Our Helpful Tips for Kitchen Remodeling
Very few home improvements are more significant for purposes of lifestyle improvement, not to mention resale value, than kitchen remodeling. A well done remodel provides a beautiful new look for your home, and the usefulness of modern appliances and countertops can’t be overestimated.
Of course, the design and construction phases can be complex. But a qualified local home remodel contractor can become a part of the process very early, helping you to make decisions that will make a big difference in how you manage time and budget. We put together a short guide to walk you through the important parts, and would be happy to hear from you if you’d like a quote and our guidance.
Determine early on the scope of the changes you require. For example, kitchen remodel jobs can involve flooring, countertops, cabinets, appliances, walls and paint. It’s a great idea to carefully weigh your priorities in the case of a limited budget.
We would be happy to discuss your options, and help you to understand where cost and benefit collide. In other words, we want to create the kitchen of your dreams, not pounce on a project designed only to line our pockets.
The Planning Phase
Begin by grabbing a notepad and pencil. Gather the family around the dining room table and begin to sketch the changes necessary to modernize your kitchen. For example, if you’ll be changing appliances, do you favor stainless steel or a particular color? Is there a need for convenience items such as a lazy susan, perhaps a garbage chute?
And don’t forget about your plans for cabinets. The facing of your cabinets is an enormous footprint within your kitchen and an attractive look, one that complements the appliances and color scheme of your flooring and walls is crucial.
There have been spectacular advances in the technology behind refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens. We will help you make great choices depending on your priorities.
Things to consider include the size of your family, the amount of entertaining you may or may not do, and access to utilities such as gas. We will be happy to help you narrow down the selection.
Choices in Cabinetry
The selection available for kitchen cabinets is massive these days. Do you favor hardwoods like cherry or oak, or perhaps a pine? These choices can make a significant difference in terms of cost, not to mention durability.
You might want to visit our showrooms to appreciate how we’ve paired both warm and modern cabinets with a wide array of flooring and appliances to see if anyone style is best for you.
Your Kitchen Countertops
Once you’ve begun to put together the aesthetic pieces of the puzzle, namely your cabinet and appliance appearances, you’ll want to complement all that work with lovely countertops. These come in a variety of materials and colors, and a qualified home remodel contractor will be best at describing these options.
We feel that first selecting appliances, countertops and cabinetry is crucial to arriving at the perfect color for your walls. Clearly, any color can be created in today’s mixing station, and so paint has been rendered more a complement than ever. Gloss, semigloss, we have it all covered.
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Zeroing in on the Right Custom Kitchen Contractor
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We worked hard to build our reputation and reviews based on hard work and fair job quotations. When we put together a proposal, we go out of our way to include all the time we need to be at your disposal for the ever crucial design phase. Decisions made here will make all the difference to your happiness for years to come.
We also provide realistic time frames for when we can begin and complete the job. Everyone has a nightmare, horror story about contractors who promised the world and did not deliver. The last thing we ever want is to be associated with one of those terrible experiences.
Even more important, we do every project from start to finish. Rather than relying on subcontractors, and having to juggle their unpredictable schedules, we’ve made a decision to keep all of our talent in house.
Not only are we experienced, but we enjoy the smiles of every happy customer. Our goal is that your kitchen becomes a true touchstone for your home, and a jewel that you can’t wait to show off to friends and neighbors.
Glass-front cabinets showcase favorite dishes and reflect light from the large window while an antique Persian rug provides style underfoot and a pop of pattern and color.
Always one to mix styles and materials in the kitchen, designer Sarah Richardson mixed colors here as well, choosing to paint the wall and base cabinets white then making the island a focal point with cheery robin’s egg blue. The ceiling, painted a lighter shade of blue, ties in the island while making the white cabinets really pop.
Custom features and high-end fixtures were used throughout but the kitchen’s real star is the massive burled wood island that was even plumbed to include a small prep sink. The island’s steely blue color helps to anchor the space and breaks up what otherwise would have been a lot of white cabinets. If not, it’s the result of four months of DIY labor by the blog’s husband and wife team.
Their updates include white wall shelves made from hardware store lumber and brackets and a peninsula they constructed then topped with quartz, leaving an overhang so it could also function as a breakfast bar. Charlotte-based designer Erinn Valencich is no stranger to the glamorous side of tinsel town.
As a favorite designer to young Hollywood, she creates spaces, like this sleek contemporary kitchen, that are ready for their closeup. Here, Erinn mixed white lacquered and gray-stained oak cabinets with a mirrored mosaic backsplash, Calacatta marble countertops and pro-grade appliances for a silver-screen-ready look.
For added charm, she also hit salvage stores to find items like the turned newel post used to support one corner of the breakfast bar. She used Carrara marble tiles from a national hardware store to create a high-end backsplash on a budget. The open, neutral space is anything but boring thanks to a bright red oven, large pendant lights and an eye-catching wood wall.
The narrow workspace and long counters are juxtaposed with the pendant lights, stained glass window frame and bars of the nearby door. The pendant lights literally and visually help draw a connecting line from top to bottom. The space includes travertine marble flooring, mahogany cabinets and integrated stainless steel appliances.
Sliding glass doors across the back of the main level connect the home with spacious patios at the rear of the property and double the size of the living space. Subtle shifts in the geometry of this modern building maximize natural light and views to the sky, expanding the perception of space and openness while maintaining the small footprint. As the walls splay out from the base of the building toward the roof, the resulting void is a central light well.
The white countertops are a subtle pairing that doesn’t compete with the vibrant color.
Graphic, modern curtains and orange-banded place mats bring color and style to the otherwise neutral space.
A built-in bench offers a place to perch while food is being prepared. Custom designed mahogany bi-fold doors and windows connect indoor and outdoor living spaces, while the open nature of the room also allows for easy access to the adjoining living room.
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Bankrate may be compensated in exchange for featured placement of certain sponsored products and services, or your clicking on certain links posted on this website. Switching out small ceiling-mounted lights for larger or brighter, energy-efficient fixtures will make the room’s ambient lighting more luxurious, she says. Task lighting, such as undercabinet lighting, can add brightness to the counters.
While some undercabinet lighting is hardwired behind the wall, for a quick fix use models that can be plugged into the nearest receptacle outlet.
Insert plain glass into a couple of cabinet door fronts as a focal point and display your decorative servingware.