Tips on Renovating a Kitchen

When renovating your kitchen it is important to keep three things in mind:

1. The outcome you want
2. The use your kitchen will provide
3. How you would like your kitchen to look

Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, which accounts for a lot of their challenge — and a lot of their appeal. The same cabinets, appliances, and surfacing materials can look entirely different in someone else’s home than in yours. Stock cabinets can be given a unique look with virtually unlimited specialty finishes and a change of hardware. If your renovating budget can accommodate custom cabinets, your choices are even greater. Countertop materials already come in a great array of choices, but they can be customized even further with special routing or inset bands of another color or material. The same goes for renovating flooring, walls, and in-kitchen dining furniture. So even if your kitchen is small and ordinary, it’s not hopeless!

Allow for enough bench space

Bench space is often one of the most important factors when designing a new kitchen, not only for ease of use but for safety. Remember the appliances you choose will affect how much space you have for benches. Look to leave free space on either side of the cook top and sink.

You can transform it into a remarkable space unlike anybody else’s. Manufacturers and designers have seen it all, and the end result is that you can have all the amenities you want and need, even in a tiny kitchen. Savvy, space-saving products are available for the owner of the apartment-size condo, co-op, or townhouse kitchen. You’ll find that convenience doesn’t have to come only in the large economy size

Allow ample space for doors to swing

Refrigerators, dishwashers and ovens need to have ample space for the doors to open inside the kitchen.

To create a distinctive space, your first move is to look at your kitchen with an eye to what might serve as a focal point. A large window, or long wall can be the start. Take advantage of a bank of beautiful windows with an eye-catching counter that runs the length of the window wall. If you love to entertain and are lucky enough to have ample space, consider setting your room up to include two back-to-back kitchens; one with a full-size range, a fridge, ovens, and a sink, and the other with an ice-maker, a wine chiller, a second sink, a mini-fridge, and a microwave, plus an abundance of storage. Pretty much anything you dream up can be executed with the help of a talented design team. It’s up to you

Think about lighting and ventilation

Look to keep your kitchen well ventilated and lit. Working in a shadow makes it more likely that accidents will occur. Be sure to position lights above any high traffic work areas when renovating. Good ventilation in the space will ensure you have a comfortable space to cook in and will reduce the likelihood of fires.

Whether your space is large or small, light or dark and whether the end result you want is pretty or pretty wild, you’ll do best if you stick close to the following basic recommendations:

Try to keep the straight-line distance between the sink, fridge, and cooktop between 12 and 23 feet.

Position the sink between the other two appliances, since it’s used most often. (The sink’s location may depend on pre-existing plumbing lines.)

Allow for 36 inches of counterspace to the right and 30 inches to the left of the range and sink if at all possible; if not, allow a minimum of 24 inches and 18 inches.

It’s tempting to place a tall fridge and built-in wall oven next to each other, but try not to; each needs its own landing space on both sides of the appliance for safety.

Try to include a minimum of 10 linear feet of both base cabinets and upper cabinets.

Utilize lazy Susans to make potentially wasted corners fully functional.

Use pull-out drawers rather than reach-in, conventional cabinets for greatest convenience. If you’re retro-fitting existing cabinets, have pull-out trays installed.

But in the end if you want some advice on your kitchen call us we will be more than happy to come out to your place and help you with any questions you may have.