On the Level: Why I Love LED for Undercabinet Lighting
I’ve always been a fan of undercabinet lighting, but Halogen or Xenon bulbs were too expensive, burned out too quickly, and put off too much heat. When they came on the market, LED lights quickly became the preferred, low-energy option for undercabinet lighting and, at Distinctive Remodeling, it’s what we use almost exclusively now.
Personally, I’m a fan of the tape LED lights instead of puck-style lights because they provide a more uniform light across the counters. For a warm white light, I recommend 2700-3000K on the LED color scale. For a cool white light, which is a bit more blueish in tone, I recommend a light closer to 5000K. And, LED lights are now dimmable, which allows some flexibility in brightness; turn them up for task lighting or turn them down to use as a nightlight.
My favorite brand of tape LED lights is Tresco Lighting; we’ve used Tresco lights in many of our kitchen remodels with great results. We have it on display in our showroom if you’d like to stop by and see how it looks and functions.
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A Tale of Two Kitchens
Once upon a time there were two families: The Blum Family and the Crow Family. Both families hired Distinctive Remodeling to re-do their kitchens. Both families completely updated, upfitted, and upscaled the “most loved” room in their homes. And both families would gladly work with Distinctive Remodeling again. But, when you dig a little deeper, there are other similarities, as well as differences, between these two kitchen remodels.
Both the Blum and the Crow kitchen increased their storage space, replacing cramped, outdated cabinets with custom-designed cabinetry, contemporary looks, and roll-out shelving to increase convenience and accessibility.
Both kitchens were transformed into no-nonsense meal-prep workspaces. With the addition of energy-efficient appliances, gas cooktops, built-in microwaves, and oversized sinks, these kitchens are ready for prime time on the Food Network. Read More
Welcome Back, Designer Stephanie Ferguson
Anyone who has been through a remodeling project can tell you: One of the most challenging parts of the process is making materials selections.
That’s where Stephanie Ferguson shines. As the newest member of our team, Stephanie joined us in June. What some folks don’t know, though, is that Stephanie worked for us from 2007 to 2010—so, in a way, she is coming home to the Distinctive Remodeling family. And we are thrilled to have her! Read More