Kitchens are amongst the most popular rooms to be renovated in Vancouver, BC homes. To assist you with the development of your kitchen space, here are some key things to consider.
Always use quality materials
Premium quality drawers, slides and hinges mean cabinet doors will stay closed and drawers won’t get stuck. Try to steer clear of drawers that come with staples or are constructed from particleboard. Cabinet interiors look best with with wood veneer over materials like laminate.
Be absolutely sure of your cabinet heights
You might not think it at first, but this check point as a lot to do with the height of your ceilings. If they’re eight feet or so, choose cabinets that go to the ceiling. They’ll offer more storage, which will in turn enable you to make better use of extra wall space for artwork or open shelves. For higher ceilings, leave a gap at the top of your cabinets of a foot or so.
To Paint or Stain?
Though creating cabinets with stained-wood can be very forgiving, most finishes will erode quickly and are difficult to re-treat with another stain. Brush-painted cabinets however can lend your kitchen space a unique personality if you’re creative with colour and texture.
Selection of materials is often-overlooked when remodelling, but this is one area where you can add considerable value and functionality to your kitchen very easily.
Granite, marble and limestone countertops are durable and provide a fantastic aesthetic feel to the entire room. Easy to clean, they also provide an added benefit by easily seeing out the duration of your home’s life-span, making them one of the surfaces that will go on and on and on…
Install a clever island
Your island, should you choose to go in this direction, should never be a bulky cube in the middle of the room. Island should have an open, and ideally airy look and feel. The should effectively “float”. Avoid placing appliances, but you can potentially have a combo dishwasher-sink or cooktop is you can maintain the light look of a leggy harvest table.
There are many add-ons which some renovators will push at you. These can include pediment sover stoves and plater mouldings on cabinets. Generally speaking, these represent a degree of decorative greed. The style of your kitchen should mirror your life. Don’t over-complicate things.
Avoid maintenance with your design
Some natural surfaces are just plain hard to keep clean. These can include terra-cotta and brick. Light colours too will show imperfections over time. While wooden surface tend to erode and become easily blemished or damaged by children. Stainless steel too is difficult to keep free of fingerprints.
KISS your applications
Again, staying minimal, the fewer gadgets and appliances the better. A quality range of stainless steel knives can create a clear focal point in the room and takes up considerably less space that separated wall ovens and cooktops.
Incorporate the dining room
Well thought-out kitchen renovation designs incorporate the dining area. Lighting and furniture are especially important here. The atmosphere of the dining room will borrow a lot from the kitchen area.
Your kitchen is a workshop. It should reflect much of your personality. Try to find at least one piece of genuinely unique furniture that will highlight your aura.
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