Kitchen Remodeling Services
Remodeling your kitchen can seem like a tall task. There is a lot to think about and a lot that could go wrong. Luckily, Restore Remodel Renew is here to help you get that brand new kitchen you’ve always wanted. Our kitchen remodeling services are thorough and effective, with your needs and plans in mind.
Today we’ll be running through all the dos and don’ts of remodeling your kitchen. Setting goals and knowing your budget are all part of the process. Restore Remodel Renew will be right by your side to help you on your mission of creating the home you desire!
Planning a Kitchen Remodel
One of the very first steps of remodeling a kitchen is to make a set plan. Since your kitchen is a reflection of your lifestyle and yourself, it’s important to know what you want. It is important to set some goals right off the bat. Think carefully about what you’d like to get out of your kitchen and how you are using it right now.
If you think this is all overwhelming, don’t worry, we’ll be right by your side every step of the way. Our kitchen remodeling services are here to make the process smooth and effective. By following these effective steps we’ve laid out, you’ll have your brand new kitchen in no time.
Think About the Budget
Setting up the budget for your kitchen remodel is one of the most important aspects of the process. However, it is much more than just throwing out a random number, it takes a plan and some research. Take your time and make a list of all your desired items to make your dream kitchen.
Looking at magazines, checking out showrooms, and watching trade shows can all be great sources of inspiration. After you’ve made a planned out list (with prices), we’ll introduce you to a designer that fits your vision. It’s also important to be somewhat flexible with your budget, don’t forget about unforeseen circumstances like dry rot or plumbing.
Designing your Desired Layout
Having a great looking kitchen is amazing but it needs to be able to function properly and efficiently as well. Bring your dream kitchen to life with popular layouts, fixture trends, and kitchen design ideas. Depending on the family member, each person may want different features.
If you have a professional chef in the family, they’ll want quality appliances and enough counter space. The party planner will probably want warming drawers and maybe even a wine cooler. You may want a large storage space and room for your family overall. Whatever the case may be, it’s important to know what you want and where you want it.
A Closer Look at Kitchen Spaces
New kitchens are typically designed for activities and work zones instead of for the appliances. The reason for this is we want the kitchen to be a comfy space for gatherings, while still working effectively. Your kitchen should be more than just a kitchen for cooking, there is always more potential.
Here’s a look at some of the common work zones your kitchen will include:
- Dishes – A space for dishes, cutlery, glasses, and everything needed to enjoy a meal
- Foods – A place to store all your food items; including frozen and refrigerated foods, and non-perishables
- Food Preparation – This area is the go-to place for cooking, it should have easy access to knives, smaller appliances, cutting boards, and other cooking equipment
- Cleaning – An area dedicated to waste management, this includes recycling bins and the trash cans (along with other cleaning supplies)
- Cooking – Your go-to place for pots, bakeware, pans, and other cooking equipment
- Island or Peninsula – Always a good place to have cocktails or an entertainment area with the family
- Dining Area – A place to eat and chat with your family and friends over a meal
- Working Space – While many kitchens don’t have this feature, it may be a good idea to have a workstation or touch-screen computer
The style of your kitchen is extremely important. This depends on your home and your personality when it comes to cooking or eating. Many different styles can complement your home very well. Whether you like the Country Farmhouse style, a more modern style, or a coastal style, it all depends on your taste and vision. Make sure to keep that vision in mind when you are putting your initial list together.
Choosing Materials for Your Kitchen Remodeling
Choosing the right materials can make all the difference in the long run. It’s important to stick to your vision and choose materials that will fit the goals of your remodeling kitchen. Let’s break down some of the key components when it comes to picking the materials.
Durability is another important factor to think about when remodeling. The simpler floor titles are divided into light-duty, medium-duty, heavy-duty, and commercial. They are each used for different aspects of the house. Many of these tiles are rated on glaze hardness (resistance to scuffing/abrasion).
Light and medium duty materials are typically used for bathroom floors. Heavy-duty materials are used for kitchens and family rooms. When it comes to the tests, it is important to have materials that will stand the test of time, especially for entry floors and kitchen counters.
- Slip Resistance: Interior floors, showers, and patios should all be safe to walk on. Unglazed, textured tiles are preferred for traction and walking.
- Stain Resistance: kitchen counters, bathrooms, and kitchen floors, fireplace faces, and patios are all vulnerable to stains. Sturdy glazed tiles are best for easily removing stains.
- Freeze-Thaw Stability: Tiles used in cold climates must be able to withstand the pressure of seasonal temperature fluctuations affecting the tile. ‘Virtuous’ and ‘impervious’ tiles are best for erratic weather patterns.
