The Differences between Modern and Contemporary Kitchen Remodeling Styles

Even though people interchange the terms “contemporary” and “modern”, the two styles are actually quite different. Learn the different nuances between the two and discover which kitchen remodeling style works best for you.

Modern Kitchen:

Modern Kitchen Remodeling Design

Modern Kitchen Remodeling Design Idea

Modern kitchens follow strict guidelines.  When I think of modern kitchens, I think of cutting-edge designs and technology, and using the latest materials and trends. A modern kitchen tends to be more “futuristic”. While a contemporary kitchen shares the same hard edges as a modern style it is more free form and allows for some breaking of the rules. 

A purely modern kitchen could come with a fancy full-height back-splash made from concrete or marble, with a little ornamentation. There are many ways to do this but the most common in a modern kitchen is tile or brick. But some homeowners opt for a wood grain laminate. Again, we can consult you on the best options for you to choose from.

Cabinets and shelving that go all the way to the ceiling are good in a modern kitchen remodel, but color choices are crucial as well. Colors and materials run the gamut in a modern kitchen from white to black, and stone to wood. It all really depends on the rest of your home. It’s important that your modern kitchen blends and enhances your home rather than stick out like a modern sore thumb among nearby older style, outdated rooms.

With counter tops, it’s ideal to continue the modern style theme of clean and simple. Take advantage of current stone counter top trends and opt for a sleek, solid white or black counter top. Counter tops with lots of veining or natural details are beautiful in a large expansive kitchen but might feel overwhelming in a smaller kitchen. Solid colors tend to open the space up and carry the eye onward.

Contemporary Kitchen:

Contemporary Kitchen Remodeling Design Idea

Contemporary Kitchen Remodeling Design Idea

The term “contemporary” is ever-changing. There’s more freedom and more trends in the contemporary style. A contemporary kitchen may be modern, but it may also have different elements from different styles. A contemporary style is one that is basically in the now and follows current trends but is less rigid, more futuristic casual. This makes it different from the modern style, which is a specific design movement with a rigid interpretation about what does and does not belong in a modern design.

A contemporary kitchen is the very definition of sleek and minimalist. Contemporary kitchens characterized by their dark wood cabinetry; the white counter tops; and appliances made of cool and smooth stainless steel. The contemporary kitchen is all about function and, in some cases, even an artistic flair of an “upscale urban” style. Contemporary styles celebrate the bold and unexpected use of materials and colors. A contemporary kitchen is unadorned and uncluttered. People who are interested in clean and sleek are interested in contemporary kitchens.

The contemporary kitchen is clean, uncluttered, and simple. They are livable with a touch of the modern kitchen here and there. Contemporary kitchens borrow some things from the modern kitchen; such as streamlined surfaces and high functionality, but the style creates a sleek and livable feel by borrowing from other traditional ideas. To create a truly personal contemporary kitchen, you must choose resources that are a reflection of your lifestyle; from the materials, to the texture, colors, and design.

In a contemporary kitchen, the appliances are hidden, made to look like cabinets to give the kitchen less of a kitchen-y feel. The cabinets are flat-fronted, made of wood, steel, or lacquered. Counter tops are kept to a square edge, and made from metal or with lighted glass. Any light fixtures are artistic masterpieces, and there are minimal accessories.

While a purely modern kitchen could come with a full-height back-splash made from concrete or marble and with a little ornamentation, by comparison contemporary kitchens tend to have a lot of patterns. Glass tiles, along with mosaic, stone, and ceramic tiles, are favorites. A contemporary kitchen oozes charm and personality; giving homeowners a way to creatively express themselves with a range of materials. The back-splash offers a great place for this.

The island in a contemporary kitchen will often be a reflection of the cabinets and counter tops. Something to consider is giving one side of the island some pub-style seating, with stools made from metal such as chrome.

