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Group of diverse people are gathering for christmas holiday

5 Ways to Make Extra Space for Holiday Houseguests

Heading home for the holidays is a time-honored tradition, but what if yours is the home that everyone is headed to? It can be tricky to fit everyone together under one roof, and booking hotel rooms just isn’t a good way to stay close during the holidays. Instead, try these easy strategies presented by Montchanin Builders.

Upgrade your sofa to a sofa bed

Add one more stop to your holiday shopping to-do list. At the furniture store, look for a sofa bed that will blend in with the existing décor in your family room or living room. This is a good option for homes that lack a dedicated guest bedroom. During the day, the sofa will provide needed seating options. But it can be easily folded out to become a comfortable bed for your houseguests at night.

Consider purchasing an air mattress

Invest in an air mattress to provide comfortable sleeping arrangements for guests in a pinch. Air mattresses are constructed far better these days than they used to be. And there’s no need to manually pump in air. Just attach the electric air pump to inflate the bed. Some electric air pumps will also deflate the bed for added convenience. Once your guests leave, all that’s needed is to roll up the deflated bed, secure it within its case or bag, and store it away from heat sources.

Give your guests some privacy

While you’re shopping, look for a pretty room divider or folding screen. You don’t have to leave the room divider set up during the day—just bring it out in the evening to give your houseguests a little more privacy.

Pick up the clutter

Everyone plans to clean before houseguests arrive, but go a step further and clear away enough clutter to give your guests some storage space. Make a little room in the closet or set up a garment rack so your guests can put away their items during their stay.

Plan a family sleepover

If you’d rather not purchase a new sofa bed, there’s another option: Plan a family sleepover. If you have kids, you could have them temporarily share a room. Whichever kid is temporarily moving to another room should pick up his or her bedroom and relocate all personal belongings that he or she might need for the duration of the guests’ stay. Your houseguests will feel more comfortable if the child doesn’t need to constantly enter the room to grab personal belongings.

If you only have one child, you could ask him or her to temporarily relocate to the master bedroom. Make the family sleepover fun and exciting for your child, such as by planning a family movie night or game night.

Is it time for a larger home for your growing family?

If picking up the clutter doesn’t do enough to free up space in your home, it may be time to consider a more permanent solution, like a new, move-in ready home built by Montchanin Builders. Our expert craftsmen build new construction homes in Wilmington, DE within our masterfully designed, walkable communities. You can find the perfect townhouse or single-family home to accommodate your growing family. If you’re ready to move, give us a call at 302.472.7212 and we’ll explain the special financing deals that can help you move into a custom home large enough for your growing family. Tour our communities of Darley Green, The Overlook at Rockford Falls, or The Town of Whitehall today!

Additional resources for organizing the home

  1. Southern Living, 10 Things You Need to Do Before Houseguests Arrive, https://www.southernliving.com/home-garden/prepare-for-houseguest
  2. Martha Stewart, 9 Tips for Hosting a Houseguest Without a Guest Room, https://www.marthastewart.com/1508801/tips-hosting-houseguest-without-guest-room

Beautiful and Budget-Friendly Bathroom Renovation Ideas

Renovating your bathroom is one of the surest ways to add value to your home. In fact, you can expect to recoup as much as 65 percent of the cost of your bathroom remodel when it’s time to put your house on the market. The average bathroom remodel costs nearly $20,000, but it isn’t always necessary to spend this much to get the look you want. By planning your renovation with a budget in mind, you might even be able to renovate other key areas of your home, such as the kitchen or outdoor living areas.

Here at Montchanin Builders in Delaware, our bathroom design experts bring their creativity and technical expertise to give each homeowner amazing results, regardless of their budget.

Update your lighting

New lighting fixtures are a quick, easy, and budget-friendly way to give new life to your bathroom. With the right lighting, you can make your bathroom look larger and more modern. Expecting a single lighting fixture to add both beauty and function is asking a lot. Instead, expect to install one central ceiling fixture, with secondary fixtures at key zones. The vanity is one place where you definitely don’t want to skimp on lighting. Add contemporary wall sconces to either side of the vanity mirror, which will cast an even glow on your face and make grooming tasks easier. Position the center of each lighting fixture at about eye level.

