Make Cabinets Your Kitchen's Focal Point

Let’s face it, times are tough. What was once a fluid real estate market, now has slowed in pace. More homeowners are staying in their homes, renovating and remodeling to increase resale value for a possible later sell date. And, a need home improvement overhaul goes a long way for consumer peace of mind.Take the kitchen, for example. Other than your bathrooms, the kitchen is the most used and heavily trafficked area in the home. The preparation and cooking of meals are more pronounced because of a family’s busy schedule. So why not infuse some much needed personality – and functionality – into the epicenter of your home with an upgrade. When deliberating over a kitchen makeover, homeowners traditionally consider new countertops first, followed by an appliance facelift….NOT SO FAST! Cabinets are where it’s at.It is better to choose cabinets first and make the countertops and paint complement the finish, then select hardware and accent accessories/glass afterward. Extreme dark finishes and light finishes can visually affect the room’s appearance positively, so the tops and other accent colors really can help direct the preferred styling.First and foremost, you need implementation of a solid design plan. Whether it is put new touches on existing cabinets or going the custom route, it is imperative to visualize the design concept.Ultimately, the cabinetry needs to be in line with the geometry of the kitchen. The working triangle – or the distance between the refrigerator/preparation area to the cooking area to the sink/cleanup area – is and always will be the key to designing an efficient kitchen.In our next few blogs we will go into detail about cabinet constructs, wood types, hardware accessories, drawers, and additional storage. Stay tuned…About Us: The Viking Craftsman Inc, award-winning contractor, combines true craftsmanship with personalized service. Specialties include additions, kitchens, bathrooms, home theaters, and outdoor living spaces in Plano, Frisco, McKinney, Richardson, Allen and Dallas, Texas.