The Top Ten Design Trends For 2013

Includes quartz composite countertops and hardwood floors.

The New Year has begun and new styles are already being developed. Design trends are evolving, and whether you prefer traditional or contemporary, there is bound to be something just for you.

With that said, an interior designer affiliated with Neil Kelly Co. reveals in what the average homeowner currently likes best in this countdown:

10. Kitchen — Clean and simple leads the pack, and that means contemporary style. Perhaps the preference indicates a need for a less-fussy life in the kitchen.

9. Countertop — Quartz composite is the top choice, and yes, it is replacing the great granite top. Quartz composite seems to be the best, no-maintenance finish.

8. Hardwood floors — This one has been coming for a while now, moving up as the floor of choice. There is a richness and beauty to a good hardwood floor that is timeless.

7. Glass backsplash — Not the same old, same old mosaic tile, but instead a glass and stone tile mosaic. The interest in this combination makes sense since it gives visual interest as well as texture. A back-painted solid glass backsplash also fits this theme, particularly in contemporary kitchens.

6. Simplicity for the sink — The double sink is out. The deep single sink is in.

5. Kitchen color — Deep gray, as in charcoal, is in. It is taking the place of — or at least competing with — stainless steel.

4. Stone finish — Calacatta marble is the choice, and it’s one that works in both contemporary and traditional settings. It is especially popular in the bathroom.

3. Texture and sparkle — Accents of gold and/or silver with glossy glass tiles and nickel fixtures burst forth this year.

2. Multigenerational living and living longer on your own – Easy-to-work-in kitchens and safer baths are becoming very popular, and are the cutting edge of this trend.

And the winner is…
1. Healthy home — Green is in. Homes that are free of toxins and are more energy-efficient have been growing more and more popular, and have become the No. 1 priority for this year.

Ten Common Kitchen Mistakes To Avoid

Yahoo! Homes reports how to curtail a kitchen disaster.

The kitchen is the place where a lot of life happens from cooking and socializing to preparing a quick snack, according to Yahoo! Homes. It needs to be both beautiful and functional. To follow that standard, here are 10 mistakes to avoid when designing your kitchen:

1. Don’t obstruct access to the kitchen triangle.

Experts refer to the sink, stove and refrigerator as the kitchen triangle, the area of greatest activity, and it requires careful planning and unobstructed access.

As a standard, the sum of all the legs in a work triangle should not be less than 10 feet nor greater than 25 feet, regardless of your kitchen’s shape or style. If the sum of the legs in the work triangle is too small, people will be tripping over each other and if too large, food preparation could be a very tiring task.

2. Don’t waste storage space.

Because built-ins are expensive and the overall size of the area you’re working with may be limited, one big design mistake is not including enough storage.

If the kitchen is small, consider installing extra long upper cabinets with moulding for extra storage space. Place lighting or greenery along the molding to draw the eyes up.

Install shelves across the backs of the lower kitchen cabinet, which can preserve about 4 square feet potential storage area. Otherwise, the kitchen will feel smaller than it is because you will constantly be trying to find more storage space.

3. Don’t ignore countertop workspace.

Consider all the kitchen activities that require a countertop, as well as appliances that are permanently located there. You might want to fit as much open horizontal surface areas in a kitchen as possible. This may be achieved by adding an island or breakfast bar to an L-shaped kitchen.

4. Don’t settle for poor lighting.

Lighting is not just for ambiance, it can be a safety factor when it comes to handling sharp kitchenware.

Rooms generally need three types of lighting: general lighting for overall illumination, task lighting and accent lighting.

Consider adding lighting directly above all the main working areas, perhaps using pendant lights or a series of mini-pendants. Also, installing under-cabinet lighting is an additional way to ensure that the counters have sufficient lighting for common kitchen tasks.

5. Don’t forgo a backsplash.

While budgeting or designing a new kitchen or kitchen remodel, often the backsplash area is completely left out of the plan. Installing a backsplash behind the oven and extending it above all the counters will save you money in the long run when it comes to cleaning steam and grease. It is much easier to clean grease off a backsplash made of tile or metal than wall paint or wallpaper.

