Nothing Beats Natural Light in Your Kitchen: Learn How to Maximize It

Nothing Beats Natural Light in Your Kitchen: Learn How to Maximize It

When it comes to add lighting to a kitchen, we are proud of the many options available at Mission West Kitchen and Bath. That said, the best electrical lighting acts as an accent for beautiful, natural light. It’s an asset to your kitchen for many reasons: It can improve your mood, reduce your electric bills, and help ensure you get enough Vitamin D. We’ve come up with some options to help you make the most of the natural light in your kitchen.

Start by noting where your natural light is coming from

The first step is to figure out what you have to work with. Obviously, you’ll start with your windows. If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, consider adding larger windows or even adding one where there isn’t one now. Just remember that you need to leave enough wall space for kitchen cabinets and to put your kitchen appliances against.

You may also want to consider adding a skylight – but only if it fits in with the style of your kitchen and the architecture of your home. If your kitchen has an exterior door then you may want to choose one that has more glass. For example, a sliding patio door that’s made entirely of glass, or a hinged door that has a large glass window on top.

You can also take light from other rooms next to the kitchen. This is one of the reasons that an open home plan works well. Your kitchen can enjoy some of the natural sun that your living room or dining room may enjoy.

Make the most of the natural sunlight you get

Make sure you’re choosing the right window coverings that allow plenty of natural light into your kitchen. If you’ve noted that your kitchen is dark, or if you just wish there was more light, then consider swapping out your draperies for light fabrics.

You may also consider adding kitchen cabinets with glass fronts. They won’t bring in more light, but they can help the light to flow through your kitchen more effectively. You’ll want a kitchen that’s balanced as far as windows and cabinets are concerned, but adding glass fronted cabinets are a great way to make the most of light without giving up cabinet space.

Finally, consider that the colors you choose are an important part of how light your room feels. If you choose dark colors, then they’ll absorb the light and the kitchen will look darker in whole. On the other hand, painting or decorating in light colors will actually reflect light. This doesn’t mean your entire kitchen has to be white, but choosing lighter hues can not only help the room look airier, but it can make it look bigger.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we have seen every need in the business. No matter what your goals are for your kitchen remodel, we encourage you to reach out to us at 626-799-3503 or to stop by our showroom. We strive to be your one-stop-shop for all your kitchen décor needs.

Do You Believe Any of These 5 Myths About Designing a New Kitchen or Bathroom?

Do You Believe Any of These 5 Myths About Designing a New Kitchen or Bathroom?

Whether you’re excited about designing your perfect kitchen and bathroom, or you’re nervous about the entire experience, it’s important to stay informed. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we’ve worked hard to offer you all the materials you need in a single store. We’ve also been in this business long enough to know some of the most common myths that people believe. Read on to learn about them – and the truth – and then reach out to us at 626-799-3503 or stop by our showroom.

  1. Myth: I must stay involved in every aspect of the remodel
  2. If you hire professionals to take care of your remodeling job then you should trust them to do just that. Choose a company that you believe listens to your wants and has planned a room that meets your needs. Then step back and let them do what they need to do. Trying to micromanage will only slow the process down.

  3. Myth: Form is more important than function
  4. We know you want a kitchen or bathroom that’s beautiful – and you should have it. That said, ensuring that it functions the way you need to is more important. For example, if you want a minimalist kitchen so you decide to keep your kitchen cabinets to a minimum, where are you going to put your dishes? What will you do without that extra space? It doesn’t do any good if you love the way it looks but it doesn’t serve a purpose.

  5. Myth: Remodeling doesn’t change the value of a home
  6. This is just flat-out false. In fact, if you’re going to remodel two rooms in your home and you want them to be the ones that will add the most value to your home then the kitchen and bathroom are the rooms to choose. You can expect that the more extensive the remodels are, the more it will add to the value of your home.

  7. Myth: There are great cheap products out there
  8. Don’t mistake cheap and affordable. Yes, you can find affordable bathroom sinks but this doesn’t mean they’re cheap. It means they’re high quality yet more affordable than other options. Buying quality products will ensure they last longer, look better, work better, and add more value to your home.

  9. Myth: I can’t afford to remodel my kitchen or bathroom
  10. It’s true that remodeling a bathroom or kitchen is going to cost more than buying a new couch. However, remember that remodeling a kitchen or bathroom is going to make it much more useful and pleasant to be in. Keep in mind as well that your kitchen makes up between 11 – 18% of the value of your home while the master bath makes up 8 – 14%. Investing in some of the most important rooms in your house can be well worth it.

If you want high quality kitchen and bathroom appliances, fixtures, and more, reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath. We offer a huge line of options all in one convenient location.

