Kitchen Remodel Essentials: What to Discuss with Your Contractor
Every North Phoenix kitchen remodel deserves the best. However, it can be difficult to determine what that best may be – from appliances, to cabinets, to flooring, to backsplashes, and layout, the options are endless and overwhelming. Finding the balance between practical, eye-appealing, and budget-friendly is tough for any North Phoenix residential remodeling project, let alone just a kitchen. Here we outline some essential elements to bring up with your contractor when planning your ultimate dream kitchen.
1 – FLOOR PLAN
The floor plan and layout of your kitchen remodel are the foundation for the rest of the kitchen elements. The first question to ask is if you are completely stripping the kitchen apart and starting from scratch? Or are you keeping the basic layout and simply replacing the cabinets and appliances with new ones? Whichever you choose, ultimately keep your cooking habits in mind – if you like to entertain as you cook, if you have children helping, and the amount of food needed for each meal. These will help determine where you choose to put each kitchen piece. Typically, an open floor plan is one of the best ways to help create a multi-functional space that is easy to use and practical for every cook. At Valcon General, our experienced contractors excel with attention to detail, and will offer advice to help you maximize your available space.
2 – APPLIANCES
Undoubtedly the appliances are the most crucial elements in any kitchen. Ultimately the brand and variety you choose is a deeply personal preference, and boils down to each individual person. Consider the oven range – do you like gas or electric? How many burners? Double oven or single? These are just a few of the many options available when choosing a range for your gourmet kitchen. Additionally, you will need to choose the color, button layout, and material of the cooktop.
The kitchen sink is a central part of any North Phoenix kitchen remodel. The ideal sink is large, sturdy, and versatile. It must be made of quality material that is both easy to clean, and durable to stand up to constant wear and tear. A quality faucet and spray handle are an extra plus, for easy dish cleaning. Sinks come in a wide variety of materials, shapes, sizes, and colors. Discuss some of your options with your North Phoenix kitchen remodeling company, and see what advice they have to offer in this area.
It will be important for your cooking area to have proper ventilation to avoid any steam damage or setting off the smoke alarms. This is especially true if you frequently fry foods at high heat on your cooktop. The fun aspect of ventilation systems is they can be both decorative and functional at the same time. Choose a large copper one for a statement piece, or a more neutral shade to blend in with the cabinets. Regardless of its look, the overall system must be powerful, efficient, and easy to use. Bonus points if it’s quiet as well!
Lastly, the refrigerator and the dishwasher are important elements to consider when planning your kitchen remodel. They must be easy to use, blend in with the kitchen décor, and just the right size to accommodate the needs of your family and entertaining habits.
3 – CONVENIENCE
The best part about designing your own kitchen is determining how to organize your kitchen tools in the most practical way for you. Consider what is most convenient when choosing where to store your pots and pans, cooking utensils, silverware, and dishes. For some people, open shelving is the best. For others, clever storage that keeps things easily available while hiding clutter is the answer. It is smart to keep in mind the location of your appliances such as your sink and dishwasher as well, so that it is easy to put items away once they are cleaned.
4 – DURABLE SURFACES
The kitchen is an area that deals with continuous wear and tear, and therefore must have durable, easy to clean surfaces. Stainless steel and tile are two popular choices for this reason. However, while these are both durable and easy to clean, you personally may just not like them. We encourage you to ask your Valcon General contractor about your other options. We have years of experience in this area and will gladly show you other choices that are easily maintainable as well as attractive.
When you are ready to remodel your kitchen, call Valcon General to get started. Our friendly experts have all the necessary qualifications to help you plan your North Phoenix kitchen remodel, and have a full menu of options for you to pick from when designing your kitchen plan. We are fully licensed and insured and will absolutely make certain your dream kitchen is completed to your satisfaction.
18631 N. 19th Avenue
Suite 158, #441
Phoenix, AZ 85027
Email: [email protected]
Posted: September 25, 2019