If you are like many of us, your kitchen very likely is in need of updating. Maybe your culinary skills have outgrown your current kitchen and you are looking for something more cook friendly. Or perhaps your family has grown in numbers and the cabinet and storage space simply is no longer adequate. Or, maybe your kitchen is fine, functionally speaking, but the appliances and overall look have become outdated and just are not what you were thinking while imagining your dream kitchen–after all, it’s not easy to visualize your perfect kitchen when it centers around an avocado green oven from the early 80’s!
No matter your reasons for considering kitchen remodeling in Fort Collins–from ugly appliances to the need for more space–there are several tips any homeowner should consider when having their kitchen remodeled. Keeping some of these tips in mind while making remodeling plans with Artisan Remodeling and Repair can help you achieve a kitchen that not only looks great, but has been designed to function in perfect harmony with how you and your family uses the kitchen.
When planning your kitchen, you should always think about how you cook, or use each section of the space. Ask yourself things like, “Where is the most convenient place to keep pots, pans, or dishes?” “Is food storage easily accessible, and easy to get to when preparing food?” “Are the separate areas of the kitchen conducive to moving from one task to another without wasting time and energy moving items, or pacing back and forth to get everything needed?” A well planned layout that maximizes your kitchen’s functionality can save on future frustration.
Give Yourself Space
Unless your goal is to expand the vocabulary of little ears (or big ears alike), making sure you have room to move around without banging your shins, elbows, or head on cabinets, drawers or shelving is probably advisable. Kitchens with too narrow walkways, or tight work spaces can often lead to bumps and bruises which make your cooking experience more of a chore and less of a joy. If you don’t plan work spaces and walkways that are too small for the sake of an overcrowded kitchen, you can easily maximize the shin friendliness and overall functionality of your new kitchen.
Decide Your Kitchen’s “Guest List”
If you are the only person in your home who uses the kitchen, then planning the perfect kitchen for you should be a breeze. However, if your kitchen often has more than one person “invited” to the party, you should consider making the entire kitchen, or at least certain areas more adaptable to multiple users. For example, if you have children who like to help mom or dad cook, making sure at least one counter top is an accessible height is a great idea.
Determining who, and how much each person in your family will be using all the areas of your kitchen will help in deciding important factors like counter height, appliance height, and how much space necessary between appliances and work spaces. The forethought on who will be using what can make group cook sessions, or family time making cookies a much more pleasant experience later.
So, when the time has come to remodel your kitchen, no matter the reasons why, making the right plans with the right home improvement contractor is key. Let Artisan Remodeling and Repair help you realize your family’s dream kitchen with our superior craftsmanship, trustworthy products and affordable pricing. Contact us today for your free estimate.