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TREND ALERT: HAND PAINTED GLASS BACKSPLASH

Among the many options of tile and quartz backsplash, there’s a type that’s gaining popularity with kitchen designs as of late; hand painted glass backsplash! Here’s a few reasons to research a little further into this on-going trend. First, hand painted glass backsplash gives you a unique look with a pop of customized color. Glass

LET’S TALK TARIFFS

As of September 24th, 2018 the Chinese import tariffs took place on Chinese Quartz starting at an increase of 10%. As of January 1st, 2019 that will increase to 25%! This information is crucial because we here at AKB do not import Chinese Quartz so there will be no price increase on our quartz countertop

WATERFALL COUNTERTOPS

So after days of contemplating over a plethora of options you’ve finally picked out your countertops to accentuate your kitchen! But did you know that in lieu of the usual path of countertops with standard backsplash, you can also opt for a waterfall countertop? Now what is a waterfall countertop? It’s a continuation of the

CHOOSING A BACKSPLASH

HOW TO CHOOSE A BACKSPLASH Cabinetry and countertop selections, check! After all of the style choices that you need to make during the design process during a remodel, when it comes to your backsplash choice, you may start to feel a bit overwhelmed. Fear not! This part of the design is very versatile and really

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: MICHELLE RAYMER

AKB Chicago Designer Michelle Raymer 20/20 Design’s “Expert Choice” Winner “Being able to maximize the rendering capabilities helps set our design services apart from others. Just about every client I work with tells me how invaluable it is to be able to see exactly how their kitchen will look, as many people have a difficult time visualizing

TREND ALERT: CONCRETE COUNTERS

While marble-like countertops were, and still will continue to be popular choices for homeowners, one of the most popular choices for 2018 countertop projects is going to be the concrete-type look.  Many like the industrial style with its sleek cool grey feel.  This color tone is versatile and can work in many color schemes.  Countertop

CONTEMPORARY CABINETRY FINISHES

  Want a kitchen that steals the show?  Today’s blog entry spotlights specialty finishes from our Dura Supreme line of frameless cabinetry. Specialty finishes can include: acrylic doors, textured foils, gloss foils.. etc.         Frameless cabinetry is the type of cabinet box that does not include a frame, meaning the door hinge

REMODEL PREPARATION

The major focus of planning a remodel is oftentimes, and rightly so, the design, the materials and managing the labor involved in the project. However, there are certain items on your to-do checklist that sometimes are not as focused on, but preparing for them can ensure a more smooth transition from old space to new.

QUARTZ 101

Quartz is becoming one of the most utilized countertop materials in home remodels.  Composed of about 93% natural ground quartz, It is a man-made engineered stone material, that combines the stone with resins, polymers and pigments to produce a unique color selection.  This also increases a manufacturer’s ability to produce consistent looking slabs. When viewing

WOOD SPECIES 101

MOST COMMON WOOD SPECIES USED IN HOME CABINETRY Wondering about the types of wood species available in cabinetry? This week we will share features of some common types. The choice of which wood species you use in your cabinetry can dramatically alter the style and look of your space. MAPLE One of the most commonly