Richard Sirlin has kitchen renovation in his blood.
As the third generation president of Lakeville Kitchen & Bath, a Lindenhurst- and Smithtown-based kitchen and bath cabinet retailer, he and his family have spent more than 50 years supplying Long Island with cabinetry. But great looking cabinets are only half of it. His qualified kitchen designers can arrange those beautiful cabinets to work with just about any floor plan.
Long Island Pulse: What is the first thing a homeowner should know before embarking on a kitchen renovation?
Richard Sirlin: Everything starts with a budget. We can work within that budget to design cabinets with proper amenities. Depending on the size or wood species, cabinetry can vary greatly in price from $5,000 to $35,000. It depends on where your priorities are and what other decisions you make about things like backsplash, flooring, lighting, etc. The cabinets should be the first selection and then you can build the kitchen around that.
LIP: What’s the biggest mistake people make?
RS: Very often, we’ll find clients purchasing at home centers. They rely on computer-generated layouts that don’t make efficient use of the space they have. They think they’re getting a better price. But we can give them a better design. Our designers work with you one-on-one throughout the entire process and we try to make it efficient and painless.
LIP: What are some design trends you’re seeing on Long Island now?
RS: People are requesting styles that are more simplistic and not as fussy. They want to streamline their look, so they’re not picking a lot of heavy moldings. They’re mixing materials, like painted wood cabinetry with stone countertops and a stainless steel backsplash, but the look isn’t ultra-modern. It’s more of a clean look. And we’re seeing a lot of white paint.
LIP: If a customer is choosing between a paint or a stain finish, what should s/he keep in mind?
RS: Paint can chip. If you have young kids, you want to be careful as far as kids banging their toys and strollers into cabinets. For stain, there are some stains you don’t necessarily want to put on different species of wood. Through samples, we can show the difference of how stain will take to different species of wood.
LIP: What is the most innovative thing you’re seeing in kitchen design?
RS: More appliances are being incorporated than ever before—integrated coffee machines, warming drawers and wine coolers. It’s all about entertaining convenience. A lot of people have been planning and had projects on hold, but recently people are pulling the trigger and investing in more personal kitchens.
Design Tip 426:
According to the National Association of Home Builders the average kitchen is 298 square feet. As a rule of thumb, midlevel kitchen redesigns will cost $22,500 for this size; not including, installation, appliances, countertops or backsplashes.
words: Justine Lorelle LoMonaco | photo: Kenny Janosick