Kitchen Remodeling Renovation Features to Splurge or Save On

Kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on is the focus of today’s conversation.

Okay.  You’ve made the decision to remodel or renovate your kitchen.  Let’s work with this area first.  Remodeling includes demo, construction and changing the existing design of a space or structure.  Renovating details an update or restore consisting of mainly cosmetic changes.  Let’s throw another R into the mix.  Resale value is a choice point to consider when remodeling or renovating.  I find the cost vs. value comparison from Remodeling Magazine both interesting and informative.  It compares the average cost for 29 popular remodeling projects with the value the project retains at resale in 99 U.S. markets.

Undertaking a kitchen remodel or renovation comes with a myriad of decisions.  The answer to the kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on question is subjective to personal taste and lifestyle, while strongly influenced by and tailored to the existing structure, layout and budget.

Now that that’s established, let’s delve into the topic of kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on.

Kitchen Island

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Tiffany Farha Design

The well appointed standalone kitchen island is a multi-functional focal point center of kitchen activity that packs a powerful one-two punch.  The aesthetic lands the visual appeal while the design delivers navigational proficiency.  Kitchen spaces and sizes vary from house to home, style to space.  A large space with an open floor plan is a reality for some, a dream for others.  This is where thoughtful kitchen design becomes crucial to the prep, cook, store and clean environment.  Efficiency, distance and flow is key in regard to the design concept known as the kitchen work triangle.  The work triangle connects the main task areas of the sink, range or cooktop and refrigerator.  As a general rule, the sum of all three sides of the kitchen work triangle should be between 13 feet and 26 feet.  Factor in the proximity to the sink, range and refrigerator kitchen work triangle and design with convenience in mind.

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Specialty Stations and Appliances

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We are a thirsty nation with a design need to accommodate said thirst.  The increase in demand for kitchen specialty stations and specialty appliances is responsible for moving the gourmet coffee machine, commercial ice maker and wine chiller out of the luxury extra column and into the kitchen features splurge column.

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Optimum kitchen design successfully integrates lifestyle and necessity.

High-End Range, Rangetop or Cooktop 

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Gourmet cooks, home chefs, and entertainers extraordinaire know a high-end range, rangetop or cooktop is a must-have splurge of innovation, efficiency, functionality and performance.  In the words of interior design Miles Redd, “buy the best, and you only cry once.”

Many brands of mid-range appliances offer a quality smart performance with a modern aesthetic for an affordable price.  Quality is not necessarily accompanied by a budget busting price tag.

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High-end appliances are price justified if the homeowner has no intention of selling the home.  In terms of resale situation and return on your investment, high-end appliances may only appeal to niche buyers.

Pot filler

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Convenience makes a fabulous sous chef.  My preference for cooking on a gas cooktop or range is of no secret to Dave the Builder.

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A pot filler makes the kitchen features wishlist however, moving electrical, gas and plumbing is expensive.  Try, try as I may to justify the splurge on expense, a save on compromise is on the table.  Hello, new electric cooktop and kitchen sink faucet.

Cabinets

When Dave the Builder & Company renovated our kitchen, we kept the existing cabinet and drawer boxes and went with custom fronts.  This best of both worlds decision rendered significant savings.

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Storage

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Customized countertop storage compartments, cabinets and drawers qualify as smart storage options to splurge on.

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James Michael Howard

Dollars saved by going with a less expensive backsplash option such as  subway tile equals dollars well spent on details such as a custom range hood.  Subway tile is classic, on-trend, and budget friendly.  You gotta pick and choose your kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on battles.

Flooring

I’ve got enough to say grace over in the kitchen.  I don’t want the extra headache of fretting over the flooring choice.  As beautiful as the hardwood floor is, it does present a water stain, spot and scratch issue.

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I prefer ceramic tile flooring in the kitchen over hardwood flooring.  Tile is durable, stylish, design friendly, and affordable.  I vote save on for this one.

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Porcelain tile in the style of hardwood flooring is gaining in flooring popularity.

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If you ask me kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on suggestions:

A kitchen can never have enough electrical outlets.  The utility of a kitchen is found in the utilities.  An overhaul of an existing electrical panel by a licensed professional electrician updates the outdated and safely allows for additional lighting and outlets.  Save on the lighting fixtures, splurge on the electrical.

