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When it comes to kitchen design, there is a world of considerations to think about during the process. Will those materials work well together or cause problems? Is that really the right countertop surface for your needs? Are those cabinets going to look too dark or too washed out for your kitchen? Here’s a quick look at some of the most common issues you’ll run into when redesigning your kitchen and how to solve them.

Overall design scheme.

Do you have specific colors, themes or styles that you want to weave throughout your kitchen’s design? By determining your colors, and choosing your styles first, it’s much easier to make sure that the rest of your decisions will fall in line with those choices. This is a great time to add those special touches that give your new kitchen your personal style.

Countertop material and color.

Do you want natural stone? Modern concrete? Colorful tile? Earth-friendly butcher block? There is a wide range of countertop materials available for today’s kitchen, so make sure your choice will work well for your lifestyle. Some materials are more heat-resistant while others hold up better against stains and spills.

Hardware and fixture finishes.

What metal tones will go best with the rest of your design scheme? Do you want polished metals that have a clean appearance, or brushed metals that don’t show daily use as easily? Do you want a modern or classical appearance in the shape of the hardware or fixtures? Consider how easy the hardware and fixtures are to use by different members of your family.

Cabinet material, style, and color.

Do you want light wood tones such as birch? Durable maple? Dark cherry or walnut? Clean melamine? Once you’ve decided on a material, determine what kind of style you want, such as flat panel, glass panel, shaker, raised panel – as well as the final tones and colors. Take into consideration the other colors and the amount of light in the kitchen.

Changes to room size.

Are you going to be removing a wall, adding a pass-through or expanding your kitchen through an addition? This can help you gain much-needed square footage that has been lacking in your kitchen, but will increase the cost of the renovation as walls are removed, new supports put in place or additional finishing work required.

Electrical service and plumbing.

If you’re updating a home that is seriously dated, you may also need to replace the electrical wiring and add circuits to meet modern code and improve safety in your new kitchen. This is a great time to add more convenient outlets if you’re constantly stretching to plug small appliances in. What about a sink that fills slowly? Consider upgrading the supply lines to improve flow and pressure.

By keeping these aspects of kitchen design in mind as you’re planning your renovation, you’ll be able to make the process go much more smoothly and with fewer unexpected expenses that you may otherwise end up with. If you need help with your kitchen redesign, the experienced professionals at Poulin Lumber can help! Please feel free to contact us today for more information, for help with the design process or to get a quote on the kitchen of your dreams.

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