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Kitchen Remodeling Palm Harbor

Trust in Us for Kitchen Remodeling Services throughout Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Oldsmar, Clearwater and Surrounding.

Whether you are cooking a holiday meal for 20 or dinner for the family, the kitchen is the main area of the home where people gather. It should rightfully be the showcase of the home. Magazines feature magnificent kitchens that are not always functional. At Personal Touch Kitchens your kitchen will be designed with not only beauty, but function in mind as well.

Personal Touch Kitchens will lay your kitchen out, maximizing storage space and functionality, whether your kitchen is large or small. We will work with you to customize your kitchen so that you have full access to all of your cabinets with no wasted space.

With lines such as KraftMaid, Midcontinent Cabinetry, Waypoint Living Spaces, Medallion Cabinetry and Design Craft, we have kitchens for every budget and can customize the layout to fit your space. We also offer a vast array of countertop choices, including:

You will be able to coordinate your entire kitchen at our showroom in Palm Harbor. Utilizing 20/20 Technology, we will show you a 3-D picture of what your completed project will look like before you begin.

According to HGTV, a modest kitchen remodel of around $15,000 gives you a 92.9% return on your investment. A new kitchen also may mean the difference between your home sitting on the market for 6 months or more, or selling immediately. But why wait until you sell your home to remodel your kitchen? A kitchen remodel provides immense pleasure on a daily basis.

The time to remodel your kitchen is NOW. So you get the kitchen of your dreams, a more valuable home, and the envy of your neighbors and relatives!

Kitchen Floor Plan Ideas

Personal Touch Kitchens in Palm Harbor knows how complicated it can be to choose a Kitchen Floor layout.  The traditional kitchen layout is based on the idea of creating a work triangle, with imaginary lines drawn between the sink, range, and refrigerator.

If you’ll have multiple cooks working in the kitchen, you might want to think about the room design in terms of zones or workstations devoted to specific tasks, such as cooking, cleaning, and storage.

Single Wall

This space-saving plan works most efficiently when the sink is centered on the wall and flanked by the refrigerator and the cooktop or range.

If possible, allow 4 feet of counter on each side of the sink to provide plenty of space for food prep and cleanup. This solution for Kitchen Remodeling is ideal for a smaller kitchen.

 

Two Wall Galley –

Parallel walls contain three workstations. This compact plan lets the cook move easily between areas.  But, traffic will interfere unless there is at least 4 feet of space between counters.

Ideally, sit the sink and refrigerator on one wall and the cooktop on the other.  This design allows ease of access while cooking and preparing meals in your new Kitchen.

 

L Shape with Island –

L Shape with Island with workstations on two adjacent walls, this plan adds an island.  This plan works best in a 10×10-foot or larger room and makes space for a second cook; it routes traffic out of the L’s crook.

The larger the kitchen, the more options you have for a complete Remodel & Design.

 

U Shape –

This floor plan is most efficient with one workstation on each of the three walls. The primary cook can pivot from one station to another, while the second cook shares one leg of the triangle.

The base of the U should be at least 8 feet long to help cooks feel comfortable.

 

U-Shape with Island –

Installing a sink or cooktop in the island allows multiple cooks to work at the same time. Plan 42 inches of aisle space on all sides of the island.

(In a two cook kitchen, 48 inches is even better.) Island plans are less efficient when workstations are on opposite walls.

 

Multiple Work Zone –

Featuring two walls and an island in the work core, this kitchen offers multiple prep areas so two cooks need not cross each other’s path while they work.

A butler’s pantry and walk-in food pantry offer plentiful storage and additional prep and entertaining space within easy reach of the primary work zones.

Designing the Kitchen Space

To ensure your kitchen is functional, comfortable, and safe, use these measurements and recommended clearances. Measurements are suggested minimums unless otherwise noted. The following recommendations were adapted from the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) guidelines. Visit nkba.org for more guidelines.

WALKWAYS – Your walkways should be 36 inches wide

WORK ISLES –  The width of your work aisles should be at least 42 inches in a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches in kitchens designed for multiple cooks. A U-shape kitchen should include a clearance of 60 inches between opposite walls.

SINK – If your kitchen has one sink, locate it next to or across from the cooking surface or refrigerator. For a primary sink, provide a continuous countertop at least 36 inches wide right next to the sink. For a cleanup and prep sink, provide a 24-inch-wide landing area to one side of the sink and an 18-inch-wide landing area on the other.

COOK TOP – Include a 12-inch-wide landing area on one side of the cook top and a 15-inch-wide landing area on the other. (Landing areas should be at the same height as the cook top.) Allow 24 inches of clearance above cook top (30 inches if there is unprotected cabinetry above it).

COUNTERTOPS – The standard countertop height is 36 inches; maximum is 45 inches. Allow 15 inches of space between the countertop and the bottom of upper cabinets. A total of 158 inches of countertop space is needed to accommodate landing area, prep and work area, and storage

FOOD PREP AREA – Include a 36-inch-wide work surface for each cook (adjacent to a water source).

