Smart Home Technology
Voice Control and Automation
While voice controlled smart appliances and lights might seem like a stretch on a budget, our past clients agree the convenience these smart features add heavily outweighs the cost. When baking or cooking and dealing with messy hands, being able to adjust the oven’s temperature or set a timer by voice is indispensable. Likewise automated lighting, shades, and music can make entertaining and cooking simultaneously much less of a challenge.
Many new ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers can connect to apps to remotely monitor and control. It’s very important to choose matching brands for seamless connectivity, and double check that any mismatched brands are cross compatible. The benefits of a smart kitchen are built around convenience and functionality, and dealing with the hassle of multiple brands and systems outweighs the perks smart systems aim for.
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Benefits of a Second Dishwasher
A second dishwasher, convenient for larger families and entertainers, not only keeps clean dishes always available but also decreases the consistent need for larger families to run a load daily. We recommend placing accessory models under counters or in butler’s pantries.
Some opt to use their second machine for only glassware or when prepping large meals to decrease the need for maintenance.
Natural Lighting and Windows
If your remodel is already lining up with structural work or a roof repair, letting more natural light into the space is one of the best changes to make.
Skylights and High Ceilings
When working with smaller, darker spaces, adding a skylight can bring in some much needed natural light and get rid of that dark, cramped feel. When paired with high or vaulted ceilings, this is the ideal way to bring natural light into a space and adds charm and opulence to your room.
Strategic Window Placement
For maximum light, position windows above the sink and surrounding counters. If you have an existing picture window above the sink and it has a dated appearance, replacing it with a new one can have a surprisingly large impact on your kitchen. Where possible, installing a window to highlight a stove is a less popular option with the same impact.
Kitchen Flooring Options
Hardwood, Tile, and Stone
We could write an entire article just looking at your options for kitchen flooring on a budget. While most companies recommend Luxury Vinyl Planks (LVP) for budget kitchens, we tend to warn homeowners that the natural expansion and contraction of the planks can be an issue when placed directly against cabinets and islands, especially near exterior walls where temperatures vary more wildly. For these reasons, we recommend looking at hardwood flooring, or low-maintenance options like tile and stone that can take the heavier foot traffic in these busier areas of the home. Be sure to pick materials that are resistant to scratching and water damage.
Radiant floor heating adds luxury and keeps feet cozy on chilly mornings. Opt for electric or hydronic systems under tile, stone or wood floors. These systems oftentimes integrate with other smart appliances, giving you the option to schedule when your heat kicks on, or to control it with your mobile phone and voice assistants.
The backsplash in your kitchen plays a few important roles: It creates contrast and carries the eye between your chosen countertops and cabinets. As such, coordinating your backsplash choice to match the surrounding materials is vital.
Materials and Patterns
While the most common backsplash tiles tend to be white subway tile or neutral mosaics, we recommend thoroughly researching your options for backsplash. Between the numerous choices in material, shape, color, and design, many homeowners are surprised the variety of impressions that backsplash can give to a room. Some less-considered options include mirrored and metallic backsplashes, natural stone slabs, and materials with unique textures and patterns to add contrast and vibrance to your space.
3D Effects and Metal Tiles
Dimensional tiles add depth, while tin ceiling-inspired metal backsplash tiles reflect light. ACCENT the backsplash by lining it with lighting or glass cabinets doors. Target keywords: 3D tile backsplash, metal backsplash Connecticut
Best Places to Look for Backsplash
When we remodel Kitchens and Bathrooms, our first recommendation for tile and stone surfaces is always Genrose Stone + Tile. With a wide variety of options ranging from mass produced stone surfaces right down to handcrafted artisan tiles, Genrose sets the industry standard in material and surface design.
Creating a high-end kitchen requires investing in luxury materials, appliances and design features that make a stunning statement. Carefully weigh priorities like layout, cabinetry, countertops and backsplashes, choosing options that maximize both aesthetics and functionality. Work with talented remodeling contractors and interior designers to achieve the upscale kitchen of your dreams. With smart planning, you can create a space perfect for relaxing and entertaining every day.