Remember bellbottom jeans? Trucker hats? Leg warmers? Yes, some things seem to be made just to go out of style so they can serve as a signpost for a particular era. Cherry cabinets, on the other hand, have sustained their popularity for centuries. Here are just a few reasons why homeowners have enjoyed cherry cabinets for so long, and why it continues to be an extremely popular choice.
Warm and Rich Color
Cherry wood is known in carpentry and woodworking circles for its warm, rich hues. It has a close wood grain that can feature beautiful variations like swirls, knots, and streaks that make it interesting and attractive. It also stains beautifully, providing a darker, weightier feel to the kitchen.
Cherry cabinets stand the test of time because the wood is durable without being overly dense. It has excellent shock absorbency and bending properties, and this flexibility helps improve its long-lasting qualities. While it is susceptible to scratching, these can usually be colored out with the application of an additional layer of staining.
An Affordable Investment
Cherry is not the cheapest cabinet wood on the market, but neither is it the most expensive. It hits that sweet spot of being a great investment in a long-lasting product that will beautify the kitchen for years without being too flashy or making a homeowner feel like they have to take out a second mortgage to afford it. Cherry cabinets are a testament to the fact that a true classic never goes out of style. From the 1700s to today, cherry cabinets remain a go-to for people looking for beautiful, affordable cabinets that will stand the test of time. At Kirkplan Kitchens, we can provide a range of remodeling services including cabinet installation on its own or as part of a custom kitchen remodel. View our gallery for examples of cherry cabinets in our recent projects, then call us at (941) 341-0401 to get a free quote.
In many homes, the kitchen is one of the busiest rooms, making it a great candidate for remodeling. But once a kitchen remodel is complete, there’s still a lot of organizational work that needs to be done. Here are a few tips for organizing all the dishes, cups, and cookware in new kitchen cabinets.
Decide What Stays and What Goes
From coffee mugs to cookware and wine glasses to cool gadgets, there’s no end to the list of things that fill the cabinets in most kitchens. It may be the hardest part of organizing after a kitchen remodel, but it’s very helpful to go through everything one by one and decide what should stay and what should go. When there’s less clutter, organizing everything into new cabinets will be a much simpler and more satisfying process.
Take Measurements and Install a Shelf Liner
Before putting a single plate or pan back into new cabinets, take measurements of all the available storage space to know exactly how much room is available and how each cabinet can be used efficiently. For example, vertical space can be maximized if larger cabinets are reserved for large items or stackable smaller items. And don’t forget to install shelf liners, which can help to protect more delicate items like glasses and china from chips and scratches.
Sort Items by Type
There are strategic ways to sort and place items into certain cabinets to maximize convenience later on. For example, it makes sense to store plates, glasses, and other similar items close together and keep them all close to the dishwasher for easy unloading. Similarly, larger pots, pans, and baking sheets are better off near the stove and oven, where they’re most likely to be used. Each kitchen is unique, so the cabinet organization should reflect how the room will be used most often. The design team at Kirkplan Kitchens wants to help you find your dream kitchen or bathroom. Learn more about our remodeling services with a look through our gallery, or call (941) 341-0401 today for a free quote.
Marie Kondo’s unique tidying method, documented in her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, was recently put to the test in a Netflix series. Now, many are wondering how to apply this minimalist method of cleaning and organizing to their own kitchen spaces.
The KonMari Philosophy
The KonMari tidying concept is a one-size-fits-all cleaning method that systematically tackles clutter. The first step in this method is to discard unwanted items or items that don’t “spark joy.” For example, old whisks or kitchen appliances that never really get used should be donated or discarded before the second step of organizing. KonMari also places heavy emphasis on being mindful and practical while still respecting the home and “thanking” items before discarding them.
Implementing KonMari in the Kitchen
To begin, consider making organizing an event and setting aside a day to complete it. After the first “deep clean” declutter, it will be easier to maintain a clean kitchen. Begin by letting go of unused items, like broken or worn-out appliances or highly specified kitchen tools that the household rarely actually uses. From there, organize the space. Kondo highly suggests using compartment organizers and ensuring that everything can be seen at all times. That is, the moment one drawer is opened, it should be easy to know the entirety of its contents. In addition to making decluttering easier, this also prevents homeowners from accidentally purchasing products they already have. Maintaining a regular decluttering schedule will keep a kitchen looking like it was newly remodeled.
Clean the Whole Home
Finally, according to Kondo’s method, it’s impossible to successfully organize the kitchen without organizing the home in its entirety. This is because clutter tends to leak from one room to the next. Instead, Kondo suggests tackling categories instead of rooms: clothing, books, papers, Komono (miscellaneous items), and, finally, mementos or items that have sentimental value. Although it may be more practical to focus on rooms sometimes, looking at a home as a big picture can help prevent clutter from re-accumulating over time. There’s no better time to implement the KonMari method than after a kitchen remodel when you have a fresh start. For more information about our remodeling services, call Kirkplan Kitchens at (941) 341-0401 today or contact us online for a free quote.
During a custom kitchen remodel, homeowners can consider installing a kitchen island as part of the room’s new look. Islands can complement other design elements, and they also offer additional space for cooking, washing, or dining. Here are a few tips for choosing the right kitchen island.
The Island’s Design Must Fit the Space
Not all kitchens have enough space to accommodate large or unusually-shaped islands. A good rule of thumb is to make sure that an island has at least three or four feet of space on all sides to allow room for foot traffic. If the island will also include space for people to sit and eat, there will need to be additional room on that side for the countertop’s overhang and chairs.
Consider How the Island Will Be Used
Homeowners often focus on visual design elements during a custom kitchen remodel, but it’s also important to consider how each item and space in the new kitchen will be used every day. Some islands are small and simple and are mainly for dining and socializing, while others are outfitted with sinks, cooking elements, and other features intended for food preparation. An island’s functional needs will ultimately determine its overall look and space requirements.
Choose an Island Design That Suits the Room
There are many ways to customize the look of a kitchen island so that it suits the room’s other design elements. Should it be rectangular, square, L-shaped, or U-shaped? Will it have the same countertops and cabinets as the rest of the kitchen, or will it have its own unique style? A kitchen remodeling expert will be able to help when it comes to choosing an island design that suits the new room. If you need the assistance of a remodeling expert, the designers at Kirkplan Kitchens in Sarasota have the knowledge and experience to make your dream kitchen or bathroom a reality. View our gallery of past projects to gain an idea of how your home can benefit from our services.