Personal Attention Every Step of the Way

Personal Attention Every Step of the Way

As a family-owned business for over 20 years, we know that relationships matter. What’s more, we understand that building a custom kitchen or bath is one of the biggest investments you will make in your home – and you want everything to go smoothly. When you work with Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home, you can rely on personalized service and close oversight from the initial design meeting to the final installation. 

Getting to know you – the first meeting

Recently, a couple came into our showroom with a vision for their new kitchen project, but were unsure how to get started. Armed with their wish list – and an understanding of what wasn’t working in their current kitchen, they sat down with us for an initial consultation. This is an important step that allows us to really get to know our clients better. We asked questions to draw out their wants and needs. Then, most importantly, we listened as they answered, shared their personal experiences, and told us stories that brought their project to life.

One of the things we want to clarify right away is a client’s priorities. For example, is the project driven by design, function, budget, or something else. We talk about the floorplan and size, an overview of cabinets and appliances, their likes and dislikes, and more. By the end of that first meeting, we aim to have a firm grasp of their personalities, their style, their budget, and what things are most important to them.

Walking through the Initial design concept

Using the information gathered in the first meeting, we generate a concept and design that incorporates the client’s needs and wants, as well as keeping an eye on the budget that we’re working within.

The first design meeting is always full of anticipation! We walk our clients through the initial design, showing how we’ve incorporated what they are looking for, asking them what they think, and pointing out any trade-offs or decisions they might need to make. This meeting is a true partnership, where we and our client work hand-in-hand to further refine the design. Once the major strokes of the design are finalized, we agree to a design retainer and kick off the next phase of the project!

Guiding clients through decision-making

As the project begins, it is time to make decisions. A major kitchen project is always an evolving process. Using a combination of hand drawings and computer renderings, our clients get to see what their project will look like. We work closely with a client to guide them through the decision-making process and keep them from becoming overwhelmed. 

Once the final layout is approved and appliances are chosen, we move to more detailed decisions, such as cabinet finish, wood species, door style, etc choices. After those major decisions are made, we begin to look at some of the more detailed decisions: choosing sinks and faucets, cabinet hardware, countertop ma, backsplash, paint colors, lighting, and more. Our decades of experience mean we’ve got this down to a science to make it easy and organized for clients. With materials and fixtures chosen and ordered, the installation phase begins.

Our next blog post in this series is focused on what you can do before construction starts to stay sane while you don’t have a functioning kitchen.

Time and time again, our clients tell us that great communication and close working relationships they have with us simply produce better results. We think of what we do as building kitchen “furniture” that can last a lifetime or beyond. Through our process, clients become friends because, together, we’ve built a foundation of trust. We try to make the entire process fun, without the problems and drama that happen with other companies. In fact, recently, we had clients take us out for dinner at the end of the job!

The first step is just a phone call away. Call us today at 847.844.1900 if you live in the Barrington, Elgin, or Crystal Lake areas, and you can begin creating the perfect kitchen or bath for your home!

Custom Kitchen Furniture with a Personal Touch

Custom Kitchen Furniture with a Personal Touch

Remodeling a kitchen is one of the biggest investments most homeowners make. Yet most kitchen cabinet manufacturers force homeowners to design their kitchens around standard sizes and styles. Often this results in unsightly seams or inefficient layouts with wasted space. 

At Jim Keller Kitchens, we take a wholly different approach. We start with your space, your style, and your needs, then we work directly with you to design a kitchen that is fully customized for you and how you use your space – not the other way around! We build cabinets exactly to your dimensions, so that what you end up with is the look of fine handcrafted furniture that fits perfectly in your kitchen.

We’ll work with you to maximize how your kitchen functions, configuring pull-out shelving, doors that open and close with a touch, islands with seating for the family, and all the modern kitchen conveniences. In addition, you aren’t limited to a few basic color options, simply choose colors that complement the rest of your home. At Jim Keller Kitchens, we put our clients first, so you can count on us working with you every step of the way to make your dream kitchen a reality. 

We give every client our personal attention. If you live in the Crystal Lake, Algonquin, Lake In The Hills area and are considering a kitchen or bath remodel, give us a call at 847.844.1900 to get started.

5 High-End Kitchen Countertop Choices

5 High-End Kitchen Countertop Choices

While granite has been the most popular countertop option throughout the years, it’s made its mark on the design world and is now being taken over by newer high-end materials. Although it’s still a popular option, you have many other choices to consider for your kitchen countertops.  

