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Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Art-kitchen-1Often the first room new home occupants want to remodel is the kitchen. As the heart of the home, the kitchen is a direct reflection of style and lifestyle. Customizing it to better fit your needs can make a substantial difference in your every day. At ART Design Build, we’ve been helping our clients remodel kitchens in the Bethesda and Washington DC area for decades. We’ve compiled a few tips below from our years of experience.

Function Trumps Form
While we wouldnormally strive for form equals function, when it comes to kitchen remodeling, function wins in the initial planning phase. Think first about how you use the space and then determine what’s most important to you. Consider what types of foods you cook most and then about what would make it easier or better. If you cook with fresh foods, consider a larger sink area and prep area. If a morning breakfast person, consider a built-in griddle. If take-out is more your style, add a larger kitchen island with bar stools.

Consider Who’s in the Space
The kitchen is often the center of the house where everyone gathers. The flow of traffic throughout the space should be top of mind. Ensure enough room around the cabinets, island, and appliances. Add plenty of seating for casual dining or chatting during prep and clean-up.

Brighten It Up
Lighting placement in the kitchen is essential to consider. Shadows and dark spaces can be frustrating and make it more difficult to enjoy the cooking process. Under-cabinet lighting can be an excellent supplement to overhead lighting. Consider hanging lights above the sink and over the island for more controlled lighting, as well.

Get Electric
Having appropriately placed power outlets in the kitchen requires forethought. Think not only about your big appliances, but also your small appliances, from your countertop mixer to your coffee machine. Add a special outlet dedicated to cell phone charging and other mobile devices for added convenience.

Think Quality
With so much traffic in the kitchen, don’t skimp on heavily used surfaces, including the countertops and flooring. Select materials that will stand the test of time with ongoing use. Stone in neutral colors not only has the strength, but can also remain in style for longer periods of time.

To learn more about our kitchen remodeling services in Bethesda and Washington DC, please contact us at 301-656-6500 and visit our portfolio.


Many Washington DC Newcomers Choose Bethesda 

Bethesda Home Remodeling
Located adjacent to Washington, DC, Bethesda, MD is known for being one of the most affluent and highly educated cities in the United States. Census da
ta shows 86% of its residents are college educated and earn a median income of $171,930. With such a reputation and its convenient location, Bethesda is often a first choice for area newcomers. Most are families, 75% actually, and many seek the prized public school systems and many private school options.

Even though the area experiences high turnover every four years, most are homebuyers, making up 84% of the real estate market, according to While the sale price has been dropping slightly, the median prices range from $790k-$890k. 

With such a hot market and the lack of inventory, homebuyers often choose to select a home based on neighborhood and then remodel it to meet their own families’ specific needs. Beautiful older homes and even more recently built homes often don’t have the features or the design aesthetic that the homebuyer prefers. While it has been a growing trend to tear down homes in the Bethesda area, small renovations or larger additions can preserve the historic qualities of the home and aesthetic of the neighborhood while refreshing the entire interior as desired. 

ART Design Build has done home remodeling in the Washington DC area since 1994. The firm’s award-winning projects, including remodels, ground-up builds, kitchen remodeling, and bath remodeling, line Bethesda neighborhoods and Washington DC. View our portfolio to view our latest work and contact us to learn more about our services. 

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ART Design Build is your Bethesda-based builder and remodeler since 1994. We specialize in kitchen and home remodeling in Washington DC.