Treating a contemporary kitchen window provides a way to balance the hard edges of the kitchen with a soft approach. There are a range of different window treatments available to create versatility among treatment ideas for contemporary windows. Given that there are a near-infinite contemporary window treatments, how you approach the project will be determined by your budget, and the kind of window you have.

Anything from a small addition to a major change can give your kitchen a contemporary look. On the other hand, it takes a major renovation to create modern kitchen. “Contemporary” and “modern” kitchens are both comfortable, current, and functional. Which one is best depends on your own personal tastes. Get the kind of kitchen that matches your own style and needs, or the kitchen that really jumps at you when you first see it. Our kitchen remodeling design team can help guide you towards what may work best for you and your family. If you have any questions feel free to ask. We love to help!

Unmatched quality services in kitchen design and remodeling is what you can expect from HK Construction. Our team consists of highly experienced home and kitchen professionals possessing knowledge in the latest styles, designs, materials and current trends in San Diego. We can remodel your kitchen to fit the current style with the goal of adding more comfort and greater work space for cooking and entertaining.

Our skilled team will ensure your kitchen remodel project is completed in a timely manner and at an affordable price with a minimum amount of intrusion. Contact us today for a free no-obligation kitchen remodeling consultation and price quote.

Contact Info:
Company: HK Construction
Location:, Poway, CA.
Service Area: All San Diego County
Contact: Marc Gieselmann
Phone: 858-748-6580

Plumbing Choices to Consider in Home Remodeling

Remodeling a home means having choices and making decisions. So if you’re planning to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or add a new room, be prepared to spend an endless number of hours looking at options and making final selections.

Plumbing Pipe ChoicesWhen it comes to cabinets, faucets, light fixtures and floor coverings, there are a lot of choices. Such as different styles, colors, finishes, price ranges, etc. Even windows come in different shapes, sizes and energy efficiency ratings. Yet, when it comes to something as important as the plumbing, it seems ‘out of sight, out of mind’ is the norm. Most people don’t ask any questions about the plumbing. They also assume they don’t have any choices to make.

For many decades, metal (in the form of galvanized steel or copper) was the only material available. Look in the walls (or maybe garage walls for exposed pipes) of any un-remodeled home built before the 1960s and you’ll probably see all metallic pipes.

Leading choice of plumbing materials over the last few centuries have been the following:

  • Lead
  • Concrete
  • Cast iron
  • Steel
  • Galvanized steel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper

There’s nothing wrong with the classic choices of copper and galvanized steel. They work well and have their advantages. But know that today there is a host of other alternative materials, many of which are varying forms of plastic, now available to choose from. We like to help guide our home remodeling clients on the best choice to fit the right application.

PVC and CPVC Plastic Pipe

CPVC Water Plumbing PipePlastic pipe also known as PVC and an enhanced version called CPVS are rapidly gaining popularity. Why has plastic gained such popularity? Metal has demonstrated a number of pitfalls through the years that have been documented by numerous studies and lawsuits. Pinhole leaks and premature system failures, caused by metal’s natural tendency to pit, corrode and scale, have opened the door for more reliable, virtually maintenance-free systems.

Not that PVC is without its unique characteristics, advantages and pitfalls too. PVC has a lower external strength than metal. Meaning that is has lower a PSI rating and is more susceptible to damage by crushing or puncturing with tools.

What is CPVC?

You can think of CPVC as PVC’s cousin. PVC is most commonly found in sprinkler pipes and drainage systems. They are similar in many ways, but they shouldn’t be used interchangeably. Both are made of the same basic elements with one distinguishing factor. CPVC is altered by a free radical chlorination reaction that effectively increases the chlorine content of the material. CPVC is also a thermoplastic that is molded into many of the same products as PVC.

This difference in makeup allows CPVC to withstand a wider range of temperatures. This is why many building codes require the use of CPVC as opposed to PVC for use in hot water applications. The ASTM standard allows PVC to be used in applications not exceeding 140 degrees F.

