CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio

CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio

Monday, October 10, 2016


What does your ideal kitchen look like? What would you include in your dream kitchen? The answers are different for everyone, but there are certain features that everyone agrees are must haves.
1. Plenty of storage: The ideal kitchen has plenty of space to store all of your cooking equipment. The best way to add storage if you lack square footage is to go up. Take advantage of all the ceiling height you can by installing tall wall cabinets. If you have a high celling you can create a dramatic look with stacked wall cabinets that may have glass in the upper portion perfect to display your favorite decorative pieces.

Get creative with custom cabinet features that maximize storage. A blind corner cabinet, for instance can have one of several devices that make it easier to access items. One is a “magic corner” which is a chrome wire pullout with baskets. Another popular one is the “Le Mans” unit which as two kidney-shaped sliding shelves. Tall pantry pullouts make the most of a narrow space, and rollout shelves in base cabinets make accessibility easy. Don’t forget customized drawer accessories like cutlery trays, spice and knife insert. ? Don’t forget to provide special shelving for that cookbook collection.

2. Appliances: You, of course, will want your ideal kitchen to have the latest in appliances. One trend, especially if you entertain a lot, is to have two dishwashers to make clean-up a breeze. A professional-style rangetop with a built-in griddle is feature most cooks would love to have. Double ovens and a warming drawer are a must when cooking for a crowd. And don’t forget specialty appliances like steam ovens, built-in coffee systems, and extra refrigeration space like under counter refrigerated drawers, beverage centers or wine storage units. An extra ice maker is also handy for entertaining.

3. Lighting: Great lighting can make the difference between a good kitchen and a “Wow” kitchen. Lots of natural light from large windows is a must. Of course, you need general ambient lighting, specific task lighting and lighting for atmosphere. Be sure to include under-cabinet LED lighting, recessed ceiling cans for general lighting and pendants or fixtures over islands. If you have glass-doored cabinets you will want to have interior lighting to sparkle off crystal and china. For special lighting consider rope lighting above the cabinets as well as below the toekick area. Dimmers on most of the lighting are the best way to create atmosphere and set a mood when entertaining.

4. One feature that most people would include in a dream kitchen is a large island with seating. The island incorporates many functions. The large surface is great for food preparation, it can double as a buffet for serving, and it contains lots of storage. It is perfect for creating a convivial atmosphere for chatting with friends and family and to keep an eye on the kids as they do their homework.

5. Style: Everyone’s idea of what the perfect kitchen looks like is different, but there are some elements that will elevate your kitchen above the norm. The cabinetry you choose is the furniture of the room and sets the mood. Hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen and adds extra flair. Color is essential in creating mood and making the kitchen a pleasant place to work. Add special touches like barn doors for the pantry, open beams, marble countertops or a special tile pattern for the floor to individualize the space.

Whether you are planning to build a new house, or remodel your current one, plan your dream kitchen for comfort, storage, functionality and beauty and make it as individual as you are.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Remodeling and the Lead-Based Paint Factor

We all want to make sure that we are living in a safe, healthy environment.  One area where we do have control is in our own homes. 

Lead is one of the most dangerous elements that can be present in a home, and young children, especially under two years of age, are the most sensitive to lead poisoning.  Lead was frequently used in paints prior to 1978, and flaking, peeling, and cracking paint create dust that can be breathed through the air, or ingested by inquisitive children by chewing on or touching painted surfaces such as window sills, stair railings and door frames.  Though some lead is naturally present in the outdoors, lead-based exterior paint can flake off and contaminate the soil around the home and be tracked indoors so it is important to remove shoes at the door and wash hands. 

The risks of lead exposure to young children include lower IQ, slower growth, learning and behavior problems and anemia.  Unborn children are at risk also as lead is stored in the mother's body and can be transferred to the fetus and via breast milk to the infant.  Adults are not immune either, and high levels of lead in the body can lead to cardiovascular problems, hypertension, kidney and reproductive issues among others.

