Positioning Matters A Lot
Working with a kitchen remodeling contractor to upgrade a kitchen means a lot of changes. One of those changes is often the placement of different things. You may be getting new cabinets, new appliances, maybe even an entirely new layout for your space.
When all of these things are being moved around, however, one thing that is important to remember is that aside from the cost for these items, these items will have the biggest effect on the day-to-day kitchen experience. Here are some areas where you should think carefully about placement.
This is often overlooked, but it can be enormously important in a family situation. A microwave oven is a fast, easy, and comparatively, safe way to cook and prepare foods. For many children these days, the microwave is often the first major kitchen appliance they use on their own.
That’s why, for families, making the microwave accessible is essential. This can sometimes mean the difference between children being able to do some meal preparation on their own and needing the assistance of an adult. Adults generally find the microwave comfortable at 15” above the countertop surface. Still, children may benefit from a countertop or below-countertop level configuration.
Suppose you’re going to eat in the kitchen, or just have an island counter. In that case, it’s crucial that the positioning of a table or counter does not impact mobility. Good cooking is all about timing. In the middle of meal preparation, there can be a lot of walking between the fridge, stove, and counter. Ensure that these walkways allow for “traffic,” in that children may sometimes pass by, or more than one person will be working in the kitchen.
Try not to sacrifice movement space for the sake of squeezing in more appliances of furniture. The ability to move easily in a kitchen is an underrated but vital component of a good cooking experience. A kitchen remodeling contractor can help with this.