Our Kitchen Remodeling Projects Can Bring Your Family Back to the Table
For most families, the kitchen is the busiest room in the house. It is not only the place where meals are prepared, it is often the room where most of our family conversations happen. When you spend as much time in one place as you do in your kitchen, you want it to meet all your needs. You want it to be a place that is comfortable, beautiful and functional. As your families grow and your children get older, you may find that it is time to take on a full kitchen remodeling project to bring your space up to date.
Deciding What to Change and What to Keep In Your Kitchen
Kitchen remodeling projects can vary greatly in terms of cost and time. A smaller project can cost as little as $1,000 and may be completed in a weekend. A full kitchen overhaul with a complete demolition and rebuild may take a few months and more than $50,000 to complete.
Regardless of the size and scope of your project, it is essential that you have a clear idea of what you want and don’t want in your new kitchen before you get started. In the pre-planning phase, sit down with your family and make a list of all of the things you like about your kitchen. Next, make a list of all of the things you want to change inside the room. Take both lists and consider them each carefully and then prioritize the items on the list of things you want to change.
Place the item you absolutely must change at the top and put the things you could live with, if you had to, at the bottom of the list. This will allow you to have a visual reminder of what you want to accomplish. By prioritizing the list, you will easily be able to determine what changes can be put off if budget or time constraints present a need for you to limit the scope of the renovation.
What Is a Kitchen to You?
After making your lists, it is time to decide how you want your kitchen to look and feel. In order to make sure that you are happy with the completed project, you and your family need to determine what your kitchen means to you. Is it is a room just for cooking? Do you want enough space for a table for an eat-in kitchen feel or do you want to forego any seating area? Are bar stools important to you? How much prep space do you need to cook for your family? Will there be little ones in your kitchen over the next five years?
These are all questions that you need to consider when planning your new cooking space. If you don’t want a gathering or eating place in the area, you will have extra room for prep and cooking space. If there are likely to be little ones roaming around for the next few years, you may opt to place most of your drawers and cabinets at a higher level than you would if child safety was not a concern. If you want a place for people to gather, but you don’t want an eat-in kitchen, you may want to have a bar or a larger island that can be surrounded with decorative, yet comfortable, bar stools.
By making these determinations before you start the project, you will decrease the frustration and increased costs of changing your mind repeatedly mid-renovation. You will also be happier for longer with the finished product.
Be Creative With Your Wish List
This is your kitchen and there are no rules when it comes to what your kitchen has to look like and what appliances it needs. Think out of the box and design a kitchen that is functional for your family and your needs.
- 2 Dishwashers
If you do a lot of entertaining or if you have a large family, you may want to consider adding an additional dishwasher to your kitchen. This makes it faster to wash the large number of dishes that accompany cooking for big groups.
- An island sink
You may want to add an additional sink to an island if you cook a lot of fresh vegetables. By adding a prep sink to your island, you can always have a clean space to wash and prep your vegetables without having to worry about maneuvering around dishes or other items in your main sink.
- Ice Machine
Larger families are always running out of ice. The installation of a small ice machine can solve your frozen water problems without having to turn to ice trays or running to the local convenience store for a bag of ice. The convenience of an ice machine is a luxury than many larger families enjoy in their kitchens.
- Extra Freezer Space
Many busy moms cook a lot of freezer ready foods including casseroles and ready to heat meals. Other families deep freeze meats and other foods that they buy in bulk for cost savings reasons. If your freezer is constantly packed to capacity, you may consider adding additional freezer space to your new kitchen. The convenience of additional sub-zero drawers can provide you with energy efficient convenience.
- Is an Island Necessary?
If you don’t do a lot of cooking and see your kitchen as more of a show space, you may not need an island at all. Many people choose to forego the inclusion of an island in their kitchens and opt for a more open floor plan. This is especially attractive in smaller or narrower spaces.
Let the Professionals Help You Make Decisions
Once you have a clear vision for your new kitchen, sit down with a professional you trust and let them help guide you through the kitchen renovation process. The experienced technicians here have more than 10,000 combined hours of experience with projects just like yours. We can give you advice on where to place your dishwasher or how to arrange your new kitchen to maximize its functionality and minimize your costs. We will also guarantee that all of the work will be done correctly from the rearrangement of pipes to the connection of water lines.