a contractor enlarge the space that’s available. This could be a game changer and could give you a lot more room for ingredients.

If you’re considering a kitchen remodel then you should choose Mission West Kitchen and Bath to be part of the process. Call us today at 626-799-3503 or stop by and talk to our experienced staff.

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions About Painting

Answers to Your Frequently Asked Questions About PaintingWhen you decide to redo your kitchen and / or your bathroom, you’re taking on a significant undertaking. If you’re like most people, you likely have a lot of questions. Not only do you need to find the best kitchen and bathroom materials, you need to find the right designs, plan your home’s makeover – and those are just the first steps.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we understand how many different facets there are to redecorating a home. While we’re here to provide you with quality plumbing fixtures, cabinets, and much more, we can also help you make informed choice for other aspects of your home. Regardless of the style or color you’re adding to your walls, here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions about painting.

What’s the best type of paint to use for a kitchen? What about a bathroom?

No matter what room you’re painting, you want a quality paint. You also want a paint that matches your style, whether matte, glossy or in-between. When it comes to your kitchen or bathroom, you also need to consider mildew and mold. These are rooms that tend to have more moisture and you’re going to want to choose a paint that’s specifically made to be mildew and mold resistant.

How do we use different colors if your home has an open concept?

There’s a lot to love about a home that’s designed with an open concept. Unfortunately, there can be downsides too. For example, how do you paint one room a different color if you can see them all from each room? The answer is that you can use different colors – as long as you stay within the same color family.

What type of brushes or rollers are best?

The main thing is to make sure that you’re using a roller that works with the type of paint you’re using. You’ll find that some paint brands suggest roller types and sizes to help their paint go on smoothly and to end up with the right texture. If you use a roller that’s too big, then you could end up with a heavy texture on the finished product. Higher quality brushes are more likely to leave a good finish on the wall compared to cheaper brushes.

How can we save the most money when painting your home?

We know you don’t want to hear it, but the truth is that painting is not something you want to cut corners on. You want to use a quality paint and you want quality materials to get it on. However, using a lower quality ceiling paint is fine for most people. If you choose to paint several rooms at once, you can also save on the materials needed to clean up and prep.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, our specialty isn’t paint. That said, we do know a thing or two about creating beautiful kitchens and bathrooms. If you want to know more about your options, give us a call at 626-799-3503 or feel free to stop by our showroom.

Make Sure You’re Making Use of Every Inch of Kitchen Space

Make Sure You’re Making Use of Every Inch of Kitchen SpaceThe corners of your kitchen can be one of the hardest areas to ensure you’re taking advantage of. If you’re currently using this space to store small appliances you rarely use, or kitchen tools you have no spot for, then you’re likely wasting this space.

For many people, this space isn’t utilized because it’s hard to get to and is often out of reach. The reality is that this space doesn’t have to be wasted – it’s all about finding the right way to make it work. Read on to learn more about the options and then reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 for additional help.

Installing angled corner upper kitchen cabinets

Instead of installing small shelves in the corner, consider angled corner upper kitchen cabinets. This is a great way to get some extra storage in a space that would otherwise be lost. If you want to dress them up, add glass doors so you can showcase items inside them. For example, grab up your favorite teacups or coffee mugs, or perhaps your special china.

Add a corner sink

A corner sink may seem strange but it’s a very practical way to make use of all the space in your kitchen. You can use the space behind your new sink to store dish washing supplies or add whatever décor you like. You can even use the back corner of the cabinet interior to house your plumbing, which means you’re freeing up extra cabinet storage space too.

Install drawers in the corners

When you add drawers to the corner, you’re choosing an option that’s both interesting and unique. You’ll get storage in these 45-degree angles, which makes them perfect for storing small items that fit into these strange angles. For example, seasoning containers or certain cooking utensils.

Corners are perfect for use as a Lazy Susan

If you want to use the space more traditionally, then you may want to install a Lazy Susan. They make it simple to get into even the furthest depths of your cabinet simply by taking them for a spin. You can use hinge doors, two double doors, and other options. Reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath for customized ideas.

Corner pull-out shelves may work great

If you don’t like the look of a Lazy Susan, then you may want a more modern alternative – the corner pull-out shelves. They both rotate and slide, which lets you access whatever’s in them easily. Some people use them to store pots, pans, and even small appliances. Essentially, you can use them for large items you don’t typically have room for.

These are just a few ideas on what to do if you have a kitchen with a corner you don’t know how to use. If you’re in the market to redo your kitchen, make sure that our showroom is in your list of spots to visit. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, you’ll find some truly unique options of high-quality kitchen and bathroom materials.

