BY CHARLYNE VARKONYI SCHAUB
Sometimes we dream of a complete remodel, but the timing isn’t right for a comprehensive change.
One solution is to make a big plan but implement it gradually as budget allows. Here are some suggestions on how to make some small changes that can make a big difference in our homes.
1. Dealing with storage
The right wall unit can change the look of a room from cluttered to cool. If you have a lot of art to display and crave hidden storage, this 12-by-8-foot entertainment unit is a great solution. Inside can be customized with a wine rack, hanging drinking glass storage or CD and DVD storage. It is constructed of ¾ inch Melamine in Fusion Maple and Cayenne Maple and sells for about $6,000. Custom made units are available in any size and in 30 colors with a choice of Melamine or wood. Available at Beyond Closets, 1405 N. Congress Ave., Suite 3 and 4, Delray Beach 33445; 561-278-6183; www.beyondclosets.net.
2. Organizing the kitchen
If you don’t have a huge budget to redo your kitchen, one idea is to start with a new island like this one from IKEA. The island is from the Akurum kitchen with Lidingo white doors. It includes cabinets, cover panels, sink, faucet, chrome-plated legs and a custom countertop for $1,743. The entire kitchen sells for $4,750. Add Henriksdal barstools with Gobo covers ($79.99 each) and Foto pendant lamps (19.99 each). Available at IKEA Sunrise, 151 NW 136th Ave., Sunrise 33325, 954-838-9292; www.ikea.com.
3. Baking with convection
Anyone who has a convection oven can tell you that this method is the gold standard for quality baked goods. Replace your old freestanding range with the 30- inch GE Café Radiant Convection Range with Baking Drawer. The electric range has it all – stylish stainless steel with self-cleaning oven, certified Jewish Sabbath mode and automatic meat thermometer. Price upon request. Available at Coral Springs Appliance Center, 3500 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs 33065, 954-752-3880, www.csappliances.com.
4. Decorating with glass
Sometimes all it takes is new tile on a backsplash or a wall to transform a room from bland to beautiful. New Ravenna Mosaics recently introduced the Ikat Collection hand crafted in jewel glass. Designer Sara Baldwin interpreted this rediscovered old textile motif inspired by her travels along the Silk Road and her collection of Ikat textiles. Loom, this example, is created in quartz, aquamarine, tanzanite and turquoise glass. It sells for $184 per square foot. For where to buy in South Florida, see www.newravenna.com.
5. Adding an awning
If you have been thinking about adding an awning but are worried about taking it down before a hurricane, retractable awnings are a perfect solution. New View Retractable Awnings has a variety of options. The most popular is the Siracusa, a retractable patio cover that can project outward 29 feet 6 inches from a sturdy base and is available as a freestanding pergola or attached to the house. Depending on the size, it can withstand heavy rain and winds of up to 63 miles per hour when fully open. The company can produce 3D renderings to show you exactly how the awnings will look on your home. Price upon request. For information, call 954-761-3322 in North Broward, 954-435-3166 in South and Central Broward, 561-241-5100 in Palm Beach South, 561-835-0550 in Palm Beach North and 305-623-7878 in North Dade, www.retractableawnings.com.