Kitchen Design: How to Avoid Long-term Pitfalls
You are ready to remodel your outdated kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams…but not so fast! In order to avoid potential, long-term mistakes that you may be unhappy with, it’s best to start off by knowing what can possibly go wrong. With a little bit of professional planning, you can avoid these pitfalls altogether and build the dream kitchen you have envisioned.
Have you grown tired of your kitchen countertops, cabinets and flooring? A complete kitchen makeover may just be what you need to spruce up this outdated area of your home. In addition to making your daily activity in the kitchen more productive, there are numerous other reasons why you would want to update your kitchen which go beyond the new shiny appliances and countertops. There are a number of pitfalls and “gotchas” which are lurking if you are not aware of them.
1. Your Counter Space
You need to have enough room to work, but one of the most common complaints many designers later need to fix is having a lack of proper counter space. Yes, everyone wants their countertop to be decorative but, equally so, it also needs to be extremely functional. This is why when you’re in the process of updating your kitchen it is important that you closely evaluate how the countertop will be used and then plan accordingly. The space you need will probably be specific to your particular needs and will also vary depending on your budget and usable square footage. There are at least three things you’ll want to evaluate before purchasing a new countertop:
- How traffic flows into and out of your kitchen. It needs to be comfortable to enter and it should not feel too crowded if there are more than two people moving around.
- The other thing is materials. Laminates are certainly rugged and are heavy duty. On the other hand, high-priced concrete, stone, wood and metallic countertops may require frequent maintenance and proper handling.
- You will need a few appliances permanently on your countertop. This will include the food processor, toaster, can opener, and a host of various other gadgets. So, having outlets where they are needed and then choosing exactly what appliances you use most can help ensure that your working space is better organized.
2. Your Kitchen is a Triangle
Many people do not consider the triangle rule of kitchen design and this often results in a cluttered and disorganized looking space. In interior design, the triangle is mainly a link between three main areas of your kitchen: the stove, the refrigerator and the sink. There needs to be easy access to all three of these. Don’t make the most common mistake of leaving inconvenient passes, narrow aisles, and small islands which restrict access to all the key areas of your kitchen. This makes your kitchen far less convenient and productive.
3. Attention to Secondary Areas
Professional kitchen designers take every small bit of detail into account, but if your budget doesn’t allow and you have to do it yourself, don’t forget to pay attention to the secondary areas. These areas have to be easy to access in order to perform a few tasks. For instance, you may want the trash can closer to the exterior door which makes disposal easier, or you may want a clearly accessible path to your door directly from the trash bay. In addition there should be easy access to the countertop area where you stock your groceries when you get into the home.
4. Not Thinking of Serving Food
By far the biggest mistake made by many homeowners is not considering how food will be served from their kitchen. Do you want to have in-kitchen seating, possibly a bar area? If this is the case, then consider how many people you will want to seat. If you plan to serve meals in a separate dining room area, then there needs to be an unobstructed path directly from the kitchen which makes it easy to move and carry dishes and platters around. Not thinking of this one aspect of your kitchen design can cause a lot of headache down the road.
If planning a kitchen remodel is something which seems overwhelming, that’s because it is. It’s always a good idea to hire a professional to do it. Professionals like Johnson City Handyman can help you to decide on the best design based on your home and your needs, and then bring it to a reality.
What do you feel is the most important need for your family in a kitchen design?
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