Can You Replace Your Kitchen Table with an Island? Find Out if It Will Work for You

Can You Replace Your Kitchen Table with an Island? Find Out if It Will Work for You

The role of the kitchen in the family home has changed over the years. It used to be that anyone who had the room would likely prefer a dining room table over more counterspace. Today this is not as true as it once was. Whether it’s because of the increase in countertop options that make islands look more beautiful than ever before, or the increase in kitchen appliances and gadgets that lead people to need more counterspace – or something else entirely – today we meet clients all the time who are considering dropping their kitchen table and installing an island.

This may make sense for your family and your home but it may not. Today we are offering a series of questions you can ask yourself and your family to help find out for sure if you can benefit from getting rid of your table and adding an island. Once you’ve made up your mind, or if you need additional help, you can contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 for all the quality products you need.

Do You Use Your Kitchen Table Often?

First and foremost, just be honest: How often do you use your kitchen table? If it has turned into a spot to drop your keys when you walk in the house but is otherwise not generally in use, then it is likely time to say goodbye. There are many groups of people we see using their kitchen tables less infrequently, including those who eat out most meals, are empty nesters with no children at home, or those who have a separate dining room.

Will Your Island Be as Comfortable as Your Table?

Even if you do use your kitchen table on a regular basis, this does not meant that you should necessarily stick with it. In some cases, a kitchen island can be just as comfortable to sit around – if not more so – than a dining room table. You will need to think critically about the layout of your kitchen and the space you have to add an island. Will the shape and size of that island allow it to be used as well as your kitchen table is used?

Do You Need the Delineation Between Different Zones in Your Kitchen?

For some people, the kitchen island is a line between the part of their kitchen where they eat and the part of their kitchen where they work. Turning it into a table can make these people feel that they are working in their eating zone or eating in their work zone. It can make meal times and prep times both less enjoyable.

After considering these questions, have you decided whether or not to replace your kitchen table with an island? At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are happy to use our many years of design experience to help you make the right choices for your home. Contact us at 626-799-3503 or stop by to see us in person.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Planning a New Kitchen Layout

5 Questions to Ask Yourself When Planning a New Kitchen Layout

Are you considering a major kitchen remodel? If so, you have a lot of things to consider. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we offer a wide range of high-quality equipment, materials, and products ranging from unique lighting fixtures to countertops and everything in between. Read on to learn five questions to ask yourself to plan the perfect kitchen layout then contact us at 626-799-3503 if you need assistance.

  1. What Do You Want to Do in Your Kitchen?

  2. First and foremost, think about how your kitchen will be used. If you have a large family then you will likely be cooking and cleaning often. If you have children then you may need an area for them to do their homework. If you often have dinner parties then you may need a large island and beverage bar. Whether you’re a baker or you order out, your kitchen layout should work for what you want to do in the kitchen.

  3. Is Your Space Sufficient?

  4. It may be that your only option is to work with what you have but it could also be true that knocking down a wall could significantly increase your kitchen space. Do not get stuck assuming you are stuck with what you have unless your truly are.

  5. What Is Working in Your Current Kitchen – And What Isn’t

  6. You are not starting from scratch – you are doing a significant remodel. As a result, you already have an idea of what needs to be changed. While you may be likely to focus on the aspects of your kitchen that don’t work, such as a lack of space, be sure you are also taking into account what does work, such as natural light from a window.

  7. What Appliances Are You Going to Include?

  8. It used to be that kitchens were built with a work triangle in mind, with an over, fridge, and sink all together. Today’s kitchens can be much more flexible. You may want to have two refrigerators. You may need a dishwasher, a sperate range from your oven, a built-in coffee maker – the list is endless. However, appliances take up a lot of space so it is wise to begin by placing them before figuring out the rest of your design.

  9. What Zones Do You Need?

  10. Today’s kitchens are all about zones: Prep zones, cooking zones, baking zones, washing zones, etc. You can create any type of zone you need, just be sure that everything you need to complete that zone’s task are located in or near that zone.

These are just some of the questions that can help you determine how to design the layout of your kitchen. If you are ready to consider all the available materials and products you have to work with, we recommend you call Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by to see our showroom for yourself.

