It’s an exciting time for kitchen designs in Fort Collins. As the area grows, developers building new homes are experimenting with new ways to organize one of the most-used rooms in the house. Kitchen remodeling is also picking up in the Fort Collins area, as established homeowners start rethinking the space they and their families spend so much time in. A few trends, in particular, stand out as popular kitchen design choices in northern Colorado:

kitchen remodel fort collins Smart kitchens. Everything is getting smarter, including your appliances. Smart refrigerators, which keep an eye on your dairy and produce for you and let you know when food is going bad, are especially popular for new construction and kitchen remodels in Fort Collins.

Streamlined surfaces. Sharp corners and blocky kitchen designs are out in Fort Collins, replaced mostly by streamlined surfaces and counter tops with softly rounded corners. Wavy edges and seamless kitchen islands are also getting popular, especially with quartz surfaces, which are starting to overtake granite counters in Colorado kitchen remodels.

Dark tones. Kitchens of the past were generally done in bright colors. Whites, yellows and shades of cream have been popular kitchen paint schemes for nearly a century. Some of the new kitchen designs in Fort Collins, however, are breaking that tradition with darker tones and even some jet-black surfaces. Some of this is to go better with darker toned appliances, while in some places it’s a conscious design choice to get away from tradition. Dark tiles are getting popular for floors, as are some of the darker hardwoods. Black paint may not be popular (not yet, at least), but tones of umber, mahogany and ochre are finding their way into a lot more kitchen designs in Fort Collins than they used to.

Big backsplashes. Backsplashes have been changing a lot lately. From the 1×1 tiles that were popular decades ago, and the laminate that used to be the default kitchen design in Fort Collins homes for years, homeowners are gravitating toward something a little more showy and eye-catching. Backsplash tiles have been getting steadily bigger over the years, with 4×4 stone tiles currently all the rage, and some solid-slab stone installations gaining traction.

If you have questions about kitchen remodeling in Fort Collins, give us a call for advice and a free consultation. We have years of experience in kitchen design in the northern Colorado area and can help you understand the kitchen remodeling options available to you.

winter remodeling fort collinsYes, it’s the middle of winter, and the colder weather has probably put a stop to your remodeling project —at least the ones that involve working outdoors. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be thinking ahead. Why not get a jump-start on spring? Take time now, to walk around the house, or look out your windows, and dream big….

  • Sure, you’ve got a lovely living room, with a fireplace keeping you warm on these cold evenings, but the linoleum on the floor has developed an unintended—and unattractive—pattern of burn marks over the years. Is it time to consider upgrading your living room…perhaps some beautiful distressed wood floors, with an elegant polished-stone apron in front of that nice warm fireplace?
  • Yes, you have your grill tucked away for the winter, but where does it live in warmer weather? Rather than have it taking over part of your well-manicured lawn, why not construct an outdoor cooking space, complete with a nice seating area or bar your friends can lean against—and set their drinks upon—while you are grilling?
  • Watching your cat stare out the kitchen window, twitching her tail as she sees birds at the feeders, you realize that it might be a lot of fun to see her watching fish swim around in that abandoned backyard fishpond you’ve been carefully ignoring for the past three years. Whether it’s simply a matter of fixing a leak, or replacing the entire system, it would be very nice to enjoy all of your yard, come spring….

Whatever you’re envisioning, we can help you make it happen. Believe it or not, midwinter is an excellent time to contact us and begin the planning process. We would not want to get between you and your fireplace, but once the weather is warm enough to enjoy time outdoors, we can be ready to step in and transform that outdated living room floor. If you contact us now, we will be primed to “spring forward” with your remodeling project, be it your outdoor kitchen or abandoned pond, the moment temperatures remain high enough for us to pour the concrete. So contact us about your midwinter dream, and we will help you make it come true.

