4 Ways to Make the Most of a Small Kitchen Remodel

 
 


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The term “full-gut kitchen remodel” tends to make people think of an expansive, high-end kitchen with all the bells and whistles – where surrounding walls have been knocked out to create an open floor plan, the luxury countertops are never-ending, and the shiny, new appliances are massive in size, all contributing to a show-stopping completed project. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the idea of an over-the-top large kitchen remodel, only a small fraction of our clients actually have this experience. Every project is different when it comes to the size of the kitchen, it’s starting condition, the client’s aspirations for the space, and of course, the budget. More often than not, the kitchen remodels we complete are done in small or medium-sized kitchens where the clients are trying to update the aesthetic, but also make the most of the existing space. Sometimes, due to the structure of the home and other limitations, it’s simply not realistic to remove walls or install large appliances. However, just because you have a small kitchen doesn’t mean it can’t be remodeled into the beautiful kitchen of your dreams! There are many kitchen design ideas and techniques that can help a small kitchen feel bigger and look just as impressive as a larger one.
 
 
Here are 4 ways to make the most of a small kitchen remodel:
 
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A Tasteful Kitchen Renovation in a Fort Worth Historical Home

Our most recent home renovation involved remodeling the kitchen of a historical home in Fort Worth. As a design-build firm based in central Tarrant County, we have remodeled a number of historical homes in this area. While each individual property is unique and comes with its own set of design challenges, there is one thing nearly all historical homes have in common: a lack of space! The narrow rooms and hallways of that era are a stark contrast to the spacious, open floor plans you see in homes today. This is especially true with the kitchen, as original kitchens of the early 1900’s were typically built around a fireplace used as the oven. As you can imagine, transforming a compact historical kitchen into a stylish modern-day one requires a lot of careful planning, space utilization, and smart designing. Along with the challenge of working in a small space, it’s important to keep the integrity of the kitchen in mind. Most homeowners that live in a historical home tend to treasure and appreciate the home’s history. Our designers made it a point to keep the style of that era in mind while updating. Read more

A Tasteful Kitchen Renovation in a Fort Worth Historical Home

 
 

 
 
Our most recent home renovation involved remodeling the kitchen of a historical home in Fort Worth. As a design-build firm based in central Tarrant County, we have remodeled a number of historical homes in this area. While each individual property is unique and comes with its own set of design challenges, there is one thing nearly all historical homes have in common: a lack of space! The narrow rooms and hallways of that era are a stark contrast to the spacious, open floor plans you see in homes today. This is especially true with the kitchen, as original kitchens of the early 1900’s were typically built around a fireplace used as the oven. As you can imagine, transforming a compact historical kitchen into a stylish modern-day one requires a lot of careful planning, space utilization, and smart designing. Along with the challenge of working in a small space, it’s important to keep the integrity of the kitchen in mind. Most homeowners that live in a historical home tend to treasure and appreciate the home’s history. Our designers made it a point to keep the style of that era in mind while updating.
 
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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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Cabinet Door Options for Your Kitchen Remodel

 
 

 
 
Any complete kitchen remodel involves removing and replacing the cabinetry. Because cabinets make such an impact on the overall appearance of the kitchen, it’s important to consider what door style options are available to best suit your home and your personal taste. Cabinet installation is a custom job that is done onsite, so it’s a very involved process and certainly isn’t cheap. You want to make sure you are completely happy with your choice before you finalize the designs and give the green light to start construction!
 
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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

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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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

The Good, Better and Best Ways to Fix Noisy Kitchen Cabinets

If you’ve lived in a house with other people for any length of time, you’ve most likely experienced trying to be quiet in the kitchen while others try to work or sleep. This can be a challenging and frustrating task if your kitchen cabinets and drawers are noisy! Even if you are not trying to keep quiet for others, a slamming cabinet door or rickety drawer can be quite the nuisance. Here are some options for putting a stop to the noise, once and for all:

The Source of Noisy Kitchen Cabinets

 
Even if you live in an older home, it’s still hard to believe that builders would really install wood cabinet doors knowing they would be slamming against the hard wood frame (surely it crossed someone’s mind how loud this would be, right?!) Most older kitchen cabinets were installed with a rubber bumper on the corners of each door and drawer to soften the impact when it closes. Unfortunately, these bumpers wear down and come off over time, and most people don’t replace them. Read more

Why is Custom Cabinetry the Best Choice for Your Kitchen Remodel?

Any homeowner that has undergone a kitchen remodel can tell you that the cabinets you choose make a huge impact on the look and style of your kitchen. If there is one thing you don’t want to skimp on, it’s the cabinets! By choosing an experienced craftsman to create your custom cabinets, your new cabinetry will be an extension of your personality, lifestyle and individuality, which makes for a truly one-of-a-kind kitchen!

A custom cabinetmaker and your project designer will work closely with you to design and build cabinetry that perfectly fits your needs and personal taste. The right design can give a whole new layout to your kitchen (not to mention, additional storage space!) with the right materials, fixtures and finishes chosen specifically for you and the style you’re going for. This is typically very important to our clients; if they are paying to have their kitchen remodeled to fit their wants and needs, why would they choose generic over unique and custom designed?! Read more