One of the coolest things about a home is its ability to reflect the owner’s personal style. Many homeowners take a remodel as an opportunity to transform (or reinvent) their space. From cabinets to countertops and flooring, these details work together to improve both the aesthetic and functionality.
Because kitchens are used in a variety of ways, it’s important to create a space built around workflow. The decor should complement your home’s architectural style while setting the scene for future gatherings. Here are the nine factors to consider when remodeling kitchen. Aligning these goals with your design will ensure your project runs smoothly as possible.
As one, if not the most utilized space in a home, every square foot is crucial. Having to account for the refrigerator, microwave, stove, oven and dishwasher, you’re already working with limited space as is. When redesigning your kitchen, ask yourself, “How much space can I comfortably add?” And generally, the size of your kitchen will determine potential layouts.
2. Existing Layout
Now that you’ve established how much space you’re working with, it’s time to assess the layout. If you’re avoiding demolition, you may be locked into (or limited by) your layout. But don’t worry, there are always ways to modify. As you develop your kitchen layout, you’ll want to ask yourself these three key questions:
- How do you move around the space on a daily basis?
- Are you able to move from the range to the sink easily?
- How does your kitchen accommodate multiple people?
Depending on the age of your home, you may come across some technical issues as you remodel. We highly recommend working with a professional team to make sure your kitchen can accommodate new installations. The best thing to do is keep a level head and be prepared for variables along the way. There may be structural problems you’ll have to work around — like crooked walls or uneven flooring.
As we mentioned, we all use kitchens a bit differently. Because of this, it’s wise to assess the level of durability you’ll require. If you’re a home chef, consider countertops like granite or quartz to withstand wear and tear of cooking. If you’re using the space more for entertaining purposes, you can explore other materials like marble or dekton.
The size and layout of your kitchen is one thing, storage is another. To keep countertops cleared, you’ll want to consider the type and volume of items you’re storing. For example, you may want to display your porcelain dishes on floating shelves. But, if you’re working with a lot of mix and match items (or colors), you might want to keep them tucked away to streamline the space. In addition to tableware, you’ll want to plan designated spots for utensils, cookware and pantry items.
6. Home Decor
As good as it is to design around functionality, adding your personal flair is never a crime. Keep the rest of your home in mind when establishing your kitchen’s decor. The goal is to create cohesion with your cabinetry and countertop choices. If you need help determining your design style, be sure and check out our other blog, “What Stone Countertop Are You?”
One of the smallest, most significant kitchen upgrades you can make is installing new fixtures. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes — and can transform the look of your space in minutes. For those of you on a budget, little improvements like these made over time can help you increase the value of your home.
You can create five Pinterest boards of kitchens, but at the end of the day, it’s about staying within budget. Making assessments early on prevents you from changing your mind on materials and finishes throughout the process. It’s quite similar to the grocery list concept. If you go into a project with a specific vision in mind, there’s less chance of overspending.
Different countertops have different levels of durability. It also depends on the activities you’ll be doing most often. For example, marble scratches easily but is heat resistant — while granite is heat and scratch resistant but requires sealing. For a full list of material pros and cons, click here. At the end of the day, it’s determining how much time and energy you’re willing to spend on maintenance.
If you’re planning a remodel and could use some help choosing countertops, reach out to us at (405) 387-2930. We hand select our materials from around the world and pride ourselves on our unique designs. To jumpstart your project, we invite you to check out our Instant Quote page!