Whether you are considering a design and build kitchen addition, or planning to remodel your existing kitchen, we are recognized as the experts. We assure your comfort and complete satisfaction throughout the entire project , no matter how ambitious, from design work and renderings to providing granite countertops, custom tile backsplashes, custom cabinetry, flooring and plumbing installation of new fixtures.
Your kitchen is a magnet of attraction, and for more reasons than just good food. Kitchens are the gourmet chef's delight, the kids' food court, a gathering place for entertaining, sharing news, and just having fun. When your kitchen project is completed properly, it is a transforming experience for the whole family.
Every kitchen holds the potential to be distinctive, unique, and functional. When you invite J Millett Construction into your home, you open the possibilities to the entertainment and cooking space you've always dreamed of. An experienced design/build firm in central New Jersey, we evaluate how you want to use the space, and we work closely with you on concepts, creative, renderings, design, and construction to dramatically transform your kitchen.
In many homes, the kitchen also functions as an entertainment center: welcoming, beautiful, and comfortable with ample space for mingling and socializing. And whether you are an amateur cook or professional chef, your kitchen design should be sensible, placing the items you use most often within hand's reach.
There are some core design/build kitchen considerations which will vary based upon your current space, vision, and budget.
- Stay within existing footprint: This is usually the most economical option, with the fastest completion time and least amount of "construction disruption." Our design/build team will redesign your kitchen's existing space to improve functionality and transform it into the space that you've imagined.
- Expand into adjoining room: Attain a more spacious, open floor concept by expanding your existing kitchen with the space of an adjacent room (often underutilized space). This offers many more creative design possibilities.
- Relocate within your home: Sometimes your current kitchen is not in an ideal location within your home and relocating it to another space makes the most sense. You may want to take advantage of your view, move your kitchen out of the center of your home or make the kitchen more spacious.
- Bump out addition: When property lines allow, a bump out is another creative solution to providing the kitchen you've always dreamed of without changing the size and layout of your other rooms. Without stealing space from another room, a bump out can significantly increase your overall square footage.
Choose the right size
Floor tiles come in a range of sizes, from the smaller 3" or 8" mosaics to whopping 24" x 48" slabs and not to mention, everything in between. While the size is a matter of personal preference, keep in mind that choosing larger, oversized tiles will make your kitchen space look, well larger. This is because larger tiles minimize the lines and pattern effects of grout, making your floor appear larger. Rectangular and square tiles give the floor a structured and clean appearance, especially if you choose to go with small-sized tiles. You can create stunning floor patterns by opting for "multi-format tiles". That is, tiles of the same material and design, but of different sizes.
Choose the right color
Color is a matter of personal choice. However, it may help if you know and remember the following basic guidelines:
- Lighter colored tiles will make your kitchen space appear larger
- Darker colored ones will make the kitchen feel warmer
- Neutral colored tiles will give you the freedom of changing kitchen accessories without worrying about the color mismatch
- Tiles with significant shape variations will allow you to subtly mask irregularities on the floor, if any.
That being said, remember there are simply no hard and fast rules when it comes to the style, pattern or layout of your tiles. From mixing and matching different colors to laying out different shapes – you can try it all! But before you make a final choice for installation, remember to lay out a few tiles manually on the floor to get a sense of what your kitchen floor might look like once the renovation is complete.
At J Millett Construction, we install beautiful tile and stone flooring for any room in your home. Tile and stone tile flooring creates a truly unique and classic look. We can help you with design and selection of your new flooring.
Your kitchen countertop endures a lot of use, so it should be practical, but that doesn't mean it can't be aesthetically pleasing as well. It's important to strike that perfect balance between style and function, which is why durability, visual appeal and ease of maintenance are among the top three guiding factors for choosing the right counter. As you design or remodel your kitchen, consider all the materials — everything from high-end marble countertops to granite countertops and butcher block countertops — and decide which one is right for your needs. What follows is a summary of some of the more popular kitchen counter materials in use today:
Laminate surfaces are inexpensive, available in a range of options, and easy to maintain. The downside is that they are not heat tolerant, and edges and seams are generally visible. They also scratch and chip easily, which is not easily repaired.