Are you aware of which countertops are trendy that will add a great deal of style to your space?

We have installed many luxurious and high end countertops for many families in Barrington, Inverness, St Charles, IL and more, and that’s why we have gathered five high-end kitchen countertop choices that you could display within your own home to create that perfect space. If you would like to learn more about these countertop design trends, be sure to continue reading or contact us:

  • Two Countertops Are Better Than One. Why have just one countertop when you could have two? Instead of highlighting one material in your kitchen, you can combine two different materials that complement each other and create versatility in your space. Some choose to break up the large expanse off their central island as a way to define its multiple functions. For example, your preparation area can showcase a sleek quartzite or marble, while a finished walnut can warm up your seating area for a stunning combination.
  • A Timeless Classic. If you want your kitchen to stand the test of time, have it showcasing a black and white appearance. You can update your space but still have it complementing some architectural roots. A timeless style of white cabinets paired with black countertops provides a bright yet edgy appearance. Incorporating a honed finish, or matte look to your countertops showcases a more muted finish with little shine, or maybe you would prefer a glossy quartz with marble veins. There are so many options to match your tastes even when it’s just black and white.
  • Precious Stones. You have the opportunity to add a great deal of style and beauty to your kitchen with the use of precious stones. You can have your countertops in all stone for a truly luxurious appearance. You can also make your kitchen one of a kind by incorporating precious stones, which adds dimension and gives an eye-catching appearance. Popular choices include jade, rose quartz, blue agate, even copper.
  • Marble. If you are searching for a countertop material that has been a kitchen countertop staple for years, then look no further than marble! Extremely durable, marble is sure to not only make a beautiful statement throughout your kitchen but hold up for many years to come. Marble is a popular trend for islands and lately many choose to waterfall the marble vertically down to the floor instead of using flat countertops, for a more sophisticated statement. From black to white, you can discover the perfect color of marble to complement your personal taste.
  • Brazilian Blue Stone. Have your kitchen highlighting a one of a kind appearance by choosing Brazilian blue stone for your countertops! This unique material will create your countertops to be a focal point within your space. Pair yours with shaker-style white cabinets and you will create a bright and welcoming kitchen that everyone will certainly enjoy.

Luxurious kitchens should present a high-end appearance! As the heart of your home, you want your kitchen to be a representation of your personal style and taste. These are just five of the luxury countertops options that you could choose to present within your own home and we would love the opportunity to speak with you about your design ideas for your kitchen.

Are you ready to install high end counter tops in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago? If so, please contact us here at Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home, as we would be pleased with the opportunity to help you. 

Luxury Bathroom Remodeling Tips

Luxury Bathroom Remodeling Tips

When you enter a home, you are greeted with a lovely foyer, beautiful living room, and an extravagant kitchen. Bathrooms are often overlooked as much time isn’t spent in them. However, they certainly deserve to showcase a luxurious appearance as well and that’s why many homeowners consider having a bathroom that reflects their stylish taste!

Are you preparing to remodel your own bathroom to have that luxurious feel? If so, you will want to ensure that yours presents a sense of style that makes a statement!

Every bathroom should be remodeled to perfection! That’s why we, at  Jim Keller Kitchen, Home & Bath, have gathered some luxury bathroom remodeling tips that you will want to keep in mind as you prepare for your remodel. If you would like to discover what these tips are, be sure to continue reading:

  • Purchase New Products. Many elements make up your bathroom. Showers, toilets, tubs; each detail is a must for your space. By remodeling your bathroom, you can discard your old and outdated items, and replace them with new and trendy products, such as wall-mounted toilets, steam showers, and free -standing tubs that are separate from your shower. In addition to style, you can also discover energy-efficient products, which in the long-run are more cost-efficient when it comes to your utility bill.
  • Update Your Structures. The vanity and cabinets are often the main element of décor when it comes to a bathroom. By updating yours with trendy and high-end products, you can ensure that your space will present a luxurious appearance! If you’d be looking to update your bathroom now, forgo the outdated laminate and inexpensive countertops and replace them with more attractive materials such as quartz or stone. In addition, consider wall-mounted vanities, vessel sinks that sit above the countertops rather than dip in, and cabinets and knobs that are sleek and modern to the touch.
  • Present Unique Lighting. Gone are the days where big bulbs are extended from the walls to provide light within bathrooms. Instead, you can discover light fixtures that make a statement! For current lighting trends, consider placing wall sconces next to mirrors, or using chrome light fixtures for a more contemporary design. In addition, installing a skylight or a window will certainly enhance your space with natural lighting.
  • Showcase Gorgeous Flooring. Thanks to modern engineering and technology, there are many more choices available today in bathroom flooring than there were in the past. It’s time to tear out that old and outdated flooring and replace it with ceramic or natural stone tiles! Porcelain tiles are a popular trend, as you can choose from a wide variety of styles and colors, allowing you to create a unique pattern for your floors. In addition,porcelain material is much more resistant to moisture and can withstand the steam in your bathroom. For natural stones, there are numerous textures to choose from and they are highly durable.

