Tips for Remodeling & Utilizing Your Kitchen

For many people, the kitchen is by far the most used room of their homes. Kitchens are a meeting point for family to come together, where meals are cooked and stories are shared. No matter the size, kitchens are vital to every household. When it is time to remodel a kitchen, many homeowners have no idea where to start in terms of cost or design.

When you choose to remodel a kitchen, there are several key factors you should keep in mind:

  • Walkways
  • Storage
  • Countertops
  • Appliances

Choosing the Right Materials

No matter what size your kitchen is, there are numerous ways to make it more efficient and pleasing to the eye. Because kitchens are used so often in households, it is important to remodel a kitchen with heavy use in mind. Make sure that the appliances and materials you choose are able to stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Sometimes the cheapest option is not the best option, so shop for appliances like refrigerators and ovens wisely

Managing Traffic

People come and go frequently in the kitchen, so it is important when you are remodeling that you keep a clear, obstacle-free walkway available. Kitchens should be open, allowing multiple individuals to work and move around comfortably. Allow ample room for counters, but leave a clear path open for movement.

Storage Tips

Storage is one of the most important aspects of kitchen design. When finding proper storage spaces, think about where an item is being used and keep it nearby. For breakfast foods and cereal bowls, keep them near the table so they are easily accessible. Keep spices near the oven for quick access while cooking. With just a few simple storage factors in mind, your kitchen will be more streamlined and efficient.

Countertop Use

Every homeowner understands the importance of counter space in any kitchen. When preparing meals, it is vital to have enough room for all of your ingredients and preparation steps. When choosing counter tops, make sure that they are durable and able to withstand wear and tear. Also make sure that they are waterproof and can withstand heat. When designing an oven space, make sure you add a counter top close by, so that you can easily access ingredients while cooking.

Choosing the Right Appliances

When choosing new appliances for your kitchen remodel, do your research and select models from trusted brands with a reputation for durability and reliability, to avoid the need to replace them in a few years. Choose a stove that fits your needs and that is up to modern industry standards. If you want to cut energy costs, buy an eco-friendly refrigerator as well.

Microwaves and other appliances tend to take up too much counter space and can be a hassle to work around. When designing cabinets, save on space and leave a nook where you can put your microwave. The microwave height should be about chest level to the average adult.

Create a Kitchen That Is Right for You

No matter what size kitchen you may have, there is always room for improvement. At first, remodeling a kitchen can seem like a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and guidance, it can be a breeze. Every family deserves an efficient kitchen that is designed to fit their needs. Take some time, and see where your kitchen needs a makeover!

Brian Miller is the owner of Miller's Residential Creations, a custom home builder and remodeling company servicing Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties of West Virginia since 2004.
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