One of the most important aspects of tiles is how easily they can absorb water. Let’s take a look at some of the different moisture-absorbing tiles for your remodeling kitchen.
- High-temperature fired tiles are denser, which make them watertight and stain-resistant.
- Watertight tiles are made from porcelain (absorbing less than .05% of moisture)
- ‘Virtuous’ tiles tend to absorb 0.5 to 3% of moisture
- ‘Semi-vitreous’ tiles absorb 3 to 7% of moisture
- Soft-bodied, ‘non-vitreous’ tiles absorb 7% or more moisture. These include art tiles, glazed wall tiles, and terra-cotta
Cabinets can easily be overlooked but they are just as important as the other elements. We’ll help you along the way to ensure you get the most out of your kitchen size and floor plan. When picking out cabinets, color can be key. Bamboo, Sapele, mahogany, and Anglade are all popular options.
Hardware is also an essential part of kitchen cabinets. Fully adjustable doors are a must, this allows you to adjust the gaps so they are all aligned. Additionally, recessed bottoms can be very useful for hiding under-cabinet light fixtures. Pie-corner base cabinets and Lazy Susan spinners are also great for utilizing space.
The moment you’ve been waiting for, your kitchen countertops. The countertop can take a kitchen to the next level, aesthetically and in a functional sense as well. Here are a number of options to pick from (keep in mind how your kitchen will function and look):
- Laminates – A plastic-coated surface that comes in a range of colors. It also comes with surfaces that look like granite. Great for lower budgets and quicker remodels
- Granite – Granite is one of the most popular options on the market today. It comes in a number of patterns, thickness, and colors
- Ceramic tiles – Ceramic tiles can be found on the ground, on the walls, and on the countertops as well. Keep in mind that ceramic can crack and may require grouting
- Concrete – Concrete countertops are durable and can be dyed into any color you’d like. They are available for onsite casting or off-site casting
- Engineered stone – Quartz surfaces that come in a multitude of colors (more than granite). They are also scratch and stain resistant
- Stainless steel – This adds a hint of modern to your kitchen. It looks sleek and can easily be clean with soap and water. However, keep in mind that steel can scratch and dent over time; it is also rather costly.
Appliances are another very important aspect of a remodeling kitchen. They need to function well and fit your style as well. Here’s a couple of things to keep in mind.
- Refrigerators and Freezers – Whether you choose a freestanding model or a counter-depth refrigerator, it comes down to the compressor. Compressors help keep the food cold and fresh. Single-compressors work harder to keep the food fresh, while dual-compressors are more expensive but keep food fresh for longer
- Ovens – High-performing convection ovens are fast and efficient (more than traditional ovens). Bakers are good for the traditional roasting, baking, or broiling
- Dishwashers – Dishwashers with doors that pull from the top down are the most common type in today’s kitchen culture. Stainless steel is also preferred
- Sinks – Make sure to pick a sink that accommodates the cabinets underneath. Don’t sleep on sinks, keep in mind that sinks are usually installed before countertops
- Microwaves – They aren’t always necessary and can take up a lot of space. Consider buying a convection microwave that doubles as a fast-speed oven. Microwave drawers can also be handy in this regard.
- Range hoods – Bigger cooktops need a ventilation system to move exhaust out of the kitchen. Pick out hoods that have enough CFMs for your cooktop. A ventilation system performing at 400 CFMs is a good rule of thumb for typical four-burner electric surfaces
Optimizing Kitchen Storage
During kitchen remodeling services, it is important to choose the right cabinets while optimizing storage space. It’s important to know beforehand how much storage space you will actually need. So how exactly do you determine how much space you need?
First, you will want to clear out all the cabinets and drawers. Arrange everything into their respective ‘zones’, for example: consumables, cooking, non-consumables, and so on. After everything has been laid out, you can get a pretty good idea of how much space you’ll need.
Consider who will be using the kitchen and think about their characteristics (height, left-handed or right-handed, size of family, etc.). Think about the food items in your home, do you have a lot of dry goods or do you need space for perishable foods? Think about how you are currently storing your food items and take it from there.
Let Us Help you With Your Dream Kitchen
The final step in carrying out your plans for the kitchen you want in your home is easy: hire a trusted remodeling contractor! This is where our wonderful Restore Remodel Renew team comes in. We’ll be by your side the entire time to answer your questions.
Don’t stress over the details of creating the kitchen of your dreams. Our team is here to assist you in accomplishing your goals! Let us help you with our trusted and effective kitchen remodeling service today. Contact us to learn more about our services and resources. We look forward to helping you out!