9 Factors to Consider When Remodeling Your Kitchen

One of the coolest things about a home is its ability to reflect the owner’s personal style. Many homeowners take a remodel as an opportunity to transform (or reinvent) their space. From cabinets to countertops and flooring, these details work together to improve both the aesthetic and functionality.

Because kitchens are used in a variety of ways, it’s important to create a space built around workflow. The decor should complement your home’s architectural style while setting the scene for future gatherings. Here are the nine factors to consider when remodeling kitchen. Aligning these goals with your design will ensure your project runs smoothly as possible.


1. Size

As one, if not the most utilized space in a home, every square foot is crucial. Having to account for the refrigerator, microwave, stove, oven and dishwasher, you’re already working with limited space as is. When redesigning your kitchen, ask yourself, “How much space can I comfortably add?” And generally, the size of your kitchen will determine potential layouts.


2. Existing Layout

Now that you’ve established how much space you’re working with, it’s time to assess the layout. If you’re avoiding demolition, you may be locked into (or limited by) your layout. But don’t worry, there are always ways to modify. As you develop your kitchen layout, you’ll want to ask yourself these three key questions:

  • How do you move around the space on a daily basis?
  • Are you able to move from the range to the sink easily?
  • How does your kitchen accommodate multiple people?


3. Infrastructure

Depending on the age of your home, you may come across some technical issues as you remodel. We highly recommend working with a professional team to make sure your kitchen can accommodate new installations. The best thing to do is keep a level head and be prepared for variables along the way. There may be structural problems you’ll have to work around — like crooked walls or uneven flooring.


4. Durability

As we mentioned, we all use kitchens a bit differently. Because of this, it’s wise to assess the level of durability you’ll require. If you’re a home chef, consider countertops like granite or quartz to withstand wear and tear of cooking. If you’re using the space more for entertaining purposes, you can explore other materials like marble or dekton.


5. Storage

The size and layout of your kitchen is one thing, storage is another. To keep countertops cleared, you’ll want to consider the type and volume of items you’re storing. For example, you may want to display your porcelain dishes on floating shelves. But, if you’re working with a lot of mix and match items (or colors), you might want to keep them tucked away to streamline the space. In addition to tableware, you’ll want to plan designated spots for utensils, cookware and pantry items.


6. Home Decor

As good as it is to design around functionality, adding your personal flair is never a crime. Keep the rest of your home in mind when establishing your kitchen’s decor. The goal is to create cohesion with your cabinetry and countertop choices. If you need help determining your design style, be sure and check out our other blog, “What Stone Countertop Are You?


7. Fixtures

One of the smallest, most significant kitchen upgrades you can make is installing new fixtures. They come in a variety of colors, shapes and sizes — and can transform the look of your space in minutes. For those of you on a budget, little improvements like these made over time can help you increase the value of your home.


8. Budget

You can create five Pinterest boards of kitchens, but at the end of the day, it’s about staying within budget. Making assessments early on prevents you from changing your mind on materials and finishes throughout the process. It’s quite similar to the grocery list concept. If you go into a project with a specific vision in mind, there’s less chance of overspending.


9. Maintenance

Different countertops have different levels of durability. It also depends on the activities you’ll be doing most often. For example, marble scratches easily but is heat resistant — while granite is heat and scratch resistant but requires sealing. For a full list of material pros and cons, click here. At the end of the day, it’s determining how much time and energy you’re willing to spend on maintenance.


If you’re planning a remodel and could use some help choosing countertops, reach out to us at (405) 387-2930. We hand select our materials from around the world and pride ourselves on our unique designs. To jumpstart your project, we invite you to check out our Instant Quote page!


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Design plays a crucial role in the aesthetic of kitchens. Here are five kitchen designs to incorporate this summer when you’re planning your remodel!

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We are passionate about giving back and our CEO, Jeremiah Rivers, strives to instill a culture of giving back within our company. Each holiday season, we choose two non-profits to donate our sales to. This holiday season, we are partnering with Norman Food and Shelter in raising funds for their campus expansion. From now until Christmas, we will be donating 3% of our total sales to the shelter.

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Rivers’ Edge Countertops announced today that it will be donating three percent of its profits to Eagle Wings Ranch through Thanksgiving. The company helps a number of charitable causes each year and hopes to sustain this equine-assisted therapy program. The donation will help support the mission of providing healing in the hearts, minds, and souls of grieving individuals recovering from traumatic experiences.

Rivers’ Edge Provides Food and Schooling to East AfricaCommunity

Rivers’ Edge Countertops announced it would be partnering with Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Blanchard, in presenting a charitable donation to Hope for the Future Africa. The employees of Rivers’ Edge each pledged a portion of their paycheck to assist in providing food and schooling to Kachere, a small community outside Malawi, east Africa. 


Jeremiah Rivers, the owner of Rivers’ Edge Countertops, chose to support Hope for the Future Africa after his family visited the town of Kachere with the church, supplying mats and blankets to the families found sleeping on dirt floors. The Rivers family has been involved with this organization for a few years and now advocates for the community’s education efforts.


“When my family visited and saw that these kids didn’t have food to eat, it resonated with me having a son of my own,” Jeremiah shared. “Everyone should have food and the opportunity to attend school. Education is a key ability when conducting business trades with nearby villages.”


To learn more about Hope for the Future Africa and how you can donate, please visit www.facebook.com/Kachereschool.

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