Kitchen Remodeling Services

Next Door Logo Green
BBB Accredited Business Badge

Everything You Need to Know About Renovating Your Kitchen

And a Few Tips for Keeping Your Budget in Check

Isn't it funny how American homes have living rooms for entertaining but when guests visit they always hang out in the kitchen? Your kitchen is the heart of your home. It's where all the family comes together and where some of the best memories are created. No matter what size or style of kitchen you have, your kitchen should be beautiful and functional. That means plenty of storage, good traffic flow, and an inviting space for friends and family to come together. Don't's going to be some work...but we're here to guide you through the process of your kitchen remodeling project including cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, flooring, fixtures, lighting, and painting,

Big U-Shaped Island

Backsplash Splash

Elegance of Quartz

Kitchen Hangout


High Cabinets

Mixed Metals

Coffee Station

Engineered Sinks

Designer Range Hoods

Pops of Color

Walk-in Pantry

Top 6 Reasons Why Homeowners Renovate Their Kitchen

#1 - It's a Great Return on the Investment

Renovating a kitchen is a smart investment for several compelling reasons. Firstly, it enhances the functionality of the space, optimizing workflow and making cooking and meal preparation a breeze. Secondly, a modernized kitchen adds significant value to a home, increasing its overall market appeal and potential resale value. Thirdly, a kitchen remodel allows homeowners to incorporate energy-efficient appliances, saving on utility bills in the long run. Additionally, an updated kitchen creates a welcoming ambiance, making it a focal point for family gatherings and entertaining guests. Ultimately, investing in a kitchen renovation improves both the practicality and aesthetic appeal of a home, offering a worthwhile return on investment.

#2 - Entertaining and Lifestyle Fit

Remodeling a home kitchen has a transformative effect on entertaining guests and lifestyle. Firstly, a revamped kitchen provides a more open and inviting space, allowing hosts to interact with guests while preparing meals. Upgraded appliances and expanded countertop areas make cooking and serving more efficient and enjoyable. Additionally, incorporating an island or a breakfast bar creates a social hub for gathering and conversation. Stylish and functional storage solutions make organizing and accessing kitchen essentials effortless. With improved lighting and modern design elements, a remodeled kitchen sets the stage for memorable gatherings and enhances the overall lifestyle, providing a comfortable and impressive space to entertain friends and family.

#3 - Smart, Eco-Friendly Energy Savings

Renovating a kitchen offers the opportunity to make it more eco-friendly and energy-efficient. By installing energy-efficient appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, and stoves, homeowners can significantly reduce energy consumption and lower utility bills. Upgrading to LED lighting fixtures consumes less electricity and has a longer lifespan. Additionally, choosing sustainable materials for countertops, cabinets, and flooring, such as bamboo or recycled materials, reduces environmental impact. Proper insulation, sealing air leaks, and installing energy-efficient windows contribute to better temperature control and reduce the need for heating or cooling. Ultimately, a kitchen renovation allows homeowners to create a more environmentally conscious space that conserves resources and promotes sustainable living.

#4 - Extra Cabinet Space and Functionality

Remodeling a home kitchen presents an excellent opportunity to create extra space and enhance functionality. By reconfiguring the layout and optimizing storage solutions, homeowners can maximize the available space. This can be achieved through the addition of cabinets, drawers, and pantry organizers, providing ample room for storing kitchen essentials. Introducing an island or expanding existing countertops offers more surface area for meal preparation, cooking, and hosting. Upgrading appliances to more compact and efficient models frees up valuable space. Furthermore, thoughtful design choices like installing pull-out shelves and utilizing vertical storage options maximize functionality, making the kitchen more organized and efficient for daily tasks.

#5 - More Natural and Artificial Light

A renovated kitchen can greatly enhance the amount of natural and artificial light, creating a brighter and more inviting space. By incorporating larger windows or adding additional windows, homeowners can maximize the intake of natural light, illuminating the entire kitchen area. Installing skylights or light tubes can further amplify natural light penetration. Upgrading light fixtures to brighter and energy-efficient options, such as LED recessed lights or pendant lights, improves overall visibility and brightness. Mirrors and reflective surfaces can also be strategically placed to bounce light and create a sense of spaciousness. By focusing on effective lighting design, a renovated kitchen can transform into a well-lit and cheerful environment.

#6 - Special Needs

A renovated or remodeled kitchen can greatly benefit individuals with special needs by enhancing accessibility and functionality. Customized features like lowered countertops, adjustable-height cabinets, and pull-out shelves ensure that the kitchen is easily accessible for individuals with mobility challenges or wheelchair users. Wider pathways and clear floor space accommodate easy maneuverability. Installing touch-activated or lever-handled faucets, as well as easy-to-reach appliances and controls, simplifies daily tasks for those with limited dexterity or strength. Adequate lighting, contrasting colors, and clear visual cues aid individuals with visual impairments. By incorporating universal design principles, a renovated kitchen can promote independence, safety, and convenience for individuals with special needs, allowing them to fully participate in cooking and meal preparation activities.

This Month's Featured Kitchen Project

The finished product has made us very happy!


You can not find a more competent, skilled and personally kind and comfortable team! Tim leads as one of the team. He is responsive to ideas and needs and in the creative process with the customer. His estimates are on the mark because he Is skilled and honest. The finished project has made us very happy. We have no reservations about endorsing him. He has already responded to referrals from us.

