8 Tips for Your Kitchen Remodel

Creating a functional kitchen from start to finish isnt a easy task but we have 8 tips to make your kitchen remodeling journey an easier task. 

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Function and Flow Should Always Be First

I am more obsessed with creating the perfect space plan and there is nothing more important when desiging your kitchen remodel. How a kitchen should function is an extremely personal matter, and a floor plan needs to be customized to reflect the clients personal needs. 

Take the kitchen island clearances. The average size of a kitchen island is about 3 1/2 by 8 feet. This would typically have a surrounding clearance zone of about 42 inches.. But an island's size is usually determined by the distances around it, so it makes sense that larger rooms can allow for bigger islands.

You can also direct traffic by creating zones in your kitchen space plan.  For kid friendly kitchen designs, keep the cooktop out of the high traffic zones so that children don't catch handles. 

 NKBA Kitchen Bath Guidelines

NKBA Kitchen Bath Guidelines

Where Should Your Microwave Go??

The best height for a microwave depends on the family members and the chef.  A kid friendly kitchen may require a lower microwave for safety.  For sure do not do a microwave hood, they are too tall for most people safety. 

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Lighter and Brighter

When it comes to kitchen colors, white is always popular.  Why white? It’s bright, goes with everything, and never falls out of style. And if you’re germ-a-phobic, white lets you easily see the dirt you’ll want to wipe away.  Clients use white in cabinetry finishes, countertop finishes and backsplash details. 

Dont want all white well the trend is to mix it with rich warm wood materials to balance the crisp clean white cabinetry. Take a look at our latest project that shows exactly how to mix those materials. 

 Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - Newport Coast, Newport Ca

Signature Designs Kitchen Bath - Newport Coast, Newport Ca

Your Hood Is Your Statement Piece

"Your hood is the designer handbag for your kitchen",  Its positioned above the second most used appliance in your kitchen the range, range top or cooktop. Hood Covers come in a myriad of styles and colors, giving you a range of options. 

 Francois & Co. 

Francois & Co. 

 Fixer Upper - Tile Hood 

Fixer Upper - Tile Hood 

Think About Your Sink

We love sinks that are deep and broad, I think that the white-fireclay farmhouse sink is a really great solution or a silgranit  affordable sinks. Another important part of your sink suite to think about is your faucet.

Having separate handles for hot and cold water is a real pain in the kitchen, but. If you have a water-mixing valve in your faucet, you can do that in one motion. Whether you have one of those pull-out spray nozzles or a separate nozzle to the side of your faucet is completely up to you.

 Maxton Builders

Maxton Builders

And Your Cabinets

Cabinetry is just cabinetry, right? Wrong!! Cabinets form the backbone of the kitchen. Configure the cabinetry to make the most use of your kitchen’s size and floor plan. Consider different layouts and looks. 

They're another opportunity to inject your style and make your cooking process more efficient.  Base cabinets get the most attention, whereas hanging wall cabinets are sacrificed for aesthetic features—windows, dramatic backsplashes—to create atmosphere and a living room appeal in the kitchen.

 Navy Cabinetry 

Navy Cabinetry 

Bright Approach To Your Kitchen Lighting

A well lit kitchen not only looks better but is essential to kitchen safety and function.  Lighting is often the last thing considered in a remodel.  Good Lighting design involves more than just specifying stylish fixtures its also about proper placement.  Layered lighting is the best way to provide the best lighting for your kitchen remodel. 

  • Task Lighting. It is the workhorse of illumination and provides adequate light for tasks like chopping vegetables and reading recipes. Optimum placement of task lighting comes between a person's head and the work surface, which makes lighting located below the upper cabinets so effective. If a kitchen remodel includes a pantry, make sure to specify task lighting there as well.
  • Ambient lighting. It creates a warm glow that fills a room, softens shadows and helps to make people feel instantly welcome in a kitchen. If cabinets do not reach all the way to the ceiling, that space is a great spot for ambient light. Of the four types of lighting, ambient is most often overlooked.
  • Accent lighting. It gives depth and dimension to a kitchen. Examples of accent lighting include fixtures placed inside glass-front cabinets to illuminate China, glassware, and other collections as well as recessed, adjustable low-voltage fixtures used to spotlight art.
  • Decorative lighting. Whitehead likes to refer to this type of lighting as architectural jewelry. It adds sparkle to a space.
 Jean Stoffer Design

Jean Stoffer Design

Why You Should Hire A Kitchen Professional

The main benefit of hiring a pro is that they can provide you with a holistic design.  You might do a one or maybe a few kitchen remodels in your lifetime but a professional has usually done hundreds of kitchen remodels and they know what to look out for especially when changing the kitchen layout.  

Rethinking the layout in your mind, and configuring it in an existing model are two completely different concepts. If you do it yourself you might unknowingly end up causing structural damages and it will definitely cost you a pretty penny to fix that. 

As a professional  kitchen designer we help put all of these pieces together so you get the kitchen of your dreams with less stress.  Don’t take it from us - see for yourselves contact us to get started with your kitchen remodeling project.

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