Kitchen renovation can be a daunting task for any homeowner. However, there is help available in the form of professional contractors. At Karen Homes, we have compiled a list of kitchen renovation tips to keep in mind when you do decide to take up on that project.
Get rid of wasted steps: Figure out how you use your utensils in your kitchen and make sure to locate areas which will make them accessible quickly and without taking 2-3 steps. This will make your life a lot easier as less time will be wasted.
Wider walkways: It is important to have wider walkways in the kitchen to provide sufficient space. Recommended paths through kitchen should be atleast 36 inches wide and paths within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide if its for one cook or 48 inches wide if its for two cooks.
Direct traffic: If you have kids, it is very important to keep the cooktop out of the reach of children. This can be done by carefully designing your kitchen in a way that prevents kids from catching handles or spilling something while they run through the kitchen.
Ideal height for the microwave: The ideal height for a microwave depends on a number of factors. Those include the height of the chef, if there are kids in the home, etc. Ideally, the microwave should be 15 inches above the countertop. If you have kids, a below countertop microwave level would be more helpful.
Keep corners cleared: It is important to design your kitchen in a way which won’t let doors smash into each other. You must also not keep appliances in corners so their doors would be able to open up without any hurdle.
What is the island’s function: Determine what the main use of the island’s function would be and design your kitchen space accordingly. Ensure that the cooktop is separate from the island if you plan on eating dinners on the island as well.
Landing space: It is recommended that atleast 15 inches of space is need on either side of the cooktop, refrigerator, and microwave.
Consider countertops: If you cook frequently, you would need more space for countertops which is why it’s important to plan accordingly
Double up maybe? If you want to provide extra facility for your guests and other family members, consider a space for a second microwave so they don’t get in your way.
These are just some of the tips you must consider when doing kitchen renovation. Your best bet is to contact a professional who can help take a project from start to finish and stay within your budget.