Kitchens

PENDANT LIGHTING TRENDS FOR EVERY ROOM by Keith Moehle

Ladies, you know that feeling when you’ve planned the perfect outfit and now you need to find accessories to top it all off? Well, picking light fixtures can feel the same way.

You’ve spent weeks carefully planning and anticipating what your new remodel will look like, and now it's time to pick the finishing touches with light fixtures. Just like planning your perfect outfit, you don’t want your light fixtures to overpower your remodel, but you also don’t want them to be too simple. You want your light fixtures to have a “cherry on top effect” on your newly remodeled space.

Pendant lighting is the perfect solution to get that “cherry on top” effect. You can easily mix and match styles and textures to coordinate with your design. Pendant lighting can also give your space a sense of depth and provide light in hard to reach areas of a room. Finding unique pieces with some of these features help bring some of your personality and aesthetic to your room. 

Here is a list of the most recent trendy pendant fixtures. 

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  • Geometric Designs - An easy way to make your home feel modern is by incorporating sharp angles and geometric patterns. One or two geometric pieces will be sure to make a standout statement!

  • No-Glass Lanterns - No-glass lanterns have become a hot commodity in kitchen lighting. These pendants give a modern twist on traditional lighting by reducing glare and giving your kitchen a modern, open look. 

  • Orb Lights - Orb pendants have become very popular for modern design. Their simple lines and bold yet natural shapes make them the perfect accessory for any modern or transitional space.   

  • Blown Glass - Glass pendants are sure to bring class and a little sass to any style of room. They make for a perfect statement piece that will brighten up any room.

  • Edison Pendants - We all know the Edison bulb. It’s a staple for modern industrial design that gives the perfect amount of a soft glow. Edison pendants can also be used in farmhouse styles to create a cozy ambiance.

  • Vintage Metal - Vintage has grown to become a very popular style. Vintage metal pendants are the perfect match to complete an industrial style or farmhouse style. They also pair great with recessed can lights to make your room feel brighter.

  • Modern Crystal Chandeliers - When we say crystal chandelier, we’re not talking about your grandma’s crystal. We’re talking about today’s modern shaped chandelier paired with modern crystals. Combine this with your vintage dining room set, and you’ll have a room that’s Pinterest worthy. 

  • Golden Hues - In this day and age, gold is the new black. Pendants that have soft gold and burnished hues are great for creating a modern retro look. Gold pendant lighting can also be used as a bold statement piece for a home office or reading room.  

  • Squares and Rectangles - Square and rectangle shapes scream modern. Their simple lines and absence of glass style paired with a wood trim makes for a very popular modern style.

Most of the styles we mentioned are well suited for modern design but there are still ways to incorporate them in traditional or transitional spaces. Pendants with weathered or galvanized finished will blend easily with several different styles. Finding pendants with mixed materials will give your space more of a custom look. Another way to ensure your pendant light matches your personal style is by looking for pieces with unique textures such as antique glass, frosted glass, hammered brass, rubbed bronze, or wrought iron. 

No matter what kind of remodeled look you may be going for, KM BUILDERS can help you get there. With 35 years of expert experience and full staff design team, we’re the perfect solution to all your remodeling needs. Call us at 210-680-5626 to set up your free consultation today!

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

WHAT YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT DOUBLE KITCHEN ISLANDS by Keith Moehle

You know how the saying goes, “two is better than one”? Well, we have found it to be true in kitchens!

In almost every kitchen remodel, one of the top must haves on everyone’s wish list is a grand kitchen island. They want to be able to have plenty of prep space, room to serve and host large buffets, and have plenty of extra seating. Some homeowners even add shelving and storage cabinets in order to have a multi-purpose island. 

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While a large kitchen island is on everyone’s wish list, it can end up being a real inconvenience. If you’re trying to cook and you have something spread out on the other side of your island, you have to walk all the way around to grab it and then rush back to the stove. Next thing you know, cooking turns into a cardio workout! Every cook knows a few seconds can be the difference between a culinary masterpiece and a burnt disaster. And ladies let’s face it if you’re trying to chase your toddler or dog in the kitchen around that large kitchen island, you’re not winning. 

A creative solution that has been taking the remodeling world by storm is double kitchen islands! Now I know what you’re thinking, why in the world would I need two kitchen islands? Having two smaller kitchen islands instead of having one large kitchen island is actually much more practical. 

One benefit of double kitchen islands is the increased functionality of your kitchen.  One island will hold the sink which makes it ideal for prep space. The other island will be home to appliances like the oven and microwave. The space between the two islands now acts as a shortcut from the range to the other side of the kitchen.

Having double kitchen islands can also change your entertaining game! Again, you can have one island dedicated for prep space where you have plenty of room to set out equipment, assemble ingredients, and plate food. Then the other island can have a bar-height countertop overhang for additional seating and gathering space. This allows you to have the whole prep space to yourself and not have guests, family, or kids crowd around you as you cook.

