Remodeling your kitchen allows you to make it more functional for how your family uses the space. When you sit down with your home remodeling contractor to sketch out the new area, you must keep functionality at the forefront of your designs.
Since the way your family utilizes your kitchen space is unique to your family, remodeling gives you an excellent opportunity to restructure the area in such a way that cooking and spending time in the new kitchen will be a pleasure instead of a chore.
To ensure functionality is at the forefront of your upcoming kitchen remodeling project, here are some tips to keep in mind and speak with your remodeling contractor about:
Tip: Consider Skipping the Trendy Open Shelving
While it is true that installing open shelving in the kitchen is all the rage, do you really want shelves in your kitchen?
Think about it for a moment. With open shelving, all your dishware or whatever you put on the shelves will be visible 100% of the time. In addition, everything sitting on the shelves will be subjected to dust and cooking grease daily. Instead of being stored behind closed cabinets where it stays clean, you will have dishware that gets dirty and has to be washed even though you haven't used it.
For some people, dusting and cleaning aren't a deterrent to the look of open shelving. However, if you don't want to create more housework, open shelving is not functional, and cabinets are a better choice.
Tip: Make Sure You Can Reach All of the Kitchen Cabinet Shelves
One of the biggest mistakes many homeowners make when remodeling a kitchen is installing cabinets flush against the ceiling. While kitchen cabinets look great installed flush with the ceiling, it makes them very impractical because it's impossible to reach the shelves.
If you don't want to be reaching for a step stool constantly, make sure that all of your cabinets are installed so that you can reach all of the shelves.
Tip: Create Dedicated Spaces for Frequently-Used Small Kitchen Appliances
One of the best ways to ensure your newly remodeled kitchen space is functional is to create dedicated spaces for frequently used small kitchen appliances.
For example, if you have an expresso machine, air fryer, or heavy stand mixer, create unique spaces just for them in the new kitchen. Your remodeling contractor can easily make a particular niche where these appliances can be used and then hidden from sight without having to drag them over to a cabinet to put away every time you use one.
Contact a home remodeling company to learn more.