Part 4 in 4-Part Series
So far, in our four-part series on kitchen remodeling, we have discussed three basic ingredients to great kitchen renovation:
Getting Started: the all-important role that kitchens fill in family life – focusing on how to incorporate color trends into timeless kitchen design.
Counters & Flooring: interior decorating trends relative to surface selections for kitchen flooring and countertops.
Appliances: how appliances inform kitchen design.
This week, in our final kitchen redesign post, we will concentrate on fixtures, such as lighting, faucets and hardware.
Let there be Light
Until the early 1900’s, sunlight was the only form of lighting for most kitchens, until the wide adaption of the incandescent light bulb, which brought the kitchen out of the dark. Through the depression and war years and for a time after, austerity prompted many homes to have only one lighting source, usually over the cook-top area. As the energy crisis hit in the 70’s, the move to more energy-efficient fluorescent became the trend.
This bright overhead fluorescent often tucked into a dropped ceiling and was accompanied by under-cabinet lighting. But today’s kitchen lighting is designed to create a layered effect, with a warm, inviting atmosphere. The advancement of LED technology has brought range of color and longevity to general and task lighting in the kitchen. And don’t forget about under-cabinet lighting and natural light from skylights, both of which add dramatically to the overall aesthetic. (See examples from a Pasadena kitchen remodel.)
With so many styles and materials to choose from, you should start by examining the quality of the fixture – a faucet of solid brass construction will ensure its longevity. A few examples of available faucet-finishes, which are popular today, include brass, chrome, copper, matte finish, oil-rubbed metals, pewter, satin sheen or polished. With so many finishes and styles from which to choose, how will you know which direction to go? Your experienced design/build/remodeler will be able to steer you in the right direction. For example, if your tastes are more modern, you could consider touch-less or single-handled, streamlined, stainless or platinum faucets.
Get a Handle on it
Today, drawer pulls, handles and knobs come in all shapes, sizes and finishes. The potential options are as endless as your imagination and comprise various features that can alter the overall look of your kitchen. Whatever your aesthetic, the design-build approach used by Lotus Construction Group hones in on the perfect choice and enables us to create a work-friendly kitchen that fits within your home’s architectural context.
When it comes to complex projects like custom homes, kitchen renovations, additions or whole-house remodeling, Lotus Construction Group uses cutting-edge materials and construction techniques, and offers innovative ideas executed with flawless precision for seamless flow and timeless design. We would love to visit your home to discuss how we might create a comprehensive Design-Build Analysis, specific to your project’s needs. If the process sounds enticing, call (909) 621-1558 today to schedule a complementary appointment.