Planning Your South Hills Kitchen Remodel: What to Know

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Remodeling your kitchen in South Hills Pittsburgh can be an ultimate game-changer for your home and family. It’s one of the busiest rooms in a home and a dated, cramped, unorganized kitchen doesn’t make cooking fun. Before you get out that hammer and take a swing at your old cabinets, let’s talk about what you need to know to make your kitchen remodel a roaring success.

Kitchen Style Inspirations: What’s Your Vibe?

The very first thing we need to think of when planning a kitchen remodel is design style. Decide on a style that reflects your family’s lifestyle, taste, and complements the rest of your home.

Modern Farmhouse

Combines rustic charm with modern amenities. Think white Shaker cabinets, a farmhouse sink, and a mix of wood and metal accents.

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Rustic Cabin

Embrace natural materials like wood and stone. This typically involves earthy tones and rugged finishes that bring the outdoors in.

Mid-Century Modern

Characterized by clean lines, geometric patterns, and bold colors. Flat-panel cabinets and retro-inspired fixtures work well here.

Coastal Vibe

Light, airy, and relaxed. Use soft blues, whites, and sandy neutrals. Shiplap walls and driftwood accents can add a beachy feel.

Industrial Chic

Think exposed brick, metal beams, and reclaimed wood. Industrial chic blends raw, unfinished elements with modern touches. Opt for stainless steel appliances, Edison bulb lighting, and concrete countertops to achieve that edgy, urban look.

Traditional Elegance

Classic and timeless, traditional elegance features rich wood tones, ornate details, and a cohesive color palette. Think cherry wood cabinets, marble countertops, and intricate moldings. This style often incorporates antique fixtures and luxurious finishes to create a sophisticated, enduring appeal.

Scandinavian Simplicity

Embrace minimalist design with a focus on functionality and simplicity. Scandinavian kitchens often feature light wood, white surfaces, and clean lines. Incorporate plenty of natural light, and add a few pops of color through accessories or plants to keep the space feeling fresh and airy.

Your Individual Style

If none of the above applies to you and your family, no worries. Our design team can zero in on your unique kitchen style and incorporate finishes and materials that reflect your perfect space.

Open Concept Kitchen: Breaking Down Walls

When you’re in the kitchen and you have friends or family visiting, do you feel left out of the conversation? Then you may want an open concept kitchen. It’s a wonderful way to create more entertaining space and eliminate family separation.

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Removing a Load Bearing Wall

First things first, if you’re wanting to remove a load-bearing wall, you need professionals that understand all things open concept. It’s not just about taking a sledgehammer to the wall, unless you like your ceiling on the floor. This job requires a seasoned remodeling general contractor and a structural engineer’s input to make sure your home doesn’t collapse. Luckily for you, we at AKN Interiors have the expertise in this load-bearing department.

Adding a Kitchen Island

When planning your kitchen remodel and envisioning that perfect island, it’s Important to think about how it will be used. Are you day-dreaming of a space where you can food prep? Do you see your island as a place for a spread of appetizers while entertaining? Or perhaps you see it as a social hub, where friends gather around with wine glasses in hand while you play hostess with the mostest.

Sink or No Sink? That Is the Question

Adding a sink into your kitchen island can elevate your cleanup game. You not only have a convenient spot for washing hands and rinsing produce without turning your back on the action. However, it also means plumbing considerations and potentially higher costs. If your culinary style involves lots of chopping, dicing, and marinating, a sink could be worth the investment. On the flip side, if you envision the island primarily as a prep station or a place for guests to perch with cocktails, skipping the sink can leave more uninterrupted counter space for all your culinary endeavors.

Wood or Paint? Decisions, Decisions

Next up, the aesthetic appeal: do you want a natural wood finish that brings warmth and a touch of rustic charm, or are you leaning towards a sleek, painted island cabinet that can add a pop of color? Wood can offer a timeless, classic look, while painted cabinets allow for more customization in color and style. Think about the overall vibe of your kitchen.

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Think About Kitchen Lighting

Lighting can make or break your kitchen’s vibe. When planning your kitchen remodel, you’ll need to think about all the lighting options.

Pendant Lights

Pendant lights create a beautiful focal point over an island or a kitchen peninsula. With the endless selections, any kitchen design can be achieved with the proper pendant lights.

Recessed Lighting

Most homeowners opt for recessed lighting during their kitchen remodel for its ability to provide bright, even illumination without intruding on the design style. They’re perfect for creating a well-lit workspace, ensuring you can see every detail as you chop, stir, and sauté.

Under Cabinet Lighting

Under cabinet lighting adds a touch of sophistication and ambiance to your kitchen. It creates a warm, inviting glow that highlights your backsplash and countertops. Plus, with options like LED strips or puck lights, you can customize the intensity and light color to suit your mood or time of day.

Adding GFCI and USB Outlets

Does your home lack in outlets? During a kitchen in older homes, we’ve had to update the dated kitchen outlets to add GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) to prevent electrical shocks. While we were at it, we also added some USB outlets which are perfect for charging devices and keeping your kitchen clutter-free.

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Customizing Your Kitchen Cabinets

This is one of the most exciting parts of a kitchen remodel-planning the cabinetry. During this phase, we will sit with you and your family to get a good sense of how you want to use your new kitchen.

