5 Must-Dos For Your Kitchen Remodel

When homeowners decide to remodel, the kitchen is often the first place they start. This is a room in the house where people spend a lot of time. It is also an area that can easily become outdated. From old appliances to dilapidated cabinets, a remodel can help freshen up the space and make it look a lot more modern! JMK Contractor is a remodeling contractor in Miami with years of experience renovating kitchens. We love working with homeowners to help make their creative visions become a reality. When it comes to a kitchen remodel, there are so many possibilities it can be overwhelming. Fortunately, we have come up with a list of 5 must-do kitchen remodels to give homeowners a starting point. Here are a few places you can start.


The first must-do kitchen remodel is to replace all of the appliances. Many homes contain older appliances or appliances that were all bought at different times, which means they don’t match. Homeowners often find themselves with a white fridge, a stainless-steel dishwasher, and a black oven! This mismatched look doesn’t create the most aesthetically pleasing space to cook food in. For your remodel, first decide what finish you want your appliances to be. Popular finishes for appliances include silver stainless steel, black stainless steel, and matte metal. Some homeowners are even picking colorful appliances to serve as accent pieces in their kitchens. 

You can also take this chance to get built-in appliances, like a microwave and cooktop. A double oven is a great addition that will make cooking much easier. At JMK, we will help you seek out the perfect set of high-quality appliances that are within your budget.

Cabinets and Counters

Cabinets and countertops are two areas in the kitchen that easily become outdated. If your home was built 10, 20, or 30 years ago, there is a good chance your cabinets and counters are outdated. The key is deciding on the color scheme for your kitchen. By deciding whether you want a darker or lighter look in the kitchen, this will guide your cabinet and counter choices. Here are some popular options for countertop materials:

  • Granite
  • Marble
  • Tile
  • Concrete
  • Quartz
  • Soapstone
  • Porcelain

Each of these options comes with pros and cons. At JMK, we will help you weigh your options and pick the best countertop for your home based on budget, durability, and ease of maintenance. 

When it comes to the cabinets, there are also different material options. Here is a list of popular cabinet material options:

  • Hardwood
  • Plywood
  • Wood Veneer
  • Laminate
  • Particleboard

As with counters, there are pros and cons to each choice, and the decision will be mostly guided by budget. Once you pick the material, you also have to choose the color. Popular cabinet colors include white, black, gray, natural wood, and accent colors like mint or light blue. At JMK, we help you make a decision so that your cabinets and counters look good together and do not clash visually.


Lighting is another key area to update during a kitchen remodel. Many kitchens designed back in the 80s and 90s have harsh fluorescent lighting. Why not transform the lighting in your kitchen from glaring to peaceful? By getting recessed lighting and under-cabinet lighting, homeowners can ensure that they will have enough direct light, but it will feel less intrusive than the fluorescents of the 80s and 90s. 

In addition, put all kitchen lights on a dimmable switch. That way you can control the output of light. Cooking dinner on a dark evening? Turn the lights on high! If you’re relaxing with your family sipping wine, turn the lights down low! The lighting in the kitchen truly sets the mood and ambiance of the entire room.


The floors are another area that will need updating. There are several things to consider when picking the flooring material for the kitchen, including price, durability, color, and how easy they are to clean. Here are some popular flooring options that homeowners are currently putting into their kitchens:

  • Stone tile
  • Hardwood
  • Vinyl
  • Laminate

We will help you pick the specific style and color of the flooring so that it goes with the overall look and ambiance of the entire kitchen.

Walk-in Pantry

Many homeowners have kitchens with very small pantries – or no pantries at all. This is your chance to get the pantry of your dreams! If space allows, consider getting a walk-in pantry. This gives homeowners the space to store all of their food and other items. It will free up space in the cabinets and other areas of your kitchen. We also recommend installing lighting within the pantry so it is easy to find what you are looking for.

Finding A Miami Remodeling Contractor To Handle Your Kitchen Remodel 

When it comes to a kitchen remodel, there are so many options and choices it can initially seem overwhelming. JMK Contractor, a local remodeling contractor in Miami, can help transform your feelings of stress to feelings of excitement. We are here every step of the way during the remodel process, from the initial planning and budgeting to the final inspection to make sure everything looks exactly how you want it to. When thinking about where to begin with your kitchen remodel, we recommend 5 areas: appliances, counters/cabinets, lighting, floors, and a walk-in pantry. These are areas that can totally transform the overall look and feel of your kitchen. 

At JMK, our goal is to help you get a space that is comfortable, attractive, and actually gets you excited about cooking! We work efficiently and effectively to help you get your new kitchen quickly at an affordable price. With the recent pandemic, we know that people have been spending a lot more time cooking at home. Why not take this time to transform your space into the kitchen of your dreams? For more information about our kitchen remodeling services and to set up a consultation appointment, contact JMK Contractor today!