Planning a Kitchen

Kitchens are where memories are made because so much happens in the kitchen: couples laugh, children learn, and families catch up. This is the most important room in the home. Enhancing your kitchen is an investment in your home and your life. Your kitchen adds style and convenience to your life and value to your home. As experts, we will help you get starting in making your kitchen a dream.

1. Determine Your Kitchen Size

Consider the size of your kitchen. What is the square footage of your kitchen? This typically the easiest answer when you are leaving your kitchen the same size. However, it is possible to change the size of your kitchen when you have walls that separate the kitchen from other rooms. If you need to remove walls to create a desirable open concept, consider how much room will you like to add to the kitchen to expand it. When thinking about size think about your need now and in the future.

2. Plan Your Layout

Before buying any cabinetry, consider the layout of your kitchen. Will the existing footprint work or will you create a new layout? If keeping the existing footprint, it may be possible to keep the existing flooring and may reduce the renovation time frame. Using the existing layout can still give you a new kitchen style and improved functionality.

When creating a new layout, work within the size of the kitchen to maximize the space and functionality. Consider adding an island in the center or reshaping the length of the kitchen to expand countertop and storage space.

Furthermore, think about the location of your sink, refrigerator and stove/cooktop. Apply the kitchen triangle rule for efficiency. The kitchen triangle is an imaginary straight line drawn from the center of the sink, to the center of the cooktop, to the center of the refrigerator and finally back to the sink.

3. Select a Color Scheme

This is one of the most exciting parts of building a kitchen. When thinking about colors, think about cabinets, countertop, backsplash, flooring, and fixtures. Try mixing light colors with dark colors or dark colors with hints of light colors. Preferably mix and match rather than use only lights or only darks. Also, consider the amount of lighting in a kitchen. If the kitchen lacks lighting, consider using light cabinets to brighten the room.

Furthermore, think about the backsplash and countertop of opportunities to add a personal statement and touch. Consider the design of the backsplash and color/pattern of the countertop. There are limitless combinations you can create!

4. Play with the Appliances

All appliances should match in color and brand. Remember to use the triangle or square method as in the selected layout. Consider the size of the refrigerator as in coordination with the cabinetry layout. When deciding on a stove, determine whether it will be a cooktop or range in accordance with your kitchen layout. This is the opportunity to consider additional appliances such as a wine cooler or an ice maker.

5. Decorate with Flooring

Think about type of flooring first: hardwood, ceramic, or marble. Follow the color scheme of the kitchen. Consider the layout of the flooring and laid scheme. A simple flooring style can change drastically by laying it a different pattern. Consider the pattern as compared to the backsplash so it does not contrast drastically.

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