If your heart is set on granite, but your budget does not allow for tricking out the entire kitchen countertop in granite, consider going with granite strictly for the kitchen island countertop.

granite-white-kitchen-island Venegas and Company

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  The answer to the kitchen remodeling renovation features to splurge or save on question is subjective to personal taste and lifestyle.  Areas of splurge should give maximum return on investment, performance and expectation.  Areas of save should give a maximum return on quality and functionality while being both stylish and cost-effective.

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Design Your Dream Room with Tarkett

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I never shy from a good challenge.  The steps involved in the selection process of core home furnishings can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to be.  It’s time once again for a Places In The Home show and tell. The time has come for our guest room to make the transition to home office. The repurposed space will be a better fit in the scheme of things.  There’s not much to change in terms of design, but tastes and trends change many a mind. After great debate, I’ve decided the carpet is out and flooring is soon to be in. The issues of comfort, ease of maintenance and quiet factor into the flooring selection, especially in certain spaces of a home.

I have questions about flooring options just like everyone else does. I like to take advantage of pro tips and tools offered by manufactures of all things house that make a home products that assist in the selection process of home furnishings and home decor.  Seeing a product in actual working spaces is a plus in the process.  The Tarkett iSelect system, a design feature which groups Tarkett flooring options into 6 beautiful, easy-to-live-with color families, is an innovative design feature that allows the homeowner to coordinate flooring types, from room-to-room, throughout the entire house.

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iSelect  features Fiber Floor® and Luxury Floors from Tarkett. Fiber Floor® is a unique flooring option that stands up to real-life wear and tear in a warm, comfortable and it-looks-great kind of way. Tarkett Luxury Floors offer the ultimate in style, durability and versatility. Tarkett Luxury Floors are available in tiles with-or-without  grout, planks, adhered floors and floating floors.

Tarkett has organized a selection of FiberFloor products into six easy-to-shop palettes- Hushed Conversations, Fireside Chats, Warm Gatherings, Champagne Celebrations, Evening Reception and Earthy Connections. Each design complements the others within that palette.

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The intriguing interior design feature of iSelect is that no matter which floor you choose, it will complement any other floor in the same palette making it easy to coordinate adjoining rooms. Flow is one of the most important factors to consider, and iSelect will answer those questions for you.

The next tool of use in the flooring selection process is TarkettNA’s online visualizer, RoomVūe. Visualize your room at RoomVue by designing a room using an image from Tarkett’s onsite photo gallery of room design inspiration or upload an image of your own room as I did.  A variety of viewing options puts the design control in your hands. Photos and information gathered can be saved in the “My Projects” tool on TarkettNA’s website, printed, emailed or saved to your computer for future ideabook reference. Tarkett also provides a chat feature where you can chat online with professional Designers regarding questions about room design, flooring options and product details.

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Are you in the decorative contemplation process, looking to update up a room in your home with new flooring in a design palette that suits your style?  Check out iSelect, RoomVūe, and the entire family of Tarkett Flooring. Tarkett Flooring has over 10,000 retailers across the country. Find a retailer close to you with Tarkett’s retail locater http://www.tarkettna.com/locator.  Further the flooring inspiration experience by following Tarkett on Facebook, Tarkett on Pinterest, and Tarkett on Twitter.

 

 

 

 

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Cucina Construction: A Kitchen Remodeling Project

Oh my decorating & designing goodness, this kitchen remodeling project was a doozy!  Our home is my childhood home and I realize I’ve gone full circle in my house to home life.  Familiarity and fabulous memories from the past, the nail & hammer present, and the next generation future offers a comfort we can, and are, easily living with.  Design tweaks, adjustments, and repurposes have been met and mastered.

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Eight foot ceilings I love to hate have been embraced, especially when the architect gave us his bid on raising these puppies two feet.  Heavy, and I mean h-e-a-v-y five figures later, that’s a big negatory!

Please excuse the fact that I can’t help myself with the homage to Convoy. Casey Kasam’s Classic American Top 40 is on the radio.  Between the before pictures and the tunes I am swimming in 70s nostalgia.

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The kitchen is a multipurpose high traffic area of the home and ours is no different.  When my parents built the house in 1965, the kitchen was a design marvel among the ranch house set.  It underwent two decor remodels that simply did not stand up to the test of time or design.  When we took our first real look at the kitchen as the present homeowners, we realized this space needed some space.  To give you some idea of what we were working with, I am posting before and way,way before pictures of the space in question.

