Counter Culture

Written by Monday, 24 April 2023 14:25

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A national survey confirms trends among homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO that countertops are becoming a more important feature of new kitchen, serving both aesthetic and functional purposes. A Kitchen & Bath Design News survey of more than 400 kitchen and bath design professionals found that countertops have increasingly become an integral part of the modern-day kitchen, being called up to serve multiple purposes ranging from a traditional space for meal preparation, cooking and cleanup to providing space for school work, hobbies, working from home, mobile device charging and other activities.

Real estate marketplace provider Zillow reports that multifunctional countertops on kitchen islands is one of the top five home design trends to watch in 2023. The company noted that multifunctional kitchen islands generated 19% more mentions in listing descriptions in 2023 than in 2022.

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The number one reason why homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO decide to create a dream kitchen is that their existing kitchen does not work well or meet their needs. We frequently hear from homeowners that their kitchens don’t have enough storage capabilities, countertop space or cabinetry. Other common reasons are lack of maneuverability, appearance and poor ventilation.  

The role of the kitchen has been transformed since the global pandemic. No longer does a kitchen serve the basic functions of preparing and cooking meals. Kitchens need to serve multiple purposes from classroom and office space to café and coffeeshop. These new requirements make having adequate storage a more pressing necessity to help ensure clean, clutter-free workspaces. In fact, the number one regret of homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO who have renovated their kitchens is inadequate storage and not investing more in organizational amenities. A well-designed kitchen is an organized kitchen. That’s why we ask homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO how they use their kitchen and for what purposes, who uses the kitchen most often and when is it used? We want to know what homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO like about their existing kitchens and what they want to change? What needs to improve? What will make your kitchen the envy of your neighborhood?


Homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO, especially those who are working from home either part-time or full-time, dream about creating an in-home spa where they can take a few minutes all to themselves to wash away the stresses of the day, recharge and rejuvenate the bodies and spirits. Demand for in-home spas featuring steam systems, message therapies, aroma, sound and color therapies, heated floors, smart mirrors, toilets and faucets have skyrocketed. If you want to join other homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO to create the primary bath of your dreams, here are several of the most successful practices for your dream bath remodel.

Don’t start demolition until you have received all of the fixtures and components that have been specified. These can include the shower system (valves, body sprays, rain heads, handheld showerhead, benches, steam unit, controller, etc.), faucets, sinks, storage solutions, toilet, vanity, countertop, lighting, hardware, mirrors, heated floor, ventilation systems and other products. Request that your designer and installer develop a renovation timeline and projected lead times.  


Kitchen cabinets set the tone for the look and feel not only of a new dream kitchen, but also the look and feel of the entire home. When it comes to cabinetry, there are countless options to help make your remodeling dreams a reality. That’s why most homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO should focus first on cabinets. While it’s great to have choices, selecting cabinets can be overwhelming. To assist homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO curate the multiple options for kitchen cabinets, a good starting point is to consider the style of your existing home. To help match and complement what currently exists, we account for the shape of the kitchen space, ceiling height and other details that can be used to create contrasts or complements the existing space. One of the joys that many homeowners receive when they create the kitchen of their dreams is the opportunity to make a personal design statement that speaks to their individual tastes and aesthetics. This is accomplished in the selection of finishes, hardware, and door styles.

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The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is the largest event of its kind in North America for kitchen and bath showrooms, designers, sales professionals and manufacturers. Featuring more than 600 exhibitors and attracting some 70,000 attendees, KBIS serves as the event for manufacturers to introduce new products and showcase trends that are likely to dominate kitchen, bath and home renovation for the months and years to come.

Designing a dream kitchen or bath for homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO requires balancing form with function. A recurring request among homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO is to design spaces that make everyday tasks easier and more enjoyable to perform while making a space look and feel extraordinarily special. Many of the trends at KBIS are reflected in the desires of homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO who want innovative designs that maximize functionality, ease of use, and efficiency.  

Open floor plans remain a top trend in Colorado Springs, CO. Almost three in four homeowners love the idea of opening up their kitchens to other rooms in their home. Given the fact that many homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO continue to work either full-time or part-time from their home, open floor plans increase the functionality of the home, providing dedicated spaces for working, studying, entertaining, relaxing and spending quality family time.

What's Trending in Primary Baths?

