Developing a Remodeling Plan for your Kitchen
September 19, 2012
Not knowing exactly where to begin a kitchen renovation project causes many people to put off remodeling a kitchen that desperately needs a makeover for aesthetic, safety and energy-saving reasons. Taking the time to plan ahead and consider several important aspects of kitchen remodeling can lead to a stress-free, expedited and pleasurable remodeling experience, with the final results fully satisfying the preplanned image you had of your new kitchen.
The thought of new kitchen flooring, new cabinets, fresh wallpaper or paint and charming window treatments can sometimes compel excited homeowners to forget about the functional aspects of a kitchen layout. Ask yourself what the best practical layout for your kitchen would be in regards to cooking a meal, assembling family members at the dinner table or using it for parties. Some people find that arranging the stove, sink and refrigerator in a triangular shape is a great way to save steps when working in the kitchen.
Installing an island in the middle of the kitchen provides the ability for more than one person to prepare meals without feeling crowded or needing to invade the space of another. Kitchen islands can be permanently place or remain mobile by having wheels attached that allow the island to maneuver in all directions. Smaller kitchen islands can also be conveniently stored under counters or in kitchen corners when not in use to provide an open, spacious area in the middle of the kitchen.
For families with children, planning a practical and durable kitchen includes choosing countertop material that resists extra wear and tear. Currently, popular materials from which kitchen countertops are made are natural stone, such as slate, granite, marble and quartz. Each type of material offers its own advantages, with granite and quartz being the most resistant to scratching and excessive heat. Although marble countertops present a variety of beautiful, glossy designs, it is not as scratch resistant as granite and quartz and may fare better in kitchens that do not experience as much use as family kitchens.
Dishwashers should always be placed close to the sink to prevent the floor from becoming soiled and slippery while transferring wet pots and dishes from the sink to the dishwasher. In addition, when creating a design plan with your MyHome project specialist, make sure you consider the location of other appliances you want included in your newly renovated kitchen in order to make the kitchen as functional as possible.
Try to incorporate an “appliance garage” in your kitchen design plan that can organize and house small appliances such as toasters, coffee makers and can openers. Appliance garages are typically installed behind a cabinet that allows the vertical movement of a door to conceal the appliances. Also, include a sufficient number of electrical outlets near the appliance garage for quick access to a power supply.
Because MyHome kitchen designers are experts in designing functional as well as uncommonly beautiful kitchens, any questions you may have regarding space-planning, practicality or other issues related to kitchen renovation can be fully answered and quickly implemented by the MyHome designer working with you on your kitchen remodeling plan.