We’ve started quite a few kitchen remodels in the past two weeks. Kitchens let us take a detailed walk through our clients’ lifestyles and work with them to strategize their meal prep and planning. Kitchen remodeling, like any other remodeling project, can be overwhelming though, and a common question we’re asked is “Where do I even begin?” So for those of you considering a kitchen remodel or in the middle of one, here are five kitchen remodeling tips we typically give our clients as points to ponder:
Know how you use your space
Knowing how you and your family functions in your kitchen will help you plan how much and what kind of storage you need and where to place each storage unit. If you’re straining to lift dishes into a wall cabinet, try drawers in a base cabinet instead. Here are a few other trends we’ve found among our clients:
- Cooking utensils placed next to the range/stove
- Pots and pans in drawers beneath the cooktop
- Dishwasher and trash bin flanking the sink area
- Bakeware and tools in island cabinets
Consider shallow shelving
Corners in a kitchen are awkward for a number of reasons: they’re difficult to work at, reach over to access wall cabinets, and can be the kitchen “black hole” – what is placed in a dead corner cabinet is usually forgotten. Straight countertop runs simplify storage access and functionality. If you do need a corner, Lazy Susan or Lazy Charlie cabinets make efficient use of space!
Use drawers and pull-out drawers
Many of our clients find it easier to lift dishes, pots, and other items in and out of drawers instead of over their heads. They also like how simple it is to find what they need – their pots and pans are laid out neatly and clearly in front of their eyes. If you find yourself half in a base door cabinet to grab a sauce pot, drawers and pull-outs would be a fantastic option.
Add a few, well-chosen accessories
Accessories like tray dividers, trash pull-outs, and silverware dividers define the space in cabinets, keeping tools and dishes organized. A word of caution: adding too many accessories limits the flexibility of your kitchen. Here are some of our favorite accessories. What’s simplified your life in the kitchen? Let us know in the comments!