When you renovate your kitchen, it’s almost as if you have a blank slate and you can do (almost) anything that you like with it.
Didn’t like where your cupboards were? Didn’t have enough storage space? Didn’t like where the fridge was? Everything can be changed and moved to another location. There might be some things, though, that you haven’t thought about changing up, but you should consider. When it comes time to renovate your kitchen, here are a few items on the list that you should be thinking about.
If you have an older home, chances are that you often find yourself struggling to find outlets for all your appliances. During a kitchen renovation when everything is coming apart, why not use this is as a time to install more outlets along the backsplash of your kitchen. You could even put in a charging station complete with USB and standard outlets. Now you’ll never struggle to find a close outlet when you’re cooking or entertaining guests.
Avoid painting your kitchen a darker colour as it can make your kitchen feel and look small. Instead, choose light and bright colours to make your kitchen look larger. If you do not plan on replacing cabinets during your renovations, consider cabinet re-facing. By taking the doors off, sanding and painting your current cabinets, it will look as if you have brand new cabinets.
Do you have an island in your kitchen? Do you want one? If you do end up incorporating an island, it’s important to determine its function. Is it primarily for meal prep and cooking? Is it for eating? No matter what you want to use the island for, you’ll have to plan space accordingly. For those who want to use the area for both meal preparation and eating you will likely need more space so that the prep area is separate from the eating area. Thinking ahead to what you want to use the space for will help to determine how you should design the space and what you’ll need.
This term refers to the area of countertop of either side of appliances like a fridge or a stove. This area of space allows for you, and your family, to work comfortably around an appliance without having too much going on in that area. It also allows somewhere for you to quickly place items.
If you have children in your home who are old enough to get their snacks or even help prepare meals, then this will make sense for you. Having a drawer (or two) that kids can reach filled with the items they use most: snacks, juice boxes, their own plates and utensils will help to keep them away from the areas you don’t want them around (like a hot stove) but still allow them to help out in the kitchen and keep them involved in cooking or baking as a family activity.