Kitchen is the busiest part of the house. If you’re designing your kitchen or redesigning it, you should ensure that the new design works for free mobility in this active place. If you look at design photos online, you will notice that they are not only fantastic but also functional. Don’t get too caught up in your own idea of what’s beautiful and sacrifice function in the process. You will regret this choice. The following are some of the don’t’s.
1. Too much obstruction. Pay attention to the sink, stove, and fridge. Interior design specialists call them the kitchen triangle. This triangle is where the much movement goes on. This area benefits from no obstruction. The idea is to have as much access as possible. Unfortunately, this can be sabotaged by wrong placement of the plumbing system in relation to the sink and placing the sink, stove, and fridge too close together. Ideally, you want to put 4-8 feet of space in between them.
2. Lack of countertop
. It doesn’t matter whether you have a small or spacious kitchen. If you have no countertop space, it’s impossible to properly perform everyday food preparation activities. You have two options. One is to free up space. Two is to add an island. The right choice depends on the size and shape of the kitchen area
3. Consider available space. The greatest mistake homeowners make is ignoring how much space is available and how to work with this available space. This often leads to crowding the kitchen with too much stuff and constructing built-in cabinets in wrong places, both of which constrict space and hamper movement.
4. Bad lighting
. This may seem solely an aesthetic issue, but one which you cannot dismiss as trivial. The kitchen should create a warm, cozy ambiance. Moreover, good lighting emphasizes overall design. However, good lightning in the kitchen is more than just an aesthetic concern. Poor lighting could sabotage food preparation. If less light hits the sink or cooking area, that’s a problem. You cannot prepare food properly if the counter isn’t sufficiently illuminated.
5. No ventilation. The kitchen easily gets smoky, putrid, and muggy after all the cooking. When your kitchen starts smelling funny and feeling sticky, it’s no longer an inviting place, and staying in it to cook food becomes an unpleasant experience. Kitchen ventilation should not circulate stinky air around the room. Instead, it should improve indoor air quality.
6. Too much trendiness going on
. Seasoned designers frown at going with the trends when it comes to designing anything in the house. The problem with fads is they all die too soon. It is always best to invest in timeless themes. Ask your contractor about it and remember to use licensed kitchen renovators too.
7. Kitchen island in the wrong spot. It’s easy to overlook the importance choosing the right kitchen island and right spot for it, because you were caught up with countertop design or lighting fixtures or other things. In small kitchens, islands may be out of the question as they’re more of a nuisance than a usable area. Size and space are not just the issues when considering a kitchen island. Another issue is the shape of your kitchen and how an island will affect the flow of traffic and movement. Again, we should go back to whether a design choice would promote or hinder free movement. Wrong choices lead to a design fiasco that needs to redone. Redoing designs means additional expenditure.
At some point, you will have to replace your kitchen cabinets or countertops. You may have to do tiling and you’ll probably want a modern high quality glass splashback. The problem with kitchen renovations has to do with the function of the kitchen. That’s where you cook and prepare food. You replace tiles, for instance, and you will render your kitchen unusable for at least a day. Major renovations could mean you being unable to cook in your kitchen for a few days. How do you deal with that? The answer lies in the planning.
How long will the renovation take?
You may not be able to answer this question, so it makes sense to ask an experienced renovator. Ask about the precise timeline for the project. That way, you will know how long it takes for the kitchen to be unusable. You may also be able to warn friends your kitchen would be a mess for some time, so dropping by or throwing a party would be out of the question.
Clear the kitchen of clutter.
One of the important things homeowners disregard when having kitchen renovations is preparing the area. It’s not like the builders will come and spend an entire day moving out furniture and wall fixtures. That’s one day of delay. Instead, clear the kitchen of stuff that will impede work. Do that at least one day before the scheduled renovation.
Arrange meal preparation so it doesn’t interfere with renovation work.
You can cook meals early in the morning before the workers arrive. Or you can eat outside. That way, you won’t have to worry about where you will wash your dishes, especially if you’re having your sink replaced. You can buy food that lasts long and put it in the fridge and heat it in the microwave next morning.
Or move kitchen utensils and appliances you use every day.
This is the other option. If you don’t like eating outdoors and you have groceries that could last throughout the renovation period, you may want to temporarily move necessary stuff away from the working area or into another room. Examples are the coffee maker, microwave oven, fridge, dinnerware, glassware, utensils, and cooking appliance.
Cover immovable furniture.
Your builder knows this already, but if they start working without putting covers on equipment and furniture in the kitchen, remind them to do so. You can use old newspaper or large bin bags. This is particularly necessary when you’re asking for a repainting job. The last thing you want to see are splotches on your china or granite countertop.
Dispose of items you no longer use.
This is the opportunity to inspect clutter in your kitchen distinguish between things you’re still using and those you no longer use for quite some time. Throw the latter away or put them on a garage sale. Or maybe donate them.
Call up your contractor.
Ask a few questions like how many men will be around to do the work and whether they will use your bathroom or put up their own portable toilet. Ask them what time they would arrive, so you can figure out to wait for them or hand over spare keys the day before.