Have you ever noticed that everyone always ends up in the kitchen during get togethers and parties? Then you may have also noticed that the kitchens in older homes tend to be cramped spaces.
A major remodel like, opening up a small kitchen, is a big project. A big project that can increase your home’s value if you’re planning on selling in the next couple of years. Or if it’s a new-to-you old home that you plan on spending the next 10 years in, a small kitchen makeover might be just what you need to give new life to an old space.
So what are some tips for opening up your small kitchen?
Most old kitchens are attached to a dining room, but separated by a wall. Removing the wall instantly opens up the space and now you can get creative.
Instead of a wall, now there’s an island in front of you. Maybe it even has one of those farmhouse sinks you always see on HGTV. Yes, the white one.
A kitchen island is great because it serves multiple purposes. An island adds counter space making it a great prep spot while cooking dinner.
An island that doubles as a kitchen bar means up to 6 extra seats at Thanksgiving. Now there’s a kids table, an in-law table, and your table.
Opening up a small kitchen is the perfect time to update cabinets and countertops. Like most materials you’ll be looking at while considering a major kitchen renovation, there seem to be endless options when it comes to new cabinets and countertops.
While planning your new kitchen you’ll learn that there are so many kitchen cabinetry options – how do you choose? Open or closed? Stock cabinets or custom?
Stock cabinets come in almost every color you can think of and there’s something to fit every style you can imagine. Of course you can accomplish this with custom cabinets as well. Plan on a more expensive kitchen remodel if you decide on custom cabinets.
If you think choosing cabinets is hard. Wait until you get to the countertops. Marble, quartz, concrete, wood.
You have more options than time to sift through them all. Here are a few things to think about when it comes to choosing.
• Concrete and wooden countertops are likely to show more character over time.
• Granite, marble, and quartz will hold up longer and offer a clean, modern look.
• Stainless steel is the perfect option for those looking for an industrial feel.
Your kitchen floor is a high traffic area so choose your flooring accordingly. Choosing the right flooring for your kitchen remodel will come down to two main points. Price and durability.
• Stone or tile flooring comes in an assortment of colors for both the main floor and borders.
• Keep in mind, an option like limestone will require sealing when installed, and again every two years or so.
• Wood flooring in your kitchen will offer a warm look and it feels great to walk on. Like solid wood cabinets, your solid wood flooring might take on some character over time.
Once complete, your kitchen remodel will make for a space that can be enjoyed for years to come. Need help designing your new kitchen? Give us a call today, we would love to see the house you live in become your dream home.
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