Design Ideas for Narrow Kitchens

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narrow ktichenHomeowners with narrow kitchens are often at their wits end over how to make the most of their room. Frequently, these homeowners are tempted to overlook design aesthetics for functionality, thinking they have no other option. While it is true that considering function and purpose is crucial when planning a NJ kitchen remodeling project, it does not mean you have to forgo style and aesthetic pleasure. This is where the expertise of a NJ kitchen remodeler will come in handy. As professionals, we have worked with all shapes and sizes of kitchens and have learned what works and what does not. We know how to give you the kitchen of your dreams, even in a limited space. Call us and save yourself a headache.

There are a few general guidelines to keep in mind when designing a remodeling project and design scheme for a narrow kitchen.

When choosing cabinets, remember that in most narrow kitchens the cabinets are all on one wall, and generally, tall cabinets work better than deep ones. Furnishing these kitchen cabinets with pullout shelves is a great way to maximize storage space. When it comes to choosing color schemes, avoid large, bold patterns and overly bright colors. Your goal should be to focus on a design, not on size or shape. Neutral colors will help make the room’s design flow well. Keep window treatments simple with mini blinds.

But, your best bet is to call a remodeler. Let us do what we do best.

Remodeling on a Budget

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Regardless of where you go or who you hire, kitchen remodeling is an expensive proposition. When it comes to one of the single most used rooms in your home, you do not want to skimp on quality or craftsmanship. You also cannot afford to break the bank with your New Jersey Kitchen remodeling project. Instead of giving up on the idea entirely, or going for broke, there are a few ways to remodel your kitchen on a budget.

  1. Replace Your Countertops: The simple, and relatively inexpensive (depending on the material you choose), act of replacing your old countertops with new ones will add a drastic change to your kitchen.
  2. Paint Your Cabinets: Most cabinets do not come painted (some dislike the look). Painting them yourself can add a pop of color and an additional interesting element to the overall design.
  3. Add a Tile Backsplash: Tile backsplashes can add a whole new color and depth to your kitchen and give you an entirely different impression as you enter.
  4. Replace Your Cabinet Hardware: The incredibly simple move of replacing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets can revolutionize your kitchen and add a burst of newness to an otherwise old room.
  5. Minor Kitchen Remodel: Although this one is still a size-able investment it comes at a much lower price point than a major kitchen remodel. What’s the big difference? Only remove what is absolutely necessary to make way for the new components, limit the rough mechanical work that needs to be done and decrease the overall time it takes to complete the project.  This all translates to big savings for you without sacrificing the overall integrity of the project.
  6. Semi Custom Cabinets: The single largest line item in a kitchen remodeling proposal belongs to noe other that than the star of the show, you guess it, the kitchen cabinets. No need to break the bank and go all out on full custom cabinets. Semi custom cabinets now offer many features that rival the offerings of their full custom counterparts.

With all of these ideas, and any others you come up with on your own, be sure to hire a Bergen County contractor to oversee it all.

Add Interest with an Island

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Adding an island to your kitchen is certainly not a new idea. Kitchen renovators have been doing it for years. The popularity of the island has increased over the last decade. The reasons behind this are not too hard to imagine. Adding an island to your New Jersey kitchen remodeling plans is an easy way to automatically increase storage and working space, add visual interest and depth to the room and establish a décor and style schematic. Additionally, islands work with almost every kitchen style out there–making them incredibly easy to work into your plans.

Planning Your Dream Island

Before you start planning your dream island, take the time to measure your kitchen carefully. You must allow at least three feet from your cabinets to where you would like your island to begin. This is the absolute minimum, and more space in between is actually preferable, but not too much or you will decrease the effiency due to all the extra steps you will have to take form one side of the kitchen to get to the island. Another consideration is to plan the negative space around the island to be in balance with the remainder of the room so the kitchen island does not feel lost in the room.

Once you know the measurements you are working with, establish the function of the island. Is it purely decorative? If so, you have few considerations to worry about. However, if you plan to use it to house a microwave or something akin to that, you will need to make sure it has the appropriate outlets, etc. careful planning needs to take place to ensure the appliance will fit and operate both safely and correctly in the new kitchen island cabinets.

Finally, leave the kitchen. Go to the adjoining room and imagine how the island will look from that room. Many forget this step and end up with an unappealing visual. Advance consideration eliminates this risk.

Finally, call in the New Jersey home remodeling experts here at Trade Mark Design & Build and let us guide you.

Choosing A Kitchen Designer

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Choosing the design scheme, cabinet décor and overall appearance of your kitchen is a big task. It can seem daunting to even the most decoratively inclined of us. If this is the case for you, you are not alone. New Jersey Kitchen Remodeling is one of the most complicated home renovation tasks around. For this reason, and for your own personal sanity, it is often best to part with a little extra cash and hire a designer. This will cost you a little more, but will save you a real headache!

Hiring the right kitchen designer for your project goes a long way, not only will it make your life easier for the duration of the project, it will also produce a much better kitchen remodeling project that will stand the test of time. A good kitchen design plan coupled with expert care and craftsmanship it a great recipe for a successful project. As a side benefit, and a big one, your project will stay on budget and on schedule with a single source of accountability so you can rest assured knowing your investment is protected.

How To Choose A NJ Kitchen Designer

The question then becomes how to pick a kitchen designer who will help you make your dream kitchen a reality. Here are a few tips.

  1. Do some preliminary research. Explore your tastes and educate yourself on what is out there. This will give you a starting point when you talk to designers.
  2. Learn what actually goes into a NJ kitchen remodeling. Read magazines. Watch youtube videos. Be educated. Do not walk in unaware and ready to be taken advantage of.
  3. Ask for referrals from friends, coworkers and retailers.
  4. Ask to see qualifications and photographs. You can gather more information than you would imagine by looking at photos.
  5. Be prepared to pay for experience. It is worth it!

Beyond what we have discussed here already, there are a myriad of material selections, cabinet options, product offerings, appliance integration and countertop options that will come up along the way to name a few, it’s best to have someone who can help navigate the path to a beautiful new kitchen, someone to bounce ideas off of. It’s not so easy to make decisions for your own home, having an objective opinion is very reassuring when making such large decisions, no need to go at it alone!

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Kitchen Cabinet Styles

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Choosing the cabinets to go with your NJ kitchen remodeling is not as simple a matter as it seems. Given that kitchen cabinets can add up to over 50 percent of your kitchen remodeling costs, doing your research and going in a knowledgeable customer is absolutely vital. This post will highlight NJ kitchen cabinet door styles since that is likely the first decision you will have to make. It will also set the tone for the rest of the remodeling.

Kitchen Cabinet Door Styles

  1. Raised Panel: Raised panels are most often made of hardwood, although wood veneer is growing in popularity. Four wood strips form the frame of the cabinet door. A solid wood panel is fit into the door frame. This panel will have a center section that has been cut to appear elevated, and the edges of the center section can be cut in a variety of shapes and designs.
  2. Recessed Panel: These have a similar construction to the raised panel options, but the center panel is flat.
  3. Slab Style: These doors are made from one solid piece of wood. They may have decorative routing around the edges, or the edges might be smooth and plain. These are least expensive options available.
  4. Glass Cabinets: These are constructed like the recessed panel cabinet doors. They have a wood frame made of four joined wood strips, but they have a decorative glass insert making up the center.