Introduction to Induction Cooktops

Among the decisions you face during a kitchen remodel is choosing your appliances, and one of which is your stove. When selecting the right range, there’s more to consider than size and finish. Most serious cooks prefer gas stoves for the heat control, while homeowners who want easy clean-up opt for a smooth top electric. However, Hatchett Design Remodel offers a third option that provides the best of both worlds – induction!

Jessica, one of Hatchett’s designers, recommends induction ranges to her clients. She tries “to direct everyone who wants gas to choose induction, because it’s easier to control, more energy efficient, and safer.”

Raytrace Design Rendering featuring Induction Cooktop with Under Cabinet Hood
Raytrace Design Rendering featuring Induction Cooktop with Under Cabinet Hood
What Is Induction Cooking?

This article explains each of her points in detail, but first it explains what it is. Induction cooking “uses electromagnetic energy to heat pots and pans directly.” This means that your cookware gets hot while the stove top itself remains room temperature.  The article goes on to explain, it  “is able to deliver roughly 80% to 90% of its electromagnetic energy to the food in the pan.” Electric burners convert about 70% of its energy, while gas stoves only convert roughly 38%.

Induction Cooktop with Retractable Downdraft Range Hood
Induction Cooktop with Retractable Downdraft Range Hood
Energy Efficiency

Another article cites a new report from Curbed that points out that many cities are pushing for homeowners to stop cooking with gas, because of its effects on climate change. It states that “the movement is an effort to cut down on the 560 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions released each year.”

It goes on to point out that “electric stoves are twice as energy efficient.” So while electric is two times more efficient than gas, induction cooktops are even more efficient than traditional electric cooktops.
Induction Cooktop with Wall Mounted Hood
Induction Cooktop with Wall Mounted Hood
The Advantages
For those skeptical chefs out there who are die hard gas fans, give induction a chance. It provides easy and quick temperature control by achieving a wide range of temperatures faster than its electric or gas counterparts. As a bonus, the cooktop itself remains cool to the touch the moment the pot leaves the surface. The cooktop isn’t what gets hot; it’s the pot that heats up. This is why induction ranges are safer for families with small children.
When you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, talk to your designer about an induction range. You may also call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach. And remember, it costs nothing to ask!

Browning Kitchen Remodel

Mr. and Mrs. Browning contacted Hatchett Design Remodel, because they wanted to update the kitchen in their Virginia Beach home. Overall, they were happy with the bold green color of the walls and the footprint of their kitchen, but they wanted the space to be more functional and up to date.

Browning Kitchen BEFORE
White and Bright

The original space was dark and felt heavy. The new white shaker cabinets from Mid Continent really pop against the bold green color of their kitchen walls. The new design is bright and cheerful.

Browning Kitchen Design – Photo Real Rendering

To complete the look, the countertops are Pacific Ocean Silestone Quartz, and the brushed nickel pulls are from Top Knobs‘ Lydia collection.

Browning Kitchen Island AFTER
Storage Space

The layout of the Brownings’ kitchen remains the same, but we increased the size of the island and replaced their furniture pantry with a larger pantry cabinet.

Browning Kitchen Pantry AFTER

These design choices added to their overall storage space and created a more cohesive look. For even more storage space, their new cabinets extend higher up the wall giving them another shelf of storage inside each cabinet.

Browning Kitchen AFTER

In their base cabinets, we installed pull-out drawers, spice pull-outs, pot lid holders, tray dividers, trash can pull-outs, and 2 Lazy Susans that help keep their kitchen supplies well-organized and easy-to-access.

The Brownings have so much storage now that they haven’t even filled all their cabinets yet. They are very happy with how their remodeled kitchen turned out, and they love showing it off to friends and family.

Our Design Team

Congratulations to our design team for another job well done: Meghan, Design Consultant; Tara, Designer; and Adam, Project Manager!

Every remodeling project is as unique as you are. When you’re ready to remodel your kitchen, bathroom or addition, we hope you consider Hatchett Design Remodel for the job. Feel free to call or visit our showrooms in Newport News or Virginia Beach. And remember, it costs nothing to ask!

Brady Home Remodel

Tina Brady’s home in Norfolk was built in 1912. Like most homes from that era, the kitchen was small and the laundry room was in the basement.

