A kitchen remodeling project has so many benefits! Besides the excitement of unveiling a new kitchen to your family and friends, it can add significant value to your home, make meal preparation easier and more enjoyable, and might even encourage a little bit more help for the cook!
A modern and well-planned kitchen is one of the most important deciding factors for potential buyers, so revitalizing a dated kitchen will pay further dividends when it’s time to sell. Perhaps the greatest benefit of redoing your kitchen is the chance to make it truly your own so that it will serve your family’s needs in the most efficient and attractive way possible. Here are some helpful kitchen remodeling tips.
Plan a Layout that Eliminates Wasted Steps
A great kitchen remodeling tip for maximizing efficiency of your new space is to plan a layout that eliminates wasted steps. This can mean keeping breakfast bowls near the cereal, pots and pans near the range top, mixing bowls and measuring cups near the ingredients, and much more. Perhaps it means putting dishes and silverware near the dishwasher to make the unloading process more painless, and keeping the kids’ bowls and plates within reach for them, too. A good general contractor will help you think through your family’s use of the kitchen so that it becomes a breeze to navigate.
Design Wide Walkways and Traffic Flow
According to the experts, the optimal width for kitchen walkways is 36”. That’s three feet! And if the path lies in a cooking zone, the walkway should be at least 48” wide. That alone will make traffic flow through the kitchen much easier — you’ll wonder how you ever lived with less.
Other changes can include moving the refrigerator so that both the cook and people passing through the kitchen can easily access it, or keeping the kids’ items accessible to them without walking by the cooking area. If you have the space, these kinds of design considerations can certainly make cooking more of a pleasure. If not, a kitchen remodeling expert can help maximize the use of the space you do have.
Planning the Island for Maximum Functionality
If your kitchen doesn’t have an island, then a remodel gives you a great chance to add the one you’ve always wished for. If you already have an island, then remodeling gives you a chance to customize it to your family’s needs.
For example, if you use your island primarily as a surface for cooking prep, then you probably want it a bit closer to the cooking area than if you use it to eat meals on. Maybe you’d like a different shape for your island. If you plan to eat at the island, make sure to leave room for seating (including room for people’s knees). Don’t forget to add electric outlets in the island, too. Just make sure that if you add an island or enlarge an existing one, you still have sufficient room for the comfortable walkways referenced above.
Customizing the Countertops in Your Kitchen Remodeling Project
When it comes to your kitchen’s countertops, you can change two major elements: the layout and the material. If you do quite a bit of cooking in the kitchen, adding counter space to your current layout will make a major difference — you’ll soon wonder how you lived without the extra space. You might also want to consider installing variable countertop heights, which can be useful if there are any budding junior Top Chefs in the family.
When it comes to the countertop materials, the most popular choices for kitchen remodeling are natural stone (including granite, slate, and soapstone), Corian, laminate, wood, and even concrete. Selecting the right countertop material involves considering more than just the appearance, as important as that may be. Keep in mind the different characteristics of each material, such as resistance to stain and heat, maintenance, and difficulty of repairs.
Choosing a Focal Point in Your Kitchen
Multiple focal points can create a chaotic feel in your kitchen, so from a design perspective, it’s important to establish a single visual focal point. There are a variety of ways to do this. You could have an accent countertop that is different from the rest of the counter space, perhaps on the island. Another option is the use of bright colors on your cabinets with neutral shades on the walls and floors, or perhaps brightly colored appliances in an otherwise neutral kitchen. Some clients opt for an eye-catching range hood.
The choice is yours, but remember that if you want to avoid visual clutter, you should choose a single focal point. Your contractor can help select the best one for your space and kitchen habits.
Selecting the Best General Contractor for Your Kitchen Remodel
When choosing the general contractor for your kitchen remodeling project, the first thing you should look for is a contractor with specific experience with kitchen remodels. It’s important to research the following:
- Find out how long the company has been in the business
- Ask to see photos or portfolios of previous work
- Search online for reviews from previous clients
- Take the time to check references
- Ensure that they have the proper licenses and certifications needed, and ask to see proof of insurance
Remember that personal liability insurance, worker’s compensation, and property damage coverage are basic insurance policies that every general contractor should carry. Finally, take note of their communication style since you will be spending significant time with the contractor during the remodel, so vetting them personally makes good sense.
Experienced and Professional Kitchen Remodeling Contractor in Delaware County
At Mancill Builders, we bring over 40 years of general contracting experience to the table. We have extensive experience remodeling homes dating back to the 1700s all the way up to new home construction. We are meticulous about following building codes and regulations so that there are no surprises when it’s time for you to sell. Our team is as careful with your home as we would be with our own.
Most importantly, Mancill Builders has performed numerous successful kitchen remodels and renovations, and we’d love to show you our work. If you are thinking about remodeling your kitchen, contact us today to discuss how to make your kitchen dreams a reality!