These Are the Only 5 Design Tips You Need to Create an Inviting Bathroom

These Are the Only 5 Design Tips You Need to Create an Inviting Bathroom

When you’re considering redecorating your bathroom, what is your top priority? If you want a room that’s warm, inviting, and beautiful then we have some ideas for you. Read on to learn our five top design tips for creating an inviting bathroom. Then contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by 905 Mission Street to see some of our incredible products for yourself.

  1. Keep the project simple

  2. It is very easy to get overwhelmed with all the options available to you. This can lead to some very complicated projects that cause too much hassle and too much money. Make a list of what you need: Shower, toilet, sink, etc. Then make a list of what you want: Bathtub, unique lighting, etc. When you make decisions based on these two categories, it is much easier to keep the process and the results simple.

  3. Add touches of luxury

  4. Mirroring a hotel bathroom is not a great way to create an inviting bathroom. That said, adding a few luxury touches is a great way to ensure the bathroom helps people feel pampered. This could be a permanent luxury touch, such as a top of the line bathroom countertop, or it could be as simple as a basket in which you load up pampering products.

  5. Walk through getting it set up

  6. It is common for homeowners to focus so much on the way the end results will look that they forget that it must also be functional. Go through your morning and evening rituals. Think about the products and appliances you need. Have you made space for them? Do you have easy access to everything you need? Do you have enough room?

  7. Leave space to grow

  8. While you do want to ensure that you have room for what you need today, remember that your needs will change as the years go on. If you plan to live in your home for many years, consider what your long-term needs might be. Leave extra space for additional storage and other essentials.

  9. Balance practicality with beauty

  10. It is common for homeowners to believe that they can either choose an element of their remodel that’s beautiful or one that’s practical. They may decide to choose a few practical items and a few beautiful ones. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are here to tell you that everything you need can also be beautiful. We can help with everything from plumbing fixtures to toilets. Everything can be beautiful and fit in with your style.

Are you ready to get the process started? Do you want help from an experienced design expert who can answer your questions? Contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by to see your options with your own eyes.

Minor Kitchen Remodeling Projects That Can Have a Major Impact

Minor Kitchen Remodeling Projects That Can Have a Major Impact

If you have dreamed of a brand-new kitchen but don’t have the budget for it, there is good news: There are some relatively minor remodeling projects that can give you the look and feel of a new kitchen for much less. Keep reading to learn more about your options and then reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 if you need help finding the best materials and products for your project.

Repainting your cabinets

If you’ve grown tired of looking at your outdated cabinets but they still function well then a simple coat of paint could be all it takes. It costs just a fraction of what it would cost to replace your cabinets – even if you decide to hire the professionals to handle it for you. As an added bonus, you can choose a color that better showcases your personality. Then add unique kitchen hardware for a truly customized look.

Install an island

Many homeowners don’t have nearly enough work space in their kitchen and they believe they don’t have many options. Short of knocking out a wall and adding an addition, how can you get more space in your kitchen? Installing an island! They make islands that fit in tight areas of the kitchen and you can even have one custom made for your space. Don’t assume you can’t fit one in until you research the many options out there.

Add new lighting

The amount of light your kitchen gets has a huge impact on the entire workspace. Not only does extra light help you better focus on your kitchen tasks, but it can help the room look bigger, airier, and more beautiful. In addition to what the lighting itself brings, don’t discount the difference the lighting fixtures can make. The spectacular options we offer can truly change the entire aesthetic of a kitchen.

Paint your walls

You may think of the appliances, counters, and cabinets when you consider remodeling your kitchen, but the simplest way to make a huge impact may be to change the color of the walls. Whether you choose to go bold and bring in tons of unique color and light, or you choose more classic color scheme for an elegant kitchen, freshly painted walls help an area look clean and fresh.

Replace your backsplash

It used to be that installing a backsplash required grout, hours of work, and a huge mess. Today’s backsplash options are much easier to install and many homeowners can do it themselves. When you install a new backsplash, make sure you are choosing an option that is easy to clean and maintain.

If you are ready to move forward and learn more about the potential for a kitchen remodeling project, reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 and let us get you started.

Follow These 4 Tips When Adding a Laundry Room Addition Off Your Kitchen

Follow These 4 Tips When Adding a Laundry Room Addition Off Your Kitchen

It wasn’t long ago that laundry rooms were almost always regulated to the basement in most of the country. California homes often don’t have basements but laundry was often regulated to garages or other out-of-the-way areas. Today’s home designs are more and more often featuring laundry facilities in more convenient areas.

