Hello everyone...it's been a long time since my last blog and I sincerely apologize to anyone that has been looking for some information on kitchen, bath or any room remodeling.  I've seen some activity on some of my past blog's and I am very excited to start writing again.  Please let me know if there are any questions you may have about a new project you may be starting.
Watch for my new blog on Sunday night...
 
 
An outdoor kitchen...pretty basic description...it could be as simple as a gas or charcoal grill with a picnic table and a few chairs in your backyard or as complex as an actual kitchen with built-in grills, storage drawers, warming drawers, beverage chillers, beer tap, pantry cupboards, and recycling bins on a patio or courtyard.   But you're still asking "Why?"...


Why are we moving our kitchens outdoors?...
With the past decades economic downfall, families have had to cut back on vacations and travel, so they looked for other ways to "get away from it all".  What better place to do that than your own backyard!  Backyard improvements can be more economical than trips to Europe or Hawaii, and they actually add value to your home.


Still asking "Why?"...
Let's look at the benefits...
*summer cooking can create extra heat in the house...an outdoor kitchen will keep the heat out of the     kitchen...
    BENEFIT:  air conditioning will work less, therefore, your electric bill will go down!!!
*no mess in the kitchen...
    BENFIT: no clean up is always a plus!!!
*adding an outdoor refrigerator eliminates the running back and forth into the house...
    BENEFIT:  you can just relax!!!  and again the saving on that electric bill!!!
*it's a great place to entertain your family and friends...add a small fireplace and some comfortable 
 outdoor sofas...
    BENEFIT:  your guests will never want to leave...okay that may not be a benefit!!!
*this kitchen will last a long time...all the materials used are weather resistant...
    BENEFIT:  you will enjoy your outdoor kitchen for as long as you own your home...and you will pass it
                          on to the next family!!!
*the best BENEFIT of all...QUALITY TIME WITH YOUR FAMILY!!!


NOW GIVE US A CALL TO GET STARTED ON THAT OUTDOOR PROJECT.....
 
 
Let's take a trip down memory lane...close your eyes...visualize a 20something year old you...the year is 1982...you've just purchased that new home...with the 1950's bathroom...wow!!! what were you thinking...time to remodel...exciting!!!
What does the 20something year old you want in this new bathroom...a huge whirlpool tub/a shower (not so huge)/his and hers sinks/a separate toilet area!!!
Now let's talk color...if you're smart you choose neutrals...but you want the "wow factor"...hunter green/mauve/peach/dark blue!!!
Now OPEN your eyes...your 50something year old you is saying...what was I thinking?
Don't worry about those choices...we are all in the same boat...time to update and make it "aging" friendly and "2016" acceptable!!!


Where to start...
tub/shower...how often did you use that large whirlpool tub...once or twice a year?  how often did you stand in the shower and wished you had a larger shower? maybe with a couple of body sprays, a seat? how about a steam unit?...Perhaps a smaller soaking tub would do the trick at this point in your life...
vanity/sinks...how many times have you looked at those double sinks and thought..."why?"...we only use one!  Perhaps it's time to eliminate one and create a make-up area...would you like to sit down while putting on your make-up?
And that separate toilet area...what were you thinking!!!


It's clear now...the 50something year old you...with eyes wide open...is ready for that 2016 remodel...
Stay tuned for more Blogs to help with your project...or call Cucina by Lina to get started!!!
See you soon!!!
 
 
Welcome! 
My name is Lina Inacio and I am the owner and design consultant for Cucina by Lina, Kitchen & Bath Design, LLC.  With a degree in interior design and 30 years of design experience, I ask myself..."WHY?"...Why am I writing a blog? I'm not a writer! But with 30 years of design experience, I do have A LOT of answers to A LOT of questions many people may have. As anyone who knows me can tell you...
            "If Lina doesn't know, she will know someone that does!" 

As a designer, I believe that the kitchen should truly be the heart of the home.  There is a familiar and inviting feeling in a kitchen that you don't get sitting in a living room or dining room.  But it's more than that...it's where the overall  "feel" of your home is set.  For that reason, my goal is to create a space where the fondest of memories are made.

Now that I have taken three days to write this first blog post, the rest should be smooth sailing.  I will be addressing various topics on a weekly basis to help you through your kitchen project.  If you have any questions,  would like to discuss any topics,  or if you have any product information to share,  please contact me...your input is always welcome! 
I would love to help answer any remodeling questions you may have...


Now let's get started...