Remodeling in San Diego, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and neighboring California coastal communities can be an exclusive treat geographically reserved for those residents. The proximity to the Pacific Ocean allows for residents to renovate with borrowed “beachy” themes directly from the west coast’s natural land/watermark. The water next door is a constant reminder of environmental awareness along the Pacific Oceanfront and has recently inspired many kitchen cabinet designs.
Kitchens have converted from being the same old food and cooking room to the most functional and social mecca in the home. Because of the shift in popularity and functionality, more Californians are redoing their kitchens over other rooms. And a kitchen renovation isn’t really a renovation without properly assessing and installing cabinets. Eco-friendly products for cabinets like bamboo or wheat board are new and inexpensive. The material is often manufactured with low or no formaldehyde glues and provides an island look.
Another common trend is to use integrated appliances over stainless steel or traditional appliances. This fashions an aesthetically unified look for the entire room omitting visual breaks that regular refrigerators and dishwashers create. For example, refrigerators have become larger in size, but can look invisible when integrated in a sophisticate custom design. Cabinetry panels make appliances more discreet, allowing another focal point to be the room’s center of attention.
Creativity stemming from designers for LA or San Diego home renovations has recently begun to focus on, not only greener materials, but efficient layouts as well. As more people are becoming tech-savvy, so are remodelers. Kitchens are commonly accessorized with electronics these days, rather than traditional decor. Wall-mount TV sets, sound systems, and computers are commonly housed near food now. These units need open nooks and outlet areas in the kitchen to fit evenly. When re-designing, consider where you would like your electronic devices to be set up.
Full Room Pantries
For larger families or those that enjoy having certain must haves stocked in quantity, the walk-in pantry is a solution. Keeping with the theme of integration, the door to pantries can also be covered in the same panel used for the rest of the room. This keeps all of the non-refrigerated food and spices in one room, clearing cabinet space for dishes only. This is a great way to clear clutter and organize the kitchen. Silverware, glassware, and cooking gadgets can take the space that food once took.