A Whole New Approach To Kitchens


Are you interested in redoing your kitchen? Have no fear. The House Whisperer created the ultimate checklist for you as you start this remodel.

1. A new trend - The Democratization of Design

• Use Pinterest, Houzz, HGTV, DIY for inspiration

• Plenty of design exposure but no design instruction

2. Kitchen elements are evolved and improved

• Full extension, high weight drawers

• Hidden soft close hinges

• Dovetail drawers

• Stable plywood boxes and melamine interiors

• Soft close drawer glides

• Blind corner solutions

3. The best kitchens are designed by those who use them

• Nowhere is minimalism more important

• Kitchens are places for essentials, not random house storage

• Flow is more important than size

4. Not all kitchen elements have evolved

• Counter top heights

• Kicks

• Traditional drawer and door configuration

• Traditional upper-lower configuration

• Monotone color schemes

• Storage maximized at the expense of style

• Irrationality of the traditional backsplash

• Closeted pantries

• General lighting

5. The Freedom of New Approaches

• Multi-height counters

• Streamlined storage needs + improved capacity = more room for design elements

• Furniture legs or deep off-color kicks

• Large pot drawers for dishes in base cabinets

• Uppers only as necessary

• Multi-material, multi-color

• Full splashes where splashes happen, dams elsewhere

• Full height pantries

• Proper workspace lighting, kick lighting, pier lighting, interior lighting

For more information, listen to Dean explain it all below:

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