Kitchen Remodel Ideas
A kitchen remodel is one of the most desirable—and daunting—renovations a homeowner will ever attempt. There are so many elements to think about, like the countertop, the floors, the appliances, and more. There are so many options within each of those elements that just knowing where to start can become overwhelming.
Pacific Green Homes will help to reduce all the headaches involved in starting and finishing a full or partial kitchen remodel. We provide you with designers to help you narrow down your kitchen remodel ideas and builders to bring those ideas to fruition. Contact us when you are ready to give your kitchen a new lease on life.
Determine the Kitchen’s Main Function
The first part of any kitchen remodel is knowing how the kitchen will be used since that will determine the overall design of the room. If a legion of kids and teenagers frequently stampede through, and congregate, in the kitchen, then easy-to-clean, durable elements are the priority, along with lots of space and storage.
Do you use the kitchen mainly as a gathering spot for friends and family, but do little cooking yourself? If that is the case, then seating space, an attractive decor, and storage options, like a wine fridge are necessary. If you are a keen home cook, then high-end appliances are what you want. Perhaps your needs are a combination of those choices or something else entirely just make sure you have a clear idea of how the kitchen will be used before you get started.
Kitchen Remodel Options
These are the primary elements of the kitchen and the attributes you should look for in each of them.
One of the most used parts of the kitchen, here are some of the qualities you should look out for when choosing a new countertop:
- The Material – This should be determined by how the counter will be used; more durable materials like granite or quartz are preferable if the counter sees heavy use. If it will not be used too often, then marble or soapstone are good decorative options. Let your designer know how you will use the counter so that they can provide you with suitable options.
- Edge Profiles – Square edges are standard in most countertops and they are fine for most homes. However, rounded edges are better for safety if there are small children around. Shaped edges are also an option if you are interested in the aesthetic impact of your countertop. Make sure to explore your options with your designer.
These are, of course, important when it comes to storage. They can also have bold designs that enhance, or even determine, the overall design of the new kitchen:
- The Look – Choose what kind of effect you want when you enter the kitchen: lighter-colored materials make the kitchen feel airier and more open. Darker colored materials give a more dramatic look.
- Storage Personalization – No matter how you use your kitchen, you will want storage that suits your needs. Accessible, easy open doors are great for small children, while drawers with compartments for specialized tools are better for home chefs.
- Special Features – Different buyers require different features; pull out garbage cans, charging stations, and lazy Susan’s are just some of the special options you can select in your kitchen cabinetry.
These consist of small appliances like microwaves or blenders, and large ones like dishwashers and stoves. No matter the size, these are the factors to take into consideration:
- Know Your Space – It might seem obvious, but you should make sure that larger appliances like stoves or fridges can fit into your kitchen, and that they can fit through the entry to your kitchen. So, make sure to take the relevant measurements before selecting a new appliance. You should also make sure that there are enough electrical outlets for smaller appliances.
- Energy Efficiency – Saving money is always a good thing, and appliances that use less electricity are always a good option in every type of kitchen. No matter how many appliances you need, the more of them that are energy efficient, the better. The Energy Star logo on an appliance is one way to tell if it is energy efficient.
- Safety – Features like insulated oven doors, door locking mechanisms, and button locks help to keep children and adults safe. If you are concerned about endocrine disrupting materials like BPS, BPA, or phthalates, then appliances made from glass, stainless steel, and safe plastics are your best bet.
Faucets and Sink
Every kitchen needs these, and they are an important part of the work triangle, which consists of the sink, the stove, and the fridge. Here is what you should look for:
- Size and Number of Sinks – Home cooks and large families typically need large sinks to deal with all the dirty dishes. A dual basin setup may also be necessary for the former, since some specialized cooking implements will need to be washed by hand instead of a machine.
- Type of Faucets – Faucets can come in dual handle models, but for the kitchen, a single lever model is preferred because it is easier to use and to install. An extendable spray arm is useful if a lot of washing is done in the sink.
- Special Features – Some homeowners may need features like built-in garbage disposals or built-in water filters. Ask your designer what special features are available and consider if they are right for you.
This part of the kitchen should not be ignored because it gets the most use and can complement the design of the rest of the kitchen quite nicely. These are the factors to keep in mind when choosing a floor for your kitchen:
- Ease of Cleaning – The kitchen floor will likely experience a lot of spills and dirt, so a material that is water and stain resistant will be easier to clean.
- Style – The look of the floor should not be neglected, so choose one that fits the rest of the kitchen. The floor can be similar to the rest of the kitchen or it can be a bold contrast.
Find the Right Kitchen Remodel Ideas for You
When you are ready for a kitchen renovation, contact Pacific Green Homes and we will help you with the design and installation of each element of your kitchen. The kitchen is the heart and soul of the home, where everyone gathers to cook, eat, or just be together. As such, its design is one of the most important, so contact us and we will treat your kitchen remodel as seriously as you do.