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2018 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

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2018 Kitchen Remodeling Trends

A kitchen remodel is a great way to increase the value of your home and the usefulness of the space. If you’re planning to start your remodel this year or just a few simple upgrades to freshen up your kitchen, you’ll want to know what’s hot and what’s not.

While some kitchen trends change quickly, others stick around for some time. Before choosing your fixtures, paint colors and appliances, see what 2018 has in store for kitchen remodeling.

Are you ready to start your next kitchen remodel? Contact Jesse today and receive a consultation and quotes for free!

What’s Trending In The Kitchen

While some people plan to remodel and sell their homes, others are just in need of an upgrade for an outdated kitchen. Whatever the reason, this year’s trends should be incorporated whenever possible.

You may have noticed more and more kitchens in darker, deeper colors. Drama is in this year when it comes to the kitchen, as well as keeping it clear and uncluttered so it can truly be the heart of the home. “Kitchens really are the gathering place of the home,” Emily Hoefler, kitchen and bath specialist at Renovations Group Inc said. “These spaces have evolved to accommodate the modern family.  Creating a space where you can cook a meal while also entertaining or even just gathering with your family on a weeknight has really changed kitchen design.”

As kitchens transition to be casual spaces to entertain and welcome guests, here’s what you’ll find trending in 2018:

  • Open Shelving
  • Kitchen Island & Seating
  • Copper Finishes
  • Tech-Savvy Spaces
  • Darker Hues
  • Wood Countertops
Open Shelving 2018 Kitchen Trends

1. Open Shelving

A trend that tops the list for 2018 is open shelving. This has been an up-and-coming trend for some time. If a homeowner does not want to deal with the expense of a new cabinet installation and wants to embrace the minimalism trends, open shelving is the solution. It makes the space look open and airy, which is what homeowners are looking for when it comes to their kitchens.

2. Kitchen Islands & Seating

While kitchen islands are a feature you’ll find in many kitchens, the idea of utilizing them as a central gathering point is what homeowners are remodeling for. “We’ve known for a while now that dining rooms were on the out,” Hoefler said. “But, now I’m seeing a lot of people forgoing traditional seating and incorporating most or all of their seating at an island or a peninsula. People entertain, and families are more on-the-go, so they want flexible seating near the kitchen.”

If you have a kitchen island, getting on board with this trend will be easy for you. Create some seating arrangements and a centerpiece to make it a gathering point for all.

Copper Sink

3. Copper Finishes

In any room in the home, warm metallics are in style this year. When it comes to the kitchen, copper is the finish to have. From faucets to kitchen cabinet hardware, copper can be used to add a sleek look to the room. Most of these updates are affordable as well, making it a budget-friendly way to change the décor of your kitchen.

4. Tech-Ready Kitchens

The latest kitchen gadgets incorporate smart technology into their function. This trend was popular in 2017 and will carry through 2018 as more new technology appears. The kitchen is now a tech-savvy space. From automated cooking appliances to simply telling your lights to turn on, these are items a home chef can only dream of. This year, make sure that your kitchen is prepared for all the new technology by creating docking stations and more outlets to plug in all your devices. The average cost to install an outlet is $193.

Dark Kitchen Walls 2018 Trends

5. Darker Hues

As a surprise to many, darker kitchen paint colors will be popping up across the country. Charcoal, navy blue and forest green are all hot colors to have. This matches with this year’s bathroom trends as well, as navy blue with be the popular color to have.

This also goes for your cabinetry colors as well. “Blue cabinetry is huge right now, especially as an accent on an island,” Hoefler said. “A dark blue island with white perimeter cabinetry is a very popular look.”

If you’re planning on changing the color of your kitchen this year, the average cost to paint an interior is $1,679, with most homeowners spending between $1,130 and $1,826. However, depending on the size of your kitchen, this cost could be less.

Wood Countertops 2018 Kitchen Trends

6. Wood Countertops

Natural elements are a hot item to have in any area of the home. If you’re looking to remodel your kitchen this year, consider adding wood countertops. These are a trendy feature to have in your kitchen and will also benefit home chefs. It’s a rustic look that will look great paired with any of this year’s trends.  If you’re looking for an eco-friendly option, consider reclaimed wood countertops.

