If a kitchen remodeling project is on your mind, you are probably looking for ideas and inspiration to get the most for your investment. While aesthetics are important for obvious reasons, thinking about optimizing the functionality of your kitchen and enhancing its efficiency, will pay huge dividends in the long run. A bigger kitchen is not always a better kitchen. There are several tips and ideas that can make your kitchen more efficient and well-optimized for the limited space available.
1. Plan your layout carefully
Getting your kitchen layout right is probably the single most important aspect of a kitchen remodel. The placement of the kitchen sink, electrical appliances, ‘the cooking platform’ etc. needs to be thought through carefully. Planning the placement of just the appliances including dishwasher, microwave oven, refrigerator, blender, etc. can be a huge task in itself. There are several ‘standard’ layout options available that you can discuss with your remodeling contractor based on the size and shape of your kitchen.
2. Think about your lighting
Getting the lighting right can add significantly to both the beauty and functionality of your kitchen. A kitchen should always be well lit for obvious reasons. You can use lamps and show lights to accentuate different features of the kitchen, but make sure you have your primary sources of light set up correctly to enable efficient functioning. Under-cabinet lights are a great way to give your kitchen a stylish look and light it up at the same time.
3. Utilize your open spaces
The single most important factor in a kitchen is adequate and well-organized storage space. Work with your contractor to see how you can best utilize not just the horizontal but also vertical spaces in your kitchen to minimize clutter and create ample storage. Chose the layouts and internal designs of your kitchen cabinets carefully. Using wired racks, pull out shelves for easy access to utensils are just some of the things that can help you get the most out of storage spaces in your kitchen. Think about how you can utilize overlooked empty spaces, like those above the kitchen sink, window sills, etc. to make them aesthetic but well utilized.
4. Create a feeling of openness
Several modern homes use an open kitchen layout to create a sense of space in the kitchen. You can also consider removing a part of a wall, to create a mini food counter. Creating a sense of unity between rooms can also make your kitchen feel larger without adding any square footage. This can be achieved by matching the flooring of your kitchen to that of the adjoining room.
MW Construction has the experience and expertise to help you build your dream kitchen. We have offices in Northfield and Somers Point and service most of the South Jersey area. We can help you create the space and the environment that’s best for you. Contact us today for further details or estimates.