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Things to consider when remodeling your kitchen

by Product Specialist

While most consider aesthetics first when planning a remodel, you should also make sure your new kitchen will work for your cooking and entertaining style

There are so many aesthetic options to consider when you're planning a kitchen remodel. To really understand how you wish to live, work and entertain in a new kitchen, you have to ask yourself some important questions about how you need it to function. Here are five good ones to start with. Your answers will be very helpful to you and any designers and builders you work with.

First, determine if you really like to entertain in the kitchen while you’re cooking or if you mainly use it as a functional space. If you are the entertaining type, an island plays an integral role in design. You can even install a stovetop and sink if you want to cook and clean there. A large island can also be used in lieu of a dining room table. If you prefer to cook alone, a smaller kitchen with a tighter work triangle may work better. You should also consider how much of your work area you want to be visible from adjacent rooms.

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If your kitchen is next to the backyard, think of how you can marry the spaces. Large, easy to open windows help bring the outdoors in. If your kitchen opens to a patio, large sliding glass doors offer a good flow between the indoors and outdoors.

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Another thing to consider is whether you eat mainly fresh or packaged foods. A family that lives primarily on packaged meals will need more freezer space and even more pantry storage. A walk-in or butler's pantry would be ideal. For those who prefer fresh foods, which are consumed more quickly than packaged, more sinks, prep stations and countertop surfaces are necessary.

You can determine how much counter space is needed to devote to needs other than food prep by whether you prefer appliances on your countertop or everything to be hidden. If you want sleek countertops without any clutter, you’ll need to designate storage space for appliances. Appliance garages are a good way to keep the kitchen looking tidy. Corner, rollout cabinets are also a good storage option.

To get everything you want out of a new kitchen, formulate a plan that will best serve you in the long run. When you make these considerations before the remodel, you’re more likely to get the results you desire.