Although kitchens have a strictly functional purpose of cooking, they are the heart of most homes. Families and loved ones often congregate in the kitchen to share meals and laughter during significant events and holiday dinners. If you are considering a luxury kitchen renovation to host guests and create new, lasting memories, you might ask yourself what a luxury kitchen looks like to you. While it is easy to tell an upscale kitchen from its cheaper counterparts, it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint exactly what makes your remodel luxurious. In short, elegant style, high-quality appliances, fresh finishes, and functionality are the main priorities in designing an upscale kitchen. With an endless list of options to choose from, you can create a luxurious kitchen whether your design style is modern or traditional. Read to learn about the distinguishing features of a luxury kitchen remodel cost and how to upgrade your home to house the kitchen of your dreams.


Before redesigning your kitchen, you should think about the maximum traffic flow to the room and whether your current kitchen is small or large enough for it. It might be that you want to add onto the room or tear down a wall to make your kitchen larger if the existing space is too small. If so, you would want to get a rough idea of where things in the kitchen would be repositioned. Adding luxury features like a walk-in pantry or a large kitchen island could be possible to expand the space and add functionality. If the overall structure or layout of the kitchen will not be altered in any way, you might want to consider adding new furniture and updating any improved appliances, such as a larger 8-burner chef’s stove instead of your classic 4-burner. 

Appliances and Small Details

Appliances are a major feature of a luxury kitchen. Stainless steel is an elegant choice, but so are gourmet features like an over the stove water faucet for filling large pots. High-end appliances like double ovens, French door refrigerators, and built-in microwaves are also possibilities.

Cabinets and Shelving

Cabinets and shelving offer many luxury options. Some homeowners choose open or closed cabinetry, with some even opting for cabinets with glass cutouts to display various tablewares. Pullout shelving can be made from stainless steel or rich wood, depending on your personal preference, and add a level of sophistication and advanced functionality to the kitchen. Many clients factor in high end, functional shelving and cabinets when considering their luxury kitchen remodel cost.


Countertops are a major design choice. You can choose the always-popular granite or Formica for a timeless, clean look. Many of the clients we work with choose granite because it requires little maintenance to keep it looking pristine and is a completely customizable choice. Stone countertops, combined with beveled edges and stone or tile cladding, create a striking kitchen. Another thing to consider is counter space. Do you have enough, or do you need more? You can expand the counters by building additional shelf support or using decorative shelves to lower existing cabinets, islands, or countertops during renovations.


Kitchen islands are a treat for any kitchen, and they may include shelves and drawers for storing crockery and cookware. Islands can also provide space for microwaves, dishwashers, or sinks. Depending on the size of your kitchen, you could even opt for including a seating arrangement that is part of the island. Some designs offer booth-style seating that combines counter space with style, dual-wielding your island with innovation and function. While stylistic preferences differ, most of our clients wanting a luxury remodel require an open kitchen with a large island. 


Storage space in the kitchen can seem like an afterthought until you think of all the rarely used foods, utensils, pots and pans, and appliances that need to be stored somewhere else when not in use. Consider implementing additional storage that might include extra built-in shelves or a new buffet with cabinets above it. Any way to maximize the amount of storage and counter space in the kitchen is key to keeping the kitchen along the lines of luxurious.


The right lighting in a kitchen is like the sparkle of a diamond. It gives everything a new shine, highlighting design details and exquisite finishes. Consider what kind of new lighting you would like, including recess lighting or even an elegant chandelier. Having ample lighting for cooking, as well as having lighting to set the mood of the room, is important when considering your kitchen remodel so it can cover all of the bases.

We Can Help

Investing in a high-quality kitchen will not only make your life easier but will also add value to your home. We can help you integrate your must-have luxury features into a kitchen that seamlessly integrates with the rest of your home. 

Contact Gordon Reese Design Build to learn about how we can help you transform your kitchen back into the heart of your home. It’s easy to book a call with a team member here, and don’t hesitate to call us at (925) 885-3770 to discuss your luxury kitchen remodel cost. Don’t wait, consult us about your dream space today!