Choosing Cabinet Styles

From Shaker to flat-panel, your cabinet style sets the tone for your kitchen. Shaker cabinets are versatile and work well in both traditional and modern kitchens. Flat-panel cabinets, with their sleek lines, are perfect for a contemporary look. Glass-front cabinets can showcase your dishware and add a touch of elegance.

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Cabinet Drawers or Doors

When it comes to storage, the choice between drawers and doors can make your storage life easier. Drawers are fantastic for easy access to pots, pans, and utensils, eliminating the need for deep diving under the cabinets. They can be customized to include dividers and organizers, making them incredibly versatile. Cabinet doors, on the other hand, can hide larger appliances and offer a more streamlined look. Consider what you’ll be storing and how often you’ll need to access it. You can choose a mix of both if you want the best of both worlds!

Pull-Out Spice Drawers and Drawer Microwaves

Special features like pull-out spice drawers, garbage drawers, and a drawer microwave can make your kitchen more functional. No more rummaging for the cumin or bending to access the microwave. These features keep everything within easy reach and make your kitchen more user-friendly.

Special Cabinet Storage Options

Do you have small appliances that you’d like to put away when they’re not being used? Do you wish you had more storage for your boxed and can groceries? You are not alone. Another popular request is an appliance garage to house those everyday use appliances and keep the countertops free of clutter. A built in custom pantry cabinet with roll out drawers on the bottom and adjustable shelving on the top is a great option for large families with bigger grocery store trips.

Glass or Mirror Upper Cabinets

Here’s a little kitchen design idea. If you find a wall of your kitchen with more than enough cabinet uppers, a great way to soften the look is by installing glass uppers. Now, yes, we know this forces many families to keep their nicer dishes on display, but if you do have dinnerware that your proud of, it’s a wonderful look. Now, for those families that just don’t have the time to keep everything behind the cabinet tidy, mirrored uppers gives you the same affect but with a bonus-it reflects light making the space look bigger.

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Countertops, Flooring, and Backsplash: The Finishing Touches

Now it’s time to think about other major players in a kitchen remodel. The stone, the tile, and the backsplash.

Countertop Options

Quartz, granite, and butcher block are popular choices for kitchen remodels. Quartz is a clean look that is durable and low-maintenance, granite gives a natural stone look, and butcher block gives a warm, rustic feel. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the choices, don’t worry, our design team can help steer you in the right direction to select the exact look and feel for your kitchen.

Flooring Choices

Go for something that can withstand spills and heavy foot traffic. Hardwood floors add warmth, tile is easy to clean, and luxury vinyl plank offers durability with a wide range of styles.

Backsplash Ideas

Your backsplash is a great place to add personality. Subway tiles are a classic choice, but don’t shy away from patterns or bold colors. A herringbone or mosaic pattern can make your kitchen stand out.

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Kitchen Appliances

When planning a kitchen remodel, considering the size and style of your appliances is also important. Appliances are the workhorses of your kitchen, and their dimensions must fit seamlessly into your new layout. Oversized refrigerators or ranges can dominate the space, making it feel cramped, while too-small appliances might not meet your culinary needs. We work closely with our clients to carefully measure and help them think about how each appliance will integrate with their cabinets, countertops, and overall flow. For instance, a large double oven might be perfect for a passionate baker, but it needs adequate space and ventilation.

The style of your appliances also plays a significant role in the kitchen’s aesthetic. Stainless steel appliances are a popular choice for a sleek, modern look, while matte black or white finishes can create a chic, understated vibe. If you’re going for a rustic or farmhouse style, retro-inspired appliances with colorful finishes might be the perfect touch. Matching your appliances to your cabinet hardware and fixtures can create a cohesive look that elevates the entire space. Remember, your kitchen’s style should reflect your personality and meet your functional needs.

Adding Special Features: Make It Unique

Another thing to think about when planning your kitchen remodel is whether you will want anything that is unique to your family?

Beverage Coolers and Custom Appliances

Install a beverage cooler for wine, sodas, or even fancy mineral water. Consider smart appliances that can be controlled with your phone—perfect for tech-savvy homeowners.

Personalized Touches

Personalize your space with features that suit your lifestyle. Love baking? Consider a marble countertop section for rolling out dough. Have a green thumb? Add a herb garden window.

AKN Interiors Can Help You Plan and Build the Perfect Kitchen for Your South Hills Home

At AKN Interiors, we understand that planning a kitchen remodel can be both exciting and overwhelming for South Hills, Pittsburgh homeowners. That’s why we’re here to help with every aspect of your project, from initial design concepts to the final finishing touches. Our team of experienced professionals will guide you through selecting the perfect appliances, choosing stylish yet functional materials, and creating a layout that maximizes your space. With our expertise and dedication to quality, we’ll transform your kitchen into a beautiful, functional hub that reflects your unique style and meets your everyday needs.

Contact us today to talk about your wish list for your kitchen remodel.

AKN Interiors proudly provides home remodeling services in the following areas: Mount Lebanon, Upper Saint Clair, Peters Township, Bethel Park, McMurray, Baldwin, Whitehall, South Hills, and Dormont.