For most families, the kitchen space is the heart of the home. In addition to gathering there to prepare meals, some families even eat in their kitchens, creating memories, laughing about their day, and sharing interesting stories. However, if your kitchen needs a few updates, it is important to keep some things in mind. Here are three tips for a more functional kitchen space.
1. Consider Moving the Microwave
For years, the standard placement of a microwave was above the range. Unfortunately, this placement puts the microwave front and center in most kitchens, ruining aesthetic lines while also making it hard for kids and people with mobility issues to reach the appliance.
To make kitchens a little easier for people to use, consider moving the microwave to another spot in the kitchen, such as the butler's pantry, your walk-in pantry, or even your center island. Although most people wouldn't want their microwave taking up space on a counter, some contractors can create below-counter storage space for microwaves, making it simple for kids to microwave their after-school snacks.
2. Add Plenty of Lighting
Using your kitchen will always be easier when you have plenty of light to see, so don't skimp on the lighting. In addition to adding canned overhead lighting, think about adding layers of additional lighting over the bar and underneath the counters.
Some people even opt to add track lighting inside of drawers and cabinets to make it easy to see ingredients, plates, cups, and cutlery in the evening. As you add lighting, ask your contractor to use low-wattage bulbs and lighting strips so you won't have to worry about the additions significantly impacting your monthly power bill.
3. Don't Skimp On Storage
In favor of creating large, open spaces, many people decide to forgo additional cabinets and closets. However, storage is essential for helping you to keep your kitchen clean and organized, so don't skip the storage. Instead, talk with your contractor about adding as much extra storage space as possible, and make sure you have a spot to place all of the essentials, including spices, cleaning equipment, and food storage.
Before you start on your kitchen remodeling job, be sure to sit down with a kitchen remodeling contractor to discuss your options. Try to select materials and appliances that are designed to stand the test of time so you don't end up needing to make changes again in the near future.