All About Kitchens: A Guide to Creating Your Dream Kitchen

The kitchen is so often the heart of the home. It’s where many of us spend most of our time, whether cooking, relaxing or socializing. This is why when homeowners think about updating, they often start with the kitchen. With some planning, it’s possible to create a kitchen that’s warm, welcoming, stylish and functional. And let’s not forget, a beautiful kitchen is great for resale value. 

On this page:
Considerations for Remodeling
Utility Considerations in Kitchen Remodeling
Custom Cabinetry: Is it Right for You?
How to Take Measurements for a Remodeling Project
Advice for Homeowners From a Homeowner: Selecting Your Kitchen Contractor
Choosing Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops
Latest Trends in Kitchen Remodeling
How Your Contractor Can Help You Pick Appliances

             

Photo: MSK Design Build, 2016

PLANNING
Considerations for Remodeling

by Jim Kabel, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor and president of Case Design/Remodeling

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Get a sense of your style and make sure it’s appropriate for the size and architecture of your home. Photo: Case Design/Remodeling, 2016

When planning for a large remodeling project (or any project that’s design-intensive), consider the following points:

Define the scope of the project. Before you begin interviewing designers and contractors, have a clear idea of what you want. Consider which aspects you plan to change and which you plan to keep. Knowing what you want will be very important when it comes to determining the project’s budget.... Read more 

UTILITIES
Utility Considerations in Kitchen Remodeling

by Paul Gwilliam, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor and owner of Asien's Appliance, Inc.

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In addition to deciding between gas- and electric-powered appliances, you’ll need to consider their particular power requirements and specifications. Photo: Asien's Appliance, Inc., 2016

When having your kitchen remodeled, one thing you’ll need to think about is utilities, particularly in relation to the appliances you’re planning to use. Here are some things to consider:

Power requirements/specifications
Besides deciding between gas- and electric-powered appliances, you’ll need to assess the power requirements and specifications of the appliances you select. For instance, if you plan to have gas appliances, will they run on natural gas or liquid propane? Or, if you plan to have electric appliances, will they require 110 volts of power or 220 voltsts?
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CUSTOMIZATION
Custom Cabinetry: Is it Right for You?

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Custom cabinetry can increase the aesthetic value of any kitchen. Photo: Diablo Valley Cabinetry, 2016

In a typical kitchen remodeling budget, almost half the cost is allocated to the cabinets alone—especially if they’re custom made. Custom cabinetry can greatly improve the aesthetics of your kitchen, but just like any home addition, their effectiveness depends on numerous factors. Before you decide to purchase custom cabinets, consider the following tips… Read more 

MEASUREMENTS
How to Take Measurements for a Remodeling Project

by Ric Plummer, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor and owner of Ric's Kitchen & Bath Showroom

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A great way to save money on your kitchen or bathroom remodeling project is to take your own room measurements. Photo: Ric's Kitchen & Bath Showroom, 2016

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen or bathroom, a quality kitchen and bath showroom can be a great resource. In addition to supplying a full range of material and product options, many showrooms offer the service of coming to your home and taking measurements of your kitchen or bathroom. However, if you want to save some money on your project, consider taking these measurements yourself... Read more

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CONTRACTORS
Advice for Homeowners From a Homeowner: Selecting Your Kitchen Contractor

by Jim Vivrette, president of Altera Design & Remodeling, Inc.

kitchen remodel countertop
Be sure to speak with a potential contractor’s referrals. Ask specific questions about their day-to-day experiences working with the company. Photo: Altera Design & Remodeling, Inc., 2016

Remodeling your kitchen can be a daunting task, but selecting the right company for your project will help ensure you have the best possible experience. A few years ago, Altera Design Kitchen & Bath remodeled homeowner Marnie Raymond’s kitchen. Mrs. Raymond was thrilled with the results. Even better, her kitchen was the second place winner of the 2014 National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) Northern California Design Competition...
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CABINETS, COUNTERS
Choosing Kitchen Cabinets and Countertops

by Ken Ryan, a Diamond Certified Expert Contributor and owner of Kitchens by Ken Ryan, Inc. 

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With countertops, granite can provide a natural look, while quartz offers a low-maintenance option. Photo: Kitchens by Ken Ryan, Inc., 2016

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, two of the most important choices to make are which types of cabinets and countertops to install. Here are a couple of basic tips to help you make an educated choice:

Cabinets: Custom or Modular
With kitchen cabinets, you have two basic options: custom cabinetry that’s made locally or modular cabinetry that’s produced in a large manufacturing facility...
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TRENDS
Latest Trends in Kitchen Remodeling

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Create a cutting-edge kitchen by learning about new trends in building materials, appliances and design. Photo: Amarant Design & Build, 2016

Things are constantly changing in the construction and remodeling industry, with new, innovative products and technologies being developed all the time. So, if you’re planning a kitchen remodel, don’t underestimate the importance of staying up-to-date on the various options that are available to you...
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APPLIANCES
How Your Contractor Can Help You Pick Appliances

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Sometimes, choosing appliances from multiple brands is the best way to stay within your budget. Photo: Thompson Construction, 2016

Choosing new appliances for a kitchen remodel can be a stressful endeavor—not only is there an overwhelming number of options available, but factors such as budget constraints and disagreements can come into play as well. According to Dennis Thompson, owner of Thompson Construction in Healdsburg, having your contractor help you choose appliances can make the process easier and ensure positive results. “A contractor’s input can definitely benefit homeowners when it comes to picking out appliances, whether in terms of design practicality, budget or serving as a third party to settle disagreements.”
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