The kitchen is “the heart of the home.” We have all heard that saying, and statistically, the kitchen is one of the top rooms where we spend all our time. Therefore, it is important to make the kitchen everything that you want it to be when building or remodeling.
As we mentioned in our previous blog, The Top 5 Upgrades to Consider When Building a New Home, the kitchen can steal the lion’s share of a budget when adding upgrades or options to customize it. To better prepare you for your color selection or design meeting with our Sales & Design Consultants when building or remodeling your home, we have provided some ideas to keep in mind!
When sitting down to decide on the design or shape of your kitchen, there are major decisions that need to be made upfront. While thinking about your dream design, consider not only want you need/want but also what adds value to your home.
Depending on your budget there are many countertop options! Whether you are looking for an eco-friendly, modern, non-porous, or durable countertop, it can all be added to your dream kitchen! Popular options include granite, quartz, Formica, and Corian.
The cabinets in your kitchen consist of a variety of components that can be modified as much, or as little, as you desire. From the wood species, to the door construction, to the finish color, you will have as much freedom as you need to personalize your new kitchen.
- Doors – Full or partial overlay, glass doors, type of wood, the color of stain or paint.
- Island – Consider picking a different complementary color for the cabinets. Also, think about adding specialty cabinets such as a trash can pull-out or wine rack.
- Style – This can include staggered or non-staggered wall cabinets, light rail, crown moldings, or lighting accents.
A striking backdrop to your countertops is a backsplash that adds a touch of uniqueness, color, and value. A backsplash can be installed in a variety of patterns and creates an attractive, yet an easy-to-clean area that will protect the walls from stains and damage.
We have mentioned before that adding lighting or pre-wiring is a good decision to make before construction or remodeling has begun. In addition to the basic lighting, consider adding recessed lighting throughout the kitchen to brighten the workspaces and cooking area where you will read recipes while multi-tasking. Do not forget that undercabinet or above cabinet lighting adds a touch of elegance to your kitchen. LED strip lights inside a corner cabinet with a glass door can be the home for a fun dish with lots of color to show off!
About the Forino Company Since the inception of The Forino Co., L.P. in 1975, our clients have come to know the Forino Company as a High Value, Custom Residential Builder in Berks, Schuylkill, Lancaster, and Montgomery Counties in Pennsylvania in addition to Jasper and Beaufort Counties near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Forino is proud of the accomplishment of exceeding $1.2 Billion in gross sales throughout their history, primarily from the 7,120+ homes built since we put the first shovel in the ground over 40 years ago. Our core philosophy has always been to maintain integrity, ingenuity, collaboration, and responsiveness. Forino has evolved from being just a Residential Home Builder into a Full-Service Construction and Property Management Firm that can provide a multitude of construction, project management, and engineering services for large-scale new construction projects. The Property Management division at Forino has a portfolio in excess of 290 units to date. Forino has been a growing name in the multifamily apartment complex building scene throughout Pennsylvania since 2012 and continues to increase unit production volume year over year. Forino is currently planning strategic partnerships in Beaufort County, SC, and the Savannah, GA markets to expand their multifamily building capabilities into these rapidly growing markets where demand far exceeds the supply of rental housing.