By Janet Myers | August 21, 2019

Dos and Donts for Your Kitchen Remodel

Getting ready to remodel your kitchen? It’s an exciting time that often comes with a little trepidation. To help you avoid worrying if you’re making the right decisions, we’ve put together this list of common dos and don’ts.

Don’t Forget the Kitchen Sink

kitchen sink

Photo by: Smith & Vansant Architects PC

A lot of time is spent at the kitchen sink, so much so that many people add a second one in the island. The placement and design of one or both is key to an efficient space. The dishwasher should be positioned near the sink, there should be enough counter space on each side of it, and a trash receptacle should be nearby. If possible, place a second sink outside the main cooking area so a second person can prep food, wash hands, or bartend.

Do Prioritize Lighting

kitchen lighting

Photo by: William Byrd Homes

It’s an integral part of the design and getting it right means installing the right fixtures in the right places. Ambient, task, accent, and decorative lighting should all work together to create a warm and welcoming space. Think balance and proportion of recessed lighting, track lights, pendants, and under cabinet fixtures to get the proper illumination.

Don’t Ignore the Future

timeless kitchen cabinetry

Photo by: Timeless Kitchen Cabinetry

Is your plan to stay in your home long-term? Stay away from trends and go for a more timeless, classic kitchen design. Also consider incorporating universal, or aging-in-place, design elements now so you won’t have to remodel again if your abilities are affected by age or health issues down the road. Properly executed, universal design seamlessly integrates into your kitchen’s overall aesthetic while providing functionality for all family members regardless of age or ability.

Do Consider the Function of Your Kitchen

kitchen function

Photo by: Crosby Creations

While the main functions of a kitchen are to store, prepare, and cook food, think too about how you plan to use your new kitchen. Do the kids like doing their homework there? Are you a passionate entertainer? Choose materials and design a layout that works with the way you live.

Don’t Wing It

kitchen interiors

Photo by: Interiors by Popov

Going into a kitchen remodel without a plan is a recipe for frustration and disappointment. Write down your expectations and goals. Do you need plenty of storage, want an open layout that allows for easy maneuvering, or picture high-tech features like smart appliances and engineered work surfaces? Plan well and you’ll be rewarded with the kitchen you’ve dreamed of—and you’ll keep changes that can slow down construction to a minimum.

Do Work with a Professional

A professional can simplify the entire kitchen remodel design process. Pros help you make the right style decisions for your lifestyle, foresee potential problems, and keep you on schedule and budget. From concept to completion, if you have an experienced remodeling pro in your court you stand the best chance of seeing your kitchen vision come to life.

These dos and don’ts will help you get the best out of your kitchen remodel. To learn more about designing a new kitchen that is done right, right from the start, talk to the designers at David Gray Design Studio or schedule an appointment in our showroom by calling (904) 724-7211. You can also contact us online.

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