Today, most modern homes have an open floor plan, making the house look more spacious and airier. Since there are fewer divisions of spaces, except for the bathrooms, bedrooms, and utility areas, most of the rooms become multifunctional. For example, you can see homes today with no clear delineation between the dining room and the kitchen. In some residences, the two areas merge into one, giving more space for the kitchen. If you're thinking of renovating your cramped kitchen to have more room and additional storage, it would be wise to do some research to have a general idea of what you have in mind. After that, you can find an experienced general contractor Rockford IL to discuss what you need and receive a reasonable quote.
Renovating your kitchen is a significant investment, so careful planning is needed to ensure that you do not go overboard with your budget. The extent of renovation works often depends on space and budget limitations. Discuss what you need with a general contractor, so you can have most of the things you want while keeping within your budget.
Here are some of the things to consider.
You need wider walkways
There should be enough room between your island and the cabinetry so you can quickly move around. The path leading to the kitchen must be at least 36 inches (3 feet) wide. Make the aisles within the cooking area around 42 inches (3.5 feet) wide if only one person does the cooking. Add six more inches if two people often cook (and if the space allows).
Consider the position of appliances and cabinets.
Consider where you want to place appliances and cabinetry. There should always be enough space for door clearance and swing direction of your cabinets and appliances. Doors mustn't bang against each other when opening them simultaneously. Plan the position of each kitchen appliance according to how often you use them. Similarly, store your knives and cookware where you can easily find them, but out of reach of young children.
For example, there should be a shelf or cabinet to store breakfast bowls and food close to the breakfast table. Position the storage space for plastic containers and wraps near a work surface where you often wrap your leftovers. Your space for dishware and flatware should be near your dishwasher, so storing your clean utensils will be easier.
Have landing spaces close to appliances
Aside from a countertop, add landing spaces to have a place to put the items you want to store or cook. They will prevent you from going back and forth in the kitchen.
Consider power outlets
Ensure that you have several electrical outlets around the kitchen so it will be easier to connect small appliances like your blender, oven toaster, and coffee pot without using extension cords. Install additional outlets for charging electronic devices such as tablets and phones.
There are several things you can do to improve the look of your kitchen. First, get valuable help from a trustworthy contractor, but ensure that you have all the essentials before considering more features to enhance your kitchen.
Published by Simon Hopes