It’s a new year and time to start thinking about fixing up the house! Smart homeowners are still paying attention to their budgets and expenditures, and are therefore extra picky about choosing which home remodeling jobs to take on now and which to save for later. If you only select one area to remodel this year, why not make it the single most important room in your house: the kitchen? Here is a quick overview of what’s new in home kitchen remodeling for 2010.
The Kitchen as Living Space
This trend has been going on for several years now and shows no signs of letting up. And no wonder! Everyone can use more living space, and there is simply no better area of the home to make that happen than at its nerve center: the kitchen. A sitting bar is a great place to do homework and it adds more seating for entertaining as well. Appliances are hidden away behind discreet facings that blend naturally into your cabinetry. If you have a fairly large room, maximize the use of that space by adding a computer work and organization center in an unused corner. A good home remodeling contractor in your area is an invaluable asset: he will know exactly how to make efficient use of your existing kitchen area and turn it into more useable living space.
Better Functioning Storage Space
You don’t have to get a whole new set of kitchen cabinets in order to get more efficient storage. Today’s cabinet designers have come out with incredible lines of drawer inserts and shelving systems that can be used to replace what you have now with relatively few modifications required for your existing cabinetry. The goal is to help you navigate better in your kitchen and be able to actually find the tools that you need! Turning unused space into storage space is also a continuing trend: a good remodeler will be able to create the pantry of your dreams, so that you’ll actually enjoy using your kitchen again.
Refinishing Cabinets and New Paint Colors
Rather than replacing cabinetry altogether, budget-conscious homeowners are making cosmetic changes that actually seem to transform the kitchen into a whole new room altogether! Dark colors are big for 2010: rich dark wood stains, or cabinets painted in black, deep red or warm sage green. Distressing and antiquing techniques give wood surfaces that homey touch and a look that is truly ageless. Interesting and unique draw pulls and cabinet door knobs are a great finishing touch.
Whether you want a little bit of remodeling done or a complete re-do, a professional remodeling firm will be your most trusted and valuable ally. Remember, if it has to be just one room this year: make it the kitchen.