Kitchen remodels seem to fill the dreams of every homeowner we talk to. But when our home construction dreams are about to become a reality, we often get caught up in the details, overwhelmed by the decisions and surprised by the amount of work it quickly becomes. While working with the right contractor is paramount in deterring those problems, it also helps to turn your dream into an actionable vision, or plan. So if you’re serious about turning your kitchen dreams into reality, start by deciding where you stand on these five questions.
1. Functional or Decorative?
A kitchen is the kind of space that needs to be somewhat functional, no matter how little cooking you do. That being said, it’s still valid to consider how often you cook. Do you entertain often? Are you past the years of using the kitchen as your catch-all, multipurpose room in the house? Then maybe you want to lean more toward decorative choices that make the space aesthetically pleasing, rather than focusing on the functionality of the room. If you still use your kitchen like it’s the only room you have, and then focus on function with each decision.
2. Cost or Value?
This is the point when you ask yourself: Can I splurge on the entire project, or do I need to stay within my budget? If you’re keen to keep within a certain budget, then your next question becomes: Where do I splurge, and where do I save? For certain parts of your remodel, you may want to make your buying decisions based off the overall value it adds to your life — not the price tag. Decide when you want to focus on the value, and when you need to let cost be the deciding factor. If you save on cabinets, for example, then you can splurge on marble for the island.
3. Daily Chef or Big Entertainer?
You’ll also want to consider how many people you cook for and how often. If you use the kitchen for daily cooking, serving a single family, then your decisions should reflect that. If you love to entertain, and host large family dinners on a regular basis, then your kitchen should be designed to accommodate and serve large groups. Consider what upgrades may allow you to serve large groups with ease. For example, to better serve your extended family, do you need two sinks and lots of counter space? Great! Make sure that’s a central part of your vision.
4. Fast Food or Savored?
Another way to think about the way you use your kitchen is the speed at which you cook. When you’re in the kitchen, for example, is your goal to produce an edible meal as quickly as possible, while minimizing mess whenever possible? Then design a kitchen that allows you to move quickly, access your materials with ease, and clean up without much work. If you love cooking, however, then design your space in a way that allows you to savor the time you spend there. Make it spacious, open, light and airy. Create a small sanctuary with detailed, personal touches. Bring life and personality into the room, so you’ll want to stay there all day long.
5. Ideal or Real?
This can be the toughest question to answer for some people. Are you designing a kitchen for the ideal cooking experience and the ideal home, or are you creating a space that’s made for real life, in all its messy glory? Again, you need to assess where you’re at in life to answer this question. If cooking is a chore and your main goal is to maximize your leisure time, then you’ll want to design a kitchen that’s built for everyday life. If the kitchen is your sacred space, and cooking is your leisure time, then by all means — build the kitchen of your dreams. It’s much easier to change your kitchen than to change what you enjoy.
Now that you’ve got the vision, call Randal G. Winter Construction Inc. at 661-799-8089 to make it a reality. For more information, visit rgwinter.com.
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Santa Clarita construction company Randal G. Winter Construction strives to provide high-quality workmanship using skilled trades-people, up-to-date technology, and superior products. Our company takes into account the customer’s needs, timelines and designs, integrating those elements with our experience and knowledge of construction. Our goal is to build a finished product of which both our company and our clients are proud. We’ve been family owned and operated for over 35 years, and we take great care to treat your house with the respect it deserves.