Redesigning your kitchen is one of the most exciting yet challenging home improvement projects you can undertake. As one of the most important spaces in your home, a kitchen redesign project isn’t something to be taken lightly.
Whether you’re doing your kitchen redesign as a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) project or hiring a professional, here are a few tips that will help you end up with a kitchen you love working in:
1. Take your time with the planning
Planning for your kitchen redesign will always take longer than the actual building. Effective planning helps to avoid last-minute changes and mistakes. Do not think about redesigning your kitchen and then start tomorrow. If need be, let experienced professionals help you with brainstorming redesign ideas.
When planning your kitchen redesign project, some of the factors you’ll need to consider include:
- Your kitchen size and design: The look of your current kitchen, including the size, will inform the type of appliances you can add. Take all the measurements of your walkways, doorways, and counters among others.
- The ergonomics: You should also factor in wall ovens, adjustable counter heights, and pull-out shelves if your kitchen has any.
- The materials: What fixtures and materials are you planning to use for your redesigned kitchen? For example, you might be looking to upgrade from a granite kitchen countertop to a marble one. learn the advantages and disadvantages of each of the materials and weigh each before making a decision.
- Kitchen traffic: You should definitely consider the traffic trends in your kitchen. If you want to keep the children out of the kitchen, you may have to plan for a kitchen gate.
Don’t forget to plan and budget for miscellaneous costs. Some materials may get broken.
2. Stay clear of corners
When redesigning your kitchen, ensure that you plan for spaces in which the door will swing. Give clearance for the doors. This might seem common knowledge, but you’ll be surprised how many DIY projects leave this tiny but important detail out. Only after they’re done do they realize that certain doors can’t open.
Additionally, do not place appliances at the corners so doors don’t bump into them. Warranties don’t cover damage caused by negligence.
3. Plan for kitchen safety
Safety in the kitchen is very important. This is why you need to plan adequately for kitchen hazards such as heating sources, knife storage, and kitchen lighting.
Knife cuts and lacerations are the most common accidents in the kitchen. So you need to plan for their proper storage, especially if the kitchen will be accessible to children. Install a knife drawer away from the reach of children.
Additionally, the kitchen should be well lit throughout. Besides the natural light, ensure that you install proper lighting in your kitchen. It makes it easier to work in the kitchen.
4. Maintain a similar footprint to the existing one
Replacing your electrical outlets and plumbing pipes isn’t only costly but also very risky. You can easily interfere with the supply and expose your kitchen to electrical fires and water flooding. This is why it’s always advisable to retain the positioning of your water fixtures, appliances, and walls.
If you want to reposition them, ensure you involve a professional plumber and electrician in your project.
5. Purchase quality products
Lastly, Functionality and durability should always be your priority. Costs are secondary. Using cheap materials and fixtures is very expensive in the long run. You’ll always be running back to the shop to replace a broken item. Low-quality materials are also a safety hazard to you and your loved ones.
For example, solid-surface countertops may be a bit expensive; however, they will stay in shape and serve you for a long time.
Bring Your Dream Kitchen To Life With Kitchenwise Design Services
You can always give your kitchen a complete makeover to turn it into your dream kitchen. These tips can help you to get started. If you need help redesigning your kitchen into a beautiful space within your home, we are ready to help you.