Kitchen Remodeling Product Selection
After finalizing your kitchen remodeling plan (Home Remodeling: Where to Start), it’s time to talk kitchen remodeling product selection. A kitchen remodeling project must begin with a focus on planning and designing for the space you have. Cabinetry will most likely consume most of your budget in the kitchen and will dictate the space and layout.
A major kitchen remodeling project must be completed in the right order for maximum efficiency. Working with an experienced kitchen designer is a key factor to obtaining the best layout for function, organization, aesthetics and overall flow of your kitchen remodel.
Our design team will typically assist our clients with selecting their kitchen remodeling products. However, if you are not working with a designer we do suggest that you make your selections in this order. Consider the Selection Guide shown here:
- Cabinetry & design space
- Cabinet Finishes
- Countertop Material & Finishes
- Sinks & fixtures
- Cabinet Hardware
Keep in mind that this Selection Guide will provide the order in which your decisions should be made. It’s okay to be thinking about all of these components at the same time. Ideally, this is the order that works best for most clients, even those that are well organized and know exactly what they want. Now, let’s break down each step.
Cabinetry Design & Space Planning for Kitchen Remodeling Project
During this stage of the process, you really should postpone thoughts of everything else and focus on designing your space. When remodeling a kitchen, think about function, efficiency, style and longevity. Choose cabinets you love and a layout that works for your family’s lifestyle. If you like to cook, organizing your kitchen for your cooking style may be your priority. Let’s say that you love to entertain in your kitchen. If so, you need a layout that allows for people in your kitchen while maintaining your work zone. Maybe, you want your kitchen to be the main command center in your home. Of course, some people like the “WOW factor,” and insist on the newest styles and trends. Kitchens are used in different ways by couples and families. Allow your cabinet design & space planning to meet your specific goals.
Appliances need to be selected early in the stages of selecting your kitchen remodeling products. If you thought about appliances during your budgeting phase, you probably have an idea of the features you would like. In order, to finalize your cabinet design, you need to make your final appliance selections. Size matters and depending on your selections, you may gain or lose space for your cabinets. Plan carefully and discuss your decision with your professional remodeler.
Your kitchen flooring, besides being practical and durable, is a major design statement as well. The floor you choose affects every other element of your design and with the variety of materials, colors and textures available today, your kitchen floor choices are nearly endless.
Some things to consider when shopping for kitchen floor tile:
- Your sense of style
- Ease of Cleaning
Once you have decided on the cabinet design and your appliances, (the most expensive kitchen remodeling products), you can think about your cabinet finish options. Choose a timeless paint or finish and consider its impact as part of the whole design. Over time, you’ll likely tire of anything too bold or distracting. Have a sample door finished first to compare against other design elements. Live with it for a few days before finalizing your decisions.
Countertop Material and Finishes
When it comes to selecting the perfect countertop material for your kitchen, it’s important to look beyond both popularity and affordability. Countertops set the tone for the kitchen, so choose materials and a look that not only reflect your style, but also are in line with how you use the kitchen.
Granite, for instance, has reigned supreme in the kitchen design world for years. For many, though, the price tag is a budget-buster, despite the claim that it adds to the resale value of your home.
Fortunately, the look of granite (or stone-like marble) is possible to achieve for less— whether through intricate textured laminate patterns; engineered stone surfaces like quartz; or solid surfaces that can be molded to your specifications to include features like an integrated sink or backsplash.
Often you can select your backsplash materials at the same time you select your countertops. Your countertops and your backsplash meet in the middle, so you need to make sure that they complement one another and work in harmony together. If your countertops and your backsplash clash, it’s going to throw off the design of your entire kitchen.
Kitchen lighting can be a great selection to add a touch of your own personality. Many people consider lights to be a complement to the kitchen design. Selecting the perfect pendants or chandeliers can be time-consuming with so many options available online. We recommend selecting lighting components that will provide you with plenty of light, that are easy to clean, and will add charm to your kitchen.
Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen, so just like in a wardrobe, it must coordinate, be comfortable, and enhance the design of the outfit. So before you buy, do your research, order samples, and check finishes with your kitchen materials to get the perfect fit.
TAKE YOUR KITCHEN REMODELING PRODUCT SELECTION ONE STEP AT A TIME
Taking things one step at a time and having the guidance of a professional remodeler will make your kitchen remodel a more enjoyable experience. Following our recommended order in this Selection Guide will allow you to soar through the process with all decisions made at the appropriate times. A professional remodeler can help with as little or as much of the process as you need. Some of our clients prefer to take an active role in making the decisions while others leave all the options to us.
The scope of your project will determine how long this process takes. The process of simply removing old cabinets and installing new ones is less complicated than removing walls and/or changing plumbing and electrical locations. Whatever the scope of your project may be, please maintain patience and focus so that you will be pleased with the result.