The good news is that lead poisoning is entirely preventable.  For one thing, lead-free paint was banned for residential use in 1978, so if your home is newer than that, there should not be cause for concern.  According to the EPA, houses built between 1960 and 1977 are 24% more likely to contain lead-based paint than newer homes; between 1940 and 1959 69% more likely; and before 1940 87% more likely.   But even if your house was built prior to 1978, if the paint is in good condition; i.e., not peeling, cracking, or flaking, and sealed under layers of newer paint, then there may be no cause for alarm.  Frequent wiping down of painted surfaces and vacuuming with a HEPA filter are good practices.  But if in doubt, it is wise to test for the presence of lead.   

However, if a home is being remodeled, and was built prior to 1978, it is likely that paint will be disturbed in the process.  It is important to have the paint in the home tested for lead content.   The EPA's Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule (RRP Rule) "requires that firms performing renovation, repair, and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities and pre-schools built before 1978 have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices".  In Georgia, that means that a Certified Renovator must be licensed by the Georgia Environmental Protection Department (EPD) to supervise all RRP-regulated projects and to perform lead testing on all surfaces that will be disturbed. 

The removal of lead is a federally mandated process.  A lead test must be performed on any home from 1978 or older by a certified renovator.  The certified renovator must wear very specific protection gear and properly secure the area being affected with multiple layers of protection.  If the paint involved is outdoors, the soil or immediate area must be properly covered.  One area which is generally overlooked is in window replacement.  Windows in homes from 1978 or older may contain lead and can contaminate the area outside and inside the house if it does contain lead and areas are not properly protected. 

If your home was built prior to 1978, and you are planning to remodel, be sure to use a certified renovator to test for lead. 

For more information from the Environmental Protection Agency on how to keep your home safe and lead-free visit  http://www.epa.gov/lead/protect-your-family#sl-home

Friday, August 21, 2015

CSI Named #2 Atlanta Residential Remodeling Firm

CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio has been named the #2 Atlanta residential remodeling firm in Atlanta Business Chronicle's annual list of the Atlanta's Top 10 Residential Remodeling Contractors based on figures for 2014.

NARI tour 2015

NARI Atlanta Presents its Fifth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes

The Atlanta Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, will present its Sixth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes Saturday, Oct. 24, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Eight private homes transformed by NARI members throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs will be open to the public, with the remodeling teams on hand to discuss each project and answer questions.  Proceeds from the tour will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer (www.curechildhoodcancer.org).  The tour is self-guided and will be held rain or shine.  Tickets are $20 in advance, and $30 the day of the tour, and are available at www.AtlantaRemodelingTour.com, along with a downloadable map showing each home location.  CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio will be showcasing a beautifully redesigned home as part of the tour.  We are very proud to be involved in NARI and to help such a worthwhile cause like Cure Childhood Cancer.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Schrock Makes a Big Foray into the Contemporary Market

Decidedly modern. That's Schrock's fresh take on kitchen design with their new contemporary door styles, Aspen and Derazi. Schrock already had a slab door with their Prestley style--a wood veneer door in maple or cherry in a range of stained or painted finishes.

Schrock's new Aspen and Derazi door styles.
Aspen and Derazi add to the range of slab style offerings by introducing special laminate finishes. 

Aspen is a high-gloss white laminate with a choice of white or metallic edgebanding. Derazi is a textured horizontal grain laminate in Obsidian. These colors pair beautifully with stainless steel appliances. Use Aspen and Derazi together or separately to create a sleek, European look. 

These cabinets feature full overlay doors on a face-frame carcass.  Touch latches are available for a handle-less look, or opt for slim, unobtrusive brushed nickel finger pulls.Specially designed metal brackets, corbels and feet are available for that finishing touch.

Available in Schrock's Fall 2015 product launch at
the end of August, and with a quick order time of only three weeks, you can be cooking in your new European-style kitchen in no time!  Call to make an appointment with one of our designers to create your new kitchen today.

