The Best Approach to a Kitchen Remodel

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The Best Approach to a Kitchen Remodel 

Kitchens are a special part of a home. Gatherings happen in this room, and excitement and expectations for good food to come exist. While many individuals love to cook and have a somewhat “usable” kitchen, an older, outdated one can be a bit depressing and not very enticing to look at or even cook in! 

Some homeowners can choose to enhance or redo this space themselves, but some things need to be taken into consideration, which only a company such as B & B Contracting can provide with its 22 years of experience in the design of a well-thought-out kitchen space. 

What should you focus on in a kitchen upgrade or redesign? 

Depending on the homeowner, many factors determine what makes a perfect kitchen. Some factors are more important than others and should be carefully considered.

  • Functionality in general layout

No matter how great the color scheme or furniture, function is the number one component to consider in a kitchen. Cooking, food prep, and serving take place here and in the storage of food, so the function must never be forgotten. 

Countertops should have enough overhang to avoid drips onto the floor or cabinets. Refrigerators, stoves, and other appliances should be aligned to alleviate too much “floor movement” (shifting back and forth between appliances).  This is done in professional restaurant kitchens.  

Called “culinary engineering” by professional chefs alignment of appliances reduces the time going from one section to the nextand one appliance to the next. In cooking, prep is usually done on countertops or sinks, then moved to the stove or refrigerator. 

Once the food is eaten, it generally ends up back on a countertop, and any leftovers are put back in the refrigerator, while dishes are done in a dishwasher or sink. 

Having a layout that does not crossover appliances and peoplebut flows seamlessly in enhances cooking and, of course, the enjoyment of food preparation. Functionality in design reduces spills and, of course, accidents and makes cooking more enjoyable. 

  • Cabinetry layout

Of course, the style and color of cabinets matter, but doors to cabinets should never bump against one another or make access to appliances difficult. There is also a science behind the placement of these, and a good layout allows for the smooth installation of any type of drawers and cabinetry. The multi-functional layout of cabinets lends more storage. 

  • Lighting

Dark and dreary lighting can make cooking a chore and spending time in the kitchen a rather trying experience. From overhead lighting to natural lighting and even wall sconces, the lighting should be sufficient to see well while also not being so bright that it gives off glare and makes cooking something that you want to rush through!

Poor lighting in any space where cooking occurs can lead to accidents, such as cutting oneself or even suffering burns.  

  • Sustainability

To ensure that a kitchen space lasts as long as possible, and to assist with the environment, there are tons of options now in all facets of components found in kitchens. 

Energy-saving appliances, types of wood floorings, and countertops come in a wide variety of sustainable choices, depending upon a homeowner’s budgetand aesthetic taste. 

  • Ventilation

Range hoods should always be installedThis is a must to control steam and humidity. A steamy kitchen quickly becomes very humid, and the steam can obscure vision or even cause burns while bending over a pot or pan. 

Of course, windows are also needed for proper ventilation, and sometimes, more need to be installed. Proper ventilation reduces the trapping of allergens and makes a great-looking design. 

  • Multi-purpose spaces 

Professional chefs and cooks will always speak of what is known as the “action triangle.” This refers to the positioning of the stove, refrigerator, and sink within easy reach of each other. 

Culinary engineers and design experts focus on the multi-purposing of space. This simply means putting drawers and cabinets within easy reach of each other, as well as the stove, refrigerator, and sink. The flow of all aspects of a kitchen is a primary focus. 

If enough space exists, a custom kitchen island can help make a kitchen more functional and enjoyable. Items can be stored on these, and guests can sit around and chat while cooking takes place. 

Designing a Kitchen Properly is Crucial to Enjoyment!

All that was mentioned above will assist in having a kitchen where you love to cook, socialize, entertain, and just plain “hang out.” It also makes keeping a kitchen cleaner and tidier since most individuals clean their kitchen more often than any other space in a home. Great design will cut back on spots, spills, and burned food. 

It is important to keep an open mind when considering how to layout a kitchen, though, as edits must occur frequently as work progresses. 

B & B Contracting, with its 20-plus years of experience, can send in experts for a free evaluation and proceed within the budget and timeframe that individual homeowners are seeking. There is also a money-back guarantee, and any questions are welcomed via phone or email. 

bb4contracting@gmail.com, or: 302-998-7907.

With the help of B & B Contracting, you can not only live in your kitchen as most people practically do, but you can also love it! 

