The Best Kept Secrets In Kitchen
It has often been said that the heart of the
home is the kitchen. If that is really true, then why is it
that some kitchen designs just don?t seem to support more than
one cook or guest at a time? You can turn your kitchen into a
functional and beautiful workspace and gathering place for the
entire family. Even if you have limited square footage, there
just may be more room for expansion, storage, and oh yeah,
cooking in your kitchen than you think.
Counters & Cabinets
Storage is definitely a consideration in
designing a functional kitchen. If you are limited by floor
space, just look up. There is often a great deal of space
between the counter tops and ceiling that just isn?t being used
in a kitchen. Look at the space above the refrigerator. Is
yours just collecting dust or take out menus? If so, add a
cabinet and you?ve got a great place to store seldom used
platters or treats you want to keep hidden from the
Kitchen cabinets also don?t have to be
limited to one side of the countertop. If your kitchen design
has a peninsula or island, you can use the ends and back side
for more cabinet storage space.
Kitchen cabinets come in more styles and
finishes that you can imagine. However, if your budget is
limited then you don?t need to replace them for an entirely new
look. Cabinet refacing lets you select cabinet patterns that
are up to date and beautiful.
New countertops don?t always need to be
included in this home improvement project either. Laminate
countertops come with repair strips that will give new life to
a worn surface.
Laying Out Completely New Kitchen
If your budget calls for a complete
renovation, then now is the time to really think about layouts
and maybe calling in some specialist. The basic theory is that
there should be no more than 2 steps between work stations.
That means you should be able to go from the sink to stove in 2
steps; from the range to the refrigerator in 2 steps and so on.
However, with today?s extra large sized kitchens that?s not the
case any more. You still should choose layouts that consider
how much time it takes to accomplish the normal tasks of
putting dishes away from the dishwasher or getting foods from
the refrigerator to the stove.
The newest gadgets in these mega kitchens
make timesaving and energy efficiency into an art form. There
are refrigerator drawers right next to the range and microwaves
that brew your coffee while making your
Fixtures and Furniture
The finishing touches are what make kitchen
designs more inviting than ever. The furnishings, light
fixtures and even the cabinet hardware can make kitchens into
real living rooms. Look for task lighting that can highlight
work spaces and then radiant lighting for atmosphere. You can
even turn the legs of old furniture or newel posts into bases
for centre islands to make you kitchen furnishings blend with
the rest of the house. Get creative and enjoy doing much more
than cooking in your new kitchen.