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Choosing the Kitchen Cabinets for Your Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Oct 18, 2019 @ 09:10 AM

When you (or your guests) step into your kitchen, the cabinets may be the most dominant feature in the room. Your cabinets set the tone for your whole kitchen and—with today's open style architecture—your whole home. That's why you'll want to take your time when choosing the kitchen cabinets for your custom home. Your choice of cabinets is a major factor in designing the kitchen for your Rochester custom home.

 

What’s Your Kitchen Style?

You’ll want to choose a style that fits your personal taste—and creates the right atmosphere for how you entertain in your home. When it comes to kitchen style, there are two basic elements you’ll want to consider: Cabinet style and color.

Transitional Kitchen Renovation with Shaker Cabinets in Rochester NY
 

Cabinet Style

The current style trend in kitchen cabinets is leaning more toward Shaker cabinets—especially those that feature doors with recessed panels (although flat panel and raised panel doors are also quite popular in Shaker cabinets). These clean and simple cabinets are often found in farmhouse style kitchen—but that’s not an exclusive trend. Here’s a look at a farmhouse style kitchen we recently built. And it’s worth noting that a gourmet kitchen with an over-sized island is considered a “must-have” for many people building a custom home.

Farmhouse Kitchen with Glass Front Cabinets in Rochester NY

 

Cabinet Color

You may see design posts proclaiming the death of white kitchen cabinets. And yet, according to RealSimple.com 43 percent of homeowners still prefer white cabinets. Let's face it, you can do a lot of accent colors with white cabinets. Natural wood cabinets (such as oak kitchen cabinets or maple kitchen cabinets) also remain popular. There is something warm and inviting about natural wood in the kitchen. Gray kitchen cabinets are also increasing in popularity. As a neutral color, they also lend themselves to a variety of complementary accent colors.Navy Cabinets in Kitchen in Rochester NY

One trend that has changed over the last few years, however, is that designers and homeowners are embracing two-tone kitchen cabinets. They'll paint their upper cabinets one color and their lower cabinets another color. Often this combination will include one set (upper or lower) in white, with the other cabinets being blue or gray. It's a very stunning look.

Transitional Kitchen with green island in Rochester NY

It’s interesting to note that—according to the same RealSample post—approximately 40 percent of homeowners upgrading their kitchen are opting for custom cabinets and 34 percent are choosing semi-custom cabinets. It’s an area where homeowners weigh the cost versus the value of building/design decisions they make. Many homeowners are convinced that the quality and functionality that custom and semi-custom cabinets offer is worth the money they spend.

 

How Much Do Kitchen Cabinets Cost?

Before making your decision about what kind of cabinets to install, it’s a good idea to have a basic grasp of the cost differences. Homeadvisor.com offers some helpful information about the relative cost of stock cabinets as compared to semi-custom or custom cabinets. You'll notice a range of prices for each kind. Your exact needs or desires will impact your final costs, but these figures can be a good starting point for comparison. 

 

Style of Kitchen Cabinet

Price per Linear Foot

Stock

$100 to $300

Semi-Custom

$150 to $650

Custom

$500 to $1,200

 

Can You Have a Custom Kitchen in Your Existing Home?

What if you already have a home you love, but would love to have a great new kitchen with custom or semi-custom cabinets? We specialize in kitchen remodeling for Rochester area homes. Click here for some ideas and images of the kind of kitchen you can have in your existing Rochester home.

Farmhouse Kitchen with White Cabinets in Rochester NY

Or, if you just want to talk to us about what you have in mind, please contact us and let us know what kind of information you’re interested in. We can help! We know you have lots of questions and our knowledgeable team is here to guide you through the whole process.

 

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Topics: Custom homes, kitchen design, Building a New Home, Custom Home Features, Home Building Tips

Choosing the Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Oct 4, 2019 @ 09:10 AM

When you’re designing the kitchen in your custom home, think about what part of the kitchen gets the most use—and the most views. It’s probably the combination of your cabinets and your countertops. And when it comes to daily use, your countertops probably bear the burden of the most wear and tear. So, what’s the key to choosing the countertops for your Rochester custom home?

