Before You Renovate Your Kitchen…
Remember that your kitchen is the most important room in your home.
Renovations to the nerve center of your home should never be taken lightly.
While each kitchen renovation is different, there are some keys that should be considered in every kitchen project.
This is the first and most important question to ask yourself. Has your family grown and it is time for your kitchen to grow as well? Have the kids moved on and you find that now your kitchen is just too large? Maybe everything in your kitchen is outdated. Or the flow and layout does not suit your needs. It could be several of these things or it could be none of these things. Regardless, it is imperative that as the homeowner, you identify the purpose of your renovation and that you share that with your contractor.
Kitchen styles can change quickly so selecting a style that you will be able to live with for a few years or updated easily is important. You may have seen a picture of a kitchen that has caught your eye. Save that picture! While it is unlikely that you will be able to recreate that identical kitchen, it will be a great resource for your contractor in the design of your kitchen. You may have one item that you want to base your renovation around or a particular style that you want to feature. Your style is a critical item that every kitchen designer needs to put together the kitchen of your dreams.
While your kitchen may be the social center of your home, it is important to remember that your appliances live there. Kitchen design is based, in large part, on the appliances you select. They will determine the kitchen flow. The flow is the ease of the homeowner to move around the kitchen from appliance to appliance. Kitchen flow is critical to any renovation project. Appliance style may also play an important role in the selection of other items like counter tops and cabinets.
The final details of your renovation are most often the things that set your kitchen apart from others. A counter top back splash. An interesting light fixture. Intricate crown molding. The lists are endless. The details are not always the little things, like cabinet or door hardware. They could be much larger, such as a specialty cabinet or sink. A quality contractor, with the help of a professional kitchen designer, can make certain that the homeowner is aware of all of the final details available that will complement every kitchen renovation project.