When starting a kitchen renovation project, always attempt to make a space which is both:
- Functional, and
With these goals in mind, begin designing a solution that works with your lifestyle. Are you a passionate chef creating elaborate dishes? Is your kitchen frequently populated with family and friends? Do you need more storage space for your appliances and cutlery? These questions will help determine how much space should be dedicated to an eating area, or whether you should take an open floor approach.
Design for Efficiency
When planning for a kitchen remodel, most designers consider what is known as the “kitchen work triangle”. This is when the three busiest areas in your kitchen – the sink, stove, and refrigerator – are placed so you could draw an imaginary line between the areas and have a triangle between them. The idea being that by keeping these three areas close enough, you will create a space that is both aesthetically pleasing and efficient to use.
Maximize the Space
A common misconception is that in order to get the best out of a kitchen remodeling, you have to invest in a home expansion project as well. Most of the time, spaces are just underutilized and a lot can be done with what you already have! Start by measuring your space, this is essential for determining your room layout. Optimize your kitchen floor plan by moving appliances, install shelves to free up counter space, and think creatively. There is a lot of room underneath your base cabinets for server ware and tablecloths.
Kitchen remodeling projects demand a lot of patience, and if you are not properly prepared you might regret the entire process. Things to take into consideration include:
- Where will you cook while the remodeling is underway?
- Have you protected the surrounding areas well?
- How will this project affect your day-to-day?
The last point is particularly important when carrying out the project yourself. If you’re going to be working during the week and building on the weekends, plan the remodeling in stages. Start with spaces that you don’t need to use every day, and keep any alterations to the busiest areas when you have a free weekend.