Keep in mind that your kitchen is a multi-faceted, multi-functional room. Chances are good that you use it both for food preparation and for entertaining in your home. That means your kitchen needs to look great and stand up to daily use.

Here are some things that you’ll want to consider:

 

Style

Your personal sense of style can be reflected in the countertop material you choose. If you're after a sleek, modern look for your kitchen, you have several choices. Granite countertops have been the “go-to” choice for upscale kitchens for a long time. They remain extremely popular because of their beauty, elegance, and unique natural patterns.  Quartz countertops, however, are hard on the heels of granite and have even surpassed granite in popularity in some areas.

Kitchen Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home
 
Concrete countertops are another option. Many of the concrete countertops you’ll find today look like natural stone—and you can essentially choose your color. And, if you’re a fan of industrial chic, you might want to consider a “plain” concrete top for your counter. If you’re after a warmer look, you may want to look at a butcher block countertop. You can create beautiful countertop—and you can cut right on the countertop.

 

Durability

Quartz Kitchen Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home

All of the countertop materials mentioned here are quite durable. Granite can be somewhat susceptible to staining (from things such as red wine), but you can treat your granite counters yearly to protect them. Concrete is extremely hard and resists chipping and scratching. They’re also very heat resistant, and easy to maintain. You can expect your counters to last for decades with a minimum amount of basic maintenance. Butcher block counters will require more maintenance—and are not as heat resistant as natural stone and concrete.

 

Price

Granite Kitchen Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home

There is a fairly wide range of costs for various kitchen countertops. A recent (2019) homeadvisor.com post offers a quick guide to pricing. Your specific price will vary, but this provides a kind of baseline for costs.

  • Granite will run you between $15-$140 per square foot
  • Engineered Stone Quartz can cost between $15-$70 per square foot
  • Wood/Butcher Block generally runs around $10-$38 per square foot
  • Concrete costs around $50-$100 per square foot

 

Think About the Sink

Marble Kitchen Countertops for Your Rochester Custom Home

Of course, you'll want to match your kitchen countertops with the right sink. So, keep that in mind as you choose your materials. Do you want an under-counter mounted sink (similar to the one in the picture above)? Do you prefer a single large basin or a double sink? Think about what kind of fixtures go best with the material you choose. Sleek modern faucets look great with quartz, granite, concrete, or even laminate countertops. You might want something more rustic or casual with a butcher block or other wooden countertop.

 

If you’re looking for more ideas and inspiration for the rest of your kitchen, we invite you to download our free Creating the Ideal Kitchen eBook. It’s packed with information about kitchen style, functionality, and how to plan for your new kitchen.

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Topics: Custom homes, kitchen design, Building a New Home, Custom Home Features, Home Building Tips

Designing the Kitchen in Your Rochester Custom Home

Posted by John Graziose on Fri, Sep 13, 2019 @ 09:09 AM

Whether you’re building a new custom home or remodeling the kitchen in your existing Rochester area home, your kitchen is one room that needs special attention. So much happens in your kitchen (food preparation, casual meals, entertaining, and more) that it’s important to get this room right. Achieving the right results, however, is about more than simply installing new kitchen elements. You need a good plan to make sure everything comes together. That's what kitchen design is all about. With that in mind, let's look at designing the kitchen in your Rochester custom home—and cover some essential kitchen design ideas.

 

Balancing Form and Function

Kitchen Made For Entertaining in Your Rochester Custom Home

There are two key elements to creating a modern kitchen that will delight you for years to come. You want to pay attention to both form and function. Homeowners want to create beautiful kitchens that are attractive and inviting—and match their sense of style. But it's equally important to end up with a kitchen that matches your lifestyle. And that means building in the features—and designing the space—that make your kitchen comfortable and convenient for the way you live and entertain.

