Here are my top 5 Kitchen & Bath must haves.
1. Good cabinetry
Good cabinetry is an essential, especially if you are putting in new counter tops. Cabinetry is the foundation of your project. It doesn’t make sense to invest money into products (counter tops, back splash, sinks, faucets, etc) that are sitting on a bad foundation. Wanting to replace your cabinetry in 5 years or less? It is better to save your money now and do it right the first time. Look for quality cabinetry that has a lifetime warranty, a finish that will last, and quality hinges, glides & drawer boxes. There is nothing worse than drawers that don’t open!
Good cabinetry should last you the lifetime of your home!
2. Soft close drawers
This is one add on that can save your sanity. Newer drawer glides work so well that now drawers can freely glide in and out. This results in drawers unintentionally slamming. Adding a soft close on the glides creates a much quieter and happier experience for everyone. From the chef, to the T.V. watchers near by. They may take a little getting used to at first but I find my clients quickly adapt.
3. Good lighting
Lighting can take a kitchen from good to great! Ideally you want layers of lighting in any space.
Overall lighting is generally Can lighting that lights the space evenly,
Task lighting is more directed, like an under cabinet lighting, and
Accent lighting which would be pendants or lit china cabinets.
Funny enough if a space is well lit you may not notice. But, if it is badly lit it will be an annoyance that can cause eye fatigue, hot spots which cause glare and visually the space will feel underwhelming.
4. A good layout/ Organization
Many times to update a kitchen or bathroom people will do a quick fix. “Lipstick on a pig”. A beautiful looking kitchen or bath that is poorly laid out or organized is a waste. In the end a pretty pig is still a pig. I recommend if this is a space you plan to stay in, we need to get to the root of some of your issues. If you design a space that works well for you, you will be more likely to use it and enjoy it long term.
Yes, even you could enjoy cooking again!
5. Good plumbing
Plumbing products are another item I say to not “cheap out” on. Goodness knows that the faucet or garbage disposal will decide to break on Thanksgiving while your mother is doing the dishes, shooting water everywhere (true story). These items are the workhorses of our kitchens or baths. Make sure you are buying quality that will last. The money you spend for 1 good faucet is less expensive than the 3, 4 or 5 cheap “big box store” faucet that you will go through in the same length of time.
Still unsure if your project is heading in the right direction? Give us a call, we will get you on the right track. Having a good plan ahead of time can save you time and money in the end!