#1: You hate being in your kitchen.
There may have been a time when you were excited to spend time cooking in your kitchen, but as a decade or two have passed you find yourself exhausted. Updated kitchen cabinets and countertops can offer not only a new look, but kitchen organization. Using a kitchen is the only way to figure out whether or not it works for you and most of us find several problems with old floor plans. A kitchen remodel would remedy this.
#2: You want to keep up with trends
A good enough reason to remodel is the simple fact that you’re a trendy person. Updated kitchen cabinets can provide a fresh feeling that is sure to “keep up with the Joneses.” A good perk of this is that it’ll also add value to your home.
#3: Your kitchen is a mess
This could happen for a couple of reasons: one being that you’re just a messy person or for a lot of us it happens because we lack adequate kitchen organization. New kitchen cabinets give you the ability to customize your organization to your needs. Moving into a house with a dated kitchen can be frustrating. Trash cans aren’t conveniently located, cabinets are hinged on the wrong side, dishwashers get in the way when open, or the floor plan simply doesn’t make sense. Several design mistakes could be present and might have you in desperate need of a remodel.
1. CHANGE UP YOUR LAYOUT.
The layout is the foundation of every kitchen design, and without an effective layout the best cabinets and appliances will not make your kitchen function well. Try to imagine your kitchen as a blank slate and design it the way you want it. You may find this requires moving the kitchen sink to a different location or re-configuring your kitchen cabinets. Get this level of planning right and everything else will fall into place. You will find it easier to move around in your kitchen and to peacefully co-exist with your family, friends, and guests. You may even find with the perfect kitchen layout that you are ready to tackle new recipes or to entertain guests for a dinner or holiday party.
Maybe you find your kitchen is too small or awkwardly shaped. While some changes can be made within the confines of your existing space, getting the kitchen design you really want may require more drastic measures. No, we don’t mean you have to sell up and move, but you might consider making a structural change to your existing home. Knocking down an internal wall, moving a wall, or bumping out an external wall are all options that allow you to turn a small, enclosed kitchen into an open plan space that is a dream for everything from cooking to relaxing to entertaining. Before you pick up a sledgehammer yourself, remember that some walls contains electrical wiring or pipes, while others are load bearing walls. Work with a kitchen design and remodeling professional that has experience in kitchen projects to make sure your project gets done right the first time.
3. ADD MORE STORAGE.
If a key concern with your kitchen design is lack of storage, look beyond the confines of your kitchen to create more effective storage solutions. Consider first what you need to store, the size of the items, and how frequently you use them. If you only use your stand mixer for holidays, find it an off-season home in the basement or attic. If, however, you have items you need to access on a more regular basis that are creating storage issues, look at the areas surrounding your kitchen for a solution. You may have a small closet, hallway, or another space that could be re-purposed into a kitchen pantry. To deal with kids dumping their muddy shoes and school bags in the kitchen, consider adding customized entry way or mudroom storage.
4. LOOK BEYOND THE KITCHEN.
Remember that your kitchen is an integral part of the functioning of your home, but it does not work alone. What is your goal in remodeling your kitchen? Are you trying to improve family life or make your kitchen design more conducive to entertaining? While you are engaging a professional and embarking on a kitchen remodel it may make sense to also update your adjacent laundry room, utility room, or powder room. Taking care of these requirements at the same time can save you time and even money, and it means you get the dream space you need rather than a sparkling new kitchen next to a dull, outdated powder room. You home will function better and you will be ready to host amazing parties in your newly remodeled space!
While there are a wealth of details in cabinet design styles, they all fall into two main groups: framed and unframed. Framed cabinets, with a raised panel of wood circulating the perimeter of the face of the cabinets, offers a warm, traditional look. If you’re looking for a warm and inviting style that fits with traditional aesthetics, then framed cabinets are the way to go. Unframed cabinets, consist simply of single, sleek panels as the faces of the cabinets. These types of cabinets are excellent for conveying a modern and sophisticated style.