 

How to Design a Kitchen Layout

Kitchen Layout in Custom Home in Rochester NY

So, how do you go about planning a kitchen that meets your needs? First, think about how you like to use your kitchen. What are the things that can make it convenient and enjoyable for making meals?  If you do a lot of cooking, you might want to consider a design that incorporates double ovens. That enables you to have multiple items (with differing temperatures) cooking at the same time. If you plan to use your kitchen for casual meals, or like making breads/pastries/pastas you may want to build in an over-sized island that allows you more work space (with a built-in sink, or possibly an island cook-top) while still allowing room for family and friends to eat breakfast or a snack on the other side of the island. By the way, if you’d like some additional tips about how to design a great kitchen (and other rooms in your home) for entertaining, check out this helpful article.

 

What About “Extra” Kitchen Features?

Special Features for Your Rochester Kitchen

Once you have your basic design mapped out, you can focus on some other details that can make your kitchen more comfortable, convenient, and even fun. If you’re in the habit of having friends over for coffee, you might want to look at building in a coffee bar to add an element of fun and interest. Many Rochester homeowners love having a separate pantry in the kitchen. This extra space makes storing small appliances and dry goods so much easier—and it helps to keep your kitchen uncluttered. And don’t forget about touchless faucets that make food prep much more convenient.

 

Choosing the Look You Want

Choosing the Look You Want For Your Rochester Kitchen

You have a lot of options when it comes to the visual impact of your Rochester kitchen. You can choose from contemporary, classic, modern, or farmhouse styles. But keep in mind that most kitchens today are part of an open floor plan. That means whatever style and décor you choose for your kitchen will probably be visible from other rooms in the house. That means you’ll want to make sure that the cabinets, countertops, and flooring blend well with what’s in the adjoining rooms.

 

How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Kitchen?

How Much Does it Cost to Remodel a Kitchen in Rochester NY

Naturally, you’ll want to keep an eye on the budget with your new kitchen. Your builder can walk you through the design and provide you with an accurate estimate so that you’ll know what to expect. If you’re remodeling an existing kitchen, here’s a very helpful post that gives you an idea of what various levels of kitchen remodels cost in the Rochester area—and what the return on that investment will be. We want you to be able to make an informed decision about remodeling before starting. 

 

Next Steps

Prepare to design the kitchen in your Rochester custom home

Whether you’re building a new home or remodeling the kitchen in your current home, gathering good information is essential to achieving the results you want. A great way to get started is to download our free Creating the Ideal Kitchen eBook. It’s packed with helpful information and insights. You can also contact us directly. We know you’ll have lots of questions and our knowledgeable Gerber Homes team will be delighted to guide you through the whole process.

 

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, Custom homes, kitchen design, Home Design, Custom Home Features

What’s Your Kitchen Personality? How to Match your Rochester Kitchen to Your Persona

Posted by John Graziose on Sat, Apr 13, 2019 @ 10:04 AM

Kitchen-with-personalityThere’s little doubt that the kitchen in your Rochester home has a huge impact on the look and feel of your entire home. It’s why homeowners pay so much attention to the details that go into creating their dream kitchen. That’s true whether you’re building a new home or remodeling your existing Rochester kitchen. Your kitchen, however, should be a reflection of what’s important to you. It should reflect your personality. What’s your kitchen personality? How can you match your Rochester kitchen to your persona?


What’s a Persona?

When I say your kitchen should match your persona, I’m not talking about whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert. I’m talking about having a kitchen that matches the way you live and how you like to use that space. Here are some examples of different kitchen personas. You may not find one that matches you exactly, but the idea is that the kitchen should be designed to suit your specific lifestyle.

