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Kitchen Remodel Trade-Offs: What Best Serves You & the Ones You Love?

04-04-18

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Inspired kitchen design ideas featured at Sub Zero/Wolf  Matthew Quinn

 

What’s Your Ideal Kitchen Experience?

Remodeling your kitchen may seem like an intimidating journey. However, like the beginning of accomplishing any great feat, you must take it step by step. Before you delve into such a project, consider the aesthetic facets and the functions of your kitchen that mean most to you. This is when some good old fashion reflection comes into play.

What in particular did you love about your old kitchen? How often do you host parties? Or cook dinner? Do you require more counter space or storage space? In shorter words, how do you use your kitchen the most? These many queries may begin to overwhelm, but there is an easy way to restore order to such wild running considerations.

Grab a piece of paper and jot down some kitchen features that prove to be of great importance to you. It may be what utensils you use most, or where you would like pots and pans to reside. Maybe it’s space for group cooking or sanctuary for a secluded haven. Take into regard important features that you absolutely need to encounter your version of the best kitchen experience. Each and every time you step foot into your kitchen should exceed pleasant encounter. In fact, it should exceed amazing!

Now that your thoughts have found order, it’s time to take the next step to solidify that kitchen dream into tangibility. These kitchen remodel trade-offs to consider are just what you will need to get the job done.

What’s Your Every Day Activity to Special Gathering Ratio?

Before entering a kitchen remodel, you must take a moment to consider how often you host guests. Is it just you and your husband 364 days a year, while merely one day is dedicated to hosting friends or family? If so, constructing a gargantuan kitchen may not be wise. Maybe considering an efficient, well-oiled kitchen-machine is the path to take. A kitchen that isn’t over the top for everyday use, but is ready for battle when that special occasion presents large numbers.

However, if you are known to host several or more annual gatherings—perhaps weekly or monthly—then focusing on a heavy-duty, multi-functional, large kitchen will be a significant kitchen remodel trade-off to consider.

JWH kitchen cabinet project

This JWH Renovation maximizes the flow and function of the Kitchen and Dining Room for their active family.

Sit Down With Your Future for a Chat

Have you ever sat down with your future for a chat? Well, if a kitchen remodel is on your mind, now is the time to do so. Although our future is overall unpredictable, having a conversation with our future paints a pretty solid picture of what to expect.

Are the kids taking off their diapers, or are they putting on their graduation gown? Is this kitchen going to be your last? Or in other words, is this culinary space going to be the kitchen of your forever home? How many people will your kitchen be serving twenty-years from now? Taking into account these future scenarios will greatly be involved in the kitchen remodeling process. Maintaining a delicate balance of appropriate space and efficient functionality that stands the test of time is key.

What is Financially Viable?

When exploring kitchen remodel trade-offs, another large aspect that needs to cross the mind is financial efficiency. Make sure you keep in thought what is going to benefit your kitchen experience and your property value. Two basic questions can achieve a solution to this predicament:

-Is this feature going to save me time, thus, money?

-Is this feature going to advocate a property value increase?

Take some time to monitor your kitchen activity. Does a large family induce large amounts of dishes every night, concluding in hours of you scrubbing plates and pans? If so, investing in an eco-friendly dishwasher may be a good route to go. Such an investment will not only free up your time, but it will increase the value of your home.

Energy Star for Eco Friendly

Add an eco-friendly dishwasher (and rebates).  Just look for the Energy Star label!

Show or Go?

Although in a perfect world the dream kitchen offers exquisite form and innovative function. However, a perfect a world coincides with the impossible. Cash is usually limited, so comparing aesthetic visuals to effective performance is dire. Sometimes you can’t have both, so considering these trade-offs proves essential.

What will resonate most in your ideal kitchen experience? Do have a large family? A larger, maybe a bot intrusive, stove top would be the best option. Functionality to feed the whole family outweighs aesthetics any day. On the contrary, is it just you and your partner? In the latter case, you have the wiggle room to invest in a more aesthetically pleasing alternative.

Time’s Face Off with Patience

Remodeling your kitchen is a very exciting event. Many people may find themselves actually blinded by this excitement. Rushing into a kitchen remodel without thinking about important factors is not a sight uncommonly seen.

Think about your schedule. Work, kids, or hobbies. Does work fly you all around the globe on a consistent basis? Will a long remodel process really affect your life in this scenario? Probably not. The same would be true for someone who is retired. Although home more, a homeowner who is retired is generally more relaxed. Watching the remodel process may even become a fun learning experience. We’ve seen the latter countless times.

But what if you do not fit in any of the above? What if work is turbulently busy all the time? Dealing with a kitchen remodel when you require relaxation after a long day may be a little much. One would want to trade-off sanity for time and get the job done quicker.

Kitchen Remodel Trade-Offs? Check!

