The kitchen is perhaps the most important room of your home. That’s why YOUR ideal kitchen should fit your personal needs, the style and design of the home, and your budget. Since the kitchen has become the major hub of most homes, with family and friends gathering around the cook, people often place a major emphasis on their kitchen design.
Whatever your reason for remodeling, it is important to keep the investment of your kitchen remodel within the value of your home. Home values vary a great deal, and the updated kitchen will be determined by the location and value of the home. The size of the room, the scope of the project, the design and products chosen, and the detail of the work all play a part in determining the investment a homeowner will make in updating their home. Following is a Cost vs. Value Chart to help you see how a kitchen remodel can impact your home’s value.
Here’s a Peek at Part of Our Kitchen Remodel Process:
Your kitchen remodel begins with an initial Meeting (The Brainstorm Session).The design of your new kitchen starts with your imagination, your lifestyle, and the design of your home. Do you want simple or elegant? Are you a cook or do prefer a kitchen that offers comfort? Do you entertain frequently, or do you value family time?
During your subsequent brainstorming sessions I’ll show you dozens of materials, pick your brain, and throw out ideas to help you discover TRULY what you want. We go to great lengths to make sure you’re happy and comfortable before we begin your kitchen remodel.
Popular Kitchen Styles
Lifestyle and design interests are also important considerations when starting your kitchen makeover:
Kitchen Activities – What activities besides preparation and eating occur in the kitchen?
- Caring for pets, paying bills, meal planning, homework, laundry, crafts
- Entertaining, talking on the phone, visiting with friends
- Reading, writing, computer, TV
Entertaining – How big are the groups? Family or friends? Parties or holidays?
- Consider seating and a floor plan to allow people to gather and feel comfortable
- Large ovens, dual sinks and ovens, wine cooler, ice maker
- Open counters for catering
Architectural and Design Style – How does the kitchen blend with the rest of your home?
- Transitional, Traditional, Contemporary
- Floors, counters, cabinets work well with the rest of the home
Work Load – Do you have large pots and pans? Do you cook a lot?
- Consider high-arc faucet and large single bowl sink or multiple sinks
- Pot-filler over range, multiple work stations
- Varied counter heights and accessories
- Plan for easily accessible storage: deep storage drawers, pull-out shelves, spice pull-outs, pantry
Cooking – Do you cook a lot or just heat up leftovers? How many cooks will be in the kitchen?
- Allow for plenty of floor and work space
- Two islands and two sinks create work zones
- Consider appliances that work best with your budget and need
- Pricey pro-style appliances are large, attractive, and offer many cooking options
- Built-in coffee maker and insta-hot water may be well worth it to you
- Convection and steam ovens save time and produce healthy meals
Kids and Pets – Do you have kids and pets that may be hard on the materials?
- Consider durable materials as a user-friendly option
- Travertine floors and exotic counters work well as an upgrade
Work Station – Do you need a place to work when in the kitchen?
- Consider a desk with multiple outlets as a docking station for laptop, tablet, smart phone, etc
- Flat-panel TV keeps you company and informed while in the kitchen
- Shelving for cookbooks, file drawers, adequate work space
Display Items – Do you have decorative pottery, china, or artwork to display?
- Consider glass doors or open shelving for displaying personal items
- Glass-front Sub-Zero refrigerator requires a neat and clean refrigerator