For many homeowners, the plan to remodel a kitchen seems a bit daunting. But if you’re truly tired of living in a house equipped with a too small kitchen, you know there’s nothing minor about the inconvenience.
There’s not just enough space to chop and dice, use a blender or food processor or even move around comfortably. And forget about the two of you trying to enjoy making a meal together when you’re constantly bumping into one another en route to the fridge or vying for counter space. If that sounds like your set-up, then you want to read on.
Tips for Maximizing Space in a Small Kitchen
- Sort through your kitchen tools – Throw away the things you don’t need and keep only the ones that you really do use. In a kitchen with limited space, there’s no room for a second potato masher or that broken toaster that you keep meaning to fix. If you have too many mugs, tea towels or obscure gadgets, it may be time to sort through everything and get rid of what you simply don’t use. Once your kitchen space is beautifully remodeled, don’t put back into it anything that doesn’t make the cut. You’ll “find” space you never imagined.
- Consider a kitchen island – Kitchen islands are great! You’ll wonder how you ever lived without one. They not only give you extra counter space to work on but you can also use the area underneath the island for additional storage. If you can’t decide on an exact permanent spot for your island, get a portable one on wheels for the best of both worlds. These days, most of the people who remodel their kitchen opt to have an island installed because they just make things so much easier!
- Think about moving a wall (or two) – Once you’ve made the wise decision to hire experts to remodel a kitchen, you have more freedom to play with the room’s physical structure to provide more space. When remodeling your kitchen you might be surprised to know that a wall can be moved or even removed completely, or a doorway eliminated. Don’t forget about the possibility of a new window, or even a skylight. More light definitely makes a difference.
- Talk to your contractor about space maximizing solutions – From efficient shelving to a built-in raised microwave oven niche or even the style and placement of your dishwasher, these days there are excellent and innovative space-saving designs and techniques. If you’re already taking the opportunity to remodel a kitchen you may want to check out some space savers that will work best for you.
Think Big for a Kitchen Remodel
If you’re looking for ways to make your kitchen feel bigger and better, don’t be discouraged by seemingly dismal odds. Start by consulting a construction and renovation specialist with plenty of know-how and experience in how to remodel your kitchen space. Think big; great space solutions are just around the corner!
Greg Nelson is the owner of Nelson Construction & Renovations Inc. He is a Florida State Certified Building Contractor, creating artistry in all areas of design and construction projects. He is a musician, and artist. A husband and father, Greg appreciates all the wonderful elements of family life.
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