Solid Surface Counters
With no visible seams, lots of patterns and colors available and a renewable quality that allows cuts and scratches to be blended out, solid surfaces (which are basically a plastic) have several advantages. The downsides are that they're not heat resistant, are pricier and require professional installation. Granite Countertops, Marble Countertops and Other
Granite, slate, soapstone, quartz, marble, limestone and gemstone all fall under this category. Long-lasting natural stone has an organic beauty and is more heat tolerant than other surfaces. It also expensive, and its porous quality requires sealing maintenance to prevent stains.
Engineered Stone Countertops
Engineered stone mimics natural stone, yet combines the properties of real stone with other ingredients to eradicate its porosity and maintenance requirements. This option, however, can be expensive depending on color choice.
Wood and Butcher Block Countertops
Great for a cutting surface, wood and butcher block options give the kitchen a warmer aesthetic than stone. Wood surfaces are susceptible to water damage if not properly sealed, and can dent and scratch easily.
Metal surfaces, including stainless steel, copper or pewter, are heat tolerant, non-porous and sanitary. Like wood, though, they also can scratch and dent easily.
Surfaces created from concrete or cement have the ability to incorporate inlaid decorative details or useful implements like trivets. However, they're prone to hairline cracks and are extremely heavy.
Eco-friendly and similar to natural stone, recycled products are warmer to the touch than other options. Because they're naturally made, they may fade over time.
This unique application of volcanic lava hardened into a stone-like consistency is heat, scratch and stain resistant and nonporous. However, because it's uncommon, it's expensive and hard to come by.
Tile surfaces come in an endless variety of styles and colors, are heat tolerant and durable, and can be very affordable depending on the chosen tile. Due to grout lines, they're not very easy to clean.
This hygienic, non-porous surface is simple to maintain, heat tolerant, stain resistant and available in many styles, colors and textures. They can be expensive, show fingerprints and water spots, and can crack easily.
The right kitchen cabinetry can make or break your kitchen's functionality and style — not to mention your budget. No pressure, right? Cabinets can devour a huge chunk of your budget during a kitchen addition or remodel. Because they are a major investment (and one that's not likely to be made again anytime soon), you'll need to sort through the available options and make choices with confidence.
You'll want to evaluate if custom cabinets required, or if semi-custom or stock cabinets can fit the bill. Custom cabinets are built to exact specifications and offer endless options with regard to materials, designs, finishes and accessories. Choosing custom cabinets requires the longest lead time and is the most expensive route.
Semicustom cabinets are just that: semicustom. While the cabinets are made to the homeowner's size requirements, the manufacturer produces them in predetermined increments. Often a spacer may be needed to conceal unused wall space, and that sacrifices storage. The range of materials, designs, finishes and accessories will not be as broad with semicustom cabinets, but they cost less than fully custom cabinets.
Stock cabinets, which are the least expensive of new cabinet options, are premade and come in standard sizes. Though stock cabinets often get a bad rap in terms of quality of construction, there are many on the market that are well made of solid wood.
No matter what type of cabinet is selected, it's important to evaluate the quality of hinges, doors, drawer systems and finish. Homeowners should choose cabinets that offer at least a five-year warranty.
Construction and Style
Next, consider the construction type and door style. Framed cabinets, which are popular in traditional kitchens, have a front frame around the cabinet opening. The door attaches to the frame. Frameless, or European-style cabinets, have no front frame. The door attaches directly to the side of the cabinet. Frameless cabinets, which are often used in contemporary kitchens, offer an advantage over framed cabinets. Because there is no front frame, there is open access to the cabinet interior.
When it comes to door styles, there are several choices. Traditional-overlay doors cover some of the frame, full-overlay doors cover the entire cabinet frame and inset doors sit inside the cabinet frame.
As a finishing touch, add pulls, knobs and handles to cabinets. Hardware comes in a wide variety of styles at all price points and contributes to a truly customized look. Many designers stress that the right hardware delivers a huge impact when it comes to the look and feel of your new kitchen.
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