Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Phoenix Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

Diagram showing the Kitchen Work Triangle

1. Kitchen Layout

You are probably aware of the kitchen work-triangle. This refers to the best relationship between the sink, stove, and refrigerator, which should be separated by no more than 6 feet. A proper “work-triangle” will reduce needless steps while cooking in the kitchen and create enough space for prep and cooking.

2. Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinets set the tone and style of your entire home.  The drawer fronts and cabinet doors you choose will accentuate the aesthetics of your kitchen. But it is also important to choose the right durability for your needs.

Choosing the structural style of your cabinets is usually the first step.  Cabinets come in two popular styles: European or face frame.  European style cabinet doors and fronts serve as an overlay to cover the entire cabinet, thus allowing for more storage. On the other hand, face framing allows the wood visibility between doors and drawer fronts, typical of a craftsman style.  The downside to this is this requires face frame to have smaller sliders.

There are many wood species to choose from so you can be assured you will find one that suits your style. Ask your kitchen remodeling contractor for samples to help choose the right material for you.

3.Paint or Stain Your Kitchen Cabinets? 

Pro’s and Con’s for Staining and Painting your cabinets.


  • Variety of Shades
  • Easy repair and touch-ups. Low Maintenance.
  • Cheaper than paint
  • Great choice for the “DIYers”


  • Most popular look.
  • More processes than stais
  • Touch-ups are more difficult.
  • Requires professionals to repair and touch up.
  • 10-15% more expensive than stain

4. Choose the Appropriate Colors for your Kitchen

This might seem like the easiest choice, but choosing the right colors can either bring harmony to a room, or a create a wrong impression. In basic color theory, colors have different meanings and are generally either stimulating or relaxing. Here is a list of the colors of the rainbow and their meanings:

  • Red: Stimulating/Increases Appetite
  • Orange: Stimulating/ Increases Appetite
  • Yellow: Stimulating/ Increases Appetite
  • Green: Relaxing/Balance
  • Blue: Relaxing/Decreases Appetite
  • Indigo: Relaxing/Decreases Appetite
  • Violet: Balance/Relaxing/Decreases Appetite

The kitchen should combine of relaxing and stimulating colors.

5. Add Castling to Your Kitchen Cabinets

Horizontal lines at the top and bottom row of cabinets can make a kitchen look too static. A break from the horizontal line can give your kitchen remodel an updated look and nice appeal for resale.

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6. Open Floor Plan

Over the last 30 or so years, the open floor plan has become increasingly popular. Many remodels we’ve done in Arcadia and Central Corridor of Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ involve opening the living room and the kitchen by knocking down walls. This is also great for resale purposes.


7. Choose a Contractor with Kitchen Remodeling Expertise

It’s important to find a contractor that has access to designers capable of working with your ideas and needs. Traditionally remodels include an architect or designer, an engineer, and a general contractor. Pankow Construction incorporates a design/build model that combines all three in one office.  Allowing one company to oversee your  kitchen remodeling project saves you time and money.


8. Kitchen Counter tops

Countertops are important to your kitchen because they can help give your kitchen a particular tone and accentuate other materials in your kitchen, such as cabinetry and back splashes. This is a great place to express your personal tastes and style. Granite is still a solid option and many homeowners are expect to see this in a home remodel. However there are becoming more alternatives to Granite and it is acceptable to break away from the norm.


9. Kitchen Sink

When it comes to the kitchen sink, the function will usually outweigh the looks. Sinks come in an array of styles, but it is important to consider how you plan to use your kitchen sink. It is also important to choose a sink appropriate to the size of your kitchen.

It is recommended for kitchens less than 150 sqft to use a standard 22×24-in. single bowl. For larger kitchens there are multiple bowl options and it is often recommended to consider a secondary bar sink if more than one cook will be in the kitchen.

10. Kitchen Lighting

What good is the your perfect kitchen remodel if you can’t see its features? If you are fortunate enough to be situated near windows, use them! Nothing beats natural lighting, and there is plenty of it in a city like Phoenix, AZ. But what about at night or in cases where you don’t have any windows? That’s when using a combination of ambient, task, and natural lighting comes in hand.

Pendant lightings are typically used as task lighting above a kitchen island or peninsula. They serve as a perfect design element that accentuates the tone of your kitchen.

Under mount lighting is a nice way to add luminosity to areas otherwise void in your kitchen. They’re a  great way to accent your kitchen’s features such as a special tile backsplash or glassware.

Recessed lighting is by far the most popular way to light a kitchen. It has become a standard choice of lighting in contemporary homes.


Ready to start your kitchen remodel today? Contact Pankow Construction at 602-595-0799 or visit our contact page to write us an email.