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3 Things the Kitchen Remodel Company Knows that You Don’t

Thinking of updating your kitchen this year? You can spend hours on Instagram and create tens of Pinterest idea boards, but there are a few things that the kitchen remodel company knows that you don’t.  That’s until now. Because we are spilling the beans.

Open Storage

Ever wonder why you see open shelving in light colored kitchens? It’s because the kitchen remodel company knows that the fastest way to make a small space look larger is to use open shelving and light colors.  Open shelves open the space up. You think they are there to provide a space to showcase your prettiest dishes and stemware. Your kitchen remodel company knows they are there to trick the eye into perceiving space that isn’t there.

Open shelving is also a popular trick because it is timeless. It can be used in almost any style kitchen. It just works, from country to contemporary.

kitchen remodel company combines open storage and light color to make small room look large

Glass front shelves on both sides of the range and white cabinets make this kitchen look much larger than it is. The unfiltered light from sink windows also tricks the eye into seeing space that isn’t there.  Whether you use glass doors or open shelves,  open storage makes a room look bigger.

Quartz Counter Tops are Awesome

Quartz counters are gaining on granite. It seems like every American wants granite in the kitchen, but the kitchen remodel company knows quartz is superior to granite in many ways.

First, quartz is easier to work with. You don’t have to worry about imperfections in the stone or matching the stone.  Second, its much easier to hide the seams on a quartz counter top. Your contractor also knows that granite can emit radon gas. Quartz does not.

The contractor also knows that years after they finish the job, the homeowner will still be happy with the quartz. It doesn’t need sealing, is impervious to stains, cleans easier, and is overall easier to maintain. In the long run, granite costs more in maintenance than quartz. You may love and yearn for granite, but your kitchen contractor knows quartz may be a better choice.

Good Design Makes a Good Kitchen

You can spend tens of thousands of dollars and end up with a bad kitchen if you didn’t start with a good design. No matter how exquisite the finishes or fabulous the fridge, if the design is bad the kitchen isn’t functional. A good kitchen remodel company knows that a functional kitchen has 3 work areas:

  • food prep
  • cooking
  • clean up

Each area should have room to store the things you need to perform each task. In addition, the sink, cook area, and refrigerator should be placed in a triangle. This minimizes the steps you take when cooking.

kitchen remodel company places sink, stove, and fridge in a triangle for efficient work space

               The Kitchen Triangle

A good kitchen cooks as well as it looks. It’s easy to clean up afterwards as well. That means plenty of storage and easy-to-clean surfaces.

Pick Your Kitchen Remodel Company Wisely

The maxim is true, one bad apple can spoil the whole barrel. Horror stories abound about kitchen remodeling projects gone bad. Contractors abandon jobs, leaving exposed pipes or wires dangling. You must pick your kitchen remodel company wisely.

Jason and Joe Mueller of Inspired Remodels can say “trust us.” But you need to listen to what their customers say.

Joe and Jason are easygoing, smart, and calm under pressure. They made intelligent suggestions, entertained and quelled our process concerns, and managed our entire project with thoughtful attention to detail. – Dan, Foothill Ranch

Joe, Jason and team have been great. Any problems that came up they took care of for us. It is so nice to work with a company with such integrity. – Justin, San Juan Capistrano

When it comes time to pick your kitchen remodel company, call Inspired Remodels. You’ll get personal service and all the information you need to make informed decisions about your new kitchen.  Call (949) 625-6820 or Contact Us today for an appointment.


Bathroom Trends 2018 from Orange County Bathroom Contractor

Thinking of a new bathroom this year? Inspired Remodels, an Orange County bathroom contractor shares these design trends. Incorporate one or all when you update your bathroom.


Vessel sinks have gone from avant garde to mainstream. In 2018, they will continue to be popular. Think vessel sinks are a very modern design? Wrong! Vessel sinks are really a classic. They harken back to the days before indoor plumbing. In those days you took your water from a well and brought it indoors in a bucket. Water went from the bucket to a pitcher and then to the bedroom where it was poured into a giant bowl.  Today’s vessel sinks look like those bowls.

bathroom contractor creates a stunning bath

This vessel sink uses one color inside the sink and another color outside the sink to double your decorating palette.

Undermount sinks are hot in bathrooms and kitchens. Not only do they provide clean, crisp lines; they are easy to clean as well. Because there is no lip between the counter top and sink, there is no place for soap scum or bits of hair to hide.

Install undermount sinks with granite, soapstone, marble, or concrete solid surface counters. Tile counters are not well suited for undermount sinks. The grout doesn’t provide the structural integrity necessary to hold the sink in place.

