The kitchen is an important part of any home (especially if you love food) but is also one of the most expensive to remodel. So you need to get it right. Get it wrong and you could be looking at a costly mistake or have to live with a kitchen you’re unhappy with for years.
Decide on a budget first
Having a ballpark figure in mind is a smart place to start. It will focus your search on kitchens within your budget. It’s difficult to find your dream kitchen only to find it is way out of budget. Nothing you find after it will come close.
You might even find that your budget is completely unrealistic and you’ll have to find extra from somewhere.
Great ways to make your budget go further is to do as much of the work you can yourselves. Even if you don’t have many DIY skills, you can do help to prep work or basic painting. There are many bargains to be had by buying display cabinets. These are kitchens that may have been used in DIY stores. They are already prebuilt and in great condition. They can also save you thousands of dollars.
Think about the kitchen triangle
This is a kitchen design concept dating back decades. The triangle is formed by the imaginary lines between your stove, refrigerator, and sink. The idea is that these are the areas you move between most frequently, so for maximum efficiency, you should make this triangle as direct and uncluttered as possible.
Deciding on the locations for each of these areas will let you pin down where gas and water supplies will need to be. A company like Morningside Plumbers will be able to move and plumb in any sinks and fridges.
The kitchen triangle is still used in kitchen design today, though it’s not suitable for every space, it’s still worth considering. A huge kitchen is better designed in zones, rather than trying to cluster everything together.
Direct kitchen ‘traffic’
Family kitchens are a hive of activity, which is exactly what you want them to be. When remodeling a kitchen, you need to consider how people will move through the kitchen and design it in such a way that you won’t be getting in each other’s way which could become annoying and dangerous if you’re cooking.
Keep walkways wide
Space between appliances cabinets and walkways should be wide enough to navigate around easily. You don’t want to be bending down to open a cupboard but catching your back on the over.
Kitchen designers usually use a minimum of 42 inches for cooking areas and 36 inches for other areas.
Make storage a priority
Unless you’re practicing minimalism, you can never have too much storage in a kitchen. Try and fit storage in wherever you can. There are so many great designs that let you make use of otherwise wasted space.
If you’re the type of person that likes clear surfaces, then you’re going to need a lot of cupboards and drawers to store things in.
Design your kitchen around your lifestyle
Your kitchen should reflect how you’re going to use it. If you’re someone who doesn’t cook much, a huge eight ring range isn’t going to be of much use. Similarly, if you’re not the type to clean too regularly, a kitchen full of high gloss finishes and chrome is going to start and look terrible pretty soon. That type of kitchen needs a lot of upkeep.
Use a kitchen planner
Even if you find the style of kitchen you want, it’s good to see it in the space. There are many ways to plan your kitchen. You can use a free online kitchen design software that will let you set out the dimensions of your space and try out different styles of kitchen and decoration. Most specialist kitchen installers will offer a free design service. This is much more professional and can be fully costed, but you are generally limited to the makes of the kitchen they use.
You could opt for a specialist interior designer, who can work closely with you and tailor a design to your specifications. This is usually the most expensive option but can really give you a lot more style ad functionality options that you may not already have considered.
It’s important to get your kitchen right. A new kitchen can change the entire feel of your home and improve your family lifestyle in a number of different ways.