If you have done your research about home remodeling, you know that the quality of your cabinets can make or break your renovation. As a professional design-build firm, we take great pride in each of our remodeling projects and strive to ensure that every component – cabinets in particular—are built to the absolute highest standard. For that reason, we have worked with Bailey Cabinets for over 30 years! We are happy to shine the spotlight on them as our featured vendor for this month!
One of the biggest components of a kitchen remodel is new cabinetry. Updating the look, improving storage space, and creating a more functional kitchen overall is directly related to the layout and design of the cabinets. Making structural changes to your kitchen, such as removing a wall or relocating appliances, can result in loss of cabinetry and as a result, loss of storage space. That’s why it is so important to hire a contractor that is experienced with kitchen remodeling and cabinetry design! You want to make sure the professional you choose to work with is knowledgeable when it comes to space optimization and storage solutions.
Increasing storage space is always a goal we have in mind when designing a kitchen remodel, especially if we are removing walls to open up the space. For most of our clients, maximum storage space is a priority 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! Including features like appliances garages, cookie sheet racks, spice racks, utensil drawers, and the like may seem to be common sense, but you’d be surprised at how many home builders do not include these types of features in their standard kitchen models. This is especially true for older homes, built before the 90’s.
If you are considering remodeling your kitchen or just updating your kitchen cabinets, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
This project blog is a little different than our usual ones; there are no original floor plans, 3-D renderings for us to show, or backstory of the clients needing a larger floor plan or more storage. This kitchen remodel is the work of our very own Project Manager, Dave Broadfield, which he completed in his own home, on his own time, after hours of working in our client’s homes each day! We are blown away at his dedication and hard work to get this done without the assistance of our design team. The beautiful final result shows just how talented he is and the amount of detail he puts into his work.
Have you ever seen a dated kitchen or bathroom and thought “WHAT was the builder thinking?!” Such was the case in our recent Arlington remodel (and, unfortunately, in most homes that have been around for a while!) Everyone knows that aesthetic design changes over the years, however, it’s not always just the look that needs updating. Style trends come and go, but poor functionality is something that cannot be overlooked. For our clients, their master bathroom didn’t only look dated, but the poor use of space and limited functionality was a struggle they dealt with daily. They came to us with a complete remodel in mind (and when we say complete, we mean that even the plumbing deep below the floor was taken up and replaced!) Knowing it was going to be a massive undertaking, they sought a company that could help with both design and construction services. Our design team was able to redesign the entire room with floor plans and detailed renderings, followed by our talented crew of craftsmen that completed every phase of construction to install the remodel. What a great experience for us all, and what a transformation for this bathroom!
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!
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!
The addition we started in May to the historical home is complete. Eight weeks from demo to completion, and it’s a beautiful custom project from top to bottom. The porch has new patio doors coming from the dining area, new siding, sconces, stained concrete, and a metal roof with exposed framing that is painted sky blue.
Check out the very cool vanity Michael and Hector crafted from an antique dresser and a beautiful piece of marble the homeowner found in an antique shop. The washer and dryer and hot water heater are tucked behind louvered doors. The floor is stick-on vinyl; it looks great and is very durable.
Here is a peek at the next project for this home, the kitchen. We are in the design stage; cabinet installation will be in a few weeks. We will post pictures when it is complete.