The kitchen is the busiest room in the home, so it requires the most work from year to year as far as home maintenance goes as well. Most of the kitchen remodeling projects we complete begin with, “I’m not sure…” homeowners aren’t sure exactly what they want from their project, and most are simply looking for change. If this sounds too familiar, give us a call at 508-477-9003 if you’re in the Cape Cod area and would like to explore new options for kitchen remodeling. Here are 15 great remodeling tips to jumpstart your creativity.
1. Organization: Create a space for everything and make sure that everything is put away neatly at the end of every day. Space to organize everyday items is extremely important. Make sure that cereal bowls are within easy reach of those who make their own breakfast, the flatware drawer is near the dishwasher for ease of unloading, and coffee cups are stored near the coffee pot.
2. Storage: Storage is one of the biggest complaints we hear from homeowners who want to remodel the kitchen. They mention issues like insufficient cabinet space or improperly designed cabinetry for the layout of their kitchen.
3. Kitchen Island: A kitchen island is a great way to add functionality to your home. It absolutely must be laid out neatly and add something more than aesthetics and countertop space. Challenge yourself and see how much functionality you can add to the island so the rest of the kitchen can be support.
4. Sufficient Space: The kitchen island is a wonderful addition, we agree. But if it makes the kitchen feel cramped, it defeats the purpose. We recommend making sure that you have at least 42 inches between the island and everything that surrounds it.
5. Create Traffic Flow: We all know to turn handles toward the back of the stove and to take other safety precautions while cooking, especially with children in the house. But let’s take it a step further and create a natural flow of traffic through the kitchen that encourages people to take a different path.
6. The Microwave Shelf: Discovering the perfect height for the microwave sounds like an easy task, right? Things get pretty complicated when you have people of all ages using the same microwave. You want to make sure that your six year old can get her snack out of the microwave as easily and safely as you get your reheated cup of coffee.
7. Avoid Bumping Cabinet Doors: Make sure all of your cabinet doors can be opened at the same time without bumping hardware from one into the face of the other. This creates ugly marks and will eventually take a toll on the appearance of your kitchen cabinetry.
These seven great ideas are just the beginning. We have eight more ideas that we didn’t want to cram into a single blog post because we like to keep our posts at a reasonable size for you. Keep an eye out for our next post and let us know what you dislike about your kitchen. Give us a call if you would like to schedule a consultation to start planning your kitchen remodeling project.