Planning a kitchen remodel can be a daunting task, one that involves many factors and should be planned with the guidance of seasoned professionals. At HousePro we have years of experience delivering our customers’ dreams. We are with you from the start of your kitchen remodel and offer unbiased options for each of the choices you will need to make along the way.
Elements of Your Kitchen Remodel:
Whether you are doing a complete kitchen remodel or a partial kitchen renovation, there are lots of elements to take into consideration. With a remodel, in which you are doing complete replacement of kitchen cabinetry, appliances, lighting and possibly moving walls, etc., there are some primary areas to consider:
Overall Space and Layout
The trend in a kitchen remodel today is to incorporate your family room and or dining area into one large kitchen-entertainment area. This typically involves removing walls or creating openings in walls to facilitate the new area. Our designers will help you lay out the best solution for your space and budget. To start, consider the “activity areas” in your new room. Do you entertain a lot? Do you have kids and need a breakfast bar or dining area? Do you have two chefs in the family or have large parties where you may want a cooking surface or sink/prep area on an island? Do you have a large TV room for the game, but also want a gathering place in the same space for those not interested in the game, but still want to be involved in the party?
Answering these questions when in the planning stages will help you start blocking out the primary spaces that will ultimately drive your kitchen remodel layout.
Kitchen Cabinetry and Design Style
Choosing your overall design style should be next, since it drives many space considerations. A more traditional design with fluted columns, decorative bookcases and other style elements added into the cabinetry and room will decrease your storage space. Contemporary kitchen designs are minimalistic, with very few add-on elements, therefore increasing the storage space and areas available for appliances, etc.
Traditional or country designs may incorporate crown and other decorative moldings and soffits, whereas a contemporary design may not include soffits and have minimal moldings or accent strips.
There are literally endless choices when it comes to cabinetry and kitchen design. Our designers can help you narrow down your style and then work with you throughout your kitchen remodel to understand the pros and cons of all your options, so you can make the decision that’s right for you and your family, within your budget. Investing in a kitchen remodel results in one of the best returns when it comes time to sell. Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms considered by buyers, since they prefer updated designs, fixtures, colors and appliances that they don’t have to replace for some time to come. Those rooms are frequently the determining factors in home purchase decisions.
In any kitchen remodel, just as numerous as the kitchen cabinetry options are the appliance options. There are selections for all tastes and budgets. Stainless steel appliances are still holding favor with customers for kitchen remodels, but there are also many beautiful options for standard finishes as well. Let’s take a look at some popular trends in kitchen appliances and fixtures:
Stoves and Cook Tops
Many people are choosing professional-grade ovens and grills today because of the ability to serve up restaurant-grade food in a flash. These stoves have much higher BTUs than a typical stove and do an incredible job. They have very high heat output, sear in meat juices and also maintain a more constant temperature when baking. Grill cooktops are also popular, with down-draft hoods so you can serve up great grilled items even when the weather outside is not cooperating.
Flush-mount or cabinet-depth refrigerators are popular choices in any kitchen remodel, if you are looking for a more furniture-oriented look for your kitchen. These units are more expensive and come with the ability to insert a door panel to match your cabinetry. The downside to these units is they typically are smaller in storage capacity.
Another kitchen remodel option is to incorporate a full-size stainless steel refrigerator and put a full-depth cabinet panel on each side with a cabinet above, flush with the face of the refrigerator. This gives you a built-in look with the benefit of a full-size refrigerator/freezer and the additional deep cabinet space above.
Flush mount or drawer type dishwashers are gaining popularity today, as well as the more green models which save on water and power consumption and are environmentally-friendly. The flush mount can have cabinetry panels added to them which hides the dishwasher from sight and also helps with the noise level. Some of the units are so quiet, you can’t hear them. The drawer units are also a great option as it makes loading a breeze and gives you the option to run just one or both of the drawers, saving resources when you just have a few dishes to wash.
Kitchen Sinks and Faucets
Popular trends today are under-mount sinks and artistic stainless steel faucets. Again, there are many options to choose from. With the stainless steel options there are also beautiful top mount options if you are not using a granite, stone or other type of solid surface material top. There are many grades of stainless steel sinks with the primary differences reflected in the design, thickness of the stainless steel and the sound deadening characteristics. The higher-end sinks are fabricated in the thicker metals and have a tar or other sound-deadening material applied to the bottom.
Kohler and other firms have complete lines of options for a kitchen remodel, and do a great job with their sinks. Among the options are the availability of a porcelain finish in many designer colors and styles.
A great feature today is that many sinks have cutting boards, baskets and grates designed to fit into the sink and give you greater versatility of functionality.
The popular trend with faucets is the one-piece design where the spray head is part of the overall faucet design and has multiple spray or stream options. When planning your kitchen remodel, don’t forget to incorporate the small details that can make a big difference in functionality. Including a hand soap pump and an instant hot/cold faucet into your design adds convenience and style, as well as another useful function to your sink area.
Your kitchen remodel project can be as big or as small as your dreams and your budget will allow! Call us today at 336.698.9888 for a FREE in-home consultation. Our designers, craftsmen and installers have the years of experience and the consideration of your requirements to combine all of the best elements to provide you and your family with a new space to enjoy for years to come.
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