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What’s Most Important in Your New Kitchen?

What’s Most Important in Your New Kitchen?

Nearly 25% of homeowners are now spending more time in their kitchens than just two years ago. Between the pandemic, home schooling, and working from home, the kitchen is now a vital multi-functional space in your home. It must serve numerous purposes other than preparing and eating food. Using several surveys, we culled out what’s most important in your new kitchen in 2021.

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Most Important Kitchen Features

The Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence (RICKI) held a recent survey of what homeowners were envisioning for their dream kitchens. The features they found most important included:
• Storage space (49%)
• Walk-in pantry (41%)
• Central island (38%)
• Table space for eating (31%)
• Better lighting (30%)
• Built-in water filtration (21%)
• Enhanced ventilation (20%)
• Germ-resistant surfaces (17%)
• Connection to an outdoor area (15%)
• More than one sink (10%)

Working with a design professional is more important than ever to transform your kitchen into an area that can support these multi-functional needs. Today’s kitchens are larger than ever and incorporating smart features like Wi-Fi/Bluetooth capabilities, hidden built-in docking stations, small appliance storage, and virtual assistants. Of course, what’s most important in your new kitchen is based on your own needs and desires.

Other Uses for the Kitchen Area

Other favorite activities in the kitchen indicated in the survey included:
• Gathering and socializing with family & friends
• Feeding pets
• Listening to music
• Watching TV/videos
• Paying bills

Biggest Regrets in Kitchen Remodeling

RICKI reported that 51% of homeowners who remodeled their kitchens regretted not spending more to get what they really wanted. Failure to invest in more storage (33% store kitchen items they frequently use in other rooms in the house), higher-quality cabinetry, statement-making countertops, higher-end plumbing fixtures, lighting design, and fixtures were the most-noted items for remorse.

The Latest for Home Chefs

The 2020 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show featured the latest technological trends for home chefs, using the term “Technicureans” for this new generation. Some of the most important desires for a professional-quality home kitchen included:

Sous Vide Cooking

Sous Vide has been the restaurant standards for professional-quality food for many years as it prepares foods to precise temperatures and exact doneness every time. With luxury appliances, home chefs can get their sous vide built right into their cooktops. Induction and gas cooking dual-fuel professional ranges, also popular pro models, can incorporate sous vide cooking as well.

Smart Appliances

Today’s high appliances have the capability to calculate exactly what is needed for each task: including water levels, detergent amounts, and humidity and temperature controls. This can save resources and energy. Wi-fi connectivity makes it easy to control, program and monitor your smart appliances.

Smarter Sinks

Making kitchen clean-up easier is important for the home chef, with demand for pull-down or pull-out faucets, voice-commanded faucets, and build-in water filtration systems on the dream list.

Craft Ice

Even ice has gone beyond the basic cube. Craft ice is now the rage, with slow-melting spherical ice, crushed or cubed ice options. In addition, the newest water dispensers offer measuring options to dispense exact amounts into your glass or bottle in 4, 8, 16 or 32 ounce pours.

Contact Schroeder Design/Build for Northern Virginia Remodeling

What’s important in your new kitchen? If you’d like to talk about remodeling, please contact us. As a true design/build firm, we have a full staff of architects and designers who can help make your dream kitchen your reality. Check out our Kitchen Portfolio for ideas!

Contact Schroeder Design/Build at 703-449-1700 or info@SchroederDesignBuild.com.

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Hiring a Remodeler? The 14 Essential Questions You Need to Ask.

Hiring a Remodeler? The 14 Essential Questions You Need to Ask.

Hiring the right remodeling company is not easy. You want to ensure that the contractor has the experience and know-how to handle your remodel, and that their style of communication and customer service suits your needs. You can increase the chances of success by conducting a qualifying interview, following up on references and credentials, and looking at all aspects of the remodeling project. To make this task easier, here are the 14 essential questions you need to ask when hiring a remodeler.

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How Much Does a Remodel Cost?

How Much Does a Remodel Cost?

When people ask “How much does a remodel cost?” they may presume that there is standard pricing that can easily be quoted. But as a custom remodeler, we need to know more before we can determine a cost. There is no one-size-fits-all price. Since your home and your needs are unique, your cost of remodeling is also unique to you.

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The New Concerns About Remodeling During the Pandemic

Like most of us, in March and April 2020, our clients and potential clients were frightened and highly concerned about the impact of the novel virus COVID-19. We didn’t know what it was or what impact it would have on our health and our livelihoods. The biggest concerns about remodeling during the pandemic at that time were safety and sanitation.

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Checklist for Interviewing a Remodeling Contractor

Why is Our Being a PRO or NARI Member Important to You?

2021 UPDATE: The local NARI chapter has been restructured and is now called PRO Mid-Atlantic, the Professional Remodeling Organization.

Schroeder Design/Build is a long-standing member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) and a member of the newly-formed Professional Remodeling Organization (PRO). In fact, joining the Washington D.C. Metro Region chapter of NARI was one of the first things we did when we started our company 35 years ago. This being said, you might wonder, “Why is a PRO or NARI membership important?” Let’s explore the many reasons why our being an association member is important to you.

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How To Create a Home Office

How To Create a Home Office

What is the “new normal?” According to some experts, it means that many more people will be working from home. Some people were well prepared when the shelter-in-place orders were enforced, and had dedicated spaces for their home office. Others were left working from their bedrooms or dining room. Overall, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to create a home office remodel and will offer our expertise in this post.

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Simple Green Remodeling Projects You Should Consider

Simple Green Remodeling Projects You Should Consider

You might think that going Green is “trendy,” but it is not a trend. It is a lifestyle choice, and one that ought to be implemented in your way of living. Incorporating small Green changes and materials in your eco-friendly home can make a big impact on your comfort and in protection of our natural environment. Here are some simple Green remodeling projects you should consider.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Plan Your Remodel Now

7 Reasons Why You Should Plan Your Remodel Now

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Spring is usually one of the busiest times for homeowners to begin their remodeling projects. But this year, with the economic and restrictive effects of the COVID-19 virus, you might be wondering if now is a good time to start your remodeling project.

We’re here to tell you seven great reasons why it is a good idea to plan your remodel now.

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Why White Kitchens are always in Style

Why White Kitchens are always in Style

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As a remodeling company in Northern Virginia, we get a lot of requests for white kitchens. Whether it’s the fact that a white kitchen is bright and cheery, or looks clean and fresh, white kitchens are always in style.  

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Trending Design Colors for 2020

Trending Design Colors for 2020

When it comes to remodeling in Northern Virginia, color can play a big role. Just ask our designers here at Schroeder Design/Build. There isn’t a project we do where color doesn’t come into consideration.  So what are the color trends for 2020? 

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