5 Big Choices For Remodeling Your Virginia Kitchen

Filed Under: Kitchen    by: Steve Kayhill

kitchen_9_jpgThe popularity of Virginia Kitchen remodeling is undeniable, but so many home owners jump into the decision without properly considering all of the options and consequences of their choices. Here are some quick descriptions of the biggest choices you will be facing.

Cabinets

Cabinetry is possibly the most prominent feature in any kitchen. Updated, professionally installed cabinets can take a drab kitchen that is showing its age and turn them into something sleek and interesting. Creative designers can develop plans that better use the space you have available as well as help choosing the hardware, finish, and style for your new cabinets.

You will also want to determine what materials your cabinets are constructed from so you know when you will have to replace them in the future. Your options range from inexpensive, but less durable particle board, to extremely expensive, but built to last plywood cabinets.

Flooring

Kitchen flooring options are quite vast and include:

  • Ceramic Tile
  • Stone
  • Split Brick
  • Hardwood
  • Vinyl

Carpeting was popular for some time, but is impractical and far from waterproof, so it isn’t recommended. When setting your tile pattern, a diagonal look is more visually interesting, but adds to the labor costs of installation. Another way to spice up the look of you floor is by adding a contrasting border.

Appliances

The kitchen probably houses more appliances than any other room in your home. With all of the cooking and cleaning along with the food storage, the bill for new appliances adds up quickly. Gas ranges are generally considered better for cooking than electric. If you do go electric, consider a model with a convection oven, which can save both time and energy when cooking. When you are choosing a refrigerator, always buy an Energy Star model and make sure that it contains all of the square footage you need while maintaining a small enough footprint to fit in your kitchen.

It is important to remain focused on the function of each appliance slightly more than the look of the piece. There are many different looks for you to choose from, solid colors in smooth or textured surfaces, but the most popular trend right now is brushed stainless steel for that professional industrial kitchen look.

Countertops

Your choice of countertop materials is almost as numerous as flooring. On the budget minded end, plastic laminates and other synthetic materials are available in a practically infinite number of colors and finishes. If you are going to go all out, solid stone counter tops are a very popular choice for those with a pocket book that will withstand the damage.

Fixtures

Fixtures fall into two categories: Plumbing and electrical. Electrical fixtures in your kitchen are most likely all going to be lights and it is vital that the entire area of the kitchen is lit very well. For light sensitive individuals, it would be beneficial to add dimmer switches so that they can work in the kitchen as well.

Your plumbing fixtures are mostly going to be the sink and faucet. 99% of kitchen sinks are stainless steel, but you may able to dress up the edges a little bit with some trim work. Your real style choice comes with the faucet and handles, where you can let your creative side shine in your Virginia kitchen.

Take On A Virginia Kitchen Remodel That Boasts Efficiency

Filed Under: Kitchen    by: Steve Kayhill

virginia-kitchen-triangleThere is a certain amount of danger when entering a kitchen remodel project, whether you’re here in Virginia, or anywhere else. It is a basic necessity of our modern life, our kitchen, but an island is a versatile and less expensive answer to many Virginia kitchen inconveniences.

Ever heard of the kitchen triangle? It is a highly efficient design where the sink/dishwasher, refrigerator, and stove all form a triangle. A more efficient kitchen lets you spend less time cooking, and more time having fun!

An island is a great way to make that triangle happen, but you have to measure your space. Most building codes mandate a 36” walkway between counters, appliances, cabinets, and islands. You have to makes sure that every cabinet and appliance door has more than enough room to open and close completely. Read more…

Kitchen Sinks: A Non-Draining Investment

Filed Under: Kitchen    by: Steve Kayhill

kitchen_25_jpgThe kitchen is the most important part of your home.  Your Virginia kitchen provides a place for the family to congregate and get the needed sustenance to have a successful day.  While every appliance in the kitchen is important, the most important feature in your kitchen comes down to one item:  your kitchen sink.  Your Virginia kitchen sink is used to both prepare and clean up meals, the most pivotal parts of the meal process.  While most kitchen sinks will stay in good condition for at least 15 years, the sink can and will begin to wear out.  Most kitchen sinks start showing signs of their wear and tear by chipping finishes, leaks appearing around the rim or drain, or even rusting, depending on the type of sink you have.  In order to create the perfect northern Virginia kitchen, you’ll want to take special care when choosing your sink. Read more…

Check Your Lists Before Remodeling Your Kitchen

Filed Under: Kitchen    by: Steve Kayhill

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Remodeling and renovation your northern Virginia kitchen may not be a priority to you right now but it should be. In today’s economy where going out to eat is no longer a daily activity, you should make sure you have a kitchen that suits your needs. By using a northern Virginia kitchen remodeling contractor, not only will you get a kitchen that suits your needs but you’ll also get a kitchen that both family and friends can feel happy and comfortable in.

Before you get your northern Virginia kitchen remodeled, you’ll want to consider a few things before you get started. Typically, the minimum time to remodel any kitchen is about a month. There are many things you can do to your Virginia kitchen that can lengthen or shorten the remodeling time so you’ll want to make sure you have an accurate list of what you want to do and estimates from several northern Virginia remodeling contractors on how long it will take. Things you’ll want to look at for possible kitchen remodeling are: Read more…