While considering the option of renovating your kitchen, the most important aspect is the design element of your kitchen. The secret of designing lies in exploring the creative element which gives emotional comfort and satisfaction to family. It also adds to the magic of using the kitchen in the best manner possible. The finesse in design adds the element of convenience to the art of cooking as well as inspires women to use kitchen space in the best possible manner.  Here are few tips that will help you get the most value out of your design consultation for your kitchen renovation.

Re-imagine your kitchen with innovative ideas:

You should start by cutting out photographs from books and magazines related to interior designing and lifestyle and printing images from the web to create your own little scrapbook of things. It is important that you use a post-it note on photographs and write the reason you selected that particular photo. The reason can include the most striking feature of the photograph that prompted you to select it and what appealed to you, when you looked at the photograph for the first time. Therefore, it is very important that you capture that reason on a post it note attached to the photo.

 

Create a delightful wish list:

Your wish list should include specific things that you’re trying to add or change about your existing kitchen. Carefully observe your kitchen and analyze what you like and dislike about your present space. Prepare a wishful list of things that you feel should be replaced or add new kitchen accessories. Are appliances outdated? Is the space unattractive? Is it inefficient? Do you need more counter space? Do you want more storage? Write it all down. Do you like the lighting? Do you want to keep the garden view? Write that down too.

 

Do basic research on your preferred and widely used appliances:

A basic online research on new and trendy appliances will be of immense help to you to get an idea of what kind of things are out there and what kind of budget range there is in your appliance selection. This will also help you establish a general category you want to be in. Your kitchen designer, at Express Kitchens, will help you refine your final choices to suit your needs. Your kitchen designer can give you a good comparative that might be a better choice, or fill you in on customer feedback by telling you what other clients liked or didn’t like about features of the appliances they selected. You need to determine how much money you want to allocate and what features are important to you.

 

Measurements of your existing kitchen are important:

At Express Kitchens, our experts will visit your house to take measurements of your existing kitchen at no additional cost. Think about the budget you are considering for the whole renovation. Then, call to make an appointment for your free pre-design consultation. Allow for a 1 to 1-1/2 hours discussion during your free consultation.

If you come to your free kitchen design consultation with all this information, we will be able to give you a wealth of additional information, ideas, style suggestions, and redesign possibilities. We will talk about functions and features that may help your particular situation and have a general discussion about kitchen budgets relative to your wish list. You will most certainly leave the meeting with good value.

August 1st, 2018

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Opens 14th store in Southington

                  

Connecticut, July 18, 2018:

Headquartered at Hartford, CT, Express Kitchens has expanded its reach in Southington town with the opening of its new store at Patten Brook Plaza, Queen Street, CT. Express Kitchens are pioneers in the kitchen renovation and re-modeling business and is the fastest growing kitchen cabinet retailer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. The opening of Express Kitchen’s new store will allow easy access, convenience and comfort to citizens and residents of Southington and nearby towns in Connecticut.

Southington is amongst growing communities in the Hartford County and offers great prospects for growing businesses in Connecticut. Express Kitchen’s new store at Southington is a sign of growth for company’s increasing popularity in Connecticut. CEO of Express Kitchens, Max Kothari, said, “We have been successful in building trust amongst our loyal clients and customers offering supreme quality of kitchen cabinets, countertops and accessories at competitive prices. We are looking to expand our customer base in Connecticut and our new store, at Southington, is a step closer to fulfill our goal. We are excited to be in Southington market.”

Express Kitchens offers its own brand of all-wood Star Cabinetry and the Star Stone brand, offering 4 colors of granite and 8 colors of quartz countertops to its in-stock lineup, vaulting it ahead of its big-box competitors. Express Kitchens has maintained steady momentum and growth in its operations over the past 16 years and intends to continue that growth moving forward.

Speaking about organization’s unwavering focus on customer service, Max Kothari added that the company’s marketing and sales operations have witnessed an exponential growth since past couple of years. As an organization, Express Kitchens has maintained its focus on designing innovative kitchens, keeping in line with ongoing and upcoming trends in the kitchen remodeling business. Our business approach is simple – execute projects with utmost integrity and commitment towards servicing needs of our clients and customers, adds Kothari.

In 2014, Express was the winner of Forbes Magazine Inner City 100 with a growth rate of 172% over 5 years. To date, Express Kitchens has installed over 22 thousand kitchens in Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Express Kitchens has grown to 13 retail stores across Connecticut with a consistent revenue growth. The company’s focus on customer service has established itself as an industry leader.

Express Kitchens has locations in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Hamden, Hartford (2), Newington, New London, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury, Connecticut and West Springfield, Massachusetts. For more information, stop in to a store, call them at (860) 247-1000, email us at Marketing@expresskitchen.net or visit www.expresskitchen.net.

