10 Kitchen Remodeling Tips
We have remodeled MANY kitchens over the years. With each project, clients have LOTS of questions – from “How can I create the most work space?” to “What fixtures would you recommend?” If you are planning a kitchen remodel, here are ten things to consider prior to starting the project.
1. Plan Your Floor Plan. If space allows, design a kitchen work triangle. This is the invisible triangular traffic pattern between the refrigerator, stove, and oven, which allows for optimal efficiency. Place your dishwasher next to your sink to avoid creating a mess with dripping dishes.
2. Allow for Sufficient Path Space. When planning islands and peninsulas, be sure to create paths of at least 36 inches wide. Paths within the cooking area, should be 42 inches wide for one cook and 48 inches wide to allow enough space for two cooks.
3. Add as Much Storage as Possible. Storage is always in demand. Gain invaluable space by installing cabinets that reach the ceiling, mounting shelves on walls and inside cabinet doors, and adding hooks to the backs of closet doors for brooms and mops.
4. Wire for Ample Lighting. The right lighting makes all the difference in a kitchen. Place pendants over islands. Install under cabinet lighting to illuminate dark work spaces. Include a recessed light or pendant over the sink. Add ambient lighting – ceiling fixtures and wall sconces – to set the mood and enhance brightness.
5. Place Plugs Where Needed. Be sure to install multiple outlets along your backsplash and on your island/peninsula so you have electricity for counter appliances.
6. Don’t Overlook Organization. When planning your cabinetry, don’t ignore the smaller storage add-on features like drawer dividers, pantry pullouts and lazy Susans. If you don’t add them during the project, you could pay more for them later.
7. Remember to Budget for Sinks and Fixtures. When planning your remodel, be sure to include sinks and fixtures in your budget. These are things you will use every day, so you want to make sure you have sufficient funds for quality products.
8. Create a Focal Point. A single focal point can make a kitchen pop. Consider adding a dramatic backsplash, custom range hood, or elegant countertops.
9. Remember to Recycle. Make recycling easy by adding pull out containers for glass, plastic, and metal.
10. Communicate With Your Contractor. Homeowners can find kitchen remodels overwhelming. Reduce the stress by talking ideas over with your contractor. They can help you design your layout, make recommendations regarding lighting, and assist you with design selections. By clearly communicating what you want, you and your contractor can create the kitchen of your dreams.