Kitchen design ideas for a smaller space

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Learn how to maximize the potential of your space in your small kitchen 

If you’re like most people, you probably don’t love your small kitchen. After all, a small kitchen still needs to do all the things a big kitchen does but with less space. This may seem limiting at first, but a small kitchen can be just as functional and fun as any large space. Kitchens, regardless of size, can give you the opportunity to create and explore limitless storage and design options.

Don’t believe us? Just consider the following ideas.

1. Open it up. There are few other rooms with the amount of built-in items as a kitchen. There are appliances, counters and cabinets, all vying for the same small space. While you probably can’t forgo most of these things, you don’t have to play by the expected rules. One great way to make a small kitchen seem bigger is to replace your existing cabinets with different forms of shelving. Sure, open shelving requires a bit more organization, but it can have a dramatic impact on the overall appearance of the space.

2. Maximize what’s there. Many people with small kitchens complain about the lack of storage space. While there’s probably no place to add more storage, it’s easy to make the most of the storage you have. Too many standard cabinets are inefficient. If you buy space-saving variations, however, you can effectively double your storage. This can include rolling inserts for lower cabinets and specialized tiers for upper cabinets.

3. Match it up. To make your small space look bigger, think carefully about your design scheme. Using monochromatic colors can add depth to your kitchen, making it appear roomier. You can do this by blending the cabinets, wall color and backsplash neutral hues. If this seems a little boring, you can mix it up by creating a focal point on one wall using paint or tile.

4. Go big. One of the best things about a small kitchen is that you can afford to do bigger things. If you don’t have as many square feet to remodel, the price tag of any work is smaller. Therefore, feel free to splurge on a few high-end items. Maybe upgrade to the expensive tile. Buy newer appliances. Spring for the decadent countertop. A small space can be big on style if you know how to spend your money well.

These ideas are just the start. If you’re looking to make the most of your small kitchen, let us help. We can help you figure out what to do with your small kitchen with an affordable remodeling solution. Here at I.D.S. Specialty Building Products, we believe in big ideas for every room.

Gas logs as a heat source

After a long day at work, there is no better feeling than kicking off your shoes and taking a load off in your recliner or on your couch and being able to turn on a heat source that has the look and feel of a real wood fire. With gas logs, you don’t have to do all the work involved with a wood burning fire. Gone are the days of splitting and storing wood. Gone are the days of hauling in firewood, complete with spiders and other creepy crawlers. Gone are the days of smoke causing running noses and watery, itchy eyes. Allergy suffers rejoice! Modern gas log technology has come so far that you can have an energy efficient and clean burning set that has all the looks and feels like a real wood burning fire but without the hassle. With options ranging from different wood species and sizes to fit any fireplace, we are sure that we not only find you a set that would complement your fireplace, but also the wood native to your area! For those on the coast, we even offer a driftwood gas log.

For those of you with a vent-free fireplace (meaning not chimney-ed out), vent free gas-logs are what your fireplace requires. What that means is that it is built with the intention of putting of 99.9% clean heat with no harmful gasses. With vent-free gas logs, the set MUST be installed just like the diagram. The log set up is made to be installed in a way that insures the cleanest heat is produced. Also, these vent-free gas logs put off an enormous amount of heat since you don’t have the option of opening a damper and letting of the heat escape. If you have a fireplace with a chimney, you have the flexibility of either closing or opening your damper as you see fit.

Vented gas logs are not quite as flexible since the are ONLY to be used in a vented fireplace. They do put off harmful gasses but they are the most realistic gas logs on the market. You can adjust the logs to your liking with vented sets. Another thing you need to remember is that while those logs are burning, you CANNOT close your damper.

With any gas log, I always recommend having a carbon monoxide detector. Safety first!

For more information, please visit www.idsspecialty.com for a full range of our gas log providers.

Inset Cabinetry from StarMark

I.D.S. is now offering StarMark Cabinetry! Custom cabinet looks for a semi-custom price. At StarMark, a cabinet isn’t punched out of wood and then stored on a warehouse shelf until you order it. They make each cabinet by hand, one at a time, to your exact specifications.

Are you wondering if you can afford cabinetry that kitchen designers love to specify? You can! When you compare a quote for StarMark to a quote from a custom cabinetry builder, remember:

  • Your StarMark furniture will last your lifetime. It won’t need to be replaced after ten years.
  • Your installation bill will be smaller with StarMark. Our custom cabinetry arrives to your home assembled, saving precious dollars on installation and giving you unparalleled fit and finish.
  • StarMark is built in 1/16 inch increments, so you can use every inch of space in the room.