We are seeing many homeowners choose to have their laundry rooms built right off of their kitchens. If this is something you are interested in then we suggest contacting Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to learn more about the options that would work best for your needs. In the meantime, read on to find out more about four tips that can help you make the most of a laundry room off your kitchen.

  1. Prioritize making your laundry room a multipurpose room
  2. There is no reason that your laundry room has to exist solely for doing laundry. Can it also be a mudroom? What about a room for storing sports equipment? By adding extra sinks, countertops, or peg boards, you can take a plain laundry room and turn it into a room that helps with many needs.

  3. Let your laundry room have its own style
  4. When’s the last time you saw a laundry room that had any kind of style? They are most commonly white with white walls. Instead of this hygienic option, consider designing your laundry room to have its own style. For example, install a unique sink instead of the standard issue laundry room sink. Install a luxury countertop to fold your laundry.

  5. Create kitchen storage room
  6. Most homeowners wish they had more storage area in their kitchen. Whether they would use it as a home for appliances and kitchen gadgets they don’t use often, for dry goods, or for an extra freezer, the laundry room can double as a pantry.

  7. Add smart technology
  8. One of the most sought-after elements homebuyers are looking for are smart technologies throughout the home. This can include advanced washers and dryers as well as security if the laundry room has an exterior exit. Why not install a TV in the corner so you can watch while you fold? Whatever the specifics, adding technology to any room is a great way to get the most from it and to add value to the home.

While you are working on technology make sure you are thinking of safety too. For example, consider locks for cabinets that have cleaners and chemicals that could harm kids or pets.

If you are considering updating your kitchen or adding a laundry room, then you need to work with the best in the business. You have found that with Mission West Kitchen and Bath. Contact us at 626-799-3503 and let us get your project started for you.

A Look to the Future: Anticipated 2019 Trends in Kitchen Design

A Look to the Future: Anticipated 2019 Trends in Kitchen Design

As the year starts winding down, at Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are reflecting on some of the incredible projects we’ve completed but we’re also looking toward the future. In our decades of experience, we know that choosing design elements that the homeowner loves is the most important thing. However, we are also sure to be in a position to provide accurate information to our clients about current and future trends.

While the true trends of 2019 kitchen design will not be clear for some months to come, we’ve seen started to see some repeated patterns that may indicate what the top trends will be in 2019. Take a look at our predictions and see which ones you fall in love with. If you are ready to remodel your kitchen, contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 for a free quote and consultation.

Kitchens will incorporate more technology

It doesn’t take an expert to know that technology is in high demand in many industries. However, in the world of design some trends have started to see this reduced. As homeowners become wary of entirely automating their homes, they begin to look to more classic elements. This has not yet been seen in kitchens.

In fact, we have seen homeowners moving toward smart kitchen technology at breakneck speed. This includes smart appliances, motion sensors, smart lighting, and much more. It can cost a pretty penny to completely outfit a kitchen with the latest in technology, but replacing one appliance at a time can be a cost-effective option for some homeowners.

Warm kitchen floors

Kitchens have always been a room in the home that families tend to flock around. However, until recent years ensuring comfort as a part of a kitchen’s design has not been a priority. This is changing. We are seeing a lot of ways in which kitchens are becoming cozier, including adding warm floors. A popular choice are high-quality hardwood floors that add elegance and style too.

Unique layouts

For homeowners building a kitchen from scratch, there may be additional layout options in 2019. Traditional kitchens are designed in the way they are for a reason – these layouts are tried and true. However, we’re seeing homes with fridges in corners, appliances on the opposite side of where we’d expect, and even a return to the galley-style kitchens.

Eclectic color combinations

Bold and colorful kitchens are likely to be all the rage in 2019. From colorful and unique appliances, to hand painted tiles that create a mosaic masterpiece, there seems to be no shortage of ways in which designers are finding ways to add splashes of color all over the kitchen.

Remember that while looking at design trends is a great way to get inspired, it all comes down to your person preferences. When you choose to work with Mission West Kitchen and Bath, you can count on us to offer our design advice but to follow your vision. Contact us at 626-799-3503 to get the process started.

Want to Make Your Kitchen Design Warmer? Check Out Our Top Tips

Want to Make Your Kitchen Design Warmer? Check Out Our Top Tips

When you imagine the perfect kitchen, what do you imagine? Do you think of a crisp, white, clean kitchen? Or do you think of a warm, cozy, inviting kitchen? Today we are going to focus on the latter option. If you think of our kitchen as the heart of your home and want to make sure that it’s as cozy and warm as possible, then you will appreciate these tips from Mission West Kitchen and Bath.