Preparing for a Remodel Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult: Drive to Us – Not All Over Town

Preparing for a Remodel Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult: Drive to Us – Not All Over Town

We first opened our doors 12 years ago with the purpose of offering our clients an option to find all the designer products they need for their remodeling or design processes. Since then, Mission West Kitchen and Bath has been proud of not only the products we’re able to offer but the very high level of personalization our clients experience in our service.

You can count on our staff to be knowledgeable and to genuinely care about helping you find exactly what you’re looking for. Read on to learn about the many different products we offer and then either stop by our give us a call at 626-799-3503. We look forward to helping you find the exact products that will work for your needs.

Come to us for your plumbing fixtures

Before we were around, customers had to drive to several different stores just to find high-quality, designer plumbing fixtures. We offer plumbing fixtures that include faucets, sinks, accessories, drains, tubs, and toilets. You can come to us for plumbing fixtures for both your bathroom and your kitchen. In short, if it has to do with plumbing, you can count on Mission West Kitchen and Bath to offer designer options.

Shop for all the major hardware brands in a single location

Do you need hardware for your kitchen or bathroom? If so, we can help with that too! We stock all the major brands as well as some boutique, independent brands. The options are ever-changing and include:

  • Acorn Manufacturing
  • Atlas
  • Alno
  • Ashley Norton
  • Top Knobs
  • Sun Valley Bronze
  • Morris
  • Dozens of others!

Only shop for cabinetry with the pros

Did you assume that you’d have to go to a store that specializes in cabinetry to get the best options in the South Pasadena area? We understand why you’d think that but the good news is that you can find incredible bathroom and kitchen cabinets right here. We work with the top names, but only those that value quality over quantity. These are precision-made cabinets that will instantly create a kitchen or bathroom to be proud of. Brands include Omega Cabinetry, Crystal Cabinet Works, and others.

Your project isn’t completed until you have the right lighting installed

There’s no question that lighting can make or break a design. Without the right lighting, even the most dazzling of countertops or flooring can look dull. The kitchen requires both lighting to enhance the beauty of the room as well as task lighting to ensure the room is functional. We can help you with both. We have some truly unique options you’ve likely never seen before, as well as classic options. Our goal is to ensure that Mission West Kitchen and Bath is the only place you need to visit for your remodeling project.

We can help with appliances, countertops – and much more!

When we say we have it all, we mean it. We have an incredible selection of unique, vintage-inspired appliances, and countertops made from the finest materials on earth. Stop by our South Pasadena location to check them out yourself or give us a call at 626-799-3503 if you have questions.

How to Get Your Kitchen Ready for a New Granite Countertop

How to Get Your Kitchen Ready for a New Granite Countertop

Is it time to replace your countertop with a high quality granite countertop? The installation itself is not something we’d recommend that a homeowner does on their own. Fabricating and installing these heavy, incredibly dense countertops should be left to the professionals. That said, you can take care of some of the prep yourself if you want to take part. Read on to learn more and then reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to learn more about our high-quality countertop options.

Start by getting your tools ready

The first step is to gather everything you need. You’ll likely have a few of these things around the house and the rest can be found at most any hardware store:

  • Screwdriver
  • Safety glasses
  • Putty knife
  • Pry bar
  • Utility knife
  • Pliers
  • Wrenches
  • Bucket

Start by removing your sink and faucet

Before you begin this step, be sure to turn off the water supply. This can be done at the valves under your sink. Once you’ve turned it off, disconnect the water supply line from the valves. At this point you can remove the drain lines. Make sure you have your bucket handy to trap all the water that’s going to still be in the p-trap.

Now get under the sink and loosen the clamps that are holding the sink to the countertop. There will be more than one and you’ll have to be sure that you loosen each of them. Then grab your putty knife, cut through the seal between the two, and pull the sink out. It’s possible that there won’t be any clamps if the sink itself is very heavy – like a cast-iron sink.

Remove your countertop

Next, remove and get rid of any appliances under your countertop. From there, get rid of the screws that are holding your counter top in place. You’ll then lift the countertop off your base cabinet. If this doesn’t happen easily, then you may need to grab your pry bar to get it lifted.

Once you’ve removed the countertop, it will be ready for the countertop installation team to measure and get the measurements they need. They may create a wooden template to test out their design and make sure it works for you. They’ll then take the template back to their shop and mark the granite for cutting.

A diamond-bladed bridge saw is used to cut the granite. Once it’s the right size, they’ll use an edge treatment to carve into the stone. Finally, they’ll polish the granite so it’s ready to be installed. At that point, the installation team will come to your home and install it. They’ll use shims to aid them while they adjoin all the pieces and make sure that everything matches up correctly. Their final step will be to apply color fillers and silicone sealant.

