New Year, New Kitchen

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The beginning of a new year is a great time to make resolutions. There are a lot of “New Year, New You” goals that come along, but we’d like to propose an inspiring idea: The new year is a great time to think about a new kitchen. In fact, we get our most desperate calls for a kitchen remodel this time of year – just after the holidays.

The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and often, a bustling kitchen filled with the aromas of delicious meals. However, for many, the cramped quarters of their kitchen spaces become a noticeable hindrance during this festive time – resulting in a sizable helping of grumbling to go along with the Christmas dinner. If your kitchen elicited a bit of grinchiness from you this past Christmas, now is the perfect time to think about what obstacles hampered your holiday entertaining. Begin planning your kitchen remodeling project today so that your dream kitchen can be done in time for the next holiday season.

How Do We Get More Space?

In an article for The Seattle Times, April writes, 

“’How do we get more space?’ is a question we hear often in our business. A lot of homeowners find it inconceivable that their cramped home could be transformed into a more open and inviting space — one that actually works for their family — without adding on or building up. This is a case where a professional remodeler can help you think outside the proverbial box for possible solutions. 

you don't need an addition to expand your space
To create a more spacious home, think inside out - special to The Seattle Times by April Bettinger

The goal of a truly great remodel is to deliver a home that flows and functions naturally for the family, complements the original architecture and makes you wonder why it wasn’t designed this way from the start. 

April Bettinger, Seattle Times

Reflecting on Holiday Hindrances

Were you constantly maneuvering around limited counter space? Did the lack of storage make meal preparation and cleanup an arduous task? Or was your kitchen so ill-equipped that you were unable to even consider hosting?

Before diving into the remodeling process, it can be helpful to identify specific pain points in your kitchen. Whether you are hindered by insufficient counter space, outdated appliances, or a lack of storage, understanding your kitchen’s shortcomings will guide your renovation decisions. Make a list of your must-haves and prioritize functionality without compromising on style.

Culinary Bliss: A Kitchen for Effortless Holiday Hosting

When our designers come into a home, they’re not just there to talk about colors, styles, and countertop options. They’re experts in functionality and will analyze the flow of your kitchen. They’ll look at how the flow fits not only with the rest of your home but with the vision of how you want to use the space. Consider these aspects:

Remodel Your Eastside Kitchen for Functionality and Beauty

Modern kitchens seamlessly blend functionality with aesthetics. When it comes to making the most of your space, there is usually ample room within the square footage of your home to make your kitchen bigger and more efficient. Yes, aesthetics are important, but the focus has to be first on the functionality of your kitchen space. It’s not just about installing better kitchen cupboards; sometimes, to achieve the functionality you need in your new kitchen, we open the space by knocking out an entire wall. Other times, we discover it’s better to relocate the entire kitchen to another area of the home so that it works more effectively with the rest of the house.

No matter how much construction (and deconstruction for that matter) goes into the design of your kitchen, once we know what the structure of the space requires, we can then focus on the aesthetic elements. From major renovations to the small details that make every moment in the new kitchen joyful, we are eager to help you go from cramped and cluttered to grand and guest-worthy.

Elements to Consider in a New Kitchen

From sleek and efficient storage solutions, such as pull-out pantry shelves, appliance garages, and deep drawers for pots and pans, to commercial appliances, such as split fridge freezers, restaurant-grade stoves, and touchless faucets, there are so many ways to transform your kitchen into a space in which you’ll love to entertain.

Quality Appliances

Outdated and inefficient appliances can hinder your culinary endeavors. Invest in high-quality, energy-efficient appliances that not only enhance your cooking experience but also bring a modern touch to your kitchen. Stainless steel appliances, for example, offer durability and a contemporary look.

Better Lighting

A well-lit kitchen is both inviting and practical. Evaluate your current lighting situation and consider installing ambient, task, and accent lighting to create a well-balanced and visually appealing space. Pendant lights above the kitchen island or under-cabinet lighting can enhance both the functionality and the atmosphere of your kitchen.


Selecting cabinets can be a great deal of fun as you reimagine your kitchen. You’ll have the opportunity to select colors and materials that you love, while investing in storage that makes your entire kitchen easier to use.  


There are so many different surface types from which to choose, including granite, quartz, marble, and butcher block. We’ll help you evaluate both the aesthetics and practicality of the materials that best align with your cooking and cleaning habits.

Sink(s) and Faucet(s)

The cool thing about designing a new kitchen is that you can have more than one sink if it makes sense for you. You may be inspired to install a second sink at a drink station or your new home bar. The choice is yours, and you can select from a variety of styles and materials.


Your backsplash can be more than just something to protect your wall. It can be a style statement all its own that adds a decorative element to the kitchen.

Nip Tuck Is Ready to Help You Create Your New Kitchen!

The post-holiday season is the ideal moment to embark on a kitchen remodeling journey. By reflecting on the challenges that you faced during the holidays, we can help make sure you’ll have a new kitchen that not only meets your culinary needs but also brings joy and efficiency to your daily life. Start planning now, and by the time the next holiday season rolls around, you’ll be celebrating in a kitchen that perfectly complements your lifestyle. Get in touch.

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