Enhancing Functionality with a Kitchen Remodel

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Home improvement ventures have become quite popular over the past decades, with a wide variety of options to choose from when it comes to such projects. The kitchen is arguably one of the more popular options available in this category, with this section representing one of the most essential parts of a house. The Architectural Digest reported that costs spent on kitchen renovations rose by 25% between 2020 and 2021, while Today’s Homeowner reported that the kitchen made up 23% of home remodeling projects in 2022. 

One of the reasons that most homeowners prefer to opt for a Kitchen Remodel when considering home improvement ventures is due to the essential importance of these quarters. This room represents one of the more functional parts of a residence, especially for households with children – as they tend to focus on home-cooked meals for the sake of nutritional purposes. As such, the major goal of any kitchen renovation project should be enhancing its functionality to improve performance levels. Some effective ways of accomplishing this objective include: 

Maximizing Storage 

The kitchen might be one of the most important rooms in the house, but it’s also one of the smallest. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), houses under 1500 square feet feature kitchens with an average size of 103 square feet while those over 4000 square feet hold kitchens with an average size of 238 square feet. This means that its layout needs to be effectively designed to make as much of the available space as possible. Some great ways to improve available storage space in the kitchen include adding shelving and hooks to free wall space for dishes and cutlery, installing corner cabinets to utilize dead space, and integrating pull-out organizers. Making more use of your kitchen islands by integrating base cabinets or appliances such as a mini-fridge for beverages can be another effective way to add storage provisions to limited space. 

Consider the Ideal Counter and Cabinet Height 

An issue that many people don’t consider with their Kitchen Remodel is the matter of height when it comes to fixtures such as countertops and cabinets. The functionality of these items can be affected by the ease of reach available with their positioning. It’s worth noting, for instance, that the counter will only represent an ideal workspace if it provides a comfortable area that allows individuals to reach for items with ease. The same can be said for cabinets. They can only represent a suitable storage solution if one doesn’t have to stretch to the limit to find items. Contractors recommend that wall cabinets should be placed 18 inches above the cabinets, while their standard height is between 30 and 40 inches. The standard countertop height is generally 36 inches, although individuals might opt for bespoke solutions that meet their particular needs and preferences. 

Safety Features 

Last but not least, the safety levels of the space must be considered with any kitchen upgrade. Installing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is crucial in integrating an effective alarm system against fire and poisonous gas. A fire extinguisher is also important in addressing any potential fire hazards. Water mist extinguishers are recommended for kitchens as they represent the safest option and can tackle class, A, B, and C fires as well as electrical flames. 

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