6. Don’t forget to ventilate.

Good ventilation keeps the stench of last night’s dinner out of your kitchen. Inexpensive range hoods simply circulate dirty, stale air, while a good ventilation system will help improve the quality of your indoor air and also help keep your kitchen cleaner.

Effective ventilation systems also help extend the life of your appliances, and although they can be an investment, if you have a kitchen that opens to a living area or family room, they will make life easier, cleaner and more pleasant for everyone.

7. Don’t choose the wrong kitchen island.

Kitchen islands offer additional storage and preparation space, but choosing the wrong island or placing it in the wrong spot can waste a lot of space and create a bottleneck in the kitchen.

At minimum, an island should be 4 feet long and a little more than 2 feet deep. Experts say that unless the kitchen is at least 8 feet deep and more than 12 feet long, one shouldn’t even consider an island.

8. Don’t ignore your recyclables.

As recycling is here to stay, be prepared to manage your trash efficiently and incorporate trash sorting bins into your kitchen design, whether they are out or under your sink.

9. Be careful not to be too trendy.

Since designs come and go, consider choosing a kitchen design that won’t go out of style. The trending color of the season has a short half-life, and you may never receive your return on investment.

10. Don’t avoid professionals.

You can save money if you take on a design project on your own, but if you don’t totally know what you are doing, you can waste a lot of time and energy in the long run. Hiring a professional can save you a possible safety hazard, but kitchen designers also know the latest trends and manufacturer’s details. They can also help you identify your specific needs and translate those details into an efficient plan according to your taste.

What Is The Best Wood To Use?

Montgomery Fireplace Mantel

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This fireplace mantel was quite a challenge on the design side. When I went to meet with the customer, she was uncertain of what she wanted. All she was sure about is that she wanted it white, not too ornate and that she wanted the height and width dimensions to be the same as the existing piece. Her existing piece was a poorly made, warped and very narrow hanging shelf mantel with no decorative legs.


Throughout the initial consultation I asked her a number of questions and observed the styles and designs of her furniture and mill work in her home. This gave me some clues as to how to design the fireplace mantel in such a way to meet her expectations and compliment its surroundings.


I must admit the customer was very skeptical and called me several times throughout the project to question my design. But, when I arrived for the installation, her apprehensions melted away and she was very pleased with what she saw. To see more pictures of her fireplace mantel, go the the Fireplace mantels tab in the Gallery and click on Montgomery Mantel.

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Bower’s Kitchen Update

Here is a kitchen which has seen some magic from Procraft Woodworks. When I walked in, the kitchen was dated and in desperate need of an update. The owners didn’t know exactly what they wanted, but they knew they had a budget and wanted to get the biggest bang for their buck.



We added end panels to their lower cabinets, built a raised panel back to cover up the paper covered particle board back that was on their island and made new side panels for their double oven  and upper cabinets.We could not add a larger crown mold because we were limited in height by the soffit. 

We also removed the window at the sink and framed it in with trim that matched the cabinetry. We added light rail around the bottom of the upper cabinets and new toe kicks under the base cabinets.img_6113


They had a desk adjacent to the kitchen/dining room that they wanted to incorporate more fully into the kitchen. We built an upper cabinet with glass doors and now they are able to use it as their china cabinet.



img_6117We then replaced their old laminate counter tops with granite and installed a tile backsplash. This has really transformed their kitchen at just a fraction of the cost of tearing it all out and building new.

Facts About Your Return On Investment (ROI)

PROJECT                                                       TYPICAL $ RANGE                                           ROI

Minor Kitchen Remodel                                     $19,000 – $25,000                                            83 – 88%

Major Kitchen Remodel                                      $25,000 – $100,000                                         85 – 88%

Bathroom Remodel                                              $13,000 – $44,000                                           78 – 90%

Bathroom Addition                                              $30,000 – $62,000                                           65 – 79%

Master Suite Addition                                         $70,000 – $120,000                                        69 – 72%

Family Room Addition                                         $60,000 – $80,000                                          65 – 72%

Sunroom Addition                                                $55,000 – $75,000                                          59 – 63%

Siding Replacement                                              $9,000 – $15,000                                            80 – 90%

Window Replacement                                          $10,000 – $18,000                                          79 – 82%

Sources: Compiled from multiple sources including Knoxville News-Sentinel, Remodelers Council of the National Association of Home Builders, Remodeling Magazine, and the internet.

