Chris Rapczynski’s 4 Tips for Updating Your Kitchen

4 Helpful Tips for Updating Your Kitchen

Your kitchen is one of the most important rooms in your house. No matter who you are or where you live, you undoubtedly spend a huge amount of time here, preparing meals on your own or entertaining friends and guests. And since so much time is spent in this one room, it’s always gratifying when you can improve its appearance to make it look and feel that much better.

If you’re curious where to start, here are some helpful kitchen upgrade tips for customizing this central gathering area so it’s even more elegant and eye-catching than ever!

Tip 1: How You Use Your Kitchen Matters

From our experience, the average kitchen lifespan is around 15 to 17 years. With this in mind, it’s a good rule of thumb to make your sure that any upgrade decisions you make will accommodate your actual lifestyle. After all, the way you use your kitchen on a daily basis should be your prime consideration when remodeling or upgrading it.

For example, do like to cook? Or do you generally eat out? If it’s the latter, you might be best suited to a kitchen that functions more as a gathering space versus a spacious cooking area. As far as appliances go, you could probably do without large double ovens and fancy ventilation options and instead opt for a larger refrigerator or more storage space. But let’s say you’re all about cooking at home. In this case, you’d probably want your kitchen equipped with chef-quality features that allow you to make those daily culinary creations like the pros.

Close-up overhead view of a collection of vegetables and fruits sitting on a wooden table

The same principle applies to your storage, counter space, and sitting areas. It’s all about what you will find the most useful and complement your lifestyle in the best possible way. Think about it: there’s no point in having a brand new, built-in, self-making coffee machine if you don’t even drink coffee!

If you need help determining which upgrade options will best suit your unique lifestyle, our designers would be happy to sit down and have an in-depth chat. That way, your new kitchen plan will be perfectly tailored to your preferences, ensuring you get everything you do want and nothing you don’t.

Tip 2: Be Wary of Passing Trends

The irony of kitchen design is that it’s very similar to clothing and fashion in a way. We frequently see styles from the 70s, 80s, and other decades come and go, and for the most part, they’ll come back around (most, anyway). That’s because there’s truly not a lot of variation regarding what’s physically possible when you’re renovating a kitchen, and that’s why we see so many trends from different eras get recycled, gain popularity again, and then fade away once more.

A timeless white kitchen style

So, if you’re looking for kitchen upgrade designs that are guaranteed to impress over time, it makes sense to steer clear (or at least be wary) of passing trends. “Here today, gone tomorrow” is never a mantra for home renovation! Instead, opt for more timeless and ubiquitous looks, additions, and upgrades that are sure to look as tasteful now as they will in a decade.

Tip 3: Find High-End Contractors Who Work with Dependable Companies

Since your kitchen is one of your most-used rooms, you want to make sure it leaves a lasting impression. So, when it comes to updating your kitchen appliances, don’t be afraid to ask about what companies or brands your contractors and designers like to work with.

A view of a kitchen's various cabinets, chairs, and other accessories

At Sleeping Dog Properties, Inc., we’re proud to collaborate with companies like Sub-Zero who are renowned for producing high-quality, innovative, and rigorously tested products that not only look great but function great. Why? Because we know it gives our customers peace of mind when they have the best contractors, designers, and products all working in unison to create the luxury kitchen of their dreams.

Tip 4: Want to Do Some Research on Your Own? Then Go for It!

Remember, it never hurts to do some exploring of your own beforehand, and this could include things that are as fun and easy as seeking out inspiration from Pinterest or magazines. In fact, when people come to us for custom kitchen remodels or upgrades, we always encourage this sort of back and forth!

I’ve found that it’s especially helpful when a client has an idea of what they want to accomplish but might not know how to articulate it. In these cases, pictures, articles, links, and anything else that can help us visualize what you want for your next custom kitchen upgrades can be incredibly beneficial!

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