YOUR REMODELER FOR LIFE!

Kid-Friendly Kitchens!

When remodeling your kitchen if you plan on living there for awhile and you have children then plan your remodeling with them in mind. Custom-design a daily hangout that’s tailored to your family’s needs. Children in the past decades were supposed to be seen and not heard. But, today, kids are appreciated as the independent humans they are, and it is very easy to devise rooms that suit all needs. For today’s families, who often consider the kitchen to be the soul of their home, it’s important to help youngsters feel comfortable. The kitchen is not just a place of physical nourishment. It also serves as a daily hangout spot, a homework center, and the family headquarters. Number one priority is keeping it safe for children especially if they are small still. Have in mind opting for rounded furniture, locking mechanisms for lower cabinets, or covering up outlets. A home should also be about fun, functional, and beautiful for both grownups and the kids. Below are a few things to consider to make it kid-friendly.

 

  1. Give them their own stuff and own space. If the kitchen is already a place where the kids tend to congregate then creating a space specifically for them makes sense. A durable quartz countertop is perfect for kids because it’s stain resistant, maintenance-free and usually come with a lifetime warranty if you go with a high-quality company. You can make a special spot in the kitchen for them and even have the countertop at a lower level so it gives them their own workspace. If you don’t have a lot of space then you can create a pullout countertop in a kitchen island.
  2. Build a replaceable home design element that grows not just with your kid’s heights, but with their personalities and tastes also. Choose kitchen cabinets that have handles you can swap out in few years. Install short pendant lamps now and get longer ones when your toddlers aren’t trying to climb on the dining room table. Lighter colors can be painted over easily compared to darker ones so make sure the kitchen area is on the lighter side.
  3. Keep your kitchen looking good. Choose surfaces wisely with children. Make sure they are scratch-resistant and can stand up to amateur etching artists.

Some Tips on Kid-Friendly Kitchens

  • Have a chalkboard on the wall or pantry door.
  • Put kids dishes within arms reach.
  • Provide a step-stool for kids to help out in the kitchen.
  • Have a snack zone in the refrigerator for easy grab n go.
  • Computer corner or built-in desk.
  • Choose cabinets that hide fingerprints.
  • Go with durable slip-resistant flooring.
  • Go with a semi-gloss paint, stains, fingerprints & scribbles wipe off easier.
  • Install a warming drawer to help with cooking.

 

It’s important to take into consideration that when remodeling with your kids in mind is that they grow quickly and creating a space that is interchangeable is ideal. That way you can change the details as they grow out of them. The things like cabinets, countertops, and appliances will be there for a long time so those can be standard and choose what looks best for you with durability in mind. The rest can be customized and changed out as time progresses.

 

Questions to Ask:

  • How many children do you have, and how old?
  • How does each family member use the kitchen?
  • Do children prepare their own snacks and/or meals?
  • What about pets?
  • Who hosts the family gatherings, and how large are these events?
  • Do you cook for family gatherings (or order take-out, rely on a caterer)?
  • How many family members cook in the kitchen at one time?
  • What is each person’s role in the kitchen? (For example, dad cooks on weekends, mom makes everyday meals, children prepare their own breakfast, etc.)
  • Describe a day in the life of your kitchen. What works? What doesn’t?

 

   

 

Utensils to help kids cook in the kitchen

Eating at home is the best way to stay healthy in a society where obesity and diet-related diseases are worldwide which is second to smoking in the US. When we cook at home, we control the fat, cholesterol, sodium and sugar we consume. If we use fresh ingredients as much as possible then we can create a better path for our children to adopt a lifetime of better eating habits. The best way to do this is to get them in the kitchen and start cooking meals with us to teach them the basic tools of healthy eating. Legendary French knife maker Opinel has created Le Petit Chef set, kid-friendly cooking tools that promote proper and safe knife handling. The child-size kitchen knife and vegetable peeler both feature what Opinel has dubbed an “educational ring.” The child’s index finger slips into the ring, properly positioning the hand on the tools, away from the blades. The knife blade has a rounded tip for additional safety. They are not toys. Since 1890, Opinel has made handcrafted wooden handled folding pockets knives; originally sold as working men’s knives, they have become iconic french tools.

 

Here are some kid-friendly kitchen tools to look into for your kids to have fun in the kitchen and learn the basics of cooking:

Le Petit Chef Set

Popsicles Makers

Flexible Mixing Bowls

Snow Cone Maker

Measuring Cups

Cotton Candy Machine

Silicone Cookware

 

  

 

Feel free to Contact Us here at Retro Pro Kitchen and Bath and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have!