What’s Out In 2018

When it comes to kitchen trends, a few may go out of style. At the top of the list are pot fillers, which many homeowners were including with kitchen remodels. “They seemed like a great idea, and a lot of people were excited to incorporate them,” Hoefler said. “Now, it seems that people don’t really use them. It’s an extra expense for an under-utilized item.”

Other kitchen features you won’t be seeing in 2018 are:

  • Bright Accents: With current trends pointing towards deep and dramatic colors, bright accents won’t fit into this color scheme.
  • Hanging Pot Racks: While pot racks that hang from the ceiling or wall are certainly space-saving, open shelving makes it possible to store and display your pots neatly.
  • Window Treatments: When it comes to the kitchen, keeping it open and airy is key.


Kitchen trends this year focus on making the room a warm place for all to gather. Try a few of your favorites and give your kitchen a whole new look!

3 Home Upgrades That Are Worth the Investment

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This season, why not treat yourself by realizing the dreams you have for your home? Whether you’re undertaking a minor remodel or complete home renovation, your project can enhance your quality of living and boost your home’s curb appeal and value if done right.

River View Contracting is here to help you get the most out of your project. Our team will work closely with you to create the home you love. We recommend tackling the following upgrades:

Kitchen Remodeling

Your kitchen is the hub of your home, which is why it’s important to ensure it is functional and welcoming at all times. Updating this room can generate a high return on investment.

You can count on us to bring new life to your cramped and dingy kitchen. From rearranging appliances to choosing the right fixtures, we’ll suggest design ideas that suit your style and needs. If you only need a small update, you can take advantage of our custom kitchen cabinet installation. This can improve the space’s functionality and beauty without the steep price tag.

Home Additions

If your home is becoming short on space, that doesn’t mean you have to move out. Instead, you can maximize its potential by building an addition. You can use this as an extra bedroom, a lounging area or even a studio. Your imagination is the only limit.

With our thoughtful design and innovative techniques, we can create a seamless connection between your home and your addition. We match the details of your interior to preserve visual consistency.

Outdoor Living Spaces

Having your own outdoor oasis provides several benefits for you and your home. Whether it’s a deck or patio, it gives you a great venue for admiring your picturesque views, hosting parties with your friends or just enjoying a quiet dinner with your loved ones. Our crew can help you design your own serene haven.

River View Contracting is your one-stop shop for complete remodeling services, including bathroom cabinet renovations. Contact us at (804) 436-3463 and let us help you plan your project. We offer our stellar services to homeowners in Virginia’s Northern Neck



Spring is quickly approaching and it is time to think of that special project that you have been thinking about. River View Contracting has years of experience giving customers the remodeled additions, kitchens and bathrooms of their dreams. We offer all of our clients high-quality work at a fair price, as our success depends on customer satisfaction. If you are ready for a gorgeous addition,  remodeled bathroom, contact us online or give us a call at 804-436-3463 for a free estimate. 

This home improvement and remodeling project is a great way to add more liveable space to your home. Thinking about converting your garage? This home improvement and remodeling project is a great way to add more liveable space to your home. 

One of the biggest initial obstacles during a garage conversion is deciding what to do with the door. Once your garage door has been removed, the space it previously occupied will need to be finished so that it extends the home’s living space. Some homeowners install a patio door or add a large window to the space and turn the remaining area into a wall. Other homeowners turn the garage door area into a new entryway or side door.

Most garage doors are sitting on plain concrete, which is often significantly below the actual home’s floor level. You may want to have the garage floor leveled or finished during the garage conversion process to blend it with your home in a nicer manner.

If your garage is currently attached to your home, we review with the HVAC technician if you could simply extend the existing heating and cooling system to the garage. If not, consider purchasing a separate heating system and cooling system for the garage. A simple baseboard heater and air conditioning unit will work perfectly.

If you will need a greater amount of electricity in your converted garage than in your existing garage, you should add at least one or two 20-amp circuits. This will ensure that circuits in the home won’t blow every time you want to kick on the air conditioner or the television.

