Function and Form in Kitchen Design
Once, the kitchen was considered merely the room where food was prepared. Today for many families who love to cook, the kitchen is the center of the home. Kitchens have become the less enclosed and more open to the rest of the home. Many homeowners choose to make the kitchen both functional and stylish.
Homeowners looking to improve their residence will often look to remodeling the kitchen. The kitchen offers a wide range of possible improvements. The most popular renovation for the kitchen is the countertops. Newly installed granite or Corian countertops add both distinctive taste and great utility.
Appliance selection is second only to cabinets as a cost component of the kitchen remodel. It is important to consider the usefulness of each appliance. The professional range is unnecessary if the homeowner rarely cooks and the LCD monitor built in to the refrigerator may be impractical. The location of appliances should be well thought out and a proper ventilation system should be considered.
Numerous options are available to the homeowner for installation of cabinetry. The least expensive alternative is the RTA (ready to assemble). RTA offer easy assembly and installation but usually have limited colors and styles. Stock cabinets are constructed in standard sizes and offer a variety of colors and styles. Semi-custom, or built to order, cabinets are available in a greater range of sizes, finishes, and styles. Each kitchen is built to order within standard specifications and may include optional modifications. Finally, custom cabinets are completely built to order. Custom cabinets usually require extended production time.
Another important feature of the kitchen is the faucet and sinks. Selecting the right faucet is like choosing the perfect piece of jewelry to accent an outfit. As with any accessory, the faucet can be functionally simple or extravagantly decorative. Like jewelry faucets can be very expensive, therefore homeowners should be very careful in selecting the perfect faucet.
Like any project the kitchen should be well thought out. Kitchen design is the ultimate in combining function and form. Homeowners should carefully evaluate all materials including cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, and fixtures. Whether you're looking for details on incorporating historical architecture, adding a luxurious texture to the wall or you just want to fresh change remember to use a licensed contractor for any remodeling requiring a permit, Sovereign Homes will meticulously design and implement a program tailored to your specific needs. From the inception of architectural and interior design to the completed project, we offer a full gamut of renovation services, undertaking projects as small as a kitchen remodel to a full scale renovation.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Drew Macdonald is an experienced Realtor(R) and rental agent from Marco Island Florida and manager of Direct Home Rentals.