Besides our bedrooms, the room we perhaps spend the greatest amount of time in is our kitchen.
From entertaining family and friends to simply cooking or even enjoying a meal together, our kitchens are essentially the focal point of our entire home and are used every single day. So, given their vast importance and incredible versatility for how they can be designed, it is important to think carefully when trying to build or renovate your dream kitchen. Space, of course, is always an issue in our homes, so this dream of making your perfect kitchen become a reality immediately becomes more difficult. Thus why the need has come up to share 10 important questions you should go through before you begin to build or renovate your kitchen.
- How many people will use this room? – If you have a big family, or if you entertain enough that you need a larger kitchen, it is crucial that you design your space wisely. When space is limited, look to have a smaller island, or even a portable stainless steel one. The more people in the kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean it has to feel overly busy.
- Do you frequently cook? – If you do, and even if you cook to entertain, you may want to install under-counter beverage refrigerators, wall ovens, and other key storage and uncluttered areas for your appliances and other items needed to cook and entertain.
- Will you eat in your kitchen? – If you envision having meals in this room, then having an island or some sort of bar space where you and others can comfortably eat. Even if there is limited space, a kitchen island with stools underneath it can double as a prep/counter space and also the area where you dine.
- Are there any ‘must-haves’? – A must-have can be anything from a certain type of oven, sink, special type of granite and more. First identify these and then try to mold your kitchen to the best of it’s ability after that. Only then can you determine your ‘nice-to-have’ options, and truly see if those are still able to fit your budget and given space.
- Will you have a work triangle? – Everything works in three’s, and so does efficient cooking when thinking about the room’s layout. Typically in a kitchen, this means less walking around, and the need to have your stove, refrigerator, and sink all within a close area.
- How will you maximize storage? – Consider cabinets up to the ceiling line for items that are seldom used such as seasonal decorations, platters, and the like. When space is of serious concern, storage and functionality should ultimately be the number 1 priority.
- Is every bit of space used? – Install pull-out trash bins, rotating carousels, pull-out interiors for cutting boards, and more. A smaller kitchen needs to go to great lengths in order to not look cluttered, so using up every square foot of the kitchen and hiding unnecessary items in the process in ideal.
- What will you display? – If you have some fine china, glassware, and the list goes on, perhaps look into having glass doors on all of your cabinets and even on your refrigerator. If it may look too busy, have other focal points such as your center island, or a large piece of art, clock, painting, tile work, and more.
- What can you part with? – This new kitchen may be smaller than ones from the past, or your remodeling may mean you have to get rid of certain items. Clearing out your cabinets of your former kitchen will allow you to not only take stock of what you have and how big the next kitchen’s layout needs to be, but will give you the opportunity to sell or give away old silverware, blenders, coffee makers, pans, and other related and dated non-essential items.
- How will you utilize color? – The color of the paint, tiling, wallpaper, cabinets, countertops, and more all will have a drastic effect on how you and your guests feel in the kitchen. Not only can color change the atmosphere, but it can also make spaces feel larger or smaller. When space is at a low, use lighter colors and reflective surfaces such as stainless steel, chrome, and high-gloss fronts and always aim for allowing the greatest amount of natural light to enter the room as possible.