Trending: Mudroom Makeovers

Welcome to Winter! Well, not officially, but after nearly 9” of snowfall last night in some areas, it sure does feel like Winter has arrived. So today feels like a good day to discuss the ever-growing request for a well utilized mudroom!

The ever popular mudroom is a space where you and your family arrive and depart on a daily basis. A space that can easily become a dumping zone for all of your cold weather accessories. We are lucky to have such beautiful seasons here in New England, but with each season change, comes the need for specific storage solutions for all of our gear. Although this space tends to be high traffic, it’s also the the first impression of your home. We are finding that more and more homeowners are requesting help in creating an inviting and highly functional entry. Since no two households are the same, each space can be individually customized to fit your specific needs.

To start, you’ll want to make a list of your mudroom storage needs. Do you need hooks for coats, bags and hats? If so, how many? Do you want these hooks exposed, or should everything be behind cabinet doors? Do you need drawers for accessories such as mittens or dog leashes? Will you want a bench to sit down on? Does this bench double as storage for toys, or is it open below for a place to tuck your boots? Would you like a message board for last minute reminders, or an area to charge your electronics? There are so many ways to achieve the storage you need, be it for yourself, for the whole the family and even for those four legged friends!

No matter what the request, one of our designers would be happy to help you make the most of your home’s entryway. Give us a call or stop by the showroom if this project has been on your list. The very first display you’ll see when you arrive to the showroom will be a mudroom display, so hang your coat, make a coffee and start planning the mudroom you’ve always been wishing you had!

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Choosing the Right Range Hood for your Kitchen

Oftentimes, when journeying through the design process, our customers ask what style of range hood would work best in their kitchen. Choosing a hood style can be overwhelming due to the number of options out there, but it doesn't have to be! Hoods are an essential appliance in your kitchen because they extract airborne grease, fumes, and odors. They do so using a strong mechanical fan, in combination with a filtration system or series of vents. There are two main categories of hoods, those with ducts, which vent air through the exterior of the home, or those without ducts, which filter and recirculate the same air. Overall, range hoods are rated by how many cubic feet of air they can remove, or recycle, per minute. This rating should match the amount of energy your stove is putting out. Now that you have a little bit of general information, let's look at the different types of range hoods, and find the one that works for you!

An under cabinet range hood is a popular choice as they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and price points, available with or without ducts. They are also available as an under cabinet microwave hood. This option is great for small spaces as it combines two appliances in one, freeing up more space on your countertops.

 Designed by Solana James CKD / Candlelight Cabinetry, 3/8" Lipped Classic Arch Door Style, Cherry Wood with Honey Glow Stain / Cambria Windemere Quartz Counter Tops

Designed by Solana James CKD / Candlelight Cabinetry, 3/8" Lipped Classic Arch Door Style, Cherry Wood with Honey Glow Stain / Cambria Windemere Quartz Counter Tops

 Designed by Solana James CKD / Kraftmaid Cabinets, Full Overlay Argonne Door Style, Maple Wood with Canvas Painted Finish / Caesarstone Pietra Grey Quartz Counter Tops

Designed by Solana James CKD / Kraftmaid Cabinets, Full Overlay Argonne Door Style, Maple Wood with Canvas Painted Finish / Caesarstone Pietra Grey Quartz Counter Tops

If an under cabinet hood isn't your style and you're looking to add an eye catching element to your kitchen, a chimney hood might be the perfect match for you! These hoods have an internal fan to catch the fumes and push them up the chimney and out through a vent. They can be placed between cabinets or freestanding over your island's cooktop. The most common material for a chimney hood is stainless steel. Copper, black and wood are becoming increasingly popular options.

 Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Plato Woodwork (and Prelude) Cabinetry, Full Overlay Anthem Door Style, Quartersawn Oak with Coast Grey Stain with a Black Glaze (Island in Cottage Red Paint with Black Glaze) / Moon Light Granite Counter Tops

Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Plato Woodwork (and Prelude) Cabinetry, Full Overlay Anthem Door Style, Quartersawn Oak with Coast Grey Stain with a Black Glaze (Island in Cottage Red Paint with Black Glaze) / Moon Light Granite Counter Tops

Wood hood surrounds are another option to integrate your personal style into your space. Hood surrounds typically match your cabinetry and have a hood liner insert that is not visible. To add drama to your kitchen, a contrasting wood hood can make a bold statement. Wood hoods come in what seems like endless design styles and can be a great way to highlight your cooking space.

 Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Vantage by Kraftmaid Cabinetry, Full Overlay Grandview Door Style, Maple Wood with Canvas Paint (Willow Paint on Island) / Silestone Tebas Black Quartz Counter Tops

Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Vantage by Kraftmaid Cabinetry, Full Overlay Grandview Door Style, Maple Wood with Canvas Paint (Willow Paint on Island) / Silestone Tebas Black Quartz Counter Tops

If you're looking for a ventilation option for a peninsula or an island but don’t want an overhead hood, a downdraft may be a perfect option for your space. These slim systems are recessed behind your cooktop or range, and pop up at the push of a button! When not in use, the downdraft retracts into the counter, leaving only a small strip visible. This is a great option if clean lines and simplicity are important to you.

 Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Plato Woodwork, Caramelized Horizontal Grain Bamboo and Arctic White Painted Cabinetry

Designed by Erica Smith CMKBD, CAPS / Plato Woodwork, Caramelized Horizontal Grain Bamboo and Arctic White Painted Cabinetry

This is only a glimpse into the world of hood options for your kitchen. Once you’ve started the design process with one of our certified designers, they will happily help you navigate through the choices to determine the hood that works for your style and budget!