Kitchens are remodeled for a variety of reasons. Most commonly, they’re renovated to add value to your home when selling or because you’ve outgrown the space. Maybe you have appliances that are dated and want to replace them with newer technology (like installing a gas cooktop). You might even be planning a complete overhaul, converting the space from a traditional kitchen to a “kitchen of the future.”
Whatever your motivation, you’ll want to design your new kitchen so it works seamlessly with your lifestyle. Here are some ways to maximize storage and countertop space while creating room for appliances — these are essential if you’re trying to create the most efficient layout possible:
Plan Ahead For Your Kitchen Renovation
When remodeling your kitchen, one of the biggest advantages is you will be in charge of every aspect. If you are lucky to have a great skill set or can find an excellent contractor with amazing vision, it can become an opportunity to create a space that becomes the signature of your home and family.
We all know what we want our kitchens to do and look like from a functional perspective but as you plan out your remodel, there are a number of other considerations you should take into account.
A good place to start is with the backsplash. There are many choices available in materials along with different styles for installation but it should compliment the overall design theme of your remodel. Certain materials such as glass, marble or stone will help tie the backsplash into your countertops and provide a seamless design flow.
Kitchen remodels can range from very minor changes to complete tear outs and new construction of kitchen cabinetry. If you are thinking about replacing your cabinets or moving them around, consider these factors:
– How your cabinets are positioned and stored now. This will help you determine the best location for them in your new kitchen space.
– Choose a material and color that blends with the rest of your home design. In some cases, it may be better to stick to neutral colors if you plan on moving into another house or selling your current one in the near future.
– Consider adding an island to your kitchen design. The advantage of an island is it provides a space for food preparation and multiple persons can work at it without crowding each other. It also helps add more storage space that will make preparing meals easier and faster with less mess and clutter. An additional workspace may be ideal if you have a large family or cook frequently for parties.
The Kitchen Is The Heart Of The Home For Families
Designed to be the center of life within the home, kitchens have evolved into major multi-purpose spaces. Today’s cooks use their kitchen for a lot more than just cooking; it is where we congregate, share family meals and plan our day ahead. When designing your dream kitchen, take into account how you actually use it now. Do you entertain frequently? Do you like to cook? How many people do you typically cook for at a time? Do you plan your day around meals or does cooking tend to be an afterthought in the morning when everyone is running late and hungry?
With all of the choices available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the planning process. One way to get it all under control is to record your ideas in a series of sketches and diagrams. Draw each space, label them with what they are used for and start making notes on the best layout or where specific elements should go.
Once you have an idea of how items will look, take measurements and pick out your favorite style, colors and materials. If you are unsure about the size or function of any item, take a photo of it from different angles to make sure you understand how much space is needed for everything.