Classic-Modern Kitchen Blog

If you can see the kitchen when you walk through the front door, the appliances in the home need to look “sleek.”  That is the word Travis Bloem used to describe the KitchenAid appliances furnished by Bekins.  Bloem, the Project Manager for J. Peterson Homes, needed to create what he calls a “classic-modern kitchen.”  The kitchen in the home he built this spring at 2300 Argentina Drive in East Grand Rapids, will be on display during this year’s HBA Parade of Homes.


Bloem and the homeowners chose appliances that provide a traditional style, but were still a little unique. Bekins installed a relatively new option in the KitchenAid lineup, black stainless steel. Sales Professional John Ritzema calls the look a “modern twist to a traditional appliance.”

They fit in with the classic-modern kitchen theme and the black finishes on the hardware, window grills and other fixtures.

As you visit the rest of the home, you will notice a modern and contemporary theme with some traditional elements.

Black Stainless Steel KitchenAid
HBA Parade of Homes Logo


This home, and others furnished by Bekins, will be one of 72 in this year’s Parade of Homes presented by the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids.  You can buy tickets in advance for $10 by visiting the HBA of Greater Grand Rapids website.  Otherwise, a ticket costs $12 when bought at the home.  This year’s parade runs from May 26 through June 10. Homes will be open Fridays, Saturdays, & Memorial Day from 1- 9 pm and on Wednesdays from 5-9pm.


With 20 cubic feet, this refrigerator has a counter-depth design that gives it a built-in look. The ExtendFresh™ Temperature Management System and Produce Preserver help keep food fresh.

Even-Heat™ True Convection provides consistent heating and even cooking. A unique bow-tie shaped design and convection fan helps ensure there are no burnt edges or under-cooked centers. The Temperature Probe delivers accurate measurement of internal temperatures for meats, poultry, and casseroles without opening the oven.

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KitchenAid Dishwasher in Parade of Homes

This top control dishwasher comes with breakthrough Ultra-Fine Filtration. It continuously cleans the wash water for superior performance, even with the heaviest loads. It features a ProScrub™ Option that uses 40 targeted spray jets to make quick work of stubborn messes. Its Advanced ProDry™ option delivers the best drying performance by circulating the air from a heating element.

Auto speed sensing adjusts fan speed to help protect cabinets from potentially harmful steam, grease, and odors.



Six burners, including two 20K BTU Ultra Power™ Dual-Flame Burners, means this cooktop offers power and versatility. A 5K BTU simmer/melt burner will help you maintain the low temperatures needed for melting or gentle simmering.

KitchenAid Wall Canopy
KitchenAid Cooktop
Parade of Homes Whirlpool Washer Dryer
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The 4.5 cubic feet front load washer offers:
– Precision Dispense to release the detergent at the perfect time
– Adaptive Wash Technology to adapt time and temperature
– Smooth Wave Stainless Steel wash basket prevents fabrics from fraying and snagging

The 7.5 cubic feet gas dryer with Quick Dry Cycle offers:
– Advanced Moisture Sensing System to help prevent over-drying
– Quad Baffles help larger items dry more evenly while smaller items keep tumbling without getting stuck riding the baffles
– Tap Touch Controls with Memory remembers your last cycle and settings to save you time

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Bloem worked with Bekins during previous projects and praised our work on this home too.

“Bekins was fantastic. the install crew was phenomenal.  They do it right the first time and I think we pulled it off.”



Do you think about your appliances during spring cleaning?  We do!

If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then simple cleaning and maintenance may keep our service crew away.

We always recommend to follow the use and care guides provided by the manufacturer, but here are 20 tips to think about when cleaning this spring.


#1 – Stains on the interior glass of the oven door can be cleaned with a thick paste made from baking soda and water. Apply the paste to stains on the glass, let set, then scrape off.

#2 – Never place foil on the bottom of an oven. The foil can permanently damage the oven surface and the damage is not covered under warranty.

#3 -Check to see if your oven has a self-clean cycle. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and run the self-clean cycle twice before the warranty expires. If anything should need to be repaired, it will still be covered by the warranty.

#4 – When the oven is no longer under warranty, run the self-clean cycle at least once annually. Do not run the self-clean feature before hosting a holiday gathering. If something should happen, you would not want the gathering to be affected.

#5 – Remove all oven racks before running the self-clean. Clean the racks by hand.

#6 – Perform a burn off process before using any new wall oven, range oven or warming drawer. The heat will remove any remaining residue from manufacturing.


#7 – Soak cooktop and range top grates in a container of white vinegar. Wrapping them in a towel soaked in white vinegar for 24 hours also works.

#8 – It’s all about timing with spills or drips on range tops, cooktops and in ovens.  Let the stain cool before cleaning but do not let it completely cool. Waiting too long may allow it to become a permanent spot or stain.

Bekins Spring Cleaning


#9 – Regularly change the water filter. Check the use and care guide for the correct part number and frequency.

#10 – Regularly clean the condenser. This keeps the refrigerator from overheating and keeps it running efficiently. Older ones can be cleaned by using a vacuum and brush. Newer ones require a vacuum and a blower. A good rule of thumb is to check the condenser every six months. If you have pets that shed, then cut the time in half for each pet. So if you have three or more shedding pets, check the condenser every month.


#11 – Many washers today are high efficiency machines and require high efficiency detergent. You generally need to use no more than two tablespoons of the detergent per load. Use less if the detergent is concentrated. Check to see if your washer has a clean cycle to help prevent mold and mildew. It is a good rule of thumb to run the clean cycle once a month.

#12 – Check your dryer vents yearly. Thoroughly clean the vents at least every five years. Check it more often if the line is longer than six to eight feet, or bends repeatedly during its path to the outside cap.


#13 – See if your dishwasher has a removable screen filter in the sump. It should be removed and cleaned regularly.

#14 – Use Glisten or Affresh once each month to remove food, detergent and mineral buildup.


#15 – Many vent hoods have removable grease screens that can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning. Consult the manufacturer’s instructions for the hood.

#16 – Over the range microwaves have filters and screens on the bottom that should be cleaned or changed regularly.


#17 – Regularly change the water filter. Check the use and care guide for the correct part number and frequency.

#18 – Use the manufacturer’s instructions to clean the ice machine at least every six months. If you need to turn the ice machine off, take the proper steps to prevent mold and mildew.  Once it grows in your ice machine, it is very difficult to remove. To help prevent mold and mildew from forming, remove all ice and water from the reservoir. Leave the door open until the interior of the machine completely dries.



#19 – Carefully clean the water and ice dispenser in the door of a refrigerator with a diluted bleach solution.  Apply the solution to the plastic surface to prevent mold and mildew.

#20 – Never clean an exterior stainless steel appliance surface with a product containing bleach or chlorine. Permanent staining or marks will occur.