Tips to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of almost every home   it is used for entertaining, for cooking and eating, and to gather for homework or to chat about the day’s activities. Families and loved ones spend a great deal of time together in the kitchen.


Renovating a kitchen can be a plus for many reasons, including:

  • Immediately improving the home owner’s quality of life
  • Increasing market value and interest for future buyers, and
  • Making the home more energy efficient and thus lowering future utility bills

Hire a Design Professional for Your Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel is no small undertaking. If the layout and features are designed and implemented incorrectly, it can have an adverse effect on your satisfaction as well as property value.
In order to get the most out of the project, it’s important to enlist the help of a design professional so that you’re spending resources where they are most important. Having a professional who is a respected designer/contractor or works closely with a contractor is very important in ensuring your kitchen remodeling is a success. To achieve maximum satisfaction with your project, you should bring experienced professionals on-board starting at the design phase and continuing until the kitchen is finished.

What you’ll find out when renovating a kitchen is that unexpected obstacles and changes to the original plan will eventually crop up. This is why consulting a professional is so important. 3D software and renderings can give you a better view of how the finished kitchen will look and it allows instant changes to the design, materials, construction, etc.

Some people may not be thrilled to add the overhead of an architect and a general contractor, but it’s an investment that has proven time and again to save thousands of dollars  as well as headaches – on the project overall.

Some people may not be thrilled to add the overhead of an architect and a general contractor, but it’s an investment that has proven time and again to save thousands of dollars   as well as headaches – on the project overall.

Do Your Homework

In order to get the most out of your new kitchen, it’s important to start with the old one first. What this means is having blueprints and renderings created for the existing layout, everything from cabinet and countertop placement to plumbing, electrical, door and window placement. Knowing what you’re currently working with can help an architect create a new layout that is most cost-effective and will help in determining if walls (internal or external) need to be removed or entertaining in kitchen

The next step in a dream kitchen is to know what you want.

  • Are you doing the remodel to create more space or to just give an outdated area a facelift?
  • Do you spend a lot of time cooking?
  • Do you entertain frequently or host holiday gatherings?
  • Do you have kids which will necessitate durable and easy-to-clean features?


Once you know what you want, the architect can help create a wish list that includes your must haves all the way down to the would be nice features.

Create Zones

Kitchens are perhaps the most difficult room in the house to configure because they require implementing both functionality and style. The best plan of attack in designing a kitchen is to make sure the necessary zones are accounted for.

What this means is that dish and food storage, garbage and recycling, cooking, food prep, entertaining, and dining should all be taken into consideration when remodeling a kitchen.

Allow For Walkways

A cramped kitchen is an instant turnoff to guests and potential buyers and it leads to nothing but frustration for the homeowner. Don’t underestimate how much convenience wider walkways add to a kitchen renovation, even if it means sacrificing countertop width or requires opening up a floor plan.

Standard kitchen walkways should be at least 36  wide while areas within the cooking zone should have a minimum 42″  of separation.

Create a Focal Point and Design Around

iaagihcgA very important factor in kitchen design is a focal point. This can be a feature wall or a hood and backsplash behind a stove. Oftentimes it’s a breakfast bar or a center island. Find your focal point and direct attention there while designing the flow of the kitchen around that spot.




Use Lighting to Your Advantage

One often overlooked feature in a kitchen remodel is the lighting. You must be able to see your new, beautiful kitchen in the proper light when it is complete, as well as direct the right amount of light to cooking and eating areas. Some examples include:lighting kitchen remodel

  • Task lights – they are necessary for prepping food, seeing into a pantry closet or creating a workspace
  • Ambient lighting – helps set a mood which is great for entertaining and decoration
  • Accent lighting – creates depth in the kitchen and can be used to illuminate the room at night with cabinet track lighting or recessed fixtures
  • Decorative lighting – increases design and allure


Force Traffic in the Proper Direction

A kitchen design should always consider the flow of traffic. You don’t want a hot stovetop right in the main walkway, of course! Access to cabinets and the refrigerator should not be blocked by corners or an island. A breakfast bar or dining room table on the opposite side of the room will draw people out of the area.

Ultimately a designer can help create the perfect layout for your kitchen needs.

Will You Use an Island?

Islands are a nice addition and provide extra room to work as well as versatility in a kitchen. But will you really use it? If an island is likely going to be used as more of a storage countertop rather than a functional piece, it should be axed in favor of exposing more of the floor and creating a larger kitchen area.

However, if you have plenty of space and know that you will use the island to prepare meals, feed your family, or entertain guests, then by all means add it!

Countertop Materials

Countertops are one of the standout features of your kitchen so don’t take choosing them lightly! It can also be fun picking them out with all of the stylish materials and colors that are available.

island kitchen remodelYou want the countertop to match the rest of your kitchen’s style and functionality. There are numerous materials to choose from, and some cost reasonably more than others. Just make sure to explore what each material offers compared to the rest, as well as the difference in price. Here are a handful of choices:

  • Granite
  • Laminate
  • Marble
  • Soapstone
  • Stainless Steel
  • Wood
  • Ceramic Tile
  • Quartz

Flooring Choices for Your Remodel

Just like with countertops, there are many materials, colors and styles to choose from for the flooring in your kitchen. All flooring options have different levels of durability and cost.

Ceramic tile is a popular choice for many homeowners. It is durable and can handle leaks and spills. It is also a very hard material which can be stressful on the body when standing on it for long periods of time.

Hardwood floors are another option. There’s no doubt that few materials match the warm and inviting look of hardwood which also blends naturally with almost every type of design style. That being said, hardwood floors can be prone to scratches and gouges and damage by water. On a positive note, they can blend continuously with existing hardwood flooring in connecting rooms for an elegant, seamless look.

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Larger families, busy homes, or houses with multiple pets may want a less expensive material that is durable and not expensive to replace. Laminate, cork, and vinyl flooring are great options. Design for these products has come a long way in recent years  — laminate and vinyl patterns actually can look like real wood and tile, without the cost of the real thing!

Installing New Appliances

Every kitchen needs a refrigerator. Every kitchen needs a sink, stove, and so forth. When choosing the appliances for your kitchen remodel, keep in mind color, energy efficiency, and functionality.

Stainless steel appliances seem to be all the rage lately and may be a great way to boost the value of your remodel. However, black and white appliances are less expensive which makes them budget-friendly, and you may prefer those colors anyway.

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Low-energy microwaves and low-flow dishwashers and sink fixtures help increase energy efficiency. Any Energy-Star certified appliance will reduce your energy costs. Saving money is always a plus!

Do you need a refrigerator with a water dispenser and ice cube maker? It’s fun to think about a fridge and other appliances with all the bells and whistles, but just be sure that the marked-up costs for these extras are worth it.

Take Storage Into Account

While it can be tempting to focus on the ‘fun’ stuff in a kitchen, don’t forget the ‘fun’-ctional stuff. This includes dedicated zones for storage whether that be a pantry, corner cupboards, island, etc. Having to walk from room to room to gather pots, pans, food, and supplies eliminates the efficiency of a new kitchen.

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Hopefully your found these tips for making your kitchen remodel a successful endeavor helpful and thought-provoking. There is plenty to think about and many decisions to be made when remodeling the heart of your home!

Gavin Design-Build would like to help you plan, design, and implement your new kitchen space. We have 20 years experience working with customers like you to fulfill their dreams of the perfect kitchen. Let us do the same for you. Call us at (610).353.8890 at to get you started on the road to your beautiful, new kitchen.


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