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How Tall Should Your Kitchen Island Be? Get Answers to This and Other Questions About Islands

How Tall Should Your Kitchen Island Be? Get Answers to This and Other Questions About Islands

In today’s world of kitchen remodeling, kitchen islands have become almost standard – and for good reason. They are beautiful, they add a lot of storage space, they add prep space, and they can also add an area for seating. However, not all kitchens are the right size or shape for a kitchen island. Keep reading to get answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about kitchen islands and then contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 for help.

How Should Your Kitchen Island Be?

It depends largely on what your kitchen is mostly used for. If you are an average homeowner then your kitchen is likely mostly used to prepare food and cook. In that event, the recommend height is about 36 inches. Think of seating at this height as between the height of a kitchen table and your average bar stool. On the other hand, if your kitchen island is going to be used primarily as a place for extra seating and for eating, then 42 inches may be a better option.

How Wide Should Your Kitchen Island Be?

In most cases, a kitchen island is going to be about two or three feet. However, if you the room and you want more counter space or seating space, then you may want it wider. If you are going to install a cooktop or a kitchen sink in your island, then you may need to make it as much as seven feet wide.

What’s the Right Depth for a Kitchen Island?

We recommend that you do not build a kitchen island that is less than two feet deep. That said, make sure you are leaving enough room on all sides. For this, we recommend at least three feet of floor space on each end of the island. The point is that you should be able to easily move around the island. If you can’t, then you won’t get much use from it at all.

Do Islands Have Any Additional Uses?

Yes, they certainly can. If you need extra storage in your kitchen, you may want to install a few 24-inch base cabinets back to back under your island. You can also install a two-tiered kitchen island that has many functions, such as a lower level for food prep and higher level for eating. You could even install a second stove and / or sink to truly maximize your space.

What is the Next Step in Getting a Kitchen Island?

If you are ready to learn about more space-saving options and unique ways to improve the layout of your kitchen, then we recommend contacting Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to learn more about our unique options. You can also stop by our showroom to see the variety and quality of products we offer.

Simple Tips to Help You Choose the Right Drain for Your Bathroom

Simple Tips to Help You Choose the Right Drain for Your Bathroom

Choosing the right shower drain may seem like a minor consideration but in fact it is much more important than you may realize. It does more than let water drain – it also adds a unique look. You want something that is going to be functional but that will also look great. Keep reading to find out more about your options, then contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to learn more about your many options.

Understand the Two Main Options

While there are a seemingly endless number of shower drains on the market, they mostly fall into one of two categories: Point drains or linear drains. Point drains are more common and are what you likely think of when you think of a shower drain. They are generally installed in the middle of the shower floor and the floor is then sloped toward the drain.

In fact, the shower floor is actually a gently sloped funnel that moves all the water toward the drain. If this is the type of drain you want, we recommend looking for a square drain grate – not a round one. Why? Because tiles are square and we think that square tile drains fit in better than round tile drains – plus the installer will not need to make a round cut into your square tile.

The second type is a linear drain, which, as the name suggest is long and narrow. It offers added style to your shower and has become much more popular in recent years. Depending on your preferences, it could be installed in the middle of the floor, but more often they are installed along one wall of the shower. These involve the shower floor sloping gently and evenly toward the drain without a funnel. You can get linear drains in lengths of up to 72”.

Both linear and point drains will work equally well to get water away, unless you have an extremely large amount of water in your shower. However, you will find that point drains are generally more affordable than linear drains.

The Main Advantage of a Linear Drain

We discussed a big advantage of linear drains above (the fact that most tiles are square) but there is another one: You can use larger tiles. Since the floor slopes evenly in a single direction, rather than all toward the middle as with point drains, you can use one type of tile throughout the bathroom and it can be of any size. When many people are shopping for the right bathroom countertop options, it’s nice to be able to install tile throughout.

These are just a few tips about a few of the types of drains. If you have questions or want to see examples of these drains, please work with Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We are standing by to offer comprehensive help with all your bathroom and kitchen remodeling needs.

4 Space-Changing Tips to Maximize Storage Space in Your Kitchen

4 Space-Changing Tips to Maximize Storage Space in Your Kitchen

One of the biggest challenges homeowners face in their kitchens is finding enough space. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we have helped with many kitchen makeovers and have found unique storage options. Keep reading to learn about four of our best tips to maximize storage area. Then contact us at 626-799-3503 or stop by our location if you want to see some ideas in person.