Inset cabinetry features door and drawer headers that are fitted inside the face frame. Precision construction is essential for inset cabinets. Doors and drawers must fit squarely in their designated space often adding to the cost and delivery time. StarMark has overcome these obstacles and offers affordable inset options delivered in an aggressive eight week schedule. With cabinets from StarMark, the beauty of an inset kitchen can be within your budget!

Check out the video below for more information about StarMark.

 

Cabinetry on a budget

Cabinetry and remodels done right – 

When beginning a remodel, many people don’t know where to start and end up getting bogged down in the details with all the choices available with today cabinetry. IDS Specialty uses a standardized “process” to keep homeowners on track and those hopeless feelings of confusion at bay. With this “process” we can patiently guide you to a product and line that suits your needs perfectly.

·       Initial consultation.  Our sales consultants and designers will help guide you through the process of developing an initial design concept and budget for your project.  This meeting can take place in our showroom for new construction or onsite for a remodeling project.          

·       Product selection.  Based on the customer preference of both design style and budget our cabinet options are presented from a variety of the industries best manufacturers.  Typically conducted at our showroom.

·       Plan Design.  Using CAD software our Design Specialist create and present the finished version of your new kitchen/bath and discuss the budget and options for your project.

·       Signoff and Order.  Once specific product is selected and ordered a full time Project Manager takes over to ensure product is delivered to the job in a timely manner and a firm installation date is scheduled.

·       Install.  Product is installed by our experienced and highly trained Install Technicians and managed by our project manager.

·       Final Walk-thru.  The Project Manager steps in once more to ensure everything is complete to the customers’ satisfaction.

Designing a kitchen or bathroom is very technical process requiring the expertise of a kitchen or bath designer possessing very specialized skills. Think of your designer as a “kitchen and bath architect” capable of bringing your project to life accurately, on time, and within budget.

Beyond facilitating the design of your space, an experienced designer will understand a wide range of products to make sure you find precisely what fits your style and budget best. She will also have a good understanding of current product trends and be able to explain your options, whether you’re seeking a classic traditional look or lean more towards a modern design.

Many kitchen dealers supply design work at no charge provided that you buy the cabinetry from their business. They may charge a design retainer for their design time in the beginning that may be credited back you at the time of purchase. In the end, most dealers do not seek to sell their designs, but rather view the design work as part of the process allowing them to earn the cabinetry order.

 

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Insulation tax rebate

Did you put insulation in your home last year? Take advantage of the tax rebate offer.

Federal Tax Credit Reinstated for 2015 and Throughout 2016 for Installed Insulation

The insulation tax credit (IRS Section 25C) is for homeowners who have upgraded their insulation in 2015 and throughout 2016. The credit is 10% of the cost of the insulation materials up to $500 (cost of labor not included in tax credit).

How does a taxpaying homeowner qualify for the tax credit?
Qualified energy efficiency improvements are eligible for the tax credit. A qualified energy efficiency improvement is an energy efficiency building envelope component such as insulation materials or systems which are specifically and primarily designed to reduce the heat loss or gain for a dwelling:

(1) that follows the prescriptive criteria of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code;

(2) that is installed in or on a dwelling located in the United States and is owned and used by the taxpayer as the taxpayer’s principal residence;

(3) the original use of which commences with the taxpayer; and

(4) that reasonably can be expected to remain in use for at least five years.

Amount and Duration of Tax Credit Provision
The tax credit applies to energy efficiency improvements placed in service between January 1, 2015, and December 31, 2016.

Your customers can use the latest version of IRS Form 5695 to apply for the tax credit. The lifetime cap on the tax credit is $500. Therefore, a homeowner who previously took at least a $500 tax credit would not be eligible for further credits.

Manufacturers Certification Statements for Homeowner Recordkeeping 
Taxpayers claiming the credit should retain the certification statement of the manufacturer of the insulation that they are having installed.

Gas logs from I.D.S. Specialty

Gas logs are burners used for natural gas or propane operated fireplace units. These burners are concealed within an artificial log, which is made from materials such as fired ceramic clay, molded ceramic fibers or molded refractory cement and designed to look like a real wood log.

