There are many things to consider as you start thinking about a Kitchen Remodel. Here’s a Quick Reference Guide so you don’t end up with a Kitchen Design You May End Up Regretting
Forgetting about Functionality
Functionality should be at the forefront of your kitchen design. The kitchen work triangle is definitely something you want to keep in mind as you plan. This triangle is defined as the busiest areas in the kitchen including the sink, stove, and refrigerator. You want to make sure these key appliances are in an efficient location that are relevant to one another and not floating off in space.
Installing the Microwave Above the Stove
While this has been a standard practice for many years, it’s on the way out. Homeowners prefer a nice looking vent hood over the cooktop and keeping access to the entire family has become more important. Think about moving the micro to an appliance nook, or built into a cabinet.
Large pot racks over the Kitchen Island has been a long time Kitchen Design trend which is also on its way out. Homeowners prefer to have their pots and pans neatly concealed in drawers.
Dismissing The Future
Trends and personal preferences have the tendency to throw us off our game and influence us to make decisions based off of what’s hot at the present moment. It’s highly recommended you design with the future in mind and not let yourself be swayed by what you loved years ago.
Oftentimes, homeowners forget to keep in mind that designing a new kitchen is an upgrade. It’s an investment and necessary to keep up with the times so that you can sell your house one day, and hopefully, make some or all of your money back.
Selecting Appliances Last
Appliances don’t necessarily make the kitchen, but they’re one of the most important aspects of your space. They’re a critical part of the design because they need to look nice and fit with your family and lifestyle.
You may initially think that choosing your appliances is something you want to save for last, however, it should be done the other way around. Your cabinet maker will need the dimensions before starting. That way you know everything will fit properly.
The Farmhouse Sink
Also a fading trend, you rarely see a Farmhouse sinks installed in new renovation projects. Single Basin, stainless sinks are practical and in style.
Gone are the Faux finished walls. Simple is better. Go with fresh paint in bold or neutral tones – even a clean wallpaper design can be great.
Skimping on Storage
The longer you live in your home, the more stuff you’ll accumulate. Skimping on small add-ons and storage features can be a big mistake.
Gone are the days of faux cabinet fronts. Nowadays, homeowners are using every nook and cranny possible for storage.
The details are where the magic happens, while clean simple lines are the right way to go, having something that pops with color & a special design element will make the difference and a custom backsplash can the perfect way to incorporate those details.
Lighting is one of the most important elements of both form and function and no place to get skimpy. You can never have too much light in a Kitchen, add dimmers so you can set the mood, or brighten dark corners.
Minimal backsplashes are out and for good reason, they make the Kitchen look low grade and cooking splatters will mark the wall. Full Backsplashes from counter top to Upper Cabinet looks better and is easier to keep clean.
Homeowners want solid surface countertops not only for a great look but also for practical purposes. Tile with grout is a nightmare to keep clean. Ceasar Stone, Quartz, Granite, and Marble are the trend and preferred counter materials.
If you’re thinking about remodeling your home to sell, give us a call before you start.
Call Cathi at (760) 218 – 5752 or Email her at Cathi@DesertAreaHomeFinder.com. They will be happy to do a consultation with you to help identify your best investment for return.