The biggest changes often start with the smallest details, whether you’re trying to shed a few pounds or remodel your Pittsburgh kitchen. Although cabinet, countertop, appliance and flooring choices are the biggest decisions you’ll make during your home renovation, plenty of smaller choices can have just as much of an impact. Keep these four questions in mind when you plan your remodel.
What Type of Kitchen Cabinet Hardware Will Best Accentuate My Cabinets?
Choosing hardware may seem like a simple decision, but the selection process can actually be very complicated due to large numbers of knobs, pulls and handles available today. Do you want long pull bars that extend almost the entire length of the cabinets, furniture-style drop handles, vintage window sash pulls or a combination of several styles? Once you decide on the type of hardware, choosing a finish is the next step.
Although bronze, satin nickel and bronze are popular choices at the moment, according to Houzz.com, there’s no reason you need to limit your selection to one of these options. No matter what type of finish you choose, you’ll probably want to make sure that your choice either complements or contrasts with the finish of your kitchen faucets.
How Do I Feel About Sinks?
Before you decide on the style of sink you prefer, you’ll need to consider the number of sinks you need. If more than one person is involved in meal preparation, or you frequently entertain, it may make sense to add two sinks to your kitchen. You’ll also need to determine the placement of the sinks in relationship to your oven, dishwasher and refrigerator.
Once those issues are decided, it’s time to choose a sink type and material. Undermount, self-rimming, farmhouse, flush mount and double offset sinks are available in a variety of materials including stainless steel, granite, cast iron, soapstone, copper, quartz and even bamboo. Keep in mind that the type of sink you choose may affect your choice of countertop materials.
Is My Flooring Choice Comfortable, Durable and Attractive?
Homeowners often choose flooring based on appearance alone and fail to consider comfort. example, stone flooring certainly gives a kitchen warmth, but standing on the floors for hours at a time can be hard on the feet and knees. Whether you choose stone, bamboo, cork, laminate, hardwood or another material, it’s important to select a flooring type that not only complements the style and décor of the kitchen, but can stand up to spills and wear and tear.
Are the Changes I Want Code Compliant?
Failing to interpret building codes correctly can lead to delays in the completion of your kitchen remodel. For example, the building code may establish a minimum ventilation rate per linear foot for your vented hood and may also include requirements for power ratings. If your kitchen contractor isn’t thoroughly familiar with the codes for your municipality, even a seemingly minor code issue may require the replacement of an entire section of your new kitchen.
The design-build team at Master Remodelers frequently helps homeowners make these kinds of renovations decisions. If you’re planning a major remodel of your kitchen, give us a call and find out how we can help you create a beautiful kitchen that enhances your home.
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