While any room remodel presents its own challenges, remodeling a kitchen can prove to be especially daunting modern kitchens serve a number of purposes beyond simple food preparation. The kitchen also needs to present an area for gathering, an area for casual dining, and occasionally serve as a workspace when needed. Older Tampa kitchens may not have been designed for all of these functions, so keeping these in mind is important when doing your remodel.
1. Consider incorporating an island into your new kitchen design, as it will add utility and versatility to the room. And island helps divide the room into spaces for gathering and food preparation, as well as allow for storage or a new home for the sink or major appliances. Just make sure your kitchen has enough room to incorporate one.
2. Take some time to think about your current food preparation workflow in the kitchen, and see if there is any are take some time to think about your current food preparation work flow in the kitchen, and see if there is any part of which you wish to improve upon. Improvements aside, do not make too many drastic alterations to your workflow just for the sake of making changes. And efficient workflow includes a floor plan that has a clear path from the refrigerator to the sink to the cooking area. Between these three fixtures should be some counter space or other preparation areas.
3. Do not underestimate how much storage you need in your kitchen. Plan for as much storage as possible.
4. Try to have multiple light sources in your kitchen, especially natural light. Natural light is very important to keep a kitchen evenly lit. A simple overhead light in the center of the room will not be sufficient, as working at Eddie counter or workspace against the wall will see your body casting a shadow on the space itself. If you find any dark areas in your kitchen, consider adding accent lighting, such as underneath the top cabinets.
5. When selecting a countertop surface, choose one that is easy to work on and care for. Make sure your choice will not get worn or scratched up too quickly, or will be too high maintenance for your taste.
6. If your family has younger children, you may want to consider the visibility from the kitchen to other parts of the home, such as out into any connecting rooms or outdoors. Opting for doors and windows that offer a clear view out into the yard will make it easier to monitor your children from the kitchen.
7. Another safety measure worth considering for families with children (or clumsy adults) would be a slip-resistant floor.
8. A safe way to store kitchen knives is on a magnetic strip along the splash back. This will ensure that they are safely resting and not sliding around in a drawer, and are far away from the reach of children.
9. If your remodel includes plans to move the sink or other major appliances with in the kitchen, be sure to check that you will have access to appropriate electricity, gas lines or plumbing in the new parts of the room. Finding out if your proposed new home for the sink will work with your plumbing is crucial to know early on.
10. When remodeling, it will be far easier to start over with brand new appliances that fit your new design aesthetic. It may feel like an economic moved to hang onto the old stove, but if it does not fit the new look, opt for a new one that fits and create the perfect look from the start.
11. Plan out your spaces for garbage and recycling bins, whether they will be out in the open or hidden within a cabinet. Knowing where these go early on will keep them from becoming afterthoughts once everything else is in place.