ProSource | 9/3/2015 | Project Tips
Your kitchen is undoubtedly one of the highest trafficked areas in your house. Functionality is as important in a kitchen, if not more so, than aesthetic.
That being said, you’re probably using it often, especially for cooking meals, and when the layout is all wrong or your cabinetry just isn’t as functional as you’d like it to be, it can cause you daily frustration.
Even if you have a kitchen that’s not too shabby in the looks department, there are other reasons to think about renovating. Here’s three reasons to remodel your kitchen that have nothing to do with the way it looks.
A not so wise man once wrote that “entertainment kitchens” were a home trend that needed to die. Small, functional kitchens may work in an intimate home for two, but for any budding family who wants to provide their offspring with something more nutritious for dinner than a frozen lasagna on a nightly basis, counter and pantry space is a must have, particularly a food prep area.
Ill-designed kitchens in tight spaces can create a nightmare both from a cooking perspective and a cleaning perspective. If you can’t access certain cabinets while the refrigerator or dishwasher door is open, two people can’t comfortably move around in your work area, and you have to walk fifteen paces to reach the trash can, you might want to consider re-thinking your kitchen layout.
This can tie in a bit with space, but even a medium-sized kitchen can have a bad flow if not properly designed. The National Kitchen and Bath Association recommends that the width of a walkway in a kitchen be at least 36 inches wide, your work space aisle should be at least 42 inches if just one of you will be cooking and 48 inches if there’s two of you.
Especially if you have a large family or entertain frequently, you’ll want to take note of these dimensions. Otherwise your kitchen traffic could easily overwhelm your space.
If you’ve studied up on kitchen design, you may have also heard of the “work triangle.” The work triangle keeps your stove, sink and refrigerator - the three things you will use most often while working in the kitchen - at a nice workable angle that makes each one easily accessible and keeps you from running all over the room.
Are your current appliances outdated? If so, they could be costing you more money than you know in monthly utility bills. A new high efficiency dishwasher, refrigerator, garbage disposal or oven can be well worth the investment. You can also invest in appliances that take up less space, such as a counter-depth refrigerator and hide bulky appliances with panels that match your cabinet doors for a more seamless flow to your new kitchen.
Review the inspiration section for ideas, and add images you like to your myProSource Project Center. Then contact a kitchen and bath designer at your ProSource Showroom about remodeling your kitchen for your lifestyle…and peace of mind.
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