Kitchen Goals for the New Year…why not, or more importantly—Why!

How many of your New Year's resolutions from last year have you kept? Is the kitchen's lack of organization sabotaging your schedule? Is its cooking equipment not geared toward healthy eating? There are numerous ways that your space impacts your goals. This new playbook is designed to help you keep the resolutions you make next year by making some changes to your kitchen now.

Get organized
Interior cabinets and accessories are great tools for helping you get your kitchen organized. Begin by determining which items you use every week and move the others out of the kitchen. The ones you use will be easier to find when you have them neatly stored in handy organizers. 
Declutter, Declutter, Declutter. Get rid of all the junk - spices, cookbooks, utensils, gadgets that dont work or have never been used, They gotta go – Start the project before the end of the year--one kitchen drawer/cabinet at a time. The plan should be to get it done in 3 months – set up your foundation for all your goals, by first simplifying and organizing.

And why your at it, make the kitchen look stylish and up to date. 


You’ll want to cook more. Eating out all the time is not a good way to stay on your new diet. A home-cooked meal is much healthier, usually more satisfying and certainly more affordable. Still, if you don’t have a kitchen that you enjoy being in then you probably aren’t making the most of it. A kitchen renovation can help get you organized and make your space more accessible – which means mealtime preparations will be easier and more enjoyable.
A new kitchen adds a ton of value. While a kitchen may be one of the costliest rooms to renovate, it can also sell a home. That’s because home buyers tend to look at the kitchen first. 
Style is an extension of who you are. You change your wardrobe and probably your hairstyle to keep up with the latest fashions… Your home is an extension of who you are and the kitchen is the most important room of the home. Why not make your kitchen match who you are and fortunately, the style will stay in fashion a great deal longer than your new pair shoes.

This year…Spend more time with family

A bright, cheery and well organized kitchen is inviting! You will find you spend more time together there enjoying one another.  After all, it’s where your food and incredible aromas reside year round, which means you very well might find you and your loved ones do too….maybe while you find yourself cooking up some great cuisine or sipping on some wine. It’s not just a place to eat.

Make your Kitchen be the foundation this year for the rest of your resolutions.  

To a prosperous, happy and healthy New Year…

McKenzie Kitchens

Creating Kitchen Memories and Holiday Warmth

When you want Holiday warmth to spread throughout every room of a home, don’t forget the kitchen! It provides plenty of opportunities to practice your decorating skills. Since we are partial to the kitchens, being that we are McKenzie’s Kitchens, we feel the kitchen is one of the most welcoming spots in your home.

Your cabinets can be the focal point for your holiday decorations, and a bit of forethought can bring compliments from all of your guests.  Following a few simple tips can help you generate your own ideas to fit the style of your kitchen and your Holiday decor.

Wreaths and garlands are among the best items for decorating your kitchen space. You can hang wreaths directly on the cabinet doors, place them above a sink, or hang them anywhere else that makes sense. Look for “no damage hooks” for easy hanging.  Garlands are great for decorating the edges of cabinets as well as door frames and windows. Make sure you don’t hang these items near any hot surfaces! If you choose to hang anything above your stove, make sure it is secure.

Candles. Nothing adds the same warmth and light to a room as candles. Not to mention scents with aromas inspired by the holidays such as evergreens of the Alps, pine, and fir, cinnamon and clove.  Introducing candles to your kitchen space makes the room a great place to enjoy desserts or have a glass of wine. Holiday candles also add a dash of color to the room, so pick out items that complement the natural decor of the room and any other decorations that are present. You can place candles just about anywhere you choose, from countertops and tabletops to the tops of your cabinets. Any time you use candles, be sure they do not present a danger your home; lighting them close to the ceiling may discolor the paint or even present a fire hazard.

Decorations. If there is space between your cabinets and the ceiling, this area is a great place to display colorful decorations. You can put traditional holiday decorations there, such as bells, figurines or small trees, though placing the emphasis on kitchen-related items can really improve the feel of the room.

Consider building your own decorations by filling large glass jars with pinecones, pine branches or even ball ornaments. You can also fill smaller jars with holiday candies, cinnamon sticks, or faux berries. Attach a holiday bow or ribbon to the top of the jars to complete the look.