Lighting in the shower is also essential, especially if you’re still relying on a shower curtain instead of glass shower doors. Recessed lighting is ideal in this area. If you have enough space in your bathroom, you might add an accent light to put the spotlight on artwork or a tile wall mosaic.

Choose your central bathroom feature

Every well-designed bathroom should have a central feature that automatically draws the eye. A hot tub surrounded by greenery would do the trick, but this isn’t necessarily budget-friendly. Instead, consider looking for a fabulous, vintage-style clawfoot tub. Or, you might prefer to put the bulk of your budget into a stylish vanity or seamless glass shower door. If you’d rather not upgrade the major features of your bathroom, consider investing in luxurious tile, perhaps with an elaborate floor or wall mosaic.

Add stylish bathroom storage options

Bathroom storage options abound at retail stores, but those cheap shelving units that fit over the toilet likely won’t improve the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. Instead, add value, function, and aesthetics by choosing built-in storage options. Tall towel cabinets are popular. Try to find one that matches your bathroom and has attached shelving to keep your odds and ends corralled. If you have separate “his” and “hers” mirrors, consider adding a slim, compact shelving unit between them. Improving the storage capability of your bathroom lets you keep clutter out of sight, which makes your bathroom look larger and more serene.

Whatever your style preferences are and no matter how large or small your budget is, the team of expert designers at Montchanin Builders can bring your vision to life. Renovating your bathroom is a smart way to get more out of your home, both in terms of home value and your current enjoyment of your personal sanctuary. Visit our design center or request a tour of our beautiful model homes to see for yourself why Montchanin Builders is the trusted name in home renovation in Delaware.

Additional “bathroom redesign on a budget” resources

  1. Houzz, Built-ins Boost Storage in Small Bathrooms, http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/1787399/list/built-ins-boost-storage-in-small-bathrooms
  2. This Old House, A Lesson in Bathroom Lighting, https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/lesson-bathroom-lighting

Sprucing Up for Spring? Check Out These Fresh Design Ideas

Spring is officially here. Is your home ready? Before you get busy planning to host large family reunions or neighborhood barbecues, consider taking advantage of this spring’s fresh design ideas. Whether you choose a quick coat of paint for your walls or a major home addition, you can look forward to showing off your beautiful home during the warmer months.

Explore the psychology of color

Vintage wooden swing in the garden of an old house in springFew features evoke a visceral response quite like color, but it’s often difficult to know which color palette would work best for your home. Light, airy hues are reminiscent of springtime, but they also work well all year-round. Try creamy yellows that escort the sunlight into every corner of your home. Light greens encourage an energetic, yet soothing ambience and light rose hues create inviting spaces.

If pastels aren’t to your taste, you could break the mold by using stronger colors for springtime. Instead of strong red hues, try a bold orange palette, which offers a contemporary feel.

Remember to match your walls to the main decorative features of each room. If you have bold, bright rugs and throw pillows, choose a neutral, earthy color for your walls. Or, choose one color that plays a supporting role in your décor features and carry over its visual presence to the walls.

Extend your outdoor living spaces

Spring and summer are excellent opportunities to get to know your neighbors better. Consider additions such as a custom deck, patio, or porch. Few things say “neighborly” quite like a large, wraparound porch or a stylistic deck to house your grill.

If your home does already feature a deck or a porch, it’s time to spruce it up for spring. Add vibrant cushions to your porch swing by the front door or invest in new chaise lounge chairs for the backyard. Choose colors and materials that are evocative of nature, like wooden Adirondack chairs, rope hammocks, or wicker chairs with floral-patterned cushions.

Update your kitchen design scheme

It isn’t always necessary to do a major renovation to get your kitchen ready for spring. If you’re still in love with your cabinets, countertops, and floors, you can update your look for spring by adding some energetic touches like glass canisters full of lemons and limes. Flowers are a must to invite nature indoors. Choose springtime favorites like daffodils, pansies, or tulips.

Why renovate when you can buy new?

