Navigating a Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is one of the most used—and most loved—spaces in the home. It’s also a unique opportunity to perfectly merge the best of form and function. Kitchen remodels can be simultaneously exciting and daunting, yet they’re a great way to breathe new life into your home.

Here are a few points to consider before embarking on a kitchen remodel.

The Layout

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Functionality is essential in the kitchen. If your design doesn’t work with your lifestyle, you’ll regret the time and resources you poured into the endeavour. As you contemplate a kitchen remodel, pay careful attention to your current setup. What works and what doesn’t? What feels effortless and what feels inconvenient? The classic work triangle suggests that kitchens should arrange the sink, refrigerator, and stove in a triangular pattern to save unnecessary steps. Also consider how often you have multiple people working in the same space—do you need more than one workstation in the kitchen?

The People

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While Pinterest and HGTV make DIY kitchen remodels seem doable, it’s important to be honest with yourself regarding skills, abilities, and time. In order to create a space that truly works—on time, on budget, and for years to come—consult the experts. An architect can help you approach your kitchen design more strategically. Architects help you explore designs that reflect your style and meet your needs. Even after the initial design, a residential architect works with you to navigate the remodel process, track your budget, manage the project, and hire the right contractors to execute your vision, ensuring that your remodel gets done right.

The Unexpected

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As with any major home project, expect the unexpected. Approach your remodel with an adventurous spirit, knowing even with meticulous planning, interesting problems often arise. These unexpected moments are opportunities for creative problem solving that lead to beautiful results. To be on the safe side, however, budget extra time and money for contingencies.

We’re privileged to walk with homeowners through the remodel process. From first dream to final design, we help our clients craft the perfect space for their unique lifestyles—one that’s timeless, beautiful, and functional. Contact us to learn more.