The Remodeling Corner

Janet Cook

According to, what are the top four reasons for doing a Kitchen Remodeling Fairfax VA project?

To improve look and feel (79 percent)

The majority of people are motivated to remodel their kitchen to impact the day to day living of this most often used room. They want to improve the overall look and the feel of the kitchen. How is your kitchen setting the stage? What mood does it evoke? What story does it tell about you? Does it reflect who you are?

To improve function (59 percent)

The second compelling reason for doing kitchen remodeling is to improve the function for the homeowners’ lifestyle needs. The kitchen is a multipurpose hub and heart of the home. It is much more than a place to prepare food, eat and clean up. How many people are involved with creating and making meals? What kind of cooking is done? How is the kitchen used for holidays and celebrations, as well as day-to-day dining? Does it get utilized for mail processing, studying, or a hobby?

Upgrade appliances (52 percent)

This will never go out of style. We want appliances that make our efforts easier, faster and more successful! With continual innovation and improvements, they can inspire and encourage a homeowner to utilize the kitchen more for healthier home cooked meals rather than going out. Replacing appliances over 10 years old will typically lower utility costs as they are more efficient.

Improve storage (48 percent)

People want countertops clear of clutter and supplies tucked away out of sight in easily accessible storage. An experienced kitchen remodeling designer can help. Not only does sufficient functional storage help make a more peaceful and relaxing space, people want to enjoy the beautiful cabinetry and countertops which are the main canvas of the room.

The most desirable time to have a new kitchen is before Thanksgiving. The time to start preparing for that goal is now. Gather photos online from websites such as Houzz and Pinterest to illustrate how you want your kitchen to look. Determine your budget and make a list of your needs and wants. Schedule an appointment with a reputable company with longevity that offers experience, and ideally, a Certified Kitchen Designer. A professional design-build firm will have established relationships with vendors to help you with selections to help you get more value for your remodeling dollar for a wow, custom kitchen.

Happy kitchen remodeling!

Janet B. Cook, CAPS, is President of Cook Remodeling, celebrating their 35th year, voted Top Ten Best Kitchen & Bath Remodeling Business in Ranking Arizona. She partners with Jeff Cook, CEO, a Certified Graduate Remodeler.