Learn How to Choose the Right Appliances for Your Kitchen

Learn How to Choose the Right Appliances for Your Kitchen

Appliances are one of the most important aspects of your kitchen yet many homeowners don’t know exactly what they should be looking for as they shop for them. Today we are going to go over some of the biggest appliances and what you should be looking for when shopping for them. Once you know what you are looking for, reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by our showroom to see some truly unique kitchen appliances and more.

Choosing the right cooktop

There are three main options for your cooktop: Gas, electric, or induction. There is no right answer – it is all personal – but keep in mind that it is not often you hear about a person who has a gas stove choosing to change it to an electric stove. If you cook often, think of efficiency. How much heat can you accept losing from the burner to the pan? If you choose gas you will lose about 40% but a flat induction cooktop results in the least amount of lost heat. It also brings a pot of water to boil faster than a gas stove – and certainly faster than an electric stove.

Choosing the right oven

If you want a truly high-performing oven then you want a convection oven, which works by circulating heat with a fan. It cooks food faster and more evenly. However, if you are a baker then you are likely to want the traditional oven type, though you may want a stacked or side by side option. We can go over the options and help you find the perfect choice for your needs.

Choosing the right refrigerator and freezer

There are three main issues to consider when choosing a fridge and freezer: Space, features, and budget. A freestanding model is going to slide into a space and stick out about six inches past counter depth. As far as quality goes, you can expect that the compressor is going to impact the performance. A single-compressor unit must work double time compared to a dual-compressor unit. It will cost more to get a dual-compressor option but it will keep food fresh longer and it can be more energy efficient.

There are also many styles available, such as French doors in which the fridge is on top and freezer drawer is on bottom, or the side-by-side options. The most expensive – but often ideal – choice is to have separate fridge and freezer units.

We can show you all your options so you can make the most informed decision

Choosing appliances is a big decision. You need to ensure that you are getting appliances that will work for your needs, fit within your kitchen configuration, and fit within your budget. The easiest way to ensure you are on track is to work with a company that specializes in kitchen appliances. Reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath to speak to an experienced design and appliance associate.

Know Your Options: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Faucet

Know Your Options: How to Choose the Right Kitchen Faucet

As you head out to find the perfect new bathroom fixtures for your remodel it is important to know what your options are. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we are proud to have a wide range of kitchen faucets and other kitchen equipment. Read on to learn about some of the most common types of kitchen faucets and what the advantages are of each.

Is a pull-out faucet the best choice for your kitchen?

If you have limited space around your sink then an integrated adjustable pull-out sprayer may be a great option. First, it does not require the extra hole drilled that you would need for a side-spray. Second, if you have pots or pans that are too large to fill in your sink, you can use the pull-out faucet to fill them up from the countertop. Finally, if you have a wide single sink or you have several bowls for your sink, the pull-out feature ensures you can get to the entire area of your sink.

A pull-down faucet may be what you are looking for

Another popular option is the pull-down faucet. You can spot it by noting its high-arc style. Many designers feel that it gives a kitchen a professional yet majestic look. If you have a large sink then this is a great choice, but be careful if you have cabinets above your sink – you need to make sure everything will fit properly.

You may be best off with a dual-handle faucet

If you have a traditional kitchen and are not looking for any of the modern options, then a dual handle faucet may be your best bet. It allows you to control temperatures from two separate handles and gives you that classic look. One of the most popular of this style is the bridge style faucet in which there are decorative pipes above the sink or counter that actually connect the spout. Instead of keeping them out of the line of vision, decorators are using them as part of the décor.

Are you ready for the future? Then consider motion detecting faucets

If it’s been a few years since you looked at kitchen faucets then you are likely to be impressed with how much the technology has improved. Today there are motion activated faucets that do not require you to touch them at all. This is very helpful if you are messy and do not want to transfer the mess from your hands to the faucet. They can also help save water by turning off when not in use, and they can help prevent the spreading of germs.

Still not sure what faucet is right for you? The good news is that these are just a few of the options. If you are ready to learn more about the wide range of choices available then we encourage you to reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath and see our showroom for yourself.