Visit our Southington Store: https://goo.gl/maps/x8RU2WxWvMu

July 18th, 2018

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For all good reasons, this kitchen cabinet installation company has certainly lived up to its slogan – ‘growing growing growing’, as they say in their advertisements. They provide options for homeowners, who are not willing to spend an exorbitant amount on kitchen renovation, and extend very fast installation service. They are relatively less expensive than the big chains and I had a pleasant experience working with the company representatives.

After living for five years in our Westport house, we decided to renovate the kitchen. As our house was old and we believed that future owner would need to spend a bit of time and money on upgradation, we were reluctant to invest in kitchen. However, when we drove past Express Kitchens’ new Norwalk franchise, we took a chance and asked them to put together a plan for a timeless, simple kitchen. The designer, we worked with, was quite proficient with the planning software and gladly met us a couple times to make changes. We chose one of their more expensive cabinet lines that had taller base cabinets, and it was still cheaper than other suppliers’ pricing for a similar product. There were many stone counters to choose from as well as a few sinks and hardware.

Once we made our deposit, Express Kitchen headquarters in Hartford coordinated the two day install schedule via e mail and text. The ladies, who do the scheduling, were accommodating and courteous. Express Kitchens showed up at the planned time and completed the entire install in exactly two days (yes, it was quite amazing!). The carpenters, who did all the work, were very skilled craftsmen, and made sure everything was perfect. They were amicable and polite, and cleaned up too! A month after the project was complete, I called Express Kitchens to put in an additional shelf and filler piece, which they promptly ordered and scheduled for a couple weeks later.

My kitchen is very pretty and already two of our friends want to work with them.

 

June 21st, 2018

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The following Express Kitchens locations will be open at 9am (normally 12pm) TODAY 3/02:

Waterbury

Newington

Brookfield

Orange

Hamden

West Springfield

Hartford

Bridgeport

Norwalk

Stamford

Torrington

New London

March 2nd, 2018

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Natural stone countertops can transform a kitchen into a beautiful gathering spot. Natural stone lasts a lifetime, its durability stands up to busy households, and a wide variety of colors and styles make it perfect for any décor. Here are four questions to help you choose the best stone for your kitchen.

 1. How does my lifestyle impact my choice of stone?

Understanding a home’s dynamics is the most important consideration when choosing stone, says Caela Manninen, showroom representative for Welch Tile & Marble in Kent City, Michigan. She likes to steer busy families toward granite.

“It’s so durable and versatile,” she says. “It’s a good workhorse countertop. I typically like to recommend mid to darker colors to avoid staining.”

 There are options if you have your heart set on white stone, says Tania Kalentzos, marketing director for MARVA Marble & Granite in Richmond, Va.“White marble is everyone’s quintessential choice, but if you have young children and entertain a lot. you can achieve that look with less maintenance,” she says. “Granite is always an excellent option for countertops; it meets the needs of homeowners desiring added durability and offers a variety of options in lighter designs. Another popular alternative is quartz. It demonstrates excellent durability as well, but gets even closer to mimicking more marble-like color tones.”

 2. What finish should I choose?

Natural stone comes in a variety of finishes. Polished is best if you want keep it looking nice, says Manninen. “Honed and brushed can be difficult to keep up with unless you’re going to enhance them to their darkest point. That finish shows every little thing that goes wrong.”

 Or you could embrace it, suggests Dave Scott, CEO of Slabworks of Montana in Bozeman, Montana.

“A lovely Italian gentleman once told me to think of honed marble as a fine leather handbag that will wear and show a patina,” he says. “Countertops that show wear are a sign of great hospitality.”

 3. What kind of care does stone require?

Natural stone is durable, but every material requires basic care, says Scott. “It’s important to match the right stone to your comfort level so that you’ll be happy with it years later,” he says. “Do you own it, or does it own you?”

Stone surfaces can be cleaned with a soap made for natural stone or a mild liquid detergent. Some stones, such as marble, require extra attention. “Marble is a calcite-based stone and will react with acids, such as wine, lemon juice, vinegar or even coffee and olive oil,” he says. “It will cause an irreversible chemical reaction that is etched on surface. With marble, you need to stay on top of wiping up spills.”

 4. Is it important to choose a specific slab?

Yes, says Kalentzos. “Take your time and enjoy the process. Mother Nature made this treasure and it should be enjoyed for years to come. Each piece has its own characteristics. Find one you love. It’s art for your home —the focal point of the room — and it should speak to you and reflect your personality.”

February 1st, 2018

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Express Kitchens is the fastest-growing kitchen cabinet retailer in Connecticut and Massachusetts. Headquartered in Hartford, CT,  Express Kitchens has just opened its 12th retail location at 1280 East Main Street in Torrington. 

