The beautiful look of hardwood floors. Hardwood is a huge draw for buyers and can increase the value of your home when used in the right places.
Vinyl plank flooring that mimics the look of wood. It’s durable and can stand up to the wear and tear that will be inflicted in high-traffic areas. It’s also resistant to moisture and mold meaning it’s perfect for basements. Although hardwood is one of the most desirable features in North American homes, it’s never a good idea to use it in basements as it has zero resistance to moisture.
Built-in appliances. The streamlined look of built-in appliances is ideal for small, open concept kitchens like this one. They also lend a high-end look by integrating seamlessly into the design.
Freestanding appliances that only look built-in. Frigidaire’s professional line of appliances has both built-in and freestanding appliances. In this space we opted for the freestanding pieces because of their versatility. In the future we may want to convert the space into a stand alone apartment. Freestanding appliances allow for flexibility should we want to rework the kitchen design in the future.
A durable, stone countertop that’s as good looking as it is tough.
Quartz (engineered stone). It’s quickly replacing granite as the go-to material for discerning homeowners because it’s very durable, virtually maintenance free, and it offers a great return on investment. In this space we went with Cambria’s Ella – one of its 120 design options available.
An open, airy kitchen that isn’t bogged down by upper cabinets.
An oversize kitchen island with plenty of interior storage. We didn’t want upper cabinets to crowd the space, but we still needed somewhere to store dishes, small appliances, and everything else that goes into a kitchen.
Kitchen lighting that will provide the utmost in safety, functionality and design.
A combination of pot lights, in-cabinet strip lighting, range hood lights and pendants. Having a variety of lighting options in the kitchen is a must, but fortunately it doesn’t have to be too expensive. As long as you have the appropriate ambient and task lighting focused in the right places you can increase your ROI.
A lot of drawer space without the cluttered look of a lot of drawer fronts.
A drawer within a drawer! Large drawer fronts hide the fact that there are two pullout drawers within. It allows us to almost double the storage capacity without sacrificing the streamlined look of the cabinetry.
A big, polished chrome faucet to act as the centerpiece of the island.
A touchless faucet that won’t get marked by fingerprints. Since polished chrome gets dirty easily we wanted to minimize the need for cleaning – particularly since the faucet holds such a prime spot in the kitchen. A touchless faucet solves this problem.
For more information on how the kitchen was designed check out the kitchen style guide!
Don’t forget about decorating. Just because the contractor’s done it doesn’t mean your job is over. You still need to buy furniture, window treatments and accessories. Make sure you’ve included these in the budget.