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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Small Kitchen


Your kitchen is where laughs are had and memories are made. However sometimes you may wish you had just a bit more space to work with.  If your kitchen is a bit undersized, check out these tips to help your kitchen feel roomier than it is!

Creative Shelving

One thing you will want to do if you are trying to save space in your kitchen is get inventive with your shelves.  Install pull-out shelves, shelves that rotate within your cabinets, hooks underneath your shelves to hang your pots and pans, or remove cabinet doors to save money and make your space feel larger.  There are many different ways to creatively increase the space you have to work with, try to interject some of your own personal style.

Natural Lighting

Another thing you can do to help your small kitchen feel roomier is install as many windows as possible to maximize your natural lighting.  If it’s possible, you could consider a skylight, which will open the room up vertically in a way that nothing else can.  If you cannot install a skylight, you can still make sure your kitchen is well lit with a good mix of regular windows and artificial lighting. Ensuring your kitchen has a good amount of light will help it feel like a larger space than it is.

Breakfast Bar

If you don’t have enough room for a kitchen table, consider installing a small breakfast bar over a couple of your cabinets.  You may have to give up a bit of counter space to get it done, but it will ensure that you have a place to sit down and eat other than your living room couch.  It also adds a nice touch of ambiance, without taking up much space at all.

Wall Space

If you have any extra wall space, use it for storage.  Instead of wasting space in a drawer or cabinet on your pots and pans, hang them up on your walls.  You can also hang up any stirring utensils that have handles to save yourself some cabinet space and add a bit of style to your kitchen.

Interested in remodeling your small kitchen today? Reach out to our team at (215) 372-0040 or fill out our online contact form for more information!

The Most Popular Styles For a Kitchen Remodel


For some folks, the centerpiece of their house is the kitchen. Having a kitchen that captures attention and personal flare, and provides the space needed to whip up amazing dishes is just what you may be dreaming of for the longest while. You don’t have to get an entirely new kitchen; instead, you can remodel your kitchen in some of the most popular styles. You have a vision of your perfect kitchen and here are some of the most popular kitchen styles that you can consider when taking on a kitchen remodeling project.

Rustic, Farmhouse Kitchens

A warm, inviting kitchen can be a place to make wonderful memories around great family moments, and a rustic farmhouse style can create that atmosphere for you. A rustic farmhouse kitchen style can come to life with a few key particulars when remodeling:

  • Shelving and storage are key features in farmhouse kitchens. In fact, remove the doors of some cabinets to maximize storage space, and in the process, you’ll produce open shelving and an airy atmosphere.
  • A large, deep, basin sink made of heavy-duty materials, featuring an apron-front adds flare to any rustic, farm kitchen. The practicality of these sinks makes them very homely and functional.
  • No farmhouse kitchen is complete without oversized features, such as islands, wooden tables and rustic fireplaces. The pieces elevate the rustic feel of the kitchen, along with the elegance.

Sleek Styling Modern Kitchen

If a cutting-edge kitchen is what you desire, something modern is the best choice for your home. Sleek styling, strong, horizontal lines and industrial elements are characteristic of a modern kitchen space. You can call it a 21st century kitchen. Here are some key features that can put your modern kitchen look together:

  • For a modern design, make your cabinet style overlay or full overlay, also referred to as Euro frameless, creating a sleek, consistent look.
  • When giving your kitchen a modern makeover, less is more. Small details keep things simple, focused and clean. There is no need for embellishments and overdesign. Go for solid counters, integrated hardware, and pieces with industrial elements.

Warm Traditional Kitchens

Traditional kitchen styles are popular designs for any kitchen remodeling project. These styles feature timeless elements:

  • The beautiful architectural details give the space an elegant appeal. Features can include sweeping arches, raised-panel cabinets and corbels.
  • A vintage touch in the form of classic stains (distressed and aged stains) are the ideal choice for traditional kitchens.
  • Stylish lighting, from chandeliers to lantern-style lighting can elevate the mood of a kitchen.

To get your beautiful, stylish kitchen, hire Ryann Reed Design Build for your remodeling job. We offer exceptional designs and service, bringing dreams to life and families together.

5 common mistakes to avoid when remodeling your kitchen

5 common mistakes to avoid when remodeling your kitchen


A kitchen is considered the heart of the house. It’s one of the main reasons why it is the highest demands when it comes to interior remodeling projects. With such significant investment, homeowners cannot simply afford to make any errors. Before you hire a contractor here are 5 common mistakes we always run into when remodeling a kitchen and how to avoid them.