  1. It’s All About the Cabinets

  2. There is no area in your kitchen that is more valuable for storage space than your cabinets. This is not news to anyone, but we find that many homeowners do not act accordingly. Every single inch of your cabinets should be well utilized. Add multiple-shelf units to your cabinets, movable trays, and other additions that can make it simple and easy to use every square inch of space in your cabinets.

  3. Take Extra Time to Consider Where to Store Your Dishes

  4. Dishes are one of the most difficult aspects of your kitchen when it comes to organizing. Why? Because dishes take up a lot of space yet they are used every day. You want to keep them nearby, but this means giving up a lot of cabinet space. There are many solutions to this, such as adding dishes storage to your countertop, installing hooks for coffee cups and wine glasses, and storing less-often-used dishes away from your kitchen.

  5. Keep Your Drawers Organized

  6. Do you have a junk drawer in your kitchen where you throw the miscellaneous items that don’t have a home? If so, get it out of your kitchen. There is surely a room in your home that has an extra drawer – don’t waste one in your kitchen. You can also buy organization trays to make your cabinet drawers more space-effective. For example, you can stack short organization trays one on top of each other and effectively double your space.

  7. Stack When You Can

  8. It’s not always possible to stack but if you, do it. Buy bowls that match so that you can stack them. Stack larger plates underneath smaller plates. Choose coffee mugs that can be stacked. It’s such a simple thing but, as we mentioned above, if you make every inch of your cupboards and cabinets count, you will get the most from the room you have.

Do You Need Help Finding the Best Kitchen Appliances and Remodeling Materials?

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we offer everything you need for your kitchen remodel in one convenient place. From lighting to new plumbing fixtures, from countertops to vanities, we can find exactly what you need. Don’t waste time going to dozens of stores when a single retailer offers everything you need. Call us at 626-799-3503 with questions or stop by our location at your convenience.

Don’t Forget to Consider Safety When Planning a Kitchen Renovation

Don’t Forget to Consider Safety When Planning a Kitchen Renovation

It is common for families to spend a great deal of time together in the kitchen. Whether prepping food, eating meals, or having a family meeting, it’s a cozy, warm place that everyone can enjoy. That said, it can also be a danger zone. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we encourage families to consider ways they can improve safety when they begin a kitchen renovation.

Fires Are More Common Than You May Think

Are you surprised to learn that, according to the National Fire Protection Association, kitchen fires while cooking are the top cause of home fires? It’s true. The good news is that there are ways to stay safe. Fire suppression systems can be installed to put fires out quickly if they do happen. Make sure that you buy only top appliances to reduce the chance of fires caused by faulty wiring. Organize flammable items, such as dish towels, away from open flames and stoves.

Think About How Your Kitchen Will Be Used

Your kitchen likely gets plenty of traffic. If that’s the case, then you should make sure that your kitchen is laid out in a way that when you are cooking, there aren’t kids running by, pets underfoot, etc. Do this by planning out the layout of your fridge, stove, and seating area. Do not put the range next to the door, as people are more likely to walk there.

Ensure Your Floor is Slip Resistant

As you shop for flooring, remember that slip-resistance is essential. You are looking for tiles, matte-finished wood, or laminates that are made to be slip resistant. Use cleaning supplies that include additional slip resistant properties and grease-removal compounds.

A Safe Kitchen is a Well-Lit Kitchen

One of the most common things homeowners overlook is having a well-lit kitchen. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we provide lighting solutions that ensure it’s easy to see while you’re prepping. We recommend plenty of overhead lighting as well as specific task lighting for your prep and cooking areas. LED is a great choice because it is both gentle on your eyes and it lasts a long time.

Contact Your Local Kitchen Design Expert for Other Safety Tips

Before you start your remodel or renovation, be sure to talk to the experienced professionals at Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We have many years of experience helping clients just like you as you search for the best materials and appliances for your remodel. You are not in this alone.

Whether you know exactly what you want or you need professional advice on which options are best for your project, we are here to help. Call us at 626-799-3503 with specific questions or visit us to see our impressive showroom.

