How much work are you planning to put into your kitchen remodel. Do you just need to replace the countertops, or does the whole thing need to go? Either way, it's a big commitment, not only of time, but of money and inconvenience.
Remodeling a kitchen takes a great deal of planning. You have to decide what you want to change, what can stay the same and what your budget is.
Of course, the benefits are well worth it in the end. You get a beautiful kitchen remodel set up just the way you want it.
Remodeling your kitchen is one of the most beneficial things you can do to your home. It's not only a great selling feature, it's a pleasure for you.
There are many wonderful little touches you can put in your kitchen. Do you prefer cabinets or drawers? Would an island or breakfast bar be a good idea? Granite or Formica? Solid Surface? Do you need more storage?
One of the greatest challenges is deciding on a kitchen remodeling contractor, unless of course you decide to do it yourself. The right remodeling contractor will make this difficult process as easy as possible... the wrong one can create a nightmare.
When it's just the family at home, you might not talk much in the kitchen, but it's been my experience that once the food's ready, the party moves into the kitchen. So when it's time to entertain, you want your kitchen to be comfortable for a crowd. It should be warm and welcoming.
Let us help you with your kitchen remodel.
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Understand Your Needs: Basic objectives
Before you do anything you must ask yourself the following questions and determine how the answers relate to your existing kitchen and to your plans for a remodeled kitchen.
How much time do you spent in the kitchen?
How much of the physical kitchen do you need to replace?
How much money are you willing to spend on the kitchen project?
How long do you intend to own your home?
Are you remodeling for resale value or quality of life?
Is the remodel a long- or short-term investment?
What do you like about your present kitchen, what do you dislike about your present kitchen?
Understand Your Needs: Kitchen Size
What are your kitchen space requirements going forward. Is your family expanding?
How many cooks use the kitchen?
Does the kitchen need to accommodate special needs or physical limitations ?
How does your family use the kitchen?
Daily breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Weekend family get togethers?
Is the kitchen an entertainment environment?
What is the relationship between the kitchen and the surrounding rooms.
Understand Your Needs: Kitchen Function
While cooking, family and guests elsewhere in the home.
While cooking, family and guests are nearby in spaces open to the kitchen.
While cooking , family and guests sit and visit.
Family and guests help with meal preparation.
Family and guests help with cleanup.
Caterers who prepare meals in my kitchen for family and guests.
Understand Your Needs: Kitchen Design Requirements
Which of the following additional activities would you like your newly remodeled kitchen to accomodate?
Desk area for work or study
Undestand Your Needs: Kitchen Ambience
Which of the following describes what your are looking for in your remodeled kitchen?
A purely functional environment. Function over Form
Warm and cozy ambience
Open and airy feel
A private retreat
A personal design statement
After analyzing and answering the above considerations and questions the design phase of the kitchen remodel can begin.
There are two different though completely integrated design concerns. The design of the physical space where the kitchen will be and the design of the kitchen itself. Depending on the scope of the remodel the physical space design can be done by an architect or home designer. At On Cape Kitchen we have in house design and permit capabilities to handle all residential remodeling situations.
The design of the physical space where the kitchen will be should consider how the kitchen relates to the surrounding rooms. An open floor plan , a separate closed off kitchen, a kitchen area divided by
an island or a peninsula, a door to an exterior deck or patio , windows for light and ventilation.
What kind of flooring is in the surrounding areas ? What kind of flooring is planned for the kitchen. How will the flooring transitions be handled. Lighting and heating and cooling in these areas should be considered in the design.
After the physical space has been designed and the mechanical and finishing materials have been decided , the kitchen itself can be designed and cabinets chosen.
We have many years experience designing kitchens and we can guarantee that a kitchen design using cabinets from one of our cabinet manufacturers can be married to the new design of your remodeled space to satisfy all your kitchen needs considering your remodeling objectives, kitchen size, kitchen function, kitchen design, and ambiance.
The three cabinet manufacturers that we are featuring are:
In conjunction with the choice of countertop material it is important to co-ordinate the back splash type and style. The countertop and bachsplash can be
combined with your choice of sink and faucet to achieve a personally distinctive look.
Pros: Granite's beautiful mottling and the host of colors and patterns found in nature make each piece one of a kind. It stands up well to splashes, knife nicks, heat and other wear and tear.
