JACKSONVILLE, FL (July 21, 2003) Now
more than ever, North Floridians are turning their homes into personal
sanctuaries. Families spend more time together at home, and the
kitchen has fast become the most popular room in the house.
At the Turnage Co., kitchen redesign and renovation has never been
so popular. "An ever-increasing number of people are renovating
their kitchens," said Tom Turnage, president. "While the
biggest pay off is the increase in quality of life, the financial
rewards are impressive as well." On average, kitchen remodels
return 80-95% on your initial investment.
What are some of the trends the Turnage Co. has observed in kitchens?
Get Wired. Kitchens aren't just for cooking anymore - they often
serve as a mini office or family room. More homeowners incorporate
non-cooking appliances into the kitchen. A recent National Kitchen
and Bath Association (NKBA) Design Trends Survey shows that electronics
such as computer centers, stereos and TV equipment are often designed
into kitchen projects.
Blending In. One popular kitchen feature incorporates appliances
that resemble furniture rather than industrial appliances. For example,
using cabinet panels to cover the fronts of dishwashers and refrigerators
so they blend in with the rest of the room.
Color. Muted, nature-inspired hues that reflect environmental elements
are expected to be hot this year. Pantone, Inc., the global authority
on color for the home furnishings industry, identified colors like
red earth, wood ash, and sage green will find popularity in appliances,
countertops, and cabinetry, reflecting a movement toward making
the kitchen a natural and comforting environment.
Open Up. One of the hottest and most steadfast kitchen trends is
opening the kitchen up to the entertainment or great room. If you're
remodeling an older home, consider knocking out walls and replacing
them with islands or counters. That way, family and guests can connect
in the family room, while maintaining the borders of the kitchen.
To add to the open feeling, coffered or pitched celings can give
an air of spaciousness.
Streamline. A trend throughout the house - but especially in the
kitchen - is minimizing clutter. Ellen Cheever, who has written
two books on kitchen and bath design for the National Kitchen and
Bath Association (NKBA), offers these tips in Style at Home magazine:
"Think about what you use weekly, monthly and yearly. You can
organize and work in a small space if you have self-discipline about
She suggests having areas that do double duty. "If you have
a table, can it have a shelf underneath for oversize pots and pans?
If there's wall space above the table, can you install an open rack
there? Buy the best cabinets you can and outfit the insides of them
so that every inch is organized."
If you're considering a kitchen remodel for an older home, Turnage
Co. has some tips and questions to ask yourself. "It's important
to understand that most of these great historic homes in our Avondale,
Riverside and San Marco neighborhoods feature kitchens that weren't
designed for today's lifestyle. Many of them were smaller, as they
were used for serving. Homeowners want to maintain the unique character
of their home, while bringing the kitchen up to meet their needs,"
said Tom Turnage, President of Turnage Co.
Turnage said that for any kitchen remodel, it's important to spend
time documenting exactly how you use the room before you make changes.
" First determine what you like best about your kitchen. If
you're not sure, take notes for a few weeks. You may find that you
don't have enough space for food prep, or that you wish you had
additional seating for entertaining."
He continues: "Asking yourself questions will help you communicate
your needs to your designer. The better you can communicate, the
better your kitchen will be. The rewards in terms of lifestyle improvement
Turnage Co. is an award-winning, full-service, design/build construction
company based in Jacksonville, Florida. Since inception in 1989,
Turnage Co. has planned, designed and/or constructed hundreds of
high quality projects including residential and commercial remodeling,
custom homes, office buildings and historical restorations. For
more information, visit http://www.turnageco.com/. You may also
call the Avondale/Ortega office at (904) 387-0770 , or the San Marco
location at (904) 399-0411.
Tom Turnage, Turnage Co.
4114 Herschel Street, Ste. 100
Jacksonville, FL 32210
(904) 389-8383 fax