We find with our Clients that kitchen countertops are a frequent driver for initiating a kitchen remodeling project. Clients can dabble on their own with freshening their spaces up using paint or hardware, but when it comes to countertops, they know they would prefer to have professionals involved. While the number of materials can be endless, from stainless steel to marble and everything in between, we have found that for durability and aesthetics, granite and Caesarstone are still our favorite go-to products. If you like a natural look, granite is a great choice. There are hundreds of shades and patterns of stone that can blend beautifully with almost any kitchen design.
If you are looking to add a splash of color to your kitchen countertops, Caesarstone is an amazing choice, with lots of colors and patterns to choose from and unmatched durability. They claim that their products are scratch-, stain- and crack-resistant and we have seen first-hand how nicely they perform in our Clients’ kitchens. And, with about 45 color options and nine texture collections, there is versatility in aesthetic choice as well!
Below, a picture of Caesarstone Apple Martini adds a splash of color in this Dallas kitchen…
We are here to share our expertise with you! Here are just a few tips that can help you save money and make the most of your kitchen remodel.
It is important to understand how to maintain the countertop material that you choose as well as to be willing and able to follow the guidelines. Be sure to match the guidelines and limitations of the countertop to your real life situations. Consider less expensive countertops and add decorative accessories to the backsplash.
Is your heart yearning for more than your budget will allow? Consider taking on your remodel in phases. Here a a few common phases:
- Phase I – new countertops, sink and faucet, new backsplash
- Phase II – refinish kitchen cabinetry, new hardware
- Phase III – appliances
Go green, not only can your kitchen look beautiful but you can save energy and make your kitchen work for you!
- Add a recycling center.
- Add a composting center.
- Select energy efficient fixtures when updating lighting.
- Replace aging appliances with energy efficient appliances; try an induction cooktop.
- Use low VOC paint.
Here are a few quick and inexpensive things you can do to spruce up your kitchen:
- Buy colored countertop appliances.
- Paint the kitchen island an accent color.
- Replace existing hardware.
- Paint the walls.
- Install a new kitchen faucet.
Thinking of remodeling your kitchen? Check out our process and learn how to get started today!
The number one complaint we hear from homeowners interested in remodeling their kitchens is that they don’t have enough counter space. Well, the good news is that there are plenty of solutions for this daily dilemma.
Once we find some ways to regain some space, there are always great solutions for re-configuring that space. So our first mission is to find space that is being under-utilized. We’ll start with an easy way to pick up a good chunk of square footage – a walk-in pantry. Think about all the space that is used up by the thick walls and room to walk around. Another easy win is re-purposing the space used by a second oven from a stacked double oven. Sliding drawers and shelves make for great cabinet pantries and use much less space. Now think about what you have on your current counter top that could be moved inside a cabinet or replaced with a more efficient appliance. For instance, coffee makers can now be built-in or tucked away in a counter-level cabinet. Microwaves now come in the form of a microwave drawer.
Check out these space-saving ideas and let us know what your favorites are. We love to make our kitchen designs both smart AND beautiful!
Below, removing a wall between the kitchen and dining area provided ample space to add a large island with room for storage and lots of additional countertop space
Below, finding more space allowed us to add an island and additional counter space
Below, adding a cabinet tower added counter space by placing their small TV and appliances up and out of the way