The Options for a New Kitchen Island Are Nearly Endless

The Options for a New Kitchen Island Are Nearly Endless

There are so many options in kitchen countertops and islands that it can seem difficult to know where to start. If you are in need of quality items for your kitchen or bathroom remodel then you will be glad you found Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We pride ourselves on offering the best selection of the highest quality pieces. Keep reading to find out more and then reach out to us at 626-799-3503 or stop by to learn more.

Always stylish black kitchen islands are a great idea

Black never goes out of style and is a great option if you want modern-looking décor. It creates a cool, calm area that invites boldness and depth. While it is a neutral color, it also welcomes brighter colors to be used around it. For example, install a black island with countertops around it that are beautifully colored – or vice versa. No matter how you use it, it is likely that your black island will stay in style for years to come.

Add seating to your island

If you want to take your island up another notch, consider adding seating options. If you have the black island described above, you can add seating in black, or contrast it with white. You can choose a wood that looks luxurious next to the black island. Not only will seating look great but it of course adds an area for family and friends to become part of the food preparation at your next party or dinner.

Consider an espresso kitchen island

What better way to pay homage to your favorite morning pick me up than by investing in an espresso kitchen island? The rich red color is both glamorous and sophisticated, yet just bold enough to start conversation. The color also makes it easy to hide any blemishes that may appear as time goes on. This is a great choice for a busy, high-traffic kitchen.

Cherry is both popular and traditional

Another traditional, well accepted color is cherry. It can help make your kitchen mimic a simpler, more traditional design style. Many people love a cherry wood color because it offers the feeling of fullness as well as robustness. If you have wood pieces in your kitchen and they are of different colors, anchoring them with a cherry centerpiece is a great way to bring them together.

Do you need more ideas? Talk to our design experts

These are only a few of the many options available to you. If you are thinking of redoing your bathroom or kitchen the new cannot stress enough the help you will get by working with Mission West Kitchen and Bath. After working in this business for many years, we have access to the best products, materials, and appliances. We have answers for all your design and installation questions. Stop by today or give us a call at 626-799-3503 with your questions.

Ready to Run an AirBNB? Make Sure Your Bathroom is Up for the Challenge

Ready to Run an AirBNB? Make Sure Your Bathroom is Up for the Challenge

There are some really interesting ways for folks to make money these days, many of which don’t require them to leave the house. One popular example is Airbnb. Now people who live in desirable areas, like most cities in California, can rent out a room or their entire home or apartment for a tidy profit. However, if you are considering making this jump then we have a few tips for you – including making sure that your bathroom is updated.

Don’t put off bathroom renovations

One thing that homeowners often do is to decide to put off renovating their homes until they have started making money from the Airbnb. This is not recommended. Remember that as soon as you have your listing live and people start paying to stay at your home, they will start leaving reviews. If they have a terrible experience because the bathroom is old, outdated, and causes issues, those reviews will follow your Airbnb forever. It is much wisher to make the investment upfront so that your guests will have nothing but good things to say about it.

Work to create a luxury experience

When you are remodeling your home to get the best return on investment, it is all about the kitchen and bathroom. When you are remodeling your home to make future Airbnb guests happy, it is all about the bathroom. You want to create an experience that will make them fall in love with your home. A huge soaking tub that allows them to truly relax and rejuvenate can be a game changer. A beautiful bathroom vanity with plenty of room to put on makeup and get ready can be a huge selling point. Make sure to stock the bathroom with high-end toiletries too.

Adding a new bathroom could be well worth the cost

If you have a home with three bedrooms and a single bathroom, then there are many reasons that it may be worth it to add a second bathroom. First, when it comes time to sell your home, you will not only likely have more offers if it has a second bathroom, but there are certain homebuyers who will not even consider coming to your home and taking a look if it has three bedrooms with just a single bathroom.

Second, consider that of all the home remodeling projects you can do, adding a bathroom offers some of the best return on your investment. Consider finally that not only will it likely add to the total value of your home but it may allow you to charge more for your Airbnb. Once again, a family of four or five is not likely to want to stay in a spot with just a single bathroom.

These are just a few tips but remember that when it comes time to design your new bathroom, Mission West Kitchen and Bath is here to provide tips and to help you get the highest quality products on the market. Contact us at 626-799-3503 now to get started.

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.