Over the holiday season, you probably used your kitchen a lot to cook big, family dinners, host parties or make batches of cookies with the kids.
You may have also realized during this time that your kitchen just isn’t working for you anymore. Whether it’s gotten too small, too out of date or it’s just plain dysfunctional, it may be time for a renovation. But before you begin the renovation process, here are a few tips and trends we’re seeing in homes that will take your renovation (and your kitchen) to the next level.
- Appliance Garages
Even if you have lots of counter top real estate, nobody wants their brand new, gorgeous solid surface counters to be cluttered up with the toaster, juicer, coffee maker, mixer, and the list goes on.
“Appliance Garages” or “Appliance Pantries” are basically pull-out cabinets that house all of your appliances, keeping them neatly tucked away, but also conveniently within reach. Step your appliance garage up just another notch and have your contractor install outlets in the back of the pantry, so some appliances (such as a microwave) do not even need to be removed from the cabinet to be used.
- Hidden Switches and Outlets
You spend months picking the perfect backsplash tile, just to have the look ruined with ugly outlets and switches. Or not.
By planning ahead with your contractor or electrician, you can have outlets and switches installed on the underside of your cabinets. They are still easily within reach and convenient for all your appliances, without destroying the look of your decor. While you’re at it, have them install under-cabinet task lighting as well.
- Set in stone
One of the most recent trends we’ve noticed in kitchen design is setting upper cabinets on top of a layer of stone. The stone foundation creates a clean look and is also visible from inside the upper cabinets.
- Custom Range Hood
Having a hood over your gas range is critical in removing smells and smoke, but keep it from looking industrial or sticking out like a sore thumb by having your cabinet maker craft a custom hood.
Custom millwork creates a warm and seamless look in your kitchen and gets the job done while you cook up a storm. Choose a range that has built-in task lighting as well.
- Eat-in islands
Yes, eat-in kitchens are extremely popular and kitchen island are extremely popular, but recently we’ve been seeing a lot more clients choose to combine the two.
Large islands in the center of the kitchen are great for food prep, entertaining, or for the kids to sit and do homework while you prepare dinner. Make your prep space lower and dining area higher to keep food mess away from folks while they sit and have a glass of wine while enjoying you show off your culinary skills.
- Coffee and Wine Bars
Separate areas for a wine or coffee bar have become extremely popular in kitchens.
These bar areas might include specific cabinetry for wine bottles, glasses or your espresso maker and coffee accouterments. If you’re a certified oenophile, consider installing a wine fridge in the lower cabinets. Invest in a wine fridge with dual climate zones so you can keep your whites and your reds at the ideal temperature. A wet sink makes the whole space even more functional and convenient.
- Cover It Up
What’s better than brand new, stainless steel appliances? Appliances you can’t even see because they blend seamlessly into your cabinets.
Custom cabinet makers can create facades for nearly any kind of appliance including industrial sized refrigerators. And you never have to worry about finger prints on the stainless steel again.
- Appliance Garages
Kitchen trends are constantly changing, but these seven tips will never go out of style and will always make your experience in your kitchen a pleasant one.Tags: addition, central Virginia, custom kitchens, james river construction, kitchen construction, kitchen design trends, kitchen projects, kitchen renovation, kitchen upgrades, luxury construction, luxury renovation, remodel, reno, Richmond