Why Every Kitchen Remodel Should Have a Focus

When you’re remodeling your home, you have specific reasons for doing so. In the kitchen, there are both aesthetic and functional reasons to remodel. But so that you don’t become overwhelmed during the design process, it’s important to choose a focus for your remodel.

 

In other words, you need to create a list of priorities for your new kitchen. This way, you can decide what is truly most important. By making sure that your must-haves are included, not only does this focus the design process, but you’ll end up with a much more complete space in the end.

 

What should my kitchen design focus be?

 

One common issue with kitchens is not having enough space. Another common issue is  functionality or poor use of space. The last common issue is outdated style. While a kitchen remodel can certainly address all of these three things at once, you still need to focus on which issue is the most important one for you to have solved.

 

It’s very easy to say just knock down a wall and add an island. While this is potentially a solution for one or more existing problems, it’s not the only potential solution. Sometimes, the existing kitchen actually is large enough already, functions fairly well, but has a very outdated look. Cosmetic improvements may be all you need rather than tearing it out and starting all over.

 

But if functionality is a problem, reworking the floor plan should be the focus. Sometimes, you can actually reuse existing cabinets and countertops in the new plan. By focusing on the functionality of the kitchen floor plan, you can decide what works, what doesn’t, and how things can be reshuffled to work better.

 

If space really is the issue, then yes, expanding the kitchen into an adjoining room, such as a formal dining room, is often a great solution. But bigger isn’t always better. You have to decide what works best for your home, and there isn’t always a wall to knock down.

 

Let the budget be a positive for creativity, not a negative.

 

Once you know what your kitchen design focus is, it’s important to know what your budget will realistically allow you to do. But rather than worry about having to cut corners to stay on budget, focus on priorities first. For example, labor, cabinets, and countertops are the most expensive parts of any kitchen remodeling budget. Once these considerations are covered, you can decide what other less important factors need to be accounted for. That’s when you can get creative.

 

While it’s good to stay under-budget, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use most of your remodeling budget. After all, while you’re in the process of a major remodel, you may as well put everything into it that you can, within reason. Oftentimes budgets hinder people’s creativity, but really, they should be a way to force you to be creative. These creative solutions may lead you in directions that you may not have considered before and the end product could be better for your discoveries. While it’s easy to obsess over little details during the design process, focusing on the big stuff early means that the little things are allowed to fall into place later.

 

Your Design Team Knows How to Focus

 

One of the great advantages of working with a design-build team on your kitchen remodel is that your focus is clear from the early stages of design until the finishing touches are being made on the finished kitchen. By having a focus throughout the process, your remodeling goals are clear. By knowing exactly what your new kitchen is meant to solve, you’ll end up with a better end result

 

5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2017 Worth Checking Out

Our team is always watching the latest kitchen and bath design trends. Today, we will look at a few interesting kitchen design trends on 2017 that may influence your future plans for a remodel. While some design trends come and go, these are ones that we think are worth considering. Read more

What Can I Do With That Open Wall in My Kitchen?

The dreaded open wall is the bane of every kitchen designer’s existence. Well, it may not be quite that bad, but it is something you don’t really want to have. Why is that? Good design means that no space is wasted and every square foot is given a purpose. Read more

A Breakfast Nook Isn’t Just for Breakfast

When remodeling your kitchen, you may find some space in your new space that doesn’t necessarily have a specific purpose. This can happen in older homes that may have a nook or cranny that may have once been part of a formal dining area. If you have a space like this, you may want to keep for purposes of maintaining your home’s character. To do this, you may want to convert that area into a breakfast nook in your design. The best thing about a breakfast nook is that it doesn’t always have to be about breakfast.

 

It is true that a proper breakfast is the best way to start the day. Like a breakfast bar, a breakfast nook facilitates a designated area to serve breakfast. Of course, like a corner booth or window seat at a diner, you need not only serve breakfast there. You can serve lunch or a light supper here as well.

 

Why not make the space feel like you’re dining out even though you’re actually dining in? Giving the nook a diner or restaurant feel can go a long way. Make sure that the overall style fits in with the rest of the kitchen. But you can make it stand out by using brighter colors and a special seating area.

 

This nook doesn’t only have to be a place for eating, either. Just as diners can be a great place for conversation, so can your breakfast nook. By having a coffee machine, a small fridge, and/or microwave nearby, you can easily have snacks and beverages nearby for convenience.

 

The more convenient you can make your nook, the better a space it is for entertaining a couple friends or family members. It’s also a great spot for doing work from home or running your own business. It can be a very comfy office space. If you like to invite clients, it can be a great spot for discussing business.

 

A breakfast nook is great for enhancing your kitchen’s style. But it also adds functional space to your kitchen that can be used any time of day. With comfortable seating and a good deal of natural light, you can make your nook into a perfect retreat that can be used in the morning, afternoon or evening.

Choosing the Right Backsplash for Your Kitchen or Bathroom

The backsplash is definitely an element of kitchen and bath design that you shouldn’t overlook. It should be both an expression of your personal style and a way to tie the space together. Not only should it complement your flooring and countertops, but it should also fit the style of your home. Yet, even though it’s the design element that ties the whole room together, the backsplash is often the last design feature that’s chosen during the design. Read more

Getting the Right Kitchen Design for You

While we hope that you haven’t run into this in your remodeling journey, many homeowners have said that they have felt pushed towards a specific design.  This could be using certain products, to follow certain recent design trends, or both. This is definitely not the experience that you want to have when remodeling your home, especially when it comes to your kitchen. So how do you get the right kitchen design for you and your needs. Read more