The kitchen is one of the most integral parts of one’s home. It’s an intimate area you shouldn’t skimp out on if you’re looking for the perfect home.
Whether you’re a first-time homeowner spotting out different places or splurging to get the family kitchen of your dreams, there are many options for you. However, before you go ahead and decide to settle on a kitchen, here are a few things you should keep in mind.
Think It Through
Impulse is your worst enemy regardless of whether you’re looking for the “perfect” kitchen or if you’re doing renovations to get the kitchen of your dreams. Impulsively choosing a kitchen because it has two separate gas stoves and three ovens isn’t as good of a choice as you may think.
Think about what role the kitchen needs to fulfill in your life and what usually happens during a typical day in your life. Think about the kitchen’s layout and see if it is appropriate for what you need daily. Look for the sweet spot where all your needs are satisfied, but you don’t have a bunch of unnecessary space and appliances in your kitchen.
Nowadays, kitchens and living rooms are becoming inextricably linked, so if you’re planning to create a large space to be used as a family room, visualize how every area would work separately or as a unit. Creating a seamless space for you and your family is one of the things you should prioritize when getting a brand new kitchen.
The Tidier The Better
Designing a new kitchen is a tough task, and one of the things that you’ll have to consider eventually is storage space. If you’re anything like our family, you probably have many different utensils, pans, pots, plates, and glasses that need space in the cabinets or drawers. Creating an innovative system for organizing is crucial if you don’t want to end up lost in your kitchen.
Whether those innovations be in the form of rotating or floating corner storage which makes access to common cupboard items a lot easier, or the use of conveniently placed compartment bins, finding ways to declutter your space while not sacrificing the design is what makes the perfect kitchen. A good way to find out how much space you need is by decluttering and listing down what you already have in your kitchen and understanding what you need to properly store it in your new kitchen.
If you find that you have an excess number of things in your kitchen that you don’t necessarily need— consider selling, donating, or recycling them instead.
Proportions Matter — Prepare the Measurements
Once you have a proper organizing system, it’s time to consider the kitchen’s measurements. Measurements are crucial to understanding what you can and can’t have in your new kitchen based on how much space you have. Here’s what you need to do to measure your kitchen:
- Accurately measure each wall and window opening.
- If the kitchen has any doors and windows, note them and include which way they open.
- Include electric sockets, fixed objects, boilers, and any existing plumbing.
- If the room has a sloping ceiling, mark the shortest and tallest heights.
If you don’t want to do all that yourself, you can also hire a surveyor for your convenience.
Be Engaged in the Design Process
Your kitchen design is unique to you and is a manifestation of your wants and needs. Experiment with the colors, styles, and sizes you want for your kitchen during the design process. This is your kitchen, which means that your vision is what needs to be put into reality.
Whether you’re designing a new kitchen or looking for a new home and the kitchen is a dealbreaker, finding the right one for you will always be difficult. Just continue to push through the difficulties and turn your dream kitchen into a reality today.