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Kitchens, Myths, Tips, and Good Ideas

When planning a new or renovated kitchen, it pays to keep an open mind to learn all you can.  That includes busting a few common myths about the planning process and its outcomes.

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

Shopping for kitchen furnishings and finishes is a time-consuming exercise, but it can be done.  What can be trickier, however, is describing to retailers the products or overall look you desire.  Kitchen designers can 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.

Myth # 2: Challenging spaces are impossible to work with.

Do you have too many doorways?  Not enough storage?  No windows? Angled walls or ceilings?  If you’re scratching your head over these complex design issues, it’s time to call in a kitchen designer, whose forte it is to assess challenging spaces and see different options.  For example, to add natural light to a narrow, dark kitchen, place windows above the wall cabinets, or, under them, in a space normally reserved for a backsplash.

Myth # 3:  There are too many options; just close your eyes and point.

When heads are spinning from too many choices, the tendency is to either table the project indefinitely or jump in and make costly mistakes.  Why not seek some guidance through the options from an expert?

Myth # 4:  It will cost too much!

No question, the kitchen is one of the costliest rooms to remodel.  But you don’t have to break the bank to do it.  The key is to prioritize your wishlist, then concentrate on the essentials. Sparta Trades Kitchens and Baths is ever mindful of clients’ budgets.

Myth # 5:  My husband and I will never be able to agree on anything!

It’s not unusual for spouses to differ in style preferences.  Finding the right “transitional” balance can be difficult, but Sparta Trades Kitchens and Baths designers are trained in techniques to achieve just that balance, perhaps with a cohesive color scheme that you both like.  They can also help you develop a period style with products true to a particular era, should you so choose.

Myth #6:  I’ll never be able to coordinate it all; I’ll make costly mistakes. 

A kitchen designer will pay close attention to electrical and lighting, areas that are likely beyond the know-how of most clients. Your Sparta Trades Kitchens and Baths designer knows all about the little things—like hardware and finishes that can make a real difference and best enhance kitchen style.

Read on to benefit from some real-world home remodeling tips from the kitchen experts at Sparta Trades Kitchens and Baths.

It’s best to consider possible features for 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, computer and electrical lines.  One day you, your growing kids, or even a prospective buyer may want a flat-screen TV or a computer in the kitchen.  It’s better and more cost-efficient to add more outlets and the appropriate wiring during the initial renovation project rather than tear things apart later.

It’s important to provide for a variety of task lighting throughout the kitchen;  under-cabinet lighting, for example, illuminates countertop space far better than overhead light alone.

Whether we like it or not, life is messy in kitchens both old and new.  A common mistake among homeowners is to sacrifice practicality for looks.  Wanting a kitchen to open into another room such as a family or great room, often clients don’t allow for enough upper storage for china and glassware.  If one “wall” becomes open space, the design should compensate for the lost storage space with more or higher cabinets on the other walls.

Human nature is tricky.  We might think we need all the bells and whistles on our appliances, for example, and end up with a stove that generates so much heat that we can’t use it in the summer—and costs a small fortune to power.  Or, we can forget our physical limitations and opt for a sink bay window that’s too deep to reach, or an island that’s too wide for our space.  Homeowners would do well to pay particular attention to aisle width, which should be between 42” and 48” in order to avoid problems opening doors to dishwashers, ovens or refrigerators.

Speaking of appliances, all too often homeowners will buy their dream appliances first, only to find out later that the size of those choices have dictated a less than optimal kitchen design.  That’s a big no-no!

Considering the scope of a kitchen renovation, it’s best to proceed cautiously to avoid getting carried way by photos in a magazine or displays in a kitchen showroom.  A kitchen is a huge investment.  Good planning suggests that you contact a professional kitchen designer/planner like those at Sparta Trades Kitchens and Baths instead of rushing ahead into costly mistakes.

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