Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Cabinet and hardware manufacturers continue devising new options to help organize your kitchen. As you plan a remodel, remember to discuss cabinet accessories with your designer ... they will help the efficiency and organization of your kitchen. Here are a few of the items to consider.

As we wrap up this blog series on range hoods, a few final aspects to consider are:

  • Range Hood Width -- Regardless of the type of range hood chosen, the range hood should be as wide ... or slightly wider ... than your cooktop. This provides a canopy, or capture area, that effectively traps the heat and impurities as they rise. For a 30" stove, the range hood width needs to be between 30" and 36."

The blower in a range hood is sized, or rated, by CFM ... the cubic feet of air moved per minute. It is important to correctly size a range hood based on your stove, room size, and ductwork. In this blog, we will look at ways to calculate the CFM requirements for your kitchen.

Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

Why Use a Professional Designer

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With most home remodeling projects, there are a myriad of decisions to make and a virtually endless number of choices.  One of these decisions is whether to use a professional kitchen/bath designer, or not.

Spiceland Wood Products believes professional designers add significant value to a kitchen or bath renovation. I am sure that is not surprising. Let me provide a few tangible reasons to support my bias for using a professional designer. Hopefully, these provide better understanding of the benefits a professional designer brings to home remodeling projects.

  • Redesigning your kitchen possesses a number of special challenges. Choices made throughout the project are both expensive and semi-permanent. When complete, you want the kitchen to meet your unique needs, function properly, and look as envisioned. A professional designer is trained to understand your vision and translate the vision into a well-functioning space. The designer's expertise ensures the end result reflects your style, works effectively, and fits within the budget.
  • Designers utilize the latest technology to provide drawings and renderings to help you visualize the space before any work starts. This helps refine the design and is used in decision making for various project components and fixtures. An example of a kitchen rendering is below.

  • Kitchen and bath designers can reduce costs by using more efficient cabinet layouts, awareness of lower-cost options, and avoiding expensive corrections or repairs to a poor design.
  • A professional designer is knowledgeable in kitchen and bath planning guidelines. Following these guidelines ensure meeting local building codes and safety regulations and makes the space more functional for you. Two examples include designing sufficient countertop space next to cooking surfaces and knee space for island seating areas.
  • The kitchen or bath being renovated may have design challenges ... numerous doorways or angled walls. Professional designers are trained to develop various options for these complex spaces that achieve desired functionality and aesthetics.
  • Designers work with you to consider all the details of a project. This includes developing the necessary drawings, paying attention to lighting and electrical requirements, and choosing cabinet hardware and finishes to enhance the final design.

While the above items are not an exhaustive list, a professional designer provides valuable assistance in creating an attractive space to meet your needs, maximizing the project's budget, and solving the challenges that may be encountered throughout the project.