Remodeling a kitchen can be a rather daunting task, where no amount of planning seems to be enough. There are a lot of steps involved, but it is imperative to figure out what kind of changes and improvements you’re looking for. Changing one aspect at a time can often lead to homeowners going in circles, remodeling the same elements again when they come full turn. It’s helpful to get your ideas organized, focusing your creativity and enthusiasm on the big picture first. So, just what kind of kitchen are you looking to create? Here are a couple of main concepts to work around, as well as some specific ideas for each.
Resurfacing and Restructuring
Resurfacing a kitchen is similar to giving it a facelift, while restructuring is more along the lines of surgery. Both have their place, so let’s look at examples of each to see how they fit your idea of a perfect kitchen.
Resurfacing a Kitchen
If you find indentations and patterns visually appealing, then frame beading is one suggestion. Most often done with wood, this is a process that will create patterns on cabinets, drawers, sides of counters, or any cupboard surfaces. Light cherry wood, combined with marble countertops would provide a very light atmosphere, good for a kitchen with multiple windows.
If you’re looking for more durability, or just want a more sophisticated look, chrome or stainless steel surfaces might be the way to go. Glass works much better in combination with metal, and both are more visually appealing in lower light settings.
Wood and glass can be a great pair as well. Walnut, a darker and heavier wood, in particular is great for cabinets, and pairs well with glass surfaces when cut into slabs. There are plenty of resurfacing materials to choose from, but if a facelift isn’t on the agenda, take a look at some restructuring options.
Restructuring a Kitchen
A great idea if you’re going for a new look, is to start with a kitchen island setup. Surface area in the kitchen is increased, giving more room for drawers, cabinets, and appliances. There are multiple types of kitchen islands. Here are just a few:
- Counter Overhang: The counter extends out beyond the base, serving as a table or bar area depending on the size.
- Cooking or Appliance Island: This is a counter that houses appliances like stoves, sinks, refrigerators, or dishwashers.
- Raised Counter: Often used with a cooking or appliance island, a raised counter elevates one part of the island, often an eating area, from another part, which is usually where the appliances are located.
- L-Shaped Counter: These kitchen islands typically take up a lot of room. They work well for those who need the extra storage, and can be used as counter space, bar area, or for food preparation. For even more storage space, a T-shaped counter should be used.
- Curved Counter: Taking up less surface area than the L or T-shapes, the curved counter is great for enhancing style, while not filling up floor space. The smooth edges also work well with stainless steel surfaces, giving a unified atmosphere.
Whether you’re looking to resurface, restructure, or both, RS HOMES – www.rshomes.ca – can provide the know-how to craft your vision into the perfect area for eating, relaxing, or anything else. Let us know what’s on your mind and we’ll help you find the best solution for remodeling your kitchen.