Nothing Compares to Shopping Locally: The Benefits of Working with a Local Business

Nothing Compares to Shopping Locally: The Benefits of Working with a Local Business

Many communities across the country have been promoting the idea of shopping locally. This is often through discount weekends with a group of local retailers, signs that encourage community members to “shop local,” and other methods. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we couldn’t agree more. We strive to be your one-stop-shop for a wide range of materials for designing or remodeling kitchens and bathrooms.

While many people may already support the idea of shopping local, others see the supposedly lower prices online, or with local big-box stores, and they assume that shopping with them will save them money. As it turns out, this isn’t always true in the long run. Read on to learn more and then give us a call at 626-799-3503 or stop by one of our several showrooms.

Small businesses are what makes cities and towns unique

If every city across the country had the same chain hardware store, restaurants, malls, etc., then there wouldn’t be much of a difference between them at all. When you think about South Pasadena and what makes us stand out from other cities in the area, what do you think of? It’s likely that a local business would be high on the list of things that come to mind.

You’re building community

Do you want to live in a place where you know your neighbors and can count on them in the event you had an emergency? Or do you want to live in a town where you don’t know anyone? Shopping with local coffee shops, craft stores, and other local spots can actually build unity and community. How? Because they are often home to live music, knitting circles, book clubs, and children’s story hours. These businesses do a lot for the community but they can only stick around if we support them.

You’re investing in the local economy

It’s not a shock that when you spend money in your community, you’re keeping money in your community but the extent to which this affects you may be a surprise indeed. The American Independent Business Alliance performed a study and found that when a person spends a single dollar at a local business, it results in three times the money going to the local economy compared to spending that same dollar at a chain store.

You can work directly with a company you know and trust

We know a low price on kitchen cabinetry can be tempting. We also know that buying from a faceless company on the internet, or a big box retailer with inexpert employees, doesn’t generally give consumers much peace of mind. When you choose to work with Mission West Kitchen and Bath, you’re working with a local retailer that’s here when you have questions or concerns.

If you need help deciding what appliances are right for your kitchen, we’re here for you. If you need help with plumbing fixtures, we can help. We have several showrooms so that you can look not at pictures on a screen but the actual plumbing fixtures, lighting fixtures, and more. Stop by or give us a call today at 626-799-3503.

Could the Right Kitchen Design Really Help Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle?

Could the Right Kitchen Design Really Help Encourage a Healthy Lifestyle?

There’s a lot to love about a classic, turn of the century home. There’s also a lot to say for the modern conveniences that come with an updated kitchen. With an old, cramped work space, you’ll be less likely to wash and cut produce. You won’t be able to find the room you need to stock up on fresh foods. Cleaning up can seem to take forever with clutter everywhere, which may encourage you to head to the local fast food spot for dinner.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we’ve been helping clients as they shop for kitchen countertops, cabinetry, lighting, and more for many years. In that time, we’ve learned something really special: The more a person loves their kitchen, the more likely they are to use it. Most of us also know that the more a person cooks at home, the more likely they are to heat fresh, healthy foods. Read on to learn more about how kitchen design can impact healthy decisions and then stop by our showrooms or give us a call at 626-799-3503.

An organized kitchen is one in which you’ll feel motivated to cook

Any medical professional is likely to agree that having a variety of foods is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. In order to have a variety of foods, you need a wealth of kitchen tools – and you need somewhere to put them. For example, if you want to whip up a Thai curry loaded with fresh veggies, you don’t want to have to go through your entire cabinet to find the tiny mortar and pestle that’s there. More kitchen cabinets, and more organization, makes it much more pleasant to whip up a fresh meal.

Modern innovations can help you stay healthy

We live in interesting times when there are some very interesting appliances on the market. For example, products that you can simply speak your grocery list to, fridges that can provide different temperature zones within the same unit, dishwashers that automatically disable themselves if they have a leak, and other internet-connect appliances. If every day cooking becomes a high-tech adventure, you’ll be likely to get involved.

The easier it is to clean the easier it is to use

Many people want to cook dinner but when the think about the time it takes to both cook the meal and clean up afterwards, they become overwhelmed. If you want cleanup time to be as easy as possible, stick to smooth glass and metal surfaces. Skip wood and other rough textures that need to be deep cleaned on a regular basis. When you know it’ll just take a few minutes to clean up after dinner, you’ll have one less excuse not to do it.

Find out how to get your perfect kitchen

The bottom line is that if you love the way your kitchen looks and feels, and if you’re able to create a kitchen that’s easy and intuitive to use, then you’ve taken the first step toward a healthier lifestyle. To learn more about the many options in kitchen design, let Mission West Kitchen and Bath guide your way.