If you're like many people who are planning a kitchen remodeling this year, you'll want to ask yourself some basic questions that will make the project go smoothly and serve you and your family for years to come.
Most people consider their kitchen to be the heart of the household. A busy family will usually use the kitchen as their main hub--a place where not only the family gathers for meals and to cook, but where homework is done, bills are paid, phones are charged, animals are fed and family meetings are staged.
When it is time to redesign your own kitchen, there is a lot to consider, but before you move forward picking materials, the first step is to figure how you would like your kitchen to function. Think about the following:
Does your family like to cook together?
If you are one of those families where multiple people like to get in on the act of making meals, you might want to think about a design where there is plenty of elbow room, maximum counter space, possibly two sinks, and cabinets that provide fast and easy access to pots and pans. If you have a young chef in the family, make sure that cabinets can be reached by them as well.
Do you need space to perform other daily functions?
If you are feeding animals, make sure there is space for food bowls, possibly even crates or animal beds. If you want a place where the kids can do their homework or you can pay bills, make sure there is a comfortable place where that can get done, whether it be a kitchen table, counter, or an area for a dedicated table or desk. Charging phones? Make sure that there are enough electrical outlets for that in addition to countertop appliances.
Do guests tend to gather in the kitchen when they visit?
If you entertain a lot, you will probably notice that people just naturally gravitate to the kitchen. If this is the case, a big open kitchen would probably work best for you, with a seating area, and maybe even a large screen TV if there is space.
Once you have decided how you want your kitchen to function, then of course its time to think about materials and layout. This is where a good contractor comes in. He/she will be able to help you choose the floor and countertop materials that best suit your needs and budget.
About the Author
Bill Gilbert has more than 20 years' experience working with discerning clients and homeowners throughout Connecticut and Westchester. Bill is a Connecticut Licensed Master Plumber, overseeing every home remodeling project personally, working hand-in-hand with each and every client. Talk with Bill today -- call (203) 329-7767.
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