 

A Rundown of Possible Color Choices

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A Rundown of Possible Color Choices

Repeating that there are no “hard and fast” rules, here is a brief primer (pun intended) on colors that stand out in homeowners’ minds, given their personalities: 

  • Warm colors

These are your wood tones, such as beige, mushroom, oak, and even some darker brown tones. The more “nature-inspired” these tones are, the more popular they seem to be now. These tones impart an organic look. 

  • Serene colors

These add a sense of serenity and incorporate real neutrality in color. Light greys and whites, beige or off-white, are popular when looking for a totally relaxed look in a kitchen. The ambiance here relaxes homeowners as well as guests. 

  • Popping colors 

These can be used in the entire kitchen but are usually complimentary to the wood colors of serene colors. These include shades of green, such as sage, and can make a more traditional or contemporary look just a bit more elegant and modernistic. 

Door jams, baseboards, and even moldings can be done in a popping color to add depth and dimension. 

  • Stark colors

Some homeowners favor a truly modern look. This generally includes pure black and white. This can be quite beautiful and, although not as warm and inviting, perhaps as other colors. If a home is modern overall in aesthetic, the color choices of black and white do blend a kitchen into the aesthetic. 

While all homeowners can be attracted to stainless steel appliances, those who enjoy stark colors favor the stainless steel look, and cabinets can also be stainless steel. “Sophisticated” is another word for stark coloring palettes. 

  • Renegade colors

There is no other way to describe cherry red, or blazing blue plus many other colors that fall on the farther ends of the color spectrum. Homeowners who favor this type of look can be unswayed by trends and very individualistic

Color palettes include both primary and tertiary (mixed colors to create a new color), and provide designers and remodelers with a great way to determine which colors can be combined and used with other colors to define an aesthetic in the best possible way. Color wheels are used to make the best choice. 

An Explanation of Colors for Kitchens

A good remodeling company that specializes in kitchens, such as B and B Contracting should be consulted when deciding on color choices. Small kitchens with little light benefit from lighter colors as they open up a space. 

Larger kitchens, with even large kitchen islands, can have more leeway as to which colors will work the best. Calling or emailing B and B Contracting is a good way to start considering color choices before any remodel. This should be decided before work starts

bb4contracting@gmail.com, or even call: 302-998-7907. Or use the handy form for a free quote! 

Enjoy picking out the colors and giving a fresh look to the “hub spot” of any home—the kitchen!

 

The Impact of Color Choices in Kitchen Remodeling

Most property owners can tell when a kitchen is aging. This is when a “redo” comes to mind. This can be focused on the entire kitchen, but sometimes only a “facelift” is needed. Repainting walls and replacing flooring are usually considered first. 

While this might be necessary, the replacement of appliances, cabinets, and countertops has a significant effect on the look, functionality, and aesthetic of a kitchen. There are other ways to look at updating a kitchen, and that is with new color schemes that go beyond the walls and flooring. 

Color has long been known to have different impacts on mood and other aspects of emotional reactions. Some psychological studies, such as that on Very Well Mind, suggest that physiological changes can occur due to colors, but that is yet to be proven. Increases in appetite and relaxation depending on color have been investigated, but no proof exists. 

The truth is that a kitchen is usually the hub of a household, where people gather to cook, chat, and eat. This is why homeowners should consider the color schemes of their kitchens and not just focus on layouts and appliances. An entire aesthetic should take into consideration the entire look of a kitchen. 

B and B Contracting specializes in the entire use and look of kitchen space, as well as its aesthetic appeal. The trained technicians have the knowledge necessary to make great suggestions for any homeowner.

Are There Any Rules for Color Schemes in Kitchens? 

Of course, there are no hard and fast rules. Kitchens, however, vary greatly in size and layout, and the colors can be chosen to either make a space look larger or more modern or even just reflect the personality of the homeowner! 

Newer homes today and remodels favor neutral walls, with grey, beige, and white being the most common. A neutral wall color can lend itself to many different additional color schemes in the selection of accents, which include, of course, everything related to a kitchen. 

Back in 2022, some designers favored “off the chart” neutrals such as magnolia and other shades of neutrals that would not be considered neutral today. The trends are turning, according to Homes and Garden Magazine, in 2024. 

 

Now, the earthy look of kitchens is favored with natural wood tones and natural stone and granite that exude warmth. This is also a timeless look that will not easily go out of style and can last the lifetime of a kitchen.  With a focus on sustainability and open concept, “earthiness” in color choice works well for many homeowners.