  • Cindy the Casual Hostess is all about convenience and making guests feel welcome in her kitchen. She’d rather spend time with her guests than spend time preparing meals and trying out exotic recipes. That’s why her kitchen appliances and design focus on ease of access and ease of use. Her kitchen has lots of space for family and guests to linger while food is being prepared. It’s open to the Family Room so that everybody feels connected. Cindy’s family also eats breakfast in the kitchen area so she might opt for a built-in breakfast bar at the center island or even a breakfast booth right off the kitchen.
  • Gourmet Gina is really into gourmet cooking. It’s not just something she tries occasionally—she’s passionate about it. She reads up on the latest cooking trends and even watches gourmet-cooking shows. She can’t wait to try out the newest recipes. The layout of her kitchen reflects that passion. She designs her kitchen space to enable her to do the kind of intensive cooking she and her family enjoy. It’s all about efficiency and preparation in Gina’s kitchen. For her, the "Kitchen Work Triangle” is extremely important. She still likes to host meals and have friends over, but her guests enjoy their special meals in a space adjoining the kitchen—not in the kitchen itself.
  • Emily the Entertainer is a true social character. Her kitchen is the place where she hosts friends and guest—for a glass of wine or for conversation while she prepares a meal or a snack. That’s why she wants a kitchen that’s spacious and gives guests room to mingle without worrying that they’ll get in the way of the preparation. Entertaining and doing food preparation in the same space means that Emily needs lighting that will enable her to easily complete tasks such as chopping, cutting, washing, and stirring. But then, when the prep work is done, she can switch over to ambient lighting that makes guests feel comfortable.
  • Thoroughly Modern Melissa is a big fan of modern design using clean, sleek lines. Countertop clutter is one of her pet peeves. That means she has a kitchen that allows plenty of storage space to keep things off the counter. If possible, she may even include a separate pantry for food items and seldom-used appliances. Her penchant for modern style also shapes her selection of cabinets, countertops, backsplash, and flooring—and she gravitates toward simple colors with bold accents.
  • Carol the Country Girl is a fan of warm, inviting, country-style décor. She wants her kitchen to be a place where friends enjoy a relaxing a cup of coffee or tea while talking about anything (or nothing). Her kitchen is a relaxing place so she chooses cabinets, counters, sink, furniture, and colors that are warm and comfortable. She does have a preference for natural materials such as reclaimed wood and metals that give her kitchen a comfortable “lived-in” feel.

You can see that some personas tend to be more driven by function (cooking or entertaining style), while others focus a bit more on aesthetics. Knowing what’s most important to you helps you work with your builder or remodeler to help create a kitchen that makes you feel comfortable and at home. If you’re looking for additional help to match your kitchen design to your personality, download our free Creating the Ideal Kitchen eBook. This helpful guide will help you identify the features you’ll want to build into your ideal kitchen.

Photo by Viscious-Speed

 Adapted from the original September 2016 post

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Topics: kitchen design, Home Design

Kitchen Remodeling: What Would Go Into Your Dream Kitchen?

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 @ 13:04 PM

Kitchen Remodeling: What Would Go Into Your Dream Kitchen?Kitchens are one of the most-remodeled rooms in today’s homes. It’s not surprising, given the increased role kitchens play in family living today. And while kitchens have become increasingly popular as social gathering places, they are still very much working rooms. That means they should be designed for efficiency and for comfort. What features would you build into your dream kitchen? Here are a few ideas. 

  • Plenty of Space to Work: Work with your designer/builder to ensure that you have plenty of space to prepare food. You don’t want to feel cramped, so allow ample room between countertops to turn around (and bend over!). 
  • Rethink Your Base Cabinets: Traditionally, base cabinets in kitchens have been shelves with doors on them. You might want to consider switching to drawers. Instead of getting down on your hands and knees to see what’s in the back of the cabinet, you can pull the drawers (and contents) out into the light where you can see everything. It’s much more convenient. And by the way—spend just a little more to get “soft-close” drawers. You’ll get a lot less bang for your buck! 
  • Let the Light In: If at all possible, take advantage of natural light on outside walls. Adding windows in your kitchen changes the whole personality of the kitchen. If space is really at a premium, you could at least consider narrow windows above your cabinets to let in more natural light. You’ll be amazed at how much bigger your kitchen will feel. 
  • Include a Dishhhhhhwasher: Because so many floor plans today have kitchens that are open to the family room or great room, the last thing you want is a noisy dishwasher. You’ll probably want an appliance that has a decibel level below 45. One word of caution, the lower the decibel level, the higher the cost (generally). You’ll have to decide how much the shhhhh-factor is worth. 
  • Build in a Pantry Wall: Having a good-sized pantry wall (on your inside walls where you can’t have windows) gives you lots of space for storage and it also helps to consolidate a variety of items. Instead of searching through various cabinets, you’ll have everything in one place. And if you like the idea of seeing things at-a-glance, you might consider a glass front to the pantry so you can see what you’re looking for before you open the door. 
  • Water Without Hands: This may seem like a small thing, but it can make a big difference. Consider putting in a hands-free faucet. Some you can turn on by touching anywhere on the faucet. Others have a built-in sensor that responds to movement. If you’re working with raw meat or messy sauces, you can still turn the water on without having to wipe down the faucet and handles all the time. 