Kitchen Faucets 101: Discover Which Option Will Work Best for Your Kitchen

Kitchen Faucets 101: Discover Which Option Will Work Best for Your Kitchen

When it comes time to remodel your kitchen, it can seem as though there are a million and one decisions to make. Some will be exciting and easy, while others may be more challenging. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we offer a wide range of materials in one place so you can do all your shopping with a company you trust. We also have designers on hand who can go over your choices and help you narrow down the options until you are left with the perfect results.

One of the decisions you may have to make is what type of kitchen faucet to install. Many homeowners put little thought into choosing the right one, but the fact of the matter is that you are likely to use your kitchen faucet daily. You want to make a choice that gets you something that’s both beautiful and functional. Today we are going to go over the main options and their benefits so you can decide what might work best for you.

Pull Out Faucets Are Often the Best Choice in Smaller Kitchens

If you have a limited amount of space around your sink, then a pull out faucet may be the best choice. It will come with an integrated pull-out sprayer, which means that you do not need to have another hole drilled to add a side-spray. If you end up needing to wash pots, pans, or other items that are too large to fit under the faucet, you can simply pull it out and fill it on the countertop. If you have an extra wide sink, or a double sink, the pull out option helps assure you can reach the entirety of your sink.

Pull Down Faucets Are Popular for Professional-Looking Kitchens

If you want a majestic, professional-grade kitchen then a pull down faucet may be the best choice. It’s also a great choice if you have a very large sink. The main concern here is assuring that you don’t have cabinets above your sink. If you do, then you’ll nee to make sure that they are high enough that your pull down faucet’s movement is not restricted.

Dual Handle Faucets

This is a more traditional option in which one handle controls the hot water and another controls the cold water. These offer a classic look and can be a great choice in a vintage kitchen. For example, the bridge style double handle faucet, in which decorative pipe risers are above the sink, is particularly popular. The only issue with this option is that it can take longer to find the perfect temperature.

Call or Stop by to See Your Kitchen Faucet Options

If you are ready to find out more about the options that will work best for your needs, then we welcome your visit to Mission West Kitchen and Bath. You can also call us at 626-799-3503 if there are questions we can answer for you.

Here’s a Bright Idea: Make Sure Lighting is Part of Your Bathroom Remodel Plan

Here’s a Bright Idea: Make Sure Lighting is Part of Your Bathroom Remodel Plan

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath we have worked with many clients over the years, all of whom have different priorities when it comes time to design their new bathrooms. Some want a room with a vintage feel, others want a modern classic. No matter the style, no matter how much or how little room you have, every single bathroom has one factor that should always be carefully considered: Lighting.

To learn more about the important types of lighting you should consider in your bathroom, keep reading. Then contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 or stop by to let us help you fight the right lighting for your needs.

The Importance of Bathroom Task Lighting

In most cases, the first lighting we will recommend our clients decide on is their task lighting. As the name implies, this is the lighting that allows them to do what they need to do in the bathroom. For example, you would want direct light on your mirrors so that you can see clearly for applying makeup. A common mistake is to have only recessed lighting right above a mirror. This may look great, but it casts a shadow on the face and makes it hard to shave, get your hair done, or put on makeup.

We recommend task lighting that includes vertical fixtures, or perhaps scones, on both sides of the mirror. This provides not only plenty of lighting on the face, but even lighting.

Ambient Lighting is Important for Bathrooms with No Natural Light

If you have a bathroom with tall ceilings, a cove, cantilever details, or little to no natural light, then you may want to install ambient lighting along the perimeter. This will serve as fill lights and make the light in the room feel more natural. If you have decorative molding or other architectural details, you can hide the ambient lighting within in. The end result is a soft, cozy glow.

Accents and Decorative Lighting Make a Statement

If you have art in your bathroom then you may want accent lights to ensure that it is well lit. If you have installed a beautiful, unique tub then you may want to add accent lighting to showcase it. Likewise, you can always add lighting that acts as its own decoration. Consider a beautiful chandelier that will add light and beauty at the same time.

Consider the Types of Bulbs and Dimmers You Will Need

It is important to have the right fixtures but without the right bulbs, you will not get the results you want. Except for task lighting, which you may want to be very bright, you are likely to want softer lights in the bathroom. You may even add dimmers so that you can have bright lights when you’re getting ready, but softer, lighter ambiance when taking a bath.

No matter what your preferences are, you can contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath now to learn more about your millions of lighting options.

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.