Kitchens must be functional yet as the heart of the home, they also should be warm and inviting. Your kitchen will be the most used room of the entire home and used by the most people in your family too! Your kitchen must be efficient in use of space and how you are able to work within it, but because your family will spend so much time there both working and socializing, it should be a reflection of your lifestyle and taste as well as comfortable and inviting.
You may notice we have not yet mentioned the impact of a kitchen remodel upon your property value, though this is also a consideration. While most of our kitchen remodeling customers in the Cleveland area engage our services to improve their homes so they can then enjoy the benefits, when it comes time to sell your property, the kitchen will be one of the most important selling points you can offer any prospective buyer.
Kitchen Remodeling Design Trends for 2019
Granite and marble countertops are slowly giving up ground to quartz countertops because they are more durable and are easy to keep clean and maintain. Quartz countertops also tend to offer a beautiful aesthetic you find with granite, however they are less expensive which means putting more buying power into your remodeling budget.
Look at marble and granite for your kitchen remodel, but it is also very worthwhile looking at the quartz countertop options too.
Adding Kitchen Color
Creating a clean and open sense of space is very popular with kitchen design, but we are seeing color starting to challenge the dominance of the ‘white look’.
There is now greater choice with color for backsplashes, as well as more typical areas for adding a splash of color, such as painting an accent wall or getting creative with the kitchen island.
Appliance manufacturers are also picking up on the color revolution with more choices beyond the white or chrome appliance in their product lines. Take advantage to break out of the stereotypical kitchen remodel and let your imagination and creativity go further.
Minimalist Cabinet Design
Kitchen cabinet design seems to be moving towards a more minimalist approach, with the loss of cabinet handles and furniture. Instead, we are seeing increasing use of cutouts and indents which are more discrete and less intrusive on the eye.
Reducing kitchen cabinet handles also means a cost saving as these are usually a separate item to be added to the cabinetry.
Matte Finishing and the End of Chrome Appliances
Kitchens tend to be glossy and shiny with the rise of chrome appliances and gloss-finished surfaces. That is changing as a more subdued look and hue with matte finish cabinetry and walls, combined with more options for appliance finishes being offered by manufacturers, especially those with retro-look appliances. A bonus extra benefit is that matte finish does not show signs of use as much as chrome does, so look forward to spending less time cleaning and maintaining them too!
Kitchen remodeling is probably the most valuable improvement you can make to your home, however the kitchen is also the heart of your home. Choosing a remodeling contractor with the experience, creativity, and resources to make your kitchen makeover a success is essential for your sense of comfort and satisfaction, as well as improving the investment in your home.
Our experience as the Cleveland areas foremost kitchen remodeling contractor has led us to create 6 simple rules for anyone looking to successfully partner with a contractor.
1. Word of Mouth Recommendations
We generate a lot of our business from word of mouth referrals and recommendations, and this helps new customers rapidly establish trust in the work we have done, and more importantly for the remodeling work they want for their own home.
Ask around your friends and social circle about their experiences and if they can make a recommendation for you.
2. Experience with Past Kitchen Remodeling Projects
Kitchens are no longer a functional, utilitarian space in the home, and instead they are frequently highly creative with design aesthetics that make them a natural living space which everyone enjoys.
Not all contractors can combine superior workmanship with design flair, so you ought to look at their past kitchen remodeling work and see how they have brought customer visions to life.
3. Experience with Projects in Your Budget Range
We always advise and recommend customers create a budget for any remodeling work they are looking to have done. This helps set expectations for both the customer and the contractor, however you also should consider the experience level the contractor has with a kitchen remodeling project of your size.
Some contractors specialize in low-budget projects or only have experience in smaller projects, and they may not be suitable for a more customized approach to a kitchen remodel.
4. Work Scheduling
Small remodeling contractors may not have the resources to work around your busy schedule, or to get the project completed on your timelines. The kitchen remodeling contractor you choose should be able to have the resources and craftsman available to commit to completing your remodeling project within reasonable deadlines.
This is particularly important for kitchen remodeling as once started, work needs to be completed quickly to allow your family to use the kitchen for making meals.
No-one likes to work around contractors, and you do not want a half-finished kitchen in your home while you wait for a contractor to get back to finish the job.
5. Creative and Work Collaboration
This is your home and your voice, opinions, and vision for your kitchen remodel must be heard. How responsive is your contractor? Are they listening and incorporating your ideas into the design? Are they being relational and trying to help you get to a kitchen remodeling design and plan that best serves your needs from both a functional and design point of view?
While a kitchen remodeling contractor may be the expert, this is your home and their role is to help you fulfill your vision.
NorthEast Ohio Renovations is the Cleveland area's leading kitchen remodeling contractor, offering a full-range of design and renovation services. We work closely with all of customers to provide a stylish living experience while we strive to ensure all of our kitchen remodeling projects are professionally managed to minimize disruption to your home and life.
Call for a free consultation for you kitchen, bathroom or home remodeling project today: (330) 523-6919.