Updated 2020, originally published in August 2015:
Granite and quartz counters, islands, and stainless steel continue to be popular with homeowners remodeling their kitchens in Northern Virginia, Suburban Maryland, and Washington DC. While remodeling using design approaches, materials, and appliances that appeal to most people may help improve your home’s resale value, Metro Building and Remodeling Group thinks remodeling your kitchen should be based on your needs and what you like.
We believe the kitchen you’ll love the most will be the one designed around how you use your kitchen, who uses your kitchen, what you cook, the activities you love the most, and of course your own design sensibilities. Your kitchen should be designed around YOU.
Here are some ideas to get you started.
Marble countertops are ideal for kneading dough and rolling flaky pastry but they’re easily stained by berries, vanilla, and lemon juice. The solution? Create a marble work station that’s lower in height than the other counters (thus perfect for working with dough) and then use engineered quartz (like Caesarstone) for the rest of the counters. The quartz offers the same cool-to-the-touch baking advantages but it’s far easier to maintain than marble.
You may prefer island workstations with plenty of “elbow room” for rolling dough. Everyone loves the easy to use, heavy-duty, slide-out, swing-up shelves that can lift heavy appliances like a stand mixer out of a lower cabinet and up to counter level. And then, when you are done, lower the appliance back into the cabinet. No heavy lifting is required and you’ve saved valuable counter space.
Or, you may prefer a baking center where large mixers can stay out on the counter. While appliance garages pull-down tambour doors to hide the appliances when not in use are not as popular now, they are still available. For storing flours, sugar, and other ingredients in deep pull-out drawers offer easier access than deep cabinets. Still, it’s good to include some deep cabinets for organizing large baking sheets, muffin tins, and racks. There are even narrow pull out cabinets you can access from both sides and where you can easily reach what you store in them. A double oven lets you bake in large batches and at different temperatures, and new ovens with steam injection are perfect for crisp, yet tender loaves of bread and pastry crusts. Plus many new ovens also come with convection heat features to assure an even temperature throughout the oven.