The Kitchen Man Remodeling
If your current kitchen is 18 x 20 feet (360 square feet), try to imagine your new design within those constraints. Adding additional square footage can really drive the cost up, so imagine your space with nothing in it, and work from that bare canvas. At The Kitchen Man, we have tools and software to help you design not only the look you desire but the function to match the form.
Don’t underestimate the design effect of well-placed and high utility lighting. Low wattage options for accenting cabinetry and high-intensity spots to illuminate work areas can make a big difference in not only the appeal but the actual value of a remodeled kitchen. The Kitchen Man has vast experience in the lighting-as-design-element area and can offer suggestions during the planning stage that will shorten the construction phase, by having all hardware on hand before installation begins.
By all means be frugal, do not, however, be cheap. Substandard or cheaper quality materials will come back to bite you in more ways than one. You will not get the life you want out of your new kitchen and over time, those products or materials will deteriorate. They will diminish the value of your home and spoil the reason you remodeled in the first place, as an investment.