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Kitchen Remodeling & Design

Jun 13, 2014 | Kitchen

Home Improvements That Increase Value, Add Function and Beauty

The most sought-after home remodel today is the kitchen renovation.  Many homeowners are deciding to remodel and remain in their present homes. The space that they desire to update first, for function and feel, is the kitchen.  The following are some of the trends for current kitchen remodeling.


Neutral cabinet colors, such as white and gray, are very popular to offer a monochromatic palette or as a backdrop for splashes of color.  Glass doors in cabinets showcase colorful dishware or neutral walls allow the artwork to pop!  You can’t go wrong with white cabinets, they never go out of season, but gray tones are now bringing in a close second for homeowners choice.  When choosing a neutral cabinet many have chosen to coordinate the island with stained wood or a contrasting color.   To maximize function and space cabinet manufacturers, like Durasupreme, offer great functional and organizational inserts, such as spice racks, pot drawer, dish drawers, cooler drawers, bread warmers etc…


Counter Top & Back-splash

Countertops and backsplash are the crowning jewels for the kitchen cabinet.  Many homeowners who are interested in a monochromatic theme will jazz up the kitchen with a colorful tile back-splash.  Or keeping the neutral color scheme they add interest and texture by choosing glass, stone and ceramic for the back-splash to compliment the countertop.  Granite is still the most popular choice for counters, but the engineered stone has been climbing and we see as a close second.  Choosing a darker top with a lighter cabinet offers a dramatic look, where a lighter color top and back-splash continues to offer light reflection and a sense of spaciousness.  Subway tile is often chosen for a contemporary design due to its simplistic smooth look and feel.


Sinks, Faucets & Floors

Necessary items for every kitchen plan are the sinks and faucets.  According to information from interior designers, it appears the “farmhouse sink” is back in style.  This old-fashioned sink used by our great grandmothers in the family farmhouse allowed for large pot filling, washing of vegetables, clothing, and babies.  Another name the industry uses is “apron sink”.  These functional and spacious sinks can be fabricated in stainless steel, enamel-coated cast iron, solid surfaces, and copper to name a few materials and are over-sized, 29″ to 48″ wide x 9″ to 14″ deep, whereby the average kitchen sink measures 30″ wide x 8″ to 10″ deep.

The decision on what faucet to pair with your kitchen sink depends on use and style.  One of the most popular choices is the gooseneck faucet.  These faucets are raised higher than standard faucets and can come in a variety of finishes.  The gooseneck faucet can be purchased with single or double hot and cold handles, as well as, the touchless variety, now on the market.  These faucets are very practical with the farm sink, offering a deep sink and a raised faucet and allowing room for large pots and platters to be easily cleaned and minimize over-splash onto the cabinet below.

The beauty of choice is evident in the kitchen remodeling arena.  So many styles and finishes to meet your needs and desires.  You can hire a kitchen designer or choose a construction firm that has designers on staff in the showroom.  Many will be able to offer a computer layout of your desired kitchen in digital form so that you can make an informed decision and take the first step to enjoy the kitchen of your dreams.