Homeowners today demand more of their kitchens than ever before. Whereas once upon a time, the kitchen was a space solely for cooking up meals and storing food, today it’s the heart of the home, where families gather and friends entertain. As such, homeowners, want their kitchens to be beautiful and functional. If you’re one such homeowner, approach your upcoming kitchen remodeling project with care and intention. Use these four tips to guide your design decisions.
1. Consider Your Kitchen Pain Points
Before you begin your kitchen remodel, make a list of all the grievances you have about your current kitchen (aside from design) and consider ways to do away with them. For instance, a stovetop pot filler can make pasta night a breeze, a hideaway trash drawer can free up floor space and multi-purpose island can serve as storage, a dining area and prep space.
2. Don’t Skimp on Outlets
From plugging in blenders to charging phones to powering coffee pots, there are several appliances that will need an outlet in your kitchen. Install outlets liberally in convenient locations.
3. Leave Plenty of Walking Space
Rule of thumb dictates that kitchen walkways should be 35 inches wide and that floorspace around prep and cooking areas should be at least 45 inches wide. The last thing you want to do is create a beautiful kitchen in which you feel crowded .
4. Give Yourself Plenty of Prep Space
If you enjoy cooking, make sure your countertops allow for enough space on which you can line up all your ingredients for a meal and reach them with ease. If you have little ones who enjoy helping you in the kitchen, consider installing low-level countertops.
Perhaps the best way to get a functional, beautiful kitchen is by not trying to do it all on your own. Hire a kitchen remodeling professional to help with design, demolition and construction.