We are in the midst of a kitchen remodel. We’ve been without a kitchen for about a month. That has not been pleasant. Getting really tired of fast food and restaurants and frozen dinners.
Click Decluttering My Kitchen for pictures of my old kitchen.
We’ve been planning this for about a year. A kitchen remodel is a huge undertaking and generally a one time deal due to the sheer expense, time and just plain disuption of your ordinary routine. I have tried to at least maintain my morning coffee routine by setting up my rolling cart to hold a Keurig and toaster. That has helped my mornings. Dinner is the biggest problem trying to figure out but we are nearly at the end of this project. Hopefully in another week or so, the counter top will be installed along with the sink which I have missed dearly.
I thought I would jot down some ideas that are important to me that will make my new kitchen function much better than the old kitchen. This might help if you are considering a kitchen remodel.
- Traffic Flow. The old kitchen was a U shape with one end of the U facing the refrigerator leaving just enough room for the refrigerator door to open. So, if someone was getting something out of the refrigerator, no one could get past them which lead into the dining area. Traffic jam!!! Frustration!!! The U was eliminated leaving an L. Open floor plan in the kitchen . Lot of space for movement. So, evaluate how you want to move in the kitchen. Can you get to one area to another without elbows in your face or dirty looks from family members as you step over them? Are there doorways that impede traffic flow? Think how you use your kitchen.
- Work Stations. How many people cook in your kitchen at one time? You and your spouse? Children? Guests? Think about having different prep areas. A kitchen island with a vegetable sink. We thought about it but just not cost effective. So we will be using a kitchen island that is on wheels. So it can roll out of the way or next to the sink. I put the microwave across the room from the stove instead of above the stove. That way I have two cooking areas.
- Lighting. We had one overhead fluorescent light that was supposed to be enough light to prepare meals. Ha!! If you had your back to it, all light was blocked. Of course my back was always to the light since I was working at the counter along the wall. With the new kitchen, we had 8 can lights installed along the perimeter of the kitchen. Amazing transformation!!! I can see !!! We also had under cabinet lights put in. Wow, you’d think we were at the football stadium with the flood lights turned on. This has made the kitchen a more inviting place to be. Think about task lighting and all purpose lighting. Explain to your electrician how you use your kitchen. They will give you many ideas. They have the experience of many kitchen remodels. Take advantage of their knowledge. Get to know the different type of light bulbs. Things have changed dramatically in the last couple of years. We used LED light for under the counter. They are energy efficient and don’t get hot, warm but not hot like halogen lights. Explore your options and educate yourself on the varieties of lighting.
- Electrical Outlets. While you have your electrician, have more outlets installed. I only had one for each wall. With the stand mixer, coffee maker, can opener, food processor, etc. extra outlets are a must.
I will reveal the new kitchen soon. I hope.