5 Kitchen Renovation Design And Layout Hacks
Major kitchen renovations are, without a doubt, typically the most expensive investments that homeowners can make. Kitchen cabinets alone often take up the bulk of this cost, but there are many other factors to consider as well.
These include floors, countertops, and appliances. If you want to ensure that your kitchen renovation will be worth the hefty price, here are five design and layout hacks to consider.
1. Place The Pantry Storage Next To The Fridge
Placement is everything, and smart positioning greatly improves utility and efficiency. That’s why if you’re designing a new kitchen and you want to improve your pantry or add it for the first time, place it near your refrigerator.
This should be the case whether the pantry is a cabinet or a room. Keeping dry goods and other items next to the fridge will be more convenient and more efficient for everyone living in the house, especially during meal preparation.
2. Put Trash Bins And Washers By The Sink
Your kitchen will generate a lot of waste, and items will get dirty and need cleaning. This is why, when looking at your kitchen layout, it’s a good idea to place the trash containers and dishwashers close to the sink.
It’s quite normal for meal scraps to be either rinsed away or disposed of before putting dishes in a dishwasher. If both the trash bin and dishwasher are near the sink, this makes it more convenient and time-saving.
3. Add A Workspace On Either Side Of The Range
If you are thinking of where to place your range or stovetop, try to make sure that you have counter space on both sides. This makes it much easier for you to prepare ingredients and have them ready to go into a pot, wok, or frying pan.
Since ranges include heating elements or burners on all sides, if you have counter space, it will take less time to prepare food by arranging ingredients near the areas of the range that will be utilized.
4. Install Dish And Glass Storage Near The Dishwasher
If you have a dishwasher, this is another smart move. Unless you plan to use your dishwasher as storage for dishes and glasses, you’ll eventually want to put them away. When it comes to putting dishes and glasses away, keeping the cabinets near the dishwasher allows for much faster and more convenient access.
5. Illuminate Your Work Areas
While broad kitchen lighting from the ceiling is helpful, kitchen work is enhanced by customized lighting at the counters. This is a crucial design point that is sometimes disregarded.
This can be ceiling lighting that is strategically placed. You can also install lights under the cabinets and directly over the counter space.
This makes it easy to see what you’re doing, regardless of where you’re standing in the kitchen.
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