Kitchens have long been the go-to family gathering space in many homes. As remodelers, we’ve been incorporating custom layouts and features that support entertaining, tv viewing, multiple chefs, and beverage centers. And within the past year, we’ve been asking our homes to do even more for us, particularly in our kitchens. It’s not a stretch to say that the kitchen has become the home office and/or classroom for a lot of folks, which has resulted in the rise of new design trends.
As we look forward to the start of a new year, we wanted to take a quick look back to see which of our blogs were most popular with our readers this year. In 2020, we all spent more time than ever at home, which resulted in homeowners noticing the challenges and imperfections in their most used spaces. Based on our top 5 list, it seems that kitchens were at the top of many reader's lists for needing improvements. We also found that there is a lot of interest in hearing about the newest in appliances, so we will be sure to continue covering those topics for you in 2021.
Kitchen remodels are always at the top of homeowner's remodeling wish lists and with all the time we've been spending at home this year, it has become a priority for many families. As we shelter at home, the problems with our kitchens become even more obvious and troublesome. Lack of storage, outdated appliances and finishes, and dysfunctional layouts are just a few of the common issues we discuss with clients. Over the years we've created a lot of helpful resources for those who are getting ready to embark on a kitchen remodel. We recommend reviewing the 10 listed below if you are considering one in your near future.
Our project gallery is full of kitchen transformations, but the five we are about to show you are our website visitor’s favorites. The remodels you are about to see represent distinct design styles, solve challenges, and suit the personal preferences of five different families. We hope you enjoy taking this virtual tour and invite you to read more about each of the projects with the links provided below.
In January, thousands of builders, remodelers, and designers attended the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), a massive show of over 600 exhibitors, to see the latest products and innovations in the industry. We really look forward to hearing about the newest kitchen appliances seen at the show, and this year didn't disappoint! Here's a look at five new appliances that we are excited about, including one that isn't for the kitchen!
Every year, Houzz surveys homeowners who have completed renovations on their home in the last 12 months or are planning to in the next few months, to learn about trends and preferences in a variety of project types. This year, their kitchen survey revealed many design elements are maintaining their popularity into the new decade.
Each year I like to take a look back to see which of our blogs were most popular with our readers. In 2019, we wrote about a variety of remodeling topics and found that those featuring kitchen updates were the most read. It’s no surprise considering a kitchen remodel is always at the top of most homeowner’s wish list. If you’d like to learn more about kitchen remodeling, read about common kitchen design challenges, or get your creative juices flowing, check out our Top 5 Kitchen Blogs from 2019.
Starting in November, our homes become center stage for big celebrations. We take on major cooking and baking in our kitchens, host large dinners in our dining rooms, and gather everyone in the family or living room to unwrap gifts and hang out. Sometimes it can feel like your home is bursting at the seams during the holidays and that’s precisely why many homeowners decide it’s time to remodel at the start of the new year.
Kitchens top the list as the space homeowners would most like to remodel, particularly with empty nesters that are planning to stay in their homes after retirement. An aging in place remodel maximizes the functionality of a kitchen by creating a safe and comfortable environment for its users. Layout, fixtures, appliances and finishes are carefully selected to provide ease of use for aging homeowners and for those with existing or potential future handicaps.
Who doesn’t dream of updating their kitchen one day? Getting rid of old cabinets, replacing the flooring, swapping dated appliances for shiny new ones, adding some unique pendant lights above the island. There are so many aspects to designing a beautiful and functional kitchen remodel, but today we are going to focus on creating focal points within your design.
After the children are grown and move out of the house, many homeowners find themselves with extra space. Suddenly, your four bedroom home may have a couple of bedrooms collecting dust, a formal dining area that is only used sparingly, or other spaces that used to be kid-friendly that could use an update. This is the perfect opportunity to re-evaluate how you want to use your home for the coming years.