You want to improve your home’s resale value, the style of your space could use an update, or you’re tired of finding ways to hide cabinet or countertop damage—the list of things that have you considering a kitchen remodel goes on and on. But if you’re about to embark on a kitchen makeover, you also want to invest in upgrades that make it easier for you to use this space. After all, the kitchen is one of the primary places you visit when preparing an evening meal or hosting your loved ones during the holidays.
Unsure of where to start? Here are three ideas for kitchen upgrades that make a tremendous impact on the usability of your space:
1. Create an Intuitive Footprint
One of the most common complaints we hear about kitchens is that the space as a whole “just doesn’t work.” The person cooking meat is always pressed up against the stove so that they don’t bump into the person chopping vegetables. And no one can get anything out of the dishwasher while you’re cooking, because opening it will make half of the kitchen inaccessible.
Sound familiar? If so, changing the footprint of your kitchen during a remodel is a great idea. By partnering with a kitchen remodeling contractor that has experience completing large-scale remodels, you can redesign your space so that multiple people can occupy it without tripping over each other. Updating the layout of your space can also make it easier for you move through your kitchen, as you can ensure there’s a clear path from the sink to the burner to the stovetop to the refrigerator.
2. Invest in Custom Cabinets
When it comes to choosing cabinetry for your kitchen makeover, you may be tempted to cut down on costs by purchasing generic cabinets from a big box store. However, this approach may make your kitchen harder to use in the long run. Because generic cabinets aren’t crafted to match the dimensions of your room, they will create plenty of dead space that you can’t use for storage. They also tend to be somewhat simplistic in design, leaving you to sift through precarious stacks of plastic ware or pots and pans whenever you need to find something.
Custom cabinets, on the other hand, are designed to maximize your storage space. This leaves you with more room to store your small kitchen appliances, favorite mug collection, or bounty of spices. Custom cabinetry also tends to feature accessories that make it easier to access your kitchenware—like pull-out shelving, specialized storage solutions for pots and pans, and corner lazy Susans—making it a perfect idea for a more useable kitchen.
3. Choose High-Caliber Countertops
If you’re like most homeowners, your kitchen probably came with generic laminate counters that looked wonderful for the first few years you lived in your home but quickly began to show signs of wear and tear. So if new countertops are at the top of your wish list during a kitchen makeover, you’re not alone.
Choosing a kitchen counter material based solely on its appearance is one approach to take during a remodel, but it would be worth remembering that your countertops are your kitchen’s primary worksurface. That’s why it would be worth investing in a durable material that can stand up to warm pots or accidental spills without losing its attractive sheen. Granite counters are far more durable than their laminate counterparts, while engineered quartz countertops—which boast a nonporous surface—will prove resistant to stains and bacteria growth.
Of course, if you’re looking for more ideas to improve your kitchen, HWC Home Works Corp. would be more than happy to help! We’re Michigan’s favorite remodeler, so contact us today to get started.