Planning renovations can be exciting, but the process is often exhausting. If the idea of a move-in ready home in Delaware appeals to you, check out the fresh designs from Montchanin Builders. Our unique floorplans and well-appointed interiors seamlessly combine all the modern amenities you could want with the old-fashioned character that is so often missing from houses in typical developments. Explore the luxurious designs at carefully crafted communities like Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, or Shipley’s Circle on our website. Or give us a call today to learn more!

Additional resources for spring home design ideas:

  1. House Beautiful, 60 Beautiful Spring Decorating Ideas, http://www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/colors/g1180/spring-decorating-ideas/
  2. Dering Hall, 4 Springtime Color Schemes to Try at Home, https://deringhall.com/daily-features/contributors/house-beautiful/4-springtime-color-schemes-to-try-at-home#

Top Home Renovations for 2017

Are you dissatisfied with the appearance or functionality of your home? Perhaps you’d like to remodel it, but aren’t quite sure which renovations would add the most value to your home. When you have questions, Montchanin Builders has the answers. Our home renovators in Delaware design creative solutions to fit every home and please every homeowner. When you’re planning your home renovation, keep these top trends for 2017 in mind.

The look of marble

Marble has long been a staple feature of upscale homes, but in 2017, be on the lookout for it to appear in surprising places. Marble isn’t just for kitchen counters any longer. Tiles with the chic look of marble can make a sophisticated kitchen or bathroom backsplash. Wallpaper has been stealthily making a comeback in recent years and, as you might have guessed, some of the up-and-coming wallpaper trends include the subtle look of marble. Try pairing light tones of marble with dark, richly colored wood or metallic touches.

Improvements for accessibility

Effective home renovation projects add to the home’s functionality as well as its aesthetic appeal. Home renovators are expecting to see a continuing rise in the number of requests for accessibility updates. Universal accessibility is a major concern for families affected by disabilities and for seniors who prefer to age in place. A home renovator from Montchanin Builders might suggest converting a flex room on the ground floor to an in-law suite for when aging parents have trouble navigating the stairs. No-step entries, varied height counters and cabinets, and widened doorways for wheelchairs and walkers are other smart upgrades to improve a home’s accessibility.

Smart storage in the bathroom

Another rising trend you can expect to see in 2017 is a renewed focus on the bathroom – specifically, its storage spaces. Gone are the days in which a solitary medicine cabinet would suffice. For a clean, uncluttered look, homeowners are demanding plenty of storage spaces designed to blend in with the décor.

And speaking of décor, consider upgrading the wall tile. A few years ago in Europe, dimensional tile began making waves and now the trend is making its way around the states. You can thank modern waterjet technology for dimensional technology, which is made to look three-dimensional. This not only adds depth to a room, it provides a visually appealing focal point for the room. Try dimensional tile as an accent wall to complement the vanity or place it above a hydrotherapy spa tub.

Montchanin Builders is a leading provider of move-in ready homes in Delaware. Our team of experienced and creative home renovators will work closely with you to make your vision for your home a reality. Our renowned craftsmanship and our commitment to best practices in construction translate to a winning combination that increases the value of your home and its functionality for your family. Call our office today or email. You can also browse our website for a virtual tour of new homes available at our Delaware communities: Darley Green, The Town of Whitehall, and Shipley’s Circle.

Top Home Renovations for Spring

overview of deck additionAs spring ushers in warmer weather, home owners invariably start considering home improvement projects they’ve been putting off all year. The snow and ice is finally gone, the temperatures are mild and it’s the perfect time to consider a makeover (or two!) that can really add value and personal enjoyment to your abode.

If you’re in need of some expert guidance on your fair-weather home improvement projects, look no further than Montchanin Builders – a respected Delaware home renovation contractor. Our team leverages a combined 60 years of experience serving the residents of Wilmington, Delaware County and neighboring Pennsylvania.

The following three projects are ideal for a spring home makeover, and many are improvements that will make your home much more appealing for future buyers.

Build a deck

Get ready for summertime BBQs and outdoor entertaining with a beautiful deck. Decks offer an inviting space for socializing and dining al fresco, and compared to other types of home renovations, deck additions can be very affordable. Besides being a cost-effective project, deck installations increase the amount of useable outdoor space. Choose between a wide selection of pressure treated woods, composite materials, tiles, and eco-friendly decking made from reclaimed and recycled materials. If you’re working within a tight budget, your contractor can suggest the best plan that will accommodate your wishes, without sacrificing on aesthetics or safety.