Those are just a few things to think about as you begin planning your new kitchen. What would you put in your dream kitchen?

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, kitchen design, home remodeling

Kitchen Concepts for 2015

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jan 28, 2015 @ 19:01 PM

Kitchen-concepts-for-2015Because it’s the first month of the year, there tends to be a lot of talk about what new kitchen concepts we can expect to see in 2015. While we think good design supersedes the latest trends and fads, it’s still worthwhile keeping an idea on what’s happening in the world of home design—particularly when it comes to what’s cooking in the kitchen. 

We also think that the bigger questions aren’t about what’s new or what’s trendy—but what will make your kitchen (and the rest of your home) more comfortable and enjoyable. 

Here are a few design trends that seem to follow that kind of thinking. So if you’re considering remodeling the kitchen in your Rochester-area home, you might want to think about these ideas. 

  • Real Feel Wood: Incorporating wood into kitchen design is nothing new, but designers and homeowners seem to be moving away from highly polished and treated woods a bit in favor of woods have a more natural look and feel. That same trend appears to be the case with stone used in the kitchen. What’s becoming increasing popular is the use of natural stone (such as marble and granite) and  “engineered” stone that has more of the character of raw stone found in nature. 
  • Open Shelving: Open shelves aren’t exactly a brand new trend—but they seem to be gaining popularity. And while there’s no question that they have a visual impact (giving kitchens an open, spacious look), there’s definitely a practical side to the design as well. It’s easy to get at items that are stored—and to put them away. Beyond that, using open shelving lends a familiar and casual “lived-in” look to the kitchen. And if you don’t want to go “all in” with the open look, you can combine open shelves with closed cabinets for those things you prefer to keep hidden. 
  • Mixing of Styles: For a long time the unwritten code was that one shouldn’t mix different style in a single room.  That meant that if you had a tradition kitchen, the style would be traditional throughout the whole room. It’s become more acceptable (and even “fashionable” to combine different styles. It’s becoming quite common to see traditional and modern elements together. It’s not necessarily an “anything goes” approach but designers are mixing elements to create warm, welcoming spaces instead of sleek, ultra-modern looks. Rather than focusing on looks that are stunning, the emphasis is on creating environments where people want to congregate.
  • Ceilings as Design Elements: Instead of ignoring the ceiling in the kitchen (or simply letting it be a boring shade of white) some designers are drawing viewers’ eyes up to make a statement. They’re using a variety of options to do this, including coffer ceilings, dramatic lighting, and embellished trims. They are turning the ceiling into a design element in its own right. 
  • A Metallic Shift: Don’t expect stainless steel appliances to go away, but there does seem to be a shift in metal tones for accents (faucets, handles, etc,). Many designers are leaning toward warmer-toned metals such as oiled or brushed copper, gold, and bronze.

Those are just a few of the things we’ve been hearing about at the beginning of the New Year. Leave us a note in the comments section telling us about trends you’re seeing. And if you’re looking for additional kitchen design ideas, you may want to check out some of the recent kitchen remodels we’ve worked on.

Topics: kitchen design

Rochester-Area Kitchen Remodeling: The Big Take-Away

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 19:11 PM

Rochester-area-kitchen-remodeling-the-big-take-awayIt’s been pretty well established over the past few years that the kitchen has become the heart of the home. But if you live in an older home in the Rochester area, it may be hard to imagine your existing kitchen as the focal point of your home. Sure, all those glamorous photos of stunning kitchens on TV or online look great—but how can you achieve that when you’re dealing with a cramped kitchen to begin with? 

When it comes to making the most out of the space you have, there are times when it’s not what you add to the picture that matters most—it’s what you take away. That’s where a seasoned remodeler can really help. Sometimes builders and remodelers see your home a little differently than you do. They not only see what’s in front of their eyes, but what could be there. And sometimes that means taking something away in order to uncover something better. 

