On average, adult Americans spend upwards of 37 minutes per day in the kitchen. That’s over 225 hours per year! Whether you are preparing or consuming food, your appliances will somehow factor into those hours. With this in mind, don’t you want to ensure the kitchen appliances you purchase during your remodel are the right ones for your needs? Choosing the perfect kitchen appliances can seem like a challenge with such a variety of models, brands, and price points on the market. It doesn’t need to be complicated; we’ve got the remodeling expert’s guide on how to choose the right kitchen appliances for you!
Function vs. Aesthetic
Picture this: you and your kitchen have had some good times together, what with all the holiday hosting and family get-togethers around the island… But you’ve also stubbed your toe more times than you can count on the dishwasher jutting out from the cabinets. If this sounds familiar, a remodel is in store for you. How do you decide whether to go with beautiful appliances, or functional? Easy: you don’t choose! You can have function and aesthetic by being thoughtful during the planning process. Talk through your current kitchen’s flow with your remodeling company. They can advise on which appliances will help your lifestyle the most (i.e. – installing a speed cooking oven for a busy mom-on-the-go) while simultaneously being the best bang for your buck.
Space Constraints: Working with What You’ve Got
When analyzing the existing flow of your kitchen with your contractor, you may notice yourself saying “wait… that doesn’t make sense”. Why would the dishwasher be on the other side of the kitchen from the sink? A remodel is the ideal time to not only assess which kitchen appliances need a full replacement but also which need to be moved. Plot out the placement of each appliance before purchasing a single new one. By figuring out the layout before purchasing, you can outline which piece needs to be the focal point of the room. One of the latest trends in modern kitchens is hidden appliances, where the tech is given a camouflage to match the cabinetry. This creates a seamless look and is excellent for homeowners seeking a magazine-worthy aesthetic without changing the physical space.
What Kitchen Appliances Should be Replaced?
There are multitudes of different kitchen appliances to consider upgrading when doing a kitchen remodel. The dishwasher, refrigerator, range, and oven are all equally. Homeowners who cook for large parties regularly may want to invest in a top-of-the-line restaurant inspired range with six or even eight burners. Someone who enjoys entertaining can opt for a second hidden fridge under the cabinets specifically for wine. Innovation is the name of the game with kitchen appliances. New tech is regularly being released, making the world your oyster. A dishwasher such as the GE SmartDispense will ease the minds of the eco-conscious population. Samsung’s Family Hub fridge is a family’s best friend, as it can coordinate schedules, create shopping lists, and even play music during meals! The opportunities right now are endless. Your contractor knows where to get the newest developments, so don’t be afraid to ask about your dream products.
Low budget? No problem
Working on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t have the kitchen of your dreams. Even if you seek the high-tech lifestyle on a newlywed budget, there are ways to make it happen. Choosing one or two things to go high-tech is a great way to stay on track with spending. Did you hop on the meal prep train? Consider spending a higher amount on a fridge that maximizes storage space but reduces the bottom line on an affordable dishwasher. The fridge will see more use than the dishwasher, making this compromise one that suits a specific lifestyle. Always go for energy-efficient appliances where you can. Energy Star kitchen appliances save you money in the long run by lowering your electricity and water bills. You can even discuss ‘bundling’ expenses with your contractor by having multiple remodels done at once! Talk through your budget with a trusted remodeling company to figure out areas in which to splurge and which to cut. Picture your dream kitchen; with a little planning, the right kitchen appliances, and a quality contractor it’ll be within your reach in no time! To get started on your kitchen remodel, contact Las Vegas Remodel & Construction!