Upgrade your siding

Years of harsh winter weather can do serious damage to vinyl siding. If your current home has weathered or broken siding, an upgrade can work wonders for enhancing the overall appearance of your home. This is a relatively minor spring remodel, and can help if you’re planning on selling your property anytime soon. The first step is having your siding professionally inspected. If an upgrade is warranted, your best bet is some of the newer vinyl siding that is energy efficient and extremely weather-resistant.

Spruce up kitchen cabinets

While kitchen remodels are some of the most popular and rewarding projects for homeowners, some residents may not be ready for such a hefty investment. One of this year’s most trendy home improvements for spring is revamping your kitchen cabinetry. This can be done with brand new, custom-built cabinets made with your choice of wood and finish, or simply replacing knobs and pulls for a fresh look at a low cost. Changing out all hardware for decorative metal and ceramic cabinet pulls can have a nice effect until you’re ready to take the plunge.  If you’re interested in a total kitchen remodel, Montchanin’s skilled contractors can design and build your dream kitchen, complete with new cabinets, an island, and all of the luxurious details that will turn your kitchen into the focal point of your home.

Home renovation experts in Delaware

From garage renovations and kitchen remodels to custom deck building, Montchanin Builders is your source for quality craftsmanship and first rate customer service. Remodeling and renovation projects can be overwhelming when undertaken alone. Put your trust in veteran home improvement professionals who can ensure that your project turns out exactly as planned, and is delivered on-time and on-budget.

Call Montchanin Builders at 302-472-7213 to learn more about our construction management services in DE or contact us online!

Create Your Outdoor Space for Barbecue Season

gorgeus deckSpring is already underway in Delaware and Memorial Day weekend is right around the corner. With summer fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about sprucing up your home’s exterior.

Outdoor living is one reason why Darley Green, Shipley Road, and The Cedars have become such popular communities in the Wilmington, DE area. These move-in ready homes already offer premier features, but for the discerning homeowner looking for a little something extra, Montchanin Builders is pleased to offer our deck design and creation services.

Exceptional construction for superior durability

When planning an outdoor living space, durability is just as important as aesthetics. Why spend time and money building your dream deck if it’ll start looking weathered within a few years? When you choose Montchanin Builders for your new deck, you can rest assured that you’ll be getting the best quality for exceptional longevity. Our focus is on building structures that are stronger than industry standards and typical practice. The end result is a superior structure to please generations.

Modern touches for luxurious outdoor living

With a little help from our designers, you’re free to think outside of the box. Why limit yourself to a simple square deck with a single level? We’ll bring your vision to life with our informed suggestions, while conforming to the budget you provide. You might prefer a multi-leveled deck that ties into surrounding features such as your pool, garden or landscaping. Choose from synthetic materials or gorgeous hardwoods, light or dark stains to complement the beauty of your home.

Another aspect to consider when planning your new deck is its functionality. Decks should be beautiful, but they should also be positioned appropriately for the convenience of the homeowner and guests. For instance, you might consider adding an outdoor kitchen to your deck. If so, you’ll want an access point convenient to your indoor kitchen for the ease of transporting your ingredients.

Your new outdoor cooking space could be as simple or as elegant as you wish: From a rustic fire pit to a modern space that features outdoor refrigeration, countertops, grills, and a bar.

Home renovation in Delaware

Your home is among your largest investments and it deserves the very best; but it isn’t always easy for homeowners to find remodeling contractors they can trust. Montchanin Builders has handpicked its team of seasoned deck builders for this very reason. It’s our mission to help homeowners enjoy the best in life, from our thoughtfully planned communities to our top-quality home improvement services.

When you choose Montchanin Builders for home renovations, you’ll interact with professional, courteous staff members who will walk you through every step of the process – from brainstorming design ideas to selecting premier materials.

Call our offices today at 302-472-7213 or email wwright@montchaninbuilders.net and discover for yourself why we’ve earned our stellar reputation among Delaware homeowners.

