Interior Innovations  Blog

Looking for new ideas for your kitchen or bath? The Interior Innovations blog serves as a interior design resource for homeowners who are looking for interior design news, tips and remodeling ideas for their kitchen or bath. Every month, we post new ideas to help you with your remodeling and restoration efforts. Looking for help or ideas for your kitchen or bath and don’t see it in our blog? Contact us!

How to Choose the Perfect Cabinets for Your Kitchen

Whether you’re doing a complete kitchen remodel, or simply looking to update the look of your current kitchen, cabinets are a great way to add style and personality to your kitchen. With so many choices, it’s difficult to know how to choose the perfect cabinets for your kitchen. We’ve pulled together a few tips to help make the process easier. Choose a cabinet door style Cabinet doors are the most visible design elements in your kitchen, so your door style is one of the most important decisions you will make. There are various styles of cabinet doors available, and since cabinetry doors are so prominent in kitchens, it’s a good idea to start by looking around your home in general. What is your style overall?  Modern?  Traditional? Do you prefer a more ornate style, or do you like basic, clean lines?  While your style doesn’t have to exactly match your overall décor style, it helps to make sure whatever style you pick doesn’t stand out for the wrong reason. Here are the basic cabinet door styles to choose from: Mission Raised panel Beaded Shaker Arched cathedral (single arch) Double arch Flat panel Mullioned Take the time to not only look at the style, but what kind of maintenance each will require. The more ornate, the more nooks and crevices there is to clean, yet more decorative cabinets add a very distinct design style to a kitchen and can really make a statement! Consider your budget Kitchen cabinetry can vary widely when it comes to cost. Try to work with a cabinet company that offers a wide range of cabinet...

6 Ways to Protect Your Home During Renovation

Remodeling your home to suit your lifestyle can be exciting when it’s all said and done. Living through a remodel can be a bit more challenging, especially if you’re living in the house while the remodeling is being done. Depending on what you’re having done, there are a lot of moving pieces which can cause quite a mess during the project. Here are 6 ways to protect your home during renovation to ease the process for you on the way to the home of your dreams. Protect corners and handrails Even with the most careful renovation specialists, when you have workers in and out of your house, up and down the stairs, moving equipment from room to room, removing debris, and working with tool belts, your corners and handrails are going to take a beating. While it’s easy enough to fix this dings, dents and scratches, you can keep them to a minimum with a little prep work. Corners in high traffic areas can be protected with cardboard. Handrails on stairs can be bubble wrapped or protected with a material heavy enough to protect rails against scrapes and dents. Cover your blinds, shutters and window treatments If your renovation includes any kind of demolition, there is going to be dust. A LOT of dust. No matter how careful your workers are, that dust is going to go everywhere, and one of the hardest places to clean dust off is your window treatments. Here’s what you can do to protect your home during renovation:  Take a piece of plastic wrap that you can find at any home improvement store, and...

Home Remodeling Ideas for Pet Owners

Remodeling your existing home can be an exciting opportunity to add those features you always wanted in your home. The usual checklist usually includes updated lighting, new appliances, better cabinetry, etc. but what about upgrades to accommodate your pets?  Believe it or not, features that cater to family pets is high on the list for many homeowners looking to improve the living condition for ALL family members. If you’re interested in making your house a home for your fur baby, check out these home remodeling ideas for pet owners and discuss how to incorporate these designs with your home remodeling professional. Custom feeding areas You can create a built-in area for pet bowls to keep your kitchen looking neat and tidy. This option prevents you from tripping over bowls and spilling food everywhere. You can also install a faucet near the ground in that area to make it easy to refill water bowls. Many homeowners feed their pets in their kitchen or laundry room, so this is a great way to add convenience and make the area neat and tidy! Pet food storage areas If you keep your bags of pet food in a closet or out in the garage, you’re going to love this idea! If you’re installing new kitchen cabinets, think about putting a deep drawer near the pet bowls to use for pet food storage. It’s easy to access the food when you need it without lugging bags of food back and forth. You also gain back that closet or shelf space that you were using to store those bags. Win win! Bathing and grooming areas...

