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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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Checklist for Interviewing a Remodeling Contractor

Why is Our Being a NARI Member Important to You?

Schroeder Design/Build is a long-standing member of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). In fact, joining the Washington D.C. Metro Region chapter 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 NARI membership important?” Let’s explore the many reasons why our being a NARI 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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Are We Ready for an Aging Population?

Are We Ready for an Aging Population?

The U.S. Census Bureau released demographics recently that contains some shocking statistics about whether our population in the U.S. is prepared to deal with the issues of aging in place as it pertains to housing. It asks, “Are we ready for an aging population?”

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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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Five Reasons Space Planning is Important When Remodeling

Five Reasons Space Planning is Important When Remodeling

A well designed remodeling project, whether within existing space or in new space such as an addition, starts with space planning.   Simply put, a space plan will address the needs of everyone who needs to use a space and although that may sound simple, it involves careful examination by a professional designer who can help you realize your remodeling dreams.  If you are hoping to improve your home’s beauty and functionality to better suit your lifestyle, a well-executed space plan can do just that. Read more

A Guide to Expanding Your Living Space Outdoors

Imagine this: you’re enjoying a refreshing summer breeze, the warmth of the sun, and taking in the colors of your garden from the privacy of your own backyard.  Sounds relaxing, doesn’t it? Often, when we think about expanding our home’s living space we focus too much on the interiors of our homes and forget about the beautiful setting that’s right outside our front and back doors. Open and screened porches, decks and patios are fantastic options to gain more living space and you can design it to suit whatever you like to do outdoors whether that be hosting barbecue parties, alfresco dining, soaking up the sun, stargazing, or sitting around a fire.  Read more

Checklist for Interviewing a Remodeling Contractor

Checklist for Interviewing a Remodeling Contractor

Once you’ve made the decision that you are ready to remodel your home, the first step is considering what firm to hire. Taking the time to interview and research each firm is extremely important and will ultimately help you select the firm best suited for you and your project. To assist you in the interviewing process, we’ve compiled a checklist of questions for you. Read more