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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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Kitchen Remodeling Trends From 2020

Kitchen Remodeling Trends From 2020

When Houzz interviewed 2,598 U.S. homeowners about their upcoming or recent kitchen renovations, the survey results indicated a number of trends. Here are some of the popular kitchen remodeling trends from 2020.

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Kitchen Remodel Checklist: What to Expect When Remodeling Your Kitchen

Kitchen Remodel Checklist: What to Expect With a Kitchen Remodel

Planning a new kitchen is exciting, there’s no doubt about it. It can also be stressful with all the decisions and choices that need to be made. That’s why we’re helping out with this handy kitchen remodel checklist that can at least give you an idea of the process you’ll be going through with your remodeling company. That way you can be prepared and ready to move ahead with your kitchen remodel.

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How to Care For and Maintain Your Cabinetry

Your cabinetry, whether it is your kitchen or bath cabinets, or cabinets anywhere in your home, is an essential part of why your home is aesthetically appealing. To keep your cabinets looking beautiful, they do require a little special attention. We’d like to thank Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. for their help in developing these tips on how to care for and maintain your cabinetry.

Care for your cabinetry by ALWAYS:

• Cleaning up spills or standing water immediately (including condensation). Pay special attention to the areas around your sink, range, dishwasher, toe spaces and baseboards, and use a blotting action rather than wiping.
• Applying all cleaning solutions to a cloth when cleaning, and never directly to the cabinetry itself.
• Avoiding extreme temperature changes or humidity levels. This can cause the wood to warp or the glue that holds the veneers to loosen.
• Rotating accessories that sit on your cabinets so that they don’t remain in the same spot all the time.
• Using pads, cloth or felt to protect surfaces from plastic, rubber, hot dishes, beverages, bookends, flowerpots and vases.
• Using a protective pad when writing with a pen or pencil.
• Making minor repairs while the problem is small.
• Treating your cabinetry as if it was furniture. They are constructed with the same grade of wood as your furniture and require the same care to reward you with lasting beauty.

Maintain your cabinetry by NEVER:

• Using a damp cloth, water or ammonia to clean your cabinetry. Do not use a used dishcloth to wipe cabinets, as it could contain traces of grease or detergents.
• Using an abrasive cleaner or abrasive cloth on a painted surface. This will scratch, scar and dull the finish permanently.
• Using concentrated detergents. Harsh detergents, strong soap and self-polishing waxes can have a damaging effect on the finished surface.
• Using silicone polishes on the cabinet surfaces. This will raise the sheen to beyond that of the manufacturer’s intention. These polishes can seep into the finishes and are very difficult to remove.
• Using petroleum distilled polishes on the cabinet surfaces. These are often flammable and toxic, and are seldom ever completely removed.
• Leaving damp or wet cloths draped over cabinet doors. This can cause permanent water damage.
• Letting water run off the sink to the countertops and sink cabinetry. Care for and maintain your cabinetry by watching for and cleaning up water deposits or drips.
• Placing rubber or plastic objects on a wood finish; their ingredients react with those of the finish.
• Pulling downward on doors. This can cause them to split at the hinge area and sag.
• Placing more than 75 pounds of weight into a drawer. This may cause the drawer bottom to sag, or the drawer slides to function improperly. Evenly distribute weight inside a drawer.
• Using a drawer as a step to reach higher. This may cause the drawer bottom to sag, or the slides to warp.
• Attempting to repair badly-damaged surfaces without the proper materials or professional help. Contact your Authorized Wellborn Dealer, like Schroeder Design/Build.

Your cabinets are an investment in your home and should last a lifetime if you understand how to care for and maintain your cabinetry. After we install cabinetry and complete your remodeling job, we will provide you with warranty and care instructions.

For Cabinetry or Cabinetry Inspiration, Visit Schroeder Design/Build

Need some ideas for beautiful kitchen cabinetry? Visit our Kitchen Remodeling Portfolio!

When you’re looking to put on an addition, redo your kitchen, or remodel any room in your home, contact Schroeder Design/Build, Inc. We are glad to serve clients throughout Northern Virginia with award-winning remodeling services.

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How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost in Northern Virginia?

How Much Does a Kitchen Remodel Cost in Northern Virginia?

Offutt_IG3Whether you live in Alexandria, Arlington, or any other town in Northern Virginia, you may be living in an older home. Older homes have plenty of charm and character, but their kitchens aren’t always suited for modern lifestyles. Homes built 60 or even 20 years ago may not offer enough room for the latest appliances and gadgets.

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The 5 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

The 5 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid

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Hastily made decisions can lead to renovation regrets month or even weeks after your kitchen remodel is finished. If you’re planning to remodel your Northern Virginia kitchen soon, you’ll want to be sure to avoid these common remodeling mistakes.

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Project Spotlight: "Open Season"

Project Spotlight: “Open Season”

Many homeowners consider moving when their current floorplan isn’t working for them anymore. In this month’s Project Spotlight, we take a look at a home’s transition from a closed to open layout that resulted in providing the homeowners a sense of connection to family and friends that’s perfect for everyday living and entertaining.

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The Open Concept Kitchen – One Solution Suitable for Many Lifestyle Stages

The Open Concept Kitchen – One Solution Suitable for Many Lifestyle Stages

The Open Concept Kitchen – One Solution Suitable for Many Lifestyle Stages Kitchen remodels are always at the top of the list for homeowners considering a renovation.  It’s the part of your home that can cause a lot of aggravation when it’s not functioning to its full potential.  And this is certainly understandable. Your kitchen […]

Project Spotlight: 2015 National COTY Award Winning Residential Interior

Opposites Attract – Rustic & Contemporary Styles Create Perfect Open Concept

CREATING AN OPEN FLOORPLAN AND AIRY SPACE

Our clients had expected that they would need to add an addition to their ranch-style home to achieve their goals. We surprised them with a design that would not just meet their needs, but exceed their expectations while taking into account a tight budget. Without touching the exterior of the roof, interior walls were removed and a vaulted ceiling was added to allow easy entertaining and improve light flow through the entire first floor. A new combined dining and living room area greet visitors and offer a peek at the fantastic rustic/contemporary aesthetic. Read more

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Tips for Creating a Functional Kitchen Design

Do you ever find yourself wishing your kitchen had a better layout? Are you longing for a spacious island where your family can hang out while you are cooking? Maybe you simply need to create zones to allow for two people to work in the kitchen at the same time. We completely understand the frustrations that come from having an unfunctional kitchen design and believe that the functionality of a space is just as important as its beauty. When we begin a kitchen remodel with a new client there are five important areas we discuss to gain a general understanding of their needs from a functional standpoint. If a kitchen remodel is in your future, you too may want to consider these items and share your answers with your designer. Read more