Cons: Like most stone, granite must be sealed every so often to avoid stains. And its heaviness means you'll need very sturdy cabinet boxes to support the weight.
Cost: $35 to $100 per square foot, installed.
Solid Surface Countertops
Made primarily from acrylic and polyester, solid surface countertop material was first sold under the brand name Corian, which is often (erroneously) used as a generic term for it. Today, it's made by a host of manufacturers and has enjoyed steady popularity over the years.
Pros: Because solid surface products are nonporous, it's virtually maintenance free , no sealing or special cleaning required. Although it can be susceptible to scratches and burns, those are easy to sand out. Color and pattern options are extensive, and because you're not trying for the look of a natural material, you can experiment with vibrant hues such as turquoise or tomato red. Seamless installation means there are no cracks to trap dirt and debris.
Cons: Solid surface products can have a patently artificial look and feel, yet can approach the price of natural stone. As mentioned above, it doesn't stand up to hot pans or sharp knives as well as other materials.
Cost: $35 to $100 per square foot, installed
Quartz Surface Countertops
Crafted of resin and quartz chips tinted with color, quartz countertop material (also called engineered quartz or engineered stone) is a good compromise between the beauty of stone and the easy care of solid surface products.
Pros: Quartz products have the same advantages as solid surface products with regard to maintenance. As an engineered product, it's available in a far greater range of colors and patterns than natural stone.
Cons: This material doesn't have the natural variegation of granite, so it may be evident that it's an engineered product. It's relatively pricey, although its durability can make it a worthwhile investment.
Cost: $40 to $90 per square foot, installed.
Is there anything that looks and feels more glamorous than a marble countertop? Peerless in terms of its luminescence and distinctive veining, it's an ultratraditional choice. Pros: Nothing beats marble for sheer elegance. It stands up to heat well, and because it remains perennially cool, it's a traditional choice for pastry and baking stations (read: Dough won't get too soft).
Cons: Marble is very susceptible to stains, even with sealing. For that reason, it's not often used throughout an entire kitchen — most homeowners limit it to one or two small areas. It can also scratch and chip.
Cost: $40 to $100 per square foot, installed.
Modular and inexpensive, ceramic and porcelain tile offers nearly limitless options for colors and designs. Tile works with almost any kitchen style, from country to majestic Old World.
Pros: It holds its own against heat and sharp blades, and resists stains. If one or two tiles chip or crack, they're fairly easy to replace.
Cons: Tile's uneven surface can make it difficult to balance a cutting board or roll out a pie crust. Unsealed grout is prone to staining; standing moisture can damage it and contribute to bacterial growth.
Cost: $10 to $80 per square foot, installed.
Although it's in no danger of overtaking granite, soapstone has come into its own as a countertop material. It offers subtle, nuanced beauty yet feels humbler than granite or marble.
Pros: Soapstone has a natural softness and depth that fits very well with older and cottage-style homes. Although it usually starts out light to medium gray, it darkens with time. (Most people enjoy the acquired patina, but you may consider this a con.)
Cons: Soapstone needs polishing with oil to keep it in top shape. It can crack over time, and it can't handle knife scratches and nicks as well as some other types of stone. The natural roughness of its surface can scuff glassware and china.
Cost: $70 to $100 per square foot, installed.
Butcher Block Countertops
Butcher block has a classic appeal and always looks fresh. It's especially fitting for , country and cottage-style kitchens.
Pros: Many homeowners like butcher block's warm, natural appearance and variegated wood tones. Although knives scratch it, many people like the shopworn look it develops — after all, it's what chopping blocks have been made of for years. But you can also sand scratches down with ease.
Cons: Wood swells and contracts with moisture exposure, and butcher block is no exception. It harbors bacteria and needs frequent disinfecting. Oiling is a must to fill in scratches and protect the surface.
Cost: $35 to $70 per square foot, installed.
Our granite and quartz fabricators use a CAD/CAM system for precision on site measuring and shop cutting.
This system allows for great design flexibility when working with granite and quartz and impressive results are obtainable especially in challanging installations.
Our laminate and solid surface fabricators have years of experience taking your choice from an almost endless array of possibilities to an exciting finished product. Products from the following manufacturers are available.
Sinks and Faucets
After the cabinets and countertop , the final pieces of the kitchen or bathroom that you need are carefully chosen sinks and faucets. We can help you with the many design and function considerations in this area . Products from the companies displayed below are available.