The benefit of hiring a design-build remodeling company with an experienced kitchen designer is that you will more likely be very happy for a long time with the results of your kitchen remodeling project. The results will go beyond avoiding annoyances like having drawers and doors that interfere with each other, but having the result of a desired, well thought out kitchen remodeling design which provides a great day to day experience.
There are many complexities to kitchen remodeling, as well many as moving parts of different professionals coming in to do their part. A General Contractor that has a stable of long-term reliable subcontractors, as well as company employees that care about service and delivery helps to insure everything goes according to plan. Investing in remodeling of one’s home involves trust, and there is “us” in trust. It is good to work with the designer to get the desired results. What are important to a homeowner is proper function, ease of maintenance, and appearance, and here are some tips to help avoid mistakes.
Function Trending in popularity with kitchen remodeling are larger, open concept, multi-cook kitchens. The space planning for the “work triangle” of the refrigerator, sink, and stove proximity is still necessary for food preparation efficiency. A walk-in pantry helps to make up for the elimination of upper cabinets to create clear views to adjacent rooms. Cabinet storage space will be maximized by using a good quality frameless cabinet. Have deep drawers for pots and their lids. Have a full-size drawer cabinet for regular and recycling trash bins. When adding a kitchen island, have a sink place at one end to increase preparation space.
Ease of Maintenance Often the stove with a decorative backsplash and range hood is designed to be the focal point in the kitchen. The hood should not touch the sides of the upper cabinet to allow better air flow, otherwise the cabinets tend to collect the grease. If you want glass door cabinets, do not place them next to the stove either, they will get greasy. An under-mount kitchen sink popular because it makes the clean-up of counters easier.
Appearance Consider the trend of showing more wall space by having some shelving for stacks of plates, bowls, cups for everyday dining rather than another upper cabinet. Hide the dishwasher and possibly the refrigerator by using integrated paneling. Have planned light design so ceiling lights are placed where needed. If you have appliances that will stay on the counter, like an Instant Pot, Vitamix, juicer or coffee maker, plan the placement of an outlet to be behind it. Have electrical outlets along the backsplash placed horizontally closer to the countertop with a cover plate that matches the color of the backsplash.
Happy kitchen remodeling!