Kitchens

Taking the stress out of kitchen remodeling

  Kitchen remodels are very popular since homeowners want a warm, stylish, comfortable, and efficient core of their home. In addition to improved aesthetics and organizati on, remodeling kitchens also has an excellentt return on the investment. We  can help you regardless of the level of remodel you choose:

  • Minor kitchen remodels—new counter tops, appliances, cabinet fronts or painting the existing cabinets and hardware

  • Major remodels, which include new appliances, cabinets, counter tops, flooring, and lighting.

  • Complete remodels that can include moving or eliminating walls, re configuring  the layout, adding the "dream pantry", upgrading appliances and custom cabinetry.

 Aesthetics are important but the driving remodeling factor is functionality. We recommend setting a budget that reflects your  priorities for your new kitchen and familiarize yourself with basic elements of design. We can certainly help with that.

 

  

  

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Planning Your Kitchen

Today’s kitchens average 200–300 square feet and are increasingly part of an open-floor plan. Other trends include a move towards simplicity, uncluttered looks, energy efficiency, and natural materials. Look to design books, magazines and websites (Pinterest is a great one) for ideas.

Here are a few good tips to help you get started:

 

Before you do anything, determine how you utilize your kitchen. Is your cooking usually a solo effort or is it with someone? Is your kitchen a gathering area for friends and family? A place where the kids do homework and everyone catches up on their day together?

Make note of what currently functions well and what doesn’t. I.E., do you have cabinet space that isn't used because it can't be accessed? Do you find yourself crawling into the back of lower cabinets to retrieve something? 

Take an inventory of everything you need to store so you know what adjustments you will need to make your kitchen efficient. Fortunately there are multiple storage and organization features for cabinetry and pantries that can solve clutter problems and maximize space. 

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Cabinetry and hardware materials will be the single largest expense

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Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Doors and Windows should be the 3rd highest expense, unless you do a complete re configure...

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Counters, which should include the back splash along with the sink and faucet can make a big statement, and natural stone pricing is highly variable.

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Design and Installation, both are critical and you will get what you pay for.

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Appliances and Ventilation (do not forget the ventilation) will run around 14%, provided it is not over done. Not all kitchens need Viking 8 burner gas ranges...

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Electrical and Plumbing can be a minimum of 10%, re wiring for a new layout needs to be done by a professional. Moving water supply and drain locations and moving or installing new gas lines requires planning, permits, and a licensed plumber.

Think about efficiency. If your kitchen feels more like an obstacle course than an organized work place, consider three basic concepts:

  • Your Work Triangle. This imaginary triangle is the stove, refrigerator, and sink at the points, making sure the path from one point to another is a clear shot.

  • Your Work Stations. Having at least 15 inches of counter space for separate stations for food prep, cooking, baking, and cleaning will make life in the kitchen much easier. Considering this when working on your plans will make it all worthwhile in the end.

  • Your pantry.You know what you have and you also know what you want. They say that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses, I'm here to tell you that a pantry sells a kitchen. Since your remodeling your kitchen address the pantry as a priority if it isn't already.

Last, stick with a budget.You will probably have to make some choices on where to save and where to splurge, even so make sure to stick to your priorities. We look forward to fielding your questions, regardless of where you are in the process currently.