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Admit it. Binge watching as the pros on HGTV transform drab, outdated kitchens into spaces that make you never want to leave gives you a bad case of kitchen envy, right?

Most people think, “How did they come up with that beautiful design?” But when you break it down, while every house has its own unique character and style, there are some basics you’ll see in almost every show, starting with …

Knock down walls. For most people, it’s hard to see beyond those four existing walls, but that’s where the magic begins. When the kitchen flows into unused dining room space or adjacent living room, an open floor plan emerges. It can be as simple as widening an entryway to integrate the foyer into the heart of the home.

Your own private island. With the floor plan opened up, there’s usually room for a generous kitchen island that can feature additional seating, sink or cooktop, or space-expanding shelving at each end. When casters are added to smaller islands, the cook enjoys more flexibility with how it’s used.

Find a focal point. Maybe it’s a farm sink, a top-of-the-line range hood, a mirrored wet bar or stunning feature wall that makes a statement. Every kitchen remodel should include a wow factor that sets the tone for the style of the space.

Make a perfect match. The right combination of countertop and backsplash can be intimidating, so homeowners often take a too-conservative route, leaving potential on the table – or the counter – when a little boldness can make the difference between good and great. Houzz gives great guidance on this webpage. (Hint: it doesn’t matter whether you choose countertop or backsplash first – just make sure only one of them is the star of the kitchen remodel show!)

Now that you know the pros’ secrets, reach out to one of the design experts at Kreative Kitchens & Baths to get your dream kitchen started today with a free in-home consultation.