Add an area rug

One of the easiest ways to make your kitchen look warm and inviting is to add a cozy area rug. You can find one at a local home accessory store or you may choose to buy one at a local vintage shop. It’s a great way to add both color and comfort to your kitchen, and to make a bland space feel warmer. If you add a cushioned rug bad, you’ll even be making your kitchen more comfortable to cook in! Just make sure you choose a rug that’s easy to clean because it is likely to need regular cleaning if it’s in the kitchen.

Bring in art to hang on the walls

There may be nothing as cozy and comfortable as unique art. If you have a decent budget, then you can go out and support local artists in your community. If your budget is a little smaller, then adding art could be as simple as buying a few nice frames and adding photos of your family. Make sure you are bringing bright colors to your art, as it will help to add warmth versus neutral or black and white photos.

Use a variety of textures

A great way to add both depth and warmth to a kitchen is by adding a variety of textures. For example, you could add wicker baskets throughout your kitchen for storage, use upholstered chairs for your seating, and even add a roman shade on the window. These are just a few examples of adding a variety of textures for a unique, warm look.

Invest in unique hardware

There is an almost unending supply of unique kitchen hardware available to you. Incorporation warm finishes like brass or gold ad both coziness and luxury, which is often a difficult combination to achieve. If you have a limited budget, or you simply don’t want to do a major renovation, adding hardware is a great way to make big changes with a small budget.

Bring in nature

Whether you bring in live plants or materials made from natural woods, when you bring in any type of outdoor element, you will be immediately making the room feel cozier and warmer. If you are designing a kitchen from scratch, adding a wood-burning fireplace is the best way to maximize these natural elements.

When you need assistance finding the right materials to make a warm kitchen, whether it’s inviting lighting or vintage-inspired appliances, Mission West Kitchen and Bath is here for you. Contact us today at 626-799-3503 to get started.

Learning These 5 Facts Will Make You an Instant Expert on Tile Trim

Learning These 5 Facts Will Make You an Instant Expert on Tile Trim

If you are in the process of searching for tile trim then you likely have a lot of questions. Whether you want to add tile to your unique countertop or you want to use it on your kitchen floor to accent your incredible kitchen hardware, there are a number of factors to consider. Read on to learn about five of the most important facts you should know about tile trim. Then reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by our location for assistance finding the right tile trim.

  1. You can narrow down your options by choosing a style
  2. One of the biggest challenges when shopping for tile is narrowing down the options. With hundreds and even thousands of options, how can you easily find the trim that works for you? We advise that your first step should be to choose a style. That way, you can keep your search to that particular style, which narrows down your options.

    The style could be very specific, such as blue and gold mascarpone, or it can be more general, such as modern. The key is to have a very basic idea in mind of what you are looking for and to then narrow down your options based on that idea.

  3. You must consider what will work best for you
  4. There are so many tile trim options out there and you may end up falling in love with one, only to realize that it doesn’t actually work for you. This is why we recommend thinking about what you are really looking for in a tile trim first, and then looking for the right trim. Write down your general budget, your needs, and your wants. Once you are armed with this specific information, it will be much easier to find what you need.

  5. Trim isn’t your only option
  6. You cannot be fully versed on tile trim without understanding that it is just one of your options. There are many textural elements that can be incorporated into a tile wall or floor. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we can help not only with remodeling products but with design assistance too. Feel free to call us if you are interested in learning about alternatives to tile trim.

  7. You can incorporate other elements of the room
  8. One of the most interesting non-tile tile trim options is architectural molding. Do you have crown molding somewhere else in the room? Why not tie it in to the tile by using it as tile trim? This will not work in all cases but it can actually help save money as well as provide a uniform look for a room.

  9. Consider your corners
  10. If you are only using tile for a backsplash then you likely don’t have a corner to deal with. However, if you are using it on a floor or a different surface, then you will need to take special care to ensure that you’re choosing a tile that works on corners.

