Roseann’s Corner: Value in the Kitchen

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A few months back I tackled the important yet complicated question of “How much will this cost?” No matter the size or scale of the project, it’s difficult to put a price tag on our work, simply because of the multitude of factors that come into play when undertaking a remodel. This month I’m addressing a fan’s follow up question on cost:

“What areas does your team recommend I invest in when remodeling my kitchen?”

Our recommendations for any project are primarily determined by our clients’ vision for their home. Every homeowner uses his or her kitchen differently. While some are passionate cooks who desire a chef’s kitchen, others are entertainers who prefer lots of space for hosting friends and family. Here we list our advice on what features homeowners should consider investing in, depending on their own personal wants:

1. Cabinetry

We can’t say it enough: cabinetry is one of the most important features in any home, especially in the kitchen. Though the initial cost of cabinetry can be pricey, it’s vital to consider the long-term use and value of quality cabinets. Cabinets that are sturdy and made well initially last much longer than their inexpensive counterparts. We love looking back at what our Design Engineer Laurent Chouari recommends in terms of luxury cabinetry.
Hale Aina

2. Countertops

Countertops are another important feature in any kitchen; the difference lies in what each particular homeowner values. Some homeowners, for example, want their countertops to be statement pieces, like a stunning and eye-catching island. Others are looking for sturdy countertops for the purpose of prepping and cooking. We recommend investing in quality materials like quartz or marble, which are both sturdy and visually appealing. In our recently completed Ethereal project, we installed Carrere marble countertops, complimenting the white kitchen cabinets while providing a practical solution for the homeowners.

3. Appliances

Once you’ve tackled your cabinets and countertops, our team recommends turning to your appliances. Though more on the side of bells and whistles, appliances nonetheless play a huge role in the overall design of the kitchen. Homeowners are looking for appliances that fit with the general kitchen design while also functioning well and proving their durability. While we recommend the high quality of Miele, we also understand the decision of some homeowners to invest in other aspects of their kitchen—and that’s okay too. Above all, we advocate for the wants and needs of our homeowners and find solutions that cater to their budgets.
The Bay House

4. Lighting

Though sometimes an overlooked feature in the kitchen, proper lighting is essential to the functioning of the space. When remodeling your kitchen, consider upgrading your existing lighting to an LED lighting package—this provides your kitchen with more illumination while improving your home’s energy efficiency. Take inspiration from our Bluestone Reimagined project, which was rewired with an LED lighting package consisting primarily of Cree CR6 recessed lighting. In addition to its functionality, this kitchen never sacrifices on luxury or style: we also incorporated a sophisticated Kichler pendant light above the dining table to add to the kitchen’s visual appeal.
Bluestone Reimagined

These are just a few of our recommendations for homeowners who are remodeling their kitchens in the New Year. For more helpful advice, give us a call at (808) 263-8891! Our design experts are happy to share their tips. And stay tuned for next month’s e-newsletter, where we tackle the topic of where to invest when remodeling your bathroom.