Yard sign in place as our crew gets started on a Kitchen Remodeling project in the Arcadia Neighborhood
Recently purchased, the new homeowners contacted us a couple months ago in anticipation of remodeling the house before moving in.
When people decide it's time to update or personalize their home with a remodel, it is not uncommon for them to begin in the kitchen. After all, for many families the kitchen is the centerpiece of their home, and is the spot where they spend the most time talking, eating, and entertaining. Being such a heavily used space, kitchen remodeling can also be an extremely practical place to start one’s home renovations, as you can make the space more functional at the same time that you give it a face-lift.
The kitchen is undoubtedly one of the most important spaces in an home. An outdated and/or non-functional kitchen is not only an embarrassment to those currently living in the home, but can also detract from potential resale value and appeal down the road. Fortunately, there are a few telltale signs all homeowners can keep in mind to determine when they need a kitchen remodel in Phoenix, AZ.
For many families, the kitchen is the heart of the home. For this reason, the number one complaint homeowners have often pertains to their kitchen. Whether it be because their kitchen is outdated, disorganized, or it has a layout that reduces its functionality; homeowners often consider kitchen remodeling to be their number one home renovation priority. Yet, once they have decided to have a kitchen remodel done, the amount of decisions that must be made, and the sheer number of options available, can seem overwhelming. To help you get started in the decision-making process, here are a few things to consider when having your kitchen remodeled.
Those who are planning to gut their kitchens and design a new space to call their own are in it for the big game. Kitchen space planning & design is no small feat; fortunately, home owners and kitchen lovers have a fairly easy task ahead of them. All that's required of you is to decide what you want to be able to do in your kitchen!
Remember Why You Started
Before demolition ever begins, make a list of why you want this to happen in the first place. Is your kitchen outdated? Are you lacking in counter space? Do you have anywhere near enough storage space? Would it be wonderful to have a pantry? Do you like to entertain, and want a showpiece kitchen? List out all the reasons that your kitchen just isn't working for you. When you get to the point where your kitchen is bare bones and construction has begun again, you'll want a reminder of why you got yourself into this, and a reminder from the past is exactly the way to do that. Renovations, especially a kitchen remodel, can be an overwhelming process - a list of reasons that you wrote yourself can be exactly the touchstone to pull you back on track with why you're doing this for yourself.
Ahead of thinking about tile, paint color, or granite versus quartz countertops, you want to think about functionality. What are the needs you have in your kitchen? More storage? More work space? Is there not enough room for when you have friends over for dinner? Are you finding that you are reaching into cabinets that are too deep, or too tall? Discuss these issues and your wants with your kitchen design team, and find what can be done about them. Perhaps sliding storage can be put into your cabinets, or you can go from ceiling-height cabinets to cabinets that you can actually reach into.
Whatever your needs are, think of your function before your form. You aren't deciding that the way your kitchen looks doesn't matter - you're just deciding that how you work in your kitchen, day after day, is the reason you're going into this remodel in the first place!
Find Your Style and Stay Focused
Once you have decided what the technical details of your kitchen remodeling project are, it's time to think about the looks. But even this should be taken slowly. Walk into any tile store or flooring department and prepare to be overwhelmed! From back splashes to faucet designs, sinks to cabinet pulls, there are an endless number of design choices that can be made in your kitchen. Where are you supposed to begin?
The best thing you can do is think of the overall style you want to emulate, and stick with that. Think of what your home's style and your personal style are like. Are you more of a comfy, cozy kind of person, or do you like things that are sleek and contemporary? Use home design websites like Houzz or Pinterest to look up styling options and different design options for homes. Your design team will also be able to help walk you into the world of design options with the confidence of knowing you're making the best choice for your home remodel.
Maintain an Inspiration Area
Whether you like the digital options of Pinterest or Evernote or want something more physical like a cork board or paper notebook, keep track of what you find and like. Take pictures of tile samples and hardware pieces that you like and save them in your phone. Find color palettes that you love, and hang on to them.
When your kitchen is a demolition zone, and then a construction zone, use your inspiration area as a place of focus and revitalization that keeps you centered and reminded of what your kitchen will be, and not what it currently is.
Be Consistent With Your Choice
Once you've picked out what you like and want to go with, stick with it! There will always be more tile and more hardware that's pretty and interesting, but the more you look at things and the more you fall in love with marble options and appliances, the more overwhelmed you'll get (and the more strained the relationship will go between you and your remodel contractor and interior design team).
Small changes are typically something that most home remodeling contractors can work with, but if they've ordered 15 gallons of one paint color and you decide you want another, or they've already laid 200 square feet of one tile and you really want another one, things are going to get hairy, not to mention more expensive.
Look at your inspiration board. Look at your list of why you're doing this. Remember the moments of frustration in your kitchen that led you up to this point, and then think of all the amazing times you'll have once the work is done. A kitchen renovation is a big step to something incredible - you're on your way to the kitchen of your dreams, a place where you can create beautiful family memories as well as bring friends to the table for endless dinner parties and cocktail hours.
