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Kitchen Myths, Tips, and Good Ideas

1. You can’t communicate your vision effectively to others.

Shopping for kitchen furnishings is a time-consuming exercise, but it can be done. What can be trickier is describing to retailers the products or overall look you desire. Kitchen designers can help equip their clients with the right communication tools – from appropriate questions and descriptive phrases to sample products and floor plans. Or, you can relax and let the design expert – who knows both you and the market – present a limited number of product options to you.

2. A challenging space has you stumped.

Do you have too many doorways? Not enough storage? No windows? Angled walls or ceilings? If your scratching your head over these complex design issues, it may be time to call in an expert. It’s a kitchen designer’s forte to assess challenging spaces and see different options. For example adding natural lighting to a narrow, dark kitchen by placing windows above wall cabinets – or under them, in a space normally reserved for a backsplash. If you lack storage space, a kitchen designer can suggest the latest or most suitable options in cabinet design and storage to help maximize your space.

3. Your head is spinning from too many product choices.

When this happens, people have a tendency to either table the project indefinitely or make costly mistakes. Why not seek some guidance from an expert? These choices are expensive and you’re not apt to change them.

4. Temptation is tugging at your purse strings.

If you’ve ever stepped into a kitchen showroom or simply eyed one in a magazine, you know the seductive power of a state-of-the-art kitchen. Even the most cost conscious consumer may be tempted to go over budget. Sparta Trades Kitchens & Baths will be mindful of clients’ budgets and know what can be done with less.

5. Your having trouble blending styles or developing a theme.

Spouses often differ in style preferences, with one leaning toward traditional styles and the other seeking a more contemporary look. Finding the right “Transitional” balance can be difficult. A kitchen designer can help you blend styles by using, among other techniques, a cohesive color scheme throughout your floor plan. They can also help you develop period style and obtain products that are true to a particular era.

6. You suspect you’re overlooking important details.

A kitchen designer will pay close attention to electrical and lighting – areas that are likely beyond the know-how of most customers. A designer can also help you make choices in cabinet hardware and finishes that will best enhance your kitchen style.

When planning a new kitchen or renovation, it pays to keep an open mind and learn all you can. That includes busting a few common myths about the planning process and its outcomes. Read on to benefit from some real-world examples from kitchen- design professionals:

Sparta Trades Kitchens & Baths says its best to consider features to your new kitchen during, not after, your renovation. Even if you are not sure whether you’ll use a feature right away, prepare for its future installation by running cable and electrical lines. For example, one day, you, your growing kids, or a future homeowner may want a flat screen television or a home-monitoring screen in the kitchen, or, you may someday need more outlets on your counters and island.

Homeowners should install a variety of kitchen lighting fixtures throughout the kitchen, especially under-cabinet lighting, since it illuminates counter top space far better than overhead lighting alone.

Whether we like it or not, life is messy-in kitchens both new and old. The most common mistake among homeowners is that they want kitchens that open onto other rooms, and they don’t plan any upper storage for china and glassware. There needs to be a balance between function and style.

Not every kitchen project requires a designer. But many need someone to help us see the big picture and oversee the entire project, including working within a budget and coordinating the efforts of the architect and builder or contractor. A CKD or CBD is a professional kitchen or bath designer.

Human nature is tricky. We can unwittingly grow attached to our old appliances and end up with new refrigerators that are too small or with ovens that are short on burners. Or, we forget our physical limitations and opt for a sink bay window that’s too deep or an island that’s too huge to clean. We recommend that homeowners pay particular attention to aisle width, which should be between 42″ and 48″. If there’s too little space, your stuck if someone lowers the door of the oven, dishwasher, or microwave.

Considering the scope of a kitchen renovation, its best to proceed cautiously. Homeowners get carried away when they see someone else’s home or a kitchen showroom. They go and buy things without thinking of the rest of the house. Usually the kitchen is the first room they do during a home renovation and it dictates the colors for the rest of the house. It’s a huge investment. Good planning suggests contacting a professional kitchen or bath designer/planner before rushing ahead.

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