Kitchen Style September 15, 2017. U-shaped kitchens are often a preference of homeowners with a larger kitchen space; they require three adjacent walls, and many homeowners use the space in the middle to feature a kitchen island, perfect for food preparation and extra storage. Because of their larger design and luxurious utility, U-shaped kitchen layouts are favorites of homeowners looking for a large, functional and attractive kitchen space that can be used for cooking and cleaning as well as for conversation and gathering.
Countertops September 17, 2017. While aesthetics are certainly important, it's also important to keep in mind the cost, maintenance, and durability of the countertop material, whether you're renovating or starting from scratch. Marble, one of the most luxurious kitchen countertop materials, is the gold standard, but its cost can be prohibitive.
Cabinets & Drawer September 17, 2017. If semi-custom cabinets are still too high in cost, you can consider using stock kitchen cabinets. These are the least expensive type of new kitchen cabinet and are premade in standard sizes. Some people might be leery of the quality of stock kitchen cabinets; however, there are many manufacturers in the cabinetry market that offer a wide range of quality and options.
Kitchen Style September 16, 2017. One of the chief tasks for any homeowner working on a galley kitchen design will be to maximize space. Kitchen wisdom has it that the ideal aisle width is approximately 4 to 6 feet—but whether your galley kitchen's aisle width is larger, smaller or right in that range, there are steps you can take to create more efficiency, as well as the appearance of a larger space.
Cabinets & Drawer October 07, 2017. You may have a number of kitchen gadgets that can find homes in built-in accessory drawer boxes or cutlery trays. Or you may prefer a built-in spice rack drawer, trash can pull-out, or even a custom wine cabinet. Any of these customized features can help make kitchen life easier and more organized. However, each of these items comes at a cost to be considered when budgeting your kitchen project.
Countertops September 17, 2017. Terrazzo. Originating in Italy, terrazzo was traditionally made with cement and marble. Today's terrazzo countertops are made of a host of recycled materials—crushed stone, glass, metal and even seashells—that have been bonded with a colored epoxy resin binder and polished smooth. A terrazzo countertop is made to last for the life of the home and can be recycled at the end of its usable life. The countertops are durable, easily cleaned and resistant to bacteria growth. And they make a one-of-a-kind design statement.
Kitchen Style September 16, 2017. The bottom line is that no cook wants to beat an inconvenient (and potentially disastrous or even dangerous during meal preparation) path from stove to sink to refrigerator. So even if you're considering a unique layout for your U-shaped kitchen design, you should definitely make every effort to maintain the work triangle.
Cabinets & Drawer September 16, 2017. Cabinets are top of mind among homeowners considering kitchen remodels, and it's easy to understand why. The role of cabinetry in the finished look and function of the space is crucial to the success of a kitchen design and the enjoyment of spending time there. And since roughly 60 percent of an average kitchen's cost is spent on the cabinetry, choosing the right cabinets is a critical decision in remodeling and in new construction.