Kitchens are notoriously tricky to design and decorate. You need to consider style, function and convenient storage all at the same time. Because choosing a kitchen design & all of the finishes that balance these elements can be challenging, getting a St. Louis kitchen remodeling & design expert on your side is a great first step.
If you opt to work with a design & remodeling company like Youtopia Designs (and we hope that you do), we’d love to meet with you for an hour at no charge to talk about your kitchen design style, budget, and timeframe. It’s important that you consider the primary use cases for your kitchen and also what types of finishes might be best for those specific use cases.
For example….do you cook a lot? This may seem very basic, but you’d be surprised at how many St. Louis kitchen remodeling projects are completed without even thinking about the long term ease of use and functionality. Or maybe you have kids and you’d like to offer them an eat up island? Islands are “in” right now, and I mean BIG islands. But if you want one, will it 1. fit in the budget and 2. will you actually use it?
A reputable St. Louis interior designer will be able to help you answer these kinds of questions.
Once of the great things about working with us is that you will be able to get assistance with selecting every finish. We then take those selections, ensure they fit within your budget, and prepare a 3D presentation for you. It would look something like this…
And we don’t just give you one angle, we give you several…
We want you to feel 100% confident in the design BEFORE you start purchasing finish materials and demo. This is why you work with a design AND remodeling company and not just a general remodeling contractor. 😉
We work with some of the top St. Louis kitchen remodeling contractors hand in hand so that you don’t have to worry about selecting a “nightmare contractor”. You hear so many horror stories about homeowners working with contractors who do shoddy remodeling work. Lucky for you, we have worked with dozens! And now, only the BEST “survived” in a way.
We invite 2-3 of these great kitchen remodeling contractors to come give you a bid based on our design. We then work in tandem with you, the St. Louis kitchen remodeling contractor you select, and an architect IF NEEDED to complete your project. And because we work with these contractors multiple times a year (often times multiple projects a month) we know their process and they know ours. This leads to FASTER turn around times for your St. Louis kitchen remodel!
If this all sounds like it might be a fit for you then it’s time to give us a call. You will get to speak with our lead designer and owner Candice Wideman about your project. If it still feels like working with a St. Louis kitchen designer might be a fit for you, then the next step is the free design consultation. And if that goes well, we write up a very simple contract detailing all of the expectations.
WE DO NOT charge hourly fees and let projects stay “open ended”. We bid our work. Be cautious of any local interior designer here in St. Louis pitching you on an hourly deal. How will they track those hours? How will you effectively budget when you have no idea how many hours will be eaten up?
When you work with Youtopia Designs we stick to budgets. If you have 25k, or 50k, or even 150k, that’s fine. We help you determine what will be realistic for your space and your budget and that INCLUDES our design fees, materials, and construction costs. You then know exactly what to expect and so do we. That’s how we like our projects to run!
Give us a call today if you are ready to get started with your free consultation OR continue reading below to learn more about how to properly complete a kitchen remodeling project in the St. Louis, MO area!
Choosing a St. Louis Kitchen Remodeling & Design Company
There are several factors to consider when choosing a kitchen style. From flooring to ceiling fixtures, all elements needs to be coordinated to create your dream kitchen. Here are a few things to keep in mind when decorating.
Kitchen tiles can set the style tone of the entire room. They are available in many different patterns and colors. When choosing tiles, it is always wise to keep the size of your kitchen in mind. This is because lighter tiles can make small spaces look larger while darker options create a more intimate setting.
Cabinets serve two primary purposes. The first is to add style and the second is storage space. Like tiles, kitchen cabinets also come in a variety of designs and can be made with anything from wood to glass. You also need to decide whether you want cabinets to have raised, recessed or flat paneled doors.
In addition to styling your kitchen, cabinets also provide storage. Depending on the kitchen styles you prefer, you can make cabinets as large or as compact as you want. If you have a need for more storage, consider floor to ceiling cabinets to store appliances, cookware, crockery and foodstuffs comfortably.
Every kitchen needs a sturdy counter or tabletop. The design you choose will depend largely on the style and layout of the room. While some kitchens are large enough to accommodate wide countertops, others can save space by installing islands.
The look of your countertop or table is not the only thing you should consider. Sturdiness should be a determining factor as well. Whether you prefer granite, steel or ceramic, make sure your countertop can withstand repetitive use.
Have you considered where your stove and oven will be positioned? If cooking equipment is built in, you might need to decorate around it. If not, you want your equipment to be placed where they are most accessible, safe and convenient.
If you need help working out the best position for your stove, oven and other major appliances, consult a kitchen designer in St. Louis for an expert opinion.
The type of flooring in your kitchen can either add or reduce depth. It depends on whether you want the floor to match the walls or create a contrasting effect. Ceramic floors are currently the most popular choice but you take the unbeaten path and go with laminates or even wooden floors.
To add finishing touches to your kitchen décor, opt for accessories that compliment your design style. Accessories include everything from faucets and sinks to appliances and light fixtures. Choosing the final furnishings is a chance to add a hint of color, show off pieces or round up a look.
Finding Kitchen Design Ideas
Thanks to the internet, kitchen designs and décor ideas are just a click away. A quick web search can lead you to top interior design websites and blogs. There, you can find useful guides to contemporary styles.
Another great tip is to create your own catalog. Download and print pictures of whatever inspires you and put together a portfolio. You can then share these ideas with an interior designer, fine tune your vision and work on a strategy to make your dream kitchen a reality.
We also always recommend looking on HOUZZ. With over 5 million pictures in total, it doesn’t matter what space you are remodeling you will get inspired quickly (and maybe a little distracted while at work but that’s ok right?)
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