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TREND ALERT: DARK CABINETRY

Everyone has heard and seen the timeless style of an all white kitchen; the cabinetry and countertops a pristine bright color that opens up the room and continues to be a mainstay in traditional and contemporary styles alike. Recently, newer and bolder hues have been dominating designs in the kitchen and bathroom design world. Rich

WHAT ARE RENDERS ANYWAY?

In the early stages of kitchen and bathroom design the term “render” tends to get thrown around quite a bit. But what are these and how are they helpful in helping to create a design vision? Here is where the term will be explained. Renders are computer generated images that are created in a design

SEMI PRECIOUS STONE SURFACES

With quartz all the rage in recent years; and continuing to trend, it’s worthwhile to take a look at another surface option available on the market that creates a statement within a newly designed space. Semi-precious stone surfaces are hand cut and bonded in slab form in order to create a product that can be

TREND ALERT: DARK COUNTERTOPS

Every so often countertop brands will create new colors based on the latest trends with a nod to timelessness. Instead of the traditional white, marble like or solid color; dark, rich and dramatic hues are starting to steal the countertop spot light.   These dark colors come with a considerable edge in the world of

VARYING COUNTERTOP THICKNESS

The kitchen design is done, finishes have been selected and the surface material has been chosen. Now the questions stands; at what thickness should a new countertop surface be? When it comes to quartz surfaces; the standard thickness is three centimeters in order to accomodate the everyday use of a common countertop surface. As of

TREND ALERT: QUARTZ FINISHES

Throughout the past year there has been an increased interest in “rough” or “raw” surfaces in the world of quartz. What is the difference between these surface treatments in comparison to the standard polished and honed? Polished is the most standard quartz surface: easy maintenance, glossy finish and the ability to help open up a

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

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

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