It’s easy to get caught up in remodeling the kitchen. After years of living with cabinet doors that don’t close and curtains that don’t dress the room, you can finally fix the things that drive you nuts.
Excitement is then slowly replaced by panic. You realize that the kitchen is the toughest room to remodel. You start by looking at inspiring kitchen pictures. Then, you shop around for appliances, wood blinds and research designers and general contractors. Everything is in place, and you are ready to begin. But, before you get started, make sure to follow these tips.
- Keep It Simple and Clean
The way you use your kitchen might change over time. As your family grows, the kitchen becomes the center of everyday life, and it’s probably the one area of the house where you shouldn’t personalize too much. While it’s important to design a kitchen that suits your needs, you should also think about the people who might be using this space in the future. Also consider the fact that future home buyers might not resonate with your personal design preferences. For this reason, it might be a good idea to keep the design clean and simple.
- Consider How You Will Use the Kitchen
Space is a precious resource in the kitchen, so you want to make sure that you are using layouts that fit your needs and lifestyle. Consider how you will use the area between the sink, refrigerator, and stove before moving things around.
- Make Your Kitchen Interactive
What makes a kitchen, fun, is what happens in it. Eating together, cooking together, and so on are activities that help consolidate bonds. Think about how you want the space to accommodate a crowd of helpers. Maybe a custom kitchen island on wheels is the best way to make this space fun and interactive for everyone.
- Less Equipment, More Space
You don’t need full sets of pots, trays, and knives. A chef’s knife or two, a bread knife, and a paring knife is all you need. And, the same goes for cookware: after a stockpot, two saucepans, and a skillet, any additional vessel is just showing off. However, it’s important to make sure that what you have, is of high quality.
If you have limited space, look for a small dishwasher and under-counter refrigeration.
- Pay Attention to Light
Overhead lighting is not effective in the kitchen. Unlike the master bedroom or the living room, in the kitchen you don’t want to have the source of light behind you. Instead, you should install under-cabinet bulbs to get the light to fall in front of you.
- Get New Appliances
You might think that reusing appliances is a great way to save money, but the opposite is true. Old appliances tend to consume more electricity, and they break easily. Not to mention that they will stick out like a sore thumb in your new kitchen. There are better ways to save money. For instance, instead of paying thousands of dollars on countertops, you can buy cheaper ones that still look amazing.
- Choose Room-Specific Flooring
When it comes to kitchen flooring, ease of maintenance and slip-resistance is what you should be looking for. Hardwood is probably the best option, though cork has proven to be a great solution too.
- Get Creative
Don’t let a small budget hold you back. Something as simple as painting the walls can transform your kitchen completely.
- Don’t Forget about Safety
Make your kitchen a safe space by ensuring you have easy access to other rooms or the backyard. Even if you are single, you should still consider safety-conscious design elements, such as slip-resistant flooring and rounded countertops.
- Get Professional Help
Even if you are choosing the DIY route, unless you are doing your own plumbing and building the cabinets on your own, you’re going to have to work with a contractor at some point. Make sure you find professionals who understand what you want and can help you with space planning, choosing finishes, ordering products, and so on.
It’s a good idea to consult with specialists in kitchen remodeling before getting started. A professional contractor can help you avoid common mistakes and share some of his secrets with you. Make sure you think everything ahead before you make any significant change. That way, you can go forward with peace of mind.