Kitchen Remodeling Tips

The kitchen is often thought of as the heart of the home. It’s where families gather, conversations happen, and lives are planned. And with families spending so much time in their kitchen, they will need it to be functional, as well as beautiful.

If you’re looking around and thinking that your kitchen needs a bit of help, it may be time to start planning that fantastic kitchen remodel. Don’t let your home’s previous owners dictate your kitchen style. Keep up to date on current home renovation trends. Buy those high-end appliances you’ve always wanted. It’s time to dig deep to give yourself that gorgeous, remodeled kitchen you’ve always wanted.

Here are some tips to keep you on the path of the kitchen remodeling project of your dreams.

Choose a remodel scope, and stick to it
Are you thinking of ripping out your entire kitchen for a total makeover, or just putting on a new coat of paint? At the beginning of any project, it’s important to identify the scope of that project, and then stick to it. There is always the possibility of going overboard with any home remodel, and kitchen remodeling can be one of the worst offenders. Choose wisely about where to start and end with your remodel, or you could end up with a half-completed kitchen that is not functional for a lot longer than you imagined.

Discover your kitchen style
Are you sleek and modern? Classic country? Shabby chic? How do you want your kitchen to identify with your own personal style? How will your new kitchen design reflect the best you that you can be? It’s time to load up on renovation and remodeling magazines, subscribe to kitchen design blogs and watch a lot of design television for inspiration. Keep an inspiration board or journal to track your ideas, favorite color combinations and uses of quality material. This will help you organize your thoughts and create a kitchen that matches your lifestyle and personality perfectly.

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Research the best appliances
Along with choosing your kitchen style, you’ll want to choose which appliances would fit your home best. Are you a chef who loves high-end, professional appliances? Or do you just want and oven that is reliable enough to cook at an even temperature, and a refrigerator that doesn’t freeze your milk? Once you know how you want to use your appliances, start looking at the designs. There are plenty of options available, from sleek lines to decorative knobs. Keep the appliances functional, but fitting to your personal style, for an efficient kitchen that cooks just as good as it looks.

Find the right materials
Kitchen remodeling isn’t as simple as saying you want new cabinets and counter tops. There are many options to choose from when picking out materials for your renovation. For your cabinets, do you want pine or oak wood? What color stain do you want on them? What type of handles and knobs? For your counter tops, do you want marble or granite? Any specific color pattern? Do you want the material in tile form or a full slab? And how about your floors and walls? There is a lot to choose from, but when you get your color and material combinations right, your kitchen will shine.

Settle on a budget
One of the biggest items to take into consideration for your kitchen remodeling project is the budget. You need to think long and hard about how much you want to spend on your kitchen. Remodels can happen for a very little amount of money, but can cost upwards of a million dollars as well. If possible, do some research and break your budget down to the material level. Knowing you want to spend can really help when it comes to choosing what goes in your kitchen.

Call the kitchen remodeling professionals at Signature Design Centers
The kitchen remodeling professionals at Signature Design Center in Orange County are available to help you. We’ve got full-time designers ready to help turn your imagination into reality. We’ll give you a digital tour of your new kitchen before we even sign on the dotted line. We’ll help you create the kitchen you’re always dreamed of!

Good Kitchen Design Books for Orange County

Kitchen and Bath Design News features 5 great design books aimed at everyone from the rookie to the veteran designer. Here is a quick summary of this great review. I am constantly reading and discussing new concepts with professionals in the industry. I can recommend Contemporary Asian Design especially considering the strong Asian design influences found in California homes.


Style To Go: Bed & Bath
: “…aims to show an effective symbiosis between the two sanctuary rooms in the home… with helpful sidebars including tips and tricks to overcome style challenges such as limited space and storage issues.”

Contemporary Asian Bathrooms: “…includes photos from private homes and luxurious Southeast Asian spas and resorts that any designer charged with creating ‘a temple dedicated to body worship’ would do well to take note of during the design process.”

50 Great Bathrooms by Architects: “…shows how architects interpret differently the traditional notions of the bathroom as the haven of the home for it occupants. As its editor says, it is a place for ‘relaxation, grooming and total privacy.'”

Great Kitchens by Architects: “The sister book to 50 Great Bathrooms. Includes detailed layout and renderings of each kitchen. Every trend and style is represented here, from a Modernist look with straight lines and splashes of color in the details to experimental kitchens with unusual use of natural light and window placement.

Ultimate Guide to Kitchens: Plan, Remodel, Build: “…designing a kitchen with special needs can be more complicated, [requiring] specialized knowledge and skills…. In keeping with this idea, Ultimate Guide covers a wide range of topics that kitchen designers might not have a specialty in, but could use to enhance their designs and expand their profit centers.”