How to Make Your Kitchen More Functional

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen.  It can either be a pleasant experience or a trying one, depending on how your kitchen is designed. Believe it or not, there are several ways to make your kitchen more functional without breaking the bank. Check out the suggestions below to see what might help you get the kitchen you’ve always wanted. Add a kitchen island or butcher block Look around your kitchen:  is there a lot of wasted floor space?  Do you feel like you’re walking back and forth across an empty floor to go from refrigerator to sink to stove?  How about your surface area?  Could you use a bit more space?  It may be time to add a kitchen island or butcher block. Many kitchens are built in a perfect square with a whole lot of nothing in the middle. What a waste!  You can easily add more surface area, storage, and functionality to your kitchen simply by adding an island or butcher block. Depending on the size of the space, a simple portable butcher block may due but if you have the space, adding a kitchen island is a fairly inexpensive renovation with a big payoff. Find a professional designer that can advise you what will work best in your home. Drawers with a purpose Especially in older homes, drawers were made to be multi-functional but nowadays, you can take those drawers to better suit your needs. One of the most popular upgrades is spice drawers. You’ve been there:  peering into a dark cabinet with spices 5 layers deep on a shelf. You can’t find...

Everything You Need to Consider Before Building a Mother-in-Law Suite

As our population continues to live longer and seniors are looking to be independent as long as possible, more and more families are looking to the idea of building a mother-in-law suite so that their aging parent or parents can live independently yet be close at hand to family should any issues arise. To add an addition like this, there’s actually a few things to think about first to plan for the renovation. Here is everything you need to consider before building a mother-in-law suite. What is a mother-in-law suite? A mother-in-law suite is another way to describe guest quarters in a home. It can be as simple as a bedroom and private bath that has a door giving the suite privacy from the rest of the home, or it could be more elaborate like a small guest house with a kitchenette on the property. Some are additions to an existing home while others are detached suites with a shared courtyard or breezeway. Of course, these “mother-in-law” suites can be used for parents, grandparents, in-laws or anyone who you’re looking to create a dedicated space for. Some people create them in anticipation of someone living with them full-time while others are created out of need when a house becomes too full and more space is needed. Multi-generational living is on the rise More and more Americans are keeping it all in the family these days, as multi-generational living—where three or more generations share the same household continues to rise, according to Realtor.com. The number of multi-generational households is growing in the U.S. The Census Bureau says they were up...

Bathroom Renovation Trends That Topped the List in 2018

We often showcase the latest colors, décor,etc. when it comes to bathroom remodels, but for this article, we’re going to look at bathroom renovation trends:  major changes that homeowners made to their bathrooms in 2018 and how that might impact any remodeling you might have in mind for the upcoming year. Age Appropriate Bathrooms Many homeowners spent a good portion of the master bath remodeling budget to make their bathrooms more age-friendly. What does that mean exactly?  Homeowners are becoming aware of aging-related needs when it comes to master bathrooms as older homeowners plan to stay in their own home longer. Homeowners ages 55 or older represent 52% of renovating homeowners today, with a majority planning to remain in their homes for 10 years or longer (59%). Many are planning on upcoming needs, though the majority are still reacting to needs,such as safety or accessibility, that already arose. Here are some of those aging-related renovations: Shower seats Shower grab bars Low or no shower curb Non-slip bathtubs Bathtub grab bars Walk-in tubs A small portion of homeowners went further in their renovations to change the floorplan completely for better access, such as handicap access. New home purchase, new bathroom A good amount of bathroom renovations wasn’t spurred by current homes needing an upgrade. In 2018, most renovations for master bathrooms came as a result of purchasing a home where renovations were needed or desired by the home purchaser. Homeowners were looking to personalize their master bathroom to better suit their needs or tastes. Upgrades and renovations were as follows (in order of popularity): Faucets Wall finish Flooring Lighting Shower...

A Room by Room Guide to Choose the Right Window Treatment

It’s no secret that fabulous window coverings can really make a room look polished and pulled together but with so many options to choose from, how do you decide which window treatment is right for you?  We’ve created a room by room guide to choose the right window treatment, so you can pick your treatments with confidence. A quick overview of window treatment options Before we dive in to which window coverings work best in which room, here’s a quick overview of what your window treatment options are: Blinds Shades Shutters Curtains Drapes Of course, within each of these categories are varying types of window coverings, but these are the basics. Ready? Let’s look at each room to see what kind of window treatment makes sense. Living Rooms and Family Rooms Depending on the style and orientation of the house (north, south, east or west) you might need to treat your windows differently. In general, curtains, drapes, and shutters are your best bet here. When considering curtains, consider any problems that you require your curtains to solve. Too much light? You will need a heavier or lined curtain rather than something light or sheer. Are you looking to dress up a formal living or dining room? Velvet or heavy silk might be a good option though consider your lifestyle too:  homes with kids or pets may require easy washing cotton or rayon curtains. Shutters are a wonderful option that really let you control how much light you want in a room. More allergy-friendly than curtains or drapes, you can choose shutters in different slat widths, real wood or manufactured...