After you’ve decided whether you want to go traditional or modern, the next step is to choose the material your cabinets will be constructed from. If you’re looking at wooden cabinets, then maple, cherry, oak, and pine are all gorgeous choices that won’t put too large of a strain on your wallet. If you have a bigger budget, then you may want to consider ebony, walnut, or bamboo for a more custom look. Many modern frameless cabinets are made of synthetic materials. Materials like glass, laminate, and lacquer. These materials offer more flexible and unique styles. If you’re looking to create a modern kitchen that stands out and impresses your guests, then looking into these modern materials will be beneficial.
Many homeowners do not require any sort of custom design in their kitchens. However, there are many others who find that the design of custom kitchen cabinets fits their lifestyle better and makes working in the kitchen much easier. Of course, custom kitchen cabinets will cost more than the regular stock cabinets, but if you have room in your budget, it’s definitely worth the expense for all the trouble it will save.
One of the most heavily used rooms in a home is the kitchen. It’s a place of fellowship and of preparation. Aesthetics and function are all important for a kitchen’s versatility. From countertops and cabinet style to storage function – our kitchen designers at Cabinet Factory Outlet Plus in Omaha can design a beautiful and functional space to fit your needs.
With the extensive use a kitchen endures, quality, and longevity should be a priority when selecting kitchen cabinets. We are selective about the manufacturers we carry, and ensure the utmost quality in our product. But, beyond that, our Omaha kitchen designers can suggest specific styles and qualities that will resist wear and tear.
A kitchen drawer is opened thousands of times each year. To withstand the wear and tear of constant use, we recommend a dovetail joint: considered to be among the strongest joints used in kitchen cabinetry construction. These drawers have ‘locking joints’, constructed from wedge-shaped channels cut into the wood that interlock with one another from either side of the drawer, creating a box. They offer a stronger drawer, with a larger holding capacity.
An experienced kitchen designer at Cabinet Factory Outlet Plus can help pick a kitchen cabinet style that works for both aesthetics, function and durability. Visit our Omaha showroom to see our quality kitchen cabinets for yourself.
Amber and Dana have recently joined our kitchen design team! We’re happy to have them aboard, here’s a bit about them:
Amber Evenson grew up in Wisconsin where she went to school and graduated with a degree in Interior Design. After traveling the world, she has settled down making Omaha her new home. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and the outdoors. Her favorite part of kitchen design is helping people understand how they use their space, and creating kitchens they will love for years to come.
Dana graduated from Iowa State University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design. She has made her career in kitchen and bath design for over 35 years. She enjoys keeping up on trends in the industry through the educational articles and programs provided by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. In 1995 she received her Certification as a kitchen designer from the NKBA, since then she has actively participated on the board of officers for the Nebraska/Kansas Chapter of NKBA. Dana’s attention to detail transforms dreams into reality, you can be confident that your project will be efficient as well as beautiful. “I love kitchen design, because every case is different and poses new design challenges to overcome.”
Kitchen islands are a great way to dress up your Omaha kitchen, but also offer a lot more kitchen storage. Trends with islands are always changing, just like the rest of the kitchen. Here are couple things that the CFO design team are raving about right now:
Uninterrupted kitchen islands are a nice way to make a space look really clean. This means not putting things like sinks or other appliances in the island to keep the countertop not so cluttered looking. Also, keeping everything on one level with no staggered heights keep things crisp and modern. Another trend is to make your island cabinets a different color. Doing this and finding colors that work together can really make a space amazing.
Butcher block islands are also hot right now and can add extra function. Contrary to what most people believe studies have shown that butcher blocks actually harvest less bacteria than plastic alternatives. Underneath it all, it’s important to make sure your new kitchen island is easy to keep organized. Companies like Rev-A-Shelf and ShelfGenie are making pullouts and such to make sure your kitchen cabinets work as well on the inside as they look on the outside.
-The kitchen design team at CFO