Top Kitchen Remodel Trends


top-kitchen-remodel-trendsThinking about remodeling your kitchen in 2017? You aren’t alone! Check out these top kitchen designs for inspiration. These trends are not only classy but also functional and sure to impress your guests. We specialize in working with you to ensure you get your dream kitchen!

Neutral Colors
It’s no surprise that gray, white and black continue to be the dominant color scheme in modern kitchens. This neutral palette is popular because it allows you to show off your personality with fun and colorful accessories.

Farmhouse Sink
These deep sinks are a timeless addition to your kitchen! Not only are they practical because they can hold a lot of dishes, they also add a sense of style. These sinks are easy to access and can add a pop of color to your kitchen.

Smart Storage
When remodeling a kitchen, it is important for the space to not only look good but to be purposeful! Adding cabinets under an island creates a whole section of space. Multi-tiered cabinets are also a popular way to add storage.

Technology Forward
Automation continues to be a smart addition to any kitchen remodel. From sensor-activated lights to hands free faucets, these technical add-ons can take your kitchen remodel to another level!

Glass, marble, tile and stone are all popular options for backsplashes in the kitchen. By extending the backsplash to the ceiling or to the cabinets will make your kitchen look custom!

If you are ready to dive into a kitchen remodel, make sure to partner with a contractor you can trust like Alan. You will receive top quality service and products. What kitchen trend are you most excited about?

3 Must-Haves For A Kitchen Remodel

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A kitchen remodel can be overwhelming with so many options. When working with an experienced contractor, you can rest assured that you are making the right choices for your lifestyle. Check out these 3 must-haves for every kitchen remodel.

Who wants to be competing for space in the kitchen? Having a open layout for your kitchen allows for easy movement while cooking. If you feel like with an open layout you will be missing out on storage space, consider a kitchen island with storage underneath. Having open space in the kitchen gives you the opportunity to evolve your kitchen as your lifestyle does! You can switch out the kitchen table and always add unique pieces.


Don’t overlook flooring when it comes to your kitchen remodel. Wood tile is all the rage these days and is the perfect option when it comes to giving your kitchen a modern feel. What we love about wood tile is, not only is it a timeless look, it is fairly easy to maintain! Unlike wood flooring, wood tile can get wet without having to risk damaging the floor. With so many color and sizing opportunities, wood tile is a great selection no matter what style you want for your kitchen remodel.


You can have the best layout, cabinets and countertops, but if you don’t have high-end appliances, those design elements mean nothing. Since the main purpose of the kitchen is for cooking, it makes sense to invest in top-notch appliances that not only function but have a great look. Don’t let your appliances be an eyesore! Invest in pieces that blend seamlessly with the kitchen, like the kitchen remodel at the top of the blog, and will stand the test of time. Stainless steel is always a safe choice that will update your kitchen.

A quality general contractor like Alan will be with you every step of the way in the kitchen remodel process. Make your dream kitchen a reality by focusing on the must-haves every modern kitchen should have!


Bathroom & KitchensSelling Your Home

Looking to sell your home this summer or in the near future? If you are feeling overwhelmed with all of the advice, you are not alone. A simple understanding of the two-hotspots in your home will increase your odds of selling your home fast. Buyers most closely judge the kitchen and the master bathroom. Why? It is because these spaces have the most value. Focusing on these two rooms and making sure the rest of the house is staged and clear of clutter can make your home a dream!


  • Go for a walk-in shower instead of a tub if you don’t have enough space. Sure, a tub is luxurious, but a beautiful walk-in shower is more convenient and practical.
  • If you only have one bathroom, instead of spending money on remodeling it, spend the money on adding a second bathroom to the home. This situation often arises in older homes.
  • Make sure you keep the existing structure sound. Resolving leaking or other issues should take precedence over a bathroom or kitchen remodel.
  • Kitchen remodels can vary greatly in price. These simple upgrades can make a big improvement:
    Use a fresh coat of paint, resurface cabinet doors, replace kitchen
    hardware (knobs, faucet, etc), upgrade the appliances to stainless steel
    and upgrade the lighting with new fixtures.
  • Cleanliness is key! It is worth it to hire a professional cleaner to come in and give your home a once over focusing on grout, countertops and hidden nooks.

Kitchen and bath remodels are the best investment you can make in your home and often returns 100% of the cost. This is because people spend the most time in these two rooms so they want it to feel nice. It is also easy to notice if money has been spent on these two rooms.

Alan specializes in kitchen and bathroom remodels of all sizes and budgets. He takes your
vision and turns it into a reality with an honest approach. Whether you are looking for a
complete overhaul or just need a few items retouched, you can trust Alan will give you
quality results.

TRENDING NOW: Industrial Chic Kitchens


It’s the start of a new year, which kicks off a year of new trends! One that is gaining popularity are industrial chic kitchens. From exposed brick and repurposed furniture to industrial lighting, it’s not hard to see why this is a growing trend. Here are a few key elements we love about this look.

The whole kitchen doesn’t need to be surrounded with brick in order to be industrial chic. Simply having one accent wall with exposed brick will add that touch. The exposed brick adds warmth, style and will certainly be the element that makes your kitchen stand out.


You can get creative in the type of industrial looking kitchen you want. Think outside of the box when it comes to everyday things, like the kitchen sink! A larger metal sink can be a unique addition to your kitchen. Even metal shelving or a metal bar cart can do the trick. The sleek metal elements help tie in the overall industrial theme.


This is one of our favorites because it’s practical and unique. Wood beams on your kitchen ceiling add a beautiful, earthy tone that keeps your kitchen warm and inviting. You can also repurpose wood to create furniture, like the dining room table. This can be done with wood pallets or an old wood bookcase that has seen better days. Work with your contractor to find a new use for it. You will be surprised what a great piece of refinished wood will add to your kitchen.


Hanging lights in any kitchen are some of our favorite looks when it comes to finishing touches. It really adds to the feel of the whole room. There are so many beautiful options when working with lights in an industrial chic kitchen. Consider the old and unique edison bulb pendant lighting. We even suggest the hanging glass jar pendants which add the element of repurposing, while adding style.


Remember, industrial chic is all about showing your personality! So don’t be afraid to let your contractor know what is important to you and your family to best incorporate your style. Reasons like this are why it’s important to work with a contractor you trust. Alan, at Arlington Custom Builders, works with you to make sure all of your ideas are met. You can trust him to get the job done right!

Countertops are the Centerpiece of Your Kitchen

They always say, ‘The kitchen is the centerpiece of your home!’. The important focal point of your kitchen that sets the tone for the overall style and design are your countertops! What are your options? Is granite always the best choice? All of these questions can be answered by your contractor, but here are a few styles to consider.

When it comes to countertops, granite is still number one! It holds up to almost any kitchen activity so it’s overall durability is what stands the test of time and gives it such a great reputation. You can also get granite countertops in many different colors and patterns. This is great for homeowners who are looking to achieve a specific style for their kitchen. Let’s not forget that granite countertops add value to your home in comparison to tile or laminate.


While granite is still the most popular, quartz countertops are not far behind. In fact, they are the more durable surface and nonporous. What this means for you is less upkeep and less time cleaning the surface. Who doesn’t love that? Have we mentioned that it is more cost efficient than granite? Next time you are considering new countertops, this may be the route you want to take!


Engineered Stone Countertops
If you are looking for a more modern, pop of color for your countertop, then this is a great option! Engineered stone countertops come in a variety of colors leaving you with many options to choose from. It’s also a high quality surface much like quartz and granite, offering a stain, heat and scratch resistant as well as protection from bacteria. We recommend considering this surface if you are looking for a bold statement in your kitchen.


There are many more countertop surfaces to consider in your home but these are a few that stand the test of time! For all of the hard work you do in your kitchen, make sure your countertops can keep up and still look spotless at the same time. If you aren’t sure which is the best for your home, call Alan at Arlington Custom Builders for a consultation!

Kitchen Cabinets – Worth The Splurge

When it comes to remodeling, there are many tips and tricks to stay within your desired budget. As one of the primary defining features in your kitchen, cabinets fall into this category and the upgrade is worth every penny! The quality on this feature should not be compromised. As we say at Arlington, when you buy quality you only cry once. Here are some different cabinetry options that can take your kitchen from drab to fab!

