9 Factors to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

One of the coolest things about a home is its ability to reflect the owner’s personal style. Many homeowners take a remodel as an opportunity to transform (or reinvent) their space. From cabinets to countertops and flooring, these details work together to improve both the aesthetic and functionality.

Because kitchens are used in a variety of ways, it’s important to create a space built around workflow. The decor should complement your home’s architectural style while setting the scene for future gatherings. Here are the nine factors to consider when remodeling kitchen. Aligning these goals with your design will ensure your project runs smoothly as possible.

 

1. Size

As one, if not the most utilized space in a home, every square foot is crucial. Having to account for the refrigerator, microwave, stove, oven and dishwasher, you’re already working with limited space as is. When redesigning your kitchen, ask yourself, “How much space can I comfortably add?” And generally, the size of your kitchen will determine potential layouts.

 

2. Existing Layout

Now that you’ve established how much space you’re working with, it’s time to assess the layout. If you’re avoiding demolition, you may be locked into (or limited by) your layout. But don’t worry, there are always ways to modify. As you develop your kitchen layout, you’ll want to ask yourself these three key questions:

  • How do you move around the space on a daily basis?
  • Are you able to move from the range to the sink easily?
  • How does your kitchen accommodate multiple people?

 

3. Infrastructure

Depending on the age of your home, you may come across some technical issues as you remodel. We highly recommend working with a professional team to make sure your kitchen can accommodate new installations. The best thing to do is keep a level head and be prepared for variables along the way. There may be structural problems you’ll have to work around — like crooked walls or uneven flooring.

 

4. Durability

As we mentioned, we all use kitchens a bit differently. Because of this, it’s wise to assess the level of durability you’ll require. If you’re a home chef, consider countertops like granite or quartz to withstand wear and tear of cooking. If you’re using the space more for entertaining purposes, you can explore other materials like marble or dekton.

 

5. Storage

The size and layout of your kitchen is one thing, storage is another. To keep countertops cleared, you’ll want to consider the type and volume of items you’re storing. For example, you may want to display your porcelain dishes on floating shelves. But, if you’re working with a lot of mix and match items (or colors), you might want to keep them tucked away to streamline the space. In addition to tableware, you’ll want to plan designated spots for utensils, cookware and pantry items.

 

6. Home Decor

As good as it is to design around functionality, adding your personal flair is never a crime. Keep the rest of your home in mind when establishing your kitchen’s decor. The goal is to create cohesion with your cabinetry and countertop choices. If you need help determining your design style, be sure and check out our other blog, “What Stone Countertop Are You?

 

7. Fixtures

One of the smallest, most significant kitchen upgrades you can make is installing new fixtures. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes — and can transform the look of your space in minutes. For those of you on a budget, little improvements like these made over time can help you increase the value of your home.

 

8. Budget

You can create five Pinterest boards of kitchens, but at the end of the day, it’s about staying within budget. Making assessments early on prevents you from changing your mind on materials and finishes throughout the process. It’s quite similar to the grocery list concept. If you go into a project with a specific vision in mind, there’s less chance of overspending.

 

9. Maintenance

Different countertops have different levels of durability. It also depends on the activities you’ll be doing most often. For example, marble scratches easily but is heat resistant — while granite is heat and scratch resistant but requires sealing. For a full list of material pros and cons, click here. At the end of the day, it’s determining how much time and energy you’re willing to spend on maintenance.

 

If you’re planning a remodel and could use some help choosing countertops, reach out to us at (405) 387-2930. We hand select our materials from around the world and pride ourselves on our unique designs. To jumpstart your project, we invite you to check out our Instant Quote page!

 

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10 Tips for Remodeling a Master Bathroom

10 Tips for Remodeling a Master Bathroom

A master bath should be a relaxing retreat that is both functional and safe. Here are some remodeling strategies to create a bathroom perfect for your style and needs.

5 Kitchen Design Elements to Incorporate this Summer

5 Kitchen Design Elements to Incorporate this Summer

Kitchen designs can be as elaborate or minimal as you like and feature beautiful elements. Receiving the most foot traffic in your home, it’s a place where families and friends can gather around and enjoy each other’s company in the comfort of the space.

Design plays a crucial role in the aesthetic of kitchens. Here are five kitchen designs to incorporate this summer when you’re planning your remodel!

6 Kitchen Design Trends to Watch for in 2017

6 Kitchen Design Trends to Watch for in 2017

While we saw some fantastic trends last year like marble, open shelving and mixed materials, we’re looking forward to the many trends 2017 has to offer. If you’re renovating your kitchen soon or simply looking for some design inspiration, here are six trends we think you’ll spot in the upcoming seasons.

What Stone Countertop Are You?

What Stone Countertop Are You?

