There are numerous blogs and top ten lists telling you the tips and tricks to kitchen remodeling. And most of those are going to focus on the same main principals. Choosing the best material for countertops, securing your cabinets (and choosing the right look for them), having energy efficient appliances, etc.
But there are some things you should think about when you renovate your kitchen that are outside the norm, things that you never thought of when remodeling your kitchen:
5. Have the right cabinet height: The look of your cabinets can do a lot for your kitchen. You can have all wooden cabinets, stainless steel cabinets, ones with frosted glass, and a variety of ways of displaying the products inside of it. But how often have you thought about the height of your cabinets? Traditional wisdom states that if you have eight foot ceilings your cabinets should go to the ceiling. It makes sense in theory because this leaves more space for shelves and decorations, but I think that makes your cabinets a bit too high. Try leaving only about 15-18 inches from the ceiling. This ensures that your shorter members of the family can reach the cabinets, while the taller members of your family can reach the top.
4. No man is an island, and neither is your kitchen: Kitchen islands can provide a lot of handy options for your family, and can look really great in the process, but something you need to think about is the amount of space it takes up and where you put it. The paths in your kitchen should around 36 inches (about three feet) wide. The “cooking zone” paths should be 42 inches for one cook, and 48 for two cooks. This means that if you are going to have an island it has to be centered for your kitchen paths and your cooking zone. Make sure you think about what your island is going to be used for. Cooking islands can be smaller counter-wise, but could really use an extra sink or disposal. Islands used for gathering or eating should be counterspace and little else.
3. Don’t be afraid to double up on appliances: There’s nothing in the remodeling rulebook that states you can’t have a kitchen with multiples of the same appliances, so don’t be afraid to double up on some of them. Having a separate refrigerator (set at a warmer temperature) for things like fresh vegetables or straight-from-the-butcher meats means that you don’t have to worry about freezing them in a main refrigerator. Have separate microwaves at two different heights in the kitchen so that the kids can have one closer to their size.
2. The more outlets the merrier: My rule of thumb for houses in general is that you can never have too many outlets, and for the major cooks out there this is especially true in the kitchen. There are a plethora of appliances that need to be plugged in mixers, blenders, toasters, hand-mixers, ranges….the list goes on and on. Incorporating outlets into counter space is a great way to always have your appliances ready and working right where you need them. Your bigger appliances take up only about a foot or so of total space, so separate your outlets a foot and a half apart and you will always have counter space for them.
1. Know before you build: Know how you are going to use your kitchen before you build it. Like to cook giant meals and prepare for a party? Opt for a bigger kitchen with more counter space. Just cooking for one (or two)? Grab a kitchen with the basics and more shelves rather than tons of counter space and all the bells and whistles. This isn’t earthshattering information I realize, but how do you know what to do? I found this awesome quiz from This Old House that tells you exactly what you need.
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Everybody build safe out there!