Kitchens are arguably the most-often remodeled room in the home. It’s easy to understand why. Kitchens have become the central gathering place (one might almost say the nerve-center) for the home. Whether you’re a family trying to get kids and adults out the door in the morning, or a retired couple that enjoys entertaining, the kitchen is at the heart of it all.
When you begin talking about remodeling your kitchen, however, where do you begin? What’s the most important thing to consider? Is it your cabinets? They’re probably the most dominant feature in the room (and likely the item you’ll spend the most on). What about your countertops? They can really set the tone for the whole room. What kind of role do your appliances play? And what about the sink? There are all kinds of options for sinks these days—in a variety of materials, finishes, and colors.
Each one of those items is important. So what’s the most important thing? Sometimes, when considering a kitchen remodel, we need to take a step back—not physically, but mentally. Instead of focusing on individual items, it’s helpful to consider how you actually use your kitchen.
If you actually cook a lot in your kitchen you’ll probably want to create more of a working kitchen. That doesn’t mean it won’t look great, but it can affect your choices in countertops (will you do a lot of chopping?). It can impact the appliances you choose (do you want/need a gourmet-style range?). It can even affect the layout of your kitchen. If you’re going back and forth between the range and the counter or island and the sink, you want to make sure that space is optimally designed to accommodate those activities.
Having kids can significantly influence your choice of cabinets. White cabinets can be stunning, but they may not be the best choice because they tend to show peanut butter and jelly stains. If it’s an “adults-only” kitchen you may not have to worry about that as much. And if it’s more of a gathering place (with a moderate amount of cooking), you may want to select design elements based more on how they look—and on how they make you and your guests comfortable.
For some great ideas on what your new Estero kitchen can look like, check out the “Kitchens” tab in our Photo Gallery!