13 Designer-Approved Kitchen Remodeling Trends in Greater Saint Louis

We also track kitchen design trends. Below are 13 of the top designer-approved trends for the St. Louis area. From rich cabinets to well-appointed accessories, you're bound to find a current idea that speaks to your aesthetic and budget.

A professional designer can expose you to some of the newest and most popular trends in kitchen design. Many homeowners want an open floor plan where the kitchen is opened up to the living area. Creating a large “open-concept” space is great for entertaining and removes some of the feeling of moving in tight spaces. Removing the kitchen peninsula and incorporating an island workspace with seating has been the key to achieving this goal. Pursuing current trends can have their downside if today's kitchen remodel looks old and dated five years from now. We're here to help guide you. 

It's Time to Move to the Big Island

We all know everyone gathers in the kitchen, so plan for it by designing a custom, U-shaped kitchen island using modular cabinetry and a durable countertop. It'll keep you in the middle of the action and give everyone else a place to do their thing.

According to one designer, customers who crave marble countertops often say they're afraid to install them because they might scratch them. "We are huge fans of natural materials, so we always encourage our clients not to be afraid to add character to the countertop". Adding a manmade material at the perimeter, closer to the workspace and using marble on the non-food preparation area of the island island mixes function and design.

It's Your Time to Make a Splash

Updating your cooking and food prep area with a tile backsplash is a visually appealing, functional and long-lasting design choice. It allows plenty of room for your own creativity to shine through. If you opt for subway tile, you can even design your own pattern that harmonizes with the look you want.

The Simple Elegance of Quartz

Another approach is a seamless countertop-backsplash. According to one kitchen designer, "The unification of the kitchen countertop and backsplash is a trend we’ll see more of over the next year. The eye needs a place to rest and not every surface requires a different finish or color to be interesting or compete for the attention. Using the same countertop material for a kitchen backsplash creates a cohesive and clean look, with opportunities for big impact! It can add a touch of modern sophistication to any style kitchen you may have."

Kitchens Are Not Just for Cooking Anymore

According to one kitchen designer, because of Zoom meetings, virtual classes and cooking, our kitchens are getting more use than ever. Limited shopping trips are also prompting us to stock up on more items than usual. Multi-use kitchens are another design trend that's taking hold, whether you need it for business, schoolwork, storage or meal prep.

Minimal to the Max

You can expect kitchens in the next several years to lean-in to minimalist designs with smart functionality and more technology. You’ll see more cordless, app-controlled, voice-controlled smart appliances and other features in the kitchen.

Minimal design always includes clean-lines, but watch for the incorporation of even more lines in the kitchen in the form of fine-grained woods, geometric patterns, and angular design on faucets and appliances.

Higher and Higher...Cabinets

If you're designing or updating your kitchen, cabinets will probably have to be custom-made, so why not install them all the way up to the ceiling? The upper shelves will be great for items you use only occasionally or seasonally. Tall cabinets with glass panels can show off collectibles or let your best crystal sparkle in the light.

Mixed Metals

According to one kitchen designer, you don't have to limit yourself to just one or two types of metal in the same space. "Lately, we've been enjoying a mix of brass, nickels and black metals for a layered, pieced-together look. A black faucet and polished nickel knobs are paired with a custom vent hood." Your faucet does not have to match your lights and cabinet hardware. If you're going with a stainless or satin nickel faucet and appliances, mix it up with black or brass hardware and lights. The repetition will balance out the mix and add a layer of depth and interest."

Coffee Stations

Most of us make a mad dash to the kitchen each morning for a cup of wake-up joe. One kitchen designer reports that clients are showing a lot of interest in built-in stations for coffee and espresso machines. Blenders, mixers and other plug-in accessories are being tucked out of sight, too. Adding appliance garages or pantries, complete with electrical outlets, hide those ugly that normally sit on your countertops.

Engineered Sinks

Kitchen designers are also noticing a shift away from traditional porcelain sinks. People are experimenting with concrete or engineered materials. Blanco, for example, makes a sink with a material called Siligranit. It comes in a variety of colors and offers a concrete look without the maintenance." The manufacturer says Siligranit is non-porous, food-safe and stronger and more durable than other sink surfaces.

Designer Range Hoods

Skip the stainless range hood. One current kitchen design trend is to use a range hood insert and then design a custom hood around it. You can use plaster, shiplap or other wood trim detailing to create a focal point that is an additional design element in the kitchen. White shiplap can add interest to a modern or farmhouse-style kitchen.

Pops of Color

The classic white kitchen is fresh, bright, modern and timeless. Be brave with a splash or dash of something rich, fun and full of life. An eye-catching pop of color strategically positioned below counter height creates a focal point that doesn't seem heavy or overwhelming. The contrast implies confidence in a very chic way."

Walk-In Pantry

Not content with simply finding a place for everything, homeowners look to add functionality to their kitchen storage. Working pantries, which include areas like coffee centers or a place to store and use small appliances, is a hot new kitchen trend.

Walk-in pantries can be hidden behind a set of elegant cabinet doors that match the kitchen's existing cabinetry for a seamless, harmonious look. This "secret" pantry offers everything from extra storage for those big Costco runs, and if you have the space, can be turned into a butler's pantry where it can be used as an additional food prep area.

Appliances Hidden Behind Walls

One kitchen design trend is to conceal large appliances like refrigerators behind wall panels. The panels let the fridge blend into the rest of the cabinetry, so the space has an open, streamlined look and feel. Paneling can also hide storage shelves and other appliances, such as stovetops and range hoods.