If you missed Part I of our Kitchen Renovation Blog series, which detailed ways to improve your Kitchen on a smaller budget, check it out here.
If you have decided to completely renovate your kitchen, this is what you should be thinking about before getting started.
Kitchen Renovation Layout
The size and shape of your room will determine the most suitable design. Regardless of the size of your kitchen, it’s always helpful to consider the classic ‘working triangle’.
This working triangle concept is designed to minimise both the effort and the walking distance between the sink, fridge, and oven by placing them on three points of a triangle.
With that in mind, Google search the following standard shapes so that you have an idea of what is available:
- Galley Kitchen
- U-shaped Kitchen
- L-shaped Kitchen
- Island Kitchen layout
The layout of your kitchen will determine where appliances and cabinetry will be located, but it is also crucial to think about how to manage the movement within your kitchen. This way you can prevent guests from getting in your way while you’re trying to work on meals, preparation, etc.
It’s likely that you will want to position the fridge on the perimeter of the kitchen so people can access it without being in your way. Think about how many people just need to “grab something from the fridge” while you’re working away in the kitchen, and you’ll realize how important this is.
If there is room, consider an island or a peninsula for your new kitchen. It is a great option for keeping others out of your way, as it can shield you from guests. You can always put stools on the other side of your island to give your guests a comfortable place to sit, or for your kids to use a portion of it as a work area.
Also consider installing a sink in the island so that you and your guests can access water without getting in your path.
Kitchen Renovation Style/Design
The kitchen is one of the best places to invest in your home. Why? A new kitchen will see one of the highest returns on your investment, and will make your home look more modern.
Picking a style can be tricky, but Focus Construction recommends sticking with classic kitchen designs that will age well and aren’t just a passing fad.
In order to get the most enjoyment, use, and return on your kitchen renovation, we recommend speaking with a designer who can assist you throughout the process. Focus Construction recommends the following design experts:
Lighting is a great way to add flare, complexity, and awe to your kitchen. We highly recommend taking some time to choose some fixtures that speak to you. While a Home Depot light is adequate, you may wish that you added a more fashionable light after only a year.
Before making changes to your kitchen, take stock of your current setup. Where do the small appliances go? Are you currently storing other kitchen devices elsewhere, but would like to move them so that you have easier access? Make sure that you plan enough storage to accommodate both your current needs and your future needs.
We’ve assisted homeowners update and renovate their kitchens to meet their evolving needs. If you’d like a kitchen redesign or renovation, please give us a call or send us an email so that we can get started!