In today’s homes, more kitchens are multifunctional and often multi-purpose. For instance, many new homeowners have more comfortable seating areas in their kitchen, and additional storage areas and even small nooks or recesses for appliances. While kitchens in the past were purely utilitarian in nature, most modern kitchens include some sort of kitchen island, usually with an island top that offers multiple uses and countertop space. Here are a few ideas for maximizing space and efficiency in your kitchen, whether you choose a new kitchen or just replace your old one.
* Storage – One of the key factors in a kitchen is the amount and types of storage space available. With a lot of appliances and dishes in a kitchen, it can quickly become cluttered and less efficient. If you have a tight kitchen space, installing cabinets or dedicated cabinets can help. It is also important to note that kitchens tend to be larger than dining rooms and living rooms, so having adequate storage is an absolute must. For extra kitchen storage, consider installing a wall mounted cabinets or a roll out rack and extendible shelves.
* Cooktops and Worktops – A final important feature to consider is the type of surface on which you will cook. Whether you choose a granite or cast iron cooktop, or even a wood-burning stove, make sure that it is easy to clean and keep clean. Additionally, it is important to consider what type of stove you would like to purchase, whether it be electric gas or infrared, since the type of fuel source can significantly affect the amount of time it takes to cook a meal. For gourmet kitchens, especially, it is recommended to have an electric stove, gas stove, or even infrared. The type of burner you choose should be based on the number of burners you desire, and also the efficiency of each.
* Storage – One of the most important rooms in the home, when considering the design of an older home, is the kitchen. Older homes often had a small pantry, or cupboard under the kitchen sink, but today’s kitchens are much larger. While smaller pantries were common in older homes, they are not quite as common in new homes. Today’s kitchens typically have three to four cabinets, with many of them offering pull out drawers. As well, it is important to note that in larger kitchens, it is common to have a dishwasher attached to the wall next to the stove, rather than a separate unit.
It is important to not get too caught up in the designs of modern appliances and cabinetry when considering the layout of an older home. In many cases, the amount of square footage available to you is limited. While it is nice to have everything you need in your new kitchen layout, it may just be too small. Remember, the majority of homeowners will not be remodeling their kitchens, but simply upgrading the appliances and other features.
If you are looking for some professional assistance with the design of your kitchen, you may want to consult some home decorating magazines or look online. As well, if you are working with a certified kitchen designer, it may even be worth looking at some new home decorating ideas. Once you have a basic idea for your kitchen, think about some of the other rooms in your house and how they can be updated. Think about how much light you want in your bedroom, where the main living area is located, where your dining room is located, etc. By thinking about these different aspects of your home, you will be able to make the best decisions about your design. After you have completed the task of thinking about the best kitchen appliances for your needs, you will then be ready to begin looking for the right ones.