The kitchen is one of the most important features of your home so when you’re thinking of giving it a facelift or undertaking a major renovation, just follow these five steps to help get you started.
Plan the layout for optimal function
Look at the space and try to envision what would make the most sense for you. Placement of the stove, fridge, and sink are very important as they will make your kitchen the most efficient and functional space. Traditional layouts that optimize the work triangle include: Galley kitchens, U-shaped, G-shaped, or L-shaped configurations with an island feature. We always suggest to our Clients to hit the web and social media sites to review designs, styles and layouts that they like. This allows us to get a starting point so we can then work with our Clients to zero in on what they like and of course what will work in their existing space.
Whether you want cabinets anchored above an island, or if you prefer an open concept design that allows more visibility for when you’re entertaining guests – these are all factors to consider when you’re selecting custom millwork cabinets. The wood species along with the door and drawer style, handle hardware style and the color and finish of the wood will also exude the theme of the kitchen. Whether it’s bold or subtle, the cabinetry in every kitchen is the most visible feature and should flow with the rest of the home design, style and decor so choose carefully.
Choose your countertops
There are many options available when it comes to countertops – not as much as tile mind you, but at times this selection can be overwhelming as well. Once you have an idea of the custom millwork cabinets you prefer, it’s time to look at countertop materials that match your style but more importantly, your price range. Depending on the product – whether it’s granite, quartz, marble, stainless steel, butcher block, concrete, or laminate – keep your budget in mind. This will help you narrow down the selection and focus on what options are more practical while maintaining the overall style and flow of your selections.
There is a general rule of thumb when selecting colours for your kitchen cabinetry and this includes the flooring selection AND consideration of your existing furniture wood colour as well. We’re going to share the longstanding secret with you right now: Keep 2 of the three major items matching in the same colour scheme. For example, the kitchen furniture and floor can match in the same colour scheme while the cabinetry is different, or the cabinetry and the floor can match in the same colour scheme while the furniture colour is different. You get the idea? By following this simple rule you will maintain the flow of your entire space and eliminate a choppy look. There are a large variety of products available from engineered wood, slate, tile, and cork to a site finish wood flooring. Consider the amount of space you have, whether you have children and/or pets, and if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Tile is very unforgiving on our bodies when you stand on it for a period of time and slate is also uneven unless it is honed. Slate and stone tiles need to be sealed so there is the added yearly maintenance factor on those as well. Whatever you choose for flooring should be practical to your lifestyle while keeping in mind that there will be wear and tear since this is a high traffic area with lots of potential spills and dropped items.
Creating the perfect ambiance within your kitchen will rest greatly on the type of lighting features you select. Lighting is one of the most important elements in a home and it is most often overlooked by the homeowner. With great lighting, there will be higher costs involved but this is an important investment and should not be overlooked. Don’t short yourself on the number of pot lights added to your kitchen ceiling and if pendant lighting fixtures at the island are too much of an additional cost, then add pot lights over the island as well. Under cabinet lighting is another major consideration in a kitchen renovation as it not only creates a different ambiance, but functionally it eliminates the dark areas or shadows at the perimeters of your kitchen counter space. Remember that the kitchen is the primary area of the home in determining a home’s resale value.
Renovating your kitchen is no small task as it requires a lot of planning and preparation in order to get it right. Just follow these steps and contact Prism Interiors in Calgary to ensure that you get the most out of your kitchen renovation.