Integrity, Simplicity And Value

When searching for a professional to perform any sort of service in your home, you should of course, look for a few certain characteristics that set them apart from the status quo. No one wants to pay for shoddy craftsmanship or poor quality products, so when looking for the right person to do the job, what do you look for?


Does this person/business stand behind the product or service they provide, or do they simply sell you something and quickly move on to the next customer? Do they have a reputation for caring for their customers and fixing any problems that may occur? Integrity goes beyond the product and service in the way someone acts and performs in your home. Are they honest, clean, and professional and do they treat you with the respect you deserve as their customer?


As a homeowner, simplicity can be hard to find in such a complex world. When you are able to find a professional who can simplify your life by taking care of all the worrisome tasks and headaches that often accompany any project, you have found a gem. Hiring a truly skilled business person can make your part of any project much simpler.


Too often in today’s world consumers mistake “inexpensive” or “cheap” for value. Though value is associated with the cost, it sometimes has nothing to do with money. Think of this; if it costs $250 for a car with no engine or wheels versus a $2,500 for a car that runs and has good tires, where is the value. The value is, of course, in the good car with the good engine and tires. You are able to more efficiently use the good vehicle. Similar principles apply to projects in your home. Do not always look for the cheapest and quickest turnaround. Quality, integrity, and simplicity create value. And though value may cost more, you will find it is worth it in the long run.

What Is A Light Rail?

I have been in several homes and spoken with several people who do not know what a “light rail” is. Some have asked “is that what you mount your lights on?” while others have it confused with a spindle rail attached to the top of their cabinets. While it is neither of those, it does however have something to do with the lighting in your kitchen.

Growing ever more popular is the concept of under-mounted cabinet lighting. This is where slim profiled lights are mounted under the upper cabinets to light up the countertops below. Oftentimes even though these lights have a slim profile, they are still visible below the cabinets. To some this is unsightly and they do not want to see anything but the cabinetry and the décor in their kitchen. So as a solution, cabinetmakers came up with a “light rail” which is nothing more than a piece of decorative trim mounted to the bottom of the upper cabinets which brings the face of the cabinets lower than the profile of the lights, making the lights seemingly disappear.

Light Rail

The light rail actually serves a dual purpose. Not only does it cover any under-mounted cabinet lights, it also adds a finishing touch to the upper cabinets, giving them more of a look of furniture rather than just a box with a door hanging on the wall.

Light Rail

If you live in Knoxville, or the surrounding east Tennessee area and would like to learn more about giving your kitchen cabinets that finishing touch only a light rail can give, call us today and we will be glad to give you an estimate.

New Appliances?

Are you getting new appliances and are worried that they won’t fit?

No problem! Whether you have just purchased a new and bigger refrigerator, or the latest microwave to replace your old one, Procraft Woodworks can customize your kitchen cabinets to create the proper opening for your new appliance.

Procraft Woodworks serves the greater Knoxville and East Tennessee area. So if you live in Maryville, Farragut, Powell or Pigeon Forge, give us a call and we will be glad to do what we do best to help you.

An Economic Dilemma

Many people today are facing a dilemma in their kitchens. They need to remodel or update their kitchen to bring it into the twenty first century. I have been in homes where the cabinets were original to the house and the house was built in the fifty’s. You may have a home similar to this. Back when the house was built those particular cabinets were the standard of the day. But we are in the here and now, so what do we do. Here is where the economic dilemma arises.

With such a fragile economy, most people cannot afford new kitchen cabinetry. Many try (and fail) to update their kitchen by simply changing the hardware, attempting to add a “fresh look” with new door knobs and drawer pulls. Of course they would love to have a new kitchen, but do not have the funds for it.

Procraft Woodworks specializes in custom color matching to assist you in making the changes in your kitchen that you need. This can enable you to change the layout of your existing kitchen, change the style of the doors and drawer fronts, add crown mold and a light rail to your upper cabinets and even add decorative carvings, or columns to your cabinets at a fraction of the cost of new cabinetry. So consider what you may like to do in your kitchen and let Procraft Woodworks help you find an economical way to get the kitchen you want.