You’re maybe tiring of the phrase “the kitchen is the heart of the home,” but even though it’s use can make us roll our eyes, it’s still incredibly true for many families. We enter a home and immediately head for the kitchen to offer guests a drink, to find a snack after school, or to create meals that will be shared with the household. So when you’re researching products to use for your kitchen remodel, it’s important to find materials that are not only functional and durable, but are an expression of who your family is. Are you an outdoorsy type of family who seeks natural and environmentally friendly products? Are you a modern family who likes clean lines and a crisp color palette? Before diving into your home renovation, here are some helpful tips to get you started.
The most important aspects of the kitchen are the cabinets, the floors, and the countertops, so we’ll focus on these for now.
What you reach into every day for food, utensils, and other goodies, your cabinets can set the tone in your kitchen. From glass front doors to solid doors even to simple open shelving, choose a cabinet style that fits your lifestyle.
- Glass-front: This can be a tough sell for families who want to keep their sense of privacy or like to hide the mess inside. Making smaller kitchens feel bigger, those who choose this type of cabinet love the style.
- Floor to Ceiling: If you have a large family or like to entertain and need the additional storage space, tell your home renovation specialist you want floor to ceiling cabinets. These are unique and make a beautiful focal point in your kitchen.
- Efficiency: When there’s extra space in corners or in between an appliance and the cabinets, it should be used. Create thin cabinet drawers that can be pulled out to store cookie sheets. Or add storage within drawers to hold garbage bins, shelves for pots and pans, making accessing everything in your kitchen a breeze.
- Built-in Appliances: Give your kitchen a cohesive look with built-in appliances. Still get the energy efficient kitchen you’ve dreamed of, but avoid the fingerprints on the front!
Even if you don’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, there’s a good chance you’re walking or running through the kitchen or cleaning up paw prints. No matter what look you’re going for with your kitchen floors, they need to be durable, easy to maintain, and beautiful.
- Wood: This material may never go out of style because of its beauty and versatility. Choose from a variety of shades, types of wood, board size, and more. Wood floors can also give your open layout home a cohesive look and they fit a variety of styles and personalities.
- Ceramic Tile: Add a unique pattern, choose the right shade to match your cabinets, and ceramic tiles are incredibly durable and fairly inexpensive. It might seem like you can’t go wrong with tile for your home renovation.
- Stone: Wood and stone floors alike won’t go out of style anytime soon. The timeless look of stone will give your home a special feel and gives the kitchen a distinctive look.
- Vinyl: Easy on your feet, budget, and todo list, vinyl is a common and practical choice for many homeowners. The sheets of flooring are easy to install, clean, and you have endless options as to design, colors, and patterns.
Everything always seems to find its way onto kitchen countertops, from piles of mail to backpacks to dinner fixings, so countertops after a home renovation should be easy to clean, sturdy, and also functional.
- Quartz: Similar to granite, quartz is factory-engineered and has a matching look. The sturdy and durable material allows for heavy use but is still stylish, versatile, low maintenance, and long-lasting.
- Stainless Steel: Perfect for your built-in appliance cabinets, still get a stainless look in your kitchen, but in a surprising place. If you’re worried about a hygienic kitchen, this is the countertop for you due to it’s being non-porous.
- Marble: Like stone is the timeless flooring choice, marble countertops are the epitome of luxury. The beauty found in the patterns of marble is like no other and makes a kitchen that you want to spend time in.
- Concrete: Not one of the more traditional materials, concrete is nonetheless functional and aesthetically pleasing. When sealed correctly they can be scratch and heat resistant and you have your choice of shape, color, and texture.
Home renovation projects, especially kitchen makeovers can be a big decision-making game, but when you take the time to get to know the materials and how you want the end look to be, you can get a completed look that represents your family to a tee. From rustic to modern and innovative materials, the home renovation and kitchen specialists at Seashore Home Builders can help you design and build the home and the kitchen of your dreams. Contact us today to learn more and to schedule a free consultation.