Vented logs
Vented gas logs are intended to be used within a gas powered fireplace in which the damper will be opened. This is the most popular option of gas log available due to its ability to provide the most realistic look of fire wood.

Homeowners will find that vented gas logs can be purchased in a variety of styles and sizes. It is possible to purchase vented gas logs in a hickory, birch, oak or other popular fire wood design. This type of gas log is available in lengths that range from 12 inches to more than 60 inches to fit any fireplace installed within their home.

On average, vented gas logs cost between 60 cents to $1.75 per hour to operate depending on the type of gas used to power the fireplace. Unfortunately with the need of the damper to be opened when operating a vented gas burner, a large portion of the heat given off by the fireplace is not returned to the home and is instead lost up the chimney.

Ventfree logs
Ventfree gas logs operate in a similar manner as gas powered burners in a kitchen cook stove. Homeowners wanting to convert their traditional wood burning fireplaces to gas models will find this type of gas log works the best.

With ventfree gas logs, the damper within the fireplace can be left fully closed or open for comfortable temperature control. This allows the home to capture the most heat from using the fireplace.

A ventfree gas log costs between 20 to 75 cents to use per hour depending on whether the fireplace is operated with natural gas or LP gas.

Even with all of the benefits available with this type of gas log option, there are still some drawbacks that should not be forgotten. Ventfree gas logs do not have the same realistic look to them as what can be found with vented gas logs. When choosing to keep the damper closed, there are gases that can enter the home.

Benefits of wall thermostats, remote controls and other temperature controls are not readily available when using ventfree gas logs.

Installing gas logs
Installing a gas powered fireplace and gas log burners are not DIY jobs. This is a project that should be left to a certified professional. In some areas, it is illegal to do this without the assistance of a professional HVAC technician.

Professional HVAC technicians are responsible for the installation, repair and maintenance of heating, air conditioning and ventilation systems within a building structure. They must have formal training and pass strict certification testing before they can work on these sensitive systems within a residential, industrial or commercial building structure. These technicians understand the regulations and codes, which govern the installation and operation of HVAC systems.

Homeowners can purchase gas logs from a home improvementstore, online or through some HVAC technicians. A technician can provide homeowners with certain recommendations for the specific type and model of gas log burner that will provide the most benefits for the homeowner’s specific needs. Some factors that will be taken into consideration are whether a pre-existing wood burning fireplace is already in place or if certain conveniences such as remote controls or wall thermostats are desired by the homeowner.

Homeowners should always make sure they are comfortable with the operation of their fireplace and gas logs prior to the technician leaving the premises. A full understanding on how to maintain the specific products chosen should be obtained before operating. Homeowners should also know how to recognize signs that there may be a problem with their gas log burners and what to do should these situations arise.

Visit us in Bloomingdale GA or www.idsspecialty.com

 

Custom shower doors come with many design options

Remodeling your bathroom with a new shower door

Remodeling your bathroom doesn’t have to be a pain. Here at IDS Specialty we go to great lengths to make sure that we can provide you with everything you need for your new shower enclosure. The choices range from framed, semi-frameless, and frameless (heavy glass). Also you can choose what glass color and texture you would like. After deciding what you want to go with, we will quote the job and just to ensure the techs time is not all for naught, we will collect a 50% deposit before we send someone out to do a field measure. After measurements are recorded, we place the order. When the glass arrives, we inspect it and then call the schedule the installation. After install is completed and you are satisfied with the job, we will collect a check or take a card over the phone to complete payment.

Shower doors and enclosures have come a long way since the 70’s. You aren’t stuck with the old fashioned brass and dimpled glass as your only option. Not only has glass companies come a long way with your choices of glass, but they have also developed a product called SGS coating which keeps the glass from building up hard water stains. Your shower door shouldn’t just be a tool to keep the water in, but also an investment. It adds value and style to your home in a big way.

 

Wayne Dalton Garage Doors

Wayne DaltonIDS is proud to FINALLY announce that we are carrying a new garage door line! Wayne Dalton Garage Doors!

IDS is proud to announce that we are now carrying Wayne Dalton garage doors! Since it’s inception in 1954, Wayne-Dalton has become known as a company with innovative ideas which far exceed industry standards. Often, Wayne-Dalton is the only source for the latest garage door and garage door opener features. Because the company has always maintained a staunch commitment to developing innovative new products, Wayne-Dalton is now a world leader in the garage door and garage door opener industry. With over sixteen residential garage door collections, a full line of commercial sectional garage door systems and a complete selection of rolling door solutions, Wayne Dalton is able to suit the personal taste and architectural style of virtually every customer.

