San Diego Kitchen Style: You Know You Want It

San Diego Kitchen Style: You Know You Want It
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    If there is one thing we’re famous for here in San Diego, it’s the way we embrace modern trends in our homes.

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You’re not going to find a whole lot of dark wood, heavy antiques or the like here. The closest thing to antiques you’ll see are chalk painted shabby chic refurbished pieces…because those can be created to accent our modern, beachy style. No room of the house embodies this “modern embrace” more than the kitchen.

Like everywhere else in the country, here in San Diego, we embrace our homes’ kitchens. The kitchen—especially if it’s big enough to have a table—is where our families spend most of their time. Kids do homework at the table while the parents cook dinner. Game nights, afternoons spent baking treats; these are the hearths of our homes. We want them to be comfortable for the whole family. But we want them to be sleek and modern too.

There are lots of small, quick updates that you can perform in your kitchen:

  • Reorganize your counter tops.
  • Bring in new smaller appliances (toaster ovens, kettles, mixers, etc).
  • Change your cabinetry hardware.
  • Put in new furniture (table, chairs, stools, etc).

But what if you want to do more? What if you want to revamp the whole room to make it as contemporary as possible?

1. Set a Budget

Remodeling your kitchen—even if you live in a more affordable part of the country—is never cheap. Remodeling Magazine says that even a minor kitchen remodel here in San Diego can cost close to twenty thousand dollars. It’s also easy for a kitchen remodel to get out of hand. Setting a budget ahead of time will help you figure out exactly what kind of work you can have done, who you can hire, etc. It will also help you say no to those tempting last minute and spontaneous upgrades that look so pretty and cost so much. 

2. Hire Professional Help

The first thing you’re going to need to do is to hire a contractor. We’re lucky here since it’s easy to find a San Diego kitchen remodeling contractor as there’s a great local market for those who work in the profession. Make sure you choose a contractor who understands your vision and has experience with the type of work you want to have completed. Ask for references and make sure you check out your contractor with your local BBB and make sure his licensing is all legitimate and up to date. Remember: anybody can say they are a contractor, but the pros will be able to prove it.

3. Prepare for Upheaval

If your kitchen remodel is extensive, prepare for some major upheaval in your home. Even simple projects can render your kitchen unusable for a couple of weeks. Have plans in place for meal prep (your grill is going to be your new best friend). Make sure you have a solid escape plan for when the chaos is too much and your family feels the need to flee for the day (or the weekend). You can find a great list of tips for dealing with the chaos over at Apartment Therapy.

It’s the blessing and the curse of loving modern and contemporary things: updating happens. Hopefully, these tips will help you get through yours with your sanity intact!

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