Top 4 Reasons to Own Instead of Rent

darley greenIn 2012, real estate authority Trulia reported that the great American dream of home ownership was poised for a strong comeback following the sub-prime mortgage crisis of 2007-2009.

The prediction held true: the housing market grew stronger as Americans found that buying a home was often more affordable than renting one – particularly in major metropolitan regions.

Top 4 reasons to buy vs. rent

Despite attractive prices for existing and new construction homes, the prospect of owning a house remains daunting for many. Insurance payments, mortgage fees and upkeep costs are enough to deter Millennials who might not be ready for a long-term commitment.

As we delve into 2016, which is the better financial move? Buying a home or renting? Here are the top four reasons – which take into account lifestyle and financial priorities – why it’s better to buy instead of rent.

Fixed mortgages remain steady, while rents may rise

Current mortgage interest rates (30-year-fixed) are still comparatively low – hovering between 3.85 and 4.0 percent as of February 2016. If you purchase a condo or townhome with a fixed-rate mortgage, your monthly payment will never increase over the course of the loan. Unless you are one of the lucky few who live in a rent-controlled building, you’re at risk of gradual bumps in your monthly fee, which can place unexpected strain on your disposable income.

Enjoy your life and customize your space

Another perk of owning versus renting is the unbridled freedom to remodel, paint and customize your home as you please. From replacing the floors to adding a new custom deck, home ownership means you never have to ask a landlord or property manager for permission, because YOU are in charge. Keep in mind that even modest home renovations (like a bathroom or garage) can seriously increase the value of your property.

You are building equity

Real estate experts caution that buying a home should never be done purely for investment purposes, given that significant appreciation is not always a sure thing. This doesn’t mean that the property you purchase today won’t be worth more than you bought it for down the line, however.

More important is the concept of building equity through home ownership. This value gradually increases over time as the mortgage gets paid off. According to financial specialist Matthew Frankel, having equity in your home is not only essential to help cover emergency expenses or your teen’s college tuition, it also makes it simpler to get a bank loan for just about anything else. And – unlike renters who are building zero equity – you’ll have some money in the bank in the event you sell your home down the road.

Tax deductions

One of the principle tax benefits of homeownership is the ability to deduct mortgage interest payments very year. Homeowners are also able to deduct certain expenses (like some energy-efficient improvements). In certain cases, owners may also be eligible to sidestep federal taxes on earnings from the sale of a home.

Delaware homes by Montchanin Builders

The pride of home ownership is something that many Americans aspire to experience, as it provides a certain satisfaction that eclipses any financial benefits or motivations.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a new home in Delaware, Montchanin Builders is proud to offer beautiful condos and townhomes near Wilmington that provide an instant sense of neighborhood and community. The luxurious homes at Darley Green are affordably priced starting in the low $200’s and feature closing cost incentives for qualified buyers.

Contact our sales team today for more info! 302-655-2600.

3 Home Renovations to Consider this Winter

living room kitchen designThe winter season can bring on a bad case of cabin fever for some Delaware residents.

Turn the season around with home renovations that are particularly beneficial during those long, cold winter months. Montchanin Builders recommends numerous home renovations during the winter months, when contractors are more readily available and you have time to oversee indoor projects.

Consider these three popular home renovations this season if you are looking for a way to update your home, add space or simply enjoy fresh surroundings in 2016.

Kitchen remodeling

The kitchen is often the place where the family spends a significant portion of time, so kitchen remodeling can have a positive impact on everyone in the home. Kitchen remodels also provide the greatest resale value as a general rule, which means you will enjoy the greatest return on your renovation investment. Winter is also the perfect time to tackle this large project, from replacing countertops and refinishing cabinets to completely restructuring the flow of your space and creating a whole new look for the “heart of your home.”

Kitchen remodeling is a relatively major undertaking that can seem overwhelming to some Delaware homeowners. The experienced renovation experts at Montchanin Builders provide expert advice and guidance through every step of the process. With many modern, energy-efficient options to choose from, your new kitchen can be as practical as it is beautiful.

