MILWAUKEE (September 2, 2008) According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), millions of homeowners remodel each year. Among the top reasons are to add more space, upgrade existing features, create a floor plan that fits a particular lifestyle, and increase resale value. A sluggish housing market and lower interest rates just might be the motivation some homeowners have been waiting for to tackle a significant remodeling project this year.

Kitchens are among the most popular and profitable remodeling projects, significantly increasing the value of a home. Updating cabinets, countertops and fixtures are a smart investment. Adding some of today’s appliance extras upgrade your space and provide lifestyle solutions that improve its livability.

“Today’s home design is about living and working comfortably in every room,” remarks Jennifer Uihlein, president of U-Line Corporation, manufacturer of premium undercounter appliances. “A kitchen remodel is a great opportunity to unite form and function with appliances that make your space work for your lifestyle.”

U-Line’s premium built-in undercounter appliances for ice making, refrigeration and wine preservation provide a variety of lifestyle solutions. With a wide array of products spanning its Échelon Series and Origins Series collections, the possibilities are endless:

• Bustling families may benefit from a kid-friendly space outside the kitchen’s main work area where youngsters can help themselves to drinks and snacks. U-Line’s CO2175FF Combo®, combination ice maker and refrigerator, provides 4.2 cubic feet of refrigeration space and makes up to 8 pounds of crescent-shaped ice cubes a day.
• For the home chef, U-Line’s 2275DWRR Refrigerator Drawer in the prep area provides dedicated space for fresh produce and quick access to regularly used ingredients. The two-drawer system is designed to optimize space with exclusive organizational tools that increase storage possibilities and ease accessibility.
• For the home that is a hub of activity and entertainment, U-Line’s CLR2160 Clear Ice Maker produces up to 60 pounds of crystal clear ice cubes a day and stores up to 30 pounds, enough for a crowd of kids or a busy cocktail party.
• Wine enthusiasts will appreciate the storage flexibility provided by U-Line’s new 2275ZWC Dual-Zone Wine Captain® Cabinet. The upper and lower zones are both highly specialized, independently refrigerated chambers with separate temperature control capabilities.

Appliances should be selected early in the remodeling process to assure they are located accordingly in the overall design and will fit in the space available. U-Line’s undercounter appliances are consistent with standard cabinet sizes, simplifying the design process and making it possible to replace a cabinet with an appliance in an existing kitchen layout.

Exterior finish is another important consideration when choosing appliances. Stainless steel continues to be a strong trend, but another popular option is integrating appliances with custom-made wood door fronts or frames to match surrounding cabinetry. U-Line offers both options.

U-Line products are available nationwide at select kitchen design centers and appliance retailers.

Since 1962, U-Line Corporation has been the leading innovator of premium built-in undercounter ice makers, Combo® ice maker/refrigerators, Wine Captain® wine preservation appliances, refrigerators, refrigerated drawers and refrigerator/freezers. U-Line is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., and has a West Coast office in Laguna Beach, Calif.

For more information on U-Line and its products, visit www.u-line.com.