Kitchen remodeling in Atlanta

With a variety of layouts, design elements, and finishes to choose from in your kitchen, we understand there is a lot to consider when taking on such an intricate remodel. Incorporating your personal tastes, our designers work diligently to help shape the design of your new kitchen with modern amenities, incorporating your specific style, ensuring no small detail is overlooked. We've created this page to incorporate all aspects of a kitchen remodel and make your search for relevant information easier.

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Kitchen Examples in Atlanta

Harmonizing the balance between the old and the new is the first consideration when approaching kitchen remodeling in Atlanta, GA historic homes. Each home and owner demands different considerations. Discovering and showcasing the personality of your historic home kitchen is a matter of identifying the right designer and remodeling company for the job. Since 2003, Copper Sky has specialized in Victorian and Craftsman-era home remodeling in Atlanta, GA, and is well-versed in reviving the unique character of historic home kitchens.Perhaps the most signature feature of historic homes is hardwood flooring, making them well worth preserving. By setting your hardwood floors against white countertops, tile and trim, you'll make your historic floors the central feature of your kitchen leaving you with a modern kitchen without detracting from the historic charm.

But kitchen remodeling in an Atlanta, GA, historic home isn’t just about reviving old charm. It’s also about infusing the space with a new and complementary swagger that reflects its owners’ temperament. Some homeowners prefer an elegant kitchen, while other prefer a pop of personality which can be accomplished through colorful islands, unique backsplashes and quirky finishes.

Preserving a kitchens original atmosphere is another way to create a beautiful kitchen without losing historic charm. In keeping with the grandiose gravity of historic homes, create a kitchen that features solid cabinetry a shade darker in tone than its adjacent flooring. For a touch of modern edge, introduce stainless steel appliances, gray granite countertops, and echoing metal drawer pulls. Sometimes, no matter how much you want to keep historic details, they don't provide the functionality you desire and you'll need to create new installations. Balancing your modern design incorporation within an older home can be tricky, but incorporating texture can help the eye travel through the kitchen. If you decide to start new in your kitchen, think about adding new "old" design elements such as a half moon counter layout, gridded window or double wide stove to provide subtle reminders of classic designs.For a more extensive repertoire of uniquely-crafted kitchens, visit Copper Sky’s kitchen remodel photo gallery.

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ROI of a Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen renovations are consistently ranked among the most financially advantageous investments for substantive home remodels. But what exactly is the number breakdown on the initial cost of a kitchen remodel and its overall return?

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National Averages: According to U.S. News and World Report, national averages for kitchen remodel returns come in at 66%. Although the full cost is not recouped, real estate agents often advise home buyers to go ahead and make the investment since updated kitchens are among the first features home buyers look for and are even coming to expect. Here are some more specific ROI figures you can expect from a renovated kitchen in Atlanta, GA.
  • Midrange, Minor Kitchen Remodel - The average ROI for minor kitchen renovations in Atlanta is much higher than the national average. In 2017, home owners who spent $20,612 on minor, midrange kitchen remodels an ROI of 74.4%, according to Remodeling’s Cost vs Value report.
  • Midrange, Major Kitchen Remodel - For slightly more extensive kitchen remodels, Atlanta, GA, home owners spent an average of $62,208 on labor and materials and realized an overall ROI of 59.7%.
  • Upscale Kitchen Remodel - Higher-end kitchen remodels in Atlanta, GA, typically cost an average of $123,584. This type of investment generates an average ROI of 56.3%.
 
If you plan to resell, prospective home buyers will be likely to pay more overall for a home with an outstanding kitchen than one with a mediocre finish. If you plan to keep your home, you will want to feel comfortable in what is potentially the most important room and to make it a place where you will spend time with family, friends, and food.

Cost

Keep in mind that each remodel is different. The price of yours will depend on the size of your kitchen and the scope of your project, so don’t hesitate to contact your remodeling company and ask them how your project goals will shape your expenditures. Nevertheless, these figures are area-specific and will give you a benchmark to begin planning your budget:
  • Minor, Midrange Kitchen Remodel - This cost comes in at an average of $21,230 and is based on a 200-square-foot kitchen with 30 linear feet of cabinets and countertops. 
  • Major, Midrange Kitchen Renovation - Based on the same space of 200-square-foot dimensions. This remodel comes in at an average of $64,074 and includes new cabinets and other upgrades.
  • Major, Upscale Kitchen Remodel - In your 200-square-foot kitchen, 30 linear feet of top-of-the line, custom cherry cabinets. Stone countertops and ceramic or glass tile backsplashes are also added for a total of $127,292.