If you’re torn between choosing double kitchen islands and one large kitchen island, there’s still a solution! In between the two islands, you can add a drop leaf that will connect the two spaces. With the added drop leaf, you can have the extra prep space that a large kitchen island provides yet still have the better functionality that the dual islands provide. Plus, the drop leaf will also allow you to have a buffet style serving space when you decide to host large dinner parties. A drop leaf allows you to have the best of both worlds! 


So if you’re tired of losing the fight with your toddler or you just want more functionality in your kitchen, call us at 210-680-5626 and we’ll help you get there.

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

5 UPGRADES THAT WILL INCREASE THE VALUE OF YOUR HOME by Keith Moehle

Remodeling is a tough decision. There are many factors to take into consideration about your home and finances but the final outcome makes it worth every penny!

Homeowners decide to remodel their homes for a variety of different reasons. But if you’re wanting a remodel that will increase the value of your home, here are the top five projects that will do just that.  

Cabinets: Some homeowners would rather give their kitchens a facelift by painting or refinishing their current cabinets. While there’s nothing necessarily wrong with that, you may end up spending just as much to refinish the cabinets rather than order new cabinets by the time you finish filling in the wood grains and then painting over it. But cabinets are definitely not something you want to skimp out on. High-quality cabinetry can earn you a 9.6% premium on the selling price of your home and help to sell your home 45 days faster off the market. If you need a suggestion on what type of cabinets to use, consider using shaker cabinets. They’re clean-lined, timeless and can be used for a contemporary, traditional, or transitional style.

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Subway tile: Subway tile is another ageless look. This is a trend that has been around for a lifetime and it’s not going out of style anytime soon. You can use subway tile in multiple styles, colors, and materials. Subway tile can also be used to match almost any type of design and create a theme or mood for your home. Subway tile will earn a 7% premium and help to sell your home 63 days faster off the market. Click here to see our other blog post on Subway tile.

Sliding Barn Doors: Barn Doors have recently been a new up and coming trend and we can see why. They’re easy to install, they act as a piece of art, and they can be used for modern, traditional, and transitional styles. But barn doors have become such a hot commodity for homes that they can earn a 13.4% premium on your home and help sell your home 57 days faster off the market. Who would have ever thought that a door could make such a significant impact? Check out our recent blog on barn doors for me details.

Quartz Countertops: Usually when you picture a high-end kitchen you mostly imagine beautiful granite countertops. But did you know that granite countertops only give you a 4% premium? With granite being the ideal look for a gourmet kitchen, you would think it would earn you a higher premium. Turns out that quartz countertops are going to give you the most bang for your buck. Quartz countertops will earn you a 6% premium on the selling price of your home.

Farmhouse Sink: Farmhouse sinks are another undying trend. Farmhouse sinks accent beautifully with shaker cabinets for a more modern look. They are part of a chef’s dream because they’re the perfect tool for preparing large meals. They’re very ergonomic by putting less strain on your back and supports better posture. Some of the available finishes are stainless, copper, stone white fire clay, black slate, and granite. If these details don’t get you excited, then maybe the 8% premium on your home will!

Whether you’re deciding to sell your home or give it some sweat equity, these five projects will be sure to give you the most return on your remodeling investment. Call us today at 210-680-5626 to set up your free consultation with our team!

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

BARN DOOR REMODELING IDEAS by Keith Moehle

Sliding barn doors have become a hot trend in the past few years and it’s showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon.


As clients call in to share their wants and wishes for their next remodel, sliding barn doors have been an increasing request. Clients love this upscale look as well as the functionality they provide. Plus, they’re also super easy to install!

But besides their elevated design and functionality, barn doors have several aesthetic benefits.

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Barn doors can be used to:

  • Add character to your home

  • Create a sound barrier

  • Conceal chaos and clutter

  • Give your space a fun pop of color for a chic upgrade

  • Add warmth and charm

  • Act as a piece of artwork

  • Add charisma


The different styles of doors will also create a different look for your space. For instance, metal doors will add elegance to your room, glass doors will make your space feel more modern,  doors with a chevron pattern will add style with a modern flair, and double barn doors will create a more dramatic look.

While most people think of using barn doors for their bedrooms or bathrooms, they can be used in a variety of other places in the home as well. They can be used for pantry doors, laundry room doors, closet doors for small apartments or any small space that needs a door.

One popular way to use the sliding barn doors to create a room barrier. As more homes are being built and renovated to have large open concept layouts, homeowners are using sliding barn doors to create a sense of privacy as needed without permanently closing off the space.

Call one of our designers today at 210-680-5626 to set up a consultation to see how sliding barn doors will fit your space!

