• In the 2010 Will Ferrell movie “The Other Guys”, Will Ferrell plays Allen Gamble, a no frills paper pushing cop who doesn’t get the same glory some of his heroic counterparts get on the force. A minor case turns into a big deal and he finally gets to show his stuff.

    When it comes to kitchen countertops, granite and quartz (or engineered stone) are the heroes of the lot. But what about the “other guys” in kitchen countertops? When given the chance, they can perform above and beyond expectations and be an integral part and focal point of the kitchen.

    Here are some pros and cons of the “other guys” when it comes to kitchen countertops:

    Wood/Butcher Block – a time-tested choice for work surfaces in the kitchen, wood butcher block kitchen countertops offer a warm, beautiful look. From maple’s tight grains to the exotic feel of black walnut, wood butcher block kitchen countertops can be an excellent choice.
    Pros: Natural look and feel; can be sanded, sealed and maintained over time; easy to clean
    Cons: Must be oiled and sealed regularly for proper wear and appearance; scratches naturally and easily from cutting; can be damaged from stains or water over time

    kitchen countertops not named granite or quartz

    2 of the “other guys” of kitchen countertops: soapstone and marble.

    Soapstone – these rustic stone kitchen countertops are being found in more and more kitchens. Soapstone has a smooth surface that has a feel that is often compared to a dry bar of soap. Its natural darker gray tone is particularly popular, offering a beautiful and striking contrast when used with lighter stains and painted whites and off white finishes.
    Pros: Deep, rich color options; smooth, cool feel; offers some stain and heat resistance
    Cons: Will darken over time; susceptible to cracking; requires regular maintenance with mineral oil

    Concrete – with surprising flexibility, concrete kitchen countertops offer tinted colors and unusual shapes customized to the needs of the client. With options for honed finish and texture variations including tiny pebbles and sand, concrete kitchen countertops can truly personalize your kitchen space.
    Pros: Heat and scratch resistance; color can be tinted for variation; offers exotic and unique look
    Cons: Susceptible to cracking; is porous and must be sealed 3-4 times a year for best performance (but can be sealed); sometimes is perceived as more “industrial” looking

    Stainless Steel – this industrial looking surface works best in more modern and contemporary kitchen design. The silvery-gray of stainless steel kitchen countertops is always custom made and often will not have any visible seams. It could be a little much though if you have your heart set on stainless steel fixtures and appliances.
    Pros: Easy to clean; can handle hot pans; rustproof
    Cons: Expensive; noisy; susceptible to denting; not a surface to cut on; can be industrial looking; shows fingerprints

    Marble – an ideal surface for dough and baking prep, marble kitchen countertops are often the complimentary top in the kitchen, finding its’ way onto an island or specific baking prep area. Price plays a factor as well, as marble kitchen countertops typically carry a higher price tag.
    Pros: Striking in appearance; heat resistance; water proof
    Cons: Expensive; porous; prone to staining if not professionally sealed; requires periodic maintenance; can scratch

    As Will Ferrell’s Allen Gamble said, “This is all the evidence we have, and I, I truly hope you take this seriously.” We hope you take note of some of the “other guys” in kitchen countertops to find the right surface for your own kitchen.

    By Jim Grace

  • This week saw the roll out of the long anticipated Apple Watch, a device that can do just about everything but prepare and cook your meals (not yet at least). And while many of us here at Reico are just as curious and excited about this next new thing in technology, we couldn’t help but wonder what this means for people who are also looking at kitchen cabinets for sale in hopes of completing that long awaited kitchen remodeling project. Find Kitchen Cabinets for sale at Reico Kitchen & Bath

    So, thanks to a great tweet from USA Today, we started thinking more about it. For the Gold Apple Watch edition that retails for $10,000, how much of a kitchen remodeling project could you complete?

