Kitchen Fixtures, Finishes & Appliances

There are many helpful and engaging articles on choosing the finishes, fixtures and appliances for your remodeled kitchen. We have done our best to curate a list of resources that we think helpful in framing the discussion and narrowing your choices.

Selecting fixtures, finishes and appliances

Flooring

Wood flooring continues to reign supreme, according to the 2020 NKBA Kitchen & Bath Style Report. Tile and natural stone follow behind. As you make your selection remember that certain areas of the kitchen floor are going to see heavy traffic. If wood is your choice, regular care and maintenance will be required to keep it looking new. You can expect that every five years a screen buff and re-coat will be required to maintain its appearance.

Local Sources:

Essis and Son
6220 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA

Conestoga Tile
4335 Lewis Road, Harrisburg, PA

Countertops & Hard Surfaces

Nothing can make bolder statement in a kitchen than the choice of countertop. While granite dominates the 2020 rankings again, quartz is quickly growing in popularity not only because of its beauty, but also because of its durability and maintenance-free nature.p><

Local Sources:

Classic Rock Fabrication
931 Dana Dr, Harrisburg, PA
Mother Hubbard’s primary source for many years.  They have an exceptional selection and are experts at their craft, but are not retail

Lesher Natural Stone
2400 Swatara Creek Rd, Middletown, PA
Great selection of stone, quartz and tile surfaces in a warehouse/showroom combination

Backsplashes

Ceramic subway tile continues to be at the top of the list for transitional backsplashes for 2020. Glass, however, is definitely a favorite material at Mother Hubbard’s and we think you’re only going to see more of them. More a question of style than functionality, backsplashes can be a focal point in a remodeled kitchen and offer a chance to show off some personality.

Sinks and Faucets

Stainless steel sinks reign supreme again in 2020, but granite composite has definitely seen a surge in interest. Don’t forget porcelain enamel, as its durability and timeless look have earned a place in many homes, including the Petrie’s. As for faucets, they’ve gone shiny and high tech for 2020.

Local Sources:

RF Fager
2058 State Road, Camp Hill, PA

Noland
6458 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA

Kitchen Appliances

With more advertising dollars behind them than all other components of a kitchen combined, appliances are the brand stars of the kitchen. Those shiny badges with Sub-Zero, Wolf, Viking, Samsung and LG etched into them make us stand up and pay attention. In the end, I would remind you that a Whirlpool fridge keeps a quart of milk at approximately the same temperature as a Sub-Zero. But then, some of us buy Chevy’s and others Mercedes.

Technology is rapidly changing the 2020 landscape for kitchen appliances. It’s been years since your fridge could connect to your iPhone, but now you can actually pull up menus on a touch-screen panel.

Local Sources:

Mumma’s Appliances
3820 Trindle Road, Camp Hill, PA

LH Brubaker
5303 E. Trindle Road, Mechanicsburg, PA

Appliance Distributors Unlimited
2842 North George Street, York, PA

Lighting

While we have a couple of pretty good lighting showrooms in the Harrisburg area, in truth most of our clients use an online catalog to make their choices. One of the reasons is, of course, selection.  No matter how large the lighting showroom, few can offer the variety of an online catalogue. A second more important reason is that most local showrooms will charge you if you want to return a special order.  For the most part, online stores do not charge for returns, much like Zappos doesn’t charge for the return of shoes, if you’re not happy with the stye.

Local Sources:

Yale Lighting
2207 Paxton Street, Harrisburg, PA

Fromm
5010 Lingleston Road, Mechanicsburg, PA