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Want to Hate Your New Kitchen? Follow These Three Steps

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Sep 13, 2012 @ 08:09 AM

kitchen remodeling rochester ny sept1Nobody deliberately creates a kitchen that they hate. But if you’re not careful your dream kitchen can turn into a nightmare. And sometimes it’s the things you don’t think of that cause the problems. It’s easy to get excited about the “sexy” parts of the kitchen, but here are three practical areas you can’t afford to ignore.

1. Make it Up As You Go Along. While designing your new kitchen is definitely a creative process, it won’t be successful without a predetermined plan.  You’ll have plenty of opportunities to experiment with color and materials, but you need to start with a plan that meets your functional needs. Good design, after all is based on the assumption that form follows function. Perhaps more than any other room in your house, your kitchen needs to be designed as a room that works. So think through how you plan to use your kitchen. Do you plan to entertain guests there? Will you be doing gourmet cooking? Will it be the place you hold your family meetings? Once you determine those things you can make decisions about things such as how much counter space you will need, etc. It’s important that you design your kitchen around what you do 95 percent of the time—not five percent of the time.

2. Don’t Even Think About It—Space That Is: If we’re honest, storage space isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when planning a kitchen. Most of us get a lot more excited about things like countertop materials, what sink to put in, what the floors will be like, and what new appliances to order. Those are all important things, but (again) your kitchen needs to be functional. If you constantly have to move things around to create a place to work, your kitchen won’t be the comfortable, inviting place you want it to be.  So, in the planning stages make sure you allow plenty of space for storage of food, utensils, dishes, and books.


3. This Little Light of Mine.  When it comes to kitchen design, lighting isn’t a little thing that you add on at the end. It’s really one of the most important elements in your kitchen because it directly affects how your kitchen looks and feels—and how well it functions. Performing intricate cooking operations without adequate lighting is really frustrating.  Plan your lighting before you install your cabinetry.  And take into account the different kinds of lights you’ll need. Ambient lighting (with dimmers, perhaps?) can set the tone and mood of your kitchen. Task lighting of specific areas for particular tasks (cutting/food prep) is crucial as well. And accent lighting allows you to highlight interesting features such as artwork, or collectables.

Don’t end up with a kitchen you hate. Take these three things into consideration before you get too far into the process.

Topics: Kitchen remodeling, rochester ny contractor, home remodel

Four Things to Remember When Remodeling Your Bathroom

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 @ 08:09 AM

kitchen remodeling rochester ny septRemodeling your bathroom can have an amazing impact on your home. That’s probably why bathroom projects are so popular. But there are four things you need to remember when jumping into a bath-remodeling project if you want it to be successful.

Storage Space is the Final Frontier. Many homeowners forget to take bathroom storage space into consideration when they remodel. It’s easy to get excited about faucets and color schemes—but if you don’t account for it, you’ll regret it later. Make a list of the things you want or need to keep in your bathroom, and then make sure you’ve allowed enough space to accommodate those items. Don’t forget about space for cleaning supplies and other things that you don’t want in your hall closet. This is important to keep in mind when you select your vanity. If it doesn’t provide you with enough storage space, you’ll need to find it somewhere else.

Oh, the Vanity of it All! Since we’ve already brought up the topic of vanities, make sure you consider the size of what you plan to put in. If everyone in your family is “standard” sized, you should do fine with a standard vanity. There are other options if you’re taller or shorter than average. Don’t be frustrated by the size and/or placement of a standard vanity. Also, if you’re remodeling a bathroom for smaller children you may want to consider downsizing to accommodate them—or building in a step stool that makes it easier for them to reach the sink.


Light up Your Life. Proper lighting is absolutely critical for your bathroom. Many bathrooms are considerably smaller than other rooms. In some cases they don’t have as much natural light because of smaller windows (or in some older homes the absence of windows). But you don’t have to settle for a dark and dingy room. Make sure you have adequate lighting above the vanity (for applying makeup or shaving). But beyond that, you may want to consider installing recessed lighting to make the room to make the room more inviting.

Let Yourself Vent. This is probably the last thing that people think about, but adequate ventilation is a critical consideration when remodeling a bathroom. You want to have good air circulation to help keep humidity down and to reduce the potential for mold. While newer homes generally have adequate ventilation built into the bathrooms, older homes often don’t.  And in some cases, when you remodel local codes may require you to install adequate ventilation that meets current codes.

Want more ideas about how to plan a great bathroom? Download our free 5-page Design the Ultimate Bathroom guide.

Topics: Kitchen remodeling, rochester ny contractor, home remodel

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