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The Kitchens of Tomorrow: Your 2022 Kitchen Remodel Checklist

The kitchen of tomorrow is nearly here. As builders and architects continue to find new ways to improve kitchen design, homeowners are finding themselves with more options than ever before. This kitchen remodel checklist will help you keep track of everything that needs to be done for your kitchen renovation in the year 2022!

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It’s important to think about kitchen layout, kitchen features, and how these two will impact your life in 2022 when deciding what type of kitchen remodel to have done. In this blog post, we’ll look at some common questions that people ask themselves before starting their kitchen remodel project so that you can make an informed decision!

Traditional, Modern, or Transitional

First, you have to decide on the style of your future kitchen. Traditional kitchen designs are often characterized by a kitchen space that is defined by its cabinetry and countertops. The kitchen tends to be divided into cooking, cleaning, and storage spaces.


If you’re looking for something a little more on the new end of kitchen design, then consider having your kitchen designed with modern appliances. A lot has changed over the past few years! Some examples are adaptable kitchen countertops that can be slid out to become an extra surface, dish kitchen designs tend to be sleek and streamlined. Modern kitchens are often characterized as being sleek and spacious with clean lines and lots of open countertop space.

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There are also kitchen design styles that fall somewhere in between, such as “traditional with a twist” or “modern but cozy”. Transitional kitchen designs can be described as having elements of both traditional and modern kitchens. They may have more open space than traditional kitchens but also include defined areas for cooking, cleaning, and storage.

Choose Your Layout

The L-shaped kitchen layout is a popular kitchen design that combines functionality with style. This kitchen layout is perfect for families who like to cook and entertain guests at the same time. It has both a kitchen island and peninsula, which provides plenty of counter space and storage. Additionally, the kitchen island can be utilized as a breakfast bar or dining area.


In a U-shaped kitchen, three walls are made up of built-in cabinetry and appliances. The fourth wall becomes the cutting edge for all these features to meet together as if they were one continuous piece creating a ‘U’ shape.


A galley kitchen’s layout is characterized by two parallel countertops that incorporate a walking area in between. Because the space can appear small, it makes sense to choose light colors so you don’t feel cramped. Of course, there are many more layouts to choose from!


Walls and Floors

When remodeling your kitchen, you’ll need to choose your kitchen floors and walls. Wall materials come in a variety of types, including wood, tile, and drywall. Kitchen floors can be made of a variety of materials, such as wood, tile, or linoleum.


When choosing kitchen walls and floors, it’s important to consider both your budget and your lifestyle. If you have kids or pets, you’ll want to choose a material that is easy to clean and durable. If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to choose a less expensive material like vinyl or linoleum.


Wood is a popular choice because it is both attractive and durable. However, wood can be expensive and difficult to maintain. Tile kitchen walls are another popular option because tile is easy to clean and can add a decorative touch. Kitchen floors made of linoleum or vinyl are generally less expensive than wood, but they tend not to be very durable.


When choosing kitchen floors, it’s important that you select a material with the appropriate height for your needs. If you plan to have a lot of kitchen appliances on the floor, you’ll need a material that is thick and durable. If you’re looking for a more decorative option, you may want to choose a material like a tile or stone.


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Cabinets and Countertops

Kitchen cabinets are one of the most important parts of a kitchen remodel. They can make or break the look of your kitchen, so it’s important to choose the right ones. For your new kitchen, we recommend going with white shaker cabinets. Not only do they look timeless and elegant, they also provide a perfect canvas for designing your kitchen in any desired style! For more inspiration on white shaker cabinets, make sure you check out our amazing collection.


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Choosing kitchen countertops can be tricky. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Kitchen countertops should be easy to clean and maintain and they should blend nicely with your kitchen cabinets. Your new countertops should also be durable and withstand heat and moisture.


When it comes time for your kitchen remodel, one of the most important decisions you’ll make is what type of lighting to choose. Ambient light provides overall illumination in a space, task lighting helps you see what you’re doing while cooking or cleaning, and accent lighting can be used to highlight specific features or objects in the kitchen.


Knowing what kitchen task lighting will work best for you is key to having the kitchen of your dreams:

  • If you mostly cook at night, overhead kitchen lighting might not be bright enough for you and it can also create shadows that make cooking more difficult. A pendant light or hanging fixture over a center island or eating space could provide the right amount of light.
  • If you do a lot of baking, you’ll need bright task lighting near the countertops. Recessed kitchen lighting or track lights are good choices for this type of activity.
  • If you like to entertain, accent lighting can be used to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Wall sconces, floor lamps, or pendant lights can be used to add light and style to your kitchen.


Installing new water lines for a sink or dishwasher is usually the job of professionals. They should also match your aesthetic choices, which range from modern to traditional and more depending on what you want!

Appliances and Finishing Touches

Once you’ve done everything above, start thinking about what appliances you want in your kitchen update – there are lots of options these days that will help simplify life for busy families looking for smart kitchen updates.


If your kitchen is chaotic at times because everyone in the family seems to be doing something different, think about buying appliances that will help simplify life. Appliances with multiple functions can save you time and energy in the kitchen. For example, a slow cooker can cook your dinner while you’re at work or a dishwasher that lets you wash dishes and dry them quickly can take care of the post-meal cleanup!


If your kitchen is on the smaller side, there are plenty of appliances out there that can help you make the most of the space. For example, kitchen islands with hidden appliances and cutting boards can help maximize the space you do have. Many of these kitchen remodels are equipped to handle all kinds of cooking, including microwaving meals or baking cookies!



Final Thoughts


Planning out your dream kitchen can be an exciting process, but it’s not without its challenges. There are many things to take into consideration when you’re planning for the perfect space- from what materials will work best in each situation all the way through to design considerations like color schemes and storage options. If you have any questions on kitchen design, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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