The kitchen is the heart of the family home. It is where families not only prepare their meals, but where they share food, complete homework, and chat over coffee with friends. When it comes to selling a house, the size, layout, and design of a kitchen can be one of the essential factors for potential buyers. When done well, a kitchen renovation can even increase the value of a property. Whether you want to improve the kitchen in your home for your own enjoyment, to increase the property’s value, or to attract buyers, here are seven design tips to help you complete a successful kitchen renovation.
1. Leave space for movement
First and foremost, the kitchen should be a functional space. There should be enough room to move from one area to another without obstacles or structures in the way. Ideally, the fridge, cooktop, and sink should be within six feet of each other in a triangular formation.
2. Prioritize storage
The more storage you include, the easier it will be to keep the kitchen clean, tidy, and organized. Overhead cabinets should be fitted up to the ceiling, and drawers should be deep enough for large pots and pans and small appliances to avoid the need for cluttering the countertop. When choosing new cabinets, be sure to consider how they will fit into the aesthetic of the design, how easy they will be to clean, and their durability. Cabinet Timbers offer a wide range of MDF, plywood, timber veneer and other quality wood panel options.
3. Maximize lighting
Overhead lighting is rarely effective in a kitchen, as you end up with light behind you which puts the countertop in front of you into shadow. Instead, opt for a range of lighting solutions including under-cabinet lights which will illuminate the countertops.
4. Consider power supply points
When positioning appliances, remember to consider their proximity to power points, including electricity and gas as well as the water supply. Appliances should be able to fit into spaces with room to space to ensure there is room for necessary wiring and pipes.
5. Choose low-maintenance surfaces
The more counter space you can include, the better, but it is also crucial to choose a surface which is easy to maintain and work on. For example, tiled surfaces with grouting can be difficult to clean and keep looking good, while steel can be scratched easily. Your flooring should also be non-slip, durable, and easy to clean, in addition to looking beautiful, of course. Click here for seven durable kitchen floor options.
6. Buy new appliances
It is best to buy new appliances for your kitchen renovation, as old ones will only appear more dated when sat amongst new cabinets, countertops, lighting, and flooring. You do not need to splurge on top of the range items, but a fresh start is better than repurposing the old. You may be able to sell the old appliances to generate cash towards the replacements.
7. Safety and ventilation
A kitchen can be a hazardous place if not designed and used responsibly, so be sure to consider how you can make the space as family-friendly and risk-free as possible. This includes installing non-slip flooring and adequate lighting, fitting the oven and hob at adult height, rounded edges to countertops, and slow-close drawers and cabinets. You will need to ensure that the room is well ventilated to enable cooking odors and fumes to escape as well as a smoke alarm.
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