Posted by: Regent Homes, on November 1, 2013
So you’re remodeling your kitchen, or thinking of it? The kitchen is one of the most important parts of your home, contributing in a weighty manner to overall value of the home. It serves as a central gathering space. And, hey, everybody needs to eat! If you’re making plans to re-do your kitchen, keep in mind these four details that can make or break your most important room:
1. Enough counter space
You’ll always need room in your kitchen to set things down: pots and pans while you’re cooking, serving trays when you have guests over, countertop appliances like a microwave, coffee maker, or mixer. When preparing your kitchen remodel, try to give yourself as much countertop square footage as possible. When you run out of counter space, you’ll find yourself without a spot to set a hot pan down, or without enough area to chop some veggies for dinner.
2. Location, location, location
Be sure to also consider the proximity of different kitchen essentials. Putting too long of a trek between the prep area and the stovetop will leave you frustrated when it comes time to cook. The same goes for the nearness of counter space to the refrigerator. Where will you set that gallon of milk when you pull it out of the fridge? Having a counter available within arm’s reach will make meal prep much easier. You can solve location and counter space issues by installing an island in the center of the kitchen. The island can be fixed or a rolling cart; either one will give you a central area for operating your kitchen.
3. The floor beneath your feet
Your kitchen floor will be subjected to high traffic, not to mention possible food spills and moisture, and you don’t want to find yourself replacing it in five years. You don’t have to break the bank to get a sturdy kitchen floor. Ceramic, vinyl, or laminate flooring is cheaper than solid wood, and they can stand up to some punishment. All three are easy to install, retain their look despite years of wear, and make mopping up spills much easier to handle.
Reliable kitchen appliances are absolutely necessary for running your home. The refrigerator is a focal point of the house, while ovens and dishwashers make life a little easier. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a lot to get trustworthy appliances. There isn’t a drastic difference between expensive specialty ovens or refrigerators and the “everyday” brands you can find at any appliance store. If you’re purchasing more than one new appliance at once, check with the store for any discounts.
As you’re remodeling your kitchen, take these four things into consideration. This way, you can put your kitchen solidly in the “make” column, and not the “break.”
Decorating Your Home, Remodeling