Some wouldn’t mind a dated kitchen, but nobody wants a non-functional kitchen. And so, the heart of a kitchen renovation is to improve. The list of things, one can do to change the current looks of the kitchen, is rather big – painting walls, changing cabinets, getting a new faucet and hardware, placing a new backsplash.
For even larger-scale kitchen remodeling projects, some may also decide to remove the old furniture along with the window and the flooring, and install new ones. Or, even change the kitchen layout completely.
Since kitchen makeovers cost and is often hard to do all the things you want to do, prioritize function. After all, the whole point of remodeling the kitchen is not just to improve its aesthetic but mainly functionality.
Kitchens need space, even if they are small. And the materials used must be resistant and strong to withstand the hardship and last for long, without putting you in troubles or, eventually, compromising your health. Which are the changes you need to make to improve kitchen functionality? Let’s see.
Pay attention to the countertop
When it comes to kitchen countertops, two things matter. The size and the material. Even really small families need ample counter space, and not only when they organize big get-togethers with friends and relatives.
It all comes down to the room’s space and, consequently, to the kitchen design. Take all the space you can get to expand the countertop. If there’s a room for a kitchen island, go for it. This way, you will have extra counter space and modernize the kitchen at the same time. This is a wonderful idea, especially for open plan kitchens, where there’s no need for an extra table, assuming that the dining table is close by.
As for the countertop material, the choices are plenty but you need something that will last and not just provide charm. Marble, for instance, is gorgeous but is rather fragile, expensive, and needs some good maintenance to remain resistant. Prefer granite, quartzite, soapstone, concrete. Talk to your kitchen renovation contractor to see your options and which one will be best for you, based on your taste too.
Create lots and lots of storage
Storage is key for functional kitchens. The more you have the better, even if you don’t need it right now. The presence of a kitchen island and a large countertop will help you with that since there’ll be cabinets underneath. Of course, you can add cabinets over the countertop. If you have space, create a pantry. Open shelves are always an exceptional idea too. They help you display beautiful accessories and items, and also keep things you use daily.
Get better lighting
One thing all kitchens need is good lighting. And various types of lights too. You need some task lights over the island and countertops, but you may also need some ambient light for some relaxing moments. It’s important to have enough brightness in the room, even if there’s a big window. Focus on the kitchen’s brightness.
Place more electrical outlets
These days, most kitchens are swamped with small appliances – count how many you have to make toast, coffee, juice, waffles, pancakes, popcorn, et cetera. And although you don’t use them all at the same, it’s good to know there are sufficient electrical outlets all around the kitchen – not just two over the countertop.
Toss the worn, bring in the new
Things wear and tear, especially in the kitchen. Old cabinets that won’t close well and cannot be fixed should be replaced. Worn floors that won’t only diminish beauty but also make you slip should also go away. Same with windows, hoods, appliances, et cetera.
Make traffic space
As it happens with all home remodeling projects, planning well is fundamental for a functional kitchen. All the changes you plan, make sure they fit. Let a professional contractor measure, offer advice, and provide ideas for your kitchen based not only on your needs but also on the space available in the room. Bumping into things every other step is not what we call functional.