This is the fourth post in a series called Remodeling Realities. We’re looking at all the moving parts of a home remodel, from how to choose an interior designer and general contractor to picking tile treatments and finishing touches. Read the last post in the series here and stay tuned for all of them!
Remodeling or redesigning your kitchen can be quite costly, but many Dallas homeowners find it well worth the effort. A new kitchen can significantly raise the value of a house, and families in the Dallas-Fort Worth area are able to recoup an average of 84 percent of the cost of a remodel. If you’re thinking about redesigning your kitchen, here are a couple of expert tips on what to keep in mind when drafting your plan.
Don’t forget kitchen storage
When remodeling your kitchen, it’s easy to get swept up in island setups and new appliances. Too often, homeowners fail to account for storage and end up wasting valuable counter space on rarely used items. Make sure that you include plenty of cabinets and drawers in your new kitchen plan to store all of your dishes, cutlery, cookware, and more. It’s also a good idea to include a pantry with ample space for nonperishables.
Consider a smart setup
If you’re remodeling your kitchen, you may be thinking about upgrading old appliances. If so, it’s a good idea to consider adding a smart home setup to your kitchen. You can coordinate devices, making it easier to cook, clean, and even remember the shopping. A smart fridge, for example, can help you keep track of ingredients and leftovers, while a smart oven can remember cooking settings and operate under remote control. To clean dishes automatically, you can even find smart dishwashers that can be turned on and off with a button on your smartphone, anytime, anywhere.
Include plenty of counter space
As a chef, you can never have too much counter space. Your kitchen design should include ample room for you to spread out as you prepare and cook your meals. If you don’t have the wall space for counters, you may want to consider including an island in your kitchen. You can also find mobile and collapsible prep counters if you’re short on space.
Keep the room bright
A kitchen needs plenty of light so that you can safely work with hazards such as knives and boiling water. Make sure that you include plenty of light fixtures in your kitchen, especially near prep areas and over the stove. If possible, you may also want to add a window or two to let in natural light during the day. Just make sure that you use insulated glass to save on your energy bill and help reduce carbon emissions.
A new kitchen will not only make your life easier but may also add value to your home. When redesigning your kitchen, make sure that you account for storage, counter space, lighting, and appliances. Taking care during the planning stage can save you from both financial and emotional stress later on down the road as you carry out your remodel.
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Here are the other 6 Remodeling Realities posts in case you missed them!