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A beautifully remodeled kitchen by Strite Design in Boise, Idaho

Since your kitchen is one of the most-used spaces in your home, it should be useable, beautiful, and somewhere you’d want to spend hours of the day. There are many reasons you may want a new kitchen, but here are some tips to know if you’re ready for a kitchen remodel.

You Don’t Have Enough Kitchen Space

If you spend any amount of time in your kitchen, you know everything about it. You know if that cabinet is deep enough for your nice plates, if this counter is large enough for you to roll out your cookie dough, and if you have enough storage space for all the things you need it for.

If you find yourself frustrated on a regular basis by your limited space, then it may be time to talk to a remodeler to see if a kitchen remodel in your Boise home will give you the space and design you are looking for.

The Kitchen Layout is Not Letting You Be the Best Cook You Can Be

If you find yourself running back and forth while cooking a meal, then you may not have the best layout for your kitchen. A kitchen remodeler would take into account your personality and what you use your kitchen for, and can look at the space you have to design a new kitchen in a way that would work for your best lifestyle. Besides you need to make sure your system is working so Clean your Drain and Unclogg It before you start using it.

Because you should be focusing on enjoying yourself in your kitchen, whether cooking or baking, and let your remodeler focus on making it an easy-to-use space for you and your family.

You Just Don’t Like Your Kitchen

There is nothing wrong with not being able to verbalize why you want to remodel your kitchen. If you just know there is something wrong with it, even if you don’t know what it is, it may be time for a kitchen remodel.

Work with your home remodeler to determine what you don’t like about it and what your dream kitchen looks like. Your designer can help you create the kitchen perfect for you in the space you have.

Your Kitchen Adds to Your Home Value

Your kitchen plays a big part in establishing your home value, and if it is outdated, that could lower that value — even if the rest of the home is completely updated.

According to HGTV, kitchen remodels are the most likely remodels to offer a return on your investment in terms of home value. Forbes also found that of all home remodels, kitchen remodels offer the highest return on investment.

Your Kitchen Is Outdated

Just like we all regret some of the clothing we have worn in the past, there are plenty of kitchens that designers regret designing. There are a few reasons to update your outdated kitchen:

Electricity Bills

If your appliances are not energy-efficient, then you are paying more in utility costs just by cooking the meals you need to cook each day. By upgrading those appliances, you will be saving money in the long run, while also making your home more environmentally friendly.

Cleaning Your Kitchen

Does anyone actually enjoy cleaning grout? There was a time when tile countertops were the hottest new item in a kitchen. But now, decades later, you could be paying for that mistake — every time you clean your kitchen.

Kitchen Aesthetics

You want your kitchen to match your style, no matter what that style is. And an outdated kitchen could affect every moment you are in that kitchen — because your kitchen should be a place you enjoy spending time in.

If your kitchen is from the ’70s or ’80s or ’90s, it may not match your current style, and a kitchen remodel could help you enjoy the time you spend there.

Your Kitchen Should Match Your Lifestyle

Beyond matching your style, your kitchen should match your lifestyle. Whether you want an open layout so you can see your kids playing in the living room while you’re cooking, or if you want to visit with your family at a countertop bar, you should be able to have the perfect kitchen for your lifestyle.

Everyone has a different story, but with the kitchen being such an important part of your life, you should have the perfect kitchen for your lifestyle. Work with your home remodeler to discuss your lifestyle, your personal style, and the space you have to create a useable and beautiful (to you) kitchen.

A complete kitchen remodel by Strite Design in Boise, Idaho

Our clients loved their Southeast Boise neighborhood, and while the Tuscan-inspired exterior of their house was attractive, the carry over of that theme into its interior created a number of issues for the couple from the day they bought it.  Although our initial focus was the kitchen, this ambitious remodel soon extended well beyond.

Vision

Our clients’ home was certainly large enough from the standpoint of floor plan, but it always felt crowded to them — particularly when more than one person was in the kitchen.  Beyond updating the look of their home’s interior to reflect a more contemporary European style, what our clients wanted was a greater sense of spaciousness, and straighter, cleaner lines throughout.

Challenge

One of the drawbacks of the original kitchen was inefficient workflow, especially between the cooktop, the preparation space, and the refrigerator.  Our clients also wanted to improve the efficiency of their cabinetry as well.  Besides the kitchen, several other spaces suffered from what our clients repeatedly described as being “cramped” and dark.”  For one thing, the home had a beautiful backyard and patio area, but there was virtually no visual connection to it from inside.  The house had a separate dining room, but it wasn’t large enough to host the family gatherings they had envisioned — while the dining area next to the kitchen gave the term “nook” a meaning more synonymous with “cramped” than “cozy.”  Although it came as something of an afterthought, our clients asked us to address their home’s staircase, which while visually striking, also added to a bulky and dark look that plagued other areas of the home’s interior.

Accomplishment

Addressing our clients’ issues resulted in nothing less than a virtual gutting of their home’s interior, beginning with the transformation of their kitchen and dining area into contiguous spaces in which form followed function with a contemporary European sensibility.  Although we didn’t significantly change the footprint of the kitchen, we profoundly changed the nature of the space and visually opened it up — partly by adding a bank of windows over the kitchen sink.  This effect that was repeated in the former breakfast nook, which was squared off to pick up enough additional square footage to make it a viable family dining room (the former dining area has since become a cozy sitting room alternative to the family room adjoining the kitchen).  The bank of windows installed in the reconfigured breakfast nook also had the effect of bringing in views of the backyard to enhance the overall feeling of light and space in the home.  This effect was further heightened in the evening, thanks to the outdoor lighting.  The flow of the great room/kitchen/dining area was further enhanced by continuous cork flooring.

The staircase redesign took many hours to figure out.  The original had a half wall that went all the way up the stairs, and our clients had proposed taking out that wall to create an open bannister with a custom rail to match the curve of the stairs.  This would have been very costly, so we instead proposed demolishing the old staircase and reframing it to create the straight, clean lines that the couple was looking for as a consistent theme of their remodel.

In its original layout, guests who wanted to use the downstairs bathroom/powder room had to walk through a narrow passage way that led to the laundry room, and ultimately to the garage.  We relocated this bathroom to make it more accessible, then expanded the walls and ceiling of the laundry room area to make it a more practical workspace and quasi-mudroom.  We also remodeled the master bathroom, removing the soffits, updating the cabinets and fixtures, replacing the spa tub with a free standing model, and installed a more contemporary looking shower.  By removing the space that had been a separate toilet area, we were also able to expand the size of the walk-in closet, while adding to the overall sense of spaciousness in the master bath and giving it a sense of symmetry consistent with the rest of the remodel.

Highlights

Overall, this was a project that involved not only issues of esthetics and flow, but also a number of structural challenges as well — most notably with the staircase and dining room remodels.  Although Strite brought the best of its design and construction acumen to bear on the successful conclusion of this whole house remodel, that success was due in no small part to our clients’ participation in the design process.  The old adage in our profession remains true: the best work is engendered by the best customers.

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