“This house is perfect,” they agreed, as Martha and Richard signed the contract on their new home. “Except for the kitchen,” they said. But since they had gotten some equity from their previous home they were not investing in this one, they decided to go ahead and get this ‘perfect’ house and remodel the kitchen.
The linoleum floor in their new kitchen had seen better days, so their planning for the kitchen modernization began with the flooring. Once they chose the type and color of their flooring, they let it set the tone for their other choices.
Flooring options for a kitchen
Here are a few aspects to consider when choosing a kitchen floor:
- Do you cook a lot? If so, you will be on your feet a lot and you will want flooring that has some resiliency to it.
- Do you have toddlers who drop food on the floor often? If so, you will want a floor that is easy to clean.
- Is the kitchen located in the house where it will be a heavy traffic area, or is it off to itself? Heavy traffic areas need flooring that stands up to the traffic and still looks good.
Cabinets were the next major purchase for Martha and Richard.
Martha and Richard chose wood flooring for their kitchen floor, and next looked at cabinets that would match. The classic style of the Brentwood cabinets matched their wood flooring perfectly. They liked the fact that the Brentwood is a timeless style that will not be outdated any time soon. Next it was time to choose a countertop to blend in with their other selections.
Countertops need to both look good and be functional.
There are an incredible number of materials, colors, and styles to choose from when choosing new countertops for a kitchen:
- Granite is beautiful and wears well, but it needs to be sealed every so often to avoid staining.
- Solid surfacing is available in a multitude of colors, and can be susceptible to nicks and burns (which can be sanded out), but does not always blend well with natural finishes.
- Quartz surfacing (comprised of tinted quartz chips and resin) is almost maintenance free and comes in a wide selection of colors.
- Marble is the crème de la crème of kitchen countertops, but it stains, scratches and chips easily.
- Tile offers many options for designs using your own creativity, comes in many colors, and fits well with all other design selections you make in your kitchen. Cooks are not always enthusiastic about its uneven surfaces, or its unstained grout that can harbor bacteria.
Martha liked the granite countertops, and Richard agreed to re-seal them periodically.
Matching appliances to the rest of the kitchen was Martha and Richard’s next challenge.
Martha preferred a convection oven to a standard one, but since Richard also enjoys cooking occasionally and prefers a standard oven, they compromised and got a stove with a standard oven, and mounted a smaller convection oven over the stove.
- Considerations when selecting appliance finishes
- Will you kitchen be a center for social activities or will it merely be a place where you cook and clean up?
- Do you want to create a blended-looking kitchen or use your appliance finishes as a contrasting design feature?
Martha and Richard decided to go with brushed stainless steel appliances as a contrast to the soft-looking woods and wood tones they had chosen for the rest of their kitchen. They will enjoy entertaining in their newly remodeled kitchen. It will probably become the center of their home.