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

SUBWAY TILE: ALWAYS CLASSIC AND ALWAYS TRENDING by Keith Moehle

Subway tile is like the little black dress of home design. It’s always classy and will never go out of style.

Looking at subway tile in your kitchen or bathroom is like looking at a comforting sigh of relief. It’s a trend that you may have seen in your grandmother’s house, maybe even the house you grew up in, and now you’re looking at adding it to your home. Some might say that the classic white pattern subway tile is beginning to look dated, but there are so many ways you can dress it up!

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Subway tile is not just confined to the timeless white horizontal pattern we’re all used to seeing. Subway tile is simply the shape of a rectangular, brick-like, porcelain tile. Subway tile can be laid down in different patterns and comes in a variety of colors to fit all sorts of styles from traditional to contemporary.

Subway tile can be laid down using a:

  • 90-degree Herringbone Pattern

  • 45-degree Herringbone Pattern

  • Classic Herringbone Pattern

  • Diagonal Pattern

  • Vertical Stack Pattern

  • Alternating Vertical Stacked Pattern

While the classic white subway tile is widely popular, you can also choose different styles, colors, and materials for your kitchen or bathroom design. You can choose from marble, glass, black, grey, green, blue, beveled, and so much more!

Subway tile can be used in multiple ways to accent your kitchen or bathroom. You can choose a darker grout for contrast and visual interest. You can integrate your tile with an accent color to create a mood or theme. Subway tile can give a room depth with subtle texture. You can extend the subway tile past its designated area for a much bolder impact. For example, you could extend it to the outside of the shower and continue the tile throughout the entire bathroom wall or using it as a backsplash and continuing the tile all the way to the ceiling or other parts of the kitchen. You can also mix subway tile with a geometric tile pattern for a more modern and contemporary look.

With subway tile, the possibilities are endless. The good thing though is that it will never grow old. So call one of our Designers at 210-680-5626 to see how we can upgrade your kitchen or bathroom with the tile design of your dreams

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!

WHAT QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF BEFORE YOU REMODEL YOUR KITCHEN by Keith Moehle

Having your kitchen remodeled is always an exciting feeling. Everyone wants the latest and greatest in their kitchens to show off to guests and family members. But have you really thought of what part of your kitchen and how you’re going to do it?


When you begin to consider remodeling your kitchen, the excitement of what your kitchen can be transformed to can be overwhelming. You begin to imagine what your family gatherings and celebrations will look like, what kind of memories will be made, and what kind of meals you’ll prepare with the newly renovated space. You can get so carried away with daydreaming that you forget to ask yourself, what kind of kitchen remodel is for me and my house.

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A few questions you should consider when remodeling your kitchen are:

  • How long are you planning on living in your home: This is the most important question to ask yourself. Depending on how long you plan on living in your home can make a big difference in how you decide to remodel your kitchen. If you plan on selling your home in the next two to five years, you’ll want to consider how future buyers will perceive your kitchen. Some of the design choices you’ll want to make may be more modern yet simple and neutral so that future buyers can add their own stamp to it. If you plan on staying in your home for multiple years to come, you may want to invest more into your kitchen remodel to be enjoyed over a lifetime. You’ll have more freedom to choose custom cabinetry with custom colors, a backsplash that fits your style, and a layout that will be unique to your family.

  • Are you respecting the architectural integrity of your home: You’ll want to be leery of changing the architectural style of your kitchen. In your remodel, you’ll want to make sure that the design decisions you’re making are not too modern or out of character with the home. Doing so could negatively impact the equity of your home and create a mismatch feel in your home.

  • Do you really need top of the line: As you get to the finishing touches of your kitchen remodel, this is where you need to ask yourself if you really need the most up to date appliances, fixtures, and finishes. Keeping up with the Joneses can really blow out your budget and it may not even match your personal style.

  • Are you going for a trendy look or a functional look: What looks trendy and modern now, may look outdated in a few years which might cause you to remodel all over again. Be sure to keep the functionality of your home and your family in mind when making the design choices in your remodel. It’s possible to choose in-trend products and finishes that won’t be so out of style in the next ten to twenty years. Mixing a few new trends with a timeless design will give you that perfect balance of new and traditional.


Because of all the reasons above, we use degreed architects and designers here at KM BUILDERS. Our talented team is here to help guide you through these tough questions. They can make suggestions and provide alternate choices that will ensure your home and family is given exactly what they need.

Call us up at 210-680-5626 if you have any questions about your kitchen remodel we will be happy to guide you in the right direction. You deserve the kitchen of your dreams and our team can get you there!

----KM Builders is San Antonio's premier design-build remodeler specializing in kitchens, bathrooms, room additions, and whole-house remodeling. We boast the largest in-house staff in San Antonio offering architectural design, interior design, and cabinet design for all your home remodeling needs!