Monday, January 6, 2014

Twin Cities Dream Kitchen Series

It's 2014, and a lot of Twin Cities residents are thinking about the upcoming year. Are home improvements on your New Year's resolutions list? If so, perhaps you've been thinking about your kitchen and how you'd like to remodel it into your dream kitchen. As the design manager for Titus Contracting, I have a few suggestions for you. I wrote a three-part blog series about Twin Cities Dream Kitchens, and here is a rundown of the information I covered. 

Part One covers your dream kitchen's space and its limitations. You don't want too many items in your kitchen that will make the space feel cramped any time there is more than one person in there. You want to make sure you can get to your oven, fridge, etc. easily and without much hassle.

If you're thinking about having a kitchen island installed, consider it a focal point of the kitchen. You also want it to have more than one use: as a place to prepare food and also as a place to eat and gather around. You will want to think about the aesthetics of the island. Should it look the same as the other counters and cabinets, or do you want to select different colors for the countertops and cabinets so it stands out?

Then you want to think about the rest of your cabinets. How much space do you need ideally? What colors are you thinking about for both the cabinetry and the countertops? What other accessories do you want or need?

Part Two talks about your dream kitchen's lighting. I highly recommend looking into recessed lighting. You can control the lighting with a dimmer switch. Titus Contracting recommends LED-recessed lighting because the bulbs last longer and use less energy. And you also want to think about your microwave and exhaust system and the possibility of combining the two to save space. I like over-the-range microwaves because you get two appliances in one.

Have you thought about your backsplash or the type of tile you want in your Twin Cities dream kitchen? Tile makes for a really nice-looking backsplash and it's very easy to clean and maintain. In the Twin Cities area, tile floors in kitchens aren't the most practical because they can get very cold during the winter months, plus they are prone to breaking if anything falls on them. But there are many other flooring options for your Twin Cities kitchen, and we have plenty of ideas for you!

Finally, Part Three discusses the benefits of granite countertops for your Twin Cities dream kitchen. Granite is durable and natural, and it's a beautiful stone. No two pieces are exactly alike, so you will always get a very unique and distinct look in your dream kitchen. Keep an eye on cost though – the edge style you choose can drive it up a bit, but I personally still feel like granite is the best bang for your countertop buck.
And you also want to consider what sort of dispensers you want for your soap and hot water. Depending on your needs and style, these can range from just $100 to several hundred dollars.

When you are ready to start designing your Twin Cities dream kitchen, give us a call at Titus Contracting at (952) 746-7817 or contact us online.