Handy Tips For Remodeling Your Kitchen

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Are you planning on remodeling your kitchen? If so, you are probably wondering where to begin.

There are many facets of taking on such a project, but if you take it step by step, you can avoid being overwhelmed and over budget.

Let’s take a look at some tips that will help you when remodeling your kitchen:

Budget

First things first, you need to determine your overall budget. This will help you decide on which items you may have room to upgrade and other aspects you may need to hold back on.

There will be many elements that go into remodeling your kitchen, so speaking to an experienced, professional designer is a great place to start. All aspects of the space will be discussed, including layout, flooring, cabinetry, countertops, lighting, etc.

You will feel confident knowing where your money will be best spent and you may even discover new ideas that you hadn’t previously considered.

Layout

Does your existing kitchen have the optimal layout? Is it functional while you are preparing meals or do you feel like you are not as productive as you could be?

Think about the layout of your kitchen. The work triangle should be in place to make the best use of your kitchen.

Storage

When it comes to storage, you need to determine your cabinets and pantry space. What is the best option for your unique situation? Do you have a large family and cook often? If so, you probably have a lot of dishes, pots and pans, which means more cabinets. You’ll most likely also need a pantry to store dry goods.

If you live alone or have a smaller family, you can use your budget for other elements, such as appliances or lighting.

Lighting

Dark kitchens feel closed in and dreary. Do you have any windows in your current kitchen?

Bringing in as much natural light as possible will brighten up the space and make your kitchen feel more open. You may want to install additional windows if needed or make existing windows larger.

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You should also think about light fixtures. Can lights are a great way to brighten up a kitchen without distracting from the overall décor. Pendant lights over an island or peninsula will give your kitchen a pop of style.

Island Functionality

Including an island in the middle of your kitchen has become very popular. Islands can encompass a number of functions, depending on the needs of the family.

If you like to entertain and have family and friends gather at your home, then adding the extra seating of an island is a great idea. You may also benefit from island seating if you have young children at home. It is an easy spot to serve a quick breakfast before school or a place for kids to do their homework, while you are preparing dinner.

Pot-Filler

This article suggests that if you do a lot of cooking, adding a pot-filler over the stovetop is a great idea. You will eliminate lugging heavy water filled pots across the kitchen, risking spilling it all over the floor. They also are attractive and give the kitchen a high-end appeal.

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Research the style options for your kitchen. Do you prefer a traditional and classic look or do you like the clean, sleek lines of a modern style?

Use ideas from other kitchens that you see on television, magazines and websites to develop a style that will appeal to you for a long period of time.

Conclusion

Considering each of the points above should help you on your way to creating the kitchen you have always dreamed of. You will not only be thrilled with your updated space, but you will increase the value of your home as well.

For further reading, check out: The Ultimate Guide To Planning A Kitchen and The Kitchen Triangle – Why You Need To Design Around It.

Robin Slattery

Robin Slattery

Robin Slattery is a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) with over 22 years in the Cabinetry Design Industry, and is a member of the NKBA for over 20 years.  Robin has owned Modern Kitchen Center since 1998.

Robin’s award winning designs have been recognized by several National and Regional design contests.

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