I have worked in the kitchen design and installation area in one facet or another for well over 20 years. Styles, trends, and materials change daily but the over all function remains the same. Everything still runs in 3, 6, and 12" increments. We can design a new kitchen for your, renovate your existing, or point you down the right path to a professional that with tons of experience and selections. Let our knowledge guide you to the kitchen of your dreams.
Cabinets come in a variety of sizes and materials. You can purchase stock sizes and materials fairly inexpensive but approach that cautiously because that can come back and bite you. I recommend doing your homework and allowing professionals to assist you. Cabinets come in a variety of finishes from natural wood, laminate, painted, MDF, and even composite materials. Construction can consist of OSB, laminated MDF, and plywood with thickness ranging from 1/4" to 3/4" Door and drawer hardware comes in a variety of choices too, full extension drawer glides, self closing, Euro hinges, exposed hinges, and an endless selection of pulls and handles. Accessories are another thing to put on your list including spice drawers, appliance shelves, hidden garbage drawers, and the list goes on and on.
Counter tops are often the one part of the kitchen that takes the most abuse. For many years the inexpensive and typical choice was Laminate or what a lot of people refer to as "Formica". Formica is actually a brand lame. Laminate tops come in many colors and are very durable. These days a lot of people are choosing to go with natural stone such as granite. Granite comes in some amazing colors / patterns. Granite is typically priced by two things which are the color / pattern and the finish / thickness. It is usually sold by "level" finish, edge etc. Prices can range from $45 per square foot and go to the high end of $600 per square foot. Choose Wisely...Quartz is another option popular in contemporary homes and condos. Again this has a lot to do with color and pattern along with finish. Solid Surface is still be used but often with the "stone" look. Concrete and Glass tops are also being used as a choice for homeowners. It all comes down to your likes and preferences.
Appliances are another constantly changing necessity for the kitchen. Stainless steel, black, white, almond, with panels, and without. You also have the options for gas or electric. Many people are putting in gas tanks for the luxury and preference of using gas appliances. At the same time don't discount technology advances that have completely changed electric. Never overlook the practicality of your appliances when designing and planning your kitchen. Coffee Makers, Freezer Space, Double Ovens, Dishwashers, Heating Drawers, Extra Refrigeration, Wine Storage, Instant Hot Water, Surface Cook Tops that immediately cool off, Ice Makers, and again the list goes on. There are millions of choices and gadgets that are perfect for "you" and you should take all of your wants and budget into consideration.....
For many years back splashes have been left to the simple 4" extension to the counter top material whether laminate or granite. In recent years more and more people are choosing to go with a full height back splash up to the bottom of the upper cabinets and in other areas going even higher. Some will use the matching granite, stone, or solid surface. Others may choose to use stainless steel. A lot of people are choosing to go with tile or cut stone. There are some beautiful choices to use when selecting the tile option. This is often a feature that gives your kitchen some of it's finishing touch or punch. When choosing a back splash, consider the maintenance factor such as how easy it is to clean or how it may stain. But like other choices we have discussed find something that really works for you and what you like.