Every bathroom should present an opulent appearance! These are just a few tips to assist you with creating yours to evoke nothing but elegance.

Are you ready to design your own bathroom with an interior designer in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago? If so, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at Jim Keller Kitchen, Home & Bath, as we would be pleased with the opportunity to bring your vision to life!

A Guide to Luxury & Upscale Kitchen Cabinets

A Guide to Luxury & Upscale Kitchen Cabinets

The kitchen is said to be the heart of a home. Enjoying a cup of coffee in the morning, cooking meals, hosting guests and more; your kitchen is certainly an important part of your home and living. Many therefore look forward to having a beautiful and luxurious sense of style with their kitchens depending on their tastes, life changes or inspirations. Showcasing luxury and upscale kitchen cabinets is a great way to bring the kitchen space to life, since kitchen cabinets are a major part of the kitchen visually.

We believe that every kitchen should present the best cabinets! That’s why we have created a guide to assist you with choosing luxury and upscale kitchen cabinets for your own home. At Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home, Dundee IL, we’ve remodeled several upscale and luxurious kitchens with the cabinets they deserve and will share a few things to consider when looking to replace or upgrade your kitchen cabinets with a luxurious one. If you would like to learn more, we have them here for you:

  • Style. There are many high-end design options to suit every taste when it comes to kitchen cabinets! When selecting your cabinets, you will want to determine which style you fancy. European, traditional, contemporary; there are an array of styles that you could choose. So be sure to browse around and speak to an upscale kitchen remodeler like us so that you can determine which cabinet design you would like to showcase throughout your own kitchen.
  • Organization. Your kitchen cabinets should not only be beautiful, but functional as well! When selecting yours, you will want to ensure that they are able to complement how you would like your kitchen to be organized. After all, you will have many items placed within them, from plates to glasses and all should be able to be stored and accessed with ease. Built-in drawer dividers, pull out shelving; many organizational elements can be utilized when designing your kitchen cabinets!
  • Layout. Anyone can choose kitchen cabinets that are eye-catching. However, it’s important that the layout is functional for your kitchen specifically. The layout of your kitchen cabinets should be planned in a way that suits your space so that you can access what’s within them with ease. By working with a kitchen remodeler like Jim Keller Kitchens, you can ensure that your space is created with functionality in mind.
  • Custom-Made. You have the opportunity to present a one of a kind sense of style throughout your kitchen with custom-made cabinets! By creating a custom design, you will be able to showcase a high-end and unique look. This is ideal for those who really want to make a statement and have their kitchen cabinetry standing out from the rest.
  • Brands. There are many brands of kitchen cabinets that you could choose from. Therefore, you will want to determine the best one for the vision that you have for your own cabinets! We use Custom Wood Products for our kitchen cabinets, they are custom designed, built and are of the highest quality materials as we provide our customers with top quality. 

Every kitchen deserves to showcase gorgeous cabinets! These are just a few tips to assist you with selecting yours.

Are you all set to design your own kitchen with an interior designer in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago? If so, please get in touch with us here at Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home, as we would be pleased with the opportunity to assist you with bringing your design vision to life!

Popular Bathroom Trends for 2019

Popular Bathroom Trends for 2019

If you are planning on remodeling your bathroom, you may be searching for some ways to design it to be one of a kind! After all, your home typically reflects your personal sense of style and showcases elements of décor that will make quite the impression. You can therefore consider incorporating trends that match your sense of style into your own bathroom’s design!

Trends are the perfect way for you to add a dash of creativity to your home’s design while maintaining a current updated look. However, with many bathroom trends that have debuted this year, you may be curious to know some of them to make an informed decision on your bathroom design.
We love when design trends are highlighted throughout homes! That’s why we have gathered some of the top bathroom trends for 2019 to inspire your own bathroom renovation ideas. We have remodeled many homes and bathrooms in the northwest suburbs of Chicago over the years at Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home, Dundee IL and always look out for trendy designs for our customers. Here are some of the trends making waves in 2019.

