Your home is where your heart is. But where exactly is your heart inside your home? It’s in the kitchen!
When it comes to renovating your kitchen, it can be a huge project in itself. Since it involves a significant amount of investment, you must ensure that it is done right. The process of remodeling the kitchen can be a rather overwhelming task. You need to work on sourcing various ideas online and looking at a variety of samples from the local stores.
While it can at times be fun to do this chore, on the other hand, it involves a lot of time, effort, and money too. Thus, it is important to have an idea of what the end outcome will look like before you start working on the remodeling project.
The kitchen should be remodeled in such a way that it looks good and is also sturdy. Regardless of how a kitchen is redesigned, the functionality of the kitchen must not falter. A kitchen should be a space where you can enjoy being in. So, here are some special tips so that you can create a cozy space in your home that you will love forever.
1. Keep the kitchen entrance wide
When designing the floor plan for the kitchen, keep the entrance wide. There should be enough room to walk around between the island and the cabinets. Ideally, the aisles within the kitchen should be between 42 to 48 inches wide for ease of movement. Place your storage cabinets and appliances in a manageable space so that they do not look clumsy.
If you have kids at home, it is also important to make the kitchen a kid-friendly zone. For that, you need to design the cooktop out of the aisle areas so that children do not cause any freak accidents while passing through. Keep the refrigerator in such a place that makes it accessible to people both inside and outside the kitchen.
If you like the kitchen layout that you have at present, you can also choose to keep the layout as it is and work on the other necessary changes. Simply changing the door covers and the countertop along with the drawers and the hardware will take care of the overall kitchen remodeling in that case.
2. Do not keep the cabinets at the kitchen corners
To make sure that the appliance doors and the cabinets can be opened at the same time, do not place them at the corners of the kitchen. Plan the kitchen storage space in such a manner that there is enough room for clearance and swinging of the cabinet and appliance doors. This will ensure that the doors do not bang on each other when opened at the same time.
Refurbish much of your existing cabinets for storage
There is no denying the fact that when you choose to refurbish or reface your existing storage cabinets, you are in for a dramatic kitchen remodeling that is inexpensive and within your budget. If the cabinet drawers and the doors are fit enough to be installed, you can simply laminate them or reface them at a nominal price and give your kitchen the much-needed makeover.
If you need more storage space, you can also opt for cabinets that reach the ceiling. They are a little on the expensive side but you will get the much-desired space to store items that are out of storage only once a year.
Add new trims to the existing cabinets
Changing the trim of the cabinets will change the look of your kitchen. Use crown trim or even under trim that can draw attention at the top, thereby making the kitchen look much bigger than what it originally is.
Use hanging shelves inside the cabinet doors and also on the unused wall areas. You can hang up pots and pans, mops and brooms, and even the kitchen aprons when not in use.
If you are unsure about how to go about the process without any professional help, well, there is help available online for you. Use a free home design software which will give you a virtual projection of how your kitchen will look after the makeover.
Even if you are using existing cabinets with a new laminate, you can add certain new hardware to spruce up the look of your kitchen. Hardware includes the light fixtures and the kitchen sink that can change the overall look of the space.
3. Convert your old table into a kitchen island
A great way to save money on kitchen remodeling is to use old items with a new face. For instance, when remodeling your kitchen, instead of installing a new kitchen island, it is a great money-saving idea to use your old table for the same purpose. This is an out-of-the-box idea that you can use. Besides, when you have a table as your kitchen island, you can move it around the kitchen in case of any need.
You can add castors to an old table or cover the table with a solid piece of polished wood. The same idea holds for the countertop as well. While granite is the best option for a countertop, if you wish to save some money there, you can also opt for the cement coat on the countertop. Cover the cement top with a laminate cover and you are good to go.
4. Lighting the kitchen is an important remodeling factor
Using the right types of lighting in the kitchen can make a huge difference to how your kitchen looks. In fact with proper lighting, a small kitchen can get a wider look. Lighting can also add a lot of ambiance to your kitchen along with some much necessary drama.
- Use under-cabinet lighting so that there are no shadows over the kitchen working area. There should ideally be at least two light fixtures in the most important parts of the kitchen like a countertop.
- Use recess lighting for the area near the sink to illuminate it while washing your hands and doing chores that require washing.
- Use pendant lighting to hang over the kitchen island so that it gives a romantic yet useful look to the whole kitchen.
- You can also choose to use the track lighting and wall scones to add some aesthetics and drama to your kitchen.
- You can visit the local hardware shop to get great-looking light fixtures that are energy efficient. They will not only save you a good amount of money but will also save your electricity bill in the days to come.
5. Find a focal point for your kitchen to add that extra zing
If you want to add that oomph factor to your newly modeled kitchen, you have to walk that extra mile. Choose a space within the kitchen that catches the eye automatically. Now add some bold designs to make a statement.
For instance, you can choose to add backsplash tiles, a range hood, or a patterned countertop for giving that special look to that area. Add appropriate lighting in that area too. It will not only draw the attention of the visitors to that area but also give your kitchen an uncommon look.
Once the focus area is decided, add quieter details to the rest of the kitchen so that it balances the bold look. The kitchen is the area where people spend most of their time when home. So it must look soothing and comfortable all the time. Hence only a bold-looking statement design on the kitchen wall might look nice but not be comfortable enough for you.
If you are looking for ways to save money with a kitchen makeover, use your creativity, plan a budget and stick to it. Explore ways in which you can do the remodeling by yourself and you can save thousands of dollars in the process. Once done, you will be satisfied with your handwork and also with the amount of money saved in the process.
Durability and of course overall functionality should be the topmost priorities for a remodeled kitchen. Even if you get hold of low-quality bargains on kitchen remodeling products, stay away from them. Instead, focus on quality and choose products that come with long warranty periods and are low maintenance.
Remember, remodeling a kitchen simply doesn’t mean changing the look and feel of it. It also means upgrading it to a better one. It never hurts to get a consultation from professionals. There are thousands of good remodelers in the town and they know their job and can do it better than anyone else. When you have a budget and a plan, you can always discuss it with a professional remodeler and he will be able to guide you with better ideas and designs.
Choose classic designs and choose wisely. That way, you would be happy with a job well done and not have to think about kitchen remodeling often unless the things inside the kitchen wear out.