The photo you see here is a perfect example. How in the world can a dark, cramped kitchen be turned into a bright and open space where people love to hang out? That was the challenge facing these homeowners. 

Years ago, kitchens were separate rooms, devoted to meal preparation and closed off from guests. Nobody wanted to see pots and pans. Today, however, family and guests don’t want to be cut off from what’s going on in the kitchen.  The “big take-away” in the kitchen pictured above was the wall that divided two rooms. By taking away that dividing wall and moving some of the kitchen components, we were able to create a warm, comfortable, welcoming space with lots of light. 

I invite you to take a look at some additional before-and-after images of Rochester-area kitchens. In most of the examples you’ll see, the transformation of the kitchen wasn’t simply a matter of putting a new face on things. It involved re-thinking how best to use the existing space—and the space around it. 

We’ve been building and remodeling homes in western New York since 1981. We know our way around the kitchen—and the other rooms in your home. We’d love to be able to help you see the possibilities in your home that perhaps you haven’t yet discovered.  And sometimes—if you want more, that means taking away something to get there!

 

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, kitchen design

Rochester-Area Kitchen Remodeling: Beyond Cabinets And Countertops

Posted by John Graziose on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 @ 07:01 AM

describe the imageIf you’re thinking of remodeling the kitchen in your Rochester-area home, you’re not alone. Kitchens and bathrooms are still the most remodeled rooms in the house. But what’s the first thing you think about when you consider remodeling? A lot of homeowners start thinking about what kind of cabinetry they want—what kind of wood, what kind of hardware? Others focus on the kind of countertops they want. Should they go for granite or some other natural surface? And what about a backsplash to tie everything together? Then there’s flooring to consider. Should it be tile? Stone? Maybe something exotic like bamboo?

Those are all fun ideas to wrestle with—even if the sheer number of options can sometimes be a little overwhelming. How your kitchen looks is extremely important. Chances are that you’ll spend a lot of time there, so you want it to look right. But there are some basic things you need to consider first: Things that go beyond cabinets and countertops.

Before you get too wrapped up in the finishes your kitchen will have, you’ll want to revisit why you’re remodeling in the first place. Most homeowners tackle a kitchen-remodeling project because they’re not entirely happy with the way the kitchen works. That’s a bigger issue than just how the kitchen appears.

How do you want to be able to use your kitchen? Are you planning to do a lot of gourmet cooking? Will it be a place where you entertain? Are you planning to eat family meals in the kitchen? Are you a “make-meals-from-scratch” kind of family, or do you tend to pop something into the microwave?

The way you answer those questions will shape how you want to organize the space in your new kitchen. It will also affect the kind of appliances you install and even the work surfaces you put in.

Even if a big reason for remodeling was cosmetic, you’ll want to think about exactly what you wanted to change. Was the kitchen too dark? Are you after more natural light? Did the kitchen feel too cramped? Did it feel cut off from where people tend to gather and eat? Is removing a wall to expand your space an option? By the way, don’t plan on moving a wall until you talk to a builder or an engineer. You need to make sure that the wall you’re planning to move isn’t a load-bearing wall!

Once you figure out how you want to use your kitchen, then you can move on to figuring out what you want it to look like.  We’ve got a great guide that can help you design your kitchen to fit your personal style—and get what you really want out of your kitchen. Download our free Optimal Kitchen Designs and Layouts here, and you’ll also pick up tips on best practices for usability and some pointers on how to plan for your kitchen remodeling.

Then the cabinets and countertops you pick out will really make a difference!

Topics: Kitchen remodeling, kitchen design

September Is the Season For Learning: Increase Your Kitchen IQ

Posted by John Graziose on Thu, Sep 26, 2013 @ 20:09 PM

September is the season for learning increasing your kitchen IQMost of us equate September with the start of a new school year. We’re always telling our kids how important education is, but our kids aren’t the only ones who need to keep learning. If you’re considering remodeling the kitchen in your eastern Rochester home, increasing your “Kitchen IQ” before you get started is a good way to make sure you get the kind of results you want.

