Looking to remodel your kitchen? Great, says Central Massachusetts’ premier 3D residential and commercial design+build firm, RemodelWerks. You’re considering a project that’s got a significantly high return on investment. And, because the kitchen is the heart of the home, you, your family and friends will surely delight in an upgrade to your home’s pulse point.
As an experienced custom design+build firm RemodelWerks knows firsthand that a successful kitchen renovation requires careful and thoughtful planning. We’d like to share with you some tips for ensuring that your newly designed kitchen lives up to your expectations.
Plan, plan and plan. We cannot stress this enough. Fortunately, we’re here to help you plan every step of the way. It starts not only with establishing a general budget but also with identifying the main uses of your kitchen and what works or doesn’t work with its current configuration. Do you have a large family where everyone likes to get involved in preparing the meals? With the right kitchen redesign, having too many cooks in the kitchen is of little concern. Are you a baker? If so, you’ll want ample counter space built in so you can spread out and roll dough. The bottom line question you need to answer is: What design plan will most effectively accommodate our needs?
Step to it. Foot traffic isn’t something you want a lot of between your kitchen workstations. That’s why designers group kitchen elements into a triangle pattern—by creating a three-point configuration for preparation, cooking, and washing, you’ll be well prepared to get to the business at hand with maximum efficiency.
RemodelWerks can help you design a kitchen that will put all of your kitchen must-haves, like the dishwasher, the refrigerator, the sink, counterspace, and the trash and recycling receptacles in a configuration that works best for you and your family.
Think outside of the box. That means working with a firm like us to draft a 3D design plan so you can truly see what your redesigned kitchen will look like. By seeing a like-life rendition of the proposed remodel, you’ll be in a far better position to make any changes well before construction actually begins. RemodelWerks truly bring your kitchen additional visualization to life.
Get inspired. When it comes to designing and constructing a dream kitchen, don’t be afraid to copy design elements that you’ve grown to love as you’ve perusing design books or magazines. Cut out photographs of spaces that have sparked your interest. This makes it much easier to communicate your wishes to experienced design+build firms who can turn your dream into a reality.
Estimate the amount of storage space needed. The last thing you want is a newly redesigned kitchen that lacks adequate space for storing containers, food, cutlery, dishes and other staples. Are there items you’re currently storing in the attic or basement simply because you don’t have the space to keep them in your existing kitchen? If so, don’t forget to discuss storage options with your designer. There are many creative cabinet accessories on the market today that are key to efficient storage in the modern-day kitchen.
Think convenience and safety—always. No one wants to run into a situation where someone could trip over an open dishwasher or oven door. Smart placement of these elements—away from foot traffic—will help alleviate concerns. Also, consider installing smart technology into your new kitchen. It’s a way for everyday electronics, like microwaves, stoves, and refrigerators, to communicate with each other. For instance, imagine having a fridge that takes inventory of its contents, so you know how long it’s been in there and when you’re running low on much-needed ingredients.
Amp up the lighting. Task lighting is essential for kitchens—not only so you’re sure you’re chopping up just the vegetables and not your fingers! It’s also a great finishing touch that adds an elegant spark to a newly designed kitchen. Also consider adding accent lighting to cabinets adorned with glass doors, which homeowners often use to showcase cherished china or other favorite pieces.
For even more ideas how to jumpstart your kitchen remodeling plans, check out our recent post: Four Simple Steps for Getting Your Modern Kitchen Remodel Underway.
And, always feel free to contact RemodelWerks for your free, no obligation consultation on all of your design/build needs.