Bathroom remodel

The bathroom is another good room to give your attention to during the winter months. Bathroom remodels can turn your basic bath into a mini-sanctuary where you can relax and unwind after a busy day. With beautiful fixtures and luxurious touches, your bathroom can be transformed into your own private spa with all the trimmings.

Bathroom renovations offer an excellent return on your initial investment. If you begin your project now, you will have a beautiful new space for guests you are expecting this spring and summer. While this project is significantly smaller than a kitchen remodel, the far-reaching benefits of a beautiful new bathroom will continue to delight you throughout the year.

Basement finish

Your basement may be a wealth of expandable space that can add a game room, home theater or additional bedrooms to your home. Basement finishing is a cost-effective way to increase your home’s value while providing you with extra space to accommodate your changing needs or growing family.

The key to a successful basement remodel is choosing a layout and design for the space that will give you the greatest amount of function. At the same time, you want your basement to feel like a cozy haven where you can enjoy your indoor time throughout the winter months and all year long. Trust the expertise and experience of the professionals at Montchanin Builders to help you design a space that you will enjoy and use for many years to come.

Delaware home renovation services

Home renovations can be an excellent way to while away the chilly months of our Delaware winter. The staff at Montchanin Builders is ready to help you transform any room in your home into a modern, efficient and beautiful space your entire family is sure to enjoy.

To learn more about our home renovation services in Delaware, contact us today at 302-655-2600.

5 Home Renovation Ideas For Fall

living room kitchen designSummer is an extremely busy time for Delaware home renovation contractors, but there is still much to be done in the cooler autumn months. These five fall home remodeling projects can save you money throughout the winter, protect your home from snow and ice damage, and give you a more pleasant interior space where you’ll be spending more time as you hunker down for the winter.

1. Windows and doors

Some people wait until the winter drafts are seeping in to call a home renovation contractor. However, the work then involves building a temporary wall and exterior frame with poles and polyethylene to keep the interior protected during the remodel. Sometimes projects need to be rescheduled when the weather is particularly inclement and the job cannot be done right. To avoid all this trouble, we recommend updating windows and doors in the fall to better insulate your home for the holidays and save money on your heating bills.

2. Painting

We advise that painting be done in the swing seasons to avoid issues. Summer isn’t the best time for painting, as the humidity interferes with paint drying and can cause walls to look splotchy. Winter is another bad time for painting due to the lack of ventilation, which causes paint fumes to remain in the home longer and lengthens the drying process. But why wait until spring to freshen up your interior and create a cheerier space for yourselves? New paint – particularly in the living, kitchen and dining rooms — will create a more enjoyable place to gather for the holidays.

3. Bathroom or kitchen tile

Many types of tile adhesives require temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees to bond properly, which can easily be controlled via an indoor thermostat. Colder winter air can cause issues with the adhesives — not to mention uncomfortable cold air and wet coming into the home with all the tiles. A kitchen bathroom remodel including updated tile is something you will enjoy showing off to holiday dinner guests, too!

4. Fireplace or HVAC update

Winter tends to be a very busy time for Delaware HVAC contractors who field frantic calls from homeowners who are bundled up in blankets and multiple layers, anxiously awaiting emergency help. You don’t want to wait until it’s freezing outside, your hot water switches off, or there is a snowstorm to find your HVAC system doesn’t work. Maintenance inspections cost a lot less than unexpected emergency repairs! Montchanin Builders can design and install a new fireplace in the autumn months to take the chill out of the home, create a cozier ambiance and lower heating costs through the winter.

5. Roofing and gutters

Roof repair in the fall helps your family avoid extreme winter cold and summer heat. Cleaning out the gutters will avoid issues like ice dams and sudden roof or foundation leaks as well. Nothing is worse than water seeping into the home in the middle of winter! The summer months are often hindered by extremely hot weather, as materials are impacted by the scorching sun. Replacing roofing materials in the winter can be unconducive, so truly fall or spring are the best times for a roofing project.

Delaware home renovation

Montchanin Builders can help with any Delaware home remodeling or renovation project. As established local builders, we have an impressive track record of professional, top-quality work. Contact us at 302-655-2600 to discuss your needs.