Brady Kitchen BEFORE

The only way to enlarge her kitchen, bring the laundry up to the main level and add a half bath was to build an addition, and she knew Hatchett was right for the job.

Brady Kitchen Photo-Real Design Rendering
New Addition to Old Construction

Building an addition is a sizeable chore, but adding on to an old house brings a unique set of challenges… ones that aren’t usually fully revealed until demo begins. After many conversations and plan revisions, Hatchett’s Design Team figured out the best solution.

Brady Kitchen AFTER

Once the structural issues were resolved, the next priority was to keep the design of the renovation true to the traditional style her home. A classic color palette of whites and grays helped create an updated design that hearkens back to times past.

Brady Kitchen AFTER
Material Selections

Tina chose maple Ultracraft cabinets that are painted Arctic White and feature the Royalton door style. She opted to complement her cabinets with Silestone Lyra polished countertops and Ice White beveled subway tile for the backsplash.

Brady Kitchen AFTER

For contrast, we incorporated cherry wood accents from Southside Woodshop into the design. Both the island top and floating shelves are American Cherry treated with Food Safe Mineral Oil.

Brady Kitchen AFTER

The warmth of her new kitchen comes from these cherry wood features as well as the brick of the original chimney.

Brady Kitchen AFTER

The black and white tile floor with its custom designed border are stunning and add an air of nostalgia to the space. We used a combination of Retro and Metro hexagon mosaic tiles to create the pattern.

Brady Remodel Laundry Room Photo-Real Design Rendering
 Bathroom & Laundry Room

The border runs along the perimeter of the kitchen cabinets and through the adjoining laundry room and half bath – which pulls the new spaces together seamlessly.

Brady Remodel Half Bath Photo-Real Rendering

Tina and her adorably huge Great Dane, Sophie, are enjoying every new day in their timelessly beautiful and spacious kitchen addition. Kudos to our Design Team: Michael, Design Consultant; Eileen, Designer; and Dennis, Project Manager.

Whether you’re looking to build a whole new addition or simply remodel your kitchen or bathroom, Hatchett can help. Call or come by our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. It costs nothing to ask!

Spangler Kitchen Remodel

The Spanglers have traveled the world and display their collection of menus from their favorite restaurants in their dining room. Through their travels, they have cultivated a worldly style that is evident in every room of their home, except for their kitchen. In our initial consultation, Mrs. Spangler mentioned that she’d like for their remodeled kitchen to have a Mediterranean flair. With that inspiration, Eileen started designing!
Spangler Kitchen Remodel Tile Backsplash
Tile Selection
When Eileen showed Mrs. Spangler our Twenties Vintage tile, she instantly fell in love with it. We used that tile for the accent above the range, but she wanted something with more color for the rest of the backsplash. In a serendipitous stroke of luck, we had just received a new sample of the Revalia Celebration Teal mosaic tile. It was exactly what she wanted!
Spangler Kitchen Remodel Tile Backsplash Accent
Custom Cabinets & Countertops
The cabinets are Ultracraft Eurotek. They chose Cape May Grey Mist for the base cabinets, and Jamestown Dove White for the wall and tall cabinets.
Spangler Kitchen Remodel Two-Toned Cabinets
To complement the light tones of their cabinets, we installed Silestone Eternal Calcutta Gold countertops. Together, the cabinets and counters create a neutral palette that allows the backsplash to be the focal point of the space.
Spangler Kitchen Remodel Stainless Steel Sink, Fixtures and Appliances
Stainless Steel Accents
Stainless steel is another beautiful neutral that’s been incorporated into this design. The GE Cafe appliances, Kohler Vault apron sink, and the Kohler Simplice Pull-Down Faucet gracefully blend into the design and allow their stunning backsplash to shine.
Menus from around the world on display in the Spangler dining room
The Spanglers’ new kitchen is as unique as their experiences, and it’s the perfect place to recreate the dishes described on their menus from around the world. Kudos to Spanglers’ design team – Meghan (Design Consultant), Eileen (Designer), and Kent (Project Manager) – for adding another happy customer to the Hatchett family.
We can design and build a kitchen that’s uniquely you too. Reach out to our design team, or visit us at our showrooms in Newport News and Virginia Beach. It costs nothing to ask!