    Sizes of kitchens vary from home to home and costs vary by region, so coming up with an average cost is not always easy. Using some quick research online and our own data put us in the ballpark of anywhere from $18,000 to $21,000 on average for a 30 linear foot kitchen remodel that can include all or parts of replacing cabinets, countertops, appliances and more along with considerations for flooring, hardware and wall coverings or paint. Based on that math, a Gold Apple Watch would be the equivalent of a nice down payment on the cost of the average kitchen remodeling project. And unlike the pace of change in technology, your kitchen will be current and in style for much longer!

    You might do even better, but it’s going to take more than just finding kitchen cabinets for sale to make this work. If your purpose is to update a home for re-sale purposes, that $10,000 could go even further. And let’s not forget too that if we are married or in a serious relationship, there is no way we could come home with one Gold Apple Watch for ourselves and not have one for our partner. Now that’s $20k to work with (hypothetically speaking, of course)!

    Our suggestion….if you really must have the latest technology, then start with the Apple Sport Watch or mid-range Apple Watch and take advantage of Reico’s own kitchen cabinets for sale to make this a spring to remember!

    By Jim Grace

  • For anyone considering a remodeling project, it can be very much like answering the age old question “Which came first, the chicken or the egg.” Deciding which home remodeling project comes first, kitchen remodeling or bathroom remodeling, is always certain to spark a passionate debate in many a household. For every King of Prussia, PA kitchen remodeling project decision, there is a bathroom remodeling Richmond, VA project or elsewhere to counter.

    But seriously, which should come first?

    When the market took a downturn a few years back, it was widely believed the remodeling would hold steady or slightly improve, the thought being that people staying in their homes would be more likely to remodel to some degree to better enjoy their space. According to Deb Tomlin, branch manager of Reico Kitchen & Bath’s Richmond, VA showroom, that’s when they started seeing a real trend towards bathroom remodeling. “Bathroom remodeling projects became our most asked about projects at our Richmond, VA location and even as we see the market recover continues to be a popular project for clients to start with.”

    The popularity of bathroom remodeling has been further pushed by a few myths that it is often easier, cheaper and less disruptive than kitchen remodeling. Here are 3 myths about bathroom remodeling that we offer a quick “reality” check on:

    Which came first kitchen or bathroom remodeling

    Myth: Bathroom remodeling has fewer decisions to make than kitchen remodeling.

    Reality: Bathroom remodeling often has as many or more. Like kitchen remodeling, you have cabinets, countertops, flooring, tile and hardware in common. But what about toilets, tubs, grab bars, mirrors, shower, shower door, sink faucets, tub/shower faucets. You should be prepared to make just as many if not more decisions.

    Myth: Bathroom Remodeling is less expensive than kitchen remodeling.

    Reality: We think smaller space = less materials = less cost. Depending on the bathroom, this may or may not be true. And based on the list of materials shown above you have to make decisions on and labor costs associated with it, bathroom remodeling costs will often rival minor or in some cases even major kitchen remodeling projects depending on your own scope of work.

    Myth: Bathroom Remodeling is less disruptive than kitchen remodeling.

    Reality: All remodeling projects can be disruptive. When you decide to work in frequently used spaces of the home, be prepared to adjust your routines some. A good remodeling partner will help you plan for the disruption and identify how you will work around the space as your project is in the construction phase.

    So while we may not have answered the question of which really comes first, what is clear is that bathroom remodeling is just as involved as kitchen remodeling. Being prepared going into either remodeling project will go a long way to creating your dream bathroom or kitchen.

    Thinking about a bathroom remodeling project? Download our Bathroom Planning Guide!

    Thinking about a kitchen remodeling project? Download our Kitchen Planning Guide!

    By Jim Grace

  • We LOVE thinking about a new kitchen. Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops and a stylish grey or white finished cabinet for a trendy and lasting kitchen style and space. What we don’t love – thinking about what kitchen remodeling costs. But with the right planning and considering, you can manage your project and your kitchen remodeling costs. Here are 3 questions to consider together at the start to help shape the kitchen remodeling costs for your project.

    Kitchen Remodeling Costs

    How long do you intend to be in the home?