2018 Atlanta Home Remodeling Cost Report

Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to kitchen design and remodeling, perhaps a few of us have planned exactly what kind of custom cabinets we want. But for most us, we don’t necessarily know what we like until we see it.White painted cabinets have been popular for a long time, but now, cabinets painted with deep, saturated tones are in favor. For those who want to maintain a brighter look, pastels and various hues of blue are also in. Shaker cabinets are by no means a new trend—they’ve been a predominant cabinet style choice for a long time and are not likely to disappear in the new year, though their painted sheen gives them a fresh presentation.Homeowners are sometimes reluctant to remodel because they don’t wish to risk losing their home’s architectural charm. 

At Copper Sky, we recognize the importance of preserving this historicity while introducing efficient functionality. We specialize in integrating modern utility with original aesthetics. In other words, we’re here to say you can have your cake and eat it too!Here are a few ways to modernize your historic home's kitchen while keeping that old charm.
  • Add Design Depth to End Panels - Install some unique, quarter-sawn, inset cabinets. And pay special attention to finishing them with fine detail, adding paneled craftsmanship to the exposed ends.
  • Don't Be Afraid of Color - Home owners opt only for the classic beauty of safe neutrals, not necessarily because they prefer them, but because they’re timid about incorporating statement colors.
  • Get Creative with Your Materials - Most hardwood cabinets are made from maple, oak, cherry, birch, hickory, and knotty pine. But if you’re looking at custom cabinets, it’s worth entertaining ideas on incorporating creative styles and materials into your cabinetry.

Kitchen Storage

Clutter is the enemy of creativity, and your kitchen is the last place you’ll want to face it. That doesn’t mean you have to donate all your favorite gadgets to the local charity, though. It just means you’ll want to think through how best to arrange your space for maximum efficiency and enjoyment during your next cooking spree. Here are some great organizational ideas that maximize your storage space and add ease to your work flow for your kitchen remodeling in Atlanta, GA.

  • Hide Appliances - Find ways to tuck small appliances such as your Kitchen-Aid, coffee pot, or microwave as to not clutter your countertop.
  • Wall Pull-Out Drawers and Drawer Dividers - Long and narrow open-sided drawers ideal for small item organization. consider placing dividers in deep drawers to serve as vertical storage slots for baking pans, muffin pans, cutting boards, and casserole dishes.
  • The Dreaded Corner Cabinet - The most common solution is the classic, lazy Susan interior. A more modern and elegant solution is a fully-extendable, pull-out solution like Hafele’s Magic Corner I, Magic Corner II, and LeMans II Set that enable you to utilize every bit of your storage space without discomfort.

Working with a Kitchen Designer

For any kitchen renovation project beyond the scope of a minor facelift, you’ll want to hire your own Atlanta kitchen designer.  Designers are trained in industry ingenuities to maximize your budget, and if you find the right designer, you’ll also receive credible advice on design trends that are worth following as well as on fads to avoid so your space will retain its value over time. Best of all, designers have the software and training to provide you with detailed 3D imaging before construction begins. Visualizing your ideas will help you save time, money, and materials since you won’t have to pay for your mistakes. Here's how to get started:
  • Find the Right Designer - If you want drafts of detailed renderings, advice on products, help with overall aesthetic, functional, and layout logistics, as well as seamless consistency, hire a designer affiliated with an Atlanta, GA, remodeling company you trust.
  • How to Prepare for Your First Meeting - sitting down and writing a summary describing why you’re remodeling. What is it that you’re unhappy with? What are your top priorities for improvement? Are there any features you have that do work well that you’d like to keep? Visit Houzz and Pinterest and create collections of kitchen remodels you like. Review your favorite photos and try to identify common themes. Be ready to talk through your pictures and ideas with your designer, but remain open to the possibility that your designer may propose changes to match your budget, maximize functionality, or incorporate new ideas.
  • Establishing Expectations Early (Budget and Timeline) - Establish a workable budget. Decide how much you’re able to spend overall. Ask your designer for service quotes, and meet with your remodeler to determine ballpark construction figures.
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Islands