There is much more to a successful kitchen remodeling project than just picking out new cupboards and appliances. Sure, you’ll want to make cosmetic changes, but the kitchen is far too important a room in your home to just re-touch the surface. You really want to ask yourself how you want the room to be used.

The “before-and-after” pictures of the kitchen at the right are a good example. The homeowners could have asked us to simply make a few cosmetic changes to the kitchen at the top. Instead, they did their homework and asked us to take out a wall and open the kitchen to the adjoining dining room. That change altered not only the appearance of the kitchen but the entire flow of the house. It’s much more open, inviting and social.

One good way to educate yourself is to visit sites such as HGTV.com and houzz.com to see some of the great ideas others have come up with. Some of the ideas may not be in line with your tastes, but you’ll get a sense for what can be done. You can also check out some of our other “before and after” kitchen projects to get an idea of the dramatic difference a well-planned and well-executed kitchen renovation can make.

Another way to improve your kitchen IQ is to download our free Optimal Kitchen Designs and Layouts design guide. In addition to providing you with great ideas for your kitchen, it will walk you through how to design your kitchen to fit your personal lifestyle. You’ll learn to identify what you really want from your kitchen, and you’ll find out how to work with your builder to get exactly what you want.

Now that you’ve got the kids back in school, further your own education! Take some time to learn the impact a remodeled kitchen can have on your entire home. And bring yourself up to speed on what it takes to make that happen!

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Topics: Kitchen remodeling, kitchen design

Remodeling Your Rochester Kitchen: 5 Common Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by John Graziose on Tue, Jul 24, 2012 @ 08:07 AM

kitchen remodeling building ny julyThere is probably no single remodeling project that can add more of a “wow” factor to your home than a kitchen remodel. And as the hub of your home, you probably get more out of a kitchen remodeling project than any other renovation you might undertake. It’s no wonder that the kitchen is the most remodeled room in the home—or that it pays the best return on investment.

At the same time, there are five common mistakes that homeowners make when remodeling their kitchens that can turn a dream kitchen into a nightmare. Let’s take a quick look.

1. Reality vs. TV: Maybe you like to watch those gourmet cooking shows on television. The things they are able produce in those TV kitchens make you want to try the same thing at home. And if you’re really serious about gourmet cooking, that’s fine.  But before you dive in and turn your home kitchen into a top-of-the-line commercial kitchen, make sure it fits your real lifestyle. Remodeling your kitchen isn’t cheap, and you’re not going to want to re-do it in six months.

2. Being Too Timid:  Believe it or not, being too timid in your remodeling plans can be every bit as bad as going overboard. Don’t think too small. If something about your kitchen really bothers you, the time to think about changing it is NOW. Maybe the workflow of your kitchen feels wrong. Change it when you remodel.  It may cost you a little more, but it will never be cheaper or easier to do than it is right now. Take your time and think through how you want your kitchen to work.

3. Not Thinking Ahead: This is a little bit like being too timid. Family situations change. Take a look at how your family uses the kitchen now. Will you still use it the same way in three years? And if not—will you be able to make small, easy changes to adapt to your new situation? And don’t forget that your physical capabilities could change over time. How long are you planning to stay in your home and use your kitchen the way you currently do?

4. Fads and Fun: It’s always fun to try new ideas and experiment with new trends. But there’s a big difference between a solid trend and the latest fad. Bear in mind that some trends and fads can be easily changed. Others you may be stuck with for a long time (or you’ll have to pay the piper to have them changed). You can repaint a wall pretty easily, but chartreuse kitchen cabinets are a bit more problematic.

5. Confusion of Responsibility: This is your house and you are the boss But if you’re reading this post there’s a good chance that you’re not a professional builder. We want you to tell us what your expectations are. And we want you to be very specific about them. But some homeowners cross the line and try to tell the builder how to do his job. Tell us what you want done—and then let us figure out the best way to do it. You’ll end up with a better result.

If you can avoid these five common mistakes, it will go a long way toward making your dream kitchen a reality.

Topics: Kitchen remodeling, kitchen design, home remodeling