The Kitchen is the heart of the home, where family and friends gather to cook, bake, eat and socialize. When you are ready for a remodel and begin thinking design, you want to consider both beauty and function.
- Consult the Experts – Time is money and you can’t afford to not consult an expert, even if it is for pieces of your project. Building a solid foundation with a good layout and design will save you thousands down the road.
- Create a budget to stick to – It’s important to know where you stand with your finances. Whether you are refinancing or digging into your savings, a budget will help keep everything in check. You don’t want to end up with a $1000 microwave and a $500 refrigerator. Knowing up front what your budget is will allow you to know where you may need to scrimp and save, versus being surprised later.
- Design –Design is a very important aspect of the project. This is where you determine the foundation of the project and the direction. Have you heard of the “kitchen triangle”? Your main workspaces, such as the refrigerator, sink and stove/oven, should be within a triangle-shape proximity to one another to maximize your efficiency and productivity.
- Maximize Storage Space – Maximizing storage space is technically a part of your design, but this goes a step further. There are endless options as far as built-in interior cabinetry elements to further organize your cooking and kitchen gadgets and supplies.
- Consider Countertop Surface – Gone are the days of laminate! Today there are countless options of natural and man-made surfaces. Exploring your options while keeping the needs of your family in mind will allow you to choose the right product based on care and durability. You can visit your local granite and surface facility with your design contractor to ensure you have all the information needed to make an educated decision.
- Lighting – You will spend a lot of time in your new kitchen, so you don’t want to overlook the lighting. It’s a necessity in your new kitchen! There are countless options from under-the-cabinet, in-cabinet, and above-cabinet lighting to illuminate your space for a pleasing environment. Should you have a chandelier, a lighted pot rack, recessed lighting? Your designer will work through all of your options with you.
- Workspaces and Counterspace – Thinking ahead and planning the best possible layout for workspace areas is smart since it’s hard to envision all of the details of your new kitchen. You want to think about using the new space and what is the most efficient use of your space. Adding an island or a small pantry area with a 12” deep countertop can add additional space and storage. Thinking through all of the possibilities up front makes most sense.
- Special Features / Organizational Options – Do you have pets or small children? You may want to keep them in mind when designing your kitchen space so you can incorporate conveniences such as pet food storage, or if there is a good space for your child to cook with you using a stool.
We transform kitchens into spaces homeowners love! Don’t wait, contact Vimish Cabinetry and Design today so we can discuss your new kitchen design concepts.