Looking for a contemporary and stylish look? If yes, then high gloss kitchen cabinets are a must! This popular finish helps cabinets resist scratches and marks. Combining these modern cabinets with complimentary granite countertops will have you ready to entertain guests.



No matter how many upgraded appliances you have, with the wrong cabinets, they can still be an eyesore. We love cabinetry that works with appliances to improve the look and feel of the space. Concealing smaller appliances like a toaster or microwave keep your kitchen from feeling cluttered.



Have the power to decide how you want your cabinets to look! Take away or add elements such as glass panels to make your kitchen feel one-of-a-kind. With the ability to choose the hardware and finish, you can make your cabinets look remarkable.



If you embrace color, then why not include it in your kitchen cabinets? When done correctly, it can make a stunning difference in your kitchen. Try having a section of the cabinets under an island be a complimentary color.


The best kitchen cabinets always include quality hinges on doors that enable ease in opening and closing.

Use expert installation to capture the full value of your investment. Call Alan at Arlington Custom Builders to ensure your remodeling project is

Open Concept Living Space

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 If you have lived in your home for a period of time and are looking for a way to make it feel brand new, look no further! It’s time to consider remodeling to create the open concept look in your home. This is a remodeling project that can make your home feel fresh and inviting. Check out some of the added benefits this project can bring to your home, no matter your lifestyle!

For the family with small children

An open concept kitchen and living room not only makes a home feel spacious, but it can also bring peace of mind to parents with small children. It is difficult to prepare food and make sure your children aren’t getting into trouble at the same time. If you are in the kitchen and there is a wall separating you from the living room, it’s time to rethink the layout. Talk to your contractor about removing the wall and remodeling to get the perfect open flow. Enjoy cooking and interacting with your kids without the added stress.

For the active entertainers

If you love to host game night, dinner parties or weekly gatherings to watch Sunday night football, this remodel can benefit you in many ways. Although it is fun to host these parties, you often miss out on some of the fun by having to be in the kitchen, separate from everyone else. By updating to the open concept living space, you can now prepare your guest’s drinks and not miss out on what’s happening in the living room. Try a kitchen island that flows towards the living room, making it easy for your guests to grab more snacks and not miss the exciting game in the next room!

For the house with the small kitchen

You may have a kitchen that can barely fit two people in it at once because it is so narrow. The layout doesn’t work and it makes being in the kitchen a frustrating experience. Sometimes by removing the wall that is closing in the kitchen and adding cabinets and storage elsewhere, you can turn your tiny kitchen into a functional space. Another great advantage about this update is that it adds value to your home. A lot of homebuyers look to the kitchen as the centerpiece of the home. If it’s small and hard to work in, this might be the deal breaker for them. When remodeling you should always consider the value it can add to your home.

Check out some of our recent projects at Arlington Custom Builders for more ideas. Even better, give us a call and let us know some of your ideas. We would love to take a look at your home and let you know how we can help you!






Lasting Trends for a Luxurious Arizona Kitchen Remodel

There is no denying that remodeling a kitchen can be a costly endeavor! However, a luxurious Arizona kitchen remodel leaves a lasting impression that can reap big benefits when it comes to reselling your home. Since the kitchen is oftentimes the focal point of the home, here are some remodeling tips that will keep your Arizona kitchen awe-worthy for years to come.

Kitchen Island Lighting


Having a statement lighting fixture above the island is an elegant way to make your kitchen feel lavish. With so many styles to choose from (industrial, modern, glass urns, etc.) you can’t go wrong. Be sure to include multiple sources of light throughout the kitchen to produce a warm ambiance.

Reclaimed Materials


Nowadays, it is possible to have a gorgeous kitchen that is also energy efficient and friendly to the environment.  For instance, when done correctly, incorporating reclaimed wood to your kitchen provides a unique look. Using reclaimed materials for shelving or on the kitchen island adds appeal and warmth to the kitchen.

