When my first child had an accident at home, I realised we hadn't childproofed the house as well as we could have. Thankfully, they were fine, but I learned my lesson and began a thorough inspection of my home and garden. I got to work addressing the various hazards we had overlooked, and I started this blog to help other parents think objectively about the hazards in their own homes. I post about a variety of topics, such as pool safety, choosing a safe garden fence, storing medication and cleaning products, window and door locks and kitchen safety for kids. I hope you find my blog useful and informative.
Typically, the kitchen is considered the heart of the home. As such, this should be one of the rooms in your home that gives you the most pleasure, as chances are you will be spending quite a significant amount of time in it. However, it is not uncommon to move into a home and find that the kitchen does not exactly fit your preferences. As such, kitchen renovations may be the only option you have to ensure that it is up to par. Before engaging in kitchen renovations, here are some of the considerations that you should keep in mind.
Ensure you have a convenient kitchen triangle
The kitchen triangle refers to the layout of the sink, fridge and cooking area. Since these are the items that you will be making the most use of in the kitchen, they need to be conveniently located to ensure you have easy access to them no matter what part of the kitchen you are in. Easy proximity to the three areas ensures maximum efficiency while ensuring that nothing is in your way while you are cooking. If you have enough room and find that your kitchen triangle is askew, you could opt to have the sink located at the centre of your kitchen as an island, thus making it easier to access.
Establish what your kitchen renovations will entail
You can go about kitchen renovations in three main ways. The first would be to create more space in your kitchen and this would require demolition and construction work. The second option would be to opt to update your kitchen appliances for maximum efficiency while also reducing your energy costs. Lastly, you could choose to engage in both these types of renovations simultaneously, which will typically be the most expensive alternative. It is best to establish what is pertinent to your kitchen so as to ensure that your budget is cost effective. For instance, if you can work within a small space but are in dire need of updated appliances, there is not point of engaging in extensive renovations to increase your square footage.
Determine if you require extra storage space
No matter how big or small your kitchen is, homeowners will typically complain about lack of sufficient storage space. However, do not rush to increase cabinetry when you can trim the fat beforehand. The first thing you should do is establish what appliances you do not consistently use and keep taking up space. Secondly, if you have dead space on walls opt to maximize them for storage rather than decreasing your floor space with additional cabinetry.