Kitchens are an essential part of the home. You probably spend more time in this room preparing food for you and your family than you’d expect. Because the kitchen is so important, you likely won’t be surprised to learn that it is one of the most popular rooms to remodel. According to a survey conducted by Houzz, 23 percent of homeowners are planning to renovate this room in the next two years. The kitchen came second only to bathrooms.
If you are considering remodeling your kitchen, you’ll want to ensure that the new design will fit your needs. Take the time to plan the right space for the way you live with these must-know tips for kitchen design:
1. Know your cooking style
Having an awareness of the kind of food you like to cook will help you better plan your kitchen. For example, bakers will need large surface areas to roll dough. Those who make elaborate dishes using multiple burners might need a large stove and ample storage for pots and pans. What challenges does your current kitchen layout present? What are ways to solve those problems in your renovation? Answering these questions will help you choose the right features for your lifestyle and prevent you from spending money on appliances you don’t need.
2. Create storage space
Your kitchen needs storage space whether you bake pies, regularly make a secret family recipe or need room for your tea pot collection. Design your kitchen remodel to include storage in just about every nook and cranny you can imagine. Choose your storage wisely. Install a Lazy Susan if you don’t like kneeling down to dig in the back of your bottom cabinets. Pick drawers with glides and stops if the kids like to slam them shut.
3. Include counter space
Design your remodel to include large amounts of counter space. This is especially important if you have guests over frequently, cook a lot or host the local cake-baking club. Counters against the wall are just as useful as an island. Make the island part dining space so that when you have visitors they can sit down to chat while you cook.
4. Keep objects in reach
Work with your designer to ensure the utensils you use the most will be right at your fingertips. A hanging pot and pan rack is great to place over the island stove because you can reach the items while you’re cooking. Build lighting and other elements around these structures so that moving around easily is the No. 1 priority in your kitchen.
5. Make the room bright
You want soft area lamps to spill light over your shoulder in the living room. However, your kitchen should have ample direct lighting to better see what you’re doing. Install more windows to make use of natural light. Retractable window screens can be fitted to your windows to block glare from the sun. Do you notice that you’re blinded when cooking in the morning or near sunset? Use your retractable screens to block up to 90 percent of ultraviolet rays.
Overhead light fixtures are great in the kitchen, but it’s often not enough. Install lights on the underside of your cabinets to have more focused illumination in the space where you work.
6. Keep the air flowing
The kitchen collects numerous scents from the fragrant dishes you make. Add natural ventilation solutions to your remodel design so your home isn’t saturated with the smell of garlic or other spices for extended periods of time. Place your new windows on opposite sides of the room for cross breeze – and keep the bugs out with retractable screens when the windows are open! You can also add an exhaust hood over the stove that circulates air to the outside. Now last night’s dinner won’t be today’s home fragrance.