Kitchen Remodel: Will you survive it or Better Will I

The Remodel Process

In all honesty I will survive just fine. I have been part of so many kitchen and bath remodels, I forget that this could be a homeowners first real life experience with a remodel. And if you are planning your first remodel i promise, you this. You are not ready for the dust. I know everyone has told you it bad, but seriously you have no idea how bad it will be.
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

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.