10 Tips, Tricks and Advice for Kitchen Renovation
If you are planning on renovating your kitchen, then you would want to review some of the tips posted below before starting. Renovating any part of your home is not an easy task and if you are planning to handle it yourself rather than call in the professionals then you would definitely need these tips.
Since you are planning to remodel your kitchen, you may want to make it more efficient. For example, is the refrigerator located elsewhere or in the kitchen? Is the microwave placed next to the counter or in another room altogether?
Do you have a separate counter for cutting vegetables and another one for meat related products? Is the washbasin located all the way on the other side of then room? Essentially you need to make your kitchen more efficient, one that does not end up with you walking up and down all day.
1. The layout
You should start with the layout of your kitchen; determine if everything is in the right place – from taps to table and ask yourself whether you need to change the current layout to something better. Once you have decided to change the layout altogether, set out a plan on what goes where and figure out if you need to put in additional accessories like a new water pipe or set up a new electrical connection. Once you have figured out what needs to be done, all that’s left is for you to get started on it.
2. Wide paths
You may want to design wide walkways through the kitchen, keep in mind that if you have children, chances are that they would spill stuff so make sure that your countertop is at a preferable height and that they cannot reach across it easily. In addition, you can add a few cool designs to make your kitchen warm and friendly.
3. Setting up a kitchen island
A kitchen Island can just be a wooden table in the center of the kitchen, or a countertop or a prep station. You can set one up accordingly and with a kitchen Island, you should find it easier to prep multicourse meals with ease. Just make sure that all your pans, pots, cutting board, knives are within easy reach.
4. Maximize storage
One of the neat things you can do when renovating your kitchen is to replace all those bulky cabinets with deep pull out drawers and maximize your storage space. Additionally, you can use the same space for storing more than one item, for example you can store all your main kitchen appliances in one or two of these pull out drawers, e.g. Microwave, grinder etc.
When choosing countertops for your kitchen, try to go in for something than the usual granite. Granite countertops are great but there’s more variety out there, starting with the staid and simple limestone, marble, and mosaic tiles. Your countertop needs to be sparkling and clutter-free, so make it a point to clean your countertop every day while ensuring that everything else is carefully packed and stored away.
6. Under cabinet lights
It makes sense to go in for some under cabinet lights; these lights should help to illuminate the main area of your kitchen and your countertops, where you would be cooking. So when renovating the kitchen, make it a point to add a few under cabinet lights.
7. Microwave shelf
A microwave is one of the essentials in any kitchen and usually they are stored right above the countertop at a preferable height. But the height of the shelf depends on the individual user but fifteen inches above the countertop should do the trick.
The whole point of the microwave being stored right above the countertop is to enable the cook to access it easily. And you can also create a separate shelf for microwave accessories starting with the microwave glass vessels and idli maker. Or you can store them into one of those deep recessed drawers and bring it up when you need it.
Shelves are essential for every kitchen; you can go in for recessed shelves to store your spices and condiments. Just remember not to store your spices too close to the stove on account of the heat. Once you have the shelves set up and your spices and other condiments safely stored away, you should have freed up some valuable space on your countertop.
9. The cooking range
Since you area renovating your kitchen, you may want to go in for a whole new look. And irrespective of what design you adopt, it is essential that you set up a shelf near the range for cooking oils, mixie and other items. You can go in for convection cooker or even for a cook top, one that merges with your countertop seamlessly and provides your kitchen with a neat appearance.
While most prefer to stand and cook, some cannot for various reasons. So you may want to install a chair or two in the kitchen so that whoever is cooking can rest their legs while the food is being prepared on the cook top. It is not mandatory that you pick out furniture to suit the room, but it makes no sense to install a lazy boy in the kitchen when a sturdy backless chair should do the trick and much more effectively. So, go in for sturdy chairs for the kitchen and you should be set.
With these tips, you should be able to renovate your kitchen with ease. You could always call in a professional and list out what you want him to do, regarding the kitchen. However, if you are into DIY projects and feel confident that you can handle it yourself, then these tips should come handy. Just remember when renovating your kitchen, to carefully store away all sharp items starting with the knife. Renovating any part of your home is not an easy task, but with these tips you should be able to find the process a little more manageable.