Now that you have systematically achieved what is most important to you in your kitchen, you’re ready to embark on a marvelous journey; you are ready for a kitchen remodel! To get the ball rolling, contact the JWH Design and Cabinetry Team. We can make your kitchen transform from “blah” to “awe.”

Tips from the Team: Layout Options

08-17-17

5 Kitchen Layouts worth Considering for your new Kitchen

The kitchen is, without a doubt, the most used room in our homes. Over the years, this area has evolved from the utilitarian place made to whip up dinners into a warm, social hub where families congregate for fellowship. Kitchens come in all shapes in sizes, from the classic galley style, expanded U-shape, to the out-of-the-box modern curvaceous layouts.

JWH Kitchen layouts

Determining the best layout for your Kitchen is the first step!

The kitchen work triangle is used to determine the efficiency of a kitchen’s layout. The primary tasks in a kitchen are performed between the cooktop, the refrigerator, and the sink. When these three elements are in close proximity (but not too close and not too far!), the kitchen will perform optimally. Here are the five most popular layouts for today’s kitchen.

Galley-Style Kitchen 

When short on space, this style is a cut above the rest. Two parallel counters make all work points easily accessible, while the narrow walking space provides cozier quarters. A sink on one side and a range on the other make for easy food preparation. A galley-style kitchen makes the best use of every square inch of space.  If the walkway between the counters is tight (36”-48”), this becomes a challenge for more than 1 person to work in the space.  On the contrary, if the space gets too wide (7’+), which is still too tight to add an island, there will be a lot of carrying across the middle.   (A rolling cart can be the solution in this case.) 60”- 78” in the middle is the sweet spot for ample workspace and traffic flow.

L-Shaped Layout

An L-shaped layout takes advantage of 2 adjoining walls.  Typically used in small to medium spaces, this design comes standard with a main wall of cabinets with the sink or range and a short grouping of cabinets in an L-type configuration. Incorporating an island is also an option for added storage and food preparation area, and keeping guests out of the work zone.

U-Shaped Layout

A U-shaped layout maximizes the cabinetry and countertops but utilizing all 3 walls.  If the room is large enough to accommodate an island in the center, while maintaining 42”-48” walkways on all sides, this becomes a central landing spot between the major functions.  A prep sink sometimes finds a practical home on this center island.  Word of caution:  if the major appliances end up on opposite sides of the room, the island can also become a walk-around obstacle!

G-Shaped Layout

A beefed-up version of the U-shaped layout, this design is best suited for those who want to maximize every square inch of the kitchen, but don’t have space for the clearance required around an island (mentioned above).  The G-shaped floor plan ideally includes a peninsula to keep the space feeling open, and to keep guests/kids out of the work zone.  This layout can feel cramped, especially if the cook ends up trapped, and the many cabinet corners in the layout can be difficult and expensive to accessorize for the best access.

One-wall kitchen layout facing the water.

One-wall kitchen layout allows the fabulous view of the water!

One-Wall Layout

Generally found in lofts or studio spaces, the one-wall kitchen, or “Pullman kitchen,” maximizes the efficiency of the main interior wall.  Including an island with the main sink opposite is ideal, but often a narrow table might have to serve as a central landing, prep and serving point.  This may also sound like a simple layout, but great design is needed to pull off the function, visual balance, and overall aesthetics of this one-wall kitchen.

 

 

Still not sure of the best layout for your new kitchen?  Space planning by a professional is the first critical step.  This is truly the passion and expertise of our JWH Team.  Check out our new Before and After Photos to see the dramatic results of our “out-of-the-box” creative thinking.  Then give us a call at 914-967-6020, and let’s explore the possibilities together!

Tips from the JWH Team: Easy Updates

04-19-17

Ready to make some quick kitchen updates, but not quite ready to commit to a full remodel?  It’s not as daunting as it seems: Small changes can add up to big results. Whether you’re looking to add style, function or a boost of energy to your eating space, these 5 ideas will inspire you to make changes that will have maximum impact on your kitchen.

Before the JWH Update

Before Photo

JWH cabinetry paint finish

Professionally sprayed cabinets

Open Things Up

Make a small kitchen feel bigger by opting for open shelving instead of upper cabinets. If you’re not ready to ditch the cabinets, remove cabinet doors to make a display for pretty plates and keep your most used cookware handy. If you choose this option, you’ll have to work a little extra to make sure you keep your goods organized. Group together similar colors, shapes, and sizes to create a streamlined and purposeful look.

Update Hardware

Replacing cabinet knobs and drawer pulls remains one of the easiest and affordable ways to bring new life to your kitchen. If you’re looking for a sleek and modern look go with a polished nickel finish. Satin or antique brass has made a re-entry into design, so this could be fun to try.  With all the kitchen hardware choices out there, you’ll find that an upgrade is a simple and efficient way to breathe life into a ho-hum kitchen.  Click “Update Hardware” to see the wide variety of choices from Top Knobs, available through JWH.

