Kitchen Remodeling Project? Ask 2 Questions First
A century ago, kitchens were a place of toil, occupied by servants and meant to be hidden from the view of household members and guests. The industrial revolution and the rise of the middle class brought kitchens closer to the living quarters of families, many of whom were living in apartments; however, the spaces were utilitarian and often small in size. Over the past 50 years, thanks to designers like Frank Lloyd Wright, kitchens have evolved into highly practical spaces that flow into main living areas.
Even just thirty years ago, a good guest would enjoy crackers and a cocktail on the sofa while their party host prepared food and beverages. Today, cooking is a far more social affair and the kitchen is a gathering place for everyone.
If you’re considering a kitchen remodeling project to create a space where you can socialize while you saute’, it can be tough to know exactly where to start. To find your starting point and rule out the “no-go’s,” it’s helpful to consider two basic questions before you even begin the initial design.
What’s your style?
Is your style contemporary or traditional? Artistic? Creative and unique? Eclectic?
Certain finishes are mainstays of a particular style. For example, stainless steel countertops are generally used in industrial and modern design. If you love the traditional look of historic homes, soapstone counters provide the classic character you’re looking for.
A professional designer can assess your needs and offer insights or experience that will help you decide. If you don’t know your preferred style or if you have a couple of favorites, a professional can also help you to make that determination.
What is your lifestyle?
Are you always on the go? Do you enjoy tinkering on your home, or would low maintenance be a better fit? Concerned about the environment? Need something kid-friendly?
Recognizing what works with your lifestyle will help you hone in on the right options for your kitchen remodeling project. For instance, if you have young children who love nothing more than cooking and playing in the kitchen, stain-resistant solid surface counters make a better choice than marble. Do you love nothing more than spending time in the kitchen whipping up a gourmet meal but want easy clean up? Quartz provides the sleek look of granite but doesn’t require regular sealing. Again, a designer can guide you to a variety of options that are right for you.
Identifying your style and your lifestyle allow you to focus on making the kinds of choices that will make your kitchen remodeling project flow even more smoothly and give you the kind of results you’ve been dreaming of.