    Your kitchen remodeling costs should be impacted by how long you plan to be in your home. If you are planning to stay in your home, you may see this as an opportunity to create your dream kitchen which will have a definite impact on your kitchen remodeling costs. If only a few years or you are readying to sell, you should be more conservative with your project to keep kitchen remodeling costs down. This could be as simple as replacing a countertop, changing our hardware or putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls (or even cabinets). Depending on the home’s age and your desire to increase its’ marketability, you may need to go all in for cabinets, countertops, appliances and more. While this may increase your kitchen remodeling costs, it is often the difference between selling your home or not.

    How much do you plan to spend?

    The dreaded budget question but one that must be answered early to help establish what your kitchen remodeling costs will be. You can google “kitchen remodeling costs” and get a wide variety of answer, from 5-10% of the value of your home or more. Remodeling Magazine has a helpful resource that shows average project remodeling costs in most metro markets to get an idea of what kitchen remodeling costs are in your area, even breaking it down by major or minor kitchen remodeling. You can also use Reico’s own kitchen estimator tool to get a ballpark range of kitchen remodeling costs for cabinets, countertops and appliances based on the size of your kitchen. And no matter what number you settle on, plan for unexpected costs as well along the way. There is always something…whether it is lurking behind those cabinets, floors and walls (bad) or is just that one thing you fall in love with and must have for your new kitchen (good).

    What’s in the scope of your project?

    To get a better handle on your kitchen remodeling costs, determine what’s going to be included. Consider all the options: cabinets, countertops, appliances, hardware, sink, faucet, tile backsplash, flooring, lighting, painting…even things such as new kitchen table, chairs or stools as current items don’t match up to your newly remodeled space. You can really get on a roll as you get excited, and all of sudden your kitchen remodeling costs have increased as you have increased the scope. Want or need? Now or later? Must have or just a wish? It is helpful to understand all the possible costs to help you make your decisions. A new sink and faucet is pretty much a must when you do the countertop but maybe a tile backsplash can be added later.

    By considering these 3 questions together, you can do a lot to shape what your own kitchen remodeling costs will be. Do your research, ask questions and get professional help to make the best decisions on the design, products and costs of your own kitchen remodel.

    By Jim Grace

  • When it comes to our drawers we all tend to be a little private, don’t we? It’s not exactly the type of thing we just want everyone (or anyone) to see. But when it comes to our kitchen drawers, the options and functionality have expanded way beyond a simple cabinet drawer.

    In addition to the near endless variety of kitchen cabinet accessories you can add to cabinet drawers, drawer appliances continue to nudge their way into the kitchen and the entire home. These stylish point-of-use solutions offer sleek design and simple convenience that fits in with the lifestyles of the users.

    Warming Drawer 

    Here are 3 kitchen drawer appliances to consider for your next kitchen remodel, or any remodel where cabinets are being considered:

    Warming Drawer Appliances – whether it is your own busy life or a family on the go coming home at all hours from soccer practices, band concerts and varied work schedules, a warming drawer appliance allows you to enjoy food the way it was intended to be service. It can also warm plates, slow roast vegetables or meats and even proof bread. Want more? Put one in your master bath to warm up towels and robes.

    Refrigerator Drawer Appliances – when you desire very precise refrigeration for specific foods or beverages, refrigerator drawer appliances can be a better option that full size refrigerators. It may allow for a more standard full size refrigerator in the kitchen with refrigerator drawer appliances designed strategically in the kitchen and beyond into bar areas, fitness rooms, coffee nooks and more.

    Dishwasher Drawer Appliances – with comparable capacity and the potential for energy savings, dishwasher drawer appliances can be a great solution when your dishwasher needs are less frequent or you need the space in a smaller kitchen. Water and energy consumption is typically less by drawer, making for a more environmentally friendly resource. Check dimensions though and make sure your dinner plates will fit in it properly.

    With easier to reach controls and clean lines, there is nothing “cheeky” about these drawers no matter where you might find them! All of these drawer options offer space-saving convenience that works in the kitchen and throughout the home.

    By Jim Grace