Choosing kitchen countertops can be tricky — especially if you don’t know what to expect as far as cost, maintenance and durability. The goal is striking a harmonious balance between design and function. So, where do you start? Here are some examples to choose from below that will direct you to the next step.

6 Ways to Incorporate Natural Stone in Your Home

6 Ways to Incorporate Natural Stone in Your Home

With so many colors and patterns to choose from, the possibilities are endless. That being said, natural stone isn’t limited to the bathroom and kitchen. There are many ways to incorporate it. Keep reading to learn six new ways to incorporate natural stone in your home.

Rivers' Edge Countertops Partners with Norman Food and Shelter

Rivers' Edge Countertops Partners with Norman Food and Shelter

We are passionate about giving back and our CEO, Jeremiah Rivers, strives to instill a culture of giving back within our company. Each holiday season, we choose two non-profits to donate our sales to. This holiday season, we are partnering with Norman Food and Shelter in raising funds for their campus expansion. From now until Christmas, we will be donating 3% of our total sales to the shelter.

Rivers’ Edge Countertops Partners with Eagle Wings Ranch

Rivers’ Edge Countertops Partners with Eagle Wings Ranch

Rivers’ Edge Countertops announced today that it will be donating three percent of its profits to Eagle Wings Ranch through Thanksgiving. The company helps a number of charitable causes each year and hopes to sustain this equine-assisted therapy program. The donation will help support the mission of providing healing in the hearts, minds, and souls of grieving individuals recovering from traumatic experiences.

Rivers’ Edge Partners with the 2016 Concept Home

Rivers’ Edge Partners with the 2016 Concept Home

Recently, we were given the opportunity to provide and install Granite, Marble, Silestone, and Dekton countertops in the 2016 Concept Home. The 2016 Concept Home is located at 11601 Watermill Road in Edmond, Okla. within the Stone Mill community. The 8,754 square foot home will be open to the public two weekends, Sept. 16-18 and Sept. 23-25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. 

Rivers’ Edge Provides Food and Schooling to East Africa Community

Rivers’ Edge Countertops announced it would be partnering with Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Blanchard, in presenting a charitable donation to Hope for the Future Africa. The employees of Rivers’ Edge each pledged a portion of their paycheck to assist in providing food and schooling to Kachere, a small community outside Malawi, east Africa. 

 

Jeremiah Rivers, the owner of Rivers’ Edge Countertops, chose to support Hope for the Future Africa after his family visited the town of Kachere with the church, supplying mats and blankets to the families found sleeping on dirt floors. The Rivers family has been involved with this organization for a few years and now advocates for the community’s education efforts.

 

“When my family visited and saw that these kids didn’t have food to eat, it resonated with me having a son of my own,” Jeremiah shared. “Everyone should have food and the opportunity to attend school. Education is a key ability when conducting business trades with nearby villages.”

 

To learn more about Hope for the Future Africa and how you can donate, please visit www.facebook.com/Kachereschool.

Rivers’ Edge Treats Clients to Spanish Adventure

Rivers’ Edge brought a small group of clients on a trip to Almeria, Spain to explore the Cosentino headquarters. Cosentino has seven production facilities, 14 natural stone quarries, and 15 processing centers worldwide. The complementary trip took place May 31 - June 4. Clients had the opportunity to tour the largest granite mining site, visit a 2,000-year-old marble quarry, explore the Dekton and Silestone facilities which consist of 15 million square feet of manufacturing space, and learn the process of one of the world’s leading stone exporters.

Jeremiah Rivers, CEO of Rivers’ Edge Countertops shared, “Our reason for this trip is to show our customers how much we value their business. The appreciation we have for them carries over to our attention to detail. We scour the world to find the most intricate, high-quality slabs. This is a particularly special trip, our clients were able to catch a glimpse into our process and we were able to receive their feedback.”

To learn more about the Cosentino headquarters, please visit www.cosentino.com. For more information about Rivers’ Edge Countertops, please call (405) 387-2930 or visit www.riversedgecountertops.com.

 

Sleek Design and High Performance.

Sleek Design and High Performance.

When customers ask for our recommendations, it’s easy to start spouting off all the products we offer. It’s especially difficult choosing just one because each slab is unique in design, colors, and its advantages. Though we can’t single out a specific stone, we have a few favorites, which we’ll be sharing one in our blog today.

Rivers’ Edge Recognized as Best Overall Company

Rivers’ Edge Countertops was recently named Best Overall Company in national Business Excellence Awards. The Business Excellence Forum & Awards takes place in five countries and is comprised of 17 categories, celebrating the “Best of the Best” in the small and medium-sized business sectors around the world.

Jeremiah Rivers, CEO of Rivers’ Edge Countertops shared, “This award showcases our dedication to creating the best possible environment for our employees so that we may, in turn, provide the highest level of service to our customers.”

