At Diamond Builders, we think remodeling should give you more than what “other people” like. While it’s easy to research and find what’s popular for kitchen remodels in the Metro Charlotte area, we believe the kitchen you’ll love the most is the one that’s custom-designed for your style and the activities you love the most.
Marble countertops are ideal for kneading dough and rolling flaky pastry, but they’re easily stained. A solution is to create a marble work station that’s lower in height than the other counters (thus perfect for working with dough). Then use engineered quartz (such as Silestone or Zodiac®) that’s easier to maintain for the rest of the counter surfaces.
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Island workstations provide plenty of elbow room for rolling dough. A heavy duty slide-out shelf can lift a stand mixer out of a lower cabinet up to counter level and send it back when you’re done with it. No heavy lifting is required, and you’ve saved valuable counter space. For storing flours, sugar and other ingredients, drawers offer easier access than cabinets. Still, it’s good to include some cabinets specifically for organizing large baking sheets, muffin tins and cooling racks. A double oven lets you bake in large batches and at different temperatures, and new ovens with steam injection are perfect for crisp yet tender breads and pastry crusts.
Your dream gourmet kitchen needs several types of lighting, counter heights and work surfaces. Butcher block may not be right for all your countertops, but it makes a perfect inset for a chopping station that’s also designed to keep knives handy.
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You may want to plan the kitchen so several cooks have room to work, but consider keeping the central prep area small enough so you can be most efficient when cooking alone. If you use lots of fresh ingredients, a bottom-freezer refrigerator raises fresh food to eye level. French door models solve the problem of side-by-side refrigerators that may be too narrow to accommodate large platters, while keeping the convenience of two narrow doors instead of one large door. An extra water faucet at the stove makes filling heavy pasta and stock pots a breeze!
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Dreaming of a luxurious, but cozy, kitchen? Stainless steel continues to be popular for appliances, but new darker finishes (like those from Jenn-Air) offer warmer choices for more traditional kitchen décor. For a welcoming, “furnished” feel, leave room for comfortably upholstered armchairs around the table, consider a built-in refrigerator and dishwasher with cabinet-front insets, and set the kitchen island off with different finishes than the cabinets. Plus, you can use furniture flourishes like table legs or open shelves. To keep your kitchen comfortable — and accessible — for everyone, consider including a variety of counter heights sized for adults, kids and friends or family with limited mobility.
What’s Your Dream Kitchen?
A kitchen for entertaining? A kid-friendly kitchen? We’d be happy to share some ideas and new products to keep in mind as you begin to think about how to turn what you love into a kitchen you’ll love for years to come. Just give us a call and we’ll talk about turning your dream kitchen into reality!