At the end of the day, remember to stop and take a breather. Have fun with your renovation, and enjoy the process. It'll all be worth it in the end! Looking for more information on making your house the perfect home? Meet our Team, read contractor reviews and testimonials, and take a look at our completed kitchen remodel gallery, then Contact Us to Discuss Your Project
For a while now, you’ve known your kitchen hasn't been up to the standard you want to entertain or even for cooking daily meals. You’ve already ruled out moving because you love your home and neighborhood. These are just a few reasons that you’ve decided on an Ahwatukee kitchen remodel. When you dream about your new kitchen and choose an interior designer and remodeling contractor team, there are so many cool things to add. Here are just a few of those extras to consider.
An Under-the-Counter Wine Refrigerator
As much as you entertain, you love treating your guests to a glass of good wine. However, when you have a large party, you have to make room in your regular refrigerator for numerous bottles of wine, and it takes up a lot of precious room. An under-counter wine fridge gives you an out of the way space to keep your wines at the perfect temperature all the time. As much as you'd enjoy a full-blown wine cellar, that just might not make sense, so the unercounter wine fridge is a lot more convenient than keeping a second refrigerator in the garage. It’s one extra that you’ll use often.
When you have a spacious kitchen, you can spend a lot of time walking back and forth to the sink to clean fruits and vegetables when cooking. Consider working a second sink into the space plan; a second, smaller prep sink will save you a lot of time when cooking or provide plenty of room when more than one person is cooking in your kitchen. Working with a certified space planning designer will help ensure the proper layout for your kitchen remodeling project.
French Door Refrigerator with Freezer Drawers
The days of a side-by-side fridge being the newest thing are long gone. Today, the most convenient fridge on the market features French doors for the refrigeration area and drawers underneath for freezer items. These refrigerators offer tons of space and ensure that the things you use most are most easily accessible. Some of the newer styles allow you to access your most used items with smaller access doors on the front without the need to open the entire fridge, keeping the temperature perfect inside.
It never fails that the one thing that cooks the longest for your dinner party is an unusual temperature, causing you to make adjustments in cooking time for everything else or allowing things to get cold while other things cook. A double oven is a luxury that you’ll never regret. With two separate ovens to bake in at once, your dinner parties will be easier to manage and all the food will come out hot and ready to serve. The latest and greatest is a 1.5 oven, which features one full oven combo'd with a second 1/2 oven. What a great concept for the Holiday dinners, that will allow you to roast the Turkey in the full oven and the rolls in the 1/2.
If you have a large family or do a lot of entertaining, you are always restocking your fridge with cans of soda or beer. There never seems to be enough room, and you cringe each time the doors open, knowing it warms up your fridge. A separate beverage refrigerator, or refrigerator drawers, goes under one of your countertops and offers a space made specifically for your can drinks, juice boxes, or milk. Some models hold up to as many 100 cans at one time. Energy efficiency is key, as these under-counter refrigerator drawers don't take as long to cool back down, once someone opens the drawer, as a refrigerator.
Custom, or Semi-Custom, Cabinets and Drawers
When you bought your house, it came with cabinets and drawers that were probably a standard size, of a builder grade, and lacked features like soft-close hardware. However, these are not always the best size to meet your needs. When you work with a professional design/build kitchen remodeling contractor team, they will help maximize the storage space in your kitchen remodel. You, not only have the option to have custom cabinets and drawers built, you can determine the right size to fit the items that you keep in the kitchen. You might even want some deep drawers added for easy access to pots and pans that you use all of the time.
At Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team, we are dedicated to helping you get the kitchen of your dreams. We love designing a kitchen that includes all of the extras that you want to make your daily life easier and entertaining more enjoyable.
Are you tired of your outdated, tiny kitchen? Wish you had something more modern and functional, regardless of the amount of space? The good news is that there are plenty of ways you can maximize your small kitchen space. Consider these small kitchen storage ideas, as well as a few ways you can tell it is time for an upgrade.
If you have a small kitchen with a lot of potential, it may be worth seeing how you can make the existing space work for you. Anyone who has lived in a smaller home knows that it is not the dimensions of the room that matter. The layout and the efficiency make the biggest difference in storage. Every piece of equipment and kitchen storage must do its job well, or else you will never be able to make more than popcorn. Start with these basic principles of small kitchen organization:
These tips can make organizing a small kitchen much more effective, but they cannot solve every problem. If you find that you are stuck with a room that seriously fails to meet your needs, you have a lot of options to add storage or remodel it.
Close your eyes and imagine a small kitchen. What do you see? If the sight is drab, cluttered or filled with mismatched storage, you should know that it is possible to do much better. Improving your kitchen storage does not need to make the space look cramped or resemble that horrid dormitory apartment you had in college. Instead, try one or more of these kitchen storage ideas:
With an eye for color and the latest kitchen storage options, you can have a space that works well and looks breathtakingly attractive, no matter the size.
Never worked with a design-build remodeling company? Learn more about the remodeling process here.
