Listening to You
Planning is the first and critical step in the task of any remodeling project and even more so in the case of your kitchen. We will listen to you first to understand your taste and desired style so we get the details right.
Keep in mind that functionality is coupled with looks. It must have the utility you seek and incorporate the details you like. We’ll help you attain your remodeling goals by making sure you get the features you want most. After you talk with us you’ll want to head over to the kitchen design showroom for a preliminary design. Please see my remodeling design page for more on that.
Let’s explore what you want to do and how it can be accomplished. New cabinets, lighting and appliances will complete the project. We don’t just deliver a completed kitchen but a transformed space and your dream kitchen.
Kitchen Remodeling Details
Traditional wall cabinets are 30 inches high, but today that looks dated. Today’s kitchens have taller cabinets that are 36 and 40 inches high. That means the soffit that used to exist above the cabinets is now out.
Instead of the old soffit going to the ceiling, today’s cabinets are topped with crown moldings. Some go to the ceiling and sometimes not.
With a gap above the cabinets there can now be accent lighting behind the crown molding, if you want. In addition to the crown molding there is also the light rail molding that goes beneath the cabinets. That is where the under-counter lights hides.
Lighting of course is a key element of modern kitchen design. Recessed lighting comes in colors from warm (3000 k) to bright white (5000 k). The use of accent lighting can be stunning and can turn your kitchen into stylish and inviting place.
Hood or Not to Hood
A large exhaust hood can be functional as well as a design choice. A properly vented exhaust hood with a high capacity fan is a great help in keeping your kitchen clean. And the more cooking you like to do the more you’ll need it. But it’s a space trade off so only you can decide that.
We all have been using microwaves over the stove for many years now. They don’t clear the smoke out like a traditional large hood but because they have exhaust fans they really work. If you find it convenient maybe it’s the right choice for you.
If you don’t put it over the store, where will you put it? Sometimes they put it under the counter, and that’s about it. At least over the stove it’s off the kitchen counter.
Kitchen Island, Nice!
The last detail I will mention is the island. An island increases you counter space and can even eliminate the sink being next to stove. I don’t have to tell how a large kitchen island raises the capacity of your kitchen. You can also add a sink to your island; you know how everyone seems to converge there at once.
The photo above is a good picture of how an island can dramatically change the effective size of your kitchen. Particularly when a pantry cabinet is hogging up what could be counter space. In this case the extra needed counter space can be redeemed with the ever popular kitchen island.
And the kitchen island can also provide seating so that you can entertain while making the food. Or is the other way around, excellent choice?!
You may also want to see our kitchen remodeling project in Drexel Hill.
As an experienced remodeling contractor we can pull off your kitchen remodeling project and get the details right. There’s too much at stake, so please give us a call.