So you’re interested in remodeling your kitchen?

All of our clients have reasons why they want to get their kitchen remodeled.  It is this “why” that is going to determine “what” your plan needs to consist of.  We have included solutions to show how we can eliminate the most common kitchen problems:

  • Lack of storage space – add elements like Lazy Susan cabinets to make better use of the corners, pantries to maximize storage, or super wide drawer cabinets that you can fit pots and pans in
  • Lack of countertop space – maximize the base cabinets to grant you more countertop space
  • Dysfunctional layout – improve the space by incorporating a work triangle or work stations
  • Unappealing look – reface your cabinets or install new cabinetry
  • Outdated design elements- add the latest trend accessories like new hardware, a backsplash, or under cabinet lighting
  • Kitchen falling apart- install new cabinetry

Important Tip:

Work Triangle

According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a Kitchen Work Triangle consists of three main elements: cooking, prep/clean-up, and refrigeration.  The sum of the distances between them should total no more than 26 feet.  The total footage between each element should be no less than 4 feet and no more than 9 feet in distance.  There should also be no traffic pattern invading this triangle. This is for optimal functionality.

What’s your design style?

There are many different ways to style your kitchen.  The most common styles of kitchens are:

Traditional – Traditional kitchens have raised panel doors, crown molding, and other classic elements that give a timeless look that doesn’t go out of style.

Contemporary – Contemporary kitchens will have flat panel doors and simple, sleek finishes.  They will include the most current kitchen trends such as natural stone countertops and glass, stone, or tile backsplashes.  

Transitional – Transitional style kitchens utilize a traditional base with contemporary touches.  This may include traditional raised panel doors with the addition of current kitchen trends.  It is the combination of these two styles that define this kitchen design.

Other design styles include:  Country, Eclectic, Craftsman, Farmhouse, Industrial, Mediterranean, Rustic, and Tropical.  If you are having trouble identifying your style, tear out magazine photos of kitchens you like.  It is likely that you will start noticing you are drawn to a certain style of design.

Cost Vs. Value

Dreaming about remodeling your kitchen?  Whether you are considering renovating for resale or enhancing your lifestyle with a kitchen upgrade, remodeling your kitchen is the best way to add value to your home.

According to www.Remodeling.Hw.Net, the average cost of a Major Kitchen Remodel in our area (Maryland and Pennsylvania) is $54,220.  For a Minor Kitchen Remodel, the average cost is $18,608.  You can expect to recoup 60-120% of what you spend in home equity.  Here are the average costs associated with O’Hanlon Kitchens:

Cabinet Refacing | $8,000 – $16,000
Cabinet Replacement | $16,000 – $25,000
Full Kitchen Remodeling | $25,000 – $50,000+

Whatever your budget, O’Hanlon Kitchens is here to help.  Setting up an appointment for a free in-home design consultation is the first step!

Important Tip:

Work Stations

Setting up work stations in your kitchen is the best way to make use of your space, especially when there is more than one chef in your kitchen.  When you design using work stations, it is important to have a cooking area, a preparation space, a food storage area, and a clean-up station.  Setting your kitchen up in work stations will allow each person to focus on the task at hand without getting in the way.  This could include adding an additional sink with extra countertop space for food prep.  Placing your cooking elements on the opposite side of your food storage area is another way to separate work stations.