Follow us on Facebook

Follow us on Twitter

When making the decision to change the flooring in your home

floors

When you are deciding on where to put different types of flooring in your home let’s set the stage on some basics for you.There are many types of flooring options to choose from including carpet, tile, stone, wood, laminate and vinyl. When making the decision on which type of flooring you want in your home there are quite a few things to consider. First and foremost, what type of lifestyle do you have? For example, do you have an active home with kids running around and a dog that sheds everywhere? Carpet may not be the best option for your main living areas with having that active lifestyle. You also want to consider which option is easiest to clean. Less cleaning and maintenance means more time spent with who and or doing what you love. If you still have an active lifestyle but have young babies you may worry about hard surfaces, carpet may be a great option for your living room. Also you can have rugs in those areas so just make sure that you are making a long term decision as opposed to a short term decision, babies grow up. Below we will discuss the different types of flooring options available and some things to consider for each type of flooring.

Retro Pro Kitchen & Baths Flooring Options:

Carpet

Carpet is soft, warm and inviting, and can dress up almost any area. It is perfect for living rooms, bedrooms and family rooms. Hallways and stairs are also good areas for carpet although they much more traffic and may not last as long as in other areas. However,we do not recommend putting carpet in kitchens and bathrooms. Carpet can absorb and hold onto moisture which can grow all different types of mold and bacteria. And when cooking we sometimes spill which can leave food for mold and bacteria to develop and grow. And around toilets, well, you get the picture. So choose your carpet placement carefully, and try to choose nylon vs. polyester for a much more durable and stain resistant carpet.

Porcelain and Ceramic Tile

 

Tile is a manufactured piece of hard-wearing material that can be used in many different locations in the home. In this blog we will just be talking about tile on floors. Tiles are most often made of ceramic and porcelain. On the surface they can look very similar and have beautiful patterns. But ceramic is softer than porcelain and is fired at a much lower temperature. For high traffic areas porcelain is a much better option as it is more durable and has a much higher wear rating than ceramic. When choosing your floor tile you want to make sure that you are choosing the right strength of tile. For instance you do not want a thin piece of ceramic tile to be on stairs or bare sub-floor where it may flex and crack. Tile comes in all beautiful shapes and sizes, and it is important to choose the right type for the area. A current favorite is large plank wood look porcelain tile. It is thicker, stronger and more durable than ceramic, so it can be used in nearly all environments. And it’s beautiful and realistic wood look can add a long lasting appeal to any home.

Stone Flooring

 

Stone can be a beautiful addition to any home. Every piece of natural stone is unique and can give a more natural look than a ceramic or porcelain tile where the pattern repeats every few tiles. Natural stone comes in many colors and shades including blacks, greys, and greens (slate), whites (marble), neutral warm tones (travertine and limestone), or a whole range of colors and patterns in granite tiles. New sealers have made natural stone a much more attractive option because of the reduced maintenance. Retro Pro now uses a 15 year penetrating sealer as opposed to the 1 year sealer typically used. Bathrooms are a great place for honed stone like travertine or limestone where they have a matte finish and are naturally slip resistant and hide water spots. However, polished stone like marble and granite can be very slick so be careful when using these on the floor where water is present.

 

 

Wood Flooring

 

Wood is a beautiful natural way to enhance the look of your home. There are many different stains, textures, and patterns to choose from. New finishing processes have dramatically improved the wear of wood flooring with warranties up to 50 years. But there are many cheap and low quality products out there so be very careful if you think you found a bargain, even if it says it has a long warranty. Major manufacturers typically have high quality products and stand behind their warranty so shopping for the best price among these products is a good idea. Some things to look for are thickness (½” or more is best), thickness of top finished layer (thicker is better), number of plywood layers below finished layer (7 or 9 ply is better),

Laminate Flooring

 

 

Laminate flooring is a beautiful wood looking material that is less expensive than real wood and is cheaper to install. It is a floating flooring, which means it is not attached to the floor below it. It typically has a sound dampening pad under it that also doubles as a moisture barrier if you are on top of concrete. Laminate flooring is very susceptible to water damage so keeping moisture away from it is very important, though some laminates are more moisture resistant than others. Other than those limitations it is a very good product that can give many years of long lasting wear and beauty.

 

 

Vinyl Flooring

 

Vinyl was originally designed as an inexpensive and moderately durable floor covering mainly used in kitchen and bathrooms because it had a waterproof top coating and few seams. It could be glued down or floating depending on the application and material used. Now vinyl is also available in a very durable plank form that are available in both glue down and floating options. Plank vinyl like Extreme Cork similar to laminate in that it is floating and click together, but it is more durable and is waterproof.

Here at Retro Pro Kitchen and Bath we are experts at flooring installation. Contact us to receive an estimate! We are here to serve your needs and would love to answer any additional questions that you may have! Flooring is staple in your home renovation and we want to make sure you are happy with the floors in your home!