Deciding On a Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel takes planning. And planning starts with the customer. It’s always a good idea to create your wish list beforehand. Realize that everything you add to that list affects your budget. Here are some ideas to help you decide exactly what you want in your new kitchen.
Keep consistent throughout the kitchen. If you are installing high end appliances, keep the countertops and cabinets high end. You want to think about the resale value of your home – mixing high end appliances with Formica countertops will end up becoming a barrier to your sale.
And speaking of countertops, what kind of space do you need? If you cook frequently, you might want more space. Recently we’ve worked with some families who decided on two different countertop heights to accommodate children who like to be involved with meal preparation.
For the serious cooks. You may want to double up on certain appliances. For example, consider a second microwave or a smaller refrigerator on one of the end spaces of the kitchen. Having this second space can keep children and guests away from the central cooking area of the kitchen. Consider adding a bar of sorts, with stools. This area will become a gathering spot for children and guests. And serious cooks may want to add a shelf near the oven for cooking oils, spices and those favorite cooking utensils.
Can you keep the plumbing where it is? Whenever reconfiguration of space is necessary, plumbing costs go up. If your budget is a primary issue, consider keeping the appliances that are connected to water pipes exactly where they are now.
Matching appliances. We often recommend that families choose appliances of the same brand. For one thing, you usually get a better price for three or more appliances from the same company.
Be conscious of your floor plan. Think about where you want the appliances and make sure there is a natural path between them. The dishwasher should be next to the sink – not across from it. You’ll be glad later that you kept this in mind.
Outlets galore. Are there ever enough outlets in the kitchen? We think it’s wise to install multiple outlets along a backsplash so you have electricity when needed.
Avoid long rows of cabinets. Instead of cabinet after cabinet, consider adding interesting details in the kitchen – glass doors on cabinets, open shelving for items you reach for often, or add another window.
What colors to use in a kitchen. Really, almost anything works, but consider your space. No matter what size your kitchen, you want it light and airy. A small kitchen will look much bigger if you use light colors. Bring in as much natural light as you can.
Find a focus. It often helps to define a place in your kitchen that will stand out. That could mean a flashy backsplash behind the oven, or a fancy hood over the oven. Consider adding a corner of glass doors to cabinets to bring the eye to some colorful china. Pick one focal point to stand out in your kitchen.
These are just a few of our tips. If you are considering a kitchen remodel, give us a call at 843-903-5797. We can help you plan the perfect kitchen.