If you’re a homeowner in the Chicagoland area considering a kitchen remodel, chances are you’ve come across plenty of conflicting information. From friends/coworkers to home makeover shows and magazines, everyone seems to have an opinion on what’s best for your kitchen. But how do you know who to trust?
As a professional design-build firm, we’ve seen and heard it all when it comes to kitchen remodeling myths and misconceptions. And now, we’re here to set the record straight. Let’s debunk some of the most common kitchen remodeling myths and share what homeowners really need to know.
A common myth is that anyone can remodel their own kitchen with a little help from YouTube, HGTV, and home improvement stores. While it’s true that some aspects of a kitchen remodel can be done by a skilled DIY-er, there are many aspects that require professional expertise. Designing a functional and aesthetically pleasing kitchen that will remain timeless takes experience and training. A lot can change in your plan as soon as the demo is completed and unexpected issues are discovered. A design-build firm like ours has the expertise to create a beautiful and efficient kitchen that fits your needs and budget and can help guide you through solutions.
Many people believe that kitchen remodeling is all about aesthetics – making the kitchen look pretty. While a visually appealing kitchen is important, it’s not the only consideration. Functionality, durability, and efficiency are also crucial elements of a successful kitchen remodel.
A professional design-build firm can help you create a beautiful kitchen that also meets your functional needs. From layout to storage solutions, every design aspect should work together seamlessly for a truly successful remodel. Many homeowners don’t consider the amount of wasted space in their existing kitchens or cabinet layouts. When you hire experts to aid in your kitchen design, you are opening up your space to endless possibilities and configurations that could add ample value to your home.
Another common misconception is that kitchen remodeling will disrupt your life for months on end. While a major remodel can certainly take some time, there are ways to minimize the disruption and get your new kitchen up and running faster.
By working with an experienced design-build firm, you’ll have a detailed timeline and plan in place, ensuring that the project stays on track. Plus, with a dedicated project coordinator managing the project, you can greatly minimize the amount of delays or mistakes that can potentially prolong the projected timeline. Our project coordinators also work with the client to explain safety protocols while at the job site!
Many homeowners believe that they should follow the latest kitchen design trends to create a stylish and modern space. While trends can offer inspiration, they are fleeting and can quickly become outdated. For instance, I was born in the late 90s and, unfortunately, had to endure both the “red rooster” and “Tuscan grape” kitchen themes of the early 2000s. Side note: I believe we should all be entitled to compensation for being put through that.
Instead of these quick-burning fads, focus on creating a timeless kitchen design that reflects your personal style and needs. Working with a design team can guarantee that you’re balancing trendy elements with classic pieces to ensure your kitchen remains attractive and functional for years to come. A qualified design team can help you guide you on where to insert trends in a way that they can easily be changed in the near future at a low to minimal cost.
It’s easy to assume that all appliance brands are created equal, but this is not the case. Different brands have different strengths and weaknesses, and it’s important to research each brand’s reputation, history, and customer reviews before making a purchase. When it comes to appliances, the old adage “they don’t make things like they used to anymore,” rings true.
Many highly accessible brands like Samsung and LG are only built to last about 5 years. We all know someone with one of these brands who’s built-in ice dispenser no longer dispenses ice. Through our partnership with our appliance supplier, our kitchen design team can provide valuable insights into the best brands for your needs and budget.
Some people believe that all appliances in a kitchen remodel must match perfectly. While matching appliances can create a cohesive look, it’s not necessary to stick with one brand or finish. Mixing and matching brands and finishes can add visual interest and allow you to choose the best options for each appliance type. Hidden appliances and custom panels are huge for clients looking for a minimal kitchen footprint. With these types of minimalist, entertainment-forward designs, it’s irrelevant if they appliances are not an exact match.
Many homeowners are under the impression that a complete gut job is the only way to achieve their dream space. However, this is simply not true. In fact, there are many ways to update and upgrade your kitchen without tearing everything down and starting from scratch. A professional can assist you in coming up with a strategy that involves focusing on both cosmetic and functional upgrades that will drastically change your space, such as countertop replacement, backsplash replacement, or updated hardware. These changes can improve the usability and efficiency of your space while still preserving its existing layout.
Debunking the myths surrounding kitchen remodeling is important for homeowners who want to create a beautiful and functional space that they can enjoy for years to come. Remember, you don’t have to follow every current trend to achieve your dream kitchen, and attempting a DIY project could end up costing you more in the long run. Don’t fall prey to the misconception that gutting your entire kitchen is the only way to achieve the look you desire. Instead, work with a team of professionals who can help you make smart, strategic decisions that align with your personal taste and lifestyle.
At Areté, we’re committed to providing high-quality service, personalized attention, and expert design advice to help you bring your kitchen dreams to life. Reach out to us today at 773.683.3033 to schedule a consultation and get started on creating the perfect kitchen for you and your family.