Reno's-Where to Start # 7 Kitchen Renovation Review
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What can we take away from this beautiful renovation and apply to your potential renovation?
- Don't kid yourself. This was a major overhaul. This is not a little face lift. Major electrical, plumbing and structural changes. BUT often to get this level of improvement you are going to have go to this extent.
- TAKE AWAY: Big improvement may require big change (depending on your current situation)
- TAKE AWAY: Ensure to improve or at the very least do not take away from the kitchen work triangle.
- TAKE AWAY: Multi-purpose. On a budget or if you have limited space, a few extra $$$ could increase the functional space by creating multiple purposes for said space. This ties into #7.
- TAKE AWAY: Play with your color choices. Consider what will still hold value in 10 years. Remember the pink bathroom fixtures ;(
- Lighter cabinet color/material choice.
- Pulling the cabinets away from the sink window, allowed the incoming light to fill the space. The previous design created a mini cave around the window (see previous photo).
- Working with the window, white tiled back splash ensures to push the light into the room.
- A large light counter top on the island - a huge reflective surface to increase the light in the room.
- TAKE AWAY: Effective lighting is not just about light fixtures. Colors, textures and layout has a significant impact.
- Strategically placed recessed lights allowed a more even lighting of the key areas. The prior design most likely had a single fixture in the center. 6 new pot lights distributes the same light where it is needed and creates highly effective ambient lighting which will double for task lighting at the island.
- Adding in the vent hood will provide task lighting over the stove top.
- Addition of a mini pendant for task lighting over the sink.
- Cabinet lighting and under cabinet lighting in the dining area.
- New pendant over the dining table. The shades on this beautiful pendant fixture will cast light downwards to the table top while still creating ambient light, much like a table lamp.
- TAKE AWAY: Create a layered lighting strategy. Make use of multiple lighting sources so the room has greater flexibility and usability.
- Given that most homes don't have a formula dining room, creating spaces that can be dual purposed is key to living efficiently. Here they created effective storage space by utilizing essentially a vacant wall.
- The mixture of solid doors, glass doors and wine racks breaks up the wall creating a sense of style and elegance.
- The openness created by removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room, combined with the two windows means the space didn't feel more cramped as it would have if they tried to add the cabinets in the old dining room.
- TAKE AWAY: What areas are underutilized in your home/room? Empty wall space, the upper 1-2 ft of wall space around a bathroom, mudroom and laundry room can be underutilized storage space. In this case floor to ceiling cabinets.
For more information on this kitchen redesign, Erin walks you through the entire renovation HERE, complete final budget breakdown and all.
What are your thoughts on Erin's new kitchen? Do you prefer open concept designs? Comment in comments section below!
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