Wishful thinking precedes every remodel: “I wish I had a second oven” or “Wouldn’t an under-counter refrigerator be fun?” Perhaps your wish list includes storage space for antique tea sets and vintage silver. Or do you really want a comfortable reading chair and a kitchen fireplace?
If you’re planning a kitchen redo, don’t put aside those wishes! First, though ask yourself some serious questions:
Your personal style defines how your kitchen functions, and how you relate to the work space. Are you a lone cook who can prepare masterpiece meals in a hurry or do you spend hours in the kitchen choosing recipes and chopping vegetables? Is small and well-organized space your personal goal, or do you want expansive and impressive space to accommodate a crowd?
Some families would prefer to eat most meals in a separate dining area. Others only want a snack counter in the kitchen. Popular islands and eating bars are not for everyone, but if you want the option, even small kitchens can usually accommodate the need.
While your dream might be for multiple ovens, a stand-alone freezer, and refrigerator drawers for fresh produce and cans of soda, other cooks would opt for a built-in coffee machine and a pair of microwaves! Don’t fill your space with appliances you won’t use, no matter how trendy they may be. On the other hand, if you love ethnic foods or want the ability to grill steaks in the middle of winter, make room for a gas grill, with griddle, steamer and wok options. Have it your way!
Always explore options: Corner lazy susans, revolving pantry storage, slide-out and pop-up shelving, tall furniture-style armoires, spice racks that tuck between studs, and slim pull-out cabinets or tilt-out drawers allow you to tailor your storage to your own needs.
Today’s best kitchens often include glass-front cabinets, display cases for collections, open shelving and wall art. There is no reason your kitchen shouldn’t be as visually appealing and comfortable as any other room in your home. Make space for the things you love and give your kitchen charm and visual appeal.
At The Kitchen Master, we’ve helped hundreds of clients create custom kitchens to make their homes more attractive, functional and inviting. Consider some of the following ideas as you plan your renovation to create the kitchen you’ve always imagined. 1. Practical and stylish cabinetry can enhance any kitchen. Kitchens with… Read moreView latest blog posts