The statement, "the devil is in the details," is rarely more true than when applied to a home improvement project. Oftentimes, the clients that we work with have no problem envisioning the big picture improvements that they would like to see in their home. However, when it comes down to the finishing touches, homeowners often need help narrowing down the options. With that in mind, here is our list of important finishing considerations to made when completing a kitchen renovation:
Cabinets: Because cabinets are at eye level, they are one of the most visible components of your kitchen. The majority of homeowners will opt for wood cabinets for both functionality and aesthetics. Look for light-colored cabinetry to keep your space open and bright
Countertops: Countertops will serve as one of your kitchen's key functional elements. As such, the material matters! We recommend Cambria countertops for their durability or granite countertops for their natural look. Alternative materials to consider include stainless steel, wood, or butcher block.
Backsplash: A kitchen backsplash can create a compelling focal point for your room and should be considered in the space's overall design. Choose a backsplash color that contrasts with the countertops but still serves to tie the room together. While tile is the most common choice, we do recommend selecting a high quality tile that will stand the test of time.
Flooring: Your kitchen flooring will literally be the basis of your space. A multitude of options are available including tile or one of several varieties of wood, such as oak, maple, or birch. Our personal favorite is the step warm floor. Keep in mind that flooring and cabinets do not need to match!
Windows: Windows are often overlooked or disregarded because of lack of budget, lack of consideration, or both. However, windows should be replaced as a home renovation is being completed. We recommend Marvin windows.
Trim & Doors: Trim and doors are another frequently overlooked area. In many cases a kitchen renovation will call for new trim including both the base and case. While trim color can match, it certainly doesn't need to match cabinets or flooring.
Lighting: Take the time during your kitchen renovation to address lighting concerns. Most rooms in older homes are under lit. With this in mind, consider installing or adding new lights.
Accessories & Appliances: When designing your kitchen, don't forget to include storage and organization options. Hardware and appliances will also need to be considered. Kitchen cabinet hardware will impact the aesthetic and style of your room. If you are not replacing your appliances, it will be important to make sure that your new space is designed to accommodate existing appliances in regards to space, electrical, gas, and water lines.