4 Reasons You Should Choose Drawers instead of Lower Cabinets for Your Kitchen Remodel

 
 


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The main goal in each of our major kitchen remodeling projects is to improve the efficiency of the room. That could mean creating more counter top and storage space, adjusting the lighting for a safer, shadow-less environment, or reconfiguring the layout for a flowing, user-friendly floor plan. Though every home and kitchen is different, as are the clients and their unique needs, some, if not all, of these options are carefully considered during the design phase. After all, if your kitchen looks beautiful in the end, but it’s not functional, is it really worth the cost and time of a remodel?
 
 
One of the options we always suggest to our clients to improve the efficiency of their kitchen is converting existing lower cabinets into drawers. This might sound like minor detail, but in reality, having deep drawers under the counter instead of cabinets will make all the difference in how you use the space for storage. Because major kitchen remodels involve completely removing the existing cabinetry and installing new cabinets, why not design them in a way that will improve the functionality and convenience of your finished kitchen?
 
 
Here are 4 reasons why you should choose drawers instead of lower cabinets for your kitchen remodel:
 
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4 Things to Consider Before Including an Island in Your Kitchen Remodel

 
 

 
 
As the open-concept floor plan continues to dominate home remodeling trends, more and more of our kitchen renovations involve removing walls to create a larger, more flowing space. With this extra space comes the opportunity to include an island, providing extra storage space, work areas, and additional seating in the kitchen. Many of our islands are also designed with sinks, cooktops, dishwashers, or under-counter microwave drawers installed, along with convenient electrical outlets. With all of these perks, it’s no wonder kitchen islands are often at the top of our clients’ remodeling wish list!
 
 
While it’s tempting to commit to adding an island to your kitchen remodel, there are some realities to be aware of. Here are 4 things to consider:
 
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An Open-Concept Kitchen Gets a Fresh Look & Improved Functionality

 
 

 
 
We love helping our clients create a beautiful, more functional home to meet their needs! Each time we complete a remodel, the homeowners are blown away with the improved layout, the amount of counter top and storage space they have gained, and how much bigger and brighter the room is. It truly is a complete transformation every time and the grand reveal is what makes the whole process worth it!
 
 
Looking back at original floor plans and layouts of our clients’ homes often makes us scratch our heads and think, “why would anyone design it that way in the first place?” Unfortunately, “cookie cutter” homes are not always designed in a way that optimizes usable space. Kitchens, in particular, are typically set up in a way that creates unwanted traffic and congestion in the work areas, isolates the cook from the neighboring rooms, and lacks the necessary features for optimal organization and efficiency. These are the most common complaints we get from our clients looking to renovate, and were definitely the case with our most recent kitchen remodel!
 
 
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A Closed-off 1970s Kitchen Gets a Streamlined Makeover

 
 

 
 
Our recent clients came to us wanting a more modern, streamlined look and improved functionality in the galley kitchen of their 1970s ranch home.
 
 
As you’ve probably noticed in the before shots of many of our kitchen remodels, homes built in the 1970’s all seem to have at least one feature in common: a closed-off, crowded kitchen with a peninsula that boxes in the space. As popular as this trend was back in the day, it’s always the first thing to go when we begin the remodeling process!
 
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8 Mistakes to Avoid When Painting Your Own Cabinets

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Simply changing the color of your existing cabinets can really breathe new life into a dated kitchen. Whether you’re drawn to a noble navy blue, a dramatic black, or a sophisticated neutral, such as white or gray, a fresh paint job may be just the refresh you’re looking for. There are many DIY articles and blogs out there with detailed step-by-step instructions, but this kind of project is not as easy as it sounds! Be warned that painting your own cabinets is a big job, with a lot of potential blunders! Read more

From Dark & Dingy to Bright & Airy: A 1970’s Kitchen Renovation

 
 

 
 
In 1970’s homes, peninsulas were commonly used in kitchen layouts to provide counter space and cabinet storage. Fastforward to 2016, and nearly every kitchen we redesign from that era involves removing the peninsula and reworking the layout. The result is a surprisingly larger space, a modern look, and improved storage solutions! Our recent kitchen remodel in Arlington, Texas, is the perfect example of this transformation.
 
 
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You can see in the ‘before’ floor plan that the space of the kitchen was cut in half by the peninsula. The large walk-in pantry in the corner and the location of the fridge also created a lot of unusable dead space. By removing the peninsula and the pantry and relocating the fridge, the floor plan instantly became more open and provided options for additional cabinets and counter space.
 
 
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Outdated Kitchen Gets a Modern Makeover

 
Our most recent kitchen remodel involved updating a 1990’s kitchen in Hurst, Texas, with a modern, stylish design. The original shape of the kitchen was closed off by a penisula cabinet, wasn’t a large space to begin with, and wasted a lot of space with the pantry closet. Our designers were able to make some simple changes to open up the space, increase the counter top area and improve storage space to maximize the usability of the kitchen as a whole. The end result is a sleek, eye-catching kitchen with a smart design and improved functionality!
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A Closed-off 1980’s Home Gets a Bigger, Brighter Look

 
 

 
 
Another beautiful home renovation, complete! Our most recent project features a remodeled kitchen, powder bath, den and bar area of a 1980’s home in Colleyville, TX. The closed off, dated rooms now showcase a spacious floor plan, bright atmosphere, modern design, and of course, happy clients!
 
 
We began by discussing the goals the clients had in mind. They wanted to reconfigure the kitchen to incorporate an island and also update the powder bath, the fireplace in the den, and the bar area. Taking out the wall between the kitchen and the den and readjusting the desk area from the main walk way were also on the list.
 
 
After taking photos and measurements, our designers were able to create detailed floor plans and 3-D renderings to illustrate how the remodeled spaces would look once the renovations were complete:
 
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Increase Kitchen Storage Space with Smart Cabinet Design

Increasing storage space is always a goal we have in mind when designing for a kitchen remodel, especially if we are removing walls to open up the space. Losing wall space can often mean sacrificing cabinetry as well. For most of our clients, this is a concern because there is so much that must be stored in the kitchen cabinets: dry foods, pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and cleaning supplies. Don’t forget the appliances: the blender, coffee maker, toaster, can opener, crock pot, waffle iron… the list goes on! Read more

A Sneak Peek of Our Most Current Remodeling Project

 
 

 
 
It is a busy, busy time of year for us at Medford Remodeling! We are so thankful to be busy and to have the privilege of working with so many great clients. Our Most recent project is a kitchen, master bathroom and hall bathroom remodel here in Arlington, Texas.
 
 
While we can’t reveal too much right now (don’t want to ruin the surprise!), here is a sneak peek of the kitchen before the remodel, the designs we have created, and the kitchen during the demo:
 
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