Planning a kitchen renovation is one of the most fun, but also most challenging tasks you will take on when renovating your home. No matter what your kitchen style is set to be, there are some commonalities and tips that you can follow for the best results.
We discussed this topic with architects and remodeling professionals at Lars Room Additions. Here is what their take is on this topic.
It is pretty easy to get distracted and go all out when it comes to your kitchen remodels. However, often it is not necessary, and can even be a problem. Think about the functionality of the kitchen first. Keeping the kitchen triangle of sink-stove-fridge close together is always a good idea.
This leaves the rest of the kitchen open to interpretation. No matter what shape your kitchen is, make sure you can walk through it easily (you will thank us when you return from grocery shopping with your hands full of shopping bags).
Speaking of returning from shopping with oodles of groceries, where do they go? If you are working with a kitchen designer or an architect, chances are that this is one of the first questions they will ask you. What do you plan to do about storage?
Thankfully, there are several options you can go for. Overhead kitchen cabinets are always a great way to store a lot of stuff. And you can have them go all the way up to the ceiling – you prevent dust buildup on them and gain extra space. Additional storage for your pots and pans can be found on the walls – don’t waste any of the space. Finally, you can also have your storage within the kitchen island.
The kitchen island has become a staple in modern kitchens, and for a good reason. This piece of design can serve a variety of purposes, depending on what you are doing, and how you use your kitchen.
Need a large area for meal preparation? Kitchen island is the perfect choice for that. Need a sitting area for your family to enjoy meals together? Combine your island with some high chairs, and you’ve got yourself a comfortable and trendy dining area. Best of all, as mentioned before, it can also serve as a storage area underneath the countertop.
Lights do matter when it comes to design. People might not think about it, but this element can really make or break a design. Getting some natural light to your kitchen is the best option if you can make it. If not, consider multiple lighting sources.
Kitchens do require a lot of light, so just a simple overhead light might not be enough. Adding an additional light source under the cabinet where your food prep area is can help see what you are doing much better than an overhead light would.
Another aspect of kitchen remodeling that not a lot of people think about is the electricity. How many power outlets do you have in your kitchen? Are they enough? More and more items in our kitchens are becoming separate appliances that require power.
Finding the right places for your appliances is equally important. This is why you need to have a vision of what your kitchen is going to look like when you reach out to a builder or an architect – they will need to take those things into account for the final design.
Kitchen remodels don’t come too often, but when they do, they can really transform the house. This is why you want to make sure you end up with a kitchen you can live with every day.