1. Think twice.
When remodeling a kitchen, function must be in the first place according to interior designer Jacqui Hargrove. She says: “There’s no ideal kitchen shape,”. “Whether it’s a galley or U- or L-shaped, plan for the sink, fridge and cooktop to form a triangle, with no more than 6 feet between each for ease of movement.”
2. Make room for storage.
Jacqui claims that: “The biggest mistake people make at the planning stage is not allowing for enough storage,”. “Use every nook and cranny. Put overhead cabinets right up to the ceiling, rather than leaving a gap on top that collects dust.” Also, think about deep drawers to easily get to pans and pots, and in this way you will have enough storage space for all the appliances.
3. See the light.
Electrician Richard Terode claims that overhead lighting fixture is insufficient in kitchens. According to him: “In the kitchen, you don’t want the light behind you, casting a shadow on the work space.” You need it positioned to fall in front of you.” He prefers lights that are put under cabinets because these type of lights shine on counter tops directly.
4. Power sources.
Appropriate power sources must be available for appliances which are either relocated or new. Richard says: “Many people realize too late that they don’t have the right gas or electric lines.” Plumber Stuart McGroder strongly recommends measuring appliances in order to be sure that they will suit into allocated spaces with ease. He claims that: “If a dishwasher is crammed in, it could push up against the hose and won’t drain properly.”
5. Surface and space.
Too much counter space does not exist; it is never enough. Be careful to pick a surface that will be comfortable to work on. But bear in mind that grout between tiles is always hard to maintain and that stainless steel will scratch quickly.
6. Start from the beginning.
Do not reuse appliances or items that you have used in the old kitchen. Although you think that it will seem save up some money, it is not true. Jacqui says: “Old appliances will jut out like a sore thumb in a new environment. You don’t have to spend $100 on a drawer handle when cheaper ones still look fantastic. The same goes for counter tops.” she says.
7. Safety in the first place.
“Make your kitchen as safe and family-friendly as possible by planning for good visibility to backyard and indoor play areas from the cooking area,” recommends a home safety expert, Dorothy Bell. Furthermore, think about elements that are safety-conscious and these are: ovens placed at adult height to decrease the chances of accidental burns, rounded counter tops, and slip-resistant flooring.
8. Make the air fresh.
James Moore advice: “A range hood helps ventilate cooking odors, says appliance consultant. Buy one that’s efficient, quiet and vented outside.”