Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Start Your Remodel with Confidence

A prepared homeowner has an idea of what they want their new kitchen to look like before they begin the remodeling process. They take the time to do their research, understand the remodeling process, and begin to sketch out that vision they have in their head. As someone who’s going to begin the process of a kitchen remodel, it’s important to have your head on your shoulders before you start talking finishes, countertops and lighting.

Lay Down the Layout

A kitchen can be made or broken by the layout it has, and that is probably why you are beginning your next remodeling project. Typical layouts for kitchens are in the shape of an I,U,G or L.

I-Shaped Kitchen: Also known as a single galley kitchen, an I-shaped kitchen is great if you have a small space, yet still want functionality.

U-Shaped Kitchen: If you like to have a zone that is for cooking, a U-shaped kitchen can give you the counter space you desire, while keeping your work triangle intact.

G-Shaped Kitchen: A take on the U-shape, this kitchen layout adds a peninsula that gives you extra seating and counter space for prep-work.

L-Shaped Kitchen: A popular style for kitchen layouts, this shape keeps the work triangle out of areas with foot traffic, so others can congregate in the kitchen without getting in your way.

Know what type of kitchen layout you want to create before you begin your remodeling project. Each layout has its benefits and weaknesses, but no one knows how you will use your kitchen better than you.

Find Resources

The best way to find resources that will aid you in your remodel is to find a reputable dealer with a website that puts all the tools you need at your fingertips. A dealer with the wherewithal to supply their customers with useful resources that will help them better understand what to expect from their project before the sale, can be trusted to provide great customer service and support throughout the entire renovation process.

Trusted Designers

Once you have decided on the shape of the space and have found resources to inspire and inform you, it’ll be time to find a trusted designer. At Consumers Kitchens & Baths, our designers are graduates of the New York Kitchen & Bath Design Institute, where they receive extensive technical training, in-depth product knowledge training, and a comprehensive education in kitchen layout and design. A properly trained designer understands today's trends and knows how to create a kitchen in the space you want, using what you have.

Preparing yourself for your kitchen project is an essential step for prospective remodelers. Before you begin the process, make sure you understand the layout you want, know where to find resources, and find a qualified designer you can trust to do the job.

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