A kitchen remodel is one of the best investments you can make in your home. That’s because it doesn’t just add value to your house but also provides an increase in comfort in one of the key spaces of your everyday life. Sure, actually doing a kitchen remodel can be a bit pricey but when done properly, it can literally change your life. That’s why an excellent planning is needed to make the most out of this type of remodeling.
There are lots of questions you should be asking yourself if you’re about to remodel your kitchen: color combinations, materials, appliances. But aesthetic preferences and budget constraints aside, there are certain things you should be considering that are universally applicable to any kitchen. We decided to help you with that and have listed 5 of those things you should have resolved before doing anything to your existing kitchen. Consider them tips you should probably follow if, you know, want a perfect kitchen. Here we go!
1 – Layout is key
A kitchen remodel has to be thought and planned according to the available space. There’s no way around it. Unless you’re planning to bring down a wall to make some extra room, you’ll have to deal with what already have. That doesn’t mean you can’t change the whole kitchen layout to make it more comfortable and accommodating.
Today, many people are going with an open layout to make the kitchen look more spacious. That’s a great choice, especially for smaller kitchens that could use such visual effect. However, that’s not all. You should think about the location of appliances in relation to the workspaces. Think about how you cook and how much space do you use and plan accordingly. An island might be great for more counter space, but it also can get in the way. The sink might look cool in one side, but it’s a problem if it’s far from the refrigerator and stove.
How you use your kitchen is key to understand the best layout, AKA the layout that works for your and doesn’t get in the way. Talk to your kitchen contractor before remodeling and share your needs and opinions to find the best way to use the available space without sacrificing the looks.
2 – Don’t forget accessibility
The perfect kitchen isn’t just the one that makes a sensible approach to space with a well-thought layout. Accessibility to storage is also essential for a kitchen worth cooking in. Think about this when planning shelves and drawers, since a mistake with one of them could end up feeling a catastrophe for the whole kitchen.
Professional cooks love to use open-shelving, mainly because they can access all they need quickly and effortlessly. However, open shelves aren’t for everybody. Some people just hate to showcase their pans and pots, so they prefer standard cabinets. If that’s you, that’s great – just keep in mind that you can have your cabinet doors as long as you have enough drawers. Making pull-out installations is great for keeping things organized, easily accessible and out of sight.
Additionally, think about grouping your kitchenware according to size and use. This might seem like a no brainer, but when considering a remodeling it becomes key. Why? Because this is the stage to design large shelves for big cookware that isn’t used on a daily basis, proper drawers by the side of the stove to store the spices and trays and even high cabinets for certain special appliances.
3 - Spend a little extra on appliances and countertops
Today there are lots of appliances that can make your life better in the kitchen. Larger refrigerators, double ovens, intelligent faucets, sophisticated coffee machines – you get the picture. All of them can make a difference in your kitchen, since they can provide you with more comfort than regular appliances. Of course, your budget will tell you if you can consider them for your remodel but if you can make the effort for them, do it, it’ll be totally worth it. Once you’ve decided to go for it, you’ll have to integrate the new appliances with the design which could change a lot depending on them.
Another aspect in which you should consider quality before price is in the countertop materials. Before choosing them for aesthetics or budget, you should consider their usability and durability. A soft or porous counter might look great in your new kitchen, but they are prone to stain and scratch. Other materials might need a constant maintenance that increases their original cost in the long run. The solution is to go with harder materials like quartz and granite, which might not be as cheap as you want but that will stand the test of time.
4 – Light up your kitchen
A kitchen without properly lighting should probably be considered a crime. Having enough light to just focus on cooking is a thing that can be easily overlooked when planning a remodel but that will certainly stand out once the kitchen is done. Thus, you will want a well-lit kitchen, both with natural and artificial lighting. When thinking about the former, the best is to have the biggest windows you can afford in as many walls as possible. This will let the sunlight in, providing the necessary lighting for cooking while also saving energy.
As for artificial lighting, recessed lighting is always the best choice. That’s because you don’t want low-hanging fixtures getting in the way of your cooking. Besides, you should really think about putting a light over the sink and even lights that shine directly on the countertops. Finally, remember to install dimmers in your kitchen lights. In this way, you won’t have to worry about having too much light to kill the atmosphere, because you’ll always be able to adjust it to the way you feel in any particular day.
5 – Always choose green
No, we’re not talking about the color of countertops, cabinets or the painting for your walls. We’re talking about the way your kitchen should be remodeled. Fortunately, more and more people are starting to realize that the kitchen is one of the spaces where more waste is produced and they are taking steps to make that stop. You can do that too!
First of all, you should think about considering hiring a green contractor for your kitchen remodel. This will ensure that all the materials and the processes for your home improvement will be eco-friendly. Additionally, you should check that all of the appliances you buy are energy efficient. Finally, if you’re feeling an extra green, you should consider the installation of a separate greywater system to save water and use it in your lawn. The perfect kitchen is the greenest kitchen!
With these 5 tips in mind, you can start planning the rest of the details according to your tastes. In fact, none of these tips will stand in the way of your preferences. On the contrary, using them will make your kitchen shine with more comfort, usability and sophistication for years to come. So, if you’re to remodel your kitchen, be sure to have these nearby!
Posted May 17, 2015
by Gabriel Posternak.