  • Floating Vanities. Gone are the days where your bathroom showcased a bland square vanity which sits on your floor. This year, bathrooms are highlighting a unique sense of style with floating vanities! Usually placed about a foot above the floor, floating vanities are the perfect way for you to add a hip sense of style to your bathroom. The visual presentation will appear as though your vanity is popping off of your wall, which will certainly pose as a trendy addition to your home.
  • Wall-Mounted Toilets. Why have your toilet sit on the floor when you could uniquely mount it to the wall? This one of a kind trend is sure to have your bathroom flaunting some style! In addition, know that it will complement your floating vanity beautifully. Also, wall-mounted toilets and floating vanities are much easier to clean, as there are no nooks and crannies around the floor that you would have to worry about.
  • Open Showers. You can really enjoy your time spent showering if you are within an open shower and this has had many curious lately for tub to shower conversions. With no doors, you won’t feel enclosed and an abundance of space will be presented. In addition, know that your shower will be a large and beautiful focal point within your bathroom if it is open, as you will be able to showcase your gorgeous tile and the lovely accessories chosen, such as shower heads and knobs adding a great deal of style to your space.
  • Statement Walls. Let your bathroom make quite the statement with a statement wall! This is an ideal way to add an abundance of style to your bathroom in a trendy way. Marble is a wonderful option as it is certainly trendy this year. You can highlight one wall to be marble posing as a gorgeous focal point and presenting a great deal of design within your bathroom and then paint or tile a wall as well to be your accent wall…the opportunities for creativity are truly endless!

If you are looking to remodel your home or renovate your bathroom, these are just a few of the top bathroom trends for 2019 that you will want to keep in mind..

Are you ready to design your own home with an interior designer in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago? If so, get in touch with us here at Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home, as we would be excited with the opportunity to assist you! We have helped many families in Barrington, Sleepy Hollow, Hoffman Estates, St. Charles and nearby cities with their home remodeling needs and look forward to helping you bring your vision to life.

Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2019

Top Kitchen Design Trends of 2019

2019 is another year to refresh your cooking space with new trendy kitchen remodeling ideas. Whether you are planning to remodel your kitchen or get inspired for a simple refresh, there are some trends to consider for 2019. Having remodeled several kitchens over the years at Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home, we know how being up to date with design trends makes a difference when considering a kitchen update. That’s why we have gathered some top kitchen design trends of 2019 to inspire the design of yours. If you are all set to discover what these trends are, be sure to continue reading:

  • Open Shelving. You likely have beautiful China or dishes within your kitchen. So why keep their beauty hidden away? You may want to consider open shelving. This is a great way for you to add even more creativity to your kitchen space, as you can have your bowls, plates and glasses on display. Whether you choose to highlight glass shelving, metal or wood, you can guarantee that your kitchen will showcase a lovely sense of style with open shelving!
  • Mixed Metals. If you feel as though every detail throughout your kitchen must match, that trend is being bucked in 2019. In fact, mixing your metals will have your kitchen showcasing a unique style! So when choosing your kitchen faucet, cabinet knobs, drawer handles and even light fixtures, consider a variety of metals to add some uniqueness to your space.
  • Seating. When you think of kitchen seating, the standard table and chairs most likely come to mind. However you can amp up your seating by featuring creative arrangements. Furniture benches for example are an ideal way to add some style to your kitchen and customized banquette seatings are also becoming increasingly popular for common areas like the kitchen, where families and friends spend time together.
  • Appliances. Innovative appliances continue to become increasingly popular and it’s all about smart kitchen ideas and appliances. As technology continues to evolve and enhance our daily lives, many appliances and gadgets are being made to suit that purpose for kitchen designs. From smart screen display fridges to remote light controls, there are plenty of tech updates to take advantage of to be more efficient in the kitchen.

They say the kitchen is the heart of the home and your kitchen deserves to showcase a great deal of style! These are just a few of the top kitchen design trends of 2019 that you may want to consider when thinking of updates you’d like to make to your cooking space.  If you are looking to design or update your own kitchen with an experienced kitchen designer, we’ll be more than happy to assist. Contact us at Jim Keller Kitchen, Bath & Home, as we would be pleased with the opportunity to help create yours!