Today’s kitchens are about far more than simply preparing and cooking meals. They are the heart of the home where you entertain guests, spend time as a family, and eat good food together. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, getting the design right is the most critical part of the design/build process. You have some important decisions to make regarding the size, layout, and function of the space if you want it to match your lifestyle today and for years to come.
Eco Minded Solutions offers environmentally friendly kitchen design and remodeling services in San Diego. If you’re looking for kitchen design ideas, check out our portfolio for some inspiring pictures. Then, consider the elements that come together to make a kitchen beautiful, functional, and eco-friendly.
As one of the most utilized rooms in your home, the kitchen should be large enough to accommodate your cooking and entertaining needs. If space is limited, you might consider bumping out a wall to transfer square footage from the adjoining room to the kitchen.
Whether large or small, the kitchen’s size determines potential layouts. Traditional options include G-shaped, U-shaped, L-shaped, island floor, and galley kitchens. No matter the kitchen’s layout, remember that the work triangle should place the refrigerator, sink, and stovetop within a few steps of each other to maximize efficiency during meal preparation.
Kitchen Cabinetry & Storage
A practical kitchen needs enough cabinetry to store equipment and supplies out of sight. If you entertain or bake a lot, you might require higher-than-average storage space. This calls for an island and walls lined with cabinets.
Consider that kitchen cabinetry comprises a significant portion of your remodeling budget, and they greatly impact the appearance and functionality of the space. For these reasons, you may want to consider working with a kitchen designer who can help you select the style, quality, and number of cabinets you need.
Kitchen Lighting & Plumbing
If you decide to re-do the layout of your kitchen, consider how this will affect your electrical and plumbing systems. You may need to reroute existing wiring and pipes to accommodate new under-cabinet lighting or a second kitchen sink. While these changes are likely worthwhile, you should obtain a quote from a builder to determine how these drastic changes will affect your remodeling budget.
Kitchen Fixtures, Finishes & Hardware
The last step is to finalize the kitchen design with the right light fixtures, faucets, backsplash, flooring, countertop material, cabinet hardware, appliances, paint colors, and more. These choices have a dramatic effect on the finished aesthetic and function of your remodeled kitchen.
Your choices also impact how eco-friendly your kitchen will be. Remember to consider both the sustainability of a material’s source and its long-term energy efficiency. In the end, the ideal fixtures, finishes, and hardware should have a coherent design, low maintenance requirements, efficient performance, and excellent durability to last for many years to come.
Schedule a Kitchen Design Consultation in San Diego
Devising a feasible, functional kitchen design is the first step of the remodeling process. The design team at Eco Minded Solutions will work closely with you to determine what’s missing in your current kitchen. Whether it’s too small, lacks storage, or has a poor layout, we can address your concerns and design a new kitchen to suit your family’s needs flawlessly.
Browse the images in our kitchen design portfolio. Then, contact us to get the remodeling process underway.