Paul is a Fort Collins Kitchen Remodeling Contractor

Kitchen Remodeling in Fort Collins

If you are like many of us, your kitchen very likely is in need of updating.  Maybe your culinary skills have outgrown your current kitchen and you are looking for something more cook friendly.  Or perhaps your family has grown in numbers and the cabinet and storage space simply is no longer adequate.  Or, maybe  your kitchen is fine, functionally speaking, but the appliances and overall look have become outdated and just are not what you were thinking while imagining your dream kitchen–after all, it’s not easy to visualize your perfect kitchen when it centers around an avocado green oven from the early 80’s!

No matter your reasons for considering kitchen remodeling in Fort Collins–from ugly appliances to the need for more space–there are several tips any homeowner should consider when having their kitchen remodeled.   Keeping some of these tips in mind while making remodeling plans with Artisan Remodeling and Repair can help you achieve a kitchen that not only looks great, but has been designed to function in perfect harmony with how you and your family uses the kitchen.

Layout Matters

When planning your kitchen, you should always think about how you cook, or use each section of the space.  Ask yourself things like, “Where is the most convenient place to keep pots, pans, or dishes?”  “Is food storage easily accessible, and easy to get to when preparing food?”  “Are the separate areas of the kitchen conducive to moving from one task to another without wasting time and energy moving items, or pacing back and forth to get everything needed?”  A well planned layout that maximizes your kitchen’s functionality can save on future frustration.

Give Yourself Space

Unless your goal is to expand the vocabulary of  little ears (or big ears alike), making sure you have room to move around without banging your shins, elbows, or head on cabinets, drawers or shelving is probably advisable.  Kitchens with too narrow walkways, or tight work spaces can often lead to bumps and bruises which make your cooking experience more of a chore and less of a joy.  If you don’t plan work spaces and walkways that are too small for the sake of an overcrowded kitchen, you can easily maximize the shin friendliness and overall functionality of your new kitchen.

Decide Your Kitchen’s “Guest List”

If you are the only person in your home who uses the kitchen, then planning the perfect kitchen for you should be a breeze.  However, if your kitchen often has more than one person “invited” to the party, you should consider making the entire kitchen, or at least certain areas more adaptable to multiple users.  For example, if you have children who like to help mom or dad cook, making sure at least one counter top is an accessible height is a great idea.

Determining who, and how much each person in your family will be using all the areas of your kitchen will help in deciding important factors like counter height, appliance height, and how much space necessary between appliances and work spaces.  The forethought on who will be using what can make group cook sessions, or family time making cookies a much more pleasant experience later.

So, when the time has come to remodel your kitchen, no matter the reasons why, making the right plans with the right home improvement contractor is key.  Let Artisan Remodeling and Repair help you realize your family’s dream kitchen with our superior craftsmanship, trustworthy products and affordable pricing.  Contact us today for your free estimate.

Home Remodeling Company in Fort Collins COIt seems like the trend these days is do-it-yourself. Home improvement shows on television make everything look easy, and the commercials for hardware stores say they will help you get things done. But to be honest, not everyone has the time or the skills to DIY, as this story we came across will show. If this sounds familiar to you, let a home remodeling company in Fort Collins help you out.

A young, ambitious couple just moved into their first house, and decided they wanted to install a set of pull-down steps to provide easier access to the attic. They cut the hole for the stairs, and couldn’t believe how well their first major project was going. The husband went up in the attic to secure the stair frame to the joists, while the wife stood underneath the stairs holding it in place. Once the husband finished securing the frame, he called down to the Mrs. to pull on the cord and release the stairs so he could get out of the attic. The cord wouldn’t budge for some reason, and after a minute she discovered that the stairs had been nailed shut to keep them from coming open during shipping. Panic set in as they realized the husband was trapped in the attic with the only hammer they owned, so there was no way to pull the nails out and let the stairs down. Now, this couple could have borrowed a neighbor’s hammer or even run to the store to get another one, but th ey ended up calling 911 to have the local emergency squad rescue them from their first home improvement project.

Some people just aren’t handy, or don’t have time to tackle the projects they would like to do around the house. Whether you have some little jobs that need to be taken care of, or you’re planning a big project like a bathroom or kitchen remodel, contact us. We’re licensed, insured, and we guarantee you will be satisfied with our work, without any embarrassing stories to tell.