Finally, be sure to make the most of unused wall space in your kitchen. Consider adding a wine rack to free up space elsewhere in your kitchen. Wall mounts for hanging your pots and pans help you save cabinet space. You can even purchase magnetic spice racks that mount on your wall and minimize clutter in your cabinets.
Sometimes, even the best effort is not going to be sufficient for the way you use your kitchen. If you have a problem that your current layout cannot solve, you may need the assistance of a professional design and remodeling team. You can easily turn a cramped kitchen into a space that feels open, efficient and a joy to use.
In any kitchen, storage usually starts with an analysis of your cabinetry. Do your current kitchen cabinets stop short of your ceiling, or have a soffit of wasted space above them? If so, then it might be time to replace those cabinets with new ones that will extend all the way to the ceiling (assuming your ceilings aren't vaulted). Making use of vertical space can help to expand your kitchen storage without taking up more floor space in the process. The good news is that with new cabinets, you can get all the latest storage and convenience features:
Not sure what is available or where to begin? Take a look at our gallery to get ideas for your kitchen storage cabinets.
If you cannot spare cabinet space for your small appliances, you do not have to leave them out on the counter to take up space. An appliance nook designates the right amount of space for your espresso maker, toaster oven, stand mixer and more. You can even hide the nook behind a partial wall, to keep these tools out of sight.
You'd be amazed at how much of a difference it makes to convert an existing kitchen into an open floor plan by knocking down a wall here or there. With an open floor plan, your kitchen will open directly to your living room and/or dining room space. This creates the illusion of a larger kitchen and may also provide room to add an island, affording you more storage and prep space.
If you feel like you are trying to live in someone else’s kitchen, you are not alone. Many homeowners who schedule kitchen remodeling in Scottsdale start from the premise that they need a space that is uniquely their own. If you have tried to make the existing room dimensions work for you and they simply do not, here are a few ways you can tell it is time to change:
These problems are common, especially in older homes. If you call Hochuli Design and Remodeling Team, you can see how a fresh design makes all the difference.
Looking for more advice on making the most of your kitchen remodel? Take a look at our Kitchen Remodeling Gallery for inspiring ideas for your project, then contact us to discuss your project.
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One of the most reliable tests in gauging people's interest, when it comes to measuring what is popular in home design, is their quick gut response to what they see. In todays' quickly changing world of online postings and ideas, when someone saves a remodeling photo on Houzz to an ideabook, after browsing through many photos and clicking Save, they are telling us what they like.
With that in mind, we put together Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team's; Top 5 most popular photos that were added to ideabooks in 2014. The spaces span all syles and rooms: kitchens - bathrooms - wine cellar - foyer entry, from Tuscan to Modern to Classic and Timeless. Which one grabs your attention most? Are any of these saved to your ideabook?
#5: The 5th most saved remodeling photo uploaded is a wine cellar completed in Phoenix, AZ. An under-utilized storage closet was transformed in to a climate controlled wine cellar complete with wine bottle & glass storage racking, split-face stone on the walls, travertine tile flooring, and LED rope lighting for accent.
#4: The 4th most saved remodeling picture uploaded and saved to ideabooks is a nice, custom walk-in shower that includes multiple shower head locations, his & her oversized shower niches, and a wonderful Travertine tile design installed. This shower, and master bathroom remodel, was completed in Phoenix, AZ.
#3: The 3rd most saved Hochuli remodel picture uploaded and saved is a classic kitchen design and remodel completed in Scottsdale, AZ. Previously a small, boxed-in, kitchen from the 70's, walls were removed to create this large open concept kitchen which includes white cabinets, an elegant granite countertop, stainless steel appliances, travertine stone backsplash, and engineered hardwood flooring.
#2: The runner-up for 2014 is a one of a kind powder bathroom. This bathroom design was left to be a surprise for the homeowners; their request was, "wow us with your talent." Mission accomplished, as they were completely thrilled with the completed bathroom. (which they did not peak at during construction). The bathroom is finished with white inset cabinets that include unique rope handles, quartz countertops with Kohler vessel sink and Kohler wall mount fixture, reclaimed (real) hardwood planks installed as the backsplash, a fisherman's wharf type light fixture, and of course the round port-hole type mirror with rope hanger. This bathroom has been nicknamed "The Boardwalk Bathroom", which is fitting for it's location on the beach front in San Diego.
And #1: Drum roll please....... The most saved Hochuli Design & Remodeling Team photo uploaded in 2014 is a Best of Houzz Award winner for Design with over 4000 saves to ideabooks. The completed Phoenix, AZ project features custom iron stair railings, solid slab travertine stair treads with split-face travertine on the stair risers, custom iron door and window to the new wine cellar room, and new LED walk-way lighting. This project was selected, and included in a an article featuring "Key Measurements for a Heavenly Stairway"
Check out our website for more information about how we make remodeling an enjoyable experience, and start daydreaming in our Galleries with pictures of Kitchens, Bathrooms, Room Additions, and Other Projects.