Friday, 12 February 2016

How to Plan for a Kitchen Remodeling

Deciding to remodel your kitchen is one of the best investments you can make. The kitchen is where people spend most of their waking hours while at home. It is where they cook, eat, and gather with the family.

It is also where they talk and share ideas about the latest trends and fashions. Consequently, it is not surprising that the kitchen would be on the top of the list of home improvement projects. Having an up to date, modern kitchen, allows people not only to function better with new cabinets and appliances, but also enables them to feel that they are indeed living in modern society.

Kitchen remodeling however can be a very messy and disruptive home improvement project. And the length of the disruption can take as long as a month or more, even when well planned out.

To mitigate the disruption of a kitchen renovation project, planning is absolutely essential. The first item to consider is whether you will do it yourself, or hire a general contractor. Regardless of what route, a homeowner needs to first sketch out some kitchen remodeling ideas to ensure the kitchen design and costs will meet their targeted functional requirements and budget. If a general contractor is to be hired these initial sketches will be helpful in communicating your kitchen remodeling plans and ideas.

During the planning phase, the homeowner should identify the main objectives of the future kitchen. They should research the latest products on the market including: cabinets, countertops, appliances, and flooring. If the kitchen is more than 5 years old, there are a lot of new products to choose from.  For example, Silestone is quickly surpassing Granite and Corian, as the premier countertop surface as it is extremely hard, elegant in appearance, and comes in many colors.  For cabinets, the trend appears to be towards lighter colors as they help the appearance of lightening and enlarging a room. In regards to appliances, the Stainless Steel look appears to be in. And for flooring, vinyl or wood is the trend. Tile looks nice, however, it can be unforgiving in a room where things tend to get dropped. In addition, if there is no radiant heating planned for the floor, tile has the tendency to feel cold on the feet.

It is also important to consider any structural changes to the existing kitchen area. Is a new kitchen island desired, or will walls or doorways need to be moved or installed?

When developing your kitchen remodeling plan, it is important to note that professional kitchen designers like to think of a triangle when starting a new kitchen design. The three points of the triangle include the Sink, Refrigerator, and Stove. Make sure your sketches consider this, as it will ensure a good functional kitchen. Also, consider adequate walking areas and space for an eating area, such as a table or center island, with applicable space included for chairs. I would suggest that the walking areas be wide enough for two people to walk through at the same time.

The sketches should also include dimensions, as these will be needed when meeting with the general contractor or kitchen designer. Finally, consider where the existing outlets and power for the stove are, and assess if additional outlets will be needed or old outlets relocated.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Simple Custom Kitchen Cabinets

Your kitchen is easily one of the most visited rooms in your home; it greets the most visitors, makes the most coffee, fixes all of your meals and sees an awful lot of thoroughfare in general. Some people choose to dine and snack there, it can also be a great place to study and relax too. Previously, the kitchen was a room that was reserved solely for the purposes of food preparation but today, it's becoming a multifunctional utility room and it's no wonder that many people are feeling the need to renovate their space into a quality kitchen. Kitchen renovation is no easy task though, it takes planning, designing, craftsmanship and skill to complete, especially as almost every kitchen is a custom kitchen.

If you're ready to take the plunge and are ready to start making some serious kitchen renovations then consider which aspects are most important to you. The most commonly used fixture in a kitchen will be the cupboards and cabinets. Not only will these areas house your cooking ingredients and kitchen utensils but they will also be an incredibly dominant design feature. This requires a great deal of thought in it's own right; do you want smooth, metal fascias? Or solid, hardwood fronts? Whichever you choose, it should pair nicely with the second most important feature: the worktop.

Kitchen designs are forever changing and no two kitchens are the same. If you want to enjoy a quality kitchen, then you should consult a professional company who specialize in tailor making specialist, custom kitchen designs. From the first consultation, skilled kitchen designers will try to design an ergonomic, attractive and modern kitchen that suits your style and budget. Custom kitchens come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles and having a professional at the helm is a key ingredient to any successful kitchen renovation project; especially as each cupboard and cabinet, worktop and fixture is specially designed to fit your kitchen. Quality kitchen companies employ the best tradesmen, including designers, carpenters and CNC machine specialists to make sure that your dream becomes a reality and that everything fits together perfectly.

On top of all of this, many quality kitchen renovation companies will provide you with a vast choice of fixtures and fixings which will provide your kitchen with an elegant and cutting edge finish.

After you've agreed on a design and it's in production, all you have to do is wait until the day comes for installation and the kitchen renovation can truly begin. Most quality kitchen renovation services will offer a comprehensive installation package which promises to keep your upgrade as hassle free as possible. In fact, in the unlikely event that a cabinet hasn't been built to the exact specification, many companies will adjust and alter it on site or return it to their workshop for no additional cost.

So, why wait any longer? Designing and building a quality kitchen can be as simple as that. All you need to have in your mind is a vision. Leave the design and finish to the professionals and save yourself time, money and a headache. A new kitchen will bring a new lease of life to your household, as well as add value to your property.