Kitchen Renovation Ideas and Tips

Kitchens need to serve the dual purpose of both food production and comfort, particularly in smaller homes where there may not be many other communal rooms.

If you happen to be thinking of renovating your kitchen, integrate these thoughtful tips to create a space that is functional and easy to work and live in.

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Give Yourself Some Room

The kitchen is a high traffic area, so get the layout right.  Paths throughout a kitchen should be at least 36 inches wide.  Paths within the cooking zone should be 42 inches wide for a one-cook kitchen and 48 inches wide for a two-cook configuration.  Keep the stovetop out of busy areas so that people don’t bump into boiling pots.  Conversely, put the refrigerator in a place where both the cooks and the bystanders can reach for a cold one.

Another thing that needs the right layout is your sink.  Do you want a single or a double?  Make sure you set it at an appropriate height based on what is comfortable for you.

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Arrange the Range

With a shelf placed behind or beside the range, you can keep all of your cooking oils, utensils, and spices nearby and organized.  Place hooks on the side of the range hood to hang frequently used pots and pans.

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Clear a Space

Do you really want your microwave on the counter top, taking up space and requiring you to bend over to look inside?  Free up that space with a dedicated shelf for the microwave.  Consider the appliances you want on the counter top and give them plenty of room so that they may be used appropriately.  Now is the time to set up a proper place for that steam espresso machine, if that’s your thing.

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Match Colors

Make it look like you put some thought into the details.  If red accent walls are popular, why not tie that in with your appliances?  You might be able to find a blender, a juicer, a toaster, a swift chopper and a meat grinder all in the same shade of red!

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Get the Experts In!

Kitchens are too important to get wrong.  If you end up with a kitchen renovation disaster because you haven’t consulted any planners or designers or have attempted to do it all yourself without the right expertise or tools, you’ll get bored of take-out very quickly. So make sure you at least run your ideas past someone who knows what they’re talking about.

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