Wayne Dalton offers a broad selection of attractive, thermally efficient residential garage doors to complement the style of your home and enhance its curb appeal. Our garage door models are made of materials such as wood, fiberglass, steel, aluminum, and vinyl. Each model offers choices in panel design ranging from classic raised panel designs, to carriage house designs to modern full-view glass and aluminum designs. Many of our garage doors offer factory-finished paint colors, stains and wood grain finishes. To complete the look of our garage door models, we offer a variety of window and decorative hardware options. With a multitude of choices – you are able to create a garage door that complements your home’s architectural features.

With IDS Specialty Building Products array of garage door products, you are sure to find what you are looking for. If you are not looking to replace your garage door, we also do repairs. From spring replacement to panel adjustments,

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Cabinetry done right with top of the line brands and installation!

When beginning a remodel, many people don’t know where to start and end up getting bogged down in the details. IDS Specialty uses a standardized “process” to keep homeowners on track and those hopeless feelings of confusion at bay. With this “process” we can patiently guide you to a product and line that suits your cabinetry needs perfectly.

·       Initial consultation.  Our sales consultants and designers will help guide you through the process of developing an initial design concept and budget for your cabinetry project.  This meeting can take place in our showroom for new construction or onsite for a remodeling project.          

·       Product selection.  Based on the customer preference of both design style and budget our cabinet options are presented from a variety of the industries best manufacturers.  Typically conducted at our showroom.

·       Plan Design.  Using CAD software our Design Specialist create and present the finished version of your new kitchen/bath and discuss the budget and options for your project.

·       Signoff and Order.  Once specific product is selected and ordered a full time Project Manager takes over to ensure product is delivered to the job in a timely manner and a firm installation date is scheduled.

·       Install.  Product is installed by our experienced and highly trained Install Technicians and managed by our project manager.

·       Final Walk-thru.  The Project Manager steps in once more to ensure everything is complete to the customers’ satisfaction.

 

Using a cabinet process insures that every job will be done with the consistency and professionalism that your job deserves.  From cabinetry to specialty items, IDS insures that the job will be done right the first time. Don’t hesitate to give IDS a call and make an appointment with one of our sales consultants or drop by for a tour of our showroom! We look forward to seeing you.

 

 Give us a call today or stop by our showroom!

3190 US Hwy 80

Bloomingdale, GA 31302

912-988-3408

www.idsspecialty.com

Sprucing up your home with new garage doors

Aesthetics and functionality

When people think of spring cleaning and home rejuvenation, oftentimes the garage space and garage door gets overlooked. Most homeowners today have a garage door that they use to come and go more often than the traditional entry door, just because of the ease of use. It is possible to have both an aesthetically pleasing and functional garage door. With options ranging from numerous different colors and finishes, window/glass options, insulation types and more, you can be sure to find an option that not only fits your home, but also your budget and lifestyle.

Energy Efficient Garage Doors

Clopay offers a variety of insulation materials in their garage doors that range from non-insulated to having an R-value of 20.4 which is the best in the industry. If your pets sleep in the garage or even if you house a refrigerator/freezer in your garage space, it is important to keep the space climate controlled. If your home has living space above the garage, it is imperative to have an insulated door, otherwise it will be very hard to maintain a consistent temperature in your home. Not only is it important for efficiency, but the insulation also makes the door more impact resistant, meaning it is much harder to dent.

Garage storage and shelving

Shelving and storage in the garage is a necessity that most people overlook. Power tools, lawn and garden equipment, and other household items need to be in a safe location away from vehicles, pets and children. No matter your reasons for garage organization, the fact remains: having a clean garage just feels good. Call it a sense of security or maybe a feeling of calm. Home begins at your garage and IDS Specialty can help you come up with a customized shelving and storage solution no matter the space and our professional and courteous installers will insure that the job gets done correctly the first time.

Re-imagining your home’s garage door is a tough but fun project that offers the opportunity to show your home’s true colors. As this post indicates, it can be a confusing and even disorienting process. If you’re still trying to figure out just how to turn your garage door into something more than an access point for your home, don’t hesitate to visit us online, stop by our Bloomingdale location or call us at (912) 988-3408.

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