Of course, you can let the installation team handle everything. Regardless of your choice for installation, make sure you’re buying your kitchen fixtures and other items from a company that offers the quality you need. Mission West Kitchen and Bath is ready to help you find the perfect, unique pieces you’re looking for.

How to Choose a Contractor You’ll Feel Confident With: 3 Factors to Consider

How to Choose a Contractor You’ll Feel Confident With: 3 Factors to Consider

There are a lot of decisions to make when you’re planning your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project. You’ll need to decide on what type of flooring you want, what type of appliances to install, and color scheme will go best. However, the most important decision you’ll make will be which contractor to work with.

At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we’re proud of our reputation and the many clients we’ve helped over the years. We want to be sure that every client who chooses us knows exactly how to choose the right contractor for their needs. No matter which kitchen and bath contractor you use, these are the three things you should consider.

  1. Are they licensed?
  2. Anyone who refers to themselves as a contractor must be licensed. However, you might be surprised by how many companies or individuals will offer to remodel your home without mentioning that they’re not a licensed contractor. A handyperson with a lot of experience can help with many things, but when it comes to installing drywall, helping you select countertops, laying floor, installing your bath fixtures, etc., you need a company or individual who is licensed.

    Why? Because a license shows that they’ve completed schooling. It shows that they’ve been tested on the things they claim to know how to do. Most importantly, it shows that they have the experience to provide a high level of work. If you need an attorney, you would turn to someone who’d passed the Bar – not someone who’d simply watched a lot of crime shows. The same applies to construction – turn to a company that can back up their claims.

  3. Do they have experience in the specific type of work you need done?
  4. Any contractor will have experience with construction but do they have experience with the specific type of construction you need help with? For example, when you want your kitchen remodeled, you likely don’t want to work with a company that works exclusively on building garages. As you consider your options, don’t just ask about experience – ask about experience that’s relevant to your project.

  5. Do they have the type of materials you want?
  6. You want to shop directly with a company that offers the right type of materials and products. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we offer a wide range of cabinets, tiles, bathroom fixtures, appliances, and much more. When you want to shop in a showroom that has everything you need, then you want to work with us.

Why go all over town when you can find everything you want in our showroom? Be sure that your contractor works with a company that can supply all the kitchen and bathroom products you need, from lighting to toilets to beyond. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we are ready to be your design experts. Call us today at 626-799-3503 to learn more about your options or stop by our showroom to see for yourself.

4 Reasons You’ll Love Remodeling Your Kitchen

4 Reasons You’ll Love Remodeling Your Kitchen

Have you been considering remodeling your kitchen but you’re not sure if now is the right time? At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we believe that as soon as you think about remodeling, it’s time to do so. Read the four reasons you’ll love that you took the plunge to remodel your kitchen and then reach out to us at 626-799-3503.

  1. Remodeling your kitchen means saying goodbye to what’s not working
  2. Has your kitchen begun to deteriorate over the years? Do you have cracked tiles? Have your cabinet doors stopped opening or closing completely? Do you have countertops that are pealing? Do your appliances still work as well as they should? Even if you’re only dealing with one of these issues, it’s a good sign that future problems are on their way. We recommend remodeling before everything deteriorates.

  3. You’re likely to see the value of your home increase
  4. One of the biggest advantages of remodeling your kitchen is that it’s likely to lead to an increase in the value of your home. Not only will the price likely go up, but it’s also a good way to make your home more attractive to buyers. The newer a kitchen is, the more buyers are likely to be interested in your home. Even if you don’t plan to sell your home within the next few years, raising the value of your home could increasing the equity you have in your home.

  5. Your utility bills may go down significantly
  6. Do you wish that your utility bills were lower? Do you wish you could reduce the amount of energy your home uses? Remodeling your kitchen can achieve both of those goals. For example, installing a skylight can lead to not needing to use lights during the day. Installing a solar water heater can reduce the amount of energy used to heat water. Of course, energy efficient appliances can make a big difference as well.

  7. Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to instantly modernize your home
  8. If you have an older home that you wished looked more modern, remodeling your kitchen may be one of the best ways to do that. After all, consider walking into a kitchen that’s covered in dark woods and avocado green: You’d immediately associate it with the ‘70s and the entire home would have a dated look. Now imagine walking into a home with granite countertops, brand new track lighting, and stainless steel appliances. This instantly feels more modern and can help the home feel more modern as well.

