It will soon be that time of year again where family and friends gather in the kitchen to celebrate the holidays.
Are you perhaps dreading having people over because your kitchen is small or outdated?
Would you like your kitchen to feel more like the “heart of the home” and less like a sad and cluttered space?
Sometimes what is required is a re-design to recreate the kitchen of your dreams.
But before you start planning a new kitchen it’s a good idea to consider the following 5 things:
Once you’re clear on all of the above you can start thinking of your kitchen’s layout.
Kitchens that maximize space don’t just happen. It all starts with a good layout. Whether you are remodeling an existing kitchen or building a new one, an efficient design takes into consideration the kitchen work triangle. The kitchen work triangle consists of the distance between the sink, refrigerator and cooktop.
U-shaped kitchens are very popular for example and are a great option for large families because of its multiple work spaces.
When designing your dream kitchen it is important to consider your storage space, along with countertop space. There are various cabinet designs for specific items such as pantry units, concealed dishwashers, push release cupboards and sliding doors that eliminate wasted space.
At Lux Country Living we can help you create the kitchen that best suits your lifestyle and meets your requirements.
What do you love (or hate) most about your kitchen? We would love to hear from you.
Planning is a critical component of construction, whether you’re planning a small home remodel or a new custom home. It is important to take your time and create a plan that makes sense!
Plan now so you can be ready in Spring!
For a home renovation a well-rounded plan should take 3-4 weeks. If you are making changes that require City approval, you may in some cases require an existing floor plan of what is currently there and you always require a new floor plan that indicates what you will be changing.
Not only will this make your City approval easier it will also allow contractors to price out your renovation accurately. Step by step you can identify what materials you'll require, how much material, and the associated labor cost. At that point you will be able to conclude if your renovation is within your budget, what you can change to align your project with your budget, or plan for the following year.
Ultimately, you will limit the unknowns by beginning your project in Spring. Saving you time and money!
For a custom new home, with so many factors in place, you should expect a planning phase between 2-6 months. The first step is a thorough evaluation of your current living situation and your ideal situation, for right now and in the future.
As you design the functionality of your home you want it to adapt with you and your family as you navigate new life stages. It is important to start taking notes, notes of what you love about your home and areas that frustrate you or your family members.
Observe the homes of your friends and family, start online idea books or create a vision board; every effort you make to identify what you truly need and want in your home will instill confidence in your design.
Once an evaluation has been completed, it is time to create your blueprint. Your blueprint includes the floor layouts of your home and 2D exterior images; this stage is where your ideas come to life, all your notes are turned into a reality. There are typically many revisions at this stage, this is where you want those revisions!
Depending on your contractor, you may get a 3D visual of your new home drawings, this is the best way to step inside and feel the home design.
Now for the fun part!
Next is your interior and exterior design selections; it is time to go shopping and pick out the aesthetics of your home. Take your time when looking, feel the material, pay attention to how those materials or products make you feel; is that how you want to feel in that particular room?
What emotions are you trying to evoke? Calm? Excitement? Warmth? Passion? Love?
When you are ready, your home will begin to take shape. It is important that you choose a contractor or home builder you can trust; it is a long term relationship with both ups and downs as construction is never perfect, but we promise you, we always strive for perfection!
Taking the time to plan your home renovation or new custom home is critical. It is important that going into the project you feel comfortable, able, and at ease. If you take the time to lull over your decisions and move forward when it feels right, it will be right.
Good luck on your journey!