The Keys to a Great Kitchen
Everybody wants a fabulous kitchen. And rightfully so. Not only is the kitchen the epicenter of your home, the place where you spend the most quality time with family and friends, it is also the room that creates the most value if or when you sell your home. Regrettably, home improvement and design television have created completely unrealistic expectations among consumers because those shows rarely include the cost of labor in their price estimates and they often feature timetables that are even more unrealistic than the budgets.
If you want to create a realistic budget for your new kitchen, a good rule of thumb is to allocate 10 to 20 percent of the value of your home, with the spread being determined based on the size of the space, scope of the renovation and quality of materials selected.
Not all parts of your kitchen are created equally. The materials that make biggest impact are cabinets, countertops and appliances. These items set the tone for the remainder of the space and help to provide direction for other materials such as backsplash, lighting, paint, flooring, and wall coverings.
The Case for High-Quality Cabinets
We recommend starting product selection with cabinets, because cabinets set the tone for the remainder of the remodel and have the greatest impact on the look and feel of the space. Cabinets are also key to the longevity of your kitchen. It’s relatively easy to replace an appliance. It’s more difficult to change out cabinetry. If you plan to live in your home for more than five years, invest in custom cabinets. Custom cabinets provide the ultimate flexibility to meet your needs and they also can withstand the test of time.
Countertops are where almost every kitchen activity begins and ends. Because countertops are one of the first things you see when you enter a kitchen, they naturally serve as a focal point. Countertop color, shape and material options are virtually unlimited, enabling you not only to make countertops the functional workhorse of your new kitchen, but also the ultimate expression of your design and personality.
Investing in high-quality, high-performing, statement-making countertops makes a lot of sense. Not only are countertops relied upon for meal preparation, but they are also used for cooking, eating, entertaining, doing homework, charging electronics, reading, relaxing and spending quality family time together. Countertops serve practical and aesthetic functions that can make or break a new kitchen.
High Tech Appliances
High-tech, smart appliances can make cooking easier, healthier and more enjoyable. On our dream list are:
Combination convection steam ovens
Commercial-style gas range
Today’s combination convection steam ovens take convection cooking up to the next level. Using steam to prepare meals retains more moisture and vitamins in your food, making your meal healthier for you and your family.
If you love to cook, you will appreciate a commercial style gas range. If you love to entertain, two dishwashers will become your best friend. Consider combining a traditional dishwasher with a drawer model that can be used daily. Some models can limit cycles to one drawer only, enabling you to save water and avoid the temptation of having dirty dishes sit for days until the appliance is full.
Technology has not bypassed kitchen appliances. Smart refrigerators can help keep track and order groceries, offer customizable temperature settings that can turn an area of fridge into a freezer zone, feature touch screens, cameras that allow you to view contents without opening a door and multiple apps ranging from those that organize recipes to maintaining grocery lists.
There’s no reason why you can’t have your dream kitchen. We can help turn your dreams into a reality. Give us a call at 609-448-9700 or visit our showroom at 105 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH.