The Keys to a Great Kitchen
Everybody wants a fabulous kitchen. And rightfully so.
Not only is the kitchen the epicenter of your home, the place where you spend the most quality time with family and friends, it is also the room that creates the most value if or when you sell your home. Regrettably, home improvement and design television have created completely unrealistic expectations among consumers because those shows rarely include the cost of labor in their price estimates and they often feature timetables that are even more unrealistic than the budgets. If you want to create a realistic budget for your new kitchen, a good rule of thumb is to allocate 10 to 20 percent of the value of your home, with the spread being determined based on the size of the space, scope of the renovation and quality of materials selected.
Not all parts of your kitchen are created equally. The materials that make biggest impact are cabinets, countertops and appliances. These items set the tone for the remainder of the space and help to provide direction for other materials such as backsplash, lighting, paint, flooring, and wall coverings.
The Case for High-Quality Cabinets
We recommend starting product selection with cabinets because cabinets set the tone for the remainder of the remodel and have the greatest impact on the look and feel of the space. Cabinets are also key to the longevity of your kitchen. It’s relatively easy to replace an appliance. It’s more difficult to change out cabinetry. If you plan to live in your home for more than five years, invest in custom cabinets. Custom cabinets provide the ultimate flexibility to meet your needs and they also can withstand the test of time. JM Kitchen & Bath offers promotions on our cabinets from time to time, so be sure to visit our current promotions tab.
Countertops are where almost every kitchen activity begins and ends. Because countertops are one of the first things you see when you enter a kitchen, they naturally serve as a focal point. Countertop color, shape, and material options are virtually unlimited, enabling you not only to make countertops the functional workhorse of your new kitchen, but also the ultimate expression of your design and personality.
Investing in high-quality, high-performing, statement-making countertops makes a lot of sense. Not only are countertops relied upon for meal preparation, but they are also used for cooking, eating, entertaining, doing homework, charging electronics, reading, relaxing and spending quality family time together. Countertops serve practical and aesthetic functions that can make or break a new kitchen.
High Tech Appliances
High-tech, smart appliances can make cooking easier, healthier and more enjoyable. On our dream list are:
- Combination convection steam ovens
- Commercial-style gas range
- Dual dishwashers
- Smart refrigerator
Today’s combination convection steam ovens take convection cooking up to the next level. Using steam to prepare meals retains more moisture and vitamins in your food, making your meal healthier for you and your family.
If you love to cook, you will appreciate a commercial style gas range. If you love to entertain, two dishwashers will become your best friend. Consider combining a traditional dishwasher with a drawer model that can be used daily. Some models can limit cycles to one drawer only, enabling you to save water and avoid the temptation of having dirty dishes sit for days until the appliance is full.
Technology has not bypassed kitchen appliances. Smart refrigerators can help keep track and order groceries, offer customizable temperature settings that can turn an area of the fridge into a freezer zone, feature touch screens, cameras that allow you to view contents without opening a door and multiple apps ranging from those that organize recipes to maintaining grocery lists.
There’s no reason why you can’t have your dream kitchen. We can help turn your dreams into a reality.
In the past 100 years, the kitchen has morphed from merely serving as a functional space to the epicenter of the home.
This transformation is brilliantly described and illustrated in a great new book recently published by Gestalten and Michelle Gailndo titled, Kitchen Kulture. The book gives you permission to dream, and our designers at JM Kitchen and Bath can help turn your dreams into realities.
The Galindos explain whether Nordic, or futuristic, the kitchen is the new living room – a place to cook, eat and celebrate. As the new living room, the kitchen serves as the space for social gathering, collaborative cooking, event hosting and communal dining. Undergoing immense transformation through time and continually adapting to current social and aesthetic trends, the room that used to be a service area relegated to the back of the house is now the multi-functional hub of the home.
Opening up your imagination and working with JM’s talented professionals, your new kitchen can be an inspiring visual feast that shines a light on all that the twenty-first century kitchen can be. By listening carefully to the needs, wants and desires of our clients and working with prescribed budgets, we can help you create a kitchen that serves as a shining example of environmentally-friendly innovations as well as a lively space that inspires an improved lifestyle. Whether you prefer an open-plan design or have space that may only accommodate a galley, recognize that anything is possible.
Today’s kitchens play host to the best parties, can serve as a proving ground for a culinary startup or the perfect setting to host your neighborhood supper club.
As Kitchen Kulture points out,
“What was once a pragmatically designed place for food preparation has now become a stage on which the act of cooking and eating is celebrated as a social event. At the same time, the kitchen is being opened up to become a living space and pivotal meeting point in the home.”
Your new kitchen, whether you want a small-scale multifunctional footprint or an expansive living and cooking environment, can be as individual and charismatic as the personalities that use them. Our approach accounts for high-tech innovations by well-known manufacturers, surprises and delights that bring smiles to your face every time you walk into your new kitchen, and out-of-the-box design concepts that blur lines between the kitchen and living spaces.
Similar to most well thought out and executed plans, creating a new kitchen requires paying microscopic attention to the details. A detailed approach is not only functional but also works to meld practicality with aesthetics.
New kitchens come alive when used. We want to help improve your lifestyle and better enjoy every day. Give us a call or stop by either of our kitchen and bath showrooms in Metro Denver to find new and creative inspirations to the exciting yet challenging task of improving, extending or rebuilding your kitchen.