Thinking About a Kitchen Renovation? Read this…

We’ve all heard the kitchen renovation horror stories – friends and family who decided to renovate their kitchen and are full of warnings about going over budget, or taking far longer than they originally planned. But it doesn’t have to be that way and in our experience, more often than not everything works out on time and on budget. Have you been pouring over issues of House & Home for months and scrolling through thousands of images on Pinterest as you consider finally taking the leap and renovating your kitchen? Here are a few things to keep in mind that will help to keep you set a realistic budget and stay on track… Put a pin in it They say [...]

April 6th, 2017|0 Comments

The Devil is in the Details – Especially with Kitchens & Bathrooms

They say the devil is in the details, and when it comes to renovating and remodeling kitchens & bathrooms, it's even more true. Kitchen and bathroom designs especially are a precise art, where every inch counts in creating a highly functional space. If you're considering tackling your upcoming renovation or remodeling on your own, there are a lot of details that can make or break your project. But don't let that scare you! There are lots of resources available to help you as you plan, or you can work with YouNique at any stage, from design to renovation - start to finish. There are so many things we take for granted when it comes to design. It makes sense, since when something is [...]

March 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Don’t Fall Into The Renovation Reality TV Trap.

For most people HGTV and the DIY Network are an everyday part of a Homeowners life. They give you great ideas on your next dream project while educating you on the process. This is where the wheels can come off. You have to keep in mind this is Television that is designed to Entertain! There are scripts,  producers (and actors in some shows) and you need to realize that the first priority in all of these shows is to make GOOD TELEVISION and entertain you while bringing in Ad Revenue from Advertisers. There is absolutely nothing wrong with this except you need to keep this in mind if you are trying to educate yourself in a process. This [...]

January 17th, 2015|0 Comments

What To Do, Sell Or Renovate?

When trying to decide whether to invest in your current home and renovate rather than selling your house and purchasing a new one, homeowners often consider remodeling their kitchen or bathroom. Here is some information that may make your decision to sell or fix up your home a little easier. Kitchen Consider using the 5 to 15 rule. Basically, the rule states: The entire kitchen project (including cabinets, appliances, countertops, flooring, lighting, trim molding, & wall coverings) should cost no less than 5% and no more than 15% of the current value of your home with approximately 50% of the total cost allocated for cabinets (including accessories and trim).” The typical kitchen budget is 8% of your home’s value. Remember [...]

January 17th, 2015|0 Comments

Get the right lighting for your kitchen (part 2)

The hub of the home is where the members of the household spend most of their time, and when it comes to kitchen lighting, the focus should be on functionality. We asked top designers for their advice on kitchen lighting design, from must-haves to problems to avoid. TIP: “General kitchen lighting should be located directly over walkways, prep areas, sinks and cook tops. This way, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, you won’t have any dark corners. I love these three head recessed fixtures we used in the kitchen above.” – Jamie Herzlinger

January 15th, 2015|0 Comments

Get Your Kitchen Lighting Right (Part 1)

The kitchen is where most families spend the majority of their time, it’s important that the space is designed just right, especially when it comes to the  lighting. We asked top designers for their advice on kitchen lighting design, from must-haves to problems to avoid. TIP: “Choose lighting that compliments the entire home. In this kitchen I designed as part of an Upper West Side duplex penthouse apartment, I used simple contemporary custom fixtures to enhance the aesthetic of clean architectural lines of the furniture and bold art on the walls.” – Jennifer Post, Jennifer Post Design

January 14th, 2015|0 Comments


Spring is right around the corner, and with Spring often comes the frenzied, relentless rush of the real estate market. The Spring rush may lead to multiple offers which often results in homes selling for over the asking price. Spring can be a great time to sell your home when you have the right location and are have a home that is showing well. The question many homeowners ask us is, “where do I spend my money to ensure I get the most ROI (Return on Investment)”? The response is two-fold and not entirely without some complexities and a small amount of assessment required. In order to ensure you get the ROI you’re seeking, we have partnered with Nadia [...]

January 9th, 2015|0 Comments

2015 will bring a more modern look to the bathroom.

2014 ushered in a new contemporary look in bathroom design, that surpassed tradiotnal looks. In 2015  expect clean, contemporary design will still be most popular with curbless showers and suspended vanities incorporated into designs for continuous sleek tile floors. LED lighting and semi recessed tubs are also expected to be popular in 2015. Homeowners want bathrooms that are easier to clean. Installing a tub in a semi-recessed design allows the bathroom to look more spacious and modern while eliminating the need to clean behind the tub.

December 30th, 2014|0 Comments

How to design a kitchen worthy of a chef

Food you cook starting to taste a bit "off" ? If your paint is chipping off and landing in your boiling pots, the marble countertop has seen better days and the cabinets keep swinging open and banging you on the head it might be time to give your kitchen a little fixer upper. Your kitchen space needs the same amount of attention and care as the rest of your home. In other words, it should be more than a place where you cook your meals and eat. Let’s see what you can do to wow anyone who comes in for a midnight snack – Liven it Up with Crown Molding Sometimes, little touches of creativity are all it [...]

December 29th, 2014|0 Comments

How a minor remodel can save you money

Surface "remodeling" is a great way to give your home a lift without dropping the same amount of cash as a small home. This type of work is really renovation, a cosmetic refinishing process, rather than deep down remodeling. Whatever you call it, a surface upgrade can be a fantastic way to update a house that doesn't have any structural or safety issues, but just needs a fresher, brighter look. Surface reno will have the biggest impact in your kitchen or bathroom, where a complete remodel would come with a price tag of tens of thousands of dollars. As well as paying the contractor for labor, you'll save on building permits and designer's fees. Here a list of 11 practical [...]

December 15th, 2014|0 Comments