||Ah, the kitchen.
It’s the center of the home. The kitchen is
where meals are prepared, where the kids hang out
after school — doing their homework or otherwise
— and it’s where meals are shared. Often,
when guests come to the home, it’s the kitchen
they mingle in - despite how beautiful you made
the living room. There is just something about the
It’s no wonder, then, that a remodeled kitchen
can do wonders for the value of your home. It can
also vastly enhance the quality of life while you
live in the home. So, really, it’s a win-win.
Below, we offer advice on some of the best things
you can do in your kitchen remodel.
1) Workspace is Key
Does your kitchen have enough counter space for
the cook to prepare meals comfortably? When preparing
a meal for a whole family or guests, the cook often
needs several different surfaces so that he or she
can be prepping different aspects of the meal simultaneously.
Make sure that your counter tops are ample and that
they’re laid out in the most ergonomically
sound way possible.
Speaking of ergonomics, in addition to the countertops,
how is the layout of the kitchen overall? A well
planned kitchen gives the cook easy access to the
“kitchen triangle”: the sink, the refrigerator,
and the stove. The sink should be accessible from
all locations - counters, refrigerator, and stove.
3) Make the Best Use of
If you’re thinking about installing an island
in the kitchen, it’s important to be aware
of the dimensions you’ll create by doing so.
In order to maintain a good work flow in the kitchen,
your island should allow for forty-two to forty-eight
inches around all sides. If the kitchen is less
than thirteen feet wide, an island might not be
the most useful addition to it. Make sure to take
measurements and to be realistic about how big the
island will be and how much space there will be
The kitchen isn’t a space that needs just
one type of lighting. Instead, you’ll want
to design in several different types of lighting
within the kitchen:
• Task lighting
• Accent lighting
You should also work to embrace any natural light
that you can for the daytime hours. Natural light
in the kitchen is a great way to make the most use
of the space.
5) Budget, Budget, Budget!
The most important thing you can do when planning
a kitchen remodel is to be keenly aware of your
budget and to make sure that you’re making
decisions that will keep you within that budget.
Appliances, countertops, and other fixtures can
add up. A kitchen remodel is likely within reach,
but you need to be smart about how much you’re
spending and what you’re spending on. The
worst case scenario is to be halfway through a kitchen
remodel and to run out of funds. The remodeling
process is intense enough without there bring surprises
involved when it comes to money.