Owner Max Kothari credits his company’s unprecedented growth to an approach that is radically different from his competition: “Our goal is to cut out the middle man and offer true value and one-stop shopping to kitchen remodelers. Someone can walk in to any one of our stores with measurements and pick up their entire new kitchen from our Hartford warehouse in just one hour! Nobody else comes close to doing that.” His approach includes maintaining over 30,000 cabinets in 10 door styles in-stock and ready to go, as well as granite, quartz, and laminate countertops and a selection of add ons – hardware, faucets, sinks, and accessories, all available for pickup in an hour.

Kothari’s approach seems to be working: the company grew 50% from 8 stores to 12 in 2017, with plans to double in size in the first half of 2018. Express Kitchens, Kothari says, offers its own brand of all-wood Star Cabinetry and has just added the Star Stone brand, offering 4 colors of granite and 8 colors of quartz countertops to its in-stock lineup, vaulting it ahead of its big-box competitors. “People get value and a level of service from Express Kitchens that the bigger stores cannot match – personal dedication  and attention to detail make all the difference.”

Express Kitchens’ headquarters is located in the north end of Hartford, where it is dedicated to community enrichment and hiring a diverse workforce that is the represents the best of what Hartford has to offer. When asked what drives the company to be successful, Kothari’s business partner says “we have the rare ability to constantly reinvent ourselves to outcompete our rivals.”

Express Kitchens has locations in Bridgeport, Brookfield, Hamden, Hartford, Newington, New London, Norwalk, Orange, Stamford, Torrington, and Waterbury, Connecticut and West Springfield, Massachusetts. For more information, stop in to a store, call them at (860) 247-1000, or go to www.expresskitchen.net.

January 23rd, 2018

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Express Kitchens is proud to offer 30 % OFF ALL SKU’s! Choose from 11 door styles – Aidan, Belfort, Buckingham, Calgary, Elan, Newport, Oxford, Quebec, St. Croix, Vienna & Zurich – All 30% off, with NOTHING HELD BACK! Now is the time to get the kitchen of your dreams for less than you ever imagined!

30% OFF YOUR DREAM KITCHEN!

 

January 23rd, 2018

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Express Kitchens, today and every day, is thankful for our hard-working, dedicated employees. Today, our Managers served our employees breakfast. Great way to start the Holiday. 

November 23rd, 2017

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November 20th, 2017

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tomato

COLD TOMATO SALAD SOUP

Makes: 4 to 6 servings

2 (14.5-ounce) cans stewed tomatoes, or 1 (28-ounce) can

4 tablespoons oil (I now use sunflower)

4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

½-1 cucumber, peeled and seeded

1 medium onion, or several scallions

1 small green pepper, cored and seeded

Salt and pepper, to taste

Place tomatoes with juice, plus oil and vinegar, in a blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to chop tomatoes. Turn into a bowl or storage container.

Chop cucumber, onion or scallions, and green pepper fairly small to get several pieces in each spoonful. Stir into the tomato mixture. I don’t season further, but you may want to. Chill.

TURKEY BARBECUE

Serves: 4 to 5 as Sloppy Joes, or over rice or noodles

This was originally made with hamburger, but I prefer turkey. Tastes great.

1 tablespoon oil

1 pound ground turkey

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

½ green pepper, chopped

1 cup ketchup

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

½ tablespoon mustard

Brown the ground turkey and chopped vegetables in oil spread in a large, heavy skillet. Stir in sauce ingredients and simmer, covered, at least an hour on low heat, to blend the flavors.

HONEY-GLAZED CORNISH HEN

This is a low-calorie approach to a tasty meal for two.

1 Cornish game hen, a little over a pound

Sprig of fresh rosemary, optional

2 tablespoons orange juice

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 teaspoon rice or wine vinegar

1 teaspoon honey

Pinch of ground ginger

Cut the hen in half; place on a baking pan, skin side up. Tuck a piece of rosemary underneath each half for a lovely aroma while cooking. Roast 30 minutes at 400 degrees.

Combine glaze ingredients well. Brush all over the hen and roast another 10 minutes or so, to brown skin and cook through.

SUPER EASY STRAWBERRY-TOMATO MOLD

Serves: 4 to 6

1 (14.5-ounce) can stewed tomatoes

1 (3 ounce) box strawberry gelatin

1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice

¼ cup water

Place all in a saucepan and heat, stirring until gelatin dissolves. Turn into a small mold or individual molds. Chill until set.

WHITE GRAPE JUICE COCKTAIL

Welch’s came up with this idea for nonalcoholic drinkers and children. I prefer having cold ingredients and skipping the ice.

White grape juice

Ginger ale

Fill a glass with ice; pour in 2/3 grape juice and 1/3 ginger ale. Stir.

For a bigger batch, blend a bottle of grape juice with ginger ale to taste.

June 17th, 2016

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