Remodeling your kitchen can be exciting and fun, but it can cause tears later if you don’t do the proper planning. Wanting a large granite covered island sounds great in theory, but needing space to move and therfore having an open plan kitchen might be the better option for your family.
Thoroughly thinking it through before hard-charging your kitchen remodel can save money and heartache later on. That’s why we’ve collaborated with NVS Kitchen and Bath, a kitchen designer and renovator from the US, to put together four key tips we think you should keep in mind when planning your kitchen remodel project!
1. Think Storage
The biggest complaint people make after their finished kitchen remodel is that they didn’t plan for more storage space. A great layout can look good on paper, but if it doesn’t do the job, it will cause some stress (and cramped cabinet space) down the road. Make sure to sit down and figure out all the storage you need. More storage could mean adding a walk-in pantry to your kitchen or getting a hidden spice rack or hanging pot holder. Either way, more storage the better when planning the layout!
2. Light The Way
What good is a kitchen if you can’t see it? Yup, many people complain about lack of lighting in their kitchen. Nothing beats natural lighting, but if you can’t add a window or the sun doesn’t reach that side of the house, you will need to consider some good lighting options. The options you have with lighting these days won’t leave you in the dark, and you don’t have to have all the lights on all the time. It is better to have too much light than not enough.
3. Make Way, Make Way, For Appliances
There is no such thing as too much countertop space. Make sure to give yourself room to work when designing your new kitchen. People forget how much room a coffee maker or a mixer can take up when they go to figure out their layout. Make sure to keep in mind everything you keep on the counters and things you might add to the list later.
4. Functional Flooring
Remember to look low when planning your kitchen project. A lot of people choose flooring that looks good yet isn’t user-friendly when it is actually installed. Looks can be deceiving because what looks good might not always be the best choice for your family. Make sure to ask your designer what floors are the easiest to clean and which ones aren’t as slippery (if you have little ones). You can find great looking flooring options that fit your needs and wants.
Remember – designing your dream kitchen can and should be fun! Choosing the color choices and browsing ideas online can be exciting, but can also keep you from considering options that will actually make a difference and often design experts can give you some real tips on what materials and functionality might work best for you. Make sure you keep these tips in mind before you make your final decision, and don’t be left in the dark on your kitchen remodel!
If you’d like to find out more about how the designers at Kreative Kitchens can help you with your next kitchen remodel, call the team now on 01234 300023 or leave us a message via our contact page and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.