Do Not Remodel Your Kitchen Before Considering These 6 Factors

Do Not Remodel Your Kitchen Before Considering These 6 Factors

The fact of the matter is that the modern kitchen is often the hub of a home. As a result, it should come as no surprise that homeowners now spend more money remodeling their kitchens than they do on any other home improvement project. When a person completes a kitchen renovation, they can add serious value to their home – but only if the project is done correctly.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we have provided everything from lighting to hardware for thousands of clients and we have learned a few things along the way. Read on to learn the six things we wish every homeowner would consider before remodeling their kitchen. Then stop by our showroom at 905 Mission Street or give us a call at 626-799-3503.

  1. You cannot plan too much
  2. According to the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association, the right amount of time to plan for a kitchen remodeling project is six months. They say that the amount of time spent planning should exceed the amount of time taken to actually construct the kitchen. Make sure you are studying the current kitchen and noting everything works and everything that doesn’t work – no matter how small.

  3. Think about your kitchen footprint
  4. The goal is to spend as little as possible while getting the best return possible. One of the easiest ways to save money is to keep your kitchen’s layout the same, but one of the biggest impacts a remodel project can have is if it does change the layout. Carefully consider the pros and cons of both options.

  5. You need storage more than you need space
  6. There is no way around it: Extra storage is always worth it. There are simple ways to add more storage, such as adding cabinetry that goes to the ceiling and using new innovative cabinets that pull out to offer total use of your kitchen’s corners.

  7. Lighting is much more important than you think
  8. The bottom line is that quality lighting can make or break a kitchen remodel. You want your lighting to help make your kitchen safer and more efficient, and to highlight the beautiful changes you are making.

  9. Low-quality is not a bargain
  10. It’s easy to get so caught up in price that you associate anything with a low cost as being a good bargain. Of course, when you really think about it, it is easy to see that this is not the case. Consider warranty lengths, maintenance costs, and other long-term costs before deciding on a bargain.

  11. Communicate with everyone working on the project
  12. Whether you are hiring the pros to remodel your kitchen or you’re doing it yourself, it is important that everyone working on the project is on the same page. We have seen so many problems resulting from poor communication that we must list this as one of the top six things to consider when remodeling your kitchen.

5 Things to Consider When Designing an Accessible Kitchen

5 Things to Consider When Designing an Accessible Kitchen

There are a dozen and one reasons that you, as a homeowner, may be considering an accessible kitchen. Whatever those reasons are, at Mission West Kitchen and Bath we want to ensure that the process is as simple as possible for you. That’s why we’ve compiled five things to consider as you plan your new kitchen. Keep reading to discover what they are and then stop by our location at 905 Mission Street or give us a call at 626-799-3503 if you have questions.

  1. Make countertops accessible

  2. Most kitchens are laid out with work zones in mind. This should be true of an accessible kitchen too. First, create work areas at the right height and accessibility. For example, if you are designing a kitchen to be used by a person in a wheelchair, then you would want a lower countertop and sink that allows them to wheel up and get to work. For elderly folks, you would likely want countertops with rounded edges to help prevent injury.

  3. Carefully consider storage

  4. You will need to carefully think about what items are regularly used in the kitchen and then make storage options that assure they are safely and easily accessible. You may do this by focusing on base cabinets with pull-outs, drawers, and roll-out shelves, or you can make higher shelves more accessible by adding pull-down features or electric-controlled shelves.

  5. Allow for easy appliance access

  6. As is true of countertops, your appliances (such as the fridge, range, and oven) should be easily accessible. This may require the adjustment of an oven mounted to the wall, or an addition of an under-counter oven that can be opened. A dishwasher with drawers would be easier than a conventional dishwasher, and certain fridges are better than others. You can visit our showroom to see options.

  7. Think about clearance around work spaces

  8. If you are designing for those with mobility issues to easily be in the kitchen, then you will also want to consider the clearance around doors, halls, etc. There should be plenty of room to maneuver in and out of the kitchen, its work zones, and any island or dining table contained within. The floor should also be a low-maintenance, slip-resistant option if you have elderly folks in the home.

  9. Choose the right handles, outlets, knobs, and control

  10. If you want to truly make life easier for a person who needs an accessible kitchen, then you will want to consider how everything is used. For example, handles are generally easier to grab onto compared to knobs. Touch-control faucets are easy to turn on and off, and the location of outlets and lighting controls should be accessible.

These are just a few of the things to think about when designing an accessible kitchen. Whether you are doing so in order to age into your home, or there is a person who needs these additions today, we are proud of the wide selection of bathroom appliances, fixtures, and more at Mission West Kitchen and Bath.