Written by Wednesday, 22 March 2023 09:09

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Fixr has released its 2023 Bathroom Trends Report whose findings are consistent with demands we are seeing among homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO. The major trends found are as follows:

Homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO continue to work full time or part time from their homes. They want a sanctuary space where they can spend a few minutes all to themselves, devoid of texts, tweets and even little feet, to recharge, refresh and wash away the stresses of the day. Half of respondents to the Fixr survey cited the ability to create an in-home spa experience as a top priority. Creating a calming environment can be accomplished with the use of wood-look and natural materials in addition to specifying products that provide different types of therapies that include message, color, sound and light in shower systems and tubs.

Fixr found that homeowners are gravitating toward more patterned tiles and wallcoverings to add depth, interest and dimension to the bath. 36% of bath design professionals surveyed cited this as a major trend.

Creating A Dream Laundry Room

Written by Wednesday, 15 March 2023 09:05

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Many homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO continue to invest in their homes to make them more functional, enjoyable and valuable. Desire for a better home is particularly widespread among homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO who are working part-time or full-time from home. Our showroom has received increasing demand for more efficient, effective and beautiful kitchens, baths, entryways, mudrooms, and laundry rooms among other spaces in a home.

There are several keys to creating a dream laundry room space. One is having sufficient space. A minimum of 80 square feet is necessary if homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO want a laundry space that features storage cabinets, a sink, washer and dryer and room to maneuver. We can help homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO create the space they need to make a laundry area the envy of a neighborhood. Including a deep countertop can be achieved by specifying front loading instead of top loading washers and dryers. A countertop, at least 24 inches in depth, is valued by homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO because it provides adequate space for a laundry basket to sit on top and to sort and fold clothing. Another option to create space is to specify an appliance that both washes and dries or to opt for a stackable unit.  

Now Is the Perfect Time to Remodel

Written by Wednesday, 08 March 2023 09:00

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Is now the time to start the remodeling project that will add value to your home and family and make your home more enjoyable to use and live in? That’s a question many homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO are considering and the vast majority are answering in the affirmative. Current economic conditions make the decision much easier. Nearly 80% of American home mortgages are 4% or less. With interest rates more than doubling from a year ago, purchasing power for a new home has declined by 40%. Plus, with new and for sale home inventory limited, many homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO have determined it is more cost-effective and beneficial to enhance their current homes than to purchase a new one.

Another reason why so many homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO are electing to remodel their kitchens, primary baths, closets, laundry rooms and other space in their home is that they are happy with their current neighborhood and home.  

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Did you know that a great shower can boost creativity and novel thinking? A 2019 University of California at Santa Barbara study of professional writers and physicists found that 20% of their most creative ideas occurred while they were in the bathroom shower. A shower not only has the power to clean one’s body, showering also has the ability to relax your mind and unleash streams of consciousness, clarity and creativity. The technical term for this is the “shower effect.”

How can homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO create showers that are the source of great ideas and ‘Ah Ha’ moments? Recognize that a wonderful shower experience not only can wash away the stresses of the day, but showering also can transform the way homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO think. We can greatly enhance the creative and health benefits for homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO by designing bathroom showers that promote and advance “the shower effect.” Design elements that include steam, massage, color, aroma, and sound therapies enable the mind to wander and have free-flowing, spontaneous thoughts that promote creativity. Plus, creating and using a dream shower make you feel like a million dollars.  

Are Two Bathroom Sinks Better Than One?

Written by Wednesday, 22 February 2023 10:50

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Homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO almost always opt for two separate sinks when renovating their primary bath. That makes a lot of sense given the fact that most everyone is extremely busy, and on most days more than one person will need access to their primary bath vanity at the same time. However, double sinks may not be the best option for all bathrooms, especially those where space is at a premium. What’s best for your dream bath?

When homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO opt for double sinks in their primary bath, they receive dedicated space that they can call their own. There’s space on one side for makeup, nail polish remover, cosmetics, multiple brushes, etc. and on the other side shaving cream, razors, and other similar items and there are few opportunities that personal grooming items travel from one sink to the second sink. Double sinks add order and privacy to the primary bath.

Space is the key challenge to installing double sinks. If there is sufficient room, the decision is a no-brainer. The minimum amount of space needed is at least six feet. This will allow for sufficient space between two sinks to prevent users from bumping into one another.

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