Dishware. Dishes are another great option for displaying items above your cabinet. You can find Christmas-themed dishes with a broad variety of colors and styles. Prop them up using plate stands and be adventurous by mixing in other items between the dishes, such as garland or jars.

This time of the year, the kitchen is where the wonderful aromas disperse throughout the home. You can have your look and aroma match the warmness of the season. Cheers! Mckenzie's Kitchens

Cabinetry Smarts—Kitchen Basics 101

Sometimes the problem with making your kitchen, and kitchen cabinets seem better is not color, or glass accents, or even overall design. It’s removing the bottlenecks created by overcrowding or clutter. Clutter on the shelves, on the counters or all over, can disrupt the look and even the flow of people through your kitchen. No bright color or glass panel is going to offset the look of visual chaos or lack of kitchen efficiencies. Outside of clutter, there are other important issues to consider: 

Quality is a very important aspect to consider and is sometimes overlooked for price. The number of cabinets you have is not as important as the quality of the cabinetry. The fewer cabinets you add to your kitchen renovation, the less expensive it will be. ALWAYS choose quality over quantity.

Choose quality hinges and runners, including soft-close drawers, and custom-made cabinetry. Go for large fillers and ill-fitted modular cabinetry. Keep the cost down by keeping the cabinet countdown. Design the kitchen layout to keep it light, bright and with an open plan, without using tons of cabinets.

Symmetry is also very important when putting your cabinet design together.The eye is naturally drawn to appreciate symmetry and repetition. When you're renovating, keep your kitchen cabinetry simple and appealing. Elegance has a way of being understated, and simplicity is key. Keep the wall cabinetry sizes the same where possible. Drawers look nice when they are large and expansive - if you have multiple sets, keep them the same size, with the same proportion of drawers.

 Light, Bright Spaces work very well in many circumstances. A kitchen that is white makes the space feel bigger and airier. White is also a universally appealing color and leaves a blank slate so buyers can re-envision the space.

Keep the space open, bright and light cabinetry. If you want some contrast, go for a darker bench top. Backsplashes should be kept fairly neutral too - try to introduce texture instead of color into the backsplash. If you are looking to sell your house, you probably don’t want to consider darker-color cabinetry, which can make the space feel closed. While adding a strong color may suit your taste, it may not be to everybody's liking. Moreover, if selling, keep in mind while white may not be the most daring color for your cabinetry, it's the most popular. The more neutral and elegant the space is, the more potential buyers you will attract.

As a final note, hundreds of styles of cabinets are made from a broad range of materials: fine hardwoods, laminates, veneers, painted particleboard, and more. Considering this and the fact that kitchen cabinetry is often the most costly part of a new kitchen, it only makes sense to choose cabinets wisely and care for them well.

Scottsdale Kitchen Remodel Featuring Appliance Relocation

Moving Appliances When Renovating Can Enhance Aesthetics and Livability

At McKenzie Architectural Kitchens in Scottsdale, Arizona, we encourage our clients to keep an open mind when approaching a kitchen remodeling project. This is an opportunity to take your existing Scottsdale kitchen and reimagine it into a space that not only pleases aesthetically, but also improves functionality. You can make your living space look better and operate more efficiently—and that can sometimes involve relocating an appliance.

In this Scottsdale kitchen remodel, McKenzie Architectural Kitchens installed paneled appliances built flush into a paneled wall. This can often make small kitchens appear larger and more streamlined, while giving them a custom look. 

The following key elements completed this custom Scottsdale kitchen redesign:

  • To keep with the home’s mid-century design, we chose a modern version of the era’s classic wood tone. 
  •  For a clean lined look, we selected a backsplash that matches the natural stone countertops. 
  •  To help utilize space, we fit in pullouts as small as three inches.
  •  The addition of under cabinet lighting gets rid of dark corners and makes the space feel brighter.
  • We built a great cooking center: two spice pullouts flank the cooktop at counter level; utensils and knife pullouts flank the cooktop at the base level; and pots and pans are stored in drawers below. Everything is at your fingertips!
  • A drawer microwave cleans up the visual space by moving the appliance to below the countertop.
  • Simple crown and light rail moldings installed flush to the door face add to the modern, clean look.

Interested in learning more about how McKenzie Architectural Kitchens can transform your Scottsdale kitchen into the gorgeous and functional space of your dreams?