You won't believe the one item that makes the greatest impact on your kitchen remodel in NYC.
July 24, 2018
What Makes the Biggest Impact on Your Kitchen Remodel?
A luxury kitchen remodel can involve all sorts of changes. But what element has the greatest impact?
Maybe you can’t replace every single item in your wardrobe, or tone up in three days with a new workout plan. But you can get a haircut, and that haircut might change everything.
NYC kitchen renovations work the same way. Certain changes just pack a punch. Whether you’re trying to spruce up your home in record time, or simply looking to save on renovation costs, it’s helpful to know what one element will have the greatest visual impact. Gallery Kitchen & Bath contractors are also accredited designers, and in our years spent renovating New York homes, we’ve figured out exactly what has the greatest effect on its entire room.
It’s the sink.
The sink is essential to the design in both kitchens and bathrooms, but they function differently in each.
In kitchens, sinks’ visual influence is credited to two main qualities: size and location. It’s all about keeping the kitchen as functional as possible, and that’s why there’s no one-size-fits-all piece of advice designers can offer with regard to size or location. In some kitchens, a corner faucet saves space and encourages a healthy flow of air and traffic. In others, a corner faucet might feel cramped. Some kitchens seem to expand with the size of their sink, which might make an industrial-style sink ideal, while others will seem more airy with a smaller one.
In bathrooms, the sink is the most used aspect of the room, making the faucet and washbowl combo the space’s focal point. This means considering the sink first when renovating a bathroom, because the sink’s design and function will direct the cabinet, countertop and other aesthetic choices.
Bathroom remodel clients, especially New York remodel clients, weigh the pros and cons of console and pedestal sinks.
Console sinks include vanity-style sinks, have storage underneath. Sometimes this storage is hidden behind some new bathroom cabinets, and sometimes it’s open, allowing for towels to dry or for candles to show off their stylishness.
A pedestal sink, meanwhile, has one elegant, Classical-style column instead of shelving or hooks. The plumbing lives inside this column, trading storage space for a narrower, freestanding look.
In New York City, where many contend with small bathroom layouts, the choice to add storage can be an important one. And if clients disagree on priorities, discussions may have to take place before contractors can start their build.
Gallery Kitchen & Bath is committed to making kitchens as functional as they are attractive, and that’s why designers will suggest changing kitchen layouts, and moving sinks, if that’s what might be best. Sometimes, kitchens feel their easiest and most convenient when the sink is on a peninsula or island, while in other homes, an ideal kitchen sink will live in the middle of a counter. If you’re having trouble picturing the changes, check out a portfolio of NYC kitchen renovation before and afters for some inspiration.
For our interior design team, luxury kitchen design makeovers are exciting, because these are essential rooms in the home. They're also challenging, because sub-surface wiring, plumbing, piping, and support beams requires plenty of engineering expertise, which designers must fold into the client’s aesthetic goals.
Ready to find out what’s best for your kitchen, bath, or considering a full home renovation in NYC? Contact Gallery Kitchen & Bath today to begin your design consultation.