A good kitchen turns a house into a home!
Whether it’s your morning coffee or your favorite cake, it’s all in there to cheer you up instantly. But if your kitchen doesn’t feel nice, it might also drain your motivation for the rest of the day!
Just like your clothes, hairstyle and even cars need an update with time, your kitchen also becomes dull and boring. From outdated floorings and lightings to worn out cabinets and leaky sink faucets, you may come across various kitchen problems from time to time.
To save yourself from fixing one issue every time it pops up, it is the right time to remodel your kitchen!
A little customization can give you the biggest visual impact in your kitchen. And when we talk about the infrastructure customization, it’s not only limited to cabinets only!
We have compiled a comprehensive list of 9 ways to remodel your kitchen. Take a peek at our list of considerations before you start remodeling your dream kitchen.
- Smart organization
Firstly, you will need to make a comprehensive plan regarding the placement and usage of your kitchen items. You need to have a good understanding of the storage of your kitchen items around your bigger kitchen appliances. It will help you to better plan for the storage requirements and will also cut down the costs. For example, dishes and flatware should be located near the dishwasher for easing the unloading process. Food and breakfast bowls should be stored near the breakfast table. Your drawers should be the place where you keep your silverware, and the cabinets should contain the plates and bowls.
- Choosing the right layout
Planning the perfect layout for your kitchen should be your top priority. The work triangle – the spacing between the sink, the refrigerator, and the stove – should be as minimal as a footprint if possible. These three parts are used to carry out the primary tasks in your kitchen, and keeping the ideal distance among them will make your kitchen effective and efficient to use. Though single-wall kitchens make it impossible to form a triangle, you can still achieve efficiency in them through proper spacing. It is ideal to keep the refrigerator closer to the kitchen entrance, as it’s usually the primary destination for all the kitchen-goers.
One can’t overstate the value of fresh and shimmering counter-tops to its owners. There is a wide variety of options to choose from, like Formica, marble, butcher block, Corian, granite, etc. Choosing the right option depends on your budget and lifestyle.
Marble & granite are the most beautiful in veining and shine, but are more expensive and require greater maintenance.
Whereas Formica lacks the luster of many natural stones, but it provides you with a suitable alternative if you have a limited budget.
- Light it up
Everyone wants their kitchen to be fully functional and beautiful at the same time. Proper lighting in certain areas of the kitchen will make your life easy and also complement the beauty of your interior and floorings. First, carefully consider your requirements; you can ask around your circle for advice. Do your research in different types of lighting available and select the ones that meet your requirements.
Cabinets are the most expensive components in your kitchen. If your current cabinets have worn down or become outdated, but the construction is still compact, the cheaper option is to refinish them.
If they don’t match your chosen theme, try painting them or hire a painter. But if they have become dysfunctional or started to wear and tear a bit, then you can choose to buy it from the stores.
On the other hand, if you have a bigger budget, you can order the customized ones as well!
In today’s open layouts, having the same flooring in your kitchen as the rest of your house makes sense. You can also opt to install ceramic tiles especially the 12-inch ones, to create a luxurious look. There are numerous options for materials you can choose for your kitchen flooring. For example, stone, hardwood, tiles, etc.
The choice will, again, depend upon your budget and lifestyle. Each option has its own unique characteristics and costs associated with them.
Thinking about replacing your old stove, or updating your refrigerator, or purchasing a matching microwave and dishwasher?
As the majority of people prefer one color for all the kitchen appliances, it also helps in creating a level of cohesion. When it comes to choosing appliances, the most important features are their reliability and functionality. You should not compromise on these two features in place of better aesthetics. White, black, and even stainless steel are considered the most popular options among the people.
- Unwelcomed guests
The kitchen provides us with a place to gather, where we cook, eat and store food. However, some unwelcomed guests, like pests & bugs, easily find their way due to excess food supply. They contaminate our foods, ruins our sacred space and spreads bacteria all around.
It is highly recommended to keep the kitchen clean and dump the leftovers quickly. The use of pest killers and bed bug sprayare blessings in disguise. Their use during the pre and post remodel phase can help you keep these little creatures out of your favorite place.
However, you should be careful during the regular use of these insecticide sprays. The National Pest Management Association (NPMA) reminds the homeowners to carefully follow these precautions during the holiday season.
- Plumbing location
Try to keep the plumbing arrangements where they are. As moving the gas and water lines to accommodate the reconfiguration of ovens, stoves, dishwashers, and sinks can be very costly. Especially in old houses, it will cost more due to old pipelines and settings.
Still, if you to make your kitchen more practical, increase the budget as these reconfigurations are really costly.
Remodeling your boring kitchen into your dream one can take a lot of time, energy and of course, money! So, before you start bashing your kitchen walls, you need to carefully plan the remodeling process. Smart organization of storage, proper layout for flooring and infrastructure and proper lightings and appliances, will require your consideration. Pest control measures will save from the wrath of insects and bugs that live in your kitchen. The remodeling process often goes way over budget, and it is essential to keep a contingency fund to tackle the unexpected surprises.
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