Large kitchens naturally have more space for appliances, cabinetry, countertops, and perhaps a central island. More expansive rooms are also often gathering spaces for friends and families. However, small kitchens also have advantages, which include a smaller triangle between the refrigerator, sink, and stove. Thus, the space is more efficient. Nevertheless, homeowners often want to remodel their small kitchens. There are many factors to consider when contemplating this type of remodel.
Limited storage space is commonly equated with small kitchens. However, homeowners need to take inventory of currently stored items before making a major remodel decision. Discard any clutter, which may include broken or duplicated utensils, mismatched storage containers, or outdated countertop appliances. Consider getting rid of items that are rarely used.
Decide whether organizers might save space in cabinets or a pantry. Reorganize bakeware and cookware by stacking items if possible. After completing the assessment, decluttering, and organizing tasks, reevaluate the amount of storage space. A small portable island increases storage space if needed while also adding food prep room. Portability means the island can be positioned out of the way when not in use.
Small kitchens often benefit from additional lighting, which is especially true if the space lacks windows. Kitchens typically have some type of fixture in the center of the ceiling to light the entire room. Lighting is also common over the sink and stove. Fixtures under cabinets and over countertops are also commonly seen. Lighting brightens the room, illuminates workspaces, and enhances the general atmosphere.
Visual Design Tricks
There are a number of ways to make a small kitchen seem larger by altering the room’s general appearance. Lighter color themes for the cabinetry, walls, and floor automatically brighten the room while making it appear larger. Glass-front cabinetry is another design option. If the kitchen lacks windows, include adding one or more windows in the remodel plan.
Many homes have closed-in kitchens that simply have open entries or doorways leading into and out of the space, which makes the room seem smaller and confining. A remodel might include opening or eliminating the wall between the kitchen and the adjoining room. Depending on the room’s original configuration, a half wall with a countertop would serve as a divider while providing more food prep space.
Consult with a Contractor
On average, the kitchen is the most expensive room to remodel. Depending on the changes you desire, the plan may require additional electrical, plumbing, or ventilation upgrades along with expensive new cabinetry, countertops, flooring, and appliances. Removing or building walls and windows is also labor-intensive.
Before finalizing a remodel plan, consult with experienced kitchen remodeling contractors. Professionals often provide ideas and advice that save time and money while making desired expectations a reality. A licensed, bonded, and insured contractor ensures the job is done efficiently and effectively according to plan.
The Forever Builders team will assist you through every step of your kitchen renovation. San Diego homeowners trust us to provide the most affordable kitchen remodeling services and ensure their visions become reality. From design to completion, we’ll help you create the kitchen you’ve always wanted, meeting all your expectations while keeping your costs within budget. To find out more about our exceptional remodeling services, give one of our friendly team members a call today at (833) 243-5624.