10 Essential Things to Consider When Renovating Your Kitchen

newark-kitchen-remodelRenovating your kitchen will not only add ease to your lifestyle, it will also add value to your home. Your kitchen is where you do almost everything like cook, dine, socialize, work, and play. It is reasonable to say, your kitchen is where you live that is why before renovating, make sure to really think about what you need, what you want, and how much you are willing to spend. A new faucet, a fresh dinnerware set, or window treatments can change the feel of your kitchen in a big way. But if you are looking for a major renovation, here are ten essential kitchen remodelling tips to consider.

 

  1. Using quality materials especially when it comes to drawer slides and hinges to ensure your cabinet doors stays closed and your drawers don’t stick. Also, steer away from drawers that are made from particle boards and are only stapled together because they tend to change form when exposed to extreme heat or moisture. Cabinet interiors should be wood veneer instead of melamine, laminate, MDF or particle board because they are more durable.
  1. Ascertain cabinet heights to match your ceilings. Cabinets should go to the ceiling to maximise storage space leaving you extra wall space to hang artwork or open shelves. But leave 15 to 18 inches above your ceiling if it is higher than eight feet, because it is impractical to keep things in places you cannot even reach.

 

  1. Would you rather paint or stain your cabinets? Keep in mind that while stained-wood cabinetry looks more natural, it dates quickly and finishes could not be easily altered. Brush-painted cabinets on the other hand, can be versatile and will last longer too.

 

  1. Create a sophisticated look in your kitchen. There a number of materials to choose from that would add class and elegance to your kitchen such as white Carrara marble either honed or acid washed and sealed, stained wood, honed Kirkstone slate, soapstone and Wiarton limestone, among others.

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  1. Placing a bulky cube in the middle of your kitchen does not always work. Install an island that have an open, airy look, it should not be unencumbered by appliances, although if you want it to hold a dishwasher-sink combo or maybe a cooktop, try to maintain the light look of a harvest table.

 

  1. Details should not be overdone. Tone down on accents like plastic mouldings and cabinet fronts. Keep in mind that the design of your kitchen should be compatible with the rest of your home.

 

  1. Try to steer clear from natural surfaces like slate, terra-cotta, brick and tumbled marble because they are more difficult to clean. Go for smooth surfaces in light colours like white laminate counters or ceramic floors because they are easy to clean. And while stainless steel is everybody’s favourite, keeping it smudge-free is a bit of a nightmare.

 

  1. Sticking to basic appliances instead of a separate wall oven and a cooktop and other gadgets, like a commercial-quality stainless-steel range is a sound choice since it will take up less space will make an interesting focal point.

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  1. Incorporating an adjacent dining room is a clever idea. And if you include appropriate lighting and furniture in your renovation, it will let you adapt to the atmosphere of the rest of the house to suit any occasion.

 

  1. Let your new kitchen be a reflection of you, not a showroom. Add something that reflects your personality. An artwork for example which were done by the kids would be an eye catching relief from all the kitchen essentials around.