Kitchen Remodel Design Essentials
Kitchens are more than places to cook food–they’re a place to make memories. A place to bake birthday cakes, cook for the holidays and have big family dinners. Whatever the occasion, your kitchen is an essential part of it. So don’t let it feel dull and drab like so many other kitchens. Your home should be a reflection of your personality, and that includes your kitchen. There are elements of every kitchen that are essential, but even those can be personalized.
Perfecting the design of the perfect kitchen can be stressful. It’s easy to feel like you’re going through this struggle alone, but you don’t have to. Hire a team that’s there for you from step one until the very end. There are no shortcuts in designing and remodeling your kitchen, and you need someone who knows it. You need someone like Winthorpe Design & Build. Why hire an architect to draw up blueprints for the build team, when Winthorpe Design & Build can do it all at once?
The people at Winthorpe Design & Build do more than just designing and building. We help guide you through the process so you always know what’s going on with your project. The process of remodeling your kitchen is stressful enough, so don’t hire a firm that leaves you in the dark about your project. Our team of professional and experienced designers is willing and able to sit down with you and discuss at length your idea of a perfect kitchen. Or, if you aren’t comfortable meeting face-to-face, we now offer virtual consultations and meet-ups.
Design is the first step to any renovation project, and messing up here means a whole bunch of problems down the road. It can be intimidating, but with the right design-build firm at your back, you can rest assured that things will get done right.
Which Layouts Will Work With the Space Available?
Not all kitchens are created with the same amount of space and accessibility as others. Because of this, not all layouts are available for all kitchens. Sometimes even layouts that seem practical end up being impossible because of wiring or plumbing in the house. Sometimes there may be a problematic support wall. Sitting down and discussing these things at length with your designer is something you should do before making any major decisions.
Architects are technically an option to help with this, but quite often, it’s better to skip the extra step and design directly with your build firm. It’s not uncommon for architects to have so much experience with big projects like skyscrapers that they perform more poorly with smaller things like kitchen renovations. Architects also tend to lack significant hands-on experience, which means they don’t always see the impracticalities of a layout they’ve drawn up. Working for big clients also means that they’re used to charge higher prices, and they can end up costing you more money than you can afford to spend.
An important thing to keep in mind is how much surface area you’ll need for prepping and cooking food. If you have a large family, are prone to clutter, or often have multiple people cooking at once, then lots of counter space is a good idea. It also provides more space for necessary appliances so they don’t get in the way.
Essentials for Any Luxury Kitchen
Now that you know how much space you have, it’s time to have some fun with it. Here are just a few things that all dream kitchens should include.
A walk-in pantry may not seem like much, but it’s the culinary equivalent of a walk-in closet. Who hasn’t wanted a walk-in closet? Not only does it provide additional and more convenient food storage, but it also gives you the ability to organize and access food more efficiently.
All kitchens should have cabinets, but a luxury kitchen needs something custom that fits your personality. There are thousands of cabinetry options available to choose from. Find the perfect combination of cabinet design options to represent your personality.
We discussed what to factor in when designing a layout, but who’s to say you can’t have a custom layout? If you have the space for it, anything is possible. If you like more than one kitchen layout, why not just take your favorite parts of both and put them together?
Lighting is everything when it comes to giving a space a bit of personality. It may not seem like much, but lighting can make or break a design. Take the time to figure out which kind of lighting best fits your design and pick out the best lighting fixtures.
How We Can Help
Winthorpe Design & Build has been in business in the Maryland and Washington D.C. area for more than 30 years. We’ve helped hundreds of clients, and we’ve just about seen it all. We know there are no shortcuts in the design-build industry, and that’s why we take our time and pay attention to every detail. Our teams have the knowledge, training, and hands-on experience to get the job done right the first time.
For a design-build firm that is friendly, professional, and cost-efficient, contact Winthorpe Design & Build now!