When it comes to kitchen remodeling, most homeowners start thinking about the latest appliances they’ve seen either at a friend’s house, on a TV commercial or during their last visit to the big box store.
But let’s do a reality check for a minute. We all love the look of those massive six-burner Viking stoves and those luxurious Sub Zero refrigerators … they bring out the Wolfgang Puck in all of us, don’t they? But seriously, unless you plan on devoting half of your remodeling budget to gadgetry, stick with what actually serves your purpose best. Now, If you do have a large family and need to keep four gallons of milk, three jugs of OJ and a side of beef cold, then go ahead and plan for a large capacity fridge. And, if gourmet cooking is up-your-alley, then, by all means, opt for a gas range and double ovens, but if most of your dinner prep is either made by telephone or microwave, save the budget and opt for a nice low maintenance ceramic or glass top stove, with matching high wattage microwave.
Lighting can make or break a room and certainly your kitchen design. Don’t underestimate the design effect of well-placed and high utility lighting to maximize the effect of your new kitchen. Low wattage options for accenting cabinetry and high-intensity spots to illuminate work areas can make a big difference in not only the appeal but the actual value of a remodeled kitchen.
The Kitchen Man has vast experience in the lighting-as-design-element area and can offer suggestions during the planning stage that will shorten the construction phase, by having all hardware on hand before installation begins.
So choosing appliances that fit your need and lighting that adds a certain look to your kitchen design can not only make your finished kitchen look and work better for you, it can also save you a lot of money by planning it all out ahead of time with The Kitchen Man’s design element software.
Just ask to have one of our expert design professionals work with you from the very beginning, before you get your heart set on a kitchen big enough to dance in. They will show you how to design one in which you can create family traditions, late-night snacks or culinary magic!