Although a kitchen renovation is limited to one room, it has the potential to transform the entire home. A beautifully designed kitchen can create new gathering spaces and enhance the functionality of the home, while drawing together the different design elements. Since kitchen renovations are such big projects, it’s easy to make a few mistakes along the way. The best way to avoid making critical mistakes is to work with a professional design and remodeling team.
Do allow plenty of room for storage spaces.
To achieve a highly functional kitchen that will evolve as your family and lifestyle change, it’s necessary to plan for lots of storage spaces. A professional designer can estimate how much storage space you’ll need based on how many people are in your household, and how much cooking and entertaining you like to do. For example, if you are someone who enjoys doing lots of baking, you’ll need extra-large storage spaces designed to accommodate baking sheets and muffin tins.
Don’t insist on the “working triangle.”
For decades, it’s been traditional in kitchen design to create a “working triangle.” The working triangle is intended to arrange the locations of the refrigerator, sink, and range—in other words, the three spots in the kitchen that are most frequently accessed. However, modern kitchens can break this rule. Today, many homeowners prefer to organize the layout according to workstations, such as workstations for clean-up, cooking, and food storage.
Do consider the effects of a remodel on other rooms.
Sometimes, a kitchen renovation project requires adjustments to the footprint of the kitchen (the total amount of space the kitchen takes up). If you plan to knock down a wall to expand the kitchen, don’t forget to consider the effect on the other rooms. For instance, will you have enough space to entertain guests in the dining room or living room? In some cases, it may be more workable to build an addition on the home.
The design experts at Southwest Kitchen and Bath have extensive experience designing beautiful, functional kitchens for all types of families. Your first step in the kitchen renovation process is to give us a call at (520) 531-9187. Our designers in Tucson will make your remodeling project as easy and hassle-free as possible!