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First order of demo was to take down the wall at the end of the first picture of me and my paternal grandparents.  Immediately after first demo we tore down the breakfast bar, broom closets, and cabinet built ins shown in the second picture of a dinner with family, our preacher, and his wife.  My thought process was to incorporate the formal dining room.  I’m all about removing walls to open up a space.   We are picture deficient of the demo process.

Just imagine dirt, dust, and chaos.

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We salvaged, saved and strategically placed existing cabinets in with purchased solid wood prefabricated cabinets.  We took the door and drawer fronts off both the old and new cabinets.  Dave the Builder ordered 60 MDF cabinets doors and 29  MDF drawer fronts.  He primed all with oil base KILZ interior oil stain block and primer from Lowe’s.  The cabinetry color is Sherwin-Williams Pure White.

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The wall color is (was) Sherwin-Williams Anjou Pear.  Counter tops were born from sheeting the new cabinet tops with 3/4 ” CDX plywood as the base.  I selected MS International 12″ square granite tiles for the counter tops.  For the backsplash we went with 12 X12 ceramic paired with 6″ copper half round rope metal molding wall tiles.

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Slab granite was definitely a consideration, but the $$$ difference between the two is money we can spend elsewhere.  Dave won the “discussion” of bull nose vs. wood trim for the counter top front edging.

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We dressed up the upper cabinets, existing fluorescent light fixture, and ceiling molding with decorative molding from Home Depot.

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The Sub-Zero refrigerator was moved from our previous home and repainted to match the new cabinets on site.  A casing was built to house the refrigerator to match the new cabinets.  Dave repurposed the doors as side casing decoration, adding them to the refrigerator casing.

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We removed the original windows and installed Pella replacement windows from Lowe’s. I knew from the get- go I wanted 13″ X 13″ ceramic floors with the tiles laid diagonally, and I am thrilled with the result. I was adamant the original Baccarat crystal chandelier my mother selected forty years ago fit into the overall look.  The breakfast area chandelier is from Lamps Plus, and the pendant light from Home Depot.

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Amerock cabinet hardware was purchased on clearance from Lowe’s. Let’s build something and save money while doing it together, Lowe’s! Both the corbels framing the window above the sink and the ceiling medallion were purchased from Wish I Had That.

And now, without further ado, may we present a preview picture of our new kitchen.

****UPDATED****

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Click on the picture to begin the updated kitchen remodeling project tour

Remodels, Redos, And Renovations In Pictorial Preview

Remodels, redos, and renovations are the three R’s ruling the past two weeks at Casa de Places In The Home.  I’ve had a few things on the creative part of my brain (this could be trouble), and there’s no time like the present so here we go.   Let me share a in progress preview pictures with you.

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and now we have…

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Are we having fun yet?  You bet we are!  More details and pictures to come.  I have added the Our Home page with pictures of the spaces recently completed.

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DIY Home Remodeling Projects: DIWhy Did I Think I Could Do This?

DIY home remodeling projects are here to stay.  Books, blogs, websites, and entire television networks are dedicated to the pursuit of teaching and sharing the inside scoop on how to face, tackle, complete, and master the DIY  home remodeling project.

Reluctant contemplators  may at first over think their qualifications and/or limitations. The bevy of information available helps to reinforce the I think I can into the I know I can project. One slip back into negative territory and here comes the over thinking it stage which leads to regression, which ultimately brings us to the solid ground of “suck it up (insert name here), let’s do this!”

DIY home remodeling projects

Perfect doesn’t always make for realistic instruction or television.  We are all fallible and make mistakes.  The professionals on DIY programs allow for, show and emphasize missteps, mishaps and mistakes.   How else would we, the captive audience, take the pressure of  perfection off ourselves and put the do it yourself in DIY.   Seasoned pros in the know are eager to share problem and time saving techniques. Dave the Builder is a sharing fountain of how to information.  People have asked over the years  how he came to be able do so much of everything? Vision, drive, desire, attitude, and financial creativity make you learn real fast how to jump in with both feet.

The more you do, the more proficient and comfortable you become with your level of expertise. Each remodel or new construction job can be described as controlled chaos.  It is true of professionals and DIY amateurs alike.   When it all comes together, and the light of the DIY day can be seen, you”ll know exactly why you do this.   One completed and beautiful project, one renewed sense of  confidence, two consonants and an apostrophe later you’ll  ask yourself the final question,  “DIWhy did I think I couldn’t do this?”

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