Integrated sinks also provide the clean lines and simple look that continues to be popular in 2018. Simplicity is a key to achieving a spa-like experience. Integrated sinks are a perfect choice for a spa bath.

The smooth lines of the counter and sink are accentuated by utilitarian shape of the faucet and the clean lines of the cabinetry. The zen of the sink area is a perfect foil to the bold design on the floor. Nice!


Tile continues to be popular in 2018. But tile is taking on a new look. Pebble look tile is popular. But, pebble tile can cause problems.Pebble tile seat


Because pebbles aren’t smooth and they aren’t symmetrical, installing them is a challenge. In addition, the rough surface isn’t kind to we feet, gathers soap scum, and is hard to clean. They usually come in 12 x 12 grids. Because the grids aren’t exact sizes, lots of grout must be used to fill in the gaps between the squares. These are all problems with pebble tile. But, Inspired Remodels has a reputation as the bathroom contractor that solves problems and they offer a stunning solution. Sliced stone! As you can see above, the sliced stone tiles give you the pebble look you want without the hassle of pebble tiles. The top surface is smooth. That’s kind to wet feet. It also won’t trap soap scum any more than a traditional floor tile. The multi-color look gives you just enough color variation to hide the grout grid.

Wood-look tile will gain popularity. It’s going to be the hottest trend for bathrooms.

Wood is essential for a spa-like bathroom. You need the warmth of wood, but wood isn’t well-suited for wet areas. Wood-look tile solves the problem. Some wood tiles are even finished with faux texture to stimulate the grain. You get the warmth of wood and the practicality of tile. What will tile designers think of next?

Inspired Remodels  – Orange County’s Inspired Bathroom Contractor

Whether you want the hottest trends or classic looks, Inspired Remodels is the bathroom contractor in Orange County to do the job.  Jason and Joe Mueller will design the bathroom of your dreams and then execute the design perfectly. If you aren’t sure what you want or feel overwhelmed by the choices to be made, don’t panic. Inspired Remodels will listen to you, understand how you want to use the space, consider your budget and then design and build a bathroom that meets your needs.

Call (949) 625-6820 or Contact Us today to schedule a consultation.

Do Your 2018 Interior Remodeling Plans Include a Fireplace?

Have you resolved to have a new look in your home for 2018? If so, consider adding the fireplace to your list of interior remodeling plans. Updating or adding a fireplace warms a room and makes it more inviting. A fireplace is the focal point of a room in any season.  And if you don’t want to hassle with going all Boy Scout to learn to start a fire, technology can help. Some fireplaces are on with the flick of a switch! Here are hot trends for fireplaces in 2018.

Contemporary Fireplaces

Fireplaces today have a contemporary look. Notice that today’s fireplaces are wider than traditional fireplaces. Contemporary fireplaces don’t need a hearth. They may be placed at eye level or below for a stunning look. Because many contemporary fireplaces are gas burners, you don’t need to worry about a chimney and they can even be placed on interior walls without breaking the bank.

grey is a popular interior remodeling color even for fireplaces

Grey fireplace surround

One of the hottest trends in interior remodeling is the use of grey. Grey has been the new neutral, replacing white and black for at least ten years now. That’s because grey works and plays well with other colors. The contrast of dark, matte grey with the glossy white mantel makes this fireplace hot, even when it’s not lit.

All Season Fireplaces

Another trend in fireplaces is creating a space that can be used year around. You might not want a fire in July, but you want a fireplace that looks good in all seasons.  By replacing grates and andirons with candles, this fireplace can still provide a warm glow in warm weather. Be sure to select pillar candles that won’t drip wax into the fireplace. Even better, go for LED pillar candles like the Mognad candle at Ikea.


Pillar Candles in Fireplace


Taper Candles in Fireplace


Brick is Back and Stone is in Too

After riding in the back seat for the last 20 years, brick is back and it is big. That’s because brick is not only durable, it is versatile. Brick works and plays well with other materials (both man-made and natural) and brick is durable. When brick made a comeback, it brought stacked stone with it. Stacked stone rocks (pun intended) bathroom and fireplace projects. Inspired Remodels crafts some amazing fireplaces with brick and stacked stone. If your interior remodeling plans include a fireplace, brick or stacked stone is worth a second look.

remodeling project idea using rustic brick

Rustic Look Achieved with Bricks of Varying Sizes

remodeling project with stacked stone

Stacked Stone Wall with Fireplace

Inspired Remodeling Projects Begin With Inspired Remodels

Whether your 2018 remodeling projects include a fireplace or are focused on the bathroom, kitchen or any other room let Inspired Remodels be your inspiration. As a design/build remodeling contractor in Orange County, they are with you from initial idea to project completion. Call (949) 625-6820 to schedule an appointment today. 


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