Everything …but??…the kitchen sink

June 5, 2011

Kitchen renovations still reap the highest rewards for your remodelling dollar but convenience, comfort, practicality and personal preference should be the primary reason for undertaking a kitchen remodel.  And your budget must be the deciding factor.

Granite is still the most popular choice, for the current home owner and to attract future home owners.   Quartz is also popular because of its low maintanance, durability, and expanded colour choice.  For those wanting to do their part to protect the environment, recycled glass has come on the scene in the last couple of years.

Wood floors and cabinetry remain fashionable; stain colour and finish change with the seasons.   Both wood surface areas can remain beautiful over many years if properly cared for.  It is best to choose a mid-priced cabinet for resale, as not everyone is willing to pay the price point for luxury.

An island built into the space plan helps to maintain the work triangle,  as recommended by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, and it’s a great place for friends to gather while the cook(s) prepare the meal.

Stainless steel kitchen sinks in a variety of sizes, shapes, depths and style are still the first choice of most homeowners.  

An additional sink, in the island or at a bar, is a must for a busy kitchen.  I particularly like the ebb and flow of the fete kitchen sink by kohler, and the gentle curves of the Elkay Mystic Undermount Sink (now in copper) for their art-felt functionality.

Storage is important in every room of the house – but more so in the kitchen.  Storage areas need to be handy, tidy, well lit and well stocked.   Butlers Pantries, the elite of pantries, aren’t just for the kitchens of the rich and famous any more.  Turn an unused back entrance enroute to your kitchen into a well lit wall of upper glass display cabinets  and use the lowers to store large or out of season wares, add a counter with unusual flair,  and voila – a Butler’s Pantry.

I am about to tackle my own daunting kitchen renovation, but alas, not all these great ideas can be incorporated, there just isn’t the space or the budget.

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