7 Ways to Update Your Kitchen

High Rise Remodel Kitchen -hpd architecture + interiors

In Episode 72 of The Architecture Happy Hour Podcast, Laura and Holly share their tips on how to update your kitchen to a more contemporary style. Learn how to break down a kitchen renovation into parts to make the selections and decisions easier.

See show notes and photos at www.hpdarch.com/ahh72.

kitchen remodel contemporary

In this Episode

7 Ways to Update Your Kitchen from Traditional to Contemporary

  1. Open up the Living Room to the Kitchen
  2. New cabinets – to go or not to go with the grain?
  3. Change the Kitchen back splash and counter top
  4. Take advantage of new technology by upgrading your appliances
  5. Select new plumbing fixtures
  6. Change flooring to match in all adjacent rooms
  7. Update your light fixtures

White Kitchen with Cooktop Island and Access to Dining Room

Notable and Shareable Take Aways

  • Contemporary design comes in different levels – look for examples of warm or soft contemporary, or transitional style to avoid extreme, stark contemporary interiors.
  • Consult with a structural engineer if you plan to remove walls to go “open concept” with your floor plan.
  • Vertical or horizontal wood grain on cabinet doors makes beautiful and interesting textures.
  • Express your personality in a unique counter top or back splash.
  • Always verify the dimensions of the space available for appliances.

High Rise Remodel Kitchen -hpd architecture + interiors

Resources and Links

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Mosaic tile options for a new back splash

Options for refrigerators under 67″ tall (necessary if you have older, lower cabinets – check height)

Contemporary stainless steel farmhouse sinks

Wood-look vinyl plank flooring

Surface mount LED light fixture by HALO

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VP, Architect, hpd architecture + interiors
Laura Davis is a Texas and Colorado registered architect and interior designer, and a co-founder of hpd architecture + interiors. With a diverse portfolio spanning residential, commercial, retail, and historical projects, Laura’s heart lies with her specialty in Historic Preservation. She loves to revitalize older properties, cherishing their character and the stories they hold. Her true passion lies in understanding her clients deeply, uncovering their desires and motivations, and crafting designs that turn houses into cherished homes.

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Laura Davis is a registered architect and interior designer in the state of Texas and Colorado, and a founding member of hpd architecture + interiors. Laura's extensive experience includes residential as well as commercial and retail projects.  She also has a particular interest in restoration, holding a certificate in Historic Preservation. She is energized by the character of older homes and the stories of those who have lived there. Responding to the needs of the current owner, while also honoring the personality of the original home is a delicate process to be enjoyed.

Laura Davis

Vice President, Architect, Interior Designer Principal , hpd architecture + interiors