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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8 Storage Solutions & Features for a Sleek, Uniform Kitchen

 
 

 
 
The kitchen is one of the busiest rooms in the house. When you consider how many times your family uses the kitchen throughout the week – how many meals are prepped, dishes are dirtied and washed, how often the trash needs to be taken out, groceries need to be put up and so on – it’s easy to see how it can quickly become jumbled and disorderly! Add the regular, frequent use of the kitchen to the occasional birthday celebration, holiday dinner, or Superbowl Sunday party and before you know it, your kitchen is in desperate need of some TLC and reorganizing.
 
 
One of the main reasons clients come to us for a kitchen remodel is because they want to improve the functionality and organization of the space. A kitchen that is equipped with the right features, adequate storage and a flowing floor plan not only provides for a pleasant experience when using the kitchen, but also creates a cleaner, sleeker look with less clutter. Trust us, these are two things you will appreciate all year ‘round!
 
 
Even if you aren’t ready to complete a full-scale renovation, there are a few storage solutions and features you can incorporate into your kitchen that really will make all the difference in it’s efficiency and organization:
 
 
1. Pull-out Pantries and Spice Racks
 

 
 
Many older homes include large walk-in pantries. While this might seem like a great feature to have in your kitchen, these bulky pantries often end up wasting more space than they provide. Not only do they take up potential counter space, but when you consider that there has to be enough room for you to stand inside, how much space is really being used efficiently? Pull-out pantries take up much less square footage while taking advantage of vertical space that would otherwise be wasted. Another neat benefit is that pull-out pantries can be seen from both sides, so you no longer have to worry about digging through your pantry shelves or finding an item that is expired because it was pushed to the back for too long!
 
 

 
 
Pull-out spice racks are another cool feature that optimize storage space and help with organization. Having this type of spice rack installed near your stove or cooktop makes for easy access during meal prep and provides for quick put-away when it’s time to clean up.
 
 
2. Cabinets Extended to the Ceiling
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An Open-Concept Kitchen Gets a Fresh Look & Improved Functionality

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! Read more

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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Natural Stone vs. Engineered Stone: What is best for Kitchen Counters?

 
 


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Choosing the right stone counter top is one of the biggest decisions you will make for your kitchen remodel. Not only will this be a big part of the budget, but it will also influence the design and longevity of the rest of the kitchen.
 
 
Both natural and engineered stone have their advantages, so it’s a good idea to compare the two before making your final decision.
 
 


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Natural Stone
 
 
While there are many natural options available, granite is still one of the top picks, as it is recognized as the prominent high-end option and can help boost your home’s value. It’s also known for its unique appearance and the long-lasting durability that natural stone has to offer.
 
 
The natural minerals found in granite — including quartz, tourmaline, topaz, garnet and others– contribute to the beautiful natural flaws and irregularities we see in granite counter tops. No two slabs of granite are identical, allowing for your kitchen design to truly be one-of-a-kind (a big appeal to many homeowners). On the other hand, it can be difficult to match colors within your kitchen. Often times, a slab of granite will even appear to be a different color once it’s installed under your kitchen lights than it did when you first fell in love with it at the warehouse.
 
 
Aside from granite, other natural stone choices include:
 
Marble
 
Soapstone
 
Quartzite
 
Limestone
 
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Small Kitchen Updates Make a Big Impact

 
We recently completed a kitchen refresh for some of our clients. They didn’t need a ‘full gut’ remodel, but definitely had several items in their kitchen that could use a breath of fresh air! This project is proof that small updates really do make a big impact!

 
 

You can see that there are many features that contributed to a dated look. A major change involved enclosing the doorway seen on the corner – allowing for the dining room behind the kitchen to be converted into an office. The faded cabinets, fluorescent lighting, counter tops and oven hood were among the other items that needed refreshing. Read more