Small Kitchen Design: Should You Think Height with Limited Width Space?

Designing a small kitchen can sometimes be a challenge when so many people want some kind of feeling of extra space when preparing food. But even if your kitchen is limited and you have no other options, you might be able to think a little more creatively by utilizing the feeling of more space. In some cases, that might involve thinking vertically rather than worrying about the surrounding area.

Creating High Ceilings

If the surrounding space of your kitchen needs to stay limited, why not consider thinking vertically and create high ceilings? This can work very well in creating a psychological feeling of more breathing room. In this case, you can build taller cabinets when storage space becomes an issue. House Beautiful shows an example of how cabinets built up high can become an ingenious way toward providing ample space to store dishes and other kitchen supplies.

The only concern would be in how you reach those above items. Having a ladder or stool nearby can help with that problem for someone younger. A person with balance problems shouldn’t really consider implementing this design.

Creating High Ceilings with Skylights

Nothing creates the feeling of extra space more than skylights. Many people use them in bathrooms with limited space to remove any feelings of claustrophobia. While you’ll likely have some window space in your small kitchen, placing a skylight on a high ceiling will increase the feelings of being a bigger kitchen than it really is. You also have the advantage of letting natural light in that can be beneficial when you need good lighting while preparing food.

Open Shelving

If you have high ceilings and no real significant storage space for kitchen utensils, installing open shelving might be a stylish option. This gives a chance for many of your kitchen utensils to be on display to give a unique stylization that you don’t see every day. Just be sure your utensils look attractive and clean without food stains.

These open shelves can be placed up high so nothing can be accidentally bumped. The last thing you want are obstructive shelves that get in the way and create danger of your utensils falling and breaking.

Using Simple Tables as Your Kitchen Island

With kitchen islands a near staple in most kitchens today, it’s sometimes impossible to get one installed into a small kitchen space. One way to work around that is to pick a small table to go in the center section of a kitchen with limited space. These can sometimes be just as attractive and look less bulky as many kitchen islands do. When you include armless chairs around the table for less obtrusiveness, you have a perfect spot where family can sit, eat food, and visit while you prepare meals during family events.

If you want to employ any of these ideas or ones of your own for a small kitchen, turn to B & R Construction for your design and construction. We’re an honest design and build firm that works on your budget and makes sure your project gets done on time.

Contact us so we can start designing the small kitchen you have in mind for your home. Whether it’s building from scratch or a remodel, you’ll be happy with the results and at a price you’ll love.

Don’t Fall for Home Contractor Scams. Hire the Real Thing.

Home improvement remodeling projects are popular and in demand.  When something is popular and in demand the legitimate home contractor are there to fill the need.  Unfortunately so are the scammers who want money or items in return for something easy.  When scammers are mixed in with the real thing it’s hard to determine which is which.  It’s important for homeowners to research home contractors before they step foot onto your property.

Scammers use the following methods to get your attention.

  1. Scare tactics: making you feel as if your life is hanging on the balance
  2. Pressure tactics:  forcing you to make the purchase now without shopping around for better deals.  The same tactics work for discounts and sales the scammer offers.  Let the “too good to be true offer” go; real contractors give you time to think about it.
  3. Made-up quotes:  instead of explaining how this estimate came about, they make up a number out of thin air without thorough examination.
  4. Intentional home damage:  scammers will damage the home just a little bit just to come back and fix it the next day.  It’s not a miracle the person arrived in the nick of time; it’s a scam.  If you see anyone on your property not invited get them off of it.
  5. No identification, permanent address or referrals:  businesses and self-employed independents must have a permanent address.  P.O. Boxes have a stigma of not having permanent residence or hiding where it really is.  It will not work for a serious profession like this.  Don’t listen to anyone who makes excuses up about giving referrals.  Businesses and self-employed workers are more than happy to give out references.  References prove they are legitimate and have performed the same work with other people.
  6. Begging for referrals: scammers tempt customers with rebates, sales, discounts and coupons in exchange for referrals.  Legitimate ones don’t have to beg; the referrals speak for itself through word of mouth.
  7. Cash now:  no other payment method or payment plan will do because it takes time to process.  Cash is instant to scammers, and once it’s enters the hand the scammer won’t come back.  Legitimate ones ask for a percentage up front, none at all or offer different ways to pay.
  8. Nothing in writing: verbal agreements don’t hold merit in home remodeling.  Always get a contract to agree on, and make sure both parties sign it.  The same is true for under the table deals.  The person isn’t paying taxes, and doesn’t plan to.  A contract leaves a paper trail for recourse.
  9. People “in the neighborhood”:  never ever hire anyone “off the street” to do remodeling work.  They will not do it, do it incorrectly, or do a half-job (tearing the room down, but not fixing it back up).

They won’t tell you upfront, but if you feel or you sense any of this avoid them at all costs.  Real remodeling contractors don’t stoop to this level.  They are honest yet realistic and not over the top.  As a home owner don’t be afraid to get nosy and ask questions.  Keep asking questions until you’re satisfied with everything said.  Get a detailed breakdown of how it came to this estimate.  Finally don’t feel pressured to make a decision now.  This is your money, and you have the right to turn down offers because the money is coming out of your financial source.  Make time to weight your options.  The legitimate contractor will draw up a contract both parties can agree on and follow that signed agreement.

Scammers are not going to perform the job correctly.  Bank on it.  Home remodeling projects are harder to work around someone else’s mistakes than it is to get it right the first time.  Research, research, research; this cannot be stressed enough.  Never accept the first offer, and never be satisfied with something you’re not happy with.  Contact us for more information.  We are the real deal.

How to Design the Perfect Lighting for Your Kitchen Renovation

We all know that the kitchen is the heart of the home.  This is truer now than ever before, as families gather in the kitchen to share meals, make memories, and go about daily tasks like homework and scheduling.

That’s why so many homeowners are choosing to invest in a kitchen renovation that will help them get the most out of their space.  Yet one of the most important details of a kitchen remodel is one you may never look directly at: kitchen lighting.

The experts at Home & Garden Television have some great tips for how homeowners can bring warmth and functionality to their kitchen remodel through proper lighting design:

  • While we generally think of lighting as one overall concept, there are actually four important subgroups to consider: ambient, task, accent, and decorative.  It’s important to blend these different lighting types so that your kitchen feels balanced and warm–don’t rely too heavily on any one lighting aspect.
  • In order to avoid having a “glare bomb” in your room, try using smaller pendant, recessed, and track light fixtures, instead of one large, central fixture.  Especially if you’re working with a smaller space, differentiating the distinct areas of your kitchen through lighting can help it feel more spacious.
  • If you cook regularly, you’ll probably want to install some task lighting to make evening food preparation easier.  This addition has become very popular for illumination underneath upper cabinet banks, but be judicious in adding task lighting so that you don’t inadvertantly create shadows that will hamper your food prep.

Contact us to learn more about planning your kitchen renovation.  We’ll see the job through with precision, professionalism, and focus.