What You Need to Know About Home Remodeling and Permits

Nothing is more exciting than when you’re doing a major remodeling project on your home. Whether it’s a kitchen, bath, bedroom or all the above, it’s thrilling to anticipate how your home will have fresh, new, updated look when the remodeling is done. Except for a few very brave homeowners, most people who are having their home remodeled will likely work with a licensed contractor, who should know what is required regarding pulling permits and city approvals. However, it might be a good idea to brush up on the basics yourself, just to be safe. Here’s what you need to know about home remodeling and permits. What is a building permit? Building permits are written authorizations issued by a city or county to construct a project. They are required for most construction or remodeling projects, to ensure the safety of the work and its compliance with building, construction, and zoning codes. When do you need a permit for a remodeling project? Seems like a simple question, but there are no easy answers!  There are some projects that almost always need a permit, while others may, and still others do not. An article by The Spruce does a great job listing what may or may not need a permit, but here’s a partial list from that article: You need a permit if you’re: Building an addition Moving or removing a load-bearing wall Any kind of major demolition Garage conversion You may need a permit if you’re: Moving a sink Removing or moving a non-load bearing wall Replacing doors or window You probably don’t need a permit if you’re: Putting in...

Remodeling and Renovation Mistakes to Avoid When You Buy a House

It’s so exciting when you buy a new house!  Whether it’s your very first home or not, the anticipation of new, even it’s an older home that’s new to you, brings visions of remodeling nirvana. Knock out this wall…move that stove…. maybe a bay window perhaps?  As they say nowadays: “Slow your roll!”.  While you want to make your new house the home you want to live in, there are a few remodeling and renovation mistakes to avoid when you buy a house. Read on to learn more. You didn’t create a budget Remodeling is the adult version of a kid in a candy store. Sure, you may start by thinking you’ll just change up a few things in the kitchen, but it’s a slippery slope of “I want” that can only be controlled by having a budget. Creating a budget will help create a solid plan so you have a very good idea what is involved in the remodel, and what it will cost; a good way to avoid “scope creep” where services change and shift, and costs usually rise as a result. If you create a budget then run across a MUST have or a “oh no, I didn’t plan for that” moment, you have the opportunity to look at your budget and perhaps reallocate expenditures versus simply increasing costs. You didn’t work with a design professional Unless you’re a design professional yourself, it’s a very good idea to hire one to help with renovating a new house. Why work with a design professional? They can save you time and money. They can help project manage a...

Want That Remodel Done by the Holidays? Start Now to Be Ready by Christmas

It’s hard to even begin thinking about the holidays when our weather is in triple digits, but if you’re hoping to have a brand-new kitchen or bath before holiday visitors arrive, now is the time to get started. Here’s what you need to do to get that remodel done by the holidays. A realistic timeline for a kitchen remodel Depending on what you’re trying to accomplish with your kitchen remodel, you may be looking at a longer timeline than you think. For a major kitchen remodel involving plumbing, electrical, and structural changes, a realistic remodel timeline is about 6 to 12 months. The key to this lengthy timeline is “structural”. Are you knocking down walls?  Removing weight-bearing beams?  That’s major renovation that requires permits and approvals, and that takes time. And that’s not all. There are a lot of components that go into a complete kitchen remodel including: Measuring the space Defining your ideal kitchen (a project plan) Creating the floorplan design by a design professional Choosing kitchen components (cabinets, lighting, sinks, hardware, etc.) Kitchen demo Installation Besides waiting for permits (which can vary greatly depending on where you live) waiting for your products to come in can also add a significant amount of time. It all adds up! Don’t despair! It IS realistic to have a renovated kitchen by the holidays depending on what you’re trying to do. If you take out the major structural changes, you’ve just saved yourself a big bucket of time, but that still means you need to start the process pronto to give yourself the holiday gift of a new kitchen. You may have to...

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