5 Tips For Open Air Kitchen Home Renovation

outdoor kitchen - montchaninTwo decades ago, homeowners started to feel as though they weren’t fully maximizing their outdoor space with a simple stand-alone grill set next to an outdoor table set. Beginning in warm locales like California and Arizona, homeowners with beautiful, private backyards began designing more robust outdoor working spaces where they could cook and entertain next to their scenic in-ground pools and gardens.

Today, the trend has spread to East Coast backyards in Pennsylvania and Delaware, where Montchanin Builders helps clients design the backyard space of their dreams.

Our Delaware home addition experts offer the following five tips for a functional and charming open air kitchen design, no matter your budget.

1. Look for low maintenance materials

Being subjected to the elements is what ultimately separates an outdoor kitchen from an indoor cooking space, so material selection should factor prominently in your design. The easier your kitchen is to clean and maintain, the more use you’ll get out of your space. Stainless steel is sanitary and corrosion-resistant. Poured concrete is a popular choice for counters and table tops, as it can withstand abuse from rain and sun. Some customers like the look of cultured granite with UV stabilizers as well. Sealed pavers, concrete, or natural stone blocks with low porosity work well for low-maintenance outdoor flooring. Avoid tile, which can crack in Delaware’s cold winters, and marble, which can be slippery when wet and easily sullied by grease stains.

2. Choose an architectural focal point

As with interior design, the best open air kitchen remodels have a focal point that draws the eyes of onlookers, with the rest of the area framed around that centerpiece. For some outdoor spaces, this anchor could be a fireplace, a wood-fired pizza oven, a weather-resistant flat-screen TV, or a pool-side bar. We always like spaces that are open and airy, but still private – with tall outdoor draperies, a pergola with chandelier lighting or outdoor sconces, or floral arbors. We can help you select similar design aesthetics from your interior to bring into your exterior kitchen space for a cohesive look and blend your entertainment area with other structures like ponds, pools, gardens or children’s playsets for seamless integration.

3. Keep the cook involved in the party

Like open concept kitchens that are so popular in modern homes these days, the ideal backyard kitchen makes it easy for cooks to interact with guests, without everyone tripping over each other. Some homeowners place a water tap or beer kegerator at the end of their bars to encourage people to stop by the kitchen. Others design their kitchens with a bar top connected to the cutting and prep area, which keeps guests close by and allows helpers to join in the cooking.

4. Build in storage space

As Better Homes and Gardens points out, storage space is crucial for designing an outdoor kitchen that satisfies. Stainless steel cabinets are a popular choice, although powder-coated metal cabinets are rising in popularity due to their durability and color choices that include a natural wood look. Rot-resistant redwood works if you’re bent on using truly natural materials.

You’ll want to consider tucked-away storage space for:

  • Trash and recycling bins
  • Napkins and cleaning supplies
  • Glasses
  • Grilling tools
  • Utensils
  • Plates
  • Serving platters
  • Smokers or charcoal grills
  • Woodpile for the pizza oven or fire pit
  • Charcoal and lighters

If you’re a green thumb, add a stand for storing herbs, tomatoes, peppers and fresh-grown produce.

5. Incorporate features that extend your outdoor entertaining season

Outdoor kitchen remodeling in Delaware is aimed at adding spaces you can use well into the night and for grilling steaks even on a chilly November evening. We often incorporate rain shelters, wind-blocking walls and task lighting into our designs. For added warmth, you can opt for a natural gas heater, portable propane heater, heat lamps, fire pit, fireplace, or radiant heat beneath the patio and countertops. To cool you down on those muggy summer days, consider an overhead fan, mist sprays, shade trees, and umbrellas. Mosquito netting or a mechanical mosquito repellant device are also something to consider. Look into outdoor lighting options for the countertops, walkways, staircases, grilling and dining areas.

Partner with Delaware home addition experts

The home addition experts from Montchanin Builders offer high-quality craftsmanship and professional design assistance of the top caliber. Whether you have pictures of your ideal kitchen and know precisely what you want or you only have a vague idea of an outdoor entertainment space, we can help you plan every detail from start to finish. Call 302-655-2600 to set up a free consultation regarding outdoor kitchen remodel in Delaware.