Remodel Right: 10 Tips for the Perfect Kitchen Makeover
Whether you need a place to perfect your favorite gourmet recipe or a place to warm up a frozen pizza, the kitchen is an integral part of any home. From enjoying your coffee in the morning to meeting friends or family over dinner, most of us spend a considerable amount of time in our kitchens, making it even more important that we feel 100% comfortable in the space.
It’s no wonder, then, that many of us opt for a remodel to create an impeccably functional kitchen that meets your highest expectations. But before you start fixing all the quirks that bother you so much, take a moment or two to design your ideal space in your head. To keep things in perspective, we’ve put together this top 10 list of tips for creating quality kitchens beyond anyone’s wildest dreams. Read on for unparalleled inspiration!
1. Hurry creates waste
We can’t say enough: never start renovating before you are perfectly clear about what you want to change. To help you figure out what should stay and what should go away, spend a few hours cooking in the space, actively thinking about what is undesirable or inefficient. All quality kitchens are the result of meticulous planning, so never skip this step in the process!
2. Leave enough storage space
Your storage space on both sides of your stove and near your refrigerator (and maybe even near your microwave) should be at least 15 inches long. Comfort is the key, after all!
3. Let’s talk about countertops
If you’re a kitchen guru, choose spacious countertops that allow you to align and reach all of your ingredients with minimal effort. If you have kids who like to help you cook up a storm, you may even want to consider installing lower countertops that your kids can easily reach.
4. What is the island for?
Many quality kitchens have an island, but you probably haven’t considered what its purpose is. Well now is the time, as your answer will affect its design and size! If you want to kill two birds with one stone and use the island as a casual kitchen and dining area, be sure to leave enough space to accommodate both functions.
5. Keep cabinets away from corners
Don’t just think about how amazing your new cabinets will look … also think about how and in which direction they will open. A designer’s worst nightmare is clogging cabinet doors or cabinet doors swinging in opposite directions and colliding. Mistakes like that lead to defining moments in the palm of your hand.
6. Power outlets are priceless
Whether you’re plugging in your new blender or wanting to charge your phone, installing power outlets in convenient places – like on your island or on the backsplash – is essential, but often forgotten!
7. Consider your walking trails
As a general rule of thumb, all quality kitchens should have hallways that are at least 45 inches wide (if not more!) In the cooking areas, and pathways approximately 35 inches wide in the rest of the space. Nobody wants a jam in the kitchen!
8. Take advantage of convenience
Wouldn’t it be great if you could fill your pot with water right next to your stove? Well, clever pot fillers turn this dream into a very convenient reality. Why not give your arms a break and install one of these miraculous mechanisms?
9. Revolutionize recycling
Exposed recycling bins not only take away the beauty of a room, they can also get in the way. Solve both problems with one simple solution: Hide your recycling in pull-out cabinets. If organization is your concern, you could even put your glass, plastic, metal, and paper containers in separate cabinets.
10. Consider cleaning
Nobody likes to think about cleanliness, but do yourself a favor when you remodel your shelves, countertops, and sinks. While glass shelves or glossy finishes can look great when first installed, consider how long these items will take to clean up after you’ve baked with the kids or tried a new, elaborate recipe. It’s often worth prioritizing practicality over appearance, so think twice about those matte finishes and built-in sinks.
Quality kitchens strike the perfect balance between practicality and appearance, and most importantly, they put a smile on your face. Make Your Dream Come True With These 10 Tips That Will Make Your Makeover As Easy As Cake!