Kitchen remodeling is a great way to enhance the look of your home, boost your comfort, and increase the home’s overall value. That said, you may not know where to start when undertaking a project of this size. We are here to help!
The exact changes a person will make to their kitchen over the course of this project is going to vary on a case-by-case basis. To ensure you’re fully satisfied with the results, take some time at the start to review what changes you’d like to make. Popular reasons for remodeling a kitchen include:
- Adding counter space
- Replacing outdated fixtures and/or appliances
- Increasing floor space
- Putting in additional storage space
- Adding ventilation
- Replacing flooring
- Enhancing lighting
Choose a Layout
Different kitchen layouts offer different benefits. The following are some of the more favored options to consider:
- L-Shape – A very well-liked layout because it balances counter and floor space.
- U-Shape – Wrapping around three walls, this layout offers additional counter and cabinet space but can make small kitchens feel cramped. You can also add a peninsula to an L-shape layout to mimic the U-shape.
- Galley – Two parallel runs of cabinets and counters face each other, typically with doorways at each end. Space is limited, but this layout makes efficient use of the area that is available.
- U-Shape with Island – If you have a large enough kitchen, this layout allows you to work more efficiently because you don’t need to keep walking back and forth to use your counters.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association promotes guidelines that serve to ensure kitchens are designed safely and smartly. Specific guidelines worth keeping in mind include:
- Keeping all walkways between walls and counters/appliances at least 36 in. wide.
- The dishwasher should be installed within 36 in. of the sink.
- Your work triangle (sink to the range to a refrigerator) should not exceed a total size of 26 ft. No individual side may be longer than 9 ft. or shorter than 4 ft.
- Always have at least one receptacle for garbage and another for recyclables.
- Keep a minimum of 158 in. countertop space.
If you’re trying to make your kitchen more attractive and comfortable without spending a lot of money, you may want to prioritize certain tasks, leaving more expensive ones for later. You can also reduce costs in many areas, such as by refinishing your cabinets instead of replacing them entirely.
Kitchen remodeling is a great way to boost the home’s overall value. Keep that in mind when planning the process. In the long run, this project won’t just make your kitchen more functional and visually appealing; it could also be a very profitable investment in the long-run.