One of the most important areas in our homes are our kitchens. Let’s face it, with our busy lifestyles, the kitchen is the place where life happens when we are at home. Between kids’ extracurricular activities, daily errands and other obligations that we have to do after our work days are over, the little time that we do spend at home, we tend to gather in our kitchens. The kitchen gets transformed into more than just a place to cook dinner. It is the place where important conversations happen, where children do homework and art projects, where the day is reviewed and where plans for the future are made. It is also the place where, one way or another, your visitors tend to gather during parties. In short, our kitchens are more about lifestyle and functionality than looks.
This kind of thinking should be the starting point when considering a kitchen remodel. Of course, it is important to choose colours and finishes that suit the rest of the home. We need to choose materials that are durable and useable. It is always wise to enlist the services of a professional cabinetry designer, who will keep in mind the functionality and the way that particular kitchen will be used when designing. It is important to be clear on how this space will be used and who will be using it.
There are a number of choices when it comes to choosing the right cabinetry and the decision ultimately lies with the consumer based on their preferences and of course the price point that they feel comfortable with. The choices range from a low end thermo-foil door to a high end painted door and the cabinet composition can be a low end MDF finish or it can be a bit pricier maple wood. Counter tops can be the basic laminated counter top finish or the more desirable Caesar stone or granite. When it comes to back splash most clients tend to go with natural stone; however, if the budget is a concern a more affordable ceramic tile is also available.
In addition to cabinetry and counter tops, kitchen appliances also have a huge impact on the final look of the kitchen. When choosing kitchen appliances, it is important to keep in mind, just like with the kitchen design, who will be using them and how will they be used the most? For instance, a family that entertains a lot should consider a large fridge that can hold a tray. Perhaps there should be two dishwashers incorporated into the kitchen design for easier clean up after parties. On the other hand, if a family is big on baking, maybe the design will call for a double oven, etc. A question might arise whether to go electric or gas? Again, this is a personal preference of the final user of that appliance.
Furthermore, there are other factors to consider that are important to a kitchen remodel, such as electrical and plumbing fixtures. Pot lights are very popular, but so are island pendants to add a more luxurious look. As far as plumbing, a busy family might opt for a one piece large sink, for example, and a touch operated sink faucet. Will there be a lot of cutting and chopping? In that case, a second prep sink might be necessary. For convenience, a person might opt for a pot filler, etc.
The final item to mention would be the flooring. Do we go with full body porcelain tile that is durable or do we use natural stone tile for a more classic look? The trend with high end remodels is to go with hardwood flooring in the kitchen for a continuous look.
In summary, a kitchen remodel is not only a matter of personal taste and how much money one is willing and able to spend, but it is more a matter of achieving the functionality that suits one’s lifestyle. As far as aesthetics, always choose to go with a more classic and neutral finish. Kitchen remodelling is a considerable expense and once it is done, it should be relevant for a number of years to come.