Kitchen Renovations For A Better Home Cooking Experience
Of course, style is at the top of the priority list when it comes to kitchen renovations, but above the look of your new kitchen is the function it provides to your home. According to a recent survey by online culinary school Rouxbe, 69% of respondents claimed to prepare dinner at home at least 4 nights every week. Kitchens are one of the most used spaces of the home, and they’re serving more everyday function now than they have in several years.
Kitchen renovations are an excellent way to make your kitchen the kind you want to work in, not just where you must work to get dinner on the table each night. They make this important space more enjoyable, easy to keep clean, and organized even with daily use. For those who are developing a passion for home cooking, a few tips for smart kitchen renovations are:
- Open up with walking space – It might be tempting to fill a new open and airy kitchen floorplan with a breakfast nook, an island, and other trendy design elements, but one of the most important priorities should be your walking space. While cooking alone might be the goal, the kitchen is a busy space and it’s more likely you’ll have a few visitors coming through while you’re trying to do your dinner prep. Ample walking space keeps the kitchen safe and easy to navigate no matter who pops in to say hello.
- Plan for your island – If a kitchen island is part of your kitchen renovations, have a plan for that island first. Is it going to be the kind of space where a family can sit around to enjoy breakfast together? Will it be a prep station? Is it where your sink or stove is going to go? The function of your island can be your guide to the rest of your kitchen renovations.
- Your countertops are more important than you think – There’s more to your countertops than aesthetics alone. For big families making big meals, more counter space between the stove and the sink might be ideal for larger meal prep stations. For those with kids, a sturdier counter material is less likely to break down over time. Those who keep it simple with microwaves, air fryers, and other convenience appliances might require different counter spaces when compared to those who prefer tackling dinner from scratch. Communicate how you plan to use your kitchen to your renovation professional and decide together what counter plan would be best for your use.