Kitchens. We remodel, recreate, restructure, reinvent this room more than any room in the house. At the same time, we’re cooking less, eating out more or bringing in prepared foods more than ever before.That said, the kitchen remains the heart of the home. It’s the place where we gather when we gather.It’s the place that we use extensively even if we’re not really cooking. When I bought my cottage, the kitchen was the disaster zone of disaster zones. However, it wasn’t to be the first room to renovate. It was the porch and the studio to be created in the former garage that called out the loudest. Shouted! Me, me, me first! Eventually, the kitchen would have its moment of attention.
Planning is essential to your success in this project. Again, while you might still long for a large kitchen, you will find that your project will take less time and be less expensive than if you had a larger room to remodel. For instance, 8 feet of new countertop is going be much less expensive than twice that amount and matching countertop material for a center island. As a result, you can buy high end materials such as marble or granite for your countertops where the price might be prohibitive if you had a big kitchen. The same holds true for materials like flooring, fixtures and appliances. Don’t cheat yourself by settling for inferior materials. You can often find leftover materials from contractors and home improvement outlets that you might not be able to use or afford otherwise.
Try to keep everything to scale in your small kitchen. Smaller appliances such as refridgerators and microwaves can add space and give the illusion that the room is a little bigger than it actually is. Allow this thinking to come into play when you’re choosing flooring and wallpaper, if you want to go in that direction. You can also find small coffee makers, mixers and blenders that won’t overwhelm your space. Even your central lighting fixtures should be smaller as well as your hardware for you sink. Try to keep this in mind when your choosing these elements for your remodeling project.
Planning our your storage is also another concern that you should think about before you begin to remodel your kitchen. Finding storage for things that you don’t use often such as mixers and blenders can free up counter space and keep things looking uncluttered. Buying some of these appliances and household items that come ready to mount under a cabinet is another option. Microwaves, can openers and even coffee makers are made to go under the cabinet these days. Take advantage of this nifty option. Putting other large items tucked away in a cabinet is a good idea also. While it might be nice for your mother to see the mixer that she bought you when she comes to visit, allowing it to live in an upper cabinet or in a nearby closet might make things easier at other times. In a kitchen, less is often more.
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