Monday, February 23, 2015


It seems like every day at least someone comes into our showroom with a very confused and perplexed look on their face.  Sheepishly and nearly afraid to ask, they approach our designers to inquire about a kitchen or bathroom project.  “What does a kitchen or bath project cost?”  If you are like most homeowners who would very much like to update an outdated or broken space, but are terrified that a job like yours is going to cost much more than the home is worth, let us offer a warm smile and an arm around your shoulder.  Relax, help is here.

It is funny how television and the internet have both enlightened homeowners and petrified them at the same time.  There is no shortage of programs and websites touting the latest in remodeling trends.  Unfortunately, most of them never stop to educate people on the real costs of such an endeavor or explain why they cost what they do.  The price range for a typical kitchen or bathroom remodel project can actually vary thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.  Instead of immediately worrying about what a “typical” kitchen or bath will cost to build, perhaps the best way to start with these three steps:

1.  Decide What the End Game Is.  If the intent of the remodel project is to help with the resale value of your home or to prepare it for a faster sale, than follow the rule “K-I-S-S, Keep It Simple Sweetie.”  If you won’t be there to enjoy the space for at least seven more years, than all you really want to do is spruce it up while keeping costs to a minimum.  You will also want to keep style and color choices to neutral ranges.  Follow the general style of the house and neighborhood.  Play it safe here.

However, if you have no plans to move anytime soon, feel free to insert your own tastes and desires into the equation.  You also can expand the budget and not be overly concerned about resale.  Don’t get hung-up with overspending the value of the home.  Creating a space that makes your life that much easier and enjoyable has value.  Make an honest assessment of the room: are items stored properly and easily accessible; how much walking around the space is needed to get things done; do the appliances and fixtures actually work for how you live; what things could be added or moved that would greatly improve the room; do you actually enjoy being in that space?  These are all great questions to ask and take note of.

2.  Understand Costs and Know Options.  Having an open discussion with a qualified local remodeler will be the best way to truly get a grip on what the expenses will be.  Sit down with someone who can explain what the project costs are and why things cost what they do.  There are many details that go into the remodeling of a space that, while not plainly seen, are necessary.  Also, ask about the various options for updating a space.  Options can range from budget-friendly ones that are purely cosmetic, to full-blown gutting of spaces that customize the room for specific needs and tastes.

3.  Be Mindful of the Budget, But Also Be Open to New Ideas. 
Throughout the design and selection process, expect to be guided in the direction of items that fit your established budget.  Also be open to new ideas you might not have been aware of.  These may greatly help cure the pain of the room.  A good designer will help identify those pains, propose possible solutions with explanations, and let you pick and choose what is worth the added expense.  Understanding the cost vs. value of each idea can help you decide if that built-in refrigerator or heated floor is worth it to you.

Look for a licensed professional remodeler in your area who offers a variety of cabinetry and fixtures.  Bring photos of your space and measurements if possible.  That way they can fully understand the breadth of the project and give you some preliminary ideas on what can be done and rough estimates where the budget may fall.  They can also begin to show you products that would best fit within that preliminary budget.  Be wary of anyone willing to give out free estimates in writing or someone who bases pricing solely on “allowances.”  That can often lead to misunderstandings and unrealistic numbers.

CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio,6527 Jimmy Carter Blvd #C2 Norcross, GA  30071                                                         770-729-1999

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rutt's New Morgan Series

Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry has added a new door style to their Regency Series.  Called Morgan, it is a clean-lined classic Shaker style—but with a difference.  Not just a door style, but a complete system of cabinetry, Morgan blurs the line between frameless and framed cabinetry.  Horizontal and vertical members do not meet on the same plane creating shadow lines and an interesting layered effect.  With specially designed components unique to Morgan, such as soffit and base rails, light rails, and end panels, this system is a complete concept.






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