IMG_2652wThe kitchen is the gathering place of any home. It is in the kitchen that meals are prepared, secrets are shared, and love is put into the food that keeps the family going. The kitchen plays an important role in your home and in your family life so it should be everything you want it to be, that is both functional and comfortable.

Kitchen remodeling can be great fun. It offers the opportunity to create a more energy-efficient kitchen and to create a space where the family can relax. Whether your kitchen remodel is simple or you want to create a gourmet chef’s kitchen, you can count on adding to the value of your home as you create a warm and functional family space.

A kitchen remodeling project can be as simple as new window and wall treatments, new flooring, or new cabinets. Or you can create the gourmet kitchen with an adjoining family room that is so popular today.

Much entertaining is now done in the kitchen. Preparing a meal can become a time for guests to gather in the kitchen and enjoy conversation. Most kitchens built today will either be open to a family room or they will include a family area at one end of the room. An attached or semi-attached breakfast room is currently a popular design. An island that is functional for food preparation and provides a place for people to sit and talk to the cook is very desirable.

If your home is older and your kitchen just needs a little modernizing, you will certainly want to consider modernizing your cabinets, and, perhaps, your counter tops. Raised-panel cabinet and cupboard doors are certainly one way to go. This can be accomplished by simply placing new doors on existing wood cabinets. If your budget permits, you can even install custom or semi-custom wood cabinets. While laminate countertops are certainly still being used, there is a clear trend toward marble or granite countertops. They are both beautiful and functional.

Your choice of appliances will be important in the total appearance of your kitchen. To be sure, appliances are available in a wide variety of colors and styles.

For your kitchen remodel, sink styles and faucet and spray options are abundant. Sinks are available in the standard single basin style, as well as equal double basins or even double width with various configurations of additional small basins.

Having adequate lighting is critical in your kitchen remodel. Installation of low-voltage under-cabinet lights are fully functional, energy efficient, and conducive to warmer lighting in the rest of the kitchen. In addition to light fixtures, you might want to consider installing a skylight for warmth and natural lighting.

Another great feature to add in cabinets, especially high cabinets or low corner cabinets is a lazy Susan that brings items to you without stretching. Pull-out shelves and recessed areas that permit shelves on the inside of doors will make items more accessible.

If your house has a family room in close proximity to the kitchen, you may find that opening up that space by taking down the separating wall will provide a feeling of spaciousness and keep the cook interacting with the rest of the family or your guests. Two popular approaches to connecting the kitchen and the family room are to either take the wall out completely and allow the rooms to open naturally, or to remove the wall and replace the bottom part of the wall with cabinets backed by drywall with an opening at the top. Yet another possibility is to remove the wall and replace it with a dual-function counter.

At SOD Builders Inc. we understand that your kitchen is the heart of your home. In addition to it being a key space for you and your family, it is the one of the two highest rooms of your home that offers a return on your investment when you remodel. With as much or as little help from us in the designing phase, we can help you with kitchen remodeling ideas and work with you to create plans for the kitchen of your dreams.

Once we know exactly what you want then we can get to work. The professionalism and skill possessed by all of our workers will allow you to enjoy this new kitchen as soon as possible and it will be everything you hoped for. We work with you every step of the way so that you are satisfied with the process and with your fabulous new kitchen.

Contact SOD Builders for your kitchen remodel projects. We offer a free consultation to meet you and find out what you’re looking for.