Rivers’ Edge countertops was honored at the Business Excellence Forum & Awards Gala on Feb. 22 at the Wyndham Orlando Resort in Orlando, where they also had the opportunity to attend a series of seminars led by Brad Sugars, Sally Hogshead, Troy Hazard and Shawn Moon.

About Rivers’ Edge Countertops!
Rivers’ Edge, the largest fabricator of Silestone quartz countertops, is an award-winning company that offers a unique experience to customers through its selection, fabrication, and installation process. Traveling around the world, finding the rarest, most desired, and highest quality of natural stone is the Rivers’ Edge standard. From hand selection to the installation itself, we are there every step of the way.

About BEFA!
The Business Excellence Forums is a global series of 2-day workshops designed to deliver the best, most effective and highest ROI business strategies to business owners and entrepreneurs, their teams, their clients, and customers. The Business Excellence Awards was created to recognize the “Best of the Best” in the small-and-medium sized business (SMB) sector, the awards ceremony honors the achievements and accomplishments of owners in industries and categories from around the world. To learn more about, please visit www.thebusinessexcellenceforums.com. 

Victoria Stone Fair in Brazil

As you may know, we’re constantly searching far and wide for the most unique, cutting edge products we can find. Just like our clients, no one design is the same and there’s nothing we love more than stumbling upon a goldmine of ornamental stones! We had the wonderful opportunity to travel to the region of Esp’irito Santo, Brazil and attend the Victoria Stone Fair. It’s one of the largest global events showing more than 1,000 varieties of stone! 

Brazil stands out for being the country with the greatest diversity of ornamental stones in the world. Ornamental stones are widely known for having a long life cycle, especially in environments with a large circulation of people (which is great news for you entertainers out there). Brazil produces a variety of exotic stones in vast qualities, differing from traditional granites.

The use of these materials has become a strong trend in recent years for the United States and Canada, and it’s easy to see why. They’re natural and sophisticated and have the utmost resistance even in surface intense circumstances.

We came back from our trip with new materials, new experiences, and new ideas to present to our clients. Curious as to what caught our special attention in Brazil? Give us a call at (405) 387-2930, we’d love to share some of our favorites with you and get your project underway! 

 

 

Beating the Status Quo!

"I've found that luck is quite predictable. If you want more luck, take more chances. Be more active. Show up more often." These are words from a wise man who has not only spoken many great words but has lived them out...and has helped others do the same. That man's name is Brian Tracy, and when it comes to breaking down the secrets of business and life into simple truths, there is no one better”.  Well, about 8 months ago I was given the opportunity to co-author with Brian along with the most innovative and successful business leaders and experts in the world to join him in this book. He did NOT want the status quo...he wanted experts who took chances...experts who pushed the envelope...professionals that didn't follow the crowd...Brian Tracy wanted a group of leaders who BEAT THE CURVE!

That is exactly what we did! Over the last 8 months leading professionals and entrepreneurs were chosen in various niches and professions who exemplify a trailblazer mentality and didn't let the world's lure of comfort keep them from taking chances and having HUGE Success.  We were all held to one standard, we had to be willing to share openly, no holding back, the most valuable secrets we had in our tool box. As you can imagine putting that sort of thing in writing for the world to see is a bit intimidating....but I'm excited to tell you that every single one of them agreed! And now I am able to proudly present your next "must have" book that will elevate your life and business to the next level. 

Jeremiah Rivers - CEO River’s Edge

Rivers’ Edge Goes Global

Rivers’ Edge Countertops, a leading brand in precious stone materials, announces record growth since its open in 2008. The company attributes the growth to its customer service, predictive production process, and ability to seamlessly integrate digital capabilities. To meet the increasing market demand, installation professionals process the template on-site, sending back to the team for immediate programming. The individuals are then able to project the material onto a digital layout for the customer’s approval before final processing. 

The strategy setting Rivers’ Edge apart from its competitors consists of customized homebuilder programs, coordinator-conducted inspections, and on-site inventory, demonstrating a commitment to its customers through superior attention to detail. Owner and CEO, Jeremiah Rivers regularly travels to Brazil, hand-selecting an array of materials, patterns, and color qualifications. From there, he places each option through a quality checklist. This practice allows him to bring provide customers unique materials no other company can offer. 

“We’re encouraged by this growth and will only continue to get stronger. We’re building a seamless buying experience to save our customers not only money but also time. Since our materials are offered by square footage, we can offer a fantastic price point for our customers,” shared Jeremiah Rivers.

Rivers’ Edge upholds a three-tier customer guarantee, that has placed them as a forefront industry leader. The company offers a lifetime warranty on all sink installations and seams along with 36-hour response time. If for some reason installation does not arrive on time, the customer will receive 50% off of the project invoice.