Becoming a homeowner is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. You cannot wait to dive in and start reworking the rooms to match your personal sense of style and aesthetics. One of the most common and immediate things a buyer will want to do is remodel the kitchen.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where people gather for parties, where you enjoy your morning paper and coffee, and where your kids do homework. Remodeling can be both fun and overwhelming at the same time. Here are some tips and tricks for remodeling the kitchen in your new home to keep you on track.
Choose a Focus
The first thing you should do is decide what your focal point will be. Will you install a decorative backsplash with fancy glass tile? Will you put in a themed island? How about focusing on a counter that runs under your windows?
This focal point will be the eye-catching space around which the rest of the kitchen will revolve and will get you started on a theme.
Mind the Pathways
Keep those pathways wide. You should maintain roughly three feet of walkways all around for ease of navigation. This is important for multiple people using the space, and for accessibility concerns.
Even if you do not have a disability, designing for accessibility will increase the value of your home if you decide to sell at a later date. If your kitchen is small you may want to avoid using a large furnishing in the middle in favor of space to move.
Islands are popular additions to kitchens. When you design your island remember to keep it to a theme. What will the primary use be? If it will be for work and communications, you should not install storage space for pots and pans, but a charging station for gadgets may be just what you need.
Keeping your theme in mind for your island will help you to keep a unified design and avoid excess clutter.
Storage and Counters
Make sure that you have enough storage space and counter space for your needs. If you do a lot of gourmet cooking you will want plenty of space for food preparation, and lots of areas to store pots, pans, spices and dry goods.
In addition, keep storage in common-sense places. Conserve your movement—do not put pots and pans on the other side of the kitchen from the range. Keep spices in easy reach of your food prep area. Put the stove and refrigerator close to each other.
These are just a few ideas to keep in mind as you begin considering your kitchen remodel. If you are looking for a Leduc Remax agent to help buy your new home, give us a call today. We are happy to help!