Kitchen Remodel Blog
Remodel or refresh, that is the question. A kitchen remodel can include replacing any number of things from cabinetry, countertops, appliances and fixtures, flooring, and maybe even moving walls. A kitchen refresh leaves everything in its place, and just updates certain items – like hardware, countertops, backsplash, etc.
Is your kitchen causing you so much frustration you’re ready to move out? In order to get top dollar for your home, your realtor might advise you do some improvements before listing. If that’s the case, maybe you just need to remodel your kitchen instead of going through the hassle of moving.
If you walk into your kitchen and get immediately frustrated, it’s time for a change. You should love your home, not despise it. If you know what is causing your dissatisfaction, you are one step closer to happiness.
The most important question to ask yourself regarding your kitchen is whether it’s functioning well for you. This will help determine if you should update it or remodel. Consider the layout. Think about how if flows, if it’s easy to work in or if it’s crowded and frustrating.
Something to consider when evaluating your kitchen, is whether the doors and drawers work properly. If doors bang into each other, or into appliances, or maybe they’re just falling apart, it might be time for a remodel.
Consider the age of your home, or your kitchen cabinetry if there’s been an update in the past. Like all things, cabinetry can get worn and tired as it ages. If the time has come to replace cabinetry in your kitchen, replacing it with quality products will help insure it lasts.
How many people use your kitchen will also determine how fast it wears out. This should also be a consideration when deciding on new products for your kitchen. Using quality products like soft-close hinges and quality drawer glides will help your kitchen stand up to daily use and abuse.
If you prefer not to cook, a simple refresh would probably be sufficient to update your kitchen. If you bake, or preserve, or host large gatherings, you’ll want a kitchen that serves that purpose. We can help you determine the best way to make your kitchen work for you.
The average space between an upper cabinet and the countertop below it is 18”. Older homes might have a shorter span, or you might have appliances too tall to stand on your counter. If this is the case, it might be time for a remodel.
Is there a popcorn ceiling in your kitchen you want to get rid of? That would be a good project to include when replacing upper cabinets. It is easier and faster to do when you don’t have to work around cabinetry.
The flooring in your kitchen should be safe and free of trip hazards, at the very least. It might be the one item that prompts you to undergo a complete kitchen remodel. If replacing your flooring is in your future, consider other features in your kitchen you might want to change at the same time.
Changing appliances can often lead to other changes in a kitchen. You might need to modify your cabinetry to make room for a larger range. Or you might need to replace flooring if your new fridge is narrower than the old one. Perhaps you’d love a wall oven and cooktop instead of your current range to save your back.
If your cabinets are working well and in good condition, changing your doors is an option to updating your kitchen. This is a good way to update the room without a major remodel. The door style can be changed, as well as the color. You can even add glass doors and crown molding.
There are an unlimited number of ways cabinets can be customized to fit your needs and style. From the type of material used, the color and style, to specific items like a cutlery divider, appliance garage, or spice rack. We can help you design your dream kitchen.
When choosing a countertop for your kitchen, there are a few things to weigh out and prioritize. Some things to consider are the type of material, how much maintenance you want to do, and your budget.
There are so many fun and interesting tiles to choose from when designing a backsplash. It can be a relatively inexpensive way to make a statement in your kitchen. It’s more durable than paint, and often easier to clean.
Do you ever wish your kitchen sink was a bit larger, or deeper? If you grumble every time you do dishes, let us help you determine what would be the best option for your kitchen.
Maybe your sink is fine, but your faucet is making you hot under the collar. Addressing this facet is one of the many design questions we can help you answer.
Lighting is such an important element in your kitchen (see what I did there?). If you want to add under-cabinet lighting, recessed lighting, or a night light at your toe-kick, we can help you make the best plan for your kitchen, and budget.