You’ve found the right partner for your kitchen remodeling needs

There’s no question that you need an experienced kitchen remodeling contractor to help you with your project. That’s exactly what you’ve found in Mission West Kitchen and Bath. With years of experience, employees who are passionate about helping create perfect kitchens, and comprehensive services, we are here to help you. Contact us today by calling 626-799-3503 and let’s get started.

Answers to FAQ About Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling Projects

 Answers to FAQ About Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling ProjectsIf you’re considering remodeling your bathroom and / or kitchen then you likely have questions. You’ll find plenty of information out there about how to save money on a kitchen remodeling project or the best way to make your remodeled bathroom. Today at Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we want to answer some of those questions you don’t see answered as often. Read them now and then reach out to us at 626-799-3503 for more information or to get started on your renovation.

What’s the top thing to consider when hiring a contractor?

Do your research and make sure you’re choosing someone who can handle your project from start to finish. This includes demolition, rebuilding, and everything in between. Make sure they have experience with every aspect of your project, from cabinetry to counter installation to tiling. You also want to work with a company that specializes in bathrooms and kitchens so you know they’ll have the experience you need.

What’s the most time-consuming part of a remodeling project?

There are a lot of steps to installing tile and many factors to consider. You must make sure that all the patterns are installed correctly, you have to keep an eye on each tile to make sure it’s level, square, and placed the way it’s supposed to – and you often have thousands of tiles to place in this way. As you can imagine, it’s essential to choose a company that has plenty of experience with this intricate work.

What can a homeowner do to prepare for the first day of remodeling?

There are two things a homeowner can embrace to have the best chance at success: Planning and flexibility. Homeowners need to have an idea of what they want but they should also be flexible. Sometimes what they want won’t work within their budget, or won’t work with the current setup of their home. Being flexible can yield the best results.

There are also a few preparations a homeowner can do. First, they can find a spot for the contractors to get set up. This might be in the yard, on the driveway, or in part of the garage. We need a spot to set our tools.

Another good idea is to create a path from the entry way to the room being remodeled. Depending on your kitchen or bath design, we may be bringing in drywall, bathroom sinks, and other large items. You may want to roll up rugs, get furniture out of the way, and remove artwork. However, we can always do this for you as well.

Finally, get rid of all of your belongings in the room we’ll be working on. For example, if you’re having your kitchen cabinets replaced, you’ll want to move all your dishes, pots, pans, etc. from your cabinets and store them safely until we’re done.

Do you have additional questions? Or are you ready to get started with your remodeling project? Either way, now is a great time to reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 for more information.


Factors to Consider When Designing the Perfect Guest Bathroom

ToiletFactors to Consider When Designing the Perfect Guest BathroomWhen you’re designing a guest bathroom, you want to create a space that you know your guests will feel comfortable in and feel welcomed by. Comfort and accessibility are both important factors to consider – but they’re not the only factors to consider. Learn more below and then reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to find out more about your options.

Start by making sure the basics are covered

First and foremost, start by figuring out how to cover the basics. This includes making sure you have a quality show or bath, finding a vanity that offers the necessary counter space, figuring out how to add accessible storage, and choosing the right sink. Most of the time, a single sink is all that’s required in a guest bathroom but make sure it’s properly lit and always include a mirror above it.

Guests don’t have the same needs as a resident of a home

You do want your guest bathroom to be convenient and accessible but remember that their needs are different than those living in the home. For example, a guest is going to need much less storage room than a regular occupant. While it may seem that the guest bathroom is a great place to store all your toiletries and medical extras, consider that this is not a good idea if you have guests with kids.

Make it easy for guests to find what they need

Your guests do not want to spend time digging through your cabinets to find what they want. Not only is it an inconvenience, but it can feel impolite. This is why it’s common for guest bathrooms to have open shelves and vanity storage. Hooks are a great option too – you can hang a guest bathrobe, towels, a hair dryer, etc. all in easy reach.

You may also want to consider the needs of a guest who may stay longer. For example, if you expect the grandparents may come for more than a week at a time, then you may want to plan extra room to keep a hamper.

You have lots of choices when it comes to style

Some homeowners like to keep their guest bathroom simple, elegant, and luxurious. They choose colors, textures, materials, and fabrics that more people are likely to enjoy. On the other hand, some people choose to really let their personality come through.

After all, it’s common for a homeowner to want their own bathroom – that they’ll see day in and day out every day of the year – to be a serene, comforting place. A guest bathroom on the other hand, is essentially a place that’s only seen by anyone on a special occasion and can thus be unique and full of personality.

These are just a few of the tips we have for those who are adding a guest bathroom or remodeling their current guest bathroom. For more ideas, and to get the process started, we urge you to reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 as soon as possible.