Look Up

Ceilings are an unexpected place to add dimension to your kitchen. Add a quick pop of rich color with a fresh coat of paint or install new recessed lighting in various sizes. Instead of using the same old pendant lamps, opt for oversized trendy commercial-grade fixtures for an industrial look. Add some sophistication to a traditional coffered ceiling. For maximum impact, tin-ceiling tiles can be painted to fit your current color scheme.

Add a Splash

A classic white subway tile backsplash is an inexpensive way to add pizazz to kitchens. For a more exotic look, add a brightly colored Moroccan tile backsplash or iridescent glass in a herringbone pattern. For a dazzling effect, extend the backsplash all the way up to the ceiling. This small but potent change may be just what you need to transform your kitchen in a pinch. Artistic Tile has plenty of ideas to spark your imagination!

Look Down

From installing faux bois floors to slapping on a fresh coat of paint to laying porcelain tile, sprucing up your kitchen floors is a surefire way to give your space a facelift.  For a low-maintenance option select engineered flooring; it’s available in a wide variety of styles and is one of the most affordable options when it comes to installing new floors. Bamboo remains a more eco-friendly and ergonomic flooring choice, while a cork kitchen floor adds a unique texture and a padded feel.

Updates for a JWH Kitchen

Paint, countertops, hardware, and lighting give this JWH a new look.

Need help? The JWH Design & Cabinetry Team comes armed with creative design expertise to improve layout, function, flow and long-term value of your kitchen remodel project.  Designing with high-quality custom cabinetry, we can fully execute our creative “out-of-the-box” space planning, interior design and kitchen cabinetry solutions. Contact us today and find out how we can help you realize your kitchen remodeling dreams!

Professional Photos on JWH

06-15-15

Inviting Living Spaces

Enjoying Cooking and Hanging out with the Family

Pro Photos to Match Professional Home Design

It is so exciting to finally get professional photographs of our Clients’ homes when they are “done.” Capturing the results of careful planning, creative designing, and hard work in the finishing is very satisfying. And not just to me as the Designer, but the entire JWH Team. Great photos have been captured by photographer, Mick Hales, and have been uploaded to our JWH website. These professional photos capture the professional home design perfectly!

Here is the link to a fabulous Kitchen as part of a whole house transformation, including the Master and Kids’ Baths.   Our JWH Team was brought in before these Client’s evens signed contracts on this home.  In much need of a total overhaul, Jennifer Howard and the JWH Team designed architectural changes that would improve the flow, function, and aesthetics of this fabulous family home.

The second project has been a work in progress for 5 years. It started with the Master Bath and then moved onto Living and Mudroom. Finally, we ended the project with culminating in the Kitchen; all the while with plenty of time in between each project. We love our loyal JWH Clients!

New Houzz Photos

06-10-15

Fabulous Kitchen and Family Room Photos

First Look at Our Newest JWH Photos on Houzz

Home Design Photos Showcase Custom Beauty 

We are in the process of uploading professional photographs from our recent waterfront project to Houzz. We captured the many rooms in this fabulous home that feature our JWH Custom Cabinetry. Kitchen, Bar, Great Room, Family Room, Master Bath, Spa Bath, His and Her Offices and even the Kids’ Bedrooms, too!  The photos also include custom furniture design by our own JWH Interior Designer, Bridget Curran.

You can find the Kitchen, Great Room, and Family Room photos in the new Project on Houzz.  Grab the photos you love and add them to your Ideabook.  Offices and Bathrooms to follow…

Another JWH Home Hits the Market

03-19-15

JWH Design and Cabinetry

JWH Renovation Hits the Market

Fabulousness Shines in JWH Design

This fabulous home, designed and completely renovated in 2008 by JWH Design & Cabinetry, hit the Rye market 3 days ago.

“Updating a 1910’s home with 1970’s additions was no small challenge,” says Jennifer Howard, owner and principal designer at JWH.  “At the time, I was renovating it for my own family.  The 6-bedrooms on an acre of land was a great find in Rye!”

The result is a charming, beautiful, and functional home–it won’t be on the market long.  Check out all the great PHOTOS

OPEN HOUSE:  Sunday, March 22, 1-3 pm

Bronxville renovation nears completion

05-10-14

A total make-over is almost ready for move-in.  JWH Custom Cabinetry, 48″ Viking Range, XO hood, and a pair of existing Sub Zeros that were brought back to life.  Check out the photos on Facebook.

Kitchen design trends

04-05-14

Great conference this week in Tucson Arizona.  We will be sharing all the current and upcoming design trends with our JWH Clients.  Facts, ideas, and photos to follow.

We are launched!

07-27-11

Check out our new JWH Website for a chance to win a FREE Kitchen Design (or other room with cabinetry):  layout, elevations and 3-dimension persective views.  Value:  $2500

Click “Log In”, enter your email and pick a password.  Good luck!