Modern Appliances


Nobody wants a kitchen to look outdated by seeing appliances that do not live up to the rest of the space. Invest in appliances that will make your time in the kitchen seamless. Embrace the modern technology of touch only faucets, built-in ovens and ranges. Buying a mid to high-range appliance is worth the quality and endurance you will receive!

The sky’s the limit for luxurious options for your kitchen. Get creative and don’t be afraid to add touches of your personality. Always remember, when remodeling, work with your contractor on coming up with the perfect layout!

3 Tips to Avoid Getting Burned in Your Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen Remodel ScottsdaleYour kitchen is an easy place to get burned when it comes to home remodel. Whether you paid an inferior contractor in advance of nightmare service or installed counter tops that fell to pieces in a matter of months, your kitchen can double as a little shop of horrors.

Everybody deserves a well-designed and fully functional kitchen. The only thing messy in your kitchen should be tonight’s dinner, not the kitchen itself. Here’s a handy little guide to help you avoid any culinary nightmares when it comes to redesigning this all-important room of the house.

Set a Budget

If you’re seriously considering remodeling your kitchen, it’s pretty clear you have some money to play around with – but how much? Are you designing the kitchen of your dreams or are you cutting down on unnecessary space? You’ll need to determine what your finances allow you to do before making the purchases.

It probably goes without saying, never spend more money than you can afford. While a kitchen redesign is a sound investment – think of how much time you’ll spend there, after all – it’s the type of thing that shouldn’t break the bank.

Ask Yourself the Important Questions

Your newly redesigned kitchen should be modeled after some important considerations. For instance, how many people are often cooking at the same time? What kind of foods do you typically create? How important is easy cleanup? Will you spring for any high-end model oven or dishwasher? Have a game plan before getting started.

Rely on Contractor Experience

Experience is everything when it comes to hiring someone to redesign your kitchen. Rely on word of mouth reviews from friends and online testimonials – never enter into this situation blind!

Arlington Custom Builders has operated in the Metro Phoenix area since 1985, providing some of the best contracting services in the valley for multiple decades. Our verified testimonials have helped inspire confidence in our new customers, affording them peace of mind.

Ready to redesign your kitchen? Give us a call today at 480-998-9696 

Scottsdale Kitchen Remodeling Dos & Don’ts

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With so many homeowners around the area getting ready for the winter holidays, kitchen remodeling in Scottsdale, AZ is in full swing. However, for every positive remodeling idea comes a negative remodeling idea, which is why we’ve put together a list of Scottsdale kitchen remodeling dos and don’ts!


Make storage a priority: This is something many homeowners neglect when planning for their new kitchen. Your new kitchen can have some of the most modern design, but without the addition of proper storage, it’s just an open space with an oven and refrigerator! Make your life easier by extending your cabinets up to your ceiling, or by adding storage space to an island or oven area.

Keep it open: Another frequent error when remodeling a kitchen comes in the form of excess “stuff.” With too many additions, your kitchen can easily become cluttered. You want your kitchen remodel to open things up to allow for you, your family, and your guests to congregate and interact with each other without having to feel too stuffy. Allow your new kitchen to be inviting!

Invest in new appliances: If you’re prepared to spend the money for a quality kitchen remodel, you should be ready to invest in some new appliances. Sticking with your old machines might continue to make your kitchen look outdated, so go with some new, top-of-the-line products to really make your remodel pop.


Rush the planning process: Many homeowners think that remodeling their kitchen is a quick and easy process and make a plan without any real idea of what they’re expecting. It’s important to really take the time during the planning process of your new kitchen to ensure the highest quality outcome.

Stop being creative: Remodeling your kitchen should be fun! This is your chance to really make the most of a project you’ve been wanting to do for a while, so be creative, ask questions, and keep an open mind. One of the worst things you could do when remodeling your kitchen is be boring.

Pinch Pennies: A quality kitchen remodel (or any remodel for that matter) will cost money. It’s important to realize that you’re paying for quality services and products, especially when working with Arlington Custom Builders. If you want the best possible outcome for your new kitchen, you’re going to have to prepare yourself to spend the money.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of Scottsdale kitchen remodeling dos and don’ts! If you have more ideas to add to this list (good or bad), you can either leave a comment below, or tell us on our Facebook page!