Are you considering a kitchen overhaul? Do you know what kitchen style and functionality you want for your lifestyle? They say pictures are worth 1,000 words and we agree, especially when it comes to finding inspiration for your kitchen design and remodel project.
In part one of this series called “Getting Ready to Remodel?”, I mentioned that one of the most frequent questions we hear is “How much does a kitchen remodel cost?” While there are average costs that accompany a design and remodel project, much of this is determined by your style and your preference of materials. I recently saw a statistic from a kitchen remodeling study that cited $72,000 as the average price for a kitchen remodel.
You’ve heard about my favorite, the induction cooktop, and Katie’s, the microwave drawer, and now it’s time to reveal Jennifer’s – it’s the lesser-known but cool Teppanyaki Grill (shown below in two slightly different styles). This is not a mainstream appliance but is wonderful for the cook who has the room for a few indulgences.
My last blog about my favorite kitchen appliance spurred some conversation around the showroom and I thought I’d share what Katie (lead designer) identified as her favorite. I have to say this appliance is pretty great as well – the microwave drawer.
While there are many great appliances in our most loved room in the home, my favorite kitchen appliance has to be the induction cooktop. It has immediate heat control (unlike electric) and is faster and more energy efficient than either electric or gas. But, perhaps, one of the coolest things about induction is that it heats the pot or pan, not the cooktop, so its safety factor is extremely high.
I wrote previously about two tools we use in our process of a kitchen (or bath) design and remodel (see Getting Ready to Remodel? Part I) and I wanted to continue exploring the process. Once your kitchen remodel is underway, a key step is setting up your temporary kitchen.
As a general rule, a person may remodel his or her kitchen (or other rooms in the house) only once in her lifetime. It’s not hard to understand that the process of designing and remodeling a space may be a daunting task and the questions are many.
KBIS was great and, as promised, here are a few trends that I spied while walking the trade show floor. The thing that makes me marvel is that design continues to evolve along with technology so that we, as remodelers, can now offer so many great products that fit our criteria of being both functional and beautiful.
This week is THE trade show dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry – KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show). I’ve attended the show for years and it is a marvelous opportunity to see the latest products being released, gain insight into what industry-leading companies see for the future and where they will be spending their research and development monies.
We love to mix a variety of materials – from natural stone and glass tiles to reclaimed wood and cork flooring. Many of the materials we work with are eco-friendly, but all are both functional and beautiful.