||If you are
planning a kitchen remodel, there are several
questions that you should ask yourself before
you begin so that you are able to most efficiently
create your vision for the space. Being honest
with yourself about these simple points will lead
to a strong sense of what you need and will ultimately
bring you the most long-term happiness.
What do YOU need in YOUR
Those caps weren’t a mistake. No, we’re
not yelling — it’s just important
to remember that this is your kitchen. You can
read article after article about what’s
right for other people, but when it comes down
to it, what do you need? Do you use the kitchen
for cooking often, or do you eat out most nights?
Do you host dinner parties where you’d like
to be able to host and prepare simultaneously?
Do you often like to do work in the kitchen, or
do the kids do their homework there? Knowing how
you use the kitchen is a great way to delineate
what you need to include in your kitchen remodel.
Where does the most natural
light come from?
Because kitchen walls are often taken up with
a lot of cabinetry, wherever you can get natural
light, you should embrace it. Be aware of where
your kitchen windows are and how you can make
the most of the natural light that streams through
them in the morning and daytime hours. If you
are having a new home built, keep this at the
forefront of your mind when you’re planning
where the kitchen will be situated in the house
and where windows will be placed within it. South-facing
windows will get the most consistent daylight
throughout the day.
Where do you park your
This is one that many homeowners totally over
look, and it’s actually an important point.
Getting groceries to the kitchen is an important
feat. A kitchen with a doorway to the outdoors
can be particularly useful.
What types of safety features
do you need?
Does your home have children in it, or is it just
two retired adults? Do grandchildren often visit?
Depending on who uses the kitchen and who might
find themselves in the kitchen, you’ll want
to incorporate a range of safety features into
the kitchen. Areas that need the most safety attention
||Where are the controls
for the stove? Dials on the front of the stove
may look nice, but if you have little ones
in the home, putting them to the back is a
||Where are knives kept?
They should always be kept to the back of
the counter, out of the reach of children.
Better yet, consider installing a knife storage
area inside a cabinet that you can reach comfortably
but the children cannot.
||All toxic chemicals
should be kept far away from where the children
can access them. If you need to keep cleaning
solutions in a cabinet that is at floor level,
be sure to install child safety locks to keep
the children out of the cabinets.