1. Expect the unexpected

When it comes to remodeling any projects, always be prepared to overestimate the time that was initially set out to be. Materials arrived received cracks or missing pieces can add an extra week to the project. An experienced contractor should provide you a list of things you should be prepared for in case something happens.

2. Living without a kitchen

Get used to eating outside of the kitchen for several weeks as some of the kitchen utilities will be unavailable. We recommend building a temporary station outside of the kitchen and buy deposable plates and utensils to save you from washing up. Before leaving for the day, contractors like to leave things organized to help them get started in the morning. With homeowners continually coming in and out, moving things around could set back contractors from doing their job because they can’t find their tools. Don’t be that person!

3. Paying too early

Unfortunately, these issues still happen. No matter what the circumstances are, you should never pay for the entire project until the job is completed. We recommend you to do your research thoroughly to ensure you get the best contractor who is experienced and knowledgeable in your town. You should always feel comfortable with the contractor before you sign the paperwork.

4. Not being organized

As well as keeping your house maintained and easily accessible for contractors, ordering the materials ahead of time will allow the project to run smoothly. There’s nothing more frustrating for homeowners than seeing a half-empty kitchen! Also, make sure the measurements are accurate to avoid any misaligned disaster.

5. Being too cheap

We understand that budget is very important to homeowners, but buying cheap materials won’t last and could cost you more in the long run. If you are unsure about how to budget your kitchen project, give our design consultants a call, and we will provide you with the best solutions to get you prepared.

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Ways to redesign your kitchen on a budget


Remodeling a kitchen can be an exciting and fun process for homeowners but it can also be daunting because of the impending costs that come along with it. Kitchen remodeling isn’t actually that expensive and if you follow some of our tips, you may be able to make a few updates yourself.

1. Map Out Your Vision

Nothing is more frustrating when you don’t know where to start. Mapping out your whole plan can save a lot of money by not accidentally buying products you don’t need. Once you find out what you want your kitchen to look like, it will be much easier to buy the necessary products. This will also save time as you wont be scrambling after each completed task of a remodel. If you have no idea, look online or ask a professional at a home design store what looks are ideal for a little inspiration.  One thing you have to consider is, is it doable yourself or do you need an expert to help you out?

2. Getting To Work

Here are some cheaper items that you should take into consideration when building out a plan.

  • Changing the cabinet covers.
  • Instead of spending cash to replace the entire cabinet system, you can buy new handles and replace them. Run to your local home craft goods store and pick a style that suits you.
  • You can also paint over the old cabinets to give them a more refreshing look.
  • Do your walls look plain? You can either buy some wallpaper or show off your artistic skills by painting a cool design to give it a nice finishing look.
  • Add a few paintings to complement the Feng shui of your room, this is your kitchen, find your Zen.
  • A change in lighting fixtures may give you a brighter look on how you see your kitchen.

Small updates like these can make a big difference until you’re ready for a full kitchen remodel. Once that time comes, reach out to the specialists at Ryann Reed!

Common mistakes homeowners make during a remodel

Mistakes Homeowners Make During a Remodel


One thing most homeowners tend to forget when taking on their own kitchen remodel is that they’ve never done it before. Mistakes are bound to happen, some could be significant and costly and other times could be small but straightforward to fix. Either way, we are always learning. Here are 5 of the common mistakes homeowners make during a remodel and how to avoid them.

Underestimating Your Budget

One of the most common issues we encounter with our clients is handling their budget. Expenses can easily add up without you expecting it. This can be troublesome when realizing you may have to overspend midway through a project. Good advice is to save up an extra 15% of your cost estimate. This ensures if you run into any issues or plans for additional costs, you’re not overwhelmed.

Not Double-Checking Your Permits

Homeowners often don’t get the required permits when starting a construction project and that can cost you dearly. However, keep in mind, you are not an expert in this, and it is your local contractor’s job to remind to have this checked before getting started.

Going With The Flow

It’s easy to get carried away with the smallest details when remodeling a kitchen. As soon as the new countertop, island, or cabinet is installed people often want to add some tile or other modern material to best compliment their new addition. But, this unplanned addition this can end up costing you more than you first anticipated.

Underestimating Material Costs

When it comes to ordering materials such as flooring, siding or tile, a good rule of thumb is to order 15-20% extra, which you can always sell away or use any extra for other areas. Ordering a second batch separately may cost a lot more if not included in the original set.

Underestimating time.

This all depends on what season you plan on having your kitchen remodeled. Time is very important, and not only does that mean more money but it also can disrupt your normal daily life. You may have to cancel plans such as vacations or work parties you’ve been looking forward to. Being organized by communicating with your contractors will save valuable time down the road.