It’s no secret that one of the rooms homebuyers focus on most is the kitchen. Whether you are thinking of remodeling to sell or remodeling to enjoy, money spent in the kitchen is almost always wisely spent. If you’re thinking of remodeling your kitchen, here are some design tips to keep in mind.
Conserve Energy. Your energy, that is. Think about the layout of your kitchen before you do anything. For example, storing cutlery and dishes near the dishwasher will make unloading a breeze. Similarly, placing the dishwasher near the sink is much wiser than placing it halfway across the room! Another great tip is to put your refrigerator in a space that is open to both the cook and anyone who may wander in looking for a drink. This way, someone grazing in the fridge won’t block valuable work space during hectic meal prep time!
Clear Space. Make sure the walkways through your kitchen are wide enough. Consider whether you want a one or two cook configuration and plan your space accordingly. You don’t want anyone bumping into a hot stove when you’re hanging out in your new kitchen.
Think Counter Space. Any cook will tell you that counter space is a necessity, but not all counter space is created equal. The most important counter tops are those on either side of the stove and refrigerator and the space near the microwave. Make sure these areas have plenty of work space. In addition, people who spend a lot of time in the kitchen will want a good range of space in between the sink and cook top.
Consider The Details. Little details such as multiple outlets along your backsplash or in your island make plugging in small appliances a breeze whenever you need them. A pot filler installed near your cook top eliminates the need to lug heavy pots back and forth from the sink. Shelves near your cook top can hold oils, spices, and other often grabbed ingredients. You get the picture. Think of things that will make your life easier and strive to build them into your new kitchen. Many of these ideas do not cost very much money, but they all add great value to the space.
When done well, remodeling the kitchen can add a lot of value to your home. Make the process as stress-free as possible by considering the way you use your kitchen and designing around your needs.
Thinking of buying or selling a home in Sussex County? Give us a call at Cooper Realty Associates and put us to work for you – 302-629-6693.