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Kitchen is often considered to be the heart of a home. A great kitchen will not only increase the value of your home, but it can also improve the quality of your life. Having a beautiful, functional and inviting kitchen provides the motivation that you need for creating healthy, home-made meals for you and your family!
At Quay Construction our kitchen renovation process starts by booking a consultation to meet with you and understand your needs, discuss your renovation goals and formulate a vision for your dream kitchen.
During our consultation meeting we will share some design inspirations with you to understand what style of kitchen you prefer. Whether you prefer a traditional, modern, farmhouse, contemporary, or minimalistic design, we have got you covered.
We will discuss you life-style and family's needs to understand what your requirements from your kitchen are. Taking into account your requirements and existing kitchen setup, we will discuss kitchen layout options that would best serve your needs. You may opt for a galley kitchen, L-shaped, U-shaped, Peninsula, Island or a one-wall kitchen.
Once you have decided on the type and style of your desired kitchen, our interior design team will start working on the project design and putting forward product specifications for your review.
Cabinets are possibly the most important consideration, when it comes to renovating a kitchen. They provide you the opportunity to revamp your kitchen, not only aesthetically, but also in terms of functionality. The location and number of drawers, pull-out shelves, built-in garbage and recycle bins, and cupboards all will play an important role on how you use your kitchen on a daily basis.
Functionality should be the most important consideration when choosing appliances. If you have a large family, you may choose to upgrade to 36" appliances which allow you more space in the fridge or running a bigger load in the dishwasher. If you are a tech-enthusiast, you might opt for touch-screen appliances. Depending your style you may choose a stainless steel finish or bold colors.
When it comes to countertops, there is a wide variety of choices available. Granite, quartz, laminate, concrete, solid surface, butcherblock, tile, stainless steel, resin and porcelain just to name a few. Depending on your taste and day-to-day use of your counter space we will work with you determining which countertop material would be right option for your home.
Unlike cabinets, appliances and countertops which affect the usability of a kitchen, backsplashes are generally an aesthetic consideration. This selection depends purely on the look and feel you want to achieve from your kitchen renovation. You may elect to continue the countertop up the wall to achieve a seamless look. Or you may prefer tile to mix things up.
The only plumbing fixtures choices in the kitchen are commonly the sink, faucet and the garburator. Depending on your usage you may want a single or a double sink. Depending on your style you may want a top-mount, an undermount, farmhouse style or an all-in-one sink. You can opt for a pull-down, pull-out or a traditional faucet. You may or may not want a garburator.
Another aspect of a kitchen renovation that's often overlooked is updating the lighting. If you are changing your kitchen layout, you may need to add or reposition your kitchen lighting to suit your new layout. Also, choosing the correct fixture type and ensuring sufficient amount of lighting can significantly impact the feel and functionality of your entire kitchen.
During the design process, having gained a better understanding of all the elements required to come together to build your dream kitchen, you may come to the conclusion that a kitchen renovation is simply not enough to get you the dream kitchen you desire. This is when it's time to discuss a potential kitchen remodel.
A renovation and a remodel differ in the sense that, a renovation is essentially restoring the elements of an existing space, whereas a remodel is changing the space and creating something new. For instance, if you wish to change your kitchen orientation, the location of your appliances or plumbing fixtures, or remove walls to open up the kitchen to Livingroom, you will need a kitchen remodel. Remodeling a kitchen is almost always more costly than a renovation, however, it may be required to achieve your desired results.
Kitchen remodel projects also take slightly longer to complete, as walls may need to be opened to reposition plumbing and electrical to achieve a new layout. Also remediation work will be required if you are considering deleting or cutting down any walls to allow make an open-concept kitchen. Structural work may be needed if you are considering moving walls. HVAC ducting will need to be moved if you are relocating your hoodfan.
Generally a kitchen remodel project will require a permit from the municipality prior to start of construction.
Another discussion that may come up whilst planning a kitchen renovation or remodel is the size of your kitchen. If you have a large or a growing family and there is simply not enough space in your kitchen, you may be looking for ways to expand the size of your kitchen. Often times a kitchen remodel can expand your kitchen by stealing the necessary square footage from another room, such as the dining or the living room. However, in some cases, due to the house layout, stealing from another room is simply not an option. In these cases, a kitchen extension or a bump out might be a necessity.
A kitchen bump out is an extension that increases the size of the kitchen by a few feet. A kitchen extension requires plans to be submitted to the municipality for approval and permits. Bump outs are more expensive than kitchen renovations and most remodels, however, they also increase the value of your property due to the additional square footage.
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