Learn What Kitchen Remodeling Features are Hot Today
By Mark J. Donovan
||A kitchen remodeling project is a large and expensive endeavor, however it offers many benefits. Not only does a remodeled kitchen look fabulous when it is completed, it also becomes much more functional for the modern family. Moreover, a remodeled kitchen can dramatically improve the value of your home. A kitchen remodeling project often provides a high return on investment.
Before planning your kitchen remodeling project make sure you consider the below popular kitchen remodeling trends that other homeowners are including in their kitchen remodels today.
Kitchen Cabinetry Trends
For years most homeowners have chosen natural wood kitchen cabinets such as oak, cherry, or birch for their kitchen designs and remodels.
Today it appears painted white kitchen cabinets have come back in fashion. People seem to like the bright and clean look of white kitchen cabinets. They are also less expensive than hardwood kitchen cabinets since they are typically made of lower quality materials that are painted white. Soft-close doors and functional cabinetry drawers and features are also very popular, e.g. Lazy Susans and built in platter and cookie sheet divider cabinets.
|Kitchen Flooring Trends
Tile and linoleum flooring appear to be taking a back seat to wood floors in kitchen remodeling projects today. Wood floors provide a warmer look to the kitchen, and unlike ceramic tiles or linoleum, they won’t crack or split if something heavy and/or sharp is dropped on them.
Kitchen Appliance Trends
The old gas and electric range cooktops are now more frequently being passed over by homeowners for induction cooktops. Induction cooktops provide more consistent heating and can heat a pan of water in less than two minutes.
They also are very stylish and come with stainless steel surfaces. Steam ovens are also replacing the traditional electric and gas ovens.
Kitchen Lighting Trends
In terms of kitchen lighting homeowners seem to be gravitating to at least one large kitchen light fixture in the kitchen such as a chandelier or pendant light fixture. In addition, fluorescent or halogen light fixtures are also being installed under the bottom side of the upper kitchen cabinets to provide well lit kitchen countertops. In addition, spot lighting is being installed over key kitchen work areas either using pendant light fixtures or ceiling mounted recessed can lights.
Having a large closet or pantry in or just off the kitchen provides easier access to stored food products and for kitchen maintenance items. Some kitchen pantries also offer neat little areas for coffee or min-bars.
Kitchen Countertop Trends
When it comes to kitchen countertops, Silestone, or quartz like countertop surfaces, appear to have an edge on granite countertops these days. Quartzite countertops are bright and durable as well as natural. They also are available in a plethora of colors and design features.
For help on your kitchen remodeling project, see my Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet. The Kitchen Remodeling Bid Sheet provides a request for quote checklist section that you can provide to prospective kitchen remodeling contractors. It also includes a comprehensive kitchen remodeling cost breakdown table, in Microsoft Excel format, that allows the contractor to include his projected remodeling costs for every phase of the project.
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