If you are going to add water to your garage conversion, keep in mind that this may be the most difficult, time-consuming, and money-consuming part of the process. In many cases, getting the water extended to the garage is easier than figuring out a drainage solution. If you add in plumbing lines, be sure to have a line item in the budget just for the cause.

If you do currently use your garage for storing your car, are you going to park it on the street now? Another main use of a garage area is storage. Again, you will need to figure out where your belongings will go if you are completing a garage conversion. The bicycles and lawn equipment might need to move to a shed instead.

Finally, consider how you will blend your garage conversion in with the rest of your home. Match the siding, windows, door styles, and colors to the rest of your home. Otherwise, it will be very obvious that you simply converted your garage.

Five Reasons Winter is the Season for Home Remodeling

Suffering from the wintertime blues? It happens to the best of us. Driving to and from work in the dark hardly motivates you to tackle big projects. The cold weather only leaves you with the desire to curl up under a blanket, hot chocolate in hand.

Yet while this may be the perfect time to catch up on that much-needed rest you’ve missed out on the past few months, it can also be the perfect time for a little repair and home maintenance. And there are a number of reasons why winter is the best season for home remodeling.

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Sunshine and long days make people head to the great outdoors, play longer hours, and take on new projects with vigor. It sends you outside to fire up the BBQ and makes you dream of designing your outdoor dream deck. It allows you to throw open the windows for a flow of fresh air and see how dingy your basement really has become.

Yes, warm weather and spring send us all rushing and planning to take full advantage of the warmer days ahead. We start dreaming. We start planning. And we begin to take action. It’s human nature.

Spring is the busiest time of year for a contractor. It’s the time of year where they dust off their calendars and start laying down the groundwork for the months ahead. If you’re lucky, you can get on their calendars early. If not, you may be at their mercy to schedule a project with only bits of time here and there, paying a premium for every hour they put in.

River View Contracting is slower in the winter months. We often have more time to spend on the “right” job that comes our way. We have more time to think and plan and turn our attention to whatever job is at hand.

Which means winter is the perfect time to get your home improvement project dusted off and put into play!

Avoid Spring Increases

Manufacturers understand the cyclical nature of remodeling too. They introduce new product lines and upgrade their wares before the warmer season is at hand. They use spring home maintenance shows to introduce the latest technology.

Because you won’t be walking through the door of your local building supply center without dozens following in your footsteps, you can often find the best deals of the year. Have your eye on last year’s model of refrigerator or cabinets? You can find all that and more at a price you’re willing to pay.

Find Better Inventory

Don’t you just hate it when you find the perfect appliance or faucet or fixture you have your heart set on it, only to return the next weekend to find it out of stock? Then no matter how much searching you do, you simply can’t find another?

Fixtures don’t move off the shelf space quite as quickly in winter months – especially without the hordes of people vying for the same products. It gives you a chance to shop around more and find exactly what you are looking for.

You can spend more time talking with sales people to ensure the quality of a product. You can do a little more research to make sure your final selection is the right choice for you.

 Get Approval Faster

Contractors aren’t the only people operating a little slower in the cold, winter months. You’ll find people at your local government offices are a little less busy. Which means it may take you less time to get all the permits you need to complete the job from beginning to end. And for your major projects, finding an inspector can be a little easier, which means you can move from phase to phase in shorter periods of time.

Consider Other Projects

 It happens every year. The weather turns nicer faster than we anticipate. Or a sudden cold spell leads to weeks of uninterrupted nice weather.

If you are working hand in hand with River View Contracting, this may be the perfect time to bring up those extra projects – you know, the deck expansion you’ve always wanted to do… or the sunroom you’ve wanted to add.

Yes, they will require outside work. And it’s difficult to complete those outside projects in the middle of a snowstorm. But when the weather clears for weeks, it may be the perfect time to get started and get them finished before the rush.

Some things are better off waiting for spring; you wouldn’t want to paint your exterior when cold temperatures still prevail. But building a deck or adding a porch can take place in the winter. All they need is a little extra planning and the desire to work with River View Contracting to see the project through to completion.

Get started on your project today.

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