How to Achieve a Quality Kitchen

Most of us have been online visiting such sites as Houzz, Pinterest and Instagram or watched HGTV. We get visually presented (sometime assaulted) with numerous kitchen remodels or new construction. Sometimes we are inspired, awed or scratch our heads at yet another HGTV “Flip or Flop” kitchen that looks like the ten that preceded the one in the most current episode. But after sufficient exposure, we begin to recognize an attractive, quality kitchen even if we do not see all the details. Even on a modest budget one can achieve some great results. The first step is planning.

IMG_5994.jpg

We suggest that our clients gather photos of kitchens from one or more of these sources cited above including specific products that appeal to them as well as take numerous pictures of their existing kitchen if it is a remodel project. Make a sketch of your present kitchen with measurements, noting the location/sizes of plumbing, windows, doors and doorways. Do you know the height of your ceiling? If it is new construction gather your architectural drawings. Make a PDF file of them. Stop and consider what works and does not for you in your present kitchen. Is storage an issue, inconvenient layout, how many “cooks” are in the kitchen at the same time, what appliances would you like to have that you don't have presently. Would you like an island? Do you bake often or primarily cook on top of a range or cooktop? Give some thought as to your style. Do you want a modern sleek European style, transitional or traditional keeping in mind the vintage and style of the rest of your home? Do you prefer wood finishes or maybe one of the many new laminates?

The next step is to meet with a professional kitchen designer armed with your pictures, sketches clippings from magazines and architect’s drawings. An experienced designer can help you get there “better and faster”. It is easy to become overwhelmed by the incredible number of choices available but a designer can help you narrow these down and provide you with a kitchen design suited to how you cook and one that is aesthetically pleasing and ideally within your budget. A quality kitchen will have varying textures, complimentary colors, timeless features and hopefully a few fun elements.

IMG_1559_60_61_62.jpg

A quality kitchen means quality products. Cabinetry, countertops and appliances are long term investments. Inexpensive cabinets are inexpensive for a reason. Quality cabinets are assembled at the factory, not flat packed like the familiar IKEA style. They have fine, automobile-like quality finishes and soft close adjustable hardware. They will have dovetailed hardwood drawer boxes or Blum Legra drawers and have semi customizable features. They offer pull out pantries, recycle/trash stations and innovative storage alternatives to your old lazy susan. They will come with a limited lifetime warranty. At Urbanata we offer three cabinet lines, Bellmont Cabinets a local family owned/run company (https://bellmontcabinets.com/), Cabinetry By Karman (http://cabinetrybykarman.com/) based in Salt Lake City that is as near custom as one can get with factory built cabinetry and Hans Krug (https://hanskrug.com/), a high end yet surprisingly affordable fully custom cabinet from Europe offering matched end grain wood finishes, glamorous lacquers with all of the bells and whistles. All three lines are made to order.

Think of quality countertops today and you think solid surface, granite, quartz and the new products Lapitec and Dekton. Granite once dominated the market but quartz has slowly taken the lead position for its stain resistance and ease of maintenance. Lapitec and Dekton are porcelain based products that are extremely stain resistant, nearly impossible to scratch and impervious to very high sustained temperatures. Unlike granite these other choices do not have the limitations of mother nature when it comes to patterns and colors.

Appliances can vary widely in quality, features, appearance and price.  A modest package will be around $5,000 while Miele, Thermador and Subzero will set you back $20,000 plus. Urbanata presently offers a full line of appliances from SMEG, Fagor and Fulgor all in the mid price range of appliances.

Your tile backsplash is where you can have some fun. You don’t have to settle for subway tile. There are some intriguing selections from leading tile companies such as Porcelanosa, Statements and Pental.

Your kitchen as has often been said is “the heart of your home” and you would want to treat you heart well.

 

by: Steve Hunter