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A kitchen remodel can be a fun and easy project that makes a big difference in your home. When you’re remodeling your kitchen, you want to make sure you include all of the features that will make your cooking experience better, a general contractor in northern Virginia got you covered. Here are six of the most important features to consider when remodeling your kitchen.

1. Bar Sink

The bar sink is a large sink with a countertop shelf for storage. The sink has an open area underneath, which is perfect for storing pots and pans while they are being washed or dried. This type of sink comes in either stainless steel or porcelain depending on how much maintenance it needs. It should always have two drainboards (one below the other) so that food waste doesn’t get stuck between the lower one and the floor. If possible, install a soap dispenser as well. Because the bar sink is not very attractive and takes up more space than a standard under-mount sink, you need to set aside a few design considerations before installing this kind of sink.

2. Granite Countertops

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Granite is a popular choice because it’s durable, inexpensive, easy to clean, and looks good any way you arrange it. You can also customize a granite countertop by choosing different colors and patterns. However, granite must be sealed regularly; otherwise, it will stain easily. Additionally, although granite may be the ideal material, you should consider other options such as quartz or Corian®. These alternatives don’t require regular sealing but are pricier than granite. To find out if granite is right for you, consult a general contractor in northern Virginia for advice on what best suits your needs and budget.

3. Wall Ovens

Wall ovens come in many shapes and sizes, but all of them use convection technology which means that whatever you’re baking will bake evenly. They usually have at least three racks so you can cook multiple dishes simultaneously. While traditional wall ovens have a small opening at the top, convection ovens offer a wider opening for better visibility. Convection ovens are designed to hold conventional and specialty foods, making them great for families who love baked goods.

4. Dishwasher

Dishwashers are convenient because they save time washing dishes after meals. There are several types of dishwashers available, including those that wash only glassware or silverware, wash all items at once, and automatically load dirty dishes into bins for later disposal. Dishwashers usually come equipped with a couple of settings that control water temperature. Some models also allow you to adjust the setting manually. Although some do so faster than others, all models feature a self-cleaning cycle. Generally speaking, stainless steel models last longer and are easier to maintain than enameled models.

5. Deep Drawers

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Deep drawers are great for storing extra utensils and ingredients. They have compartments for each item, allowing you to organize items according to where you’ll find them most often. Deep drawers are usually made of wood; however, metal versions are also available. Look for a deep drawer with adjustable shelves so that you can add or remove items as needed.

6. Pantry Cabinets

Pantry cabinets store frequently used items like flour, sugar, oil, spices, and canned goods. Installing pantries usually requires tearing down walls, which might mean removing doors, drywall screws, fixtures, and lighting. Depending on the size, pantries might take anywhere from 10 minutes to 2 hours to complete. Be warned that many people install their pantries incorrectly, meaning that they are difficult to access and won’t provide much additional storage space. If you don’t know how to install a pantry, consider hiring an experienced professional.

Are you looking for ways to remodel your kitchen? MidAtlantic Contracting Inc. is a general contractor in northern Virginia offering full-service home improvement and construction services for commercial and private sectors. Contact us today for remodeling services.