DISHWASHER – Locate the dishwasher no more than 36 inches from the cleanup and prep sink.

REFRIGERATOR – Provide a 15-inch landing area on the handle side of the refrigerator; a 15-inch landing area on both sides of a side-by-side refrigerator; a 15-inch landing area no more than 48 inches across from the front of the refrigerator; or a 15-inch landing area above or adjacent to an under counter refrigerator.

MICROWAVE OVEN – The bottom of the microwave oven should be 3 inches below the principal user’s shoulder but no more than 54 inches above floor. Provide a 15-inch-wide countertop space above, below, or on handle side of the microwave oven.

OVEN – Provide a 15-inch-wide counter space above or adjacent, or on an island or peninsula no more than 48 inches away.

BAR COUNTER – The height should be between 28 and 45 inches. Provide a knee space between 12 and 18 inches.

Setting a Kitchen Remodel Budget

Figuring out a budget for your Kitchen Remodel Project might not be as much fun as selecting fixtures and paint colors, but it’s just as important – if not more.  To begin, think about how long you plan to stay in your home. If you plan to move within a few years, research surrounding home prices in your area and be careful to keep your budget in line with the average home price.

On the other hand, if you plan to remain in your home for many years, plan to spend as much as you can comfortably afford to create the kitchen of your dreams.

To determine what you are comfortable spending on your Kitchen Remodel Project, start to make a list of all your debts and figure out your monthly gross income. From there, you can determine the maximum monthly payment you can afford to spend on remodeling costs. Talk to a lender about financing options if necessary.

Remember that building and remodeling almost always end up costing more than expected. Experts recommend adding a cushion of at least 10 percent to your overall budget to account for surprises along the way.

9 Ways to Keep Your Budget on Track

1. Have Firm Goals & Stick to Them – It can be easy to get distracted by all the glamorous products on the market, but they can quickly derail your budget. Focus on your main goals and choose products accordingly, opting for a few splurges along the way.

2. Bring in the Professionals – Architects and designers increase initial costs, but they can save you money in the long run by helping you avoid design pitfalls and suggesting ways to save money on design and materials.

3. Keep it Simple –If you’re remodeling, try to keep load-bearing walls where they are and avoid rerouting plumbing and electrical lines. Varied rooflines, curved walls, arches, and bump-outs all enhance the character of a kitchen, but they also bump up the cost.

4. Check Contractor References – If you’ll be hiring a contractor to help you with construction work, be sure to ask references about the contractor’s communication skills, follow-through, and adherence to deadlines. If the contractor regularly misses deadlines and communicates poorly, you’ll likely end up with inflated bills and extra stress.

5. Order your Materials in Advance – Some custom items, such as windows and cabinetry, take several weeks to arrive. Keep your job’s progress on track by having materials on hand before any work begins.

6. Stick with What’s in Stock – Custom windows, cabinetry, and other items can drive up project costs. Look for standard and semi-custom goods, which are often available in a range of styles and price levels to help keep your budget on track.

7. Look for Deals & Bargains – Shop your local home center for clearance items, end-of-season sales, discontinued products, and floor models. You can also find great deals online— just be sure you know what you’re buying.

8. Keep your Changes to a Minimum – Some changes are inevitable, but making changes to remodeling or building plans midway through the project is another quick way to ruin your budget. If you make changes after plumbing, electrical, and drywall work is done, you’ll likely have to tear out finished work and start over—and pay for the work twice.

9. Make Smart Trade-Offs – If you’re forced to make difficult choices to keep your budget on track, sacrifice items that can easily be retrofitted later. Choose less-expensive lights, faucets, window treatments, and door and cabinet hardware, and put your money toward cabinets, countertops, and other labor-intensive items.

Serving Palm Harbor & The Surrounding Area

Cheryl Colvin

Has been in the Kitchen & Bath Industry for 25 years. A regular attendee of the National Kitchen & Bath Show, Cheryl keeps a pulse on what is current in design trends. Having lived in FL for 27 years, Cheryl knows the transitions in the industry that have occurred and how the market is ever-changing.

A firm believer in giving customers the best value, she has shopped for lines of cabinetry, countertops and plumbing fixtures that can meet each individuals taste and needs.

As an avid cook, she will help you design your kitchen so that it functions in the best possible manner, as well as looks beautiful. Cheryl has owned Personal Touch Kitchens since 2007 and recently opened the larger, expanded showroom in Palm Harbor to better serve your needs.

Kimberly McMann

Joined Personal Touch Kitchens in the summer of 2014. Kim earned her Bachelor of Architecture and Design from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. She worked as a Project Manager for a construction company and also for a small millwork company in New England for 13 years.

Having designed kitchens from small cottages on Cape Cod to large, beautiful homes in the Berkshires, Kim has wonderful, varied experience in kitchen design.

After taking some time off to raise her daughter, Kim is now living in Palm Harbor. She is a great listener and has a wonderful attention to detail.

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