Over time, no matter what kind of home you have, you may decide to renovate or remodel the kitchen at some point. In fact, the kitchen is the number-one remodeled room in the home. Family growth, personal tastes, trends, new appliances, and much more can change how you use the individual areas in your home. We regularly work with homeowners in Essex and the surrounding areas to improve the layout of their existing kitchen. We look forward to the opportunity to design and build out your ideal kitchen.
Let’s take a look at a few things that can help you with your kitchen remodel and make it go as smoothly as possible. Whether you want more space or you want to modernize your countertops, cabinets, appliances, or lighting, there’s plenty to explore here. These are some of the most talked about and recommended tips when working on kitchen remodeling as a whole.
There are several different kitchen shapes that you can explore on a deeper level. While some interior designers may tell you that there’s no real ideal, that may not sit well with you. It’s for that reason that you should consider whether you want a galley, L shaped, or rectangular style kitchen. Do you want an open floor plan? Do you want a bar with an island? What about the hood range and appliances? These all take on special considerations that should not be overlooked or hastily glossed over.
Maximize Your Storage Spaces
Cabinet design and layout changes are interesting in that they can be deceiving. You may think that you have the perfect layout in mind, but when it’s done, you may have blind spots and dead zones where storage is not possible. With that in mind, make sure that you consider gaps, corners, and more to maximize the square footage that you have. Take into consideration whether or not you have a pantry, or where you will store certain items. Cabinet design during a kitchen remodel is as important as other aspects.
The Lighting Conundrum
Overhead lighting is a great thing to have in your kitchen, but it shouldn’t be the only thing. Consider mixing things up. Look at adding recessed lighting mixed with pendent options, and under cabinet lighting to help illuminate your preparation surfaces. There’s a lot of lighting solutions that you can explore, but make sure that you do not just have 1 light source.
The Sealed Floor
Here’s something to take note of, the flooring. The floor that you have in place needs to be slip-resistant. You also want to stay away from stone that may take on water or isn’t sealed properly. Even if you have a good seal, it may wear off fast. Hardwood is great too, but again, the traffic may cause them to wear out faster. Flooring should be carefully considered here, especially if you have a large family and the kitchen gets a great deal of foot traffic. Whatever you decide, just make sure that you have complementary design in mind.
A kitchen remodel is more than just an overhaul of your space. It requires some forethought and action that may take on a lot more work. Take your time planning this out, and aligning what your wants and needs are to ensure you are able to gain the upper hand. Planning ahead will help the process go as smoothly as possible. Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Create a temporary kitchen. You won’t be able to use most, if any, of your kitchen during the remodeling process. So create a small, dorm style kitchen that your family can use during the transition.
- Use recyclable utensils, plates, etc… You may choose to use your own utensils and dishes, but please keep in mind that you won’t likely have access to the kitchen sink. Using your own dishes may mean that you have to use the bathroom sink to wash them. Disposable (recyclable) dishes and utensils are generally the better option.
- Precook and freeze several meals. Make your family’s favorite meals, casseroles, or crock pot meals and freeze them. This ensures that your family eats healthy during the remodeling process and saves a lot of money on fast food.
We hope this post has helped you plan and prepare for your kitchen remodeling project. We look forward to working with you to ensure that your project goes smoothly and finishes with fantastic results.