Ken Golen Design knows that kitchen remodels can go in many different directions, which can be both a positive and a negative. There are multitudes of different trends in interior design floating around Weston and South Florida. Here are seven tips of ours to avoid an ugly kitchen and to make your remodel the best it can be:
Match Your Home’s Architectural Style
All homes are built in a certain architectural style, and it is important for the kitchen to match the rest of the house. A trendy, ultra-modern kitchen will look out-of-place in a victorian-styled house, for instance. Working alongside the rest of the house will also make your interior look more complete and not mismatched. Additionally, moving to a different style will cost you more money, as you will have to overhaul the entire kitchen. For the best-looking kitchen, matching it to the rest of the house is best.
Which Floor Type Should You Install?
Kitchen floors come in a wide range of styles and materials, most often hardwood, porcelain, linoleum, and cork. Each floor offers different pros and cons, and serves some people better than others. Hardwood has the most traditional looks, and is awarm and cheerful surface.
However, over time it tends to dent and scratch; it can also get quite expensive depending on the quality of flooring. Porcelain tiles are easy to clean up and quite durable, but can lack a homely feeling sometimes. Linoleum is low-cost and can match the comfort of wood, but in large kitchens linoleum’s seams can bevisible.
Finally, cork is cushiony with a nice varnish, but needs to be recoated every few years with polyurethane to keep its durability.
Keep Costs Down
When planning for a remodel, always keep the market and cost in mind. Balance your needs with your budget to decide if you want a high-, medium-, or low-end kitchen.
Costs can range on a very wide spectrum, from simple upgrades costing only a couple thousand dollars to expensive luxury appliances and materials costing over forty thousand. Additionally, if you are planning to resell your home soon, consider how much a kitchen remodel will increase your house’s valuation, and plan with that in mind as well.
Buy Similar-Looking Appliances
Just like a homeowner should match their kitchen’s style to the rest of the house, so should they match their appliances. Buying appliances from multiple brands will prevent your kitchen from looking ugly and mismatched. Positively, many manufacturershave started to sell low-priced matching sets of appliances, so even if you are strapped for cash, you will probably find great appliances for yourremodel.
Do Not Move Plumbing
Unless one absolutely has to, a homeowner should try their best to avoid moving the plumbing. Moving gas and water lines adds more time to the remodel, and also adds far greater expense, especially in older homes. It is far easier and more efficient for a homeowner to work with what they have instead of driving up the cost of their project moving the plumbing.
Island- or Not?
Many homeowners are choosing to install an island in their kitchens, but they are often not the best choice. They do offer many advantages- more storage, counter space, an extra eating area, and even room for a stovetop or sink depending on the island’s size. However, they usually need large kitchens to be any use in- the National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends minimum 42 inches clearance on all sides- in order to not crowd the kitchen. Homeowners should consider the pros cons before adding the popular addition.
Overall, when planning a remodel, there are tons of things in many different areas to consider. Let us help you make the best decision for your taste and your space. Contact Us Today!