Take the Time to Customize the Lighting when You Remodel the Kitchen

Lighting is one of the most important factors to take into consideration when remodeling the kitchen, yet so many people tend to overlook it or neglect to properly plan it. Older homes often have a single ceiling mounted light in or near the center of the room. Overhead lighting can be a good thing, but it can’t be the only light in the entire room.

Light Placement

The placement of your kitchen lighting makes more of an impact than you may realize. The traditional center-of-the-room ceiling light creates shadows. A single-light kitchen simply doesn’t work because shadows keep you from being able to properly see what’s going on on the stove or the food prep area. You may not be able to see whether or not all of the dishes are clean if the lighting isn’t up to par.

Make a Design Statement

Nothing in the rulebook says that your kitchen lighting can’t be absolutely fabulous. Choose a huge light fixture that can act as a focal decorative point in the room. You don’t have to go all out on a crystal chandelier, but choose light fixtures that you love and the rest of the decor will fall into place.

Clear, Crisp Light vs. Warm Light

Crisp, bright lighting is the best choice for most areas of the kitchen. You may decide to use a warmer light as the ambient light or as a decorative statement, however. Bright lighting allows you to properly see what you’re doing in the kitchen and makes the room look cleaner.

Light Fixtures

Have you ever just stood in the lighting department at Lowe’s or Home Depot and gazed in awe at the amazing options available? Try visiting both stores and a few other local home decor shops – if you’re brave enough. Choosing fixtures requires that you take several factors into consideration including:

  • How the fixture will direct or spread light.
  • Where the fixture will be installed.
  • The types of metal used in the kitchen – the faucet, for example.
  • The overall appearance you want.
  • Ease of changing the fixture when you’re ready for a change.

Choosing Lighting for Your Remodeled Kitchen

As you can see, several things must be taken into consideration before you embark on a kitchen remodeling project, especially the lighting. Give us a call and we’ll help you design your perfect kitchen with the right amount of lighting for each area. We enjoy helping homeowners choose the materials that go into their remodeling project, because it reflects on our workmanship – and we always strive to provide the best.

6 Factors to Consider when Remodeling Your Kitchen in 2018

Kitchen remodeling projects are among the most expensive projects because of the amount of work and intricate detail required. Our goal is to provide you with the most up to date information so you can make the best decisions for your 2018 kitchen remodel. Today we’re going to go over 6 key factors to consider during the project. Let’s get started.

Organized Storage Options

The words organized and storage haven’t always gone hand-in-hand, especially in the kitchen. But we’ve found that most homeowners are much happier with their remodel when we include a way to organize all their stuff. Here are some of the best ways to organize your kitchen’s storage:

  • Obviously, right? Cabinets are designed to hold large bulky items, but let’s also include some oversized cabinetry for your small appliances.
  • The pantry is an amazing organizational tool. Implement baskets, sealed containers, and labels to further organize your pantry.
  • Shelves add a good amount of decor to the room while providing a spot for your favorite cookbooks, mugs, or other dishes. These dishes could be purely for decorative purposes or for the items you use the most.

Countertop Materials

The countertop is one area that we recommend you splurge. Get that amazing granite or marble countertop if it’s within your budget. We can help you find the best deals on countertops in the Phoenix area.

Flooring Materials

Flooring options are nearly endless. Tile is a popular choice and so is hardwood. We don’t recommend soft wood like pine because it takes damage when cans, bottles, and other heavy items are dropped. And let’s face it, we all drop things occasionally.

Lighting Options

We can’t say it enough – task lighting. You need general lighting for ambient light, task lighting, showcase lighting, and maybe even some late-night lighting. Small strings of LED lights are an excellent way to add just enough light to prevent injury when you go for that midnight snack or drink.

Hardware and Faucets

These items are included in the finishing touches category because they have the ability to transform a drab kitchen into something pretty spectacular. Choose finishing touches that add value, whether visual appeal, added functionality, or monetary value, to your kitchen. This should be one of your splurge areas.

Appliances

Today’s appliance options can get pretty extensive – and expensive. You can go as basic or as high tech as you want. Do you need a basic refrigerator or something amazing that helps you track your groceries? Do you need a basic slow cooker or oven or one that allows you to connect via smart phone? Smart appliances add a lot of functionality to your kitchen, so pick and choose carefully.

Kitchen Remodeling in Phoenix

Give us a call if you would like to discuss kitchen remodeling in Phoenix with us. We’re the top rated remodeling company in the area, and we would love to provide you with a magazine-worthy kitchen this year.

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