6 Kitchen Features That Any Baker Will Love

6 Kitchen Features That Any Baker Will Love Remodeling a kitchen means you can create the perfect kitchen for your needs. As a master baker, or even just a hobbyist, there are a host of features that can make your job a lot easier. Contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 to learn more about the many kitchen remodeling options we can offer that will make your kitchen so much easier to use, or read on to learn about six of the coolest features available in today’s kitchens.

  1. Incorporate a stand mixer

  2. Every maker needs a great stand mixer, yet the main issue with these appliances is that they’re heavy and they are hard to move. If you bake regularly then there’s no reason your kitchen remodel can’t include a permanent spot for your stand mixer.

  3. A garage for your small appliances

  4. If you’re like most bakers, you’ve got lots of small appliances that make the work of baking much easier. During your kitchen remodel, the goal is to find a way to tuck them away so that your kitchen stays clean and uncluttered when they’re not in use but they’re still easy to reach. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we can create custom cabinetry that does exactly that.

  5. A workspace that’s placed correctly and sized right

  6. Depending on the type of baking you do, you may want your workspace located right next to the sink. Other bakers may want their workspace situated right by the stove. There are numerous places you can put your workspace and one of the joys of designing your own kitchen is that you not only decide where it is, but you can decide how big it is.

  7. Storage for your specific needs

  8. One of the joys of working with a company that specializes in kitchen renovations is that we can offer unique solutions to storing everything you use in the kitchen. Imagine how much easier baking would be if you always knew where your rolling pins were, or if your parchment paper wasn’t simply stacked with a host of other kitchen goods? You’ll be shocked by the options we have available for you.

  9. A built-in spice rack

  10. So many home bakers have a bin with dozens of bottles of spices and when they need one, their only option is to dig through them all. Others have them lined up in a spice rack – but that spice rack can only hold a few of their favorite spices. We can actually create spice racks built right into your drawers. They keep everything tidy and out of the way yet easy for you to reach when you need them.

  11. A double oven

  12. Most bakers only dream of having a double oven but this could easily become your reality. Imagine being able to bake several batches of cookies, numerous layers of cakes, or even totally different baked goods at different temperatures at the same time.

Be sure to reach out to Mission West Kitchen and Bath soon to find out more about the many ways we can help you create the kitchen of your dreams.


Ready to Renovate Your Bathroom? Important Factors to Consider First

Ready to Renovate Your Bathroom? Important Factors to Consider First Why shouldn’t you have your dream bathroom? Not only will it make you feel luxurious and lovely, but it can add to the value of your home. At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we support anyone who wants to renovate their bathroom but we also want you to have the most success. That’s why we’re here to ensure you’ve considered the important things before you get started.

In total, there are four categories of factors to consider as you make plans for a bathroom renovation. Read on to learn more about them and then reach out to us at 626-799-3503 to learn more about options to remodel your bathroom.

  1. Consider the performance value

  2. When you’re looking to renovate your bathroom, make sure you’re considering not just how it will look but how well it will perform. Meaning, if the main issue with your bathroom now is that there isn’t enough room, make sure that any renovation you do addresses that issue. This doesn’t have to mean you expand the bathroom. In some cases, it may mean simply rearranging your appliances to take better advantage of the space that’s there.

  3. Consider the investment value

  4. According to most any real estate professional you could ask, kitchen and bathroom remodeling projects offer some of the best returns on investment compared to other rooms in the house you might renovate. It’s true that you want to remodel your bathroom with your own needs in mind and not geared solely toward what will give you the best return on your investment, but you’d be wise to have your return on investment be at least part of the decision making process.

  5. Consider the marketing value

  6. This is similar to the investment value in that it won’t come home to roost until the day you decide to sell your home. Whether you expect that’ll be within a year or two or it’ll be twenty years from now, being able to announce that a home has a luxury bathroom can get more potential home buyers through the doors – and the more people look at a home the more likely it is to sell for its full value.

  7. Consider the enjoyment value

  8. For many homeowners, this is the most important factor: How much will you enjoy any improvements you make? At Mission West Kitchen and Bath, we believe you should have the bathroom of your dreams. For example, if you want a huge claw foot tub, then you should have one – even if this may not be the best investment in your particular area. You do want to be savvy but at the end of the day, it’s your bathroom and you should be sure it’s one you’ll enjoy.

If you’re ready to get started on your bathroom renovation then we’re ready to talk to you. Contact Mission West Kitchen and Bath at 626-799-3503 right away. We look forward to taking a look at your home, your wants, and helping you come up with the best possible bathroom you can imagine.