Temperatures over this can cause softening of the material and weakening of joints.  CPVC on the other hand can handle temperatures up to 200 degrees F. There are certain advantages of CPVC (post-chlorinated polyvinyl chloride) plumbing systems and pipe fittings over metallic systems.

Top 4 Advantages of CPVC over Metal Pipes

  1. Primarily, they never pit, scale or corrode, which eliminates the risk of premature failures and costly re-piping, in addition to possible property damage.
  2. CPVC systems are also highly energy efficient with natural insulating properties that keep hot water hotter and cold water colder than metallic systems. In addition, condensation, which is a common problem with metallic pipes that can cause drip damage to walls and foundation, is virtually eliminated.
  3. PVC piping has gained high marks for its ability to maintain water quality. There is no leaching or metal contamination into the water supply, so there are no related health concerns. And without pitting or corrosion, CPVC systems are able to maintain full water carrying capacity throughout their entire life. If you’ve ever looked inside a piece of old copper pipe, you’ve probably seen a thick layer of hard minerals.  These minerals can dramatically reduce the diameter of the pipe, which reduces water flow and water pressure, and can inhibit the efficiency of many water-using appliances. Eventually, homeowners with corroded pipes must completely re-pipe their home at an average cost of $6,000.
  4. No more noisy pipes due to ‘water hammer’ when you abruptly shut off flow, such as a shower, sink or washing machine running through its fill and drain cycles. Through the years, many homeowners have come to accept water hammer in their homes, which is typical of metallic systems. CPVC systems, on the other hand, resist water hammer. They also minimize water flow noise, which has been proven by independent testing laboratories to be four times louder in copper pipes.


CPVC systems are most often used in new construction. They are compatible with other plumbing systems used in kitchen remodeling projects, the addition of bathrooms, or the replacement of a failed copper or galvanized steel system. Using CPVC pipe for home water pipes eliminates toxic metal contamination caused by using all other types of new metal pipes. Additionally CPVC eliminates the certainty of contamination in your drinking water that comes from metal pipe corrosion.

Call us today about your plumbing concerns and various choices of piping materials. We are happy to help guide you towards the best plumbing for you and your home taking into account usage, health concerns, cost, and overall plumbing system longevity.

Kitchen Remodel

It’s long been known that one of the best benefits of kitchen remodeling is that it will actually increase the value of your Kitchen-Remodel-HK-Construction-San-Diego-2home. Most people don’t want a home that has an old style kitchen. When you remodel, your home value will go up and it will make your home more desireable as well if you ever need to sell.

More people are choosing to stay in their homes longer. HK Construction has been doing kitchen remodels to help people increase the value of their home, along with create a kitchen that may renew your love of cooking and will make the kitchen a once again popular place for everyone in the family to enjoy.

Another type of kitchen remodel we are doing more of is something called Universal Design. This type of kitchen layout is functional and will allow for ease of use for cooking now and for years to come. Families who are choosing to stay in their home longer are ‘aging in place’.

Whether you are a sandwich generation style family (a homeowner raising young kids along with taking care of adult parents), or you are simply wanting to benefit from so many modern conveniences for space and comfort in the kitchen, a kitchen remodel by HK Construction is the solution.

Benefits of Kitchen Remodeling

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2008-2009 Cost vs. Value Report, mid-range major kitchen remodeling projects yielded a 76 percent return on investment.

Even minor kitchen renovation projects resulted in an 80 percent payback. Going with an eco-friendly or green kitchen can increase return by reducing energy costs.

Kitchen Remodel Benefits:

•  Energy efficient or energy star appliances are available in a wide variety of styles and cost ranges. Careful selection of building materials lead to cleaner air and a safer environment.


• Eco-friendly kitchens place an emphasis on sustainability to encourage the responsible use of materials for future generations. Wood certified by The Forest Stewardship Council indicates that it comes from forests that are responsibly managed.


• Energy efficient appliances save money, water and energy. Qualified appliances use 10 to 50 percent less energy and water.

For your complimentary consultation on having your kitchen remodeled or upgraded, contact us today.