Your kitchen is a practical, highly-used space that you should truly enjoy living in each and every day. Keeping it updated and to your liking can seem frivolous, but what space could be more important in our daily lives? We’re willing to spend out for a comfortable bed to keep us rested and healthy. Shouldn’t we invest in kitchens that help us live healthier and more comfortable as well?
When you upgrade your kitchen, the efficiency, style, and value of your entire home will improve along with the quality of your own lifestyle. And so we think now is the time to remodel your kitchen.
These three primary reasons to consider updating your kitchen, including efficiency, beauty, and investment; all can and will streamline the way you and your family use the kitchen. The industrial kitchen below contrasts with the bright, light-colored kitchen above, but they are both beautiful and customized gathering places at the heart of the home.
Imagine what your kitchen and dining area could become with the following tips, and you’ll see why now is the right time for a kitchen remodel.
Do It For Efficiency
All aesthetics aside, the most practical reason to redo your kitchen is to increase efficiency. This may not be the most glamorous or exciting of reasons to commit to a kitchen remodel, but it is quite possibly one that you will appreciate the most while you live in your home.
You may have already heard about the age-old kitchen design rule known as the “Golden Triangle.” The simple concept here is that the three appliances you use the most (typically the refrigerator, stove, and sink) should be aligned to form the three points of a triangle if you saw the kitchen from a birdseye view.
This is still a tried-and-true tip, but one size doesn’t necessarily fit all. Think about the appliances that you personally use the most often. Should your “Golden Triangle” be a perfectly even, or equilateral, triangle? Or should your two most used appliances be located closer together while the third could be a bit farther away?
Planning an efficient path like this through your kitchen, and based on the way you and your family use your kitchen, will streamline your life in ways you hadn’t even imagined. Those little details can add up to a big relief when you aren’t bumping into things and constantly moving back and forth to prep all your meals.
Speaking of appliances, when was the last time you updated your sink or oven range? Consider your cooking style and try to emphasize one or two elements that will make your life easier. For example, you may not need an 8-burner, commercial-grade stovetop, but if you like to prep food well in advance for parties or storage, a large refrigerator to hold party trays and an extra freezer for storing pre-cooked meals could save you a headache on a regular basis. In the photo below, the kitchen forms a triangle with two refrigerators as the primary elements.
Don’t forget kitchen storage. Even if you have a small kitchen, you can remodel in such a way as to give you the storage you need to maximize space. Don’t have a shelf tall enough to hold that electric stand mixer? Make one! Custom storage and cabinetry can free up counter space and help you cook more efficiently.
Improve Your Quality of Life
Looks aren’t everything, but don’t write them off. A beautiful kitchen has very tangible benefits. A design you love will impact your daily lifestyle — after all, most people spend a large percentage of their time at home in the kitchen, even if they aren’t cooking! The image above is the perfect example of a kitchen remodel that also fosters an environment to gather round during food prep.
Keep that in mind when planning a remodel. If your kitchen is closed off or isolated now, building in seating or counter space for social interaction will dramatically change the way you and your loved ones interact at home.
A more open plan, or one with a built-in eating area, could transform your kitchen into the central heart of your entire home and family life. The kitchen in the photo below incorporates a full dining room into the layout, making it both a place to cook and a place to share complete meals all in one.
When it comes to details like colors and themes, make your kitchen a place you want to be. If you love your kitchen, chances are you’ll be happy to spend time there. Even if you aren’t a chef, you may find yourself enjoying the space more than you ever thought possible.