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Furniture islands are replacing traditional islands; they are made from different materials than their surrounding kitchen cabinetry so that they act as statement centerpieces. Often, antique buffets or intentionally distressed wood tables are repurposed as islands. Here are some kitchen island designs to think about:
  • Make Room for Seating - Because your kitchen is as much used for living as it is for working, it’s important to include some seating, and the best way to do this is with barstools welcomingly nestled under an island overhang.
  • Insert Outlets - In today’s home designs, having outlets, and lots of outlets, is essential. Whether you need to plug in a Kitchen Aid mixer or just charge your cell, it’s handy to plug in where you are instead of rearranging your work space.
  • Dress it Up - Add cabinetry paneling, bead board, columns/furniture legs, or decorative corbels that complement your own interior design scheme or try incorporate a pop of color of statement materials like reclaimed wood.
  • Prioritize the Basics - Pick high-quality cabinetry and a durable countertop material. 

The kitchen Sink

Integrated SinkBeyond the style of sink you select, you’ll want to consider its dimensions, placement, and material. For instance, will you want a sink with one basin or two? One basin allows you to easily wash and soak oversized dishes, but two basins allow you to separate tasks. Will you want a deep or shallow sink? Deep sinks again give your dishes more room, but bending over to reach them could cause back pain.
 
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Consider your kitchen layout and decide whether this means placing it in the middle of a countertop, an island, or even a corner. For materials, will you want standard stainless steel, composite granite, fire-clay, cast iron, natural stone, quartz, solid surface, or copper? Research the benefits and drawbacks of each material before finalizing your own kitchen sink design choice. Consider these popular sink models:
  • Apron-Front or Farmhouse Sink: Their rustic appeal adds charm to any kitchen, and their deep, wide basins are highly functional.
  • Under-Mount Sink: This style makes countertop cleaning easy since crumbs may be swept directly into the sink basin and it looks smooth and sleek.
  • Self-Rimming Sink: This sink is easy to install and replace and are less expensive and less susceptible to leaks than under-mount sinks.
  • Integrated Sink: This style is designed so that the basin and countertop material are the same. They are sleek and minimalistic and are the easiest sink style to clean and install.
  • Prep Sink: Having a prep sink handy also helps when multiple chefs are in the kitchen or when you want to use the sink while someone is doing dishes.

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Kitchen Layouts

Browsing pictures of kitchens layout ideas in catalogs and on the internet can turn up hundreds of unique options that can occasionally make your kitchen layout decisions seem more complex rather than more approachable. With a few terms and concepts in mind, you’ll be able to identify common patterns and design the best floor plan for your own kitchen remodel. Take a peak at the most common kitchen layouts.
  • One Wall - Consist of one wall of kitchen cabinetry that includes a refrigerator, sink, oven, countertop, and cabinetry and are popular in homes with limited square footage.
  • Galley - Two parallel walls of cabinetry with appliances incorporated into each. Common in homes with small square footage.
  • L-Shape - The perpendicular walls of cabinetry allow for comfortable flow between work stations, while the two open sides of the kitchen allow easy access to the rest of the home.
  • Horseshoe - Also known as U-shaped, utilize three of the kitchen’s four walls for cabinetry and appliances.
  • Island - As non-intrusive ways to add storage, seating, counter space, or a spatially juxtaposed home for appliances to optimize work flow.
  • Peninsula - Cabinet outcroppings joining a wall or an adjacent counter on one end most commonly found with L-shaped or Horseshoe kitchen layout.
A kitchen remodel is a lot of work but it doesn't have to be stressful. At Copper Sky, we are experts in historic home remodels and we believe old houses are worth saving. The right way - with a strong eye for traditional design elements, a thoughtful layout, meticulous planning and uncompromising attention to detail. For more information on remodeling your kitchen, check out our blog or contact us so we can help you with your historic home remodel.Atlanta Kitchen Remodeling Company - Copper Sky Renovations eBook